Christmas Eve, Minus 7 degrees, Walkabout *1

Christmas was kind of cancelled this year and the usual Christmas eve last minute buying stuff was replaced by a 3 hour walk from my house in Dennistoun, to Sighthill to Townhead, Charing Cross and then back home. It was one of those beautiful but bitterly cold blue sky days with sunshine and snow on the ground that made everything and anything worth stopping and examining. I had been itching to get out and photograph on one of these days for several weeks, and along with the rest of the world who get an early finish on Christmas eve, I grabbed my chance and set off.

On route I photographed Glasgow’s very own unfinished Stone Circle hidden in Sighthill park – a job creation scheme of the Labour Government in the 1970′s that was abandoned by Thatcher when she came to power in 1979. God only knows what good a stone circle would have done for Sighthill at that time or indeed today, but its quite a unusual sight to see in North Glasgow.

I also revisited parts of Sighthill that I documented last year with the demolition of three double slab blocks. The open landscape looked vast and untouched, as if even the idea that this area once housed over 2000 people seemed preposterous.

By the time I hit the city centre at 4.30 pm it was mayhem and my walkabout had been somewhat gate crashed by ten thousand anxious shoppers running round like ants. It was then that I realised I couldn’t actually feel my hands or toes because it was that cold, and my first and last walkabout of 2010 came to a finish.

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