Things to do in Glasgow when you’ve only got £30 left in the bank

I don’t know where the money goes. Well, if I sat down and thought about it I would, like that £160 at Ikea, and the £70 on those patent leather brogues by Ash, and the Aveda facial at JDH, and ever increasing weekly shop from Sainsbury’s online (can someone tell me how a week’s worth of groceries plus delivery fee can cost close to £100?).

So now I’ve got £30 burning a hole in my pocket, and it’s Saturday, so here’s what I’m considering:

Blowing it all at Brutti Ma Buoni at the Brunswick hotel – I always get the same thing every time I go there, but honestly, nothing is better than the brutti bread with olive tapenade, mozzarella, and a lake of olive oil, and washing it down with a glass of cava. Plus, they have the best homemade cheesecake in the `verse.

Doing the museum thing – Buoyed by my experience of Haptic at the Lighthouse, I’m thinking of broadening my cultural horizons elsewhere. Haptic, which is all about the sense of touch, allows you to feel the materials used in the objects displayed. The Lighthouse now costs £3 to enter (though there is free entry on Saturdays), and I wonder, do you have to pay the entry fee if you just want to go to the gift shop? With all the Marimekko, Vitra, and an entire wall of design books, it’s possibly the best museum giftshop in Glasgow. Today I’ll be turning my attention to the Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art, where there’s an exhibit of work by Glasgow’s own Jim Lambie (who was shortlisted for the 2005 Turner Prize). GOMA still has free entry, but they are recommending a small donation now. After visiting the exhibition, be sure to go down to the public library in the basement and check out some DVDs. They seem to specialise in art house, classics, and European and Japanese horror.

Take a walk along the Clyde – There’s a lovely path that goes through Glasgow Green which is quiet and picturesque. A great, easy way to get some exercise.

Go to the cinema – It seems a shame to hide away indoors in the dark on a sunny day like today, but inevitably, it will start raining, so why not pop in and see Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day? Frances McDormand is always brilliant, and I’ve been in love with Lee Pace ever since I saw him in the Canadian television series Wonder Falls.

Drink outside – There's something about drinking alcohol in the sun that makes it seem almost wholesome. Most places are doing outdoor seating at the moment, so have a cocktail in the sun. Glasgow wasn’t really designed for outdoor seating, so some places work better than others, but most of the restaraunts and pubs in the Merchant city have nice areas dedicated to it, and of course Ashton Lane in the West End is ideal.

Have a picnic – make the most of the sunshine and head to the Botanic Gardens, where you can sit in the sun and eat potato salad, or whatever it is people pack in picnic baskets. Stock up on foodie lunch supplies at Peckhams, Kember & Jones, or if you are feeling really wealthy, Heart Buchanan. Then wander among the trees and get an education – many of the trees in the Botanics display information about the type of tree and its significance in British history and folklore. The Botanic Gardens are a great place to explore too, as there are many hidden nooks and crannies everywhere. Plus, the West End is pretty good for stargazing, if you're into that kind of thing - last time I was at the Botanic Gardens I think I saw Stuart Murdoch, oddly dressed and grinning at some woman's baby.

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