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Glasgow is well known for being the birthplace of Billy Connolly and Gerard Butler, but did you know….
1. Glasgow is home to a bar dedicated to ‘The Big Lebowski’
Fans of the Coen brothers will be delighted to hear that there is a bar in Glasgow that The Dude would be happy to call home. Called Lebowskis, this bar has a cocktail menu that is made up of 26 different variations of White Russian. Perhaps you could call in here for a pre-bowling drink?
2. The world’s last sea-going paddle-steamer was built in Glasgow
The ‘Waverly’ was built by shipbuilding firm A & J Inglis Ltd on the banks of the River Clyde in 1947. To date, this is the last sea-going paddle-steamer to be built. It was originally constructed to replace the original ‘Waverly’, which sunk at Dunkirk.
3. Glasgow is home to the UK’s longest bar.
Tired of not being able to find a spot at the bar to lean against with your after work pint? Head over to the Horseshoe Bar and your problem might just be solved! The establishment was included in the Guinness Book of World Records for having the longest continual bar in the UK – measuring 31.4 metres!
4. World’s first international football match was played in Glasgow.
This was played between Scotland and England at Hamilton Crescent in the Patrick area of Glasgow in 1872. The match was played in front of 4000 people, and ended in a goalless draw.
5. Glasgow had its own police a long while before London did.
The Glasgow police force was formed in 1789, making it 40 years older than London’s police force. Duties performed by the group (aside from policing duties) included fire-fighting, calling the hours and sweeping the streets!