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NOBODY KNOWS GLASGOW BETTER

EVENING TIMES Friday June 5 2015

Trade Point’s Colin Scobie and design expert John Amabile join event manager Emma Bashford to launch the awards Picture: Jamie Simpson

Vote for the best talent

TALENTED tradespeople who play a key role in making our homes brighter and smarter are in the running for a new award. The Scottish Home Improvement Awards have been set up to honour the most innovative and creative people working in home

improvements. Voting is well under way for the inaugural event, which is being run in association with Trade Point and has been launched by Paramount Creative. Trophies will be handed out in 18 categories, including Scotland’s Most Eco Friendly Company and

SaleofTheDoublet willbeendofanera City bar run by same family for half a century By HANNAH RODGER

A LEGENDARY city bar run by one family for more than 50 years has been put up for sale. The Doublet on Park Road was opened in November 1961 by Alex D on, b efor e h i s s on Alist air took over 14 years later. Now Alistair, 68, plans to swap pint glasses for sun loungers and has put the legendary venue on the market as he plans his retirement. He said: “I’m going to be retiring, and I’m sad to be selling it. My old man opened it in November 1961, but when he died I stepped in and have been here for the last 40 years. “I would think most

Alistair Don is retiring after running The Doublet for 40 years. His father Alex opened the bar in 1961

people would be retaining it along similar lines but it’s up to them what they do with it.” Alistair said he’s had no definite offers on it yet but said there has been “nothing but phone calls” about the wellloved pub, which has only been on the market for a week. The longest-ser ving members of staff have worked in the pub for almost 20 years.

After its sale, Alistair plans to t ake a wellearned break. He added: “I’m not sure what I’ll do yet...my wife has a wee flat in Spain though.” The quirky venue has been a favourite among locals for years, with many spending hours chatting with friends and listening to music from the electronic jukebox upstairs. Celebrity visitors include Franz Ferdinand,

Alasdair Gray, Keira Knightly, Belle and Sebastian, Del Amitri and comic book writer Mark Millar. Scores of regulars have taken to social media to express their dismay, including Still Game star Greg Hemphill, who jokingly tweeted: “If the Doublet closes I will go live with Michelle Mone. #savethedoublet” Another fan, John Curren, wrote: “Is the Doublet closing? My student watering hole almost 40 years ago. Best pint of Guinness in Glasgow then.” Keith Snide, who has been visiting the pub for the last 15 years said he will miss the “tired yet very charming establishment”, adding: “It will be sad to see such a west end institution change hands.” hannah.rodger@ eveningtimes.co.uk

Scotland’s Best Landscape Company. Warren Paul, Paramount Creative CEO, said the intention was to recognise the best talents in the trade, adding: “What better recognition can you get than becoming award-winning.” To vote go to http://home improvementawards.co.uk.

‘Jack and Victor’ are recognised for their work THE Golden Jubilee National Hospital’s very own ‘Jack and Victor’ have been honoured for serving Scotland’s national hospital for over a decade. Jack Tait and David Craig have been volunteering at the hospital for more than 10 years. The dynamic duo were presented with special awards for their efforts. It was a doubly special occasion as it marked the end of an era for David, although he will perform his last volunteering ‘shift’ at the hospital on June 16. The pair became fast friends after Jack was admitted for a triple heart bypass and David had an operation on his knee. Jeane Freeman, chair of the hospital’s board, said: “They are two very special people, who have been an integral part of our volunteer service for the past 10 years. We are very sorry to see David go, but wish him all the very best.”

Pleasures of losing yourself in a charity bookstore KEN SMITH

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UTHOR Bernard MacLaverty has the craggy looks of a man who earns his living from heavy toil rather than from tapping on a keyboard. It probably explains why, at his first book-launch in his native Belfast during troubling sectarian times, he was sitting at a table near the door in order to sign copies of his book, but women entering the store automatically opened their handbags in front of him, assuming he was working security. At first he tried to explain he was an author, but their disbelieving looks made it easier for him simply to rummage through the bags and let them ingress. He probably tried to remember everything inside the handbags, an idea for a future short story evolving in his mind. Bernard was recalling his first bookshop signing at the relaunch last week of the Oxfam second-hand bookshop on Byres Road, one of the busiest charity bookshops in Scotland. Who doesn’t enjoy losing themselves in a secondhand bookshop? There are the dusty variety such as Voltaire and Rousseau in Otago Lane where towering piles threaten to descend upon you, and sleeping cats have to be gently moved from your desired tome. The Oxfam shop is different, all bright lights, smart flooring and neat shelves. But the quest to find an interesting book is universal. Bernard has come to speak at the relaunch, but my eyes are drawn to the shelf behind me where a Diary compilation by my old colleague Tom Shields is on sale for £2.99. Then I spot a Diary compilation I wrote myself. I quickly open the first page and see it is also on sale at £2.99. For once I am on a par with Tom Shields. Author Alison Irvine who wrote insightfully about the Red Road flats in The Road is Red, is telling the audience at the relaunch that when she moved to Glasgow 10 years ago from London, the Oxfam bookshop was a haven of peace and quiet, and warmth. People still love books, she says. “I saw a woman in Strathbungo the other day, pushing a shopping trolley with one hand, and reading a book in her other hand,” says Alison. But I’ve spotted a book by former Herald editor Harry Reid he wrote years ago about the future of the Scottish press. I wonder what the denouement is and turn to the last few pages where some executive in the trade loftily declares: “There’s one aspect of our press that does worry me a little and that’s the quality of the writing that appears to have deteriorated somewhat.” Well I’ll not be buying that book then. Sorry Harry. Then I spot a gem from the seventies. The late Ian Archer, known by colleagues as Dan, who had written a book about his beloved Partick Thistle. I wonder how Dan got round the fact that Thistle never actually won very much. As he delicately wrote: “It is correct that in a century they have brought little overtime to those whose

trade is to engrave the names of winners on trophies.” Beautifully put. They don’t write like that anymore. Oh wait, did someone not just say that? Karen Campbell is now speaking. Karen writes crime novels, but she has the benefit of a career as a police officer to add a sheen of authenticity to her writings. Recalling her police days she once told me: “We got a call to attend a report of a noisy party in Townhead. When we got there it turned out the party was a three-day wake, which had spread out into the street. Unfortunately the mourners were having such a good time they’d got the body out of the coffin and were dancing with it. Happy days.” She tells the audience in Byres Road that when she left the police and tried her hand at writing, someone remarked: “How did you get your knuckles off the ground to hold a pen?” Charming. But it’s not just the books themselves, but what is inside them that holds the attention. I pick up a smart book which has an “Ex libris” sticker inside – now that is a bit posh, gently reminding folk that they have borrowed a book from your library. This one, according to the sticker, once belonged to Sir W. Louis Primrose, Baronet, from Helensburgh. I remember as a young Herald reporter we had to know these things. A baronet was someone honoured with a knighthood which could then pass down the title to future generations, as opposed to current knighthoods which are just one-offs. Sir W had a Lord Provost of Glasgow in his family tree who was given the title. Alison Irvine confesses that she once

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The mourners were having such a good time they’d got the body out of the coffin and were dancing with it. Happy days bought a book from the Oxfam shop in which a picture of a woman and child was used as a bookmark, and she had meant to return it to the shop. Gillian Nelson, manager of the Byres Road shop, says that pictures, rail tickets, even plane tickets, are left inside. About 50 books are donated to the shop every weekend, and there are 120 volunteers on rotas staffing the shop throughout the week. There are some people, says Gillian, who pop in nearly every day as they are passing to see what is new on the shelves. Others turn up and ask for a specific book. Says Gillian: “They can be a bit vague. We had one woman who said, ‘It’s about a train, and it’s a story.” The staff had a good chat about that and someone suddenly said, ‘I know! It’s A Girl On A Train’ and it was.” Rarer books can fetch over £100 and are put in a special glass case. In truth shoplifting is not a major problem. “That happens more in the shops that sell designer clothes,” says Gillian. “People don’t tend to steal books as much.” There is a serious side to all this of course and that is the money which goes to good causes. The Byres Road shop has raised over £3m in the 12 years that it has been operating. Just the other day someone came into the shop and gave them £500 for the Oxfam appeal following the earthquake in Nepal. So maybe I will buy that old Diary book after all – it can join the boxes of others I have in the garage.

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Lillian and Tommy McMillan.

Colin Scobie and Kirsty Dickson.

Luxury as standard Deone Robertson and host John Amabile.

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SCOTTISH HOME IMPROVEMENT AWARDS

Amy Morgan and Stef Taylor.

MORE than 300 of Scotland’s building and design industry professionals gathered at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Glasgow for the Scottish Home Improvement Awards, with winners, voted for by the public earlier this summer, coming from across Scotland. John Amabile hosted the event with singer Barbara Bryceland, comedian Des Clarke and young talent from GAMTA wowing the room. More than £8,000 was raised for the charity Clyde Cash for Kids.

From left: Grace, Anne, Brian and Graham Marshall. Pictures: Robert Perry

0141 812 0373 Gary Clark and Deborah Clark.

From left: Gordon Boyd, Alan MacGregor and Michael Devlin.

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THOUSANDS of Scots have voted to secure their favourite contestant a place in the finals for a top award.

The Scottish public voted in their thousands to whittle down hundreds of entrants for the Evening Times backed 2015 Scottish Home Improvement Awards to just 95 finalists. Finalists will now battle it out to take home the top prize in one of 17 categories, including architects, bathroom and flooring, by providing three statements from previous customers to provide evidence of their past work. This year, several Glasgow based business are in the running for the

Kirsty Connell and Johanne Little.

awards including Voyage Decorations who are nominated in the wall coverings category and Cameron Interiors Ross Wilson and Damien Waters. who are hoping to bag a prize in the kitchen category, as well as Vista Patio Rooms who are in the running for the outdoor leisure award. Other candidates hail from areas Design guru John Amabile will host the prestigious event Douglas Graham and Graeme Morgan. around the country, such as Edinburgh, Falkirk and Troon. The winners will be announced at the on Friday August 21. Around 500 Emma Bashford, Event manager for guests are expected to attend the event, glittering gala final, which will see perParamount Creative, said she was which is in association with Trade Point formance by comedian Des Clarke and “blown over by the response”. MORE than 300 people theby night at The Voice and X Factor sensation and ispartied sponsored bothaway The Evening She added: “ The competitors have Glasgow’s Big Gay Ball. The evening was hosted by really got behind the awards this year, Times and our sister paper The Herald, Barbara Bryceland. Garret Big Brother and Nancy 60-minute makeover star and interior as well as Light2012 Nightclub, Glasgow each and every one Benedict was desperate to from Academy Musical Theatre Arts and design guru John Amabile, will host the Clench from the Bus TV show and guests make the final, but unfortunately we Night GlasgowThere taxis. was an American inaugural event. only had 95 places.” included DJ Gina McKee. social marriage media partners He said: “I am delighted to be workcelebrate theDigital recentand same-sex law Finalists will nowtheme have ato gruelling Fatbuzz, Topspech Contracts,the inhave the USA. was headlined by the Soul Insti- ing with the awards to help reward the wait to discover if they baggedThe the night tute of Kitchen, Bedroom Bath- best in the trade”. top prize in their respective categories Kings and there were also performances fromand Vikki room Installers,Wired and reception Paramount Tickets are now on sale for the gala at the national awardGrant. ceremony, Thewhich night started with a champagne are also sponsoring the awards. final from paramountcreative.co.uk. will be held at the Crowne Plaza followed byHotel a three-course dinner. There was a raffle

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and charity auction which raised £4,500 for charity – £1,500 for the Equality Network, £1,500 for Waverley Care and £1500 for LGBT Youth Scotland.

From left: Sarah Jane Walls, Kirstie Burchill, Leigh Burchill and Laura MacDonald.

EVENING TIMES

Gongs joy for new city salon A NEW salon has scooped two prestigious awards. Ander sons, on South Frederick Street, won the green salon of the year and the salon design of the year gongs at the Salon Business Awards in London. The hairdresser’s has also secured a place in the final of the Most Wanted awards for best new salon, run by magazine Creative Head. Staff will compete against four other salons.

Firm serves up festival event TOP home store IKEA will host a food-themed festival filled with design tips. The Swedish firm famous for its flat-pack furniture has invited guests to join the IDEAS Festival at their Glasgow store, next to Braehead, on August 1 and 2. Following the ‘it starts with food’ theme, the weekend will be packed with Scandinavian cuisine, as well as a pop up workshops.

Jackie Milliken and Marion Fraser.

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