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BOB in the Night

BOB in the NightTo round off the week of foggy photos, we have Lilybank Gardens and the Boyd Orr Building. By this point the fog had pretty much faded. In my rush to (unsuccessfully) photograph the University Tower in the fog, I missed the opportunity to capture the top half of the Boyd Orr Building completely encased in the fog, with only the lights breaking through.

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Towering Library in the Fog

Towering Library in the FogThe lights on top of the Mackintosh House and the Hunterian Art Gallery kinda mess with the effect I was trying to go with here, diminishing the ghostly blue and white of the Library‘s windows as it disappears into the fog. Still, kinda creepy but captivating.

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Library Hill in the Fog

Library Hill in the FogOf all the foggy photos I’ve posted thus far, this one from Library Hill is probably my favourite, mainly due to the lights reflected of the colours of the Fraser Building to the right, and the Library disappearing on the left.

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Reading (Room) in the Fog

Reading (Room) in the FogThe Round Reading Room entrance (although it doesn’t look very round from this angle) on a foggy night. What this photo really needs is a layer of fog covering the ground as well, but the shadows on the trees work too. Oh, and a traffic cone. Gotta have a traffic cone.

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AV Referendum Debate

AV DebateWith the Alternative Vote Referendum coming in May, the Glasgow University Liberal Democrats and the Glasgow University Conservative Association held a debate on the matter in the Debates Chamber of the Glasgow University Union, representing the YES vote and the NO vote, respectively.

From left to right: Sophie Bridger (GULD President), Katy Gordon (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Dr Thomas Lundberg (Moderator, Lecturer in Politics), Ruth Davidson (Scottish Conservatives), and Ross McFarlane (GUCA President).

Update: 67.9% of the voters said NO to AV, and 32.1% said YES. Out of the 440 areas in the UK, only 10 voted YES, of which only 2 were in Scotland. Interestingly the two areas in Scotland which voted YES were Edinburgh Central (which contains the University of Edinburgh) and Glasgow Kelvin (which contains the University of Glasgow).

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North Front in the Fog

North Front in the FogThe North Front of the Gilbert Scott Building and the Memorial Gates in the foggy night. I’m quite fond of the shadows the lights create onto University Avenue. Shame about the scaffolding covering the eastern side of the North Front (but they should be coming down by the end of the academic year).

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Foggy Campus

Foggy CampusAh, another foggy night in Glasgow. Noticed the fog out of my window around midnight, grabbed the camera and tripod and ran over to the University, trying to make it to get a shot of the University Tower lit up in the fog. As you can see, unfortunately, I didn’t make it.

I’ll be posting a few more foggy photos for the next few days. It’s such a rare and interesting event that I might as well make the most of it.

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K is for… Kentigern [ABC Sundae]

K is for... Kentigern [ABC Sundae]

K was a tough letter to find a post for. Last year I covered Lord Kelvin, which was the obvious choice. This year, it’s St Kentigern, or as you may know him better as, St Mungo. I have recounted the story of St Kentigern/Mungo on this site several times before, so instead of repeating myself too much

The feast of St Mungo is on January 13th, commemorating the day on which he died in 614. In addition to having a significant importance to the City of Glasgow as its patron saint, St Kentigern bears connections and an importance to the University of Glasgow too, although he died over eight centuries prior to the establishment of the University.

As I’ve mentioned before, the first years of the University of Glasgow were mainly held in a lower chapter house in the Glasgow Cathedral, quite close to the tomb of St Mungo which lies in the crypt of the Cathedral. In 1460 the University (more specifically the Faculty of Arts) was granted four acres of land on the Dowhill near the Molendinar Burn, an area St Kentigern is described as sitting upon. This is the location upon which the University of Glasgow sat for 400 years before moving to its current location on Gilmorehill.

St Kentigern and his miracles are recounted on both the coat of arms of the City of Glasgow and the University of Glasgow, but did you know that the University’s coat of arms predates the City’s? The University arms were set up in 1658, but the original seal of the University, which depicted St Kentigern in the middle, dates all the way back to 1453.

Thus far I have managed to find seven larger depictions of St Kentigern around the University campus, reminiscent of the seal mentioned above, such as the one above on the Hunter Memorial, one on the John McIntyre Building, one in the Memorial Chapel, and another one outside the Chapel. (That’s the ones I’ve posted so far, do you know of any more?)

ABC Sundae is a fortnightly theme day, occurring every other Sunday, one letter of the alphabet at a time.
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Spikes and Spires in the Night

Spikes and Spires in the NightThere’s something about the University at night which makes it have a completely different character to it, especially the oldest sections of Gilmorehill. It may be the Gothic revival architecture, or the contrasts all over the place, or something else. Here’s one, taken at night in the moonlight, of the University Tower and the spikes on the fence which lines the length of University Avenue.

By the way, how awesome is the moss on the roof of the security gatehouse by the Main Gate?

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Joseph Black Hallway

Joseph Black HallwayIf I get tired of photographing staircases, I might just switch to random long hallways in the buildings on campus, like this one in the Joseph Black Building. Know of any nice long ones?

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