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By Jo Simms
and the reading is easy
One of the biggest luxuries we treat ourselves to during the summer holidays is time. Time to ourselves; the kind of time when you don’t have to keep an anxious eye on the clock. And if you enjoy filling some of that time with the time to enjoy a good book, here are some ideas to load up your kindle, iPad or even walk into a bookshop and buy. And remember there can never be enough time spent reading to your kids.
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But he suffered a major breakdown and battled with crippling depression. This book shows the best and worst of humanity; with searing honesty and humour it is a personal insight into what it is to be a police officer today.
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Lucy Worsley One of the nation’s best-loved authors in the hands of one of our favourite historians, so what’s not to like? Lucy Worsley shows us a ‘behind the scenes’ in Austen’s home and life, examining the rooms and her possessions and the way home is used in her novels as a place of both pleasure and prison, revealing that Jane Austen was a passionate woman who fought for her freedom.
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Clare Furniss Anyone who wrote press releases for Mayor of London Ken Livingstone is going to write one Blue: A Memoir hell of a book. Fear not it isn’t a John Sutherland name-dropping political memoir but young adult fiction and already More police drama but of the on short and long lists for prizes. real kind: John Sutherland joined A pregnant teen and her ginthe Met in 1992 and fulfilled his swilling great aunt in early stages teenage ambition, won awards of dementia go on a journey. Very and rose to become a highly 8 | West End Lifeofficer. – June/July 2017funny, very sad, very readable. respected senior
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WHAT drink says summer better than Pimm’s? We were all brought up drinking gallons of fruit squash and diluting juice as kids so it only seems right and proper that as grown-ups we progress to our own, alcoholic, version. And, if James Pimm is to be believed this is good for you – that is because Victorians believed in alcoholic ‘tonics’. Mr Pimm owned an oyster bar in the City of London and began to sell this gin-based drink, a concoction of spirits, herbs and other liqueurs, to his customers. Legend says it was served in a small-sized tankard known as a ‘number one cup’. The drink became so popular that he soon began large scale production and sold it
around the city. Mr Pimm sold his business on and by the 1880s Pimm’s Oyster Houses were a franchise. A variety of different ‘number’ cups followed based on different spirits. For today’s market there is still the original number one; a vodka cup and a spicy winter cup to serve warm. The latest editions are a strawberry flavoured and also a blackberry and elderflower and a cider cup. But it is the original number one that everyone associates with summer. Traditionally it was served with the herb borage, a cooling, cucumber-like taste, but today mint and cucumber are used.
How to make perfect traditional Pimm’s • • • • • •
One part Pimm’s Three parts lemonade Borage, if available Mint, crushed to release its oils Slices of cucumber Slices of orange
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Strawberries, sliced or quartered if you are feeling very modern Lots and lots of ice Serve in a tall glass or a dimple half-pint pot with a generous amount of ice.
The modern Pimm’s has strawberries but how about leaving the strawberries out and instead adding the merest dash of Pimm’s to your serving bowl of strawberries? (Not recommended where children, non-drinkers, or drivers are involved.) Do not make too far in advance or the lemonade goes flat and the soft fruit gets mushy; far better to chill jug, Pimm’s and lemonade and assemble as needed. Have far more ice and fruit prepared than you think you will need because one jug is never enough. And remember apple, pineapple, maraschino cherries, little paper parasols and sparklers should never be allowed anywhere near a glass of Pimm’s.
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P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea 2017 Greenock: 24 & 25 June It’s fast, furious, free to watch and returning to Scotland this summer! This P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea will again deliver a double bill of powerboat racing and jet ski action as the P1 SuperStock and P1 AquaX UK championships make waves on the River Clyde in Greenock.
flips and tricks. This year, even more action has been added as P1 hosts a British Water Ski exhibition race.
The event, co-hosted by Inverclyde Council and Riverside Inverclyde with the support of Event Scotland, will deliver a weekend of thrilling marine motorsport, with a fleet of P1 Panther race boats and around 30 jet skis on the water from 104pm. The 2-mile race course will be close-to-shore at Greenock’s Esplanade, making it ideal for spectators to catch all the race action. The on-water action will also include high energy jet ski freestyle displays performed by the world and former British champion, Lee Stone and Jason Bleasdale and will also see international flyboarder, Sonnie Bean wowing the crowds with his
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The Esplanade will be closed to traffic and transformed into the Esplanade Showcase, with exhibition stands and marquees celebrating three great themes:
Inverclyde” Scottish-crewed powerboat. Father and daughter team, David and Ashleigh Finlayson, from the historic town of Musselburgh near Edinburgh, will compete in all four rounds of the championship, kicking off in Denmark in June, and then moving onto Milford Haven and Scarborough after the Scottish event.
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VIP Hospitality is available for the event and in addition to the crowds watching the racing in Greenock, the Inverclyde event will be broadcast on Sky Sports in the UK and internationally in more than 150 countries. You can find more information and find the full event schedule at www. P1SuperStock.co.uk or search for the event on Facebook: P1 Scottish Grand Prix of the Sea. @westendlife
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along with the utility room which would provide practical storage solutions. Carol’s love of porcelain and cookery books meant that the kitchen design had to include plenty of storage space, while the overall look was to be one of openness and light which Ronnie and Carol could fill with their favourite pieces. They chose the Pronorm Y-Line range in gloss super white with glass wall panels in gloss super white with light grey wood. For the worktops Affordable Luxuries recommended the Consentino Silestone 30mm quartz range in Alumino Nube, for its aluminium/ silver tones with the most subtle mirror sparkle through it. The sink is a Blanco Andano oneand-a-half bowl in stainless steel, paired with a Blanco Menu rinse tap with a pull out hand spray.
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As we approach the end of spring and reflect on the gardening weather of 2017,
it’s fair to say ‘so far, so good’. April and May saw some dry and warm weather, perfect for the gardener to motivate themselves and get the spade out. In truth, come mid May we were hoping for a wee bit of rain at Cardwell Garden Centre, for two reasons.
garden. Prolonged dry spells, albeit unlikely in the west of Scotland, cause a crust to form on the top of soil. By this point, a shower of rain will run off the soil rather than penetrate it, leaving the roots dry.
The garden is looking good just now, the warmer weather has brought the soil temperature up a few degrees and everything is coming to life nicely. However, many gardeners, you know who you are, still don’t water the plants enough. A warm, dry spell for a even a couple of weeks can dry out the soil and leave plants lacking. This is especially true of planted containers and hanging baskets, which dry out quicker.
Keep an eye on moisture content in your soil and water as required. Bedding plants will wither very quickly without water, so as soon as you see this water the plants liberally.
So a couple of days of rain now and again is a good thing for the
For flowering plants try and water directly into the soil, rather than over the open flowers. For pots that have completely dried out, submerge the conatiner in a bucket of tepid water for 15 minutes or so. Not the plants, just the pot. This will allow the compost to soak up water.
The second reason we want some rain at Cardwell is that it saves us an awful lot of time watering! Anyone who waters during the midge season will understand why this is a good thing! Lawns also need watering and while it is rarely so dry that your lawn will suffer drought damage, you will still notice a significant difference between a lawn that is watered and one that is not. Weeds will also be growing around the garden and can be treated either by physically removing the weed or by treating it with a weedkiller. Removing weeds by hand or hand tool is obviously the way to go if you want to avoid using chemicals, but be aware that the weed will more than likely grow By Kieran Gallagher, Cardwell Garden Centre
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back from any section of root of that is not removed. If you are using chemicals then please make sure you use the correct treatment for the problem. Using a path weedkiller on a lawn or vice versa will cause more harm than good. Equally old chemicals should not be used and should be disposed of safely. Your local council can advise you of nearest disposal point. Buying chemical treatments for the garden can be a daunting experience if you are not familiar with them. There a multitude of different brands, chemicals and uses.
centres have always had this by choice, but it now applies to everyone. Ask to speak to that person in your store and they will guide you to the solution to your problem. In many cases, actually removing part of an unidentified weed or diseased plant and bringing it into the garden centre will make the whole process much easier and quicker.
As always, don’t put diseased plant waste in your brown bin as this waste is usually recycled into compost. And if you cannot get what you need from your local store, pay us a visit at Cardwell in Gourock. Hopefully the decent weather we have had up until now will continue through the summer and into the autumn. We gardeners have not had a good run at it for some years now.
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When we think of Summer swimwear and beachwear play a really big part in the planning of our holiday wardrobes. For me, the cover up, is the most important item. It’s the one thing that I can actually look forward to buying! The versatility of the perfect cover up is second to none, it’s a great multi tasker, getting you to the beach or pool in perfect style, allowing you to cover up bits that you’d rather not have out on show, then it can also take you on to dinner. There’s not many other clothing items that can do all that - and with so many different styles, lengths, patterns and colours it won’t be difficult to find a couple of cover ups that are perfect just for you.
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Holiday Glamour If you are something of a glamourpuss on holiday then you can’t beat the long white, flowing kaftan, pulled in at the waist to emphasize your body, this is full on glamour - a word of advice though - this look is not for the faint hearted, it shows a lot of cleavage and a lot of leg so you need to be pretty confident to successfully pull it off. To perfectly accessorise the summer goddess look, team with simple gold accent jewellery, a few long thin necklaces and some gold bangles. If you’ve had your hair pinned up during the day, then all you need to do is shake it free, put on some red lipstick and you’re good to go straight to the bar after the beach.
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As the summer holidays approach, it’s time to consider your holiday swimwear and this year, the appeal of a retro one or two piece, imitative of the style and fashion of days gone by, could be top of your wish list. Get a blast from the past with subtle off the shoulder swimsuits, push up bikini tops and high waisted bottoms to eye catching frills, gingham and belted waists.
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The Daphne Shipbuilding Disaster Tuesday 13 June Local historian Bill Black tells how on the 3rd July 1883, 127 men and boys were killed at Linthouse when the steamer “Daphne” capsized on launching, in the world’s biggest shipping disaster. This presentation describes not only the tragic events, but the subsequent inquiry, controversial relief fund and the effect on some of the victims’ families.
West End Wildlife Tuesday 20 June Jim Coyle MBE of Friends of Glasgow’s Local Nature Reserves, illustrates the birds and other wildlife to be found during a typical year in the gardens, parks and open spaces of Glasgow’s west end. He will also explain the importance of habitat creation and management and how simple techniques can attract wildlife to your garden.
Completing the Terrace: Highburgh Road Thursday 22 June David Robertson, Director of Four Acres Charitable Trust, explains the background behind the completion in 2016 of the missing half of the beautiful red sandstone 1890s terrace in Highburgh Road - one of the more unusual examples of West End development in recent years - and how this compares with other west end locations where a similar approach has been taken.
Glasgow in 50 Buildings Monday 26 June Historian Michael Meighan, author of Glasgow in 50 Buildings, “tours” the city’s historic
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buildings and modern structural marvels. Churches, theatres, commercial and public edifices of Glasgow’s rich industrial heritage are presented alongside the innovative buildings of a twentyfirst-century city. Michael explores the history of this wonderful city by presenting a selection of its greatest architectural treasures.
Stained Glass at Webster’s Kelvinbridge Tuesday 27 June Stained glass artists Alf Webster (1883 to 1915) and his son Gordon both profoundly influenced Scottish stained glass. Both designed windows in the former Lansdowne Church at Kelvinbridge; Alf’s being installed shortly before his untimely death in 1915, following wounds received at Ypres. David Robertson of Four Acres Charitable trust explains how, by creating a new theatre and bistro, the future of this building and its stained glass will be preserved.
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The Men Who Made The Clyde Wednesday 28 June Glasgow’s remarkable prowess in industry and trade was built around the Clyde, local natural resources, and the city’s position on the west coast, well placed to reach the rapidly developing world markets. Colin Mackay, well-known BBC broadcaster and journalist, will describe the other unique strength in the city - the “Can-Do” ethos of the entrepreneurs of the Victorian and Edwardian eras.
Glasgow’s Great Exhibitions Thursday 29 June Fergus Sutherland of Lacrosse Heritage consultants discusses the impact of the Great Exhibition of 1851 at the Crystal Palace, and how Glasgow eventually rose to the challenge with three events starting in 1888, that between them attracted over 26 million visitors. @westendlife
discover more about the west end’s rich tapestry of fine terraces, tenements and churches.
Partick and Dowanhill Wednesday 21 June 7pm
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Tickets for all Guided Walks are £7.50 and can be purchased from Waterstones, Byres Road except the Gardens of Partickhill West which is £5 payable on the day.
Our Expanding Heritage Tuesday 13 June 7pm
New design anywhere is potentially controversial, and certainly so in the West End. Have you ever wondered which new buildings of today could become the listed buildings of the future? Join Ranald McInnes of Historic Scotland in a tour of the area and see what you think!
Best West End Tenements Friday 16 June 7pm
Ann Laird, local historian visits a selection of the West End’s forty listed Victorian and Edwardian tenements, including Avril Paton’s famous “Windows in the West”.
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Saturday 17 June 2pm
A stroll with Gordon Barr and Gary Painter (of scottishcinemas.org) highlighting the architectural history of cinemas, including converted roller-skating rinks, the earliest purpose-built halls, and the peculiarly Scottish “back court” theatres. Our walk covers cinemas that were, that are, and that might have been.
Gardens of Partickhill West
Sunday 18 June 2pm
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when the public can view notable private gardens. Come and visit Partickhill West, with three splendid gardens at 2 Banavie Road, along with 64 and 69 Partickhill Road - the last of these also being the oldest house in the west end, believed to have been built in 1760.
Whiteinch and Scotstoun Estate
Monday 12 Jun 7pm
Explore with local historian Sandra Malcolm some picturesque survivors of rural Scotstoun, some surprising Arts and Crafts influences, and the wider local historical context.The walk also features the B listed St Paul’s Church (1960) with its stunning Gabriel Loire
Bowling Around the West End: from Partickhill to Willowbank Tuesday 20 Jun 7pm
The west end has many a bowling club, harking back to the sport’s heyday in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Visit Partickhill Bowling Club and Willowbank Bowling Club with Ranald MacInnes of Historic Scotland with a focus on the buildings and their history. On the way between the two,
Fiona Sinclair, past president of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, describes the features and styles portrayed in the much-loved Victorian and Edwardian tenements and terraces of Partick & Dowanhill.
Botanic Gardens: Sandyford to Kelvinside Thursday 22 Jun 7:00pm
In 1817, the new Botanic Gardens, founded by James Hopkirk, was laid out on an 8 acre site at Sandyford at the western end of Sauchiehall Street. In 1842 it moved to the present site in Kelvinside, where there was more space to house the rapidly expanding collections. Walk with Ewen Donaldson, General Manager of the Botanic Gardens, from the old to the new location.
Hughenden Past and Present
Saturday 24 Jun 7:00pm
Join local historian Ann Laird in Hughenden, home to grand Victorian terraces by James Thomson, the Barclay Brothers and J J Burnett, plus some modern developments. Also two historic sports clubs, and the former sites of Malcolm Campbell’s main plant nursery, Kelvinside Electric Company and Kelvinside Railway Station.
Sunday 25 Jun 3:00pm
Historian and author George Urquhart will lead an historical ramble around the ancient and evolving village of Partick, examining the remnants of the old milling and industrial sites on the banks of the Kelvin and putting recent archaeological discoveries into the broader context of the area’s rich and fascinating history. www.westendlife.biz | 29
Chicken Saltimbocca Nick says, ‘This simple recipe is so delicious, I use it all the time. Saltimbocca means ‘jump in the mouth’ in Italian, because the combination of sage, good quality prosciutto, and succulent chicken gets your taste buds excited! I serve it with freshly made tagliatelli tossed in butter, pepper and Parmesan, plus a rocket salad.’
Serves 4 • • •
3 large skinless chicken breasts (about 450g) 12 slices prosciutto or Parma ham, sea salt
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freshly ground black pepper 12-18 large fresh sage leaves seasoned plain flour, for dusting 2 tbsp olive oil 50g butter
Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally into thin escalopes, 2 or 3, depending on the thickness of the chicken. Cut each half in 2 equal pieces, diagonally across the grain. Put the pieces between sheets of cling wrap and bat out thinly – and reasonably gently – using a rolling pin, without tearing. Unwrap, and season each chicken escalope with black pepper. Put a sage leaf on every escalope and then lay a slice of prosciutto
To serve lemon wedges buttered tagliatelle rocket salad
ham on top, making sure the slice is long enough so that it will cover both sides. Turn the escalope over, and fold the remaining half of the ham over to cover it. Bat down again gently on both sides until the ham merges a little with the chicken. Don’t worry at this stage if it tears a little or the sage leaf pokes through. Dust the escalopes with flour on both sides. Heat the oil in a frying pan. Fry the escalopes a few at
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a time over a high heat for just 1½ minutes, add a little butter, then flip over and fry for another minute until golden brown and tender, but cooked through. Don’t overcook or the chicken will be dry. Remove and keep warm while you cook the remainder. Serve piping hot with plenty of lemon wedges to squeeze over, and tagliatelle tossed in butter, black pepper and Parmesan, plus a lightly dressed rocket salad.
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