A Glasgow Graduate from Syria – Summer 2016
This isn’t a story as such but a sharing of a pleasant and thought provoking event.
Today I met my friend Issi for a little catch up before the holidays. I’m a bit nosy and having had many years of close ties with the University of Glasgow – as a mature, more mature and getting-on-a-bit student – I find it hard to hold back from asking questions, when I see someone in the West End dressed in a kilt, clutching a scroll and accompanied by well dressed companions.
Just such a group sat beside us in Smug Cafe in Great George Street. They needed some extra chairs so we had a bit of shuffling around and then I asked the kiltie if he’d just graduated. Of course, he had, as B.Sc. in Astrophysics. He didn’t say but he must have gained a very good degree as he’s now heading off to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to study for a doctorate.
In June in Glasgow West End you can meet any number of groups brought together to celebrate graduations. These people had traveled from Newcastle and Sweden to celebrate their brother’s achievement – the beautiful little girl was shy and sweet. She’d been born in Glasgow. It was a pleasure to meet Husni and his family from Syria.
Sharing this snapshot of happiness was poignant and uplifting,
There’s turmoil in our country with all the recent chicanery, odious political bullying, xenophobia and economic uncertainty that we’ve been experiencing – it’s nothing compared to Syria.
Pat Byrne, 28 June, 2016.
This section: Seasonal Stories and Poems by Glasgow Writers, Writing
- GRIT Orchestra Celtic Connections 2020 photography and review Pauline Keightley
- Wrest and Maz O’Connor, Celtic Connections review Fionnuala Boyle
- Fionnuala Boyle – Glove Makes the World Go Round
- The Pure Amazing Wiz of Oz review by Fionnuala Boyle
- To Move On – short story by Samina Chaudry
- Glasgow Writer: Samina Chaudry
- The Mackintosh Group, Helensburgh Library
- Three New Poems by Rizwan Akhtar
- Mary Irvine’s blog: West Dunbartonshire Book Week November 2019
- Wine Tasting at The Lansdowne – Mother India’s Cafe
- The Siren Awakes Book Launch – Linda Jackson review by Pat Byrne
- Let Glasgow Flourish: The Case for a Metropolitan City Boundary, Ian R. Mitchell
- Return to Tuscany 2019
- Town Hall Meeting U.S.A. Leela Soma
- Scottish Writers Showcase University of Glasgow 2019
- Flour Power – Live Language School Glasgow
- Govanhill: Portrait of a Community review Pat Byrne
- Mary Irvine’s Blog: Bruce Biddolph Outstanding as ‘The Inquisitor’
- Scottish PEN Writers In Exile review by Pat Byrne
- Pure Love – The Voice of Ella Fitzgerald review by Jim Byrne