March 2023

Framing up an Idea

I had another great trip to the Huntarian Art Gallery at The University of Glasgow this month. It was for the ‘Reframing The Huntarian” press call at the much-loved venue in the west end of Glasgow. Staff member Esme was helping by showing me the best parts of the gallery to work on and the special blank frame was to signify the ‘reframe’.

From April, visitors will be able to see over 200 artworks spanning seven centuries in the revamped main gallery. Many of the works have never been on show before or have been hidden from view for a number of years.

I was a bit creative with my second picture as Esme does not sweep the floor.

Al Fleming’s Wartime History over the The Campsie Fells

My old pal Al Filming has been researching a story about a German Junkers 88 bomber that was shot down near Lennoxtown 82 years ago. It was at around 2am on May 7, 1941, during the Clydeside Blitz. Al has spent the last 10 years diligently breathing life into the story of how the Ju.88 crashed in bleak Blairskaith Muir at the foothills of the Campsie Fells. He tells the story of how the four-man German crew bailed out of their stricken bomber in parachutes. The pilot, Oberleutnant Werner Coenen, and observer Hauptmann Gerd Hansmann died, as their parachutes unable to open fully in time. Radio operator Oberfeldwebel Ernst Langanki and air gunner Willi Muller survived with broken bones after landing on Balmore Golf Course. They became POWs after being arrested by the Home Guard. 
The story is fascinating of what happened to the POWs and about their graves in the cemetery at Lenoxtown. The story in the Herald written by the talented Russell Leadbetter can be read online in The Herald here.
Al is holding a part of the Junker’s propeller with a bullet mark on it.

Happy 100th BBC Scotland

I had the pleasure of being a part of the BBC 100 years of broadcasting this month. 

From an attic in Bath Street, Glasgow, on 6 March, 1923, John Reith, the general manager of the British Broadcasting Company announced that “5SC was calling”. That was the callsign for listeners to Station 5SC – a radio service which launched the BBC’s programming in Scotland.

To celebrate the anniversary, the BBC Amateur Radio Group and West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society were running an event, which features the original callsign for that first audience who were listening on their crystal radio sets. More than 300 fellow radio enthusiasts from 37 different countries as far afield as India, China and Brazil had made contact through the special event callsign of GB5SC.

They were running from a temporary radio base on the fifth floor of BBC Scotland’s Pacific Quay HQ. It was great fun to hear the reply when BBC Direct General was on the headset making the GB5SC call.

It made  publication in the Radio Society of Great Britain magazine 

Another part of the celebration was presenter Sophie Raworth at BBC Scotland in Pacific Quay, where she was presenting the BBC One network 6pm and 10pm news programmes.