Dragon hunting in Glasgow

glasgow dragon I’ve been busy travelling all over the place to collect photographs for the Vic & Ed industrial architecture book, last week fetching up in Halifax and Glasgow, the latter on one of their Doors Open days. Felt very fortunate to see the trades stained glass panels at Maryhill Burgh Halls – although pictures are easily available on the web, the real thing was so much better; the detail of the tools and workplaces is incredible. And a fine little talk on the panels from local author (and mountaineer) Ian R Mitchell, for which many thanks; his book Glasgow Mosaic is excellent on industrial ‘stuff’. The wonderfully 1960s St Gregory’s Church was close by, with a fibreglass mural by Charles Anderson and some great stained glass, then just had time to head south in search of the dragon. At least, I think he (is it a he? how does one tell?!) is a dragon although the building’s category A list description specifies a griffin. However, a griffin should have the body of a lion and legs of an eagle. This, er, chap is more lizard-like with four clawed legs and of course the wings, and that is certainly not a beak. Also he is not a wyvern as he has two pairs of legs, rather than the wyvern’s one. So I guess he is probably a dragon, up there amongst the rainwater goods. And the building? I leave you to guess, but it is an unusually art nouveau styled works façade.

A dog’s life at the Brussels Beer Weekend

beerfest4 Just back from my first taste of the Brussels Beer Weekend, when the country’s brewers get together to offer their products in the Grand Place and parade through the streets. Wonderful spectacle, but admit I was surprised to see this little terrier-type on the Omer wagon, clearly having a good time. Came back from Brussels just in time to do a talk on brewery architecture at The Tetley in Leeds, was a very enjoyable evening, ending, of course, in their splendid bar.