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Falkirk 1-0 Dumbarton

SOFL Tier 2, Falkirk Stadium, 27/8/16.

Since I made my way up from Dumfries and Galloway where we’ve been for the past couple of days (yes, photos of deco buildings and of War Memorials were taken) I got held up at the roadworks on the M74 and as a result missed baout fifteen minutes of this. It seems we had a chance or two in that time but all I witnessed was Falkirk dominating possession – due mainly to our giving it away – for the rest of the first half. Alan Martin had two magnificent reaction saves in that time or else we’d have been right out of it.

The second half meandered along and we only reall looked under threat when a header from a corner hit the bar and went over. Nevertheless we were defending for the most part, again losing the ball too easily or giving it away but a great passing move between Ryan Stevenson, Robert Thomson and Josh Todd carved out a chance which Todd couldn’t get past Danny Rogers in the home goal.

Sub Andy Stirling put in a great cross which Robert Thomson couldn’t quite get on the end of (and a later one which someone ought to have anticipated falling at the back post but no one did.)

We might have held out for the draw but the replacement of Stevenson by Darren Barr seemed to disrupt our organisation temporarily and they managed to get a man over in the box with only four minutes to go. Cruel.

I suppose Falkirk deserved the points on pressure and possession but our defence, where Mark Docherty was outstanding at centre-half, didn’t deserve that.

Three of the five teams we’ve yet to play are at the top of the league, and unbeaten. It’s going to be tough again.

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 17: Templeton’s Carpet Factory

This should really have been much earlier in this series as it is one of the most striking buildings in Glasgow – and Scotland as a whole.

The former Templeton’s Carpet Factory is by Glasgow Green near the People’s Palace and occupies a sort of square formed by Binnie Place, Templeton Street, Tobago Street and London Road.

This view from the People’s Palace shows the unique combination of eastern and Scottish influences. The West Brewery at extreme left side here:-

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow, from West

This is from a bit further along Templeton Street:-

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow, from Southwest

Strong horizontals and verticals in the moderne style in this Templeton Street view:-

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow East Section

There is fantastic detailing in the upper brickwork:-

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow, Detail

Junction of the “eastern” and “moderne” parts with Scots baronial thrown in to the mix:-

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow

The eastern side of the building, off Tobago Street, has now been converted into flats:-

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow, from East

Further up Tobago Street:-

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow, Northeast section

I had to stitch two photos to get the Tobago Street entrance doorway in. (It appears bent in this; it’s not really.)

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow, East Doorway

The clocktower segment on the corner of Tobago Street and London Road has classic Art Deco lines:-

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow, Clocktower Angle

North side of building – converted into flats. Off London Road:-

Templeton Carpet Factory,Glasgow, North Aspect

Stitch of two photos of west end of London Road aspect. (Again the building isn’t Curved.) The West Brewery occupies this portion:-

Templeton Carpet Factory,Glasgow, North Aspect

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

This wonderful Art Deco cinema in Aberfeldy, Perthshire (or Perth and Kinross as it has now become is perhaps not what you expect to see in a small town in the middle of Scotland. Still in use as a cinema (plus cafe and bar.) The Birks (birches) is a local beauty spot/steep valley.

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy from Right

Entrance. Like the rest of the cinema (refurbished quite recently I believe) the glazing isn’t original:-

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, Entrance

View from left:-

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy

Side aspect:-

The Birks Cinema, Aberfeldy, side view from rear

Art Deco in Ypres

I didn’t expect to find Art Deco buildings in Ypres but what else can you call this?

Art Deco House Ypres

It was on the Menin Road inside the city limits. And it wasn’t alone; the building below was on the opposite side of the road a bit further in.

Art Deco Building, Ypres

Once I’d started looking I found deco styling quite easily:-

Art Deco House, Ypres

This is the above building’s doorway. Good ironwork here too:-

Art Deco, Doorway, Ypres

Nearer the outskirts but still on the Menin Road was this brick building:-

Art Deco in Brick, Ypres

Close-up on the doorway:-

Art Deco, Brick Doorway, Ypres

On the Menin Road on the way in to town from our hotel was this. We didn’t have time to visit the museum it houses; there were too many others:-

Art Deco Building, Ypres

Dunfermline’s Art Deco Heritage 8: Bruce Street

This is in the upper part of Bruce Street. The deco is mainly the “marble” cladding but there’s a kind of “rule of three” in the detailing lines:-

Art Deco Shop Front, Bruce Street, Dunfermline

In the lower part of Bruce Street opposite Dunfermline Abbey lies Life. Both photos taken from the Abbey grounds:-

Art Deco in Dunfermline, Life, Bruce Street

Art Deco, Bruce Street, Dunfermline

The cartouche says 1907 but that curved window wall and the glass bricks are deco features.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 45: Kinross

Not a major piece of deco. It’s mainly the lettering and the marble cladding on the shop front surround. The upper part of the building of course has no deco about it at all.

Central Café, Kinross:-

Art Deco Shop Front, Kinross

Edinburgh’s Art Deco Heritage 15: Narcissus, London Road

It took ages for me to get a photo of this without any vehicles in it. At first there was always a van in the way and cars were moving past:-

Narcissus, Edinburgh

After walking on a bit and coming back I got this. Shame about those bins:-

Narcissus, London Road, Edinburgh.

There’s a good art deco feel to the door surround and to the lettering above:-

Doorway, Narcissus, Edinburgh.

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 13 (iv): Perth Yet Again

We were in Perth for a meal with our youngest and his fiancée (the wedding is in July) and parked in a car park I’d never used before; in Speygate. I couldn’t help noticing this building at the corner of Speygate and Canal Street.

Speygate aspect:-

Art Deco Corner Building, Perth

From Canal Street. Good curve, flat roof, with embellishment. Pity the windows have been replaced:-

Perth Art Deco Style Building

Fife’s Art Deco Heritage 15 (ii): Rosyth Again

On the corner of Queensferry and Admiralty Roads, Rosyth stands the Ex-Servicemen’s Club, which has some deco features.

Stitch of two photos from Admiralty Road:-

Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth

From Queensferry Road. Note memorial wreath on wall:-

Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth from East

Detail, Queensferry Road:-

Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth from north-east

Wreath and Plaque, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Rosyth:-

Wreath, Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth

Plaque to Users, Ex-Servicemen’s Club, Rosyth:-

Plaque to Users, Ex-Servicemen's Club, Rosyth

Fife’s Art Deco Heritage 15 (i): Rosyth

We got fairly well acquainted with Rosyth, a Fife town on the Firth of Forth west of but very close to the Forth Bridges, when we were house-hunting. We opted for elsewhere in the end.

Rosyth is most famous for its Naval Dockyard but is home to some deco.

The Clydesdale Bank building, on Queensferry Road, has an Art Deco frontage, at least in its older aspect, built 1932:-

Clydesdale Bank Building, Rosyth

This modern addition (to the left of photo above) isn’t though:-

Clydesdale Bank, Rosyth, Modern Addition

The former Palace Cinema, also on Queensferry Road, from left.

Former Cinema, Rosyth

Palace Cinema from right:-

Former Palace Cinema, Rosyth

Shop with slightly edged flat roof on Admiralty Road. Windows replaced.

Art Deco Style Shop, Rosyth

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