Opening Ceremony

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I just finished watching the Opening Ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Hooray for YouTube.  It was over 2 hours long but if you missed it and want to watch, here is the link.

So many great moments and the energy in the stadium was pretty fantastic.  I was thinking to myself it’s pretty incredible how all those volunteers kept dancing the whole time.  I would be worn right out.

I love choral music and was moved to tears as I heard Eric Whitacre and the Virtual Youth Choir with the National Youth Choir of Scotland.  Amazing quality.  Breathtaking. Beautiful.  Rejoice!

I could have listened to a bit more of Julie Fowlis.  She has such a wonderful voice and when she sings the Gaelic, I could listen to her all day.  Yes, I am a bit of a fan.



Glasgow School of Art

words fail me … such a terrible loss.


Statement from Muriel Gray, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Glasgow School of Art:

“Today is a really black one for the GSA, but I cannot thank the fire brigade enough for the speed with which they came and their commitment to contain and extinguish the fire.  Fortunately there have been no fatalities or injuries.

I am so proud of the staff and students and how everyone has pulled together. We are thankful to all the Glaswegians who turned up to comfort students and to friends from across the world for their messages of support.”


For photos of the School, please see here.

Scottish on-line magazines

I get excited at some of the great notifications I receive from various organizations and magazines.  Here are a few I was reading today.


Made in Scotland magazine – celebrating Scottish creations, people and places.




News from Shetland’s Creative Scene – meet artists inspired by Shetland’s heritage and environment.




and lastly, a great resource for finding out what’s on around Glasgow … People Make Glasgow.



The Corinthian Club

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We began our tour to Arran and the West Coast of Scotland at the Corinthian Club, a truly magnificent venue situated in downtown Glasgow.

The architecture is something to behold and while I was trying to acquaint myself with the remainder of the group, I confess I was  wondering how I could possibly get a decent amount of photos of the room we were having lunch in.


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David Hamilton built the building in 1842 on the site of the 18th Century Virginia Mansion.  It was very elaborately decorated by renown architects, artists and artisans including James Salmon (Sr.), John Thomas and James Ballantine.

It was originally used for the Glasgow Ship Bank and in 1929, it was converted to judiciary courts, when the interiors were hidden behind false walls and ceilings.

G1 Group restored the building in 1999, including the reconstruction of Roman Doric and fantastic classical architecture.


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The venue is set up for anything as simple as a quiet lunch while out shopping to weddings and large corporate events.  It houses a Brasserie, 5 bars, 7 event spaces, a Casino and Club, all over 14 rooms and 5 floors.




We were served a very tasty lunch there and I had a breast of chicken supreme, with black pudding mash, baby carrots and a mustard sauce.  The mustard set the chicken off nicely and the black pudding mash was delicious.


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More trains to and from Oban 2014

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STV reports on an increase in the number of trains between Oban and Glasgow beginning next year:


“From May 2014, the number of trains to and from the West Highlands town will double from three to six trains between Monday and Saturday.

Funded by ScotRail, a new early morning service from Oban will reach Glasgow before 09am, ideal for business travellers; while a new evening service will connect with the southbound Caledonian Sleeper at Crianlarich offering a wider range of journey opportunities.

An additional afternoon service completes the trio.

Northbound, a new early morning service will depart Glasgow Queen Street at 5.10am reaching Oban before 09am; and two further new departures at 10.37am and 4.37pm.

Steve Montgomery, managing director of ScotRail, said: “This 2014 timetable will provide year round connections to the central belt and improved integrated transport options, with good connections to the majority of ferry services and even an opportunity to change at Connel Ferry for Oban airport.”

Deputy Council Leader Roddy McCuish said, “This is fantastic news for the people of Oban and Argyll and Bute as a whole. More trains direct to Glasgow will make a real difference to their lives. This opens up big opportunities for the area and I am sure it will encourage more people to visit this beautiful part of the world.” ‘