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u/evilneuro · 1 pointr/glasgow

Hope this advice isn't too late for you.

Buy this: (Kindle version available)

Bookmark this:

And this:

If you really want to stay near the hotel, check out as they tend to highlight interesting things happening in the area.

However, I'd recommend getting in a cab from the Sherbrooke (ask the front desk to book you one) and getting the hell out of Pollokshields and into the city centre. Ask to go to a central point like The Buchanan Galleries (a shopping mall at the north end of Buchanan Street) or George Square. Mosey around. Use your guidebook to find stuff that interests you.

Alternately, you can use the Subway (our underground railway system, and no, it's not called the Tube or the Clockwork Orange) - - to go further afield. Walk out of the hotel on to Sherbrooke Avenue, go right (east) onto Nithsdale Road, walking away from the motorway, then after a bit of walking turn left (north) onto Shields Road, then eventually you'll reach the end of Shields Road and you'll have the motorway in front of you; turn right and you'll see Shields Road subway station in front of you (the low brown coloured brick building on the left hand side of the street). I'd still recommend the cab into the city centre and you can jump on the subway from there (from Buchanan Street station at the north end of Buchanan Street (just down from The Buchanan Galleries), or from St. Enoch's station at the south end (in St. Enoch's Square).

If you're politely accosted by someone trying to sell you "The Big Issue", don't panic; it's a street newspaper (actually more like a magazine) distributed by homeless people or people suffering from issues that can lead to homelessness. They are employed by The Big Issue Foundation and have to operate under a strict code of conduct. If you don't want to buy a copy, feel free to politely say no thanks, but if you're interested, it's £2.50, half of which goes directly to the street seller.

(However, if a random person comes up to you on the street asking you for "any spare change?", politely say "no, I don't, sorry" and walk on :)

The best local newspaper to buy is the Evening Times; first editions usually appear around lunchtime, evening editions around 4-5pm. You can get a copy from any newsagent shop or from street sellers on the major city centre streets who usually stand beside small mobile newsstands, bellowing "EEEEEEEEEVNIN TIIIIIIIMES!" at the top of their lungs.

The football (or "soccer", ugh, how I hate that word!) season kicks off in Scotland this weekend, but only one team is playing in Glasgow the weekend you're there (Partick Thistle who play in Firhill Park on the north side of the city; St. Mirren from the west side are playing away at Dundee, Rangers on the south side are not playing that weekend, and Celtic on the east side will be over in Philadelphia playing a friendly against Real Madrid as part of the Herbalife World Football Challenge 2012 tournament), so there shouldn't be a) hordes of football fans out for a pint after the match or b) any trouble.

Then, when you're ready to go back, hail one of these guys - - to get you back to the Sherbrooke; basically any black hackney-style cab. Taxis that are regular cars with a taxi on top are "private cabs" and won't stop when you hail them - they can only be booked by calling the cab company. Black hackneys with the yellow light on the roof switched on can be hailed - if the light's off, let it go by, they won't stop. Pay the fare when you reach your destination before you get out the cab. If you want to tip, round the fare up to the nearest pound.

If you can, use Google Maps and Street View to get your bearings before hand. Note that Street View imagery for Glasgow is unfortunately about 4 years out of date, but it's still very useful.

Buchanan St. / Buchanan Galleries:
George Square:

Have a nice time, be prepared for changeable weather, and enjoy yourself! Glasgow is a great city :)

u/eenbiertje · 6 pointsr/glasgow

This'll be what you want.

Thorough history of the city from medieval times up to the 1950/60s. Tonnes of photos, sketches, newspaper cuttings etc. Really has a lot to say especially about the development of the city from around 1800 on. You can pick up second hand copies on Amazon for about £3, but I got one in Voltaire and Rousseau in the west end for a quid one day. I'd recommend popping in there as they usually have a lot of similar themed second hand books lying around.

In terms of more recent books, I'd strongly recommend Glasgow: Mapping The City.

Big coffee table book basically running through 400+ years of the city in maps. Fantastic book.

u/trevormacleod · -1 pointsr/glasgow

Maybe some luxuries have been removed on the northlink ferrys to reduce the burden to the tax payer. A round trip passage from aberdeen to the northern isle and back costs the tax payer £350 per passenger. It is the most highly subsidised ferry in the world.

I have worked on several calmac vessels in the past and have seen first hand how highly inefficient they are. You might have to pay a good wage to get a high standard of skipper or engineer who would save you money through the damage done by an amateur, but calmac grossly over pays its stewards and ratings and over man the boats, because the wages are guaranteed by the subsidy and aren't subject to market forces like they are in other areas of shipping they have the tax payer by the balls.

Popular opinion seems to be in favour of calmac winning the contract, but if people were really aware of how much tax payer money is wasted by current inefficiency I'm not sure they would. There is a well written book on the subject I have linked below:

u/AnarchieInAlba · 1 pointr/glasgow

The trick is: don't just use curry powder. In my curries, I typically mix curry powder, garam masala, hot chili powder, tumeric powder, fresh garlic, ginger and chilies, and maybe some cardamom pods, dhana jiru, mustard seeds or coconut cream depending on the recipe. Anyways, you're probably better off getting a book and following a few recipes until you get the hang of it and start mixing your own stuff. I got this one but it was about a tenner back in the days so you should probably get something else.

Edit: KRK on woodlands road is a really great suggestion

u/th3dud3abid3s · 2 pointsr/glasgow

A friend of mine read [this book about Glasgow murders] ( which he found pretty entertaining.

u/eddiecointreau · 5 pointsr/glasgow

not quite glasgow. more north ayrshire but david f ross's disco trilogy is amazing

christopher brookmyre - pandaemonium

the alan bisset ones are also worth a read but not quite set in glasgow either.

edit. totally forgot about the ian banks ones set in glasgow. espedair st and the crow road. bits of complicity too.

u/foyherald · 5 pointsr/glasgow

I originally posted this to this thread r/glasgow/comments/5ot9d9/glasgows_unbuilt_inner_ring_road/ but I think it also fits here.

In my younger days I was friendly with Glasgow author and architectural historian Frank Worsdall who wrote several books on Glasgow.
This one - 'The City that Disappeared: Glasgow's Demolished Architecture' is probably the most damning of the policies of Glasgow Corporation as it was then. Not only is it an excellent read but also highly regarded and as such the National Library of Australia has copies at major locations.

u/Malkline · 1 pointr/glasgow

Fantastic photographs around 1980 by Magnum photographer Raymond Depardon.

u/StaunerMcGregor · 5 pointsr/glasgow

This book is also a great/heartbreaking read for lovers of Glasgow architecture...

u/verygneiss · 3 pointsr/glasgow

How big is the hamper? How about a copy of The Patter - it's the authoritative guide to the Glaswegian dialect, and it's very funny.

u/Gee_dude · 2 pointsr/glasgow

This is Edinburgh, but I used this for my dissertation and there should be a similar one for Glasgow:

As far as I remember it broke classical motifs into groups, there are a surprisingly limited number of styles, but craftsmen would put their own style on it.

Also the sort of thing Glasgow City Heritage Trust are involved in.

u/dl064 · 1 pointr/glasgow

these wee books are ace. dunno why it's 40 quid there, they're not really.

u/centipod · 4 pointsr/glasgow

A few years back Liverpool University Press and the Public Monuments and Sculpture Association ran a project cataloging sculptures, architectural friezes and bas-reliefs in a few UK cities.

You can get the Glasgow catalogue fairly cheap and there are literally hundreds of hidden gems in there.

u/actualgoddess · 1 pointr/glasgow

Bit morbid but I love A Grim Almanac of Glasgow, basically a historical crime for every day of the year. A very interesting read!

u/AstaraelGateaux · 9 pointsr/glasgow

Reading, you should read some Christopher Brookmyre, all/most of his stories are set in Scotland or with Scottish characters, a lot of them centred around Glasgow. It really does provide a good idea of what it's like over here (but obviously the plots are action/thriller/whatever). Also they are fucking hilarious. I recommend starting with this one.
There is a book before it introducing one of the main characters but it's not too much of a big deal, I read them out of order. All of the books are kina related anyway.

The buses here are crap, the trains are ok but expensive, but I still shell out for them.

If there is some old drunk dude talking to you just smile and nod and walk away. Or even joke back (but then sometimes you can't get away from them ever). Most of the violent crime statistics are inflated because of fights between people knowing each other/drunken bar fighting. Obviously don't walk at night alone or anything, as in any big city.

As a rough rule of thumb: Pubs are open til midnight, clubs are open til 3am. Some of the bigger clubs will open til 4am but stop serving drink at 3am, so it's just for dancing really, and to stagger the taxi queue. Bars close between midnight and 3am usually, and are normally the most expensive for drinks. Apart from casinos, only really go there if you want to burn your money or you're desperate from somewhere to stay out in past 3am.

Taxis: There are 2 types of licence. "Black hacks" are the ones you'll recognise from pictures of London etc, are usually (not always) black, and have either the typical hackney cab shape or are people carriers. There is a light on them so tell if it's free etc. these are the only cabs you can hail down. They are usually pretty good, and the drivers need to do a test so they know their shit.

Private hire taxis are normal cars, and you can legally only book them by phoning. If you get in one off the street you and the driver could get into trouble and also it's dodgy as fuck, as the drivers don't need to have security checks or anything as all their jobs should be logged. They are usually cheaper but I avoid them completely, as they usually are more trouble than they are worth (drivers get lost, not showing up, etc etc).

They stop selling booze in shops at 10pm, boo.

Aldi/Lidl are really cheap supermarkets, and usually pretty good quality. The booze is fucking disgusting though.

Glasgow itself isn't very tourist-y, but it's a great place to live and close to so much stuff. You can day trip to loads of places. Try Loch Lomond, Edinburgh, Culzean, New Lanark, Arran, to name a very small selection.

Don't bother trying to emulate our accents, your accent will naturally soften in time without trying. I lived down South (England) for a while and that's just what happens. It'll go back to normal when you go home, if you let it.

Be prepared to be chatty with strangers, and have a joke. Never be afraid to ask for directions, in fact if you stand still looking lost for a while people will probably help you out.

I'd advise against getting into football, especially Celtic/Rangers. If you do support one don't talk about it loudly in public. Don't wear all green or all blue (I don't see why you would). If you are religious it's not really a done thing to talk about it. Even if you ignore all that most of the time you would be fine, but there are always arseholes.

I am a 25-year-old from Ayrshire, I am hoping to do a year in Japan starting from June (still need to earn the place though...), but please lemme know when you get here if you wanna meet up! I'm currently doing fuck all, and I'll be happy to show you around, or even have a boring day sitting watching tv hah. Cheers!