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Sunday, January 29, 2006

This blurry photo was taken as a cab flew me off back to the station after a successful workshop in Glasgow, next to the Armadillo (that'll come another day). It's the Finnieston crane, marked in my mind since it formed a key element of the 1988 Glasgow Garden Festival when Glasgow was deservedly European City of Culture (about time Edinburgh got that, no?).

In 1988 it carried the straw locomotive structure of local artist George Wyllie. But when Crane No. 7 was completed in 1931, it was capable of lifting 178 tonnes of boilers, engines, steam locomotives and tanks into awaiting ships on the River Clyde. So it is really a key piece of Glasgow's industrial past as well as its cultural future. It is also part of our world heritage - it was once the biggest crane in the world.

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