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next step<br />

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Contents<br />

6 Fashion pages<br />

fashion upgrade<br />

14 West End Live<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

16 All change at Monty’s<br />

Restaurant & Bar<br />

18 Sweet Liberty<br />

20 WIN! A cut & colour<br />

at Kennedy + Co and<br />

WIN! A meal for two at<br />

One Devonshire Gardens<br />

21 WIN! Tickets to the<br />

BBC good food show<br />

22 WIN! A Boozy Brunch<br />

for six at Bar Soba and<br />

WIN! A Style makeover<br />

at RRI Great Western Rd<br />

23 WIN! Tickets to<br />

The Country Living<br />

Christmas Fair<br />

25 Decadent Sundays<br />

at Gleneagles<br />

27 Restaurant Review<br />

Elena’s Bar & Restaurant<br />

29 Bar Review Dram!<br />

30 Doggy days out<br />

34 Top Things<br />

37 Mum’s Notebook<br />

38 Designs on you<br />

43 Accountancy Matters<br />

with Murrison & Wilson<br />

44 Writer’s Reveal meets<br />

Malachy Tallack<br />

49 Health Matters<br />

52 Local charity<br />

CommonWheel<br />

54 Interiors article:<br />

Energy efficiency<br />

59 Settle in style<br />

61 The Wee<br />

Kitchen Shop<br />

62 Moody hues<br />

66 Legal Matters with<br />

Mitchells Roberton


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contributors<br />

Suzanne Martin<br />

Editor<br />

Gregor Reid<br />

Photographer<br />

Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Writer<br />

Liberty Vittert<br />

Writer<br />

David McPhee<br />

Writer<br />

Loraine Patrick<br />

Writer<br />

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hereby disclaim, any liability to any party to loss or<br />

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negligence, accident or any other cause.<br />

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Shake<br />

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traditions, twinkling<br />

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• Three nights’ accommodation in Crieff Hydro<br />

• All your meals<br />

• Action packed entertainment programme<br />

• FREE childcare for 2 – 12 year olds<br />

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• Special events including welcome drinks<br />

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FASHION<br />

UPGRADE<br />

Images Gregor Reid<br />

Stylist jacki clark<br />

Dress, FIONA KENNEDY. BAG, PINK POODLE. NECKLACE, LIQUORICE TREE


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TOP, JASMINE<br />

TROUSERS, Fictional Character<br />

Jewellery, LIquorice Tree<br />

Shoes, Daniel FOOTWEar<br />

opposite page<br />

dress, boutique noir<br />

Jewellery, pink poodle


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Jacket, Jewellery, & Bag, jasmine. shoes, daniel footwear<br />

opposite page - skirt & jacket, fictional character<br />

shoes, daniel FOOTWEAR. top, jasmine<br />

jewellery, liquorice tree


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dress, boutique noir. necklace & bag, liquorice tree. shoes, charles clinkard<br />

model eilidh alexander @ Coloursagency.com MUA terri craig, terricraig.co.uk<br />

stylist jacki clark, jackiclark-stylist.co.uk location swG3, swg3.tv<br />

photography gregor reid, gregorreidphotography.com<br />

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LIVE<br />

October<br />

Late Night Tuff Guy<br />

Saturday 7th October 9pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

It’s gonna be a beautiful night.<br />

Cam Bianchetti is one of Australia’s<br />

most enduring dance music artists.<br />

An influencer during house and<br />

techno’s formative years of the early<br />

‘90s in both Australia and Europe as<br />

DJ HMC, he now dominates the global<br />

disco and house edits scene as Late<br />

Nite Tuff Guy. This seminal figure in<br />

Australian dance music brings his<br />

Prince tribute night to Glasgow’s<br />

home of dance, SWG3. LNTG’s USP is<br />

how he interprets 'old' music in a way<br />

that younger people can understand.<br />

There could be none more fitting to<br />

curate a night of Prince dance floor<br />

fillers. A talented musician in his<br />

own right, Cam Bianchetti is also a<br />

true Prince fan.<br />

Choice Track: Late Night Tuff Guy<br />

‘Do I Believe In God’<br />

Suzi Quatro, David Essex,<br />

The Osmonds and Hot Chocolate<br />

Friday 13th October 6.30pm<br />

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com<br />

Your extended family, there's always<br />

two distinct sides to it. Mine's no<br />

different. On the one side there are<br />

my older cousins who, in the 70s,<br />

listened to Roxy Music, Bowie, Joni<br />

Mitchel, Van Morrison … on the other<br />

side of my family they listened<br />

to David Essex, The Osmonds, The<br />

‘Rollers, Showaddywaddy. One side<br />

lived through in the capital, the<br />

other much closer to the East End of<br />

Glasgow. One side’s house parties<br />

were the most fun. You could hear<br />

Devilgate Drive or Hold Me Close as<br />

soon as you pressed the buzzer and<br />

opened the door to their ever pungent<br />

close, with welcoming screams<br />

echoing from the landing above. But<br />

whilst through in Edinburgh they<br />

were quietly sipping a single malt<br />

appreciating the virtuosity on the<br />

album Avalon, back through in the<br />

East End of Glasgow we were staying<br />

up late and having way more fun than<br />

we should have been.<br />

This gig is going to be the fun party<br />

and is probably the best one to go to<br />

this month. I encourage you to do so.<br />

Choice track: David Essex ‘Rock On’<br />

Baywaves<br />

Tuesday 24th October 7.30pm<br />

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

Baywaves are a four piece Gen. Z<br />

band from Madrid in Spain, they<br />

describe their sound as 'hipnopop:<br />

catchy pop with a dreamy, moody<br />

skin.' I hear a lot of Brian Wilson<br />

in what they do. This type of music<br />

stands or falls on it’s nuances and<br />

the loose summery feel these guys<br />

seem to conjure must be influenced<br />

by the climate they live in. Another<br />

reference to their sound is the<br />

celebrated US singer/songwriter<br />

Josh Rouse. Interestingly he moved<br />

to Spain half way through his career<br />

and has a similar sound.<br />

Members of Baywaves have also<br />

formed the 'Suave' collective in<br />

Madrid. Consisting of bands who<br />

don't necessarily share a common<br />

genre but do share views on what<br />

having a band is. You can feel there’s<br />

a scene bubbling here and bands will<br />

start to break out soon, it’s exciting.<br />

Choice Track: Baywaves ‘Gliss’


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by Greg Kane<br />

November<br />

Harry Styles<br />

Thursday 2nd November 6.30pm<br />

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

My brother and I recently toured with<br />

Matt Goss (of 80’s pop band Bros fame).<br />

It was quite a surreal experience.<br />

His gig was 30% singing and 70%<br />

him cathartically pouring his heart<br />

out to an adoring audience during<br />

excruciatingly over egged song intros.<br />

I be-friended Matt back in the 80s, he<br />

was a pleasant enough geezer if a wee<br />

bit hazy. But he was a proper pop star.<br />

All the stories about him were mostly<br />

PR fabricated and fashioned to hook<br />

the tabloids. What a horrible existence<br />

that must have been.<br />

Will history repeat itself with<br />

our Harry Styles? I hope not, but<br />

unfortunately I fear for him that it<br />

won’t be about his singing (Harry is<br />

a good singer), or his dancing (the<br />

grooves on his new record are pretty<br />

much nailed), or his song writing<br />

(his album has some great songs on<br />

it too), it’ll be about adulation, the<br />

Directioners’ obsessiveness and his<br />

hair! I’m starting to feel sorry for him<br />

already. He’s made a decent album and<br />

you should go have a listen to it. Good<br />

luck to you Harry.<br />

Choice track: Harry Styles ‘Carolina’<br />

Blondie<br />

Tuesday 14th November 6.30pm<br />

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com<br />

All the band members of Blondie came<br />

across well in a recent documentary on<br />

BBC4 Blondie’s New York – The Making<br />

Of Parallel Lines. Even the usually<br />

insufferable Clem Burke (drummer) was<br />

sufficiently humble for you to stay<br />

engaged when he appeared on screen<br />

(couldn't have been easy for him). But<br />

what I really hadn’t appreciated was<br />

how skilful a lyricist Debbie Harry<br />

was. The 25 million people who bought<br />

their album Parallel Lines obviously<br />

did. Hanging On The Telephone, One<br />

Way Or Another, Picture This, Sunday<br />

Girl and Heart Of Glass, all on the one<br />

album? With their attitude and highly<br />

stylised imagery they kind of invented<br />

the genre Pop/Punk and are a reminder<br />

of that punk/chic of 80s New York cool.<br />

A bit older, a lot wiser and with all<br />

those great songs in their vault to pull<br />

out live, they are still a force.<br />

Choice Track: Blondie ‘Heart Of Glass’<br />

And So I Watch You From Afar<br />

Saturday 25th November 7pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Northern Irish Instrumental Maths<br />

Metal anyone? My partner lectures<br />

in music. Many of the young’ns she’s<br />

confronted with love to play her their<br />

favourite Maths Metal tracks. She<br />

comes home usually quite perplexed<br />

reaching for the Pinot whilst playing<br />

me some of these songs and asking me<br />

my take on it. As a musician listening<br />

to this music I can totally respect the<br />

skill and ability required to pull it<br />

off. I find myself watching them live<br />

waiting and wanting for one of them to<br />

make a mistake as the music looks so<br />

bloody difficult to execute, but they<br />

never do and that takes chops. It’s<br />

brilliant live, mesmerising at times.<br />

Scotland’s own Mogwai have carved out<br />

a very successful career for themselves<br />

playing this type of instrumental<br />

music so there’s no reason why And<br />

So I Watch You From Afar shouldn’t do<br />

likewise.<br />

Choice track: And So I Watch You From<br />

Afar ‘A Slow Unfolding Of Wings’


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Magazine Promotion<br />

a whole different Monty’s<br />

If you haven’t visited the brand new Monty’s<br />

Bar & Restaurant on Radnor Street yet,<br />

wow you’re in for a treat.<br />

Life long friends, Ryan Dexter and Ross<br />

Beattie, worked together in Ryan’s family’s<br />

City Centre restaurants and are passionate<br />

foodies and Westenders. ‘Ross and I have<br />

lived and socialised in the West End of<br />

Glasgow for years,’ says Ryan, ‘so it’s always<br />

been our goal to open up a restaurant/bar on<br />

what we consider to be our home turf – the<br />

Finnieston area is a real melting pot of people<br />

and communities which is really electric.<br />

Obviously the Hydro has a huge influence on<br />

the desirability of the area to dine in but we’re<br />

also really enjoying having regulars who are<br />

locals in the area and have been for years.’<br />

The recent full-on refurbishment has exposed<br />

brick, highlighted ornate cornicing and seen<br />

the installation of a brand new mezzanine<br />

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level (panic not, the world map is still there<br />

from its Montgomery’s days!). The restaurant<br />

is warm and welcoming for breakfast or<br />

brunch after walking the pooch in Kelvingrove<br />

Park (they allow well-behaved four legged<br />

friends until 6pm) and yet cosy and intimate<br />

for evening dining with a maximum of 70<br />

covers. The mezzanine can also be booked<br />

separately for parties of up to 30.<br />

In season Scottish produce is the mainstay<br />

of Monty’s menu, with Venison Loin with<br />

creamed savoy cabbage and bacon, featuring<br />

alongside dishes of Shetland mussels or<br />

Cumbrae oysters. Ross and Ryan’s food<br />

influences are global however, as shown by<br />

their transformation of Cullen Skink into a<br />

risotto and dishes such as Mutton dopiaza<br />

and Tunisian lamb in filo pastry. ‘I would say<br />

we are all really passionate about food and<br />

drinks from all over the world however we’re<br />

very lucky to have such fantastic produce


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within Scotland,’ explains Ross. ‘In our<br />

opinion the best fish and meat comes from<br />

Scotland so why go elsewhere. Our menu has<br />

a focus on producing predominately Scottish<br />

dishes with influences from our own personal<br />

food journeys across the years.’<br />

The young entrepreneurs grounding in the<br />

restaurant business held them in great stead<br />

when the Radnor Street unit came on the<br />

market. ‘We’ve been very fortunate to have<br />

build up a good network of people from the<br />

industry over the years so when plans were<br />

first in fruition for Monty’s we made sure to<br />

secure a good team early on,’ says Ryan.<br />

‘We just want people to leave Monty’s having<br />

had a great experience!’ concludes Ross.<br />

‘Whether you’ve come for Sunday brunch,<br />

your Saturday night out or just for a coffee or<br />

glass of wine in the Copper Bar our aim is to<br />

make sure everyone leaves happy. Our goal<br />

is make Monty’s a firm favourite within the<br />

Finnieston area.’<br />

With the two owners working front of house,<br />

and sous chef Bradley and Head Chef Stuart<br />

looking after the honest and creative kitchen,<br />

Ross and Ryan have the right recipe for what<br />

a foodie Finnieston wants.<br />

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9 - 11 Radnor Street G3 7UA<br />

0141 357 1666<br />

montysfinnieston.co.uk


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Guilty Pleasures from Westender’s American in Glasgow<br />

Hide from the weather<br />

with this fast and easy<br />

comfort recipe!<br />

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skillet pumpkin s'mores<br />

by Liberty Vittert<br />

When I think of s’mores, I think of sitting<br />

around the campfire curled up in a flannel<br />

blanket all cozy and warm from a long day<br />

on the water. When I think of pumpkin,<br />

I think of sitting around a fireplace curled<br />

up in a flannel blanket all cozy and warm<br />

from a long day playing in the leaves. Stick<br />

em’ together and you have just the most<br />

perfect combination that has ever been<br />

created for a chilly fall day. It doesn’t hurt<br />

that the whole process takes about ten<br />

minutes (fall is busy as you know!). Crunchy<br />

biscuits, gooey chocolate, spicy pumpkin, and<br />

those sweet mellows with a hint of smoke,<br />

man o’ man, sign me up!<br />

K<br />

Shopping List<br />

16 Graham Crackers<br />

1 can of pumpkin<br />

100g unsalted butter<br />

120mL whole milk<br />

2 tsp cinnamon<br />

1/2 tsp nutmeg<br />

½ tsp allspice<br />

½ tsp ground cloves<br />

½ tsp ground ginger<br />

20 large marshmallows<br />

200g chocolate (milk or<br />

dark – your choice)<br />

L<br />

Method<br />

1. Preheat oven to 180C.<br />

2. Stirring gently, melt the pumpkin,<br />

butter, whole milk, and all the spices<br />

over a low heat until smooth. Remove<br />

from the heat and add four crushed<br />

Graham Crackers.<br />

3. Line the bottom of a large skillet with<br />

the remaining twelve Graham Crackers.<br />

Pour the pumpkin mixture on top of<br />

this.<br />

4. Break up the chocolate and sprinkle<br />

over the top of the mixture. Lastly place<br />

the marshmallows on top.<br />

5. Put in the oven for about four minutes<br />

until the marshmallows are soft. Lastly<br />

pop it under the grill for one minute to<br />

colour lightly. Watch it closely!<br />

6. Snuggle under your fleecy blanket<br />

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Bistro dining at<br />

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The bistro also features a very reasonable<br />

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Parma ham chicory and baby herb salad<br />

with a citrus dressing, to mains of Gilthead<br />

sea bream with lightly curried lentils and<br />

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seasonal and local Scottish produce on offer.<br />

With desserts of dark chocolate delice, salted<br />

caramel sauce, banana and peanut butter ice<br />

cream, or a selection of three cheeses for the<br />

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BBC good food SHOW returns<br />

Explore the finest local flavours this<br />

October as the BBC Good Food Show<br />

returns to Glasgow’s SEC Centre.<br />

Our Scotland show will once again play host<br />

to an impressive line-up of your cooking<br />

heroes including Tom Kitchin, the Hairy<br />

Bikers, Tom Kerridge and more. Why not<br />

pose a question to the stars as you pick up<br />

top culinary tips and discover the secrets<br />

of cooking success. Taste your way around<br />

the city’s culinary scene at the Pop-Up<br />

Restaurants, plus taste and shop from<br />

Scottish specialities from local and artisan<br />

producers.<br />

Pick up the latest cook books and get them<br />

signed by the authors themselves in book<br />

signing sessions – you might even get the<br />

chance to snap a selfie!<br />

New for 2017<br />

• Nadiya Hussain joins the line-up for the<br />

first time<br />

• ‘Eat Like A Local’ sessions with local<br />

chefs<br />

WIN! Westender Magazine<br />

has 5 pairs of tickets* to the<br />

BBC Good Food Show taking<br />

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*Ts&Cs Tickets valid for general admission to<br />

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events. Complimentary tickets do not include<br />

Big Kitchen, but tickets can be purchased on the<br />

day for £3, subject to availability. Details correct<br />

at time of print. Not all celebrities appear on all<br />

days.


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Reviewed by David McPhee<br />

You know that feeling you get when<br />

you’re on holiday in a hot country?<br />

You’re sitting outside late in the evening,<br />

the warm air soothing your soul by the<br />

second, a cold beer at your hip, waiting for<br />

your meal to arrive and you think: ‘Why can’t<br />

it be like this back home?’ Elena’s is a little bit<br />

like that.<br />

Somehow they’ve managed to export<br />

the thing you’d consider to be the least<br />

transportable. How they got it through British<br />

customs is anyone’s guess.<br />

On the night in question I was with a few<br />

friends enjoying a couple of Finnieston<br />

libations when the subject of food came up –<br />

but it was 9:15pm, who would still be serving<br />

food at such an ungodly hour?<br />

‘Not a problem’ came the answer from our<br />

amiable innkeeper at Elena’s. Not only were<br />

we welcome, they didn’t even rush around<br />

trying to squeeze everything in before the<br />

kitchen closed, it just stayed open a little<br />

later. Here you get the sense that nothing is<br />

worth getting worked up over, and getting<br />

worked up makes no sense.<br />

On this particular evening we were in a<br />

sharing kind of mood, which is handy<br />

because Elena’s serve ‘raciones’, small<br />

dishes which are a bit bigger than tapas and<br />

perfect for group dining.<br />

The Tortilla española is as dense and<br />

satisfying as anything you’ll experience in the<br />

Cantabrian region from which these dishes<br />

derive. While the Patatas bravas (fried potato)<br />

comes with a delicious accompanying spicy<br />

sauce it’s the Galician style octopus you<br />

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dish is cooked just right so it’s crunchy on the<br />

outside and soft on the inside.<br />

The main course of Chuletas de cordero<br />

a la parrilla or grilled lamb cutlets are truly<br />

sublime and a favourite of the house, they<br />

melt in the mouth and are seasoned perfectly.<br />

The Tempranillo we ordered was so damn<br />

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A dessert of Crema Catalana was a fitting<br />

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Like Elena herself, this restaurant is full<br />

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Reviewed by<br />

Emily Donoho<br />

At first I called it ‘the pub formerly<br />

known as the Uisge.’ The Uisge<br />

Beatha a much loved West End<br />

institution on Woodlands Road welcomed<br />

university clubs, traditional music sessions,<br />

locals and students. With its Victorian<br />

portraits, taxidermy and dark wooden décor,<br />

its atmosphere struck the right balance,<br />

somewhere between an old man’s beer<br />

drinking establishment and a lively studentfriendly<br />

pub. To our dismay it closed in 2010<br />

for expansion, refurbishment and rebranding.<br />

It reopened as DRAM!, a name we all thought<br />

was pretty naff. But if it was still a good pub<br />

we could live with the name.<br />

The pub retained its essential character, the<br />

antique furniture and the taxidermy on the<br />

walls. But it was bigger with an expanded<br />

kitchen and the main bar divided into three<br />

sections with plenty of tables and booths. It<br />

also kept its annex ‘the Wee Dram,’ where<br />

they host open mikes, stand-up comics,<br />

sessions, and other events. Even on a busy<br />

Friday night the pub doesn’t feel rammed.<br />

When the Uisge changed into the Dram we<br />

bemoaned its transformation into yet another<br />

trendy gastropub. Change might be hard to<br />

swallow but the Dram’s menu isn’t. The food<br />

is basic Scottish pub fare with an American<br />

BBQ twist. Haggis sits next to slow-smoked<br />

chicken wings, and you can choose between<br />

fish and chips, a steak and ale pie, or nachos.<br />

Or really push the fusion boat out and have<br />

haggis on your nachos. Their lunch ciabattas<br />

are excellent, made with fresh bread, and the<br />

one I had contained homemade hummus and<br />

roasted peppers.<br />

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But at its heart it’s still a whisky bar. The<br />

Dram has about 66 whiskies. All the standard<br />

malts you’d expect at any Scottish pub,<br />

like the ten year Laphroiag, Glenmorangie,<br />

etcetera. But they also have rarer ones<br />

like Scapa from Orkney, or Edradour from<br />

Pitlochry. The collection is smaller than the<br />

Pot Still or the Oran Mor but it’s big enough<br />

to have some variety and great whisky.<br />

It serves two rotating cask ales. Sometimes<br />

their choices are eccentric like a blackberry<br />

wheat beer, but at least it changes every<br />

week. If the cask ale is too bizarre they have<br />

a large number of beers on tap including<br />

Tennants, Belhaven, Stella Artois, Peroni,<br />

Joker IPA, rotating beers from Brewdog, and<br />

a larger selection of bottled craft beers and<br />

ciders.<br />

The Dram is one of those pubs that has<br />

something for everyone, whether it’s a pub<br />

meal, a dram, or a pint. You can watch sport<br />

on TV or live comedy, listen to traditional<br />

music and even bring your dog. The bar staff<br />

are people who like their jobs and take the<br />

time to get to know the regulars. There are<br />

small touches that give patrons a warm fuzzy<br />

feeling, like the collection of phone chargers<br />

behind the bar you can use if you need one.<br />

I think the West End has gotten over the<br />

name change and it remains a popular<br />

establishment for students and locals alike.<br />

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Doggy Days Out<br />

What’s to be done? Shorter days, longer nights and our<br />

four legged friends looking mournful as we, yet again,<br />

leave them inside. But it doesn’t have to be that way as<br />

the woof-friendly West End is tailtastically filled with dog<br />

friendly establishments. A stretch of the legs, a browse round the<br />

shops and a gargantuan array of bow wow brasseries; lead on my<br />

canine companion! By Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Lucy is a rescue dog who came into our<br />

lives five years ago. She had severe<br />

separation anxiety and would be really<br />

upset whenever we would leave her at home<br />

for even the shortest of time. Our West End<br />

ways were going to have to change. No more<br />

lovely meals out or afternoon wanders around<br />

our favourite eateries and boutiques. Well<br />

we could – except we would spend our time<br />

thinking of you-know-who back home.<br />

Fast forward 5 years and one Nannycam<br />

later (really) and Lucy is more than happy to<br />

have a two hour snooze alone at home. As it<br />

happens we now have the separation anxiety<br />

– hence the Nannycam. I know. But what’s<br />

so fantastic about where we live is it doesn’t<br />

need to be. Glasgow and, in particular the<br />

West End, is one of the most dog friendly<br />

places around. So here are Lucy’s favourite<br />

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The Kelvin Walkway<br />

Before you do anything of a morning, make<br />

your way down to Cottonrake, Great Western<br />

Road and grab your first cup of coffee and<br />

simply delicious pain au chocolat to set you<br />

on your way. The staff are more than happy to<br />

let your four legged friend sit in and although<br />

it can be a squeeze at times, no one seems<br />

to mind. Why not try Cottonrake’s sourdough<br />

with honey? Divine.<br />

And off to the Kelvin we go. If you are a<br />

dog owner in the West End, you KNOW this<br />

walkway. Or do you? The history on our<br />

doorstep is incredible. Entering through the<br />

Kirklee Gate, you find yourself on Half Penny<br />

Bridge, with Half Penny House just beyond.<br />

Take a detour up to Queen Margaret Road,<br />

beyond Queen Margaret Bridge and visit<br />

Greek Thomson’s Sixty Steps overlooking<br />

the original remains of Queen Margaret<br />

Bridge. Retrace your steps and observe the<br />

herons and egrets as they fish on the weir<br />

underneath the bridge. Beyond, on your way<br />

downstream, is North Woodside Flint Mill.<br />

The mill originally opened in 1765 as a grain<br />

mill and was even used for grinding gun<br />

powder during the Napoleonic wars.<br />

On the side wall of the walkway beside<br />

the mill look out for the mysterious stone<br />

carvings. Heading down towards Kelvingrove<br />

the bridges over the Kelvin have such a<br />

vibrant history and are well worth a closer<br />

look than we tend to give them. As you reach<br />

the park following the underpass at Gibson<br />

Street, you might notice a stone cairn circle.<br />

The An Clachan memorial remembers a<br />

popular exhibit of a highland village, designed<br />

and on show during the 1911 Scottish<br />

National Exhibition.<br />

With so much history to take in, it’s time<br />

for ‘a little something’ as Pooh might say.<br />

A favourite doggy spot for elevens’ is Sonny<br />

and Vito’s, Park Road. A quite delightful deli,<br />

the guys in here will very much welcome you<br />

and doggy. Serving breakfast from 9-12, there<br />

is a great choice of waffles, breakfast staples<br />

such as poached eggs with organic bread<br />

and Ramsay’s crispy bacon. For something<br />

a little more substantial, Sonny and Vito’s<br />

soups, sandwiches and salads are to die<br />

for. With Union Roast coffee and too many<br />

tempting pastries to avoid, it’s a great spot to<br />

while away the remainder of the morning with<br />

Fido happily snoring at your feet.<br />

The Clyde Canal<br />

Our choice for an afternoon amble is the<br />

Clyde Canal running through Maryhill.<br />

We all know this artery of our industrial<br />

heritage is there, but have you ever visited<br />

it? Interspersed with housing estates and<br />

main roads you may well have seen the blue<br />

signage guiding you to the canal. Follow it<br />

and not only do you get a pleasant walk with<br />

the dog, there’s lots to learn. And it’s a great<br />

little meander of an afternoon.<br />

You can join the towpath off the canal just<br />

beyond Kelvindale station on Cleveden<br />

Road. Heading city bound there’s a whole<br />

host of examples of the canal’s history.<br />

On joining the canal you’ll see the bridge<br />

keepers cottages built for the canal workers.<br />

A little further on the vast Kelvin aqueduct<br />

transverses the river 400ft across and 70ft<br />

high. Before long you will reach Maryhill<br />

locks and basin which is a really pretty spot<br />

to stop and enjoy the view. Behind you rise<br />

the Collina Street flats, home to Still Game’s<br />

Jack and Victor. Continue along the length<br />

of the canal and view the Mackintosh Ruchill<br />

Church, designed by Rennie Mackintosh in<br />

1899. What’s so lovely about this walk is the<br />

care Scottish Canals have taken to keep you<br />

well informed with numerous information<br />

boards dotting the way. Look out for the<br />

board by East Park noting Roy Rodgers and<br />

Triggers visit to Maryhill in 1954!<br />

Beyond the Bilsland Drive aqueduct you can<br />

rejoin Maryhill Road and look forward to that<br />

well deserved lunch. A favourite spot and<br />

super dog friendly venue is The Strathmore,<br />

Maryhill Road. Renovated in 2015, this<br />

gorgeous pub/restaurant doesn’t confine<br />

you and your hairy pal to the bar. Instead,<br />

go inside and enter the quite stunning<br />

conservatory, elevated and totally glass<br />

fronted. Lucy quite happily sits watching<br />

through the window for any squirrel or fox<br />

action. There is also a lovely outside elevated<br />

decked area with sparkling fairy lights<br />

overhead. Staff always ensure that dogs have<br />

their water, while you can look forward to<br />

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glasveggie burger and some truly authentic<br />

curries of the week. It’s a little hidden gem<br />

– but that just makes the canal walk more<br />

enticing.<br />

Time for a little look around the shops.<br />

Making our way down onto Queen Margaret<br />

Drive, the incense haven known as Opal<br />

Moon and gift sanctuary of Ae Fond Kiss<br />

are more than happy to have well behaved<br />

doggies (and their owners) browse their<br />

wares. Further down on Byres Road,<br />

a top choice of Lucy’s (okay, I may have<br />

something to do with it) is S&S Argento.<br />

Again there is no problem taking the well<br />

behaved pooch about town inside for an ogle<br />

at the exquisite jewellery and bags on display.<br />

‘A nap? Anyone?’ say Lucy’s eyes. Well if you<br />

insist…<br />

Finnieston Fest<br />

A night on the town need not be a dog free<br />

one. Head down to Finnieston and you’ll often<br />

find more dogs out on the tiles than students.<br />

A stroll around Kelvingrove Galleries, lit in all<br />

its rosy red glory, then it’s off to The Duchess<br />

of Argyle, Argyle Street. This restaurant has<br />

some of the most delicious Mexican food<br />

in the city. No stodge and tex mex staples<br />

for these guys; it’s all about quality, fresh<br />

ingredients and authenticity. Not to mention<br />

the world’s only Tapatio frozen margarita<br />

machine. And doggy gets well watered too.<br />

A popular choice for a great meal, without<br />

having to leave your buddy behind.<br />

How can we end a great doggy day out?<br />

With some super smooth drinks, that’s how.<br />

Whether it be the vast array of craft gins<br />

available in The Finnieston, or simply the best<br />

cocktails in town in uber stylish Kelvingrove<br />

Café. A night cap is most certainly well<br />

deserved.<br />

The only thing bothering Lucy as she snoozes<br />

under the table? Why is she wearing heels,<br />

when her feet are almost always wellington<br />

shaped?<br />

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above walking routes visit –<br />

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talented young puppeteer brings her own style<br />

and talent to the genre. Ella’s newest venture is<br />

Watch, Learn, Create, Play, and is an opportunity<br />

for children to be involved in theatre and be<br />

hands on with the puppets. The session is<br />

suitable for small groups of between three and<br />

ten children from 4-8 years old. Ella is happy<br />

to discuss dates, times, even off site venues if<br />

space is appropriate. With shape shifting fairies,<br />

demonstration of different puppetry styles<br />

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

Top for Fusion Music<br />

Prepare for a real treat for the senses this<br />

November as Indian violinist Jyotsna Srikanth<br />

presents her contemporary blend of indo-jazz<br />

with her band Bangalore Dreams. For one night<br />

only, Jyotsna will be appearing at Cottiers<br />

theatre. Having trained in both Carnatic and<br />

European classical violin, she has played<br />

with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at<br />

Wembley Stadium and has recorded on some<br />

250 Bollywood soundtracks. Srikanth is<br />

influenced by jazz as well as rock; there is even<br />

some beatboxing elements blended through<br />

her music. Watching NS Manjunath (drums)<br />

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won’t forget for a very, VERY long time. This isn’t<br />

a normal evening of music. It’s a spellbinding,<br />

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Jyotsna Srikanth and Bangalore Dreams<br />

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Top for Theatre<br />

Make a note in your diary for Wed the 22nd of<br />

November and support Shake with Laughter.<br />

This benefit night at The Stand Comedy Club,<br />

is in support of Parkinson’s UK. Parkinson’s<br />

affects 127,000 people in the UK with someone<br />

being newly diagnosed every hour. Although<br />

often thought of as a disease of old age, in<br />

fact many younger people can be affected too.<br />

Although PD is a progressive illness, it can be<br />

well managed with the right drug treatments<br />

and continuing research to find a cure is vital.<br />

That’s why benefits of this kind as a fund raising<br />

event are so important. Shake with Laughter is a<br />

hilarious night of stand up with comedians Mark<br />

Nelson, Joe Heenan and your host, Rob Deering<br />

already confirmed. So why not have a good night<br />

out and do your bit to further PD research? After<br />

all, laughter is the best medicine.<br />

Shake with Laughter, Wed 22nd of November<br />

The Stand, Woodlands Road G3 6NG<br />

w: thestand.co.uk<br />

For more information on Parkinson’s Disease<br />

visit – parkinsons.org.uk<br />

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I know boys love pizza JUST as much as girls.<br />

But pizza AND prosecco as a heaven sent<br />

duo? Now that’s a full on girlie utopia! Who<br />

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giants of Saturday-nights-in under one roof in<br />

one celebratory event, namely the Pizza and<br />

Prosecco Festival? None other than the god<br />

fathers of gastronomic pop up events SWG3.<br />

This event was initially scheduled for one day<br />

only on 4th Nov. So popular was it amongst<br />

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hrs; as such a further event has been added.<br />

The festival, on Saturday 18th Nov runs from<br />

2pm-10pm. With live music all day, there will<br />

be 20 different kinds of prosecco to try. With<br />

your ticket you are also entitled to a half glass<br />

of prosecco which you can sip as you peruse the<br />

local pop up pizza traders, or go for a snuggle<br />

under the blanket beside the outdoor heaters<br />

and join in some sing-a-long pop? Come to<br />

mention it, the possibility of some Kylie karaoke?<br />

Hubby may well beat me to the ticket queue…<br />

Pizza and Prosecco Festival, SWG3<br />

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Endmum’s<br />

West<br />

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‘M<br />

“ um, Leon and I have decided on a<br />

Halloween costume. Can we buy it<br />

today?’<br />

This was Ruby last week when talking about<br />

Halloween this year. If I’m honest, I’m not<br />

that bothered about Halloween. It is not<br />

something that is traditionally celebrated in<br />

Germany, it just didn’t exist when I was a<br />

child. However, like many other things from<br />

the US, it has found its way into the German<br />

calendar too in recent years, after all, it is an<br />

opportunity to party. And Ruby and Leon like<br />

a good party!<br />

They have both decided they will dress up<br />

as Thing 1 and Thing 2. ‘Are there costumes<br />

for this? Where will we get them? How much<br />

will they cost?’ ‘On ebay, mum, of course, I<br />

checked already, and they are quite cheap.’<br />

‘Really?’ Gosh, when did this happen? My<br />

fault I guess, my kids know that I love saving<br />

time by ordering things online. So, as a<br />

result, we now already have two Thing 1 and<br />

2 t-shirts plus one pair of read leggings for<br />

Ruby and one pair of red jeans for Leon. They<br />

will dye their hair blue and will look just great<br />

I am assured. German planning at its best,<br />

I dare say! Now we just need to organise a<br />

round of guising, prepare some jokes and off<br />

we go. But go where exactly?<br />

This year, Halloween falls on a Tuesday, a<br />

bit unfortunate as it is our busiest day of the<br />

week. So, after school, once we’ve been to<br />

German class, finished swimming and picked<br />

up Ruby from guides. Hmm, you see our<br />

dilemma. But I am certain, Ruby and Leon will<br />

want to go out guising. I am convinced it is<br />

part of their secret annual sweets calculation.<br />

I am not surprised as guising in our<br />

neighbourhood can be a lucrative opportunity<br />

to collect loads. I am amazed every year how<br />

many people in so many streets in Kelvindale<br />

put a lot of effort into Halloween, it’s great.<br />

The kids love it, and I am pleased to say,<br />

they actually have to put some work into<br />

receiving their treats too. So,we will probably<br />

skip guides and go guising straight after<br />

swimming, sorted. However, it doesn’t end<br />

there, Ruby always likes to make the most of<br />

having a new costume, wearing it only for one<br />

day really doesn’t make sense.<br />

Sadly, there don’t seem too many child<br />

friendly events on throughout the West End<br />

this year. Usually, the Children’s Wood at<br />

North Kelvinside Meadow put on a Halloween<br />

night in the woods which is great if the<br />

weather holds up (thechildrenswood.co.uk).<br />

Or choose the Goulish Glasgow bus tour<br />

for children. It says in their description that<br />

‘Ghoulish Glasgow is all about Glasgow<br />

and its history but the tales it tells about<br />

the city and its buildings are focused on<br />

the ghoulish, gory and downright horrible<br />

from its past.’ The tour runs several times<br />

a day, not only on Halloween by the way<br />

(citysightseeingglasgow.co.uk).<br />

If you don’t want to depend on the weather<br />

too much you may want to try one of the<br />

Halloween events at the Scottish Mask<br />

and Puppet Theatre. They will be running<br />

four Halloween events over the 28th, 29th<br />

and 31st of October. There will be a puppet<br />

making workshop and three shows with<br />

Alex the magician (maskandpuppet.co.uk).<br />

No doubt, we will be attending at least one<br />

of them.<br />

Now we only need to buy some pumpkins<br />

for carving, make some yummy soup and<br />

buy some treats for kids coming to our door.<br />

Happy Halloween everyone!


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Iolla’s Stefan Hunter and Brian McGuire<br />

designs on you<br />

Loraine Patrick meets the entrepreneurs behind<br />

West End design businesses Iolla, bluebellgray<br />

and Paulin Watches, to discover what it takes to<br />

launch a successful design business in Glasgow.


What do lampshades, glasses and<br />

watches have in common? This is<br />

not a riddle – they are all designed<br />

here in the West End by companies taking<br />

a fresh approach to their industries. First<br />

up a visit to spectacles showroom with a<br />

difference.<br />

Iolla is aiming to revolutionise the eyewear<br />

market. Gaelic for ‘sight’ or ‘to see’ every pair<br />

of glasses regardless of prescription costs<br />

£65. No hidden extras. Company founders<br />

Stefan Hunter and Brian McGuire set out to<br />

simplify the way we buy glasses and haven’t<br />

looked back.<br />

Growth has been extraordinary confirms<br />

marketing associate Kirsty Humpherson,<br />

‘I have been with the company since start up<br />

and year on year we have seen 100 percent<br />

growth. We recently opened our own optical<br />

workshop so as well as designing glasses<br />

in-house, now lenses are glazed and finished<br />

here in Glasgow too.’<br />

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flat and fixed price,’ Kirsty emphasises. ‘We<br />

like to keep it nice and simple and within the<br />

reach of everyone.’<br />

With 36 styles to choose from, glasses can<br />

be bought online or from the Argyle street<br />

showroom. Interestingly for a product that<br />

is mainly sold by being tried on, 20 percent<br />

of business comes from online sales. ‘Every<br />

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Brought together by a university placement,<br />

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Next we move on to Park Circus where the<br />

bluebellgray showroom provides a vibrant<br />

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grand building. The brainchild of Fort William<br />

designer Fi Gray, bluebellgray’s hand painted<br />

prints are in demand around the world.<br />

‘We are all about spreading happiness<br />

and colour,’ says Marketing Co-ordinator<br />

Lara Black. ‘Fi has a very clear style with<br />

oversized blooms and painterly abstracts<br />

being her signature. We are sold all over the<br />

world, from upmarket department stores like<br />

Bloomingdales in the US to customers as far<br />

afield as Australia and Hawaii.’<br />

Every piece from cushion cover to wall<br />

panel is designed at the Park Circus HQ.<br />

‘Fi paints and our designers scan using<br />

printing techniques which make sure<br />

every brush stroke and colour is captured<br />

true to life.<br />

John Lewis is one of the companies<br />

biggest stockists. ‘We are best known for<br />

our bedding with our fabrics and cushions<br />

coming a close second,’ but Lara adds, ‘most<br />

business is done online and by phone, with<br />

daily visitors to the showroom particularly for<br />

our curtain making service.’<br />

A former Glasgow School of Art student Fi<br />

made a handful of cushions after graduating<br />

and showed them at a trade fair. Business<br />

snowballed from there and now bluebellgray<br />

employs thirteen staff. Lara says, ‘Fi is<br />

passionate about creating jobs here. ‘She fell<br />

in love with Glasgow after studying here and<br />

the vibe of the city sets it apart, there really is<br />

nowhere better to be when the sun shines!’


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This sense of creative community<br />

encouraged the Paulin sisters to set up their<br />

concept store on Great Western Road. Shop,<br />

watch workshop and creative space all rolled<br />

into one, it gives the siblings the opportunity<br />

to meet the customers who buy their iconic<br />

timepieces.<br />

‘We definitely do more business in store<br />

rather than online,’ confirms youngest sister<br />

Eleanor. ‘It’s so friendly here.’ The shop also<br />

gives westenders an opportunity to see our<br />

watches if they haven’t come across them<br />

before.‘<br />

With five models on offer currently, Paulin<br />

watches are intended to last a lifetime.<br />

Designed by the sisters it takes about eight<br />

months from drawing board to finished<br />

product and this year the team have created<br />

their own numerical font, inspired by art deco<br />

typefaces. The distinctive geometric style has<br />

cleverly spaced gaps allowing the eye to fill<br />

in the blanks. ‘We wanted to keep the range<br />

simple but have something unique and I think<br />

we have achieved that,’ Eleanor says.<br />

Creativity really does run in this family,<br />

with the girls citing their great grandfather,<br />

sculptor George Henry Paulin, as their<br />

inspiration. ‘He worked across both World<br />

Wars,’ Eleanor says. ‘And you can still<br />

see his work today in both the Botanics<br />

and Kelvingrove Park. We followed in his<br />

footsteps and all studied at the same art<br />

school.’<br />

Like Paulin, Iolla and bluebellgray there are<br />

dozens of design led creative companies<br />

in this part of the city, doing innovative and<br />

exciting things. So what keeps them here?<br />

The answer from our three case studies is<br />

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Writer’s Reveal<br />

meets Malachy Tallack<br />

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route through America’s Midwest. Starting<br />

in North Dakota just as major oil protests<br />

were ending, the pair travelled south through<br />

the Great Plains, South Dakota,Nebraska<br />

and Kansas. Their route then took them<br />

across country to Kentucky through the<br />

Appalachians and Mississippi before finishing<br />

up in Louisiana.<br />

A whirlwind of a journey covering some 5000<br />

miles and 17 states certainly got the creative<br />

juices flowing. ‘It was such an intense<br />

experience to do in such a short period of<br />

time with someone who was a complete<br />

stranger,’ Malachy explains. ‘I went with<br />

the intention of writing travel essays and I<br />

came back with notebooks full of all kinds of<br />

thoughts and observations.’<br />

So what has actually come from the<br />

experience are ideas for his next two books.<br />

One is a novel based on a former utopian<br />

community he visited and the other is a non<br />

fiction book which came out of conversations<br />

and ideas thrown up by the trip. ‘I went<br />

thinking I was going to write one thing and<br />

it now turns out that I am probably going<br />

to write two completely different books but<br />

that’s how it goes.’<br />

All but two of the states Malachy visited were<br />

Republican. ‘It was a deliberate attempt to<br />

understand the unfamiliar,’ he says. ‘There<br />

seems to be many reasons why people have<br />

gone in Trump’s direction and there’s little<br />

surprise about what is happening. Most<br />

Americans just don’t feel the shock we did on<br />

Trump getting elected.’<br />

Earlier this year Malachy Tallack was one<br />

of a handful of Scottish authors picked<br />

to take part in a journey across<br />

America for a project aimed at offering<br />

new perspectives on our political times.<br />

‘Outriders’ saw five writers undertake five<br />

extraordinary journeys each accompanied<br />

by a local writer from the area they would<br />

explore.<br />

Malachy teamed up with Boston novelist<br />

Jennifer Haigh and planned a three week<br />

Malachy was taken aback by the poverty<br />

he saw in West Virginia. ‘There is absolute<br />

desperation in parts of the Appalachians<br />

on a scale we just don’t see here. There are<br />

communities with nothing. Their land has<br />

been ravaged by the coal industry and it is a<br />

desperate place.’<br />

Outriders explored the idea that in shifting<br />

times writers contribute immeasurably to<br />

understanding the world and the ten writers<br />

involved in the project took part in lively<br />

discussion at this year’s Edinburgh Book<br />

Festival. Malachy believes there are different<br />

roles that writers fill in times like these. ‘There<br />

are writers who do activism very well,’ he


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says. ‘But we seem to have this deep division<br />

and people are not hearing the voices on the<br />

other side. In the US, liberals are not listening<br />

to conservative voices and vice versa, so<br />

activists are only speaking to people who<br />

agree with them. What’s missing from a lot<br />

of the debate is empathy and understanding<br />

and that hopefully is what writers can try and<br />

put back into the conversation.’<br />

The land and its relationship with its people<br />

has long been a fascination for Malachy with<br />

his first two books looking at the idea of<br />

‘place’. In his first work Sixty Degrees North,<br />

he visited each of the countries on the circle<br />

of latitude that is 60 degrees north starting<br />

and ending in Shetland where he grew up,<br />

exploring the personal relationships that<br />

people have with their place as well as his<br />

own relationship with Shetland.<br />

His second book The Un-Discovered Islands<br />

explores two dozen mythical and imagined<br />

islands – places that may not exist but people<br />

have believed in and had stories about.<br />

Beautifully illustrated in full colour it is part<br />

travelogue part folklore.<br />

So where does a writer who is fascinated by<br />

so many places call home? Malachy is clear<br />

it’s not Glasgow where he has lived for the<br />

last four years. ‘I think Glasgow rather than<br />

feeling like one complete place feels like a<br />

city with numerous communities within it.<br />

I think if you spoke to most Shetlanders and<br />

asked them where home was they would<br />

say Shetland. I suspect rural places have a<br />

stronger hold on people.’<br />

Coming out next year and set in the familiar<br />

territory of home is Malachy’s first novel.<br />

Called The Valley At The Centre Of The<br />

World, it is partly about the idea of centrality.<br />

‘I am trying to turn around that notion that<br />

Shetland is often written off as a remote<br />

place in the middle of nowhere and I wanted<br />

to write about this valley as being an absolute<br />

centre of everything. I want readers to care<br />

about people who don’t normally get much<br />

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Writing full-time feels like the right thing<br />

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have written the first book until I had been<br />

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at first until other people pointed out I needed<br />

to be there – I think sometimes the writer is<br />

the last person to know what they are actually<br />

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Health Matters<br />

GP Dr. Pamela Leggate, of Glasgow West Medical Practice,<br />

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Those of you who have read my column<br />

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health and wellbeing. So here are a few<br />

reasons why everyone should try to get a bit<br />

fitter.<br />

1. You will feel better! Exercise has been<br />

shown to boost natural endorphins and<br />

improve mood. It is an effective treatment for<br />

anxiety and depression.<br />

2. You will sleep better. Exercise improves<br />

sleep quality as long as you don’t do anything<br />

too strenuous, too close to bed time.<br />

3. You will look good. Even if you don’t lose<br />

weight, you will tone up. Also fitness fashions<br />

have improved over the years and are much<br />

more flattering and forgiving than the fluorescent<br />

Lycra outfits of the 80s. Rainbow leg<br />

warmers are no longer necessary.<br />

4. If you twist your ankle, it is a ‘sporting<br />

injury’ rather than embarrassing evidence<br />

that you tripped over your own feet (libations<br />

involved, or not).<br />

5. You might lose a bit of weight (though<br />

to achieve this you really do need to do the<br />

healthy diet bit too).<br />

6. Your heart and lungs will perform better<br />

– so instead of puffing and panting after<br />

walking up a hill, you will stroll elegantly while<br />

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7. You reduce the risks of high blood pressure<br />

and can improve your cholesterol level,<br />

thereby reducing your risk of heart attacks<br />

and strokes.<br />

8. You will reduce the risk of developing Type<br />

2 Diabetes. In fact there is some evidence<br />

that if you are diabetic you can reverse the<br />

effects of the condition by losing weight and<br />

exercising.<br />

9. Exercise will help keep your bones,<br />

muscles and joints healthy. Arthritis pain is<br />

reduced by regular exercise and low back<br />

pain responds better to exercise than to<br />

medication.<br />

10. Cancer risk will be reduced. Breast and<br />

bowel cancer are around 25% less likely in<br />

people who are active.<br />

So what should we be doing about it? The<br />

World Health Organisation recommends<br />

adults should do 150 minutes per week of<br />

moderate intensity exercise, which sounds<br />

like a lot! However, there are lots of ways to fit<br />

exercise into your day to day routine without<br />

having to go near a gym.<br />

1. The best type of exercise is something you<br />

can do regularly without too much preparation<br />

or effort. So maybe walking to work?<br />

Walking briskly is an ideal form of exercise<br />

for most people. For best results, you should<br />

aim to get your heart rate up and be slightly<br />

sweaty.<br />

2. Do something you actually enjoy and it<br />

won’t feel like exercise. Gardening, swimming,<br />

dancing, housework, badminton… all<br />

count as moderate activity.<br />

3. Listen to music, a podcast or an audiobook<br />

while walking or jogging. That way you can<br />

take your mind off exercise while educating or<br />

entertaining yourself. Multitasking or what?!<br />

4. If you want to build up your fitness<br />

there are lots of Couch to 5K programmes<br />

designed for people who do very little<br />

exercise. They allow you to build up gradually<br />

and safely. Look up nhs.uk/LiveWell/c25k/<br />

Pages/couch-to-5k. You get free weekly<br />

podcasts, support and inspirational stories<br />

from others who have been there.<br />

5. Parkrun! You know I love parkrun and<br />

you will find me in the park most Saturday<br />

mornings at 9.30. But it’s not just for runners.<br />

Parkrun is becoming more inclusive and trying<br />

to encourage walkers to start off walking<br />

the course and build up gradually (or not if<br />

you just want to walk!). You burn just as many<br />

calories walking 5k as running it. You will get<br />

a lot of support and encouragement from<br />

the volunteers and might make some new<br />

friends. Bring your dog! parkrun.org.uk<br />

6. Get a dog. So if you haven’t got one to<br />

bring to parkrun, you could invest in a puppy<br />

or a rescue dog (dogstrust.org.uk). Although<br />

not a commitment to enter into lightly, a dog<br />

will give you motivation and company during<br />

those dark wintery nights (also known as<br />

summer in Scotland).<br />

7. Join a gym? I think this is my least favourite<br />

option, but it does suit a lot of people. The<br />

Glasgow Club gives you access to all council<br />

run gyms in Glasgow. You can pay as you<br />

go or pay a monthly fee. You get access to<br />

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CommonWheel<br />

a charity creating a meaningful cycle<br />

by Floraidh Clement<br />

From the outside, CommonWheel<br />

resembles any other bike workshop.<br />

There’s wall-to-wall frames of all colours<br />

and sizes, a friendly team of engineers and<br />

a strong sense that everyone in the building<br />

is hard at work. But what sets this workshop<br />

apart is its social mission, striving ‘to enrich<br />

the lives of those suffering from mental illness<br />

through providing meaningful activities’.<br />

Launched in 2001 (and receiving charitable<br />

status in 2003) CommonWheel’s vision<br />

is clear: for people with mental illness in<br />

Glasgow to be able to live a meaningful<br />

and satisfying life and contribute to society.<br />

While the charity began with a specific focus<br />

on bike recycling as occupational therapy,<br />

CommonWheel has since expanded to<br />

include a wider range of activities.<br />

The music projects supports individuals<br />

in singing, playing and composing music,<br />

while the visual arts project Carnival Club<br />

gives individuals the opportunity to design<br />

and produce large scale art pieces to be<br />

displayed in parades around the city.


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Since 1997 marked the development of the<br />

concept of bicycle recycling as occupational<br />

therapy, twenty years on seemed a fitting<br />

time to catch up with CommonWheel to<br />

discuss the impact of the charity in North<br />

West Glasgow and beyond.<br />

Speaking from their Maryhill workshop,<br />

Project Manager Emma Razi is optimistic<br />

concerning how each of the activities can<br />

positively impact individuals in more ways<br />

than one. While the three activities currently<br />

offered by CommonWheel are very different,<br />

each one aligns with the goals of the charity.<br />

She says, ‘The idea behind each activity is<br />

the same: to reduce isolation felt by people<br />

with mental illness, to improve skills and to<br />

improve overall mental wellbeing. For some<br />

that might lead to employment, education,<br />

and training, but for others, that might just<br />

be a case of staying well and staying out of<br />

hospital.’<br />

Clients are referred to these courses by<br />

mental health support workers or other<br />

agencies, such as the Scottish Association<br />

for Mental Health (SAMH). CommonWheel<br />

also collaborate with local hospitals and care<br />

homes, and currently work with around 300<br />

individuals who are in-patients or residents in<br />

care homes per year.<br />

Yet no matter where these individuals are<br />

referred from, the CommonWheel team are<br />

keen to stress the positive impact of running<br />

these courses in an environment which<br />

mimics the workplace. While each course<br />

retains similar elements to employment,<br />

volunteer mechanics demonstrate clear<br />

empathy towards clients and understand<br />

their unique situations. The Build Your Own<br />

Bike workshop is one such course, where<br />

attendees spend ten weeks learning how to<br />

rebuilding an old bike into one they can keep.<br />

Emma highlights, ‘You don’t need to<br />

know anything about bikes, but clients<br />

are expected to come on time and follow<br />

instructions, and to be directed through a<br />

syllabus of tasks to be completed per week.<br />

In that sense, it’s a little bit like employment;<br />

it’s structured, but it’s also super supportive.<br />

If somebody comes in and just isn’t into it<br />

that day, they can go home, or come back<br />

next week. If somebody comes along and<br />

struggles, they will get lots of support.’<br />

For some clients, their attendance on the<br />

Build Your Own Bike course has brought<br />

about meaningful change in both their lives<br />

and for the charity itself. Not only do they<br />

keep the charity going, but they sincerely<br />

benefit from the experience.<br />

‘It gives me something constructive to do,<br />

it gives me peace…and it makes me feel<br />

better,’ one client beams.<br />

Another agrees, praising the sense of routine<br />

the workshop has given him, ‘I come here<br />

three times a week, every week, and it gives<br />

me a bit of structure. I’ve always ridden a bike<br />

so this is great for me!’<br />

With glowing testimonies like these, the<br />

future of CommonWheel looks bright. After<br />

receiving the Evening Times’ Glasgow<br />

Community Champion Award in 2015, the<br />

team are keen to continue their impactful<br />

work in local communities and championing<br />

the wellbeing of those struggling with mental<br />

health.<br />

Emma explains, ‘There are one in four<br />

people in the UK experiencing mental health<br />

problems. Some say that it’s even worse in<br />

this city due to the Glasgow Effect, so we<br />

have no shortage of people who would want<br />

to come and use this service. We want to<br />

reach as many of those people as we can.’<br />

There are several ways in supporting<br />

CommonWheel to achieve that goal (so<br />

long as you give them a ring, first – these<br />

engineers could be busy at work). Members<br />

of the public are encouraged to donate an<br />

unused bike, which can be used for the Build<br />

Your Own Bike courses. They can also bring<br />

in their own bikes for servicing, as well as<br />

buying newly re-serviced bikes from the<br />

workshop.<br />

As you can see, there’s no shortage of ways<br />

to help this innovative charity maintain their<br />

progressive cycle.<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

© The Glasgow Shutter Company<br />

Powering<br />

our homes<br />

efficiently<br />

With the imminent onset of our Scottish winter,<br />

Susan Robertson looks for some of the best ways<br />

to keep warm, for less.


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Quick Tips<br />

1. Switch off lights in empty rooms<br />

2. Use low energy light bulbs<br />

3. Use daylight – keep windows and<br />

skylights clean and clear<br />

4. Turn off electrical appliances<br />

– don’t leave them on standby<br />

5. Wash clothes at a lower temperature<br />

6. Set the heating thermostat at 18 degrees<br />

(costs rise by 8% for every degree increase)<br />

7. Keep radiators clear – don't block with<br />

furniture<br />

8. Draught-proof doors and windows<br />

9. Install loft insulation (ideally 200mm,<br />

if less than 100mm, top it up)<br />

10. Install double or secondary glazing.<br />

This is the time to be thinking about how we prepare<br />

our homes to give us the best protection from the<br />

elements, but also to be considering how we can<br />

play our part in looking after our environment,<br />

and making the most efficient use of the resources<br />

we have.<br />

There are some great resources online for the<br />

best ways to do this and organisations like Home<br />

Energy Scotland can talk you through options and<br />

suggestions. They will do a free Home Energy Check<br />

over the phone to give you a good starting point for<br />

where savings and efficiencies can be made, and will<br />

also be able to advise you on reputable suppliers and<br />

any available loans or financial incentives available<br />

to you. If you have a business, there are also excellent<br />

resources available to help you save money and reduce<br />

waste. Resource Efficient Scotland, part of Zero Waste<br />

Scotland, offers interest-free loans to small businesses<br />

to allow investment in this area.<br />

In general, for our homes, there are two main factors<br />

to consider – your energy systems themselves, and<br />

the fabric of your home to make most efficient use of<br />

them.<br />

Firstly – consider your energy system. Is your boiler in<br />

need of a service, or does it need upgraded? If changes<br />

are needed, could you consider a different approach?<br />

There are really accessible renewable energy sources<br />

now, is it worth considering some solar panels, do you<br />

have plenty outside space for a small turbine? Keep an<br />

open mind and make sure you make use of the expert<br />

advice available – if you’re considering an investment<br />

of any size, you may be able to make further savings<br />

in the long run if you look at contributing to your own<br />

energy needs.<br />

Depending on the type of home you are blessed with,<br />

there will be different ways to reduce energy wastage<br />

and keep warm for less. There are some key big areas<br />

to think of first. If you’re in a house, consider the roof<br />

in the first instance as heat is often lost through this<br />

route. It’s important that you have really good loft<br />

insulation as a starting point. You can also consider<br />

further insulation into walls and floors depending on<br />

the construction of your home.<br />

Another culprit for heat loss is the windows. If they<br />

can be upgraded to quality double or triple glazing,<br />

this will make a massive difference. If you have<br />

traditional sash and case types, or your building is<br />

listed, you can make big improvements by getting<br />

an expert to maintain these for you. Aging putty<br />

and wood can be repaired, glazed sections replaced<br />

and experts can provide full draught-proofing for<br />

traditional windows.<br />

You can also consider adding secondary glazing inside<br />

the windows. This can be practically invisible but a<br />

great idea for traditional windows or dealing with<br />

condensation issues. The other possible option here<br />

is to consider having shutters installed, these can be<br />

elegant, and also practical in traditional buildings.<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

or investment in these areas, there are still some easy<br />

ways to make meaningful improvements.<br />

Think about thick, heavy curtains at draughty<br />

windows. It’s also an option over front doors too.<br />

In older buildings, you might not have, or want to<br />

change your front door but you can add draughtexcluding<br />

products to the letter box and along the<br />

bottom of the door, and I like a big heavy curtain you<br />

can pull over anyway once you’ve locked up for the<br />

night and you’re snuggling in.<br />

Think about your lighting, and change to the newest<br />

and most efficient types of energy-saving bulbs.<br />

They’re a bit pricier in the first instance, but worth it<br />

longer term.<br />

Generally being a bit more conscious in your activities<br />

makes a difference too. I’ve just had to get up to go<br />

and turn off the kitchen light and the TV that was on<br />

standby in the other room as my conscience is nudged<br />

by writing this. We do often have some bad habits<br />

that have developed over the years and these can be<br />

easily changed with just a bit of thought. If we all do<br />

this, not only can we save money and reduce waste,<br />

but we can contribute to thoughtfully improving the<br />

environment in our beautiful city.<br />

Organisations and resources<br />

energysavingtrust.org.uk/scotland/<br />

home-energy-scotland<br />

greenerscotland.org/home-energy/<br />

using-your-home-energy-well<br />

ofgem.gov.uk/consumers/energy<br />

-guides<br />

carbontrust.com/home<br />

resourceefficientscotland.com<br />

West End Suppliers<br />

B.Smith Plumbing & Heating, Gas boiler services:<br />

bsmithplumbing.com, 0141 301 1180<br />

Eco Home Installer, Heating & Renewables:<br />

ecohomeinstaller.co.uk, 0141 374 2567<br />

The Glasgow Shutter Company, Wooden shutter<br />

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The Radiator Gallery, Radiators:<br />

radiatorgalleryglasgow.co.uk, 0141 337 3345<br />

West End Services, Sash Windows experts:<br />

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by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

Homes & Interiors<br />

Changing seasons always have their<br />

palettes attached, the light, the colours<br />

and the weather all play a part in setting<br />

the mood. Susan Robertson explores<br />

how we can harness these elements<br />

and identify how to bring the best bits<br />

into our homes.<br />

Moody<br />

Hues<br />

© Farrow && Ball<br />

Autumn and winter both serve up very different<br />

moods. Autumn has the warmth of oranges and<br />

umbers with a hint of crispness, leading into winter<br />

with its blues and icy whites and solid dark greys.<br />

Even envisioning these colour palettes, with all their<br />

vibrant differences, you can see them together in a<br />

room, very confidently working together in a shared<br />

space. My colour mood preference for this season<br />

transition is solid darkest blue/grey with highlighting<br />

strokes of vibrant orange and maple red. Bold and<br />

cosy. Elegant and uncompromising.


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The stories of colour always inspire me and I love the<br />

way we can create new moods in our lives so differently<br />

with little more than a lick of paint. You can make such<br />

a big impact with just a few quids’ worth of paint, it’s<br />

all in the selection of the colour.<br />

I currently live surrounded by crisp white and light<br />

wood. I like it, it’s a change for a while, but we’re not<br />

bedding in. My inclination at this time of the year<br />

however is still to get cosy, go dark, shut the curtains,<br />

put the fire on.<br />

I chatted with Laonie of 1272 Decorating to get some<br />

expert input into the colour conversation. I love her<br />

take on it all – particularly talking about applying<br />

colour in small spaces. I’ve always had really boldly<br />

decorated small rooms everywhere I’ve stayed, just for<br />

fun really, and because I think, if you get the lighting<br />

right – it’s the way to go.<br />

Leonie told me, 'When it comes to small spaces, there's<br />

the temptation to use light tones to give the illusion of<br />

the space being larger. White is often too stark, so an<br />

off-white will feel gentle and warmer. However, unless<br />

there are other features in the room it may feel bland.<br />

Instead, to give the space a wow factor – embrace the<br />

dark side! I have a very small vestibule with little<br />

natural light, but I decided to go really dark, "Farrow<br />

& Ball Downpipe" dark, and the end result is that it is a<br />

space that makes an impression.'<br />

I think this is a great approach and can work well in<br />

this current season. The deep, dark colours are great<br />

backdrops to add some bright warm touches and gear<br />

up for fairy lights at Christmas.<br />

Another key consideration is to think about the<br />

practical usage of each room and match that to the<br />

colour and mood. Leonie told us, 'Depending on the<br />

size of the home, some dining rooms are often only<br />

utilised in the evening. It's important to remember<br />

this when choosing the wall colour, as it will generally<br />

only be seen in unnatural light. Electric bulbs tend<br />

to give off a yellowish light, so this will affect colours,<br />

particularly blues and greys.”<br />

This is a great tip to bear in mind when picking mood<br />

colours in this season.<br />

Leonie adds, 'if you have a lot of artwork to be hung,<br />

choose a colour that is going to complement the pieces,<br />

acting more as a canvas rather than another feature.<br />

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Study the colours within the artwork and choose a tone<br />

that will enhance the paintings. In a room with less<br />

artwork that requires another feature, then choosing a<br />

colour from one of the paintings and creating an accent<br />

wall gives an alternative point of interest”<br />

One thing I always forget about with colour is the<br />

room direction. Sometimes our home can feel like<br />

we’re in various different worlds because of where it’s<br />

situated. We have blinding sunrises in one bedroom in<br />

the morning while another is cosy and dark, and the<br />

vibrant sunsets in the evening knock into our relaxing<br />

time in the living room.<br />

Laonie highlighted this for us. She said, 'if your room<br />

is North facing, these rooms give off cool light so it's<br />

a good idea to avoid cold greys, and instead choose<br />

neutrals with yellow tones. Similar to small spaces, an<br />

attitude could be adopted to embrace the fact that the<br />

room is never going to look bright, and instead choose<br />

dark tones to create a warm and sophisticated space.'<br />

So there’s easy impact to be made in creating a mood<br />

for the season in your home but it’s important to make<br />

a considered choice of colour, and if you’re unsure<br />

there are experts on hand to help.<br />

With thanks to Laonie Robertson of 1272 Decorating,<br />

1272@email.com, 0845 233 1272 / 07919 254667


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