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Purplefan
post 3rd May 2013, 10:46pm
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Apparently in The gorbals,
Billy smart took his Elephants through the streets, my uncle used to tell tall tails,
but i think he might have been telling the truth.
Did anyone remember this, or witness it?


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post 4th May 2013, 03:08am
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I saw a photo of one of those parades in the 'Evening Times - Times Past' just a couple of months ago.

Page 12 & 13 at:

http://edition.pagesuite-professional.co.u...47-dbb50f9305b0

Chipperfields Circus elephants parading through Gorbals in 1952 on their way to Queens Park showground

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post 6th May 2013, 05:45pm
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Fantastic photograph.
They say Elephants never forget, i wonder if they will remember
their day out in Glasgow?

I always thought he was telling tall tails, when he told me that.

sorry uncle.


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post 7th May 2013, 08:50am
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QUOTE (Purplefan @ 3rd May 2013, 11:03pm) *
Apparently in The gorbals,
Billy smart took his Elephants through the streets, my uncle used to tell tall tails,
but i think he might have been telling the truth.
Did anyone remember this, or witness it?

Billy Smart and Chipperfield certainly paraded through the strees of our fair city. It wis the memory of a lifetime for us weans. After the parade everyone went to "Glesga Green" I think it wis, an' watched them after setting up with all the free displays of animals. I have a photie of me an' my cousins at said event.
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post 8th May 2013, 06:18am
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So used to seeing elephants in the wild that I hate seeing them in captivity. They are very gracefull animals but don`t try to corner them or get between the herd.


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post 8th May 2013, 08:23am
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I really dislike seeing any animal in captivity whether it be in zoos and especially circuses. Even as a kid I remember going to the Edinburgh zoo on a school trip and remember seeing an eagle in a cage and it looked so dejected. I wasn't impressed.


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post 8th May 2013, 08:27am
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Saw some amazing elies at Addo last week.
Also remember years ago when the circus came to Glasgow the performers including the elies paraded in the city, think it was the top of Argyle st I saw them...long time ago .
I am totally against any wild creature being kept in captivity and this includes sea worlds
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post 9th May 2013, 04:32am
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Don't mean to offend beth but the Elephants in my photograph seam a lot healthier than yours.
There is the argument that animals are preserved in the zoo's and safari parks.
They don't have to deal with poachers etc. I'm either way.
I do enjoy a good visit to the zoo.
The animals seam happy enough. But i guess if i was taken from my environment, i'd
not be too pleased.


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post 9th May 2013, 06:36am
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That wee elie was just a couple of weeks old. We each have our own opinion re captive animals. Safari Parks may be different as long as the beasts are left to fend for themselves. Circuses and zoos are really a no-no for me, mind you I have been to many before I came to this realisation. Even been to a couple of dolphin shows before I saw the film clip called The Cove
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post 12th May 2013, 12:39am
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I was in Romania a few years ago for a scotland match and outside the stadium,
there was a guy with an organ and the poorest ill kept bear you ever saw.
Some of the Scottish fans took offence, and hounded the poor guy, the police was called, thinking there was a fight with soccer hooligans. But the bear was in a dreadful condition.
I have no idea what happened to it.
It is things like that that upset me more than zoo's.
People who don't look after their pets properly.


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post 12th May 2013, 06:09am
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Agree with you there purplefan, got neighbours like that
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I was in China in the 80s and made a long trip to Chengdu to see the pandas. They were kept in appalling conditions,( as were the inhabitants of many western zoos in the 50s and 60s ) due mainly to the fact that in those days China was still in the third world as far as spending on anything other than food was concerned. Even then pandas were under threat in the wild and the zoo, bad as it was was making the only real effort to preserve the panda. Today the facilities in the Chengdu panda enclosure are of a standard that would please any animal conservationist. Soon the only place for animals will be in protected areas as with the wide rhino the Bengal tiger and many other species, no less the Panda which would soon die out if it were not for protected enclosures.
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post 12th May 2013, 08:01am
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I remember going to Argyle St I believe it was around 1952 the circus paraded along the street it was packed on both side off the street like the picture in the Gorbals above. I was 8 at the time was so excited it was like you see in the film Greatest Show on Earth well that's how I saw it .

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post 14th May 2013, 02:43pm
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I remember going to Argyle St I believe it was around 1952 the circus paraded along the street it was packed on both side off the street like the picture in the Gorbals above. I was 8 at the time was so excited it was like you see in the film Greatest Show on Earth well that's how I saw it .

Hudggy


Hudggy that's why it was so great living in Glasgow, all these little unusual things.
I bet it was a great day out? I am not saying they should do it with animal. I think that part should be left to our memories, but i felt we should have a parade day and celibate all things Glasgow.It would be a great advert for the city.


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post 14th May 2013, 04:14pm
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Purplefan, talking about the wee unusual wee things in Glasgow, At one time there used to be a livestock haulage contractor parked his trucks in a yard on Pinkston Road, across from Coxhill St. Sometimes the trucks would come in on the weekend, and had to wait until Monday morning to get the cattle to the meat market. Well, every now and then one or more of the cows would get loose from the trucks and go running up Pinkston Road onto Keppochhill Road and terrify the locals. It was funny as heck, all the adults diving into closes and shops, and all the weans running after the coo's. Great wee thing to brighten up a dull Sunday
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