Saturday Saunter: Cold, podcasts and Bob

Good Saturday to you,

Welcome to another Saturday Saunter, this time being written on a cold and foggy Glasgow Wednesday night. It’s been cold and icy for days here, only a dusting of snow a few days ago and a whole lot of ice. Some have skated; others like myself have tried not to skite right off their feet. By the time this is posted there might have been much more wintry weather with snow and cold forecast.

With the current lockdown I have been finding different paths around my local area once more. I’ve decided to bring back 5 In 5, the posts I did last summer about interesting places near me. These will start a week on Wednesday and I’ve got one idea so far featuring a bit of nearby graffiti.

Tonight I’ve been watching an excellent documentary, The Years That Changed Modern Scotland, presented by Kirsty Wark, the start of which talked about the department store Goldberg’s, which used to be on the corner of Candleriggs (shown in the featured image above) and Trongate. I didn’t know what had stood on that now empty site and it was interesting to see a vibrant Glasgow city centre in the archive footage. It was a wide ranging documentary, the first of four, covering how Scotland changed in the 1970s and 1980s.

Before Kirsty Wark, I watched what is fast becoming my favourite show, The Joy of Painting by Bob Ross, which is on BBC Four from time to time. For the uninitiated, this was a show made in the 1980s and early 1990s for American public television showing people how to paint. Bob Ross makes it with his asides and enthusiasm. It’s quite naff but compulsive viewing. Looking the show up on Wikipedia was a mistake, though, since I read that Bob Ross died over 25 years ago, in 1995 of lymphoma, so there can’t be more. The Wikipedia page did note that Bob has become more popular in the UK since the beginning of the pandemic, which is cool.

I’ve been listening to a right few podcasts lately, including binging the World of Wallace and Gromit podcast, which delves into the Wallace and Gromit oeuvre, films, shorts, adverts, books and everything in between. I’ve managed to watch or rewatch a lot of Wallace and Gromit over the festives, which has been a lot better than watching the news a lot of the time. I’ve listened to a few episodes of Conan O’Brien Needs A Friend and David Tennant Does A Podcast With…, with both men particularly adept at the long form interview, even when conducted over Zoom as so often lately.

Our different perspective comes from reporter Barbara Blake-Hannah and how she was removed from television screens in the 1960s because of racism.

Well, that’s the Saturday Saunter for today, Saturday 9th January 2021. Thanks for reading. There will be something here on Wednesday but I’m not sure what yet. Until then, keep safe. Cheers just now.

4 thoughts on “Saturday Saunter: Cold, podcasts and Bob

  1. I remember visiting Goldberg’s in my 1960s childhood. When we came up to stay with my granny in Greenock she would always take us there and buy us a gift. It had a goldfish pond and I remember thinking it very posh! We always had lunch there too: I wasn’t so impressed with the tomato soup because it didn’t taste like Heinz.

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  2. I like the sound of the Kirsty Wark documentary, must check that out. We had a now long gone Goldberg’s in Edinburgh too. There was an aviary on the roof, the restaurant did the best mince and tatties and there was a talking parrot called Billy Boy inside in a huge cage. It was an adventure going to Goldberg’s when I was little!

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