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Live It Up 70: War Baby

I mentioned before that I saw Tom Robinson play live before he came to wider prominence. He was in a band called Café Society and they were supporting somebody or other at the Apollo in Glasgow.

This is one from Tom’s post-Tom Robinson Band output.

Here’s (a very young looking!) Tom miming to War Baby on Top of the Pops in 1983.

Tom Robinson: War Baby

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

One of Charles Rennie Mackintosh‘s designs for Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms.

I featured the exterior and lower tea room with one photograph of the Chinese Room here.

Mackintosh chair halfway up stair to Chinese Room:-

C.R. Mackintosh chair

View of Chinese Room from stairs:-

Chinese Tearoom

Alcove above stairs:-

The Willow Rearooms alcove

View from above stairs:-

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

View back to stairs:-

Chinese Room, Willow Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street, Glasgow

Mackintosh print, tea-room tables, menu and chairs:-

Chinese Tearoom

Demi-lune chair opposite till:-

Willow Tea Rooms Demi-lune Chair

Not the Chinese Room:-

Willow Tea Rooms Chairs

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Designed Oak Room at V&A Dundee

This Oak Room was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for Miss Cranston’s Tea Rooms, Ingram Street, Glasgow.

After those tea rooms closed for business the room was for many years stored by Glasgow Corporation and then Glasgow Museums.

The construction of the V&A Dundee provided a space for the rooms to be on show to the public once more.

Mackintosh's Oak Room at V&A Dundee

Oak Room, V&A Dundee

Fireplace, Oak Room, V&A Dundee

V&A Dundee, Oak Room by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Charles Rennie Mackintosh Oak Room, V&A Dundee

Windows, Oak Room, V&A Dundee

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 20: Byres Road

There’s almost no Art Deco in Glasgow’s Byres Road.

There’s a new Nardini’s ocupying a street corner site – but that’s only within the last five years and is only a facade over the older building. I featured it here. (Compare with the Largs original.)

When I was there in October 2017 I did, though, spot the glass above these doors:-

Byres Road Deco

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 19: Kilmarnock Road

The taller one to the right is a bit worse for wear now.

Art Deco Buildings, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow

Upper tier. Strong horizontals and verticals. Rule of three in upper windows:-

Upper Tier, Art Deco Building, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow

Building to left:-

Facade, Art Deco Building, Kilmarnock Road, Glasgow

Skirving Street, Glasgow

I mentioned in my posts about the Battlefield Monument, Langside, Glasgow, and Langside Hill Church that one of the good lady’s collateral ancestors was the architect Alexander Skirving.

A mile or so away from those there is a street named after him. Whether he designed any of the tenement buildings here I don’t know but I suppose it is possible.

Skirving Street, Glasgow, Sign

Looking back from midway along Skirving Street:-

Skirving Street, Glasgow

The street links Tantallon Road and Kilmarnock Road and crosses Deanston Drive so there are lots of Skirving Street signs:-

Second Skirving Street Sign, Glasgow

Third Skirving Street Sign, Glasgow

Fourth Skirving Street Sign, Glasgow

Looking towards Kilmarnock Road from Deanston Drive:-

Skirving Street

Fifth Skirving Street Sign, Glasgow

street sign

Looking back from Kilmarnock Road:-

Skirving Street, Glasgow

I wonder if Alexander Skirving could have conceived of a Chinese Restaurant being named after him:-

Chinese cuisine

Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

The Victoria Infirmary was housed in an impressive building opposite the Queen’s Park in Langside.

Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

Aspect facing onto Queen’s Park. The hoardings are because the building is undergoing partial demolition and redevelopment:-

Rear Aspect, Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

Entrance facade, Former Victoria Infirmary Building:-

Facade, Former Victoria Infirmary Building, Langside, Glasgow

This picture, where the infirmary makes up the background, is from the Infirmary’s Wikipedia page.

Former Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 18: Langside

Not even a stone’s throw from the Battlefield Monument but just about that from Langside Hill Church lies this brick-built Art Deco building. I don’t know what it was when it was built but it’s now a supermarket.

There are many Deco hallmarks: horizontals, verticals, glass bricks, rule of three, canopy. I was delighted to see it and have the chance to photograph it:-

Art Deco, Langside

A different angle reveals the building is a Tesco Express. There’s even a curved wall this side:-

Art Deco Tesco Shop, Langside, Glasgow

Curved wall close-up:-

Curved Wall Deco Feature, Langside, Glasgow

Door surround:-

Deco Door Surround, Langside, Glasgow

Former Langside Hill Church

This former church lies very near to the Battlefield Monument, which I featured a few posts ago, and was designed by the same architect, Alexander Skirving, a collateral ancestor of the good lady. Many buildings in surrounding streets were also designed by him.

The church is now a restaurant, not Bar Buddha as in the link but the Church on the Hill.

Former Langside Hill Church

Church on the Hill, Langside

Langside Hill Church from west:-

Langside Hill Church from west.

From northeast:-

Langside Hill Church from northeast

Battlefield Monument, Langside, Glasgow

The monument, now in the middle of a roundabout, was designed by one of the good lady’s collateral ancestors, Alexander Skirving, and commemorates the Battle of Langside, site of the last defeat in Scotland of Mary Queen of Scots, and is somewhat at odds with its modern surroundings.

From east:-

Battlefield Monument from East

From south:-

Battlefield Monument from South

From west:-

Battlefield Monument From West

Battlefield Monument plaque:-

Battlefield Monument Plaque

Planter at monument’s foot:-

Battlefield Monument Planter

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