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St Vincent Street Façade
Which brings us to this lady. This sculpture stands on the banks of the Clyde in the heart of the city centre and is passed by many walking or cycling underneath her arms. For years I passed here myself on foot or bike and just thought of her as "that nun" because of her grab. I vaguely knew it was something to do with the Spanish Civil War but never bothered to look her up in any detail... although I always meant to do so when I returned home. Dolores Ibarruri or La Pasionaria. (the Passionflower)
Her story in here.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolores_Ib%C3%A1rruri
As I stood underneath her statue reading the words I wondered what they meant today. In the 7th richest country in the world (the UK) we have food banks in almost every town and city now and most large supermarkets have a free food donation box on prominent display yet a whole new range of loopholes have been introduced recently which large companies can exploit to avoid paying tax.
Is this the "Big Society"? It seems like a very polarized nation we live in. Horns of plenty for only the lucky few. Meanwhile an old lady can lie dead in a house for six years before being discovered.
Turned out she was paying her bills by direct debit and I've always thought what happens if you snuff it suddenly? Now we know. Bailiffs found her after her bank account drained dry four years later. Someone always cares eventually if you owe them enough money.
Yet hardly a murmur of protest occurs at this state of affairs. Where's the passion gone? It's regarded as normal. Inevitable, given our increasingly secluded life's. Apparently, two windows had been lying open for all that time. If you live alone with no relatives or friends to look after your welfare you have more chance of being found quicker in a remote desert than if you die in towns or cities these days it seems.
Is the age of outraged protest or taking a stand against so many rights being taken away that previous generations struggled hard to obtain for ordinary people a thing of the past in the UK? Maybe we don't make that kind of person anymore? It's a sad state of affairs when the church has to do the moral complaining for the dismantling of the welfare state and society at large. Or maybe the rest of us are too busy to notice anything going on anymore?
Recently, there have been a few programmes about Scottish Independence (I'm still undecided by the way) which always start with "Why do Scots hate the English so much? Why do they want to leave us?" I can only speak for myself here but I personally have nothing against England or the English at all except for the fact that they vote the Conservative party in every so often who have an established history of routinely making life harder for the poorest sections of society (bedroom Tax, Atos assessments for disabilities) while rewarding the rich elite whenever they are in office. Simple as that and Scotland gets stuck yet again with a government few here would vote for even if they were giving away cash prizes. The Conservative Party are not popular in Scotland and probably never will be. A fact Margaret Thatcher never seemed to understand. Maybe she thought we should have stood up and congratulated her when she crushed the unions, turned Scotland, Northern England, South Wales, and any other heavily industrialised region into a jobless wasteland for decades in favour of building London and the South into a financial and business hub. An inflated bubble that is not representative of the rest of Britain in any way. I shudder to imagine what Scotland will look like if they get in again for another term of austerity Britain. Maybe they will bring back rationing.
A favourite view of the back of the city chambers and the Italian Centre on the edge of the merchant city. John Street Area.
I like the architecture in this place but I too thought it was like a modern ghost town setting. I was the only person wandering around in it that day but obviously I'm never likely to buy anything from here myself. Money is tight these days for the majority of ordinary citizens which makes it even more galling to hear the government taking about Britain's economy booming again. Where exactly... in the NHS?
Any walk around Central Glasgow these days is a walk past rows of To Let or For Sale signs. Mostly due to the internet changing the way we shop and conduct our business affairs making many professions redundant overnight which can only continue at an increasing rate with the growth of Apps. Yet the Commonwealth Games are just around the corner with vast building projects in the east end finishing on schedule. Will the money poured into these prestigious buildings trickle down into the local communities that surround the Games village after all the hullabaloo has ended? Only time will tell but in the last five years nearby Calton has became even poorer than it used to be... which I didn't think was possible to achieve!
and always has new places to discover.
http://www.collegelands-glasgow.co.uk/ The High Street, seen here, still looks the same when viewed in an uphill direction.
Glasgow it seems is a place of contrasts, like the rest of Britain, with the divide between the have and have not's the widest its been in modern times.
The student flats look better from the front.
Video this week is a film clip....... Pan's Labyrinth. While I really enjoyed this memorable film it was a very strange one about a child's experience set in Franco's postwar Spain seen through her eyes that fell between two stools in my mind. Far too scary and brutally realistic in the real life scenes to be watched by young children yet with a strong fantasy element that might not appeal to practical folk. Needless to say I loved it and this scene in particular. The Pale Man!....... Run! Run!
Reminds me of the original Grimm's fairy tales some of which were very dark indeed and a visit I paid alone to a witchcraft museum in a remote part of Spain years ago which had some truly dreadful exhibits of extreme torture that would cause a public outcry and fainting in the streets if they were ever shown in Britain. Each country has its own ideas and boundaries and I often find some Spanish language films so different from what the UK or USA would pass in a film.
Not suitable for young children unless you want to give them nightmares. Best watched full screen. For those who haven't seen it this is stunning. Full of unusual invention.