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Toryglen flats demolition

We had a big family day out today watching a tower block in Toryglen being demolished. As a child of the Jim'll Fix It generation big buildings falling down are something to get excited about and this was my first demolition. And these weren't any old flats. They were the flats in the Sony Bravia advert, traces of paint still visible on the lower floors. So we went and after a long wait where we had to keep reassuring Tommy that the flats were empty and no one was going to get hurt there was a horn to scare the birds away and then BANG. It only took a few seconds for it all to come down. It was all surprisingly neat. There's a very elegant slideshow on Flickr that's got it in slo-mo. Fans of this kind of thing should check out Implosion World and the Highrise Glasgow Flickr pool.

Late edition: excellent piece of trivia from the updated BBC article. Jim Kerr and Charlie Burchill from Simple Minds used to live on the 11th floor. See, you can't go anywhere in Glasgow without tripping over a piece of pop heritage.

On the wing

I've had an interesting day today. Up at 4.20 am to get the first flight to London. Taxi-plane-train-bus to get to the office for 9. A whole day of meetings and then everything in reverse to get home again. For all that it was long and involved a lot of whisking hither and thither it was the most enjoyable, relaxing day I've had since I got back to work. I like travelling for a start. I feel calm being in a state of in-betweeness - if I'm on the way somewhere I'm not bugging myself about all the more important things I should be doing at that moment (like I am if I'm at my desk or at home watching telly). I like planes and airports. I don't think they will ever stop being exciting and exotic. I like the train journey from Heathrow to Paddington. A great whizz of urban sprawl going from suburban semis, through brick terraces, high rises, low rises, factories, warehouses, train depots, old buildings, new buildings, shabby, posh, Trellick Tower, it's all there. Then a London bus, exciting because I never have a clue where I am but I've been there often enough to have my favourite landmarks pinpointed - the Park Lane Hilton, I love that building. And another world in miniature going from transport hubs and office blocks through that whole bit (what's it called?) where it's all Middle Eastern, then suddenly lots of parks and really posh bits. Soaking all that in set me up for a morning of meetings, then the lunchtime treat was a trip to Muji, my spiritual home, then more meetings - interesting and productive. On the way back I looked at the magazines in the business lounge and had fun wondered which of many was most inappropriate for me. Where to start - Pool and Spa User? So British? Success? I picked Wallpaper*, an old favourite and struggled with that, realising we parted company some time ago. Then back on the plane, staring out of the window mostly. Nice meal, diddy bottle of wine. It was busy but luxurious. I felt like I'd earnt the time sitting still and got home tired but satisfied.

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