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Member: antisyzygy

CollectionsYour library (2,296), Ebooks (104), Currently reading (6), Glaswegiana (175), Virtual Allotment (377), Family History (22), Favorites (1), Wishlist (65), Read but unowned (5), Withdrawn (13), All collections (2,425)

Reviews71 reviews

TagsScotland (613), Twentieth century (471), History (364), Scottish literature (364), English literature (354), Fiction (342), 1945-1999 (209), Agriculture (202), Horticulture & gardening (191), United Kingdom (189) — see all tags

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About me"It does not matter how many books you may have, but whether they are good or not." - Seneca

About my libraryGlasgow, geology and gardening. Scotland, science and socialism.

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GroupsBookcases: If You Build/Buy Them, They Will Fill, Books on Books, Build the Open Shelves Classification, Combiners!, Early Reviewers, Gardening, Gardens & Books, Genealogy@LT, Geology, glasgowshow all groups

Favorite authorsJanice Galloway, Alasdair Gray, Neil Miller Gunn, Hamish Henderson, Douglas Hofstadter, James Hogg, A. L. Kennedy, Liz Lochhead, Hugh MacDiarmid, Robert McLellan, Edwin Morgan, Neil Munro (Shared favorites)


Favorite bookstoresCaledonia Books, Charity Books Plus, Dominicanen (voorheen Selexyz/Polare), Edinburgh Books, Judd Books, Ken Spelman Rare Books & Manuscripts, Powell's City of Books (Portland), Voltaire and Rousseau

Favorite librariesBritish Library, National Library of Scotland, The Mitchell Library, The Royal Society Library and Archives


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LocationEdinburgh, Scotland

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Member sinceMay 7, 2007

Currently readingHidden Scotland by Ann Lindsay
The Scots in Franconia; a century of monastic life by Mark Dilworth
Scotland: Mapping the Nation by Chris Fleet
Women of Scotland by David R. Ross
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum : Glasgow's portal to the world by Muriel Gray
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Hi antisyzygy, nice to be in contact with you. Seen though your library, Glasgow really is a city of culture!

Do you commute, or have you actually moved to the east coast?
Thanks for that - I'll have a look at the site tonight.

All the best!

That's some Library you've got, especially liked the poetry section. Thanks for the links over on the 'Folio Devotees' page.

All the best!

N.B. You're 'tagging' puts me to shame
Hello there

You have turned me back into a child again.
Admittedly, a drooling, horrible and envious child when I looked at your agriculture and gardening books. There should be a law against having so many good books - its dangerous for the unsuspecting viewer!

Happy growing
> Sigh. I never realised my username would so much offence. You're the third person to comment on it.

Oops, sorry. My comment wasn't meant to be taken personally, or even seriously.

But I'd never heard of the Caledonian Antisyzygy and now I have, so some good has come out of it.
Yes, a wonderful old pulp cookbook: ©1965, my copy 1972, no idea whether the cover I uploaded is from the 60s or the 70s but I love the coffee pot, the cutlery and crockery and the model's sleeves are just classic. Then again so are some of the recipes such as Braised pigeons on p34, Chicken marengo (for special occasions) p88 (with stains on my copy). Shame about the sexist commentary "Working wives will love this book…", but it's an item of its time.

Try the Baked custard recipe on page 78, it is infallible!

Hi, Just a brief note to let you know that I have just scanned and uploaded the cover for Cooking for Two by Katie Stewart. There are only five of us who have entered it, so I'll drop everybody a quick note.

Take care

Hi again!

Your reference to architects Coia, etc leads me to say further where I used to work. I was employed for 6 years, (1960-66), with the firm of J.L. Gleave & Partners, whose offices were (still?) in Lynedoch Crescent in Charing Cross. I left there to work in Edinburgh for about 2 years with SSHA in Palmerston Place. But before leaving Gleaves they had designed the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Glasgow and the Belford Hospital in Fort William. One or two schools in Glasgow were done by 1966 but the big one for them at the time was the then, to be, International Airport at Prestwick. That didn't last long as Glasgow became the main way in & out eventually. I have noticed recently that they had designed at least one of the newer buildings in the University of Glasgow campus after I graduated from there in 1977.
One of the favourite books in my collection is 'Architecture of Glasgow' by Andor Harvey Gomme, a marvellous pictorial anthology of the history of architecture in the city. I also own a slightly dog-eared copy, about the size of a pulpit bible(!), of the architecture of Glasgow Cathedral. I picked it up for cheap but it gives such a detailed account of the way the stonework of that building was designed, etc.
I also managed to acquire a quaint little book all about Glasgow's oldest extant building, Provand's Lordship, which sits just across the square from the Cathedral.

The Jean Marshall book you mention is not one I am familiar with. It may well have come out after I had left for Dunfermline.
Hi again!

I used to be a member of the Cathcart Society back in the late 60's. There I meet Jean Marshall, the very lively Secretary. As you might have seen from my list I have Jean's book on Cathcart - part of a series of small paperbacks on area histories around Glasgow.
I am not familiar with the one you speak about.

As I state in my profile I have a fairly large collection of books about Glasgow - some of which are quite rare. I would like to think I could move some of these on to other interested parties (back to Scotland?) as they are just beginning to collect dust.

Before emigrating I was taking an active interest in the history of the city. At the time I was working with a firm of architects and got to know when certain areas were up for rebuilding. I then used to jump on my bike, or into the mini if it was far enough away, and take a series of colour slide pictures for the archives. As you can imagine many of them have become quite historical. Whenever I got back to Glasgow I couldn't believe how much familiar places had changed since I photographed them!!

Are you familiar with two publication put out by Jack House? Jack was a well known local historian and was often featured on radio and TV. These were books of photos showing before and after shots around Glasgow - many with a number of years between the two pictures being taken.

By the way I am familiar with the Couper Institute. I recall two occasions being there for some event like a lecture, etc. Is it still in use? I guess you must have lived on Cathcart Road or an adjoining street near Mount Florida. I used to be a regular at Queen's Park games at Hampden. I still have my Spiders scarf around soemwhere. :?)
Many thanks for the info. on the Mitchell Library site. I couldn't get past the photos of Glasgow views! I'm originally from Battlefield/Langside, and to see all my old haunts: schools, cinemas, even my former employer's factory (G&J Weir). Also glad to see views of the factory in Anniesland (Barr & Stroud), where my parents met. Wow! What memories!! All grist for the mill as I continue with my Family Tree. Maybe once I can round this section I will be able to appreciate the ebooks.
Is the cat still there?
I last saw it in 2004
Some of my happiest book moments have been in Voltaire and Rousseaux and Powells. From where I live its more than qick trip to be in them!
Oh, God, is that a picture of that little bookshop in the West-end of Glasgow? You're making me nostalgic.
How nice of you to comment! (I've only just seen it) :-) I probably know you, if you studied Gaelic within the last nine years (when I've been teaching it) or the previous 12 (when I was a City Lit Gaelic student). I'm hoping to add to the City Lit library's Gaelic collection. I thought your collection looked very interesting!

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