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4 Editor’s letter

48 Charity feature:

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51 Mum’s Notebook

Fashion & beauty

8 Eighties rewind

34 WIN! At Rainbow

Room International

Going out

24 West End Live

with Greg Kane

35 Top Things

Food & drink

42 Sweet Liberty

44 Restaurant Review:


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27 Father’s Day gifts

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28 Writers Reveal

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32 Cover to cover

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elebrating each passing decade is

something I’ve always found

challenging – but since it’s not my

age we’re celebrating (21 again, if you care to

know!) I’m absolutely delighted.

Westender Magazine first hit West End

streets in May 2008. At that time I had no

idea how it would be received but I couldn’t

have anticipated then what a fixture of the

local calendar it would become. When

stockists heave a sigh of relief as I drop off

the next batch because they’ve already been

asked three times that morning ‘when are you

getting the new Westender in?’ my heart truly


So much has changed over the last

decade at Westender – the biggest being

featuring our own fashion shoots shot by our

uber talented photographer, Gregor Reid.

We go all 80s for the latest shoot up at Park

Circus (pages 8-15). It’s a huge trend in all the

fashion retailers right now and is sure to see

us through to the autumn.

And for more Westender Magazine

insights have a read of Loraine Patrick’s

Birthday Businesses article on Page 16

– Westender isn’t the only local business

celebrating a significant anniversary.

Above: Suzanne Martin, Westender editor.

Below: Westender’s 10th Anniversay cover

model, Issy Johnston from coloursagency.com,

with Westender fashion shoot team

As we head towards early summer there

are gigs and festivals galore to look forward

to. Greg Kane covers the West End gigs line

up from the Cuban Brothers through to Katy

Perry (Page 24), while Tracy Mukherjee takes

us through our numerous event options for

early summer on pages 35 and 36. From the

West End Festival to the Mela and Wildfest

2018, we are not short of choices – bring

it on!

I’m not going to get mushy but I must

take this opportunity to say ‘thanks’. Thanks

to all the contributors to the magazine over

the last, sometimes challenging, ten years.

A huge thanks to all my regular advertisers

– some of whom have supported me from

the very start, that’s commitment. But most

importantly, many thanks to all the loyal

Westender readers whose enthusiasm for

their local magazine has propelled us ever

onwards, I always try to remember why I

am doing this job and for who. I love that

you don’t let me forget that. Happy 10th

anniversary to us all!

Suzanne Martin

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raise a glass for three business celebrations

It’s party time here at Westender Magazine HQ – Happy 10th Birthday

to us! As The University Cafe celebrates 100 years serving locals from

their iconic Byres Road eaterie, travel agency Paul McCarroll

House of Travel opens their doors for the first time on Great

Western Road. Loraine Patrick chats to them all and

discovers what it takes to be successful in 2018.

Ten years ago the first edition of this

magazine hit the streets of Glasgow’s

West End and it has gone from strength

to strength ever since. Starting life as a

Community Times franchise for Glasgow

West, it has grown into a well known and

well loved local resource for advertisers and

readers alike.

‘I hadn’t seen a magazine representative

of the West End,’ says Suzanne Martin on her

decision to quit her job and start publishing

a bi-monthly magazine. ‘There was a lot of

information and leaflets out there but nothing

that collated everything. I was on my second

maternity leave and had nothing to lose.’

It has been a huge learning curve she

continues. ‘My background wasn’t in

publishing, so I am glad I started with an

established business model. Within a couple

of years the franchise went bust so I carried

on independently. I found my own printing

company, taught myself to use a magazine

layout programme and carried on with a

name and layout change.’

Initially Suzanne did everything herself,

from the photography to the writing, the sales

and the distribution. Gradually writers and

contributors have come on board, the most

recent recruit has been courier company

Outspoken Delivery who help with the bimonthly

drop offs. ‘I am a decade older,’

Suzanne laughs, ‘my knees and my fingers

are feeling it, and that delivery trolley just gets


Indeed in the current climate where print

runs are ceasing and newspaper circulations

are declining – Westender is bucking the

trend. Last year the magazine increased its

readership, growing from 10,000 to 12,000

copies in print every two months.

Much of the magazine’s success Suzanne

attributes to the eyecatching visuals which

have become an integral part of each

edition. In-house photographer Gregor Reid

plays a huge part in determining how each

edition will look and came up with the idea

of the fashion pages as a way to make the

magazine stand out, as well as a format for

local retailers and advertisers to showcase

their stock.

He picks up, ‘the fashion shoot also gives

us a front cover image so stunning people

want to keep the magazine sitting around.

With social media being so saturated a high

quality physical copy of the magazine is really

important. Although we have a website and

social media pages we are not only an online

magazine. There is nothing quite like holding

a print copy.’

It’s a real team effort these days and the

idea of having titles doesn’t make sense

Suzanne says. ‘As editor I just do what needs

to be done, and Gregor is much more than

a photographer, he is always looking at the

design, how it works and how it could be

made better.’

Gregor laughs, ‘she hates it when I

suggest changes. We don’t fall out but we will

both stand our ground. We can disagree over

something as simple as a comma, a colour or

a font. We both feel that passionately about

the magazine.’

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Image I Jack Low

Clockwise from top: Gregor Reid working hard and

having fun with 10th Anniversary cover model Issy

Johnston of coloursagency.com and Westender

editor, Suzanne Martin. New kid on the block, Paul

McCarroll House of Travel. 100 years of history at

West End institiution The Uni’ Cafe

Image I Gregor Reid

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Staying united through the ups and downs

of running a business is something local

Italian family the Verrecchias know all about,

as the family celebrate their 100th year of

being in business with The University Cafe.

Co-owner Gino, who runs the cafe alongside

his older twin brothers, is quietly proud

they are the third generation to serve local


‘Its amazing its still in the family,’ he says,

‘it really means something. People who

come here don’t want a big fancy coffee

shop where they sit in the window. It’s old

fashioned in here and our food is homemade.

We don’t change the menu, we cook food just

as we always have and don’t serve anything

that’s been frozen.’

The cafe is something of an institution.

It features in paintings. It has been recreated

in the Transport Museum and is one of the

most recognisable shop fronts on Byres

Road. Fitted out in 1918 by ship’s carpenter

(and Gino’s father) Alfredo in luxury liner style,

his hand carved art deco wood panelling still

line the walls of the cafe alongside ice cream

awards and memorabilia dating back through

ten decades.

‘I have been here my whole life,’ Gino

smiles. ‘I came here straight from school.

I was dragged into the business, filling in for

my dad, and I have grown up here. When I

was much younger I bought a motorbike and

working here helped pay for it.’

Customers love the nostalgia of the place.

It’s a trip down memory lane. ‘One of our

oldest customers was 101. He came here

all his life and loved our minestrone soup.

He travelled all over and never found soup as

good as ours. Because our recipes stay the

same, people come back time and time again

for their favourite dish.’

The family are busy working on plans on

how to celebrate the Cafe’s 100th birthday.

‘I would love to give something back to our

regular customers,’ Gino says. ‘We have

had incredible support from the community

in recent years when times have been a bit


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Round the corner on Great Western Road

Paul McCarroll from House of Travel hopes

to have a lasting impact on the area too. He

shares his story.

A hundred years on from his Great-

Grandfather David Ramage opening a

grocers in the West End, he has started up

his own business – a Travel Agency – aiming

to inspire and cater for all needs.

‘Did he ever think his great grandson

would have a shop on the very same street?’

Paul proudly asks. ‘We talk about how hard

we all work nowadays, but those days were

tough. If it was a slow day in the shop that

was it – if it’s a slow day for us at least we will

still be doing business online and through our

Facebook page’.

Paul has all the gusto and enthusiasm of

starting a business in an industry he loves,

with years of experience as a manager

with Thomas Cook and TUI. ‘It’s always

an exciting time to work in travel. It’s not

massively well paid so you have to be

passionate about it. Customers will come in

with so much more knowledge now, or having

booked a holiday themselves, but the one

thing you cannot buy on the internet is trust.’

He goes on to say, ‘there are high

demands for protection these days. We offer

ATOL cover so if anyone goes bust their

money is completely safe. We also never

share information. Yes you can go online and

book a cheap flight but then you have to add

your baggage, get charged for changes and

different things. There are no hidden extras

with us. We are all about added value and

being transparent and honest.’

The beautiful decor may suggest this is a

Travel Agency just for high-end destinations.

There is a private pod for larger bookings or

clients looking for a bit of privacy but Paul

is keen to point out this is a travel agent for

everyone. ‘I think customers like to come in

and be inspired. Most modern Travel Agents

have done away with big desks and brochure

racks but we have deliberately kept them.

At the end of the day we are a shop and the

brochures showcase what we do. Customers

love to have a look and feel inspired.’

Three milestones in three very different

businesses. House of Travel just opening and

looking forward to big things, Gino reflecting

on how 100 years have shaped his family

and cafe, and Suzanne and Gregor planning

where the magazine will go next. Watch this

space readers – the sky’s the limit!


The University Cafe, 87 Byres Road

Paul McCarroll House of Travel

655 Great Western Road

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Renting? Read on.

Words from Donald Reid, chairman at Mitchells Roberton:

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As in all commercial industries there are good and bad operators.

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The first is that everyone ‘carrying out letting

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agent without being registered. Along with

difficulties in some agents meeting the

technical requirements for registration, the

legislation also defines ‘letting agency work’

broadly and may catch some who do not

think of themselves as being ‘letting agents’.

The second major change now in force is

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an array of duties and work practices. Failure

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for Scotland seeking enforcement of the

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continue their business.

There have been ‘bad apples’ in the

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The Cuban Brothers

Wednesday 2nd May 7.30pm

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Damien Hirst, Robbie Williams

and Elton John have all hired The

Cuban Brothers to add a little

crazy Caribbean/David Lynch/

Chippendales hybrid fun to their

after show parties. UK soulstress

Mica Paris has also sang with

them on their 2013 dance floor

filler So Sweet. But what are The

Cuban Brothers? According to their

biog they are '… entertainment

personified. They will make you

laugh, sing along, cry with joy, wet

your pants and shake your booty.'

That sounds like a good night out to

me and if you flick through the songs

on their Spotify page the 70s funk

infused hip hop and soul that comes

bursting through your speakers just

makes you want to get up and dance.

The tracks are really that good.

Seemingly the live show is not for

the faint hearted though so do some

YouTube rummaging before you commit

to going.

They are celebrating 20 years in

the entertainment business with a 10

date Scottish tour this spring.

Choice Tracks: The Cuban Brothers

'So Sweet'

Rhys Lewis

Monday 7th May 7pm

SWG3, swg3.tv

There’s quite a lot of decent 'blue

eyed soul' kicking around just

now, like Tom Misch, Tom Odell, JP

Ruggieri, Sampha and 25 year old,

Oxford born Rhys Lewis sits very

comfortably with this lot. What I

like most about all of them is the

respect they pay to Jazz. 'Jazz is the

teacher, soul is the preacher' is a

mantra which has served me well over

the years and looks like it’s still

going strong today. With his Jude

Law-like good looks, his handle on

old school jazz and soul, the iconic

Decca Records backing him and an

impressive collection of vintage

Gibson guitars at his disposal, I

think Rhys Lewis has a rosey future

ahead of him.

Choice track: Rhys Lewis

‘Be Your Man’

Ray LaMontagne

Monday 14th May 6.30pm

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I watched a live music TV show called

Songwriters Circle a few years

back, the format of which consisted

of three artists sitting on a stage

together taking it in turns to perform

their songs. On one episode they

pitted David Gray, Ray LaMontagne

and KT Tunstal against each other.

I felt so sorry for the other two as

LaMontagne out-played, out-emoted

and out-sang both of them by quite

some margin, his natural talent they

just couldn’t compete with. That

voice! He has one of those 'could sing

the phonebook' voices.

Ray LaMontagne is one of the most

probing and introspective singer/

songwriters of his generation and

he’s out on a 40 date world tour

promoting his seventh Studio album

Part Of The Light.

Choice Track: Ray LaMontagne

'Such A Simple Thing'

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Laura Veirs

Tuesday 5th June 7pm

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk

Laura Veirs is a 40-something

American singer/songwriter from

Colorado. She didn’t however come to

music until well into her 20s having

studied Mandarin Chinese at college

and after her graduation, worked as

a translator in China. She describes

her music as 'old country/folk' but I

hear more to it than that, contemporary

grooves and large filmic soundscapes

are all over her records making for a

more bewitching musical offering.

Her music has appeared on many end

of year critics’ lists and has been used

in the hugely successful The Vampire

Diaries TV show, so it’s producers must

have heard what I hear.

Choice track: Laura Veirs

'Everybody Needs You'

Demi Lovato

Wednesday 13th June 6.30pm

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com

I’d never heard of Demi Lovato but

according to her Grammy award

winning producer Oak Felder, 'she’s a

real superstar!'

Simon Cowell seems to think so too

as he pays her $2million a year for her

musical opinions on the US X Factor

Show so she must know something about

music then. After some digging I found

out she used to like drugs … a lot …

she was a Disney Corp. starlet … she’s

prone to acts of violence … she’s had

a few trips to rehab and is fond of

smoking the odd cigar or two now and

again. She’s basically your archetypal

fiery latino songstress. Her music

is high energy pop/R’n’B but there’s

something here that makes her a bit

more edgier than the others that do

this. I guess that’s what makes her a

real superstar. A proper, in your face,

unapologetic diva. You go girl.

Choice Track: Demi Lovato

'Sorry Not Sorry'

Katy Perry

Sunday 24th June 6.30pm

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com

My 5 year old daughter loves Katy

Perry. Because of this we can pull off

a fairly decent duet version of her

hit song Roar – an epiphanic, femaleempowerment

song if ever there was

one! 34 year old Katy Perry is a very

successful, hardworking musician and

business woman. Musicians only really

earn if they are out playing live now,

that’s where the best opportunity is to

maximise your income. The norm is for

bands to make roughly £3 per head on

merchandise at any gig, Katy Perry?

£15 per head! She regularly plays over

100 concerts every year all over the

world. Now that’s a lot of T-Shirts and

mugs sold.

Not bad for a Santa Barbara native

who dropped out of high school at

15 and a child of strict Pentecostal

Christian parents. Incidentally, I can’t

wait for my daughter to drop out of

school in her teens to pursue a musical

career … over my dead body!

Choice track: Katy Perry 'Roar'

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… to dad, with love

Dad’s are notoriously difficult people to buy for – or is it just mine? All my pops

asks for is ‘peace and quiet’ (never going to happen). But with options galore in

our independent local gift shops there is a wealth of quirky and thought provoking

gift ideas out there. I love the wireless in-ear headphones from West End based

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Writer’s Reveal

meets Stuart Cosgrove


Afamiliar face on the media scene

and very familiar voice on the radio

Stuart Cosgrove regularly has listeners

laughing out loud or phoning up to complain

about the state of Scottish football. As cohost

(with Tam Cowan) of Off The Ball, the

media personality is never short of a word or

two to say about the beautiful game.

His passion for his home team

St Johnstone is legendary, and his lifelong

support makes him cherish the small

moments. ‘We won the Scottish Cup in 2014,’

he says. ‘But I have pretty much gone my

whole life with them losing,’ he says gamely.

Football he cares about but it is soul

music that has really shaped his life, hence

our meeting over a pot of tea at his home in

Glasgow’s East End to discuss the middle

book in his trilogy on soul music and social

change. Memphis 68: The Tragedy of

Southern Soul is the tale of one city, two

high profile deaths, countless hit records and

the rise and fall of Stax records. It covers 12

months of civil unrest, race riots and political


Awarded music book of the year, winning

the Penderyn Prize this April, Memphis 68

is sandwiched between Detroit 67: The Year

that Changed Soul and Harlem 69: The

Future of Soul which comes out this Autumn.

Memphis in 1968 is remembered for two

tragedies – the assassination of civil rights

leader Martin Luther King as he stood on the

second floor balcony of his motel, and the fall

out from the death in a plane crash of soul

superstar Otis Redding, who at only 26 was

already huge on the music scene.

The same year, thousands of miles away

across the Atlantic Stuart was a teenager

growing up on a housing estate in Letham

in Perth experiencing his first taste of soul

music. ‘My older sister was a mod and in the

60s in Scotland there was a network of youth

clubs in housing schemes. The club in my

local community centre had a Friday night

disco for teenagers. It played mostly Motown

but I quickly discovered there was a whole

hinterland of other stuff that wasn’t in the

charts,’ he chuckles.

The obsession with American soul

deepened as he went to study first at Hull

University followed by a post graduate

scholarship to a University in Washington

DC. He became immersed in the culture, the

collecting of rare vinyl, the club nights and

fanzine scene and developed a reputation for

being one of the foremost writers on Northern

Soul. This led to more established black

music writing and eventually a job at NME.

‘Northern Soul is a tough subculture to

get into,’ Stuart laughs, ‘it’s prone to internal

wars and disputes over absolute minutae, but

people trusted me as I wrote as a fan from

the inside.’ The recent end of the print run

of NME has left him feeling nostalgic about

the early days. ‘It is like your school closing,

you have that sort of warmth about it – even

though a lot of the time I was in dispute over

the funk versus indie coverage. Clearly I had

my view,’ he says wryly.

As a Smash Hits rather than NME kind

of girl I wonder who Memphis 68 is aimed

at. ‘There is a core readership of music

fans,’ he admits, ‘but the trilogy is much

more than that. In lots of ways readers have

been starved of books that put music in its

cultural context. I wrote a book a few years

ago (Young Soul Rebels) on the Northern

Soul scene in England and it prefaces Brexit.

It touches on some of the really big tensions

in industrial urban Britain.’

In America it’s a different story he

continues, with the soul scene being

completely fragmented. ‘Race over there

is so splintered, there is obviously a black

American music scene but people are more

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interested in its present than its history.

There are books on Black Lives Matter and

contemporary issues, but not so much on

traditional soul.’

It was a mammoth research task to bring

this book together. We learn the personal

stories of the well known and the ordinary

characters who made up the city. In the

opening chapter we meet Roosevelt Jamison

who ran the lnterstate Blood Bank, and

clearly see the level of segregation that

existed in Memphis. In those days blood was

donated along racial lines.

Much of the fact finding was done in

America, reminding Stuart of how little

can actually be found online. The idea

that everything cannot be googled is eye

opening for a generation growing up to ask

the internet. ‘I spent weeks poring over old

newspapers and found out about people

I would never have found anywhere else.

Google is ok, but you need to be able to dig

much deeper.’

He continues, ‘my partner thinks that I am

never happier than when I am surrounded by

books. She thinks I am socially dysfunctional

and that I like being immersed in a bubble

and I do think there is some truth in that.

I love research because I can go into a library

and sit for hours on end and be perfectly

happy. She is a social butterfly and I am the


So ironically for someone so outgoing and

funny, working alone suits Stuart down to the

ground, and at home surrounded by work,

books and his extensive record collection

is a pretty good place to be. ‘I love it round

here,’ he says. ‘Dennistoun has the highest

concentration of contemporary artists in

Europe – I like to joke with the neighbours

that it is humiliating going to pick up our

milk as I am the only one who has not been

nominated for the Turner Prize!’


We have two signed

paperback copies of

Memphis 68 to give away.

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the 30th of June 2018.

Compared to the West End it has an

industrial history rather than a university one.

‘When I first came here twenty years ago

the area was in decline but it has become

useful for young couples, students, lecturers

who want a bigger house but cannot afford

West End prices. It’s a great place to live,’ he


‘There is a perception of me that is just

a mask,’ he concludes. ‘I walk my boy to

school each morning and speak to everyone.

Everyone knows me. But I am happy alone.’

He goes back to music to explain it. ‘There

are three great records written by Smokey

Robinson: Tears of a Clown, The Tracks of my

Tears and The Love I Saw In You Was Just A

Mirage. All three songs are about disguise.

People having inner and outer personalities.’

So where does this leave our beloved

Off the Ball? If it was a choice between

continuing with the radio show or writing

books Stuart is very clear. ‘If someone put

a gun to my head and said it’s writing or the

radio, I would without doubt write another

book. Sorry Tam!’

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Denise Mina made her name with the Garnethill

trilogy and has won several awards for her crime

fiction over the years. This latest book, her first foray

into true crime, deservedly won the McIlvanney Prize

for Scottish Crime Book of the Year.

The Long Drop

by Denise Mina

Indeed, there are echoes of

McIlvanney’s Laidlaw in The Long

Drop, in terms of the descriptions

of the mean streets of Glasgow, in

particular the seedy bars and clubs

and the graffiti-strewn tenements

and slums.

The Long Drop is a fictionalised

version of the case of Peter Manuel,

and was the subject of Mina’s play

Driving Manuel, although this book

takes a different slant. The novel

moves back and forth between

the trial, during which Manuel

mostly defends himself, adding to

our impression of a fantasist and

psychopath, and the long, drunken

pub crawl which Manuel undertook

with William Watt, himself under

suspicion for the murders of his wife

and daughter.

This juxtaposition serves to

highlight the disparity between

the ‘facts’ as we know them, albeit

through Mina’s lens, and the court

proceedings. A cast of characters

is introduced both in the backstory

and in the court proceedings, many

of whom have a vested interest in

seeing Manuel hang. Local thugs are

depicted in Glaswegian technicolour,

such as ‘Dandy’ McKay and Maurice

Dickov, as well as Billy Fullerton, all

well-documented hard cases from

50s Glasgow, adding to the authenticity of this retelling and Mina often

avoids many of the tricks and techniques of the traditional ‘whodunit’,

largely because the facts of the case are so well known.

Was Watt complicit in the deaths of his own family? Why did he go

on a drinking spree with the man he thought had murdered his family?

Did Manuel actually carry out all of the murders he was convicted of,

or was he a convenient place to hang some unsolved murders?

Mina doesn’t attempt to answer these questions but through her

skilful reimagining of the events in this murky period of Glasgow’s

history, where weapons from World War II still floated around, before

the slums of the Gorbals and Cowcaddens were cleared, allows the

reader to speculate for themselves. In the acknowledgements at the

back of the book, Mina refers to two books which inspired her. The Long

Drop has inspired me to seek them out to add to my knowledge of the

fascinating case of Scotland’s first serial killer.

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The Making

of the British


by Nicholas Crane


Nicholas Crane may be known

to you from his success on

television with series such as

Coast, Great British Journeys,

Map Man and Town.

In his latest book he describes

the gradual colonisation of Britain

by man from the Ice Age to the

present day. This is a fascinating

account, full of interesting

anecdotes and nuggets of

information which the general

reader will find enlightening.

The journey begins when Britain

is still physically attached to

the continent and Doggerland

is still a huge island off the east

coast of England, rather than the

Dogger Bank we now hear about

on The Shipping Forecast. Once

Britain becomes an island, the

natives find themselves isolated

– for a time.

One by one the various

peoples come, from refugees from

the ever-shrinking Doggerland,

Romans, Vikings, Normans and

various settlers attracted by the

wealth the British landscape

had to offer. This is where Crane

really comes into his own: his

ability to describe features of

the landscape is second to none

and the way in which he details

the impact of people on these

places is carefully researched and

beautifully depicted, even when

dealing with the ravages of the

Industrial Age and the indelible

marks left by heavy industry,

the railways and canals.

I found this book hard to put

down and as someone with a

fairly sketchy grasp of history,

I really valued the chance to fill

some gaps.

A thirteen-year-old girl goes

missing whilst on holiday in

a quiet village in the heart of

England, a village untroubled by

the hurly-burly of urban life or

the concerns of commerce and


What is the reaction in the

village? Initially, shock and

disbelief, quickly followed by

speculation and idle gossip.

However, over time the lurking

image of the girl gradually

fades, although never entirely

disappears, and the newspapers,

the outside world, and indeed the

villagers themselves carry on with

matters more immediate.

Jon McGregor has a rare

skill, which is to interweave the

various stories of the villages in a

way which is intricate, combined

with a very spare prose style, as

it feels as if he is merely detailing

the mundane, prosaic existences

of the inhabitants of any village

in Britain. We have love affairs,

marriages breaking up and petty

squabbles common to any small

community. For me, the most

pleasing aspect of this novel,

which deservedly won the Costa

prize last year, is the cyclical

nature of the chapters: the turn

of the year is described in terms

of flora and fauna, the routines

and necessities of farming

depicted with a keen eye, and

the ebb and flow of the seasons

beautifully conveyed, all of which

happen relentlessly, untroubled

by the tragic events depicted at

the start of the novel.

This is not a murder mystery.

It’s a murder and a mystery

but defies the confines of both


Reservoir 13

by Jon McGregor


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Top Things To Do

in the West End

by Tracy Mukherjee

With May and June filled to the seams with

activities for all ages, you won’t be bored in the

months to come. One word seems to describe

most of what will consume our lengthy days

ahead. Think FESTIVAL!

Top for All Things Wildlife

Can you believe that it’s 30 years since the

Glasgow Garden Festival? Many of us will

remember our school trip to ride on the Coca

Cola roller coaster or sitting outside Para

Handy’s cottage. It’s also five years since the

RSPB launched its Giving Nature a Home project.

Giving Nature a Home working with Kelvingrove

Park and Museum, inspire groups to take part in

conservation. To celebrate both anniversaries,

Glasgow City Council in conjunction with the

RSPB has a series of events planned in the

annual Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival,

Wildfest 2018. Both organisations want to

raise awareness of the green spaces in Glasgow

and the amazing amount of wildlife found on

our doorstep. Because of this landmark year,

WildFest will be running for three weeks, with

great outdoor activities. The annual festival, now

in its fifth year, encourages community gardens,

churches, schools in fact any groups to make the

most of the green spaces throughout the city.

WildFest has 40 groups holding events such as

walks, canoeing, art, science activities, open

community gardens, all to raise awareness of

Glasgow’s biodiversity. The event will showcase

just how much is being done by volunteers

across the city to encourage wildlife to flourish

by tending our dear, green place.

WildFest, Sat 12th May-Sun 3rd June


In the same vein, remember when playing in

the middle of the street was commonplace?

For one weekend in June, the good old

days return with the Street Play Weekend.

This initiative by Operation Play Outdoors and

Street Play Glasgow is supported by the City

Council and Glasgow Life. Various streets

throughout the city will be closed for children

and families to play safely. It’s unlikely that

hopscotch, kirby and skipping ropes will be top

of the bill, but we can dream! The Initiative hopes

that it will be a weekend where children can

reclaim their own streets to play in.

Street Play Weekend, Sat 23rd- Sun 24th June

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Top for Fitness

Making its first outing in the west the Sweat

It Festival jogs into SWG3 in May. “Choose

health, choose happiness” is the slogan for

the festival and with a timetable of events to

inspire even the most ardent of couch potatoes

(yip, that’s me) the day is guaranteed to be

enormously enjoyable. There really is something

for everyone: CrossFit, British Military Fitness

Bootcamp, boxing, climbing and parkour to name

but a few, will be available on the day. For the

more zen amongst us, there are a whole myriad

of yoga styles to try in the Yoga Den. After your

taster classes why not try a delicious juice from

the juice bars on site or some sumptuous bites

from the food stations? The Sweat It team has

thought of everything with healthy food demos

throughout the day where participants can learn

how to have nutritious, healthy meals without

missing out on taste. With guest DJs and DJs

from Pretty Ugly keeping the beats blasting,

there will also be a chance to browse the most

up to date fitness equipment with a number of

retailers attending the event. For tickets details

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

Top for Art

Running throughout May and June, Kelvingrove

Museum and Art Gallery will be presenting

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Making the

Glasgow Style. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary

of Rennie Mackintosh’s birth. In celebration, the

Kelvingrove exhibition takes a look back at the

life of the great artist and designer and how he

was influenced by the work of his predecessors

and contemporaries, with Glasgow being at the

core of his journey. With the most renowned

civic collections on show and previous works

which have never been on public display, the

exhibition has also been fortunate in obtaining

loans from private collections. This anniversary

event chronologically follows the development

of what would become Rennie Mackintosh’s

signature, The Glasgow Style, be it in ceramics,

glass, furniture or architecture. Aiming to inspire

audiences to seek out other buildings and

artwork by the great man, the exhibition will not

fail in its endeavour.

Making The Glasgow Style, Kelvingrove Museum

and Art Gallery, throughout May and June,


From 11th-13th May, Kelvingrove is also hosting

the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair. In its 4th

year, the fair sees collections from home and

abroad. Renowned artists mingle with up and

coming talent, with new and exciting work on

show for you to buy. On the Friday evening

there will be an exclusive preview event where,

accompanied by a glass of bubbly, you can

peruse the artwork available before the general

public opening. This will be a thoroughly

enjoyable event with artists and gallery owners

available for discussion.

Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair

Fri 11th-Sun 13th May

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery


Top for…Top Festival!!!

And FINALLY on the festival front, it’s the

festival to end all festivals; it’s the most

wonderful time of the year! No not Christmas.


From Friday 1st-Sun 24th of June, yet again, we

are reminded of what a great little community we

live in. Over the years one million visitors have

attended the festival. This year 350 events will

be held in 65 venues. Unfortunately, no parade

this year but the organisers have ensured that

many of our favourites have returned: Bard in

the Botanics, music at Oran Mor, the Open Air

Ceilidh as well as The Big Sunday family funday.

Highlights this year include a truly spectacular

choral singing festival held in the stunning

settings of the West End churches. There will

also be an Indian classical music concert at the

New Gurdwara on Berkeley Street. With artist

Luke Jerram showcasing his Museum of the

Moon at the Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church,

the 23 day festival is jam packed with delightful

dates for your delectation.

The West End Festival, Fri 1st - Sun 24th June


Running concurrently on 24th June, the Glasgow

Mela makes its annual return to Kelvingrove.

A firm favourite with local Westenders and

visitors from further afield, the festival stays

true to its winning formula with music, dance,

theatre performances and most importantly,

food. A dazzling multicultural festivity, long may

this celebration of diversity continue.

The Glasgow Mela, Sun 24th June


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Guilty Pleasures from

Westender’s American

in Glasgow

Pile loads of pineapple,

cut oranges and berries

on the board and let all

comers help themselves –

a buffet board brunch if

you will!

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Fried Donut Bourbon

French Toast: (Serves 8)

by Liberty Vittert


Shopping List

500mL single cream

4 eg gs

O' summer where art thou? What? Couldn’t hear

you? No answer? Fine. It figures. I’ll just have to

make it myself.

I wake on Saturday morning and its pretty

darn grey. What would spruce me up, put me in a

summery mood? French Toast? Eh, its been done.

Donuts? I’m over them. Booze? Too early to drink

pure. But, what if I put them together. BOOOOOM.

And here was born Fried French Toast Donuts

with a splash of booze. Now, for the sake of science,

I tried multiple donut providers. The American

import, the Canadian import, the homegrown

homemade babies, and after all that testing, I found

that the plain ole’ grocery store donuts were the

ones. (It was a tough job testing, but someone

had to do it….my waistline will

never be the same).

So grab some grocery donuts,

a few cupboard items that you

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Toast Donuts are going to put you

in a good mood no matter what it

looks like outside… I promise.




½ tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla bean

2 tbsp bourbon

4 tbsp icing sugar

16 donuts

cut pineapple, oranges and

a selection of berries



1. Whisk all of the ingredients well in a

deep dish.

2. Slice the donuts in half long ways.

Dip into the batter and let soak for

approximately 20 seconds. Shake off any

excess batter.

3. Melt the butter in a frying pan on

a medium heat, add your donuts. Cook

until they're golden brown on both sides.

(This should take about two minutes per





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@ Celino’s

Reviewed by

Roberto Parrucci

The West End has recently enriched

its selection of top restaurants with a

Glaswegian/Italian institution: Celino’s.

The family run business since 1982

– renowned for its Italian Deli in Alexandra

Parade - now has a Partick branch.

When you step into Celino’s what will

immediately strike you is the stunning deli

counter full of delicious delicatessen from all

over Italy. A shrine offering every precious

kind of cured meet, olives, artisan cheeses

and handmade street food and pastries from

Celino’s own Italian chefs.

Inside the Trattoria, the atmosphere is

relaxed and friendly thanks to the staff’s

typically Mediterranean approach, warm

and stress-free. It will embrace you as if you

were strolling around the streets of an Italian

historical city, popping in for dinner in a

typical Trattoria.

Moreish Grande Antipasto (minimum for

two persons) is sure to catch your eye. This

selection of cold and warm dishes titillates

the senses and will have you staring longingly

at the server bringing the tagliere (literally, the

wood chopping board). It offers a delicious

taste of the finest Italian cured meats,

freshly sliced from the counter, Celino’s own

homemade Porchetta and a selection of

artisan cheeses and vegetables.

Warm options complete the offer with

fried calamari, crispy seasoned polenta and

small handmade arancini and an incredible

breaded buffalo mozzarella. It’s so stretchy

and warm, it will melt in your mouth – all

served with their home-baked bread. This

option offers an incomparable combination of

great taste and food quantity. Rest assured

you won’t regret it.

Afterwards, we shared a ‘della casa’

(homemade) pasta dish. Caserecce with

Gorgonzola, castagne e funghi (gorgonzola

cheese and chestnuts in a rich, creamy

mushroom sauce) was too much of a

temptation to consider any lighter option.

We refreshed ourselves with a pint of the

Italian lager beer Menabrea, but surely, the

vast selection of regional Italian wines will

push you to become a real wine connoisseur.

From a light, zesty Pinot Bianco D.O.C.

from Friuli, to a full-bodied red Barolo

D.O.C.G. from Piemonte you will begin your

quest for the perfect wine match for the food


Ending this experience, I am caught by a

deep nostalgia of my time in Florence, so my

dessert of choice naturally falls onto Tuscan

Vinsanto and home-baked cantucci (almond

biscuits people often dip into sweet Vinsanto

wine). What truly special treat!

Celino’s deli and trattoria offer a choice

for everyone, as its motto ‘Tutto per tutti’

proclaims. You can either indulge yourself

at the counter for the best food ‘il bel paese’

has to offer, or as an option for takeaway.

For a quick breakfast or lunch, or sit in, relax

and enjoy the experience of an authentic

Italian trattoria in the heart of the West End.


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pick up a picnic at

I‘m writing these lines on a warm spring day

in April (yes, we did have one!) in optimistic

anticipation of the better weather to come in

May and June when this edition of Westender

Magazine will be out and being read.

Thoughts of upcoming festivals fill my head

and the memories to be made to warm my

soul this coming summer. A big part of these

memories will be re-exploring the wonders of

urban Glasgow and living, eating and playing


No small part of this will be the anticipation

of a tasty picnic in the great West End

outdoors. Food always tastes better eaten

outside, doesn’t it?

With no great love of limp sarnies crushed

in my backpack or bicycle panniers, I will be

heading to Wudon on Great Western Road

for healthy sustenance after a walk round

the Botanics Gardens or a cycle along the

Kelvin through Kevingrove Park – well it’s

sandwiched (sorry!) between the two so it

makes sense.

Wudon have a dedicated takeaway menu

with an array of picnicky delights to choose


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from. I’m a very recent convert to the fresh

and healthy delights of sushi. The Firecracker

is one of my favourites: salmon and apple in

spicy kimchi sauce rolled in tempura flakes.

A lovely wee sushi pick ‘n’ mix forms a great

backbone to any summer feasting.

Team these morsels up with a seafood or

tofu poke bowl packing a punch with hot

chilli, kimchi, or salty soy sauce. Personally

I’ll be adding the Mango Gone Nuts tossed

salad with crushed peanuts too. Or what

about the Japanese staple of Katsu Ga Lay

Fan: your choice of meat or prawn covered

in Japanese breadcrumbs with a mild curry

sauce on a bed of boiled rice? There’s

enough on offer to please everyone in the

crowd – you can pre-order too.

And if the rain starts it doesn’t matter,

Wudon also deliver though Deliveroo.

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@ Taphouse

Reviewed by

Emily Donoho

It’s pretty much a rule of Finnieston

restaurant and bar reviews that you have

to include a line about the ‘trendiness’ of

the area and mention how it has gone from

docklands and warehouses to a mecca of

restaurants and bars. I’m saying it in this

review because the Taphouse Bar and Grill

perfectly encapsulates the whole vibe of

Finnieston in 2018.

In its previous incarnation, it was the

Neighbourhood Bar and Grill, more of a

football pub with a Tex-Mex theme to its

menu, but owner Phil McDonald refurbished

and rebranded it last year to reflect the way

the neighbourhood was going. The TVs and

sofas are gone. Now the Taphouse has a

range of seating: a few booths, but mostly

high tables and wooden chairs while the wall

that once divided the restaurant into two

rooms is mostly gone, opening up the space.

The stone walls of the original building are

exposed in places, the trendy, yet rough;

new, yet vintage look. It’s the architectural

answer to the flat cap and flannel shirt.

They have a wide selection of craft beers

and gourmet burgers, hot dogs, and pizza.

I don’t think there is anything more hipster

than a gourmet burger (or even more so, a

hot dog: being American I can’t help but feel

‘gourmet hot dog’ is the biggest culinary

oxymoron to ever come out of a kitchen).

I ordered the incomparable bohemian

archetype of burgers, called Meat is Murder

on the menu, made with falafel, spinach

and sour cream. I asked for it with haggis

and undermined the whole message. The

waitress laughed when I told her I would

have Meat is Murder but with haggis. It was,

however, excellent haggis and falafel, and I

believe those are a combination that should

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be put together more often. The chips that

came with it were perfect, crunchy on the

outside and soft on the inside. All of the food

is reasonably priced, so you can have a night

out here without breaking the bank.

The drinks menu spoils you for choice.

They sell draught beers from all over, from

Blue Moon in Colorado to Paolozzi in Italy, as

well as the pub’s own brand Taphouse Lager

and two ever-changing guest ales. There are

even more bottled and canned beers and

ciders. The staff are knowledgeable about

the beer and more than happy to have a chat

about it. For those who like their spirits, it’s

not as much of a whisky pub as others in

the area, but the gin menu is mindboggling:

twenty-seven gins. They also have a selection

of tequilas, vodkas, and bourbons, some of

which look unusual and are probably quite


My only complaint with the place was

the background music playing on the PA.

It was too loud, making conversation difficult.

That’s a problem afflicting bars everywhere,

but for a pub whose atmosphere and

menu seem to encourage socialisation and

chat, the overly loud PA detracts from the


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Switching seamlessly from breakfast,

lunch to evening dinner service, Luke

Tracey and his dedicated team have

settled well into their Broomhill home on

Norby Road.

With a philosophy of using only the very

best local and seasonal produce, The Square

Bar & Restaurant is attuned to the seasons

in more ways than one – June’s Grad season

has it’s own celebration menu.

The four course menu comes in at £25

per person with a free glass of Prosecco

on arrival if you quote ‘Westender’ when

booking. With a choice of three starters

including Gin & Tonic cured salmon with

yellow beet relish, or chicken liver pate

crostini with a whisky and tomato chutney,

choosing to book is easy, choosing what to

have is the hard bit.

Starters are followed by a Champagne

sorbet prior to the main course choices of

roast Sirloin of beef and haggis dauphinoise

with a rosemary jus, or fillet of red snapper

on herb crushed baby potatoes in a beurre

blanc sauce, to name two of the four mouth

watering options.

And dessert, you ask? Sticky toffee

pudding, chocolate fudge cake, homemade

ice-cream anyone? There’s also salted

butterscotch sauce – did I mention that…?

Special Offer! Enjoy 20% off the

a la carte menu till 30th June 2018.

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for all disabilities

WORDS Hannah Westwater

When Scotland was hit by sub-zero

temperatures and unrelenting

blizzards earlier this year, our social

media feeds delighted at the sight of skiers

and snowboarders taking to whichever

steep incline they could reach. These were

demonstrations of strength, skill and fun

for the sake of it – something Disability

Snowsport UK aims to bring to those less

able all year round.

Launched four decades ago by CEO Fiona

Young, DSUK provides snow sports training

and excursions to those with physical,

sensory and learning disabilities. Fiona had

been working as a ski instructor in Aviemore,

but a visit to an adaptive ski school in

Colorado inspired her to bring the adaptive

course back to the UK, soon authorised

and approved by the British Association of

Snowsport Instructors (BASI). DSUK now

oversees six ski schools in the UK, including

a hub at Soar Intu Braehead’s Snow Factor.

Equality of opportunity is at the heart of

the charity’s vision, determined to cater for

any disability. ‘Fiona’s catchphrase is, ‘if

you can move your head, you can ski’, but

you don’t even have to be able to move your

head, really,’ says Braehead school manager

Louisa Oram. ‘If you can sit in a sitting or

reclined position, you can ski!’ Financial

accessibility is of importance to the charity

too, with lessons offered at less than half of

what they cost to run.

Louisa adds, ‘If we get someone with

a physical disability, we’ll watch how they

move. If someone is in a wheelchair, for

example, it’s likely they’ll require a sitski

– but not always! If they come in using

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crutches, we’ll provide handheld outriggers,

which are like crutches with skis on the end

that people can use for support and balance.

We’ve got different types of sit-skis that

can be used by people with different types

of disabilities. A wheelchair user with a

spinal injury might need to use a wheelchair

because they don’t have use of their legs, but

otherwise can be quite fit – they might use a

mono-ski, which takes some real upper-body

strength and co-ordination. But you can get

quite a lot of independence using it.’

She points out that DSUK’s work is just

as often about providing ‘the thrill and the

fun’ as it is to give training to those who want

it. The charity has taught 3,000 hours of

lessons in the past year, with around 700 of

those taking place at the Braehead school.

Some Team GB Paralympians came through

the organisation’s training, including Menna

Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight.

People come to DSUK for a variety of

reasons – ‘some families come because they

go on skiing holidays and want the whole

family to be able to ski together,’ says Louisa.

‘Some families come and none of them

have ever skied, but they heard about DSUK

and want that for their child’ – but in every

case, charity staff will work with the skiers to

identify and achieve their goals.

DSUK teams up with Crystal Ski to take

groups of disabled skiers abroad each year

– think destinations like Niederau in Austria

– where people with all levels of snow sport

accomplishment are welcome. ‘It’s just like

one big party,’ laughs charity fundraising lead

Alina Rennie.

She’s keen to emphasise the value in what

they provide, ‘A lot of people say, well, why

don’t you do some life-saving charity? There

are lots of that out there. This is sensory, for

the kids and adults, and it’s just incredible

what we do. It’s really emotional watching

them being given the opportunity to learn a

skill that they might previously have thought

inaccessible to them.’

As well as being run by a small team of

staff, the charity also relies on the hard work

of volunteers – filling a variety of roles, from

assisting on the slopes to managing ski gear

to being a friendly face ensuring skiers are

comfortable and happy. Volunteers also have

the option of going on to qualify as adaptive

instructors through the BASI programme.

33-year-old accommodation manager

Amanda was born with congenital muscular

dystrophy, a muscle wasting condition. She

said of her experience with DSUK, ‘Having

swapped a girls’ weekend for my first activity

week in Austria, I had a ball. The best part

was sitting at the top of the mountain ready

to ski down and just feeling like anyone else

up there.’

With many participants learning about

DSUK via word of mouth, the charity hopes to

bolster its fundraising activities and become

a recognisable figure of equality, respect and

adrenalin. Summer might be upon us, but

that won’t stop the snow sport enthusiasts

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It’s early summer and the festival season is upon us. With kids in tow,

Michele Gordon of thelanguagehub.co.uk, searches out the family friendly

options – glitter and face paints anyone?

For some time now, I have been trying to

introduce Ruby and Leon to some

classical music, or as they call it, ‘old

fashioned’ music. I do enjoy opera from

time to time but somehow, I feel I am so not

getting anywhere with this one. Leon keeps

asking me why these people sing so weirdly

and screech?

However, I have not quite given up and

thought I’d take them to the Kelvin Choir

Annual Spring Concert (12th May 7.30pm,

Hyndland Parish Church, G12 9JE,

hyndlandparishchurch.org) and who knows,

maybe they will enjoy a requiem more? They

are usually quite amazed by the organ at the

Art Galleries which gives me hope.

If this should indeed fail I know both of

them will definitely love the open air day

at Kelvingrove Park at the end of June

(Fiesta x FOLD 30th June-1st July 2018,

westendefiesta.co.uk). We have tickets

for the Saturday and to say I am excited is

an understatement. But who can blame me

when the line up features CHIC, Earth, Wind

& Fire and the Pointer Sisters? I have been

playing their songs regularly so that we all will

be able to sing along. By the way, children

under the age of 10 have free entry to the

festival and there will be lots of additional

children’s activities on offer so check it out.

However, if sport and keeping fit is

more your thing you should attend the

Sweatitfestival (SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place

G3 8QG, swg3.tv) on the 20th May. Tickets

are available for adults and the under 16s

for a series of different activities. As they

describe ‘it will be packed with inspiring

master trainers, sweat-dripping fitness

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classes and live food demos. We are

connecting the health and fitness community

and supporting the amazing independent

activity providers and products that Glasgow

and across Scotland have in this industry.’

It all sounds quite interesting and will

get you in shape for the start of June and

like every year the whole of June is full

of great events as part of the West End

Festival (1st-24th June, westendfestival.

co.uk). Personally, I will try to do some of

the historic walks this year, these can be

quite interesting also for kids who enjoy a

bit of history. At The Hub we will be running

a family workshop on Magical Bestiary of

Scotland on the 10th June from 1.30-3.30pm

(The Language Hub, 52 Keith Court,

G11 0QW, thelanguagehub.co.uk).

Sadly, the Byres Road parade will

remain a sight of the past but I am sure

there will still be a great mix of activities to

suit everyone. But if you prefer an outdoor

event you can always check out the Mela,

Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival of

music, dance, arts and food which is held

every year in Kelvingrove Park (24th June,

glasgowmela.com). This is a great way of


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learning more about all the different cultures

that have made Glasgow their home. And

if you enjoy the Mela you should definitely

also look up the programme for this year’s

Scottish Refugee Festival (15th-24th June,

scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk) and find

some events scheduled in and around


The Hub was awarded funding by the

Scottish Refugee Council to hold a free

event on hearing stories and sharing food as

part of the festival. So come along and join

us in celebrating our community‘s diversity

(17th June 1.30-3pm).

The above is certainly a great lead up to

the summer holidays, and if we manage all

events we will certainly need one. So, have

a fabulous time and enjoy the sun when

it comes!




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by Susan




We’re more connected across continents and borders

than ever before and we can freely travel in a way that

wasn’t available to even a generation before ours. How

can we bring a taste of this into our Glasgow homes?

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Air travel has become a part of life rather than

the extravagant luxury it used to be. I was in my

20s before I took my first flight, but my daughter

had flown several times before she could walk.

The cultural change towards the world getting

smaller should be embraced in every way in

my opinion, including learning how to reflect

different ideas and tastes into our lives and


Each country has a range of ‘typical’ types

of housing, Glasgow has its red tenements,

Aberdeen – the granite city. We’ve developed

our sense of place and home around available

materials and practical needs, mixed in with

cultural styles and traditional arts and crafts.

And the same goes across the world.

As we create spaces within our own homes,

we often inadvertently and quite rightly reflect

our personalities into our living spaces, but

part of that is also reflecting our travels and

experiences in the items we display around us.

We often also bring back ideas and ‘atmospheres’

of places that we can then bring into our own

lives. Who doesn’t want a splash of sunny

memories raising a smile in a dull Glasgow

living room on a rainy day?

We could be reflecting travels, remembering

distant relatives, showcasing souvenirs,

caressing memories, or favourite dreams or

hopes of places to escape to in a rose-tinted

world. Or – we could just really like some of the

palettes and influences we’ve seen in films and

online. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty of

inspiration to be found across the world and

effortlessly interspersed into the West End.

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One of the wonderful things about taking

flavours of places, is picking ingredients

from various places and mixing them into an

eclectic harmony. The key is being selective

and thoughtful so that you create a smooth

atmosphere and not a mismatch botch up.

As always look at palettes across different

continents. Pick up warm pinks and rusty

terracottas, mix that with colourful fabric and

pottery, and complement with chunky, ornate

wooden furniture and you’re already picking up

themes used across various countries.

I particularly love the artistic patterns created

in tiles that you see in different ways all over

the world. From cooling ornate floor tiles in

sunny countries to Mackintosh-inspired wall

art in Glasgow closes, it’s an under-appreciated

art form in my opinion. I’m enjoying a newfound

craft in glass and tile painting, and there

are such fantastic ways to use these to make a

practical wall or floor become really beautiful or

add further flourish to a fire surround or splashsafe


Pick brown wood furniture in ornate styles

– even if you’re only able to incorporate one

item like this, pick a unique one. Either dark

wood, or naturally distressed, or even brightly

painted. It’s easy to bring a tealy turquoise,

yolky yellow, or dusky pink in here. Make sure

you think about the other colours and keep

them restrained against cool chalky whites and

natural wooden, or tiled floors.

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And if you don’t fancy bringing these

influences into your home, you can certainly

make them work well in your outdoor spaces.

Especially in city areas that might mean little

patios or balconies. A whitewash of walls and

an artistic use of floor tiles can turn a dingy

corner into a Mediterranean oasis. Complement

with lots of bulky coloured ceramic pots full

of leafy plants. Finish with some ornate black

metal garden furniture and you’re in a different


As always, think about all the senses and grab

a fresh scented candle to bring a spicy touch or

a seaside note to the atmosphere. Remember

texture and fabrics and layer up bold colourful

prints and soft rugs. Complement this with

rustic linen curtains and hessian cushions

and you are on the way to creating a truly

international atmosphere in your own West

End haven. And of course – add in any of your

favourite memories. Get those snaps into

print and framed to really bring the travel

experiences and dreams with you in your life

and home.

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Beauty in the Botanics

We’re lucky enough to live in an area that is a lovely

mix of urban and greenery, and it’s that time of

year when we want to bring touches of the outside

indoors. So there are plenty of inspiring products to

be found in the West End to bring that nod to nature

into our homes for the new season.


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Your home in our hands

We don’t only do ‘bricks and mortar’, we also do bedrooms,

hidey-holes and outdoor spaces

When people put their homes in our

hands, we know that we’re part of a

big moment in their lives. Selling

up, house-hunting, moving somewhere

new: these events can be a time of great

excitement and of some stress, too. They

want to feel sure that we’ll secure a pain-free

sale at the best price and truly understand

their situation when they’re on the move

– in short, that we really get the picture.

Well, we got just that from one of our

clients. The drawing shown was sent to us

by the daughter of a customer, soon after

a successful sale was confirmed for them.

We’ll let the image speak for itself, but we

hope it reflects the fact that we’re genuinely

interested in the people we work for and

seek to understand the thoughts of everyone

involved, whatever their age. So although we

don’t have magic powers, we do try to be


Our team of local experts also appreciate

the range of things that matter when families

are moving home. Kids don’t do ‘bricks

and mortar’, but they do care about

bedrooms, hidey-holes and outdoor

spaces. Alongside the financial facts,

most grown-ups are reassured by our

neighbourhood knowledge, which means

we can advise on everything from nearby

schools to leisure facilities, transport links

to foodie hotspots.

Our approach to estate agency ensures

that we cover every issue for everybody in

every household we deal with. It’s about

making a sale as straightforward as possible

and moving as smooth as can be. Because at

Corum, we’re not just concerned with selling

properties – we really care about the people

in them too.

Corum West End

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Win an IDEAL day out to

Scotland’s best loved

homes exhibition

The Ideal Home Show Scotland is set to

return to Glasgow’s SEC from 31 May

– 3 June 2018 for another year of topclass

home and garden inspiration.

To celebrate we’re giving five lucky

readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to

the show, which is the biggest and best of its

kind in Scotland.

Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect

finishing touches or looking for inspiration

ahead of redecorating your home, there is

something for everyone. Covering interiors,

home renovations, DIY, gardens, food and

drink, technology, lifestyle and kitchenware,

you’ll find it all under one roof at this awardwinning


Highlights this year include the ‘Innovation

Home connected by Scottish Gas’ – a lifesize

show home masterpiece which focuses

on the theme of transformation. Making

a welcome return for a second year is the

‘Eat & Drink Festival’, a food nirvana within

the show. With chef masterclasses and

selections of Scotland’s best produce at the

Artisan Producers Market, it is set to be the

perfect digestif to your day out.

Visitors can also expect to see famous

faces from the world of homes and interiors

throughout the show, including Phil Spencer,

Rosemary Shrager, David Domoney, Amanda

Lamb, John Amabile and Kunle Barker.

Visit idealhomeshowscotland.co.uk,

for more information.

WIN! For your chance to win a

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23rd May’18 and click on Competitions.

Ts&Cs: This competition is open to all adults over

the age of 18. Winners will be chosen at random;

this decision is final. Prize is one pair of tickets to

the Ideal Home Show Scotland and Eat & Drink

festival. Prize is only valid for one day. This prize

has no cash alternative, is non-refundable and nonexchangeable.

Travel is not included. Ideal Home

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With no limits to the colours and

styles we can use in our homes,

Susan Robertson looks at the key

colour trends for the upcoming

season, and how we can be brave

with colour in our homes.

by Susan Robertson

As we get braver with

the furniture, the walls

are stepping up to the

challenge too!

Gone are the days of the rules about colour.

‘Red and green should never be seen’ but it’s

one of my favourite colour combinations.

Different schools of thought on how you

choose hues for above and below a traditional

picture rail, and whether you paint or strip

your woodwork have been challenged and

changed over the years as the trends alter and

we become more empowered to do our own




I remember when the ‘feature wall’ seemed

really ground-breaking, that ability to splash

colour or pattern in a way never done before

seemed really bold at the time, but everything

moves on and the feature wall is another

distant memory. We’re much bolder than that


The ‘safe’ magnolias and creams have given

way to warm greys, lilacs and blacks as neutral


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And the types of paints we have

available not only open up the

options of limitless colours, but

also additional textures. You can

have a soft chalky matt look, or

a silky sheen, or even a suedette

wall! These all add extra depth and

distinction to any colour.

The key palette of the season

just now incorporates deep, dark

hues, and rich bold colours. Mix

it up a bit. Go really dark on the

walls and contrast with pale floors.

Deep dark navy looks great on the

walls and accent this with vibrant

colourful velvet cushions, or

statement furniture in more bright

colours. Super-dark navy, or deep

rich purple look great this way.

Think of mysterious stormy nights,

and luxurious purple chocolate


Don’t be afraid to put more than

one vibrant colour in the room

either, it’s surprising how good

things can look if you’re just a bit

fearless about it.

Then enters my absolute favourite

colours of the moment – the vibrant

bright green and the luscious

creamy mustards we’re starting to

see gracing the magazine covers

and pinterest pages. We first saw

these colours coming in through

statement furniture – delicious

velvet chairs and sofas in the boldest

of colours were previously unseen

before the last few years.

I remember the challenge I had

when trying to source a brightly

coloured sofa only a few years ago

and couldn’t get beyond beiges and

greys, or the odd tartan. Places

like IKEA used to have more fabric

options but there were very few

standout colourful pieces on the

high street.

That’s far from the case now

– the colours are striding in and

the vibrant velvet tub chairs that

the West End introduced to us, in

fuchsia, turquoise and yellows, have

already featured in these

very pages. And as we get braver

with the furniture, the walls are

stepping up to the challenge too

and complementing the statement

by receding into a strong darkness

or standing side-by-side in a bright


My absolute favourite colour this

season is the green. It’s really fresh

and grassy, not in any way insipid,

really in-your-face shouty green

like a can of Heineken and it looks

just fantastic against a deep, dark

backdrop. Then hues of that layer

up well too, taking you into teal and

turquoise tones. Stick that next to a

chunky mustard lamp or accessory

and you’d think it wouldn’t work but

it does.

Don’t restrict yourself though,

just go with what works for your

room and your sensibilities.

Remember how different colours

make you feel, how much ‘clash’ can

you handle or do you prefer a more

traditional, harmonious palette

– just make sure that you pick what

works for you. Personally – deep,

dark navy walls and a bright green

velvet sofa would make me feel

happy, add a huge red lamp and I

might even chuckle.

This is the season to think

theatrically about colour. It’s like

setting the scene for an exciting

mystery, full of intense atmosphere,

with surprising twists and plenty of


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