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Contents

6 Fashion pages

up on the roof

14 West End Live

with Greg Kane

16 WIN! Two nights at

Crieff Hydro

18 Keys to the city

22 Top Things

24 Meet local artisan

Claire Henry

29 Afternoon tea

at Gleneagles

31 Restaurant Review

Chelsea Market

32 Sweet Liberty

34 WIN! A style

makeover at Rainbow

Room International

35 Pub Review

The Doublet

37 Mum’s Notebook

38 Young men at work

45 Accountancy Matters

with Murrison & Wilson

46 Writer’s Reveal meets

Charles McGarry

50 Enable Glasgow

celebrates 60 years

52 Interiors article:

Signature pieces

57 Hoping for an

Indian summer

59 Legal Matters with

Mitchells Roberton

61 Shades of summer

66 The Wee

Kitchen Shop


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Suzanne Martin

Editor

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Photographer

Terri Craig

Hair & Make Up

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Writer

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Writer

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Une

very

stylish

Fille

Images Gregor Reid Stylist jacki clark


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Dress, jasmine. SHoes, Daniel footwear. Bag, charles clinkard. glasses, iolla


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coat, pink poodle

dress, boutique noir

shoes, daniel footwear

necklace, liquorice tree

bag, charles clinkard


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Bralette, silks. trousers, boutique noir

shoes, daniel footwear. necklace & ring, liquorice tree

opposite page – shirt, glorious. skirt, jasmine. glasses, iolla

bag, watch & ring, liquorice tree. necklace, cassiopeia


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dress, boutique noir. shoes, daniel footwear. bag, liquorice tree. glasses, iolla

opposite page – trousers & top, hayley rebecca muir

shoes, charles clinkard. bag, pink poodle. necklace, liquorice tree


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model rosalind @ Superior model management

Hair & make-up terri craig, terricraig.co.uk

stylist jacki clark, jackiclark-stylist.co.uk

photographer gregor reid, gregorreidphotography.com

location The merchants house merchantshouse.org.uk


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LIVE

August

Brian Wilson

Thursday 3rd August 6.30pm

KG Bandstand, tickets-scotland.com

After seeing a shockingly bad

performance from The Beach Boys

playing (actually miming) live at

the US State Capitol celebrations

on the 4th of July this year, I think

your safer going to see Brian Wilson

if you're after a faithful and more

authentic recreation of all those

great Beach Boys records. Unlike

the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson has

hung on to his hipster credentials

throughout his career and is still

regarded by many of his peers to

be a musical genius. And who can

argue with Wilson having written

and produced over 24 hit singles,

60 albums and sold in excess of 100

million records over 50+ years.

The 2015 biopic 'Love and Mercy:

The Life, Love and Genius Of Brian

Wilson' starring John Cusack

accurately conveyed the essential

truth of Wilson’s career.

Hopefully the Glasgow weather will

be kind as this music needs sunshine

not rain. Fingers crossed.

Choice Track: Brian Wilson

‘Good Vibrations’

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Sunday 6th August 6.30pm

KG Bandstand, tickets-scotland.com

Ladysmith Black Mambazo is a ten

piece South African male choral

group that sings in the vocal styles

of isicathamiya and mbube (the

traditional music of the Zulu people).

They rose to worldwide prominence as

a result of singing with Paul Simon

on his 1986 album Graceland and

have won multiple awards including

four Grammy’s. I’ve just spent the

last hour listening to their most

recent 2017 album World Music and

I’m now soothed to the point that all

my worries and stresses seem like

distant memories now.

Go see them live and experience the

ultimate natural destresser.

Choice track: Ladysmith Black

Mambazo ‘Lomhlaba Kawunoni

(The Earth Never Gets Fat)’

Too Many Zooz

Thursday 17th August 7pm

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk

Too Many Zooz are an instrumental

trio from New York City, New York

comprising of Leo Pellegrino on

Baritone Sax, Matt Doe on trumpet

and David 'King of Sludge' Parks

on drums. They all met in 2013 at

The Manhattan School Of Music and

earned their stripes busking in

the subways of Manhattan. In 2014

a passer-by filmed one of their

performances and said video went

viral on Youtube. This resulted in

many opportunities for the group

including performing live with

Beyonce at the CMA’s in 2016. As

a piano player I often find myself

reaching for music that has no

harmony, just melody and groove.

It’s nice just not to hear harmony

sometimes and Too Many Zooz are

perfect for this.

It does have a carnival feel to it

so be prepared for lots of dancing

and screaming throughout their

performance on the night.

Choice Track: Too Many Zooz

‘Warriors’


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by Greg Kane

September

The Wynntown Marshals

Saturday 2nd September 7.30pm

The Hug & Pint, thehugandpint.com

The Wynntown Marshals are the best

Americana band NOT from North

America. The Edinburgh based

five piece are celebrating their

10th anniversary this year with a

compilation album release and a

handful of gigs. I’ve always really

liked lead singer Keith Benzie’s voice,

it’s somewhere between Mark Oliver

Everett and a young Springsteen.

The guitar parts and sounds, multipart

vocal harmonies and quality of

songs have all been a constant for

the last ten years too which their

new album The End Of The Golden Age

joyously reaffirms.

Choice track: The Wynntown Marshals

‘There Was A Time’

John Legend

Friday 8th September 6.30pm

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com

Engelbert Humperdinck, that’s not his

real name.

Elvis Costello, that’s not his real

name either.

Joe Strummer, that’s not his real name?

You know where I'm going with this.

John Legend is not his real name. But

what’s in a name? Everything if you're

a pop star.

Springfield, Ohio born Rodger

Stephens has gone with the kid-on

name of John Legend and in doing so

has become a globally successful soul

singer/songwriter. Now approaching

his 40s he’s achieved much in this time

releasing five albums, awarded ten

Grammy’s and a Golden Globe. His all

round likeable, bankable, sensitively

sensible approach to soul has served

him well since he graduated with a

degree in English Lit. and then started

out on his music career.

I’ve come to like him a lot since my

brother first played me his hit song

Ordinary People almost 13 years

ago. He’s on a European arena tour

throughout Sept/Oct promoting his

latest album Darkness And Light.

Choice Track: John Legend

‘Ordinary People’

Robin Williamson

Saturday 9th September 7.30pm

Milngavie Folk Club

tickets.jmsconcerts.co.uk

An old troubadour friend of mine

used to enthral me with stories of his

exploits on the road. These stories

culminated with him writing his

wonderfully playful song Muckle Dour;

Muckle and Dour are Scots words.

muckle: noun – a large amount.

dour: adjective – relentlessly severe,

or gloomy in manner or appearance.

Robin Williamson is probably the

most accurate example of the subject

matter of my old friend’s song, stern

and gloomy but a real joy to behold.

From being a founder member of The

Incredible String Band in the 60s, he

has also written spy novels, been a

celebrated proponent of the British

Bardic Tradition, a project manager

for Scottish Wildlife Trust and a

recording artist on revered record

label ECM (who’s mantra is 'make the

most beautiful sound next to silence').

He’s out promoting his latest album

Love Will Remain. I’m going.

Choice track: Robin Williamson

‘Fair Miles Never Wasted’


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Image I Kelvingrove Bandstand © Andrew Lee

keys to the city

No one knows what goes on behind closed doors. Not

true this September finds Tracy Mukherjee as Glasgow,

once again, invites you to take a peek behind those

curtains in the annual Glasgow Doors Open Days Festival.

Ilove nothing more than walking around

the West End. My home now of 17 years

and, coming from a little village in North

Lanarkshire, the sheer scale and architecture

of the buildings has always mesmerised me.

And that’s before you take a step inside.

So what a gift it is that Glasgow throws the

doors of these historical buildings open

for one week from 11th – 17th September.

The festival, ‘a celebration of Glasgow’s

architecture, culture and heritage’, is brought

to you by the Glasgow Building Preservation

Trust, who have been raising funds to

organise and coordinate the event since the

city of culture celebrations in 1990.

With 116 venues to visit Glasgow-wide, how

do you choose? Form an orderly line, dear

friends and follow me, as we take a tour of

our own little treasures here in the wonderful

West End.


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Buchanan Bridge Club

We start a tour of our glorious heritage, past

and present at the pristinely perfect Buchanan

Bridge Club, Clairmont Gardens,Park District.

This A-listed Victorian townhouse was formerly

owned by the founder of Calmac, David

Hutcheson. The townhouse retains a huge

amount of original features and one can imagine

that Hutcheson wanted to reflect the affluence

his success had bestowed upon him as his fleet

of steamers expanded. In 1960 the Buchanan

Bridge Club bought the property. The club take

pride in this stunning villa and on the Doors

Open Days will be delighted to give you a tour of

their club. There will also be the chance to take

some sample bridge lessons into the bargain!

Open Sat & Sun 10-4pm, tours on request.

Sample lessons 2pm Sat & Sun.

Central Gurdwara Singh Sabha

With its glorious golden domes and stunning

pink sandstone facade, it’s difficult to miss

the new Central Gurdwara on Berkeley Street.

On the boundary between Charing Cross

and Finnieston and on the site of the old Eye

Infirmary, phase one of the new Gurdwara was

completed in 2016. The size of this huge building

is second only to the enormous generosity

of the Glasgow Sikh community. Everyone is

welcome to the Gurdwara, regardless of colour,

creed or religion. And who would miss out on

a delicious meal from the kitchen, free to all

visitors throughout the year. In keeping with the

Sikh belief of ‘share and consume together’, one

of the missions of the Central Gurdwara is to

help those in need and to provide space for the

community to gather.

Open Thurs-Sat 10-4pm tours on request.

Kelvingrove Bandstand

A wander through Finnieston sees us arrive at

our next stop. Following its restoration in 2013,

the Kelvingrove Bandstand is now a vibrant

outdoor music venue once again. This summer

it’s played host to the likes of Texas, The Shires

and Niles Rodgers and Chic. Come along and

find out about the restoration and history of this

unique music venue. On Saturday, take a seat in

the amphitheatre, relax in the shadow of the art

galleries and mark National Chamber Music Day

with live chamber music, courtesy of Enterprise

Music Scotland. This really has become an

eclectic outdoor venue.

Open Sat 10-4pm, tours 11am and 3.30pm

must be booked. Chamber music 2-3pm.

The Hidden House

Take a wander down a normal tenement close

in West End Park St, Woodlands and enter

the back court... into another era. Once only

surrounded by fields of kale, the Woodlands

cottage is now completely hidden from public

view. The oldest house in the area, dating from

1800, this was once the studio of Thomas

Annan, a celebrated photographer. Take tours

throughout the festival and experience the area’s

last remaining dwelling house. The West End

never ceases to amaze. Who knew that behind

the vast tenements inhabiting Woodlands there

stood a little cottage, predating its sandstone

neighbours? Tours Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun.

Arlington Baths Club

Around the corner from West End Park Street to

Arlington Street, Charing Cross where we can

‘dip’ into the hidden gem that is Arlington Baths

Club. Founded in 1870, the Baths Club is the

oldest Victorian baths still surviving – worldwide.

It was designed initially by John Burnett but over

the years has had many sympathetic additions

by various architects. Still, the baths maintain

the original Victorian splendour and remains the

only private members club of its type in Europe.

Why not take a tour during the festival and

marvel at those brave enough to use the trapeze

equipment over the pool?

Tours Sat and Sun 9am-4pm.

Mackintosh Queens Cross Church

Time to jump in a cab if your little legs won’t

quite manage it, as we travel to our final

venue. And what a venue to finish on. Here on

Maryhill Road, one can never have overlooked

the stunning Mackintosh Queens Cross

Church whilst sitting at the traffic lights. This

is the only church in the world to have been

designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. It was

commissioned in 1896 by the Free Church of

Scotland and unlike many of the churches of

the era, whose designs were cold and austere,

the Queen’s Cross Church wholly reflects the

warmth and charm of the Mackintosh movement.

The external and internal architecture, as well as

the stained glass windows and decorative motifs

of the woodwork, leave you in no doubt of which

great designer we are to thank for this perfect

little treasure in Maryhill.

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Image I Arlington Baths. © Gregor Reid

A few select picks of the historic buildings

that simply litter the streets of Glasgow; is

it any wonder that the theme of this year’s

festival is history, heritage and archaeology?

A plethora of which, I am sure you will agree,

abounds here in the west.

The Festival also has an incredible

programme of 50 heritage walks and tours

as well as 33 talks and events throughout the

week. Check out the website for some unique

days out including artist Toby Paterson’s tour

of locations influential to the skateboarding

community in Kelvingrove and beyond.

For full details of all venues,

heritage walks and events visit –

glasgowdoorsopendaysfestival.com

or follow the event on Facebook –

GlasgowDoorsOpenDays.

Doors Open Days is coordinated nationally

by the Scottish Civic Trust and runs

throughout Scotland every September as

part of European Heritage Days.

For more information visit doorsopendays.

org.uk, or scottishcivictrust.org.uk.

Join local historians for walks around our

local districts, Hyndland and Maryhill. Or

for something a little more exotic and if you

are willing to travel (yes, there is life beyond

the boundary of Anniesland Cross), why not

enjoy the Clydebank Synchronised Swimming

Team’s demonstration at Drumchapel Pool?

A leisurely walk, a reminder of our history,

visually stunning architecture and reflections

of our Glasgwegian culture. Now that’s a

good day out.

Image I Macintosh Queens Cross Church


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Top Things To Do

in the West End

by Tracy Mukherjee

The lazy hazy days of summer. Given we have

enjoyed the balmy heights of 17 degrees at

times, one would be forgiven for looking for

respite through the cooling breezes of Autumn.

However, the West End is FAR from done with

summer festivities. With a thali of delectable

delights ahead, welcome to our Indian summer!

Top for Back to School

Pick Me Ups

There is simply NOTHING worse than mid

August for the Scottish child. The weather

picks up after seven weeks of dreich skies and

before they know it, it’s that nauseating night

before school starts. Fear not, dear parents!

The promise of a trip to Jurassic Kingdom

at Glasgow Botanic Gardens will put a smile

on those quivering lips at the school gates.

Running from 26th August – 10th September,

this is a cracking outdoor experience for all the

family. There will be 30 installations of life size

dinosaurs spread throughout the park for young

and old alike to enjoy. The dinosaurs are fitted

with animatronic features meaning not only are

they life size, they move and roar too! There is

also an excavation area for the kids to have a go

at digging up dinosaur bones. With street food

available around the park, this really is a fun and

educational day out. The Botanics reached their

200 year birthday but these gardens are but

mere striplings compared to their new residents!

Jurassic Kingdom, Glasgow Botanic Gardens,

26th Aug – 10th Sept, 10am-6pm. Tickets can be

bought on the door but buying online can save

pounds, especially if you are going as a family.

jurassickingdom.uk/glasgow

Top for Summer Art

You know an art gallery knows what it’s doing

when you are regularly stopped in the street by

the beauty and skill exhibited by the paintings

in a window. For me, such is the power of The

Thistle Gallery, Park Road. Describing itself

as a 'neighbourhood gallery', this is a Scottish

contemporary art studio. Having new exhibitions

every few months, The Thistle Gallery presents

'Summer Breeze'. Evoking every inch of the

title, the exhibitions includes stunning beach

scene Water’s Edge by Innes Michie, through to

the wonderfully textured We Plough the Fields

by Sandra Moffat. Along with the remarkable

array of pastels, oils and acrylics, the gallery

prides itself in showcasing a full array of art

mediums. Sculpture, textiles, jewellery and

some truly exquisite ceramics are available to

buy. Take a wander through this special little

gallery and let the summer breeze whisk you to

faraway beaches, without ever having to leave

Woodlands.

The Thistle Gallery, 56 Park Road, G4 9JF.

Summer Breeze exhibiting until Sept 3rd.

thistle-gallery.com

Top for Chuckles with Chums

Lawn Bowls. Wholly confined to our more senior

residents and with a very strict 'whites only'

dress code, right? WRONG! For the past few

summers The Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre

has been hosting Barefoot Bowls. With no dress

code, special footwear or the need to bring your

own equipment, these free sessions are available

seven days a week. And with the centre being

open until 9pm each evening, you and your

BFFs can enjoy some fresh air, exercise and a

bit of a giggle to boot. The bowling equipment

is provided by the centre and there is staff

available to give you pointers on getting started.

Boys against girls, mum, dad against the kids?

Dinner is on the losers!

Barefoot Bowls, Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls

and Tennis Centre, Kelvin Way, G3 8TA

glasgowlife.org.uk/sport/our-facilites/Barefoot-

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

Top for Belly Laughs

A subway trip, hour train ride, a battle through

annoying street artists juggling fire (shocker –

they’ll catch it), to arrive for a 40 minute comedy

routine at the Edinburgh Fringe. If only those fine

custodians of mirth could display their goods

here in the west. What’s that you say? They are!

Those fine fellows at The Stand, Woodlands

have managed to convince their Fringe attending

colleagues that, as we all knew, we are a much

better laugh in the west. As such throughout

August, Billy Kirkwood, Bruce Morton and a host

of regulars will welcome our visitors from the

east to give us a little fringe comedy antipasti, if

you will. Prepare to be entertained!

Pick of the Fringe, The Stand, Woodlands Road

thestand.co.uk/whats-on/Glasgow

Top for Theatre

The summer is drawing to a close and we all

have those memories of a trip to the seaside in

our younger years. We might even have been

treated to a '99' ice-cream or a Fab ice-lolly.

Those memories of a bygone era are beautifully

brought to the Oran Mor stage in Butterfly Kiss

by Dave Anderson. The show is a time travelling

musical, touchingly depicting the memories

of a youth long gone. It’s funny, poignant and

perfectly paints a lyrical canvas of 1960, when

rock and roll and a first 'butterfly kiss' was

all that mattered. With some charming songs

too, Butterfly Kiss is the perfect way to wave

goodbye to the summer.

Butterfly Kiss, Oran Mor, Byres Road

24th Aug – 3rd Sept

oran-mor.co.uk/whats-on/event/butterfly-kissdave-anderson

Top for a Life on the

Ocean Waves

So as September draws out, what better way

to take advantage of what little sunshine is left

than a walk down to the Clyde. From 22nd – 24th

September Glasgow is hosting the Clydebuilt

Festival, a celebration of all things boaty. With an

opening ceremony including live entertainment,

the festival has three main components: shore

based, on the water and after dark.

On the shore, there will be crafts workshops,

music and film as well as fabulous food to keep

you warm. On the water, there is an exciting

Castle to Crane race. The rowers have the

unenviable task of a 13 mile race from Dumbarton

Castle to the Finnieston Crane. One not to

miss. There is also the opportunity to take to

the high seas yourself for some experience

sessions of sailing. Saving the best till last,

Friday night’s after dark entertainment will be

aboard the magnificent Tall Ship for dinner and

live entertainment. On Saturday get your dancing

shoes on for the Clydebuilt Ceilidh!

The festival is set to be a real feast for the eyes

with, allegedly 'the biggest fleet of rowing boats

in Scotland since the Battle of Largs in 1263'!

With longboats, galleys and skiffs, the River

Clyde will once again be a busy transportation

route, just as it was for so many years. Even if it’s

just for a weekend, that makes me smile.

Clydebuilt Festival, Riverside Museum

22nd – 24th September

clydebuiltfestival.com


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artisan

Claire

Henry

WORDS

NICOLA MAULE

Quality studio pottery is undergoing

a renaissance. For the last few years

plates, mugs, bowls and all things

small batch and handmade are globally

trending as the accessory of the moment.

Stylized images in trendy magazines, artfully

arranged shelves and window displays give

ceramics prominence as must have objects

of cool.

It’s a welcome resurgence for Glasgow

based potter Claire Henry, ‘Since January

this year it’s been full on with commissions

which is great, restaurants and shops are

asking for bespoke, custom made pieces

and collections,’ she tells me. Where once

ceramics would predominantly be sold

through the gallery space, local shops are

looking at pottery as an obvious addition to

other items in store.

Chris Gallen, owner of Gray’s Deli in

Broomhill who introduced a range of

homeware by Claire in July of this year says,

‘Customers are always asking me where they

can buy locally made homeware and we’ve

been fans of Claire’s work for a long time.

It was the perfect fit when she agreed for us

to stock her range of ceramics.’

It makes sense, in an uncertain and fast,

technology based world people seek the

security of tradition, the old in the new.

That need to ground themselves and engage

with authenticity by looking backwards

and often inwards offers a counterbalance.

The hand-crafted ceramic is a route to the

simple and essential, consumers continue

to demand to know the baker who bakes

our bread, the farmer whose cows offer us

milk, the local garden and gardener from

where our salad leaves are freshly grown

and picked.

By extension there is a desire to hold the cup

made by the hand of the skilled potter, to eat


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our food from something offering a direct link

to craftmanship, where time and effort can

be measured, recorded and appreciated in

making us feel, perhaps momentarily, unique

ourselves.

This aspirational connection has not stopped

at purchase, there is a massive trend and

escalation in popularity of people wanting

to experiment with the craft and produce

their own take home pottery piece. Clare

says, ‘Demand is high for my evening

classes, selling out well in advance. I think

programmes such as the BBC’s Great Pottery

Throw Down has played a part in fuelling this

desire to try working with clay.’

That soothing image of the meditative

potter with quietly focussed attention at the

wheel, alone in their studio has always been

seductive in offering an antidote to busy

lives but is not to be confused with the ease

of making nor the reality of working in the

profession – there is a skill and knowledge

base that rests at the heart of all quality

producers. ‘It takes 2 - 3 weeks for me to

complete the firing cycle, a process that

has taught me not to procrastinate. There

is no room for doing everything at the last

minute it’s not something that can be rushed.

By coming along to my workshops attendees

learn to quickly appreciate the skill and

difficulty required,’ she tells me.


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© Claire Henry

© Claire Henry

Born in Canada, Claire studied ceramics at

the Emily Carr University of Art and Design,

Vancouver gaining an essential grounding

and training before an exchange programme

in London and an artist residency in Hungary

offered a wealth of opportunity to learn firsthand,

‘Tried and tested techniques, tricks

that offer efficiency and consistency,’ she

says. All this, before moving to Scotland –

her grandparent’s country of birth.

For over ten years she has been working

with clay, creating wheel thrown and hand

built vessels, incorporating traditional

ceramic design with contemporary surface

decoration. There is an acknowledged

influence of pop culture and Dada, the early

20th century art movement, particularly in the

application and positioning of non-related

cut up and collaged images, telling me that,

‘There is satisfaction for me in placing two

images that don’t naturally fit together but

somehow work.’

Ironically, authenticity and handmade has

become a great marketing tool – we only have

to look at Instagram – our ‘daily feed’ invites

us explicitly to connect with artisans via a

platform of curated images. Claire adds, ‘It

has also been great for me not only in driving

sales but in connecting with potters all over

the world, there is a community that are

online and accessible, I was looking for that

when I moved here.’

Competition is massive when attempting

to penetrate the world with something

unique, so for businesses nowadays it’s a

growing necessity to be using these means

of exposure. Yet, the power of Instagram

and social media as a whole is such that we

can all be influencers and artists, anyone –

even the unskilled potter can learn the art

of curating a wonderful theme of perfect

pictures.

We learn to market ourselves with a version

that is distorted and packaged but when we

hold something physical and tangible there

is no escape, the experience is there. Social

media as a tool is driving customers to the

specialisation that the ceramicist offers but it

lightly veils the quality of the pieces.

Finding talented artisans like Claire among

the many is not often easy, yet functionality,

quality and skill of the maker wins outright

in keeping this trend alive. History speaks

for itself, one thing we know that survives

far beyond our limited lifespan is pottery

– significant and key to understanding the

worlds of ages past, trade, of people, how

they lived, the food they ate. Objects of

fashion they may be but the skilled potter

is an ancient profession of enormous

importance – vive l’artisan!

Claire Henry ceramics are available to buy

at Gray’s Deli and include dining plates,

espresso and coffee cups as well as gin

and tonic tumblers.

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Chelsea

Market

Image I Gregor Reid

Reviewed by

David McPhee

Chelsea? That’s a bit upmarket, innit?

Well, truth be told, in Glasgow

that’s a very definite yes and no. But

we’re talking New York here, not London. The

gentrification of Finnieston has brought trade,

acclaim and acceptance to an area that was,

ten years ago, just a place with a few good

pubs. Things are just dandy in Finnieston

right now and Chelsea Market is certainly a

clear indicator of where it’s likely to head.

The Times calling the area ‘the hippest place

in Britain’ has both been a boon and a curse.

The benefit being that people now flock to

the area and the payola now flows like Roman

wine. The downside is that you get places

named Chelsea Market.

Now, don’t misunderstand me, it’s a bloody

lovely venue. The food is excellent, the

service received was top notch, the drink

choices are well thought through. The

problem with the name is that it deflects from

a stunning menu that boasts a wood pigeon

(wood pigeon!) starter or crispy shortrib with

pink grapefruit and pomegranate with honey

and hoisin dressing.

The wonderful main courses, such as the

melt in the mouth Lanarkshire lamb shoulder

really does show the best our country has to

offer. Yet, the Scottish focus in their menu –

Peterhead hake, red deer – belies the New

York food hall premise on which they’ve hung

their hat.

I get the idea that fresh produce is paramount

here, much like I imagine it is in the venue

with a New York zip code. The oysters arrived

cold, expertly seasoned and as fresh as

you’d want them. I’d assumed that perhaps

this, paired with a cocktail menu to rival

Manhattan would be the shtick here, yet I

received no indication from staff that that was

the case, so I didn’t order any.

Maybe you don’t care about a misplaced

concept. Perhaps you believe that being

close to an idea is enough. But in a place like

Finnieston where the concept really needs to

ring true this just doesn’t quite hit its intended

mark. Basically, what they’ve decided to do

here is appropriate the name of a place in

the same way culturally insensitive festival

goers don Native American headdress – they

haven’t meant any harm, but they haven’t

entirely thought it through either.

Chelsea market is a bit hip – they’ve thought,

Finnieston is pretty hip right now – they’ve

thought. And they’ve fallen into the time

honoured trap of assuming they can add two

plus two and equal five, and you’ll just accept

it. Don’t accept it. Go enjoy the food. Enjoy

the wine. But, in the same way I want to ask

Sharleen Spiteri: why Texas? Ask why.

Chelsea Market

1146 Argyle Street G3 8TF

0141 339 6909

chelsea-market.co.uk


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Guilty Pleasures from Westender’s American in Glasgow

Plump, fresh and in

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strawberry cream pies

by Liberty Vittert

Summer is waning (I don’t put pants on until Sept

15th so the goosebumps on my legs are a very

good barometer of this). But what that actually

means is that the ripest strawberries around

are here, now, and ready for the eatin’. These

pies are the greatest things you can possibly do

to strawberries. The no-bake aspect is for the

southern states in the US where you don’t want to

turn your oven on caus’ it’s just too darn hot. We

don’t exactly have this problem in Scotland, but

that doesn’t mean it doesn’t taste like heaven; the

creamy custard, bursting fresh strawberries, and

crunch of those vanilla cookies is just the ticket

for a sweet end to a beautiful summer. Make one

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50g caster sugar

1 egg + 2 egg yolks

2 tsp corn flour

1 tsp vanilla bean

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medium bowl and mash with the 60g of

caster sugar. Place over a low-medium

heat. Add the 2 tsp corn flour and heat

for about 4 more minutes. Remove from

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Image I Gregor Reid

Reviewed by

David McPhee

When I first arrived in Glasgow thirteen

years ago I found myself rather

intrigued by The Doublet. Sitting

quaintly on the corner where Park Road

swings round to meet Woodside Road and

with a timber frontage, it looked for all the

world like a little West Coast bolthole had

been lifted and lain within the then student

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Yet there was also that red neon sign. It

hummed and beckoned; it instinctively

caught the eye as you turned the corner onto

Woodlands Road. This sign would come to

exemplify exactly what The Doublet would

become for me: a little bit traditional, a little

bit radical, always enticing.

The downstairs bar is indeed the archetype

of that West of Scotland pub we all think

of with it’s dark wood rafters, wooden

chairs and lived in feel. It’s one of the most

welcoming places in the West End when it

comes to decor, but you’ll also get it from

each member of staff.

Where in many places you get the feeling

of being an imposition to the jaded student

ecking out employment until their undergrad

is over, in The Doublet they choose their staff

like they choose their beer: wisely.

When you look at the drink options you can

tell that they’ve really thought about this,

and, out of respect, so should you. For the

beer drinker there’s Williams Bros, a rotating

Kelburn choice or the incomparable Riegler

lager. In the gin corner there’s the delectable

Rock Rose or Edinburgh Gin. While in

whisky...don’t even get me started, there

genuinely isn’t enough room on this page.

For me, it’s the upstairs bar that really makes

this pub more enticing than anywhere else

in Glasgow. To the casual observer it may

appear just like a room above a bar with a

little bit of tartan carpet and some old-style

copper top tables and a jukebox - nothing

particularly special in that, our philistinian

friend might say.

Yet there is the incomparable feeling of

having shut the world out up there. When it’s

at full tilt there really is nowhere better to be.

Hunched over a table, the people at the next

table are almost touching you – a ghastly

proposition to those who don’t know what life

should really be about.

The Doublet is not retro, it’s not hipster, it’s

not really trying to be anything, and that’s

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the best things we think about Scotland

– it wants to welcome you, it wants you to

have a roaring laugh or political debate with

your friends, it doesn’t care if you turn to a

complete stranger and ask ‘is that your pint

or mine?’

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Endmum’s

West

notebook

by Michele Gordon thelanguagehub.co.uk

‘M

um, which secondary school will I go

to?’ Ruby has been asking for the

past 12 months although she only

heads into Primary 7 this year. It is certainly

one of the more dreaded questions in our

house. But there’s still time before we need to

think about this, isn’t there?

Technically yes, but we recently found

out that we will need to register Ruby for

secondary school in October this year. This

seems like…tomorrow! How did this happen?

One minute you become a parent and the

next minute your baby is on the verge of

becoming a teenager.

Making the jump from primary to secondary

school can be a daunting time. I remember

my first day at secondary school, the building

seemed massive and it felt as if there were

thousands of people rushing around. Then

there were all those new subjects to get

your head round, the fact that I now had lots

of different teachers and, of course, new

classmates to try and make friends with.

And as a parent? There is the pressing

question of which school to chose. Glasgow

City Council operates 37 secondary schools

of which 9 are in the west. Children usually

attend the school within their catchment area

but often parents choose to opt for placing

requests at other schools. Ruby’s school

year is no different. Some of her class mates

will be going to Cleveden Secondary, some

are hoping to be accepted at Hyndland

or Hillhead Secondary whilst others are

considering Notre Dame High School

because of its single-sex education. A few

have already chosen private education at

Kelvinside Academy, Glasgow Academy or

The High School of Glasgow; some prefer

Jordanhill as it operates as an independent

school. But how do you know which school

will be best for your child?

I suppose you look at your child’s academic

interests as some schools focus more on

particular aspects of the curriculum than

others. So if your child is serious about

dancing for example, you would perhaps

choose Knightswood Secondary as it is also

home to The Dance School of Scotland. If

your child started at Gaelic primary school

they are most likely to continue with Gaelic

Secondary education. Unfortunately, there

is no sports school in the West End, you

would have to go all the way to Bellahouston

Academy for this.

Sadly, there also does not seem to be any

secondary school near us that focuses on

modern languages. This would be something

Ruby would really enjoy. I guess at the end

of the day there is no such thing as a perfect

school; everyone has different priorities and

preferences with regard to education. You

will probably most likely rely on impressions,

recommendations and experiences from

others or the schools’ open days. And of

course, even if you found the perfect school,

your child might not get a place due to

oversubscription. This seems to be an issue

in the West End from what I have heard so far.

Personally, I would like Ruby and Leon to

attend a school which is not too far from

home so they can meet friends outwith

school hours. I also think it helps if children

have a few friends or at least familiar faces

from primary school going to the same

secondary school. Other than that, no

decision has been made yet. After all, we still

have a few months…


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Alec Farmer, founder of Trakke and

former Glasgow School of Art student,

has gone from selling backpacks

made of material recycled from skips to

creating a bespoke range of last a lifetime

bags ‘for the modern day adventurer.’

What started as a small scale venture, initially

selling his products at the Barras has turned

into an international enterprise with his Trakke

bag concept gaining a cult following and

selling all over the world.

‘I started the business with £400’ Alec

explains over coffee at Trakke HQ in

Finnieston, ‘As a student I couldn’t get any

more broke so I was in a good position to

start up. Some people quit their job and have

a year to make a business happen but I didn’t

have that pressure.’

Now Alec works with a team six creating

the bags in-house and selling mainly

through Trakke’s contemporary website.

‘We have grown slowly and organically –

we didn’t appear overnight and take the

world by storm. We have been building

and refining our craft for the last seven

years. I am not from a business background

so it has been a huge learning curve.

We work a bit like a car factory and are

constantly tweaking our designs bringing

out new colours and updates and listening to

customer feedback.’


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young

Men

at

Work

Image © With Love Project

Man bags, beard trims and some

of the best coffee on Byres Road.

Loraine Patrick meets the men

behind three successful West End

companies and finds out what makes them,

and their businesses, tick.

Trakke is Norwegian for follow. ‘This

company is about people moving in the same

direction,’ Alec explains. ‘Almost everything

is done in Finnieston and we source all

the materials we can from the UK – from

the waxed cotton of our bag fabric to our

incredibly strong stainless steel buckles.

Most of the team started here straight from

college so we don’t have a lot of industry

experience but that allows us to look at

things with fresh eyes and do things in a very

modern way.’

The company are expanding onto the high

street, aiming to grow but not become huge

scale. ‘We don’t want to be the next North

Face.’ Alec acknowledges, ‘I think there is

a sweet spot where we can do what we do

very well and support the local economy but

not be a big high street enterprise. At the

minute we are in a handful of shops, from

independent bike shops to luxury department

stores, where staff know our product and

have the knowledge and passion to sell it.’

Continuing to build on the buzz and

excitement of the brand is the big goal. Alec

sums up ‘We choose our retailers for different

reasons, Fortnum and Mason’s in London

started off as a collaboration and we advise

our overseas customers to visit when they are

in the UK for a unique shopping experience.

I would love to have our own stores and

expand into clothing as well.’


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Artist impression aerial view of the new look Glasgow University campus

Over in Woodlands, the intriguingly named

Rain Dogs Society Barbers on Park Road

is run by 30 year old Kevin McEnaney with

business partners Ben Cross and Bobby

Cowan. Named after a favourite Tom Waits

album, they took the plunge to go out on their

own after working for several years together

in the Merchant City. Two years on in their

distinctive West End premises and they

haven’t looked back.

‘Lots of clients came with us,’ Kevin explains

‘It’s a competitive business to be in but

between the three of us had a loyal client

base spanning ten years. There is also a

definite change in grooming habits and

men are happier to spend money on a good

treatment and cut now. My customers tend

to be in the 18-25 year old age bracket but

you don’t have to be a trendy young thing

to come here, Ben and Bobby’s client base

spans all age groups!’

Kevin was shortlisted for the Scottish Barber

of the Year award this year, and has serious

plans in place to grow the business. Later

this year the trio are looking at opening

a second barbers shop in the city centre

and are also planning their own product

range. ‘We have a chemist on board and are

aiming to produce an organic based range

of hair products as we have never found

quite the right formulation to suit our, or our

customers, needs.’

With over 13 thousand followers on

Instagram and an online booking system for

appointments Kevin is social media savvy

and knows this is key to bringing in new

business. ‘Although we are working around

50 hours a week I am posting on social media

every day and my account is linked to our

booking system – there is also a phone app

to book with us directly. We make it as easy

as possible for our clients to book with us.’


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Christmas 2016 at Vinicombe Street

Dean Marriott from Dean’s Deli on Byres

Road is also successfully using social media

to market his business, preferring Instagram

over Facebook and Twitter to promote his

great coffee, home baking, sandwiches and

melts.

He explains he posts real time, real life

pictures, ‘what you see on our Instagram

feed is what goes out to our customers.

It’s a quick snap when we are preparing

something. I don’t want to add filters or

photoshop and make things look too good

then not deliver it! We have great interaction

with our customers on social media.’

Pass the coffee shop on any day of the week

and you will see it busy with locals, students

and passing trade and for 29 year old Dean

its been a long held ambition to run his own

business. He went solo last October after

working for several years with the Di’Maggios

group, gaining experience in the bar and

restaurant trade, and he thinks his successful

start up has been down to delivering what his

customers want.

‘It was really apparent from the word go

that folk were not looking for a traditional

delicatessen, he explains, ‘We asked what

people would like to see and have built up

the business from there, so the majority of

our menu has been picked by our regular

clientele. In the West End it can be expensive

to grab a coffee or eat out, so a key focus

for us is affordability. We aim to offer great

quality home made food and cakes that don’t

cost the earth, and our coffee is under £2.’

This ability to adapt to the local market and

change business plan is what has made

Dean’s so successful, as the idea at first

had been to run a traditional deli. ‘Its really

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when it comes to running your own business.

I am pretty focused and a details man. I

knew I could run a deli but it was vital to be

able to adapt when we moved in a different

direction.’

Dean, like both Kevin and Alec, is passionate

about his business. ‘It’s great to be part of

something new he sums up, I have been

welcomed into the local community and have

much to achieve. I saved all my life to get

here and now I am focussed on getting on

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Accountancy

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by Bruce Wilson & Simon Murrison

Accounting basics for small businesses

Google ‘how to start a business’ and

you are bombarded with lists, tips

and hints. Working with a diverse

range of businesses – from start up to exit

– I’ve learned there’s no simple formula for

getting it right. However, the entrepreneurs

that do succeed, work hard to avoid making

rookie mistakes (or learn quickly from

mistakes).

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simple ways to avoid them:

• Relying on gut instinct. Write a Business

Plan. Call it a survival manual for start-ups.

• Trying to do it all. Outsource to experts,

allowing you to focus on areas of business

you are good at and enjoy.

• Poor business systems. Choose a

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designed for small businesses.

• Ignoring red tape. Confront head on

changing legislation and tax regulations to

avoid storing up problems and losing the

business.

• Repeating the same mistakes. Break

the cycle by using accountancy data to

accurately monitor and forecast future

business decisions.

• Wrong business structure. Consider the

future position of your company structure and

who you do business with, it affects tax to be

paid.

• Not researching. Test and research

products, services and marketing to build a

strong business.

• Not negotiating. Ask for discounts. A new

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• Ignoring the competition. Keep an eye on

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Writer’s Reveal

meets Charles McGarry

WORDS LORAINE PATRICK IMAGE GREGOR REID

Have you ever secretly thought you

could write a book? Perhaps you have

a great idea you think would make a

great read?

I must confess to wishfully thinking I could

write a children’s book on this or a best

seller on that, but from all the authors we

have interviewed at Westender one thing is

clear – the road to getting published can be

a long and bumpy one. Even for the most

established of authors.

We talk to one newly published local writer

who shares his long journey to the high street

book shop and gives us a taster of his new

book The Ghost of Helen Addison.

Charles E McGarry is a new name to the

world of Scottish crime fiction, having signed

a two book deal for his Leo Moran murder

mystery series the first of which came out

this summer. It took years of revisions and

rewrites to find a publisher and this up and

down journey is described in a six part


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I think there is a third

book for Leo Moran

but I also have other

ideas to explore.

“and agents know how to make a book

commercially viable.’

Val McDermid and Christopher Brookmyre

share their experiences in the podcast series

which goes right back to Charles first putting

pen to paper in his Broomhill flat with his first

foray into writing several years ago. In 2012

he co-authored a fictional account of Celtic’s

1967 victory in the European Cup, which this

year celebrated its 50th anniversary. The

Road to Lisbon was well received and gave

Charles the confidence to develop his crime

series.

The Ghost of Helen Addison is the first

of two books featuring a colourful private

investigator called Leo Moran, a man who

likes the finer things in life and has an

unsettling ability to talk to the dead. Set

between the West Highlands and West End of

Glasgow the two locations couldn’t be more

different – one an eerie remote landscape

in the depths of winter and the other the

regimented beauty of the tenements of

Glasgow’s West End.

podcast series called Debut, which features

interviews with some of the biggest names in

crime fiction.

Charles takes up the story, ‘I actually wrote

the first draft of the book pretty quickly and

although it didn’t get picked up I used the

feedback that came with rejection letters and

realised I needed to restructure the timeline

of the story to make it work. You can’t be

precious about your ideas, you really need

to be able to take criticism as publishers

‘Leo has a flat in Kelvinside,’ Charles picks

up, ‘and I really tried to conjure up the

aesthetics and the morose beauty of the

area. I think the world here looks much the

same as it would have done 100 years ago

and that suits Leo’s old fashioned outlook.’

Growing up in Jordanhill and now living in

Broomhill has had a profound impact on

Charles and he hopes the setting will strike

a chord with local readers. ‘Leo is a well

dressed and cultured man and he couldn’t

live anywhere but the West End. He is very


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much intertwined with the setting. Leo is the

archetypical bachelor, genteel but with a

working class background’.

Leo is based partly on Charles himself but

also on men from Charles’ fathers generation.

‘He is an anachronism, he might as well be

from before the war in terms of his outlook.

He is a middle aged bachelor who loves

beautiful things and beautiful music.’

Charles goes on to explain there is also a

comic element to Leo. ‘He can be really

pompous and put people’s backs up – he

takes himself too seriously. This side of his

character was inspired by the main character

in a favourite book of Charles’ called

A Confederacy of Dunces, by John Kennedy

Toole, a cult American novel published in the

1980s.

But Leo has something that’s set him apart

from most – he communicates with the dead.

According to Charles his visions come when

he is asleep and they tend to be oblique

representations of things that have happened

so he feels duty bound to help police. This

supernatural element is crucial to the story as

it humanises the young murder victim (Helen

Addison) by giving her a voice and readers

see what her loss has meant to her loved

ones.

Charles goes on to say, ‘In the UK we are

reticent about talking about this as a route

to help in criminal cases but in some parts of

America and Europe police are more open to

exploring the psychic realm. Indeed the ideas

for this book all came in a short space of time

and one was a TV programme on psychic

ability.’

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30th of September 2017.

In five years time Charles would love to be a

full time author. ‘I think there is a third book

for Leo Moran but I also have other ideas

to explore. What I would really like to do is

write a post apocalyptic novel set in the West

End but I don’t want to give too much away

just yet!’

And for budding authors out there he has this

advice. ‘Don’t be intimidated by the length of

a novel. If you write 250 words a day over 360

days that is 90,000 words! Breaking it down

into bite size portions makes it much more

achievable.’

Tips from the Top

How to get published

Be willing to take criticism

Rewrite the previous days work

after sleeping on it – you get a

clearer perspective

Write everyday, be disciplined!

The Ghost of Helen Addison is out now.

Charles E McGarry will be at

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Fortune Works Centre in Drumchapel with some of Enable’s members and volunteers

Celebrating 60 years

of excellence

by JENNIFER MCILROY

What does community mean to you?

For many adults living in Scotland

with learning difficulties it can

mean isolation. However, for over a halfcentury,

ENABLE Glasgow has provided

one of Glasgow’s biggest circles of support

for people with learning difficulties and their

carers.

Born in 1954, ENABLE Glasgow was the

association of parents when there were very

few support services for families. Today,

ENABLE directly supports almost 200 people

with learning disabilities and has more than

400 members across the city.

Under the control of its members, ENABLE

offers something of interest to everyone.

Foremost is the Fortune Works centre based

in Drumchapel, providing a full time 9am –

4pm five days a week programme, which

offers a diversity of training opportunities

with a strong focus on personal and social

development. But there is so much more. It

runs two supported living units, a training-forwork

service, a range of social opportunities,

and support in people’s homes as well as

campaigning at local and national level.

In the West End are two residential services,

Esmond Street and Balshagray Drive, with

clubs in Summerston, Charing Cross and the

Gorbals.

The Project

Over the past year, ENABLE Glasgow have

been celebrating 60 years of hard work.

Looking for a challenge? Then look no further.

Members and supporters have been tasked

with the challenge of raising £60 to mark

the anniversary. The hard part is that you’re

not told how to raise the money – that’s the

challenge!

They aren’t that mean of course and have

provided a few ideas to get you started;

• Invite friends over for a coffee morning

• Have a dress down day at work

• Sign up for a sponsored walk or swim

To round up a year of strong fundraising

efforts, ENABLE will be celebrating in style

by hosting a Dinner Dance at the Grosvenor

Hilton Hotel in the West End on the 30th

September. The dance will give members the

chance to dress up and celebrate the end of

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Karen (Second from Right) with Enable members

The early years at Balshagray House

Case Study

Karen MacKenzie, Social Activities Coordinator

for ENABLE Glasgow shares her

experience.

What made you join Enable? I started as a

volunteer in January 2008 at the Wednesday

night social club in Charing Cross and found

it extremely enjoyable and rewarding. When

the opportunity arose to take voluntary

redundancy with the Civil Service where I had

been working for over 18 years I jumped at

the chance to change career.

After volunteering to gain more experience

in one of the residential support services I

was offered some sessional work supporting

a lady in her own home for a few hours on a

Sunday. This quickly led to an offer of a part

time Support Assistant position in Balshagray

House. Whilst there I completed my SVQ level

3 in Health and Social Care. After working

in all three of the services over a few years

the post of Social Activities Co-ordinator

was created and I was successful in my

application.

Half of my job is to organise various annual

events and fundraisers for ENABLE such as

dances, bus runs and fundraising nights. The

other half sees me supporting volunteers

who run our three social clubs and the Best

Buddies programme in the South and North

of Glasgow.

What has changed over the last five

years? The organisation has expanded

considerably over the last five years with both

Fortune Works and the residential support

services growing and developing.

How does Enable compare to your last

job? Changing career to work for ENABLE

Glasgow has been the best thing I have ever

done! It’s very rewarding and uplifting on a

daily basis to see the difference I make.

What has Enable taught you? Not coming

from a care background and having never

spent any time with anyone with a learning

disability I was starting from scratch.

The training and support I have received

from ENABLE Glasgow staff has been a

fundamental part in my progression.

How do you plan the social calendar for

the year ahead? There are set events which

have ran every year for the last 40 odd years

such as clubs, dances and bus runs. We ask

our members regularly to give us ideas of

what else they would like to do such as nights

at the Grand Ole Opry or Movie nights. We

have a Social Committee who then decide on

what the year’s programme should look like

and this is made up of people who volunteer

in our clubs. It really is the unique balance of

those two words, support and community,

that has helped ENABLE to work so well.

If you are interested in volunteering please

contact Volunteer Co-ordinator Jane

Feeney for more information: jane.feeney@

enableglasgow.org.uk.

In order to run all the various activities

ENABLE relies on financial contribution

from its supporters. If you would like to

participate in the project, please visit

justgiving.com/enableglasgow to do so.

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Homes & Interiors

by Susan

Robertson

© Annie Mo's

A BOLD

statement

Sometimes the plethora of options available for

presenting our homes can make it confusing to

know where to start. Susan Robertson offers

some suggestions for building a room around a

signature piece.


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© Bluebellgray

© The Store Interiors

Whether you’re looking for a slight refresh or a total

overhaul of your home interiors, there’s always going

to have to be a starting point, and sometimes that

can be harder than you first think. With so many

wonderful options available for your home, it can be

easy to find yourself running around like a headless

chicken looking at the different ideas available to you.

I would suggest that you take a bit of a methodical

approach to this. It may seem counter-intuitive to

be structured in a creative process but an overall

framework can be really helpful to achieving a

coherent outcome.

Think of a room a little bit like a delicious main

course at a top restaurant. When you’re perusing the

menu, you’ll likely make your initial choice based

on the core, main item on the dish – either the meat

or the alternative central feature. Then you’ll look

at the vegetables and garnishes around it as what

complements the main item, and what you will

actually enjoy is the overall taste and presentation of

the full dish as a whole. If you apply the analogy to a

room, it can be really helpful as you pull together a

new look and feel.

So, applying this thought process in practice, start

with a core, central signature item to ‘hang’ the rest

of the room around, and the process of doing this will

really help you identify your own tastes and bring out

your own individual style. It’s much more satisfying to

create a space for yourself and your family that really

reflects your uniqueness rather than looking like

you’ve just transported the Next catalogue into your

living room.

It can be easy to fall into the trap of picking some ‘nice’

colours and slapping on the paint and we so easily end

up with rooms that are ‘fine’. But we really should be

looking for more than that, and have a bit of fun with

it. Start keeping an eye on social media like Pinterest,

and taking snaps on your phone of rooms or furniture

or looks that you like, that can give you a feel for your

own taste coming through. Pop all of these into a

mood board and see if any patterns develop, or if any

clear colour schemes come through.

Depending on which room you’re working on, start

looking for a signature ‘lead’ piece to structure

around. In a living room this can be a bold sofa or

vibrant rug. Also – keep looking at fabrics as, if you

find one that you really like, you can use this to reupholster

some existing furniture – it doesn’t need

to be a brand new item. Just find something that you

really love, that makes you smile inside when you

think of it, that lifts your spirits when you see it. Then

the rest of the room will flow from there and be great

fun to create.


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Homes & Interiors

Taking the colour or fabric of your ‘lead’ piece, start

to play about with more fabric. Pick up the key tone in

other patterns and develop a palette of patterns, these

can be used for curtains and cushions, then pick out

one or two key colours for the wall from this, and a

couple of bold highlighting colours for floor cushions,

lampshades and throws. Think about the furniture

and fittings in line with this too – what works best –

wood or metal, dark or light? Play about with all of

this using clippings and pictures on a big pin board

first and you will see your dream room come together

before your eyes.

The other key element to consider in this process is

the ‘feel’ of the room. Would you like it to be dreamy

and romantic; fun and funky; cool and calming for

example. These ‘feelings’ will instinctively come into

play as you select your signature piece to hang your

room around and it can be useful to try and articulate

them to yourself and be aware of this as you develop

your theme and palette. It can be helpful to keep this

in mind as you pick up accessories and items for the

room as your emotions at the time will affect your

decisions so keep your desired theme at the fore and

align your purchases to that, rather than your mood

of the moment.

The West End offers a vast array of opportunities

for selecting what you need for your home. New

technology has made it even easier for artists to

translate designs into fabrics and useable pieces and

so think of buying a signature or lead piece almost

as you would in selecting a piece of art. Bluebell Gray

brings beautiful art into fabric and home features;

some of the stunning one-off pieces that Timorous

Beasties create can almost stand alone in a room; and

vibrant individual pieces can be sourced through the

expert eyes of buyers at The Store Interiors, Nancy

Smillie or Annie Mo’s.

These days, you can even make your own!

Individual designs can be easily transformed into

fabrics, cushions and wallpapers online now so

let your creativity flow and have a look at sites like

spoonflower.com. Let your own imagination, in

partnership with local retailers and designers

combine to pull together a really unique and personal

room that you’ll just love every minute of living in.

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Legal Matters

Words from Donald Reid, chairman at Mitchells Roberton:

If you live in the West End the chances are you’re in a tenement.

There’s a great book out at the moment by retired lawyer Angus

McAllister entitled ‘Close Quarters’. It’s a story about the neighbour

from hell in a Glasgow tenement near Byres Road. He hounded his

fellow residents to take their turn cleaning the stairs, observe deathly

quiet after 7pm and all the rest of it. They hated him. Here follows some

sound advice collated from helping resolve just such confrontations.

Neighbourliness and

cleaning the wally close

Ifrequently get asked about neighbour

matters. Someone is hogging all the visitor

car parking spaces. The upstairs proprietor

keeps letting his bath overflow and then

makes a terrible din carting his children and

their prams up and down the common stair.

Another neighbour chains his bike to the

stairway railings making it difficult for you to

get past when you need to take out your bin.

All amusing in the telling, but for the people

involved it can be a living nightmare. As a

lawyer I find I am often a bit impotent to help.

Usually by the time a problem comes to me

both parties are dug in deep. The suggestion

that maybe they should back off and show

a little tolerance meets with fury. Or the

worst thing of all for a lawyer to hear is ‘It’s

the principle of the thing.’ I just know I’m

going to fail the test of achievement versus

expectation.

Then tell yourself you will try one more thing:

a note through the letter box, a lawyer’s letter

or whatever, and if that does not work you

will do no more and content yourself you

have at least tried. Above all let time pass if

you can. People move. People get new jobs.

People die. Or think about moving yourself. If

you do, I can guarantee within a month you’ll

have forgotten all about it. Until, that is, you

discover your new next door neighbour is

hard of hearing and loves Sydney Devine.

If Donald can help please contact him

by phoning 0141 552 3422, or by email

at dbr@mitchells-roberton.co.uk.

So what should you do, poor tenement

dweller, if you get into a fight like this? What

I would say is this: decide to do one thing

at a time. Try ringing their bell and speaking

nicely. If that doesn’t work don’t immediately

escalate. Pause and decide if you want to go

further, because the further you go the more

difficult it becomes to stop.

Mitchells Roberton Solicitors

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by Susan

Robertson

Homes & Interiors

As we enjoy the season of summer

light spilling through our homes and

gardens, Susan Robertson looks at

colourful and practical ways to dress

our windows to the world.

shades of

summer

© Glasgow Shutter Company

The long days and expansive evenings of the

summer create a wonderful atmosphere and

brightness in our homes, so how do we make the

most of this beauty, and how also do we ensure we

get our weekend lie-in, and the kids can get beyond

the 'but I can’t go to bed, look it’s still day time'

confusion.

It’s all down to just a bit of thought into how we

manage the balance between dark and light. It’s

worthwhile when doing any design or decoration in

your home, to think of the impacts and your family’s

needs at all times of the year. In the long dark winters

we have here, the challenge is to maximise natural

light into our homes, and the shorter summer

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When I replaced the blinds in my home at the

beginning of the year, I made the mistake of taking the

cheaper option and not bothering with the black-out

versions. This was no problem in February but trust

me – when you can’t see the telly on a Saturday night

because the sun is streaming through, and I’m up

with the larks on a Sunday morning, I’ve realised a

longer-term approach would have been much better,

and what I saved initially had to be spent on resolving

the scenario anyway.

So, the main thing is to look at each room individually

and its practical use for the family. Ideally it’s good to

have the opportunity for each space in your home to

have full control of light coming in and out but there

are going to be areas that obviously matter less and

more and have different priorities. For example, the

bathroom windows – the priority is privacy but natural

light is less of an issue here and these windows tend to

be smaller anyway so you can take a simple approach

with a practical blind to soften the hard edges of the

window frame. Many bathroom windows have frosted

glass for privacy but if you don’t, you can easily sort

this with some sticky-backed sheets to create a frosted

effect at very little cost.

The kitchen is another area where natural light levels

are less critical. Again, simple blinds are good here too.

I tend to avoid curtains in bathrooms and kitchens –

anywhere there’s splashing or heat, blinds or shutters

are more practical options.

Roller blinds are a versatile option, available in lots of

colours/fabrics – as well as black-out options. Or you

can also go for roman blinds, in my opinion these are

a bit more appealing on the eye. They’re a good option

for kitchens and bathrooms where you want to create

a softer look and still have the practicality of the blind.

Remnant Kings can help out with this, they’ll design

and fit it all so all you have to do is decide on your

fabrics. If you’ve ever tried to ‘resize’ an Ikea blind with

a hacksaw and ruler, you’ll have learned the hard way

to just get the experts in next time!

The other option here of course is to use shutters. The

Glasgow Shutter company is right on our doorstep here

and can provide the expert guidance you need around

this. Plantation shutters are an attractive and practical

option for controlling the light, as well as adding

soundproofing and insulation benefits. You can get

these tailored to suit your home, in a range of styles

and stains of quality hardwood, fitted professionally

within about eight weeks.

The living and bedroom areas are where a bit more

thought is needed. In the living room you want the

access to light to be quite flexible. You might have the

TV on and want to shade the bright evening sun but not

actually block out the evening. You might want to catch

that sun for curling up with a book, at the window, or

you may want to block it all out and snuggle in with the

candles on. I would therefore be inclined to think in

layers for living areas.

The practicality and flexibility of blinds is great here,

and you can now get these in any style or fabric to

complement your room. Or you could consider thin

lace drapes, Timorous Beasties do some lovely fabric

options for this. This is great for privacy where needed

so you can let the light in but still potter about in your

jammies without the people across the road sniggering

into their G&Ts. Then you can double this up with

thick, full length curtains, and you’re sorted for all

seasons and activities.

There are so many great suppliers in the West End

for fabric and tailored curtains, we really are spoilt

for choice. You can make a statement through fabric

and colour here, try Bluebellgray for some stunning

artwork re-worked around your windows.

This approach works well for a bedroom too, but

definitely do not make the same mistake as me, and

make sure that you go for the black-out option on

blinds and thick, lined curtains to really make it time

for bed when you want, and dark and snug on a Sunday

morning, irrespective of the world outside.

bluebellgray.com

glasgowshutters.co.uk

remnantkingsonline.co.uk

timorousbeasties.com

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