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Dear Green Place

Dear Green Place
There is more to life in Glasgow than just the University and its campus in the West End. For the month of July I will be posting photos not of the University, but of some aspects and sights of the city itself. The photos are mainly directed at visitors to this site who are thinking about moving to Glasgow and are unfamiliar with the city, but even those of you readers who live in Glasgow might find out something new about the Dear Green Place, places, sights and history outside of the West End Bubble within which many students spend their years at Glasgow University.

“Dear Green Place”, a relatively common nickname for Glasgow (one of the nicer nicknames at least), derives from the Scottish Gaelic name for the city, Glasgu (or Glaschu), which can be loosely translated as the dear green or dear green place. The Scots name for Glasgow is Glesca.

Calling Glasgow a green place is surprisingly fitting, considering the city’s industrial history. City planners in the preceding centuries had the foresight to set up a substantial number of public parks and other green areas around the city, two of which are right next to the University. If you’re looking for more green spaces, there’s Glasgow Green in the east end of the city and Bellahouston Park in the south. The Highlands begin just north of Glasgow and Loch Lomond is a mere half an hour away from Glasgow to the west.

In other words, there’s quite a bit more to Glasgow than just the University, and over the next month I’ll post photos of various parts of the city of Glasgow, including some of my favourite places and sights.

Glasgow Trivia #1: Beginning with the 2010/2011 season, Glasgow will be home, for the first time, to a top-level ice hockey team. The team, Braehead Clan will play their home games at the Braehead Arena. Won’t get the same amount of coverage and interest as Celtic and Rangers, but at least it’s something different.

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4 responses

  1. My photo of this work of art was the first ever photo on my blog!

    July 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    • A nice coincidence then that I’d pick this to kick off a month of Photos from Glasgow. =)

      It’s kind of a shame that it’s hidden in a side alley, although it does provide a nice backdrop to the view out of the Hillhead Library windows.

      July 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

  2. PCG

    Hi Jani, just wanted to say great work. You’ve got a fantastic website that provides me with my fill of the University while I’m away for the summer.

    July 3, 2010 at 9:58 am

    • Thank you! Although I’m focusing on the city of Glasgow for the month of July, there’ll be plenty more from the University again from August onwards.

      July 9, 2010 at 12:01 am

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