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Byres Road: Glasgow West End

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Byres Road is often described as the “the main artery flowing through the heart of the area” – let’s just say that here the heart beats strongest. It is not the most beautiful part of the West End but it’s busy, vibrant and holds many attractions. People come here with a purpose – to work […]

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Alphonse Mucha In Quest of Beauty 8 October 2016 – 19 February, 2017

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  Exhibition ends 19 February, 2017 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum The exhibition explores the work and legacy of the Czech painter and decorative artist Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939). Through his stylish andbeautiful theatrical and advertising posters, the exhibition examines how ‘le style Mucha’ evolved and became synonymous with the international Art Nouveau style. It also examines […]

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Bob Law blog and photography: Edinburgh Lights at Christmas

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For a few years now I’ve been meaning to go through to Edinburgh to see the Christmas Lights as they usually appear on TV for the countdown to Hogmanay. A combination of two female friends spending a week in that city sightseeing and staying over for New Year to see the fireworks plus my new […]

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New Year Brushstokes, Thistle Gallery 2017

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New Year Brushstrokes …… An exciting and vibrant mixed rotational show to kick off the year Entering its third year the Thistl Gallery  remain true to their  original aim of offering a dynamic range of Scottish Contemporary Art, which is both affordable and accessible but never predictable! In the process they have now established themselves […]

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Unwrapped: Christmas Exhibition at Thistle Gallery, 5 November – 24 December, 2016

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Thistle Gallery, Scottish Contemporary Art, 56 Park Rd, Glasgow G4 9JF 0141 334 3444 www.thistle-gallery.com/ Unique Gifts – ‘Unwrapped’ Thistle Gallery’s much anticipated Christmas Exhibition runs from November 5th until December 24th with an exceptional array of unique and bespoke gifts …..from some of our leading Scottish contemporary artists. Whether it’s a painting, jewellery, ceramics, […]

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Charles Rennie Mackintosh – films at The Lighthouse – Mackintosh Month, 1 – 30 October, 2016

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Part of Mackintosh Month at The Lighthouse  Come along to The Lighthouse and see the new films they have sourced for their permanent exhibition on Charles Rennie Mackintosh. These films provide more insight into Mackintosh’s deisgns and offer rare glimpses into restricted or lost parts of Mackintosh buildings. The films play throughout the day – […]

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Rare Sunflower Andirons now on display at The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

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The Hunterian is now (6 October, 2016) home to a pair of exceptionally rare gilded brass andirons designed by English architect and designer Thomas Jeckyll. The Sunflower Andirons were purchased by The Hunterian with the assistance of the Art Fund and National Fund for Acquisitions and are now on display in the Hunterian Art Gallery. […]

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Kitchenism Exhibition 01 Oct – 28 Nov, 2016 The Lighthouse

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Kitchenism 01 Oct – 28 Nov Review Gallery Maggie Keswick Jencks and her husband Charles developed the idea of ”kitchenism” as a key element of the Maggie’s Centre experience. The kitchen is the social hub of every centre and the kitchen table is the focal point for social interraction; a place for people to sit, […]

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New Hunterian Exhibition Tells The Erskine Story 23 September 2016 – 8 January, 2017

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  In War and Peace: The Erskine Story 23 September 2016 – 8 January 2017 Hunterian Museum Admission free A new exhibition opening this week at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum celebrates the centenary of Erskine Hospital, 100 years after its foundation in 1916. In War and Peace: The Erskine Story tells of Scotland’s […]

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Macintosh Plans amongst the first treasures at The Hunterian in Kelvin Hall

Yesterday, Monday 19 September 2016, Jim and I went along to the media photo call at The Hunterian in the newly refurbished Kelvin Hall.   It was thrilling to see Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s plans for Glasgow School of Art, which he drew in 1907. It was also fascianting to meet and chat with the very enthusiastic […]

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Kelvin Hotel, Glasgow – at the heart of the Real West End

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Kelvin Hotel, 15 Buckingham Terrace, Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8EB Telephone: 0141 339 7143 Web: www.kelvinhotel.com Book: Book online About the Rooms at the Kelvin Book directly for the best rate The Kelvin is offering a 30% discount when booking 3 or more nights when staying during 1 November 2017 – 28th February 2018. […]

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Three Bedroom Upper Conversion Flat For Sale, Glasgow West End

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996 Great Western Road, Kelvinside, Glasgow, G12 0NS Offers Over £255,000 Spacious 3-bedroom upper conversion flat within a substantial Detached Blonde Sandstone Villa. Located in a tree lined street just off Great Western Road, the building was designed by John Honeyman circa 1875 and further improved by William Leiper circa 1907.  The flat boasts flexible […]

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Bob Law: River Falloch and Loch Lomond, Photography and Kayaking

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Kayaking As I fancied trying something different outdoors at the start of the summer I purchased two inflatable kayaks from Amazon for £59 quid each, including paddles, pump and repair kit.  I already had the life-jacket/ buoyancy aids as I used to have kayaks years ago… but the rigid fiberglass kind. The beauty of inflatable […]

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Bob Law: Portencross – walking, cycling and photographs

Rolling Landscapes around Portencross

Portencross There’s not much in Portencross – it’s just a small hamlet on the Farland Head peninsula 10km down the Clyde coast from the town of Largs… but what makes it special is a quiet atmosphere, a good car park on the seafront next to the castle plus some interesting walks and cycle rides. From […]

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Bob Law’s Blog and photography: The Magic of Bute and Rothesay

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With the recent hot weather thoughts naturally turn to the coast, water parks, leafy shade and cooling sea breezes. The island of Bute and its main town of Rothesay have much to offer the adventurous visitor; with a varied range of walks and cycle rides to suit all tastes, from flat easy promenade strolls to […]

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Scotland the Best – 12th edition of Peter Irvine’s Bestselling Guide

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Essential reading for all Scottish tourists and handy or locals as well. The true Scot’s insider’s guide to the very best Scotland has to offer. Fully revised and updated in Pete Irvine’s own unique style. Includes over 2000 recommendations for every type of adventure. Trusted for over 20 years, this fully comprehensive and independent guide to […]

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Finnieston is fantastic, but it’s time for the city fathers to chip in with a facelift By Alan Gordon

 Finnieston is a Glasgow phenomenon. There are no two ways about it. The strip described by a commentator recently as having been “the West End’s delinquent older brother” has settled down and started earning a living. In the buzzing, bustling Argyle Street corridor between Anderston and Yorkhill, there are now an estimated 40 quirky, quality restaurants […]

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Pat’s Guide to the Art Galleries and Museums in Glasgow’s West End

Hunterian Clyde Maritime Museum Transport Museum – Riverside Project Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery The Fossil Grove Annan Fine Art Gallery Colour, Rhythm and Form: J. D. Fergusson and France Hunterian Art Gallery 10 September 2011 – 8 January 2012 Admission £5 (£3 concession) From 10 September, visitors to the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Art […]

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Pat’s Guide to the Buildings, Architecture and History in Glasgow’s West End

Up until the 1840s Glasgow’s West End consisted of open countryside, isolated farmhouses and the country dwellings of Glasgows most wealthy citizens. The completion of the Great Western Road and the re-location of the Botanic Gardens to the Kelvinside Estate in the early 1840s was the catalyst for rapid change to the character of the […]

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The Hunterian at the Kelvin Hall, New Museum District for Glasgow

The Hunterian at Kelvin Hall New Museum District For Glasgow The multi-million pound revamp of the iconic Kelvin Hall in the city’s west end, will be completed in summer 2016 and opened to the public in September. The Hunterian Museum at the University of Glasgow, with over 1.3 million objects in its collections will benefit […]

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University of Glasgow – Plans for a World Changing Campus

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Exhibition Wolfson Medical Centre The University of Glasgow is about to reach a major milestone in the journey to invest in its World Changing Campus at Gilmorehill.  A Masterplan has been designed for the existing campus and the Western Infirmary site, which the University takes over from the beginning of April, 2016. The University intends […]

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Paul Smith, Book Signing at The Lighthouse Wednesday 24 February, 2016.

Paul Smith set to return to Glasgow for event and book signing Britain’s foremost designer, Paul Smith, will travel to Glasgow later this month to talk to design students and young designers as well hold a public book signing.   On Wednesday, 24 February, Paul will return to The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and […]

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Glasgow Accommodation: Queensgate Apartments

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Glasgow Self-catering Accommodation: Queensgate Apartments A choice of two lovely, comfortable, self-catering accommodations on Glasgow’s west side.  Queensgate Garden Apartment The apartment has one bedroom and sleeps three.  With a private entrance in a historic townhouse in Glasgow’s popular West End, it is close to lively Byres Road with its shops, restaurants and cafes, Glasgow […]

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A Century of Style: Costume and Colour 1800 – 1899 Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum 25 Sept 2015 – 14 February 2016

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Another wonderful exhibition at Kelvingrove 25 September 2015–14 February 2016 Tickets: £5/£3 (with Gift Aid £5.50/£3.30)  under 16s FREE This beautiful exhibition of 19th-century clothing comes from Glasgow Museums’ collection of European costume. Showcasing some rarely seen examples of womenswear, menswear and children’s clothing, it considers how such clothes were made and where they were […]

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Winter Words Festival Pitlochry Festival Theatre 12 – 20 February 2016

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12 – 20 February, 2016 Winter Words Festival Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Port Na Craig, Pitlochry, Perth and Kinross PH16 5DR Telephone: 01796 484 626 www.pitlochry.org.uk The twelfth Winter Words Festival welcomes a wealth of literary talent to Pitlochry Festival Theatre.  Some of the performers include Gregor Fisher, Magnus Linklaker, Tam Dalyell, Ronnie Browne (The Corries), Malachy […]

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Richard Slee: Work and Play, The Tramway 4 Feb– 20 March, 2016.

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Richard See Ceramics Drop In – no ticket required Richard Slee (born Carlisle, 1946) has built a reputation as one of Britain’s most important contemporary ceramic artist. His work challenges conventional notions of ceramic art and demonstrates the fluid boundaries of 21st century ceramic practice. This exhibition covers Slee’s most radical work to date produced […]

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Mary Irvine: Relaxing at the Carrick Spa

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Haven’t been in touch for a while. Have been heavily involved in the Alzheimer project about which I have previously written. We are now close to completion and a final report is in the pipeline. Also been involved with several ongoing minor projects as well as trying to find time to crack on with an […]

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Festival of Architecture 2016

A year-long festival celebrating the best of Scottish architecture Discover hidden treasures, old classics and new favourites within our packed programme of events and activities that will bring Scottish architecture to a whole new audience. All events are FREE unless otherwise stated. About the Festival of Architecture Led by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in […]

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Trip to London, November, 2016

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At the end of November Jim and I took a trip to London. We were given a couple of tickets for The Race of Champions at the Olympic Stadium – the temptation was hard to resist.  Although it was exciting, the temperatures took a dip  so we sat chittering in the bitter cold cheering on […]

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