n On 21 November Le Beaujolais
: Nouveau is with us once more. In years 1 past there has been an annual race to
§ get the wine onto British tables first,
crash last year.
ELECTRIC SOUP Beaujolais Nouveau is sometimes of dubious quality but this harvest has beenthe best forten years. There is a chance to taste this year’s vintage on
Kelvin Park Lorne Hotel on 22
but this has been suspended following . . November. (See Open listings)
the death at a journalist in a plane
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i Grandiose public buildings are usually ' associated with Victorian Glasgow, but Art Deco design and architecture flourished on a considerable scale between the wars. Templeton’s Eastern palace of a carpet lactory facing Glasgow Green and Montague Burton’s premises on Buchanan Street are two of the best known examples. But the most interesting part of Rudolph Kenna’s book of1930s photographs ‘Glasgow Art Deco' “Richard Drew £3.50) ls on the pubs
It's a popular misconception that interwar pubs were sleazy spit-and-sawdust joints for many were as immaculately furnished and as brightly lit as a Hollywood film set, presided over by slick bartenders in bow-ties. Kenna lingers aftectionately overthe decorative cliches of the period: the radiating sun pattern, willowy ladies walking streamlined greyhounds, Egyptian motifs and fluorescent lights.
46 The List 15—28 November
Beaujolais Nouveau Night in Glasgow‘s
and cafes which brightened up the city.
DUFFLE COATS ARE BACK 3
The duffle coat is back! Not content to lurk in our memories alongside schooldays and sticky sweets, this once shapeless, lormless piece of clothing has re-emerged with style. lts origin, however, goes back much
further. The fabric was used for Navy
overcoats and popularized by Field Marshall Montgomery during the Second World War. The thick, knotted material was then sold off cheaply to the Bed Indians of the United States as unwearable by her other citizens. With
improved weaving techniques a less coarse version appeared on the market
and excess government supplies were quickly commercialized as a practical
and inexpensive overcoat. The Fifties
adopted the duffle coat as the unilorm
of the beatnik.
Scarcely a prototype of the original, the revamped version is shorter, more shapely and certainly more appealing than that rather abstract, oversized object oi the past. (Stockists: Flip, Next and Miss Selfridge)
ARE STE rim.
' ‘People have said it‘s a 93"?”
restaurant but it‘s not. Anyone can
come here; eat, drink and relax. It‘s a
social centre.“ Sam Piacentini has with 1 his two partners, in little more than six = months helped turn the vast rambling
, building that houses the new 369
5 Gallery in the Cowgate into one of the
most exciting restaurants and bars in
the city. ‘Of course the artists make an
important contribution,’ continues Sam. The project was very much a joint 3 conception and there are elements of
an overspill of works from Andrew Brown’s neighbouring gallery—the
magnificent paintings of New York Jazz
clubs by Fiona Carlyle — adding
finishing touches to a building that generates its own excitement. As a
. restaurant and a bar, however, it is
standards of catering and service that Sam is concentrating on; ‘The food is not expensive and the quality is excellent and we promise standards won't slip.‘ As well as opening for Sunday brunch, the restaurant is open Monday to Wednesday, noon to 11.30pm and noon to midnight, Fridays and Saturdays. Crepes are, by the way, a speciality.