Out with the…erm…old

by Julian Westaby.

trongate103Well, Well! That wee bit about The Lighthouse’s demise got many peoples’ knickers  in a fanckle. If as many folk had shown interest when it was open it would have not needed to close! However, Glasgow’s own Internet phenomenon/BBC comedian Limmy summed it up on the link we posted when he said he wasn’t sure if you were allowed to go in, or not? That’s also the reaction and the comments I got from a lot of people over the weekend. Just not clear enough what it was.

Anyway, until we hear more on the Lighthouse’s fate (and yes, we’d like to suggest things here!), let’s discuss the newcomer, Trongate 103,  in more detail. Good name, interesting space. I cannae see me getting an invite to the opening in mid-September, especially after suggesting it’s fulfilling a role that The Lighthouse could easily have done, so I’ve checked out the website. However, as mentioned in the last blog (which literally hundreds of peeps viewed) it’s here now, so we’ll be supporting it and getting right behind it. In speaking about The Lighthouse, I had a tongue-in-cheek go at the “design arty farties” (they know who they are) but I’d like to see Trongate 103 be a bit more ‘Glasgow’. You shouldnae have to be ‘up yer ain tailpipe’ to ‘get it’. It certainly can’t be a place where everyone’s not really sure whether you are allowed to go in, or not. It needs to be all-involving and…dare I say it a bit more fun? Somewhere you could go for a cool but fun day out.

If any of the Trongate 103 team DO read this, then yeah, we’d love to come along and check out this cool new space, so we can comment properly. D8 are down the stairs from us and the website they designed looks fabulous and reflects what unquestionably is a great space. So, here’s hoping it ignites all the sparks that The Lighthouse failed to.

Oh, all the design/architecture dudes who commented in our blog and suggested that with 25 years in design I just wasn’t clever or sophisticated enough to ‘get’ the Lighthouse, perhaps Trongate 103 should invite them as well, to see if, in their eyes it’s cool or clever enough for the Glasgow public? Unlike us, they’re in a lofty and sophisticated position and clearly ‘get’ most things of a lofty and sophisticated nature, so probably a good idea to get their blessing…

Quite a good bit in The Sunday Times today about the The Lighthouse and that’s what I’m returning to do, read the papers, maybe even have a glass of wine. More, early next week. Wonder who we can annoy next week?

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