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9th June 2014 … a walk to auld stompin grounds

I had planned a trip tae Glasgow today, a wlk round auld haunts…

I was gonna get the bus thru, walk up tae maryhill though Cowcaddens tae St Georges cross, nip up tae the flats, jist fur a wee walk about , nostalga… i love that shit!!

Fae ther I planned tae walk up tae the nolly and walk along tae North park st,hav a wee quck shot of the swings in Ruchhill park then head doon tae Queens cross and along Maryhill Rd tae Rolin st then down towards Bilsland dr & head fur the Botanic Gardens tae go say hullo, how do you do, tae the goldfish in the tropical hoose!

I was gonna walk from there doon Byre Rd & cut thru & down University avenue tae Kelvin grove, tae see the auld bandstand awe dun up pretty…and have a wee scout round the art Gallaries…

I had planned tae head over tae queens park from there, I had a flat there when I was 17, from there a wanted to walk thu tae Shawlands & take a stroll down past my auld flat on Strathyre street then head along to Hamden walk down kinmount past nana & granpas & then head back tae toon fur a bus home, or maybe the train.

My plans were sckuttled due first to not having been able tae charge the camera (nae bloody charger!) I planned a lot of photos & secondly, the usual lack of finance… aye it would cost me aboot 20quid fur the day oot but its 20quid mer than I can reasonably afford at the moment.

& thirdly , it was rainin all day & the idea of a drizzly glasgow day trollin auld haunts wieoot ma camera, just didn’t feel worth it …
theres other days!!! maybe next week.

Anyway, during the course of the day I heard on the radio about the midnight walk in the southside, I had somehow not heard of it previously, or maybe didn’t take it when I did hear, I wished I had know previously…
I thought about gettin dressed & jumpin on the bus, but naw money, and late night connections tae here don’t happen,
I wished a still had the luxury of the car, cos then I’d have been able tae be there…

why?

Because, I’v walked these streets over 30 years ago, when I was just a teenager, I walked them at all hours of the day & night…
cut thru the parks in the midnight hours,climbing over the gates for a shortcut home… howling in juvinille exubarance at the moon from the flag polls…

I’v walked these streets home in the early hours of stupid o’clock… after a guid night out on the toon.. dancing and singing the night away, missin the bus & being too skint fur the taxi home…
Oh , I’v walked them streets…
sometimes laughing , sometimes crying…

but they are our streets…
& they should be safe for all of us…
men woman & children

& we should feel safe & free tae walk them anytime of the day or night.

so,In solidarity with the #thesebootsaremadeforwalking Glasgow 9th/10th june 2014.
I’ll be there in spirit tonight with all those taking part in the midnight walk at Queens Park.

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I have a keen interest in The Arts as therapy and a fundamental tool for understanding and managing mental health. I love nature, reading, writing, poetry, painting dance and yoga. And have a keen interest in social issues & humanities.

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