Monday, February 6

the chimes of glasgow

Just found this trailer for a Scottish Documentary Institute commission about ice cream vans, set in Glasgow, Scotland. British types will immediately think "ice cream wars" and yes, that looks to be touched on here. More than that though.

To the non-Brits, the ice cream wars concerned an infamous time in the 1980s where rival operations clashed over housing estate turf in Glasgow. Though it sounds at first slightly ludicrous, the petty and then violent proceedings culminated in several deaths, and a public outcry. Some vans were not just selling ice cream in this setting btw, perhaps you telegraphed that. The deaths were against a family who had refused to sell extra-curricular goods...