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All the best events taking place this January... LIMMY LIVE AT THE SECC GLASGOW He’s one of Scotland’s most popular comedians. And he has an opinion on pretty much everything under the sun. Scottish comedian, actor, and web developer Brian “Limmy” Limond. He first became known for his website and blog. In late 2006, his daily podcast Limmy’s World of Glasgow received interest from the mainstream UK media. Meanwhile his surreal TV sketch show, simply called Limmy’s Show, became a national cult hit, despite originally only being made to be shown on BBC Two Scotland. It won the Scottish BAFTA award for Best Entertainment Programme twice and has reached wider audiences through DVD release. He previously told The Scotsman that his live show would be based on his sketch show, which ran from 2010 to 2013, with ‘wee twists’ on the scripts. And he’ll also perform stand-up to introduce the skits, which will feature such characters as waster Dee Dee, reformed junkie Jacqueline McCafferty and fantasy game host Falconhoof. From the 28th to the 31st you can see him live at the SECC. A great day out for any comedy lovers. The sketch show comes after Limmy performs his UK tour on the back of his new book, Daft Wee Stories, which was released on July 30 2015. See full interview with Limmy at







The Johann Strauss Gala has entertained audiences for over 40 years with its captivating combination of muchloved music, delightful dancing and a dash of comedy. The Johann Strauss Dancers and Orchestra return with a brand new show for 2016 with irrepressible showman Rainer Hersch. Together they take you on a lighthearted journey filled with some of the most romantic waltzes and liveliest polkas ever composed. On Saturday the 9th January, Johann Strauss will bring Straussian music and dance to Glasgow, featuring Polka and Waltzes. Performers include Johann Strauss Orchestra, Rainer Hersch, Kristy Swift and Johann Strauss Dancers. The performance will be held at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall with tickets starting at £26.50.

All The Young Nudes is life drawing, set to music, for everyone. There is also always a bar. And good music, especially designed for you guys each week to draw to. Drawing from life, especially the human form, is an amazing skill to work on. It teaches you to focus, concentrate and observe. It helps clear your brain. You need no advance experience, just an open mind!

If you want to take the younger ones out for a treat, Wee Cinderella is just the ticket. On Friday 15th January 2016 the Theatre Royal will show a special performance designed for children with live accompaniment by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. The story of Cinderella is a classic for all ages, and it has been beautifully translated into ballet. It is sure to be a magical afternoon. Discover Cinderella’s enchanted world as her fairy tale comes to life and her dreams come true. This specially adapted hour long performance features the Company’s dancers accompanied live by the Scottish Ballet Orchestra. With a presenter to guide you through the story and some audience participation, it is the perfect way for young families to discover the magic of ballet.

Starting on the 11th January, this weekly art club is open to anyone who wants to try their hand at life drawing. Art supplies are available but you can bring your own. Whether you want to improve your art or just want to give it a go, the friendly fellow artists are more than happy to help out. Doors open at 7:45pm at Sloans Glasgow.





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PADDY MCGUINNESS AT KING’S THEATRE One of the country’s best-loved and most popular comedians Paddy McGuinness has announced a brand new UK tour for 2015 and 2016. Paddy McGuinness, host of ITV’s Take Me Out is coming to Glasgow on his first stand-up comedy tour since 2011. His Glasgow stop on his tour is on the 5th of February. He is going back to his comedic roots on this tour. He stated that “I’m really looking forward to being back on tour – I’ve missed it. I’ve got a great new show planned – Daddy McGuinness. Amongst many other


things, I’ll be sharing several stories about becoming a first time dad and parenthood!” After numerous sell-out tours and best-selling DVDs, Paddy’s long awaited return to stand-up will see him perform 50 dates across the UK. Up Close & Personal with Daddy McGuiness: Premium top-price seat in the front 6 rows include a signed photo from Paddy and an exclusive VIP tour laminate. Book tickets now to avoid disappointment. Ages 15+.


MOSCOW STATE CIRCUS: 7 ZHELANIY The Moscow State Circus returns to the UK with its latest and greatest production to date. Based on the Russian folklore story of CvetikSemicvetik, or “the flower with seven colours,” by Benjamin Losin, the Moscow State Circus is back in Glasgow Wizard Wako and his crazy side kick Natalia Mezentceva invite’s the audience to a wondrous & mysterious enchanted garden, a place where dreams come true and a place to see magnificent feats of human


achievement, the like of which have never been witnessed in Great Britain before. As the Loveable Buffoons guide you through this tantalising tale, granting wishes to the beautiful Kushka Veslovskiy who plays Zhenya, surrounded by a multitude of flying, back flipping, juggling, wire walking and roller-skating performers. From the 7th to the 17th of January they will be performing at SOAR AT INTU BRAEHEAD.






Whether you’ve never skated before or you want to take your skating to the next level, Rollerstop has got a lesson to suit you. Is your new year’s resolution to lose weight? Instead of going to a boring gym, why not try Roller Skating? A lot more fun and great exercise. Rollerstop Roller Rink offer Adult Roller Skating Lessons every Tuesday at 18:30 to 19:30 and Thursday at 19:30 to 20:30. They also offer Revolution: Skate Workout for ages 16+ on Mondays and Wednesdays. Designed to make you sweat! Providing a full cardio workout and core strengthening exercises, this a great way of keeping fit and have fun.

In 2015 the Monster Energy Arenacross Tour powered in to Glasgow for a night of insane full-throttle entertainment…and the fans weren’t disappointed! So this year they are treating you to not one but two shows of world class indoor racing, awesome Freestyle Motocross. Arenacross is a motorbike race equivalent to Nascar. With fast action and death defying tricks thrown into the mix. Round two and three of the Arenacross Tour are taking place at the SSE Hydro Arena on the 9th and 10th January. If you like high-octane entertainment, you will certainly enjoy this. See the full preview on page 53.

Direct from four sold-out seasons in London’s Hyde Park Winter Wonderland and its sold out 2014 theatre tour, Britain’s favourite circus returns! Cirque Berserk combines traditional circus thrills with jaw dropping stunt action made especially for the theatre. Acts include knife throwing, shooting arrows with feet and the Globe of Terror. They will also present you with the world’s most dangerous circus act, live on stage, the legendary Globe of Death (3 motorcyclists speeding around inside a steel cage at over 60mph). See the action for yourself on Friday 22 to Sunday 24 January at the King’s Theatre. With thrills, laughs and suspense, what’s not to love?

Celebrate Burns Night in style with an evening of top comedy and some traditonal Scottish fayre! Burns night falls on a Monday this year so we suggest celebrating a tad early at The Stand Comedy Club, Glasgow. Top comedy acts will be performing, all equally beautiful yet filthy. Robert Burns had a good sense of humour right, so the best way to honour that is to hold a night of beautiful, filthy comedy. It’s what he would have wanted. On Sunday the 24th January, The Stand will be the place to go for a good laugh, with David Kay, Susie McCabe and Mikey Adams performing their most recent material. See what’s on the Burns Night on page 13.



Starring Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence, David O. Russell’s compelling new film is an uplifting story about an imaginative girl with aspirations to become an inventor, who grows up to be an enterprising and resilient young woman. The movie follows Joy as she falls for a charismatic singer (Édgar Ramirez), marries him and starts a family. Her childhood dreams are shelved as she raises her children, while continuing to work fulltime. The marriage ends and Joy has to support her entire family, including her ex. But her creative spirit is reignited and she invents an innovative, self-wringing cotton mop: the Miracle Mop. Joy starts her own business, but has to navigate her way through an unforgiving business world, while dealing with huge challenges and untrustworthy colleagues.

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14 – 31 JANUARY 2016 2,100 ARTISTS • 300 EVENTS • 20 VENUES From Thursday 14 to Sunday 31 January, 2,500 musicians from around the world will gather in Glasgow for 18 days of concerts, ceilidhs, talks, art exhibitions, workshops, free events, late night sessions and a host of special one-off musical collaborations. Stars of world, folk and roots music, who will perform on 26 stages at venues across the city, including Rickie Lee Jones, The Chieftains, Lau, The Unthanks, Béla Fleck, Moving Hearts, Robert Plant, Lucinda Williams, Admiral Fallow, Toumani Diabaté, Karine Polwart, Boys of the Lough, and Larry Carlton. With artists from Inner Mongolia to Armagh, Senegal to Italy, and Brittany to the Outer Hebrides to Southern Manitoba performing at the festival in 2016 Celtic Connections remains a hotbed of musical talent from cultures and countries from across the globe. The Opening Concert will be celebrating 50 years of the Traditional Music & Song Association of Scotland with musical director Siobhan Miller at the helm opening one of the grandest ever singaround at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. The line-up will include a once-in-a-lifetime Scottish vocal line-up of Arthur Johnstone, Sheena Wellington, Jimmy Hutchison, Barbara Dickson, Shepheard, Spiers & Watson, Kris Drever, Adam McNaughton, Mischa

Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch – Glasgow Royal Concert Hall – 1 Feb

Macpherson and Malinky. On January 16 The Royal Concert Hall will play host to one of several concerts at Celtic Connections 2016 reflecting the currently hot-button topic of migration. Pilgrimer reimagines Joni Mitchell’s classic 1976 album Hejira, whose Arabic title denotes both the prophet Muhammad’s flight from Mecca to Medina in 622, to escape persecution and any flight from danger or hostility. Pilgrimer, by the novelist, poet and Scots language champion James Robertson – who’s long drawn inspiration from Mitchell’s canon – audaciously adapts the album into both Scots and a Scottish setting. It is premiered by a stellar cast including Dick Gaughan, Karine Polwart, Julie Fowlis, Olivia Chaney and Annie Grace, plus Grammy-winning US guitarist Larry Carlton, who played on Hejira itself. The glittering cast will perform Joni Mitchell’s greatest hits in the second half of the concert including Karine Polwart, Rod Paterson, and TSA favourite, SAY award winner Kathryn Joseph, Annie Grace and Julie Fowlis. As well as celebrating the past, Celtic Connections 2016 will also celebrate the future, with Matthew Welch’s Blarvuster (22nd), the Aidan O’Rourke Trio (16th) and Soumik Datta & Bernhard Schimpelsberger: Circle of Sound (31st) who are amongst

those stepping into the spotlight at a new venue for the festival, Drygate Brewery to represent a new strand, The Shape of Folk to Come. The mark of major anniversaries will also be celebrated, including that of Aly Bain in a show titled Le Grande Anniversaire on January 20 at City Halls. Ahead of his 70th birthday in 2016, iconic Shetland fiddler Dr Aly Bain MBE celebrates with key collaborators from his long, illustrious and groundbreaking career. Including Louisiana old-time stars Ann and Marc Savoy and Michael Doucet, friends since the landmark 1994 album Aly Bain Meets the Cajuns; Marcel Azzola, Edith Piaf’s favourite accordion player who will fly in direct from Paris; the grande dame of Shetland pianists, Violet Tulloch; Swedish accordionist Bengan Janson, with whom Bain toured several years back and Per Gudmundson on Swedish bagpipes. Bwani Junction will also be performing Graceland on January 23 at the Old Fruitmarket, 30 years after Paul Simon’s classic album was released. Acclaimed on release as an instant classic, Paul Simon’s 1986 LP Graceland, recorded in South Africa with then-unknown local singers Ladysmith Black Mambazo, was a landmark catalyst in the popularisation of so-called world music, a term first coined the following year. Celebrating the album’s 30th anniversary, Edinburgh indie/roots quartet Bwani Junction present their own lovingly-adapted versions of those seminal songs. The Auld Alliance between Scotland and France will be centre stage at this year’s Showcase Scotland as the festival celebrates France as the partner country for 2016 and the 10th anniversary of the twinning of Glasgow and Marseille. To celebrate the twinning with France, the festival is delighted to announce that

Flavia Coelho with Cheikh Lô – 02 ABC – 28 Jan

Drygate Brewery is again creating a brand new craft beer with French hops, which will be available at festival venues. Showcase Scotland is delegate based and hosted in the city of Glasgow over four days during Celtic Connections. Musical directors and programmers of leading festivals and venues from around the world attend the event where around 60 songwriters, bands and musicians are showcased. A Trade Fair taking place on January 29 at the Royal Concert Hall, will be held to provide an additional platform for promoters to meet with artists and their representatives to discuss potential booking possibilities.  The final day of Celtic Connections, Sunday 31 January, includes a show at the Old Fruitmarket in aid of the Bert Jansch Foundation, whose charitable aim is to support the next generation of acoustic musicians. Robert Plant, Bernard Butler, Archie Fisher, and Jacqui McShee will perform along with more special guests to be announced in Bert Inspired: A Concert for Bert Jansch. Donald Shaw, Artistic Director of Celtic Connections, said: “Celtic Connections is rooted in a love of traditional, folk and world music. Since our earliest days the passion, the skill, and the excitement that you find at a live concert at Celtic Connections has inspired us to put together the programme each year. “Every January we gather in Glasgow in mid-winter to be thrilled and inspired by great music from around the world, but with its roots and traditions firmly in Scotland. We will see this as the TMSA celebrates 50 years in the opening concert. With Showcase Scotland at its core, Celtic Connections represents all that is great about Scotland’s cultural identity expressed so brilliantly through its music.”

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Celtic Connections pays tribute to Aly Bain at 70 (20th Jan)

The concert by the Aidan O’Rourke Trio provides a rare chance to see the internationally acclaimed multi award winning Scottish fiddler, composer and producer Aidan O’Rourke (16th Jan)

Bwani Junction will perform the whole of Paul Simon’s classic album Graceland (23rd Jan)

FAMILY TIES The Wainwright Sisters will perform at City Halls songs that shaped their childhoods (25th Jan) Brooklyn Alt Rock legends They Might Be Giants present a special matinee show for all the family at the 02 ABC (31st Jan)

NEW AMERICANA Jason Isbell performs album Something More Than Free at 02 ABC (24th Jan) Sturgill Simpson creates murky, multi-textured soundscapes that incorporate elements of classic country, bluegrass, rock, and even a bit of Electronica at 02 ABC (15th Jan) John Grant will electrify audiences at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall (26th Jan)

PILGRIMAGE A reimagining of Joni Mitchell’s 1976 album Hejira by James Robertson (16th Jan) In the 1880s, a crofter from Shetland Betty Mouat was accidently cast adrift at sea and spent eight days alone before washing up on the shores of Norway. Work inspired this incredible true story, Drift, will be performed in the Tron Theatre (20th Jan)

Circle of Sound is a powerful collaboration between Soumik Datta on the 19-stringed sarod and drummer Bernhard Schimpelsberger (31st Jan)

IN THE TRADITION January 2016 marks just over a decade since piper, Gordon Duncan’s tragic passing, but his inspirational influence still reverberates throughout the Celtic world. The commemorative and celebratory line-up for this tribute concert Just for Gordon – Celebrating a National Treasure (24th Jan) Gaelic music has travelled far and wide to many cultures – none more so than that of North America. Gillebrìde MacMillan and Kyle Carey come together for their very own Transatlantic Session at the Tron Theatre (24th Jan)

THE AULD ALLIANCE Audiences at the Theatre Royal will be taken on a journey through the streets of Paris in the 1950’s. A show that tells the amazing story of the life and career of Edith Piaf (27th and 28th Jan) Two of France’s new jazz stars Vincent Peirani and Emile Parisien have joined forces to create a multifaceted chamber-jazz duo at St Andrews on the Square (25th Jan)












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Holistic Ways Festival:

Mind, Body & Spirit

Everyone has an opinion on psychics, and whether you believe in their abilities or not is up to you, but one thing we share is the image of a psychic we have in our heads whenever we think of them. We think of a frail old woman in an oddly smelling tent groping a crystal ball manically, and advising customers of their cause of death. Yes while this might be true for your ‘Mystic Meg’ types, for whom the stereotype is a vital marketing tool, the image is quite different for those attending the 2016 Holistic Ways Festival. Holistic Ways advertises itself as

‘Scotland’s leading MBS (Mind, Body, Spirit) Event Organisers’, and is in its essence a collection of spiritualistic enthusiasts; selling their merchandise, speaking on MBS and teaching workshops on their practices, the festival also includes dancers, singers and performances from shamanic drummers. Holistic Ways isn’t your usual festival, and it’s theme is certainly something that can be considered niche and close-knit, but perhaps this is the ultimate attraction; the chance to see something new and out of your comfort zone no matter what opinions you hold on its practices. Taking place Saturday

6 to Sunday 7 of February at Glasgow’s Trade Hall, the eccentric festival is definitely something to keep an eye out for. Starting in late 2012, Holistic Ways began with a small event for its target audience, to be a success the key was to reach out to everyone it can and separate it from other festivals of the same type. What makes Holistic Ways different to any other festivals of this type is its involvement in the community. Speaking to STV ahead of a show in 2014, showrunner Adrian Boiteux said: “The Holistic Ways Festival is not like any other Body & Soul event; we have a large musical element to our events as well as a huge amount of talks, workshops and demonstrations.” The musical elements to the shows act as an attractive selling point for those who wish to branch out and try something new.

What sets Holistic Ways apart from any other festival is the unique content it provides revellers. With previous shows featuring heart racing ensembles from Shamanic Drummers, it’s clear to see that Holistic Ways brings something a little less than ordinary. Also offering notable MBS speaker, Barbara Meiklejohn-Free, known as the Highland Seer, who enchants audiences with her encyclopaedic knowledge of spiritualism via speaking sessions and free workshops. What’s more, traders will also be present selling their wares, some of which are thousand year old MBS remedies used in traditional practices – giving you the chance to explore your clairvoyant side. Holistic Ways is a show like no other, and for a truly unique experience into the world of Mind, Body and Spirit keep your mind open for this matchless festival. by Connor Tollan Twitter:


GLASGOW FILM THEATRE LAUNCHES GFT ‘NEEDS YOU APPEAL’ In a bid to ensure the Glasgow Film Theatre is open to as many people as possible now, and for future generations to come, the registered charity has launched an appeal to raise the final 10% of the funds required to restore the historic GFT building in 2016. The renovation project, which is scheduled for summer 2016, is the second phase of restoring the historic B-listed building. The first, which was completed in 2013, included opening the award-winning third screen and creating the box office and accessible entrance lobby.   The second phase will include installing a second accessible lift, completing the refurbishment of the upstairs bar and education suite, and reinstating a butterfly stairwell to restore a sense of grandeur in the foyer. The renovation, which was inspired by the original Art Deco and Art Moderne styles of the Cosmo and designed by NORD architecture, aims to improve access to GFT for everyone.  This extensive project will cost £3 million, of which 90% has already been raised, through support from organisations such as Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council, The Robertson Trust and others. However, the charity, which has a strong education programme of outreach, courses and school screenings – is now relying on the generosity of its audiences to raise the final 10%.  

Jaki McDougall, Chief Executive of Glasgow Film Theatre, said: “As funding for the arts and charities gets tougher to find, we believe GFT needs to stand firmly on its own two feet to keep developing the diverse programme of film and festivals people of all ages enjoy at GFT. This appeal will help us to do exactly that.   “This major renovation project will bring about greater accessibility within Glasgow Film Theatre, completing the refurbishment begun in 2013 and secure GFT’s future for generations of film lovers to come. We’re delighted to be able to involve the audience, who we already know hold GFT dearly in their hearts, on this exciting journey.”  Glasgow Film Theatre was awarded ‘Cinema of the Year’ (24 screens or less) at this year’s Screen International Screen Awards and the independent cinema is so important to Glasgow as it plays an important role in the cultural life of the city; screening international cinema, classic films, documentaries and locally made work and material aimed at a range of community groups.   You can support the ‘GFT Needs You’ appeal by adding a donation to your ticket cost online or at the box office, donating online at glasgow” or texting ‘GFTD16’ followed by the value donated to 70070. 



GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL THIS FEBRUARY Film fans, write these dates in your diaries, The Glasgow Film festival is coming next month! The festival is going to be held in some new locations for the first time such as The Barrowland Ballroom, Tramway, and Glasgow Planetarium. Opening the festival will be the UK premiere of Hail, Caesar!, latest film from the Coen Brothers, starring George Clooney, Scarlett Johansson and Tilda Swinton, fresh from its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival. The UK premiere of Anomalisa, Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animation will be the festival’s final film. Both films will go on sale to the public on Monday 18 January. Fans of the one of a kind archaeologist Indiana Jones are in for a treat this year. Vic Armstrong, Guinness Book of Records-

certified most prolific stunt performer in the world, who has doubled for Harrison Ford in almost all of his stunts, introduces a thirtyfifth anniversary screening of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Followed by a live action adventure presentation. Keep your eyes peeled for booby traps. When night rolls around, Kelvingrove will become a more sinister place. After all, you need to build the atmosphere at a showing of the twenty-five year old horror classic The Silence of the Lambs, complete with live organ music, and glasses of nice Chianti. Music lovers also have something to look forward to this year. What do David Bowie, Cypress Hill, Radiohead and Bjork have in common? They have all performed at the Barrowlands. In February It will be transformed into a cinema to host the world

premiere screening of Where You’re Meant To Be, created by award-winning film-maker Paul Fegan, following cult musician Aidan Moffat (Arab Strap) on a musical journey over Scotland and it’s folk music history. Another film celebrating it’s anniversary is The Man Who Fell To Earth which turns forty this year; The only place to show a film like this is the Glasgow Science Centre Planetarium, following a guided tour through the solar system on their incredible 360° full dome screen. Cllr. Frank McAveety, Leader of Glasgow City Council and Chair of Glasgow City Marketing Bureau, said: “As Glasgow Film Festival prepares to call ‘lights, camera… action’ on its twelfth annual event, it offers the perfect opportunity to celebrate the unwavering success of one of the most


eagerly anticipated events on the city’s cultural calendar. This year is shaping up to be one of the best to date as the festival continues to hit the accelerator on its pop-up cinema strand, staging one-off, atmospheric screenings in iconic venues across Glasgow.” Where You’re Meant To Be World Premiere + concert. The Barrowland Ballroom. Fri 19 Feb (Doors 19.30, presentation starts 20.00) All tickets £15 Raiders of the Lost Ark. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Sat 20 Feb (Doors 18.30, Introduction 19:15, Film 19:30) Silence of the Lambs. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Sat 20 Feb (Doors 22.30, Film 23.00) The Man Who Fell To Earth. The Planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre. Tue 23 Feb (Doors 18.30, screenings begin 19:00) This Is Now: Film and Video After Punk (1978-85) Exhibition, screening and performance. Tramway. Exhibition 25-27 Feb, live presentation Sat 26 Feb. Passes for FrightFest go on sale from Tuesday 12 January; tickets for the Opening and Closing Galas will be available from Monday 18 January. Booking at www. or from the Box Office at Glasgow Film Theatre, 0141 332 6535. GFF Membership is available to buy now for only £10, offering four days of advance booking, and discounts. See www. for full information. Existing GFT CineCard members will automatically by Megan Peoples Twitter: have GFF @Donniefangirl4 membership.



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DELIVEROO I’ve been perfecting this delicate study, sleep, eat cycle thing for a while now. Sometimes though the balance is disrupted, you know: crunch assignment time, desperate hangovers, 10 hour boxset binges, stuff like that gets in the way of decent sleep and decent food. Decent food. In my house we’ve been talking about this for years. Why is it that the good places, you know the places you’d actually choose to eat from, never do home deliveries? Well now they do. Dragging our sorry, still drunk Saturday afternoon carcasses out to get a decent all day breakfast might just be a hazy memory. Now all we have to do is decide what we want (this might be the hard part), press some buttons and wait half an hour. Of course, as the saying goes, Deliveroo is for life not just for delicious-all-day-breakfast and a good number of the best modern restaurants in the city are now working with Deliveroo. You want hangovercuring Burgers – Ketchup, thai noodles – Wagamama, Sushi – Yen. Deliveroo has it all. The choice on Deliveroo is extensive and their clever website filters your restaurant options to show only those which are able to make your food at that particular moment, right there right now. Deliveroo’s a relatively new service to Glasgow and in the 6 months it’s been running already the kangaroo adorned delivery scooters are becoming part of the landscape. More and more I’m seeing them pulling up outside the library. I reckon we’ll be seeing a lot more of them scooting about come exam time when we’re all pressed for time and sleep and the last thing we want to do is cook or leave the house (well maybe the last thing would be study, but you know what I mean). All this talk of food is making me hungry, I’m in my tartan pyjamas and I’m hungover all to buggery, what to do, what to do?



How shall we celebrate the life and poetry of Rabbie Burns this year? Let’s make it a wild one we won’t forget in Glasgow! GAIA WOMEN’S BURNS SUPPER


Let’s kick off with one for the ladies. Promising a lively night full of entertainment just for Glasgow’s lassies, Gaia Women’s Burns Supper is now in its third year of hosting the charity event, with the purpose of celebrating Burns’ love for women. The supper will be hosted by Gaia Women in aid of Stonewall Scotland – a charity (co-founded by Sir Ian McKellen in 1989 (Yes, Magneto and Gandalf)) dedicated to letting gay, lesbian and transgender teens know they’re not alone.

Has Robert Burns ever made you laugh? Why not spend all of Burns Night laughing in his honour?

Singer-songwriter Horse McDonald, who had just performed in East Kilbride on the 11th of December, will be hosting the event. Upon arrival, guests will be welcomed with bubbly and then with a traditional Burns menu. The event will be held on Friday, 19th January at 7pm at the Beardmore Hotel and Conference Centre. Tickets are still available and are £49 per person, or £490 for a table of ten.

The Stand is returning with their Burns inspired comedy night. Hosted by JoJo Sutherland and featuring John Gillick, Phil Differ and Mikey Adams, last year was a success and this year looks like something to be excited about. This year, The Stand’s Burns Night will feature local comedian Susan McCabe, who is performing as a soloist at the Stand in March, David Kay, who has been performing at Edinburgh’s Fringe every year since 1998, and Mikey Adams, who started his comedy career just after his 19th birthday at the Stand, will be back again. Burns Night at the Stand will be the 24th of January and doors open at 7:30pm – the show starts at 8:30pm. Standard tickets are £6.00, concession is £5.00 and they are available to be booked online.

BURNS SUPPER AT SLOANS Visit Glasgow’s oldest bar and restaurant this year for your Burns supper – Sloans on Argyle Street invites you to celebrate Burns “in style” this year. For £40 at Sloans, you will be treated to a delicious three course Burns Supper, a dram and a ceilidh. You won’t want to miss this night – Sloans will be presenting poems and toasts, and yes, there will be bagpipes! Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and the ceilidh will start at 9pm on the 23rd of January. On that note, if you’re a big fan of ceilidhs, and one on Burns Night just won’t do, you’re in luck. The night before Burns Night at Sloans, the 22nd of January, there will be a whole night dedicated to a ceilidh! For this event, Sloans promises something “a little bit different” for those headed to Sloans Grand Ballroom for their famous Friday night ceilidh. Tickets for this ceilidh are £10 and it starts at 8:30pm. Still not enough? Make a good night of it and enjoy a two course meal beforehand – for the meal and entry to the ceilidh, it’s £24.95. Tickets for both events are available to be booked online – see Sloans’ website for more details.

KILBRYDE HOSPICE Kilbryde Hospice held its first Burns supper in 2014, and now, for 2016, the charity promises a bigger event. Join Kilbryde Hospice at Burnside Hotel in Rutherglen for a three course Burns supper, consisting of Scotch broth soup to start, homemade steak pie with vegetables for the main, and for

dessert, you pick: cranachan or cheese and biscuits. Sounds delicious, but what makes this Burns Night bigger and better? There will indeed be a ceilidh, so you can dance the night away. Guest speakers will be attending for entertainment, with Burns poetry of course. This is one to look forward to – and tickets are selling fast! You can buy tickets at for £35 per person, or £350 for a table of ten. This Burns supper is being held on January 15th, starting at 7pm and ending at 1am the next morning! Plenty of time to dance and enjoy the works of Burns.

BURNS! YOUR BARD, BY THE WAY Maybe dancing and eating traditional Scottish food just isn’t your scene? You’re in luck. East Kilbride Arts Centre will be presenting the “original and exciting” portrayal of the life of Robert Burns. Get ready for a cocktail of “heart wrenching tragedy” and hilarious comedy intertwined with beautiful music as two actors dare to play several characters who shaped Robert Burns’ life and works, as they move between class, age and gender. East Kilbride News described the portrayal as “Humorous, bawdy, punchy, yet with moments of delicate, tender love. Wonderful tribute to Burns.” So when, where, and how much? 29th January at East Kilbride Arts Centre. Tickets are £10.00 or £8.00 for concession. by Holly Fleming Twitter:





What could make more than a million strangers tune in to watch a Russian woman fold a stack of towels or lead thousands more to watch an hour long video of a hairdryer blowing aimlessly into a microphone? The answer is ASMR or ‘autonomous sensory meridian response’, a pleasant tingling sensation that begins in the head and scalp and makes its way through the body, typically triggered by some kind of sight or sound. Think of it like the ‘goosebumps’ sensation you get when listening to your favourite song but far more acute and according to some ASMR fans, far more intense too. Just over a year ago, I had my first exposure to the world of ASMR. One night, when struggling to get to sleep, I searched on YouTube for relaxing music and came across a video of a person tapping their fingernails on a wooden box. That’s it, just fingernails tapping on a box. It had several hundred thousand views. Straight away I knew had to learn more about the ASMR world and the extraordinary online subculture it had spawned, with its millions of devoted followers, extensive list of bespoke terminologies and dedicated team of ‘ASMRtist’ content creators. A whole subgenre ready for exploring. At first glance, it’s hard to see why anyone would want to watch an ASMR video. Some involve fingernails tapping on a plastic or wooden surface like the one I had first seen, while others involve scrunching up paper or roleplaying as a doctor or a hairdresser. Some of these things probably aren’t by themselves that uncommon on the ‘stranger side’ of YouTube but what makes these videos so initially intriguing is the huge number of viewers they attract. That tapping video now has more than

2.7 million views, whilst one of the most popular ASMR videos online – a 16 minute collection of ‘3D sounds’ – has amassed nearly 14 million views on YouTube alone. What all of these videos have in common – apart from their staggering popularity – is that for some people, watching them triggers that tingling sensation and helps them to relax. Maria, who calls her self GentleWhispering on YouTube, is the ASMRtist behind the 3D sounds video and arguably the most popular ASMR content creator online with over 540,000 subscribers and nearly 170 million views. She says the techniques used in the videos help the watcher feel a personal connection to the creator and it’s that sense of intimacy that helps them to relax. “It creates a feeling for the viewer that they’re actually present there with me while I’m doing it,” she said. “That feeling, I think, is just a comfortable feeling of someone taking care of you and putting all of their energy and attention into you. “As we get older, that’s not always an experience we get to have very often so I think it can be a very pleasant feeling for people and it helps put them in a sort of safe place where they can feel comfortable to relax. “ASMRtists like me, we just research the

kinds of things people like in real life but we try to do it in a more exaggerated way to introduce those same triggers in a more concentrated environment.” This attempt to bring in real-life influences has led to a huge array of different themes and trigger stimuli being used by content creators and this in turn, has created other separate branches within the ASMR community where users are able to share and connect over individual triggers and creators. As a result, sites such as reddit’s ASMR sub-forum r/ASMR have been used to create a hub for ASMR users and content providers and helped galvanise a strong online community of users who are able to search out and enjoy exactly the kind of ASMR that works for them. Glasgow-based student and ASMR fan James, 21, said he uses the videos to help him relax when he’s stressed out with exams or after a long day at work and that ASMR helps him to ‘defuse’. “It’s been great for me in dealing with stress,” he said. “I don’t always watch them but at least a few times a week I’ll fall asleep listening to an ASMR video. “They help me to relax and help me to switch off from whatever I’ve got going on. It’s a really great way to get your brain to switch off. It’s sort of like meditation. Some people do meditation, I do ASMR.” Currently, however, there is very little scientific research into what triggers ASMR and what kind of value it could really have for those who struggle with stress and sleep disorders but it does now look as if that could change in the near future.

Already, some doctors and psychologists have begun to look at the ASMR phenomenon to see what can be learned from its techniques and practices. Tom Hostler is a PhD student and part of a team at Sheffield University’s Department of Psychology who have been studying ASMR in their own time to find out how resolute the sensation really is and what kind of practical uses it might have in healthcare. Speaking to the BBC about the project, he said: “A lot of people who’ve done our test and who comment on YouTube videos online say it helps them to feel very relaxed and in particular, that it helps them to get to sleep. So I think there’s definitely a therapeutic aspect to it. “What we need to do is investigate what it is about it that makes it therapeutic so we can fine tune it.” Right now, there’s still plenty we don’t know about ASMR and the long-term benefits it may or may not have for those who choose to watch in their millions. However, for many people, ASMR videos have become a source of calm and relaxation and the wider online community, a source camaraderie and friendship. While the videos themselves may seem strange at first glance, perhaps the best indication of the real value of the ASMR phenomenon is the number of people who tune in time and time again to like, subscribe and thank those who create the videos for helping them to switch off. by Derek Healey @Healey26




CRAZIEST EATING CHALLENGES IN GLASGOW Mammoth eating challenges were once confined to the small screen – we’d watch in awe as Adam “Man vs Food” Richman scoffed mountains of meat, the hottest of hot wings and enough pizza to feed all of Naples. However, now fans of the show can attempt to prove that they can in fact do better than ‘that hairy American guy’ right here in Glasgow. Here’s our pick of the top five challenges in town, feel free to try them for yourself but we guarantee your eyes are always bigger than your belly. Tweet us @TSA_Glasgow with how you get on.

TONI’S PIZZERIA If I ever finish a large pizza myself, before the sickness and regret kicks in, there’s a real sense of achievement. So I can only imagine what it’d feel like to join the hall of fame wall at Toni’s Pizzeria by demolishing their 27 INCH pizza. I’m pretty sure there’d be tears, a winners speech thanking my mum for all her love and support and a special shout out to the creator of this piece of beauty, Toni Dobrenko (owner of the pizzeria). The pizza is available for home delivery and could happily feed 8-10 people but the real champions aren’t those who share, it’s those who sit in the shop in Giffnock, in front of friends and family, with the Rocky soundtrack on in the background – you people are true heroes. Many have tried, most have failed, have you got what it takes?


WHAT: 27” Cheese Pizza (no toppings required). WHERE: TonI’s Pizzeria Giffnock. TIME: 90 mins to finish it all. PRICE: £27 PRIZE: Free meal if completed, wall of fame entry.


AD-LIB Can you finish Ad-Lib’s monster burger? The monster burger consists of 3lb’s of Aberdeen Angus beef, 3 beef tomatoes, 2 onions, 1lb of cheese or “the wall of cheese” as the first challenger aptly described it and a giant bun, specially made to fit this monster burger. Challengers have 2 hours to complete the challenge and in that time are not allowed to leave the table, that’s right not even for a toilet break! WHAT: Ad Lib vs Food – Monster burger challenge WHERE: Ad-Lib Restuarant (Hope Street & Ingram Street) TIME: 2 Hours PRICE: Those who don’t finish must pay £35. PRIZE: Bill is complimentary, and your own special – I destroyed the Ad Lib monster burger challenge t-shirt.

KETCHUP What do you do when customers complain that your ‘Colossus’ burger challenge isn’t quite big enough for hungry Glasgwegian bellies? You create the ‘Colossus 2.0’, that’s what you do – a 1.25kg mountain of burger-y brilliance. The burger challenge consists of two beef patties, topped with Swiss and American cheese, on a triple decker bun, with lashings of bacon, lettuce, mayo and giant onion rings. It’s a work of art. WHAT: Double Colossus Burger + Chips WHERE: Ketchup (West End), Ashton Lane TIME: One Sitting PRICE: £16 PRIZE: Facebook Wall Of Fame

TACO MAZAMA Are you tough enough to take on the Taco Mazama Giant Burrito Challenge?! From 3pm every day, each Taco Mazama organizes its mighty burrito challenge. Can you eat a triple-sized giant burrito in under 10 minutes? The fastest time in each branch then competes in a stomach-busting burrito eat-off to win a year’s worth of burritos – assuming you’re still in the mood for them afterwards. WHAT: Triple sized giant burrito WHERE: Taco Mazama Glasgow from 3pm daily TIME: Finish in under 10 minutes PRICE: £14.99 PRIZE: Eat for free and photo and time on Wall of Fame. Fastest time for each restaurant competes in an eat-off to win a year’s free supply of burritos.

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LOCH LOMOND AND THE TROSSACHS, SCOTLAND While in youth, a holiday in Scotland may have left you disappointed and your ‘wanderlust’ uncured, in adulthood, a weekend break somewhere amid the Scottish Highlands is just what the doctor ordered. Immerse yourself in the signal-less valleys of the Trossachs, climb Scotland’s roadless mountains and stroll along the Wi-Fi-less banks of Loch Lomond. Board a ferry to one of the Scottish Isles whenever you feel like it and sleep under a dark sky in one of Scotland’s National Parks to clearly view the galaxies like you never have before. There’s so much to do that can only be enhanced by having a cosy cabin as your ‘digs’ for the night. Your biggest motivations: world-famous scenery and board games at night by the fire. 

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS Rotterdam is situated 40 minutes outside of Amsterdam on the train, and is the lesser known, slightly prettier sister of the Capital. Rotterdam is famous for its architecture; the world’s first EVER skyscraper was built here. It is also highly regarded for its architectural excellence, playing host to the intriguing Cubed Houses and the stunning Rotterdam Centraal world-famous train station. Hop on a ferry at any port in Rotterdam and within 15 minutes you are in Kinderdijk, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the site of the 19 authentic windmills which have become quite an icon for the Dutch. Visit Rotterdam for award-winning museums, architecture and an incredibly accommodating public cycling system. One thing not to miss: hiring a bike and cycling freely around the city. Cars are old news in Holland. 

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY There’s a reason why George Ezra picked this Hungarian retreat as the title of his first single; Budapest is like no other place I’ve been before. The city is divided into two halves and is fused by six architecturally astounding bridges that tower high above the Danube river flowing between. The Liberty statue is located on hilly Buda, the site of many of the world-famous Hungarian natural medicinal baths, while many of the well-known shops and hotels are situated on the plains of Pest. Jump on a tour bus for less than 25 euros and spend the next two days freely hoping on and off of it at as many sites as you please. You will not understand the beauty of the Fisherman’s Batiste or the Parliamentary buildings until you see them for yourself. Why you must: it’s ridiculously cheap compared to other European cities. 



Germany is a perfect mix of the extremely modern and the most fascinating history, both aspects of which can be felt in Berlin. Berlin is vibrant; detailed street art covers every corner of the city, and everything is as beautiful as the commissioned artwork on the Berlin Wall. There are few cities where you can visit a concentration camp, a world famous zoo and Hitler’s former home in the same day, which leads us to another great thing about Berlin: it’s variety. Outstanding shops, astounding monuments, intriguing culture and a fascinating music scene. A weekend may not be enough to fully immerse yourself in Berlin.

Do hire bikes wherever you can: most European cities are hugely more accommodating to cyclists than in the UK. In many cities, cyclists are given priority on the roads and have their own lanes and traffic lights marked clearly everywhere.

Give me one solid reason: the sun setting on Brandenburg Gate. That is all.

Don’t take valuables: it just takes one moment of awe for you to momentarily lose awareness of your possessions and, in turn, your possessions themselves. Eliminate the risk completely by leaving them at home. If you do decide to take a few, don’t leave them unattended in your hotel or hostel either. Do always have a ticket which is valid for the route you are travelling. Most European ticket inspectors will brutally hit you with a 50+ fine on the spot if you don’t have a valid ticket – and they won’t listen to any “but I’m a tourist” pleas. Don’t try and get into unauthorised taxis. Use marked ranks only. 




LONDON, UK Although un-exotic, London has a lot to offer. Why with a West End theatre scene so famous, you’ll want to tick off more than one venue in a single stay alone. Buy a multi-pass and visit The London Aquarium, The London Eye, The London Dungeon and Madame Tussauds at a reduced rate – the staples of any first-time-in-London trip. Expand your culture with a fascinating journey to Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre and, while you’re at it, pop over to Tower Bridge to see it rise and fall with the tall ships which pass underneath it. Get your must-have selfie outside of Buckingham Palace before you jump into the Underground for a gallivant around the neon screens of Piccadilly. If you’ve got extra time, catch the genuine Hogwarts Express (it’s actually a bus) to the Harry Potter Studios and watch the story unfold in ways you could never have imagined. On the road home make sure to stop off in Kings Cross Station for your picture with the trolley going through to Platform 9 3/4. 

PARIS, FRANCE VENICE, ITALY Venice is the city of many things: water, masquerade and, frequently, love. It’s a culture shock like no other when you first board a bus (it’s a boat by the way). While here at home we compare cars like toys, boats are the primary mode of transport to navigate through Venice’s narrow canals, and you can expect the desire to trade your wheels in for propellers after fairly quickly. Quaint and interesting buildings border the edges of the sea varying in size, colour, style and each with unique docks. Visit San Marco square for beautiful mosaics, cathedrals and Italian cuisine beyond compare. Jump on a bus, or an overly expensive gondola, and hop across the water to Venice Beach. Buy a masquerade mask as a souvenir! Whatever you do don’t miss an opportunity to bask in wonders of this extremely diverse city. TIP: buy a bus ticket for the duration of your stay when you arrive. You’ll save a ton of cash on buying single tickets and you won’t be allowed to commute without one!

Bruges is a pretty country town located in the countryside of Belgium. With a wealthy history almost beyond compare, you won’t be able to stop comparing the beautiful sandstone architecture to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s fictional Vulgaria. There are many chocolatiers and bakeries located on the short walk from edge to edge, and Bruges is also a great source of Port. It is a uniquely litter-free zone in most parts with lots of nice restaurants to visit, churches to wander through and souvenir shopping to be done in pretty, Belgian shops.

Fancy some romance? Head on across the Channel to yet another romantic city – Paris. Paris is loaded with tourist attractions to suit everybody, from the sublime Eiffel Tower to the L’Arc de Triumph, the Sacré-Cœur, and even a Disneyland utopia. Put on your waterproofs and journey out onto the Seine, the famous river that runs through Paris; have your picture taken outside of the real-life Moulin Rouge; try some snails (apparently they taste like chicken, but that’s your call to make).

Something to check-out: pay a rare visit to the Beguinage, a silent and secluded section of Bruges merely a stone throw away from the bustle of village life. Remember to stay completely silent in the entire area as a mark of respect for the existing residents.

Note: Whatever you do, do it with someone special – and with resilience: ‘looky-looky’ men plague all of the tourist attractions with their shiny keyrings, it’s almost impossible to decline.



PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC Aside from being the stag-do capital of Europe, Prague is a very pretty city. With its papery, pastel buildings, intriguing museums and medieval bridges, the city looks as though it’s been plucked fresh out of a Grimm’s fairy tale – and you’ll want to believe that it has. Visit the Astronomical Clock and climb right to the top for a birds-eye view of the town centre (there’s a lift if you haven’t got the puff – LIFE SAVER). Go on a hill hike across Charles Bridge and visit Prague castle for panoramic views of the city; go hunting for the famously well-hidden, technicolour tribute to John Lennon, the aptly named ‘John Lennon Memorial Wall’; dip into a touch of history inside the Museum of Medieval Torture; then finish your day off with a pedalo excursion in the river. If you’ve still got energy left later on, you’ll want to check out one of Prague’s famous pub-crawls and meet some other tourists for a great night of fun (and not so many memories). Tip: if you wait outside of the Astronomical Clock on the hour, you’ll get a little surprise.

Another stag-do favourite, Amsterdam accommodates millions of tourists every year. It appears the world just cannot get enough of it’s quaint houses, winding canals and, uh, unconventional coffee shops. Famed for it’s diverse sex culture, you might not expect Amsterdam to be the former hiding place of Anne Frank in WWII, but it is, and you can visit the secret annex, which was converted into a museum by her father, seven-days-aweek. Should you find yourself aimlessly wandering into Red Light parts, prepare for a culture check as locals quite literally flaunt their assets, giving a whole new meaning to ‘confidence’ and ‘love’. Amsterdam is home to one of Europe’s largest international airports, with planes departing from here flying all over the world. Risk your life racing cruise ships on a canal in a mediocre pedalo; visit the Van Gough museum and be inspired; have a selfie taken in front of some iconic ‘iAmsterdam’ signage and chill by the water fountains afterwards; relax with your friends in one of many grassy parks dotted around the centre’s most popular eating quarters. There is so much packed into this small and powerful Dutch city. You’ll want to take your life savings, though! Top queuing tip: book your tickets for the Anne Frank House in advance online and skip the minimum two-hour-long queue at the entrance.





THE REVENANT the journey of fur trapper Hugh Glass. Glass is a highly respected member in his camp but this changes when he is mauled by a bear, his wounds are so bad that he is expected to die. The leader of the camp places Glass into the care of two other trappers to stay with him until he dies. But when Glass is making a recovery Fitzgerald (Hardy) decides to bury Glass alive so he can catch up with his group and also steals his rifle, leaving Glass in the freezing cold wilderness with absolutely nothing. The trailer shows a gritty dark style where we don’t hear a lot of dialogue at all. Something which is building this film up even more, only seeing glimpses of what’s potentially to come. The film is based on the novel of the same name so if you really want to know what happens you can pick it up at your nearest book store. Believe it or not this film has been planned for over a decade when development of the film began in 2001. It has been through negotiations with different directors and actors taking on the project, but after everything filming finally commenced on October 2014. At one point the main actors considered for playing Glass were Samuel L Jackson and Christian Bale, how different would that have been? The Film has a budget of $60million and is due to be by William Frew Twitter: @Mr_Blonde94 released in UK cinemas on Blog: January 8th.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg famously teamed up on screen in Adam McKay’s The Other Guys, in which they played two bickering NYC cops. Teaming up once again for Daddy’s Home, Ferrell gives a good dork and Wahlberg plays musclebound asshole with ease; neither role is a stretch.


Ugggggh the whale. The terrible, CGI, whale was the most annoying element of this Ron Howard adaptation of Philbrick’s book – putting that aside we found ourselves swept up in the brilliant story.


Revenge. That is the only thing on Hugh Glass’s mind. The Revenant tells the tale of a betrayed frontiersman after being mauled by a bear and being left for dead by his peers. Oscar winning director Alejandro González Iñárritu dawns the chair for this most anticipated flick. The film stars fan favourite Leonardo Di Caprio – Yes the same question is on everyone’s mind, will this get him that damn Oscar? His method acting for The Revenant was crazy, as he slept in animal carcasses and ate raw meat in an attempt to become his character, Hugh Glass. If that alone isn’t dedication then I don’t know what it. Also another one of Hollywood’s biggest names will star as the villain – Tom Hardy. Hardy will portray John Fitzgerald a man who joined the frontiersman in order to escape his debt. Hardy has had a very busy 2015 starring in other blockbusters this year such as Mad Max: Fury Road and Legend – where he portrays both Kray Twins. The Revenant is set in Montana 1823 and follows

Book Corner



To be perfectly honest, whilst Gone Girl didn’t excite me nearly as much as it seemed to excite the rest of the world, it did leave me feeling more than a little creeped out. Which is why The Grownup does excite me, it’s a classic, chilling ghost story

Make sure you’ve got a full day set aside to read this wonderfully descriptive thriller, otherwise you’ll be up all night. The mystery of the disappearance of young kids on the Falkland Islands made this one of our favourite books of the year.


Without a doubt one of the best Christmas presents Star Wars fans recieved this year will have been the chance to watch this unbelievable sequel. This is the film we’ve been waiting for, it had us gripped from start to finish, we’ll be visiting the cinema at least twice more.



Everyone knows Stephen King is the master of storytelling and his latest collection of stories only serves to further cement his title. In this new collection he shares stories that haven’t been published before and introduces each with his motivations for writing it or information about its origins.



THE BIG SHORT It’s always exciting when large-scale ensemble dramas are announced. These projects open up special doors that allow some of the best actors in the industry to work with and bounce off each other like none other, and it’s fun to watch and see just how many A-listers can be packaged into one feature. This is currently the case for Adam McKay’s The Big Short, which has brought together some absolutely amazing names. It’s 2005, and the housing market is booming. But four outsiders see what no-one else can: the whole thing is a time bomb. The Big Short is their story. People were buying houses they couldn’t afford, with money they didn’t have, which they borrowed from banks that were negligent and greedy. Four men realised a crash was coming, and bet against the American economy to take on the banks. And make themselves rich as well, of course. The true story of a crisis we’re still reeling from, The Big Short boasts an outstanding cast including Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Steve Carell. Released in UK cinemas on 22 January.


Adonis Creed has spent his entire life resenting his father, Apollo. Apollo was a boxer who died in the ring and Adonis has never quite come to terms with this. Now all grown up and a boxer himself, Adonis is trying to channel all his energy into the sport and eclipse his father’s success. He is self-taught, but has a few bad habits that he needs to iron out, as well as plenty of demons that he’s still trying to do battle with. To overcome all his issues, he seeks out the one man who can help him: Rocky Balboa, who was Apollo’s greatest opponent – and friend – many years ago. The seventh film in the hugely popular Rocky series, Creed is written and directed by Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and tells the story of Apollo Creed’s son, united with the man himself: Rocky Balboa. Starring Michael B. Jordan (That Awkward Moment) as Adonis and Sylvester Stallone in the iconic role he first played in 1976. Released in UK cinemas 15 January.



RIDE ALONG 2 Mismatched cops Ice Cube and Kevin Hart return in a riotous sequel to the action-comedy hit. Bickering buddies Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) and James Payton (Ice Cube) are back! Annoying Ben is now a fully-fledged Atlanta cop who’s engaged to long-suffering, tough-as-old-boots detective James’ lovely sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). But just as this happy couple are preparing for their wedding, the unlikely cop partners are given a new assignment. Olivia Munn and Hangover star Ken Jeong join the returning cast for this potentially rib-tickling follow-up to the 2014 box office smash. Released in UK cinemas on 22 January.


The extraordinary true story of how investigative journalists uncovered an abuse scandal and cover-up. It’s the summer of 2001 and the Boston Globe has a new editor, Marty Baron (Liev Schreiber), who’s curious to know why abusive Catholic Priests have gone unpunished. So he sets the paper’s investigative Spotlight team onto the story. This is headed by Walter Robinson (Michael Keaton) and includes tenacious reporters Michael Rezendes (Mark Ruffalo) and Sacha Pfeiffer (Rachel McAdams). Over the course of six months, they painstakingly piece together the horrifying truth about a systematic cover-up of child sex abuse. It’s a fearless investigation that goes on to win a Pulitzer Prize. Widely compared to the Oscarwinning classic All the President’s Men, The Station Agent director Thomas McCarthy’s richly detailed, emotionally involving drama boasts outstanding performances from its superb cast, who paint a compelling portrait of investigative journalism at its finest. Released in UK cinemas 29 January.

THE 33 The world’s eyes turned to the San José Mine in Capiapó, Chile, in August 2010. After years of warnings about the mine’s dwindling safety, 33 men travelled deep into the heart of the mine on August 5 when disaster struck. The heart of the mine collapsed, leaving all 33 men trapped, with little hope of escaping. There was only enough food to last them for a few days at most, but they managed to ration it out for two weeks. Supplies were running low, and the ventilation was unbearably poor; morale fell lower than ever. It was at this moment that a drill bit made its way into the shelter, and when it emerged on the surface of the mine, there was a note attached: “We are well in the shelter, the 33”. This incredible film tells the dramatic true story of the 2010 Capiapó mining disaster, which drew attention from every corner of the globe. Released in UK cinemas 29 January.



TARANTINO vs GONZALEZ! DING DING DING... Two revered directors. Two movies battling to topple one another at the international box office. Only one can truly come out on top after the Cinemassacre that was the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. From humble beginnings in Knoxville, Tennessee comes beloved grindhouse and violence aficionado; Quentin Tarantino. A love for movies which started at an early age, Tarantino went to the theatre constantly with his mother’s second husband once she moved to LA before divorcing Tarantino’s father. From 14 onwards he was allowed to see adult releases such as Carnal Knowledge and Deliverance, helping delve his mind into a more mature arena of film knowledge. After dropping out of high school and lying about his age to get a job at a porn theatre; which is hardly surprising, Tarantino put himself through acting classes until finally one of his projects finally paid off for him, the cult classic neo-noir film Reservoir Dogs. Being praised by Empire as the greatest film of all time, our beloved director was flyer.pdf 2 01/10/2015 16:56:47 spurred Scotish fromFreshers thisrecruitment success to then direct his

next film, also praised as the greatest film of all time; Pulp Fiction releasing in 1994, two years after Reservoir Dogs. Tarantino is one of the few directors on the planet to which fans can say “he has never made a bad film”, of course if you hate violent movies then I dare ask why have you started reading this at all? He’s the Darth Vader to your Luke; of course I doubt you can redeem him in the end. Nevertheless, his latest debut will mark the director’s 8th film, fittingly named The Hateful 8. Hot on the spurs of his last western Django Unchained, Tarantino returns to the realm of Spaghetti Westerns once more to deliver us a film about eight downright miserable and violent bastards. Seriously, that’s it, but as you may or may not know, with a Tarantino film, you’re sure to be entertained no matter how simple the premise; it’s the dialogue that stands out. If you’re new to his work, think Novela or Shakespeare on the big screen for modern audiences. But just who in the hell is this Gonzalez






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you must be wondering? Alejandro González Iñárritu. Born in Mexico City, González crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a Cargo ship at 16 and travelled both Europe and Africa until he was 18. Returning to Mexico City thereafter, these journeys would influence him heavily and transform him into the stellar director he is today. Ironic side note, both Tarantino and González were born in 1963, how about that eh? González started off as a composer, creating pieces for six different Mexican feature films from 1987-1989. He has went on record to state that music has influenced him more as an artist than even film itself has. González had went on to start producing films of his own, in collaboration with a screenwriting colleague he met back in his days as a radio host in Mexico City. His most notable work that has put him on the radar was the 2014 Academy award winning film Birdman (or the unexpected virtue of ignorance). His first comedy debut, González has become the first Mexican director to even be nominated for the Academy award for best director, nevermind best film! Those who may not know, and this is a little easter egg I like to share just to prove my film knowledge so that people will notice me; González has two very powerful Mexican friends in Hollywood (sounds like the start of a crime drama I know) none other than the lovable geek; Guillermo Del Toro and the man that brought us the Earth shattering Gravity; Alfonso Cuarón. Both of these men helped keep González on track whilst making Birdman, coming in and saving the day when he felt that his work was just a load of pretentious, unfunny bull. Far from actually when you see the finished product. Now González has taken a turn back to the true grit (pardon the pun) of cinematography with his film The Revenant, releasing early January of this year, a week after Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight. So when it comes down to it, who would really win in terms of film credit and fanbase? Both their following and acclaim is key to which film may be the more successful this year.

First up is Tarantino. With an incredible track record and very large fanbase, Tarantino is one name that when it crops up, you can be sure the name alone will get audiences in their seats. González on the other hand is still relatively new to American cinema and so does not yet have such a standing. This point is in Tarantino’s favour. Next González. Winner of the Academy award for best film and director last year, his victory is almost certain in many ways, both with the casting of Leonardo DiCaprio as the lead role in his latest piece of work and the highlight of being an Academy award winner of recent times. Tarantino has only ever won two Oscars, both for screenplays. That being said, this is his eighth film and I doubt his fanbase will leave him anytime soon. It’s a tie in terms of awards but The Revenant may have the upper hand this year for its sense of mystery and dark beauty. It’s in González’s favour in terms of award credit and upcoming film. This could be slightly unfair, but if we were to compare both Director’s filmographies side by side, Tarantino would come out miles ahead. However, Gonzalez’s work has been accredited by BAFTA, Mexican film award organisations and now the Academy of American films. Nothing can quite trump having two of your films known as “greatest film of all time” though, which still puts Tarantino in the lead. Not only that, but Tarantino’s films have created his own cult following that you can find at any San Diego comic-con; fans eagerly lined up waiting to hear from their lord and saviour about his latest upcoming piece of bloody artistry. In the end, I think these two men are a credit to film-making as a whole, creating worlds and stories on the big screen for us, whether to entertain us by having someone carefully craft the world’s greatest insult before blowing someone half to hell or spurring our imagination and making us think deeper about a subject just as Birdman did. It’s a tough choice, and while I am bias towards Tarantino, because I mean how can you not be ever so slightly? I really think they both deserve a top spot in this fight of the directors. by Ryan Conolly They both Twitter: @ RyanC826 win...for now.



Top 5 Gateway Anime With a whole segment of Glasgow’s Film Festival dedicated to anime, we thought we would take a look at the best gateway anime. Like many elements of geek culture, anime is growing in popularity in the west. There is a wide selection of anime genres to chose from, not to mention sub-genres. So much so that it can be overwhelming and confusing to new comers. That isn’t even touching the weird aspects of anime that put a lot of people off. So, here are the top 5 anime for non anime fans to get you started on your journey into the world of anime.

5 Love, Chunibyo & Other Delusions We have all had embarrassing phases in our lives, some more so than others. In Japan there is a slang term for young people who convince themselves that they have immense hidden power and otherworldly knowledge called Chunibyo. Yuta is determined to put his past as a Chunibyo behind him, but his classmate Rikka isn’t so keen to give up on her fantasy. This anime balances comedy, character development and emotional moments perfectly.

4 Haikyuu!!


In recent years, sports animes have become more and more popular. The best, in my humble opinion, is Haikyuu!!. The show is about a boy’s volleyball team trying to move up in the ranks. While most characters get their turn in the spotlight, the main character Hinata is the heart of the show. We see him grow as well as his classmate Kageyama. It might not sound interesting but the relatable characters and their determination make you root for them. A funny and rather inspirational anime.

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3 Tokyo Ghoul This anime is not for the faint of heart. After being attacked by a ghoul, a human looking creature that lives off human flesh, Kaneki Ken becomes half human half ghoul. Struggling to survive yet keep his humanity while he faces constant danger from both sides. This is a rather disturbing anime, but if you can handle the violence and gore you will definitely enjoy this series.

2 Cowboy BeBop Cowboy BeBop is one of the animes that showed the western world anime is not just for children. Cowboy BeBop follows a rag tag team of bounty hunters catching criminals and trying to scrape a meagre living. While the premise might sound simple, there is a lot going on in this show. It bounces from comedy to gritty action.

1 Death note Death note is perhaps one of the most popular anime series of all time. Light Yamagi finds a notebook that, if you write someone’s name in it, they die. Light uses this power to kill criminals who have escaped justice. The public name this “God” punishing the wicked Kira. The police call in the world’s greatest detective, L, to catch the killer Kira and bring him to justice. The whole show discusses morals and the justice system in an interesting way, outside of that the anime is a battle of wits with two geniuses playing a big game of cat and mouse. Intense and brilliant, just like the main charters. A must watch.

If you are interested in learning more about Anime, GYFF are bringing a host of Japanese animation this year on Sunday 13 February, with three explosive anime films introduced by anime expert Jonathan Clements. They will also have a workshop from Jonathan Clements on how to think like an anime scriptwriter. Not only will you learn how a script is written, but you’ll also work with other anime fans to think up your own ideas for an anime film! It’s a mind boggling experience but one that is beneficial to anyone considering a career in scriptwriting or animation in the future. Across the day the line-up will include three anime films; The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya, Eureka Seven – Good Night, Sleep Tight, Young Lovers, and King of Thorn.

One of the UK’s leading independent cinemas, GFT, will bring another packed programme to audiences in January and February, highlights of which include a season dedicated to screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, visiting festivals Nordic Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the eighth edition of Glasgow Youth Film Festival. Major new releases in January include David O. Russell’s remarkable true story of Miracle-Mop creator Joy Mangano, Joy (See interview with Bradley Cooper on page 6), which reunites Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper; Quentin Tarantino’s much-anticipated Civil Warera western The Hateful Eight with Kurt Russell, Bruce Dern, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh; winner

of the audience award at Toronto International Film Festival, Room, which is based on the international bestselling novel by Emma Donoghue; Alejandro González Iñárritu’s follow up to his Best Picture winner Birdman, The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as American frontiersman and fur-trapper Hugh Glass, and Sight & Sound’s film of the year, The Assassin, an astonishing piece of cinema from master filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien. In February, Paolo Sorrentino follows up his lauded The Great Beauty with Youth, a bittersweet story of ageing and friendship starring Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz; newsroom drama Spotlight is Tom McCarthy’s Oscar frontrunner for best picture, featuring Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, and Rachel McAdams, and winner of the UN Certain Regard

at Cannes Film Festival 2015, Rams is Grímur Hákonarson’s tale of two brothers in a remote Icelandic farming village. GFT will also be throwing a host of unique seasons, inlcuding the recognition of Dalton Trumbo, who wrote some of Hollywood’s most famous pictures, from the immortal epic Spartacus to Academy Award winners The Brave One and Roman Holiday. However, he did not receive credit for these films upon their release, and instead found himself on the Hollywood blacklist for ‘Un-American Activities’ during the country’s infamous investigations into communism. Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston brings the famed screenwriter to the screen in warm biopic Trumbo, and GFT are also screening a new digital print of The Front, as well as Spartacus, Papillon, and

Roman Holiday to mark the legacy of the great screenwriter. On Valentine’s Day you can celebrate your love at GFT with Sydney Pollack’s 1973 romantic classic The Way We Were, starring Robert Redford and Barbra Streisand, and Michael Curtiz’s much loved romantic melodrama Casablanca, with Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman as one of the most magnetic screen couples in Hollywood history. Or for something a little less conventional, Tim Burton’s tale of a blade handed boy Edward Scissorhands is screening at hip new venue St Luke’s, as part of Glasgow Youth Film Festival. To celebrate Burns Night, GFT is bringing back one of the most important statements on what it means to live in a modern Scotland, John Mackenzie’s The Cheviot, The Stag and The Black, Black Oil.



PREPARE YOURSELF FOR BLUE MONDAY It’s the third Monday in January BTW! Sure, all Monday’s are crap, but did you know that there is a bad Monday to rule them all? Does anything sound significant about the third Monday of January? Probably not, but in 2005, Sky Travel worked out that this is usually the most depressing day of the year. So no, I don’t mean the funky, classic, 1983 New Order single “Blue Monday”, but if your Monday is ever blue I suggest popping it on. Might just lift your spirits. Shall we take a moment to think of January? We’re all just getting back into the swing of things – work, school, college, which includes exams. We’re all a bit skint from a very merry Christmas and a happy new year, and usually, the weather’s just terrible too. In a press release, the holiday company Sky Travel announced that the first Blue Monday was January 24, 2005. Blue Monday’s date is usually the third Monday of January, but is occasionally considered to be the second or fourth as well. But how do we work out which Monday is the bluest? Thank god, there’s a complicated mathematical equation to help us. The first one was used from 2006 (after the original press release) to 2009 (after a second press release); to calculate the date, it used variables such as time spent on cultural activities, time spent relaxing and time spent sleeping. But that’s old news. The current one uses variables like weather, how much debt you might be in, your monthly salary,

time since Christmas, and as if the mere fact that you’re being forced to use weird maths isn’t bad enough, the equation asks you to quantify how much time it has been since failing your new year’s resolutions. Nice. Yes, I tried the equation. No, it made very little to no sense. No units were defined in the press releases publishing these equations, which makes quantifying “motivational levels” and “the feeling of the need to take action” all the more difficult. Back on Blue Monday, 2013 (January 21), Dean Burnett of the Guardian basically described it a “depressing day of nonsense science,” and in his article, threw in the equations to the perfect first date and best late night junk food in the spirit of being silly. The whole idea of Blue Monday is a pseudoscience, meaning it claims to be scientific but does not adhere to the scientific method. As mentioned earlier, mid-January is when things start piling back up, so it makes sense for Blue Monday to be particularly depressing. But really? There’s no scientific proof behind it. Enough about using maths to work out when you should scientifically be feeling down – ice cream to the rescue. Walls’, the ice cream company, commissioned a press release with the purpose of working out the happiest day of the year. From 2005 to 2010, the happiest day of the year has always fallen between the 15th and 25th of June. This is midsummer in the Northern Hemisphere – the dog days, when we’re all

that little bit freer, lazy, and, well, happier! Now let’s talk about Blue Monday and how students can relate to it, and fight depression. For people at college or University, tests and exams can be a challenging part of student life. However there are easy and healthy ways to cope with exam stress. People who are stressed will be irritable and may experience not sleeping well, a loss of interest in eating, worry a lot and appear depressed or negative. They may also experience headaches and stomach pains. For those suffering from stress during exam time there are some tips to help you stay healthy and still get through this distressing time. Make sure you’re eating and drinking well. A balanced diet is vital to your health and can help you feel well during the exam period. Keep your blood sugar levels steady so that you don’t have energy dips during the day and can also sleep well at night. Avoid a lot of processed and sugary foods and stick to lean proteins and carbs as they will release their energy slowly. Stay hydrated by drinking lots of water, low calorie drinks and/or herbal teas to feel more alert. Make sure you get enough sleep. A good sleep will improve your thinking and concentration. Most teenagers need between eight and ten hours sleep at night. Also allow yourself an hour or so to wind down between studying. Watching TV or going onto the computer will help you chill out before you go to bed.

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Cramming all night before an exam is usually a bad idea. Getting a good night’s sleep will benefit you more than a few hours quickly studying at the last minute. Get your parents to be flexible during exams. When you’re revising all day you shouldn’t have to worry about the household jobs you would normally (not) be doing. Remember exams don’t last forever. Use your time wisely. Most students leave studying to the last minute which isn’t healthy and won’t help you during your exams. Work out how much time you have to revise in between subjects and make a revision schedule. This will help you to give all of your subject’s time for study and you can also have some time to yourself. Talk to someone about exam nerves. Feeling anxious is normal during exams. The key is to put these nerves to positive use. By being reminded by someone that you do know what you have studied and that you have put in a lot of time and effort to study will help make you feel more confident. Exercise during exams. Make sure you stay active during exams and aren’t sitting staring at books all day. Exercising can help boost your energy levels, clear your mind and relieve stress. Walking, cycling, swimming, football and dancing are all effective. Reward yourself. When exams are over organise with your friends an end of exams treat. Celebrating how your hard work has paid off and now that you have got through your exams will help you feel a lot better.




Well lads and lassies, our beloved City that is Glasgow has been named in ‘National Geographic’s Traveller’ as being one of the top 20 places to visit. Yes you read that correctly. I think it’s common attitude that you simply hate where you’re from by saying “It’s a dump” or “It’s nothing special” but I’d say us ‘Weegies’ or people who reside in Glasgow simply accept it for what it is – unique. Glasgow has always had that charm of it’s own, there is no other city like it. When you go to Edinburgh which is indeed our nation’s capital it simply doesn’t feel like the same country. It feels much tamed. Glasgow is the kind of city where most people are friendly but in a bold way, for example if you walked up to someone in a bar and started chatting to them they would talk back to you and not look at you

like you’re mentally unstable. It is a City like no other, we always join together like one big community when we have to. In other places where I’ve lived I’ve noticed people just like to go about their own business, they are inside their own bubble. People don’t even know their neighbours and will simply walk by you without greeting you. But in Glasgow you can have conversations with anyone from a Bartender to a Taxi driver. It has a different aura that is surrounded by charm or ‘patter’ as it’s better known here. Glasgow to the rest of the world has bad press, that we’re all bitter religious fanatics. Yes I am indeed talking about the Old Firm derby. People probably think how can football teams make Glasgow great? Well Rangers and Celtic are the only two teams in the country that put us on the footballing map. We of course have been

absent of these derbies for the past couple of years but I’ll not get into that. In the four years we haven’t had these derbies nothing has changed. Rangers and Celtic fans indeed do have mutual respect for each other but always relish the chance of teasing or ‘ripping’ each other when the chance arises. Glasgow has really been put on the world map in recent years after hosting a successful 2014 Commonwealth Games where we received 600,000 extra visitors. For one of the first times it really felt like the eyes of the world were on Glasgow. We have also built the SSE Hydro which opened in 2013. The Hydro is now considered to be one of the best venues in the world. It has hosted many global superstars such as Beyonce, One Direction and Calvin Harris. It is simply beautiful to look at, slightly resembling a space ship. In the year 2014 alone it handled over one million ticket sales making it officially a busier venue than the Manchester Arena and the world famous Madison Square Gardens. It was the 2nd busiest venue in 2014 only behind London’s O2 arena. Probably the Hydro’s biggest gig to date was when it hosted the 2014 MTV EMA awards where we seen superstars of the music industry perform an incredible line up. These names include Slash, Emeli Sande, Alicia Keys and Afrojack. Apart from our music scene the

food is to die for. Glasgow has it’s very own ‘Burger District’. St Vincent Street in Glasgow is home to 5 of Glasgow’s best burger eateries that are visited by thousands of people. More of an icon than anything else is Glasgow’s statue of the Duke of Wellington. Since anyone can remember us weegies have shown our charisma and humour by placing a traffic cone on the chap’s head, only for thousands to be spent every year by City of Glasgow council to take it down. Every time it’s taken down, it’s put right back up within a matter of days. In fact I don’t think there has been a time where I have a seen a cone-less Duke. Glasgow is also known for it’s music, it’s the city that brought you ACDC. There are a range of music venues in Glasgow City Centre which have hosted many small bands in their time and we’ve seen them evolve into super stars, such as; Biffy Clyro, Primal Scream, Franz Ferdinand and The View. These venues include the Famous Barrowlands or as we call it ‘The Barras’, 02 Academy and Classic Grand. As you can see Glasgow is absolutely flowing with culture, there’s hosts of people who have flourished here, from actors and musicians to sports stars. It’s a city booming with music, banter and decent patter. If you haven’t visited then please don’t base your opinion on Trainspotting, because one it’s the wrong city and two we don’t all take heroin. by William Frew Twitter: @Mr_Blonde94 Blog:

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SEAFOOD INDUSTRY CASTS ITS NET FOR YOUNG WORKERS A new campaign has been launched with the aim of showcasing the career prospects within the seafood industry to students and graduates.   ‘The World is Your Oyster’ campaign features people working in the industry sharing their experiences and highlights the unique perks and qualifications linked to these careers, including the competitive wages, potential to travel the world, learning key life skills and being your own boss.   Seafish, the industry authority on Seafood and the people behind the new campaign, also highlight the variety of roles in the seafood industry from deckhand to skipper, fishmonger to PR executive, fish buyer to marine biologist and many more.  Emma Moffat, 28, is a fish buyer for Grimsby based seafood supplier Icelandic Seachill who employ 1,400 staff in the UK, providing chilled fish to the UK retail market.   She encourages other young people to consider a career in the seafood industry, saying: “In my role I’ve been lucky enough to travel to Iceland, Holland and Brussels, along with numerous trips to Aberdeen and Peterhead. In the coming year, I’m hoping to spend time in Norway and Canada to gain an increased knowledge of fish sourcing on a more global scale.”  As it is a specialist industry the wages are

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careers than ever before. “I believe young people will be drawn by the competitive salaries on offer, the interesting, diverse and challenging range of work to be found, the strong sense of community within the industry and the opportunity to travel. Seafood is a global industry and whether you are leaving school, college or university, I urge you to take a look and see what the seafood industry has to offer.”  As well as launching the new campaign, Seafish is working with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) to develop new Trailblazer Apprenticeships for the seafood industry.   Visit to find out more about the organisation and employment opportunities in the seafood industry.   by Courtney Hendry Online Editor


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It’s a New Year! Time to make a resolution; be nicer? Save up more? Finally start taking those lessons? We all love to make resolutions for ourselves, and according to, 19% of adults will aim to get fit this year and become a regular in their local gym. Which leaves just one question: who exactly are some of the regulars there already? PERSON 1 – THE SEMI-PRO For most going to the gym is a chore, something they have to do to keep fit and justify all the fast food during lunch hours. But most people aren’t like the semi-pro. They were probably your sports captain in high school, the baton bearer candidate and best friends with the P.E staff – now that’s all gone and their 9-5 doesn’t have a sports team, where will they show off their skills? The gym, of course. For them it’s not about keeping fit, it’s about keeping on top of their game and making sure absolutely no-one is better than them – even if that means hoarding the weights all night.

PERSON 3 – THE SUPER-FIT GRAN This one is perhaps the scariest, and puts you to shame with her insane advanced cardio workouts. Every gym has one or more of her, and we just hope they don’t decide to form ranks and take all us young folk on. However this one is also the most inspiring, when she’s powerwalking off the last of her 10k you can’t help but look and wonder if everyone can be like that – how would that turn out? Keep on powerwalking, Granny.



What’s the point in going if your Instagram followers don’t know about it? That’s the motto this next guy lives by. He’ll take a photo of his creatine, put on his best gym gear and head off to the gym in a white Corsa or Fiesta Zetec Sport to the theme of his favourite Skepta track. Working out is pointless unless the lads know you’re feeling top. #ledge #fit

People sweat, big deal? Big deal indeed. There’s nothing worse than waiting awkwardly for a machine, finally having the chance to use it and find it’s been freshly doused in sweat. Yes working out isn’t the most glamorous activity, and we all sweat but surely you can at least bring yourself an extra towel? Also, stop wearing grey.



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HOW TO MAKE MONEY WITHOUT A JOB OR SELLING DRUGS There comes a time in every one of our lives where we are so poor that we consider some serious illegal activity to be able to gain a little bit of financial support. However I’m here to advise you against that as there are legitimate ways to make money while being unemployed. So don’t start selling drugs in a dark club somewhere in the city. While you are applying for jobs you should do the following to make some money while you’re struggling.

1. BUSKING One of the most common alternative methods that will help people make money is busking on the busy streets of Glasgow. However to be able to have an impactful income based on busking then you have to actually be talented. If you know how to jam with a guitar, keyboard, saxophone or have the voice of an angel then this is your calling card. If you’re up to the task then you’ll need supreme confidence to be able to busk within the city of Glasgow. Area’s such as Buchanan Street, Sauchiehall Street and Argyle Street are all busy locations best suited for busking. Perhaps at the end of your street set you will have enough money for a pint, dinner and a train home.

2. ONLINE SURVEYS If you search hard enough online, you will inevitably come across someone who is willing to pay a fair amount of money if you complete a simple survey. These surveys can be based on a variety of issues such as politics or popular culture. You don’t even need any skills to do this one. All you really need is an email address and an internet connection. After signing up, you just need to wait for notifications in your inbox before completing whatever survey gets sent to you. It’s as easy as that and there are no strings attached. Legitimate websites include YouGov or Swagbucks among many others.

3. SELL HOMEMADE ITEMS This like busking requires a certain amount of talent for you to effectively make enough money to get you by. If you can make a necklace, bracelet or any other type of jewellery then ask your friends or family what they think about it. If they convince you that your work is good enough for a target market then keep making items that are nice and affordable. If you excel at something, you may as well take advantage of it.

4. SELLING OLD DVD’S AND GAMES Everybody has a variety of unwanted possessions within their houses and flats. Just general stuff you don’t use anymore. A notable example of this would be games and DVD’s. The majority of students and citizens use their laptops or game consoles to stream movies and television series whenever they want to watch something. Movies among our possessions now don’t hold nearly as much value as they once did. Which is why you may as well sell them before their value plummets even more. Stores such as CEX provide a fair amount of money for unwanted movies. The same applies to games you don’t play anymore. Compare websites online to see what company will provide the most for your items. This especially useful for unwanted Christmas items that you receive during the festive period.

5. OFFER HELP TO YOUR NEIGHBOURS FOR CASH The majority of people who live in suburban areas where they know a lot of their neighbours can do little things for their community. Go around the local area and offer gardening services, window cleaning or other manual work. In exchange for money some neighbours might trust a local person to assist them with home maintenance. by Billal Rahman


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Nicole Wermers’ Infrastruktur. Photograph: Anita Russo/Rex Shutterstock

The Turner Prize is one of those events, that as a young and hip student living on the edge of society, you should probably have an informed opinion about. If this is not the case, then fear not! Here is your complete low down, the gift of intelligent conversation. Invite your family/friends/ lover/potential lover to the Tramway before January 17th and watch their face(s) light up in admiration as you divulge something horribly pretentious you’ve picked up from this feature article. A BRIEF HISTORY

The Turner Prize was originally founded by The Tate Gallery’s Patrons of New Art in 1984. Naming the Prize after controversial artist J.M.W Turner caused, well, controversy because it predicted the prize would be awarded to outrageous entries that didn’t really qualify as ‘art’. The first five years of the Prize was a shambles. By the time 1989 came round, some rules had been drawn up. The biggest, only artists could now enter. A shortlist was introduced and submissions must have been completed within the past 12 months. Unfortunately, the sponsor went


Glasgow’s Tron Theatre is inviting you to the ultimate bitchfight this February with their new production of Mike Bartlett’s (BBC’s Doctor Foster) bitingly funny relationship drama, Cock. The Tron’s Scottish premiere features James Anthony Pearson (BBC’s Lip Service, STV’s Taggart) as John, a young man adrift after the breakdown of his long-term gay relationship, who unexpectedly meets a woman (Isobel McArthur) with whom he discovers new pleasures and excitement. But with the exboyfriend (Random Accomplice’s Johnny McKnight) preening and strutting in the background, and his new girlfriend uncovering a whole different side to his personality, John is increasingly wracked with guilt about who he is and what he wants. When a civilised dinner party

to discuss the way forward rapidly descends into a messy cockfight, John has to make a choice. What will he do? Tron’s production of Mike Bartlett’s sharp and witty play will be the first UK staging since its much-lauded 2009 Royal Court premiere featuring Ben Wishaw, Andrew Scott and Katherine Parkinson. You can catch Cock at Tron Theatre, Glasgow, from 9-20 February 2016, before the production embarks on a short national tour to Aberdeen’s Lemon Tree (23 Feb) and Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre (25-27 Feb). Find out more and book tickets online at www. or give Box Office a call on 0141 552 4267. All students are entitled to a concession price of just £10, or £8 on preview nights— simply have your student card on hand to show at the Theatre when you arrive!

bankrupt and the Prize didn’t run in 1990. However, Channel 4 picked up the slack and became the new sponsor in 1991. This generated a wide public viewing platform, the award money doubled and a couple of new rules were thrown in. Now only artists under 50 could enter. Controversy mainly hit with Tracey Emin’s nomination for My Bed. It mimicked the state of her bed and room after suffering from a week long depressive bout. The floor was littered with condoms and used underwear, which sent the media into a frenzy. Another occurrence was with Damien Hirst’s Mother and Child (Divided) which consisted of a cow and calf severed in half and preserved in tanks full of formaldehyde. The Prize has previously been held in Tate Britain, London and Glasgow is its third new destination. In 2007, the Prize moved to Liverpool and to Derry in 2013. WHY GLASGOW Art spaces around Britain bid to host the 2015 Prize. After consideration by a jury of artistic types, the Tramway made the cut over Nottingham Contemporary, New Art Gallery in Walsall and Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. One factor that stood Glasgow out was simply the amount of credible artists who hail from Scotland. ‘Over the past 20 years, Glasgow and Scotland has gained national and international recognition as a centre of excellence in, and for, the visual arts and for many years artists who are from Scotland or who have trained at the Glasgow School of Art – one of the world’s leading art schools – have been nominated for, or won, the award,’ said Nicholas Serota, Tate Director. Previous Scottish shortlisted or winners of the Prize include Susan Philipsz, Duncan Campbell and David Shrigley. Ironically, no Scottish artists made the 2015 shortlist. 2015 SHORTLIST Nicole Wermes, Janice Kerbel, Assemble and Bonnie Camplin made the list. If a coat is placed over a chair in a public space, then it assumed the chair is taken and the space has been claimed. A universally recognised act. Wermes explored this idea of public space and its ownership with her

piece titled Infrastruktur, which consisted of fur coats hanging over chair backs. For her piece, she relined the coats so they were not detachable from the chairs. Janice Kerbel’s chosen work was a musical submission titled DOUG. Kerbel wrote in detail about nine possible accidents that occurred to fictional character Doug. Each accident is performed by six classically trained singers and a conductor. Assemble are a London 18 strong collective committed to engaging with communities from deprived areas in Britain. They were nominated off the back of their work in Granby Four Streets, Liverpool. They opened Granby Studio and worked alongside locals to create furniture and home furnishings. Derelict houses were refurbished and plans for a winter garden were put in motion. The idea came from the injustice of the public having no control over their housing. The profit from any item sold by Assemble is put straight back into the studio. All items are for sale at the Tramway. The final artist in the shortlist is Bonnie Camplin’s The Military Industrial Complex. The artist has collected several in depth video interviews with those who have witnessed the occult, aliens or other mind bending experiences. Surrounding the 90s style television sets playing the interviews on repeat is extensive literature of psychology, neuro science and psychoanalysis. The literature is an important aspect of the exhibition and visitors are encouraged to engage with it. THE WINNER In a live show hosted by Lauren Laverne on Channel 4, the winner was announced. Assemble was presented with the award by musician and author, Kim Gordon. Their work genuinely did help those from poverty stricken areas in Liverpool so they did deserve it. As usual with the Turner Prize, controversy shrouds it and it is always arguable that the shortlisted pieces do not really define as art. Yet it is an event that is a firm part of British culture and should be embraced while so by Holly Callender close to home. Radical architect collective Assemble



What’s On: LGBTI

PLEASE LIKE ME.... Stop rewatching all your favourite programmes. I know, it’s too easy: Netflix enables me to binge watch RuPaul’s Drag Race and 30 Rock and I don’t even have to get up. My gym membership has never felt so redundant. But save yourself from yourself and invest in a new TV show, especially one as amazing as Australian comedy Please Like Me. The show is written by and stars Josh Thomas, who I gather is the Aussie equivalent of someone like Simon Amstell, filling the quota for “awkward gay comedian.” Critics somewhat lazily compare the series to Girls, but to be honest this is funnier and doesn’t make you grind your teeth in annoyance. Please Like Me is a grounded, realistic and hilarious comedy following Josh as he comes out to his family and friends and begins navigating his way through gay life and dating. The show has completed its third season in Australia and has become pretty popular. Not over here it seems, however: whenever I ask anyone if they’ve watched Please Like Me I receive a blank, uncertain response, or a look that suggests I’ve just asked the person to “please like me.”

Josh lives with his friend Tom, who is perpetually in terrible relationships with dismal women and makes terrible life decisions, and must navigate his new life while checking in with his off-beat parents. His mother has come across various mental health issues while his father has moved in with his Thai girlfriend. Dark comedy naturally ensues as Josh attempts to bridge the gap between his parents. Please Like Me has a host of superb secondary characters, namely Hannah, a hilariously dead-pan, morbidly depressed lesbian. Despite the show’s various darker storylines – suicide, abortion, heartbreak – Please Like Me is still hilarious, striking the perfect balance between poignant moments between characters and true laugh-outloud scenes. Contrary to the show’s title, Josh is enormously likeable: he is at once hilariously self-critical and narcissistic while confident and bold with other people. Given that he writes the show too, his language and dialogue feel natural and he creates situations that may prove eerily resonant for some viewers. Not unlike Lena Dunham’s Girls creations, Josh can

be unlikeable at times, but this may be down the jarring reality that his flaws and weaknesses tend to be pretty similar to your own. We can be sarcastic, whiny and careless with people’s hearts at times too. But I’m sorry to say I’m not as good a cook as he is.

Please Like Me is a darkly funny, realistic and poignant comedy. Josh Thomas writes and performs perfectly from a queer perspective and delivers a refreshing take on what gay life is “supposed” to be. Stop rewatching Archer: watch this instead.



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I’m always on the look out for new, exciting or unfamiliar LGBT artists to listen to. Amidst a whole host of weird and wonderful performers, American singer Joshua Thomas stands out. Yes, the other article on the opposite page features a man called Josh Thomas – no, they are not the same person… I usually have a total aversion to thoughtful, quiet singersongwriter types like Ed Sheeran and George Ezra – they tend to be boring and repetitive – but Philadelphia-based Joshua Thomas has some distinct qualities that separates him from musically-similar artists; maybe it’s his voice, which ranges from soft and mellow to a loud, pseudo-howl, or his dynamic songs, but he brings something a little different to the table. Joshua notes his biggest influence as Joni Mitchell, which is certainly apparent in the folk melodies and raw emotion that can be heard in his songs. His brief cover of her song “A Strange Boy” on YouTube is exceptional, and she personally gave him the stamp of approval. His music may not be on your ultimate party playlist on Spotify; it’s better suited for when you’re feeling a bit mellower.

He organically incorporates his gay perspective and personal life into his music; his EP The Harboring consists of stories about men – and one man in particular – and emotions he claims don’t “weigh him down as much” when he puts pen to paper. He wears his heart on his sleeve, taking the listener on a huge journey as he sings through heartache and self-discovery. We’ve all felt what he’s going through, and he perfectly captures every moment. The Hunter is particularly great: it’s haunting and full of drama, with Thomas demonstrating a lot of soul and range to his voice. Brooklyn is emotive and recalls the late great Elliot Smith, while Down Here is equally as perfect and he sounds amazing on it. Seriously – I know Adele is artist-infavour right now, but if you’re in the mood for passionate, poignant music, Joshua Thomas is your man. Trust me, you’ve listened to Hello enough. He has select EPs and singles available online to check out and purchase. Josh Thomas is the ideal new listen for fans of Joni Mitchell, sometimessad tunes, haunting vocals and beautiful song writing.


FROM AROUND THE WORLD Boxer Tyson Fury failed to win BBC’s Sport Personality of the Year Award following a public vote. Fury infamously made several homophobic statements leading up to the event, such as contending that homosexuality – which he believes is inextricably connected with paedophilia – will lead to the apocalypse. Despite the BBC maintaining his inclusion, his comments clearly affected his votes. Yes, his comments are hideously offensive and people are right to condemn them – but more people signed a petition against his inclusion for an award than a petition lobbying to lift the ban on gay blood donation, which puts countless lives at risk. Perhaps our priorities should adjust.

Following the cancellation of Looking this year, Oscar-winning writer an LGBT activist Dustin Lance Black has announced he is working on a television show. Reuniting with Milk director and LGBT hero Gus Van Sant, Black’s miniseries will focus on a diverse LGBT family and their various personal and political challenges as they face the tail-end of the US civil rights movement starting with the 1969 Stonewall riots. He won an Oscar for writing a biopic on Harvey Milk – the first gay elected official in US politics and one of the most important political figures of the 20th century – and has been a tremendous advocate for LGBT equality.

New York City has announced strong guidelines against transphobic discrimination. Prohibited behaviour includes mis-gendering people’s identity or preferred pronouns, barring access to gendered facilities like toilets and enforcing gender specific dress codes. Other forms of misconduct such as failing to provide health benefits to employees can result in a fine of up to $250,000. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, “New York has always been a diverse and welcoming city and our laws are designed to protect every New Yorker, regardless of their gender identity. Today’s new guidelines strengthen those laws by ensuring that every transgender and gender non-conforming person in New York receives the dignity and respect they deserve.”

A gay man in China has challenged the ban on same-sex marriage in what is thought to be the country’s first such lawsuit. The man, who has used a public pseudonym, claims the legal jargon in the same-sex marriage ban is too vague to justify a total ban against civil partnerships between two people of the same gender. This is thought to be the first and most high-profile defence for marriage equality in China. A lesbian couple previously held a marriage ceremony in Beijing following the US Supreme Court’s decision on gay marriage, despite police warnings and community backlash.

The US has lifted the previous ban on gay men donating blood, insisting instead that men who have sex with men abstain from sex for a full year. This is the same law currently in place in the UK. While this is certainly progress from the FDA, these laws still stigmatise gay and bisexual men as well as continue to prevent people who rely on blood donation from receving adequate supplies. The policy treats gay men the same as higher risk groups such as people who have sex with prostitutes or have intravenous drug users.



THE INTERVIEW: Izzy Bizu From shy songwriter who never dreamed of being in the limelight to being pushed onto the stage and lauded – Izzy Bizu is a rising star and one to watch in 2016. Hailing from London, the 21 year old has signed with Epic Records and has supported Sam Smith, Rudimental, Foxes and dreams of working with many more singers. In 2015 she was shortlisted for a Brit’s Critics Choice award and longlisted for BBC’s Sound of 2016. How did her story start? At ILUVLIVE’s open mic, her friend pushed her onto the stage to sing – neither of them knew that the likes of Naughty Boy and Emile Sande were in the audience! Bizu is a fan of jazz-fusion mixes and draws her inspiration now from Adele and Amy Winehouse, as well as stars she grew up listening to like Ella Fitzgerald, Bettye Swann and James Brown. She has created a hip and cool sound that absolutely pleases the soul. She’s set to play at King Tut’s on January 29, so we asked her some questions about her rise to fame – how has her world changed?



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YOU SAID BEFORE THAT PEOPLE CALL YOU HURRICANE IZZY BECAUSE “I WALK IN THE ROOM AND EVERYTHING FALLS TO PIECES.” DOES THAT MEAN YOU’RE QUITE CLUMSY? HOW DOES THAT WORK OUT ON SET FOR RECORDING VIDEOS OR IN THE STUDIO? Well I always fall off my skateboard, so I guess that’s a point lol but yeah, I’m usually okay on set and at studio! WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST EXPERIENCE WITH MUSIC? When I had to sing ‘Amazing Grace’ on the first week of secondary school! It was terrifying; as the new kid you want to fit in! ARE YOU STILL GOOD FRIENDS WITH THE GIRL WHO PUSHED YOU TO GO UP ON STAGE AT ILUVLIVE, WHERE YOU WON THE OPEN MIC NIGHT? IF SHE WAS HERE, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO HER RIGHT NOW? My best friend Alya came with me for support and then it was my cousin that told me to go ahead and do it and I’m so thankful to them who encourage me, I wasn’t too confident at the time! DID YOU EVER CONSIDER YOURSELF SHY

BEFORE PERFORMING AT THE OPEN MIC? Yeah I would, the limelight was a bit scary for me as I was more of a songwriter at heart, but I’ve really grown to enjoy it. There’s something so exhilarating about it when the adrenaline kicks in! DID YOU HAVE ANY IDEA THAT NAUGHTY BOY WAS IN THE AUDIENCE OF THE OPEN MIC YOU WON? WHAT WAS IT LIKE MEETING HIM? WERE YOU A FAN OF HIS? I had no idea but was thrilled that he had watched me perform, and yeah he’s very talented and seems like a cool dude! BEFORE THE OPEN MIC, WAS MUSIC ACTUALLY YOUR LIFE LONG DREAM? OR DID YOU WANT TO DO SOMETHING ELSE? I was in that stage in my life when I was like, “I guess I’ll give it a go and see what happens!” YOU’VE SAID THAT SOMEONE WHO INFLUENCES YOUR MUSIC IS ADELE; ARE YOU EXCITED ABOUT HER COMEBACK AND NEW TOUR? Wow yes I’m so excited and really hope that I could go watch her at some point.

She’s so lovely to watch, really digging the “Hello” sessions she did with the roots, it looked like fun! YOU’RE IN THE 2016 BRITS CHOICE AWARDS SHORTLIST, WHICH IS A HUGE ACHIEVEMENT, AND YOU HAVEN’T EVEN RELEASED YOUR FIRST ALBUM YET. DID YOU EVER DREAM THAT SOMETHING LIKE THAT WOULD HAPPEN SO FAST? You know what, I wasn’t really expecting that at all but wow it’s a honour to be a part of that, and be side by side with other incredible artists. YOU’VE MADE VEVO’S ONES TO WATCH LIST AND THE BBC’S SOUND OF 2016 LONG LIST, HOW DID YOU REACT WHEN YOU FOUND OUT YOU MADE THE LISTS? ARE THERE ANY OTHER LISTS LIKE THESE YOU DREAM OF MAKING IT ONTO? I was so thrilled! Went for a drink and a boogie haha… for now I’m happy with that and I’ll see what unravels for next year. HOW GOES MAKING THE ALBUM? WE READ THAT MIKA HAD BEEN ASSISTING WITH IT? IS THAT TRUE AND IF SO HOW HAS HE BEEN HELPING AND DO YOU HAVE ANY COLLABORATIONS PLANNED?

Yeah I did some tracks with him and other producers like Justin Broad and Paul Herman, Ian Barter, Jimmy Hogarth, Adam Argyle, Luke Juby and Harry Rutherford (The Firm), Jonny Rockstar, Dan Grech and Mike Spencer, they have all made a great impact to my journey so far and have been a joy to work with, I can’t wait to get stuck into the studio again with them soon! Also working with Honne soon who I recently discovered check out ‘Warm On A Cold Night’. ARE THERE ANY SPECIFIC ARTISTS YOU DREAM OF WORKING WITH IN YOUR CAREER? Yeah I would like to work with Mark Ronson, Chance The Rapper, and The Black Keys would be a dream. YOU’RE PERFORMING IN KING TUTS THIS JANUARY, WILL THIS BE YOUR FIRST TIME IN GLASGOW? WHAT DO YOU THINK OF PLAYING IN KING TUTS, ONE OF THE BEST MUSIC VENUES IN THE CITY? Woo going to be great to be back, we actually supported Sam Smith there which was super fun can’t believe we’re going back woop woop!!! Fried Mars Bars here we come!



NME AWARDS TOUR COMES TO GLASGOW Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone will all play the Barrowlands on February 5th The NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas is hitting Glasgow this February with a major headline act and three up-andcoming artists in support. Bloc Party tops the bill for the Barrowlands gig, in what will be one of the first live shows after they release their fifth album Hymns. There are sure to be a lot of new songs played at the gig, with new singles ‘The Love Within’ and ‘The Good News’ likely to feature alongside classics picked from the first four albums. The band have went through a major change in personnel, with Justin Harris and Louise Bartle replacing original members Gordon Moakes and Matt Tong on bass guitar and drums.  The indie-rock band released their first album Silent Alarm to critical acclaim in 2005, selling more than one million copies worldwide and getting a nomination for the Mercury Prize. They went on to release A Weekend in the City, Intimacy and Four, and over the years produced hits including ‘Banquet’, ‘The Prayer’, ‘Flux’, ‘Mercury’ and ‘Octopus’.  Bloc Party have played venues across Glasgow, including the SECC, O2 Academy, Garage and most recently the O2 ABC in November. Fans will get a chance to see the band with their new lineup at the famous

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Barrowlands, as they headline the NME Awards Tour. One of the acts supporting them on the night will be alternative rock band Drenge. Their second album Undertow released earlier this year charted at number 14 in the UK album charts and was listed in one of NME’s 50 Albums of the Year. The two-piece band supported The Maccabees in November on their UK tour and also supported Wolf Alice earlier this year on their US tour. They recently performed a unique cover of Taylor Swift’s ‘Bad Blood’ for Radio 1’s Live Lounge.


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Rat Boy will join them on the bill, also known as Jordan Cardy, a rap/indie-rock musician from Essex. On single ‘Sign On’, Rat Boy mixes guitar with hip hop, and has drawn comparisons with Jamie T. He was nominated for NME’s Best New Artist this year as well as being included on the BBC Sound of 2016 longlist. Also playing at the gig is Bugzy Malone, a grime MC from Manchester. His EP Walk With Me debuted at number eight on the UK album charts in July. He has been described as one of the key artists in the grime revival in the UK. Bugzy Malone

has collaborated with Tinie Tempah and Stormzy, and was nominated for the Best Newcomer and Best Grime Act by Mobo. Mike Williams, editor-in-chief of NME, said: “The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas is amazing for UK music fans – where else next February could you see three of the most exciting, game-changing new artists around, as well as a bona fide festival headliner in such an intimate setting?” Tickets are available now for the Barrowlands gig.


MUSIC me, even if we had time off it would be about doing other music, it wouldn’t be a stop on making music. We’ve been a band for twelve years, without taking a break so I think time for a break has arrived. We don’t really have the luxury to take a year holiday, it’s just like; “better keep working”. But in a way I look forward to that, like I said, we’ve done so much in music and it’s all been very confined to us as a band – there’s real scope, working with other people and seeing what happens. But I really hope we make another record as well, but we’ll see.”

THE INTERVIEW: The Maccabees

Q: YOU SUPPORTED KASABIAN IN DECEMBER, WHAT WAS IT LIKE TOURING WITH A BAND OF THAT SIZE? A: “It was pretty interesting actually. Kasabian are quite unique, they’ve got that crowd which is just incredible. They’ve got a loveable enthusiasm for everything they do and that was actually quite amazing – Felix and I actually ended up playing guitar with them at the end of their set. With being on stage, we got to actually experience what being in Kasabian is like and it is as fun as it looks.” In May 2007 The Maccabees released their first album, Colour It In at a time when British guitar music was in it’s prime. Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, The Kooks and Franz Ferdinand were all in their element and amongst the hurrah, a small guitar band called The Maccabees decided to throw their hat in the ring and give stardom a stab. From South London, where drum and bass music is king and indie rock isn’t the usual offering, the coming together of Orlando Weeks, Hugo White, Felix White, Rupert Jarvis and Sam Doyle was only too likely with each being fans of the genre. Considered a small success, the debut track ‘X-Ray’ is the band’s starting mark, released in 2005 it was played on night time radio in London’s local station XFM London. But it was the single ‘Latchmere’ which was the band’s first true hit, receiving air time on MTV2 and the music video going viral on YouTube in 2006. Years later, music has changed and The Maccabees success with it too. Released to positive reviews, Colour It In reached 24th in the charts, the record which has secured The Maccabees name as one to be remembered. We spoke to Hugo White, guitarist in The Maccabees, in the run up to their show in Glasgow’s Barrowlands Ballroom: Q: YOU PLAYED THE S.E.C.C LAST TIME YOU CAME TO GLASGOW, HOW WAS THAT VENUE TO PLAY IN COMPARISON TO THE BALLROOM WHICH IS MORE INTIMATE? A: “Yeah that venue’s good, the last one [S.E.C.C], but if I’m honest about that Barrowlands is the main one y’know? I think we did it once before in an NME tour with Bombay Bicycle Club but I remember it being one of the best shows on that tour. I remember the spring loaded dance floor. Q: LOOKING AT YOUR LYRICS, EVERYTHING IS WRITTEN SO POETICALLY, WITH EVEN A RECENT REVIEW FROM THE GUARDIAN PRAISING THEM. I WOULD LIKE TO ASK, HOW DO YOU USUALLY WRITE YOUR SONGS? A: “They come in bits really. Predominantly it’s Orlando who writes the lyrics, bar one song on that record. But the songs are never usually fully formed to start with, so usually the lyrics are written to a piece of music which Felix or I’ve written, and even that bit of music will only end up being one verse of a song. And then there’ll be another idea that comes along and feels like it needs to be part of a song, then the lyrics will kind of evolve over the track while it’s been written. So it’s kind of untraditional, there’s no one that’ll sit with

an acoustic guitar – the way we work it’s kind of collaged, pulling bits from here. The difficult bit is making it really cohesive and deciding on it.”

...WE ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE GOOD SHOWS IN GLASGOW, THEY DEFINITELY HAVE A KIND OF SPIRIT THAT IS PRETTY APPARENT... Q: HOW DID YOU AND YOUR BROTHER BOTH BECOME PART OF THE BANDS LINE UP? A: “Felix went to school with Orlando’s brother, Felix was in a different band at the time. We were about sixteen, and Felix had heard that his friend’s brother Orlando had started a band, and I’d started playing guitar, he introduced us and Orlando and I started the band. Then about two years later, Felix’s band split up, so we had to make a decision to let Felix in the band, and we did – it’s been the best decision we’ve ever made.” Q: YOU JUST PERFORMED IN AUSTRALIA, HOW DIFFERENT IS THE AUSSIE CROWD FROM GLASGOW’S? A: “Glasgow’s crowd are notably, how do I describe it...”

Q: MENTAL? A: “Yeah mental haha, y’know we always seem to have good shows in Glasgow, they definitely have a kind of spirit that is pretty apparent especially compared with fans down south. But we do also feel very Southern when we’re in Glasgow, but it’s always welcoming.” Q: YOU WERE HERE IN MAY LAST YEAR, AND TOLD US ABOUT SOME OF THE THINGS YOU GET UP TO BETWEEN GIGS. DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING PLANNED IN TOWN THIS TIME? A: “I don’t know actually if we have got any plans, because usually you’re only really there for like one day. Recently over the past few years we’ve made friends with Paul Buchannan so every time I’m in Glasgow that’s one of the things I look forward to, catching up with him. For me having a Glasgow date on the tour means; “yes, great get to see Paul Buchannan”. Q: YOU’VE MENTIONED BEFORE THE BAND DIDN’T TAKE TIME OFF AFTER THE ‘GIVEN TO THE WILD’ TOUR, SAYING: “THAT WAS A MISTAKE.” AFTER THIS TOUR, HOW LONG WILL THE BAND TAKE OFF? A: “Oh yes we’re definitely gonna take some time off. I mean it’s a difficult thing though, time off, because although it would be good to take some time before writing again which can be a pretty yearintensive thing with us, I don’t really know if there is such a thing as time off. Even for

Q: ADDING TO THAT, DO YOU HAVE ANY INTERESTING STORIES FROM BACKSTAGE? A: They’ve got this sound system, I think it’s Serge’s ‘thing’ in their dressing room and it’s the biggest set of speakers and whenever you’re in the dressing room you literally can’t hear what anyone is saying it’s so loud. They were all such lovely people, and it was great to tour with them. Q: IT IS KNOWN YOU’RE GOOD FRIENDS WITH JAMIE T AND FLORENCE WELCH, HOW DOES IT FEEL TO SEE YOUR FRIENDS DOING WELL IN THE INDUSTRY? A: “Oh it’s great. Jamie T, we toured together on out first record and it’s great because he’s one my favourite artists who’ve been around in the time we have, he’s still at the top of his game and writing great music. And then Florence, is just on another level really – it’s amazing to see the success she has. We toured with her in America in places like the Hollywood Bowl, huge y’know? It’s good to see someone you know getting so much recognition.” Q: YOURSELF AND JAMIE T HAVE SIMILAR, GUITAR DRIVEN INDIE STYLE, IS A COLLABORATION SOMETHING THAT WILL EVER BE CONSIDERED? A: “I’d love to yeah but we’ve never discussed it. We did the live thing, but other than that we haven’t discussed it. It would be good and we probably should do something like that.” Q: DO YOU HAVE ANY PLANS FOR THE NEXT ALBUM? A: “Not really yet. It’s one of those things, after the process of making music is finished we just try to enjoy the tour and not think about writing. I think fairly soon there’ll start to be ideas but for now we’re just trying by Connor Tollan Twitter: to enjoy the @Mr_ConorTollan9 show.”




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After an incredible 2015 that included touring USA and Canada as well as playing with bands such as Royal Blood and Metz and receiving appraisal from NME Online, BBC Radio 1 and The Herald, Womps topped their year off with the release of their first single ‘Dreams on Demand’. Looking to continue their success in 2016 TSA caught up with Ewan from the band not long after their Nice’N’Sleazys gig to talk about their experiences of working with the great Steve Albini and recording in Glasgow’s popular 7 West Studios. WOMPS ARE BECOMING REGULARS NOW IN THE GLASGOW VENUES. HOW DID YOUR SLEAZY’S GIG GO? Yeah it was pretty busy, definitely one of the best places since I’ve moved through, It’s got a great synergy about the place. HAVING WORKED WITH THE LIKES OF NIRVANA AND PIXIES WHAT WAS IT LIKE ENTERING STEVE ALBINIS LAIR? He is just a really nice guy and just gets it, dead down to earth. He is kinda just a 52 year old punk. We recorded in America for 7 days, we were really quick in getting everything done. (dog Cody barking in background). GLASGOW IS WELL KNOWN FOR ITS ATMOSPHERE AND EDGY MUSIC SCENE. WHATS YOUR OPINION RIGHT NOW ON GLASGOW’S PUNK ROCK SCENE? Yeah its pretty good right now, to be honest I barely listen to punk really as I get older am more into pop music. I just listen to The Cure a lot.

HOW DID YOU FIND YOUR EXPERIENCE RECORDING IN GLASGOW’S POPULAR 7 WEST STUDIOS? Its great I think everyone in Scotland should record there. It seems to be really picking up there now, the marshall is brilliant with his conspiracy theories. The facilities really helped get the best out our music.

from Denmark and Catholic Action from Glasgow. 80’s music as well with bands like The Smiths and The Cure. You cant really beat that sort of stuff I used to think 80’s was the worst decade for music but its definitely not. The 90’s was so big with a lot of bands trying to replicate that now, am sure we have tried doing that before.

people I just kind of put it together and realised how you do it, its not that difficult, its not about music either, its not about how good you are, its about the people you know. If you’re really good at getting drunk and hanging out smoking cigarettes with people that seems to be all it is and we’re pretty good at that.


WAS THERE ANY REASONING BEHIND YOUR BAND NAME ‘WOMPS’? We figured every band has a bad name so we thought we would try keep it short, like the Foo Fighters is a terrible name.

SOCIAL MEDIA, OPINION? I don’t have that many personal profiles. I noticed that during the referendum I should not voice my opinion on the band Twitter, we are big yes guys, I was pretty mad.

HAVING ALREADY PERFORMED IN USA AND CANADA WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE PLANS OVER THERE? Yeah we are back in May when our single is released we will be touring there, our label is based in New York. We went to New York three times last year its so much better than London where everyone seems to hate Scottish people, everyone in New York love Scottish people which is fine. They all seem like they’re from a movie.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE VENUE OUTSIDE AND IN SCOTLAND FROM WHERE YOU HAVE PLAYED? My favourite venue to play at inside Scotland would be Sleazy’s, outside Scotland would probably be Palisades in New York and The Brundenell Social Club in Leeds where The Cribs have played a lot, we are big fans of The Cribs. Leeds is great, the north of England is where most our favourite bands are from.

ANY OTHER PLANS COMING UP? Our E.P is out on Record Store Day in April and our album’s going to be released in May or June, we are in the middle of discussing that right now. Our next gig is in Aberdeen on the 8th of January at Tunnels.

FINALLY CHEESY QUESTION – WHERE DO YOU SEE THE BAND IN TEN YEARS TIME? I had a job interview today and they asked me that, maybe at that job, just kidding. If I can be still travelling I just want to see all the places I want to see with music I don’t expect to make a lot of money from it. I don’t think musicians should feel entitled to have to be rich or famous, you get to do what you love doing and so many people work such boring jobs, I am happy enough to live and smoke a lot of cigarettes.

7 West Studios is growing to become Glasgow’s most popular place for growing artists and bands to record their music providing a complex which is the largest in the city. Not only does the studio have all the latest and best equipment possible but they have people who work their that truly are passionate about music and want to ensure the artist or band can produce their best material. They are based right in the centre of Glasgow next to George Square and have attracted bands such as Womps and Paws. With over 8 years experience the guys at 7 West Studios are sure to provide you with the best environment possible having heard positive feedback from a number of artists and bands. WHO ARE YOUR MAIN INFLUENCES IN MUSIC, WHAT BANDS OR PEOPLE HAVE INSPIRED YOU IN YOUR JOURNEY SO FAR? Everything Steve Albini did when I was growing up really had an influence. I did like Nirvana when I was younger but I try to stay away from it, at one point I had long blonde hair and a guitar similar to him but you don’t want to try be anyone else, you don’t want to try copy anyone or be like Kurt Cobain. Currently I like a band called Iceage

AT WHAT POINT DID YOU START TO REALISE MUSIC WAS A CAREER FOR YOURSELF, WAS THEIR A DEFINING MOMENT? So when I started music I never really knew how it worked but once I met the right


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’.



This months POTM from NHC MUSIC is one of our favourite singer/songwriting talents from Glasgow, Mr. Steve Grozier, so without further ado we will let him tell you a bit about himself below; HELLO THERE STEVE. WELCOME TO THE PICK OF THE MONTH SECTION IN THE STUDENT ADVERTISER! CAN YOU START US OFF BY GIVING US A WEE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF, LIKE WHAT STYLE OF MUSIC YOU PLAY, HOW LONG YOU’VE BEEN PLAYING, ALL THE USUAL INTRO STUFF BASICALLY. Firstly, thanks for inviting me in for a chat. It’s real nice to be considered for this feature, especially considering the calibre of the bands that have featured previously. I’ve only recently started writing and performing again after a long hiatus. That’s not to say that I’m new to the Glasgow music scene. My good friend Roscoe Wilson (Of Anton and the Colts fame) and I go back ten years, writing and performing in various Glasgow establishments, some of which have long since closed their doors. I find it difficult to caterogise my own music, or even wonder if I would want to. I guess I like the thought of it being whatever people want/need it to be. A melancholy love song for the heartbroken or an ode to good times spent with friends. I mean, they’re not going to trouble Taylor Swift in the charts, unless I maybe do an entire cover of her 1989 record... WE TALKED ABOUT YOU ON ONE OF OUR BLOG REVIEWS RECENTLY, AND OUR REVIEWER WAS IMPRESSED NOT ONLY WITH THE SONGS THEMSELVES, BUT ALSO WITH THE OVERALL FEEL OF THE SET, REMINDING HIM OF THE EARLY POLITICAL FOLK SINGERS FROM THE SMOKEY, DINGY NEW YORK BARS IN THE SIXTIES. IS THIS A SIMILARITY THAT YOU SEE/HEAR IN YOURSELF? I was kinda taken aback by the positive reviews from NHC to be honest. You always hope that other people will like your music, but you don’t write, or I don’t write, with other people in mind. The comparison with the political folk singers of New York in the 1960’s is a very flattering one. Although my songs aren’t politicaly, I guess they do have the same storytelling element. I personally hadn’t thought about them in that light before.


YOU’VE BEEN GIGGING QUITE A BIT AROUND SCOTLAND RECENTLY, WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO PLAY IN GLASGOW, AND WHY? There was a time when I thought I’d never play live again. This year that changed. One of the first shows I played was at the NHC. An unplugged set to a small crowd. I’m not sure why, but I’m always astounded when people actually listen to what I’m playing, rather than just talk over me. One of my favourite Glasgow venues is the Hug and Pint

(previously the Roxy/Liquid Ship). I have fond memories of the place as it’s where I cut my teeth back when it hosted the Free Candy Sessions at the Liquid Ship. The booker/promoter of Hug and Pint, Joe Rattray, is a great guy, and the sound is excellent. TELL US WHO YOU LOVE IN THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, ARE THERE ANY OTHER ARTISTS WE SHOULD BE GOING TO SEE THAT YOU CAN RECOMMEND? The local music scene is full of excellent musicians and bands not getting the recognition they deserve. Anton and the Colts. Siobhan Wilson. Dixie Lang. Dave Frazer. This could be a very long list... YOU KNOW OUR STANCE ON ANTI PAY TO PLAY, AND SCAM ARTISTS OPERATING WITHIN THE LOCAL MUSIC SCENE, AND YOU’VE BEEN SHARING OUR POSTS PRETTY REGULARLY ON THE SUBJECT, SO TELL US, HAVE YOU EVER HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH PAY TO PLAY PROMOTERS YOURSELF? I, like the NHC, feel very strongly about pay to play. I’ve been stung in the past, back when I was a young, inexperienced artist. I’ve learned the hard way that some people will exploit you and take all they can get. I wish there had been an organisation like NHC back when I was starting out as their list of trusted promoters is invaluable. YOU ARE ONE OF THESE MUSICIANS THAT SEEMS TO JUST GO FOR IT WITH REGARDS TO ONLINE PROMOTION AND GIGS, DO YOU HAVE ANY ADVICE FOR YOUNG, BUDDING GLASGOW MUSICIANS AND BANDS? IS THERE ANY BIG MISTAKES YOU MADE THAT YOU WISHED YOU HADN’T? In terms of promotion I dislike doing it as much as the next artist. We all know those people who are great at networking and have all the contacts. That’s not me. I just do the best I can with what I’ve got. I’ve learned that music is a business like any other and it isn’t necessarily how talented you are that matters. If I can give one piece of advice to young musicians? Don’t think of music as a business. Do it cause you love it. Do it cause even if noone paid you to, you’d do it anyway. WHAT’S COMING IN 2016 FOR STEVE GROZIER THEN, ANY MASSIVE PLANS OR HOPES FOR THE NEW YEAR YOU CAN SHARE WITH US? I’m excited for 2016. I’ve plans to record an LP, or a couple of EPs. A tour of the UK to promote the record(s) and hopefully secure a record and management deal along the way. I’m also hoping to play a festival or two, gain some radio play and feature in more articles like this one. I’d consider that a successful year. I’m playing King Tut’s on January 10th and the Buff Club on 22nd January. Come see me. As NHC said, you won’t be disappointed.



Meet Bruce Rintoul, the man at the mixing desk of Glasgow’s rock revival Undoubtedly, Glasgow has gone through something of a rock music revival in recent years. With bands like Twin Atlantic, Fatherson and Biffy Clyro finding international success and smaller bands such as DIVIDES, Holy Pistol Club and Vukovi all leading the pack of new up-and-coming acts bursting out of the city’s thriving music scene, you could be forgiven for missing the one other link all of these bands share – Bruce Rintoul. The enigmatic music producer has created a name for himself by producing for some of Scotland’s premier music acts and helping them to hit the right notes from their earliest EPs to their mega-hit albums. Although now Rintoul may boast a resume featuring some Scottish music’s

biggest headliners, his own musical beginnings were somewhat more inauspicious – even if they did feature some rather familiar names. “I’ve always been heavily involved with music, even from school with playing the drums and playing the guitar,” he said. “But really, my start in producing came about when I borrowed my mum’s laptop and bought a tiny wee mixing desk and just started recording stuff myself. It all kind of started from there really. “Eventually I got myself a slightly better set-up and started recording bands. Around that time, I started travelling to Glasgow more to see live gigs and ended up meeting Sam McTrusty from Twin Atlantic and I did some recording for them in my mum’s garage. We still talk about

it now and it’s quite funny the transition from then to today.” With a unique perspective to offer on Glasgow’s music scene, Rintoul believes the city is tapping into a thirst for new, guitar-based rock and bands have been able to capitalise by offering their own unique Scottish brand to export out around the rock community. “What Glasgow’s got to offer the music scene just now is incredible,” he says. “A lot of bands are really doing something right now and I think guitar music is really coming back in here. It’s a very pure form of music and I think the more electronic pop music feels more contrived than the stuff we’re doing here. “Don’t get me wrong, I love a good pop song but I think people are just being

drawn more to that rock sound right now and there’s so much going here for that.” Throughout our ‘TSA Pick of the Month’ features, a number of the bands we’ve covered have mentioned Rintoul’s producing style and how it’s helped them to add a new element to their existing tracks. From tinkering with guitar licks to synths, Rintoul has helped bands develop amateur-sounding demo tracks into thumping album anthems by helping artists come out of their shell and fine tune their sound. Although he’s keen not to interfere too much with the band’s own natural direction and is adamant that each album he produces should have its own unique voice, Bruce admits that he does have his own methods to help bring out the signature energetic style displayed across his back-catalogue of work. “My approach changes a lot depending on who I’m working with,” he says. “Right now I’m spending a lot of time focusing on taking the energy and the passion that comes from the band and trying to make that come across on the recording. “It’s amazing how much a track can change by just trying to have the artist relax and play naturally. I try and get people to open up as much as I can and try not to overthink it. It’s not always about getting the perfect take. Fortunately, I think that a lot of the bands who reach out to work with me are fans of people I’ve worked with in the past so that connection is already there when they come in. “I like to be pretty hands on. Where we can, we’ll spend a couple of hours in a rehearsal studio beforehand and I like to go over parts and put in my own thoughts on it. I try to stay away from feeding or protecting someone’s ego. For example, a guitarist keeping a part in because that’s just what he’s always played and it’s quite an impressive piece. If it’s not needed in the song then I’ll try to get rid of that and go for something more appropriate. That’s what I try to do the most, just be honest and that honesty will come by Derek Healey across on @Healey26 the track.”



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the libertines AT the hydro 21/1/16 Every generation has the guitar band that unites them. For those that came of age in the early 2000’s, they had two, the lucky buggers. The Strokes kicked it all off at the turn of the century, and almost directly following in their footsteps were London’s very own The Libertines. A band that basically took the no-nonsense, year zero attitude of the New York City natives and gave it a twist of English romanticism and Dickensian decay. The influence of The Libertines spreads further than practically any of us can comprehend, least of all the band themselves, and it all began with the meeting of the bands frontmen, Pete Doherty and Carl Barât. The Libertines became one of the most acclaimed and influential acts in modern indie rock and have since released two studio albums since their debut in 2002. Barât was studying for a drama degree at Brunel University, where he was a classmate of one Amy-Jo Doherty. The two became friends and on one fateful occasion that Barât came to Amy-Jo’s flat to visit, Amy-Jo’s little brother, Peter, had come to visit at the same time. The two struck up a friendship based on their shared passion for songwriting, literature and poetry, and soon after they met they both dropped out of their university courses. The duo had become very close very quickly, and they decided to move in together, renting a flat on Camden Road that

BOWLING FOR SOUP 02 ACADEMY 1/2/16 On April 8, 2013 American Rock Band, Bowling for Soup announced that their last tour of the UK will take place in October of the same year. However, this does not appear to have been the case, as a UK “How About Another Round Tour” has been scheduled for February 2016, with their first stop in our very great city! “On the Farewell Tour, we made it clear that ‘farewell’ wasn’t goodbye’…” explains the Bowling For Soup frontman. “We had over extended ourselves for two decades and we needed a break. I don’t ever expect BFS to go away, but we had to make some changes to our touring schedule if things were going to move forward in a productive and positive manner. It really has been good being able to catch our breath. I feel like our shows are even better than they were a few years back, and I think the US audience seeing us now would agree…We cannot wait to get back to the UK… The country that, literally, is responsible for our worldwide success and longevity… How about another round?!”

eventually became known as The Delaney Mansions. The first line up of The Libertines would be the two of them and their neighbour Steve Bedlow (a man who would later pick up the nickname Scarborough Steve), but later picked up John Hassall to play rhythm guitar and some no-hoper called Johnny Borrell to play bass. The first incarnation of the band were soon playing live anywhere that would have them before splitting up in 2004. A Libertines reunion was treated as an impossibility for the rest of the decade, until in 2010 when the band were revealed as the sub-headliners of that year’s Reading and Leeds Festivals. The celebrated show was thought to be a one off until 2014, when the band again announced they were getting back together to headline Hyde Park. This wasn’t to be a one off, and after playing three sold out nights at Alexandra Palace the following September, the band announced that they’d signed a record deal with Virgin/EMI Records. The band are unquestionably back, and with one of the best British bands of their generation making music again, what comes next is an impossibly exciting prospect. Highly recommended. The Libertines will be at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro on January 21.



Fun Lovin’ Criminals will be touring in February 2016 and coming to Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom on the 27 February to celebrate and resurrect in all its glory one of the most important albums of 1996, Come Find Yourself. 20 years on this debut release for the group sounds as fresh and vibrant as it did that year, when it spent almost 12 months in the UK chart, becoming a soundtrack for the summer and peaking at No. 7. Huey Morgan, Brian Leiser and Frank Benbini will play the album live and in full for the very first time. Edsel Records will also be releasing a deluxe edition and 3CD expanded edition which will be coming out in February. Huey Morgan says: “After 20 years, Come Find Yourself will be played live in its entirety for the first time. Our debut album burned a path for crossing genres that we now take for granted. The music is now part of our collective lexicon and we are very proud to be able to play it live and share our love of diversity which we have always, as a band, championed.”

Grammy nominated rock band Cage The Elephant have revealed they will be heading out on a UK tour in February 2016. The band, whose last album Melophobia was nominated for the 2015 ‘Best Alternative Album’ at the Grammy Awards, will also drop their new album Tell Me I’m Pretty on 18 December 2015 through Columbia Records, the results of which are the band’s most forceful and focused songs yet, a set of concise, punchy garage-pop with a feel that guitarist Brad Shultz describes as “a psychedelic John Wayne at an Iggy Pop show.” “With this record, we wanted to be more transparent,” expands brother and lead singer Matt Shultz. “We wanted to capture the sentiment of each song, and whatever emotional response it provoked, to be really honest to that. We set out to have a classic-sounding record but with a modern sonic depth, like hip-hop or dance music. Working with Dan was great. He has an incredible concept of atmosphere and vibe, and capturing the raw, first response.”



SLAVES AT 02 ABC (11/1/16)

nina nesbitt at 02 abc (28/1/16)

ROSIE LOWE at broadcast (18/2/16)

Explosive duo from Kent, Slaves are making a lot of noise as an unmistakably British punk act. They have gained a lot of attention for bringing raw and exciting performances that have a distinct lack of pretentiousness in a British music scene flooded with bands that are leaning more and more towards American-centric influences. Consisting of Laurie Vincent (guitar, bass, vocals) and Isaac Holman (drums, vocals), their music has been described as “British punk with harsh bluesy garage riffs”. The duo released their debut album, Are You Satisfied?, on 1 June 2015, which reached number 8 in its first week on the UK Albums Chart, and was nominated for the 2015 Mercury Music Prize. The band were forced to postpone the rest of their November tour dates after frontman Isaac Holman dislocated his shoulder at a gig in Norwich. The duo axed their headline gig at the O2 ABC in Glasgow as Holman was unable to perform.

Nina Nesbitt’s burning ambition has always been to be an acclaimed singer and thanks to a certain flamehaired star her dreams are starting to come true. The half Scottish/half Swedish teenager’s big break came when she attended a low-key Ed Sheeran show in Edinburgh. Before the gig a friend told Ed that Nina had uploaded a cover of his colossal hit ‘The A Team’ onto YouTube so, while setting up, Ed asked Nina to perform one of her own songs for him. Suitably impressed, Ed contacted Nina and personally asked her to support him at his sold-out UK shows. Better still, Nina even got to come on during Ed’s set to perform a rousing duet of the Leonard Cohen classic ‘Hallelujah’ (later covered by Jeff Buckley and Alexandra Burke). She is now set to release her new EP, My Modern Love in February, and has announced three shows for January 2016, with one of them being at Glasgow’s 02 ABC.

One of the UK’s most hotly tipped artists, Rosie Lowe has announced she will release her debut album Control on 19 February via Wolftone/Polydor Records. Her new single ‘Woman’ will impact on the same day. Heading out on a UK headline tour, Rosie will be stopping off at Broadcast on 18 February. With a succession of critically adored tracks to her name, the London-based, Devon-born musician has emerged as one of the most hotly tipped artists around. She is set to captivate her biggest audience to date with the release of her upcoming album. An emerging feminist icon, Control finds Lowe baring her soul as she explores a wealth of personal issues with devastating honesty. ‘Who’s That Girl’ addresses the matter of some so-called friends who didn’t help while she was hospitalised, and album track ‘Nicole’ is a plea for Rosie’s best friend to leave a bad relationship.


BLOOM TWINS SUPPORTING DURAN DURAN AT THE HYDRO (6/12/15) We went expecting a big cheesy pop sing along and that’s exactly what we got but not straight away. Ukranian duo Bloom Twins started off the night with some highly polished and slightly darkly tinged synth pop. The Hydro can at times visually swallow a band, Vampire Weekend looked like little boys lost a couple of years ago, but even as relative newcomers to venues this size the Bloom Twins held their own, gradually and persistently building the atmosphere with apparent ease. Duran Duran’s Nik Rhodes has produced a few tracks with them and

by the looks of things their heady mix of high fashion and glamorous pop will likely see them move from under his wing and onto great things in the future. Now I’ve a bit of a love hate thing going on with Seal. I loved Killer (the first single I bought was Adamski’s NRG), Kiss From a Rose is awesome, faux intense, sloppy cheese and Crazy is a decent tune, he didn’t play this for some reason, Paris perhaps? These three tracks aside though really he’s not my idea of fun and although it was a decent performance all the forced sincerity and ‘love’ for the crowd was a bit

grating. Anyway, onto the main act. Duran Duran played a cover of White Lines, no really they did and yet it was awesome. With ‘A View to a Kill’ they showed Adele’s maternity cover Sam Smith how it should be done, the whole show was immense. They started off with ‘Paper Gods’, the title track from their new album, and from there they tore into every hit from Planet Earth through ‘Girls on Film’ till the present day. Pretty much every soul in the place was singing their hearts out, you could just about taste the nostalgia in the air.

My personal favourite is ‘Ordinary World’ and it was definitely one of the best received songs of the evening, well apart from the booing when Simon Le Bon announced he was dedicating it to Nicola Sturgeon, I was surprised by the reaction but hey everyone loved the song anyway. They finished with ‘Rio’ and a lighters in the air moment commemorating the victims of the recent attacks in Paris, it seemed to take the glossy sheen off the evening a little but still it brought everyone together and that’s what it’s all about isn’t it?

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


Gig Guide: Music & Clubbing THU, 07 JAN ALIEN ANT FARM 7pm, The Garage LITTLE WAVES 8.30pm, King Tuts ELAVI PRESENTS MUSIC AGAINST HATE CRIME LIVE 7.30pm, Nice & Sleazy


SAT, 09 JAN THE PHANTOMS 8.30pm, King Tuts




HALO TORA 8.30pm, King Tuts


WED, 13 JAN F*CK YES 8.30pm, King Tuts

THU, 14 JAN JAMIE LAWSON 7pm, Qmu THERION 6.30pm, Classic Grand

CORB LUND 7pm, Broadcast CORB LUND 7.30pm, Broadcast HD MUSIC PRESENTS : CLENCH EP LAUNCH + AVANTE + VELOCITIES 7.30pm, Nice & Sleazy


ANGEL HAZE 6pm, Abc 2

DE ROSA & FRIENDS 7.30pm, Hug And Pint

THREE DAYS GRACE 7pm, The Garage

DUMB INSTRUMENT 8pm, Woodend Bowling & Lawn Tennis Club

COW COW BOOGIE 8.30pm, King Tuts

REIGN OF FURY 7pm, Ivory Blacks

JILL BROWN 8.30pm, King Tuts




SKY SANGHA 7.30pm, Cottiers

THE CALM FIASCO 8.30pm, King Tuts

AARON FYFE & FRIENDS 7.30pm, Hug And Pint





MON, 11 JAN THE FAST CAMELS 8.30pm, 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

SUN, 17 JAN THE MERMAIDS & GENESEE 7.30pm, Hug And Pint

FIELDS OF GREEN 7.30pm, Platform THE LIBERTINES 6.30pm, Sse Hydro ARMSTRONG 8.30pm, King Tuts





BLOODLINES 8.30pm, King Tuts





BAGS OF ROCK 7pm, Classic Grand BEACH SLANG 7.30pm, Hug And Pint LIFESIGNS 8.30pm, King Tuts AMPED RECORDS PRESENTS : ROCK FOR A REASON : REVOLVER + THE RADIOS + GUESTS 7.30pm, Nice & Sleazy

SAT, 23 JAN THE OPPRESSED 6pm, Stereo THE DRINK 7.30pm, Hug And Pint

ANDREW WASYLYK 7.30pm, Hug And Pint

TRONGATE RUM RIOTS 8pm, Nice & Sleazy


CHALI 2NA (JURASSIC 5) 7pm, Audio


THIS IS KOLOGO POWER! 7.30pm, Platform

PATERSANI 8.30pm, King Tuts

SKA AND SLEEKIT FOX 7pm, Kinning Park Complex

ZEUS! (ITALY) + DROVES + BRITNEY! 7.30pm, Nice & Sleazy



NIGHT BEATS 7pm, Abc 2




SUN, 24 JAN GALANTIS 7pm, O2 Academy



Clubbing SAT, 02 JAN







I LOVE THE GARAGE 11pm, The Garage

FRESH BEAT 11pm, The Garage

VICE 11pm, The Flying Duck


SUNDAY SCIENCE 11pm, The Garage

LOVE MUSIC 11pm, Abc 1

PROPAGANDA 11pm, Abc 1




BARE MONDAYS 11pm, The Garage

SUNDAY SCIENCE 11pm, The Garage



I AM X EZUP 11pm, Sub Club

BARE MONDAYS 11pm, The Garage

HASHTAG 11pm, The Garage



THU, 07 JAN NEVERLAND 11pm, The Garage JELLY BABY 11pm, Abc 1

FRI, 08 JAN A NIGHT WITH…WERKHA 9pm, The Flying Duck RETURN TO MONO WITH SLAM (4 HOUR SET) 11pm, Sub Club FRESH BEAT 11pm, The Garage PROPAGANDA 11pm, Abc 1


WED, 13 JAN WRAP-IT 11pm, The Garage

THU, 14 JAN NEVERLAND 11pm, The Garage JELLY BABY 11pm, Abc 1


HASHTAG 11pm, The Garage


BARE MONDAYS 11pm, The Garage

JELLY BABY 11pm, Abc 1



PROPAGANDA 11pm, Abc 1

I LOVE THE GARAGE 11pm, The Garage


DILLY DALLY + TIGERCLUB 7.30pm, Broadcast

MON, 25 JAN THREE BLIND WOLVES 7.30pm, Hug And Pint

FRI, 29 JAN GRANDMASTER FLASH 8pm, Cottiers AIR WAVES 7.30pm, Hug And Pint ESCAPE THE FATE 7pm, Cathouse

C DUNCAN 7pm, Broadcast


MINUS THE BEAR 7pm, Oran Mor

WILL ROBERT 7.30pm, Glad Cafe


CITIZEN 6pm, Classic Grand

CANCER BATS 7pm, The Garage


JASON DERULO 6.30pm, Sse Hydro IZZY BIZU 8.30pm, King Tuts DAZ MCCORMICK AND THE BAND + GUESTS 8.30pm, Nice & Sleazy

DUA LIPA 7pm, Abc 1



CAJUN COOL WITH CEILIDH HEAT 7pm, Kinning Park Complex


WED, 27 JAN FROG 7.30pm, Hug And Pint

THU, 28 JAN TERROR 7pm, Ivory Blacks RICK REDBEARD & FRIENDS 7.30pm, Hug And Pint GRIEVED 6.30pm, Audio NINA NESBIT 8pm, King Tuts

MONOGRAM 7.30pm, Hug And Pint

WINTERLIZARD 7pm, Audio J R GREEN 8.30pm, King Tuts THE TELESCOPES + THE DESERT WILLOWS 7.30pm, Nice & Sleazy

SUN, 31 JAN ALAN COURTIS 7.30pm, Cca FNUF + PELTS + MISS THE OCCUPIER 7.30pm, Nice & Sleazy



NEVERLAND 11pm, The Garage


DILLY DALLY 7pm, Broadcast

LOVE MUSIC 11pm, Abc 1


FRESH BEAT 11pm, The Garage


I LOVE THE GARAGE 11pm, The Garage


TWELFTH DAY & MJ MCCARTHY 7.30pm, Hug And Pint


SUNDAY SCIENCE 11pm, The Garage


LOVE MUSIC 11pm, Abc 1


WRAP-IT 11pm, The Garage





HASHTAG 11pm, The Garage


SENSU // MIND AGAINST // JUNIOR // 11pm, Sub Club FRESH BEAT 11pm, The Garage PROPAGANDA 11pm, Abc 1

SAT, 30 JAN PARADOX 11pm, The Flying Duck SUBCULTURE PRESENTS MASSIMILIANO PAGLIARA (£5 B4 12) 11pm, Sub Club I LOVE THE GARAGE 11pm, The Garage LOVE MUSIC 11pm, Abc 1

SUN, 31 JAN SUNDAY SCIENCE 11pm, The Garage


WRAP-IT 11pm, The Garage




NEVERLAND 11pm, The Garage JELLY BABY 11pm, Abc 1


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


Gig Guide: Theatre & Comedy



HEY, MR PRODUCER BY VIVACE THEATRE COMPANY 7.30pm, Websters Theatre SNOW WHITE 02:00 p.m., Kings Theatre SNOW WHITE 07:00 p.m., Kings Theatre



FRI, 15 JAN THE FRIDAY SHOW 8.30pm, The Stand





SNOW WHITE 01:00 p.m., Kings Theatre


SNOW WHITE 05:00 p.m., Kings Theatre




SCOTTISH BALLET’S CINDERELLA 02:00 p.m., Theatre Royal




THE FRIDAY SHOW 8.30pm, The Stand






SNOW WHITE 01:00 p.m., Kings Theatre


SNOW WHITE 07:00 p.m., Kings Theatre




THE THURSDAY SHOW 8.30pm, The Stand SNOW WHITE 01:00 p.m., Kings Theatre

THE THURSDAY SHOW 8.30pm, The Stand



THU, 21 JAN THE THURSDAY SHOW 8.30pm, The Stand







THU, 28 JAN THE THURSDAY SHOW 8.30pm, The Stand PIAF! THE SHOW 7.30pm, Theatre Royal

FRI, 29 JAN THE FRIDAY SHOW 8.30pm, The Stand

SNOW WHITE 07:00 p.m., Kings Theatre




THE FRIDAY SHOW 8.30pm, The Stand




SNOW WHITE 11:00 a.m., Kings Theatre

THU, 04 FEB SHEEP 8:00pm, Tron Theatre

SNOW WHITE 07:00 p.m., Kings Theatre



SHEEP 8.00pm, Tron Theatre


SAT, 06 FEB SHEEP 08:00 p.m., Tron Theatre




Quick Crossword ACROSS: 1. Compartment (7) 5. Was unwell (5) 8. Item of playground equipment (5) 9. Treachery (7) 10. Former (3-4) 11. Stop sleeping (5) 12. Custodian (6) 14. US island state (6) 18. Slumber (5) 20. Female warriors (7) 22. Ancient Egyptian King (7) 23. Male relative (5) 24. Raised strip (5) 25. Feign (7) DOWN: 1. Clergyman’s gown (7) 2. Wonderland girl (5) 3. Captive (7) 4. Cad (6) 5. Contest venue (5) 6. Milan opera house (2,5) 7. Duffer (5) 13. Green gem (7) 15. Normally (2, 1, 4) 16. Stained (anag.) (7) 17. Clean the dishes (4,2) 18. Splendid (5) 19. Aircraft (5) 21. When expected (2,3)



Ambition ablaze! As January begins, you’re as revved up as they come about your 2016 resolutions. With the holidays behind you, you’re feeling especially amped up to get back to your workspace and start making headway toward your most important goals.


Your 2016 is off to a hopeful start, Taurus. Until January 20, the Sun is in Capricorn, your ninth house of expansion and optimism, helping you leap into the New Year with big plans and big dreams. So what will your next adventure be – an entrepreneurial roll of the dice, a trip to an exotic locale, a return to school?


Your 2016 is off to a heady start, as the Sun moves through Capricorn, your eighth house of bonding, intimacy and power mergers. With el sol here through January 20, your emotions run strong – but so does your will (and your sex appeal!). Use this potency to make strides in both love and business by pouring your energy into key partnerships and lucrative deals.


Double up, Cancer. January is your relationship high season, as the Sun illuminates the two most partnership-driven zones of your chart – Capricorn (your seventh house of one-on-one unions), and Aquarius (your eighth house of intimacy and mergers). Until January 20, the Sun in Capricorn helps you hone your partnership skills – the balance between giving and receiving, communication and compromise.


Affix those New Year’s goals to the mirror, Leo – or wherever you’ll see them the most. Until January 20, the Sun is in Capricorn, your sixth house of health and organization, helping you start the year from a strategic and action-driven place. You’re ready to whip your world into serious shape.









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

Ready, set…get to work! Until January 20, the Sun is in Capricorn, your second house of money and security, putting you in a productive frame of mind. Hunker down with your projects, plans and budget – the first three weeks of the month help you set the stage a prosperous and productive new year.

Virgo Viva 2016! Until January 20, the Sun is in Capricorn, your fifth house of romance and joie de vivre, putting you in an openhearted mood. The first three weeks of the month, you’re feeling generous and lively – definitely the life of the cosmic party. Spend time with the people who lighten your spirits and inspire inappropriately loud belly laughs.

Capricorn Let’s get it started in here! The Sun is in Capricorn until January 20, heating up your first house of new beginnings and personal identity and helping you begin 2016 in high gear. Spend time thinking about your passion projects and most cherished goals.



Break out the fuzzy slippers and cashmere throws. Until January 20, you’re in a cozy mood, warming up Chateau Libra with domestic vibes as the Sun lingers in Capricorn, your fourth house of sentimentality and nesting. Slow your pace – sit with your own emotions, indulge in self-care and really connect with yourself.

Dim the lights and hibernate for a couple more weeks, why don’t ya? Until January 20, the Sun is moving through Capricorn, your twelfth house of rest and closure, putting you in a contemplative mood. No need to rush into the New Year like the rest of the world is doing. Use the first three weeks of the month to tie up loose emotional ends and clear the decks before your birthday season begins.


The wheels are turning! You have a lot going on in that mind of yours, as the Sun moves through Capricorn, your third house of self-expression and intellectual action, until January 20. For the first three weeks of the month, spend time brainstorming big ideas, crafting pitches and developing an innovative writing or teaching project.


Time to connect! Until January 20, the Sun is in Capricorn, your eleventh house of socializing and group activity, giving the start to 2016 a light, celebratory vibe. Don’t push too hard at the office – you can be plenty productive by getting out and networking.

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What’s On: Games & Gadgets

by Aidan Scott @bigaidan


Gamers are always filled with nostalgia for games from their childhood and one that is released this month is certainly tapping into that. Constructor HD is being released on consoles and PC this month, 19 years after its original release on the latter platform. This game is a high-definition remastering of the original title. The original game, with the clue being in the title, was ultimately a construction sim with strategy elements thrown in. Players were put in the role of the head of a construction company and ultimately had

to beat their competitors and put them out of business. You did this by building factories, using teams of workers, that would be used to make building materials. Using the materials, you could then have your workers build houses, progressing from shacks to lavish mansions that could house rent-paying families. This in turn would help the company make money as well as providing new workers for bigger enterprises as the game progressed. Of course, your competitors would

Other games to look out for... LEGO MARVEL’S AVENGERS (PS4, XBOX ONE, PS3, XBOX 360, NINTENDO 3DS)

Everyone loves Lego, don’t even deny it. It’s why the games always do well and it’s why Lego Marvel’s Avengers is sure to do well. Following on from the Lego Marvel Super Heroes game, this new entry will hope to pick up more popularity as it latches on to the success of The Avengers movie franchise. Of course, this will not limit the amount of playable characters which features a list of more than 200 heroes and villains, not just from the cinematic universe, but also from the Marvel comics, which, for a lot of traditional Marvel fans, will be particularly pleasing. Lego Marvel’s Avengers will be released on January 29th.

constantly be trying to find ways to undermine you, using the law or otherwise. In response, you could build houses and businesses for gangsters (and hippies?) that would in turn work against your competitor’s assets and business. Constructor was always good fun to play and looked good at the time. Whether an HD facelift will be good enough to make the game look good in 2016 remains to be seen, but it is sure to be popular with people who remember it from their youth. Constructor HD is released on January 29th.


Gamers who get their fix on the PC will know This War of Mine from its release in 2014 but the developers are now releasing this edition on consoles. Inspired by one of the darkest times in recent human history, the game is a survival-strategy feature set in a war-torn city, much like the Siege of Sarajevo during the Bosnian War 20 years ago. The player will be placed in control of a group of survivors who must make it to the end of the war. Players will have to intervene where necessary to maintain health, hunger and mood levels until a ceasefire is declared. This event will be randomised in each play through. Challenges will be present in the form of enemy snipers who will make it difficult to get supplies during the day. This War of Mine: The Little Ones is released on January 29th.

Gadgets Galore THE MIND SWORD Red 5 are offering something that should be good fun to show off to your friends – the Mind Sword. The idea behind it is that you can make the sword – which has a light sabre version – float in the air with your mind. Obviously it’s a trick but the company are letting you discover how to do it for yourself. You can get one for £12.95.

FOUR BOTTLE BAR OPTIC Everyone loves a good night out but not the empty bank account that soon follows. Red 5 are offering a cheaper alternative in the form of the Four Bottle Bar Optic. It can take four one litre bottles of alcohol and with the help of a tap, can be used just like a normal bar. Great for when you’re having a night in with your friends and you can get it £24.95.

SEGWAY ROBOT ASSISTANT The Ninebot Segway is essentially a two-wheeled balancing scooter that users can ride around on to get places. But when a user isn’t riding it, it can turn into an adorable little robot aimed at being a personal assistant.




A new year, a new wave of new games! Some original games, others are sequels or reboots. Either way, we have some good games coming up this year. With the nature of games it is highly possible that release dates might have changed by the time this is published, so be aware. HORIZON DAWN ZERO Horizon dawn zero is one of the original titles coming to us this year. It’s a PS4 excusive by Guerrilla Games, creators of PlayStation’s venerated Killzone franchise. You play as Aloy, a hunter gatherer in a post-apocalyptic earth trying to discover the long forgotten history of those who came before her. At time of writing the release date has yet to be confirmed.

RATCHET AND CLANK This one is a bit odd. It’s based on the upcoming movie which is based on the original PS2 game. Ratchet and his new robot buddy travel through space to defeat Chairman Drek. The game hits stores on the 4th of December.

MIRROR’S EDGE: CATALYST The sequel to the 2008 game, Mirror’s Edge: Catalyst is focused on Faith’s origin and her attempt to overthrow the totalitarian conglomerate of corporations who rule over the futuristic city called Glass. It will be available on May 26th.

MASS EFFECT: ANDROMEDA With Mass Effect fans feeling cheated by the ending of Mass Effect 3, the latest instalment of the series has a lot to make up to fans. Set years after the original trilogy with a new story, you play as a human in the far off future. Little is known currently, so we can expect news about it at this years E3. It is due for release in December.

UNCHARTED 4: A THIEF’S END The final game in the Uncharted series, Nathan Drake’s last adventure will test him in more ways than one. The globetrotter travels to a long lost pirate colony and uncovers a conspiracy surrounding the fabled treasure. The game also features a multiplayer mode. The game is arriving in the UK on April 29th.

DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN A PS3 tech demo called KARA sparked imaginations when it was released in 2012. The makers of the demo, Quantic Dream decided to explore the idea they created. Detroit: Become Human is about androids developing emotions and how humans respond to this. There is no confirmed release date.

Detroit: Become Human

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THE BEST INDIE GAMES FOR UNDER £4 If you’re a gamer you’ll most likely have heard of Steam, the online service which allows you to purchase and play games on your Mac, PC and now Linux based ‘Steam Machines’. It’s a service which is famous for its indie scene, games from developers you probably haven’t heard of before but will produce such amazing games you wish you were the first to try them. One such example is the massive Day Z, a zombie survival mod for ‘Arma 2’ which gained so much popularity the developers decided to make it into a whole new game. So it’s clear Steam has a good reputation for cheap and cheerful indie games, and with the minimum amount of money it allows you to put into your virtual wallet set in stone at just £4. We took a look at how many good, cheap and cheerful indie games can you get for you money? (All prices relevant at the time of writing)

FINGERED! £1.59: The most expensive game on this list, and the most thought provoking title too. Fingered! by developer-duo, Edmund McMillen and James Id sports the same off-beat humour as some of the other titles on this list. You play as the police, and using the descriptions given to you by the locals you must decide who in your line up is guilty – a sort of radical Hunger Games/Guess Who? mashup which features twenty one different levels, randomly generated clues and a host of celebrity Easter eggs. The game reminds me of Papers Please back in 2013; you’re judge, jury and executioner in this scenario and the power can be used to make the right decisions, or the fun ones if you’re into sadism. BEEP, 58P:



If indie games have had one theme this year, it’s been immersion. You could even go as far to say that this was the year of exploration based games, with Everybody’s Gone to the Rapture being doused in critical acclaim for example. Gamers are picky, and it’s a tough gig for any indie developer, but Lazy Monday Games’ Reveal the Deep keeps its head above water in their 19th Century based, underwater exploration game which allows the player to trawl through the wreckage of a cruise ship, eventually unravelling a rich and detailed backstory as they go.

Fancy yourself a casual gaming experience? Or just an off duty lumberjack feeling a little work-sick? Digital Melody’s Timberman is the game for you. It’s a simple concept really, chop the logs and avoid the branches by moving left and right – but it’s utterly addictive, and brings forward your childish self who desperately tries to beat that high score. OFFICE BATTLE, 79P: Let’s face it, sometimes you just want to run into your workplace and brawl with every

single one of your co-workers. Office Battle by Black Lime Studios lets you do just that, in a safe and legal way. The game’s story is simple, you’re office has been letting people go and the only way to keep your job is to fight for it, that is your motivation, now fight – simple really. To keep you entertained along the way your character can unlock new weapons, clothes and better skills to use in your fight against Margaret from HR. Office Battle has the charm which is needed in all indie games, it’s whimsical and slapstick humour make it well worth the small price tag.

The platformer genre at the surface seems to be overdone, outworn and out of fashion. The great platformers; like Mario and Ray Man will always be the classics, but it’s time for new blood, a fresh face. Beep, by Big Fat Alien is a physics based platformer which focuses on you interacting with the environment with your Half-Life style gravity gun and aims to be the next best hard core platformer title in the market. The physics are good, and the gravity gun is satisfying to use, but what draws you into the game is its art style. Colourful, bright and child-like, expect to be glued to the screen looking intently at your little robot skip and swing from platform to platform. by Connor Tollan Twitter:



JANUARY 2016, ISSUE 17 have been at the heart of the jobs marketplace in Scotland for over 14 years and are very proud to partner with The Student Advertiser here to bring exclusive and relevant job vacancies to the readership. If you’re keen to apply for any particular vacancy, you must follow the established application route through the website. As there’s usually over 4,000 live job vacancies on the site each week, we’ve collated all the vacancies noted here under a single online address, especially created for the readers of The Student Advertiser. Simply enter the address noted below into your web browser, it doesn’t matter if you’re using a mobile device or a static PC, the website is fully mobile optimised ensuring you get the best experience possible. If you require any assistance, the customer service team at s1jobs will be keen to help on 0141 302 7510.

TO APPLY FOR ANY OF THESE VACANCIES, PLEASE VISIT Glasgow Telehandler Operator Salary: £11.50 – £12 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Our client is looking for a CPCS Qualified Telehandler. Must have experience in a Telehandler role with checkable references To apply please call 0141 272 1706 or email

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 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.

Joiner Salary: £12.50 – £14.00 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow CSCS Time Served Joiners required for ongoing contracts in the Glasgow area. 1st fix, 2nd fix, shop fitting or general joinery experience required. Please call 0141272 7706 or email michael.waugh@search.

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

Our client is looking for Painter & Decorators for ongoing work across the Glasgow area. Applicants must be time served and have CSCS card with relevant qualification. To apply please email michael.waugh@ or call 0141 272 1706

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.


Salary: £16.50 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Our client is looking for a 2+1 squad of Bricklayers for 1 week starting ASAP Duties include Block and Facing Valid UK CSCS photo card is mandatory To apply, please call 0141272 7791 or email michael.waugh@hotmail.

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@

Painter & Decorator

Experienced Secretary

Salary: £11.00 – £12 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow

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

Cad Setter Out 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:

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@

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Telesales Advisors

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 –

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 hours 15k + bonus. For more information contact Karen on 01414336724, or send your CV to glrecruitment@;&raquo;&iquest;

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.

Sous Chef 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.

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.

Paraplanner 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.

Civil Engineering – Site Staff 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.

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

Labourer Salary: £7.28 – £8.00 per hour Agent: HAYS Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Labourers required for an immediate start in the Govan area of Glasgow for a minimum of 2 weeks work. You must have a valid CSCS card, Full PPE and checkable references for within the last 6 months. To apply call Stephen Henry direct on 0141 212 3660. Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers. By applying for this job you accept the T&C’s, Privacy Policy and Disclaimers which can be found at

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 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.

Commercial/Corporate Broker (Glasgow) 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.

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

Pensions Administrator Sipp 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 contracts. Experience: – Pensions & Financial services Brief overview of the role: – Reconciliations & reporting Dealing with penisons queries Fund transactions Please get in touch if you are interested!

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 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@ 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@

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

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.

Temps Temps Temps Salary: Flexible Agent: Nine Twenty Business Services Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow CALLING ALL TEMPS!! Due to a dramatic growth within our client’s needs Nine Twenty are currently looking to speak to the following candidates about some fantastic opportunities coming up: Purchase Ledger. Credit Controller/Sales Ledger. Payroller. Accounts Assistant. Legal Cashier. If you are on the market and would like to join an award winning agency to represent and support you in your search, please apply now stating your salary expectation and notice period and one of our consultants will get in touch to discuss further.

Urgent Immediate start – Ground Workers (3/4 month contracts) Salary: £11 per hour Agent: Total Recruitment Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow Please note these roles are based in Troon & Ayr We are currently looking for skilled Ground workers for two separate sites, a 3-4 month contract in Ayr and a 1 month contract in Troon. Candidate must have experience in all aspects of groundwork. Duties include: – Ground work – Drainage – Foundations Required: – CSCS card We are looking for the candidates with strong work ethic, time keeping and reliability to carry out this project. If you feel you are suitable for this position please call Greg on 0141 889 5655 to apply. Alternatively if you have a CV, please email g.shields

Purchase Ledger Clerk Salary: £7.50 – £9.50 per hour Agent: Reed Accountancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Hi All I have a great opportunity for an experienced Purchase Ledger Clerk to join a successful organisation in Glasgow on a temporary basis. Daily duties will include: Match, batch and coding invoices Processing stock invoices Supplier statement reconciliations Liaising with suppliers and sub-contractors Handling and resolving supplier queries Taking orders from customers Placing orders with suppliers Any other ad hoc duties Sage experience is essential. If you are interested please apply without delay. Thanks. Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Painter Salary: £11.00 per annum Agent: HAYS Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow CSCS Painters required in the Glasgow area to work on a new build commercial project. The project is due to run for around 4-5 weeks with potential further work depending on site feedback. All applicants must be timeserved and have a valid CSCS card. The pay rate is £11 Umbrella. If available contact Martin Walsh on 0141 2123660. Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers. By applying for this job you accept the T&C’s, Privacy Policy and Disclaimers which can be found at

*NEW IMMEDIATELY AVAILABLE TEMP pensions admin needed* Salary: £8 – £10 per hour Agent: Reed Insurance Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow

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50 A new temporary role has become available in my client’s office in Glasgow. The role will be on a rolling month by month basis. They specialise in pensions administration and are looking for some who is – Experienced in pensions administration Have a background in financial services Are motivated and well organised Looking to expand their knowledge. If you are immediately available and have the above skills I would love to hear from you. You much have experience in financial services and specifically pensions to be considered for this role. Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Corporate Lawyer Agent: Eden Scott Skills: Legal Location: Glasgow Eden Scott’s client is currently looking to make an addition to their Corporate Teams in Glasgow and Aberdeen. This full service commercial law firm has a significant UK, European and International client base with the Corporate team at the forefront. You will carry out a wide range of corporate work as part of a large dedicated corporate team, with particular emphasis on M&A, PE, joint ventures, commercial contracts and general corporate advice. Experience of cross border transactions and/or an appreciation of tax issues/structures would be an advantage. For more information on this position please contact me direct or submit your CV.

Freelance Estate Agent Salary: Commission Agent: AB Property Consultants (Glasgow) Skills: Sales Location: Glasgow A fantastic opportunity has become available for a suitable freelance estate agent. Candidate should have own car and be able to work on a flexible basis. No necessary evening or weekend work and hours could suit. This is a freelance self employed basis with a fair commission structure and the potential to easily earn a very healthy salary. We have the ability to supply all the resources you need to help you succeed and staff backing / training to help guide you to maximum results. Please submit you CV in writing to the Baillieston office or by email. Car, presentable and a good work ethic are all that you need. All training will be provided

Labourer Salary: £7.28 per annum Agent: HAYS Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow General Labourers required for various contracts in the Glasgow area. All applicants must have a valid CSCS card and checkable references. We have various jobs in Glasgow with durations being from 1 day to several months worth of work. There is potential for ongoing work for the right candidates. If interested contact Martin Walsh on 0141 2123660 or send your CV. Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers. By applying for this job you accept the T&C’s, Privacy Policy and Disclaimers which can be found at

Plot Sales Paralegal Salary: £Dependant on experience Agent: Lusona Skills: Legal Location: Glasgow An experienced Residential Conveyancing/Plot Sales Paralegal is required for a Glasgow legal firm to join their property team. This role will involve managing your own caseload of plot sales transactions, issuing missives and conveyancing documentation, manage all correspondance, working to set deadlines for completion, manage records, liaising with external organisations and client contact. Candidates must have experience within Residential Conveyancing and be able to manage own case load. Plot sales experience is advantageous but training/support will be provided. Be IT proficient and can work to tight deadlines.

Graduate – Financial Opportunities

EMPLOYMENT Lead in attraction activities Identify and update all vacancies within your designated area Work closely with university teams to attract the best candidates to the business Represent the company at recruitment events Manage the full recruitment process from attraction to offer management If you possess the above experience and would like to find out further information then please contact Evelyn Costello of Search HR on 0141 272 7732.

responsibilities: Pro-active cash collection. Dealing with incoming calls. Incoming email enquiries . Reconciling accounts. Assisting all internal departments with escalated customer enquiries. Liaising with Sales Account Managers in relation to customer account and internal procedures. Logging queries. Copy invoices. Preparing/authorising write off in line with Customer Service Policy. Please apply today to set up an immediate interview .

Bar Staff

Fencing & Barrier Operatives

Salary: £6.50 per hour Agent: The Burnside Hotel Skills: Hospitality/Catering/Tourism Location: Glasgow We are currently looking for experienced, highly motivated, enthusiastic and hard working bar staff to join our Food and Beverage team. The successful candidate will be well presented, have good social and communication skills and the ability to work on their own and as part of a team. Your duties will include preperation of the bar area ready for service, serving food and beverages to our customers, cash handling and closing bar and restaurant at the end of shift. The ideal candidate will have a smart appearance and will relish working in a fast paced environment, providing quality service at all times. Must be 18 as required to sell alcohol.

Salary: £Competitive Agent: James Strang Limited Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow James Strang Ltd is a multi-discipline Fencing and Civil Engineering Company based in Denny, Falkirk, with contracts throughout Scotland. Due to continuous expansion, we are seeking to recruit full time fencing and barrier operatives to join our well-established fencing team. Essential Requirements Current CSCS card. Enthusiastic and hard working. Good working alone or as part of a squad. Experience working with security fencing. Desirable requirements Working squad. VRS erector experience. SSSTS Certification. Benefits Competitive Salary. Holiday Pay. Secure working environment. Opportunity for advancement.

Hair Stylist Salary: Negotiable Agent: Eutopia Hair, Beauty, Barbers Skills: Hairdressing/Beauty Location: Glasgow At Eutopia we believe its all about great customer care and great brands. We are a modern salon in Glasgow’s West End (within 2 minutes walking distance of Hyndland train station)who is passionate in offering a wide variety of hair and beauty services. We are looking for a qualified hair stylist with current experience who is talented and creative to join our team. Hours and pay negotiable. We also offer ongoing training as well as the opportunity to work at London Fashion Week, take part in photo shoots & competitions. We use Wella, Sebastian, Nioxin and Wella SP. Please send C.V for the attention of the manager Laini with a covering letter

Part Time Administrator Salary: £7.50 – £8.00 per annum Agent: Allstaff Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow AllStaff Glasgow are delighted to be recruiting for a Part Time Administrator for our exclusive Glasgow based client. Candidates should be able to demonstrate a high wpm speed & accuracy. To apply for this role you MUST have excellent telephone communication skills, be experienced in all software packages with a particular interest & skills in Microsoft Word. The candidate will offer support to a wider team of staff & should be able to manage their own workload and will be expected to take on additional ad hoc duties. This is a temporary contract for 3 months. The hours of work will be 9am – 5.30pm for Wed, Thurs & Friday of each week.

Project Manager Fleet – Glasgow / Dunfermline Salary: £0.00 per day Agent: Parity Resources Limited Skills: Logistics/Distribution Location: Glasgow *** Project Manager Fleet – 3 months initially contract – Glasgow / Dunfermline *** Our utilities client has a fantastic opportunity for a Project Manager to join them looking at developing business cases. This person needs to be from a business background not an IT background, have a strong track record of delivery, strong project management skills, have strong skills dealing with difficult stakeholders and will ideally have worked on Fleet Management or similar projects in the past. Parity – Source, Develop, Transform Parity Professionals Ltd acts in the capacity of an Employment Business when providing contract work finding services.

Graduate Opportunities

Salary: £18000 per annum Agent: FPSG Connect Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow FPSG are keen to speak to Graduates with relevant degrees and previous experience within the financial services industry. Ideally you will have a Finance related degree and an academic knowledge of banking, funds, reconciliations, settlements or dividends. You should have: Minimum 2.1 degree in Mathematics, Economics, Risk Management, Banking & Finance or any other relative degree. Previous financial services data processing experience would be ideal but not essential. Strong knowledge of Excel. A hunger for success and willingness to work in finance. Contact Details: please submit your CV via the ‘apply here’ button.

Salary: Up to £90 per day Agent: HR Consultancy Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow HR Consultancy is currently recruiting a number of Graduate level Financial Services Analyst roles for this prestigious city centre based Financial Services Client. These roles are initially contract based however could lead to longer term employment for the right individual based on your performance and attitude. To be considered for these roles you will be a recent graduate with a 2:1 or above in your Honours Degree in a relevant subject. If you are keen to consider a career within Financial Services please get in touch today by applying through the link. HR Consultancy acts as both an employment agency and an employment business.

Graduate Recruiter

Credit Controller

Salary: £28000.00 – £30000.00 per annum Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: HR/Training/Recruitment Location: Glasgow Graduate Recruitment Consultant required for permanent position within a Glasgow Financial Company. Duties and responsibilities will include: –

Salary: £19,000 – £20,000 Agent: Nine Twenty Business Services Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Nine Twenty are currently looking for an immediate Credit Controller to work for one of our well established clients based just outside of Glasgow. Key

Transfers Analyst Salary: up to £25,000 D.O.E Agent: PRG Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow We have an exciting opportunity to join this prestigious client in a role as a Transfers Analyst based in Glasgow City Centre. Duties will include: &bull; Operational Performance Delivery &bull; Responsible for the delivery of assigned activities within Transfers ensuring all necessary requirements are met &bull; Liaising with other departments &bull; Data analysis The successful candidate will have excellent attention to detail, be able to work on their own initiative and work to tight deadlines. Financial Services background is essential for this role along with Transfers experience Please send your CV to Andrew Beattie stating your current salary and notice period.

Accident Repair Centre Staff Salary: £26 K plus Bonus Agent: M&L Coachbuilders Ltd Skills: Automotive Location: Glasgow Senior ATA Technicians or current SVQ 3 qualified technicians required with the following skill sets. Panel Beaters Spray Painters Met Technicians Parts Man with Paint Mixing experience. As an Expanding Accident Repair Centre we are looking to recruit additional staff for our new premises. Basic pay £26 k plus bonus. OTE 35k Holidays 28 days per year including bank holidays. Pension scheme being implemented. Hours of work Monday to Friday 8.00am to 5.00pm O/Time available. We are looking for reliable staff for our new facility! We will be servicing a varied range of Work Providers, Insurance Companies and Fleets. Please send CV with checkable reference,s

Quantity Surveyor Salary: circa £25ph Agent: Hudson Construction & Property Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow We have an opportunity for a Quantity Surveyor to join a team within Central Scotland for a QS role on a contract basis. The role will be for three months initially but there is strong potential for this to be extended. The role will involve working with pre-contract documentation. You will be pricing bills of quantities; pricing work from drawing and specifications and dealing with main contractors. For further information and to discuss this role further, please contact Tori Bell at Hudson on 0141 240 2445. Please note you will receive an automated response advising you that we have received your CV. Hudson is a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management solutions worldwide.

Externals Site Manager – Brickwork/ Blockwork Salary:

£35000 – £50000 per annum + Car + Benefits Agent: First People Solutions Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow First People Solutions have been engaged by a leading Main Contractor within the Scottish Construction Market to seek a Site Manager for a large multi million pound project based in Glasgow. The Site Manager will be responsible for looking after the Externals of the project and will ideally come from a roofing, brickwork or stonemasonry background due to the nature of this project. This is an excellent opportunity to join a fantastic main contractor who cover various different sectors including Student Accommodation, Commercial & fit out and the successful candidate will be rewarded with a very generous package. If this is something you are interested in please give David a call on 0141 270 5130 or alternatively click apply!

Fire & Security Service Engineer Salary:

£23000 – £25000 per annum + Negotiable D.O.E Agent: First People Solutions Skills: Engineering/Technical

Location: Glasgow The Job : Fire & Security Engineer The Company First People Solutions are currently recruiting on behalf of a leading Fire & Security contractor based in Glasgow who have an immediate requirement for experienced Fire & Security Service/Installation/Commissioning Engineers to join their team. The Candidate The successful candidate will be someone who have previous experience of working as a Fire & Security Engineer and be fully confident in the installation of CCTV, Intruder Alarms, Access Control & Fire Alarms. ECS/17th Edition is beneficial but not essential. For more information, please contact Jordan Mackay or David Atha on 0141 270 5130.

7.5T Drivers Salary: Varied Agent: Topstaff Skills: Logistics/Distribution Location: Glasgow Position: Urgently required – Experienced 7.5 tonne multi drop drivers We are currently recruiting drivers for ongoing temporary assignments in Glasgow and surrounding areas. We are looking for experienced multi drop drivers that are happy to do home and store deliveries. Due to our client requirements you may also be required to take goods away for recycling and/or returns. Requirements: Applicants must have previous multi drop experience within the logistics and transport industry. DQC card and Digital Tachograph Holders required. References to be available with a checkable work history. Candidates with own transport will be given priority.

Warehouseman-All Duties Salary: £7.50p/h Agent: Stafffinders Skills: Logistics/Distribution Location: Glasgow Stafffinders Industrial urgently require an experienced Warehouseman for there prestigious client in Glasgow West. Successful candidate must have a current forklift licence (reach and/or counterbalance) and a valid UK driving licence. Duties will include – All aspects of forklift driving including loading,unloading,stock locating and material transfer All aspects of warehouse duties including order picking and packing, stock locating,cycle counting,paperwork creation and data inputting. On occasion you will be required to drive the company Van including customer facing deliveries and uplift. This vacancy is being advertised on behalf of Stafffinders who are acting as the employment business.

Visitor Experience Trainee Salary: £15,103.84 Agent: Scottish Exhibition & Conference Centre (SECC) Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow Working in the Visitor Experience Department, primarily in the Information & Business Centre/Gift Shop, this role is all about delivering the highest level of customer experience to every visitor to the Venue. Candidates must be able to demonstrate previous experience working in a customer service role where they have had regular contact with the general public. Making a good first impression is imperative and along with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, you should also be confident in using MS Office, be a proven multi-tasker, be flexible, willing to learn and be prepared to work under pressure, cheerfully and effectively at all times. Experience of providing customer feedback through written correspondence is highly desirable.

Salesperson Salary: £35k to £40k OTE Agent: DFS Ltd Skills: Retail Location: Glasgow At dfs we’re dedicated to making everyday more comfortable for everyone. If you’re looking for a new, exciting career with no limit to what you can achieve or earn, we’ll help you find a role that you’re completely comfortable with. Previous sales experience would be great, but dont worry if you havent got it, because we give all our Salespeople the very best training in the business. if you’ve got a positive &quot;can do&quot; approach and are motivated by the challenge of achieving great results, you could be part of our dynamic sales team. So if you want a rewarding career helping our customers feel totally comfortable, contact us today. – No Limit To What You Can Earn – Company Pension Scheme – Life Assurance

Payroller Salary: £7.50 – £9.50 per annum Agent: Reed Accountancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow I have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Payroller to join a successful organisation in Glasgow. This is a full time temporary position and is an urgent requirement. Duties will include *Processing weekly and monthly payroll & dealing with payroll queries’ *Calculating travel allowances *Inputting timesheets *The deduction and submission of wage arrestments *Processing sub contract applications and payment certificates *Creating BACs files *Requesting and verifying VAT receipts/statements of reduction *Statement reconciliations *Any other ad hoc duties If you are interested please apply without delay as

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JANUARY 2016, ISSUE 17 this is a position we are looking to fill immediately Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Design Engineer Salary: £Excellent + Benefits Agent: Escape Skills: Engineering/Technical Location: Glasgow The Design Engineer will be responsible for designing and developing new mechanical equipment for use in the production process. Key responsibilities: Design equipment and processes to improve product and process performance. Generate prototype designs and conduct testing. Solve existing equipment solutions and provide innovative solutions and designs. Provide advice and training to production and maintenance departments. Generate technical drawings using 3D modelling programmes. Ideal candidate: Degree/HND qualified or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering. Good design and development background. Knowledge of machinery design codes and CDM is advantageous. Excellent communication skills.

Senior Software Developer Agent: Aberdeen Appointments Agency Skills: IT/Telecommunications Location: Glasgow ABERDEEN SENIOR SOFTWARE DEVELOPER OPPORTUNITIES We are aaa’s. We are an established recruitment consultancy with a 40 year pedigree and opportunities within IT that we want to share. Aberdeen may be experiencing a downturn in the Oil & Gas market but there remains strong demand for highly skilled developers and excellent scope to build a rewarding career. Our core clients have niche roles that they are looking to fill and we are actively talking to candidates from outside Aberdeen about these opportunities&#x2026; In particular at the moment, we’d be keen to chat if you’re an experienced developer interested in moving to Aberdeen. If you have 3+ years experience in C# .NET /ASP.NET / MVC / OOP / Windows Forms / Microsoft SQL Server / JavaScript &#x2026; we’re listening.

Fleet Buyer Salary: £25000 – £35000 per annum Agent: Michael Page Skills: Procurement Location: Glasgow Summary Automotive/Fleet Buyer to be based in either Edinburgh or Glasgow. Client Details My client has sites based through out Scotland offering the opportunity to be based in either Glasgow or Edinburgh. They are a leading organisation within their sector. Description Responsible for delivering a range of procurement activities. This will involve a range of goods and services which include vehicles, parts and fleet management services to support the company’s commercial vehicle and car fleets. The fleets are an integral part of the business and the contracts must ensure their safe, legal and compliant operation. Profile – Ideally a back ground in automotive/fleet buying Job Offer – Pro-rata salary between 25-35k per annum – Immediate start – Initially a 6 month contract

Labourer Salary: £7.28 – £10.00 per hour Agent: HAYS Skills: Construction/Trades/Property Location: Glasgow My client requires an Labourer who has their Face Fit Certificate for an immediate start in Hillington, Glasgow. The work is expected to last a minimum of 1 month and will involve assisting with works on the drainage. To apply YOU MUST have your Face Fit Certificate which shows you have been tested for a respirator. Along with this you should have a valid CSCS card and checkable references for within the last 6 months. If interested, contact Stephen Henry Immediately on 0141 212 3660. Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers. By applying for this job you accept the T&C’s, Privacy Policy and Disclaimers which can be found at

Finance Assistant Salary:

£18,000 – £20,000 dependant on experience Agent: Primestaff Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Prime Commercial Staff are looking to recruit a Finance Assistant to join our City Centre based client on a permanent basis. Duties will include: – Process purchase and sales ledger transactions – Matching cash receipts – Payment runs – Processing invoices – Bank reconciliations – Responding to adhoc finance queries The successful candidate will have a steady work history with previous experience of processing financial transactions. You will have good communication skills with the ability to work as part of a small team, including with colleagues at various levels of seniority. Due to level of response expected, only suitable candidates will be contacted. All other CVs will be held on file for future positions.

Payroller Salary: negotiable Agent: Reed Accountancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow

I have an excellent opportunity for an experienced Payroller to join a successful organisation in South Lanarkshire. This is a full time permanent position and is an urgent requirement. Duties will include *Processing weekly and monthly payroll & dealing with payroll queries’ *Calculating travel allowances *Inputting timesheets *The deduction and submission of wage arrestments *Processing sub contract applications and payment certificates *Creating BACs files *Requesting and verifying VAT receipts/statements of reduction *Statement reconciliations *Any other ad hoc duties If you are interested please apply without delay as this is a position we are looking to fill immediately Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Diligence Typist/Administrator – Part Time Salary: Dependent on experience Agent: Advanced Financial Strategies Ltd Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow (Part Time Position) Monday – Friday (20 Hours) Either 5 mornings per week: 9.00a.m. – 1.00 p.m. or 5 afternoons per week: 1.00 p.m. – 5 p.m. Advanced Financial Strategies Limited is a successful firm of Financial Planners and are currently recruiting for a Typist/ Administrator for their busy Paisley Office. Duties include audio and copy typing, answering telephone calls, scanning and general administration tasks. The candidate must have excellent keyboard skills and be proficient in the use of MS Word. Experience of other MS Office applications would be an advantage. A high standard of accuracy and literacy is required as attention to detail is fundamental. It is important to have good organisation and communication skills.

Finance Analyst Salary: £32000 – £36000 per annum Agent: Escape Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Our client is looking for a Financial Analyst for a permanent opportunity. The role is on a full time basis based in Glasgow and will be joining an existing team. Duties include: Financial modelling and development of processes. Financial analysis. Providing all management information. Monitoring progress against business plan. Medium to long term forecasting. Ideally you will have: Previously worked in a similar finance role. Working knowledge of activity based costing. Be confident liaising with colleagues at all levels including senior management. If you are interested in this role and would like more information please send your CV and covering letter to Louise.Young@

Finance Manager Salary: £28000 – £32000 per annum Agent: Change Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow My Client, well established service organisation based in Glasgow, has an exciting job opportunity for an experienced Finance Manager. Reporting to the Head of Finance, the successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day running of the Finance Office and the supervision of a small team. Key duties & responsibilities of the role include ensuring the preparation of timely and accurate monthly management accounts and financial reports as well as responsibility for the companies accounting records and financial systems. I would be keen to speak to experienced Finance Managers with excellent interpersonal, management and relationship building skills. This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to further their career within a successful national business.

Payroll Executive Salary: £18000 – £20,000 Agent: Nine Twenty Business Services Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Nine Twenty Accountancy & Finance are currently seeking a Payroll Executive to work for one of our well established clients based just outside of Glasgow. This is a full time permanent role. Main responsibilities: Responsible for start to finish payroll. Dealing with high volume payroll. Responsible for all starters/leavers. Resolve any payroll queries. Managing all aspects of Tax Year end processing. Prepare any adhoc payroll reports. Carry out all month end procedures. Adhoc duties as required . Ideally we are looking to speak to candidates who have Payroll administrative experience or finance administration experience in a payroll environment. Interested please apply now to arrange an immediate interview

NQ Non-Contentious Construction Lawyer Salary: £Competitive Agent: Eden Scott Skills: Legal Location: Glasgow Eden Scott’s client is a leading UK firm looking for a non-contentious lawyer to become part of the team, taking ownership of his or her own workload and working closely with other team members. You will be 0-2yrs PQE with construction experience either through your current position or during your traineeship. The work will involve advising, negotiating and drafting construction contracts, framework agreements,

professional appointments and other related documents. There will be a high degree of exposure to clients and contact with colleagues from other teams. The successful candidate will be focused and commercial aware with a view to develop and grow within the firm. You will be a strong communicator both oral and written. For more information please submit a copy of your CV and cover letter.

Sales Ledger Senior Salary: £20k Agent: HR Consultancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow HR Consultancy are currently working with a leading employer in Lanarkshire who now require a Sales Ledger Senior to lead their team. You will be responsible for the following duties; Managing the Sales Ledger team. Monitoring the billing process. Allocating cheques/BACs and CHAPs payments to the system. Managing the suspense account and dealing with unallocated cash. Coordinating timely and accurate closure of the sales ledgers. This is an exciting role for someone who has extensive AR experience and previous supervisory experience. To apply for this position please forward your CV to Linda Currie using the apply online now link or call 0141 353 8377 HR Consultancy acts as both an employment business and an employment agency

Accounts Assistant Salary: £18000 – £19000 per annum Agent: Reed Accountancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow An excellent opportunity has arisen with Reed’s client for an experienced Accounts Assistant based in Bellshill. The company are looking to attract a talented individual. Due to the exposure you will receive, we are looking for a candidate who has come from a manufacturing background. Duties will include: *Responsible for all aspects of purchase ledger *Responsible for all aspects of sales ledger *Bank reconciliations monthly *Raising high volume sales invoices *Stock reconciliations monthly *ad hoc reporting & duties as required If you are interested, please apply today! We are looking to arrange interview as soon as possible. Candidates matching the required criteria will be contacted for further discussion. Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Chef DE Partie Salary: negotiable Agent: The Burnside Hotel Skills: Hospitality/Catering/Tourism Location: Glasgow We are currently seeking a talented Chef de Partie who is passionate about food. You will assist the Head Chef and Sous Chef with the preparation of food for the restaurant, bar and for the catering required for banqueting events within the hotel, ensuring a high standard of quality at all times. You will ensure that necessary paperwork, administration, controls and records are undertaken and maintained as directed by the Head Chef, to include Health & Safety, Food Safety and any other as requested. Must be able to deal in a fast paced environment. You will be able to work as part of a team and work independently when required. Candidates should also be organised, self – Motivated, punctual and reliable and hold relevant hygiene certificates.

Graduate Civil Design Engineer Salary: DOE Agent: Hudson Construction & Property Skills: Engineering/Technical Location: Glasgow Are you a Graduate Civil Design Engineer with 2 – 4 years experience detailing groundworks and drainage packages for residential projects? This role offers a great opportunity for career progression, within a well established team, working on developments across the Scottish Central Belt. Our client is a highly reputable Housing Developer with a established place as one of the UK’s most successful private home builders. If you have the drive, skills and ambition to join this progressive organisation please forward your details to me at your earliest opportunity. Please note you will receive an automated response advising you that we have received your CV. Hudson is a leading provider of permanent recruitment, contract professionals and talent management solutions worldwide.

Recruitment Consultant – Industrial Division Agent: Allstaff Skills: HR/Training/Recruitment Location: Glasgow Allstaff Glasgow Branch are currently recruiting for an additional team player for our City Centre based office in Glasgow. We have some excellent ongoing contracts and require consultants who can service both unskilled and semi skilled roles for our broad client range throughout the central belt. Suitable candidates should have some prior experience of working in a targeted, sales environment with clear, confident communication skills. You must be highly adaptable and flexible as the role includes being on call every 2nd week. If you are looking for a highly challenging, exciting role with an opportunity to gain excellent experience working with a reputable, well established business please forward your CV, including salary information and notice period. Please note candidates must have a drivers license.

Settlements Analyst Salary: £110 per day Agent: PRG Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow We have an exciting opportunity to join this prestigious client in a role as a Settlements Analyst on an initial 3 month contract based in Glasgow City Centre. Duties will include: &bull; High volume diverse and complex settlement processing &bull; Implementing new processes to streamline business controls &bull; Responsible for note coupons payments with minimal supervision &bull; Reconciliation and clearance of daily payable and receivables to market &bull; Data analysis The successful candidate will have excellent attention to detail, be able to work on their own initiative and work to tight deadlines. Financial Services background is essential. Please send your CV to Andrew Beattie stating your current salary and notice period.

Payroll Administrator Salary: £18K Agent: HR Consultancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Fantastic opportunity to join one of Glasgow’s most prestigious companies. My client currently has a requirement for en experienced Payroll Assistant to join the team. Main duties will include: Processing weekly payroll for 1000+ employees. Full process payroll. Processing expenses. Knowledge of SSP, SMP, SPP etc. Payroll year end work reconciliation, P60, P35 etc. To be successful in this role you must have excellent attention to detail and have experience of working in a high volume environment and ideally have experience of an ERP system. HR Consultancy acts as both an employment business and an employment agency. To apply for this position please forward your CV to Linda Currie using the apply online now link or call 0141 564 2335

Fund Accountant Salary: £35 – £45k Agent: PRG Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow PRG are currently recruiting for a minimum 6 month contract role for a global organisation with a base in the Glasgow area. As Fund Accountant, you will be responsible for: Production of fund accounts for clients. Budgeting and forecasting. Dealing with multiple organisations and cost centres. Extensive variance analysis on Excel dealing with large volumes of data. To be considered for this role, you must have experience of working within a fund accounting environment. This fantastic opportunity is to join a world recognised brand. Salary is circa £35-£45k depending on qualifications and experience. If you are interested and can demonstrate the experience outlined above, please email your cv to

NQ Corporate Solicitor Salary: £Competitive Agent: Eden Scott Skills: Legal Location: Glasgow Corporate Solicitor NQ Top 20 UK Law Firm looking to recruit for their office in Glasgow. Eden Scott’s client is recruiting for a Corporate Solicitor to join their expanding team. You will have first class technical skills along with strong financial and commercial awareness. You will be adept at working closely with Corporate Partners, managing work for a range of clients and taking individual responsibility whilst being a team player. In this position you will be required to demonstrate a wide range of experience of corporate matters including mergers and acquisitions, equity investments and commercial contracts. This position offers exciting opportunities for the right candidate to join an expanding, ambitious team totally focused on delivering for clients. For more information please submit your CV and cover letter.

Accounts Receivable Assistant Agent: Change Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Change Accountancy and Finance are recruiting for an Accounts Receivable Assistant for a role based in Glasgow. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a respected organisation, in a challenging and varied role. Key duties include; Maintaining the Sales Ledger. Raising and processing invoices. Allocating customer payments via cheque and BACS. Ad hoc duties as required. Qualifications and experience: Previous experience in a Sales Ledger role essential. Highly numerate and literate with strong analytical skills. Demonstrate strong customer service skills. Strong organisational skills with the ability to work to deadlines. Proficient in the practical use of Microsoft packages. Please send your CV to shirleyann.toner@

Service Manager – Advocacy In A Forensic Setting Salary: £23,000 – £27,000 p/a Agent: Circles Network Skills: Executive/Management Location: Glasgow To effectively lead the forensic advocacy project that provides Independent and Collective Advocacy for people using the services at Rowanbank Clinic and Leverndale Hospital and those who have made

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52 the transition into the community. The post-holder will lead on training, professionally developing and managing advocacy workers, administration teams and volunteers to deliver high quality advocacy services for people that will facilitate opportunities for inclusion, empowerment, advocacy and self-determination for people using the service within the legal and statutory framework of Forensic Mental Health Care. The Service Manager will also be responsible for directly delivering a small caseload of direct advocacy provision. Please email us your CV and complete an application form which can be found on our website.

Front End Developer Salary: £200.00 – £300.00 per day Agent: HAYS Skills: IT/Telecommunications Location: Glasgow Job Title: Front End Developer Job Type: Contract Contract Length: 3 months + Daily rate: £200 negotiable DOE Job Description: I am recruiting for a Front End Developer for my client, an innovative organisation in Glasgow City Centre. Due to expansion, this organisation requires an experienced front end developer to join them on a temporary basis to assist with project work. Key Skills Required: HTML 5 CSS 3 Javascript Experience with a .js framework would be beneficial. Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers. By applying for this job you accept the T&C’s, Privacy Policy and Disclaimers which can be found at

FTC HR/Recruitment Advisor Salary: £Dep on experience Agent: Syme Drummond Skills: HR/Training/Recruitment Location: Glasgow My customer is seeking to appoint an experienced HR professional with a focus towards graduate recruitment. This role would be for between 9 and 12 months and would be part of a small HR team. To be considered, your CV must demonstrate the following: Working as an in house Recruitment or HR Advisor or equivalent level . Evidence of managing graduate recruitment programmes . Experience of delivering first level HR advice and guidance . Strong stakeholder management experience . Experience gained ideally within professional firm environment . Please send your CV to Katie Drummond, Director. katie.drummond@

Multiskilled Maintenance Engineer (Dayshift) Salary: Excellent Package Agent: Escape Skills: Engineering/Technical Location: Glasgow Multiskilled Maintenance Engineer required for a growing fast paced manufacturing company based in Glasgow. Main duties in the role will be reactive and proactive Electrical & Mechanical Maintenance of manufacturing equipment and experience in a similar environment will be neccesary. The Role: Fault finding and diagnostics in emergency breakdown or planned situations. Working with a planned maintenance system and reactive maintenance. Modification and improvement of machinery and the plant. The Candidate: Excellent diagnostic and problem solving skills,. Fast paced Manufacturing environment experience required. PLC experience. Apprentice trained mechanical/electrical or equivalent qualification.

General Manager Salary: £ Attractive remuneration package Agent: Genesis Personnel Skills: Production/Manufacturing Location: Glasgow Our reputable client, have an exciting vacancy for a General Manager at their site based in Stornoway. The successful candidate should be a dynamic, driven individual with strong leadership and managerial skills to lead and control all aspects of the operation. Have a proven track record; demonstrate excellent relations and communication skills. Responsibilities will include but are not limited to; ensuring efficiency of factory and supporting resources, managing all operational processes, championing and ensuring best practice at all times and assist with growth plans and KPI’s. Knowledge of the fishing industry would be advantageous. Salary : Attractive remuneration package If you would like to apply for this role email your CV in Microsoft Word format today to or call 01779 476311

Part-time Payroll Assistant Salary: £22000 – £23000 per annum Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Search Consultancy are looking to recruit a part-time Payroll Assistant to join a growing organisation based just outside Glasgow. This role will consist of working 3 or 4 days per week. The main duties: Processing payroll end to end . RTI submission. Pension administration. Liaise closely with Payroll Manager at all times. Processing SSP, SMP and SPP. Processing all P45’s, P46’s, P11D’s, P6’s and P35’s. Processing all year end duties. Dealing with payroll queries. The main requirements: End to end Payroll experience is essential. Able to work to deadlines. Excellent communication skills. Strong

EMPLOYMENT team player. Sage experience is preferred. To apply for this post, please email your CV to lisa.slipchuk@search. .

Customer Service Administrator Salary: Competitive plus benefits Agent: Arnold Clark Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow We are currently recruiting at our Finance Department, St Georges Road, Glasgow for the following position ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT You will be responsible for processing vehicle taxation and rebates, MOT administration, used car warranties, checking MIB insurance data base and general office duties The successful candidate will benefit from excellent working conditions, extensive training, life assurance and private health care making, our package one of the best in the industry. With a turnover in excess of £2 billion, over 160 branches nationwide and an ever expanding portfolio, Arnold Clark is proud to be Europe’s largest independent motor dealer. EMPLOYMENT WITHIN THE ARNOLD CLARK GROUP IS OFFERED SUBJECT TO SATISFACTORY REFERENCE AND DISCLOSURE CHECK. Only successful candidates will be contacted for interview.

Internal Sales Executive Salary: £18000 per annum Agent: Manpower Skills: Scientific Location: Glasgow Manpower is looking to recruit an Internal Sales Executive for one of our most renowned clients within the IT sector. This full time & permanent role will be based in Glasgow with a salary of £18,000. We are looking for an individual who is able to meet, or exceed, sales targets, generate new customers and understand Internet and IT services. The successful candidate’s key responsibilities will include: – Contact existing & new customers to introduce a range of products – Cross-sell and up-sell to new & existing customers – Solicit new business from prospects – Handle everyday issues – Make decisions – Meet deadlines The ideal candidate will have the following experience and qualifications: – Understanding of IT security and Microsoft Products – Sales and account management experience – Experience of B2B sales – Good interpersonal skills Interested? Apply here today!

Test Analyst Salary: £350.00 – £400.00 per day Agent: HAYS Skills: IT/Telecommunications Location: Glasgow Experienced test analyst required for exciting project for a leading asset management company based in central Glasgow. Recent testing experience within investment banking/asset management environments is essential to be considered for this role. Will have strong recent test analysis experience within WRAP/ asset management/transfer agency platforms dealing with all aspects of testing. Will be part of a small testing team working on a complex test programme to tight deliverables ensuring all aspects of the testing are delivered effectively. Role is to start asap. Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers. By applying for this job you accept the T&C’s, Privacy Policy and Disclaimers which can be found at

Credit Controller Salary: £10 per hour Agent: PRG Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow Are you a credit controller with recent high volume experience? PRG are currently recruiting for a long term contract. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a well established company. Working from the Glasgow office you will be responsible for collecting high volume, low value debt. The successful candidate for this role will have experience in: Working in a large credit control team. Chasing outstanding debt over the telephone. Working with low value, high volume accounts. Working to KPI’s and targets. Building and maintaining relationships with clients. Only candidates who are immediately available or available at a weeks notice will be considered. Due to a high number of applications only successful candidates will be contacted. Hourly rate for this role is circa £10 per hour.

Inbound Customer Service Advisor Salary: £6.70 per hour Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Call/Contact Centres Location: Glasgow IMMEDIATE STARTS Glasgow City Centre location Inbound Customer Advisors The role: Full time – 37.5hrs per week Fixed term contracts. You will be taking inbound customer service calls for a well known company. This is a fast paced role with excellent training and development opportunities. Hours allocated 4 weeks in advance between hours of 8am8pm Mon-Fri & Sat & Sun 9am-4pm – working 5 days over 7, 4 out of 6 weekends. £6.70 per hour / £13,065 annum. You: Excellent customer service experience. Must be available to work shifts. Successful applicants will be credit checked and Disclosure Scotland application will be processed. All successful applicants will have a 5 year vetting check carried out. Please apply online with your up-to-date CV

Customer Service Advisor

Technical Manager

Salary: £0.00 per annum Agent: Search Consultancy Skills: Call/Contact Centres Location: Glasgow CUSTOMER ADVISORS – IMMEDIATE STARTS Glasgow City Centre location Inbound Customer Advisors The role: Full time – 37.5hrs per week * Fixed term contracts * You will be taking inbound customer service calls for a well known company. * This is a fast paced role with excellent training and development opportunities. * Hours allocated 4 weeks in advance between hours of 8am-8pm Mon-Fri & Sat & Sun 9am-4pm – working 5 days over 7, 4 out of 6 weekends * £6.70 per hour / £13,065 annum You: * Excellent customer service experience * Must be available to work shifts * Successful applicants will be credit checked and Disclosure Scotland application will be processed * All successful applicants will have a 5 year vetting check carried out Please apply online with your up-to-date CV

Agent: Eden Scott Skills: Production/Manufacturing Location: Glasgow Eden Scott’s client is a leading food manufacturer who is looking for a Technical Manager to join their team. Responsibilities Reporting to the Head of Technical you will be responsible for ensuring Food Safety and Quality policies are implemented. Key accountabilities also include undertaking BRC, M&S and all other audits, as well as holding the position as HACCP Team Leader. Requirements Candidates must have past experience in a similar position within the Food Manufacturing Industry. Ideally they will hold a degree in a food related subject, as well as internal audit qualifications. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity, apply now. To discuss this role in more detail, call Rachel Johnstone on 0131 550 1123. If this role isn’t quite what you are looking for, register your CV at and be the first to hear about our latest opportunities by signing up for our job alerts.

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Salary: 20-27k DOE Agent: Titan Global Resourcing Skills: Logistics/Distribution Location: Glasgow Freight Forwarder – Operations Vacancies Glasgow Å – £20k to £27k DOE Titan Global a leader in the field of recruitment within the Global Freight & Logistics sector currently have a number of new and exciting Operator based positions with leading Freight Forwarders in and around the Glasgow region. Air and Ocean Imports Operator salary to £25k. Multi-Modal Operator Imports/Exports salary to £27k. Air and Ocean Exports Operator salary to £25k. Ocean Exports Operator salary to £23k. We are keen to speak to candidates with proven experience in the Freight Forwarding sector at Operational level, all salaries are dependent upon experience. Please call Claire Neill for an informal confidential chat tel: 0141 202 2949 or send detailed CV to

Salary: £18000 – £20000 per annum Agent: Reed Insurance Skills: Financial Services/Investment Location: Glasgow My client is a bespoke financial advisers who deal with high net worth clients. They are looking to expand their team due to company growth and would like an IFA sales support to join them. Your role will be to ensure both advisers and clients are assisted throughout the advisory process by updating the back office system, producing illustrations, processing paperwork for financial products, writing suitability reports and supporting clients with any queries. The ideal candidate will be have : Experience of working in a similar role in Financial Services Great communication skills (oral and written) Experience of using MS Office; Excel, Word & Outlook Ability effectively manage their own time and workload. Previously written suitability reports. If you believe you have the above skill we would love to hear from you Reed Specialist Recruitment Limited is an employment agency and employment business.

Claims Handler (Broker office) Glasgow

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Salary: £25000 per annum Agent: FPSG Connect Skills: Insurance Location: Glasgow The role is to handle a variety of commercial insurance claims, mainly property and liability. Liaise closely with insurance companies, loss adjusters and third parties Provide a proactive claims service to key clients. Assist with claims admin /processing in a compliant and accurate manner Ensuring claims process is cost efficient and meets company regulations and guidelines. Experience of handling commercial claims essential, ideally property and liability A track record of working within the general insurance marketplace Strong communication and negotiation skills Progression towards insurance exams preferred but not essential. This role offers a competitive salary, company pension, 25 days paid holiday and assistance towards insurance qualifications. For more information on this role please forward your CV to Elaine McCrink.

Training Administrator Salary: £15k – £17k Agent: DP Source Ltd Skills: Admin/Secretarial/PA Location: Glasgow DP Source is currently working with a well-established M&E contractor based in Glasgow and they are currently looking to recruit a Training Administrator. Duties – Administering the training programme. Scheduling and dealing with training requests. Sending out joining instructions. Processing probationary assessments and appraisals. Identifying new courses and applying for funding for the training. Assisting with basic HR administration and processing timesheets. Candidate – Experienced as a training administrator. Desirable from an engineering background (not essential). Working towards or holding a relevant training or HR qualification. Good organisational skills. Good communicational skills.

Developer /C#/.NET/ASP.NET Salary: £Competitive + Benefits Agent: PRG Skills: IT/Telecommunications Location: Glasgow PRG have an excellent opportunity for experienced C#/.NET developers to join our client, a leading technology organisation based in Glasgow. You will be joining a well-established team and will have the opportunity to work on multiple projects for a diverse client base. Essential experience: &bull; Experience using C# and ASP.NET and Microsoft .NET framework. &bull; JavaScript, CSS, HTML5 &bull; Microsoft SQL 2005/2008/R2, but Oracle also very useful &bull; Experience in debugging and resolving complex Strong communication skills, a flexible and conscientious approach, and attention to detail are all essential for this role, along with self-motivation and a good team mentality. If you have the relevant experience, please send your cv including cover letter. Applicants that do not meet the above criteria will not be considered.

Salary: £7.80 per hour Agent: Enable Scotland Skills: Social Services/Housing/Childcare Location: Glasgow ENABLE Scotland is a dynamic and vibrant organisation dedicated to improving the lives of people with learning disabilities. We are currently looking for Personal Assistants with drive, motivation, flexibility, a strong personality, energy and positive outlook on life, able to adapt to change, reliable and passionate about providing support with independent living skills, and a willingness to work within a team. You will provide support with social and recreational activities, household tasks and personal care. To apply and for further information, please visit our website www. by selecting the APPLY NOW button to register and complete your online job application for the area you wish to work in. ENABLE Scotland is an equal opportunities employer. Scottish charity number SC009024.

FTC ER Specialist Salary: £Dep on experience Agent: Syme Drummond Skills: HR/Training/Recruitment Location: Glasgow My customer has an immediate need for an experienced Employee Relations Specialist to join them on an interim basis. Candidates must be able to demonstrat e the following to be considered: Currently working or recent experience of working as an ER Specialist at Advisor/Consultant or equivalent level . Experience of working within a unionised environment . Solid and up to date knowledge of employment law . Experienced in managing complex cases in relation to disciplinaries, grievances and capability . Confident in providing advice and guidance to managers and employees on company policies and procedures . Please send your CV with salary and notice details to Katie Drummond, Director.

Newly Qualified Accountant Salary: £33,000 – £37,000 Plus Benefits Agent: Anderson Knight Skills: Accountancy Location: Glasgow An exciting opportunity has arisen to join a leading and successful company based in Glasgow, our client seeks to recruit a newly qualified accountant for this position. Reporting to the Finance Manager duties and responsibilities will include: – Provide continuous financial insight to the business through operational meetings – Annual statutory accounts – Production of monthly management accounts – Preparation of analysis and reports to support operational functions – Monthly financial statements The ideal candidate must be a Qualified CA/ACCA with a proven track record in analysing figures and producing statutory returns. A strong commercial outlook is key as is the ability to meet strict financial deadlines. To apply for this excellent opportunity, please contact Ryan McGarry at Anderson Knight on 0141 348 7750 or email your CV to of 5 days. You will be required to work 5 days out of 7. Successful candidates MUST undergo a Criminal record and Credit check before being offered employment.

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HOW ARE WE EXPECTED TO EXERCISE IN WINTER? As winter comes and conditions worsen, the only topic on the lips of people trying to take part in sporting activities in January is the state of the Glaswegian weather. It’s not the greatest time to see it rain or snow either, as you may be finally inspired by your New Year resolutions to start a fitness regime and to go out to a local club or a local football pitch to exercise in 2016. You may even have got some new clothing or gym vouchers at Christmas to get you into the spirit. However, you will get ready, pull on the gloves and hat and defrost the car only to find your sporting events are on the brink of being called off or the weather could prevent you from getting you to the venue. It could even be the streets you were due to pound have turned into an impromptu ice rink. This brings up the usual internal debate of whether to go or not, with weather being an easy catalyst as an excuse to not fulfil those resolutions or have some time off from the regime. Even football teams such as Celtic have in the past wanted to avoid the weather and attend a winter camp in Spain, for example, while freak weather events do occur with games having to be called off at the likes of local clubs such as Cartha Queen’s Park Rugby Club. It’s something often talked about while taking part in sports day in day out, and also applies to the simplest of activity. However, it seems that winter’s not the villain it’s sometimes made out to be in areas around Glasgow and nothing should stop you at the start of 2016. In the professional game in the area, nothing stops. Obviously in the likes of football, clubs such as Partick Thistle and Queen’s Park keep playing their games, with the

help of a positive pitch inspection, while the likes of Glasgow East Rugby Club starting to plan to move in that direction to persevere. Their club secretary, Peter McEwan, outlined their views on winter by saying: “Generally we close down over the winter period. We have closed down because of the bad weather [in the past]. Some years, maybe next year, we will look for indoor halls for the children to play in, and the adult team will train with [another] rugby club, they’ve got a turf available. We train with them over the winter.” And according to Mr McEwan, the enforced changes with the weather doesn’t seem to harm the players, despite, an often discussed risk of injury on artificial pitches down south, with these pitches outlawed in English football. “Not really. It’s usually about 3G or 4G [pitches] we train on anyway so it’s actually okay. They don’t pick up too many problems training on it.“

example, for you to take part in the likes of swimming or other activities. And even when it comes to outdoor pitches, Glasgow hosts some of the leading artificial pitch technology. There are all sorts of types of all-weather pitches – 3G, 4G and 5G – that are used in the area in the likes of the Lucozade Powerleague with some teams in that competition always looking for players.

Even the Scotstoun Stadium which houses the Victoria Park City of Glasgow Athletics Club and the Glasgow Hawks Rugby Club holds a 3G pitch. These will be able to resist any massive downpours or other plans the weather has in store. Therefore, there seems to be no excuses with this embarrassment of riches on show throughout the city. When the new year comes round the corner, there may not be the position to hide in to avoid those desires in the back of your minds. by Cameron Paterson Twitter:



Speaking about advice on what to do in the period, Mr McEwan outlined what you should do. “At this time of the year, you’ve just got to do your own thing. Just to get into the gym or do your own training, that’s what we recommend. We recommend our players do a bit of running to keep themselves fit. If you want to go swimming it’s not bad at this time of year either.” Indeed, indoor clubs are obviously open throughout the winter period. When it comes to something like football there are a series of centres such as the Glasgow Green and Springfield centres in the area with many Glasgow Club franchises, for

The SSE Hydro will be transformed into a paradise of dirt as the ‘Monster Energy Arenacross Tour powered by Ford Ranger’ hits Glasgow on the weekend of 9-10 January. The venue will hold rounds two and three of the tour which begins its travels in Manchester on the first weekend of the month before heading to Belfast, Birmingham, Newcastle, Sheffield and London where it concludes at the end of February. The event will include such different disciplines of motocross stars as American Josh Hansen, the two-time gold medallist at the prestigious Summer X Games event in 2008 and 2009 and Mike Brown, two-time gold and silver medallist in 2012 and 2015 and 2011 and 2013 in the same event. As well as these exciting athletes attending, Frenchman Thomas Ramette is defending his honour from winning last year’s pro championship. It is the second time that the event has visited the city following its debut ride last year and there seems to be a sense of excitement around the event returning. However, many may not actually know what this sport involves.

According to the Arenacross UK website the sport is: “the crazy indoor off-spring of motocross racing [a form of motorcycle racing] first conceived in America in the 1970s. The sport takes the most spectacular elements of outdoor racing, boils them down into a concentrated cocktail and then shoehorns them into arenas onto purpose-built dirt tracks.” It sounds like a dream for any motoring enthusiast, but there’s something for everyone at the event. Even if you don’t want to attend for the sporting side, the show features a healthy mix of music, lighting and pyrotechnics alongside the likes of rider signings, confetti and attractive ‘Monster Girls’ to give a further level of excitement. If you can’t make it, but still want to get an idea of the action, highlights will be uploaded onto the ‘Events22TV’ YouTube channel sometime after the event and there will be plenty of photos to look at on the Arenacross UK website at www. by Cameron Paterson Twitter:






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Scotland have released the kits that they hope will propel the national team closer towards a tournament when World Cup qualifying gets underway in September. Scotland’s outfield players will play in their normal blue home kit, which features a hint of a tartan style, with a new direction in the away colour being worn by the Scots: pink. With this colour consistently seen in Italian football, maybe the Scots are planning on trying to turn on some Juventus or Milan style for the next campaign. However, with the return of pink shirts for the first time since the ‘90s, it certainly give us memories of the days where the colour was used by the team and kit design was less than pleasing on the eye, especially during the ‘90s where football kits across Europe were certainly fashion statements. With this nostalgia, and before the kits get berated, it’s apt to look back at some recent interesting kits worn by the Tartan Army. 5. White with pink and yellow stripes ‘Rhubarb and custard’ (2014-15) This was the most recent predecessor to the new pink kit. Released in 2014, it was a white kit, with pink stripes which transformed into yellow and became smaller as the strip went downwards. It was coupled with white shirts with the pink Adidas stripes down the side and pink and yellow socks. Quickly given the nickname of the ‘rhubarb and custard’ kit by some, it wasn’t enough to give the fans something to taste celebration with, usually featuring in some poor performances away from Hampden Park. 4. Maroon (2007-08) The assembly of the all-maroon shirt, shorts and socks were one of the most famous disasters of recent times after being released by Diadora in 2007. After its release, it was used once, Scotland lost in it, and was never seen again. It was worn in Scotland’s 2-0 defeat to Georgia in 2007 and disappeared as the team again failed to qualify for a major tournament in Euro 2008. 3. Salmon pink (1993-95) The Umbro salmon pink shirt has striking similarities to the current pink kit, with a slightly lighter shade and vertical blue stripes alongside purple shorts and pink socks. Sadly during it’s lifespan Scotland failed to reach the 1994 World Cup. 2. White and yellow striped (1988-91) Yellow’s not the strangest colour to see on a Scotland jersey but this white and yellow striped number is certainly an interesting strip. With blue shorts and socks, the kit was worn by the team as they attended the 1990 World Cup in Italy. 1. White with purple, green and navy (1995-96) This kit is certainly one of the most flamboyant. Predominantly white with purple, navy and green almost lightning-bolt like streaks, it looks like something which could easily provoke a migraine. It was used as Scotland qualified for the European Championships in 1996. You may have other opinions on the significance of these kits, or whether you believe other kits have been much worse over the years. Although compared to these, the current kits aren’t too bad to wear, however, let’s hope that the kits don’t end up starring on controversial nights for the country.

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ICW will return to Glasgow’s Famous Barrowlands (or the Barras if you prefer) on January 24 for the Fifth annual ‘Square Go’ show. We will see our people’s champion Grado defend his ICW World Heavyweight championship against Chris Renfrew. Renfrew and Grado have been in the business for years together and this has been a much anticipated meeting for a long time. We will also get the 30 man square go match where the last man standing in the ring at the end of it will earn their shot for the ICW World Heavyweight Championship, so no matter the winner of the Grado and Renfrew clash, they better watch their backs! This match will have a line up of Joe Coffey, Former WWE superstar and ICW Champion Drew Galloway, Former champ Jack Jester, Lewis Girvan and Dave Mastiff. There is also a qualifying match for the 30 man square go match between the high flyer Kenny Williams and Lionheart, the winner will be allowed to enter the match whilst the loser is completely banned from competing. ICW in the past five years has soared in popularity since its BBC documentary ‘Insane Fight club’. For the first time we saw behind the scenes in the Scottish Indy wrestling scene. ICW has been an idea that has simply flourished from Mark Dallas its creator. Now it’s Scotland’s most beloved wrestling company. Right now the biggest wrestling company in the world WWE has been going through a massive slump with shows in December, being recorded as their lowest ever viewership in twenty years. WWE

is going through a crisis according to WWE hall of famer Mick Foley. He recently posted on Facebook saying he feels like he will stop tuning in every week. Foley who is an ICW fan has also commented on the contrast in atmospheres between both sets of fans. He said that when people leave a WWE show there is no cheering, singing or signs that the fans enjoyed the show they were presented with. But when the ICW fans leave they are ecstatic and buzzing. ICW Fear and Loathing sold out four weeks in advance for their November show and Foley posted saying that he is proud to be a part of ICW and this is the results you get when you give fans what they want. This seemed like it could have been a sly dig at WWE or simply praising ICW for its success either way it has gotten both sets of wrestling fans attention and it’s no secret that Foley isn’t happy with the way things are in the WWE right now. WWE’s popularity always picks up around the Road to Wrestlemania time of year. Wrestlemania is the biggest wrestling Pay Per View in wrestling history, it’s even an event that non wrestling fans tune in to due to its momentous occasion. But even more importantly it’s an event where fans past and present tune in. If you’re wanting to be a professional wrestler then Wrestlemania is the ultimate dream. It’s as far as you can get in the industry. ICW Friday Night Fight Club TV Taping, The Garage (10th Jan). ICW 5th Annual Square Go, The Barrowlands (24th Jan). ICW Friday Night Fight Club TV Taping, The Garage (31st Jan). by William Frew Twitter: @Mr_Blonde94 Blog:



HAVING A BALL: GLASGOW’S BASKETBALL SCENE A mention of the Emirates Arena brings many sports to mind: cycling, badminton, athletics. With these sports taking place in Glasgow, it’s easy to sometimes forget that the world doesn’t revolve around solely high-profile events. Therefore, it’s maybe unlikely that many would link the multifarious venue to the biggest jewel in Scotland’s basketball scene and as the host of the BBL Trophy final, which will be held there in February for the fourth consecutive year. Glasgow Rocks, a team which has a history that goes back 16 years and interestingly started in Edinburgh previously known as Scottish Rocks, ply their trade in the sports hall at the venue. The Rocks are what you may consider as the biggest basketball team you may find in Glasgow given that they are the only team in Scotland to be taking part in matches in the British Basketball League (BBL), reaching such heights as the Trophy Final in 2014 and four BBL Cup finals in twelve seasons. The Rocks have a large stranglehold on basketball through their various offshoots. The team have spun off into a female side, the Lady Rocks, having renamed the St Maurice’s Basketball Club from Cumbernauld in 2009. The team play in the same venue as the Rocks themselves

in their tenth year of existence alongside their cadette and junior teams. The team have even spun off into Gladiator Rocks, a team where youngsters can get the chance to throw some hoops at a different level, with classes for children who are 5 and over such as U10s, U12s and U14s groupings. The Rocks are also a team that have previously shown faith in trying to unearth Glaswegian and British diamonds to add to their numbers in open trials. This is certainly a positive sign that basketball could be accessible for any younger student that you may know. However, in fact, Glasgow has long paved the way for community basketball schemes in Scotland, well beyond just the one club. Underneath the Rocks in the main league, there lies the English and Scottish National Leagues, with three Glaswegian competitors: Glasgow Storm, Glasgow University and Glasgow University B competing against clubs from across the land in the Scottish league. Other than this, the city has many other teams that are involved in action, with many clubs having teams in the Strathclyde League Basketball Association’s leagues. The clubs that take place in these leagues remind us that basketball’s not just for the sporty or health-conscious among us with


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different heart-warming reasons behind some clubs in the areas. Glasgow Eagles have their additional needs team, as they are an officially registered charity who since 1988 have helped disabled people get involved with sports, alongside their men’s and women’s teams, who according to their website believe that ‘the mainstream sports teams would be able to encourage and drive forward the disability sports sessions.’ Alongside this, Glasgow Fever give opportunities to 5 to 14 year olds as well as having men’s and women’s teams in an attempt to ‘break down socio-cultural and economic barriers’ to the sport. The team are also known for fundraising for their own survival as well as local charities to benefit the community. The Glasgow Rens and Cuckoo Basketball Club also feature heavily in the area, who also have the likes of younger sides such as Under 10s and Under 12s ‘Cuckoos’ as well as the Men’s ‘Rens’ team. The club state on their website that they pride themselves in prioritising the schooling of their students and find that ‘the students who are committed to basketball attend all training sessions and games are the ones also achieving good academic grades’. Glasgow City Basketball

Club also runs in the area, a club which has been developing stars since the 1980s. The success of basketball can even be seen at a simpler level involving the schools that some of the younger basketball sensations in Glasgow are developing in. Inter-school competitions are held between Under 14-18 levels with girls and boys, such as the Glasgow School League which has seen winners such as Hillhead High’s Boys and Hyndland Secondary’s Girls in the past. It could be the future sporting students in universities that come from these backgrounds. It is schemes like these that have seen Scotland succeed regularly in recent years in official Fédération Internationale de Basketball (FIBA) European youth competitions, with many podium places going to the country’s youth teams which have previously included Glasgow-born players. With masses of opportunities like these, it seems it may not be too hard for young Glaswegians to jump through hoops to try and achieve a sporting career. The younger categories may be too old for some students, but there is certainly plenty of opportunities for family members, friends and acquaintances to potentially find a niche in the many clubs in the area. Certainly if you ever asked about it and complain that you can’t find any basketball events in Glasgow, you might be telling a rather large by Cameron Paterson Twitter: lie. @PatersonCameron


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