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.

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.


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

Statue in Langside Road, Glasgow

My fitness regime during my working day consists of going to the gym after work and walking during lunchtime. 

I have the choice of some lovely walks in the area around my office including Queen’s Park and Linn Park. On a walk around Queen’s Park last week I noticed this beautiful statue on top of a building on Langside Avenue.

 The statue looks like a Grecian one, with some further Grecian detail around the walls of the building. Glasgow City has some wonderful buildings.