In spring, drivers, bikers, cyclists, walkers and joggers must love travelling down this green corridor of scent, birdsong, butterflies, other insects and colour. An annual pink and white parade of blooms.
Even bus drivers must get a thrill when they reach this stretch of their journey across the city and are transported from the everyday into the surreal.
A distant view of the Kilpatrick Hills from the cherry tree bedecked highway near the Lincoln Inn Pub.
The high rise flats seen from Knightswood Cross.
This is also a homage to Louise Brooks as there is a new biography out about her, she came to prominence during the roaring twenties when Knightswood was being constructed, and she fits in nicely with the era, to my mind at least, as I discovered the silent attraction of her films here as bees buzzed outside in the foxglove grove and my young heart thumped faster with the thrill of a new experience. Who knew silent film could be so rewarding.
Dancer, showgirl, model, hard drinking actress, writer and a practical and practiced courtesan she still seems to sum up the dark allure of early Hollywood in one 5' 2" package of attitude, razor sharp quotes and world weary cynicism. Unlike many of the silent film stars she is still a relevant style icon to this day as her contemporary look and appeal have never dated. Films, music and the fashion industry have used her as an inspiration for decades. Think this is not the case?
Liza Minnelli in Cabaret is pure Louise Brooks.... as is Catherine Zeta Jones in Chicago. Natalie Portman in Leon and even Hit Girl in Kick Ass is a mini purple haired sly version of her outlook and attitude to life.
"I have a gift for enraging people but if I ever bore you it will be with a knife." is one of her many memorable tongue in cheek edgy quotes. A 'flapper girl' that could out flap the surrounding pack.
Pandora's box for me opened its curtains in leafy Knightswood for the first time.
Sexually abused as a young child by the kind of neighbourhood opportunist that exists in all communities she was the archetypical "bad girl" in real life and in film, leaving home at sixteen already wise to the ways of men which would be an advantage for the type of roles she would play later. The hypocritical and contrary nature of society and humans in general often creates its worst monsters but Louise was as much a victim of her upbringing as a sinner in later life.
Sydney Bechet was a talented jazz saxophonist, multi instrumentalist and composer with a forceful and at times highly improvised style that had many admirers but he also had a suspect temperament and had done jail time for pulling a gun on someone who suggested he was playing the wrong chord.
Maurice Chevalier was a popular French actor, singer and star of Hollywood films who could actually speak perfect English with an American accent in normal life but was destined to play his token foreigner persona throughout his career. A fact that must have annoyed him at times despite paying the bills.
Hollywood has always attracted those looking for a substitute family, easy wealth, a hedonist lifestyle, the lost, damaged, feisty, fame and bright lights addicted or just plain crazy individuals. It's a temple of often trampled but ambitious people who have been moulded by harsh events in many instances and these Queens of the Jazz Age were no different in their mirrored kingdom of deep seated issues, insecurities, back stabbing, broken dreams and promises dating right back to Sodom and Gomorrah. A dance as old as humanity itself....but one with sparkle. The Dark Allure of Hollywood that has burned many a pretty moth in its flame.