The Diary

  • WE liked John Quigley's reaction when Sir Chris Hoy, dining in John's Red Onion restaurant in Glasgow city centre, came to the aid of a fellow diner.

  • ONE of the many successes of the Games has been the entertainment zone at Glasgow Green, though the need to have bags checked by security does lead to queues.

  • THE Games are just a wave of good feeling rolling over Glasgow.

  • GREAT start for Scotland in the Commonwealth Games, Muses reader Bill Smith:

  • VERY moving opening ceremony at the Commonwealth Games - apart from that toe-curling pantomime parody at the beginning.

  • IT began with a nun and a conversation about a black pudding in a Glasgow tenement.Doreen Grant, from the Catholic religious order of the Sisters of Notre Dame, had arrived in a run-down estate in an area of Govan know as Wine Alley with a mission to find out why pupils from poorer areas struggled at school.

  • YES, Glaswegians are determined to give a good welcome to Games visitors.

  • VOLUNTEER drivers have begun shuffling officials and dignitaries around for the Commonwealth Games, with distance no object.

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Ken Smith at Large

  • 1 Jul 2014

    WHEN Hollywood A-lister Brad Pitt was in Glasgow filming his zombie epic World War Z, the joke was that Brad should visit The Barras before he left - so that he could buy a copy of his film as soon as they finished shooting it.

  • 24 Jun 2014

    SOUNDS sexist I know, but the reason I heard for Glasgow tenements being designed with only three storeys above the ground floor is that the male architects worked out this is as far as a woman can climb with a bag of shopping in each hand.

  • 17 Jun 2014

    PEOPLE have blind spots concerning their own towns and cities.

  • 10 Jun 2014

    IN most parts of Glasgow if you saw a chap strolling down the road with a sheep's head stuck on the top of a pole you might think his butcher had a complicated answer to a shortage of plastic bags, or more likely that the sheep carrier had forgotten to take his medication that day.

  • 3 Jun 2014

    THERE is a chilling photograph of the five-day siege at Glasgow's Barlinnie Prison in the eighties which shows two hooded protesters, pictured in stark black and white against a grainy sky, standing on the chimneys high above the prison, arms outstretched, showing their mastery of their world.