Eye Spy Glasgow: What Alice found in Bellahouston Park?

Bellahouston Park might not be Wonderland - but it is full of swings and roundabouts and brings a smile to the faces of the children who play there.

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The north-east corner of the park, beside the impressive Charlies Rennie Mackintosh building House For an Art Lover, is a playground paradise for youngsters.

But not everything in the play area is what you might call traditional

Beside the maze near the entrance to the House is a recently-built little playground, consisting of what can only be described as modern "arty-farty" features.

And carved into one of the metal installations are two lines from one of the most famous nonsense poems ever written, Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll.

The garden is intended to be creative and educational, and the words of the poem can be quite dramatic when the sun catches them.

But why Jabberwocky and why Bellahouston Park? It's not something I know the answer to.

Anyone who is a fan of Lewis Carroll and his stories of Alice will instantly recognise the poem.

It was included in his book Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There, a sequel to Alice in Wonderland.

The nonsense verse is explained by Alice finding a book she at first thinks is illegible but later discovers is "mirror-writing".

The lines written in Bellahouston Park are:

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves

Did gyre and gimble in the wabe;

All mimsy were the borogoves,

And the mome raths outgrabe.

"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!

The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!

Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun

The frumious Bandersnatch!"

So mums and dads visiting the park with their children can have plenty fun explaining away that lot.

Jabberwocky is recognised as one of the greatest nonsense poems ever, and gave the English language words like galumph and chortle.

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