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4 Editor’s Letter

Out & About

6 Interesting West End


10 Rockin’ Around The

Christmas Tree

16 West End Live

18 Top Things

Arts & Community

22 GenZ: Our Future


34 Cover To Cover

Fashion & Beauty

20 WIN! At Rainbow

Room International

30 Wardrobe Edit:

It’s A Man’s World

Westender Living

36 Get The

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42 Outdoor Living

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Being the Editor of Westender is always

interesting. I happen upon the most

surprising of places with fantastic

businesses and interesting people. Writer

Diana Kiernander feels exactly the same as

she caught up with two locals reimagining

their space to welcome in the community.

Find out what Sew Confident and Cafe Tagoo

are up to on Page 6.

And it’s heading towards that time of the

year – the BIG ‘C’! I know I know and I hate

to be ‘mum’ but you know what will happen,

don’t you? Yes, let’s have a big Christmas

night out! Oh. no, everything’s booked out…

Amy Glasgow has you covered from Page 10,

so don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Autumn is one of those ‘fresh start’ times

of the year. The kids are back in education,

our summer holidays are over, and thoughts

turn to an assessment of the future. I found

three local companies dedicated to our

children’s progression through academia and

beyond, who have dedicated their working

life to helping our young people achieve their

full potential. The pandemic disruption has

been particularly hard for GenZ but there is

help available and it doesn’t cost the earth.

Discover what I found out on Page 22.

With so much covered in this edition it’s

time to put my feet up and have a cuppa.

See you again in time for Christmas… sorry,

I did it again didn’t I?!

Suzanne Martin




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Jenny Drew’s Sew Confident finding its forever home

on the West End’s Great Western Road

interesting spaces

Diana Kiernander enjoys a rummage around the

West End’s nooks and crannies and comes across

some eclectic spaces and their interesting occupants.


My entire life changed when I spent the night

sewing pale pink ribbon onto my daughter’s

ballet shoes. She was about four at the time

and it was the moment that I realised sewing

was the ultimate motherly chore. You could

do it while sipping champagne and not feel

even a twinge of guilt!

I was a young, single mum, working crazy

hours at a vintage fashion house in London

and so most of my motherly chores either

got neglected or completed in a last-minute,

haphazard rush. But sewing changed all

that! Suddenly chores were glitzy and worthy

and could be completed with care and

champagne-tinged grace. When I finished

the shoes, they made my heart brim with

homespun pride.

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It’s the exact feeling I got this week

when I stepped inside Sew Confident’s new

premises on Great Western Road. Painted

lilac on the outside, the 360sq feet retail and

studio space is an eye-catching invitation into

the kickass world of dressmaking.

The window sparkles like space-dust

fallen from another, illustrious planet. There’s

home-sewn halter neck dresses, gingham

frocks, pin-tuck stitching and a selection

of mighty machines and overlockers sat

beside sewing kit QR codes and reams and

reams of fabric from the luxe likes of Fabric

Godmother, Atelier Brunette and even Liberty

itself (it’s a rare feat to be given stockist


Inside, Jenny Drew emerges like the style

queen of this lush universe to tell me all about

the move uptown from Finnieston’s Hidden

Lane. She’s founder and director of the

business and she’s been dreaming of this day

since before she was transporting sewing

machines across Glasgow in the back of her

Corsa to deliver those first Sew Confident

classes across the city.

‘This is not a big move geographically,

[but] what it means to the business is huge,’

she says, reflecting on the bigger timetables

of tuition the new space can now offer and

the chance to expand the pool of talent

working in her team.

Jenny is also looking at what the move

means for growing the brand, and of course

she’s already started curating a rock’n’roll

calendar of events, fit for sewing royalty


‘We’ve had a big launch party,’ she says.

(I’m sad that I missed that! Can you imagine

the goodie bags? There’d have to be at least

a signature button or a Sew Confident Tailors

Chalk pencil to keep!).

And she’s excited about plans for student

and Christmas events later in the year, but

she’s keeping schtum about other possible

designer collaborations and sewing themed

surprises. In the past, Jenny’s hosted book

signings from the 2021 Great British Sewing

Bee winner, Serena Baker and before she

owned the company, she ran an event where

she made Kate Middleton’s wedding dress

on the day of the Royal wedding. Looking at

past glories like that, she clearly goes big on


Talking of trimmings, the Sew Confident

crew really do have that covered too.

If beginners and specialist knitting, quilting,

kids and lampshade making aren’t enough,

do check out the weekend retreats at Hydro

and Malmaison. I have a feeling they’ll be life

changing too, like my ballet slippers!

Sew Confident, 195 Great Western Road


My favourite positive affirmation is probably

‘the best things in life are actually really

expensive.’ I’m thinking of a Marc Jacobs

bag, a beach villa on Koh Samui, having a

child. It’s all the little things in life that perk

me up, then break me down, with alarming

speed, when I notice how they have drained

my bank balance.

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But the affirmation gods are smiling on me

when I go to visit Café Tagoo on Woodlands

Road. It was a rare, sunny and blisteringly hot

day in Glasgow’s West End earlier this month.

First, I’m treated to a divine frozen

pineapple smoothie, then upstairs the Tagoo

crew show me how great life can be when it’s

slowed down to the pace of a Zen hub. This is

the new space they have been creating as the

café grows beyond the cruel Covid lockdown

era and emerges with a beautiful energy

everyone can enjoy. You’re still able to dine

on the famous Tagoo plates, but the space

upstairs is a chilled escape from frantic,

urban life.

Amidst soft lighting, a calming water

feature, hand-painted glass bottles and

original illustrations, is a gem of a space,

waiting to host all your community-based

workshops. It’s a small, intimate venue with

room for about 18 people (more if you squish


Think song-writing groups, yoga classes

and mindfulness sessions. These are just

some of the events that have showcased here

already. The team are eager to encourage

creative dreamers, like yourselves, to host

a wee gathering in this new West End hub.

There’s zero cost attached to securing the

space (though you’ll probably want to pick up

a roasted bean coffee while you’re there).

Innovative ideas and a passion to share

your spirity interests is all you need. The vibe

does tap into that cut and paste kindness

mantra we’re always hearing about on

breakfast TV and Instagram just now, but

there’s a genuine integrity attached to this


The positive energy is everywhere in

this café. I was only there under an hour,

but Damon, Tagoo’s charismatic owner

(and man of mystery, he won’t tell me

his surname!) had a warm welcome

(and a smoothie recommendation) for every

customer. He’s also got a gift when it comes

to connecting the regulars.

‘Tagoo patrons are a friendly bunch,’

he points out, before recounting the story

of a party in the area where more than a

dozen guests realised Café Tagoo was the

thing that had brought them together in

the first place. And then there’s the couple

now living together in Dubai who met when

they just exchanged casual glances at the

neighbourhood hangout.

There’s a lot of positive affirmation wall art

scattered around both floors, summed up in

one Napoleon Hill quote that says, ‘Whatever

the mind can conceive, and believe, it can


As someone who literally wears her

beliefs on her sleeve (I have a tattoo on my

right arm that’s homage to my favourite

esoteric teacher), I admire the Cafe Tagoo

commitment to this way of seeing the world

and all its beautiful possibilities.

Café Tagoo, 262 Woodlands Road

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Courtesy of Oran Mor

It’s Beginning to Look A

Lot Like Christmas…

I know what you’re thinking, you can’t possibly be thinking

about Christmas already, can you?! Not the dreaded C-word?!

It’s only September! Alas, if you’re thinking about having a

Christmas party of any kind, now is the time to start planning.

Given that the Christmasses of 2020 and 2021 were somewhat

robbed from us, it’s only fair that we all want a good party in

2022, and surely we deserve it? Whether you’re

looking for something intimate or want to go all out,

here are some of our top ideas for Christmas parties.


Want to treat all your co-workers to a

proper work Christmas night out?

Or just want a big celebration with

all your friends and family? Here’s where to

do it…


Located on Sauchiehall Street,

The Haberdashery would be perfect for

Christmas nights out that are a bit different.

As a new space and very much a blank

canvas, it appeals to a range of people all

year round, but for Christmas, especially

those companies who are looking to treat

themselves a little more and indulge in the

Christmas period. The space is brought to life

with people and at Christmas it’s just going

to be that little bit more special. With such a

central location, it’s accessible to everyone.

As an exclusive use venue, the space in yours

for the night to enjoy without having to worry

about other parties or losing that intimate feel

if that is what is desired. No need to worry if

you’re being too loud!

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Clockwise: Courtesy of The Haberdashery;

Courtesy of Glasgow Grosvenor Hotel

There are three different packages on

offer, with a starting pricing of £58.90.

The venue is very much a DIY dry hire space,

but food, furnishing and drinks packages

are included in the price. The package has

a 50-person minimum, but people can still

enquire for smaller parties.

The Haberdashery have also partnered

with Wild Fig Food to cater the parties.

They have designed three menus with the

option to add extras if required. The three

menus aim to reflect a more basic option

right through to a fine dining experience,

so no matter what type of vibe you’re going

for, there’s one to suit you.



Want all the exclusivity of your own venue

without the DIY hassle? Grosvenor Hotel have

a whole host of packages on offer throughout

December to suit a range of different styles

and sizes.

Keep things simple with their ‘Swally,

Chew & Boogaloo Party Night’ which

includes a three course set menu, glass of

wine with the meal and a DJ at just £28 per

person, or kick things up a gear with the

Grosevenor Ball. This option includes a three

course set menu, half bottle of house wine,

a DJ and a live band for £50 per person.

There are a range of dates throughout

December that will suit different budgets

(and to what extent you want to party into

the night).

This laid back option allows all the hard

work to be done for you while you can sit

and enjoy the experience in a luxurious hotel


Once your time at the hotel is over, there

are a whole host of venues on your doorstep

to keep the party going, from the bars and

restaurants on Ashton Lane to Oran Mor,

Hillhead Book Club or The Parlour.



Anyone who knows the West End of Glasgow

knows that Oran Mor is well established as a

brilliant wedding and event venue, so it’s no

surprise they’ve gone all out with their Festive

Party plans for 2022.

Throughout December, Oran Mor are

hosting a number of Festive Party Nights in

the Auditorium, ranging from £42 to £75 per

person, with some dates already sold out,

so if you’re interested, now’s the time to get


This is definitely the venue for those

really looking for a party vibe that is entirely

hands off. Your evening kicks off at 6.45pm

and ends in the wee small hours at 2am,

with either a DJ or a live band, depending on

which day of the week you book.

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Courtesy of Oran Mor

The package also includes a three course

meal, tea, coffee and mince pies and festive

decor and crackers, with Friday and Saturday

nights also including a glass of fizz.

If you’re looking for a daytime event, there

is also the option of their Festive Lunches in

the Auditorium, which can accommodate up

to 276 guests, if you know that many people!

This option includes use of the Auditorium

from 12-5pm, beer, house wine or soft drink

on arrival, a three course festive lunch with

coffee and a DJ, because even during the

day, sometimes you need a boogie!



Want to enjoy a smaller, more intimate

Christmas celebration? Whether you’re in the

mood for a family night out or just want to

celebrate with your nearest and dearest, here

are some of our top picks for a smaller scale



If you want something a little different this

Christmas (and you also love wine), why not

try out a wine tasting at Cavavin in Hyndland?

The wine shop has recently set up their own

private tasting room, with weekly wine tasting

sessions for 6-10 people.

This would be a perfect option for

something a bit different with your best

friends – a private tasting learning about (and

of course, drinking) a range of new wines with

a guide to help you understand how to taste

and understand different wines.

Being in the heart of Hyndland, from here

there are plenty of food spots to explore to

continue your celebrations, or grab a table

at Cavavin and continue the celebration!

They now offer sit in menus with wine by the

glass or bottle and nibbles to share. Plus, you

can pick up a few bottles of your favourites

on your way out to gift to others or enjoy

yourself over the festive season.

Email westendglasgow@cavavin.co.uk


Want to feel like you’re hanging with your

mates in an intimate setting with a private

chef? Then Hooligan is the place for you!

Located above The Drake and next door to

popular cocktail bar Fly South, Hooligan

offers private dining catered to your individual


Want a full seated seven course tasting

menu with sharing dishes chosen by the

chef and wines to match? No problem.

Or are you looking for a more relaxed vibe

with quality wines and a selection of snacks

like charcuterie, housemade sourdough and

other snacks?

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Clockwise: Courtesy of Hooligan Wine Bar;

Courtesy of Porter & Rye

If you want to keep things relaxed but still

feel like you’re experiencing something quite

special, Hooligan private dining options could

be for you.

You don’t need to go private to enjoy the

experience though, as Hooligan regularly

offers wine nights each month, as well as a

delicious sharing menu and a huge selection

of wines that the staff are more than happy

to talk you through. It’s the perfect spot for

a relaxed festive night with friends. Plus,

you have Fly South and The Drake right next

door/below to go grab a cocktail afterwards.



Nothing says special occasion like a

100 day aged steak, right?! If you really want

to treat yourself to something a bit special,

I think Porter & Rye has to be the one for

you. Definitely one for couples and smaller

groups, this dimly lit steak spot in Finnieston

offers top quality meat, wine and small plates

all year round, but they do Christmas pretty

well too.

This Christmas, they will be running

a selection of festive specials from 25th

November to 31st December. This will

include everything from seasonal, winter

focused small plates and desserts, to unique

festive aged steak. They’ve done everything

from truffle butter aged chateaubriand to a

sirloin aged for 100 days in their signature

Porter & Rye cocktail, so who knows what

incredible options they are cooking up for

Christmas 2022.

Smaller parties can already book now for

Christmas, or if you’re looking to head down

as a bigger party for a steak feast, drop them

an email at events@khole.co.uk.


Have we missed somewhere? Tell us your

favourite place to celebrate the festive

season! Drop us a message on Instagram @

westendermagazine and let us know.



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Kitchenetta @ The Clydeside

There are but few marriages made in

heaven. However, Kitchenetta taking over

the food service at The Clydeside Cafe

may just be the latest divine pairing!

Based in the iconic Pumphouse at the

old Queen’s Dock – revitalised after a

multi-million pound investment to host The

Clydeside Distillery – Kitchenetta, is as

always, about the food and its provenance.

‘The biggest sellers are the sharing

platters,’ explains Jenny. ‘Though it’s hard to

say if the seafood or charcuterie and cheese

boards are top! We source our bacon and

gammon from Ramsey’s of Carluke and fish

from John Vallance at Glasgow’s fishmarket.

Regulars from our days in Hyndland pop in

for lunch and a chat alongside our overseas

tourists, and everyone enjoys the platters,

which can be enjoyed alongside a Whisky

Flight. Well, we are based in a distillery.’

With a small range of starters, which

include the delicious and comforting Cullen

Skink, and a beautifully curated range

of sandwiches, or toasted sourdough

sandwiches – the range is perfectly centred

around excellent local produce, including

Partick’s famous Brawsome Bagels filled with

smoked salmon, peppered cream cheese,

house pickled red onion and capers.

And being located on National Route 7s

shared walking and cycle route means there’s

a friendly greeting, plus West End famous

brownies, at the end of your exertions!

Pop in for a coffee and brownie

with Jenny, Hannah (above) and the

Kitchenetta team @ The Clydeside

Cafe – open 7 days.

Clydeside Cafe @ The Clydeside

Distillery, 100 Stobcross Road

0141 212 1401


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Les Filles de Illighadad

Monday 5th September 7.30pm

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Les Filles de Illighadad (daughters of

Illighadad) are a Tuareg band founded

by Fatou Seidi Ghali in Illighadad,

a village in the Sahara Desert in

Niger. Ghali, it is claimed, is the

first Tuareg woman to play guitar

professionally. Unlike most other Arab

cultures, Tuareg woman enjoy a high

status within their communities who

are primarily nomadic and inhabit

vast areas of the Sahara.

The group formed in 2014 and not long

after signed to the desert-focused

record label Sahel Sounds, they have

released four albums to date and have

toured extensively.

The calabash drum the group uses is

placed round-side-up in a tub of water,

and when it is struck with vigour,

water splashes out around the edges,

adding to the joyous atmosphere. So

you might want to avoid sitting too

close to the stage if you have your

glad rags on.

Choice Tracks: Les Filles de Illighdad


Cartel Madras

Monday 19th September 7pm

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Cartel Madras is a Canadian hip

hop duo from Calgary, Alberta

formed in 2017, consisting of Indian

born sisters Priya 'Contra' Ramesh

and Bhagya 'Eboshi' Ramesh. They

characterise their music as Goonda

Rap which combines elements of punk,

house, hip hop, electronic and South

Indian influences. It’s a bit worrying

a band using the word Goonda to

describe their sound. It actually

means 'thug' across many South Asian

regions, but Cartel Madras believe

that a confrontational and immediate

approach is key to securing ground

in hip-hop these days. There’s lots

of lyrical profanity, attitudey finger

pointing, and straight to camera

posturing from these two.

They are backed by the hugely

influential Seattle record label Sub

Pop which spawned the bands Nirvana,

Soundgarden, Fleet Foxes and Father

John Misty to name but a few, so they

have wise heads behind them.

Choice tracks: Cartel Madras

‘Dream Girl Concept'

Soccer Mommy

Saturday 24th September 7pm

Queen Margaret Union qmunion.org.uk

25-year-old Sophie Regina Allison

is better known by her stage name

Soccer Mommy and is a Swiss born

American singer-songwriter from

Nashville, Tennessee. She’s out on a

50 date world tour throughout Sep-Dec

2022 supporting her 5th studio album

Sometimes, Forever. 5th album? She’s

only 25 years old for god’s sake! That’s

relentless endeavour right there. Poor

kid. But her graft is beginning to

pay off with the venues she’s playing

getting bigger and busier. Her music

is a wee bit confusing at first, it can

be dark (there’s even a song on her new

album called Darkness Forever) and

then suddenly it gets all sing alongy

catchy poppy but always with a slight

shoegazery indie feel.

Not very Nashville, but as in all

records produced in that city, it all

sounds very good indeed.

Choice track: Soccer Mommy

‘Fire In The Driveway'

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by Greg Kane


Cass McCombs

Sunday 16th October 8pm


Cass McCombs is a 45 year old

Californian singer/guitarist and

songwriter. He has released ten

albums from 2003 till now with his

new album Heartmind released in

August this year.

In 2016 The New York Times referred

to McCombs as 'one of the great

songwriters of his time'.

Listening to his music you soon

realise that this Californian acoustic

king’s USP is to sporadically noodle

away to himself, apparently oblivious

as to whether you’re listening or not.

He very quickly grows on you.

Choice track: Cass McCombs

'Bum Bum Bum'

The Wannadies

Tuesday 18th October 7pm

Òran Mór oran-mor.co.uk

The Wannadies are an alt rock band

formed in 1988 in Skellefteå, northern

Sweden fronted by the charismatic

lead singer Pär Wiksten.

What a complicated bunch these guys

are… they really don’t make it easy

for themselves. Their first two albums

had many false starts before they got

completed with changes in personnel,

producers and studio locations. That

hikes up the costs, piling pressure on

the records to be successful, causing

all kinds of stress.

Eventually in 1996, despite constant

wranglings with their record company

BMG, their song You & Me, off their

third album Be A Girl began to get

traction and it’s inclusion in the

Baz Luhrmann Film (of the same year)

Romeo & Juliet sealed it’s fate in

becoming a huge worldwide hit.

To be honest I picked them just so I

could choose You & Me as my choice

track. What a brilliant timeless

record it truly is and probably worth

all the hassle. Förmodligen värt allt


Choice Track: The Wannadies 'You & Me'

Bob Dylan

30th & 31st October 7pm

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In December 2020, Bob Dylan sells

his entire songwriting catalog to

Universal Music Publishing for a

rumoured $275 million.

In July 2021, Sony Music buys his

catalog of past and future recorded

music for a reported $175 Million.

Phew, those numbers are impressive!

Maybe he didn’t qualify for any kind

of furlough during lockdown and

things were getting a bit tight (most

musicians didn’t).

'What’s your fav Dylan track' I asked

my partner when sketching out this

preview, she said 'You’re Gonna Make

Me Lonesome When You Go' and as I

played it off Spotify she proceeded to

dance around the room like a swirling

dervish beaming the broadest of

smiles, singing every single word.

That’s the kind of effect Bob Dylan has

on people. That’s why these two music

industry behemoths collectively paid

over $450 million.

Choice track: Bob Dylan 'You’re Gonna

Make Me Lonesome When You Go'

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

by Tracy Mukherjee

Top For Crafting

Knitting needles at the ready in the last week of

October as the Glasgow School of Yarn Festival

(GSoY) makes its annual return.

The festival is Scotland’s longest running yarn

festival and is organised by The Yarn Cake’s

Antje Karl. The Queen Margaret Drive shop

has long been a place to enjoy a knit, shop, eat

cake and have a chat. How perfect! The festival

marks the 12th anniversary of The Yarn Cake

opening, celebrating its championing of the

crafting community. The event on the 29th and

30th of October will have expert workshops and

tutorials as well as some fantastic independent

vendors with the very best yarn in Scotland plus

some great publications on all things knitty.

And of course, the other half of The Yarn… Cake!

Some extra yummy goodies, cakes and biscuits

plus drinks will be available. A terrific event for

the crafters among us.

The Glasgow School of Yarn Festival

Sat 29th – Sun 30th Oct

Trades Hall 85 Glassford Street G1 1UH

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Top For Iconic Art

Alasdair Gray’s Lanark: A World Made on

Paper, exhibits at the Hunterian Museum

and celebrates the 40th Anniversary of

the novel Lanark by renowned Scottish

artist and writer Alasdair Gray. Lanark:

A Life in Four Books was Gray’s first

novel, published in 1981 and is universally

considered to be a tour de force of

Scottish Literature. The exhibition reveals

the development of the novel through

manuscripts and artwork created by the

artist and writer. The artist’s iconic design

for the jacket cover of Lanark and the

designs for the title pages of the four books

will be featured.

Within the exhibition, drafts of the

manuscript with the author’s notes and

illustrations will also be on display.

The works given by the artist to the

Hunterian and the University are from the

archives and special collections. Some of

these works have never been exhibited.

This is a tremendous opportunity to

view a masterpiece in its many stages of


Alasdair Gray’s Lanark: A World

Made On Paper, 14th June – 2nd Oct

Hunterian Museum, Glasgow University

82 Hillhead Street G12 8QQ

w: gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/exhibitions/


Top For Setting Sail

Shiver me timbers, the Clydebuilt Festival

is back! Like so many events the festival

which celebrates all things wavey was

badly affected by the pandemic over

the past two years. Finally, all will be

ship shape as we celebrate the Clyde

and its ship building heritage. So far,

the fabulously exciting Castle to Crane

rowing race will return from Dumbarton

Castle to the Titan Crane. Also, the kooky

and colourful Dragon Boat Race will return.

If in fact you don’t have sea legs, there

is always fun activities quayside at the

Riverside Museum as well as the popular

Pirate Re-enactment Troup on the Tall Ship


One of the not-to-be-missed activities for

all the family.

Clydebuilt Festival 2022

Sat 3rd – Sun 4th Sep

Riverside Museum and the Tall Ship

Pointhouse Road G3 8RS

w: clydebuiltfestival.com

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Top Things To Do

in the West End

Top For Autumn Theatre

David Hayman stars in Time’s Plague at

Òran Mór this September. The awardwinning

actor reprises his role as Bob

Cunninghame, the 'everyman' character

seen previously in two other poignant

works written by Chris Dolan. This time

Bob is a little more fragile, in a hospital

bed, in the loneliness of a single room.

A long dark night looms ahead in 'The

Death Star'. A risky procedure awaits him

in the morning, which Bob feels he won’t

awaken from. So… plenty of time then to

have a good old rant about the state of the

union, society, the world! Bob’s isn't going

down from atop his soapbox hospital bed

till a stormy night collides with daybreak.

Starring David Hayman, written by Chris

Dolan and Directed by David Hayman Jnr –

an absolute must see.

Websters Theatre had a fantastic run in

2017 with Patrick Hamilton’s adaptation

of Rope. This October, Half Wits Theatre

presents another adaptation by Patrick of

Gaslight. This is a fabulous tale, perfect

for October and Halloween. Gothic in tone,

it tells of marriage and murder, deceit and

trickery. This new production is on a limited

run this autumn, so get your tickets quickly!

Time’s Plague

7th and 18th Sept 7pm

Òran Mór Top Of Byres Road G12 8QX

w: oranmor.com


18th – 22nd Oct

Websters Theatre Great Western Road

w: webstersglasgow.com

Top For Fall Food and Drink

OktoberFest is coming to Glasgow.

The hallowed streets of Yorkhill (well

SWG3 anyway) will be transformed into

Bavaria, so lederhosen are mandatory.

The venue will be transformed into a

traditional Oktoberfest celebration with

oompah bands, music and performers,

pretzels, bratwursts and of course lashings

of beer.

On the other side of the West End, it’s a

Mexican transformation as Lupe Pintos

host their Hellzapoppin Chili Cook Off

2022. What a delight to have this incredibly

fun day back as 10 of our favourite bars go

head-to-head to produce the bestest chili

west of Tiajuana. Think pub crawl but with

chili instead of beer. Buy your ticket, head

to each venue and sample and score their

yummy Hellzapoppin chili. At the end of the

day there can be only one winner…


Sat 22nd Oct

SWG3 Yorkhill G3 8QG

w: swg3.tv/events/2022/october/


Lupe Pintos Chili Cook Off 2022

Sat 1st October

Tickets available from Lupe Pintos

313 Great Western Rd, from 1st September

Top For Spooky Goings On

GlasGLOW is back this Halloween

kicking off on the 26th of October with a

blockbuster new show taking you on an

exhilarating 60 minute journey around the

Botanic Gardens.

This year’s theme is still under wraps but

organisers are promising it will be the

biggest and best yet with a massive £1.2M

investment to bring the show to life.

GlasGLOW at the Botanic Gardens

From Weds 26th October

w: itison.com


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Disease –

Where, When &

How To Start


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Thanks again for taking the time to read

this article. I hope it is able to give

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Supporting Our Future

Disruption to education and onward progression for school

leavers, has been extensive. With disruption however, comes

freedom. Freedom to look at the world with fresh eyes and

improve our offering for our children and young people.

Suzanne Martin speaks to three local enterprises

helping to provide answers for parents, for schools,

for local businesses and for GenZ, our future work force.



Scottish Online Lessons (SOL) was launched

in 2021 with the initial aim of supporting kids

revise and study the Scottish curriculum

at home, which is helping to close the

attainment gap in education. We could see

the effect the pandemic had on education

in Scotland, and we wanted to create a

platform that supports learning recovery.

We also knew that students had missed out

on the experience of sitting exams, therefore

in 2022, many young people would be sitting

exams for the first time.

Scottish Online Lessons is unlike any

other platform in the Scottish education

sector, and has already received a lot of

amazing feedback from parents, charities

and organisations across the country.

SOL is the ultimate Scottish Study Buddy,

delivering the best quality of lessons for the

best value. Each lesson is presented in an

easy-to-understand video format that has

been written and presented by enthusiastic

and experienced teachers. This makes the

lessons a lot more engaging than revision

books parents may buy their children each

school year.

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The lessons can also be watched

repeatedly, and students can ask the teacher

any question in the ‘Ask a Question’ box at

the bottom of the website page. Instead of

paying £30 per session with a private tutor

who specialises in one subject, SOL lessons

cover literacy and numeracy from P1-P7,

or nine subjects from S1-S5, for just £5 per

month. A wide range of subjects are included

in the Secondary school package, such as

Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics,

Geography, History, Modern Studies, and


We have worked with hundreds of families

in Scotland to help young people prepare

for exams and restore the confidence they

may have lost over lockdown. Charities from

all over Scotland who work with children

with many different learning barriers have

benefitted from licences which were paid for

by Lord Willie Haughey. Charities include The

Volunteer Tutors Organisation (VTO), Action

for Children, East Lothian Tutoring Initiative,

T h e A r c h i e Fo u n d a t i o n , a n d H o m e - S t a r t .

We have also set up private Facebook

groups, including one for parents to share

ideas about using SOL.

Through the Easter 2021 school holidays

we created a study support mainly aimed at

children about to sit national 5s and Highers,

where anyone with a licence could access

free support from specialist teachers on how

best to study for their exams. We are now

looking at options for affordable and flexible

tutor options for parents.

There have been many challenges in

order to make this a top study and revision

source for the children and young people

in our schools in Scotland; finding the right

teachers; creating an easy to use platform;

ensuring all lessons were of the highest

standards; then getting people to hear

about it. The greatest success comes from

the amazing reviews we have received from

countless families from all over Scotland.

In the past year, we have received a lot of

messages from families whose children have

suffered with low self-esteem because of

educational gaps during lockdowns.

Additionally, we have been contacted by

families with children who are suffering from

extreme anxiety about returning to school

after the pandemic. A lot of these children are

now being home educated, and use SOL as

an additional revision tool.

We also know that SOL has helped many

children and young people with additional

support needs. This is because the children

are able to learn at their own pace in the

comfort of their own home, and the lessons

are also dyslexia and dyscalculia friendly.


University isn’t the only route when finishing

school. An apprenticeship is a great way to

get straight into the working world as well

as getting an SQA accredited diploma at

the same time. Uni is a great route for lots of

careers, but for some routes, learning on the

job is better. The government are putting a lot

of money into apprenticeships as it is such

a great way for young people to get straight

into a career, and it isn’t just trades.


SOL is offering every school child in

Scotland one month of FREE online

lessons throughout September

to give them a kick start to their

education this coming year. Register

by emailing FREE MONTH to:



Would you like to help a

disadvantaged child in your area?

SOL works with a number of charities

including the Volunteer Tutors

Organisation (VTO).

If you are interested in helping

a disadvantaged child in your

area for just £50, contact:


for more information.

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We help young people start their careers in

IT, Digital Admin, Digital Marketing & Web

Design to name a few.

I would say to young people that they

shouldn’t feel pressured to go to uni.

For some careers, an apprenticeship is

a better option and it gets that crucial

workplace experience that many lack

when they finish university. When doing

an apprenticeship you work towards a

qualification whilst working. The work to get

accreditation is all based around the work

needed to do the job. For example, if it was

a marketing apprenticeship and you set up

an email marketing campaign for a company,

instead of writing an assignment on the topic,

you work on a real time project that benefits

the business and you get to submit it to

your portfolio to help achieve your diploma.

There are also no exams, so if you don’t like

classroom based learning or exams but feel

you learn by doing then an apprenticeship

could be a great route… you get paid too!

As a parent, there seems to be a

lack of information out there on Modern

Apprenticeships, so maybe it hasn’t been

considered as a viable option. Whereas in

fact, we have seen so many young people go

on to have great careers after starting as an

apprentice. We have a girl who started as an

office assistant and now is the office manager

of a law firm after two years and the owner is

even keen for her to do her legal exams.

We have two apprentices that started,

grew and ran the web, ecommerce and digital

department of a business and went on to

train new apprentices themselves.

We’ve had a couple of occasions where

young people have started as a digital

administrator for accounting firms and then

progress on to become accountants or


L to R: Apprentice Stuart; Colin McNally of Parris & McNally;

Courtney McCrone and Jenny Morrison of SET Training

With the right attitude, an apprentice

can progress much quicker than they would

if they went to university. We’ve also had

some apprentices go on to uni after their

apprenticeship, but the apprenticeship gave

them a year of experience in the working

world and life skills that they might not have

gained otherwise.


Stuart left his job in the local petrol

station and started his apprenticeship

at Parris & McNally Accountancy

just under a year ago and is already

progressing quickly. He is now

working with his own bookkeeping

clients and his employer is going

to put him through his training to

become an accountant as soon as he

finishes his apprenticeship.

Stuart: ‘I decided to do an

apprenticeship as I was keen to learn

business and workplace skills in order

to progress in a career. I love doing

the coursework in work alongside

my job as I can relate my real work

experiences with the diploma. I have

a great work environment learning

from people who have had decades

of experience in the industry.

I would definitely recommend an

apprenticeship as it allows you to

get the experience as well as the

qualifications that you need.

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Scott Hay is an experienced coach

and workshop facilitator with over

17 years experience of supporting

young people and adults. He is

founder and CEO of Potential In Me

CIC, a social enterprise that provides

a range of programmes to support

young people and the adults who

live or work with them.


GenZ workers are the future of the workforce,

and they have different expectations and

needs than previous generations.

This generation was born after 1995 and

whilst they undoubtedly share characteristics

with Millennials, their early years have

without doubt been influenced by a very

different world. That has resulted in some key

differences that sets them apart from other


GenZ was impacted by mental health

challenges before the global pandemic.

Sadly, the pandemic has exacerbated these

challenges. More time isolated with less

time developing and sustaining meaningful

relationships has taken its toll.

They are also quite clear around what’s

important to them in a career. Money is

undoubtedly important. However, more

so than any other generation they want

alignment between personal and company

values. If there is a disconnect, they either

won’t apply for jobs or it won’t be long until

they get itchy feet!

GenZ have great strengths such as

adaptability, digital skills, innovation,

creativity and problem solving. They also

bring with them a youthful energy and

enthusiasm. Helping them to identify the

skills that will leverage their career and

creating development plans to support their

learning and growth is where Potential In Me

comes in.

Time spent educating young people on

workplace expectations and enhancing

their soft skills adds to their learning, overall

growth and their understanding of their own

worth and potential as they begin to navigate

the adult working world. An investment that

Scott and his team at Potential In Me are

willing to make every day.

Potential In Me, SET Training, and Scottish

Online Lessons: jointly supporting all our

futures. For more information visit:




Through a programme of workshops and

coaching, Potential In Me works with parents,

school leavers, apprentices and their work

place managers to aid the transition from

education to the world of work. To support

young people you need to meet them where

they are as they move forwards and develop

their careers.

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We create bright futures for young people and

the adults in their lives through programmes

of workshops and coaching. For families,

for young people and for organisations.

Potential In Families

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Legal Matters

Are Living Wills Set For A Resurrection?

Arecent report published by the Law

Society of Scotland has criticised the

current laws surrounding Living

Wills, with it being stated that the Covid-19

emergency has focused attention on the

shortcomings of the law as it currently

stands. So how do your arrangements stack

up, and is there still a place for Living Wills

under the current regime?


Known by various different terms (such as

Advanced Directives or Advanced Decisions)

a Living Will is an instruction or record of

your wishes in the event that you become

incapacitated and unable to give these

instructions. Commonly the document will

address issues such as resuscitation or

being put on a ventilator. In the event that it

becomes relevant, the document can prove

helpful to family, doctors and any welfare

attorney or guardian.

In England & Wales the law states that a

Living Will that meets certain requirements

must be followed. However, whilst a

useful record and guide, in Scotland such

documents are not legally binding. Instead

the law provides that, as evidence of an

individual’s wishes, a Living Will should

merely be taken into account when a

decision is being made on someone’s behalf

– and herein lies the crux of the issue.


In its report, the Law Society of Scotland’s

Mental Health and Disability Sub-Committee

labelled Scots law ambiguous and

incomplete, resulting in lack of certainty.

Moreover, they claimed that this ambiguity

‘may amount to non-compliance with

European and International human rights

requirements’. Accordingly, the subcommittee

recommends, primarily, that

the Scottish Parliament legislates to make

‘clear and comprehensive’ legislation. There

should, they say, be support of greater use

of ‘advance choices’ (as the report refers

to) via a central register and there being no

limitation on possible scope – the granter

should be able to do and decide anything

that they could with immediate effect if fully

capable. Most importantly, the legislation

should ‘ensure… rights to autonomy and selfdetermination

are fully respected’.

The report in particular shows support

for the position in Germany, whereby a

Living Will that has been validly constituted

is treated as a binding expression of

individual autonomy. If there is no Living

Will, it is necessary that attempts are made

to determine the wishes of the person

– not what is in their best interest.


It remains to be seen what if any impact

the report will have, although the Minister

for Mental Wellbeing and Social Care did

comment that the Scottish Government

has commissioned a review by the Scottish

Mental Health Law Review.

In the meantime, even if not (yet) binding,

Living Wills provide a helpful tool for those

who have strong feelings on what treatment

they may one day receive – or not receive.

Any attorney or guardian faced with making

a decision for an adult who lacks capacity

(whether that concerns medical treatment

or otherwise) legally must take into account

the past and present wishes of that adult

‘so far as they can be ascertained’ and it

cannot be disputed that a formal written

record of these wishes, which has been

prepared by a solicitor,

is a pretty clear record

of those wishes.

If Mitchells Roberton

Associate, Sarah Parker,

can assist you please call

direct on 0141 552 4322, or email:


Mitchells Roberton Solicitors

George House, 36 North Hanover Street

0141 552 3422



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Managing your business

through a period of high inflation

Small businesses trying to cope with

9%-10% inflation face a difficult

balancing act. For many there is a

stark choice between potentially alienating

customers by increasing prices too sharply or

absorbing increased costs and risking their

own survival.

Maintaining a regularly updated cash

flow forecast for the month, quarter and year

ahead will help to identify which strategies

are sustainable and for how long, and it will

help you to identify any cash shortfalls well in


Higher prices, especially for energy

and fuel, mean consumers will focus

on essentials, with less cash to spend

elsewhere. This creates uncertainty for

retailers. For instance, should you stock up

now for Christmas – taking advantage of

lower prices – despite the risk that Christmas

spending could be curtailed?

It may be tempting to sell stock at what it

has cost you, rather than what it is going to

cost to replace. All well and good if it keeps

cash coming in, but an accurate cash flow

forecast will give you an idea of how long

such an approach is sustainable.

Costs should obviously be minimised

as far as possible, reviewing purchasing

patterns, credit terms, discounts for prompt

payment, for example, could bring cost


Although a checkout-free store is not an

option for most, technology can help. There

are a range of EPOS and digital solutions

that may provide you with alternatives to

keep the costs of servicing your customers


Even with the best intentions a cashflow

forecast is not going to be 100% accurate.

This doesn’t mean the exercise is futile,

especially if you use a ‘what if’ approach

in your contingency planning. It’s better to

consider the potential scenarios with a clear

head than to have to react to them if they


Already using cloud accounting

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If this applies to you and you are not

sure what you need to do to get ready,

drop me a line: simon@ammu.uk.

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Around the West End there are

several established stores as well

as some new brands offering real

quality menswear pieces.




I'm Elena the

Closet Stylist.

The world of

work has

changed so substantially

do you really still need a

rail of 30 suits in varying

colours covered in an inch

of COVID related dust?

A smaller number of

suits and quality separates

would cover you for both

the new office vibe and

everyday life.

Comme de Garcon Breton Tee

£105, W2 Store

Comme des Garcon Play

Graphic Tee, £70, W2 Store

Pearl Boucle Shirt

£165, Orzel Store

Lady White Co Tee

£49, Orzel Store

Deep Forest Plaid Shirt

£185, Orzel Store

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Colourful Merino Knitwear

£85, Good Story Store

Navy Broken Twill Trrousers

£69.50, Orzel Store

Corridor Duck Dye Overshirt

£225, Orzel Store

Linthouse Jacket

£185, Finnieston Clothing

Titan Vest

£220, Finnieston Clothing

Elder Crew Sweat

£80, Finnieston Clothing

Danner Bull Run Moc

£220, Finnieston Clothing

Corridor 5 Pocket Jean

£210, Orzel Store

New York New York Cap

£39, Orzel Store

Comme des Garcon Converse

£130, W2 Store

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Cost per wear

In Stylist speak we talk about investment pieces

and yes you might scoff, however in plain language

it comes down to simple style maths. One super

sharp white shirt, for example, you love and could

wear to the office as well as dinner might cost more

than a typical ‘work shirt’ but averaging the cost

over the number of times it gets worn – the cost per

wear of the item makes it worth the investment.




Deep Forest Plaid Shirt

£185, Orzel Store

Comme de Garcon Breton Tee

£105, W2 Store

Danner Bull Run Moc

£220, Finnieston Clothing

New York New York Cap

£39, Orzel Store

Corridor 5 Pocket Jean

£210, Orzel Store

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

curated range of menswear looks.

Follow Elena @the_closet_stylist

Stockist List:

Finnieston Clothing 305 Byres Road. Good Story Store 175 Hyndland Road.

Orzel Store 678 Dumbarton Road. W2 Store 10 Ruthven Lane.

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Bought And Sold

by Kate Phillips




Kate Phillips, an international development worker

based in the University of Glasgow, has previously

focused her research on girls indentured to factories

in China, and so ‘Bought and Sold’, a history of

Scotland’s involvement in the slave trade in Jamaica,

comes from a renowned researcher and advocate of

the rights of the oppressed.

Of course, we are aware of

Scotland’s part in the slave

trade. We know that Scottish

businessmen ran the sugar trade

in the West Indies. Jamaica

Street and the Kingston Bridge

aren’t called that for nothing.

Nevertheless, I was astounded by

quite how involved Scotland was

in this shameful practice, aided

and abetted by branches of the

Church, politicians with vested

interests and the landed gentry.

‘Bought and Sold’ begins in the

early 1700s and takes us through

to the abolition of slavery in the

British Empire in the early 1800s.

Before the union of the crowns in

1707, Scotland did not have access

to the trading routes to the West

Indies, but after the union the

British Navy provided protection

for ships transporting slaves

from the west coast of Africa to

Jamaica, and then sugar from

Jamaica to Scotland.

Many of the fortunes of

disgraced and penniless Jacobite

supporters were able to be rebuilt

following the disaster of Culloden

through the sugar trade, funneling

money back to Scotland to support

family members and estates in the Highlands. The Campbells

did well after Culloden, having supported the winning side, and

the names Campbell, Malcolm and Hamilton feature heavily in

this book, owning many acres in Jamaica, owning many slaves

and making a fortune off the backs of these miserable creatures.

Indeed, many of our baronial style houses were built using the

proceeds of the slave and sugar trade, as more modern signage

now reluctantly admits.

The Anti-Slavery Society, together with a few politicians such

as William Wilberforce and some branches of Christianity such

as the Baptists and Methodists, found themselves stymied at

every turn. Many politicians had a vested interest in maintaining

the status quo – whilst not necessarily supporting slavery – as

the compensation involved in emancipating slaves would be

monumental and crippling to the British economy. The Anglican

Church also shamefully supported slavery. It was not until the

British public, angry at Westminster’s utter lack of accountability

(imagine that), finally forced the abolition of this pernicious trade

and the end of a dark chapter in our history.

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Young Mungo

by Douglas Stuart


‘Shuggie Bain’ was one of the

most brutal books I’ve ever

read, and also one of the

most compelling. The much

anticipated second novel

from Douglas Stuart is even

more brutal and even more


The love story between a

Catholic boy and a Protestant

boy set in the east end

of Glasgow may sound

reminiscent of ‘Across the

Barricades’ or ‘Cal’, but this is

in a different league in terms

of the viciousness of the

sectarian violence, the toxic

masculinity, the homophobia

and the misogyny. You can

tell right from the start this

is going to be a car crash,

and you spend 400 pages

watching this slowly unfold.

Stuart interleaves the

chapters between Mungo’s

fishing trip to the Highlands

with two men he doesn’t know,

and the events in the year

leading up to this fishing trip.

You gradually come to realise

the horror of Mungo’s situation

and furiously turn pages to see

if there is to be any way out of

this horrible scenario.

His mother, too young to

be called ‘Mum’, is a walking

disaster zone, abandoning her

three offspring for long periods

of time, breezing back into

their lives when it suits her, or

when she has no other option.

Amidst the neglect, violence

and hatred is a beautiful,

touching love story between

two young men whose love is

forbidden in their sectarian,

homophobic milieu. Amidst

the tribalism, poverty and

bleakness is a story of

tenderness and innocence.

The ending was both gutwrenching

and life-affirming.

Lucy Kellaway, an experienced,

well-respected columnist for

the Financial Times, took the

radical decision at 57 to quit

her job and train as a teacher.

Not only was she giving

up a job she knew very well

and for which she was highly

respected, but also she was

embarking on a difficult,

stressful, poorly paid career

at a time in life when most

of us are reaching for pipe

and slippers. Inspired by

the programme ‘Teach First’,

Kellaway founded ‘Now Teach’

to encourage experienced,

mature professionals to

consider devoting the

remainder of their working lives

to a more worthwhile, altruistic

cause, albeit one which

incurred a 98% drop in pay,

in one case. I really like the

original name for her charity –

‘Teach Last’.

Kellaway didn’t just

change her career but also

her husband, her hair and her

house. She’s not clear by the

end of the book which had the

most impact on her.

She solicits responses from

friends over lockdown as to

whether she is nicer, more

self-righteous, more cynical,

more interesting, humbler,

etc, to which the answer is a

resounding ‘NO’. She saw this

change in direction as a way

of ‘reinventing herself’, which

is something those of us of a

more mature disposition can

understand. Instead, she got


However, perhaps her

friend sums it up best when

he says that all she simply did

was ‘turn a different part of

[herself] towards the sun.’ Let’s

all do that before one side gets

too scorched.


by Lucy Kellaway


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Homes & Interiors

With its simple and beautiful lines,

mid century furniture is a style that's

endured the test of seven decades and

counting. Local retailers help advise

on how to build a stylish living space,

updated for the 21st century.

Mid Century


by Suzanne Martin

Keep it all as simple as

possible and enjoy doing

your research!

Ok, confession time. It was while inducting

our then young sons into the escapist joy of

James Bond that I fell back in love with what

we would now call 'mid century' furniture.

As we winced at the blatant sexism in

Dr No, a great opportunity for talking points,

I couldn't get past the modernity of the room

sets. Timeless and design classics may feel

like overused terms, but for this enduring

style – completely appropriate.

With an abundance of furniture retailers in

and around the West End my research started

at the huge store that is Forrest Furnishing on

South Street in Scotstoun (the west of the West

End, according to me). With a large collection

of Ercol designs available, the Forli range,

shown above, caught my eye.

As the most used items, and often largest

financial outlay, the sofas and easy chairs

of the living room are the focal point to

the room's design with all other decisions

constantly referring back to this. No pressure.

Forli Range from Ercol,

Forli Chaise from £2815,

Forrest Furnishing

1175 South Street


0141 300 7400

Nesso from Artemide,

£275, Nessino £145,


583 Dumbarton Road,


0141 357 2579

Salin Nyborg Tables,

Nest Set £260,


557A Dumbarton Road


0141 357 0474

Tivoli Armchair,

Various bright fabrics £575,

Nancy Smillie Shop

53 Cresswell Lane

0141 334 4240


Luckily, there is plenty of advice

from the design consultants

in-store to help. Says Gary

O'Donnell the Managing Director

'the Forli sofa collection with

its slim profiles, contemporary

textured and plush fabrics,

creates a dramatic backdrop for

the turned solid oak leg details.

These are available in natural and

dark finish. If you are seeking

a beautiful, comfortable sofa,

the Forli collection with all the

signature Ercol details is available

in different sizes to suit your


And with a choice of fabrics

ranging from neural grey to a more

colourful jewelled palette, every

taste is catered for. My advice would

be to opt towards the neutral end

for the more expensive sofa. This

means colourful cushions can be

added to update the look after a

few years, or a change of season,

without the expense of reinvesting

in a new sofa. Where you can really

go to town colourwise, is with the

occasional chairs.

Tucked down Cresswell Lane

in the heart of the West End, is the

eclectic and stylish Nancy Smillie

Shop. With a small curated range of

items for the home, design gems can

be found on its basement floor. The

Tivoli chair, opposite, comes in a

vibrant range of colours to give your

eyes the bang for their buck your

living space craves.

Says Nancy 'I think what I like

about mid century, more than

modern styles are the curved edges.

I find that the older style has a

softness that is effortlessly stylish.

Mid century style is often assumed

to be Danish but Scottish designers

such as McIntoch of Kirkcaldy were

very influential too. I prefer the

way the aged teak looks as it adds

natural warmth to your space.

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'And there's also japandi which

has a sort of Scandanavian and

Japanese aesthetic, very paired back

and minimalistic.'

The geometric sideboards and

coffee tables made from responsibly

sourced mango wood, shown over

the page, are two lovely examples of

the look.

A unique store with a fabulous

range of retro vibed small

furnishings, is Trove on Partick's

Dumbarton Road. Alongside

classics, like the Salin Nyborg nest

of tables, opposite, are works from

local artists and artisans producing

wall art, soft furnishings, ceramics

– you name it.

Says co-owner Ben, 'trove reflects

our enthusiasm for design from

the 1950s to mid-70s and features

stock spanning the post-war period,

mainly by British manufacturers.

Some Scandinavian and European

items do sneak in, as we can’t let

stunning design and quality pass

us by. Alongside the vintage items,

trove is delighted to support local

artists and makers whose work

is inspired by the designs and

designers of the post-war era,

reflecting colours, patterns or forms

of the period. Contemporary pieces

include limited edition prints,

furnishings, tableware and linens,

home accessories and gifts.'

These pieces can add that

finishing touch to a room, such as a

1970s Gral Kristal rectangular vase

with gray green ‘submerso’ interior

in clear casing from Germany. Or a

Poole Delphis pin dish with vibrant

abstract hand-painted decoration

for an added colour focus.

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Slightly further west on Dumbarton

Road is Found. For lovers of vintage and

recommissioned pieces, electric wall

art alongside retro Glasgow brick vases

and lava lamps, this is the place. Found

is also the only Scottish retail stockist

of Artemide's Nesso and Nessino lamps

– a reason in itself for a visit! These

vibrantly coloured and futuristic lamps

are an Italian design classic.

Says Stephen 'Designed by Giancarlo

Mattioli and Gruppo Architetti

Urbanisti Città Nuova, in the glamorous

60s era, Nesso is an international icon

of futuristic, democratic design. For me

Artemide are leaders in Italian lighting

design. There really are no other

manufacturers doing anything similar

both in style and function. I’m also the

only bricks and mortar shop in Scotland

where they can be viewed.

'My inspiration is no rules, mix and

match eras, styles – nothing is off limits.

My advice, buy with your eye and don’t

be afraid to mix.'

And I think that's the key to this

distinct utilitarian look, mix. Look at

vintage pieces but add in your own

modern interpretation through bright

glass and ceramics and wall art. Love

the smooth, clean lines but soften it with

vibrant cushions and throws from local

artisans. Admire the glamour of the 50s

and 60s originals and add in futuristic

lighting, or lava lamps for fun.

Whatever the size of your living

room space, build from the main piece

outwards. Keep the main, expensive

buy neural, then have fun with the

splashes of colour that radiate out

– splashes that aren't prohibitively

expensive to update and change as the

seasons turn.

Dapper Alice Hand-made


From vintage 1960s Heals

fabric £40,


557A Dumbarton Road


0141 357 0474

Norm 69 Lamp,

X-Large White £140


91-93 Great Western Road


07788 480421

Geometric Sideboard,

From Mango Wood £998,

Nancy Smillie Shop

53 Cresswell Lane

0141 334 4240


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The Wee Kitchen Shop

Specialising In Beautiful Shaker Kitchens

Maddy shows me some before shots

of their Hillhead kitchen. I’ll be kind.

So let’s go with ‘functional’. Daniel

and Maddy love cooking and love socialising

with friends over dinner, so knew a complete

kitchen transformation was on the cards when

they recently bought their first home together.

Previously a rented property, the West End

tenement flat retained many of its traditional

features but needed that injection of love that

permanence fosters.

Top of the bill was a fully shelved pantry

and window seating area. ‘Greg came up with

the whole design,’ says Maddy. ‘We knew the

colours we wanted, and after googling local

family kitchen firms and loving Greg’s website,

knew the Shaker style he specialises in was

the style we wanted. Other than that we just

asked him to make most use of the space

– and he delivered.’ Maddy now admits to

empty cupboard space, I can’t even imagine.

The couple love to spend a lot of time

in the kitchen so the seating areas are

super important to how they use the space.

The window seating area makes most use of

the natural light for morning cuppas gazing

out at the well maintained back greens and

the traditional ‘nook’ dining area at the back is

cozy and designed to complement the window


Daniel and Maddy found the process rather

stress free, as Greg project managed the

whole job from the colour matched cabinetry

being installed to the staved oak and veined

quartz worktops going in. Paul the joiner hand

fitted out the whole awkward pantry area and

kept the couple up-to-date with that days

progress. As Daniel says, there were issues

but nothing ever felt like an issue. I think that

sums up the Wee Kitchen team exactly.


On kitchens ordered by

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Homes & Interiors

Our Garden…

the new heart

of the home?

What gives you that fuzzy glow you get when you

treat yourself to something good that makes you

happy. For some it may be a day trip with friends

to a spa, or a golf day out. These 'glows' are

fleeting though, however precious. Maybe it's time

to invest in your outdoor living space instead?

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Spending more time at home over the past

two years has led to an explosion in home

and interiors spend. And our gardens

have not escaped this trend. Suzanne

Martin finds out where we've been

prioritising that precious lockdown cash.

I have a friend, don't we all, who bought a family

sized hot tub complete with decking surround

last year. With nowhere to go, and nobody

allowed near you to do it with anyway, all forms

of home entertainment went crazy!

Five months after it was installed we were

finally able to visit. So how many times were

the family still using it, I asked? Surely nowhere

near the five days a week they were averaging

when it was still a novelty. Said pal turned to me

and looked me plain in the eye, oh yes, nearly

every night – and especially when it was cold.

Apparently jumping in your tub when the snow

is falling is an experience not to be missed

– a little magical even!

And with the new energy efficient heat pumps

available, energy consumption is getting greener

all the time (especially relevant just now with

gas and electricity prices soaring).

Hot tubs are a luxury purchase however and

it needs to be thought through. First of all the

right tub with the correct fancy gizmos for your

luxuriating pleasure must be considered – and

who better to do that with but leading Scottish

hot tub company – Heavenly Hot Tubs. One of

Glasgow's own family run firms based up at

Pinkston Road?

'Heavenly Hot Tubs are an independent family

run business and we only sell quality products

which pass our own high expectations,' says

owner Jon Mulligan.

'When we secure a new customer, we treat them

as a new family member. We only offer products

of the highest standards. Our customers expect

a superior product and we won’t sell anything

that doesn’t match our expectations. We provide

lifestyle enhancing items for people looking

to improve their quality of life and a touch of

luxury to their home.'

The company work in close collaboration

with CassiDecks Home Improvements. Who

was, in-fact, the first company of the two I

started following on LinkedIn for Paul's funny,

sometimes biting, commentary on the jobs

he was on. Jobs most often than not with Jon.

Luckily Jon has a sense of humour.

However, when Paul at CassiDecks was asked

what the advantage of the two businesses

working closely together were, his reply left no


' The advantages to us teaming up on projects

are we know exactly how Jon and Heather at

Heavenly approach our projects,' says Paul.

'Firstly with their personal touch and secondly,

their product range is great and after sales

service is second to none.

'Most importantly though is their installation

approach, they totally understand the

importance of their product being part of our

full project design. Just arriving with a tub and

plonking it roughly where we want it is not an


'Our CassiDecks Electrical LTD sister

company, is lead by a control freak and all the

hard work he puts in cannot go under-valued.

So at this stage Jon and Heather have us both on

their back. I wouldn’t want that pressure, but

they knock it off every time. I suppose what I’m

trying to say is we have total confidence in each

other and the synergy just works.'

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Homes & Interiors

Paul, like Jon, is laser focussed on the quality

materials he uses providing only Newtechwood

composite decking on CassiDeck jobs due to

its high quality and flexibility. And local firm

Thornbridge Sawmills at Anniesland take care

of all the materials and deliveries.

Issues abound on projects, including a recent

one involving a steep gradient proving delivery

a challenge. Eventually two large cranes had

to be brought in and roads closed off. Paul

explains ' the client wanted multi use multilevel

decked areas, AstroTurf, mood lighting,

privacy screening, Channel System safety glass

balustrades and a high spec hot tub.'

Heavenly Hot Tubs carried out the site survey

though, so all ran smoothly, even if, as Jon says

'initially we had looked at a 100-tonne crane

for the reach. However, with some planning

and the use of our Ford Ranger, we were able to

safely get the hot tub to the top of the customers

driveway in reverse with a trailer, navigating

some twists and turns along the way!'

Paul manages the entire project from scaled

designs and layout options, to using the services

of an approved architect should the job warrant

it. Meaning if building warrants and planning

consent are necessary, everything's covered.

But the piece de resistance remains the hot

tub. 'The customer was looking for a premium

hot tub with an industry leading warranty,'

explains Jon. 'This is where our Vortex Spas

range was a perfect match. They were looking

for something suitable for a family that also had

a great Hydrotherapy rating. As an exclusive

retailer of Vortex Spas in Scotland we paired the

customer to the award-winning Vortex Spas –


And Jon's rotten jokes aside, according to

Paul, it's a heavenly relationship indeed.



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Do One Thing Well

The idea that excellence can be achieved

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Jim Slater in his best-selling book,

The Zulu Principle, originally published in

1992. Going further back, to around 400 BC,

Socrates claimed ‘…each individual can only

do one thing well’.

At Western Lettings, we want to be as

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We promote a culture of learning, continually

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and deal with everyone in an open and

honest way. However, one of our strongest

beliefs is conveyed in our company motto

– ‘Do one thing well’. We stick to our knitting,

resisting the temptation to seek ‘synergies’

by venturing into related businesses, such as

property sales, factoring, or development.

If you’ve ever used the services of a letting

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things that can go wrong. By focusing for 14

years on continually improving the quality of

our service, we believe we have learned to

avoid many of the common pitfalls. We can

never claim perfection, but we can guarantee

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If we mess up, we mop up. If we make an

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head towards winter. Rising interest

rates, increasing energy bills and crazy

petrol and food prices are terrifying and

we’ve yet to find anyone not struggling to

some degree. The property market continues

to be buoyant, with Scotland set for a 7%

rise in house prices by the end of this year

compared to the start. But for the individuals

involved, the cost-of-living crisis can make

buying or selling a home even more stressful

than normal.

We’ve pulled together some ideas on small

ways you can work towards future proofing

your finances and avoid some unnecessary

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P When looking to buy a property, consider

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to be better insulated, but don’t discount

older properties that have been upgraded

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high standard. Poor insulation can add up

to hundreds of extra pounds to your energy


P Consider solar panels to help reduce

energy bills further. Costing up to £8,000 this

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P Reducing unnecessary admin and support

costs when buying or selling your home could

save some money during this expensive

process. Our number one tip would be of

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agent. With us, you know exactly how much

you will pay at the start of your sales process,

so no nasty surprises when your house sells

well above asking price.

P Making sure you shop around for

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comparison site is another way to ensure

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