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Kinda strange view of Glasgow

I'm an ex Yank who has lived in the Glasgow area for 33-plus years. I love it here, and loved it from day one, largely BECAUSE 'Weegies' are so much fun. And the city is full of surprises—really pleasant ones.

I have no idea where the idea that it's so 'white' comes from. It most certainly is not. The ethnic diversity here is amazing, and all you need to do is check out the plethora of restaurants to realise how many of them hail from all parts of the world. And the last two taxi drivers I got in Glasgow (picked up at the bus station rank) were certainly not 'white.'

I haven't found anything to complain about as regards excessive surveillance either. I suppose, if you are here temporarily (as a student) and have not been given indefinite leave to remain in the UK (this is a UK regulation, not a Scottish one), you will need to register your presence. But that's kinda standard all over the world, isn't it?

Yes, there is still sectarianism in the area (not just Glasgow, but Greater Glasgow as well) unfortunately, but it's not as popular as you might assume. In fact, it's only popular with a certain segment of the people who live here.

I'd say maybe the writer of this article should re-set her impressions, and really get to know the place. It's well worth it.

Jan Foley more than 4 years ago