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A social enterprise is run like a business, but the profits are
invested back into the local area to create meaningful change
At GSEN, we’re creating a space for different organisations to come together and exchange ideas, resources,
and support. Our membership is growing and we’re always open to new members. GSEN brings together over
150 social enterprises (our members) and organisations that support their work (associate members)
Offering bespoke services,
provide information and
signposting to specialist
Offering a platform
for members to form
Providing and enabling
access to events and
to influence policy and
Providing an outlet for
awareness raising of social
Engaging and consulting
with social enterprises
to ensure their views are
Facilitating a safe space
for members to share
resources, ideas and
for trading between
members, the public
sector and private sector
We’re a growing movement.
The past year has shown how valuable relationships with others
in our local area can be. It has never been more important that we
can share our skills and create opportunities for each other.
Not a social enterprise? Don’t worry, you can still be part of our
network. Whether you’re starting up a social enterprise, or your
organisation supports them, there’s a membership for you. GSEN
membership is free for everyone.
Full membership? You’re an established social enterprise in the
Greater Glasgow area and you meet the voluntary code for social
enterprise in Scotland
Aspiring Membership? You’re developing your organisation, and
you’re working towards the voluntary code for social enterprise
Associate Membership? You’re a supporter or partner of social
enterprises in the Greater Glasgow area
Some of our members (from bottom to top, left to right): Jeely
Piece Club, African Challenge Scotland, GalGael, Locavore, Urban
Roots, People’s Pantry (Govanhill Baths)
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4 Editor’s Letter
Out & About
6 Al Fresco Life:
Summer In The City
11 Restaurant Review:
22 West End Live
24 Top Things
Arts & Community
12 Charity: Wedding Day
Support For Beatson
30 Cover To Cover
Fashion & Beauty
10 WIN! At Rainbow Room
26 Wardrobe Edit:
34 Artisan Made
41 Get The Look
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What a whirlwind putting this edition of
Westender together has been.
The West End is buoyant right now
and positivity abounds. After the trying last
two years – I’m loving it! Plus the sun’s been
out (a bit, kinda).
Westender food writer Amy Glasgow,
was inspired by the rays to round up her top
al fresco picks for eating and drinking around
the West End, from Page 6. A drink in the
summer sun with your pooch by your side?
It’s a ‘yes’ from me.
With a top gigs round up from Greg Kane
and a full schedule of theatre and the arts
from Tracy Mukherjee, your free time can
be as jam packed as you like this summer
– check out Pages 22 to 25 for inspiration.
Charities have been hard hit these
past few years and as well as returning to
fundraising events are having to find new
ways of raising vital funds. The Beatson
Cancer Charity have been particularly
innovative designing a new tartan for kilts
and all things weddings, see Page 12. If you,
or someone you know is tying the knot
this year – please have a look through their
extensive range, it is rather beautiful!
And finally, a huge ‘thankyou’ to you,
our Westender readers. We’ve been
producing your magazine for the past 14
years and continue from strength to strength.
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summer in the city
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Summer Sun Trap
A Guide On Where To Eat And Drink
Al Fresco This Summer!
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It seems no matter what the temperature actually is,
when the sun shines on Glasgow you can bet we’ll be out
in force. Whether it’s lunch on the streets of Finnieston or
a drink on Ashton Lane – we love a bit of outdoor dining.
So we’ve put together our top picks for where to enjoy
the best of the sunshine this summer.
DINING AL FRESCO
Partick Duck Club
Looking over Mansfield Park, Partick Duck
Club’s outdoor booths provide a relaxed
dining spot whose food packs a punch.
Sitting in the sunshine with an aperol spritz
and a bowl of their duck fat fries might be
the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
I’d also highly recommend trying their deep
fried spicy lasagne – it is a wonder to behold!
If you’re looking for something lighter to enjoy
in the sunshine though, you simply cannot
beat their Barra monkfish scampi with pea
and coconut chutney.
Ox and Finch
Nothing says summer like sharing plates
in the sun, right? The outdoor space at
Ox and Finch might be limited, but it is
bathed in sunshine all afternoon and has
a range of small plates to choose from.
Keep things light with their smaller snacks,
like butter bean hummus or burrata with
muhamarra, walnuts and pomegranate,
or create your own filling feast. The best part
is, their menu changes regularly depending
on what’s available, so you can eat there July
and August and still have new dishes to try.
I’m always amazed that even on a rainy and
not very warm day, you can find customers
willing to sit outside at Eusebi Deli, such is
their power! However, when the sun does
shine, their tables on Gibson Street and
Park Road provide plenty of warm sunshine
and can transport you to the streets of Italy.
Again, their menu changes seasonally,
so expect a summer menu to arrive soon,
filled with dishes and flavours perfectly paired
with summer sun.
Another spot to enjoy some small plates
and some unique cocktails in the sunshine.
What could be better than indulging in a
crisp glass of white wine and a plate of their
famous fried potatoes while bathing in the
rare but spectacular Glasgow sunshine?
Seating outside is limited, so be sure to get
there quick on a sunny day.
Eusebi Deli’s Popular Al Fesco Dining Space
The Terrace At Five March
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Brel’s Extensive Beer Garden and Beach Club
The Prancing Stag
Hidden away in Jordanhill is a restaurant that
deserves a lot more time in the spotlight.
The Prancing Stag serves up delicious
Scottish cuisine that feels both modern and
comforting. More importantly, they have
a stunning deck area at the front of the
restaurant that makes for a perfect sun trap.
Take advantage of their market menu which
is just £27 for three courses – who needs to
The Rooftop Bar at The Ubiquitous Chip
DRINKS IN THE SUNSHINE
Probably one of the go-to beer gardens in
the West End, Brel on Ashton Lane is always
packed when the sun comes out, and this
summer they’re taking it to a whole new level
with their Beach Club. There’ll be a sizzling
summer food menu and a refreshing line-up
of drinks including Boozy Snow Cones,
wine slushies and Negroni pitchers.
Move down Ashton Lane a little and you’ll find
yourself at one of Glasgow’s most famous
eateries, but we’re not here for the food.
No, on a sunny day, you want to grab yourself
a spot on their rooftop bar. The perfect sun
trap that will make you feel a million miles
away, with an extensive cocktail list on offer
alongside all the usual choices of wines,
beers and spirits.
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Located just a short walk away from Charing
Cross, The Drake is somewhat of a hidden
gem these days. Not only does it have a large
beer garden and a fantastic seasonal food
menu that still brings you all the pub classics,
it is entirely dog friendly, boasts live DJ sets
on Saturday nights, and has a fantastic
cocktail, beer and wine menu. Take your furry
friends and grab a cocktail in the sun!
Another dog friendly bar that offers outdoor
seating along the river Kelvin, Inn Deep
is famous for its extensive craft beer list,
so if trying new beers in a relaxed setting is
your thing, this is the summer spot for you.
With a regularly changing beer list, enjoy a
refreshing pint while listening to the sound of
the river running by and pretend you’re on the
French riveria, or something...
Just off Byres Road, the Parlour has one of
the larger outdoor seating areas in the West
End and a fun, relaxed vibe. The drinks menu
is huge and varied, with plenty of cocktails,
wines, beers, ciders, spirits and even the
latest trend, hard seltzers, on offer. If you get
peckish, they also serve up a range of tacos,
and in the evenings there are heaters to keep
you warm after the sun goes down.
Have we missed somewhere? Tell us
your favourite place to drink or dine
al fresco and enjoy the summer sunshine!
Drop us a message on Instagram
@westendermagazine and let us know.
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by John Parker
here’s been so much happening at
Rainbow Room International Great
Western Road. Last month, we were
delighted to see all of the other RRI salon
teams at a Creative Day held at our Academy.
This was the first time we had all come
together since Congress two years ago and it
was great to see everyone. The Art Team did
a fantastic presentation and all the individual
salons presented a model showcasing their
This month we are styling the hair for
the stars at TRNSMT and we can’t wait
to see what looks will be on trend and
highly requested. We predict lots of braids,
including bubble braids and micro braids,
as well as mermaid and textured waves.
In salon, we have the fabulous new
ghd Curve Thin Wands. These are great
for creating tight, defined curls, think Kylie
Minogue, perfect for festival season!
We also have the new Schwarzkopf
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shades that provide a petrol like,
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add mega shine. We hope to see lots of you
popping in to the salon to try these unique
and quirky hair shades for the new season.
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For me personally, nothing says summer
like seafood. When the weather (finally)
gets warmer and the sun is shining,
I crave BBQ grilled prawns, bowls of fresh
clams or mussels, or a beautiful piece of pan
fried fish. While I’d say my cooking skills are
pretty good, seafood is one of those foods
that I often prefer to leave to the experts,
so when the team behind Michelin-starred
Cail Bruich announced the opening of a
seafood restaurant in the heart of Hyndland,
I was beyond excited.
The aptly named Shucks, which opened
its doors in April of this year, has taken
the West End by storm with its offering of
local, fresh seafood and regularly changing
specials which include whole fish cooked on
the bone on the kitchen’s special BBQ.
The space, previously home to Nick’s,
has undergone an extensive refurbishment,
and the new restaurant feels modern yet
timeless, with an air of elegance to it.
The service matches the interiors, with every
member of staff extremely welcoming yet
unobtrusive, and always ready to answer any
questions about the menu and provide their
own recommendations. I mean, you know
you’re in for a treat when your meal begins
with a champagne trolley rolling to your table.
The trolley offers a range of sparkling
wines and cocktails to kick off your meal,
each ranging in price and quality. There is
also the option to create your own bellini with
their house made apple and rhubarb cordial,
which I can confirm, is absolutely delicious.
I topped up the cordial with a glass of
Crémant d’Alsace brut, and I honestly could
have drank them all night. It tasted like
summer in a glass.
Onto the food! We kicked off the meal
with a couple of snacks, including a cod and
halibut ceviche on shrimp crackers with chilli
and lime. These are perfect mouthfuls and
are so fresh and vibrant. The perfect way
to start a meal. We also ordered the snack
from the specials – battered and deep fried
kingfish wings with a spicy mayo. These too
were delicious with a perfectly crisp and
flavoursome batter and tender, succulent fish.
They were served on the bone so were a bit
fiddly to eat, but absolutely worth the messy
Main courses proved just as delicious.
The Shucks surf and turf is a new take on
a classic, with Iberico pork, smoked belly
and seared scallop. The Iberico pork belly
is a wonder in and of itself. Alongside it I
couldn’t resist the call of the lobster frites in
a green curry butter, though it bore a heavy
price tag of £65. It was beautifully cooked
and presented, with a flavoursome butter
and tender, sweet meat. The fries were also
a big hit – perfectly crunchy and crispy while
remaining fluffy and light inside.
It’s not hard to see why Shucks is doing
well and I have no doubt I’ll be back. But I
think it will almost certainly be for a special
occasion as the high quality of the food and
service does mean high prices. Not one for
those watching the pennies, but if you fancy
treating yourself to a night of incredible
seafood and service, Shucks is for you.
Shucks Seafood Bar & Restaurant
168 Hyndland Road G12 9HZ
0141 473 0080
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Support The Beatson
cancer charity on your special day
WORDS TRACY MUKHERJEE
IMAGES ©Beatson Cancer Charity/Wild Soul Photography
With wedding/civil partnership
‘season’ upon us (is that still a
thing?), those ready to make the leap
into matrimony will undoubtedly be looking to
choose a theme, a colour scheme… a tartan.
Interested in raising money for a fantastic
charity at the same time?
Here at Westender Magazine, let us be
your own personal wedding planner.
Beatson Cancer Charity. Care, Love, Hope,
a beautiful motto for an incredible
organisation. And there are many people
heading towards the altar for whom cancer
care is a cause dear to them. With this in
mind, the charity has created a bespoke
tartan. Designed by Jane Hunter of Hunters’
Atelier, Stirling, the stunning tartan was
created to honour the millions of people
facing cancer in Scotland.
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Featuring the yellow, black and white
indelibly associated with the charity and
with a medium weight wool, it’s perfect for a
The trading team at the charity,
Kathleen McLaren and Ginette Hamilton,
worked with Jane Hunter and Slanj Kilts
Scotland to create the design. Jane is an
Alumni of the Glasgow School of Art and
has now gone on to create and own Hunter’s
Atelier. Produced at the Isla Bank Mills in
Keith, as part of the MacNaughton Group,
there is 200 years of niche manufacturing
expertise behind the weaving of the tartan.
A ‘pedigree’ tartan indeed.
Initially the tartan was developed
to produce kilts. However, Beatson
Cancer Charity are proud to announce
that the tartan itself is available to
create even more beautiful tartan
touches to make your day extra special!
As well as kilts, trousers and ties,
why not have chair bows, bouquet ribbon,
buttonholes all tied into the colour scheme?
Now this beautiful tartan can be bought by
And so, to the other touches for the big
day. And for many, supporting the charity is a
cause close to our hearts. So, it is fitting that
you might want to wear the simply stunning
bespoke Beatson Cancer Charity heart
jewellery collection. With the charity’s iconic
heart emblem taking centre stage, it couldn’t
be a more perfect accessory. Featuring a
sterling silver pendant, earrings and bracelet,
the set was created by the charity alongside
local jeweller Jan Allan of Bothwell. It’s a truly
elegant, limited edition set, so don’t miss out.
With everything just about covered… but
wait, favours! With a choice of rose or thistle
designed chocolate discs, finished in gold
shimmer or fun chocolate lollipops, Beatson
Cancer Charity wedding favours will add a
special touch to your reception tables.
With your theme looking oh-so-fabulous,
there is the small matter of just what you have
helped to contribute towards by choosing
the tartan. The Beatson West of Scotland
Cancer Centre (The Beatson) is the largest
in Scotland and delivers care to thousands
of patients across the West of Scotland.
The Beatson Cancer Charity is dedicated to
enhancing patient wellbeing, helping patients
to self-manage their condition. The charity
also funds specialist posts at the centre,
research and education, as well as providing
vital support to patients and their carers
throughout treatment. The charity firmly
believes that ‘no-one should face cancer on
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The anticipated reopening of the Wellness
centre will be a terrific boost to the patients
and staff of The Beatson. As restrictions
ease, the hope is that the centre will slowly
reopen soon, welcoming those living
with cancer back into a calm, stress-free
environment With restrictions in place during
the pandemic, the staff looked to digital
services to support patients. As we now
emerge from the restrictions, the Wellbeing
Team hope to combine both, with patients
attending the centre as well as having the
availability of wellbeing services online.
As Helen MacPherson, Wellbeing
Centre Team Leader notes, ‘The wellbeing
support is such a big part in someone’s
cancer treatment journey. With your help,
The Beatson Cancer Charity can make them
feel better, stronger and more relaxed.’
Who would have thought that choosing
a tartan could make such a difference to
millions of people facing the challenges of
cancer in Scotland? It doesn’t hurt that the
tartan is an absolute cracker! With everything
organised, it’s time for the mud face mask,
glass of fizz and some quiet contemplation
for what you are about to embark on…
Care, Love, Hope.
Happy Wedding Day
If you would like to find out more
about the charity, need inspiration to
fundraise, opportunities to volunteer
or advice for a loved one, please visit:
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Heading into summer and lengthy light evenings,
you are sure to have come across one of the
West End’s running clubs. One group who are
making impressive strides in the running community are
West End Road Runners finds Tracy Mukherjee.
Created in 2016, the West End Road
Runners (WERR) club was born
from the sheer number of individual
runners pounding our West End parks and
Graeme Jack, Chairman of WERR
explains, ‘With the growth of parkrun,
we could see that there were hundreds of
runners in the West End who had the running
habit and perhaps wanted to find people to
run with during the week. WERR is based at
Woodend Tennis Club so we’re in the heart of
the West End.’
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The club started from humble beginnings:
including founding members and runners
initially the club was made up of 10-15
people. That number now stands at 130 and
that’s only in the senior section.
What values did the club have that helped
that number grow? ‘Values are very important
to people, so we feel it is important to spell
out what we stand for,’ says Graeme.
‘Inclusivity – whether you’re running
to keep fit or running to race, you’re very
welcome. Achievement – whatever you want
to achieve with your running the club will aim
to help you get there. Openness – it’s your
club. Information will be shared and your
views and input will be valued.’
Running three to four times weekly around
the West End, the club is highly visible
and is known for its friendly welcoming
environment. But like so many clubs,
lockdown hit them hard. Not being able to
meet to run and support each other was an
Graeme explains ‘During the most
restrictive lockdown early last year,
when clubs couldn’t meet at all,
we created WERRopoly, a digital challenge
for our runners inspired by the board game
Monopoly. Runners were encouraged to go
out and run groups of streets in the West End
with points allocated for difficulty. They could
add in special sections like the Clyde Tunnel,
the Glasgow University cloisters, or the
statue at Kelvingrove Park. It motivated our
runners to get out there and to run together,
The club also devised a strength and
conditioning programme WERRtual which
was provided on Zoom. Such was the
success of their innovative practices that
WERR were awarded the Innovation award
2021 at the 4J Studio Scottish Athletics
With such incredible support being given
virtually, it’s clear that the club has a real
commitment to Mental Health as well as
t h e o bv i o u s b e n e fi t s o n t h e p hy s i c a l s i d e .
‘We were galvanised by some research
by running social media site Strava who
published findings indicating that people
run for mental health and wellbeing reasons,
as much as for their physical health,’
Such is the club’s investment in
psychological wellbeing, there is a clear
commitment to developing this vision in the
future. ‘We have around 30 qualified run
leaders who take charge of our sessions and
with the support of Scottish Athletics we plan
to offer them the opportunity to have training
from SAMH in mental health awareness,’
explains Graeme. ‘Running provides great
opportunities for people to get out, to talk
and to get some time to themselves. We often
find people coming to the club ready to let off
steam, then finding that a run with their mates
has alleviated this.’
Promoting improved fitness alongside
mental wellbeing, what else has the club
been up to? Well, raising money for charity
for one thing. Recently the group have raised
an incredible amount for Scotstoun foodbank
through creating a digital guide to running
in the West End. Raising money for a good
cause – what a great bi-product for doing
something you love.
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Graeme agrees ‘If we can hook into,
or create initiatives to raise money for good
causes, we’ll do so. The £2000 raised for the
Scotstoun foodbank came from donations
from runners who downloaded a digital
copy of our guide to running in the West End
‘Run Glasgow’s West End’. This was another
lockdown project, for which we managed
to win awards. The idea was simple.
To encourage runners to get out. We asked
them to run, document and photograph their
favourite run. We compiled this and offered it
to the wider running community. It’s now part
of our welcome pack for new runners!’
Talking of welcome packs, new members
are very welcome. The club asks new runners
to come along for a couple of weeks free.
Once they are hooked, it is easy to join
With ever growing numbers in the
club, how have they met this challenge?
‘We’re seeing that those who have joined us
are starting to set goals and achieve some
very significant and notable performances.
We’d like to support this and have recently
put six of our members through the UK
Athletics Level 2 Coaching qualification
– so we have much more coaching capacity
It sounds as though WERR has not only
weathered the pandemic but has gone from
strength to strength despite it. However,
regardless of its many awards, accolades
and successful challenges, Graeme’s key
message is a simple one. ‘We just want to run
and to inspire people to come and join us,’
he says. ‘We’re your running club and we’re
here to help.’
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Sunday 10th July 7.30pm
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Magpie Blue, aka Millie Hanlon-
Cole is an electric guitar playing
singer/songwriter from Peebles in the
Borders. According to the blurb on her
website, she’s inspired by the music
of Antony and the Johnsons, PJ Harvey,
Alt J and Joy Division.
But with her telecaster slung high,
Strymon footpedal set to a long
release and her low tenor voice
pushing out dramatic, climactic
melodies, I keep thinking of
Roy Orbison rather than these
contemporary artists. Anyone who
reveres 'The Big O' will surely love
An incredibly gifted 22-year-old
singer songwriter we will hopefully be
hearing much, much more of.
Choice Tracks: Maggie Blue 'Haunted'
Thursday 14th July 6.30pm
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There’s a nebulous place where music
collides with emotion, and for many
musicians this meeting of the mind’s
sensory neurons, motor function
and cognition proves combustible,
and whatever wells up is commonly
manifested in a musician’s most
noticeable feature: their face.
Este Haim of the band HAIM gives a
truly impressive facial performance
when playing her bass. Alternating
between grimaces and unfettered,
wide-mouthed bewilderment. Audiences
don’t just come to listen to a band.
Music involves seeing, hearing and
moving and when you come to see HAIM
you get all three in abundance.
HAIM are three sisters, all singers
and multi-instrumentalists, daughters
of musicians from California USA.
They’ve been making their brand of
power/pop/rock since 2012. God only
knows how they’ve managed to make
three siblings work in one band
but they are now 10 years and three
albums into their career.
Choice tracks: HAIM ‘Lost Track'
Sunday 24th July 7pm
Òran Mór oran-mor.co.uk
Charismatic lead singer Garry
Christian has been fronting his band,
The Christians, since 1985. Their first
six singles all made the UK top 40 in
the late 80s and they’ve enjoyed chart
success throughout Europe and the US
Garry is the consummate front man,
ever wry, smart and very aware
of what’s going on around him.
Throughout his career Garry has
used his influence and his music to
help raise awareness of injustices
he feels need highlighted: from their
1988 hit 'Harvest For The World'
(all proceeds were donated to UNICEF),
a cover of 'Ferry Cross The Mersey'
along with Paul McCartney and Holly
Johnston (with all proceeds going to
The Hillsborough Disaster Fund) and
most recently, the reworking of their
song 'Man Don’t Cry' renaming it 'Naz
Don't Cry' in reference to the plight of
Nazanin Zaghari-Radcliffe. Garry has
put together a great band for these
2022 live dates and he still has one of
the best British soul voices out there.
Choice track: The Christians
‘Harvest for The World'
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by Greg Kane
Rex Orange County
Wednesday 3rd August 6pm
Galvanisers Yard SWG3 swg3.tv
Thank goodness for these young kids
who are not afraid to show their jazz/
soul chops whilst making their own
brand of accessible contemporary
Alexander James O'Connor, known
professionally as Rex Orange County,
is a 24-year-old English singer
and songwriter. O’Connor rose to
prominence in 2017 following multiple
features on American rapper Tyler, the
Creator’s Grammy-nominated album
He has released four solo albums to
date with his last album 'Who Cares?'
reaching no.1 in the UK Charts
and no.5 in the US Charts in March
this year. His streaming stats are
impressive too with over 12 million
streams per month on Spotify alone!
Critics describe his sound as 'artsy,
post-genre teen music'… known as
'Sophisti-pop' in my day. Once again
I’m so late to this, but I’m so glad I’ve
Choice track: Rex Orange County
Monday 29th August 7pm
Kurt Vile is a 40 something
American singer, songwriter, multiinstrumentalist,
and record producer.
He is known for his solo work and
as the former lead guitarist of the
rock band The War On Drugs and is
steeped in classic 70s Americana…
from Neil Young, Fairport Convention
to outsider folky Michael Hurley with
some Bert Jansch thrown in too. You
get the idea of where Kurt Vile is at
from this list of influencers.
His music is pretty laid back and
endearing, performed and recorded
as though you’ve wandered in in the
middle of a chilled out folk session
in The Lismore pub on a Sunday
afternoon. His most recent album
'Watch My Moves', released in April
this year is preceded by eight studio
albums spanning 14 years of work.
Choice Track: Kurt Vile 'Pretty Pimpin'
Wednesday 31st August 7pm
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Laura Mvula is a singer/songwriter
and a graduate from the esteemed
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and
has been a director of the Lichfield
Community Gospel Choir.
The first time I heard her music was
back in 2013, when the signature intro
of her debut single 'Green Garden' just
blew me away. Syncopated Kalimba/
Celeste sequences with tight vocal
harmonies on top of complex funk/
African rhythms, how could you resist?
The rest of the album this song was
taken from, 'Sing To The Moon', is
a masterful piece of work drawing
heavily on her Gospel and Jazz roots.
Her music is complex, ambitious,
demanding at times, but ever soulful
and engaging. She’s achieved chart
success with the four albums she’s
released to date and her music has
featured on many a film soundtrack
and advert. Taste makers are drawn to
her and rightly so.
Choice track: Laura Mvula
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Top Things To Do
in the West End
by Tracy Mukherjee
Top For School Holidays
Summer Holiday Camps, a godsend for
most parents. Few do it as well as West End
Adventures, that’s why they are award winners!
Kayaking, rock climbing archery; the activities
are endless. Drop off and collection points
are selected by the company to ensure stress
free mornings for parents. Children are cared
for by a team of expert outdoor instructors.
You can choose the duration of the camp, from a
day to weeklong, and can be assured their time
will be filled with a variety of outdoor pursuits.
Although Glasgow based, the children will
experience adventure in Scotland’s stunning
West Coast and Central Belt. The camps are
extremely popular so book as soon as you can.
Reel Kids Music in Hyndland are running
weeklong music camps during the summer
holidays. The team note that the camp will have
'creative music-making with regular outdoor
play opportunities.' Designed for five to eight
year-olds who enjoy singing and playing music,
the sessions will mix songs and movement to
music with percussion, action games, crafts
and musical quizzes. Led by experienced music
tutors, this is a summer camp for creative kids.
Halo Arts bring you Hillhead Summer Arts
Academy for both juniors (6-8) and seniors (9+).
This weeklong summer holiday arts project for
young people mixes drama workshops, circus
skills, street dance and art. And if you miss
out on the Hillhead event there are other Arts
Academies run by Halo in the south of the city
later in July.
West End Adventure Summer Holiday
Camps 27th June – 16th August
Reel Kids Music, Summer Holiday Camp
Hyndland Community Hall, Novar Drive
1-5th and 8-12th August 9am-4pm,
or mornings only options
Halo Arts Hillhead Summer Arts Academy,
Arlington Baths Club 4th – 8th July
Top for Theatre
Bard in the Botanics, a stalwart of the summer
in Glasgow, usually drookit, but we can hope for
10 degrees and overcast, can’t we? For 2022 its
focus is Antic Fables and Fairy Toys.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Yes, really, in
our gardens, in mid-summer. A tale of faeries,
lovers, magic and absolute mayhem! Some of
Shakespeare’s most memorable characters
– Oberon, Puck and of course Bottom – were
created for this glorious play. With themes way
in advance of its time, it’s a story of acceptance
and celebration of being yourself, living your life
the way you want to and loving whomever you
so desire. After all, 'Love looks not with the eyes
but with the mind and therefore is winged cupid
Medea. No one does Greek tragedy quite like
Euripedes. The legend of the golden fleece,
Jason’s quest with the Argonauts, would have
had no success had it not been for Medea’s
skills as a sorceress. That we all know. But no
happily ever after was in store for this couple.
Abandoned and isolated after Jason finds a new
wife, this is the tale of revenge. Hell hath no fury
like a woman scorned… (yes, I know it’s a William
Congreve quote but it was sooo appropriate).
Starring the award-winning Nicole Cooper.
Much Ado About Nothing. My favourite!
Shakespeare’s warmest and wittiest play with
the will-they-won’t-they dynamic, but with a
twist. Reinvented as Benedict and Bertram
instead of Beatrice, it really is the forerunner for
every 80s romcom. It is a joyous comedy set to a
backdrop of parties, celebrations and weddings.
But remember the vengeful Don John is plotting
to ruin at least one couple’s hope of happiness.
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Top Things To Do
in the West End
The Tempest. I did see this once at BITB on
a gloriously balmy summer’s evening – they
do exist! This new version of Shakespeare’s
alleged last play is a tragicomedy, very much
commencing on darker notes but with a lighter
comedic ending. A mystical island, a sorcerer
plotting revenge on those who have wronged him
by creating the mightiest of storms, and a ship
and its passengers caught in the swell. Magic
and mayhem ensue. Adapted and directed by
Nicole Cooper it’s a tale of love, revenge (it’s a
Shakespeare play) and repentance.
Bard in the Botanics, Glasgow Botanic
Gardens, 22nd June – 30th July
Top for Photography
Coming Into View: Eric Watt’’s Photographs
of Glasgow is an exhibition at Kelvingrove Art
Gallery and Museum. A passionate amateur
photographer, he spent his free time in Glasgow
capturing the lives of the people on the streets.
Over 40 years the photographer captured the
city: the children at play in the streets and many
parks, and adults going about their business.
This is a truly thought-provoking exhibition
reflecting the changes in Glasgow over time,
done with affection and curiosity.
John Patrick Byrne is a Scottish cultural icon.
Instantly recognisable, moustachioed and
stylish, the Scottish artist and writer brings his
first retrospective for 20 years to Kelvingrove.
A Big Adventure brings together the vibrancy
of John’s work and looks at the life behind the
paintings. With 40 self-portraits, Glasgow Life
Museums’ paintings, and works from private
lenders, A Big Adventure does what it says on
Coming Into View: Eric Watt’’s Photographs
of Glasgow, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
Exhibiting until 4th March 2023
w:glasgowlife.org and visit what’s on pages
A Big Adventure, Kelvingrove Art Gallery
27th May – 18th September
11am – 5pm Full Price Entry £7.50
w:glasgowlife.org and visit what’s on pages
Top for Music
Hurrah! Summer Nights is officially back this
July and August. Under the shadow of Glasgow
University, Kelvingrove Bandstand will play
host to a fantastic line-up of live acts this
summer. The outdoor event with the stunning
amphitheatre in front of the bandstand has
been a firm favourite with music lovers and,
it seems, top musicians too. So far this year
there is some cracking 80s acts playing such
as Altered Images, the Jesus and Mary Chain
and Belinda Carlisle. For the lover of singer/
songwriters you can’t get better than Suzanne
Vega, Van Morrison or Rufus Wainwright. And
for indie enthusiasts, the legend that is Edwyn
Collins is appearing as is the unmistakable
Richard Hawley. I’m not going to mention the
truly fabulous Billy Brag or the Waterboys (cos I
want tickets for these guys myself). The capacity
at the bandstand is 2,500 so it's always a terrific
event with a great atmosphere. With delicious
street food trucks onsite, Kelvingrove museum
as your backdrop, and you and you friends finally
back together enjoying live music. Gosh, but
don’t we deserve it?
Summer Nights at the Bandstand
Kelvingrove Bandstand and Amphitheatre
Wed 27th July – Sat 13th August
w:ticketmaster.co.uk and search for
Summer Nights tickets
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I hung up my last dress in March
2020 and relaxed in joggers, now
it's time to shave those legs and
consider, dare I say it, a bare ankle?
I'm Elena the
approaching it felt like a
perfect time to talk about
the lovely dresses available
locally in our amazing West
End boutiques. All dresses
are available now locally or
even online if you can't get
into the stores.
Scotch & Soda Blue Wrap Dress
£170, Biscuit Clothing
Fabienne Chapot Charlie Dress
£170, Amaryllis Westend
Marble Pink Pattern Dress
£85, Jasmine Boutique
Rails Kiki White Lace Dress
£155, Pampas Glasgow
Ichi Easter Cloud Dress
£75, Biscuit Clothing
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Button Down Beach Dress
£59, Fat Face
Marisa Maxi Beach Dress
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Scotch & Soda Open Back Midi
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Rails Yvette Coral Cutaway
£220, Pampas Glasgow
Rixo Cheryl Camp Floral
£315, Pampas Glasgow
Rixo Zadie Green Palm
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CeliaB Olav Dress
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CeliaB Acke Dress
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Culture Tia Dress
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What works about the wrap dress? Well if you
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or even an athletic figure THE RIGHT wrap dress
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Mary Sewell of Not Just Travel – the West End’s Personal Travel Consultant
Time To Travel
with Not Just Travel
Spain has always been a firm favourite
as a holiday destination, from the
Balearic Islands to mainland Spain there
is something for everyone. Whether you want
to party in San Antonio, Ibiza or experience
the culture and beauty of Barcelona, Spain
I have recently returned from Majorca
and since I hadn’t been there since the 80s
I had no idea what to expect. We stayed in
Port Adriano at the Adults Only Pure Salt
Hotel with Jet2Holidays. Port Adriano is in
a beautiful part of Majorca – with a small
extremely clean beach lapped by crystal
clear waters, easy for swimming or paddle
boarding. This lovely resort also has a
swanky port where all the super yachts
are lined up and there is an abundance of
restaurants and places to charter a yacht for
Port Adriano is close to Santa Ponsa
which is ideal if you are a couple, or a family
wanting a great beach and have lots of
restaurants and bars to choose from.
We hired a car and went all round Majorca
and I am so glad we did as we came across
a local weekly market in Andratx, which had
an abundance of fresh fruit, veg, bread and
meats. This market has been going since the
19th century and was worth going to see.
To the north of the island Alcudia has
always been a favourite with families and I
can see why, it has lots to offer and plenty
to keep the kids occupied. It also has an old
town where you can wander through typical
Spanish streets and get a feel for the real
Whether it is a family holiday, a couples
get away, or just a quick weekend break –
Majorca truly has something for everyone.
For more information on Majorca,
or any other destinations, call Mary on
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The Tick And
The Tock Of The
by Kenny Boyle
BY BRIAN TOAL
COVER TO COVER
Kenny Boyle is a Scottish actor whom you may
remember from the short film ‘Perfect Strangers’, and
a quick Google search will remind you of all the other
productions he’s been involved in. You’ll recognise
him, for sure.
During lockdown, like many
others who were forced to
reimagine how they would spend
their days, Boyle decided to write
this book. I’ve read a few books
written over lockdown – some
of which I’ve reviewed here.
Apparently, everyone has a book in
them, and if this is his book, what
a great book it is. For a debut
novel it’s quite spectacular.
It started life ten years ago as a
play, and it has that dialogue and
pace you’d expect from a really
intense stage play, but the novel
form has allowed Boyle to flesh out
his characters and explore themes
in much more depth than I assume
the original play was able to do.
The central character is
Wendy, an aspiring writer from the
Southside of Glasgow, but that’s
not her only fault! She quits her
job, tries drugs and falls in with
the enigmatic Cat, who turns her
life on its head and allows her
to see the value in the road less
travelled by, and that made all the
difference. They embark on a spree
of shenanigans akin to ‘Thelma
and Louise’, getting into trouble,
flirting with danger, breaking the
law as well as social conventions.
I was reminded of the classic film
‘Restless Natives’ in terms of the
social anarchy and getting one
over on ‘The Man’. There is a lot
of intertextuality in the book,
not just all the references to ‘Peter Pan’. The main character,
Wendy, seems to have a hard time growing up, she feels that
she is being pursued by a ticking clock which could represent
her future or simply her social anxiety. The chapter headings
often refer to ‘Peter Pan’, and Wendy’s obsession with obscure
vocabulary is funny, clever and at the same time highlights how
dumbed down our society has become.
There are several hilarious sequences which clearly borrow
heavily from Hollywood films – no clues, you’ll need to spot them
One of the triumphs of this book, though, is the sudden
changes in tone from hilarity and recklessness to biting social
commentary, anxiety, and mental health issues, as well as
strained relationships between children and their parents,
especially at that tense period when the children are gaining
independence but still need the safety net of parental cash.
Ultimately, it boils down to the quality of conversations we
have with others and how well we communicate with each other.
‘Words are the solution,’ as Boyle states in the final chapter.
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by Alan Cumming
Alan Cumming’s intense
autobiography ‘Not My
Father’s Son’ charted his
abusive childhood at the hands
of his father and his gradual
escape to the RSAMD in
In this book we pick
up where we left off with
Cumming getting his first big
break in London, the success of
Victor and Barry at the Fringe
and the subsequent cult status
of ‘The High Life’, followed
by his big break in America,
which was as the compere of
‘Cabaret’ on Broadway.
His meteoric rise is
leavened with plenty of
disasters – both artistically
and in his relationships – and
we again see the self-doubt,
anxiety, restlessness and
irrepressible hedonism which
were refrains in the former
book, but in this book scream
all the louder.
There is a who’s who of
Hollywood and the arts in
America as well as British
acting royalty. He’s not so
much name dropping as
highlighting the relentlessness
of the publicity machine,
and the bubble within which
he often has to move is often
a bubble which contains
the same people in different
films, different hotels and
supporting different causes,
but nevertheless the circles
within which he moves are
It’s a very honest book
which may annoy in parts,
but it’s always interesting and
will make you think. At times
Cumming is difficult to like, and
the litany of party here and
drinks there and drugs over
there becomes tiresome after
a while. Then you’re hit with
searing honesty and a oneliner
which takes your breath
Marianne Grant was a
remarkable woman who died
at the age of 86 in Glasgow.
As a young Czech-Jewish
artist, she was imprisoned in
Teresienstadt ‘model Jewish
village’. Her art made her
interesting and valuable to
the Germans, as she provided
presents for their children in
the form of illustrated stories,
artwork for the walls of the
playrooms where she helped to
supervise and surreptitiously
teach the children, as well as
depicting the life of the camp.
She managed to draw
and paint several disturbing
images which documented
the degradation, humiliation
and ultimately annihilation of
those around her. How she
managed to retain these works
of art – not only keep them
hidden from the authorities
but also preserved against the
squalor – is nothing short of a
miracle. To then be moved to
Auschwitz, then Neuengamme
and finally Bergen-Belsen,
and to survive all of them,
is incredible. Trainloads of Jews
who arrived before and after
her were murdered, yet she
Glasgow Museums have
brought out this book to
complement their collection
of Marianne Grant’s paintings.
There are different sections
written by a range of experts.
These accounts on their own
are fascinating, but when
accompanied by Marianne’s
artwork, together they tell
a story of death, misery,
resilience, but ultimately one of
Her art was integral to
her survival, both by sparing
her from the gas chambers
and by giving her a chink of
light in a bleak hell. Seeing
art produced by someone in
such circumstances is truly
Painting For My Life
The Holocaust Artworks Of Marianne Grant
by Glasgow Life Museums
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Homes & Interiors
Two local furniture businesses are showing
the way when it comes to furniture design and
craftsmanship. Always keen to explore design-led
ingenuity, Westender sent along Diana Kiernander
to find out more.
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Images courtesy of Turner Furniture
Home envy is the grown-up way of admitting
you wasted your 20s drinking wine and buying
too many ‘wear once, then throwaway’ dresses
for all the parties you never really needed to go
What you should have been doing,
in hindsight, during those heady, halcyon styleobsessed
days was saving for a piece of furniture.
Stay with me on this and you’ll see how an
interior addition to your home was probably
always going to be more important than a quickfix
fashion piece you already forgot you wore.
In the name of research, I’ve spent the past
week immersed in looking at the kind of interior
design pieces I thought only existed in otherworldy
period dramas, Hollywood film sets or
episodes of Grand Designs.
First up, I visited Chris Turner, bespoke luxury
furniture and cabinet maker at his studio in
Anniesland. There I saw how the worlds of high
art and furniture design collide. Chris created
the Cubist Credenza sideboard, which is sat
beautifully at the top of the studio stairs, a work
that painstakingly blends over 600 hand-cut
marquetry veneers with pentagonal wood tiles.
And above it hangs a painting by the hyperrealist
renowned Scottish artist, Iain Faulkner.
The sideboard features in the painting, setting
an air of melancholy, stillness and strength that
perfectly echoes the essence of Chris’ sideboard
But I’m excited too by the collection of tables
and chairs that sit to the right of the sideboard
and painting. There’s the Berkeley round coffee
table, built in classic walnut and rosewood
finish, and imbued with the kaleidoscopic colour
and verve of the Busby Berkeley musical era.
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Nestled amongst contemporary classics is the
fascinating whisky chair. With soft, sapwood
highlights and angled bridle joints, it is the
quintessence of elegance.
‘This piece was inspired by leading German
designer Richard Riamerschmidt and his
approach to modern interiors,’ says Chris,
‘I took inspiration from his “House of the Music
Lover” collection created at the turn of the
century and played around with ergonomics,
function and comfort.’ The result is a chair
that reimagines itself as not out of place in the
corner of your kitchen, sipping a sneaky whisky
nightcap. Riamerschmidt was a leading player
in the German art nouveau movement and his
great architectural influences pulse through
Turner’s work today, Hints of early 20th century
style are present in all of Turner’s work, there’s
an heirloom quality to everything he does and
he’s certain the furniture he creates are family
treasures that can be passed down through
‘Everything I make holds its value,’ he says,
proudly. And this goes too, for the fly-fishing
pieces that tap into his long-held love of
exploring the lochs and rivers across Scotland
with a fishing rod.
‘I was asked to make a fly box once for a
guy retiring from flying aircraft in the RAF.
His colleagues wanted to give him a present that
reflected his love of fishing and his esteemed
career. They got the names of all the jets he’d
flown and his name engraved on the box. It was
really special,’ says Chris, ‘I like being able to
create individual pieces that are meaningful to
Over at ThreeFourFive Furniture, design
has never felt quite so imaginative.
From the outside, their space looks just like
any other building set down a semi-industrial
looking lane in Govan, near the banks of the
River Clyde. A faded grey-stone warehouse,
it could be a disused dance studio or a garage.
But once inside, prepare to be dazzled by the
scale of creative workmanship taking place
in this furniture design haven. Witness the
clamour and calm of wood-cutting, painting,
restoring and building pieces. This is where
classic crafting co-exists with modern
technology to help you create a dreamy design
space in your home.
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Arne, Steven and Chevy are the original
self-starters who met at Glasgow School of
Art and opened the doors of this workshop in
2014. Sharing a love of furniture making and
bringing a diverse set of skills to the forefront of
the art, they have carved out an enviable market
in bespoke design.
Arne’s great love is creating kitchens for
customers who come with an idea but need
guidance in realising the dream.
‘You can come to us with a starting point
– a colour or a shape, and we can discuss what’s
possible and use digital technology to show you
what we can achieve,’ he says.
The company also excel at working with
IKEA’s modular cabinet units, to put an exciting
colour or style spin on the Swedish originals.
The space houses an impressive array of design
inspiration and storage solution ideas too.
There’s retro vanity units in pop colours and
adorable step features that can be incorporated
into a family bathroom to cater for small
children. But most innovative is some of the
projects they have taken on to revolutionise the
look of independent businesses opening up in
Glasgow and far beyond.
Think cork pegboards, draped in hanging
plants, and delicious gifts.
Amidst all of this, I’m most taken by Doris,
the adorable family dog who belongs to the
team in Govan and comes to work with office
manager Claire most days. She’s a sweet
reminder that pets, like comfy furniture,
are often central to a happy, beautiful home.
Furnishing a home always throws up
commitment issues that a new dress or a
designer bag never would. You might have
to live with this look at home for a long time!
But like properly falling in love, the fickle,
undecided heart could just melt away the second
you see an upholstered armchair or a reworked
cocktail cabinet. Sometimes you just know.
Suddenly I’m in. I can promise, that I’m going
to love this look forever. And not a throwaway
dress in sight!
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Great design makes for comfortable living spaces. Design classics,
however – new and old – can be transformative. On our West End
doorstep we have access to some truly transformative interiors businesses
making bespoke handmade, or simply sourcing the best, design classics.
Everything is covered, indoors and out, and form truly equals function
Kingston Extendable Dining Table,
From £1179, BoConcept Glasgow
Ercol Forli Corner Chase (Left or Right-hand Facing),
From £2815, Forrest Furnishing
Starting at £3500,
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£3356 for full
Vanity Unit & Sink, from £750,
BoConcept, 236 Ingram Street, 0141 341 4920, boconcept.com
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InHoos, 91-93 Great Western Road, 07788 480421, inhoos.co.uk
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Estate Planning with
Owning a home in another country is
not uncommon. It is a great way of
getting to know another country,
perhaps learn another language and is
somewhere to go when you need time to
relax. However, not all owners of overseas
properties tell their solicitors about their
holiday home abroad when they make a
will. There seems to be a presumption that
beneficiaries will inherit such a property along
with the rest of the deceased’s estate.
Also, sometimes a testator (the person
who makes the will) includes their overseas
property in their Scottish will without realising
that they need a will in the country where that
property is located.
As a general rule in the European Union,
the inheritance laws of the country where
your property is situated will apply. If you
live in Scotland and your holiday home is in
Greece or Italy it is governed by the law of
Greece or Italy. In Scotland you have relative
freedom to choose who will inherit each of
your assets but that is not necessarily the
case abroad. In many countries there are
‘forced heirship’ rules which could mean that
your property may pass to specified people
regardless of your wishes. These ‘forced
heirship’ rules could also affect your overall
To try to simplify the administration of
cross-border estates, the EU introduced
a ‘choice of law’ Directive which became
effective in August 2015 and is known as
‘Brussels IV’. Brexit does not affect its
applicability in the UK. Put simply, this means
you can make a foreign will saying that you
want the law of your nationality to apply to
your estate. So, if you have a property in
France you can leave your French home
according to Scottish law by making a will in
France and asking for this option.
The essential point to note here is that
whichever country’s law you want to apply to
your property you should, at the very least,
speak to a solicitor or notary where your
property is situated as they should know
what is required.
Finally, and most importantly, if you are
making a will overseas then it is vital that your
overseas solicitor communicates with your
Scottish solicitor to ensure
that what is being done by
both solicitors actually
complements each other.
If Mitchells Roberton
Partner, Heather McKee,
can assist you please
email direct on:
Note: This material is for information
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any form of advice or recommendation by
us. You should not rely upon it in making
any decisions or taking or refraining
from taking any action. If you would like
us to advise you on any of the matters
covered in this material, please contact
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Our Business Is Rubbish
and then we recycle over 90% of it
After 15 years of owning and building
a well known local waste removal
brand and taking that business
as far as he felt it could go in it’s existing
format, Ross Martin feeling ready for a new
challenge, left the business and set up
Jettison Ltd as an entirely new enterprise.
Despite opening up just six months before
the first lock down, Jettison – focused on
commercial and industrial waste clearances
– got off to a flying start with projects
including stripping out the closed Thorntons
stores across the UK and clearing the entire
campus of Penrith Agricultural College.
Jettison’s focus is large scale clearances
which include fly tipping removal and
clearing out full buildings including offices,
hotels and industrial units. These jobs are
project managed by Ross from start to finish
to ensure minimal disruption for clients,
maximum value for money and that as much
waste as possible is repurposed or recycled.
Ross particularly loves the challenges and
problem solving involved in these projects
and always finds the right solution for the
client no matter the constraints of the job.
With this side of things thriving and with so
many established contacts from his previous
business getting in touch, it soon became
clear that there was still a demand for reliable
and trustworthy smaller scale local uplifts.
As this type of work demands an entirely
different approach from the large scale jobs,
Ross set up sister company Jettison Express
which offers same day pick ups for anyone
looking to dispose of awkward and unwanted
items as quickly as possible.
This local and speedy service is ideal for
both small businesses with a pile of waste,
including secure document or IT destruction,
or for private individuals looking to clear
renovation debris after home improvements,
loft and garage clearances or to clear a
property in preparation for sale. Jettison
Express are a preferred supplier for a number
of estate agents and solicitors across the
city and often deal with executory clearances
after a home owner has passed away.
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Ross with Nancy the Office Manager (when not on nap break)
With a great network of trusted
partnerships, Jettison can also help clients
looking for cleaners or tradesmen – offering
clients a professional all round service.
With so many cheap ‘man and a van’
options available and fly-tipping rife, Jettison
and Jettison Express are keen to separate
themselves by offering trust. Anyone using
their services can be confident that the
truck team turning up at their property are
professional, uniformed and that their waste
is being disposed of in the most appropriate
and environmentally friendly way.
Despite Jettison and Jettison Express
being new brands, the team brings over 30
years combined experience of the waste
industry and there’s not much they haven’t
seen. Personal service is key to the success
of the business, anyone calling or emailing
will always be able to get through to Ross
or Tracey directly. Based in the southside,
Jettison works all over the UK while Jettison
Express focuses on Glasgow, Edinburgh and
the Central Belt. They are registered with the
Scottish Environmental Protection Agency,
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It Pays Landlords To Take A
It’s interesting times for landlords in
Glasgow. On one hand they are subject
to an increasing burden of regulation and
taxation; on the other hand, a lack of stock is
driving rent levels through the roof. There is
a connection between these two stories, but
that’s for another day.
Amid this uncertainty, I urge landlords to
take a long-term view on their investments.
Prepare your property well, set a fair
market rent, never take a flyer on a tenant,
and be prepared to bend with the wind if your
relationship with your tenant takes a turn for
When preparing a property for the
rental market, you’re making a home for
your tenant. The old formula of magnolia
paintwork, laminate flooring and stick-insect
furniture won’t attract good long-term
Don’t be greedy when setting an asking
rent. In the West End just now, if you are
not getting tenant applicants straight away,
you’re asking too much. When that happens,
you get no rent and must pay for utilities.
Plus, you multiply the chance of ending up
with a bothersome tenant.
With the current regulatory framework,
it is critical that tenant applicants are
comprehensively referenced. There are plenty
of online resources for private landlords to do
this. If there are any concerns, let someone
else take the risk. Reduce the asking rent and
get some more applicants.
At the right price, you’ll easily find a
perfect tenant. Make sure to get a signed
pet agreement if you agree to let your tenant
keep one. Be prepared for some teething
problems when your tenant first moves
in. They may appear unreasonable and
demanding if something isn’t right. Whatever
happens, avoid the temptation to show them
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The Wee Kitchen Shop
Specialising In Beautiful Shaker Kitchens
It took Kelvinside couple, Maya and
Jonathon, five years to find their (nearly)
ideal property. And last summer they finally
made the move from the South Side to our
But I did mention (nearly) perfect property.
The existing kitchen was small with little dining
space, right next to a downstairs bedroom the
couple didn’t plan on using with their young
family. In contrast to the main living areas,
the back of the house felt cramped and boxy.
So knocking down walls, installing patio doors
to the side garden and a raised outdoor deck
area to link the garden to the kitchen was
called for – as was Greg at The Wee Kitchen
Shop in Broomhill.
Having seen Greg’s work in a friend’s
property, Maya knew the standard of the
real wood bespoke cabinetry and finishes.
With a large island and hidden storage top of
her wish list – much needed when you have
an insatiable baking habit – Greg was called in
from the early planning stage.
Creating a large family multi-purpose space
is a question of creating a series of zones:
for cooking, eating and relaxation. Oh, and
of course homework! With the whole family,
plus the two dogs Bobbi and Whisky running
around, flow and a defined work space was
key. Maya wanted a statement island unit for
the kids to study at while she cooked or baked
whilst being on hand to answer questions
– so Greg fitted the large island with Silestone
Silken Pearl worktops finished with a 60mm
double profile edge. Practicality and beauty:
Greg’s trademark. Also requested was a
patinated brass Quooker sparkling water tap,
Maya’s favourite tipple!
Next on the wish list were secret storage
and work stations with slide and hide pocket
doors. Side by side double secret storage
cupboards are now fitted with slide and hide
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pocket doors and fitted with antique brass
hung pulls. The hidden work stations and
storage now conceal an easily accessed
accoutrement of kitchen ware and Maya is
Maya and Jonathon loved the chunkiness
of The Wee Kitchen Shop’s Shaker units and
plumped for custom colour matched framed
ash. With Greg’s amazing team able to colour
match any wall paint, Maya knew the bespoke
look and feel she was after for the now large
and airy room was possible.
With a lofty and intricately decorative
ceiling and cornicing, the kitchen area also
called for statement lighting over the island
which Maya sourced online drawing on
inspiration from her favourite holiday eating
haunt, The Ship Inn in Elie.
With Maya’s vision and Greg’s practical
know how and ‘can do’ attitude, this large
family space has been transformed. In fact,
so happy have the Kelvinside couple been
with Greg and his team, that they went on
to commission The Wee Kitchen Shop to
transform the boot room, laundry, plus built in
dressing room upstairs too. Says Maya ‘the
whole family now spend most of their time in
the kitchen and family room. I even work from
the dining table rather than head up to my wee
office. Whatever I asked for, Greg delivered.’
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with Walker Wylie
As the West End streets start to
warm up (we hope!) we can look
forward to our property market
continuing to shine, following a recordbreaking
spring for house sale prices.
The increase in demand for properties
continues to rise, as the latest Zoopla UK
Property Index reports a 61% increase in
property demand in the four weeks leading
to 22nd May, compared to the same period
five years previously. The market continues
to move quickly, however the report noted a
slight increase on time to sell, compared to
the previous few months, a natural evening
off after an intense Spring period.
Glasgow has shown a 6.1% increase in
house prices compared to last year, leading
us to continue to advise property owners
to sell without hesitation whilst the market
conditions are so favourable. Rightmove
report an increase in house price sales over
the last four months, stating this continued
growth has not been seen since May 2014.
We can expect to see a very gradual
slowing down of this increase over the
coming months as the cost-of-living crisis
filters through to the market and supply
increases. However, as a property owner you
are in an excellent position if you sell just now
or in the coming months.
Sun Shines On West End Property Market
Barry Walker said: ‘Demand is still vastly
outweighing supply in our property market in
the West End of Glasgow, meaning the rest
of the year will continue to see a month-onmonth
growth in property prices. We urge
property owners thinking about selling to
take advantage of these conditions, as things
really couldn’t be more positive for sellers.
While so many of us put our lives on hold
during the past couple of years, now really
is the time to make the move you’ve been
dreaming of. We’d love to help you on that
Rightmove predicts Scotland overall
will see a 7% increase in property prices
in the coming year, so these optimum
conditions are set to continue for some time.
For more information on the market, to
discuss your own property or for an informal
chat – please get in touch.
Walker Wylie Estate Agents
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