Local traditions and culture in Glasgow

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    Scotch eggs

    by ange_famine Written Jan 24, 2009

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    Glasgow being the town of fried fattening food, you cannot leave it without having been to a supermarket to buy some Scotch Eggs.
    These are hard-cooked eggs, rolled in sausage, rolled in a batter, then...FRIED.
    Believe it or not, it's actually very nice.

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    by chichino1 Written Mar 29, 2008

    The city has a plethora of languages promoting arts n culture. It is very lucky to have an alliance Francaise institute which also gives a home to the Gouthe institute. www.afglasgow.org.uk
    There is also the events run by the scots language society a wonderful friend for any student trying to study the weegies as the glaswegians are affectionately known as.www.scotslanguage.com The polish and greek communities also run a lot of events.

    An informal polish/french culinary exchange

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    Eating Haggis: A local dish

    by RawdgerDodger Updated Jan 29, 2007

    If you have seen Highlander with Sean Connery and Christopher Lambert maybe you remember the scene where the Highlander Connery rips on the Highlander Lambert for eating Haggis.
    Haggis is a traditional Scottish dish made out of the heart, liver and lungs. Haggis is traditionally served with "neeps and tatties" or better known as turnips and potatoes. The haggis I ate was mashed and cut into little pieces and was black. I found the local dish after wandering into a Bar on Buchannen St. The haggis I ordered and ate was served with some type of large barley and two types of mashed items. One of these side items I am sure was mashed potatoes and the other was probably mashed turnip. With some gravey and some Peary ciders to wash it down, it was actually a tasty meal.

    Buchannen Street
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    See you, Jimmy!

    by CliffClaven Updated Jan 19, 2007

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    When Scotland plays an important match at Glasgow's Hampden Park, look out for one of the national side's more famous supporters. Rod Stewart, obviously a sucker for punishment, regularly turns up to groan and moan as the Scottish team slides and slithers to another ignominious defeat. The Scots once tenaciously held Brazil to a draw in the World Cup - but that was so long ago that even Rod Stewart looked young at the time. Alas, just as in Korea and Japan in 2002, there were no kilts and bagpipes and 'See You Jimmy' wigs at the World Cup in Germany in 2006.

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    The Glasgow Fair Weekend.

    by wee_lassie Updated Jul 21, 2006

    During Mid-July Glasgow locals observe a long weekend holiday (sometimes up to 1 week) this year (2006) it ranged from 15th July - 18th July, during this time some local shops/resturants/council services close, also some bus services run on a limited timetable.

    This holiday has become less and less recognised each year - but just be aware, Glaswgians like their holidays, so the airport might be a little busier than normal!

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    The Chippie

    by gordonilla Updated Jun 27, 2005

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    I recently enjoyed a "real" pudding supper from a Glasgow chip shop. It is some years since I last had such good chips!

    The Blue Lagoon branch situated underneath Glasgow Central Station is one of the best. Don't forget to buy a glass bottle of Irn Bru to go with your chips.

    Blue Lagoon

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    by cadja Written May 3, 2004

    To me, the first thing I noticed was how sorry everyone was. If you stand in the store looking at something and someone wants to pass, THAT person says "sorry" for passing and YOU says "sorry" for standing in the way.

    Where I come from we may say "sorry" for passing, but in the situation above I think we'd just say "may I pass" with the reply "sure".

    This was just an example, people say "sorry" in all situations imaginable. Sounds nice though, I got used to it very quickly.

    Although people gives me peculiar looks nowadays when I automatically use the same phrase here in Stockholm...

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    Cones on Statues

    by vyxxyn Written Dec 11, 2003

    Nowhere else in Scotland will you find this except in Glasgow!!!

    After a night of pubbling/clubbing, drunk men in groups often challenge each other to lift a street cone, climb one of the many lofty staues in town and place it on the head. Risky business, I won't try it if I were you if you're not a local. Each cone is about 10kg (heavy to keep them on the road cos of strong winds). Statues are really slippery too, especially when it rains almost all the time.

    Not only do Glaswegians have to watch their step, they have to be on the constant lookout for the police who can fine them.

    Usually most cones are taken down (by law enforcers) 1st thing in the morning, but some somehow remain like this one.

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    by keeweechic Updated Sep 18, 2002

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    The electricity supply voltage is 230V. Equipment rated at 220V may function, but it is advisable to check with the manufacturer before using it in the UK. The standard plug in the UK is a three flat pin model.

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    If you are visiting Glasgow to...

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    If you are visiting Glasgow to attend a conference (re: work) or to attend an event at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Center, then I can't think of a better recommendation than to ask you to check out their official website at:


    That was what I was there for actually... :-)

    Have fun!

    Photo Below: The panoramic beauty of Glasgow.... with the River Clyde in the distance. .

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    There are two quality...

    by Krystynn Written Sep 12, 2002

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    There are two quality newspapers for Scotland i.e. The Herald and The Scotsman.

    If you're interested to find out what's happening in and around Scotland, may I humbly suggest that you surf straight to the following weblinks:


    & www.scotsman.com.

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    This was a march happened on...

    by JUNLI Written Aug 25, 2002

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    This was a march happened on 27th-May-2001. So far, I am still not quite sure what did this march for? Maybe they're going to memorize some strikers, or something else.

    Anyway, it seems too hard for a foreign tourist to understand them. :-)

    Thanks for the help from VT frind - Grahamt:
    The marchers were commemorating Irish Republican Army hunger strikers – there is a religious divide between Catholic and Protestant in Glasgow and some people do show support or one side or other in the Irish troubles.

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    Check out Rennie MacKintosh...

    by sharonn Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Check out Rennie MacKintosh Musuem (Scotland's nearest attempt to Picasso!). The Burrell Collection is worth a visit. There is so much you can do here check out VT Pages for better informed information that you surely will get here. LOL

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  • Number 1 Tip...If you are in a...

    by willbur Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Number 1 Tip...If you are in a jam or unsure about anything...don't be afraid to ask for help! Preferably ask a cop.Policemen walk in the City Centre, don't carry guns and they don't Bite!
    Tip No.2...Visit Glasgow District Council Web Site at
    www.glasgow.gov.uk This will give you a brief history of the City, Maps, What's On and just about everything else that the Visitor might need.
    Tip No.3...Buy a Glasgow A to Z. The City covers approx. 80 Sq. miles. Bartholomew also publish a ' Glasgow Streetfinder Colour Atlas ' which I prefer, as it covers the surrounding areas too, in case you want to visit a relative or friend. Both Atlas's cost only about £5 Sterling ($8US) and can save their cost in Fares and sore feet!
    Lastly, don't expect to see everyone dressed in Kilts, we wear normal clothes,except for formal occasions...and...Please do not call us 'Scotch.'... Scotch is Whisky...people are Scots.

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    If you are interested in...

    by margaretvn Updated Aug 24, 2002

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    If you are interested in visiting historic sites from prehistory onwards, think about getting an explorer ticket from Hisoric Scotland. You can get 3,7 or 14 day tickets and although they have to be used on consecutive days they are good value. We had a three day ticket and really got our moneys worth out of it. Stirling Castle costs 6,50 pounds to get into and is included in the explorer ticket. Some of Historic Scotlands sites are free but most cost 2,80 pounds. So with a three day ticket costing 12 pounds you can see that it is well considering.

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