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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby Josef » Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:30 pm

Despite not being quite what you'd call the staunchest defender of GCC, I'd say that that's pretty unfair.

The council have to provide the same services year-on-year with an ever-diminishing amount of money. They (nowadays) do that pretty well, considering.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby robertpool » Wed Jan 02, 2013 2:16 am

check out my Glasgow collection at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/robertpool/sets/
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby johnboy » Wed Jan 02, 2013 5:33 pm

Took a wee run up to the gates today as I was passing anyway.

There is a fence across the main entrance now but the wall at the side isn't too high if anyone wants a wee wander inside.. :wink: :wink:
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:00 am

Godsgift wrote: parks, refuse, education, water . You need to move with the times. These things are all privatised and you are billed separately for them.


Which private companies deliver these services in Glasgow?
"I before E, except after C" works in most cases but there are exceptions.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby Josef » Thu Jan 03, 2013 2:09 am

Dexter St. Clair wrote:
Godsgift wrote: parks, refuse, education, water . You need to move with the times. These things are all privatised and you are billed separately for them.


Which private companies deliver these services in Glasgow?


The man's got a point there.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby DisasterForScotland » Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:14 pm

Looking at those pictures, why do people do these sort of things?!??
Such a shame the state the place is in now. I have many happy memories of going there as a school kid, and absolutely loved it. It breaks my heart to see what it's been reduced to.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby War Baby » Mon Sep 09, 2013 4:57 pm

The original post here was asking for a photo of the lion statues that used to be at the entrance to the Zoo.
... I recently found this in one of my old albums, along with about a dozen photos of the animals. The photo was taken in July 1985. I also have a photo of some slightly mysterious steps (probably long forgotten by most people!) that descended down amongst some trees to the entrance of the zoo from Baillieston Road.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby mercury » Mon Sep 09, 2013 9:44 pm

Where did the silver coloured plaque that was on the wall to right of the entrance go? It looks like it was stolen rather than removed.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby War Baby » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:09 am

The steps down to the entrance to the zoo. It was a good short-cut.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby War Baby » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:20 am

Does anyone remember the polar bear? I may be wrong but I think there used to be two of them. Maybe the other one was hiding in its den on the day this was taken. I remember seeing one of them diving from one of those blocks of stone into the water, but as time went by I think the water became filthy and the levels went down as well, and I didn't see the bear going in any more.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby Gerry B » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:17 pm

When I Visited The Zoo. It Was Calderpark Zoo, Brilliant To See
All These Wild Animals Then ...12yo. But Cant Remember Polar Bears
The Only Polar B I've Seen Was Five Years Ago In Edinburger
Zoo "Mercedes" Was Her Name? As I Remember? Then Maybe -2007/10
she Either Died :( Or Was Moved Up North To Zoo With Better
Funding?

They Have Giant Panda. Now......
Burgers :evil:
The Last Time I looked In The Mirror! I Was Still There......
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby War Baby » Wed Sep 11, 2013 8:08 am

I also remember it as Calderpark Zoo. I could never really get used to it as being Glasgow Zoo, and kept calling it Calderpark long after the name-change. The place attracted a fair amount of visitors in its hey day. It even had a sort of medical place in a hut for anyone who had a health problem. When I was about eight in 1951, I fell and broke my collar-bone running down a steep hill in the zoo. My parents took me to that hut and the staff took care of me just fine.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby Icecube » Thu Sep 12, 2013 8:48 pm

Superb photos War Baby, especially of the steps - not many people would have taken a photo of them. To the right in the photo there was a natural spring that always caused the pavement at the bottom to be wet whatever the weather.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby War Baby » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:01 am

Another view of those steps at the zoo, July 1985.
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Re: Glasgow Zoo

Postby War Baby » Thu Sep 19, 2013 9:06 am

If you enlarge this photo of the pond, taken same date as above, you can just see people in the background sitting at a table, so I think the building must have been a tearoom. I was never in it myself.
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