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A certain group of gentlemen was just finishing their breakfast as we came down the next morning. We were in no hurry, and enjoyed everything the hotel had to offer in the way of fresh fruit, cereal, and cooked and continental breakfasts. Our taxi came for us and took us to Belfast City airport, where we checked in, purchased some large mochas and teas and then went back out again to enjoy them in the sun. Security was tight and poor Julia's chargers and gadgets were all taken out of their protective casing, leads unwound and everything wiped down and tested for chemical residue...but while the guard's attention was thus preoccupied, Christiana managed to slip through the net with her bottle of perfume safe and sound in her hand luggage.

We caught up with Nai at Glasgow International, arriving at approximately the same time despite the fact that she had had to leave Belfast a considerable amount of time ahead of us, so yay! for Belfast City. After collecting our luggage, we hopped on the bus, and got off near Central Station. As it was still too early to check into our hotel, we left our luggage at Tori's and went in search of coffee/tea. Thus fortified, we fetched our luggage back once more, piled into a taxi, and arrived at our hotel at around 1pm.

Julia and I had arranged to meet with friends in Glasgow, while Nai wanted to catch up on her sleep; but first, we had to check out where the venue was. And there, scarcely 200 yards from our hotel, I stopped dead in my tracks as I came face to face with Charles Rennie Mackintosh's 1898-9 Glasgow School of Art.

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Gingerly, I touched the hallowed stone. I could not believe my luck in chancing upon this building, that up until that moment I had only seen plans and pictures of...But we had things to do and I only had about half an hour before I met my friend, and so I tore myself away from this landmark of modern architecture in Scotland. G2 was quickly located as it was just around the corner, and I left the others in a pub as I went to find my friend.

It was good to see and catch up with her again over coffee and a delicious all-kinds-of-berries pie in a traditional yet trendy Italian restaurant, after which my friend took me to see The Willow Tearooms, in which the Charles Rennie Mackintosh decor is still preserved, and back to the hotel walking past the Glasgow School of Art again.

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Nai woke up shortly after I got back to our room, and got ready to meet with her friend, and I went back out again to meet with Christy, Jules, and CoRo & Corn Mo virgin kathy1975, who would be coming to the gig with us. Soon, we received a call from Tori asking us to meet her and Jay in The Local for a drink before going on to G2, and we did and we all had lovely shots with funny names. I remember mine was called Fireball and made up of Absinthe, Aftershock and Goldschläger, and it was yummy, and only £2.50...

Then Nai arrived to drag us over the road, and it was party time!



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Oct. 12th, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
That would make me stop dead in my tracks too! A few times in my life I've chanced upon buildings that I'd only seen in books and loved and all of a sudden there they are, and *gasp*! It's marvelous! I'm lucky enough to drive past one of them everyday to and from work (Overstreet and Town's art moderne Bailey Jr. High School building here in Jackson).

I loooooove Mackintosh and I've always wanted to go to Glasgow to see his works in person.
Oct. 12th, 2006 01:48 pm (UTC)
I've been to Glasgow 3 times now, but never for more than a day...I'd love to go and spend some more time there, as I've whizzed past things that look truly interesting, and would like to explore a little.

Of course, it doesn't help that I'm a complete architecture geek...People have frequently been either embarrassed or freaked out when I spot a building I know from my studies across the street.
Oct. 12th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I've had people look at me like I'd totally lost it when I ooh-ed and ah-ed over a dream building I'd seen.

Have you ever been to Chicago? That place gave me an architecture-gasm on every corner!
Oct. 12th, 2006 02:55 pm (UTC)
Have you ever been to Chicago?

No, I haven't, but it's on my list, and specifically for the architecture! All those skyscrapers...all those post-modernist office buildings...and all those Frank Lloyd Wright buildings in Oak Park...I think I'll have to take down my Buildings of Chicago-books from the shelf again tonight! ;-)
Oct. 12th, 2006 04:01 pm (UTC)
If you ever get a chance to go, you MUST take one or more of the tours that the Chicago Architecture Foundation offers. I took the Art Deco one and it was fabulous. The docents are very knowledgable and you get to see interiors too. I want to go back and take more!
Oct. 12th, 2006 04:59 pm (UTC)
Thans! I'll most certainly keep that in mind!
Oct. 12th, 2006 02:51 pm (UTC)
If you ever get the chance you should visit The Lighthouse I worked there on placement for 2 years when I was at Uni, it's Scotland Centre for Architecture, Design and the City -

Oct. 12th, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I have it bookmarked now. I've come to the conclusion that I need to find the time to come to Glasgow on un-CoRo-related business now.
Oct. 12th, 2006 10:40 pm (UTC)
Glasgow is a wonderful city - well worth staying for a week and exploring the architecture. One of my favourite places is the Gallery of Modern Art, oh and the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art - which houses Dali's 'Christ of St John of the Cross', which Glasgow city council bought from the artist when he painted it!

The shopping is pretty good too....
Oct. 13th, 2006 07:17 am (UTC)
That's right! I saw a documentary about Dalí's painting once -- it's amazing!
Oct. 12th, 2006 01:39 pm (UTC)
whheeeeeee thee!squeee!! great photos .. and it isn't raining in them!

Airport security! I think I must have a suspicious looking face!

I have theatre tonight so my reviews are still on hold :( ...
on the plus side .. Alan Cumming!! :)

Oct. 12th, 2006 01:43 pm (UTC)
Yes, I know. Have fun & squee tonight!
Oct. 12th, 2006 02:02 pm (UTC)
Oh, thank you for posting these pictures! My old flat was quite near the art school, and I love that area of Glasgow. (I lived in the tall white building across from the King's Theatre.) For more gorgeous Rennie Mac you might like to visit Hill House. Unfortunately it's in Helensburgh, which is a pretty miserable town (it's where I'm from!) but it's only about 40 minutes from Glasgow by train if you get the chance.
Oct. 12th, 2006 03:01 pm (UTC)
My mum visited Helensburgh and Hill House a couple of years ago. She brought me back a brochure and I have to say, it looks pretty stunning...I'll definitely pay it a visit when I come to Glasgow for a longer stay some day.
Oct. 12th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
I hope you manage to visit Hill House some time - it's well worth the visit, although the outside was a tad disapponting. And while in Helensburgh, you can look accross the river at my once-upon-a-time home.

Oct. 12th, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
I'll certainly do that ;-)
Oct. 12th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC)
I am filled with envy -- Mackintosh is my favorite designer ever, and I didn't get the chance to go there, or to the Tea Rooms, when I was in Glasgow. I've been pining for another trip for a long time, just so I can enjoy more of his work (they did, at least, have a lot of stuff at the museum I was able to get to).
Oct. 12th, 2006 05:04 pm (UTC)
Well, that's something at least; but there's nothing can beat the sight of a work of art/architecture in situ, and still being used for the purpose it was made/built. Hope your dream of returning to Glasgow will come true some day soon.
Oct. 12th, 2006 04:26 pm (UTC)
*approves of the wrought iron flowers*
Oct. 12th, 2006 05:01 pm (UTC)
They're very pretty, are they not?
Oct. 12th, 2006 06:35 pm (UTC)
'A certain group of gentlemen'


I too attracted much suspicion at Belfast airport - must be something about our faces...
Oct. 12th, 2006 08:14 pm (UTC)
Probably the excitement written large upon our faces...I don't suppose airport personnel know or understand squee very well...
Oct. 12th, 2006 09:24 pm (UTC)
Your building squee was a sight to behold, it was so sweet!

The shots (I had a secret squirrel) were a it powerful, it hit my knees after about half an hour and I didn't find them again until after the gig;)
Oct. 13th, 2006 07:08 am (UTC)
I looked up the liqueurs that made up my shot -- I've drunk pure gold!
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