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WHAT’S ON IN FEBRUARY COCK AT THE TRON After the breakdown of his long-term gay relationship, John unexpectedly meets a woman and in doing so, discovers new excitements and pleasures. However, his ex is still strutting around in the background and his new girlfriend is discovering a whole other side to him, leaving John wracked with guilt and feeling indecisive about what he wants and who he really is. A civilised dinner party, organised to discuss the best way forward, soon turns into a messy cockfight complete with quarrelling lovers, leaving John with a choice to make, so what will he do? Featuring James Anthony Pearson, Johnny McKnight, Isobel McArthur & Vincent Friel, this is the first UK staging of Mike Bartlett’s sharp and witty play since it’s Royal Court premiere six years ago. Cock is running at The Tron Theatre from the 9th – 20th February, concession tickets are available, standard tickets priced between £10-£16.
GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL Every year the Glasgow Film Festival gets better and better and 2016’s effort looks set to be no exception. Aside from the usual full programme of brilliant new releases, independent masterpieces and films for all the family, there are also some special events that you’ll not want to miss during the festivals. Witness a world first as our future feature interviewee (Page 18), Paul Fegan, releases his debut documentary ‘Where You’re Meant To Be’ (a ‘journey through Scottish music, landscape and time’) on February 19th at the iconic Barrowlands – it’ll be the first ever feature film screening at the venue. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
will be host to a live action/adventure presentation on February 20th ahead of a thirty-fifth anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. The screening will be introduced by Vic Armstrong aka the most famous stuntman in the world (check out our interview with Harrison Ford’s stunt double on page 16). Another exciting event will be The Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium’s screening of David Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth’. The iconic film turns 40 this year and in celebration of the film, and the late musician, make sure you catch the screening inside the Space Zone and the following guided tour of the solar system.
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The Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair
Over 40 traders will be coming together for the return of the Big Glasgow Comic & Craft Fair at the Trades Hall on 13 February. There will be comics, graphic novels, crafts, art, old and new figures, cupcakes, funko pop, bubble tea and much more on offer from the traders. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is the theme for the event and with some vendors selling themed items, the organisers are keen to see cosplayers as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Lex Luthor, Aqua Man, Cyborg and many more. The cosplay competitions are for under 16’s and over 16’s and takes place at 3pm in the main hall. Although cosplay is not essential, Hairy Monster Digital Arts will set up a mini photo studio downstairs for cosplayers in the chill out area – so get involved and get some cracking pics. Entry is only £1.
Vintage Kilo Sale If you love a bargain, and adore a bit of vintage, then you need to check out the Vintage Kilo Sale when it returns to Wasps Studios on 7 February. The Vintage Kilo Sale is a collaboration between Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair and Glass Onion, Europe’s largest vintage wholesaler, and they’ll be bringing over five tonnes of stock to the event. So not only can you rifle through plenty of fashion and accessories from the 70s onwards, but you pay by the kilo (£15). On average, that’s around 4-5 items for just £15 (but imagine all the gorgeous silky blouses or retro scarves you could haul for that crazy price). Also, if you are serious about getting some bang for your buck, the price per kilo drops to £10 a kilo if you buy more than 10. To grab the best pieces on offer head down to Wasps Artists’ Studios in Townhead at 11am and pay the £3 earlybird entry fee. However, if you’re more interested in having a casual browse you can nip in after 12pm and pay just £1.50.
JAMES MARTIN: PLATES, MATES & AUTOMOBILES
Packed with cooking, cars, guests and tales from 20 years in the business, TV Chef James Martin is kicking off his first ever UK tour in Glasgow on February 22 at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The tour marks 20 years since the ‘Saturday Kitchen’ host first graced our screens and will feature James’ signature cooking demonstrations and some special guests – speaking to BANG Showbiz, James said: “I don’t do all this prima donna bull. The big ‘I am’ ... I like good honest people and great friends. And that’s always been my life. It’s always been about the food. But you meet people along the way.” Tickets (from £30) are still available from www.ents24.com.
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HULA HOOP CLASSES FOR ADULTS Sticking to a new year’s resolution is always tough, especially when it involves venturing into the gym for the first time in years. Thankfully there are plenty of other fun, nongym related ways to lose weight and stay on track with fitness related resolutions, including hula-hooping. Yup, that tricky skill some kids seemed to master in seconds and others were embarrassingly bad at is now a bona fide exercise and it can burn some serious calories. A 2010 study by the American Council on Exercise revealed that working out with a HulaHoop burns as much as 210 calories in only half an hour – so it’s perfect for anyone up for a laugh and keen on getting fit, trust us when we say you’ll feel the burn, especially from weighted hoops. Classes are available across Glasgow, check out www.glasgowhulahoop.co.uk for your nearest class.
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THE WEEKEND SHOWS Foals are heading out on their first UK arena tour, with a stop at Glasgow on 12 February. Fresh from the success of their fourth studio album What Went Down, which debuted at #3 on the UK albums chart, the band – who are regarded as one of the UK’s top live acts – are going to be playing the biggest headline dates of their careers, including the Hydro and London’s Wembley Arena. The five-piece will be supported on the tour by indie rock band, Everything Everything, and tickets (starting at £21.45) are still available from Ticketmaster.
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ENDGAME AT CITIZENS
The Citizens Theatre has joined with Home, Manchester for this new co-production of Endgame – Samuel Beckett’s absurd and macabre classic of modern theatre. Coronation Street star’s David Neilson and Chris Gascoyne are taking on the roles of Hamm and Clov in the production. The tyrant Hamm and his resentful companion Clov are permanently bound to one another, they pass their days in a filthy, bare room caught in a loop of unproductive routines. The darkly comic play, regarded as one of Beckett’s greatest works, makes a grim joke of life and finds laughter in the darkness. Tickets are available from http:// citz.co.uk and start at £12.50.
EVERY TUESDAY ONLY £2 Our long-running weekly new comedy showcase is regarded as the best open mic night in the UK. Catch up to ten new acts – some treading the boards for the very first time. This is where everyone starts and it’s your chance to see the stars of tomorrow today. Watch out for older hands dropping in to try out new material too.
ED BYRNE: OUTSIDE, LOOKING IN
“That bloke. You know. The Irish guy. No, not the bald one. The other one. You know him. The one Carol from work really likes. Wait, that might be Jason Byrne. Anyway. Funny chap. Has a new show!” Former Strathclyde University student, Ed Byrne, is bringing his acclaimed show ‘Outside Looking In’ to the Pavilion on February 25th. The comedian and TV panelist, known for his observational stand up, has again produced a brilliant ‘fabulously funny’ show which garnered rave reviews after selling out at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe. Tickets are available, from £19.
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Elaine C Smith, best known for her portrayal of Mary Nesbitt in ten series of the hit BBC sitcom ‘Rab C Nesbitt’, is taking on the role of ‘Miss Hannigan’ in the brand new production of the musical Annie at the Kings Theatre from 8 – 20 February. Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave young Annie, who is determined to find her real parents, is forced to live a life of misery and torment at Miss Hannigan’s orphanage. However, when young Annie’s luck changes after being chosen to spend Christmas at famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks’ residence, cruel Miss Hannigan devises a plan to destroy Annie’s search. This new show, produced by Michael Harrison and David Ian, includes the unforgettable songs ‘It’s the Hard-Knock Life’, ‘Easy Street’, ‘I Don’t Need Anything But You’ and ‘Tomorrow’. Tickets are available from www.atgtickets.com and start at £15.
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What’s On AT GLASGOW UNIVERSITY
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GCU TO SUPPORT DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE TOOLS TO ENHANCE AGILITY Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is working with PAL Technologies Ltd and the University of Strathclyde on an innovative project to aid the recovery of stroke survivors and amputees. The new AGILE (Ambulatory Guidance for Interactive Locomotion Enhancement) project will involve the development of patient-centred training tools, for use at home and in the community, to improve walking abilities. The wireless-based technology will offer cloud-based data management and visualisation to allow both the patient and their therapist to share ongoing progress and goal attainment, thereby increasing the chances of a more successful rehabilitation.
RESEARCHERS ANALYSE ALCOHOL AND LGBT LIFE IN SCOTLAND A new study by researchers from Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), funded by Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems (SHAAP), has drawn attention to the role that alcohol plays in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Scotland. The research suggests that future work should focus on how alcohol companies are marketing their products to the LGBT community both locally in venues, and nationally and internationally using social and traditional media.
GCU TO SHARE CYBER SECURITY EXPERTISE WITH INDUSTRY Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is to share its expertise with businesses in a bid to tackle a growing need for tighter cyber security. This month, the University will launch Introduction to Cyber Security, a 10-week course for business employees that aims to explore current thinking in relation to maintaining a secure presence on the internet, ensuring businesses are better prepared to handle online security issues.
GCU Students pick up prizes in competition to enhance employability Students who took part in the Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) Common Good Employability Competition have been recognised at an awards ceremony on campus. The competition, now in its fifth year, gives students from the University’s Academic Schools the chance to work on a short project for a social enterprise, to improve their employability skills while contributing to the University’s common good mission. Students applied to work on a reallife task for one of 10 social enterprises, including Mary’s Meals, Bike Trossachs and West Lothian Credit Union. Working individually or in a team, the students spent time over a four week period completing a brief set by the organisation. The project enabled students to put their skills and knowledge into practice in a work environment, while making a contribution to their communities. For the employers, it was
an opportunity to have a small piece of work completed for free and to access a wide pool of talent and fresh ideas. First prize went to fourth-year student Stuart McPhail who worked with Employers in Voluntary Housing (EVH) to support fundraising activities for the Children’s Hospice Association Scotland (CHAS). Stuart was tasked with submitting an idea for a fundraising event but submitted a guide incorporating more than 20 ideas. He was awarded a cash prize of £500 and an internship with EVH. Stuart, who articulated from Cardonald College and is on the BA Business with Law programme, said: “The project really stood out for me because I know the special work that CHAS does. I have a niece who is terminally ill and uses the services and support CHAS provides. “It was one of the most enjoyable jobs I’ve ever done and I was glad I was able to bring that connection.”
The Hunterian has been awarded a prestigious Engineering Heritage Award by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers for its model air engine. The model engine, now known as the Stirling Engine, was presented to the University of Glasgow by the Reverend Robert Stirling in 1827. This important object in the history of engineering is one of only two ever made.
RESEARCHERS DISCOVER NEW WAY TO SCREEN FOR CANCERKILLING DRUGS Scientists at the University of Glasgow’s Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute have developed the technique as a research tool to understand how cancer cells die. The significant discovery, published in Nature Communications, means Mito-priming can be applied to identify new anti-cancer drugs to screen their effectiveness.
Glasgow University student wins £14,000 worth of prizes through ‘comping’
Technology bundle from Currys & PC World #WINYOURFEES snapchat competition
In the last week, I’ve had six annoying (and slightly suspicious) phone calls, countless spam emails and spent a solid hour repeatedly typing my annoyingly long email into online forms – all in the pursuit of recreating some of the incredible success 19-year-old filmstudies student Chloe Bingham has had in the last five months. The Glasgow University student has won a whopping £14,000 worth of prizes in just five months thanks to her very profitable ‘comping’ hobby. After winning her first competition at 11,
a bedtime short story comp that landed her a two-night stay at The Silentnight Alton Towers suite and Ultimate Fast Track tickets for herself and her family, Chloe was hooked. Although she took a break from the hobby, which she now dedicates around two hours per day to, last August she decided to try her luck again in the hopes of winning items for starting university and estimates to have entered over 3,000 since, winning 43. Her impressive haul includes V Festival Red Weekend Camping Tickets worth £400, A Fortnum and Mason Christmas Hamper worth £110, a night out at the Corinthian Club for 12 people, three different hotel stays and a four night break at Bluestone Wales Resort in Pembrokeshire. However, her best prize to date came from the Currys and PC World snapchat #WinYourFees competition. Chloe won the creative competition by narrating and recreating a scene from Harry Potter using puppets she had made and bagged £10,000 towards her university fees and a student
technology bundle, which included a Microsoft Surface Tablet. Although her 43 wins are impressive, the young student is keen to point out she doesn’t in fact ‘win everything’ as she’s often told: “Yes, I do win a lot of things but I also enter hundreds and hundreds of competitions and I probably win about 0.000001% of all of the generic ‘fill in your details’ competitions I enter. “Also, I have won a few bigger prizes including the money and these have been from judged creative competitions where I’ve had to put a lot of effort into them, therefore I’ve won these down to talent rather than luck. There’s definitely a skill to comping.” After she found herself constantly asked for advice on comping, Chloe started a blog full of hints and tips, an up-to-date record of her wins and her own competitions. Chloe’s five top tips include being patient, dedicating a set amount of time to comping, creating a wish list to avoid winning useless prizes, always reading the rules and signing up to a competition forum or website. For more advice from Chloe, visit her blog at www.thelifeofastudentcomper.wordpress.com
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What’s On AT STRATHCLYDE UNIVERSITY
IMPORTANCE OF GIANT PANDA MILK PRODUCTION REVEALED Post-birth changes in giant panda milk play a crucial role in cubs’ health, a five-year study has found. The research, published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, underlined how important mother’s milk is to giant panda cubs. Dr David Watson and Dr Tong Zhang, of the Scottish Metabolomics Centre at the University of Strathclyde, were involved in the panda milk analysis. The results indicated that various compounds including complex carbohydrates in the milk might be important in promoting weight gain in panda cubs.
Driving support for Malawi health project A scots firm has paid for motorbikes to boost a life-saving health project in rural malawi. The Scotland Chikwawa Health Initiative, set up by the University of Strathclyde and partners in Southern Malawi, is using the bikes to transport vital vaccines, improve access to healthcare, and support a network of 50 community health workers. The bikes were purchased with a donation from Phoenix Honda and will support health care for around 18,000 people in areas where lack of transport makes access to health facilities difficult or impossible. Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “This generous donation from Phoenix Honda emphasises the positive impact Scottish organisations can have by working with our partners in Malawi. It’s particularly pleasing to see the motorbikes are ready for the health care workers to use ahead of the rainy season, when it’s most difficult for patients to gain access to health services.” A Senior Health Surveillance Assistant and
an Assistant Environmental Health Officer are already using the motorbikes to supervise the community health workers, providing mentoring, supplies and emergency back-up.
SCOTTISH ECONOMY SLOWS IN FINAL QUARTER OF 2015 The Scottish economy slowed in the final quarter of 2015, the latest Scottish Business Monitor from The Fraser of Allander Institute (FAI) has found. The analysis from the University of Strathclyde’s FAI showed the rate of recovery is being constrained by companies in the North East. New business levels eased during the three months to the end of November with an overall net balance of +3% compared to +17% of the previous quarter and also down on the +18% of the same quarter one year ago. Expectations are that this slowdown in the rate of recovery will end and that the pace of the recovery will improve.
CARING FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN Develop your career in child care or social work with a free online course at the university of Strathclyde. The aim of the course is to inspire and challenge you to think differently about how we, as a society, care for vulnerable children and the future lives we help them to create.
What’s On AT CITY OF GLASGOW COLLEGE
COGC SIGNS PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT WITH THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE
City of Glasgow College recently signed an innovative partnership agreement with The Confucius Institute at the University of Glasgow for the provision of introductory Chinese language classes for its students. The unique collaboration, which is the first of its kind in Scotland, offers full-time students from across Glasgow the opportunity to be taught Mandarin by an expert teacher from The Confucius Institute at the College. Successful students will sit The Hàny Shuiping Kaoshì (HSK) Chinese Proficiency Test, China’s only standardised language test for non-native speakers.
CITY OF GLASGOW COLLEGE TO PROMOTE GENDER EQUALITY
City of Glasgow College has been awarded a prestigious contract to promote gender equality in the engineering sector. Working in partnership with Equate Scotland, the collaboration will support the college’s pioneering work in promoting gender equality whilst reinforcing its commitment to supporting the development of a diverse Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.
City of Glasgow College takes Sports Therapy to the next level As part of its innovative approach to learning, City of Glasgow College offers Kinesio Taping training as part of its Sports Therapy HND course. Currently the only college in Scotland to offer this skill, the course has been running since 2014 and is proving very popular with students and staff. Gavin Cooper, Lecturer in Sports Therapy and Kinesio Practitioner, leads the unit: “We teach the taping techniques to second year students who learn why Kinesio is so effective and why different taping methods suit specific injuries. Our students are very enthusiastic and, as a recognised practice
within sports rehabilitation, it is a valuable addition to their CVs. We first introduced it to the College in 2014 and it is now a permanent part of the Sports Therapy curriculum.” Kinesio taping supports muscles in movement and eases the pain of sports injuries and muscular complaints. It works in six areas of the body; the neck, shoulder, back, ankle, knee and foot and helps to reduce swelling, bruising and joint pain in all ages. Learning how to apply Kinesio correctly is crucial because the tape’s benefits differ depending on how much tension is created.
CITY OF GLASGOW COLLEGE SHORTLISTED FOR MARKETING AWARDS
City of Glasgow College is up for two prizes in this year’s College Development Network (CDN) Marketing Awards. Its Marketing team has been shortlisted in the Market/ Marketing Research and Promotional Literature categories. The Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the excellent marketing and communication practices taking place in colleges across Scotland. The winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner on Thursday 3 March 2016.
Movie fans across Scotland, UK and Europe have eagerly awaited the twelfth annual Glasgow Film Festival, which is set to have cinema aficionado’s merged (and in some cases handcuffed) to their seats from February 17th – 18th 2016 in a host of Glasgow’s top cinema venues around the city. In partnership with Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, Creative Scotland, and BFI the Glasgow Film Festival is lights, camera, action! as the GFF opens with the UK premiere of Hail, Caesar! by the Coen Brothers, and closes with the premiere of the Oscar nominated, Anomalisa by Charlie Kaufman. Glasgow Film Festival brings 174 exclusive screenings, world premieres and oldfavourites to fans, with movies being shown in Glasgow’s top cinema venues across the city; from the niche Glad Café, highprofile Cineplex’s like IMAX to the legendary
Barrowlands Ballroom music venue. The only struggle fans will have is whether they have enough popcorn or not to last the festival’s marathon of fantastic cinema. GFF will also be featuring its trademarked, popup cinema which is ready to make use of the city’s most unusual venues. The Glasgow Film Festival, in addition to hosting movies, is also to be attended by some of the most respected names in modern cinema, including Richard Gere who will be supporting the UK premiere of his new film Time Out Of Mind (Sun 28 Feb), in which he plays a homeless man, who is possibly suffering from mental illness and adrift in New York. Actress Natalie Dormer, best known for her role as Margaery Tyrell in HBO’s Game of Thrones and as Cressisa in The Hunger Games, will walk the red carpet for the UK premiere of The Forest (Thu 25 Feb).
Renowned director Ben Wheatley will also be in attendance for the Scottish premiere of High-Rise (Thu 18 Feb), a highprofile adaptation of JG Ballard’s dystopian novel starring Tom Hiddleston and Sienna Miller. Also from Game of Thrones; Hannah Murray appears to support Bridgend, a thoughtful look at the suicide ‘epidemic’ experienced by the small Welsh town in the mid-2000s. The festival will also host veteran arthouse director Peter Greenaway and stuntman Vic Armstrong who will be taking part in some ‘in person’ events discussing their long careers in the movie industry. This year’s festival is described by showrunners as ‘exciting, innovative, audience-focused’ and with the programme bursting at the seams with first time
showings, exclusive screenings, free events and movie-making classes for budding directors it’s clear to see that 2016 is a promising and ambitious year for the Glasgow Film Festival. Some of the highlights from the fantastic cinema programme includes Demolition, the latest film from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallée, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal; The Forest, shown during FrightFest, in which Natalie Dormer battles malevolent spirits in a Japanese forest inspired by Aokigahara (commonly known as the ‘suicide forest’) and the world premiere of Where You’re Meant To Be starring Aidan Moffat – a movie which embarks on a folk music tinged conquest throughout Scotland. This world premiere screening will also be the first ever feature length film to be shown at Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom
HAIL, CAESAR! OPENS GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL 2016
After filming wrapped on 2008’s Burn After Reading – the last feature on which the Coen Brothers worked with George Clooney – the A-list actor claimed that he was “through playing idiots’’. It wasn’t because he was unhappy at how his character was portrayed in the film – he’s been nothing but complimentary about his experience working with the directorial team on numerous occasions. It was more of a case of coming to the realisation that he always played a buffoon in the films of Hollywood’s golden siblings, and wanted to branch out in their next collaboration. Burn After Reading marked their third movie together, following O Brother, Where Art Thou? and the romantic comedy, The Ladykillers – a threesome of unrelated films Clooney would coin the term “American Idiot Trilogy’’, as an in-joke. However, it would seem his role as the fool wasn’t quite over yet, as the trilogy has become a quadruple with the imminent release of Hail, Caesar! another movie in which Clooney has described himself as an “idiot’’. Hail, Caesar! is set during the 1950s – a period in Hollywood remembered as “The Golden Age.’’ The Coen’s have often flirted
with and paid homage to this era in their movies, but Hail, Caesar! marks the first time they’ve fully embraced it. It stars Josh Brolin as famous ‘fixer’ Eddie Mannix, a man who made his living ensuring that the stars’ dirty laundry never made the headlines and ruined their careers. George Clooney plays the drunken Whitlock, Hollywood’s most famous star and a headache for Mannix – especially when he’s kidnapped by a group called The Future, who are demanding $100,000 for his release. It sounds like quite a recipe for a hilarious concoction of troublesome incidents. The Coen Brothers are no strangers to mishap comedies about kidnapping, with Raising Arizona and The Big Lebowski establishing them as masters of making humour out of the art. In general, their films have always been able to create laughter out of bad situations, but with Hail, Caesar! they’ll be channelling their lighter, offbeat comedic chops, unlike say Fargo where the humour was pure gallows. With their track record of creating consistently excellent movies for over 30 years, Hail, Caesar! is sure to be another cult classic in their vault of cinematic gems, and it’s sure to go down
well with both long term fans and casual cinemagoers, given the myriad cast of A list heavyweights, cult icons and recurring regulars. The ladies will be pleased to hear that Channing Tatum will be joining George Clooney and Josh Brolin for the ride. However, Tatum has shown time and time again that he’s more than just a ‘pretty boy’, by showcasing his acting chops in some diverse roles, ranging from a male stripper (Magic Mike), a vicious Olympian (Foxcatcher) and an outlaw in post-Civil war America (The Hateful 8). He’s worked with esteemed directors such as Steven Soderbergh and Quentin Tarantino, and now
he can tick the Coen’s off the list. Other cast members include Jonah Hill, Tilda Swinton, Christopher Lambert, Ralph Fiennes and Scarlett Johansson. Hail, Caesar! is going to be unlike anything else released this year, and you owe it to yourself to see it if you want to be entertained by the very best. The Coen Brothers are a pair of madcap geniuses, as demonstrated in their movies. Expect to see this one on the majority of critics best of lists at the end of the year, although it’s shelf life will no doubt be everlasting. Hail, Caesar! opens this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, with the UK premiere at Glasgow Film Theatre on 18 February. By Kieran Fisher
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served sixteen years in prison for killing his friend, which was nominated for a BAFTA Scotland award and Miles Ahead, Don Cheadle’s stylish capturing of the life of swaggering jazz legend, Miles Davis – also featuring Ewan McGregor. The Audience Awards are a unique and refreshing celebration of new-coming talent, which gives aspiring film-makers the recognition they deserve. However, while new movies are exciting and everyone wants to be the first to see the latest blockbusting flick, what’s also just as exciting and important is reconnecting with the movies which made us love cinema to begin with. That’s a major focus for Glasgow Film Festival this year. GFF2016 will be showing some ‘classic’ movies among the high-profile releases in its trademark popup cinema style, described
and follows a spectacular live performance. If reels upon reels of exclusive movies aren’t enough to convince you that the GFF is more than worth the time and money, remember it’s more than just a movie festival. As well as a packed programme of brilliant movies, GFF2016 will also be heralding its Audience Awards once again – a shortlist of ten movies from first or second time directors chosen by the festival programme team and voted on by the audience. Created in tandem with the GFF’s Pioneer Strand and sponsored by Scottish Power; the award was devised to celebrate the festival’s reputation for recognising future masters of cinema and to bring greater profile to some of the best talent in the world. Some front runners for the award are: 16 Years Till Summer, a cathartic documentary focusing on the tale of Uisdean after he
as an atmospheric, one off ‘total cinema’ experience hosted in some of Glasgow’s most obscure and best loved venues. While screenings of Raiders of the Lost Ark and Silence of the Lambs at Kelvingrove Museum are sold out, festival goers still have the chance to attend a special, unique screening of the Nicholas Cage classic, Con Air. Held at a top secret, undisclosed location fans will be given the inmate experience as they are collected at GFT, assigned a uniform, handcuffed to a partner and shuffle onto a prison bus headed towards the secret location (Thu 18th Feb). As well as the convict experience; fans will also have the chance to experience a little bit of Shakespeare with Baz Lurhmann’s unbeaten adaptation of Romeo & Juliet which turns twenty in 2016. GFF will turn city-centre mansion Trades
Hall into the Capulet mansion costume ball, complete with fishtanks, angel wings and cocktails in poison vials. Whether you’re wearing Hawaiian shirts, Cuban heels or full drag, fancy dress is mandatory! (Sat 27 Feb). Dripping with content, packed with stars and full of potential this year’s Glasgow Film Festival is already shaping up to be the best yet in its twelve year history. Glasgow’s Council Leader, Frank McAveety showed his support for the festival, saying: “The calibre of this year’s programme reinforces our credentials as a world-class cultural destination and leading cinema city.” If you’re an avid movie fan, casual cinema goer, budding director or just looking for something to do in February then make sure you do not miss the most exciting film festival by Connor Tollan in the world! Twitter:
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The Glasgow Short Film Festival (GSFF) will follow the Film Festival and run from 16-20 March. The GSFF programme is made up mostly of submitted films. The programming team look through 1,200+ submissions each year to showcase the most exciting work from Scotland and around the world. The ninth annual GSFF opens with the world premiere of Lost Treasure, a reimagining of an uncompleted Scottish film from 1956 by film-maker Minttu Mäntynen. Edinburgh-based musician Drew Wright (Wounded Knee) and Hamish Brown (of the Scottish band Swimmer One) have been commissioned by GSFF to compose and perform a new piece of music for the film, which explores the Scottish Highlands and its people, so many of whom have been forced off their land. The Dawn Cine Group, a 1950s Glasgowbased socialist filmmaking group, filmed 40 minutes of footage in July 1956, but never finished the film.
GSFF Director Matt Lloyd said: “After last year’s hugely successfully 30th anniversary screening of Clyde Film at GSFF, we wanted to look back even further, to the group who inspired the makers of Clyde Film. The Dawn Cine Group were way ahead of their time, socially committed and ambitious filmmakers. Lost Treasure was to be their biggest project, and in revisiting it on the 60th anniversary of its shoot, we’re paying tribute to some of Scotland’s unsung heroes of film in a unique way.” Musician Drew Wright added: “I’m delighted to be working on this reimagining of Lost Treasure. A key strand of my work is the presentation of traditional material in new contexts, and this project gives me the opportunity to delve into sound and moving image archives in order to create a new work weaving together traditional songs, field recordings and archival recordings of oral history.” The full programme for the Short Film Festival is available now.
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The Glasgow Youth Festival will take place this year on 12-15th February, the only festival in Europe curated by 15-18 year olds. Having a look at the programme, the weekend is going to be packed with excitement and loads of entertainment; with classics, cutting edge films, workshops and events for everyone. This year’s festival is focusing on first-time feature film-makers, showcasing work of talented teenagers from all over the world. The Opening Gala kicks off with Puritan supernatural chiller The Witch. Robert Eggers’ directorial debut won the Directing Award at the 2015 Sundance Festival. Starring and introduced by Glasgow’s very own Kate Dickie (Lysa Arryn from Game of Thrones). The festival’s trademark pop-up cinema events are making use of some of the city’s most unusual venues by setting the Closing Gala at the trendy converted church, St Luke’s. The event will close with a unique screening of Tim Burton’s Edward Scissorhands.
First-time feature directors are taking over the weekend, by having 80% of those new films. Their themes have huge relevance to young people – first love, peer pressure, struggles with identity and generational conflict. Many of those directors will be coming to Scotland for the festival with Q&As with the audience. An impressive 60% of the new films in this year’s programme are UK premieres, which is a great success for the Glasgow Youth Film Festival – Youth Programming Team. Highlights of the weekend include; Kill Me Please, set in a Rio de Janeiro high school fifteen-year-old Bia develops a morbid obsession with a local serial killer; unconventional coming-of-age drama Nena, where a girl’s first experience of love is rocked her father’s attempted suicide; supernatural drama When Marnie Was There, the eagerly-awaited newest – and last ever – release from Japan’s legendary Studio
Ghibli; Der Nachtmahr, set in Berlin’s rave scene a teenager forms a bond with a strange monster, the manifestation of her slow mental breakdown, and Cronies, which sees Spike Lee protégé Michael J. Larnell showcase his first feature film to global critical acclaim. There is also a chance to see teen favourite, 1980’s time travelling comedy Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure at the GYFF Late Night Classic. Workshops and discussion panels offering assistance to young people considering careers in film and television will take place over the weekend. They include; Casting Panel with casting director Lenny Mullan (Neds, The Magdalene Sisters), actor Conor McCarron (Neds, Catch Me Daddy) and actor Carolyn Genzkow (Der Nachtmahr); Social Documentary Workshop: ‘Capturing Reality’ with Camcorder Guerrillas; SFX Makeup and Prosthetics Masterclass in partnership with Creative Media Skills; and a programme of
WILL THE WITCH BE 2016’S SCARIEST FILM? The Witch has been making rounds on the festival circuit for close to a year now, garnering critical acclaim and becoming even more hotly anticipated with the plethora of positive reviews being thrown its way after each screening. For a horror film, such widespread praise is a rarity, as it is not often you’ll find a genrecrossing offering winning over so many people with terms such as “unsettling”, “terrifying’’, “thought provoking’’ and “disturbing’’ making up the general consensus of their analysis. The Witch transports us back to New England during the 1630s, to a time of Puritans, strong superstition and religious hysteria. It follows a family who are banished from their plantation and forced to relocate to a remote body sitting on the edge of a forest. The forest is supposedly haunted by an ancient witch, and the reality of her existence seems more apparent when their crops start dying and their child goes missing. It all points towards witchcraft and black magic, but could it be that the family’s own paranoia is getting the better of them? On top of the supernatural hocus pocus, The Witch is described as a terrifying portrait of a family falling apart as their own anxieties plague them. The Witch is one of the most terrifying horror films to come along in years, if current reviews are anything to go by. Now that it’s arriving in Glasgow, with a UK wide release shortly thereafter, audiences won’t have to wait any longer to see what all the fuss is about. It’s about time horror
‘Ted Talks’, still to be announced. On the Saturday there will be a free event delivered by GMAC Film’s 16–19 year old BFI Film Academy participants. They will educate you on a journey of sound. This will be followed by the premiere of a short film with a focus on sound design written, shot and edited by them. GMAC Film delivers the BFI Film Academy in Glasgow in partnership with The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and aims to give young people the first step towards pursuing a career in Film and TV. The festival looks to be even better this year, get your tickets quick. You don’t want to miss out on this entertaining weekend. Tickets cost £4.50 with a Glasgow Film Theatre Youth Card (free to 15-21 year olds. Standard tickets cost £8.50 full price / £7.00 concession / £5 child (14 and under). £48 for full festival pass Friday 12 –Monday 15 February I £16 day pass Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 February By Kieran Fisher
audiences were treated to another witch movie, as they are very few and far between in the current climate. The last notable one was Rob Zombie’s The Lords of Salem in 2013, but for the most part witches have been ignored by horror film-makers in the 21st century, minus a couple of scattered exceptions. The film stars Glasgow’s very own Kate Dickie, known to most as Lysa Arryn from the massive hit TV show Game of Thrones. Joining her is Anya Taylor-Joy as the lead (in what is being tipped to be a breakout performance for the young starlet) and Ralph Ineson (another Game of Thrones star who plays Dagmer ‘Cleftjaw’ on the show). From a casting point of view, they’ve chosen a talented bunch who are more than capable of bringing the characters they play to life in a believable way; a colonial supernatural horror isn’t believable by logic, but here’s hoping they’re able to make us forget about reality and pull us into the nightmare world their characters inhabit. Director Robert Eggers made a name for himself as a production designer, mostly working on television shows and short films: hence why the trailer of The Witch makes the film look authentic to the era in which it’s set. However, it would seem that his true calling is a film-maker, as he looks set to take the world by storm in the near future. If you think you can handle the scares, get your ticket to the Glasgow Youth Film Festival screening of The Witch on 12 February – introduced by the film’s star, Kate Dickie. If the trailers are anything to go by, it’ll be every bit as disturbing and terrifying as we could hope.
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The Film4 Frightfest returns to the Glasgow Film Festival for the 11th year in a row to close out the final weekend of the event, and with it comes 13 exclusive Scottish premieres of some of the most anticipated horror films from around the world. This year offers a diverse line-up of twisted tales that no fans of scary movies will want to miss, including the world premiere of Stephen King’s Cell and the American remake of French classic, Martyrs – along with so much more. THURS 25 FEB – GFT Screen 1 THE FOREST (9.00 pm) When it comes to real life horror, there aren’t many places scarier than Japan’s Aokigahara, otherwise known as “The Suicide Forest.’’ Currently sitting in second place as the world’s most popular suicide hotspot (behind the Golden Gate Bridge), Aokigahara has been death’s bedfellow for centuries; it dates all the way back to periods of famine when superstitious families sacrificed their loved ones to the forest in a bid to appease the gods and end their hunger. However, it would go on to become synonymous with suicide, and has garnered a hauntingly poetic reputation as the perfect place to die. It is also steeped in paranormal mythology, with demons said to reside there along with the spirits of those who have died in its canopy. In Jason Zada’s chiller The Forest, Sara (Natalie Dormer) enters the “Sea of Trees’’ to find her missing twin, only to be confronted by the malevolent spirits damned there for eternity. Dormer, best known for her role as Margaery Tyrell in Game of Thrones, will be there on the night to introduce the film.
FRI 26 FEB – GFT Screen 1 THE HEXECUTIONERS (1.30pm) Jesse Thomas Cook is the Canadian director who brought us the beastly smackdown Monsters Brawl, which pitted classic monsters against each other in wrestling’s squared circle. His latest feature The Hexecutioners takes us to a world where euthanasia is not only legal – it’s a profitable industry. Malison (Liv Collins) is an employee for the Rite-To-Die company, whose specialisation is to assist the suicidal leave their mortal coil. However, when she unwittingly unleashes a swarm of angry Tibetan ghosts during a seemingly routine job, she finds herself trying to escape death rather than grant it.
However, it soon becomes apparent that the doctor has a sinister agenda, and he keeps them captive in a facility to carry out twisted experiments. Zack then sets out to save his girlfriend so they can escape their prison, but they’ll have to get by all of the doctor’s henchmen first. Expect lots of telekinesis and gore in this one. ALSO SHOWING: ANGUISH (3.40pm), PATCHWORK (11.15pm)
CELL (6.30pm) The best-selling novel by Stephen King finally makes its way to the big screen, and the world premier is set to take place at Glasgow Frightfest. Starring Samuel L. Jackson and John Cusack (in their second King adaptation together, following 2007’s 1408), Cell follows a group of survivours in New England as they try to survive an apocalypse, caused by a mysterious cell phone signal that’s turned most of the human population into homicidal savages. Clay (John Cusack) is desperate to be reunited with his wife and son, but when the group learn of ‘The Raggedy Man’ and his followers who might have caused the end of mankind, they seek him out to learn answers. THE MIND’S EYE (9.00pm) The Mind’s Eye is a retro-inspired thriller that’s been winning plaudits on the festival circuit, with many reviewers comparing it to David Cronenberg’s cult classic Scanners. Graham Skipper plays Zack, a man with the ability to move and destroy objects with his mind, and along with his girlfriend (who shares his abilities), they agree to let a doctor help them hone their powers.
UK Premier of The Forest – Thursday 25th February
SAT 27 FEB – GFT Screen 1 THE WAVE (10.00am) The Wave isn’t a horror movie in the traditional sense, but disaster movies offer scares, thrills, tension and edge-of-your-set, nail-biting entertainment in their own right. When a tsunami hits a close-knit Norwegian mountain community, the residents only have 10 minutes to reach higher ground before nature whitewashes them. It’s a race against time, with little-to-no escape. SOUTHBOUND (12.10pm) The V/H/S franchise has been a successful series in recent years, and now the creators are back with a brand new anthology comprising of five intersecting tales of terror, all of which take place on a long, lonesome desolate highway. The horrors in store range from the supernatural to the grounded-in-reality, so there should be a segment here that will tap into the fears of all tastes. THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR (4.40pm) Following the loss of her a son, a grieving mother travels to a temple to perform a ritual that will allow her to say goodbye to his spirit; but things go awry when she opens a forbidden door that serves as a gateway between the worlds of the living and the dead. This is the latest feature from director Johannes Roberts, whose last movie Storage 24 starred Kidulthood’s Noel Clarke. MARTYRS (9.30pm) This is a remake of the French movie of the same name, which is regarded by horror fans as a bonafide classic.
World Premier of Cell – Friday 26 February
The original Martyrs is one of the most harrowing, disturbing and just downright brutal films ever made – but it’s not extreme
for the sake of shock tactics either, and for that reason it’s been praised for its artistic merit. Needless to say, it’s a masterpiece that transcended the horror genre as a cinematic achievement and helped put French cinema on the map. Now with the remake already released elsewhere and receiving mixed reviews, this will certainly divide opinion. The story follows a girl named Anna who seeks revenge on those who harmed her, but it only serves as a gateway to unimaginable horrors much bigger than she ever imagined. THE DEVIL’S CANDY (23.30pm) After a seven-year hiatus following the release of his deranged gem The Loved One’s (which is like Pretty In Pink meets Hostel), Australian director Sean Byrne makes his long-awaited comeback with The Devil’s Candy – a Satanic, heavy metal opus of supernatural terror and psychological horror, accompanied by rockin’ riffs. It follows a father and daughter who move into their dream home on a rural farm in Texas, only to be confronted by dead members of the previous family who want to move back home. On paper it might sound like just another haunted house story, but with Sean Byrne involved it won’t be your conventional chiller. ALSO SHOWING: SPL 2: A TIME FOR CONSEQUENCES (2.05pm), BASKIN (7.05pm).
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Hollywood’s leading stuntman, Vic Armstrong, will appear at Glasgow Film Festival for special screening of Raiders Of The Lost Ark As part of the Glasgow Film Festival this month, legendary Hollywood stuntman Vic Armstrong will be introducing a showing of Raiders of the Lost Ark at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Vic was Harrison Ford’s stunt double for the original Indiana Jones trilogy and throughout his career as worked on films like Blade Runner, Superman, The Amazing Spiderman and multiple James Bond films. Vic has coordinated and directed a reel of action which will be shown at the event and there will be a Q&A with him. The Student Advertiser got the chance to ask Vic about working on Indiana Jones, working with Harrison Ford and his career as the most prolific stuntman in the world. Vic’s incredible career came about in an unexpected way, as he was working as an amateur jockey: “I was an amateur steeplechase jockey and a guy that used to exercise our horses with us was a stunt man doing it to keep fit. He asked to hire one of my horses for a film and subsequently asked me to
go along and double the actor and ride the horse. The sequence had a big chase sequence with lots of big jumps that Gregory Peck, Sophia Loren and an Arab gentleman took to evade their followers. I did this stint for a few weeks and decided this was what I would like to do between my horse racing episodes.” Armstrong went on to double for Harrison Ford in the first three Indiana Jones films. The incredible action in Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of the most important aspects of the film. Vic said of the franchise: “All the stunts were memorable in the Indiana Jones films because they were all integral to the story, one of my favourites was the jump from the horse to the tank in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.” “The stunts were constantly changing and improvised as filming progressed and locations were chosen and we always had long discussions with Steven Spielberg and Mickey Moore, the action unit director. This is what made the films look so spontaneous.” As the Indiana Jones films progressed the action pieces arguably became more ambitious, and one of them didn’t go exactly as planned. “All stunts are dangerous until they have been worked out and rehearsed leaving as little chance a possible for things to go wrong. I did tear the ligaments on my knee badly on the Last Crusade, but that was purely an accident and happened after we had cut and filming had stopped. I slipped getting off the tank too quickly and got hung up as I fell and tore the ligaments.” “The more Indiana Jones films we made the more we became a real team and understood what sort of film we were making and by the last one Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade we were one
big happy family and really enjoyed the challenges and the travelling.” “Harrison is always fun to work with, he is the consummate professional but also has a great sense of humour and the ridiculous.” One of Vic’s biggest breaks was in 1967 when he bagged a stuntman role in the fifth James Bond film, You Only Live Twice. Vic later made the transition to coordinating the scenes as he progressed through his career, something he relished. “I take great pride in going from a stuntman working for £65 a week on You Only Live Twice to being responsible for spending millions of pounds as the Action Unit Director and Stunt Coordinator on The World is not Enough, Tomorrow Never Dies and Die Another Day. I much prefer being an action director and stunt coordinator than doing the stunts, it is not only an age thing but it is much more creative.” With the introduction of CGI, it was perhaps once thought that the traditional method of filming stunts in films was finished. But with films like the latest Star Wars looking to be less reliant on CGI, it is clear the need for groundbreaking stunts is as important as ever. Vic said, “There is always going to be a need for stunts and stunt people even if it is showing a computer what the realistic action should be and then the computer can continue the action to extreme levels.” Vic has not only made his name as a
stunt double, action director and stunt coordinator, but has also directed films. In his forthcoming film, A Sunday Horse, Vic’s daughter, Georgina Rawlings, has an acting role in the film. “Georgina is a great show jumper and actress and plays Bill Shatner’s trophy wife in the movie. I wanted to make an authentic horse movie that would be appreciated by riders around the world but also was a moral feel good story.” As well as introducing Raiders of the Lost Ark on the 20th of February, Vic Armstrong will be talking about his incredible 50 year career the night before at the Royal Concert Hall. His memoir, ‘The True Adventures of the World’s Greatest Stuntman’, is also available online.
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Get in the party mood and help Glasgow Film Festival celebrate as some of our favourite classics are hitting significant anniversaries this year and the GFF are screening the best of them, both at IMAX and with some very special events: Romeo + Juliet (Turning 20 in 2016) There’s been countless film adaptations of the William Shakespeare classic, Romeo and Juliet. However, only one had a 22-year-old, floppy-haired Leonardo DiCaprio, hence why Baz Luhrmann’s modern take on the tale of two star crossed lovers is our favourite and unbelievably it’s turning 20 in 2016. In celebration of the big 2-0, the GFF is transforming the Trades Hall into the Capulet mansion fancy dress ball on 27 February – think mid-nineties glamour, DJs, fish tanks and cocktails served in poison vials. Thelma & Louise (Turning 25 in 2016) Europe’s largest Country & Western saloon is the perfect venue for a special 25th anniversary screening of Ridley Scott’s classic about the accidental outlaws, Thelma & Louise. Head along with your best gal – the Thelma to your Louise, grab your best bleached denim and don’t forget your boots for the pre-movie line dancing session. The doors will open early on the 21st,
leaving plenty of time for a drink and to appreciate ‘lasso extrodinaire’ Duke Loopin performing at 1915 before the dancing kicks off at 1930. Beauty And The Beast (Turning 25 in 2016) With an impressive ensemble cast that includes Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Emma Thompson, Ian McKellen, Ewan McGregor and Stanley Tucci, Disney’s live action reimagining of the classic, Beauty and The Beast, is set to be one of the film highlights of 2017. However, as excited as we are too see if this take on the classic will be as impressive as recent releases like Maleficent, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, the original film from 1991 is still one of the best Disney flicks ever released and thankfully GFF are giving us another excuse to celebrate the tale as old as time with a special screening marking the 25th anniversary of the original film. The whole family is welcome to the anniversary screening on 28 February at Trades Hall and to the pre-screening dance workshop for children. Fancy dress is encouraged, so be our guest! Roald Dahl’s Centenary / Matilda (Turning 20 in 2016) Tremendous things are in store for you as
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The Silence of the Lambs turns 25
GFF celebrates Roald Dahl’s centenary with the ‘Happy Birthday Mr Dahl’ event, involving special screenings of Fantastic Mr. Fox and Matilda at Kinning Park Complex, which young film lovers can help transform into a Dahl-world with themed artist workshops before the films. Wes Anderson’s brilliant stop motion animation, Fantastic Mr. Fox, is up first with workshops at 1130 and the screening at 1230. Following this is an autism friendly, special anniversary screening at 1530 of Matilda, the story of the tiny girl with big powers, in celebration of the film adaptation of one of the most beloved Roald Dahl novels turning 20 in 2016. The Silence of The Lambs (Turning 25 in 2016) Watching The Silence of The Lambs on the couch, even with a light on, leaves us feeling jumpy for the rest of the night. It’s one of the
most powerful and heart stopping thrillers ever made, so the thought of watching it at the Kelvingrove Museum, late at night, with live organ music is both terrifying and bloody brilliant (no pun intended) – it’ll be one of the eeriest and best nights of the full film festival. The special screening, at 2300 on 20 February, is in honour of the 25th anniversary of the film, based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel of the same name. Said to be Jodie Fosters ‘favourite ever’ character to play and Anthony Hopkins’ definitive role, these two made the film what it is and it’ll be amazing to see in such a special setting. Other special anniversary films in the 2016 Glasgow Film Festival programme: Aliens (1986), 1986), Carrie (1976), Network (1976), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981), Top Gun (1986), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976).
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Where You’re Meant to Be world premier at Glasgow Film Festival 2016
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HERE’S HOW... FUTURE FEATURE: Paul Fegan The premiere of Where You’re Meant to Be – a feature length documentary following musician Aidan Moffat as he gigs across Scotland and decides to rewrite his country’s oldest songs – is one of the most anticipated events in this year’s Glasgow Film Festival programme, as it’s screening marks the first time Glasgow’s legendary Barrowland Ballroom has been used as a cinema.
Ahead of the release of the documentary, we spoke with film-maker Paul Fegan to discover more about his background in film, how he feels about Where You’re Meant to Be premiering at The Barrowland and his short and sweet advice for any aspiring filmmakers. COULD YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR BACKGROUND AND WHAT DREW YOU TO FILM-MAKING? My background was in music. I was a promoter for most of my career. I started out promoting in clubs, mainly the Sub Club around the mid 90s. I then coorganised a festival called Triptych and it was during the latter stages of that event that I became more interested in trying a more creative aspect to what I was doing. I bought a DSLR and started to teach myself film-making from what I could find out from online tutorials and advice from friends. DID YOU KNOW AT A YOUNG AGE YOU WANTED TO WORK IN THE FILM INDUSTRY? No I didn’t. I wanted to be lots of things. Never a film-maker. DID YOU STUDY FILM-MAKING OR A RELATED COURSE AT UNIVERSITY? No I didn’t. I’ve never been to university or college.
DO YOU THINK NOW IT IS NECESSARY TO HAVE A DEGREE TO WORK IN THE FILM INDUSTRY? I don’t think I am a good person to ask that question as I don’t really work ‘in’ the film industry. I work as an independent producer/director. I am also lucky to have really good people around me who have studied and pass on their knowledge when we work together. I work with a really good editor and cinematographer so they teach me lots as I go. I suppose I am studying on the job which I think might be the best place to learn. HOW DID YOU GET YOUR BREAK IN THE INDUSTRY? I am not sure if I have quite ‘broken through’ yet. My first work was music videos (not very good ones) with Belle and Sebastian and also Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat who I have collaborated with on my first feature documentary. The first short film I made was called Pouters, it won some awards so that felt like some kind of recognition for the previous years of hard work and learning something new.
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YOU SEEM VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT MAKING DOCUMENTARIES BASED HERE IN SCOTLAND, IS THIS SIMPLY BECAUSE IT’S THE COUNTRY YOU LIVE IN, SO YOU CAN FIND A LOT OF INSPIRATION HERE OR IS THERE ANOTHER REASON? There are a lots of reasons, mainly funding based, as to why I have only worked in Scotland. I’d like to think I could work in other places with characters from very different backgrounds than Scotland but I will need to wait and see if that is the case. I think certainly having lived in Scotland all my life it makes me more familiar with certain communities and that’s what I’ve focused on so far. HOW DOES IT FEEL TO HAVE YOUR DOCUMENTARY RELEASED DURING GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL? IT’S A FIRST FOR THE BARROWLANDS AS WELL TO BE SCREENING A FILM, HOW DID THAT COME ABOUT? Excited and very nervous. The Barrowland was just such an important part of the film’s story that it felt like a really great place to do it. At its heart the film is about passing culture and Barrowland has been an important part of Scottish socialising and music culture for over 80 years. Now it’s a tiny part of Scottish film culture as this will be its first ever film screening. YOU WON THE GLASGOW SHORT FILM AWARD IN 2013 WHAT OTHER
ACHIEVEMENTS ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF? Finishing this film! It’s been a three year slog and at times I thought we were just going to run out of money and it wouldn’t be finished. WHAT AMBITIONS DO YOU HAVE FOR THE FUTURE, ARE THERE ANY SUBJECTS YOU HAVE IN MIND THAT YOU’D LIKE TO EXPLORE IN ANOTHER DOCUMENTARY? I have another documentary idea in mind. It’s music related also but it’s very much an acorn of an idea at the moment. WHAT CAN VIEWERS EXPECT FROM YOUR DOCUMENTARY WHERE YOU’RE MEANT TO BE? It’s a funny wee film about music and death. YOU ALSO HAVE A DOCUMENTARY PREMIERING IN THE SUMMER, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE MORE ABOUT THAT AND CAN WE EXPECT ANYTHING ELSE FROM YOU THIS YEAR? Later Love is the story of finding love in a OAP tea dance where divorced and widowed people go to meet up. IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO AN ASPIRING FILM-MAKER WHAT WOULD IT BE? Work hard and be nice to people.
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Rape Crisis Glasgow The 2010 study ‘Hidden Marks’, carried out by the NUS showed that 1 in 7 students were affected by sexual violence. With fewer than half of Britain’s Universities monitoring the extent of sexual violence against students within their own institutions, it is unclear whether this figure is close to a true reflection of the prevalence of sexual violence on campus. The NUS launched the #StandByMe campaign in November 2015 to demand that outmoded guidelines are overhauled to protect survivors
of sexual violence on campus. They are calling for a consultation which listens to the student movement and to specialist services such as Rape Crisis centres, in order to develop new reporting and disciplinary guidelines and survivor support. Glasgow Rape Crisis Centre offers a range of services to survivors of all forms of sexual violence and abuse. If you live in Glasgow, Renfrewshire, East Renfrewshire, East Dunbartonshire or Inverclyde you can access their service.
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experienced rape or sexual assault at any time in their lives and who want to report to the police. We can support the survivor through the process from reporting to going to court. I DO SEX WORK AND I’VE HEARD THAT I WON’T BE ABLE TO GET SUPPORT FROM RAPE CRISIS… We’re sorry that you’ve been given the wrong information. We have offered support services to women involved in prostitution since we began our service in 1976 and have even had specialised services for this work. All women who are survivors of sexual violence can use our service. We will never demand that a woman leaves prostitution before she can get support from us – in fact we will never ask a woman to disclose more than she feels comfortable with. I’M A TRANSGENDER WOMAN BUT I WAS ABUSED WHEN I WAS A CHILD – A SMALL BOY. CAN I GET SUPPORT? Yes, we support all survivors who identify as women no matter when they were raped or sexually abused. We offer all survivors a safe space to speak about their abuse and never demand more information or details that they feel comfortable giving us.
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GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVAL IS BACK FOR 14TH YEAR
This March Glasgow will be graced with the humour of a variety of entertaining comedians. Between the 10-27 March acts ranging from Frankie Boyle to Dylan Moran will be gracing stages across the town. Glasgow’s International Comedy Festival is running for the 14th consecutive year and since its inception in 2002 it has hosted hundreds of comedians. This year there will be 420 shows across 42 events within the month of March. There are over 109,000 tickets for sale so you better get your paws on one soon. Most tickets can be obtained for under £20 on the official Glasgow International Comedy Festival website. The festival that lasts 18 days will be held
in various venues such as Yes Bar, Mansion House and the Citizens Theatre among many other arenas. The critically acclaimed and outlandishly controversial Frankie Boyle is the main attraction for comedy connoisseurs. He will be performing at the Clyde Auditoriums, initially only scheduled for two dates it has been extended to three due to the sheer popularity of the Scottish born comedian. Additional household names that will headline the event consist of Reginald D Hunter, Mark Watson and Jenny Éclair. Furthermore Ardal O’Hanlon, Adam Hills and Bridget Christie will be among the headline acts. Reginald D Hunter is best known for
8 Out of Ten Cats and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, both prime time television shows that demonstrate UK comedy at its finest. He is considered a brutally honest comedian as he covers issues such as racism and sexism. Mark Watson is an award winning comedian who managed to fill the void left from Frankie Boyle’s departure from Mock the Week. Jenny Éclair is best known for her pessimistic and grumpy take on life. She enjoys nit picking middle aged citizens and young people as she will joke about anything that amuses her. Crowd hecklers beware. Ardal O’Hanlon made his humorous impact on television in the mid-90s with his portrayal of Father Dougal McGuire. The secondary protagonist on Father Ted was innocently hysterical and now you will be able to witness him perform in Glasgow. Since his rise to fame during the broadcast of Father Ted, he has established himself as an award winning comedian appearing at prestigious UK comedy event such as Live at the Apollo. Adam Hills is universally described by the media as the nicest man in comedy. Pay the festival a visit and you will be able to see him live and decide for yourself. Bridget Christie is an unorthodox comedian who hilariously roasts tory government officials like George Osborne, which pleases the millions.
The festival has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most prominent UK comedy events, as it has attracted international performers as well. Jena Friedman may not be known to you now but she will become more significant in US comedy in the coming months. She is undoubtedly funny and has written for Late Show with David Letterman. That is an incredibly achievement for any comedian or writer. Being able to write for a talk show legend gives her some credibility even though she is slightly unknown. She has written for publications such as Vice and Wall Street Journal and her style of humour is witty, punch and impactful. Although the festival is brilliant for bringing some of the biggest names in comedy to Glasgow, it also promotes new talent in the city, introducing us to some fine comedians. This year Christopher MacarthurBoyd, who was nominated for Best New Comedian and Best Newcomer in 2015, has his solo debut show ‘Sweetheart’ at The Hug and Pint on 17 March. This isn’t just an event solely for stand up entertainment as there will be kid’s shows, one man enactments and theatrical performances available to buy tickets for now. Events will be on every day and night during the March period. There’s always a high demand for tickets so select your preferred comedian and purchase some tickets, trust me you won’t regret it. by Billal Rahman billsblog2015.wordpress.com
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8 artforms, 5 venues, 500+ performances a year There’s always something on at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. The breadth and diversity of the talent on display at RCS is huge. With the opportunity to witness the next generation of rising stars, take a chance and go see something new. Under 26? Join our Tickets 26 scheme and come see any RCS show for just £5! Bargain!
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British Heart Foundation Winter Warmer Warm your heart this Valentine’s Day by running 5 or 10k with British Heart Foundation. The British Heart Foundation will be hosting a Winter Warmer on Sunday, February 14th in the beautiful Pollok Country Park in Glasgow. Are you prepared to walk, jog or run the length of your choice, and raise £50 for a good cause? Rope in your partner, friends or family and enjoy the beautiful scenery. If they’re not up for the run, then they can watch and cheer you on! For adults, entry is £15 and for under 18’s entry is just £5 (but under 16’s should be accompanied by an adult), but the British Heart Foundation asks for entrants to raise £50 in sponsorship, to help fight for every heartbeat. This Winter Warmer was originally meant to be hosted in November but due to flooding on the route, it was cancelled and moved to Valentine’s Day. Sponsorship from the Winter Warmer will go towards saving lives in Scotland. Every penny raised in sponsorship money from this event will go towards fighting cardiovascular disease which will kill 1,250 people this
month alone – and along with that, heart attacks will take 575 people’s lives. On the day, registration will open at 9am and will continues until 10:45 – there will be a warm up at 10:55, before the race actually starts at 11am, and ends at 1pm. Water will be available at start and finish points and snacks and hot drinks can be purchased at the coffee hut. If you don’t have plans for Valentine’s Day, this could be it – walk through the scenic park with your partner, your best friends, or your family. It’s for a good cause, and sounds like it’ll be a great day.
What’s On At The Royal Conservatoire Shakespeare, Cabaret and a special 10th anniversary are just some of the highlights of this season’s selection of performances at The Royal Conservatoire. This year marks the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death, so it’s no surprise there’s plenty of Bard-related performances featuring right across the 2015-2016 programme – from rock n’ roll Shakespeare musicals (Return to the Forbidden Planet, 11-14 May), to classical music and swinging Shakespearean Jazz (17 May), to an exhibition of Shakespearean photographs (April-May) and Shakespeareinspired dance. Of course some of Shakespeare’s plays are also included in the new season with Much Ado About Nothing on from 4-9 March and Hamlet running from 15-18 March. Aside from celebrating the works of Shakespeare, the Royal Conservatoire (RCS) has a wealth of other performances coming up over the next few months. From 12-17 March the musical theatre team will be showcasing their ‘dark and oppressive’ remake of Cabaret and on 17 March the RCS will host a Cabaret Fundraising Gala, welcoming guests to see the show and indulge at a special ‘Backstage Supper Club’. Proceeds raised from the event will support their building redevelopment campaign. The popular Hilary Rosin Coffee Concerts
return this season from 7-8 February and this season will focus on the works of Beethoven. Other musical events include a series of concerts dedicated to the talented pianist/accompanist Malcolm Martineau (broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 17 March, 2 June and 9 June), a cross-disciplinary piano festival featuring RCS keyboard students, modern ballet students and junior conservatoire musicians, and From the Cave to the Rave – the first concert of its kind in the UK which uses reconstructions of ancient instruments (9 April). A special highlight of the 2015-2016 season will be the 10th anniversary of Plug, RCS’s festival of new student work. This year, the four day festival kicks off on 3 May with Red Note Ensemble and the first screening of a new opera for film by Henry McPherson. Plug will also include The Composers Collective, Late Night Electro, Lucy Hollingworth’s The Poetess and Ensemble Modern does Plug. Tickets for all events are available from the Renfrew Street box office, online at rcs. ac.uk/boxoffice or on 0141 332 5057.
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What’s on at The Stand?
IAIN STIRLING TOUCHY FEELY The BBC talent spotted Iain Stirling performing stand up whilst he was studying law at Edinburgh University. This led to an audition in a room above a pub, then a job offer. After graciously waiting until he graduated, the Beeb then whisked him off to the bright shining lights of London. Several days after his arrival in 2009 he was on the telly presenting CBBC with his pup puppet sidekick, Hacker. Stirling resigned his post in 2013. Hacker is still employed. He’s since gone on to almost win a BAFTA,
appear on Russell Howard’s Good News and Drunk History. This year he is to embark on a UK tour of Touchy Feely, which premiered at The Fringe 2015 and incorporates religion, Mcdonald’s and politics. Ahead of Stirling’s gig in Glasgow at The Stand on 29 February we caught up with him for a quick chat about his presenting past, Scottish comedians and, of course, Making a Murderer. Catch him at The Stand Comedy Club Glasgow on 29th February.
YOU PRESENT THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK ON CBBC. WHAT’S IT LIKE TRANSITIONING FROM PERFORMING IN FRONT OF CHILDREN TO ADULTS? Well I started as a stand up, so I’ve always thought of it as the other way around. Preforming in front of kids is scarier because they never shout out through malice, which means when they say something isn’t funny they’re being horribly honest. Basically, I try and do pretty much the same approach for both but one is without the swearing. Funny’s funny at the end of the day. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE JOKE TO PERFORM? Whatever my newest one is. You can’t beat the rush of thinking up a new idea and getting a laugh from it. At the minute it’s the pointless nature of the FitBit but that could all change tomorrow. WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE SCOTTISH COMEDIAN ON THE CIRCUIT RIGHT NOW? Literally so many at the moment! Obviously Billy Connolly is the legend and Kevin Bridges is the new king but the Scottish circuit is great just now. Gareth Waugh and Gareth Mutch are great.
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Liam Withnail is English but lived in Edinburgh forever. Vladimir McTavish is a guy I’ve always looked up to. There are tons. If you’re in Scotland, get down to one of
the Stand Comedy Clubs and check out the talent. You won’t be disappointed. HOW MUCH DID YOU DRINK ON DRUNK HISTORY? DID YOU HAVE THE FEAR AFTERWARDS ABOUT BEING FILMED STEAMING? Man, so drunk! I had about 4 beers and an entire bottle of whisky. I normally hate watching myself on stuff but I think I’ll enjoy this because I genuinely have no memory of what I did or said. Should be interesting like. YOU TWEETED SEVERAL TIMES ABOUT MAKING A MURDERER. WHAT’S YOUR STANCE ON THE SITUATION? WHAT. A. QUESTION. Well I’m very much in two minds. If Avery did do it, I can imagine he could have convinced poor Brendan to get involved pretty easily. I feel so bad for that kid. I do think there is real weight behind the idea of it being a massive conspiracy. If someone wanted to frame him, the police would have certainly just followed the clues and not looked any deeper. The tampered vile of blood is still the thing that puts the whole thing into question in my opinion. And that brother who went hunting is very suspicious and was not looked at closely enough. But yeah my opinion changes with every article I read! Catch Iain Stirling at The Glasgow Stand Comedy Club on 29th February, and watch Making A Murderer on Netflix (if you haven’t already).
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WHAT SIGNIFICANCE DOES RADIO HAVE IN 2016? In a world were we spend each day increasingly engulfed by different forms of media on the Internet, television and podcasts on our phones, how many of us actually care about radio? For many, it may be the inane noise in the car or it could be your passion. World Radio Day, which takes place on 13 February, celebrates the concept of radio alongside such things as the role it plays in ‘times of emergency and disaster’ – which is the UNESCO theme for this years event. To further discuss radio, I was joined by City of Glasgow College radio lecturer Dan McCurdy, who gave some interesting insight into the platform. “I’m always reminded of a phrase that says ‘nobody listens to radio’, which was said
by somebody in Madison Avenue in America in the ‘60s but he said it about newspapers – ‘nobody reads newspapers’ which I think is entirely true, nobody listens to radio and nobody watches TV – the premise behind it is people do what interests them, and sometimes it’s they listen to radio. That’s all it is. “Nobody goes on Facebook, people go on Facebook because it interests them and that’s the only reason they do it. So as long as radio can be interesting to people, then people will keep listening, it’s just another medium.” Going on to speak about it’s use in the breaking of news in times of emergency, he made it clear that radio is still effective. “I think it’s at the forefront, it’s right up there at the top, you can’t get any more immediate than radio, you don’t need anything really, you don’t need specialist equipment, you don’t need expensive cameras, you just need a voice and you need somebody there and radio has to be the simplest method to get that from A to B really.” “You can phone a radio station up and give a report, it’s just such an easy medium to use that for broadcasting news, it’s got to be top of the list.” He also give some insight into how he got into the medium, useful advice for anyone wanting to follow suit. “A long time ago I finished a course at Napier University, I think it was advertising and marketing or commerce at the time because they didn’t have specific separate courses for so many different things and I just wrote a whole bunch of letters, about 40 letters, to all kinds of different places and I got two replies.
“One of them was from STV and they said ‘we haven’t got any jobs’ and one of them was from Radio Forth and they said ‘we have, come and talk to us’, so I went to see them and I was a sound engineer at the time, a sound engineer for bands and stuff like that, or it was called a roadie in those days, and I used to do that so I kind of knew my way round a mixing desk and they had a job in Radio Forth, so all I did was ask and it went from there.” He also had time to give some advice to students about extending your skills set. “Personally I think radio, you’re coming out of college, or you’re coming out of university as a student, it’s different, it changes all the time. I think you’ve got to be aware of how the changes are happening and I think radio, as I said, is just another medium. So I think it’s one of the skills you get, I think you become more socially aware, you get onto
social media, wherever that happens to be, you become familiar with newspapers, you become familiar with television, and maybe your skills can be broadcast on all those different mediums if you like.” “You know, it used to be you would go into a newspaper office, you’d join at 20 or 18 and you’d stay there until you were 60, that was my father’s generation. I didn’t do that and I think you’ll find your’s will be even more fragmented. So it’s good you have a lot of different skills like radio, TV, press, social media, internet, online journalism, all that kind of stuff, writing books, writing articles for all different places. The bigger your skills set, the more chances you have of just making some money to live on.” You can keep up to date on developments with World Radio Day at www. diamundialradio.org/?q=en/.
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PREGNANCY CHOICES IN GLASGOW Unplanned pregnancy: it’s sometimes not such an an easy thing to talk about to those closest to you. That’s where GPC come in, their fully trained volunteer advisers provide a listening and support service which is there for you if you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced an unplanned pregnancy.
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Everyone’s situation is different but you don’t have to deal with it alone. Nobody can explain the service better than those who’ve used it, this is what two of their clients have to say about the support they received.
You may remember me from last year when my Mum and I consulted you for some advice over my unplanned pregnancy. Sorry for taking so long to get back to you, however things have been chaotic since the birth of my beautiful baby girl. She arrived prematurely weighing just over 5 lbs. My partner and I are very proud parents and so thankful that we are blessed with such a lovely wee girl. Her grandparents and uncles are smitten with the new member of the family. Granny in particular was very proud to be alongside Dad at the birth. Both Mum and I would love to bring her up to meet all of you. Once again we are eternally grateful for the counsel you gave us during what was a very difficult time for all involved.’
You asked me to keep in touch and let you knew how I was. I apologise for not having done so sooner. I have returned to Canada and am finishing my Masters (as planned). I welcomed my daughter just before Christmas. She is a real treasure and I am desperately in love with her. I couldn’t be more proud or happy. I cannot imagine my life without her. So I just wanted to say a sincere thank you for taking the time to talk to me that day. You offered me unbiased support, at a time when I really needed it. I have attached a photo of my little angel for you.’
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When cupid shoots his arrows this February 14th you had better be looking your Valentine’s Day best! Get a shimmy down to Buchanan Galleries for the city’s best shopping and treat yourself to a stunning new dress, sexy heels, jaw-dropping jewels or a statement clutch... or why not spoil yourself with the whole package!
If your Valentine is romancing you with a candlelit dinner, classic elegance is your go-to style. Featuring your collar bone, back, legs or décolletage will bring just enough allure to a poised and polished silhouette. For a super-chic look, go for the Palazzo long jumpsuit (£99.99) from the Mango Premium collection with flattering straps and plunging v-neck back for en-pointe wow-factor. Show your girly side with this waist-cinching Ted Baker gown (John Lewis, £299) featuring a classic cap-sleeve style fitted bodice and a voluminous floral skirt that conjures pure Audrey Hepburn class. Put your best strappyheel forward in this sparkling blush-pink embellished maxi dress (River Island, £120) with side split or work those feminine curves with pure va-va-voom in this Donna maxi dress (£160) from Phase Eight. Pure sculptural luxe in eye-popping cobalt blue, the sleek fabric is ruched to one side to dramatically accentuate curves in all the right places. Or let your legs do the talking in this floaty ruffled dress (Mango, £59.99) in beautiful mulberry for a look that’s cool, sophisticated and all woman. Phase Eight Donna maxi dress, £160
Finish the look with feminine accessories in the season’s must-have nude and rose gold tones. Our hearts melted for these sky-high cage heels with metallic front strap (£40) from River Island, this Elize Pave cuff bracelet (£15) and hardcase nude and gold clutch (£25) both from Accessorize. Grab a lip colour that won’t kiss off – we love this Bobbi Brown long-wear art stick trio (John Lewis, £42) featuring Bobbi’s signature red – Harlow Red – and the new limited edition Brown Berry for understated glamour. Finally, add a stunning lingerie piece such as this lace halterneck body (£19.99) from H&M for no one else but you. Happy Valentine’s Day. River Island black sparkly open back body-con dress, £42 JOY Lavish Alice open sleeve structured playsuit, £56
Accessorize hardcase clutch bag, £25 Mango lace dress, £49.99
Mango Premium Palazzo long jumpsuit, £99.99
Accessorize Elize Pave stone cuff bracelet, £15
River Island bead embellished maxi dress in light pink, £120
If a night of dancing is on the cards make a bee-line for a sexy or playful number that will have your lover’s head turning from hello until goodnight! Make it an LBD or go bold with an eye–catching pop of colour… fringes, frills, sparkles and detailing a must! Tick both ‘sexy’ and ‘ultra comfortable’ in this embellished body-con style black sparkler (River Island, £42) with elegant open back and cross-strap feature. Shake what yo’ mamma gave you in this superfun sequined skirt (H&M, £29.99) or knock the competition dead with this Lavish Alice playsuit (JOY, £56). Combining the season’s hottest onepiece trend, it rocks a shade of red that Saint Valentine himself would approve of! Channel your inner Lady in ultra-feminine lace – our pick is this black number from Mango (£49.99) with layers that will float with you across the floor! And, if you really want to set you Valentine’s heart racing, H&M’s full length black-sequined backless gown (£49.99) with thigh-high front split is sure to release the Goddess within.
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Obviously the financial collapse of 2008 isn’t a funny matter, it was horrendous and as pointed out in The Big Short ‘eight million people lost their jobs’ (in the USA). However, this film is seriously riveting, entertaining and hilarious. It also handily explains everything in simple terms – notably with Margot Robbie chatting about sub-prime mortgages, in a bubble bath.
We watched in awe as the miners were rescued in 2010 and those same feelings returned watching The 33 – what an amazing survival story full of suspense and inspiration. If you only remember the basic details of the story, this is a must see.
After years of speculation and hope Deadpool is finally getting his very own movie! This February, the maverick mercenary will be in theatres nationwide. The film is about the mercenary Wade Wilson who, after being subjected to experimentation, develops regeneration and becomes the anti-hero Deadpool. Rude, crude and lewd he will stop at nothing to get revenge. Well, he might for some chimichangas. Deadpool is one of the most popular Marvel characters, if you have ever been to a comic convention chances are you would have seen at least five Deadpool cosplayers. Fans have been hoping for Deadpool to hit the big screen for years, however his portrayal in X-men Origins left many fans furious. It was only a matter of time before the merc with the mouth hit the silver screen, considering that his popularity has been growing rapidly over the past few years. He even got his very own video game back in 2013, which only boosted his popularity.
Fox have been going back and forth on whether or not to make this film for 11 years. It was the fan’s reaction to the leaked test footage a few years back that was the final push into making the film. Speaking of which, the test footage was filmed in 2012 in an attempt to get Fox to greenlight the project. After the studio heard fans enthusiastically cry for the film the project was greenlighted within 24 hours. One of the biggest advocates for this film was none other than Ryan Reynolds himself, the actor who brought Deadpool to life in the X-Men Origins movie. Even he hated how Deadpool was portrayed. After years of pestering Fox, when he saw the suit made for the film he burst into tears. Discussing what appealed to him about the character, Reynolds said: “In the comic book world, Deadpool is a man of our time with the ability to spout just the right thing, in terms of a pop culture reference, at the worst possible moment, that’s what makes him interesting to me and also makes him sort of limitless.” Director Tim Miller said: “Deadpool is nothing less than the greatest story ever told – with guns and swords,” he jokes. “It’s also very self-aware; Deadpool knows he’s in a comic book and he even knows he’s in a movie. He breaks the fourth wall and talks to the audience. Sometimes he’s mean to the audience, but they deserve it! I like to think of him as the regenerating degenerate.” Many fans were nervous that it would receive a PG-13 (12) rating, meaning that it would be rather censored version of Deadpool. However, he has been given an R rating (15) to the delight of fans. This means we get all the blood and profanity that the comics deliver. If there is an award for best marketing, the Deadpool team needs to win it. With hilarious slogans, clever emoji billboards and short videos encouraging people to check for early signs of cancer, while still in character, it is by far the most impressive marketing I have seen for anything. These adverts are nothing less of genius. Not only are these PSAs informative but I challenge you to name another movie that did so much to boost awareness for something like cancer. Sure, you get celebrities promoting charities but this takes it to another level. I can’t wait for this film. I have been replaying the game, catching up in the comics and by Megan Peoples eating a lot of Mexican food in Twitter: @Donniefangirl4 preparation for it.
A THOUSAND NAKED STRANGERS
THE GIRL IN THE RED COAT
WHEN BREATH BECOMES AIR
It’s natural to feel wary when a movie comes along attempting to resurrect the Rocky story, considering the many that have tried and failed, but Creed is hugely surprising, absorbing and satisfying. It’s a brilliant boxing movie in its own right.
Although a memoir might not typically be the type of book you find yourself up all night reading, Kevin Hazard’s intense tales of his time spent as a paramedic in Atlanta is gripping and will have you hooked. We were desperate to read more of his insane stories: from car crashes, to babies arriving way too early and a man nailed to a wall.
It must be every parent’s worst nightmare – your child goes missing and you have no idea what has happened or who has taken them. And whilst this does usually make a great premise for a book, we loved that this time the mystery is told from the child’s vulnerable and honest perspective.
At just 36, having almost completed ten years of training to become a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. When Breath Becomes Air is a ‘profoundly moving’ must-read and serves as a guide on understanding mortality.
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Concussion When Dr. Bennet Omalu started to review the brain activity of National Football League (NFL) players, he made a startling discovery. Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, as he called it, could be seen in the brains of two NFL stars and he knew that if he did not act quickly, this could be the evil that destroyed the sport forever. Sadly, the NFL stood against him, denying that such a condition could exist, fearing for the impact it could have on the sport as a business. Omalu is disgusted by the immorality of such a stance and decides to take on this sporting heavyweight in the pursuit of truth. This shocking tale is based on the remarkable true story of the forensic pathologist and neuropathologist, Dr. Bennet Omalu, and the struggle he faced when the NFL stood in his way. Starring Academy Award-nominated Will Smith (The Pursuit of Happyness) as Bennet Omalu and Alec Baldwin (Still Alice) and Albert Brooks (A Most Violent Year) as the men who oppose him, Concussion is a powerful sports drama telling the story of one man and the startling discovery that changed the face of American football forever. Concussion is in UK cinemas 12 February.
Pride and Prejudice
and Zombies Yes, that’s right! You read that correctly. Lily James battles the undead in this mash-up of Jane Austen and zombie fiction. It’s Regency England, but not as we know it. In this alternate universe, the Black Plague has caused the dead to rise from their graves. So finding a suitable husband is hardly uppermost in the minds of Elizabeth Bennet (Lily James) and her feisty sisters. Instead, they’ve been trained in armed combat since childhood to take on the ravening zombie hordes. Now Elizabeth joins forces with Mr. Darcy (Sam Riley) on the battlefield, where they find love while dispatching the undead. Adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s bestselling parody of Jane Austen’s much-loved novel, this thrill-packed action-horror supercharges Austen’s exploration of manners and morality with lashings of martial arts zombie-slaying mayhem! The cast includes Game of Thrones stars Charles Dance and Lena Headey, alongside Lily James’s real-life beau, Matt Smith, who plays Mr. Collins. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is in UK cinemas 11 February.
MOVIES OF THE
The Finest Hours
The Finest Hours is the remarkable true story of the greatest small boat rescue in Coast Guard history. On February 18, 1952, a massive nor’easter struck New England, pummeling towns along the Eastern seaboard and wreaking havoc on the ships caught in its deadly path, including the SS Pendleton, a T-2 oil tanker bound for Boston, which was literally ripped in half, trapping more than 30 sailors inside its rapidly-sinking stern. As the senior officer on board, first assistant engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) soon realizes it is up to him to take charge of the frightened crew and inspire the men to set aside their differences and work together to ride out one of the worst storms to ever hit the East Coast. Meanwhile, as word of the disaster reaches the U.S. Coast Guard station in Chatham, Massachusetts, Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana) orders a daring operation to rescue the stranded men. Despite overwhelming odds, four men, led by Coast Guard Captain Bernie Webber (Chris Pine), set out in a wooden lifeboat with an ill-equipped engine and little, if any, means of navigation, facing frigid temperatures, 60-foot high waves and hurricane-force winds. The Finest Hours is in UK cinemas 12 February.
Dim male model Derek Zoolander is back in Ben Stiller’s side-splitting sequel to his comedy classic. Fifteen years have passed since pouty Derek Zoolander bestrode the world like a colossus as the world’s greatest male fashion model. Today, Derek and his catwalk rival-turned-friend Hansel (Owen Wilson) find themselves cruelly dismissed as old and irrelevant. But then someone starts murdering the world’s most beautiful people, who are all found sporting Derek’s iconic Blue Steel look. Baffled Interpol Fashion Division agent Valentina (Penelope Cruz) recruits our heroes to go undercover in the world of high fashion. Delighted to find themselves back in the game, Derek and Hansel soon find that all roads lead to their old foe, Mugatu (Will Ferrell). Ben Stiller’s long-awaited sequel to his much-loved fashion industry satire includes a host of great star cameos, from Benedict Cumberbatch to Justin Bieber. Zoolander 2 is in UK cinemas 12 February.
From a young age, Sara (Natalie Dormer) and her twin sister Jess had a bond so strong, they could always sense one another’s feelings, even when apart. When Jess suddenly disappears in Japan, Sara senses her pain and embarks on a trip to find her, only to learn she may well be in the notorious Aokigahara Forest. Commonly known as a place where the lost go to end their lives, it is also nicknamed ‘Suicide Forest’, with many believing that their spirits never rest and roam the sprawling woods as angry souls for eternity. Ignoring the warnings of locals, Sara enters the forest and immediately discovers clues that start to unravel the terrifying truth. With the chances of finding Jess alive becoming slim, Sara begins to wonder if she herself will escape the forest with her life. The Forest is in UK cinemas on 26 February. The UK premiere will also take place at Glasgow’s Film Festival on 25 February.
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THE RESURGENCE OF WESTERNS IN MODERN CINEMA Michael Fassbender. They both put in a great performance showing all ranges of emotion as they learn to trust each other, share experiences with one another and develop as characters throughout the story. It’s a slow burner but the story builds up to an amazing climax. So do you want to know if our hopeless romantic Scotsman gets his girl? You can find out on Netflix!
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Everyone has probably heard one of their grandparents talk about the Hollywood greats like Alfred Hitchcock, Clark Cable or Charles Bronson. They are amongst a few of the names who built Hollywood to the powerhouse of film that it is today. However, the rise of Hollywood came through one era which changed movies forever – Westerns. The Western Era was most popular during the 1960’s and the biggest name in that period was of course Clint Eastwood, he starred in the most famous western ever made, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. When you think of any form of Cowboy whether he’s the heroic sheriff or a dirty outlaw we all think of Clint. Recently though westerns have been
making a comeback, with stars such as Brad Pitt, Leonardo Di Caprio and Michael Fassbender taking on the rolls. Obviously with big names involved in such projects, they’re certain to get attention. So here’s a round-up of some of the westerns that’ve been released this past decade: SLOW WEST (2015) Slow West is the story of a young Scottish boy who has ventured from his homeland across the Atlantic in the name of love. He is making his way west across America when he stumbles upon an outlaw who offers to be his guide across country, claiming he wouldn’t survive another day. This movie stars Kodi Smit-McPhee and
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THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD (2007) This is probably one of the most unique Westerns out there – it’s very slow, with little to no action in it and it’s built up through intense dialogue and storytelling. It’s a modern day masterpiece. It stars Brad Pitt who plays the famous outlaw James himself. Also Casey Affleck, the younger brother of Ben, plays the coward Robert Ford. The story is centred on Robert and how he joins James’ group of outlaws, he’s idolised James from childhood but slowly grows to resent him. It’s no spoiler what the ending will be is it? As it’s basically in the title. However don’t let that put you off, the script is absolutely genius and will have you totally on the edge of your seat. BONE TOMAHAWK (2015) This is an absolute gem for me, probably because it wasn’t a cinematic release – so I didn’t expect it to be special. But when I watched it I was amazed. It has quite a few familiar names: Kurt Russell (who was the biggest badass of the 80’s), Matthew Fox, Patrick Wilson and David Arquette. This movie is a good mix as it merges the genres of western and horror. This film is about cannibals, yes cannibals in the Wild West. They kidnap the deputy sheriff and the town doctor, so the sheriff assembles a crew to undergo a rescue mission. This is also a slow burner but the genius thing about this flick is that it shows the complete brutality of the Wild West – how camping under the stars can end with your throat being slit. THE REVENANT (2015) Released early last month, this Alejandro González Iñárritu-directed epic Western racked up a staggering twelve Oscar nominations, including: Best Picture, Best Actor and Best Director. This has easily been the most anticipated film of the year with Leonardo Di Caprio being tipped for his first Oscar for his role in the revenge fuelled story. It follows fur trapper Hugh Glass (Di Caprio) who is on tour with the Louisiana Purchase, he is the most experienced trapper in the company. His life changes forever when he is mauled by a bear and is left with wounds to be believed fatal. Two other trappers have to stay with him till the end because the Arikara tribe is hot on their tales, if they are caught they are killed. Fitzgerald (Hardy), who is a vile murderer, opts to stay with Glass for payment alongside Glass’ son Hawk and another young trapper Bridger. Fitzgerald tries to kill Glass and is caught by Hawk, he then stabs him to death as Glass watches helplessly. He
then tricks Bridger into thinking the Arikara are near and buries Glass alive and leaving him for dead with nothing but water. We then follow Glasses journey hundreds of miles across country for revenge. I’d say this is the most visually stunning movie of all time, Iñárritu’s camera work is genius and this shows through the scenery and visual effects. It’s weird but there’s something beautiful about blood and snow being in the same shot. HATEFUL 8 (2015) This is Quentin Tarantino’s most recent work, it tells the story of eight people stuck in a cabin during a blizzard. If you’ve watched a Tarantino movie, you’ll know that shit is bound to hit the fan. The movie stars a lot of his old dynasty – we see the returns of big names such as Samuel L Jackson, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. They’re joined by other names who are big in Hollywood such as Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum and Walton Goggins. Anyway, it’s a traditional Tarantino movie, immersed with a lot of dialogue, a theatrical soundtrack and a lot of uses of the N word. Our old QT also has a message based on today’s society, like he does in all his films. Ohhh, I also forgot to mention the deaths as well, if you’re expecting to sit down and watch a Tarantino movie without someone’s head being blown off then don’t count your chickens! THE PROPOSITION (2004) Now this is a modern classic, some people even consider it to be the greatest western of the modern era. It stars a few names you may have heard of such as Guy Pearce, Ray Winstone, John Hurt and Emily Watson. It’s a movie full of twists and turns with an unusual plot where we see one outlaw face his inner demons in order to do the right thing. The Sheriff capture’s two brothers who are outlaws. One is offered a proposition to hunt down and kill his older brother, or watch his younger brother face the noose. This is a movie that has it all; gun fights, an amazing script and drama – the makings of a good western. Even writing about it is making me wanting to watch it right now. It truly is a masterpiece. DJANGO UNCHAINED (2012) This is probably my favourite western of all time, it’s also by my favourite director of all time so I may be biased. It stars a few household names; Jamie Foxx plays Django (by the title I’m hoping you can guess he’s the lead), Christoph Waltz and Leonardo Di Caprio. The story centres on a slave who makes a deal with a bounty hunter to become his new partner throughout the winter, in exchange the bounty hunter will help him get his wife back. Django Unchained has everything – lots of gore, an immersive script and the best gun fight you’ll ever see in a western. Not only is the action on screen fantastic the soundtrack is also amazing. The director has boldly mixed rap music and cowboys, have you ever heard anything like it? Hearing Rick Ross free-styling during a gun fight is quite simply remarkable. That’s why Django has a special place in my heart.
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THE NOMINATIONS ARE IN... AND EVERYONES GOT SOMETHING TO SAY It’s a great year to be a white actor apparently, as you have a marginally higher chance to receive an Oscar nomination than anyone of another race; unless you are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who is of course the Mexican director who won the award for ‘best director’ last year and is now nominated once again. Yes, the Academy may have done some awful snubbing, as for the second year in a row all 20 Oscar acting nominees are white. However, it’s important to question Hollywood as a whole. Why does it not cast far more black or actors of another ethnicity in its films? You only need to look at 2014’s Exodus: Gods and Kings to realise that the entire Egyptian population was snubbed but no one batted an eyelid. However, this is just my take on the situation; don’t hate the player, hate the game. The show must go on! and our first category of controversy (but for the right reasons of art being shafted) is best picture! Wait I don’t see Sicario or Straight Outta Compton on this list. The Martian is for comedy though? Oh yes that’s an absolute classic comedy; who even gets to categorise films these days? It was a drama with lots of comedic elements but by no means do I sit at night with friends thinking, “You know what is going to split your sides chaps? The Martian!” and they would reply in kind, “Oh yes old boy that is a right old giggle, I haven’t laughed so much since I heard Ricky Gervais’s Caitlyn Jenner joke at the Golden Globes!” Still, the other contenders are also a mixed bag, The Martian doesn’t deserve all the flack. Bridge of Spies is a well performed drama but if you have seen any other Spielberg film then you’ve probably already seen this a hundred times over – spotlights everywhere, a good old cheesy ending. Yuck. The Revenant, while beautifully shot and acted, is overrated to hell, Brooklyn is a beautiful film but nothing screams ‘best picture nominee’ and Room is fantastic but still I question the ‘best picture’ validity of it other than it feels like straight up Oscar bait. Now The Big Short, Spotlight and Mad Max: Fury Road all are in with the best chance of winning in my non bias eyes. Mad Max is true unblemished by CGI, raw film-making at its finest. A true test of director and crew which pays off to become one of the greatest action films of the past century. The Big Short caught me off guard. What would have been a boring subject matter was turned into a well constructed comedy with the human element and emotional drive still present, helped along by its all star cast. To make a movie like this engaging, funny and emotional is one hell of a skill that I argue very few could
accomplish. Props to this movie! Finally, Spotlight doesn’t need any more of an applause. From start to finish the real life story of the journalistic team ‘Spotlight’ will have you both furious and perhaps grow a degree of respect for journalists that you never thought would be quite possible. A film that leaves you thinking about it for days after you have left the cinema. The next big category is ‘Actor in a leading role’. Again I want to scrap these nominees and start again. There are some deserving of their award though. Bryan Cranston as ever comes as no surprise on this list as his performance as the infamous screenwriter Trumbo steals every scene he is in. Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl should come as no surprise either as he has had to play the role of someone who is truly a female but imprisoned in a male body. A performance that had many in tears which is a rare occurrence nowadays. Matt Damon should not be here. There seems to be a love of pushing The Martian on us this year. His performance was good but by no means was it groundbreaking or one of a kind, you could replace him with Ben Affleck and nothing would have been lost. Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs was a great performance but there is no emotional drive to the character. You don’t feel bad or happy for him by the end as he is just a bit of a dick. Perhaps this is an issue with the film and subject matter, not the performance, but regardless there should always be some development to a character and here was lacking. Ah good old Leo. The poor fellow has been giving it his all for years just to be overlooked constantly. Maybe this year will be his. Sadly, I am going to say this is not the performance he should get it for. While he acted great in The Revenant it is not his best performance and for the majority of the film he crawls about and uses an array of facial expression to show pain or anguish. Nothing else really comes of it. Sorry Leo, you should have got it for The Wolf of Wall Street. The choice for best actress this year is a vast improvement over their male counterparts. Cate Blanchett for Carol, Brie Larson in Room, Jennifer Lawrence in Joy, Charlotte Rampling in 45 Years and Saoirse Ronan in Brooklyn. While I must confess as I write this, I have only seen one film on this list which was Joy, the women in this category are all stellar actresses and having watched what I can of each one for the purpose of writing this, the standout performances both come from Brie Larson and Cate Blanchett. I don’t think anyone expected Brie
Larson to perform as beautifully as she did in Room but the best surprises come from those that we do not already anticipate. Jennifer Lawrence is a funny one. While her performance in Joy was the good powerful head-strong female we expect of Jen by now, it feels like we have seen it before. A cross between Katniss and Rosalyn Rosenfeld from American Hustle without the crazy of course. Been there done that. Still, it was a good performance, again as a previous example with Fassbender, I blame the substance more than the actor. What is a movie without a standout supporting actor? Well a whole lot less than you might think it is. Let’s get to it. Christian Bale was great in The Big Short as socially inept Michael Burry. While not on screen for long, his performance is just great and highly enjoyable to watch, especially when he makes others squirm of awkwardness! Tom Hardy was great in The Revenant as frontiersman Fitzgerald. His accent does make him a little difficult to understand at times, more so than his one from Mad Max. Sylvester Stallone was one massive twist of this year. Who would have thought that Rocky with an ever growing grunting voice would turn out to be the man to make me weep man tears from my manly eyes as I watched the man himself Stallone. Damn he was great, if I were to pick, he would be it for this category. Mark Ruffalo was great in Spotlight nothing much more to be said on it though. Lastly Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies was excellent. Superbly acted but limited screen time makes it hard for me to see where the nomination comes from. Benecio Del Toro for his performance in Sicario should have definitely been here, snubs anyone? Best supporting actress has a nice mix to it. Jennifer Jason Leigh was great in The Hateful Eight but again, another choice that feels strangely unjustified. A fine performance but nothing that gives me the wow factor. Rooney Mara is still slowly proving herself to be an actress to watch out for as her performance in Carol alongside Blanchett definitely has given the rest of the contenders a run for their money. Rachael McAdams is becoming one of my more beloved smaller actresses to look out for. All of her performances have been great and only now has the academy taken notice of her work in Spotlight. Could it be the year of the small timers? Alicia Vikander has given it her all in The Danish Girl. Arguably making it more her movie than Redmayne’s, she steals the spotlight and the emotional points of the film truly come from her relationship
interaction with Redmayne. I had no idea Kate Winslet was in Steve Jobs until now, even having seen the film a few months back. A fantastic performance as the right hand woman who kept the most difficult man in the world to deal with at the time on track and in his place. Last of the big ones comes best director, ultimately the people who craft the film from space dust. Adam McKay for The Big Short, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for The Revenant, George Miller for Mad Max: Fury Road, Lenny Abrahamson for Room and Tom McCarthy for Spotlight. A great line up though Denis Villeneuve for Sicario should also be here. I will push that movie until I get to my grave because it has been an overlooked treasure of the last year. If I were a betting man, which I am, my money would be on The Revenant though if I were to pick for a film based on performance and craftsmanship then Mad Max and The Big Short would both battle it out head to head for first place. Only my opinion though. The smaller categories all have their own array of interesting choices. Some I would leave out entirely, others I would have added onto them. Let’s be entirely honest though, we know it will be nothing short of a miracle if The Revenant doesn’t snap up most of the awards. Personally if you were to ask me what actor I felt was the biggest snub of the year though, it has to be that handsome lump of a grizzly from the film. #bearboycott? For the full list of nominees and to make up your own views on political correctness and snubbing, visit www.oscar. go.com
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It’s no great secret that Scotland’s music scene is a thing to be proud of. So we here at TSA have teamed up with Glasgow’s very own New Hellfire Club to bring you a monthly pick of who we think are doing epically well right now. Keep your eyes out for these up and coming bands. This is TSA and New Hellfire Club’s ‘Pick of the Month’.
MEDIA WHORES, WE ARE HAPPY AS HELL TO GET YOU HERE FOR PICK OF THE MONTH, YOU’VE CERTAINLY BEEN ON OUR RADAR FOR IT FOR SOME TIME NOW. TELL US A WEE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF THEN, HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN TOGETHER, AND HOW DID YOU ALL MEET? We are; Craig A – vocals, lyrics and rhythm guitar. Doog G Mack V – Bass guitar and backing vocals. Jimbo MacKellar – Lead guitar and backing vocals. Andy Russell – the drums Craig – So are we and thanks for picking us. The Media Whores are a four piece alternative rock and roll band from Scotland. Three whores from the Central belt and one whore from the cultural capital that is Glasgow. I have known Doogie Mack V since we were at high school and we have been lifelong friends. Doogie introduced me to Jimbo when they both were in Fire Exit in 2008 and Andy came on board in 2015 through our mutual friends from the excellent No Love Lost.
SO WE NEED TO ASK RIGHT OFF THE BAT THEN, TELL US ABOUT THE NAME! WE ALSO NOTICED TROUBLE PROMOTING SOME THINGS ONLINE WITH YOUR NAME ON THE IMAGE, HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED ANY PROBLEMS LIKE THAT BEFORE YOURSELF? Craig – Yeah, ironic. Mainstream DJ’s can’t say whore on the radio but will happily prostitute themselves from 9 to 5 playing insipid sexually explicit manufactured pop rubbish. I suppose in a way Sex Pistols caused a stooshie with their name, and in a similar way I think Media Whores is memorable and fundamentally has no sexual undertones whatsoever. The English dictionary definition is actually: “A person who craves media attention;
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someone who will apparently do anything to remain in the media spotlight and a person who attempts to transfer or transfers from one entertainment industry to another based only on prior popularity and not necessarily legitimate talent”.
Media Whores is not derogatory in any sense and has nothing whatsoever with loose sexual morals. We love and respect women. We are regularly featured on the underground radio stations and internet stations all over Europe, America and Australia anyway. They are not strangled by the music svengalis and profit merchants and have the freedom to search out and promote real music and real artists. Mainstream radio is centrally controlled and pushes product down the throat of the spoon fed and is critically risk averse. Discerning, real music lovers will find Media Whores because they want to hear fresh proper music, with attitude, high energy and something relevant to say, not ooh ooh baby and all that nonsense. YOU GUYS HAVE DONE SOME EXCITING GIGS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, WHAT’S THE CONSENSUS ON THE BEST OF THE BUNCH THEN, AND WHY DO YOU REMEMBER THIS PARTICULAR GIG SO MUCH? Craig – Personally the headline supports at the sold out Liquid Room shows in 2015 with the Damned and with Stiff Little Fingers were exceptionally enjoyable. Captain Sensible even introduced us on stage saying ‘catchy tunes with a great take on politics’. Some of our work with the ideologically sound NHC has been excellent, our Scottish Critical Political promotional tour was also excellent for us in 2015 and raised our profile significantly and also raised funds and food for the Food Bank movement and mental health charities
– we had a good day at Falkirk mental health centre handing over cash and a nice thank you from the foodbank! Our tours with 999, Penetration, Dictators NYC, Eddie and the Hot Rods, Chelsea and Ruts DC were also hugely enjoyable as were the London shows on the English tour to promote the Critical Political EP. SO WE ASK EVERYONE WHEN WE INTERVIEW THEN, AS WE ARE ALWAYS GENUINELY INTERESTED IN THE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY, FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE IS THE BEST VENUE IN GLASGOW? IS THERE ANY OTHERS OUT-WITH GLASGOW THAT YOU HAVE PLAYED THAT DEMAND A SPECIAL MENTION HERE TOO? Craig – I like Broadcast, King Tuts and the Barrowlands. I think the best sound has been in ABC2 (the Apollo was the best though). Liquid Rooms in Edinburgh and Cafe Drummond in Aberdeen are not too shabby. Doogie – The Barras will always be the best venue in Glasgow, since the Apollo, but we have not played it yet, so ABC2 would be the best in Glasgow so far that we have played, Broadcast has been good also. YOU’VE WORKED WITH A LOT OF BANDS WE HAVE WORKED WITH OURSELVES IN THE PAST, WHO WOULD BE YOUR OWN PICK OF THE MONTH, IF YOU WERE FORCED TO CHOOSE ONLY ONE? (ALWAYS A HARD QUESTION THIS ONE!) Craig – Puzzlers for me, nice genuine helpful supportive guys with a good attitude and good tunes. Doogie – Some bands are better than others in musicianship and in the writing of songs, it’s always good to see and hear new bands building on whatever scene there is, we have played a few times with The Babylon Dub Punks from Edinburgh, good decent guys which all helps when playing together on a stage, they would be an interesting Pick of the Month. Jimbo – For uniqueness I’d go with Savage Cut. But the Puzzlers and Babylon Dub Punks are our soulmates. Joe Bone as well!
YOUR NEW RELEASE, CRITICAL POLITICAL SEEMS TO HAVE A BIT MORE OF A SERIOUS EDGE THAN SOME OF YOUR EARLIER RELEASES, IS THIS AN INTENTIONAL TURN, OR DO THE SONGS JUST FOLLOW THE TIMES WE LIVE IN? Craig – Not a conscious decision purely a bounce off all that is going on in life socio and geo-politically and personally. The songs follow the times we live in – if you’re not angry you are not paying attention. Music has the power for change and it has the power to engage. SO WHAT DOES 2016 HOLD FOR THE MEDIA WHORES THEN? ANY EXCITING GIGS COMING UP TO TELL US ABOUT OR NEW RELEASES WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT? Craig – We record our new album this month in Edinburgh with the engineer from the Critical Political sessions and are all very excited about that. We have a Glasgow show in March at the O2 with the Filthy Tongues, some scheduled festivals in England, and interviews for media in Sweden and America. We will also be going on a UK tour to promote the record – hope to see you at some of the shows – tune in, turn on and get blown off – big love from MW. Ally – we are also playing the Nice n’ Sleazy festival in Morecambe in May by which time hopefully our new album will be out on Scottish indie label Twenty Stone Blatt records. Hear some of the new tracks at ABC2 on 19th March with the Filthy Tongues and remember to get your ticket booking fee free at our ethical friend’s shop the New Hellfire Club in Glasgow! Lots of people say we’d be well received at the likes of Wickerman and Brewdog festivals! The van is fuelled up, the songs and tunes are good to go as are we! Keep music live and original in 2016. Big love. Please follow us on facebook and twitter @MediaWhoresband and for all bookings and press enquiries contact Ally whores management directly at themediawh@yahoo. co.uk (even our email address is censored!)
FEBRUARY 2016, ISSUE 18
In 1996, Fun Lovin’ Criminals released the seminal Come Find Yourself, an album that interlaced funk, rock and latin soul plus a dash of New York cool. It was a multi platinum selling hit and spent over 100 weeks in the UK chart. This year is its 20th anniversary, celebrated by a 3CD expanded edition and a world tour. We caught up with keyboardist Brian ‘Fast’ Leiser for a chat. WHERE ARE YOU NOW? I’m sitting in my flat in London doing phone interviews for the past two hours and doing laundry. In the 30 seconds between each phone interview I’ve been speaking with the band’s lawyer. It’s always good to keep in touch with your lawyer, as long as they don’t charge you. WHY HAVE YOU BEEN IN TOUCH WITH FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINAL’S LAWYER? We’ve got a lot of stuff going on at the moment. For our upcoming tour, we edited a special 90 minute video of all our favourite New York related music videos, 80s and 90s television adverts and Quentin Tarantino clips. Now we’re told we can’t play it anywhere. I spent the whole of Christmas editing this video. WHY NOT? The venues these days are so uptight and none of them want to take the risk of being sued by the head of Universal or whatever. We emailed the venues telling them we would take the hit, but that isn’t enough apparently. We’ve only got support acts at a few of the shows, one of them being Barrowlands, so we were to show the video instead. Now we’re just going to upload it to our website at the end of the tour.
re-release. It was important that they didn’t just repackage the same sh*t all over again. So it took them two years to go through all 250 tapes at The Abbey Road Studio. I just got a copy of the rerelease CD yesterday and it was amazing to listen to. I’ve not heard that stuff in 20 years. The fans should know that we put our hearts into the rerelease and it’s not just some label doing it. It’s the same with the tour. WHY DON’T YOU HAVE A SUPPORT BAND FOR MOST OF THE TOUR? It’s deliberate. Glasgow and Birmingham are exceptions because it’s friends of the band supporting. For each show we want to do two sets. So we’ll come on at 9pm and play Come Find Yourself from start to finish, then we’ll take a quick ten minute break and fit in some tequila shots and maybe costume change like Britney Spears then come back on again and perform for another hour and play the fans favourite tracks from our other albums. We’re really psyched.
WHO’S SUPPORTING YOU IN THE BARROWLANDS? The LaFontaines. Our promoter Donald McLeod who has booked a lot of shows in Scotland for us in the past, makes a point of putting on an up and coming Scottish band as support. It’s really cool that he takes the time to find local bands for us. Originally we were like, ‘Donald we don’t want to have a support band we want to do two sets and that’s it’, but Donald was like ‘listen I don’t give a shit, just put these guys on first.’ WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE TRACK FROM COME FIND YOURSELF TO PLAY LIVE? I love playing Smoke ‘Em. It’s fun because it’s the closest I feel to Ray Manzarek, the keyboardist from The Doors. He used to always play the bassline with his left hand on a little keyboard and play the melody with his right hand on another keyboard. (The Doors famously never had a bassist.) On Smoke ‘Em I do the same. But again the venues are so uptight now we can’t smoke on stage anymore. We used to play that song in the middle of the set cause that’s when (lead singer) Huey and I would be craving a spliff. ARE YOU DOING ANYTHING TO PREPARE YOURSELF FOR THE TOUR? No, because now that we’re older and we’re all married with kids, going on tour now is like going on holiday. It’s not work because we’ll finally be able to get some sleep. Of course we’re looking forward to playing the shows. In the UK we intentionally only booked shows on Thursday, Friday and Saturdays which financially means we’re doomed. The
only way to make money from touring is to go out and play 5 or 6 shows a week. This should prove that we’re not just in it for the money. Everyone has to work so hard now, so who wants to go to a show on a Monday night? Barrowlands was originally booked for a Monday, but we got it changed to Saturday. We don’t want people worrying about being hungover at work the next day. We want everybody to be in a good mood. FINALLY, I’VE GOT TO ASK, HOW DID YOU FIND OUT ABOUT DAVID BOWIE’S PASSING? I woke up and saw it on the news. I live in Beckenham where Bowie used to live in London. His presence is felt everywhere. I’m not a hardcore Bowie fan but I do appreciate his music, especially now that I’ve got older and learning more about how records are made. He was doing photo shoots looking sharp in his suit then a few days later he died. It makes sense for him to do it like that. He was all about his music and he didn’t want people to feel sorry for him. My reggae band Radio Riddler were working on a remix of Under Pressure just a week before he died so we’re gonna put that out for free as a tribute. Come Find Yourself Duluxe Edition is out 16th February on Edsel Records Catch Fun Lovin’ Criminals at the Barrowlands on Saturday 27th February. Listen to Radio Riddler’s reggae remix of Under Pressure on Vimeo.
SO IS IT JUST POSSIBLE COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT THAT’S THE PROBLEM? Beyond belief. We had the philosophy of ‘just don’t tell anyone and we’ll get away with it’, but unfortunately someone on our side kind of leaked to the promoters that we wanted to do it so they all freaked out. The guy who leaked now feels bad, but it’s very simple to us. If you’re going to rob a bank you don’t tell everyone what day you’re going to do it. HOW’S EVERYTHING ELSE TOUR WISE COMING ALONG? It’s all good. We’ve been planning it for two years, that’s when we started talking to the label Demon about the
THE INTERVIEW: Brian ‘Fast’ Leiser by Holly Callender firstname.lastname@example.org
GIGS OF THE MONTH A PREVIEW OF THE TOP GIGS GLASGOW HAS TO OFFER IN FEBRUARY/MARCH
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SAVAGES AT THE ART SCHOOL (21/2/16) Savages are heading out on a 28-date tour with a stop at The Art School on 21 February to promote their latest album release, Adore Life. The bands sophomore album, on which all songs were written and played by Savages, follows on from 2013’s Silence Yourself, which reached number 19 in the UK Albums Chart. Adore Life has been well received with critics praising it as ‘solid’, ‘fearless’ and ‘wholly captivating’, and one noting it’s ‘the album Savages were born to make’. In a statement about the album, the band wrote: “It’s about change and the power to change. It’s about metamorphosis and evolution. It’s about sticking to your guns and toughing it out. It’s about now, not tomorrow. It’s about recognising your potential. It’s about self-doubt and inaction. It’s about you. It’s about me. It’s about you and me and the others. It’s about the choices we make. It’s about finding the poetry and avoiding
the cliché. “It’s about being the solution, not the problem. It’s about showing weakness to be strong. It’s about digging through your dirt to look for diamonds. It’s about claiming your right to think unacceptable thoughts. It’s about boredom and the things we do to drive it away. It’s about being on your own so you can be with people.It’s about knowing what it means to be human and what it might mean one day. It’s about the parts and the sum of the parts. “It’s about the music and the message: together, one and the same. It’s about bass, guitars, drums and vocals.It’s about opening-out and never, ever dying.But most of all it’s about love, every kind of love. Love is the answer.” With a powerful statement like that, and an even more powerful album out now, Savages at The Art School will be a show not to be missed.
ALL TIME LOW (15/2/16)
JAKE EVANS (27/2/16)
Having co-headlined with You Me At Six last year on a joint arena tour, All Time Low are now ready to prove they can command massive venues in their own right as they head out on a six-date arena tour this February. The band have gone from strength to strength over the past year, having scored a UK number one album with their six studio album Future Hearts. Discussing their progression from co-headlining to dominating the arenas on their own, lead vocalist Alex Gaskarth said: “We feel like it’s our time to step up and prove to ourselves and the world that, since ‘Future Hearts’, All Time Low is an arena band. We can’t wait to bring a ton of the new music to a show on this scale. It’s going to be epic!” If you loved their gig with YMA6 last year, make sure you check out their 15 February show at the Hydro, the four piece are definitely going to put on a performance to remember.
Rudimental’s latest album, We The Generation, which featured Dizzee Rascal, Ed Sheeran, Ella Eyre and Bobby Womack, went straight to number one in the UK official album chart when it was released last October, no surprise considering it’s radio-friendly impressive tracks and thanks largely to the platinum-selling four piece band’s massive following. However, despite the number one status, many critics noted the follow-up to 2013’s Home suffered from the ‘sophomore slump’ and didn’t quite live up to their debut material. They played most of the major UK festivals last summer, putting in their usual ridiculously energetic, stellar performances and now the drum and bass quartet are set to do the same and delight their thousands of fans by performing new tracks from their second studio album and favourites from their earlier work in gigs across the UK, kicking off at the 02 Academy on 26 February.
Singer-songwriter, Jake Evans, may have first gained attention through his first band, Rambo and Leroy but recently he’s been impressing artists and audiences alike as a solo artist. He’s opened for the likes of Paul Weller, Johnny Marr and New Order but after recently completing his own debut album, Day One, he’s ready to showcase his unique talent and prove his ability to command the stage. For a debut, Day One has largely positive reviews and following air-play on Radio X and BBC Radio 2 it received brilliant audience response. The Macclesfield based artist is no stranger to a heartfelt lyric or effortless guitar and vocal melody and an intimate gig at King Tuts on 27 February sounds like the perfect way to be introduced to the singer, we bet you fall in love with his lyrics.
FEBRUARY 2016, ISSUE 18
From the small stages of Bowling Green, Kentucky to chart topping, radio anthems Cage the Elephant have enjoyed a fruitful career as the US’ premiere indie-rock group. Founding members, Matt and Brad Shultz, Jared Champion, Lincoln Parish and Daniel Tichenor grew up listening to local Kentucky radio, and worked in what they felt were mundane jobs which were leading them nowhere. Four Kentucky boys, desperate for more than just small town lives formed a band called Perfect Confusion and made garage-rock guitar music until eventually forming what would be known as Cage the Elephant and riding off local success after showcasing their punk-fuelled records at South by Southwest in 2007, moved to London to make it big across the waters and eventually to conquer the world. One year later, they were featured on Later… with Jools Holland along with Coldplay and Sia giving them an audience platform to release their debut album Cage the Elephant in June 2008 with featured super-indie smash hit ‘Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked’ reaching number 32 on the UK singles charts and appeared on the 2008 Gearbox game, Borderlands. Since their success almost eight years ago, Cage the Elephant have since released another three chart topping albums and have been the leading name in consistently delivering the very best of indie-garage guitar music, as well as having a reputation of being one of the most exciting and explosive live bands in the industry. We spoke to frontman and guitarist for Cage the Elephant¸ Matt Shultz ahead of their gig at Queen Margaret Union (QMU), on 16 February: You grew up in Kentucky, and after some success in the US you moved to London. What was the biggest culture shock you got when you moved? “There was a very wide array of musical styles. Being from such a small town in Kentucky, y’know, it wasn’t very heavily infiltrated by sounds outside of the area. There were two radio stations; you had the college station which played music that was pretty decent I guess; then you had the classic rock station. So our view of music that was perceived as genuine and real was very narrow, I mean there were some punk bands that we discovered upon moving to England and became obsessed which was a huge eye opener.” What kind of punk bands were you obsessed with? “I got introduced to The Pixies while we were there and became super obsessed with them obviously, they’re one of the best out there. But also: The Germs, the Dead Kennedys, The Buzzcocks, I mean those were just a few but not to mention several current bands that are really great too like The Foals, they aren’t a punk band but they really do have good energy and we became good friends
with those guys and I’m a huge fan of their records. There was a band called Screaming Tea Party that we did a lot of touring with, that band was incredible. Let’s Wrestle, they were really incredible.”
“All different sorts really. Sometimes we’ll play online chess on the tour bus. Also just different creative works, I enjoy design and mostly staying busy in different aspects of other creative works.”
This show isn’t your first time in Glasgow, what are you expecting from this upcoming gig?
Are you good at online chess?
I don’t think we have expectations, we try to keep the experience in the spirit of spontaneity and kind of let it [the gig] take its own shape. But yeah, we definitely try to keep everything in the spirit of spontaneity.” Stage presence is part of the Cage the Elephant package, for example you literally swung from the chandelier in the 02 and ripped it from the ceiling. What do you guys do before a gig to get fired up? “Uh, not much, not much to be honest. I don’t know, maybe that’s what makes it so crazy because you’re walking into a totally different atmosphere somewhat unprepared so it’s shocking even unto ourselves.” So would you say it’s the crowd is that gets you fired up? “For sure, I think the crowd and also just being thrust into the situation. Like I said, we’re always trying to make sure things stay fresh and be spontaneous. I try to look at different forms, as if it’s like a conversation and you want to read people in a conversation, y’know it’s not just only taking or only giving, it goes both ways just as a good conversation. So you want to take something away from it and hopefully they do too.” What kind of things do you all like to get up to between shows?
“I’m not a great player but I certainly do enjoy it.” Cry Baby is one of the best received tracks on your new record, was the Tame Impala feeling of psych-rock something you had in mind from the beginning? “I don’t think we had this idea to go after the psych-rock sound or anything like that. Y’know hopefully you’re making music that you’re excited about although we do have a lot of aspects and types of sounds you would hear in those types of records and a lot of that had to do with Brad and Dan [The Black Keys] and with the collaboration of getting a super-raw guitar sound.” Rolling Stone and The Guardian have both in their recent reviews sited The Pixies and Iggy Pop as possible influences for some of the songs on the album. Do you agree? Which other bands influenced the record? “Yeah we’ve always loved Iggy Pop and The Stooges and have always been influenced by those guys. I mean there’s so many different opinions though and to be honest we try not to be so externally influenced these days, but the things you appreciate most naturally find their way into your albums. So we just try to listen to music with an open ear and open mind and you see what you love and the things you wish you heard you try to make music based on that.”
Have you had any thoughts about the next album? Or is some time off all that’s planned? “There were many things we learned on this record that I think will probably carry with ourselves for a long time and with each record you kind of just want to reimagine what it is you’re trying to do. I think that with each record, I try to approach it as if it was our first album, and what would that sound like. It’s an interesting time too, for so long there’s been sounds that are kind of archaic that are now viewed as contemporary, and sounds that for a long time have been considered contemporary and now they’re not and there’s also lots of new sounds that are emerging, new technologies that are changing the face of records sonically and it’s just a really great time to be around. We just have to by Connor Tollan experiment Twitter: and see how @Mr_ConorTollan9 email@example.com it goes.”
CAGE THE ELEPHANT AND AS ALWAYS, OUR QUICK FIRE ROUND:
WHICH SONG BY ANOTHER ARTIST DO YOU WISH YOU WRITTEN? I’ve been listening to this record, Mala by Devendra Banhart and just been blown away by it DO YOU STILL ENJOY BUCKFAST? Yeah totally, absolutely! FAVOURITE SONG TO PLAY LIVE? Probably Teeth, or Spiderhead. I think Cry Baby from the new record actually. WHERE DID YOU PUT THE 02 CHANDELIER? I think its still in our storage space actually haha
The events listed below were correct and up to date at time of going to print but please check the venue’s own website prior to booking
Gig Guide: Music & Clubbing MON, 01 FEB CARNIVAL OF MADNESS featuring BLACK STONE CHERRY & SHINEDOWN THE HYDRO, £30.00
MON, 01 FEB BOWLING FOR SOUP O2 ACADEMY, SOLD OUT
TUE, 02 FEB GABRIELLE APLIN O2 ABC, £16.50 VILLAGERS ORAN MOR, £15.00 KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS ELECTRIC CIRCUS edinburgh, £12.00
LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00
TOGETHER PANGEA KING TUTS, £8.00
MELTING POT feat: JOHN MORALES THE ADMIRAL, £10.00
SPRING KING BROADCAST, £7.00
A BURNS SUPPER CATHEDRAL HOUSE HOTEL, £30.00 SPIDERS ON MARS TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE THE FERRY, £12.50 BROWNBEAR BAKERS kilmarnock, £6.00
NECK DEEP O2 ACADEMY, £13.50
WED, 03 FEB
PETER HOOK DJ SET FIREWATER, £6.00
TRANSIT AUDIO, CANCELLED
THE AMAZONS KING TUTS, £6.00
MAYDAY PARADE O2 ABC, £16.00
STOP THE CLOCKS (OASIS TRIBUTE) IVORY BLACKS, £10.00
FICKLE FRIENDS KING TUTS, £7.00 AUGUSTANA BROADCAST, £8.00
THU, 04 FEB DAVID O’DOHERTY ORAN MOR, SOLD OUT NITRO CIRCUS LIVE THE HYDRO, £35/45/50 BREACH SUB CLUB, £8/6.00 AUTOBAHN BROADCAST, £6.00
FRI, 05 FEB THE UNIT – RESIDENTS PARTY MEGABAR/CLUB HYPE, £8.00 VIBRONICS RUM SHACK, £7.00 SAM DIVINE TUR, £8/10.00 LUCERO AUDIO, £14.00 DIXON AVENUE BASEMENT JAMS BERKELEY SUITE, £7.00 INFEXIOUS MEETS INTENZIFI CLASSIC GRAND, £25.00 MARTHA FFION HUG & PINT, £7.00 ERNEST LIVE! THE FERRY, £10.00 NME TOUR 2016 BLOC PARTY, DRENGE... BARROWLAND, £25.00 WITCHSORROW 13TH NOTE, £5.00 OPTIMO b2B with BEN UFO* Now 01/04/16 SUB CLUB, Postponed TOM HINGLEY SMITHS HOTEL kirkintilloch, £10.00
TUE, 09 FEB
SAT, 06 FEB
THE BLIND SHAKES HUG & PINT, £8.00
LISBON THE GARAGE, £7.00
LUCA TURILLI’S RHAPSODY AUDIO, £15/£40
ALEX HARVEY DAY AUDIO, £6.00 COLOURS 21 BIRTHDAY feat PAUL VAN DYK O2 ACADEMY, £24.00 BALKANARAMA! THE ART SCHOOL, £9.00 GBXL feat: GEORGE BOWIE (2hour DJ set) 69 BELOW, £10.00 TESSERACT THE GARAGE, £13.00 LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00
SUN, 07 FEB JOE JACKSON QUEENS HALL edinburgh, £25.00 BYRES ROAD BIG BAND THE FERRY, £8.00 LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00 ELEANOR FRIEDBERGER BROADCAST, £8.00
MON, 08 FEB SUEDE ROYAL CONCERT HALL, SOLD OUT
LE1F STEREO, £12.00
WED, 10 FEB GREG DULLI KING TUTS, £20.00 HOWARD JONES ORAN MOR, SOLD OUT
THU, 11 FEB HURTS O2 ACADEMY, £18.50 J’ADORE LAUNCH NIGHT W/ PETER WICKS SUGARCUBE, £8/6.00 LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00 REMEMBERING JOONE KING TUTS, £6.50 JEFF FINLIN WOODEND BOWLING CLUB, £12.00
Cage The Elephant at QMU on 16 February
JJ GILMOUR WAREHOUSE falkirk, £12.00 THE AUSTINS KING TUTS, £6.50 THE DOLLS MAYBOLE TOWN HALL, £12.00
SYMPHONY X THE GARAGE, £17.50
WED, 17 FEB JESS GLYNNE USHER HALL, £18.50
SKELETAL FAMILY AUDIO, £12.00
LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00
NZCA / LINES BROADCAST, £7.00
X FACTOR THE HYDRO, £55/£35
HEATERS BROADCAST, £7.00
RUNRIG ROYAL CONCERT HALL, SOLD OUT
CLUB NOIR VALENTINES: SOME LIKE IT HOT O2 ACADEMY, £15.50
F*CK YES LIVE KING TUTS, £6.00
FRI, 12 FEB
KERRANG TOUR O2 ABC, SOLD OUT
RETURN TO MONO feat PARANOID LONDON SUB CLUB, £12.00
CONFUSION : SOUND OF THE 70S THE FERRY, £12.50
TOM RUSSELL- RIVER 68s HARD ROCK CAFE, CANCELLED CHIP (LIVE) SUGAR CUBE, £10/15.00
LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00
SCOTTY T ( GEORDIE SHORE ) WAREHOUSE falkirk, £10/5.00
I AM A RAVER – VALENTINES DISCO 69 BELOW, £5.00
THE GAME O2 ABC, £28.00 WILL VARLEY KING TUTS, £8.00 THE BLACK TAMBOURINES & WARM BRAINS BROADCAST, £6.50 LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00 WENDY JAMES O2 ABC2, cancelled
SAT, 13 FEB ESPERANZA ALBUM LAUNCH ST LUKES, £10.00
SAYWECANFLY STEREO, £9.00
ON THE HOUSE: NATHAN BARATO CLUB ACTION, cancelled
BASEMENT KING TUTS, SOLD OUT
PINS HUG & PINT, £8.00
ULRIKA SPACEK THE HUG & PINT, £8.00
COLOURS 21ST BIRTHDAY PARTY SWG3, £24.50
OKAY KAYA BROADCAST, £6.00
SUN, 14 FEB !!! CCA, £11.00 PARKWAY DRIVE O2 ACADEMY, £21.50 BENIDORM IRISH ROVERS MALONES BAR, £10.00 THE CROOKES KING TUTS, £8.00 MONEY BROADCAST, £10.00 GUN OUTFIT HUG & PINT, £8.00 LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00 THE WORLD IS A BEAUTIFUL PLACE & I AM NO LONGER AFRAID TO DIE O2 ABC2, £10.00
MON, 15 FEB LITTLE SIMZ THE GARAGE, £8.00 WILLIAM McCARTHY of AUGUSTINES BROADCAST, £12.00 KULA SHAKER ORAN MOR * NOW @ O2 ABC, £22.00 LUCY SPRAGGAN KING TUTS, SOLD OUT ALL TIME LOW THE HYDRO, £27.50 SNUFF THE CATHOUSE, £15.00
TUE, 16 FEB MARINA and the DIAMONDS O2 ACADEMY, £22.00 CAGE THE ELEPHANT QUEEN MARGARET UNION, £15.00 GOGO PENGUIN ORAN MOR, £15.00 TELEGRAM BROADCAST, £7.00 TRADE WIND CLASSIC GRAND, £7.00 STICK TO YOUR GUNS CLASSIC GRAND, £15.00 KATAKLYSM & SEPTIC FLESH AUDIO, £18.00 Fun Lovin’ Criminals at The Barrowlands on 27 February
THU, 18 FEB LORIN – SINGLE LAUNCH WILD CABARET, £5.00 ALLISON WEISS KING TUTS, £8.00 ENTER SHIKARI O2 ACADEMY, £23.50 ROSIE LOWE * rescheduled from 21 Oct 2015 BROADCAST, cancelled LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00
FRI, 19 FEB ZULU, THE HAMMERIN’ TONGS & more STEREO, £6.00 JULIA HOLTER SWG3, £16.50 COUNTER CULTURE CLUB NIGHT RECORD FACTORY, £6.00 WHOLLS KING TUTS, £9.00 BOY & BEAR LIQUID ROOM edinburgh, £13.50 BIGFOOTS TEA PARTY feat: THE BLACK MADONNA & nd_baumecker SUB CLUB, £12.00 GHOST INSIDE THE GARAGE, CANCELLED LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00 ALISTAIR GRIFFIN HUG & PINT, £7.50 COLIN POTTER (live) + ORPHEUS CHOIR (live)... FLYING DUCK, £7.00 A NIGHT WITH FRANKIE MCAVENNIE MALONES BAR, £20/10.00
SAT, 20 FEB STAY ORDINARY (NEVILLE STAPLE DJ SET) THE ADMIRAL, £12.00 CJ WILDHEART AUDIO, £11.00 DANCETHON FOR SARCOMA UK FLYING DUCK, £5.00 PYRAMIDS (DOUBLE A-SIDE LAUNCH) NICE N SLEAZY, £5.00 WHITE QUEEN MARGARET UNION, £10.00 MYSTERY JETS THE ART SCHOOL, £14.50 TWENTY ONE PILOTS BARROWLAND, SOLD OUT ANGERFIST –RAISE & REVOLT WORLD TOUR O2 ACADEMY, £15/19.50/24 MORGANJ 69 BELOW, £8/10.00 LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00 SHEARWATER KING TUTS, £10.50
FEBRUARY 2016, ISSUE 18
CHRISTOPHER PAUL STELLING BROADCAST, £6.00
DAN STUART PLUS FERNANDO STEREO, £13.00
NORTH ATLAS STEREO, £6.00
COLLABRO ROYAL CONCERT HALL, £39.50/29.50
SUN, 21 FEB
FRI, 26 FEB
ICW FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT CLUB THE GARAGE, £15.00 THE JAPANESE HOUSE KING TUTS, £8.00 ROB HERON & THE TEA POD ORCHESTRA BROADCAST, £8.00 TONIGHT ALIVE O2 ABC, £15.00 LOVESICK BLUES – HANK WILLIAMS STORY ORAN MOR, £15.00 SAVAGES THE ART SCHOOL, SOLD OUT HINDS STEREO, £10.00 FOUT TET (4 HOUR DJ SET) SUB CLUB, £15.00
MON, 22 FEB JESSE MALIN KING TUTS, £12.00
TUE, 23 FEB CREEPER & GRADER THE MASH HOUSE edinburgh, £7.00 PRESS TO MECO & ALLUSONDRUGS BROADCAST, £7.00 ENSIFERUM & METSATOLL CLASSIC GRAND, £18.00 BAIO KING TUTS, £12.00 DEVILSKIN AUDIO, £7.00 WAVE PICTURES OLD HAIRDRESSERS, £8.00
WED, 24 FEB
HOLY PISTOL CLUB AUDIO, £7.00 WILSON BROADCAST, £7.00 FAT WHITE FAMILY THE GARAGE, £12.00 PRESSURE feat:SKREAM & SCUBA SWG3, £20.00 MADCHESTER with guest DJ TIM BURGESS RECORD FACTORY, £8.00 DEADLY INSCRIPTION KING TUTS, £6.50 RUDIMENTAL O2 ACADEMY, SOLD OUT I AM A RAVER WORD UP greenock, £7.00 OUTBLAST 69 BELOW, £23.00 THERAPY? ORAN MOR, SOLD OUT NEVILLE STAPLE BAND rescheduled from September 2015 LEMON TREE aberdeen, £16.00
SAT, 27 FEB NEVILLE STAPLE BAND rescheduled from September 2015 AUDIO, £16.00 WEDDING & THE SEAN ARMSTRONG EXPERIENCE THE OLD HAIRDRESSERS, £6.00 ANDERSON .PAAK & THE FREE NATIONALS O2 ABC2, £12.50 INGLORIOUS & ALI CLINTON G2, £12.00 REEM AWARDS PRESENT ; MR REEM 2016 CLUB G -TOWN, £10.00 MARC EVANS NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY, £5.00
CREATE TO INSPIRE AUDIO, £7.00
BROS LANDRETH BROADCAST, £7.00
YOUTH CLUB BROADCAST, £7.00
JAKE EVANS KING TUTS, £8.00
THE SHERLOCKS KING TUTS, £7.00
THE JIMI HENDRIX RE-EXPERIENCE ORAN MOR, £12.00
GIRLS NAMES HUG AND PINT, £8.00
KEEPIN IT GRIMY O2 ACADEMY, £12.00
CITY AND COLOUR O2 ACADEMY, £25.00
DONT LET DADDY KNOW ROYAL HIGHLAND CENTRE, £35/40/50
THU, 25 FEB
FUN LOVIN’ CRIMINALS BARROWLAND, £24.00
THE JOY FORMIDABLE KING TUTS, £15.00
SPIDERS ON MARS 69 BELOW, £10.00
MARTIN TURNER plays WISHBONE ASH THE FERRY, £16.50
SUN, 28 FEB BARNS COURTNEY HUG & PINT, £6.00
All Time Low at The Hydro on 15 February
DMAS STEREO, £7.50 EXODUS THE CATHOUSE, £17.00 BARONESS THE GARAGE, £14.00 THEORY OF A DEADMAN O2 ABC, SOLD OUT
MON, 29 FEB ADEM HUG & PINT, £8.50 SUNDARA KARMA KING TUTS, £8.00
TUE, 01 MAR RY X CCA, £13.00 DISENTOMB & VISCERAL DISGORGE AUDIO, £10.00 BOB MOSES BROADCAST, £9.00 TORI KELLY O2 ABC, £17.50 GSA FASHION SHOW THE ART SCHOOL, £7/£10.00
WED, 02 MAR BLAZE BAYLEY IVORY BLACKS, £10.00 MATT CORBY O2 ABC, £14.00 LADY LESHUR BROADCAST, £11.00
Rudimental at the 02 Academy on 26 February
JOANNA NEWSOM ROYAL CONCERT HALL, £30.00 SABATON & ALESTORM ABERDEEN MUSIC HALL, £19.00 SLEEPING WITH SIRENS O2 ACADEMY, £21.00 GSA FASHION SHOW THE ART SCHOOL, £7/£10.00
THU, 03 MAR UWS- EURO GIG BROADCAST, £5.00 BLOSSOMS & THE VYRLL SOCIETY LIQUID ROOM edinburgh, £10.00 YASHIN G2, £11.00
JACK SAVORETTI O2 ABC, SOLD OUT THE RIFLES ORAN MOR, SOLD OUT SABATON & ALESTORM BARROWLAND, £19.00
FRI, 04 MAR ADY SULEIMAN STEREO, £7.00 STRIKER (CANADA) AUDIO, £8.00 DECAPITATED & SYLOSIS THE GARAGE, £14.00 DARKSIDE PRESENTS: HARDCORE ITALIA CLASSIC GRAND, £25.00
NHC LIST OF TRUSTED PROMOTERS NHC MUSIC’s main remit in this musical world is to make life that much easier for the musicians and artists striving to make great music within it. That’s why we feel this list could help you. It’s a regularly updated list of ethically minded venues, promoters and bookers working throughout Scotland. These are people we would work with ourselves, and we guarantee you there will be no scammers, pay to play, or unethical business practices with the people and businesses on the list. So now you know who to safely work with, with your new college band in Glasgow and beyond! More names will be added monthly. PROMOTER AREA GENRES NHC MUSIC Glasgow All genres Promise The Moon Ayrshire All genres STG Promotions Glasgow All genres EVO4Promotions Glasgow All genres/acoustic Daily Dischord Aberdeen All genres Shock City Promotions Glasgow All genres Fortune Promotions Edinburgh All genres Alternative Promotions Glasgow Rock/Metal The Littlest Hobo Scotland Wide All genres Cadaver Concerts North Ayrshire Metal Cadaver Concerts Glasgow Alt rock Rip It Up Promotions Glasgow All genres Red Door Records Glasgow Americana/Roots/Blues Vagabond Social Club Glasgow Americana/Folk The Fallen Angels Club Glasgow All genres Sound And Vision Glasgow All genres Events For Charities Glasgow All genres Dundee Disco Dancer Dundee All genres Dave Ritchie Scotland Wide Metal/Rock Good Grief Glasgow Progressive/Math Rock/Ambient Noizy Indie Social Club Cumbernauld All genres Hashtag Management East Kilbride All genres Rusty Hip Collective Dundee All genres Cut Loose Promotions Glasgow All genres Critical Events Scotland Wide Metal/Hard Rock NDC Promotions / Events North Ayrshire All genres Scottish Tour Collective Scotland Wide All genres Black Reach Promotions Glasgow Metal/Hard Rock Traffic Cone Records Glasgow All genres Kstar Promotions Glasgow All genres Punk Rock Rammy Edinburgh/ Glasgow Punk
The events listed below were correct and up to date at time of going to print but please check the venue’s own website prior to booking
Gig Guide: Music & Clubbing RACHEL RIES WOODEND BOWLING CLUB, £10.00
MON, 21 MAR BURNING DOWN ALASKA CLASSIC GRAND, £8.00 WET BROADCAST, £8.50
UK RAMONES THE CATHOUSE, £10.00
JEFF ROSENSTOCK (FULL BAND) AUDIO, £8.00
PAUL HEATON & JACKIE ABBOT O2 ACADEMY, SOLD OUT
THE DREAMING SPIRES HUG & PINT, £12.00
THU, 10 MAR
DAVID FORBES DOWNTOWN east kilbride, £8/£10
OH WONDER ORAN MOR, £10.00
TUE, 15 MAR
THE CULT BARROWLAND, £29.50
JOHN OTWAY & WILD WILLY BARRETT THE FERRY, £13.50
MARIAH CAREY THE HYDRO, £45-£75
FRI, 11 MAR
EMMY THE GREAT STEREO, £14.00
THE DOLLS DIXON BOWL CLUB dumbarton, £10.00
JOEY CAPE AUDIO, £12.00
101% PANTERA + GUERILLA RADIO THE CATHOUSE, £10.00 JAMES MORRISON O2 ACADEMY, SOLD OUT
SAT, 05 MAR OUTBURST GLASGOW featuring MARK SHERRY, DAVID FORBES, 2ND PHASE SWG3, £15.00 ANDY FAIRWEATHER LOW THE FERRY, £19.50 ZIBRA THE ATTIC, £7.00 THE STRANGLERS O2 ACADEMY, SOLD OUT CORAL O2 ABC, SOLD OUT TAYLOR DAVIS KING TUTS, £12.50 A LOVE FROM OUTER SPACE SWG3, £9.00 CORAL OFFICIAL AFTERSHOW/ DJ SET RECORD FACTORY, £4.00 ROCKY VOTOLATO AUDIO, £8.00 ANDREW ROACHFORD ORAN MOR, £16.00
FOXES O2 ABC, £16.00
DOGTOOTH AUDIO, £5.00 RETURN TO MONO feat DVSI, SLAM SUB CLUB, £12/14.00
HONEY LOCUST WOODEND BOWLING CLUB, £10.00 DEFEATER COTTIERS THEATRE, £12.00 FRANKIE BALLARD KING TUTS, £13.50 BOYCE AVENUE *RESCH FROM 14 OCT* O2 ABC, £27.50 HAYDEN JAMES BROADCAST, £8.50
WHAT HANNAH WANTS SWG3, £20.00
WED, 16 MAR
NATHANIEL RATECLIFF *please note venue change O2 ABC1, SOLD OUT
ROBYN SHERWELL HUG & PINT, £7.00
WOLF ALICE BARROWLAND, £17.50
TRICOT BROADCAST, £7.00
THU, 17 MAR
FROM SORROW TO SERENITY CLASSIC GRAND, £6.00
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS BARROWLAND, SOLD OUT
TRAAMS KING TUTS, £7.00
HRH AOR TOUR 2016 feat THE QUIREBOYS O2 ABC, £18/£25
SAT, 12 MAR INTERNET *rescheduled from November 2015 O2 ABC2, £15.00 1994 MAKE THAT MOVE SWG3, £10/20.00
FRI, 18 MAR
MARCH OF THE MODS O2 ABC, £13.50
999 IVORY BLACKS, £9.00 THE BATHERS CCA, £10.00
WE WERE HUNTED EP LAUNCH THE GARARE, £7.00
WET, WET, WET THE HYDRO, £48.00
SUN, 06 MAR
POND FLOYD *originally 13th Feb SMITHS HOTEL kirkintilloch, £10.00
WILD IMAGE NICE N SLEAZY, £5.00
SUN, 13 MAR FLESHGOD APOCALYPSE & XERATH AUDIO, £12.00
LONG MAY YOU RUN – A 70TH BIRTHDAYTRIBUTE TO NEIL YOUNG feat JUSTIN CURRIE, EDDI READER, and much more O2 ABC, £22.50
COUNTRY TO COUNTRY CLYDE AUDITORIUM, £60.00
TRONGATE RUM RIOTS CLASSIC GRAND, £6.00
SKINNY LIVING BROADCAST, £5.00
THE FILTHY TONGUES O2 ABC2, £12.50
THE ALTERED HOURS HUG & PINT, £7.50
FRED EAGLESMITH ADMIRAL BAR, £13.00
FIELD MUSIC CCA, £10.00
THE WOLFE TONES BARROWLAND, £20.00
BYRES ROAD BIG BAND THE FERRY, £8.00 SCOTT BRADLEE’S POSTMODERN JUKEBOX O2 ACADEMY, £22.00 TRAGEDY AUDIO, £10.00 ICW FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT CLUB THE GARAGE, £15.00 JAMIE WOON O2 ABC, £15.00
TUE, 08 MAR
GRIMES O2 ABC, £17.00
BILL RYDER-JONES STEREO, £11.50
HOLY WAVE NICE N SLEAZY, £7.00
WED, 09 MAR
MON, 14 MAR
THE FEELING ORAN MOR, £18.50
HECK THE CATHOUSE, £8.00
BEN ABRAHAM HUG & PINT, £7.00
GABRIEL KAHANE HUG & PINT, £8.50
FRANKIE & THE HEARTSTRINGS BROADCAST, £8.00
HUE & CRY PAISLEY TOWN HALL, £25.00
ANTHONY TONER THE ADMIRAL BAR, £9.00 STRAIGHT NO CHASER ORAN MOR, £20.00
WED, 23 MAR
SCOTTISH TATTOO CONVENTION CORN EXCHANGE edinburgh, £20/30.00
BLANCMANGE AUDIO, £15.00
SUN, 27 MAR
WILKINSON O2 ABC, £16.50 BETHEL MUSIC O2 ACADEMY, £16.00
MR SCRUFF THE ADMIRAL, £12/13.00
THU, 24 MAR
THE DOLLS bank holiday bonanza GRAMPIAN CLUB corby, £15.00
UWS – EURO GIG NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY, £5.00
MON, 28 MAR
AMORPHIS THE CATHOUSE, £20.00
CROSSFAITH KING TUTS, £12.00
THE WONDER STUFF, WEDDING PRESENT O2 ABC, £20.00
A-HA THE HYDRO, £55/39.50
SUNSET SONS QMU, £12.00
FRI, 25 MAR YOU ARE THE REF an evening of football chat With NEIL LENNON, ALAN BRAZIL & more WALKABOUT, £15.00 BIS KING TUTS, £8.00 THE DOLLS good Friday madness BLCC dunfermline, £12.00
EDDIE ARGOS HUG & PINT, £9.00
MOONSPELL AUDIO, £16.00
TUE, 29 MAR GORGUTS, PSYCROPTIC & more IVORY BLACKS, £15.00 YEARS & YEARS O2 ACADEMY, SOLD OUT
WED, 30 MAR PRIMAL SCREAM O2 ABC, SOLD OUT YEARS & YEARS O2 ACADEMY, £23.00
ARMIN VAN BUUREN O2 ACADEMY, £35/£40
STEVEN JAMES ADAMS HUG & PINT, £9.00
BEARSDEN CHOIR Faure’s Requiem * Now at ST. ALOYSIUS, £15/13/5.00
WAKEY! WAKEY! STEREO, £13.50
SAT, 26 MAR
A masterclass with LARRY CARLTON MARRIOTT HOTEL, £25.00
MACHINE HEAD O2 ACADEMY, £26.00
MARCH OF THE MODS O2 ABC, £13.50
THE PHANTOM SINGLE LAUNCH BROADCAST, £6.00
NORTH OF THE WALL FESTIVAL featuring AURA NOIR, CULT OF FIRE & much more VARIOUS VENUES glasgow, £28.00
REFUSED THE GARAGE, £20.00
RECKLESS LOVE & SANTA CRUZ THE CATHOUSE, £12.00
CHARLIE & THE BHOYS BARROWLAND, £19.00 SAOR & WINTERFYLLETH AUDIO, £10.00
MUSHROOMHEAD + American Head Charge CLASSIC GRAND, £17.50
DIONNE ANDRE’S ABSOLUTE 80’S THE FERRY, £12.50
PUDDLE OF MUDD LA BELLE ANGELE edinburgh, £18.00
DEAD PREZ AUDIO, £15.00
TUE, 22 MAR
Jake Evans at King Tut’s on 27 February
ALICE IN VIDEOLAND IVORY BLACKS, £12.00
FEROCIOUS DOG STEREO, £10.00 STRIKING MATCHES LA BELLE ANGELE edinburgh, £15.00 WILLE & THE BANDITS AUDIO, £10.00 ELLIE GOULDING THE HYDRO, £35.00
SAT, 19 MAR
HALF MOON RUN QMU, £13.50
SUN, 20 MAR ANNA VON HAUSSWOLFF ELECTRIC CIRCUS, £10.00 WALKING ON CARS *rescheduled from 7 Feb KING TUTS, £8.00 Savages at The Art School on 21 February
FEBRUARY 2016, ISSUE 18
KING TUT’S King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, located on St Vincent Street, is one of the most famous music venues in the world according to its website. Since its inception in 1990, so many brilliant musicians have made their fame there, including Oasis, The Killers, and damn right, Biffy Clyro. The capacity for the bar and music venue is 300 people, and it mainly hosts artists who fit into the rock and roll, indie and alternative rock genres. How did it all begin? DF Concerts boss Stuart Clumpas wanted to create a scene for promoting bands at a club level, and he certainly has achieved that. But King Tuts isn’t just the bar and venue on St Vincent Street – no, there is also a tent at Scotland’s biggest yearly festival, T in the Park, appropriately named King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent, where many great acts are hosted. Snow Patrol and Twin Atlantic are among them.
Glasgow’s Top Music Venues The song of Glasgow’s musical history is long and brilliant – the streets are almost always filled with music from buskers and there’s always something happening, someone performing in the city. Glasgow has produced countless amazing artists; Twin Atlantic, Amy McDonald, Franz Ferdinand and the Fratellis, for example. So it makes sense for them to come back and perform for us, right? And where would they and the millions of other artists do that in Glasgow? Look no further; here are the top five music venues in Glasgow.
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And no, it’s not just music either. King Tut’s holds its monthly comedy night, where comedians like Phil Kay and Lynn Ferguson have performed. Paisley’s own Paolo Nutini has performed at King Tut’s and praised the venue for its ability to surprise its visitors with anything and everything. He said: “I’ve never actually seen a big band at King Tut’s, you know that? But it’s the kind of place you can see anything. One night they’ll have a really great band playing their ass off and the next there’ll be a nice acoustic thing on. One gig I remember seeing there is Matt Berry, from The Mighty Boosh and Garth Marenghi. That just shows what a range of stuff you can find in Tut’s.” This month at King Tut’s you can catch Baio, The Wholls and the Sherlocks.
OLD FRUITMARKET Charming and hidden away, the Old Fruitmarket is beautiful with a different kind of atmosphere.
“Remember Mary Barbour – Fundraising Concert.” For those who don’t know, Barbour was a Scottish political activist and magistrate who has been praised as one of Glasgow’s greatest heroes – she was praised as an “energetic social reformer.” Overall, the City Halls have been entertaining since 1841, and no matter the performance, the sounds in their great hall has been described as “breath-taking.” The halls also have facilities for rehearsals, webcasting, broadcasting and recordings – they have been praised for some of the best acoustics in the world. The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra is homed here. The halls will be hosting the Music of John Williams by the RSNO in February and Ellen Kent presents the amazing opera, Tosca in March.
BARROWLAND BALLROOM The brilliant concert venue that holds 2,100 people opened in 1934 just east of Glasgow’s City Centre – nicknamed the Barras, the venue has damn amazing acoustics, and has hosted numerous amazing acts. Among these are Oasis, Muse, the Clash, U2 and the Smiths. Unfortunately in 1958 the building was burned down. However, 1960 presented a Christmas miracle when it was reopened on Christmas Eve. But there is a dark story behind the Barras – ever heard of Bible John? This is the name given to a suspected serial killer from the late sixties. After three women died in very similar circumstances, police started to think that this was one killer. Each woman killed, Patricia Docker, Jemima McDonald and Helen Puttock were all brought to the Barrowlands, charmed, sexually assaulted outside their houses and killed. He was nicknamed Bible John by police after he was heard quoting the old testament to one of his victims.
This is one for all of you who enjoy the classical side of music. The Old Fruitmarket and City Halls was once a market but is now a brilliant concert venue located in Merchant City. Up until the 1970’s, the Old Fruitmarket was a functioning market, after which it was used for jazz and folk music events.
I know everyone loves a bit of dark history, but back on to the music scene in the Barras – it was the setting for Simple Minds music video for their 1983 single, Waterfront. The Barrowlands 2 is a small area in the Barras that operates as a bar when the main hall is hosting gigs, and is also used to host smaller gigs. A venue within a venue, how’s that for you?
This month at the Fruitmarket will be the
Look out for the Barras this year – 21 Pilots
and Wolf Alice will be playing, and Rock for Indyref 2 will be hosted there in April.
THE ACADEMY Do you want to know how great a venue it is? There’s two of them in Glasgow. You have your O2 Academy in the New Gorbals area and your O2 ABC Academy in Sauchiehall Street. The O2 ABC’s building was constructed in 1875 and had many functions until it eventually became what it is now in 2005. The building holds two venues, ABC1 and ABC2, and five bars: ABC1, ABC2, The Red Room, The Pod Bar and The Polar Bar. ABC1 holds 1,362 people and ABC2 holds 350 people. In Sauchiehall Street, this venue is in the heart of Glasgow’s nightlife scene. This month you can catch the Kerrang! Tour 2016, Tonight Alive and Theory of a Deadman at O2 ABC. Formerly the Carling Academy, the O2 Academy can hold 2,500 people and has been a brilliant venue for great artists in the past – in 2006, The Killers gig in the Academy sold out in just 3 minutes, which is a record! That same year, James Brown played his last ever gig there, and Frankie Boyle has the record for the most shows played at the Academy, 14 in total. This year you can catch Marina and the Diamonds at the O2 Academy.
SSE HYDRO Just behind London’s O2 Arena, the SSE Hydro is the second busiest music venue in the world. It is absolutely iconic, and even Madison Square Garden in New York, you know, the place Lady Gaga said she dreamed of performing in, is behind it. If you needed a reason to believe that Scotland is where it’s at, well there it is. The Hydro is nothing short of iconic on a worldwide scale. The Hydro holds a total of 13,000 people and has held so many major events – which is amazing considering it’s only been open since 2013 – including the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards, the netball and gymnastic events in 2014’s Commonwealth Games, 16 of Kevin Bridges’ shows as part of his 2015 tour and Still Games’ 21 comeback shows. This year, you can see All Time Low, Ellie Goulding, Little Mix and Adele at the Hydro, all before April! Not a venue to be overlooked, when it’s hosting such stars!
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SCOTLAND’S LGBT HISTORY MONTH
Scotland’s LGBT History Month runs every February and enables people to celebrate queer culture and awareness in many different capacities. Whether it’s hosting a queer cinema night, leading a panel on issues facing the LGBT community or throwing a raging party, there are many platforms to push gay culture to the forefront. Created and delivered by LGBT Youth Scotland, the festival allows us to celebrate queer lives by exploring our own and presenting these lives in a historical context. The festival is also an “opportunity for learning, discussion and debate around the continued fight for LGBT liberation.” 2016’s programme is full to the brim of amazing events promoting LGBT culture across the country. Glasgow hosts so many great events, notably the festival’s own production of The Vagina Monologues at the East Kilbride Arts Centre on the 9th and 10th February; May Miller, Cat Harvey and Michelle McManus – who performed at the inaugural LGBT Scotland Awards in September – deliver dramatically funny, tender and provocative monologues on everything from sexuality, gender and, amazingly, their vaginas. Spoon Café plays venue to the LGBT Social – courtesy of LGBT Health and Wellbeing – a new monthly meet-up for anyone who just wants a cup of tea and a blether from Monday 13th February, while Chatelherault Country Park is transformed into the Rainbow Trail Run on Sunday 21st February, an annual run/ jog/walk for all abilities. Run so fast you leave a rainbow cloud of glitter behind you. Some of Glasgow’s best LGBT History Month events are the creative workshops being run; LGBT Youth Scotland’s Glasgow groups – ShhOUT, for under 18s; and StandOUT, for over 18s – will be creating LGBT infographics and taking part in creative writing sessions for LGBT History Month. TYG – for transgender young people – will be
exploring transgender histories. The two groups come together on Wednesday 17th February for an LGBT History Month quiz night with glorious prizes. Furthermore, after the success of last year’s LGBT History Month event, award winning author Zoe Strachan leads a writing workshop at East Kilbride Arts Centre on Sunday 28th February focussing on honing your writing craft. Ever wondered if you’ve got what it takes to be a published writer? Or at least take your written work to the next level? This friendly and informal session will focus on practical exercises to get you started or invigorate your current stories or novel. We’ll also talk about taking the next steps towards publication. This year’s LGBT History month is arguably the largest yet, with events taking place all over the country. Edinburgh, for example, plays host to Living Our Memories; The Living Memory Association and LGBT Youth Scotland uncover our LGBT histories throughout February 2016. Bring your photos to scan, your stories to share and your enthusiasm for a range of interactive events! There is also the LGBT Comedy Night on Tuesday 16th February, starring Larry Dean, Susie McCabe and Bruce Devlin, and the LGBT Roller Disco on Saturday 13th February, which is not to be missed. My pick, however, is the Human Library at McDonald Road Library; a human library is a library where the books are people. Drop-in to find out about the lives of LGBT people contributing to the richness of cultural diversity in Scotland. I did this at Behaviour, as part of the Sexology season at Arches, and it was an enormously inspiring and informative experience. LGBT History Month also hits up Dundee, where Dundee and Angus College is hosting STI testing on Wednesday 3rd February and the mighty SQIFF is hosting a screenwriting workshop led by award-winning filmmaker Lucy Holmes-Elliott. And there
are even events at the Borders, such as LGBT Innovators – a youth group in central Borders for LGBT young people aged 13-25 – sharing their experience of the LGBT community in the Scottish Borders, and Aberdeen, which hosts an audience with Conservative leader Ruth Davidson. As well as these amazing events, there are a number of campaigns throughout the festival to push LGBT equality to the forefront. #LGBTInnovators sees the festival put the spotlight on famous queer people and historical figures, as well as the unsung heroes who have impacted LGBT life in Scotland. The festival brochure itself is adorned with “Strawberries,” a poem by the
inimitable, out Glaswegian poet Edwin Morgan. This year sees the introduction of Purple Friday, for which we are asked to wear purple on the last Friday of LGBT History Month to raise vital funds to address LGBT discrimination. LGBT History Month has an exhaustive list of events designed to celebrate the diversity, community and fun of queer identity in Scotland. The festival serves as the perfect platform to do so, and there is guaranteed to be something for everyone to enjoy. It’s crucial to know where we’ve been to know where we’re going, and embracing the often challenging past of queer history allows us to celebrate how far we’ve come and what we have to look forward to.
KNOCKOUT AT THE THE FIRST LGBT BOXING CLUB IN SCOTLAND
How’s that “New Year, New You” fitness regime going? If it’s as successful as mine currently is, you may need a new outlet to dust off the cobwebs and get back into fighting fit shape. There are LGBT sports groups all over the country and now is as good a time as any to get stuck in. You’re in luck, as Glasgow finally has its own LGBT-inclusive boxing group. Knockout, the first LGBT boxing club in Scotland, is looking to emulate the success of other LGBTfriendly sports clubs and has already generated a fair amount of interest. There are LGBT sports groups all over the country and now is as good a time as any to get stuck in. And if boxing isn’t your thing, you may want to try something completely different and join Glasgow Frontrunners, an LGBT running club guaranteed to motivate you and ensure you make use of your immaculately white running shoes. The best thing about the club
– aside from their LGBT inclusivity, of course – is that the course is catered towards beginners; if you haven’t run since you were forced to in school or haven’t been since the weather nose-dived last autumn, this is the ideal environment to get back on your feet and enjoy running again. Yes, believe it or not you can enjoy running. Every sports club offers something different, but taking part in a gayfriendly group like Frontrunners or The Sonics is a great way to meet people in the LGBT community – especially if you’re new to the scene – while maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Don’t worry if neither of these groups is handy for you to get to; whether you’re in Aberdeen, Dundee or beyond, there are bound to be great, inclusive sports clubs to join and get fit. And if not, start one yourself! Put down the remote and find a sport or activity you love, grab your pals and start your very own inclusive sports club.
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by Jonny Stone @jonny_stone_ firstname.lastname@example.org
LGBTI NEWS ROUNDUP FROM AROUND THE WORLD
A LOOK AT GAY HISTORY There are so many successful, inspiring LGBT celebrities in mainstream culture in 2016, from the sublime Laverne Cox to the nation’s sweetheart Graham Norton. But we need to remember all the LGBT people who sacrificed everything and worked tirelessly to break through society’s homophobia to achieve equality. Even researching this feature was an amazing, educative experience, discovering LGBT people who made a huge impact in the fight for equality like Lilli Vincenz, who spear-headed the US gay rights movement two years prior to Stonewall, and Frances Power Cobbe one of the first and most influential women to speak out against domestic violence. Inspired by LGBT History Month, and their #LGBTInnovators campaign, now is as good a time as any to pay tribute to the pioneers who got us where we are today. ELLEN DEGENERES It’s hard to believe there was a time before Ellen was the queen of daytime TV, best pals with every celebrity and half of one of Hollywood’s golden couples. But the comedian is a real LGBT hero – she had a hit sitcom Ellen in the mid-90s and decided to come out publicly and in the show. “The Puppy Episode” was threatened by religious groups, her show was cancelled within a year – with criticism it became “too gay” – and she committed career suicide. But she returned to daytime to unprecedented success, averaging about 3.9 million viewers each day. Ellen is arguably the most influential LGBT person in the USA, and uses this influence to promote equality to an enormous audience. HARVEY MILK Many agree there would be no marriage equality without Harvey Milk. When he won a seat on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, he became the first openly gay person to be elected into public office in California. He was assassinated in November 1978 by former SF Supervisor Dan White, who was convicted of manslaughter rather than murder. In his politics, Milk emphasised that gay people should be more visible to help end discrimination and violence towards them. He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom posthumously in 2009 and once said “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” MARSHA P JOHNSON One criminally-overlooked LGBT pioneer is Marsha P Johnson, a drag queen and gay liberation activist who was a key player in the Stonewall riots of 1969, when resistance to police intervention spearheaded the modern gay rights movement in New York’s Greenwich Village. Johnson and fellow icon Sylvia Rivera co-founded the Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (STAR); together they were a visible presence at gay liberation marches and other radical political actions, as well as providing food and clothing to help support young drag queens, trans women and other street kids living
on the streets. In the 1980s Johnson continued her street activism as a respected organizer and marshal of HIV/AIDS organisation ACT UP. Johnson is a true LGBT heroine. JIMMY SOMERVILLE Glasgow’s own Jimmy Somerville was one of the first major gay pop stars of the 80s. His band Bronski Beat made history with their groundbreaking single “Smalltown Boy,” a song that explores homophobia, familial rejection and the loneliness they create. Oh, and it’s amazing to dance to. Somerville was out and proud – a rarity at one time in British music, using same-sex pronouns in his songs – and a vocal supporter of LGBT and AIDS issues. It’s hard to deny the cultural impact Jimmy Somerville has had in promoting gay life to the masses. BILLIE JEAN KING One of my favourite and hugely overlooked LGBT heroes is tennis legend Billie Jean King. The winner of 30 Grand Slam titles, she was the first female athlete to come out as a lesbian, and couldn’t retire when she lost all her sponsorship money as a result. She has used her power and influence to support the Women’s Sports Foundation and the Elton John AIDS foundation. Fun fact: King won a match dubbed “Battle of the Sexes,” a challenge by Bobby Riggs who came out of retirement to prove the female game was inferior. King won; Riggs lost $100,000; feminists around the world rejoiced. APRIL ASHLEY Trans pioneer April Ashley is one of the earliest known people to transition in the UK. She has had a tumultuous and fascinating life, serving time in the navy, becoming a cabaret star in Paris and becoming a hugely successful model. Ashley appeared on the cover of magazines like Vogue and became an actress before being outed in the papers and suffering a major career set back. Celebrating her 80th birthday in 2015, April Ashley is the perfect example of an LGBT icon who broke ground, allowing future generations to benefit from the progress she achieved.
Actress Ellen Page releases her series documenting LGBT life around the world this month. The Oscar-nominee presents Gaycation, in which she and her best friend Ian explore the numerous problems facing LGBT people all over the world. The show includes her documented encounter with Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz, in which she engages Senator Cruz in a debate over LGBT+ rights in the USA under a vague baseball cap and sunglasses disguise, asking him on his views regarding the current state of gay rights in America given its history of oppression and violence. She even attends Jamaica’s first Pride celebration, despite warnings of violence from anti-gay activists.
The Italian senate has begun proceedings to debate the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The bill for civil unions, introduced by Premier Matteo Renzi’s Government, began being debated in the Senate as activists on both sides of the argument took to the streets to protest. In a predominantly Catholic country, it is expected that same-sex unions will pass but many fear a compromise of civil unions will be introduced instead. Italy is the only western European country not to recognise same-sex couples legally.
Lebanon took a huge step towards equality by legally recognising the identity of a trans man. The decision came after Judge Janet Hanna of the Beirut, Lebanon Court of Appeals, allowed the man to change his legal gender. The ruling has been celebrated as the first time in the Lebanon that a person has been allowed to legally change their gender. Despite having discriminatory laws against LGBT people, Lebanon is an increasingly progressive country compared to its neighbours, and hopefully this act of recognition leads to further equality in the country.
Siblings of younger children: their next birthday gift is sorted as Barbie has had a make over. Following much criticism that Barbie is unrealistic and unrepresentative of different kinds of bodies, Mattel has introduced a new range of dolls that represents a much wider variety of people; the line features 33 new dolls, 30 hair colours, 24 hairstyles and numerous face and body shapes. It’s a pretty great move in promoting body diversity and exposing kids to different perceptions of body image.
The Oscars has recognised a surprising number of LGBT artists in the Best Original Song category. Nominees include golden boy Sam Smith for his Spectre song “Writing’s on the Wall,” Lady Gaga for her anthem about sexual abuse “Till It Happens to You” from The Hunting Ground and Racing Extinction’s “Manta Ray” by the amazing Antony Hegarty, who has become the second ever trans Oscar-nominee. While this is great news for LGBT exposure, this year’s Oscars has failed to recognise any ethnic minority in its acting categories for the second year running, leading to stars like Will Smith boycotting the event and challenging us to deliberate on Hollywood’s serious diversity problems.
Most of us would like to spare no expense this Valentine’s Day for our loved one, and some of us are lucky enough to do literally whatever we please with little to no fear of financial backlash. Some of us.
This Valentine’s Day
A lot of us are less lucky – as much as we’d like to treat our special one, we have no choice but to watch what we’re spending when it comes to actually trying to do so. But hey, what really matters is that we’re lucky enough to love and be loved, as cheesy as that sounds. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing – just who you’re doing it with. So here are some things to do for you big spenders and you who are broke – but not broken hearted!
I feel like we’ve gone full circle and now the whole “I love a long walk on the beach” shtick sounds no longer just cheesy, but cheesy in the way that it’s also...sort of sweet? And maybe you do actually enjoy long walks on the beach? Well we’re in Scotland, and it’s February, so perhaps not quite the beach yet (unless you and your partner find braving the wind and rain together cute). So how about a nice walk around the place you live, or Glasgow, or another pretty town? If your partner and you are from different places, then invite them for a walk around your home town. Show them where you grew up and tell them stories – this will be a good way to bond and talk about your childhoods and/or teen years. Basically, this could be cheap and cute as hell. Just remember to wrap up – it’s still chilly.
ROMANTIC NIGHT IN Not to be confused with Netflix and Chilling, a night in could be the perfect, intimate night for you and your partner
this Valentine’s Day. Get cosy from the comfort of your’s or your partner’s house with a nice homemade dinner and a film – this could be the perfect chance to really connect with your partner on a deeper level as you just enjoy each others company. If you have Netflix, you’ll have access to lots of soppy, romantic movies or TV shows, or you can pop on a DVD. You can buy in and cook dinner from a shop or get takeout – whatever you do, a night in can make for a lovey-dovey and inexpensive Valentine’s Day.
CINEMA TRIP Ah yes, a classic, simple date night idea that won’t make your wallet scream inside your pocket. As we all probably know, 2016 is going to be a huge year for films so take your date to see something exciting you’ve both been buzzing for. Deadpool comes out just a couple of days before Valentine’s Day. Other movies coming out include Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Hail, Caesar!, and some more romantic films are How to be Single and Tumbledown.
There’s always that place we walk by, the fancy restaurant that looks like an eatery from a movie with really high class characters. The place we’d love to go but, damn is it expensive! And maybe even a little bit intimidating? Taking your significant other to that exact restaurant could make for a romantic and classy night, where you share a good meal and maybe some nice wine. Surprise your loved one and treat them like the amazing person they are.
Remember, these activities aren’t just reserved for all the lovey-dovey people. If you find yourself single on Valentine’s Day – well it’s still the Sunday, still the weekend. Take the chance to have a night with your friends or family. Remember, love isn’t just limited to romantic attraction! Whatever you’re doing this Valentine’s Day, whether you’re skint or a big spender, single or in a relationship – have fun.
WEEKEND AWAY Valentine’s Day falls on a Sunday this year, but why not make a whole weekend of it? Or even a week? If you have the funds and the desire to spend as much time as you can with your lover – well, why not? The sky can be the limit here, literally. You could spend the weekend in a B&B in the countryside, or in a hotel in Edinburgh or Glasgow, or, screw it, how about Spain? Obviously this is a costly one, but odds are your partner will appreciate being whisked away by surprise, and will love just getting to spend the weekend with you and only you.
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Valentine’s Day is that time of year where you pig out on chocolate, pig out on romance and embrace that hint of a soppy side we all have deep down. If you’re a hopeless romantic that loves everything about having a cute day out with your significant other or single and looking for a brilliant night out, then our guide is right up your alley. Valentine’s Day only comes around once a year but even at that, it’s hard to think of original ideas, thankfully we’re here to help:
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CLUB NOIR VALENTINE’S – SOME LIKE IT HOT
Long walks with your other half are enjoyable, because you get one on one time with them, and get to chat for hours on end finding out about their quirks, likes and dislikes. If you’re a fan of these long, romantic walks, then why not throw in some gorgeous scenery into the mix as well?
The 02 Academy is the place to be for those adventurous couples looking for something a little different and a hell of a lot more exciting than a typical club night this Valentine’s weekend.
Located in the west end of Glasgow, it is filled with beautiful flowers, well kept gardens and even a massive indoor pond with plants. If the weather is good to us this year, there shouldn’t be anything un-enjoyable about a romantic picnic with your other half, accompanied with a nice walk around the gardens.
The theme is ‘Some Like It Hot’ so forget candlelit dinners and romantic nights in, grab your other half (or for you single folk, round up your friends), get suitably dressed for a ‘1920s romantic revelry party Gatsby would be proud to host’ and get ready for a night you’ll never forget – complete with a pin-up star, contortionist and fetish photographer.
If you’re a Friends fan or more importantly a Ross and Rachel fan and thought their first date was a work of genius on his part, then this is definitely your cup of tea. We all loved the cuteness they endured whilst gazing up at the virtual stars and then at each other, so why not make your own trip to Glasgow’s Planetarium at the Science and Exhibition Centre your own amazing date. As well as a package deal you can take a ride up the Glasgow Tower, where you can really experience Glasgow’s view whilst holding onto your date’s hand this Valentines Day.
WAXY O’CONNOR’S If you’re the type that enjoys a nice bar with good food and you kick it simple old school with just each other and some cocktails, then Waxy O’Connor’s is the best venue for this. Many people nickname this “The Hobbit Hole” due to the interior designs inside. It really does resemble a Hobbit hole, there are tree branches carved into the walls and a massive model of an Organ. The lights are also dim and you feel cosy at home in this astounding little pub, one of the most intimate ways to spend a Valentine’s Day is a simple one, with just you and your other
By Ashleigh Telfer half, drinking cocktails and enjoying each other’s gaze. Waxy O’Connor’s is perfect! If you’re single and not quite up for a night out in the company of loved up couples on Valentine’s Day, check out the speed dating event on Thursday, 25 February, your opportunity to meet and maybe have a cheeky flirt with around 20 singles, probably not all at once.
THE GLASGOW POP! SOUTH WEEKENDER 2016 Dance the full Valentine’s weekend away at the Glasgow Pop! South Weekender as the pop festival returns to the Glad Cafe from 12-14 February. The 2015 event was completely sold out and it’s likely to be the same this year thanks to the brilliant acts including Joyce Delaney, Trust Fund, The Tuts, The School, Tigercats and so many more. Also, in connection with the festival the first Pop! South club night will be held on Saturday, 13 April with Gavin Dunbar of Camera Obscura DJing. All proceeds from the evening of ‘top indie dancing’ are going to Sarcoma UK, in memory of Carey Lander, the Camera Obscura keyboardist who died in 2015 following a battle with bone cancer.
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DINING IN BEFORE GOING OUT If you are thinking about planning an evening that incorporates a meal with another activity, such as going to a concert or a movie why not have a romantic meal for two at home. This gives you a chance to try out your cooking skills and show off to your partner or spouse by giving them a surprise romantic meal. Not only will you be saving a lot of money, but you will also get to control the atmosphere, allowing you and your partner to relax and dine without having to worry about loud crowds, lost reservations or rude waiters. However some people might be worried that their cooking skills aren’t good enough and might not be confident enough to make a homemade meal for their date or partner. However you can put together a platter of charcuterie (cured meats, sausages, and pâtés), cheeses, bread, olive oil, and delightful nibbles, such as marcona almonds, candied walnuts, and dried or fresh figs. Add a bottle of good wine, some candles and some flowers and you’ll have a tasty, romantic meal for two.
HOME SPA NIGHT If you love the idea of being pampered or pampering your partner, a spa night could be the perfect choice for this Valentine’s day. Enjoy the treatment and relaxation of a spa night from your own home. There’s nothing like a relaxing romantic bubble bath with fizzing bath bombs for two or sensual massages by candle light. Add a bottle of champagne and some music and your relaxing spa night for two is complete. The best thing about this is it won’t burn a hole in your pocket!
ROMANTIC MOVIE NIGHT Instead of spending a lot of money on going to the cinema, buying over-priced food and drink, being annoyed by people talking through the film and being on their phone or the odd couple snogging right next to you both, why not have a movie night in the comfort of your own home. Rent a movie, watch one on Netflix or even borrow one from a friend. A movie night in your bedroom or living room with your partner snuggled up on the couch or bed together is just as romantic, if not more so, than any cinema trip. Add a bowl of popcorn and some wine, turn off the lights and enjoy the show.
HOMEMADE GIFTS Homemade gifts are a great way of showing your partner how you feel. Making your Valentine a great homemade gift could really woo them and make them feel special. Not only do you get to keep most of your cash firmly in your wallet or purse, it will also look like you’ve made an amazing effort to impress them. For first dates, try making chocolate truffles with a decorative box to put them in – very simple but impressive! Or if you’ve been together a while, buy a large picture frame and put in all your favourite photos of you together or make a CD with all the songs that are special to you both. Your gifts don’t have to be expensive to show your loved one that you care. Valentine’s Day is great for showing your partner how much you care or wooing that special crush but you don’t have to go out money blazing, spending loads on gifts and nights out. A cheap night in with a homemade gift is just as romantic as an expensive night out and will show your partner or date how special they are.
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Healthy Recipes Creamy Avocado and Turkey Rasher Tagliatelle (Leave out the turkey for a vegan/vegetarian meal)
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COMMON QUESTIONS QUESTION I’ve started at a new gym, it’s a CrossFit gym and I’m really enjoying it. My personal instructor has told me to ‘eat Paleo’ if I want to see good results. He told me that the way we eat today is all wrong and that we shouldn’t be eating any grains or milk products because our body can’t handle them. Is this true?
Ingredients – serves 1 1 serving tagliatelle 1 – 2 garlic glove 1 tsp lemon juice 1 tbsp olive oil Handful chopped basil ½ avocado 3 turkey rashers Salt and pepper
Method 1. Cook the pasta as per instructions. 2. While this is cooking, slice and fry the turkey rashers 3. Blend all the other ingredients in a processor 4. Drain the pasta and mix it all together
CousCous and Chicken Sausage Basil Ragu Ingredients – serves 2 100g couscous (cooked as per packet) 4 chicken sausages ½ onion 2/3 tin of chopped toms 2 garlic cloves (chopped) 1 tsp olive oil Chopped fresh basil (hand full)
1. De-skin the sausages and roughly break up the meat while heating the olive oil in a pan. 2. Add the meat to the pan and cook on medium heat for a couple of minutes, then add the onion and cook until the chicken has lightly browned. 3. Add the garlic and cook for another 1-2 mins, break the meat up a bit more as you stir. 4. Add the chopped toms, salt and pepper to taste and mix through the basil. 5. Once the mixture has begun to boil, turn the heat off, add the cooked couscous and mix thoroughly. 6. Serve and enjoy!
ANSWER The short answer is no; this is a great example of a fad diet getting exposure in certain circles (like gyms) and then getting spread around by personal trainers (PT) who are trained in exercise instruction and very minimally in nutrition. Their limited nutrition knowledge doesn’t seem to stop many of them from declaring themselves to be nutritionists and giving out diet advice that is based on latest fads and hearsay, not scientific evidence. CrossFit gyms, trainers and bloggers in particular have really grabbed hold on this idea of ‘eating Paleo’ and when we consider the theory behind both CrossFit and Paleo its becomes clear why. CrossFit is based on the idea that spontaneous, powerful movements that are explosive and use maximum strength are the best exercises for the human body because this is the way we have exercised since the beginning of human existence. Imagine the cavemen sprinting after their prey, wrestling a bear, dragging his missus by the hair into the cave. The Paleo diet is based on the premise that those in Paleolithic times ate only what was available to them. This means not pasta, rice, bread etc. Is there any proof of what exactly Paleo people ate? Nope. Is there any proof that this sort of diet is better for our bodies? Nope. In fact, evidence shows that people with low amounts of grains in their diets have more chance of certain cancers and heart disease; some research suggests they are also more likely to be overweight. CrossFit is a hard-core workout, that’s what gets the good results. The Paleo diet is so limited that the sheer calorie restriction of not being able to eat half the things you want can lead to weight loss but so could any diet with less calories than you need!
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Work your network, Aries. Until February 18, the Sun is in Aquarius, your eleventh house of friendships and group activity, turning you into quite the social butterfly. For the first three weeks of the month, expand your tribe by attending events and joining new associations, or just reconnecting with the contacts you have.
Time to make a power move, Taurus. The Sun is marching through Aquarius, your tenth house of ambition and achievement, until February 18. Adopt an “early bird gets the worm” ethos. Focus on your professional ascent and make sustainable, solid plans for your future.
Spread those gossamer wings, Gemini! Until February 18, the Sun is in Aquarius, your ninth house of adventure and discovery, putting you in an inspired, expansive mood. This is your annual time to slough off the winter blues and inject some optimism back into your life.
It’s getting hot in here! Until February 18, the Sun is in Aquarius, your eighth house of intimacy, emotional bonds and joint ventures. Not exactly a light-and-airy mood…but a great time to deck out the interior of your crab shell and get cozy in there.
Bring on the dynamic duos! February is all about partnerships, as the Sun visits Aquarius (until February 18) then Pisces, two of the most collaborative zones of your chart. During Aquarius season, the Sun will move through your seventh house of relationships and mutuality, sparking up dynamic duos and helping you bring more equality to all your closest ties.
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Place 1-9 in each row, column and 3X3 box How does the cosmos affect your life? Horoscopes can show you how to have fun in love and build lasting relationships!
Virgo It’s cleanup time, Virgo. This announcement could be music to your ears—you love a good project! February invites you to roll up your sleeves and dive into the nitty-gritty details of your life. The Sun is in Aquarius, your orderly and healthconscious sixth house, rousing your inner project manager until February 18.
Chat ‘em up, Sagittarius! You’re in your talkative element until February 18 as the Sun blazes a trail through Aquarius and your third house of communication. Your jokes, colorful stories and witty turns of phrase will be appreciated—a welcome change after weathering last month’s Mercury retrograde.
Capricorn Time to get down to business, Capricorn! The Sun is in Aquarius, your productive second house, until February 18. You’ve blown out your birthday candles, unwrapped the presents, made some modest wishes. (That is, if you even told anyone it was your birthday… your sign can be low-key like that!)
Cupid, fire your arrows hither! The Sun is blazing through Aquarius, your fifth house of lust, passion and creativity, until February 18. It’s Valentine’s MONTH for you, Libra, and your romantic sign should have no issue with that.
Wide awake! Until February 18, the Sun is making its annual pilgrimage through Aquarius, your first house of self and identity, flipping on your switches. This is your birthday season, and the focus is rightfully on you.
Float, float on, Pisces. Until February 18, the Sun is in Aquarius, your twelfth house of escape and surrender, putting you in a go-with-the-flow mood. This isn’t a time to get Type A about your career goals or force any relationship issues. Instead, tune in to the rhythm of your life right now—and explore what’s happening beneath the surface.
Hunker down and hibernate, Scorpio. February is your annual cozy season, as the Sun visits Aquarius, your fourth house of home and family, through February 18. Women and children could play an especially prominent role in events and your nesting instincts are turned up high.
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GAMES & GADGETS
What’s On: Games & Gadgets
by Aidan Scott @bigaidan firstname.lastname@example.org
PICK OF THE MONTH
STREET FIGHTER V (PS4, PC)
Gadgets Galore STAR WARS BLUETOOTH SPEAKER
The whole Star Wars phenomenon is still riding as high as ever and once again, a Star Wars-related gadget appears in this column yet again. You can now get a Bluetooth speaker based on a Star Wars Star Destroyer. It can also be used to receive and make phone calls hands-free. You can get one from Red5 for £59.95.
Everyone has their favourite series of classic videogames and it is likely that Street Fighter will feature highly on many lists. This month sees the release of the fifth edition in the Street Fighter franchise and it will continue the gameplay that has become famous throughout the series’ tenure. Side-scrolling fights are still the kings of the world that developers Capcom have created. Players will be able to fight and retreat from each other without ever entering the third dimension. Other returning features include the
EX gauge which builds up as players land attacks, allowing them to perform powerful finishers once it is fully charged. The stun meter is still present, so make sure you bring down a world of pain on your opponent when their meter is close to full. One new feature appears in the form of the V-Guage which basically allows players to perform character-specific defensive moves as opponents land attacks on them. A cast of Street Fighter characters will appear once again in this game. Players will be able to play as characters such as Ryu,
Zangief and Chun-Li. There are also four new characters making their first appearance; Necalli, Rashid, Laura and F.A.N.G. Street Fighter V will feature a story mode but let’s be honest, who actually cares about the story in the Street Fighter games? If you are one of the players that do, then the story takes place between Street Fighter III and IV. The characters of M. Bison and Shadaloo will each play a pivotal role in the game’s plot. Street Fighter V will be released on February 16th.
Other games to look out for... XCOM 2 (PC)
AMERICAN TRUCK SIMULATOR (PC)
XCOM 2, the turn-based tactical game, releases on PC this month and is the sequel to 2012’s XCOM: Enemy Unknown. The game places the player as the leader of a military organisation called XCOM – an organisation tasked with protecting Earth from an alien invasion. The game’s plot is set 20 years after the franchise’s previous entry where humanity was ultimately defeated in the invasion. Players take control of the Avenger, the mobile base of XCOM, and must take command of the organisation’s resistance efforts against the alien occupiers. They have to command squad members in battles against alien forces while providing resources for the engineering and research departments of the organisation in order to improve their war effort. XCOM 2 will be released on February 5th.
You might think this an unusual choice of game to recommend but truck simulator games are surprisingly popular. The game will allow the player to take on the role of, you guessed it, an American truck driver, and you will be able to deliver goods to your heart’s content within the game’s map. Upon release, the game will feature California and Nevada as states you can drive around in, with more to be mapped out in later updates. Cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and Las Vegas will all be open to the player, as will several other cities and towns within the two states. The game will also feature the Peterbilt 579 and Kenworth T680 trucks upon release. American Truck Simulator will be released on February 2nd.
BATTLE TANKS This next gadget allows everyone to act like a kid again. Battle Tanks allow you to take on your friends in not-so-epic tank battles. They have rotating turrets and authentic caterpillar tracks. You have to keep moving as each time the tank takes a hit, it loses a life. You can get one from Red5 for £59.95.
If your pooch is helping you patch the pouch (see what we did there), by keeping you company on daily runs and walks, you can now monitor exactly how much exercise he or she is doing with you and even at home when you’re not about. The PitPat is essentially the canine equivalent of a FitBit and attaches to a collar. The device can store a week’s worth of data and connects to an app via bluetooth and is available in independent pet stores and online for £39.99.
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By Conor Tollan
FIVE INDIE GAMES TO LOOK FORWARD TO IN 2016:
TACOMA (PC, XBOX ONE): Exploration seems to be a new Indie games trend, and if you’re looking for a solid game to sink your day into Fullbright has you covered. Previously bringing you indie phenomenon, Gone Home, the small Oregon team are once again bringing their expertise to your Steam Library with the anticipated, Tacoma. But what makes it different? Well they’ve started with rule one of making games better; set them in space. Previous space-horror blockbuster, Alien: Isolation 2014 pretty much set the bar for the hybrid genre, but with such a talented team at the hilt (Dev, Steve Gaynor was design lead for Bioshock: Infinite) fans of their previous titles and the exploration genre are in for a treat.
It’s early in the year, and already it’s shaping up to be another big one for gaming. Along with the typical Triple-A titles such as Call of Duty set to receive its annual release later in the year, some other big names being added to the mix include Mirrors Edge and The Division. While it’s an exciting year, it’s easy to get lost in the rhetoric and forget where the gaming revolution is taking place – the indie games market. Indie games have always had their place in gaming, albeit typically at the bottom of your Steam basket during a sale, but at least they’re there. It’s true indie games have always had attention, but not every developer has the luck and luxury to get huge media attention. So what of the lowly indie games coming out in 2016? With the year’s calendar primed to be great for games, why should you avoid big-budget and support small developers? Here’s a list of five indie games which will shape 2016: STRAFE (PC):
NO MAN’S SKY (PS4, PC):
ADR1FT (PC, XBOX ONE, PS4):
Kickstarter has become the shaman of the internet, reviving long lost movies, TV shows and games since 2009. The 1996 title Strafe is the latest to get its treatment with thanks to LA team Pixel Titans. Advertised as the bloodiest game ever, its modus operandi is to punish you for thinking you can handle its difficulty. Pick a gun, pick a level, if you die you start again in an entirely new level so no more learning what’s coming next. Looking for a brutal game to punish you? Watch out or chip-in for this game.
‘Rhythm-violence’ is the only way to describe Thumper; but developers put it as simply: “You are a space beetle screaming towards an insane giant head from the future.” The game is as simple and brilliant as the way they describe it. You are just that, a space beetle avoiding obstacles and racing to a giant head. As a PC game it isn’t the only game of its kind, but what makes this game in particular worth your time is the adrenaline rush it provides. Flashing lights, loud satisfying sounds and faster than thought movement give your reflexes a test.
What’s odd about indie games now versus indie games in previous years is the scale of which they’re released. No Man’s Sky is another exploration game, boasting an impressive dynamic universe. Your job is to survive in the sprawling worlds procedurally generated, always changing and seamlessly weaved together without any loading screens – impressive for any game. Its ambitious nature and beautiful graphics are why you should mark your calendars for this title.
As mentioned before, space makes everything better. Adr1ft is a space based exploration game, in which you play an astronaut, the only survivor of the wreckage of your space station – of which you have no memory. Traverse the dangerous expanse of space and find clues about the accident in order to rebuild your space station and get home. Adr1ft wants you to get lost in space, and with Oculus support this game’s mission is clear, total immersion in the dangerous world of your character. Set to release in early 2016, be sure to pick up this game and explore its rich environment.
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Salary: £18000 - £20,000 Agent: Nine Twenty Business Services Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Nine Twenty Accountancy & Finance are currently seeking a Payroll Executive to work for one of our well established clients based just outside of Glasgow. This is a full time permanent role. Main responsibilities: Responsible for start to finish payroll. Dealing with high volume payroll. Responsible for all starters/leavers. Resolve any payroll queries. Managing all aspects of Tax Year end processing. Prepare any adhoc payroll reports. Carry out all month end procedures. Adhoc duties as required . Ideally we are looking to speak to candidates who have Payroll administrative experience or finance administration experience in a payroll environment. Interested please apply now to arrange an immediate interview
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INTERNAL SALES EXECUTIVE Salary: £18000 per annum Agent: Manpower Skills: Scientific Location: Glasgow Manpower is looking to recruit an Internal Sales Executive for one of our most renowned clients within the IT sector. This full time & permanent role will be based in Glasgow with a salary of £18,000. We are looking for an individual who is able to meet, or exceed, sales targets, generate new customers and understand Internet and IT services. The successful candidate’s key responsibilities will include: -Contact existing & new customers to introduce a range of products -Crosssell and up-sell to new & existing customers -Solicit new business from prospects -Handle everyday issues -Make decisions -Meet deadlines The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications: -Understanding of IT security and Microsoft Products -Sales and account management experience -Experience of B2B sales -Good interpersonal skills Interested? Apply here today!
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FRENCH CUSTOMER SERVICE Salary: £16,500 Agent: Zebra Appointments Ltd. Skills: Call/Contact Centres Location: Glasgow French speaking Customer Advisor required for established client based in Glasgow city centre. This is a Full time permanent position, and the client is easily accessible by public transport. The role will involve providing first class service to existing customers.
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Through telephone and email contact you will handle enquires, process orders and resolve complaints. You will be the first point of contact for customers and provide a positive and professional impression. We are keen to speak to French speaking candidates who are immediately available for work. Previous experience of working within a Customer Service environment and computer literacy is essential for the role. In particular experience of working in a Call/Contact centre would be advantageous. Interested? Please apply below. Zebra Appointments are acting as both an employment business and agency in relation to this vacancy
**TRAINEE FINANCIAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATOR** Salary: £14000 - £16000 per annum Agent: Reed Insurance Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow A unique role has been created within a national company who work in outsourcing. This permanent role has been created in the company due to expansion. The successful candidate will be - Working directly with independent financial advisers ensuring that they are fully compliant and adhering to the FCA’s regulations. Ensure they have completed their CPD hours. Conduct research on the products, providers and services they currently use. This role also involves report writing and general administration task. The ideal candidate will be from a financial services background(preferably working within a financial advisers), who has whole of market product knowledge, is motivated, can manage their own workload, is good at relationship building and has experience of report writing. You will be rewarded with a competitive salary. Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.
ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT Salary: £Dependant on experience Agent: PRG Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow
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OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR Salary: £18,000 pro rata Agent: Bridgeall Ltd Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow Permanent Part time Office Administrator required for city centre company. 20 hours per week, salary £18,000pa pro rata. Articulate and enthusiastic individual required with excellent telephone manner and proficient in Excel. Main duties are: Answer incoming calls, take and relay messages. Welcome and take care of guests. Monitor and purchase office supplies, including stationery and kitchen provisions. Book travel and accommodation as requested. Ensuring holiday and absence records are up to date. Organise couriers as and when they are required. Filing. Organising staff events. Responsibility for Petty Cash. Arranging tea/coffee and any catering requirements for guests. Attending to incoming and outgoing mail. Maintaining and updating various internal documents/ forms. Arranging training for staff and maintaining training record. Monitoring staff time recording. Maintaining log of supplier invoices.
DESKTOP ENGINEER Salary: £30000-40000 Agent: Hudson IT&T Skills: IT/Telecommunications Location: Glasgow Hudson IT have an opportunity for a Desktop Engineer (3rd Line, Active Directory, SCCM) for a permanent role based in Glasgow City Centre. Joining our global professional services company, you will provide development and support of the Desktop across multi-site offices. Your tasks will include: Responsible for application delivery across the full application lifecycle. Provide 3rd line support to a high standard of excellence. Develop and build relationships with key departments and individuals. Review, maintain and improve the desktop environment across all geographical regions. You will have: Knowledge\ Experience of application packaging in a multi-OS environment. Managing users and computers through Active Directory. SCCM 2007\2012: Creating\Deploying\ Reporting on applications and packages. Work with a ticket logging system to agreed SLAs. Experience supporting Windows Operating Systems: XP\Win7\Win8. For more information and to apply, please submit an up to date CV.
ELECTRONICS ENGINEER Agent: Hudson Oil & Gas Skills: Engineering/Technical Location: Glasgow This position will suit a Junior Engineer educated to at least Bachelors degree standard in Electronic/Electrical Engineering. Joining an established team of designers, you will gain experience in analogue electronic design work on existing and new electronic designs as part of a cutting edge team. You will have good technical report writing capabilities and exposure to the aerospace industry would be an advantage as would experience of designing power systems such as switch mode power supllies or battery protection and motor drives. Salary is competitive but dependent upon experience, +6% Non-Contributory Pension. An unrestricted right work in the UK is essential for this role. For an informal discussion regarding this role, please contact Jo Hood in the first instance on 0141 227 9137 or apply via the link attached. Please note you will receive an automated response advising you that we have received your CV. Hudson is a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management solutions worldwide.
PART QUALIFIED AUDIT ASSISTANT Salary: £18000.00 - £25000.00 per annum Agent: HAYS Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow A leading Glasgow based firm of Chartered Accountants are looking for a part qualified Accounts / Audit assistant to join them on a permanent basis. Working with some of the firms leading across in sectors such as manufacturing, retail, construction and charities you will assist with the preparation of annual accounts, audits, preparation of VAT returns and other ad-hoc accounting duties. To be considered for the role you will have a minimum of 2 years experience of working within practice and may be studying towards a professional
WOOD MACHINIST WITH CNC SKILLS Salary: £Competitive Agent: Kits Direct Ltd Skills: Production/Manufacturing Location: Glasgow Job Title : Wood machinist with CNC skills Experience: 1 Years + Job Function: Wood machinist with CNC Skills Employment type: Full Time Hours of work 06.15 - 14.15pm Mon - Fri Company Description: TMS manufacture and supply fully fitted kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms, providing a professional planning service from initial design to final installation. We pride ourselves on continually designing ranges which share our dedication to the craft of real furniture and the sheer luxury of using the finest quality materials, fixtures and fittings to create a finish to your specific requirements. Job Description: Due to our expansion plans we are looking to recruit an experienced wood machinist with CNC skills. Required Skills: Previous Experience In similar role knowledge of the Furniture Industry. How to apply: If you feel this position is right for you. Please contact Sam Gallagher via Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01355 575 176 for more information.
BENCH JEWELLER Salary: £ Excellent Agent: Chisholm Hunter Skills: Customer Services Location: Glasgow Chisholm Hunter is a highly successful jewellery retail organisation with over 20 shops in the UK. We were awarded Multiple Jeweller of the Year in 2012, 2013 and again in 2014 and IIP accreditation in 2013. Due to continued expansion we are seeking to recruit an Experienced Bench Jeweller to work in our in-house workshop working alongside other fully experienced jewellers and watch makers. The skills and experience that we require are: Ring sizing’s (all metals). Polishing to a high standard. Soldering. Stone Setting. HNC/HND level. The workshop is fully equipped with the state of the art machinery which includes a laser welder, experience in this would be helpful but by no means essential as full training will be provided. The position is for full time 37.5 hours per week (5 days out of 7) and salary and benefits are commensurate with an organisation of our standing. If you are fed up working for an organisation with limited career progression and want to work for an organisation that truly believes that people are its most important asset, we want to hear from you.
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Salary: £8.54 Agent: Pertemps Scotland Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow Our client, who is within the Public Sector and based in the east End of Glasgow, have a requirement for a Data Entry Officer . This is a temporary part time role, with a rate of pay of £8.54 per hour. Hours of work are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am to 5pm. Duties: Creation of electronic records, and adding demographic referral details, check data is entered correctly into system. Update Daily Log with record created that day to ensure record creation is on plan to complete the specific team for that week. Check Record Creation Team Weekly Timetable on a regular basis. Ensure and promote a high level of confidentiality is maintained at all times when dealing with patient identifiable data. Fault reporting. Support and maintain manual and electronic communication systems. The successful candidate must have the following skills/experience: Competent in using Excel. Speed and accurate typing skills. Adhering to tight deadlines. If you wish to apply for this role, please submit your CV to email@example.com
PART TIME ADMINISTRATOR Salary: £7.50 - £8.00 per annum Agent: Allstaff Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow AllStaff Glasgow are delighted to be recruiting for a Part Time Administrator for our exclusive Glasgow based client. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a high wpm speed & accuracy. To apply for this role you MUST have excellent telephone communication skills, be experienced in all software packages with a particular interest & skills in Microsoft Word. The candidate will offer support to a wider team of staff & should be able to manage their own workload and will be expected to take on additional ad hoc duties. This is a temporary contract for 3 months. The hours of work will be 9am 5.30pm for Wed, Thurs & Friday of each week.
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE Salary: £16,990-£18,377 (pro rata) Agent: Tesco Bank Skills: Customer Services Location: Glasgow When it comes to customer service, you’re a natural. Customer Service Representatives, General Insurance Glasgow Salary £16,990-£18,377 pro rata Part Time Evening & weekend Opportunities Various shift patterns available including evenings and weekends Working
between the hours of: 4pm – 9pm Monday to Friday and 9am – 5pm at weekends You understand that customers stay with companies that meet their needs – and meeting those needs comes naturally to you. It’s all about treating people how we’d like to be treated and making sure that we are here for our customers. Delivering a first class customer experience, you’ll identify the right products and solutions to match our customer’s requirements on inbound sales and service calls. We have an excellent opportunity for someone from a Customer Services background to join our team in Glasgow. You will have excellent communication skills and proven customer service experience, you’ll naturally go the extra mile, every time. In return, we will be as committed to you, as you are to our customers.
SUPPORT WORKER Salary: £7.00 per hour Agent: Newark Care Skills: Social Services/Housing/Childcare Location: Glasgow We are Newark Care, an established charity and one of the West of Scotland’s top rated care homes. We have been providing care for older people on the Southside of Glasgow for over 65 years and are looking to expand our team of high quality support staff within the Home. We are keen to recruit individuals who can make a genuine difference to the lives of others. Experience is not essential as we offer a training programme to SVQ Level 2 and SVQ Level 3. We are looking for full time and part time Support Workers for our Home in Newton Mearns. The shift times are between 7.20am - 2.40pm and 2.50pm - 10.10pm. The hours and days for this position are on a rotational basis over 7 days. The successful candidate must be able to demonstrate compassion and empathy in their approach to caring for our residents. In your role you will be responsible for providing personal care to our residents as well as supporting them to
take part in a wide range of activities. If you have the right values for our organisation, you will be supported by a programme of continuous training and career progression opportunities. If this sounds like the right opportunity for you, or to find out more: Please contact: Telephone: Email: Hazel McCorkell O141 616 5179 firstname.lastname@example.org
PART-TIME MARKETING & DESIGN ASSISTANT Salary: £11.00 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Marketing/PR Location: Glasgow A leading educational establishment is seeking a part time Marketing & Design assistant to join their team on a 6 month basis, working 3 days per week. You’ll report to the Marketing Manager and will assist in the delivery of all aspects of the marketing communications plan. Your specific duties will include (though will not be limited to): Assisting in the creative design and production of a wide range of marketing materials (online and offline) which promote the business’ wide range of activities. Assisting in the implementation of the marketing strategy through the delivery of marketing campaigns and other activities. Supporting the sourcing and branding of merchandise and promotional items. Measuring the impact of marketing activities. To be successful in this role you must: Be immediately available and be willing to work for 6 months. Be willing to work 21 hours per week (over 3 days). Be degree educated in Marketing, Communications, Design, Business or IT. Have 2+ years of experience in a marketing role including:. Social media, web content, email, PR and design. Have proven experience in graphic design. Be creative and have a passion for marketing. Have excellent planning and
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organisational skills. This is a fantastic PT temporary role with a great organisation in Glasgow. For more information, please call Fiona Todd on 0141 272 7760 or send in a CV. Immediate fill, £11/hour
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE - COLLECTIONS & RECOVERIES Salary:
£17,500 - £20,000 pro rata depending on experience Agent: Tesco Bank Skills: Call/Contact Centres Location: Glasgow You’ll bring the ambition, we’ll provide the opportunities Customer Service Representative Collections & Recoveries Part Time - 18-30 hours (Between the hours of Mon-Thurs – 8am to 9pm, Fri 8am to 8pm and Saturday 9am to 5pm) Salary: £17,500 - £20,000 (pro rata depending on experience) Tesco has built its success – and its reputation – on a tradition of excellent service and dedication to the customer, but Tesco Bank is about more than bringing these values to a new market. It’s about bringing a new approach to personal finances and retail banking. As we look to build upon existing talent within our senior and specialist roles, we’re creating a backbone of excellence – offering the highest-calibre of professional a chance for wide-ranging and long-lasting impact in a business that’s breathing new life into the industry. The Job Is: To effectively manage Customer accounts involving inbound and outbound calls, providing excellent customer service and empathy whilst assertively negotiating the repayment of arrears which are appropriate for both parties. The Job Involves: Customer contact, listening to and understanding our Customer’s needs. Collecting/arranging repayment of arrears with Customers. Capturing Customer Demand and what actions could be taken to make improvements. My own development and training. Aiming for first time resolution of customer complaints. Experience Required: Contact Centre experience essential. Previous experience in collections/recoveries within Financial Services sector preferred. Wherever your talent lies, you’ll find challenge and reward in equal measure. We’re here to go the extra mile for our customers – and we’ll do the same for you. It’s simple. As long as you have the ambition, we’ll provide the opportunity for success. Visit our website and find the role that’s right for you
HELPDESK ADMINISTRATOR (WEEKEND ONLY) Salary: £8.00 - £9.50 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Hamilton Search Consultancy have an excellent permanent opportunity for a Helpdesk administrator seeking Part Time employment in the North Lanarkshire. Successful candidates will be responsible for logging calls from customers and ensuring they are passed to the staff in order to meet the required SLA agreements. You will also be required to work alongside help desk controllers to ensure the business operates to full potential. Hours of Work: Saturday and Sunday 0800 - 1700Hours Duties and responsibilities Log service requests from customers onto service management systems. Gain an in depth knowledge of the company’s service management systems in order to achieve the best decisions for work
allocation and work control. Develop an understanding of all clients and contracts. Develop a knowledge of general service and maintenance requirements with an understanding of and action to meet any service level agreements and/or KPIs defining equipment priorities, response and fix times. Have the ability to allocate work to sub-contractors and raise Purchase Orders if required ensuring an order is requisitioned and raised. Liaise with sub contractors to progress & chase work to completion and for job report to be received to complete service management system entry. Completing progress/status up date reports to clients or client agents systems. We are looking for candidates with the following Key Skills: Competent in the use of Microsoft applications - Outlook, Excel, Word. Ability to work well as part of a team or independently as required. Shows attention to detail. Excellent customer service skills. able to deal with conflicting priorities calmly and efficiently. decision making. ability to handle escalations and complaints. If you are interested in the above role and can tick all the necessary requirements then please apply immediately to Karen Dalglish
SUPPORT WORKERS (20-39 HOURS) £15,210 PRO RATA PE. ANNUM, Salary:
£15,210 pro rata per annum plus various benefits Agent: Quarriers Skills: Social Services/Housing/Childcare Location: Lanarkshire North Do you have experience working within the care sector and would like to join a dedicated team supporting individuals within community living? Are you looking to progress your career in social care by gaining more formal qualifications? Are you a driver? Quarriers North Lanarkshire Services are focused on supporting children and adults with learning and/or other disabilities throughout the North Lanarkshire area to include Cumbernauld, Moodiesburn, Coatbridge, Steps, Kilsyth and Queenzieburn. We are looking to recruit motivated, committed and flexible individuals for various full time and part time posts. Additional hours may be available for part time contracts. Although the day to day work can be challenging, the job can be very rewarding and motivating. If you have experience of working with people with learning and/or other disabilities, or complex needs, and would be up for the challenges this can bring, then we want to hear from you! In return, you will develop positive relationships with those we support and will be rewarded by being a part of their new lives. A comprehensive training programme is on offer together with the fantastic opportunity to progress your career in social care by gaining more formal qualifications. The people we support often have their own cars therefore we require drivers only. The successful applicant must be able to work some weekends and a range of shifts including some sleepovers. We will be holding a recruitment information evening on Tuesday 18th August at 6pm. For the opportunity to find out more about working for Quarriers North Lanarkshire Services and meet our team please contact Fiona Hannon on 0141 779 5040. Basic IT Skills are required for all Quarriers vacancies. Previous applicants need not apply. In addition to a rewarding career, with extensive training and learning and development opportunities, Quarriers offer a range of staff benefits including childcare vouchers, life assurance, physiotherapy & occupational health, employee assistance programme, competitive holiday
entitlement, flexible working, family friendly policies and procedures, enhanced maternity/paternity benefit, workplace pension, long service recognition, externally recognised HNC & SVQ Qualifications, SVQ accredited centre, unionised, generous sick pay scheme, Christmas savings scheme and cycle to work scheme. As part of the recruitment and selection process Quarriers undertakes the relevant Police Checks (PVG, Scotland: DBS England) and references for all those who come into contact with the people we support. Quarriers is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all the people we support and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
PART TIME CREDIT CONTROLLER Salary: £ Negotiable Agent: Firepoint Scotland Limited Skills: Accountancy Location: Larkhall A position has arisen for a part-time Credit Controller within our busy Larkhall office. The working hours will be 15 per week flexible over the days of Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. (As long as they mutually benefit the company & successful candidate). To apply please email your CV to email@example.com Experience in the following would be beneficial: Be experienced in Accounts Receivable & Credit Control processes, including debtor management. Have the ability to work as part of a team with minimal supervision. Have a flexible approach to work. Be experienced in dealing with a range of customer queries or concerns and to deal with these issues in a professional manner in both person and over the phone. Have experience of handling confidential information. Have the ability to communicate effectively with internal & external customers and staff. Excellent knowledge of all office systems & procedures with preferred (but not essential) knowledge of Sage 50 accounts. Also knowledge of Microsoft Word & Excel Spreadsheets is required. Effective numeracy & literacy skills. The Salary is negotiable depending on the successful candidates overall knowledge and experience. If you are successful with your application you will be invited to attend an interview at our Larkhall office. Please note that due to the anticipated high level of applications we will only contact successful candidates but would like to thank you in advance for your interest in Firepoint Scotland Ltd.
PART-TIME ADMINISTRATOR Salary: £8.52ph Agent: HR Consultancy Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Milngavie Position: Part-Time Administrator Salary: £8.52 per hour Location: Milngavie Hours: 14 hours per week HR Consultancy are currently recruiting a Part-time Administrator for their client based in Milngavie. This is an excellent opportunity to join a well-established business on an ongoing temporary contract. To be successful in this role you must have experience of carrying out the following duties: Answering telephone, managing emails. Generating and producing monthly reports. Administrative support to Senior Management Team. Database upkeep and management. Assist with facilities management issues. Ad hoc administration duties and reception cover. To be successful for this role you will be motivated, confident and have first class communication skills. You will have a proactive, can do
attitude and a helpful approach in supporting the team. As well as a proven track record in administration, you will have good attention to detail. A strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office Packages is also essential for this role. If you wish to apply for this position please forward your CV to Ashleigh Murno via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or apply online. HR Consultancy acts as both an employment business and an employment agency
PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO PRESBYTERY CLERK Salary: £12,000 Agent: Presbytery of Hamilton Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Motherwell The Clerk to the Presbytery of Hamilton is looking for a part-time Personal Assistant to provide a high standard of administrative support. The successful candidate must have previous office experience, be well organized and able to work well on own initiative. Understanding of the strict rules of client confidentiality and the safe management of information is essential. Applicants should send their letter of application along with an up to date CV to by clicking the ’Apply Now’ button.
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£24,000 pa (pro-rata) - NEW total average reward Agent: SkyCC Skills: Call/Contact Centres Location: Uddingston Part Time Sales Retention Advisor - Uddingston £15,200 - £16,000 pa (pro-rata) - NEW starting salary £24,000 pa (pro-rata) - NEW total average reward 20 Hour Shift: Monday - Thursday 5pm - 8pm, Sunday 8.30am - 5.30pm As a Sales Retention Advisor at our newly refurbished site in Uddingston, you’ll engage with our customers who are looking to get more from their Sky package, show them that we value them as customers and want them to remain with Sky. In our fast-paced and challenging Sales Retention environment, we will need you to: Be on the phone dealing with both inbound and outbound calls. Promote our innovative products and brilliant services to retain customers. Meet targets that will challenge and stretch you. Have great listening and influencing skills. Be passionate about our products. Have outstanding customer service skills. Be resilient and have strong problem-solving skills. Our four week training programme, along with ongoing coaching and development, will make sure you’re well prepared to be at your best for our customers. Through our industryleading ’Aspire’ programme, you can also become accredited by the Institute of Customer Service. And as a Sales Retention Advisor you can look forward to the following benefits: A competitive basic salary. A great bonus scheme. Sales Incentives throughout the year. Free Sky+HD, phone and broadband. 30 days’ holiday pro-rata ( plus 3 bank holidays ). Subsidised restaurant. Fully equipped onsite gym. Private healthcare and dental care. A huge range of high street discounts. Return shuttle bus service running frequently throughout the day from Uddingston centre and train station. Visit jobs. sky.com and apply online. It’s our people that make Sky Europe’s leading entertainment company. That’s why we work hard to be an inclusive employer, so everyone at Sky can be their best.
GRADUATE CLERICAL ASSISTANT CONSTUCTION Salary: £9-10 per hour Agent: Centra Consult LLP Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow The successful candidate will provide clerical and admin support to a construction sub-contracting firm on a multi million pound city centre development. The candidate will be based on site and will assist in the preparation and maintenance of on site- records (such as progress photographs / site records) This position would be suitable for someone who has recently graduated and ideally has an interest in the construction Industry.
GRADUATE - FINANCIAL OPPORTUNITIES Salary: £18000 per annum Agent: FPSG Connect Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow FPSG are keen to speak to Graduates with relevant degrees and previous experience within the financial services industry. Ideally you will have a Finance related degree and an academic knowledge of banking, funds, reconciliations, settlements or dividends. You should have: Minimum 2.1 degree in Mathematics, Economics, Risk Management, Banking & Finance or any other relative degree. Previous financial services data processing experience would be ideal but not essential. Strong knowledge of Excel. A hunger for success and willingness to work in finance. Contact Details: please submit your CV via the ‘apply here’ button.
GRADUATE RECRUITER Salary: £28000.00 - £30000.00 per annum Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: HR/Training/Recruitment Location: Glasgow
Graduate Recruitment Consultant required for permanent position within a Glasgow Financial Company. Duties and responsibilities will include:- Lead in attraction activities Identify and update all vacancies within your designated area Work closely with university teams to attract the best candidates to the business Represent the company at recruitment events Manage the full recruitment process from attraction to offer management If you possess the above experience and would like to find out further information then please contact Evelyn Costello of Search HR on 0141 272 7732.
Scottish Central Belt. Our client is a highly reputable Housing Developer with a established place as one of the UK’s most successful private home builders. If you have the drive, skills and ambition to join this progressive organisation please forward your details to me at your earliest opportunity. Please note you will receive an automated response advising you that we have received your CV. Hudson is a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management solutions worldwide.
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Salary: Up to £90 per day Agent: HR Consultancy Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow HR Consultancy is currently recruiting a number of Graduate level Financial Services Analyst roles for this prestigious city centre based Financial Services Client. These roles are initially contract based however could lead to longer term employment for the right individual based on your performance and attitude. To be considered for these roles you will be a recent graduate with a 2:1 or above in your Honours Degree in a relevant subject. If you are keen to consider a career within Financial Services please get in touch today by applying through the link. HR Consultancy acts as both an employment agency and an employment business.
GRADUATE CIVIL DESIGN ENGINEER Salary: DOE Agent: Hudson Construction & Property Skills: Engineering/Technical Location: Glasgow Are you a Graduate Civil Design Engineer with 2 – 4 years experience detailing groundworks and drainage packages for residential projects? This role offers a great opportunity for career progression, within a well established team, working on developments across the
Salary: £11 - £14 per hour Agent: Cathcart Associates Skills: IT/Telecommunications Location: Glasgow Database developer/support - Glasgow -£11-£14/ hour - Urgent Requirement SQL, SQL Server, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Excel, Database, CRM Our Glasgow based client is looking for a Database Assistant urgently, following a member of staff’s departure. Joining a team of two people, you will be looking after the entry and scripting of business critical data from source to storage, using SQL scripts and Access/Excel. This position will suit a graduate or someone looking to pick up experience towards starting/enhancing a career in software development. The ideal candidate will be living within a commutable distance to Glasgow and would have the following skills: Understanding of SQL. On the job experience with Microsoft Access. On the job experience with Microsoft Excel. Degree education is preferred but not essential. The ideal candidate will be available to start immediately and be able to attend a face to face interview early next week. This position would suit a recent graduate or database assistant wanting a first contract. If this sounds like you, or someone you know, please do not hesitate to contact Rob on 0131 510 1500.
GRADUATE BID WRITER/COORDINATOR - HEAD OFFICE Agent: Gap Group Ltd Skills: Marketing/PR Location: Glasgow The Role: We have a rare and exciting opportunity for a Graduate Bid Co-ordinator/Writer to work in our Commercial Team, Head Office - Glasgow. The primary role of a Bid Co-ordinator/Writer will be to effectively administer the tender process, the pre-qualifications and tendering & commercial proposals processes for a wide range of current and potential customers. You will also be expected to provide analysis of critical business information and provision of high quality, relevant and timely reports to support business decision making. Applicants should have: Excellent attention to detail and organisational skills. Ability to work to tight deadlines and deal with customer requirements in a professional manner. Must have a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office packages. SQA Higher or equivalent in English & Maths is essential. High level of literacy and excellent writing skills (essential). Graduate in the Legal, Finance or Arts sector (preferred). So what next? If you think you fit the profile we would love to hear from you. All you have to do is send us a copy of your CV highlighting your current package and salary expectations and we can take it from there.
BID MANAGER Salary: £TBC Agent: Gas Call Services Ltd Skills: Engineering/Technical Location: Glasgow Talented people are the key to our success Are you looking for a place to make your mark and develop your career as a bid manager? Would you like to work for one of Scotlands progressive Gas Service, Installation and Maintenance contractors? If so, please read on. Gas Call Services provides services to private and public sector customers across a range of market activities. We aim to provide a quality service delivery to our clients
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and customers. We are currently looking to recruit a talented, motivated and ambitious bid manager or graduate to join our team in Glasgow. As a bid manager you will plan and manage all aspects of bids providing written subject matter and expertise where required. This will be done by ensuring effective bid management and leadership on all tenders, and personally managing larger tender opportunities. As an experienced bid manager looking for development you will be educated to degree level or equivalent in a relevant engineering or mechanical field. It would also be an advantage to have knowledge of local authority or social housing contracts and have a professional qualification or similar in association with the Gas Industry and affiliated bodies. To join us and build your future career with Gas Call Services Ltd please apply now.
ASSISTANT QUANTITY SURVEYOR / ESTIMATOR Salary: £Commensurate with experience Agent: Barbour Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Assistant Quantity Surveyor / Estimator Barbour Fit Out Specialists is a long established family business within the Interior Contracting sector having celebrated their 50th anniversary last year. As a result, Barbour has an excellent opportunity for an Assistant Quantity Surveyor / Estimator to join their existing surveying department. The successful candidate will be an ambitious, driven individual who has the motivation and ability to learn quickly and work closely with the team. The Assistant Quantity Surveyor / Estimator role will involve all aspects of typical commercial duties including quantity surveyor / estimator duties and post contract cost control. This successful candidate will require to build close relationships with clients and the supply chain and effectively manage interim applications and subcontractor notices to ensure that cash flow is maintained. The successful candidate will also require sharp negotiation skills to ensure punctual agreement of client and sub contractor final accounts. This opportunity may be suitable to a recently graduate from university or for someone looking to build a career in the fit out sector. Remuneration will be dependent on the candidate’s experience and ability to carry out the role successfully.
AREA HEALTH AND SAFETY COORDINATOR Salary: Competitive plus benefits Agent: Arnold Clark Skills: HR/Training/Recruitment Location: Glasgow Candidates will be responsible for co-ordinating health and safety standards within the Group and ensure all branches within the area are implementing, managing and maintaining the company health and safety policies and procedures in line with current legislation and good practice. Reporting to the Group Health & Safety Manager the successful candidate should have excellent communication skills and be competent
providing the managers of varying levels with accurate safety guidance, advice and assistance. Other duties: Conducting audits and inspections. Accident investigation. Attendance at pre start and safety meetings. Development of risk assessments, SSOW, Policies and procedures. Data analysis. Liaising with enforcing authorities. Report writing. Delivering toolbox talks. Candidates should hold or be working towards a Degree or Diploma in a relevant subject matter along with Graduate Membership of the Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. Minimum consideration 5 years experience in relevant field and NEBOSH GC. Experience in the Motor Vehicle Industry advantageous. A full clean driving licence is essential. With a turnover in excess of £2 billion, over 160 branches nationwide and an ever expanding portfolio, Arnold Clark is proud to be Europe’s largest independent motor dealer. EMPLOYMENT WITHIN THE ARNOLD CLARK GROUP IS OFFERED SUBJECT TO SATISFACTORY REFERENCE AND DISCLOSURE CHECK.
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JUNIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Salary: Competitive Package Agent: G1 Group Plc Skills: Media/Design Location: Glasgow Junior Graphic Designer Temporary 6 month position G1 group’s in-house Graphics Department are looking for an enthusiastic Graphic Designer to join its established team. The ideal candidate should be a recent graduate and have a degree in graphic design or similar, have a creative eye, and a willingness to get stuck in. You must be enthusiastic, creative, outgoing, and be familiar with G1 Group’s portfolio. RESPONSIBILITIES: Creating, developing and implementing creative solutions. Designing, proofing and sending jobs to print. Creating print ready PDF’s. Providing cross departmental support where required. Dealing with external suppliers and negotiating costs. Developing creative ideas for different levels of the business. Managing and organising workload to meet tight deadlines. SKILLS: 6 months/1 year experience as graphic designer or Work Experience. Degree, preferably in graphic design or similar. Proficient in Adobe C6/CC and have an understanding of PDF creation for proofing and print. Strong organisational skills and ability to work in fast paced environment. Talent for the design of printed artwork. IT literate including email management, scheduling and filing. Creative, outgoing, enthusiastic team player willing to learn. Passion for leisure, entertainment and arts industries. Strong organisational skills and ability to work in fast paced environment to tight deadlines. If you have what it takes and are interested in joining our team, please send a cover letter, your CV and examples of work to Charlotte Smith, HR Administrator– email@example.com
GRADUATE BUSINESS EXECUTIVE Salary: £Competitive Agent: Screenmedia Design Limited Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow Screenmedia is seeking a talented business graduate to join our award winning digital agency. Working within a fast paced and creative environment, you’ll be right at the heart of studio operations on a day to day basis, ensuring the financial and administrative functions of our business run smoothly. You should hold a degree (2:1 or above) in business administration, business management, finance or a related discipline and possess the following attributes: Exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work well under pressure and multi-task. Excellent computer skills, particularly in MS Office. Planning and time management capabilities whilst working to tight deadlines. Numerical literacy. Ability to work flexibly and react to changing operational demands. No two days are ever the same in the studio, but the broad duties and responsibilities of this role will include: Studio administration and management. Providing excellent support across all business areas. Business administration support for directors. Financial administration, expenditure tracking, purchase to pay and bookkeeping.
Operational planning and admin. Ensuring our studio meets Health & Safety and Fire Safety regulations. HR and recruitment support. Administrative support to the directors, including diary management and travel bookings. Assisting with the arrangements for in-house and external events. We’re looking for a talented, enthusiastic, and driven candidate to grab this role with both hands and make it their own. If you would like to join our award winning team please apply now or contact us for more information.
CIVIL ENGINEERING - LECTURER Salary: £30,901 - £36,843 Agent: Glasgow Kelvin College Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Glasgow’s newest and most dynamic place of learning is committed to promoting Excellence in learning, supporting Progression opportunities and developing an Enterprising spirit in its students. Applications are invited from candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to the ethos and vision of the College and help shape and develop a Learning Organisation which best serves the communities of north east Glasgow and beyond Lecturer (Permanent) Civil Engineering x 1 (Ref: AC/18/07/15) You should possess a relevant HNC/D, Degree or post graduate qualification (SCQF Level 7 or above) or vocational equivalent. Alternatively possess suitable and relevant experience and/or training as an equivalent to formal qualifications. Experience in teaching and assessing is desirable but not essential however you should be willing to work towards a further education teaching qualification. A recruitment pack, which should be returned by Tuesday 11th August 2015, is available from the Human Resources Section – 0141 630 5000 ext 3369 or alternatively by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Application packs can also be downloaded from the College website www. glasgowkelvin.ac.uk Glasgow Kelvin College - welcomes applications irrespective of age, disability, race, colour, nationality or ethnic origin, sex gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, political views or trade union membership; and supports flexible work practices. Disabled applicants who meet the essential job requirements will be interviewed. The above post(s) will be subject to the Protection of Vulnerable Groups Scheme and as such the successful candidate(s) will be required to make an application for membership under the scheme.
VOLUNTEER VOLUNTEER BAKER Salary: Out of pocket expenses Agent: Quarriers Volunteer Centre Skills: Fundraising/Voluntary Location: Glasgow Quarriers Pollok Supported Living Services supports adults with learning disabilities. This is an exciting role for someone who enjoys baking. The Volunteer Baker would bake with some of the people we support offering a meaningful experience and, ultimately, a sense of achievement for everyone involved. REQUIRED SKILLS, QUALITIES & EXPERIENCE: Interest in baking. Good people person. Patient. Good communicator. WHERE & WHEN: This would take place in the Pollok area of Glasgow. Depending on the volunteers availability one day or evening each week TRAINING PROVIDED: Training for the role will include: Food hygiene. Health & Safety. Adult Protection. First Aid. Initially, the volunteer will work alongside experienced support workers until they are happy to undertake the role on their own. Supervision by managers will also be provided. SELECTION PROCEDURE: Application form, meeting with manager, references and PVG check. EXPENSES PROVIDED: All out of pocket expenses will be met. This will include travel costs as well as any materials needed for baking.
VOLUNTEER BEFRIENDERS BARLANARK AREA Salary: Out of pocket expenses Agent: Quarriers Volunteer Centre Skills: Fundraising/Voluntary Location: Glasgow Quarriers Calvay Service provides support to individuals in the East End of Glasgow with a learning disability to live in the community to have an independent, inclusive and fulfilling life. A volunteer befriender is needed to help individuals to access local activities and provide companionship. The purpose of this role is to spend time with individuals and to access social activities and to spend meaningful time together. The volunteer befriender will engage in a positive way with the individual and access activities the befriender and the individual will both enjoy. Required Skills, Qualities and Experience should include: Being fun, sociable and positive!. Watching football, listening to music, playing board games, home cooking, going out and about, playing pool, going to cinema. A person centred approach. Adaptability. Being a team player. This opportunity will take place in the Barlanark area
of Glasgow. Good quality internal training will be provided as well as regular supervision. There will also be the opportunity of a taster session which will include a getting to know you period with individual and staff. Please note that due the nature of the project, the age range for this role is 25-55. Selection procedure will include application form, informal meeting with managment and the individual, reference and PVG checks.
VOLUNTEER MOUNTAIN LEADER Salary: Out of pocket expenses Agent: Quarriers Volunteer Centre Skills: Fundraising/Voluntary Location: Glasgow Quarriers Stopover Project provides supported accommodation for young homeless people aged 16-25. We are looking for a Qualified Mountain Leader to assist staff in taking groups of people we support to go hill walking. MAIN TASKS The main task will be to assist staff and lead groups of young beginner’s mountain climbing. One member of staff has mountain leader training but not completed assessment as yet, this staff member will also be on each outing. REQUIRED SKILLS AND QUALITIES The volunteer must be Mountain Leader Qualified. An understanding of young people’s behaviour. Patient and understanding. WHERE AND WHEN Central and West of Scotland COMMITMENT REQUIRED It would be good if the volunteer can commit to one full day per month, for at lest 6 months. TRAINING AND SUPPORT PROVIDED Induction to Quarriers. Supervision. Any other training needs/ requirements identified. MINIMUM AGE FOR ROLE The volunteer must be aged 25 or over, this is due to the nature of the role and service TRANSPORT Travel costs will be provided. Transport to the activity will also be provided. SELECTION PROCESS Volunteer application form, meeting with project staff, reference and PVG check. RESTRICTIONS The volunteer must be Mountain Leader Qualified
VOLUNTEER BEFRIENDER Salary: Out of pocket expenses Agent: Quarriers Volunteer Centre Skills: Fundraising/Voluntary Location: Glasgow We are looking for a volunteer befriender to attend activities with a 36-year-old man supported by Quarriers Fred Martin Service. The man is a resident at Northwoodside Road, a small house within Quarriers Fred Martin Service. It is shared by three adults who
have learning disabilities. It is situated in the West End of Glasgow (Maryhill) and is surrounded with good transport links such as buses and the underground. It has plenty of pubs and cafes nearby. The role of the volunteer will be to befriend and form a relationship by spending time engaging in sociable activities that are enjoyed by both parties. Main tasks for this role will be to support a male on outings such as the cinema, cafes, walks and pubs. The volunteer will always be supported by a member of staff as the male involved has a 2:1 ratio of support while out and about in the community. The volunteer would need to have a sense of humour and be a sociable person. Preferably a male as the person being supported is strong and may need assistance when crossing roads, etc. The person would also need to be fit and active. This opportunity will take place out and about in the community for a couple of hours each week, with times arranged to suit both parties. Training provided will include strategies for crisis, intervention and protection course (SCIP). Travel expenses will be paid, and it would be advantegeous if the volunteer was a car driver. The volunteer will have access to the service’s car. The selection procedure includes application form, informal chat, references and PVG Disclosure.
VOLUNTEER GARDENER/ SUPERVISOR Salary: Out of pocket expenses Agent: Quarriers Volunteer Centre Skills: Fundraising/Voluntary Location: Glasgow Quarriers Family Resource Centre is based within the North East of Glasgow. The centre provides support to families with children up to the age of 12 years and day nursery service for families with children up to 3 years of age. VOLUNTEER ROLE: Volunteer gardener and supervisor of parent volunteers PURPOSE OF THE ROLE: This is an exciting opportunity for anyone with green fingers to lead parents in maintenance of garden and to provide support where required. MAIN TASKS: The main tasks will be to keep the garden in good order allowing for areas of free play for children using the centre and to be in regular contact with parent volunteers. Support a group of parent volunteers to maintain and develop garden area and develop the garden in accordance with parents and centre’s needs and wishes. REQUIRED SKILLS, QUALITIES & EXPERIENCE: Previous experience and knowledge of gardening Supportive and warm approach WHERE & WHEN: Quarriers Family Centre within office hours COMMITMENT REQUIRED: If possible, it would be good if the volunteer could commit to once a week for at least six months. TRAINING & SUPPORT
PROVIDED: One to one support from member of staff on a regular basis MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: 18 years SELECTION PROCEDURE Volunteer application form, meeting with project manager, references and appropriate level of disclosure check
MALE VOLUNTEER BEFRIENDER TO ENJOY ACTIVITIES Salary: Out of pocket expenses provided Agent: Quarriers Volunteer Centre Skills: Fundraising/Voluntary Location: Glasgow Do you enjoy different activities then this volunteer opportunity is for you! Quarriers Glasgow Supported Living Service in Baillieston is a single service which supports a 39 year old man who has an acquired brain injury into the community. This is an exciting opportunity for a volunteer to support the individual into the community to participate in an activity of his choosing. Going out on activities with the volunteer would also encourage confidence and higher self esteem for the individual and to provide respite for the individuals carer.The volunteer would support the individual to take part in an activity of their choice i.e. hill walking, snooker, bowling and encourage the individual to try new things and have new life experiences. REQUIRED SKILLS, QUALITIES & EXPERIENCE: Good people skills, patience and firm values. WHERE & WHEN: It would be great if the volunteer was available a few hours a few afternoons a week and would be able to commit to 6 months. TRAINING & SUPPORT PROVIDED: Shadowing staff. support and supervision. Adult support and protection. Acquired Brain Injury. CALM. RESTRICTIONS: The Individual has asked that has a male between the ages of 28 and 50 to support him. MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Aged between 28 and 50 Application process will be volunteer application form, meeting with staff and person supported, references and PVG disclosure. Please note: You must be a driver and have your own car. Mileage expenses will be reimbursed.
MALE VOLUNTEER BEFRIENDER TO ENJOY ACTIVITIES Salary: Out of pocket expenses provided Agent: Quarriers Volunteer Centre Skills: Fundraising/Voluntary Location: Glasgow Do you enjoy different activities then this volunteer opportunity is for you! Quarriers Glasgow Supported Living Service in Baillieston is a single service which
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SIX NATIONS: WHICH SCOTLAND TEAM WILL SHOW UP? Once again it is that time of year when the blue shirts and tartan accessories come out of their wardrobes and the Flower of Scotland is recited as the Scotland national team stands ‘against them’ in the Six Nations Rugby tournament. Scotland’s first game of the competition is against Calcutta Cup rivals England in what should be a typically fierce game on 6 February at Murrayfield. Their first away game is on 13 February against Wales at the Millenium Stadium, while away games to Italy and Ireland, at the Stadio Olimpico and the Aviva Stadium respectively, are sandwiched between a final home game against France on 13 March. However, there has been a strange Jekyll and Hyde-type quality to Scotland’s rugby
LILLEHAMMER 2016 YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES If there is one thing people, whether they follow sport or not, will probably know about 2016 it’s that it is an Olympic year. The Rio Olympic Games gets underway in the summer. However, before we start dreaming about the established superstars lighting up their professions, there’s something else on the close horizon to watch out for. You may want to keep an eye on the 2016 Youth Winter Olympic Games which takes place in Lillehammer from 12 to 21 February. It’s always interesting in any sport to look out at younger categories to see any emerging talent which could take their discipline by storm. Since 2010, like the Olympics’ itself, the competition has alternated between Summer and Winter games bi-
fortunes in recent times and many may be doubting what standard of Scotland team will show up for the tournament. Having finished bottom in the Six Nations tournament last year, claiming five consecutive defeats, the team almost got to the quarter-finals of the World Cup for the first time since 2007, if it had not been for that refereeing decision against Australia. As well as this, the Glasgow Warriors team which superbly lifted the Pro12 title for the first time in their history in May are currently struggling in this campaign. Not only that, but Scotland’s women’s team have not had the best time of it in recent years, collecting the ‘wooden spoon’ as bottom of the competition in 2015. However, Edinburgh are, at the time of
annually, usually holding the opposite to the senior event, hence why the Youth Winter games are taking place this year. It’s no small, minuscule event you could possibly forget about either, it only showcases around 1,100 athletes from 70 nations in 70 events over the 10 days of competition. However, the event has become ever more interesting in recent times for us Scots. Glasgow had actually made a bid to host the next scheduled Youth Olympic Games in 2018, the first ever Scottish Olympic bid. Sadly Glasgow’s bid was knocked out in the first round of voting, Beunos Aires won the final vote and the next Youth Olympic games will take place in the city in 2018. As well as this, the country has held many previous athletes in this series including the likes of Glaswegian swimmer Duncan Scott, who won gold in 4x100m relay freestyle swimming in the 2014 Summer competition. A strong following of Scottish athletes will take part in the games, with the Team GB line-up being announced on 26 January. Six Scottish athletes will be taking part in the
writing, currently third in the Pro12 after finishing eighth last year. Therefore how can the fans be expected to know which team will show up this time around? It would be superb to see the qualities Scotland found in the recent World Cup stay with the team during the tournament. With the level of finish the team had last year, a series of good performances could be easily unexpected with a tag of underdogs. It obviously will not help that the team will be without some players. Injuries have hampered some players’ preparations, as well as the team losing Glasgow’s Ryan Wilson after being cited for the allegation of grabbing the testicles of an opponent during a European Champions Cup loss. However, sport is often about momentum
and if the same spirit can be kept in the camp after whatever belief they had in the World Cup, the team might have a chance of claiming their first Six Nations triumph. Scotland were the last Northern Hemisphere team left in the World Cup at the last 16 stage, outlasting their rival nations, and although much has changed, such as England having a new coach in Eddie Jones, since then, a psychological edge will surely be a help in attempting to win games. However we won’t know until the action gets underway. If you want to get involved in the occasion you can keep track of the tournament on television and other media, and certain pubs in the area will be showing the matches as well.
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games, making up some of the 16 places on the Team GB squad. These include Iain Innes, an Alpine Skier, three-times Overall British Champion at U12, U14 and U16 levels. Amy Bryce, Callum Kinnear, Mili Smith, Ross Whyte will do battle in the curling, while Cal Sandieson, a freestyle skier, will take to the slopes. There seems to be a large amount of excitement in the camp, with the likes of Whyte stating on Twitter: “It’s official! Going to the Youth Olympics 2016!! Can’t wait #lillehammer2016
#TeamGB,” with many retweets and simple statements such as, “officially going to Youth Olympics”, from Sandieson and “Not long now”, from Kinnear. You never know, if they continue to progress, you may see the same names in bigger competitions in years to come. Knowing Scotland’s recent enthusiasm and drive for housing sport, it wouldn’t surprise you if any of the events from the country’s representatives’ sports ended up coming to the country in future years.
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SCOTTISH NATIONAL ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS PREVIEW Gymnastics is something we have probably all been forced into doing when we were in school. You may have moaned at it, however, for some it sticks as a passion. Indeed the best gymnasts in Scotland will be doing battle in the Scottish National Artistic Gymnastic Championships on the weekend of 27-28 February at the Bells Sports Centre in Perth. Competition at the championships
will be well fought and there are some recognisable names for any watchers of such competitions. Daniel Purvis, 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist on the Parallel Bars, will be looking to once again succeed in the men’s events having won the event for the last two years. Purvis has been part of the British squad alongside the likes of Louis Smith who have been becoming more and more successful
in the last few years. For this contest, he will once again be joined by Frank Baines, who also is from the Southport YMCA club, to compete for the prize. They will once again be tested on the floor, pommels, rings, vault, P-Bars and H-Bars before their scores are totalled. Meanwhile, in the Women’s Artistic contest, Amy Regan is looking to retain her title. The contest sees the athletes complete on the vault, bars, beam and floor before their scores are totalled. Performers will also compete in the youth events, the intermediate events as well as
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disabled events. Talent would be expected to come from the likes of the City of Glasgow Gymnastics Club, based at the Bellahouston Leisure Centre, Hamilton Gymnastics Club and Garioch Gymnastics Club to name but a few. As well as Scottish talent, guests from Sweden and Ireland will compete for the crowd. It is an exciting time in the sport in Scotland. This is the first Scottish championships since Scottish Gymnastics made a 12-year pledge to attempt to find fresh emerging talent for the sport, alongside developing capable coaches. In their words, the strategy will see ‘a strong Scottish Gymnastics, inspiring and nurturing emerging talent.’ As well as this, Glasgow held the World Gymnastics Championships for the first time in November at the SSE Hydro last year. The city is even preparing itself to host the World Cup Gymnastics in March at the Emirates Arena as it proves to be a competent home for the sport in Scotland. The sport may be something for existing fans, and any people who have never discovered it before, to enjoy something different, and maybe bring back those school memories from yesteryear. This could also be an interesting sneakpeek for the viewing public to examine our gymnasts before the likes of Purvis may get a chance to strut their stuff on the World stage at the Olympics later in the year, as the GB team look to move on from the bronze medal they won at the 2012 Olympics in London.
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GLASGOW INDOOR GRAND PRIX PREVIEW Glasgow once again opens its doors as a trailblazer for athletic competition, welcoming athletes such as Mo Farah, Greg Rutherford and Jessica Ennis-Hill to the Emirates Arena for the Glasgow Indoor Grand Prix for the first time on 20 February. The event has been in held in the past in Birmingham at the National Indoor Arena. However, the event will alternate with the cities to attend the Emirates
Arena this year, in 2018 and in 2020, before the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia and Tokyo Olympics in Japan. It says a lot for the anticipation for athletics and other sports after the Commonwealth Games of 2014 that the event has already sold out. The competition may be a good experience for British Athletics, who alongside Glasgow City Council and
Event Scotland, have recently put in a bid to attempt to host the 2019 European Indoor Championships. Such a process is obviously competitive, with competition from Apeldoorn in the Netherlands, Minsk in Belarus and Torun in Poland, but a roof-rousing show could add another dimension to the bid in the organisers’ eyes. It will be an interesting competition as the final plans are put in place to gear up to the Olympic games in the summer.
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Rutherford, the Olympic, World, European and Commonwealth long jump champion, will have competition with German Paralympian Markus Rehm at the event. Rehm is looking to prepare for the Olympics himself, however, must prove that he can’t gain any advantage from using a prosthetic right blade. Dafne Schippers, a gold medallist in the 200m in the 2015 World Championships, will face off against Dina Asher-Smith, who was one of the athletes who had to see the back of the Dutchwoman during that 200m event last year, having finished fifth. However, obviously some people may have their experience overshadowed with the recent doping revelations that have come out in athletics. Even when great athletes like those who are competing at the event come to Glasgow, it’s hard to hide from that stigma. Scottish Athletics themselves have released a ‘three-point plan’ for doping with Ian Beattie, their chairman, stating: “I know I speak for all within the Scottish athletics Board and staff in wishing to under-line and re-iterate our deepest commitment to clean sport and our desire to safeguard the future of athletics in Scotland and worldwide.” Fans will quickly forget the politics behind the sport if one of the established British stars claims victories in this competition, however, you would hope that it will be an event which is never dragged up for any other reasons.
A REASON NOT TO ‘WINE’ ABOUT RUNNING – GLASGOW’S WINEATHLON HAS YOU COVERED
Running sucks. Running for a long period of time sucks. Unless you’re into that stuff, marathons can be a pretty terrible experience for those like me who enjoy spending our Saturday’s at home, with some
good TV, a lovely dinner and a nice bottle of wine… But wait! Some genius has combined the marathon with wine tasting – and it’s coming to Glasgow this September.
What’s a six and a half mile run when wine is the reward? Wine, might I add, from different regions of the world? You don’t even need to run to get the wine – you can walk or crawl too. Every feeding station will have an optional wine sample and each station is themed around a different wine region of the world. After every two miles you’ve travelled, you will have earned a wine sample. Each bottle sampled will be available for purchase, for £7.50, at the end of the race. There will also be prizes at the Wineathlon for first, second and third places for men and women respectively. For those groups of wine lovers, there will be a prize for best team name, and yes, definitely a prize for best fancy dress. Events like this will also be held from this summer to winter in difference cities – Cambridge, Worcester and Yorkshire are some of the towns that will be having their own Wineathlons later this year. There is also one race in Wales. Charities are involved in the Wineathlons, and although there is no information yet on charities involved in the Glasgow event, the charities in other towns have been revealed. One Good Turn, a charity established
in 2011 that aims to support people in poverty and isolation will be involved with the Yorkshire event. Worcester’s race will be working with St Richard’s Hospice – an independence charity caring for over 2,500 patients, their loved ones and carers. It costs £18 to enter Glasgow’s Wineathlon and registration is at 12:30pm on September 24th this year, but the actual event starts at 1:30pm. Of course for this race you have to be 18 years or older to enter. Unsurprisingly, when organisers announced the event, it trended on Twitter and plenty were keen to comment on the race, noting they were already in training for it and drinking plenty in preparation. With September’s wine run, Team OA, the group behind the event, promises to “put the fun back into run.” On the Facebook page, the Great Glasgow Wineathlon, over a thousand people are interested in the event so far, and we still have eight months until it actually happens. It was revealed on the Facebook page too, that by January 13th 280 places had been sold and 250 of those were sold in the seven days prior. So, if you want to run for some nice wine this autumn, you ought to book your ticket quickly. So act fast, before it’s too late! Grab your ticket to Glasgow’s 10k wine run and sample some nice wine, make a good day out of it with your friends, and generally have a good time.
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WHY SHOULD SCOTLAND CARE ABOUT SUPER BOWL 50? In the middle of January, the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos’ American Football teams took their place in the 50th Super Bowl final at the Levi’s Stadium in California, an event which will take place on 7 February. This event is one of the usual spectacles of February and the year itself, highlighting the best of American football teams and usually showing the best of ‘half-time’ entertainment. Although there are some die-hard supporters of the Super Bowl in the UK, some in the city may speculate a ‘Super Bowl’ event arriving to them in the middle of the night just being a new brand of munchie box that’s been ordered. So what does this strange American thing have to do with Scotland, and why are we trying to highlight it? The sport is one of those that could easily be forgotten or ridiculed, many could complain about it causing serious brain injuries or similar certain flaws, or just one of those sports simulators you mind-numbingly play on a console. However, it’s amazing to see it’s stature when you delve into how far the sport has spread in the country in the last few decades. We are now getting to the point where some American teams are coming to Wembley to play matches in the UK due to the demand, and the coverage of the sport on television has definitely stepped up a gear in recent times, this certainly helping the matter. However, beyond even this, Scotland have actually had a centre for American Football for some time, although there are no teams in the Premiership of the sport, there are a series of teams in divisions below this, quite a complicated and complete system.
Glasgow Tigers play in the North Division Two alongside teams from the Aberdeen Roughnecks and Dundee Hurricanes, one of six division two leagues, which are superceded by the North Division One, where the likes of Edinburgh Wolves and Clyde Valley Blackhawks lie, and the top league, the Premier Division. The Aberdeen Roughnecks club began in 2012, the first Aberdonian team in the area since 1995, beginning their playing days in 2014. Dundee Hurricanes were established in 2002, with their highlight winning promotion to North Division One in 2007. Edinburgh Wolves began in 2002, with a team that has spanned out from a senior team, a women’s team and junior and youth teams at 14-16 and 16-19 levels who play at Meadowbank Stadium in the city. The Blackhawks began life in 2007, based in Wishaw, and started playing in 2009, where they have had a degree of success in recent times, being National North Division Champions in 2014. The (University of) Stirling Clansmen play in the Universities’ Premiership North where they are the current champions, while Edinburgh Napier Knights, Edinburgh Predators and West of Scotland Pyros play alongside a University of Glasgow team in the lower Universities’ Tier 1 Border. Finally below this lies the Universities’ Premiership Tier 1 which includes the likes of Edinburgh, and a University of Glasgow squad etc. These teams lie in between the masses of other leagues involving many other British teams. The main championship even results in a Britbowl match where London teams are dominant in winning. However, if this amount of Scottish teams competing isn’t enough to whet your appetite, let’s delve deeper into the interests
of the sport in Glasgow itself, looking at the Tigers. Glasgow Tigers take part in the sport and were actually established way back in 1985, known back then as Strathclyde Sheriffs before a name change in 2001. The team have made the play-offs on six occasions, last in 2009 and currently play at Lochinch Playing Fields where a number of teams and sports call their home. The team’s season is currently in offseason, however, preparations are beginning to get back into the swing of things come the start of the season in April. In 2016, the team will play Aberdeen Roughnecks and Dundee Hurricanes as well as Newcastle Vikings, Northumberland Lightning and Carlisle Sentinels. The team will play their rivals twice each, home and away, and look to get into the playoffs of their league. American Football is also something the public can get behind. The Glasgow Tigers admit that they openly welcome any new players, ‘just drop by any training session or get in touch’. If you’ve ever watched the Super Bowl and wanted touchdown to glory, this could be a prime opportunity. According to their website, 112 different players attended at least one training session, an amazing turnout for something many might not even think about. Not only that, but coach Alex Paterson must be an interesting character to work with, having won the SportScotland Community Coach of the Year award last year. On their team website, the Tigers try and tempt support by stating that: “It is one of the most complete team sports, breaking down social and racial barriers and many great friendships are created through this ultimate time sport.” “This is a sport unlike any other. This
sport can bring together individuals into a solid team unit regardless of their build or ability, whether you are tall, small, fat, thin, strong, weak, fast or slow, there WILL be a position for you and no-one is excluded.” “There are no players turning up to be standing on a sideline for an entire game.” Sometimes in life you’ve got to throw yourself into something, and maybe if you’re over 18 and still looking for something to do, perhaps exercise-wise, since the start of the new year, this could be your niche. Sessions take place on Wednesday evenings from 7pm-9pm at Govan Campus and on Sunday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm at Cambuslang Rugby Club. These sessions can be non-contact or contact, while the club supply’s helmets and pads to members while using studded boots. Even if you think that’s not enough, you can also attend the Clyde Valley Blackhawks’ sessions at Ravenscraig Sports Complex in Motherwell to play or even to coach or just help the club prosper with many teams having open arms to any participation. Since there’s no lack of the sport being played in the country, and if you’re planning on staying awake past the wee hours to indulge in some overseas action anyway, why not get involved in an ever-growing portfolio of the sport in the UK? If you want to get involved with the Tigers, you can contact William Clark on 07742727646 or contact the team at www.facebook.com/GlasgowTigers. Also, if you want to get in contact with the Clyde Valley Blackhawks, you can contact them by phoning 07903109207 or messaging them at www.facebook.com/ clydevalleyblackhawks/. by Cameron Paterson Twitter: