Glasgow, like most cities of the world, is what you want it to be. If you look for the good, you’ll see the good….if you look for the bad, you’ll see the bad. It’s all there and there’s no point in denying it.
You could fill the Mitchell Library with words written about Glasgow but for us, Alisdair Gray hit upon something in Lanark:
“Glasgow is a magnificent city” said McAlpin. “Why do we hardly ever notice that?”
“Because nobody imagines living here” said Thaw.
Thaw then goes on to explain how other famous cities stand out while Glasgow remains in the shadows. “What is Glasgow to most of us? A house, the place we work, a football park or golf course, some pubs and connecting streets. That’s all. No, I’m wrong, there’s also the cinema and library. And when our imagination needs exercise we use these visits to visit London, Paris, Rome under the Caesars, the American West at the turn of the century, anywhere but here and now. Imaginatively, Glasgow exists as a music-hall song and a few bad novels. That’s all we’ve given to the world outside. It’s all we’ve given to ourselves.”
That is a pretty bleak view and not strictly true but you can see that this is how many people view Glasgow.
In one sense, you can take that as a bad thing. If no one dreams of living in Glasgow, does that mean we are all trying to escape and those that are stuck here just make do with what they have? That would be a fairly depressing life.
You can take it another way though, you could argue that Glasgow is a city of dreamers, using the city as a blank canvas to base and build their dreams from. The music, fashion, art, media and architectural creations that have developed from the city stems from this desire to break free and experience a different style of life.
The reality, as always, lies somewhere in between. Glasgow is certainly not a utopia but neither is it the “no mean city” that some people persist in peddling when the city is discussed.
As said, Glasgow is what you want it to be so why not Get Around Glasgow and see what it inspires in you.
So what are we looking to do? Nothing startling or innovative to be honest but we’re hoping to pull together some Glasgow memories, photographs, videos and just bring to light some things you might have missed.
We’ll have a bunch of Glasgow t-shirts for you to check out to show the world how proud you are of your Weegie roots and as we continue, maybe some other gifts and ideas as well. We’re also hoping to put the spotlight onto Glasgow professionals so if you’re involved in the creative side of Glasgow, get in touch with us and we’ll see if we can shine some additional light on you. Equally, if you have any recommendations or tips about great things to do in Glasgow, let us know and we’ll pass it on.