l ' Our traditional way at lite is vanishing. - it is planned to paint post-boxes yellow ; and change the colour at our passports. ; Our phone boxes are being phased out, replaced by bland, ‘vandal-prool’

. kiosks. Telecom have been doing a roaring trade in the old ones. Many have turned up in America, where the

3 lashlon Is to turn them into shower cubicles. In Scotland, they are

; beginning to appear in pubs. Alice's

5 Underground in Glasgow’s Cambridge

whose past credits include New York's Visage and Glasgow’s Ultratheque and Cotton Club, as well as Billy Connolly’s ‘banana boots’. Among the bar’s many esoteric touches is this phone box (above) which is used as the pub's payphone. Joe's Garage in Edinburgh (Lothian Road) is designed to give the appearance at a 60s garage and includes this phone box (right)

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Since the 1930: people have dreaded a cartoonless Christmas. Small boys reading ‘Victor become tighteriet pilots; lumpy girls identity with netball captains in ‘Bunty’ and children who never dare throw bricks rejoice in ‘The Bash Street Klds’.

Scotland is a major centre in the annuals market. Dundee based 0. C. Thomson publishes 25 titles a year lrom the sedate ‘Fireside’ to the romping ‘Beano’. htany olthe comics


It you wear ilares, prelertap water to Perrier or have discovered Smimoll and absolutely nothing happened, then Grey Pride Week starting 4 Nov is tor you. Squares who secretly admire the Yorkshire housewile who turned down an all expenses paid dream holiday to Bangkok because she had already booked to go to Cleethorpes, should also invest in ‘Glad to be Grey-A Celebration at Dullness’ (Routledge G Kegan Paul, £3.95). Peter Freedman's new style guide lor the unstylish is an overtly political work challenging the Unhlp to take a stand. It unearths the unadvertised iacts behind tamous laces-that Katka was an insurance clerk; that T. 3. Eliot wrote the words tor Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ’Cats’; that Einstein sald ‘ll I‘d had my

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seem old lashioned with their inane ilngles— ‘llo rest lor the dodging pest' and their outdated slang. But it is preclser the timeless quality at ‘The Broons’ and ‘OorWullie’ that keeps them in demand.

‘The Broons’ specialise in lamliy humour: one luckless member at the 11 strong clan is always shown up in tront oi the others. in tact the paltem became so established that there is now the expression ‘Paw Brooned' meaning thwarted or ridiculed.

Described as a cate/bar cum restaurant/hotel Babbltty Bowster

(Blacktriars Street) ls similar in nature to a French ‘pension’. It is notable lor

the host’s attitude to art. The restaurant

doubles as a gallery, displaying works

by mainly Glasgow artists in six week cycles, most otwhlch will be tor sale. The current display is by local artist Johnny Taylor.

The idea was adopted as being superior to ‘havlng some anonymous decoration as is designed to benellt both artist and customer and Fraser hopes ‘wlli encourage people who wouldn‘t normally buy paintings to do so.’ Original works are also on show in the cate/bar. Above the llreplace is a ceramic version ot their logo by Mary Wilson whlle patntlngs ol lesser-known Glasgow scenes by Jane Harman share the walls with photo-studies by Oscar lAarzaroli, depicting llle in the present day Merchant City. The six bedrooms are decorated by prints lrom the Glasgow Prlnt Studio, whlch are also torsale. Gabblty Bowster, will also leature poetry, music and theatre.

46 The List 1—14 November