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Contents<br />

Regulars<br />

4 Editor’s Letter<br />

51 Mum’s Notebook<br />

48 Community feature:<br />

Back Garden G3 Growers<br />

Fashion, beauty & health<br />

8 Sun, Sea & Sexy<br />

Swimwear<br />

36 WIN! At Rainbow<br />

Room International<br />

52 Health Matters<br />

Going out<br />

16 West End Live<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

18 Top Things<br />

Art & culture<br />

22 Writers Reveal<br />

meets Helen McClory<br />

26 Cover to Cover<br />

38 Meet the artist:<br />

Victoria Cassidy<br />

Food & drink<br />

32 Sweet Liberty<br />

35 Restaurant review:<br />

El Perro Negro<br />

37 Bar review:<br />

The Left Bank<br />

Westender business<br />

42 Going green<br />

Westender living<br />

54 Playful Pastels<br />

59 Summer Scentsations<br />

61 Talking Texture<br />

COVER IMAGE Bikini & cover up,<br />

Silks. Trainers, Daniels Footwear

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

W<br />

ho needs an excuse to get outdoors<br />

when we’re only 30 minutes drive to<br />

Loch Lomond & The Trossochs<br />

National Park to the north and a short hour<br />

from the stunning Ayrshire coast to the<br />

south? We lucked out with the weather on our<br />

latest swimsuit fashion shoot (see P.8) down<br />

at Troon – or Costa Del Troon as it is now<br />

know at Westender HQ! What a great day out<br />

we had, I mean what a hard shift we all put in<br />

to make the images the very best they could<br />

be, ahem.<br />

However there’s a lot to keep us closer<br />

to home over the next couple of months –<br />

the West End’s out and about scene just<br />

keeps giving! Read Greg Kane’s round up of<br />

great gigs from The Doghouse Roses at The<br />

Doublet to Paul Simon at The Hydro (P.16),<br />

and our Tracy’s fave picks from the Pride<br />

Glasgow march in mid-July to the European<br />

Championships the first two weeks of August<br />

on pages 18 and 19. And as always with the<br />

long school summer holidays in full swing,<br />

Michele Gordon of The Language Hub, has<br />

plenty of ideas to keep your wee cherubs<br />

entertained on page 21, or just a break from<br />

killing each other and muttering the B word<br />

as it’s known in my house (yes, I do mean<br />

‘Boring’!).<br />

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

Below: On location in tropical Troon for the<br />

summer 2018 swimwear shoot with model<br />

Katie Lapping from Superior Model Management.<br />

Living in such a beautiful country with<br />

some of the best produce to be found in<br />

the world and the most dramatic scenery,<br />

it falls to us to live as lightly on this earth as<br />

is humanly possible – a theme writer Loraine<br />

Patrick picks up with this edition’s business<br />

article on Page 42. Three local companies<br />

are tackling plastic waste, congestions and<br />

pollution, and standardised business models,<br />

in light of a desire to do better for the planet<br />

today.<br />

And Mother Earth and her bounty gets a<br />

community together on Page 50 – and we’re<br />

all invited! New members are being actively<br />

sought for The Back Garden G3 Growers<br />

and you don’t need to have green fingers<br />

– yet, that will come. Help is needed to bring<br />

in the harvest and it’s all hands on deck in<br />

this wee hidden gem in Finnieston. It’s a<br />

fantastic way to get the kids outside, off the<br />

Xbox and learning where their food comes<br />

from whist making new friends. Let’s face it,<br />

the nights will be drawing in soon enough –<br />

so head out and about in our glorious West<br />

End and enjoy it, fingers crossed, in a bit of<br />

sun!<br />

Suzanne Martin

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sun, sea & sexy<br />

swimwear<br />

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BIKINI, Silks<br />


opposite page<br />

Bikini, FAT FACE<br />

SUnglasses, iolla<br />

Previous page<br />

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jacket – Glasgow Vintage Co<br />

sweater – Hobbs @ HOF*<br />

skirt – Miss Selfridge @ HOF<br />

shoes – Daniel Footwear<br />

earrings, multi stone ring,<br />

bracelet – Cassiopeia<br />

necklace, green ring - Owen Bisset<br />


Male Model<br />

biker jacket – Glasgow Vintage Co<br />

jacket – Minted<br />

jeans – Diesel @ HOF<br />

t-shirt – Barbour @ HOF<br />

Female Model<br />

jumpsuit, jumper – Just For You<br />

belt, bag – Mango at HOF<br />

bracelets, earrings, black ring, blue<br />

ring – Owen Bisset<br />

necklace – Cassiopeia<br />

shoes – Daniel Footwear<br />

PAGE 8<br />

jacket – Minted<br />

jeans – Diesel @ HOF<br />

PAGE 9<br />

Male Model<br />

jumper, shirt – Fat face<br />

jacket – Glasgow Vintage Co<br />

shoes – CCW<br />

Female Model<br />

shirt – Ralph Lauren @ HOF<br />

skirt – Just For You<br />

boots – CCW<br />

black ring, pink ring,<br />

earrings – Owen Bisset<br />

necklace – Cassiopeia<br />


t-shirt – Mango @ HOF<br />

skirt – Fat Face<br />

socks, bracelet – Cassiopeia<br />

earring, orange ring – Owen Bisset<br />


shirt – House of Fraser<br />

jacket – Minted<br />

jeans – Diesel @ HOF<br />

shoes – CCW<br />

*HOF – House Of Fraser<br />


Photographer Gregor Reid<br />

gregorreidphotography.com Stylist<br />

Vivienne Masters viviennemasters.<br />

co.uk Hair & Make-up Terri Craig<br />

terricraig.co.uk Models Kerr<br />

Cochrane, Niamh McNamara@<br />

colours agency.com<br />

Bikini, Silks. necklace, nancy smilie<br />

opposite page - Bikini, silks

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swimsuit, silks. shorts, primark. socks, osiris. necklace, nancy smilie

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COVER up, SILKS<br />

Sunglasses, cassieopia<br />

model KATIE LAPPING @ superior model management<br />

MUA terri craig, terricraig.co.uk<br />

stylist jacki clark, jackiclark-stylist.co.uk<br />

photography gregor reid, gregorreidphotography.com

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LIVE<br />

July<br />

Paul Simon<br />

Wednesday 11th July 6.30pm<br />

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com<br />

Where do you start when previewing<br />

a Paul Simon gig? His seven decade<br />

career, over 100 million albums<br />

sold, the sixteen Grammys, his 1987<br />

ground breaking album 'Graceland'?<br />

Quite a legacy to leave behind and<br />

by all accounts this is his final ever<br />

tour (He’s 77 years old now), so if<br />

he’s on your bucket list then you kind<br />

of have to go to this one.<br />

I’ve always had a soft spot for<br />

Paul Simon, his sense of melody/<br />

rhythm and guitar playing are just<br />

so compelling to me. As a 20 year<br />

old in the mid 80s I found myself<br />

working in the same recording studio<br />

in New York where they were piecing<br />

together his album 'Graceland'. Every<br />

morning I would turn up at the studio<br />

and hear all these incredible African<br />

rhythms, harmonies and melodies<br />

emanating from the other side of the<br />

door at Studio One at Sigma Sound on<br />

Broadway. Made quite an impression<br />

on me. His standards have never<br />

slipped either with his 2016 album<br />

'Stranger To Stranger' regularly<br />

playing in my kitchen. I’ll be going.<br />

Choice Tracks:<br />

Paul Simon 'Wristband'<br />

Fazerdaze<br />

Sunday 22nd July 7.30pm<br />

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

If you like your Indie pop soft and<br />

dreamy then Fazerdaze is definitely<br />

for you. Cure and Pixies fans<br />

will also find something here to<br />

like. Fazerdaze is the project of<br />

Amelia Murray, a 25 year old indie<br />

songwriter from Wellington, New<br />

Zealand who mostly sings about<br />

young life’s transitional moments.<br />

She released her debut self-titled<br />

EP in October 2014, recording it<br />

entirely in her bedroom studio in<br />

Auckland for the legendary Kiwi pop<br />

label Flying Nun Records.<br />

She’s out with her four piece band<br />

on a world tour promoting her 2017<br />

album 'Morningside'. Go see her if<br />

you dare to dream.<br />

Choice track: Fazerdaze ‘Lucky Girl’<br />

Doghouse Roses<br />

Wednesday 25th July 8pm<br />

The Doublet, @thedoubletbar<br />

I really like Doghouse Roses. This<br />

alt-folk duo from Glasgow are Paul<br />

Tasker and Iona MacDonald who both<br />

sing and play guitar. They formed in<br />

2006 through a shared love of all<br />

things Gillian Welch, Pentangle &<br />

Airport Convention with smatterings<br />

of Trad and Americana thrown in for<br />

good measure too. Iona MacDonald<br />

takes on the roll of lead vocalist<br />

with Tasker singing the lower<br />

harmony when required. She really<br />

has such an engagingly beautiful<br />

voice and coupled with Tasker’s skill<br />

and dexterity on guitar they fully<br />

deserve the tag '… Glasgow’s version<br />

of Gillian Welch & David Rawlings …'<br />

(I personally think MacDonald has a<br />

much nicer voice than Welch)<br />

They’re playing upstairs at The<br />

Doublet, a little gem of a place<br />

hidden between GWR and Kelvingrove<br />

Park. You’ll need to make sure you go<br />

early though if you want a seat.<br />

Choice Track: Doghouse Roses<br />

'To Decide'

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by Greg Kane<br />

August<br />

John McCusker & Roddy Woomble<br />

Thursday 2nd August 7.30pm<br />

Milngavie Town Hall, ents24.com<br />

John McCusker is the Bellshill born,<br />

much lauded fiddler/composer/record<br />

producer and Roddy Woomble is the<br />

front man for the band Idlewild and a<br />

much respected writer and journalist.<br />

These two have worked on many<br />

projects together most notably on the<br />

collaborative studio album between<br />

Scottish writers and musicians entitled<br />

'Ballads Of The Book' in 2007.<br />

But recently they released the<br />

album 'Before The Ruin', another<br />

collaboration, but this time featuring<br />

the multi award winning singer/<br />

guitarist Kris Drever too.<br />

Choice track: John McCusker,<br />

Kris Drever, Roddy Woomble<br />

'The Poorest Company'<br />

Dean Friedman<br />

Friday 3rd August 8pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

'Do you still love me?, Yes I still<br />

love you … you mean your not just<br />

being nice?, No I’m not just being nice<br />

…' Recognise these lyrics? Are you<br />

laughing yet? … how about now?<br />

Having just gone through quite a<br />

painful break up, this song resonates<br />

more than ever with me nowadays. Dean<br />

Friedman, who penned these immortal<br />

words is an American singer songwriter<br />

from upstate New York who hit his<br />

peak in the late 70s with the iconic<br />

hit records 'Ariel' and 'Lucky Stars'.<br />

The success of these two songs has<br />

allowed Friedman to sustain a 40 year<br />

career as a professional musician<br />

touring all over the world year after<br />

year playing to dedicated crowds.<br />

He was one of the first musicians to<br />

crowd source the funding of an album<br />

such is the affection of his fans,<br />

releasing said album 'The Treehouse<br />

Journals' in 2002.<br />

Choice Track: Dean Friedman<br />

'Lucky Stars'<br />

Stella Donnelly<br />

Wednesday 22nd August 7.30pm<br />

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

I was going to preview the Britney<br />

Spears gig at the Hydro later this<br />

month but Stella Donnelly’s song 'Boys<br />

Will Be Boys' just stopped me in my<br />

tracks. Stella Donnelly is a 25 year<br />

old musician born in Wales but raised<br />

in Fremantle, Western Australia.<br />

She began popping up on people’s<br />

radar due the fact that one week before<br />

Harvey Weinstein and the #MeToo<br />

hashtag started trending, she released<br />

her slow-burning breakthrough song<br />

‘Boys Will Be Boys’. It really is such<br />

a powerful piece of music. Her recent<br />

2018 EP 'Thrush Metal' confirms that she<br />

is definitely not a one trick pony, with<br />

strong songwriting, singing and guitar<br />

playing on display. Stella Donnelly is a<br />

real find.<br />

Choice track: Stella Donnelly<br />

'Boys Will Be Boys'<br />

Want to hear more? Go to the West End Live Playlist on Spotify –<br />

open.spotify.com/user/kudzu/<br />


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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Top for Being There For You<br />

Friendsfest was a sell out last year when<br />

it toured the UK. With 'Friends' continued<br />

popularity unwavering, the 90s comedy<br />

sensation turns Victoria Park into NYC’s Soho<br />

this coming July. With Monica, Joey and Ross’s<br />

apartments all on show as well as a Las Vegas<br />

Little White Chapel, you’ll need that coffee in<br />

Central Perk. There is an opportunity to buy<br />

memorabilia in the Friendsfest shop and pose<br />

for an 80s style High School prom photo. Could<br />

there BE a more fun event this July?<br />

Comedy Central presents Friendsfest,<br />

6-15th July, Victoria Park.<br />

friendsfest.co.uk<br />

Top for Celebrating Diversity<br />

On Saturday 14th July the annual two day Pride<br />

celebration takes place in Kelvingrove Park.<br />

Starting with the parade through the city streets<br />

to Kelvingrove where the main event is being<br />

held. The festival itself is packed with fun for<br />

young and old over the Saturday and Sunday.<br />

The music stage features the likes of Mel C and<br />

the Sundaes. With a fairground, food village and<br />

of course super popular dog show, it’s a day that<br />

celebrates diversity, inclusivity and above all,<br />

downright fun!<br />

Pride Glasgow 14-15th July,<br />

Kelvingrove Park.<br />

festival.pride.scot/tickets<br />

Top for Luvvies<br />

Can you believe that since their 1st festival,<br />

Bard in the Botanics have staged more than 50<br />

productions, entertaining more than 70,000<br />

audience members? Up until July 28th there is<br />

still a chance to brush up on your Shakespeare.<br />

The 'Star Crossed Lovers' season continues with<br />

Romeo and Juliet and Anthony and Cleopatra<br />

until July 7th. With Much Ado About Nothing<br />

and Edward II still enthralling audiences until<br />

July 28th, there is still ample time to immerse<br />

yourself into ye olde world of the Bard.<br />

Bard in the Botanics, Botanic Gardens<br />

bardinthebotanics.co.uk<br />

Top for…Summer<br />

Shenanigans<br />

With school holidays in full swing, our little<br />

munchkins needn’t be clinging to the nearest<br />

Nintendo, whining into their cereal that they<br />

are bored by July 1st. Instead why not consider<br />

some healthy outdoor fun, courtesy of the West<br />

End Adventure Group? Registered with the<br />

Adventurous Activities Licensing Service, the<br />

group enjoy activities such as kayaking, rock<br />

climbing, archery and bushcraft. The adventure<br />

weeks run throughout the summer holidays and<br />

are suitable for children of 8 years and over.<br />

West End Adventure Group<br />

westendadventure.co.uk<br />

Top for Top Dogs<br />

For further summer entertainment for the kids<br />

but more especially for your four legged friends,<br />

why not visit Pet Fete at the Riverside Museum<br />

this August? This family and dog friendly festival<br />

is a great day out. A petting zoo, wildlife rescue,<br />

birds of prey and the ever popular dancing dogs<br />

– heelwork to music – will all be there at the<br />

Riverside. There is also a fun dog show, fastest<br />

recall and 'have a go' agility. With information<br />

and advice on other pets including rabbits and<br />

cats, it’s a lovely day out for the family with an<br />

added bonus on raising awareness of animal<br />

welfare causes.<br />

Pet Fete Scotland, Saturday 11th<br />

August, Riverside Museum, Glasgow.<br />


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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

Top for A Stretch of the Legs<br />

As we make the most of the summer months,<br />

there is nothing better than a good old walk<br />

whilst learning a little history to boot. Glasgow<br />

Historic Walks have a great range of guided<br />

walks organised this summer. The weekend<br />

walks in particular are worth a look. Did you<br />

know for example that St Patrick was raised<br />

on the river Clyde in Old Kilpatrick? Or that<br />

the remains of Robert the Bruce are in a tiny<br />

churchyard in Dumbarton? Through a series of<br />

fascinating walks through Glasgow and beyond,<br />

Glasgow Historic Walks will guide you through<br />

the history right under our feet, whilst exposing<br />

the truly wondrous sights right on our doorstep.<br />

glasgowhistoricwalks.com<br />

Top for Sport<br />

With many a public house showing the World<br />

Cup throughout June and July, you’d be forgiven<br />

for thinking this is THE sporting event of the<br />

Summer. But, my friends, you would be wrong.<br />

For in August, Glasgow and Berlin co-host the<br />

inaugural European Championships. Given that<br />

Glasgow has hosted a number of world class<br />

sporting events in the past few years, it is no<br />

surprise that the city proudly sits in the top<br />

five cities in the world to host sporting events.<br />

A multi sports championship, Glasgow will be<br />

host to aquatic, cycling, golf, gymnastics, rowing<br />

and triathlon events. Venues include Scotstoun<br />

Sports Campus, Glasgow City Centre, Loch<br />

Lomond, Knightswood Park and the SSE, as well<br />

as the Emirates Arena, Strathclyde Park and<br />

Tollcross International Swimming Centre.<br />

European Championships Glasgow<br />

2-12th August, various venues.<br />

europeanchampionships.com<br />

To celebrate this fabulous sporting event,<br />

Festival 2018 will be running concurrently over<br />

the 11 days of the Championships. With the best<br />

in music, art, dance and theatre, Festival 2018 is<br />

a cultural festival bringing communities across<br />

Scotland together during the summer. Many of<br />

the main events will be held in George Square,<br />

with free events for all. There will also be a big<br />

screen to allow Glaswegians to catch up on the<br />

days sporting events from Glasgow and Berlin.<br />

An added bonus is that right around the corner<br />

Merchant City Festival takes off with art, design,<br />

film comedy and a carnival. After all this, you<br />

might feel just as exhausted as the athletes!<br />

glasgow2018.com/festival-2018<br />

Merchant City Festival, 2nd-12th Aug<br />

merchantcityfestival.com<br />

Top for Summer Music<br />

The Fiesta and Fold festival takes residence<br />

in Kelvingrove Park on Sat 30th – Sun 1st July<br />

with a quite spectacular line-up of iconic acts.<br />

Along with Nile Rodgers and Chic are Earth Wind<br />

and Fire who played up a storm (if you’ll pardon<br />

the pun) at Glastonbury last year, Emeli Sande<br />

and Morcheeba to name but a few. The two day<br />

festival promises a boogie wonderland in the<br />

park where the heat just might lead to a disco<br />

inferno! Ahem, sorry.<br />

And the music doesn’t stop there. All of this is<br />

a pre-cursor to the annual Summer Nights at<br />

the Bandstand in July and August. A sublime<br />

line up of new kids on the block and legendary<br />

stars will dazzle on the bandstand this summer.<br />

From Bryan Ferry to The Fratellis, OMD to Imelda<br />

May, it’s certainly an eclectic mix. This summer<br />

we really are spoiled for musical choice.<br />

Fiesta and Fold, Sat 30th June<br />

& Sun 1st July, Kelvingrove Park.<br />

westendfiesta.co.uk<br />

Summer Nights at the Bandstand,<br />

July and August, Kelvingrove<br />

Bandstand and Amphitheatre.<br />


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Endmum’s<br />

West<br />

notebook<br />

by Michele Gordon thelanguagehub.co.uk<br />

Is it just me or has summer come early this<br />

year? Whatever the weather, the summer<br />

school holidays are upon us. Yes, that<br />

time of year when you wonder how you<br />

can cover all your kids time off with your<br />

two weeks annual leave. Lock them in the<br />

wardrobe for the remaining five weeks?<br />

Call in sick and hope no one will find out?<br />

Or play the lottery and hope to win on time to<br />

afford at least part-time child care. Decisions<br />

decisions!<br />

For working parents summer holidays<br />

can create serious child care problems.<br />

We are quite lucky as I can take Ruby and<br />

Leon with me to The Hub while working.<br />

However, if you don’t have child care issues<br />

the kids will drive you up the wall within a<br />

short period of time because you’ve run<br />

out of ideas about what to do with them.<br />

But there is help at hand! Although most<br />

regular children’s activities stop over the<br />

summer, there are many providers who run<br />

special summer activities to offer plenty<br />

of entertainment. There are many camps<br />

which focus on sporty things and quite a few<br />

organisations are spread across the West<br />

End so no need to travel far.<br />

Glasgow Life run a holiday activity<br />

programme during the Easter and summer<br />

school holidays each year (glasgowlife.org.<br />

uk) for 5-11 year-olds which is a mix of play,<br />

sport and arts & crafts; places for these sell<br />

fast as they are very reasonably priced.<br />

There are other organisations like<br />

Summer-In-The-City (summer-in-the-city.<br />

co.uk) for 5-16 year olds which use Jordanhill<br />

Campus as their base in the West End. Daily<br />

rates are £25 per child or £125 per child per<br />

week, or £65 per child per week for half days.<br />

The advantage here is that your child can be<br />

cared for from 8am-6pm if need be.<br />

Another popular one is Camp Indy<br />

(campindy.co.uk) based at Kelvinside<br />

Academy which is open to ages 5-14.<br />

If you have set yourself a smaller budget<br />

and are just looking for the occasional activity<br />

then look up Glasgow Life’s website again<br />

as you will find anything from indoor bounce<br />

and rhyme sessions to story book readings,<br />

arts and crafts to outdoor sports activities in<br />

various parks, all of which are free.<br />

Or alternatively, check out one of the<br />

sessions at The Hub. We run weekday<br />

activities for children and adults. Some are<br />

language immersion classes, some are arts<br />

and crafts based and others learning about<br />

different countries and cultures.<br />

This way you still have some cash left to<br />

treat yourself and the kids along the way with<br />

some yummy food for example. We like The<br />

Big Mouth Coffee cafe on Dumbarton Road<br />

(bigmouthcoffeecompany.com), they have a<br />

very reasonably priced basic children’s menu<br />

and staff are very friendly too.<br />

If they fancy more of a ‘restaurant<br />

atmosphere’, as they call it, Ruby and Leon<br />

will chose Tony Macaroni on Byres Road<br />

(tonymacaroni.co.uk). But our personal find<br />

of the year so far, which we only discovered a<br />

few weeks ago, is definitely 1010 on Radnor<br />

Street (1010glasgow.com). They serve<br />

very tasty burgers and children aged 10 or<br />

younger eat for free! This only leaves me to<br />

wish you all a great summer and lots of fun<br />

whatever you do. Einen schönen Sommer<br />

Euch allen und bis bald!

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Writer’s Reveal<br />

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It is said there is no better way to spark<br />

the creative genius than to pack up and<br />

travel. Ernest Hemingway had a bolt-hole<br />

in the Florida Keys, F. Scott Fitzgerald loved<br />

to escape to the French Riviera and Virginia<br />

Woolf spent seaside summers in Cornwall.<br />

Closer to home one of Scotland’s up and<br />

coming authors is spending her summer on a<br />

writing retreat in Portugal. Helen McClory is a<br />

name you may recognize. She won the Saltire<br />

First Book Award for her short fiction in 2015<br />

and her second collection came out earlier<br />

this year. Mayhem & Death is published by<br />

Scottish independent publishing house 404<br />

Ink who champion alternative writing. Helen<br />

took time out from her break to tell us more.<br />

Firstly thank you for interrupting your<br />

summer travels to talk to us – you are<br />

midway through your time in Portugal.<br />

What has taken you there?<br />

It is no problem at all. I am here volunteering<br />

on a small farm. I get room and board, and<br />

time to write. It’s basically a self-arranged<br />

residency for me. It’s wildflower season right<br />

now and everything’s gorgeous.<br />

What kind of writer are you – do you use<br />

trips like this to inspire and put pen to<br />

paper or are you a disciplined sit down at<br />

a desk kind of writer?<br />

I use trips all the time to inspire me, and to<br />

try to get an understanding of a new culture<br />

and landscape. I think you can only write<br />

about somewhere if you’ve really immersed<br />

yourself. But then, I also try to write little and<br />

often. Desks are a no – I write lying down on<br />

my bed. It’s surprisingly comfy.<br />

Your new book Mayhem & Death was<br />

published earlier this year, can you give<br />

our readers a flavour of what to expect?<br />

It’s short stories, flash fictions, and a novella<br />

– they are all connected (in ways I won’t<br />

spoil here – the reader can guess!) and they<br />

are all about loneliness, loss, moments of<br />

connection and strangeness in the everyday.<br />

You have won awards for your flash<br />

fiction. What is it about this style of<br />

writing that appeals?<br />

I love writing flash – it’s a disciplined thing. Sit<br />

down with an idea, a line, or even a title. Write<br />

until it’s done, until the story unpacks itself<br />

into its tiny space. Set it to rest, and edit, then<br />

understand what you have. I hope the reader<br />

sees the concentration of the language –<br />

a flash fiction isn’t just a paragraph of text<br />

but almost like making something physical. It<br />

usually has to be read a few times to let it sink<br />

in. I love reading flash too. When it’s good, it<br />

lives up to the name – bottled lightning.<br />

Can you explain the differences between<br />

Flash fiction, short stories and novellas?<br />

Are there specific word limits you need to<br />

adhere to?<br />

Flash fiction is broadly anything under 1000<br />

words, short stories anything above, right up<br />

until it becomes a novella – which is anything<br />

over 18,000 (more or less). I just write with<br />

the idea that everything I’m going to make<br />

will be short, but if it needs to be longer, I let<br />

it breathe. The form chooses itself, based on<br />

the ideas as they come.<br />

One reviewer describes Mayhem & Death<br />

as being a ‘delicious anecdote to the<br />

up-lit’ that is around. Are you looking for<br />

readers to challenge fears rather than<br />

provide escapism?<br />

I love the idea of my writing being an<br />

anecdote to something – though it doesn’t<br />

have to be against anything else. I wrote<br />

this book for the lonely – to build something<br />

that would speak to them, acknowledge<br />

them. It’s a steely kindness, I hope. No point<br />

in shying away from how difficult life is, even<br />

as we’re saying, we’re here, together, now,<br />

in it.<br />

In reviews of the book The Romantic<br />

Comedy, Automaton Town and Take Care I<br />

Love You are all singled out for particular<br />

praise, do you have a favourite tale?<br />

Can you single one story out and give us<br />

a flavour?<br />

I really enjoy Take Care, I Love You, because<br />

I got to experiment with that one a little.<br />

I used a little of the contents page from<br />

the Wikipedia page for the Fermi Paradox,<br />

which is about why, given how many planets<br />

there are in the universe, we haven’t been<br />

contacted by aliens yet, and put this together<br />

with a kind of narrative about a very lonely<br />

person. It’s a poem more than a story, but it<br />

could be either. That’s how I hope my work is,<br />

hard to classify, but still with heart.

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The book finishes with a novella<br />

(Powdered Milk) revisiting characters<br />

from the opening story – do you have<br />

plans to revisit any other characters or<br />

stories at a later date in perhaps longer<br />

form?<br />

I have no plans as yet. But I won’t rule it<br />

out. It might be in a shorter form, too, if it<br />

happens.<br />

You describe yourself as a writer with a<br />

‘moor and a cold sea in your heart’ what<br />

do you mean by this?<br />

It refers to where I grew up – the landscape<br />

of Skye is still there, still coming through my<br />

work, I think.<br />

Although you spent your early years in<br />

Skye, you are now settled in Edinburgh –<br />

via Glasgow where you studied literature<br />

– where feels most like home?<br />

I love Glasgow, and would love to live there<br />

again. However, home is a moveable feast.<br />

My student days were a hard-working period.<br />

All I did was work and hang out with writers.<br />

I would like to live in Glasgow when I’m not<br />

up to my eyes in essay deadlines!<br />

I thoroughly enjoy your observations<br />

on twitter (@HelenMcClory) you really<br />

seem to engage with your followers. How<br />

important is it for you to have a social<br />

media presence?<br />

I think Twitter has helped me connect with so<br />

many cool people, and find opportunities all<br />

over the place – I love it, even though it can<br />

be stressful (and a distraction). I think it keeps<br />

my finger on the pulse and also inspires me.<br />

Once I wrote a day of flash fiction to prompts<br />

people gave me there, and it was intense but<br />

really rewarding. I can’t say how important it<br />

is, but it’s a big part of my life.<br />

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31st of August 2018.<br />

You are appearing at the Edinburgh Book<br />

Festival on 24 August, what can you tell us<br />

about your event?<br />

I’ll be appearing with the excellent Canadian<br />

writer Camilla Grudova, who also happens<br />

to love the weird and dark in fiction, and is a<br />

new friend of mine, so the craic’s going to be<br />

good. During festival time the city pulls on all<br />

its fancy clothes, dances about with people.<br />

Don’t listen to the moaners – it’s never better<br />

than in August.<br />

Who are you looking forward to seeing?<br />

I don’t have the catalogue yet! But I will be<br />

happy to see Camilla!<br />

We are looking forward to seeing you<br />

at the Festival; can you sum up why our<br />

readers should buy your book?<br />

I think they should buy it for two reasons<br />

– one, it’s been put out by two amazing<br />

Scottish women who are running their own<br />

publishing house out of a spare room (and<br />

wouldn’t you want to support that?) and two,<br />

because the stories in the book are written<br />

for you. They’re just waiting right there, for<br />

you to get stuck in.<br />

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Summer is approaching, so it’s time to get your<br />

beach novels packed. If you haven’t yet read ‘Eleanor<br />

Oliphant is Completely Fine’, get it in your suitcase.<br />

It has been winning awards as far back as 2014.<br />

Eleanor<br />

Oliphant is<br />

Completely Fine<br />

by Gail Honeyman<br />

If that’s not enough of an incentive<br />

to buy the book, Honeyman is<br />

based in Glasgow and much of<br />

the novel is set in our beloved<br />

West End, although there is an<br />

occasional foray to the South<br />

Side. However, you’ll be pleased to<br />

know that the protagonist is fairly<br />

disparaging of what the South<br />

Side has to offer.<br />

Eleanor Oliphant is one of<br />

the most intriguing protagonists<br />

you’ll ever meet – eating the<br />

same Tesco meal deal every day,<br />

drinking two litres of vodka every<br />

weekend and cooking pasta with<br />

pesto every night. She’s a woman<br />

of routine, lives alone, has a fairly<br />

mundane job and doesn’t have any<br />

friends. As the plot unravels and<br />

elements of her past are gradually<br />

revealed, we begin to understand<br />

how damaged she is, why she is<br />

damaged and who caused the<br />

damage. She is terribly naïve<br />

with very little experience of the<br />

everyday trivialities of our culture,<br />

so any discussions about television<br />

programmes or celebrity gossip<br />

leave her mystified.<br />

She is also a fantasist, which<br />

is not surprising given her<br />

traumatic childhood, but these<br />

fantasies eventually lead to crisis,<br />

then epiphany, then finally into<br />

the denouement of the novel,<br />

which I won’t mention here,<br />

of course.<br />

Her mother features on a regular basis, calling once a week<br />

and veering between intrusive questions and pure vitriol. Eleanor<br />

is left reeling from these sessions and often it’s only the thought<br />

of the weekend vodka which sees her through the next few days.<br />

Raymond – a scruffy IT chap from the same building – befriends<br />

her and they soon meet for lunch and coffee regularly. She begins<br />

to learn about social conventions and is introduced to more and<br />

more people, gradually finding that she can almost function as a<br />

regular member of society. It’s all starting to go so well, but don’t<br />

be fooled. This isn’t a romance, and if there is a happier ending<br />

than the bleak beginning, it’s anything but a ‘happily ever after’.<br />

We’ve got to know Eleanor so well by this point that we can’t be<br />

sure that her recent progress will be maintained or that she won’t<br />

press the self-destruct button again.<br />

This novel is hilarious and terribly sad. This novel is about how<br />

the past can damage you, how your parents can damage you,<br />

how society is largely oblivious to the damaged individuals who<br />

walk amongst us. They often seem to be completely fine.

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Ready Player<br />

One<br />

by Ernest Cline<br />

2<br />

For summer reading you<br />

can’t do much better than<br />

this. Ernest Cline has created<br />

an action-packed futuristic<br />

adventure romp which takes<br />

place in the ‘real’ world and<br />

in the virtual world of the<br />

OASIS, a world created by an<br />

eccentric multibillionaire gamer<br />

Halliday.<br />

The main protagonist,<br />

Wade, along with millions of<br />

other gamers, are captivated<br />

by Halliday’s legacy – all of<br />

his vast wealth for the one<br />

who finds his ‘Easter Egg’,<br />

a term used to describe a<br />

prize hidden deep within a<br />

game. The ranks of the ‘sixers’<br />

who work for IOI (basically<br />

the Evil Empire / Google /<br />

Amazon) are essentially the<br />

storm troopers who are out to<br />

prevent Halliday’s wealth going<br />

anywhere but into their gaping<br />

maw.<br />

Cline was a teenager in the<br />

Eighties, so the book is packed<br />

with arcade games, songs<br />

and film references which will<br />

amuse and delight anyone the<br />

wrong side of forty, like the<br />

writer (of the novel and this<br />

review).<br />

Teens and adults alike<br />

should find much to delight<br />

them in this engrossing<br />

thriller with more twists and<br />

turns than the Stockiemuir<br />

Road. It’s now a Spielberg<br />

blockbuster, but I’d recommend<br />

reading the book first as the<br />

attention to detail is breathtaking<br />

and watching the<br />

film in the summer holidays<br />

will be more rewarding.<br />

The list of acknowledgements<br />

is testament to the amount<br />

of gaming research Cline has<br />

done to ensure authenticity.<br />

And finally, one for the little<br />

‘uns. The fifth instalment in<br />

the hilarious series about a<br />

family of hyenas masquerading<br />

as humans will provide a lot<br />

of fun for the kids as well as<br />

some subtle and not so subtle<br />

double entendres for the<br />

adults to enjoy.<br />

The Bolds already have<br />

their hands – or paws – full<br />

training up their students to<br />

integrate into human society:<br />

Craig the wild boar, Snappy<br />

the goose and Miss Paulina,<br />

an otter with ambitions to<br />

become a nun. However, life<br />

is about to get much more<br />

complicated when a thieving,<br />

rude and ravenous fox begins<br />

to steal from the houses on<br />

Fairfield Road.<br />

The inevitable<br />

neighbourhood watch meeting<br />

takes place with many<br />

of the overreactions and<br />

pettiness which many of us<br />

will recognise, and the Bolds<br />

find themselves the only ones<br />

sticking up for the rights of the<br />

foxes. The hosts of the meeting<br />

– Richard and Zoe Bingham<br />

– are hilarious caricatures<br />

as we’ve all got neighbours<br />

like this.<br />

When Mossy the fox, the<br />

thief in question, is caught in a<br />

trap in the Bingham’s garden,<br />

the Bolds and their friends<br />

swing into action in a bold<br />

and ingenious rescue attempt.<br />

I’ll say no more at this point<br />

in order to maintain the high<br />

octane tension!<br />

Suitable for P4-P7, your<br />

kids will love the jokes and<br />

clever word play, as will any<br />

adult reader fortunate enough<br />

to read this to their charges.<br />

Julian Clary is a genius.<br />

The Bolds Are<br />

In Trouble<br />

by Julian Clary<br />


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a healthy bite to eat while topping up your<br />

vitamin D levels in a West End park.<br />

With three fish and meat combos to try the<br />

Wudon sushirrito is a hand held sushi burrito<br />

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A generous sushi maki, Wudon’s sushirrito<br />

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This option can also be made with<br />

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artisan bread<br />

coffee & plants at<br />

Artisan bread from Freedom Bakery and<br />

freshly ground Oven Bird coffee, two<br />

of many great local food producers to<br />

be found on the menu, and for sale, at new<br />

Thornwood café Tulipané.<br />

Tulipané owner, Lesley, is a well kent<br />

face in these parts, ‘Thornwood is a<br />

neighbourhood I know and love. When I<br />

met Joe Molinari and saw what a lovely<br />

job he was doing with number 682 it felt<br />

like a perfect fit, I wanted to be part of the<br />

regeneration of a neighbourhood full of real<br />

characters. The inspiration for Tulipané came<br />

from café culture in Italy and it seemed a real<br />

organic pairing presenting in season plants<br />

for sale, and flowers for order too.<br />

‘We open at 7.30am as we’re at the main<br />

bus stop for the new hospital so knew coffee<br />

on the go and takeaway food would be big for<br />

us. We’re not just a café.’<br />

Lesley is passionate about using local<br />

seasonal ingredients and suppliers, ‘my<br />

suppliers are all local with a strong ethical<br />

attitude to the environment. I love their<br />

personal service and enthusiasm for what<br />

I’m doing and how proud they are to see their<br />

produce prepared and served with passion.<br />

Luckily I have great staff who are very<br />

welcoming and fantastic with our customers.’<br />

Freedom Bakery and Bavarian Bakehouse<br />

supply a range of fresh breads, rolls<br />

and ciabattas Tulipané fill with delicious<br />

combinations of ingredients. All salad, veg<br />

and dairy produce comes from Seasonal<br />

Produce ‘a supplier of old who became a<br />

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menu is served all day with eggs supplied<br />

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With an extensive breakfast and lunch<br />

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fresh to the area and locals are loving their<br />

new stylish café. Helped along by the secret<br />

carrot cake recipe from Huckleberry Bakers<br />

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Guilty Pleasures from<br />

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Cherry chocolate<br />

coconut popsicles<br />

by Liberty Vittert<br />

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100g shredded coconut,<br />

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Bikini bodies suck, but I get it (don’t have one<br />

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And of course along with bikini bodies comes the<br />

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Now I make bikini diet food (sometimes) but<br />

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your choice of chocolate).<br />

I have to say, I even surprised<br />

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As a firm hater of healthy food,<br />

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Roberto Parrucci<br />

Its name immediately brought up memories<br />

of my time in Spain, when in Cordoba<br />

I used to eat at the ‘Rey de los perritos<br />

calientes’ (the king of hot dogs) caressed by<br />

the Andalusian sun, a fresh beer in hand.<br />

These days of incredible summer weather<br />

in Glasgow can trick the mind indeed.<br />

But, a glance at the window and a chat with<br />

the staff bring me quickly back to Glasgow’s<br />

foodie paradise, Finnieston. Hungry after a<br />

busy day’s exertions, we decided to stop by<br />

El Perro Negro. Here, at number 966 Argyle<br />

Street the most rarefied burgers in town are<br />

rumoured to be found.<br />

The location is intentionally minimal<br />

– no frills to distract you. The focus is solely<br />

on the burger, the handsome protagonist of<br />

your meal.<br />

The selection will please both classic<br />

burger lovers and those striving for more<br />

unconventional combinations. The classic<br />

burger definitely stands out for the quality<br />

of the meat, yet it’s the more contemporary<br />

additions that make this place an absolute<br />

must go.<br />

Advised by the knowledgeable staff at<br />

the counter, I plumped for Korean gochujang<br />

chicken wings as a starter followed by a deep<br />

fried tofu burger, as I felt these would be the<br />

real standout – and I was right! My mouth<br />

was blessed by an explosion of flavour.<br />

The starter of chicken wings was simply<br />

delicious. So much so I tore them to the<br />

bone; following the primordial advice of my<br />

empty stomach. The tender and juicy chicken<br />

meat contrasted with the crispy sesame<br />

coating. All topped with fresh spring onion<br />

and battered in the now famous gochujang<br />

spice, I felt I should have ordered more.<br />

But alas, the tofu burger was waiting for me.<br />

It looked delicious and cute. The orangeshaded<br />

tofu slice was topped with the cutest<br />

strips of carrots ever seen. I’m not usually<br />

a fan of tofu but this burger really made me<br />

reconsider. All tastes were well balanced<br />

and complemented each other – the wee<br />

spicy bit deliciously beefing up the taste. But,<br />

if spice is not your thing, perhaps opt for<br />

milder choices.<br />

Last but not least, we decided to taste the<br />

buffalo and blue cheese fries. If gochujang<br />

doesn’t give you enough inner heat, add<br />

these fries and your mouth will start to swell.<br />

Dip them in truffle mayo (courtesy of the staff<br />

to us!) to add another distinctive flavour to<br />

your meal.<br />

All this burning made you thirsty?<br />

Unfortunately, El Perro has no alcohol<br />

licence, but, and here comes the kicker: the<br />

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Reviewed by<br />

Emily Donoho<br />

The Left Bank, now a Gibson Street<br />

institution, opened in 2006 to awards and<br />

shiny reviews for its luscious, innovative<br />

take on Scottish cuisine. Since then it<br />

has drawn a steady crowd of students,<br />

academics, and locals. It was a hotspot of the<br />

Glasgow University geography department,<br />

the gathering point for celebrations whenever<br />

someone completed their PhD, and during<br />

graduation, don’t expect to get in.<br />

While it’s famous and frequently reviewed<br />

for its excellent food, I visited at 9pm to<br />

have a couple of drinks. The interior hasn’t<br />

changed since it opened in 2006, or since<br />

I was last there in 2012, with its distinctive<br />

split-level architecture, tables and comfy<br />

sofas (they are incredibly comfy) hidden<br />

around corners or up the stairs on the<br />

mezzanine level. The mix of glass panels,<br />

brick, and wood is fashionable, the exposed<br />

brick combined with modern materials<br />

seemingly a thing in a lot of bars and<br />

restaurants these days aiming for that look<br />

that is both ‘retro’ and postmodern. At least<br />

the Left Bank wears it easily, like it’s not<br />

trying too hard to be cool. It just is.<br />

If you want a quiet drink midweek and<br />

don’t want to fight the crowds or overly loud<br />

music in a busy venue, I recommend it.<br />

The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed;<br />

you can have a conversation with your mates<br />

without shouting, something I always look for<br />

in a bar. It’s unsurprisingly busy at meal times<br />

but seems to clear out around 9 – at least on<br />

a Wednesday – so you can find a seat and be<br />

very chilled out about the whole experience.<br />

The bar has a small selection of beers<br />

on draught, but they have been chosen by<br />

someone who knows they don’t have many<br />

pumps and selected their beer with care:<br />

Tennent’s, Staropramen, Drygate Pilsner,<br />

Joker IPA, and a rotating craft beer, which<br />

was Fraoch the night I was there, as well<br />

as bottles from the Williams Brothers’<br />

brewery. Unfortunately, the Fraoch was off<br />

that evening, but Joker is always a reliable<br />

favourite for the microbrew enthusiast.<br />

For whisky lovers, there is a reasonable<br />

selection, about a dozen malts, some of them<br />

pretty rare like a 41 year Ardmore. It’s mainly<br />

a restaurant, so it carries the extensive wine<br />

list you’d expect from a good restaurant.<br />

But where it prides itself are its cocktails, of<br />

which there are a wide array, from classics<br />

like Martinis, Margaritas, and Manhattans,<br />

to their own concoctions with names like<br />

Highand Rose or the Symphony. I’m not a<br />

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discerning one, but in James Bond style I<br />

tried a Martini and all I can really say is that it<br />

was an excellent Martini.<br />

The only real downside is that it’s relatively<br />

expensive. A pint cost nearly £5 and cocktails<br />

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Power of Paper<br />

& Victoria Cassidy<br />


Shifting her 9 to 5 from artist to curator<br />

was for Victoria Cassidy a pretty<br />

straightforward move. ‘Running<br />

a gallery has always seemed like a very<br />

natural thing to me, having been involved<br />

in the arts since my teens.’ Encouragement<br />

was pressed earlier in life on learning ‘the<br />

more academic subjects of maths, physics<br />

and chemistry – art was frowned on and<br />

regarded as a “hobby” rather than a career,’<br />

she adds. Cassidy followed expectation until,<br />

‘I realised that I wasn’t actually happy on that<br />

path - so, in my final year of school I sat my<br />

Higher Art and was accepted to Glasgow<br />

School of Art.’<br />

Choosing Printmaking as her speciality<br />

she reflects on this way, ‘Perhaps the<br />

sciences I studied at school drew me to it?<br />

The technical processes and the chemistry of<br />

it suited my methodical approach to making<br />

images and even now this early training<br />

informs the way I paint. I always claim that I<br />

paint like a printmaker.’<br />

Mansfield Park Gallery is a permanent<br />

high street space which launched in 2006,<br />

an established fixture in Glasgow’s West End<br />

retail landscape. The gallery is traditional in<br />

name, offering and therefore expectation but<br />

it’s the artist understanding and view which<br />

I would argue enhances its value – offering<br />

a unique position among many other high<br />

street galleries. ‘I have developed a great<br />

network of artist friends who are happy to<br />

deal with someone who knows first-hand<br />

what it’s like to be an artist herself. I also<br />

hope that my experience will be useful to<br />

anyone interested in buying art for the first<br />

time, I don’t hang anything on the gallery<br />

walls that I wouldn’t hang in my own home<br />

– and I set that bar high,’ she tells me.<br />

Cassidy holds a rich collection of works<br />

on the walls and in the sleeves. ‘Scotland has

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a tradition of producing great artists and as<br />

a nation we should be proud and supportive<br />

of that – it’s not all about highland cows<br />

and wee white cottages, there is so much<br />

more interesting and challenging work being<br />

produced and that’s what excites me and<br />

makes me feel privileged to be a part of it all,’<br />

she adds.<br />

Her own work is also represented but<br />

with modest self-promotion. When browsing<br />

through the range of artists on the gallery<br />

website I was quite struck by her pieces<br />

– initially drawn to the wonderful pattern and<br />

balance of elements in her early pictures,<br />

the use of Egyptian hieroglyphics and<br />

symbolism. It was only after a little further<br />

research I understood that the artist was<br />

also the gallery owner and this made it all the<br />

more interesting.<br />

Holding a deep interest in the power of<br />

paper as a carrier of history she explains,<br />

‘I’m fascinated with the idea of ancient,<br />

foreign civilisations whose culture is revealed<br />

to us through the discovery and deciphering<br />

of fragile paper documents, scrolls, old<br />

maps and decaying texts,’ and is ‘equally<br />

fascinated by the contrast between these<br />

ancient civilisations and the new cultures<br />

that have replaced them. ‘Compare the<br />

hieroglyphs of ancient Egypt to the work of<br />

the later Muslim artists who, being forbidden<br />

to represent animal or human forms<br />

used their creativity to produce the most<br />

beautifully, decorative and mathematically<br />

precise pattern work,’ she adds.<br />

I would also extend this to a sympathy<br />

in Cassidy’s pictures not only towards the<br />

beauty of these ancient references but she<br />

evokes, through her choice of subject matter<br />

the value of these cultures – and something<br />

else – the practise of artists and makers<br />

consciously acknowledging their view of the<br />

human position within their pieces. Islamic<br />

art for example is not only beautiful in its<br />

decorative aesthetic for the reasons Cassidy<br />

Only Through Tears & Diminished<br />

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Navigating by the Stars © Victoria Cassidy<br />

notes but there will often be a deliberate<br />

break with precision in the logic of pattern<br />

by the artist – a sign or offering of humility,<br />

of our humanness, the premise that only God<br />

is perfect. This practice of the intentional flaw<br />

is recognised throughout the world within<br />

many cultures and religions. The Navajo<br />

Indians for example would weave rugs,<br />

offering a different colour thread through<br />

the pattern as a way for part of the spirit<br />

of the weaver to escape and to show their<br />

imperfection in contrast to the creator, again<br />

considered perfect in comparison.<br />

It also reminds me of that piece of ancient<br />

wisdom which in Japan is known as ‘wabisabi.’<br />

A difficult view to explain, but this story<br />

is often used to demonstrate the beauty of<br />

its sentiment – In the height of the Japanese<br />

autumn, in one of Kyoto’s majestic gardens,<br />

a tea master asked his disciple to prepare for<br />

tea ceremony. The young man trimmed the<br />

hedges, raked the gravel, picked the dried<br />

leaves from the stones, cleared the moss<br />

path of twigs. The garden looked immaculate:<br />

not a blade of grass out of place. The<br />

master inspected the garden quietly. Then,<br />

he reached at a branch of a maple tree and<br />

shook it, watching the auburn leaves fall with<br />

haphazard grace on tidied earth. There it was<br />

now, the magic of imperfection. There it was,<br />

the order of nature, never far from the hands<br />

of humans. There it was, wabi-sabi, thought<br />

master Rikyu – the father of Japanese tea<br />

ceremony. (1)<br />

Cassidy’s most recent work are all<br />

mixed media (acrylic/ watercolour/ ink/ gold<br />

leaf) and influenced by Japanese prints<br />

and culture, deconstructing images from<br />

Japanese masters and combining them with<br />

modern European poetry and song lyrics.<br />

Fall © Victoria Cassidy<br />

‘I have never been to Japan, but I am<br />

planning to travel there next year and hope to<br />

explore the difference between modern hightech<br />

Japan and the old culture of geishas and<br />

tea ceremony. This should form the basis of a<br />

new body of work,’ she tells me.<br />

It is the practising artists approach to<br />

running a gallery that I find wonderfully<br />

refreshing – enriching the customer<br />

experience through that empathetic<br />

connection between the artist, their work and<br />

the buyer. ‘I would hate for anyone to feel<br />

awkward about coming into my gallery, when<br />

I’m sitting behind the desk I’m here to help<br />

(even if you’re not ready to make a purchase)<br />

I will still be happy to answer your questions<br />

and chat to you about the work on display.<br />

So, don’t be shy,’ she adds.<br />

Make sure when you do visit you look<br />

out for Cassidy’s own pictures – the gallery<br />

experience will bridge the gap between<br />

artist-curator and buyer in a much more<br />

direct way. I’m very much looking forward to<br />

viewing the new body of Japanese work that<br />

her upcoming trip may inspire.<br />

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Describing her carefully thought out<br />

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Another brand of paint in store is made<br />

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Caroline explains ‘People often tell you not<br />

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When he started up as a bike courier<br />

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impact on Glasgow’s congested streets.<br />

Explaining how his company works he<br />

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‘We try to do everything with a moral<br />

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teenagers, a place to work from home or<br />

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aspirations for the<br />


WORDS Hannah Westwater<br />

Fennel, chive, peppermint and mangetout;<br />

lavender, oregano, borlotti beans,<br />

shallots, perpetual spinach and kale;<br />

rhubarb, gooseberries, tomatoes and<br />

cucumbers, parsnip, garlic and sorrel.<br />

You’ll find these and more nestled in the<br />

heart of Finnieston tenements tended to by<br />

members of the G3 Growers committee.<br />

The Back Garden is a community project with<br />

an unusual twist – a former dumping ground<br />

transformed into a serene haven for greenfingered<br />

locals of all abilities, where members<br />

receive ‘a share of the produce for a share of<br />

the work’.<br />

Set back from Argyle Street and found<br />

down an unassuming lane off Brechin Street,<br />

the circle of buildings around the Back<br />

Garden provides a remarkably effective shield<br />

from the noise and fumes of nearby traffic.<br />

Instead, members can enjoy respite from the<br />

city in the tranquil space lined with benches,<br />

bunting and colourful flowers planted to<br />

attract wildlife. ‘It’s good to be outside, get<br />

your hands in the soil, watch things grow and<br />

nurture things,’ says committee chairperson<br />

Anny Deery. ‘There are so many health and<br />

social benefits.’<br />

The project bloomed in 2011 when the<br />

Partick-based Annexe Communities group<br />

won a grant from the Climate Challenge<br />

Fund. The land, gifted by Glasgow West<br />

Housing Association on a 15-year lease, was<br />

transferred to the G3 Growers committee<br />

a year later. With an annual fee of just £10,

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the garden now has between 30 and 40<br />

members who are asked to spend two hours<br />

per month working in the space.<br />

The Back Garden is run entirely by<br />

volunteers, many of whom also work full-time,<br />

but gardening-focused education is always<br />

o n offe r to t h o s e w h o wa n t to t a ke p a r t .<br />

A small library of relevant literature is<br />

available for members to borrow from,<br />

and external organisations sometimes offer<br />

one-off training on all elements of horticulture<br />

– right down to the difference between<br />

compost and soil.<br />

Community and accessibility are<br />

important values to the people behind the<br />

fruit and vegetable garden, whose mission<br />

statement sets out a plan to promote healthy<br />

bodies and minds. The garden is equipped<br />

with long-handled tools and the raised plant<br />

beds – designed as such after toxins were<br />

found in the soil, left behind from when a car<br />

mechanic service occupied the site – are set<br />

far enough apart to allow wheelchair access.<br />

Further to this, the group has developed<br />

a wealth of resources which provides simple<br />

instructions for all kinds of gardening and<br />

upkeep required – all to ensure the project<br />

continues to welcome new recruits who<br />

needn’t worry about their level of experience.<br />

Put simply, you could ‘come along, not know<br />

what you’re doing and be totally fine’ – Anny<br />

emphasises that in the Back Garden, there<br />

are no skill expectations in place and that<br />

usually, members learn by doing.<br />

The committee also puts a big focus<br />

on local engagement, frequently working<br />

with nurseries and primary schools to help<br />

children understand the process their food<br />

goes through from seed to plate. The social<br />

and nutritional benefits are great, repeats<br />

Anny, but the perks extend even beyond<br />

that – a teacher recently remarked that kids<br />

spraying plants with water were developing<br />

their motor skills, too.<br />

Involving the local community’s youngest<br />

members kickstarts a chain reaction which<br />

resonates with adults, Anny adds, ‘At events<br />

we’ve had kids doing things like making<br />

coleslaw, and as a result of that the parents<br />

have signed up as members. Then at home,<br />

off the back of having seen and done that, the<br />

children wanted to help chop the vegetables<br />

and get involved in the food preparation<br />

process. There are so many little knock-on<br />

effects like that.’<br />

Ecology is another priority for the<br />

gardeners, who pride themselves on<br />

harvesting all-organic produce using simple<br />

but innovative alternatives to pesticides.<br />

Plastic tubes lined with copper, for example,<br />

act as a harmless repellent to insects which<br />

could damage the crops. The G3 team also<br />

makes their own compost and leave comfrey<br />

to decompose in water for later use as a<br />

natural fertiliser.<br />

One challenge facing the G3 Growers is<br />

the lack of visibility the project has due to<br />

its location – ‘some people might think it’s<br />

only for the people who live around here, or<br />

that it’s an allotment or private garden,’ says<br />

Anny. Another is that, as the garden grows,<br />

so too does the demand for manpower and<br />

so they are looking to welcome as many<br />

new members as possible in the coming<br />

months. They are also hoping to recruit a new<br />

treasurer so that they can invest time into<br />

pursuing community funding and developing<br />

the garden into a multi-purpose space.<br />

Moving forward, the Back Garden and its<br />

members hope to encourage more vulnerable<br />

people to get involved, providing a safe and<br />

enjoyable space to socialise and learn new<br />

skills. In the meantime, you’ll find them just<br />

off Brechin Street making the most of our<br />

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Health Matters<br />

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

discusses a sensitive, yet common, complaint – incontinence.<br />

Not a normal part of ageing and not to be tolerated. Pick up<br />

some top tips here, there’s no need to put up with it.<br />

It’s not something we talk about much<br />

but urinary incontinence is actually more<br />

common than you think and is no laughing<br />

matter! There are two main types – Stress<br />

incontinence (nothing to do with anxiety)<br />

where urine leaks out when you cough,<br />

sneeze or jump on a trampoline (as you do);<br />

and Urge incontinence when you need to go<br />

and you need to go right now or else…<br />

Women are more commonly affected<br />

than men and will often ignore or put up<br />

with the symptoms for years rather than<br />

suffer the embarrassment of admitting they<br />

have a problem. Incontinence can be more<br />

of an issue as you get older but should not<br />

be accepted as a normal part of the aging<br />

process.<br />

Stress incontinence is caused when the<br />

pressure from the full bladder is too great<br />

for the bladder outlet to withstand. It is more<br />

common in women after childbirth, which can<br />

weaken the pelvic floor muscles, but is not<br />

inevitable. Often small amounts of urine will<br />

leak or dribble, sometimes larger amounts<br />

will flood out. In these cases, the first<br />

treatment option is to try to strengthen pelvic<br />

floor muscles with regular exercises.<br />

You can find instructions for pelvic floor<br />

exercises on NHS Choices and there’s<br />

even an NHS app called ‘Squeezy’ which<br />

you can download from the App store<br />

(£2.99, currently only for IOS, but can be<br />

used on an apple watch – who would have<br />

thought it?!).<br />

If you’re struggling to get the hang of<br />

the exercises yourself, there are specialist<br />

physiotherapists who can help (ask your<br />

GP for a continence clinic referral) or there

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are various electronic devices (which to be<br />

honest look quite scary – I would recommend<br />

getting some advice from a physio before<br />

spending any money).<br />

As a last resort, surgery can sometimes<br />

be an option – pelvic floor repair will tighten<br />

up pelvic floor muscles and improve any<br />

associated prolapse. Surgery as always has<br />

its risks though so should not be embarked<br />

on lightly.<br />

So what about Urgency? Normally the<br />

bladder will fill up gradually and alert you<br />

to the need to empty it well before it gets<br />

totally full. In Urge incontinence that process<br />

doesn’t seem to work properly. In most<br />

cases we don’t know why. Sometimes called<br />

irritable or overactive bladder, the bladder<br />

will overreact to filling up partially and tell you<br />

that you need to pee urgently, often resulting<br />

in leakage when you can’t get to a toilet in<br />

time. Again, more common in women as you<br />

age but not to be tolerated as a normal part<br />

of growing older. Urge incontinence can be<br />

treated with medication which will calm an<br />

overactive bladder. Treatment is limited by<br />

potential side effects (dry mouth, blurred<br />

vision, confusion), but can be life changing.<br />

Some basics that can<br />

be helpful in all kinds<br />

of urinary issues:<br />

1. Make sure you are emptying<br />

your bladder properly when<br />

you go. If in doubt, stand up,<br />

sit down and pee again (double<br />

micturition). Stale urine lying<br />

in the bladder will increase<br />

inflammation and can cause urine<br />

infections.<br />

2. Reduce caffeine intake.<br />

Caffeine is in coffee, tea and fizzy<br />

drinks. It can cause irritation of<br />

the bladder making you pass<br />

urine more frequently and with<br />

more urgency.<br />

3. Improve fluid intake.<br />

People who are worried about<br />

incontinence will often try not<br />

to drink fluids but, paradoxically,<br />

this can cause more concentrated<br />

urine which will then irritate the<br />

bladder. Drink plenty during the<br />

day but maybe avoid taking large<br />

amounts of fluid later at night.<br />

4. Bladder training. If you feel<br />

the need to pee every hour,<br />

try stretching it out to an hour<br />

and ten minutes with a gradual<br />

increase in the length of time<br />

between visits to the toilet.<br />

5. Avoid constipation. A bunged<br />

up bowel can put pressure on<br />

the bladder and, especially in<br />

children, can be implicated in<br />

urinary problems.<br />

6. If all else fails, wear an<br />

incontinence pad! They can be<br />

bought in most supermarkets,<br />

ordered online, or if you’re not in a<br />

rush, ask your nurse of GP to refer<br />

you to the continence clinic.

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Homes & Interiors<br />

bluebellgray<br />

Playful<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

Pastels<br />

As we’ve been lucky this year to bask in a serious dose<br />

of summer sun, flowers are in bloom, barbecues have<br />

been trundled out of retirement, and the leafy green<br />

spaces of the West End have been bustling with activity.<br />

Susan Robertson looks at summery palettes to bring the<br />

season into our homes.

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The summer season is an inspirational one,<br />

there’s much beautiful nature to be admired<br />

around us even in our city location. Very often,<br />

nature is the perfect starting point for creative<br />

inspiration, and the journey of colours over the<br />

last few months have led us from an abundance<br />

of marshmallow pink tree blossoms of spring,<br />

to the grassy greens, bright yellows and soft<br />

lilacs of summer.<br />

As always, any look starts with selecting<br />

your perfect palette to create a space that you<br />

find inspiring or restful. Think about holiday<br />

memories, summer picnics and indulgent<br />

ice-cream colours as you pull together your<br />

inspiration for a fresh, summery look in your<br />

home.<br />

Start building up a collection of colours and<br />

ideas into one place, adding cuttings from<br />

magazines, snaps of flowers you see when out<br />

walking the dog, or statement accessories you<br />

see in a local boutique – pull it all together into a<br />

‘look’ and an ‘ambience’ and then tailor that to<br />

your individual preferences and spaces.<br />

There are many general colour ‘feels’ that you<br />

can create within a summery theme. You can go<br />

big and colourful – think sunflowers, Blackpool<br />

rock, beach hut brights. Or you can go down a<br />

softer route of the pastel palette. Within this<br />

itself, there is still a plethora of possibilities in<br />

which direction you take this to create your final<br />

look.<br />

You can choose a pale and subdued approach,<br />

balancing chalky white walls with light sky blues<br />

and pale pistachio and mint ice-cream greens,<br />

balance these with soft white muslins, light<br />

lemon cottons, intricate flowery prints and pale<br />

peachy velvets for a really elegant and airy look.<br />

Or you can go bolder, and layer up different<br />

tones of similar colours, for example a<br />

strawberry milkshake pink wall, layered<br />

with deep dusky rose furniture statements or<br />

fabrics, then use strong accent colours with blue<br />

undertones – vibrant teals, luscious lilacs and<br />

crisp cornflower blues. One of the many appeals<br />

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many tones from across the colour spectrum.<br />

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I recently saw a lovely upcycle job of a chair done<br />

in this pastel palette. It was on a TV programme<br />

so may ring a bell if you also saw it but it was a<br />

simple wooden spindle back chair, with each of<br />

the spindles painted in different pastel colours.<br />

The designer added a great touch to this with a<br />

small band of gold paint around some of the leg<br />

spindles which really tied it together. It’s such<br />

a forgiving palette, it will also allow for some<br />

hand-painting in a way that other looks just<br />

wouldn’t, and everything from wooden stairs<br />

to brick walls can look fantastic in this pastel<br />

palette.<br />

Once you have the palette and the painting<br />

done, use carefully chosen accessories to add<br />

a final flourish and tie it all together. This is a<br />

great excuse to invest in a statement item, a big,<br />

chunky lamp perhaps with a colourful shade, or<br />

a sumptuous rug. Or find a colourful vase – and<br />

use your imagination about the seasonal flowers<br />

you would choose to fill it, as a good indicator to<br />

further inform your look.<br />

Having had a July wedding myself some years<br />

ago, I chose hydrangeas for the bouquets. I<br />

love the simple boldness of these flowers and<br />

they represent summer to me. I went for cobalt<br />

blue and purple in my colour scheme, but<br />

hydrangeas can be enjoyed across this whole<br />

palette, from sugary pinks to pale mints. Have<br />

a think about the types of summer seasonal<br />

flowers that appeal most to you. Some of my<br />

other seasonal favourites are the wonderful iris<br />

with its vibrant purple and yellow streaks, deep<br />

lilac freesias with their fresh summery scent,<br />

hot pink gerberas, dusky fragrant sweet peas,<br />

or sweet blue cornflowers. This list in itself can<br />

form the basis of a wonderful palette for your<br />

room, and bring it all together with a vase of<br />

your favourites as a final treat to yourself after<br />

all your hard work.<br />

And finally, complement the scent of the<br />

fresh flowers and the grass-cutting outside,<br />

with some room perfumes or scented candles.<br />

The directory page in this edition gives some<br />

great ideas for summery candle scents, but<br />

generally think citrus and verbena, coconut and<br />

cotton, basil and sea salt to transport you to your<br />

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The first impression in any home<br />

space primarily comes from its colour<br />

scheme. The general look is created by<br />

a combination of the use of colour, and<br />

the capturing, reflecting and enhancing<br />

of light, Susan Robertson explains.<br />

Talking<br />

Textures<br />

Farrow & Ball<br />

by Susan Robertson<br />

Texture plays its vital<br />

part right down to the<br />

last detail!<br />

In order to add depth and ambience, you need<br />

to think of texture. This simply refers to the<br />

surface quality of any material so whether<br />

it’s smooth or bumpy, or crumbly or jaggy.<br />

Texture is separate to what can be seen, and<br />

is rather what can be felt. But it can also be<br />

perceived differently depending on how it<br />

looks next to things, how close you are, what<br />

the light is like.<br />

So there are various ways to add and<br />

manipulate the look you create using texture.<br />

Start with the colours that you use. How can<br />

you add a sense of depth or tactility to these<br />

rather than flat, one dimensional units of<br />

space? There are a range of lovely paints to<br />

help with this which are either chalky or sandy<br />

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You can also go down the ‘shiny’ route using<br />

reflective or high sheen colours to bounce light<br />

and create ambience.

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Think about the<br />

materials in the rest of<br />

the room<br />

Most recently, there’s a growing trend for<br />

the ‘ombre’ look. This is basically a blended<br />

graduation of colour from light to dark. It looks<br />

great on long hair and is a popular choice<br />

available in salons now. But it’s also becoming a<br />

more popular concept in interior design. If you<br />

can imagine a loose watercolour background<br />

landscape, where a pale colour starts at the top<br />

and merges naturally down to a dark finish at<br />

the bottom, this can be a great effect on any wall<br />

and, if you have that artistic flair, it can be really<br />

effectively achieved with painting directly, and it<br />

looks great on a slightly textured wall to give the<br />

feel of a canvas.<br />

You can also use wallpaper to create texture.<br />

My memories of textured wallpaper probably<br />

aren’t the best. This harks back to the days of<br />

the woodchip effect which covered our entire<br />

family home when I was a child. Then, when<br />

that was eventually, and painstakingly stripped<br />

off by hand in the days before steam wallpaper<br />

strippers, it was replaced by other textured<br />

wallpaper that had little bobbles and bubbles in<br />

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years creating a truly deflated effect. And I also<br />

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within the same pattern.<br />

Then you need to think about the materials<br />

in the rest of the room. What furniture will<br />

you choose? Will you go for bumpy old wooden<br />

chairs, or smooth plastic? Will you use a cool,<br />

rough stone for your kitchen worktop, or a shiny<br />

polished stainless steel option? Will you use<br />

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And another key consideration when thinking<br />

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Then think of layering these to add further<br />

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downy cushions are lovely in light cotton or wool,<br />

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Even the artwork on a wall can be flat, shiny<br />

framed prints, lumpy open oil paintings on<br />

canvas, or even hanging tapestries.<br />

All can look visually beautiful, but only with<br />

the complementary value of their texture, do all<br />

elements fully engage in perfecting your room.<br />

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