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A couple of days in Glasgow

I’m doing a lot of liaison work at the moment with various universities, and needed to catch up with what’s going on with the physics departments at Glasgow and Strathclyde. That involved an overnight trip to Glasgow, catching the early flight on Monday morning, two days of highly academic meetings and laboratory visits, then the evening flight back to Birmingham, finally getting home after 10pm on Tuesday evening. I’m still both physically and mentally shattered! 

Glasgow seemed like a bit of an odd mix – the centre had clearly been “gentrified” and was really quite pleasant, albeit in a dour Scottish sort of a way. The area around Glasgow University, which is slightly away from the city centre to the north west, was also rather nice and surprisingly green and leafy.  But Strathclyde university, in the city centre, was in a somewhat less gentrified area, and I was staying right next to the Central Station which was a decidedly less than salubrious neighbourhood. It was as if the gentrification money ran out from one block to the next.  It was interesting visiting the universities, and I expect I’ll be returning there as I’m working closely with a couple of the professors. But I can’t say that I feel any strong desire to spend any time in Glasgow on holiday – it just didn’t strike me as my kind of place.

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  1. pauld | 23 August 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    what ?, no red haired drunk scotsman shouting their heads off and kicking the hell out of wall of a pub (one sided argument) they’ve just been thrown out of. Oh no, thats was Edinburgh when i was walking from train to university halls.