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Billy Connolly Wire Mural – and follow-up to his 75th birthday murals

When (Sir) Billy Connolly was given a series of three giant murals spread around Glasgow city centre, I was (for once) quick of the mark and went off to collect a set of pics for myself.

More on that later – this post is really about another ‘mural’ I discovered while tracking down the three new works.

While I might describe this installation more as a sculpture than a mural, I have to yield to the description to be seen on the plaque that accompanies it, and shows I missed this 2011 event.

Billy Connolly Wire Mural Plaque

Billy Connolly Wire Mural Plaque

I’m not sure if I knew about it at the time, back then my chances of getting there for a look probably ranked in the region of ‘slim to nil’, so while I might have seen it announced in the news at the time, chances are it would have ‘Gone in one ear, and out the other’.

But, I did find out about it, and exactly where to find it, and even managed to get there and grab a pic.

My collection is compete!

Billy Connolly Wire Mural

Billy Connolly Wire Mural

Although the plaque seems to fail to mention it, one of the reasons this installation was placed here is because Billy Connolly was born in Dover Street, Anderston – but that was demolished in the 1970s, so they couldn’t really put it there.

75th Birthday mural updates

While the birthday murals created in 2017 remain unchanged, I noticed that they had received small descriptive plaques.

Well, to be accurate the Gallowgate and Old Wynd murals have plaques, but I couldn’t find one for the Vettriano creation in Dixon Street.

See the pics here: (Sir) Billy Connolly’s 75th birthday murals got some plaques



June 6, 2018 Posted by | photography | , , , | Leave a comment

(Sir) Billy Connolly’s 75th birthday murals got some plaques

While passing the giant murals dedicated to (Sir) Billy Connolly on the occasion of his 75th, I noticed that descriptive plaques had been added nearby.

Well, to be accurate, two of them had plaques, the Old wynd mural and the Gallowgate mural were easily spotted, but when I headed along Dixon Street to look for one next to the Vetteriano mural, I wasn’t so lucky.

There didn’t seem to be one in sight, at least not anywhere obvious or convenient.

Maybe the team sent out to install it got the same abuse from the patrons of the beer garden below the mural, and decided just to go home as well.

Anyway, whatever the story with the last one (I’m blind, or it just wasn’t there when I looked) here are the two that can be found/seen.

Billy Connolly Mural Osborne Street Old Wynd

Osborne Street Old Wynd


Byrne Mural Plaque Old Wynd

Byrne Mural Plaque Old Wynd


Billy Connolly Mural Gallowgate



Maclean Mural Plaque Gallowgate

Maclean Mural Plaque Gallowgate

It’s such a shame that this mural was completed in a high gloss finish.

It can be almost impossible to see the thing on a bright sunny day (when it should be at its colourful best) as there is just so much reflected glare from the sky. Looking at it recently, during the recent sunny spell, I could barely see anything but the top third.

It really is best to go see this one on a dull day, preferably in the evening, as the sky darkens.


June 5, 2018 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

Bumped into Billy Connolly last week

I don’t pay that much attention, but suspect the artwork noted below was created in the days before Billy Connolly gained a ‘Sir’ added to his name.

While the giant murals were created around the time of that award, I think this pic is somewhat earlier than his 75th ‘presents’.

I was surprised to see his face looking back at me, across Queen Street, as I wandered along the side of GoMA (Glasgow’s Gallery of Modern Art).

I’d like to finish the job, but couldn’t find any more info about it on the seller’s web site, nor was the artist listed in their stable.

As appears to be the custom, there was no obvious price (if you have to ask, you can’t…), but typical prices there are in the 4-figure bracket, and 5 are by no means rare.

Billy Connolly Pic

Billy Connolly Pic

December 26, 2017 Posted by | photography | , , | Leave a comment

(Sir) Billy Connolly bites Trump’s bum

Well THAT hit the spot!

The Big Yin called it RIGHT way back in 2011.

From Billy Connolly’s Route 66 – Episode 1:

Connolly On Trump

Connolly On Trump

Small set of grabs from this section:

I’ll just leave this here…

A Man Walks Into A Bar

A Man Walks Into A Bar

December 10, 2017 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sir Billy Connolly – honourable mention

Although I managed to grab some pics of his birthday murals in Glasgow, I didn’t get a chance to watch the BBC documentary Billy Connolly: Portrait of a Lifetime about their creation, or of the stories behind their artwork until last night.

It also means a trip to the People’s Palace is in order, as the originals are on show there.

And while it may not have been the subject of the programme, my lasting memory of will be a clip from one of is recent stage shows:

I’ve got Parkinson’s Disease. I wish he’d fuckin’ kept it!

Now it’s Sir Billy Connolly

I’m not a great follower of the news these days, populated as it is by too many people trying to get noticed, or absurd opportunist politicians trying to score some sort of points over their opponents – frankly, my Bullshit Detector can’t handle it all, so I just don’t bother.

Bull Det MkII

Bull Det MkII

But I do watch the ‘Bullet Point’ headlines, and the first one I saw this morning was:

‘Hairy rebel’ pleased to be Sir Billy Connolly

Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said he was “pleased and a little embarrassed” to get a knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

The 74-year-old Glaswegian said he did not know much about what it would mean.

The star told BBC Scotland: “It won’t really dawn on me until Glasgow people start calling me ‘Sir Billy’ or whatever they come up with.”

He said it felt strange to be welcomed into the establishment as he still thought of himself as a “hairy rebel”.

Unlike some (who are thankfully long forgotten) he didn’t make a great fuss, or protest his hatred of ‘The Establishment’, but simply said:

It’s an honour and I’ll accept it honourably.

The only problem I might possibly see with receiving such an honour these days… is some of the rubbish you have to share it with. there’s some real dross in there this year.

But, forgetting them, it’s really nice to see Sir Billy, who earned hos honour over the years.

Also, I’m not sure who was first, or if they both have ‘Imaginative and original’ writers on their staff (or perhaps neither do), but I saw the appearance of a pair of similarly ‘Inspired’ (Ha!) headlines later in the day:

Arise, Sir Billy: Big Yin gets knighthood in honours list (STV)

Arise Sir Big Yin as Scottish comic icon Billy Connolly awarded knighthood (Daily Record)

June 17, 2017 Posted by | Civilian | , | Leave a comment


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