Major US newspaper calls Glasgow “remote”


ONE of America’s biggest newspapers has been mocked after it dubbed Glasgow as “remote”.

The New York Times, which has a over 2.2 million online subscriptions, seemed to miss the fact Glasgow is Scotland’s biggest city.

Instead, the article in the long-running and well-respected publication, defined the city as somewhere to “escape to”, being over four hours north of London and an hour west of Edinburgh.

“36 Hours in Glasgow” by Evan Rail is generally very admiring of the city – particularly its restaurants and galleries – and local businesses are delighted.

But the piece has baffled many readers with its dubious reference to Glasgow’s geographical place in Scotland and the UK.

Rail stated: “The remote setting is also part of the appeal.

NYT map of must see places in Glasgow

“Located four and a half hours north of London by train, or an hour’s travel west from Edinburgh, this city on the River Clyde makes it easy to really escape for a few days.”

Responding on social media, Jean Kelly wrote: “Remote??”

Samantha Oliver wrote: “That’s what I thought, maybe someone should tell the NYT that Glasgow has an airport!”

Another reader said: “Remote location? 4 1/2 hours from London? Try Kintyre.”

Glasgow North East MP and shadow Scotland Minister Paul Sweeney tweeted the article last night writing: “Always interesting to see how others see us; in this case the @nytimes. Though I think Glasgow is far from remote!”

Less controversially, perhaps, Rail informs readers: “The favorite form of entertainment in Glasgow is probably an evening in a pub, though theater is also popular.”

Visting some well known and much loved pubs, art galleries and resteraunts, such as The Citizen’s Theatre, the Necropolis, and the Oran Mor, Rail also explores the lesser seen side of Glasgow.

He even ventures out to Glasgow Cathedral, also know as St Mungo’s Cathedral, where he mentions “bullet” holes in the doors.

Mr Rail wrote: “The church retains several unusual features, including one of its original oak doors, said to have been scarred by bullets during one of the city’s numerous historical conflicts.”

Some of the businesses mentioned in the review also took to social media to write about being mentioned.

@BuchtaCoffeeUK tweeted: “That feeling when @nytimes writes about you sooner than @Glasgow_Live”

@kimchicult said: “You’ve got 36 hours in Glasgow – what do you do according to @nytimes? Visit Kimchi Cult several times of course!”

@The_Lighthouse wrote: “Delighted to be in the @nytimes guide to spending 36 hours in Glasgow, along with many other great venues!”

Earlier this week it emerged that online US news site Vox illustrated an article about medicine with a picture of a “generic” female scientist – not realising the woman in question was Nicola Sturgeon.

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