One of the aspects of living in a city is that it is constantly changing and evolving. Cycling along the River Clyde on the cycle track that runs past the BBC and STV studios I was intent on cycling over Bell's Bridge through Festival Park and Govan but I noticed this instead.The shock of the new. A large golden dome that definitely wasn't there last summer among the usual towers around Park Circus. It's the new Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha, presumably built to replace the old one on Berkeley Street in Kelvingrove just west of Charing Cross.
"Whoa! What is that!" was my first reaction. As I love new things and architecture I had to go there so turned the bike around and immediately headed towards it. I now had a quest as great as reaching any mountain summit...more so as it was completely unexpected, like waking up one morning and opening the curtains to find a towering mountain range in the back garden or a brave new world outside. (incidentally, Bioshock Infinite, highlighted in this blog two weeks ago, which is all about new worlds, radical ideas in quantum physics and an entire new concept of the universe... featured in "Horizon- What universe do we live in" last night. A subject I was already familiar with at a very basic level through Philip Pullman's excellent "His Dark Materials" trilogy. (The Golden Compass for film fans.)
It seems we may soon have to rewrite everything we thought we knew about the universe around us and start again from scratch.)
Nice to see it still looking good as local libraries are under severe and increasing threat from the internet, along with daily newspapers, high street shops and banks, footfall shopping in general, traditional pastimes, printed books, film and music as we know them, the BBC, and countless others. A long list of "Things we lost in the Fire" almost without noticing, hence the Pandora's Box tag in the last post.
No wonder Glasgow was known as "The Second City of the British Empire." The evidence of its prosperity is preserved in brick and stone when you look at the vast mansions in here.
Like a kaleidoscope Glasgow has many different patterns. Some light- some dark. Another video from cult Glasgow band Sons and Daughters sums up the duality of Glasgow and west coast Scotland in general where great beauty, occasional extreme violence, strong drink and gallows humour traditionally go hand in hand. Starts off with a knowing nod to Talking Heads Psycho Killer before going off at a tangent all its own. An everyday tale of death, madness and misadventure in the suburbs. Powerful performance.