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The Glasgow Cabbie – Glasgow’s Hidden Gem by Jane Sweeney

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Glasgow is a city of surprises, if you look beyond the beautiful buildings to the empty spaces you find all sorts of delights, including poems! It was on a rather ordinary wall beside a cash machine that I first spotted the works of the Glasgow Cabbie, a mysterious, ninja poet whose words reach out of […]

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Glasgow Local Characters: Gordon Wallace, Cabinet Maker, Artist and Volunteer with The Salvation Army at Partick Cross

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The Salvation Army, 91 Dumbarton Road, Partick  Glasgow, G11 6PW I often pop into The Salvation Army in Dumbarton Road, where I have picked up many a bargain, including on Wednesday this week a perfect AllSaints top. I also love a look in their window to see the antiques and collectables they’ve gathered for their […]

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A description of A.E. Pickard – The last of the great eccentrics

by Kirsten O’Neill Albert Ernest Pickard was actually born in Bradford in 1874 but was known as a Glaswegian because he spent the biggest part of his life here. He moved to Glasgow in 1904 and lived here until he died in 1964. A.E. Pickard was a business genious, millionaire and an eccentric with an […]

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Bob McDevitt, Aye Write! Programmer and Photographer

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Bob McDevitt is a Glasgow based photographer, who focuses on taking photographs of people including professional headshots, family portraits and weddings. Among his work you’re likely to see photographs relating to his other passions: the stage and books.   In his spare time Bob has acting in musical theatre but mainly, for over twenty years, […]

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Local Characters: Tom Cannavan: Leading Authority on Wine

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Tom Cannavan – formidable force in the world of wine and web-master of http://www.wine-pages.com A man of many talents and wide ranging experiences he’s enjoyed a circuitous route in arriving at his present position. A graduate from Glasgow School of Art Tom worked for a number of years as an Art Teacher before moving on […]

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Local West End Character: Phil Benson, Wood Carver

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Phil Benson is a very ‘well kent face’ around the West End. He can often be seen strolling purposefully along Great Western Road with his dog Zoltan by his side. When the weather is clement he can also be spotted working ferociously, high in a tree in Kelvingrove Park, where a wood sculpture of a […]

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Michael Dale, Director of Glasgow’s West End Festival

Michael Dale

   West End Festival 2016 21st Anniversary of the West End Fesival Michael Dale presents an urbane and elegant figure; easily spotted around the West End with his thick mane of silver hair and smart suits. He is often out and about, enjoying a meal at Cottier’s or strolling through the park with his wife […]

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Alasdair Gray, Writer and Artist

Alasdair Gray

Pat Byrne, 2002 Alasdair Gray has an impressive record or achievement in the world of literature. Since the arrival of his first novel ‘Lanark’ in 1981 he has been recognised as an important and accomplished writer by the literary world and has continued to produce highly acclaimed works. In 1992 ‘Poor Things’ received both the […]

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Remembering Ronnie Clydesdale – West End Restaurateur

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Ronnie Clydesdale – restaurateur Sadly Ronnie Clydesdale passed away in April, 2010 Feature by Roy Beers It’s just possible some readers may have heard of – may even have visited – a reasonably well-known West End restaurant called The Ubiquitous Chip? I went along to ‘The Chip’, in Ashton Lane, in the heart of Glasgow’s […]

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Marianne Wilson – Photo Gallery

I am now a graduate of Visual Communication and Photographic & Electronic Media after having studied at Grays School of Art for five years. I have been awarded the graduate in residence space at Studio Warehouse Glasgow (SWG3) and I will be working at SWG3 for the up coming year. Alongside the graduate in residence […]

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Greg Hemphill:West End Actor,Comedian and Rector Of Glasgow Univesity

Greg Hemphill:Actor,Comedian and Rector of Glasgow University I first met Greg Hemphill, new rector of the University of Glasgow and co-star (alongside his pal Ford Kiernan) of the prize winning comedy show Chewin the Fat, at the opening of The Stand Comedy Club last year. Jess and I toddled along to Woodlands and had a […]

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Glasgow West End: Local Characters: Malcolm Lochhead

Malcolm Lochhead: textile artist and  designer. Emeritus Professor of Visual Design, Glasgow Caledonian University. I went along to meet Malcolm Lochhead in his amazing home in Glasgow’s West End; a tribute to his excellent taste, artistic flair and flamboyance.  We settled down in his lounge with some marvellous coffee and chatted about his work and […]

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Gerard Sampaio – Film Maker

Gerard Sampaio film maker

I recently met up with Gerard Sampaio in Caf Cherubini on Great Western Road to chat to him about his film ‘West End Story’ – much of which was set in Glasgow West End. For a man who has accomplished so much with so little in the way of resources I found him to be […]

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