I smiled watching this couple. We were all in the church of St Andrews in the Square, listening to a band playing. This couple were standing over at the side, at the back of the place, reading a pamphlet about the history of the building. They were completely engrossed in this – so much so that even when I was standing no more than four feet away and directly in front of them, they had absolutely no idea at all that I was there. Now, that’s what I call candid!
Visiting the City Chambers in Glasgow as part of the ‘Doors Open’ weekend, I entered the Council chamber, the heart of the building and the seat of local government. A very ancient and ornate room, panelled in dark wood and illuminated by grand chandeliers, the focus of the room is the magnificent chair (more like a throne!) in front of the central windows. The room is drenched in an atmosphere of power and seriousness – here, the great decisions which deeply affect our country are taken and debated.
So imagine my surprise to see a young couple chuckling on the far side of the room, looking down at something which was clearly amusing them. Unable to resist, I went over and once they had moved on, I looked for myself. What I found was graffiti, scratched carefully into the surface of the dark wood.
There were numerous small patches of graffiti, some with quite famous names attached, often proclaiming which Council meeting they were attending, along with the date (some going back many years) – and a number of these expressed the feelings of the writers at the time they left their mark.
One wit proclaimed – ‘God, I am bored’ and beneath it, someone else had added, ‘So am I’.
As part of the Glasgow ‘Doors Open’ weekend, I spent some time in the Church of St Andrews in the Square, a beautiful building in the heart of Glasgow. There, a band was playing and they were actually very good. I only wish I had been able to find out what they were called – if you happen to know, please let me know.
This bureau was in one of the upper chambers of the Trades Hall in Glasgow, where I was visiting as part of the ‘Doors Open’ weekend. It was not clear whether the book was one of condolence or a visitors comments book – the open book with the photograph and dates gave the impression of the former.