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angelwing Posted 28th Jan 2010, 03:23am
  I was there but I got my own drink in a wisna payin fur drink but hid ta cough up 1.50 fur a can a coke, sorry a canny tell you how a got it in, am female and it was easy biggrin.gif I enjoyed myself and got the free bus hame.
TeeHeeHee Posted 12th Jan 2010, 07:11pm
  So, now that it's all over, did any one from the boards go see (Martin?) or were you all too busy celebrating in traditional style?
Heather Posted 6th Jan 2010, 04:38pm
  How true. laugh.gif

When I was old enough to go first footing with the family, I was always the one in a house first as I was the dark haired one of the family. Lump of coal in one hand and dad's bottle of whisky in the other. laugh.gif
Harrymc Posted 6th Jan 2010, 01:28pm
QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 6th Jan 2010, 01:06am) *
Why not just grab a bottle, piece of cake, coal or salt and go furst fittin' ?

Great idea but ah've jist had a horrible thought; in this politically correct world ah'd probably end up wi' an asbo if ah knocked on somebody's door at that hour cerryin'a bottle an' a lump o' coal!!
ashfield Posted 6th Jan 2010, 08:36am
  I was replying to an email from a close friend who has been living down south for quite a number of years when it hit me just how much Hogmanay has changed. The organised event has largely taken over from family parties or spontanious gatherings around Glasgow. My neighbours are all nice people but they would not be happy with uninvited guests appearing at their door and, being honest, so would we.

When I was younger, buying a "bottle" was a big deal and partying rare. Today, it is entirely different, and Hogmanay follows a period of Christmas celebrations like we never experienced 30/40 or 50 years ago. Hogmanay does not seem to hold the same significance, It's just not a big deal any longer. People will talk it up but, in reality, most will stay up for the bells then go to bed. The organised events seem to be directed at tourists and more about money making than keeping a tradition alive. In my view, Hogmanay and the traditions of first footing died a long time ago.
TeeHeeHee Posted 6th Jan 2010, 01:08am
  Why not just grab a bottle, piece of cake, coal or salt and go furst fittin' ?
GG Posted 5th Jan 2010, 10:31pm
  There was a great article in The Scotsman yesterday in which Lesley Riddoch lamented the demise of Hogmanay events in Scotland: changing from events driven by spontaneous neighbourliness and community spirit to regimented, packaged and commodified opportunities for exploitation of people's inability to entertain themselves. Unfortunately I can't provide a link as it is 'Premium Content' at The Scotsman, but if you want to pay for it you can go here and subscribe:

How our packaged Hogmanay has lost its old Scottish soul

A related full article – in which David Hayes forewarned of the emerging problems – can be found on the openDemocracy site:

In Search of Hogmanay

An extract from the latter article:

There is a national dimension too. While rootless revellers and the agencies which need them might feed off and recycle the seductive resource-pool of Scottish ‘uniqueness’, the intricate layers of an emerging Scotland impel work of imagination towards an altogether different, consciously comparative and modern, form of self-understanding.

There is no way back to the affective communities of old. That kind of intimacy and security, as well as oppressiveness, is gone forever. But the Edinburgh template, with its sundering of generational bonds and confiscation of public space, is no answer. So, where to turn? If the newly-commodified Hogmanay is still, after all, only the latest version, not the sinister corruption of something pure and timeless – what is it really?

Ms Riddoch concluded her article with the following observation, one which begs the question why is George Square effectively closed off to the general public at the very time when we should be opening our public venues up, and welcoming a range of ages and groups into public places:

Last time the decade turned we were worried in vain about technical Armageddon. This turning decade presents us with a more potent problem. Social meltdown. A collapse in our inability to experience ourselves and connect authentically with one another ... and then the world.

If Scots truly cannot entertain themselves any more, the organised Hogmanay must change. Why not open our public world at Hogmanay insted of closing it? Schools, leisure centrs, swimming pools, galleries and museums could open with special events all night. ...

penny dainty Posted 27th Dec 2009, 07:56am
  Whats happened to Hogmany?I swear that once upon a time you could land in Scotland from another planet and know there was something going on , there was a magic feel in the air , a hidden excitement , a totally wonerful experience.
In these days where things have changed so dramatically, think yerselves so lucky to have experienced a traditional , old fashioned Hogmany to have experienced the magic, the fun , the moment .
For i truly belive it has gone sad.gif
GG Posted 27th Dec 2009, 07:41am
  The decision appears to have affected Glasgow's Hogmanay rankings in people's favourite destination to see in the bells. From a survey of revellers' fav New Year's Eve locations reported in the News of the World today:

And what of Scotland's biggest city? Glasgow didn't make the Top 10... instead it limps in at No20.

Considering our nation's the home of Hogmanay, it's not what officials might have hoped for.

Fingers crossed that 2010 will see it rise in the rankings...

Julia Posted 23rd Dec 2009, 05:32pm
  You CAN get a refund after all, i complained via email and told them how angry and disappointed I was. Took them a few days to reply and they didn’t really offer any adequate response directly to the cmplaints but did say I could get a refund. Here’s part of the email so they cant give to one and not to everyone…

I do hope that you do decide to attend Glasgow’s Hogmanay, however should you decide against this, please contact Mark McArthur, who will make arrangements to offer you a refund.

Yours sincerely

Dr Bridget McConnell
Chief Executive

If phoning or visiting please ask for Gavin Lightwood
Direct phone 0141 302 2846

Get your money back people, stand up to them!
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