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ARE YOU STILL PAYING ATTENTION? In just a few weeks, the people of Scotland will hold a referendum that regardless of the outcome will irrevocably change the future of the United Kingdom. Three years after the referendum campaign unofficially began and following an onslaught of argument, debate and misinformation on both sides, the question is: are you still paying attention? For some, the answer is unfortunately ‘no’. It’s unfortunate because the referendum question is incredibly important. According to the First Minister, Alex Salmond, it is Scotland’s “biggest decision for 300 years” – a sentiment shared across the political divide – and interestingly, those yet to make up their minds could ultimately decide the result. Most polls have found that undecided voters make up between 10-20% of the electorate – depending on who carried out the survey. With more confident voters finding themselves fairly evenly spread between the two sides, this means that the referendum is far from decided. That is why you will see politicians like Alex Salmond and Alistair Darling still only too keen to get their faces on the television and put their own last-

better at preaching to the already converted than they are at dealing with those still trying to make up their minds – something that was all too apparent in the aftermath of the recent television debates. This means that the polls have refused to shift and statistics seem to suggest that we aren’t much further ahead than we were at this time last year. As we enter into the last gasp of the referendum campaign, something really has got to give. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if that is going to come from Better Together or Yes Scotland. Despite the best efforts of the volunteers – who have put in great work to try and make the arguments heard in towns and cities throughout Scotland – for many, the list of hypotheticals won’t be a clear enough incentive to put their ‘x’ on either side of the ballot paper. The reality, however, is that the vote is coming – and it’s coming soon. The time to make up your mind is now and the likelihood is; if it hasn’t happened already, no one is going to make up your mind for you. Those who have yet to decide need to ask themselves what they want; what really matters to them. The independence question is a multi-faceted one with disparate pros and cons for every single one of us and whichever route we take, the only certainty is that the road will feature no shortage of twists and turns. As we move forward into the inevitably unknown, the real question is whether we really are better together. by Derek Healey politicsandthat.com @Healey26 d.healey@tsaglasgow.com

minute arguments forward. Whilst the polls have often varied wildly, almost all of them have agreed that those undecided votes could ultimately decide Scotland’s future. The problem is, a lot of the people still sitting on the fence will feel like they have heard it all before – and that’s because they probably have. The debate has been centre stage in Scottish politics for some time now and for the largest part, the argument has not changed much in the past 40 years. For the nationalist side, the debate seems to have centred on grand promises of a socialist, oilrich utopia with free-education for all and the Tories banished to far off lands. For the unionists, ‘Project Fear’ has been in full effect, assuring Scots that they couldn’t possibly go it alone – least of all without the BBC, the NHS and an endless list of other great British abbreviations. The fact that an independent Scotland probably wouldn’t look much like either of those predictions hasn’t stopped the two opposing campaigns. All the evidence seems to suggest that both sides are

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RYDER CUP TOURNAMENT AND GALA CONCERT Golf’s biggest team event tournament rolls into Scotland this month with Rory McIlroy and team Europe looking to retain the Ryder Cup from the clutches of their oldest adversary: team U.S.A. The United States, captained by golfing legend Tom Watson, will be looking to hold their nerve when the teams meet at Gleneagles between the 23rd and 28th of September, having capitulated the last time around when the teams met at the Medinah Country Club in Illinois. The ‘Miracle at Medinah’ saw an exceptional comeback from team Europe who trailed 10-4 at one point during the tournament. An Ian Poulter inspired resurgence saw Europe crowned champions by one point, a feat which must rank high in the list of sports’ greatest all-time comebacks. For golf enthusiasts, the enormity of this event is well known; it brings a media circus from many different countries around Europe and the States; it pits some of the best golfers in the world against one another; and, although there is a high level of competitiveness, there is a great level of respect between the captains, players, and fans alike which creates one of golf’s most unique atmospheres. It is also one of the few major sporting events which the players receive no remuneration for their efforts – something which must be viewed as a rarity in this modern day and age. This means the players are playing for something more important than money (well, to some at least); pride, which must

7 be considered the main ingredient to ensure a tantalising spectacle for all. This year’s tournament sees at least eight different nationalities in team Europe (at the time of writing, there remains three wild card picks for the European team which will be made in the first week of September): from Danish (Thomas Bjorn) to Welsh (Jamie Donaldson), Swedish (Henrik Stenson) to French (Victor Dubuisson), and Spanish (Sergio Garcia) to Northern Irish (Rory McIlroy). The team hailing from the States are made of up some of this season’s most consistent golfers with Rickie Fowler a prime illustration having finished in the top five of the last four Majors (the four most prestigious, annual tournaments in golf). Other notable names for Team America are Bubba Watson, Phil Mickelson, Jim Furyk, and one of golf’s hot prospects at this time, Jordan Spieth. On the official Ryder Cup website, Europe’s team Captain, Paul McGinley, states the reasons behind his love affair with the tournament: “I love the whole atmosphere of The Ryder Cup. I love everything that goes with it, the pomp and the pageantry. I get a real buzz out of being in the same room where everyone is pulling for the team. It’s inspirational, you can touch the camaraderie, and I do reach for another level when involved in team golf. My heart ticks a bit faster, my adrenalin flows more.” Undoubtedly, this year’s tournament has all the ingredients to be one of the best yet, none more so than this being the Ryder Cup’s first time being played in the country that proudly proclaims itself as the home of golf – Scotland. And it is the mixture of it being held in Scotland and the reasons behind Paul McGinley’s passion for the tournament that will make this a truly special occasion and could make this one of the best Ryder Cups yet. For those who don’t know their Birdie from their Albatross, or simply don’t have any tickets for the event in Perthsire, Glasgow is hosting a Ryder Cup Gala Concert at the SSE Hydro on the 24th of September which both teams

will attend. Pop stars, ballet dancers, an orchestra, and an opera will entertain the golfers in what is gearing up to be an excellent night of entertainment. Acts already signed up for the event are: the Bob Dylaninspired Jake Bugg; one of Scotland’s most successful bands of all time, Texas; alternative rockers, Twin Atlantic; and the Scottish Ballet, the Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the Scottish Opera. Richard Hills, Europe’s Ryder Cup director, said: “The gala concert is the curtain-raiser for the 2014 Ryder Cup and is the first chance to welcome the players of the European and USA teams to Scotland. Bringing together the country’s proud golfing heritage with a variety of Scotland’s most celebrated musical and cultural artists, this event offers something for everyone.” by Derek McLaughlin @Del_McLaughlin d.mclaughlin@tsaglasgow.com

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SEPTEMBER 2014, ISS 1 Stephen himself growing up on Mull, immersed in Scottish folk. Their Facebook group describes their sound as “folk and blues with a Celtic flair,” a style they feel is organic and came naturally when they play together; they admit they possess such a broad sound that is neither “too folky-cokey” nor too pop-sounding. And they’re quick to interject they haven’t jumped on the folk bandwagon with the likes of Mumford and Sons. They haven’t created this sound to keep up with any braces, banjos Illustration Credit: James Marno and tweed trend, it’s the music they grew up with and love. The band is keen to promote a sense of unity between local Scottish bands, regardless of genre; Stephen admits his desire to “drive community,” talking of his support and admiration of bands as diverse as Scottish band Youth and the Young and Watford band The Staves. This passion for community and collaboration Folk music has seen a huge resurgence undoubtedly comes across in their music, in the past five years or so, with acts diverse and unique. like Mumford and Sons, Laura Marling This summer has been a productive and and Pretty Green Cars jumping on the hectic period for the band; they recently bandwagon and fusing Celtic influences released their debut album That’s Life – the and rock and creating a movement perhaps title track of which is arguably their best lazily entitled “indie-folk.” There are, of song to date – digitally, with a physical course, bands in the scene that bring release after their official album launch something more unique and remind you of on 25th September; recorded and mixed how compelling and exciting folk music can in Glasgow, the band recreate the feel be. Have Mercy Las Vegas, a six piece band and sound of a live performance, having from West Dunbartonshire, are an up and recorded all their parts in unison. According coming band that fuse together a vast range to Stephen, “It’s essentially a live record, of musical styles and influences – bluegrass, with all the parts layered and the feel of a Americana, blues, Celtic folk – while still live gig.” creating a distinctive sound to call their own. As well as releasing their long-awaited They are the quintessential Scottish folk debut, the band has taken to festival stages band, with songs that range from rowdy, across the country; their Friday night set at atmospheric anthems such as “Barn Stomp” Wickerman – their second time playing the to spine-tingling ballads like “The Pier.” With event – was perhaps their summer festival stunning vocal harmonies and infectious highlight, with Stephen placing it as second hooks, their music is refreshing and distinct only to T in the Park in terms of Scottish in a sea of bearded, jumper-wearing folkies. Festivals. Other highlights included playing The band formed roughly four years the main stage at the Eden Festival near ago, after singer Crispin, banjo player Dumfries in June, at which Crispin brought Stephen, bassist Marc and drummer Phil his baby – the band’s first – onstage, which began jamming and gigging together. After surely must have been the cutest sight at any meeting lead singer Eilidh and meeting British festival this summer. The band has fiddler Andrew in a club, the line-up was a real passion for festivals; in terms of their complete, and the band has had the same favourite aspects of festival season, Stephen core members since. The band’s name stems puts it down simply to their love of live from a friend of the group having a terrible music as well as the opportunity to mingle time in Las Vegas, being down on his luck, with other bands. According to him, they and looking up at a sign in the legendary are jamming musicians, sharing a mutual House of Blues flashing “Have Mercy Las love of communicating and collaborating Vegas.” According to Stephen, it stuck out with other bands. as an amazing band name, and he’d had his Aside from their busy commitments to fill of “The” bands; they wanted something selling an album, performing at festivals and uncommon, and the phrase fit the bill jamming onstage with babies, this summer exactly. has seen Have Mercy Las Vegas receive more Upon listening to their music online on recognition, opening the new series of Rapal Soundcloud, there are facets of different on BBC Alba and spreading their music and artists that have clearly influenced the band: band updates through social media. Stephen their vocals call to mind the pitch perfect says the likes of Facebook, Twitter and harmonies of the legendary Carter family, especially Soundcloud are vital for up and and stylistically they touch on everything coming bands, and enjoys their interactive from bluegrass to Celtic folk to Bon Iver. quality in terms of communicating with their According to Stephen “The band has six expanding fan base. Soundcloud, he says, people with hugely different tastes,” with is essential as it allows easier access to their Crispin loving American slides blues, and

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music, and as seen with their eponymous EP and upcoming singles, it gives us a taste of the band’s sound and what’s to come from them. The future looks bright for Have Mercy Las Vegas. September alone sees the band play the main stage at events like Live @ Troon and Lochtober Fest, and the rest of the year will be spent touring their new album. HMLV are arguably at their best when onstage, having played Glasgow’s iconic King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut and being asked back twice. When asked what venues he’d like to tick off his list with the band, Stephen noted Phil hasn’t played the famous Barrowlands yet, but personally wants to make his mark on the newly opened

bandstand in Kelvingrove Park, a venue that has so far seen the likes of Squeeze and Teenage Fanclub. It is mutually agreed a summer performance would be preferred for the open-air venue. Have Mercy Las Vegas is a band that translates compelling live performances in the studio to tremendous success, thrives from the electric atmosphere of gigs and festival appearances, actively creates a sense of community with up and coming local bands and creates compelling music. Be sure to jump on their bandwagon. by Jonny Stone @jonny_stone_ j.stone@tsaglasgow.com

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Glasgow has been the birthplace of any number of musical success stories over the years. From Donovan to Angus Young, from Primal Scream to Simple Minds. From Frankie Miller. To Texas. Even The Fratellis and Franz Ferdinand hail from the home of Irn Bru, Tenants Lager and football’s greatest, and most sadly missed, rivalry. But what gives Glasgow such a well-revered and renowned musical prowess is not its most successful sons and daughters. These barely scratch the surface in a city of close knit acoustic basements, high octane up close and personal stages and bass driven underground clubs. It’s the people, the individual scenes and the music that pour out onto its

streets from Monday to Sunday and back again, driven by a soundtrack that unifies the most diverse of genres and offers something for everyone, that makes other cities happily oblige to sit in the shadow of Glasgow’s musical culture and heritage. The club scene is as popular in Glasgow as it is anywhere in Europe. The house and techno nights have huge followings, and Sub Club’s Saturday night, Subculture, orchestrated by resident DJs Harri and Dominic, is the longest running weekly house residency on the planet. Sub Club also runs the I am, a permanent Tuesday night fixture with some of the freshest sounds in the industry, as well as Optimo, a varied mix of progressive dance music held once a month. St. Judes and La Cheetah also offer forward thinking new electronic music, and pride themselves on it, offering nights that just continue to get bigger parallel to the rapid growth of Glasgow’s interest in new electronic music. The Arches hosts Pressure, a once monthly techno night that somehow manages to cram this giant venue full to capacity. Trance is still huge here, and its loyal devotees travel between nights like Zoom at The Arches and Trancelate at 69 Below in order to get their fix. You find big nights with big followings for everything in Glasgow. Argonaut Sounds deliver reggae beats all across the city, and the Mungo’s Hi-Fi driven Walk ‘n’ Skank at the Berkeley Suite is another example of Glasgow’s growing reggae following. Hip hop has established itself in many ways in Glasgow, with club nights for hip hop classics and new tunes having weekly slots in many different places, with big rnb, hip hop, soul and funk orientated nights all over the city. However, it is the artists that have helped to establish Glasgow and Scotland’s very own raw, real and powerful hip hop scene that make this heavily misunderstood genre stick out here in Glasgow. Acts like the politically inspired Loki, hip hop drum duo Hektor Bizerk and accoustic/electric/hip hop trio Bang Dirty have inspired a new energy to a scene that struggled to be taken seriously and now only continues to surprise and grow.

The Cathouse and The Classic Grand are Glasgow’s most prominent rock clubs, and both rock out all week with club nights that deliver all your classic rock, metal, punk, alternative and even screamo needs. You need live music to feed your heavy metal hunger? They host gigs for established and upcoming acts from the all over the place as well. It’s not just heavy metal. Live bands play on a nightly basis at venues like King Tuts Wah Wah Hut to The Box and Bloc, as well as any one of the clubs or venues mentioned before. Although prominent bands from a range of scenes from all over the country play in these venues, so do local and upcoming acts, and a look at any of their websites will show you what’s on. Even just pop in, you never know what you’ll find. The more traditional music scenes still deserve a shout here, with blues night retaining a following at venues like The Factory and The State Bar. Jazz nights can be found anywhere between Swing and Wednesday’s at The Glasgow Art Club, and traditional Scots and Folk is played Citywide, from big events at the City’s Royal Concert Hall, to ceilidhs to folk, roots and world music nights at The Star Folk Club. All across the city there are singer songwriters, duos and bands plying their trade and trying to make a name for themselves. You can catch an open mic just about every night. These mean trips to some of Glasgow’s close knit, well respected and renowned venues. From Nice ‘n’ Sleazys Monday night open mic, to MacSorleys on a Wednesday, to regular open mics at Lebowski’s, The Arlington and almost all the music clubs and pubs that promote live music. For the sheer number of open mic nights, performers in the city retain a supportive over-competitive streak that offers a platform for creative ideas and new music, week in, week out. If you’ve soaked up enough of all the individual performers and been influenced by the diverse and eclectic mix of music, then there is always a route to give it back and get involved yourself. While you are in Glasgow, take advantage. Its honesty, creativity and character help make its music scene so endearing, welcoming and culturally important. People make Glasgow, and Glasgow makes bloody lovely music. by Cameron Willis @CameronWillis92 c.willis@tsaglasgow.com

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SEPTEMBER 2014, ISS 1 told to go to the 60s, that class doesn’t matter anymore. And I thought that was ridiculous. Obviously, where I grew up in Stockport there were people who struggled and who had everything stacked against them, and yet there’s this idea that this doesn’t exist anymore. So, for me, I wanted to challenge inequality. I realised the way inequality is tolerated is by portraying it as just deserves; as in the people at the top deserve to be there because they work hard and are intelligent; and the people at the bottom deserve to be there because they’re thick and feckless. I realised that unless you challenge that, inequality will always be defended because then people will think inequality is fair and just. Can you talk to me a bit about your new book?

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OWEN JONES If you don’t know who Owen Jones is, then you should go and Google him right now. Russell Brand describes him as having “the face of a baby and the voice of George Formby,” but states that “he is our generation’s Orwell and we must cherish him”. Irvine Welsh – author of Trainspotting and Filth – says of Jones’s latest book (The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It) – that it is the most important book on the real politics of the UK in his lifetime, and the only one you’ll ever have to read; he finishes by saying “you’ll be enlightened and angry”. Author of Chavs: the Demonisation of the Working Class and columnist for The Guardian, Owen Jones was brought up in Sheffield, Falkirk, and Stockport. He studied History and US History at Oxford before moving into politics, where he worked for MP John McDonnell and various Trade Unions. After the success of Chavs, he has become an important voice for the Left; but even more importantly for those people who are left voiceless, marginalised, and disadvantaged on the periphery of our society. I interviewed Owen in Edinburgh’s City Art Centre Café where we discussed his new book, politics and the upcoming Scottish Referendum. Here’s what he had to say: What inspired you to write your first book, Chavs: the Demonisation of the Working Class? Having worked with the Trade Unions, I realised I wanted to get across ideas which challenge the consensus as best as I could; and I wanted to reach people; and challenge the order in which we live. I really wanted to talk about class because, for me, what’s really frustrating is this idea that we’re all really middle class now and that class isn’t relevant. If you believe that then you shut down any scrutinising of who has wealth and power and who doesn’t have wealth and power, you know; you stop people challenging the distribution of wealth and balance of society because anyone who brings it up is

It’s called The Establishment: And How They Get Away With It. Basically, ever since this crisis began we’ve been encouraged to blame the mess this country is in not on those above with power but on those below. Unemployed people, benefits claimants, immigrants, public sector workers, anyone but those with power. And we have the constant scrutinising of those at the bottom of society, being condemned. We have ‘Benefits Street’, we don’t have ‘Tax Dodgers Street’. Because at the moment it is the politics of envy. They always get low paid workers whose wages have been cut, whose tax credits have been cut; but don’t blame your boss, don’t blame the government; envy, instead, the unemployed person getting what you can’t have. If you’re a private sector worker, your pensions are decimated, don’t be angry at your boss but envy the nurse or firefighter who still has a pension. Or, if you can’t get a council house because the government won’t build them, if you can’t get a skilled job because the government have let them be stripped from the economy, don’t be angry with them, envy the immigrant who is getting the council house and the job you should have had. What I want is for people to get angry with the people at the top because they’re responsible for the mess this country is in. So who do you focus on in the book? The chapters focus on the political elite; the media elite; the police and how that operates; the tax dodgers; corporate power; the banks or, rather, ‘the Masters of the Universe’; and then the real scroungers: the private companies who scrounge off the state and who are subsidised by the state.

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Your family live in Edinburgh and there is obviously a Referendum coming up on Scottish Independence. Firstly, what do you think the best decision is for Britain? Well, it’s about the best decision for the Scottish people, not Britain. I mean, it’s always a bit like being in a relationship. If you’re going out with someone and you get dumped by them, the other person doesn’t have a say in that. It’s not like you go ‘oh, I don’t think you should dump me’, that’s irrelevant. It is just up to the Scottish people to decide. For me it’s a case of whatever happens I want to strengthen solidarity between working people in Scotland, England and Wales based on the common shared traditions we all have: the Chartists, the Suffragettes, the 1945 Labour Government, the Anti-Poll Tax movement, the Shop Stewards movement. All these common traditions. And I want them to be rebuilt and that can happen whatever the Scottish people decide. Hypothetically speaking, if you were Scottish, what would you vote for? Well, I’m not sure. A lot of my political bedfellows are obviously very Yes and, you know, people have a lot of time and respect for the Radical Independence Campaign. I regard them as comrades, and I’ll support them as best as I can. It’s so hypothetical. I understand the appeal. I guess my fear is that we wouldn’t be in this situation if the Left was strong across Britain and we had a stronger Labour movement. I think the Tories are in decline. They’ve not won an election since 1992. They didn’t win in 2010 when they should have done. Every time they’ve won an election since 1955 there’s been a lower share of votes than the time before. All I would say is I understand the idea of never having a Tory government again. I could vote not to have a Tory government. If I had to vote in a referendum that said ‘do you want a situation where you’ll never have a Tory government again?’ Yes, I do, yeah. All I’d say is, I think we can get around the scourge of Toryism; together we can get rid of it.

I plead that we can learn from our ancestors and our proud traditions. And the people at the top have their traditions: Empire, Aristocracy and Social Injustice; but we’ve got our traditions too: the Chartists, the Suffragettes, the Trade Unionists, the LGBT campaigners. People who fought against what seems like insurmountable odds against those with power. And that’s the thing, we get change not from the goodwill and generosity from those above, but through the struggle and sacrifice of people from below. Tony Benn always said the way you get change is the burning flame of anger at injustice and the burning flame of hope at a better world. The problem is at the moment, what I find, is there is so much anger out there and so much fear but not much hope. And without that hope people either get resigned or just accept that injustice is just like the weather: if it rains, you whinge about it but there’s nothing you can do about it; or they redirect their anger at the wrong targets. At their neighbours rather than those above. This is a book about how unjust that order is. The point I’d make is this order isn’t just unjust but it’s unsustainable. You can’t have an order where the top 1,000 people double their wealth in five years whilst one million people have to beg for food in food banks in the sixth richest country on the face of the earth. That makes no sense whatsoever. Any rational person should look at that and go ‘you can’t sustain this’. That’s the kind of point I’d make to people: we can fight this, we can overcome it.

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the classic route there are an additional five rides to choose from; the 110 mile timed Sportive, the Edinburgh Family Ride, the Aberdeen Family Ride, the Edinburgh Circular Ride and the Danny MacAskill Glasgow Ride. Last year saw 12,000 riders saddle up, including Transport Minister Keith Brown, Sean Batty and The Angels’

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Share star Paul Brannigan. They raised an astonishing £108,000 for the official charity partner, The STV appeal. The charity supports children and young people in Scotland who are affected by poverty. Every penny donated goes towards helping the one in five children in Scotland living in poverty. For those who don’t fancy tackling a 47 mile bike ride, there’s also the popular Danny MacAskill Glasgow Ride on the 21st September. The four mile ride starts at 10am and takes cyclists of all ages and abilities through a circular route on fully closed roads, starting and finishing at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Spokesman for the event, Fergus Reid, explained that although training is recommended for the classic ride very little is required for the four mile Glasgow ride. He said: “Anyone with the minimum of cycling ability could manage the ride”. He added: “it’s great fun and great for fitness’. When the cyclists return to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome they will then experience Scottish trials cyclist Danny MacAskill’s new Drop and Roll show, starring Danny and friends including Duncan Shaw, Ali C and Fabio Wibmer. Last year 3,500 people participated in the Glasgow ride and this year looks set to be just as popular. However, you don’t need to be a keen cyclist to take part, people are free to skip the ride and attend the show afterwards. Tickets for the Danny MacAskill Glasgow Ride are available via Glasgow Life and Ticketmaster and cost just £8 for adults, £5 for children. A hub ticket will allow access to the standing zone of the show and the Danny MacAskill question and answer section. It also enters you into the free prize giveaways, hub tickets are £29 for 2 adults and 2 children.

traders of vintage fashion, homeware, and crafts. For just a £2 entry fee, visitors can peruse endless rails of vintage clothes and indulge in additional vintage charms such as the Vintage Tea Party and the Pin-Ups Beauty Salon. A must-see for all who are weary of 21st century monotony and wish to indulge in the nostalgia of a bygone era. Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair will be held in The Briggait on Sunday the 14th of September, 11am-4pm. £2 entry, under 12s go free. by Eilidh Harrison e.harrison@tsaglasgow.com

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In the middle of October, Glasgow will be welcoming new and upcoming songwriter, George Ezra, to perform at Glasgow University’s Queen Margaret Union. At only twenty-one years old, Ezra is quickly beginning to make a

name for himself in the wake of his debut album release, Wanted On Voyage. Having left school at sixteen to pursue his keen interest in music, Ezra began his career navigating through the Bristol music scene, gathering small renown via

word-of-mouth and eventually grasping support slots for well-known artists such as Tom Odell and Lianne La Havas. In his rise to recognition, Ezra caught the attention of BBC Music, leading to their placing him fifth in their ‘Sound of 2014’ longlist, along with other upcoming artists such as Sam Smith and Royal Blood. Additionally, Ezra has also been included in MTV’s ‘Brand New For 2014’, and iTunes’s ‘New Artists for 2014’. Wanted On Voyage was released on the 30th of June this year, and Ezra has since then been performing at UK summer festivals such as T in the Park’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Tent and Glastonbury’s BBC Introducing stage. While there is certainly no shortage in the plethora of guitar-wielding songwriters rising to popularity in the UK, Ezra manages to stand out amongst the (rather thick) crowd in both musicality and structure. Wanted On Voyage expresses strong folk roots from Ezra’s musical influences Bob Dylan and Woody Guthrie, while Ezra’s own throaty baritone brings a bluesy twist to the arrangement. Throughout the album, his voice provides a stable foundation amongst light and airy guitar melodies. Structurally, Ezra’s songs mostly follow a typical ‘poppy’ formula, in the sense that their easy-going, incredibly catchy choruses are extremely unlikely to provoke offence of any sort amongst their listeners. This breezy, carefree style, whilst not particularly intellectually stimulating, seems refreshing in this day and age, when the genre of singer/songwriter is so often heavily defined by the amount of minor chords and breakup songs feature on the album. One thing that can be said with confidence is that Ezra is certainly going to be one to watch over the next few years as he matures and his influences broaden. George Ezra will be performing a sold out show at Glasgow’s Queen Margaret Union on the 18th of by Eilidh Harrison October. e.harrison@tsaglasgow.com

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Gig Guide... CITY CENTRE 13TH NOTE 12th Sep PREGNANCY SCARES / DETERGENTS / BLACK COP / + 1 20:00 13th Sep NOLTI NAN GANA NAN NOLTA / ENNERACT / GÖATSHIT 19:30 18th Sep WINTERLIZARD / DEATH WATCH / PYRE OF THE EARTH / WATCHER’S GUARD 20th Sep BUCKFEST: BANDS TBA 21st Sep LET’S TALK DAGGERS / FELIX CHAMPION / SHAMBLES IN A HUSK / EMILIO LARGO 20:00 25th Sep GEORGE TUCKER / LIZABETT RUSSO 20:00 26th Sep EXILE THE TRAITOR / FINAL SILENCE /TRIVERSE MASSACRE / EDGEVILLE HELLRIDE 20:00 27th Sep KNUCKLEDUST / GUESTS 20:00 BUFF CLUB Monday Nights BURN MONDAYS 23:00 Thursday Nights HIP HOP THURSDAYS 23:00 Friday Nights OLD SKOOL FRIDAYS 23:00 Saturday Nights NU SKOOL SATURDAYS 23:00 CATHOUSE Wednesday Nights DJ’S RYRY & HUTCHY 23:00 Thursday Nights R.U.IN 23:00 Friday Nights CATHOUSE FRIDAY’S 22:30 Saturday Nights SATURDAY CATHOUSE 22:30 Sunday Nights CATHOUSE SUNDAYS 23:00 Last Friday of Month OVER DUB 22:30 First Friday of Month TFN FRIDAYS 22:30 Last Saturday of Month MISBEHAVIN’ 23:00 First Saturday of Month DROP 18th Sep BEARTOOTH 19:00 5th Oct BLITZ KIDS 19:00 6th Oct THE DIRTY YOUTH 22:30 9th Oct KORY CLARKE 19:00 12th Oct UPF BAND 19:00 CLASSIC GRAND 12th Sep SHOCK CITY PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS: CHASAR & RUSHAR 19:30 19th Sep MONSTER A GO GO PRESENTS: MONSTER A GO-GO 19:00 20th Sep MY FIRST MUSIC PRESENTS: THE NORTH 19:00 24th Sep DF CONCERTS & EVENTS & LIVE NATION PRESENT: KING 810 19:00 27th Sep ASGARD EVENTS PRESENTS: DARKEST ERA 18:30 28th Sep TEELC PRESENTS: ONE AND ONLY DIRECTION 18:30 1st Oct PUNK ROCK RAMMY PRESENTS: THE MENZINGERS 18:30

3rd Oct CHIC TALENT PRESENTS: ATTICA RAGE 19:00 10th Oct MY FIRST MUSIC PRESENTS: BLURD VS. NOASIS 19:00 HARD ROCK CAFE 10th Sep ALAN MCKIM + MARY JANE MCIVOR + SCOTT MCWATT 17th Sep BEDFORD RASCALS + WHISPERY CLUB + AUGUSTA FIREBALL 24th Sep THE DIRTY SUITS + THE MAVIS PROJECT + THE IQONS 1st Oct THE GOTHENBURG ADDRESS + BELLOW BELOW + IN:TIDES 8th Oct ALBURN + DED RABBIT + THE BELAFONTAINE 15th Oct COLONEL MUSTARD & THE DIJON 5 + THE TWISTETTES + BLOOD INDIANS KING TUTS WAH WAH HUT 11th Sep DARK HORSES 20:30 12th Sep MEDALS + THEN THICKENS 20:30 18th Sep EXIT CALM + THOUSANDSOUNDS + COMMON GROUND 20:30 19th Sep DRAGONFORCE + STORMBORN 20:30 20th Sep BEN MONTAGUE + CHARLY HOUSTON + NIEVES 20:30 21st Sep THE MOONS + SCOTT BEATON 20:30 24th Sep DARLIA + GENGAHR 20:00 25th Sep JAWS + FICKLE FRIENDS 20:00 26th Sep RUFUS 20:30 27th Sep WATSKY 20:30 30th Sep JULY TALK 20:00 1st Oct TEA STREET BAND 20:30 2nd Oct MARMOZETS / LONELY THE BRAVE 20:00 3rd Oct THE SUNSHINE UNDERGROUND 20:30 4th Oct NEON WALTZ PART OF TENEMENT TRAIL FESTIVAL 20:30 5th Oct OFF! + CEREBRAL BALLZY 20:00 7th Oct THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE 20:30 8th Oct THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE 20:30 9th Oct TOM VEK + FUN ADULTS 20:30 11th Oct PETE WYLIE OF THE MIGHTY WAH! 20:30 12th Oct WAYNE HUSSEY 20:30 13th Oct GRANT LEE PHILLIPS + HOWE GELB 20:00 14th Oct PATENT PENDING 20:30 15th Oct JAY BRANNAN 20:30 MONO 1st Oct SYNERGY CONCERTS PRESENTS: FUTURE OF THE LEFT 19:30 2nd Oct SYNERGY CONCERTS PRESENTS: STRAND OF OAKS 20:00 5th Oct SYNERGY CONCERTS PRESENT: ÓLÖF ARNALDS 19:30

7th Oct MONO BABY DISCO! 12:30

NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY 11th Sep BRONTO SKYLIFT + FELIX CHAMPION + SHARPTOOTH 19:30 12th Sep MARIE COLLINS + SAM GONÇALVES + THE MAGNETIC + CATHOLIC ACTION 19:30 18th Sep FROM HIGH MOUNTAINS 19:30 19th Sep SONIC TEMPLARS + ROADWAY + THE JESUS TRIP 19:30 20th Sep RAE MORRIS 20:00 4th Oct TENEMENT TRAIL FESTIVAL 14:00 9th Oct SYLVAN ESSO 19:30 12th Oct SOUTHERN 20:00 02 ABC Thursday Nights JELLY BABY 23:00 12th Sep FRANK O’HAGAN (PART OF NO MEAN CITY FESTIVAL) 19:00 13th Sep GUNS 2 ROSES 18:30 16th SEP JESUS JONES: THE DOUBT TOUR 19:00 17th Sep NATURAL CHILD (PART OF THE NO MEAN CITY FESTIVAL) 19:00 18th Sep THE QUEEN EXTRAVAGANZA 19:00 19th Sep PROPAGANDA 23:00 20th Sep LOVE MUSIC 23:00 27th Sep THE DUNWELLS (PART OF NO MEAN CITY FESTIVAL) 19:00 4th Oct TENEMENT TRAIL 16:30 6th Oct ELLA EYRE 19:00 9th Oct THE LAWRENCE ARMS 19:00 10th Oct SKELETAL FAMILY & SALVATION 19:00 PIVO PIVO 11th Sep SOUND & VISION PRESENTS: DOUGIE GREIG + CRAIG WHITE + COUSIN KENNY + MISSING FOCUS + JORDAN ALLAN 19:00 12th Sep CATAPULT PRESENTS: THE COLONY + BURN THE MAPS + CORRUPT THE SYSTEM + THE FEUDAL SYSTEM 19:45 13th Sep PMCJ PRESENTS: AURORA + VIOLET DRIVE + MESMERENE + WOODWIFE 20:00 14th Sep PIVO PIVO PRESENTS: MEGAN DIVER 19:15 15th Sep PIVO PIVO PRESENTS: ACOUSTIC MONDAYS 20:00 16th Sep VOTE AYE PRESENTS: CAULD CAULDRON + S.C.U.M + DUNGEON DWELLERS + CAB BEATS + THE MURDER OF CROWS + MUTANT NATURE + MISTERMAN 18:00 17th Sep PIVO PIVO PRESENTS: PITCHFORK ASSASSIN + SHAKEN MIMES 19:30 19th Sep WTNP PRESENTS: THE RESPONSIBLE + ANTHONY MOORE + THE SUEDE SWITCHBLADES + THE NEAR + THE SHARDS 19:00 20th Sep MY FIRST MUSIC PRESENTS: BIG DIRTY RIDE + THE SSS + THE OUTLAWED 19:00 22nd Sep PIVO PIVO PRESENTS: ACOUSTIC MONDAYS 20:00


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SEPTEMBER 2014, ISS 1 23rd Sep PIVO PIVO PRESENTS: BONE CULT 19:15 24th Sep REVOLTAGE MUSIC PRESENTS: OUT FOR TOMORROW + AMARYLLIS 19:00 25th Sep TOXIC ROCK PRESENTS: FUELBOUND + THE UNPEOPLE + BEHEAD THE PROPHET + CULT OF WHORES AND DOGS 19:00 26th Sep MILEOUT EVENTS PRESENTS: THE NOVATONES 19:30 27th Sep INDIEVOUS PRESENTS: THE UNKNOWN + FORMAL PARTY + COLUMBIA + IMANI + JORDAN REID 19:00 28th Sep FALLEN STAR PROMOTIONS PRESENTS: HAND OF HORUS + CIRCLE OF TYRANTS + ALE SHORES 19:30 29th Sep PIVO PIVO PRESENTS: ACOUSTIC MONDAYS 20:00 30th Sep PIVO PIVO PRESENTS: OOGIE ZOOGIE + NUMBER 13 + DREW 19:00 SUBCLUB 12th Sep RETURN TO MONO WITH FLOORPLAN (LIVE) 13th Sep SUBCULTURE PRESENTS: SLOW TO SPEAK 19th Sep IVAN SMAGGHE B2B JG WILKES (ALL NIGHT LONG) 23:00 20th Sep SUBCULTURE PRESENTS DERRICK CARTER (ALL NIGHT LONG) 2nd Oct RUBIX PRESENTS GILLES PETERSON THE ARCHES 10th Sep SHANGRILA - YEAR II KICKOFF 23:00 12the Sep CARL COX & JON RUNDELL 22:00 17th Sep SHANGRILA - RIVA STARR 23:00 24th Sep SHANGRILA - BONTAN 23:00 26th Sep PRESSURE OPENING PARTY 22:00 27th Sep ZOOM: MAURO PICOTTO 22:00 4th Oct WILKINSON (LIVE) 19:00 4th Oct STREETRAVE 25TH BIRTHDAY PARTY 22:00 10th Oct REVEALED RECORDINGS 22:00 11th Oct KNEE DEEP IN GLASGOW 22:00 THE ART SCHOOL 13th Sep THE HECTEMBER WEEKEND: HECTOR BIZERK 14:00 16th Sep THE FAT WHITE FAMILY 19:30 4th Oct TYCHO 19:00 4th Oct DOUBLE SIGHT 2014 22:00 11th Oct THE AMAZING SNAKEHEADS 19:00 12th Oct THE NEIGHBOURHOOD 20:00

WEST END ORAN MOR 5th SEP JOHN TAYLOR “DEMONS & ANGELS” ALBUM LAUNCH 19:00 9th Sep GLASGOW MAKES MUSIC 21:00 10th Sep RODDY WOOMBLE 19:00 11th Sep TOMMY FLEMING 19:00 11th Sep ÒRAN MÓR PUB QUIZ 21:00 12th Sep CLOCKWORK ANGELS (RUSH TRIBUTE) 19:00 13th Sep THE SENSATIONAL DAVID BOWIE TRIBUTE BAND 19:00 16th Sep SHARON CORR 19:00 17th Sep THROWING MUSES 19:00 18th Sep ÒRAN MÓR PUB QUIZ 21:00 19th Sep THE RISING - THE UK’S #1 SPRINGSTEEN TRIBUTE 19:00 20th Sep REELY JIGGERED ALBUM LAUNCH 19:00 26th Sep THE JIM JONES REVUE 19:00 27th Sep THE NIMMO BROTHERS 19:00 28th Sep SHARON SHANNON 19:00 30th Sep BIPOLAR SUNSHINE 19:00 1st Oct JIMMY LAFAVE 19:30 2nd Oct PICTUREHOUSE 19:00 3rd Oct ANDREW ROACHFORD 19:00 4th Oct HOLLIE MCNISH 19:00 6th Oct FKA TWIGs 19:00 11th Oct ROYAL WOOD & MAEVE O’BOYLE 19:00

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SEP 15

Broadcast

First Aid Kit

20:00

The Old Fruitmarket

£8.00

20:00

SEP 16

Rue Royal

SEP 17

Nice N Sleazy 19:30 £7.00

£20.00

Exit Calm

SEP 18

Still Game

King Tut’s

The Hydro

20:30

19:30

£8.50

£45.00

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The Urban Voodoo Machine (Part of No Mean City Festival)

SEP 20

02 ABC *5 shows until 10th Oct

The Moons

SEP 21

Darlia

King Tut’s

King Tut’s

20:30

20:00

£8.00

£10.00

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Ryan Adams

SEP 25

Royal Concert Hall 19:30 £28.50

Pressure

SEP 26

The Arches

Exile The Traitor

22:00

13th Note

£20.00 + £2 BF

20:00

Earlybird Tickets

£5.00

SEP 26

02 ABC 19:00

£15.00 + £1.50 BF

The Undertones

The Dunwells (Part of No Mean City Festival)

£11.25

SEP 27

Watsky

SEP 27

Lewis Watson

The Garage

King Tut’s

The Garage

19:00

20:30

19:00

£18.00

£11.00

£11.00

July Talk

SEP 27

SEP 30

Jake Isaac

OCT 1

Atmosphere

King Tut’s

The Poetry Club

02 ABC

20:00

19:30

19:00

£8.00

£7.50

£13.50

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The Garage

The Sunshine Underground

Hollie McNish

19:00

King Tut’s

19:00

£13.50

20:30

£10.00

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Oran Mor

£13.50

Ella Eyre

OCT 6

OCT 7

Jake Bugg

02 ABC

The History of Apple Pie

19:00

King Tut’s

Royal Concert Hall

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20:30

18:30

£7.50

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The Neighbourhood

OCT 12

Clean Bandit

OCT 13

Jay Brannan

02 Academy

King Tut’s

The Art School

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FULL MONTY COMING TO GLASGOW

A tiny reason to give blood this week.

The Full Monty stage show is coming to Glasgow. Written by the original film’s Oscar winning scriptwriter, Simon Beaufoy, the show promises as many laughs, crys and middle aged beer bellies as its big screen counterpart. The play only made its debut last year, fittingly in Sheffield’s (the town’s steel working demise being where the story is set) Lyceum theatre, and Glasgow’s King’s Theatre is the latest stage of the show’s UK tour. The Full Monty film grossed over £160 million in worldwide box offices receipts, was nominated for four Oscars and eleven BAFTA’s and set fire to the loins of thousands of rosé wine fuelled, manic 40 something females. But its strength comes in its ability to transgress class, race and sexual orientation, to become one of the most heartfelt, funny and poignant British comedies of all time. It may be about six men stripping off to make a quick buck, but that’s not all it is. Taking it to the stage was a big step for Beaufoy, with this adaptation of his most successful screenplay his first written for theatre. The Oscar winning screenwriter of Slumdog Millionaire, said of when he put the idea into practice “I thought I could just plonk the film into the theatre”. He was sadly mistaken. After sending a first draft to producer David Pugh, he responded by saying, “That’s marvellous. Can you just put a week aside and we’ll teach you how to write a play?” The challenges were evident, film to theatre is a complicated mistress. With The

Full Monty though, Beaufoy felt he had an opportunity to deliver the story in a new way, with the same cultural relevance, to a new audience with one major detail thrown in, this time, there would be no hiding from the Full Monty. Previous actors have described the atmosphere at the show’s final dance as “being thrown to the lions in the Colloseum”. There’s nothing gratuitous in this though, this final chap ripping, hat throwing, tie gyrating scene is about triumph in times of austerity and poverty. This is nothing like you’d expect, and where the theatre version can trump the dvd you have at home. The show stars former Eastenders and The Bill star Gary Lucy as leading man and instigator Gaz, originally played by Robert Carlyle, and also stars Andrew Dunn, Louis Emerick, Rupert Hill, Martin Miler, Bobby Schofield as his troupe of leather clad lotharios. The score includes Hot Chocolate (of course), Tom Jones and James Brown. The show is directed by Roger Haines and begins its run in Glasgow on the 23rd September until the 4th of October. Ticket prices begin at around £15, and for a night full of good laughs, good fun, maybe a loose tear and a crowd going wild to a bunch of working class men dancing to Hot Chocolate, there’s no excuse not to buy your mum a ticket for her birthday. Let’s just hope she’ll keep her excitement under wraps. Yeah, I believe in miracles.

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THE PALMIROS The Palmiro’s are a West Lothian based band that joined together in November 2013 to make some noise. The band is composed of lead singer Gary McLean, guitarist Colin Anderson, bassist Jamie McKelvie and Michael Cameron who is the band’s drummer. The band is extremely new to the music scene but have a distinguished sound. Their music is mainly old fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll influenced by the sweet sounds of the 50’s and 60’s, with a Blue’s vibe. Although their music is a variety of both genres, Gary claims that, “we as a band aren’t tied down to any specific genre or style; I like to think we just make ‘Palmiros’ music.’ The music the band produces has a smooth sexy vibe to it that makes it very easy to listen to. Catchy melodies and deep bass lines make you unconsciously dance on the spot. Gary claims that, “People put too much importance on lyrics. I’m not saying they don’t matter, but if a song has a catchy melody, the lyrics should serve that.” And that is exactly what The Palmiros’ music is all about. The band has just recently signed with MusicTree Records, who are run by Pat Swift and Michael Mathieson. The core purpose of the label is to facilitate and progress the local music scene through the venue, The Purple Orange, which is in

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Bathgate. The boys had their first gig in the venue and after their third show they were asked to join the label. The band now has a deal to record a 4 track EP with MusicTree Records. When asked about their feelings towards their recent signing, the boys were ecstatic, “To say we are excited would be an understatement; we are over the moon to join such a welcoming and helpful label.” The band has played a few venues already, but have no fear they have some upcoming gigs during September. They are playing at Pivo Pivo on September 2nd and again on the 5th. Alongside these gigs, the band is playing at a local festival in Bathgate’s Kirkton Park, known as “Party in the park” which takes place on Sunday the 7th September. The boys are also taking part in Soundwave music competition and are successfully through to the second stage. The prize given to the winner of this competition is the opportunity to play at the O2 ABC. Michael says that his ambition for the band in the upcoming year is to play at King Tuts’ in Glasgow. He wants to, “make that jump from working a rubbish part-time job on the side to playing full time. “It won’t be easy, but I heard a wise man say; it takes ten years to become an overnight success these days.” For all the latest on the band, follow them on twitter @ThePalmiros by Emylie Howie @EmylieHowie e.howie@tsaglasgow.com

NO MEAN CITY FESTIVAL 2014 Now in its fourth year, No Mean City Festival has seen everyone from Kris Kristofferson and Caitlin Rose, to Junip and The Black Angels, grace the stage at venues across Glasgow.  Whilst primarily a festival focusing on Americana, this year’s line-up includes elements of folk music and psych-rock.  The Felice Brothers (who played at O2 ABC on Thursday 28th August) started their musical career performing at family barbeques; and have just released their sixth album. Described by American Songwriter as “challenging Americana that never takes its audience, or its influences, for granted”, Favourite Waitress marks the first time the band ever recorded in a proper studio. Californian guitarist Nick Waterhouse (who played at King Tut’s on Thursday 28th August) is known for sounds rooted in rhythm & blues, jazz, and soul. On his latest record, Holly, “he hones a hard-edged sound, full of nimble guitar licks, taut melodies and precise rhythm” (Paste Magazine). He cites the movie Chinatown as his main influence for the album, which is an ode to Los Angeles; and dedicated it to the film’s screenwriter Robert Towne. St. Paul & The Broken Bones (playing Oran Mor on Monday 1st September) is a seven-piece soul band from Alabama who use vintage technology to recreate a 60s sound. After taking SXSW 2014 by storm, their debut album Half a City went to No.3 in the iTunes Chart. Glastonbury regulars Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin (playing O2 ABC2 on Monday 1st September) are one of the most innovative acts to appear on the folk scene in years; and after winning Best Duo at the BBC Folk Awards 2014, they are very hot property.

Former Old Crow Medicine Show member, Willie Watson (playing CCA on Friday 5th September), was once described as “Bob Dylan without the nasal whine or pretention”. Although he did grow up listening to the likes of Dylan, it was a Leadbelly album that got him hooked on the folk style; as a result, his expert banjo and guitar playing will transport the listener to another time. A regular at one of Glasgow’s oldest pubs The Scotia, Frank O’Hagan (playing O2 ABC2 on Friday 12th September) has become one of the city’s best-loved singer songwriters. He recently supported soul legend Mavis Staples. Incorporating film into the Festival for the first time, there will be a special screening of Nashville (1975) at the GFT on Tuesday 16th September at 6pm. Widely considered as some of Robert Altman’s best work, the film takes a snapshot of people involved in the country music and gospel business in Nashville, Tennessee.  Rascals of the country scene, Natural Child (playing O2 ABC2 on Wednesday 17th September) Let the Good Times Roll with comical lyrics, and a fun laid-back stage show. Indie Media Mag sums the boys up perfectly: “the three-man band blends country, rock and blues to make an elixir to cure all your musical ales”. The Urban Voodoo Machine (playing O2 ABC2 on Saturday 20th September) market themselves, accurately, as bourbon soaked gypsy bop ‘n’ stroll. “The Londonbased nine-piece inhabit a weird, surreal Noo Orleans world where the ghosts of Dr. John, John Lee Hooker and vaudeville orchestras do battle with stomping rockabilly-style swamprock”. (Louder Than War)

Christian Bland is best known as the guitarist for The Black Angels (part of No Mean City in 2012) His solo project, Christian Bland and The Revelators (playing O2 ABC2 on Tuesday 23rd September) highlights his signature sound and his contribution to one of modern psych-rock’s biggest and best bands.  The sound of Chastity Brown (playing O2 ABC2 on Thursday 25th September) is a laid-back fusion of soul, jazz, blues and country. She has been compared to the likes of Tracy Chapman and Nina Simone; and Penny Black Music dubbed her last album, Back-Road Highways, “THE soul album of the year”. Leeds lads, The Dunwells, (playing O2 ABC2 on Saturday 27th September) describe their sound as a “unique blend of emotionally driven, anthemic rock, featuring four part harmonies”. Their influences vary from Foy Vance and Crowded House, to Fleet Foxes and Elbow. With a few more acts still to be announced, 2014 is set to be No Mean City’s best, and most eclectic, year yet! 


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DARK HORSES @ KING TUTS

It’s difficult to prevent certain expectations from forming in my head when I’m faced with a band called Dark Horses. From the words alone, the phrase presents imagery of something sinister, something anxious. In this sense, Dark

Horses’s second album, Hail Lucid State, opens exactly as you’d expect it to. The first track, ‘Live On Hunger’, gallops in on full reign, riding alongside the crawling pulse of muted electric guitars and a deep, swampy bass line. Dark

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Horses aren’t overly complex, nor do they convolute their tracks with more than what is necessary, and Hail Lucid State is a prime example of this directness. Though while their simplicity usually strengthens their sound and overall moodiness, it also makes it difficult for twelve songs (each of a very similar atmosphere) to all stand out strongly from one another. The more sombre numbers on the album, such as ‘Wise Blood’ and ‘Western’, trudge by in a thick darkness that may provide the listener with the mood that the band intended, but just simply aren’t that interesting to listen to. Dark Horses truly hit their stride on tracks like ‘Saturn Returns’ and ‘Wake Up’, when that sleepy gloom is torn away and replaced with a sense of frantic urgency. Throughout Hail Lucid State, front-woman Lisa Elle’s voice is spectral and distant, murmuring somewhat indiscernible lyrics that often seems reminiscent of a decidedly less energetic Siouxsie Sioux in her early Banshee days, yet also retains a distinct coolness that is specific to Dark Horses. Hail Lucid State shows definite growth from Dark Horses’s (aptly named) debut, Black Music, by the means in which they now approach songwriting. It is clear from the album’s singles in particular, ‘Saturn Returns’ and ‘Live On Hunger’ that Dark Horses have found where their power lies. While Black Music was a conceptual haze of genre-testing and boundary-pushing, Hail Lucid State feels substantially more cohesive. The tracks keep the same sturdy foundations throughout the album: transcendental synthesisers, colossal distortion and an unmistakable sense of anxiety. Dark Horses will be performing at Glasgow’s King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut on the 11th of September as a part of their Lucid Tour. by Eilidh Harrison e.harrison@tsaglasgow.com

STUDENTS TAKE OVER BUCHANAN GALLERIES SHOPPING CENTRE Students are in for a real treat as the hugely popular Buchanan Galleries Student Takeover returns for another year with an evening of fun, freebies and discounts on Friday 26 September. Now in its fourth year, the Student Takeover will be bigger and better than ever before with over 40 stores offering exclusive discounts, offers and competitions for one night only. The night will run from 7:30pm until 10pm giving students plenty of time to shop the night away and enjoy the various entertainment on offer. This year, there will be plenty of cocktails and drinks to keep everyone refreshed on their shopping spree available from a pop up bar by Student Recommended and the newly launched 360 Champagne & Cocktail Bar. Resident DJ’s will also be spinning out tunes alongside a top radio presenter,

who’s name will be revealed in the next few weeks. Gaming fanatics can enjoy a NERF blaster competition hosted by The Entertainer and there will also be numerous competitions running on the night. One lucky student will even have the chance to walk away with a £250 Buchanan Galleries gift card. The Student Takeover will be the perfect night to kick off first term for freshers and post-grads alike and this year looks set to attract thousands of students looking for a bargain. For those coming along with friends there will be a Snap Happy photo booth on site to capture a few shots that are sure to be Facebook worthy. For those wanting to continue the party, students are invited to Hummingbird on Bath Street where the official after party will be held.

To keep up to date on what to expect at this year’s Student Takeover follow Buchanan Galleries on Facebook: www.facebook.com/glasgowshopping, Twitter: www. twitter.com/glasgowshopping or via their website www. buchanangalleries.co.uk.


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THE COMMON GUILD: GENERATION

The intimidation often associated with the contemporary art scene is a forgotten fear in The Common Guild. Situated in Park Circus, The Common Guild is a visual arts organisation offering an engaging and beautiful gallery space with a world-class programme of international and Glasgow-based artist exhibitions. Beyond the shows themselves, they involve the public

with the works through talks, roundtable conversations, and one-off events. Most recently, the gallery presented ‘Tomorrow Is Always Too Long’, a free public film project by Phil Collins (the artist, not ex-Genesis member) about Glasgow and its people in Queens Park. The inclusivity of the gallery is emphasised by the variety of information available about past, current, and forthcoming exhibitions, their artists

RETURN OF PRESSURE Glasgow revellers are excitedly anticipating the hotly awaited return of legendary club night ‘Pressure’ at the Arches this September 26th. After their annual summer break to focus all their efforts on The Slam tent at T in the Park, Slam events has put together an amazing line up for Pressure’s opening party. Chris Liebing, Slam, Lee Curtiss and Tommy Four Seven are among the DJ’s taking to the famous brick arches, to entertain at Glasgow’s best deep house and techno night between 10pm and 3am. Spokesman for Slam Events, Dom Geraci, explains why Pressure is still as hot as ever: “Slam’s monthly Pressure party has built a reputation for being one of Europe’s leading underground clubs by consistently bringing many of best techno and house

DJS around to the Arches. Combined with some great local talent and with a loyal crowd in attendance, these are seen by many as some of the best nights Glasgow has ever seen.” Pressure brings some of the biggest and best names in deep house and techno to The Arches on the last Friday of each month and it’s celebrating its 16th year this November. Tickets for the opening party are £20 with a £2 booking fee, or get in quick for the earlybird tickets at just £15 with £1.50 booking fee. Book online via www. thearches.co.uk/ or visit their box office at 253 Argyle Street, Glasgow. by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com

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and the things that inspired them – not just by the tea in the library. As part of GENERATION, a project by the National Galleries of Scotland as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, The Common Guild re-present the three solo exhibitions they introduced in the 2013 Scotland Venice 55th International Art Exhibition at La Biennale de Venezia. The exhibitions focus on the development and distinct identity of Scottish contemporary art over the last 25 years. Hayley Tompkins’ work ran from the 20th of July to the 3rd of August, as an investigation into likeness and artifice through hand-made, hand-painted, and transformed common objects, whose value and effect are altered depending on these transformations. Through use of stock images, the duality of the paintings as three-dimensional objects Tompkins created an emotionally interpretive language with her pieces. Corin Sworn’s digitisation of the slides her father took during his work as a social anthropologist in the early 1970s form the creative centrepiece of her work, which will be exhibited until the 13th of September. ‘Foxes’ is a short film incorporating the slides and footage from her own trip to the same Peruvian village forty years on. Her mosaic floor installation and the series of photographic works, which separate the RGB elements of the photo and integrate her father’s photos with her own, further the artist’s exploration of layered memory, oral history, and evoking a place. Turner Prize-Winner Duncan Campbell’s exhibition is the final instalment in the GENERATION trio. The film, ‘It for Others’, uses archive footage, Alan Resnais’s Les Statues meurent aussi (1953), and his own material to question the nature and integrity of how information is delivered. The film includes a performance by the acclaimed Michael Clarke Company and will be playing as of the 20th of September. The Common Guild @ 21 Woodlands Terrace, by Isabella Shields @ShieldsIsabella Glasgow, G3 6DF i.shields@tsaglasgow.com


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COURTEENERS - CONCRETE LOVE ALBUM REVIEW When it comes to the famous Manchester music scene, made iconic by artists such as The Smiths and Oasis, one thing that can be said for certain is that it definitely hasn’t achieved global renown for a tendency to produce bands with an overwhelming sense of modesty and coyness. Similarly, this impression of humility will not be the first thing that comes to mind when listing to The Courteeners. Yet Concrete Love, which now stands as the band’s fourth album release, is a very diverse album that makes it clear that the band have the potential to be much more than just

target practice for those who possess a fiery hatred for the Manchester stereotype. Initially, what is striking about Concrete Love, is that, overall, the band’s energy is extremely infectious. The first track on the album, ‘White Horses’, is a strong opener, setting the album’s pace with rhythms and melodies that meander in and out of one another along to a funky pulse. In this style, The Courteeners’s sense of confidence is exactly where it should be. It’s not overbearing, and only adds to the power of their sound. ‘Saboteur’, following later on in

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the album, is another example of this unaffected spirit that makes The Courteeners such an interesting listen. The album has a fantastic rhythm, and the songs that swagger along to its beat are the ones that signify just exactly what it is that this band do well. However, the band’s bravado can often walk the thin line between self-assured strength and plain, bothersome smugness. One has to venture no further than the first forty seconds of ‘Dreamers’ to find a song that catapults itself firmly off of that line. ‘Dreamers’ seems to lament the superficiality of modern popular culture, crooning that ‘the charts are full of cartoons and lawyers’, and how we’re all so ‘vacuous but all so pretty to look at’. And while the sentiment may not be entirely untrue, it comes across as somewhat insincere when it follows so closely after the ideal pop paradigm ‘Summer’, which, while being a considerably catchy song, certainly doesn’t offer much in the way of substantial meaning or life-altering philosophical wisdom. Though what I must be careful of is giving the impression that there is no tenderness and sincerity in Concrete Love. The album’s third track, ‘Small Bones’, is solid proof of The Courteeners’s capabilities of genuine, affecting songwriting. Throughout the song, and particularly in the bridge, frontman Liam Fray’s unassuming baritone drifts over a simple melody that wouldn’t feel entirely out of place in an (admittedly more upbeat) album from The National. Alongside a brass section that swells to a euphonious crescendo, The Courteeners show that it is their sense of musicality and powerful rhythm, rather than their origins in the Manchester music scene, that should define them. The Courteeners will be performing at Glasgow’s Barrowlands on the 31st of October as a part of their 2014 UK October/ November tour. by Eilidh Harrison e.harrison@tsaglasgow.com


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HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL STUDENT

Most people start further education with dreams of achieving... something. Some can pinpoint exactly what they want to do with their lives, they have a five point plan and hey, good for them. However, some blindly pick a course hoping it’ll lead them down the path of a good career. So the question is, are the latter lot less likely to be successful? What makes a successful student? Is it someone who has everything planned out or is it about what you do when you’re there? “What the Best College Students Do”, a book by historian and educator Ken Bain, explains to students the steps they can take to get the most out of their time at college or university. In Bain’s book, he describes the three types of students; surface, strategic and deep learners. A surface learner is like your typical party guy, they spend the majority of the year sitting in the corner trying to nurse away a hangover doing as little as possible, until exams come and they study just enough to pass and continue throughout uni to get by doing only enough. Strategic learners are the ones you want to be sitting near in an exam. They strive for the top marks in an exam. Try to remember a time you knew you had to pass an exam, so you really crammed and got an A, but if you didn’t really take any of it in long term, that’s what being a strategic learner is like. However, Bain explains that a deep learner will leave university with a ‘real, rich education’. They’ll take away the most from uni and most students would love to fall into this category.

So how do you become a deep learner? Be passionate about what you’re studying. Scottish music student, 20-year old Gregor Kincaid, realised not once but twice that he was on the wrong course. He began studying architecture and realised a week later after speaking to his course leader that it wasn’t for him. Then he began a HND in fitness health and exercise with the plan being to go into physiotherapy, after just a day he again had the same feeling that it just wasn’t for him. He’s now been accepted to study Scottish music at The Conservatoire and is truly thrilled and excited to be studying something he’s passionate about. He’d encourage any student in a similar situation to pursue their passion: “Take a look at your hobbies and enjoyments and look for a degree or career path that matches. That’s how I’ve ended up at uni with a smile on my face”. Be realistic. Whilst aiming to get top grades, keep up your 20 hour a week job and maintain a decent social life may be the ultimate dream, it often leads to a harsh

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reality. 20-year-old student and part time waitress, Hannah Cochrane, has had to deal with the pressure of having too much on her plate. She said: “During my graded unit I had to cut down to literally the minimum so I had all my time available to focus on my work. Cutting my hours definitely benefitted me in the long run because I felt more comfortable and confident in my work. Putting your studies first is really important as you can actually make something of yourself to make sure you’re not stuck in your part-time job forever”. Success can’t be determined by one factor. Feeling satisfied and happy when leaving uni isn’t completely dependent on gaining a first class degree. For some people the experiences they’ve had during their time there, be it through studying abroad, meeting lifelong friends or even leaving uni and going into a job they never even considered doing. Some will feel huge pride in achieving the top marks that they worked so hard for, others will look back and realise they cared more about the memories they made during those four years. Neither is right or wrong, success is what you make it. by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com


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FUTURE FEATURE: RYAN VAN WINKLE HOW TO ESTABLISH A CAREER IN POETRY Connecticut-born, Edinburgh-based poet Ryan Van Winkle has been an influential leader in the world of Scottish poetry. He hosts the Culture Laser, Scottish Poetry Libraries, and The Scottish BookTrust’s podcasts, is the cofounder and editor of Forest Publications, and Literary Co-ordinator for Reel Festivals. During the run of his one-on-one poetry performance Viewmaster at Summerhall in Edinburgh he found the time to talk to The Student Advertiser about establishing a literary career. Being a poet doesn’t seem like a realistic career option for a lot of people – how did you go about making it yours? I think these things are accidental. I think if you want to be an artist or do art there’s no security and no real road map. I used to do journalism as a student and I thought that would be a logical way to make a career – more of a trade, less insecurity. But I think if you’re starting a career and wanting to make money then you might not want to be doing arty things because it’s volatile. Certainly as a young person, it takes a lot of time to work out if you can be freelance or if you can get a salary from it. So yeah, it wasn’t a conscious choice.

Are you concerned with establishing the “new movement” The Glasgow Review described and do you think the use of other media like photography, film, and music are essential in doing that?

poets alike and you can see traditions developing and the effects of modernism but I don’t think about it that much. They’re just tools for what the poem needs to do and then it depends on whether a certain style suits it.

No, but for grant applications I tell people I am [laughs]. No, but it’s a good line that, I don’t know what it means. I’m not concerned with starting a new movement but I would be remiss if my work stayed the same. I think they had an inflated sense of whatever influence I might have had, or my book might have had, or what influence a book of poetry can possibly have. I don’t know. I don’t know if poetry needs any help, it’s a fine art on the page and in performance. I had a job for a while as the Poet in Residence at the Scottish Poetry Library and part of that job was to think about how people come to poetry and what they expect from it and what they can get from it. I’ve always seen poetry as part of a tapestry of arts and I guess I worry it’s secluded in its own poetry ghetto – or poetry ivory tower depending on how you look at it – but I don’t think involving multimedia is crucial. It’s one other way to get people who wouldn’t necessarily come to a library to see a reading.

You keep yourself busy with workshops, and the Forest Café as well as your podcast, Culture Laser – is that because you want to or because you have to?

How conscious are you of the poets of the previous century and avant-garde movements in terms of how they affect your work?

Did you get an agent? No, you just do it. Fake it until you make it. Call yourself a writer or a poet for long enough and someone will believe you. You have to have good people around you and a bit of talent but really there’s no choice in the matter.

No, if you’re writing you’re just writing and trying to hit something that’s yourself. But I’m conscious of the trajectory of writing and what’s been done in poetry and contemporary poets and contemporary poetics. I’ve had the chance to interview hundreds of well renowned and minor

No, I wanted to do those jobs. The Scottish Poetry Library job was very good, half the time I was doing workshops and half the time I was just concentrating on my on work and that was all paid. That was the first time I’d ever had a job as a poet. And then I started doing Forest when I was twenty-one and that was for sheer love. You couldn’t even say it was for money, because there wasn’t much of it. I’ve always had a complicated and disdainful relationship with money – I try as hard as I can to not think about it because it’s a pretty insidious thing. It doesn’t help my work and you can kind of tell when people are just doing stuff for a bit of extra cash. I’ve always had jobs and worked in coffee shops, or sold knives and I worked at a number of cafés around the world but I don’t see it as an either or situation. Now I have the luxury of picking and choosing what I want to do for money, which is nice. How autobiographical would you say your work was, and within that how honest? About 60-70% autobiography? I think it’s really hard to say. It would depend on the particular poem. I remember someone asking me about this in relation to a poem called


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SEPTEMBER 2014, ISS 1 ‘Under Hotel Sheets’ where the character goes to a hotel and finds out his grandmother has died and then he has a wank, and I would say ‘Yes, my grandmother did die. Yes, I’ve masturbated in hotel rooms. No, I haven’t had those things happen at the exact same time.’ I don’t know if I’ve spun that story to my advantage at all, but I think if you’re talking about the apparently confessional it’s important to put yourself into it. It’s more about finding an emotional honesty. Poetry is not journalism – you’re getting emotional resonance, not news. I want people to feel certain things or feel a certain emotion and if I have to mess with facts to get that then getting that’s the important thing.

written nice things, some people have brought me things after the fact like trinkets or memories or little poems to say thanks and that’s always really lovely. But I’d leave the room at the end of Red Like Our Room Used to Feel. Then with Viewmaster it sort of finished and then it’s time to go and a lot of people don’t say anything. They say thank you, or some people are a bit more effusive, but I’m quite happy for people to say nothing because it takes time to process. I’m very sympathetic with that because it takes a little time to settle in. There have been some unexpected organic reactions like crying and that’s been nice and it’s nice to know you’ve connected.

Intimacy seems to be at the forefront of your creativity (Red Like Our Room Used to Feel and Viewmaster are both one-on-one perfomances) but it must be exhausting to have that constantly?

Do you put more store by talent or hard work?

I find it easier than going into a big group. To get sixty people on your side and read them a poem you have to do a lot more crowd work to charm and quiet those people down. Especially if, growing up like I did, you have to do a lot of open mic nights and no one’s really here to see you. If I’m onstage I’m not going to read my poem until you like me. But with something like Viewmaster there’s a limited amount of time and it’s not really about the banter. You’re there because you want to be, so I launch into the poem. Partly the intimate work is about allowing me to be comfortable enough to read the poems in a relaxed way, in which I don’t have to entertain you as much. What’s the best reaction you’ve had to one of these intimate poetry readings? There’s been crying, that’s pretty good. A couple once made out after I left the room, they said they found it very erotic. The reactions are often very small – some people have

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CON VERDITA: A shot of tequila sipped with a shot of Verdita (pineapple juice, mint, cilantro, lime and chillies). COSCORRON: This translates as a"knock on the head. [add lemon-lime soda & a few drops of lime (limon) to your tequila shot] Then cover the glass with your hand, tap the glass on the table & drink it down.

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Yeah: don’t stop. Fake it until you make it. There’s a time when you have to look at yourself and say “Maybe I suck.” Well, maybe you do. [Laughs] It’s a hard call. Just make sure to join a writers’ group and find out what other people think of it and how they’re reading it because that will only make you better. And read loads. Yeah, that’s my advice.

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There is no way to describe just how delicious and refreshing a Coronarita is. A Coronarita is a blended frozen Margarita, served with one bottle of chilled Corona in a hand blown Mexican Margarita glass. An intriguing drink, as you drink the Margarita, the Corona seeps in and fills your glass again. Perfect to have by yourself or why not share a Grande Coronarita with a friend. This drink comes in an oversized Margarita glass and is served with two Corona bottles to share, as shown right.

No [laughs]. I don’t tend to think of myself very much or very often as a poet. I guess I didn’t even know you could have such a thing. I think my conception of a poet would have been created in the 1990s and now shit moves a lot faster because of the internet and mobile phones, meaning you’re contactable all the time. The thing I wanted to do most when I was younger was just to work with other people in an arts collective. I grew up inspired by the beats and the hippies and that environment of community and experimentation so my life’s a bit like that. There’s a lot of doing stupid things in weird parts of the world and not trying to take ourselves too seriously but always taking the work very seriously.

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The big-screen adaption of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner is set to hit cinemas next month and as one of the season’s most hotly anticipated films, it certainly has a lot to live up to. At first glance, The Maze Runner seems to follow the all-too-familiar formula of best-selling teen-fiction novel turned summer blockbuster. From the trailer’s overripe dialogue to the ensemble cast of barelyknown child actors, The Maze Runner will do well to succeed where the likes of Eragon, Divergent, I Am Number Four, Twilight, Ender’s Game, Percy Jackson and an endless list of others left off.

The first of a three-part series, the story follows Thomas (Dylan O’Brien), who finds himself trapped in a small community surrounded the walls of a massive labyrinthinian maze and no recollection of how he got there. Thomas and the rest of the community must work to piece together their past and escape from the horrors of the maze. When Teresa (Kaya Scodelario), “the last one ever”, is sent to join the group, the mystery is complicated even further when a strange bond is formed between the two. Somewhere between The Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games but without the gravitas of either, The Maze Runner could well struggle to live up to the hype of its genre’s predecessors – not to mention it’s $40 million budget. Whilst the novel was well received and holds a strong, loyal fan-base, the film’s Director, Wes Bell, would do well to steer clear of the fictionalised slang and slow-paced start that made the book drag far more than it should have. A talented cast, a top-end debut budget and the momentum of other teen-fiction releases will give it every chance of doing well and it must seize on these opportunities if it wants to set itself ahead of the rest of the herd. The Maze Runner features Dylan O’Brien (Teen Wolf), Kaya Scodelario (Skins), Will Poulter (We’re the Millers), Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Game of Thrones), and Six Feet Under’s Patricia Clarkson as Chancellor Ava Paige. It opens in cinemas across the UK by Derek Healey @Healey26 on October 10th. d.healey@tsaglasgow.com

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WHEN ‘BURGER MEATS BUN’ I’m sure you’ve heard of Burger Meats Bun, you’ll be hard pressed to find any student in Glasgow that hasn’t popped down to West Regent Street to try one of their hugely popular meaty delights. Yet somehow, until very recently, I was a BMB virgin. I had no idea what to expect when I finally found the restaurant after walking past it three times, top tip: its right across from Bamboo. I climbed down the stairs towards the warm red glow of the restaurant and was given the friendliest welcome ever, all the staff make you feel so at ease with their friendly manner. We were told there would be a bit of a wait but that’s to be expected in a place as popular as this on a Friday night. We settled ourselves down by the bar and sampled their amazing drinks list, with beers and spirits from all over the world. I

asked for their nicest white wine, and I’m pretty sure I got it, whilst my other half was amazed with his ‘Sam Adams’ beer that’s apparently mentioned in Family Guy. Whilst we were chilling with some drinks we had a scan around BMB. It’s quite quirky with a lot of different materials such as iron sheets, quotes along the walls and some vibrant red seats at the back of the restaurant. It feels pretty cosy and homely, it’s softly lit and the music, which varies from indie to hip-hop with a bit of everything in between, isn’t blaring through the restaurant; meaning you can actually indulge in some decent conversation. When our table was ready we checked out their menu and couldn’t help but order two sides and the haggis popcorn along with our humongous burgers, everything on the menu just sounds so tasty. I’m a little boring when it comes to food so I opted for ‘The Big Cheese’ (Barwheys cheddar, BMB burger sauce) whilst my boyfriend wanted the most exciting option possible, ‘The Fiery’ (Toma Raschera, chipotle mayo, jalapenos). For our sides we tried the Buffalo wings that we’d heard so much about and chips and cheese. Our starter, the haggis popcorn, arrived first and looked brilliant. It’s essentially breaded haggis balls served with a side of chipotle mayo and my haggis loving other half couldn’t get enough of them. I wanted to save enough room for my burger so only tried two but it was the best haggis I’d had in a long time. Our burgers were served in grease proof paper, no plates, and whilst there was plenty of cutlery on offer it seemed only

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right to get stuck in and use our hands. Each table has a big roll of kitchen paper and it is very necessary. The burgers are so juicy and along with the succulent buffalo wings we made quite a mess. One look around and everyone’s in the same boat. This isn’t a pretentious fancy restaurant with hundreds of unnecessary cutlery, it’s a cosy place to chill with great people and great food. I’ll be honest when I say I’m no burger expert, in fact this was the first time in years that I’d ordered a burger at a restaurant but what I can say in all honesty is that this was an incredible meal. It was filling, tasty and exactly what I’d hoped it’d be. I also have it on good authority that the fiery burger, with added bacon, was also juicy, tasty and very importantly it was indeed fiery. Whilst the drinks they have on offer are amazing what really caught my eye was the milkshakes. Looking around it seemed as though every table had at least two of the glass bottles filled with delicious, thick, creamy milkshakes that go perfectly with the burgers, I seriously recommend the caramel version. Although I’d ate a ridiculous amount of food, I couldn’t not try one of the desserts so I ordered the donuts and chocolate dipping sauce. I’m ashamed to say I couldn’t finish it all but what I did manage was amazing and again the kitchen roll came in very handy. Though being a huge macaroon fan I was kicking myself that I never ordered the Burger and Shake dessert, I’ll be trying that next time. All in all, our trip to BMB was the perfect date night. It has a great atmosphere with a nice mix of people, although it did seem a largely student based crowd. We’ll definitely be going back and for any Glaswegian students living in Edinburgh who wish they were back home sampling some magnificent meaty delights then fear not, BMB is now open in Edinburgh. by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com

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HOLA! PINTO Mexican cuisine has seen a fairly recent resurgence in Glasgow, with so many new restaurants and pop-up stalls claiming to offer you something just a little different from everyone else selling quesadillas and enchiladas. Pinto, however, is head and shoulders above the rest, serving up delicious, authentic Mexican street food at an amazing price. My friend and I are no strangers to the Pinto chain. We have frequented their restaurants throughout the city – Queen Street and Gordon Street being our previous haunts – to the extent we now consider ourselves veterans/ essentially Mexican. This is, however, our first time in their Hope Street branch, the latest development in a rapidly expanding restaurant chain, which is considerably bigger than the others. We decide to go for the tried and tested burritos. Of course Pinto offers a wide range of Mexican dishes, served in front of your very eyes by the super friendly staff. I opt for shredded beef, hot salsa, beans with bacon, guacamole

5 THINGS YOU SHOULD DO THIS ACEDEMIC YEAR, OTHER THAN STUDY The academic year can be full of stress and quiet often, you will find yourself putting fun things to one side in order to study. It is important to give yourself some time away from your studies to recharge your batteries and enjoy life. So this year, do five things other than study. Join a Club One way in which you can break away from studying on a weekly basis is by joining a sports, music or arts club that is run by your college or university. Although you may be with your fellow peers, you are away from books and having time to yourself to enjoy your other interests. This is highly beneficial and often can help reduce stress. Plus you will meet people from outside your course that you share an interest with.

See the Sights Second on the list of things you should do this year is visit all historical building and monuments in your town (including churches). You may think history isn’t for you, but take a group of friends. You might learn something. Learn “that guy’s” Name It may seem obvious, but third on the list is learn all the names of those people you know far too well to not know their names. Just knowing people’s faces isn’t good enough this year. Introduce yourself and make new friends. These new acquaintance’s may just

39 and extra jalapenos. If I impart any wisdom in these 300 words, it is that the hot salsa is essential: go hard or go home. Next time I’ll venture for beef steak. My friend’s burrito consists of pulled pork, medium salsa (I naturally interpret this as a sign of weakness), beans with bacon, cheese and sour cream. Our enjoyment is evident on the basis that neither of us has spoken for the duration of our meal. The burritos are all encompassing, and frankly any non-burrito chat is an unwelcome distraction. Two burritos and two Sols down, we’re so enamoured we think we’re actually Mexican and decide it is imperative to get a round of margaritas. We’re just super committed to immersing ourselves in Mexican culture and cuisine, okay? Alongside the soca and R&B music in the background, it’s easy to soak up the atmosphere, look begrudgingly at the torrential rain outside and by Jonny Stone @jonny_stone_ pretend you’re in Tijuana. j.stone@tsaglasgow.com

help you win the pub quiz that your team has been struggling with. It’s a win, win for everyone. Take a Trip The fourth thing you should do this year is plan a trip away. Make a list with your friends of places you want to go. This could be a week abroad or a weekend in the countryside. Whatever it is, plan it for when you have time off. Having something to look forward to and budget for other than your living costs really helps keep your focus. Plus it makes your year pass by faster. Go out on a Thursday!! Lastly, although your lecturers wont recommend it. You should go out clubbing on a Thursday night. Enjoy being a student and all the freebies that come with it. Abuse all the perks and discounts. Suffer the hangovers and fight to stay awake during lectures on a Friday. Just do it, by Emylie Howie @EmylieHowie perhaps not every week, e.howie@tsaglasgow.com but just do it.

22 THINGS ONLY UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW STUDENTS WILL UNDERSTAND As the 4th oldest university in the UK, The University of Glasgow boasts a long and illustrious history. However, over the years, we students have brought more than a few of our own traditions to this fine institution… Here’s a few of the weird and wonderful things that only students at Glasgow will understand: 1. Learning the ‘Here we, here we, here we ******* GO!’ chant within your first week and deploying it on most nights out. 2. Walking around the main building and pretending you’re at Hogwarts. An experience greatly enhanced when wearing robes at graduation. 3. Instantly judging someone based on whether they’re GUU or QMU. And those you can’t categorise are probably too cool for either. Obviously. 4. This X-Rated statue outside the Gregory Building 5. Collecting friends from every place in the UK and relentlessly mimicking their accents. Badly. 6. Drinking this when things get desperate. If it’s good enough for the monks… 7. Being asked if you’ve ever had a deep fried Mars bar by everyone who hears you study in Glasgow. NO I haven’t, but YES, I have been actively looking for one since fresher’s week. 8. Going to Viper on Monday, against your better judgement… 9. …and consequently getting on first name terms with the guys at BBQ Kings next door. 10. Developing a superhuman tolerance to the cold. 11. Taking your life into your hands when walking up Gibson Street to get to/from the library in the ice or snow. 12. MOODLE. 13. Congregating in Kelvingrove Park whenever the sun makes a rare appearance. 14. ‘Getting married’ to your friends in ABC or Arches. 15. Fully understanding aw the patter. 16. You’ve spotted Frankie Boyle, Kevin Bridges, or Paolo Nutini around the West End at least once. 17. Heading straight to Jinty McGuinty’s on St. Patrick’s Day. 18. Powering through till 8am at D*** F***** for free bacon sandwiches. 12 hours of Céilidh dancing is hungry work. 19. Taking a 30 minute detour to your lecture just to avoid student campaigners on election days. 20. The pain you feel when realising you’re out of printer credits on level 10 of the library. 21. Mourning the infamous HIVE Thursdays. Sticky floors + podium dancing + ‘Pints of Fun’ = great night out. 22. Reacting like this when anyone makes disparaging remarks about Glasgow.

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TECHNOLOGY FOR YOUR INNER SELFIE LOVER Everyone from David Beckham to David Cameron has been getting on board the selfie wagon recently and after being named ‘Oxford Dictionaries Word of the Year 2013’ it doesn’t look like we’re falling out of love with the shots any time soon. A selfie is defined as ‘a photograph that one has taken of oneself, typically one taken with a smartphone or webcam and uploaded to a social media website’ and thanks to the popularity of ‘#Selfie’ by American DJ duo ‘The Chainsmokers’, the photos are only going to become more popular. A recent American study commissioned by ‘Pic Monkey’ found that 26% of people who have publicly shared a selfie later regretted it but there are plenty of gadgets out there that can help you keep up with the current selfie epidemic. For anyone keen to replicate the now famous ‘Oscar selfie’ who is sadly lacking Bradley Cooper’s lengthy limbs, a gadget has been created to solve all your problems. ‘The Selfie’, which you can buy on Amazon for under £20, has a shutter trigger that’s attached to a four and a half foot cord that allows you to place your phone anywhere, to allow for the perfect shot. If carrying around a four and a half foot long cable doesn’t appeal much to you then check out ‘Salutoo Skins’ which are also available on Amazon for less than £20. This handy gadget is a ‘self-adhesive iPhone accessory’ that lets you stick your phone to nearly any flat surface; perfect for finding a great selfie angle. It comes in different reusable designs and thankfully won’t leave any sticky residue on your precious phone, i.e the selfie taking machine.

A new popular form of selfies is the ‘front and back’. Thanks to the app of the same name, users can take simultaneous photos from both of their phone’s cameras and it can make for some amazing photos, this creative app is also free on the apple app store. ‘CamMe’ is another handy cheat for those who just hate pressing the shutter button. The clever app can be put anywhere, it then detects when you hold your hand up to begin taking your #selfie. Then it waits for you to make a fist and counts down to three to give you time to get your pout ready before it snaps your perfect selfie. It’s free and is a great substitute for when your mum isn’t around to take the obligatory ‘pre-drinks pic’. One way to make selfies fun, instead of anxiously wondering whether you should delete your most recent pouty selfie on Instagram, is by downloading ‘Flappy Selfie’. Following on the feathers of the hugely popular Flappy Birds game that has previously dominated the app charts, this fun and free app lets you stick any selfie (be it your own, a friends, partners or even a frenemies) and then you guide that little pouting bird through the tunnels. Selfies have a reputation as being more of a girly thing and it’s true, women are undoubtedly selfie lovers. However, one thing girls should steer clear from is any form of ‘skinny me’ apps. Not only will they make you hate your original photo after seeing the skinny version but you’ll also get caught out as the background of the image often gets distorted by the effects used in the app. Then everyone will know your #nofilter tag was a lie. Really though all that is required for a top notch selfie is a smile and a good filter, post your selfie with pride and don’t be afraid of adding a hashtag or two to gain by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx some more likes. c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com

THE MOST IRRITATING DRUNK BEHAVIOURS For various reasons, I’ve been horribly sober in social situations where alcohol is practically necessary. I have also been one of the people on the other end of the spectrum. To try to justify this I’m going to pretend I’ve used the experiences as anthropological studies. Here are my findings on… The most irritating drunk behaviours... 1. “I’m sooooooooooooo drunk!” I go a bit Forrest Gump when I’m drunk, and when people get Gumpy they don’t tell you about it. Genuinely smashed

people either don’t realise they are because they’re that bad, or, knowing that they can barely speak, they try to convince themselves and everyone around them that they are sober. Not even tipsy, totally sober. I prefer someone dropping their voice a couple of octaves and leaning for dear life on the nearest table to someone coming up to me at quarter hourly intervals and saying “Oh my god, I’m soooooo drunk!” That is neither a conversation starter nor an interesting thing to say. If you’re telling me how drunk you are because of a health concern we can do something about it, but otherwise show don’t tell and we’ll all share a laugh.

2. Sudden Best Friend If you wouldn’t spank me as I walk away when you’re sober, don’t do it when you’re drunk. Same goes for kissing me square on the mouth. You’re a good friend but that’s not something we do. And if you’ve got a suspicious rash somewhere I’ll look at it out of morbid curiosity but my sobriety doesn’t equate to medical experience. Go see a doctor – moisturiser is not a cure. Similarly, if we’re in the bathroom of a club or a union and I’ve never met you please just shut the cubicle door and shout about how much you hate your boyfriend to someone else once I’m gone. I’m just here to pee. 3. Drinking and Dialling I am the worst for this. The best thing that can happen to me on a night out is my phone running out of battery. If you texted me at 9pm you can bet you’ll have 6 incoherent text or voicemail messages from me between the hours of midnight and 4am. A recent effort read: “I’m [t a ortyg. Leave me b. i’ll rook oi you tojmodria.” I send so many gobbledigook late night texts that my autocorrect has fully given up on me. Sometimes it corrects real words to total nonsense because I type them so much with my numb drunken hands. I’m not as bad for drunk calling but if it’s past 2am you can generally disregard anything I say. I’m probably not in love with you and I probably don’t hate everyone you know and the guy walking kind of near me isn’t a murderer and I’m not going to stab him with my keys if he tries anything. I’m exactly as sorry and embarrassed as my texts the following morning indicate. I can’t even get mad at people when they do it to me because I know how annoying it is when I do by Isabella Shields @ShieldsIsabella it to other people. i.shields@tsaglasgow.com


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This September marks the start of a new year at uni, or possibly the very first year at college for someone straight out of high school. There’s nothing more exciting than getting in the first double payment of SAAS and planning your new term wardrobe (and of course buying textbooks). Here’s a breakdown of everything you’ll need to get top marks this term, in fashion anyway.

• Beautiful boots Whilst you may have spent the past few months loving life in your flip flops, gorgeous detailed sandals and cute trainers it’s time to get covered up from head to toe. There’s nothing worse after a stinking day of full on classes than waiting at the bus stop in the pouring rain wearing peep toe flats. For the new term cover those tootsies in gorgeous ankle boots with lots of detail; buckles and chains make things more interesting. These Missguided boots (£32.99) will see you right through until winter. www.missguided.co.uk

• The perfect coat It seems as though autumn started ages ago and although many of us are still trying to get the most out of our chic summer wardrobe it’s time to start thinking of the dream coat to take you through autumn. Think not too heavy but also not light like a bomber jacket. In our typical, dreary, miserable weather a gorgeous light jacket with fur like this River Island number (£80) is perfect and would go with anything. Wear with dark ripped skinnies and cleated sole ankle boots. www.riverisland.com

• Big Bags So no doubt you already have at least ten bags in the house that’ll do the job but let’s think back to first year at high school and the joy of picking out a new Jane Norman bag for 1st year at the big boy’s school and recreate that joy. You can do so with this lush faux suede Topshop beauty (£36.00) which also comes in black and tomato. A tote bag is perfect for uni or college as it has so much space for all the essentials; make-up, phone charger, the latest edition of TSA, snacks, hairbrush, oh and your textbooks. www.topshop.com

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• Chunky Knit On those awful Monday mornings when you have to seriously drag yourself out the door there’s nothing better (aside from an email saying class is cancelled) than pulling on comfy skinny jeans and a big baggy jumper. This Miss Selfridge jumper is all about comfort and warmth and looks pretty stylish worn off one shoulder. www.missselfridge.com • Ripped Skinnies White ripped jeans may have been a summer staple but it’s time to start introducing the darker hues back into your wardrobe. Try a pair of black ripped high waisted skinnies, like these simplistic ASOS gems (£35.00) to stay on trend and super comfy through long lectures. The high waist will also be super flattering and they’re made from a lovely soft high stretch denim. www.asos.com by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com


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CROWD FUNDING - A KICKSTARTER TO FINANCE Ahh freshers. So full of hope, enthusiasm and…cash. Whether you got money off your granny, landed an overdraft or work part-time, you’re probably sitting with a nice sum to enjoy at your leisure. Fast-forward four years to a different picture. Any plans to continue your studies and postpone being a grown-up a little longer are foiled by the overwhelming cost of postgraduate diplomas, dissuading prospective students and curbing their academic and professional advancement. Traditional funding is often unavailable for graduates, and many courses don’t offer part-time arrangements to ease the financial burden. Students are taking matters into their own hands. They are turning desperately to crowdfunding sites to cover fees that can go up to tens of thousands of pounds. Just as people rely on websites like Kickstarter to finance movies and albums, these companies assist those incapable of enhancing their careers independently. Hubbub has a professional offshoot catering to young people requiring financial assistance for academic projects. Most crowd-funding schemes encourage students to share their progress with their investors: people investing in people. StudentFunder is a loan company founded by people who have experienced first-hand the pressure and hopelessness of affording postgraduate education. The peerto-peer loaning site calculates the amount to loan prospective students and the rate at which they can pay it back. However, loan companies risk long-term financial insecurity. Students are resigned to jeopardising their future financial stability in the name of academia and career progression; surely the real challenge of obtaining your Masters shouldn’t be actually paying for it in the first place? Fortunately the Scottish government covers fees for our undergraduate courses. In England, however, for home/ EU students the maximum fee

chargeable is £9,000. It’s difficult to justify the extortionate and indiscriminate cost of education after we graduate; after all, anyone willing to dedicate their time and money to follow their ambitions at such a competitive level surely deserves the opportunity to study and achieve their academic goals. Gaining a place on a postgrad course or getting the green light for a PhD is competitive and difficult enough without funding being the primary hurdle. The prospect of postgraduate education is ultimately a gamble. With the money required for the course, living costs and the uncertainty of a career at the end, graduates – in arts-based subjects particularly – face not having a secure, grown-up job at the end, making the gamble of taking on the course in the first place – with its colossal financial implications – a pretty scary prospect. A Masters diploma impresses employers and is a must for some companies. However, many graduates are forced to prolong their career until they can afford it, at the risk of being out of the loop within their chosen field. How can we improve the state of postgraduate education? Altering tuition fees would, of course, make courses more accessible, and undergraduate fees in England and Wales

could be lowered to enable students to prepare financially. Courses could be more flexible and accommodating, running over longer periods of time to allow graduates to work alongside their studies while not being out of the game completely, while institutions could provide better insight into secure, alternative financial sources. The opportunity to engage in education should be afforded to everyone. When these diplomas are so expensive, nobody wins;

the insurmountable challenge of affording postgraduate education is indiscriminate, and the gamble of not benefiting from something intended to enhance your academic or professional ambitions proves too great for too many. To reiterate the philosophy of crowd-funding sites, students should be seen as investments, using the skills and resources attained to give back and make the country a better place. by Jonny Stone @jonny_stone_ j.stone@tsaglasgow.com


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TOP FIVE NEW TERM RESOLUTIONS It happens every year, the start of a brand new academic year rolls around and you promise yourself certain things. Things that don’t seem ridiculous requests to ask of yourself, things that’d certainly make mum and dad ecstatic, things that would evidently guarantee a successful school year and things that never, EVER happen. Resolution – I will study hard this year and I’ll pass every exam (first time). Reality – The night before your first big exam you’ll begin stress studying throughout the night, fall asleep at the dining room table surrounded by textbooks and then calmly think, “Well there’s always the resit”. Resolution – I’ll be on time for every class and will never take a sickie. Reality – You’ve mastered the art of keeping your attendance hovering around 90% by December and on Thursdays always seem to find yourself saying “£1 for a vodka, soda-water and lime you say”.

Resolution – I’ll make an effort for Uni/ College every day. Reality – The hardest decision in life when the alarm hits 6.50am is always “should I wash my hair or spend an extra fifteen minutes in bed?” Bed never loses. Resolution – I’ll spend a good few study hours in the library each week. Reality – It’s January, exams are looming and you’re still not quite sure what building the library’s even in. However, you do know exactly how long it’ll take to walk to your favourite cheap pub between classes, so you win some you lose some. Resolution - I’ll eat healthy at lunch every day and I’ll even bring little packed lunches. Reality – Your mum’s carefully prepared ham and cheese sandwiches lie in tatters at the bottom of your bag, whilst you tuck into chips and a by Courtney Hendry @courtneysarahx coke. c.hendry@tsaglasgow.com

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On the way home from a night out, whether it be from the pub, club or simply a few drinks in a friend’s house, most people crave something greasy to end their night. Then when they open their eyes in the morning they regret the alcohol and the food… But why after a few beers or glasses of wine, do we feel the need for something disgusting to eat? Well according to NutraCheck’s nutritionist, Angela Dowden, it’s all to do with blood sugar. “The problem with drinking alcohol is that it shoots our blood sugar up too quickly. This is generally followed by a sudden drop, as insulin is released to bring it back down to safe levels again. This can result in food cravings as your body tries to restore blood glucose balance.”

supermarket, which is low in fat and calories, and have this as your treat when you get in. This would be much better for your diet.” This is not to say that Dowden does not understand the need to have a ‘cheat day’ if you will, so that you can still eat what you want to an extent. “We all need to let our hair down occasionally when we are dieting. The secret to success is to do it in an enjoyable way to minimise the impact it has on your diet overall. With a bit of planning and fore-thought, this can be done and you can still have fun without the guilt.” The urge to grab something quick and easy out of one of the many takeaways that line our streets is overwhelming at the end of a night out. However, if you try to follow these guidelines and tips, then in the morning you may have one less thing by Mark Ogilvie to worry about.

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“This can happen after a holiday too, as we tend to eat and drink different things, at different times, when we are away, which can disrupt the blood sugar levels too” This explains why it sometimes takes you a while to feel normal again after a holiday in a different climate. However, there are easy steps to avoid blowing your diet on a night out and feeling bad about it the next day. “Blood sugar swings can be minimised by eating a meal with both complex carbohydrate and protein before you go out, as these are digested and absorbed slowly. Also, you could try nibbling on healthy, protein snacks while you are out drinking e.g. a few nuts and seeds, which should have the same effect.” It is always harder to maintain your discipline as the drinks continue to pour in but in pubs especially, it is much easier to purchase protein snacks like nuts. Although the problem seems to be at the end of the night as opposed to throughout, which is why Dowden suggests you plan ahead. “Buy a good quality, healthier alternative from a

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HOME OR AWAY... Sitting down and committing yourself to hours of studying is generally quite a difficult task that students face. There’s a variety of distractions that steal your attention away from the books and regardless of what that distraction may be, you often find it better than studying. But let’s face it, studying has got to be done. You have to do it (unless you have a photographic memory) in order to pass your exams and then get the degree you have set out to achieve. And with this degree, you hope to find employment. Danny, a student from Glasgow University, qualified two years ago with an Honours Degree in Primary teaching. After his probation year, Danny struggled to find a job in a school and now works in the reception of his local leisure club. He claims that, “at the time I didn’t want to do this job, but it’s either that or sit around all day. I would rather be doing something than nothing at all.” Danny is still actively searching for a job in primary education but understands the education industry is very competitive. Most employment areas are highly competitive and students are finding it difficult to find jobs that they want to do for the rest of their lives. So rather than spending all your days studying here, many students are now going abroad to study and seek employment.

47 The British Council have recently carried out research on where UK students are choosing to study. The new research found that more UK students than ever before are considering leaving to study abroad. The statistics showed a 17 per cent increase from last year, with 37 per cent of the 2,630 students questioned by the British Council considering studying abroad. The main reasons given are that courses abroad offer better value for money, and that the chances of finding employment after studying are higher. The number one location choice for UK students was the US, with 37 per cent wanting to venture across the Atlantic. Tuition fees at English Universities are one of the biggest reasons why many are considering the move abroad, 57 per cent of respondents stated that increased fees had inspired them to investigate overseas study. Another reason for the growing appetite to study abroad amongst UK students is the perception that overseas study offers better value for money. 88 per cent of those questioned believed that studying abroad would give them an improved prospect of finding a job. Although, if you focus on Scottish students, then it’s probably very clear to understand why the international route is more attractive. Before you even consider employment, the basics are still attractive. Take the weather for instance, here well, you don’t need a degree in geography to be able to tell that we are a particularly wet and cold part of the world, so this therefore makes studying abroad more attractive. Sitting outside in the sunshine, absorbing some vitamin D while you read your course notes isn’t something to be complained about. And don’t try to deny it, we would all rather have a better climate. The way of life is often better abroad, and yes it is expensive to make the move across the sea, but surely it’s an investment if you’re going to gain full time employment from it? Lloyd Anderson, director of the British Council Scotland, said the main benefits of studying abroad were employability, personal development, linguistic development and cultural awareness.

He said: “Employers espouse the value of skills acquired by study or work experience abroad and they believe periods abroad produce graduates who are better educated, more wellrounded and more employable. “There is also good evidence that students who study or work abroad are more likely to be in employment after graduation and to have a higher average salary.” Going abroad to study and then find employment has been a popular choice for students for years now, but lately, it has been revealed that around 30 per cent of British graduates find their first job abroad. What’s not to like about that? Not only does going abroad to study and find employment give you other essential life skills such as: learning the local language, creating an international network of contacts, and gaining an intimate understanding of another culture, it allows that individual to bring the skills they learned and the experiences they had back home to the UK to make them more employable further down their career path. A first job abroad will quickly teach international skills and mindsets, which are immeasurably valuable to UK businesses wanting to expand or trade overseas. Although, studying and finding employment in the UK can still be as appealing as going abroad. When you study in the UK you meet people from different nationalities, share their backgrounds and discover new perspectives. Here in the UK, institutions are consistently ranked amongst the best in the world and qualifications are internationally valued and recognised. Also, the UK undertakes 5 per cent of the world’s scientific research and produces 14 per cent of the world’s most frequently cited papers. With our nations current econmoic climate on the rise, jobs will begin to prosper and we will need our students to stay here. Going abroad will certainly benefit individuals in a number of ways, but not everyone is the same and it wouldn’t be fair to generalise a population. by Emylie Howie @EmylieHowie e.howie@tsaglasgow.com


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