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“The best Christmas for generations”<br />

Christmas and New Year may come<br />

only once a year but boy do we make<br />

them one to remember with Scotland’s<br />

largest house party here at Crieff Hydro.<br />

And as 2018 is our 150th birthday year –<br />

we’ve got double the celebration!<br />

What’s included:<br />

• Three to five nights accommodation<br />

• Endless entertainment<br />

• Free childcare for 2 -12 year olds<br />

• FREE leisure pool, gym and cinema<br />

3 Night<br />

Christmas Package<br />

Only £513<br />

per person<br />

3 Night<br />

New Year Package<br />

Only £810<br />

per person<br />

Self-catering<br />

breaks<br />

From £64<br />

per person, per night<br />

Book now crieffhydro.com/festive | 01764 655 555<br />

Terms: Based on two adults sharing standard double accommodation, arriving on 24 or 30 December 2018 for three nights.<br />

Self-catering breaks are a minimum of 5 nights. Hotel packages include all meals. Subject to availability, see website for full details.

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Contents<br />

Image I Gregor Reid<br />

Contents<br />

6 Regulars Fashion pages<br />

westender<br />

underwear 4 Editor’s Letter shoot<br />

13 25 A Mum’s Jian London Notebook<br />

Christmas<br />

14 Fashion, West beauty End Live & health<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

7 WIN! At Rainbow Room<br />

19 A west end<br />

International<br />

Christmas gift guide<br />

8 Animal prints go wild<br />

28 Up Front<br />

gypsy brewing<br />

30<br />

Shopping<br />

Restaurant review<br />

31 7 WIN! Tickets A 3 course to Country meal<br />

with Living wine Christmas at Rio Cafe Fair &<br />

WIN! 31 Christmas A weekend gift guide<br />

at 40 The Keeping Bruce it Arms local on<br />

32 Clarence Sweet Drive Liberty recipe<br />

34 Author’s Bookgroup<br />

meets Phil Differ<br />

Going out<br />

39 Jingle Belles at<br />

Kennedy 20 West End + CoLive<br />

40 with WIN! Greg A Kane style<br />

makeover 22 Top Things at Rainbow<br />

Room International<br />

41 Art Festive & culture Offers<br />

at Esteem Beauty<br />

42<br />

52 Cover<br />

100 years<br />

to Cover<br />

of<br />

Erskine celebrated<br />

at Food The & Hunterian drink<br />

44<br />

45 Restaurant<br />

Health Matters<br />

review:<br />

47<br />

Nonya<br />

Mum’s Notebook<br />

49<br />

46 Sweet<br />

Top Things<br />

Liberty<br />

52<br />

51 Bar<br />

Interiors<br />

review:<br />

article:<br />

Bank Place<br />

Christmas in colour<br />

55 Country comforts<br />

Westender living<br />

56 Hygge at home<br />

58 56 Atlas Creative kitchen kitchen<br />

makeover clearout<br />

66 61 Highland Legal Matters hideaway with<br />

Mitchells 62 Glorious Roberton glamour

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

T<br />

he festive edition is here and we’re<br />

bursting at the seams with all sorts of<br />

useful information to help you navigate<br />

this busy and, so often, stressful time of year.<br />

Christmas officially starts at the Country<br />

Living Christmas Fair at the SEC on the<br />

15th-18th November and we have eight pairs<br />

of tickets to be won – see Page 7! There’s a<br />

huge variety of different retailers from food<br />

and drink to furnishings and decorations to<br />

some really unusual gift ideas for people who<br />

are very awkward to buy for (thinking of you,<br />

Dad). For more inspiration on festive pressies<br />

head on to our annual Christmas gift guide<br />

on Page 31. This year we’ve covered five<br />

whole pages with inspiration from West End<br />

gift shops and bespoke local online retailers<br />

– it’s amazing what you find gets made in<br />

Finnieston!<br />

As for things to do this November and<br />

December, well, we’re spoiled for choice.<br />

Greg Kane shares his best of the gigs with<br />

us on Page 20 (Madonna Pop Discoteque<br />

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

Below: On location in Jordanhill Bowling Club on<br />

the ‘it’s my party shoot’ with model Ellie Hunton<br />

from the Colours Agency and Westender Stylist<br />

Jacki Clark.<br />

at SWG3 anyone?). While Tracy Mukherjee<br />

takes us on a festive tour of our city on Page<br />

22. With so much going on we’ve broken<br />

out of the West End and explored the wider<br />

environs of the city centre – well, the Santa<br />

Dash is pretty special and all for good<br />

causes.<br />

What I’m particularly enjoying this edition<br />

is Susan Robertson’s interiors articles from<br />

Page 56. My kitchen is a functional and at<br />

times unloved space – yet we spend so much<br />

time there. With a little bit of decluttering and<br />

TLC this could be a much more welcoming<br />

space for friends and family and I’m feeling<br />

inspired to spend a little time and a bit of<br />

effort to make it look its best for Christmas.<br />

And I do also want to bake Liberty’s Sugar<br />

Cookies on Page 46, I know how good they<br />

taste. So yes, the cat’s out the bag, I gorge<br />

myself on the goodies Liberty bakes for<br />

the Sweet Liberty pages – after the shoot<br />

of course! Gregor Reid, the Westender<br />

photographer, is much worse and can be<br />

found scavenging titbits just out of shot whilst<br />

shooting. Just don’t tell him I told you so…<br />

Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!<br />

Suzanne Martin

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EDITOR<br />







GREG KANE,<br />





HAIR & MUA<br />






07905 897238<br />




Publisher: Westender Magazine<br />

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Country Living Magazine Christmas<br />

Fair is back at the SEC from 15-18<br />

November 2018. This annual Fair<br />

is viewed by many as the official start of<br />

Christmas, and a must for anyone wanting<br />

to find everything for the perfect festive<br />

celebration under one roof.<br />

We have eight pairs of tickets for this<br />

fabulously festive show to be won. Our lucky<br />

winners can source beautiful decorations<br />

and original gifts from gorgeous garlands<br />

and beautiful baubles, to glassware, scented<br />

candles and stylish cards. Arts and craft<br />

lovers can pick up haberdashery, ribbons,<br />

fabrics, sewing kits and craft essentials –<br />

everything required to get seriously creative<br />

this Christmas.<br />

The perfect day out wouldn’t be complete<br />

without a relaxing glass of fizz. The Viking<br />

Cruise Champagne Bar is a great place<br />

to review purchases, plan the rest of the<br />

day’s shopping or just relax with a glass of<br />

Champagne.<br />

To book tickets call 0844 581 1385 or<br />

visit countrylivingfair.com/ticket-prices.<br />

WIN! Westender Magazine has<br />

eight pairs of tickets to be won!<br />

For your chance to win go to<br />

westendermagazine.com and click<br />

on competitions by the 8th Nov’18.<br />

RRI<br />

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by John Parker<br />

t’s nearly Christmas and what a year it’s<br />

been for us at Rainbow Room International.<br />

We recently received the fantastic news<br />

that Paddy McDougall from our Rainbow<br />

Room International George Square salon<br />

received the ‘It Guy’ award at this years<br />

‘Most Wanted’ It List Awards 2018. We will<br />

also be attending the British Hairdressing<br />

Awards in London where our team is up for<br />

three awards including the prestigious British<br />

Artistic Team of the Year. And for the first<br />

time our very own Designer Stylist, Summer,<br />

will be attending.<br />

Summer started as an assistant at our<br />

Great Western Road salon and has worked<br />

her way up the promotion ladder and is now a<br />

Designer Stylist at the salon and a part of our<br />

Rainbow Room International Artistic Team.<br />

She is a testament to our Rainbow Room<br />

International brand and a prime example of<br />

how you can join as an assistant and work<br />

your way up the ranks.<br />

We are currently looking for new<br />

assistants in the salon, so if you are<br />

interested in being a part of our Rainbow<br />

Room International team please do get in<br />

touch; give us a call at the salon.<br />

follow – Rainbow Room GWR<br />

Rainbow Room International<br />

607 Great Western Road G12 8HX<br />

0141 337 3370<br />

rainbowroominternational.com<br />

WIN! Rainbow Room International<br />

are offering one lucky reader a hair<br />

makeover in their Great Western Rd<br />

salon. For your chance to win go to<br />

westendermagazine.com and click<br />

on competitions by the 31st Dec’18.

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Photography<br />

Stylist<br />

Make Up<br />

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Gregor Reid<br />

Jacki Clark<br />

Terri Craig<br />

‘tis the<br />


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cape, Catherines of partick<br />

jewellery, nancy smillie<br />

dress, Top shop<br />

shoes, office

Dress, zara. SHoes, office. bag & jewellery, liquorice tree<br />

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dress, asos. bag, pink poodle. jewellery, liquorice tree. shoes, office

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dress, asos

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dress, biba @frasers. Bag, pink poodle. shoes, office

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model neesha graham<br />

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

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

photography gregor reid, gregorreidphotography.com<br />

shoes, office<br />

bag, top shop<br />

necklace, liquorice tree.<br />

dress, catherines of partick

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skirt, top, choker & shoes, top shop<br />

necklace, nancy smillie<br />

jacket, pink poodle<br />

opposite page - dress, asos. necklace, nancy smillie

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Location jordanhill bowling club<br />

model ellie hunton @coloursagency.com<br />

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

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

photography gregor reid, gregorreidphotography.com

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Magazine Promotion<br />

What’s in BETTY’S Wardrobe?<br />

Eyewear brand IOLLA are putting all eyes<br />

on you. With the launch of their new<br />

Eyewear Wardrobe campaign, the<br />

brand is putting the spotlight on the IOLLA<br />

community to share what inspires their<br />

eyewear choices each day. Whether it’s for<br />

different sides of your personality, different<br />

seasons or purely for comfort, there’s no<br />

perfect rhyme or reason to which frames you<br />

should wear each day. IOLLA believes your<br />

choice of frames should be just as unique as<br />

you are.<br />

Choosing which pair of glasses to wear<br />

each day is a statement of style, which is why<br />

IOLLA are continuing to make the process<br />

as fun and as easy as possible with their new<br />

Eyewear Wardrobe case. And with space<br />

for four pairs of glasses, it’s the perfect<br />

companion for storing all of your favourite<br />

frames, almost like a mini walk in wardrobe<br />

for the short and long sighted.<br />

To coincide with the launch of the Eyewear<br />

Wardrobe, IOLLA are teaming up with Forever<br />

Yours Betty, who will be hosting four styling<br />

days in their showrooms and inviting you to<br />

come along and ‘Be Styled By Betty’.<br />

Throughout November, you will have the<br />

opportunity to gain some invaluable styling<br />

advice from fashion blogger and style editor<br />

Sheri Scott, who is known for her eyewear<br />

collection and impeccable style. If you are<br />

unsure of which frames may suit you, this true<br />

Scottish style icon will help you to expand<br />

your Eyewear Wardrobe, and you’ll be sure to<br />

have fun doing it!<br />

If you haven’t heard of IOLLA before, it’s<br />

a brand that focuses on bringing fashionable<br />

eyewear within the reach of everyone. Gone<br />

are the days of having to choose a singular<br />

frame to go with every outfit. At IOLLA, the<br />

frames are stylish and affordable. Costing<br />

a flat rate of £65 no matter which frame<br />

you choose (that includes frame cost,<br />

prescription lenses, coatings and even lens<br />

thinning), shopping for a new pair of<br />

glasses has never been easier.<br />

With a wide range of unisex styles to<br />

choose from, there’s something for everyone<br />

at IOLLA. Whether you prefer big, small, bold,<br />

tortoiseshell, cat-eye, metal or round frames,<br />

you’ll be sure to find something that fits<br />

your fancy. Available to purchase<br />

online or instore at their Finnieston<br />

and Stockbridge showrooms,<br />

there’s plenty of choice to create<br />

your own personal Eyewear<br />

Wardrobe. After all, life’s too<br />

short for only one pair!

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Thursday 15th Nov & Thursday 29th Nov, 5-8pm 1313 Argyle Street, Finnieston G3 8TL<br />

Thursday 8th Nov & Thursday 22nd Nov, 5-8pm 22 North West Circus Place EH3 6SX

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LIVE<br />

November<br />

Kacey Musgraves<br />

Friday 2nd November 6.30pm<br />

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

LGTBQ rights, futurism, Acid?<br />

You don’t have to be a dedicated<br />

student of Nashville’s history to<br />

know that this is not the usual fare<br />

dished up by Music City’s mainstream<br />

stars and Kacey Musgraves is<br />

definitely a different kind of outlaw<br />

country music starlet. Born 30 years<br />

ago in Texas, this controversial and<br />

prolific country singer/songwriter<br />

wrote her first song aged nine, had<br />

forged a successful career playing<br />

Texas Swing music by her teens and<br />

in her 20s had established herself<br />

as a prominent artist in the global<br />

country psyche.<br />

She is out promoting her seventh<br />

studio album 'Golden Hour'.<br />

Choice Tracks:<br />

Kacey Musgarves 'Lonely Weekend'<br />

Soul II Soul<br />

Saturday 3rd November 6.30pm<br />

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

As soon as you hear that Graham<br />

Central Station drum sample on Soul<br />

II Soul’s iconic 'Back To Life' you're<br />

immediately transported back to the<br />

summer of 1989. Ah, those heady days<br />

how I miss them so.<br />

1989 was a good year for Soul II<br />

Soul, they had top ten hit singles on<br />

both sides of the Atlantic and their<br />

debut album went on to sell over<br />

five million copies worldwide. Soul<br />

II Soul (Jazzy B, Nellee Hooper and<br />

singer Caron Wheeler) proudly put<br />

British soul music firmly on the map<br />

back then and they are still doing it<br />

now.<br />

We’ve played with them at a few<br />

festivals this Summer and Soul II<br />

Soul are a great live experience that<br />

deliver their own distinct brand of<br />

sophisticated, atmospheric, funk<br />

jazz hip hop.<br />

Choice track:<br />

Soul II Soul ‘Keep On Moving’<br />

Danny Goffey<br />

Sunday 18th November 7.30pm<br />

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

Danny Goffey is the drummer from the<br />

band Supergrass, who’s singer Gaz<br />

Combes also released the brilliant<br />

'World’s Strongest Man' album earlier<br />

this year. Go have a listen to it.<br />

They’re a prolific lot this bunch from<br />

England’s green and pleasant land…<br />

Eton, Oxford.<br />

But I’m not going to hold that<br />

against him because Danny Goffey's<br />

music is lyrically well thought<br />

out, rhythmically assured and very<br />

cleverly produced with hints of Beck,<br />

Blockheads and Blur.<br />

His offerings are much more playful<br />

than his bandmate’s solo efforts,<br />

but no less compelling. Big Audio<br />

Dynamite comes to mind too when<br />

listening down to his latest album<br />

'Schtick'. Good stuff.<br />

Choice Track: Danny Goffey<br />

'Let It Happen'

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by Greg Kane<br />

December<br />

Courtney Pine & Omar<br />

Wednesday 12th December 8pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Multi instrumental jazz musician<br />

Courtney Pine presents ‘Black Notes<br />

from the Deep’ featuring guest<br />

vocalist Omar.<br />

This very special project brings<br />

together two of the UK’s finest jazz<br />

and soul talents composing, recording<br />

and performing new original material<br />

together for the first time.<br />

With ‘Black Notes from the Deep’<br />

Courtney Pine returns to the tenor<br />

saxophone and features the vocal<br />

talents of UK soul star Omar, whose<br />

1992 hit single ‘There’s Nothing Like<br />

This’ established a truly unique and<br />

instantly recognisable ‘signature’<br />

sound.<br />

These two sound great together and<br />

hopefully this is the beginnings of a<br />

long and fruitful collaboration.<br />

Choice track:<br />

Courtney Pine Feat. Omar 'Rules'<br />

Paul McCartney<br />

Friday 14th December 6.30pm<br />

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

One of my Beatles loving friends<br />

always asks, ‘why doesn’t McCartney<br />

just have Ringo on drums, Jeff Beck<br />

and Clapton on guitars, Rick Wakeman<br />

on keys… put a supergroup together to<br />

play all those amazing songs?… it’d be<br />

brilliant!'<br />

Good question. Well, he doesn’t even<br />

employ a real string section to play<br />

'Yesterday' or 'Eleanor Rigby' or a real<br />

horn section to play 'Got To Get You<br />

Into My Life' or 'Lady Madonna'. Weird<br />

that. A clue as to why may be found<br />

in the story that one of his session<br />

guitarists’ tells of Paul handing him<br />

a tenner and asking him to go and get<br />

fish suppers for everyone during a<br />

break at a rehearsal at his studio in<br />

Campbeltown. There were over twelve<br />

people to feed! Seemingly he’s tight is<br />

oor Paul.<br />

Nevertheless, it’s PAUL MCCARTNEY.<br />

In Glasgow. Live. You Have To Go!<br />

He’s out promoting his new solo album<br />

'Egypt Station', which is really very<br />

good indeed.<br />

As you can probably tell by now<br />

my answer to the 'who is your fave<br />

Beatle?' question is always Lennon.<br />

Choice Track: Paul McCartney<br />

'Jenny Wren'<br />

Madonna Pop Discoteque<br />

Saturday 22nd December 11pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

The best Madonna tribute night in the<br />

world is coming to Glasgow. The 'Into<br />

The Groove Tour' rolls into town just<br />

in time for Xmas.<br />

'…Prepare to be catapulted from the<br />

80s , 90s , 00s and back again as you<br />

take a 'feel good' journey with the best<br />

pop and disco classics blended with<br />

the greatest hits from Madonna…'<br />

With the party coming right at the<br />

height of the festive season, you can<br />

be guaranteed that this will be one of<br />

the biggest nights of the last weekend<br />

before Dec 25th.<br />

Aw come on, IT’S XMAS!<br />

Choice track: Madonna 'Like A Virgin'

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Top for Autumn Magic<br />

Our dear Botanic Gardens have always been<br />

magical to the thousands who flock through<br />

their gilded gates each day. But come nightfall<br />

in October and November, the gardens will take<br />

on a whole new mystical glow. Running until<br />

the 11th November, the GlasGLOW event will see<br />

the Botanics transformed into a fantasy realm<br />

with an ethereal light and sound show. Walking<br />

around, the familiar grounds will take on a whole<br />

new form: a fantasy world of dragons, fire pits<br />

and much much more. The magical journey will<br />

take around 90 minutes but you are welcome to<br />

hang around for a hot toddy or warming bite to<br />

eat. There will even be the opportunity to toast<br />

some mouthwatering marshmallows. I very much<br />

doubt it will be on a dragon’s fiery breath, but I<br />

could be wrong…<br />

GlasGLOW, Glasgow Botanic Gardens<br />

Sat 27th Oct – Sun 11th Nov<br />

fffitison.com/glasglow<br />

Top for Theatre<br />

Spoiled for choice is the term that comes to<br />

mind in terms of theatre events this winter.<br />

In November Websters Theatre presents The<br />

Cripple of Inishmaan. This lilting Irish comedy<br />

relays the story of the real life events of a<br />

Hollywood production being filmed on the<br />

island of Inis Mor in 1934 with the fictional life<br />

of a young disabled man desperately wishing<br />

to be part of the documentary. For its 2013 run<br />

in London’s West End the play starred Daniel<br />

Radcliffe. The Giffnock Theatre Players proudly<br />

present their interpretation of the play for three<br />

nights at Websters.<br />

In terms of Pantos, Oran Mor’s offering this year<br />

is The Lying Bitch and the Wardrobe. Written<br />

by Morag Fullarton, this is the rousing tale of an<br />

evil Empress ruling with an iron fist the mythical<br />

kingdom of Escozia. Banning all wondrous<br />

delights (even tablet!) her subjects can take<br />

no more when, horror of horrors, even singing<br />

is vetoed! It’s up to a select band of heroes to<br />

overthrow the evil Empress and get her exiled to<br />

Goolag Achiltibuie…<br />

The Cripple of Inishmaan<br />

Webster’s Theatre 1st – 3rd November<br />

fffwebstersglasgow.com<br />

The Lying Bitch and The Wardrobe<br />

Oran Mor, Mon 26th Nov – Sat 29th Dec<br />

ffforan-mor.co.uk. Adult themes 14yrs+<br />

Top for Christmas Festivities<br />

It simply isn’t a Glasgow Christmas without a<br />

clootie dumpling, a Broons annual or indeed<br />

a good old family fight on Christmas Day. Add<br />

to that the regular Glasgow Loves Christmas<br />

events and you have the recipe for a perfect<br />

Weegie Christmas. The annual Light Switch On<br />

in George Square is on Sunday 18th Nov with<br />

those lucky folks who get picked from the public<br />

ballot watching the square burst into life. If you<br />

aren’t lucky enough to see the lights on that first<br />

evening, fear not. There will be plenty of other<br />

reasons to visit the city centre over the festive<br />

period. Glasgow’s Style Mile Carnival on the 25th<br />

of Nov is an event not to be missed. The carnival<br />

will see a host of festive fairytale costumes<br />

with acts and performances throughout the<br />

afternoon getting Glasgow well and truly into<br />

the holiday spirit. The Christmas Markets also<br />

make a welcome return to St Enoch and George<br />

Square, bringing a touch of Weihnachtsmarkte<br />

to our Scottish shores. And for those scrooges<br />

who even question the existence of St Nick? Well<br />

they better watch out as the Glasgow Santa Dash<br />

and Santa Bungee will see more Santas grace<br />

the Glasgow streets than Range Rovers outside<br />

Glasgow Academy at home time! Sometimes<br />

there is an excuse to leave the West End and the<br />

city events at Christmas are great to support.<br />

Glasgow Style Mile Carnival, Sun 25th Nov<br />

2.30-3.30 commencing St Enoch Square

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

Glasgow Christmas Markets<br />

St Enoch Sq Fri 9th Nov – Sun 23rd Dec<br />

George Sq, Sun 25th Nov – Mon 31st Dec<br />

Glasgow Santa Dash, Sun 9th Dec<br />

fffglasgowloveschristmas<br />

Santa Bungee, Riverside Museum<br />

Sat 1st – Sun 2nd Dec<br />

fffglasgowchildrenshospitalcharity.org<br />

NB. Keep an eye out for more information<br />

on the Byres Road Tree Lighting Ceremony,<br />

on the 25th November: unavailable at time<br />

of going to press.<br />

Top for Festive Night Out<br />

Head to Cottiers to hear renowned Celtic band<br />

Bahookie 'The Fire and The Fiddle'. This recent<br />

tour has taken the band all over the world. These<br />

prestigious musicians blend folk/ceilidh music<br />

with urban dance and rock, producing a unique<br />

Scottish sound. With these guys at the helm,<br />

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in the summer. But the Winter Ball? Well that’s in<br />

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so talented crafting community have Christmas<br />

sewn up with a host of market dates for you to<br />

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their wares throughout Nov and Dec. This market<br />

has a strong focus on retro and vintage items as<br />

well as promoting local, talented crafters.<br />

Along the road, the institution that is Byres<br />

Road Makers Market will be holding their last<br />

monthly market before Christmas in November<br />

so be sure to note the date. This boutique market<br />

showcases everything from jewellery and<br />

cushions, to handmade lampshades. Heading<br />

towards Woodlands, Nice Markets will be<br />

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gift, with little packaging, sure to reduce your<br />

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As many of you know, Christmas is my<br />

favourite holiday of the year: the<br />

excitement of things to come,<br />

the lights and decorations, the smell of<br />

Christmassy things, to see the children<br />

bursting with anticipation for days on end<br />

and to have a little extra time to do things as<br />

a family – all this makes me smile and look<br />

forward to December.<br />

I admit, it can be a very stressful time, but<br />

I say it’s all a matter of planning. I am part<br />

German after all! I try to buy presents well in<br />

advance, have a list of food and drink I need<br />

to buy and reduce the amount of Christmas<br />

cards I post. This way, I try to make ensure<br />

that we actually enjoy advent too, not just<br />

Christmas Day.<br />

At The Hub, we will be celebrating the<br />

first of advent (2nd December, 2 – 4pm) with<br />

an event for everyone. There will be singing,<br />

arts and crafts and lots of yummies to eat.<br />

Two weeks later on the 15th December we<br />

will be holding our Christmas party at Partick<br />

Burgh Halls from 2 – 4pm. All our students<br />

get the chance to present a little something<br />

in another language to the audience (if they<br />

want).<br />

But there are plenty of other events for<br />

families to choose from in the West End,<br />

starting at the end of November. Join one of<br />

the many Christmas lights switch on events<br />

in and around Glasgow. The one on Byres<br />

Road will be on the 25th of November on<br />

Vinicombe Street. Then, on the following<br />

weekend, 1st and 2nd of December, the<br />

Riverside Museum will be hosting its<br />

Christmas Festival with a Santa bungee<br />

event for charity. The festival is free to attend<br />

between 11am – 5pm on both days.<br />

Or maybe you prefer to go to the Scottish<br />

Mask and Puppet Centre (8-10 Balcarres<br />

Avenue). On the 1st of December at 12pm<br />

they will be showing ‘The Snow Child’, £5.95/<br />

ticket but there are also Christmas themed<br />

shows scheduled on the 8th, 15th and 21st<br />

of December. And if, by the 8th of December,<br />

you are still in need of some gifts visit the<br />

Tea Green Festive Market at the Botanic<br />

Gardens between 10am – 4pm which<br />

promises to ‘showcase the best of Scotland’s<br />

Independent creative talent’.<br />

For those who are looking for Christmassy<br />

music a little earlier in December, check out<br />

this year’s Christmas Carols at Wellington<br />

Church (77 Southpark Avenue) on the 13th of<br />

December at 7.30pm, £10/ticket.<br />

On the 21st, we will be taking the kids to<br />

Websters Theatre to see this year’s panto<br />

‘About Britney and the Beast’. We have been<br />

going here for a few years now and really love<br />

the shows. The panto will run from 1st Dec<br />

2018 to 5th Jan 2019, if you’re lucky, grab a<br />

table and have a bite to eat before the show.<br />

However, you can also just buy drinks at the<br />

bar and take them in to the theatre with you.<br />

I’m not sure if we’ll manage any of the<br />

Christmas Markets this year, I’m personally<br />

not keen on masses of people in the city<br />

centre. I’m still hoping that one year there<br />

will be a small, cosy market on Mansfield<br />

Park. Christmas Markets are great for getting<br />

you into the mood however: lovely smells,<br />

Christmas music, mulled wine and lovely gift<br />

buying opportunities.<br />

This year, we will be spending the festive<br />

period with my entire family – the first time<br />

ever since I met John and had two children.<br />

I’m looking forward to it and hope you all<br />

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House Doctor Angel £6<br />

Hoos<br />

Gold Cone, £19, Multi-flashing Baubles<br />

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House Doctor Xmas Car £17<br />

Hoos<br />

Katie Loxton Diffuser £22<br />

Papyrus<br />

Abraham Moon Blanket £79.95<br />

Nordic Outdoor<br />

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Four Ones Necklace<br />

£150 CoLab Store<br />

Front & Rear Bike Light Set £20<br />

Bikechain<br />

Eyewear Wardrobe Case £35<br />

Iolla<br />

Katie Loxton Bracelet Cracker<br />

£16, Papyrus<br />

Green Agate Set On Gold Plated<br />

Steel Cuff, £39.50, Cassiopeia<br />

Dale of Norway Seefeld Sweater<br />

£219.95, Nordic Outdoor<br />

Busy B Perfect Planner Diary £16.99<br />

Liquorice Tree<br />

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let’s go for a walk down<br />

Clarence Drive<br />

In an age when high streets up and down the country<br />

are struggling in an ever changing and harsh economic<br />

climate, how heartening to see new, and established,<br />

businesses opening and thriving. A walk down Clarence<br />

Drive convinces Suzanne Martin that hard graft, passion and a unique<br />

product or service spells success in the West End.<br />


The last few years have seen numerous<br />

changes on the short parade of shops<br />

on Clarence Drive. Units have closed<br />

down and new businesses have come in to<br />

serve a discerning West End community that<br />

loves its independent retailers. So who’s who<br />

and what are they bringing to the area?<br />

Matthew at The Good Spirits Company<br />

was my first port of call. With two city centre<br />

stores already under his belt when the old<br />

Peckham & Rye unit came up he jumped at<br />

the chance: perfect location and licensing<br />

already in place! With an eclectic range<br />

and knowledgeable staff, Matthew has<br />

achieved what he set out to create – the kind<br />

of store he’d like to shop in full of exciting<br />

and delicious products not found in the<br />

supermarkets.<br />

With bottles open to taste at the weekends<br />

as standard, in the run up to Christmas<br />

Matthew and his team will be holding a<br />

further series of inhouse pouring sessions<br />

with select suppliers. Check out their social<br />

media for more information nearer the time.<br />

With every single bottle hand-picked by<br />

Matthew there’s scope for some truly exciting<br />

and usual gifts. The team are currently<br />

refining their own Christmas cocktail recipes<br />

to bottle as the perfect stocking filler – I’d<br />

be delighted with that in my stocking come<br />

Christmas morning.<br />

Next door Llicorella Deli is reaching<br />

its first anniversary as this edition hits the<br />

streets, and owner James wouldn’t be<br />

anywhere else. With a passion for cheese<br />

unsurpassed by anyone I’ve ever met before<br />

James keeps a small discerning stock in<br />

the deli but can order anything special in<br />

with 24 hours notice. With three different<br />

cheese suppliers each with unique cheese<br />

not found elsewhere, including the winning<br />

goats’ cheese for 2017 – James can keep you<br />

happily chatting on his favourite subject.<br />

With fourteen years in catering, many<br />

of those as a sommelier, James had the<br />

contacts he needed to open his own deli<br />

when the opportunity arose. With fresh<br />

fruit and vegetables delivered every day<br />

he’s open, the made-to-order gourmet<br />

sandwiches he serves are fresh and served<br />

with his own fig glaze or herb dressings and<br />

on his own bread. Getting in to work every<br />

day at 6.30am to mix and prove his own<br />

bread for that day’s fresh loaves and lunch<br />

rush is part of James’ day. After which he<br />

heads home to walk his daughter to school<br />

before making it back in for 9am and the<br />

coffee and cake crowd.<br />

The 16th November sees Llicorella and<br />

The Good Spirit Company teaming up for a<br />

Wine Fair at Hughenden Rugby Club – it’s<br />

a ticketed event so remember to book via<br />

either store. James will host a cheese stall<br />

and be taking orders for cheese hampers<br />

for Christmas. These will include cheese,<br />

great coffee and vouchers to be used in both<br />

Llicorella and The Good Spirit Company.<br />

At the other end of the longevity scale<br />

Hely Hair Studio first opened at 25 Clarence<br />

Drive in 1944 – and moved back in 2013! With

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three generations of hairdressers, starting<br />

with Robert Hely back in 1924, current<br />

owners, siblings Gary and Sindy Hely, are<br />

part of Glasgow Hairdressing royalty.<br />

Open seven days a week Hely Hair Studio<br />

is a hive of activity with twelve full and parttime<br />

stylists working from the premises. Gary<br />

is passionate about hairdressing and only<br />

works with the best people and products in<br />

the industry.<br />

With an Express Pamper Bar by La<br />

Biosthetique in addition to the hairdressing<br />

services Gary and his team offer, clients<br />

can enjoy a make-up refesh after a cut and<br />

colour to head straight out into town. And<br />

booking couldn’t be easier with their 24/7<br />

online booking service. Gary uses Paul<br />

Mitchell in-salon products and Schwarzkopf<br />

Professional for colour finding clients are<br />

much better at looking after their hair<br />

than before and demand the best in-salon<br />

treatments.<br />

As a resident Westender moving salons<br />

back to the West End from Sauchiehall Street<br />

was a no-brainer: Gary and Sindy love the<br />

community feel in Hyndland.<br />

Next door to Hely is clothes boutique<br />

Solo – a Hyndland stalwart long on Hyndland<br />

Road. Since Samantha took the reigns back<br />

in 2012 fashion lines have included Marc<br />

Cain, Jane Luchka and Herno Coats, among<br />

others, to appeal to the fashion forward<br />

professional woman. With a background in<br />

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consultation in-store – though these must be<br />

booked first.<br />

With long serving and knowledgeable<br />

assistants looking after valued clients<br />

the future for Solo on Clarence Drive<br />

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Newcomer Campbell’s of Hyndland<br />

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in Partick the opportunity arose to expand to<br />

Hyndland and the rest as they say…<br />

Before setting up either venue Crawford<br />

spent four months travelling right around the<br />

coast of Scotland speaking directly to the<br />

fishermen whose produce he liked the most<br />

and setting up accounts with only the best.<br />

Now we can enjoy Loch Fyne oysters and<br />

kippers, Shetland salmon, and haddock, cod<br />

and lemon sole directly off the boats as they<br />

come in at Peterhead – provenance is all.<br />

From the 1st of November Liz at the<br />

Hyndland shop can take orders for their new<br />

home delivery service – invaluable for older<br />

residents in tenement flats. Simply order<br />

before midday and supplies will be delivered<br />

by 5pm that day. Also launching the same<br />

day will be Crawford’s cook-at-home packs<br />

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fish, shellfish, or meat, to vegetables, spices<br />

and sauces: everything will be contained with<br />

the recipe method for a great tasting home<br />

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Now that is pretty special.<br />

Also very upbeat is Paulo next door in the<br />

local chippy. Having been on Clarence Drive<br />

for twelve years it’s only Paulo’s and pizza<br />

bar Casa Blanca that have survived the test<br />

of time. Over the past year Paulo has seen<br />

a definite rise in footfall on the street and<br />

can only see that improving with the new<br />

businesses coming in and no empty units.<br />

With top quality whiting and angel<br />

haddock on offer, Paulo’s does a roaring<br />

trade at lunch time with the local high school<br />

kids. Praising the school and the great kids<br />

there Paulo even began opening before break<br />

to supply hungry learners with top breakfast<br />

stalwarts – a roll and square for me please.<br />

Always testing the demand Paulo began<br />

opening on a Sunday four years ago to test<br />

the uptake and now is open seven days a<br />

week to keep locals in their fish and sausage<br />

suppers. He puts his success down to always<br />

buying the best stock and having really nice<br />

regulars.<br />

Newest kid on the block is<br />

a local branch of Subway –<br />

causing much excitement<br />

amongst Hyndland<br />

Secondary school kids.<br />

I haven’t seen it but<br />

apparently the queue at lunch-time is the<br />

stuff of legend. Now, not everyone loves a<br />

chain but Harpreet and his team are serving<br />

up salads, wraps and baguettes and snackloving<br />

locals are buying it up.<br />

Longest serving member of the Clarence<br />

Drive business community accolade goes to<br />

Farhad at Casa Blanca. With 15 years on the<br />

drive selling his freshly made pizzas, pastas<br />

and barbequed meats, Farhad’s love of the<br />

area and its community really comes across.<br />

When his first child was born regulars came<br />

in with cards and gifts and Farhad was really<br />

touched by the network of clients, and now<br />

friends, he’d won with his food and friendly<br />

personality.<br />

Casa Blanca was born out of a desire to<br />

produce restaurant quality Italian food as<br />

a great quality takeaway option. The idea<br />

that takeaway food is merely ‘junk food’ was<br />

wrong to Farhad and all of his pizza bases<br />

are made freshly in-store every day, as are all<br />

his pasta sauces. With pizza topping choices<br />

of parma ham, artichoke and sun dried<br />

tomatoes Casa Blanca’s restaurant standard<br />

fare has kept Westenders coming back for a<br />

decade-and-a-half and long may it continue.<br />

Generally lovely guy to be around,<br />

Gurdeep at the Hyndland Post Office<br />

and Premier Store, is an advocate for the<br />

Hyndland community and his great staff –<br />

a sentiment generally shared.<br />

Gurdeep’s children went to<br />

Hyndland Secondary School so<br />

when the opportunity to buy the<br />

Hyndland Post Office arose he<br />

was quick to see its potential in<br />

such a lovely area. Prior to<br />

Gurdeep coming onboard<br />

six years ago the branch<br />

was actually up for<br />

closure and upset locals<br />

had to set up a petition<br />

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major refurbishment later and the post office<br />

service and Premier store are booming.<br />

Open seven days a week and with full<br />

post office services available from 7.30am to<br />

10pm, the same as the store, Gurdeep has<br />

gone from offering euros only to a full foreign<br />

exchange service of 28 currencies. He is very<br />

proud as he relates this to me, and so he<br />

should be – it’s a major achievement when so<br />

many other small businesses are struggling<br />

and being consolidated into much bigger city<br />

centre based units. Gurdeep is keeping it<br />

local and Hyndland locals vote with their feet,<br />

straight into his store.<br />

Last visit is to Shannon, one quarter of<br />

the all-female management team at The<br />

Hyndland Fox. Part of the G1 Group under<br />

Stefan King, The Fox has a relaxed vibe<br />

just right for the casual brunch crowd, great<br />

coffee for the young mums, and a casual<br />

dining atmosphere as the lights are dimmed<br />

and candles lit for the evening diners – it’s a<br />

real community go-to space.<br />

Shannon has been at the venue for two<br />

years and knows all the regulars but notes<br />

there has been an upturn in new faces as<br />

fresh businesses have opened on the road.<br />

This bodes well for their busiest time of the<br />

year – the festive period. With loads of events<br />

and offers planned it’s her favourite time of<br />

the year, though the working hours are long.<br />

Shannon plans all the events from the live<br />

sets on a Friday and Saturday evening to the<br />

Gingerbread Man Decorating classes coming<br />

up for families. Keep an eye out on Facebook<br />

and Instagram for more details and loads of<br />

Festive special offers – including their popular<br />

Twelve Offers of Christmas each day from<br />

the 1st to 12th of December. With the Festive<br />

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Speaking to all the businesses on<br />

Clarence Drive one thing in particular is<br />

clear – they all really do like each other, a lot.<br />

Shannon at The Hyndland Fox will pop into<br />

Gurdeep at the Post Office for change, James<br />

at Llicorella will send customers next door to<br />

The Good Spirit Company for a wine pairing<br />

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Reviewed by<br />

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Discovering Nonya’s menu reminded<br />

me of what my personal food guru<br />

Anthony Bourdain used to say about<br />

East Asian cuisine, ‘the crunchy and tender,<br />

the sweet and salty, the hard and soft, the<br />

warm and cold – all mixed to emphasize<br />

the philosophical orientation behind Asian<br />

culture’.<br />

The interior is beautifully laid out, with<br />

classic Southeast Asian touches that really<br />

give a sense of how much work has gone into<br />

achieving the best of west meets east.<br />

From the mottle-green table tops to the<br />

backroom with fluttering palms and classic<br />

rattan lighting, I instantly had the feeling<br />

of being one of Graham Greene’s stuffy<br />

European expats supplanted in a foreign<br />

land.<br />

Helped by the attentive waiting staff I<br />

opted for some spinach and bamboo shoot<br />

dumplings with chilli soy sauce on the side.<br />

Aside from being massive, the dumplings<br />

on their own were delicate in texture with<br />

crunchy bits of bamboo shoots giving bite<br />

among the tender spinach.<br />

I followed with grilled coconut chicken<br />

with gravy and rice on the side. I must say,<br />

in terms of spice, I expected ‘the beast from<br />

the east’, but a storm of flavour didn’t quite<br />

materialise. Yet, I also appreciated the quality<br />

of the ingredients. The chicken was perfectly<br />

grilled, with the gravy and relish on the side<br />

adding a beautiful oriental touch.<br />

My choice of desert was the definite<br />

standout here. Sticky rice pudding topped<br />

with mango strips sprinkled with sesame<br />

seeds and served with coconut cream on the<br />

side. Not overly sweet, and with a multitude<br />

of textures on one plate – a real delight.<br />

Each dish comes with its own separate<br />

sauce, which aren’t removed after each<br />

course. You can either choose to find it<br />

confusing, or open your mind to the new<br />

possibilities in front of you. It’s a potential<br />

food orgy in prospect; leave your keys in the<br />

bowl at the door.<br />

Chatting with the waitress while drinking<br />

a Jungle Love (mekhong, citrus, pandan,<br />

whites and poppy seeds) I asked about<br />

where all these taste inspirations came from.<br />

She explained that Nonya is the ‘little baby’ of<br />

a half-Asian owner together with a half-Thai<br />

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It struck me that this is the real recipe for<br />

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At Nonya you get just that – a cultural<br />

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I’m a regular at Bank Street, it being one<br />

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pint after the other bars close at midnight,<br />

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it has atmosphere but isn’t too busy and it<br />

never plays overly ear-shattering music or<br />

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can chat to your friends, the point of pubs,<br />

as far as I am concerned (though others will<br />

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the exposed bricks on one wall, the colourful<br />

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For Christmas crime you could do a lot worse than<br />

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Inspector Anderson series and it’s a real page turner.<br />

Never Proven<br />

by Bill Daly<br />

I was gripped by the plot from<br />

the start, opening with the<br />

brutal murder of John Murdoch, a<br />

former teacher accused of sexual<br />

relations with a young male pupil.<br />

However, the case was not proven,<br />

that ‘bastard verdict’ as Walter<br />

Scott called it, which neither<br />

satisfies the accused nor the<br />

complainant.<br />

Readers will be familiar with<br />

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Cottiers and a lot of the action<br />

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Pitt Street and the West End.<br />

The descriptions of The Calton<br />

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would be forthcoming.<br />

The central character of DCI<br />

Anderson is months away from<br />

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ideas as the deceased was well<br />

known due to the media interest in<br />

the sexual misconduct court case<br />

and is fuelled by the involvement<br />

of Glasgow’s own Avenging Angel, a vigilante who claims credit<br />

for ‘ridding the streets of vermin’. Another complication is the<br />

fact that Anderson’s right-hand man, Tony O’Sullivan, is dating<br />

Anderson’s daughter, so no tension there then. The mundanities<br />

of dating, playing football with your grandson and getting home<br />

in time for your dinner and a whisky before bed are interspersed<br />

with brutality (nailing a hand to a cubicle door) and sexual<br />

shenanigans.<br />

The pace is kept brisk by short chapters and short sections<br />

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To Throw Away<br />

Unopened<br />

by Viv Albertine<br />

2<br />

Those of us old enough to<br />

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Albertine from The Slits. This is<br />

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offering and deals primarily<br />

with the death of her mother<br />

and all the guilt, memories<br />

and family drama which is<br />

inextricably bound up with<br />

these occasions. If you think<br />

your family is dysfunctional,<br />

take a break from the<br />

Christmas family drama and<br />

tune in to the drama that is the<br />

Albertine family.<br />

The discovery of her father’s<br />

diaries provides the writer<br />

with a very different view<br />

of her childhood, whilst the<br />

discovery of a bag of papers<br />

in her mother’s wardrobe<br />

following her death only serves<br />

to muddy the waters even<br />

more. ‘Truth is splintered’, as<br />

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Following these sections we<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

Farrow & Ball<br />

Creative Kitchen<br />

Clearout<br />

At this time of year, our kitchens can take a bit of<br />

a battering. Between the oven overloads for big<br />

roast dinners and the extra mouths to feed over the<br />

festivities, people still tend to gravitate to the kitchen<br />

at parties, and so we shouldn’t neglect what’s often<br />

referred to as the heart of the home.

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If you’re looking to invest in a kitchen redesign,<br />

there are experts on hand locally and you can<br />

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Start with a clear out. Do you actually know how<br />

to use half the gadgets you have? When was that<br />

juicer honestly last used? Go through all the tins<br />

and jars and check the dates on the stuff at the<br />

back. And have your plates and cups seen better<br />

days? Clear the decks so you can see the space<br />

freely.<br />

Make sure not to waste anything. Odds and<br />

ends can go to charity shops, or sentimental bits<br />

and bobs can be made into something beautiful.<br />

We have a mish mash of mugs that have<br />

chipped and cracked over the years, but mugs<br />

are something we always buy each other in our<br />

family, so I can’t bear to throw them out as they<br />

all have stories attached – my current project is<br />

making a mosaic creation from the bits of broken<br />

crockery. This would work well around a picture<br />

frame or mirror for a simple statement in your<br />

refreshed room.<br />

We also have a huge big gravy boat which<br />

is really colourful but I’d rather look at it than<br />

use it, so this is now pride of place on top of<br />

the cupboards with a plant now living happily<br />

inside. Or put up a little shelf just for herbs,<br />

paint it brightly and use your old cups and<br />

mugs to house your basil and sage pots, great to<br />

keep your favourite bits on view and handy for<br />

keeping some fresh herbs close to where you’re<br />

stirring the pot or brewing a mint tea.<br />

Another craft I love just now is glass painting.<br />

I had a host of old glass bottles and storage jars<br />

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up with stones and fairy lights as eye-catching<br />

book ends. Great on either side of your recipe<br />

books covered in colourful fruit and veg, or<br />

painted with stars and rainbows as a nightlight<br />

for little ones. The recipe books are another<br />

world of creative opportunity. For years I<br />

struggled to resist buying them and I have a<br />

ridiculous hoard of books that I will likely never<br />

refer to so I plan to use them to paper a feature<br />

wall in a future kichen refresh.<br />

So once you’ve cleared away all the extraneous<br />

matter, give everything a good old scrub and<br />

see what state it’s in. Try and look with a fresh<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

for relatively small outgoing. It also has the<br />

added benefit of allowing you to replace some<br />

kitchen piping to keep everything free flowing.<br />

If you have wooden units, you can do a lot<br />

with them. A lick of paint can totally transform<br />

your room, and a colour change on the walls can<br />

make a huge difference. Go bold and steer clear<br />

of traditional muted kitchen colours to have<br />

some fun with it. Hot pink cupboards look great<br />

with white walls and candy stripe accessories.<br />

Or stick to white and natural wood for the units<br />

and opt for a dark navy wall. Red and green are<br />

brilliant in a kitchen, or find a vibrant patterned<br />

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Don’t embark on the door painting lightly<br />

though – I speak from experience in saying that<br />

this can be a bigger job than it might first seem<br />

so consider getting help to do it, or replacing the<br />

units, or simply focusing on one large item, a<br />

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The home is where the heart is, and the<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

‘Tis the season of goodwill, we’re<br />

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Create your festive<br />

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shiny tones you prefer!<br />

One of the key interior colour trends for<br />

autumn and winter this year is to go dark.<br />

Think deep chocolate browns, soft blacks, or<br />

sooty greys. Another great colour in this world<br />

is dark inky navy, a real timeless favourite<br />

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Not only does this palette suit the season,<br />

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decorations to test your palette and organically<br />

develop your look.

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Start by choosing the dark wall colour. Take<br />

into account factors like the ceiling height, and<br />

natural light sources so that you can get a feel<br />

for how a dark colour would work. Sometimes<br />

dark can work equally well in larger and<br />

smaller spaces but it depends on the room. It is<br />

important to balance it with the colour used for<br />

the floor, ceiling, skirtings and doors, and often<br />

these work well in contrasting pale colours or<br />

white, or so that you create drama and impact<br />

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Your inclination in this process will really<br />

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in the shiny tones you prefer, and that way you<br />

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the Christmas decorations, keeping that sense<br />

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If you also choose a statement accent colour<br />

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Whatever elements of this wintry haven<br />

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clove, spiced berries and pine all help to create<br />

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and excellent customer reviews.<br />


Our Reseal Service can restore your tiles by carefully<br />

removing all of your existing grout and sealant using<br />

non-abrasive chemicals and high precision diamond<br />

technology. Specialist chemicals are used to wash<br />

your tiles to remove soap scum, body fat, mould and<br />

mildew. Antimicrobial grouts and sealants are then<br />

professionally applied<br />

Our Reseal service includes;<br />

// Sealant Applications<br />

// Bonded Bath & Shower Seals<br />

// Chemical Sealants<br />

// Re-grouting<br />

// Two-part Sealants<br />

// Waterproof Tanking Systems<br />


£150<br />


& FITTED<br />

Bonded Bath and Shower<br />

Seals – Our unique and<br />

most popular product.<br />

T / 0141 611 9534 M / 0781 782 8681<br />

E / info@resealscotland.co.uk W / www.resealscotland.co.uk

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