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Pittodrie Stadium, Aberdeen

Pittodrie Stadium is the home of Aberdeen FC.

Approach to Beach End Stand:-

Approach to Away Section – Not very prepossessing, what with the menacing metal fencing all round the approach:-

East Stand (Beach End.) Houses away fans:-

North (Main) Stand, houses the players changing rooms and home fans seating. The players’ tunnel is not as is usual in the centre but at the right hand end as you look at it here:-

West Stand. Home fans again:-

South Stand. In the photo Sons fans are nearest. This doesn’t give the impression of how many were there (600.) Beyond a fence, most of the stand was taken up with Aberdeen fans:-

Home fans embracing the insult and carrying an inflatable sheep/lamb. As well as the sheep there were loads of balloons in Sons colours of black, white and gold floating around during the Scottish Cup game on 8/3/14:-

Sons players applaud fans at end of game:-

Art Deco Shop Fronts, Stirling

I’ve been in Stirling many times but never really looked for any Art Deco.

We were there a couple of weeks ago, after viewing a house in nearby Bridge of Allan, and wandered into the city centre where I saw this on Murray Place:-

I can’t have looked up before but the frontage (and sideage) is pretty kenspeckle for all that. I don’t know how I could have missed it all those other times I’ve been there. By its appearance it may once have been a Burton’s.

The only other building we saw that remotely resembles deco was on Viewfield Place. Minor deco at best.

Fountain, Palace of Engineering, Empire Exhibition 1938

For some reason postcards with a blue tint were produced in the 1920 and 1930s.

This one shows off some of the elaborate fountainry at the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938.

This is a slightly different angle of the same fountain as in the previous picture but in a black and white (sepia) postcard.

Clachan and Tower, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938

A nice contrast of old and new at the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938 via another Brian Gerald drawn postcard.

The Clachan was a “traditional” Highland village. Like everything else at the 1938 Empire Exhibition it was in the shadow of Tait’s Tower of Empire.

When an Empire Exhibition in Glasgow was first suggested Glaswegians immediately asked that a clachan be one of the exhibits. This is because a previous clachan was one of the great successes at the Scottish National Exhibition held in Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow in 1911.

Scottish Avenue, Empire Exhibition 1938

Another Brian Gerald drawn art postcard from the Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938. This time of the Scottish Avenue. It shows both Scottish Pavilions (the ones with the towers) and the BBC Pavilion in the foreground. At the other end of the avenue is the Palace of Arts, the only building from the Exhibition still standing in Bellahouston Park.

Art Deco Garage, Berwick

When I was down in Berwick for the cup game a few weeks ago I had time to photograph that Art Deco garage I had noticed from a distance when we stopped off there in 2010.

It’s just south of the main road bridge across the River Tweed. This is a stitch of the two photos I had to take to get the whole frontage in.

Right hand side. At time of photo it was in the hands of Beds at Berwick but for sale:-

The left hand side shows the date of construction:-

The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard

Alma Books, 2013.

I saw this one’s front cover staring out at me from the shelves of my local Library. I couldn’t resist a story featuring an Art Deco hotel, now could I?

The titular hotel is in Venice Beach, Los Angeles. Our young female narrator, who is never named, has travelled there incognito from London for the wake of her mother Lily, who abandoned her to the care of her father when she was just three years old and Lily herself only seventeen. That Lily must have given birth to her daughter at only fourteen years of age is mentioned only in passing and, astonishingly, is only referred to once more – at about page 160.

Lily has died in a motorcycle accident aged thirty two (so fifteen years later, in which time she has had two more husbands, August and Richard.) At the wake, the narrator glides through the proceedings all but unnoticed – she has a talent for being inconspicuous – bathes in Lily’s scummy bath, witnesses a man remove a photograph from Lily’s room and herself takes a suitcase full of things belonging to Lily away with her, but is briefly noticed by a Richard almost comatose with drugs.

Resting on a bench near the hotel she is spoken to by David, the man who stole the photograph. She tells him she is twenty two – though it transpires later she is indeed only seventeen. It turns out David is a photographer who photoshot Lily when she was working as a model, hence stealing the photo.

Living out of Lily’s suitcase and investigating her mother’s life she encounters August and has sex with him. Though omitting to tell him who she really is she strikes up a relationship with David as she drifts through the seamier side of life in LA trying to avoid having to give the suitcase back to Richard, who has sent a heavy to recover it.

Beyond trying to establish some sort of connection with her mother the motivation of the narrator is obscure. None of the characters is sympathetic – even the narrator’s father whom she left for LA with no warning, having stolen his wife’s credit card. The relationship of the US characters with the events of Lily’s life and death there are all tied up too tightly to be convincing.

Stothard is a British writer who spent some time in the USA. The text is peppered with Usianisms which initially failed to ring true for a seventeen year old narrator from England though we deduce some way into the book that she stayed on in the States.

This was okay, easy enough to read but inconsequential.

“Sunk” count 5, “shrunk” 1, tie-die 1, a newsagents – missing the apostrophe before the “s” and there was a remerged for “re-emerged.”

Scotland’s Art Deco Heritage 33: Peebles

I’m a bit late with this. I visited Peebles (in the Scottish Borders) in August.

I missed its War Memorial but was pleasantly surprised to find several deco shops.

This shop is at the east end of the High Street:-

Art Deco Shop Peebles

Here’s a close-up on the roof detailing:-

Detail on Art Deco Shop Peebles

Again on the High Street, the Bank of Scotland building. Lower frontage and windows have the look:-

Art Deco Bank Peebles

The former Playhouse Cinema:-

Art Deco Shop Peebles

Only really the roof-line here. If it’s the same Caldwell’s as in nearby Innerleithen the ice cream is very good:-

Art Deco Shop Peebles

Palace of Engineering, Empire Exhibition, Scotland, 1938

Another sepia postcard from the Empire Exhibition, Scotland 1938; this time of the Palace of Engineering. Lovely rounded walls with murals.

In the foreground you can see a railodok car, a means of getting around the Exhibition more quickly than on foot.

Palace of Engineering, Empire Exhibition 1938

Souvenir Tin from Empire Exhibition 1938

The tin lid shows one of the two Scotland Pavilions which sat opposite each other on the Scottish Avenue. This same Scotland Pavilion was pictured on the jigsaw I featured a few weeks ago.

Also displayed on the upper right of the tin’s lid is the Exhibition’s red lion logo.

Tin Sovenir of Empire Exhibition 1938

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