Chess at Kelvingrove

June 29, 2008

Went to take some photos of this event at Kelvingrove Art Gallery today. I’ve not managed to go through all of the photos yet, but uploaded a few to FLICKR. But this is my favorite so far…

Chess at Kelvingrove

Jacob Aagaard, the current British Chess Champion, playing all comers in 12 simultaneous games at Kelvingrove Art Gallery to raise funds for Building for the Future and Chess Scotland.

Results: 101 games played in 6 hours with no breaks (and covering a distance of 15-20 miles going around the tables) .. 82 wins .. 7 losses .. 12 draws.  This raised £600 for the charities supported.

June 21, 2008

This article on the BBC News site pointed me to

Like most online map and route finders this will find you a route from ‘A’ to ‘B’ however this one is for walking routes and adds information such as:

Walking time for fast, medium and slow walkers,
Calorie Burn and
CO2 avoided

Looking up some destinations I know some of the routes suggested seem a little random, so I’m not too sure how useful it would be to find somewhere you don’t know – well you would get there but perhaps not by the best route.  But it is a really good idea, has routes through parks and pedestrian areas which other route finders obviously don’t.

So according to walking home from work is 1.8 miles, could take 27-36min, burning up to 156 calories and saving 0.6kg of CO2.

Saturday Photo Walk – 14 June 2008

June 15, 2008

Start of the West End Festival, so I went for a walk to see what was going on and to take some pics. On the way I bumped into …

then went to some Allotments


and found…


..and took a bunch more photos which are here..

Then later in the evening as the sun was setting I popped up to make sure this bloke was still sitting on his horse


Surreal: Photographers & Scientology

June 8, 2008

Wikipedia – “Surreal in general means bizarre or dreamlike” which kind of sums up today.

I heard about this thing on the Glasgow FLICKR Group there was mentioned of Flash Mob, Scientology and protesters against Scientology. I gave it a go anyway, met up with Chris and went along to the meet. What was going on was a group of Scientologists had some tables set up offering ‘Stress Tests’ and giving out info about Dianetics.

FLICKR meet 7 June 2008 FLICKR

Then there seemed to be a few people in masks sort of hanging around, but not many people seemed to notice this.


However, gradually it became apparent that there were a whole lot more photographers around than are normally seen in the wild….


Eventually the Scientologists called the Police, the Police talked to the Scientologists


and the Police got their photo taken…


and eventually asked us to move on and leave them to it

which everybody did.

It was an interesting experience, but certainly bizarre and dreamlike, so very Surreal.

My photo set from this & the Glasgow FLICKR Group.

The Ting Tings at QMU Glasgow 24 May 2008

May 27, 2008

So, I finally got youtube to stop messing around and managed to get the video montage from The Ting Ting’s gig up. I uploaded it to VIMEO as well as YouTube just to try out this place, to be honest I’m not to happy with either site.  Vimeo is a much easier site to use and has some nice features but the playback always stutters during playback.  Youtube drastically degrades the quality of the video, however as many more people use and search youtube, this has to be the place to keep videos, also although the embeding code for both Vimeo and Youtube are below I’m fairly sure you will only be able to see one.

The Ting Tings at QMU Glasgow 24 May 2008 (46) from Grayza on Vimeo.

As for the gig itself – it was fantastic, lots of energy and really different and fun sound.  It was short, but as Poppadom commented  “I thought it was a good gig, it was fun though short… but they only have one album so I don’t know what else they could’ve done. Better a show that’s short and good than a longer one with dull fillers”

Also, to answer the question about the support group Modernaire – I only caught the last couple of songs and they didn’t really grab my attention much though, I thought it sounded a bit ‘Cassio Keyboard’ for my taste though I was intrigued by the sudden appearances of a chello – and the two girls vocals sounded good.

What were they thinking?

May 16, 2008

OK, the strangest moment of today’s performance of The Life of Jesus in Kelvingrove park was this wedding couple deciding that it would make a wonderful photograph to pose in front of this actor (who was one of the thieves either side of where Jesus would be).

Wedding Couple at Life of Jesus

Clearly something has been forgotten about exactly what death by Crucifixion means.

As posted previously, I was at the technical run through yesterday and saw most of the play today.  It is well worth catching, very moving in places, well acted and put together…  Catch it Saturday 2pm!  Here’s some more photos that I couldn’t upload yesterday.

Life of Jesus

annoying photographer

life of Jesus

Solar Powered Clyde

May 13, 2008

Saw this on the BBC News web site.  The plan is to have large lily-shaped discs floating in the Clyde to harness solar power.

A great idea….

only it would make it difficult for the Clyde Water Bus

and the proposed Hovercraft service

and the Glasgow River Festival


But at least it will give something for the Neds to throw the buckfast bottles at.


Feist vs Oran Mor

September 27, 2007

I thought I was going to a concert but it turned into a battle, Artist against Venue.

I’ve never been to a concert in Oran Mor, nor had I heard Feist before but I was expecting that this would be a small, friendly, intimate gig.  I had been told by a friend who has run the sound desk in this venue before that every time he has been there people seemed to talk all the time, but I didn’t realise just how bad that would be.

Personally I’ve never understood why people pay to go to a concert only to drink so much they don’t know where they are or to chat to their mates so much that they never look at the stage or listen to the music – what’s the point, don’t they respect the artist or value the price of the ticket?

But I think the noise of people chatting is worse at Oran Mor because of the low ceiling and odd acoustics.  At first I thought that having the bar behind us (as you look at the stage) was the problem but there are bars all over the Academy and it’s no big problem there.  In Oran Mor the noise from people talking was always present but with the quieter songs in the set it was really distracting, with lots of people getting wound up and agressive. Of course the security / stewarding was non existent.  The obligatory ‘big bloke’ on the door was all that was visible and no one moved through the venue to sort out problems.

Apart from the problems with the building, there seemed to be a few technical problems.  Feist‘s main vocal mic dropped out several times and she was struggling to hear her vocals in her monitors.  Despite these and other gremlins conspiring to make this a nightmare for any artist Feist put in a great performance.

Another good point was the lighting, which for such a small venue was very effective.  So, the band were great, Feist fantastic and good lighting.  Other than that a horrible gig.