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I hope the Buchanan St realm will get some attention over the coming weeks before the CWG as it's in a shocking state. I noticed large electrical "boxes" being attached to the bottom of some of the lighting columns on the street recently. On the plus side hopefully this means they will all work for the first time in ages, on the other hand they look awful and completely ruin the design of the columns.
 

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What happened to the Whale's Tail?
Do you mean the Spirit of Kentigern?



The sculpture was put into storage in 2000 after it was decided it didn't fit in with the newly-revamped Buchanan Street. It hasn't found a home elsewhere in the city, but was recently on display at the Briggait as part of the 2014 Glasgow International Festival.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/30386/what-to-see-at-glasgow-international.html



http://creativeboom.co.uk/art/reclaimed-the-second-life-of-sculpture/



http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/abstract-bird-finds-a-new-perch-in-city-158172n.23862543

 

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Do you mean the Spirit of Kentigern?



The sculpture was put into storage in 2000 after it was decided it didn't fit in with the newly-revamped Buchanan Street. It hasn't found a home elsewhere in the city, but was recently on display at the Briggait as part of the 2014 Glasgow International Festival.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/art/30386/what-to-see-at-glasgow-international.html



http://creativeboom.co.uk/art/reclaimed-the-second-life-of-sculpture/



http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/abstract-bird-finds-a-new-perch-in-city-158172n.23862543

That's the one!
Thanks for that mate - much appreciated.

I liked it though. Wish it was back.
 

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Calling all Doctor Who fans...for rent your very own Sauchiehall Street Tardis

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/mobile/news/for-rent-your-very-own-sauchiehall-street-tardis-169426n.24617421

ASPIRING Time Lords could be about to be regenerated - a city Tardis has been put up for rent.


Doctor Who fans have been given the chance to lease their very own police box in the middle of one of Glasgow's busiest streets.

Despite being a red Tardis, a city businessman is hoping the unusual property in Sauchiehall Street will re-materialise as a street cafe or kiosk.

He has posted an *advert on a popular classified ads website looking to secure a tenant who will swap cops for coffee ... or even ice-cream cones.

The advert describes the Tardis as a "rarely available" property.

It reads: "Iconic Gilbert MacKenzie Trench design Police Signal Box, known by many as a Tardis.

"Situated in Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, opposite Buchanan Galleries.

"Other boxes are currently used as street cafés, coffee kiosk, ice cream kiosks and sandwich shops."

The police boxes were a common sight across the country when they were used by the public to contact the emergency services.

They are now best known for being the disguise for Dr Who's famous time machine.

It is believed the city centre site could be used for a variety of purposes, including a street cafe, kiosk or takeaway.

In 2011, the Buchanan Street police box was given a new lease of life and transformed into an ice-cream shop.

At one time, it was home to a tiny coffee stand.
 
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Buchanan Street - again, just dreadful. It is actually looking quite shoddy at the moment but the circus goes on and it's now a frustrating place to go shopping. If the out of town shopping centres were equally as convenient for me to visit - as I'm sure it is for a large portion of people in Glasgow - then I would go there instead.

The outdoor seating should be binned. It's a shopping street and needs the space. At the moment around 1/3 to 1/2 of the length of the street has restaurant seating taking up half the width. This also extends to the pedestrianised part of Gordon Street.

The buskers - and I agree with an earlier comment that a lot of them are terrible - are also becoming a pain. If it's a person and a guitar then fair enough, but there is often an act where the crowd takes up a huge amount of space around the Buchanan Street / Gordon Street junction. Today that act was a guy blowing up a rubber glove he stretched over his head.

Shopping seems to be secondary in the thoughts of whoever allows this. It's our busiest street and needs the space for people to walk without all of this nonsense going on. Otherwise the prospect of time at a soulless shopping centre becomes just that bit more appealing.
 

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Buchanan Street - again, just dreadful. It is actually looking quite shoddy at the moment but the circus goes on and it's now a frustrating place to go shopping. If the out of town shopping centres were equally as convenient for me to visit - as I'm sure it is for a large portion of people in Glasgow - then I would go there instead. The outdoor seating should be binned. It's a shopping street and needs the space. At the moment around 1/3 to 1/2 of the length of the street has restaurant seating taking up half the width. This also extends to the pedestrianised part of Gordon Street. The buskers - and I agree with an earlier comment that a lot of them are terrible - are also becoming a pain. If it's a person and a guitar then fair enough, but there is often an act where the crowd takes up a huge amount of space around the Buchanan Street / Gordon Street junction. Today that act was a guy blowing up a rubber glove he stretched over his head. Shopping seems to be secondary in the thoughts of whoever allows this. It's our busiest street and needs the space for people to walk without all of this nonsense going on. Otherwise the prospect of time at a soulless shopping centre becomes just that bit more appealing.
Buchanan Street today = mobbed again!
 

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Buchanan Street - again, just dreadful. It is actually looking quite shoddy at the moment but the circus goes on and it's now a frustrating place to go shopping. If the out of town shopping centres were equally as convenient for me to visit - as I'm sure it is for a large portion of people in Glasgow - then I would go there instead.

The outdoor seating should be binned. It's a shopping street and needs the space. At the moment around 1/3 to 1/2 of the length of the street has restaurant seating taking up half the width. This also extends to the pedestrianised part of Gordon Street.

The buskers - and I agree with an earlier comment that a lot of them are terrible - are also becoming a pain. If it's a person and a guitar then fair enough, but there is often an act where the crowd takes up a huge amount of space around the Buchanan Street / Gordon Street junction. Today that act was a guy blowing up a rubber glove he stretched over his head.

Shopping seems to be secondary in the thoughts of whoever allows this. It's our busiest street and needs the space for people to walk without all of this nonsense going on. Otherwise the prospect of time at a soulless shopping centre becomes just that bit more appealing.
I'm afraid I couldn't disagree with you more. Why should it just be a shopping street? I've not bought anything on Buchanan Street for at least a year, so should I be using it? I personally like walking down the street when its busy taking in all the sights and seeing people enjoying socialising over a meal.

Long may it continue
 
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