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  • The Glasgow Garden Festival was a huge hit among the populace and, for the briefest of moments, it was almost as if the city had its very own themed amusement park. Thousands braved the heat of that long hot summer of 1988, to visit the site on the banks of the River Clyde. Eager to see the attractions and ride the tramcars, which had been specially resurrected from their eternal rest in the Transport museum, just for this occasion, the numerous visitors basked in the positive vibes which the festival had brought to the city.

    All except me, as far as I know!

    I worked on the railways at that time and chose to stay away because I didn't think believe all the hype about it and heard all about it by the travelling customers on the trains so that, eventually, I almost felt like knew all about it even without being there in person. My family went though, and enjoyed it, and that's what matters.

    As an aside to this I may be the only Glaswegian who has never stepped foot inside the buchanan galleries - a posh (snobbish) upmarket shopping mall whose security men turned people away from getting in because they were not 'dressed nice enough'. Speaking purely for myself, I choose to spend my money in better places than this, where I am expected to dress up just to get in. Idiots!
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