Todays Picture

Todays Picture
Squinty Bridge Glasgow

Friday, 24 June 2011

"The Bridge Over The Atlantic!"

I have recently started up on twitter and have to admit, it is very interesting from both a social and business point of view.

A few days ago I spotted a tweet from a chauffeur company where I saw a mention of the Bridge Over The Atlantic which connects the magical Seil Island with the mainland.

It wasn't so much the bridge I remembered from my last visit when I was doing photos for a travel piece, it was this fantastic old BSA motorbike parked up opposite the restaurant on the other side of it.

Anyone out there know its model?

I think it's vintage is from the around 1920 but I couldn't find the owner to ask.

And by the way if you have never been to Seil Island, just go!

Monday, 20 June 2011

And Then There Were Three!

A few weeks ago, one of my "Todays Photos" was my "urban fox" enjoying a bit of sunshine.

Well this afternoon I looked out of the window and saw this lot!

There is a lot debate about whether these creatures should be allowed in cities. Well I don't mind for a minute that they have set up home in my back garden. It's great fun watching them go about their business.

I don't bother them, they don't bother me.

Sunday, 19 June 2011

Glasgow Mela.

This years Mela in Kelvingrove Park proved to be a bit of a soggy affair.

There was a sea of umbrellas and something I have never seen in Glasgow, a beer garden with no one in it!

The hardy souls who did brave the elements all seemed to be having a great time despite the inclement weather.

As I overheard someone say " We are used to this kind of weather".

Fair comment but I still don't like it at this time of the year.

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Name That Mouse And Go Down In History!

I was in Glasgow's greatest cheese shop this afternoon and spotted a mouse!

Don't panic, owner George Mewes told me that he puts it on guard duty at night when when the shop closes. I asked what it was called.

"Doesn"t have a name" said George. "Well that's hopeless" I said.

So name that mouse, go down in history and win a £ 20.00 gift voucher to boot.

Contact George by the 4 rth of July and be that winner.

Friday, 10 June 2011

A Cross Between Moses And Billy Connolly.

I was covering a wedding at Luss Parish Church last weekend and shortly before the service started, the Beadle informed the minister, the Rev Dane Sherrard that a guest from a previous wedding had likened him to a cross between Moses and Billy Connolly.

When I asked him what he made of that, his reply, "I've no problem with that".

It then got me thinking what Billy Connolly's Ten Commandments might read like!

Monday, 6 June 2011

Chick Meets Crowe!

I saw on the BBC news that one of my clients Charles "Chick" Allan, head of the Clanranald had been visited by his old mate Russell Crowe.

When I first met Chick back in 2002 I had been asked to recreate the famous Marylyn Monroe "skirt in the air" shot but using a bearded kilted Scotsman holding a broadsword with a castle in the background for a marketing pop up stand. No problem then!!!

Chick is standing above an industrial paint dryer which we had buried in the ground in order to get enough updraft to lift a heavy kilt.

The whole shoot was a hoot and I have snapped him many times since.

He met Russell Crowe on the set of the Ridley Scott film epic Gladiator where Chick playing a Barbarian is seen in the opening scene shouting obscenities at the assembled Roman troops waving a severed head of one of their comrades. This made them really mad and if memory serves me well, Chick didn't last very long after that.

I must get to have a look at his medieval village, it sounds fantastic.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

I Knew It Wouldn't Be Long.

Just over a month ago I posted up that for the first time in ages there was no road cone on the head of Wellington in Royal Exchange Square.

It has become one of Glasgow's iconic sights and it was recently reported that the authorities were going to try and stamp out the age old practice.

Well this morning it was not only Wellington that was wearing a cone, so was his faithful steed!

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Severiano Ballasteros

I was saddened to hear of the recent death of golfing legend Seve.

Over the years as a sports photographer, I have covered many championship golf tournaments involving many of the great golfers. I used to play when I was a teenager which allows me to tell how difficult a game it is.

I remember how effortless and elegant he made it look and he was the same age as me which I liked.

I have been asked to participate in several media training courses and when I was going through my archives looking for suitable material, I found a cutting using this photo I took of him at the Australian Masters way back in 1983.

I remember at the press conference after the match he had nothing but praise for his opponent 'The White Shark' aka Greg Norman who beat him on that occasion.