Glasgow Gallivanting: August 2017

Union Canal, Falkirk

With just coming back from Canada at the end of July, John having two business trips during the month (to Singapore and China) and replacing all the windows in our house, August has not seen us travel very far – at least, not together. Perhaps the most unusual thing we did was going to a play, The Resurrection, which took place on the banks of the Union Canal, including inside the Falkirk Tunnel. Based on the infamous Burke and Hare murders in 1827/8 it was quite scary in parts!

In the 1820s, there was a lucrative trade in selling cadavers to Edinburgh University (for use in the study of anatomy) which produced a spate of grave-robbing leading to the term “resurrection men”. Strictly speaking, the title of the play is a misnomer as Burke and Hare cut out the necessity for “resurrection” by murdering the victims themselves. Four actors met us in turn as we walked along the canal and through the tunnel on which Burke and Hare had been labourers. Below, you can see Margaret Logue, landlady of the lodgings in which the murders took place, and William Burke himself.

It was impossible to take photographs inside the tunnel, but if you are interested, this very short video shows how spooky it was. It was very different to any other event we have been too, and really enjoyable. I’m just glad I wasn’t the person right at the front when Mr Burke suddenly appeared as we exited the tunnel. The first woman out screamed blue murder!

Dinosaurs in the park

Jurassic Kingdom has come to Glasgow! This collection of animated dinosaurs has been touring the country and is currently in our Botanic Gardens. Over a week or so, we watched the models develop from a collection of body parts into rather impressive life-sized models. Once the event opened they were screened off for paying customers only, but we could still hear them ROARRR!

Blogging friendships

Donna at Retirement_Reflections has been hosting guest posts over the summer through which I’ve met some interesting new friends. On August 20th it was my turn. Thanks, Donna, for hosting me. Everyone else – I definitely recommend a visit to Donna’s blog. She and her husband have just finished hiking the Camino Trail which makes my walks look like mere ambles.

Another recommendation is Sarah at The Old Shelter who recently tagged me for the #MyFirstPostRevisited Blog Hop. Thank you Sarah but, honestly, my first post is really not worth the effort! Three lines saying little more than that I’d started a travel blog (though it does have quite a cool picture of me at the Grand Canyon). Nobody visited. Nobody cared. If anyone cares to visit now (here), they’d probably double the page views. Just saying…..

The last bit

In which I occasionally teach you some Scottish words and phrases. Today: reek, meaning smell or smoke. Burke and Hare lived in Edinburgh, the old town of which was so dirty that it was nicknamed Auld Reekie (Old Smoky / Smelly) – but reek can also be used in a phrase wishing someone a long and healthy life. Literally meaning “long may your chimney smoke”, I finish by saying to all my readers:

Lang may yer lum reek!

I hope your August was great too. See you in September!

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55 thoughts on “Glasgow Gallivanting: August 2017

  1. ms6282 September 22, 2017 / 08:01

    The Burke and Hare event sounds like it was great fun. So long as you didn’t go too far and make the reenactment too realistic!!

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  2. cassam101 September 20, 2017 / 17:49

    That does look quite scary. I would love to have taken my grandchildren to see the dinosaurs .

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    • Anabel Marsh September 20, 2017 / 17:57

      They would have loved them, I’m sure! Th place was mobbed, but they’ve all gone now.

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  3. inesephoto September 9, 2017 / 21:53

    I love the outdoor plays. We had Pride and Prejudice in the Curraghmore House this summer, but it was raining that week and I didn’t go. Instead, I went to the Romeo and Juliet in Cahir Castle ruins, under the roof 🙂 Was cold but very fun.
    Animated roaring dinosaurs in the park sounds scary 🙂 I hope they don’t sneak around snatching joggers 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh September 10, 2017 / 07:40

      We have Bard in the Botanics each summer but I never trust the weather so haven’t been! The beauty of this was it was short and mostly in the tunnel so wouldn’t have been too bad if it rained. The dinosaurs are safely fenced off now so quite safe – though with the crowds, anyone trying to jog would have a hard time!

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  4. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) September 6, 2017 / 15:09

    The Resurrection sounds awesome! I’d like to go to a creepy play that actually takes place in an atmospheric venue. That said, I saw Ghost Stories a while back in just an ordinary theatre…and I still jumped at the ending!

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    • Anabel Marsh September 6, 2017 / 17:04

      I think I jumped more at the woman screaming than at Burke! It was piercing. I like to think I’d have been more dignified in her place, but who knows?

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  5. Denzil September 6, 2017 / 06:11

    I can imagine being a wee bit nervous walking home or to the car in the dark after that performance!

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    • Anabel Marsh September 6, 2017 / 06:58

      Fortunately it was still light! We went to an early evening performance, but they were doing several a day so the later ones would have been darker – and creepier.

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