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devoted to the Burrell Collection and Garden Festival sit uneasily with the ‘No Mean City’ image. Predictably enough, the true Glasgow is a combination of the two. Despite areas of undoubted beauty and the city’s remarkable cultural heritage. Glasgow retains some of the worst social conditions in Europe. Post-war housing policies led to the creation of sprawling, badly planned ‘schemes‘, the sheer size of which Easterhouse alone has a population of forty thousand make even routine maintenance an administrator‘s nightmare. One of