Fifty Shades of Glasgow
Fifty Shades of Glasgow
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Only in Glasgow could this possibly happen.  Fifty Shades of Grey might advocate a little light violence between consenting adults, but cinema-goers in Glasgow took it a step too far on Valentine’s Day last weekend, by “glassing” a man over the head during a screening of the BDSM movie.


Three women were arrested at the old-style Grosvenor cinema (and yes, only two hours after I had taken this photo!) off Ashton Lane, during a particularly rowdy screening which saw people vomiting in the aisles – and apparently the vomiting had nothing to do with how bad the movie was. “Besides being the worst film I have ever seen, three women were getting arrested and put in a police van when we arrived,” 33-year-old Michael Bolton told The Mirror newspaper.


“A woman came out the theatre and said that a guy had been glassed. One woman was in handcuffs and another two women were in tears. She said that three or four girls had been very loud and were shouting. The man had asked them to shut up and he was glassed.”


And for those American readers of the blog perhaps not nuanced on all things Glaswegian, “glassed” is being physically attacked (in the face or head) by a glass – and in Glasgow, the drink in it is invariably first consumed! – being used as a weapon. Apparently it was also reported that cinema staff were frantically mopping up the blood and wiping down seats before the start of the 8.20pm screening.


In a previous blog, Sex in the City, I told how EL James’ erotic novel was set beside where I used to live in Seattle’s Belltown, and how the British author (and I use that word loosely, unlike the bondage knots), having never once visited the city – nor any other part of the US, for that matter – and based her background scenery on what “research” she could glean by online Real-estate listings, Google Street View and restaurant reviews.


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  • This had me Laughing John...
    Makes me Wonder if I ever want to go back to Scotland,
    Sidenote: I have a history with 'Glass' .
    Then Scars
    Having walked thru at patio door at night in Barbados
    Sober mind You, perhaps that was the problem
    Slipped on the street coming outof the Grocery, dead of winter, full moon, and the Glass pelligrino bottle smashed in my face
    Again sober, maybe one should stay drunk 😉

    'Glassing' hits home

  • Wonderful Photo... a Classic !

    • And a wonderful old cinema - I was surprised such an incident took place there. You not only Now See and Hear - you can also feel the Pain!