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Saturday, January 28, 2006

Taxi Trip

I was covering a meeting with these people for the boss at short notice, so it meant getting a taxi across the city. Usually the drivers talk about nonsense. This one was different though. He said nothing until we were passing through the Gorbals. "It's a different place nowadays." He says, as we passed a block of new expensive flats, the like of which are popping up all over the city. "I suppose that's a brownfield site" He remarks as he points out the building work encroaching on one of the few areas of park. He goes on to tell me that they've named one of the streets after Benny Lynch, before providing a brief history of Benny, his glory, fame and his sad end. An alcoholic, he died penniless in the gutter. We pondered what the Gorbals must have been like in their infamous heyday.

Curious, I ended up having a virtual look at the Gorbals, which was fascinating. There's a virtual tour online, where you can see the regeneration of the area. The Social Work Area Team are based at Location 16.

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