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Contents<br />

Regulars<br />

4 Editor’s Letter<br />

23 Mum’s Notebook<br />

24 Community feature:<br />

The Movement Park<br />

Fashion, beauty & health<br />

8 Animal prints go wild<br />

28 WIN! At Rainbow<br />

Room International<br />

Going out<br />

16 West End Live<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

19 Top Things<br />

Art & culture<br />

30 Meet the artist:<br />

Helen Flockhart<br />

34 Writers Reveal<br />

meets Lin Anderson<br />

38 Cover to Cover<br />

Food & drink<br />

40 Sweet Liberty<br />

43 Restaurant review:<br />

Honu<br />

45 Bar review: Brel<br />

46 Award winning food<br />

& drink entrepreneurs<br />

Westender living<br />

54 Very vintage<br />

59 Purple palettes<br />

61 Oversized industrial

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

H<br />

oliday, camping trips, open water<br />

swimming, cycle rides, hill walking<br />

– summer, you’ve been a blast.<br />

What to do though, now the skies are<br />

darkening and the weather turns towards<br />

interminable rain (hopefully that’s just the last<br />

few days and by time this edition comes out<br />

we’ll be enjoying an Indian summer – yup).<br />

Panic not Westenders, there’s loads! Greg<br />

Kane gives us a round up of the best gigs in<br />

the west on Page 16, while Tracy Mukherjee<br />

finds everything from chilli cook offs to<br />

riverside galas on offer this autumn (Page 19)<br />

– we will not be bored.<br />

This edition also sees us head along to<br />

Arta in the Merchant City for our Sep/Oct<br />

fashion shoot. I used to hang out in Arta in<br />

my younger days when my city centre job<br />

meant it was just a pop round the corner<br />

– I’d almost forgotten what a quirky space<br />

it is. And it’s huge. How did I miss the<br />

restaurant upstairs and the multitude of<br />

separate function rooms in the cellar with the<br />

old cheese presses (it used to be the city’s<br />

cheese market) – there’s even a nightclub<br />

down there. Youth and cocktails. There’s a lot<br />

I’ve done and completely forgotten. Perfect<br />

excuse to do it all over again then… Check<br />

out our take on animal prints from Page 8.<br />

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

Below: On location in Arta in the Merchant<br />

City on the Animal Instinct shoot with model<br />

Neesha Graham.<br />

As the changing weather inevitably<br />

draws us back inside it can be a great time<br />

to reassess our living spaces for the new<br />

season. Huge fashion trends straight from<br />

the catwalk also influence our interiors<br />

finds Susan Robertson, with oversized knits<br />

reinterpreted into textured soft furnishings<br />

and oversized furniture pieces. Read more on<br />

Page 62.<br />

Wall art shouldn’t be overlooked either<br />

and there are two great opportunities coming<br />

up to view the creative talents of two of<br />

our finest artists. The West End’s own Avril<br />

Paton, will be discussing her latest work<br />

The Four Graces, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery<br />

and Museum on the 18th of September<br />

(see Page 20 for more details), while Nicola<br />

Maule invites us to view the colourful world<br />

of Glasgow based artist Helen Flockhart on<br />

Page 30.<br />

Personally I subscribe to the old maxim:<br />

there’s no such thing as bad weather – only<br />

the wrong clothes. Hoping to see you around<br />

the West End this autumn, or up a Munro<br />

somewhere.<br />

Suzanne Martin

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LIVE<br />

September<br />

Colin Macleod<br />

Sunday 2nd September 7pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

Colin Macleod is a singer songwriter<br />

from the Isle Of Lewis. He signed<br />

a recording contract with industry<br />

behemoth BMG a couple of years<br />

ago and recorded his latest album<br />

Bloodlines with music royalty<br />

Ethan Johns (Kings Of Leon, Ray<br />

LaMontagne, Laura Marling) in<br />

charge of production at non other<br />

than Peter Gabriel’s iconic recording<br />

studio, Real World… sounds like all<br />

the planets have aligned for oor<br />

Colin, but can he capitalised on all<br />

this good fortune? Time will tell,<br />

but his songs are heartfelt, he has a<br />

endearing voice, looks good (James<br />

MacAvoy doppelgänger) and plays<br />

well. Just a wee bit of X-Factor is<br />

missing, it’ll come though I’m sure.<br />

Choice Tracks:<br />

Colin Macleod 'Kicks In'<br />

Earl Slick<br />

Monday 3rd September 8pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Earl Slick is a 66 year old American<br />

guitarist. Throughout his career he<br />

has played with a multitude of iconic<br />

artists including David Bowie, John<br />

Lennon and Robert Smith (The Cure).<br />

Now this guy doesn’t do modesty.<br />

His BBC4 'Rock 'n' Roll Guns For<br />

Hire: The Story Of The Sideman'<br />

documentary is compulsive viewing<br />

(in part, due to the 'ticket' Slick has<br />

on himself), but if you want to see the<br />

trials and tribulations of a jobbing<br />

musician of 40 years laid bare,<br />

then you should watch it. He must<br />

be good at what he does if all these<br />

huge stars look to him for guitar<br />

accompaniment.<br />

Even though he’s pushing 70, there’s<br />

no shrinking violet here. Earl Slick<br />

is a full on, in your face rock God of<br />

a guitarist… did I mention he doesn’t<br />

do modesty. A night of Rock’n’Roll<br />

yarns straight from the horse’s<br />

mouth.<br />

Choice track:<br />

David Bowie ‘Golden Years’<br />

Hot Dub Time Machine<br />

Friday 7th September 10pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

Hot Dub Time Machine is the World's<br />

First Time Travelling DJ, a global<br />

festival smash-hit and the Best<br />

Party Ever!<br />

It’s only six years ago that<br />

Australian DJ Tom Loud (aka Hot<br />

Dub Time Machine) was playing his<br />

musical roundup of the decades to<br />

around 300 folk a gig… nowadays<br />

it’s over 7,000 people a night that<br />

flock to see him all over the world.<br />

Don’t be fooled by the use of 'Dub'<br />

in the title though, there’ll be no<br />

Lee 'Scratch' Perry played here,<br />

but everything from Johnny Cash’s<br />

Jackson through Eminem’s My Name<br />

Is to Peking Duk’s High, all wrapped<br />

up in your stereotypical high energy,<br />

jump around a lot, live DJ spectacle.<br />

But crowds lap it up and in this<br />

horribly polarised world in which<br />

we all now live, it’s nice to see<br />

everyone come together, jump around<br />

and just get on. Thank you Hot Dub<br />

Time Machine, you might just be the<br />

answer to our prayers.<br />

Choice Track: Hot Dub Time Machine<br />


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by Greg Kane<br />

October<br />

Yola Carter<br />

Wednesday 3rd October 8pm<br />

Cottiers Theatre, cottiers.com<br />

If you look at images of Yola Carter<br />

you expect deep soul funk to come<br />

bursting out of your laptop speakers<br />

when you press play, but that just<br />

doesn’t happen. What does come out<br />

is pretty straight ahead Americana<br />

Country, but fronted by a proper Shaka<br />

Khan-esque soul diva. It works… The<br />

music drifts towards The Band and<br />

Little Feet when it wanders away from<br />

Old Time Country, but that’s no bad<br />

thing to these ears. Born and bred<br />

in Bristol, UK she has been on the<br />

radar down there for a few years now,<br />

already having a guest appearance<br />

with Bristol’s finest, Massive Attack<br />

under her belt.<br />

Choice track:<br />

Yola Carter 'It Ain't Easier'<br />

Dawn Landes<br />

Monday 15th October 7pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

Dawn Landes is an American singersongwriter<br />

and musician from<br />

Louisville Kentucky. Her guitar<br />

lead music bridges the worlds of<br />

Indie Rock, Alt Country and Folk.<br />

Interestingly she is also a time<br />

served sound engineer (a traditionally<br />

male dominated profession) which<br />

she still enjoys doing when not out<br />

performing and was married to Alt<br />

Country Icon Josh Ritter. Even though<br />

she has released four studio albums<br />

over the last ten years it can still<br />

be quite confusing when listening<br />

to her back catalogue… one minute<br />

it’s all beautifully sultry, dark and<br />

atmospheric, next it’s all Stetsons<br />

and foot stomping. Takes you by<br />

surprise, but I kind of like it.<br />

Choice Track: Dawn Landes<br />

'Try To Make A Fire Burn Again'<br />

Helena Deland<br />

Monday 22nd October 7pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

Helena Deland is from Montreal,<br />

Québec. She writes melodic pop songs<br />

with an extraordinary understanding<br />

of space and sound. Her music has<br />

such a calming effect, you feel<br />

yourself drifting off into a world<br />

of soft pleasantry, a world where<br />

everything is running in 1/2 time and<br />

everyone is kind and welcoming to<br />

each other. It’s a nice place to find<br />

yourself in. She’s releasing a series<br />

of four track EPs which I guess will<br />

eventually form a collection of songs<br />

known formerly as an 'album'… What<br />

are these kids like and their new<br />

fangled ways!<br />

She’s out on tour all over Europe until<br />

the end of the year.<br />

Choice track: Helena Deland<br />

'There Are A Thousand'

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Top for Terrific Tex-Mex<br />

One of the most popular events in the West End<br />

calendar, Lupe Pintos Chili Cook Off returns<br />

on Saturday the 29th of September. Taking<br />

part in the annual chilli fest are 10 of the west’s<br />

best bar restaurants. Old favourites such as<br />

Stravaigin and Left Bank return to challenge new<br />

kids on the block Bananamoon and defending<br />

champions, Crossing the Rubicon. The tagline<br />

for this year’s festival of heat is Border Town<br />

Jive, referring to the unique mixture of music,<br />

cuisine and culture which exists along the Texas/<br />

Mexican border. Each venue will of course be<br />

vying for the coveted prize of best chilli in the<br />

west and the contest is always 'hotly' fought.<br />

With the judges (all 600 of you) making their<br />

way from venue to venue, the array of sombreros<br />

and false moustaches always bring a wry smile<br />

to a September afternoon.<br />

Lupe Pintos Annual Chili Cook Off<br />

Sat 29th Sept, various venues<br />

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Top for Breakout Music<br />

If you are not fortunate enough to get tickets to<br />

the Chilli Cook Off, you might want to consider<br />

an equally fabulous festival on the 29th of<br />

September. Tenement TV’s annual Tenement<br />

Trail, is an incredible day of music centred<br />

around 10 venues in the G2 postcode. There is<br />

12 hours of live music, that’s over 50 artists,<br />

from break out acts to the bigger names, with<br />

a real drive to promote our excellent Scottish<br />

talent. This year’s headliners are The Cribs.<br />

What makes the festival so unusual is that music<br />

lovers go from venue to venue, with one ticket<br />

covering the whole event. What a great way to<br />

connect with live, independent music.<br />

Tenement TV’s Annual Tenement Trail<br />

Sat 29th Sept, G2 various venues<br />

wftenementtv.com<br />

Top for Exploring the City<br />

Doors Open Days is the largest free festival in<br />

Scotland giving people access to the heritage<br />

held within architecturally and historically<br />

significant buildings. The Glasgow Doors Open<br />

Days Festival returns for its annual celebration<br />

this September. The event allows participants<br />

to have a look inside some of Glasgow's most<br />

prestigious buildings. Walk inside and hear the<br />

fascinating stories these buildings can tell. With<br />

talks, exhibitions and guided walks, this event<br />

leads to a better appreciation of the fantastic<br />

architecture and heritage on our door step.<br />

Doors Open Days Festival<br />

10–16th Sept various venues<br />

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Top for Exploring the Clyde<br />

Following a great inaugural event last year,<br />

the Clydebuilt Festival returns to the Clyde<br />

in September. The Castle to Crane race will<br />

be on the Saturday of the two day festival.<br />

The race is the biggest open water rowing race<br />

to be held in Scotland. Competitors will set off<br />

from Dumbarton Castle on a 13 mile course to<br />

the Finnieston Crane. It’s a thrilling sight as the<br />

rowers make their way along the iconic Clyde<br />

route. As well as the race, last year’s event<br />

saw taster sailing sessions, some amazing<br />

sea and street food for the land lubbers and<br />

superb entertainment for young and old alike.<br />

Let’s hope this year’s festival can reach even<br />

higher heights. Go along and experience the<br />

maritime heritage of the Clyde.<br />

Clydebuilt Festival, Riverside Museum<br />

Sat 15th–Sun 16th Sept<br />


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in the West End<br />

Top for Film<br />

You can’t beat a film on a chilly autumn day and<br />

this season is shaping up to be a fine one for<br />

kids. For our adolescents who study all aspects<br />

of cinema, Glasgow Youth Film Festival kicks off<br />

from 14-16th September. This event is scheduled<br />

by young people. With hands on mentors all<br />

year round, the group put together a whole<br />

range of events, workshops and film screenings.<br />

As always, details are tightly guarded until mid<br />

August, however the opening gala will be Anna<br />

and the Apocalypse! This home grown zombie<br />

musical has a Q&A with cast and crew following<br />

the screening. Given it’s a zombie movie, the<br />

Q&A may turn out to be a gruesome affair…<br />

Glasgow Youth Film Festival<br />

14th-16th Sept, GFT wfglasgowfilm.org<br />

Top for Ghosties & Goulies<br />

On the subject of zombies (sentences you never<br />

thought you would write) Halloween is right<br />

around the corner – and here in our very own<br />

Cresswell Lane The Root of Magic has opened.<br />

This family run magic shop feels extra mystical…<br />

and that’s just walking over the threshold. With<br />

magical animals adorning the enchanted trees<br />

and some ethereal decor to get the kids excited,<br />

the team have done a lovely job.<br />

With an apothecary for lotions and potions,<br />

your little sorcerer’s apprentice can have a<br />

go at designing a concoction too. The store<br />

runs workshops from their onsite classroom<br />

on potion-making and science shenanigans.<br />

Each class is conducted by a fully trained<br />

witch or wizard who will have the cauldrons<br />

bubbling in no time. Sessions run for 90 minutes.<br />

Afterwards, why not peruse the many handmade<br />

wands and magical gifts, which include tons of<br />

official Harry Potter merchandise. Who needs<br />

Diagon Alley, when we have Cresswell Lane?<br />

The Root of Magic, Unit 14 Cresswell Lane<br />

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Top for a Tipple<br />

As the days get colder, it’s easy to laze the day<br />

away on the sofa. But with the promise of a dram<br />

(or 3) to look forward to, why not consider a<br />

trip to the Clydeside Distillery? This brand new<br />

single malt scotch whisky distillery sits on the<br />

Queens Dock. The Pump House is the site of the<br />

distillery and of the tour. It’s a great opportunity<br />

to learn about the origins and production of the<br />

amber nectar. At the end of the tour there will be<br />

the chance to sample three malts from around<br />

our great nation and the opportunity to buy your<br />

favourite at the on-site specialist shop. With a<br />

gorgeous cafe serving locally sourced, seasonal<br />

produce, that lazy day on the sofa will seem a lot<br />

less enticing.<br />

Clydeside Distillery Tours<br />

The Pump House, 100 Stobcross Road<br />

wftheclydeside.com<br />

Top for Art<br />

Avril Paton is one of our most notabe and<br />

recognisable artists. There cannot be many<br />

a Glasgow home which isn’t adorned by her<br />

astonishing depictions of Glasgow tenement life.<br />

So what a treat for the city that Paton’s latest<br />

creation, The Four Graces is to be 'gracing' the<br />

walls of Kelvingrove this autumn. Capturing<br />

'a moment in time' outside the museum, this<br />

stunning watercolour, as in so many of her<br />

pieces, conveys caught moments in people’s<br />

lives: joy, sadness, love, stillness. What’s even<br />

more thrilling is that the artist herself will be<br />

giving a talk on Tuesday 18th of September in<br />

front of her latest artwork. A great chance to<br />

hear just how one captures our West End lives<br />

and immortalises them on canvas. How lucky we<br />

are to live in our Windows in the West.<br />

The Four Graces, on loan from Avril<br />

Paton until 22nd Oct, with Avril<br />

Paton presentation Tues 18th Sept,<br />

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Yes, it’s that time of the year again,<br />

the summer holidays are finished,<br />

the rush to have everything you need<br />

for going back to school ended and, with it,<br />

thoughts on which after school activities to<br />

book.<br />

It can be costly booking activities for your<br />

children but I do feel many of these clubs are<br />

great learning and socialising opportunities<br />

for children. They also support working<br />

parents who often have little time to entertain<br />

their children in a similar manner.<br />

Our family is no different. This year will see<br />

a big change for us as Ruby is moving on to<br />

secondary school. Different school hours,<br />

different requirements and, I am guessing,<br />

some different interests with regard to<br />

outside school activities.<br />

Leon will be going back to football,<br />

taekwondo and swimming (Kelvindale Otters),<br />

easy. Ruby on the other hand, well, she wants<br />

to do everything! Aerial yoga (ourworldyoga.<br />

com), Hip Hop dancing (theg12studio.co.uk),<br />

taekwondo (caledoniantkd.com), drama<br />

(wearehaloarts.com) possibly swimming,<br />

guides (stjohnsrenfieldchurch.org.uk) and not<br />

to forget, the recently discovered youth club<br />

for P7s+ at St. John’s Renfield Church.<br />

You see, the list seems endless. Her new<br />

school has lots of school clubs on offer, and<br />

they ‘are all so interesting, mum’. I’m sure<br />

they are – but how to fit all this into some sort<br />

of weekly routine? But I suppose, I shouldn’t<br />

complain, I’d rather there was a choice of<br />

different things than having little or no access<br />

to activities at all.<br />

Having said this, there are some types<br />

of activities I would be keen for Ruby and<br />

Leon to try but I cannot find in the West End.<br />

I recently discovered various groups that<br />

run really interesting sounding activities.<br />

However, as my day only has 24 hours,<br />

travelling longer distances is not really an<br />

option. But maybe you can?<br />

One of the things I found is ‘Artsy Classes’<br />

(artsyclasses.co.uk). Sadly, they are based<br />

in Coatbridge and Motherwell but they teach<br />

basic art skills to children; their programme<br />

sounds great. However, you can always<br />

check out the workshops run by The Glasgow<br />

Menagerie (theglasgowmenagerie.com) here<br />

in Partick.<br />

I also like the sound of the Scottish Ballet<br />

sessions for 16 year olds+ (scottishballet.<br />

co.uk) on the south side; it is never too<br />

late to start as their absolute beginners<br />

class suggests. Or to pique their interest<br />

at a younger age, Scottish Ballet are also<br />

holding two new performances of Hansel &<br />

Gretel specifically for families with children<br />

from 3 to 8-years-old on the 1st to 3rd of<br />

November. These specially adapted hourlong<br />

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the magic of ballet (atgtickets.com/glasgow).<br />

Or how about Diane Mitchell’s music<br />

school (dianemitchellmusicschool.com)<br />

based in Paisley and Barrhead? There are of<br />

course many private music tutors in the West<br />

End but I do like the idea of children learning<br />

together in a group.<br />

And if none of the above strikes a cord<br />

maybe learning a new language or receiving<br />

additional input for a language your young<br />

person is already learning might just do<br />

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Image I Gregor Reid<br />


WORDS Hannah Westwater<br />

Glasgow has hosted its fair share<br />

of sport extravaganzas, from the 2014<br />

Commonwealth Games to this<br />

summer’s European Championships.<br />

On each occasion, between the fireworks<br />

displays and gazebo-lined pop-up venues,<br />

there is talk of how these sporting legacies<br />

will benefit Glasgow in years to come.<br />

One example of how this came to fruition<br />

can be found at Movement Park, a South<br />

Street charity which fuses sport, community<br />

and equality of opportunity.<br />

Teaching fundamental movement skills is<br />

at the core of the charity’s mission. Offering<br />

a carefully curated range of activities for a<br />

flat rate of £20 per month, the team behind<br />

the centre encourages families to bring<br />

their children to as many different sessions<br />

as they like. With a programme spanning<br />

across judo, parkour, skateboarding, dance,<br />

yoga and more, the ethos at the heart of the<br />

charity’s work is that its value is in the sum of<br />

the activities’ parts – physical literacy is their<br />

focus, with a view to building their own legacy<br />

of a healthy, active community.<br />

‘The average drop-off rate in sport<br />

is usually between ages 10 and 12, and<br />

that’s generally because kids don’t think<br />

they’re good at things,’ says Movement<br />

Park convenor Stephen Somerville, who<br />

co-founded the centre with two fellow judo<br />

players. ‘When we come to the sport-specific<br />

stuff they think oh, I can’t do that properly.<br />

So we try to build the confidence which will<br />

hopefully make them more motivated to<br />

participate on a longer term.’<br />

Stephen explains that despite the vast<br />

array of activities on offer, each is selected<br />

with all-round competency in mind. ‘It’s not<br />

about parkour or judo – it’s about them all

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coming together and creating a safe place for<br />

kids to feel like they can try. It’s building for<br />

the future.’<br />

With an understanding of how a<br />

disadvantaged background can affect ones<br />

relationship with – and access to – good<br />

quality sports training, the charity not only<br />

keeps its prices low but makes itself as<br />

accessible to the surrounding community<br />

as possible. ‘Sometimes a governing body<br />

can’t dig far enough into the social issues at<br />

play, whereas charities like us can go a wee<br />

bit deeper,’ says Stephen. The team works<br />

closely with local primary schools, providing<br />

PE lessons and encouraging free play as a<br />

form of learning.<br />

Movement Park is also an inclusion hub,<br />

having adapted to the needs of children<br />

with disabilities. There are currently 13<br />

visually impaired children enrolled in the<br />

judo club, but the charity’s accommodations<br />

for them go well beyond the walls of the<br />

converted warehouse in which it’s based.<br />

Stephen explains, ‘We put a big focus on<br />

independence training – we look at where the<br />

kids stay and how to get them here. So we<br />

have a buddy system, meaning someone will<br />

go and meet them at Central Station, bring<br />

them to Movement Park and then take them<br />

back.<br />

He adds, ‘What you see when you work<br />

with kids with visual impairment is that they<br />

think they’re independent – but only when<br />

they get here. This means that when they<br />

leave school, they drop out of their activities.<br />

We’re trying to prevent that. Being on the mat<br />

is only a small part of the programme.’<br />

The centre also offers an art room and a<br />

Lego room, which Stephen points out have<br />

proven particularly valuable when engaging<br />

children with autism. Movement Park ‘comes<br />

at the kids from all angles’, promoting<br />

creative thinking and imaginative play as part<br />

of a child’s overall wellbeing.<br />

That element of mental wellbeing was also<br />

taken into account when the charity turned<br />

their focus to urban sports like parkour and<br />

skateboarding. ‘There’s something very<br />

interesting about them,’ the charity convenor<br />

notes. ‘In traditional sports, you’re either<br />

winning or losing. You deem yourself good or<br />

bad depending on how you do against your<br />

opponent.<br />

‘In urban sports, you can take part and<br />

you can stand at the side with all the gear on<br />

and be part of the gang. It has ties to music<br />

and art, and you can be a part of it without<br />

sacrificing yourself on every turn. It’s more<br />

of a show rather than a competition. Urban<br />

sport is a lot more culture-based – at the<br />

heart of it, you’re just hanging about with<br />

your pals.’<br />

Moving forward, the charity hopes to<br />

attract volunteers and sponsors who share<br />

their core values – as well as increasing<br />

their register of 140 members, with another<br />

hundred attending on a pay-as-you-go<br />

basis. The real proof will be in years to come,<br />

however, when the charity hopes to see an<br />

uptick in healthy habits being passed on<br />

through families who otherwise may not have<br />

had the opportunity to learn the necessary<br />

skills.<br />

‘I’ll say it again – we’re all about building<br />

confidence and competence,’ Stephen<br />

concludes. ‘Movement Park is a one-stop<br />

shop for making movement matter.’<br />

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Visions of Mary<br />

by Helen Flockhart<br />


There are times that I am so spellbound<br />

by a painting that only when the critical<br />

mind jumps to my attention does the<br />

awareness of that moment shock me.<br />

Standing in the studio of Glasgow based<br />

artist Helen Flockhart, pictures laid out<br />

around the room, I am reminded of just how<br />

powerful the impact of art can be in evoking<br />

such a raw, deeply personal response.<br />

The space is functional, creeping<br />

postcards of images and inspiration papering<br />

one wall, a window offering natural light,<br />

a palette of oils in perfect cones of colour<br />

on a small table and a quiet that clears the<br />

way for minimal distraction. Paintings for<br />

an upcoming exhibition are placed for my<br />

viewing but given it’s a working studio and<br />

that Flockhart often works on more than one<br />

painting at a time, not unusual. Time is also<br />

pressing – she opens her solo show Linger<br />

Awhile in Arusha Gallery, Edinburgh mid-<br />

September before it tours to Linlithgow Burgh<br />

Halls. The significance of which is noted<br />

considering this new body of work is firmly<br />

rooted on the life of Mary Stuart (Mary Queen<br />

of Scots) – born in the town at Linlithgow<br />

Palace in 1542.<br />

Crooked Rib is the painting that holds<br />

my gaze yet as it moves from one picture to<br />

the next the cohesion and collective power<br />

of these works is sustaining. With such an<br />

awareness of the impact of my response I<br />

am intrigued by the process and inspiration<br />

for the collection, drawn to the thread linking<br />

one woman in history to another as an artist<br />

centuries later and a viewer – how an image<br />

can evoke such a projection.<br />

‘It was an article on Mary’s mother, Mary<br />

of Guise that first pricked my interest a few<br />

years ago and I visited Linlithgow Palace last

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summer, which had a real presence – from<br />

there I began reading books which sparked a<br />

lot of ideas for paintings,’ Flockhart tells me.<br />

A figure of legend, Mary Stuart has since<br />

become a narrative of Hollywood – one of<br />

twisted myths, romance and stereotypes.<br />

Flockhart was studious in her research,<br />

delving deep into the written words of those<br />

who show dedicated efforts in researching<br />

her life, yet observant to the limits of the<br />

stories that weave through the national<br />

conscience. ‘Legend has interwoven over<br />

time – people seem to adopt a standpoint<br />

and then research to back up their<br />

standpoint,’ she adds.<br />

In this collection the feminine strikes<br />

forth – theatre, history and beauty all<br />

pass through the image with the artist<br />

harnessing key moments in Mary’s life and<br />

transcending these details with a personal<br />

and compassionate response.<br />

Each painting is a reflection - quotes<br />

such as the widely known ‘en ma fin gît mon<br />

commencement / in my end is my beginning’<br />

embroidered by Mary during her long<br />

Crooked Rib<br />

© Helen Flockhart<br />

incarceration in England is painted onto her<br />

dress in Lachrymose Window. The symbol of<br />

The Mermaid and the Hare – a placard that<br />

was exhibited in Edinburgh (1) denouncing<br />

Mary as a tainted lustful siren and the Earl<br />

of Bothwell, whose coat of arms includes<br />

the hare, as a player in the murder of Lord<br />

Darnley is also shown in the fabric of the<br />

dress.<br />

The painting captures the dominance<br />

of Mary as a solitary figure with a sense of<br />

stillness sweeping over the picture – Mary’s<br />

hands resting on her lap, her gaze straight<br />

and steady. Scottish ferns, regarded in Gaelic<br />

culture to have protective powers (2) look<br />

static, frozen almost as they fill the world<br />

beyond the window frame. She is held tight<br />

in a world where time itself is unforgiving and<br />

constant yet the red of her lips charge the<br />

energy of the feminine and Mary’s position<br />

during that period in her life shows one of<br />

resilience, presence and danger.<br />

Every one of Flockhart’s pictures is rich<br />

in colour, dense in texture and filled with<br />

symbolism. O Elizabeth is a portrait of the<br />

Lachrymose Window<br />

© Helen Flockhart

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The Mermaid and the Hare<br />

© Helen Flockhart<br />

O Elizabeth © Helen Flockhart<br />

English queen Elizabeth I, seen holding a<br />

jar in her hand – the captured butterfly a<br />

symbol of her power over her prisoner, Mary.<br />

The background to the portrait of Mary of<br />

Guise Do Not Touch Me Or I Will Prick is<br />

swathed in layer upon layer of intricately<br />

painted flowers while lush green foliage<br />

enfolds a number of portraits – the intrigue<br />

of what might reveal itself through the leaves<br />

as the tiger did for Henri Rousseau (d.1910)<br />

holds my thoughts.<br />

I can’t help but notice that Flockhart<br />

herself has long red hair and albeit Mary<br />

Stuart was of course renowned for her red<br />

locks I do question her own identity creeping<br />

into these paintings and find it interesting to<br />

see the shift in the way she has portrayed her<br />

figures over the years. In a 1988 self-portrait<br />

the person is small in stature – a large head<br />

with a smaller body. Over time there has been<br />

a definite move towards a lengthening of the<br />

body and in these works in particular I think<br />

of the stylised female in the Art Deco period<br />

of the 1920’s and reminded of a sculpture by<br />

Eric Gill (d.1940) titled The East Wind<br />

– the angular proportions of the face<br />

specifically. This is an artist with a clear<br />

knowledge of history, from observation of<br />

these works I also see 17th century Dutch<br />

influences through the use of perspective in<br />

The Mermaid and the Hare and the detail and<br />

precision of draughtsmanship applied in the<br />

arches.<br />

Flockhart is a highly skilled painter – her<br />

new paintings are original, enigmatic and<br />

provocative. They feel hugely significant and<br />

relevant, timely of the present while magically<br />

capturing the deep significance of the stories<br />

regaled from the past. The thread of history<br />

runs deep, the line of influence alive and<br />

enduring. She has the unique ability to keep<br />

the viewers look within the frame where<br />

they too are suspended between a feeling<br />

of safety, held tight within the richness and<br />

detail of the painted surface with an almost<br />

disturbed fascination. Flockhart’s voice is<br />

clear and distinctive and what a force as a<br />

painter – one of Scotland’s greats.<br />

(1) apollo-magazine.com/mary-queen-scots<br />

(2) nrscotland.gov.uk/research/archivistsgarden/index-by-plant-name/hard-fern<br />

Flockhart attended The Glasgow School<br />

of Art, graduating in 1984 with a first-class<br />

degree in painting with works held in many<br />

British and International collections.<br />

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Writer’s Reveal<br />

meets Lin Anderson<br />


There aren’t many things Lin Anderson<br />

doesn’t know about dead bodies.<br />

She created tartan noir heroine, forensic<br />

scientist Rhona Macleod whose cases<br />

now run to 13 books, and is cofounder of<br />

Bloody Scotland, the Crime Writing Festival<br />

which takes place in Stirling this September.<br />

The author lets Loraine Patrick into the<br />

secrets of writing a successful book series<br />

and discusses why crime writing has put<br />

Scotland on the modern literary map.<br />

You are on the list for the 2018 McIIvanney<br />

Crime Book of the Year for Follow The<br />

Dead your 12th book in the Rhona<br />

Macleod series. How does it feel to be<br />

nominated?<br />

Named after the late, great Willie McIlvanney<br />

who inspired so many of us to write Scottish<br />

crime fiction, the McIlvanney prize is dear to<br />

my heart. It’s therefore a great honour to be<br />

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established and new.<br />

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

Hogmanay, in a blizzard on top of<br />

Cairngorm... what could possibly go wrong?<br />

My home village is Carrbridge in Cairngorm<br />

National Park. A couple of Christmases<br />

ago safely tucked up in front of the fire,<br />

with a blizzard raging outside, I imagined<br />

the opening of Follow the Dead. Consulting<br />

with Willie Anderson, leader of Cairngorm<br />

Mountain Rescue, I learned of a plane that<br />

had come down on a frozen Loch A’an near<br />

the Shelter Stone refuge. The plane was from<br />

Norway, and the idea of a joint investigation<br />

between Police Scotland and Stavanger<br />

police was born.<br />

For those who haven’t encountered your<br />

books featuring forensic scientist Rhona<br />

Macleod how would you describe her?<br />

Rhona was inspired by a former maths pupil<br />

of mine at Grantown Grammar School,<br />

who comes from Carrbridge. She studied<br />

forensic science at Strathclyde University<br />

and now works in London. My father was a<br />

DI in Greenock when I was a teenager, and<br />

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his constant worry was that he would arrive<br />

at a scene of crime and it might involve one<br />

of his three daughters. That provided the<br />

premise of Book 1, Driftnet, only I made the<br />

protagonist a woman and a forensic scientist<br />

instead of a male detective. Rhona arrives<br />

to find a teenager who looks so like her she<br />

thinks he might be the son she gave up for<br />

adoption 17 years before. I don’t describe<br />

her physically in the books. I like the fact<br />

that readers forge their own image of her.<br />

You learn about her by what she does in<br />

difficult circumstances. I would say one<br />

thing though. She doesn’t openly reveal<br />

her feelings. That’s where her sidekick and<br />

forensic assistant comes in. Chrissy says<br />

exactly what she’s thinking, and through her<br />

you learn more about Rhona.<br />

Did you expect right at the beginning<br />

there would be so much scope for the<br />

character and so many books could come<br />

from her?<br />

No. I saw the dramatic premise of Driftnet<br />

where she searches for the killer and her<br />

own son in tandem, being a one off. However<br />

I loved the characters and the world of<br />

forensics, as did my readers, so I wanted to<br />

explore both through more stories.<br />

You have actually just published the next<br />

instalment, book number 13 called Sins of<br />

The Dead. What do you think the secret to<br />

creating a long running series is?<br />

Willie McIlvanney once said of Laidlaw that<br />

he was a man who just happened to be a<br />

detective. Rhona is a woman, who happens<br />

to be a forensic scientist. Any crime series<br />

is never about the crime, but always about<br />

the character. Readers come back because<br />

they want to be with those characters again<br />

and again. These characters are on the<br />

front line and the world they have to deal<br />

with is far removed from our own. We live<br />

vicariously through them. In Sins of the Dead,<br />

Rhona must face a forensically aware killer,<br />

who targets her through her knowledge.<br />

A personal and professional nightmare.<br />

How long does it take you to write a book?<br />

It takes about nine months to research and<br />

write a book. I have a very visual image of<br />

an opening which I write down. That rarely<br />

changes. I have no idea the who or the why.<br />

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tandem with her, so I have no idea what will<br />

happen next. It’s an exciting way to write, but<br />

can get a bit fraught as we near the end, and<br />

I’ve yet to discover the whole truth.<br />

Rhona must be a huge part of your<br />

life – you did the forensic science<br />

course at Glasgow University when<br />

you quit teaching to become a writer.<br />

How much of you is in Rhona?<br />

The Diploma course in Forensic Medical<br />

Science at Glasgow University (my alma<br />

mater) was fantastic. I still use my notes<br />

from it and of course the contacts I met<br />

there. Listening to the real professionals was<br />

a privilege. I still draw on their expertise,<br />

particularly forensically, as I want the books<br />

to be as authentic as possible without being<br />

a textbook.<br />

As for myself and Rhona. Well. She’s<br />

much braver than me, although there are<br />

a few traits we share in common. I’m not a<br />

keen flyer, having been involved in a very<br />

scary incident when I lived in a remote part of<br />

Nigeria and the light plane I was in lost power<br />

in both its engines. Rhona also has a touch of<br />

vertigo as do I.<br />

Rhona is from the West End. What is it<br />

about the area that appeals to writers?<br />

I decided to place Rhona’s lab in the<br />

University, looking out over Kelvingrove<br />

Art Gallery and the park. At that time she<br />

probably should have been in Pitt Street,<br />

but hey there was no view there and it’s shut<br />

down now anyway. Professor John Clark<br />

who ran the diploma course said her lab was<br />

actually in the Principal’s study at Glasgow!<br />

I lived in Partick for many years, and love<br />

the park and the whole buzz of the place.<br />

Although Rhona’s flat is modelled on a<br />

friend’s flat in Edinburgh near the King’s<br />

Theatre with a back view on a convent<br />

garden, in reality it’s in Park Circus because<br />

I’ve always wanted to live there.<br />

Aside from writing you are the co-creator<br />

of Bloody Scotland, the annual crime<br />

writing festival held in Stirling. This year it<br />

runs from 21-23 September. Tell us what is<br />

happening behind the scenes.<br />

Bloody Scotland is a bit like a crime novel.<br />

It takes around nine months in the planning,<br />

and our aim is to inform, inspire, entertain,<br />

and surprise our audiences so they’re never<br />

quite sure what will happen next. It’s the<br />

best fun ever and very Scottish in its quirky<br />

uniqueness. We love that our readers and our<br />

writers mingle together and that you have the<br />

opportunity to see the wealth of talent both<br />

homegrown and international. Scottish crime<br />

writing is our other national export.<br />

Alexander McCall Smith was on hand<br />

to help launch the festival this year.<br />

I believe you are neighbours – are you<br />

good friends?<br />

As well as being neighbours, Sandy and<br />

I both lived and worked in Africa. When I<br />

interviewed him at the launch we talked about<br />

our shared love of baobab trees, eating flying<br />

ants (they taste like butter) and the joy and<br />

wonder of Africa’s music and people. It was<br />

a delight for us that he was able to open the<br />

festival this year. His busy schedule means<br />

that he’s usually in the States in September,<br />

so we finally worked out a way to have him<br />

with us.<br />

The Festival also celebrates the life and<br />

times of Muriel Spark with a Crimes<br />

and Misdemeanours event. What<br />

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impact do you think she has had on the<br />

contemporary writing scene?<br />

We felt it was very important that we<br />

celebrate Muriel Spark. She has been a<br />

powerful influence on many Scottish writers,<br />

including Ian Rankin who was writing a thesis<br />

on Muriel when he began work on Rebus.<br />

It’s also significant to note that in the recent<br />

Scottish Novel World Cup run by the Scottish<br />

Book Trust the two finalists were Ian with<br />

Knots & Crosses and Muriel Spark with The<br />

Prime of Miss Jean Brodie – and Muriel won!<br />

A couple of my favourite events are the<br />

annual Scotland v England football match<br />

and a performance by the Fun Loving<br />

Crime Writers – a group of crime writing<br />

musicians comprising of Christopher<br />

Brookmyre, Val McDermid, Doug Johnson<br />

and Mark Billingham. It is nice to see<br />

such good relationships develop between<br />

writers. Is that an important part of what<br />

the Festival is about?<br />

Definitely. You can’t stop those crime writers<br />

from showing off. On stage or the football<br />

pitch. It’s in their blood ! And, let’s face it<br />

they’re very talented. Also the crime writing<br />

fraternity are very supportive of one another,<br />

and we champion new writers at Bloody<br />

Scotland, both through our Pitch Perfect<br />

event and our Spotlighters.<br />

Irvine Welsh closes this year’s Bloody<br />

Scotland – perhaps a slightly new<br />

direction for the Festival?<br />

Crime writing is a very broad church and<br />

looking at our programme this year you’ll find<br />

even more variety. We’re featuring 14 different<br />

languages in the last Bloody Scotland before<br />

Brexit. And let’s face it there’s plenty of<br />

murder and mayhem in Irvine’s books. We’re<br />

delighted that this year he will be in Europe<br />

just when we need him.<br />

Finally Lin we have two copies of your<br />

book to give away – for those who don’t<br />

win a copy why should Westenders buy a<br />

copy?<br />

Well, if they weren’t intrigued by my earlier<br />

pitch for Follow the Dead, Sins of the Dead<br />

came out on 9th August and takes place<br />

entirely in the West End. Beware what you<br />

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R.J. Mitchell worked as a beat cop in Glasgow’s ‘D’<br />

Division for 12 years before deciding to concentrate<br />

on writing full time. Clearly, his time on the force<br />

has furnished him with a plethora of anecdotes and<br />

stories which serve as stimuli for his crime novels.<br />

The Shadow<br />

of Fear<br />

by RJ Mitchell<br />

The Shadow of Fear is his fifth<br />

foray into crime thrillers and it’s<br />

certainly a page-turner. The first<br />

chapter had me hooked and<br />

appalled at the same time as the<br />

horrible events inside Barlinnie’s<br />

‘C’ block are revealed in all their<br />

gory glory. The introduction of<br />

the main character, Ludovic Fear,<br />

is brutal but gives the reader a<br />

keen sense of his capabilities<br />

and skill set as he challenges the<br />

ruthless brutality of jungle law in<br />

‘The Big Hoose’.<br />

Fear finds himself pulled<br />

inexorably into the vortex that is<br />

Scotland’s criminal underworld,<br />

where his skills as an ex-SAS<br />

operative are invaluable as a<br />

means of dealing with nasty stains<br />

which need to be rubbed out. Fear<br />

is clinical and proves his worth<br />

with every task, but with every<br />

task he becomes more and more<br />

mired in the tangled web of The<br />

Cyclops, the criminal kingpin of<br />

Central Scotland.<br />

The build-up to the heist –<br />

which is the main reason for<br />

Fear’s recruitment – is full of pace,<br />

twists and turns and the reader<br />

genuinely has no idea how it will<br />

turn out. Added into the mix is<br />

the sultry chanteuse, Charlie,<br />

who also happens to be the beautiful daughter of MacPherson,<br />

a.k.a. The Cyclops. Of course, Fear falls head over heels in love<br />

with her because his life wasn’t complicated enough, what<br />

with trying to rebuild his shattered reputation following his<br />

incarceration, trying to maintain a tenuous relationship with his<br />

ten-year-old son and pull off the heist of the century!<br />

If it’s action and pace you want, this is right up your street.<br />

The chapters are short, adding to the pace, the characters are<br />

complex but painted vividly, the setting is familiar to a Scottish<br />

reader and the storyline genuinely absorbing.<br />

I became really frustrated with the preponderance of basic<br />

spelling and grammar mistakes, as the novel clearly hasn’t been<br />

edited very well – a cursory glance would have caught many<br />

of these errors. However, don’t let that put you off. It’s a great<br />

diversion from real life and may introduce you to a new crime<br />

writer to rival McDermid or Mina.

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The Hidden<br />

Ways<br />

by Alastair Moffat<br />

2<br />

As a keen walker, I found this<br />

book fascinating as it opens<br />

up a whole world of hidden or<br />

forgotten walks throughout<br />

the Scottish countryside which<br />

you won’t find in your standard<br />

tourist guides.<br />

Alistair Moffat is an awardwinning<br />

writer, historian, STV<br />

bigwig and Fringe Festival<br />

director, so when it comes to<br />

Scotland’s culture and history<br />

there are fewer writers who<br />

can speak with such authority.<br />

The book is split into<br />

ten chapters, each one<br />

dealing with a ‘hidden road’.<br />

The Romans feature in a few<br />

chapters, from their use of<br />

roads such as Dere Street<br />

to get into the heart of the<br />

Scottish borders, or their use<br />

of coastal entrepôts such as<br />

Earlsferry and Berwick upon<br />

Tweed to transfer troops<br />

quickly up the coast for incisive<br />

raids further inland.<br />

One of the most intriguing<br />

chapters deals with a series<br />

of defensive structures<br />

from Stonehaven into the<br />

Grampians, which were<br />

designed to stop a putative<br />

German invasion during WWII,<br />

as the threat of an invasion<br />

from newly conquered Norway<br />

was taken extremely seriously.<br />

Perhaps the most beautiful<br />

chapter is the envoi entitled<br />

‘The Snow Road’, where Moffat<br />

is back home near Kelso and<br />

observes the way in which a<br />

path is momentarily revealed<br />

when the snow accumulates<br />

in a certain way, a hidden<br />

road which he’d been around<br />

all his life but never noticed.<br />

How often do we fail to see<br />

what’s right in front of us?<br />

Kirsty Logan is a prize-winning<br />

writer from Glasgow and in<br />

her latest work of fiction she<br />

has created a magical island<br />

world full of stories of selkies,<br />

mermaids and people who turn<br />

to stone when it’s their time<br />

to go.<br />

However, this isn’t a<br />

fairytale or a fantasy in the<br />

traditional sense, as there are<br />

events depicted which are<br />

all too ‘real’, although ‘real’ is<br />

a relative term. Heartbreak,<br />

love, loss and tragedy are all<br />

interwoven with elements of<br />

the fantastical to make this a<br />

truly enchanting story.<br />

The Ross family move to<br />

the island to renovate an<br />

old, crumbling guest house.<br />

The father was a boxer and<br />

the mother a ballet dancer,<br />

and throughout the novel are<br />

references to these two worlds<br />

– worlds which collide and<br />

complement each other in a<br />

strange but beautiful way.<br />

The children (Islay, Mara<br />

and Barra) all suffer in their<br />

own ways, but there is always<br />

enough glimpses of potential<br />

happiness to give the reader<br />

hope. The chapters alternate<br />

between the present and<br />

the past, with the latter<br />

illuminating the former.<br />

The climax is moving and<br />

fitting and was an emotional<br />

end to a novel which moved<br />

me from the start.<br />

‘Gloaming’ is the Scottish<br />

word for that time between<br />

day and night, and with this<br />

motif running throughout<br />

the novel, Logan helps us to<br />

appreciate that beginnings<br />

and endings are not nearly as<br />

important as what we do in<br />

between.<br />

The Gloaming<br />

by Kirsty Logan<br />


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Guilty Pleasures from<br />

Westender’s American<br />

in Glasgow<br />

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Scottish berry cobbler<br />

by Liberty Vittert<br />

K<br />

Shopping List<br />

For the filling:<br />

250g of EACH blueberries,<br />

raspberries, blackberries<br />

100g granulated sugar<br />

1 tbs corn flour<br />

2 tsp lemon zest<br />

2 tbs lemon juice<br />

For the crumble:<br />

96g plain flour<br />

150g granulated sugar<br />

110g brown sugar<br />

45g oats<br />

2 tsp cinnamon<br />

1 tsp nutmeg<br />

½ tsp cloves<br />

½ tsp salt<br />

115g unsalted butter<br />

For serving:<br />

vanilla ice cream<br />

L<br />

Summer is over, and what a summer we<br />

had. It was actually sunny enough that I am<br />

looking forward to fall jackets, ankle boots,<br />

and of course, fresh Scottish berry cobbler.<br />

Some of the sweetest fruit is found in early<br />

fall. Stick those puppies in the oven with a<br />

hot bubbly spiced crumble, top with some<br />

Colpi ice cream and babycakes, I promise,<br />

you will be the most beloved person in the<br />

neighborhood.<br />

This dish takes 10 minutes, and that is when<br />

I got the man of the house to do it (when he<br />

makes toast, he calls that cooking). My favorite<br />

thing about this dish, besides its deliciousness<br />

of course, is the fact that you can bake it, cover<br />

it with cling film, pop it in the fridge<br />

for up to a week and stick it back<br />

in the oven about 20 minutes<br />

before you want to serve it!<br />

Method<br />

1. Preheat the oven to 175C. Grease<br />

a large pie pan or 8 ramekins (for<br />

individual servings).<br />

2. In a medium bowl gently mix together<br />

all the ingredients for the filling.<br />

Set aside.<br />

3. In an electric mixer with the beater<br />

attachment (or using a pastry cutter),<br />

mix all the ingredients for the crumble<br />

until it reaches a sandy texture.<br />

4. Place the filling in baking dish(es) and<br />

liberally apply the crumble on top.<br />

5. Bake for 45 minutes.<br />

6. Serve immediately with vanilla ice<br />

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Reviewed by<br />

Roberto Parrucci<br />

Walk west from the looming shadow of<br />

the Partick train bridge on Dumbarton<br />

Road, there’s a pleasant surprise to<br />

be found for the aspiring Thornwood foodie.<br />

Restaurants and cafes with a strong sense<br />

of identity and an original idea of food are<br />

making their way, finding the area open and<br />

responsive to their new and exciting ideas.<br />

Honu is one such place, an establishment<br />

full of striking surprises that could make you<br />

seriously consider shifting your nightlife that<br />

bit more west.<br />

The place boasts an atmosphere new to<br />

these parts, bright and well-appointed, a<br />

long line of small tables and quaint wooden<br />

benches welcome you, all that timber<br />

creating a warm, cosy feeling. ‘The wave’<br />

wallpaper in light blue, and the adjacent<br />

window-mirrors give the real sense that the<br />

Pacific Ocean is not so very far away at all.<br />

Honu’s concept is a delicate taste of Pan<br />

Asian/Pacific Rim cuisine with influences<br />

from Japan to Korea, from US to Canada.<br />

What brings everything together though<br />

is the combination of delicious food and a<br />

remarkable selection of homemade cocktails<br />

as a welcome counterpart to your meal<br />

– Martini house special being a personal<br />

favourite.<br />

The food is a real kick to the taste buds,<br />

with ample portions and well-seasoned<br />

produce – the presentation colourful and<br />

captivating to the eye.<br />

A starter of Korean chicken bites to share<br />

are served with sweet and sticky Gochujang<br />

sauce and sesame. The chicken was<br />

perfectly breaded, golden and crispy on the<br />

outside, tender and juicy on the inside.<br />

As a main course, we opted for two filling<br />

options and an unconventional surprise.<br />

The Poke bowl with rice, teriyaki,<br />

vegetables and tempura king prawns<br />

is a pleasure for the body and the soul.<br />

The different ingredients of this plate stand<br />

on their own but the mix of colours and<br />

the composition of the plate evokes an<br />

immediate sense of happiness.<br />

Thai Kheo curry, a fusion of Thai spices,<br />

coconut milk, pepper, kaffir lime, crispy<br />

shallot, spring onion, steamed rice and<br />

chicken is just as delicious as it might be and<br />

a perfect balance of spicy and sweet and<br />

sour.<br />

What definitely got our attention, however,<br />

was the sweet chix waffle. It comes served<br />

with fried chicken, hazelnut ice cream (yes,<br />

ice cream!), and maple syrup accompanied<br />

with skinny fries. Just the kind of oddity that<br />

you think will never work and then literally<br />

bursts with remarkable flavours for a give-ita-try<br />

foodie.<br />

With a growing number of options in the<br />

burgeoning Thornwood area, Honu is an<br />

exciting and friendly addition offering high<br />

quality handmade cocktails and exciting<br />

innovative food. What really keeps an area<br />

vibrant is its willingness to accept worthwhile<br />

change without whitewashing its past and<br />

the people who really ‘make Glasgow’, well<br />

Glasgow.<br />

Honu<br />

562 Dumbarton Road G11 6RH<br />

0141 334 9000<br />


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Reviewed by<br />

Emily Donoho<br />

When you think of Ashton Lane<br />

you can’t help but think of Brel,<br />

the iconic Belgian themed gastropub<br />

that’s been a staple of the West End.<br />

Inside it has narrow wooden alcoves and<br />

hidden corners, the atmosphere of age and<br />

distinction, with winding stairs leading to<br />

a private function room, but what makes it<br />

unique is its capacious beer garden.<br />

It was refurbished in spring of 2017, with<br />

tiered seating on the grassy hill and a fiftyseat<br />

outdoor dining area. So long as you get<br />

there before outdoor licensing laws force<br />

drinkers inside at 10pm, you can enjoy your<br />

beverage of choice on the hill. I made use<br />

of one of the new benches at the top of the<br />

hill, as nice a place as any for a relaxed pint.<br />

Expect it to be busy on the first sunny days<br />

of the spring, although it was only moderately<br />

busy on a sunny Wednesday this summer.<br />

Brel has weekly events bringing people to<br />

the pub, from fondue nights to raclette nights<br />

(both involve cheese), and you can book it<br />

for a fire pit or a barbeque. They have an<br />

extensive dinner and lunch menu, and if you<br />

get there before 6pm, you can have mussels<br />

and chips for only £6. I didn’t make it before<br />

6pm this week, but I will.<br />

Their drinks menu will delight any beer<br />

aficionado, especially if Belgian beers are<br />

your thing. No surprise, given it’s a Belgian<br />

pub. There are 66 beers, including local<br />

Scottish ales and many rare ones from<br />

Belgium, the US, Germany, and elsewhere.<br />

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On tap, they have an international<br />

collection as well, which includes Leffe<br />

and Affligem from Belgium, as well as<br />

St. Mungo’s, Joker IPA, Maltsmiths, Amstel,<br />

Birra Moretti, Guinness, and Strongbow.<br />

They have a reasonable range of whiskies,<br />

which you’d expect to see at most pubs in<br />

Scotland, a few gins, and a decent collection<br />

of wines. There is something for everyone.<br />

The real downside? It’s expensive, even<br />

for the West End. The Leffe on draught was<br />

£7 for a pint. The local ales were cheaper,<br />

but still priced high, with the Joker, for<br />

instance, at £4.90. The menu shows the<br />

bottled beers roughly within this range as<br />

well. That said, the food prices were average<br />

for quality pub food, so it is really only the<br />

drinks that cost more than you might expect.<br />

But if you want a bowl of mussels, the<br />

best beer garden in the West End, or you<br />

fancy experimenting with a Belgian beer,<br />

it’s worth the extra pound or two. Brel is at<br />

37-43 Ashton Lane and is open from 12pm<br />

to 12am Monday to Thursday and Sunday,<br />

and open from 12pm to 1am Friday and<br />

Saturday.<br />

Brel<br />

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Award Winning<br />

foodies<br />


Glasgow’s West End has an ever-growing food scene, with innovative<br />

bakers, brewers and chefs trying new and interesting things to<br />

please discerning Glasgow diners. Three businesses in particular are<br />

leading the way for food and drink in the area, collecting an array of<br />

awards along the way. Claire Porter chats to them and finds out their<br />

perfect recipe for success.<br />

If you had walked down Argyle Street in<br />

January 2017, you would most likely not be<br />

familiar with the name Six by Nico, or if<br />

you had visited Hilton Glasgow just a couple<br />

of months ago you would probably have<br />

never heard of the Tea Lounge by Dilmah.<br />

And if I had asked you in 2015 if you had<br />

visited the Butterscotch Bakery on Hyndland<br />

Road, I suspect the answer would have been<br />

‘not yet’.<br />

In less than three years, these three<br />

businesses have come onto the scene and<br />

made a lasting impression on the foodies<br />

of Glasgow. None more so than Chef Nico<br />

Simeone of Six by Nico. Born in Glasgow, to<br />

Italian parents, Nico was raised in a family<br />

of Mediterranean food lovers. His earliest<br />

memories are of his mother’s Italian cooking,<br />

helping her prepare large family meals in<br />

the kitchen. His impressive career has seen<br />

him work at Michelin starred Number One<br />

at Balmoral, where he was awarded Young<br />

Scottish Seafood Chef of the Year award,<br />

aged just 20!<br />

Going out on his own in the summer of<br />

2015, Nico opened 111 by Nico in Kelvinside.<br />

Nico’s philosophy was to create a unique<br />

fine-dining experience for his guests, whilst<br />

also launching an apprenticeship programme<br />

for young people. This unique programme<br />

offers young people that have faced<br />

enormous challenges in life the opportunity to<br />

share Nico’s passion for cooking, giving them<br />

the drive and the tools needed to become top<br />

chefs themselves.<br />

With his first venture becoming a roaring<br />

success, it was time for Nico to embark on<br />

his next project, Six by Nico a name you will<br />

no doubt now be very familiar with. But if<br />

you’re not, the concept behind the restaurant<br />

is an evolving menu focusing on particular<br />

types of international cuisine. Think of it as a<br />

series of fine dining pop-up restaurants that<br />

change every six weeks.<br />

Their latest menu titled ‘Holy Guacamole’<br />

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The next upcoming thematic menu, titled<br />

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Another West End entrepreneur that<br />

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Growing her business from a dream and a<br />

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Hilton Glasgow offers an elegant experience<br />

with a wide range of fine hand-picked teas,<br />

cocktails and mocktails, all paired with

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delicious sandwiches, tasty fresh scones and<br />

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your eyes (or hands) off.<br />

Glasgow has been chosen to join<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

Up-Shop<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

Very Vintage<br />

Buying vintage for our homes has gone through various<br />

seasons as a trend. It’s been everywhere then over<br />

and out again, but it feels like now – there’s a balance<br />

available that brings a creative freedom and wide<br />

range of options, and Susan Robertson looks at how we<br />

harness that to bring the old together with the new in<br />

our West End homes.

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There is often a blurring of lines in what is<br />

described as vintage, and what is antique but in<br />

general, vintage items often loosely represent an<br />

era, at least 20 years old – so yes – that’s actually<br />

the 1980s now! Antiques however need to be 100<br />

years old to merit the term. But the swathes of<br />

programmes and articles on the subjects over<br />

the years have really helped to familiarise us<br />

with the terms and bring a confidence to using<br />

mixtures of old and new in our homes.<br />

There’s a softness and an approachability that<br />

comes from solid, older items in our homes,<br />

maybe it depends on your age but for me, there’s<br />

a real appeal about a piece with a story to tell<br />

and a statement to make, and I think most<br />

people now find the idea of flatpack furniture<br />

a little bit depressing. Everyone has their own<br />

preferences but you can buy some great, quality<br />

pieces that are beautifully crafted and sourced<br />

from artisans all over the world now, in the<br />

time it would take me to battle with a flatpack<br />

instruction manual.<br />

You can go for a genuine antique and source<br />

something that really stands up in its own right<br />

to make a statement in your room without doing<br />

anything to it. Or – you can source a new item<br />

that fits the bill well. Alternatively – you can<br />

find something you like and try your hand at<br />

adapting it a bit yourself. Add a bit of creative<br />

flair to something that you find in a charity shop<br />

for example, or revisit some of your existing bits<br />

and bobs and see if anything can be given a new<br />

lease of life.<br />

For a while the concept of upcycling became a<br />

bit confused as a dodgy DIY trend that everyone<br />

thought they could do, regardless of skillset<br />

– so often the idea conjured up images of rickety<br />

dressing tables that had been poorly sponged<br />

by hand in chalky white paint. Thankfully this<br />

is no longer the case and there is an array of<br />

information available to help with your own<br />

projects, or you can really get the best of both<br />

worlds simply by identifying the best designers<br />

and stockists working in the area.<br />

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thinking of something a little bit different, nip<br />

in here first. There’s an eye-popping range of<br />

impeccably upcycled furniture, homeware<br />

touches and vintage quirky bits that you can<br />

choose from, or if you’re on the hunt for a project<br />

– get some great design inspiration from what<br />

he’s already done and some expert tips on your<br />

own creative ideas. He even stocks the paints for<br />

you to try your hand yourself.<br />

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I asked Stephen for some tips. He said:<br />

'Look for the fun pieces. Focus on just adding<br />

a single piece of colour or quirky item to any<br />

room. It’s important that you don’t overdo it,<br />

or it can look contrived. Concentrate on one<br />

standout piece to really bring your character<br />

into your room.'<br />

Stephen also suggests, 'Look at things in a<br />

slightly different way considering how they can<br />

possibly be adapted. For example, could the legs<br />

be changed to create a different look, or could<br />

you add legs to raise the height and change<br />

the function? Could a splash of paint hide any<br />

defects and tie the piece into the room’s colour?'<br />

And my favourite piece of advice from<br />

Stephen, 'Forget about what rooms you would<br />

normally find pieces in – there are no rules –<br />

change it up.'<br />

Whatever you do, try to be realistic about<br />

your skills and available time. You may end<br />

up botching an item that you’ve previously<br />

loved by just being a bit over-confident about<br />

it – or using the wrong materials. I spent ages<br />

sourcing a perfect shaped old writing bureau<br />

then spoilt it a bit by impatiently not preparing<br />

it properly and, with hindsight, I should have<br />

used different paint. So, if you decide to change<br />

an existing piece yourself or add a creative<br />

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you have the time, space, and tools you need,<br />

and plan your approach carefully and enjoy it.<br />

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you so you get the best of both worlds – a one-off<br />

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character.<br />

We often get constrained by conforming to<br />

what things were originally built for, by trying<br />

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colours or styles and we find ourselves caught<br />

into the ways that previous trends created their<br />

looks or effects and this takes away from the fun<br />

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keep your eye on what you think looks good, and<br />

what works for you practically in your home,<br />

rather than expected ‘norms’ and that’s when<br />

you’ll really make something unique.<br />

Alternatively – have a good rummage about<br />

the West End, there are great new places<br />

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Well no-one can complain that we<br />

didn’t see some sun this year, and as we<br />

move into a new cooler season, Susan<br />

Robertson looks at how we bring this<br />

transition into our homes.<br />

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by Susan Robertson<br />

An oversized clock looks<br />

great as a statement on<br />

the wall!<br />

One of the key trends this year is for<br />

everything oversized. Catwalks are being<br />

strutted in baggy jumpers and long soft jersey<br />

dresses, and our homes always tend to reflect<br />

the styles being worn.<br />

I remember the first time I saw a video on<br />

social media of someone knitting a huge<br />

blanket with mammoth stitches working up<br />

their arms. I thought it was a joke at first, then<br />

quite simply wonderful – and it’s now added<br />

to my list of things that look quite cool to do<br />

but I’ll likely never attempt. With these viral<br />

videos however, a trend was born. And now we<br />

have these brilliant chunky big knits adding<br />

comfort to our autumn evenings.<br />

What often works well in a room, is contrast.<br />

Not only of colour, but of texture so, taking<br />

these warm soft knits as a starting point, we<br />

can develop a theme around them – they work<br />

remarkably well against cool, hard surfaces<br />

and look brilliant against an industrial feel<br />

room. Think of natural brick or concrete<br />

walls, or opt for matt black, deepest navy or<br />

cool palest grey paint as a backdrop and then<br />

layer in the different elements from there. The<br />

furniture should be big and oversized too.

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Keep to a couple of key items and make them<br />

the largest the space can take, without making<br />

it impractical. Think bold size choice, in a way<br />

that still allows loads of space, but let a few<br />

items breathe and ‘own’ the room. Select them<br />

carefully to contrast with the walls in dusky<br />

burnished metals and chunky dark wood.<br />

Add soft leather seats and dark metal stools.<br />

Once you have the palette and the core<br />

furniture pieces, that’s the framework from<br />

which you can then create – and this is where<br />

the additional flourishes really start to come<br />

into their own to pull the room together.<br />

Add texture and softness with the knits in<br />

throws and cushions in pale creams and deep<br />

blues. Break up large, cold concrete or dark<br />

polished floors with soft chunky rag rugs and<br />

faux fur. Use large floor cushions in sturdy<br />

denims and linens to complement huge sofas<br />

and armchairs you can disappear into. Just a<br />

few confident touches of the chunky softness is<br />

lovely against the roughness of the industrial<br />

look.<br />

Add to that some additional big features to<br />

add interest and depth. An oversized clock<br />

looks great as a statement on the wall – go for<br />

an antique station clock or a huge mirror is also<br />

great as this bounces the light and alters the<br />

atmosphere of the room. Choose a big metal<br />

mirror frame with no airs and graces and let it<br />

dominate a section of the room. Choose bright<br />

abstract art that can be allowed to roam freely<br />

over a whole wall section.<br />

A huge modern sculpture or a cheeky neon<br />

sign can take over a full corner and create a<br />

talking point, and a dark metal pendant light<br />

or vintage chrome spotlight floor lamp finishes<br />

it all off well.<br />

Make sure that you have the space to do<br />

this and keep it balanced. It should be bold<br />

and oversized but still kept purposeful and<br />

deliberate – think loft living and minimal,<br />

adding the large touches in a way that makes a<br />

confident statement but doesn’t make you feel<br />

like a borrower sitting diminutively at your<br />

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Then lastly – add some huge candle sticks<br />

to add extra natural light sources, pewter<br />

and metal look great. If there’s an option for it<br />

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