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This is another good video, this time from 1922. Starts off showing the inside of the City Chambers then moves to a cattle market on the riverside and then shows the enormous scale of housing developments ongoing at the time, including a new technique of using concrete covered with Dorset pebbles. https://player.bfi.org.uk/free/film/watch-municipal-buildings-1922-online
 

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This is an old Time Team filmed in Govan. They were digging in the graveyard and the nearby car park looking for early medieval finds. I don't think most people realise it, but Govan has some of the best archaeological objects in the British Isles.

It's interesting seeing Govan and the Clyde from when there were still cranes on the horizon and the Riverside Museum probably wasn't even a pipedream.


I was at the Govan Old Church last week to look at the Govan Stones. There was work ongoing on the pathway outside, and I've read that the following is being done:

* replacing tarmac path with reclaimed stone setts and paving
* reinstating Victorian lamp standards
* feature lighting on Govan Old and Pearce Institute
* new seating and reflective space around the war memorial
* new signage and gate piers

This all sounds like excellent work.

http://www.getintogovan.com/opportunities/paving-the-way-a-new-future-for-govan-old/
 

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There was a programme on BBC Scotland channel tonight called Rock and Roma. A documentary, it features a local Scottish guy and a Roma woman who both live in Govanhill and they try to learn a bit about each other's culture.

I thought it was interesting, although it seemed to be more him questioning her about why she came to Scotland, why her culture seems closed. He probably didn't intend it, but it was a bit passive-aggressive and so some scenes were quite tense. There was one moment when he complained to the camera about a group of them remembering only Roma people who were killed in Auschwitz, when he thought they should be remembering everyone. But I think it's acceptable to specifically remember people from your own culture or background. It doesn't mean you disrespect the loss of other people.

It's only 30 minutes in case you're interested. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008nd1
 

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I just watched the film 1917. As you probably know, it was partly shot in Glasgow but it was interesting right at the start hearing a trench being named as Sauchiehall Street.
 

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That's one of my favourite programmes. He does that everywhere he went - he'd get stuck in to the things the locals like, no pretensions.
 
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