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sumac Posted 20th Aug 2020, 03:10pm
  Hear hear, zascot. My kids can’t believe I did all the things I did, unaccompanied by any adults, most of them extremely dangerous by today’s Snowflakes standard. I escorted my 4 year old to the play park round the corner yesterday. When I was 4, I was taken to Ally Park by an older sister and we stayed for hours. No phones. No snacks. I feel so sorry for today’s kids. They really don’t have the freedom we had. And no compromise, either. Shame.
zascot Posted 20th Aug 2020, 02:49pm
  As you know Dave I`m also from Townhead, Kyle Street then Ruchazie then Riddrie and also now in South Africa. I think being born where we were gave you a strong attitude to do better. My grandkids take it for granted to get up go in the garden and jump in the pool. I think it is great but also think they are missing something, hard to explain but when you have to strive to achieve success you appreciate it more. When I think back to my teenage years if any of my kids did what we did I would knock their heads off. biggrin.gif
Dave Grieve Posted 20th Aug 2020, 11:59am
  Sumac I wrote my life story and published it on Amazon.
I did it not because im anything special but to let my kids and grandkids know their family history.
Some of my family here who have never been to the UK say that its a hard read, especially the conditions I describe living in Kyle st.
sumac Posted 20th Aug 2020, 09:00am
  I lived in those “slums” of Townhead, although I didn’t know it till I was an adult. My mum worked 3 cleaning jobs then full-time in Collins office to bring up 6 of us in a room and kitchen with outside toilet. My dad worked in the newspapers which paid well but he was a gambler (love you, Dad) so Mum had accounts with stores. She would have put all of us to private school if she could, hence her jobs, but 2 of us got there (grant-aided, of course).
I’ve said all of this because, although I don’t think we should celebrate slum living (I don’t think you were doing this, Martin), I am proud of my upbringing and want my children to see where I came from. I only wish there were more films that I could show them.
My children are from a different class to their mother’s in her upbringing. They are proud that their Mum, and especially their Gran, came from these “slums” and went on to greater things, like many, many others from the same background.
GG Posted 21st Jan 2016, 12:49am
 
QUOTE (Tally Rand @ 20th Jan 2016, 12:48am) *
Obviously you were raised nowhere near those insidious working class "prison slums".

No hot water, no toilets, slum land lords who would not fix a tap washer. 5 kids to a room. 8 bodies to a single end".

To wax nostalgic about "the worst slums in Europe" is a complete insult to those forced up in what was an eternal disgrace to the great British Empire.

Does Maryhill count?

Pedantics aside, I completely agree with where you are coming from, Tally. I wasn't in any way " wax[ing] nostalgic about "the worst slums in Europe"; rather, I was highlighting the fact that one era of slum housing was being obliterated in order to make way for the next era of slum housing. An example: Springburn tenements for the Red Road flats. The ultimate goal of the (brown-envelope-receiving) Labour politicians was not to build strong, sustainable, vibrant, productive and progressive communities, rather it was their intention to destroy the community spirit and cohesion that threatened Labour's gravy train. The sad fact is that these greedy, self-serving clowns were successful up until the Westminster elections of last year.

And I still shed a tear for my friends and family who lived in both the Springburn and the Red Road slums.

GG.
angel Posted 20th Jan 2016, 01:13am
 
QUOTE (Tally Rand @ 20th Jan 2016, 12:48am) *
Obviously you were raised nowhere near those insidious working class "prison slums".

No hot water, no toilets, slum land lords who would not fix a tap washer. 5 kids to a room. 8 bodies to a single end".

To wax nostalgic about "the worst slums in Europe" is a complete insult to those forced up in what was an eternal disgrace to the great British Empire.


Yes it was , in actual fact it was criminal . Talk about crimes against mankind .
Tally Rand Posted 20th Jan 2016, 12:40am
 
QUOTE (GG @ 15th Jan 2016, 12:46am) *
A multimedia film made from photographs taken by Hugh Hood in 1974 showing the changes in the city of Glasgow.

I was mostly too young to remember the places – except the Red Road flats – but this is quite simply an astonishing piece of work showing Glasgow on the brink of the consequences of politically-directed communal destruction.

GG.

Obviously you were raised nowhere near those insidious working class "prison slums".

No hot water, no toilets, slum land lords who would not fix a tap washer. 5 kids to a room. 8 bodies to a single end".

To wax nostalgic about "the worst slums in Europe" is a complete insult to those forced up in what was an eternal disgrace to the great British Empire.
GG Posted 15th Jan 2016, 12:38am
  A multimedia film made from photographs taken by Hugh Hood in 1974 showing the changes in the city of Glasgow.

I was mostly too young to remember the places – except the Red Road flats – but this is quite simply an astonishing piece of work showing Glasgow on the brink of the consequences of politically-directed communal destruction.



GG.
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