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The Independent Mortgage Store reaches a milestone this year by celebrating its 20th anniversary in the west end.

Paul McGowan, the company director and owner, has now been working in the west end for over 30 years and is probably the longest standing Independent mortgage broker in the area. In fact he is known as one of the grandfathers of the mortgage industry in Glasgow. Paul started as an independent financial adviser in 1987 after leaving Glasgow University, however 1989 he chose to specialise his career and focus on the mortgage market. In 1998 he took the big step to start his own company and opened up the Independent Mortgage Store on Byres Road proving to be busy from day one. Paul purposely kept the company small to give a boutique experience and ensure that clients always had the personal touch with great customer service. Laura Carson his office manager has been with the company right from the beginning and had an encyclopaedic memory for clients. She remembers everyone. Now 20 years on and after placing literally thousands of mortgages the company is busy assisting the children of their original clients. Paul stated ‘’It proved a wise business model to keep the company small so we could focus on our clients. In the 20 years I’ve been on Byres Road I’ve seen many changes with a huge turnover of companies accelerated in particular by the credit crunch 2007. Many large household names have gone bust over that period meanwhile we remained as busy and robust as West End Life Magazine

ever’’ Of course the industry has changed dramatically over the years with continuing changes to mortgage criteria. In addition house prices have spiralled over the years. Paul recalls when he started working in the west end you could buy a flat in Partick for £5,000 and specifically recalls the first flat in Hyndland selling for £30,000 with people being stunned that someone was willing to pay that much for a 1 bedroom property. Mortgage interest rates have of course peaked and troughed over those years. On the 2nd November 2017 the Bank of England raised the base rate from 0.25% to 0.5% - the first rate rise in over a decade. It is likely to rise twice more over the next three years, according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney. Paul’s team are currently ensuring that their existing clients are on the best and lowest rate possible to keep their costs down. Are you now one of the estimated 4 million people still languishing on the higher variable rate? See how much you could potentially save, call the Independent Mortgage Store on 0141-337-3393 or call in at the branch at 93 Byres Road Glasgow G11 5HW.

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2. Cook the macaroni in a large saucepan of salted, boiling water according to the packet instructions. 3. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, heat the butter until melted, then whisk in the flour until smooth and cook for 1-2 minutes, or until pale golden-brown. 4. Whisk in the milk a little at a time, waiting until the mixture has thickened after each addition before adding any more and whisking continually. After all of the milk has been added to the mixture, you should have a smooth sauce with the consistency of double cream. 5. Add all of the blue cheese, 100g/3½oz of the cheddar and all of the Mull of Kintyre cheddar to the sauce and heat gently, stirring all the time, until it has melted. Season, to taste, with salt, freshly ground black pepper and nutmeg. 6. Drain the cooked pasta and tip it into the pan containing the cheese sauce. Stir well to coat the pasta. Set aside. 7. Dry-fry the chopped haggis in a frying pan over a high heat until golden-brown and crisp. Stir it into the macaroni cheese mixture. 8. Transfer the macaroni cheese to a large ovenproof dish and top with the chopped mozzarella, breadcrumbs and Parmesan. Grill for 2-3 minutes, or until the topping is golden-brown and bubbling.

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Mothering Sunday –

let’s make a day of it... In this crazy, fast world let’s take time to celebrate a tradition and a person we know and love. By Joanne Simms In a world where everyone gets their own day let’s go back to basics and really, truly, celebrate the one of the days, and people, we know and love the best. It seems now that every day is spoken for. Turn on the radio and you will hear its British baked bean day or the international day of the iguana. So here and now, let us stand up for one of the original and best, Mother’s Day. Whether you have your mum and dad or just got your mum; being raised by married together mums, got another mother through your brother, or a mummy but not from her tummy, let’s celebrate them all. Home life today comes in a staggering, sometimes bewildering, number of combinations but there is something that is always there: love and its best friend joy. In the rush of modern life this is one occasion when a tweet or an emoji simply will not do. Turn up, be in the moment and share your love for each other. All cultures and ancient religions have a celebration of woman, fertility and mother in some form or another and here in the UK Mother’s Day is the fourth Sunday in Lent, this year March 11. In the Christian tradition, it began as the day you returned to your ‘Mother Church’ where you were baptized; your employer was obliged to give you time off.

daughter of an English clergyman called for a revival here in the UK. All the upheaval and separations of the Second World War boosted the longing to celebrate home and mothers. Before long it attracted more commercial enterprise and evolved into the massive event we have today. So celebrate your mum this Mother’s Day. Whether it is a homemade card and breakfast in bed that daddy helped you make; a pocket money bunch of flowers or a stunning big bouquet. Take your Mum out for Sunday lunch at her favourite place. Or how about a big tea party with home-baking and getting all the family photo albums out along with the cine-film, videos, dvd or online home movies and have a great big nostalgia trip; not just when you were kids but when mum was a girl herself.

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Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get! By Kieran Gallacher, Cardwell Garden Centre

Every time I sit down to write the gardening column, I find myself thinking about the weather. Anyone who knows me will already be aware that I frequently moan about the weather. It can be the weather that day, what has just passed or what is on the horizon, I will have something to say about it and it is often negative. In truth, I make no apologies for this. The weather is such a big part of our everyday lives, more so if you are an active gardener and even more important when you run a business that is weather dependant! The winter to date has been the coldest for a few years. We rarely get much snow on the ground at Cardwell, mainly because we are at sea level and only a couple of hundred metres from the Clyde itself. If it is snowing at Cardwell, you can be sure it is snowing much heavier further inland. We have seen snow of around 4 inches/10cm a few times already this winter and it is still January! During December the ground was frozen solid for several days here and this level of frost and snow can cause both structural and cosmetic damage to the garden. On the plus side, after the ground has been frozen for a prolonged period, the soil itself will be very soft once it has thawed out. This is an ideal time to dig it over, add rotted manure or other soil conditioner. Trees and bushes may have suffered broken branches, either under the wieght of snow or by the strong winds that we have experienced. Where this is the case, the branch should be completely removed and the open wound that is left should be made smooth with a saw or similar tool. It can then be sealed with a pruning compound which will prevent disease or further damage from happening.

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In some cases where the branch is still attached and has only minor damage, it is possible to rescue the branch using appropriate support (a tree stake or by tieing to an existing higher branch) and sealing the damage and ‘bandaging’ with raffia or similar. This is not guaranteed to work and in most cases it is best to remove the damaged parts. If you have a lawn I would not do much to it just yet. You may see some signs of growth during March, if it is mild, but please do not be tempted to cut it. Unlike most other plants in your garden, the lawn takes punishment all year round. In winter, especially if there is snow, the lawn can become a playground for kids eager to build snowmen and have snowball fights. Likewise, in summer it is a football pitch or similar. When you think about it, you would not walk on top of any of the other plants in your garden, particularly when they are frozen! Your lawn is exceptionally tough though, and with a little care will recover from the harsh winter. With the soil being soft under the lawn, and there being plenty of rain around, it may be worth taking an aerator or garden fork to the grass to improve drainage. Holes created can then be backfilled by sweeping coarse or sharp sand over the lawn. Please make sure if you buy sand for this that it is properly washed and not just builders sand. This will do more harm than good. Feeds and other treatments for the lawn should not be used until at least April when the temperatures have warmed up. Finally, even though the weather may still be cold, you can still start planting some early spring and summer bedding plants in tubs, baskets and borders. Just make sure anything you plant just now will be hardy enough to cope with the odd cold night and a touch or frost. @westendlife


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Perhaps you’ve recently started a New Years fitness regime, maybe you’ve already stalled during the process, or, there’s a high chance that like me, you’re still just thinking about it. Either way, physically active or not, sportswear in its many guises is something we all now choose to wear. There’s even a name for it - Athleisure. It’s just recently been included in the dictionary and its definition is this: A style of clothing worn as athletic apparel but also suitable for casual, everyday wear. The active sportswear market really is a fashion force in its own right and everything connected with sportswear from hair accessories to bags and fitness trackers to water bottles are now big business. Don’t even get me started on trainers - they are a whole other fashion story just on their own! There’s also the lucrative ‘Health and Wellbeing’ side to this trend with cosmetics and skincare aimed especially for the active consumer and clean, healthy eating foods all experiencing a huge uptrend. With Sportswear currently outpacing other clothing sales in the global apparel industry and still growing at an exceptional rate it seems that everyone wants a piece of the sporty pie! This is all good news for the consumer as we get a huge selection of garments to choose from and at prices to suit all. From the more expensive upmarket brands like Lululemon

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Jordanhill CC Meet 1st Monday of the month except July and August at 7pm Jordanhill School, 45 Chamberlain Road, Glasgow, G13 1SP www.jordanhillcommunitycouncil.org.uk Facebook: Jordanhill Community Council Twitter: @JordanhillCC

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