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Posted by: GG 28th Jun 2013, 06:50am

We are routinely ignored by politicians in the city (except around election time), but today council leader Gordon Matheson unveiled a new city slogan which uses the people of Glasgow as its focus. Millions of pounds will be spent over the next few years promoting the city as 'People Make Glasgow', including £500,000 in the first year alone.

Politicians will be hoping that the new slogan proves to be even more popular than the Glasgow's Miles Better tagline which was launched 30 years ago this week, and which many Glaswegians would have liked to see return.

On launching the new slogan, Mr Matheson, who has come in for much criticism recently for his handling of the George Square revamp fiasco, said:

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"It's bold, friendly, confident, and it evokes a real sense of pride. The people of Glasgow are at the heart of this brand - we have created something which presents a truly distinctive identity for the city and on behalf of Glasgow I would like to warmly thank all those who gave their ideas so generously."

What do YOU think of the new city slogan?

GG.

Posted by: Jim 1888 28th Jun 2013, 07:38am

Perhaps it's the wrong question. I think it is good but I voted against because the old slogan could never be beaten!

Posted by: Guest 28th Jun 2013, 07:45am

£500,000 is a huge amount to spend on the tag line promotion - so spend it wisely and please spread the money amongst more design / advertising / marketing companies rather than the usual few.

Posted by: Guest 28th Jun 2013, 07:51am

Would've been better if Jolly Boy John was in the picture and it read
People Make Glasgow FOR REAL!!!


Posted by: ronnie a 28th Jun 2013, 08:01am

What's a pop concert to promote Glasgow never, bring back "GLASGOW'S MILE'S BETTER " and Mr SMILEY biggrin.gif

Posted by: Jupiter 28th Jun 2013, 08:55am

It never fails to amaze me the manner in which these two bob politicians can throw public money about with trivial ***** (please excuse my language but its the only word appropriate) like this.
I can name one or two places where money could be better spent eg adult learning support centres closing,public parks lying derelict as budgets are transferred to the 3rd class games,potholes.
Slogans what a pot of ****.

Posted by: JAGZ1876 28th Jun 2013, 09:03am

QUOTE (Guest @ 28th Jun 2013, 07:59am) *
Would've been better if Jolly Boy John was in the picture and it read
People Make Glasgow FOR REAL!!!


laugh.gif

I have to agree with Jim 1888 that "Miles Better" could never be beaten, and the "Glasgow, Scotland with style was just rubbish.

Posted by: Bill Irv 28th Jun 2013, 09:04am

"Glasgow - It's no Edinburgh"

Posted by: CAT 28th Jun 2013, 09:13am

Blood boiling again angry.gif I understand the need to market ourselves around the world but seriously is this the best they can come up with. Does any one know the company resposible for this tosh are they a Glasgow based company. Who is their target market with this one seems to me it's directed at those who are looking for party city going by this one add.
I pay a lot of money every month in council tax and have said before I would be happy to pay an increase if the money was well spent starting with getting the essential services the funding which is so desparatly needed.
Based on this and the George square fiasco I WANT A REFUND ! Why are the people of Glasgow so happy to vote these people in time and time again. If I had the brains I would start my own party and to borrow something from this slogan it would be The Real Glasgow Peoples Party.
Mr Mathieson Get Real.
Oh no I'm ranting again laugh.gif

Posted by: Jim D 28th Jun 2013, 09:13am

I think "People Make Glasgow" is a decent slogan.

The "Glasgows Miles Better" was great, as was the Mr Smiley but it did not come for nothing. The rights for the Mr Smiley logo cost a great deal of money, so £500,000 is a reasonable cost if spent wisely. Especially with the Commonwealth Games next year and all the other event they are currently competing to host.

Posted by: DavidT 28th Jun 2013, 09:16am

Council makes Glasgow reel. I much prefer the campaign by Kevin Bridges who after trying out 'wee mental Davy' and many other ideas finally selected Andy - apprentice joiner as the real face of Glasgow.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpIKEw7WaJI&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Posted by: Les Hami 28th Jun 2013, 09:56am

go back to Mr Smilley logo and "Miles better" everyone knows Thats Glasgow!!!!!

Posted by: chas1937 28th Jun 2013, 10:08am

Think the City Council need a kick up the backside as haven't a clue when it comes to doing anything with just the latest fiasco.Glasgow's Miles Better was fine so why did they need too change it same as Mr Smiley that was best one ever

Posted by: *greta* 28th Jun 2013, 10:16am

Much prefer the previous slogan, wonder how many man hours and brains it has taken to think up this "simple" thing.

Posted by: partick boy 28th Jun 2013, 10:30am

Perhaps the council should have asked the people of Glasgow: "WHAT is the BEST thing about Glasgow?" Answers in no more than five words, please.
The slogan offered by Gordon Matheson suggests that only people make Glasgow the great city that it is. But there is much, much more to Glasgow than just its people, brilliant characters though they are, every one.
So, come on, Glaswegians, thinking caps on. Let's see if YOU can find that one-off slogan that really captures WHAT is REALLY BEST about Glasgow (in no more than five words).
Let's see if you can even outdo 'Glasgow Smiles Better'.

Posted by: droschke7 28th Jun 2013, 11:10am

In these times of austerity, paying £500,000 for a "new slogan" that we don't need is idiotic, can't these imbeciles in the council find a better way to spend our money?

Posted by: Mathieson 28th Jun 2013, 11:40am

While "Glasgow's Miles Better" was a great slogan it's pretty much had it's day, in my opinion.

I like the new "People Make Glasgow" one.

Edinburgh and other prettier cities can dwell on their architecture and historical aspects but it's true that in Glasgow, it's the people who make the city.

And remember, We Are The People!

Posted by: tarzan 28th Jun 2013, 11:46am

£500,000 for that?
Who got paid?
I wonder if they had season tickets to any Glasgow football stadia.

When you add the £500,000 paid out to Ronnie Saez redundancy from the East End regeneration "charity" then the George Square fiasco and how much that cost, you've got to admit they know how to look after their own.

When will questions be asked of the people who run Glasgow?

Regardless whether ratepayers frequent the same sporting events at the same location of labour councillors and even if they do know their songbook, (cf George Galloway) the same sickening stench must be reaching everyone's nostrils.

Posted by: tarzan 28th Jun 2013, 11:49am

If its keeping Matheson out of car parks I suppose its something.

Posted by: Professur 28th Jun 2013, 11:59am

I suppose they did have to get throw Glasgow's Miles Better after people watched the Batman's Joker and learned what a Glasgow Smile is and what the expression was really saying. At least they didn't go back to Glasgow, International city of Kulchur. biggrin.gif

Posted by: Isobel 28th Jun 2013, 12:02pm

My question to the good people of Glasgow is. Do you think you need a slogan?
Does any of the other Scottish cities have a slogan.?
Scotland as a whole is known all over the world for friendly people.

Posted by: Jupiter 28th Jun 2013, 12:12pm

Isobel in my view in a word,"No."
What does this slogan mean?
I cant get my thought process round what it means.People make Glasgow. Well people make most things in this life, but is Glasgow a special case? Who gets money for coming away with this dross.
Its a load of wallop.

Posted by: john.mcn 28th Jun 2013, 12:33pm

waste of money

Posted by: bilbo.s 28th Jun 2013, 12:34pm

QUOTE (Isobel @ 28th Jun 2013, 01:10pm) *
My question to the good people of Glasgow is. Do you think you need a slogan?
Does any of the other Scottish cities have a slogan.?
Scotland as a whole is known all over the world for friendly people.


Perhaps you should be asking, " Does Glasgow need 79 councillors?" cool.gif

Posted by: rumcdonald 28th Jun 2013, 12:39pm

I like the new slogan. The old one seemed a wee bit arrogant.

Posted by: robert gibbons 28th Jun 2013, 12:45pm

QUOTE (GG @ 28th Jun 2013, 06:58am) *
We are routinely ignored by politicians in the city (except around election time), but today council leader Gordon Matheson unveiled a new city slogan which uses the people of Glasgow as its focus. Millions of pounds will be spent over the next few years promoting the city as 'People Make Glasgow', including £500,000 in the first year alone.

Politicians will be hoping that the new slogan proves to be more popular than the Glasgow's Miles Better tagline which was launched 30 years ago this week, and which many Glaswegians would have liked to see return.

On launching the new slogan, Mr Matheson, who has come in for much criticism recently for his handling of the George Square revamp fiasco, said:

What do YOU think of the new city slogan?



GG.

Posted by: john.mcn 28th Jun 2013, 12:46pm




Posted by: bilbo.s 28th Jun 2013, 12:54pm

QUOTE (john.mcn @ 28th Jun 2013, 01:54pm) *

What a lovely couple !

Posted by: CAT 28th Jun 2013, 12:56pm

I have now had a look at the whole artical on BBC News and taking the whole concept on board and I now feel it's not that bad. Also from what I understand the £500K is also for marketing the city throughout the uk and around the world which I suppose doesn't seem that bad. I know times are tough but as tourism is now a large part of our economy I suppose it's an investment that has to be made but it's also a matter of priority's. The slogan was thought up by Glasgow City Marketing Bureau which is public private partnership company based in George Square yet another arms length company with jobs for the boy's or am I just getting too cynical when it comes to GCC.


Posted by: thunder badger 28th Jun 2013, 12:58pm

I liked the old slogan cos in my head it went 'Glasgow Smiles Better', which made me smile.

Perhaps the new slogan should be People Make Glasgow Surreal!

Having visited on many occasions I can testify that both slogans are true. If I were to come up with a slogan myself it would be 'Good Times, Good People, Great City'.

Posted by: Guest 28th Jun 2013, 01:38pm

Well I don't really think £500K is a lot of money considering that the the city's Marketing Bureau is going to have to develop and promote this slogan in the UK and across the world. In fact - to be honest - it sounds like a pittance to what it is really going to have to spend to launch a new brand on the scale it is hoping to. Poorly though through.

Posted by: tarheels 28th Jun 2013, 02:21pm

Everybody in Glasgow has said it well an up front , just your city has what it takes to be famous , don't ruin a good thing , my opinion . Clarence Potter Sr , California U.S.

Posted by: The Callands Rebel 28th Jun 2013, 02:37pm

Hello from the Yank.

A little take into how the city fathers of Glasgow are viewed as well as our own bunch of demi gods.

Our organization for decades have attempted to enhance the histories shared by our combine ancestry.

Your City council declined each and every attempt, including the free maintenance/perpetual care on WallaceWell Road at the Spring.

We tried to award posthumously our highest service medal for native Glaswegians who fought for the South during ourCivil War as these men had distinct contributions during, only to be ignored.

But they have no problem with expending millions of pounds on a new "slogan".

Why? Just like here in the States, elected officials have to keep oiling the wheels that got them into power, at your and my peoples expense.

Somebodies brother-in-law is going to line his coffers, some way with your tax dollars and the really sad part is that both our masses keep allowing the same types to be elected and with each election, that proverbial screwing gets worse and worse.

Personally, the old slogan was just fine, but as expressed before those politicians need "clean" money to oil those wheels!

And what better way but with your hard earned tax dollar.

Jerry

Posted by: Kassy 28th Jun 2013, 03:20pm

What the heck are they thinking. The old slogan was the best I hate this one.

What a waste of MONEY........... angry.gif

Posted by: norrie A 28th Jun 2013, 04:38pm

"People make Glasgow" is very average." Glasgow's miles better" was classic!

We have a saying in Australia 'If it's not broken DON'T fix it'.

Posted by: *MYAGNES* 28th Jun 2013, 06:03pm

AFTER THE GEORGE SQUARE FIASCO,STUFF LIKE THAT IS DEFINATELY NOT NEEDED

Posted by: *MYAGNES* 28th Jun 2013, 06:10pm

QUOTE (The Callands Rebel @ 28th Jun 2013, 02:45pm) *
Hello from the Yank.

A little take into how the city fathers of Glasgow are viewed as well as our own bunch of demi gods.

Our organization for decades have attempted to enhance the histories shared by our combine ancestry.

Your City council declined each and every attempt, including the free maintenance/perpetual care on WallaceWell Road at the Spring.

We tried to award posthumously our highest service medal for native Glaswegians who fought for the South during ourCivil War as these men had distinct contributions during, only to be ignored.

But they have no problem with expending millions of pounds on a new "slogan".

Why? Just like here in the States, elected officials have to keep oiling the wheels that got them into power, at your and my peoples expense.

Somebodies brother-in-law is going to line his coffers, some way with your tax dollars and the really sad part is that both our masses keep allowing the same types to be elected and with each election, that proverbial screwing gets worse and worse.

Personally, the old slogan was just fine, but as expressed before those politicians need "clean" money to oil those wheels!

And what better way but with your hard earned tax dollar.

Jerry

You said it all Jerry!

Posted by: wellfield 28th Jun 2013, 08:13pm

People make Glasgow...yes' I realize that,the people make every city...now on to the new slogan...ah' what shall it be! can't wait!

Posted by: Mrs L 28th Jun 2013, 08:28pm

I always tell people 'Glasgow's miles better' with a smile of fond remembrance. I have a good life in Canada now.
Don't think I could get my tongue around 'People make Glasgow' as happily

Posted by: Harper 28th Jun 2013, 09:43pm

When i come down to glasgow to visit friends, i feel the city is very much alive, the people in my view make glasgow tick, the city is full of industrial history, i think thats where glasgow people get their great sense of humour, Yes i agree, it is hard to beat glasgow is miles better, i think the slogan good, i remember in the 70s among many people glasgow was known as no mean city. I have lived in dundee for since 1976, when i come down to glasgow to visit friends, i feel im home again, its like stepping into another planet, and its people that give out that great energy. and dont laugh, but i do watch river city.

Posted by: Guest 29th Jun 2013, 05:11am

Jeez - 500 grand obviously doesn't go as far as it used to...

Posted by: Guest 29th Jun 2013, 09:38am

As stated above, very average. It sounds unfinished.......needs something at the end of it, e.g. People make Glasgow ........

It is a forgettable slogan and could be applied to any city. Maybe it could be turned around, Glasgow makes people (smile, come back, happy).

Posted by: John Bogie 29th Jun 2013, 04:53pm

I think this is such a clever slogan as you can repeatedly change/add last word, i.e. People make Glasgow.... Exciting, Friendly, Multi Cultural, Interesting, Better, Happy.

Although I liked Glasgow's miles better, I think this beats it, so I voted yes.

Posted by: GG 30th Jun 2013, 02:22pm

Kevin McKenna at the Guardian is less than impressed, especially with the huge sums of money being spent on the city's Marketing Bureau in what he believes is an expensive effort to hoodwink people.

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A slogan for Glasgow? I have a few choice words

The meaningless lexicon of marketing has been scraped clean in civic Scotland's latest attempt to justify another spurious branding exercise. All the usual dismal phrases are there: "key sectors"; a "driver" and even a couple of "growth sectors". The design uses a "strong geometric typeface". Of course it does. They are the words that signal we poor idiot punters are about to be shafted yet again by the residents of Tammany Hall. It was revealed last week that Glasgow city council has committed £500,000 to rolling out another utterly vapid and empty slogan. Ever since the city unveiled its Glasgow's Miles Better slogan in the 1980s, it has never stopped congratulating itself and now thinks it's a global leader at this sort of thing. And so, the city woke on Friday to the news that half a million of their money has been spent on this: "People Make Glasgow." ...

Full comment article here:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jun/29/people-make-glasgow-slogan-marketing

GG.

Posted by: GG 30th Jun 2013, 02:41pm

Another columnist who is decidedly unimpressed is Tom Shields, who surmises that such a "minging" slogan is likely to have been a top-down idea, regardless of the council leader's shrill claims that the slogan is a result of a productive consultative process with the people themselves.

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Tom Shields on: Glasgow boasts better

Another search for a city slogan has proved futile.

The rebranding exercise has come up with: "People Make Glasgow". Which is true. Without the inhabitants, Glasgow would be just a collection of empty buildings. This goes without saying. But the city marketing bureau will spend half a million quid next year saying it. ...

Full story here:
http://www.heraldscotland.com/comment/tom-shields-on/tom-shields-on-glasgow-boasts-better.21480636

GG.

Posted by: mikeyomac 30th Jun 2013, 07:06pm

Glasgow. Our kinda Town... Do you want my bank details Mr Matheson for my 500000 pounds?

Posted by: Guest 30th Jun 2013, 09:12pm

Embarrassing, unoriginal, condescending, foolish, inane, ridiculous, silly, trivial, weak, puerile, unsophisticated, absurd, asinine, birdbrained, idiotic, ludicrous, silly, vacuous, witless.

Apart from that ... I like it! smile.gif

Posted by: angel 1st Jul 2013, 12:45am

QUOTE (Jupiter @ 28th Jun 2013, 01:20pm) *
Isobel in my view in a word,"No."
What does this slogan mean?
I cant get my thought process round what it means.People make Glasgow. Well people make most things in this life, but is Glasgow a special case? Who gets money for coming away with this dross.
Its a load of wallop.

Jupiter , I agree with your post's , smile.gif

Posted by: John Bogie 1st Jul 2013, 01:43pm

QUOTE (Guest @ 29th Jun 2013, 09:46am) *
As stated above, very average. It sounds unfinished.......needs something at the end of it, e.g. People make Glasgow ........

It is a forgettable slogan and could be applied to any city. Maybe it could be turned around, Glasgow makes people (smile, come back, happy).

After reading this and other posts, I don't think people understand !

The whole point is IT'S MEANT to be unfinished, so as a new word can be added each time, thereby giving you a refreshing new slogan innumerable times.

That's what is so clever about it !

Posted by: CAT 1st Jul 2013, 02:47pm

Yes we are getting it were not thick the point is why are we spending money on this when we have real issues. Surley marketing Glasgow was part of the comonwealth games budget.
I'm in sales and marketing and while I think it's not bad it's not that fabulous and can relate to any major city town or country so what's our USP

Posted by: GG 1st Jul 2013, 10:44pm

Have to agree with you, CAT. Apart from being condescending and manipulative (in the political context), it's also quite clear that the people running this wee show were unable to identify any USP Glasgow has to offer in competition with other cities. Considering that politicians in the city have spent £billions over the last few years alone on trying to regenerate, encourage investment, and attract tourists, that is a damning indictment of the level of failure ... not to mention joined-up thinking.

GG.

Posted by: GG 1st Jul 2013, 10:45pm

QUOTE (John Bogie @ 1st Jul 2013, 02:51pm) *
After reading this and other posts, I don't think people understand !

The whole point is IT'S MEANT to be unfinished, so as a new word can be added each time, thereby giving you a refreshing new slogan innumerable times.

That's what is so clever about it !

I don't think it's clever at all, John. The way I see it, it's called 'hedging your bets'. It opens up the city fathers to accusations of lack of leadership, vision and belief. Something bolder and brighter would have been better.

GG.

Posted by: jonsglasgowguide 2nd Jul 2013, 12:03am

I personally think the rebranding is one of the biggest wastes of public money for a long time there was nothing wrong with Glasgow'smilesbetter that was that good there was even a song for it and I would like to know why the amount of money wasted here and on such other nonsense as redoing George Square when it could be used to help the housing and education of the people of Glasgow and the fact that I posted current pictures of Kelvingrove Bandstand which is in such a state of disrepair that I am almost certain that it will be removed altogether and perhaps throw a new state of the art building which will be under used instead please spend the money on regenerating the current building and as I said before education and housing and stop going by what the unelected members of Westminster tell you that we need for the city...we need someone to stand up and (like Zammo said) Just Say No...rant over...by the way I have attached a pic of the bandstand to see if you all agree...get it sorted GCC


 

Posted by: Scotsman 2nd Jul 2013, 09:33am

Totally agree with you Jon.... total waste of money when there are far more important things for that money to be spent on.... just ask the people!! Like here in the East End its the Winter Gardens in Tollcross Park. Just like the Kelvingrove Bandstand its in such a state of disrepair but is there any help from the council bigwigs?? Its just shameful what is happening across the city as these destroyers let everything fall down or knock it down. But if its for the yuppy mob in George Square then NO expense will be spared. £100K on a waste of money for the George Square revamp or £500K on a waste of money for a new logo we dont need. People Make Glasgow?? Well one thing the people in Glasgow dont make is the bloomin decisions!!

Posted by: CAT 2nd Jul 2013, 09:36am

I thought the bandstand was being done as part of the comonwealth games project a the bowling is to be held over there. I have just looked into this after jons post and now find that this is not so and that friends of Kelvingrove have applied for lottery heritage funding to save it. Honestly just when I think GCC can't get any worse they get me again. This seems to me a no brainer as it would get good public use and would not be a blot on the landscape for our visitors.
Never mind People Make Glasgow more like Mathieson Ruins Glasgow.

Posted by: Scotsman 2nd Jul 2013, 10:22am

Sounds familiar to me CAT.... we were told Tollcross Park Winter Gardens would benefit from having the 2014 Games on our doorstep but that didnt happen for us. No Games Legacy here.... except for the fatcats property developers that is!!

People Make Glasgow.... Aye Right!! angry.gif

Posted by: DavidT 2nd Jul 2013, 11:09am

QUOTE (John Bogie @ 1st Jul 2013, 01:51pm) *
After reading this and other posts, I don't think people understand !

The whole point is IT'S MEANT to be unfinished, so as a new word can be added each time, thereby giving you a refreshing new slogan innumerable times.

That's what is so clever about it !

People understand it ok. If they didn't understand it then it would have been an even bigger waste of half a million quid. If an unfinished slogan is all you need for a work of genius then how about..
Glasgow's miles....
I belong to.....
Shiny slogans and brochures are a waste of...

Posted by: CAT 2nd Jul 2013, 01:48pm

I'm fed up with my hard earned cash getting spent on..... sad.gif

Posted by: bilbo.s 2nd Jul 2013, 01:58pm

QUOTE (CAT @ 2nd Jul 2013, 10:44am) *
Never mind People Make Glasgow more like Mathieson Ruins Glasgow.



Cat, I think you mean Matheson, but I kinda go along with your version. laugh.gif

Posted by: CAT 2nd Jul 2013, 02:01pm

ohmy.gif I'm tellin. There's enough trouble on these boards, Mathieson if you read this I'm sorry for blackening yer good name smile.gif Spelling was never my strong point.

Posted by: angel 2nd Jul 2013, 03:14pm

Good morning Cat , This is how Mathieson spells his avatar . smile.gif
with an i and an e .

Posted by: Scotsman 2nd Jul 2013, 03:41pm

QUOTE (DavidT @ 2nd Jul 2013, 11:17am) *
People understand it ok. If they didn't understand it then it would have been an even bigger waste of half a million quid. If an unfinished slogan is all you need for a work of genius then how about..
Glasgow's miles....
I belong to.....
Shiny slogans and brochures are a waste of...

biggrin.gif What about....

GLASGOW'S GREAT.... FOR MUSIC
GLASGOW'S GREAT.... FOR ARTS
GLASGOW'S GREAT.... FOR SPORT

You get the idea!! Could have saved half a million quid there if they'd just asked us. Simples!! wink.gif

Posted by: CAT 2nd Jul 2013, 03:56pm

QUOTE (Scotsman @ 2nd Jul 2013, 03:49pm) *
biggrin.gif What about....

GLASGOW'S GREAT.... FOR MUSIC
GLASGOW'S GREAT.... FOR ARTS
GLASGOW'S GREAT.... FOR SPORT

You get the idea!! Could have saved half a million quid there if they'd just asked us. Simples!! wink.gif

Sotsman your hired.

Posted by: CAT 2nd Jul 2013, 03:57pm

QUOTE (angel @ 2nd Jul 2013, 03:22pm) *
Good morning Cat , This is how Mathieson spells his avatar . smile.gif
with an i and an e .

Thanks Angel I'm sure he doesn't mixed up with the other one thumbup.gif

Posted by: GG 3rd Jul 2013, 07:32pm

Letter to the Herald today regarding the slogan:

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Glasgow City Council is to spend about £500,000 to develop and promote the city as a brand via the new slogan: People Make Glasgow.

What an appalling waste of money for a city which, financially, is on its knees. And how unrepresentative.

As a businessman who visits Glasgow once a month, sometimes more, I am continually taken aback by the sheer scale of poverty and deprivation in Glasgow. The regeneration of the city in the 1980s was wonderful to observe, and the Glasgow's Miles Better slogan captured its energy, vibrancy and generosity of spirit just brilliantly. That simple slogan gave Glasgow international recognition and pride in the city at the time was almost tangible. What has happened since then? Decay, dreadful leadership from the city council, a lack of vision, the worst school education results in Britain and the highest premature death rate in Britain.

Without urgent action and a sense of perspective as to how far the city continues to lurch into abject poverty, it will represent a problem which is too difficult to fix.

People Make Glasgow? A more appropriate slogan would be a take on a commonly used phrase in the city: "Poor, Dead, Not Brilliant".

GG.

Posted by: kenb 4th Jul 2013, 05:08am

i think i know were that guy is coming from but surely its not that bad !!!!!
have we got rose tinted specs on when we visit i hope not, poor dead not brilliant i dont think so i hope not .
GLASGOW PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW

Posted by: CAT 4th Jul 2013, 10:44am

QUOTE (GG @ 3rd Jul 2013, 07:40pm) *
Letter to the Herald today regarding the slogan:

GG.

Things are bad but not that bad. Yes we have poverty and deprevation but I think you will find that in most major cities. I don't think the levels are much higher than other cities but that does not excuse wasting money that could be used to tackle these problems particulary with services to the elderly and disabled being cut.

Posted by: kenb 4th Jul 2013, 12:01pm

well said cat you get my vote
tongue.gif tongue.gif

Posted by: CAT 4th Jul 2013, 01:39pm

QUOTE (kenb @ 4th Jul 2013, 12:09pm) *
well said cat you get my vote
tongue.gif tongue.gif

I'm just wondering what to call my party? Anyone want to join? I bet we could sort a few things out.
(just so long as no one brings up independance) laugh.gif

Posted by: Ruchazie Rat 4th Jul 2013, 02:07pm

That slogan cost half a million?!!! Seems Labour (e.g. City Chambers) haven`t learned their lesson from their 2010 humiliation (pissing our money down a drain).

Why are these contracts so big? What do ad agencies do with them? How much goes on their “prestigious” city centre leases... the lavishly-furnished meeting rooms... that daily heap of “Guardian”`s at reception next to the cappuccino-dispenser?

How come the end result always look like they`ve spent 20 mins banging out any old blurb they slap on any old vox-pop digi-pic? For all their Media-PhD savvyness, like poor marksmen, they keep just-missing the target, seldom hitting the right spot. Worse than useless!

Wonder how little “Glasgow`s Miles Better” Campaign cost, inflation-adjusted?

Posted by: CAT 4th Jul 2013, 02:33pm

QUOTE (Ruchazie Rat @ 4th Jul 2013, 02:15pm) *
That slogan cost half a million?!!! Seems Labour (e.g. City Chambers) haven`t learned their lesson from their 2010 humiliation (pissing our money down a drain).

Why are these contracts so big? What do ad agencies do with them? How much goes on their “prestigious” city centre leases... the lavishly-furnished meeting rooms... that daily heap of “Guardian”`s at reception next to the cappuccino-dispenser?

How come the end result always look like they`ve spent 20 mins banging out any old blurb they slap on any old vox-pop digi-pic? For all their Media-PhD savvyness, like poor marksmen, they keep just-missing the target, seldom hitting the right spot. Worse than useless!

Wonder how little “Glasgow`s Miles Better” Campaign cost, inflation-adjusted?

The half a million is not just for the slogan but also the whole campaign in the uk and overseas which is not a huge amount for the whole thing. But the the whole need for a new campaign at this time is just a ridiculous waste of money. They need to get their priorities right.
The agency involved is the Glasgow Marketing Bureau wich is public - private partnership with glasgow city council and in my eyes more jobs for the boys.

Posted by: JAGZ1876 4th Jul 2013, 02:51pm

QUOTE (CAT @ 4th Jul 2013, 01:47pm) *
I'm just wondering what to call my party?

With your name it would have to be the "Feline good party" laugh.gif

And i never mentioned the "I" word thumbup.gif

Posted by: CAT 4th Jul 2013, 03:09pm

QUOTE (JAGZ1876 @ 4th Jul 2013, 02:59pm) *
With your name it would have to be the "Feline good party" laugh.gif

And i never mentioned the "I" word thumbup.gif

Excellent name jagz . As for the other thumbup.gif

Posted by: kenb 5th Jul 2013, 06:51am

nice name jags how much did you get for it what you havent copy righted it................................................jags do you want a partner for my copy righted name the feline good parrrrty £250,00.00 each should do it your idea m copy right
job donr wey hey

Posted by: Mathieson 5th Jul 2013, 07:59am

Don't worry CAT, I knew who you were referring to. thumbup.gif

Posted by: Guest 5th Jul 2013, 11:50am

People Make Glasgow? Geez Peace! People Make Every City!

We already have a great city slogan.... LET GLASGOW FLOURISH.

Why didn't they use that one?

Samantha.

Posted by: DavidT 5th Jul 2013, 03:34pm

I like that one too Samantha, but they're a wee bit feart to use that sort of thing as it's closely associated with Christianity and the church..."Let Glasgow flourish with the teaching of his word" or words to that effect. I think it's a great motto and it reflects Glasgow's history as well as a message of hope for the future.
Incidentally it's also the motto of Paisley..although I think it's nearer "Paisley smells of flourish" laugh.gif
Only kidding all you buddies oot there.

Posted by: Jimmuck 12th Jul 2013, 01:48pm

Whit's wrang wae yoozin "Glesga' Folks Rock!" furr so thae dae, so thae dae! LMFAO! thumbup.gif thumbup.gif thumbup.gif

Posted by: DavidT 17th Jul 2013, 05:36am

What is it with cities, regions, countries constantly branding, rebranding and concentrating on their image all the time? I wonder if Glasgow or any other place ever lives up to its chosen public image.
Glasgow Airport has also had a rebrand in time for the Commonwealth Games. I wonder how much this cost..


Posted by: Scotsman 17th Jul 2013, 03:49pm

Bonkers!! Where will it end??

I think a lot of this tosh is to make people feel important by spending other peoples money. With the council surely it would be better for them spend money on fixing potholes or clearing up litter than to keep rebranding all the time.

Posted by: RussT 17th Jul 2013, 09:23pm

Glasgow Airport is run by a company and the cost of its rebrand is of concern only to that company's board of directors, shareholders and management. Nothing to do with Glasgow City Council!

Posted by: GG 18th Jul 2013, 07:18pm

The production of the logo was ordered by Heathrow Airport Holdings, the owners of Glasgow Airport. The move to brand the airport separately from the parent company was made from an HQ in London after the company changed its name from BAA. Heathrow Airport Holdings is itself owned by the Spanish company Ferrovial. In view of this Anglo-Spanish ownership, perhaps the mimicking of a Scottish thistle is meant to be ironic? wink.gif

Read more about the development of the Glasgow Airport brand at the link below, and read how Glasgow's 'leaders' are simply gushing with praise ...

Scottish agency’s new Thistle brand takes off at Glasgow Airport
http://www.allmediascotland.com/media-releases/51868/scottish-agencys-new-thistle-brand-takes-off-at-glasgow-airport/

GG.

Posted by: Scotsman 19th Jul 2013, 02:37pm

QUOTE (RussT @ 17th Jul 2013, 09:31pm) *
Glasgow Airport is run by a company and the cost of its rebrand is of concern only to that company's board of directors, shareholders and management. Nothing to do with Glasgow City Council!

I didnae see anyone on here blaming the cooncil for the airport logo??

But not sure what you are saying RussT because the company still gets its money from the public as customers.... unless you are saying that the directors etc dipped into their own pockets to pay for the new logo.... now that would be a first and I would applaud these fellows!! smile.gif

Posted by: Guest 20th Jul 2013, 05:20am

I prefered this one, used in Glasgow many a year....

We are The People!

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Posted by: Mrs L 21st Jul 2013, 02:48am

You know for years I thought I was hearing "The wee arrow people". Then I repeated it several times using my broadest Glasgow accent and I remembered!

Posted by: RussT 21st Jul 2013, 01:10pm

QUOTE
I didnae see anyone on here blaming the cooncil for the airport logo??

The "cooncil" sems to get the blame for an awful lot on this board.

QUOTE
But not sure what you are saying RussT because the company still gets its money from the public as customers.... unless you are saying that the directors etc dipped into their own pockets to pay for the new logo.... now that would be a first and I would applaud these fellows!!

I am saying quite simply that how a company reinvests its income is of interest only to its board of directors, shareholders and management. The users of Glasgow International Airport pay, directly or indirectly, to use the airport and its facilities. That does not entitle them to a say in how the airport is run or how the company which runs it disburses its income.

Posted by: Scotsman 22nd Jul 2013, 10:06am

Fair enough on the second part.... point taken.... let the management do what they want if it keeps them happy!!

But I still dont see where anyone blamed the cooncil for the Glasgow Airport sign although I do see that they have been blamed for the People Make Glasgow logo. I am sure they are big enough to take both the booing and the applause.

Posted by: carmella 27th Jul 2013, 05:33pm

Think yourselves lucky, I still reel and cower with huge embarrassment every time I drive past Prestwick (Glasgow) Airport splashed across you see.....

PURE DEAD BRILLIANT OMG how embarrassing is this, and yet no sign (no pun intended ) of changing it to something sensible.

As for Glasgow Airport itself, why not just leave it at GLASGOW AIRPORT or even ABBOTSINCH now is that no novel LOL.


 

Posted by: GG 28th Jul 2013, 11:26am

Looks like the people behind the 'People Make Glasgow' slogan are not impressed by the Scotsman and/or Google after the newspaper revealed that Google search suggestions link Glasgow to poverty and violence, while a similar searches for Edinburgh reveals it is linked to wind and cold.

QUOTE
The Glasgow Marketing Bureau, which recently launched the “People Make Glasgow” slogan, which replaced “Glasgow: Scotland With Style” at a cost of £500,000 to Glasgow City Council, said it did not wish to comment.




QUOTE
Google reveals questions asked about Scotland

Search engine Google has revealed the questions the world wants to know about Scotland and its major cities and unfortunately, not all of them are flattering.

Google’s autocomplete service, which automatically suggests the most common search terms people are using when certain information is entered, has passed judgment on Scotland’s four biggest cities, and the results suggest that despite efforts to “sell” Scotland as an upmarket tourist destination worldwide, certain stereotypes are hard to shake off.

When asking “Why is Glasgow so...” Google autocomplete suggests words such as “violent”, “unhealthy”, “poor” and “dangerous”, while the question “Why is Edinburgh so...” elicits responses including “cold”, “expensive”, “haunted” and “windy”. ...

Full story here:
http://www.scotsman.com/news/odd/google-reveals-questions-asked-about-scotland-1-3018660

GG.

Posted by: marcam7 1st Aug 2013, 04:26pm

Glasgow?It's there for all to see..: (would like to put wee smiley men where the o's are but a cannae dae that)

Posted by: bilbo.s 1st Aug 2013, 04:47pm

QUOTE (marcam7 @ 1st Aug 2013, 05:34pm) *
Glasg smile.gif w? It's there f smile.gif r all t smile.gif see..: (would like to put wee smiley men where the o's are but a cannae dae that)


There ye go - nae borra!

Posted by: Scotsman 1st Aug 2013, 09:36pm

Given the stories about the bus lane cameras catching the unwary tourists and the litter on our streets I would say a better question was....

Why is Glasgow so unwelcoming??

Posted by: Guest 5th Aug 2013, 07:55am

Seen the poster adverts in the town at the weekend. A rather ghastly shade of pink - cerise? The posters didn't stand out among the others and didn't really say much, ie I didn't get what message they were trying to get across and who it was aimed at. Used to work in advertising so know a bit about it. It's a catchy phrase but it has to mean something real to connect with the target market. Just now that is not happening.

Posted by: GG 21st Aug 2013, 11:08pm

The first campaign. Photos taken in the Merchant City.

GG.








 

Posted by: irrie 22nd Aug 2013, 10:55am

They dont do anything for me I must admit.

Posted by: mlconnelly 22nd Aug 2013, 02:40pm

I quite liked the slogan but if this is the best they can do, I may revise my opinion. huh.gif Mary

Posted by: carmella 22nd Aug 2013, 05:16pm

I have to say that none of the images do anything for me at all.

Posted by: bilbo.s 22nd Aug 2013, 05:25pm

Underwhelmed! sad.gif

I´ll still visit next month. We have to go to the Passport Office for starters.

Posted by: Scotsman 23rd Aug 2013, 11:50am

Underwhelmed also!!

What is the first one about.... doesnt even look like Glasgow but looks like Stonehenge or something. And the horizontal one looks like an advert for some kind of carnival or something. Must do better.... miles better!! smile.gif

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 23rd Aug 2013, 12:42pm

It's true that People do make Glasgow ... what she is but the Slogan can certainly be abused or at least misused with many an uncomplimentary attatched ending.
People made Glasgow real for me when; after leaving School in Blantyre where I grew up, I started working in the City where I was born but not raised and came to see what I'd missed in the 15 years of my absense. I loved the City by day and night and I loved the people who made Glasgow.
For that reason I gave a yes vote.

The town where I live now; on the border with Basel in Switzerland, is known as "The City of Stools" - yeah, I know rolleyes.gif , is twinned with Bognor Regis and has a Coo named Wilma as the city's mascot so think yourselves lucky ... it could have been worse tongue.gif

However, it hasn't cost the town millions to come up with that. laugh.gif

Posted by: Ruchazie Rat 23rd Aug 2013, 01:14pm

... ***`s sake! Twinned with Bognor Regis... Bognor Regis...

Perhaps, after independence, we can get around to free-ing up a lot of Scots towns, cities, even neighbourhoods, for twinning.

How does Garthamlock sound? Could I interest you in Newton Mearns? Broomielaw, perhaps?
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Posted by: john.mcn 23rd Aug 2013, 02:10pm

QUOTE (Scotsman @ 23rd Aug 2013, 11:48am) *
Underwhelmed also!!

What is the first one about.... doesnt even look like Glasgow but looks like Stonehenge or something. And the horizontal one looks like an advert for some kind of carnival or something. Must do better.... miles better!! smile.gif


Sighthill park has a stone circle, might be that one.

Posted by: Ruchazie Rat 23rd Aug 2013, 02:47pm

The third one looks rubbish. Bad colour balancing. The crowd in the b.g. out of focus. Half the entire photo given over to more or less blank (white) space. Like some amateurs trying to do a professional job. The idea`s there. But the execution`s hopeless.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 23rd Aug 2013, 02:59pm

QUOTE (Ruchazie Rat @ 23rd Aug 2013, 01:12pm) *
... ***`s sake! Twinned with Bognor Regis... Bognor Regis...

How does Garthamlock sound? Could I interest you in Newton Mearns? Broomielaw, perhaps?
ohmy.gif ohmy.gif


Ah know ...Ah know ...

Bella Houston would get ma vote .. "Because on the Rhine" twinned with Bella Houston laugh.gif

Posted by: taurus 23rd Aug 2013, 09:28pm

People Make Glasgow and Glasgow Makes People...sounds like drinking whisky is not the national pasttime after all. There ye go Tee hee that`s how the slogan could become abused,probably much worse to come. However,whatever way you look at it,Glaswegians are smashin` people,so we are tongue.gif a better slogan in my opinion,Glasgow Is Unique.

Posted by: JAGZ1876 24th Aug 2013, 06:23am

QUOTE (Scotsman @ 23rd Aug 2013, 11:48am) *
Underwhelmed also!!

What is the first one about.... doesnt even look like Glasgow but looks like Stonehenge or something. And the horizontal one looks like an advert for some kind of carnival or something. Must do better.... miles better!! smile.gif

The first one was taken at an inflatable Stonehenge that visited Glasgow Green a while back Scotsman..

I know what you mean about the carnival one.

Posted by: GG 26th Aug 2013, 10:52pm

Seen from another viewpoint...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/93398540@N02/9342506595/in/photostream/

QUOTE
PEOPLE MAKE GLASGOW....
Another of the glasgow campaign the poster urges us to lets celebrate, well this wee glasgow couple are going to do that by the looks of things.

GG.

Posted by: TeeHeeHee 27th Aug 2013, 08:52pm

Wi Stella?
Have they shut "Tennents" doon? laugh.gif

Posted by: GG 12th Sep 2013, 10:29pm

Eager to politicise the city's latest slogan, Sir Alex Ferguson was yesterday named the winner of the first People Make Glasgow Award. Probably much to do with the way he pops up at election time to deliver some sage proclamations about how fantastic Labour is for the city of Glasgow. Here's a wee example of Alex's wise words: in this instance, talking about the great plans of the subsequently elusive Willie Bain prior to the Glasgow North East by-election in 2009:

QUOTE
"Willie understands what needs to be done. Willie's Action Plan for Glasgow focuses on people's real concerns and priorities.

His determination to crack down on crime and fight to improve chances for local people is spot on, and has my whole-hearted support.

Glasgow doesn't always get its fair share, so I know the value of having someone able to stop the city being ripped off [by the SNP].

I always tell young players that being a footballer is the best job in the world. Yes, it's hard work to reach the top, but it's nothing to bringing up a family or running a household on a tight budget."

Well done to Alex.

GG.

Posted by: Scotsman 13th Sep 2013, 10:06am

I like Sir Alex and he is a very high profile Glaswegian and better deserving than some so I am not that bothered that he got the award. Its good to see an older person getting it also. But I do think he should think twice about getting involved in politics.... is he going to be used come the independence referendum next year??

Posted by: Dylan 13th Sep 2013, 10:20am

I don't think anyone uses Sir Alex !!!

Posted by: wee davy 13th Sep 2013, 02:30pm

Dylan - we agree, YET AGAIN!

Posted by: Dylan 13th Sep 2013, 02:39pm

I must be doing something wrong.! angry.gif

Posted by: GG 15th Sep 2013, 09:26am

The brand on a taxi in Trongate. Personally, I think these images show how weak and insignificant the brand looks when seen on its own. As for the colour!





GG.

Posted by: Betsy2009 15th Sep 2013, 09:34am

Ooooh! A hot pink girly taxi! Just the image needed for a strong, hard working, industrial town.

Posted by: mlconnelly 15th Sep 2013, 09:39am

I hate pink with a vengeance. Mary shock3.gif

Posted by: JAGZ1876 15th Sep 2013, 09:45am

QUOTE (Dylan @ 13th Sep 2013, 02:37pm) *
I must be doing something wrong.! angry.gif

No change there then tongue.gif

Posted by: Betsy2009 15th Sep 2013, 09:52am

You can't miss the colour but it rather blinds you to the message. What branding?

Posted by: GG 16th Oct 2013, 10:38pm

Another inspired siting of the 'People Make Glasgow' brand. Plenty of space for graffiti too!


GG.

Posted by: Ana 2nd Jun 2014, 10:54pm

I love your new slogan.

We are a Spanish family 2 children ages 2 and 6 who is going to spend three months in Glasgow we will be there next August so we better than others can see if it is right!

We are excited with the idea of living in Glasgow

Thanks.

Posted by: DavidT 27th Aug 2014, 05:59pm

Glasgow City Council - a lot of bees.

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=13244&utm_source=dlv&utm_medium=gplus

Glasgow's still buzzing.

Posted by: d.c. 27th Aug 2014, 06:35pm

George Square has been plagued by bees recently. Now we know why !

Posted by: ashfield 27th Aug 2014, 06:57pm

QUOTE (d.c. @ 27th Aug 2014, 07:52pm) *
George Square has been plagued by bees recently. Now we know why !

Aye, silly ones at that rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Guest 27th Aug 2014, 07:58pm

QUOTE
He kept bees in the old town of Effin,
an Effin bee keeper wis he,
and one day this Effin bee keeper,
goat stung, by a big Effin bee.

Now this big Effin bee keepers wee Effin wife,
for the big Effin polis she ran,
for there's no one can sort oot a big Effin bee,
like a big Effin polisman can

now the big Effin polisman he did his nut
and he ran doon the main Effin street,
in his haun a big Effin baton
and big Effin boots on his feet.

Now the polis got hold of this big Effin bee,
and he twisted the Effin bees wings,
but this big Effin bee got his ain back,
for this big Effin bee had two stings.

Now their both in the Effin museum,
and the Effin folk oft' come tae see,
the remains of the big Effin polis
stung to death by the big Effin bee.

Thanks tae Matt McGinn.

Posted by: Heather 27th Aug 2014, 09:32pm

laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: robertpaterson 28th Aug 2014, 03:23pm

For me, "People Make Glasgow" is a fitting description of what was one of the things that stood out to me the most when I visited in the spring for my first time. Besides the family roots I explored, the amazing architecture, history, beautiful green spaces, trails and parks and great transit system, the hospitality and friendliness of the people made my trip even more memorable.

On numerous occasions, I asked a stranger on the street, "Excuse me, can I ask you for some information please?" "Of course" came the reply most often. Once the information was received and often a wee chat besides, my "Thank you very much for that" was most often responded to with "Nae Bother!"

On one occasion, a couple, upon finding out that I had only been there a few days visiting from Canada, took me to a whiskey bar and bought me a drink of scotch as their welcome gift. Hospitality doesn't get better than that!

So, be proud of who you are! The people do make Glasgow special and that's a rare find in the world we live in these days.

Posted by: GG 28th Aug 2014, 09:46pm

Hi Robert,

Fantastic that you had an enjoyable time in our city. We are [proud of our city and always look forward to welcoming visitors, especially if they like a wee dram! smile.gif

GG.

Posted by: lubbock 21st May 2015, 11:27am

What will visitors make of Glasgow this week end when thousands attend a loyalist march through the city centre. And how can GCC justify canceling this years Glasgow Show when the cost of the disruption and loss to businesses due to above event will far exceed the budget for one of Glasgow's most popular summer attractions

Posted by: JAGZ1876 21st May 2015, 04:49pm

QUOTE (lubbock @ 21st May 2015, 12:35pm) *
What will visitors make of Glasgow this week end when thousands attend a loyalist march through the city centre.


But they were fellow Better Together campaigners, you didn't seem to mind them then, did you?

Posted by: lubbock 21st May 2015, 07:10pm

I'm a practicing Roman Catholic so your comment is not only abusive and offensive it tars the overwhelming majority if those who voted NO clearly you are one of those who will never accept the result and will continue to be bitter ,what a sad way to live .I take it an apology is not in the cards..

Posted by: wombat 21st May 2015, 07:24pm

tongue.gif a few bigots banging on a drum ,big deal laugh.gif

 

Posted by: Melody 22nd May 2015, 08:19am

Aw love him Wombat. laugh.gif

Posted by: wombat 22nd May 2015, 08:51am

laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: JAGZ1876 22nd May 2015, 09:24am

QUOTE (lubbock @ 21st May 2015, 08:18pm) *
I'm a practicing Roman Catholic so your comment is not only abusive and offensive it tars the overwhelming majority if those who voted NO clearly you are one of those who will never accept the result and will continue to be bitter ,what a sad way to live .I take it an apology is not in the cards..


Apologise for what?

Were they or weren't they fellow NO campaigners?

Posted by: Betsy2009 22nd May 2015, 09:58am

Boys surely it's possible to keep religion out of this?
For all you know some 'loyalist' could bang the drum but vote 'yes' in private and vice versa with other religions.
Far too personal to be throwing insults.

Posted by: flam 22nd May 2015, 02:42pm

Exactly Betsy

Posted by: zascot 22nd May 2015, 02:58pm

One of the reasons I left.Everything gets back to and blamed on religion, about time Glasgow moved into this century. Oh well I suppose if it`s a wet summer it can be blamed on thae Tims or they Blue noses whichever gets ye going.

Posted by: Betsy2009 22nd May 2015, 03:14pm

Irish joke.

Are you a catholic or a protestant?
Neither. I'm a jew.
So are you a catholic jew or a protestant jew?

Posted by: JAGZ1876 22nd May 2015, 06:05pm

QUOTE (Betsy2009 @ 22nd May 2015, 11:06am) *
Boys surely it's possible to keep religion out of this?
For all you know some 'loyalist' could bang the drum but vote 'yes' in private and vice versa with other religions.
Far too personal to be throwing insults.


I didn't mention religion Betsy, nor did i throw an insult.

Posted by: JAGZ1876 22nd May 2015, 06:07pm

QUOTE (flam @ 22nd May 2015, 03:50pm) *
Exactly Betsy


Just what exactly?

Posted by: john.mcn 22nd May 2015, 07:05pm

QUOTE (zascot @ 22nd May 2015, 03:06pm) *
One of the reasons I left.Everything gets back to and blamed on religion, about time Glasgow moved into this century. Oh well I suppose if it`s a wet summer it can be blamed on thae Tims or they Blue noses whichever gets ye going.



Only the saddo's do, what footy team you support does not mean you went to a particular school or not nowadays.

Posted by: flam 22nd May 2015, 09:09pm

What Planet are you on..Lol

Posted by: JAGZ1876 23rd May 2015, 07:36am

QUOTE (flam @ 22nd May 2015, 10:17pm) *
What Planet are you on..Lol


We're on Earth, what planet are you on?

Posted by: Melody 23rd May 2015, 08:04am

There are a few on here at the minute Jagz who beg that question. laugh.gif

Posted by: zascot 23rd May 2015, 11:30am

On a lighter note I wonder if this shop would be popular at Parkhead.


Posted by: flam 23rd May 2015, 07:19pm

As I have written on this site before,more Catholics voted SNP (YES) and most Protestants Unionists voted (NO) in the Referendum

Posted by: john.mcn 23rd May 2015, 08:38pm

QUOTE (flam @ 23rd May 2015, 07:27pm) *
As I have written on this site before,more Catholics voted SNP (YES) and most Protestants Unionists voted (NO) in the Referendum



I'd hazard a guess that given they refer to themselves as Protestant Unionists they would most definitely vote NO!

Posted by: wombat 23rd May 2015, 09:30pm

QUOTE (Betsy2009 @ 22nd May 2015, 04:22pm) *
Irish joke.

Are you a catholic or a protestant?
Neither. I'm a jew.
So are you a catholic jew or a protestant jew?



an irish stew laugh.gif

Posted by: bilbo.s 23rd May 2015, 10:22pm

QUOTE (flam @ 23rd May 2015, 09:27pm) *
As I have written on this site before,more Catholics voted SNP (YES) and most Protestants Unionists voted (NO) in the Referendum



Where do you get your facts and figures ? Down the pub ?

QUOTE (john.mcn @ 23rd May 2015, 10:46pm) *
I'd hazard a guess that given they refer to themselves as Protestant Unionists they would most definitely vote NO!

thumbup.gif

Posted by: JAGZ1876 24th May 2015, 01:24am

QUOTE (flam @ 23rd May 2015, 08:27pm) *
As I have written on this site before,more Catholics voted SNP (YES) and most Protestants Unionists voted (NO) in the Referendum


And every catholic unionist voted NO, so your point is?

By the way, you still haven't told us what planet your calling from?

Posted by: bilbo.s 24th May 2015, 08:08am

QUOTE (JAGZ1876 @ 24th May 2015, 03:32am) *
And every catholic unionist voted NO, so your point is?

By the way, you still haven't told us what planet your calling from?


I'm guessing Uranus.

Posted by: JAGZ1876 24th May 2015, 09:17am

QUOTE (bilbo.s @ 24th May 2015, 09:16am) *
I'm guessing Uranus.


That's also what he speaks out of. laugh.gif

Posted by: GG 2nd Dec 2015, 10:47pm

Oh dear, pretty poor journalism that not worth commenting on ...

QUOTE
Marketing chief who propelled Glasgow to tourism A-list quits post

[..] In an email to staff, Glasgow City Council chief executive Annmarie O'Donnell said: "After ten successful years leading Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Scott Taylor has decided to step down.

"I don’t need to remind you of the successes the bureau has had, from their seemingly endless run of Convention Bureau of the Year wins, to the launch of People Make Glasgow, to their role in our world leading events strategy, Scott has led a team which has delivered successes for this city which would have been unthinkable in the past.

"Glasgow is now Scotland’s fastest growing tourism destination and between now and March we will take steps to ensure we have the structures in place to continue the bureau’s success.

"I am sure you will want to join me in wishing Scott well for the future."

Full story here:
http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/14118848.Marketing_chief_who_propelled_Glasgow_to_tourism_A_list_quits_post/

However, my understanding is that the council is actively in the process of preparing to ditch the risible 'People Make Glasgow' city brand. Perhaps that is why Mr Taylor has left?

GG.

Posted by: GG 27th Feb 2016, 01:28am

I don't think the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's promotional campaign is extending to Canada. smile.gif This is worth reading for the pure comedy value. To be honest, I don't think the Canadian reviewer ventured outwith the environs of the West End.

QUOTE
These cities aren’t as glamorous as their neighbours, but that’s what makes them worth visiting

Glasgow

Edinburgh, with its castle, beautiful old town and Fringe Festival is very much what Scotland was, and what it hopes to be. Glasgow is what Scotland is: down and out, but on the make. It’s got vacant storefronts, which you may think you don’t want to see on holidays, but vacancies bring rents down, which lets places like The Steamie (1024 Argyle St.) to exist, a tiny coffee shop that brews the best coffee I’ve had in the British and Irish Isles, or Brewdog (1397 Argyle St.), a brew pub that sells shares to its customers and proudly declares in big letters on its door, “We are a living wage employer.” These sorts of businesses are popping up all over town. There’s a beautiful river, crossed by heavy iron bridges, and a huge idiosyncratic museum of everything from fire hydrants to Dali, but for me, the best spot was The Quarter Gill (pronounced “jill” — 232 Dunbarton Rd.), a working man’s bar with cheap beer, cheaper Scotch and the profoundest Glaswegian accents you’ll find anywhere. WestJet now flies from Halifax, connecting old and new Scotia directly by air for the first time, and adding to the only other extant direct flight out of Toronto.

Full story here:
http://news.nationalpost.com/life/travel/these-cities-arent-as-glamorous-as-their-neighbours-but-thats-what-makes-them-worth-visiting

GG.

Posted by: ashfield 27th Feb 2016, 08:01am

Ah want tae go there Jimmy, don't ya know laugh.gif

Posted by: Dykejumper 27th Feb 2016, 06:55pm

There are about nine other working men's pubs within walking distance of the Quarter Gill! I would think The Three Judges would get the vote as the best.

Posted by: GG 16th Mar 2016, 12:31am

Yet another example from the dystopian nightmare created by the incompetence, ineptness and greed of (Labour) politicians in Glasgow.

People Make Glasgow ...

QUOTE
Glasgow tops UK list of benefits claimants 'too drunk to work'

Glasgow has more benefits claimants labelled ‘too drunk to work’ than any other part of the UK, figures have revealed.

The city has twice as many alcoholics claiming disability allowance as any other UK city, with 2,390 individuals currently signed off due to being unfit for work, according to a report in The Scottish Sun.

The Department of Work and Pensions say around 58,000 people in the UK are currently off work as a result of alcoholism in total but Glasgow has nearly twice as many as other major cities such as Birmingham and Liverpool.

Scottish Labour’s equality spokeswoman Jenny Marra called the figures “appalling”.

She said: “They show the problems that affect too many people because of poverty and unemployment.

“The only way to tackle these social issues is to build a better economy, get people into work and active.

Scotland’s future can only be built on investment in education and employment.”

Maureen Watt, the SNP’s Minister for Public Health, said the figures showed the size of the task facing the government in improving the nation’s health.

She said: “We are working to make Scotland healthier but we won’t solve this overnight, as these figures show.”

Full short story here:
https://archive.is/EtOxC

Reader comments look absolutely dire ... though here's an interesting one:
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Isn't interesting DWP can all of a sudden tell us how many folks anywhere are too ill to work due to alcohol, just a few days after the regime at Westminster voted thru disability cuts, with a little help from the odd Labour abstainer.... Interesting that! It is the same DWP who claim not to know the figures of those who have died after being told they were fit for work by DWP appointed assessors. Or they claim not to know the numbers of those who have killed themselves due to their money being unjustly stopped. I would be very cautious of anything from DWP these days.

GG.

Posted by: Billy Boil 19th Mar 2016, 12:33am

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I don't think the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's promotional campaign is extending to Canada. smile.gif This is worth reading for the pure comedy value. To be honest, I don't think the Canadian reviewer ventured outwith the environs of the West End.

Full story here:
http://news.nationalpost.com/life/travel/these-cities-arent-as-glamorous-as-their-neighbours-but-thats-what-makes-them-worth-visiting

GG.

Having been hospitalised and rendered incapacitated for two months, I took a long look at the royal and ancient city of Guvin on Google. I was surprised at the renovation that has taken place, creating a town with clean streets and livable houses. Compared to what I lived in in the 50s it was night and day. What did cause me some distress however were the boarded up shops and lack of any visible community interaction. Govan on a Saturday was an enjoyable place to shop and interact. To me it was second only to the "City". Like as I said of Paisley, "You have created a desert and called it peace."

Posted by: Dykejumper 19th Mar 2016, 09:18am

They created a shopping 'oasis' at Braehead halfway between Govan and Paisley so no surprise that local shops shut as a result.

Posted by: ashfield 19th Mar 2016, 09:33am

Don't forget Govan shopping centre, a great place to avoid if you're in the area rolleyes.gif

Posted by: zoro 21st Mar 2016, 02:35am

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Don't forget Govan shopping centre, a great place to avoid if you're in the area rolleyes.gif


Hark at the purified...That's not nice.....

Posted by: Billy Boil 22nd Mar 2016, 09:48pm

QUOTE (GG @ 27th Feb 2016, 01:36am) *
I don't think the Glasgow City Marketing Bureau's promotional campaign is extending to Canada. smile.gif This is worth reading for the pure comedy value. To be honest, I don't think the Canadian reviewer ventured outwith the environs of the West End.

Full story here:
http://news.nationalpost.com/life/travel/these-cities-arent-as-glamorous-as-their-neighbours-but-thats-what-makes-them-worth-visiting

GG.

Just before Christmas last, we hosted my family from Canada who were on an extended tour that took in Scotland and spent some time in the "Holy City" They were very impressed with Glasgow, the people and the food (???)

They put a lot of the renewal and positivism down to the "Games" being held in the city I was surprised at their attitude towards Glasgow but I never asked about the level of accommodation and travel they accessed. (they do have a few bob).

However I don't see them as staying in the Ritz Carleton as they are not pretentious like me. Then again most people can be pretentious in South East Asia when it comes to flash hotels. I was quite taken with their enthusiasm for Glasgow and I can only see this as a positive for tourism in a place where none existed in my memory.

Posted by: GG 28th Mar 2016, 12:46am

People Make Glasgow.

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After Asad Shah's 'religiously prejudiced' death, we know inter-Muslim hatred is a problem in Britain

By all accounts, the death of shopkeeper Asad Shah on Thursday night in Glasgow was alleged to be related to his background. It shocked the local community and a tribute event on Friday was attended by hundreds of people, including Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. But, astonishingly, it is now suspected that Shah was killed by another Muslim man because he was an Ahmadi Muslim. It is the first high-profile anti-Ahmadi incident on British soil, and it has already sent ripples of shock throughout the small community.

Ahmadis are an Islamic sect, founded in modern day Pakistan in 1889. There’s no definitive number of Ahmadi Muslims: estimates range between two million to “tens of millions”, and though they are spread across the world, they are predominately based in Pakistan. Ahmadis are also considered heretics by many Sunni Muslims, and are viciously persecuted in their homeland. Pakistan treats Ahmadis no better than Apartheid South Africa treated black people; that is, with complete contempt.

It’s shocking, but not entirely surprising, that the persecution Ahmadis face in Pakistan has travelled over here. Several British Ahmadis I spoke to say they have known of someone who had been threatened or attacked for being an Ahmadi here in Britain. One anti-Ahmadi group with offices in London organises conferences that spread hate-speech against them; a popular Facebook group sent out a message of “congratulations” on news of Shah’s death.

The persecution of British Ahmadis by other Muslims has become worryingly normalised, yet has remained largely unspoken. In recent weeks, several British imams in Glasgow and Bradford openly praised Mumtaz Qadri, who murdered a Pakistani governor for campaigning against the country’s vicious blasphemy laws (used primarily to persecute and even kill religious minorities including Christians, Hindus, Sikhs and Ahmadis in Pakistan).

These are not isolated incidents. Last month a group of Muslims in Scunthorpe protested against an Ahmadi mosque being built, and there have been reports of similar incidents elsewhere around the country. In 2010, The Independent reported of hard line Muslims in west London calling for Ahmadis to be killed. In Tooting, mainstream Sunni preachers were found to have urged follower to boycotts Ahmadi businesses.

What’s frustrating for many British Ahmadis is that authorities are only just beginning to take their persecution seriously. Until now, it has been written off as an “internal Muslim issue” for the community to deal with itself. That can continue no longer. As Fiyaz Mughal, who runs the Muslim hate-crime monitoring group Tell MAMA, says: “They are hate incidents and are recorded as such by us.” [...]

Full story here:
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/after-asad-shahs-religiously-prejudiced-death-we-know-inter-muslim-hatred-is-a-problem-in-britain-a6955146.html

GG.

Posted by: GG 28th Mar 2016, 12:49am

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Glasgow imam criticised for supporting Islamist assassin

The imam at Scotland’s largest mosque has been criticised for speaking out in defence of an extremist who was executed for murdering a Pakistani politician.

Maulana Habib ur Rehman, leader of Glasgow’s Central Mosque, used the Whatsapp messaging service to praise the actions of Mumtaz Qadri, who was hanged in February for the murder of Punjab governor Salman Taseer.

Mr Taseer was targeted for criticising Pakistan’s strict blasphemy laws, which have been subject to international condemnation for being discriminatory to minorities in the country.

The murder of Mr Taseer was a polarising event in Pakistan as fundamentalists lauded Mumtaz Qadri’s actions, hailing him as a martyr while moderates viewed him as an extremist. [...]

Full story here:
http://stv.tv/news/west-central/1347806-glasgow-imam-criticised-for-supporting-islamist-assassin/

GG.

Posted by: Tally Rand 28th Mar 2016, 10:58pm

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Full story here:
http://stv.tv/news/west-central/1347806-glasgow-imam-criticised-for-supporting-islamist-assassin/

GG.

Shades of Billy Connely; "is youse a Caferlic Muslin or a Prodisint Muslim ????

Posted by: pumps100 10th Apr 2016, 04:02pm

Useful background here on this dreadful sectarian murder:

http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/ahmadi-muslims-1002773646

Regards

Ian

Posted by: john.mcn 23rd Apr 2016, 10:54am

A wee bit more on this..

By not attending an event to help combat extremism they are opening themselves up to even more criticism, I've disagreed with Aamer Anwar many times over the years but on this occasion and his calls for change at the mosque he's head and shoulders above everyone else.

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http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/apr/18/scottish-muslim-groups-ahmadi-anti-extremism-campaign-launch-glasgow

Sikh, Jewish and Christian representatives attend campaign launch following death of Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah

Ahmadi Muslims in Scotland have launched an anti-extremism campaign following the death of the Glasgow shopkeeper Asad Shah, despite the failure of other prominent Muslims to attend the event.

Representatives of the Glasgow Central Mosque and the Muslim Council of Scotland were invited to attend the launch alongside other faith groups, but the Guardian understands that both sent their apologies at the last minute.

Shah, who lived in the multicultural Shawlands area of Glasgow, was fatally stabbed outside his newsagents on 24 March.

Shah was an Ahmadi, a member of a minority sect of Islam that faces persecution and violence in countries such as Pakistan and is treated with open hostility by many orthodox Muslims in the UK because it differs from their belief that Muhammad is the final prophet sent to guide humankind.

The man charged with Shah’s murder is also a Muslim, and recently released a statement through his lawyer saying the killing was justified because Shah had “disrespected” Islam.

As part of the United Against Extremism campaign, posters sponsored by the Ahmadi community will be displayed on buses in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee for two weeks.

The event’s organiser Ahmed Owusu-Konadu said: “We are undertaking this campaign as part of our stand on the rejection of all forms of extremism and as a message of solidarity with all who have been its victims, including Asad Shah, and others in Paris, Turkey, Brussels, Pakistan, Nigeria.”

Abdul Abid, president of the Ahmadiyya community in Scotland, admitted he was disappointed that other Muslim leaders had not attended the launch. Representatives of Glasgow’s Sikh and Jewish communities and the Church of Scotland’s inter-faith group were all present, alongside local politicians, representatives of Police Scotland and Glasgow’s lord provost.

The Guardian has reported on how Ahmadis across the UK face shunning and discrimination by Muslims of Shia and Sunni faiths.

Abid said: “We are not asking them to stand united in faith with us but to stand united against extremism. If Glasgow Central Mosque is against extremism, they should be here today.”

Independent of the murder investigastion, Police Scotland are investigating alleged links between the head of religious events at Glasgow Central Mosque and a banned sectarian group in Pakistan. A recent BBC investigation claimed that Sabir Ali was president of Sipah-e-Sahaba, a militant political party that has accepted responsibility for deadly sectarian attacks against Shia Muslims and Ahmadiyya minorities in Pakistan, and was banned by the Home Office in 2001.

Following Shah’s death, Aamer Anwar, one of Scotland’s most outspoken Muslim reformers, helped to broker a unique event where representatives of Sunni, Shia, Ahmadi and Pakistani Christian communities shared a platform for the first time, and vowed to stand shoulder to shoulder against extremism.

At the time, Anwar said: “A very small minority of the community may think it’s OK to meddle in the cesspit of violent extremist politics in Pakistan, but we are united in saying that we do not want to import sectarian violence that has caused so much division and so much bloodshed to our community or to our streets.”

He has since received death threats himself, which are under investigation by the police.

Posted by: Talisman 26th Apr 2016, 01:51pm

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A wee bit more on this..

By not attending an event to help combat extremism they are opening themselves up to even more criticism, I've disagreed with Aamer Anwar many times over the years but on this occasion and his calls for change at the mosque he's head and shoulders above everyone else.

The Moslem fanatics are constantly accusing the west of depredations and warring against Moslems. In actual fact they hate themselves to a far greater degree than they hate the western nations. This is evident from the killings and mayhem visited upon Moslems by Al Qaeda, Isis, the Taliban, Boko Harem and a proliferation of fanatical psychopaths set upon the destruction of all forms of Islam that they (most of them are unable to read the Quran, or anything else for that matter) in their infinite degeneration find offensive to their gun and knife spread of Islam. If left alone and isolated they will then turn on each other and continue to murder until happily there are none of them left alive.

Today in Australia we have seen the arrest of a youth on terrorist for attempting to attack the war memorial celebrations. The little s*%t had been to an intensive "de radicalization program" (Libertarian politicians
answer to mass murdering terrorists who have the misfortune in living in civilized society).

De radicalization? that's one the Marxs brothers could not have come up with.

Posted by: Scotsman 28th Apr 2016, 03:20pm

Very true and what happened in Glasgow recently shows that!!