This morning, I cycled down to Glasgow City Centre with prime aim of obtaining some images for my upcoming architecture web page. I was half hoping to obtain some ‘Christmassy’ images of the shops etc., but this was not be. The shops were not decked out in colours and lights which I found somewhat strange.

Weather this morning was cold (maybe just a tad above freezing) but, crucially, a continuance of the foggy conditions which have been prevalent for the past few times. This sort of murky weather does not help to lift the spirits at this time of year!

On the way down I noticed a couple of developments, namely (a) closure of the Glaswegian Pub
and (b) closing down sale of Borders Book Store. These are signs of the times in the British High Street. Pub economics are very unfavourable right now and I think that pubs are closing down at the rate about five per day across the country. Borders has probably succumbed to the Amazon threat. I like books and used to patronise Borders but, that said, Borders was always a funny sort of place and I could never figure out its raison d’etre. Might go down in a few days and see if there are any bargains to be had but am not optimistic because there was never anything much there which I wanted to buy at any price!

In George Square there is the usual, gaudy, funfair type amusements, per image below. No idea why this is allowed to disfigure the centre of the City at any time, let alone Christmas.

In the course of my travels I did encounter groups of ‘Father Christmases’. It would appear the folks had attended some sort of competition and were on their way home. See the three images below.

Main driver behind my trip in the murk and gloom was to obtain images of some Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson architecture, which I did.

Image immediately below is of the Egyptian Halls at 84-100 Union Street which was constructed as a bazaar or shopping centre in 1870-72 and is named after the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London.

This is the Gordon street Warehouse, opposite Central Station and dates from 1858-59. Concentrate only on levels 1, 2 and 3 because the top section comprises an Edwardian superstructure which does not meld with the facade below.

Overall, a mixed sort of trip. However, I did achieve key objectives.

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