Monday, 23 April 2007

Things to do in Glasgow when it rains


It's raining again. It started on Friday and hasn't really stopped since. With every mizzy little drop I curse the weather gods who have (and this is truly painful) chosen just this moment to shine on Cape Town.

'We've got the most gorgeous sunshine here at the moment' exclaimed the Good Grandmother on Saturday. The Good Brother informs me that his family spent the weekend playing action golf and braaiing at Silvermine. Well fantastic! Jolly happy for you I am!

We stayed in, mainly, with a brief escape to the local deli for lunch and a spirited excursion to a soft play area to give the wee 'un a run around. And watched the London Marathon on TV on Sunday. Which was in London. Where the sun was bloody shining.

But enough moaning. If there's one thing the Scots know how to do its keep themselves entertained while its raining. Observation leads me to believe that some of the more popular activities include getting completely po-eyed at one of the (very) many pubs, playing bingo and spending vast amounts in shopping malls (which often contain bingo halls and pubs). But here are three of my favourite things to do in Glasgow when it rains:

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Recently renovated and absolutely magnificent. The collections and displays are really impressive but its the building itself that gets me going. I just feel so small every time I visit. And the wee 'un loves it. Not just for the dinosaurs, elephant and giraffe. No, not even for the interactive shoe museum where she can gleefully try on shoes for hours on end. But mainly for the grand flight of stairs where she can descend like a princess, wave to her adoring fans and talk to the imaginary friends floating above her head.

House for an Art Lover Before moving here I never realised the depth of art and design heritage in Glasgow. I always thought of Glasgow as Edinburgh's less glamorous dockyard mate who swore a lot and wore loud clothes. Yes, I had probably watched a bit too much Billy Connelly but we digress. Presiding over Glaswegian design history is the figure of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. He did a bit of everything - architecture, furniture design, interior design and at House for an Art Lover it all comes together. It was built in the early 1990s, over 60 years after his death and is based on his entry to a German design competition. This is its brilliance. It feels no constraints of tight budgets and planning regulations. It is what it was designed to be - a house for an art lover.


Glasgow Science Centre I'm a sucker for a good interactive science spot - a fact I've discovered since visiting silverfish shaped dome on the banks of the Clyde. Even the wee 'un got to enjoy the echo tunnel and wind tunnel, the illusions in the Alice through the Looking Glass display (now closed) and the magnetic experiments. She didn't have a clue what it was all about mind you but who can resist a ping pong ball that floats on air?


Of course, the sad thing is that I'm thinking about these things now. On Monday.

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