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Contents<br />

Image I Gregor Reid<br />

Contents<br />

6 Fashion pages<br />

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Regulars<br />

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13 4 Editor’s A Jian London Letter<br />

Christmas<br />

31 The West End<br />

14 Mum’s West Notebook End Live<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

19 Fashion, A west beauty end & health<br />

Christmas gift guide<br />

8 Suited and Booted<br />

28 Up Front<br />

Fashion<br />

gypsy brewing<br />

21 WIN! At Rainbow Room<br />

30 Restaurant review<br />

International<br />

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with wine at Rio Cafe &<br />

WIN! Shopping A weekend<br />

at 29 The Mother’s Bruce Day Arms<br />

32 Gift Sweet GuideLiberty recipe<br />

34 Author’s Bookgroup<br />

meets Phil Differ<br />

Going out<br />

39 Jingle Belles at<br />

Kennedy 16 West End + CoLive<br />

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

makeover 19 Top Things at Rainbow<br />

Room International<br />

41 Art Festive & culture Offers<br />

at Esteem Beauty<br />

42<br />

22 Writer’s<br />

100 years<br />

Reveal:<br />

of<br />

Erskine<br />

with Gary<br />

celebrated<br />

Sutherland<br />

at<br />

26<br />

The<br />

Cover<br />

Hunterian<br />

to Cover<br />

44 Health Matters<br />

47 Food Mum’s & drink Notebook<br />

49<br />

35 Restaurant<br />

Top Things<br />

Review:<br />

52<br />

Rossini<br />

Interiors<br />

West<br />

article:<br />

End<br />

Christmas<br />

37 Bar Review:<br />

in colour<br />

Munro’s<br />

55 Country comforts<br />

56 Hygge at home<br />

Westender living<br />

58 Atlas kitchen<br />

makeover 40 Smart Spaces<br />

66 45 Spring Legal Matters Forward with<br />

Mitchells 46 Art Deco Roberton Decadence

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

By the time this edition hits the West<br />

End’s leafy streets I’ll have returned from<br />

my first ever ski holiday to the Cairngorm<br />

Mountain ski resort, and be looking forward<br />

to another season camping in the Trossachs<br />

and up the west coast (fave place last year<br />

was Portban overlooking Islay and Jura<br />

– heaven).<br />

We joined the Glasgow Ski & Snowboard<br />

Centre at Bellahouston (ski-glasgow.co.uk)<br />

last year to take lessons and a nicer bunch<br />

of people it would be hard to meet. Every<br />

instructor, without exception, has been<br />

excellent (and patient!). Why now? Well I’ve<br />

waited long enough, I reckon. I had always<br />

fancied skiing and as I hit my mid-forties<br />

reckoned if it wasn’t now it may be never.<br />

My youngest and I have been learning<br />

together and that has made the whole<br />

experience extra special.<br />

Read my blog about our stay in<br />

Nethy Bridge online sometime this<br />

February, I’ll put a post out on social media<br />

when it’s uploaded – so keep up-to-date<br />

by joining us on Facebook, Twitter or<br />

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This edition is packed with gigs to book<br />

(West End Live P.16), things to do (Top Things<br />

P. 19) and books to read (Cover To Cover<br />

P.26) – you will not be bored this spring!<br />

We have a fantastic interview with author<br />

Gary Sutherland on P.22. If you are looking<br />

for a great read as well as inspiration to get<br />

out and about as the weather improves, he’s<br />

your man. Ever fancied walking the West<br />

Highland Way? Enter our competition for<br />

a copy of Gary’s new travelogue Walk This<br />

Way and laugh your way to the start point in<br />

Milngavie.<br />

The spring holidays are also racing<br />

towards us so Michele Gordon of The<br />

Language Hub has compiled a list of her top<br />

West End classes and events to keep the kids<br />

entertained this April. There’s loads on from<br />

Dippy the Diplodocus’ visit to Kelvingrove,<br />

exciting outdoor activities with West End<br />

Adventure, to outdoor games in our parks run<br />

by Glasgow Life. Head over to P.31 and start<br />

planning your West End fun.<br />

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LIVE<br />

March<br />

Kathryn Joseph<br />

Friday 1st March 7.30pm<br />

Glasgow University Debating Chamber<br />

When you stream Kathryn Joseph’s<br />

music it comes across poised,<br />

thoughtful, beautiful. Go see her live<br />

and all that is there, but there’s also<br />

a power and confidence that really<br />

sucks you in and bowls you over.<br />

Watching her you begin to believe that<br />

she really can right all the wrongs<br />

and offer you all the best life choice<br />

guidance you’ll ever need. I find her<br />

totally beguiling watching her sit<br />

at that piano singing those songs.<br />

And I’m not alone, her music has been<br />

celebrated by The SAYAWARD folk (She<br />

won the prestigious Scottish Album<br />

Of The Year Award in 2015). A national<br />

treasure of Scotland she is.<br />

Choice Tracks:<br />

Kathryn Joseph 'We Have Been Loved<br />

by Our Mothers'<br />

Mashrou’ Leila<br />

Sunday 10th March 7pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Mashrou' Leila are one of the most<br />

notable indie pop bands to come out<br />

of the Middle East, to be specific from<br />

Beirut in Lebanon. Now if ever an<br />

indie band had a reason to grind an<br />

axe it would be these guys. To my ears<br />

their music is beautifully arranged<br />

electro Euro pop augmented with the<br />

signature sound of razor sharp Arabic<br />

violin. Frequently compared to Arcade<br />

Fire, Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys they<br />

follow in the footsteps of legendary<br />

Arabic singer Fairuz in bringing<br />

their unique sound to the rest of<br />

the world. Shout out goes to their<br />

flamboyant frontman Hamed Sinno who<br />

is so compelling to watch – hints of<br />

Freddy Mercury.<br />

Choice track:<br />

Mashrou’ Leila ‘Are you Still Certain’<br />

Joanne Shaw Taylor<br />

Wednesday 27th March 7.30pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

Low slung Gibson Les Paul, check…<br />

Long blonde hair, check… Black ripped<br />

skinny jeans, check… Monster rock<br />

chops on that there guitar, check…<br />

Rock God poses, check… but wait,<br />

this isn’t some testosterone filled,<br />

sexually ambivalent hair metal<br />

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English born blues guitarist who can<br />

trade with the best of them. All these<br />

Bluesmen feeling sorry for themselves<br />

clutching their guitars for comfort<br />

need not look any further than Joanne<br />

Shaw Taylor for salvation. Compelling<br />

to watch.<br />

Choice track: Joanne Shaw Taylor<br />

‘Break My heart Anyway’

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by Greg Kane<br />

April<br />

Shawn Mendes<br />

Saturday 6th April 6pm<br />

SSE Hydro, thessehydro.com<br />

Shawn Mendes is the epitome of<br />

millennial success. This is a teenager<br />

who, aged 14, gained millions of fans<br />

over the course of only a few months<br />

after he started posting short videos<br />

of himself covering songs. A familiar<br />

strategy for achieving global success<br />

nowadays. Today at the ripe old age of<br />

19-years-old and already on his third<br />

album for Island Records he’s now<br />

gone all funky and grown up. I suspect<br />

there’ll be a Hydro full of screaming<br />

girls – and father’s and boyfriend’s<br />

pained faces. Notwithstanding he’s<br />

quite good tho.<br />

Choice track:<br />

Shawn Mendes 'Particular Taste'<br />

Hauschka<br />

Tueday 9th April 7pm<br />

Mackintosh Church<br />

Prepared piano music anyone?<br />

A technique that involves inserting<br />

objects between a piano’s strings<br />

and hammers to expand its sonic and<br />

operative possibilities… Anyone?<br />

Ok then, but I’m a piano player and I<br />

love this building up just off Maryhill<br />

Road, so it’s kinda ticking my boxes.<br />

Volker Bertelmann, also known as<br />

Hauschka, is an Academy Awardnominated<br />

composer, pianist and<br />

experimental musician whose music<br />

lends itself to movie soundtracks and<br />

he subsequently has a very impressive<br />

entry in IMDb to back it up.<br />

Very beautiful music in a very<br />

beautiful place.<br />

Choice Track: Hauschka 'Curious'<br />

Jody Watley<br />

Wednesday 17th April 7pm<br />

Òran Mór, oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Jody Watley is the Godchild of soul<br />

legend Jackie Wilson, she married<br />

Prince’s bassist André Cymone, sang<br />

all those Shalamar hits back in the<br />

80s and was one of the stars of the<br />

New Jack Swing scene in the late 80s,<br />

early 90s. Listening to her music on<br />

Spotify takes you back to the synth<br />

funk days of old… All Di’d guitars,<br />

deep bass lines, Kawai drum machines,<br />

big plate and gated reverbs. I loved it<br />

all… still do if truth be told.<br />

She still sounds and looks great.<br />

A night of 80s funk ahead of you.<br />

Choice track: Jody Watley with<br />

Shalamar 'Night To Remember'

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Top for Dynamic Dinosaurs<br />

We seem to have a special relationship here<br />

in the West End with the prehistoric era.<br />

Not so long ago, the Botanics were overrun with<br />

terrifying triceratops and vicious velociraptors.<br />

This spring it’s the turn of both Kelvingrove<br />

Museum and Kelvin Hall to play host to these<br />

gigantic beasts. First, step back to the crazy<br />

cretaceous period and visit Trix the T. Rex at<br />

Kelvin Hall from April till July. This 66 million<br />

year old dinosaur was initially discovered in<br />

Montana but these days is resident in the<br />

Netherlands. Trix is the only Tyrannosaurus<br />

Rex touring in the world so don’t miss this<br />

opportunity to visit Kelvin Hall during her<br />

visit and find out more about the life of this<br />

fascinating creature.<br />

Dippy on Tour sees the Natural History Museum<br />

of London’s most famous inhabitant leaving<br />

home for the first time since 1905. Dippy the<br />

Diplodocus was one of the largest animal that<br />

ever lived. Living 150 million years ago, he is now<br />

on a natural history adventure across the UK.<br />

Here in Glasgow, he will be helping residents<br />

of our city to experience the wonders of nature<br />

right here on our doorstep. With numerous<br />

events running throughout Dippy’s visit, visitors<br />

will have a chance to see how prehistoric animals<br />

are linked to what we see around us now. The<br />

RSPB will show how there are Dinosaurs In Your<br />

Back Garden, looking at the connection between<br />

birds now and those extinct. In March, dinosaur<br />

experts discuss if dinosaurs could live now in<br />

Dinosaurs Back To Life.<br />

All these amazing events will be leading up to<br />

Dippy’s Nature Discovery Day at the end of<br />

April. The day coincides with Glasgow’s Nature<br />

Challenge 2019, where visitors in and around<br />

the city will be asked to race against the clock to<br />

record as many different species of wildlife as<br />

they can (look out for Bioblitz in the Botanics on<br />

16th March). Incredible events for young and old<br />

alike, it’s a perfect time of year to be embracing<br />

and celebrating the nature around us.<br />

T. Rex in Town, 18th April –<br />

31st July, Glasgow Kelvin Hall<br />

kelvinhall.org.uk/trex<br />

Dippy On Tour 22nd January – 6th May<br />

Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum<br />

glasgowlife.org.uk/event/1/dippy-ontour-a-natural-history-adventure<br />

Top for a Top Read<br />

Glasgow’s annual book festival Aye Write!<br />

returns to the magnificent Mitchell Library in<br />

March. The festival, which has become a firm<br />

favourite in our cultural calendar, celebrates<br />

the best of local, national and international<br />

literature. Audiences gather to hear new writers,<br />

emerging talent or famed international authors<br />

discuss their works in the hallowed halls of one<br />

of Europe’s largest public libraries. With events<br />

also taking place at the Royal Concert Hall, the<br />

subjects under discussion cover every genre of<br />

literature and media.<br />

The list of authors and speakers is extensive.<br />

Big name authors such as Val McDermid and<br />

Alexander Smith McCall are in attendance along<br />

with well known names from broadcasting like<br />

Simon Mayo and Louise Minchin. Workshops are<br />

aplenty covering every type of writing: give it a<br />

go in creative writing, children’s books, poetry,<br />

writing for radio/television drama; the list goes<br />

on and on. There are also talks from the world<br />

of food and travel literature, historic writers and<br />

discussion on some of the most iconic books<br />

ever written. Wee Write! makes a welcome return<br />

too with the family day on Saturday 2nd March.<br />

As award-winning authors and illustrators<br />

encourage younger readers to develop their love<br />

of books, we can but hope this fantastic festival<br />

runs for many, many more years to come.<br />

Aye Write! 14th-31st March<br />


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in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Top for Comedy<br />

Can you believe it’s a year since the last<br />

Glasgow International Comedy Festival? The<br />

annual March Giggle Gala returns across the<br />

city bringing Glaswegians the best from the<br />

international comedy circuit. Now Europe’s<br />

largest comedy festival, stars will be attending<br />

from the UK and beyond. Venues in the west<br />

include Oran Mor, The Stand, Websters and<br />

the Tall Ship, but there are an abundance of<br />

shows dotted around a myriad of establishments<br />

nearby. Comedians to watch out for include<br />

the fabulously dry Rich Hall at the Garage on<br />

Sauchiehall Steet, Scotland’s very own Craig Hill<br />

at Oran Mor and the hilarious Mark Nelson (he<br />

of the politically savvy daughter) at the Stand.<br />

Darren Connell, of Scot Squad fame also treads<br />

the boards of the Stand in his Abandon All Hope<br />

show. We’ve yet to see if his alter ego Boaby will<br />

make an appearance with Officer Karen!<br />

Glasgow International Comedy Festival,<br />

14th -31st March, various venues<br />

glasgowcomedyfestival.com<br />

Top for Theatre<br />

Oran Mor’s now iconic A Play, A Pie and A<br />

Pint has hit its 15th anniversary and will have<br />

produced no less than 500 plays; quite an<br />

achievement given the lunchtime theatre slot.<br />

To recognise this landmark achievement, some<br />

of the favourite productions from over the years<br />

are making a return to the theatre. Plays by Liz<br />

Lochhead, Dave Anderson and Morag Fullerton<br />

are all on the Spring Season list, as well as new<br />

works by less well known, yet no less talented<br />

playwrights. Famous icons making a welcome<br />

appearance include Chic Murray, Elvis, Jocky<br />

Wilson and Humphrey Bogart… in dramatic form,<br />

of course. The latter returns for the 500th play,<br />

Casablanca – The Lunchtime Cut. This play<br />

was voted for by the Oran Mor audience as the<br />

favourite to have an anniversary encore.<br />

Looking down this list of dramas, musicals<br />

and comedies in this celebratory season, rest<br />

assured a lunchtime theatre date is on the cards<br />

this spring.<br />

A Play, A Pie and A Pint Celebration<br />

Season, Oran Mor, Byres Road<br />

oran-mor.co.uk<br />

Top for Top Art<br />

We all have our favourite forms, genres, pieces<br />

of art and over the years these pages have<br />

signposted some utterly incredible local galleries<br />

and some true national heroes e.g. Rennie<br />

MacIntosh. I’m safe in saying that I haven’t<br />

made previous reference to this chap who’s got<br />

a few pieces being shown down at Kelvingrove.<br />

His name? LEONARDO DA VINCI!!!<br />

Twelve of the most intricate drawings by da<br />

Vinci will be on show at Kelvingrove up until<br />

May in the showcase Leonardo da Vinci: A Life<br />

in Drawing. Lent to Kelvingrove Art Gallery<br />

and Museum by Her Majesty The Queen from<br />

the Royal Collection, the museum is the only<br />

Scottish venue to exhibit these pieces. Across<br />

the UK, 144 drawings in total are going on show<br />

in a national celebration to mark 500 years<br />

since the artist died. The drawings range from<br />

anatomy to mechanical design, portraiture; even<br />

weather sketches. With a number of da Vinci’s<br />

own explanatory notes, this is an incredible<br />

opportunity for visitors to get an insight in to the<br />

mind of arguably the world’s greatest ever artist.<br />

Kelvingrove is already home to one of the finest<br />

collection of European art, so this is the cherry<br />

on the cake. But my, what a glorious cherry it is…<br />

Leonardo da Vinci:A Life in Drawing,<br />

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum,<br />

February - May 2019<br />


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Even with the weather getting better and<br />

the first signs of spring around, the<br />

challenge Gary Sutherland set himself in<br />

Walk This Way brings out the blisters in me.<br />

Trekking 240 miles along three of Scotland’s<br />

iconic walks is quite a challenge. No rest<br />

breaks, walking 20 miles a day, on his own…<br />

does not immediately sound like a recipe for<br />

fun. Nevertheless, Gary’s travelogue Walk<br />

This Way is an amusing and light-hearted<br />

account of the landscapes he sees and<br />

people he meets with little made of his weary,<br />

sore feet.<br />

Gary – thanks for taking time to catch<br />

up with Westender Magazine – the first<br />

question has to be why?! Why do these<br />

three walks in a row?

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I never viewed walking as an activity I’d<br />

enjoy. I love cycling and running and living in<br />

Glasgow I’ve seen ‘The Walkers’ with their<br />

colossal backpacks getting ready to tackle<br />

the West Highland Way. I always thought<br />

it wasn’t for me. Having spent years living<br />

on the doorstep of Scotland’s most famous<br />

long-distance trail and doing a good job<br />

of ignoring it, I finally decided I needed a<br />

new challenge and wanted to test myself at<br />

something that was completely alien to me.<br />

I tend to bite off more than I can chew and<br />

am nothing if not ambitious. I found out that<br />

the Great Glen Way starts where the West<br />

Highland Way finishes so I thought: ‘Why<br />

not just carry on?’. I then realised that I<br />

could add the Speyside Way to the mix and<br />

make it a hat-trick of iconic walks. And that<br />

I could walk from Glasgow, where I live, to<br />

the Moray coast where I grew up. There was<br />

also the lure that perhaps no one had done<br />

this sequence of walks before. My mind was<br />

made up. I just needed to get my hands on<br />

some walking gear…<br />

What were the highlights?<br />

The highlights of my trek were crossing<br />

Rannoch Moor, climbing the Devil’s Staircase<br />

near Glencoe, walking towards Ben Nevis<br />

on the final day of the West Highland Way.<br />

The standout moment of the Great Glen Way<br />

was reaching Loch Ness. I couldn’t believe I’d<br />

got there on foot from the edge of Glasgow!<br />

Wandering through Malt Whisky Country on<br />

the Speyside Way was both a blessing and a<br />

danger. Beautiful scenery but a fair number of<br />

distilleries and some inviting pubs. Reaching<br />

the shore of the Moray Firth on the final day<br />

of my 240-mile march across Scotland was<br />

the absolute highlight. I felt a mixture of<br />

elation, exhaustion and relief.<br />

Did you have a favourite walk?<br />

My favourite of the three was without doubt<br />

the West Highland Way. It’s world famous<br />

for a reason. The epic mountain scenery,<br />

the wild moors, plus there’s a lot of<br />

camaraderie among the walkers on what has<br />

become a well-trodden path. But not one<br />

that’s overly busy, at least not in springtime<br />

when I set off on my solo journey.<br />

How would you compare and contrast the<br />

three walks?<br />

The West Highland Way was the most visually<br />

stunning of the three walks but also the most<br />

difficult. I found the Loch Lomond section,<br />

along the boulder-strewn wooded shore,<br />

far more awkward than I had anticipated.<br />

There’s also a steep climb out of Kinlochleven<br />

towards the end that fairly tests the legs.<br />

A good deal of the Great Glen Way is on the<br />

towpath of the Caledonian Canal, which was<br />

easier on the feet. You could cycle much<br />

of the Great Glen Way – and people do.<br />

The Speyside Way is the shortest of the<br />

three walks (66 miles, compared to 75 for the<br />

Great Glen Way and 96 for the West Highland<br />

Way) and the terrain is easier. It’s mostly<br />

forest walks, old railway lines and wandering<br />

across farmland with occasional glimpses of<br />

the River Spey. But passing through lovely<br />

villages like Aberlour and later reaching the<br />

sea makes it worth it.<br />

You were brought up in Hopeman but you<br />

now live in Glasgow. Did the final walk –<br />

the Speyside Way – feel like a long walk<br />

home?<br />

Trekking through Speyside did feel like a<br />

homecoming and that was the intention,<br />

the ultimate reward for my efforts. When I<br />

reached Grantown-on-Spey, I knew I was<br />

nearing the end of my long journey. From the<br />

slopes of Ben Aigan, above Fochabers, I saw<br />

the Moray Firth and that gave me a muchneeded<br />

shot of adrenalin for the closing<br />

miles. My family – including my granny, my<br />

mam, my wife and kids – were there to greet<br />

me at Spey Bay, where the river flows into the<br />

sea, and that was a very special moment.<br />

What was the biggest concern for you<br />

setting out on the journey?<br />

I guess the distance involved was the main<br />

thing. In total, the walk was almost 240<br />

miles and I was determined to hike the three<br />

long-distance trails consecutively over 12<br />

days, with no rest days. So that’s 20 miles<br />

per day. I felt fit (through my regular cycling<br />

and running) and I packed light, just a small<br />

backpack. I had booked a combination of<br />

B&Bs and hostels. No way was I carting<br />

along a tent! A big concern was getting<br />

blisters. No matter how fit I was, blisters<br />

could be a source of real pain. But I received<br />

some great advice in an outdoors shop in<br />

Glasgow, where I bought good walking shoes<br />

and proper walking socks – indeed a ‘sock

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system’ of thin liner socks beneath thicker<br />

woollen socks – and would you believe it,<br />

I didn’t suffer a single blister during the entire<br />

trip!<br />

You say you are not a keen walker – what<br />

were you scared of?<br />

My two main fears were heights and the<br />

prospect of extended periods of isolation.<br />

I had a wobble on Conic Hill on my first day,<br />

looking down on Loch Lomond. It’s not even<br />

that high a hill, but I do suffer from vertigo.<br />

I later froze half-way up the Devil’s Staircase,<br />

gazing back at Glencoe. My legs completely<br />

locked. Luckily, I had company and a fellow<br />

walker talked me over the Devil’s Staircase.<br />

In terms of isolation, I was worried in advance<br />

about perhaps having to cross Rannoch Moor<br />

on my own. Which is how it turned out…<br />

in torrential rain and high winds. Halfway<br />

across the moor, I decided to make a run for<br />

it. Legging it across the moor – this bleak,<br />

inhospitable place – I burst out laughing at<br />

the ridiculousness and exhilaration of it all.<br />

I do think the biggest challenge of all – more<br />

than the distance – was deciding to do this<br />

cross-country trek on my own. I’m a bit of a<br />

scaredy-cat and did struggle with extended<br />

periods in dark forests. I have a vivid<br />

imagination! I kept seeing things through<br />

the trees. Imagination is great for a writer,<br />

but not so much when you’re trekking in the<br />

middle of nowhere, miles from civilisation<br />

and haven’t talked to anyone all day.<br />

The Great Glen Way and Speyside Way<br />

were considerably quieter than the West<br />

Highland Way.<br />

your own, you’ll bump into people during the<br />

day or swap stories with fellow walkers over<br />

a pint in the evening. Near Bridge of Orchy,<br />

I met a bloke from Glasgow who was moving<br />

gingerly on account of two really bad blisters.<br />

I really sympathised with him but he turned<br />

o u t to b e a m a c h i n e – h e j u s t ke p t g o i n g .<br />

We met up in Fort William at the end of<br />

the West Highland Way and toasted our<br />

achievement with a dram. There was a real<br />

international cast on the West Highland<br />

Way, which shows how famous the trail<br />

is. I bumped into Americans, Germans,<br />

Zimbabweans and an unfeasible number of<br />

Belgians. The Belgians are mad for the West<br />

Highland Way. Who knew?!<br />

This is not the first travelogue you have<br />

written – you cycled round Scotland with<br />

your brother – what do you enjoy about<br />

this genre of writing?<br />

The beauty of travelogues is that they<br />

combine body and mind. You do the<br />

challenge, the journey – whether it be cycling<br />

around Scotland, walking across Scotland,<br />

golfing Scotland’s islands, all of which I’ve<br />

done – and gain a real sense of achievement.<br />

Then you sit down and tackle the next<br />

mountain – of writing a book. I’ve seen a<br />

great deal of Scotland now through my<br />

book adventures and met lots of fascinating<br />

characters. I never tire of the country I<br />

call home. There’s so much to see and<br />

experience.<br />

What were the walkers you did meet like?<br />

There’s a real spirit of camaraderie on the<br />

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You are a supporter of libraries and a<br />

frequent visitor to the libraries in the West<br />

End, why?<br />

Most of my writing is done at home but<br />

sometimes I’ll venture out for a change of<br />

scene, often to the Mitchell Library and<br />

sometimes Hillhead Library. I love libraries<br />

and as well as finding them to be good<br />

places to write, I also make a point of taking<br />

books out on loan so that I’m supporting<br />

libraries. They’re special places and should<br />

be cherished.<br />

You have a background as a sports<br />

journalist and also taught English abroad,<br />

but you have always been drawn to settle<br />

around the West End of Glasgow, why?<br />

I grew up in the fishing village of Hopeman<br />

on the Moray coast, went to the University<br />

of Aberdeen where I gained an English<br />

Literature degree, then moved to Glasgow.<br />

My first flat was in Kelvinbridge. I now live in<br />

Bearsden with my family but I’m often in the<br />

West End. I enjoy cycling into the West End,<br />

along the towpath of the Forth & Clyde Canal<br />

to the locks at Maryhill, then following the<br />

River Kelvin down to Kelvinbridge. My wife<br />

and I enjoy taking the kids to Kelvingrove<br />

Park. The West End has nice coffee shops,<br />

pubs, curry houses and I also enjoy going to<br />

gigs at venues like SWG3 in Finnieston.<br />

How would you sum up this book and why<br />

should Westenders get hold of a copy?<br />

Walk This Way is a tale of courage,<br />

endurance, cataclysmic quagmires, ludicrous<br />

ledges, feral goats and a baffling number of<br />

Belgians. The book is intended to inspire and<br />

raise some smiles along the way. Westenders<br />

are only a few miles from the start point of my<br />

journey in Milngavie. I’d encourage people<br />

to experience the West Highland Way. And if<br />

you get to Fort William and aren’t completely<br />

shattered, keep going!<br />

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The Language<br />

of Kindness<br />

by Christie Watson<br />




Christie Watson was a nurse for twenty years and<br />

is now the patron of the Royal College of Nursing<br />

Foundation. This is a truly astonishing book which<br />

made me laugh, cry and reflect in equal measure.<br />

Watson takes us on a journey<br />

through her nursing career,<br />

encompassing years in A+E,<br />

midwifery, PICU, oncology and<br />

several other specialities. In each<br />

chapter there is a clear focus on<br />

a type of patient, but the thread<br />

which glistens throughout the<br />

whole book is the element of<br />

kindness.<br />

The author is frank and<br />

unashamedly depicts her terror<br />

and revulsion at times with what<br />

she had to contend with as a<br />

student nurse. What I found<br />

particularly humbling was the<br />

candour with which she conveys<br />

humans in various states of illness,<br />

dying and despair. There are no<br />

pulled punches here and she is<br />

ever keen to remind us of the<br />

stark differences between the<br />

role of a nurse and the role of<br />

a doctor.<br />

Often the doctors arrive in a<br />

whirlwind, diagnose or operate,<br />

then leave. The nurses have<br />

done all the preparatory work to<br />

ensure that the child will sit still<br />

long enough to have a needle<br />

inserted into their bones, or that<br />

the hysterical mother remains calm<br />

long enough for the doctors and<br />

patient to remain calm. The nurses<br />

also occupy roles far beyond the<br />

criteria stipulated in the nursing<br />

manual: singing songs to children,<br />

comforting grieving relatives<br />

and innumerable other acts of<br />

kindness.<br />

The mundane, everyday roles of washing, toileting, wiping,<br />

brushing, changing, feeding and watering are all part and<br />

parcel of the nurse’s day, but at any moment a call can send<br />

them scrambling to someone in arrest. This constant lurch from<br />

calmness and mundanity to adrenaline and drama is clearly<br />

exhausting and takes a heavy emotional toll on the nurse.<br />

There is a very touching section where Watson deals with<br />

the death of her father. This will be difficult to read for those<br />

who have lost a loved one to cancer, but it helps the reader to<br />

understand that nurses have personal lives with their own joys<br />

and sorrows too, although these have to be left behind at the<br />

start of a shift.<br />

Watson also makes some pretty unequivocal statements<br />

about the dearth of funding for nurses and the clear staffing crisis<br />

in the NHS. The story of her daughter using sellotape to repair her<br />

shoes illustrates this better than any facts or figures. I read the<br />

Waterstones edition, which has an interesting afterword. This is<br />

an important book for us all to read as we are all affected, or will<br />

be affected, by the issues Watson raises. We all need kindness.

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The End We<br />

Start From<br />

by Megan Hunter<br />

2<br />

This is a book which was<br />

recommended to me recently<br />

and I’m eternally grateful to<br />

its advocate as it’s one of<br />

the best books I’ve read in<br />

a long time. The paperback<br />

version came out in 2018, so<br />

it’s still fairly recent. It’s a<br />

post-apocalyptic novel set in<br />

Britain and follows a family<br />

struggling to survive in extreme<br />

conditions. Like many novels<br />

of this genre, we are never<br />

really told what caused the<br />

catastrophe and the action<br />

begins in the days following<br />

the breakdown of society.<br />

We follow a young couple<br />

and their baby as they try<br />

to navigate their way away<br />

from London north to the safe<br />

haven of Scotland (hurrah!).<br />

Inevitably, the British stiff<br />

upper lip gets them so far and<br />

society seems to be coping<br />

in a way, at first. However,<br />

circumstances dictate that<br />

the husband leaves to seek<br />

supplies but doesn’t return,<br />

leaving mother and child to<br />

continue the trek alone.<br />

For fans of Cormac<br />

McCarthy’s The Road, you will<br />

recognise the sparse writing<br />

style, the nameless characters,<br />

the minimalist prose and the<br />

pace and drive helped by the<br />

brevity of the paragraphs and<br />

chapters. I consumed this in<br />

one sitting. The End We Start<br />

From offers a bleak portrayal<br />

of how easily society can break<br />

down and how close we all<br />

are to our basest instincts.<br />

Nevertheless, there is hope<br />

at the end, and that hope is<br />

where we start from.<br />

They take from the rich to give<br />

to the poor.’ This is the slogan<br />

of ‘Payback’, a team of teens<br />

determined to right the wrongs<br />

of an unjust society by ripping<br />

off those who rip off the poor<br />

and distributing their takings<br />

to those who most need it.<br />

It’s an intriguing concept<br />

and an entertaining 21st<br />

Century twist on the Robin<br />

Hood legend. We have the<br />

usual suspects: the tough guy,<br />

Gedge; Rendall, the narrator<br />

of the novel; Coke, the tall,<br />

brooding one; Kallie, the expert<br />

climber; and finally, there is<br />

Ferg, the tech expert. All in all,<br />

there’s a character for every<br />

teen to relate to.<br />

The novel races along with<br />

short chapters, most of which<br />

deal with a separate crime.<br />

The end of the summer is<br />

approaching and one assumes<br />

that the group will disband<br />

when they head off to uni, but<br />

fate has other ideas in store<br />

for them. Gedge has something<br />

to hide and endangers the<br />

whole group, Rendall attracts<br />

the attention of the police and<br />

the whole drama climaxes in<br />

a stunning train journey north<br />

with bad guys and police all on<br />

the trail of the gang.<br />

A breathless chase across<br />

the moors of the Scottish<br />

borders culminates in a very<br />

exciting denouement. This is a<br />

highly entertaining teen novel<br />

which may also serve to make<br />

young readers more aware of<br />

social justice and inequality in<br />

our society.<br />

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The West End<br />

mum’s notebook<br />

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

Some of you already know how much I<br />

look forward to spring every year. Days<br />

become longer, there are fewer cold<br />

days and hopefully no repeat of the Beast<br />

from the East!<br />

March starts off with the Aye Write<br />

Festival which runs from the 14th to 31st<br />

March at the Mitchell Library (ayewrite.com).<br />

The festival has been an annual occurrence<br />

since 2007 and celebrates the best in<br />

national, international and local writing<br />

bringing national and local speakers to<br />

Glasgow’s iconic library and allowing<br />

audiences to enjoy appearances from big<br />

name writers and emerging talent alike. Do<br />

look out for the Wee Write! part of the festival<br />

as it will run during the first week in March.<br />

The special family weekend is scheduled for<br />

the 2nd and 3rd March.<br />

I am very pleased to say that The Hub will<br />

be part of the Wee Write! school programme<br />

this year. This means council nurseries and<br />

primary schools can book slots with The<br />

Hub at their local library where we will read<br />

a book to the children chosen by the nursery<br />

or school in a foreign language also chosen<br />

by them. We are very much looking forward<br />

travelling all over Glasgow and meeting many<br />

new children. Sadly, Partick Library, our<br />

very own local library, will not be one of the<br />

venues as it remains closed for most of 2019<br />

for refurbishment. However keep libraries in<br />

mind when you are looking for bug book and<br />

other children’s sessions: Hillhead, Whiteinch<br />

and the Mitchell libraries will be your nearest<br />

ones.<br />

March also sees the return of the<br />

annual Glasgow Comedy Festival<br />

(glasgowcomedyfestival.com). There are<br />

some venues based in the West End like<br />

The Stand and The Oran Mor, for children’s<br />

comedy it is the Mask and Puppet Centre<br />

in Kelvindale. They will be hosting several<br />

shows as part of the festival which should<br />

be fun for primary school aged children.<br />

Although Ruby and Leon are getting slightly<br />

too old for most of the shows, I do like to take<br />

them whenever I can for support. The centre<br />

is continuously raising funds to refurbish and<br />

rebuild a new theatre and community centre.<br />

It recently extended its services in hosting<br />

an after-school group for the local area<br />

(maskandpuppet.co.uk).<br />

And then the schools close on the 29th<br />

and we are sliding into April and two weeks of<br />

school holidays. This year, the Easter holiday<br />

weekend actually falls outwith the Easter<br />

school holidays too. So, what will we do? I am<br />

pretty sure Ruby and Leon will want to attend<br />

their usual kids camp at Scotstoun Leisure<br />

Centre, they have basically been looking<br />

forward to it since the last one in October.<br />

These kids clubs are run by Glasgow Life and<br />

run at most leisure centres across the city; for<br />

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activities to suit all.<br />

But just in case the kids have a sudden<br />

change of heart, I want to be prepared and<br />

have other suitable and fun filled options at<br />

hand. One activity on our list for definite is<br />

West End Adventure (westendadventure.<br />

co.uk). This is a fairly new community interest<br />

company – same legal set up as The Hub<br />

– based in the West End which is all about<br />

the outdoors and was founded in 2017. This<br />

not-for-profit organisation offers a wide range<br />

of land and water-based activities including<br />

problem solving, kayaking, rock climbing,<br />

canoeing, abseiling, archery, and bushcraft.<br />

The list of activities looks very adventurous,<br />

and it is a great camp according to one of<br />

Ruby’s friends who attended one of the<br />

holiday weeks last year. It’s nice to know that<br />

you do not have to travel far to allow your kids<br />

outdoor adventures in the middle of our city.<br />

Their Easter holiday camps will run from the<br />

1st of April at £35 per day or £175 per week.<br />

And if you feel envious, do not despair,<br />

they also offer plenty of similar activities<br />

for adults, whether you need something for<br />

team building or for a special occasion with a<br />

group of friends.<br />

An absolute must this year will be, of<br />

course, a visit to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery<br />

to see Dippy! The Natural History Museum’s<br />

iconic Diplodocus dinosaur skeleton is<br />

currently visiting Glasgow as part of a road<br />

trip across the UK. Dippy has ventured out<br />

of London for the first time since 1905 and<br />

has been at the gallery since the 22nd of<br />

January. He will stay until the 6th of May so<br />

make sure not to miss him. If you do go and<br />

visit, maybe time it with one of the RSPB<br />

Scotland sessions as part of the Kelvingrove<br />

Art Gallery and Museum timetable ad make<br />

a day of it. These activities usually run on<br />

Saturdays and Sundays from 1-4pm and<br />

fees are donation based only and will fully go<br />

toward the costs of the sessions. Children<br />

learn about local nature and animals living in<br />

Kelvingrove Park (whatsonglasgow.co.uk/<br />

event/005324-the-rspb-at-kelvingrove).<br />

I like how you can make a whole day<br />

of being in and around the art gallery. If<br />

the weather is good, we try to get over to<br />

the bowling greens for a game of bowls.<br />

It’s great how you can just walk in and play<br />

on the greens if there is space. Or maybe you<br />

prefer tennis? However, the courts for this<br />

have to be booked in advance as they are<br />

popular and the slots are limited to a certain<br />

period of time.<br />

During school holidays, at least in<br />

summer, it is also one of the places to go to<br />

for the outdoor play activities organised by<br />

Glasgow Life. They set up stations, obstacle<br />

courses and bring all sorts of different<br />

games, balls and toys for everyone to use<br />

and enjoy; all for free too I may add.<br />

One other lovely afternoon out is a trip to<br />

the Clydeside Distillery at the former site of<br />

the Tall Ship. Tim Morrison, whose ancestors<br />

laid the foundations for Morrison Bowmore<br />

Distillers, fulfilled his ambitions of reviving<br />

distilling in Glasgow, helping to restore the<br />

dock his great-grandfather had built and set<br />

up the distillery in 2017. We recently booked<br />

a guided tour and Ruby and Leon really<br />

enjoyed it. They learned a lot about what<br />

Glasgow used to look like from old photos<br />

in the exhibition part. We had a Spanish tour<br />

guide who knew everything there is to know<br />

about making whisky and accommodated<br />

the kids with non-alcoholic drinks while<br />

all the adults tasted some of Scotland’s<br />

finest. There is also a café for light lunches<br />

and coffee and cakes and if you require a<br />

special gift for someone check out their shop<br />

with a great selection of Scottish whiskies<br />

(theclydeside.com).<br />

You can always combine this visit with a<br />

walk over to the Riverside Museum or the Tall<br />

Ship. They also put on holiday activities for<br />

children of different ages.<br />

And if none of this really takes your fancy,<br />

or you have tried all of them before the<br />

holidays are over, you can always come to<br />

The Language Hub or take a break in our new<br />

Café Hub two doors along from our learning<br />

h u b o n Ke i t h S t r e e t (19 & 7 Ke i t h S t r e e t).<br />

We will be running weekday activities<br />

between the 1st-12th of April for children and<br />

adults alike, not all of them involve language<br />

learning so make sure to check out our<br />

website in March for more details.<br />

Also check out a fairly new<br />

facebook page (facebook.com/<br />

GlasgowWestEndMumsandDads) which<br />

recommends and discusses topics of interest<br />

to parents in the West End, you might find<br />

some further helpful tips on things to do<br />

during the holidays. This leaves me to wish<br />

you all ‘Frohe Ostern und viele bunte Eier’<br />

and see you soon.

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Rossini<br />

Reviewed by Amy Glasgow<br />

Is there anything more satisfying than a<br />

hearty Italian? In recent years there has<br />

been somewhat of a revolution when it<br />

comes to Italian dining. In what can only be<br />

a positive move, more and more traditional<br />

eateries are appearing, focusing on seasonal<br />

ingredients and dishes that truly represent<br />

the vast Italian cuisine.<br />

Don’t get me wrong, there is nothing<br />

wrong with a bowl of carbonara or a<br />

magherita pizza, but it’s nice to see<br />

authentic, Italian-run businesses like La<br />

Lanterna, Eusebi Deli and Celino’s sharing<br />

success in the West End.<br />

A relatively new restaurant that fits this<br />

bill is Rossini, owned by Maurizio and Ester<br />

Rossini. Their first venture, the award winning<br />

North Star café, was and is a huge success<br />

but head chef and owner Maurizio opened<br />

Rossini in order to bring the traditional dishes<br />

of his home region, Apulia, to the streets of<br />

Glasgow, along with their knowledgeable and<br />

ever-friendly service.<br />

We started our meal with an appetiser<br />

of arancini, for who can resist the call of<br />

smoked mozzarella and n’duja, which was<br />

the clear standout of the three flavours on<br />

offer. The other two, one filled with meat ragu<br />

and the other with saffron and peas, were<br />

somewhat forgettable, though the exterior<br />

was beautifully crisp and golden brown.<br />

I was similarly intrigued by the Panzerotto,<br />

which translates as ‘the belly of the dough’.<br />

It is, essentially, a calzone. Filled with a<br />

molten tomato sauce and mozzarella and<br />

deep-fried, this Puglian street food is quite<br />

indulgent for antipasti and worth your time,<br />

but in future I would pass on the fried squid<br />

and king prawns, which didn’t have the<br />

freshness I craved.<br />

The selection of pasta dishes on the<br />

menu is representative of Maurizio’s home<br />

of Puglia, with a number of unusual options<br />

never before seen in Glasgow. The menu is<br />

a breath of fresh air, with just two ‘classic’<br />

Italian dishes on the menu, one of which is<br />

lasagne and not to be scoffed at. This is not<br />

the kind of lasagne you make at home with a<br />

jar of Dolmio, but a rich, meaty and authentic<br />

alternative.<br />

Don’t overlook the array of more unique<br />

dishes though, especially when the pasta<br />

is freshly made in-house. I opted for the<br />

paccheri (meaning ‘slaps’); large tubular<br />

pasta served with smoked mozzarella, cherry<br />

tomatoes and crispy pigs cheek. The pasta<br />

was perfectly al dente and sat in a delicious,<br />

warming sauce, but the pigs cheek was not<br />

‘crispy’ by any stretch of imagination, though<br />

it was soft, it was not distinguishable from<br />

pancetta.<br />

Despite having quite a sweet tooth,<br />

I would unfortunately have to suggest giving<br />

desserts a miss at Rossini’s, whose specialty<br />

is very much savoury. The ones we had<br />

(pistachio and saffron panna cotta and a dark<br />

chocolate and almond cake) were both fairly<br />

unremarkable, although given the generous<br />

portion sizes and reasonable price tag,<br />

you may be too full to order one!<br />

Rossini<br />

39-41 Hyndland Street G11 5QF<br />

0141 337 3135<br />

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munro’s<br />

Reviewed by<br />

Emily Donoho<br />

My trip to Munro’s for this edition’s<br />

bar review has given me a taste for<br />

artisan Scottish gin. As we looked<br />

over the drinks list in the pub, I noticed that<br />

they had more than a dozen gins from all<br />

over Scotland. As the gin thing seems to be<br />

taking off, I decided to try one from Aviemore.<br />

Gin, it turns out, has come a long way since<br />

I was an undergrad buying cheap and nasty<br />

gin to mix with whatever we had to hand.<br />

This one was excellent.<br />

For other liquor enthusiasts, Munro’s<br />

has a fair selection of Scottish single malts,<br />

blends, and bourbons, a wide range of rums,<br />

and plenty of liqueurs and shots. And the<br />

beer selection is excellent as well, a range<br />

of European beers like Weithenstephan,<br />

Birra Moretti, Staropromen, and Lagunitas,<br />

to Scottish beers such as Schiehallion,<br />

Tennent’s, St Mungo’s, and two guest cask<br />

ales, which were Kelburn Dark Moor, from<br />

Glasgow, and Coorie Doon, from the Late<br />

Night Hype brewery in Clydebank. As I’d<br />

never come across the Clydebank brewery<br />

before, I tried that one. I’m always a fan<br />

of pubs who sell beer from small, local<br />

microbreweries.<br />

Munro’s is a welcoming pub, with lovely<br />

wooden signage and huge windows looking<br />

out onto Great Western Road, letting in<br />

natural light and patrons can watch people<br />

and traffic on the busy road outside. Inside, it<br />

feels warm and cozy in spite of being a large,<br />

relatively spacious bar. The interior is divided<br />

into several rooms, some with re-upholstered<br />

sofas and booths, exposed brickwork for a<br />

rustic feel, and in the middle, near the bar,<br />

sits a table made out of a giant recycled<br />

cable drum. Other evidence of ‘upcycling’<br />

includes rugs hanging on the walls, alongside<br />

other items from junk shops. It’s also dog<br />

friendly.<br />

The pub, formerly the Captain’s Rest,<br />

takes its name from Munro’s Motors,<br />

a car dealer occupying that corner of Great<br />

Western Road in the 1960s. But it also<br />

has allusions to the munros, Scotland’s<br />

mountains over 3000ft, with photos of the<br />

mountains in the pub and portraits of Hugh<br />

Munro, the first British mountaineer who<br />

claimed he climbed all of them.<br />

For a quiet pint or a G&T or a meal (they<br />

also serve excellent food), Munro’s is an ideal<br />

pub. It’s located at 185 Great Western Road<br />

and opens from 11am to 12am seven days<br />

per week.<br />

Munro’s<br />

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0141 332 0972<br />


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There’s a downside of course. Space<br />

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Sometimes you think how nice it would<br />

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forgotten.<br />

Oh foolish one. Peel back the layers and<br />

you’ll find the country is a lawyer’s paradise.<br />

That grassy track belongs to a nearby farmer<br />

and he says you’ve no right to use it. The<br />

small-holder bangs your door at 6am to tell<br />

you her llamas have escaped because you<br />

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And anyway, your boundary fence is in the<br />

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The nice lady on the other side has<br />

unhelpfully gone and died and her son has<br />

turned up to tell you that your septic tank<br />

is discharging into his burn and if you don’t<br />

install a new one somewhere else (cost<br />

£20,000) he’ll block the pipe and report you<br />

to SEPA. You don’t even know what SEPA is.<br />

Your water supply turns yellow and you dread<br />

to think what might be happening upstream.<br />

Then a group of ramblers appear in your<br />

front garden and say they are deploying an<br />

ancient right of way which they uncovered in<br />

recent research. You suggest that if they went<br />

down that other way they would reach the<br />

same place more easily. Not the point, they<br />

say: public rights must be protected.<br />

You think wistfully of the Kelvinside neds<br />

throwing innocent wee beer cans into your<br />

lightwell. Off you go to your lawyer with a<br />

shopping list of points for advice. She tells<br />

you it’s part of country living. Weren’t you<br />

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Accountancy<br />

Matters<br />

by Bruce Wilson & Simon Murrison<br />

HMRC is tracking your digital footprint<br />

What is a digital footprint?<br />

A digital footprint is the mark left every<br />

time a financial transaction is made – a visa<br />

payment, a car purchase, even a post on<br />

social media. Data from digital footprints is<br />

gathered, monitored and analysed by HMRC.<br />

Therefore, revealing where you are, what<br />

you do and what you spend your money on<br />

allowing HMRC to assess who is paying the<br />

right amount of tax and catch tax cheats.<br />

HMRC digital footprint tracker:<br />

‘Connect’<br />

Tracking digital footprints is a huge leap<br />

forward for HMRC as it no longer relies solely<br />

on information from tax payers.<br />

HMRC draws on the electronic information<br />

via its super computer, ‘Connect’, designed<br />

to identify those paying too little tax.<br />

HMRC is refining processes, learning<br />

more, increasing accuracy and building an<br />

accurate picture of UK tax payers. HMRC is<br />

spotting more tax anomalies and tightening<br />

the net around tax cheats.<br />

HMRC had quick wins found in the<br />

most unexpected places. For example tax<br />

cheats were caught spending thousands of<br />

undeclared income on lavish family weddings<br />

posted on Facebook.<br />

9 digital footprint examples<br />

1. Visa and Mastercard transactions<br />

2. Land Registry records<br />

3. DVLA<br />

4. UK and overseas bank accounts<br />

5. Internal tax documents<br />

6. Earnings<br />

7. Online marketplaces<br />

8. Social media<br />

9. Web browsing and email records<br />

Tracking digital footprints will grow even more<br />

important with HMRC’s quarterly returns<br />

under Making Tax Digital. We have the tools<br />

to help you easily track your finances and<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

Loud + Clear<br />

by Susan<br />

Robertson<br />

Smart Spaces<br />

Our homes are where we spend much of our<br />

down-time, and increasingly our work time, so we<br />

should make sure our surroundings reflect and enrich<br />

us as much as possible. In this age of fast-paced<br />

technological advancement, we have many options at<br />

our fingertips to make our lives easier, and to integrate<br />

our work and hobbies into our homes.

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As technology has evolved so quickly, we often<br />

find ourselves surrounded by a growing mass of<br />

wires and speakers. So before you scrabble about<br />

for a new set of batteries for one of your umpteen<br />

remote controls, Susan Robertson has asked some<br />

local experts how technology and design can work<br />

hand in hand to create the best tech experience and<br />

environment in our homes.<br />

Allan Boyd, Managing Director of Loud and<br />

Clear said, 'Music and movies are a big part of<br />

many of our lives, but the technology we use<br />

regularly, is often an afterthought in our design<br />

processes. We firmly believe that the better the<br />

technology looks and sounds in the comfort<br />

of our home – the more you can enjoy it. With<br />

advances in technology this no longer requires<br />

a great big pile of black boxes in the corner and<br />

some grand monolithic speakers. Equipment<br />

can be hidden away and controlled seamlessly<br />

with an easy-to-use app. Speakers can be hidden<br />

in walls or in ceilings or can become statement<br />

interior pieces in custom fabrics or exotic wood<br />

finishes. Music and movies can be streamed<br />

online from services like Spotify and Netflix so<br />

there’s no more need for teetering piles of CDs<br />

cluttering up our space.'<br />

So, perhaps it’s time to clear out the old<br />

DVDs, CDs, wires and aerials and have a fresh<br />

look at how we can make our homes, lives and<br />

technology work more effectively together.<br />

Allan explained. 'Many of our clients don’t<br />

fully appreciate what is possible from their<br />

film and music collection and that we really<br />

can create "the band playing in the room"<br />

experience without comprising their living<br />

space. Within the Finnieston showrooms<br />

there are three music/cinema rooms laid out<br />

and furnished as a domestic living room. In<br />

this relaxed environment we can let clients<br />

experience systems until they find their<br />

optimum level.'<br />

Allan and his team also offer a range of<br />

complimentary interior design services<br />

including smart wiring, lighting design and<br />

control, acoustic room treatment and heating<br />

control. So you can really create a bespoke smart<br />

home that is tailored precisely to your individual<br />

needs and the design of your home. He has<br />

recently collaborated with interior designer, Lisa<br />

Trainer of Red Door Interiors.<br />

Lisa said, 'The development of technology in<br />

a digital world has surged its way in to how we<br />

live our lives in every way. Evolving, adapting<br />

and being informed of these changes is crucial<br />

to architects and interior designers in the whole<br />

process of a design from initial concepts to<br />

planning and specifying lighting, heating, air<br />

conditioning, blinds and curtains, audio visual,<br />

TV, computers and security all combine to<br />

present high performance multi-room use and<br />

design possibilities.

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Both Allan and Lisa stress that involving the<br />

experts as soon as possible in any new project is<br />

key to its success.<br />

Lisa feels 'The onus is on the designer to<br />

be creative and visual from the start and to<br />

replace standard functional items like light<br />

switches, radiators and sockets with an invisible<br />

"behind the scenes" network of power and<br />

programming. This must all be considered at<br />

the very start of a project with the specialists<br />

involved in coordinating and engineering the<br />

electrics and other controls.'<br />

She continued, 'Planning connected multiuse<br />

spaces that can accommodate working,<br />

socialising and relaxing are all factors in the<br />

architectural and design process and should be<br />

a collaboration of specialists working together<br />

to create spaces for the future, that still feel like<br />

home.'<br />

So, as the options presented by technology<br />

advancements become greater and more<br />

accessible, there is some more thought required<br />

to make the best use of what’s available to us,<br />

and to integrate it seamlessly into a clever<br />

design to create a functional and beautiful<br />

environment.<br />

As Lisa explains, 'Increasing environmental<br />

considerations as well as the ever-changing<br />

advancements in this technology-led way of life<br />

have only added to the need for designers to be<br />

more creative and holistic in their approach<br />

to design. I believe this can be achieved by<br />

Red Door Interiors<br />

careful consideration of a living space, its<br />

uses, functions, flexibility and lifestyle of the<br />

client. The combination and integration of<br />

custom-made luxury textiles, wallpapers, craft<br />

made furniture and other lifestyle products<br />

in contrast to the functionality of the tech is<br />

the perfect harmony for me as a designer in<br />

achieving a well-balanced space.'<br />

We may often overlook the technology aspect<br />

in any upgrade or redesign of our homes, but<br />

it’s a great opportunity to revisit our needs and<br />

wants for how our homes can function best<br />

for our needs, as well as looking and feeling<br />

the way that we want. We’re fortunate to have<br />

exceptional expertise on our doorsteps to walk<br />

us through the process.<br />

Loud + Clear | 520 St Vincent Street<br />

0141 221 0221 | loud-clear.co.uk<br />

Red Door Interiors | 100 Beith Street<br />

07803 138 557 | reddoorinteriors.co.uk<br />

What are the key considerations when<br />

choosing a tailored approach to sound and<br />

vision within the home?<br />

Think about what you want to get from any<br />

system. Is it ultimate performance for a<br />

movie night, an amazing sounding hi-fi to<br />

play your records on and/or integrated smart<br />

lighting and heating control to enhance your<br />

living space?<br />

How can people decide what level of equipment<br />

they need?<br />

Make sure you experience before you buy,<br />

get professional advice from the outset, and<br />

spend some time in planning.<br />

What’s the best way to integrate new technology<br />

into traditional buildings?<br />

Choose your timing, systems typically need<br />

an element of cabling so best to consider<br />

when a room is about to be decorated, or<br />

you’re moving, developing or extending.

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It’s one of those little sayings that stick in the mind but no-one knows<br />

where it came from – ‘spring forward, fall back’ reminds us that we’re<br />

in the new season where the clocks are changing again and the days are<br />

now lengthening. This little saying helps to make sure we put the clock<br />

an hour forward and not back and adjust our bed-times accordingly.<br />

This range of clocks give us some lovely options to be found locally for<br />

keeping time, whether that be for getting up in the morning, or for<br />

adding an elegant touch to your living room wall.<br />

Wall Clock from<br />

House Doctor,<br />

£82.50, CoLab Store<br />

Thomas Kent Mantel Clock,<br />

£26, Spirito<br />

Mint Covent Garden<br />

Alarm Clock,<br />

£25.95, Nancy Smillie<br />

Nickel Art Deco Style Clock,<br />

£215, The Store Interiors<br />

Edinburgh Wall Clock,<br />

£115, The Store Interiors<br />

CoLab Store, 11-13 Dowanhill Street Hyndland Road, 0141 570 1766, colabstore.co.uk<br />

Nancy Smillie, 53 Cresswell Street, 0141 334 4240, nancysmillieshop.com<br />

Spirito, 317-319 Crow Road, 0141 337 3307, spiritogifts.com<br />

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ART DECO<br />

decadence<br />

by Susan Robertson<br />

There’s a great comfort in revisiting styles of<br />

past eras, they combine throwback memories<br />

and associations with days or generations<br />

gone by, and offer the opportunity to learn<br />

what works and what<br />

doesn’t from styles<br />

tried and tested.<br />

The Store Interiors<br />

Few movements have impacted more on the<br />

world of design than Art Deco. The bold and<br />

glamorous international style of the 1920s<br />

and 30s touched on all elements of fashion,<br />

architecture, interior, fine art and even car<br />

design. The style is easily recognised by its<br />

strong use of geometry and symmetry, sleek<br />

lines and distinctive motifs and fonts.<br />

The origins of the movement can be traced<br />

back to France at the turn of the century,<br />

when the French government sponsored<br />

a trade exhibit to reclaim the country’s<br />

position at the cutting edge of fine art and<br />

design, and the term Art Deco is generally<br />

accepted to come from the exhibit’s title:<br />

‘Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs<br />

et Industriels Modernes’.

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It draws from various influences during<br />

the modernism era, and Fauvism, Cubism<br />

and Bauhaus styles are amongst the themes<br />

that played an important role. The move was<br />

a transition to more minimal, geometric,<br />

clean lines, with sharp angles and bold curves.<br />

It epitomises the ‘roaring twenties’, a time of<br />

technological and commercial advancement,<br />

and often highlights graphics representing<br />

speed, trains, travel and discovery with<br />

Egyptian and Mayan motifs often featuring in<br />

designs.<br />

The style was globally successful, and has<br />

had several resurgences since, in the 60s and<br />

the 80s in particular, and it has never really<br />

gone out of style, but it’s enjoying another fresh<br />

comeback today.<br />

You’ll be aware of some of the influences on<br />

some of our Glasgow architecture – notably in<br />

the Beresford Building on Sauchiehall Street,<br />

Kelvin Court on Great Western Road, and the<br />

wonderful old Odeon cinema building on<br />

Renfield Street. The style is bold and striking<br />

in architecture representing great elegance<br />

and opulence, and it looks great in many forms<br />

inside our homes too.<br />

Whether you add the odd touch here and<br />

there, or you go full steam ahead on a Deco<br />

redecoration, it’s easy to add that ‘flapper’s<br />

flair’ to your home.<br />

I personally love the ambience of the style,<br />

as a great fan of Agatha Christie when I was<br />

growing up, I associate the era with escaping<br />

into stories of Hercule Poirot’s shiny home<br />

with minimal fuss and black and white shiny<br />

tiles. Think velvet upright armless chairs,<br />

shiny floors and thick rugs, golden accessories,<br />

marble and glass furniture with sharp lines<br />

juxtaposed with bold curves and colours.<br />

The full authentic look is beautiful to look<br />

at but has its limitations in liveability and<br />

comfort, particularly unrealistic is the merging<br />

of marble or glass furniture, with boisterous<br />

kids. So, depending on your lifestyle and home,<br />

it’s a style that you can infuse with modern life<br />

as much, or as little as you like. The style has a<br />

timeless feel to it and the graphic advertising<br />

posters look great as small touches in frames on<br />

the wall. Gold metal bar trolleys epitomise the<br />

era and the solid marble look can be effectively<br />

brought into through accessories such as<br />

lamps or sculptures. The bold black and white<br />

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