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Interviews with

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Mhairi Black – Life As A Politician Pages 30 & 31

HOW TO CREATE THE PERFECT COVER LETTER TIPS & ADVICE Page 28

An Evening with

NOEL FIELDING

COMES TO KING’S THEATRE 15 NOVEMBER

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THE GLASGOW FESTIVAL OF BURLESQUE 25 THE GIRLS’ DAY OUT SHOW COMES TO SECC 25

INTERVIEWS FULL INTERVIEW WITH MALALA YOUSAFZAI – ABOUT HER DOCUMENTARY FILM HE NAMED ME MALALA 4

IMAGINE DRAGONS INTERVIEW PAGE 10

LIFESTYLE HOW TO COMPLETE THE PERFECT COVER LETTER

FORGET BLACK FRIDAY... REMEMBER GIVING TUESDAY 19

GLASGOW’S TECHNO MUSIC SCENE 35

GLASGOW & STRATHCLYDE UNIVERSITIES’ OFFICER TRAINING CORPS 20

GLASGOW’S FAVOURITE MUSIC VENUES

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TO JUICE OR NOT TO JUICE: THE TRUTH BEHIND THE TREND 26 WHAT MAKES GLASGOW GREAT 27

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THE INTERVIEW – EMMA MCGARVEY 36

THE HOOSIERS ON THEIR NEW ALBUM 39

NOVEMBER PICK OF THE MONTH – CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS 37

AHEAD OF THEIR GARAGE GIG, WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE ENEMY 42

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NEW HELLFIRE CLUB’S PICK OF THE MONTH – MCCANN 48

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An Evening with

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THE INTERVIEW: Malala Yousafzai

HE NAMED ME MALALA: Ziauddin Yousafzai and Malala Yousafzai and Syrian refugee Rimah in Syrian Refugee Tent Camp in Jordan. Feb 17, 2014.

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Nida Yassin and Malala Yousafzai at the Jordan/Syrian border. Feb 16, 2014

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Toor Pekai Yousafzai and Ziauddin Yousafzai at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, Oslo Norway. Dec 10, 2014

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LIFESTYLE

Are you the type to save a life? If you don’t know your blood type then you won’t know if there’s a patient out there waiting for you to help them. Yes, you. There are 8 different blood groups and all of these groups are appropriately matched to the relevant patient. In Scotland, 42% of the population are O positive. Many people who are this group think that we don’t need them because rarer types are more in demand. This couldn’t be further from the truth. With almost half the population having this group, the majority of patients will require it meaning hospitals require more group O than any other blood group. Just 9% of people in Scotland have the universal blood group, O negative. This can be transfused to almost anyone, making it an extremely valuable resource for emergencies when blood is often needed immediately. This special universal quality means additional stocks of O negative are always needed to provide standby cover, so we need to expand our O negative donor base to keep up with demand. When you donate blood for the first time we’ll know you blood type within 24 hours. A few weeks after your donation you’ll receive your Blood Donor Card in the post and this will have your blood group printed on it. Once you know your type, you can check our blood stocks at www.scotblood.co.uk. If there is ever a shortage of your blood group we will contact you and ask you to donate as soon as possible.

So, how do I become a donor? Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service

Now that you that you are studying in Glasgow, you may be within walking distance of a life changing and life saving opportunity. Glasgow Donor Centre is located at 8 Nelson Mandela Place and we are open 6 days a week. We’re just a one minute walk from Buchanan Street Subway Station which is great for University of Glasgow students and a five minute walk from the University of Strathclyde, Caledonian University and City of Glasgow College. Wherever you are studying, we are within easy commuting distance, so there’s no excuse not to come along! Our paths may have crossed in the past! You may remember receiving a school talk from us in your 6th year of high school but never got round to giving your first donation. We’re now inviting you to make your time at college or university count. Never know what to do with that gap in your timetable between lectures? Giving blood takes less time than you may think. The whole process takes around 45 minutes. This includes registering, filling in your health check form, having

your iron levels checked and giving your precious gift, your donation of blood – the donation itself will take approximately 10-15 minutes. You can then relax with a drink and a chocolate biscuit! If you’re apprehensive about giving blood, we would like to reassure you that your fears and imagination are far greater than the reality. 3rd year students at University of Strathclyde, Rebecca, Siana, Ailsa, Morven and Catherine recently organised an event to encourage friends and fellow students to donate at Glasgow Donor Centre. They said “Many students tend to live in cities with a Blood Donor Centre in close proximity, yet still don’t find the time to go along. Students numbers are huge and even just one of them giving blood can have a ripple effect and encourage others! It’s really amazing how easy it is to give the gift of life! We want to encourage people to become donors. It‘s not as difficult as it may seem. It’s not going to greatly affect your life; however it could dramatically change someone else’s for the better.”

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Our logos As SNBTS is a division of NHS National Services Scotland, to reinforce our identity and aid recognition, the NHS NSS identity should be used throughout SNBTS communications. Most people in Scotland recognise the NHS symbol which carries strong levels of credibility, authority and trust. For maximum impact, this symbol should only ever appear once on a single communication.

The SNBTS visual identity has two distinct symbols: the SNBTS symbol which is the principal, formal, ‘corporate’ facing brand and the Give Blood symbol which is used for donor publicity purposes and serves as a call to action. Both these symbols are registered trademarks. For the purposes of this document, these symbols are known as logos. With the exception of Blood Donor 24, no other logos may be used without approval from the Director - General Health and Chief Executive of NHSScotland.

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AN EVENING WITH

NOEL FIELDING

Noel Fielding is about to embark on his first solo tour for five years. The comedian, who thanks to his work on The Mighty Boosh, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy and Never Mind the Buzzcocks, has an enormously loyal following, is starring in a new show, simply entitled, “An Evening with Noel Fielding.” Featuring Noel’s inimitable blend of stand-up, animation, music and appearances by some of his best-loved characters, including The Moon, The Dark Side of the Moon and Fantasy Man, it’s a blinding show. As Noel himself puts it, “You’d be a fool to miss out. Come along, bring your Nan. Fancy dress optional.” Noel and I are chatting in his north London studio. Surrounded by props – including life-size cardboard cut-outs of a robber with a stripy jumper and a swag bag and a nun wielding a huge gun – and his own arresting paintings, he makes for marvellously entertaining company. It is a delight to spend an hour in the company of this hilarious and magnetic comedian. As the show comes to a theatre near you very soon, you’re in for a rare treat at “An Evening with Noel Fielding”, I can tell you. But don’t just take my word for it. The critics have been queuing up to praise this comedian who can be summed up by all those adjectives beginning with C: charismatic, comic, charming, compelling. The Daily Telegraph calls Noel, “A comedy wunderkind”, while The Guardian has described his work as, “A neo-psychedelic riot of mirth.” And Phil Jupitus, no less, labels him, “A Gothic George Best.” The five years away from the live arena have only whetted Noel’s appetite for stand-up. He can’t wait to get back in front of an audience. The performer, who has spent the last few years occupied by the meticulously produced, semi-animated E4 show, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, begins by underlining that nothing beats the rush generated by live work. “The problem with TV is that it takes years to make, and after a while you can’t remember what it’s like to tell a joke and get a laugh from it. “The great thing about live comedy is that it cuts out the middle men – all those TV producers and directors. It takes out everything that gets in the way, so it’s just you and the audience. It’s a really pure set-up.” Because it’s so deeply original and innovative, Noel’s comedy can divide people. But he thinks that the infectious nature of his stand-up show can help to win over the agnostics. “Some people might think they’re allergic to you, but if they come to a live show and see everyone is laughing, it’s hard to say that it’s not funny. It was the same with the

Boosh. Sceptics were convinced when they came to our shows.

“As a stand-up, you spend all day being nervous. But as soon as you step onto the stage and get the first laugh, it’s magic time. It’s like being in a dream. It’s a real buzz.” Noel, who for many years has been a highly popular team captain on BBC2’s widely-loved and very long-running pop quiz, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, is also relishing the prospect of touring the country. “It’s great,” he enthuses. “You get to visit all these nice places you’ve never been to before. When you arrive at a lot of towns, you just go, ‘Wow!’” The comedian, who will be joined on stage in “An Evening with Noel Fielding” by the loose stylings of his brother Michael Fielding (best known as Naboo and Smooth from The Mighty Boosh) and the physical lunacy of Tom Meeten (who plays Andy Warhol in Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy), proceeds to let us in on the plot for “An Evening with Noel Fielding.” “The first half is set in a cabaret club,” he reveals. “Then I get kidnapped from my own show, and in the second half the rest of the characters have to find me. I’ll be playing other characters during the second half. It becomes like a play. It’s a sort of farce.” The show promises a typically uplifting variety of disparate elements. “That’s why I’ve called it ‘An Evening with Noel Fielding’, because it’s not something I’d usually do,” the comedian explains. “It’s more like something Barry Humphries would do.” The evening will also feature music that Noel has composed with Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian and some characteristically entrancing stand-up routines. Noel, who for many years performed with his close friend Julian Barratt in The Mighty Boosh, dubbed “The funniest comedy double act in Britain” by the NME, discloses some of the themes he will be addressing in this part of the show. “I touch on turning 40 and my Peter Pan complex. Because I’m now 40, I try to do a bleak bit, but of course it soon becomes completely fantastical. I attempt to go gritty, but I can’t help going fantasy.” As an example, Noel says he has been working up the character of Chicken Man. “He’s like a figure from a Jodorowsky Spaghetti Western. He’s half man, half chicken. He has to fight a bandit, and he’s got Tourette’s. He’s like a cross between A Streetcar Named Desire and Foghorn Leghorn. He keeps flipping in and out of madness.” Noel’s comedy is always richly imaginative, but can he tell if he’s gone too far? “No!” laughs the comedian,

who has also acted in The IT Crowd, Nathan Barley and Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace. “Locked away in North London for years making Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, we’d think, ‘Let’s do something based on William Blake’s painting, The Ghost of a Flea.’ That could be very self-indulgent.

“But it could only exist on telly. Doing stand-up, you’re edited by the audience. If you take too mad a line, you’ll lose people. But on the other hand, if something is getting big laughs, it’ll never leave the show.” Noel, who is hopeful that he and Julian will one day find the time to make a long-planned movie, continues that, “There are certain things that you just know will work. At one point, I play a herbal tea bag. I knew that would strike a chord because everyone has tea. “The Chicken Man was more of a gamble, but people really seem to like him. They’re also really enjoying a section where Tom plays Antonio Banderas and Michael plays Hawkeye, the living embodiment of the tennis line judge. It’s great to think up these ideas and then watch them take flight.” The comedian attempts to sum up the style of the show. “It’s so abstract. It’s like you turn the radio dial, and something random comes on. You’re not quite sure what it is, but you warm to it.” So what does the comic hope that audiences

will take away from “An Evening with Noel Fielding”? “I hope they have a really good time,” Noel declares. “I hope they laugh their heads off. I’ve always been very concerned not to sell people short. But the only danger is that the show ends up as long as the film Gandhi!” Ever philosophical, Noel carries on that, “I suppose if it doesn’t work, I’ll have to do something else. What would I do? Breed shire horses!” The only drawback about touring as far as Noel is concerned is that, “You’re buzzing with adrenaline when you come off stage. You have to do something with that, and it’s very hard not to go and get drunk. In the old days, we’d give the Rolling Stones a run for their money with our after-show behaviour. “But now I’m in my forties, I have to find new ways to calm myself down. Like Mick Jagger, I’ll have to get fit. After the show, Michael and I used to go drinking. This time we’ll have to go to mazes and local markets and drink peppermint tea.” Unable to resist one last gag, Noel concludes: “It’s the Peppermint Tea Tour. I should have called it that!” Details of the “An Evening with Noel Fielding” tour can be found at www. mcintyreents.com/ talent/noelfielding/


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“For all we knew, it could have been a big bust,” said Dan Reynolds, lead singer of Imagine Dragons, when discussing their platinum selling first album, Night Visions. Obviously it wasn’t, instead it was praised by fans and critics alike in the UK, the US and pretty much everywhere else worldwide and thanks to the success of both the album and specifically the track ‘Radioactive’, the foursome – who are based in Las Vegas – found themselves quickly whisked off on tour to promote Night Visions, including a stop at Glasgow’s O2 Academy. However, despite the bands elation at the response for the album and their amazement at being able to tour it, Reynolds admits that the current Smoke and Mirrors tour is definitely his favourite so far: “I think this record, we made it with the live experience in mind. There’s a lot of dynamic ups and downs, which we really intended for. Whereas with Night Visions we had no idea that we’d even be playing that record live.”

The new tour – which is ‘very high-energy, percussive and quirky’ – according to Reynolds, will be passing through Glasgow again, admittedly though on a much larger scale as they are now tackling the huge 13,000 capacity SSE on 15 November. Reflecting on the colossal jump from shows at tiny venues, where they were basically face to face with the audience, to some of the largest arenas in Europe, Reynolds explains that it feels both like a ‘whirlwind’ and a ‘natural progression’. “It feels natural just in the sense that we played the small room, then the bigger room and the bigger room but we’ve just toured incessantly, like non stop. So, we watched the natural progression of venues but it happened in in a really short amount of time so it still feels like a whirlwind in the sense of ‘wow we’re playing two nights at the O2’ when I remember when we played like Koko [a venue in Camden] or whatever, like that feels like it was just yesterday. ” The larger venues chosen for this tour seem

a more suitable fit for a band like Imagine Dragons. Although a small, intimate gig can easily rival – and often surpass – the huge arenas, the band have such a big, impressive sound and they’ll get to express that to its full potential with the larger venues in this arena tour. Reynolds admits that although the band have always had a ‘larger than life stage presence’, there has also been a ‘natural progression’ in their stage shows as they get bigger to fit in with the space: “I feel like we’ve never gone on the stage and felt like intimidated or like it is going to be a new experience, I don’t even think that it’s because we think we deserve to be on a stage like that because we never have felt like we deserve to have fans it’s just been a happy surprise. “I think it’s just because we focus on the music so much, we get on stage and we just play the music and it is a big sound. And we’re from Las Vegas so we’ve always been kind of over the top and kind of eccentric and big, and larger than life so we

play our hearts out and try to give the best show.” Imagine Dragons have been touring relentlessly since they burst onto the scene, and have previously spoke about writing a lot of their material on the road, something Reynolds is keen to continue: “I write, like non-stop, I’m always writing, and that’s what really brings me the most comfort I think because it’s something that I’ve done since I was a young kid.” He added that everyday life is a constant source of inspiration for his writing: “I think you can’t help but be influenced by everything around you. Today I was really inspired by The Louvre, this amazing museum in Paris and it has The Mona Lisa, and all the greatest pieces of art you could ever imagine and we were just taking pictures and had this headset on listening to the history of it and I found a lot of inspiration from that. So I think I’m definitely inspired all the time and just by the music I’m listening too.”


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NOVEMBER 2015, ISSUE 15 Touching on the music that inspires some of the bands work, he cites artists like Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Simon and Garfunkel and Bob Dylan as ‘staples’ for him. However, when discussing the new music he’s currently listening to, Reynolds was full of praise for one particular British artist, saying, “ I really am into Jake Bugg – I love all of Jake Buggs stuff – he’s great and he puts on such a fantastic live show, I love his live shows.” “I really loved Cage The Elephant’s new record, I’m really excited for their new record. Crystal Fighters are another band I really like, they’re good friends of ours as well,” he added. The singer songwriter seeks comfort on tour not only from writing, but through exercising everyday and reading. “One of my favourites that I read recently was a book called ‘Ready Player One’ [a science fiction dystopian novel by Ernest Cline], it’s a really, really great book I highly recommend it. I’m also on this big Harlan Coben kick, I really like mystery and thriller with comedy – like a dry humour – and Harlan Coben does that really well. James Patterson is the name of this other author I really like. So a lot of mystery and thriller and science fiction here and there.” This will be Imagine Dragons first full UK tour since 2013 and aside from being excited to play to their international fans,

who Reynolds described as being a ‘big priority’ to the band, he said the food is a particular draw: “I love it there [the UK]. It’ll be nice this time because we kind of have a little more of a feel for the culture and what the people are like, so now it doesn’t feel like you’re new to it – it feels like you’re going back to your old friends house. We’ll be able to go back to the places we like to eat at and get some good indian food. I feel like we spend most of our time just trying to find the best food. It’s just been a great experience every time we’ve been there and this will be no different.” For those who will be attending the Glasgow show, or any of the others, Reynolds couldn’t quite explain what the audience should expect: “Imagine Dragons is such a strange entity in my head and when I try to even explain it to people they’re like ‘well its like rock, meets hip-hop, meets pop, meets just this weird smorgasbord of a bunch of different sounds’ and the live show is just this crazy, percussive, high and low – I don’t know how to describe it. It’s one of those things where you just have to experience it, and then maybe they’ll be able to describe it better than me.” Tickets for Imagine Dragons at The SSE Hydro are still on sale. Head along and tweet us at @TSA_Glasgow with your best description of the show!

With their highly anticipated new album Smoke + Mirrors out imminently, US chart phenomenon Imagine Dragons play ten UK arena shows this November including a stop at our very own Hydro on 15 November.


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GLASGOW WELCOMES EUROPE’S BIGGEST VEGFEST In October, a VegFest event in London welcomed around 12,000 visitors through its doors over the span of the weekend – a huge feat for a somewhat niche market. On the weekend of the 5th December, Glasgow will host the same VegFest in its prestigous and high-profile venue, the SECC. Over the course of the weekend, the festival will include a Health Summit on the Saturday, and on the Sunday; an Activists Summit. Other events taking place throughout the festival include talks on nutrition, health and lifestyle and the benefits of being vegan on all of these aspects. There will also be an in-house, all-vegan restaurant ‘Levy’s’ which serves vegan dishes from responsibly sourced, plant-based suppliers. 120 stalls, including 12 all-vegan caterers will be part of the event, giving people the opportunity to find out about alternative foods available for a vegan lifestyle whilst sampling the very best of vegan cooking. Glasgow is the hub for vegan food in Scotland, and has recently been short-listed as one of “the most vegan-friendly cities in the UK” by PETA, whilst the University of Glasgow was the 1st University in the UK to be accredited by the vegan Society – but why?

The UK – especially Scotland – has some of the highest obesity, heart disease and diabetes rates in the world but according to Scottish PETA campaigner, Yvonne Taylor, people are becoming “more aware of their health” (quote from The Guardian). Sam Calvert, a spokesperson for the vegan Society said in an interview with The Guardian that Glasgow’s “vibrant youth culture” may have a lot to do with why veganism is becoming increasingly popular in the city. It may have started off as a trend, with many young followers, but as Lewis Macleod, my activist vegan friend said; “I think there is a certain element to which it is a trend, but ultimately I think people that get involved in the vegan movement, even if it is just through trend intentions, will end up developing a more rounded understanding as a result.” It’s all well and good having these kinds of events and publicity for Glasgow but when you strip it down to it’s bare bones you have to wonder; what has made so many people change their lifestyles so drastically to become consumers of purely plant-based products and cut out foods our ancestors have been eating for many years before us? I asked some of my vegan friends what made them switch and got two slightly opposing answers...

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Lewis Macleod, a student at Aberdeen University, decided around a year and a half ago to become vegan, and says; “I chose to follow the vegan lifestyle because I recognised the catastrophic environmental impact of the meat and dairy industry and decided that, as I had the means to adopt the lifestyle, I would try and follow it through.” On the other hand, Annie, a student from Czech Republic told me; “First it was a moral decision. Now, after knowing more, maybe the health purpose is stronger.” VegFest’s website has a section entitled ‘Further Information for Going vegan’, and in the two booklets in this section,

they tell you things such as the benefits to your health – lower risk of diabetes, heart disease, cancer – your general wellbeing – better weight management, increased sex drive – and lastly, the fact that plant-based food products create lower greenhouse gas emissions, and reduced water and air pollution. As well as the obvious moral benefits and decrease in production of the meat and dairy industries, it’s no wonder many more young people are adopting the vegan lifestyle and pushing it into the forefront of every day life! by Shona Watt s.watt@tsaglasgow.com

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Make Wednesday the best day of the week with ‘Whizz Wednesdays’. Between 12 noon and 8pm, you and your friends can compete on our custom built track in Hillington Park, Renfrewshire. Then, once the high speed drama is over, get a bite to eat with one of our delicious burger options at our in-house restaurant, The Academy, all for just £15. Our 5-star venue is really easy to get to, just take the train to Hillington West or if you are travelling by car, we are just off the M8 at Junction 26. Have you ever driven an electric Go-kart? These karts are the first of their kind in Scotland and their AGNI 200-119 8KW Motor can accelerate quicker to their top speed of 35mph than standard petrol karts. All group sizes and abilities are welcome, so even if you are an experienced Go-karter or first timer, come along for some fun on Whizz Wednesdays. Booking is not essential but is advisable for groups and societies. Just call 0141 883 4005 for more info. And because we love students, you get a free balaclava on your first visit. These must be worn by all drivers for hygiene purposes and normally cost £2 each. The balaclava is yours to keep and bring back on return visits saving you even more money.

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FESTIVE ART MARKET ON ROYAL EXCHANGE SQUARE Art On Scotland is an exciting new arts venture happening right in the heart of Glasgow. They set out to provide artists, designers, musicians and crafters with a fun central venue where they can exhibit their own work and sell directly to the public. Their events showcase the work of a diverse group of artists resident in Scotland. Artists, both professional and amateur, have been invited to submit applications for their latest event Art On the Exchange. A spokesperson for Art on Scotland explained to TSA that the aim behind these artist-run events is: “To give both the exhibitors, and the community, the opportunity to meet, trade ideas, make collaborations, perform, and appreciate the rich vein of creativity alive and well in Glasgow. She added that the organisers felt

BOOK WEEK SCOTLAND IS BACK FOR 2015 Scottish Book Trust is a charity whose vision is to ‘inspire readers and writers across Scotland’. Their brain child is Book Week Scotland, a literary festival running from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th November. This year’s theme is transformation. ‘Can a book really transform the way we feel?’, asks Marc Lambert, CEO of Scottish Book Trust. ‘The huge personal benefits in health and wellbeing that flow from spending just a short time each day lost within a book are now widely documented and understood. But it seems that people still remain to be convinced. This year we are challenging Scots from all walks of life to try this miracle cure out for themselves – and to share their stories and results with us in a celebration of all the things books and reading can do. The message is, whoever and wherever you are, Book Week Scotland is for you.’ He’s right. The variety of (mostly) free events held in Glasgow, will attract any literary fan. In the Mitchell Library on the 26th, is Assault & Vinegar vs Assault & Sauce. A debate between acclaimed crime writers Caro Ramsay and Neil Broadfoot on whether Glasgow or Edinburgh provides a better setting for a crime novel. Catch international bestseller Kate Mosse at Waterstones Sauchiehall Street on Monday 24th for a discussion of The Taxidermist’s Daughter, her new thrilling novel. The next day, postmodern author Scarlett Thomas delves into the

Glasgow’s local talent wasn’t being represented in the city centre. “As artists and designers ourselves we wanted to connect with the public, and sell directly. GOMA is the ideal setting for raising the profile of the visual arts in Glasgow and marketing the events to visitors and tourists host a regular event alike.” Starting on 14 November, artist’s stalls will line the right flank of GoMA, Royal Exchange Square – creating the perfect site to display a wealth of original artwork in natural daylight. Textile artist and ceramicist, Victoria Pollard, will be trading at Art on the Exchange under ‘Blueberryblossom’. She said of the event: “Being able to sell my products at events like Art On The Exchange, slap bang in the middle of Glasgow City Centre, is a real joy which

mysteries of her latest release, The Seed Collector. Fittingly, this event’s venue is the Kibble Palace of Botanic Gardens. It’s not just reputable authors represented this year. Keeping in with their objective, the Scottish Book Trust have compiled a selection of short stories and poems written by Scottish citizens. The collection, titled Journeys, will be available for free in various libraries and bookshops and also available for download as an ebook and audio file. Obviously, libraries are to be heavily utilised during the festival. Especially for their new fragment, Libraries Transformed, that is set to alter the public image of libraries. ‘It will involve libraries trying new and different ways of engaging different audiences to use their local library and to experience the joy of reading for pleasure,’ says Amina Shah, Scottish Library and Information Council Chief Executive. “Libraries connect people to ideas, knowledge, information and resources – they really can help to change people’s lives and we want as many people as possible to benefit. If you have never visited or it’s been a long time since you’ve been to your local library, Book Week Scotland is the ideal time to go along and find out what your library has to offer.” However, it’s not just literary outlets involved. The Guardian’s Graeme Virtue is hosting an evening with Brian Blessed at the Glasgow Film Theatre on November 29th. In this exclusive event, movie star Blessed will be reviewing his new novel, Absolute Pandemonium, followed by an audience Q&A and a screening of the classic Flash Gordon. For more information visit www.bookweekscotland.com

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also allows me to continue designing, making and loving my career.” She added: “Most artisan fairs are destination events, tucked away in a bar or other private space, whereas Art On The Exchange really does have incredible reach as it is totally accessible to anyone walking by. There is no thought required by the public to physically attend the event: if they are in the square they are able to access it – that is a rare opportunity for an artist like me, especially when also factoring in that every penny spent on attending events needs to be viewed as a successful spend of my marketing budget.” Royal Exchange Square is the ideal setting for raising the profile of the visual arts in Glasgow and marketing the events to visitors and tourists alike. There will be

lots of products on sale, from drawings, paintings, traditional craft form, ceramics, glass, candles and fudge to contemporary jewellery and fine art. Art On The Exhange will also give members of the public the chance to meet the artists in person, talk about their inspiration and support local artists by purchasing art directly from them. The DJ’s and live music will also create a buzzing atmosphere in the Royal Exchange Square. Dates for Art On The Exchange: November – weekends 14th and 15th, 21st and 22nd, 28th and 29th. December – weekends 5th and 6th, 12th and 13th, then 19th until 23rd every day. From 11am until 6pm.

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IT’S THE ERA OF INSANE WRESTLING

As far as beginnings go, it’s hard to imagine any more humble than that of Glasgow’s own Insane Championship Wrestling. Starting out with small shows at Maryhill’s community centre – now dubbed ‘the ICW arena’ in 2006, Mark Dallas’ chaotic wrestling brand has gone from self-confessed “abysmal” first events to being one of British wrestling’s most recognisable promotions. ICW’s anarchic product and individual approach has won over a dedicated legion of fans by bringing wrestling into Glasgow’s nightlife culture. Staging events in nightclubs and music venues instead of more traditional settings has allowed Dallas to angle his shows to a more adult audience and make use of pre-existing sound systems and lighting rigs to give events a big-night-out feel. It’s proven to be a smart approach and now, nine years on from those early shows, ICW is riding on a resurgence in the Scottish wrestling scene as it gets set for a sell-out performance at Glasgow’s own SECC, in front of the biggest paid-up British wrestling audience for a home-grown event since Big Daddy fought Giant Haystacks in the 1980s. So how did ICW grow from a small local promotion in an all-but-dead Scottish wrestling scene into a brand that sells out venues across the UK; and what next for a promotion attempting to tackle an international market with a product so predicated in Glaswegian and

British culture? ICW’s future may be a difficult one to predict but according to its charismatic owner, even since the brand’s formation, ICW has always excelled when traversing in heretofore unknown waters. “At the time, I was staying in the redwood flats with my girlfriend and I had a job that I didn’t like and I just didn’t feel creatively fulfilled,” Dallas explains. “I thought I could maybe run a few shows a year and use that as my fulfilment and we could film them and put them up online. “I always felt that the internet was the way to go and that it would overtake television in the way it has but at the start, I had no superior and nobody there to give me advice, so really I had to learn by trial and error. I had to learn from my mistakes. “We did some shows in 2008 – probably in front of only about 35 people – but the shows themselves were fantastic and they really got people talking. There weren’t really any other over 18s companies in the UK at that point, we were the only one. As soon as we moved out of the sports halls and into nightclubs, the whole atmosphere changed and ICW really took off from there.” ICW also gained notoriety through a number of well-crafted publicity stunts and ‘spots’ to promote their shows to new fans. They hosted a pillow fight

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in George Square – as featured on the BBC’s documentary ‘Insane Fight Club’ – and ran ‘Glasgow street fights’ where wrestlers would perform live on busy Glasgow streets outside of the booked venue. The nightclub atmosphere coupled with soap opera drama and a new approach to wrestling story-telling has led to raucous live crowds and a product that is beginning to turn heads in the wrestling world. “We’ve definitely got a reputation and I think if you say our name to people who aren’t even wrestling fans they’ll tell you we’re that ‘mad, mental, Scottish wrestling company’, says Dallas. “What’s great is that when people come to see ICW, they come to see the company and not necessarily just the individuals. “It’s ICW that’s the biggest thing to have on the posters because it’s ‘come and see this crazy show, it’s ICW and our crazy characters’. That’s something that we’ve worked to build over years and years through our publicity stunts and through the hard work of all of the wrestlers and performers.” Now that hard work is set to pay off as ICW gets set to host Fear and Loathing 8 in front of their biggest ever audience on November 15. But Dallas has bigger plans for the promotion yet. With a number of his current and former stars also appearing for huge American promotions like Total Nonstop Action and World Wrestling Entertainment, and with BBC and Vice documentaries exposing his product to a worldwide audience, Dallas is determined to capitalise on the huge opportunities his biggest event to date

could offer. “There’s a lot of pressure to deliver,” he says. “I know my guys will come through and I’ve put together the most stacked card we’ve ever done. We’re holding nothing back and we’ve got some big moments and big announcements planned. “If this is as big as it ever gets for us, at least we’ll always be able to remember this great show but I want it to keep on growing. On demand has been our sort of bread and butter and the money from that has really kept us going but I think the next step for us is to try and get a TV deal. “We’re also in talks for a deal on wrestling figures and we have a computer game in the works too. We just want everything that a big company should have. If we can get to old age and say we paid our way on the back of wrestling, that’s the dream. I’ve said it before, we’re going to ride this boat as far as it will go. We’ll either capsize or sail off into the sunset but either way, it’s going to be a hell of a journey.” Fear and Loathing 8 will take place at the SECC on November 15 and will feature an ICW title match between Drew Galloway and Grado; Mick Foley will feature as Commissioner for the event. Tickets are now sold out but the event will be available to watch through ICW’s On Demand service shortly after the event takes place. For more information, visit www.insanewrestling.co.uk.

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UNITE AT THE UNITY CENTRE The Unity Centre is a voluntary organisation that receives no public or government funding. The aim of the centre is to give practical support and solidarity to all asylum seekers and other migrants in Scotland. They also support anyone detained in the UK’s Immigration Removal Detention Centres. Here are a few things you should know about these guys; they are entirely dependent on donations from their supporters, no-one working in the centre is paid and they do all that they can to keep costs as low as possible, almost all the equipment, computers, desks and chairs that they use in the centre were donated by friends and supporters. The centre opened on Saturday 11 March 2006 and since then it has quickly grown to play an important and perhaps unique role providing support for asylum seekers in Glasgow. Run completely by a collective of volunteers and funded entirely by donations from their supporters, the Centre provides practical solidarity and support for asylum seekers especially when they face being locked up in detention centres or being forcibly removed.

Since it has opened over 2,800 families have registered with the Unity Centre and they have helped over one hundred families return to safety in Glasgow after they have been detained by the Home Office. If someone is detained The Unity Centre help contact their lawyer, friends and family, arrange for their belongings to be looked after, provide emotional support and encouragement, contact the press and media about their case and run emergency campaigns and protests to stop them being forcibly removed. Their office is based here in Glasgow, less than 100 metres from the Home Office. Anyone who is seeking asylum can stop by their office on their way to the Home Office Reporting Centre on Brand Street. This means they can keep alert and act quickly if anyone gets detained by the Home Office. They try to share information and training about the asylum process so that we can all be better informed about the system. The Unity Centre is at 30 Ibrox Street, Glasgow. You can help keep the centre open by making a donation today. Please visit www.unitycentreglasgow.org for more information.

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With a jam packed events programme, some of the best shopping in the UK, great places to eat and drink and a glittering city centre backdrop, it’s clear to see why Glasgow Loves Christmas. The biggest brands and major retailers can be found on Glasgow’s Style Mile which is home to an enticing array of shops. Over 200 stores, many exclusive to the Style Mile, are open until at least 7pm every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and on a Thursday most stores are open till 8pm. Many will be offering extending opening hours over the festive period, giving you more time to shop! Glasgow will also be welcoming back its annual George Square festivities, its magical Christmas markets, and its ultimate race of the year – The Santa Dash! This is TSA’s guide to Glasgow’s Christmas wonderland this November and December.

GEORGE SQUARE From 16 November, George Square will be a hub of festive activity with free, family-friendly entertainment every day of the week. Enjoy the sparkling Christmas lights and the beautiful tree surrounded by the festive displays. Go for a drink in the pavilion bar area or have fun on the fairground rides which includes the much-loved carousel.

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GLASGOW CHRISTMAS MARKET This year’s Glasgow Christmas Market will open from Friday 13 November until Sunday 20 December at St. Enoch Square. A variety of colourful stalls will offer a selection of gifts, artisan products and global cuisine set in a festive village of rustic cabins and stalls. This truly seasonal experience for all the family has something for everyone, from scarves, jewellery, hats and purses, to a selection of gourmet treats. Browse round the stalls and fill your senses with the smells and sounds of Christmas as you sip Gluhweine or a warming hot chocolate. You’ll be tempted by the fresh food on offer day and night including gourmet burgers, hog roast and traditional French crepes. Get into the festive spirit in the heart of Glasgow at the Christmas Market. Monday – Wednesday: 10am – 8pm. Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 9pm. Sunday: 10am – 6pm.


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GET YOUR SANTA DASH ON Ho Ho Ho! Be part of this year’s 5K Santa Dash! On Sunday 6 December, Glasgow City Centre will be a merry place to be as thousands of Santas along with one very special Santa will pound the streets to raise money for good causes. Every single runner will receive a dashing Santa suit to wear on the day and a Santa’s little helper medal at the finish line. Fabulous spot prizes will also be awarded for those taking part in this 5K event. The event, organised and ‘run’ by Glasgow City

Council, started in 2007 and since then people of all ages, shapes and sizes take to the streets on a wintry Sunday morning to raise funds for charitable causes. Last year saw the highest number of entrants ever – 5,397 – and we would all love to see that number exceeded this year.

Starting from George Square the route takes you on a 5k journey through the City Centre back to George Square where Santa Claus himself is there to greet you at the finish line.

CHRISTMAS SHOWS Glasgow’s theatres come alive with some of the UK’s best Christmas entertainment in November and December. Warm up your vocals and get ready for the ultimate Christmas singalong with Santa Claus is Coming to Town! at the Pavilion Theatre from 25 November. Get yourself down to The Tron for Betty Drooper’s 16th birthday party and watch the party unfold with Sleeping Betty from 27 November. Citizens Theatre welcomes fairy tale classic, Rapunzel from 28 November. A funny, foolish and madcap story with a darkly mischievous side that the whole family can enjoy together.

On 5 December The King’s Theatre is delighted to bring together Scottish comedy legend Gregor Fisher, Capital FM presenter Des Clarke and Juliet Cadzow for the fairest (and funniest) panto in the land, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Oh yes it is! Hold on to your Santa hats from 12 December! This festive season, Peter Pan promises to take audiences from the comfort of their seats to the depths of the ocean with a dazzling 3D underwater sequence. Starring Glasgow’s very own Pop Idol Michelle McManus, David Hasselhoff and The Krankies, it’s sure to be a pantomime spectacular.

The people of Glasgow really know how to show their support for good ‘clauses’ and this year the money raised (through registration) will go to the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice Brick By Brick Appeal. It is a unique event and one which is always full of laughter, fun and a lot of red suits! The event takes place on Sunday, 6 December at 10am. Registration cost £15 for adults, £5 for children and includes a Santa Suit, race pack and medal at the finish line. You can register at www. glasgow.gov.uk/santadash


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Arrests were made, police forced shops to close and the scenes were compared to war zones last November as ‘Black Friday’ madness took hold and transformed ordinary people into crazed bargain hunters.   These chaotic events, which usually kick off the festive shopping season, are exactly the reason behind the United States introducing #GivingTuesday in 2012 – it acts as an ‘antidote’ to these consumer shopping days, with the Giving Tuesday UK website

stating the day is, “a remedy to the pressures of Christmas spending and gives an opportunity to help the causes we all care about.” The idea for the charitable day is spreading across the world with Canada, Australia, Singapore and Mexico just some of the countries taking part. The UK, which currently ranks fourth in the world for donating money to charity, joined in on #GivingTuesday in 2014 and the

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Volunteering isn’t just about shaking cans in shopping centres asking for donations – although that’s still a reliable way of raising money. The Volunteer Scotland website lists hundreds of unusual volunteering positions such as Contact The Elderly, drivers and hosts, rabbit foster carers, puppy walkers, shoppers and much more.   Students could also use the website to find volunteer positions that need their specific skills, which could not only greatly help the charity but also boost their CV and future employment prospects as studies have shown employers look favourably on those who volunteer. The Volunteer Scotland website also lists hundreds of organisations that are looking for help from people with varying skills from graphic design, to IT, marketing, beauty and nearly everything in-between.   You could choose to register your interest with one of the thousands of positions featured on the website on #GivingTuesday or take part in other charitable acts. Did you know only around 4% of the population donate blood regularly? If you are able to safely do so, consider heading along to a blood donor centre on 1 December. You could also register yourself as an organ donor and join the Anthony Nolan register, which matches individuals willing to donate their blood stem cells or bone marrow to people who need lifesaving transplants.  Join up with friends or co-workers and raise some cash for a cause close to your heart – you could have a work bake sale or organise a fun, cheap night in and then donate all the money you’d usually spend on a night out.    No matter what charitable acts you get involved with on #GivingTuesday make sure you get the word out and encourage others to take part. Tweet us with your plans at @TSA_Glasgow and we will share them all.  

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WANT TO GIVE? If you would like to donate on #GivingTuesday, there are so many charities that would appreciate your goodwill. However, according to Local Giving, a UK nonprofit social enterprise, only 40% of people have donated to a local charity in their hometown. So here are some of the local organisations in need of support:   Glasgow Women’s Aid is an organisation that supports women and children affected by domestic abuse by providing support, information and temporary refuge accommodation. They rely heavily on donations to provide their services to the 5,000 women and their children who contact them on a yearly basis, head to their website to donate.   Starter Packs Glasgow offer ‘a hand up, not a hand out’ and creates starter packs for households making the transition from homelessness to the taking up of new permanent tenancies. They have a full list of all the items they need to be donated to make up these packs on their website.   Erskine has been looking after veterans for almost 100 years and enables members of the ex-Service community to get the best care and support to achieve maximum quality of life. Each year they need around £7 million to continue providing high levels of care and also have various volunteer positions.  


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THE BENEFITS OF GSUOTC MEMBERSHIP What benefit has GSUOTC been to me in the last three years? The long answer would fill this entire page, but let me narrow it down: GSUOTC has giving me more self-confidence; problem solving skills; people-management; great opportunities, including skiing courses and qualifications, and of course great friends. These all may sound like catchy phrases to make it sound cool, but it is true. I would go so far as to say that if I listed all the things I have done with the UOTC and other Army Reserve units you would think I was making it up. I am currently studying for a five year Mechanical Engineering degree at the University of Glasgow which is quite a commitment in itself. Being part of the GSUOTC has taught me transferable skills which I have been able to apply to my whole life and has allowed me to push myself further than I ever imagined. I enjoyed the UOTC so much that I decided to challenge myself to become an Army Reserve officer whilst still at University. GSUOTC supported my aspirations and application. They even suggested that once commissioned I return to the UOTC as a Junior Officer to further develop my skills and allow me time to complete my degree. I attended a four week modular course in September 2015 at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst which I absolutely do not regret. The skills I have learned on my pathway to becoming an Officer will enhance my civilian career when I leave university. The Army Reserve is something new and exciting for me. Whilst I have been commissioned into the Royal Engineers, I am back at GSUOTC for a year to finish my studies. However, it’s hard to do uni work when you have the opportunity to go and see bridge demolitions. 2Lt Matt Smith

A PATH TO JOINING THE ARMY RESERVE I joined GSUOTC during Fresher’s Week of my first year at the University of Glasgow. At that time I just wanted to gain a basic understanding of how the Army worked and I thought it would be a good way to boost my application to be a Professionally Qualified Officer in the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC).

I went to the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) in July 2015 to complete the Modular Syllabus started in the UOTC and commissioned into the Army Reserve on 1 August 2015. I was also awarded a bursary for the RAMC, which is the Regular Corps I will join on completion of my degree, in November 2015.

I quickly grew to love the UOTC, the exercises were hard-word but fun, the people were friendly and likeminded, and the money was a bonus too! I gained a huge amount from the UOTC including leadership and management skills, opportunities to travel and I began to take more pride in everything I did, both in the UOTC and out.

I have chosen to join 6 SCOTS (52nd Lowland Battalion) as my Reserve Unit until I graduate. I intend to continue training alongside the UOTC for now to ensure I have adequate time to study, as I am currently in the 3rd year of a medical degree.

At the end of my first year I began my Army Officer application. As I completed the various interviews, including the Army Offcier Selection Board (AOSB) Briefing and Main Board, I began to look towards a commission during my summer break.

6 SCOTS is a great local unit with well-attended training nights. The activities they take part in are similar to what you learn in the UOTC (it’s all infantry), but there is increased scope for travel, more advanced exercises and training. 2Lt Andrew Stewart


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DANCING INTO A CAREER I joined the Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities’ Officer Training Corps (GSUOTC) in 2011 as a first year student at the University of Glasgow. I initially only joined to be part of the Pipe Band, but quickly developed an interest in the military training aspect and the copious amount of opportunities for personal development that are on offer; I even joined the Highland Dancing Team in my second year. In my three years of being an Officer Cadet, I have learned valuable lessons in leadership as both a commander and being part of a team. During my third year at GSUOTC I started the Army Officer Selection Board (AOSB) process to become an officer in the British Army Reserves. With mentoring and instruction provided from the UOTC through preparatory courses, I successfully passed each stage of the process and gained a place at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; one of the most prestigious leadership schools in the world. This past summer I completed the Reserve Commissioning Course and passed-out of Sandhurst in front of my family and friends as a Second Lieutenant in the British Army Reserves. I commissioned into the Royal Military Police as they are a unit I am very interested in. I am now very eager to start my training with them once I have graduated from university next year. I have returned to the GSUOTC as a platoon commander to lead up to 30 Officer Cadets in their first year of the UOTC and to develop experience as an Army Reserve Officer without disrupting my studies. I can honestly say that without the UOTC, none of this would have been possible. 2Lt Alice Tavakoli

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GET COLOURFUL IN THIS SEASON’S NEW PALETTE With a new season comes a whole range of new colours. This winter, colours range from traditional burgundy to soft pastel pinks and bold patterns and shiny metallic. Buchanan Galleries has a rainbow of colours and brands available, with 80 retailers all under one roof, it’s a one stop fashion shop in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre. Here’s a look at the top colour trends this season:

PINK Pink has made a surprise appearance on the catwalks for winter, popping out among darker tones. The soft pastel shade of Warehouse’s embellished neck and cuff jumper (£45) adds a ladylike feel, especially if paired with a satin-look bell skirt for a stylish winter party outfit. A stand out piece for winter is River Island’s pink blazer (£65). Wear with the co-ordinated trousers for the ultimate power suit, or over a simple LBD for a splash of colour. To round up the perfect pink look, Fashion Nation at Lipsy’s feathered heels (£40) are the perfect feminine footwear for this winter.

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Inspired by the 70s, bold prints are seen in everything from animal to geometric styles. For the ultimate 70s appeal, H&M’s geometric print slip (£29.99) can be worn with a basic polo and high boots. JOY’s peacock print mini skirt (£39) is a different take on the classic animal print with an Abigail’s Party feel. The Oasis fringed Tamara tile cape (£32) can take any outfit from shabby to chic with JOY Merie peacock its glamourous skirt (£39) flowing fabric and bright colours. For a classic take on bold prints, Warehouse’s 60s style ankle boot (£75) in leopard print adds a wild edge to an everyday look.

Back for another season, burgundy is a colour that can do no wrong. H&M’s satin look blazer (£59.99) can be thrown over a simple jeans and tee, or glammed up with heels. For a more casual look, Fred Perry’s classic style polo dress (£75) will channel your inner Amy Winehouse. Boots are a practical winter investment, and River Island’s burgundy ankle boot (£45) will let you strut in style. Oasis’ Scarlett work bag (£34) will get you from H&M satin look lectures to town, while blazer (£59.99) keeping you right on trend.

Oasis fringed Tamara tile cape (£32)

METALLIC SILVER

The ultimate disco shade of the season, metallic silver can give an effortless outfit a cool, modern edge. Warehouse’s drape metallic tee (£25) is an easy way to inject the tone into an everyday look, while H&M’s metallic loafers (£29.99) will get noticed when strutting up the high street. Metallic silver is perfect for a dramatic beauty look too, Warehouse drape especially with metallic tee (£25) Model’s Own chrome grey nail varnish (£4.99), great for achieving an icy, winter tone.

Model’s Own chrome grey (£4.99) H&M metallic loafer (£29.99)

STOMP IN STYLE THIS WINTER Lipsy strappy feathered heels (£40)

Boots are a must have for any winter wardrobe and an essential investment for the colder seasons. From knee highs to animal print and bikers to stilettos, Buchanan Galleries is a one stop shop for boots of all styles with high street favourites such as River Island, Mango, Moda in Pele, H&M and plenty more.

HIGH BOOTS Jones Bootmaker Tabitha boot (£170)

Warehouse Neck And Cuff Jumper (£45)

River Island blazer (£65)

ANIMAL PRINT John Lewis Sammi kitten heel ankle boot (£129)

Mango snake finish ankle boot (£49.99)

River Island lace up boot (£85)

This season must have style is a high boot, from 70s style knee highs to over the knee, these can be worn in so many different ways. Jones Bootmaker’s Tabitha boot (£170) can smarten up workwear for winter, or wear under culottes or a knee length dress for a retro twist. The ultimate show stopper this winter is the thigh high boot. Carvela’s Sammy boot (£190) from John Lewis paired with a mini skirt or dress will lengthen legs, or, for a more casual look, wear with a simple t-shirt dress and leather jacket. Channel your inner Kylie Jenner with River Island’s lace up boot (£85) to add a glamorous, sultry twist to any outfit.

Ted Baker at John Lewis Thuryn block heel boot (£160)

Animal inspired prints have been all over the catwalks for Autumn/Winter ’15. Mango’s Gucciesque snake finish ankle boots (£49.99) are a wardrobe staple for any fashionista this winter. Lasting the test of time, leopard print never goes out of fashion but instead reinvents itself every season. Make like Alexa Chung and fully embrace the trend with Warehouse’s leopard leather 60s style ankle boot (£75). If an all over print is too overwhelming, Mint Velvet at John Lewis has the perfect option with its Sammi ankle boot (£129). The kitten heel and pointy toe smart

Mango buckle suede ankle boot (£89.99)

THE DEVIL’S IN THE DETAIL There’s a big trend for detail this season. Mango’s buckle suede ankle boot (£89.99) has a military vibe which can be matched with a full length coat to co-ordinate the trend. Subtle western details adds a boyish edge to a classic Chelsea boot, like Ted Baker’s Thuryn block heel boot (£160), available from John Lewis. Everyone from Miley Cyrus to supermodel Gigi Hadid has been caught in patent leather this season and it was all over the catwalks at Balenciaga and Michael Kors. Patent leather adds a high fashion edge to an outfit, especially when paired with monochrome tones. River Island’s black patent block boot (£45) looks great worn with black jeans and a simple white t-shirt, focusing the attention on your knock-out footwear.


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THE GLASGOW FESTIVAL OF BURLESQUE The Glasgow Festival of Burlesque was founded by Roxy Stardust, a burlesque and variety performer based in Glasgow. Roxy has performed all over the UK and internationally. She produces many shows in Scotland and was once described as “explosively gallus”, a description she more than lives up to! She’s a showgirl who is Glaswegian through and through! Roxy came up with the idea for The Glasgow Festival of Burlesque one cold rainy night on a late night Megabus back from London! After returning from the trip, she booked some dates and spoke to teacher and burlesque performer Lady V and the rest, as they say, is history... One of the top burlesque teachers in Scotland, Lady V is trained in various types of dance and is known for her elegance, grace and acts which are often performed on pointe shoes. She creates burlesque accessories which are sought after throughout the UK, and it has been

THE GIRLS’ DAY OUT SHOW COMES TO SECC THIS NOVEMBER The Girls’ Day Out Show is the ultimate celebration of all things fun, fabulous and female and it’s all under one roof. From the hottest fashion trends, latest beauty treatments and a cocktail hour that lasts all day long, what more could a girl want? Over three fun packed days, the Girls’ Day Out Show is coming to Glasgow SECC on Friday 27th until Sunday 29th November. With more than 200 exhibitors from the world of fashion, beauty and skincare, whether you want to check out the latest trends in their live catwalk shows or grab yourself the must have look from some of the hottest fashion brands or boutiques, there is something for every budding fashionista. Packed with exclusive beauty treatments and revolutionary skincare, beauty experts from leading brands

said that Lady V has “The best boobs in business” on more than on occasion, and just like Roxy, it’s a reputation she fully intends to live up to! Running from 19th till 22nd of November, The Burlesque Festival will showcase some of the finest burlesque talent from Glasgow and a little further. They will also be hosting workshops, shows and an afternoon showcase for all you lovely lot... not to mention the after parties! Over the weekend they have various shows, including the Sunday night “Stars of Scotland Showcase” and Roxy’s Round Up: Cabaret Showcase for new performers, inlcuding workshops from headlines Beau Rocks, Missy Malone and Gypsy Charms! The festival wil take place at some of Glasgow’s top venues, including The Classic Grand and The Riding Room.

will be on hand offering hints and tips on how to get anything from the Kardashian contour to achieving that barely there make-up look at home. You can also treat yourself to some pampering on the day by visiting one of their incredible hair or beauty salons to really get you in the party mood. Withdrawals from the Magic Mike sequel? Don’t worry, you can see the real thing in action at the Girls’ Day Out Show Glasgow with exclusive live performances from some of the country’s hottest male dancers. And if that wasn’t enough, you can take a break from shopping in style at one of their two glamourous cocktail bars. Whether you fancy something with a fruity twist or some classic sophistication you can sit back, relax and let their expert mixologists create the perfect cocktail experience for you. This fun and fabulous event is sure to be a sell out so make sure you don’t miss out. Tickets are available to purchase at just £16.00. So what are you waiting for? Grab your girls, get your glam on and make it a day out to remember.

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THE TRUTH BEHIND THE TREND: TO JUICE OR NOT TO JUICE? We have all seen it. That before picture on Facebook or a glossy magazine of a glum faced woman standing in her underwear with muffin tops a baker would be proud of. She’ll most likely be bare faced, with her hair scraped back and the shot will have been taken in dodgy lighting to top things off. Then the after picture….evidence that miracles do in fact happen. This once miserable, dumpy lady has been transformed into a goddess, a radiant beauty. Her skin is glowing and her muffin tops are no more. She’s trim, toned and hot, and her smile says she knows it. As if this transformation is not gobsmacking enough, it occurred in only 4 weeks and was so easy anyone could do. You could do it too for only £130. Just drink this juice for a month! OK, calm down. Step away from the bank card. Let us put on our sceptical hats and think this through before we part with our dosh. From a logical point of view, if fighting the obesity pandemic that has the government and the health care system chewing their nails with worry, was as easy as giving people juice for a month, some bright spark would have suggested this as a public health intervention already. From a conspiracist point of view, maybe it is the answer to all our problems but those nasty junk food industry giants are working behind the scenes to supress the juice miracle. For a neutral view point let’s look at the science concerning juice diets, that’s what qualified nutritionists do after all (I just happen to ramble a fair bit before I

get down to business). Extreme diets have been shown to be bad for you both physical and mentally. Yo-yo weight patterns, as in losing then regaining weight repeatedly is damaging to health. The body can begin to strip itself of muscle as a way to nourish itself, including heart muscle. Calcium can be pulled from the bones to make up for the lack of it in the diet. Vitamin and mineral stores can be sucked dry. The body’s metabolic system can be negatively changed, with hormone imbalances causing significant increases in hunger leading to you being constantly pre-occupied with thoughts of food, over glorifying the forbidden chocolate bar like it is the forbidden fruit of Eden. The end result of all these factors? A crabby, tired, weak, lazy and unhealthy individual but Hey! At least you’ll be 10lb lighter. The mental consequences of dieting are often over looked but are often much more severe than the physical effects. Bulimia, anorexia and other eating disorders have all been linked with a history of dieting. One American study questioned a large group of adolescents to find out how many had been or were currently dieting. Five years down the line, the group was revisited. The results are alarming. Those who had reported dieting at the beginning of the study had higher BMIs, 3 times more risk of being overweight and also had significantly higher occurrences of laxative abuse and forcing vomiting by the end of the study. So in clear terms they were fatter and had more chance

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of having an eating disorder than their nondieting friends. Any ‘scientific’ claims you see backing juice diets should be taken lightly. The ‘study’ is usually either made-up, funded by the company making the juice or very poorly conducted. Apart from studies I have read for liquid diets that are used at the start of treatment programs for severe obesity, I have never found any actual scientific basis to any claims made by the commercial companies we all see on our newsfeeds. From my personal point of view, it’s just another ineffective fad diet. Just another way of taking advantage of people’s desperation, lack of self-esteem and health issues by offering a quick easy fix to a

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complex problem. The social pressure and the pressure we put on ourselves to be the best and to look the best is what keeps us hooked on these fad diets. In my crazy years of dieting before I studied to be a nutritionist I admit I fell for them too, whatever was ‘going to make me skinny in no-time’. Well it did not work, I saw my weight initially drop then when the diet ended it all came back with vengeance. After a month of juice and constant thoughts of food, all I wanted to do was eat! What does work? Getting to the root of why you over-eat in the first place and making sustainable little changes that allow you to still lead and enjoy the life you want to. Most importantly, have faith in your ability to change.

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HOW DO I KNOW IF I’M ALLERGIC TO MILK? I get asked this quite frequently. Many people have heard the statistic that as many as 65% of the human race is lactose intolerant (lacking the enzyme required to breakdown the sugar in milk) and so people naturally wonder if that includes them. Well firstly, I seriously question the accuracy of that statistic. Secondly, an allergy and an intolerance are two different things; an allergy to shell fish can lead to death by anaphylactic shock whereas an intolerance can lead to a couple of unpleasant hours sat on the loo! My advice is, if you are having symptoms such as frequent stomach cramps, diarrhoea and you’re breaking wind more than a cowboy in Blazing Saddles then try cutting milk products completely out of your diet for a few weeks. If lactose is the problem you should see your symptoms improve very quickly. If it is lactose intolerance, don’t cry, all is not lost! There are brilliant lactose-free products on the market now that taste just likes the normal stuff! Depending on the severity of symptoms or if your symptoms do not improve, see your GP in case there’s something else going on. Kyla Booth is a registered nutritionist and PhD researcher at Strathclyde University. If you have any questions for Kyla, you can email her at kbnutritionconsultant@gmail.com or visit her ‘Health in a Hurry’ Facebook page.


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WHAT MAKES GLASGOW GREAT It has been voted ‘one of the top ten cities in the world’, one of Europe’s top large ‘cities of the future’ and ‘the friendliest city in the world’. So with that in mind, TSA decided to explore exactly what makes Glasgow great and we’ve found there’s a hell of a lot. We’ve looked at everything from the cultural activities, to the patter and the world class venues. However, there’s still a thousand more reasons for why we – and seemingly the rest of the world – love our city. This month we’ll tick one more point of that long list and focus on Sauchiehall Street.

Anyone who lives or studies in Glasgow is sure to have experienced at least one vodkafuelled adventure in the city where going home before 3am is an ‘early night’. We’re lucky to have an eclectic mix of night-out genres, ranging from gin bars with chilled live music, to £1 shots whilst grinding to R&B classics. Although we have so many late-night locales to choose from, almost every Glasgow punter will have experienced a night on our very own little Glaswegian

Strip: Sauchiehall Street. Sauchiehall Street is a bustling shopping destination in daylight but as the clocks reach the wee hours it’s the place that locals and tourists alike go to forget their worries and their names. It has a variety of clubs, pubs and bars to suit everyone and their grannies. It does have its main attractions though, and if you didn’t experience these Sauchiehall Street favourites in your teenage years then there is a whole side of Glesga that you have yet to stumble upon. Literally. After every flat-party pre-pre-drink, you need to have an in-between drinking pit stop. On Sauchiehall Street you’re in luck thanks to the purse-friendly Wetherspoons. Ideal for jugs of colourful cocktails and meeting some friendly characters just looking to knock back a few shots and regret every decision they make the next day. It is pretty much the same as the other 50 Wetherspoons that reside in Glasgow, except it is situated in possibly the busiest drinking scene in Glasgow, giving it even more potential to attract entertaining situations. One of Sauchiehall’s main clubs is the O2’S ABC. It was probably the place you

tried first, and most likely had your mate’s sisters ID in your purse. On Thursday night, Jellybaby is the place to be for almost everyone’s first night out. Vodka mixes, jelly shots and a cheap Jägermeister knock off all for an indisputable quid. You’re always guaranteed to hear DJ favourites such as House of Pain’s ‘Jump Around’ and Eminem’s ‘Shake That Ass’ and with a massive dancefloor to conquer, what’s not to get excited about? Every current chart topper will be thrown in there, too. As you reach your twenties you might outgrow the Jellybaby experience. However, one night of being knocked back from everywhere else and still wanting to live up to your ‘3am or not at all’ vow might just drive you to another pre-weekend ABC visit. There’s no shame in that. The Garage isn’t too unlike ABC, especially with it’s music selection of Nelly, Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj. It also has a variety of week-day student nights with suspiciously cheap drink promotions. It hosts a variety of theme nights that have featured everything from Hogwarts to Springfield, and even has nights that include bouncy castles, free candy floss and a hot tub. Even

in our chilly-Baltic climate, Glaswegians are bold enough to strip off and jump in an inflatable pool in the middle of a club, if that’s not a one-of-a-kind nightlife experience, I don’t know what is. If you’re not game for sporting a bikini or have lost your Gryffindor tie, then you can simply cross the road and enter the underground vibes of Firewater. It’s a low-lit atmosphere with a comfortably sticky floor and a wall mural featuring every indie-music idol that ever lived. If you love all things Morrissey and appreciate an array of cleverly named cocktails that feature an adequate amount of strong spirits, then Firewater is the place for you. The dance floor is pretty tight, but this just adds to the intimacy and uber-social setting. It’s a room full of people with very similar interests, which can only make for excellent banter and plenty of bathroom best friends. It definitely has a very niche style, but that is what makes it a place for us Glaswegians to gloat about. Sauchiehall Street is definitely one of Glasgow’s defining areas when it comes to nightlife. You might not want to admit it anymore, but at one point in your life heading up to meet your pals in Spoons for a quick Blue Lagoon pitcher before heading off to find a PR handing out queue skips for Jellybaby’s Foam Party was the highlight of your school week. Another bonus is that there is a Subway, a Chippy AND a kebab shop still open for business when you fall out onto the pavement at 3 o’clock. How’s that for a drunk scran? by Ami Torrance a.torrance@tsaglasgow.com

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HOW TO COMPLETE THE PERFECT COVER LETTER It’s time to talk about the dreaded cover letter. It’s unreal how much importance this (preferably) one piece of A4 sized paper has – it could be the difference between you being offered the chance to shine at an interview for your dream job or having your chances slashed, with your application tossed into the bin along with all the other bog-standard attempts. However, according to Ruth Scott, a careers advisor at Skills Development Scotland, writing the ‘perfect’ cover letter isn’t as difficult as many believe. She said it should be “unique, structured, relevant and personal” adding: “Be sure that the covering letter relates directly to the job and company you’re applying to. This is often the first impression that a company will have of you, so keep it professional and highlight key skills and pieces of information that are likely to gain their interest, so that they go on to read your CV.” Job hunters often struggle with cover letters and feel stumped right at the start, unsure of how to begin, but as Ruth points out, it has a structure as simple as most other pieces of writing – a beginning, middle and end. “Begin with the job description. Be sure that your covering letter and CV demonstrate your suitability for the job,” she said.

STRUCTURE Make sure it has a beginning. Ask yourself why are you sending the application? What do you want the application to achieve? And answer these right at the start. It should then lead on to the middle section. Think about why you have you chosen to apply to this company for this job? What skills and experience do you have that are of particular relevance to this role? Finish with a conclusion. Detail exactly what makes you a suitable candidate for the position.

Ruth adds that the cover letter is: “A chance to expand upon what is in your CV; perhaps to give some context to a certain example or to highlight key points. Don’t copy word for word, but also make sure that the covering letter enhances your CV rather than containing totally different content.” According to Ruth, a CV should also be no longer than two pages. “Employers regularly state that they don’t want any more than this. Think about it from their perspective, an employer may receive 100 applications for one job, that’s a lot of time spent sifting through applications and reading CVs,” she said. “If a CV doesn’t immediately catch their attention and showcase why that applicant is worthwhile exploring further, they are unlikely to move your CV to the desired “yes” pile. Use the space you have to showcase relevant skills and experience. You don’t need to include every single job you’ve ever had – think about how you’ve developed the skills required to do the job you’re applying for and demonstrate this.” When asked if it is as essential to address the cover letter to the person in charge of recruitment as university careers advisers often stress, Ruth said: “I think it can certainly help, as it shows that you’ve researched the company and have put effort into your application. If you don’t know the name at first, you could call the company and ask who the position will report into (this person will often be interviewing the candidates too). If you still can’t find their name, then use their job title, which is often found in the job description.” Although the cover letter structure seems fairly straightforward, Ruth has encountered many people who make basic mistakes in this stage of a job application. She said the most common errors are usually when people under-sell themselves and don’t make the most of their experience or skills and spelling mistakes, adding that these are, “the most infuriating as they’re often such an easy fix”. Ruth also advises job hunters to avoid cliches. It’s easy enough to say things like, ‘I’m a great team player and also work well on my own’ but it’s important to actually demonstrate this to an employer. “Give examples of times when you’ve contributed

to the success of a team project, or when you’ve worked independently to a high standard. Don’t use jargon – just because you know what an acronym means, doesn’t mean that the person reading the job applications will know this,” she said, adding that the HR department often do the initial rounds of application sifting. Applying for jobs straight out of university can be daunting because you’ve spent the large majority of your life learning. You might have a few weeks of work experience or part-time jobs but when it comes to the desired experience listed on the job advert you often fall short. However, despite this Ruth still advises aiming high and embracing your education in the application. She said: “First of all, don’t be afraid to say that you’re a recent graduate. Your skills and experience will be different to that of someone who has been in the job for a number of years, but you have a lot that you can bring to an organisation too. “Think about the job you’re applying for and what relevant experience you have, then link the two together – and don’t be afraid to say that you’re willing to learn. As a graduate, employers won’t be expecting you to know the ins and outs of how the business works.” A 2014 survey found that, on average, employers received 39.2 applications per graduate vacancy (although some industries are much higher, such as the media which receives 86.6). With this much competition, it’s no wonder graduates are feeling the pressure to stand out in their applications. However, although Ruth mentioned underselling yourself as a major error, she is also keen to point out that you also shouldn’t oversell or lie about your experience in the cover letter: “Just be honest. Any discrepancies will come out, and there can be serious consequences for mistruths that are told on CV’s – including losing your job. Keep in mind the big picture. Absolutely promote the best version of yourself, but be realistic and honest.” For any recent graduates, or those who have been searching for their dream job

Ruth’s Top Cover Letter Tips Proof read and spell check your application before you submit it. I recommend that you ask at least 2 other people to help with this; ideally one of these people shouldn’t know you too well. Don’t be afraid of white space on your application – it’s ok to have areas without text. Play about with the borders of the page to make the most of the space. Use text boxes (without borders) so you can move content around easier. Don’t use times new roman or comic sans, equally don’t use a ‘fancy font’ – you want people to be able to read your words. Also, choose your words wisely – try to mirror the ethos and language style of the company. It’s really important that your CV and Covering letter are tailored to the job (and company) you are applying to. Above all, be honest and let your personality shine through your words.

for some time, Ruth said: “Keep going! Job seeking is a bit like completing an obstacle course. There will be times when you have to overcome hurdles; when you’re overtaken by someone in better shape; when you feel battered and bruised, when you’re knocked down and don’t feel you have the strength to pick yourself up and carry on. “Surround yourself with your best supporters – people who will continue to encourage you even when the going’s tough. And you will make it to the end, there will be scenes of elation and joy, and it will all be worth it. After successfully making it to the end, you might even find yourself considering going for another shot at it .. but not immediately!”

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WHEN AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO STAND AS A CANDIDATE? HAD YOU DECIDED BEFORE EMBARKING ON YOUR POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY DEGREE OR DID THE IDEA COME TO YOU WHILST AT UNIVERSITY? ALSO, CONGRATULATIONS ON THE FIRST! I’M SURE OUR READERS WOULD ALSO APPRECIATE YOUR NUMBER ONE STUDY TIP, IT MUST HAVE BEEN HARD JUGGLING YOUR FINAL EXAMS WITH YOUR NEW JOB.   There is an old Billy Connolly joke that says, the minute someone says, “I want to be a politician, it should bar them immediately from ever becoming one” and I think there is an element of truth to that. I never wanted to be a politician. I originally studied music and public policy but dropped music after my first year because I didn’t enjoy it. I was encouraged by local members of the community and members of my SNP branch to put my name forward. After so many people were asking me to put my name forward I would have felt guilty if I didn’t!   If I could give one piece of advice it would be: don’t listen to lecturers, Wikipedia is your friend! 

THE INTERVIEW: Mhairi Black

SPEAKING OF UNIVERSITY, OBVIOUSLY HAVING A DEGREE ISN’T THE ‘BE ALL AND END ALL’ BUT HOW IMPORTANT DO YOU THINK HAVING ONE IS WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR PARTICULAR JOB?  

MHAIRI BLACK – LIFE AS A POLITICIAN Mhairi Black was the same age as a large majority of TSA’s readers when she was voted MP for Paisley and Renfrewshire South in May. At just 20, and in her final year of university, she became Britain’s youngest MP since 1832.

However, in our latest future feature interview she is keen to point out why her age is so uninteresting, along with discussing ‘cloudhopping’, how the referendum ignited her interest in politics and the harsh realities of being an MP.  I’VE READ ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU DISLIKE DISCUSSING YOUR AGE, AND THE FACT THAT IT IS THE ‘LEAST INTERESTING THING ABOUT YOU’, BUT WE ARE A STUDENT NEWSPAPER AND OUR READERS ARE STUDENTS. THEY FIND IT FASCINATING THAT SOMEONE THEIR AGE HAS ACHIEVED SUCH A FEAT AND IT WOULD BE FAIR TO SAY YOU HAVE INSPIRED MANY TO BECOME MORE INVOLVED IN POLITICS. SO I’M AFRAID I WILL HAVE TO BROACH THE SUBJECT OF YOU BECOMING THE YOUNGEST MP IN THE HOUSE OF COMMONS. FIRSTLY, WHERE DID YOUR INTEREST IN POLITICS STEM FROM AND WHY DID YOU WANT TO GET INVOLVED WITH THE SNP?  My conscious interest in politics began when the referendum was announced. For years politics in Scotland had become false, shallow and stale – so when the referendum was announced it was something new and interesting that could

really result in fundamental change. I began to look into the facts and arguments and overwhelmingly reached the conclusion that Scotland and the UK would be far better off if Scotland was independent: politically, socially and economically. From this I began campaigning heavily for the Yes campaign and attempted to spread the same political information that I had discovered.   Obviously, we did not get the result we wanted, however, because of the political education that swept through a now wakened Scottish electorate, the general election campaign was like one we have not seen for a generation. Political spin no longer worked. Soundbite slogans no longer sufficed for campaigns. People were too switched on. They were reading manifestos. They were scrutinising some of the most complicated policy suggestions and reached the same reasoned conclusions that the SNP had reached, hence to massive swings towards us on election day. 

That is why I say my age is the least interesting thing because no-one mentioned it at doorsteps. People were not interested in aesthetic things like gender, and age. They were interested in cold hard policies. Did I understand the issues they were facing? Was I committed? Did I know what I was talking about? I understand why my age is of interest south of the border because it is unheard of, but in Scotland – nobody cares! It is a symbol of how far politics has came in the last two years and we are all the better for it.

I think that the most important thing in this job is to be engaged and informed. You have to know what ‘real life’ is like. You need to be in touch with ordinary people and what their issues are. I personally am incredibly grateful to have went to university as it taught me how to think. It taught me the art of picking apart arguments and getting straight to the point, however I often feel that sometimes there can be an air of arrogance that can follow someone with a degree and a false belief can develop that you are smarter than others (I work with people like this every day), when the reality is that quite often the average person knows more about life and the problems people face than a lot of the members of parliament.

PEOPLE WERE NOT INTERESTED IN AESTHETIC THINGS LIKE GENDER, AND AGE. THEY WERE INTERESTED IN COLD HARD POLICIES

WE KNOW ABOUT THE BASICS OF STANDING AS A CANDIDATE BUT COULD YOU TAKE US THROUGH HOW YOU ACTUALLY GOT TO WHERE YOU CURRENTLY ARE, FROM FIRST JOINING THE PARTY TO NOW?   I joined the party and began leafleting in Paisley town centre. That naturally progressed into manning street stalls and canvassing different areas of Paisley and Johnstone.


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IF YOU WANT TO GO FOR SOMETHING THEN BY ALL MEANS POUR YOUR HEART INTO IT AND STRIVE TO ACHIEVE IT, BUT RECOGNISE THAT IT IS OKAY TO BE CONTENT AND TO ENJOY WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY WHAT IS THE SINGLE BEST ACHIEVED THING ABOUT

I was asked by my lecturer, with about 40 minutes notice, if I could fill in at a referendum debate at the university with a panel including Ruth Davidson. I agreed and was subsequently invited to speak at multiple public meetings. I once shared a platform with Jim Sillars in Springburn, after which he invited me to become a permanent member of the Margo Mobile campaign team to travel throughout Scotland. Therefore, when I did eventually decide to put my name forward for the general election candidacy, I had a lot of campaigning experience and a good few incredibly talented and experienced individuals to support me throughout.  

WHAT IS A ‘TYPICAL’ WORKING DAY LIKE FOR YOU?   There honestly is no such thing as a ‘typical’ day in this job. My week consists of different meetings with groups, companies and organisations that are relevant to my brief. It consists of hearing evidence from different appropriate bodies as I sit on the Work and Pensions Select Committee. On top of this, I spend a lot of time in the library sifting through reports and briefings in an attempt to stay informed and find holes in different arguments. I also try to spend as much time as possible in the chamber.  COULD YOU SHARE WITH US THE MOST COMMON MISCONCEPTION THAT PEOPLE HAVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?   The most common misconception is that if you are not in the chamber then you are not doing your job. The reality is quite often the opposite. The chamber is for show. I cannot think of any examples whereby

someone has come into the chamber with one opinion and voted with a changed opinion. People play to the cameras. Where an MP is most productive is on the phone, on their email, and talking to appropriate people in corridors and lunch halls in an attempt to either work on a certain project or try to solve the problems of a constituent.

YOUR JOB AND WHICH ELEMENT OF YOUR JOB DO YOU MOST DISLIKE? The best thing is by far working in the constituency. Being able to deal with real people and potentially help them directly. The worst aspect of the job is the media. I think it is fair to say that I have had a different experience than other members of this, however, knowing that some journalists are just waiting to trip you up, often unfairly, causes nothing but anxiety and unnecessary grief. Also, being away from the constituency for most of the week is a constant frustration.  

insults are creative, cruel and constant. You must be able to let it all wash off you like water off a duck’s back. This job hardens you quickly. 2) You must be informed and articulate – the only way you can be an effective MP is if you know your facts and know your arguments. Otherwise, you are just wasting everyone’s time, spouting nothing but self indulgent hot air, something politics already has more than enough of.   IN A RECENT INTERVIEW WITH THE GUARDIAN YOU SAID: “ONCE WE’VE GOT INDEPENDENCE, I’LL DO OTHER THINGS. I KNOW I’M NOT GOING TO BECOME COMFORTABLE IN WESTMINSTER BECAUSE I’M FUNDAMENTALLY UNCOMFORTABLE THERE. I DON’T WANT TO BE THERE. I DON’T WANT TO MAKE DECISIONS THERE. I DON’T LIKE BEING AWAY FROM MY HOME FOR FOUR DAYS OF THE WEEK.” SO WHAT OTHER CAREER ASPIRATIONS DO YOU HOLD, POLITICALLY OR OTHERWISE? WHERE ARE YOUR SIGHTS SET IN TERMS OF FUTURE EMPLOYMENT?  

appreciative of what you have. If you want to go for something then by all means pour your heart into it and strive to achieve it, but recognise that it is okay to be content and to enjoy what you have already achieved.   ‘Cloudhopping’ is the concept that opportunities float by you all the time and it is up to you if you want to ‘hop’ on and try something different. I have cloudhopped all my life and it is how I ended up here. So the honest answer is that I have no idea where I will be in the future or what I would have done had I not been elected.  OBVIOUSLY BECOMING AN MP ISN’T A TYPICAL JOB. IT IS A VERY IMPORTANT POSITION BUT, AS WE ALWAYS ASK OUR FUTURE FEATURE INTERVIEWEES, WHAT PIECE OF ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE THINKING ‘I WANT TO DO THAT, THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT I WANT TO DO’?  

There is a phrase my father uses which is, “cloudhopping”. He says that in life we are always told that you must constantly be aiming higher, shooting for the stars and always striving to achieve more and move higher. But why should we? I believe it is okay to sometimes simply be content and

Very simply my advice would be, make sure you know why you want to do it. If it is for any other reason than to help people then you should not strive to become and MP. However, if you do care and you know your arguments and have thought long and hard to shape your ideas into intellectual policies then go for it – you are what politics needs.    by Courtney Hendry Online Editor

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THE INTERVIEW: Rick McMurray

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After the release of their latest album Kablammo!, Ash will be returning to Glasgow’s 02 ABC on 6 December.

We spoke to the band’s drummer, Rick McMurray about their experiences of playing in Glasgow, the new album and which politician he is desperate to find a gif of. ASH HAVE PLAYED IN GLASGOW MANY TIMES BEFORE. OTHER BANDS WE’VE INTERVIEWED HAVE MENTIONED HOW MUCH THEY LOVE PLAYING IN THE CITY IN TERMS OF THE ATMOSPHERE AT SHOWS. WOULD YOU AGREE WITH THAT? Oh yeah. We’ve played the Barrowlands several times, we’ve played the O2 quite a lot as well, I can’t think of any bad shows no matter where you play. You just get such a great audience. It’s a cliché but it is definitely one of the best audiences in the UK.

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It is hard to beat Barrowlands but to be honest, anywhere you play is great. One of my best memories is playing at the QMU. I had moved to Edinburgh the year beforehand and Tim (Wheeler, Ash frontman) decided to tell everyone halfway through that I was now Scottish because I lived there. I was just like “don’t say it” but of course he did, and then there was just this massive boo from the audience. It was definitely one for the memory bank! YOU GUYS HAVE PLENTY OF TOURING EXPERIENCE SO IF ASH COULD PLAY THEIR DREAM SHOW, WHERE WOULD IT BE AND WHO WOULD YOU PLAY WITH? It’s been a long time since I’ve played in Japan. Well, we played Fuji Rock this year but I love playing in Tokyo. We’ve been playing there since 1995 and it’s always just such a great trip every time we go there. Last time Ash played in that city was a couple of weeks after my daughter was born so we had a stand-in drummer for that show. I don’t think I’ve actually played there since 2012. We’re looking at booking a Japanese tour for some time next year so I’m really looking forward to that at the moment. ARE YOU ON TOUR FOR LONG BEFORE PLAYING IN GLASGOW? We’ve just come off a short tour in the States and we’re heading out to Europe

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with We Are Scientists. We’ve known them for five or six years and we always hang out together whenever Ash are in New York, so to be on the same tour bus with them will be fun. I think it will be quite a boozy tour. Last time Ash did a European tour was also around the time my daughter was born so I am personally looking forward to this one. YOU RELEASED YOUR SIXTH STUDIO ALBUM KABLAMMO! EARLIER THIS YEAR AND I’VE NOTICED INTERVIEWS IN THE PAST WHERE YOU HAVE SPOKEN ABOUT DEALING WITH WRITER’S BLOCK. HOW DID YOU ALL FEEL ABOUT WRITING THIS ALBUM AND WHERE DID YOU GET THE INSPIRATION FOR THE NEW TRACKS? I think for this album we felt a certain amount of pressure but I think it was more us going back to the album format after saying we wouldn’t do that again back in 2007. In terms of writing it, we didn’t seem to experience any writer’s block. Everything was flowing quite well and I think Tim was experimenting with these new ideas where you try to write 20 songs in one day, so that you can just put down fairly rough sketches and listen through those and pick our favourites to work on. There was quite a lot of ideas floating around and so it was quite an easy process from that point of view. I think the inspiration came from going back to the album format. After saying we wouldn’t do it again, we knew that we had to make this live up to our most celebrated albums like 1977 and Free All the Angels, you know, real fan favourites, so that was really the benchmark we set ourselves. In the past it was always about developing your sound and pushing the boundaries but for the first time we looked back on our body of work and tried to make the new material stand up to that. HOW MANY SONGS OFF THE NEW RECORD ARE YOU PLAYING ON THIS NEW TOUR? We are playing at least half the album, maybe a bit more. There are a lot of short songs on there, less than three minutes and so on, we can just blast through those and it doesn’t feel like a drop in the energy of the gig at all. When we started touring back in June for this album, I think we played eight songs from it in a set made up of 20 tracks, so it is a pretty good feeling knowing we can do that with such a body of work behind us.


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H ASH’ RICK MCMURRAY There are certain songs that people won’t let us get away without playing. Not that they were massive songs or anything but it’s good to know the new album can sit nicely in among the old hits as well. YOU SAID AFTER TWILIGHT OF THE INNOCENTS THAT YOU’D NEVER MAKE AN ALBUM AGAIN, SO WHAT MADE YOU CHANGE YOUR MIND? Back in 2007 before that album was released, we noticed that you’d read every week about how album sales were plummeting while singles were being cherry picked through iTunes. It just seemed that that was the growing trend in terms of how music fans were listening to their favourite music. We wanted to be proactive about finding a new model that would work. The music industry seemed like it was in denial and slow to react. Twilight was the last album on our deal so we felt like we had an opportunity to shake

things up and see if we could find a new way of releasing stuff and reflect the way people were buying music. That was our reasoning behind ditching the album format at that point.

REVIEWERS HAVE CITED ELECTROPOP AND OTHER GENRES AS BEING IN THE ALBUM. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE GENRE AND TRACK ON THE ALBUM TO PLAY LIVE?

In the intervening years, the album has made somewhat of a return with the resurgence of vinyl and people have maybe got bored of just having an mp3. People want to own something physical and feel like they have a certain sense of ownership over what they’re buying. I mean you can’t pass on your record collection if it’s on iTunes.

I love playing Cocoon, it’s a real burst of energy. If it had to be one of the songs that haven’t had as much of a spotlight on them, it would probably be Let’s Ride. It probably should have been a single, it’s been a real fan favourite to play live.

So it is all pretty much just a reaction to the way the album culture has kind of exploded again, and the fact that it just felt right to record one again.

I think on our live shows, we definitely showcase the rockier side of the band. As a live act, there’s a lot of pop stuff on the album and downbeat songs that probably don’t get featured as much in our set list.

ASH’ RICK MCMURRAY AND AS ALWAYS, OUR QUICK FIRE ROUND:

GLASGOW OR EDINBURGH? Eh... Falkirk! TOO HOT OR TOO COLD? Too cold. NAME ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT? Sadly, my phone. WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE DAY? I’m driving down to Yorkshire to see the in-laws. FINALLY, TELL US ONE THING FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT YOU? No-one knows that I’m trying to find a gif of George Osborne looking like he’s on ecstasy for my Twitter profile!


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GLASGOW’S TECHNO MUSIC SCENE THIS NOVEMBER & DECEMBER For over 25 years now, the city of Glasgow has enjoyed a love affair with techno music, thanks to two Scottish blokes who go by the name of Slam. After discovering a new craze making waves in Detroit’s club scene during the mid-80’s. Slam decided to have a go themselves, no doubt unaware that they were about to causes a ripple effect throughout the UK and enkindle a counter culture of diehard ravers to this very day. Glasgow is regarded as one of the world’s hot beds for this type of music and for nearly three decades it’s given clubbers looking for a purer musical experience an outlet to escape the mundane. Fans of techno tend not to be those looking for a throwaway night out; they’re a community of passionate music fans who caught a bug they can’t shake off. Nor do they want to. A typical techno night in town consists of seeing some great DJ’s at a swanky club and at least going back to a flat party afterwards (sometimes for the entire weekend).  However, after the club has punted everyone out, you often find that there’s an after-hours rave being held in a warehouse somewhere until 7am, with club sized speakers and small bar with a minifridge selling Red Stripe beer.  

These after-hours parties are frowned upon by the law and are subject to police raids if reported, but they have hosted some of the scenes most well-known DJ’s playing until sunrise. And they’re always an option if you feel sleep isn’t an option when the rest of the world is starting to wake up.  Then afterwards, you can go to a flat party, because someone always has one. However, techno is much more than seedy raves and weekend benders.  It’s an underground community of people bonding through a love of music.  While most common nightclubs can still be a great night out, you find most punters just want to get drunk.  With techno clubs, people go for the music.  Although, if you just want to party and have a laugh with your mates, you can do that too.  It’s an alternative to the typical clubbing experience, but first and foremost it’s all about having fun just the same. If you fancy attending a techno night in Glasgow over the coming weeks, here are six that are guaranteed to go down a treat.

Glasgow’s Animal Farm – make their long-awaited return to The Art School for a night of pure, no-nonsense techno that will undoubtedly go down as one of the best nights of the year. For over 10 years these guys have been at the forefront of Glasgow’s techno scene; their longevity due in no part to their electrifying sets and unbridled passion for the music they play.  Tickets are cheap and will likely sell fast, so pick one up ASAP if you want to experience the fuss first hand.

categorise: their eclectic musical output has saw them dabble in everything from jungle and dubstep, to house and techno, and even jazz and classical to create a rich, textured style that’s 100% their own. You can expect the same unpredictability from their live sets as well.  A critically acclaimed debut album, a string of chart topping EP’s and singles and the launch of their very own label has solidified Dusky as a musical driving force; now it’s only a matter of time before they conquer the world.

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A veteran of the scene – and someone deserving of the ‘legend’ moniker if there ever was one – Ben Sims has been at the top of the game for over 20 years now. Known as the “3 deck master’’ and “human Ableton’’, you get the idea of how skilled this man’s fingers are on the decks. Throw in the intimate confines of Subby along with his trademark funky earth shattering bass and you can expect a night out of the highest calibre.   HARVEY McKAY, THE ART SCHOOL, 14TH NOV: Another native Glaswegian, Harvey’s McKay’s unique style of groove-driven, soulful techno has saw him rise from local underground hero to international superstar.  2015 has been a huge year for Harvey so far, with EP’s Glasgow Safari and Wrong Turn both cracking the top 10 of the Beatport charts, as well as sets at some of the globe’s biggest festivals, including Ultra, Sonar and Awakenings.  Impossible to pigeonhole, Harvey McKay is one of the most exciting talents in electronic music right now; as a producer and DJ there aren’t many better on the planet, so be sure not to miss this one if you want to see one of the best. DUSKY, SWG3, 20TH NOV: London duo Dusky’s ascension has been a fast one, but when you hear their innovative, cutting edge productions or experience one of their live shows it’s easy to see why.  Dusky’s sound is hard to

Pressure is a club night that needs no introduction. Formed back in 1998, it didn’t take long to establish itself as one of the world’s premier institutions of house and techno. Throughout the years, it’s hosted the biggest and brightest talents in the scene, but good music has always been the priority with various artists, regardless of stature, contributing to its legacy. You can’t beat a Pressure night, and its longevity is a testament to its consistency. Club nights have come and gone, but Pressure has remained because it’s unlike any other. November’s event promises to be a huge extravaganza as the event turns 17. To celebrate, heavy hitters Marcel Dettman, Carl Craig, Stacey Pullen and Nina Kraviz will be in town to bring the biggest party in the country on the night. HOT SINCE 82, SUB CLUB, 10TH DEC: Get your sick notes at the ready, because this one is on a school night. But I’m sure your teachers will understand.  It is Hot Since 82, after all and he touches down in Glasgow as man of the moment following Beatport chart topping banger ‘Veins’, capping off what’s already been a huge year so far, further solidifying him as one of the biggest attractions in house music.  Undoubtedly the most the recognisable name on this list, his appeal extends far beyond the realms of underground club music.  This one might blow the roof off Subby.  Don’t miss out. by Kieran Fisher Twitter: @HairEverywhere_ Blog: kieranhates.org k.fisher@tsaglasgow.com


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WHAT’S ON LGBTI

What’s On: LGBTI THE INTERVIEW: Emma McGarvey

STATIC ROOTS

AND AS ALWAYS, OUR QUICK FIRE ROUND:

PUPPIES OR KITTENS? Puppies! MUSICAL GUILTY PLEASURE? Demi Lovato – no guilt IS IT BETTER TO WHITEY TACTICALLY ON A NIGHT OUT OR KEEP IT DOWN? Keep it down WHAT’S YOUR KARAOKE JAM? “Son of a Preacher Man” by Dusty Springfield RESTAURANT BIRTHDAY SHOUTOUTS: YAY OR NAY? Nay. COMPLETE THIS PHRASE: IVYYYYYYY… Winteeeeeers! PUBS OR CLUBS? Pubs WHO WAS YOUR TEENAGE CELEBRITY CRUSH? Debbie Harry WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE CHEWBACCA-STYLE FUR OR LIZARDLIKE SCALES? Chewbacca fur

Static Roots is an eclectic and up and coming Glasgow band that deserves your undivided attention. Bassist and singer Emma McGarvey is the sole female member of the band, following in the footsteps of her favourite artists like Kim Gordon, Chrissie Hynde and Shirley Manson. Emma sat down with us to discuss what it means to be the only girl in the band, why female and LGBT+ musicians need to be pushed to the forefront and drag queens. HOW DID YOU GUYS FIRST MEET AND START WORKING TOGETHER? We actually all work together, except our drummer Jack who is a mutual friend. Ryan the guitarist and I spent about 6 months talking about music and jamming before our guitar player Pretty Boy suggested starting a band, and Gaz started working with us when we were needing a singer. Everything just fell into place. HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE STATIC ROOTS’ SOUND TO NEW LISTENERS? We don’t really have one particular sound, as such. We have a lot of different influences between and that comes across a lot in our songs. For example, I’m into punk and classic rock, whereas Gaz and Jack prefer indie music. We have similarities but, like we all love blues. Although we’ve been together almost a year, we spent so much time rehearsing, and didn’t want to rush into anything. We’ve had a handful of gigs and are finding our place within Glasgow’s music scene, seeing how it goes. WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE SONGS TO PERFORM LIVE? I LIKE “POPPY”, BUT THAT’S JUST ME.

Probably our newest track “Higher,” because it incorporates so many different styles within the song. It changes tempo throughout the song and it’s fun playing funk and heavy rock in the same song. I also like “Girl who Cried Wolf” because I wrote it myself; it’s punk and fast and upbeat. WHO ARE YOUR PERSONAL MUSICAL ICONS, ARTISTS THAT CONTINUE TO INSPIRE YOU? Debbie Harry has always inspired me, since I saw her on the telly as a little girl. I was completely mesmerised by her and still am. Joan Jett too, just for her sheer enthusiasm for the music industry. She kept going when she left the Runaways and couldn’t get signed, and I love her whole attitude. Kathleen Hanna and Bikini Kill too. ONE THING I LOVE ABOUT MUSICIANS LIKE SHIRLEY MANSON AND BRODY DALLE IS HOW THEY PROMOTE AND ENCOURAGE OTHER FEMALE ARTISTS. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT SUPPORT IS SO IMPORTANT? I think “women in bands” will never be seen too often in the mainstream. I don’t think there are enough and I think it’s

important for the successful bands to support young women because it’s still a man’s world, especially in rock music. I was previously in an all-girl band and it was completely different to being the only girl. Before, people automatically doubted us because of our gender, whereas being with all these guys, it’s almost like a gimmick. I think young girls should be able to see female fronted bands, the more the better. HAVE YOU FACED SEXUAL DISCRIMINATION YOURSELF AS A MUSICIAN? Oh, for sure, especially playing in smaller venues and pubs. It is very satisfying going onstage in front of people doubting you, playing well and have them approach you after to tell you “actually you were really good.” Why did you judge us on our gender beforehand, then? We get a lot of abuse from sound guys too, or audience members shouting “show us your tits!” I definitely don’t shy away from it: turn it into something positive. SOME OF ROCK’S BEST BANDS HAVE SOLO WOMEN, LIKE NO DOUBT, BLONDIE, THE PRETENDERS TO NAME A FEW. DO YOU THINK THERE’S POWER IN THE IMAGE OF WOMEN BEING THE PROMINENT, ASSERTIVE FORCE IN A GROUP? I think so. Even if it’s because it still isn’t a picture people often see, a female-fronted band, it’s still a strong and empowering image. But at the same time, there are

FAVOURITE SCOTTISH PERSON, REAL OR FICTIONAL? Shirley Manson bands with that very powerful front woman like Garbage or Blondie who are so mesmerising regardless of the fact they’re led by women. THE LGBT+ COMMUNITY IN MANY WAYS HAS ACHIEVED A LOT IN THE LAST DECADE, BUT THERE IS STILL A LOT TO BE DONE TO ACHIEVE SEXUAL AND GENDER EQUALITY. WHAT DO YOU FEEL IS THE NEXT STEP IN ACHIEVING THIS? It’s about changing people’s preconceptions and attitudes towards LGBT people. When it comes to music, at least, I used to hate it in my old band when people would assume we were all gay because it was an all-girl outfit. “They’re punks, they’re loud, they must be lesbians, they must be this and that.” We need to change how people perceive other people. I love Riot Grrrl and everything it stood for, but their message was stuck underground. How do you change people’s minds if you avoid the mainstream? WHO’S YOUR GAY ICON? I love Adore Delano from RuPaul’s Drag Race. She’s amazing and I love how she can be a drag queen without being exactly what you would imagine a drag queen to be. And I saw her live and she was incredible!


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November

LGBTI PICK OF THE MONTH

by Jonny Stone @jonny_stone_ j.stone@tsaglasgow.com

LGBTI NEWS ROUNDUP

FROM AROUND THE WORLD Sad news for American Apparel devotees as the fashion brand has recently declared bankruptcy. Why is this in the LGBT news section? Because American Apparel as a company has always been a loud and supportive ally to the LGBT+ community, running several campaigns to promote and celebrate queer life. Aside from selling their recognisable “Legalise Gay” and “Gay is OK” clothing range, American Apparel lobbied heavily against Russia’s anti-discrimination laws ahead of the 2014 Sochi Games. The company has notably given away 50,000 tshirts at Pride celebrations across the world and used RuPaul’s Drag Race models as the face of their brand. “With many of our employees and customers identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender, we are a company that is vocal about our support for the protection of gay rights.” More companies could be as vocal and passionate about defending and promoting LGBT culture.

CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS

You know what you’re probably missing in your life? A healthy dose of weird and wonderful French pop music. Thankfully we’ve done the leg work for you and found the perfect act to fill such a requirement. Christine and the Queens is the brainchild of French-born Heloise Letissier; she embodies androgyny and adopts a sexually liberating attitude, and her music is thoughtful and totally addictive. The name can be traced to her background when she Letissier studied in London and befriended a gaggle of drag queens; inspired by their interpretation of gender and punk rock attitude, she created this confident and ambiguous persona and has become a huge cult favourite. Chrstine has already won the award for Female Artist of the Year at the French music awards Victoires de la Musique and will be supporting Welsh pop hero Marina and the Diamonds on part of her world tour (she better be playing at the latter’s gig in Glasgow this month or I’ll be furious). She jumps between French and English within the one sentence, keeping you on your toes the whole time and making you run to your high school French dictionary to find out what the hell she’s saying half the time. This adds to the ambiguity of her lyrics, music and persona; nothing’s ever set in stone, everything’s open to interpretation. I love how Christine toys with gender, opening her debut album Chaleur Humaine (human warmth) with the lines “Cause I won I’m a man now ’Cause I’ve got it, I’m a man now and I won’t let you steal it; I bought it for myself.” Album highlights include “Narcissus is Back” and “Paradis Perdus,” which samples Kanye West’s “Heartless.” Even stylistically CATQ is hard to pin down: it’s certainly a pop album, but songs are moody and introspective one minute and funky and full of pop hooks the next. Her ability to fuse abstract, uncertain lyrics with perfectly executed and danceable pop music is reminiscent of unconventional artists like Björk or Sia and makes for an amazing listening experience. Heloise has a strange and magnetic presence onstage, with amazing choreography that brings to mind the classic vogue from drag ball scenes and Madonna and gender-bending costumes and swagger. Strikingly beautiful, she toys with gender and channels edgy masculinity in her clothes and choreography. Look up on YouTube her performance of “Science Fiction” (best song on the album) at Nuits de Fourvière; it’s so much fun to watch you’ll be dancing along within a minute. Everything is natural and executed perfectly without feeling over-rehearsed. In short, if you like hugely catchy, thoughtful pop music, don’t mind misunderstanding some French and like a little androgyny in your pop star, Christine and the Queens is for you. Pray she supports Marina on the UK leg of her tour, as Christine is one act not to miss.

LGBT media source GLAAD has published its annual report “Where we are on TV,” examining diversity in TV programming on networks and streaming sites like Netflix. The survey concludes that of the 881 regular characters appearing on broadcast primetime programming, 35 (4%) were identified as gay, lesbian, or bisexual with an additional 35 LGB characters recurring, an increase of 3 from 2014. Most characters tend to be straight and white. The news is better for streaming services like Amazon and Hulu, which boast 43 LGBT series regulars and 16 recurring characters. The real issue, as opposed to ticking boxes, is demonstrating authentic diversity, portraying the different lives within our communities. GLAAD CEO Sarah Kate Ellis, who attributes an increase in TV diversity to shows like OITNB, Empire and Transparent, says “Each of us lives at the intersection of many identities and it’s important that television characters reflect the full diversity of the LGBT community.”

Glasgow Central has become the first train station in Scotland to become a Third Party Reporting Centre, meaning staff will be adequately trained to handle hate crimes that take place. It will also make reporting hate crimes an easier process, something many people decide against following an attack out of fear of prejudice from authorities. The announcement coincided with Scotland’s inaugural Hate Crime Awareness week, a platform to inform the most vulnerable to discrimination on how to respond to it and encourage victims and witnesses to report it. This is a great initiative that comes as the Home Office reveals that the number of hate crimes reported to police has jumped by nearly a fifth in England and Wales, with more than 80% classed as race hate crimes, with others involving religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender victims.

A social activism group will speak before the public petitions committee of Holyrood to campaign to protect LGBT+ students and end homophobia in Scottish schools. The TIE campaign (Time for Inclusive Education) aims to encourage schools to become more progressive when it comes to teaching and promoting LGBT+ life. The TIE Facebook account presents some disturbing statistics; 44% of secondary school staff, for example, aren’t allowed to teach about LGBT+ issues, while 88% of staff say their pupils have experienced homophobic bullying. The group has been invited to speak in parliament and according to Gay Times wants “all trainee teachers to receive LGBTI+ training as part of their qualification, so that new teachers can be part of the solution and not a perpetuation of the problem.” The group does amazing work; schools with an inclusive and safe atmosphere that actively promotes sexual equality will be invaluable to Scottish LGBT+ youth. US Presidential candidates have begun using their ties to the LGBT+ community as the race for the Democratic nomination heats up. The two most prominent candidates include Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who have had different historical success advocating gay rights and equality. Clinton in particular has taken her time to pursue LGBT+ equality, notably supporting gay marriage only after President Obama did so, and this year has aggressively aligned herself with gay rights issues and campaigns. She has revealed a list of 10 LGBT+ focused targets she will achieve if elected, for example. Is it too little too late? Governor Martin O’Malley took a political risk to push marriage equality through his state’s legislature, while Sen. Bernie Sanders was one of just 67 members of Congress to vote against DOMA, the Defence of Marriage Act. One thing that is clear is how pursuing LGBT+ equality has become a key priority for aspiring politicians keen to appeal to inclusive and progressive voters.


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What’s On: LGBTI Controversial Germaine Greer once again reiterates her belief that transgender women shouldn’t be considered as women

by Jonny Stone @jonny_stone_

j.stone@tsaglasgow.com

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After many months of coverage, and despite its undeniable importance as a moment for equality in pop culture, I feel it’s time to ease off on reporting Caitlyn Jenner’s coming out. It has been such a great moment in promoting issues facing trans people and trans visibility, but every coming out party has to finish at some point. Yet she remains a constant tabloid fixture, which regardless of her personal (and political) activities is huge progress in promoting transgender equality. Noted feminist scholar Germaine Greer has once again incited controversy by reiterating her belief that transgender women shouldn’t be considered as women, targeting Jenner specifically. A group of Cardiff University students lobbied to ban her speaking appearance given her antagonistic views on transgender women. Greer has accused Jenner of wanting to steal the limelight from her famous daughters, referring to her as a “he/she.” It may well be the case that Caitlyn loves filling a tabloid story – the Kardashian clan are hardly adverse to a bit of publicity now and again – but even the most ardent Kardashian detractors would consider gender reassignment to be a pretty extreme cry for attention. Germaine believes womanhood lies in anatomically being female, quoted as saying “Just because you lop off your d**k and then wear a dress doesn’t make you a f*****g woman.” This is a pretty archaic notion given that gender can be fluid and the bodies we’re born into don’t always indicate our inherent gender identities. And to be honest, it’s hard to empathise or consider such a huge statement seriously when it’s so crassly, insensitively stated. This is not the first time Greer has courted controversy regarding her stance of transgender equality; Last May, TSA reported on Greer’s attack on Elton John and David Furnish’s family, accusing the couple of “deconstructing motherhood.” Speaking to the Daily Mail, she stated “We now have a ‘genetic’ mother, who supplies eggs. It depends entirely on where she is if she is going to be allowed to know what happens to the eggs. And women tend to care…I’m sorry. Did we talk about this? Did we sit down and talk about what eggs mean to women?” On another level, it’s disheartening to see Greer reject the plight of other women, given her status as a feminist

scholar. Completely ignoring the different intersections of womanhood and facets of feminism to consider, she assumes transgender women have haphazardly decided to give being a woman a go and negate the struggles women have endured as a result of misogyny. She overlooks the fact that transgender women have had to make their own journey to womanhood, which rarely must be easy, and frankly they shouldn’t have to “earn” womanhood. This idea of overlooking intersectionality appears pretty frequently in pop culture; you just have to think back a few months to when Taylor Swift assumed Nicki Minaj wasn’t supporting her – and thus, her female peers – by complaining her “Anaconda” video was overlooked for awards. She didn’t consider that Minaj was frustrated that a hugely successful video was overlooked because she was promoting black women in control of their sexuality. What is most frustrating, however, is that Greer is unlikely to consider this a conflict of intersectionality – supporting trans women as equally as she would cisgender women – when she doesn’t consider trans women to be female in the first place. A trans person’s journey may have been different, but they deserve the same status and respect as their cisgender counterparts. I categorically disagree with Germaine Greer on her attitudes towards transgender people, but denying her right to free speech feels wrong; she is, of course, entitled to her opinion. It’s sad that her viewpoint on a topic so fresh in public consciousness is so thoughtless, insensitive and meanspirited. And it’s a particularly hard pill to swallow when you consider she’s an acclaimed feminist scholar: she literally wrote the book on it. So much progress has been made in bringing transgender visibility to a mainstream audience; but there are still detractors that continue to slow down huge achievements in promoting transgender equality. In an increasingly progressive society, insensitive and thoughtful criticism like Germaine Greer’s will hopefully disappear in time. But until that day, we must work to protect the lives of transgender people – who are more at risk of violence than other sexual minorities – and remember we’re all in this together.


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THE INTERVIEW: The Hoosiers When The Hoosiers first burst on the British music scene, they made huge waves with their debut single “Worried About Ray” and album The Trick to Life. Their second single ‘Goodbye Mr.A’ featured on the video game FIFA 08 and things seemed bright for the young band from Bracknell. Then, four years after the release of their first album, the band announced that they had departed from their Sony record deal after the stalled initial release of their second album failed to perform as hoped. Despite this setback, the Hoosiers continued on, releasing music to those who stuck with them and growing as a band. Now, with their fourth release The Secret Service, The Hoosiers seem to have re-emerged from relative obscurity with a new, more-mature sound that’s far better than anything we’ve heard from them before. The Hoosier’s Sam Swallow spoke to TSA about the band’s new approach, their tumultuous departure from Sony and the band’s future. YOU’VE JUST RELEASED YOUR NEW ALBUM THE SECRET SERVICE. HOW DIFFERENT DO YOU THINK IT IS TO SOME OF THE STUFF YOU’VE RELEASED IN THE PAST? I think we’ve tried to stay true to ourselves in as much as we don’t like to write songs that are those sort of standard lovey-dovey boy/girl songs. We always try to have a bit of an angle or a bit of an edge because that’s what excites us from a musical perspective. In terms of the production, our bass player left us after the last album so that definitely changed the way we work together. He was a real perfectionist so that coupled with the fact that the album is self-produced meant that it really came together much quicker and is sort of fresher and more vibey as a result. THE ALBUM SOUNDS A BIT ROCKIER THAN SOME OF YOUR PREVIOUS STUFF, PARTICULARLY IN THE FIRST FEW TRACKS. HOW CONSCIOUS A DECISION WAS THAT? I think it’s definitely been song-driven. Rather than sitting down and deciding to make a rocky album, it was more the songs that lead it. When we were writing we just let the songs sort of guide us and just went with what sounded right for each one. WITH THE ALBUM BEING SELFPRODUCED, DID IT GIVE YOU MORE FREEDOM TO DO THAT AND TO TACKLE EACH TRACK THE WAY YOU FELT WAS BEST? Definitely, yeah. There really wasn’t anyone to say anything to us about which ones they like or which songs they felt should make the cut. We had complete freedom. Even

by Derek Healey @Healey26 d.healey@tsaglasgow.com

our management don’t get involved on that side of things. It was completely down to us and that was amazing. Our second album in particular was really difficult because there was so much pressure from the label to recreate the success of the first album. Now we don’t have that pressure at all and from a creative standpoint that’s really refreshing. I KNOW THAT PRESSURE EVENTUALLY LED TO A SPLIT FROM SONY AFTER YOUR SECOND ALBUM WAS RELEASED. WHAT EXACTLY HAPPENED WITH THAT RELATIONSHIP AND HOW DID THE SPLIT COME ABOUT? We had a big supporter at Sony and the guy who signed us had been our champion since day one. He spent a lot of time with us trying to make sure our second album was absolutely perfect and sending us back into the studio. There was a lot of pressure there and we waited a long time before we put it out. By the time we did release it, he’d actually moved on to a different label so we lost that support. That happens a lot where a band will lose a certain member of staff at the label and they really lose that personal relationship with the label. After losing him, we really put the album out with no budget at all and no advertising. After that they decided to pull it entirely and put their budget into other bands and other projects. There wasn’t really any point staying with them then if they weren’t going to get behind us and in the end they let us take the album with us and re-release it ourselves.

AT THE TIME, YOUR LEAD SINGER IRWIN WAS QUITE CRITICAL OF HOW YOUNGER BANDS ARE TREATED BY BIG LABELS. DO YOU THINK THAT’S STILL THE CASE OR HAVE THINGS IMPROVED WITH MORE BANDS USING SOCIAL MEDIA AND DOING THEIR OWN RELEASES? Yeah, I would say it has improved. I think bands probably get more control over what they’re doing and you can release things yourself immediately anyway. When we wrote a song, it had to go through a million lines of communication to be green-lit and it took forever to get a song out. Now, because recording equipment is so good, you can record a track, tidy up to a reasonably good level and put it up online for people to hear. I think bands have got a lot more freedom now. I’m sure it does still go on in places but as far as I can see, things definitely have gotten a lot better. AS SOMEONE LOOKING EXTERNALLY AT THE HISTORY OF YOUR BAND, IT SEEMS LIKE YOU’VE GONE THROUGH THE BEST AND THE WORST OF HAVING THAT BIG LABEL BEHIND YOU. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO YOUNG BANDS LOOKING AT SIGNING WITH THAT KIND OF LABEL? I definitely wouldn’t say they should just write it off. We’re very privileged in that we have a fan base that allows us to not have a label and put out records. A lot of that is because we still have foundations from before when we did have that backing. There’s definitely still a lot to be said for being with a record label, not least the money which really is the easiest way to get the ball rolling.

In saying that though, there’s still a lot you can do without them so I think really my advice would be that you should do whatever feels right for you and what works for your own fan base. WHEN YOU LOOK BACK ON THAT EXPERIENCE, IS IT SOMETHING YOU REGARD FAVOURABLY OR DO YOU WISH YOU COULD DO THINGS DIFFERENTLY? As a general rule, I can’t really regret anything because it’s led to really interesting stuff. If anything I think maybe we were working too hard and trying too hard to please people. I think maybe if we’d relaxed a bit instead of letting it get to us it might have made things easier. So that’s maybe my only regret. ONE THING’S YOU GUYS DO REALLY WELL IS CONNECTING WITH YOUR FANS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA AND I KNOW THEY WERE INVOLVED IN SETTING UP THIS ALBUM. HOW IMPORTANT HAS THAT BEEN IN MARKETING THE ALBUM AND GETTING IT OUT THERE? I think it’s probably different for every band but for us, the boys have always been really good at interacting and speaking with the fans and I think it works for us. I don’t think you necessarily have to do it but I think if it’s something you’re good at and you enjoy doing it, then the tools are there for it to really become a very powerful weapon in getting yourselves out there. The Hoosier’s fourth album The Secret Service is available now and the band are touring at venues throughout the UK. Visit thehoosiers.com for more information.


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MOVIES

PICK OF THE MONTH HUNGER GAMES: MOCKINGJAY PART 2 HUNGRY FOR MORE?

Spectre is, quite simply, spectacular. It is everything Bond should be: ridiculously cool, entertaining and thrilling. Our one criticism is that it’s just too long, two and a half hours in a stupid cinema seat is never fun no matter how good the film.

THE MARTIAN

We were in awe of the visual effects in this brilliant adaptation of Andy Weir’s best selling novel. Matt Damon is his usual charming, talented self and is the second best thing about the movie – the first is how it peaked our interest in science.

SUFFRAGETTE

The wait is nearly over. Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will hit theatres this November to finally wrap up the epic saga. This series has followed the story of Katniss Everdeen, a young woman trying to survive in the poorest district (12) in the post-apocalyptic nation Panem. Her life is changed forever when she volunteers for the annual hunger games – a televised fight to the death, leaving only one tribute standing – in her sister’s place. After leaving us on a cliff-hanger at the end of part one we will now see Katniss face off against the main antagonist, President Snow. The tension has been built up all the way through the series as Katniss has always served to be a thorn in his side. Katniss wants to show the people of Panem that things can be better, that people can live in peace under a new and humane regime. But to do this they must rise in a rebellion and confront the evil president on his doorstep and over throw the Capitol.

This is arguably the film series which launched loveable film star Jennifer Lawrence into all our hearts. From then her career has skyrocketed starring alongside other stars such as Bradley Cooper, Hugh Jackman and even the great Robert Di Niro. The impressive cast is also a huge draw for the series, with it also starring: Liam Hemsworth, Josh Hutcherson, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. Not only is the cast up to scratch but the studio has hit director Francis Lawrence (I am Legend) on board with a staggering budget of $125 million. So how will this do? I’m not too sure, but I know a lot of people are excited for this film, last year at the box office it took a whopping $123 million on opening weekend. Sounds impressive doesn’t it? However this fell short of the studio’s estimations by $30million and the films are gradually making less profit as the series goes on. Maybe that will change due to the fact that this is the final instalment. However, I am fairly confident this movie will be a success as it also has a huge book fan base as well. The series was originally a trilogy conceived by Suzanne Collins in 2008 with her first title: The Hunger Games. A sequel followed up each year and only in 2012 did they decide to make the New York Times best-selling author’s novel a theatrical reality. This surely is the pick of November, for those going to see this I hope you enjoy it. May the odds be ever in your favour! The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is in cinemas 20 November.

Book Corner SEE ME

The fact that people actually had no idea who the suffragettes were is the reason I loved this film. It made an amazing movie out of an important subject and will hopefully educate many people on a very important part of our history.

It’s a Nicholas Sparks novel, so there are two things guaranteed when reading: you’re going to laugh and you’re going to cry. If you are a fan of Nicholas Sparks best-selling work, then no doubt you’ll love this mysterious latest offering.

CITY ON FIRE

It’s pretty hefty at over 900 pages long but this mystery about a shooting in Central Park on New Year’s Eve will keep you hooked as it delves into love, forgiveness and betrayal.

by William Frew Twitter: @Mr_Blonde94 Blog: frewflix.wordpress.com w.frew@tsaglasgow.com

ILLUSTRATED HARRY POTTER PHILOSOPHER’S STONE

Bloomsbury and Scholastic released the first illustrated Harry Potter book in October and the beautifully drawn edition of the Sorcerer’s Stone, by illustrator Kim Kay, would make a great Christmas present for any HP fan.


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What’s On: In The Movies VICTOR FRANKENSTEIN This latest version of Frankenstein is told from the perspective of Frankenstein’s assistant Igor. It shows the troubled young assistant’s dark origins, his redemptive friendship with the young medical student Victor Frankenstein, and the emergence of how he became the man who created the legend we know today. The pair’s experiments eventually get them into trouble with the authorities and they are near to becoming fugitives as they complete their goals to use science to create life, with Frankenstein’s ultimate endgame of creating a man. Director Paul McGuigan has been dishing the details on the upcoming film, saying it’s very different to Mary Shelley’s original novel and fans of the book might be in for a bit of a shock. Whilst critics have described the look of the trailer as taking a leaf from Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes feature adaptations – glossing over the somber tones of the source material in favour of snappy dialogue, ‘edgy’ twists and explosions. Victor Frankenstein is in cinemas 4 December.

THE GOOD DINOSAUR

Disney-Pixar’s new film, The Good Dinosaur, is set to make us all weepy and even more in love with the incredible Oscar-winning animators, when it is released on 27 November. This new story imagines a world where that huge asteroid never actually hit earth way back when, and as a result dinosaurs never died out and now coexist with humans. A young Apatosaurus, named Arlo, gets caught in a current and carried down along a river away from his family and during his long journey home, ends up meeting and befriending a young boy called Spot and together they ‘learn the power of confronting their fears in this strange new world’. The unlikely friendship, between two characters with sad pasts, and the always incredible animation will make this a must-see adventure movie during the festive season. The Good Dinosaur is in UK cinemas 27 November.

STEVE JOBS This upcmoming biopic takes place in three acts, each right before critical launches in the career of Steve Jobs. With public anticipation running high, Apple Inc. co-founders Steve Jobs (Michael Fassbender) and Steve “Woz” Wozniak get ready to unveil the first Macintosh in 1984. Jobs must also deal with personal issues related to ex-girlfriend Chrisann Brennan and their young daughter Lisa. Eventually fired, Jobs launches NeXT Inc. and prepares to release a new computer model in 1988. Ten years later, Jobs is back at Apple Inc. and about to revolutionize the industry once again with the iMac. According to ABC News, ‘You’re going to see a whole lot of things that are either not true or greatly exaggerated to serve the narrative the writer set out to achieve. In this case, that writer is Aaron Sorkin, who teams up with Danny Boyle, one of the best directors of this era, to craft a parable that is loosely – very loosely – based on the facts.’ Steve Jobs is in UK cinemas 13 December.

THE DRESSMAKER

The Dressmaker is an upcoming Australian revenge comedy drama film, directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, based on the novel of the same name by Rosalie Ham. In the 1950s, Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to her hometown of Dungatar, an Australian country town, to take care of her ill mother, Molly (Judy Davis). Molly had sent Tilly away at the age of ten because of false accusations of murder. Tilly, an expert dressmaker trained by Madeleine Vionnet in Paris, transforms the locals with her couture creations and in the process, exacts revenge on the people who wrongly accused her of murder all those years ago. The Dressmaker is in UK cinemas 20 November.

BLACK MASS Johnny Depp’s famous features are unrecognisable in Black Mass in which he portrays James “Whitey” Bulger, one of America’s most notorious gangsters. With layers of make-up, creepy green contact lenses and an almost bald pate, with the remaining hair plastered back over his head, Depp represents one of the most ruthless gangsters in history. While his brother Bill (Benedict Cumberbatch) remains a powerful leader in the Massachusetts Senate, Irish hoodlum James “Whitey” Bulger (Johnny Depp) continues to pursue a life of crime in 1970s Boston. Approached by FBI agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton), the lawman convinces Whitey to help the agency fight the Italian mob. As their unholy alliance spirals out of control, Bulger increases his power and evades capture to become one of the most dangerous gangsters in U.S. history. Black Mass is in UK cinemas 27 November.


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It’s been over eight years since The Enemy burst onto the UK indie scene with the number one album We’ll Live and Die in These Towns. In that time we’ve had two Prime Ministers, four Transformer films (unbelievably) and three more albums by The Enemy. Their fourth was released last month and when compared to their early material they have made a significant change in their sound over the years. The English band explain that change and how it has been natural progression, comment on the “home town show” feel to Glasgow shows ad explain why really they could survive without knees:

THE GLASGOW GARAGE SHOW IS NOW COMPLETELY SOLD OUT. HOW DO YOU THINK GLASGOW CROWDS COMPARE TO EVERYWHERE ELSE? For some reason for us Glasgow feels like a home town show, not sure if it’s the same for every band but we always have a great show in Glasgow. DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVOURITE MEMORIES FROM THE GLASGOW SHOWS OR VENUES?

It was great, I always get very nervous about those small sets but I loved every minute of that particular one. We didn’t really want to stop playing.

FOR US GLASGOW FEELS LIKE A HOME TOWN SHOW, NOT SURE IF IT’S THE SAME FOR EVERY BAND BUT WE ALWAYS HAVE A GREAT SHOW IN GLASGOW.

Barrowlands in general is always special. There have been some really beautiful moments on stage at the barras. Hard to think of anything specific because the whole show is normally memorable! THE FREE SHOW AT THE LOVE MUSIC RECORD SHOP SEEMED TO GO DOWN A STORM, DID YOU ENJOY PLAYING THAT? IT’S ABOUT AS INTIMATE AS IT GETS, DOES THAT APPEAL TO YOU MORE THAN BIGGER VENUES?

THE NEW ALBUM HAS A SOUND THAT’S VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE ENEMY’S EARLY WORK. WAS IT A CONSCIOUS DECISION TO TAKE THE SOUND IN A NEW DIRECTION OR DID IT COME NATURALLY?

It’s been a progression we’ve been heading towards naturally but when the time came to make the record it was very carefully considered and quite difficult to achieve. IT SEEMS MORE POLISHED THAN THE ALBUMS BEFORE, AND LYRICALLY QUITE INTIMATE, WERE THESE BOTH THINGS YOU SET OUT TO DO FROM THE START?

THE INTERVIEW: The Enemy

Absolutely, it’s a much more personal record in terms of subject matter and the production has been a huge focus to get a much more mature sound. THE NEW ALBUM IMPRESSIVELY REACHED 21 ON THE UK ALBUM CHARTS AND 5 ON THE INDIE ALBUM CHART. WHAT HAS THE FAN REACTION TO IT’S AUTOMATIC BEEN LIKE? Probably the best reaction to any album to date. Fans seem to understand what we’re trying to do which is brilliant. ON THE FINAL TRACK,”WHAT’S A BOY TO DO”, CHARLIE CHAPLIN’S THE GREAT DICTATOR SPEECH IS FEATURED. CAN YOU TELL US THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THIS ON THE SONG? The song is quite reflective, it’s looking back in hindsight and the sentiment of the speech worked for the song, but also really worked at the end of the record. It’s a personal and philosophical record and the speech captures that perfectly.

THE ENEMY AND AS ALWAYS, OUR QUICK FIRE ROUND:

IF YOU HAD TO PICK ONE OF YOUR SONG TITLES TO DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE WHAT WOULD IT BE? No Time For Tears. WOULD YOU RATHER BE WITHOUT ELBOWS OR BE WITHOUT KNEES? Knees, I never sit down anyway. IF YOU COULD ONLY EAT ONE FOOD ITEM FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE WHAT WOULD IT BE? Pasta WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU WERE 10? A musician! WHAT’S YOUR PARTY TRICK? Being the most socially awkward person in the room usually. FAVOURITE SCOTTISH PERSON (REAL OR FICTIONAL)? David Byrne. by Stephen Couse Twitter:

@stephen_couse s.couse@tsaglasgow.com

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR THE ENEMY? You never really know, but certainly we’re on a very interesting creative path now and we intend to continue down it. The Enemy will be at The Garage on 26 November.


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GLASGOW’S FAVOURITE MUSIC VENUES Thousands of students annually come to Glasgow to study with many citing the musical culture as a real draw. Rock, house and hip-hop have been consistently performed in Glasgow for years but if those genres aren’t for you, there is plenty more exceptional music to be explored in the city. If you’re a new student in Glasgow then invest your SAAS money wisely in tickets for live acts in these five places which are some of the best music venues within our lively city:

1. KING TUT’S WAH WAH HUT

2. O2 ACADEMY

King Tut’s has been at the centre of live Scottish music ever since its formation in 1990. It is universally known for its small capacity of 300, although this might be one of the positive aspects of the best venue on this list. In 2011 it was named “Britain’s Best Small Venue” by NME, one of the most popular magazines in the music industry. It is acclaimed for its association with emerging bands from unknown groups to fairly prominent ones. In this day and age among students and young people in general, everyone knows someone who is in a band or has been part of one at some point in their life. Some regret their participation with a band while others have used it as a stepping stone for success. King Tut’s is the place to be in that regard. It is the very place that Oasis was offered a contract by Alan McGee, which was accepted but not signed until several months later. Furthermore this music locale is a place every single student in Glasgow should attend at one point in their stressful and complicated life just to enjoy the finest music in the city.

In Glasgow, as a new student there will be times that you will get lost and have to discover the city firsthand by wandering around and seeing whatever you come across. In that case you may find one of the two O2 arenas that Glasgow has to offer. O2 ABC is on Sauchiehall Street, and it hurts that I haven’t included any venue from Sauchiehall Street on this list. Sauchiehall Street is a street that should be visited due to its variety of music venues as well as dirt cheap drinks. O2 ABC is smaller in capacity but still hosts acts such as Skepta, Odd Future and special events for students. However this isn’t the O2 that is gracing this list, in the outskirts of the infamous Gorbals, located is Glasgow’s O2 Academy. This O2 used to be a cinema but it was transformed into a music venue that can hold up to 2,500. Rap legends Wu Tang Clan and Nas has performed here alongside Damien Marley, son of the reggae icon Bob Marley. Other well known performances that have occurred in the Academy include Killers who sold out a gig in three minutes during 2006 and pop singer Adele performed in 2011. Upcoming performances include Oliver Heldens, Jess Glynne and the Courteeners. The Academy is best known for the long queue of eager students waiting outside, hours in advance of the beginning of the concert to secure a spot up the front to witness their favourite artists.

3. SUB CLUB The first night for anyone going out in Glasgow can be an intense moment in a young student’s life. However if you like intensity then the underground basement otherwise known as Subby will appeal to you. This establishment has been active 26 years for techno and house music lovers of all ages to express their passion for sound. Situated at 22 Jamaica Street, worldwide artists from the dance and house scene travel specifically to perform in the dark basement. The DJ’s and house music will please anyone in need of listening to the finest sound system in Glasgow. Although it is the smallest of the select group and the drinks might be overpriced most customers, attend for the love of the sounds, but you will still end up intoxicated if you enter the underground music pit that is Sub Club. One of the most notable aspects of the underground music safe haven is the wall of speakers. For anybody under the influence who is face to face with a wall of speakers for the first time ever, it’s pretty safe to say that their minds will be blown, as well as their ears. However as young people that is the price we pay to enjoy quality music. In the basement it may be incredibly hot and sweaty but you don’t notice the suffocating atmosphere when you’re having the time of your life.

5. BLOC+

4. THE BARROWLAND BALLROOM (THE BARRAS) One of the most iconic venues in Glasgow has been around since before World War 2 began, it was rebuilt in the early 60’s and in present day it is universally recognized by its distinct neon sign. Located in the Gallowgate it is the primary and premiere venue for the best rock in Glasgow. Surrounding the Barrowland is an extremely affordable street market that will provide every student or individual with something they can buy for an absolute bargain of a price. Moving on to the most important aspect of the Barras however is the concert venue providing some of the best musical entertainment you will see

in your life. Irish music is rather popular within this venue as is rock, pop and dance. With a capacity of 2,000 standing, the venue can get a bit rowdy sometimes but you will never leave the location dissatisfied. The barras has appeared in bands such as Metallica’s favourite venues in the world, which in itself is enough to get any venue to the top of any list of best venues. It has a historical atmosphere to it as prominent bands such as The Stranglers, Oasis and U2 having performed here. This fact is that the quality of music is incredible and any night in the barras is a night to remember.

Bar Bloc is a diamond in the rough, it’s out the way and your time exploring Glasgow’s music scene won’t be complete without a trip to the music venue with some of the best food in Glasgow. Although it’s critically acclaimed food isn’t the only significant attraction. The best part about this hidden gem is the fact it’s free entry and as students who recklessly spend it’s good to enjoy a cheap night sometimes. For anyone who wants to watch an under the radar band perform in the most affordable food, drink and music place in Glasgow, then this is the place to be. It is well known for mixing Scottish drinks such as Buckfast and Irn Bru with some of its finest dishes. Its popularity has reached such heights that VICE Magazine’s documentary on Scottish Culture included this venue on its Glasgow section. One of the best qualities here is the fact that it is open from eleven in the morning until the three in the morning, seven days a week. Clearly your journey around the best venues in Glasgow must begin here, for the best booze, burgers and bands.

by Billal Rahman Twitter:

@Billzinyourgaff

b.rahman@tsaglasgow.com


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GIGS OF THE MONTH

A PREVIEW OF THE TOP GIGS GLASGOW HAS TO OFFER IN NOVEMBER/DECEMBER

BLOC PARTY ABC 9 NOVEMBER

DUSKY

SWG3 20 NOVEMBER

The brand new national station, Radio X, is hitting the road to celebrate its launch with a five date tour. Breakfast host, Chris Moyles, will be presiding over all the shows and they will also have some of todays the biggest live acts out with them – Stereophonics kicked off the tour on 3 November and James Bay will rounding everything off on 8 December. For their stop at Glasgow’s O2 ABC on 9 November, Bloc Party will also be joining the, well, party. Radio X launched on 21 September amid controversey over a press release which stated it would be a ‘malefocused’ station. However, Moyles was quick to state the show is run by a woman and after playing Girls Aloud’s ‘Love Machine’ he announced: “Girls are allowed, as well as men and everybody else.”

SHURA

KING TUT’S 5 DECEMBER Following a huge summer of festivals including slots at Field Day, Latitude, Festival No 6, Bestival and Reading & Leeds Festival, Shura will be heading out on a massive UK tour in December. The tour will stop off at King Tut’s in Glasgow on the 5th December. Just over a year ago, 23-year-old Shura’s debut, gossamer-light take on keening pop, Touch, arrived as if from nowhere: a lyrical snapshot of that awkward friendzone period post-break-up, it has since translated into over 15 million plays, a nomination for the BBC Sound Poll, and praise from Dev Hynes and Jungle to Kylie Minogue (despite not yet being released). “It’s like someone’s taken something really shiny and rubbed it with sandpaper,” Shura says of her instantly-recognisable sound, which – if White Light is anything to go by – continues to evolve from her parents’ colourful musical household (Dad’s prog vinyl, her brother’s drum-and-bass DJ’ing) to Shura’s own learning curve on the acoustic open-mic circuit.

London DJ duo Dusky have announced an Autumn and Winter UK headline tour including a set at SWG3 in Glasgow on Friday 20th November. Dusky have been enjoying a wonderful 2015 so far. The pair’s show was one of the highlights of BBC Radio One’s Ibiza Weekend in July, and they followed that with the release of their diverse Ordinary World EP in August to more great reviews. With their much anticipated EP and their autumn European tour of headline dates running from October through to December, the tour includes their much anticipated second all night set in London, Take A Trip 2 at Oval Space, as well as headline UK dates at Manchester’s Warehouse Project, The Academy in Dublin and Birmingham’s Rainbow Warehouse. The tour will also include European appearances in Germany, France, Italy, Denmark and Switzerland.

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET

KING’S THEATRE 19 NOVEMBER

Based on one of the most popular and best-loved Christmas films of all time, classic musical Miracle On 34th Street will play at the King’s Theatre Glasgow from Thursday 19 to Saturday 21 November as part of a UK Tour this Christmas. On sale now. Based on the 1947 motion picture, Miracle on 34th Street is the heart-warming story of Susan, a young girl who dreams

of a father and brother to make her family whole, and Kris Kringle, a kindly old bearded man who claims he is the real Santa Claus. When employed as a Santa at a department store grotto, Kris quickly spreads a wave of love through New York City, but can he help make Susan’s wish come true? This dazzling musical is an uplifting family tale about what it truly means to believe.

PAM ANN QUEEN OF THE SKY THEATRE ROYAL 29 NOVEMBER

Pam Ann, the world’s favourite International Air Hostess and Queen of the Sky, is back in the UK and Ireland with a brand new show for 2015. Jet setting in direct from sell-out tours in Europe, USA, Australia, and following a six week run at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, Pam Ann will touchdown at the Theatre Royal Glasgow on Sunday 29 November. The Queen of the Sky can’t promise that this plane won’t go missing over the Indian Ocean or shut down the internet in North Korea but she can guarantee it will be a turbulent flight. Ever wondered what it would feel like to be hijacked and verbally abused by an international air hostess? Well this show is for you! Pam Ann is back and she means business (class). Hilarious, often shocking and totally politically incorrect, Pam Ann keeps things lively and nail bitingly unpredictable as she takes off her pristine white gloves and delivers an unrelenting barrage of “shoot-from-the-lip” observations. Pam Ann’s caustic wit knows no boundaries so fasten your seat belts and prepare for take-off. Fearless about engaging in controversy, she deftly

navigates the flying taboos, stereotypes, and cultural differences that even the boldest of other comedians rarely broach. Easily offended flyers please be warned – Queen of The Sky will take no hostages.


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off the stage and someone asks why you didn’t play a certain song and you have to apologise. Yeah it can be quite difficult but in the grand scheme of things it’s quite a small thing Q: HOW DO YOU LIKE TO WIND DOWN AFTER A SHOW? A: I like to have a nice Horlicks. I don’t really, I’ve never done that. I dunno really. Probably chain smoke about twenty cigarettes, have a beer, get in the van, drive to the hotel and sit there wide awake for about seven hours while the adrenaline comes out of me. Then fall asleep, wake up about ten seconds later, get back in the van and do it all over again.

THE INTERVIEW: Lonely The Brave Since forming in 2009, Cambridge rock band Lonely the Brave have rapidly grown from success to success and they show no signs of slowing down. With a seventeen date headline tour across the UK and Europe throughout November and work beginning on their second full length album, it’s an exciting time for the band. Guitarist Mark Trotter gave TSA an insight into the touring life of Lonely the Brave and being thrust into the limelight: Q: FIRSTLY, CONGRATULATIONS! YOU’VE JUST ANNOUNCED THAT YOU’RE ABOUT TO START WORK ON YOUR SECOND ALBUM. YOUR PREVIOUS ALBUM, THE DAY’S WAR SET THE BAR PRETTY HIGH. DO YOU FEEL LIKE THERE’S AN EXPECTATION THAT YOU HAVE TO MEET? A: I guess we’ve got a lot of expectations from ourselves really, more than anyone else. The Day’s War record we’re really proud of and it’s not about bettering it, it’s about moving on rather than bettering but it’s something we’re really conscious of. We’ve been in the studio for a week solid and we’ve been writing for a long time. Q: THE DAY’S WAR: VICTORY EDITION CONTAINED PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED TRACKS. WERE YOU HAPPY WITH THE RECEPTION THEY RECEIVED? A: Yeah absolutely. It can be a really long wait between your record and your next full length record so we wanted to get those out for the people who were asking for them. The response has been great. It was really fun for us, we deconstructed some of our songs and put them back together in different ways and different structures. It was really fun to mess around with that. Q: YOUR TOUR STARTS ON THE 6TH OF NOVEMBER IN IRELAND. ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO IT, EVERYTHING UNDER CONTROL? A: You always have those first show nerves but we’re all really excited to get back out as we haven’t toured in a little while so it’s gonna be great. It’s also our first time playing in Ireland as well. It’s just about getting back into the swing of things and giving the best possible show we can for anyone that’s coming. We’re all mega

excited to be doing it and we’ve got a great band coming on tour with us as well, Black Peaks, that we all really like. It’ll be good fun having a band you wanna watch every night supporting us. Looking forward to it. Q: HAVE YOU EVER LOST SIGHT OF WHAT YOU’RE DOING THROUGH THE FRUSTRATIONS OF TOURING BEFORE? A: Not lost sight but touring can be really, really hard. The last tour we did, to be brutally honest, I was pretty ill by the end of it but it’s interesting, it’s an interesting existing. At any level really, I’m not complaining. It’s a very enclosed environment. Don’t think I’m complaining, it’s very intense. Q: IN 2013 YOU PLAYED THE INTRODUCING STAGE AT READING AND LEEDS AND THIS YEAR YOU WERE ROCKING THE MAIN STAGE, HOW DID IT FEEL MAKING THAT TRANSITION IN SUCH A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME? A: It’s crazy, I mean we played the last three years. It’s a real honour, there’s no other way to put it. Reading’s a festival we’ve all been to. To be on that stage was very special for me, y’know, the stage you’ve watched all your favourite bands on for so many years is a real special thing. There’s no other way I can put it really, a real honour. One of the shows was probably one of the best shows we’ve ever played. Really special. Q: HOW DOES IT FEEL RETURNING TO TOURING AND PLAYING MORE SMALL SCALE VENUES? IS IT A WELCOME CHANGE AFTER PLAYING SUCH A BIG STAGE? A: To be honest, they’re both really fun and they both have their merits. It’s kind of crazy when you’re playing in front of 15,000

people but it’s super intense when you’re playing in front of 300. It’s really good fun mixing it up. I certainly don’t have a preference to which one I prefer, both are equally as exciting to me. It can be super, super intense, especially when people are singing songs back at you. Several times I’ve heard 200 people singing just as loud as 2,000. Q: YOU’VE ALSO GAINED SOME GREAT COVERAGE FROM THE NAMES AT THE FOREFRONT OF MUSIC SUCH AS KERRANG!, ROCKSOUND AND ZANE LOWE. DO YOU FIND IT EASY TO TAKE THIS IN YOUR STRIDE AS A BAND OR DO YOU FEEL THE PRESSURE TO KEEP UP SUCH A FLOURISHING REPUTATION? A: I don’t think about it if I’m honest. We’re really grateful for everything these guys do for us and the nice things they say. I guess any kind of industry that’s in the media then you have to learn to take the rough with the smooth. When I say I don’t take any notice I mean I try not read things as inevitably there’s always gonna be someone saying something horrific and that’s just weird. But the support of those guys is amazing, it really is and we’re very grateful for it Q: YOU’VE GOT YOUR FAIR SHARE OF POPULAR TRACKS, DO YOU EVER FIND IT DIFFICULT TO PUT A SETLIST TOGETHER? A: Yeah it can be difficult, it can be a real funny one at times. There are songs that people expect to hear which sometimes means you have to leave others out. Especially at festivals when you’ve only got a half an hour slot you have to think about which ones you’re gonna leave out which can be difficult. It tends to be you come

Q: YOUR VIDEOS ALL HAVE A VERY REAL FEELING TO THEM. IN PARTICULAR, ‘THE BLUE, THE GREEN’ IS REALLY QUITE TOUCHING. WHERE DOES THE INSPIRATION FOR VIDEOS LIKE THAT COME FROM? A: With the videos, a lot of the time we have people approach us with an idea from how the track made them feel. We’ll put our input in and it’s quite collaborative in that respect. The guy that did The Blue, The Green was Greg Davenport and he also did the Backroads video before that. We loved the Backroads video, we loved the idea of it and how it works, it was a no-brainer to work with him again. The song [The Blue, The Green] is extremely powerful lyrically and it’s not about the subject matter of the video. Which is fine, it doesn’t have to be so. I think he’s a really clever guy, he treads the lines so well as it’s a video that could be really cheesy if it wasn’t executed well, but it’s really powerful because he’s got such an eye for detail. To have his videos for our songs is really special. Q: WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE SONG TO PLAY LIVE? A: Probably The Blue, The Green. Everytime we play it, as I say it doesn’t matter if there’s a hundred people there or ten thousand, everyone ends up singing it back at us and it’s such an emotionally charged song anyway that it’s like a drug when we play that song, honestly. It’s the intensity of it, it knocks your head off really. Catch Lonely The Brave at The Garage on Monday 9th November. by Ali Scott Twitter:

@alisonscotty a.scott@tsaglasgow.com

LONELY THE BRAVE AND AS ALWAYS, OUR QUICK FIRE ROUND:

BEER OR CIDER? Beer BATHS OR SHOWERS? Showers COKE OR PEPSI? Neither. We’ll go with Coke as long as it’s got whisky with it  PUBS OR CLUBS? Pubs, all day long FACEBOOK OR TWITTER? Twitter


The events listed below were correct and up to date at time of going to print but please check the venue’s own website prior to booking

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Clubbing WED, 04 NOV DISCO RIOT 23:00, The Garage SUB ROSA PRESENTS RENEGADES OF FUNK 23:00:00, Subclub

THU, 12 NOV PVC WITH GUEST DJS - TIGERBEAT, NO GLOBE, 100% POSITIVE FEEDBACK 23:00, The Art School

THU, 05 NOV

JELLY BABY 23:00, Abc

PVC WITH RESIDENT DJS SYCOPHANTASY, DEEP BRANDY ALBUM CUTS , The Vic Bar

SHOW PRESENTS… JASPER JAMES // ILLYUS 23:00:00, Subclub

JELLY BABY 23:00, Abc NEVERLAND 23:00, The Garage

NEVERLAND 23:00, The Garage

FRI, 13 NOV

H+P: ‘THEORY OF FLO’ ALBUM LAUNCH WITH AUNTIE FLO ~ ALL NIGHT 23:00:00, Subclub

GLASGOW’S ORIGINAL AND BEST 90’S CLUB NIGHT WITH 90’S PRIZE BINGO BEFORE THE CLUB STARTS. FREE BEFORE 11PM. 21:00, The Flying Duck

FRI, 06 NOV

DANSE MACABRE WITH RESIDENTS CATNIP & PASTA 23:00, The Vic Bar

KNXWLEDGE 23:00, The Art School

PROPAGANDA 23:00, Abc

ASTRAL BLACK 23:00, The Vic Bar

FRESH BEAT 23:00, The Garage

TRIBAL PULSE PRESENTS RAMON TAPIA & BOOM MERCHANT. 23:00, The Art School

RETURN TO MONO: BEN SIMS & EDIT SELECT 23:00:00, Subclub

PROPAGANDA 23:00, Abc FRESH BEAT 23:00, The Garage NUMBERS – LEVON VINCENT 23:00:00, Subclub

SAT, 07 NOV ANDREW DIVINE (DIVINE!) & CHRIS BEANS GEDDES (BELLE & SEBASTIAN) 23:00, The Flying Duck DJ FORMAT & ABDOMINAL (10 YEAR REUNION TOUR) 20:30, Drygate NIGHT OF THE JAGUAR WITH THE COSMIC DEAD AND HAPPY MEALS 23:00, The Vic Bar ANIMAL FARM RESIDENTS NIGHT 23:00, The Art School BIRDCAGE 3RD BIRTHDAY 23:00, Broadcast LOVE MUSIC 23:00, Abc I LOVE THE GARAGE 23:00, The Garage SUBCULTURE PRESENTS FRANKEY & SANDRINO (DJ + LIVE) 23:00:00, Subclub

SUN, 08 NOV SUNDAY SCIENCE 23:00, The Garage FLY GLASGOW PRESENTS MR. NIGHT ALL NIGHT 23:00:00, Subclub

MON, 09 NOV

SAT, 14 NOV GARETH ROBERTS (UNEARTHLY MATTERS), FOREVER SOUND (LIVE), KAL (HIGH RISE) 23:00, The Flying Duck INCEPT PRESENTS SPECIAL GUEST HARVEY MCKAY 23:00, The Art School CONCRETE CABIN WITH DJ CRUD & MOTHER 23:00, The Vic Bar CHURCH OF GOOD TIMES 23:00, Broadcast

HD MUSIC PRESENTS : OXYGEN THIEF + STRANGE PLANES + GUESTS 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy THE WEDDING PRESENT. 20:00, The Art School

MIKEQ 23:00:00, The Vic Bar

SOMETHING SOMEONE: TALK TO THE SKY EP LAUNCH 23:00, Broadcast

LOVE MUSIC 23:00, Abc

SHEIKH 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy

I LOVE THE GARAGE 23:00, The Garage

THE TREND + OUR FUTURE GLORY 20:30, King Tuts

SUBCULTURE PRESENTS ÂME & DIXON 23:00:00, Subclub

SAT, 07 NOV

SUN, 22 NOV

SONICA PRESENTS DAVID FENNESSY 15:00, The Art School

SUNDAY SCIENCE 23:00, The Garage

YELAWOLF 19:00, Abc

MON, 23 NOV

THE GARDEN 19:00, Broadcast

BARE MONDAYS 23:00, The Garage

GUM TAKES TOOTH, KASPAR HAUSER, SUNA PATH 20:00, The Flying Duck

TUE, 24 NOV

HUNTLEYS AND PALMERS 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy

#TAG 23:00, The Garage

BOY & BEAR 20:30, King Tuts

WED, 25 NOV

SUN, 08 NOV

DISCO RIOT 23:00, The Garage

DAN SMITH (LISTENER) 18:30, The Garage

THU, 26 NOV

ELLA EYRE 19:00, Abc

I LOVE THE GARAGE 23:00, The Garage

JELLY BABY 23:00, Abc

SUBCULTURE PRESENTS HARRI & DOMENIC 23:00:00, Subclub

MSMR 19:30, The Art School

NEVERLAND 23:00, The Garage

FRI, 27 NOV

JR GREEN + CHAINSAW TEA PARTY (ACOUSTIC) + COZY BLAKE + JOSHUA BURNSIDE 20:30, King Tuts

SUNDAY SCIENCE 23:00, The Garage

AUTONOMOUS AFRICA ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY 23:00, The Art School

MON, 16 NOV

MON, 09 NOV

PROPAGANDA 23:00, Abc

BLOC PARTY 19:00, Abc

FRESH BEAT 23:00, The Garage

LONELY THE BRAVE 19:00, The Garage

PRESSURE 17TH BIRTHDAY – MARCEL DETTMANN, CARL CRAIG + STACEY PULLEN 21:00:00, Swg3

ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GERRY LYONS 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy

SUN, 15 NOV BARE MONDAYS 23:00, The Garage

TUE, 17 NOV #TAG 23:00, The Garage

WED, 18 NOV DISCO RIOT 23:00, The Garage

THU, 19 NOV PVC WITH GUEST DJS - PEARL NECKLACE 23:00, The Vic Bar JELLY BABY 23:00, Abc

TUE, 10 NOV

SUB ROSA PRESENTS SPITTAL & NOWICKI 23:00:00, Subclub

THE GIMME SHELTER CREW MOVE TO A NEW MIDMONTH SLOT, POWERING THROUGH ALL THE ROCK N ROLL FROM BO DIDDLEY TO BRIAN JONESTOWN 23:00, The Flying Duck

MISTY MILLER 19:00, The Garage

LOVE MUSIC 23:00, Abc

SUB CLUB PRESENTS GRAEME PARK & WOODY 23:00:00, Subclub

DISCO RIOT 23:00, The Garage

SAT, 21 NOV

FRI, 06 NOV

THE PARLOTONES, ONE LAST SECRET 19:00, Abc2

NEVERLAND 23:00, The Garage

WED, 11 NOV

THUNDER DISCO PRESENTS: BEN UFO X BAKE X NICK CRADDOCK 23:00:00, Subclub

BOBBY LONG + ANTHONY MOORE + SEAN MCANENY + MICHAEL TIMMONS 20:30, King Tuts

PVC X PARAPHERNALIA PRESENTS FELICITA 23:00, The Art School

BARE MONDAYS 23:00, The Garage

#TAG 23:00, The Garage

SO WEIT SO GUT 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy

SAT, 28 NOV 23:00, The Flying Duck SOMETHING WICKED WITH LUKE VIBERT + KONX-OM-PAX + 48K COLLECTIVE 23:00, The Art School LOVE MUSIC 23:00, Abc I LOVE THE GARAGE 23:00, The Garage SUBCULTURE PRESENTS STEFFI + TELFORD 23:00:00, Subclub THE ORB 19:00:00, Swg3

FRI, 20 NOV

ALISON WONDERLAND 22:00:00, Swg3

FAT FRUMOS (UKRAINE), WIT?!, ENJOYABLE MOMENT SOUNDSYSTEM, SILVERGUNNAR HANSEN 23:00, The Flying Duck

SUN, 29 NOV

PROPAGANDA 23:00, Abc FRESH BEAT 23:00, The Garage

SUNDAY SCIENCE 23:00, The Garage

MON, 30 NOV BARE MONDAYS 23:00, The Garage

TUE, 10 NOV SKINDRED 18:00, Abc MAVERICK SABRE 19:00, Abc2 NEVER SAY DIE: FEAT.THE AMITY AFFLICTION 19:00, The Garage IBEYI 20:30, King Tuts

WED, 11 NOV JOE PUG + FRANKIE LEE 19:00, Broadcast EAGLES OF DEATH METAL 19:00, Abc BASSMENT 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy F*CK YES LINE-UP: YOUNG AVIATORS + ACRYLIC + THE RISING SOULS 20:30, King Tuts

THU, 12 NOV EVERYTHING EVERYTHING 19:00, Abc LEGENDARY SHACK SHAKERS 19:00, Broadcast

MON, 02 NOV

WED, 04 NOV

THU, 05 NOV

FIDLAR 19:00, The Garage

ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GERRY LYONS 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy

THE MEDIA WHORES 19:00, Broadcast

BRIAN AUGER’S OBLIVION EXPRESS FEAT. ALEX LIGERTWOOD 19:00, Abc2

EVERY TIME I DIE 20:00, King Tuts

TUE, 03 NOV

SILENT HILL FEAT AKIRA YAMAOKA. 19:30, The Art School

LOUD POETS – STRAIGHT OUTTA DENNISTOUN 19:00, Broadcast

NOCTURNAL 20:00, Cottiers

DF CONCERTS PRESENTS : TIGERCUB + YOUTH MAN 20:00, Nice ‘n Sleazy

DF CONCERTS PRESENTS : ELIOT SUMNER + GUESTS 20:00, Nice ‘n Sleazy

DINOSAUR PILE-UP + ARTIE ZIFF 20:30, King Tuts

LOVEYDOVE (AZALIA SNAIL + DAN WEST ) + CHRISSY BARNACLE + GUESTS 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy

DARK PARTIALS PROJECT 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy

TAKE IT SLEAZY! 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy

MARIBOU STATE 20:00, The Art School KRANK 23:00, Broadcast

LIKE TORCHES 19:00, The Garage

THE MOUNTAIN GOATS WITH THE WEATHER STATION 19:30, The Art School DOGFEET (LONDON) + APOSTILLE + KASPER HAUSER 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy THE MILK + SAMPLE ANSWER + TOY TIN SOLDIER 20:30, King Tuts LIGHTWORKS INSTALLATION 5 23:00, Broadcast THE KIBOSH W/ JD TWITCH 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy NHC MUSIC PRESENTS... HIGHWAY 491 / AND SPECIAL GUESTS THE APPARELS AND RULERS OF THE ROOT , The Vale

SAT, 14 NOV THE CARVELLES, INQUEST, CARDBOARD FOX, MICK ‘N’ PHIL 19:00, Abc2 EPICA 19:00, The Garage DEXTERS 19:00, The Garage KLAUS KINSKI + ANTIQUE PONY + BRITNEY 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy EARTHEATER, GIRL SWEAT 20:00, The Flying Duck THE ORDINARY BOYS + MEMORY MAN + DEAD ELECTRIC 20:00, King Tuts OSMIUM 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy KEV MCDONALD + SUPPORT , Nhc Music Shop

SUN, 15 NOV KACEY MUSGRAVES 19:00, Abc CHRISTIAN DEATH 19:00, Broadcast PERIPHERY 19:00, The Garage PCL PRESENTS : DUCKTAILS + GUESTS 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy WE ARE THE OCEAN + TALL SHIPS + ALLUSONDRUGS 20:30, King Tuts

MON, 16 NOV DAUGHTER 19:00, The Art School NECRO - TERMINATOR TOUR PART 2 19:00, Abc2 KURT VILE & THE VIOLATORS 19:00, Abc ACOUSTIC OPEN MIC NIGHT WITH GERRY LYONS 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy JESUS JONES + THE STRIKE NINETEENS 20:30, King Tuts

TUE, 17 NOV THE WAILERS - PERFORMING THE ALBUM “LEGEND” IN ITS ENTIRETY 19:00, Abc LA PRIEST 19:00, Broadcast EZRA FURMAN, SUPPORT FROM THE BIG MOON 19:30, The Art School NITEHAWKS (ITALY ) + FARSEER + VIKING GALAXY 19:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy ENSOUL 23:30, Nice ‘n Sleazy ROMANCE + EVIL EDISON + THE WHITE BLIND 20:30, King Tuts

WED, 18 NOV THE BLOCKHEADS 19:00, Abc OTHERKIN + THE TWISTED MELONS 20:30, King Tuts

THU, 19 NOV

FRI, 13 NOV

SLAVES 19:00, Abc

MACFLOYD (PINK FLOYD TRIBUTE) 19:00, Abc

BRIX & THE EXTRICATED 19:00, Broadcast

TRACER 19:00, Abc2

RAB NOAKES 19:30, Cottiers

MANDOLIN ORANGE + BELLA & THE BEAR 19:00, Broadcast

NITIN SAWHNEY 20:00, The Art School

EVIL SCARECROW 19:00, The Garage

JACK & JACK 19:00, Abc2

ELVIS PERKINS + SCOTT LOGAN 20:30, King Tuts


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FRI, 20 NOV BLACK LIGHTS 19:00, Abc2

WED, 25 NOV

ASTRONAUTALIS 19:00, Broadcast

CHARLIE CUNNINGHAM PLUS SUPPORT 19:00, Cottiers

PRIDES *SPECIAL INTIMATE SHOW* 20:30, King Tuts

GHOSTPOET 19:00, The Art School

SAT, 21 NOV

ZEBRAHEAD W/ PATENT PENDING 19:00, The Garage

PRIDES 19:00, Abc SPECTRES + GREAT COP 19:00, Broadcast JOEY BADA$$ 19:00, The Garage VIGO THIEVES 19:30, The Art School SWEET CREEPS, HOMESLICE 20:00, The Flying Duck

YAK + HIDDEN CHARMS 19:00, Broadcast

ALL TVVINS 20:30, King Tuts

THU, 26 NOV CHAD VALLEY, OSLO PARKS, FEATHERWEST 18:00, Abc2 APOCALYPTICA 19:00, Abc

OH WONDER + RUKHSANA MERRISE 20:30, King Tuts

THE LOVELY EGGS + FALLOPE & THE TUBES 19:00, Broadcast

SUN, 22 NOV

THE ENEMY 19:00, The Garage

PORTICO 19:00, Broadcast REVEREND AND THE MAKERS 20:30, King Tuts

MON, 23 NOV BACKYARD BABIES 19:00, Abc2

VENNART 20:30, King Tuts

FRI, 27 NOV THE SMYTHS - ‘THE BOMBS WON’T LISTEN’ 19:00, Abc2

STRANGE BONES 19:00, Broadcast

HECTOR BIZERK, MODEL AEROPLANES, KLOE, MONOGRAM 19:00, Abc

MODESTEP 20:30, King Tuts

TOTAL CONTROL 19:00, Broadcast

TUE, 24 NOV

AREA 11 19:00, The Garage

THE INTERNET 19:00, Abc2

AUTONOMOUS AFRICA ALBUM LAUNCH PARTY FOR YOUTH STAND UP! FEATURING GOLDEN TEACHER, SACRED PAWS, GHANA SOUNDZ, SORDID SOUND SYSTEM 22:00, The Vic Bar

ROISIN MURPHY 19:00, Abc THE UNDERACHIEVERS 19:00, The Garage MAXI JAZZ & THE E-TYPE BOYS 20:30, King Tuts

Z_RÖS BANDA 19:30, Cottiers

MESMERENE 20:30, King Tuts

NHC LIST OF TRUSTED PROMOTERS NHC MUSIC’s main remit in this musical world is to make life that much easier for the musicians and artists striving to make great music within it. That’s why we feel this list could help you. It’s a regularly updated list of ethically minded venues, promoters and bookers working throughout Scotland. These are people we would work with ourselves, and we guarantee you there will be no scammers, pay to play, or unethical business practices with the people and businesses on the list. So now you know who to safely work with, with your new college band in Glasgow and beyond! More names will be added monthly.

PROMOTER AREA GENRES NHC MUSIC Glasgow All genres Promise The Moon Ayrshire All genres STG Promotions Glasgow All genres EVO4Promotions Glasgow All genres/acoustic Daily Dischord Aberdeen All genres Shock City Promotions Glasgow All genres Fortune Promotions Edinburgh All genres Alternative Promotions Glasgow Rock/Metal The Littlest Hobo Scotland Wide All genres Cadaver Concerts North Ayrshire Metal Cadaver Concerts Glasgow Alt rock Rip It Up Promotions Glasgow All genres Red Door Records Glasgow Americana/Roots/Blues Vagabond Social Club Glasgow Americana/Folk The Fallen Angels Club Glasgow All genres Sound And Vision Glasgow All genres Events For Charities Glasgow All genres Dundee Disco Dancer Dundee All genres Dave Ritchie Scotland Wide Metal/Rock Good Grief Glasgow Progressive/Math Rock/ Ambient Noizy Indie Social Club Cumbernauld All genres Hashtag Management East Kilbride All genres Rusty Hip Collective Dundee All genres Cut Loose Promotions Glasgow All genres Critical Events Scotland Wide Metal/Hard Rock NDC Promotions / Events North Ayrshire All genres Scottish Tour Collective Scotland Wide All genres Black Reach Promotions Glasgow Metal/Hard Rock Traffic Cone Records Glasgow All genres Kstar Promotions Glasgow All genres Punk Rock Rammy Edinburgh/ Glasgow Punk


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It’s no great secret that Scotland’s music scene is a thing to be proud of. So we here at TSA have teamed up with Glasgow’s very own New Hellfire Club to bring you a monthly pick of who we think are doing epically well right now. Keep your eyes out for these up and coming bands. This is TSA and New Hellfire Club’s ‘Pick of the Month’.

MCCANN This months NHC MUSIC pick of the month is the always popular rock n rollers McCann, a Glasgow rock band so good, we’ve even booked them a few times ourselves for both instore gigs, and out of store gigs too. We have their new EP stocked as well, so if you like what you read, why not pop in and pick it up when you get the chance, or check out their band page on Facebook, just do a wee search for McCann. So we usually start off a band interview by asking about the band’s name, and why you chose that particular moniker, that seems pretty moot here though, with your singers second name being McCann! I was actually gonna call the record shop ‘Jamie’, but was voted down. Ach, i’ll ask anyway... WHY THE NAME? Andy: Well you would think the obvious reason...massive ego of the singer but no. I am quite a shy and quiet type but we were pondering what to call the band and a magic elf appeared to us in a top hat and stated ‘from henceforth you shall be called McCann go now and rock the world’ and we said ‘ thank you Mr Elf (in a top hat) ‘ and here we are rocking the world. Stevie: All true. Apart from the elf, the hat and shy and quiet bits. To be fair Andy did ask if anyone wanted another name, and I even think he was serious, but we all do like it, it suits us well and people remember it. YOU’VE GOT A NEW GUITARIST ON BOARD WITH YOU GUYS NOW (BIL FROM ONE OF OUR PAST FAVOURITES THE COFFINS), HOW IS THAT WORKING

IN PARTNERSHIP WIITH

OUT FOR YOU? IS HE SLOTTING IN TO THE SET UP WELL?

Andy: Bil is slotting into the band perfectly and it is great to have a new impetus and feel to the band although he does keep wanting to play the songs faster which for old codgers requires us to lie down in a darkened room the next day after a gig. Seriously Bil is an outstanding player and pushing us in a slightly different direction, we don’t know the direction yet but the sound is changing slightly. Stevie: The mighty Joe Bone said to me after Bil’s first gig that he thinks it’s sounding darker, Andy thinks there’s more tension in the tunes, I think I’m just edging closer to an onstage coronary. It’s all good. YOU’VE GIGGED GLASGOW PRETTY EXTENSIVELY IN THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, IN YOUR OPINIONS HOW DOES THE MUSIC SCENE, AT LOCAL LEVEL IN GLASGOW, DIFFER FROM OTHER CITIES SUCH AS EDINBURGH AND ABERDEEN? Andy: Well we have the Hellfire Club in Glasgow and there is a great vibe and feeling of camaraderie with other bands in the city. I love Joe Bone and The Dark Vibes, the Sux Pastels, The Media Whores, everywhere and The Blood and the Gold and feel there is a sense of something ‘underground‘ building in Glasgow and Mccann love being part of that. YOU GUYS JUST DROPPED A NEW EP RECENTLY CALLED THE WOLF’S HALL WHICH HAS BEEN PRETTY POPULAR, ANY PLANS FOR MORE RELEASES SOON, OR ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP

WITH THAT ONE FOR THE TIME BEING AND FOCUS MORE ON PLAYING SHOWS AROUND SCOTLAND? Andy: Next year we plan to release an album of material and we have 99% of it written but we will gig the songs before recording them to get them shipshape and Bristol fashion and we plan to play as much as humanly possible for us in future. Stevie: First and foremost we’re a live band, that’s what we all love doing as you can see from the shows. As well as what Bil’s now bringing to them, the songs can and do change when you put them out in front of an audience and get their feedback, so the more we can do that the better before we record the album. YOUR LAST EP’S HAVE BEEN RECORDED LIVE IN THE STUDIO, IS THIS AN APPROACH YOU INTEND ON CONTINUING WITH, AND DO YOU FEEL THIS IS AN OVERALL BETTER WAY FOR YOU GUYS TO RECORD MUSIC? We loved recording live and it gives us that spontaneity to the recording but I want to stick some keyboards on the new songs and ‘produce’ them a bit more so we might continue with this approach but I see us taking a bit of time over the tunes and arranging them but we will still have the same live feel not overproduced. The album will have a few interesting wee things on it to catch the listener’s attention ( I am learning the bavarian harp as we speak) WHAT’S THE MOST ROCK N ROLL THING YOU’VE DONE ON A GIG NIGHT? (KEEP IT CLEAN THOUGH, WE HAVE TEENAGERS READING!)

Andy: I once ate 4 chocolate hob nobs at a gig. Stevie: I was there. Any one of them could have gone down the wrong way, it was tense. Roy: The most rock and roll thing I’ve ever done at a gig was let down all the tyres of a promoter’s car HAVE YOU GOT A MENTAL WISHLIST OF OTHER BANDS YOU WOULD WANT TO SHARE THE STAGE WITH? Andy: I would love to share the stage with Love and Money at the barrowlands Stevie: The Bandstand at Kelvingrove with The Pixies, but I’m gutted that we can never support The Cramps at Barrowlands ever. Roy: I’d love to share a stage with The Banana Splits – coolest band ever. ANY BIG PLANS FOR 2016 IN THE PIPELINE? Andy: We plan to play extensively next year, next year is the year of Mccann! We have a new guitarist and a great set with new songs coming up through the pipeline. We plan to release an album and we will be one of the bands to watch for 2016, we think we have the chops and the ability. We plan to build our fantastic fanbase..I just want to be stopped in the street and fawned over as a rock god and next year that will happen :) I, on a personal level, plan to stop dropping to my knees during the set as it is killing my knees. Stevie: I think we might change the name of the band


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Gig Guide: Theatre & Comedy WED, 11 NOV THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre

MATTHEW BOURNES SLEEPING BEAUTY 19:30:00, Theatre Royal

THU, 12 NOV

THU, 19 NOV

COMPANY 7.30pm, Websters Theatre

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD 7.30pm, Websters Theatre

THE THURSDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand

THE THURSDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand

THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 19:30:00, Kings Theatre

FRI, 13 NOV

MATTHEW BOURNES SLEEPING BEAUTY 14:30:00, Theatre Royal

COMPANY 7.30pm, Websters Theatre

MATTHEW BOURNES SLEEPING BEAUTY 19:30:00, Theatre Royal

THE FRIDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand

FRI, 20 NOV

THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD 7.30pm, Websters Theatre

SAT, 14 NOV

THE FRIDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand

COMPANY 2.30pm, Websters Theatre COMPANY 7.30pm, Websters Theatre THE SATURDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand THE CHOIR 14:30:00, Citizens Theatre

TUE, 04 NOV THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre

TUE, 03 NOV REDRAW 19:30, The Stand THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre REBECCA 19:30:00, Kings Theatre

FRI, 06 NOV THE FRIDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand MRS BARBOUR’S DAUGHTERS 19:45, Tron Theatre THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre

SAT, 07 NOV DES MCLEAN 8pm, Websters Theatre

MON, 16 NOV

MRS BARBOUR’S DAUGHTERS 19:45, Tron Theatre

MRS BARBOUR’S DAUGHTERS 19:45, Tron Theatre

THE CHOIR 14:30:00, Citizens Theatre

THE CHOIR 14:30:00, Citizens Theatre

REBECCA 14:30:00, Kings Theatre

THU, 05 NOV THE THURSDAY SHOW 19:00, The Stand MRS BARBOUR’S DAUGHTERS 19:45, Tron Theatre THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre REBECCA 19:30:00, Kings Theatre COMEDY IN PROGRESS 20:30:00, Tron Theatre

WIZARD OF OZ 7pm, Websters Theatre

NOEL FIELDING 19:30:00, Kings Theatre

COMEDIAN RAP BATTLES 19:30, The Stand

REBECCA 19:30:00, Kings Theatre

SUN, 15 NOV MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 19:30, The Stand

WED, 04 NOV

REBECCA 14:30:00, Kings Theatre

THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre

REBECCA 19:30:00, Kings Theatre

THE SATURDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand

THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre REBECCA 19:30:00, Kings Theatre

SUN, 08 NOV CHRIS RAMSEY’S ALL GROWED UP 19:30, The Stand

MON, 09 NOV SCOTTISH LIVING WAGE CAMPAIGN BENEFIT 19:30, The Stand

TUE, 10 NOV REDRAW 19:30, The Stand THE CHOIR 19:30:00, Citizens Theatre

GLASGOW STRAIGHT TALK BENEFIT 19:30, The Stand

MICK FOLEY: FIFTY YEARS OF FOLEY 19:30, The Stand

TUE, 17 NOV

MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 14:30:00, Kings Theatre MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 19:30:00, Kings Theatre MATTHEW BOURNES SLEEPING BEAUTY 19:30:00, Theatre Royal

SAT, 21 NOV THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD 7.30pm, Websters Theatre THE SATURDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 14:30:00, Kings Theatre MIRACLE ON 34TH STREET 19:30:00, Kings Theatre MATTHEW BOURNES SLEEPING BEAUTY 14:30:00, Theatre Royal MATTHEW BOURNES SLEEPING BEAUTY 19:30:00, Theatre Royal

SUN, 22 NOV MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 19:30, The Stand

REDRAW 19:30, The Stand

MON, 23 NOV

MATTHEW BOURNES SLEEPING BEAUTY 19:30, Theatre Royal

SO...THAT WAS NOVEMBER ? 19:30, The Stand

WED, 18 NOV

TUE, 24 NOV

THE MYSTERY OF EDWIN DROOD 7.30pm, Websters Theatre

REDRAW 19:30, The Stand

THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 19:30:00, Theatre Royal

WED, 25 NOV HARDEEP SINGH KOHLI: BIG MOUTH STRIKES AGAIN 19:30, The Stand THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 14:30:00, Theatre Royal THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 19:30:00, Theatre Royal

THU, 26 NOV THE THURSDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 14:30:00, Theatre Royal THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 19:30:00, Theatre Royal

FRI, 27 NOV THE FRIDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 19:30:00, Theatre Royal SLEEPING BETTY 19:30:00, Tron Theatre

SAT, 28 NOV THE SATURDAY SHOW 19:30, The Stand THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 14:30:00, Theatre Royal SLEEPING BETTY 14:30:00, Tron Theatre SLEEPING BETTY 19:30:00, Tron Theatre

SUN, 29 NOV MICHAEL REDMOND’S SUNDAY SERVICE 19:30, The Stand THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST 19:30:00, Theatre Royal SLEEPING BETTY 13:00:00, Tron Theatre SLEEPING BETTY 17:00:00, Tron Theatre

MON, 30 NOV BENEFIT: RHONA MCKENZIE WHEELCHAIR FUNDRAISER 19:30, The Stand


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GAMES & GADGETS

What’s On: Games & Gadgets

by Aidan Scott @bigaidan a.scott@tsaglasgow.com

PICK OF THE MONTH PICK OF THE MONTH – FALLOUT 4 (PS4, XBOX ONE, PC)

One of the biggest gaming franchises makes its comeback this month with the release of Fallout 4. After its announcement earlier this year, the global anticipation for its release has went into overdrive and as a result, Fallout 4 will almost certainly be one of the biggest games of 2015. The franchise has been set in a postnuclear war America and the new game will be set 200 years after this war in Boston and its surrounding areas. However, Fallout 4’s story will actually begin on the

day the nuclear bomb’s dropped, picking up after the player’s emergence from a shelter two centuries later. During gameplay, players will be allowed to travel anywhere on the map from the beginning and will be able to vary their story dialogue with over 100,000 lines to choose from. Enemies such as raiders and super mutants will make a return in this game and players will also have an invincible companion called Dogmeat. The game will feature a complex crafting system which enables its (perhaps) most

Other games to look out for...

exciting feature; base building. Players will not only be able to build their own shelters but also be able to construct towns that NPCs can live in. In this case, you will have to create defences for the town as well as a reliable source of food for its inhabitants. This will prepare the town to fend off random attacks. The above features only scratch the surface of what is available in this game, you should definitely make sure you have money put aside for its release. Fallout 4 is released on November 10th.

Gadgets Galore R2-D2 DESKTOP VACUUM

Staying with the Star Wars theme, ever wish you could clean up the dust and crumbs that inevitably gather on your desk? Maybe you don’t but now you can with the R2-D2 Desktop Vacuum. Clutter is hoovered up through R2’s front leg and he can be emptied by removing the upper half of his body. You can buy one for £13.95 on Prezzybox.com.

GYRO FLYER XL BLACK

STAR WARS BATTLEFRONT (PS4, XBOX ONE, PC)

CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS III (PS4, XBOX ONE, PC)

As another November comes round, it is time for another entry in the franchise that just won’t go away. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is released this month and will provide players with another opportunity to play online multiplayer while ignoring the story for another year until the next release. Set in 2065, over 100 years after the first Black Ops, the game will follow a team of super soldiers in their fight against other super soldiers and robots, who are thrown in to the mix once again. Christopher Meloni, known for his portrayal of Elliot Stabler in Law and Order: SVU, will play the lead character. Bizarrely, Marshawn Lynch of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks will make an appearance as a villain. Zombies will return with another story mode as well, set this time in the fictional Morg City. Call of Duty: Black Ops III is released on November 6th.

While everyone is still getting excited about the release of the new Star Wars movie, EA Games will take advantage of the situation by releasing Star Wars Battlefront. Billed as a reboot of the popular franchise, Battlefront has exploited the technology of the new consoles to create some incredible graphics as seen in the game’s debut gameplay trailer. Players will fight it out in either first person or third person on some of the movies’ most famous locations such as Hoth and Endor. As before, space exploration will not feature in this game although there will be opportunities for space battles to take place. You will also be able to take control of some of the most popular characters from the films, including Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and Boba Fett. The Millennium Falcon will also be available to fly in battles. Star Wars Battlefront will be released on November 19th.

If you enjoy remote control devices, Red 5 are selling a Gyro Flyer XL Black for just £19.95. It is ideal for beginners and is easy to fly indoors as well. The remote control has a flash function as well which makes it easy when flying in a dark environment. So if you haven’t enjoyed remote controls before, try this one!

POOCH SELFIE How many times have you tried to capture a perfect selfie with your four-legged bestie only to have it spoiled when he or she suddenly loses interest and saunters off? Fear no more dog lovers, the ‘pooch selfie’ has just smashed its Kickstarter goal and soon you’ll be able to use the mobile accessory and attached tennis ball to keep your pup’s attention and snap one for the family album.


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November Horoscopes Aries

Bust out your power moves, Aries! Until November 22, the Sun is in Scorpio, your eighth house of shared resources, both financial and emotional. You’re in an intense mood, hyper-focused on getting an important job done.

Taurus

Partner up! This month is all about dynamic duos, Bull, as the Sun in Scorpio moves through your seventh house of one-on-one relationships until November 22, and then shifts into Sagittarius, your eighth house of perma-bonding and meaningful mergers.

Gemini

Time to whip your life into fighting shape, Gemini! Until November 22, the Sun is roving through Scorpio, your sixth house of health, wellness and organization. After a decadent and party-hearty October, the stars appoint you head of your own cleanup crew.

Cancer

Do YOU, Cancer. Until November 22, the Sun is roving through Scorpio, your fifth house of self-expression, courage and romance. Put your caretaking tendencies on the backburner, and indulge yourself! You could be feeling more “hedonist” than “helper,” so enjoy this fiery, passionate mood.

Leo

Nothing like a homecoming, Leo! Until November 22, the Sun is moving through Scorpio, your fourth house of family, domestic matters and nostalgia. Even while the rest of the world is running around, getting down to business before the holiday season hits, you’re in the mood to nest, reflect and tend to your most personal—and private—self.

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

Virgo Current mood: Outgoing and chatty! Until November 22, the Sun is moving through Scorpio, your third house of ideas, kindred spirits and communication. It’s social butterfly time, Virgo, so spread your wings. You have an insatiable thirst for intellectual stimulation now—reading, writing, debating and conversing. Keep up with the news, TED talks, fascinating podcasts… anything to keep your mind active.

Sagittarius

Sink into your cocoon, Archer. Until November 22, the Sun is in Scorpio, your twelfth house of rest and closure, putting you in a quieter, introspective mood. It’s time for soul searching rather than social networking, even a little pre-winter hibernation.

Capricorn

November is off to a high-octane start, Capricorn. Until November 22, the Sun is in Scorpio, your eleventh house of teamwork, social connections and group activity, making you quite the social butterfly. Ditch the solitary Mountain Goat routine.

Libra

Aquarius

Back to basics, Libra! Until November 22, the Sun is in Scorpio, your second house of money, work and stability, giving you a clear, practical focus. With an emphasis on security and your bottom line, you’re in the mood to save a lot and only spend when absolutely necessary.

Rise up and shine, Aquarius! Until November 22, the Sun is in Scorpio, your tenth house of career advancement and professional recognition, giving your endeavors a huge boost. This is the time to get to work—making moves at the office, mapping out your future plans and checking-in with mentors (or mentoring a an up-and-comer yourself).

Scorpio

Pisces

All eyes on you! Until November 22, the Sun is in Scorpio, highlighting your first house of self, identity and fresh starts. After a period in the cocoon, you’re making your big, splashy debut. During Scorpio birthday season, you’re the one to watch, and definitely in the maverick zone.

Hello, wide horizons! The first three weeks of the month, you’re feeling wildly inspired, as the Sun moves through Scorpio, your ninth house of expansion, freedom and optimism. Scorpio season lasts until November 22, boosting your confidence and your independent mood.

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Chef De Partie Salary: £salary not specified Agent: Cafe Source Skills: Hospitality/Catering/Tourism Location: Glasgow Chef De Partie with good experience required. Must be hard working, reliable and enthusiastic. To apply email C.V. to info@cafesource.co.uk via the apply now or call 0141 548 6020.

Architectural Technicians/ Technologists Salary: £negotiable Agent: IDP Architects LLP Skills: Architecture Location: Glasgow IDP Architects, based in Glasgow, are seeking experienced Architectural Technicians/ Technologists to assist them with a wide range of current projects. Autocad proficiency is essential with Revit experience desirable.

Scaffolder £13ph Salary: £13.00 - £13.50 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Part 2 Scaffolders required in Glasgow Must have CISRS ticket and be comfortable with the following: Tubing Chimney Stacks Build up Strip Down Please call 0141 272 7706 or email michael.waugh@search.co.uk

SOLICITOR Salary: £salary not specified Agent: The PRG Partnership Skills: Legal Location: Glasgow The PRG Partnership SOLICITOR Solicitor required with at least two years’ PQE for maternity leave cover in busy branch office. Emphasis on domestic, conveyancing and executry. Some civil court, mainly family law. Immediate start. Apply with CV via the apply now button.

Paraplanner Salary: £32000 - £35000 per annum Agent: Reed Insurance Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow Paraplanner/Administrator required for a wealth management firm. Full-time position required Position involves client management, report writing, investment research, client contact, office management, Must be Diploma qualified or equivalent. Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Telehandler

Gas Safe Plumber

Salary: £11.50 - £12 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow **PLEASE NOTE THIS IS NOT A TELEPHONE BASED ROLE** Our client is looking for a Telehandler (Manitou Telescopic) for a 3 week contract. Candidate must have a valid CPCS card and be familiar with the operation of the Telehandling machine. To apply, please call 0141 272 1706 or email michael.waugfh@ search.co.uk

Salary: Competitive DOE Agent: Eagle Contracts Ltd Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow An experienced Gas Safe Plumber/Engineer required for immediate start. Full time position offered with excellent salary and company van. Main duties would be insurance based domestic refits and gas safe certification of domestic boilers and appliances. A current driving licence is essential. To be considered for this role, please click to APPLY NO AGENCIES PLEASE!

Experienced Secretary

Cad Setter Out

Salary: £Excellent terms and conditions Agent: Aspin Estates Ltd Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow Experienced Secretary required, part-time for busy Property Company’s Office. 3 full days a week. Must be proficient in current Microsoft Office Software and possess good administrative skills. Excellent terms and conditions. Please send CV to: Aspin Estates Ltd, 5 Fitzroy Place, Glasgow, G3 7RH

Salary: £DOE Agent: Elmwood Projects Ltd Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Cad Setter Out required for busy progressive Bespoke Joinery Company. Candidates should be experienced in this field. This is a full time permanent position based in Glasgow with an immediate start and salary will be dependant upon experience. Only successful candidates will be contacted Please apply along with your CV to Mr Steven Gough: steven@elmwoodprojects.co.uk

TIME SERVED SERVICE ENGINEER / FITTER Salary: £ Salary Dependent on Experience Agent: Centri-force Engineering Co Ltd Skills: Engineering/Technical Location: Glasgow Requirement for a time served Service Engineer/ Fitter, based from Hillington Glasgow. Experience with high speed rotating process equipment would be an advantage and or experience with centrifuges. Candidate should be capable of working on Customers site as well as a workshop environment and hold a clean driving licence, as company vehicle will be provided.

Chef DE Parte Salary: negotiable Agent: City Facilities Management Skills: Hospitality/Catering/Tourism Location: Glasgow Experienced Chef required for busy staff canteen, catering for 500 employees per day. Must be able to work in a fast paced environment. You must be able to work as part of a team and independently when required. Candidates should be well organised, motivated, punctual and reliable. Monday to Friday, 8am - 4.30pm. You should hold all relevant hygiene certificates.

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NOVEMBER 2015, ISSUE 15 Electrician Salary: £14.50 - £15.50 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Our client requires 3 time served 17th edition electricians for an 8 month contract in Glasgow area. Electricians must have ECS card and own tools. Car drivers would be preferable because of site location. Electricians must have experience in commercial hotel refurbishment. If interested please give Michael a call on 0141 272 7706 or send CVs to michael.waugh@ search.co.uk

Chef DE Partie Salary: £17000 depending on experience Agent: 1051 GWR Skills: Hospitality/Catering/Tourism Location: Glasgow Chef de partie required for new venture on Great Western Road. Immediate start. Hard working individual not scared of a busy environment, and rises to the challenges that come from a new Bar/Bistro. Great fresh food served to a busy audience. Must have had previous experience working in a high volume and professional kitchen. Thinking ahead is a must as is working under pressure.

Electrician £15 per hour, 8 month contract Salary: £15 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Our client requires 3 time served 17th edition electricians for an 8 month contract in Glasgow area. Electricians with must have ECS card, own tools and PPE. Car drivers would be preferable because of site location. Electricians must have experience in commercial hotel refurbishment. If interested please give David Campbell a call on 0141 272 7809 or send CVs to david.campbell@search.co.uk company that has an extremely healthy pipeline.

EXPERIENCED STAFF REQUIRED Salary: DOE Agent: Strathclyde Tyre Services Limited Skills: Automotive Location: Glasgow Due to volume of business the following additional experienced staff required for depots across central Scotland :- Depot Managers, Assistant Managers, MOT Testers, Mechanics, Mobile & Depot Tyre Fitters. Excellent salary & conditions, including contributory pension scheme for right candidates. Apply, including current CV to Jaine Chisholm, Company Secretary sales@strathclydetyres.co.uk.

Chef Salary: ££££ COMPETATIVE Agent: Primestaff Skills: Hospitality/Catering/Tourism Location: Glasgow We are currently looking for Chefs who have experience working in a care home or similar environment, hold a valid PVG and who are familiar with specialist dietary needs. These shifts are to cover holidays , sickness and busy periods. Applicants must also have an SVQ3 in professional cookery and have previous experience working in a care home. You will also be asked to complete a skills test

Electrician Salary: £14.90 - £15.00 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Our client requires 3 time served 17th edition electricians for an 8 month contract in Glasgow area. Electricians with must have ECS card, own tools and PPE. Car drivers would be preferable because of site location. Electricians must have experience in commercial refurbishment. Comms, Data Cabling, Containment, Telephony, Alarms etc. Please call 1041 272 1706 or email michael.waugh@search.co.uk

Clerical Assistant - Constuction Salary: £9-10 per hour Agent: Centra Consult LLP Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow The successful candidate will provide clerical and admin support to a construction sub-contracting firm on a multi million pound city centre development. The candidate will be based on site and will assist in the preparation and maintenance of on site- records (such as progress photographs / site records) This position would be suitable for someone who has recently graduated and ideally has an interest in the construction Industry.

Painter - Glasgow - £12 per hour Ongoing Work Salary: £12 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Our busy client is looking for a number of Experienced Painters for an ongoing contract in the Glasgow Area. Full time hours available for the length of the contract. £12 per hour available Successful candidates must

have full PPE, and hold a valid CSCS card. Immediate start available for the right candidate, if you feel you have the skills and experience necessary please contact Gemma on 0141 272 7738 or send your CV via the apply button.

hours 15k + bonus. For more information contact Karen on 01414336724, or send your CV to glrecruitment@ hothouseenergy.co.uk.

database schema design. Skills Required: JavaScript. HTML5. CSS. JQuery. AngularJS or similar framework. Java. SQL.

Civil Engineering - Site Staff

Pensions Administrator Sipp

Sous Chef

Salary: £competitive salary + benefits Agent: George Leslie Ltd Skills: Engineering/Technical Location: Glasgow Civil Engineering - Site Staff Competitive Salaries + Benefits George Leslie Ltd - a privately-owned Civil Engineering Contractor working throughout Scotland. With a good forward workload, we are looking to strengthen our site teams across all levels. Ideally with some relevant site experience in heavy civils construction across the marine and water sectors, we’d be pleased to receive your CV. Forward your CV by clicking the ’Apply Now’ button.

Salary: £100 per day Agent: Resource Solutions / Prudential Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow Pensions Administrator (x3) We are looking for candidates with Pensions experience to join a growing team. There are 3 opportunities available in different areas with great opportunities for learning and growth. These roles are temp to permanent or 6 month

Salary: £23500 Agent: The Burnside Hotel Skills: Hospitality/Catering/Tourism Location: Glasgow Sous Chef required to join a successful kitchen team, where excellent, good quality food is served each day. You will assist the Head Chef managing the kitchen team, menu planning, costing, budgets and staff rotas. You must have excellent attention to detail, ensuring the highest standards and consistency are met at all times. Be able to design new menus maintaining the gross profit required.You will have experience with banqueting operations and have good organisational skills.

Commercial, IP & IT Associate/ Senior Solicitor Agent: Eden Scott Skills: Legal Location: Glasgow Eden Scott’s client a full service commercial law firm are currently looking to make an addition to their team in Glasgow. You will have experience in IP / IT dispute work including; trade marks, patents and copyrights, passing off and/or breach of confidentiality. Ideally candidates should also have a good knowledge of Data Protection legislation and FOI requirements. For more information on this position please submit your CV or alternative please call for a confidential discussion.

Telephonist/Receptionist Agent: Allstaff Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow AllStaff Glasgow are currently recruiting a number of Telephonist/Receptionist’s for ongoing temporary assignments for our clients in & around the Glasgow area. Please note the location of our clients can sometimes be outside of the City Centre & therefore your own transport would be beneficial. Candidates MUST be of smart appearance, have exemplary telephone manners, be confident in a fast paced environment & be able to work with minimal supervision.

Warehouse Staff Salary: £ Dep. on Exp Agent: Ceiling to Floor Ltd Skills: Sales Location: Glasgow Ceiling to Floor will shortly open a new branch with luxury showroom in Anniesland and we require warehouse staff. We are looking for enthusiastic and articulate members of staff to help develop our operations in this area. The ideal candidates should have excellent communication skills with previous warehouse experience. Our hours of work are 8am5pm 5 days over six and closed Sundays. Appropriate training and support will be given with an excellent salary.

TECHNICAL COMPLIANCE Salary: £1 per annum Agent: Reed Insurance Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow A compliance opportunity for a Diploma qualified Financial Services Professional. I am looking for someone who has a Technical Financial Services background, with a great knowledge of Products, FCA rules and Handbook, Trust and Tax. Previous experience working in Provider and/or IFA preferable, demonstrating broad technical knowledge across the industry. This is for a short term contract based in Glasgow. Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Window Blind Installation Engineer Salary: £Competitive Agent: Shades Window Blinds Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow An excellent opportunity for a highly motivated and enthusiastic person to join our existing highly successful team. Servicing new and existing clients in Central Scotland. Areas available Edinburgh & Glasgow. Previous experience preferred but not essential full training provided. . Suitable candidate would be a DIY enthusiast . O.T.E. £24-30K uncapped + company vehicle + benefits NO AGENCIES PLEASE

Driver Salary: £7 - £7.50 per hour Agent: Allstaff Skills: Logistics/Distribution Location: Glasgow Allstaff Glasgow has an immediate requirement for a Van Driver with a FL certificate for our busy client in the North of Glasgow. This is a temporary position for 2-3 weeks initially but may be extended. Duties will involve loading own vehicle and delivering goods as required, you will also be expected to uplift collections from suppliers. Previous commercial driving experience is essential. Must have a counterbalance forklift certificate as you will need to work in warehouse also. Mon to Friday 40 hours per week.

Class 1 Drivers Salary: Depending on client Agent: Topstaff Skills: Logistics/Distribution Location: Glasgow Position: We are urgently recruiting experienced Class I drivers for ongoing temporary contracts. This vacancy has various start times including nightshift, early or weekend working. You must have a Digital Tachograph Card, DQC card and have no more that 6 points on your licence for minor offences and pass a company driving assessment. Please call Robert on 0141 427 7070 or submit CV to driver@topstaffemployment.com in the first instance.

Commercial/Corporate Broker (Glasgow) Salary: £35000 per annum Agent: FPSG Connect Skills: Insurance Location: Glasgow New and exciting opportunity for 2 commercial/ corporate brokers to join Glasgow branch of expanding brokerage. You should have a comprehensive understanding of the commercial insurance marketplace handling new and existing business, quotations, renewals, MTAs, market submissions, presentations, be confident attending client meetings and building strong insurer & client relationships. This position comes with a competitive salary and realist bonus and shares available. For more information call me on 0141 270 5131 or email CV to me.

Paraplanner

Commercial/Corporate Broker (Glasgow)

Salary: £30000 - £35000 per annum Agent: Reed Insurance Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow Well respected Wealth Management Firm is seeking an experienced Paraplanner for their South Lanarkshire office. Key responsibilities: * Client management , report Writing, Investment Research, Client Contact and office management The successful candidate will be Diploma Qualified It will be advantageous if candidates are: Previous experience: paraplanner, financial adviser or helpdesk/technical support capacity. Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Agent: FPSG Connect Skills: Insurance Location: Glasgow New and exciting opportunity for 2 commercial/ corporate brokers to join Glasgow branch of expanding brokerage. You should have a comprehensive understanding of the commercial insurance marketplace handling new and existing business, quotations, renewals, MTAs, market submissions, presentations, be confident attending client meetings and building strong insurer & client relationships. This position comes with a competitive salary and realist bonus and shares available. For more information call me on 0141 270 5131 or email CV to me.

Telesales Advisors

Software Developer

Salary: £15k + bonus per annum Agent: Hot House Energy Company Skills: Call/Contact Centres Location: Glasgow Due to the growth in the renewable energy market we are currently looking for Telesales Advisors to join our company. These individuals must be hard working, enthusiastic and have excellent time keeping. Experience is not essential as we offer full training. We have flexible working hours mornings, evening and weekends. Part time hours £10k + bonus. Full time

Salary: £Neg plus Benefits Agent: Hudson IT&T Skills: IT/Telecommunications Location: Glasgow Hudson are delighted to be recruiting for a software developer for their market leading client in Glasgow. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right candidate to join an innovative company that are very keen to develop individuals. An ideal candidate would have experience of designing components, from designing the user interface through to REST services and

General Operative Salary: £6.50 - £8.00 per hour Agent: Meridian Business Support Skills: Production/Manufacturing Location: Glasgow Meridian Business Support are currently looking for temporary workers to work with some of our Industrial clients. We have immediate starts available for Warehouse and General Operatives . These positions will be based in the Glasgow and surrounding area and hours of work will generally be between 8am and 5pm. Please get in touch with Leigh Ellis on 0141 285 7905 or lellis@meridianbs.co.uk Meridian Business Support is acting on behalf of our Client as a Recruitment Agency.

Joiners (2 / 3 Week Contract) Salary: £13.00 per day Agent: Total Recruitment Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Total Recruitment Group (Construction Division) are currently looking for 2x Joiners to assist in the completion of an exciting project in Glasgow East End. This contract will involve finishing work, doors, skirtings etc, to ensure go live date is met. This opportunity is expected to last 2/3 weeks and offers an hourly rate of £13.00 per hour Interested candidates are advised to get in touch asap as these opportunities will be starting on Monday. For more information on this role, please contact Greg Shields at g.shields@ totalrecruitmentgroup.com or call 07939 125203

Legal Counsel - Property Agent: Eden Scott Skills: Legal Location: Glasgow Eden Scott’s client is a world leader in renewables, they are looking for a dual qualified solicitor preferably or a willingness to become dual qualified in both Scotland and England and Wales. The focus of this position will primarily be on property and planning work throughout the UK and will include transactional work on major projects. You will ideally be a minimum of 3yrs PQE, previous in-house experience is preferred but not essential. You must have experience in commercial property and also planning with some experience in renewables. Please apply for further information.

Project Accountant Salary: Competitive salary & benefits Agent: Escape Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Our client is looking for a Project Accountant to work with them for a period of 6 months. Duties include: Reviewing project accounts. Processing project invoices. Dealing with WIP. Assisting Senior Project Accountant. Ideally you will be: PQ/Fully Qualified. Strong in project accounting skills. Comfortable communicating with a wide range of individuals. If you are interested in this role and would like more information please send your CV and covering letter to Louise.Young@ escaperecruitment.com.

Labourer Salary: £6.50 - £6.55 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Our busy client requires several CSCS Labourers for immediate start in the Glasgow City Centre and surrounding areas. Recent working experience on active building sites would be preferable. Candidates will be required to carry out light cleaning duties on site when not labouring - please bear this in mind when applying. Candidates must have own PPE and valid CSCS Card for site induction - public transportation will be suitable for the duration of the placements. If interested please give us a call on 0141 272 7817 or send a CV to steven.maynes@search.co.uk

Bookkeeper - Temp to Perm Salary: £18000 - £20000 per annum Agent: Reed Accountancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Hi all I have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Bookkeeper to join a successful organisation in Glasgow. This is a temporary to permanent position. Daily duties will include: Accounts to trial balance All aspects of Purchase Ledger All aspects of Sales Ledger General Ledger Management reporting Ad hoc duties as required The successful candidate will be: Immediately available to start work Proficient in the use of SageLine50 Interested? Please apply without delay! Thank you. Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

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SPORTS

GLASGOW WOMEN’S ROLLER DERBY ON THE RISE Roller Derby is a full contact sport, played on quad roller skates, on a flat oval track. Each bout game is divided into segments of up to 2 minutes, called jams. With us so far? Okay, great lets keep going. A team can consist of up to 14 players but only five can be on the track in any one jam – one jammer and four blockers. The jammer is the point scorer for her team and is distinguishable by her star helmet cover, she races around the track, through the pack to score points by passing players from the opposing team (one player passed equals one point scored). So she becomes the main target for the opposing blockers. The blockers form the pack (they can be offence and defence) and they try to stop the opposing jammer and help their jammer

through the pack. One of the blockers on each team may be a pivot, she wears a striped helmet cover. She can set the pace of the pack and direct her team’s blockers on the track and she can accept the star helmet cover, and take over as point scorer. We could go on about how the jams work, grand slams and the referees but we’re really here to explain more about GRD – Glasgow Roller Derby. The DIY club was the first flat track roller derby club to be established in Scotland and the fourth in the UK. The ‘grassroots run’ organisation is managed by volunteers, with each member performing at least one committee role, who aim to promote a strong and healthy image of women from all walks of life, all shapes and all sizes. GRD state that they “embrace diversity and celebrate inclusion while working hard towards bettering ourselves

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as players and our league as a whole.” They’ve grown tremendously since their humble beginnings back in 2007, they now compete worldwide and recently jumped an impressive +40 spots in the rankings. As of July 2015, there were around 50 active members in the main league and 25 skaters in The Glasgow Roller recruits – this is the name of the skaters GRD is training with its ‘learn to skate’ course, which aims to teach basic roller derby skating skills to enable the skater to join advanced training sessions or to join as a skating official. They have three travel teams: ‘The Irn

Bruisers’, who are the original travel team and their current all-star travel team, the ‘Maiden Grrders’, who are the B travel team, and the ‘Carnie Gingers’ – the newest team at GRD. There are also four home teams; Tyrannosaurus Wrecks, Bad Omens, Death Stars and Hell’s Belles. The home teams are taking part in a tournament on 28 November at Glasgow Caledonian Arc so head along to get your first taste of roller derby, you never know you could soon be emailing GRD looking for a spot with the recruits.


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COULD YOU REPLICATE SCOTTISH RUGBY GLORY? Since September 18, many eyes have potentially turned away from studying and revising, to drinking and enjoying the endless advertisement of the biggest spectacle in rugby union. The Rugby World Cup, like any sporting tournament, has given us massive stories, whether it be unexpected underdogs or dramatic failure. Japan took only their second-ever World Cup victory with a rousing performance against South Africa and went on to win a further two matches against all odds. Their only loss came against Scotland, the team which would deny them a first quarter-final appearance. However, the tournament didn’t go well for some nations. Six Nations countries Italy and England both bowed out in the group stages. It was particularly shocking for the English, former winners in 2003, having been knocked out in the group stages for the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1987. For Scotland, the World Cup took the imagination of the nation. The Scots surged into the quarter-finals, with heroic victories over Japan, the United States and Samoa, only losing to eventual group leaders South Africa. Scotland then defiantly faced overwhelming favourites Australia, losing 35-34 in arguably the best quarter-final of the tournament. The team lost to a controversial last-minute penalty which World Rugby has now officially stated was an incorrect decision. To put this result in perspective, this is the country which failed to get out of the World Cup group stages in 2011. The team has finished inside the top four of the yearly Six Nations tournament once in the last seven years, in 2013, finishing bottom twice in 2012 and 2015. Therefore it is a remarkable turnaround given they were the last European team

that remained in the competition, leaving Australia to battle alongside Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa for the tournament. Scotland’s performance relates with a sport which is becoming ever popular in the country. Not only have the Scots performed well, but Gregor Townsend’s Glasgow Warriors won the yearly Pro12 tournament, which combines teams from Scotland, Ireland, Wales and Italy, for the first time in May. Indeed a Twitter search could show you masses of selfies from fans from rugby grounds around the country. Not only that, but rugby union is one of a dying breed of sports which is largely available free to air on television, something which may be music to the ears of a student. Rugby also does not have the same focus that football may have in deviating from selecting players who play in the country. Twelve of the 31-man squad came from Glasgow Warriors alone, varying in experience from Sean Lamont, who claimed his 100th cap during the tournament, to Josh Strauss, who was uncapped at the start of the tournament. Some, however, were not so lucky, with the likes of Grant Gilchrist having been forced out of the tournament through injury. Gilchrist had posted on Twitter: “Devastated. Big thanks for the support. All the best to the boys for the rest of the tournament #AsOne #RWC2015.” With the nation’s efforts, it would be no surprise if young students wanted to become involved in the sport. Students could get involved in rugby through links with their own universities. The BUCS Cup involves the University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde amongst universities from around the countries. For each university there is a number of squads for large numbers to come forward to in several leagues. Other opportunities lie ahead in the

Glasgow East Rugby Club

number of small rugby clubs in the area. One such club, Glasgow East Rugby Club is located at Birchwood Avenue in the East End, and their club secretary Peter McEwan, is always on the lookout for new members, and is looking to play on the success of the world cup for publicity. McEwan said: “Basically there’s a wee bit of a mix with new players coming into the [Scottish rugby] team, the Strauss’ coming in, that’s kind of boosted the team. It’s a result for Scotland to get where they are just now.” Even closer to home, the club could benefit from Scotland’s ‘result’. “We’re picking up numbers now, a few enquiries, a wee bit more than usual. Hopefully we can pick it up, really looking to promote it through the kids side, so if they’re watching the World Cup hopefully they’ll take it up. Hopefully we’re going to start a campaign off the back of the World Cup to promote our club. When asked whether students could come to the club to test their own rugby skills, Mr McEwan would be more than welcome to see them through the door. “Yeah, yeah, that would be fantastic. Any over 18s or anybody around about, just under 18, come along, train with

us and hopefully when they become 18 we’ll register them. Hopefully we can get any overseas players, we’re looking for a community club, we term ourselves as that. “We’re always looking for forwards. It seems to be the front row forwards that seem to be short of demand at the moment. “If anybody wants to come along, we advertise as no experience necessary, so if anybody wanted to come along and give it a wee go and see if they like it, it would be ideal.” However, the possibility also doesn’t stop on the playing fields, as they are always looking for other backroom staff to help out. “If anybody wants to come along, help out, looking for their qualifications and help coach, any physiotherapists or anything who also want to come along and do any hours we can help them get their coaching badges.” Sandra White, MSP for Glasgow Kelvin, also thought that the tournament could provoke an outpouring of people taking up the sport. Ms White said: “I think it does. You’ve seen it before, you’ve seen it when it’s tennis, you’ve seen it over there in Kelvingrove with all people taking [it] up, young kids doing the tennis.” “Anything that’s got a positive aspect to it, and the media picks up on it, people tend to go that way and will pick up on it like every other sport.” “If it brings people into the sport, fantastic. I must admit I cringe when I see some of the poor souls. I would admit if I saw one of these big guys came running to me I’d be off! I’d run as fast as my wee legs would carry me!” Who knows, if students around universities or colleges were to join in and answer the calls of clubs for new members, they might be the next stars to get Scotland into the knockout stages of future World Cups to come, finding new emotions to be written. If anyone wants to pick up rugby at the Glasgow East Rugby Club, you can contact Peter McEwan via email at petermcewan@ hotmail.co.uk or via phoning 07939 268293. by Cameron Paterson

Scotland players take the applause from the crowd at the end of the game during the 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool B match between Scotland and USA at Elland Road

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