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Contents

6 Fashion pages

A good yarn

14 West End Live

with Greg Kane

17 Valentine gifts

18 Writers Reveal

meets Alan Taylor

22 NEW! Cover to cover

24 Top Things

26 Second chances at

Street & Arrow

29 Healthy New Year

at Wudon

30 Bar Review

The Three Judges

31 All new Square

Bar & Restaurant

32 WIN! At Rainbow

Room International

37 Restaurant Review

at AvoAvo

34 Sweet Liberty

36 Business:

A family affair

41 20th Anniversary

for Independent

Mortgage Store

42 Accountancy Matters

with Murrison & Wilson

43 Legal Matters with

Mitchells Roberton

44 Mindful movement

51 Health Matters

53 Mum’s Notebook

54 Interiors article:

Hygge in your home

59 Hygge directory

61 Atlas Kitchens reveals

62 Hygge lighting

66 Wee Kitchen Shop

interview

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Fashion Stylist

Brian Toal

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get cosy and enjoy

a good

Yarn

Images Gregor Reid

Stylist jacki clark

jumper, solo

scarf & slippers, pink poodle

gloves & jewellery, liquorice tree


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jumper, socks & jewellery

nancy smillie


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jumper, yarn cake

jewellery, nancy smillie

gloves, island nation


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Cardigan, solo. jewellery, jennifer lemon

opposite page - jumper, solo. scarf, ashley holdsworth


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jumper, pink poodle. scarf, jasmine

opposite page - jumper, solo. gloves & necklace, liquorice tree

model erin Maia @ Coloursagency.com MUA terri craig, terricraig.co.uk

stylist jacki clark, jackiclark-stylist.co.uk

photography gregor reid, gregorreidphotography.com


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LIVE

January

Celtic Connections

Monday 18th Jan – Sunday 4th Feb

Multiple Venues

Celebrating it’s 25th Anniversary

this year, the biggest and best world

music festival on Earth descends

upon Glasgow. Please check out their

beautifully presented website for

full listings.

celticconnections.com

Maxwell Quartet

Thursday 18th January 1pm

University of Glasgow Concert Hall

gla.ac.uk/events

One of Britain's finest string

quartets and winners of the recent

Trondheim International Chamber

Music Competition, the Maxwell

String Quartet play a lunchtime

concert in the beautiful Concert

Hall at Glasgow University. I spent

a large part of this year composing

and arranging for string quartet. It’s

all consuming, at times incredibly

frustrating, but ultimately extremely

satisfying once you eventually get

to the end of the process. So I have

full respect for musicians of this

calibre – ones that can emote with

such accuracy and skill.

There can’t be many more enjoyable

things in life than attending an

afternoon of chamber music in one of

the most beautiful sounding rooms

there is. Best off order now.

Choice track: Maxwell Quartet

‘Happiness’

Ross Ainslie & The Sanctuary Band

and Brighde Chaimbeul

Saturday 20th January 7.30pm

The Mitchell, celticconnections.com

Mesmerising modern pipe music

from two of Scotland’s best pipers.

I do like the border pipes, to me

they are much easier on the ear than

traditional bagpipes, evoking a

softer, more romantic image of Old

Scotia and these two are two of the

best exponents of the border pipes.

Since winning the BBC Radio Young

Folk Award in 2016, Skye piper

Brighde Chaimbeul has captured the

attention of audiences across the

country with her fresh and versatile

sound and with Ross Ainslie being

one of the most in demand multi

instrumentalists in the country, this

should make for a wonderful night of

contemporary Scottish folk music.

Choice Track: Ross Ainslie & Brighde

Chaimbeul ‘Green Light of the

Lonely Souls’

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Monday 23rd January 7pm

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk

Elmer 'Lee' Fields is an American

soul artist, sometimes nicknamed

'Little JB' for his physical and vocal

resemblance with James Brown. At 65

years old Lee is still sounding as

funky and soulful as ever.

Lee Fields’ extensive musical career

began singing with an early iteration

of Kool & The Gang to releasing many

solo records through the 70’s & 80’s.

Choice Track: Lee Fields & The

Expressions 'Let Him In'


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by Greg Kane

February

Kendrick Lamar & James Blake

Sunday 11th February 6.30pm

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com

What a double header this is! Full

marks to the promoter who put these

two together on the one bill.

I remember seeing Kendrick Lamar on

the TV broadcast of The Grammy’s in

2016 performing The Blacker The Berry

live. It still takes your breath away

watching that footage.

Similarly watching James Blake doing

Retrograde live on The Letterman

Show in 2013 leaves you impressed

at his poise, beauty of voice and the

dexterity of his keyboard playing. This

gig is a hugely anticipated return to

the UK by Kendrick Lamar, one of the

biggest stars in the world of music

today with the huge success of his

DAMN album emphasising that status.

Mercury Prize winning James Blake’s

live performances can be spellbinding

but they’re not that frequent as he

doesn’t tour that often. So this is a

rare opportunity to see two leading

artists at the cutting edge of their

genres in the one place. Go early

and expect a spectacular night of

contemporary music!

Choice track:

Kendrick Lamar 'The Blacker The Berry'

James Blake 'Retrograde'

Irit

Thursday 22nd February 7pm

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk

Irit Dekel is quite an interesting

musical proposition. There’s definitely

some GaGa here (as in her levels of

ability and elaborate self deprecating

visuals). And she also appears to be

the kind of singer that manages to get

the best musicians to coalesce around

her making the backing music to her

unique style of singing wonderfully

complex and beautifully executed.

Nod to Eldad Zitrin who has been her

keyboard playing sidekick for the past

few years. But by all accounts she’s

moved on to a more Latin guitar and

accordion style for her new stuff. Her

new album Hello has been produced

by Jonathan Quarmby, (producer of

Benjamin Clementine’s recent Mercury

prize-winning debut album) with the

results being no less compelling than

her previous records and should help

her attract a bigger audience. She’s

good enough.

Choice Track: Irit Dekel 'Your My Thrill'

Lindsay Lou & The Flatbellys

Tuesday 27th February 7.30pm

Kilbarchan Performing Arts Centre

k-pac.org.uk

Lindsay Lou is a very attractive,

guitar wielding singer/songwriter from

the Great Lakes State of Michigan,

USA. She is backed by a trio of

bluegrass musicians who skilfully

leave just the right amount of room

for Lindsay’s voice to command their

intricate arrangements. She has such

a beautiful voice too, with just enough

of a hint of soul to really make this

ensemble distinctive amongst their

Bluegrass peers.

They are out on an extensive UK tour

supporting their recent album release,

Ionia.

Choice track: Lindsay Lou &

The Flatbellys 'Old Song'


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Writer’s Reveal

meets Alan Taylor

WORDS LORAINE PATRICK

What turns a journalist from Edinburgh into a self professed

Glasgowphile and compile stories and anecdotes about our

great city into a book? Intrigued, Loraine Patrick ventured into

the Merchant City to find out more.

Ilove Glasgow. It’s been my home for the

last 20 years. I couldn’t imagine living

anywhere else. It’s a city that has lived

through many reputations – the gang ridden,

hard drinking ‘No Mean City’, the cultural

renaissance when it became ‘Miles Better’

and nowadays ‘People Make Glasgow’. But

do these slogans tell the whole story? Writer

and commentator Alan Taylor doesn’t think

so and in a new book on the dear green place

he tells the city’s story through the eyes of

those who have lived it.

There were two reasons why the book came

into being Alan explains, ‘I always felt that

Glasgow was underrated and undersold,

often by its own people but also it’s a city

that is under appreciated by the rest of the

country. Secondly I felt it was misrepresented

– too many people think it is a dirty grimy

working class city.’

Originally from Edinburgh, Alan spent much

of his career as a journalist, columnist and

editor working at newspaper offices in the

Merchant City. ‘I used to walk from Queen

Street station to Albion Street and I felt like

I was in Chicago. The Merchant City was an

amazing place – it hadn’t been prettified as

it is now. It had a real edge to it and had that

tart Glasgow humour which I loved. You just

couldn’t put a book like this together on any

other city. Underpinning everything about

Glasgow is a sense of humour. Edinburgh is

boring by comparison,’ he says wryly.

One of the more humorous anecdotes in the

book comes from 1950s matinee idol Dirk

Bogarde who was sent up to Glasgow to live

with an aunt and go to school here. ‘This was

in the thirties,’ Alan continues, ‘and he had a

horrendous time here. Here was an English

schoolboy with a very posh accent who was

also (unbeknown to him at the time) gay. He

regularly skipped school because he was

given such a hard time and would go to the

cinema. The episode in the book describes

him being picked up by an older man – a

medical student – and what happens when

he is invited back to his flat. ’

Such stories from people you don’t expect

to have an association with the city give

the book a different perspective. ‘It’s a real

patchwork story told by a diverse range

of people. Every class, every race, from

artist to criminal – the whole gamut has

been included,’ Alan says. ‘There is nothing

wrong with working class Glasgow or

militant Glasgow or industrial Glasgow –

that’s all part of the story, but it is not the

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One difficulty in compiling the book was

finding enough female voices. Catherine

Cranston may be a well-known name in

Glasgow lore, supporting Charles Rennie

Mackintosh and establishing café culture,

but it is only in recent times female voices

have been heard. Alan picks up, ‘Many

women had to cope with truly horrendous

living conditions. Doctors wouldn’t even

come to visit some of these overcrowded

places families had to live in. The city has had

periods where phenomenal wealth poured in

– but not to the poorer communities.’

One place was key to compiling the book:

the Glasgow Room in the Mitchell Library.

It is said to house every book ever written

on the city. Condensing that knowledge into

one book sounds like an overwhelming task

but is one Alan relished. ‘It was an absolute

joy to get immersed in it all – I am a reference

librarian by trade so I know how to find

things. Long before Google there was the

Mitchell Library,’ he chuckles.

So a lot went in to making the booking

happen. ‘I think it took around a year and a

half and there must be elements of two to

three hundred books in it, as well as the other

sources that information came from.’

‘I think their eventual demolition is

emblematic of Glasgow’s current revival,’

Alan says. ‘But it was also incredible to find

out about what it had been like living there.

When residents moved in in the 1960s it was

a fantastic place to stay, kids played football

using the lifts as goals and practised heading

the ball when it was thrown from different

floors. On the 18th floor if it was a windy day

– your bath water would lap right over the

edge.’

But the piece that really sums up Glasgow

and its people for Alan was when the airport

became the focus of a terrorist attack in

2007 and baggage handler John Smeaton

instinctively reacted by attacking back.

He became an overnight sensation on news

programmes around the world with his, this is

Glasgow do not mess with us attitude.

‘I really hope this book makes readers proud

to be Glaswegian and it paints a picture of

the city that people recognise,’ he concludes.

‘It’s also a pointer to the future. If this is what

Glasgow is like now where is it going to go

next?’

Glasgow The Autobiography, edited by

Alan Taylor is out now published by Birlinn.

The book’s closing chapter brings together

accounts of the Red Road flats in the north

east of the city. In 2015 the multi-storey tower

blocks were finally demolished. This came

a year after it had been suggested they be

taken down during the opening ceremony of

the Commonwealth Games.

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BY BRIAN TOAL

WESTENDER’s

COVER TO COVER

Angus McAllister worked as a solicitor and university

professor and is now retired. He has lived in and

around Glasgow for years, mostly in tenement flats

and spending time in the West End in particular.

Close Quarters

by Angus McAllister

In the West End he soaked up the

culture, taking stock of the characters

and clearly enjoying the environs of

Byres Road at its cornucopia of shops,

pubs and eateries. Drawing on these

experiences, McAllister has written a

book which manages to combine his

love of university life, the West End

of Glasgow and his knowledge of the

legal profession, resulting in a book

which is in many ways a ‘Tales of the

City’ we can call our own.

Like Armistead Maupin, McAllister

chooses to focus on a different

character in each section of the

book, allowing us to gain valuable

background knowledge of the

characters in what seems like

a typical Glasgow ‘wally’ close.

Beginning with the murder of Walter

Bain – the bane of everyone else

who lives in the close – the rest of

the satirical novel provides a potted

history of the other tenants, allowing

the reader to form their own opinion

as to the likely killer of the Victor

Meldrew-esque Walter Bain.

McAllister is candid about the

fact that this novel should be read

primarily as a comedy, and indeed

there are some laugh-out-loud

moments in the book, in particular

the sections which depict typical pub

conversations in The Centurion, a pub

which any Westender will recognise.

The banter comes thick and fast

at times, although the dialogue is

often missing the gritty realism of

James Kelman or Jeff Torrington.

There are wee political jibes liberally scattered throughout the book

and university life is satirised simply by detailing the machinations of

committees and vice chancellors, with very little need for commentary

to highlight the ridiculousness of bureaucracy, both in academia and

in Glasgow City Council. I particularly enjoyed the nostalgic look at

the Hillhead by-election when Roy Jenkins was elected, an event

recounted through the prism of a cynical Westender and with a

typical Glaswegian disdain for authority.

Some characters are realised more effectively than others, as some

seem to remain caricatures whilst others are given a much more

detailed treatment. With such a disparate cast, this was always going

to be the case. The English lecturer, for example, doesn’t seem to be

clear on what acronyms are, and the nervous wreck that is Henrietta

Quayle – who quails like a hen at the least wee thing – seems like a

bit of a cliché, although if you spend enough time in the West End,

as McAllister clearly has, you’re sure to meet almost all of these

characters eventually, provided you know which pubs to drink in. As

a comedy wrapped around a whodunit it’s an entertaining book and

will be enjoyed especially by anyone familiar with the West End.


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Hag-seed

by Margaret Atwood

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To reimagine Shakespeare

is no mean feat and not an

undertaking which many

authors are equal to.

Over the years the BBC have

produced clever adaptations

of Shakespeare’s plays and

Hollywood has produced modern

versions of his famous tales

with a mixture of aplomb and

disaster. Atwood’s retelling of The

Tempest is part of the Hogarth

Shakespeare project which

also includes work by Jeanette

Winterson, Howard Jabobson,

Tracy Chevalier and Jo Nesbo.

The novels follows the story of

Felix, once a famous director of

the Makeshiweg Festival and his

desire for revenge on his erstwhile

colleagues from the bitter,

backbiting world of the arts

following his untimely removal

which left him unemployed and

adrift with only his ‘Miranda’ for

company.

He moves to the Canadian

hinterland to lick his wounds,

reinventing himself as a kindly

retiree keen to help out the local

prison with its theatre course.

Before long, Felix manipulates

his enemies into attending the

annual prison production, which

this year happens to be The

Tempest, the very show he had

been preparing before being

ousted from his directorship of

the festival. The finale is both

hilarious and disturbing in equal

measure.

With a motley crew of characters

from the prison – think of a male

version of Orange is the New

Black – enlisted in Felix’s quest for

revenge, the action is fast-paced,

funny and fantastical, all in a

way which echoes the original

beautifully, but with Atwood’s

stamp indelibly printed on this

reimagining.

How refreshing to look at the

history of the world not through

the well-trodden roads of our

own western perspective but

through the exotic and often

poorly understood silk roads of

central Asia.

Peter Frankopan takes the reader

on a journey from the early

Sogdian traders predating the

birth of Islam, through the rise

and spread of Islam, from the

huge influence of the Mongol

Empire to the Mughals, the Turks,

the Russian Empire and the

British Empire’s influence on this

region. All global developments

and conquests over the past

two thousand years are viewed

through this central Asian prism,

allowing the reader to appreciate

the influence and importance of

this geographically crucial area in

terms of world politics, but also

in terms of the natural resources

and trading routes which have

underpinned this region for

centuries.

Replete with a series of maps

and beautiful full colour pictures,

this book really forces the reader

to consider how well they know

history and exactly what history

we have been exposed to in our

distant corner of Europe.

Taking us right up to the recent

wars over Iraq and Afghanistan,

Frankopan carefully explains the

importance of this region in the

‘Great Game’ between competing

global players and ends on a

note of optimism for this region,

as the recently outward looking

Chinese government begins to

show an increasing interest in

the resources and connections

which this area of the world has

in abundance.

The Silk Roads

by Peter Frankopan

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

by Tracy Mukherjee

Happy New Year to one and all! The merriment

and excesses of the festive season have passed

for another year. Scales all over the West End

are confirming what we all knew before standing

on them; it’s time for those health-kick New Year

resolutions. In addition to some great ideas to

get you feeling smugly healthy in the next few

months, here is our guide to all that is happening

over the winter months to come.

Top for West End Wellbeing

Getting back in the groove of a healthy lifestyle

seems to be top for everyone at this time of

year. Given that the dark, cold days and nights

do little for one’s mood either, a great option to

cover all bases is yoga. The Movement Studio

focuses on the wellbeing of both mind and body.

With a great range of yoga classes – Ashtanga,

Hatha, Yoga Flow – to suit all preferences

and abilities, the studio really focuses on

overall health too. There is also a real focus on

mindfulness and meditation to keep your mood

uplifted during these dark months. With on-site

rehab for injuries including physio, the centre

is also a major proponent of Gyrotonic® and

Gyrokinesis® exercise. With devotees such

as Andy Murray swearing by it, Gyrotonic®

movement maximizes your potential for

stretching and strengthening muscles which is

believed to relieve injury pain and improve joint

mobility.

If you are an individual who feels that you

are only really working out if you break a

sweat Bikram Yoga in Dowanside Lane will

most definitely see you do just that! Bikram,

the original 'hot' yoga, runs in the format of

90 minute sessions suitable for beginners

or advanced students. Evolving initially from

the more moderate Hatha yoga, each session

involves 26 postures in a hot, humid room. The

highly skilled instructors will ensure you feel

comfortable and that you go at your own pace.

That sweat that you wanted to break? Better

bring a bucket!

The Movement Studio, 4 Ashton Lane G12 8SJ

w:themovementstudio.co.uk

Bikram Yoga, 1 Dowanside Lane G12 9BZ

w:bikramglasgow.com

Top for Healthy Diet

In addition to your new exercise regime, what

about addressing that post-festive diet? The

downfall of every healthy eating plan – what

happens when you go out for dinner? The answer

lies amongst the tiny hub of establishments

in Otago Lane. Tchai Ovna, a regular haunt of

veggies and vegans for many a year, has a great

selection of delicious healthy options for all.

From their delectable red dahl served with warm

pitta, to the award winning chipotle chilli, it’s a

great meat free menu that certainly won’t leave

you hungry. A tea house first and foremost, there

are around 100 different kind of teas to choose

from. Sampling aromatic oolong teas, to enjoying

the rich health benefits of green and white teas,

there is also a list of herbal teas to address a

myriad of health problem. With the setting and

aromas whisking you away to far flung lands,

Tchai Ovna is a great venue for relaxing, enjoying

the company of friends or even meditating. Now

that will impress your yoga instructor.

Tchai Ovna, 42 Otago Lane G12 8PB

w: tchaiovna.com

Top for Winter Festivals

January. At least there is Burns Night

suppers to look forward to. What else? I’m

sure I’m forgetting something… why CELTIC

CONNECTIONS of course! There is simply

nothing like this glorious folk festival to brighten

up the dismal days of January. Now in its 25th

year, the festival showcases Scottish folk in


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Top Things To Do

in the West End

unison with world music from around the globe.

With hundreds of concerts taking place during

the 16 days of celtic celebrations, there’s no end

of choices here in the West End. Main venues

in the west include the Hug and Pint on Great

Western Road, The Mackintosh Church, Queens

Cross, Oran Mor on Byres Road and Partick

Burgh Hall. The latter is hosting a whole range

of ceilidh dances with live music, which are sure

to sell out quickly – a great way to have a really

fun night whilst exbounding some extra calories.

There is NOTHING that works up a sweat like a

ceilidh – ask any student who frequented The

Riverside Club in the centre of town in the 1990s!

Alongside music and ceilidhs, the festival also

sees the return of the annual National Whisky

Festival of Scotland at SWG3. With 2 sessions

running on Sat 20th of January including

masterclasses, food and live music, the day will

be a true celebration of uisge beatha.

Celtic Connections 18th Jan – 4th Feb, various

venues. w:celticconnections.com

Top for Film Theatre

We are taking a break from our usual roundup

of the top west end stage productions. From

February 21st, the Glasgow Film Festival kicks

off and we thought it only fitting to focus on

the theatre of film for a little change. Now in its

13th year, the festival has grown from strength

to strength from its humble beginnings in 2005

where the attendance was just 6000. Last year

saw the largest festival yet with an incredible

42,000 cinema goers attending screenings

and events. The festival has broad ranging

appeal due to its focus on promoting a huge

spectrum of local and international film. Film

buffs love the diversity of cinema on offer:

from cult favourites to main stream staples,

from art house masterpieces to immortal black

and white classics. And alongside the cinema

screenings, there are always some interesting

fringe events. Join the audience for discussion

panels, interactive workshops or to pose

questions to directors and producers. Whilst

this year’s programme is still being finalized, one

particular film stands out in the 2018 festival. To

celebrate 20 years since its release, there will be

an anniversary showing of the Coen Brothers Big

Lebowski. This classic cult comedy epitomizes

the work of the Coens. In conjunction with the

showing, there will be 'a night of bowling' at

Hollywood Bowl Springfield Quay. And if the

heady aromas of hired bowling shoes don’t evoke

all that is great about the film, I’m sure a classic

White Russian will. Drinking whilst bowling –

is that a good idea? The dude abides…

Glasgow Film Festival 21st Feb – 4th March,

various venues w:glasgowfilm.org

Top for…Broken Resolutions

The yoga is going well and you’ve lost two

pounds so far; only another stone to go. And yes,

the juices are yum, but it’s been raining for 15

consecutive days in a row and I’m sorry, a kale

and pumpkin seed smoothie just isn’t going to do

it today. The solution? A (one off, mind) trip to

Tantrum Doughnuts in Yorkhill. The epitome of

a hidden gem, this Old Dumbarton Road coffee

shop has the best doughnuts around. With a

regularly changing menu and unique flavours,

each visit will see you finding something new.

The actual doughnuts are unique too with

two different types – yeast raised brioche

and traditional, made from ingredients such

as buttermilk and nutmeg. For toppings try

pistachio and hibiscus, chocolate hazelnut

crumble or what about savoury maple bacon old

fashioned? And with sumptuous hot chocolate

and coffees to accompany, falling off the wagon

for one day will seem TOTALLY worth it. The

venue is dog friendly too. And with free Wifi, you

can always book in for an extra yoga session

whilst chowing down on a salted honey ring.

Tantrum Doughnuts, 27 Old Dumbarton Road,

Yorkhill G3 8RD w:tantrumdoughnuts.com


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SERVING UP

second chances@street & arrow

WORDS Hannah Westwater

IMAGES Gregor Reid

‘W

e’re in a dark room, but we’re not

flipping the light switch for them.

We’re standing with them, side

by side, shining a torch on the switch and

saying: “go and get it”.’

Inspector Iain Murray is the project leader

at Street & Arrow, a social enterprise

which employs and supports people with

convictions. Launched by the Scottish

Violence Reduction Unit and associated

company Braveheart Industries (BHI), the

programme operates out of a modern

catering truck selling gourmet street food in

Partick’s Mansfield Park.

If it weren’t for today’s biting rain and the

rumble of a Subway carriage underfoot,

you’d be forgiven for sensing something

transatlantic about the van (a 1972 vintage

Californian Airstream, I’m told) and the chic

environment built around it.


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That’s no coincidence – the project was

inspired by Los Angeles company Homeboy

Industries, which works to make streets safer

by offering support and training to people

with previous gang involvement. ‘We know

through experience that these people who

come from chaotic backgrounds lack hope

and lack opportunity,’ Inspector Murray says.

The demand is huge, he adds, and there’s no

shortage of people who want the chance to

turn their lives around.

BHI won’t accept anyone who is mandated

to be there, believing that the will has to be

there before there’ll be a way. Referrals come

from several directions – from third sector

organisations and Jobcentre Plus to The

Wise Group and the Celtic FC Foundation,

as well as through outreach work done in

prisons by Inspector Murray.

Team members are employed on 12-month

contracts for 35 hour weeks and paid the

living wage. The job is only part of the

package, though – they also have access

to counselling, therapists and round-theclock

support from mentors (known within

the company as Navigators) who have lived

experience of struggling with addiction and

criminal behaviour.

They’re also offered basic education

skills and qualifications like SVQs, first

aid certificates and barista training. Even

parenting guidance is available – the majority

of those currently employed have children

of their own. BHI is all too aware that their

employees may have fallen victim to a multigenerational

cycle and require redirection

in parts of life many of us might take for

granted.

Inspector Murray reflects on the recruitment

process and says, ‘It wasn’t low lying fruit, we

don’t choose the easiest people to get back

into work. It’s those who are furthest from

getting a job, those who people would turn

their nose up at and say, “oh, too risky”.’

The initiative is one of – if not the – first of

its kind in the world to be operated by a

police body. The programme appears to be

founded on the kind of pragmatic idealism

which Scots sometimes have a tendency to

shy away from, which proves one of several

valuable lessons learned from the company’s

American partners. ‘You start to believe in

them and they start to believe in themselves.

There won’t be a more loyal person out

there.’

Callum (26) joined Street & Arrow in February.

He was involved with ‘a lot of violence and

crime’ and nearly lost his life in January

before deciding he was going to make a

change. ‘I’m coming up for a year sober, I’ve

got custody of son, my wee girl’s in my life

and I’m a partner to my girlfriend,’ Callum

says, crediting the support and guidance

of the BHI team. ‘This is the best thing that

ever happened to me.’ He mentions that he

lacked positive role models growing up and

chuckles. ‘For me to get that from a police

officer… That’s surreal after the life I used

to lead.’

There’s a strong focus on encouraging the

team to be honest and vulnerable with their

mentors, leaders and each other – many of

the people with convictions carry trauma that

manifested as destructive behaviour. “It’s not

an excuse, it’s just been normalised chaotic

behaviour. We want to take them away from

that and equip them with the practical and

emotional skills they need to be resilient.”

Inspector Murray hopes that their work is

the beginning of a viable alternative to the

cycle of offence and incarceration, reducing

the number of victims and benefiting

communities in the long term. He points out

that for every person involved in programmes

like theirs rather than in custody, between

£34-40,000 of public money is saved.

There are three criteria BHI employees must

meet to count as a programme success

story: staying in full time work, refraining from

reoffending, and complete abstinence from

substances. Street & Arrow’s current success

rate is 100%.

The truck opens Monday-Friday as well as

every second Saturday when the farmers’

market runs. Inspector Murray hopes they

can open a second location closer to the

city centre soon and in the meantime, that

the community joins them in giving second

chances.

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The Three

Judges

Reviewed by

Emily Donoho

Areal Glasgow West End challenge

is to be walking down to the end of

Byers Road and not go into the Three

Judges for a cheeky pint. The golden script

and enormous windows commanding the

corner of Byers and Dumbarton Roads lure

you in.

You know what’s inside: eight real ale pumps

and a cider pump, which change ever week,

so you never quite know what you are going

to find. You do know you will come across

beer from some little brewery you have never

heard of, beer from your favourite Scottish

and English microbreweries, and you know

that it will be good.

The Judges has won numerous CAMRA

awards and the staff are knowledgeable

about their ales – most importantly that

means they know how to care for the casks.

The pub makes that CAMRA membership

worthwhile because CAMRA members

receive a ten percent discount.

There is more to the Judges than just real

ales. If ales aren’t up your alley, they have

the usual suspects like Tennent’s, Guinness,

Belhaven, and Peroni on tap. It’s a pub where

you can still have a conversation without

shouting over a PA turned up to 11. They

have a TV, but it’s usually off unless there

is rugby or live horse racing on. The pub’s

affection for rugby is unmistakable, given the

Six Nations flags decorating the ceiling along

with badges commemorating the hundreds of

beers that have passed through the pumps.

If you fancy live music, they have jazz on

Sundays or if the pub quiz is your thing, they

have one of those on Mondays. I attempted

the pub quiz and had the distinction of

coming last, concluding that it’s a tough one,

at least for people who are terrible at pub

quizzes. The winner received a £30 voucher

to the pub, which pays for about eight pints

as the prices are competitive for the West

End, averaging £3.50 for a pint.

The Judges hasn’t gone the way of the

gastropub; you can buy a pie there during

the day and that’s it. Not a bad thing, as it’s

a beer drinker’s pub and doesn’t need to be

anything else.

It has a warm ambiance inside, with old

school dark wood panelling, a high Victorian

ceiling, benches around the nooks and

crannies on the edges, tables in centre, and

loos so small you can’t swing a cat.

The downside, of course, is that on a Friday

or Saturday night, the pub gets rammed and

you have to shout over everyone else who’s

in there, but that’s to be expected in such a

popular and well-regarded establishment.

There is a vibrant mix of locals and students,

not surprising as real ales are gaining appeal

among more demographics than middleaged

white males. West enders appreciate

the Judges’ vibe: it’s not a football pub or

a pub with a DJ, but rather one you visit

to enjoy quality beer and catch up with

your mates.

The Three Judges

141 Dumbarton Road G11 6PR

0141 337 3055

greatukpubs.co.uk/threejudges

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be SQUARE be there

New kid on the block, or square, is The

Square Bar and Restaurant in Broomhill

– an independently owned and

operated eatery.

From morning coffee and breakfast to

brunch, lunch and dinner, with an extensive

wine, gin and drinks list on offer, The Square

offer a genuine neighbourhood dining

experience in the West End. Owner, Luke

Tracey, and his team pride themselves in

offering an environment with real warmth and

professionalism whilst looking after all their

diner’s needs.

Using only fresh and local produce, The

Square’s kitchen team prepare their dishes

with skill and care. Offering home comfort

favourites, such as confit pork belly, sage

mashed potato and roasted vegetables, plus

a mix of dishes and tastes from around the

world. Menus change seasonally to make the

most of the fabulous Scottish produce on

our doorstep.

‘I’m excited to be part of this neighbourhood,’

says Luke. ‘We are providing something of

quality that I believe the locals and those

from farther afield are looking for when

dining out. Hopefully we can bring some of

the magic of the city centre and places like

Finnieston to another part of the West End.’

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Reviewed by

Roberto Parrucci

Exciting news for all those health

conscious foodies around the city,

AvoAvo, the first avocado bar in

Glasgow has opened in Finnieston.

I’m intrigued to discover what an avocado bar

has to offer, and as I enter I’m a bit sceptical

about what to expect. Recently, Avocado

has made its way into the superfood world

as a real icon. We know it’s healthy, tasty,

and versatile. But for me, before this surge in

popularity, Avocado was just an exotic fruit,

main ingredient of guacamole, a dipping must

at every party. What I discover at AVOAVO is

that you can actually cook almost everything

with avocado and it can add that extra punch

to a meal. Glaswegians finally have their safe

avocado space.

Upon entering I am welcomed by colourful

balloons and a warm atmosphere. Almost all

the tables of this wee, snug place are full of

people clearly enjoying their meals. Glasgow

food lovers will be thrilled upon reading

the menu – an entire selection of delicious

avocado-based dishes that will match every

taste from vegetarians/vegans to meat and

fish lovers. If you think an avocado restaurant

might not be your first choice, be assured

that your taste buds will be tingled by some

unexpected discoveries here.

I was immediately struck by AvoAvo Fries:

Panko coated avocado wedges fried or

baked served with a choice of Chipolata,

Balsamic glaze or Spicy Garlic Dip. The

taste is reminiscent of my childhood in Italy

and the mouth-watering taste of breaded

deep-fried artichokes. AvoAvo fries are a

delicious alternative to traditional fries and a

good choice if you feel that raw avocado is

too healthy for you. As a main I plumped for

the Avocado Burger with salmon (would you

believe?!). In this alternative to the traditional,

the entire avocado serves as a bun for your

preferred filling (salmon, beef, sausage or

chicken). The selection is wide enough:

Scottish/avocado breakfast, the alwayspresent

soup (also avocado made but served

cold) and several other intriguing options.

Yet, I still had an appetite for a lavish

sweet dessert. So, after a nice chat with

the manager I accepted her suggestion of

the avocado and lime cheesecake served

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Guilty Pleasures from

Westender’s American

in Glasgow

It's Christmas! Go

completely nuts with the

decoration - more is more,

in this case. Mismatched

glasses look especially

Festive

chag ga

mushroom

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y Liberty Vittert

Chagga Cake

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It’s cold, and dreary, and I’m fat from holiday

eatin’. The flowery sundresses, dreaded bikinis, and

impossibly short skirts loom ahead… wait a minute

I live in Glasgow who am I kidding. I could probably

wear a bulky sweater all year round. WOO HOO let’s

eat cake! Or, why not try a cake with antioxidants

in it? Cancels out the sugar and butter, right? Right.

Maxime, the master forager found these chagga

mushrooms for me which grow in Scotland and

Siberia. Yes, Siberia. They have outrageous health

properties and make this nutty, sweet, unbelievable

cake have an earthy flavour that will leave even the

most sophisticated palates in awe.

Find Maxime on Twitter @MaximeWildHeart

K

Shopping List

3 cans refrigerator

croissant dough

1 box filo dough

330g unsalted butter

400g dark brown sugar

2 tbs cinnamon

1.5 tbs nutmeg

2 tsp cloves

2 tbs chagga powder

170g chopped pecans

for the glaze:

reserved butter/chagga

from main cake recipe

375g icing sugar

150g cream cheese

1 tbs vanilla

7 tbs single cream (to

consistency)

L

Method

1. Melt unsalted butter over a low heat

in a medium pot. Add the chagga powder.

Let it simmer on low for 30 minutes.

2. Grease a bundt pan liberally and

preheat the oven to 175C.

3. Keeping it as a roll, cut the croissant

dough into 8 rounds and chop those into

fourths (bitesize pieces). Cut the filo

dough into 2 cm long strips.

4. Place half of each dough in the bundt

pan.

5. Strain the butter and remove about

80g of the chagga infused butter and set

aside in a small bowl. Lightly mix the

cream cheese into this set aside butter.

6. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon,

nutmeg and cloves to the larger amount

of butter and melt for about 5 minutes

over a low heat.

7. Pour half of this sugar butter mixture

over the dough in the bundt pan. Add the

rest of the dough, and pour the rest of

the sugar-butter mixture over the dough.

8. Bake at 175C for 40 minutes.

9. Meanwhile, whisk together the chagga

butter/cream cheese mixture with the

icing sugar, vanilla, and single cream to

consistency.

10. Remove the bundt from the oven,

flip onto a cooling rack and immediately

pour over the icing. Serve hot.

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keeping it in

THE FAMILY

What’s it like to work with your partner, your sibling

or your parents? Are family businesses a haven of

harmonious working relationships or full of tension,

rivalry and feuding? Loraine Patrick talks to three West

End companies to get an insight into what it’s like.


One of the oldest family run businesses

in Glasgow, Shearer Candles was

founded in 1897 by Mr Shearer and

Mr Harvey who worked as chandlers in the

Candleriggs district. When the last of the

Shearers retired in the 1970s the Barnet

family took over – and is now in its third

generation.

Marketing and product development manager

Stephanie Barnet’s grandfather bought the

business before she was born. ‘He owned

hotels and restaurants and always found it

hard to get candles. ‘He was an entrepreneur

at heart and always on the look out for

business opportunities,’ she says. ‘So when

the candle factory came up for sale it was too

good a chance to miss. My dad Ian came into

the business and at 17 was sent to France to

learn the craft.’

Stephanie’s father has been MD of the

company for 45 years and works alongside

her mother, Rosey, who joined in the 1980s

as candles moved from being a commodity

to a fashionable luxury product. ‘She is

very creative,’ Stephanie picks up, ‘and she

saw lifestyle trends coming out of America

and France so moved the company in the

direction of fragranced candles. Our first

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candles were very simple fragrances – we

started with lemon candles and it has grown

from there.

‘I always said I wouldn’t work in the family

business because growing up my sister

and I were always in here earning our keep.

At weekends and during the holidays we

would pack candles. Infact, whenever there

was a big job on we would get hauled in

to help.’

That all changed after university, and now

both sisters head up different areas of the

business. ‘It’s in your blood,’ Stephanie says.

‘I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.

We are enthusiastic about what we produce

here – I couldn’t work for a company I don’t

have this kind of passion for.’

And as for fall outs, sibling rivalry and family

tensions – there are none she laughs. ‘It’s all

very boring. We have family meetings and it’s

all very calm. ‘Even the extended family work

here, my auntie is helping in the shop just

now, my cousins have worked here and some

of our staff have become like family. Our shift

leader has worked with us for 40 years and

our head of purchasing for over 20 years –

her daughters have worked here too.’

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Over on Queen Margaret Drive Polish

husband and wife Kamila and Radek Karski

run their independent kitchen design studio,

Atlas Kitchens.

‘We have been in business together for six

years,’ Kamila says, ‘and our backgrounds

are very different. I came to Scotland as a

translator and Radek was working here in

the building trade. We set up the kitchen

company as we have good connections in

Poland and the quality of furniture produced

over there is excellent.’

Their different working styles make for a

strong business. ‘He is tough and I am soft –

it is like good cop bad cop. We have split the

responsibilities so Radek is in charge of the

on-site operations and I am the boss of the

showroom. I do designs and sales and look

after our clients.’

Kamila is honest in the challenges they face,

‘It is hard running a business together. We

do fight as we both think we are the boss. If

I ask any of his team to do anything they will

always check with him first!

‘We work all the time. I didn’t have maternity

leave. Even in hospital after having my

second child I was checking my emails and

phoning the shop. But the flip side of that

is our family life is flexible and we see each

other more. Some of our friends hardly see

their partners.’

Working together can kill the romance Kamila

says pragmatically ‘there are always money

and work discussions at home. You do lose a

bit of your normal life because you are always

thinking about work and if we have a problem

then we take turns at worrying about it. We

are good support for each other.’

But she wouldn’t have it any other way. For a

time they ran their businesses separately but

staff didn’t like it. ‘They think we work best

together. We run this company as one family

and one voice and we want something good

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Sisters Jennie and Anna Wu completely

agree. They run Wudon Noodle and Sushi Bar

on Great Western Road and say they are in

business together for the benefit of the whole

family.

‘We are in this for the greater good,’ Anna

says. ‘I hear of lots of friends who go into

business together and it has torn them apart.

We sisters, we have disagreements. Some

fights you win, some you lose, but you have

to let them go. We don’t compete with each

other.’

The girls grew up helping in their parents’

Chinese restaurant. Jennie recalls helping

out even when she had a full-time job in

another industry. ‘I had a glamorous Monday

to Friday job as an interior designer, but come

Friday night I would roll up my sleeves, put an

apron on and help out in the restaurant doing

everything from washing glasses to serving

customers.’

The restaurant business is tough – long

hours and hard work and seven years on

from opening Wudon the girls have married

and had children. Youngest sister Winnie

now also helps out, covering whilst Anna is

on maternity leave. Jennie remembers being

pregnant at the same time as Anna and says

their regulars found it confusing. ‘We were

two wee Chinese girls with big bumps. We

also sound very alike so customers were

always mixing us up.’

The girls enjoy knowing their regulars. Many

come back at different stages in life. ‘We

serve students who have gone travelling

around the world then come back home and

have their favourite dish in Wudon, and we

have couples who marry, start a family then

bring their children in to eat with us. It is

lovely to be part of their lives’

‘It takes an awful lot of nurturing to run our

business together,’ Anna concludes, ‘but

it’s an amazing feeling to see our customers

happy.’ Jennie thinks it’s like having a child.

‘I have one already she laughs but Wudon is

my other child!’

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Happy 20th Anniversary

Independent Mortgage Store

Paul McGowan loves life on the ever

changing Byres Road – lucky, since

he’s been at No.93 since he set up the

Independent Mortgage Store 20 years ago!

‘We opened on the 28th April 1998,’ says

Paul. ‘From the moment we opened the

doors that week we have been busy. Laura

Carson, my office manager, has worked with

me the whole time which is very rare in this

industry. So on our actual 20th anniversary

we will be going out to celebrate with a

Michelin starred meal.’

Gerry Hughes joined the firm earlier this year

as a Senior Mortgage and Protection Broker

– bringing 35 years of industry expertise with

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Legal Matters

The Season of Bad Wills

Words from Donald Reid, chairman at Mitchells Roberton:

Lawyers can spoil most things. I write this in the run up to Christmas.

Gifts and stuff and family happiness. Right?

Iwas advising in a case a few Decembers

ago where a father had given money to his

son Bobby to help him start a business.

Bobby explained that his dad was simply

being kind to him and helping him out.

No strings attached. But his jealous siblings

weren’t convinced. Their widower father was

elderly and they suspected his blue eyed boy

had ‘encouraged’ his dad to be generous.

Easy fix you might think. Just ask Dad what

he intended. But there was a problem.

Dad had died. Yes he had left a Will but this

simply bequeathed everything to his children

equally. The pot was a lot smaller because

of the gift to Bobby. The family temperature

was rising. So I had to ask if there was any

paperwork I could see. There was nothing.

It was all informal and loving said Bobby.

It’s actually not as easy as it sounds to make

a gift, particularly if it’s money. Especially if

you go and die just after giving it. Unless you

have made it very clear your intentions were

pure and generous your executors may well

try, indeed they will be obliged, to get the

money back from your donee.

The reasoning is that under Scots Law if

there is any doubt as to the status of the

transaction the presumption is that it is the

one which is least damaging, financially, to

the transferor. So I had to advise Bobby and

the family that in the absence of evidence

Dad was deemed to have lent the money to

Bobby, and indeed lent to him at a market

rate of interest and repayable on demand.

Bobby was ‘disappointed’ with this outcome.

On my advice he consulted another solicitor

for himself, and got the same bad news. The

siblings were cock-a-hoop. Bobby’s business

went down. Long before Twelfth Night the

Christmas tree was getting chewed up in the

back of the bin lorry.

So here’s my advice if you’re

thinking of making a substantial gift:

1. Consult a solicitor, and you all know

by now who is the best solicitor to

consult, don’t you?

2. Get the arrangement properly drawn

up and legal.

3. Tell the rest of the family what you

are doing, and why.

4. Adjust your Will to make sure there’s

no misunderstanding there.

5. Don’t die.

Mitchells Roberton Solicitors

& Estate Agents

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36 North Hanover Street G1 2AD

0141 552 3422

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mind

body

and

stress

WORDS

SUZANNE MARTIN

Daylight is in short supply and the dark

ceaseless, or so it seems suffering

from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

as I and so many others do. So what to do

when the four walls start pressing in and

outdoor activities are not such an enticing

prospect? Is it possible to dig yourself out of

the dark regions of your mind?

Stress, anxiety and depression are often

seen as symptomatic of our increasingly busy

lifestyles – bandied about terms that belie

their seriousness. Talking is proven to help, as

is evidenced in the rise of ‘talking therapies’

of the likes of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

(CBT). And so too is exercise.

Surprisingly, exercise can be just as, if not

more, beneficial to alleviating depression than

medication – and without any of the harmful

side effects. So which forms of exercise are

most helpful? And are there any dos and

don’ts? A top tip is simply, not right before

bedtime as you’ll be too wired to sleep – not

great if insomnia is also a symptom. But any

exercise will definitely help you get your rest,

which in turn helps your mood. I asked four

different West End exercise experts for their

advice and unearthed some interesting facts.

Shanti Yoga – Sasha Ezzi Irani

In terms of stressful lives I think Yoga has the

ability to be an emotional clear-out every time

we practice. Yoga helps us to become more

aware, more present, it teaches not only to

become comfortable in our own stillness

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how to become more peaceful when we

are challenged physically and mentally.

I know, personally, Yoga has given me more

contentment with my life, more peacefulness

and more clarity, all things that are invaluable

when you lead a busy life.

We have such a range of genders, ages and

people from different backgrounds that come

to Shanti and that’s why I love our community

so much. Everyone is just so friendly and

welcoming and not just the teachers. In terms

of the Yoga we teach there is so much you

can take from the practice. Some people

come to Yoga merely for the physical, to get

more flexible or stronger, but I try and teach

Yoga as something that can really exceed the

physical as Yoga has so much more to give.

I know many of our students come to Yoga as

it can help you learn to slow your mind down.

Yoga can also help release daily stresses and

stuck emotions that might be weighing you

down. Yoga is a whole body and mind affair

and there’s so much you can take from one

class, physically, mentally and emotionally.

At Shanti Yoga we try not to get too bogged

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or how good your poses are. Yoga isn’t a

competitive practice, it’s not a race and it’s

not about making shapes. It’s about you

taking the time out, to work on yourself, no

matter how your practice looks.

For sure as a beginner it will take you a

few classes before you become more

comfortable with what you’re doing. Once

this happens though you will start to really

reap the relaxation and focussing benefits.

Over the years perceptions are changing

about Yoga. When I first starting teaching

over nine years ago now, I used to have men

asking me questions like: how many men

come to class etc. Now I don’t really get

those questions and there are lots of men

that come along, sometimes there’s even

more men than women!

Yoga for children and teenagers is also a big

thing now – there are many children’s Yoga

classes around. Yoga for children is more

about teaching them how to stretch and relax

in a fun way. And Yoga for teenagers can be

so beneficial. I started Yoga as a teenager

and I now look back and see how much it

helped me. It taught me how to control my

emotions and how to relax. I wasn’t sure why

I did it back then but knew it made me feel

great so I kept going back. Life as a teenager

is tough so Yoga can be a great way of

dealing with that difficult stage of life.

I also teach vulnerable young people

and young offenders Yoga, and although

challenging at times, it’s so rewarding to see

how much some of them love practicing.

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5X50 Challenge – Simon Murrison

The concept is easy to understand: exercise

every day for 30 minutes for 50 consecutive

days. There are no rest days – just do it (injury

permitting of course).

I think people really like the discipline that

they have to exercise every single day to

complete the challenge. They are forced

to find the time to exercise and now I don’t

believe anyone who says they are too busy

to exercise – its a mindset! If you do it you

will find your productivity and sleep will

dramatically improve.

Co-founders of the challenge, Raymond

Wallace and Kelly Houston, first ran the

challenge back in January 2011 and found

the fitness and mental benefits of exercising

everyday to be massive. I was asked if I

would be interested in helping them take

it to the Glasgow public, with a vision to

get about 500 people involved in the first

‘proper’ challenge. Little did we know at that

point that by September 2011, when the first

challenge was kicking off, we would have

5,111 people taking part from over 46 different

countries. To say the challenge exploded was

an understatement.

The team that helped run that first challenge

all had very different reasons for being

involved – mine was based around raising

some money for charity. My outlook on the

challenge has really changed over time. Yes

raising money for charity is important (we

have probably helped raise over £250,000 to

date) but I really started to be touched by the

way the challenge changed peoples lives.

On the first day of the first challenge I will

never forget seeing our social media streams

being overtaken by challengers all wanting

to change the way they lived their lives. One

picture of a family who clearly needed to

change their ways will live with me forever.

We had created a simple platform for them

to do this – it was quite an emotional roller

coaster watching it develop.

To date about 25,000 people have taken

part in the 5x50 Challenge and some of the

stories we have received have been simply

amazing. We have quite a few who have

reported their dependance on traditional

medicine has dropped significantly and

their self confidence improved dramatically.

Our usual challenger tends to be heading

towards middle age and perhaps work and

family have made them slip out of the routine

of exercising. We provide the platform and

community to get back to it. As our challenge

has a significant online community it doesn’t

matter where in the world you are – just sign

up and take part. Even try and convince a

friend, family member or colleague to do it

with you!

We are still finalising plans for 2018 but are

going to run two challenges next year. The

next one starts the day the clocks go forward

on 25th March 2018 and the second one will

begin 28th October 2018.

We have tried to make the challenge as

inclusive as possible with five types of

challenge to choose from – so it doesn’t

matter what your starting level of fitness is.

You decide which works best for your needs.

Once you have joined the challenge you can

create teams and get a great group vibe

going on. We are heavily focused on creating

a community feel so on difficult days you

know you are not alone.

Simply find us at 5x50.org and sign up. We

ask challengers to pay a minimum donation

to us of £5 (we are a registered charity) to

help with our running costs and then off

they go.

Pilates Glasgow – Kerry Stewart

From an early age I felt exercise meant

competition. I think we are all taught that

and have fears of not being good enough

when starting any form of exercise. Pilates

has none of that pressure – it’s about making

your body feel better so that you can enjoy

your week.

In Pilates you are so focused on going

through the moves in class that you forget

about stresses outside. Its a mental

break. We think about our breathing too.

Deep slow breaths calms down the body.

It sounds weird but breathing can become

fast paced and shallow if we don’t stop and

practice deep breathing once in a while.


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The intercostal muscles in-between the ribs

can become tight and stiff and this can limit

our ability to take deep breaths in older age.

After a hard days chaos I can just lie on my

mat and sort out my body. Then I can sit

without aches and do whatever I want to

do (like go running, lift my wee one or sit

with friends) a lot better. Pilates mobilises

commonly tight areas and strengthens those

areas where we are usually weak.

During pilates we look at how far we should

raise our hips, am I stressing my shoulders

and neck, or am I trying too hard? As a

teacher of pilates these are things that I look

out for and correct so that class members

can walk out of class with a much better

posture and feel less tight. We are used to

similar movement patterns through our week

using only certain muscles and with this we

can feel like our energy has been zapped.

With pilates, you will be taking your body

through its other important planes of motion

like back extension, side bending and hip

extension. We feel more awake when those

tight sluggish areas are oiled and warmed up.

More importantly, instead of looking over

your shoulder at others, pilates is about you

– looking at where you are sore and need to

work on.

Pilates worked for me and I wanted to learn

how it works. Now teaching, I love the variety

of people who come through the door. You

don’t have to be any age or level of fitness to

start and I enjoy learning from each person

I teach. Pilates fits everyone. I can’t think of

one type of person who doesn’t benefit from

its practice it seems to be contagious! People

persuade colleagues, dads, wives, friends

and their kids to try pilates so we are really

not picky who comes and tries it out – we

operate an open door policy.

pilatesglasgow.com

Living Mindfulness – Ratnadevi

Typically, in a yoga class we don’t expect to

share how we are getting on and whether

we are actually experiencing the tranquillity

and aliveness the brochure promised. While

putting our bodies into different positions, we

may be plagued by our usual ruminations and

self-doubts, judging ourselves in comparison

with others, going over past events in a

blaming sort of way, or planning a shopping

venture. Mindfulness programmes teach us

how we can lessen this common, stressful

self-talk and I find it very rewarding to engage

directly and creatively with people in finding

deeper peace.


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When we practice yoga as a form of mindful

movement, we slow right down and pause

frequently between poses to feel the effects

in the body. After working with stretching

only one leg for a while, for example, it may

feel more in touch with the ground, longer

or more alive than the other leg. This kind

of curious investigation brings us more

intimately into connection with the body,

and out of automatic pilot. We ask: what’s

happening right now, in this moment? We

are encouraging attitudes of non-judgement

and non-striving, so we enjoy the sensation

of the body stretching and opening up,

without constantly referring to a goal which

we may or may not achieve. And if we do

find ourselves in the grip of judgement, we

embrace that in kindly awareness too.

Working in this way soothes the stresssystem

of the body, with its fight/ flight/freeze

hormones exacerbated by anxious thinking.

An important and potentially life-changing

realisation is that we can relate to thoughts,

rather than from them, and allowing body and

mind to rest in Awareness.

Another interesting area we can explore

very effectively in mindful movement

is our reaction to pain and discomfort.

We instinctively brace ourselves against

unpleasant experience, which adds to

the pain and stress. In mindful yoga we

experiment with consciously opening to

the experience of intensity in the body and

breathe into it, allowing it. This opens up

more choice in our lives.

On average I work for about eight weekly

sessions with an individual, and some

continue to see me for less frequent

follow-up sessions. At the end of a course

meditation and mindful movement will

hopefully have become an integral part of the

client’s life, leading to significantly reduced

stress, anxiety and low mood, a clearer

sense of direction and purpose, improved

relationships as well as greater enjoyment of

the small things in life.

livingmindfulness.net

To still a chaotic mind and reduce stress

and its symptoms seems to be the modern

day holy grail. Meditation and visualisation

techniques helped me – eventually. Dedicate

a space in your life to be kind to yourself and

see what works for you.

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Health Matters

GP Dr. Pamela Leggate, of Glasgow West Medical Practice,

discusses the link between exercise and good mental

health. Starting small is key to helping your body

and your mind feel lighter and less stressed.

Those of you who know me, know that

I’m always harping on about diet and

exercise. It’s mainly because it has

been shown to improve most physical

health conditions, for example there is a lot

of evidence that Type 2 Diabetes can be

controlled or even reversed by weight loss, a

healthy diet and regular exercise. What I think

fewer of us realise is that exercise can also

have a huge impact on mental health.

Studies have shown that regular aerobic

exercise (anything that gets your heart rate

up and makes you slightly sweaty) can treat

mild to moderate depression as effectively

as medication but without the risk of side

effects. Of course it takes a bit of effort and

motivation to get out there and do something.

Getting started might be a bit of a struggle,

but if you can get into a routine of exercising,

you will soon reap the rewards. Start slowly

and build up gradually, join a class, enlist the

support of a friend. Once you start to get a bit

fitter, exercise becomes less of an effort and

more enjoyable.

Many people suffer from anxiety and panic

attacks. If you think about it though, the

symptoms of panic are very similar to normal

exertion. Fast heart rate, breathlessness,

sweating, tense muscles are all normal during

a run. In fact it is virtually impossible to have

a panic attack while running!

You’ll have read about mindfulness and

following those sorts of principles during

exercise can help with anxiety, stress and

panic. Focusing on how your feet hit the

pavement, how your muscles feel and on your

breathing promotes a sense of inner calm.

Exercise has been shown to help with ADHD

(attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)


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by improving focus and concentration in a

similar way to medication like Ritalin. PTSD

(post traumatic stress disorder) symptoms

can be improved with moderate exertion. In

many mental health conditions exercise is

used a an adjunct to medication.

For example, the main treatment for

schizophrenia is medication +/- talking

therapies, but people with a psychotic illness

like schizophrenia are at higher risk of weight

gain (side effect of many medications),

tiredness and physical illnesses like heart

disease, diabetes and even cancer. Engaging

in an exercise programme will reduce risks of

physical illness but can also reduce some of

the negative symptoms of schizophrenia like

apathy, lethargy and social withdrawal. Of

course it goes without saying that you should

never stop any prescribed medication without

discussing it with your doctor.

So how does it all work? Physical activity

encourages the brain to release natural

endorphins – serotonin, dopamine and

noradrenaline, making you feel calmer, more

positive and more focussed. Rather than

tiring you out, a walk at lunchtime can give

you the energy boost you need to get through

the afternoon. People who exercise regularly

have better concentration, better quality of

sleep and higher self esteem.

Of course getting out there and exercising

is hard enough at the best of times. For

someone with a mental health condition

it can seem impossible. You might feel

lethargic, overwhelmed, self conscious

or scared. But there are lots of ways to

overcome these problems.

Start small. Anything is better than nothing. A

walk round the shops can be just as good as

a walk round the park. If you really can’t face

going out, buy an exercise DVD, look up You

tube for workouts to follow. You can even buy

a cheap exercise bike on Amazon or eBay.

Your GP, practice nurse or CPN can refer you

to a local sports centre where a trainer will

help you work out a programme that you can

stick to (‘exercise on prescription’).

The NHS couch to 5K programme gives you

a step by step plan to improve your fitness.

In just 9 weeks you could get from absolute

beginner to running 5km without stopping.

It’s available as an app so no excuses!

Even if you can’t face the idea of running, you

can still join in at your local parkrun where

any level of fitness from walking the whole

way round to Olympic athlete is encouraged

in a supportive environment.


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Endmum’s

West

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by Michele Gordon thelanguagehub.co.uk

Like many other activity providers, we used

to hire space for our classes. We had tried

several different venues before making

Whiteinch our core location.

Whiteinch Community Centre (1 Northinch

Street) offers great space and runs as a social

enterprise. It has a basic but nice café on

site and a selection of different sized rooms

with a car park in front of its door. They also

have a large sports hall where they host an

after school club, we hired it once for Ruby’s

birthday. There are many community centres

in the wider West End which are either run by

community groups or the local authority that

is Glasgow Life.

Not far from Whiteinch you will find

Knightswood Community Centre (201

Alderman Road) which is one of the smaller

centres but it does run a café and has a

large hall with a proper stage. Also not far

from Whiteinch is the Heart of Scotstoun

Community Centre (64 Balmoral Street). This

is a community co-operative led centre and

receives no council funding. Currently it is

fighting for survival as they are in need of

additional funds to remain open. Different

groups use the centre regularly, e.g. there is a

dance class, a knitting club, a money advice

team, a preschool play group to mention a

few. It also runs a café, and the food seems

popular.

The advantage of the independent centres is

that their prices are usually lower than council

operated ones. From experience, I can also

say that they are more flexible as they can

make decisions themselves rather than

having to report back to a centrally assigned

head office. This can make life much easier

especially if you use the centre as regularly

and often as we have in the past.

Either way, community centres are great

venues whether you are in need of space for

a special event, or a more regular activity.

All of them offer a larger hall and several

individual rooms you can hire at an hourly

or daily rate. If they run a café on site they

can also provide food for your event in case

you need it. Some centres are equipped with

only the basics but some, like the Whiteinch

Community Centre, have lots of additional

technical equipment to either accommodate

a theatre play, stage and sound system

or to host even a conference using smart

boards, IT necessities and projectors. The

more recently built centres are usually fully

equipped with easy disabled access and

facilities throughout the building, something

older venues sometimes offer less of.

On that note, I recommend the Annex in

Partick (9 Stewartville St); I used to love their

fresh scones with jam and cream. This centre

now ‘run a richly varied programme of regular

events and activities for older people’, I used

to go there every week with Ruby and Leon to

attend ‘Jo Jingles’ sessions. Not far from the

Annex are the Partick Burgh Halls (9 Burgh

Hall St) which is a Glasgow Life run building.

It is the former council chambers for Partick,

built in 1872, and now is a ‘B’ listed building.

It hosts many community based events and

is used regularly by political parties and

community groups to inform about projects

which are of general interest. The halls are

one of the few centres that does not offer

catering but you can bring your own.

So, if you’re planning an event but don’t want

to host it at home, check out any of the above

centres. And if you only need a small space

come to The Hub, we also hire out space on

an hourly basis.


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Homes & Interiors

by Susan

Robertson

Bringing some

hygge into

your home

The Scandinavian concept of hygge is often

banded around and we talk of it freely, Susan

Robertson finds out more about what it really is,

and how we can bring this quality to our homes.


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Hygge (pronounced ‘hoo-ga’), is a term regularly

used in talk of interiors, especially at this time of the

year. It’s something I’ve touched on in these pages in

previous years, and it’s become part of the regular

conversation around seasonal and Scandinavian

home influences.

The term itself can’t be directly translated into English

but it’s often loosely referred to as ‘cosiness’. I think

however the concept is larger than that and seems to

refer also to a sense of contentedness and wellbeing.

Part of this is affected by your environment, but state

of mind plays a big role too, bringing these positively

together is what really contributes to hygge.

So, looking at what makes us feel contented in any

moment, is often a good place to start. At this time

of year, and in Scotland, as well as Scandinavian

countries – cosiness is a really big factor. Think of your

ideal night in, for many (myself included) it would

involve good company or welcome solitude, crackling

fire in the grate, tidy home, and comfy clothes.

This is what hygge is all about, it’s holistic in terms of

accounting for all elements that make you feel that

snuggly safe contentedness. Think about that feeling

you get when you come in from the cold after a long

hard day and ease into a piping hot bubble bath, or

when you feel chilled to the bone and change into

jammies fresh from the radiator and sit down with a

sip of hot chocolate. That is the sense that hygge is all

about and, finding ways to spend as much time in that

state as possible becomes more and more appealing

(but often trickier) for many of us every year.

So – it’s not all simply about an interior decoration

formula, it’s not something that can be forced or faked,

but it can however be identified for you, and facilitated

as much as possible. Our environment contributes

greatly to the ‘atmosphere’ of our lives and therefore

we can actively create more opportunities in our home

to feel cosy and contented.

Some key factors feature in bringing this feel to our

homes.

Firstly – removal of clutter is key. I am part of a

notoriously messy family with ridiculously busy lives

so this is a big obstacle for me, however I occasionally

know how lovely it feels to have everything around

you in order and I often clear out at this time of year

when I’m forced to address the journey to the back of

the cupboard for the Christmas decorations. So try

and find ways to declutter your lives and create savvy

storage solutions so that, where there are piles of toys,

or cobwebs of electric cables – they may still exist but at

least you can’t see them.


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Make sure you’re warm and comfy – invest in good

loungewear, you can’t beat soft woolly socks and

comfy slippers or layers of luxurious wool, flannel

or fleece. This is true both in your clothing and the

textures around you. Think carefully about the

material of your rugs and sofa, invest in quality

cushions and pillows that you melt into and fabrics

that feel great against your skin, not just the cheap

foamy squares to fill a space.

Balance these textures alongside influences of nature.

Go for plenty of natural wood, rustic simplicity in

flooring and furniture that values practicality and

ease of living. Add the occasional touch of fresh green

of a low-maintenance indoor plant. Use natural sticks

and pebbles to create features and talking points.

Stick to colours that make you feel calm, and clear

your head. This will be different for everyone but

often leans towards warm whites, soft blues or dusty

roses.

Then think carefully about every item on show in

your home. William Morris said, 'Have nothing

in your house that you do not know to be useful or

believe to be beautiful.' Simple and easier said than

done, but this is a good aspiration and closely aligned

to the principles of hygge. Choose accessories based

on things that make you feel happy and connect with

positive thoughts or memories, whether that be a shell

collected on a childhood holiday, or a little vase you

have always liked – keep the happy things on display

and get rid of the rest.

Hygge also naturally connects deeply with restful

activities and favourite pastimes, so play your

favourite music, turn off the tv and put the radio on,

bake a banana cake, get the guitar out the cupboard

to be part of life again, and display it visibly when it’s

not in use. The piles of old records or scruffy books

that make you smile – get them out of hiding and find

a fun place for them to live - on a shelf or a ladder

or simply piled up at the edge of the stairs. You’re

more likely to pick them up when they’re out too,

connecting yourself at all times to positive things that

make you relax and feel warm inside.

There’s a deeply wholesome value to a hygge-inspired

home because it’s more than just a ‘look’, it centres on

knowing and loving yourself and your family first,

and creating a space that nurtures and respects you to

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by Susan

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Homes & Interiors

With hygge the topic of the season,

Susan Robertson looks at some

different ways to link the use of light to

the deep sense of cosy wellbeing the

Danish term encapsulates.

Lighting

for love

At this time of year, the cold weather forces us

indoors and the daylight hours are few and far

between, so we naturally spend more time in our

homes. This has plenty of positives – we spend more

time with family and friends and we are often able

to take the opportunity to hibernate a bit.

Perhaps taking some well-needed rest and relaxation

comes more naturally in this environment than

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beckons us out of our slumber.

The underlying key in much of this is light.

Light affects greatly how we feel, and how much we

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of contentedness, and interiors that are created to

maximise this sense also have light as a core element.

How can we use light to enhance this sense of cosy

wellbeing? If you’ve ever walked into a cold office

block and winced as the strip lighting flickers on you’ll

be aware of the negative impact of light. Or how a

normally warm room can feel cold and unwelcoming

when you turn on the big central light switch but is

totally transformed when you replace it with soft lamp

lighting.

The key is to light in pools rather than trying to

illuminate a whole room at once. The Scandinavian

design principles lean towards very simple, functional

lighting in different areas. Strong anglepoise lamps

that make a design statement, as well as having a

practical purpose work well. And also a touch of the

industrial feel, can blend well with the softness of

layers of texture in simple styles. In general, mainland

European design styles seem to use lighting boldly, the

use of white lampshades and naked bulbs partnered

with vibrant green plants works really well, and helps

to create that link with nature that adds to our sense of

warmth and wellbeing.

Everything is about layering and cosiness. When you

think hygge, we often firstly think of a crackling open

fire in the grate and contented woolly toes wriggling

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unless you want to read or sew, you can enjoy snuggly

evenings with only the fire for illumination. Maybe it

goes back to caveman days but the combination of light

and warmth coming from an open fire, adds a huge

extra dimension to a room, and also to how we feel.

And of course, there are tea-lights, the IKEA staple we

always have hundreds of but hardly ever use. Little jars

of light around the room add layers of feel-good factor

as you snuggle in for the evening. If you have pets/kids

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the fragrance or quite the same effect but most of them

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of putting them next to the curtains or being knocked

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And then there are fairy lights. During the festive

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they all come down – we’ve kept a lot of ours up since

last Christmas for that very reason. I love that parts of

Glasgow have made that choice too, with Ashton Lane

and Royal Exchange Square just being a couple of the

twinkly-lit options we can enjoy here.

The options are endless, from spelling out words

to looking like leaves, there are so many fairy light

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and there are such brilliant battery-operated options

now that you don’t need to have straggly wires leading

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Second to that is candles. Some gentle flickers dotted

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