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Contents<br />

Regulars<br />

4 Editor’s Letter<br />

24 Mum’s Notebook<br />

42 Cover to Cover<br />

Lifestyle<br />

7 READER OFFER! 2-4-1<br />

Tickets for The Country<br />

Living Christmas Fair<br />

17 West End Christmas<br />

Gift Guide <strong>2019</strong><br />

34 A Shop That’s Close<br />

To Home<br />

Fashion, beauty & health<br />

8 Mono Fashion<br />

25 WIN! At Rainbow<br />

Room International<br />

Going out<br />

26 Top Things<br />

28 West End Live<br />

with Greg Kane<br />

30 Musician Interview:<br />

The Pastels<br />

41 Restaurant Review:<br />

Five March<br />

<strong>Westender</strong> living<br />

45 Winter Warmer

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Editor’s<br />

Letter<br />

Iapologise in advance but I am going to<br />

say it…the dreaded ‘C’ word – Christmas!<br />

There you go. That wasn’t too painful now<br />

was it? Ok, maybe a bit. The 25th <strong>December</strong><br />

does seem to whizz round earlier and earlier<br />

each year but as always we are helping you<br />

to prepare with our Christmas Gift Guide<br />

loaded with goodies from our West End gift<br />

boutiques (Page 17).<br />

Keeping it local remains our theme for<br />

Pamela Palongue’s shopping guide on page<br />

34. Visiting the local florists, grocers and<br />

markets of the West End, Pamela promotes<br />

the great value and choice we have right<br />

on our doorstep – whilst supporting local<br />

businesses and families too.<br />

As the nights draw in and the weather<br />

deteriorates what a great excuse to cheer<br />

ourselves up by visiting one of our great<br />

music and entertainment venues. We could<br />

all do with some cheering up (oh yes we<br />

could!). There are pantos for young and old at<br />

Websters Theatre and Oran Mor, Elfingrove<br />

magic at Kelvingrove, street parties and<br />

Christmas markets on Vinicombe Street, plus<br />

many more – so check out our Top Things<br />

happening in the West End this winter on<br />

page 26.<br />

SWG3, the QMU, The Hug and Pint, and<br />

the Armadillo are all featured in Greg Kane’s<br />

top music listings this festive season on page<br />

28. We are blessed with venues from intimate<br />

spaces to world class facilities hosting the<br />

likes of Scottish songstress Magpie Blue<br />

to the 80s icons a-ha. And to add to this<br />

bounty, The Great Western festival launches<br />

this <strong>November</strong>, bringing top bands such<br />

as Songhoy Blues and Cass McCombs to<br />

community spaces around Great Western<br />

Road. Heading the line up at the Maryhill<br />

Community Central Halls are The Pastels.<br />

Read Nicola Maule’s interview with Stephen<br />

Pastel on page 30 about why they chose to<br />

get involved.<br />

This is our last edition of <strong>Westender</strong> for<br />

<strong>2019</strong>. A huge shout out must go to our regular<br />

advertisers who’ve supported us throughout<br />

the year. Without you we couldn’t do it.<br />

Literally. So let’s give a huge cheer for small<br />

local businesses sharing the love this winter!<br />

Suzanne Martin

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Christmas<br />

a merry west end<br />

Gift Guide<br />

for kids<br />

Peter Rabbit Egg Cup Set<br />

Made from Eco-friendly Bamboo<br />

£10.95, Cassiopeia<br />

Dinosaur Lights<br />

£25, Spirito<br />

Recycled Pencil Range<br />

Boxes from £12.50<br />

Nancy Smillie<br />

Mini Fox Terrier Toys<br />

£5.95 each, Nancy Smillie<br />

Sophie la Giraffe Star Activity Toy<br />

£22.99, Cassiopeia<br />

Jellycat Leek Soft Toy<br />

£9.95, Papyrus<br />

Nape Textiles Scrunchies<br />

£12 each, Wuid & Stitch<br />

Alex Makes Kids Lampshade<br />

£35, Wuid & Stitch<br />

Magnetic Dress Up Game<br />

£12.99, Spirito

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for her<br />

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Arthouse Unlimited Gifts<br />

from £4.95, Nancy Smillie<br />

Stork Print Kimono Gown<br />

£69.95, Nancy Smillie<br />

Silver, Gold and Opalite Ring from<br />

Banyan £95, Cassiopeia<br />

Miami Vice Tote Bag by Freitag (various colour<br />

options) £75.00, CoLab Store<br />

Green Thomas Houndstooth Shawl<br />

£110, Hoos<br />

Lab 6 Candles and Diffusers<br />

£25 each, Wuid and Stitch<br />

Necklace £105<br />

Spirito<br />

Keyrings £9.99<br />

Cassiopeia<br />

Original Duckhead Olive<br />

£26, Hoos<br />

Alice Dansey-Wright Tote Bag £40 & Purse £20,<br />

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for him<br />

The Whisky Game £22<br />

Cassiopeia<br />

ESWS RAF Ejector Seat Parachute<br />

Wind Shirt £55, Wuid and Stitch<br />

Chilly’s Matte Blue Water Bottle<br />

£20.00, Papyrus<br />

Green Thomas Semaphore Black Scarf<br />

£130, Hoos<br />

Light Up Globe<br />

£90, Spirito<br />

Roka Urban Bags selection<br />

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YLF Shower Gel from Triumph &<br />

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Olive Pearson Rugby Cowal<br />

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Click Clock £54.95<br />

Nancy Smillie<br />

Large Book Light £64.95<br />

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Sada Blue & Green Steel Vase<br />

by House Doctor £75, CoLab<br />

Wagging Tail Clocks £44.95 each<br />

Nancy Smillie<br />

Santa Ducks starting<br />

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Octopus Bowl<br />

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Light Up Folklore Circle Large £44<br />

Small £24, Spirito<br />

House Doctor Scented Candle<br />

£12.50, Hoos<br />

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Glass Terrarium £49.95<br />

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The Nickel Boys<br />

by Colson Whitehead<br />




Colson Whitehead’s previous novel, The Underground<br />

Railroad, won a Pulitzer prize and was endorsed by<br />

Barack Obama.<br />

It conveyed the testimonies of<br />

former slaves who had escaped<br />

the American south, neither<br />

exaggerating the brutalities<br />

endured nor pulling any punches<br />

when depicting the attitudes of<br />

the white slave owners. In his new<br />

novel, The Nickel Boys, that same<br />

raw depiction of the harsh realities<br />

of being black in a white world is<br />

utilised to stunning effect.<br />

The main protagonist, Elwood,<br />

is thrust into The Nickel Academy,<br />

a reform school where education<br />

is minimal and work in the form<br />

of cheap labour for the white<br />

population is par for the course.<br />

Elwood’s crime: simply being in the<br />

wrong place at the wrong time.<br />

As the novel progresses, we begin<br />

to understand that very few of<br />

the ‘students’ at Nickel Academy<br />

have done much to merit their stay<br />

there, as the seemingly arbitrary<br />

arrests of black youths provide a<br />

constant stream of free labour to<br />

fulfil a plethora of manual tasks,<br />

bringing in a handsome profit for<br />

the white governors of the school.<br />

Students are regularly beaten,<br />

isolated for days at a time, as well<br />

as simply disappearing.<br />

For students who have really<br />

overstepped the mark there is<br />

The White House, a building in the<br />

middle of the complex where boys<br />

are taken at night and beaten to<br />

within an inch of their lives. This<br />

is the fate Elwood suffers not<br />

long after arriving at The Nickel<br />

Academy, intervening in a fight<br />

and getting caught up with the<br />

rest in a group punishment. He is<br />

inspired by the words of Dr. Martin<br />

Luther King, and is determined to overcome oppression through<br />

non-violence, just like his hero. Whitehead describes the ensuing<br />

brutal beatings briefly and the injuries and long-term damage is<br />

catalogued, but these stark, sparse accounts are actually a more<br />

effective way of conveying the true horror of what went on, where<br />

others could lean towards ghoulishness or gratuitous gore.<br />

The novel opens with a grisly find by construction workers<br />

on the site of the former reform school, so we know from the<br />

beginning the fate that often awaited these boys. What makes<br />

this novel so terrifying is that it’s all based on real events, as<br />

the endnote confirms. The inspiration for this book is the Dozier<br />

School for Boys, which was a reformatory school in Florida which<br />

ran for more than a hundred years. Just recently, Florida officials<br />

announced that they would begin the search for more bodies on<br />

the site.<br />

There was a lot of hype surrounding the appearance of this<br />

book, mainly because of the huge popularity of The Underground<br />

Railroad, and many saw this as a sequel. Whilst that’s not entirely<br />

true, it is certainly a continuation of Whitehead’s exploration of<br />

black history in America and what underlies the still simmering<br />

racial tensions plaguing that land.

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Top Marks For<br />

Murder<br />

by Robin Stevens<br />

2<br />

Top Marks for Murder is book 8<br />

of the Murder Most Unladylike<br />

series, a series which focusses<br />

on a group of high school super<br />

sleuths. I must admit, I’m new<br />

to this series but if number<br />

8 is anything to go by, many<br />

younger readers will find this<br />

series highly entertaining.<br />

The novel is set in<br />

Deepdean, a private school<br />

for girls – girls of the highest<br />

echelons of society only, don’t<br />

you know? There is the usual<br />

banter, cattiness and snobbery<br />

you would expect from this<br />

setting (fans of Malory Towers<br />

will enjoy this) before a<br />

murder rocks the school to its<br />

foundations.<br />

One of the group of sleuths,<br />

better known as the Wells<br />

and Wong Detective Society,<br />

spots a murder from their<br />

dorm window and the game<br />

is afoot. Through dogged<br />

determination, guile and wit,<br />

the girls, with the help of a<br />

friendly local Police Inspector,<br />

manage to narrow down the<br />

list of suspects by a process<br />

of elimination. Another murder<br />

along the way only serves to<br />

complicate matters.<br />

Do they catch the culprit<br />

in the end? What do you<br />

think? It’s not going to tax the<br />

brains of any young readers,<br />

but they’ll enjoy the chase.<br />

The characters are amusing,<br />

the plot speeds along with<br />

many twists and turns along<br />

the way, and the concept of<br />

teen detectives will appeal to<br />

many younger readers. This<br />

would be an ideal stockingfiller<br />

and will entertain the<br />

youngsters during those long<br />

winter nights.<br />

Jason announces after years<br />

of silence that he identifies as<br />

a girl and wants to live life as<br />

a girl. He starts to grow his<br />

hair and wear more feminine<br />

clothes, and these very visible<br />

changes lead to consternation<br />

amongst his family and friends,<br />

despicable name calling and<br />

online comments, as well as<br />

support from some surprising<br />

quarters.<br />

The novel focusses primarily<br />

on his younger brother, Sam,<br />

who struggles to deal with<br />

the loss of his big brother and<br />

can’t accept that his big sister<br />

is essentially the same person<br />

with whom he loved spending<br />

time. Sam is bullied mercilessly<br />

at school for his brother’s<br />

situation and takes this out on<br />

Jason, who is now known as<br />

Jessica.<br />

To add to this tension,<br />

his mother is a high-profile<br />

cabinet minister who is<br />

vying for the top job, and<br />

this situation is at best a<br />

distraction and at worst an<br />

embarrassment to her and a<br />

real obstacle to her chances<br />

of becoming Prime Minister,<br />

as her rivals use this as<br />

ammunition against her.<br />

This book has caused a<br />

bit of a backlash from the<br />

trans community over Boyne’s<br />

representation of a trans<br />

teenager and he was criticised<br />

for making the focus of the<br />

novel the family, rather than<br />

the person transitioning.<br />

However, others have<br />

commented that this is the<br />

book’s strength, and I’d agree.<br />

The ending is perhaps a bit<br />

too neat. Nevertheless, this is<br />

a thought-provoking book for<br />

any teenager to read, whether<br />

cis or trans.<br />

My Brother’s Name<br />

Is Jessica<br />

by John Boyne<br />


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Endmum’s<br />

West<br />

notebook<br />

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

Is it just me or has this last year been a<br />

particularly fast one? It seems not that long<br />

ago we opened our multilingual lending<br />

library in September, hosting Halloween<br />

parties, preparing for St. Andrews events and<br />

planning our Christmas festivities at The Hub!<br />

As you know, I like Christmas a lot:<br />

particularly the time in the run up to the big<br />

day. There is so much anticipation of things<br />

to come, lights and decorations everywhere<br />

and the smell of Christmassy things. It is<br />

especially lovely to see children bursting<br />

with excitement, asking all sorts of questions<br />

around Santa and how it works. Just Magic!<br />

I also like Christmas as it gives a little<br />

extra time to do things as a family. I do miss<br />

some of the German Christmas traditions.<br />

I miss celebrating the four Sundays of Advent<br />

and a proper Christmas market. In Germany,<br />

Christmas markets are the place where you<br />

spend hours with friends, singing carols while<br />

enjoying some Glühwein and eating either<br />

very greasy or very sweet food. I have always<br />

thought that the West End should have its<br />

own little Christmas market on Mansfield<br />

Square and I still live in hope that one day<br />

this will become a reality. In the meantime,<br />

we have decided to get a start on things by<br />

hosting a one day only Christmas market<br />

inside The Café Hub on the 1st of <strong>December</strong><br />

(11am-5pm). But maybe our scheduled<br />

Advent Sunday family brunches (11am-1pm)<br />

are more to your taste; either way, we hope<br />

to see you.<br />

But there are many more things to<br />

do throughout the West End starting in<br />

<strong>November</strong>. One of the early events is the<br />

musical at the SEC ‘How The Grinch Stole<br />

Christmas’ (13th-17th <strong>November</strong>) which has<br />

been described as ‘A genius of a show! A<br />

total delight for both kids and adults’.<br />

If you are looking for events where you can<br />

purchase some gifts and yummies instead<br />

then check out the beautiful range of handmade<br />

crafts, cards, gifts and delicious baking<br />

at the annual Paul O’Gorman Christmas Fair<br />

on the 24th of <strong>November</strong> at Knightswood<br />

Community Centre (201 Alderman Road).<br />

And if you missed the opportunity last<br />

year to make your own Christmas wreath,<br />

sign up to the wreath making workshop<br />

hosted by The Floral Design Boutique at<br />

McPhapps on the 28th of <strong>November</strong> and 5th<br />

of <strong>December</strong> (23 Sandyford Place).<br />

If you are looking for more entertaining<br />

things for children then visit the Riverside<br />

Christmas Festival weekend (7th & 8th<br />

<strong>December</strong>). Its event square will be<br />

transformed into a traditional fairground with<br />

free rides and carousels for all to enjoy.<br />

There are also various pantos available.<br />

We have tickets again this year for The<br />

Webster’s Theatre production of ‘The Pure<br />

Amazing Wiz of Oz’ (416 Great Western<br />

Road). We love the cast and the theatre, they<br />

always put on a very funny and interactive<br />

show; last year I had tears running down my<br />

face with laughter. However, the one ‘must<br />

do’ thing this year will certainly be Elfingrove<br />

at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum<br />

between the 5th and 23rd <strong>December</strong>.<br />

The team behind GlasGLOW is turning<br />

Kelvingrove into Elfingrove, with a night time<br />

tour of the museum (5.30-10.30pm) where<br />

‘the magic of Christmas is brought to life’;<br />

we’ll definitely be buying tickets for this!<br />

And don’t forget the official ‘switching on the<br />

lights’ on the Vinicombe Street Christmas<br />

tree on the 1st of <strong>December</strong> at 5.30pm,<br />

always a great event among the many<br />

Christmas stalls and live music bands and<br />

choirs.<br />

This leaves me to wish you all Frohe<br />

Weihnachten und ein frohes neues Jahr, until<br />

next year!

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AT<br />

RRI<br />

by John Parker<br />

What a quick year it’s been and at<br />

Rainbow Room International, we<br />

have so many things to celebrate.<br />

Throughout the year we have been<br />

celebrating our 40th anniversary but as well<br />

as this, we’ve also been celebrating Co-<br />

Owner and Director of the George Square<br />

salon, Dylan Brittain, finalising for the<br />

Scottish Hairdresser of the Year category at<br />

the prestigious British Hairdressing Awards.<br />

This month we will attend the awards to<br />

support Dylan and we all have all our fingers<br />

crossed for him. Should he win he will take a<br />

space on the British Hairdressing Awards Hall<br />

of Fame for winning the category three times.<br />

In the lead up to Christmas we have<br />

fantastic treatments and colour services<br />

available. If you want to keep your hair<br />

looking full of life, in a healthy condition<br />

and with super shine, we have many hair<br />

treatments including a Glossing service<br />

to ensure your hair is vibrant during the<br />

Christmas party season! Do also be sure to<br />

pop in for your winter trim to keep you hair<br />

free from split ends!<br />

317-319 CROW ROAD G11 7BU<br />

0141 337 3307<br />


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are offering one lucky reader a hair<br />

makeover in their Great Western Rd<br />

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

westendermagazine.com and click<br />

on competitions by the 31st Dec ‘19.<br />

Rainbow Room International<br />

607 Great Western Road G12 8HX<br />

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

by Tracy Mukherjee<br />

Top For Festive Festivals<br />

The West End celebrates the coming of winter<br />

with some fabulous entertainment for all the<br />

family. Take a wander to Ashton Lane on 1st<br />

<strong>December</strong> for the Winter Wonderland. The<br />

lane will be transformed into the North Pole;<br />

there might even be a visit from Santa himself!<br />

The kids will love to get into the feel of this most<br />

magical of seasons, especially as, rumour has<br />

it Elsa and Olaf from Frozen might be making<br />

a guest appearance. Expect a fair few festive<br />

food stalls serving warming goodies on a cold<br />

<strong>December</strong> day. If that isn’t enough, why not<br />

take a weight off in one of Ashton Lane’s many<br />

welcoming taverns and listen to the Christmas<br />

choirs that are taking part in this fantastic day?<br />

Meanwhile along on Vinicombe Street it’s time<br />

for the Christmas Lights Switch On. As well as<br />

Vinicombe Street, Cresswell and Ruthven Lane<br />

will also be joining in on the 1st <strong>December</strong> with<br />

Christmas shenanigans beginning at noon. There<br />

will be entertainment all day on the main stage<br />

and in the lanes all leading up to the big switch<br />

on at 5.30pm.<br />

If you still have some festive spirit left over, head<br />

along to the Riverside Museum on 7th and 8th<br />

<strong>December</strong> for the museum’s annual Christmas<br />

Festival. With traditional Christmas markets<br />

lining the resident Victorian street, you may well<br />

happen upon Mr Scrooge! There will be Victorian<br />

fairground rides and free carousels, so this is<br />

definitely not one to miss.<br />

Winter Wonderland at Ashton Lane<br />

Sun 1st Dec, 12 – 6pm<br />

fb:Winter Wonderland at Ashton Lane<br />

West End Christmas Lights Switch On, Sun<br />

1st <strong>December</strong>, 11am - 6pm, Vinicombe St,<br />

fb:West End Christmas Lights Switch On<br />

Riverside Christmas Festival,<br />

Sat 7th - Sun 8th Dec, 11am - 4pm,<br />

Riverside Museum, Pointhouse Place<br />

fb:Riverside Museum<br />

Top for Christmas Magic<br />

We’ve long been aware that Kelvingrove Museum<br />

is a magical place, but this <strong>December</strong> experience<br />

the magic up close as Kelvingrove is transformed<br />

into the spectacle that is Elfingrove. Events<br />

company ITISON have made a spectacular<br />

success of Halloween’s GlasGLOW; but now<br />

(with the help of Santa obviously) visitors will be<br />

able to have a magical night at the museum too.<br />

The show promises a 70-90 minute tour of the<br />

museum with light and sound installations not to<br />

mention the big Magic of Christmas finale. There<br />

is even a mystical ancient secret to be revealed<br />

as you make your way through the museum’s<br />

ethereal glow…<br />

The event is a super addition to our many<br />

Christmas staples. Roll on <strong>December</strong> and<br />

prepare to be dazzled!<br />

Elfingrove, Kelvingrove Museum and<br />

Art Galleries, Thurs 5th – Mon 23rd Dec<br />

w:itison.com/elfingrove<br />

Top for Christmas Present<br />

It’s Good 2 Give may not be a charity well known<br />

here in the west, but it’s one that’s making<br />

waves across Scotland. The charity supports<br />

young cancer patients and their families in many<br />

ways not least of which through their stunning<br />

Ripple retreat set on the glorious shores of Loch<br />

Venachar in Loch Lomond National Park.<br />

In support of the tremendous work this charity<br />

does, the inaugural Glasgow Blingo will be<br />

taking place in January at the Radisson Blu<br />

Hotel. This sparkling ladies lunch is a chance<br />

to dress up with the gals for a fizzy drinks<br />

reception, followed by a sumptuous three course<br />

meal. Included in your ticket is some superb<br />

entertainment throughout the afternoon and of<br />

course, eyes down for the main event – BINGO!!!<br />

There really is very little anyone needs at<br />

Christmas these days when we can buy buy buy

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Top Things To Do<br />

in the West End<br />

with a click of the computer mouse. And that<br />

purchase rarely gives us the pleasure that we<br />

hoped it would. But helping others whilst having<br />

a ball at the same time? Well that’s a Christmas<br />

present that LITERALLY will keep on giving.<br />

It’s Good to Give Blingo<br />

Radisson Blu Hotel, G2 8PD<br />

Fri 31st Jan 2020, 12.30pm – 5pm<br />

Tickets: Tables of 10 - £550<br />

Bookings t:07428737516<br />

e:shonagh@itsgood2give.co.uk<br />

w:itsgood2give.co.uk<br />

Top for Christmas Markets<br />

It’s always lovely to open a pressie on Christmas<br />

Day to find something unique and thoughtful.<br />

And those gifts are often those chosen with love<br />

at the myriad of craft markets taking place at<br />

this time of year. Making a welcome return to the<br />

Botanic Gardens, Tea Green Festive Market are<br />

gracing the elegant Kibble Palace once again<br />

with their fine art, craft and design pop-up event.<br />

The markets are running for one weekend in<br />

<strong>November</strong> and one in <strong>December</strong>.<br />

Along in Knightswood the annual Paul<br />

O’Gorman Christmas Fair and Tearoom gives<br />

you the chance to pick up some unique home<br />

furnishings, children’s clothes, jewellery and<br />

much more whilst raising funds for local causes.<br />

If you are in the City Centre, Art On The<br />

Exchange in Royal Exchange Square provides<br />

a great opportunity to choose from lovingly<br />

designed products from local talented creatives<br />

and designers. With so many opportunities to<br />

purchase that special something there really is<br />

very little excuse for a boring present this year!<br />

Tea Green Festive Market<br />

Sat 16th – Sun 17th Nov & Sat 7th – Sun<br />

8th Dec, 10am - 4pm Kibble Palace,<br />

Glasgow Botanic Gardens w:teagreen.co.uk<br />

Paul O’Gorman Christmas Fair and<br />

Tearoom, Sun 24th Nov, 1pm – 4pm<br />

Knightswood Community Centre G13 3DD<br />

fb:The Paul O’Gorman Christmas Fair<br />

Art On The Exchange, various<br />

dates throughout Nov and Dec,<br />

Royal Exchange Square, G1 3AH<br />

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Top for Pantos and Shows<br />

There must be something in the water, because<br />

never before has there been such a choice for<br />

live entertainment over the Festive period to<br />

suit all age groups. Glasgow Mask and Puppet<br />

Theatre have a fantastic programme of events<br />

for younger audiences. Look out for The<br />

Snow Child and Handsome and Gretel. If it’s a<br />

Panto you are after, there are several choices.<br />

At Websters Theatre join Dotty for a Glaswegian<br />

twist on a very famous tale in The Pure Amazing<br />

Wiz of Oz which young and old will enjoy.<br />

Meanwhile at Oran Mor, Dixie Whittington: The<br />

Hamecoming is a tale of our heroine trying to<br />

make her way back to her Granny in Glasgow and<br />

is aimed at an adult audience.<br />

The broadway musical Elf takes to the boards of<br />

the colossal SSE Hydro for one weekend only as<br />

everyone’s favourite Buddy puts on a Christmas<br />

spectacular with a 30 ft Christmas tree in tow!<br />

Better get those tickets soon as these shows are<br />

bound to be popular.<br />

Scottish Mask and Puppet Centre<br />

w:maskandpuppet.co.uk/whats-oncalendar<br />

The Pure Amazing Wiz of Oz, Websters<br />

Theatre, Sat 30th Nov - Sat 4th Jan,<br />

w:webstersglasgow.com<br />

Dixie Whittington: The Hamecoming<br />

Oran Mor, Mon 25th Nov – Sat 28th Dec<br />

w:playpiepint.com<br />

Elf – A Christmas Spectacular<br />

SSE Hydro, Sat 14 & Sun 15th Dec<br />


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LIVE<br />

<strong>November</strong><br />

a-ha<br />

Friday 1st <strong>November</strong> 7pm<br />

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

a-ha are a Norwegian band formed<br />

in Oslo in 1982. Founded by Morten<br />

Harket (vocals), Magne Furuholmen<br />

(keyboards, guitars) and Paul<br />

Waaktaar-Savoy(guitars), the band<br />

rose to fame during the mid 80s and<br />

are most notable for their global<br />

hit record Take On Me. They have<br />

sold in excess of 50 million records<br />

worldwide and continue to tour every<br />

year. Another notable fact is that<br />

singer Morten Harket is listed in the<br />

Guinness Book Of Records for the<br />

longest live note held; he held a note<br />

for 20.2 seconds. Now I don’t know<br />

who is timing these things but I’ve<br />

always felt sorry for Morton having<br />

to hit that E5 note in Take On Me on<br />

stage every night. Anyway it should be<br />

an 80stastic night full of swooning<br />

quinquagenarianettes.<br />

Choice Tracks: a-ha 'Take On Me'<br />

Marc Rebillet<br />

Wednesday 6th <strong>November</strong> 7pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

Artists breaking through on their<br />

YouTube channels is a common 21stcentury<br />

occurrence these days<br />

and Franco/American Dallas born<br />

Marc Rebillet’s craft is tailor-made<br />

for the YouTube generation, who watch<br />

to see the bedroom hipster perform<br />

music, comedy and performance art<br />

with an array of musical instruments<br />

and a loop station.<br />

He began publishing YouTube videos<br />

of himself improvising songs in his<br />

apartment in 2016. These videos<br />

began to go viral through Reddit and<br />

Facebook garnering a huge, hyperengaged<br />

loyal fan base.<br />

Watching him do his thing on<br />

YouTube is truly mesmerising. He<br />

builds his songs from scratch using<br />

only his prodigious natural talent<br />

and his trusted Boss RC-505 loop<br />

station referencing Prince, Vulfpeck<br />

and classic R’n’B along the way.<br />

He takes calls from his fans when he<br />

does live streams on Sundays with<br />

the broadcast morphing into a sort<br />

of radio show with him presenting,<br />

chatting and creating music on the<br />

fly. It can be a bit chaotic at times<br />

but the 300,000 subscribers he has<br />

suggests no-one seems to mind.<br />

He’s out on his quirkily named<br />

Comeback World Tour in <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Choice tracks: Marc Rebillet<br />

‘You Were there'<br />

Magpie Blue<br />

Tuesday 19th <strong>November</strong> 7pm<br />

Hug and Pint, thehugandpint.com<br />

Millie Hanlon-Cole aka Magpie Blue<br />

is an incredibly gifted 19-yearold<br />

female singer songwriter from<br />

Edinburgh. I think I’ve caught this<br />

one early as she has only two songs<br />

listed on Spotify, but what assured<br />

and compelling recordings they are.<br />

You get the sense listening to her<br />

of an old head resting on young<br />

shoulders, of someone who has the<br />

emotional intelligence to channel<br />

real feeling into their music. Having<br />

already gained comparisons to the<br />

likes of PJ Harvey and Anna Calvi, her<br />

Jeff Buckley-esque vocals inflect with<br />

a sense of raw melancholy. Once again<br />

the Scottish music scene produces<br />

another prodigious talent. I look<br />

forward to watching her meteoric rise.<br />

Choice track: Magpie Blue ‘Haunted’

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by Greg Kane<br />

<strong>December</strong><br />

Beak><br />

Friday 6th <strong>December</strong> 7pm<br />

QMU, qmunion.org.uk<br />

Featuring members of Portishead and<br />

Moon Gangs, Beak> is the musical trio<br />

of Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller and Will<br />

Young from Bristol who craft dense<br />

and atmospheric music inspired by<br />

Dub, Krautrock and The Beach Boys,<br />

quite a mix.<br />

But the band have a pretty simple<br />

ethos of playing music for enjoyment<br />

sake and laying it down live and as<br />

one in the studio. What comes out<br />

of these sessions is, to these ears,<br />

a contemporary take on 'prog' that is<br />

soulfully executed and both playful<br />

and serious in equal measure. In the<br />

10 years that they’ve been together<br />

they’ve toured extensively all over<br />

the world and released three albums,<br />

the latest one '>>>' was released in<br />

2018. At times they remind me of the<br />

iconic 70s band King Crimson but<br />

they definitely have their own sound.<br />

The city of Bristol’s mantra is Keep<br />

Bristol Weird and Beak> certainly<br />

subscribe to that. Very enjoyable<br />

modern prog.<br />

Choice track: Beak> 'Sex Music'<br />

Clairo<br />

Sunday 8th <strong>December</strong> 7pm<br />

QMU, qmunion.org.uk<br />

Claire Cottrill known professionally<br />

as Clairo, is a 22-year-old American<br />

singer-songwriter from Carlisle<br />

Massachusetts. Her fame escalated<br />

after releasing the song Pretty Girl<br />

in 2017, a lofi produced song that<br />

attracted over 40 million views on<br />

YouTube. Now describing your music as<br />

'lofi' often hints at a 'do it yourself'<br />

attitude to creating your stuff,<br />

but this girl is the daughter of one of<br />

the most influential marketing men<br />

on the planet, namely Geoff Cottrill<br />

(Coca-Cola, Starbucks, Converse,<br />

The Grammys, to name but a few).<br />

So I’m thinking not much of what she’s<br />

doing is left to chance. Nonetheless<br />

she does create a sound that is<br />

compelling in it’s delicacy. She’s<br />

surrounded herself with some clever<br />

and thoughtful music makers too who<br />

help her produce some genuinely<br />

beautiful music.<br />

Choice Track: Clairo 'Pretty Girl'<br />

The Japanese House<br />

Monday 16th <strong>December</strong> 7pm<br />

SWG3, swg3.tv<br />

The Japanese House is an English<br />

indie pop act from Buckinghamshire,<br />

aka 23 year old Amber Bain. She makes<br />

dreampop electro music utilising<br />

the smarts of Bon Iver’s producer<br />

BJ Burton and recording at said Iver’s<br />

studio in Wisconsin, USA. She’s also<br />

been nurtured and supported by the<br />

guys from the band The 1975. There’s<br />

just something about left-handed<br />

guitarists, to me they come across as<br />

more genuine than their conventional<br />

contemporaries and playing her<br />

Fender Stratocaster upside down,<br />

Amber Bain delivers honest, beautiful,<br />

heartfelt music. She also plays most<br />

of the instruments on her lastest<br />

album Good At Falling admitting to<br />

being a bit of a control freak, but it’s<br />

definitely not to the detriment of the<br />

record. Pretty English Rose pop music.<br />

Choice track: The Japanese House<br />

'Maybe Your The Reason'

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Talking Shop With<br />

The Pastels<br />


Nicola Maule speaks to Stephen McRobbie from influential Glasgow band,<br />

The Pastels, about record labels, record shops, and the ever changing<br />

musical landscape. This <strong>November</strong> The Pastels take to the stage at<br />

The Great Western, a brand new multi-venue festival right on our doorstep.<br />

The Pastels are playing at The Great<br />

Western festival in <strong>November</strong>, which<br />

is showing to have a great line-up of<br />

bands, at a number of venues throughout<br />

Glasgow’s West End. What was it about<br />

this festival that made you sign up to play?<br />

It was a combination of things. It seemed<br />

potentially exciting and the timing was good<br />

for us. We’ve worked with the promoter, 432,<br />

in the past and we knew that they would trust<br />

us and help us realise an event that we would<br />

all be proud of. I’m wary of the word ‘curate’,<br />

it’s become such a cliché, so it’s more a<br />

co-operation between us to put something<br />

amazing in place for one of the shows,<br />

in Maryhill Community Central Hall. So far<br />

we’ve got Sacred Paws, Lightships and Molly<br />

Linen playing, we’re about to add a couple<br />

more and DJs. We’re hoping it can become a<br />

real hub for The Great Western festival.<br />

Your last album Slow Summits was<br />

released in 2013 through indie label<br />

Domino Records, and shortlisted the<br />

same year for Scottish Album of the Year<br />

– did you enjoy reconnecting with your fan<br />

base at this time?<br />

With regards to Slow Summits, we never<br />

felt disconnected from our fanbase as we’d<br />

been playing live from time to time and of<br />

course working on other things that became<br />

public domain like the collaboration with<br />

our friends, Tenniscoats, the Two Sunsets<br />

album. We’d been doing some film and<br />

theatre things too so it felt not too much like<br />

a massive comeback. We were very proud<br />

when it started to get good reviews and<br />

we could see that people liked it. Great to<br />

make the shortlist of the Scottish album of<br />

the year. I think many people always feel an<br />

affection for a group’s first music but maybe<br />

we managed to make people feel an affection<br />

for our most recent music. I only hope that<br />

we can do it again, we’ll always try to come<br />

up with something that’s better than we’ve<br />

done before.<br />

Being a part of Glasgow record shop,<br />

Monorail, you clearly love being immersed<br />

in the music scene – are you always<br />

on the lookout for new bands and still<br />

enjoy watching live music as much as<br />

playing?<br />

Being involved in Monorail Music gives<br />

me a different perspective. I get to hear<br />

so many different records, it’s healthy and<br />

sometimes daunting trying to keep up.<br />

For me, I prefer playing music to watching it,<br />

it’s just a bit more satisfying. That said, I have<br />

seen some amazing shows this year – Jarv<br />

Is, Julia McFarlane’s Reality Guest, Trash<br />

Kit. I’m proud to be working with Spinning<br />

Coin through our label, Geographic, and<br />

on a Strawberry Switchblade retrospective<br />

too. I try to keep learning and try to keep my<br />

enthusiasm. So far it’s not been a problem.

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After your first single, Songs for Children,<br />

released on Whaam records in 82’ I read<br />

that you released a cassette tape. Did that<br />

format give you more control and how do<br />

you feel about the resurgence in releasing<br />

tapes recently as an ‘old school’ format?<br />

I actually can’t remember what came first.<br />

We were really keen to reach an audience<br />

and impatient so we were always trying to<br />

take things into our own hands. Cassettes<br />

were easy and cheap – a good format for<br />

where we were. I understand them coming<br />

back round because they still maybe seem<br />

more fun than a file. I think they’re extremely<br />

niche objects but they have a place. I still<br />

like a well made mix tape with a nice piece of<br />

handmade art.<br />

You have always been in what seems to<br />

be a crowd of musicians that were very<br />

comfortable collaborating with each<br />

other. Is this something that you still enjoy<br />

and are there any new collaborations in<br />

the offing?<br />

We’ve not really got anything planned but<br />

would like to make another record with<br />

Tenniscoats sometime. I think of The Pastels<br />

as a collaboration – between the various<br />

musicians in the group and the sound<br />

engineer. Sometimes it’s good not to colour<br />

everything in to the nth. Then you’re leaving<br />

space for a collaborator. If Kicking Leaves<br />

had been too realised Craig Armstrong might<br />

have felt there was nothing for him to do.<br />

Instead he was able to help give it a particular<br />

identity which we loved.<br />

How do see the music industry moving<br />

forward considering the seismic changes<br />

that have taken place since The Pastels<br />

started out?<br />

I’m not sure what changes are coming next<br />

– people listen to music in so many different<br />

ways. Even on our label, Domino, some of<br />

the artists are reaching their fanbase mainly<br />

through streaming. I think people are after<br />

a mixture of convenience and quality. The<br />

quality part is ultimately really important.<br />

That’s why so many people still love listening<br />

to records.<br />

The Great Western is an all-day multivenue<br />

music festival on Saturday 23rd<br />

<strong>November</strong>. For full listings and ticket sales<br />

go to: tgwfest.com.

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A SHOP<br />

that’s close to home<br />

When the holidays roll around, you might be tempted to jump online, make<br />

a few quick clicks, select the standard shipping, and choose the generic gift<br />

wrap for Auntie Claire. It’s quick, it’s easy…and completely devoid of any<br />

forethought or sentiment. Yet it’s fun to shop in the neighbourhood where<br />

all the store owners know your name and greet you with a smile.<br />



When it comes to the holiday fare<br />

you’ll be serving family and friends,<br />

you’ll want the healthiest and best<br />

ingredients you can get. By shopping the<br />

local independent markets, you can ensure<br />

that everything is fresh, and hasn’t been<br />

sitting in a warehouse for months. Also,<br />

shopping local helps to support small<br />

businesses, which in turn, helps support local<br />

families.<br />

One thing the area independent<br />

merchants all seem to have in common,<br />

is that they are passionate about what they<br />

do and how they do it.<br />

One local business is Anderson’s,<br />

located at 92 Queen Margaret Drive in<br />

North Kelvinside. This establishment has<br />

been at this exact spot for over 100 years!<br />

And though you may have noticed a new<br />

name outside (Barvas & James) the family<br />

that runs it is still the same. Because they<br />

have pivoted from a fruit market into flowers<br />

and gifts, they felt they needed a new name<br />

to reflect the change. But John, who is<br />

the great-grandson of the original owners,<br />

will still be offering fruit – just with a slightly<br />

different twist. People will be able to order<br />

fruit online and have it delivered right to their<br />

door!<br />

With some larger scale businesses,<br />

ordering produce online might be a bit risky,<br />

since fruit and veg can vary in quality and<br />

freshness. The difference with Barvas &<br />

James is that it is ordered, hand-selected<br />

and delivered by John and his family. It is<br />

a plan with all the convenience of online

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shopping, but from people that you know and<br />

trust. Watch for the launch soon!<br />

The shop itself has lovely pots, candle<br />

holders, luxurious bath products and even<br />

speciality chocolates! As much as possible<br />

John stocks products that are sustainably<br />

sourced from local suppliers. If you’re not<br />

sure what to buy someone, why not select a<br />

lovely plant that will add some colour to their<br />

home? A surprise bouquet will always light up<br />

someone’s face as well. John, his wife Nicola,<br />

and their team of florists create stunning<br />

displays from top quality seasonal blooms.<br />

And, as they are an independent florist, each<br />

bouquet or arrangement is a custom creation.<br />

From late <strong>November</strong>, be sure to stop by<br />

their shop to pick out your Christmas tree!<br />

Many families have made this their annual<br />

ritual. They will have Nordmann Firs, and also<br />

Living Spruce Trees if you prefer to plant your<br />

tree in the garden after Christmas, and they<br />

deliver.<br />

John’s great-grandparents who were from<br />

Barvas on the Isle of Lewis, would be proud<br />

of the company that they started in Glasgow<br />

over a century ago. Barvas & James is an<br />

enduring family legacy.<br />

Another familiar face in the neighbourhood<br />

since 1979 is Roots, Fruits & Flowers.<br />

Its owner, Garth, has a long history with fresh

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produce, which began with working for a<br />

competitor’s fruit market, before leaving to<br />

start his own.<br />

His initial foray into fruit, has morphed into<br />

a company that sells fruit and veg, flowers,<br />

whole foods, a whole foods deli and catering<br />

service! (They probably couldn’t fit all of that<br />

on the sign) They offer fruit and veg boxes,<br />

which are a mixture of fresh, local produce<br />

that can be delivered to your door either<br />

weekly, or bi-weekly. The contents of the box<br />

changes according to what’s in season, so<br />

you have to be open to eating with the natural<br />

variance of harvesting times.<br />

The Whole Foods Deli, as the name<br />

implies, uses whole foods and organics in<br />

the dishes, with vegan and gluten free dishes<br />

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according to what’s in season. They also<br />

have delicious gluten-free cakes for dessert!<br />

You can have Roots, Fruits & Flowers cater<br />

your holiday meal or party, for innovative<br />

recipes that are good for you. But don’t delay!<br />

Kieran recommends ordering by the 1st of<br />

<strong>December</strong> to avoid disappointment. This year<br />

they will be offering organic turkeys.<br />

If you’re looking for a gift (and who<br />

doesn’t love food?) you might consider<br />

one of their lovely cheese hampers or their<br />

full breakfast hampers. They’ll surely be<br />

appreciated and well-digested.<br />

Roots, Fruits & Flowers will also have<br />

Christmas trees for sale, including organic<br />

and Living Trees and they’ll deliver to your<br />

door. The company has been moving things<br />

around a bit, with the flower shop and the<br />

fruit market trading places, but by the time<br />

you read this, they should be all settled in.<br />

Another great way to shop several local<br />

businesses in one place is the Glasgow<br />

Farmers Market at Mansfield Park. Held on<br />

the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month,<br />

this market may be a bit of a misnomer.<br />

There’s plenty of farmer’s produce, but<br />

there’s also lots of other interesting things<br />

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The Caurnie Soaperie, located in<br />

Kirkintilloch comes to the market and sells<br />

their natural skin care soaps, shampoos,<br />

shower gels and lotions. They even have their<br />

own organic herb garden where they grow<br />

their own nettle for use in their products.<br />

They happen to be the oldest and last<br />

working soap makers in the world who use<br />

a natural soap making process known as<br />

coldprocess. In two years they will celebrate<br />

their 100 year anniversary!<br />

At the other end of the spectrum is<br />

Root Candy. This energetic group of young<br />

entrepreneurs just launched in August,<br />

and sells baked goods and sweets that<br />

contain healthy ingredients such as beetroot<br />

and carrots. If you’re needing something<br />

interesting for a dinner party that will be<br />

innovative (and tastes great) stop by the<br />

market for some of their wares.<br />

And there’s organic fruits and veg offered<br />

by Bellefield Organics from Abernethy,<br />

where you can pick up a little farm to table<br />

action. The market is also home to around<br />

40 vendors, including those specialising in<br />

fish, pork, lamb, and even a local importer of<br />

French Provencal delicacies. Many shoppers<br />

drive from several miles away to attend<br />

the Mansfield Park Market. Residents of<br />

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It’s great to support all the local<br />

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Ithink there is somewhat of a divide<br />

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Luckily for Five March, I’m on the loving side.<br />

Who doesn’t want the chance to try 12 dishes<br />

instead of two?<br />

I’ve visited Five March a couple of<br />

times now and it still feels like one of those<br />

‘blink-and-you’ll-miss-it’ spots, nestled<br />

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If you do manage to notice it as you walk<br />

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The minimalist, Scandinavian-style décor<br />

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– and if that doesn’t do it, then their list of<br />

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The ever-changing menu focuses on fresh,<br />

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range of cuisines, with distinct Asian and<br />

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All plates are, as mentioned, designed to<br />

be shared, with a fantastic mix of seafood,<br />

meat and vegetables on offer. In fact, the<br />

vegetable dishes are often where Five March<br />

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Take, for example, the confit garlic<br />

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plate of textures and flavours that will convert<br />

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potatoes are also not to be missed – a staple<br />

on the menu, the only thing that changes<br />

about them is the flavour of aioli they are<br />

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The real winner though is the charred<br />

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grapefruit and puffed rice. Both fresh and<br />

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tender octopus with a smooth and sweet<br />

corn puree and zesty grapefruit. It is a dish<br />

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If you are looking to cleanse your<br />

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To be perfectly honest, there was very<br />

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Some might say that the mixture of such<br />

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Every dish is perfectly balanced, and seeing<br />

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Legal Matters<br />

Hate Thy Neighbour<br />

Words from Donald Reid, Chairman at Mitchells Roberton:<br />

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The capacity for human beings to fall<br />

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A resident in a converted big house<br />

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These examples come from actual cases<br />

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Homes & Interiors<br />

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This is the time of year when we really want to<br />

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The natural touch is a key interior trend for <strong>2019</strong>.<br />

Combining soft wools and woods with warm<br />

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The classic festive feel never goes out of fashion<br />

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roast) dinner, the mince pies and the old films, and<br />

alongside the mulled wine – it’s nice to have a touch<br />

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Once you have the soft, warm backdrop, you<br />

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Bring the outside in with some chunky pine cones or<br />

twisty twigs. Spray with a touch of gold paint, or

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hang little baubles from the twigs to easily add that<br />

understated sparkle to your room.<br />

The Christmas tree is of course the seasonal<br />

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It was never guaranteed the tree would last to the<br />

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your tree this year. There’s an array available right<br />

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