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Scottish Independence – More Photos

On the way to the vet’s with my cat I saw a crowd of people in the street. Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon was meeting the people so I stopped and got some photographs of her. 

Deputy First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon
Nicola sturgeon speaking with the BBC’s Brian Taylor
‘Yes Scotland’ supporters.

The voting for Scottish Independence takes place on 18th September.

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Scottish Independence – Campaigning

With the vote only a few days away on 18th September, campaigning on both sides has been stepped up. Campaigners have been engaging with the people to present the facts to them in a logical and professional manner. 

For the benefit of visitors from outside Scotland, it is good to give them an idea of how campaigning is being conducted on the streets of Scotland. 

While in a town centre, I watched the two sides campaigning. The two sides are the ‘Better Together’ campaigning for the Union and the ‘Yes Scotland’ campaign supporting an Independent Scotland.

Below are some images from the campaign.

Better Together

Better Together campaigners

The Better Together campaigners in the streets. The faces are blanked out, as the woman on the right became aggressive at the photograph being taken.

MP’s Jim Murphy and Michael McMahon

The Better Together campaigners had Labour MP’s Jim Murphy and Michael McMahon speaking in favour of retaining the Union.

‘Yes Scotland’ Campaign

‘Yes’  

The ‘Yes Scotland’ campaigners had a more colourful presence in the street and attracted a lot of attention. The correct blue for the Saltire (Scottish flag) is a sky blue colour (Pantone 300 or #0065BD as hexadecimal web colours) and not the dark blue found on the Union Flag.  

‘Yes’ Campaigner and MP Jimmy Hood

MP Jimmy Hood is the Labour MP for the area. The above picture shows a ‘Yes Scotland’ supporter greeting him.

MSP Christina McKelvie

Member of the Scottish parliament, Christina McKelvie was also present to speak to the voters and pose for photographs with them.

‘Yes’ fire engine

The ‘Yes Scotland’ campaigners have been touring the country with a blue fire engine. 

The outcome will be known after 18th September. 

Further Information

Better Together

Yes Scotland

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Pollok Country Park and Burrell Collection

Today was a beautiful day so a nice cycle round one of Glasgow’s parks was a good way of enjoying the late summer sunshine.

We took the folding bikes on the train to Shawlands and cycled the short distance to Pollok Park. The park has won many awards including the Best Park in Britain in 2007 and Best Park in Europe in 2008.

The park has many attractions including Pollok House and the Burrell Collection. It also has many paths for walking and cycling and some lovely gardens.  

Pollok Park Attractions

We entered the park on the Pollokshaws Road  entrance and passed Polloc Cricket Ground where a match was being played. I am particularly fond of cricket, so we stopped and watched the action for a while. 

Cricket match at Polloc Cricket Club

We then followed the path along the riverbank but it was stop-start because of the number of people on the path. A young girl tripped and fell into some nettles in front of us further along the path and I was able to give her some of my anti-histamine cream to put on the stings. I told her just to keep it as she had been badly stung by the nettles.

Gardens

We arrived at some gardens which were part of Pollok House. There was a large area with vegetables and next to it  was a flower garden. A scarecrow watched over the vegetable garden.

Scarecrow in Pollok House Garden
Face of scarecrow

The flower garden was lovely and was very popular.

Flower garden in Pollok House
Flower garden in Pollok House

Courtyard and Stables 

The courtyard and stables were also very popular and many people were drawn to the horses.   

Arthur – a Glasgow City Horse

Glasgow City horses win many awards in heavy horse competitions. The horses were very big but they were also very friendly. 

The Courtyard

Pollok House 

This magnificent house is now run by the National Trust for Scotland. It was the ancestral home of the Maxwell family and was built in 1752 and was originally given to the City of Glasgow in 1966 by Dame Anne Maxwell Macdonald before passing to the National Trust for Scotland.  

It was designed by William Adam. It  has a large, private collection of Spanish paintings, including works by El Greco, Francisco Goya and Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.

Pollok House
Weir on River Cart

Burrell Collection  

The Burrell Collection contains over 8,000 objects which were left to the City of Glasgow in 1944 by Sir William Burrell. The exhibits are frequently changed so it is always worth visiting. Sir William Burrell was a  wealthy Scottish shipping merchant and philanthropist, who collected a variety of objects throughout his life.  

The museum was only opened in 1983 as Sir William had stated in his will that the collection had to be in a rural setting and the City had to find a suitable venue for it. The collection is housed in a purpose built building which in mainly constructed from glass.

There is also a tearoom which sells food and drink at very reasonable prices. Entry to the Gallery is free.  

Burrell Collection
Burrell Collection main entrance

While there, I took some interior photographs.  

Burrell Collection interior
Stain Glass exhibits
Interior of the Burrell Collection

 Highland Cattle

On our way back to the train  we saw some Highland Cattle in a field.

Highland Cattle

It had been another enjoyable day out. 

Further Information:

Pollok Country Park

Burrell Collection

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Street Entertainment in Buchanan Street, Glasgow

On Saturday I met up with friends in Glasgow for lunch and a coffee. Afterwards we walked through the city centre shops to see if there was anything we wanted to buy. Buchanan Street in Glasgow has shops which sell the world’s most expensive brands and is always very busy.  

What struck me was the number of street performers and political and religious groups on the street. Below are some of the interesting things I saw.  

Standing on Air

 The man above appeared to be standing on air. There was another one on Argyle Street which we saw when walking to the station for the train home.  

 

 The man above was making a lot of noise!
 

Another band near the top of the street. They were very good and worth some money.

 

 
The man on the tightrope playing the fiddle is usually found in Edinburgh at the Festival. As it is drawing to a close soon, he was probably trying to get a new audience in Glasgow before going to another city. 


This man makes things from balloons such as cartoon characters and animals. His balloon shapes are very good and he sells a lot of them.  
A street artist was drawing sketches of visitors to the city. 

The ‘Yes’ campaigners for Scottish Independence were out in force and some of them came on this funny bicycle. The vote for Scottish Independence in on September 18th.

It was all happening on Buchanan Street.

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Commonwealth Games Glasgow – Triathlon Photographs

The Commonwealth Games Triathlon was held today in Strathclyde Country Park in North Lanarkshire. It was a beautiful and sunny day with temperatures at over 23c. There was a large crowd of people in the park well before the Ladies Race started at 11.00 and finished around 13.30.

The triathlon involved a swim of 1500 metres, a bike ride of 40 kilometre and a 10 kilometre run. The swimming part was held in the Loch which has had special filters installed to prevent infection to the swimmers.

The bike ride was round the road surrounding the park, which was pretty tough because it does have a few steep hills which can tire riders out quite quickly – I know this from experience!

The winner of the Ladies event was Emma Stimpson, with Kirsten Sweetland second and Vicky Holland third.

Women’s Race Photos

Ladies swimming

 

Cycle event. Winner Emma Stimpson is third left

 

Second overall, Kirsten Sweetland leads the bunch

 

Third overall, Vicky Holland

 

Kate McIlroy and Kirsten Gentle
 
The main bunch
Fabienne St. Louis of Mauritius

Men’s Race Photos

Unlike the women’s race, where there were no Scottish competitors, there were three in the men’s race. This gave the crowd an incentive to cheer on their countrymen but they cheered all the competitors in equal measure to help lift them. Alistair Brownlie was first, Jonathan Brownlie was second and Richard Wilson was third.

Swimming

 

Race favourites Alistair and Jonathan Brownlee of England

 

Chasing bunch

 

Tom Pechard
Brownlee brothers and Marc Austin of Scotland
Grant Sheldon of Scotland leads this bunch
Jason Wilson (L) and Kyle Jones
Brownlee brothers
Christopher Walker at 47 was oldest competitor
Youngest competitor, Harry Speers 

Well done to everyone who competed today. It was a very warm and humid day but they carried on and did the best they could.

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Glasgow Getting Ready for the Commonwealth Games

On the way home from work this evening I went up to George Square in Glasgow to see the activities in the main square in the City. It was a lovely sunny and warm day with temperatures of 22c. 

‘Big G’

‘Big G’
The Big G is the centrepiece in George Square at the moment as the Games are about to begin. It is taller than a double decker bus and is 5.5m (18-feet) high and 10.2m (33.5-feet) in circumference. 

It weighs four tonnes, which is the same weight as an African elephant. It is made from mild steel and aluminium and has been painted in the Games colours of red, green, yellow and blue. Surrounding it is a circular garden of flowers.  

‘Big G’ with City Chambers in the background

 

Side view of ‘Big G’

 

Get photos taken with Games background

 

Piper outside City Chambers welcoming competitors

 

Piper outside City Chambers welcoming competitors

Outside the City Chambers were a piper and a drummer welcoming guests to the Chambers as they arrived.

Another view of ‘Big G’ showing City Chambers

 

Buying the last of the tickets

There was also a superstore where people could buy merchandise. It was very big inside with a variety of goods for sale, including traditional Scottish goods such as Harris Tweed bags, purses and wallets, Heather honey and haggis.

Supertstore

On the way home,  Central Station lower level was mobbed as there was a dress rehearsal at Celtic Park for the opening ceremony. I supposed we will all have to get used to the crowds for a few days.

Further Information:

Glasgow 2014 – All the information about the games.
Scotrail – Rail travel details

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Ready Steady Gallop – Painted Clydesdale Horses

A few weeks ago I posted an article about Scottish artist Malky McCormick painting a large fibreglass Clydesdale horse which can be read here. This horse and a number of others were to be displayed in the town of Hamilton in South Lanarkshire.

The horses are part of the Ready Steady Gallop event and are mainly on display from 25th June until 6th September in Hamilton Town Centre in South Lanarkshire, although a few are located outwith the centre. I managed to photograph all but three of them and will get the remaining ones soon.

Hamilton Business Improvement District 

The display has been organised by the Hamilton Business Improvement District to encourage visitors to the area and get some exercise at the same time!

Local artists have painted the horses and the results are quite stunning. Below are a few of the horses on display.

First World War Horse

First World War Horse

The First World War Horse is located outside Sainsbury’s supermarket in Douglas Retail Park and is sponsored by the company. It is decorated with the British First World War Medal Trio including the Allied Victory Medal, the British War Medal and the 1914 Mons Star.

Horses in War

It was designed by Jayne Stokes in remembrance of the large number of Clydesdale horses conscripted for the war effort, many of whom suffered along with the brave men and women.  

First World war Medal Trio

In the above photograph can be seen the First World War Medal Trio of the 1914 Mons Star, the British War Medal and the Allied Victory Medal.

Mons Star 

This bronze medal award was authorized by King George V in April 1917 for those who had served in France or Belgium between 5th August 1914 to midnight on 22nd November 1914 inclusive. The award was open to officers and men of the British and Indian Expeditionary Forces, doctors and nurses as well as Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Navy Reserve and Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve who served ashore with the Royal Naval Division in France or Belgium. There were approximately 378,000 1914 Stars issued. 

British War Medal 

The silver or bronze medal was awarded to officers and men of the British and Imperial Forces who either entered a theatre of war or entered service overseas between 5th August 1914 and 11th November 1918 inclusive. This was later extended to services in Russia, Siberia and some other areas in 1919 and 1920. 

The Allied Victory Medal

Each of the allies issued their own bronze victory medal with a similar design, similar equivalent wording and identical ribbon. The British medal was designed by W. McMillan. The front depicts a winged classical figure representing victory.

‘Regent’ by Malky McCormick

Malky was seen in Hamilton Regent Shopping Centre painting ‘Regent’.

Regent by Malky McCormick

‘Regent’ has the Scottish flags painted on it with the Lion Rampant on one side and the saltire on the other. Well-known Scottish people are also painted on the horse.

Malky painting the Lion Rampant on ‘Regent’

The Lion Rampant

The Lion Rampant is also known as the Royal Standard of Scotland and the Banner of the King of Scots. Its correct use is restricted by an Act of the Parliament of Scotland to only a few Great Officers of State who officially represent the Sovereign in Scotland.

It is used officially at the Scottish royal residences of the Palace of Holyroodhouse, Edinburgh, and Balmoral Castle, Aberdeenshire, when The Queen is not in residence. The Royal Standard of the United Kingdom used in Scotland is flown when the Sovereign is present.

‘Regent’ by Malky McCormick
Scottish personalities on ‘Regent’

The Scottish personalities on the above photograph include Andy Murray, Billy Connolly, and Sean Connery.

Above are just two of the horses. I will include some more on a later posting.

Further Information:

Ready, Steady, Gallop - Information on all the horses including a downloadable location map and phone app.

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