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People: Local Glasgow West End Characters

The West End of Glasgow has the highest number of graduates among its population of any place in the UK (so they say). For sure, the area is dense with students and those who have studied in the area. The list of graduates from places such as Glasgow University, Glasgow School of Art, the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Art (the UK’s only Conservetoire) is long and impressive. More than a few have moved on to achieve great things and many of them choose to live in the area.

Apart from the scholars and literati the West End population has a hefty element of creative, talented and interesting individuals. Fashion experts inform us that Boho is back – but as far as the West End is concerned it has never been away. Poets, actors, artists, academics, photographers, writers, historians, designers, restaurateurs, entrepreneurs, comedians and people of wit, wisdom and style contribute to the unique atmosphere of the area.

I’m building up quite a collection of ‘local characters’ on these pages – and continuously compiling a never-ending list of those I hope to add.

Willie Miller Urban Designer: Glasgow West End Characters

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Willie Miller is an Urban Designer, who lives in Glasgow’s West End. He is part of the design team commissioned by Glasgow City Council to deliver the major redesign and redevelopment of Byres Road, arguably Glasgow West End’s main street. Working in partnership with landscape architects Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning and Icecream Architecture, the […]

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

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King of the Courts – The Glasgow Cabbie – raising money with the help of Andy Murray People Make Glasgow – Glasgow Cabbie’s welcome on the Tour Bus 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 […]

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Paul Rutherford, Personal Trainer/Lifestyle Coach – feature by Theresa Talbot

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I have to admit I’ve always been slightly scared of personal trainers; Convinced they’d make me do things I didn’t want to do and yell at me if I didn’t reach peak fitness in less time than it takes to throw off my high heels. But my opinion changed dramatically when I met Paul Rutherford. […]

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Ranald MacColl – designer, writer, artist etc

Ranald’s GI Bride comes home to Partick – February, 2011 Often people tell me about Local Characters they would like to see featured on the website. Some time ago Roy Beers, who knows all there is to know about who’s who and what’s what in the West End, mentioned that Ranald MacColl would make an […]

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Anita Manning – Auctioneer – Pat’s Guide to Glasgow Characters

Anita Manning – Entrepreneur and West Ender extraordinaire. Great Western Auctions, 1291 Dumbarton Road, Whiteinch, Glasgow G14 9UY Tel : 0141 954 1500 Fax : 0141 954 8866 www.greatwesternauctions.com Email: anita@greatwesternauctions.com Now a familiar face on the BBC’s antique show Flog it, Anita Manning has had considerable impact in a predominantly male oriented trade, where […]

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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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John Young 25 November 1950 – 30th December 2011

Our brother John died just the other day on 30th December 2011. It was very unexpected as he had been not been ill and had been very well and happy just the day before. In many ways John could be considered to have had a very sad, even tragic, life as he acquired brain damage […]

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Juliet Cadzow, Actor

Juliet stars as Queen Morgiana – Snow White, The Kings, until 10 January, 2016 I have been aiming to add some more interesting West End Characters to the website for quite some time and particularly keen to include more women in this section. Thus I was delighted to meet up with Juliet Cadzow for a […]

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Pat’s Guide to Local Characters in Glasgow’s West End

It is sometimes said, well on the open-decked tour bus that traverses the City, that the West End of Glasgow has the highest number of graduates among its population of any place in the UK. For sure, the area is dense with students and those who have studied in the area. The list of graduates […]

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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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Local Characters in Glasgow’s West End: Ali Abbasi: Radio Scotland Travel Desk

Sadly, Ali died on 6th August, 2004 after a short illness. Details can be read in the report in the Scotsman. A charismatic personality, who will be very much missed. Ali Abbasi – employee of BBC Scotland – Radio Presenter of Travel, Traffic and Weather with Radio Scotland starts his day at 4.00 a.m. He […]

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Sasha-Kate Robb, Winner Scots Poetry Recital Championship, 2014. Hyndland School.

“Eh’ma pizza, a magic pizza, bein’ stuck in the freezer’s a scunner..!” – was all the parents of Sasha-Kate heard for weeks and weeks as she practiced for her “Scots Poetry” school competition celebrating Rabbie Burns’ Day at Hyndland Primary School in Glasgow’s West End. Sasha-Kate, who is in P4, picked the poem called “The […]

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What do professional astrologers actually DO? And should they charge fees?

Horoscope” ‘s Question: Is it true that REAL astrologers do not charge for their services as it is against the code to take profit out of a gift from God to help people? I read this and saw a medium on tele say it.  In these circles it is donations given based on good work.Is this true at all?  ( […]

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Astrology Workshops – exploring astrology beyond the Sun Signs

ASTROLOGY BEYOND THE SUN SIGNS ASTROLOGY WORKSHOPS  WITH ANNE WHITAKER     Popular astrology as found in the media can only give a very general picture of one dimension of the person via the Sun or Star sign. The workshops explain what astrology actually is, its many uses, what a horoscope is – and hopefully answer […]

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Glasgow kids raising funds for cancer research

  Tabitha Gardner, age 9 (left) and Eva Glennie age 10 (right).   After Tabitha’s mother’s friend was affected by cancer Tabitha decided to have a bake sale outside her front door to raise funds for cancer research.  She, along with her friend Eva, spend one Sunday outside selling their home made cakes and made […]

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An extract from Terry Welsh’s book Reflections: Lambhill, Possil and Elsewhere

Terry, who passed away in 2006, aged 74, was a very well-known face in Glasgow West End. He attended circuit training and football in the Western Baths into his seventies! In fact, in his memory the Baths now have a football tournament every year.  The year before he died Terry self-published a book called ‘Reflections: […]

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Zodiac sign Virgo: its name and meanings

 from  ThatHairlessBaby  Why is the sign of  Virgo called the virgin?     MY ANSWER: This question raises the interesting issue of how the usage and meaning of words changes from one historical period/cultural phase to another. Within our current culture the word virgin when applied to humans generally means sexually intact. However, in ancient times when matriarchal religions […]

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More on “astrological twins”: Linda’s Question

Linda’s Question:   Submitted on 2013/06/27 at 5:43 pm   I’ve always found twins fascinating. What’s even more fascinating is the kind of relationship that develops between people who aren’t blood relatives of any sort, yet seem to be “cut from the same cloth”. We talk about being “simpatico” – has anyone ever done any studies […]

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Can two people have the same horoscope? What about Twins?

  Helene’s question: By email: 16.6.13   How does it work when you do a birth chart for twins? Or two babies born the same minute at the same hospital?  Can two people have the same horoscope!?   My Answer: During nearly twenty years of teaching astrology classes, I found that the above questions came up very frequently……. To read the rest […]

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Just WHAT were the planets up to this Spring?!!

Caroline’s Question: Since you did my birth chart last year…… I have become much clearer about who I am. ….  I am curious to know what might have been happening in the heavens from the last week in February to the last week in March 2013. During that time I had a series of … […]

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Just how stubborn is Taurus? Astrology Questions and Answers 2

This new blog is very much about interaction with those of you out there with an open-minded interest in astrology. So  – do keep dropping by, whether as a regular follower or a new visitor, and leave me questions to tackle. I shall do my best to answer them! QUESTION FROM “ANNE” : I was […]

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Astrology – Questions and Answers

Astrologers are always being asked questions. By open-minded members of the public. By closed-minded-members of the public. By one’s friends and family. By clients. By students. By interviewers for various media outlets. I thought it might be interesting, and fun, to begin this new blog by running a series of question and answer sessions.  You […]

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