‘Sammy’. A Hand Drawn Comic Strip.

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The Glasgow Artwork Of Stephen O’Neil.

I don’t know the South Side of Glasgow. I don’t know the roads or the streets and whenever I go there, I just wander around looking in shop windows and whistling to myself. Yesterday, I was doing just that when my whistling was stopped dead. Because I saw THIS PAINTING IN A SHOP WINDOW!…


…So I went in. And then I saw THIS PAINTING!…




…And THIS!…


So much Glesga! Painted beautifully. I lifted a wee card about the artist who painted these, Stephen O’Neil. It had a photo of him on the front and I was reading it when the guy behind the counter in the shop started telling me about the paintings…that he painted.

Funny. I THOUGHT you looked a bit like yourself!”, I said.
And folks, he really does.

I’ve focused on Stephen’s Glasgow images here because I’m daft aboot Glesga but you should see his New York and London work. And you can…
View Stephen’s site HERE.
Twitter and Facebook links HERE and HERE.

I still don’t know my way around the South Side of Glasgow. But at least I now know where this shop is…

Stephen O’Neil Art. 1030 Pollokshaws Road. (Opposite Langside Halls), Glasgow. G41 2HG.

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Photography: Demolition Work Begins On Glasgow’s Gallowgate Twins.

They’ve started pulling down Glesga’s Gallowgate Twins.
Or as they’re never ever referred to by anyone these days, Bluevale & Whitevale Towers.

I noticed when I was out on my morning saunter. Here’s a photie…


From Wikipedia…

The Bluevale and Whitevale Towers is the name for a development of twin tower block flats situated in the Camlachie district within the East End of Glasgow, Scotland. Officially known as 109 Bluevale Street and 51 Whitevale Street, (often nicknamed the Gallowgate Twins or the ‘Camlachie Twin Towers) the two towers stand as the tallest building in Scotland, although with only 29 occupiable floors (the 30th floor is a mechanical floor for building services and a drying area), they are not the buildings with the highest occupied floor level in the city (or Scotland) – this distinction belongs to the contemporary Red Road estate on the north side of the city. They became Scotland’s second tallest free-standing structure in Scotland following the demolition of Inverkip Power Station on the Firth of Clyde in 2013.


Faced with crippling housing shortages in the immediate post-war period, the city undertook the building of multi-storey housing in tower blocks in the 1960’s and early 1970’s on a grand scale, which led to Glasgow becoming the first truly high-rise city in Britain. However, many of these “schemes”, as they are known, were poorly planned, or badly designed and cheaply constructed, which led to many of the blocks becoming insanitary magnets for crime and deprivation. It would not be until 1988 that high rises were built in the city once again, with the construction of the 17-storey Forum Hotel next to the SECC. The 20-storey Hilton Hotel in Anderston followed in 1992. From the early 1990s, Glasgow City Council and its successor, the Glasgow Housing Association, have run a programme of demolishing the worst of the residential tower blocks, including Basil Spence‘s Gorbals blocks in 1993.

The buildings are also unique in their construction – featuring hydraulic jacks in their foundations to combat sway due to their height.


In November 2011, it was announced by Glasgow Housing Association of the intention to demolish the development, citing the unpopularity of the estate among residents and high maintenance and running costs. The buildings have also suffered structural problems over time. Work to demolish the towers is set to begin after the demolition of the Red Road estate.

Property developers are currently planning several new upmarket residential and office high-rises along the River Clyde, and in the city’s financial district, which will far surpass these in height.

Here’s a short film about The Gallowgate Twins…

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Buchanan Street, Glasgow. As Seen From The Roof Of Glasgow Royal Concert Hall.

Glasgow’s always pretty but on this particular day, it was pretty foggy.

Buchanan Street is one of my favourite streets in Glasgow (Despite the fact that it’s full of shops) and like everyone else, I know that it’s best photographed from the top of the steps of The Royal Concert Hall. But there are a couple of problems with photographing Buchanan Street from those steps.

The first problem is that your photos are gonna be similar to the photos of the hundreds of people who take photos from there every day. The second problem is that Glasgow City Council are planning to demolish those steps. But don’t get me started on that because that’s a story for another day.

That day, there was only one thing for it. I had to get access to the roof of the Concert Hall. So that’s what I did…



As you can see, I’m never gonna win any awards for my lack of photographic skills and I didn’t realise until later that I had an annoying fake ‘Fisheye’ setting turned on whilst I was up there but I hope you like the pictures nonetheless. I don’t like heights but it was great to see Glasgow from up there.

If you’d like to see a few more photos from that day, take a look at my 500px account HERE.

As usual, if you steal my photos and use them somewhere, I will find out and I will kill you.
For all enquiries and for tips on how not to be killed, drop me a line here: brokenglasseye@hotmail.com

Tell me that I sent ya!

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The Godfaither. “The Godfather” Trilogy…In Glaswegian!

“The Godfather” Trilogy is probably my favourite piece of cinema. Even the 3rd one. And Glasgow is definitely one of my very favourite places! I’m also pretty fond of arsing around on Twitter these days and so, this was bound to happen sooner or later…








You can follow The Godfaither HERE.

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