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GG Posted 20th Jun 2012, 06:51am
  Totally agree, Doug1, especially regarding people being friendly and welcoming – as long as we don't try to change them by artificially creating some kind of 'Disney robots' along the lines proposed by the tourist board. It's the Glaswegian spirit that adds that special touch and helps make the place such a good place to visit.

Doug1 Posted 19th Jun 2012, 02:57pm
  Glasgow is a big industrial city like many others in this country and abroad and like all the others has its fair share of places you would not want to visit unless you had a particular reason for doing so,,, I mean would visitors really want to tour around Govan or Shettleston probably not and yes we our troublesome areas so have all the dont go there.

But Glasgow is a great city to visit both historically and for its wonderful new architecture and some of the best shopping to be found anywhere. Great pubs and clubs and very friendly and welcoming folk.
benny Posted 21st Aug 2011, 08:24pm
QUOTE (Beaufort Avenue @ 21st Aug 2011, 07:30pm) *
. . . . There are wastelands in vast outlying estates, created foolishly and very difficult to resolve. . . . .

You are looking through 21st century eyes at the attempted solution of a 20th century problem. These "vast outlying estates" were mostly created not long after WW II, when the immediate aim was to get people out of slums and into decent accomodation. The decision to build such estates may look foolish now, but many of us who lived in them were more than happy to swap stairhead toilets for real bathrooms and clatty backcourts for a bit of greenery. Hindsight is a wonderul thing, as they say.
Beaufort Avenue Posted 21st Aug 2011, 05:44pm

I wonder how many of those who decry this guide have actually read it,
It seems fairly balanced to me and just because many other cities (including Edinburgh ! ) have serious problems and issues, that is no reason for complacency..
Much of Glasgow and many Glaswegians are just fine and a joy to experience, but there is still an awful lot to improve.
The Rangers /Celtic thing is real and a worldwide disgrace. There are wastelands in vast outlying estates, created foolishly and very difficult to resolve.
Since when were we so bloody sensitive and in denial too ? That is not our way, or the way to make further much needed progress.
troutmask Posted 6th Oct 2010, 06:14pm
QUOTE (Lyn McCulloch @ 19th Sep 2010, 08:59pm) *
We took a group of friends to Glasgow for a weekend not long ago and they were all very impressed by the cultural venues, the restaurants and the Glasgow people in general. They all said they hoped to pay a return visit. It was October and the weather was good, too.

I think most people are missing the point here. All major cities do have their bad side. But Glasgow is different, because the city centre is a dump. Why Glaswegians cant see this, is beyond me. I would say most Glaswegians are well travelled. Can they really not see the vast difference between Paris, New York, Los Angeles or Madrid..compared to Glasgow ?. Come on Glasgow is a backward dump going down fast. But, I suppose Scottish people have always been too busy patting ourselves on the back, and saying how proud we are, to see the truth. But worry not.. it is too late to do anything, it will only get worse.
weebren3 Posted 6th Oct 2010, 04:03am
QUOTE (davidhendry @ 21st Sep 2010, 06:31am) *
I would guess I've been to more countries, cities, towns and villages than a lot of GG members. Stabbed in New York, mugged in Sydney. Slums, you've never seen slums until you visit Calcutta or Bombay. Being a Glaswegian, I'm obviously biased, but unless it's deteriorated since I left, it's a beautiful city. Yes beautiful.

Asked a cop in NY for directions. Think I'm a f****** tourist guide? he retorted.

Every city in the world have negative things or places, Glasgow is no exception.


I agree David, you are right,all tourist guides show the best not the down side.Glasgow people are the best and can be the friendly lot of all. cheers
Heather Posted 5th Oct 2010, 11:53pm
  Well he is certainly correct in the lack of street names I have noticed that myself recently. It would make sense especially in long street/roads to put the name some where along the way.
Some shops and business place's don't even have the street/road number and it is frustrating when looking for a certain place.
Jupiter Posted 5th Oct 2010, 08:06pm
  Theres not much in this that I can disagree with.
GG Posted 5th Oct 2010, 08:00pm
  Let's hope Ms Dejevsky of The Independent doesn't take up writing a guide book to Glasgow:

... Still, I was disappointed [with my visit]. Glasgow has been showered with praise since it surprised and delighted visitors as European City of Culture in 1990. Certainly, much public (taxpayers') money has been spent, and I'm sure there have been huge changes for the better. But if Glasgow is competing, as it is, with cities all over the world, there are improvements it could make.

Even close to the centre, it's not a particularly walkable city; it's criss-crossed with dual carriageways and you hunt high and low, and often in vain, for any indication as to the street name. On Sauchiehall Street, pedestrianised through the city centre, you have to search for any indication that you are in Glasgow, or even in Scotland. This major thoroughfare is like any other British chain-dominated high street – except in one respect. When I strolled down it just before six in the evening, practically every shop, even the betting shop, was closed. Pubs and clubs may spring into life later, but in the early evening there was no reason to hang around.

Which brings me to a particular beef. Glasgow has built up a whole industry from its association with the currently fashionable Scottish architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. And why not? But the Hunterian Museum, which is the main place of pilgrimage for Mackintosh fans, opens Monday to Friday, from 10am to 5pm. And when I say 5pm, I mean they are ostentatiously packing up half an hour beforehand. The clock-watching reminded me of the former Eastern bloc – reliant, like much of this city, on public money.

Given that Glasgow is making much of its desirability as a tourist, academic and conference centre, perhaps it could keep its attractions open a little longer. This might also create some jobs in a city that – despite a reputation for success – could try just a little bit harder.

When life drains out of Sauchiehall Street

angel Posted 23rd Sep 2010, 04:49pm
QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 23rd Sep 2010, 04:03pm) *
Spent a long time workin' at Schipol Airport.
We thought after midnight was the best time to enjoy the red-light area after the tourists had all evacuated place tongue.gif biggrin.gif

T. are you bragging or complaining,..
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