What to do this summer in Scotland? + Music events
Angie MAlone SUMMER PLAYLIST
ANGIE MALONE Interview with our women of the month
ANNA SMITH Interview with Anna Smith about her book and her career
HEALTHY EATING APP True or False? Read it and find it out!
VEGANISM EVERYWHERE Interview with Viola about her vegan bakery and lifestyle
WOMEN SET TO TAKE OVER THE EUROVISION SONG CONTEST
HEALTHY EATING APP True or False? Read it and find it out!
BOOK REVIEW Laura Bates: Girl Up
SUMMER FOOD MENU Smoothie, pasta, chicken. Everything what we need for the summer
THINGS TO DO THIS SUMMER IN SCOTLAND
OUR STAFF Editor: Hannah Scott Writers: Nicola Croal Jack Ewing Amy Park Designer: Lili Ruttkay
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his is the first edition of ‘Our Terms’. Here at the magazine there is a small (but mighty) team of men and women working passionately to create a magazine that will allow our readers to really make a change in their life. If it’s trying out one of our recipes in the edition or if its reading about Angie Malone MBE, the Paralympic champion and going out to try to win the next gold medal. Or even getting involved in a local charity to boost your confidence and help out people in your area. We will know that we have done our job to keep
you going through the season. As summer is fast approaching you may be finishing school or university and wondering, what am I going to do next. This month’s edition will get you off your butt and help you to realise that there are crazy, beautiful, wonderful and inspiring women, whose foot steps you can follow and maybe one day you’ll be on our front cover as well. ecause after all, empowered women, empower women.
Book Review Laura Bates, writer of feminist book – GIRL UP and founder of the Everyday Sexism Project has been chosen as our book of the season.
GIRL UP, is in my humble opinion is the first book a young girl should read (in terms of non-fiction) when reaching puberty. By the time a girl who was gifted the book at roughly 15 years old, reaches the age of 20 (an age I can closely relate to). She will be fully knowledgeable about how to handle sexism in the streets and at school and eventually the work place. She will know what is or isn’t sexual harassment. But more importantly she’ll not only know what to do if she is a victim of sexual assault or harassment but will also know she isn’t to blame and that there are ways to get help. She will know about sex and she will understand that saying no is OKAY, but equally that saying yes is just as OKAY. She will see that girls can do anything. Reference to women who have achieved
great things in all possible area such as politics, religion, charity work, the arts, and even everyday women doing their job standing up to sexism.
she is writing about, effectively shown through her posing in her bikini to show how damaging photoshop can be on young women.
GIRL UP discusses all manners of topics from social media, to body image, to making an impact and negative impacts of porn on relationships and a girl’s wellbeing, to name a few.
And that is exactly what the book is about. Showing young women to be completely unapologetic for who they want to be. And who they ought to be. Who they will eventually become when they grow up.
My personal favourite is a chapter called ‘Sluts, Unicorns and other Mythical Creatures’. This section talks about women taking the negative words like sluts and whores back, and enjoying sex, knowing all the things this entails. From a ‘sex glossary’ to relationship in’s and out’s. Although some parts are a tiny bit graphic (refer to dancing vagina’s on the inside of the cover), its for women to understand themselves and realise that societies expectations are completely irrelevant to them. Bates refuses to apologise for what
Bates has effectively created the holy grail for teenage girls researching feminism. She does it effectively in a way that is easy to read and will change the reader as a person. Oh yeah, its one of those books. You’re life will change after reading this, its no joke. Because, like Bates says; “When the going gets tough. The tough GIRL UP”. Written By Hannah Scott
Angie Ma Timeline WOMAN OF THE MONTH: Name: Angie Malone MBE Born: 27 May 1965 From: Glasgow, Scotland Represents: Scotland and the United Kingdom Competed: in four Paralympic games 6
Paralympic record: Silver medal, Torino 2006 Bronze medal, Sochi 2014 World Championship record: Gold medals, 2004 Sursee and 2005 Braehead Silver Medal, 2011 Prague Bronze Medal, 2007 Solleftea and 2017 Pyongchang
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“The great thing about social media is that we were able to use that and feel that everybody was right behind us all the way. We could hear them cheering back in Scotland. “ 7
Did you know? â€œThe role of experienced athletes like myself is to inspire the next generation of athletes to get involved with sport and stay active â€œ -A.M. 8
Angie Malone Just before this year’s Winter Paralympics in Pyeongchang, Paralympics GB published research revealing the Paralympians which are most inspirational for children. Among the names is curler Angie Malone. Malone has competed in four Winter Paralympics, with two Paralympic medals and two world championships golds to her name. These accolades are inspiring enough, however, it’s her work with schoolchildren, charities and the challenges she has had to overcome in her life which make her a truly inspiring athlete and individual. This year, the winter Paralympics were in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Angie had only been back a few days after she sat down and spoke with me. Despite not picking up a medal, Angie had a good experience out in Pyeongchang;
Paralympians names as the most inspirational by a virgin media survey
“We were disappointed with the results but we still had some really great memories. It was an emotional rollercoaster.” Although Team GB failed to make the semi-finals they played some brilliant games including an 8-1 victory over the defending champions Canada as well as victory over defending world champions Norway. But sadly, a Paralympic medal evaded Team GB this time around. However, Angie did get to witness some other British Success at the games. For the first time the British Curling team were based up in the mountains and stayed alongside the skiers. Angie and the rest of the curling team were able to witness some of the British skiers picking up medals on the slopes. “For us it was great to get up to the mountains and watch them achieving something quite amazing “, Angie recalled. In 2003, wheelchair curling had been a sport for just three years when Angie was first encouraged into the world of curling. “It was one of my friends who I had spent time in hospital with when I was 16 years old “, Angie stated. They were in hospital together as they had both suffered spinal injuries. Angie was paralysed from the waist down after being in a car accident as a 16-year-old. Back in 2003, Angie was busy mum with two teenage daughters and was also studying at university, but eventually her friend persuaded her to come watch the international qualifiers at the Braehead arena in Glasgow. She was then able to try it out for herself. “I got absolutely hooked from then on”, Angie explained. In 2005, Angie returned to the Braehead arena. This time she returned as part of the Scottish curling team
Angie Malone who were looking to defend their world championship title from the previous year in Sursee, Switzerland. They went on to defend their title, which Angie remembers particularly fondly: “We won gold with all our family and friends their which was absolutely amazing. We just had such an amazing time”. The following year, Angie went to her first Paralympic games in Torino, Italy. “We were treated like film stars out there by the Italian people. It was quite amazing,” Angie recalled. The British team got all the way to the gold medal match, sadly losing out to Canada. However, Angie was delighted to have received the silver medal; “That was fantastic. Absolutely amazing to get to that final!”. Although the next Paralympic games in Vancouver in 2010 ended without a medal, Angie remembers the experience as a whole fondly:
“Although it was a disappointing games, we had a fantastic time there. The people of Canada treated us with such joy”.
Between her first two Paralympic games Angie’s main battle came away from the curling rink. In 2008, Angie was diagnosed with breast cancer. It left her in complete shock. However, despite her diagnoses Angie was still driven to remain fit and to make the Paralympic games in Vancouver. “When I was diagnosed with breast cancer it made me more determined to achieve my goals. I knew that it was going to be very difficult. I made a plan, I knew I was going to be very unwell at times but I only knew it was going to be three days out of a month I was going to be ill. I was able to make a schedule of how I was going to train, set my targets and I achieved those”, Angie explained. Angie overcame breast cancer and was selected to compete in Vancouver. The following year in 2011 the Scottish team took home silver in Prague at the World Championships and were in strong shape ahead of the 2014 Paralympics in Sochi.
2014 Paralympics in Sochi, The Team
“I was totally overwhelmed to receive an MBE, it was actually quite bittersweet “
“I had the absolute time of my life out in Sochi. It was an amazing experience”, Angie stated. It was a tough championship for Team GB, the standard of competition was very high. The team made it to the bronze medal match against China where they were victorious. “We came home with a bronze medal, and that bronze medal felt like Gold”, said Angie.
The run up to the next winter Paralympics was a time full of mixed emotions for Angie and her team. In 2015 the team were relegated to the second tier of world competition, it was a real disappointment. However, two years later the team bounced back and earned a brilliant bronze medal at the 2017 World Championships in Pyeongchang. It was the same year that Angie was recognised with an MBE. “I was totally overwhelmed to receive an MBE. It was actually quite bittersweet.”
â€œMy family and friends have been very supportive to me right throughout my careerâ€?
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Angie Malone It was a time of mixed emotions for Angie. She received the news about her MBE on the same day as her partner John was diagnosed with throat cancer. It was a day of laughter and tears Angie remarked. Angie, her partner John and daughters Ashley and Lara travelled down to London and she received her MBE in June 2017 at Buckingham Palace. “We went down to Buckingham Palace as a family, that was such an amazing experience with Prince William awarding me the MBE. We had such a fantastic day at Buckingham Palace.” Support from friends and family has been incredibly important to Angie throughout her career. The support she received was huge whenever she went to any championship or Paralympic games. She explained that messages from friends and family on social media had been a great moral booster to the team: “The great thing about social media is that we were able to use that and feel that everybody was right behind us all the way. We could hear them cheering back in Scotland. “ Outside of competing Angie is also trying to inspire the next generation of sports men and women. Going around schools and sports clubs in Scotland, Angie teaches activities such as short curling to the kids and deliver talks. She is trying to encourage people to get involved with curling. Angie believes there is a bright future for girls in Paralympic sport. “Girls are really keen to learn all different kinds of sports”. Angie believes that both girls and indeed boys will face challenges in the sport, but she hopes schools will educate the kids on a wide range of sports available. She also believes girls and boys deserve an equal opportunity to succeed in sports.
“It’s important that schools can give everyone the same opportunities.”
So, what are Angie’s plans for the future? She does intend to retire from professional curling and confirmed that Pyeongchang will be her final Paralympic games. Angie is now enjoying some well-earned time off
following the Paralympics. While she may have retired from competing she is far from finished with the coaching side of curling. She enjoys inspiring the future generation of curlers and will continue to do so. For the last six months she has also been making a small film to encourage people to take up curling. “The film aims to encourage everybody from all age groups into curling”, Angie explained. Angie’s story should inspire people to take up sport. Her drive to compete at the Paralympics helped her beat breast cancer and despite many challenging moments in her life she has overcome them and has become a successful Paralympian. She is a true credit to her sport and sport in general. Back in 2012, the London Olympic motto was “Inspire a generation”. The achievements and stories of athletes like Angie have inspired this generation. Angie’s goal now is to inspire the next. “The role of experienced athletes like myself is to inspire the next generation of athletes to get involved with sport and stay active. “
Written by: Jack Ewing
Interview with Anna Smith “Looking back at her career I see a woman who has never thought I can’t do this because I’m a woman, but I’m going to do this because I want to get the best possible story that I can.”
Rewind to one of my very first articles I published. Where I came across a book by Anna Smith, a journalist from Glasgow . hmm this looks interesting I think to myself, so I read it and think okay wow, is all the stuff she wrote about true? Prostitution in Glasgow, corruption in the police, it can’t be, can it? My curiousness gets the better of me (as usual) and before I know it I’ve decided to interview some prostitutes on the streets of Glasgow, to find out the real truth.
Funnily enough, after thinking about it for a while, I realise how stupid that would be and that I would probably die in the process so instead, I look up some centres in Glasgow who offer help to those who need it, go interview them and they help me out. I then compile my article. It occurred to me that maybe I should try contacting the author, this Anna Smith something or other, I find her details and send her a link to my blog. Next thing I know she’s not only replied but loves it! Fast forward to now. I’ve (hopefully) matured, both in life and my Journalism skills. Now comes a time where I want to write something about female Journalists because it suddenly occurs to me that maybe this breaking into the business won’t be as easy as I first thought… I shout again on the Journalist that inspired me to write the way I do today to tell me a bit about her career and being a woman amongst it all. Her lengthy and successful career isn’t discussed in the mainstream media but luckily, we student Journalists are here to admire and write about it, so without further ado enjoy, a conversation with Anna Smith, the award-winning journalist now turned crime author.
So, Anna, what has to be your most memorable experience throughout your career? So many memories from a lot of time abroad. But Rwanda was by far the most shocking as there were hundreds of dead bodies after the genocide and cholera outbreak, and I was there at the height of the outbreak. Bodies of little children, adults, old people, all piled up on trucks, so high some fell off, and their bodies stiff from rigour mortis just bounced off. My job was to wade through it all and get on with it. That still haunts me. So too does the border at Kosovo when people were fleeing the Serb butchers. At one stage there were 200 thousand refugees all sleeping rough in a field with no food, no sanitation, in the cold, waiting for trucks that we arrived alongside to give them simple supplies they just didn’t have, such simple things that mean nothing to you or I. I recall a lot of horror stories people told me at the time and wondered if they could possibly be true. Turns out they were.
A lot of the plots in your stories seem to be based on your own experiences in your career, how true is that?
My own experience compares a lot with the stories I write – especially in places like Kosovo, where Rosie goes to in the book, Screams In the Dark. I used a lot of my sense of passion to put into Rosie, but also my experience of being able to make places seem real. Therefore, a lot of my own stories are told but obviously embellished, through the Rosie character.
In a time period where women didn’t have the same opportunities as their male counterparts, what did you do to forward your career and become so successful? It wasn’t important to me as a woman at all. I just did the job. I was a woman who was also a Journalist. I didn’t feel I had to prove myself because I was a woman. I proved myself by being good at the job.
Did being a woman in the industry ever make you feel like people didn’t take you as seriously as they would if you were a man? I never felt that being a woman held me back. In fact, I don’t really subscribe to a lot of that, ‘woman only’ type of stuff, where women are discriminated in favour just to keep a political correctness or quota. In newspapers you just mucked in, that’s how it was in the newsroom. I always considered myself as a woman and a Journalist but would never want to use being a woman to get ahead or to moan because things didn’t go well because I was a woman. I often
think too much is made of these things. I think women do pretty well and the kind of hysteria that goes on if anyone says something to a woman that is a bit un pc really irritates me!
Do you think the role of woman in Journalism has changed over the years? In some ways over a long period, perhaps it has changed a bit – but if you look back at very early days, journalists, the likes of Martha Gellhorn were out there being a foreign correspondent getting into all sorts of scrapes. Granted there wasn’t a lot of them. But she was one. When I started out, back in 1980 at the Record, women weren’t doing as much frontline reporting abroad, but they still did important features and news stories. I was able to get experience with older reporters – usually male – going out with them and learning. Then I was being sent by myself. But my role in those days was as a frontline news reporter. As I became more experienced, I put up ideas for me to go abroad on big stories, and I was then sent away on a regular basis. I think these days, women get sent routinely on jobs abroad and on serious issues – but that has been happening for the past thirty years really, nothing has really stopped women from getting ahead in their career. Looking back at her career I see a woman who has never thought I can’t do this because I’m a woman, but I’m going to do this because I want to get the best possible story that I can. One that will resonate with the readers and show them what is really going on. Her working ethos is truly inspiring and one I intend on carrying on. Written by: Hannah Scott
Film review: Lara Croft Tomb Raider has been one of the only video games I’ve ever seriously played. So, when there was going to be a rebooted movie from Angelina Jolie’s 2001 version I was excited to say the least. For the potential graphics, for the chance to put a strong female character in but not completely sexualise her and the chance for a video game movie to not go tits-up, the last I was most apprehensive about, considering the terrible track record of every movie ever made based on a video game.
Oscar winning, Alicia Vikander does the character justice. However, she is not responsible for the script and something tells me that those who were, much like Uthaug were writing commercials before this movie. There is not any particular depth to the script and the character development goes: moody (not) teenager, kills a man, saves the planet. There’s no transition between where she went and what happened. It doesn’t flow right, making the movie hard to watch.
Directed by Roar Uthaug, the movie had a slow start, the first half hour took too long. A Lara Croft racing round London in emotional turmoil on a bike all seemed pointless and could have fit into 15 minutes, easily.
Lara Croft has always been a strong female character, despite the pointy boobs.
After her adventurer father disappears when Croft is barely a teenager, we are introduced her beginning to think he is gone for good. However, her swift intel leads her to find out what her father was really searching for. This information then takes her to a deserted island where she must become tomb raider to save the world.
In the games she kills the bad guys, gets into gritty situations, manages to get herself out of them. So, to see her being just as strong willed and smart as she has been over the past 20 years whist having considerably more clothing on, was an added bonus.
Personally, my favourite part has to be when she goes back into the camp after escaping her captors and is sneaking round trying to retrieve her belongings and save her friend. But the best part is with the visuals and the sound makes it seem like you were playing the game, it was so cool, nothing I had seen on screen before. The graphics possible today saved the film, there is no let down in the visuals. They add a much needed adventure plot and allow the audience to see the capabilities of the character. The plot is spread unevenly, too much time wasted on an origin story and flashbacks without enough time on character development and the final scenes where the story all comes together is packed into what feels like 10 minutes, with little action or relation to the game play that we saw when playing the actual video game. Overall, I wouldnâ€™t actively go out and buy the DVD but if it was added to Netflix then I would watch it again.
Music Events In Scotland Scotland sticks to tradition, yet again, this year and the events are just getting better and better each year. Throughout the country there will be various events taking place, but most importantly MUSIC will be roaring and rearing to go all over Scotland. Music events help hold together Scottish culture, and how can we Scot’s not be proud of that? Warning: Bagpipes may be ringing in your ears this summer. Each year, the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival takes place in August, later in the summer, with massive headliners such as Paloma Faith, Amy MacDonald and You Me At Six. For the past 14 years the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival has welcomed music fans from all over, and in recent years has been awarded the UK’s Most Popular Summer Music Festival, by Trip Advisor. With nine successful sell out years, what reason is there to have to not attend this prestigious festival in 2018? After speaking to Belladrum’s Tartan Heart Festival 2017 break-out stage artists, Bad Jeff, it was evident that Scotland’s music scene can’t be beaten. Bass player, Donald, expressed deep gratitude to the festival’s organisers for allowing Bad Jeff to be “part of such an amazing and well-respected venture” at the Inverness site. TRNSMT Festival is one of Scotland’s newest music festivals, that has celebrated 1 year’s success. This festival has been thought of as a replacement for Scotland’s previous number one festival, T in the Park. And let’s be honest, it is. TRNSMT will be held at Glasgow Green later this year with confirmed headliners; Arctic Monkeys, Stereophonics, the Killers and Queen with Adam Lambert. With sold out gigs all over the country, Artic Monkeys aren’t a band people want to miss. And for some festivals, TRNSMT actually has quite low set ticket sale prices, that start at £59.50 for one day, according to their official website. Though this is in comparison with other websites and compared to other festivals. With the Festival beginning Friday 29th of June, tickets are moving fast, and there is no surprise why, with the amazing acts that have already been confirmed. However, there are a few age restrictions for TRNSMT, some of which are; anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult over the age of 21 and no one under the age of 5 can be permitted. If anyone becomes too rowdy (drunk) or is caught with alcohol not purchased on the premises will be escorted and removed from the arena and all drink will be confiscated. So, if you are thinking of TRNSMT, please drink responsibly. Those interested in finding festivals true to Scottish tradition, don’t worry, there are plenty to find and enjoy. The Shetland Folk Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo are true to keeping Scotland’s culture truly alive though traditional music that has been with us through the ages. As the Military Tattoo is part of the Fringe festival, it is also a very well-respected piece to the Edinburgh International Festival, due to it still being one of the most respected festivals and events of its kind in the world. So if you don’t mind hearing bagpipes for week, then this is the place to be. Though if you’re looking for a traditional Scottish festival where more travelling is involved, like a few other thousand people do, then travelling up to Shetland is your best bet. Shetland’s Folk Festival sets a completely different tone to the rest of the UK’s more widely known music events. It proudly presents classic pub-sessions and many traditional on-stage performances. Scotland has many music events and festivals to present this summer in 2018 and finding them isn’t a difficult task. So whatever tickles your fancy, there is a music festival on it’s way. Written by: Amy Park
Healthy eating apps that work: true or false? 20
Do you want to start making healthier diet choices but aren't really sure where to begin? I mean how many times have you started that serious summer body diet and given up because you've ran out of things to eat within the first week? And for all the mums out there, imagine finally finding some new foods that the kids will actually digest beside chicken nuggets?
Clean eating can be difficult especially if you are struggling for some inspiration for some tasty new dishes to try out. If you’re anything like me, the first thing a diet reminds you of is a painfully bland salad. The hardest part of healthy eating, obviously apart from resisting the temptation to give in is for a lot of people simply finding the right foods and understanding what you can and can’t actually eat. If you’re finding yourself agreeing to all the above, maybe it’s time to try something new.
"When setting up the app, each user is required to set up a profile which connects to your email." 22
“If you’re anything like me, the first thing a diet reminds you of is a painfully bland salad.”
Mealime is a free healthy eating app available to download on smart phones that allows you to plan and prep your weekly diet plan. It features hundreds of different quick and easy to follow recipes that you can personalise to suit your own dietary requirements. When setting up the app, each user is required to set up a profile which connects to your email. Before you get started, Mealime allows you to set your own preferences so it can filter out all the foods you are not interested in or notify them of any allergies. You can specifically dislike certain foods, change the settings to suit your lifestyle diet such as vegetarian or select meals strictly low on carbs or meat.
Each individual meal comes with a set of instructions, the cookware you will need to prepare the food and a rough guide on how long it will take to cook with an estimated number of servings. Once selected, a shopping list will be automatically created with a list of all the ingredients you will need to make your meal. There is something for everyone, the wide choice of
meals ranges from pan seared scallops with avocado orange salsa to a classic beef burger with salad. With new recipes being added every week, it would be a challenge even for the fussiest eater to not find something that they liked. Using Mealime I have discovered foods I wouldn’t even have considered before and it has also helped me find a new hobby for cooking.
As terrific as Mealime is, everything has its flaws. Personally, I think users would find it really helpful if at the end of each recipe there was a calorie counter or more breakfast meals available rather than just dinner. To help voice your opinions, there is an online community on the app which allows you to set up discussions about the feature you think could be improved.
With Mealime, there are so many possibilities at your fingertips, it gives you the opportunity not only to improve your lifestyle but also to have fun learning new skills in the kitchen and uncover new foods while you’re doing it. So, I guess that I’m confident to conclude that the rumours aren’t true, healthy eating can be fun when it’s done right. Written by: Nicola Coral
Nowadays there are many eating trends in our world. Our
grandmothers had a harder life when they try to cook for their grandchildren. Since our generations has many expectations about nutrition. There are some fancy trends like some new diets for instance the paleo diet. (eating only food available to cave men). Today our generation suffer countless eating disorders, allergies or food intolerance (lactose intolerant). There are many people who choose not to eat meat but veganism is more than that, because they do not consume anything that is produce of animals. It’s a hard choice because with this decision they make their life more difficult. To protect the animals and our world is a beautiful determination. However, it’s going together with a different lifestyle. Vegans miss out on the nutrition that they would get from meat and dairy so, they must give up the meat, the butter, the milk and dairy products and replace with something that comes from nature. Thus, they consume soya milk or rice milk instead of cow’s milk. It’s an exhausting and hard task to describe to our grandmas, we still like their cookies just we can’t eat them anymore in this way. And if they openminded to change, maybe they will change the butter for olive oil and cow’s milk for rice milk. Nevertheless, the daily life is much harder that to convince our family member. To collect the vegan food products can be difficult or expensive because usually the supermarkets don’t sell enough for a vegan lifestyle. In addition, restaurants and bakeries usually do not attend the vegan lifestyle well either. As a vegan I can eat green salad without dressing in a restaurant and I can’t eat any biscuits! These elements make the vegan lifestyle more difficult. This trend has gotten more popular in last years. In the capital several vegan restaurants and bakeries are opening. I was
shocked when I saw, there is a vegan bakery in Ayr as well. In this small town where almost 50 thousand people live, there is an alternative way to a vegan lifestyle. I spoke to Viola Legény who works in a Bakery in Lochwinoch. She is vegan and has a hard life to accommodating the vegan life with the baker life. Could you please introduce yourself in a few sentences? My name is Viola and I graduated from University of Glasgow as a linguist. My hobby is baking, once a week I am working in a local bakery in Lochwinoch. I have two children and a husband as well. Obviously, the main reason for the most people to become vegan is that animals are being harmed in the food industry. What else could be the reason to choose such lifestyle? What was yours? I think veganism is a bit more complex, it is more than a decision, it is a lifestyle. People have different reasons to follow it. There are quite simple reasons: for example, I have friends who do not like the taste of meat, so they do not consume it. Many people think that human cruelty in the slaughterhouses causes unbearable pain and suffer to the animals and they do not want to exploit those animals. According to many others, being vegan is healthier and could increase physical and mental efficiency. I think the last two are the main reasons for most people, but of course everybody has their own story. Mine is quite simple, I was brought up in a vegan household, my parents were vegans as well. They have never wanted to force their lifestyle into me, I always had the possibility to decide. So, all in all it was my decision to follow the vegan lifestyle.
When did you realise you want to be vegan? I had a teenage revolt against my parents, at that time I did not want to be a vegan. Then I outgrew these patterns and I realised that it is important to me. What do you think, what is the most positive result of veganism? For me it is not really about results. I think everybody has to find their very own inner harmony. I found it through this
lifestyle. Why do you think Scottish people are open to a vegan bakery? Yes, for example currently we have a wedding order. When half of the family is vegan, then everybody has to eat a vegan cake. Do you have a favourite vegan cake that you often make? The vegan chocolate cake is my favourite! Written by: Lili Ruttkay
Vegan chocolate fudge cake For the cake 225g plain or light spelt flour 1½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 1 good pinch salt 75g cocoa 250g dark muscovado sugar 75g coconut oil 1½ tsp vinegar
Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Grease an 18cm round springform cake tin with oil and line the base with baking parchment. Put all of the icing ingredients except the chopped chocolate into a heavy-based saucepan with 60ml cold water. Heat until the coconut oil is melted, making sure the mixture doesn’t boil, then turn off the heat, add the chocolate and leave it to sit. After about a minute, whisk until you have a dark glossy icing and set aside. It should be cool and thick by the time the cake has baked and cooled. For the cake, whisk the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt and cocoa together in a bowl. Make sure there are no lumps of
Prep: 90 Serves 8 For the icing 75g coconut oil 50g dark muscovado sugar 1½ tbsp cocoa 150g dark chocolate (70% cacao), finely chopped
bicarbonate of soda. In a separate bowl, mix the sugar, 375ml of just-boiled water, the coconut oil and vinegar. When the coconut oil has melted, stir into the dry ingredients, then pour into the prepared tin. Bake for 35-40 minutes. When it is ready, the cake should come away from the edges of the tin and a skewer inserted into the centre will come out clean. Cool for 30 minutes in the tin, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Pour over the icing and decorate as you wish – I have used a few flowers here, but chopped nuts and grated chocolate are also favourites.
Were all hoping for an actual summer this year, and by that I suppose we mean a few days here or there where we can actually have our friends round, crank up the music, crack open some beers and feast on some delicious food. Ideally a BBQ but have you ever tried to use those disposable ones? Worst … idea … ever. So if like me you don’t have a garden to whip out an actual BBQ then we’ve got you covered for a delicious summer menu that you can do a three course meal to impress your friends and your bank account in less than an hour without the hassle or fuss.
Squash and Pancetta Pasta
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Summer Food Menu
Ingredients: Olive oil 1 red onion 1 butternut squash 1 pack of bacon or pancetta lardons tomatoes vegetable stock 1 mug of pasta basil (or any herbs of your choice) Sauce: Cheese 1 tablespoon of cornflour 1 mug of milk paprika
1.Put pasta on to boil, follow rest of step whist it is cooking. 2. Add the squash and onion into a pan with heated oil and leave until browned. Add pancetta until its browned as well. Add tomatoes, water and stock cube then bring to boil. Season with salt and pepper then simmer for roughly 10 minutes. 3. To make the sauce put all the ingredients into a pan and mix until it has boiled and thickened (do this slowly, don’t just whack up the heat). 4. once that’s done add all the ingredients together and mix. This recipe would serve two as a main meal but four as a starter.
Squash and Pancetta Pasta Ingredients:
Mixed herbs enough chicken for however many you need, breast or thighs 1 onion 1 Pepper garlic handful of tomatoes ½ mug of water 4 tablespoons of tomato purée chicken stock cube
1. Preheat oven to 180C. 2. Mix herbs and salt/pepper into chicken 3. Using a dish you can put in the oven and on the hob, put the chicken in to fry until it is cooked and then put to one side. 4. Put the onion and pepper in until the soften. 5. Then add garlic for a minute. 6. Add tomatoes, water, tomato purée, and stock cube, bring to the boil and then add the chicken. 7. Put into the oven for 25 minutes. You can serve with veggies or rice, but who can be bothered with that on a sunny day and you need to leave extra room for the next course.
Blackberry Coconut Fruit Smoothie 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk 1/2 cup blackberries, fesh or frozen 1/2 banana 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes 2 tbs vanilia exrat * raw honey for additional sweetness 1.In a kitchen blender, start by adding the unsweetened coconut milk, fresh or frozen blackberries, half a banana, unsweetened coconut flakes, and the vanilia extrat. 2.Now, blend everything until it’s very smooth.
1 cup unsweetened almond milk 1 cup strawberries, quartered 1 banana, frozen 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt 2 Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder * raw honey for additional sweetness
Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie Ingredients:
Double Cream Condensed milk Anything you want to flavour it with (Oreos, honeycomb, chocolate, strawberry cheese cake, to name a few)
1. In a kitchen blender, start by adding the unsweetened almond milk, fresh or frozen strawberries, a banana, plain greek yogurt, and 2 scoops of Bob’s Red Mill Vanilla Protein Powder. 2. Now, blend everything until it’s very smooth.
1. Put the cream into a bowl and use a hand mixer but if you’re feeling buff you can whip by hand, until you have soft peaks. 2. Add the condensed milk in and then mix together until well blended. 3. Add whatever flavourings you want and then put into a freezer-proof container, to freeze overnight. You might need to check the weather the day before for this one, but it can be ready to freeze in 20 mins. You can freeze prior to consuming for as little as 6 hours so you can easy prep it in the morning for the evening ‘BBQ’. If you use any of the recipes above use the hashtag #OTsummerfood to share how it goes. 8
Home-made (no machine) ice cream
Scottish Artists On The Rise
Being an artist can be confusing enough, especially in a modest Scotland, without the struggle of promoting your art. It is easy enough to appreciate any form of art, whether it be music, literature or artwork. But in reality, the most challenging thing, is to put that piece of art out into the world or public domain. Some say, that to pursue art is a stupid yet brave thing to do. Art is a passion and it can be beautiful. Art can be enlightening yet express true madness. Why is it more difficult to show expression through any piece of work than it is to do any other type of job? Well, who really cares? Because if you do what you love, then hours will feel like minutes when you work. Even when you begin to hate it, you still love it because it’s yours. Women in art have come a long way in the past century. With men taking claim to some of the best masterpieces ever sculpted, painted, played or written it has been a struggle for more women to be recognised. But, now in schools, art students are being taught to examine fine art – which to my findings have been women. Artists like Alison Watt, Anne King, Kelly Macdonald, Lucy McKenzie and Emeli Sandé have all made high achieving profiles for themselves. But none of this came easy for any of them.
Speaking to one of Scotland’s best wedding bands, Sonix, from Ayrshire it was made clear that no matter what you’re doing in the arts and culture world, it’ll never come without hard work. With performing well over a thousand events, Sonix never cease to amaze. The bands front-woman, Adele Murdoch, has said that “there’s never not a group of folk dancing in front of our stage, like I know half the time they’re drunk, but I love seeing people get up to dance to like my voice and our music.” With performing public shows at pubs and venues, Sonix are never prone to play the same set list thrice. The band can easy up the ante with a traditional switch to Scottish music for live ceilidhs and they even play acoustic sets. Sonix have well and truly earned their reputable energetic four-piece title as ‘One of Scotland’s top live rock and pop cover bands’. A young Scottish Glasgow School of Art student, Faye Johnston, made comment on how female artists are treated in the world. She said, “I have nothing but respect for the women who manage to make it out there. I mean it’s a scary place to be, especially when you’re being thrown under the bus of the art world.” And it’s true, being any type of artist is difficult. People believe that just because it is 2018 that the world has adapted, and everything is fine. It’s not, there are so many issues in the world and art only takes up a tiny proportion of it. Accepting Artists for who they are, no matter their gender should be second nature. Not judged and ridiculed. So, working hard for what your aspirations in life are, shouldn’t be made to be this difficult.
Written by: Amy Park
Front running women in this years Eurovision The 63rd edition of the Eurovision Song contest will take place on Saturday May 12th in Lisbon, Portugal. 43 nations will compete for the trophy and the event will be watched by many millions around the world. Here is a look at just some of the women looking to take home Eurovision glory for their respective countries this year. United Kingdom It’s now been 21 painful years since we last took home Eurovision glory, this year our country places it’s faith in SuRie (real name Susanna Marie). Her song, Storm, was chosen by a mixture of jury and
If both of these elements work, Eurovision glory is possible. the public vote back in January. In recent years, we have tried everything to find a winning
song, we’ve tried jumping on a bandwagon, tried to be unique and at times tried to be comical (One word, Scooch). This year we are jumping on the bandwagon of motivational lyrics (‘Storm’s don’t last forever, remember) complimented by electro ballad production. If both of these elements work, Eurovision glory is possible. However, this may be the most generic song Britain has entered for a long time. It seems destined to get lost among other songs in the contest with similar messages but which have better writing and catchier hooks. Bluntly, Eurovision isn’t coming home this year.
Written by Jack Ewing
The front runners Israel
“I’m not your toy, you stupid boy”, begins the chorus of the early favourite for Eurovision glory. Toy, by NETTA, comes complete with chicken noises, gibberish and a strong message of female empowerment. Just your standard Eurovision winning song then. While at times bonkers, the song rides the momentum of the #metoo movement, creating a song which champions empowerment. The song is written by Doron Medalie and her writing is surprisingly creative if you unpick and analyse the song. She wanted to use
Finland is this year represented by a familiar face to fans of The X Factor UK. Saara Aalto was runner up on the show in 2016, and she represents her country this year with her song Monsters. Saara in her own words claimed this song was a “safe” choice, out of three songs of hers that were in contention to be Finland’s entry this year. It has a very current and radio friendly sound which Saara believes will appeal to a
the “toy” metaphor to say something different about the global campaign for equality. Even the chicken noises have meaning (“Bucka” is mandarin for idiot). Many outside the Eurovision bubble will loathe the song and the fact it will, likely win the contest as a whole. However, for those inside the bubble it is clear why this may be a winner. It’s a classic europop anthem with meaning that will get inside your head and stay there. Current, powerful, danceable and thoroughly enjoyable. Chance of winning- 70%
wide range of people. The songs message of coming out from a dark place in life and back into the light will have a universal appeal. Bookies are undecided on the fate of this song. It will all depend on whether being radio friendly helps or hinders her chances of taking home glory. Saara may need to bring a big live performance if she is to have a chance of winning in Lisbon. Chance of winning- 5%
There is no doubt that Elina Nechayeva’s live performance will be one of the standout moments at this year’s contest. The Estonian soprano’s performance of her song La Forza is beautiful in every sense of the word. The staging for this song is as powerful as the song itself. Elina’s dress covers much of the stage and is illuminated in various ways throughout the different sections of the song. Complimented brilliantly by its stirring production this song will certainly leave an impact. The main highlight of the song is of course Elina’s stunning vocals. Her vocal range is displayed at
its most powerful at the songs climax as she takes her voice to an almost un- human like level (best cover your dog’s ears). Even though the song is entirely in Estonian, through the magic of Eurovision the song still seems to have meaning and it will leave Goosebumps throughout even if you can’t understand what she is singing about. She may do what Conchita did for Austria in 2014 and steal the contest on the night. You certainly wouldn’t bet against it. Chance of winning- 15%
Benefit cosmeticS review Benefit Cosmetics, one of the leading make up brands in the UK since 1997 have recently just dropped their newest collection of beauty products and the world is going crazy for it. As of April 2018, the brand has launched their ‘BadGal Bang’ super volume mascara, the ‘POREfessional pearl primer and the ‘Gold Rush’ blusher. The public favourite so far is their new mascara which contains a unique ingredient which is quite literally out of this world.
Pre-launch, the Benebabes team sent some of the most influential YouTube and Instagram bloggers on a trip to the Maldives to promote the BadGal Bang which created massive social excitement. The official launch was then celebrated with a space themed party in London at the Cochrane Theatre with a team of pink astronauts and a silver spaceship. When asked about the launch, Olivia proudly said: ‘’it was fab-
ulous from what I’ve heard, we got to dress up in store too which was so much fun! We knew this launch had to be huge because we were already home to the UK’s no1 best-selling mascara ‘They’re Real!’ before BadGal Bang stole the crown so we definitely had a lot to live up to.’’ Among the new collection is also the newest edition to the POREfessional family - ‘The
POREfessional pearl primer.’ It is a silicone-based primer that helps to minimise the appearance of pores, fine lines and takes away excess shine during the day. When asked what makes this product different from the brand’s previous primers Olivia replied ‘’really all we have done is take our iconic best-selling primer and simply made it better! PORE pearl delivers all the same qualities as the original POREfessional does. However instead of being completely translucent, the new primer has a pink sheen to it that gives a natural radiance to the skin.’’
The ‘Gold Rush’ blush is the third newest Benefit product which will work either as a blusher or a highlighter. will leave your cheeks with a natural golden glow. It has a soft ‘golden nugget’ overspray to it which disappears once your brush has swiped over it to reveal a warm yet subtle peachy colour which will leave your cheeks with a natural golden glow. The product comes with the usual brush and built in mirror and even has its own signature summer scent.
When asked about the success of the products so far and what Benefit has lined up next, Olivia said ‘’we are all really proud of the new collection, the products are selling fast and we have received so much positive feedback from online beauty gurus. We launch at least one new product each month, each being thoroughly thought out, designed and researched by our fantastic innovation team in San Fransisco who are constantly working to make the everyday women’s life easier when it comes to make up!’’ All of Benefit’s new collection is available to buy now in stores and online and it is selling fast. All three products can either be purchased in miniature or full size and will be added to Benefit’s permanent collection. Written by: Nicola Croal
LIVING WAGE WARDROBE
The popular women’s clothing website, Miss Pap are the first online retailer to launch a living wage wardrobe collection which ranges from sizes six to sixteen. The website now features a section where you can find all women’s clothing including shoes, accessories and loungewear at the affordable price of £7.50. The idea was introduced to support all the fashion loving hard-working ladies who continue to earn the national living wage and need to budget to afford a new outfit at the weekend. Miss Pap has been praised for its new range by social media users, with one Twitter user even describing it as a ‘’lifesaver.’’
Below are a few of the stylish outfits straight from the living wage wardrobe which will make the perfect look for summer 2018.
Olivia Buckland bronze cat eye sunglasses Maya red one shoulder frill top This one shoulder frill red crop top with a pair of high waist jeans and heeled boots will create a cute and colourful summers look, not too dressy yet not too casual.
Cat eye sunglasses are the hottest shades around, the ultimate accessory and nothing beats a quick fix of pushing a bad hair day away with a pair of sunglasses on your head.
Faye mustard cami frill jumpsuit This yellow frill jumpsuit is a must for summer 2018. Paired with wedge sandals, a gold clutch and some red lipstick you’ll be ready to take on the summer in style. And imagine that holiday tan with this outfit... dreamy!
Lisa black suede t bar platform heels
Looking for a bargain? A pair of buckle up black platform suedes are exactly what you’re needing for a dress up Saturday night out with the girls. These five and a half inches high heels will go with pretty much anything for a number of different occasions and the best part is they’re only £7.50! Written by: Nicola Croal
Things To Do In Scotland Us Scot’s know a thing or two about how to have a good time when we are proudly celebrating our heritage, culture and just pure tradition. When it comes to events, no one does it better than our caber tossers, pipers, drummers, dancers or our typical party animals getting ‘aff their heids’. Summer in Scotland is one of the best times of year, even when the weather doesn’t follow the typical reliant forecast. It’s easy enough to do a quick search online to find out what’s going on this summer in Scotland, but it’s mostly filled with generic information and Scottish stereotypes. But, stereotypes or naught, our culture makes us the best celebrators of all - and understanding why isn’t too difficult. In summer, Scotland always guarantees to top their yearly ‘performances’ by maintaining tradition through it’s rare honest culture. As Visit-Scotland states, “Scotland, the Perfect stage for Events”, and what a stage that is. For anyone travelling to Scotland, the Fringe festival is definitely something you wouldn’t want to miss. It really is true to Scottish culture. Edinburgh’s festivals will roar to life in the upcoming months, ready to bring waves of colour to even the ‘dreichest a days’. The first festival at the Fringe, in Edinburgh, to take place will be the International Film Festival, which begins on the 20th of June and carries on through until July 1st. Films will range from Disney’s new feature ‘Incredibles 2’ to an outdoor screening of ‘Retrospective LIVE! – Monterey Pop’. It should be said, that the Edinburgh International film festival is the world’s longest continually-running film festival, that is, since it was inaugurated in 1947.
From Friday the 3rd of August until Monday the 27th of August, the Fringe Festival will be taking place right in the heart of Edinburgh. The Fringe like to take claim for ‘the world’s greatest platform for creative freedom’ and to make that statement is very bold. But there is no reason that it could be a lie, because it is 100% true. Freedom of expression is key to the Fringe Society, and by being host to the globes best creative energy, it’s no wonder that the Fringe Festival has continued annually since inauguration. If joining the 16th century tradition of wearing a kilt and walking a good distance is something you fancy, then a Kiltwalk should be right up your street. All over Scotland there will be Kiltwalks taking place with varying distances, and it is all done to raise money for charity. The traditional scot’s wear walks will begin at the end of April this year, started from points like Glasgow, Aberdeen, Dundee and Edinburgh. According to the official website, “our Kiltwalkers always give their all. In 2017/18, thanks to the support of The Hunter Foundation, all of your fundraising will be topped up by 40%.” This year the organisation behind it all are helping to give 140% back to charity. Let the games begin! All across Scotland the Highland games take place each year with no chance of fail. The games will begin in late spring, May, of this year and will continue to run until the end of the summer, in September. Featuring the traditional caber toss, tug-o-war, track and field events, highland dancing and pipe bands, missing out on Scotland’s culture isn’t to be missed. Each weekend in the summer, Scot’s take to their proud stance with their beautiful naturistic scenic backdrop ready to celebrate in the traditional unique style of culture, sport and fun. There are so many things to do in Scotland this summer. So much so that this list could have been endless. No matter what you are looking for, there is something to do from the stretches of the highlands to the cities and towns.
Lang may yer lum reek! Written by Amy Park
Magazine for women aged 18-25, looking for inspiration in their everyday life. With interviews about sports, make-up, film and food there's...
Published on Apr 16, 2018
Magazine for women aged 18-25, looking for inspiration in their everyday life. With interviews about sports, make-up, film and food there's...