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34 Contributors this issue: Joanne Simms, Charles Briggs, Jodie Molyneux, Kieran Gallagher, Marilyn Thompson, Holly Thompson

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The teen STYLE Files

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CovertoCover Book Review If all has gone to plan and you have managed to tether the family down to one week together in July, you will have a stack of books set aside to read beside an azure pool in sunny Spain and not on a deck chair in the back garden (no offence to British summertime).

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Now to something for the adrenaline junkie; John Grisham strikes again. ‘The Rogue Lawyer’ is for those armchair lawyers who were transfixed throughout ‘Making a Murderer’ and ‘Better Call Saul’ (if you haven’t heard about these programmes, where were you? log into Netflix and catch up...we’ll wait...) and for those who shout ‘objection!’ at the first sniff of injustice. Protagonist Sebastian Rudd is not your typical lawyer (obviously...where’s the fun in that?), he is not afraid of fighting dirty in his quest for a fair trial; liaising with criminals both in court and after hours, the sole cheerleader for the may-as-well-be-guilty ones who the court want locked away for good. At first, ‘The Rogue Lawyer’ seems to hop from case to case in a ‘vignette’ style but trust in Grisham...there’s a link to be found. ‘The Rogue Lawyer’ has got serious cajones; there’s law, criminal activity, boxing and blood...is it realistic? definitely not, so don’t pick up that law textbook just yet, but gripping? of course.

It’s time to float away in a good book, and this summer I urge you to read ‘The Last Act of Love’ by Cathy Rentzenbrink however, be warned; frothy, fantasy chick lit it is not. Cathy Rentzenbrink’s memoir is a dramatic and heart wrenching re-telling of the incident that changed her life; when her brother Matty was knocked over by a car and, poignantly, not killed but instead plunged into a vegetative state. Rentzenbrink describes painfully vivid memories of her brother; tall, gangly and as indomitable as all teenage boys seem, before the accident robs her family of any hope and life continues with his still body at the epicentre. Though you would expect ‘The Last Act of Love’ to be bleak, it is hopeful; life goes on, family and friends discover who they are without Matty, and where life might take them, heartbroken though they may always be. I personally read this book in just one week as Rentzenbrink’s prose is such a treat to read, and felt comforted and uplifted by her message.

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West End! If ever there was a summer with plenty to celebrate at the West End Festival this is the one! By Jo Simms It’s not as if we need any excuse to party at festival time, but numerically it all adds up to a very special West End Festival in June. First and foremost, it is the 21st birthday of Glasgow’s West End Festival.

since some Englishman called Shakespeare died, so he gets a few gigs as well. There are some other impressive numbers, as festival director Michael Dale said: ‘Over the last 21 years, we have not only played to over a million people in free and ticketed events, but we have given birth to a number of important mini-festivals such as the Bard in the Botanics, the Cottier Chamber Project, the Gibson Street Gala, the Partick Farmers’ Markets and The Electric Gardens. ‘All of which have their origins in the West End Festival, and all of which have gone on to bigger things.’

The second is the 20th anniversary of Belle and Sebastian. The indie band’s roots go deep with the festival. The band is joining in a special collaboration to celebrate with a series of not-to-be-missed shows between June 10 and 15 before heading to London’s Royal Albert Hall for two sell-out shows at the end of the month.

Michael launched the festival in 1996 as a small community event based around the Byres Road area and it has grown ever since; the festival is a seen a model for others planning to start a festival.

Then there’s the centenary of the death of William Leiper one of Glasgow’s most prestigious architects - think Dowanhill Church, Sun Life Building, Glasgow City Chambers banqueting hall and Templeton’s carpet factory. Oh, and it’s also 400 years

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From June 3-26 you can go from mindfulness to flamenco, via a tour of Kelingrove allotments, celebrating Glasgow and world music and culture along the way. But one event will be missing this year. Festival Sunday’s Mardi Gras spectacular on Byres Road won’t take place for a number of reasons, including increasing costs and reductions in arts funding. The festival has launched a fundraising campaign to bring back Festival Sunday in 2017. Liz Scobie, festival chairman said: ‘We took our time this year to think of how best to go about making sure the festival is sustainable in the future. We’ve come to realise that as the public are so enthusiastic about the parade and businesses in the west end increase takings on Festival Sunday, we need to start to ask for help and support in future years.’ The committee has pledged that it will return bigger and better in the future. For most of the month of June the West End is given over to this incredible mix of events which has grown into Glasgow’s largest cultural event. Head for the website or pick up a programme and join in the party. www.westendfestival.co.uk @westendlife


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A legend in the Trossachs... still faithfully working in its 116th year!

As the stories of Rob Roy MacGregor’s exploits in the 17th Century became well known across the country, the status of the outlaw and folk hero from The Trossachs as a Scottish legend was confirmed, and his homeland in the hills around Loch Katrine came to attract artists, writers, and visitors who wanted to experience and enjoy for themselves this special part of the world. Of course it was those intrepid Victorian travellers who really put the Trossachs on the map – as they made their way to Loch Katrine (a journey made by Queen Victoria herself on the occasion of her visit in 1859), and set out for the journey to Stronachlachar on the venerable steamship ‘Rob Roy 2’ – proudly named after the ‘local hero’. It was at the turn of the century however when another chapter in the story of the area was created, as the steamship Sir Walter Scott entered service on Loch Katrine and started on its own journey, one that would see it become a legend in its own right. 116 years later the experience of setting sail on the steamer from Katrine Pier is every bit as enchanting as it was in those early days, and the timeless sense of expectation as the Sir Walter Scott slips away from its moorings to start yet another journey never seems to diminish. For some of the passengers this will be the start of a family cycling expedition, or a day to be spent walking in the hills, for others it will be an opportunity to capture the splendour of the Trossachs in photographs, and simply enjoy the majesty of the landscape. For many visitors their day out starts as the Sir Walter Scott leaves the Trossachs Pier at 10.30am, and on arrival at Stronachlachar passengers can choose to disembark and return by bicycle along the road which follows the northern shore of the loch or stay onboard for the return sailing, arriving back again at 12.30pm, just in time for lunch. In the afternoon there is another chance for passengers to sample the delights of travelling by steam, with a choice of shorter 1-hour cruises. West End Life Magazine With admirers and followers at home and abroad, the

Sir Walter Scott has been lovingly maintained, restored and refurbished over the years, so for today’s visitors the special atmosphere of a Victorian pleasure steamer comes along with totally up-to-date facilities and services. These include comfortable lounges with panoramic views which allow passengers to relax and admire the passing scenery, and a kiosk serving refreshments to enjoy during the cruise. Sailing alongside the steamship again in 2016 is the modern cruiser ‘Lady of the Lake’, with its own programme of departures including the special ‘Legends of the Loch’ cruise (departing at 1.30pm and at 4.15pm from 27th May to 2nd October), which introduces visitors to some of the other notable visitors associated with Loch Katrine through the generations, including Sir Walter Scott himself, and tells the story of the water supply system opened by Queen Victoria (and which still sends 50 million gallons of water each day to 700,000 people in the greater Glasgow area). Loch Katrine is the starting point for so many different experiences – from walking by the loch shore, through to family cycling expeditions, and of course the opportunity to enjoy a sail on the legendary steamship Sir Walter Scott (or the modern cruiser Lady of the Lake). This really is the best way to enjoy the stunning scenery which was shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, and to discover the story of how the loch itself has supplied Glasgow’s tap water since the middle of the 19th century. Look out for ospreys and otters, and see if you can spot the wild goats on the shore during your cruise! Sailings depart from Trossachs Pier, which is easy to reach from all across Central Scotland, and where visitor facilities include The Brenachoile Café Bar and Restaurant. Details of all sailing times are available at www.westendlife.biz | 19 www.lochkatrine.com.


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theStyle files

by Marilyn Thompson

Let the sun shine...

Because we all want to get our sunglasses on, and sunglasses sure are big business with almost every designer and high street brand now having their own range. The premium fashion market in sunglasses represents 35% of the total eyewear market and unbelievably this relatively smallish piece of the eyewear pie amounts to nearly $13 billion...Wow! Big Bucks indeed. This is partly because we now buy our sunglasses in the same way we buy our clothes - as a seasonal fashion item, relating to specific trends rather than just as purely functional eye protection to be brought out summer after summer, only being replaced when they get lost or actually fall apart.

Oversized

There’s plenty of choice here as this is the main trend and alongside the traditional classic oversized frame in either tortoiseshell or black Perspex, the large frames are also incorporating some of the other trends, such as;

Embellished

Here we see heavily embellished ornate frames using a variety of appliqués from cherubs and flowers to gemstones - such as these wildly over the top sunglasses from Dolce & Gabanna.

Sunglasses as we now know are a lucrative trend driven business and along side providing the all important UVA protection for our eyes and being super stylish in their own right, can very often actually make an outfit. This summer sees a wide variety of styles and some in particular will take a certain amount of panache to carry off, so, if you’re daring enough, then the sunglasses to be seen in this Summer are:

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Aviators

From the classic and simple aviator which will always be in style to the larger, bolder more futuristic version with highly reflective and coloured lenses which were seen at Chanel.

Unusual

Shapes As seen in the main photo, unusual shaped eyewear is a huge trend and also a rather pretty one, however, this trend also takes it a step further with animal shaped lenses, star shaped lenses and strangely enough, altogether different shaped lenses, together on the same pair of sunglasses! So, if you fancy a star on one eye and let’s say a heart on the other, then now’s the time! Alternatively, you could throw caution to the wind and get a hold of some Jeremy Scott blow up sunglasses! You certainly won’t go unnoticed and there’s no need to worry about dropping them in the pool - they’ll just float right back to you!

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HOUSE v GARDEN BUILD WORK FROM HOME by Jo Simms

You’ve finally decided: you are going to work from home, be your own boss. The business plan is complete, the bank manager is as happy as they’re ever going to be. You had a round of leaving parties at the office and walked out with enough stationery to last for six months. Now comes the really hard choice; the one that will subtly shape your work-life balance, even your relationship with your family...just where are you going to work? Working from home also means that your family now has to share their home with a workplace. Look at it from their point of view: mum or dad isn’t just going into the spare bedroom to do some stuff on the computer - they’re going to work. Welcome to the big decision: home office or purposebuilt garden office. Wow! And you thought the biggest decision was behind you. If you are a designer, craftsman or woman and actually make things, it’s an easy choice. You need the workspace for materials and to work in. Simple, just make sure that the workspace you build in the garden or convert your garage into has enough space for office admin or things will trickle between a desk in the house and your workbenches and no matter how hard you try it will get messy. But if it’s just you and a computer against the world then it starts to get tricky. One of the biggest difficulties with an office in the house can be convincing your family it is. Ironing baskets do not cross the threshold, neither does spare sports kit. The desk draws have not given an open invitation for all to rummage. The easiest way to persuade your family that it is an office

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is to make it look like one. Gut the room and refurnish and most importantly get some extra plug sockets and phone sockets in there at the same time and defeat the sad, dusty undergrowth of cables and adaptors behind and under desks full of plugs from day one. There is something naff about a bog-standard steel filing cabinet in a home; check out alternatives. Design and decor can make the contrast between home and workspace distinct yet with a subtleness, so that the room does not jar with the rest of the house. You aren’t renting premises so splurge a little on the room and call in an electrician, joiner and designer and it will repay you. A new build in the garden is an idea that just works for so many people and you will be amazed at what can be achieved in the size below planning permission. There is a whole new market of off-thepeg, customisable buildings just waiting for you to discover or go the whole hog and bring in an architect. Some clever design work at the start will create a multi purpose space that will add value to your home, if you sell. Your home office might be the next owner’s guest suite or sauna. But in house or in garden just remember the golden rule: think of how much storage and plug and phone sockets you will need - and then double it.

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Power up for a powered down summer

by Jo Simms

This school holidays, make sunscreen the only screen your kids want as you teach them to get smart with smartphones I’m writing this very quietly, so don’t go reading it out loud because we don’t want them to panic but how about this plan for your kids: less screen-time this summer. Strange isn’t it? We get all foodie about free-range, organic, sustainable, locally-sourced stuff we can put on their plates while they sit staring, dead-eyed into phones, tablets, i-Pads and games consoles. Maybe it is time to get some more natural stuff back into their heads as well as their bellies. We have magnificent countryside on our doorsteps; fascinating historic towns and a truly great city with world-class exhibits. We are selling our kids short if they never get to sample them. Reports are emerging of mobile phone separation anxiety disorders and ‘nomophobia’, described as: ‘a state of stress

caused by having no access to, or being unable, to use one’s mobile phone’. A study showed 58 per cent of smartphone users can’t go one hour without checking them. Do we really want our kids enslaved? It is time to unlearn some bad habits this summer. We are going to have to be clever about it. There is no way can you just order your kids to switch their phones off, go outside and immediately start acting like characters in a Famous Five story, not even if you’re offering lashings of ginger beer.

inanely messaging their mates or watching cute cats on Youtube. Have your children go on-line and find out about places on their doorsteps and then go visit them. How about, for starters: Ferries every kid should be taken ‘doon the watter’ at least once in their lives.

It just isn’t going to happen, sorry. We have to accept that this technology is part of life now and so it has to be put to the best possible use. What better way than to teach our children to use their smartphones smartly – to plan great days out for themselves and their friends and not just for

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Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum check out the animal mummies exhibit which runs all summer; an inspired idea that kids will love. Geocaching The perfect way to get kids outside and using their mobile phones. Use the GPS system to seek out hidden containers called geocaches. These can be just basic, like a waterproof container with a logbook and pen to record your visit, or large container where you leave take a small token or item and leave one in return.

Scrap booking Have the kids use their phones to take good pictures and pick up items like a leaf, flower, pebble, save their ticket stub or an unusual sweetie wrapper. Make these into a scrap book together on the rainy days, or a card to send to grandparents.

Star Gazing Download a map of the heavens. Wait for a dry, clear, night and pack groundsheets, torches and a midnight picnic with flasks of hot chocolate with a big bag of mini marshmallows on the side. Drive away from the street lights until you can see the stars. Park up, look up, be amazed.

And finally, switch your own damned phone off. They learn by example and for every kid glued to a mobile phone or computer there is usually a parent tethered to their office via email. The best thing you ever give your kids is you.

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CLASSES | CLUBS | MEETINGS | EVENTS | TALKS West End Life publishes details of classes, group meetings, local clubs and any one off or regular events within the West End Life distribution area. 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. Scotstoun Community Council Monthly meetings on last Thursday of each month (except July and December) 7.30pm. Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, Balmoral St, Glasgow G14 0BL scotscoco@gmail.com

Community Councils Broomhill CC 2nd Wednesday of the month with the exception of January, July and August. The meetings are held in Broomhill Primary School Annexe, 67 Randolph Road, Glasgow G11 7EE from 7pm-9pm. www.broomhillcc.wordpress.com broomhillcommunitycouncil@gmail.com Hillhead CC Meet 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pm www.hillheadcc.org.uk North Kelvin CC Meet 3rd Tuesday every month Venue: St Charles’ Church Hall, 1 Kelvinside Gardens, G20 6BG 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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refers to the removal of the dead or past its best flower head. By doing this, the plant will no longer direct nutrients and resources to this flower and, instead, focus on producing new flowers. Feeding and watering are the other two most important jobs for bedding plants. In their short lives (most bedding plants are ‘annuals’, ie the live for roughly 1 year) bedding plants focus all their energy into the production of flowers, leading to seeds. This is a very demanding process for the plant and it requires the best possible ingredients to obtain the best results.

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This starts with quality plants. If you have grown your own plants from seeds or seedlings then you should have started to harden them off by now. This is a simple process of slowly introducing the plant to cooler, outdoor temperatures by opening greenhouse doors for a few hours every afternoon or placing the plants outdoors during the day and covering or moving them overnight. If, like most gardeners, you buy all of your bedding plants then take time to ask your garden centre about where the plants come from and how were they grown. This will not only highlight which

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shops have the better quality plants, but also whether the staff know their onions! This may seem unimportant, but you must remember the plants you buy have been cared for at the store for anything from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Always use fresh, good quality compost in tubs, hanging baskets and in borders, if your own soil is tired. Some compost will come with fertiliser already added that means you will not have to add any more for the life of the fertiliser, usually 2-4 months.

The best quality plants, in my opinion, come from reputable garden centres, like our own. At Cardwell Garden Centre we grow most of our own plants that we sell, including bedding plants. They are raised from seeds and seedlings in our own nursery and hardened off in greenhouses and polytunnels before they ever see the outdoors. Those that we do not grow ourselves mainly come from other Scottish growers who we have a longstanding and trusting relationship with.

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A balanced fertiliser is best for general use, although a high potassium or potash fertiliser can encourage more flowers to grow. Again, ask the staff in your garden centre for advice (it is now the law that anyone selling gardening chemicals must now be trained in their use and benefits). One last piece of advice – the more bedding plants you have planted, the less space there are for weeds to grow!

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