Monday, 3 July 2017
Cumbernauld Trip. The UK's First Shopping Mall. The World's First Modern Mall?
A good few months ago now I was thinking of an interesting place to visit and Cumbernauld came to mind after looking at a few maps. Apart from having a non professional but long standing interest in architecture I also have a connection to this Scottish new town as my sister got married and moved out here with her husband and young family in the late 1960s/ very early 1970s before emigrating to Australia. This is one of several car parks clustered around Cumbernauld's original shopping centre. There seems to be a 2 hour parking restriction on all the vehicles parked here, despite it being half empty with plenty of free spaces. I did notice on my return a couple of cars getting tickets (and maybe clamped/ or fixed penalty notice on windscreen) so they do enforce it. Luckily, I returned within the 2 hour limit as I managed to fit everything in within that time period and it was mainly the shopping centre I was curious about.
Cumbernauld Park.in this short clip. Also first generation children featured here obviously. Only two hands each :o)
A different kind of park in OZ. What impressed me most in Australia was not the natural landscape but the beautiful cities and the surrounding park lands filled with all manner of exotic creatures coming in from the surrounding countryside/desert outside.