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4 Editor’s Letter

Fashion & Beauty

6 NEW! Wardrobe Edit

20 WIN! At Rainbow

Room International

Out & About

10 West End Live

13 Restaurant Review: 88

Arts & Community

14 Author Interview:

Sarah Smith

18 Cover To Cover

Westender Living

24 Nature’s Bounty

20 Directory:

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Oh spring, we are sooo ready for you!

As the seasons turn the sense of

renewal brings hope – and don’t we

all need some of that?

So with renewal in mind Westender brings

you a brand new fashion series by West End

Closet Stylist, Elena McTaggart, starting on

Page 6. Taking time out from her popular

blog, Elena puts together a capsule spring

wardrobe to tempt us out of doors (minus

the yoga pants!). With so many combinations

possible, we kick start the inspiration in print

but please check out online for more curated

looks at westendermagazine.com.

And Greg Kane’s West End Live is back

after a brief hiatus thanks to Omicron and

her rellies. With a pick of over 300 possibles,

Greg whittled the talent down to his top

six picks. Check out who made the cut on

Page 10.

Amy Glasgow continues her local foodie

recommendations on Page 13, visiting 88 on

Dumbarton Road on a Monday evening for

their well priced tasting menu. A great excuse

to channel some Closet Stylist tips and

venture off the sofa.

With an author interview, book reviews,

and more, your spring Westender is packed

with inspiration. Grab a cuppa and enjoy.

Suzanne Martin




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Spring is springing and going out,

with 'real' people, and wearing nice

clothes is back on the agenda.

That’s living the dream.




I'm Elena the Closet

Stylist and at the start of

a new season it's time to

'seasonalise' that wardrobe.

A capsule wardrobe

approach will also save

money over time as you

confidently build your closet

with carefully chosen items

– buying less and wearing


Black Blazer

£135, COS

Jasmina Sweater

£89, Amaryllis

Print Kimono

£150, Biscuit

Grey Wrap Cardigan

£69, COS

Heavyweight White Tee

£25, COS

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Ichi Twiggy Raven Jeans

£65, Biscuit

Oversized Poplin Shirt

£59, Arket

Dalby Leather Jacket

£299, All Saints

Camel Sweater

£90, Good Story Store

Tapered Trousers

£89, COS

Cropped Waistcoat

£69, COS

White Libby Jeans

£60, Good Story Store

Rib Knit Midi Dress

£85, & Other Stories

Hadia Trench Coat

£224.95, Biscuit

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Your day look …

What should be in your wardrobe, what you look at

everyday, should be only those things you love and

feel great in and can wear now.




Kimono: Lollys Laundry

Lulu Kimono Jacket, £150,


Necklace: Soko Gold Code

Collar Necklace, £159,


T-Shirt: Slim-Fit

Heavyweight T-Shirt,

£25, COS

Bag: Essentiel Bamera

Orange Glow Mini Camera

Bag, £115, Pampas

Necklace: Rachel Jackson

Art Deco Gold Initial

Necklace, £55, Pampas

Jeans: Ichi Twiggy Raven

Medium Denim Jeans, £65,


Shoes: Mos Mosh Doha

Animal Flat, £129, Amaryllis

Visit westendermagazine.com for the rest of The Closet Stylist's

curated looks from this capsule wardrobe.

Follow Elena @the_closet_stylist

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Mary Sewell of Not Just Travel – the West End’s Personal Travel Consultant

Time To Travel

with Not Just Travel

Travel restrictions are easing and it’s never

been a better time to book your 2022 or

2023 holiday. The offers that are around

are amazing with holidays to far flung places

like Dubai coming in cheaper than a fortnight

in Spain. We have seen a boom in business

and I am starting to worry we will run out of

holidays to sell (only kidding!).

I’m also just back from Dubai and it was

amazing. There’s something for everyone

with a wide variety of activities to do.

From riding high to the 148th floor of the

highest building in the world, the Burj Kalifa,

to a desert safari with camel ride,

or sandboarding on the dunes – there really

is something for all the family.

Turkey is again very popular this summer

with its wonderful culture, food, guaranteed

sun and beaches. But Florida remains one

of the top destinations for bookings at the

moment and let’s face it we all need a bit

of escapism after the last two years and

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This means that your money is safe should

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Sunday 13th March 7pm

SWG3 swg3.tv

Tirzah Mastin is a singer/songwriter

from Essex, London.

On their press release her record

company, Domino Records, describes

her as: '…the sound of contemporary

contemplation: morning-after party

rhythms, hazy melodies, hands-on

instruments and the private space

between them. Amid these post-Grime

beats are hallucinatory songs from

the emotional interior…' Quite an


I hear a lot of soul in her voice,

but she’s definitely, consciously

suppressing most of her natural

soulfulness in order to fit in with

the genuinely quirky and weird

arrangements her musical partner

Mica Levi offers her. But it’s this

struggle that keeps you listening

whilst having to deal with the overall

oddness of the music. Oddness for

oddness sake? Maybe. But I lasted

right through till the end of her new

album 'Colourgrade' without skipping

a single track.

Choice Tracks: Tirzah 'Make It Up'


Thursday 24th March 7pm

Cottiers Theatre cottiers.com

Margret Wander (aka Dessa) is a multi

award winning composer, rapper,

arranger and writer from Minneapolis.

She is also a member of the indie hip

hop collective Doomtree and writes

for esteemed publications The New

York Times and National Geographic.

She often speaks of a deep love of

language and this is exemplified

in the lyrical prowess of her songs.

She does spin a compelling yarn.

It can get quite dramatic at

times though, hence 'Hamilton –

The Musical' writer Lin-Manuel

Miranda inviting her to contribute to

the hugely successful (and dramatic)

'The Hamilton Mixtape' album in 2016.

She’s a compelling and intimidating

proposition and her music gives you

the impression of a person who is

both assured and robust, but she can

be delicate, if not quite vulnerable.

Strong music from a well read artist.

Choice tracks: Dessa ‘Dixon's Girl'

Lewis McLaughlin

Friday 25th March 7pm

The Hug & Pint thehugandpint.com

Just turned 21, Edinburgh-born Lewis

McLaughlin was inspired by the likes

of John Martyn and Villagers to

begin writing and recording his own

songs. He uses electronica along with

traditional folk instruments to make

his music. It may be a very subtle use

of synths, samplers and sequencers,

but it really works.

Both his parents are musicians,

so he’s probably been surrounded

by music all through his childhood.

Poor kid didn’t stand a chance!

Oh well, welcome to a life of

constant frustration and insecurity,

but sometimes, just sometimes of

joy and adulation Lewis. Most kids

rebel against their parents (mine

does) but Lewis McLaughlin has

taken inspiration from their chosen

profession and I think he’s made the

right choice. His voice is engaging,

his arrangements playful and his

songs heartfelt.

Choice track: Lewis McLaughlin


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by Greg Kane


Eric Gales

Friday 1st April 7pm

Òran Mór oran-mor.co.uk

'This is for anyone who’s ever felt

discriminated against. We should all

learn to co-exist for the common good

of the human race' is how bluesman

Eric Gales introduces the video to

his latest single 'Stand Up'. Amen

my friend. What comes next is the

sweetest slice of old school Louisiana

swamp, gospel infused blues.

Eric Gales (born 1974), also known as

Raw Dawg, is an American blues rock

guitarist, originally hailed as a child

prodigy. He plays left handed with a

right handed Fender Strat, just like

Jimmy. In fact in 2008 he and some

other notable guitarists participated

in the touring tribute to Jimi Hendrix,

Experience Hendrix with the original

band’s iconic drummer Mitch Mitchell.

In 2019, he won the Blues Music

Award for 'Blues Rock Artist of the

Year’ and then won it again in 2020!

Choice track: Eric Gales 'Stand Up'

Trixie Mattel

Sunday 24th April 7pm

SEC Armadillo sec.co.uk

Wow, when you search for Trixie Mattel

the images that are displayed are

striking to say the least. Then you

click on the music and you’re stopped

in your tracks. What your ears are

hearing is a complete disconnect to

what your eyes are beholding.

33 year old Brian Michael Firkus is

best known by her stage name Trixie

Mattel and is an American drag

queen, reality television personality,

musician and entrepreneur from

Wausaukee, Wisconsin. It’s a small

place Wausaukee, with a population

of only 600 – Matt Lucas’ 'Only Gay

In The Village' sketch comes to mind

when thinking of Trixie Mattel’s

upbringing. She’s also half Ojibwe

(one of the largest First Nation

tribes), so that probably gave her the

strength and resilience not only to

survive but to prosper, which she most

certainly has. I encourage you to go

and listen to her music. Beautiful,

engaging acoustic country music.

Choice Track: Trixie Mattel

'Heavy Crown'


Monday 25th April 7pm

SWG3 swg3.tv

HONNE are a lovingly soulful, English

electronic music duo formed in 2014

in Bow London, consisting of Andy

Clutterbuck (singer, producer) and

James Hatcher (keyboardist, guitarist

and producer). Love is definitely

in the air with HONNE. My father

often cast a critical ear over my

brother and I’s music and his most

common criticism was '… there’s not

enough Love, Dove, Moon, June sons'.

He’d have loved HONNE. It’s refreshing

to hear love sung about and it not

make you squirm. That takes skill.

And it has obviously paid off looking

at the billions of songs streamed

and the multiple global tours they’ve

embarked upon since 2016. Their

2022 tour takes them all over Europe,

US and the UK from March through to

July playing to huge adoring crowds.

Choice track: HONNE

'Dancing On A Cloud'


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Reviewed by Amy Glasgow


Although it has been a fixture of

Dumbarton Road for some time now,

88, previously home to Two Fat Ladies,

has recently brought something new and

exciting to the table: a sharing tasting menu

for just £25 per person.

It’s only available on a Monday, but when

the weather is drab and you really don’t want

to cook, heading along to this cosy little spot

can really improve your start to the week. It

certainly did mine.

The best part is, the dishes on the tasting

menu change regularly, reflecting 88’s ethos

of cooking seasonal, local and sustainable

food. So, even though I’ve technically already

tried the tasting menu, I could go back in

a few weeks time and be met with a set of

completely new dishes.

The tasting menu consists of 9 sharing

plates served over five courses, for £25 per

person. If you like, you can add matching

drinks for a further £25, so you can enjoy 5

courses and 5 drinks for £50. That’s pretty

decent value in my book.

Now, some of the dishes I’m about to

share with you are no longer on the menu,

as I mentioned above, but it gives you a real

sense of the kind of food to expect from this

stellar establishment. My absolute standout

plate of the menu was the fillet of hake, with

salsify, surf clams and cafe de paris butter.

It packed so much flavour alongside fish that

was perfectly cooked – and it’s nice to see

lesser-used, seasonal vegetables like salsify

getting a mention.

Also a big hit was their tagliatelle with

truffle pecorino. The pasta is handmade in

the kitchen each day and can often be seen

hanging to dry in the restaurant window

– so you know it’s fresh. Cooked slightly

al dente, as it should be, to retain the perfect

bite and scattered with plenty of aromatic

truffle pecorino, this is the kind of plate you

won’t want to share.

The chocolate cremeaux, which is often

featured on their menus, just paired with

different elements, is a must-try. It is velvety

smooth and perfect in its simplicity. If you’re

vegetarian or vegan, there is a full vegetarian

tasting menu as well, and dishes can be

easily adapted to suit a vegan diet if you give

the chefs a heads up.

I can’t wait to go back and improve

another dreary Monday.


88 Dumbarton Road G11 6NX

0141 212 6050


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Writer’s Reveal

meets Sarah Smith


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Westender readers would be

hard pushed not to notice Brian

Toal’s complimentary review of

Sarah Smith’s Hear No Evil in the January/

February edition of the magazine.

Glasgow-based Sarah Smith has worked

previously as a creative writing tutor, family

history researcher and project worker with

charities, including Deaf Connections,

who supported her in the creation of this

enticing book.

Sarah Smith was presented a New Writers

Award for Fiction from the Scottish Books

Trust in 2019 and graduated with an MLitt

with distinction for Creative Writing at the

University of Glasgow in 2018.

Having discovered newspaper articles

from the 19th Century of a landmark case of

a deaf woman who was accused of throwing

her own baby into the River Clyde, she was

intrigued to find out more.

Hear No Evil brings to life the story of Jean

Campbell in a compelling tale which takes

us from Glasgow to Edinburgh and back

again, and shows how class and education

– let alone attitudes towards people who are

deaf – informed much of Scotland’s justice

system at the time.

At the heart of this book is Jean’s

relationship with Robert Kinniburgh,

a teacher from the Deaf and Dumb Institute,

who works to crack the code of effective

communication with Jean.

Reading this book, it’s hard not to reflect

on how far our justice system has come

in its treatment of some of society’s most

vulnerable people, but also how far we have

still to go.

What originally inspired you to write the


When I was working at Deaf Connections,

an organisation in Glasgow whose roots

stretch back to 1819, I met local historian

and author Robert J Smith, whose book

The City Silent mentioned the case and

quoted a couple of newspaper articles about

it. On a dark winter’s evening a woman had

been seen to throw a baby into the River

Clyde from the Old Bridge in Glasgow.

It was the first time a deaf person had been

tried at the High Court and the accused,

Jean Campbell, seemed such a key figure

that I was curious to know more about her.

What process did you go through to

research Jean’s story?

I read the court transcripts and contemporary

accounts in newspapers and journals but

that got frustrating after a while because

there was very little that told me who Jean

really was, or what had led her to commit

this crime. There were copious pages written

about her but much of it was confusing and

contradictory and limited to ‘experts’ views

on her deafness and social status. I wanted

to get to know Jean and learn about the life

of a deaf person living at that time, but the

establishment of 1817 treated her more like

a laboratory experiment than a real woman.

In contrast, Robert Kinniburgh,

who interpreted for Jean at her trial was

easy to research because he was involved in

promoting education for deaf children and his

life and work had been recorded.

Any other further research you did for the


As well as telling a historical crime story,

the book depicts aspects of deaf people’s

experience. On that, I got a great deal of help

from Lilian Lawson and Ella Leith at Deaf

History Scotland, a charity that conserves

archives and provides information and events

about deaf heritage and culture. Without

access to their resources and knowledge

it would have been impossible to write the

character of Jean.

How did you manage to accurately depict

life in the 1800s?

I’d start each writing session by reading a

newspaper from 1817. Almost none of what

I read made it into the novel but it put me in

the mindset of someone living at the time.

I searched for books and websites that gave

everyday details; things like how long a coach

would have taken to travel between Glasgow

and Edinburgh, or how a maid would do the

household laundry. I walked around the areas

in the book with old maps to try to imagine

how my characters would inhabit them.

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In terms of character development,

what did you do to visualise and realise

the characters?

Characters are all different. Some are integral

to the story but take a long time to come

into focus and, occasionally, the odd one

pops up unexpectedly. For example, I wrote

a lot about what Robert Kinniburgh ‘did’ in

the story, long before I was sure what he

looked like and what character traits he had.

Whereas Martha Sproull, the McDougall’s

maid, began as a very minor character but

felt fully realised and took on a life of her own

as the novel developed.

Reflecting on how Jean was treated at

the time, what do you think her treatment

would be today in Scotland’s justice


Jean would have more rights today because

they’re now enshrined in law. British Sign

Language (BSL) is recognised as a language,

technology has revolutionised the way that

we communicate, and an interpreter would

be present in interviews and at court as a

matter of course. However, there are still lazy

assumptions made about deaf people and a

lack of resources and infrastructure to fund

the support they need. Her treatment would

be fairer but not necessarily perfect.

What is the over arching message you

want readers to take away from the book?

That listening to people is the key to

progress. Things only change when we take

the time to see the world from other people’s


What was the most enjoyable part of

writing the book?

Honestly, I enjoyed most of it! The research,

workshopping early drafts, working with my

agent and editor, seeing the finished product

emerge and appear in bookshops. I even

loved the redrafting and editing process.

What was the most challenging?

Without a doubt, describing the deaf

experience and sign language as a hearing

person. I worried about getting it wrong all

the time. I never felt that it was my place to

speak for deaf people, they’re much better

informed than me! Luckily, there were deaf

people who were willing to help me. I hope

the fact that Jean is at the centre of the story

rather than a tokenistic minor character is

seen as a positive thing.

Anything else you would like to share

regarding the book?

The answer to the mystery at the heart of the

novel – how Jean and her baby came to be on

the Old Bridge in Glasgow – begins to unravel

at the McDougall’s house. The locations I

used, in Partickhill and down to the river at

Partick, are near where I’ve lived for almost

thirty years.

What is next for you?

I’m working on a novel that’s set in 1920.

It’s about the impact of WW1 on a woman

working in a back-court picture house.

Glasgow was then on the brink of becoming

known as Cinema City, with more per person

than anywhere else in the UK. It’s another

fascinating story to research.

Anyone wanting to purchase a copy of

Hear No Evil by Sarah Smith can do so

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Dead Man’s


by Neil Lancaster




Longlisted for the 2021 McIlvanney Prize for Best

Scottish Crime Book of the Year, Lancaster provides

a highly entertaining, fast-paced crime thriller set

in the heart of Scotland. Max Craigie is ex-military,

scarred by Helmand province and recently separated

from his wife. He returns to Scotland having served

in the Met for years, battle-hardened, weary and

looking for a change. A change is what he gets, but not

a change for the better.

The story starts in a small

village in Caithness at a grave

marked ‘This Grave Never To Be

Opened’, which was often used

for victims of the plague. However,

this is the beginning of a complex

vendetta going back more than

a hundred years involving one of

the largest criminal families in

Scotland. The head of the family

dies in mysterious circumstances

and his three sons inevitably

want revenge. This revenge must

be swift and brutal to send a

clear message to rival families

that the Hardies should not be

underestimated. One by one the

family members of the rival family

turn up dead until Craigie and his

partner arrive in the nick of time.

Craigie himself then becomes

the target of the Hardie family,

and it becomes clearer by the

minute that they are getting help

from inside Police Scotland at

the highest levels. There is covert

surveillance aplenty, with phones

hacked, vehicles tagged and

houses bugged. What do the Hardies have on these cops to

keep them in their pockets? What chance does one crusading

cop have against a powerful crime family aided and abetted by

the police themselves?

The two storylines of police corruption and the hunt for the

murderous members of a crime family co-exist and eventually

merge, as is the case with many procedural crime novels.

Being able to guess some of the plot is half the fun and the

reason why crime novels are so popular. If you liked ‘Line of Duty’,

you’ll like this, as it has all the twists and turns of a traditional

crime novel, coupled with the intrigues and secrecy at the heart

of a corrupt police force. Who are the good guys? Is the concept

of good guys and bad guys too facile in 21st century policing?

Max Craigie doesn’t think so. With unrelenting courage and

derring-do, he confronts the criminals wearing black hats and

white in his quest for justice.

Lancaster is the author of the digital bestselling Tom Novak

series, which I’ll now check out. He also appears on Sky Crime TV

as a key expert, so you may have come across him. I thoroughly

enjoyed this and was pleased to learn that the next Max Craigie

adventure is well under way.

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The Girl

The Crow

The Writer and

The Fighter

by George Paterson


George Paterson’s debut

novel is quite a feat, spanning

continents and lifetimes,

told mostly through the

discovery of letters which

reveal the hidden histories of

Henry Miller, that controversial

American novelist, and Sonny

Liston, boxing champion,

gambler and associate of


How these two fascinating

characters become entwined

is entirely fictional, but entirely

believable in Paterson’s

rollicking journey searching for

a sacred artefact hidden for

centuries by a secret society.

At times the novel has a touch

of the Dan Brown about it,

insofar as the pages turn

quickly and the plot becomes

ever more complex.

The characters of Liston

and Miller are reimagined

perfectly and realistically,

and Paterson infuses the

fictional characters with well

documented events from the

lives of these interesting men.

I really enjoyed the

character of May, the young

woman bequeathed the

letters which reveal the story

of Miller and Liston. However,

this epistolary style of retelling

events does not render May

a merely passive character.

Instead, as the recipient of this

crucial information, she herself

is thrust into danger and this

modern-day action serves as

a counterpoint to the Miller /

Liston plot.

The writer has a shaky

grasp of apostrophes, commas

and colons, but the plot is

so compelling that this stops

bothering you after a while,

unless you’re an English

teacher! As debut Scottish

novels go, this is an impressive

act of ventriloquism. It could

be one of the best American

novels to come out of Scotland

for a long time.

Colson Whitehead is the

Pulitzer Prize-winning author

of ‘The Underground Railroad’,

as well as ‘The Nickel Boys’,

which I reviewed last year.

I love his style of writing

as you very quickly enter the

world he has created through

the authentic voices he

gives his myriad characters.

In his latest novel the setting

is Harlem in the 1960s,

a predominantly black area

of a deeply segregated and

unequal New York.

The main character, Ray

Carney, is a furniture salesman

who also dabbles in moving

other used goods for a price.

He is desperate to escape his

father’s legacy and provide the

life his wife and kids deserve,

but it seems as though fate

and family constantly conspire

against his best laid plans.

As the novel progresses,

Carney’s character arc is

interesting to observe as one

decision leads to another

which leads to another,

and before you know it,

he’s knee deep in intrigue and

crime, in a similar way to the

Walter White character in

‘Breaking Bad’.

The backdrop to this very

personal, family storyline is

the race riots, white police

violence against black

protesters and the general

black population, the millions

of dollars made by huge

construction firms building

skyscrapers in the gaps left

by newly demolished black

neighbourhoods, the corruption

of the local politicians,

and the complicity of the

police. The denouement

is tense and thrilling, and

Whitehead’s writing is

masterful. Time magazine

have labelled him ‘one of the

greatest American writers

alive.’ I’d ditch the word


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Ruth Dunn, Physiotherapist with 30 years

NHS Experience



by John Parker

pring is here and at Rainbow Room

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Disease –



Ihope you’re doing well and managing to

keep active the right way this winter?

It’s tough at the best of times, more so with

the dark and cold. It’s why we provide online

exercises classes that you can take part in

in your own home, helping you keep active

the right way for your Parkinson’s Disease.

Following on from my last article, I wanted

to speak to you about how we classify

someone with Parkinson’s Disease as Agility

Impaired, and what you can do to get started

with moving better despite your difficulties.

Difficulties such as moving your weight

from side to side and from one foot to the

other when starting to walk, or while you’re

turning around. Freezing is also a typical

problem for people who are Agility Impaired

as well as falls and difficulty multi-tasking.

Very often we see weakness and stiffness in

leg muscles and joints as well.

If I am Agility Impaired, what can I do?

First off, we have a free e-book to help you

get started, visit simpsonphysio.co.uk and

fill out our online form and we will email it out

to you. It has some terrific tips and exercises

in there to help get you going.

Secondly, get practicing a big, strong

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work to do! You can do this at a kitchen

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Legal Matters

But can I ride it where I like?

Recent changes to the Highway Code

came into effect on 29 January affecting

ALL road users. But it does seem that

people get most exercised about cyclists.

Too slow, too fast, using pavements too

much, cycle lanes not enough, running red

lights etc. Equally, cyclists complain about

pedestrians stepping out without looking,

vehicles obstructing cycle paths, other road

users not giving enough space or time.

Cycling is a hugely enjoyable way to travel,

with environmental and health benefits.

However, the ‘cyclists don’t pay road tax’

myth and the actions of a minority, may have

contributed to a culture which has a fairly low

opinion of cyclists.

To be clear. No-one pays ‘road tax’. It was

abolished in 1937 and replaced by Vehicle

Excise Duty Tax which is now based on CO2

emissions. Cyclists are zero emitters. Roads

are maintained by local and general taxation

and cyclists contribute to the upkeep of the

roads through payment of those taxes.

‘Cyclists don’t follow the rules of the

road’. Unfortunately this is true for a minority.

The Highway Code states the law: ‘you MUST

NOT cycle on a pavement’. This carries a

maximum fine of £500 although a £50 fixed

penalty is more likely. You can cycle on a

designated shared use footway and naturally,

children or those learning to cycle are more

than tolerated on pavements but footways are

places where pedestrians should feel safe.

And red traffic lights apply to all road users,

a cyclist can be fined for jumping the lights.

And so, to some of the changes to the

Highway Code:

P The law now essentially states ‘with great

power comes great responsibility’ as new

rule H1 sets out a hierarchy with those who

can do the most harm to others (motorists)

having the most responsibility for safety and

pedestrians as the most vulnerable, at the top

of the hierarchy.

P Drivers no longer have priority at

junctions. Now, if you’re a driver at a junction

and someone is preparing to cross, the more

vulnerable road user has right of way.

P Previously, a road user only had to stop

at zebra crossings if someone was already

crossing. Now, road users must stop at zebra

crossings even if people are just waiting to


P Cyclists are to ride where they feel most

visible. This is approximately the centre of the

left lane or further out, where safe to do so.

P Motorists must give cyclists at least 1.5

metres space when overtaking but, if safe

to do so, cyclists should pull in on quieter

roads, in slower-moving traffic and at busy

junctions, to allow safe overtaking.

P Cyclists going straight ahead at junctions

have priority over traffic waiting to turn into or

out of a side road.

None of this should mean a change in

habits for the already careful and considerate

road user but with an increase in cycling as a

form of exercise and/or travel during Covid,

it is hoped that the changes encourage this

trend to continue.

Think once, think twice, think everyone.

The author is, depending on

weather and mood, a cyclist,

pedestrian, motorist and user

of public transport in equal


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Homes & Interiors

Images on these facing pages courtesy of Bluebellgray

by Suzanne




As the weather brightens and the days lengthen,

it’s time to welcome in a glorious spring

– we hope! Using natural materials and prints the

outdoors comes in. Then there’s colour? To go bold,

or layer the neutral tones? It may all be in the mind.

We find out more…

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When you walk into a clothes store,

what colour do you walk toward first? Toward

natural tones, or beautiful brights? The answer

can be enlightening says Fiona Douglas at

Hyndland’s own Bluebellgray. A self-confessed

‘colour’ person, Fiona has built her interiors

business around natures colourful palette and

believes the colours you’re drawn towards in

fashion, food and the natural world should be

incorporated into your interiors.

‘I had a very outdoorsy upbringing growing

up in the Highlands. We were always outside

swimming in rivers or on trips to freezing cold

beaches. It definitely fuelled my love for nature

which deeply influences all my designs and use

of natural materials.’

As the days lengthen Fiona’s mood lifts and

she loves her first glimpse of bluebells poking

their bonny bonnets toward the light – hence

her Bluebell fabric for curtains, blinds and

lampshades (see P. 29). After long, gray Scottish

winters, nature’s first shoots have a grounding

effect which translates well into our homes as

we switch over from heavy tweeds and wools to

natural linen, wood and wicker.

And Fiona isn’t against placing strong colours

and prints against each other, she believes

there’s much more scope now for individuality

thanks to the internet and websites such

as Pintrest. In fact, in answer to this need

Bluebellgray are soon to launch their new

interior advice service.

‘Our new mood board service is something

that has come from customers asking us for

advice to help decorate their homes using

our designs. It will be a paid for service that

involves an in-depth consultation via zoom or

in person with our in-house interiors stylist

who will then put together mood boards and

swatches and present the ideas back to the

client. This can be followed up with a curtain

and blind making service and shopping


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Homes & Interiors

But what if your tastes run more towards

the neutral tones of the natural world?

Karen Harvey at Hoos Glasgow advises,

‘Moving into spring we want to freshen up our

space with more colour and bright accessories

whilst maintaining the calm of our favourite

winter palettes. Wool textiles make way for

soft cottons and linens that lend a lightness

during warmer evenings. Vibrant yellow tones

add a spark to our interiors contrasting with

warm neutral greys, ecrus and browns that

keep us grounded, while graphic cushion

designs add a playful accent with painterly

motifs that mirror nature.’

Layering natural materials alongside a

calming colour palette creates a more relaxed

environment for some. It really does depend

on your own natural instincts towards colour,

so don’t ignore that inner voice. The layering

tones and mix of textures adds interest and

builds up to more than the sum of its parts

when each piece is chosen because you love

it. This is your space and there is no right –

spaces are as different as their occupants.

Images Courtesy of Hoos Glasgow

‘I love coming home – it’s a very calm, neutral

space with lots of green – the ritual of caring

for my plants and watching them grow is very

centring,’ explains Karen. ‘The furniture

and objects in my space are a combination of

new and old, creating a balance of history,

materiality, contemporary design and

innovation – looking around, each piece

brings joy, be it through its beauty and

function or the memories it carries.’

And that reminds me of something Fiona

said, your interior should energise you and

bring you joy. Spring is a fresh beginning and

a hopeful tender shoot of renewal – whether

that means a full bright colour spectrum,

or a more neutral scheme, let it be particular

to you and fill up your joy.

Invite nature in as a prelude to warmer

days and lighter evenings to come. Adopt a

houseplant, nurture some seeds, mirror your

hopes for a garden in full summer in your

spring interiors and watch your spirits lift

after another trying winter. And with the

homes and interiors stores of the West End on

hand to help you, there’s no stress either.

And chill, you’re home.



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Welcoming Nature In

We’ve been tucked away all winter, cooried in away from the elements.

How lovely then the advent of spring. Simple gifts from Mother Nature

mean so much after months of hiding indoors. So throw open your

windows and let the outside in, buy a houseplant to nurture, think about

natural textures in your furnishings, or prints from nature. It’s a time to

refresh interiors – of the home and mind.

Bluebells Lampshade and Base,

lampshade £49, glass lamp base £99, Bluebellgray

Houseplant Cushion – Emma Alviti,

£65, Hoos Glasgow

Natures Coffee Table,

£309, The Store Interiors

Velvet Leaf Sculpture in Black,

from £53, BoConcept Scotland

Set of 4 Egg Cups, £25,

I Am Nomad

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BoConcept Scotland, 236 Ingram Street, 0141 341 4920, boconcept.com

Hoos, 715 Great Western Road, 07788 480421, hoosglasgow.co.uk

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Spoiler alert, emphatically not.

The thought process which landlords

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they might attract better tenants at higher

rents are well established. After all, if a

prospective tenant fancies the property and

is prepared to pay a chunk more than the

prevailing market rent, they are signaling

price insensitivity. Which probably means

they have lots of spare cash and are unlikely

to default on the rent.

Such wishful thinking is incredibly

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rental contracts, our experience tells us

that the opposite is true. In other words,

pushing the asking rent up for a given

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One way to think about this is to imagine

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Consider, for example, a property with an

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interest. If someone did express an interest,

there would have to be a good explanation.

The most likely explanation being that they

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As the asking rent is reduced, the number

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tenants. The level at which this would happen

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If the asking rent is set too high it doesn’t

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My advice is to set the asking rent at a

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