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This afternoon I went into Glasgow to do a little shopping. Here are some images of the activity in Buchanan Street, one of the key thoroughfares in the city and largely closed to traffic. The experience proved something like a modern day version of a medieval street scene with throngs of people and all sorts of traders and entertainers-in addition to the regular shops.

Here is a jazz band in full swing.

Here is a trader selling childrens toys.

Eating alfresco, continental (Europe) style.

This is an escapologist about to tie himself up.

Dr Who telephone box. Now a coffee bar.

Street musician

Stress relief-definitely needed here!!

View towards Buchanan Galleries. Standing room only!

View towards Argyle Street. Not a place for solitude!

Rangers Football Club stall. Very popular as there is a big match tomorrow.

Overall, these scenes reflect the popularity of Glasgow as a shopping destination coupled with the vibrancy of the city.

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This evening I am posting some images of my mile long walk yesterday along Glasgow‘s Sauchiehall Street . This forms one of Glasgow’s leading shopping venues and is partly pedestrianised (vehicles excluded). The street is very long and runs from the centre of Glasgow out to the West End near Kelvingrove Museum. The unusual name is derived form the old name for Willow Tree

Here is the Cameron Memorial Fountain. This sits at an angle and is in a sorry state,

Street View
Here are the famous Willow Tea Rooms ( first floor) designed by Glasgow’s famous designer, Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
More views of Sauchiehall Street in the Spring sunshine.

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Today, I finally achieved a personal objective in photographing the statues in George Square in context of a tour of Glasgow. These represent the ‘Great and Good’ of Victorian times and earlier.

Here is a general view with the Scott Monument prominent in the centre.

This is James Oswald, M.P.
This is Dr. Thomas Graham
Thomas Campbell, Poet

Lord Clyde
Sir John Moore
Robert Burns

Sir Walter Scott
William Ewart Gladstone
Sir Robert Peel

Queen Victoria, who visited Glasgow August 14th 1849.

James Watt

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