Released: June 2014
Publisher: Bradwell Books
Size: 160 x 160mm
Author: Kathryn Buchanan
Please note: this title is currently unavailable.
Bradwell’s Eclectica Glasgow features a plethora of facts and information about the people and events that have helped to make the city so interesting. The title brings together dialect, humour, recipes, murder stories, local names, walks and maps, ghost stories, local customs, local sports, local history and famous locals in one 80 page softback publication.
Times have changed and so has the city. The old shipyards and the industry on the Clyde have all but disappeared and instead there are stylish walkways and architectural wonders such as the Armadillo and
the Riverside Museum. Avant-garde architecture is a traditional feature in Glasgow and there are not many cities with a Venetian-style carpet factory, such as the old Templeton’s building and a Victorian/Art Nouveau style Hat rack, while Mackintosh’s School of Art still has a modern and exciting feel, despite being over one hundred years old.
Glaswegians like a bit of a blether, are hospitable and have a dry sense of humour, which can be seen in how they dress up the statue of Robert Burns in George Square for his birthday celebrations on 25th January. The statue of Wellington, on his horse outside the Gallery of Modern Art, mostly has a traffic cone on his head and sometimes other additions. Officials remove the cones with a high-powered water jet but neither this nor the fact that criminal charges may follow if caught climbing the statue has been a deterrent and Wellington, with his cone, is now ranked fifty-seventh in Tripadvisor’s Glasgow attractions!
There are a few words and expressions to give you a head start with the patter. If told to ‘Haud yir wheesht’ it would be good to stop talking as there is no way you will want a ‘Glesga kiss!’ ‘Haud the bus’ has nothing to do with transport but just means wait a minute. However, if you are on a bus, ‘Com’on get aff’ means that you have arrived at your destination and it is time to get off the bus. Women should not be offended if they are called ‘Hen’ as it is a term of endearment, and it is not rude to ask you if you would like a ‘Pokey Hat ’ as this is an ice cream cone. ‘Ginger’ is any fizzy drink and Irn-Bru really does have iron in it – and 700 cans are bought in Scotland every minute.
The city’s slogan can be seen even on taxis and it says, quite rightly, that it’s the people who make Glasgow, so however much Glasgow changes it is still a friendly, welcoming and stylish city.