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traditional or historic ceremonies that involve drugs now The United Kingdom, its government and its people have considered to be illegal? a dirty little secret. Drugs. It’s 2015, and more than ever You’ll be hard pressed to go out as a student and not drugs are readily available. And, more than ever, people are be offered some kind of upper, downer, trip or cheap thrill. using them. Why? Because, well, people like using drugs. The difference now, since the much maligned War on Politicians, school teachers, junkies, the unemployed, the Drugs began, is that you can and will be punished if you are employed, clubbers, artists, mothers, fathers, even children. caught, and the illegal nature of drugs mean they are forced For years, questions on drug reform have been dodged underground and cut, chopped and flung out with all manner and ignored by our most prevalent politicians, as media of badness amongst it. Plus, there’s no one to protect you if scaremongering and the threat of lost votes prevents sensible something goes wrong. The War and real authoritative on Drugs has allowed the illegal action being taken on CAMERON’S STATEMENT: drug trade to grow into the biggest what is a problem that ‘WHAT IS IN PLACE IS WORKING’ industry in the world. threatens to spiral out of No one knows about the control. 2,000 PEOPLE DIED IN 2013 IN ENGLAND dangers of drugs better than Anne The need for a AND WALES ALONE (INCLUDING MY Marie Cockburn. She lost her 15 conversation and change LITTLE GIRL), THAT STATEMENT TRULY year old daughter Martha after she on the subject was HORRIFIED ME AND EVERY DAY I WAKE took half a gram of MDMA with highlighted on New Year’s UP, THOSE WORDS RING IN MY EARS exceptionally high purity. She didn’t day, where three people expect the MDMA to be so strong, died taking dodgy pills, as it never usually is, and this chemical roulette stemmed from something which would not have happened if they were the fact she bought the drugs from an illegal and unregulated getting the drugs from a reliable source. source. Ms. Cockburn has now became a prominent figure in But who’s fault is the drug problem? People’s? The thirst the campaign for drugs reform, and is challenging politicians for inebriation reaches all walks of society, and is perhaps a and the British people to look at the actual effects of the central part of the human condition. From the pint the bricky current UK system of dealing with drugs. enjoys after a shift, to a lawyers coffee in the morning, to the “I don’t think the current system of drug regulation is pill taken by a teenager at a massive club night. What about

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working as many people die every year due to the inadequate and outdated policy currently in place. Laws are supposed to keep people safe and the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act is way past it’s sell-by date. The current government presents such mixed messages to young people which highlights how detached they are from reality. There’s enormous disparity between what young people are seeing in their everyday lives and the recent Cameron statement saying ‘what is in place is working’. 2,000 people died in 2013 in England and Wales alone (including my little girl), that statement truly horrified me and every day I wake up, those words ring in my ears. Coming into 2015 I felt so optimistic and hopeful as a lot of progress was made around the world during 2014 with regards to a sensible dialogue for change and people ‘getting’ the fact that legal regulation doesn’t mean a free-for-all, it’s the smart choice, based on reality. It takes drugs out of the hands of criminals and passes responsibility to healthcare professionals.” David Cameron’s deluded attitude towards drugs is unsurprising. Conservative politicians traditionally share a strict anti-drugs policy (even if there are alleged users within their own cabinet and membership), but now some members of Cameron’s own party and senior ranking politicians want to change things, and the governments stance on drug reform threatens to split the coalition. People and politicians the world over are questioning the dangers of the illegal drug trade and asking if regulation does more harm than good. For a traditionally forward thinking country, Britain’s backwards stance is lagging behind the rest of the world. “The recent Home Office Report commissioned to compare drug policies in different countries showed no obvious link between tough laws and levels of drug use. It was recommended that the UK adopt a similar approach to Portugal, but Theresa May instructed that this be removed from the official published report. Norman Baker disclosed this after resigning from the Home Office. Again, this highlights the political game played in order to retain votes, rather than prioritise a safety-first approach.” There seems to be a real distance between policy


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substance if he knew that the buyer was just going to test it? and reality when it comes to talking about drugs in the He wouldn’t be in business very long. Here however, we can House of Commons. Cameron’s statements are deluded, have no honest and open door policy to drugs. Dealers can sell unquestionably. Norman Baker claims the results of a recent whatever they want in clubs, providing they don’t get caught. survey on drug reform was suppressed by the government. As “I think that free widespread drugtesting facilities should they point score with each other and the media, and protect be widely available (in vending machines etc.), this would help laws that clearly do more damage than good, people die, get people to make more informed decisions. Had my daughter taken advantage of and some of the most dangerous and tested what she was about to take, she would certainly have repugnant people get richer. Some drug dealers I have met taken a lot less (Martha took 1/2 a gram of MDMA which along the way have had attitudes and lifestyles that have turned out to be 91% pure – enough for 5-10 people), she made my stomach wince. died from an accidental overdose.” The education on drugs has had a familiar tone for years. Portugal is a leading light in global drug reform. In 2000 ‘Just say no’, ‘drugs are bad’, ‘these are all the terrible things the country decriminalised the possession of all substances, that will happen if you take drugs’. For example, the Talk to and changed the attitudes of dealing with drugs from a Frank website is an embarrassment, scaremongering and not criminal problem to a health problem. The result? No real giving a true reflection of drugs. Did all this heavy handed change in levels of drug using amongst the population, education in schools stop us taking drugs? Of course not. millions saved on the enforcement of drug laws and If anything, it just makes people more edgy, paranoid and ultimately, less people dying. And that’s the most important unsure after ingesting them. If the laws are really there to part. When lives are at stake, the government has a duty protect us, then shouldn’t our education on drugs seek to do to ensure its people are best protected. Here, the only the same too? thing protected is the character and reputation of our most “Current drugs education falls so far short of where it prominent politicians and archaic ideals. Drugs are here to needs to be. It needs to move from the old-fashioned, just stay, whether they are legal or not. Current laws criminalise say no approach, to what they need to ‘know’ in order to Regularsafe. Live Entertainment Guest DJs users Every andWeekend give a platform to exploit, gain and extort for keep themselves Until policy catches up with common the real criminals. They also allow for tragedies like what sense, harm-reduction education should be widely adopted. City Centre Location Function Room Hire happened to Martha. The laws didn’t protect her, and they Charities such as Release.org provide very good and simple don’t protect you either. How many more tragedies have to harm-reduction advice. Walk-In Wi-Fiuntil there’s a ‘label on Weekly Quiz Night happen before we hold our politicians to account for their It’s Free impossible to fully educate the negligent stance on drug laws? Now is the time for change. bottle’, showing ingredients and dosage information. Of Food Available Allbut Day Drinks “I’ve Promotions gone on the record saying that Martha wanted to course,Great this route still presents some risk, the levelsRegular of get high, she didn’t want to die, no parent wants either, but harm are greatly reduced.” there’s one of those options that’s preferable to the other. Drug laws are changing globally. Here, drug laws are not There’s a fantastic new project I’m involved with: Anyone’s based on evidence. They are based on scaremongering and Child; Families for Safer Drug Control www.anyoneschild.org politicians fear of the press. Across Europe, clubbers have – we’re garnering support through stories like mine in order the opportunity to test their drugs in clubs to ensure they to push for political change. are of sound quality and quantity, and that they are actually Please get in touch if you’d like to get involved.” what the dealer says they are. Would a dealer misrepresent a

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HIGH TIME FOR A CHANGE? Cannabis. Mary Jane. The sweet sweet cheeba. Whatever you call it, it’s hard to deny that the musky pungent herb has spread its leaves much further than it’s indigenous homelands of Central and South East Asia. The illegal plant has flowered into one of the most culturally relevant, popular and infamous substances on the planet. It’s 2015, and all of a sudden, cannabis is everywhere. And not just in the lungs of that basement dwelling, 20 something cousin of yours who plays the sitar and listens to experimental dancehall jazz funk. It’s in your mum’s best friend’s, your postman’s, your local call centre advisor’s, your old school teachers. Even that guy who writes witty and informative articles for student magazines could be partial to a toke. The truth is there are, and have always been, cannabis users in all walks of society, from the top to the bottom. However, since 1928 in the UK, these criminal masterminds have been illegally indulging in d’urb and costing the treasury a hell of a lot of money in the process, approximately £500 million in the enforcement and policing of the drug’s illegality. It’s important that the march towards a change in cannabis legislation is not assimilated with the shambolic state of affairs that is the ‘blazin’ 420’ mob. Public smoke outs, aggressive marketing and grandiose displays of weed prowess damage the image of cannabis legalisation, and belittle work done by those who genuinely want to see change for the right reasons. They promote cannabis users as outlaws, and if things are to change then the discussion has to involve everyone, and that includes politicians. Experiences, exposure and education are changing our attitudes towards the plant, so why aren’t our politicians talking about it as well?

As the US, perhaps the cultural home of cannabis inspired literature and arts (and I’m talking more Ginsberg than Snoop Dogg here), ride a big hazy wave of thick white smoke alongside the likes of Uruguay, Portugal and the Czech Republic towards a real change of attitudes with regards the world’s most widely used illicit substance, is it time the UK did too? Let’s look at the facts. It is estimated that 5% of the UK population are regular cannabis smokers. That’s three million people, and for all intents and purposes, three million criminals. In 2004 cannabis was reclassified down to a class C substance under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971, before being reclassified back to a class B five years later. This, according to the head of Clear Cannabis Law Reform, Peter Reynolds, was because of the desire for political support, corporate interest and most certainly not for the benefit of the British people. “[Cannabis policy] It’s not run based on evidence or fact or what scientists say: it’s based on minister’s fear of the press. Allegedly when Gordon Brown became Prime Minister, and this is widely acknowledged to be the truth, he did a deal with Paul Dacre; the editor of the Daily Mail, to reclassify cannabis up to class B in order to gain the Daily Mail’s support. The government is terrified of the reaction from the press”. This, regrettably, is frighteningly accurate. I met with my Glasgow based MSP to discuss the issue myself. I provided him with statistics and questions about governmental hypocrisy. I asked him if he thought cannabis laws were outdated, if he thought that having no regulation was more dangerous than regulating the substance and if he would represent me by asking these questions on the appropriate platform, not to seek the legalisation of the plant, but to ensure that the current system was the best one to represent the needs, safety and desires of the country. Besides a wry smile, the inability to actually answer my questions and the installation of a 20 metre barge pole to

ensure I couldn’t remotely incriminate or taint him with any relation to the devil’s herb, he told me to start a movement and a petition that would have to be heard. But not by him, he couldn’t possibly represent me on this. A million and one online and public petitions later (even one on drug policy being discussed in parliament) and the UK government are still running scared of the press and of themselves when it comes to talking about it. Also, I asked him if he had ever smoked cannabis. He told me he had been around people smoking it but couldn’t possibly say if he ever did. Why the hell not? I’ve smoked cannabis plenty of times. So has my girlfriend, my friends, some of my bosses, even my parents. Yeah, whilst it was illegal too. Shock horror. I really hope my character remains intact after publicly admitting it. My sarcasm is born of frustration about the fact the illegality of cannabis here is steeped in hypocrisy. On one


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DO YOU AGREE? hand, UK politicians claim that cannabis has no medicinal benefits (evidence suggests it does, from alleviating the pain of chemotherapy, to helping epilepsy sufferers, to dealing with MS, Chrons and cataracts). On the other, the UK are the only country in the world to license a major pharmaceutical company to grow cannabis for medicine. GW Pharmaceuticals grow cannabis for Sativex, an effective medicine used in the treatment of epilepsy, who, rather conveniently, also make $29 million a year. So UK government, does it or does it not have any medicinal benefits? The issue needs to be tackled openly and honestly, but unfortunately, openness and honesty on the discussion of cannabis with official bodies is about as possible as a marathon after a chain of bong hits. The biggest anticannabis narrative is the apparent link to serious mental health defects like schizophrenia. These links have to be taken seriously, but after contacting the Scottish Association for Mental Health, the Scottish Drugs Forum; who told me that they were “not sure that these stats exist” and the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the question remains unanswered. And it probably always will. The general consensus seems to be that long term cannabis use worsens an already underlying mental health condition, and this is worsened further when used by the developing brain of a child. But major studies suggest the exact same of the legal drug alcohol. There are an average

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of 800 UK wide admissions to hospitals because of cannabis. In Scotland alone last year, there where approximately 36,000 because of alcohol related admissions. Evidence would suggest cannabis is harmful to some, but it also suggests alcohol is too. A popular naivety amongst smokers is that cannabis is not addictive. This is usually uttered from the mouths of all day smokers, eyes half shut and deluding themselves into a lifetime of roach ends and hygiene problems. Trust me, I used to be one of them. It’s not extremely physically addictive no, but neither are gambling or pornography. You could even get addicted to licking stamps if you were that way inclined. Is this cannabis’ fault though? Or is it the smoker’s? Society is very quick to blame substance for addiction and not the problems of the individual. This diminishes the responsibility to help the person who is addicted and to actually address the problem at its root. A hammer can build a house, but it can also cave someone’s skull in; it just depends who’s wielding it. If an individual wants to sit and live his life smoking doobies and watching old episodes of Dangermouse, let him. He’ll do it if it’s legal or illegal, right or wrong. Cannabis is also not without its dangers and flaws. Weed makes it much harder to get out of bed in the morning, but then again so does alcohol. I’ve also found myself lost in a rabbit hole of paranoid thoughts from smoking far too much in far too short a period of time, or cannabis that was far too strong for me or my tolerance to handle. Cannabis users must also appreciate that. However, if it was legal, then the strength of the cannabis or hashish the buyer is getting wouldn’t be a shot in the dark. Some people don’t drink whisky or vodka because it makes them defile local statutes and statues, or hysterically pour out their emotions and cry about how no-one understood them in school. So these people stick to beer. Just like someone who couldn’t handle super bubble gum cheese haze kush would just smoke a softer hashish. It would also mean you wouldn’t need to meet a hooded man who’s as paranoid as you are under a bridge in a dodgy Mexican stand-off between baggy and cash. Cannabis’ legal status, like that of most of other drugs, has resulted in chemists manufacturing synthetic versions of the drug. These seizure inducing untested products are sold legally, and stimulate the brain the same way cannabis would. However, these are wildly more dangerous. Synthetic cannabis can kill you. Cannabis is also plant matter, synthetic cannabis is a white powder sprayed onto what can only be described as catnip. It’s cheap, nasty, and even worse, growing in popularity. It only exists because cannabis is illegal. So where are we now? Changing attitudes globally mean that exposure and education is changing attitudes here. Our politicians? Still as stiff as ever on the subject. No-one wants to touch it. Incredibly, 69% of drug crime is cannabis related, and there would be a dramatic drop in drug crime as a result of reform, saving millions.

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Statistics relating to cannabis in the UK GOVERNMENT SAY 5% OF THE POPULATION REGULARLY SMOKE CANNABIS. THAT IS 1 IN 20, OR 3 MILLION PEOPLE. WHETHER THIS IS ACTUALLY REFLECTIVE IS HARD TO SAY

THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 800 HOSPITAL ADMISSIONS A YEAR IN THE UK DUE TO CANNABIS THERE ARE APPROXIMATELY 36,000 ADMISSIONS A YEAR IN SCOTLAND ALONE FOR ALCOHOL THERE ARE 2,000 PRISON SENTENCES A YEAR FOR CANNABIS APPROXIMATELY 7/10 (69%) OF ALL DRUGS OFFENCES ARE CANNABIS RELATED THE GOVERNMENT SPENDS £500 MILLION A YEAR ENFORCING CANNABIS LAWS ESTIMATIONS SUGGEST 10,000 NEW JOBS IN PRODUCTION AND SALES IF CANNABIS WAS LEGALISED AND OVER £6 BILLION A YEAR IN TAX REVENUES IF IT WAS TAXED LIKE CIGARETTES.

Legalisation would result in taxation, and if it was to be taxed like cigarettes, estimations suggest £6.7 billion in tax revenue, as if any more evidence was needed with regards demand. 10,000 new jobs. Tourism. A drop in alcohol related crime. The possible benefits are innumerable. The downside? More readily available. As if it wasn’t “readily available” anyway. It’s hard to sit on the fence when the evidence weighs down all of one side of it. Cannabis laws are changing, and it’s only a matter of time before the Great British people start to see through by Cameron Willis @CameronWillis92 the smoke. c.willis@tsaglasgow.com

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R.I.P. ORANGE WEDNESDAYS IS THE FUTURE STILL BRIGHT WITHOUT ORANGE WEDNESDAYS? We have all used Orange Wednesdays at least once in our life. It reminds me of that last week leading up to payday where you have £1.28 in your bank account and you’re dying of boredom in your flat and then your generous flatmate comes in with their cineworld card and asks if you want the free ticket as part of Orange Wednesday. You think to yourself ‘there is a god’, a god in the form of your flatmate who annoys you unless theres a free cinema ticket…But alas, all good things must come to an end. For those who have no idea what I am talking about, Orange Wednesdays launched over 10 years ago where you were able to get a code which magically gave you a ticket for someone of your choice to be lucky enough to come to the cinema with you for free. It wasn’t really so much magic, just in the form of a text. Anyway, this amazing deal also allowed you to order free items at Pizza express which you could enjoy before or after your meal, making it a students haven for a night of treating yourself. It was cheap, enjoyable and you got to eat pizza that isn’t frozen from farmfoods (#studentlife). ‘Organ Wednesdays launched over a decade ago and at its peak it was a massive success and an iconic promotion’ a spokesperson said, so why change it? They feel that customers viewing habits had evolved and it was time to move on. The final credits will roll for Orange Wednesday in February this year and they claim they are ‘working on new customer entertainment reward and will provide more details soon’. Orange confirmed they are currently exploring ‘mutually beneficial partnership with the cinema industry’. I’m personally glad they mentioned specifically it was in the cinema industry, in a dream world what would the best customer entertainment award be? Unicorn riding? Bubble football on water? That’s what goes on in my mind.. Anyway, Orange believed that more people were watching films on their tablets, phones and TV’s at home and the number of people using the deal has declined significantly. But a lot of people didn’t seem to be happy with their decision. Twitter reacted straight away with ‘Orange

Wednesdays’ trending after the announcement. People blamed Kevin Bacon. People cried. People were confused as to what they were now going to do on that dreaded midweek evening. People said they were never going to watch another movie again...ever. A personal favourite tweet of mine was a young lad asking if any girls wanted to go out on a date with him whilst they still had time. Charmer! But fear not, students of Glasgow! We have compiled a list of places who do mid-week deals in the city centre where you can still catch a movie, grab a bite to eat or have a few drinks and not have a hole in your wallet. One of my favourite things to do during the week is head to The Stand on a Tuesday night for ‘Red Raw’ comedy night. Standard entry is £2 and you are there for hours celebrating up and coming comedians as well as the odd established one trying out new material. Last time I was there Frankie Boyle was on for half an hour as well as 5 other comedians and it was all for £2! Stay away from the front though – they will find something to make fun of you for. There are also a huge number of restaurants that provide student discount or have promotions on mid-week. One of my favourites is Ketchup on Ashton Lane. It is perfectly located for when you want to have food, a few drinks and catch a movie! They provide 2-4-1 burgers if you have the

Student Recommended app, as do Hummingbird. They sell the same burgers and have the same offer, but you have the choice of the City Centre or the West End. Hummingbird also do half price cocktails during the week, even on a Friday night! If you’re down that neck of the woods on Bath Street, head to Moskito where you can get half price cocktails as well! The Student Recommended app is great for us students. Even though you don’t have Orange Wednesday’s anymore, it doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy a movie with a discount! The Grosvenor Cinema on Ashton Lane provides a couples combo discount, where you can get two cinema tickets, two drinks and popcorn for £22! It sounds more expensive, but when you think about those ice blasts and popcorn in Cineworld, they definitely add up! The app also provides deals which mean you can stay in and relax, but enjoy a take away from Papa Johns with 50% off! If you are a music fan, you can always head to venues such as Bloc and Box, who have live music every night with free entry and cheap booze! The important thing to remember is, the future is still bright in Glasgow, even without Orange Wednesday! by Joanna Mullan @joannamullan j.mullan@tsaglasgow.com

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Glasgow is known for a lot of things; pride, being friendly, deep fried mars bars, our beautiful people and architecture, but now theres something new on the block. Recently, on your travels to university, you have probably seen a new burger joint pop up on each corner of the city, but instead of thinking ‘oh, there’s another one’, you’re considering what sides you’re going to get when you try it out. There is nothing better than that full, happy, satisfied feeling you get when you have just demolished a gourmet burger, and now we have a huge variety of places to choose from. You will have probably seen or heard of the opening of burger giant ‘Five Guys’ all the way from the U.S, and they have definitely upped the game for their competitors throughout Glasgow. There has been a huge hype throughout the last year at the idea of a ‘Five Guys’ coming to Glasgow, after restaurant’s opening in London and Edinburgh. You can find them on St Vincent street where you can choose your burger, and add all your toppings for free. This makes them different from other burger joints in Glasgow as you are basically creating your own masterpiece..in burger form. Did I mention their soda machine? You have a choice of over 100 flavours, did anyone say cherry cola followed by unlimited refills of grape fanta? There are also a huge number of independent gourmet

burger restaurant’s doing equally well in Glasgow. In the city centre you can find a huge number of places to grab a quick bite between classes – Ad Lib, Bread Meats Bread, Slouch, The Howlin’ Wolf, Gourmet Burger Kitchen. Another leader in Glasgow is MeatHammer Ltd. Their tremendous burgers are definitely bigger than the rest, but they are also incredibly tasty. The catering operation won Glasgow’s Best Burger Competition 2014 and you can try them at Nice N Sleazy’s on Sauchiehall Street and more recently Factory on Byres Road. But where has this hype come from? A lot of places seem to have opened up overnight, but our favourite burger joint in Glasgow has been opened for quite a while. Burger Meats Bun is one of the original and best gourmet burger restaurants in Glasgow City Centre, and with restaurant’s now opening in Edinburgh and hopefully elsewhere, we can expect much more of their tasty beef and delicious patties. They won Glasgow’s Best Burger 2013 on the highly influential blog ‘James vs. Burger’ and business has blown up since then. You can thank owners Ben and James for bringing such a delicious menu to us in Glasgow City Centre. The guys met working at a Michelinstarred restaurant in Fife and the rest is history! They quit their jobs to follow their dream which was to create the best burgers, which we can all personally say they have achieved!

‘Our passion lies in fusing attention to detail, pride and a constant drive for quality in all that we do. We focus on quality of choice rather than quantity. Juicy burgers, heavenly wings and awesome fries. Throw in some quality beers, liquor, good tunes and our brilliant team of fellow burger lovers and you have us in, well...a bun!’ Every part of their burger is made from fresh, local produce, from the beef, to the cheese, to the fresh brioche bun. James and Ben are also very active on Burger Meats Bun’s social media sites, so you can never miss what they are up to! You can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Google+ as well as looking at mouth watering pictures of burgers with the valencia filter on instagram! Have we sold you enough? Or do you not have enough time to have a sit down meal in amongst classes? No worries! They also have a take out menu so you are in and out and on your way back to your lecture with a full, satisfied tummy! Make sure to try out the thai chilli cheese fries and seoul wings, the perfect accompaniment with any of their award winning burgers. If you are a vegetarian and are afraid you might be missing out – don’t worry! They have a delicious option for you also as well as a number of delicious sides and deserts! If you still have room afterwards, I would definitely recommend their shakes. You can find Burger Meats Bun and get a very warm welcome from Ben, James and their staff at 48 West Regent Street and are open Tuesday – Sunday from 12pm – 9.30pm – go say hi! by Joanna Mullan @joannamullan j.mullan@tsaglasgow.com

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YOUR BURGERS McDonalds. The answer to one of those death inducing dry mouthed hangover prayers when the night before was blacked out after the 8th jar of Weatherspoon’s cheapest pint and the 4th shot of some horrible fluorescent liquid that smells just as bad as it tastes. But, and I say this with glee, the conglomerate behemoth and embodiment of corporate greed and unfair wages has seen its grip on the global fast food trade begin to loosen and sales begin to slide the world over. Sales beginning to slide for McDonalds though is the difference between making disgusting amounts of money and slightly less disgusting amounts of money. But let’s just revel in a small victory for the little man for a second. Done? Because of course, such is the wealth of creative marketing expertise McDonalds has at its disposal, it has a plan. A big meaty, lettucey, chickeny, plastic-cheesy plan. In response to growing interest in trendy and much better tasting burger joints, which have a bigger variety, better ingredients and are only slightly more expensive, McDonalds are fashioning a new create-your-own menu, with baskets for your chips (oh they’d hate that, given I worked in KFC, calling “fries” chips is like denying that Jesus saved us to a 14th Century priest) and a promise of infinite ingredients to tantalise the tastebuds of even the biggest sceptic. The geniuses over at Maccy D’s HQ are calling it McCustomisation. Very witty and original I’m sure you’ll all agree. To me though, it sounds like the difference between nice décor, quality ingredients and an aesthetic quality to the food that is as pleasing as the taste of the scran itself in a burger joint, and heavily fingered ingredient pots, cheap nasty plates and baskets, and slightly rancid soggy buns combined with half defrosted burgers that each singularly contain strands of beef from a 1000+ cows. It also means that they will

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potentially have to pay less staff. Of course they say this is preposterous, but the potential of a touchscreen ordering system means we can’t definitively say. Yay! A win for everybody. Thanks McDonalds! It’s not here yet though. Plans are afoot to have it rolled out in the UK eventually, as globally we see an increase in the number of people demanding greater customization with their food and more thought being given to where the food comes from. But if you care where your food comes from, why the hell would you be in a McDonalds? The Aussies are the first to have the pleasure, which will have an increased cost. Combined with the potential decreased staff costs, it’s clear to see all of this is about McDonald’s devoted loyalty to its customers, and nothing to do with making more money than they could possibly spend in a lifetime. Another big thank you to McDonalds is due here. Woohoo! McDonalds! It’s already been rolled out in over 2,000 stores in the US, but it remains to be seen if it will take off. A Big Mac meal here costs just shy of £6. For an extra £2, and as a student, you could have a prime beef or chicken burger, with a world

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of toppings to choose from, from anyone of Glasgow’s top burger restaurants. Burger Meats Bun, Bread Meats Bread, Buddy’s, Ketchup, Burger and Cocktail. The list is endless. Plus, your money goes somewhere different than into the pockets of one of the world’s allegedly most ethically questionable companies. The create-your-own McDonalds menu is a questionable endeavour to say the least. Once, the fast food titans credentials and position as one of the world’s leading and economically expanding companies was never under threat. This, seems like one last grasp to keep their power atop the fast food chain. I wish, McDonalds unfortunately is here to stay, but a man can dream. But it’ll take more than a createyour-own menu to tempt me into one of their stores unless I’m as rough as toast and some disgustingly fantastic horrible burgers are the only thing that will take the pain away. Check out HackTheMenu.com for other fast food chains following the trend. We recommend the cotton by Cameron Willis @CameronWillis92 candy frappuccino! c.willis@tsaglasgow.com

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There was about five years between your first and second album with a lot of wrangling in-between. Was it frustrating having to wait to get your work out there again? It allowed me to perfect this record. But if ultimately fails to reach a wider audience, then I suppose I’ll look back on the delay as an inefficient use of time, youth and resources. Though I’d been kept more than busy with other work. Could you tell me a little bit about what caused the delay and how it came to a resolution? Essentially, business. The idea that you release a record when there is an existing audience, rather than to build an audience. A lot of people were really excited for new releases from you and at various times there seems to have been buzz growing about a new album coming out. What was it like to have that kind of pressure or expectation on new material before it comes out? Relatively, I don’t know the meaning of expectation. You’ve worked with a lot of well-known charting musicians in the past. Is that something you enjoy doing or do you prefer working on things that will be released under your own name? I suppose whilst there is a sense of ego at the core to all of it, I’m not bothered by taking credit for anything. Though I’m thrilled by the idea of my work being appreciated by a wide audience and this is one of the appeals of working with more established artists. You’ve also done a number of remixes. Which ones are your favourites and how do you go about choosing which track you’re going to remix?

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The remixes choose me and then I pick between those. That alt-J one is pretty good. They’re all quite fun (to me).

FRYARS

You featured on the brilliant Cold with Rae Morris. How did that collaboration come about and what was the process for working on it?

Your second album Power came out in November. Can you tell me a little bit about what you were trying to achieve with the album?

power station that will deliver electricity to the whole nation. But instead it causes a nuclear winter. He is a wanted man and she plunges into depression. He flees the country by boat and finds himself spiritually on an island off the Chinese coast. Eventually he returns to face the music where he is put to death. I’m not sure where the stories come from.

Expect a fairly static stage presence singing those same songs from the internet. I’ll alter what I say in between tracks based on the audience in front of me and the set depending on whether I’m part of a downtempo/uptempo affair.

The album seems to be quite eclectic and there are a lot of different styles mixed in there. Why did you go for that kind of approach?

It’s always a bit of a rubbish question but given the time of year, it’s almost mandatory. What do you hope 2015 will hold for you and do you have any plans in place for the new year?

FRYARS peerless sound has won him fans from Kanye West to Depeche Mode, and seen him tour with acts as diverse as London Grammar and Wild Beasts. Having co-wrote two tracks on Lily Allen’s number one album Sheezus and performed live with her, this act is definitely one to watch in 2015. We introduce to you...FRYARS!

A coherent universe that only unfolds when listened to start to finish, that serves the ideas and characters of the overarching narrative. A beautiful sweeping epic! How different is it to Dark Young Hearts and how different was your overall approach? This record is a lot more live. A lot more melodic. It places music above the lyric, though not to their neglect. Dark Young Hearts was lyric led. I understand there’s a story that connects the tracks on the album. Can you tell me about the story and how that came together? An engineer travels to America as a young man, where he meets a beautiful and very ambitious young woman. She drives him to near greatness. He has a contract for a single

To paint a passing of time and location. To create scale.

I’ve been working with Rae for ages. A duet seemed like a good plan. I began a little idea and then we thrashed it out. I know a lot of people loved that track. Are you happy with how it turned out? Very happy. It took me a while to finesse. I feel like there’s still a load of potential in it. Hopefully they’ll re release it! You’re supporting Rae on tour at the moment. For anyone who may be coming across your music for the first time, what should they expect from a Fryars gig? And does that change at all when you’re performing in a supporting slot?

What has the response been like so far and are people responding like you’d hoped they would?

Don’t worry. The first half of the year is fairly set in stone. I’ll be on tour, working on records for others and paying some attention to my next one. And I’ll become better at cooking. It’s more exciting than it sounds.

All I’d ever hope for in a response is for at least one person to understand the record exactly as intended, and this has been the case. I do care about reviews, to an extent, and these have been great. The album needs to travel further afield. More listeners is always good.

Fryars will be touring his recently released, critically acclaimed new album Power this winter, on tour with Rae Morris. He will be coming to King Tut’s by Derek Healey on 3rd February. @Healey26

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GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL 18TH FEB – 1ST MARCH

This February sees the return of the much loved and heavily revered Glasgow Film Festival. This year’s festival will see the modest yet respected festival celebrate its tenth year, and with the promise of some big premieres, some famous

faces and a celebration of all things good in cinema and film, it is sure to be the best one yet. It all kicks off on the 18th of February and the curtain comes down on March 1st. The festival began in 2005, and over the last ten years it has grown to be one of the most popular and successful film

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festivals around. It has quietly but effectively positioned itself as one of the key events of the Glasgow cultural calendar and people from all over the world come to see the events and premieres that it has to offer. The main hub for the festival is at Glasgow Film Theatre, a modest and traditional theatre who seek to treat all guests as movie star royalty and remains independent. It’s this attachment to the pure and grassroots nature of cinema that makes the festival such a strong and popular choice against others. In its modesty it leaves doors open to anyone, and the festival is about introducing as many people as possible to the artistic nature, historical background and some of the most famous faces, new and old, of film. In 2013 the festival hosted no less than 57 premieres, including Nicole Kidman’s film Stoker. This was a year that also showed a special screening and introduction of season 3 of Game of Thrones. To come that far in such a small period of time was a fantastic achievement for the festival, and this year things are going to be no different. The Glasgow Film Festival programme will be available from Wednesday 21st of January and this will reveal all the big names on the festival’s lineup. Early bird tickets are available from the festival website, so get in early to avoid disappointment. Even though the line up hasn’t been confirmed, Glasgow Film Festival’s growing reputation means the surprises the programme throws out exceed expectations year after year. The festival also offers lectures and masterclasses from some of those who have starred, wrote or directed the films. 21st of January. Save the date. If you would rather wait and see what the festival’s programme has to offer than buy early bird tickets, that’s the day when events are published. Get involved with one of the fastest growing, by Cameron Willis @CameronWillis92 modest and welcoming c.willis@tsaglasgow.com film festivals around.


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ALBUM REVIEW – LAURA WELSH ‘SOFT CONTROL’ English singer-songwriter Laura Welsh is no stranger to the limelight, having appeared on Gorgon City’s Here For You and reaching no. 7 in the UK charts last May. She has, however, finally released her full length début Soft Control, which combines r&b with synthy, anthemic pop that compliments her soulful voice. Welsh’s lyrics are bold and personal, delivered with tremendous conviction, and her songs strike the perfect balance between soul and pop. There are striking similarities to be made between Laura and Florence + The Machine – most apparent on the title tracks, Ghosts and Breathe Me In with Welsh demonstrating work clearly influenced by Lungs. It’s easy to compare her voice to singers like Adele and Clare Maguire, suggesting it is hard to detect real vocal or sonic originality. She has a superb voice, as showcased especially on the gospel-tinged Hollow Drum; however, she lacks something unique that can set her apart from the huge variety of female singers dominating pop music today. Soft Control’s stand out tracks include the dramatic, pulsing Ghosts and God Keeps, which could fit easily on Sam Smith’s debut record. The album’s highlight may be Call To Arms, a bracing and emotional ballad that demonstrates perfectly that Welsh is capable of great things. It is on these tracks that her ability to fuse well-crafted pop songs with such a soulful voice is so apparent. The production throughout Soft Control can feel a little inconsistent and scattered, with the first half of the record fitting her voice and persona better than the sparse, minimalist production seen on some tracks. Songs like Cold Front and Still Life – which incorporate cold 90s tri-hop beats and call to mind early Björk and Zero7 – really stand out, and the cold metronome rhythms accentuate Welsh’s vocals. However, tracks Breathe Me In and Hardest Part feel like pale imitations of Aluna George. And it feels like a mistake to feature the stupendous John Legend on your debut album;

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CELTIC CONNECTIONS 15TH JAN – 1ST FEB

Scotland. There’s a million and one things that people the world over associate with our wee country, but there’s perhaps one medium that represents the creativity, soul and passion of its people more precisely than any other. Our music. For generations, traditional Scots music has mesmerised and inspired in equal measure, collaborating and crossing over with traditional and even new music from all over the globe. We’ve danced, sang and played our way from Crianlarich to Canberra, from Chicago to the Congo. But there is perhaps no better representation or platform for the talent and versatility of traditional Scots music artists than Glasgow’s Celtic Connections. Since 1994, the festival has been showcasing the best in not just traditional Scots music talent, but folk and traditional inspired music talent from across the globe; and it’s only got bigger and stronger since it’s induction to Glasgow’s world renowned musical and cultural calender. It is now one of the most culturally, artistically and economically important events of the year

for the city, and with a host of artists performing over 300 concerts, workshops, ceilidhs and much, much more, this is the yearly toast to the success of our contribution to world music. Over 2,000 musicians from all over the globe will come to Glasgow between the 15th of January and the 1st of February. The programme promises an eclectic and vibrant mix of genres inspired by traditional music all over the world, and it is this varied mix of new and old that makes Celtic Connections so unique and engaging. Jazz, blues, soul, world and even Americana, stand out alongside the roots and traditional music that is the lifeblood of the festival. Artists like the legendary Van Morrison, Fairport Convention, Eddi Reader, Skerryvore, Tweedy and so many many more will make Celtic Connections 2015 one to remember. Scottish composer Craig Armstrong is even performing with the Orchestra of Scottish Opera. The festival also allows young traditional artists an

opportunity to showcase their skills and play with some of the world’s most renowned traditional musicians, such as Stranraer born Robyn Stapleton, who has just won Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014. With so many events, and such a plethora of artists, there is something to enjoy for everyone, young and old. Criolo, a Brazillian MC, singer, songwriter and modern social commentator will be performing with a full band, in a mix up of hip hop, blues, reggae, afrobeat and traditional Scots, and sets an example of how the festival brings so many different musical cultures and helps to unify them. Celtic Connections is about celebrating the talent across an entire spectrum of ages, genres and cultures, from every continent. The festival is also about remembering and celebrating those that have had an extraordinary influence on the exposure and expansion of Scots music, and the festival’s opening night, titled Nae Regrets, is a commemoration of the late Martyn Bennet’s 2003 legendary contemporary Scots composition GRIT. 2015 marks the 10th anniversary of Bennett’s passing, and with a fusion of 80 musicians and


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singers from jazz, classical and contemporary backgrounds, this is the ideal way to open a festival that celebrates the best in traditional music, as well as remember one of those that did so much to get it recognised. There is also a tribute night to singer, songwriter, poet and activist (amongst many others things) Ewan MacColl, who established Scotland’s first folk club. Three piece Bands of Friends performs the songs of and remembers legendary bluesman Rory Gallagher, who produced some of the most era defining rock/blues music of the 60s, 70s and 80s. Stornaway born Pipe Major Donald MacLeod is to be remembered through Crossing the Minch, a collection of some of the world’s leading pipers and ceilidh artists, and who are named after one of his most loved tunes. The commemoration of traditional artists of old is as important to the festival as the celebration of those new. All the events are held in 20 of Glasgow’s most celebrated venues and spaces, from Oran Mor, to the Mackintosh Church and the Mitchell Library. Even The Art School and The Arches play host to some of the events. The National Piping Centre is one of the main focal points for the introduction to traditional Scots and world music, and this year the Centre for Contemporary Arts, or the CCA, has an even more important role. For 2015 it will be central hub for BBC Radio, where BBC Radio 2, 3 and BBC Radio Scotland will continue their celebrated coverage of the events, bringing the music of Celtic Connections to people all over Scotland and the rest of the world. However, the heart of the festival is in Glasgow’s Royal Concert Hall, where events are held from the foyer to its Main Auditorium, which packs out at a capacity of 2,500. It is the birthplace and cradle of the event, and brings together

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all aspects of the festival in one brilliant place, including the famous late night sessions, which return to the Concert Hall this year and take place throughout the festival. It’s also about introducing people, young and old, to the instruments, ethos and nature of traditional Scots music. Throughout the festival, there will be workshops and educational programmes to help bring people closer to Celtic music. This is ingrained in the message of Celtic Connections where they seek to protect its future as much as celebrate its past and present. Since 1998 nearly 205,000 school children have benefited from its concerts, workshops, tutorials and other events raising awareness of Scotland’s musical and cultural heritage. This year is no different and there are four free school concerts for 7,000 children introducing them to traditional music and maybe even live music for the first time. Through this education programme, Celtic Connections also fund workshops in schools across Glasgow, introducing pupils to the history, instruments and culture of Scottish music and traditions. But it’s not just the kids who benefit from the educational programme at Celtic Connections. There are ‘come along and try’ workshops for budding instrument players, those teaching traditional Scottish dance and the opportunity to learn more about the country’s proud musical history. These sell out quickly, and because of their success local organisations such as the Glasgow Fiddle Workshop and the Lanarkshire Guitar & Mandolin Association have grown year after year, with more people than ever taking up instruments through these workshops. They take place on the weekends of the events, and details are available at the Celtic Connections website. The Education Programme ran by Celtic Connections is at the heart of what they are trying to achieve. They want to

introduce young people to Celtic and world music, but they also want them to engage with it and create it. It wouldn’t be possible without funding, and invaluable private and public sources come together to make the event possible. It’s cultural and economic benefits mean it is part funded by Glasgow City Council and Creative Scotland, but media outlets also offer indispensable support through review and preview, as well as the BBC offering televised highlights of the shows stand out performances. But of course, without the engagement of the people of Glasgow, and from those who travel from the world over to enjoy the festival, then Celtic Connections would not be what it is today. Event listings and tickets are available from the Celtic Connections website where a variety and depth of artist and shows means that, without sounding too cliché (which is now a cliché itself), there really is something for everyone. Celtic Connections is the rarest of things. It brings together elements of music that before would never have the opportunity to mix and showcase themselves on a stage. But beyond that, it engages with its listeners, and its people on a platform that doesn’t allow for egos or extravagance. It is a people’s festival. It wants to bring the music of Scotland to its people, but more so, it wants them to come along, and bring the music of Scotland’s people to Celtic Connections. It remembers those that brought Scotland’s music to the world, but also celebrates everything it has to offer in the future. It brings the stories of African tribesman together with stories of the Highland Clearances. It’s a celebration of traditional music the world over. And it’s right here, in Glasgow. by Cameron Willis @CameronWillis92 c.willis@tsaglasgow.com

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FRI 9TH JAN

TUES 13TH JAN

SAT 17TH JAN

MON 19TH JAN

WEEKEND WARS + Indigo Velvet + Foreignfox 8:30pm KING TUT’S

THE INCREDIBLY Strange Film Night 7:30pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

ALEX GOOT 8pm KING TUT’S

ALGERNON DOLL + OP + Dawson Batteur 7:30pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

THE LONELY TOGETHER + Dead Electric + Model Jet Pilot 8:30pm KING TUT’S

MONO PRESENTS: Spinning Coin + Catholic Action + Pennycress 7:30pm MONO

WED 14TH JAN

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Mairi Macinnes & Support 8pm TRON THEATRE

HUNTLEYS AND PALMERS 11pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

DIE ANTWOORD 7pm 02 ACADEMY

LIFE MODEL + Yellow Creatures + Luna Webster 8pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

ACOUSTIC Open Mic Night With Gerry Lyons 8pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

ROBERT “STRAWBERRY” FIELDS 8pm AVANT GARDE BIS + Ghosts of Dead Airplanes + Pennycress 7pm STEREO

SAT 10TH JAN JUNEBUG + Pariah Soul + Justhope 8:30pm KING TUT’S SOUNDWAVE Music Competition – The Final 5:30pm 02 ABC TENX9 Glasgow: Beginnings 7:30pm GLAD CAFE

THURS 15TH JAN BAD LUCK + SchnarffSchnarff + Pinact + Twin Mirrors 8:30pm KING TUT’S SHOWCASE Open Mic Night 8pm AVANT GARDE CELTIC CONNECTIONS: Opening Concert ‘Nae Regrets’ – Martyn Bennett’s GRIT 7:30pm MAIN AUDITORIUM

THE AVANT Garde Ceilidh 8pm AVANT GARDE

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JAKIL + The Alter-Natives 8:30pm KING TUT’S

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HALO TORA + Mason Hill + Donnie Willow 8:30pm KING TUT’S

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NOW What’s That You Call Music? – Music Quiz 7:30pm GLAD CAFE ROBERT “STRAWBERRY” FIELDS 8pm AVANT GARDE

JAMES VECK-GILODI 7pm BROADCAST CHASTITY BROWN 7pm 02 ABC VIKINGS + New Year Memorial + Robin Adams 7:30pm GLAD CAFE THE AVANT Garde Ceilidh 8pm AVANT GARDE JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE and Lindsey Black 7pm ORAN MOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS: Federation of the Disco Pimp (+ support TBC) 7:30pm THE ARCHES

J MASCIS: Luluc 7pm THE ART SCHOOL

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WITHIN THE RUINS 6:30pm IVORY BLACKS THE INCREDIBLY Strange Film Night 8pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY MARK LANEGAN BAND 7pm 02 ABC SOUTHSIDE FILM FESTIVAL PRESENTS: Death Watch 8pm GLAD CAFE

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle – Made In The Great War 8pm TRON THEATRE

WED 21ST JAN

TFN RECORDS Winter Showcase 5pm AUDIO

CRIOLO 7pm 02 ABC

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FUNERAL FOaR A FRIEND 8:30pm KING TUT’S

BERNADETTE’S Fab Acoustic Session 8pm AVANT GARDE

THE LOST BROTHERS and The Mountain Firework Company 7pm ORAN MOR

MON 12TH JAN

CELTIC CONNECTIONS: World Beat Bothy 9pm THE ARCHES

BERNADETTE’S Fab Acoustic Session 8pm AVANT GARDE

STARS 8:30pm KING TUT’S ACOUSTIC Open Mic Night With Gerry Lyons 8pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Sam Sweeney’s Fiddle – Made In The Great War 8pm TRON THEATRE

MERRYMOUTH and Southern Tenant Folk Union 7pm ORAN MOR

MICHAEL SUTTHAKORN + Guests 6:30pm AUDIO

VAGABOND POETS + Guests 7pm AUDIO

HAZY RECOLLECTIONS 2pm 02 ABC

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Dreamers’ Circus & Support 8pm TRON THEATRE

THE RED CARPET 7:30pm IVORY BLACKS IN THE ROUND 7pm ORAN MOR JESSIE J 7pm 02 ACADEMY CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Tiny Ruins With Blue Rose Code 8pm TRON THEATRE

THURS 22ND JAN EMMY THE GREAT 8:30pm KING TUT’S

FRI 23RD JAN JEYE T + Enigami + The Ranzas 8:30pm KING TUT’S CANZONIERE GRECANICO SALENTINO 7pm 02 ABC THE GLAD CAFE Burns Supper 7:30pm GLAD CAFE ROBERT “STRAWBERRY” FIELDS 8pm AVANT GARDE NITEWORKS and Macanta 7pm ORAN MOR CLUB SHANGRILA WEEKEND SPECIAL: Eton Messy | Bondax (RESCHEDULED DATE) 10pm THE ARCHES CELTIC CONNECTIONS 7:30pm PLATFORM CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Inge Thomson’s Da Fishing Hands & Support 8pm TRON THEATRE SAVE YOUR BREATH (Farewell Tour) + As It Is + Cardinals 6:30pm AUDIO

SAT 24TH JAN ALVVAYS 8:30pm KING TUT’S

BAND OF FRIENDS Andy Fairweather Low & the Low Riders 7pm 02 ABC

HECTOR BIZERK 8pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

LAURA LEE’S Open Stage with a Difference 8pm AVANT GARDE

THE AVANT Garde Ceilidh 8pm AVANT GARDE

JD MCPHERSON 7pm 02 ABC


JANUARY 2015, ISSUE 5 JAMIE SMITH’S Mabon and Moxie 7pm ORAN MOR CELTIC CONNECTIONS: Orlando Julius & The Heliocentrics + Trinity Roots 7:30pm THE ARCHES CELTIC CONNECTIONS 7:30pm PLATFORM CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: The Barr Brothers With Adam Holmes & The Embers 8pm TRON THEATRE SHANNON SAUNDERS 7pm THE GARAGE

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BETHAN LEADLEY 8pm KING TUT’S HAZY RECOLLECTIONS 2pm 02 ABC BERNADETTE’S Fab Acoustic Session 8pm AVANT GARDE SONGHOY BLUES and ALDOC 7pm ORAN MOR NATHANIEL RATELIFF & Louis Baker 8pm TRON THEATRE

MON 26TH JAN ACOUSTIC Open Mic Night With Gerry Lyons 8pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY MOOSE BLOOD + Choir Vandals + Boston Manor 7pm AUDIO

TUES 27TH JAN LIGHTS + K.Flay 8pm KING TUT’S AMON ARMATH + HUNTRESS + SAVAGE MESSIAH 7pm CLASSIC GRAND THE INCREDIBLY Strange Film Night 8pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

GIG GUIDE

THIS ONE’S FOR YOU: A night of new performance 7:30pm GLAD CAFE

ANTON & THE COLTS + The Rising Souls + The Cracklin’ Void 7:30pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Oh Susannah! & Denis Elsworth 8pm TRON THEATRE

HAYSEED DIXIE 7pm 02 ABC

FRONT PORCH STEP + ROB LYNCH + Allison Weiss 7pm AUDIO

HELENE BLUME & Harald Haugaard 7pm ORAN MOR

WED 28TH JAN

PRESSURE: Pan-Pot, Slam, Skream, Heidi, Silicone Soul ** Lineup Embargoed Until 27 Dec** 10pm THE ARCHES

FLUORESCENT HEARTS + Take Tonight + The Mack 8pm KING TUT’S FOR I AM KING 7:30pm IVORY BLACKS SAYWECANFLY 7pm 02 ABC THIS ONE’S FOR YOU: A night of new performance 7:30pm GLAD CAFE WORLD PARTY 1pm ORAN MOR

THURS 29TH JAN CHARLIE SIMPSON Solo Acoustic Show 8:30pm KING TUT’S NIPSEY HUSSLE 7pm 02 ABC SHOWCASE Open Mic Night 8pm AVANT GARDE ADAM COHEN and Sarah Hayes 7pm ORAN MOR PIANOS BECOME THE TEETH + Silver Snakes + Talons + New Native 6:30pm AUDIO

FRI 30

TH

JAN

THE WEEKS 8:30pm KING TUT’S

STILLMARILLION 7:30pm IVORY BLACKS

ROBERT “STRAWBERRY” FIELDS 8pm AVANT GARDE

SUN 1ST FEB RYAN BINGHAM Solo Acoustic 8:30pm KING TUT’S BERNADETTE’S Fab Acoustic Session 8pm AVANT GARDE

TUES 3

RD

FEB

WED 4

NECK DEEP + Support 7pm THE GARAGE

SICK OF IT ALL 6:30pm CLASSIC GRAND

SAT 31ST JAN NIEVES + Dougie Greig KING TUT’S ENEMIES OF THE STATE / The Mickey 9’S / We Came From Wolves 7:30pm NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY CASH (A tribute to the Man in Black with Full Band) 7pm 02 ABC

TH

MILKY CHANCE 7pm 02 ABC THE AVANT Garde Ceilidh 8pm AVANT GARDE

FEB

MARIACHI EL BRONX 8:30pm KING TUT’S

THURS 5TH FEB WE WERE PROMISED JETPACKS – Part Of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut’s 25Th Birthday 8pm KING TUT’S GORGON CITY 7pm 02 ABC NAOMI PUNK 7:30pm GLAD CAFE LAURA LEE’S Open Stage with a Difference 8pm AVANT GARDE JOHN & JACOB 7pm STEREO

HUDSON TAYLOR 7pm ORAN MOR

PRIMORDIAL + Malthusian 6:30pm AUDIO

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman With Bronwynne Brent 8pm TRON THEATRE ALUNAH + Isak + Buried Sleeper + Pyre Of The Earth 7pm AUDIO

SAT 7TH FEB OASISUK 7pm CLASSIC GRAND

THE AVANT Garde Ceilidh 8pm AVANT GARDE

SPACE IBIZA: 25th Anniversary Tour (Lineup TBC) 10pm THE ARCHES

OPAL TAPES X NIGHT SCHOOL: Prostitutes + Basic House + Wanda Group + Whilst + Aspotille 11pm THE ART SCHOOL

JULIAN COPE – Part Of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut’s 25Th Birthday! 8:30pm KING TUT’S

RAE MORRIS + Fryars 8pm KING TUT’S

CELTIC CONNECTIONS 2015 PRESENTS: Jeffrey Foucault & Amelia Curran 8pm TRON THEATRE

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COLOURS 20th Birthday Party 9pm THE ARCHES CROWN THE EMPIRE 6pm THE GARAGE

SUN 8TH FEB THE LAFONTAINES – Part Of King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut’s 25Th Birthday 8pm KING TUT’S MACY GRAY 7pm 02 ABC BERNADETTE’S Fab Acoustic Session 8pm AVANT GARDE ALEX HARVEY DAY 2015 – Sensational Alex Harvey Experience 7pm AUDIO

KÖLSCH 10pm THE ARCHES

FRI 6TH FEB VIET CONG 7pm BROADCAST DANIEL DOCHERTY 7pm 02 ABC ROBERT “STRAWBERRY” FIELDS 8pm AVANT GARDE WOLF + Guests 6:30pm AUDIO

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9TH JAN

16TH JAN

24TH JAN

THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND

THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND

THE THURSDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND

GARR MURRAN + Allyson Smith + Kevin Gildea + Scott Agnew 8:30pm JONGLEURS

BRENDAN RILEY + Patrick Rolink + Scott Gibson + Stu Who? 8:30pm JONGLEURS

Brian Higgins + Dougie Dunlop + Steve Harris + Mark Nelson 8:30pm JONGLEURS

JOHN RYAN + Davey Connor + Ria Lina + Janey Godley 8:30pm JONGLEURS

YESBAR VIRGINS 8:30pm YESBAR

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR

GILDED BALLOON & DRYGATE: Friday Night Comedy7:30pm DRYGATE

VAMPIRES ROCK: The Final Countdown Tour 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE

SCOTTISH OPERA’S INES DE CASTRO 7:15pm THEATRE ROYAL

ONE NIGHT STAND! 7:30pm ROOM AT THE TOP

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 2:30pm, 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL

SCOTTISH BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL

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BURNS NIGHT SPECIAL 7:30pm THE STAND

SING-A-LONG-A SOUND OF MUSIC 7pm KING’S THEATRE

YESBAR VIRGINS: Comedy Sunday School 8pm YESBAR

SONGBIRD: The Music of Eva Cassidy 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL

26TH JAN

1ST FEB

THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND

10TH JAN

THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND GARR MURRAN + Allyson Smith + Kevin Gildea + Scott Agnew 8:30pm JONGLEURS LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR ALLYSON JUNE SMITH + Graham Mackie + Anna Devitt + M.c. Chris Broomfield 9pm STATE BAR SCOTTISH BALLET’S THE NUTCRACKER 2pm, 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL

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TH

JAN

MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm THE STAND YESBAR VIRGINS: Comedy Sunday School 8pm YESBAR

12TH JAN

BOBATH SCOTLAND BENEFIT 6:30pm THE STAND

13

TH

JAN

RED RAW 7:30pm THE STAND

14TH JAN

NEW MATERIAL COMEDY NIGHT 8:30pm YESBAR

15TH JAN

THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND

TH

JAN

THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND BRENDAN RILEY + Patrick Rolink + Scott Gibson + Stu Who? 8:30pm JONGLEURS

25TH JAN

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR

CIRQUE BERSERK 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE

18TH JAN

27TH JAN

MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm THE STAND YESBAR VIRGINS: Comedy Sunday School 8pm YESBAR

20TH JAN

RED RAW 7:30pm THE STAND

21ST JAN

MAZ’S MAGGIES BENEFIT 7:30pm THE STAND NEW MATERIAL COMEDY NIGHT 8:30pm YESBAR

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ND

JAN

THE THURSDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND

CIRQUE BERSERK 7:45pm KING’S THEATRE

YESBAR VIRGINS: Comedy Sunday School 8pm YESBAR

28TH JAN

2ND FEB

ROBIN INCE-BLOOMING BUZZING CONFUSION 7:30pm THE STAND NEW MATERIAL COMEDY NIGHT 8:30pm YESBAR CIRQUE BERSERK 7:45pm KING’S THEATRE JASMIN VARDIMON: Park 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL

29TH JAN

THE THURSDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND YESBAR VIRGINS 8:30pm YESBAR

SCOTTISH OPERA’S INES DE CASTRO 7:15pm THEATRE ROYAL

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THE THURSDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND

BRUCE DEVLIN + Ray Bradshaw + Raymond Mearns + Stu Who? 8:30pm JONGLEURS

YESBAR VIRGINS 8:30pm YESBAR

LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR

GLASGOW KIDS COMEDY CLUB: Cowboy Max Special 2:30pm THE STAND

RED RAW 7:30pm THE STAND

YESBAR VIRGINS 8:30pm YESBAR

THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND

SING-A-LONG-A FROZEN 10:30am, 2:30pm KING’S THEATRE

MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm THE STAND

ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS: Lee ‘Memphis’ King 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE

23RD JAN

31ST JAN

TH

JAN

THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND JOHN RYAN + Davey Connor + Ria Lina + Janey Godley 8:30pm JONGLEURS LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR THE RAT PACK VEGAS SPECTACULAR SHOW 3pm, 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE

MONDAY NIGHT IMPROV WARS 7:30pm THE STAND THE REAL HOOSEWIVES – Fae Glesga! 7:30pm THE PAVILLION

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RD

FEB

RED RAW 7:30pm THE STAND PMOS – HAIRSPRAY 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL THE REAL HOOSEWIVES – Fae Glesga! 7:30pm THE PAVILLION

4TH FEB

COMEDIAN RAP BATTLES 7:30pm THE STAND NEW MATERIAL COMEDY NIGHT 8:30pm YESBAR PMOS – HAIRSPRAY 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 2:30pm, 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL THE REAL HOOSEWIVES – Fae Glesga! 7:30pm THE PAVILLION

5TH FEB

PMOS – HAIRSPRAY 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE

THE REAL HOOSEWIVES – Fae Glesga! 7:30pm THE PAVILLION

6TH FEB

THE FRIDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND JOJO SUTHERLAND + Philip Differ + Stephen Carlin + Chris Henry 8:30pm JONGLEURS LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR GILDED BALLOON COMEDY CLUB: Joel Dommett + Chris Forbes + Jarred Christmas 7:30pm DRYGATE PMOS – HAIRSPRAY 2:30pm, 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 2:30pm, 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL THE REAL HOOSEWIVES – Fae Glesga! 7:30pm THE PAVILLION

7TH FEB

THE SATURDAY SHOW 7:30pm THE STAND JOJO SUTHERLAND + Philip Differ + Stephen Carlin + Chris Henry 8:30pm JONGLEURS LAUGHTER EIGHT 8pm YESBAR PMOS – HAIRSPRAY 2:30pm, 7:30pm KING’S THEATRE TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD 2:30pm, 7:30pm THEATRE ROYAL THE REAL HOOSEWIVES – Fae Glesga! 2pm, 7:30pm THE PAVILLION

8TH FEB

MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 7:30pm THE STAND YESBAR VIRGINS: Comedy Sunday School 8pm YESBAR AN EVENING WITH: Noel Fielding KING’S THEATRE MACIO 7:30pm THE PAVILLION THE REAL HOOSEWIVES – Fae Glesga! 7:30pm THE PAVILLION

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Venue: 02 Academy

JAN 18

Time: 8:30pm Face Value: £16.50

JAN 21

Venue: 02 Academy Time: 7pm Face Value: £36.56

JAN 24

Venue: King Tut’s

Alex Goot

JAN 19

Venue: The ABC

Time: 8pm

Time: 7pm

Face Value: £10.00

Face Value: £9.00

Professor Green

JAN 22

Venue: King Tut’s

Time: 9pm

Time: 8:30pm

Face Value: £17.00

Face Value: £12.50

Shannon Saunders

JAN 24

Yak

SeeWeCanFly

JAN 29

The Weeks Venue: King Tut’s

Time: 7:30pm

Time: 7:30pm

Time: 8:30pm

Face Value: £8.95

Face Value: £6.00

Face Value: £10.00

TeenCanteen

JAN 28

Face Value: £11.50

Venue: Broadcast

JAN 31

JAN 22

Time: 7pm

Venue: Ivory Blacks

Alunah

JAN 20

Venue: The ABC

Face Value: £7.00

JAN 28

Emmy The Great

Venue: QMU Union

Time: 7pm

Face Value: £8.00

Mark Lanegan

Venue: King Tut’s

Venue: The Garage

Time: 8:30pm

For I Am King

JAN 17

Face Value: £11.50

Venue: King Tut’s

Alvvays

Ruth Moody Band Venue: Royal Concert Hall

Time: 7pm

Face Value: £21.50

Jessie J

JAN 17

Venue: Broadcast

Time: 7pm

Funeral For A Friend

James Veck-Gilodi

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FEB 1

Rae Morris

Venue: Audio

Venue: Broadcast

Venue: King Tut’s

Time: 7pm

Time: 7pm

Time: 8pm

Face Value: £7.15

Face Value: £6.00

Face Value: £11.00

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It’s no great secret that Scotland’s music scene is a thing to be proud of. So here at TSA, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to present you with our monthly pick of who we think are doing epically well in Scotland right now. Keep your eyes out for these up and coming bands. This is TSA’s ‘Pick of the Month’.

HONEYBLOOD

To say 2014 was a ‘big year’ for Honeyblood would be a major understatement. The Glasgow two-piece, originally comprising of singer/ guitarist Stina Tweeddale and drummer Shona McVicar, released their eponymous debut LP, graced numerous ‘best single’ and ‘best album’ lists, including NME’s ‘Top 50 tracks of 2014’ and underwent a huge upheaval as McVicar left the band and was replaced by the equally as talented, Cat Myers. Amongst all of that, Honeyblood also toured with Superfood on the ‘NME New Breed Tour’, found time to support Catfish and the Bottlemen on their UK tour and seemed to pop up in near enough every summer festival including Leeds Festival and T in the Park. It’s mighty impressive for a band that had some very humble beginnings, kick-starting their careers by organizing their own show at The Old Hairdresser in Glasgow, where they played their two-track cassette to just thirty people in 2012. After recording their EP in a friends bathroom with just one mic, they went on to record ‘Honeyblood’ at the studios of legendary producer, Peter Katis, in just ten days. It was an experience that ended up with a fierce, delightfully sweary record and Stina noted that the session taught her that ‘nothing ever goes smoothly’. She added: “He’s a great producer and I feel so honoured to have been able to work with him.” The album garnered fantastic reviews and comparisons have been made with artists such as the Dum Dum Girls, Haim and one of their main influencers, singer-songwriter, Jenny Lewis. Stina said that the band have been influenced by other artists including The Breeders and PJ Harvey but added that she’s also been keeping her eye on the talent back home in Glasgow: “Algernon Doll and Tuff Love are amazing. Both those bands are great and I was so happy to have them play the Glasgow show.” That Glasgow show was a sell-out, which Stina described as a ‘massive deal’ to her. After performing in America with Teenage Fanclub and supporting for We Were Promised Jetpacks, Stina confirmed that crowds on both sides of the Atlantic are brilliant to play for: “Americans are a bit more full on. They can really go for it”, but she added that she prefers playing to Glaswegian crowds, saying: “I personally feel it’s more exciting. I never really get nervous, but a little bit of whisky always helps.” Part of Honeyblood’s appeal could be down to the sweetly-sung yet punchy and fierce, relatable lyrics such as “I will hate you forever”, from ‘Super Rat’. Stina revealed she particularly enjoys shouting that one out but it’s the

more personal lyrics in hits such as ‘Braidburn Valley’ and ‘Bud’ that she’d call her favourites. Fans can expect to see a lot of this talented pair in 2015 as they recently announced they’ll be heading back to perform for their American fanbase, supporting Belle and Sebastian on their East Coast tour. No worries though if you can’t quite fork out for a transatlantic flight to hear your favourite ‘crunch pop’ duo as they’ve already got a

show lined up at Sneaky Pete’s in Edinburgh as part of Independent Venue Week on 1st February. 2014 might have been a ‘big year’ for Honeyblood but we’re predicting 2015 will be colossal for these supremely talented young women. Essential listening: Bud, by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx (I’d Rather Be) Anywhere c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com But Here, Super Rat


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WHAT’S ON

SAINSBURY’S

GLASGOW INTERNATIONAL MATCH

For the third year running, The Emirates Arena will host world class athletes as the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match returns to Glasgow on Saturday 24 January. Following on from the Commonwealth games during the summer of 2014, the biggest names in athletics will line up on track and field in the first major event of the indoor season. This truly is an event for the sports enthusiasts and it’s not to be missed! This year will see teams assemble from Great Britain, Northern Ireland, Scotland, France and Germany, as they compete to win the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match. The event will be perfect preparation for these athletes ahead of the European Indoor Championships in Prague in March. Last year the Scottish athletes embraced the home crowd support with several individual victories. European 1500m bronze medallist Chris O’Hare took the victory in the same event at the Emirates Arena, and Commonwealth finalists Laura Muir and Guy Learmonth won the women’s 800m and men’s 600m respectively. Commonwealth champion Libby Clegg also kick started her 2014 season with victory in the T11-13 60m in Glasgow. In 2014, a sell-out crowd witnessed European 100m Champion James Dasaolu storm to victory in the 60m, while fans favourite Kim Collins staged an impressive win

in the 150m. The Great Britain and Northern Ireland men’s 4x400m team were also on fine form recording a stadium record and seeing off the Olympic Champions, Bahamas in the process. And 39 year old Bernard Lagat showed age is just a number winning the 3000m, with European Indoor Champion Holly Bleasdale taking the plaudits in the pole vault and Richard Browne in the T44 60m. All these athletes will need your support once again as they look to earn crucial points for their team in the overall match. There is one competitor per event for each team with points up for grabs. The winner will earn four points, second place three points and so on. The team with the highest overall score at the end of the match will win the illustrious Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match title. Scotland compete as a team in the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International for only the second time in the history of the fixture at the Emirates Arena on Saturday January 24. It is a huge opportunity for Scottish athletes to gain experience at international level in a match that will see them compete against GB and NI, France and Germany. The bulk of the Scotland team for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match has been announced. It has been confirmed that nine Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games representatives are going to be competing against

athletes from Great Britain & Northern Ireland, Germany and France at the Emirates Arena later this month. Guy Learmonth, who took victory over 600m against a strong field in 2014, will look to continue his progression in Glasgow and replicate the success of his compatriot Chris O’Hare, who used 1500m victory at the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match last year as a springboard towards European Championships bronze in Zurich last summer. Jamie Bowie, who finished third in the 400m at the 2014 Match, will return to the Scottish team in the same event this time around. Rodger Harkins, Scottish Athletics Director of Coaching, said: “Firstly, let me congratulate all the athletes, their families and coaches, on the Scotland selection for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow International Match. “It should always be an honour to wear the Scotland vest. “There are one or two who missed out on the Commonwealth Games who will see what it took last summer to qualify and will be starting to think about Gold Coast 2018. “It is a chance for them, and indeed all the athletes, to push themselves forward. I am hoping that we will see some good signs of individual development. “For the athletics public in Scotland, I think it is a good opportunity to see people they know from our clubs and from National events competing in an International context. That should be exciting as we take on three strong countries in GB & NI, France and Germany.” There’s also a younger element to the team, too, with Scottish athletics very much of the view that January 24 provides an ideal chance for athletes, and their coaches, to earn their first taste of action at this kind of level, with thoughts already turning to Gold Coast 2018. Tickets for the event are on sale now. The tickets range from £23 – £55 and are available from TicketMaster. by Emylie Howie @EmylieHowie e.howie@tsaglasgow.com


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NICOLA

STURGEON’S

SWAG! It’s been an eventful year for Nicola Sturgeon: in 2014, Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games, gay marriage finally became legal, she was a key player in our independence referendum as Deputy First Minister and when Alex Salmond resigned she became Scotland’s First Minister, elected with no challengers. She begins the New Year delivering a speech for Successful Women at Glasgow in February. The organisation – abbreviated sublimely as SWAG – promotes women in the working world, aiming to inspire students and facilitate their ambitions. SWAG provides support and networking while celebrating ambitious women. They offer a range of talks twice a month from successful, inspiring women. And Nicola Sturgeon – arguably the most influential woman in Scotland – is the perfect guest speaker. Aside from being the first woman to become First Minister of Scotland, Sturgeon has enjoyed an illustrious career, working as a solicitor, leading the SNP and serving as Scotland’s deputy First Minister under Salmond. Her first month in office has been a challenging time for Scotland – with the tragedy at George Square and the first UK Ebola diagnosis announced in Glasgow – but she has been a confident and capable leader in the face of adversity. Upon taking the role of First Minister in November, she

made a gender equality pledge, promising to deliver greater opportunities for women and announcing her gender-equal cabinet. Quoted as saying ““If you are good enough and if you work hard enough, the sky is the limit and no glass ceiling should ever stop you from achieving your dreams,” Sturgeon’s appointment fortifies gender equality in Scotland.

The event takes place at Glasgow University’s Bute Hall on Tuesday 3rd February at 6pm, and while admission is free, you will have to register for a ticket. by Jonny Stone @jonny_stone_ j.stone@tsaglasgow.com

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FEATURE

GUIDE DOGS

SCOTLAND

Imagine being on a street and suddenly everything goes dark, you can’t see a thing. You can hear what’s going on around you, you know that there will be obstacles in your path and you’ve never walked this street before in your life. I experienced this sensation for ten minutes, when I took part in a blindfold walk with the Glasgow Hamilton mobility centre at Guide Dogs – a charity that provides mobility for people who are blind and partially sighted – and had to place my total trust in the paws of a beautiful, golden retrieverlabrador mix, guide dog named Ida. For those ten minutes, I felt unbalanced, nervous and slightly terrified that I’d walk smack-bang into a lamppost. However, Ida was a pro and got me from A to B with no problems, she didn’t even complain when my big, clumsy feet managed to stand on her paws every other step. For the first portion of my walk I wore tunnel vision glasses to stimulate a severe construction of my visual field, I could see objects directly in front of me but had no peripheral vision. Tunnel vision can be caused by conditions such as retinitis pigmentosa and guide dog mobility instructor, David Burke, explained during our walk that most guide dog owners have some useful vision. Wearing the glasses provided me with the opportunity to experience how a guide dog can assist partially-sighted people. With the glasses on, I could clearly see obstacles that were coming up but when I actually approached these objects, I had no idea how far away from them I was and had to rely on Ida guiding me to safety. I was then blindfolded, to stimulate total blindness, and immediately felt uneasy. The path I had walked was no more than 300ft yet on the way back, it felt much longer and my pace slowed down instantly. David pointed out that my unease was felt by Ida: “This morning she was walking slowmod, but when you put the blindfold on, she went down to slow as she could feel the extra tension and knew there was something going on.” One interesting aspect of the walk was crossing a road. At the end of the pavement, Ida would sit and wait for the command to proceed. I had always assumed that the guide

dog did the leading at this point but interestingly, the owner must listen to the noises of the traffic and then command the guide dog to walk. I realised then how every day occurrences, such as someone cutting their grass or workmen drilling could cause such huge issues for a guide dog owner as this would then impact their hearing and it wouldn’t be safe for them to assume they can walk. “In that type of situation, a guide dog owner has a card that they can show to people and ask for assistance in crossing the road”, explained David. Emma Cuthbert, engagement officer at Guide Dogs, later explained that one of the many campaigns they are working on is the ‘Safe and Sound’ campaign. This involves urging European decision makers to bring ‘mandatory sound generators into force as soon as possible’ for electric and hybrid cars. “If you’re using a guide dog, you’re relying on your hearing for crossing roads, so if these cars are driving along and not making a noise because they are electric, it’s really dangerous because you could think ‘well I can’t hear anything so I’m going to cross’ and there’s actually a car right next to you”, said Emma. ‘Safe and Sound’, along with all their other campaigns, which include; passing a law to ban parking on pavements and introducing ‘talking buses’ – which would be audio-visual next stop and final destination announcements similar to what already exists on trains – would go a long way to achieving Guide Dogs mission of ensuring

‘blind and partially sighted people enjoy the same mobility and freedom as everyone else’. The figures to back up their campaigns are overwhelming. Whilst electric and hybrid vehicles are considered more environmentally friendly, recent research has shown they are 25% more likely to be involved in a collision that injures a pedestrian. A survey by Guide Dogs found ‘97% of blind or partially sighted people encounter problems with street obstructions and 90% of those had experienced trouble with a pavement parked car’ and 65% of blind and partially sighted bus passengers have missed their stop in the last six months. Ruby Mooney is volunteer coordinator at Guide Dogs and also the owner of Cracker, her second guide dog. She has first-hand experience of the issues blind and partially sighted people can experience: “For the talking buses campaign it’s really important to get the audio on the buses as I’ve been on what I thought was the correct bus before and showed the driver my pass and sat down, it then went part of the way and it wasn’t until I realised it wasn’t going where I was going and there was less people on the bus that I asked the driver if it was going to my stop and he said no. “I never had my guide dog at this point and asked how I could get back, he replied I had to get off the bus and cross the road and I thought I don’t know where I am and to get across the road safely is one thing, then I had to try and find where the next stop was and didn’t know when the next bus was coming. I couldn’t even phone anyone as I didn’t know where I was. “It really knocks your confidence and some people might not even get back on a bus again. It just seems quite simple to me, why not put the audio on? If the train has it, the underground has it, wouldn’t it be a lot easier, not just for people like me but even for tourists and everyone, it just makes more sense.” Ruby added: “I wouldn’t be anywhere without my guide dog, he gives me the freedom I need to get around and with him I don’t feel as anxious or scared when I’m out and about. I really rely on Cracker to get me around obstacles, we go to the shops, we go on trains and buses, we even go to the cinema and the gym and he comes in with me.


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HOW TO GET INVOLVED There are various ways people can volunteer with Guide Dogs and support the work they do, from becoming a puppy walker, to sponsoring dogs, fundraising and much more. Many of the roles require a lot of spare time but one way students could get involved is by becoming a ‘My Guide’ volunteer. You’ll receive training and support, then carefully matched to a local person who is blind or partially sighted to help them get out and about. This can help that person take part in leisure activities, increase fitness and confidence and allow them to socialise with others in the community. In 2012, it cost Guide Dogs around £50 million to run their organisation. Although they are known for their highly trained guide dogs, they do so much more including their various campaigns, carrying out research and have successfully lobbied to influence policies and legislation relating to equal rights for visually-impaired people. The work they do is so important to so many people and if you wish to donate money or volunteer your time visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/ or you can text ‘Life05 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5. by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx

TSA journalist Courtney Hendry taking part in a ‘blind walk’ with Guide Dogs Scotland “He gets me around safely, before I used to have to get my partner to come and get me from bus stops or train stations and I had to get taxis and be home before a certain time, before it got dark, so it really hindered what I could do.” There are approximately 530 qualified guide dogs, like Ida and Cracker, in Scotland and this number changes constantly as every day new dogs qualify and older ones can retire. It takes around 20 months of specialised training, with staff like David, to transform a new-born puppy into a qualified, confident guide dog. The journey the dogs go on to become qualified starts with a specialist breeding process; Guide Dogs is the largest breeder of working dogs in the world and breeds more than 1,300 puppies every year. Around 70% of the dogs qualify and go on to become a guide dog, many of those who do not qualify become ‘buddy dogs’. They are placed with a child who has a visual impairment and helps increase the child’s confidence, communication and mobility skills. At around seven weeks the puppies are placed with a volunteer puppy walker, in 2012 there were over 3,500 volunteer puppy walkers, who house-train and teach basic obedience commands to the puppies. “During that first year, the dog goes through an imprinting stage and we expose it to many environmental scenarios because at that age, it takes it in its stride and then makes it into a well-rounded, stable dog as an adult”, said David. They stay with the puppy walkers until they are around 14 months old and then progress onto learning basic guiding skills for 19 weeks, moving onto advanced training for 12 weeks and once they have been carefully matched with their owner, they’ll spend around five weeks doing further training with their owner and the guide dog mobility instructors. However, this whole process doesn’t come cheaply. It costs almost £50,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement and as Emma explained, the charity receives no government funding and relies entirely on the support of the public. To ensure no-one is discriminated against based on their income, guide dogs are provided to owners for just 50p. The generosity of the public funding means Guide Dogs pay all associated expenses including the dog’s food and vet bills. If financially able, owners are encouraged to help with costs. However, Emma was quick to point out that this is entirely voluntary: “Everything is covered because if someone wasn’t well off but could benefit from a guide dog, we would never want to put them off applying because they felt they couldn’t afford the upkeep of the dog. If people can contribute financially, that’s amazing, it’s quite common for them to pay for the food but they don’t have too”.

c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com

Change a life – volunteer for Guide Dogs We are looking for people to volunteer locally as: • Fundraisers • Campaigners • My Guide sighted guides Please contact Rubina rubina.shah@guidedogs.org.uk 0845 37 27 436 guidedogsscotland.org.uk A charity registered in England and Wales (209617) and Scotland (SC038979). 7690 11/14


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TAKEN 3 – WILL IT REALLY END?

This is a great family film to enjoy with the kid’s, niece’s and nephew’s. But that’s all it is – one for the kid’s. If you are a fan of the movie – stick to the original. A poor remake. We give it two pints.

INTO THE WOODS –

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Although it drags on and is a bit tedious at times, if you want a musical, that’s definitely what you’ll get. If you a expecting a fun, light-hearted Disney fairy tale – that is not what you will get. This is a dark tale that conveys messages of real life. Three pints.

UNBROKEN – A PROMISE THAT

Well, you may have thought that there could not possibly be room for another instalment in the Taken franchise, but you would have been wrong. Taken 3 is upon us. Liam Neeson first appeared on our local cinema screens as ex-CIA operative Bryan Mills in the first Taken back in 2008. It was an awesome movie that told the story of a father who would stop at nothing to rescue his daughter from an evil human trafficking ring. That is the innocent version of the story, of course. Basically, Neeson brutally murders everyone who even had a slight link to the kidnapping of his daughter and in the few lines he did utter in the course of the film, he gave us the now immortal

“I have a very special set of skills” monologue. So of course, as what happens with most action movie sequels, Taken 2 was a huge disappointment. The violence that made the first movie so popular was toned down and the story was basically a repeat of its predecessor. The veteran actor showed why he was still an action hero however and this is probably what saved the film from irrelevance. Neeson subsequently said that there would not be another Taken movie but clearly that opinion was not shared by Luc Besson, the French movie producer, who has teamed up with Olivier Megaton as director to bring the trilogy-ending Taken 3 to a cinema near you. Early signs are positive as the premise of the movie suggests a fresh approach to how best Liam Neeson can mow down bad guys. Set in Los Angeles, Bryan Mills has been framed for a murder he did not commit and must use his particular set of skills to stay out of the reach of the LAPD while he gets to the root of this problem. For those of you who will miss his battles with hardened criminals though, do not worry. Sam Spruel appears in the movie as a Russian gangster that Mills must overcome in his quest to clear his name. Dougray Scott (yes, that Scottish actor you used to know of) also makes an appearance in the movie as the husband of Mills’ ex-wife. Taken 3 has been classified as a 12a, so don’t expect a return to the levels of violence you saw in the first film, but hopefully the new story idea may be enough for those of us who enjoyed that action to overlook the lack of it this time round. The movie’s marketing has promised that this will be the final entry in the Taken story but can we really trust that? It is not like they don’t have previous for flouting that rule and as we have seen with Sylvester Stallone and the Rambo franchise, it ain’t over ‘til it’s over. You might want to go and see it when it comes out, just in case. Taken 3 – out in by Aidan Scott cinemas on January 8th. @bigaidan

a.scott@tsaglasgow.com

DOESN’T DELIVER

THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN –

PANDA BEAR – PANDA BEAR MEETS THE GRIM REAPER

JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE –

Rear Window meets Gone Girl, in this exceptional and startling psychological thriller. We give four pints.

Panda Bear is still ahead of the pack, still capable of surprising and, more fun than he’s ever been.

Absent Fathers feels authentic and true — exactly how country music should.

YOU DON’T KNOW HER. BUT SHE KNOWS YOU

Unbroken tells the story of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who joined the armed forces in World War II and endured torture until the end of the war. However, it does this with a lot of missing details, and little character growth. Three pints (just).

ABSENT FATHERS


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TV AND FILM IN JANUARY THE BIG BANG THEAORY SEASON 8

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MID-SEASON PREMIERE – 15 JANUARY – E4

SEASON PREMIERE – 15th JANUARY – E4

The mid-season finale of Big Bang Theory Season 8 involved a rather holiday-themed episode with a lot of sweet and sentimental moments. It looks like this is all about to change in the up-coming mid-season premiere. The synopsis indicates that when the guys try to do something nice for the girls, it always leads to a confrontation between Sheldon and Leonard. Get ready for the 12th episode on January 15th at 8.30pm on E4. In the extended synopsis, it has been revealed that Leonard and Sheldon will take the girls out for shopping and will start talking about the compromises they keep making for each other. However, in the end, they understand how much they mean to each other, while Sheldon permits Leonard to take his relationship forward with Penny. Meanwhile, Raj and Howard get some quality time together when Howard takes Raj to a temple in order to calm him down regarding a Space Probe Experiment.

The second season of Fox’s comedy series Brooklyn NineNine will receive its UK premiere on E4 on Thursday January 15th at 9pm. Created by Dan Goor and Mike Schur, Brooklyn NineNine follows a diverse group of detectives in a police precinct in New York City. The comedy series is about what happens when a talented, but carefree, detective gets a new captain with a lot to prove. The comedy series is produced by Universal Television and stars Andy Samberg, Andre Braugher, Melissa Fumero and Terry Crews. The first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine wrapped up with a surprising twist as Jake was asked to go undercover for a major FBI investigation. He said his goodbyes to the precinct, and finally confessed his “romantic-styles” affection for Detective Amy Santiago, the unit’s honorary straight arrow. In the show’s second season, Captain Holt finds himself face-to-face with his longtime nemesis (Kyra Sedgwick) as the NYPD goes through administration changes.

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IN CINEMAS FRIDAY 16th JANUARY

From director Clint Eastwood comes American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper as Chris Kyle, the most lethal sniper in U.S. military history. But there was much more to him than his skill as a sharpshooter. U.S. Navy SEAL Chris Kyle is sent to Iraq with only one mission: to protect his brothers-inarms. His pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and, as stories of his courageous exploits spread, he earns the nickname ‘Legend’. However, his reputation is also growing behind enemy lines, putting a price on his head and making him a prime target of insurgents. He is also facing a different kind of battle on the home front: striving to be a good husband and father from halfway around the world. Despite the danger, as well as the toll on his family at home, Chris serves through four harrowing tours of duty in Iraq, personifying the SEAL creed to “leave no man behind.” But upon returning to his wife, Taya Renae Kyle (Sienna Miller), and kids, Chris finds that it is the war he can’t leave behind.

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SUITS SEASON 4 PREMIERE SEASON PREMIERE – 15th JANUARY – DAVE The fourth season of USA Network’s drama series Suits will receive its UK premiere on Dave on Thursday January 15th at 10pm, it has been announced. Created by Aaron Korsh, Suits follows Mike Ross, a college dropout with an eidetic memory who, before being kicked out of college for selling an exam paper, once dreamed of becoming an attorney. After Mike wanders into an office while evading the police, he impresses Harvey Specter who then proceeds to hire him as a less-than-legal associate for his law firm. The drama series is produced by Universal Cable Productions and stars Gabriel Macht, Patrick J. Adams, Gina Torres, Rick Hoffman, Meghan Markle and Sarah Rafferty. The show’s 16 episode fourth season sees a major shift in the firm as Mike Ross leaves Pearson Specter and heads to Wall Street as an investment banker, quickly finding himself on the opposite side of a takeover battle versus his mentor, Harvey. Complications arise and tensions mount as former flames enter the halls of Pearson Specter. Guest stars this season include Michael Gross (Family Ties), DB Woodside (24), Brendan Hines (Betrayal), Melanie Papalia (The Newsroom), Neal McDonough (Justified) and Eric Roberts (Runaway Train).

THE GAMBLER

IN CINEMAS FRIDAY 23rd JANUARY Jim Bennett (Academy Award®nominee Mark Wahlberg) is a risk taker. Both an English professor and a highstakes gambler. Bennett bets it all when he borrows from a gangster (Michael Kenneth Williams) and offers his own life as collateral. Always one step ahead, Bennett pits his creditor against the operator of a gambling ring (Alvin Ing) and leaves his dysfunctional relationship with his wealthy mother (Academy Award®-winner Jessica Lange) in his wake. He plays both sides, immersing himself in an illicit, underground world while garnering the attention of Frank (John Goodman), a loan shark with a paternal interest in Bennett’s future. As his relationship with a student (Brie Larson) deepens, Bennett must take the ultimate risk for a second chance...


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JANUARY EXAMS

The festive season has come to an end and there are definite good points and bad points of going back to Uni. A major bad point being…exams. Here’s how to survive this horrible trip back to the reality of your degree… 1. Sleep, don’t cram It’s an obvious start, but how do you expect to pass if you don’t get enough sleep? Unless you’re superhuman, chances are you just won’t function well in an exam if you’ve been up all night cramming. 2. Eat your weight in revision snacks

7. Think about where you work best Is your house loud and distracting? Or it may be so cold at this time of year that you might have to wrap yourself in several layers in bed to keep warm. Bed is obviously not a place associated with productivity so think about whether you’d prefer to revise in the library or any other quiet study spaces your uni has.

MONTH A REVIEW OF THE TOP GIG GLASGOW HAD TO OFFER IN DECEMBER

CINDERELLA PANTO – SECC

13TH DECEMBER – 4TH JANUARY

8. Stay alert But don’t have too many energy drinks…

Everyone needs a bit of brain food, right? If you have any Christmas chocolate left, now is the time to happily scoff it and not feel guilty at all. 3. PANIC (a bit) Don’t let your mind run away from you with stressful thoughts, but do embrace the panic and use it to your advantage. A little bit of stress is actually good – if you motivate yourself and think how much it will all be worth it in the end. 9. Reward yourself

4. Don’t be ashamed to ask for help

Had an extremely productive day of revision? Give yourself a pat on the back and order pizza. Giving yourself small rewards and allowing yourself to feel proud of your progress so far is a great way to motivate yourself to get up early the next day to do it all over again. And if you have the opposite experience, try not to beat yourself up about it, just make a mental note to really try the next day. Don’t worry, this revision ‘joy’ will soon be over…

If your revision looks like gibberish and you feel lost, talk to your friends and favourite tutors/lecturers. It’s not good to keep things bottled up, and they’ll support you and perk you up. 5. Listen to empowering music Apply personal preferences accordingly.

10. PARTY afterwards You may well also find yourself feeling motivated by the fact that you can go out and drink yourself silly once you’ve finished your last exam. So hit the pub and make the most of those pound parties, you’ve earned it!

Going to see my first pantomime in about 8 years, I was confused as to what to expect. The last time I went to see one I think I was too old to scream ‘OH YES SHE IS’ but also too young to appreciate the adult humour that seemed to entertain the older audience. The show was a perfect balance of entertainment for the young kids as well as the adults bringing them. It was extremely up to date, entertaining and had a great set. With the cast singing songs from the likes of Lady Gaga, One Direction and Meghan Trainer, everybody sang along making it an excellent atmosphere. Of course the star of the show was Mr. John Barrowman (can you believe it?!) but the rest of the cast were excellent. It was humorous, entertaining, and something I would definitely go and see again next year to get me in the Christmas spirit! The Clyde Auditorium was the perfect venue with everybody enjoying the great view of the set and we were also treated to an extra song where all the cast, including the iconic Krankies, sang the 12 days of christmas which seemed to go hilariously by Joanna Mullan wrong but nobody seemed @joannamullan to care – it was christmas! j.mullan@tsaglasgow.com

6. Stay away from Netflix and iPlayer You’re entitled to revision breaks – but a Walking Dead marathon does not qualify unfortunately. A quick Youtube video is okay though (if you can trust yourself not to click on any of the suggested ones that follow).

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A PREVIEW OF THE TOP GIGS GLASGOW HAS TO OFFER IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY

CIRQUE BERSERK – KING’S THEATRE TREAURE ISLAND – CINEWORLD

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The show that was once described by the LA Times as “the sort of phantasmagoric spectacle Tim Burton would dream up, if he quit filmmaking to join the circus”, is heading to Glasgow. Over thirty jugglers, acrobats, aerialists, dancers, musicians and ‘death-defying’ stunt men will be gracing the Kings Theatre to astound audiences with a show that will entertain audiences of all ages. They’ll be joined by Tweedy who is an award winning clown, a Guinness world record holding strong man and the world’s most dangerous circus act, the legendary Globe of Death – which features three motorcyclists speeding at over 60mph inside a steel cage and this nationwide tour has marked the first time that the insanely dangerous act has been performed live on stage in the UK, not something you’d want to miss. The nationwide tour is following four sold-out seasons at London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and fans can look forward to witnessing first-hand the ‘off the scale awesomeness’, as described by the Daily Telegraph, of this American circus. The show is running from 26-28 January and tickets can be purchased from www.atgtickets.com, general ticket prices vary from £21.90-£44.90 (plus by Courtney Hendry £2.85 transaction fee).

This January, fans of the classic swashbuckling pirate adventure, Treasure Island, will have the chance to watch the new imagining of the beloved story broadcast live from the National Theatre, in selected Cineworlds. This adaption of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate adventure, Treasure Island, was written by Bryony Lavery, who is known for her strong female characters and features some exciting changes; including the introduction of the innkeepers grand-daughter, Jemima ‘Jim’ Hawkins, giving the story a whole new spin. 25-year-old, Patsy Ferran, has taken on the iconic role of Jim and has so far garnered rave reviews for her performance. As has Lizzie Clachan’s set design, which has been described as ‘worth the modest ticket price alone’. The production follows the original tale of Jim meeting a ‘terrifying old seadog’ who carries a giant chest with a map to an island inside, an island where a legendary pirate has buried masses of treasure. This encounter leads to Jim embarking on a dangerous, swashbuckling adventure that is sure to delight old admirers of the classic story and secure a whole new legion of fans as the production is suitable for anyone over ten years old. Treasure Island will be shown live for one night only on January 22 at selected Cineworlds including the Parkhead and Renfrew Street Cineworld. by Courtney Hendry Tickets are available from @courtneysarahx www.cineworld.co.uk and c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com student prices start at £13.20.

@courtneysarahx

s w e i v e r P THE RIPTIDE MOVEMENT

GLASGOW SHOW – 30TH JANUARY – 02 ABC

Having blown the Irish music scene wide open in 2014 with their Number One, gold-selling album Getting Through, a string of Top 10 singles and various sold-out headline tours, the four piece – comprising Mal Tuohy (vocals and guitar), Jay Dalton (guitar), Gerry McGarry (bass & harmonica) and Gar Byrne (drums & piano) – are now setting their sights on worldwide success. The Riptide Movement are Ireland’s newest musical export, boasting the kind of rabble-rousing, blue-collar rock’n’roll that should see them become the Emerald Isle’s answer to The Gaslight Anthem, Augustines and Frank Turner. Don’t forget to check out their first proper UK release, single All Works Out, which will be released on March 9th, with their album Getting Through following in the summer. You can catch The Riptide Movement, who are supporting Hayseed Dixie at the O2 ABC Glasgow on the 30th January.

c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com

RAE MORRIS – KING TUT’S

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In November, Rae Morris anounced she will be hitting the road! She’ll be heading out on a full UK tour in February in support of her debut album, Unguarded, released on 26th January through Atlantic Records. She will be stopping off in bonny Glasgow, performing at iconic venue King Tut’s on 3rd February. This year has been somewhat of a learning curve for the young artist and she’s gone from strength to strength. From writing songs alone in her bedroom to working alongside incredible musicians and producers. Rae is truly the musician’s musician and has already garnered huge support and fans across the industry (with Chris Martin, Haim, Laura Mvula, Tom Odell and Bombay Bicycle Club to name a few, all showing serious love for her) and a plethora of critical acclaim from press, making her one of the most relevant, exciting new artists to come out of the UK and this is just the beginning for her. Everything she has been working towards this year is about to come to fruition with the release of her debut album.

Funeral For A Friend are marking the release of their brand new album Chapter and Verse with a tour of the UK and Europe, and they will be stopping off in Glasgow at King Tut’s on January 18th. Despite changes in musical direction and members over the course of the last decade, the post-hardcore band from Bridgend are going back to their roots with this album.

They have taken their music from their home in Wales all over the world and still remain one of the best live bands in Britain today. Having played on the Warped Tour and headlining major festivals amongst other achievements, the chance to see their energetic style of performance in an intimate setting such as King Tut’s provides you with an opportunity to get 2015 off to a good start. Described as being “quite possibly the finest small venue in the world” by NME, King Tut’s is famous for its atmosphere and this is something that has led to some of the biggest bands in the country coming to play there. Make sure that you don’t miss the visit of Funeral For A Friend. Tickets are priced at £16.50 and doors are at 20:30. by Aidan Scott @bigaidan a.scott@tsaglasgow.com


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Friendships are well-starred, there could be high level friction in closer partnerships. The good news is that this looks to be temporary. Indeed, provided that you haven’t got involved with someone who can be as intransigent as you can be, a graceful apology could be made and accepted.

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It wouldn’t do any harm to remind yourself (frequently) that much has happened even in the last few weeks and that emotionally you need time to catch up. Older friends (and probably a special Capricorn) could provide the anchor you need, making this time comfortable and special as a result.

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You may be feeling ambushed and put under a little pressure. (It may be that someone wants to make your friendship more permanent than you’re ready for). Yet you could also have SUCH a good time. The downside (if there is one) is that formalities could take the heat out of that craziness.

Exploring new partnerships needn’t be draining and, if you have an excuse to dress up, could be seen as exciting. Giving yourself time to relax fully, you could then be ready to do all the traditional things with friends and to put right an ‘old’ partnership that may not have had all the attention due to it.

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Some romantic high-jinx could occur this month and be sparked by your need to do things differently and to show someone already close that you’ve been giving more thought to your relationship than they’ve given you credit for. Indeed, by taking them unawares, you might also push your partnership into a new area.

How does the cosmos affect your life? Horoscopes can show you how to have fun in love and build lasting relationships!

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Emotionally you could be shaken this month – which might be exactly what someone close didn’t really want to happen. The unfortunate thing is that the person concerned might be so dazzled and so excited by developments in their lives that persuading them to change direction (again) and focus on the two of you, might not be realistic.

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Fortune may be waiting in the wings and your worries might not be 100% warranted. That said, this month, you could get yourself into a stew if things don’t run entirely to plan and if others manage to rattle your cage (which is quite possible).

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You may experience many periods of enjoyment and relaxation with friends from other generations. If romance does raise its head, it’s likely to be in the form of gentle waves of understanding: emotional fireworks are for next month.

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Anywhere you go this month you could be seen as the fire-cracker: or could bring out excitability in others. This is lovely if you need to be the life and soul of the party. It might not be quite so good if a partnership is already precariously balanced. You might not even see that you’ve shaken someone to the core. Indeed, you may need a good friend to tell you what happened afterwards.


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THE THEATRE ROYAL, GLASGOW

ANNOUNCES 2015 CHRISTMAS SHOW

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The producers of the current UK and Irish tour of the Tony, Olivier and Grammy Award-winning Best Musical Jersey Boys, are delighted to announce the addition of further dates to the tour schedule, including a four week festive run at the Theatre Royal Glasgow. The newly announced dates are The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford (28 April – 9 May), Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff (21 July – 1 August), Sunderland Empire (8 – 19 September), Lyceum Theatre Sheffield (6 – 17 October), Venue Cymru Llandudno (10 – 21 November) and Theatre Royal Glasgow (8 December – 3 January 2016), with further dates to be announced. The UK and Irish Tour of Jersey Boys stars Tim Driesen as Frankie Valli, Stephen Webb as Tommy DeVito, Sam Ferriday as Bob Gaudio and Lewis Griffiths, as Nick Massi. Matt Corner plays the role of Frankie Valli at certain performances. It has been seen by over 20 million people worldwide and is firmly established as one of London’s longest running and most popular shows, where it continues to play at the Piccadilly Theatre. From a bunch of guys singing under lampposts and playing empty clubs to knocking on record label’s doors, the story of how the band reached the pinnacle of their career still resonates today. Jersey Boys tells the full hidden story behind the music, which the members managed to shield from the press and fans at the time, as well as blasting through the band’s top hits.

We will re-discover the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons and their rise to stardom from the wrong side of the tracks. These four boys from New Jersey became one of the most successful bands in pop history, were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and sold 175 million records worldwide, all before they turned 30. The show is packed with their hits, including Beggin’, Sherry, Walk Like A Man, December, 1963 (Oh What a Night), Big Girls Don’t Cry, My Eyes Adored You, Let’s Hang On (To What We’ve Got), Bye Bye Baby, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You, Working My Way Back to You, Fallen Angel, Rag Doll and Who Loves You. Winner of Broadway’s Tony, London’s Olivier and Australia’s Helpmann Awards for Best New Musical, Jersey Boys is the winner of 55 major awards worldwide. As well as still running on Broadway and in the West End and on tour in the UK and Ireland, Jersey Boys can be seen in Las Vegas and across the United States on its US National Tour. The show is written by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The UK Tour will be staged by the entire original Broadway creative team, led by director Des McAnuff and choreographer Sergio Trujillo. Not only does Jersey Boys manage to re-jig your memory of the numerous hits Frankie Valli helped create, with an added insight into the music world, but it also provides the chance to enjoy a night off with a 60s singalong.

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O’B WITH NEW E.P TO WELCOME 2015 beginning of November last year. He starts 2015 with plans for a new E.P. release at the end of this month. This is big news for the rapper, and this latest release promises that same energy and lyricisim that made him stand out around Glasgow in 2014. “I’m also working on a new e.p. of my own called ‘the £6.30 blues’ which will have most of my most recent work on it. It’s a bunch of tracks I wrote in 2014 and I’ve sat on due to lack of recording funds or ability to mix tracks properly. I have a solid track list but it’s not really a case of just recording vocals over beats for me, I need to record instruments too”

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Picking up momentum from a raft of shows all across the city, O’B is a guitar playing hip hop maestro with the passion and prolificy of a poet, the aggresion of a punk stalwart and intelligent and witty writing that results in deafining thumps as entire room’s jaw’s hit the floor in unison. Originally from Oban, O’B has been rapping, singing, playing, working, travelling; the list is endless, since he was 14, solidifying his trade and working with with a massive list of rappers, singers and musicians. Now 23, the last year has seen the rapper’s repuation grow and grow and he’s been popping up at gigs all over the place including the Kelburn Garden Party and the Loch Lomond Ghost Ship party at the

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Last year saw O’B involve himself with so many fantastic artists in the Glasgow music scene and it’s this hard working attitude and engagement with artists that made 2014 such a success. On top of a new release under his own name, O’B is also working with the extremely talented Glasgow rapper Ciaran Mac on a new E.P. to be released early this year. The two have been writing and playing together over the last year, and they are looking to continue this into 2015. “Ciaran and I have already got an e.p. planned for release at the start of year so look out for that. Some of the gigs I’ve played over the last year with Ciaran have been incredible, and we’re enjoying ourselves so we’re planning to keep on going. I’ve also got big plans with K9 Kev, another Oban rapper and who I’ve worked with a lot in the past” O’B, real name Rory O’Byrne, is reaping the benefits from a boost in interest in the Scottish Hip Hop scene. The neglected music scene had a fantastic 2014 all round, and now people are sitting up and taking artists like O’B seriously. The socio-political rapper is an example of the kind of inspired and and creative ideas coming out of Scottish hip hop, and as more and more people listen, more and more people are converted. As well as being a successfull year as an artist for O’B, 2014 was also a learning curve. The gigging, collaborating and meeting people meant that he learned a lot more about what Glasgow has to offer musically, but also about himself as an artist. “2014 was the best year yet. I got the opportunity to play gigs that were a lot bigger than anything I’ve played thanks to Mark McG (Girobabies and Jackal Trades), and I got the opportunity to meet and share ideas with some fantastic people. But perhaps most importantly, I received a lot of positive feedback about my music and found out more about my strengths and weaknesses as an artist. You need to be constantly working on what to improve, and listening to what other artists have to say is the best way to do that” O’B’s 2014 saw him play on the bill alongside some of the most talented artists in Glasgow and Scotland’s engaging and creative music scene. Artists like The Twistettes, The Girobabies, Loki, Becci Wallace and Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5 to name a few. This months E.P launch is sure to be backed up with many many more, and by going to his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ oapostropheb you can keep up to date with what the MC has coming up. The 31st of January sees the release of his new E.P and the start of a new year for O’B, lets hope it’s just as jaw dropping as the last!

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LET’S GO BACK TO THE FUTURE! HOW WELL DID THEY PREDICT WHAT 2015 WOULD LOOK LIKE?

Finally 2015 has arrived, and there are a lot of things us geeks have to look forward to, like Star Wars, Avengers: Age of Ultron and we can assume some new Apple product. However, there remains one question on every sci-fi nerd’s lips: when, oh when will we have our hover cars, hover boards and self-tying shoe laces? Back when T-Swizz could barely lift up her own head, Robert Zemeckis released the iconic Back to the Future Part II, in which our hero Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel 30 years into the future in a bid to prevent Marty’s son from committing a terrible crime. What we see is a direct and precisely accurate depiction of the future… Except of course it isn’t. Well, not entirely; the film makes some pretty close predictions of what life would be like in the distant future – technology we would use, how we would communicate – but there are a few misfires. Zemeckis himself has admitted he found the prospect of predicting the future pretty daunting, fully aware that there was no way to legitimately foresee what 2015 would look like. Instead he created what he wanted to see in the future or what would be fun to create. So what did the movie get right, and what do we have to scramble together for our 21st October deadline? For one, the film depicts wearable technology, with portable communication devices on watches, which are absolutely accessible now. We have fitness trackers, smart glasses and watches, as well as these darn confounded portable telephones that will never catch on, I guarantee it. Throughout the film there are glimpses of video communication, made possible today through Skype, Snapchat and Facetime, and the hydrator machine, otherwise known as microwave dinners, without which none of us would have survived university. Clearly Zemeckis and his creative team tapped into things people were inspired to create themselves. There are, however, a couple of minor things we have yet

to see come to fruition. First things first: hover cars/boards. Before you start screaming “We were promised hover boards, Zemeckis!” at the screen, you should do a little research and see what progress has been made to make them a reality. Last October, the world’s most advanced hover car was unveiled at a tech conference, with a flight range of 544 miles with a top ground speed of 124 mph. It may not be the everyday, run of the mill mode of transport as seen in the movie, but we’re that little bit closer to Jetsons-style travel. Plus, pro-skater Tony Hawk was seen trying out a hover board in November courtesy of the Hendo Hover project. The production SELF-TYING SHOES

company is aiming to release ready-to-use hover board in 2015, just in time for Marty’s flying visit. So they may appear sooner than you think. The film also nails the increasing role technology would have on our culture as a whole, especially in regards to something as simple as being able to watch 6 channels at the one time and having every possible form of entertainment at our disposal. While video games, portable communication and computer technology was certainly present and popular throughout the 80s, Back to the Future depicts perfectly technology’s impact on our world with just the right amount of cynicism. When they are in the 80’s retro café, a wee boy playing the arcade asks Marty “You have to use your hands?

It’s like a baby’s toy!” Fast forward to kids using Microsoft Kinect or asking Santa for iPads. But of course some things may take a little more time to develop, such as the self-drying clothing seen when Marty falls off his hover board into the pond, or mechanisms that make bumbling goons taller in stature. The film disappointed many by seemingly promising or showcasing items too good not to have in 1989, such as Marty’s self-tying Nike Air hightops, with many upset at not being able to purchase them in real life. In April 2009, Nike patented self-lacing shoes and like the previous companies, aim to have them out for 2015. So what about the things they did not predict correctly in Part II? For one, we don’t dress like we’re in a 1989 production of Starlight Express. It’s understandable that people would have assumed we would dress more bizarrely, but Part II assumes we would dress as if we were in that weird movie Michael Jackson was in before Captain EO at Disneyland, essentially exaggerated 80s fashion in space. The comb was invented before 1989, guys. Plus Back to the Future Part II predicted that in an age in which people drive hover cars and enjoy the ability to accurately forecast weather by the second we would still use fax machines, which is hilarious. We challenge to you to find one fax machine in use in 2015. Yes, we have come a long way, and we have managed to adhere to the scientifically accurate depiction of the future as seen in 1989. There is a sweet naïveté in the filmmakers’ predictions for the future, and it’s funny to see what they thought life would be like today. There is still, however, a lot of progress to be made, and we better get a crack on self-walking dog leads before the Doc and Marty get here in October. Oh, and breaking the space time continuum. But that can wait. Don’t know about you by Jonny Stone but I’d rather have the hover @jonny_stone_ board. j.stone@tsaglasgow.com


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DAYS FOR

FEED YOURSELF

ON A BUDGET After a survey by Voucher Codes Pro found that the average student spends an insane £97.58 a week on food and drink during their first term at university, TSA wanted to find out if it was possible to save some cash and feed yourself on just £1 a day for a whole week. So with a measly £7 in hand, our reporter Courtney Hendry set out on our first savings challenge... Let me begin by saying that whilst it is possible to feed yourself on a paltry £7, it is by no means enjoyable or healthy as it’d be near impossible to fit in your five-a-day and you’ll probably feel intense hunger pangs and want to raid your mum’s cupboards but again, it is indeed possible. You need to start a challenge like this with a game-plan. Decide what you can’t live without (snacks for me) and work from there. Don’t go shopping clutching your purse without a clue as to what you’ll require because this is when you end up panic buying a load of rubbish you really don’t need. Then you need to get yourself down to a supermarket on the cheaper end of the scale. I chose Asda as it’s closest to me but you might find even cheaper deals at other budget supermarkets such as Aldi or Lidl. As terrible as it is to admit, I’m not a stickler for ensuring I eat my five a day and have been known to binge on three packets of crisps in one sitting, so I knew restricting myself to three meals a day and minimal snacks would be tough but I managed to survive. However, I also know that my food diary is probably a nutritionist’s worst nightmare and it’s not meant to be taken as advice, more of a guideline that you can easily adapt. Breakfast is usually my favourite meal of the day so I knew I should spend a decent chunk of the budget on breakfast items but I bought smart and was also able to use a lot of what I bought for lunch. Everyone knows porridge is filling and sets you up for the day, so I bought 500g of Scottish porridge oats for 68p. Then I purchased three loose bananas for 34p, a pack of four low fat yoghurts for 33p, six eggs at 55p and a loaf of bread for just 45p; I’ll admit every purchase I made was from the Asda ‘smart choice’

LIFESTYLE brand but the majority of the time I found it hard to tell the difference. For lunch options, I thought I could buy bigger packets of items – such as the 20 sausages for 99p, 500g of pasta for a measly 29p and a big packet of chicken nuggets for only 72p – and then also incorporate them into my dinner on a few nights and this helped save a good few pennies. I also bought two packets of instant mash on the assurance from frugal reviewer that a whole pack can last “at least two or three days.” Being a huge two-for-Tuesdays fan, I was amazed that you can actually buy a fairly tasty pizza for 60p and was ashamed at the amount of times I’ve blown up to £15 on my weekly Dominoes. However, although my budget pizza was nice, I didn’t feel like you could realistically split it into two meals and had to eat an extra jaffa cake to try and compensate. I also really love spaghetti bolognese and splurged on a single tin for 19p, thinking this would be a nice dinner treat, but in all honesty it was horrid and nothing compared to my mum’s signature spag-bol; this was the only meal I really hated. Going into the week, I knew I’d never be able to only eat my three meals and skip out on snacks since I’m usually a meal-snack-meal-snack-snack-meal-snack kind of gal. However, because I’m also stubborn and determined I knew that a teeny pack of twelve jaffa cakes would have to do and carefully rationed them out for the week. The meals I put together were basic, to say the least, but I never felt starving. Sure, I experienced the occasional hunger pang but I found that if I kept busy I didn’t crave any more food. Although I did dream about McDonalds on at least four nights. Although I’ve listed everything I bought for my savings challenge, I’ll be honest and admit that I used things like sugar to flavour my porridge, tomato sauce to make dinner a bit more exciting and had diluting juice lying around so I didn’t need to limit myself to only drinking water for the week. However, I am still proud that I (mostly) stuck to the challenge and after spending just £6.95, it amazes me that students are spending nearly £100 a week on food and drink. Admittedly, this was a boring week and I never spent any money on going out and drinking but it shows that during the first semester, especially when young students have moved out and are living alone for the first time, they either go nuts buying takeaways or have fine taste and must be shopping at Waitrose. If you’re planning on trying a similar challenge, tweet us your results via @TSA_Glasgow

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Food Diary Monday Breakfast: Porridge with milk Lunch: Two eggs scrambled (with milk) on slice of toast Dinner: Tin of spaghetti Bolognese and two sausages Snacks: Two jaffa cakes

Tuesday

Breakfast: Two slices of toast with one banana sliced Lunch: Three sausages Dinner: Three chicken nuggets with ½ packet of instant mash (dash of semi skimmed milk) Snacks: Low fat yoghurt

Wednesday

Breakfast: Low fat yoghurt with ½ banana Lunch: Tomato pasta with half saved for dinner Dinner: Three sausages with ½ packet of instant mash (dash of semi skimmed milk) Snacks: Two jaffa cakes

Thursday

Breakfast: Porridge with semi skimmed milk Lunch: Two eggs scrambled on two slices of toast Dinner: Other half of the tomato pasta made on Wed Snacks: Other half of banana from Wed

Friday

Breakfast: Low Fat Yoghurt with one banana Lunch: Three chicken nuggets ½ packet of instant mash (dash of semi skimmed milk) Dinner: ½ cheese and tomato pizza Snacks: Three jaffa cakes

Saturday Breakfast: Lunch: Dinner: Snacks:

Porridge with dash of milk Three sausages and ½ pack of instant mash (dash of semi skimmed milk) Other ½ cheese and tomato pizza Low fat yoghurt

Sunday

Breakfast: Two slices of toast Lunch: Scrambled eggs, dash of milk, one sausage cut up through eggs Dinner: Three chicken nuggets, three sausages Snacks: Three jaffa cakes by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com


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LIFESTYLE

REASONS...

TO STAY AT HOME INSTEAD OF GOING TO THE LIBRARY We’ve all been there: you have this deadline for a report fast approaching and you drag yourself to the library to get the work done, but instead of travelling all the way to the library, why not just get the work done in the comfort of your own home? We have came up with 12 reeeeally good reasons you should just, not go….. 1. Using all that effort to look good leaving the house vs sitting next to said person

There are always those people who feel the need to look their absolute best anywhere they go. Are you one of those people? Save the effort of putting on all your finest clobber and make up and put that into writing some great essays, yo! This actually refers to those who make the effort and those, like me, who, to put it nicely, couldn’t care less. Heading out to get my study on usually entails a pair of worn out jeans, fluffy socks visible over my shoes, and that jumper you just can’t let go of, even if you’ve had it since graduating school (Primary school. Just kidding). Another favourite is the baggy tee you got in a somewhat questionable club on a greek island. Anyway, looking like this sitting next to someone who looks like they have just came off of a movie set is NOT good motivation. Cry.

3. The fridge, generally being within 30 second reach Winter is coming, so stock up with brain food such as pop tarts, koka noodles and cold pizza. Food nourishes the mind and body, so why not keep the source of food within a few feet of your study session?

So, you’ve just woken up. Your biggest frenemy, the snooze button has won the battle and to make matters worse you have a massive pillow crease on your face. Once you finally make it into the library, you are greeted by a battle between basically everyone fighting over the last available computer. Staying at home means being cosy, having your own personal space, and lets face it, you can stay under your duvet all day and not have to awkardly apologise to your peers for elbowing them in the face whilst fighting over the last mac.

6. Fighting the elements on your way there Thermal vest? Check. Long jongs? check. Scuba suit? Check? Why battle the elements on a dreich January morning and sit in the library feeling damp and utterly dejected when you could stay in the snug fortress of home to do your learning? Just you stay in that giraffe onesie you got from your aunt at Christmas and rock it till your work is completed. Stayin’ home feelin’ sassy.

7. TV Breaks Everyone loves a source to procrastinate (whether we care to admit it or not), but even the most disciplined scholar is allowed a little break. Why not have the comfort of your own entertainment to placate your mind from all the useful learning. Catch up on that episode of Game of Thrones to stimulate your mind instead of going on Facebook in the library, and lets face it, never coming off it.

4. Encouragement from the old family pet Can’t manage those final hundred words, or are you just not getting the 17th line of the that mathematical problem. Who better than a loyal companion to break down to and gain encouragement to cross the line. Warning: Cats may not sympathise with you, but may scratch...still some encouragement though, right? 5. People just talking sh… I mean just talking in general...

2. Fighting people for a computer

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You’re reading the final paragraph of a paper on brutalist architecture in post war britain, requiring much concentration as you try to grasp the principles of what the author is saying, while playing devils advocate by employing critical thinking when the group of students begin brashly talking about how ‘epic’ last night’s activities in the union were – Spoiler: they only spent a tenner and managed to get so drunk that they swapped chinos with their mate and – aaand your chain of thought has derailed.

8. Avoiding mental breakdowns after catching a glimpse of classmates work Phew, what a feeling! The presentation is finished and you’re happy with it. All the learning objectives are covered right? Then you bump into someone from your course who tells you they have done three times the amount of slide you have done, but sometimes you “can’t cover everything”. You are polite, and agree, supplement with a bit of small talk. You bid farewell, you will see them at the presentation. You proceed to the lavatory. You lock yourself in a toilet. You cry.

9. Save money on travelling! Perhaps one of the most important reasons, being a student and all. Busses, trains, petrol, parking, boats, tractors – travelling into university to study when you don’t have to be there can be costly. If you can master studying at home, you can save a few pennies that can be spent after that final exam – lets be honest, a few shots will probably be welcome.

10. FREE COFFEE! Gotta get that sweet brown nectar! Unless its student loan payment day, you don’t want to be paying for a load of those expensive, syrup fuelled caffeine fixes. Stay at home and get your fill from the good old kettle! Another note: WHY must cafes on campus cost so much, don’t they realise we have other things to spend our money on?! Books, travel, dinner, stationery, vodka, gin, rum, shots, parties…. off topic.

11. Family and friends to annoy and pester for insight Worrying that you’ve done everything wrong? Are you sure that’s a real word? Have I just added a word in to my dissertation which is not in the English vocabulary? Ask em’.

12. Mindmaps. So many mindmaps. It’s frowned upon to redecorate the library walls with any study materials, but in the freedom of your own home? Go mad. Create a labyrinth of answers, cover the walls in mind maps and create a sea of lecture notes on the floor. Walk amongst the knowledge and absorb it. by Joanna Mullan @joannamullan j.mullan@tsaglasgow.com


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LIFESTYLE

STRUGGLES ALL

THIRD YEARS WILL ENCOUNTER IN 2015

Aside from the crushing realisation that 2015 is the year you become an adult, you’ll face a lot of problems in your final two semesters of university. 1. The difficult task of trying to get your final two loan instalments to stretch from January to your first job after graduation

“Final two” – heartbreaking. 2. Hearing about people who’ve bound their dissertations before you’ve even started writing yours ERM. 3. Working out just how much that exam in second year is ruining your chances of a 2:1

12. The near impossible juggle of trying to make the most of your final months as a student, while retaining at least a 2:1 average “LET’S DO ALL THE THINGS … right after I read these 7 books that are due back tomorrow”

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13. Realising just how much you failed at doing all the things you said you’d do before graduating You didn’t even write a bucket list, never mind complete one. •

In hindsight, perhaps you shouldn’t have gone out the night before…

4. Coming to terms with the fact that you are now that guy • My life sucks so much right now

14. The difficult task of hiding two years’ worth of damage from your landlord in time for inspection

Mainly consisting of mystery stains and burnt kitchen worktops. 5. Holding back the urge to lose your shit every time you assess your workload

15. And then unsuccessfully trying to negotiate the full release of your deposit

No, I am not above begging. 6. Actually having to turn down nights out so you can stay in and study In hindsight, perhaps you shouldn’t have gone out the night before…

7. The fear that overcomes you when you discover a friend has secured an internship for after graduation

8. And the terrifying realisation that all applications closed months ago 9. Resisting deep feelings of hatred whenever a fresher dares to cross your path 10. People will always be asking you things like, “how does it feel to be graduating this year?” and “what are your plans for after uni?” To which you respond:

16. The futile attempt to pack up your room without sobbing uncontrollably to music that reminds you of first year

You and me, Swifty. 17. The realisation that you will never get a summer holiday again EVER.

18. And when it’s all over… •

11. That awkward conversation every third year has with their tutor or dissertation supervisor about why things aren’t going to plan “Nice to finally meet you…”

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Cirque Berserk (Mon 26th - Wed 28 Janth) presents all the fun of the fair including the Death Globe, where three motorcyclists reach speeds of 60mph in a steel cage, a troupe of more than 30 jugglers, acrobats and aerialists as well as an awarding winning clown, Tweedy. Let the show spectacles continue as you’re transported to Las Vegas for One Night of Elvis (Thu 29th Jan) and The Rat Pack (Fri 30th Jan). Blast off into February with Return to the Forbidden Planet (Mon 9th - Sat 14th Feb) where founding member of legendary rock band Queen Brian May will be beamed into the King’s via video transmission to help this jukebox musical take off with a bang. One of our favourites, The Sound of Music (Mon 16th Sat 28th Feb) returns to the King’s starring winner of the BBC’s Over the Rainbow, Danielle Hope as Maria. TV talent show queen, the X Factor’s Alexandra Burke, takes to the stage in the King’s Scottish premiere of The Bodyguard (Wed 4th - Sat 14th Mar) performing Whitney Houston classics including One Moment in Time, I Wanna Dance With Somebody and one of the greatest hits of all time - I Will Always Love You. As part of the Glasgow International Comedy Festival the King’s Theatre will host a week of stand up featuring Al Murray, Jerry Sadowitz, Fred MacAulay and a special evening where a number of stars including Frankie Boyle, Stewart Francis and Patrick Monahan come together in aid of MND Scotland. Strictly Come Dancing’s Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace bring the glamour of Hollywood to Glasgow with their sensational choreography and flawless footwork in Dance ‘Till Dawn (Tue 7th - Sat 11th Apr). Based on the award winning DreamWorks animation film, Shrek The Musical (Wed 29th Apr - Sun 17th May) is a must see for all the family. Join everyone’s favourite ogre and a gang of fairytale misfits in the all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza. The National Theatre of Scotland presents a riotous new comedy, Yer Granny (Tue 26th - Sat 30th May). A diabolical 100-year-old granny is literally eating her family out of house and home, starring some of Scotland’s best-loved performers including Maureen Beattie, Paul Riley and Jonathan Watson. Calamity Jane (Tue 16th - Sat 20th Jun) returns to the King’s all guns blazing with winner of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s search for Nancy, Jodie Prenger, and Emerdale’s Tom Lister. Reminding us to always look on the bright side of life is The Monty Python’s Spamalot (Mon 1st - Sat 6th Jun) direct from the West End alongside the critically acclaimed Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (Tue 23rd Jun - Sat 4th Jul). Two seasoned swindlers attempt to hoodwink a millionaire heiress on the French Riviera. As the pair compete in the true art of the con, they discover there is only room for one of them.


JANUARY 2015, ISSUE 5

ONE DRESS ONE MONTH

Do you think you could wear only one dress for the month of February? The idea alone is some women’s worst nightmare. However, since 2010, girls (and a few guys) at Glasgow University have been raising money by doing exactly that. ‘One Dress, One Month’ was born as somewhat of an alternative to Movember; where males traditionally grow moustaches to raise awareness of male heath issues and raises money charity. Vice President of student activities at Glasgow University, Gintare Masiulyte, explained that Glasgow Women’s Aid (GWA) is the charity they traditionally support with this event. GWA provides information, support and refuge services to those affected by domestic abuse and over 5,000 women and their children contact the charity on a yearly basis. “The amounts raised vary, but a couple of times it was over £1000, which is very encouraging”, said Gintare. She added that there are many reasons for taking part in the event: “Students quite like the challenge. I took part in the One Dress, One Month initiative last year for the first time, and it actually encourages your creativity.” However, it’s not just Glasgow University students who can get involved. Last year a number of women across Glasgow took part in the challenge, having been inspired by the students and women in other cities across the UK have also taken on the challenge and you can too. The rules for One Dress, One Month are as simple as you would expect. According to Gintare, if you follow these simple rules you’ll be well prepared: “Wear the same dress throughout February and be creative. If your work requires you to wear a uniform, it’s alright, no one tells you off for that. “Washing is always something that people ask about. Usually participants wash dresses overnight, so it’s also a challenge in planning as well. You would be surprised how many ideas participants have and at the same time it surprises yourself knowing that one dress might work on every occasion for a whole month.” Anyone wishing to get involved can organise their own ‘One Dress, One Month’ challenge to help raise money for GWA, most do so by setting up their own Just Giving page. Or you could support the fundraising efforts of the Glasgow University participants by visiting www.glasgowstudent.net from February and following the link to their Just Giving page. You can find out more about Glasgow Women’s Aid and donate directly by visiting glasgowwomensaid.org.uk/

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While your housemates reside in their love nests for days on end. 2. You’re the only one gagging over emotional scenes on TV while the couples sat around you weep into each other’s arms

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