Sunday, 3 August 2014

Glasgow Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony Bingo

The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games are drawing to a close today. For the past ten days the city has been a riot of tourists, volunteers and athletes. Last weekend there was a marathon going through the streets and a flotilla sailing up the River Clyde. Tonight will be the closing ceremony and Scotland will hand over the baton to Australia who are hosting the 21st Commonwealth Games in 2018.

I still haven't been able to get over the epic party that was the Opening Ceremony- I really don't know what's going to happen tonight after that. Whilst I loved it, lots of people didn't and felt that it was just a hodge podge of Scottish cliches.

I set off yesterday to find examples in Glasgow of as many of the things that were mentioned in the Opening Ceremony "Welcome to Scotland" song as I could. Then made it into a really long video.

Highlights include: HAIRY COOS at 4.15 and a musical interlude at 9 minutes (you have been warned!)

(The original thumbnail picture of this is an awful shot where I look like junkie, I've clicked the button to change it but it doesn't seem to have taken affect yet so if I look like pixelated drunk please ignore that.)

I hope you enjoy it, and can forgive my clear lack of film skills. I sort of know what I'm doing with camera to take photographs, moving pictures are a whole different ball game...

Joy xx
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Friday, 1 August 2014

What's in my (Commonwealth Games) bag | #Glasgow2014

So I haven't been lucky enough to see any of the games live, but there are lots of people here for them and I thought I'd put together a quick post on things I think they should have in their bags...

Most importantly, the bag itself!
I've chosen this beautiful Harris Tweed and contrast leatehr rucksack by Breagha Designs, who hand craft all their bags in Glasgow. I love the simplicity of this design, how it manages to be classic and so bright at the same time. The name "Breagha" is Scots Gaelic for "Chrming, Fine, or Beautiful" which is very fitting given how stunning their whole range is. A rucksack is perfect for moving about in a city, and means you'll have your hands free to jump up and clap when your team win another medal. This one is large enough for everything you'll want to carry and features a padded laptop sleeve for if you fancy taking advange of Glasgow's free city wide WiFi.
Glasgow is an easy city to navigate, the city centre is laid out on a grid system and we have a fabulous subway system to move you around further afield. But (as any good Scout will tell you) you should always Be Prepared and to that end I recommend picking up a good map. This one by Rosemary Cunningham of illustrationetc will be perfect, the front features all the important landmarks and streets while the back provides you with more information on the sights. As well as ordering it through her Etsy shop, you can pop into The Lighthouse gallery on Mitchell Lane to peruse Rosemary's current exhibition The Glasgow Alphabet. You can also join Rosie on Saturday mornings at 11.30am for a walking tour of Glasgow (tell her Joy sent you and she'll sign your map as well!*)
*I may or may not have just made that up on the spot (disclaimer: I did, and am not responsible for artists declining to sign your maps)

It's a little difficult to sit there stuffing your face with delicious, addictive midget gems when being confronted with the spectacular physical glory of the Commonwealth athletes. (It's not just me who does that, is it?) Fortunately there is one fail safe thing we can all do to improve our health easily and that is drink more water. Highland Spring have been providing bottled water for over 30 years, they're certified organic and only use 100% recyclable BPA free packaging, meaning the water you drink is as pure as it can be. Highland Spring is avaliable from all good supermarkets, so keep a bottle in your bag and promise yourself you'll go the gym more next week.
Now I know I said that Scotland is experiencing a heatwave, and we are. But the sunshine is currently interspaced with rainy showers so just to be on the safe side you should pick up one of these Radley umbrellas that feature almost as many Scottie dogs as the opening ceremony!
Joy xx
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