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Hopping between museums Glasgow, Scotland, Sunday, 02 August 2015 5:28am

A couple of really impressive museums today. Hopped on the Hop-on Hop-off sightseeing bus, since it was one of the best ways to get to some of the farther-flung sights. It actually turned out to be pretty interesting in itself, though it was frustrating to try to take photos from a moving bus.

The first museum was the Riverside Museum of Transportation. It houses a truly mind-boggling array of antique cars and model ships. It has (what is claimed to be) the oldest bicycle in the world, some early attempts at human-powered flight, and a number of locomotive, trams, motorcycles, and bicycles. There's even a locally-built (though repurposed several times) tall ship permanently moored on the River Clyde behind it. I think the ship was my favorite part. It's really fun to be able to go below decks and get a feeling for how big the spaces inside a ship like that are.

The second museum was the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It seems at first like a grab bag of paintings and curios, but there's logic behind it all. The curators have done a good job tying together things like a painting of a historic scene and actual objects from the period, or a stuffed pangolin with a suit of scale mail. A lot of it is related to Scotland, or Glasgow specifically. In the section on arms and armor, there were some art pieces with labels about which campaign a Glaswegian soldier had been on when he looted a particular piece. There were galleries devoted to the Mackintosh style, to the "Glasgow Boys" post-impressionists, to Scottish wildlife, to the depiction of Scottishness in art, and so on. Really well done.

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(Anonymously) Sunday, 02 August 2015 2:42am

Aneel, are you going to see anything related to Scotland's "favorite son"? In the last two years I invited Andrew Calhoun, poet and folk singer, twice to Curley's to sing Burns lyrics and talk to us about his politics. I'm relatively ignorant about the subject except for the standard Burns lyrics in the standard anthologies. Look forward to reading and studying more.

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