Crime and the City: Glasgow is Still a Hard, Hard Town by Paul French
This article has been published on the Literary Hub website. It begins:
Few cities come with a reputation as hard as Glasgow’s. It’s the home of the “Glasgow Kiss” (a forceful head-butt to the bridge of the nose) and the legendary “Glasgow Smile” (an infamous gang wars tradition of making a cut from the corners of a victim’s mouth up to the ears, leaving a scar in the shape of a smile). Glasgow’s tough, Glasgow’s in your face; Glasgow’s hard as nails. However, it’s also the original “no mean city” (meaning do not consider it obscure or insignificant). Glasgow’s a very friendly town if you manage to catch it in the right mood; it enjoys a joke; likes a drink. It’s also a city that’s produced some pretty unbeatable crime writing.