As a keen amateur photographer towns and cities provide a wealth of good locations for photographic subject matter. This is a bridge across the river with some deliberate slight camera movements to create an arty effect of the Christmas lights in Paisley.
There is a good one of silent film star Stan Laurel who grew up in Glasgow and performed around the corner in music halls before finding fame in America, and Glasgow boxer Benny Lynch, World flyweight champion in the 1930s, but as it was just after the reopening of part of the pub ( A police helicopter crashed through the roof with 10 folk killed inside and many more injured in Nov 2013) as I passed it on my bike and too many folk were sitting outside at tables to capture that front side of the mural properly.
With most towns and inner cities these days struggling to compete with out of town shopping centers and retail parks for footfall, Glasgow in recent years has seen a rise in City Centre murals, presumably to try to attract more folk into the centre. I must admit I never visit the centre of Glasgow these days for shopping purposes and haven't done for over 20/30 years now. For a start it costs money to visit by public transport or by car and my local shopping mall has everything nearby I need under one roof as I don't spend much cash except on petrol and food. Can't see that situation changing UK wide anytime soon as traditional high streets get left behind but I might be tempted in for the mural walk. Good link above of the mural walk and murals list.
In the last year just passed, I realized large parts of Glasgow had altered or were altering considerably, yet again, so it was a good excuse to do half a dozen bike rides in the glorious autumn months of fine weather to reacquaint myself with my ever shifting metropolis. I gave up knowing London intimately a long time ago. Too vast in size and too far away to keep track of district by district, let alone street by street but the Greater Glasgow area is manageable to keep track of every couple of years at under 2 million people.( a population including the surrounding towns like Paisley, Clydebank, Motherwell, Hamilton etc)
So in fine weather I headed off with a strong sense of purpose which is all you really need in life to feel happy and fulfilled. I've found people in general tend to be obsessive and that they like collecting things. Money, Possessions, Games, Mountains, Fashion, Stamps, Cars... the list is endless. Although I don't consider I have a strong addictive streak in me, addictions have been my greatest pleasure and reward. Some are harmless, others less so...I used to collect bird's eggs in the 1960s, then interesting people, munros, bothies, islands, books, films....
Growing up in one of the "Big Four" I almost viewed this wall as a long lost friend seeing it. A nostalgic part of my childhood as much as anything else as graffiti was a common sight everywhere in my daily life back then. With the growth of the internet this form of "selfie" or visual self expression during teenage years is almost a relic as well in modern Glasgow.You rarely see it these days. I'm sure more than a few street artists started out with unsolicited work on gable ends and walls where they grew up, if only to practice their talent and gain recognition.
Toryglen is an area of the city I don't have any reason to visit normally but I had heard it was also undergoing changes so headed the bike in that direction.
Not for the first time did I find myself thinking... where do all the people go? They can't all be committing suicide or ending up in heaven wandering around stoned at the gates via legal highs so where do the rest end up? Do they go abroad? All over Glasgow formally large council estates containing thousands of people have been cleared then replaced with housing association low level new build, either for sale or rent. But only for a select few it seems.
It may be just the way modern house designs have improved social housing visually but it also appears as if some subtle form of "social cleansing" is going on here as well.
During my numerous bike rides across the city in 2015 I passed area after area of formally unemployed / lower working class districts that have been transformed into almost posh areas. I may be completely wrong here but that was my surface impression anyway cycling around. Districts where packed thousands once lived replaced by a few hundred, admittedly nice, well spaced out homes.
This is part of the Commonwealth Games village, now available for sale and rent.
So where are we heading in the future? My attention was drawn to this short You Tube video discovered by my old pal Alistair and it would be funny if it wasn't so painfully truthful.