This isn’t bloomin’ Hogwarts – 5 Minute Stories

Peter Foyle - Queen Street Station

Queen Street Station by Peter Foyle

“Where am I supposed to be ?”, thought Lucy, “This isn’t bloomin’ Hogwarts !” she cussed under her breath. “This train station is a rabbit warren.”

“Can I help you Miss ?”, a kind voice asked.

Lucy spun round on the spot to see a young man, in a smart station guard uniform, looking at her. She didn’t answer him quickly because all she could see were his dark brown eyes. They mesmerised her, and his helpful smile – well she could have fainted on the spot !

“Y – Yes”, she stammered. Then before she uttered another word, she took a deep breath. In her head she said “Get a grip Lucy – behave yourself”, and thankfully – out loud she managed to reply. “I’m looking for Platform 12”

The guard smiled again and held out a welcoming hand.

This isn’t bloomin’ Hogwarts – 5 Minute Story – Inspiration

The word given for this story was “station”. To be honest, I couldn’t think of anything else but Hogwarts. I decided that to use Hogwarts was far too obvious – so, in my frantic 5 minutes of writing I thought of Glasgow Central Station and Queen Street Station in Glasgow City Centre – and hey presto ! Peter Foyle Queen Street Station was in my mind.

Much of Peter’s work depicts rural life in harbours and villages around the country but he has recently been inspired by the buildings and street scenes of Glasgow. His ability to capture light – often on wet days – has resulted in rich, vibrant paintings which are proving very popular.

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Social Studies – 5 Minute Stories

 University Colours - Limited Edition Giclee Art Print by Peter Foyle


University Colours – Limited Edition Giclee Art Print by Peter Foyle

It was not the best subject Charlene wanted to study, but politics looked good on her C.V. and combined with Social Studies (Charlene knew she was good at Social Studies) She was happy to enroll in the class.

Monday morning arrived swiftly after the Summer holiday, and this bright September morning was full of hope and promise – or so Charlene thought. As she waited for the bus to arrive, she realised that her head still hurt a little, from last nights karaoke down at her local – too much studying on the Social Subjects – she thought to herself !

The bus arrived and Charlene flashed her pass at the driver and headed for her favourite seat at the back of the bus, next to the heater and the window.

Social Studies – 5 Minute Story – Inspiration

The word given for this story was “Politics”, and what came to mind was this view of Glasgow University by artist Peter Foyle. Peter’s ability to capture light – often on wet days – has resulted in rich, vibrant paintings. Peter is originally from Dorset and graduated from St Martin’s in London in 1986 when he was a finalist in the prestigious’ Reader’s Digest Young Illustrators Award’. After graduating, he practised as a freelance artist and illustrator until 1990 when he and his wife opened The Framework Gallery in Troon in Ayrshire.

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I belong to Glasgow . . .

. . . dear old Glasgow town. If you know the tune you may well have sung this famous 1920’s song by music hall entertainer Will Fyffe, in your head as you read. Undoubtedly this would be much more tuneful than me singing aloud ! As you can see by our Glasgow art many of our artists find Glasgow an interesting subject matter and have painted the iconic city in all weathers, including George Square, the Squinty Bridge and Glasgow University – Glasgow is culture, a Scottish city, that is pure dead brilliant (the best) for architecture, education, entertainment, gastronomy and it’s people !

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Glasgow Pure Dead Brilliant Graffiti Style Gift Mug by Bay Attic

Glasgow Pure Dead Brilliant Graffiti Style Gift Mug by Bay Attic

Term Time

Back to School again ! I have come to realise that this time of year must have some significance in my psyche. I realise that I have written with this topic in mind, last year and have tended to be more aware of the art we have relating to education and schooling at this time of year. Perhaps, to some of you, this will be my annual rant !

Anyway, our local children returned to school last Wednesday, and I find the difference in traffic on the roads unbelievable. For weeks I have been able to travel a 10 minute journey in ten minutes, not the usual twenty and have not had to shout colourful names at fellow drivers because they are not driving sensibly. Nor have I had to weave around lackadaisical pedestrians that seem to wait until the last-minute to cross the road as you approach. Neither have I had to be gob-smacked when driving in the City center, by the lack of pedestrian awareness that when the green man changes to the red man on the traffic light system – that said pedestrian should stop, remain on the pavement and wait until it’s safe to cross . . . .  and as for the convoy of school busses – don’t get me started !

On the up side, and there is one. Is that I have also seen the pride on the faces of the new recruits, especially the Primary one children. How happy they are to be “grown up”, now that they are at school. Also, my visits to the local store are now quieter in the morning, so I can just pop in, get what I need and I am back to work in no time.

So, I have chosen two pieces of art to compliment my post today. The first for obvious reasons and the second because it’s a quiet cove.

Glasgow University above the Treetops
Open Edition Giclee Art Print by Jennifer Thomson


Quiet Cove, Plockton
Limited Edition Giclee Art Print by Peter Foyle

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Just how it is.

Today has been dismal, the rain has returned – after a glorious spell of sunshine and blue skies, even if that was only yesterday. Peter Foyle’s painting of Wet Day, Buchanan Street, in Glasgow, really does sum up today, although my vista is not as colourful as his !