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What to do in Glasgow and what to see in Glasgow and recommended Glasgow restaurants and hotels.

Britannia Panopticon in Glasgow

Glasgow’s Britannia Panopticon is the world’s oldest surviving music hall. It opened in the late 1850s.

One of Britannia Panopticon’s claims to fame is that the sixteen year old Stan Laurel (of Laurel and Hardy) made this first stage appearance there.

There’s plenty of memorabilia to see including costumes, musical instruments, photos and posters.

There are still shows and movie screenings at Britannia Panopticon. I’d advise you to wrap up warmly if you attend, as there’s no heating in the building.

You can visit the Britannia Panopticon Tuesdays to Saturdays, between noon to 5pm, but do check before visiting in case there is an event on the day which you are planning to visit.

It’s fee to enter, but a donation is requested,

Review of Elia Greek Resaurant Glasgow

The Elia Greek restaurant is located in Glasgow’s George Square. I had lunch there with our son Simon. The two course set menu cost £7 per person.

Bread and olives were brought to our table.

For starter, I had Taramasalata (cod roe dip).

Simon had Dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice and minced meat). which were very good.

My main course was Moussaka. I was a bit surprised that I was offered either chips or rice with the Moussaka, as the dish already contains a potato layer. I assume that this is to keep costs down on the set lunch. My Moussaka was tasty, but rather heavy on the cheese sauce topping and light on meat and aubergine.

Simon’s main course was Chicken Souvalaki. The chicken was tender,

The staff all seemed to be Greek and service was good.

For £7 a head for a two course lunch in central Glasgow, the Elia Greek restaurant offers value for money. Personally, I’d rather pay a bit more to have a more meaty main course without chips.

The Scottish Colourists at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow

There’s a permanent exhibition of the works of the Scottish Colourists at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum in Glasgow.

Here are photos of some of my favourite paintings.

Still Life – White Roses by Peploe

Interior – The Orange Blind by Cadell

Roses by Peploe

Barra by Peploe

A Lady in Black by Cadell

The Pink Parasol by Fergusson

Lady in White by Peploe

Torso of a Woman by Fergusson

Poppies by Max Brand and Joanne Robertson at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

The Poppies exhibition, by artists Max Brand and Joannne Robertson, is on at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow until 11 June 2017. This debut collaboration features paintings, sculptures and a musical work from Berlin based Brand and London based Robertson.

I wasn’t too keen on various clothes rails around the exhibition. Clothes installations seems to be popular at the moment. I saw one at the Louise Bourgeois exhibition at the Switch House at the Tate Modern in London last Summer, and another recently in which all the walls of a room were hung with clothes at the Centre Pompidou in Malaga during my recent visit to the Spanish city.

I did like the vivid colours of the wall hung canvases and the floor and wall murals in the Poppies exhibition.

I spotted some carrier bags in the materials used to construct the sculptures.

My favourite part of the Poppies exhibition at the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow were the window decorations.

There were also some painted sheets suspended from the ceiling.

I have thought about doing painting some murals on the walls at home. I suppose that if I used pastels, it wouldn’t be too hard to wash the mural off the wall, if it didn’t turn out successfully.

The Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is free to enter, It’s open seven days a week. But check the opening hours before visiting. I almost got caught out visiting on Sunday morning, as I assumed that the Gallery would open at 10am, but it’s 11am on Sundays and Fridays. Closing time is 5pm, except on Thursdays, when it’s 8pm.

Holmwood House Glasgow

Holmwood House in the south of Glasgow was designed in the 1850s by the Scottish architect Alexander ‘Greek Thomson for the Couper family, who owned a nearby mill. Holmwood was acquired by the National Trust for Scotland in1994 . Prior to that it had been used as a Catholic primary school.

There’s a lot of work still to be done in the house to return it to its original state.

The bay window in the parlour is lovely.

holmwood house glasgow parlour bay window exterior

It affords an expansive view of the garden from inside.

holmwood house glasgow parlour bay window

The dining room is where the Greek influence is most evident. There’s a frieze with scenes from Homer’s Iliad

holmwood house glasgow dining room frieze

holmwood house glasgow dining room frieze detail

On one side of the black marble fireplace, some of the original stencil work has been exposed.

According to my guide, the National Trust plan to commission wallpaper with this design.

holmwood house glasgow dining room stencil close up

I loved the cupola. The obscure glass between the caryatids (stone carvings of draped female figures supporting the dome) has stars etched on it.

I enjoyed my visit to Holmwwood House. The volunteer guides were very welcoming and knowledgeable. It was good to be shown around initially, and then be able to wander round at my own pace to take photos.

Greenbank Garden Glasgow

Greenbank Garden, owned by the National Trust for Scotland, lies in the Clarkston area in the south of Glasgow.

I’m not sure who owns Greenbank House, but it wasn’t open to visitors.

greenbank house

The ‘Green Man’ sculpture, which symbolises rebirth, was commissioned to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Holmwood House and Garden.

Greenbank Garden Glasgow green man close up

I assume that the nearby bench was part of that commission.

Greenbank Garden Glasgow silver floral bench

I also liked the green metal bench. Greenbank Garden was pretty busy on the day which I visited. But there were still lot of peaceful corners in which to sit.

Greenbank Garden Glasgow bench

The large elephant shaped bush was cute.

elephant hedge at greenbank garden glasgow1

Continuing the animal theme. there was a lamb sculpture sitting in the few remaining daffodils.

Greenbank Garden Glasgow lamb sculpture

The lion’s stretched out front paws were huge.

Greenbank Garden Glasgow lion sculpture

The sundial was in a strategic position.

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Greenbank Garden Glasgow sundial1

I don’t believe that my photos do justice to Greenbank Garden. The variety and colours of the various trees, plants and flowers aren’t fully evident.

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Greenbank Garden Glasgow spring garden

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Greenbank Garden Glasgow pond

Unfortunately, the fountain section of the garden was closed during my visit.

There’s a woodland walk around the perimeter of Greenbank Garden.

I liked the fact that Greeenbank Garden is open until dusk,. The cafe and shop close at 5pm, but there is access to the toilets until the garden closes..

Cosima von Bonin – ‘Who’s Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea’ at the Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow

The ‘Who’s Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea’ installation in the Main Hall at Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow is on show until 7 August 2016.

As soon as you enter there’s a large birdlike soft toy, which reminded me of Buzby, the star of British Telecom’s TV ads in the 1980s, sitting astride an enormous missile.

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An orange lobster was draped on what looked like table legs.

Cosima von Bonin - Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea at Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow8

The bottom section of the octopus’ eight tentacles looked as though they were claws made of glass.

Cosima von Bonin - Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea at Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow7

I wondered what the two structures sitting on a high swing were. I thought that they looked a bit like wide mouths with a brown interior and no teeth. When I looked at the Gallery of Modern Art website there was a photo of the structures interior which revealed that they had eyes, making them look more like some kind of shellfish.

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I wasn’t sure what the creature the black form leaning on the red dog represented.

Cosima von Bonin - Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea at Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow3

The fabric piece on the right, with the green and blue background, looked like a public service ad encouraging people to put litter in bins.

Cosima von Bonin - Who's Exploiting Who in the Deep Sea at Gallery of Modern Art Glasgow


The brown lobster below looked pretty comfy on the padded blue sun chair.

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Review of the Indian Cottage in Dumbarton Rd Glasgow

We had the buffet lunch at the Indian Cottage restaurant in Dumbarton Rd in Glasgow, on a Saturday in June 2014. Our son Simon who lives in Glasgow, had already been there for a buffet dinner with friends and was keen for our family to sample the food.

indian cottage exterior

I did a double take as we entered, as the two course buffet lunch was priced at £4.95 per person.

The Indian Cottage has a quite small and unpretentious interior.

indian cottage interior

The starters are freshly cooked and served to the table. Everything in the starter selection was full of flavour, but it was a bit too meaty for my taste. I generally stick to vegetable starters as I feel that I eat enough meat in the main courses.

indian cottage starters

The main courses were served buffet style. There were seven options, predominantly chicken, but including chickpea, vegetable and lamb curry, along with rice, nan bread and chips. I found the chicken and lamb to be tender. The meat had more favour than in some other Indian restaurants, where it tastes as though pre-cooked meat has been added to the various curry sauces.

indian cottage main course

I thought that, at under £5 per person for the lunch buffet at the Indian Cottage, I’d underpaid, considering the quality and choice of food. You’d probably pay more than £5 for a coffee and a bagel at the one of the nearby cafes.

It doesn’t mention the buffet on the website, so I recommend that you phone in advance to check that it’s being served on the day that you plan to eat there.