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Contents<br />

6 Fashion pages<br />

spring pastels<br />

12 West End Live<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

15 Mother’s Day gifts<br />

16 Writers Reveal<br />

meets Sally Magnusson<br />

20 Cover to cover<br />

22 Top Things<br />

24 Getting to know<br />

artist Neil Slorance<br />

28 Shop local guide<br />

32 WIN! At Rainbow<br />

Room International<br />

33 NEW! Poke bowls<br />

at Wudon<br />

34 Bar Review<br />

The Lismore<br />

35 Spring menu at<br />

Square Bar & Restaurant<br />

37 Restaurant Review<br />

The Cran<br />

38 Sweet Liberty<br />

40 Business:<br />

Going it alone<br />

45 20th Anniversary<br />

for Independent<br />

Mortgage Store<br />

46 Accountancy Matters<br />

with Murrison & Wilson<br />

47 Legal Matters with<br />

Mitchells Roberton<br />

48 Empowerment pants<br />

and you<br />

50 Health Matters<br />

53 Mum’s Notebook<br />

54 Interiors article:<br />

Natural accents<br />

59 Bold as brass<br />

61 Statement storage<br />

66 Wee Kitchen Shop<br />

interview<br />

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Pink Poodle<br />

THIS PAGE Top, Nancy Smillie<br />

Ring & necklace, Cassiopeia

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LIVE<br />

March<br />

Siobhan Wilson & Pronto Mama<br />

Saturday 3rd of March 7pm<br />

Paisley Arts Centre, paisley.org.uk<br />

My brother’s always harping on<br />

about how good Pronto Mama are so<br />

I thought it about time I did some<br />

digging to find out what’s what. It<br />

seems my brother has good taste.<br />

Pronto Mama are a six-piece<br />

alternative indie rock and roll<br />

outfit from Glasgow, known for their<br />

distinctive jazz-influenced songs,<br />

unconventional time signatures<br />

and infectious pop melodies. Their<br />

debut Album No Joy has just been<br />

released on Glasgow Kelvin College's<br />

Electric Honey record label 'The most<br />

successful student-run label in the<br />

world' (Uncut), and is an eclectic<br />

collection of intricately crafted<br />

surprisingly memorable songs.<br />

Siobhan Wilson is one of the best<br />

of the current crop of high calibre<br />

Scottish Songstresses. She is<br />

blessed with natural beauty and such<br />

an angelic voice, but there's also a<br />

hint of the mischievous about her<br />

too. A powerful combination.<br />

Choice Tracks:<br />

Pronto Mama 'Sentiment'<br />

Siobhan Wilson 'Terrible Woman'<br />

Los Pacaminos<br />

Wednesday 7th March 7pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Cowering under their Stetsons this<br />

motley crew from London play good<br />

fun Tex Mex music usually to high<br />

spirited adoring mobs who flock to<br />

see them in large numbers.<br />

At first I didn’t quite understand why<br />

so many people came to see them, that<br />

is until they played the 80s hit Tear<br />

Your Playhouse Down. Strange choice<br />

I thought, but all became clear when<br />

no other than Paul Young (yes, the<br />

first line of Band Aid’s Do They<br />

Know It’s Christmas 80s icon Paul<br />

Young) peaked out from under his<br />

Boss Of The Plains hat to rapturous<br />

hollers from the audience. He has<br />

been celebrating his passion for this<br />

type of music with Los Pacaminos<br />

since 1992. He is not centre stage<br />

in this band (it’s presented more as<br />

a collective) but he is a founding<br />

member. Have your salt and lime at<br />

the ready.<br />

Choice track: Los Pacaminos<br />

‘Don’t Make Me Wait Señorita’<br />

The Secret Sisters<br />

Friday 30th March 8pm<br />

Cottiers, cottiers.com<br />

The Secret Sisters are an Americana<br />

singing and songwriting duo from<br />

Muscle Shoals, Alabama consisting<br />

of vocalists Laura and Lydia Rogers.<br />

They've worked with T Bone Burnet,<br />

Jack White and have toured with the<br />

likes of Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn,<br />

Ray LaMontagne and Brandi Carlile<br />

which all seem like the perfect fit<br />

for their 50’s style country sound.<br />

The duo's music has been compared to<br />

The Everly Brothers and Delta blues<br />

and they've also had a song featured<br />

in the hugely successful film The<br />

Hunger Games. As with most sibling<br />

vocal acts their voices are a perfect<br />

match making them a real joy to<br />

listen to.<br />

Choice Track: The Secret Sisters<br />

'He's Fine'

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by Greg Kane<br />

April<br />

Eric Bibb<br />

Tuesday 13th April 7pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Eric Bibb is a 67 year old American<br />

acoustic blues singer/songwriter from<br />

New York who now lives in Sweden and<br />

makes his records in France. Speaking<br />

of which, his new record "Migration<br />

Blues" is release number 41 for him! Of<br />

it he states: "With this album I want to<br />

encourage us all to keep our minds and<br />

hearts wide open to the ongoing plight<br />

of refugees everywhere. As history<br />

shows, we all come from people who, at<br />

some time or another, had to move."<br />

Eric Bibb is a soulful and righteous<br />

man playing passionate righteous<br />

music.<br />

He's really at his best when he's<br />

playing live in front of you so I'm<br />

going to this one.<br />

Choice track: Eric Bibb<br />

'This Land is Your Land<br />

Lucy Dacus<br />

Friday 20th April 7pm<br />

The Hug & Pint, thehugandpint.com<br />

Lucy Dacus is a 22 year old indie<br />

starlet from Richmond Virginia, USA.<br />

She was raised by parents who were<br />

both musicians, one a piano teacher<br />

the other a Springsteen loving<br />

guitarist. They've definitely had an<br />

influence with her 2016 debut album<br />

No Burden exhibiting a use of melody,<br />

harmony and poise that belies her<br />

youth. To my ears there's some early<br />

Chrissy Hind and Jeff Buckley in her<br />

sound and attitude with a sprinkling<br />

of alt-country in there to boot.<br />

One critic described her as 'able to<br />

make strong music about her weakest<br />

moments ... Dacus is a master of her<br />

own destiny who likes to make you<br />

think she's as surprised as anyone else<br />

that she could possess such power.'<br />

I'll second that.<br />

Choice Track: Lucy Dacus 'Night Shift'<br />

Tears For Fears<br />

Monday 30th April 6.30pm<br />

SEC Armadillo,<br />

You need look no further than Tears<br />

For Fears for all that encapsulates<br />

pop music in the 80s. Roland Orzabal<br />

and Curt Smith, the two boys from<br />

Bath conquered the world with their<br />

infectious synth pop records selling<br />

over 30 million albums in the process.<br />

They successfully released a greatest<br />

hits album last year which included a<br />

couple of new songs which hopefully<br />

will spur them on to make another<br />

album of new music again soon.<br />

On the back of a celebrated tour of the<br />

US last year the band are out on their<br />

first UK tour in 18 years and if you<br />

want the full 80s experience make sure<br />

you get there early to catch support<br />

act Alison Moyet as she's received<br />

very favourable live reviews over the<br />

last year or so.<br />

Choice track: Tears For Fears<br />

'Head Over Heels'

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Writer’s Reveal<br />

meets Sally Magnusson<br />


An English translation of an ancient Icelandic memoir provides<br />

the inspiration for the debut novel from writer and broadcaster,<br />

Sally Magnusson. Loraine Patrick discovers how the popular news<br />

presenter unleashed her imagination to tell this remarkable tale of<br />

pirate raids, tragedy, and survival.<br />

‘I<br />

t was a real effort to leap off the tree and<br />

stop hanging onto the branches of truth<br />

or fact,’ says Sally Magnusson, colourfully<br />

describing the challenges she faced in writing<br />

her first novel in snatched bursts away from<br />

her very busy and very public life.<br />

Facts are Sally’s currency as an already<br />

successful non-fiction writer, and as a<br />

broadcaster and journalist – regularly<br />

bringing us the news on Reporting Scotland.<br />

‘It was intensity in bursts,’ she laughs, ‘rather<br />

than a thousand words a day in a steady<br />

and stately fashion! The idea of shutting<br />

yourself away for six weeks to write is an<br />

absolute dream because that liberation of the<br />

imagination was definitely not something that<br />

happened overnight for me,’ she says frankly.<br />

But lets rewind a bit here. I am meeting Sally<br />

to discuss her newly published book The<br />

Sealwoman’s Gift which has been described<br />

as a remarkable feat of the imagination. Sally<br />

has taken an incident in Icelandic history,<br />

little known outside that culture, and created<br />

an incredibly moving story of love, loss,<br />

resilience and redemption.<br />

In 1627 Barbary pirates raided the coast of<br />

Iceland abducting some 400 of its people,<br />

including 250 from a tiny island off the<br />

mainland called the Westman Islands. They<br />

sailed to North Africa and were sold into<br />

slavery in Algiers. Although the raid itself is<br />

historically documented and looms large in<br />

the collective memory, little is historically<br />

known about what actually happened to the<br />

women and children.<br />

‘Growing up I was aware in a vague sort of<br />

way about the raids, in the same way that<br />

here in Scotland we are historically aware of<br />

Culloden and Bannockburn. I didn’t really<br />

have a true understanding of the period until<br />

I read an English translation of memoirs from<br />

a clergyman called Reverend Ólafur Egilsson.<br />

I was staggered by the story he told – his<br />

whole family were abducted and sold into<br />

slavery.’<br />

It was the fleeting mentions of Ásta, the<br />

Reverend’s wife that really got to Sally. ‘I was<br />

so interested in everything that she went<br />

through yet there were only brief glimpses<br />

in the memoir of her. It was a period of time<br />

when women everywhere were largely silent.<br />

Not much was said about the fact she gave<br />

birth on a slave ship, she lost her 11-yearold<br />

son in the slave market (he was the first<br />

one to be picked by the local governor) and<br />

she was left with two little children. We don’t<br />

know historically what happened to her

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but that’s where I tried to imagine what it<br />

was like as a woman and a mother in these<br />

circumstances.’<br />

Mother of five grown up children, Sally’s<br />

family and Icelandic heritage are well known.<br />

Her late father Magnus was the long time<br />

presenter of Mastermind. He was also a<br />

successful translator of Icelandic sagas.<br />

‘I grew up being immersed in this amazing<br />

storytelling tradition. It was only as I got older<br />

I understood my father had been working on<br />

the greatest medieval literature in the world.’<br />

Sally’s late mother Mamie – subject of her<br />

best selling book Where Memories Go which<br />

chronicled her battle with dementia, was also<br />

a journalist. Storytelling was part and parcel<br />

of the Magnusson household.<br />

A lot to live up to then when it came to putting<br />

pen to paper. ‘I had very high standards of<br />

what I wanted to achieve with this book,’<br />

Sally reflects. ‘My degree was in English<br />

literature so not only did I have a very good<br />

idea of what was required of a novel I had<br />

huge expectations of what a novel had to<br />

be. I found it difficult to make it as good as I<br />

wanted and I went through umpteen drafts<br />

trying to wean myself away from checking the<br />

accuracy all the time.’<br />

But Sally has certainly pulled it off with fellow<br />

authors and critics alike singing its praises.<br />

She is looking forward to promoting it at this<br />

years Aye Write Festival, a gathering she<br />

holds dear. ‘I think per head of population we<br />

have more book festivals in Scotland than<br />

anywhere else,’ she says ‘there is something<br />

very special about being in an auditorium<br />

with other people who share a love of<br />

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books. It’s a wonderful feeling being in an<br />

environment where you can enthuse about<br />

words with other people who enjoy writing.<br />

I am less comfortable about saying “look at<br />

me! Come and buy my book!” But that is now<br />

part of the business and I take it on the chin.’<br />

She hopes readers get a flavour of two<br />

very different worlds, 17th century Iceland<br />

and the intensely contrasting experience<br />

of 17th century Algiers. ‘It must have been<br />

extraordinary for captive Icelanders to step<br />

off that slave ship and find themselves<br />

in a place so different to their homeland.<br />

The contrast in culture, climate, religion and<br />

social mores couldn’t be greater.’<br />

Ultimately it is the human story that really<br />

sets this book apart. Ásta, the heroine is<br />

strong and feisty and Sally hopes readers like<br />

her. ‘It’s really a story about marriage,’ she<br />

concludes. ‘How do you tackle a relationship<br />

you have lost for many years? How do you<br />

deal with going back to a situation that made<br />

you happy once but now no longer does?<br />

How do you find yourself within that? These<br />

aren’t just questions for 17th century Iceland<br />

or Algiers but questions for all time.’<br />

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A book about Glasgow by a Tory politician from<br />

Edinburgh? It’s a bold venture, I’ll give you that.<br />

Michael Fry stood as a Tory politician in Maryhill in<br />

the not too distant past, and although he didn’t lose<br />

his deposit – no mean feat in itself – he was never<br />

going to set the heather alight.<br />

Glasgow –<br />

A History of<br />

The City<br />

by Michael Fry<br />

Nevertheless, he has recently<br />

been converted from unionism to<br />

independence, and this adds an<br />

interesting flavour to his latest<br />

book. Having already written about<br />

Edinburgh very successfully, he has<br />

now focused his razor-sharp pen and<br />

witty observations on what is, let’s<br />

face it, a far more interesting subject<br />

matter.<br />

Fry is a very knowledgeable and<br />

experienced journalist, having written<br />

for a range of newspapers, and<br />

this is brought to bear in what is a<br />

thoroughly engaging book. Fry has<br />

adopted an interesting approach<br />

in his treatment of this dear green<br />

place as the chapters are arranged<br />

thematically, where most historians<br />

would have taken a chronological<br />

approach. This is highly effective<br />

as names, events and places<br />

come around several times but in<br />

different contexts, which helps the<br />

reader to develop a much deeper<br />

understanding of how these players<br />

fit in to the bigger picture.<br />

As Glasgow was the second city<br />

in the British Empire, mainly due to<br />

her trade and industry, it will come<br />

as no surprise that these areas<br />

take up large portions of the book.<br />

However, Fry clearly explains the policies and politics which drove this<br />

trade and fuelled these industries, providing detailed backgrounds<br />

of the main movers and shakers and what motivated them. For most<br />

Glaswegians, or even for incomers like myself, many of these names will<br />

be familiar, albeit from statues in George Square or university buildings.<br />

Nevertheless, Fry’s thematic, layered approach really helps to bring<br />

these people to life and by the third or fourth time the reader comes<br />

across one of these names, their importance is firmly established.<br />

The last few chapters felt weaker. We get a quick romp through<br />

Glaswegian literature and art in a matter of pages – perhaps more<br />

fitting in a separate book entirely – and the preponderance of notes<br />

suggests most of the commentary has been borrowed. It would be<br />

too much to expect Fry to have read all the books he mentions or<br />

to have seen and pondered deeply the range of art covered in these<br />

chapters, but perhaps he could have allowed other voices to speak<br />

for him. Labour politicians take a lot of flak, unsurprisingly. And with<br />

one whole chapter on women, some of our beloved Westender readers<br />

may feel this does not do justice to what is after all the majority of the<br />

population of Glasgow.<br />

Still, it’s a really interesting book and well worth reading.

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When Breath<br />

Becomes Air<br />

by Paul Kalanithi<br />

2<br />

This is not a brand-new book<br />

but it’s one which several friends<br />

have raved about, and having<br />

just finished it, I understand<br />

why.<br />

It’s a memoir begun when<br />

the author, once a brilliant<br />

neurosurgeon, is diagnosed with<br />

terminal lung cancer. He dies not<br />

long after completing the book<br />

and the afterword by his wife is<br />

touching and inspiring, just like<br />

the rest of the book.<br />

The first half of the book deals<br />

with the writer’s journey through<br />

university where he studied<br />

literature, which is why this book<br />

reads so well despite having been<br />

written by a doctor!<br />

He switched his focus to<br />

neuroscience and neurosurgery as<br />

he was fascinated by questions<br />

of life and death. The second half<br />

deals with his struggle to fight<br />

lung cancer and how this affects<br />

his relationship with his wife<br />

and with his colleagues as he is<br />

determined to operate until it<br />

becomes impossible.<br />

Knowing that the author died<br />

– we are told on the first page<br />

– may seem like a plot spoiler<br />

but it allows the reader to focus<br />

on what is important in Paul’s<br />

journey towards death and the<br />

important messages we learn<br />

from his struggle.<br />

It’s anything but a litany of<br />

symptoms and complications.<br />

The subtitle of the book is ‘What<br />

makes life worth living in the<br />

face of death?’ We will all have<br />

different answers to that very<br />

difficult question, but in the<br />

meantime, we should ‘suck out<br />

all the marrow of’ every day we<br />

have.<br />

It’s been a long wait – 17 years<br />

since the His Dark Materials<br />

trilogy – but at long last the<br />

prequel has arrived.<br />

Fans of Pullman’s His Dark<br />

Materials trilogy, fiction which,<br />

like most good fiction, transcends<br />

genre, age and taste, will relish<br />

the details of Lyra’s early life from<br />

her birth and mysterious origins<br />

to her arrival at Jordan College<br />

in Oxford. The heroes of this first<br />

instalment – Malcolm and Alice<br />

– are fascinating characters in<br />

their own right and are more than<br />

simply plot devices to deliver<br />

baby Lyra to safety. Pullman’s<br />

deftness of touch deals with<br />

puberty, complex emotions and<br />

the dangers of the adult world.<br />

The centre of all religious power<br />

is Geneva, the birthplace of<br />

Calvinism and predestination,<br />

and Pullman exposes the sinister<br />

machinations of the religious<br />

authorities and their seemingly<br />

endless tentacles and minions,<br />

but at the same time letting<br />

us see the good in the world in<br />

the form of ‘salt-of-the-earth’<br />

characters who are very much<br />

rooted in the natural world –<br />

boatwrights, carpenters and<br />

innkeepers – all of whom are<br />

brave and make sacrifices for the<br />

greater good.<br />

Deep knowledge of the natural<br />

world is a precious commodity in<br />

this world and in Pullman’s too,<br />

where the gyptians’ prescience<br />

is crucial to the survival of our<br />

heroes. The book is awash with<br />

Biblical allegory, as well as nods<br />

to Lewis Carroll (hence Alice as<br />

one of the main characters) and<br />

many other allusions which an<br />

alert reader will spot. Welcome<br />

back Lyra. Thank you, Philip.<br />

La Belle Sauvage –<br />

The Book of Dust One<br />

by Philip Pullman<br />


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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

With spring well and truly upon us, it appears<br />

that the West End has finally awoken from its<br />

winter slumber. That pesky snow and ice is<br />

thankfully a long, forgotten memory and the<br />

daffs and crocus are once again dotting our<br />

gardens and parks. So what can we look forward<br />

to in the way of events in March and April?<br />

A bountiful bouquet of springtime splendour,<br />

that’s what!<br />

Top for Spoiling Mum<br />

Sunday 11th March marks the annual Mother’s<br />

Day celebrations. There are plenty of amazing<br />

florists to send mum a floral tribute big enough<br />

to sink the Tall Ship, but why not go a little<br />

left field with your gift idea? Blythswood<br />

Hotel Cinema Club continue their regular<br />

movie selection combined with afternoon tea.<br />

For Mother’s Day there is a choice of either<br />

Mamma Mia or Miss Congeniality. Get the tissues<br />

ready for Meryl’s rendition of Slipping Through<br />

My Fingers. Blub.<br />

Blythswood Square<br />

Cinema Club Mother’s Day Screenings<br />

Sunday 11th March, 12.30pm and 2.30pm<br />

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For an interesting gift that will keep mum happy,<br />

whilst at the same time ensuring free tailoring for<br />

you into the bargain, you might consider buying<br />

classes from the team at Sew Confident. From<br />

beginners sewing classes through to sewing<br />

underwear and quilting, mum can learn in a fun<br />

and social atmosphere. There is even the option<br />

to join the Sew Naturale class which combines<br />

machine doodling with life drawing! You might<br />

find yourself booking two spaces, so you too<br />

can find your way around a sewing machine,<br />

saving yourself the effort of putting trousers and<br />

curtains in to be professionally hemmed.<br />

Sew Confident Mercat House 19, 1103<br />

Argyle Street, Finnieston G3 8ND<br />

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Top for Bookworms<br />

It’s back. Aye Write, Glasgow’s book festival<br />

returns in March with over 200 authors taking<br />

part in the annual event. Venues including<br />

The Mitchell Library and Glasgow University<br />

will be hosting events such as Alex Gray and<br />

Leigh Russell’s Crime Is A Serious Business'.<br />

With Scandi Noir fiction riding high in<br />

popularity at the minute, why not attend Simon<br />

Cox and Raguar Jonasson’s The Reykjavik<br />

Connection? All literary genres are covered<br />

in the festival: health and wellbeing, nature,<br />

poetry, biography to name but a few. And as<br />

well as hearing from the horse’s (or rather the<br />

author’s) mouth you might consider some of<br />

the participation events. There is an extensive<br />

list of lectures and seminars on topics such as<br />

knowing your character, what you need to know<br />

about dialogue, or merely giving writing a go!<br />

And continuing to encourage our younger<br />

readers and authors of the future, Wee<br />

Write returns with family days organised at<br />

the Mitchell: from Toddlers Tales, to Greek<br />

mythology, gaelic reading sessions, to a little<br />

Harry Potter hocus pocus. This is a festival that<br />

makes you proud to be a Glaswegian, promoting<br />

the art and beauty of the written word.<br />

Aye Write, 15th-25th March<br />

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Top for Easter Holiday Fun<br />

Easter just isn’t Easter without an Easter egg<br />

hunt. From 30th March until 2nd April The<br />

National Trust in conjunction with Cadbury<br />

are organising hunts for all budding chocolate<br />

detectives. In Glasgow, this will be at the<br />

Tenement House. Follow the clues, solve the<br />

puzzle and win a chocolaty treasure!<br />

Easter Egg Hunt, Tenement House,<br />

Buccleuch St, Glasgow, G3 6QN,<br />

Fri 30th Mar-Mon 2nd Apr, 1-5pm<br />


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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

For kids who may be unable to enjoy an egg or<br />

two this season, why not come along and support<br />

the annual Easter Egg Run on the 1st of April<br />

in aid of The Royal Hospital for Sick Children.<br />

Always an incredibly emotional and joyful event,<br />

over 1,000 bikers ride through the streets of<br />

the city in a colourful, noisy convoy in aid of the<br />

Hospital. The bikers make a donation or are<br />

sponsored for this incredibly worthy cause.<br />

Easter Egg Run 2018, Sun 1st Apr<br />

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Running weekends throughout the school<br />

holidays, the innovative Puppet Animation<br />

Festival is back for its 35th year. The UK’s<br />

biggest performing arts festival for children is<br />

taking place at venues across Scotland. In the<br />

west, the hub for the action is Maryhill Burgh<br />

Halls. Aimed at children 0-12 years, there are<br />

also sensory storytelling performances. Puppet<br />

making, stop motion animation, workshops,<br />

theatre and film; how much more fun can school<br />

holidays be?<br />

Puppet Animation Festival<br />

31st Mar-8th Apr, Maryhill Burgh Halls<br />

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Top for Comedy<br />

It’s no surprise that the Glasgow Comedy<br />

Festival is the first comedy festival of the year,<br />

with trailblazing comic talents exuding an air of<br />

'watch and learn' to our Aussie/South Africa/<br />

English, sorry Edinburgh comedy festival rivals.<br />

The 1st festival was in 2003, following the Stand<br />

Comedy Club approaching the council with a<br />

comedy festival proposal. 16 years later, the<br />

overwhelming success of the festival is clear<br />

to see: 40 venues, 400 shows over 18 days.<br />

As well as the big guns Ed Byrne, David Baddiel,<br />

Phil Jupitus plus Comic Relief Live, the festival<br />

prides itself on nurturing home grown talent.<br />

As such, venues such as Dram, the Hug and Pint<br />

and QMU have superb performances on offer,<br />

easily competing with talent in the larger venues.<br />

The programme is immense and too extensive<br />

to feature here, but with a huge presence in the<br />

west at e.g. Cottiers, Oran Mor, The Tall Ship,<br />

as well as obviously at the Stand, you won’t be<br />

stuck for options. If you fancy a go yourself, the<br />

festival has organised The School of Stand up,<br />

a pre-festival event with seminars on how to<br />

perfect the art. With so much to choose from,<br />

better get booking. Prepare to be entertained.<br />

Glasgow International Comedy Festival<br />

8th-25th March, various venues.<br />

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Top for Heavenly Music<br />

St. Bride’s Episcopal Church community in<br />

Hyndland are in the midst of restoring their<br />

beautiful church organ. Built by William Hill and<br />

Son in 1865, 150 years serving the congregation<br />

has taken its toll on this beautiful instrument.<br />

In 2017 a full restoration project commenced.<br />

On Sat 28th April, in aid of the restoration, a<br />

glorious organ recital is being held. St Brides<br />

are delighted to announce that Henry Fairs,<br />

international recitalist and associate head<br />

of organ studies at the Royal Birmingham<br />

Conservatoire will be performing. The recital will<br />

include music by Bach, Rachmaninoff and Elgar,<br />

to name but a few. Following the concert, you are<br />

invited to an informal wine reception. The event<br />

is free, however all donations to the restoration<br />

of the organ would be gratefully received.<br />

As such an integral part of St Bride’s Church,<br />

the organ is also a stand-alone item of historical<br />

importance. Once restored, what a wonderful<br />

resource for the wider community of Hyndland.<br />

St Bride’s Organ Recital featuring<br />

Henry Fairs, Saturday 28th April<br />

7.30pm, St Bride’s Episcopal<br />

Church, 69 Hyndland Road G12 9UX<br />


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The<br />

Graphic World<br />

of Neil Slorance<br />


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Dungeon Fun Front Cover &<br />

‘Hope from the Dirt’ Acrylic on Canvas,<br />

2008 © Neil Slorance<br />

‘D<br />

‘ ungeon Fun is brilliant, it has really cool<br />

drawings.’ Words shared by my<br />

13-year-old son on handing him the<br />

comic book by the artist Neil Slorance and<br />

writer Colin Bell. I had returned from an<br />

interview with Slorance at his studio and with<br />

my son’s love of the medium I presumed I<br />

victoriously stumbled across a volume that he<br />

might not have heard of. It seems not.<br />

‘Yeah I know those comics. I met [Slorance]<br />

at Glasgow Comic Con last year,’ he adds.<br />

This was the annual event at the Royal<br />

Concert Hall – a gathering of comic creators,<br />

artists, writers and their fans, set to return<br />

once again in June of 2018.<br />

This artist/writer collaboration unfolds in<br />

an award-winning series of four, full colour<br />

books. It centres on a female protagonist,<br />

‘a story of a girl and her sword,’ it begins –<br />

and a warrior crusade for justice. That girl<br />

is Fun Mudlifter, raised by trolls in the moat<br />

of a castle who on gathering a sword that<br />

plummeted from the sky adventures beyond<br />

the moat for the first time. It’s a ‘coming of

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age story,’ Slorance describes and is hugely<br />

funny or ‘witty,’ as my son adds. I should not<br />

really have been surprised that he had heard<br />

of Slorance, with over 11k Twitter followers<br />

and a Wikipedia page written about him he<br />

is not a small name in the world of comics,<br />

comic books and illustration. The Dungeon<br />

Fun stories in particular are hugely popular<br />

resonating with all ages and with international<br />

appeal. Jason Symmons, comic book buff<br />

and retailer describes them as, ‘just that, fun!<br />

Really accessible to anyone and can be read<br />

on a number of different levels.’<br />

It is not the only time Bell and Slorance have<br />

collaborated together. In 2011 they created<br />

the webcomic Jonbot v’s Martha and in 2014<br />

they again came together on a strip for Titan<br />

Publications, Dr. Who: The Twelfth Doctor<br />

with Peter Capaldi drawn in true Slorance<br />

style, an accessible childlike ‘cutesy’<br />

charm of oversized heads and large eyes –<br />

a seductive draw for all-ages of comic fan.<br />

Hope from the Dirt is an early work on canvas<br />

that shows an obvious liking for the simplistic<br />

strong lines and form of his characters, a<br />

vibrant palette of persuasive colour and a<br />

subject matter that emotes compassion in the<br />

viewer – a work that pre-dates his move to<br />

illustrating full time but echoes the sentiments<br />

of drawings to follow.<br />

I met with Slorance in his studio in the West<br />

End’s Hidden Lane – a wonderful light fills<br />

his space allowing for great conditions<br />

to draw and paint. ‘The Dungeon Fun<br />

pictures were drawn digitally but I use pen<br />

and watercolours for some of my works,’<br />

he tells me. There is a series of self-published<br />

travelogue comic books in pen and ink<br />

– drawings of his travels to Barcelona,<br />

Bordeaux, Berlin and more recently The<br />

Canada Issue. These are, ‘done in the style<br />

of a journal comic and details all the people<br />

I met, places I saw and stuff I got up to.<br />

I realize this sounds like a comic version of<br />

someone showing you their boring holiday<br />

photos but without spoiling anything there’s a<br />

good bit more to it and I’ve put a lot of myself<br />

into it,’ he adds.<br />

Modern Slorance is another largely<br />

autobiographical publication, a collection<br />

of short stories about things that interest<br />

him, ‘there’s bits about video games, board<br />

Summer Pines, Glenelg © Moy Mackay<br />

Modern Slorance © Neil Slorance<br />

games, also some diary stuff about dating<br />

etc.,’ he explains. There are also some<br />

more political pieces, live drawing for the<br />

BBC at the last general election, for the<br />

Independence referendum with STV online<br />

and currently Slorance contributes a full<br />

colour newspaper strip every Saturday to The<br />

National newspaper.<br />

Symmons has his own view of Slorance,<br />

‘Interestingly a lot of his stuff is reminiscent<br />

of older comics in terms of format and<br />

presentation, one-page stuff like The<br />

Broons.’ I on the other hand cannot pretend<br />

to know a great deal about the history or<br />

medium of comics and comic books – until<br />

now, my experience has been limited to<br />

quickly scanning copies for content and age<br />

appropriateness before purchase – having<br />

a friend who can inform on these matters<br />

has been very helpful! Yet, I was and still am<br />

enthusiastic about my children reading them.<br />

Experience has showed me that it’s a way<br />

in for the reluctant reader – not a new idea,<br />

but still one which often finds resistance in<br />

mainstream education.<br />

Comics are essentially stories told through<br />

sequential images, initial introduction to this<br />

format is perhaps the picture book, ‘some<br />

kids need a little bridge between picture<br />

books and reading,’ Slorance adds and<br />

I would agree, they are a wonderful and<br />

pretty obvious progression. I would also

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‘Han and Chewie’ Watercolour<br />

2015 © Neil Slorance<br />

argue that one of the added benefits is that<br />

it encourages the reader to slow down –<br />

the pictures provoke a requirement to digest<br />

the words and scene before moving on. Not<br />

only do we think in words and pictures but we<br />

live in such a visual, fast moving landscape,<br />

slowing the mind down and comic books as<br />

a way by their very nature that facilitates this<br />

happening, is perhaps hugely beneficial to<br />

humans of all ages.<br />

For me, I finished my first comic book<br />

by reading Volume One of Dungeon Fun.<br />

I may not have elevated any ‘coolness’ in<br />

the eyes of my son but my interest in his<br />

large box of comics has sparked a new type<br />

of conversation and one that may very well<br />

develop into a shared interest.<br />

Slorance shares his studio with other<br />

makers – RE:Craft and Lady Shinjuku,<br />

and is open to the public Thursday to<br />

Sunday 12-5pm or by appointment.<br />

A range of Prints and Cards by Slorance<br />

and other makers are for sale and you will<br />

often find Slorance working in the studio<br />

– according to one of his Instagram post’s<br />

he sometimes brings baking in too!<br />

Studio 1, Hidden Lane, 1103 Argyle Street,<br />

Finnieston G3 8ND<br />

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Gray’s Deli keeps it local and Scottish<br />

Right Under Your Nose<br />

supporting West End food and drink artisans<br />


Supermarket food shopping isn’t always<br />

top of our ‘to do’ list. As much as my<br />

regular visits to genuinely good<br />

supermarkets allow me to buy everything<br />

I need for the week, there are other little<br />

markets that I find genuinely inspiring. A walk<br />

around the West End ‘super markets’ delivers<br />

a variety of alternatives to our weekly visit<br />

to the bigger outlets. So were our West End<br />

street a virtual supermarket, how would it<br />

look? Trolley bag in tow, let’s shop!<br />

First Aisle – Fruit and Veg<br />

Roots & Fruits<br />

Always the first aisle we hit let’s head to<br />

the fruit and veg section, or Roots, Fruits<br />

and Flowers in our case. With two handy<br />

stores, on Great Western Road and Argyle<br />

Street, there is bound to be one near<br />

enough for your grocery shop. Following<br />

the huge success of the Kelvinbridge outlet,<br />

the Finnieston store opened in 2011. The<br />

company pride themselves on sourcing<br />

local, ‘environmentally conscious’ produce.<br />

Their fresh fruit and vegetables are delivered<br />

several times a week, so you know what you<br />

see hasn’t been sitting for weeks on end.<br />

To cap it off, Roots and Fruits’ flowers are<br />

something special and not just for marking<br />

major life events. The florists note that they<br />

are inspired by country gardens – such that<br />

their gorgeous flower arrangements look wild<br />

and natural but are the epitome of class too.<br />

Andersons<br />

The Queen Market Drive outlet has been<br />

serving the community with gorgeous fruit,<br />

veg and flowers since 1918. 100 years on and<br />

in the midst of refurbishment, it’s still the best<br />

wee greengrocers in Kelvinside.<br />

Next Up – Fish and Meat<br />

Wilson’s Catch of the Day<br />

A real find for quality produce is Wilson’s<br />

Catch of the Day. Established in 2015 in<br />

Finnieston, the produce here is as fresh as<br />

it comes, barring braving the waves in a<br />

dinghy. The brain child of chef, fishmonger<br />

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Supermarket shopping. It’s part of our regular chores,<br />

with variety and accessibility to products from every<br />

part of the globe. But just sometimes it’s nice to<br />

consider the little guys, the alternative super markets<br />

right here on our West End streets.<br />

and proprietor Stuart Wilson, the team head<br />

out daily to coastal fish markets to select<br />

the freshest seafood available: lobster, crab,<br />

oysters, monkfish, salmon; even swordfish.<br />

The list is incredible. And yet, fish isn’t the<br />

only thing on the menu. Wilson’s also do a<br />

great free range selection of poultry from<br />

traceable farms and game from ethical<br />

estates. With knowledgeable staff on hand to<br />

advise on sauces and menu ideas, when they<br />

talk about one stop shops, they are talking<br />

about this SUPER market!<br />

Andrew Reid Butchers<br />

20 years in the Kelvinbridge shop, a West End<br />

institution with the best Italian sausages and<br />

steak burger around.<br />

The Delicious Deli Counter<br />

Gray’s Deli<br />

How do you possibly choose one deli in<br />

the West End – THE delicatessen capital<br />

of central Scotland? You simply can’t.<br />

To begin with, which kind of deli are we<br />

talking about? The Italian choice is vast,<br />

so it might be worth looking at a store that<br />

promotes Scottish produce. Gray’s Deli in<br />

Broomhill is a true campaigner for Scottish<br />

fayre. As well as a great selection of Baikhous<br />

artisan bread made in Renfrewshire, superb<br />

Glasgow based Ed’s Bees honeys, Crowdie<br />

cheese and of course sumptuous smoked<br />

salmon, this gorgeous little shop stocks<br />

the best produce in the world (well, it is<br />

Scottish!).<br />

George Mewes Cheese<br />

In terms of cheese, look no further than<br />

George Mewes on Byres Road. This<br />

cheesemonger stocks world class British<br />

and continental artisan cheeses. After 25<br />

years as a chef, Mewes found his great<br />

passion for cheese and stocks some major<br />

award winners. The staff are more than<br />

happy to guide you in which accompanying<br />

jams, truffles and honeys might match your<br />

originally selected mouth-watering cheese<br />


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A draft you want to catch at Vino Valentino<br />

Scherezade<br />

This lovely little market on Bank Street has<br />

simply stunning Middle Eastern cuisine:<br />

falafel, hummus, baba ganoush and baked<br />

aubergine…delicious.<br />

Globetrotting – World Food<br />

Solly’s African Village<br />

With ne’er a wonky trolley wheel in sight,<br />

isn’t this fun? Where do we begin in the<br />

wonderfully multicultural community that is<br />

Glasgow’s West End? Solly’s African Village<br />

of course. Established in 1992, the Great<br />

Western Road store has food from Kenya,<br />

South Africa, Nigeria, the list goes on. From<br />

Afro-Caribbean meats, fruits and groceries<br />

to an incredible array of spices, Solly’s also<br />

have exotic sea food – snapper, shark and<br />

octopus. And what does every village need?<br />

A hairdresser and gift shop, both on site.<br />

Lupe Pintos<br />

Slightly further down Great Western Road<br />

and we come to my favourite world foodcome-deli<br />

store, Lupe Pintos. Founders<br />

Doug Bell and Rhoda Robertson had spent<br />

a year long journey across America and<br />

Mexico immersing themselves in the cuisine<br />

before opening their Edinburgh store in 1991.<br />

Ten years later and the Glasgow branch<br />

opened, becoming a West End institution.<br />

The tiny shop stocks every possible hot<br />

sauce, chilli, refried bean, tortilla combination<br />

this side of Mexico City. With three<br />

cookbooks and as organisers of the annual<br />

Chillifest, the Pintos team are hot, hot, hot!<br />

KRK<br />

KRK in Woodlands stands out as the place to<br />

go for South East Asian ingredients. A store<br />

packed full of every spice, rice, flour and<br />

Indian breads, even my Indian mother-in-law<br />

loves this place.<br />

Here Comes Cake<br />

Kember & Jones<br />

Arriving at our bakery section, there is a<br />

definite front runner who supplies many<br />

of the other delis in the west. Kember and<br />

Jones use four simple basic ingredients for<br />

all their bread: flour, yeast, salt and water;<br />

no preservatives enzymes or other additives.<br />

From here ingredients can be added to make<br />

wholemeal, malted granary, rye and raisin as<br />

well as my favourite, sourdough. To kill two<br />

birds with one stone, the deli counter stocks<br />

champion chutneys and charcuterie for that<br />

oh-so-yummy sandwich when you get home.

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Cottonrake Bakery<br />

This very popular little spot, opened in 2010,<br />

is regularly queued around the block. And<br />

no wonder: croissants, Portuguese custard<br />

tarts, brownies and lemon meringue pies.<br />

I don’t think I need to elaborate. Point made.<br />

It’s Wine O’Clock<br />

Vino Valentino<br />

Finally arriving at wines and spirits, the old<br />

trolley bag is straining under the weight of<br />

our West End goodies. Slightly hidden off the<br />

beaten track, take a trip to Vino Valentino.<br />

Just off Byres Road in Chancellor Street,<br />

you won’t regret taking the time to find it.<br />

Passionate champions of Italian vineyards,<br />

the team’s wines are personally sourced in<br />

Italy. Stocking bottles of wine, of course, but<br />

the real USP here is that many of their wines<br />

are draft, therefore you can sample before<br />

you buy. Leaving here you may need another<br />

shopping trolley.<br />

The Cave<br />

15 years in Kelvinbridge, 400 craft beers,<br />

unique liqueurs and top of the range spirits,<br />

The Cave has all bases covered.<br />

Shopping? Done (as Gordon Ramsay<br />

would say).<br />

Roots, Fruits & Flowers 451-457 Great<br />

Western Road & 1137 Argyle Street<br />

Andersons 92 Queen Margaret Drive<br />

Wilson’s Catch of the Day<br />

71 Houldsworth Street<br />

Andrew Reid Butchers<br />

401 Great Western Road<br />

Gray’s Deli 305 Crow Road<br />

George Mewes Cheese 106 Byres Road<br />

Scherezade 47 Bank Street<br />

Solly’s African Village<br />

381-383 Great Western Road<br />

Lupe Pintos 313 Great Western Road<br />

KRK 286 Woodlands Road<br />

Kember & Jones 134 Byres Road<br />

Cottonrake 497 Great Western Road<br />

Vino Valentino 6 Chancellor Street<br />

The Cave 421 Great Western Road<br />

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317 - 319 Crow Road, G11 7BU<br />

0141 337 3307<br />


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The<br />

Lismore<br />

Reviewed by<br />

Emily Donoho<br />

In a corner of Partick where pubs come and<br />

go faster than Theresa May’s cabinet, the<br />

Lismore has withstood changing tastes and<br />

demographics since it opened 1996. It looks<br />

like it’s been there forever. The woodwork<br />

inside is oak in rich browns, with leather<br />

benches framed by old ropes from ships<br />

and tables made from the tops of whisky<br />

casks. The pub’s artwork looks to island life,<br />

abstract collections of materials from the<br />

Highlands and Islands: turf, bird eggs, fish,<br />

boats, fishing nets, while the stained glass on<br />

the windows was specially commissioned,<br />

depicting the Highland Clearances.<br />

The island of Lismore, from where the pub<br />

takes its name, was one of the last places to<br />

be cleared.<br />

You notice something Victorian about the<br />

Lismore – a step back in time to a place<br />

where pubs were for socialising, not eating a<br />

posh meal, watching television, or listening to<br />

music on a PA turned up to 11.<br />

There is music, but it’s live. The Lismore has<br />

hosted Irish and Scottish traditional music<br />

sessions for years, bringing in some of the<br />

best musicians in the city. The sessions run<br />

roughly three times per week – Monday,<br />

Tuesday, and Thursday (double check, the<br />

days can vary). On Sundays, they have bands<br />

playing a variety of genres, anything from jazz<br />

to folk to funk.<br />

The pub is unusual in that it has two bars, the<br />

front one where the sessions live, and up a<br />

couple steps, the back one. There’s even a<br />

small bar in the back, which is useful if you’re<br />

visiting on a packed night and don’t want<br />

to battle the hordes to get to the main bar.<br />

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The back bar rarely gets deafening, so if<br />

you’re looking for a place for a quiet chat, you<br />

can find a nook or a cranny.<br />

The Lismore hasn’t quite jumped on the<br />

real ale bandwagon. They have one guest<br />

cask ale and Deuchars IPA on the handpumps.<br />

The bar staff when we were there<br />

didn’t know what ale they had on (it was<br />

Greenmantle Century), but the beer itself<br />

had been well-kept. Nonetheless, they keep<br />

an extensive range of beverages on tap,<br />

including Heverlee, Tennant’s, Caledonian<br />

Best, Punk IPA, two Drygate lagers, Estrella,<br />

and Magners for the cider drinkers.<br />

At its heart, though, it’s a whisky pub –<br />

not surprising from a bar so devoted to<br />

the Highlands and Islands – and it has a<br />

lot of whiskies. You can have the usual<br />

suspects, the ten-year MacAllans, Highland<br />

Parks, Laphraoigs, and so on, but for the<br />

adventurous (and financially solvent) whisky<br />

drinker, there are 18 year Dalmores, a 21-year<br />

Glengoyne, an 18 year Bowmore, and many<br />

more.<br />

The homage to Highland and Island history<br />

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The Lismore<br />

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The Cran<br />

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Reviewed by<br />

Roberto Parrucci<br />

Reaching The Cran on a cold winter<br />

night, I’m struck by its laid back,<br />

comfortable atmosphere with wooden<br />

benches and old armchairs covered with<br />

blankets in tartan patterns. On the naked<br />

brick walls there’s a remarkable piece of<br />

wood hanging, one of those your dog would<br />

find upon an empty Scottish beach. Opposite<br />

the entrance, a series of framed artworks<br />

also serve to brighten the space.<br />

My eye is immediately caught by the counter,<br />

stocking various big pots of appealing food.<br />

A quick glance at the daily’s board and I opt<br />

for a haggis samosa (don’t be fooled, it’s<br />

vegan haggis we’re talking about here) and<br />

a vegan stovie (yes, it’s possible to recreate<br />

the meaty all-round texture, but cruelty-free).<br />

To wash all the food down I opt for the green<br />

machine, a smoothie with broccoli, celery,<br />

spinach, banana and pineapple. This should<br />

be enough to stave off any midday hunger<br />

pangs.<br />

Delving into the haggis samosa, served<br />

with a slightly spicy apple puree on the side<br />

that goes hand in hand with the balanced,<br />

generously stuffed vegan filling, I have the<br />

immediate impression this food hasn’t<br />

lingered long in the counter. It’s fresh, crusty<br />

and an extremely succulent starter.<br />

Sampling the vegan stovie, served with<br />

oaties on the side, this traditional Scottish<br />

recipe is revisited with loads of lentils, beans,<br />

mushrooms, potatoes and carrots. Halfway<br />

through I’m knocked down. The stovie is so<br />

creamy and filling that it immediately gives a<br />

sense of appeasement to my empty stomach.<br />

With this bonanza for foodies, I quickly feel<br />

satisfied having eaten my fill.<br />

Luckily, a few sips of the most refreshing<br />

of smoothies bring me back to normal and<br />

I discover some space for a sweet treat, a<br />

lavish chocolate caramel cake.<br />

The Cran aims to be a crossroad for crafted<br />

food, drinks, arts and work. The food at<br />

the counter is partly in-house made, partly<br />

provided by Face-plant Foods, a wellestablished<br />

plant-based kitchen, providing<br />

the best of stews, curries and soups.<br />

With desserts provided by an artisan<br />

Glasgow-based baker, The Cran makes it<br />

even easier for you via their Instagram stories<br />

for the latest updates on the menu. Artisan<br />

traders can also set-up a pop-up shop<br />

here, present their products at tastings and<br />

showcase their arts and crafts (from jewellery<br />

to vintage clothing, ceramics and plants).<br />

The Cran aims to serve as a community<br />

space, a venue for events and workshops.<br />

The philosophy of this wee pearl is to try<br />

and shop as local as possible. Have you<br />

ever met a cow in Glasgow? Well, next time<br />

you sink into the Cran’s creamy cappuccino,<br />

rest assured it’s a weegie cow’s milk you’re<br />

tasting.<br />

The Cran<br />

994 Argyle Street G3 8LU<br />

0141 237 3435<br />

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CREAMY<br />


Is spring here yet? I wish I could say it was, but it<br />

is just as dreary outside as those miserable winter<br />

months. But as always, Liberty is here (or rather<br />

the sugar from the grocery store), to perk up those<br />

coffers. This isn’t your Mama’s meringue – this baby<br />

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300g blueberries<br />

300mL double cream<br />

2 limes<br />

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5. Bake the meringues for 5 hours. Turn<br />

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Many people in the<br />

West End dream of<br />

opening their own<br />

business – whether it’s<br />

a personal passion, or a desire to<br />

work for themselves that drives<br />

the move. Loraine Patrick speaks<br />

to three locals about what it<br />

takes to make it as a sole trader.<br />

There are lots of perks to working for<br />

yourself – just ask Alice Kirk, founder<br />

of Isabella’s Wardrobe on Crow Road in<br />

Broomhill. Alice set up on her own business<br />

10 years ago after working for a commercial<br />

arts seller. She chooses her own hours,<br />

enjoys increased freedom and lots of job<br />

satisfaction<br />

‘You have a great deal more flexibility’, Alice<br />

confirms. ‘This business is a very personal<br />

one – customers want to see me in the shop,<br />

so I close on a Sunday and Monday to make<br />

sure I can be here the rest of the time. Other<br />

benefits of working for yourself are that you<br />

are not answerable to anyone else. You make<br />

your own decisions. It’s great fun and it is<br />

very social – I now know lots of ladies in the<br />

West End.’<br />

The shop started with Alice’s own love of<br />

labels and Isabella’s Wardrobe has become<br />

the West Ends go to spot for bagging a<br />

designer bargain. ‘I don’t source stock,’ says<br />

Alice, ‘customers come to me with pieces to<br />

sell. I am like a matching service and know<br />

my customer’s style and tastes. We are a<br />

consignment shop – I don’t pay for stock –<br />

when items sell the client gets paid. It’s a<br />

good business model.’<br />

A few doors along is The Wee Kitchen Shop<br />

at 304 Crow Road. Run by cabinetmaker<br />

Greg Bowers, he believes when you work<br />

for yourself that it’s vital to find something<br />

you are passionate about. For Greg, after a<br />

long career in the building and preservation<br />

trade it was about bringing all his skills and<br />

creativity together. Greg picks up, ‘There<br />

was nothing worse than always having to<br />

be the bearer of bad news. When I worked<br />

in preservation I always had to apologise<br />

to clients – wet rot, dry rot, it was always<br />

expensive to fix. The kitchen is the heart of<br />

the home and brings together my furniture<br />

making, property development and<br />

restoration skills.’<br />

Opening the shop was also a lifestyle choice<br />

– Greg wanted to be around to see his

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B.Y.O.B<br />

(Be Your Own Boss)<br />

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children grow up. ‘Not being a contractor and<br />

having to be at a building site from eight in<br />

the morning means I can have that time with<br />

my family. I can help out in the morning when<br />

my wife goes to work and I can spend time<br />

with my kids.’<br />

There are downsides to being your own<br />

boss though and Greg is particularly hard<br />

on himself. ‘My mind is always connected –<br />

work never really stops. Evenings, weekends,<br />

and holidays – I never switch off. The main<br />

issue though is working on a Saturday.<br />

I live to spend time with my family so working<br />

weekends is not ideal.’<br />

Owen Bisset, owner of gift and lifestyle<br />

store Concept 65 agrees it’s about finding<br />

a balance. Owen has no problem with<br />

shutting shop when he needs to. ‘It’s really<br />

important not let your business engulf your<br />

life. My customers know I have no problem<br />

booking holidays but I always make sure I<br />

combine work and play. I buy for the shop<br />

when I’m abroad and have a good network<br />

of contacts, particularly in Paris, so I always<br />

have something unique to offer my customers<br />

here in the West End. I don’t buy at UK trade<br />

shows anymore as there is too much overlap<br />

with other shops in the area.’<br />

Concept 65 (formerly Owen Bisset Boutique)<br />

on Hyndland Street stocks an eclectic mix of<br />

homeware, gifts and jewellery. For Owen it<br />

was always the aim to be his own boss. ‘I can<br />

express my creativity freely with the shop.<br />

I worked for a similar company when I<br />

finished art school but always wanted the<br />

freedom to do my own thing as I have quite a<br />

quirky style.’<br />

Owen is clear he wouldn’t let his business<br />

take over his life – and is a very relaxed boss<br />

to himself. ‘It’s a very weird conversation<br />

I have with myself,’ he laughs. ‘I probably<br />

do need to be harder on myself – I have no<br />

one to whip me into shape. Things like my<br />

timekeeping are not always great but my

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customers know that. Actually my friends are<br />

harder on me than I am!’<br />

Like Greg and Alice, Owen agrees you never<br />

fully switch off when you are a sole trader –<br />

his business is the first thing he thinks about<br />

when he wakes up and the last thing he thinks<br />

about before going to sleep. Six years into<br />

his business it’s been a steep learning curve<br />

but good fun. ‘I would recommend anyone<br />

thinking about becoming self employed just<br />

to go for it – but you must be prepared to<br />

work hard.’<br />

Concept 65, the Wee Kitchen Shop and<br />

Isabella’s Wardrobe have all found their niche<br />

in the West End. But it has taken time. Alice<br />

says it took around eight years to develop her<br />

market and build up to the quality of stock<br />

she now has. ‘I knew what I wanted to sell but<br />

it took me a wee while to find the customer<br />

base. Nowadays I get lots of high value<br />

pieces and I have the market to sell them<br />

on. Authenticity has never been an issue,<br />

I am careful who I take stock from and there<br />

is always assistance out there in verifying<br />

pieces. Business is thriving in what is a<br />

competitive market and I just want to keep<br />

doing what I am doing.’<br />

‘There is always going to be a place for<br />

bricks and mortar shops like these,’ Owen<br />

concludes. ‘People want to see and try<br />

before they buy. If I am still here in a year then<br />

I am doing something right!’<br />

Isabella’s Wardrobe, 318 Crow Road<br />

The Wee Kitchen Shop, 304 Crow Road<br />

Concept 65, 65 Hyndland Street

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Happy 20th Anniversary<br />

Independent Mortgage Store<br />

Paul McGowan loves life on the ever<br />

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‘We opened on the 28th April 1998,’ says<br />

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Gerry Hughes joined early in 2017 as a Senior<br />

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Mortgage interest rates have of course<br />

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that their existing clients are on the best and<br />

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Legal Matters<br />

Wheels of Fortune<br />

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

The narrow streets and heavy traffic prevalent in the West End make<br />

the advice below from my colleague very apt. Cycling is definitely a<br />

dangerous pursuit. I prefer jaywalking myself.<br />

Cycling is great. Great exercise.<br />

Great for the environment. Great fun<br />

for all ages. The UK excels at a<br />

professional level. Why are cyclists not<br />

universally adored as saviours of the world<br />

and applauded daily by other road users?<br />

Probably because – Newsflash – bicycles are<br />

traffic. And lots of cyclists pretend otherwise.<br />

Too many cyclists ignore basic rules<br />

like having operational lights. Too many<br />

ignore red lights and/or choose to cycle<br />

on pavements (‘shared use’ pavements<br />

excepted).<br />

There is no question that cyclists are<br />

vulnerable road users. In a collision with<br />

a vehicle, they will come off second best.<br />

A car driver’s insurance should provide<br />

cover if they injure a cyclist or damage their<br />

property. But no law says cyclists must have<br />

insurance. So what happens when the cyclist<br />

causes an accident?<br />

No doubt, leisure / weekend cyclists consider<br />

the risk small enough to manage. Perhaps<br />

some think their car insurance will cover them<br />

(it doesn’t). But what about all the commuting<br />

cyclists? Typical cycling insurance annual<br />

premiums are £30. Basic membership of<br />

cycling bodies often includes third party<br />

insurance for about the same price.<br />

The message to cyclists is clear. Take out<br />

insurance. Don’t lose your (lycra) shirt<br />

for £30.<br />

If Paul Neilly can help<br />

please contact him on<br />

0141 552 3422, or email<br />

pdn@mitchells-roberton.<br />

co.uk.<br />

An uninsured cyclist with no assets or income<br />

will not be worth suing. The Motor Insurers<br />

Bureau offers no indemnity for uninsured<br />

cyclists. But the injured driver or pedestrian<br />

might have to pay a solicitor to find out the<br />

two-wheeled miscreant is made of straw.<br />

Alternatively, if a cyclist does have<br />

recoverable assets or income, they could<br />

lose their home or be made bankrupt if they<br />

cannot settle the injured party’s losses.<br />

Insured cyclists are probably in the minority.<br />

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Empowerment<br />

In the wake of the #MeToo campaign,<br />

the idea that women should support and<br />

rally behind each other has been dominating<br />

mainstream conversation. But while women<br />

are finding their voices and speaking out<br />

about traumatic experiences for – in many<br />

cases – the first time, others are focusing on<br />

how to take that idea of empowerment and<br />

turn it into a tool to serve women throughout<br />

their lives. That’s where MsMissMrs, a Firhillbased<br />

social enterprise steps in.<br />

‘There’s not a lot we can do to control how<br />

other people behave, but we can do a lot<br />

to manage ourselves,’ says operations<br />

manager Louise McAllister. MsMissMrs<br />

– which launched in 2013 before moving<br />

…and superhero pants<br />

WORDS Hannah Westwater MAIN IMAGE Gregor Reid<br />

into its current hub last year – runs selfempowerment<br />

programmes for women who<br />

have been through trauma. The ASDANaccredited<br />

‘Get SET’ (Self-Empowerment<br />

Tools), written by organisation founder Sylvia<br />

Douglas, consist of one workshop a week<br />

over eight weeks. Over 200 women have<br />

completed the programme so far.<br />

‘The idea behind MsMissMrs is about<br />

building resilience so that we’re able to<br />

navigate our way through life’s obstacles,’<br />

Louise explains. ‘We want to create a<br />

community of women coming together<br />

and supporting each other. In this day<br />

and age we’re quite isolated from each<br />

other, whereas we used to have these big

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communities – we’d watch our mother or<br />

grandmother or great-grandmother, we’d<br />

see how they managed their lives and their<br />

relationships. Nowadays, women don’t have<br />

that experience. So we wanted to create<br />

a hub bringing women together to share<br />

experiences.’<br />

The workshops aim to challenge the ‘negative<br />

voices in our heads that tell us we’re not good<br />

enough’. Women are invited to participate<br />

in guided discussions about self-esteem,<br />

setting boundaries, self-awareness and<br />

cultivating healthy relationships – life skills<br />

which can be forgotten through hard times or<br />

which mightn’t have been taught to us at all.<br />

With a focus on self-care, Sylvia and Louise<br />

are keen to emphasise that despite its<br />

new buzzword status, they mean it in the<br />

most practical sense of the term. ‘A lot of<br />

people think it’s putting moisturiser on, but<br />

it goes a lot deeper than that. Self-care is<br />

not a reward,’ Sylvia says. ‘It’s you giving<br />

yourself permission to say, “I am responsible<br />

for taking care of myself”. Your GP<br />

appointments, your smear tests, your dental<br />

check-ups, all of that. ‘It’s about mental<br />

health, physical health and social wellbeing.’<br />

Sylvia, who grew up in care units, was<br />

inspired by her own experiences to<br />

establish the social enterprise. Now also<br />

training other organisations to deliver the<br />

programme she designed, she says it was<br />

only following her own recovery that she<br />

realised the importance of prioritising ones<br />

own wellbeing. She adds, ‘You get to a point<br />

where you’ve been through so much in your<br />

life that you don’t tend to believe you deserve<br />

good things. It’s almost like dimming your<br />

own light – society doesn’t benefit, your<br />

family doesn’t benefit, and most importantly<br />

you don’t benefit. I thought it would be really<br />

great to have a women-only space where you<br />

could look at the fundamentals of rebuilding<br />

yourself.’<br />

launching new four-hour one-off workshops,<br />

aiming to cater for women who are unable<br />

to commit to the eight weeks of workshops<br />

offered on the programme.<br />

‘Most of the women who do our courses have<br />

been through trauma, but I actually think<br />

most women have. We’ve all got… stuff,’ says<br />

Louise when considering the new intake of<br />

women for these shorter workshops. ‘I’m<br />

so glad women are talking but we need to<br />

ensure we have the tools to navigate these<br />

issues in the community on a daily basis.’<br />

There is no referral system as such, she says,<br />

but women hear about MsMissMrs through<br />

local partners like GPs and other groups who<br />

are prominent in women’s recovery.<br />

As well as supporting women, the social<br />

enterprise does preventative work with girls.<br />

Having developed a 72-page workbook,<br />

they encourage 11 to 13-year-old girls to<br />

think about difficult communication, setting<br />

boundaries, self-esteem, body image and<br />

stress – and discuss it with their peers.<br />

They’ve been working with Knightswood<br />

Secondary School and have received an<br />

enthusiastic response. ‘We talk to young girls<br />

and they’re so tired already,’ says Sylvia. ‘You<br />

can’t underestimate the impact social media<br />

and those daily comparisons have. But really,<br />

I don’t think there’s an age limit on the book.<br />

These issues follow you.’<br />

Moving forward, MsMissMrs want to make<br />

their self-awareness programmes as<br />

accessible as possible to any women who<br />

might benefit from their services, as well as<br />

reaching more girls with their workbook. Until<br />

then, it’s clear that the hub will stay full to the<br />

brim with support, laughs, empowerment –<br />

and pants.<br />

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MsMissMrs is largely funded by the sale<br />

of their signature ‘empowerment pants’ –<br />

ethically-manufactured underwear designed<br />

with the idea of women-as-their-ownsuperheroes<br />

in mind. Over 3,000 pairs have<br />

sold to date. The revenue generated from<br />

these is partly why the organisation is now

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Health Matters<br />

GP Dr. Pamela Leggate, of Glasgow West Medical Practice,<br />

discusses concerns around Autism and Asperger’s<br />

Syndrome. Find how to access information, courses and<br />

the help available.<br />

Autism is a complex lifelong<br />

developmental condition that can<br />

cause a range of problems<br />

with communication, behaviour and<br />

understanding. Around 70% of people with<br />

Autism have a coexisting learning difficulty.<br />

It is more common than you might think with<br />

around 1 in 100 children having some degree<br />

of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It is four<br />

times more common in boys than girls.<br />

So what might cause concern that a child<br />

might be autistic? Parents will sometimes<br />

notice something not quite right from as early<br />

as 12 months old, but it is usually around the<br />

age of two years old that it becomes more<br />

obvious. Affected children may have delayed<br />

speech and will not compensate by gesturing<br />

or pointing. They may not look you in the eye<br />

and may prefer to play alone rather than with<br />

other children. They might find pretend play<br />

difficult. There may be repetitive behaviours<br />

or speech. Autistic children can become very<br />

distressed if their routine changes.<br />

If you are concerned, you can find a<br />

screening questionnaire at M_CHAT.org<br />

(modified checklist for autism in toddlers).<br />

Screening tests are not diagnostic but can<br />

alert you that there might be a problem so<br />

that you can ask your health visitor or GP<br />

about a formal assessment. Depending on<br />

the severity of the condition some children<br />

may not be diagnosed until they start<br />

school or later. Children with Asperger’s<br />

syndrome (a milder form of ASD) may have<br />

normal intelligence, but just be a bit socially<br />

awkward. Some people reach adulthood<br />

before they realise they are ‘different’.<br />

So what causes Autism? The straight answer<br />

is that we don’t really know. The condition<br />

often runs in families so there may well be<br />

a genetic cause. I’ve had a few patients<br />

(mainly fathers I have to say) who have<br />

children diagnosed with autism who then<br />

think maybe that would actually explain a lot<br />

about the problems they have had throughout<br />

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assessment clinic but predictably, there are<br />

long waiting lists for the service.<br />

A few years ago there was a panic that<br />

vaccines might cause autism. This has<br />

since been proved not to be the case and<br />

in fact the doctor who was responsible for<br />

the research has since been struck off for<br />

falsifying results. The most recent theory<br />

is that autistic children’s brains develop<br />

differently with a surplus of synapses (extra<br />

connections in the brain). You would think<br />

that a higher number of connections would<br />

be a good thing but it seems to lead to<br />

miscommunication between brain cells and<br />

difficulties with processing. It is likely that<br />

there is no single cause for autism but a<br />

mixture of factors.<br />

Anyway, enough of the science…how can we<br />

help children with autism? Having recognised<br />

the condition, there is a lot that can be done<br />

to help. Special educational support can<br />

go a long way to improve communication,<br />

language and social skills. This might involve<br />

a multidisciplinary team with speech and<br />

language therapists, occupational therapists<br />

and educational psychologists. Behavioural<br />

issues can be improved in the same way<br />

as other children with positive parenting<br />

techniques. Ask your health visitor about the<br />

Triple P programme available for all parents,<br />

not just parents of autistic children. This aims<br />

to encourage by recognising and praising<br />

good behaviour. You can find out more<br />

or even access the programme online at<br />

triplep-parenting.uk.net.<br />

Occasionally medication is used for things<br />

like anxiety, depression, poor sleep or<br />

obsessive compulsive disorders which can<br />

affect people with autism. There is no cure<br />

and autistic children will grow into autistic<br />

adults. The earlier we can recognise the<br />

condition and put supports in place, the<br />

better the outcomes. Some adults with<br />

Asperger’s syndrome will be able to live<br />

independently, work and lead relatively<br />

normal lives while others will require support<br />

from parents or carers in the long term.<br />

Finally, there is a school of thought that<br />

suggests Asperger’s syndrome is not an<br />

illness but a variant of normal. People without<br />

Asperger’s are referred to as ‘neurotypicals’.<br />

Adults on the autistic spectrum can have<br />

lots of positive qualities and can be highly<br />

intelligent. Mozart and Einstein are said<br />

to have been autistic. Susan Boyle has<br />

confirmed that she has Asperger’s syndrome.<br />

Dan Aykroyd and Tim Burton are also on the<br />

autistic spectrum. So don’t despair. We all<br />

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West<br />

notebook<br />

by Michele Gordon thelanguagehub.co.uk<br />

Idon’t know about you but I am really looking<br />

forward to spring this year. After all the bad<br />

weather we have had in recent months I<br />

think we finally all deserve a bit of sunshine.<br />

I do like spring for many reasons: the days<br />

become longer and you can actually leave<br />

the house and return in daylight, the air<br />

smells somewhat fresher and it is lovely to<br />

see nature blossoming everywhere. It also<br />

makes people more cheerful in general and<br />

less stressed and grumpy. What is not to<br />

like? It is of course also the time when many<br />

of us celebrate Easter although you could<br />

be mislead to believe that Easter actually<br />

starts on the 27th of December as advertising<br />

campaigns and the retail sector in general try<br />

to get us into the mood earlier…successfully?<br />

I’m not sure. Don’t get me wrong, I do like a<br />

chocolate Easter egg or two, but when I am<br />

still digesting chocolate Santas I do need<br />

a break!<br />

This year, Easter marks the beginning of<br />

the spring school holidays which means<br />

children get an extra day with Good Friday<br />

on the 30th of March being a holiday.<br />

For many the school holidays are an<br />

opportunity to head off on a quick holiday<br />

either abroad or on a holiday closer to home.<br />

If you chose not to do either you can still<br />

find sufficient entertainment to keep the kids<br />

entertained.<br />

There are quite a few activities on over the<br />

holidays. I very much like the sound of the<br />

events over the first holiday week at Maryhill<br />

Burgh Halls as part of the Puppet Animation<br />

Festival (puppetanimationfestival.org).<br />

Between the 24th March and 14th April there<br />

will be various events in Scotland for children<br />

up to the age of 12 years, including puppet<br />

making workshops, or animated films in<br />

English and Gaelic.<br />

If you are more in search of outdoor activities<br />

you could check out the RSPB Scotland<br />

sessions as part of the Kelvingrove Art<br />

Gaellery and Museum timetable. These<br />

activities run on Saturdays and Sundays<br />

from 1-4pm and only ask for a donation of £1<br />

toward the costs (whatsonglasgow.co.uk).<br />

Children learn about local nature and animals<br />

living in Kelvingrove Park.<br />

Should you be heading toward the Botanic<br />

Gardens for a stroll make sure to stop at<br />

the ‘Books at the Botanics’ book fair in the<br />

Hopkirk building It will run throughout the<br />

Easter weekend with lots of bargains to be<br />

had for any book lover.<br />

If your children are more into sport, then look<br />

up some of the sports clubs like Broomhill<br />

Sports Club (broomhillsportsclub.org.uk).<br />

Sports camps often use schools to distribute<br />

their holiday activity flyers, so look out for<br />

your child’s school bag at the end of March to<br />

see what’s on.<br />

Many museums like the Riverside Museum<br />

or the Tall Ship also put on holiday activities<br />

for children (thetallship.com). And if none of<br />

these above activities take your fancy or you<br />

have tried all of them before the holidays are<br />

over, you can always come to The Language<br />

Hub. This year, we will be running weekday<br />

activities from the 3rd to the 13th of April<br />

for children and adults alike. Not all of them<br />

involve language learning so make sure to<br />

check out our website for more details.<br />

This leaves me to wish you all ‘Frohe Ostern’<br />

and many happy egg hunts. I hope we will all<br />

enjoy some lovely warm spring weather and a<br />

relaxing break.

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Homes & Interiors<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

© Hoos<br />

Fashions change with moods and seasons,<br />

Susan Robertson explores one of the key<br />

interiors trends for 2018 and how we can<br />

take inspiration from this into our West End<br />

homes.<br />

Natural<br />

Accents<br />

As global communication raises awareness of the world<br />

around us, we’ve seen an ever-growing movement<br />

towards sustainable products, consideration about our<br />

environment and the products we choose to surround<br />

ourselves by have obvious influences in trends across<br />

fashion and interiors.

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© Hoos<br />

Some of the key interiors trends for this year can be<br />

grouped under the theme of touching nature. This is<br />

particularly in relation to materials. Perhaps linked<br />

to a desire to connect with nature, and a desire to feel<br />

more connected with the impact and value of our<br />

decisions.<br />

This manifests itself this year in the move towards<br />

carefully chosen tactile products and materials. This<br />

is not to say we’ve yet reached the stage where things<br />

are all entirely biodegradable or plant-based in their<br />

production of course, but the trend is a nod towards<br />

paring back to the bare bones of our surroundings and<br />

respecting and celebrating a raw connection with our<br />

environment in terms of how things touch and feel.<br />

So, we’re seeing more use of marble and stone in<br />

different colours and formats. Think mortar and<br />

pestles and heavy marble tables. Rather than the<br />

restrictions we’ve had previously, there are now more<br />

colours being used in stone than just the traditional<br />

milky whites and you can see deep, dark greens and<br />

black onyx, or soft pale mineral stones in accessories<br />

and furniture. These heavy, solid materials are multilayered<br />

and feel rich, luxurious and real.<br />

Pair these heavy stones with raw concrete – dark<br />

textured grey concretes are wonderful floorings.<br />

Or we’re also seeing a mixture of takes on this from<br />

soft, smoothed off pale grey or white concrete or<br />

chunky, textured bubbly raw effects coming through<br />

in bold accessories like vases, candles and bowls.<br />

This almost has a natural industrial feel to it all, but<br />

it’s much softer than that. Add to the heavy stones and<br />

concretes, soft natural wooden accessories and it’s<br />

a really lovely theme. Either use the very palest of<br />

wooden accessories, hugely smoothed off to bring a<br />

real softness to a room, or go more rustic with dark,<br />

chunky wooden bowls and occasional furniture to<br />

contrast with dark rough concrete and rich smooth<br />

marble.<br />

And these all understandably work well with colour<br />

palettes from nature. Crisp whites and soft greys set<br />

this off beautifully on walls and fabrics. Layer up<br />

fabrics and textures to add different levels of softness<br />

and stay neutral but warm in the tones you pick. Warm<br />

pale chocolatey tones, deep olive greens or pale musty<br />

beige work well on multi-surface areas. Highlighting<br />

with accents of vibrant rusty orange work well for<br />

me too in this. But stay away from the feature walls<br />

and bring these touches into unusual places in dark<br />

corners, painted furniture or printed floor cushions<br />

or curtains.<br />

Don’t forget to pay attention to all the senses when<br />

creating a room and an ambience. Lighting should<br />

be soft but clear. Pooling light in different areas<br />

rather than one central position. And remember the<br />

dual benefit of some lovely scented candles. Shearer<br />

Candles on Byres Road has some excellent ranges<br />

for this theme. Go for their natural wax candles for<br />

lovely fruity or herby fragrances, or they also have jar<br />

candles in varying sizes and fragrances. These have a<br />

nice matte glass look to them which works really well

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against the natural woods and stones of the themes.<br />

We’re spoilt for choice in the West End to add that<br />

elegant fragrance to your room.<br />

Think about the art you pick for your walls. Keep it<br />

minimal but be really creative. Touches of fresh green<br />

plants look fantastic. Use natural wooden shelves<br />

staggered across white walls, and dot them with<br />

bright green plants in chunky grey pots, allowing the<br />

leaves to drape and link across from shelf to shelf.<br />

This creates a really natural feature to pull everything<br />

together. Huge aged mirrors look wonderful with<br />

this, have a look around salvage and architectural<br />

suppliers for some of these, or for really battered old<br />

picture frames that you can put up on a white wall<br />

with nothing in it. Finish it all off with bold flourish of<br />

colourful fresh flowers as a further nod to nature and<br />

bringing the outside in.<br />

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The days of the functional flat pack are<br />

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lives and store our precious memories<br />

doesn’t need to be a purely practical<br />

process, it can also be an aesthetic<br />

enjoyment. Susan Robertson picks up<br />

inspiration from around the West End.<br />

Storage<br />

Statements<br />

by Susan Robertson<br />

Keep an eye out for<br />

beautiful solutions the<br />

next time you mosey<br />

around the West End!<br />

This is a time where we have accumulated over<br />

the last few dark months, perhaps there are still<br />

a few extra pounds around the waist, but in this<br />

fortunate society we live in, there will likely be some<br />

extra toys kicking around, some extra kitchenware<br />

bought in haste for festive guests, and a lot of gifts<br />

received needing to find its place in our home.<br />

It’s also a time of taking stock, clearing out, planning<br />

and thinking forward to the upcoming year – the<br />

time of year we tend to pause to give a thought to<br />

organising our lives, and our homes. So, as we pick<br />

and choose what items to keep in our homes, it’s<br />

useful to think of how and where to store them.<br />

The storage question can be part of the decision<br />

process too. If there are things that will never see the<br />

light of day because they’ll be stashed at the back of a<br />

cupboard for years, perhaps it’s worth rehoming them<br />


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The Rug Company, Wizlet,<br />

Farrow and Ball<br />

470 Great Western Road<br />

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—<br />

Umbrella Stand,<br />

Nancy Smillie<br />

53 Cresswell Street<br />

0141 334 4240<br />

nancysmillieshop.com<br />

—<br />

Wine Holder,<br />

Nancy Smillie<br />

53 Cresswell Street<br />

0141 334 4240<br />

nancysmillieshop.com<br />

—<br />

Four Drawer Blue Cabinet,<br />

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Earning yourself a few extra bob via<br />

ebay can take the edge of a clear-out, or<br />

adding stock to one of the many great<br />

charity shops along Dumbarton or Byres<br />

Road will always add value for someone.<br />

Think big first. Depending on the<br />

space you have in your home, make the<br />

boldest statement you can make with<br />

furniture. Glasgow’s tenements of all<br />

sizes are great for furnishing as the high<br />

ceilings and large windows create a<br />

sense of space and great opportunity for<br />

using big furniture pieces. But keep the<br />

number of items as few as possible but<br />

as beautiful, bold and functional as you<br />

can get to create a wow factor that also<br />

has a purpose.<br />

Tables often waste space, unless in<br />

a dining room or kitchen where it<br />

provides only that function, avoid<br />

furniture for it’s surface use alone.<br />

Go for a big storage unit or a chest of<br />

drawers, or a large cavernous trunk<br />

so that you can create spots to display<br />

ornaments, or put down your coffee,<br />

and at the same time maximise that<br />

surface space with a bold design<br />

statement and plenty space to store away<br />

all your boxes and files underneath.<br />

These big pieces are a great opportunity<br />

to make a bold statement that you can<br />

really build a room around. Depending<br />

on your budget, you could really invest<br />

in a special piece here – perhaps an<br />

antique, and if you have something<br />

specific in mind, try and get some<br />

pictures online so that local dealers can<br />

keep an eye out for you.<br />

Or you could source a new, high quality<br />

item locally, there are some great pieces<br />

available at The Store, or Nancy Smillie<br />

among others. Or indeed upcycle some<br />

solid furniture sourced through charity<br />

shops and painted in bright colours, or<br />

cleaned up and sections highlighted in<br />

designed self-adhesive paper.<br />

Think carefully about what you would<br />

like to store away too – do you want<br />

drawers for paperwork or photos, or do<br />

you need shelves for spare blankets, or<br />

open cupboards for boxes. Make sure<br />

you err on the side of too much, rather<br />

than too little space. You’ll need some<br />

leeway to add to collections further<br />

down the line. If you find a way to marry<br />

the practicality of the storage you need,<br />

with a really strong design statement,<br />

it can create a great focal point and it’s<br />

well worth spending some time and<br />

thought on sourcing the right piece.<br />

And also, don’t forget about the smaller<br />

items. It’s worth thinking about those<br />

irritating, high traffic areas where<br />

clutter often collects and seeing if you<br />

can you create practical and beautiful<br />

solutions. This can really help reduce<br />

stress levels by stopping cycles of daily<br />

dumping grounds. Having a think about<br />

some practical and beautiful solutions<br />

for things like shoe storage, umbrella<br />

stands, coats and scarves is really worth<br />

the time. Going through the process<br />

of identifying these key areas for your<br />

home means you can keep an eye out for<br />

beautiful solutions the next time you<br />

mosey around the West End shops and<br />


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