It is a matter of record that the GSR’s campaign to have the southside of Glasgow achieve autonomy was narrowly defeated in the 2014 referendum.
Still, though, the movement grows. Only this morning I checked and could not believe the size of my movement. Still, too, the satellite areas of the south cry out to be absorbed in a federal southside republic. Absorb us, they say. Absorb us! The GSR hears those voices and says, “Comrades, if you are moist for change, we will absorb you”.
And as the political landscape of the south shifts and lifts, like the discarded crisp packet of time in the capricious winds of change, so too does the physical appearance of Shawlands. Recently we got a really nice new bit of pavement (goes from The Blue Lagoon to just past Bella Napoli), plans are afoot to build a Civic Square (already dubbed by locals Freedom Plaza), Govanhill Baths has secured funding for the next phase of its regeneration and the shopping arcade in Shawlands – previously mooted by the GSR as a potential seat of local government – has been purchased by a Saudi prince.
Amidst these exciting developments, the GSR has turned its attention to cultural matters. For, what is a movement without culture? What is an idea without a voice? What is a cat without enough room to swing it?
So, in association with The Rum Shack on Pollokshaws Road – arguably the coolest new bar/venue of the southside - the GSR has been promoting seriously good stand-up comedy gigs, featuring some of the very best talent on the scene. We opened our first “Stand Up In The Shack” gig with the sublime Jo Caulfield and since then have featured the likes of Raymond Mearns, Ben Norris, Addy Van De Borgh, Ally Houston, Viv Gee, David Kay and many more.
(Previous GSR shows have seen Tom Stade, Janey Godley, Fred MacAuley and even Ford Kiernan (of Still Game). As we have said in our campaign literature: “Nane of yer pish at the GSR”).
This year, the Glasgow International Comedy Festival comes south of the river, for the first time. To The Rum Shack. In partnership with the GSR.
On Friday March 11th at 8.30pm, the movement is proud to bring another blue-chip comedy gig to the peoples of the southside and beyond.
Hosted by Bruce Morton, the show features Christopher MacArthur-Boyd (“one of the top young comedians in the country” – STV), Paul McDaniel (“an inexplicable delight” - Chortle) and a special mystery guest headliner - of whom Kevin Bridges has said, “some of the best stand-up I’ve seen.”
Tickets are £9/£8 on the door or available via the link:
AvantiBy El Presidente of the GSR
By El Presidente of the GSR