A Very Glaswegian Blog

Hi! My name is Cara and I am unsurprisingly from Glasgow’s East End. I am currently a student studying HND Media and Communications at the City of Glasgow College.

I wanted to create this blog because I feel that the east end of Glasgow has a really bad name. While it is a little rough around the edges the east has a lot of heart, an amazing sense of community and some of the nicest people you will ever meet within it.

The East End has a rich history. From the part that the Parkhead Forge played in making weapons for the war effort right up until the first TRNSMT festival which was held in Glasgow Green. The East end has helped shape the multicultural melting pot that is Glasgow in 2018.

The east end is currently in the middle of a total makeover partly thanks to small businesses like restaurants and clothing stores setting up business in places like Duke Street and also the rejuvenation project that has been put in place by Glasgow City Council has seen Barrowfield completely made over

Not only have we seen a change in the way the East End looks but also how it dresses. Glasgow is home to some of the best-dressed people in the UK and a lot of these well-dressed wegies come from the East End of the city.

This blog will showcase the best of the best in what is going on, who is wearing what and what happened when in Glasgow’s East End stay tuned.

Glasgow is less polite than Edinburgh but thats a good thing- they keep it very real  — Nik Kershaw

East End Locals start petition to save popular pool from Council cutbacks.

The Whitehill swimming club which has been around since 1977 began this petition when it was discovered that Glasgow City Council said that closing the popular pool house would be a ‘option” for saving the council money.
The huge 200 community members within the Whitehill Swimming Club are encouraging members of their local community to come forward and sign their petition in order to save an important part of Dennistoun’s past.
A spokesperson for the swimming club called upon the internet for support when posting the petition saying, “while these are only options at this stage Whitehill Swimming Club is anxious about the future of the pool and as such, the club itself.”
Members of the swimming club claim that the club has always been a vital resource to not only Dennistoun locals but children and adults from all across the city who come in to enjoy the facilities.

The petition posted by the group was posted two days ago and has just over 2000 signatures and the club is encouraging the public to come along to a meeting at Dennistoun Library on January 8th at 7pm to share their thoughts and feelings about this proposal with three of their local councillors.
If you would like to know more or even to just support you local clubs and leisure centres please go along to the Dennistoun community council meeting in Dennistoun Library, 2A Craigpark, Dennistoun, G31 2NA and sign the petition here.

 

 

Winter Garden closure causes tension between Glasgow MP’S.

Previously there was doubt whether or not the Peoples Palace would be open to the public ever again due to the state of disrepair it had fallen into but luckily the £350k worth of renovations that were needed on the landmark were approved by Glasgow City Council.

However, there may be one place within the palace that we may not see again for quite a while and that is the Winter Gardens.

When visiting the Peoples Palace, the place that I remember most fondly is the amazing Winter Garden which was host to thousands of tropical plants and a heat that someone from Glasgow would surely never experience anywhere else in the city or the country for that matter.

However apparently the costs to maintain the tropic climates needed for these plants was too much for Glasgow City Council who according to MP Paul Sweeny have switched off the heating systems within the Winter Gardens which will kill off all of the plants in an act of ‘civic vandalism’.

This tweet was challenged however by SNP Leader Susan Aitken who accused the MP for Glasgow North East of ‘making things up’.

The two contradicting arguments has left the public a little confused weather or not to expect the beautiful tropic gardens when the Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens open in Easter 2019.

 

 

Regeneration Project bringing a new lifestyle to Glasgow’s east end.

Since the east end was host to the 2014 Commonwealth Games, Glasgow City Council has invested £17m into a regeneration project that is improving the eastend areas of Barrowfield, Dalmarnock and the Gallowgate. Emirates Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome has helped to promote healthy living and lifestyle to those in the eastend. 

The East End is becoming a haven for small businesses and their customers.

The increase in small businesses opening up shop in the east end rather than the usual Great Western and Byres Road has allowed places like Duke Street and the Barrowlands to turn into a retail paradise for those who wish to adventure outside of the ‘Westend Bubble’.

Both eastend tourists and locals can enjoy food in places like Coia’s (who have just celebrated their 90th birthday in Duke Street), the quirky Dennistoun Bar-B-Que and shop in places like the iconic ‘Barras Market’ and vintage shops like “Rip It Up” and “Mr Bens” who have their homes in the Calton district of the east end.  

East End Library Finalist in Museum of the Year Competition.

The Glasgow Women’s Library is one of the east end’s hidden treasures.

Located in Bridgeton it is the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s lives, history and achievements.

The museum is open to everyone and hosts a variety of events within its beautiful award-winning building in Landressy Street.

The museum was also nominated for the Art Fund museum of the year award 2018 which is the world biggest museum prize and the UK’s largest arts award which awards £100,000 to the winning museum.

While Glasgow Women’s Library was beaten out by Tate St Ives it is still amazing that an east end establishment is being given such high praise and recognition for all the amazing work it does in sharing stories and achievements of women past and present, in their everyday lives and also their careers with the public worldwide .

The museum received a lot of support from the Glasgow public on twitter who was finally happy to see such an amazing establishment given the widespread publicity it deserves.

Since the competition, Glasgow Women’s Library has been host to other amazing events and keeps its events calendar packed full of amazing workshops, inspirational talks and exhibitions all about amazing and talented women who already have and currently are creating a different future for women worldwide.

For any information on upcoming events at the Glasgow Women’s Museum please head to their website.

 

Camera ready and coin crunching in the Capital.

While I love living in Glasgow sometimes it’s nice to get out there and see what other places have to offer. Edinburgh, while it’s an extremely beautiful and busy city it just, doesn’t have that same spark that makes Glasgow so great and here’s why.

While Edinburgh has an abundance of places to go and things to see it costs an excessive amount of money. A single entrance to The Edinburgh Dungeons will set you back around a freighting £23 (I mean we still paid it but we did have a mumble about it afterwards), A ride on the Christmas markets Ferris wheel that’s £10 a pop. Fancy a night out, a vodka and mixer in a club like Espionage are a jaw-dropping £4.20. While I can admit Glasgow has its pricer pubs and clubs £4.20 for a vodka is daylight robbery! People from the east end while we are generous we really love a good bargain and can sometimes be a bit tight with our cash so forking out for some of these expenses left us feeling quite wounded.

The best part about heading to the capital for the day, however, is the fact you get to wear your prettiest day outfits. I am sure a lot of your east end folk will agree that when you go to the capital you better be looking your best because with out a doubt your photos will be plastered all over your own and your friends social media pages an hour after you get home, here are some of the outfits our east end girls wore on their day out in Edinburgh.

Red jumper-Zara, Black Jeans- Topshop, Shoes- Converse, Bag-Love Moschino
Black Back to the Future Jumper-Zara, Jeans-Topshop, Shoes- Primark

Jacket-Matalan, Top- H&M, Skirt- Boohoo, Shoes- Vans, Bag- Love Moschino

While it’s lovely getting away sometimes, nowhere feels quite like home like the east end. Stay tuned.