Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Swimming on the ceiling

Carp at the Kibble Palace. I didn't cuddle any..

Are statues afraid of the dark?

Explanation in glass.

"Neil, this is Houston". Why?


Trying to "shoot from the hip" in Tinderbox. Not sure I've quite got the hang of it yet, but I rather like this one.

The floor of Oran Mor, where I was chatting to archaeologists about werewolf-babies and Elvis impersonators. (I wasn't chatting actually on the floor - we were sitting on chairs).

Monday, April 21, 2008

Andrew Greig

Join Vital Synz in the congenial surroundings of Sloans Bar for a reading by the award-winning poet Andrew Greig, widely known as "the unofficial Poet Laureate of the mountaineering community". Also appearing is Glasgow poet Gerry Bradshaw.

Tickets £10 (£5 conc.) on sale on the door from 7pm.

The Quigleys: Not for Sale!

Katie just sent me this photo of a book she spotted at the library today. Apparently there are a whole series of Quigley books! I hadn't realised. But reassuringly, we are not for sale...

Sunday, April 20, 2008


  • I saw Happy-Go-Lucky at the GFT today with Heather, but neither of us were terribly impressed with it. The main character was really annoying during most of the film, and I don't think I'm that keen on the whole "improvisation" bit that Mike Leigh seems to go in for. Films generally have plot and a script for a reason; Happy-Go-Lucky is that reason...

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Last of the Mohicans

This is a fairly rubbish photo (I think I had the shutter speed set too slow yesterday and all my pics came out blurred :-( but aren't they excellent outfits/hairdos? I'd gone to meet Sarah, who escaped from her cube temporarily to have a look at Glasgow (apparently the Highland cows are well, but they wouldn't let them on the train at Gourock). After wandering round some exhibits from the GI festival at StreetLevel and Glasgow Print Studio we went to have a coffee at Mono.

I'd never dared to go in before as it has a reputation for such staggering hip-ness that I feared I'd be laughed out for being too nerdish and ex-computer-scientisty, but everyone was actually very nice and they do a very good coffee. Their toilets also have graffiti on a par with that in the University Library, including a religious-sounding sentiment in beautiful italics, a quotation from something or other, a complaint that the quotation-scrawler was pretentious for putting it there, and a further complaint that the first complainer couldn't spell pretentious. Fantastic. (We were also informed by someone who had written on the close wall in the StreetLevel building that "Plumbers R Gay". A bit like "Toys R Us" I suppose.)

Cove Park Views

To counteract the recent spate of weird, gloomy photos, here are some nice cheerful Cove Park shots:

Clouds over Loch Long.

Clouds and rain over Loch Long :-(

Blue clouds.

Lovely Sheep in training.

Mr. Duck

Mrs. Duck

Hand Mirror

Friday, April 11, 2008

Red Squared


Inspired by the Francesca Woodman entry the other day, it seemed like a good time for another set of pictures in our series "Bizarre Photos in Impractical Outfits".

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Useful Equation

Useful Equation
Originally uploaded by Pauho
Spotted this photo - taken by Pauho - on GlasgowPhoto on Flickr. Apparently it's on a fence on the road where deliveries are made to the Science Centre (you can just see that the fence on the other side reads d = vt).

Monday, April 07, 2008

Francesca Woodman

When I was in the main centre at Cove Park on Friday, chatting to Julian, Polly and Sarah before setting off to the dizzy social whirl of the Knockderry House Hotel for a drink, we ended up discussing a photo spotted on the front of a brochure from Dundee Contemporary Arts that was kicking about, advertising an exhibition of photographs that includes those of Francesca Woodman, who took the photo below:

Apparently she died at the age of only 23, but her photos are amazingly strange and beautiful. And in many cases, extremely cunning - I'm not entirely sure how she did some of them. I also really liked this one, which was in the brochure too:

Sunday, April 06, 2008

More Cove Park Pics

The ferry that runs from Kilcreggan to Gourock. She is actually called the M.V. Seabus. You'd think they might have come up with a better name for the poor thing; it's like the Navy having the HMS Warship. The other boats must make fun of her :-(

View towards Gourock from the ferry.

Hobbit-style shot of my cube (taken through the back door - you can see the reflection of the hill behind it).

Sandshoes, wellies and Cookie Monster bag.

Sheep with lamb.

Feet with a view. I tried waving my feet in the water, but it was very, very cold. Mind you, we'd had a film-maker guy along on the Tuesday night who seemed to be actually thrashing his feet around in it so that they could record the sounds...

More Hobbit-cubes.

Tiny red-sailed boat sailing on Loch Long.

Another sheep and lamb - there were loads of them wandering around the site.

Clouds in a blue sky.

Feet on a lamp (don't look at the socks, Morag ;-) I thought at first that I had this kind of white plastic stool/table thing, then realised it had a cable and plug. And it was actually a fantastic cube-like lamp!

Friday, April 04, 2008

Highland Cows

Aren't these the cutest teenage Highland cows ever?!

A somewhat officious lamb in the Hobbit hut where I think it was born.
Hobbit hut for the sheep.

Slightly alarming bridge across a wee valley with stream.

The Cove Park cubes. Mine is the one in the middle - it's very comfy and elegant (and two shipping containers wide).

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Pod Life

Still in the Pod (actually, it's a Cube, the Pods are here too, but they're the things the people lived in on Castaway). Weather has improved markedly, but this has simply made it easier for the Shifty Ducks to start stalking me again, in between doing uncouth things to each other in the pond...

Out the front this morning (note the ducks lurking into shot in the background...)

View out the front last night in a brief pause in the rain.