HollowHorn wrote:No, Apollo, I was there last Friday, though if I may say so, bumping into you would have been a rare pleasure.
Crusty, “Cute” yes, undoubtedly, wait till you see me at the “Hellfire Club” in my Stilettos, Basque and “Bette Lynch” Earrings
Thing is, you see, I’m 52 now & not to put too morbid a point on it and taking into account the “West of Scotland” syndrome, I probably have less years before me than behind me. I think also that the fact that my two sons are now grown up young adults and have more or less “flown the nest” has given me that extra nudge to take stock, to look back to people & places that constituted the background to my formative years. Standing in the never ending line that was “Santa’s Grotto” in Goldberg’s or the “Arabian Nights” over the road in Lewis’s, dozens of life sized figures with movable parts. Laying my big Penny on the line in Clydebank as the last ever Tram from Auchinshuggle to Dalmuir West rattled past. Being trailed through Glasgow every Saturday by Parents, Aunts or Grandparents has left me with a great love for this less than perfect City of ours. I have time now though to wander back and really look at what is actually still there, the river front has changed dramatically and is still changing, no bad thing, bringing life back to the City’s central artery. “George Square” though, how on earth could you let that happen in the few years that I was elsewhere, shame on you. Was no-one keeping an eye on those buggers over at the Palatial, eastern side of it? I was always one for looking up, still am, so how did I miss the rise & rise of all those tons of Glass & Steel? No complaints from me though, my own fault for not paying attention, Cities will evolve of their own accord, it is up to the folk who reside in them to endeavour to nudge the “City Fathers” in the right direction. This is the true beauty of the WWW… the facility for like minded people to communicate instantly (witness the many photos from the recent fire) to exchange ideas and formulate opinions that are hard to ignore given the rising membership of like minded folk (I would guess that one or two GCC members have felt a little warm under the collar, this past year or two) This Internet thingy has also been responsible for the re-awakening of my love for this City of ours in particular and this Country of ours in general. How these sites fire the imagination, “HG” “Skyscraper City” “Flickr” “Scran” “Glasgow’s Story” and on and on and on.. It amazes me that new members here can still surprise the older ones, witness earlier today when “Local Hero” added to Alycidon’s” encyclopaedic knowledge of all things “Rail” related. This HG site in particular has forced me off my arse and out into places I’ve either rarely, or never saw before, it has stirred my appetite for exploration, at age seven, I was “Alain Quartermaine” thanks to you lot, I get to be him once again, no small feat, cheers.
ps. I laugh a lot on here too, "Wag of the Week" must go to "Bex Bisell"
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