It’s listed in National Geographic’s top 20 places to visit in 2016. And it’s been labelled by Lonely Planet as friendly and ‘disarmingly blending sophistication and earthiness’. It has a huge history and some very famous people have been born and lived here down through the years. And so have I.Last week I went to the State of the City Economy Conference at the Radisson and learnt a load of facts about the economics of Glasgow in the year past. There was lots of talk too about the excitement of the 12 months stretching in front of us. Yes, you’d expect the leader of the council and the head of the Chamber of Commerce to be fulsome in praise of their own place but it wasn’t just them. There was a tangible feeling of pride in the room as the plaudits rained down. Or maybe that was just me.
I grew up here. I moved away and now I live here again. And like Francie and Josie, I’m glad that I was born here – it’s the only place that I call home and their song goes through my head frequently. If you don’t know it then listen here.
Despite the poor image that a lot of the rest of the world has of Glasgow, it’s a great place to be. Just ask my mum who was only willing to move here for a year maximum. In 1969. Or the residents of Bridgeton who made the video below to counter bad impressions of their area.
I love the architecture of the city, the dear green places dotted all around, the history and most of all the people. ‘People make Glasgow’, you know. Their resilience and cheerfully optimistic realism. Their banter and friendliness and a willingness to help. Not just help each other but anyone they come across.
What is your town, village or city like and what do you like best about it? It’s easy to grouse about what it’s not, easier than moving somewhere better in fact. But as with expressing any kind of gratitude, what are you thankful for in your locale?
You can read more about Glasgow and what was said on Friday in a Scotsman article here.