Jim's Glasgow West End photo diary - December 2002

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27th December 2002

Photo: Caledonian Mansions.

Caledonian Mansions looking good, lit by the street lamps and the last of the daylight. I took a chance with this photograph - handholding the camera when I really needed to use a tripod - but sometimes I find that a little bit of camera shake enriches the colours.

Photo: Kibble sculpture.

I took a wander round the Kibble Palace last weekend and was pleasantly surprised to discover new wiry looking animals inhabiting the glasshouse. A bit of a contrast between the old and new as you can see above.

Photo: Temperature gauge.

In the main range I took a snap of this temperature gauge; it's the middle of winter but in the Main Range Glasshouse it's always warm.

Photo: Maggie's Centre.

A photograph of the new 'Maggie's Centre' on Dumbarton Road. I think the centre provides complimentary therapies for people who have Cancer - but I'm not sure.

Photo: La Parmigiana.

Pat's latest restaurant feature is about La Parmigiana at the Caledonian Mansions on Great Western Road.

15th December 2002

Photo: Christmas trees.

Looks like these Christmas trees have all rushed to the scene of an accident, and are straining for a good view.

Photo: Wines.

Another in my occasional 'what's this a photograph of?' competitions. The words at the top of the picture might give you a clue as to what it is a picture of; but the 'where's it from?' question might be less easily answered. Use the comment feature at the bottom of this page to add your answer. No prizes unfortunately - it's just a bit of fun.

Photo: Toy Robot.

Photo: Coloured boxes.

Photo: Elvis cards.

I took some photographs for for Pat's Shop of the Month feature - this month it is Felix and Oscar on the corner of Otago street and Great Western road. Above are a few photographs I didn't use on the page, including playing cards 'as used by Elvis himself'. Only kidding, he didn't use them, he just manufactured them.

Photo: Oot and aboot.

My curiousity was aroused by this shop sign; I'm not sure what kind of services they offer??

Photo: The Aragon.

'The Aragon' pub on Byres road has a very distinctive sign - which I felt compelled to take a photograph of.

Yesterday I took a walk down Dumbarton road in Partick and took a few snaps as I went.

Photo: Partick Market.

Photo: Partick Library.

Photo: The Smiddy.

Photo: Partick.

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Donna Madden also got in touch to say that she recognise the photo as
being the Hayburn Vaults pub in Dumbarton Rd, Partick. Donna has an interesting tale to tell:

My grandfather, James Madden, managed that pub for many years until his
death in 1975 (when I was two or three years old) and I visited the pub in
August 2000 and met a group of (by now elderly) regulars who remembered my
grandfather well and told some amusing tales including the fact that my
grandfather kept a "swearing box" and that anytime someone swore in the pub
that person was required to pay a "fine" into the box. My grandfather lived
in an apartment above the pub and apparently it was rumoured that he had a
hole drilled in the floor of his apartment so that he could look down and
keep an eye on the till from his apartment (although family members have
since told me this is not true).
--Jim Byrne ( james dot byrne2 at ntlworld dot com ) from UK on 31.12.2002; 21:39:49 Uhr

Well done, that is exactly what it is. What amazing powers of deduction you possess. Thanks for taking an interest. All the best,
Jim
--Jim Byrne ( james dot byrne2 at ntlworld dot com ) from UK on 30.12.2002; 22:16:32 Uhr

The December mystery photograph is the Hayburn Vaults on Dumbarton Road in Partick. Now, I don't live in Glasgow any more and, much as I'd like you to think that my phenomenal memory and super powers of visual recall allowed me to get the answer, it isn't so. Actually, I reasoned that there were really only two streets in the West End that had addresses as high as '427', these would be Dumbarton Road and Great Western Road. I then had help from another fan of the website to check out whether such addresses existed and, if so, what was there.
--J S Browning ( jsbrowning at yahoo dot com ) from Canada on 30.12.2002; 20:03:37 Uhr

AS EVER PAT IT IS A DELIGHT TO VIEW THE LATEST PHOTOS FROM THE OLD SMOKE! I ESP; LOVE THE DECEMBER PICS OF DUMBARTON ROAD/BYRES ROAD.....FOND MEMORIES OF BYGONE DAYS DRIVING THE 89/90 INNER CIRCLE BUS AND THE 57 SUMMERSTON BUS IN AND AROUND THE AREA!

EVERY GOOD WISH TO YOU AND YOURS IN THIS COMING NEW YEAR OF 2003. THANKS ALSO FOR THE NEWSLETTERS, ALWAYS WELCOME!!!

CHEERY BYE THE NOO MA CHINAS'!!!
-- DAVE MACKENZIE ( Emaildavid_mackenzie43 at btinternet dot com ) from UK on 25.12.2002; 21:18:55 Uhr

I admire your photographs and the way you are inspired by your surroundings. I recognise so many places from my childhood and youth. I've lived in England all my life although I was born in Merry Hill Rd across the river. I returned to spend all my summers and Christmas's in Mansfield Street until I was 16 (30yrs ago). I've been lucky to return twice in the past 3 yrs. Your photo's have reinforced many good memories. I saw some of Kelvin Hall on another page and they reminded me of the circus. Thanks for sharing them.
--Edward ( egd1956 at yahoo dot co dot uk ) from England on 24.12.2002; 22:49:26 Uhr

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i stil live in partick and have so for all my life. by the looks of te pics nuthing has chanjd and it has been the same as ever for years

Ji | Sat Apr 03 2004

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