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4 Editor’s Letter
49 Mum’s Notebook
28 Community Pages:
6 Sirens Fashion Netball pages
underwear Fashion, beauty shoot & health
13 A Jian London
8 Fashion on the Moor
20 WIN! A Month’s Pass at
14 West End Live
with Greg Kane
22 Fun Fitness
19 A west end
33 WIN! At Rainbow
Christmas gift guide
28 Up Front
50 Health Matters
30 Restaurant review
31 Shopping WIN! A 3 course meal
with 37 Valentine wine at Rio Gift Cafe Guide &
WIN! A weekend
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32 Sweet Liberty recipe
34 16 West Author’s End Bookgroup
meets with Greg Phil Kane Differ
39 18 Top Jingle Things Belles at
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40 Art WIN! & culture A style
makeover at Rainbow
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44 Food Health & drink Matters
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55 Country comforts
56 Hygge at home
58 Atlas kitchen
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66 59 Twist Legal of Matters Tweed with
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Don’t write in. We know. Wily, or wiley?
That was the big debate in the office
this morning. Placing the fashion
pages for each edition is a great pleasure of
mine – a fab reminder of a fun and creative
day out on the shoot. However, the sticking
point this edition involved lyrics rather than
images. With reference to Kate Bush’s
Wuthering Heights the title to the fashion
pages pays homage to Bush’s spelling in the
original song. If it’s good enough for Kate…
Our take on mixing tweeds with knits and
thicker fabrics for those cold days ahead
starts on Page 8.
Start off 2019 with a drum roll by booking
yourself in to the biggest world music festival
at Celtic Connections. With numerous West
End venues and a wide choice of musicians
on offer, Greg Kane makes his choice
selection on Page 16.
Just maybe you fancy a new challenge
for the new year? Pick up a new language or
crafting skill listed in our Top Things pages
(Page 18). Last year my family and I learned
Spanish at The Language Hub on Keith Street
in Partick. It was a bonding experience with a
tangible benefit – maybe we can order dinner
in our hosts’ language this summer?
Or perhaps you’re thinking of fun things to
do this winter that cunningly burn those extra
calories left from the overindulgence that is
December? Then read new Westender writer
Pamela Palongue’s fun fitness article on Page
22. Learning circus arts, or starting ballet
class, is open to all ages, body shapes and
genders at these two West End businesses.
If it’s fun it’s easier to stick with, and how can
learning the trapeze be anything but!
Loraine Patrick is back for the Jan/Feb
edition interviewing local West End author,
Gill Sims. With a successful blog and now
two bestselling books to her name, Sims
explains how it all came about, from an
unconventional start, on Page 30.
This unconventional theme continues
with artist-in-residence Pascale Steenkiste’s
interview on Page 40. Why so? Because it’s
in Partickhill Bowling Club and Community
Centre. It’s a novel way to diversify and invite
local Westenders along to see what classes
they hold in their newly refurbished centre.
2019 you’re about to get interesting.
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Wolf & Moom
Monday 7th January 7.30pm
The Hug and Pint, thehugandpint.com
Stefany and Dennis are Wolf & Moon,
a nomadic duo who met at a house
party in the Netherlands. Shortly
after meeting they journeyed across
the US on a full tour with only a
small traveling guitar and a Casio
keyboard. The Dutch duo have set
out to conquer the world with their
minimalist electro folk. It’s all a
bit Euro crusty new agey, but there’s
definitely something here to keep an
eye on. Enjoyed listening to them.
Wolf & Moon 'Getaway'
From the Jam
Friday 11th January 7.30pm
A tribute band – but with a difference
– one of its members is tributing
Bruce Foxton (The original bassist
with The Jam) leads From The Jam and
he still has all the charisma and
energy of his youth. We often play
Summer festivals with them and they
are just so amazing to watch, drawing
from a seemingly endless pool of
great songs (Paul Weller is a prolific
songwriter) that made The Jam one of
the most popular bands of their time.
This’ll be a great Friday night out.
Oh and if you like your Weller a bit
more blue eyed soul’d then The Style
Councillors are playing Oran Mor on
the same night. Weller’s ears will be
burnin’ that night.
The Jam ‘Eton Rifles’
17th January to 3rd February
Various venues, celticconnections.com
Here’s my pick from the biggest world
music festival on the planet.
19th Jan. – The Como Mamas
– Makintosh Church 7:30pm.
Gospel trio from Mississippi backed
by the Daptone guys. The real deal.
Choice Track: The Como Mamas
23rd Jan. – CAKE – QMU 7:30pm.
Californian alternative rock band that
epitomised the postmodern, ironydrenched
aesthetic of '90s geek rock.
Choice Track: CAKE 'Sinking Ship'
24th Jan. – Rachel Newton – Mitchell
Theatre 7:30pm. This Scottish harpist
and singer is building on the success
of a SAY Award nomination last year
for her album Here’s My Heart Come
Take It by promoting her new 2018
27th Jan. – Dori Freema – Oran Mor
7:30pm. Female singer/songwriter
from Virginia born into a family
of Bluegrass musicians with
such an amazingly creamy voice.
Her beautifully tender song You Say
is on repeat in my car.
Choice Track: Dori Freeman 'You Say'
31st Jan. – JP Ruggieri – Hug & Pint
7:30pm. JP is a young, uber talented
singer/songwriter from Nashville
and must also be one of the best
guitarists around. He’s blessed with
a beautifully soulful voice too. A
must see every time he comes to town.
He’s out promoting his new album
'Waiting On You'.
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The Murder Capital
Thursday 7th January 7pm
Seemingly these guys are Ireland’s
best new Rock band but with only one
song made public to date from this
fledgling Dublin five-piece, you could
be forgiven for thinking it’s just hype.
But said song More Is Less is a track
that makes an immediate impression
with its punk energy and intense
Live, The Murder Capital’s energy is
more palpable as the members embody
the twists and turns of their songs
that are indebted to 1980s new wave,
punk and garage. It’s all pretty good.
The Murder Capital 'More Is Less'
Sunday 17th February 6.30pm
SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com
Thursday 28th February 7pm
Billie Eilish Pirate Baird O’Connell
is an American singer/songwriter
and teenage superstar. Her songs
garner over 20 million streams
every month making her one of the
most popular artists in the world.
Her music is ambient Emo pop with
slow fragmented grooves, usually
with strings and lots of drama. Eilish
was raised in Highland Park, L.A.
by a family of actors and musicians
with Scottish/Irish ancestry and she
co-writes her songs with her 21-yearold
brother Finneas O'Connell.
Her concerts have been described
as genius, bewitching and powerful,
not only because of her talent, but of
the devotion, love and passion of all
the fans in the room. The O’Connell’s
are your classic over achieving
Choice track: Billie Eilish
My partner’s 17-year-old plays Post
Malone a lot. I’m not sure what to make
of it. Sure it’s poppy but there’s also
an adult contemporary attitude in his
slick productions. Post really knows
what he’s doing in a recording studio.
Old garage band indie refs, soul/pop
refs, Reggae refs, EMO refs, even Trap
refs are all in here too – a hotch potch
of music, but a very, very successful
one. At only 22-years-old and judging
by his streaming numbers he has the
world at his feet.
Choice Track: Post Malone
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Top Things To Do
in the West End
by Tracy Mukherjee
Top for Burns Night
We are somewhat spoilt for Burns supper
shenanigans this New Year. Over in Cottiers, the
national day of the bard will be celebrated with
a lavish three course meal (with dram of course)
followed by full highland dress/black tie ceilidh.
For a truly luxurious Burns Night supper The
Finnieston, as one would expect of this venue,
has put a seafood spin on the traditional haggis
theme. With sumptuous whisky flights and
whisky cocktails to put hairs on your chest, it’s a
great choice for real foodies.
Just along Argyle Street in Lebowskis, The
Bard Abides. These guys make an effort every
year to put their own mark on 25th of January.
Previous years have seen Rabbie Burns themed
White Russians and rather special burgers.
This year there are even rumours of a food-free
supper! Of course with the ever present spirit of
The Dude surveying the proceedings, the final
menu is sure to pack a punch.
And finally, for a theatrical take on Burns, Oran
Mor present The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns.
This comic tale gives a supernatural spin on
our Rab. Featuring Burns poems and songs, the
production shows that, in matters of the heart
little has changed in 200 years.
Cottiers Burns Supper and Ceilidh 2019
cottiers.com Friday 25th Jan
Lebowskis Glasgow West
The Ghosting of Rabbie Burns
Oran Mor, Tuesday 29th January
Top for Music
How lucky a city are we that in January
each year we are privileged to host Celtic
Connections. A music festival like no other,
Celtic Connections embraces all forms of music.
This year the theme is Passing Traditions
Between Generations and one of the standout
events is Brave in Concert. Bringing Disney’s
flame haired Scots’ heroine to life will be the BBC
Scottish Symphony Orchestra, in association
with Disney Concerts. This event really will
traverse the generations. Becoming a firm
favourite, the National Whisky Festival will
return to SWG3 for a day likely to, quite literally,
warm your cockles. Staying in the west, our local
venues of Oran Mor, The Hug and Pint and The
Mitchell Theatre return as firm favourites for
Thurs 17th January – Sun 3rd February
Top for Film
The 2019 Glasgow Film Festival returns in
February and it’s looking like a goody! With
Hollywood classics, anniversary screenings
and highly acclaimed Belgian cinema, there is
bound to be a film to suit the most specific of
tastes. One of the highlights of the festival is
the first official 20th anniversary screening
of 'The Matrix'. The show is being held in the
subterranean caverns of The Arches. This
atmospheric venue, underneath Glasgow
Central, will also be filled with immersive
installations to capture the mood for the
screening and the after show party. With a black
shades (actually black from head to toe) dress
theme, watch out Neo and Trinity.
Staying in the realms of Sci-Fi, this year also
celebrates the 40th anniversary of the original
Alien. This screening will coincide with the
release of a 4K restoration print of the film,
premiering in cinemas on 1st March. Along with
the screening during the film festival, which is
being held in an enormous warehouse, there
will be laser tag adventures, comic books and
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in the West End
Rounding off the run down of this year’s film
festival there will be a retrospective event
entitled The Age of Innocence. The films within
this category are all from American cinema
in 1969. The 10 films are from an age where
censorship laws were being relaxed and a new
cinematic counter-culture was emerging. Among
the classics are Easy Rider, Midnight Cowboy
and the iconic Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid. Amazingly, the films are all FREE to view.
Quite simply a fantastic line up and a great
reason to leave that ever beckoning sofa on a
cold February night.
The Glasgow Film Festival
20th February – 3rd March
Full program to be announced 23rd January
Top for New Year Resolutions
I’m going to lose weight, stop drinking, give up
chocolate; the resolution war cry on the 2nd
of January. A much more fun and achievable
resolution? Learn something new. Learning
a language is a great example. The Language
Hub in Partick is a one stop shop for all your
language needs. Teaching all age groups, you
also needn’t learn alone. Children can learn a
language through song, rhyme, toys, crafts and
games. Adult classes focus on individual needs
in a small class setting. There are even family
sessions where you can learn alongside your
children. With all levels of language abilities
being catered for – beginners, post beginners,
intermediate – find your language level and go
for it! With German, Spanish, Italian and more to
choose from, there is also an on-site cafe at the
Hub to relax and practise your conversation over
a coffee and some tasty bites. Take some time to
visit the shop too and stock up on some learning
aids to enhance your linguistic knowledge.
Language learning a little too academic? Why
not try some crafts instead? The Landsdowne
House of Stencils offer classes on up-cycling
furniture, distressing, using chalk and crackle
paint techniques. Why not try eco-printing
Scottish leaves? This fabulous craft venue
on Landsdowne Crescent heavily focuses the
materials used on natural flora and fauna or
indeed on recycling old into something grand and
'up-cycled'. Classes are added regularly so keep
your eye on the website.
For needlepoint lovers, Sew Confident teaches
sewing to the absolute novice who has never
threaded a sewing machine right through to the
more advanced skills of lampshade making and
machine doodle. A great way to meet new friends
too, Sew Confident provide all equipment in their
Hidden Lane headquarters.
Lastly in our resolutions run down, Strictly has
sadly come to an end for another year and yet
the joy of watching others dance has left you
with a warm fuzzy feeling. You know what’s next.
Try it out for yourself! Dance with Attitude offer
classes for young and old in every form and style
of dance. From Ballroom to Bollywood, Tap to
Tango, there is something for everyone in their
Scotstoun studio. To entice you even more, after
a fun dance class why not drop in for dinner at
the on-site tapas bar La Bodega. This Spanish
owned venue not only serves up fantastic
flavours but has live music and entertainment
throughout the week. With a weekly Salsa club,
live jazz on Sundays and Tango Milongo, you’ll be
lighting up the dance floor in no time.
The Language Hub
Landsdowne House of Stencils
Dance with Attitude
La Bodega Tapas Bar
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Aerial or en-pointe?
WORDS PAMELA PALONGUE
At the start of every fresh year we promise ourselves the same things, lose
weight, exercise more blah blah… How long does that last? But what if?
What if we challenge ourselves to have fun. Simply that. Would having fun
physically, be the glue needed to building a stronger body whilst learning a
new skill? New Westender writer, Pamela Palongue, heads along to two West
End based classes to find out more.
One of the biggest reasons people give
up an exercise regimen, is that it’s
just not fun. It seems there’s a reason
they call it a ‘work’-out.
But what if there was an activity that
combined fitness with creativity and passion?
What if you actually looked forward to a little
physical exertion in your week? This type of
thinking has led to alternative fitness routines,
that actually have people longing for more.
One great way to get in shape and have
fun while you’re doing it, is to practice circus
arts. Fortunately, you won’t have to run away
to join the circus to participate. There’s a
school in the West End that has instruction in
flying trapeze, aerial hoops, aerial silks and
acrobatics. Aerial Edge offers classes in all
of these disciplines and more for adults of all
skill levels that range in age from uni students
to those in their seventies!
In case you’re wondering right about
now…the trapeze is perfectly safe! And it just
happens to be the only full-time, indoor flying
trapeze in the UK.
Students are ‘in lines’ meaning that they
are in a type of harness and are clipped to
cables with an instructor who ensures that
there are no involuntary falls. Students can
frequently be caught (swinging from one
trapeze bar to be caught by the catcher on
another) from the first class. It all depends
upon individual ability and comfort level. Even
though it’s quite safe, the perceived danger
can help to greatly increase confidence
levels, and the physical activity will lead to
greater core strength, flexibility and balance.
For those who prefer to stay a bit closer to
the ground, the aerial hoops and aerial silks
are much lower and can be performed while
just a couple of metres off the floor. Aerial silk
artists were made famous by Cirque du Soleil
where individuals form different spins and
poses while hanging from long pieces of silk
fabric. It’s beautiful to watch, and it requires
every muscle to perform.
Aerial Edge also offers floor acrobatics,
flexibility classes, and conditioning classes
where individuals can strengthen the muscles
needed for circus arts – while reaping the
rewards of a finely-toned circus body. Some
individuals train in these classes exclusively,
and do not train on the trapeze or silks. Many
students however, come with the intention
of attending the conditioning classes only,
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but soon find that with increased confidence
levels, they want to try the different aerial
arts, taking their instruction to the next level.
All the classes are taught by highly
trained instructors, and many degreeeducated
circus instructors and professional
performers, one of whom is a former Cirque
du Soleil coach.
The classes are held in historic Kelvin
Hall, the original site of the 1920s circuses
which came to Glasgow. Many of the
building’s features still surround the area
where classes are held, and it lends a
bit of charm and nostalgia to the overall
Classes are designed to be inclusive,
in a friendly, non-competitive atmosphere.
It’s all about doing your best and improving
your own personal skills.
Another fun way to improve your fitness
levels while exploring your creative side is
dance. If you ever attended ballet classes
as a child, or perhaps just stared at a Degas
painting and wondered what it would be like
– the ballet classes at Dance Glasgow may
be for you!
The upstairs studio on Ruthven Lane
has been seasoned with character;
its slightly worn, hardwood floors tell the
tale of thousands of dancers who have left
their mark on them in search of the perfect
The adults who come here for instruction
are both young and mature, serious and
playful. They eagerly line up at the barre in
front of the mirrored wall and practice their
positions, creating beautiful moving pictures.
More than just creating pretty movements
though, they’re developing their core and
leg strength, improving their balance, and
gaining confidence. The instructor watches
each student carefully and makes gentle
corrections when needed, which leads
to better form and more amplitude in the
movements – and a better stretch.
The familiar practice piano provides music
throughout the one hour and 15 minutes
lesson, although the songs are popular
recognisable tunes, such as Candle in the
Wind, and the Atomic Kitten song, The Tide
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is High. The instructor, Marion Baird, who
is a dance master, keeps the atmosphere
light-hearted with a joke now and then,
in between giving commands in French.
She explains that learning the commands in
French is important, because some of her
students will return to their hometown after
uni, while others may move to a new area or
country for work. By learning the commands
in French, they can study ballet anywhere
and easily know the universal language of the
After the barre work is finished, the
barres are removed from the centre of the
room and dancers begin the floor section
of their training. They take the movements
they’ve practiced on barre and begin to put
them together into small, choreographed
Dance Glasgow has classes for absolute
beginners who have never danced a step,
and classes for adults who are more
advanced and want to continue to learn
more. The classes are drop-in, and can be
joined at any time so that there’s no waiting
for weeks for a class to begin. And I’m
happy to report that several men attend the
classes and find it thoroughly enjoyable.
It also bears mentioning that many adults
also find the belly dance and Zumba classes
a great experience, depending upon your
own personal preference.
So take the ‘work’ out of your workout,
and start having fun instead!
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Sirens for Success
WORDS Hannah Westwater
Mention netball to some and they might
shudder as they’re hit with semitraumatic
school PE memories.
But the sport deserves better, with a thriving
netball culture in swing across the UK – and
Glasgow knows women and girls can be
the first to be shut out of professional sport.
That’s why the Strathclyde Sirens team was
launched by Netball Scotland in 2016 with
Claire Nelson at the helm as CEO.
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The Sirens women – based in Glasgow
but hailing from New Zealand, Australia
and Jamaica, to name a few – have the
opportunity to come up against the
best players across England and Wales.
It’s the only Scottish women’s sports team
to have a Sky Sports deal, making regular
appearances on the channel as part of the
Vitality Netball Superleague.
Gail Parata of Scotland’s national squad
also coaches the Sirens, and the team sees
support from the Scottish Institute of Sport.
It’s also the only professional netball team in
the entirety of Scotland. That means worldclass
strength and conditioning training
and physiotherapy, plus video analysis and
The team, based at the £113m Emirates
Arena, consists of ten professional and
semi-professional players plus five training
partners, with a game each weekend. Home
games are plentiful, giving fans the chance to
head along and support the team (and meet
the players post-match in the fan zone).
Young players are supported through the
selections process from district and national
level, and wider outreach efforts are a core
part of the team’s operation with engagement
programmes run in collaboration with local
schools. Think masterclasses, coaching
sessions and even Sirens camps. But it’s not
just about getting the best players on side
for league games – the team was set up with
the intention of using netball as a vehicle for
‘Netball’s played mainly by women in
Scotland, which gives us a unique platform
for women to challenge gender stereotypes
and succeed competitively,’ says Sirens
player and part-time administrator Ella
Gibbons. She adds, ‘to be strong, confident
and inspire others.’ When she’s not playing or
training for netball games with the team, Ella
is studying a Masters degree in Equality and
Human Rights at the University of Glasgow or
volunteering with gender equality groups, like
Women’s Aid in the east of the city.
The Sirens For Success programme
targets young girls in the first few years of
high school who are disengaged from sport
and physical activity. Netball is the name of
the game, but it takes a back seat to issues
which could be holding girls back from taking
part, either in sport or other areas of their
life. They help girls tackle issues affecting
their demographic which, if gone unchecked,
could follow them through the rest of
adolescence – body image, confidence,
resilience, plus physical and mental health.
‘Women’s sport receives less
media coverage, less sponsorship and
endorsement. We’re trying to challenge this
with Sirens, reaching new audiences and
trying to inspire the local community,’ says
Ella, a self-described advocate for a fairer,
equal society. That being a professional
netballer is now an option for young girls is
exciting, she adds, which she would have
only dreamt of when growing up. ‘Being a
Siren for me means pushing the sport to new
levels, to give the next generation of players
even more opportunities for the future than
what I’ve had. And I’ve been incredibly lucky!’
The people behind the Sirens hope that
the pressures and setbacks of elite sport
(such as injury, disappointing performances
and non-selection for the team) will help
develop resilience and the ability to overcome
adversity in young women. And it works. Ella
says, ‘Playing sport has improved my self
confidence, my ability to approach and talk
to new people, has helped me make many
close friends. Exercising and being active are
generally great ways to look after both your
body and your mind.
‘Sirens Netball aim to inspire other women
and girls to be active, to feel confident
with their bodies, and have the confidence
to achieve their goals.’ The team is also
partnered with leading children’s charity
NSPCC Scotland to help deliver their
groundbreaking campaign Speak Out Stay
Safe, which teaches children what abuse is,
how to identify it in all its forms and helps
develop their confidence in speaking to a
trusted adult who can help.
A sports team with a cause, the Sirens
carry the girls and young women of Glasgow
on their shoulders through every win and
more importantly, every loss.
The first home game of the new season
is Friday 11th January 2019 versus
Team Bath, at the Emirates Arena, with
tickets up for grabs online now. They’re
Strathclyde Sirens – are you with them?
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meets Gill Sims
WORDS LORAINE PATRICK
Glasgow based writer Gill Sims is the
best-selling author of Why Mummy
Drinks and Why Mummy Swears,
both Sunday Times bestsellers. The books
are based on her hilarious (if rather sweary)
parenting blog Peter and Jane. The mum of
two was an engineerining consultant before
being approached by HarperCollins to
publish her musings on family life. She now
Gill thanks for taking time out to catch
up with Westender magazine. I have to
put in a bit of a disclaimer here – I am a
mum of three and your descriptions of
family life have me in stitches. Take us
back to why you started up the Facebook
blog – was it a way of sharing your
experiences with friends or did you think
at the time it could be something much
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It just really started as a joke with a friend.
I was a chronic oversharer on Facebook
anyway and friends kept telling me I should
start a blog. Maybe they were just bored with
my long rambling status updates and thought
I should take it somewhere else!
I was always quite sweary and one day a
friend sent me an article, I think it was about
why wome n shouldn’t swear, and she said
‘You really should do that blog!’ I had a bit
of spare time so I threw something together,
mainly to make her laugh. I started the public
Facebook page because friends wanted
to share it, and posting in there saved me
having to change my privacy settings all the
Do you remember your first post? What
was it about?
I think it was about a Mummy who tries very
hard to make everything #soblessed but
who is constantly thwarted by her children
– by their inability to find their shoes, by
their illicit consumption of Haribo leading to
them bouncing off the walls, by the eleventy
billion letters from the school that she can’t
keep track of, or she is only handed twenty
minutes before leaving the house that tell
her that her precious moppets are to go into
school today dressed as French mimes, or
spacemen, or trees…
I think I am that mum! But you have
clearly struck a chord with several
thousand of us. There are around 400,000
followers on your Facebook page. When
did you realise the enormity of what you
I don’t think it really has sunk in yet. It’s a bit
mind boggling really! I’m always amazed and
so grateful that so many people do take the
time to read my ramblings.
The most popular post is still the one that first
went viral, about a long day in the summer
holidays when everything goes wrong despite
Mummy’s best intentions, but when her
husband comes home from work, because
she hasn’t been at her actual paying job that
day, he assumes she must have spent the
day with her feet up enjoying her ‘day off’.
When in reality she had spent her ‘relaxing
day off’ doing endless loads of laundry and
taking kids to the doctors and playdates and
refereeing fights and trying to juggle endless
balls and hadn’t actually sat down all day,
and so she did not take such comments well.
I think a lot of other people must have had
Is everything you write based on true life
The books are fiction. I’m not Ellen, my
husband isn’t Simon and my kids aren’t Peter
and Jane, though Judgy Dog in the books
is based very closely on my own Border
Terrier. The blog and some of the situations
in the book are about the general everyday
experiences most of us go through as
parents – lost shoes, aversions to vegetables,
forgetting how to read. Mummy is a
fictionalised mum to, she gets to say out loud
what we are all shouting inside our heads.
Your tongue-in-cheek take on family life is
the polar opposite to the picture-perfect
images we are often fed on social media.
I am sure most commend you for your
honesty but do you ever get any criticism?
I’ve been really lucky and most people realise
it is hugely exaggerated for comic value.
There is the odd person who doesn’t realise it
is meant to be humorous and takes umbrage.
There are others who get that it is supposed
to be funny, but don’t think that it is funny,
which is entirely their right to do so, humour
is very subjective.
When you hear about the hideous things
some people get sent, or the threats made
to them, I’ve really been very lucky and
the criticism is mild in the grand scheme
of things. When everything first took off, it
wouldn’t matter how many nice comments
there were, if there was one negative one
that would be what I would focus on. But you
learn to shrug it off and grow a thicker skin.
You have to really.
Your writing is very sweary – would it be
the same without the cursing?
Personally, I am a big fan of swearing!
I was sent a book recently called Swearing Is
Good For You, about the therapeutic effects
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of swearing which I would definitely agree
with. Sometimes ‘Oh fudge!’ just doesn’t
cut it. I think my writing would lose a certain
something without the swearing, though
others disagree. Someone did leave a one
star review on Amazon for Why Mummy
Swears because she felt there was too much
swearing in it. Though I would argue that if
you don’t like swearing, the clue is somewhat
in the title, and I’m not entirely sure what she
was expecting from it.
‘Daddy’ works away a lot and thinks he is
very important. How do you all get along
in real life?
‘Daddy’, like ‘Mummy’ is a fictional character,
of course. I don’t think Daddy comes across
terribly sympathetically because the books
and the blogs are written from Mummy’s
point of view. We see her frustration that
Daddy gets to swan off being Busy and
Important while she holds the fort at home.
If it was written from Daddy and Simon’s side,
it would probably look quite different, as they
come home exhausted after a long journey
on top of a hard week, happy to see their wife
and kids only to be greeted with resentment
and a refusal to make a ‘nice simple lasagne’
for dinner. In real life, we get along like most
people – we have been married long enough
that we know exactly how to annoy each
other, but at the same time, we probably
wouldn’t want to be annoyed by anyone else.
Can you share a little of your background
with us? Are you from Glasgow? What do
you like about the West End?
I’ve lived in Glasgow since I was 11. Before
that we lived in Kenya and Tanzania. I went
to school in the West End, so it has lots
of happy memories. From hiding from our
teachers in the old Underground Gallery,
using dodgy fake ID to buy vodka and cokes
in Curlers, and trips to the Grosvenor Cinema
long before it was posh and had nice sofas
and sold wine. I love how much is always
going on in the West End and am a great fan
of charity shops, so I love a good mooch
Your story is very much one of forging a
successful writing career in the social
media age – you were approached by
HarpersCollins to publish your blog.
Both books subsequently went on the
best seller list and you have just published
a Why Mummy Drinks journal. Had you
any notion when you started out that
you would end up becoming an internet
celebrity and a full-time writer?
I’m not sure I would call myself an internet
celebrity. I am a very small fish in an
enormous and ever expanding pond in
internet terms. I think Celeste Barber put it
best when she said that being famous on the
internet is like being rich in Monopoly. I had
no idea at all that any of this would happen,
especially not to write a book published
by HarperCollins, let alone more than one.
I certainly never thought they would end up
on the bestseller lists like they did. When
my editor at HarperCollins called to tell me
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the Sunday Times Bestsellers list I burst
into very loud, unattractive sobbing. Which
was unfortunate as I hadn’t realised I was on
speaker phone with the rest of the office and I
was making snorting noises.
I believe your background is in
engineering – have you left your other job?
I was working for an engineering consultancy
but I’m now writing full-time. There were not
enough hours in the day if my children were
to ever eat anything other than frozen pizza.
So in the interests of them not getting scurvy
something had to give!
What kind of demands are on you now as
a full-time writer?
Mainly managing my time and not wasting
the day on procrastination. The internet is
a great tool but it is also a black hole down
which hours can vanish as you pretend you
are just quickly going to google something
and then find you have spent two hours
watching videos about otters. I do love
videos about otters but I can’t really claim it
is a constructive use of my time. So I’m not
very good at the whole structuring my day
thing and tend to end up in a bit of a panic as
deadlines approach – and I’m still watching
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by John Parker
ainbow Room International is now
Scotland’s largest salon group and
has an incredible academy and Artistic
Team. From the beginning, owners Alan
and Linda Stewart wanted to create a real
community and that they have certainly done.
We are thrilled to start 2019 at the Great
Western Road Salon with a new Stylist,
Tyler Porter, who has worked his way up
from being an assistant/trainee. Tyler worked
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What next for you Gill? Do you ever think
you will run out of material as the children
get older? Would you like to tackle any
other kind of writing?
I’d love for there to be some more books,
but all of this has been so unexpected and
amazing, that if this is all there is, then it has
still been an astonishing thing to happen and
I am delighted. A few people have asked if I
have ever considered writing children’s books
or young adult books, which I haven’t really,
there couldn’t be any swearing!
I think whatever I wrote it would still have a
humorous edge as life is short and we might
as well laugh while we can.
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The Shadow of
the Black Earl
by Charles E. McGarry
BY BRIAN TOAL
COVER TO COVER
Tartan Noir with a twist. Leo Moran is a private
investigator but not the archetypal super-sleuth,
using his genius or his dogged determination to catch
He is plagued by brief visions
of violent crimes which come
to him during an unconscious
state. He has been invited to
stay with friends in Biggnarbriggs
Hall in the beautiful environs
and whilst there, a young local
girl disappears. Leo tries to help
the police but their scepticism
and his notoriety from a previous
case causes them to spurn his
Undaunted, he investigates
anyway and gradually begins to
uncover a tale of witchcraft and
satanic rituals going back years.
When he discovers that another
girl disappeared from the same
location on exactly the same day
thirty years before, Leo is more
convinced than ever that there
is a ritualistic element to the
The plotline is rather
complicated and keeps you
guessing right to the end.
It contains loads of intrigue, local
gossip, infidelity, Wiccan rituals
and establishment cover-ups.
I particularly enjoyed the way
in which McGarry interwove
the death of the eighth Baron
of Biggnarbriggs in the 18th
century with the disappearance
in the 70s and the more recent
disappearance. Knowing that all
the narratives will converge is one
thing, but it’s still enjoyable finding
out how. The descriptions of the
Galloway countryside are brilliant and very evocative, with the
glorious Biggnarbriggs Hall described in fine detail.
The crime is always at the forefront of the reader’s mind,
but it’s also enjoyable to read of the sumptuousness of the
food, the stunning countryside and architecture, the flora and
fauna of Galloway, and the range of alcohol being consumed!
The characters are skilfully drawn, avoiding the obvious clichéd
descriptions of rural denizens which other writers rely on. The
close-knit community is also sympathetically depicted, reeling
from the loss of one of their own.
This is my first encounter with Leo Moran, having missed ‘The
Ghost of Helen Addison’. However, I shall now seek it out. Moran
is an intriguing character: a heavy drinker, unlucky in love and
a staunch Catholic with a moralising streak. At times he may
get up your nose, just as he gets up the noses of most of the
characters in the novel at one point or another. But that’s what a
good detective does. McGarry’s first Leo Moran mystery, alluded
to above, was praised by The Herald and The Daily Record, quite
rightly. I consumed this one in two days and I’m not even a major
fan of crime. Tartan Noir lover or not, you’ll enjoy this book.
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by Robert Muchamore
Muchamore will be very
familiar to most teenagers as
his ‘Cherub’ series is extremely
popular. This latest book deals
with issues which are more
adult in nature – killer viruses,
death, sex, drugs both legal
and illegal, body confidence
and body image – which makes
this a perfect book for those
teenagers who have grown
up with ‘Cherub’ and are now
The setting is Las Vegas
and the plot revolves around
the two heroes, Harry and
Charlie, whose lives become
increasingly entangled through
the machinations of big
business and pharmaceutical
companies ruthlessly exploiting
vulnerabilities and fears in
order to increase their profit
margins. The action begins
with an explosion in Harry’s
high school and the science
whizz Charlie gets the blame
as she has been known to
dabble with explosives and
chemicals. However, her evil
sister has set her up and she
has to serve time in prison for
a crime she didn’t commit.
There are four sections in
the book and each section
skips ahead years so that
Muchamore can covers
more ground. The strategy
really works because we get
a better understanding of
the long-term impact of the
‘modifications’ which many
people undergo in order to
feel better about themselves
and to compete physically
and mentally. We also get a
better understanding of how
big corporations play the long
game in order to maximise
their share of the market. It’s a
sobering, terrifying book which
all young adults should read.
This is a book I’ve picked up
and put down in Waterstones
many times because I knew
it would be uncomfortable
reading, and I was right.
Nevertheless, I’m glad I’ve
now read it, uncomfortable
as it was at times, because
the searing honesty and
McGarvey’s unwillingness to
pull any of his punches make
this a polemic which everyone
The book won the Orwell
prize in 2018 and the judges
commented that it was the
book which Orwell himself
would have wanted to read.
It’s ‘The Road To Wigan Pier’
for Glasgow and anyone
who cares about poverty in
Glasgow should feel compelled
to read this book.
McGarvey spends the
earlier part of the book
detailing his early life growing
up in Pollok, including the
premature death of his
mother due to alcoholism,
his estrangement from the rest
of his family, and his descent
into a life of alcohol, drugs and
However, this is not
‘misery lit’, as McGarvey
himself is keen to point out.
It’s instructive and illuminating
and demonstrates how easy
it is for a life to spiral out of
control, but all the more so if
it’s a life of poverty. For those
on the left looking for an anti-
Tory rant, you’ll be not only
disappointed but will be forced
to confront the complacency
and complicity of the left when
it comes to dealing with the
complex issue of poverty.
This book is uncomfortable,
honest and essential reading.
by Darren McGarvey
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An Energetic Day at the Studio
Standing in the light filled clubroom of
Partickhill Bowling and Community Club,
the sandstone tenements of Crown
Mansions on North Gardner Street
overlooking the pristinely cut grass, I think of
a bygone age – when the dress code for lawn
activities such as tennis was white ‘slacks’ for
the gentlemen and ankle length skirts for the
ladies. Indeed the clubhouse and grounds
developed in 1905 were also originally home
to a couple of tennis courts, now the row
of windows along the length of the building
offers pristine viewing of the deep green lawn
that proudly facilitates bowling as its primary
While admiring the open space beyond
the glass a bride and groom sweep past
the gates towards the top of Gardner Street
for photographs. ‘That happens quite a
lot,’ I am informed by Margaret Renwick,
a member of the club and it serves to remind
me not only of how iconic this particular
street is but also that this part of Glasgow
with its grid patterned arrangement of roads
and rising tenements, against the autumn
colours displayed in the trees and light of
that moment makes for a pretty and romantic
The purpose of my visit is to meet with
painter Pascale Steenkiste who has taken
up the position of artist-in-residence -
something that is perhaps very unique in
the wider workings of a bowling club but
according to community convener Michael
Hough, a natural progression from previous
activities and relevant in their wider ambition
to encourage the community to use and
engage with the club facilities. ‘The idea
of involving the club in art started with a
collaboration with Hyndland Secondary
School Art Department, which resulted in
the display of over 20 drawings and painting
by S2 pupils all depicting various aspects
of bowling in a local setting. Soon after that
we had the idea that others might also like to
display their work,’ he tells me.
Steenkiste was born in Ostend, Belgium
but moved to Glasgow in 1986 to work as
an au pair for two young children before
marrying and raising her own family in the
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Maelstrom ©Pascale Steenkiste
city’s West End. She attended art classes
at The Glasgow School of Art and became
fascinated with texture, colour and through
the workings of imagination uses both
elements to create energetic pictures – not
only through her physical working of the paint
on the canvas and the layers of thick impasto
often evident but there is a dynamism in the
‘It is always tortuous covering the blank
canvas, so I begin with a colour. That first
covering never reveals the work, it is all about
making space to allow the emerging feelings
and emotion that will not arrive until the
second, third or even fourth layering of that
original work. It seems that first work always
is about removing the ‘noises’ inside me,
of finding a way to quieten the voice –
the critic, the judgement, the superficial.
The work itself only emerges to me through
layers of complexity in colour, and texture,
seeking a space to reveal the authentic
“voice” within,’ she explains.
Art that is abstract in form is by its very
nature a journey between the artist and
the medium in which they are working –
only reaching a point of completion by the
artists own determination – the process in
between and the resulting piece generally
independent from any visual references to
the world beyond. Steenkiste knows the
point of completion to be when she has ‘an
overwhelming sense of peace,’ although
admits to questioning that final brushstroke in
the light of a new day.
The titles of the work also reveal some
of those initial ‘noises’ – An Energetic Day
At The Studio expresses the vigour of the
finished piece – a mixture of warm, earthy
colours merging and rising with cooler tones
of blue, purple and ice white. Interestingly
there is a definite progression and movement
within the picture towards a settling –
lightness moves up the canvas, which I
see again in Maelstrom and this parallel
between a whirling unease and turbulent
energy of uncertainty and disruption eases
off through a purer white tone, in ascendance
from the chaos below. Steenkiste’s latest
work including, Summer 2018 moves away
from one of sharpness to a softening,
both in colour and texture – still remaining
abstract but slightly looser in its effect. It’s
this, together with more of this new body of
work that was exhibited in the clubhouse in
October of last year – a two person show
alongside fellow artist, Jackie Henderson.
Traditionally it would be that the artist-inresidence
is taken away from their ‘normal’
working environment to experience a different
space for reflection and engagement.
It seems that with further exhibitions planned
and a series of continuing art classes
facilitated by Steenkiste within the clubhouse,
the role of the resident artist is playing out
very well in this setting. A positive move in
attempting to engage the wider community
in the practice of artistic endeavor while also
introducing them to an environment that may
spark an interest in the pursuit of playing the
sport to which the club was intended.
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The Partick food scene has come on
leaps and bounds in recent years, but
there are some spaces that have
become an institution. One of those places is
CafeZique, straddling that fuzzy border with
Hyndland and known for providing one of the
best brunches in the west end. So, when it
was announced that they were turning their
deli next door into an upscale restaurant, it
was bound to cause a stir.
And cause a stir it did. When Gather
by Zique first opened earlier this year the
positive reviews flooded in, so when I made
my way there one dreary Friday evening, my
hopes were high.
The interior is immediately inviting, with
soft grey tones, plush cushions and cosy
window seats. The staff were welcoming and
attentive, quickly showing us to our seats and
explaining their modern European menu.
The food at Gather is designed to be
shared, as the name suggests, the ethos
of the restaurant is about creating a space
where friends, family or colleagues can
‘gather’ to enjoy each others company while
dining on a range of seasonal dishes.
Guided by the staff, we decided to start
with a platter of canapés, following this with
four small plates between two. The menus
change regularly, but expect offerings
like crispy pigs head with potato terrine,
langoustine broth with razor clams, burrata
with grilled plums and venison ravioli with
Jerusalem artichoke puree and chicken jus.
Highlights included butternut squash and
almond cappelletti (‘little hat’ shaped stuffed
pasta), with cider and apple brown butter and
parmesan. It was beautifully nutty and heavy
with the distinct flavour of parmesan.
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One thing I did notice though was that
every dish we ordered came adorned with
crispy sage leaves, which is not exactly a
problem, but it did become a tad repetitive.
Every dish we tried was delicately plated
and it was abundantly clear that this was an
autumn/winter menu, filled with seasonal
produce and rich, warming flavours. The real
magic came though with our final course.
Based on recommendations from our
knowledgeable server, we ordered the
chocolate fondant tart with peanut butter ice
cream and the doughnuts with coffee cream
and chocolate sauce for dessert and they
were by far the stand out dishes of the night.
To put a chocolate fondant inside a
buttery tart case is surely a stroke of genius,
and no small feat considering how perfectly
gooey the centre of this dessert hybrid was.
The doughnuts too were beautifully soft on
the outside and coated in cinnamon sugar.
Dipped in the accompanying chocolate sauce
and coffee cream, they were nothing short of
Despite the growing competition in the
promising Partick area, Gather by Zique is
surely here to stay. An ever-changing menu
means you’ll never eat the same meal twice
(although I’d happily eat that chocolate tart
all over again) and the relaxed, low-key
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Ooooooooft. That has been a lot of eatin’. Parties,
holidays, more holidays, booze, more booze.
My body is ready for a bit of a break. But I’m
a picky eater and I like what I like, so all that
green juice and chia seed palaver is not for me.
But I do need to stop eating cake for breakfast,
lunch, and dinner. But I like cake. This is a serious
conundrum. But no fear! Momma Vittert is here!
My mother makes these muffins all the time and
they are THE BEST. They taste like cake but have
carrots in them. For real. So if you want to fit into
your pants, but still want to eat cake, these babies
are for you. Packed full of oats, spices, carrots,
and nuts, they are your five-a-day
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200 g plain flour
75g rolled oats
200g brown sugar
2 tsp baking soda
3 tsp cinnamon
½ tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ginger
pinch of salt
peeled and grated
80g shredded coconut
35 g chopped pecans
50g walnuts, chopped
3 eg gs
50g cream cheese
100mL vegetable oil
80g apple sauce
2 tsp vanilla bean
1. Preheat the oven to 175C Fan and line
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2. In a large bowl mix flour, sugar,
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3. Stir in the carrots, coconut, and nuts.
4. In a medium bowl, beat together eggs,
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and stir until combined.
5. Pour batter into the muffin tin and
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bar & kitchen
Roosevelts Bar & Kitchen is a new
Woodlands gastropub on Park Road,
occupying the space that used to be
Tribeca. It opened in October, and it’s pretty
much the same sort of place Tribeca was – a
New York City themed bar and restaurant
offering a mix of Scottish and American style
food and drink.
You can eat hot dogs or black pudding
and haggis. It has a light, modern ambience,
with the bar in the middle of the restaurant
and a few sections of bare stone wall
showing, perhaps as a nod towards the
famous Bitter End of Greenwich Village.
The walls are covered in New York City
paraphernalia, artsy photos of NYC streets
and yellow taxi cabs, shelves with little
sculptures and toys, and the occasional
license plate. Roosevelts has named dishes
after presidents, like The Clinton, The Lincoln,
or The McKinley, or presidential scandals,
like, The Watergate, or The Lewinsky
(please, can they name a burger after Paul
Manafort?). The place feels a little like a
cross between a cocktail bar and an IHOP, a
24-hour American diner chain known for its
Roosevelts does in fact sell fat, fluffy
pancakes, and while this isn’t a food review,
I have to say that the pancakes are decent,
American style ones. They got that right.
While having alcohol with pancakes is a bit
strange, they have burgers, hot dogs, and
salads as well, for more traditional ways to
accompany your drink. Or it would be great
If you like cocktails, Roosevelts is the bar
for you. They have an extensive selection,
and the bar staff seem to know what they
are doing. I tried a margarita, and I was
happy with it, but I’m the first to admit I am
not a cocktail connoisseur. They also have
an extensive range of American bourbons
and wine. However, their beer selection was
On tap, they had Pabst Blue Ribbon,
an American lager that I would not describe
as good, and they had bottles from several
breweries, including the Brooklyn Brewery
and Bru Dog. While I’m happy to drink Bru
Dog, I would have liked a greater choice.
Every state in the US (and very much New
York) is full of fantastic microbrews, and
it would be brilliant to see some of them
appearing in American-themed bars in
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by Michele Gordon thelanguagehub.co.uk
Another year has passed, almost in a
flash. Time to think about the new
year. I don’t know about you, but I
have never been one for making New Year’s
resolutions. There are always the obvious
ones like living more healthily, giving up bad
habits or taking on new challenges. However,
I always thought that you should make
changes right away and not wait if you really
feel like a change.
This is probably why I have never really
made any, or is it? I know a few people who
make resolutions every year, some stick with
them and some give up on them along the
way, sometimes sooner than later. Personally,
I have tried to make some but never quite
succeeded. Each year, I merely wait until
December to see if my current state of affairs
needs any adjustments which never really
seems to be the case.
Maybe I deliberately don’t look for any in
case they seem impossible to achieve? Why
head for a massive disappointment. There is
also the aspect of admitting to yourself that
some things really should change.
And why do we feel the need to make
changes? Why is it we want to improve what
we have or who we are? Apparently, the
tradition dates all the way back to 153 B.C.
and is by no means a modern invention. This
would explain why New Year’s resolutions are
on so many minds every year.
January is named after Janus, a mythical
god of early Rome. As you know, Janus
had two faces — one looking forward and
one looking backward, looking at the past
and the future at the same time. The 31st
of December became a symbolic time for
Romans to make resolutions for the new
year and forgive enemies for troubles in the
past. The Romans would give gifts and make
promises, believing Janus would see this and
bless them in the year ahead.
It is easy to see that the start of a new year
feels like the start of something new, thinking
about all the possibilities and changes you
could and should make. Improving lifestyles,
changing habits and striving to do better for
yourself and others. I guess it is a bit like a 12
months plan of where you want to be at the
end of those 12 months. And once you have
achieved your goals you can possibly make
new resolutions for another year.
With regard to children, I dare say this is
what parents and families do rather naturally
all the time anyway. We want to try our best
for our children, be better at parenting,
improve their opportunities and hope they
forgive us all the things we got wrong. These
are nice resolutions to have. And who would
have thought? I seemingly HAVE been
making New Year’s resolutions for the last
12 years all along! They just so happen more
subconsciously, at various times and are not
necessarily only made in January.
And the more conscious ones? I do
have them too. My resolutions last year,
however, were made in March when deciding
we wanted to move The Hub into bigger
premises for example and in October when
deciding to open a new café two doors up
from it two months later. Achieving both
in such a short time is great and…very
tiring. So, I thought I’d go for it and make a
conscious New Year’s resolution for 2019:
work less and free up more time for doing,
well, absolutely NOTHING. At least every so
often. It will be a hard battle to stick to this
resolution and if I fail, well, there is always
next year or somewhere in between. Guten
start ins neue Jahr!
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GP Dr. Pamela Leggate, of Glasgow West Medical Practice,
looks at heart health in young people. Normally associated
with ageing, heart problems can be devastating for the
young and raise all sorts of important questions.
‘The trouble is we think we have time,’
Buddha may have said…
As doctors, we are always encouraging
people to improve their lifestyles – eat less
fat, do more exercise, drink less alcohol,
don’t smoke. All very true, for our future
health we should do all these things.
My problem is, I’ve never quite got to the age
where I feel old. I always think, tomorrow I’m
going on that diet; tomorrow I’m going to get
fitter. Plenty time to sort myself out.
So it’s quite scary when someone who
seems relatively fit, reasonably healthy and
younger than I am has a heart attack. Heart
disease is commonest in older people.
In men the average age for a heart attack
is 66 and in women it’s 70. Often there are
lifestyle factors, but in younger people there
may not be anything obvious. You can be
doing all the right things and genetics can let
you down. So how can we prevent this type
of premature heart disease?
Well, if you have a strong family history
of heart disease, ask about cholesterol
and blood pressure checks. If we can pick
up on these risk factors early on we can
improve them with lifestyle changes and/or
medication. It goes without saying that you
should never even contemplate smoking!
Sticking to a low fat diet and exercising that
bit more could make all the difference.
On the positive side, recovery can be
quicker in a younger, fitter person. Surgery
(bypass or stenting) might be an option.
There is often a chance to change lifestyle
early on and live a long and healthy life.
There are, however, all sorts of questions a
younger person might have after suffering
any serious cardiac event. Why me? What did
I do wrong? There is often a lot of associated
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guilt and anxiety, as well as questions about
what to do next, which might not be so
relevant for an older person. When can I
go back to work? When can I drive again?
What if I get chest pains? Can I ever have sex
With modern treatments and preventative
medicines, all these things are possible!
When you return to work will very much
depend on the type of work you do. Discuss
with your employer or with occupational
health. DVLA rules state you can return to
driving a week after successful treatment of
a heart attack. Further chest pains should of
course ring alarm bells and urgent medical
attention should be sought. Sex is fine
whenever you feel ready.
What is even more scary is when children
are affected by heart disease. Don’t panic,
childhood heart disease is rare, but there
are some conditions that babies can be born
with that affect the heart valves and/or blood
vessels. Sometimes an abnormality will be
picked up in the womb when the mum has
a scan, sometimes a problem will be picked
up when the baby is born, if they are unwell,
failing to thrive or
where the problem is mild, it may not be
noticed till teenage years or adulthood. Most
congenital heart disease can be treated with
medication or surgery. Mild cases may need
no treatment at all.
And what about the footballers I hear you
ask? No? Well occasionally we hear about
a super fit individual, usually a footballer in
my experience, who collapses on the playing
field and needs a defibrillator to get going
again. This is usually due to Cardiomyopathy.
Basically the heart muscle is thickened and
doesn’t function as well. It is an inherited
condition which rarely causes serious heart
rhythm abnormalities during exercise.
Most people with cardiomyopathy can
lead a normal active life but you might be
advised not to take part in competitive sport.
In high risk individuals a small automatic
defibrillator can be implanted to ‘reboot’
the heart if the affected person collapses.
As there is a definite genetic component,
family members should be tested.
So, although heart disease mostly affects
older people, there are some conditions that
can affect younger people like myself (ahem).
Healthy diet starts
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I’m so sorry
Words from Donald Reid, chairman at Mitchells Roberton:
If Donald can help please email him at –
email@example.com, or call 0141 552 3422.
Some years back I had a wee shunt in
my car. I was turning left into Byres
Road. I looked right and saw it was clear,
turned left and went into the rear of the car in
front of me thinking it had moved on when it
hadn’t. Just a tap but a visible scrape on both
The other driver emerged and as I got out
of my own car I was thinking that insurers
always tell you never to admit liability on the
spot as it could spoil your insurance claim.
‘I’m very sorry,’ I said. ‘My fault entirely.’ She
smiled, looked at the bumpers and said:
‘Och it’s nothing, just forget it.’
Being the outstanding lawyer that I am,
I insisted we exchange addresses and phone
numbers and said I would call her later that
day just to check that after thinking about it
she didn’t want to take it further. So I called
her, apologised again, she assured me she
had no wish to pursue the matter and we
parted with friendly banter. I sent her some
Now suppose I hadn’t apologised.
Suppose, stony faced, I had said we would
need to exchange particulars and call our
insurers. I expect she would have chewed
me up for carelessness, maybe called the
police to the scene, got her insurers involved,
sent her car to the Mayfair Rip-off Repair
Company, trashed my no-claims discount,
and generally fried me. I took a risk in saying
sorry, but it paid off.
Well here’s some legal advice that might
interest you. It’s the Apologies (Scotland)
Act 2016. It says that if you apologise that
can’t be used against you later if court
proceedings are started. It’s the first piece
of legislation I’ve come across in a long time
which actually encourages people to be nice
to each other. Try it.
It might surprise you to know that
solicitors sometimes make mistakes. If it’s
a serious enough thing a complaint can
be taken to the Scottish Legal Complaints
Commission. I have spoken with senior
officials of the SLCC. They say that in a lot of
cases all the client was wanting was for the
solicitors to admit their error and apologise,
but they never did. If only they’d said sorry,
the client would have been satisfied and
might even have been happy enough to stay
with the same solicitor.
But instead of an apology they got
the brush off, leading to the whole thing
escalating, a formal complaint being pursued,
months of hassle as the SLCC deal with the
matter, and general misery. So the advice I
give to my fellow lawyers has to be to think
about apologising if it is right to do so.
It can’t hurt and it might even heal. Speaking
for myself of course I am perfect. I just don’t
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2019 is the beginning of the end
of the tax return as we know it
From April 2019 VAT registered businesses
turning over more than £85,000 pa will
be required to submit their first quarterly
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digitally. This leaves very little time to make
changes to accounting processes.
Surprisingly not everyone is digital
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your financial affairs in order. With the right
digital software you can resolve to fulfil your
financial promise to HMRC and keep your
business on track all year round.
How will quarterly tax returns work in
Instead of filling in your quarterly totals using
HMRC’s online portal your software must
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quar terly records to HMRC automatically.
The accuracy of your submission still
depends on you inputting all information
correctly. The advantage gained by updating
quarterly is you effectively manage cash flow
throughout the year and accurately calculate
your next VAT bill.
Will quarterly tax returns affect SMEs
and the self-employed?
Quarterly VAT reporting is phase one. Over
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Farrow & Ball
A very current interior trend just now is using velvet
across various complementary themes. The sumptuous
fabric has become one of the most sought-after textiles
of the season and has the power to change the ambience
of any room with just a touch.
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Velvet has really had a revival recently.
My memories of the fabric are normally in dusty
maroon or burgundy, often in the form of an old
tasselled armchair or dark, heavy curtains, and
somehow tinged with a smell of pipe tobacco, but
now it’s so much more. The colours and prints
available make it a great choice for adding a
touch of luxury to any part of your home, and the
wonderful sift texture adds a depth and a warmth
to any look.
In particular, you will see velvet used in bed
heads, indented with soft covered buttons. This
looks lovely in a pale warm grey, coupled with
dark, floral printed wallpaper and crisp white
linen. Top it off with a couple of contrasting,
small print cushions, and a silky throw to make
a simple bedroom into a sumptuous boudoir.
Or bring that into your living room in the
form of a muted soft, cosy velvet sofa. Punctuate
this with some bright contrasting cushions to
create a comfortable and inviting warmth that
impresses, as well as envelopes its guests.
This is the key area we see lots of velvet
just now as it works really well for sofas and
armchairs. It has an approachability to it,
and that wonderful tactility that just makes you
want to kick off the shoes and snuggle in. At the
same time – it has an elegance and a glamour
that can create a truly stunning effect. These
statement sofas look amazing in deep, dark tones
and beautiful in inky navy or rich teal. Not only
are these super-soft to lounge on, but they add
a striking touch of wow factor to the simplest of
rooms. This effect works really well as a contrast
against natural woods and crisp whites.
Alternatively – there are some fabulous bold
tones available too. You can access all the colours
of the rainbow in furniture now. I recently saw
a lovely combination of rosy pink velvet, with
sage green wood – this was quite unusual and,
accessorised with creamy marble side tables and
light, floral prints created a lovely fresh look.
Firm colour favourites for me though are
rusty vibrant orange, and bright bottle green.
Use these as bold statement pieces in a minimal
room. Add a touch of metallic sheen to pull out
small features, like using warm copper lamp
details in accessories throughout the room.
Pick this out in a lamp, or a candle holder for
example, and this just sets off the luxury of the
This velvet look is so versatile and impactful,
it’s really prevalent in several key trends this
season. Its luscious statement quality means that
you can merge it boldly into various seasonal
trends. One of these is an ‘Under the Sea’ theme.
This circles around scalloped shapes which work
particularly well in velvet furniture, again bed
heads and chairs in particular. Then, reflecting
this wavy, sea theme are the curves of shiny
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scales and shells which can be brought through
subtly in fabrics and prints on cushions and
curtains. Scalloped tub chairs in blues and
turquoises work beautifully as a starting point
to hang the entire theme together and have a
classic touch of ‘art deco’ to them.
This looks lovely accessorised with little
golden seashells and mixtures of blues and
greens, or pale rose and warm coppers. Look
out for the new fan-shaped tiles available to
use in bathrooms or halls for a real mermaid
touch. Think about the pearlescent radiance of
the inside of a seashell, and pull that into the
accents of your room, to add a touch of mermaid
shimmer to your living room.
Another look of the season reflects this
through a theme of ‘stars and constellations’.
Touches of gold, suggestions of planetary
activity in your accessories come together to
complement your white backdrop, and subtle
starry symbols bring a sense of fun and interest
into your fabrics.
All of these have a sense of a common theme
running through them of bold, art deco
influences, velvet statements and shiny accents.
You can have great fun picking and choosing
bits from all of these looks to create an opulent
retreat, or focus on a starry or a seashell theme
and make sure everything travels together
down this route.
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Seasonal trends in the home, like those
on the catwalk, touch on all aspects of
the time of year and the societal psyche
finds Susan Robertson.
by Susan Robertson
Mirrors are another
great option, pick
mirrors from charity
shops and make a shape
on the wall with them!
If we’re feeling bold and daring, this will
show through in our sense of style in our
homes, lifestyles and our wardrobe.
The same also goes if we feel in need of a rest,
a bit of a detox perhaps. That’s why often, we
can have totally different trends ongoing at
the same time, reflecting different elements of
ourselves and the season we’re in.
At the same time as the bold and vivacious
velvets and golds are welcome in our homes,
there is also room for the complete opposite,
the blank canvas of rooms, the nude palette.
This look is like a breath of fresh air to those
easily worn our by the chaos of the Christmas
season, and – depending on your home, it can
always be a good option to always have just a
touch of this, at least in one room, or a hall or
entrance area, as a respite from the busyness
The nude palette is exactly what it says,
think of nakedness as colours and textiles,
layered and draped in an appealing manner
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and there you have the starting point.
The colours should not be cold, they should
have warm undertones of milky white, peachy
cream and creamy grey. This creates a sense of
calm that is also cosy, and makes a wonderful
look for a bedroom retreat or a soothing
The way that you move from bland to
beautiful in this type of look, is to think in
layers, zones and textures. Use a few varying
tones of creams and warm greys on different
walls for example as a starting point. In
alcoves, and behind shelves – add extra interest
and depth with some patterned wallpaper,
go for something that is still very understated
in colour but just adds an interest to the eye
in a space. This means that the design of the
wallpaper, serves to add extra texture, without
detracting from the sense of understated calm
that you are creating.
Another option for wallcoverings, if you
choose an accent of any type, along with your
layers of nude, consider an old faded map.
Something that just has the faintest sense of
what it used to be, merged with that lovely
pale tea-stained edging and this looks great in
behind a shelf or in a desk alcove or under the
stairs. Make sure it’s of somewhere relevant
and dear to your family, it’s your home after all.
Create pieces of art, simply by layering
painted shapes on the wall and hanging some
appealing objects, use kitchen gadgets or old
wooden tools to create an interest for the eye
that’s a little bit different.
Mirrors are another great option, pick
frameless battered mirrors from charity shops
and make a shape on the wall with them. It
adds depth, space and light to any room, and
looks great in this context.
Then start to think about the tactile elements
of the room. Use rugged materials as near to
their natural state as possible, such as pale
wooden furniture or chunky light concrete
structured tables. Think carefully about the
textiles that you choose. Go for natural hessians
and warm linens in your fabrics, you can even
top off with a light touch of fake fur in a pale
warm grey or milky white.
Layer these up on natural wooden floors
to create a room with depth and warmth. If
you’re using this in a bedroom, it’s lovely with
soft washed cotton bedding in pale mocha or
warm grey, which I love with just a small touch
of denim or pale blue as a token accent colour.
Heavy knitted cushions and chunky pillar
candles top this off beautifully, balanced by
the odd touch of green plant or woody flower
To add extra interest and depth to such a
natural palette, it works really well to think in
zones, or areas that can be marked out slightly
differently. One thing I love to see in a room is
books. I’m not entirely sure of the root of this
appeal for me personally but I feel they denote
a sense of available time, of enrichment, and
escapism, so when they are on show, these
auras infiltrate the room. They also add an
element of colour, and of interest – talking and
browsing points for idle chit chat and breaking
up the room a bit. So I like to have the shelves
on show. And, there’s also no real need for
the shelves. Old well-loved paperbacks look
great piled up in rows along a wall, or in little
stacks neatly placed up the stairs. Or – as we
have them – piled up in a geometric structure
on a lovely battered little trolley that well has
outlived its usefulness but not its prettiness or
So there’s a lot you can do with very little,
and clever layers of warm beiges and creams,
topped off with some careful thought around
texture and accessories, means that you can
create a creamy calm haven that’s still warm,
cosy and inviting.
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The Wee Kitchen Shop
Specialising In Beautiful Shaker Kitchens
Every once in a while a new kitchen client
comes along with a restrictive space and
specific requirements – within these
limited parameters Greg at The Wee Kitchen
Shop truly comes into his own.
‘The client wanted freestanding styled
cabinetry,’ says Greg. ‘With many door
openings and windows in their traditional
West End kitchen each piece had to be
made-to-measure.’ While these restrictions
may have daunted others, awkward spaces
fire Greg’s imagination as he looks at how
homeowners use their space and how he can
optimise all the usable storage.
‘It is a process,’ admits Greg. ‘After a
few visits the client and I honed the different
zones and the detailing that would go into
each. The client chose painted solid ash
Shaker doors in shades of Calluna and
Brassica. The storage drawers leading to
the boiler door have been manufactured
to a depth of 500mm to free access to this
cupboard. We had Shaker doors made to
replace the existing louvre doors concealing
the boiler to complement the other cabinets.
Now everything is in exactly the right place
with individual detailing and bespoke touches
– such as the 20mm painted glass sink top
painted in Pelt.’
With slide out soft close storage for
spices on one side of the hob and another
for oils and vinegars on the other, this is a no
compromise kitchen that inspires cooking
creativity with everything you need to rustle
up a tasty meal at your finger tips.
This is definitely not an off the peg kitchen.
This is a bespoke space to inspire cooking
confidence, and a sense of joy, in thoughtful
details created just for the homeowner.
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