January Road Trip (XXII)

Wemyss Bay terminus

For rail, but not yet for us

Rothesay ferry waits

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n.b. Cared for by the Friends of Wemyss Bay Station, (operated by the local private railway company), this architectural delight, in tune with the main concourse at Glasgow Central, was built to funnel train passengers down to the waterside for the ferries to holiday isles in the west of Scotland. Not so popular destinations now, but the railway station is ready and waiting to serve if called on again.

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If you get yourself to Wemyss Bay make sure to leave time to nip into The Station Bar. However, the ferry schedule, or sea conditions may give you no option but to hole up for a wee while in the cosy bar, (or adjoining Station Café, or even the second-hand bookshop – when open).

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CLP 26/01/2020

January Road Trip (XIX)

‘Vital Spark’ alongside at Inverary

Not many years past

Since traders relied on boats

Jim called them rockhoppers

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n.b. Jimmy Smith, my shipmate during my time working on cross-Channel ferries in 1980, spent some years as a cook on a boat, not unlike the ‘Vital Spark’, travelling from harbour to harbour around the north of Britain.

The cargo changed depending on what needed moving between quays; roads then were more difficult to negotiate, the sea was the main highway.

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CLP 25/01/2020

January Road Trip (XVII)

Jesus Christ save us

Salvador Dali got God

Produced work of art

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n.b. After discussion with the Pope in the early 1950s, Dali painted this amazing picture. He read about nuclear physics, which he believed to be proof of the Christian God’s existence and set to work.

This masterpiece (“Christ of St John of The Cross”) hangs in Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow. An amazing piece of work inspired by the Roman Catholic faith. Why and how it is hung there I do not know.

Glasgow is a city riven through with religious diversity, not just variations of Christian creeds, but Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and others. Glasgow, once a major sea port, is home to a rich mix of people, their talents and cultures.

Essentially as a Christian city I believe Glasgow will eventually come to epitomise the principle of “Love thy neighbour” rather than be charactured by the fake-hate of Rangers vs Celtic (Protestant vs Catholic) football matches.

Love will find a way.

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CLP 24/01/2020