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Contributors this issue: Simon Gemmell, Brian Milne, Charles Briggs, Rob Reid

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It’s Never Too Late to Learn The University of the 3rd Age (U3A), where retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery. Bearsden and Milngavie U3A was launched at the end of 2013 and gained full membership of the Third Age Trust in March 2014. Membership is open to people from Bearsden, Milngavie and the surrounding areas.

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Bearsden and Milngavie U3A is the local branch of the University of the Third Age, a self-help learning organisation for those who are retired or semi-retired. There are no qualifications involved – the idea is learning for pleasure in an informal

and friendly environment. Costs are minimal because our activities are organised by our members, who share their skills and expertise. We have a wide range of interest groups including art, history, IT, reading, photography, languages, theatre, walking, cycling, dancing, poetry, singing and garden visits. There is also a general meeting with a speaker on the third Tuesday of every month at 11am in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Bearsden. Visitors are welcome to come along to find out more. The new membership year begins on 1 April 2015. The subscription for 2015–2016 remains at £20. For more information phone 07592 501648 or visit the website: www.u3asites. org.uk/bam.

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Prevention is better than cure Brian Milne

On the 1st April 2015, the Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Act 2014 will come into force. The so-called ‘BADAS’ Act will arguably bring the biggest change to personal insolvency in Scotland since 1985. One of the key changes will be the 33% increase in the standard period required for contributions, increasing from 36 months to 48 months. Bankruptcy in England still only requires contributions for 36 months.

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And one of the more novel introductions is the introduction of a Financial Health Service for Scotland. This website (www.scotlandsfinancialhealthservice.gov.uk) does not provide advice directly; instead it is designed to signpost debtors to the relevant information elsewhere. Furthermore, going forward, individuals identified as ‘vulnerable’ are to receive targeted financial education in an attempt to improve their awareness of causes of financial hardship and to enable them to manage their finances better going forward. Whilst it’s a welcome concept, I have my doubts whether it will make a meaningful difference. Most people in financial difficulty are well aware of the root causes of their difficulty, whether its redundancy, a marriage break-up or just simply the general cost of living. Everyone knows that prevention is better than cure, but as our other Health Service will tell you, it’s easier said than done. Brian Milne is a partner in the business recovery practice of French Duncan Chartered Accountants

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programme of visual art exhibitions with related masterclasses and talks by some of Scotland’s leading artists and designers. An innovative term-time programme of weekday / weekend arts courses and holiday schools has also been developed to provide the impetus for everyone from tiny tots to aspiring adults to discover their own unique creativity, with the encouragement of professional artist-tutors to develop participants’ skills and interests in the most inspiring surroundings. Last summer saw the launch of the House’s new ART PARK Centre

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Red Carpet Facial Review by Rachael Tyrrell Having over indulged with late nights, after work drinks and a fair few meals out, it’s fair to say that my complexion was not at its best prior to trialling the latest treatment from Clinetix, Scotland’s top aesthetic clinic. A favourite in Beverley Hills, The Obagi Red Carpet Peel was designed by renowned dermatologist Dr Zein Obagi to improve skin quality in only 30 minutes. Suitable for all skin types, the treatment has no downtime, so is ideal for people looking for a kinder chemical peel. Upon arriving at the clinic, I was met by a very knowledgeable therapist who talked me through the procedure and its benefits – tighter smoother skin, smaller looking pores and a radiant glow that can last for two weeks. To start, my skin was cleansed and exfoliated to allow the peel to

penetrate. Next came the solution which was applied in two layers for two minutes each. Throughout the peel I was asked how my skin felt… fairly hot and tingly but not at all painful. After the peel solution was removed, repairing serums and a moisturiser were applied and I was done. For half an hour after there was a little redness, but my skin felt fresh, glowing and super smooth. Fast forward five days and the look and feel of my skin has dramatically improved with no post treatment breakouts. I will definitely be booking a top up to maintain my radiant glow and recommending the peel to friends who want to give their skin a boost. For more information visit www.clinetix.co.uk or call 0141 221 0229

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Your love is our passion‌ At House for an Art Lover, we are passionate about weddings. This Charles Rennie Mackintosh inspired house, set in the grounds of Bellahouston Park, is the perfect setting for your special day. Your special day deserves a memorable setting.

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It’s difficult to imagine a more beautiful setting for your wedding than House for an Art Lover. Set in the grounds of Bellahouston Park, this Mackintosh inspired building provides a wonderfully ‘Scottish’ setting for your wedding ceremony and meal up to 110 guests and evening reception up to 130 guests. From an intimate affair for a handful of guests to a sophisticated banquet and ceilidh, at House for an Art Lover we pride ourselves on providing outstanding service. It’s your wedding day and your every whim will be our top priority. We are passionate about weddings and want to ensure that everything runs like clockwork on your special day whilst still maintaining a relaxed atmosphere for you and your guests. The breath taking setting of The Mackintosh suite, comprising of the Main Hall, Music Room, Dining Room and Oval Room will provide a stylish backdrop for your prestigious occasion. West End Life Magazine

The Mackintosh suite is the venue that will genuinely impress your guests. We have a team of Chefs who will produce perfect food, on site, for your guests to enjoy and your dedicated wedding coordinator will be on hand from the second you book to help advise on all aspects of planning

your big day. Your devoted master of ceremonies will be ready to guide you seamlessly through your special day and ensure that it runs smoothly along with our fully trained staff who will be available to deal with your guests every need. House for an Art Lover is licenced for civil, religious and humanist wedding ceremonies and we would be delighted to show you around House for an Art Lover with a view to holding your wedding here or answer any queries you may have. Our multiple award winning venue can be tailored precisely to your requirements and our friendly staff look forward to welcoming you. Please just telephone our wedding coordinator on 0141 353 4773 or contact us via email weddings@houseforanartlover. co.uk For further information and to download our wedding pack please visit: www.houseforanartlover.co.uk www.westendlife.biz | 11


What’s On What’s On Wh Classes | Meetings | Regular Events Talks | Exhibitions | Member Clubs

West End Life publishes details of any classes, group meetings, local clubs and any one off or regular events within the West End Life distribution area. This service is completely free. To have your submission included in the magazine and on the website please send details to charles@westendlife.biz . Our deadline dates for the coming year are available on our website

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Kelvingrove Museum The Dinosaurs Are Coming! Hatching the Past: Dinosaur eggs and babies The exhibition on the lower ground floor and runs from Good Friday until 16th August 2015. Learn how different types of dinosaurs lived and looked after their young in this fascinating journey into the prehistoric age. The exhibition features real fossilized dinosaur eggs, complete adult dinosaur skeleton casts and you can try out exciting interactive displays. Kelvingrove Museum is the first UK venue to host this touring exhibition, which has previously only been shown in a handful of countries including Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

Broomhill CC 2nd Wednesday every month at 7.00pm in Broomhill Primary School www. communitycouncilsglasgow.org. uk/broomhill

Hunterian locations. A schedule of upcoming talks can be found www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/visit/ Admission is free and all are welcome! Historical Association Talk Hillhead Library Thursday 9th April at 5.30pm “Glasgow 1919: from War to Revolution”

Jordanhill CC Meet 1st Monday of the month except July and August in Jordanhill Church Hall, Woodend Drive, at 7.15 p.m. www.jordanhillcc.org

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Hunterian Art Gallery Ingenious Impressions: The Coming of the Book 27 February - 21 June 2015 Admission free

Enjoy a delicious range of affordable, healthy and locally produced food. You’ll find a wide variety of seasonal vegetables,

Talks and Lectures Insight Talks at the Hunterian A series of lunchtime talks given by experts from The Hunterian and the University of Glasgow. These talks offer an insight into The Hunterian’s world class collections and current research at the University of Glasgow.  The talks last approximately 10 minutes and take place every Tuesday at 1.00pm in various

Hillhead CC Meet 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm www.hillheadcc.org.uk North Kelvin CC Meet 3rd Tuesday every month Our next meeting will be at 6.30pm on Tuesday 17 February Venue: St Charles’ Church Hall, 1 Kelvinside Gardens, G20 6BG

What if in 1919, the Riot Act read, troops had refused to fire and as a result Russia October 1917 had taken place in George Square? This historical talk will be given by Dr Neil Davidson. For further information, contact the Secretary at: gwsbhistoricalassociation@gmail. com

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hat’s On What’s On What’s O fresh fruit, quality meat, free range eggs, bread, cakes, cheese and fresh street food. Partick, Mansfield Park 2nd & 4th Saturday 10am-2pm Milngavie, Douglas Street 1st Wednesday 10am - 2pm,

Outdoor Activities and Exercise Mugdock Country Park There are lots of things to see and do at Mugdock Country Park. You can see a full range of activities at www.mugdock-country-park. org.uk - there is something to suit everyone and some great Easter events for all the family.

Western Health and Racquets Club In the heart of Glasgow’s West End, the Western Health & Racquets Club is the ideal place for everyone to play sport, get fit and have a good time. If you would like to know more or would like an application form then get in touch via telephone or email, or even pop down to the clubhouse. For more information visit www.glasgowwestern.co.uk Hillhead Sports Club Hillhead Sports Club, a multisport, fitness and social club based at Hughenden in the West End of Glasgow - Cricket, Rugby, Tennis, Fitness, Shinty, Frisbee and more. West End Life Magazine

Visit www.hillheadsportsclub.com for more information.

Bearsden and Milngavie Ramblers Apart from the walks organised every weekend, there are other walking activities which feature in the Group’s programme. On alternate Wednesdays, there are short walks lasting a couple of hours and longer walks usually with a pub lunch which have come to be known as the Wednesday Wanderers. For more information visit www. bearsdenandmilngavieramblers. org.uk

Milngavie Mountaineering Club Most of our hill walking and climbing involves Scottish mountains in both summer and winter, although there are occasional forays into England, Wales and Ireland. As well as Munro and Corbett bagging, some members indulge in other mountain activities including scrambling, rock and winter climbs. The programme consists of fortnightly day meets, usually on Sundays, as well as several weekends based in hostels or similar accommodation.

Some MMC members practice on the Glasgow Climbing Wall on Monday afternoons & Tuesday nights. New members are welcome. We meet at the Douglas Street car park, opposite the Post Office in Milngavie at the time listed in the programme. Please contact us by email so the walk co-ordinator and members can welcome you. For more information visit www. milngaviemountaineeringclub.org

Milngavie and Bearsden Sports Club Milngavie and Bearsden Sports club is the sporting base for several clubs offering hockey, tennis, archery and shinty. The club has a rich history with hockey club starting in 1898 and the tennis section celebrating its centenary year this year. It is a family orientated club which offers a high level of coaching in all sports. Visit www.mandbsportsclub.com for more information. Park Run Pollok Country Park, Springburn Park, Tollcross Park & Victoria Park Every Saturday at 9.30am Sign up for this free weekly 5K park run. Register at  www.parkrun.org.uk Junior Park Run Victoria Park Every Sunday at 9.20am Weekly timed runs for children aged 4 - 14 years. For more information visit www.parkrun.org.uk

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Indulge in the finest of contemporary and classic cuisine Fine dining goes public at Western Club Restaurant

32 Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow G1 3AB Tel: 0141 248 2214 info@theclubrestaurant.co.uk

If you enjoy delicious food and fine wine – and who doesn’t – come along and indulge yourself at the Western Club Restaurant. Classic and contemporary cuisine is served with an elegant flourish within the portals of Glasgow’s oldest and only remaining private members club. But rest assured, the restaurant, the result of a partnership between the club and veteran restaurateur Alan Tomkins, is open to the public. And since its launch last November, a growing number of discerning diners have enjoyed superb food in a stylish setting and relaxed atmosphere. Calmness and elegance are the watchwords here. Alan, the man behind institutions such as Vroni’s, Blue Dog and Urban Bar and Brasserie amongst others has been

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influential in shaping Glasgow’s food scene over the past 30 years. He said: “The minute I walked into the Club’s dining room I instantly knew it would make the most fantastic restaurant. “With views over what is arguably, Glasgow’s most beautiful square and the stunning buildings created by Glasgow’s merchants of the past, I could envisage today’s business leaders doing deals in this space and diners enjoying its elegance. “Working with internationally renowned designer Amanda Rosa, we have brought all of that history and grandeur up to date with a contemporary, stylish design which makes the most of the location, scale and proportions of the room. “It is a truly exciting opportunity to bring this dining experience, in this exceptional location, to the public for the first time.” @westendlife


The kitchen is run by Peter Wilson, formerly Chef at Lochgreen House and Piersland House in Troon and serves contemporary classic food using the very best seasonal Scottish ingredients. The restaurant will be celebrating Easter with a new range of lunch and dinner menus – so why not join in for a truly memorable meal. A range of menu options is available, including the lunch and early dinner Market Menu with two courses at £16.95 and three at £19.95. It boasts delights such as breast of chicken, sweet and sour cabbage, Dauphinoise potato and roasted root vegetables in a red wine sauce with sticky toffee pudding, butterscotch sauce and vanilla ice cream to follow. The finest Scottish ingredients are at the heart of the A La Carte menu.

Treat yourself to ballotine of rabbit, forest mushroom ketchup, curly kale and pickled carrots as a starter then tenderloin of Buccleuch beef, braised ox cheek, chateau potatoes, white onion puree in a red wine reduction. If you have any room left, try a delicious dessert such as carrot and walnut sponge with citrus crème cheese and heather honey custard. Groups of 10 or more can opt for the Large Party Menu. Journey through a tantalising selection of dishes including crispy duck egg, black pudding and celeriac remoulade, rump of Argyle lamb, barley risotto, baby onions, minted peas and pineapple frangipane flan for only £34.99 per person. If your palate is jaded, or you want to expand your dining horizons, why not opt for the restaurant’s seven-course tasting menu. Experts will lead you on a guided tour through the finest of

Scottish provender. Delicious food is best savoured in surroundings that lend themselves to its enjoyment. The sumptuous and luxurious ambience of the Western Club Restaurant will transport you to a different place – perhaps the finest dining experience in the city. Reviews of the new restaurant have been uniformly positive. To view a selection, or to tempt yourself with the impressive selection of divine dishes on offer, visit the Western Club Restaurant club website: www.theclubrestaurant.co.uk

Bon appetit!

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Drive Safe – it’s Your Business agency road safety partnership, aims to tackle this issue by encouraging and supporting more employers to develop and manage a road risk policy. Experts from Healthy Working The number of people injured on Lives and the Royal Society our roads as a result of a collision for the Prevention of Accidents involving someone who is driving (ROSPA) have joined forces with for work purposes, is a cause for the Go Safe Partnership and concern. Police Scotland to provide free According to the Royal Society advice, guidance and resources, for the Prevention of Accidents, to help your organisation make more employees are killed in ‘at improvements in this area of work road accidents’ than in all health and safety. DriveSafe_Halfpage_ad_PRINT.pdf 1 02/03/2015 11:58 other occupational accidents. By developing a road risk Go Safe Glasgow, a multipolicy, your businesses can

benefit financially with fewer accidents, reduced costs, reduced insurance premiums and increased employee welfare. This new online resource allows you to quickly assess your company’s current level of road risk. All you have to do is enter a few details and you will be provided with an instant action plan to help improve road safety within your organisation. Go to www.gosafeglasgow. com/drive-safe

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Our Homes and Gardens are a Reflection of Ourselves.

We after all make them what they are. We snuggle into our homes, making ourselves as comfortable and safe as possible - rather like a dog makes its bed to accommodate its body when it sleeps. Home-making is a surprisingly primitive instinct which is why pregnant women start to do all sorts of things like decorating, and rearranging their homes during their period of waiting. We are now spending more time and money on home-making than ever before. And Spring, is the perfect time to do it. In Spring the brighter, more intense light shows up the flaws in our homes, the worn bits of the carpet, the chipped paintwork, the dingy wallpaper, and the faded curtains. The garden also cries out for West End Life Magazine

attention at this time of year. The average home is a pretty large place especially if you include the garden, the exterior as well as the interior. So if you are about to set about bringing it right up to scratch, divide it into separate zones and take each zone one at a time. Fabric Naturally you’ll have to ensure the fabric of the property is sound or anything you do inside will just be ruined next time it rains or a leak occurs. The fabric therefore, including roof, walls, windows and doors, can constitute one zone. Cost Effectiveness Insulation, double glazing, draught exclusion, reflective foils behind all radiators on exterior walls, well run, efficient central heating system, sensible and effective lighting, all contribute to cost effectiveness, which should constitute zone two.

Security Your home is yours, you don’t want to make it easy for burglars, so zone three could well cover new locks on doors and windows, door chains, security lighting, movement detectors and a burglar alarm perhaps? Decor and Soft Furnishing Look at each individual room as a separate zone. Some may well be simply re-decorated and re-furnished. Others may need completely refitting. Perhaps the kitchen is not as modern as it could be? Perhaps a completely fitted bedroom or two would make life easier and a great deal more comfortable? Decorating the home is often a supreme pleasure. The transformation wrought with fresh paint and imaginative wall coverings can be breathtaking. Wander around our local interior design furnishing shops for the latest ideas in room arrangement. You will soon be looking with new eyes at light fittings, lamps and lamp shades, cushions and covers, wall hangings, carpets and rugs. There never have been so many ideas, in our shops, drawn from all over the world, as there are today. The Garden And once your interior zones are complete, don’t forget that big zone outside. Your garden is the frame for your home; it’s also valuable extra usable space. Think about a patio or terrace, a summerhouse or a conservatory. They are all good ways to bring outside inside. And with what’s left, consider a professional lay-out. Have you considered a pond, new drive, garage or shed? Does that boundary fence or gate need renewing? What about wrought iron? But whatever you do in the home this spring, do it well and don’t stint. Your home is that one unique place where you can be yourself. www.westendlife.biz | 17


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Ideal Home Show Scotland The Ideal Home Show Scotland makes a welcome return to Glasgow’s SECC from 22nd – 25th May 2015. Ticket prices are remaining the same as 2014 and there is no booking or transaction fee! Standard advanced ticket bookings through the official Ticketing Agent, include a FREE show guide and FREE copy of Good Homes Magazine* (worth £6). One copy per household whilst stocks last, terms and conditions apply see website for details.

The award-winning home show brings together more than 400 exhibitors and 8 show sectors under one roof, offering visitors a unique one-stop shopping experience across all areas of the home. From interiors to home improvement, gardens to gadgets, the show will be packed with home solutions, show discounts, entertainment, celebrity guest appearances and fantastic shopping opportunities. The centre piece of this year’s Ideal Home Show Scotland, The Super Theatre, represents each of the 8 sections of the show with talks and demonstrations from the nation’s most loved home experts. And the Ideal Home Show wouldn’t be iconic without one of our stunning full size Show Homes for you to explore!

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Join our celebrity ambassadors: TV Interiors guru John Amabile, architect and presenter George Clarke, award-winning gardens expert Diarmuid Gavin, foodie favourite Gregg Wallace, and popular television presenter Amanda Lamb - who will be on hand for useful tips and advice on their area of expertise. All this and so much more makes the Ideal Home Show the biggest home show in the UK and a great day out for all the family. Tickets can be either booked online or by calling the 24 Hour Ticket Box Office on 0844 854 2014 or by visiting www. idealhomeshowscotland.co.uk. For further information about the show, visit the website www. idealhomeshowscotland.co.uk

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The Beginning of the Gardening Year With the arrival of Spring, the garden is beginning to stir quite seriously and if the weather is not too bad, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get down to some serious work preparing the garden for a glorious summer. To start with you’ll need to do some tidying up. Get rid of all the dead stuff left over from last winter. Make sure you rake out under hedges and shrubs, that’s where a great many nasties will have over-wintered and the last thing you want is for them to wake up ravenously ready to attack your precious plants. Put all the burnable rubbish on the bonfire and put the rest in your brown bin now garden collections have recommenced. When the ashes are cool, spread them over the empty beds, it’s great for the soil. The lawn will need its first mowing of the year. Set the blades to cut no shorter than two inches. You should not cut too short yet. Give the grass time to gather nutrients and strength. After winter lawns will need aerating. You can buy (or hire) a wheeled tool for this or you can simply walk over the ground piercing the surface

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April is World Autism Awareness Month When hearing about autism, many people think of the film Rain Man, or of a child genius who can’t function at all socially. The reality for most people affected by autism is somewhat different. Autism is a developmental disorder which affects the way a person communicates and relates to the world. The causes are not known, and it is a lifelong condition. It is a spectrum, which means while all people with autism will share certain traits, the effect the condition has on them will be different. Some will be able to live independently, while others may need care for the rest of their lives. People with autism have difficulties with social interaction, communication and imagination. Common social mores like sarcasm and jokes are difficult to understand, and figurative speech tends to be taken literally, so the expression ‘cool’ may mean slightly cold to someone with autism, rather than slang for something good. They see the world differently and often feel they don’t fit in, but can’t figure out why. People with autism often have learning disabilities that mask the symptoms of autism. Asperger Syndrome is a form of autism that is not usually accompanied by severe learning disabilities, and people with it are often of higher than average intelligence, but sufferers may still struggle with social interactions and may have milder learning difficulties such as dyspraxia and dyslexia. Around 1 in 100 people in the UK are on the autistic spectrum. As awareness of autism and Asperger syndrome grows, diagnosis for children is becoming more common, but for adults it can still be a struggle. The first step in getting a diagnosis would be to talk to a GP. It might help to ring the Autism Helpline to help prepare what to say. West End Life Magazine

The GP will then make a referral to a clinical psychologist or psychiatrist for an assessment and formal diagnosis. They will ask questions about childhood history, day to day interactions and so on. There may be more than one appointment before a report is written and official diagnosis is made, but once it is done, further support and services can then be accessed. Organisations like Scottish Autism can be a great help www.scottishautism.org. They provide information about services to support autistic people, such as housing, befriending, employment and education. They also provide support for friends and family of autistic people too. The vast majority of people with autism lead happy, independent lives, especially if the people around them have knowledge and understanding of the condition. For World Autism Awareness Month Scottish Autism wants to get as many people talking about autism

as possible. They are asking you to support ‘A is for Autism’. The idea is simply to make a letter ‘A’ shape, whether it’s a cake baked in the shape of an ‘A’ or an ‘A’ created out of your favourite things, we need you to get creative and share your ‘A’!  Once you’ve completed your masterpiece text AUTT15 £2 to 70070 to make a donation and then nominate a friend to get creative.  Remember to share your ‘A’ pictures with us by sharing it on our Facebook page or tag us in your photo so that we know.  Alternatively you can email it to fundraising@scottishautism. org and we will add them to our Facebook Album - the one with the most likes will win a prize!  By sharing your ‘A’ picture with us you are helping to raise awareness of autism, and hopefully encourage people to take some time to really understand the condition. Just remember, the ‘A’ you make carries an important message so get creative and join in today!

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Aye Write! 2015; Celebrating 10 years of Glasgow’s Book Festival From 17 – 25 April Aye Write! returns to the beautiful Mitchell Library to celebrate ten years of this distinctly Glaswegian book festival with a characteristically inspired and inspiring programme.

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Acclaimed International Pianist Returns to West End Festival 2015 After receiving a standing ovation at his West End Festival debut in 2013, internationally acclaimed pianist Viktor Bijelović returns to Glasgow this year. Viktor’s recitals are a truly wonderful experience; each piece is introduced with a little explanation or background which enhances the performance. He has a strong technique combined with a poetic interpretation and innate pianistic artistry to bring the music alive and make it speak. West End Life Magazine

The evening’s programme will include works by Chopin, Liszt and Rachmaninov. During the interval you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine, and after the concert there will be an opportunity to meet Viktor and to purchase his CDs. Serbian-born, Viktor studied at the Purcell School of Music and then went on to the Royal Academy of Music. He currently lives in London and has accumulated considerable performance experience both as a solo pianist and as a chamber musician and is also very involved in music education.

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Fabu-loss couple ditched weighty baggage to wed in Mexican sunshine A local couple shed the pounds and lost 11 stone between them to look good and feel amazing for their wedding in Mexico in May last year. Sarah- Jane and John Cooper from Yoker, didn’t want to be an overweight, unfit couple for their big day so they did something about it, ditched their unhealthy obsession with food and transformed their lives in the bargain. After having tried what seemed like starvation diets and being left depressed, Sarah-jane thought all her prayers had been answered after joining a local Slimming World Group and what made it better was that John was there by her side. At first weigh in, in August 2012, Sarah-jane tipped the scales at nearly 19 stone. This was a shock

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Tel - Kirsty 07966 661065

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Broomhill Shopping Centre Where shopping and eating is just around the corner. Broomhill Shopping Centre Broomhill Drive, 2-26 Norby Road Broomhill, Glasgow G11 7BN www.broomhillshoppingcentre.com

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Small Animal Hospital

World class care for pets and their owners

Offering the widest range of Specialist services including:

Out of Hours Emergency Care Wellness Centre

incorporating hydrotherapy and physiotherapy

Find out more at

www.glasgow.ac.uk/sah The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

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It may be oldfashioned but it still makes a lot of sense

Our homes are cleaned pretty thoroughly on a regular basis. However like many an old idea, there is a good deal of sense in the proposition that, as the winter breathes its last, we clear out all its traces ready for a bright, fresher summer. Where do you start? The best way to tackle spring cleaning is to do it a room at a time. Start by taking down curtains, blinds and lamp shades. Soft furnishings may be washed or cleaned according to the type of fabric. Remove the curtain hooks. If they are plastic they will probably look dirty. An easy way to clean them is to soak them in a well known brand of denture cleaner, overnight. Brush lampshades with a soft, clean brush and wipe roller blinds with a clean, damp cloth. Next, remove the cushions and loose rugs from the room. Even with regular use of a vacuum cleaner, rugs greatly benefit from a good beating. Hang them over the clothes line and bash away with a broom handle, or a carpet beater if you can find one. Wash or dry clean the cushion covers and beat the dust out of the cushions.

Tackle the furniture a piece at a time. A soft damp cloth will take grime away. Dry thoroughly and fast, and polish with a good, old-fashioned wax. If you have teak furniture, teak oil will be necessary. Scratches on all wooden furniture, can be got rid of with special scratch removers in a variety of shades, and these can be bought from any hardware store. Leave the three-piece suite till last. Remove any loose covers for cleaning or washing. Beat the dust out of the upholstery, have the windows wide open as you do this. Using the tools of your vacuum cleaner, vacuum all over the suite thoroughly, even right down into the sides. Take down all pictures and mirrors from the walls, cleaning them as you go. You are now ready to clean the structure of the room. If you have an open fire, get the chimney swept. Brush down the inside of the grate and vacuum up the sooty deposits. With a long brush sweep the cobwebs from the ceiling. Next, brush down the walls. You may be surprised at how much dust can settle on a vertical surface. Painted walls of course can be washed down. Wash the

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paintwork carefully and allow to dry naturally. Now you can look at what you have, to see if it needs decorating, touching up, or is good enough as it stands. Ceilings often discolour. This is caused by the rising, warm air carrying dirt upwards. If someone smokes in the house, the discolouration will be more pronounced. A brush-over with emulsion will soon cure that. Paintwork may look fine after a wash or it may need retouching or repainting completely. A quick rub over with fine glass paper will provide a good enough key for just one coat of a similarly coloured gloss. Maybe the wallpaper is fine, maybe it also requires renewing? Do what you feel is necessary and what you can afford.. Now is the time to consider how the carpet should be cleaned. There are two alternatives, you can do it yourself, or you can employ the services of a professional. If you to go it alone, you may do it by hand using one of the proprietary fluids or foams on the market. Alternatively you may feel it wiser to hire a machine. You should know what the fibres making up the carpet are composed of because that will dictate your method. A word of warning, never attempt to clean an oriental carpet yourself. Send it to a specialist. You do not need to look further than pages 28-29 for all your carpet and rug cleaning requirements. If you employ a professional, it will normally be steam cleaned in-situ, and you will have to leave to dry thoroughly before you can replace the furniture. Tackle the rest of your home, a room at a time, following a similar programme of activity. It all takes time but in the long run it’s worth it. Your home will look immaculate and you will feel wonderful as a result. @westendlife


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West End Life April/May 2015 Issue 23  

A free colour lifestyle magazine delivered to households in West End of Glasgow, Bearsden and Milngavie

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