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

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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

Review of Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow

Last time we were in Glasgow walking to our usual Sunday lunch eaterie, the Kama Sutra Restaurant in Sauchiehall Street, we spotted Cook & Indi’s World Buffet. We decided to give it a try.  It cost £9.99 all day on a Sunday.

Cook & Indi's World Buffet, Sauchiehall St in Glasgow

Exterior of Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow

The restaurant interior is decorated with various wooden panels. We requested a booth at the back of the restaurant  The waiting staff had to check with the manager if we could sit at the booth, as it could’ve seated six and there were only four of us. Fortunately, we were permitted to sit in the booth which was spacious and quiet, ideal for a family get-together.

.Wall decoration at Cook & Indi's World Buffet, Sauchiehall St in Glasgow

Interior decoration at Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow

There was a selection of Chinese, Thai, Italian, Indian and Japanese food. I didn’t try any of the Italian food or the Japanese Sushi.

Starters at Cook & Indi's World Buffet in Sauchiehall St, Glasgow

Selection of starters at Cook & Indi’s World Buffet in Glasgow

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Review of Crowne Plaza Glasgow

I stayed at the Crowne Plaza Glasgow for one night in September 2012 on a complimentary basis. The hotel is located on the banks of the River Clyde next to the Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre. There’s a car park which costs £6 per 24 hour period for guests.

glasgow crowne plaza

I was allocated a room on the 10th floor which had views down the Clyde towards the Riverside Museum. The Glasgow Science Centre is just across a pedestrian bridge close to the hotel. You can walk into the city centre in around 20 minutes, taking the riverside path for part of the way.

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View from my room at Glasgow Crowne Plaza

The room was spacious and comfortable with a couple of padded chairs. The desk was large and as it was next to the window I could turn my head every so often to admire the view. There was air conditioning in the room. You couldn’t open the window, but even when the air-con was switched off there seemed to be a flow of air coming from a duct close to the door. The room was very quiet, I didn’t hear any external or internal noise. There was a small fridge and tea and coffee making facilites with mugs (much better than small cups and saucers).

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My room at Crowne Plaza Glasgow

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Social Media Week Glasgow: 24-28 September 2012

@smwglasgow at Skypark #glasgowI attended some of the free events during Social Media Week Glasgow, which ran from 24-28 September 2012.  This international event took place simultaneously in thirteen other cities including LA, Toronto, Barcelona, Jeddah, London, Sao Paulo and Shangai.

I found all the events that I attended to be interesting and thought provoking, althought there was quite a lot of nonsense doing the rounds. It seems that many people want to pigeon hole social media e.g. defining it as merely a function of PR. I think that it can do a lot more than help portray the public face that you, or that brand which you represent, would like the world to see.

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#smw_retail at the Cala d’Or building in Glasgow
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