Being born and raised in the city of Glasgow hasn’t cemented my love for it, and my debut visit to New York City in 2006, aged 20, confirmed my belief that there had in fact been a mix-up – I was an American trapped in a Scots girl’s body. I was, in my eyes, undoubtedly destined for skyscrapers, the bright, blinding lights of Times Square, Fifth Avenue, and a Starbucks on every corner. What did Glasgow have to offer me?

Glasgow may have missed out on the coveted spot of capital city to its neighbour Edinburgh, but as the largest city in Scotland, there is no room for slacking. The city boasts an impressive nightlife; Sauchiehall Street caters to every palate with its variety of restaurant styles and every taste is catered for in the dancing stakes with our pop/indie/rock/jazz/acoustic nightspots with King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, SECC, and Barrowland Ballroom. Bishopbriggs-born Amy MacDonald started her music career playing gigs in Sauchiehall Street’s Brunswick Cellars, and has gone onto play arenas worldwide, selling millions of albums. The city also gave birth to Sharleen Spiteri, Lulu, Simple Minds, Deacon Blue, Glasvegas, and Paolo Nutini (technically, he belongs to Paisley, but we always make him feel very welcome).

There is Cineworld for the modern movies and Glasgow Film Theatre for the old classics. There are museums a-plenty, and the city plays host to some of the most outstanding architecture in the world – look out for the work of Charles Rennie MacKintosh at The Lighthouse on Mitchell Street, the Scotland Street School near Shields Road Station, and particularly at the Glasgow School of Art.

Glasgow is renowned for its friendly people, sense of humour and love of banter. Glaswegians have been making people laugh all over the world; Glasgow-born Billy Connolly has sold-out stand up events from as far afield as Australia and America, while Rikki Fulton, Gregor Fisher and more recently Frankie Boyle have been splitting our sides.

Glaswegians’ talent extends to the written word, too. Writer and poet Robert Burns and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s have brought joy to many readers. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and former Scottish Socialist Party leader Tommy Sheridan have proved success for Glaswegians is possible in politics; Sir Alex Ferguson, Kenny Dalglish and former footballer Ally McCoist are flying the flag for Glaswegians in sport.

What do ‘Ae Fond Kiss’, ‘Sweet Sixteen’, and ‘Red Road’ all have in common? They’re successful but low-budget films made in and about Glasgow life; actors Robert Carlyle, Gerard Butler, and Martin Compston are lighting up the silver screen worldwide.

NY has Lady GaGa, MTV, shopping on Fifth, Chinese at 3am, and cabs more regular than breathing, however given Glasgow’s homegrown talent, maybe America really isn’t ready for my close-up just yet. Besides, you can’t swing a drunk without knocking down a Starbucks on Buchanan Street. Maybe I’ll stay here, for now, at least.

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