“Edinburgh’s lovely and it’s got lots of dead things that are very nice. Glasgow’s lovely, and has lots of live things that are even nicer."—Billy Connolly, Scottish Comedian
Glasgow, the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom, is situated on the River Clyde in the country's Scottish Lowlands. With all this going for Glasgow, it might seem a wonder the city is often overshadowed by its smaller, more ancient neighbor, Edinburgh. Recently though, the UK and the rest of the world has begun rediscovering Scotland’s “liveliest” city. While Glasgow works to shed its gritty, post-industrial reputation to become a truly livable cultural mecca, one thing will always stay constant: the unique character and humor that has seen Glaswegians through good times and bad since time immemorial, of which Billy Connolly is a prime example. Billy Connolly, the Glaswegian comedian, capturesd the city's spirit in his humor.when he said, "The thing that undoubtedly stands out about Glasgow beyond all other cities is this humor…
Like many of the industrial cities of the United Kingdom, Glasgow has seen glory days and days of decline. Today, it still has pockets of deprivation; however, the city retains its reputation as a place of unique warmth and friendliness. With fewer tourists than the popular student cities of Edinburgh and St. Andrews, non-Scots will be greeted with a special welcome and curiosity in Glasgow.
As befits an industrial city, Glasgow has a history of left-wing activism, a political heritage that has influencedinflected modern Glasgow’s cultural life. The Glasgow School of Art is regarded as one of Europe’s leading creative institutions, ensuring a steady influx of native and foreign imagination and innovation into the city. The only UNESCO City of Music in the United Kingdom, Glasgow attracts musicians from all over Great Britain and farther afield to its legendary music scene, with a plethora of events every night of the week to suit every taste.
Far and away the most diverse city in Scotland, Glasgow’s rich history of immigration is reflected in the diversity of its eateries. Glasgow combines the cutting-edge with the traditional, not only in the buildings that make up the city, but also in the city’s inhabitants: fresh-faced bohemians walk alongside "Old Firm" old-timers. It is an exciting place to live and, a surprisingly powerful creative force for a city its size, while still retaining an unabashedly Scottish character.
Despite being the largest city in Scotland, Glasgow is often overlooked by natives and tourists alike in favor of the history and aesthetic beauty of its close neighbor, Edinburgh. However, in doing so, people miss out on the intimacy that comes with living in and knowing a place like Glasgow. Glasgow is a complex city. It is not as forthcoming as other cities with its charm—; a discreet charm that is found in unexpected places. In a late night debate on Ashton Lane, in the faint smell of hops in the Necropolis, on the sticky floorboards of the Barrowland Ballroom. It takes familiarity with the city’s idiosyncrasies to call oneself a "Weegie"... and a good sense of humor.
"Can it be like this, and is this what it means
in Glasgow now, writing as the aircraft roar
over building sites, in this warm west light
by the daffodil banks that were never so crowded and lavish
green May, and the slow great blocks rising
under yellow tower cranes, concrete and glass and steel
out of a dour rubble it was and barefoot children gone
Is it only the slow stirring, a city’s renewed life
that stirs me, could it stir me so deeply
as May, but could May have stirred
what I feel of desire and strength
like as arm saluting a sun?"
—From The Second Life, Edwin Morgan, ; Scots Makar