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Contents<br />

Regulars<br />

4 Editor’s letter<br />

48 Charity feature:<br />

Disability Snowsport UK<br />

51 Mum’s Notebook<br />

Fashion & beauty<br />

8 Eighties rewind<br />

34 WIN! At Rainbow<br />

Room International<br />

Going out<br />

24 West End Live<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

35 Top Things<br />

Food & drink<br />

42 Sweet Liberty<br />

44 Restaurant Review:<br />

Celino’s<br />

46 Bar Review:<br />

Taphouse Bar & Kitchen<br />

Westender shopping<br />

27 Father’s Day gifts<br />

Art & culture<br />

28 Writers Reveal<br />

meets Stuart Cosgrove<br />

32 Cover to cover<br />

Westender business<br />

16 Business:<br />

Birthday businesses<br />

Westender living<br />

52 Interiors article:<br />

International inspiration<br />

56 Beauty in the botanics<br />

59 WIN! Tickets to<br />

The Ideal Home Show<br />

61 Brave palettes

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

C<br />

elebrating each passing decade is<br />

something I’ve always found<br />

challenging – but since it’s not my<br />

age we’re celebrating (21 again, if you care to<br />

know!) I’m absolutely delighted.<br />

Westender Magazine first hit West End<br />

streets in May 2008. At that time I had no<br />

idea how it would be received but I couldn’t<br />

have anticipated then what a fixture of the<br />

local calendar it would become. When<br />

stockists heave a sigh of relief as I drop off<br />

the next batch because they’ve already been<br />

asked three times that morning ‘when are you<br />

getting the new Westender in?’ my heart truly<br />

flips.<br />

So much has changed over the last<br />

decade at Westender – the biggest being<br />

featuring our own fashion shoots shot by our<br />

uber talented photographer, Gregor Reid.<br />

We go all 80s for the latest shoot up at Park<br />

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

fashion retailers right now and is sure to see<br />

us through to the autumn.<br />

And for more Westender Magazine<br />

insights have a read of Loraine Patrick’s<br />

Birthday Businesses article on Page 16<br />

– Westender isn’t the only local business<br />

celebrating a significant anniversary.<br />

Above: Suzanne Martin, Westender editor.<br />

Below: Westender’s 10th Anniversay cover<br />

model, Issy Johnston from coloursagency.com,<br />

with Westender fashion shoot team<br />

As we head towards early summer there<br />

are gigs and festivals galore to look forward<br />

to. Greg Kane covers the West End gigs line<br />

up from the Cuban Brothers through to Katy<br />

Perry (Page 24), while Tracy Mukherjee takes<br />

us through our numerous event options for<br />

early summer on pages 35 and 36. From the<br />

West End Festival to the Mela and Wildfest<br />

2018, we are not short of choices – bring<br />

it on!<br />

I’m not going to get mushy but I must<br />

take this opportunity to say ‘thanks’. Thanks<br />

to all the contributors to the magazine over<br />

the last, sometimes challenging, ten years.<br />

A huge thanks to all my regular advertisers<br />

– some of whom have supported me from<br />

the very start, that’s commitment. But most<br />

importantly, many thanks to all the loyal<br />

Westender readers whose enthusiasm for<br />

their local magazine has propelled us ever<br />

onwards, I always try to remember why I<br />

am doing this job and for who. I love that<br />

you don’t let me forget that. Happy 10th<br />

anniversary to us all!<br />

Suzanne Martin<br />

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raise a glass for three business celebrations<br />

It’s party time here at Westender Magazine HQ – Happy 10th Birthday<br />

to us! As The University Cafe celebrates 100 years serving locals from<br />

their iconic Byres Road eaterie, travel agency Paul McCarroll<br />

House of Travel opens their doors for the first time on Great<br />

Western Road. Loraine Patrick chats to them all and<br />

discovers what it takes to be successful in 2018.<br />

Ten years ago the first edition of this<br />

magazine hit the streets of Glasgow’s<br />

West End and it has gone from strength<br />

to strength ever since. Starting life as a<br />

Community Times franchise for Glasgow<br />

West, it has grown into a well known and<br />

well loved local resource for advertisers and<br />

readers alike.<br />

‘I hadn’t seen a magazine representative<br />

of the West End,’ says Suzanne Martin on her<br />

decision to quit her job and start publishing<br />

a bi-monthly magazine. ‘There was a lot of<br />

information and leaflets out there but nothing<br />

that collated everything. I was on my second<br />

maternity leave and had nothing to lose.’<br />

It has been a huge learning curve she<br />

continues. ‘My background wasn’t in<br />

publishing, so I am glad I started with an<br />

established business model. Within a couple<br />

of years the franchise went bust so I carried<br />

on independently. I found my own printing<br />

company, taught myself to use a magazine<br />

layout programme and carried on with a<br />

name and layout change.’<br />

Initially Suzanne did everything herself,<br />

from the photography to the writing, the sales<br />

and the distribution. Gradually writers and<br />

contributors have come on board, the most<br />

recent recruit has been courier company<br />

Outspoken Delivery who help with the bimonthly<br />

drop offs. ‘I am a decade older,’<br />

Suzanne laughs, ‘my knees and my fingers<br />

are feeling it, and that delivery trolley just gets<br />

heavier!’<br />

Indeed in the current climate where print<br />

runs are ceasing and newspaper circulations<br />

are declining – Westender is bucking the<br />

trend. Last year the magazine increased its<br />

readership, growing from 10,000 to 12,000<br />

copies in print every two months.<br />

Much of the magazine’s success Suzanne<br />

attributes to the eyecatching visuals which<br />

have become an integral part of each<br />

edition. In-house photographer Gregor Reid<br />

plays a huge part in determining how each<br />

edition will look and came up with the idea<br />

of the fashion pages as a way to make the<br />

magazine stand out, as well as a format for<br />

local retailers and advertisers to showcase<br />

their stock.<br />

He picks up, ‘the fashion shoot also gives<br />

us a front cover image so stunning people<br />

want to keep the magazine sitting around.<br />

With social media being so saturated a high<br />

quality physical copy of the magazine is really<br />

important. Although we have a website and<br />

social media pages we are not only an online<br />

magazine. There is nothing quite like holding<br />

a print copy.’<br />

It’s a real team effort these days and the<br />

idea of having titles doesn’t make sense<br />

Suzanne says. ‘As editor I just do what needs<br />

to be done, and Gregor is much more than<br />

a photographer, he is always looking at the<br />

design, how it works and how it could be<br />

made better.’<br />

Gregor laughs, ‘she hates it when I<br />

suggest changes. We don’t fall out but we will<br />

both stand our ground. We can disagree over<br />

something as simple as a comma, a colour or<br />

a font. We both feel that passionately about<br />

the magazine.’

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Staying united through the ups and downs<br />

of running a business is something local<br />

Italian family the Verrecchias know all about,<br />

as the family celebrate their 100th year of<br />

being in business with The University Cafe.<br />

Co-owner Gino, who runs the cafe alongside<br />

his older twin brothers, is quietly proud<br />

they are the third generation to serve local<br />

customers<br />

‘Its amazing its still in the family,’ he says,<br />

‘it really means something. People who<br />

come here don’t want a big fancy coffee<br />

shop where they sit in the window. It’s old<br />

fashioned in here and our food is homemade.<br />

We don’t change the menu, we cook food just<br />

as we always have and don’t serve anything<br />

that’s been frozen.’<br />

The cafe is something of an institution.<br />

It features in paintings. It has been recreated<br />

in the Transport Museum and is one of the<br />

most recognisable shop fronts on Byres<br />

Road. Fitted out in 1918 by ship’s carpenter<br />

(and Gino’s father) Alfredo in luxury liner style,<br />

his hand carved art deco wood panelling still<br />

line the walls of the cafe alongside ice cream<br />

awards and memorabilia dating back through<br />

ten decades.<br />

‘I have been here my whole life,’ Gino<br />

smiles. ‘I came here straight from school.<br />

I was dragged into the business, filling in for<br />

my dad, and I have grown up here. When I<br />

was much younger I bought a motorbike and<br />

working here helped pay for it.’<br />

Customers love the nostalgia of the place.<br />

It’s a trip down memory lane. ‘One of our<br />

oldest customers was 101. He came here<br />

all his life and loved our minestrone soup.<br />

He travelled all over and never found soup as<br />

good as ours. Because our recipes stay the<br />

same, people come back time and time again<br />

for their favourite dish.’<br />

The family are busy working on plans on<br />

how to celebrate the Cafe’s 100th birthday.<br />

‘I would love to give something back to our<br />

regular customers,’ Gino says. ‘We have<br />

had incredible support from the community<br />

in recent years when times have been a bit<br />


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Round the corner on Great Western Road<br />

Paul McCarroll from House of Travel hopes<br />

to have a lasting impact on the area too. He<br />

shares his story.<br />

A hundred years on from his Great-<br />

Grandfather David Ramage opening a<br />

grocers in the West End, he has started up<br />

his own business – a Travel Agency – aiming<br />

to inspire and cater for all needs.<br />

‘Did he ever think his great grandson<br />

would have a shop on the very same street?’<br />

Paul proudly asks. ‘We talk about how hard<br />

we all work nowadays, but those days were<br />

tough. If it was a slow day in the shop that<br />

was it – if it’s a slow day for us at least we will<br />

still be doing business online and through our<br />

Facebook page’.<br />

Paul has all the gusto and enthusiasm of<br />

starting a business in an industry he loves,<br />

with years of experience as a manager<br />

with Thomas Cook and TUI. ‘It’s always<br />

an exciting time to work in travel. It’s not<br />

massively well paid so you have to be<br />

passionate about it. Customers will come in<br />

with so much more knowledge now, or having<br />

booked a holiday themselves, but the one<br />

thing you cannot buy on the internet is trust.’<br />

He goes on to say, ‘there are high<br />

demands for protection these days. We offer<br />

ATOL cover so if anyone goes bust their<br />

money is completely safe. We also never<br />

share information. Yes you can go online and<br />

book a cheap flight but then you have to add<br />

your baggage, get charged for changes and<br />

different things. There are no hidden extras<br />

with us. We are all about added value and<br />

being transparent and honest.’<br />

The beautiful decor may suggest this is a<br />

Travel Agency just for high-end destinations.<br />

There is a private pod for larger bookings or<br />

clients looking for a bit of privacy but Paul<br />

is keen to point out this is a travel agent for<br />

everyone. ‘I think customers like to come in<br />

and be inspired. Most modern Travel Agents<br />

have done away with big desks and brochure<br />

racks but we have deliberately kept them.<br />

At the end of the day we are a shop and the<br />

brochures showcase what we do. Customers<br />

love to have a look and feel inspired.’<br />

Three milestones in three very different<br />

businesses. House of Travel just opening and<br />

looking forward to big things, Gino reflecting<br />

on how 100 years have shaped his family<br />

and cafe, and Suzanne and Gregor planning<br />

where the magazine will go next. Watch this<br />

space readers – the sky’s the limit!<br />

westendermagazine.com<br />

The University Cafe, 87 Byres Road<br />

Paul McCarroll House of Travel<br />

655 Great Western Road

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Words from Donald Reid, chairman at Mitchells Roberton:<br />

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As in all commercial industries there are good and bad operators.<br />

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LIVE<br />

May<br />

The Cuban Brothers<br />

Wednesday 2nd May 7.30pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Damien Hirst, Robbie Williams<br />

and Elton John have all hired The<br />

Cuban Brothers to add a little<br />

crazy Caribbean/David Lynch/<br />

Chippendales hybrid fun to their<br />

after show parties. UK soulstress<br />

Mica Paris has also sang with<br />

them on their 2013 dance floor<br />

filler So Sweet. But what are The<br />

Cuban Brothers? According to their<br />

biog they are '… entertainment<br />

personified. They will make you<br />

laugh, sing along, cry with joy, wet<br />

your pants and shake your booty.'<br />

That sounds like a good night out to<br />

me and if you flick through the songs<br />

on their Spotify page the 70s funk<br />

infused hip hop and soul that comes<br />

bursting through your speakers just<br />

makes you want to get up and dance.<br />

The tracks are really that good.<br />

Seemingly the live show is not for<br />

the faint hearted though so do some<br />

YouTube rummaging before you commit<br />

to going.<br />

They are celebrating 20 years in<br />

the entertainment business with a 10<br />

date Scottish tour this spring.<br />

Choice Tracks: The Cuban Brothers<br />

'So Sweet'<br />

Rhys Lewis<br />

Monday 7th May 7pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

There’s quite a lot of decent 'blue<br />

eyed soul' kicking around just<br />

now, like Tom Misch, Tom Odell, JP<br />

Ruggieri, Sampha and 25 year old,<br />

Oxford born Rhys Lewis sits very<br />

comfortably with this lot. What I<br />

like most about all of them is the<br />

respect they pay to Jazz. 'Jazz is the<br />

teacher, soul is the preacher' is a<br />

mantra which has served me well over<br />

the years and looks like it’s still<br />

going strong today. With his Jude<br />

Law-like good looks, his handle on<br />

old school jazz and soul, the iconic<br />

Decca Records backing him and an<br />

impressive collection of vintage<br />

Gibson guitars at his disposal, I<br />

think Rhys Lewis has a rosey future<br />

ahead of him.<br />

Choice track: Rhys Lewis<br />

‘Be Your Man’<br />

Ray LaMontagne<br />

Monday 14th May 6.30pm<br />

SEC Armadillo, sec.co.uk<br />

I watched a live music TV show called<br />

Songwriters Circle a few years<br />

back, the format of which consisted<br />

of three artists sitting on a stage<br />

together taking it in turns to perform<br />

their songs. On one episode they<br />

pitted David Gray, Ray LaMontagne<br />

and KT Tunstal against each other.<br />

I felt so sorry for the other two as<br />

LaMontagne out-played, out-emoted<br />

and out-sang both of them by quite<br />

some margin, his natural talent they<br />

just couldn’t compete with. That<br />

voice! He has one of those 'could sing<br />

the phonebook' voices.<br />

Ray LaMontagne is one of the most<br />

probing and introspective singer/<br />

songwriters of his generation and<br />

he’s out on a 40 date world tour<br />

promoting his seventh Studio album<br />

Part Of The Light.<br />

Choice Track: Ray LaMontagne<br />

'Such A Simple Thing'

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by Greg Kane<br />

June<br />

Laura Veirs<br />

Tuesday 5th June 7pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Laura Veirs is a 40-something<br />

American singer/songwriter from<br />

Colorado. She didn’t however come to<br />

music until well into her 20s having<br />

studied Mandarin Chinese at college<br />

and after her graduation, worked as<br />

a translator in China. She describes<br />

her music as 'old country/folk' but I<br />

hear more to it than that, contemporary<br />

grooves and large filmic soundscapes<br />

are all over her records making for a<br />

more bewitching musical offering.<br />

Her music has appeared on many end<br />

of year critics’ lists and has been used<br />

in the hugely successful The Vampire<br />

Diaries TV show, so it’s producers must<br />

have heard what I hear.<br />

Choice track: Laura Veirs<br />

'Everybody Needs You'<br />

Demi Lovato<br />

Wednesday 13th June 6.30pm<br />

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com<br />

I’d never heard of Demi Lovato but<br />

according to her Grammy award<br />

winning producer Oak Felder, 'she’s a<br />

real superstar!'<br />

Simon Cowell seems to think so too<br />

as he pays her $2million a year for her<br />

musical opinions on the US X Factor<br />

Show so she must know something about<br />

music then. After some digging I found<br />

out she used to like drugs … a lot …<br />

she was a Disney Corp. starlet … she’s<br />

prone to acts of violence … she’s had<br />

a few trips to rehab and is fond of<br />

smoking the odd cigar or two now and<br />

again. She’s basically your archetypal<br />

fiery latino songstress. Her music<br />

is high energy pop/R’n’B but there’s<br />

something here that makes her a bit<br />

more edgier than the others that do<br />

this. I guess that’s what makes her a<br />

real superstar. A proper, in your face,<br />

unapologetic diva. You go girl.<br />

Choice Track: Demi Lovato<br />

'Sorry Not Sorry'<br />

Katy Perry<br />

Sunday 24th June 6.30pm<br />

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com<br />

My 5 year old daughter loves Katy<br />

Perry. Because of this we can pull off<br />

a fairly decent duet version of her<br />

hit song Roar – an epiphanic, femaleempowerment<br />

song if ever there was<br />

one! 34 year old Katy Perry is a very<br />

successful, hardworking musician and<br />

business woman. Musicians only really<br />

earn if they are out playing live now,<br />

that’s where the best opportunity is to<br />

maximise your income. The norm is for<br />

bands to make roughly £3 per head on<br />

merchandise at any gig, Katy Perry?<br />

£15 per head! She regularly plays over<br />

100 concerts every year all over the<br />

world. Now that’s a lot of T-Shirts and<br />

mugs sold.<br />

Not bad for a Santa Barbara native<br />

who dropped out of high school at<br />

15 and a child of strict Pentecostal<br />

Christian parents. Incidentally, I can’t<br />

wait for my daughter to drop out of<br />

school in her teens to pursue a musical<br />

career … over my dead body!<br />

Choice track: Katy Perry 'Roar'

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… to dad, with love<br />

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Why not team a pair up with a Warrior’s mug from Spirito?<br />

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Writer’s Reveal<br />

meets Stuart Cosgrove<br />


Afamiliar face on the media scene<br />

and very familiar voice on the radio<br />

Stuart Cosgrove regularly has listeners<br />

laughing out loud or phoning up to complain<br />

about the state of Scottish football. As cohost<br />

(with Tam Cowan) of Off The Ball, the<br />

media personality is never short of a word or<br />

two to say about the beautiful game.<br />

His passion for his home team<br />

St Johnstone is legendary, and his lifelong<br />

support makes him cherish the small<br />

moments. ‘We won the Scottish Cup in 2014,’<br />

he says. ‘But I have pretty much gone my<br />

whole life with them losing,’ he says gamely.<br />

Football he cares about but it is soul<br />

music that has really shaped his life, hence<br />

our meeting over a pot of tea at his home in<br />

Glasgow’s East End to discuss the middle<br />

book in his trilogy on soul music and social<br />

change. Memphis 68: The Tragedy of<br />

Southern Soul is the tale of one city, two<br />

high profile deaths, countless hit records and<br />

the rise and fall of Stax records. It covers 12<br />

months of civil unrest, race riots and political<br />

assassination.<br />

Awarded music book of the year, winning<br />

the Penderyn Prize this April, Memphis 68<br />

is sandwiched between Detroit 67: The Year<br />

that Changed Soul and Harlem 69: The<br />

Future of Soul which comes out this Autumn.<br />

Memphis in 1968 is remembered for two<br />

tragedies – the assassination of civil rights<br />

leader Martin Luther King as he stood on the<br />

second floor balcony of his motel, and the fall<br />

out from the death in a plane crash of soul<br />

superstar Otis Redding, who at only 26 was<br />

already huge on the music scene.<br />

The same year, thousands of miles away<br />

across the Atlantic Stuart was a teenager<br />

growing up on a housing estate in Letham<br />

in Perth experiencing his first taste of soul<br />

music. ‘My older sister was a mod and in the<br />

60s in Scotland there was a network of youth<br />

clubs in housing schemes. The club in my<br />

local community centre had a Friday night<br />

disco for teenagers. It played mostly Motown<br />

but I quickly discovered there was a whole<br />

hinterland of other stuff that wasn’t in the<br />

charts,’ he chuckles.<br />

The obsession with American soul<br />

deepened as he went to study first at Hull<br />

University followed by a post graduate<br />

scholarship to a University in Washington<br />

DC. He became immersed in the culture, the<br />

collecting of rare vinyl, the club nights and<br />

fanzine scene and developed a reputation for<br />

being one of the foremost writers on Northern<br />

Soul. This led to more established black<br />

music writing and eventually a job at NME.<br />

‘Northern Soul is a tough subculture to<br />

get into,’ Stuart laughs, ‘it’s prone to internal<br />

wars and disputes over absolute minutae, but<br />

people trusted me as I wrote as a fan from<br />

the inside.’ The recent end of the print run<br />

of NME has left him feeling nostalgic about<br />

the early days. ‘It is like your school closing,<br />

you have that sort of warmth about it – even<br />

though a lot of the time I was in dispute over<br />

the funk versus indie coverage. Clearly I had<br />

my view,’ he says wryly.<br />

As a Smash Hits rather than NME kind<br />

of girl I wonder who Memphis 68 is aimed<br />

at. ‘There is a core readership of music<br />

fans,’ he admits, ‘but the trilogy is much<br />

more than that. In lots of ways readers have<br />

been starved of books that put music in its<br />

cultural context. I wrote a book a few years<br />

ago (Young Soul Rebels) on the Northern<br />

Soul scene in England and it prefaces Brexit.<br />

It touches on some of the really big tensions<br />

in industrial urban Britain.’<br />

In America it’s a different story he<br />

continues, with the soul scene being<br />

completely fragmented. ‘Race over there<br />

is so splintered, there is obviously a black<br />

American music scene but people are more

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interested in its present than its history.<br />

There are books on Black Lives Matter and<br />

contemporary issues, but not so much on<br />

traditional soul.’<br />

It was a mammoth research task to bring<br />

this book together. We learn the personal<br />

stories of the well known and the ordinary<br />

characters who made up the city. In the<br />

opening chapter we meet Roosevelt Jamison<br />

who ran the lnterstate Blood Bank, and<br />

clearly see the level of segregation that<br />

existed in Memphis. In those days blood was<br />

donated along racial lines.<br />

Much of the fact finding was done in<br />

America, reminding Stuart of how little<br />

can actually be found online. The idea<br />

that everything cannot be googled is eye<br />

opening for a generation growing up to ask<br />

the internet. ‘I spent weeks poring over old<br />

newspapers and found out about people<br />

I would never have found anywhere else.<br />

Google is ok, but you need to be able to dig<br />

much deeper.’<br />

He continues, ‘my partner thinks that I am<br />

never happier than when I am surrounded by<br />

books. She thinks I am socially dysfunctional<br />

and that I like being immersed in a bubble<br />

and I do think there is some truth in that.<br />

I love research because I can go into a library<br />

and sit for hours on end and be perfectly<br />

happy. She is a social butterfly and I am the<br />

opposite.’<br />

So ironically for someone so outgoing and<br />

funny, working alone suits Stuart down to the<br />

ground, and at home surrounded by work,<br />

books and his extensive record collection<br />

is a pretty good place to be. ‘I love it round<br />

here,’ he says. ‘Dennistoun has the highest<br />

concentration of contemporary artists in<br />

Europe – I like to joke with the neighbours<br />

that it is humiliating going to pick up our<br />

milk as I am the only one who has not been<br />

nominated for the Turner Prize!’<br />

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Compared to the West End it has an<br />

industrial history rather than a university one.<br />

‘When I first came here twenty years ago<br />

the area was in decline but it has become<br />

useful for young couples, students, lecturers<br />

who want a bigger house but cannot afford<br />

West End prices. It’s a great place to live,’ he<br />

laughs.<br />

‘There is a perception of me that is just<br />

a mask,’ he concludes. ‘I walk my boy to<br />

school each morning and speak to everyone.<br />

Everyone knows me. But I am happy alone.’<br />

He goes back to music to explain it. ‘There<br />

are three great records written by Smokey<br />

Robinson: Tears of a Clown, The Tracks of my<br />

Tears and The Love I Saw In You Was Just A<br />

Mirage. All three songs are about disguise.<br />

People having inner and outer personalities.’<br />

So where does this leave our beloved<br />

Off the Ball? If it was a choice between<br />

continuing with the radio show or writing<br />

books Stuart is very clear. ‘If someone put<br />

a gun to my head and said it’s writing or the<br />

radio, I would without doubt write another<br />

book. Sorry Tam!’<br />

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1<br />




Denise Mina made her name with the Garnethill<br />

trilogy and has won several awards for her crime<br />

fiction over the years. This latest book, her first foray<br />

into true crime, deservedly won the McIlvanney Prize<br />

for Scottish Crime Book of the Year.<br />

The Long Drop<br />

by Denise Mina<br />

Indeed, there are echoes of<br />

McIlvanney’s Laidlaw in The Long<br />

Drop, in terms of the descriptions<br />

of the mean streets of Glasgow, in<br />

particular the seedy bars and clubs<br />

and the graffiti-strewn tenements<br />

and slums.<br />

The Long Drop is a fictionalised<br />

version of the case of Peter Manuel,<br />

and was the subject of Mina’s play<br />

Driving Manuel, although this book<br />

takes a different slant. The novel<br />

moves back and forth between<br />

the trial, during which Manuel<br />

mostly defends himself, adding to<br />

our impression of a fantasist and<br />

psychopath, and the long, drunken<br />

pub crawl which Manuel undertook<br />

with William Watt, himself under<br />

suspicion for the murders of his wife<br />

and daughter.<br />

This juxtaposition serves to<br />

highlight the disparity between<br />

the ‘facts’ as we know them, albeit<br />

through Mina’s lens, and the court<br />

proceedings. A cast of characters<br />

is introduced both in the backstory<br />

and in the court proceedings, many<br />

of whom have a vested interest in<br />

seeing Manuel hang. Local thugs are<br />

depicted in Glaswegian technicolour,<br />

such as ‘Dandy’ McKay and Maurice<br />

Dickov, as well as Billy Fullerton, all<br />

well-documented hard cases from<br />

50s Glasgow, adding to the authenticity of this retelling and Mina often<br />

avoids many of the tricks and techniques of the traditional ‘whodunit’,<br />

largely because the facts of the case are so well known.<br />

Was Watt complicit in the deaths of his own family? Why did he go<br />

on a drinking spree with the man he thought had murdered his family?<br />

Did Manuel actually carry out all of the murders he was convicted of,<br />

or was he a convenient place to hang some unsolved murders?<br />

Mina doesn’t attempt to answer these questions but through her<br />

skilful reimagining of the events in this murky period of Glasgow’s<br />

history, where weapons from World War II still floated around, before<br />

the slums of the Gorbals and Cowcaddens were cleared, allows the<br />

reader to speculate for themselves. In the acknowledgements at the<br />

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

Drop has inspired me to seek them out to add to my knowledge of the<br />

fascinating case of Scotland’s first serial killer.

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The Making<br />

of the British<br />

Landscape<br />

by Nicholas Crane<br />

2<br />

Nicholas Crane may be known<br />

to you from his success on<br />

television with series such as<br />

Coast, Great British Journeys,<br />

Map Man and Town.<br />

In his latest book he describes<br />

the gradual colonisation of Britain<br />

by man from the Ice Age to the<br />

present day. This is a fascinating<br />

account, full of interesting<br />

anecdotes and nuggets of<br />

information which the general<br />

reader will find enlightening.<br />

The journey begins when Britain<br />

is still physically attached to<br />

the continent and Doggerland<br />

is still a huge island off the east<br />

coast of England, rather than the<br />

Dogger Bank we now hear about<br />

on The Shipping Forecast. Once<br />

Britain becomes an island, the<br />

natives find themselves isolated<br />

– for a time.<br />

One by one the various<br />

peoples come, from refugees from<br />

the ever-shrinking Doggerland,<br />

Romans, Vikings, Normans and<br />

various settlers attracted by the<br />

wealth the British landscape<br />

had to offer. This is where Crane<br />

really comes into his own: his<br />

ability to describe features of<br />

the landscape is second to none<br />

and the way in which he details<br />

the impact of people on these<br />

places is carefully researched and<br />

beautifully depicted, even when<br />

dealing with the ravages of the<br />

Industrial Age and the indelible<br />

marks left by heavy industry,<br />

the railways and canals.<br />

I found this book hard to put<br />

down and as someone with a<br />

fairly sketchy grasp of history,<br />

I really valued the chance to fill<br />

some gaps.<br />

A thirteen-year-old girl goes<br />

missing whilst on holiday in<br />

a quiet village in the heart of<br />

England, a village untroubled by<br />

the hurly-burly of urban life or<br />

the concerns of commerce and<br />

progress.<br />

What is the reaction in the<br />

village? Initially, shock and<br />

disbelief, quickly followed by<br />

speculation and idle gossip.<br />

However, over time the lurking<br />

image of the girl gradually<br />

fades, although never entirely<br />

disappears, and the newspapers,<br />

the outside world, and indeed the<br />

villagers themselves carry on with<br />

matters more immediate.<br />

Jon McGregor has a rare<br />

skill, which is to interweave the<br />

various stories of the villages in a<br />

way which is intricate, combined<br />

with a very spare prose style, as<br />

it feels as if he is merely detailing<br />

the mundane, prosaic existences<br />

of the inhabitants of any village<br />

in Britain. We have love affairs,<br />

marriages breaking up and petty<br />

squabbles common to any small<br />

community. For me, the most<br />

pleasing aspect of this novel,<br />

which deservedly won the Costa<br />

prize last year, is the cyclical<br />

nature of the chapters: the turn<br />

of the year is described in terms<br />

of flora and fauna, the routines<br />

and necessities of farming<br />

depicted with a keen eye, and<br />

the ebb and flow of the seasons<br />

beautifully conveyed, all of which<br />

happen relentlessly, untroubled<br />

by the tragic events depicted at<br />

the start of the novel.<br />

This is not a murder mystery.<br />

It’s a murder and a mystery<br />

but defies the confines of both<br />

genres.<br />

Reservoir 13<br />

by Jon McGregor<br />


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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

With May and June filled to the seams with<br />

activities for all ages, you won’t be bored in the<br />

months to come. One word seems to describe<br />

most of what will consume our lengthy days<br />

ahead. Think FESTIVAL!<br />

Top for All Things Wildlife<br />

Can you believe that it’s 30 years since the<br />

Glasgow Garden Festival? Many of us will<br />

remember our school trip to ride on the Coca<br />

Cola roller coaster or sitting outside Para<br />

Handy’s cottage. It’s also five years since the<br />

RSPB launched its Giving Nature a Home project.<br />

Giving Nature a Home working with Kelvingrove<br />

Park and Museum, inspire groups to take part in<br />

conservation. To celebrate both anniversaries,<br />

Glasgow City Council in conjunction with the<br />

RSPB has a series of events planned in the<br />

annual Glasgow Wildlife Garden Festival,<br />

Wildfest 2018. Both organisations want to<br />

raise awareness of the green spaces in Glasgow<br />

and the amazing amount of wildlife found on<br />

our doorstep. Because of this landmark year,<br />

WildFest will be running for three weeks, with<br />

great outdoor activities. The annual festival, now<br />

in its fifth year, encourages community gardens,<br />

churches, schools in fact any groups to make the<br />

most of the green spaces throughout the city.<br />

WildFest has 40 groups holding events such as<br />

walks, canoeing, art, science activities, open<br />

community gardens, all to raise awareness of<br />

Glasgow’s biodiversity. The event will showcase<br />

just how much is being done by volunteers<br />

across the city to encourage wildlife to flourish<br />

by tending our dear, green place.<br />

WildFest, Sat 12th May-Sun 3rd June<br />

tffrspb.org.uk/about-the-rspb/at-home-andabroad/scotland/giving-nature-a-home-inglasgow/glasgow-wildfest<br />

In the same vein, remember when playing in<br />

the middle of the street was commonplace?<br />

For one weekend in June, the good old<br />

days return with the Street Play Weekend.<br />

This initiative by Operation Play Outdoors and<br />

Street Play Glasgow is supported by the City<br />

Council and Glasgow Life. Various streets<br />

throughout the city will be closed for children<br />

and families to play safely. It’s unlikely that<br />

hopscotch, kirby and skipping ropes will be top<br />

of the bill, but we can dream! The Initiative hopes<br />

that it will be a weekend where children can<br />

reclaim their own streets to play in.<br />

Street Play Weekend, Sat 23rd- Sun 24th June<br />

FB/Street Play Glasgow<br />

Top for Fitness<br />

Making its first outing in the west the Sweat<br />

It Festival jogs into SWG3 in May. “Choose<br />

health, choose happiness” is the slogan for<br />

the festival and with a timetable of events to<br />

inspire even the most ardent of couch potatoes<br />

(yip, that’s me) the day is guaranteed to be<br />

enormously enjoyable. There really is something<br />

for everyone: CrossFit, British Military Fitness<br />

Bootcamp, boxing, climbing and parkour to name<br />

but a few, will be available on the day. For the<br />

more zen amongst us, there are a whole myriad<br />

of yoga styles to try in the Yoga Den. After your<br />

taster classes why not try a delicious juice from<br />

the juice bars on site or some sumptuous bites<br />

from the food stations? The Sweat It team has<br />

thought of everything with healthy food demos<br />

throughout the day where participants can learn<br />

how to have nutritious, healthy meals without<br />

missing out on taste. With guest DJs and DJs<br />

from Pretty Ugly keeping the beats blasting,<br />

there will also be a chance to browse the most<br />

up to date fitness equipment with a number of<br />

retailers attending the event. For tickets details<br />

and more information –<br />

Sweat It Festival, Sun 20th May<br />


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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

Top for Art<br />

Running throughout May and June, Kelvingrove<br />

Museum and Art Gallery will be presenting<br />

Charles Rennie Mackintosh – Making the<br />

Glasgow Style. 2018 marks the 150th anniversary<br />

of Rennie Mackintosh’s birth. In celebration, the<br />

Kelvingrove exhibition takes a look back at the<br />

life of the great artist and designer and how he<br />

was influenced by the work of his predecessors<br />

and contemporaries, with Glasgow being at the<br />

core of his journey. With the most renowned<br />

civic collections on show and previous works<br />

which have never been on public display, the<br />

exhibition has also been fortunate in obtaining<br />

loans from private collections. This anniversary<br />

event chronologically follows the development<br />

of what would become Rennie Mackintosh’s<br />

signature, The Glasgow Style, be it in ceramics,<br />

glass, furniture or architecture. Aiming to inspire<br />

audiences to seek out other buildings and<br />

artwork by the great man, the exhibition will not<br />

fail in its endeavour.<br />

Making The Glasgow Style, Kelvingrove Museum<br />

and Art Gallery, throughout May and June,<br />

looglasgowlife.org.uk/event/2/charles-renniemackintosh-making-the-glasgow-style<br />

From 11th-13th May, Kelvingrove is also hosting<br />

the Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair. In its 4th<br />

year, the fair sees collections from home and<br />

abroad. Renowned artists mingle with up and<br />

coming talent, with new and exciting work on<br />

show for you to buy. On the Friday evening<br />

there will be an exclusive preview event where,<br />

accompanied by a glass of bubbly, you can<br />

peruse the artwork available before the general<br />

public opening. This will be a thoroughly<br />

enjoyable event with artists and gallery owners<br />

available for discussion.<br />

Glasgow Contemporary Art Fair<br />

Fri 11th-Sun 13th May<br />

Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery<br />

loogcaf.co.uk<br />

Top for…Top Festival!!!<br />

And FINALLY on the festival front, it’s the<br />

festival to end all festivals; it’s the most<br />

wonderful time of the year! No not Christmas.<br />


From Friday 1st-Sun 24th of June, yet again, we<br />

are reminded of what a great little community we<br />

live in. Over the years one million visitors have<br />

attended the festival. This year 350 events will<br />

be held in 65 venues. Unfortunately, no parade<br />

this year but the organisers have ensured that<br />

many of our favourites have returned: Bard in<br />

the Botanics, music at Oran Mor, the Open Air<br />

Ceilidh as well as The Big Sunday family funday.<br />

Highlights this year include a truly spectacular<br />

choral singing festival held in the stunning<br />

settings of the West End churches. There will<br />

also be an Indian classical music concert at the<br />

New Gurdwara on Berkeley Street. With artist<br />

Luke Jerram showcasing his Museum of the<br />

Moon at the Mackintosh Queen’s Cross Church,<br />

the 23 day festival is jam packed with delightful<br />

dates for your delectation.<br />

The West End Festival, Fri 1st - Sun 24th June<br />

loowestendfestival.co.uk<br />

Running concurrently on 24th June, the Glasgow<br />

Mela makes its annual return to Kelvingrove.<br />

A firm favourite with local Westenders and<br />

visitors from further afield, the festival stays<br />

true to its winning formula with music, dance,<br />

theatre performances and most importantly,<br />

food. A dazzling multicultural festivity, long may<br />

this celebration of diversity continue.<br />

The Glasgow Mela, Sun 24th June<br />


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SPiRiTO<br />

2018 is turning into quite the year for SPiRiTO, who are celebrating their<br />

18th year in business! In February they were delighted to win the award<br />

for 'Best Gift Shop' in Glasgow, at the Scottish Retail Business Awards.<br />

SPiRiTO are also proud to announce that they've been shortlisted for<br />

'Bespoke Retailer of the Year 2018' with the Scottish Independent Retail<br />

Awards! Well done team SPiRiTO!<br />

SPiRiTO has wonderful gift ideas and cards for all<br />

occasions. Come in for a look round!<br />

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Within some of the city’s most iconic<br />

buildings you will not only discover<br />

stunning works of art, ancient<br />

Egyptian treasures, natural history, sculpture,<br />

steam locomotives and much more, but also<br />

exclusive and exciting shopping experiences!<br />

Glasgow Museum shops take inspiration<br />

from its art and objects to offer an enticing<br />

array of unique product ranges inspired by<br />

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, The Glasgow<br />

Boys, Alphonse Mucha, Rembrandt, Whistler<br />

and Glasgow favourites such as Avril Paton’s<br />

iconic Windows in the West. With shops<br />

located across the city as well as in the heart<br />

of the West End, there are plenty of options<br />

to choose from.<br />

Each shop is bursting with amazing<br />

merchandise and gift ideas including framed<br />

prints, replica sculptures, clothing, jewellery,<br />

stationery, books, ceramics and homeware.<br />

Each range is exclusive to Glasgow Museums<br />

allowing you to continue to appreciate the<br />

original artworks or objects that you have<br />

enjoyed during a visit to the museums.<br />

Many of the ranges are also available to<br />

purchase online at shop.glasgowlife.org.uk<br />

making it even easier for you to enjoy this<br />

unique shopping experience.<br />

Museums shops are located at<br />

Kelvingrove Museum, Riverside Museum, The<br />

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Royal Concert Hall,<br />

People’s Palace, The Lighthouse, St Mungo’s<br />

Museum and Glasgow Museums Store at<br />

St Enoch Centre. Every purchase supports<br />

Glasgow’s nine world-class museums and<br />

the treasures they house.

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Once the local branch of the TSB<br />

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undergone a fabulous makeover to<br />

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A one-stop shop for hair, nails, and beauty<br />

treatments, owner, Joni Ewart, has hand<br />

picked her team from salons all over the West<br />

End. With a wealth of experience and using<br />

only high-end hair and beauty products –<br />

vegan and non-animal tested where possible<br />

– this Matrix approved salon is standing out<br />

from the crowd since its launch last summer.<br />

Says Joni, ‘Our stylists specialise in all<br />

colour techniques, keritan blow drys and<br />

easilocks hair extensions, plus wedding hair<br />

Vault’s Beauty Room in the bank’s old vault room<br />

and make-up – which we love. Karen and<br />

Pauline have over 20 years experience each<br />

in the nail and beauty industry and offer a<br />

full range of services. Karen in particular is<br />

very experienced in Thai massage, micro<br />

needling and chemical peels. Combined with<br />

vast industry experience these services make<br />

Vault a unique proposition in a busy West End<br />

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‘We’d love to welcome all clients, previous<br />

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Guilty Pleasures from<br />

Westender’s American<br />

in Glasgow<br />

Pile loads of pineapple,<br />

cut oranges and berries<br />

on the board and let all<br />

comers help themselves –<br />

a buffet board brunch if<br />

you will!<br />

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Fried Donut Bourbon<br />

French Toast: (Serves 8)<br />

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O' summer where art thou? What? Couldn’t hear<br />

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I wake on Saturday morning and its pretty<br />

darn grey. What would spruce me up, put me in a<br />

summery mood? French Toast? Eh, its been done.<br />

Donuts? I’m over them. Booze? Too early to drink<br />

pure. But, what if I put them together. BOOOOOM.<br />

And here was born Fried French Toast Donuts<br />

with a splash of booze. Now, for the sake of science,<br />

I tried multiple donut providers. The American<br />

import, the Canadian import, the homegrown<br />

homemade babies, and after all that testing, I found<br />

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ones. (It was a tough job testing, but someone<br />

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@ Celino’s<br />

Reviewed by<br />

Roberto Parrucci<br />

The West End has recently enriched<br />

its selection of top restaurants with a<br />

Glaswegian/Italian institution: Celino’s.<br />

The family run business since 1982<br />

– renowned for its Italian Deli in Alexandra<br />

Parade - now has a Partick branch.<br />

When you step into Celino’s what will<br />

immediately strike you is the stunning deli<br />

counter full of delicious delicatessen from all<br />

over Italy. A shrine offering every precious<br />

kind of cured meet, olives, artisan cheeses<br />

and handmade street food and pastries from<br />

Celino’s own Italian chefs.<br />

Inside the Trattoria, the atmosphere is<br />

relaxed and friendly thanks to the staff’s<br />

typically Mediterranean approach, warm<br />

and stress-free. It will embrace you as if you<br />

were strolling around the streets of an Italian<br />

historical city, popping in for dinner in a<br />

typical Trattoria.<br />

Moreish Grande Antipasto (minimum for<br />

two persons) is sure to catch your eye. This<br />

selection of cold and warm dishes titillates<br />

the senses and will have you staring longingly<br />

at the server bringing the tagliere (literally, the<br />

wood chopping board). It offers a delicious<br />

taste of the finest Italian cured meats,<br />

freshly sliced from the counter, Celino’s own<br />

homemade Porchetta and a selection of<br />

artisan cheeses and vegetables.<br />

Warm options complete the offer with<br />

fried calamari, crispy seasoned polenta and<br />

small handmade arancini and an incredible<br />

breaded buffalo mozzarella. It’s so stretchy<br />

and warm, it will melt in your mouth – all<br />

served with their home-baked bread. This<br />

option offers an incomparable combination of<br />

great taste and food quantity. Rest assured<br />

you won’t regret it.<br />

Afterwards, we shared a ‘della casa’<br />

(homemade) pasta dish. Caserecce with<br />

Gorgonzola, castagne e funghi (gorgonzola<br />

cheese and chestnuts in a rich, creamy<br />

mushroom sauce) was too much of a<br />

temptation to consider any lighter option.<br />

We refreshed ourselves with a pint of the<br />

Italian lager beer Menabrea, but surely, the<br />

vast selection of regional Italian wines will<br />

push you to become a real wine connoisseur.<br />

From a light, zesty Pinot Bianco D.O.C.<br />

from Friuli, to a full-bodied red Barolo<br />

D.O.C.G. from Piemonte you will begin your<br />

quest for the perfect wine match for the food<br />

selected.<br />

Ending this experience, I am caught by a<br />

deep nostalgia of my time in Florence, so my<br />

dessert of choice naturally falls onto Tuscan<br />

Vinsanto and home-baked cantucci (almond<br />

biscuits people often dip into sweet Vinsanto<br />

wine). What truly special treat!<br />

Celino’s deli and trattoria offer a choice<br />

for everyone, as its motto ‘Tutto per tutti’<br />

proclaims. You can either indulge yourself<br />

at the counter for the best food ‘il bel paese’<br />

has to offer, or as an option for takeaway.<br />

For a quick breakfast or lunch, or sit in, relax<br />

and enjoy the experience of an authentic<br />

Italian trattoria in the heart of the West End.<br />

Celino’s<br />

235 Dumbarton Road G11 6AB<br />

0141 341 0311<br />

celinos.com<br />

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pick up a picnic at<br />

I‘m writing these lines on a warm spring day<br />

in April (yes, we did have one!) in optimistic<br />

anticipation of the better weather to come in<br />

May and June when this edition of Westender<br />

Magazine will be out and being read.<br />

Thoughts of upcoming festivals fill my head<br />

and the memories to be made to warm my<br />

soul this coming summer. A big part of these<br />

memories will be re-exploring the wonders of<br />

urban Glasgow and living, eating and playing<br />

locally.<br />

No small part of this will be the anticipation<br />

of a tasty picnic in the great West End<br />

outdoors. Food always tastes better eaten<br />

outside, doesn’t it?<br />

With no great love of limp sarnies crushed<br />

in my backpack or bicycle panniers, I will be<br />

heading to Wudon on Great Western Road<br />

for healthy sustenance after a walk round<br />

the Botanics Gardens or a cycle along the<br />

Kelvin through Kevingrove Park – well it’s<br />

sandwiched (sorry!) between the two so it<br />

makes sense.<br />

Wudon have a dedicated takeaway menu<br />

with an array of picnicky delights to choose<br />

Wudon<br />

535 Great Western Road<br />

0141 357 3033<br />

wudon-noodlebar.co.uk<br />

WUDON<br />

from. I’m a very recent convert to the fresh<br />

and healthy delights of sushi. The Firecracker<br />

is one of my favourites: salmon and apple in<br />

spicy kimchi sauce rolled in tempura flakes.<br />

A lovely wee sushi pick ‘n’ mix forms a great<br />

backbone to any summer feasting.<br />

Team these morsels up with a seafood or<br />

tofu poke bowl packing a punch with hot<br />

chilli, kimchi, or salty soy sauce. Personally<br />

I’ll be adding the Mango Gone Nuts tossed<br />

salad with crushed peanuts too. Or what<br />

about the Japanese staple of Katsu Ga Lay<br />

Fan: your choice of meat or prawn covered<br />

in Japanese breadcrumbs with a mild curry<br />

sauce on a bed of boiled rice? There’s<br />

enough on offer to please everyone in the<br />

crowd – you can pre-order too.<br />

And if the rain starts it doesn’t matter,<br />

Wudon also deliver though Deliveroo.<br />

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@ Taphouse<br />

Reviewed by<br />

Emily Donoho<br />

It’s pretty much a rule of Finnieston<br />

restaurant and bar reviews that you have<br />

to include a line about the ‘trendiness’ of<br />

the area and mention how it has gone from<br />

docklands and warehouses to a mecca of<br />

restaurants and bars. I’m saying it in this<br />

review because the Taphouse Bar and Grill<br />

perfectly encapsulates the whole vibe of<br />

Finnieston in 2018.<br />

In its previous incarnation, it was the<br />

Neighbourhood Bar and Grill, more of a<br />

football pub with a Tex-Mex theme to its<br />

menu, but owner Phil McDonald refurbished<br />

and rebranded it last year to reflect the way<br />

the neighbourhood was going. The TVs and<br />

sofas are gone. Now the Taphouse has a<br />

range of seating: a few booths, but mostly<br />

high tables and wooden chairs while the wall<br />

that once divided the restaurant into two<br />

rooms is mostly gone, opening up the space.<br />

The stone walls of the original building are<br />

exposed in places, the trendy, yet rough;<br />

new, yet vintage look. It’s the architectural<br />

answer to the flat cap and flannel shirt.<br />

They have a wide selection of craft beers<br />

and gourmet burgers, hot dogs, and pizza.<br />

I don’t think there is anything more hipster<br />

than a gourmet burger (or even more so, a<br />

hot dog: being American I can’t help but feel<br />

‘gourmet hot dog’ is the biggest culinary<br />

oxymoron to ever come out of a kitchen).<br />

I ordered the incomparable bohemian<br />

archetype of burgers, called Meat is Murder<br />

on the menu, made with falafel, spinach<br />

and sour cream. I asked for it with haggis<br />

and undermined the whole message. The<br />

waitress laughed when I told her I would<br />

have Meat is Murder but with haggis. It was,<br />

however, excellent haggis and falafel, and I<br />

believe those are a combination that should<br />

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be put together more often. The chips that<br />

came with it were perfect, crunchy on the<br />

outside and soft on the inside. All of the food<br />

is reasonably priced, so you can have a night<br />

out here without breaking the bank.<br />

The drinks menu spoils you for choice.<br />

They sell draught beers from all over, from<br />

Blue Moon in Colorado to Paolozzi in Italy, as<br />

well as the pub’s own brand Taphouse Lager<br />

and two ever-changing guest ales. There are<br />

even more bottled and canned beers and<br />

ciders. The staff are knowledgeable about<br />

the beer and more than happy to have a chat<br />

about it. For those who like their spirits, it’s<br />

not as much of a whisky pub as others in<br />

the area, but the gin menu is mindboggling:<br />

twenty-seven gins. They also have a selection<br />

of tequilas, vodkas, and bourbons, some of<br />

which look unusual and are probably quite<br />

good.<br />

My only complaint with the place was<br />

the background music playing on the PA.<br />

It was too loud, making conversation difficult.<br />

That’s a problem afflicting bars everywhere,<br />

but for a pub whose atmosphere and<br />

menu seem to encourage socialisation and<br />

chat, the overly loud PA detracts from the<br />

experience.<br />

Taphouse Bar & Kitchen<br />

1046 Argyle Street G3 8LY<br />

0141 237 7931<br />


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Switching seamlessly from breakfast,<br />

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With a philosophy of using only the very<br />

best local and seasonal produce, The Square<br />

Bar & Restaurant is attuned to the seasons<br />

in more ways than one – June’s Grad season<br />

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The four course menu comes in at £25<br />

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Starters are followed by a Champagne<br />

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roast Sirloin of beef and haggis dauphinoise<br />

with a rosemary jus, or fillet of red snapper<br />

on herb crushed baby potatoes in a beurre<br />

blanc sauce, to name two of the four mouth<br />

watering options.<br />

And dessert, you ask? Sticky toffee<br />

pudding, chocolate fudge cake, homemade<br />

ice-cream anyone? There’s also salted<br />

butterscotch sauce – did I mention that…?<br />

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snowsport<br />

for all disabilities<br />

WORDS Hannah Westwater<br />

When Scotland was hit by sub-zero<br />

temperatures and unrelenting<br />

blizzards earlier this year, our social<br />

media feeds delighted at the sight of skiers<br />

and snowboarders taking to whichever<br />

steep incline they could reach. These were<br />

demonstrations of strength, skill and fun<br />

for the sake of it – something Disability<br />

Snowsport UK aims to bring to those less<br />

able all year round.<br />

Launched four decades ago by CEO Fiona<br />

Young, DSUK provides snow sports training<br />

and excursions to those with physical,<br />

sensory and learning disabilities. Fiona had<br />

been working as a ski instructor in Aviemore,<br />

but a visit to an adaptive ski school in<br />

Colorado inspired her to bring the adaptive<br />

course back to the UK, soon authorised<br />

and approved by the British Association of<br />

Snowsport Instructors (BASI). DSUK now<br />

oversees six ski schools in the UK, including<br />

a hub at Soar Intu Braehead’s Snow Factor.<br />

Equality of opportunity is at the heart of<br />

the charity’s vision, determined to cater for<br />

any disability. ‘Fiona’s catchphrase is, ‘if<br />

you can move your head, you can ski’, but<br />

you don’t even have to be able to move your<br />

head, really,’ says Braehead school manager<br />

Louisa Oram. ‘If you can sit in a sitting or<br />

reclined position, you can ski!’ Financial<br />

accessibility is of importance to the charity<br />

too, with lessons offered at less than half of<br />

what they cost to run.<br />

Louisa adds, ‘If we get someone with<br />

a physical disability, we’ll watch how they<br />

move. If someone is in a wheelchair, for<br />

example, it’s likely they’ll require a sitski<br />

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crutches, we’ll provide handheld outriggers,<br />

which are like crutches with skis on the end<br />

that people can use for support and balance.<br />

We’ve got different types of sit-skis that<br />

can be used by people with different types<br />

of disabilities. A wheelchair user with a<br />

spinal injury might need to use a wheelchair<br />

because they don’t have use of their legs, but<br />

otherwise can be quite fit – they might use a<br />

mono-ski, which takes some real upper-body<br />

strength and co-ordination. But you can get<br />

quite a lot of independence using it.’<br />

She points out that DSUK’s work is just<br />

as often about providing ‘the thrill and the<br />

fun’ as it is to give training to those who want<br />

it. The charity has taught 3,000 hours of<br />

lessons in the past year, with around 700 of<br />

those taking place at the Braehead school.<br />

Some Team GB Paralympians came through<br />

the organisation’s training, including Menna<br />

Fitzpatrick and Millie Knight.<br />

People come to DSUK for a variety of<br />

reasons – ‘some families come because they<br />

go on skiing holidays and want the whole<br />

family to be able to ski together,’ says Louisa.<br />

‘Some families come and none of them<br />

have ever skied, but they heard about DSUK<br />

and want that for their child’ – but in every<br />

case, charity staff will work with the skiers to<br />

identify and achieve their goals.<br />

DSUK teams up with Crystal Ski to take<br />

groups of disabled skiers abroad each year<br />

– think destinations like Niederau in Austria<br />

– where people with all levels of snow sport<br />

accomplishment are welcome. ‘It’s just like<br />

one big party,’ laughs charity fundraising lead<br />

Alina Rennie.<br />

She’s keen to emphasise the value in what<br />

they provide, ‘A lot of people say, well, why<br />

don’t you do some life-saving charity? There<br />

are lots of that out there. This is sensory, for<br />

the kids and adults, and it’s just incredible<br />

what we do. It’s really emotional watching<br />

them being given the opportunity to learn a<br />

skill that they might previously have thought<br />

inaccessible to them.’<br />

As well as being run by a small team of<br />

staff, the charity also relies on the hard work<br />

of volunteers – filling a variety of roles, from<br />

assisting on the slopes to managing ski gear<br />

to being a friendly face ensuring skiers are<br />

comfortable and happy. Volunteers also have<br />

the option of going on to qualify as adaptive<br />

instructors through the BASI programme.<br />

33-year-old accommodation manager<br />

Amanda was born with congenital muscular<br />

dystrophy, a muscle wasting condition. She<br />

said of her experience with DSUK, ‘Having<br />

swapped a girls’ weekend for my first activity<br />

week in Austria, I had a ball. The best part<br />

was sitting at the top of the mountain ready<br />

to ski down and just feeling like anyone else<br />

up there.’<br />

With many participants learning about<br />

DSUK via word of mouth, the charity hopes to<br />

bolster its fundraising activities and become<br />

a recognisable figure of equality, respect and<br />

adrenalin. Summer might be upon us, but<br />

that won’t stop the snow sport enthusiasts<br />

– catch them on the slopes, whatever your<br />

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Endmum’s<br />

West<br />

notebook<br />

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

Michele Gordon of thelanguagehub.co.uk, searches out the family friendly<br />

options – glitter and face paints anyone?<br />

For some time now, I have been trying to<br />

introduce Ruby and Leon to some<br />

classical music, or as they call it, ‘old<br />

fashioned’ music. I do enjoy opera from<br />

time to time but somehow, I feel I am so not<br />

getting anywhere with this one. Leon keeps<br />

asking me why these people sing so weirdly<br />

and screech?<br />

However, I have not quite given up and<br />

thought I’d take them to the Kelvin Choir<br />

Annual Spring Concert (12th May 7.30pm,<br />

Hyndland Parish Church, G12 9JE,<br />

hyndlandparishchurch.org) and who knows,<br />

maybe they will enjoy a requiem more? They<br />

are usually quite amazed by the organ at the<br />

Art Galleries which gives me hope.<br />

If this should indeed fail I know both of<br />

them will definitely love the open air day<br />

at Kelvingrove Park at the end of June<br />

(Fiesta x FOLD 30th June-1st July 2018,<br />

westendefiesta.co.uk). We have tickets<br />

for the Saturday and to say I am excited is<br />

an understatement. But who can blame me<br />

when the line up features CHIC, Earth, Wind<br />

& Fire and the Pointer Sisters? I have been<br />

playing their songs regularly so that we all will<br />

be able to sing along. By the way, children<br />

under the age of 10 have free entry to the<br />

festival and there will be lots of additional<br />

children’s activities on offer so check it out.<br />

However, if sport and keeping fit is<br />

more your thing you should attend the<br />

Sweatitfestival (SWG3, 100 Eastvale Place<br />

G3 8QG, swg3.tv) on the 20th May. Tickets<br />

are available for adults and the under 16s<br />

for a series of different activities. As they<br />

describe ‘it will be packed with inspiring<br />

master trainers, sweat-dripping fitness

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classes and live food demos. We are<br />

connecting the health and fitness community<br />

and supporting the amazing independent<br />

activity providers and products that Glasgow<br />

and across Scotland have in this industry.’<br />

It all sounds quite interesting and will<br />

get you in shape for the start of June and<br />

like every year the whole of June is full<br />

of great events as part of the West End<br />

Festival (1st-24th June, westendfestival.<br />

co.uk). Personally, I will try to do some of<br />

the historic walks this year, these can be<br />

quite interesting also for kids who enjoy a<br />

bit of history. At The Hub we will be running<br />

a family workshop on Magical Bestiary of<br />

Scotland on the 10th June from 1.30-3.30pm<br />

(The Language Hub, 52 Keith Court,<br />

G11 0QW, thelanguagehub.co.uk).<br />

Sadly, the Byres Road parade will<br />

remain a sight of the past but I am sure<br />

there will still be a great mix of activities to<br />

suit everyone. But if you prefer an outdoor<br />

event you can always check out the Mela,<br />

Scotland’s biggest multi-cultural festival of<br />

music, dance, arts and food which is held<br />

every year in Kelvingrove Park (24th June,<br />

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if you enjoy the Mela you should definitely<br />

also look up the programme for this year’s<br />

Scottish Refugee Festival (15th-24th June,<br />

scottishrefugeecouncil.org.uk) and find<br />

some events scheduled in and around<br />

Glasgow.<br />

The Hub was awarded funding by the<br />

Scottish Refugee Council to hold a free<br />

event on hearing stories and sharing food as<br />

part of the festival. So come along and join<br />

us in celebrating our community‘s diversity<br />

(17th June 1.30-3pm).<br />

The above is certainly a great lead up to<br />

the summer holidays, and if we manage all<br />

events we will certainly need one. So, have<br />

a fabulous time and enjoy the sun when<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

bluebellgray<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

International<br />

Inspiration<br />

We’re more connected across continents and borders<br />

than ever before and we can freely travel in a way that<br />

wasn’t available to even a generation before ours. How<br />

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<br />

the extravagant luxury it used to be. I was in my<br />

20s before I took my first flight, but my daughter<br />

had flown several times before she could walk.<br />

The cultural change towards the world getting<br />

smaller should be embraced in every way in<br />

my opinion, including learning how to reflect<br />

different ideas and tastes into our lives and<br />

homes.<br />

Each country has a range of ‘typical’ types<br />

of housing, Glasgow has its red tenements,<br />

Aberdeen – the granite city. We’ve developed<br />

our sense of place and home around available<br />

materials and practical needs, mixed in with<br />

cultural styles and traditional arts and crafts.<br />

And the same goes across the world.<br />

As we create spaces within our own homes,<br />

we often inadvertently and quite rightly reflect<br />

our personalities into our living spaces, but<br />

part of that is also reflecting our travels and<br />

experiences in the items we display around us.<br />

We often also bring back ideas and ‘atmospheres’<br />

of places that we can then bring into our own<br />

lives. Who doesn’t want a splash of sunny<br />

memories raising a smile in a dull Glasgow<br />

living room on a rainy day?<br />

We could be reflecting travels, remembering<br />

distant relatives, showcasing souvenirs,<br />

caressing memories, or favourite dreams or<br />

hopes of places to escape to in a rose-tinted<br />

world. Or – we could just really like some of the<br />

palettes and influences we’ve seen in films and<br />

online. Whatever the reason, there’s plenty of<br />

inspiration to be found across the world and<br />

effortlessly interspersed into the West End.<br />

The Store Interiors<br />

One of the wonderful things about taking<br />

flavours of places, is picking ingredients<br />

from various places and mixing them into an<br />

eclectic harmony. The key is being selective<br />

and thoughtful so that you create a smooth<br />

atmosphere and not a mismatch botch up.<br />

As always look at palettes across different<br />

continents. Pick up warm pinks and rusty<br />

terracottas, mix that with colourful fabric and<br />

pottery, and complement with chunky, ornate<br />

wooden furniture and you’re already picking up<br />

themes used across various countries.<br />

I particularly love the artistic patterns created<br />

in tiles that you see in different ways all over<br />

the world. From cooling ornate floor tiles in<br />

sunny countries to Mackintosh-inspired wall<br />

art in Glasgow closes, it’s an under-appreciated<br />

art form in my opinion. I’m enjoying a newfound<br />

craft in glass and tile painting, and there<br />

are such fantastic ways to use these to make a<br />

practical wall or floor become really beautiful or<br />

add further flourish to a fire surround or splashsafe<br />

wall.<br />

Pick brown wood furniture in ornate styles<br />

– even if you’re only able to incorporate one<br />

item like this, pick a unique one. Either dark<br />

wood, or naturally distressed, or even brightly<br />

painted. It’s easy to bring a tealy turquoise,<br />

yolky yellow, or dusky pink in here. Make sure<br />

you think about the other colours and keep<br />

them restrained against cool chalky whites and<br />

natural wooden, or tiled floors.

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And if you don’t fancy bringing these<br />

influences into your home, you can certainly<br />

make them work well in your outdoor spaces.<br />

Especially in city areas that might mean little<br />

patios or balconies. A whitewash of walls and<br />

an artistic use of floor tiles can turn a dingy<br />

corner into a Mediterranean oasis. Complement<br />

with lots of bulky coloured ceramic pots full<br />

of leafy plants. Finish with some ornate black<br />

metal garden furniture and you’re in a different<br />

country!<br />

As always, think about all the senses and grab<br />

a fresh scented candle to bring a spicy touch or<br />

a seaside note to the atmosphere. Remember<br />

texture and fabrics and layer up bold colourful<br />

prints and soft rugs. Complement this with<br />

rustic linen curtains and hessian cushions<br />

and you are on the way to creating a truly<br />

international atmosphere in your own West<br />

End haven. And of course – add in any of your<br />

favourite memories. Get those snaps into<br />

print and framed to really bring the travel<br />

experiences and dreams with you in your life<br />

and home.<br />

The Store Interiors<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

Beauty in the Botanics<br />

We’re lucky enough to live in an area that is a lovely<br />

mix of urban and greenery, and it’s that time of<br />

year when we want to bring touches of the outside<br />

indoors. So there are plenty of inspiring products to<br />

be found in the West End to bring that nod to nature<br />

into our homes for the new season.<br />

Cushion,<br />

£43, Cassiopeia<br />

Cushion,<br />

£43, Cassiopeia<br />

Oasis Jugs,<br />

£36 - £52,<br />

Concept 65<br />

Standing Lamp,<br />

£88, Cassiopeia<br />

Rainforest Cushion,<br />

£34, Spirito<br />

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Concept 65, 65 Hyndland Street, 0141 357 0268<br />

Spirito, 317-319 Crow Road, 0141 337 3307, spiritogifts.com

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Your home in our hands<br />

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When people put their homes in our<br />

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We’ll let the image speak for itself, but we<br />

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Our team of local experts also appreciate<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

With no limits to the colours and<br />

styles we can use in our homes,<br />

Susan Robertson looks at the key<br />

colour trends for the upcoming<br />

season, and how we can be brave<br />

with colour in our homes.<br />

by Susan Robertson<br />

As we get braver with<br />

the furniture, the walls<br />

are stepping up to the<br />

challenge too!<br />

Gone are the days of the rules about colour.<br />

‘Red and green should never be seen’ but it’s<br />

one of my favourite colour combinations.<br />

Different schools of thought on how you<br />

choose hues for above and below a traditional<br />

picture rail, and whether you paint or strip<br />

your woodwork have been challenged and<br />

changed over the years as the trends alter and<br />

we become more empowered to do our own<br />

thing.<br />

Brave<br />

Palettes<br />

I remember when the ‘feature wall’ seemed<br />

really ground-breaking, that ability to splash<br />

colour or pattern in a way never done before<br />

seemed really bold at the time, but everything<br />

moves on and the feature wall is another<br />

distant memory. We’re much bolder than that<br />

now.<br />

The ‘safe’ magnolias and creams have given<br />

way to warm greys, lilacs and blacks as neutral<br />


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Main Image,<br />

Farrow and Ball<br />

470 Great Western Road<br />

0141 337 7043<br />

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—<br />

Cushions,<br />

Concept 65<br />

65 Hyndland Street<br />

0141 357 0268<br />

—<br />

Betsy Tub Chair,<br />

The Store Interiors<br />

26 Munro Place<br />

0141 950 1333<br />

thestoreinteriors.co.uk<br />

And the types of paints we have<br />

available not only open up the<br />

options of limitless colours, but<br />

also additional textures. You can<br />

have a soft chalky matt look, or<br />

a silky sheen, or even a suedette<br />

wall! These all add extra depth and<br />

distinction to any colour.<br />

The key palette of the season<br />

just now incorporates deep, dark<br />

hues, and rich bold colours. Mix<br />

it up a bit. Go really dark on the<br />

walls and contrast with pale floors.<br />

Deep dark navy looks great on the<br />

walls and accent this with vibrant<br />

colourful velvet cushions, or<br />

statement furniture in more bright<br />

colours. Super-dark navy, or deep<br />

rich purple look great this way.<br />

Think of mysterious stormy nights,<br />

and luxurious purple chocolate<br />

wrappers.<br />

Don’t be afraid to put more than<br />

one vibrant colour in the room<br />

either, it’s surprising how good<br />

things can look if you’re just a bit<br />

fearless about it.<br />

Then enters my absolute favourite<br />

colours of the moment – the vibrant<br />

bright green and the luscious<br />

creamy mustards we’re starting to<br />

see gracing the magazine covers<br />

and pinterest pages. We first saw<br />

these colours coming in through<br />

statement furniture – delicious<br />

velvet chairs and sofas in the boldest<br />

of colours were previously unseen<br />

before the last few years.<br />

I remember the challenge I had<br />

when trying to source a brightly<br />

coloured sofa only a few years ago<br />

and couldn’t get beyond beiges and<br />

greys, or the odd tartan. Places<br />

like IKEA used to have more fabric<br />

options but there were very few<br />

standout colourful pieces on the<br />

high street.<br />

That’s far from the case now<br />

– the colours are striding in and<br />

the vibrant velvet tub chairs that<br />

the West End introduced to us, in<br />

fuchsia, turquoise and yellows, have<br />

already featured in these<br />

very pages. And as we get braver<br />

with the furniture, the walls are<br />

stepping up to the challenge too<br />

and complementing the statement<br />

by receding into a strong darkness<br />

or standing side-by-side in a bright<br />

vibrancy.<br />

My absolute favourite colour this<br />

season is the green. It’s really fresh<br />

and grassy, not in any way insipid,<br />

really in-your-face shouty green<br />

like a can of Heineken and it looks<br />

just fantastic against a deep, dark<br />

backdrop. Then hues of that layer<br />

up well too, taking you into teal and<br />

turquoise tones. Stick that next to a<br />

chunky mustard lamp or accessory<br />

and you’d think it wouldn’t work but<br />

it does.<br />

Don’t restrict yourself though,<br />

just go with what works for your<br />

room and your sensibilities.<br />

Remember how different colours<br />

make you feel, how much ‘clash’ can<br />

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