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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:16 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Man of means eh?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi doorstop, grade 4 , Strathclyde pension fund, ?? two chances slim and none

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 13, 2009 12:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Aye the typical glaswegian humour...
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 21, 2011 8:28 pm    Post subject: Ballater St underpass Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I thought it was still there- it was when I lived there in the 70s and 80s.  I remember some local characters started a small fire in the tunnel and added some detonators procured from the Polmadie railway.  The explosions made it sound like the Somme, or the East end on a Friday night
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 12:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi Stairheidrammy, that underpass was filled in years ago, I am sure there are photos on this thread
I worked in Gorbals till 2006 and never realised the underpass existed
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:38 am    Post subject: Underpass Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Thanks for that Norrie, I suppose its no surprise that they filled it in, even as one of the locals you always felt a bit wary of going through it on your own, and Ballater st wasn't that difficult to negotiate.  We used to play football in the square at the other side and it was a real pisser when the ball kept rolling down the slope and in to the tunnell.  I also remember two local gangsters having a scrap around there, one took a gun off another and chased him up the street, or so the legend has it
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:57 pm    Post subject: Re: Underpass Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

stairheedramy wrote:
Thanks for that Norrie, I suppose its no surprise that they filled it in, even as one of the locals you always felt a bit wary of going through it on your own, and Ballater st wasn't that difficult to negotiate. We used to play football in the square at the other side and it was a real pisser when the ball kept rolling down the slope and in to the tunnell. I also remember two local gangsters having a scrap around there, one took a gun off another and chased him up the street, or so the legend has it



As kids,we used to slide down it in the Winter,brilliant it was.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Alex Glass wrote:


Hutchesontown about 1970



This photo brings back so many memories  

My mums family came from the Gorbals & my Gran + my 2 uncles & aunts stayed in the Queen Elizabeth flats,
3 bed flat on the 1st floor in B block from new to the early 70's, then they got a swap to another 3 bed flat on the
5th floor for a few years before finally moving to a 2 bed flat on the 8th floor in A block at the SE end of the
flats looking up Old Rutherglen rd.

I was quite young when they stayed in the 1st floor (b.1971) but i do vaguely remember my younger cousin
Alan stayed there with my aunt & he had a rabbit kept in a hutch out on the shared verandah & to my shame,
I threw the rabbit over the balcony as i thought it could fly cause it had big ears not once but twice  

Don't remember the 5th floor much but i do remember staying in the 8th floor, as it was at the end,
the wind outside could be treacherous, also remember my 2 uncles who were 12 yrs older than me in their early acid
taking days & one of them happened to be an apprentice painter for the council & had access to free paint    

the walls were painted white & one wall had a pink floyd the wall album cover mural painted on it,
the ceiling was painted black & had planets, stars & spaceships painted on it    think they liked their acid  

I remember being able to get access to the roof of B & A blocks, ah the fun i used to have up there before
the doors had locks put on,  the flats didn't have a pitched roof in those days, just flat concrete with a 4ft parapet,
thank god as the wind could be murder, though it was helpful if you were throwing large water ballons over the side  

then my gran moved to a 2 bed flat on the 2nd floor in Commercial court in the early 80's to the early 90's
when she moved up to Dennistoun. cant remember the Block No but its just out of shot to the left in the photo.

as for the underpass on Ballatar st, i remember it well, it had concrete ramps on both sides & had tiled walls
covered with graffiti   , the south side end ramp was was also higher up as it was at ground level & the river side
was about 10ft lower as it brought you into the shopping area in Waddell court, think there was a newsagents/offsales.

I also remember going through the underpass on my chopper in the late 70's & you could get up a fair bit of speed
but you had to watch in case you ran into someone or you got a puncture from all the broken glass as it was used
as a drinking haunt some times with the young team, also vaguely remember you used to get the odd
glue sniffer or 3 in their too, plastic bag & a half pot of evostick.
then most of the locals stopped using it as it was a lot faster & safer to walk across Ballatar st & it ended up
a bit of a dumping ground, then the drains must have been well blocked as i remember it had about 2ft of water
in it for a while before it was eventually filled in.  

the black walled enclosure on the right side of the pic was the council parks dept & the building you can just
see to the right of it was a big industrial unit, meat market one side, electricians & engineers on the other
& i think it there was a sewing company in the other.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Thanks for sharing you memories Stevie

This is what makes this site so good. memories that can bring photos to life for us who don't really know what like it was living and growing up is a part of the city.

   
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 27, 2012 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Cheers Alex, i can add more if you like    

in the above pic, you can see the maisonettes to the left, just out of shot was a set of lock up garages
& a concrete play area for kids, there was a large curved wall in a sort of U shape & had big round
concrete blocks to jump about on.

the swing park on the right was the big swings, my uncles pal was pushing me on a swing in 1977
when he pushed too hard & the swing went vertical & i fell about 10/12ft on to the floor & lost a big tooth.

the bit just below it was the smaller kids swing park, i was in here in 1979 when some other guys
had a big fire going & were burning milk/bread crates & i bloody stood on melted plastic,
only ended up in the Royal with a big blister on my foot  

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