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Multi-storey demolition clears way for new homes THE regeneration of communities in the North East of Glasgow gathered pace as a multi-storey flat was demolished to create space for new homes.

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A £4.7MILLION specialist care home to support the recovery of people with alcohol-related brain damage has been officially opened in Glasgow.

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The project by Loretto Care, a Scottish charity committed to providing care and support to people in need, allows 22 residents to live in their own studio flats while benefiting from high levels of personalised care. Loretto staff, including nurses, are on site round-the-clock offering support with everyday living as well as specialist care and rehabilitation services. Scottish Public Health Minister Michael Matheson launched the Fullarton Service which has been purpose-built with the bright, modern studio flats situated over two levels. On each level, residents, who require support with a range of complex issues, have direct access to enclosed, landscaped courtyards. The flats are designed to give residents CONTINUES PAGE TWO

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FROM PAGE ONE privacy while giving them opportunities to interact with neighbours in specially designed communal areas. Loretto’s Head of Care Martin Glackin said: “People with alcoholrelated brain damage have a range of physical, psychological and social support requirements. The reasons behind mis-use of alcohol are complex and the consequences affect the individual, their families and society as a whole. By working with colleagues from Health, Social Work and Housing to deliver the right levels

of personalised care and support, we are confident that the majority of people who receive a service here can have full or partial recovery, allowing them to take up roles as active citizens again.” People with alcohol-related brain damage can suffer symptoms including walking problems, mental health issues and gastric problems. The Fullarton service promotes abstinence as the best way to achieve recovery and it is hoped a proportion of residents will recover fully. The project has been made possible thanks to a partnership with Glasgow

more confidence and improved selfworth as well as feeling less alone and isolated.” As part of the project, four family homes for social rent have also been built in the same area. Loretto Care, which is a subsidiary of Loretto Housing Association, provides specialist care and support services in seven local authority areas across West and Central Scotland. Loretto is due to join Wheatley Group, Scotland’s largest housing and regeneration group, later this year.


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New homes for the North East FROM PAGE ONE being built at Sighthill and 157 new-build homes in Barmulloch. Alex McGuire, Director of Property for Wheatley Group, GHA’s parent company, said: “This is one part of a new beginning for the North of Glasgow. These flats were home to hundreds of families since 1968 – but their time had come to an end. “These exciting regeneration plans will see the area transformed with hundreds of new homes being built. We’d like to thank all of the tenants and local businesses for their cooperation in another successful demolition.” Many of the former residents of Rosemount Street were re-housed locally in one of GHA’s new-build or upgraded homes or other partner social landlords’ new-build properties. Alma Kibrom, 39, lived on the 15th floor at Rosemount for seven years. She moved into a GHA new-build home in Easterhouse with her three children, aged 3, 6 and 8. Alma said: “It will be emotional to see the flats coming down. Two of my three children were born there. “It was a nice area to live and the people were friendly. It will be sad to see them go. We now have a new home with our own garden, which is great for the children.” Around 500 tenants in nearby properties were temporarily evacuated for a couple of hours for the demolition. A rest centre with food and entertainment was put on at the nearby St Roch’s Secondary School for tenants and other local residents. The clear-up operation will take several

months to complete with the steel removed and recycled and the remaining rubble crushed and used as foundations for roads and buildings. A decision was taken to demolish and clear the blocks following a decline in demand and popularity of the blocks and also high investment and running costs. The remaining multi-storey block at neighbouring 40 Rosemount Street is expected to be demolished by 2015. William Sinclair, Managing Director of demolition contractors Safedem, said: “It requires a real team effort and everyone has pulled together to make this another safe and successful demolition. We’d particularly like to thank nearby residents for their patience and understanding while the demolition was carried out.”

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MARTIN Neill, of the Scottish Labour Party, has won the byelection for the Shettleston ward of Glasgow City Council held on Thursday 5 December 2013. The turn-out at the polling places was 17.55%, with Martin receiving 2026 votes, with SNP candidate Laura Doherty coming in second with 1086. The by-election was held following the death of Councillor George Ryan.

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Awards Night for community legacy programme Active East AROUND 200 guests came together at future 2014 Games venue Tollcross International Swimming Centre to celebrate the journeys and achievements of young volunteers and partner youth and sport organisations over the past 12 months.

Utilising the Commonwealth Games as a catalyst inspirational young people are driving the Active East programme, creating more opportunities for all young people to get active. Between them they have given more than 4,500 volunteer hours since the launch of the programme in January of this year. They volunteer with youth and sport organisations across the North East of Glasgow, putting skills they learn through individualised training programmes into practice. 42 Active Champions and Mentors were recognised on the night for their achievements with individualised packs. They contained nationally recognised Saltire Awards in 10, 25, 50, 100, 150 and some 200 hour awards which reflect volunteer hours completed since they joined the programme. Some young people received accreditation through Youth Achievement Awards at Bronze and Silver level and there was also various training awards such as first aid, child protection, badminton basics and top play. There were 7 special nominated awards on the night, one of which was

‘Commonwealth Games 2014 Inspired’ supported by Glasgow 2014 and presented by Gael Logan, 2014 Legacy Manager. This award recognised the enthusiasm and motivation of an individual inspired by the Games coming to their local area who has shown an infectious passion for creating more opportunities for peers to get involved in sport and physical activity. Winner Alexander McLeay certainly shows all of these things as he joined Active East completely new to volunteering and to delivering activity. After completing training he took the lead on sport sessions with local youth organisation Redivale Youth ‘N’ Action. “I felt nervous at the beginning as I was leading the sessions but after a few weeks I felt more comfortable and really enjoyed being a leader”. Following this experience Alexander applied to volunteer at the Games, and was successful he will be at the Emirates assisting ticket holders during every day of the event. He credits his work with Active East for this however it really is down to his own commitment and motivation. Partner organisations were also recognised on the night and 4 community groups: Scottish Sports Futures, PEEK Project, Connect Community Trust and Reidvale Youth ‘N’ Action were awarded ‘Building Partnership of the Year’ sponsored by The Robertson Trust. This award

recognised a shining partnership bringing skills together to create a new way of working to create opportunities for participation in physical activity. Scottish Sports Futures (SSF) took the lead on a partner application to deliver a Basketball Getting Started course to 7 Active Champions and 4 Active Mentors across the 4 organisations to build the skills of the young people and the capacity of the organisations. Following on from the training Reidvale Youth ‘N’ Action (RYNA) gained 3 fantastic Active Champions who have taken the lead on weekly basketball sessions, increased the numbers and they are linking in with SSF’s community Twilight programme to help sustain the sessions. “I am loving the sessions, the kids all take it seriously we split them into two groups, one group who are more advanced like to play games and learn new drills and the other group likes to have fun and participate“ (Active Champion Si Yuan Guo). PEEK has had great success with their Basketball Active Play site so they are starting up a new site in Cranhill with Active Champion Robert Lindsay taking the lead with support from fellow Active Mentors. The Award which will continue to be shared round winners each year was presented by Rona Alexander, Head of Funding with the Big Lottery who said “I was delighted that Celebrate funding

made the Active East Awards possible this year, recognising all the great work done by young people and partner organisations to promote sport and physical activity through the East of Glasgow in the run-up to the Glasgow 2014 Games. Lottery funding of £500 to ��10,000 is available for events and activities that celebrate the Commonwealth Games or the cultures of the Commonwealth and we would love to see more applications for events like this, that bring people together from different communities and backgrounds to celebrate together”. 3 Active Champions took the lead on planning and organising the full event which was spectacular, everyone was met with an amazing black and white theme put together by community organisation Visual Statement, background music from inspiring DJ David Booth from partner organisation Tollcross YMCA, who is only 12 years old, a sit down meal and a DVD from Young Scot Truth About Youth

showcasing all of the activities that young people are involved in within their communities. “Thank you for a great night it was so organised and unlike any other award ceremony I have been at not at all boring, so proud of my Lynne for giving up her time to teach some of the kids basic steps in irish dancing, it is such a sociable and disciplined sport/hobby and it has made my four girls better young adults, thanks again for your hospitality and good luck to all you young amazing people who give up so much of your time you will reap the rewards in the future well done to all involved” (Guest and parent of Active Champion Lynne Stevenson who leads Irish Dancing Sessions at community organisation RAPA). It was a truly wonderful way to end the first year of delivery of Active East, as we move towards 2014 the year of Glasgow 2014 it is so exciting to imagine what these inspirational young people will achieve next year.


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during the festive period. It will promote the importance of responsible drinking in order to reduce the number of people who become lost or separated from friends and who may fall victim to crime or injury as a result. The campaign will also implement £10,500 of additional resources throughout the city to help keep revellers safe. Phil Walker, Managing Director of Community Safety Glasgow, said: "The Christmas and New Year period is wellknown as a time when many people over-indulge on alcohol, often to a level

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Business leaders Green-fingered employees help GHA mark top transform playtime for local international prize schoolchildren LEADERS from Scotland’s business community joined tenants and staff to mark Glasgow Housing Association (GHA) being awarded a prestigious European business prize. The European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) has recognised Scotland’s largest social landlord as an international industry leader with a track record of continuous improvement. GHA, part of Wheatley Group, was presented with the “Leading with Vision, Inspiration and Integrity” prize at the 2013 EFQM Finals in Austria last month. EFQM Chief Executive Marc Amblard joined Sir Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary to the Scottish Government, and Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, and other business leaders at The Academy in Wheatley House to celebrate the success. GHA Chair Gordon Sloan said: “This latest prize is another tremendous achievement and I was proud to accept the prize on behalf of the organisation. But it really belongs to Chief Executive Martin Armstrong, the Executive and Leadership teams and all the staff at GHA who deliver services to our customers every day with passion and

commitment.” Chief Executive Martin Armstrong said: “This award recognises that GHA has leaders in every part and at every level of the organisation who are making a massive contribution to making the homes and lives of our customers better. “GHA is leading the way in transforming communities and enhancing the lives of our tenants.” The EFQM Finals in Vienna featured global companies, including BMW, and representatives of countries from Russia to Spain and England to Turkey and Belgium. Over 30,000 organisations across Europe use the EFQM framework. A team of assessors spent a week at GHA in June interviewing staff and looking at how the organisation is focused on helping its 45,000 tenants. Two years ago GHA won Scotland’s business of the year title and was the only organisation from the public, private and voluntary sector to gain the maximum five-star Recognised for Excellence rating by Quality Scotland. GHA has also gained Customer Service Excellence accreditation – an award scheme run by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office – five years in a row.

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Despite the pouring rain, the team gave the area a complete revamp, with tasks including sowing seeds, creating flowerbeds and painting planters made from recycled car tyres. Dorothy Mickel, service development executive at Santander, said: “We were really happy with the amount of work we were able to get done throughout the day, despite the heavy rain. Everyone in the team rolled up their sleeves and got stuck in. We had a great day – even though there were a few sore limbs the following morning!” Nicola Buchanan, from Quarry Brae Primary School, said: “We are delighted by the tremendous efforts by the Santander employees and very thankful for their help. When we first moved into the building there were no green spaces but now the front of our school is much more attractive and the children can help maintain the vegetable garden.” The team were there as part of the Santander Community Days scheme, which encourages staff to take a day out of the office to volunteer with a local cause. Last year over 1,000 members of staff took part in 100 projects across the country, refurbishing local schools, hospitals and shops that play an important part in their communities.

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and January than in other months so everyone needs to be aware of the increased risk at this time of year. “Impairment due to alcohol or drugs is suspected to have been a factor in fires that resulted in 10 deaths and almost 280 injuries during 2012-13. “The festive season often brings with it a significant increase in the number of incidents and we all need to know combining alcohol with cooking is a lethal mix.” Across Scotland, 600 people were injured in around 3,000 cooking related house fires in 2012-13, while over the past four years, 60 per cent of all accidental

house fires have involved cooking. The experience of SFRS crews who have responded to accidental house fires is being put front and centre as the service arms the public with knowledge of how they can stay safe from fire this winter. Adverts on television, radio and in newspapers feature serving firefighters sharing their memories of attending serious house fires, as SFRS drives home a powerful message to drive down the number of fires and casualties. ACO Ramsay continued: “Firefighters know all too well the tragic outcomes that can result from accidents involving everyday items like cooking appliances. “Many fires where someone has been killed, seriously injured or left with potentially life-long emotional trauma could have been prevented if simple steps had been taken. “The fact is that fire can take hold in an instant and flames, toxic smoke and heat can quickly engulf a home to threaten the lives of everyone inside. “Cooking appliances must never be left unattended while they are in use and anyone who is cooking while under the influence of alcohol must be aware of the risk and take extreme care. “When fire does start, having an early warning is often the difference between life and death, so it is essential that every home be protected by working smoke

alarms.” Public awareness of fire risks has undoubtedly increased and more properties than ever are now protected by working smoke alarms. While this has reduced the number of house fires and the deaths and injuries they cause, SFRS is determined to make Scotland ever safer and is eager for members of the public to continue to play their part. Having identified its partnership with the public as key to preventing house fires and cutting the number of injuries and deaths, SFRS officers are clear on the important role played by residents of every community across the country. ACO Ramsay said: “Fire can strike anywhere – we all need to accept it can happen to us and act to keep ourselves and those around us safe. “Firefighters will always respond to emergencies with courage and professionalism, but we know there are incidents where the only way to prevent tragedy would have been to prevent the fire starting in the first place. “That’s why crews across the country have conducted more than 56,000 free home fire safety visits in the past year; helping residents reduce the risk of fire starting and raise the chance of escaping if it does. “We need the public’s help to reach

everyone who may be at increased risk of experiencing a fire within their home.” “This year, pre-campaign research has revealed that just over 70 per cent of people would refer someone they knew to be at risk for a home fire safety visit or other service. “We need to capitalise on this. Firefighters are here to help, but the public themselves have a crucial role to play in making Scotland safer. “Anyone who keeps an eye on a vulnerable relative, friend or neighbour can make a real difference – potentially saving their life – by putting them in contact with us. “Our message is clear – be an active citizen, help us save lives, make that call and join Scotland’s fight against fire this Christmas.” Anyone can arrange a free home fire safety visit by calling the SFRS Freephone number 0800 0731 999 or by contacting their local fire station. In recognising the risks, making sure they take basic fire safety precautions and putting vulnerable residents into contact with SFRS, people throughout Scotland will be helping to keep themselves, their families and their communities safe over the festive season. More festive and winter safety advice is available on the SFRS website: www.firescotland.gov.uk.


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Glasgow welcomes Getting festive to support creation of City Deal Save the Children HUMZA Yousaf, MSP for Glasgow, donned his Christmas jumper to take part in Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day last week.

GLASGOW City Council welcomed the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s commitment to create a City Deal for Glasgow and the Clyde Valley, announced in the Autumn Statement. City Deals reflect the importance of cities for long-term growth and economic success and transfer powers from government to cities and city regions. Until now, the deal had only been available to cities in England, backed by agreements between the UK Government’s Westminster’s Cities Policy Unit, the Treasury, the Department for Business Innovation and Skills and the Department for Communities and Local Government.

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TOPPING OUT CER GLASGOW HOUSIN THE Scottish Government Transport and Veterans Minster was in Glasgow to mark a key stage in the building of a new housing development for ex-military personnel. Keith Brown MSP laid the final roof tile to mark the topping out stage of the ÂŁ6.7 million, 51 flat project being built in the East End. The Cranhill-based development is due to open next summer and will be run by the charity, Scottish Veterans Residences (SVR), providing UK military veterans with a combination of independent and supported accommodation. The key focus of the new facility is to help younger veterans, many of whom will have served in Afghanistan and Iraq, who are struggling to make the transition into mainstream housing and civilian life. It will provide training, education, employment and recreation facilities for its residents. Working with local authorities and a number of charity organisations, SVR will also coordinate a range of additional services to help younger veterans. It is estimated that over 2,000 servicemen and women leave the Armed Forces every year in Scotland. While most make a successful transition to civilian life, a number of veterans struggle with addictions, aggression, unemployment, family breakdown and homelessness. As a result vulnerable veterans are being sent to bed and breakfast accommodation or poor quality social housing where they do not receive the required support. The new housing development will be the first in the west of Scotland for SVR which currently operates veteran housing facilities in Edinburgh andDundee. Scottish Veterans' Residences Chief Executive Phil Cox said: "Throughout my 30 years in the RAF I have come to understand and admire the dedication and courage of the young men and women who serve the UK's Armed Forces. Regardless of where they are in

the world, they never complain about having to engage in difficult and dangerous situations. It is therefore right and proper that we should continue to support them after they've risked their lives in defence of our nation. "While most people can successfully move on after life in the military, some of our veterans do not adjust well and can experience a range of issues including joblessness, depression and substance abuse all of which can lead to homelessness. "The Cranhill development is being built to provide a safety net in the west of Scotland for those veterans who need support and will offer a range of facilities and resources to help them back on their feet so they can successfully move on with their lives." Scottish Veterans Minister Keith Brown MSP said: "Today marks an important milestone of an exciting future in providing affordable housing for ex-service personnel. It gives me enormous pleasure to mark the excellent progress of these top of the range flats that have been constructed through successful partnership with SVR and the Glasgow City Council. This project really acknowledges the great contribution made by the people who serve in the armed forces. I recognise our duty to give our wholehearted care and support to our veterans and I'm delighted that the Scottish Government is providing ÂŁ2.3 million towards the overall cost of this vital new development. "Our Commitments Paper which we published last year sets out how we will continue to work with partner organisations like SVR to develop, deliver and implement new and innovative policies to support this dedicated group of men and women. This is another positive step in our commitment to provide high quality affordable housing." Anyone wishing to make a donation to support the Cranhill housing development can do so by visiting: www.svrglasgow.org


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Margaret Curran MP THE end of the year is typically a time for reflection, this year perhaps more than usual. The death of 10 men and women in the Clutha Vaults tragedy has touched us all in one way or another and my thoughts and prayers will be with the victims and their families this Christmas. I would like to take this opportunity to again thank the emergency services for their hard work which helped prevent even more fatalities. The selfless passersby who stopped to help the rescue efforts also played a huge role which will not be forgotten by anyone associated with Glasgow anytime soon.

made a huge contribution to the Labour Party, and to Glasgow, and both are poorer places for their passing. I was also saddened by the death of my friend Helen Eadie MSP, a tireless campaigner who was well-respected in her native Fife. Across the political aisle, SNP Councillor Allison Hunter and Former Scottish Conservative leader David McLetchie MSP also passed away. In the tribal world of politics we rarely consider the human side of our opponents, but I know that both David and Allison dedicated much of their lives to public service and to causes they believed in. And who can forget the death of Nelson Mandela. There are few figures that can unite the world as Mandela has, in life and in death. I never knew him yet, like many people, I almost feel as though I did. I was proud to be a Glaswegian when Glasgow became the first city to offer Mandela freedom of the city and I vividly remember the elation I felt when Glasgow Council renamed St George’s Place, which housed the South African consulate general’s HQ, Nelson Mandela Place. These gestures really helped set the tone for the International antiapartheid movement and helped create a special place for Glasgow in the great mans’ heart. Amidst it all, however, we mustn’t forget the positives. After Clutha our great city came together as one, showing beyond all doubt that there is more that unites us than divides us. And on this note, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Margaret Curran MP Member of Parliament for Glasgow East Constituency Office Academy House 1346 Shettleston Road Glasgow G32 9AT margaret.curran.mp@parliament.uk Tel: 0141 778 8993

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John Mason MSP DO you get excited about budgets? Probably not! But as I am on the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee, I spend a lot of time seeing how the money is spent and whether it could be used better elsewhere. Last week John Swinney (Finance Secretary) told Parliament how much he was giving to each of Scotland’s 32 councils. And once again Glasgow came out on top – getting more per head than any other mainland council. Of course, Labour pretend that Glasgow is hard done by. But up in Aberdeen Labour are busy saying how good a deal Glasgow gets from the Scottish Government! Week after week in Parliament Labour tell us they want more money for particular areas. One week they want more money for health, the next

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Home fit for a King ...and a Queen THE Scottish SPCA's Glasgow Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre is seeking a special home for two kittens who have been hand-reared from birth.

Charity delivers record number of Christmas hampers to homeless hounds DOGS Trust is set to deliver a record number of hampers to homeless dogs this Christmas as requests from hostels have soared by a staggering 24%, up from 850 last year to 1,050 this year. The charity will be delivering gifts to hostels in Scotland for more than 82 dogs. Every Christmas, through its Hope Project, the charity brings some festive cheer for homeless dogs by distributing canine hampers of collars, leads, coats, treats and toys to dogs and their owners. The charity set up the unique Hope Project in 1994 and also offers free and subsidised veterinary treatment to dogs whose owners are homeless or living in temporary accommodation. Clare Kivlehan, Dogs Trust Hope Project Manager, explains: “Everyone knows that the bond

between a dog and its owner is a strong one but for homeless people their dog can sometimes be their only friend. Each year we’re delighted to be able to distribute these hampers to homeless hounds to help make

Christmas happier for them and their owners and it is amazing that this year we will be able to reach over one thousand dogs.” As well as offering subsidised veterinary treatments and distributing Christmas hampers, the Hope Project encourages homelessness hostels and day centres to accept clients with dogs and helps them put in place practical guidelines. Homelessness organisations or veterinary surgeries interested in finding out more information about the scheme should call Dogs Trust on 020 7837 0006 or email hopeproject@dogstrust.org.uk. Dogs Trust is the UK’s largest dog welfare charity and cares for over 16,000 stray and abandoned dogs each year.

Scotland's animal welfare charity rescued the newborn brother and sister when they were abandoned on a doorstep along with their mum. Unfortunately, their mother rejected them so animal care assistant Josh Wilson has been hand-rearing the tiny pair. Josh has named the siblings King and Queen and although he has grown very attached to them over the past six weeks he knows that the time has come for them to find a family of their own. Josh said, “Obviously when you are hand-rearing animals and caring for them round the clock you develop a really close bond and I must admit I have a big soft spot for these little guys. “However, I can't keep every pet I look after so I know that we now have to find them a loving family of their own and I'm keen to make sure that they get the best possible home, basically one that's fit for a king and queen.

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Perfectly Parisian SEE A DIFFERENT SIDE: One of Montmartre’s many windy streets

Ayrshire News Editor, Fiona McNicol, discovers why renting an apartment in the picturesque side streets of Montmartre is the best way to see Paris the streets of Montmartre, you’ll be through the eyes of a local... pushed to find English translations on the menu – but we found that, as long as you’re not a vegetarian, this can actually lead to you ordering wonderful food you might never have been brave enough to try. La Bascule’s offerings included their amazing Camembert, Calamari and delicious Foie Gras. After we finished our amazing three-course meal (also highly recommended is the traditional dessert, Pain Perdu – a bread pudding served with cream), we wandered the colourful, windy Montmartre streets back to our apartment and collapsed into our comfy beds, feeling suitably full of great food, and very more-ish French wine.

LOCAL LIVING: Our home-away-from-home apartment in Abbesses

We were up bright and early the following morning to meet Gabriela, our Montmartre tour guide for the day, from Tours by Locals. A Montmartre resident, Gabriela promised to show us the side of Paris that most people miss, before dropping us at our next recommended restaurant for lunch. Meeting at Abbesses Metro Station, Gabriela led us down towards the busy area of Pigalle (here you will find the Moulin Rouge) and explained to us how the area came to be known as the sleazy part of Paris, with its sex-shops and live shows. We didn’t linger here but instead heading in a circle back up towards the Sacré-Cœur, taking the side-streets rather than the tourist route. Gabriela’s knowledge of the local area and history, which she easily explained with her almost flawless English, made for an interesting and fun tour, far removed from the standard city guides. She led us through the winding streets, past pretty resident parks, artists’ studios (including one where Picasso once worked), historical landmarks and Montmartre’s only remaining vineyard. When we did reach the Sacré-Cœur, which is extremely busy with tourists but is one of Montmartre’s must-see locations for its scale alone, Gabriela recommended that we walk back a different route, one with great views of the city rising above narrow cobbled streets and picture-perfect Parisian cafes, before leaving us at Miroir Restaurant for lunch. Miroir is another small but busy restaurant, although with a slightly more family orientated feel. We dived

in to another three-course meal, with beautiful seafood and chicken dishes, before heading back out on to the surrounding streets for a spot of local shopping (the second hand clothing shops are a must for any bargain fashion hunters) and then giving our feet (and stomachs!) a much earned rest back at our apartment. On Saturday nights in Paris, you’ll mostly find couples out for late romantic meals in their favourite restaurants. One such popular eatery was our last restaurant for the weekend – Le Grand 8, situated in the shadow of the Sacré-Cœur. With a delicious selection of local wines and dishes, Le Grand 8 is definitely one of Montmartre’s hidden gems. I had the veal with mushroom risotto, which was extremely rich but MUST-VISIT: perfectly The Sacré-Cœur cooked and a pot of what can only be described as caramel heaven for dessert. Feeling very full and happy, we decided to take in the view of Paris at night from the top of the Sacré-Cœur, working off some of the day’s calories in the process. Montmartre is perfect for those wanting to experience all that Paris has to offer, without following the usual tourist crowd, and there is no better way to stay in Montmartre than in a local apartment. With amazing amenities around every corner and transport links on your doorstep, as well as that feeling of really being “at home” which is impossible to get in a standard hotel, a Parisian apartment allows you to play at being a local. Practise your French enough and they might even mistake you for one of them.

Need to know: Montmartre TRAVEL:

TUCKED in between quirky clothing boutiques, pastel shaded cafes and second hand shops, just around the corner from Abbesses Metro Station and within a short walking distance of the SacréCœur, a friend and I found ourselves at our home-away-fromhome for the weekend. Our Montmartre apartment, decorated with a mix of traditional and modern French furnishings, was perfectly placed for our off-thebeaten-track weekend, without being too far from any of the usual tourist destinations. A short hop and a change on the Metro would bring you out right in the heart of central Paris, just moments from the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. We were, however, not there to see the usual, but rather experience the

life of the local residents in Montmartre. After a quick explore of our home for the weekend – which was kitted out with everything you could need should you choose to cook, entertain or relax – we made our way to the first of our recommended local restaurants for some late dinner. Five minutes later, we arrive at the bustling La Bascule – a local favourite and extremely busy at the weekend. A mix of the young and hip, families and professional types having pre-dinner drinks, La Bascule seems to be the place to be on a Friday night. We squeezed ourselves into a table near the back of the restaurant and attempted to get to grips with the menu. Despite the waiting staff being extremely friendly and helpful with recommendations, I’ve never wished I knew a language more. In most of the restaurants, cafes and bistros that line

Easyjet offer the only non-stop service from Glasgow to Paris Charles-de-Gaulle airport. Prices start from £98 return, including tax, in January 2014 Taxi transfer from Charles-de-Gaulle to Abbesses costs between 45-60 euros. Trains also run regularly from the airport ACCOMMODATION:

LIKE THE FRENCH DO IT: Popular restaurant La Bascule

We stayed at Abbesses Atelier apartment, booked with HouseTrip. The apartment sleeps up to six people and costs from £298 per night. To book this apartment or more in the same area, visit www.housetrip.com/en/rentals/124034

Two small glasses of wine at Le Bistrot des Martyres (93 Rue des Martyrs) costs around £6.

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Join the UK’s most lavish New Year’s Eve party GLASGOW’S masters of glamour and decadence, Club Noir, are cranking up the lavish stakes with their most ambitious New Year’s Eve party ever at the famous O2 Academy Glasgow.

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The Album Lady GAGA – Artpop LADY GAGA is always sure to deliver an album crammed full of creativity and individuality, and ARTPOP is no different. This new album pairs 80’s electro sounds with new military style beats to create a completely individual sound. This album features collaborations with T.I, Too $hort, Twista and of course R.Kelly, who is on the hit single “Do What U Want.” This album is full of club classic and will have you desperate for a night out after you have a listen. The Gig 30 Seconds to Mars THE 30 Seconds to Mars gig was absolutely mind blowing, from the minute front man Jared Leto appeared on stage wearing a red Tartan Kilt holding a Scotland flag. Every 30 Seconds to Mars song tells a story and the atmosphere on the night was absolutely electric. Jared Leto is also an actor and his involvement with film was very clear on the night as the whole event was very cinematic. Each song has such an epic build up, as if every single song was written for its own movie. The show was not just about the band performing their music, there was two circus like performances and fans were continually plucked from the crowd and invited up on stage. Words such as Epic, immense and mind blowing don’t even do this gig justice. When 30 seconds to mars come back to Scotland, Do yourself a favour and go and see them!

Promising to beat every other party in the UK in the sheer scale of glamour, Club Noir is the perfect way for the adventurous of heart to kick of 2014. This year’s extravaganza includes Club Noir’s spectacular burlesque performers, midnight festivities with a live ceilidh band, cabaret singers, ballet dancers, DJ’s playing music from the 20’s right through to current times and much more. Tickets are just £22 and are already outstripping previous sell-out years. Visit TicketWeb for more. Tuesday 31st December 9 p.m. till 3 a.m. O2 Academy Glasgow

Superstar DJs to play Glasgow Hydro

The Single Bastille – Of the Night THE latest offering from Bastille is a mash up of the 1992 hit Snap! “Rhythm is a Dancer” and the Corona 1985 classic “Rhythm of the Night.” These are two great songs in their own right however Bastille combining them and putting their own style on it is phenomenal. This song has everything you can expect from Bastille from the flawless vocals from Dan Smith to the tremendous drum and synth sound everyone has come to love. The Video Clean Bandit ft. Jess Glynne – Rather Be CLEAN Bandit’s new track featuring Jess Glynne is gloriously uplifting and extremely catchy. This song is guaranteed to put you in a good mood, although it is equally guaranteed to be stuck in your head all day. Clean Bandit obviously know how catchy this song is as the video parodies that. The video for the track follows a girl through her normal everyday life in what looks like Tokyo. The track appears to be following her everywhere, for example, when she looks up at work, all the people in the restaurant are singing to her. She tries to escape it by going on a train, where all of the passengers begin dancing and singing to her.

SUPERSTAR DJs/Producers Calvin Harris and Tiësto are teaming up this December for a five city tour of the UK and Ireland, including a date at the new Glasgow Hydro on Sunday 22nd December. Their ‘Greater Than’ tour is one of the hottest

tickets this December. Calvin Harris and Tiësto are two of the biggest DJs in the world and, after collaborating on the song ‘Century’ together in 2009, these UK and Ireland dates will be the first time they have toured together , Support on the night comes from

Pete Tong, GTA and Danny Avila.

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20th Anniversary of Celtic Connections kicks off with Nicola Benedetti and Friends ON January 9th 1994, when the very first Celtic Connections opened with the suitably bumper line-up of Dhais, Four Men And A Dog and Wolfstone, it was simply unimaginable that the same occasion (in the very same venue) would eventually feature one of the world’s most dazzling classical music stars, premièring new collaborative work with Scottish traditional musicians. So it’s an especially enormous thrill to welcome the sensational, multiaward-winning violinist Nicola Benedetti, together with Julie Fowlis, Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham, unveiling material from her forthcoming Scottish-themed album. Cunningham also team ups with exLa Bottine Sourainte accordionist

Yves Lambert’s Trio, adding a dash of Commonwealth flavour along with Malawi’s Peter Mawanga & The Amaravi Movement. Boston-based quintet Joy Kills Sorrow serve up their tasty neo-stringband sound, while our own Duncan Chisholm – present with Wolfstone on that landmark inaugural night – performs with Jarlath Henderson, Tony Byrne and Ali Hutton. 16 January 2014 7:30PM Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Tickets: £21/£24 Tel: 0141 353 8000/Web: www.celticconnections.com

The Revolution returns

KING Tut’s New Year’s Revolution returns for its fourth consecutive year this January, bringing some of Scotland’s newest talent to ‘Britain’s Best Small Venue’. New Year’s Revolution promises to brighten up those dark and cold January nights with the best in new music! With 50 acts taking to the hallowed King Tut’s stage across the two week event, highlights of the event will include Campfires In Winter, Chloe Latimer, Deathcats & Tijuana Bibles. There will also be fantastic food offers to keep music fans belly’s happy, with gourmet bratwurst served with onions, pork belly with sage and onion stuffing and apple chutney in a toasted brioche bun or a gourmet King Tut’s burger all accompanied with a bottled beer or

cider for £5. Drinks promotions will also be running throughout the festival. King Tut’s New Years Revolution is perfect for fans of fresh, new music and comes with a guarantee that music fans will uncover their new favourite band over the course of the two weeks. There will also be a limited number of GOLDEN TICKETS on sale. For just £30 you can gain access into EVERY show of the festival. All tickets are available from the bar or you can go to www.kingtuts.co.uk or call 08444 999 990. For more information check out www.kingtuts.co.uk Tickets are on sale now from www.gigsinscotland.com or by calling 08444 999 990 and in person from King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut.

Master of controversy set to shock Glasgow COMEDIAN, actor, presenter and newspaper columnist, who first rose to fame in 2004 as the presenter of Big Brother's Big Mouth, returns to Glasgow with his controversial hit tour. Russell Brand: Messiah Complex SECC/Clyde Auditorium Tuesday 18th Feb 2014


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Glasgow City sign Fiona Brown FIONA BROWN: Image, Andy Buist

Fiona said, “I'm really excited to be joining Glasgow City for next season. I think it's a great opportunity to develop myself further and establish myself as a player. I'm really looking forward to training with new people and working under a new coach. “I've had four amazing years at Celtic and can't thank the staff and players enough for everything they've done for me. I wouldn't have had this opportunity without all the effort the club has made and I've loved my time there along with my time at Falkirk FC and Stenhousemuir. I'm grateful to have developed as an individual not only on the park but off the park too and to have made friends for life. “I can't wait to get started at the club and I'm excited to what the future holds.” City Head Coach Eddie Wolecki Black said, “I am delighted to have secured the signature of Fiona. Not many people will know that I met with Fiona and her Mother four years

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ago with the intention of bringing her to the club. At the time we were just getting a youth set-up in place and Fiona made a decision she believed was best for her career at that time. Needless to say I have followed her progress with interest and once I knew she was over her injury she became a priority signing for us. Fiona will add a lot of width to our play, she brings great quality, pace, intensity and a great attitude and I am certain she will flourish in her new environment. I wish her well and look forward to working with her in January.” Brown goes immediately into Wolecki Black’s new first team squad and will jet off with the rest of the team at the end of January for the club’s pre-season tournament in Germany. Played in front of a 2000 strong sell-out crowd, City will compete at the ‘Meet the Champions’ indoor invitation only tournament organised by German giants Turbine Potsdam and boasting some of the strongest sides in Europe. Glasgow City were invited to compete in the elite tournament last year and are delighted to be welcomed back by Potsdam for 2014. You can follow Fiona on twitter @fionabrown31 and Glasgow City on twitter @GlasgowCityFC

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FROM BACK PAGE coaching – more than 120 hours this session – and in-service training for teachers. It’s been a big success in East Renfrewshire with thousands of children benefiting since the start of the challenge. More than 2,200 pupils in local primary schools have taken part in curriculum time coaching and festivals to date. Including the recent festival, there have been 17 in East Ren in total. More than 500 hours of free coaching

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BOYS and girls from schools across East Renfrewshire have taken part in the Tesco Bank Football Challenge.

Nearly 500 pupils from 11 primary schools took part over the three days. And it was a huge success, with the P2 children involved hailing it as a real winner. The Tesco Bank Football Challenge

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PITCHING IN: Boys and girls from local primary schools taking part in the football festival with SFA football development officers, sports staff and Cllr Mary Montague


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