Archive for April, 2012

Record Day and Visual Arts Festival in Glasgow

I had a nice wee walk about Glasgow yesterday, under no pressure of time, since my only appointment was with the “junior” football!

I picked up a guide to the Glasgow Festival of Visual Art and thought I’d drop into the GOMA to see the Karla Black’s …”largest show in Scotland to date”.  I though this would mean there would be a lot to see…shows you what I know!

I entered GOMA and found out that the “show” was a huge slice of sawdust cake with the plastic wrapper off:-

So I headed to Tron 103 and had a wander round a few of the exhibit rooms there….things hanging on walls..I can fake a knowing look at them!

Then off to Mono for Record Store Day…then up to Avalanche (or is it LoveMusic?) to have a look in there. I always find myself going to the shop in Queen Street just to see how many people get in the shop along with the band who are playing “instore”!

I didn’t actually buy anything today…too busy!!

But the best part of my joint..Art / Music installation was the guy outside the record shop offering to do 10 press ups for a £1. He was in his barefeet and everything….I think he was american and must have confused the west coast of Scotland with the west coast of America…

I helpfully mentioned to him that he would be best to get some footwear before heading down to Greggs for his lunch because walking barefoot in Glasgow could come to a bloody, infected end!



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Jerry Cans and Sausage Rolls

I spent this week being amazed at why people listen to politicians when they also seem to think so little of them. I have some sympathy with Francis Maude and his “Jerry Can” comment. The truth is that he does not know any better, does not live the same life as us and has probably never worried about being able to afford to get to work in his life.

The same goes for Mr Cameron. How many millionaires spend their lunchtimes queuing up at Greggs for a Steak Bake?….not many I bet.

So the media scrum and frenzy around their throwaway comments is both misplaced and wasteful.

A more suitable object of scrutiny and discussion are all these crooked businesses that take millions of pounds of public money to hide the number of unemployed people and cheat and deceive young people into thinking they are getting a career when all they’re getting is used and abused.

So credit to the Panorama show tonight.:-




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