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Spring fashion...............4-9

WHO WHAT AND WHERE Spring in the city.........10-14

ON THE LINE Call centre girl tells all.16-17

WHEN IN ROME... Plebs new guy..............18-20

GRAD SUPP Guide to the next step.....22-42

FUNNY GUY Larry Dean interview..........46

CHANGED BAYS James Bay interview........48-49

GAME ON Kiss Me First..............50-51

SIX OF THE FEST Summer festival guide......52-55

GOOD VIBES Body positive diary........56-59

ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL Spring beauty tips.........60-62

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Editor Debbie McInnes. Design Calvin Douglas. Contributors Luke Hawkins, Hannah Ahmed, Eilidh Stewart, Eilidh Akilade, Sarah Calpin, Mireille C Crocco, Susie Daniels, Jemima Dover, Katie Campbell. Published by Track 10 Media. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Leavers Magazine takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisements in this publication.


FASHION l Red Bardot Cross Front Shirred Crop Top £79.99

l Semi-Sheer Raincoat £29.99

l Guns ’n Roses T-shirt £18

l Adidas Originals Bumbag £20 four


L A V I T S E F FEVER THE ultimate festival look this year involves looking as stylish and effortless as the celebrities being papped at Coachella, whilst being prepped for the mud and the madness of UK festivals. As important as it is to spend your money on enough drinks to last the weekend, try and spare some cash for the key staple pieces for

festivals featured here. Replace the open toe shoes with a pair of Dr Martens, the light-weight kimono with an edgy rain mac, and designer bags with an essential waist bag. Now it’s time to enjoy the music! EILIDH STEWART will talk you through it...

l Red Bardot Cross Front Shirred Crop Top £79.99

l Light Before Dark Camel Teddy Jacket l Ditsy Shorts l BraletZip-through £75 £35 £26

l Abstract Print Rain Mac £25

llLight BeforePascal Dark Camel Dr Marten Teddy Zip-through Wonderlust BootsJacket £135 £75


FASHION l Chiffon Blouse £17.99

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l Dior Collection SS18

l Femme Frill Sleeve T-shirt £32

From Paris With Love

THIS trend will have you feeling a strong case of deja vu from runway collections to high street stores. The S/S 18 runways featured collections that were dominated by Parisian fever, like Gigi Hadid x Tommy Hilfiger S/S 18 ready to wear collection! This trend is perfect for keeping it casual, like Hailey Baldwin’s street style during New York Fashion Week, by pairing a striped slogan cropped top with a pair of distressed denim shorts this summer. Anything with runner stripes, French slogans and a whole lot of blanc, bleu and rouge is your go-to for a casual Summer.

l Appliqued Coat £99.99

l Hidden Button Cotton Blouse £20 Top l Bonjour Long Sleeve £19


l Hilfiger Collection SS18


It’s in the bag l Leopard Purse Belt £32

THIS season you will see the waist bag on the runway as much as you will off it. Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner and Rihanna have all already been spotted sporting this accessory, combining it with a range of different styles. This is so much more than your standard day-to-day bag, it has versatility. Wear it around the waist like Rihanna or update your style and wear it across the body as seen on Kendall Jenner. If you have not been won over already, forget juggling your bag and your phone, this hands-free style makes Instagramming a breeze.

l Black Studded Bum Bag £24

l Black Contrast Neon Trim Bum Bag £15

l Fanny Pack £15


FASHION l South Beach Coral Washed Cotton Beach Bag With Sequin Stark £15

l Animal Zen Beach Bag Black £29.99

l High Leg Waist Swimsuit £16


NO, it’s not too soon to start packing for your Summer vacay. This guide will sort you out for your beach days as well as hitting the clubs with your golden tan. Beachwear on the runway has given us serious 90s flashbacks with hip-bone grazing swimsuits, along with cut-outs and draped kimonos.

When heading out, your wardrobe will not be changing too much with a ‘barley there’ look being a massive prediction. Many designers have been collaborating day and night with mesh and silk fabric, like Isabel Marant throwing a metallic maxi over a swimsuit. Welcome to your Summer style guide.

FASHION l Watermelon 2-In-1 Towel Bag by Jaded London £38

l Cutout Swimsuit £18

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l Snake Flared Kimono £25

l Glamorous Midi Skirt £22

l Mesh Ruched Bandeau Mini Dress £30




sensitive information, you’ll know where Escobar messed up and therefore you’ll be able to run your

own cartel much more successfully. o NARCOS is on at the o2 Academy on May 9. Prices from £34.25






I THINK I hear the sound of something being milked for all it’s worth. Narcos was a huge hit on Netflix and captured the often easily-distracted mind of the average Netflix viewer. The rise and fall of crime lord and cartel kingpin Pablo Escobar has enthralled the world ever since the coverage of the story in the news during the 80s. Since then, many a film and TV show has been inspired by the life of Escobar. This May two of the men partly responsible for the creation of Narcos will be holding a conversation at the O2 Academy. Former DEA agents Javier Pena and Steve Murphy were in action at the time as they brought down Escobar and his Cali Cartel. The two were heavily consulted for the Netflix production and now take their stories and insights on the road. Make sure to take a pen and paper. If either of the speakers let slip some



The Moscow State Circus WHO doesn’t love the circus? Oh yes you do! (wrong entertainment?) The Moscow State Circus will embrace the Golden Age of Hollywood with Gostinitsa, their new show. It’s a show that promises to have all the nerve-tingling, edge of your seat thrills and in the wake of The Greatest Showman you can witess the spectacle with a new found respect. It features performances from acrobatics on Europe’s only double Russian swings, the Alikhanov Troupe which features three acrobats climbing and spinning to the top

of two ten metre poles balanced on the single shoulder of one man, unicycling, foot juggling, trapeze, high wire and the unforgettable Gostionitsa bellboys performing a skipping act with a twist. Sounds like a whole lot of entertainment going on under one big tent! o The Moscow State Circus – Gostinitsa is on Thursday 19 July to Sunday 5 August 2018 at Queens Links, Beach Boulevard, Aberdeen



AHH, the clowns of the sea. No wait, that’s dolphins. The clowns of the basketball court on the other hand, The Harlem Globetrotters, will be visiting the Braehead Arena this May. The exhibition basketball team have been touring for decades (with several changes to the lineup due to the aging process of human beings) and will stop off in Glasgow this year. Fun fact: The Harlem Globetrotters didn’t play a game in Harlem until the 60s, around 40 years after the team was formed. Think of it as being a combination of the circus, Stomp and some other kind of public performance… a basketball game I guess.


Harlem Globetrotters

Expect to witness the ridiculous skills of the likes of Thunder Law and Cheese Chisholm. I’m as jealous of their names as I am of their ability on the court. Also their

BROWSE more than 150 exhibitors, meet comic creators from across the globe, enjoy panels from your favourite artists and writers and marvel at some of the best cosplayers in the country. Yes, I did steal all that from the website. But don’t let that put you off – Glasgow Comic Con has made a

height. I’m jealous of that too. o HARLEM Globetrotters come to Braehead Arena on May 24. From £20.35.

Glasgow Comic Con real name for itself since its humble beginnings seven years ago. No big announcements yet about who’s going to be there this year, but previous mega guests have included local lads Mark Millar (Kickass, Kingsmen), Frank Quitely (New X-Men) and Grant Morrison (Batman).

No matter what, this is guaranteed to be a cool day out. o GLASGOW Comic Con takes place at the Royal Concert Hall on June 30. £5 for Under-18s, £10 for 18+.





Rita Ora DID you miss out on Rita Ora’s Glasgow gig? Couldn’t quite muster up the motivation to grab hold of a ticket for the o2 Academy? Then, as luck would have it, you get an ill-deserved second chance to see the former X-factor judge and all-round pop superstar in action in Scotland this Summer. Rita brings her show to Slessor Gardens on July 28, following in the footsteps of Little Mix and Olly Murs by heading for the city’s water-

front venue. Expect to be captivated by the multi-award winning singer’s surprisingly extensive back catalogue, featuring hits such as Hot Right Now, How We Do, I Will Never Let You Down and For You (yes, that’s the one with Liam Payne. Also expect rain. It’s Dundee in July for goodness sake! Did we mention that it’s an outdoor venue? o RITA Ora will be at Slessor Gardens on July 28. eleven




Youth Beatz IT’S only a few weeks since Rudimental sat proudly at No.2 in the singles charts with These Days. Granted they’d have sat even more proudly had they reached the top spot. For the record it hit No.1 in Austria but then what do they know? Regardless, the London drum & bass heroes are celebrating their con-

Race for Life – Pretty Muddy




o Youth Beatz takes place over the weekend of June 30-July 1.


o RACE For Life – Pretty Muddy takes place on June 23 at Beveridge Park. For more info go to

Sunday too. James Arthur, Scouting for Girls and Union J count themselves among the festival’s illustrious alumni so expect to spot some stars of the future.


EVERYONE likes to get muddy, right? Although in the case of the Race for Life – Pretty Muddy event it’s only females allowed to jump around in the filthy stuff in the name of charity. Cancer Research UK stage the fun run all over the country and it hits Kirkcaldy on June 23. The event – which is open to 13+ – basically involves running, jogging, crawling, climbing, sliding, clambering, falling and weeping through a series of obstacles set over a muddy course measuring either 5k or 10k. Slower entrants can expect to cross the finish line in around an hour before spending the next hour congratulating themselves on getting through it all to raise money for an amazing charity. Only then may then enjoy the most satisfying – and much-needed – shower of their entire lives!

tinuing success by performing at the 10th anniversary of Youth Beatz. The success of the festival means it has moved to a bigger site this year – Park Farm Showground since you ask. But the best thing about the event is that’s it’s, that and Lucy Spraggan’s pitching up on the

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IF you’re wondering how best to satisfy the nine-year-old in you who occasionally wants out, why not try hurtling yourself through a giant inflatable obstacle course? Gung-Ho! at The Meadows gives you the opportunity to test yourself against something that looks like the final of a 90s kids’ TV show. The difference is that the kids probably weren’t covering five kilometres on their obstacle course. The winner gets a load of Gung-Ho! merch and a sense of accomplishment that will make you consider whether you could be a professional obstacle course runner. You’ll quickly remember that that isn’t a thing and move on with your life. All of this is with the events charity partner, Children in Need, in mind. So dust off your gym gear, eat too many sweets and take part in something fantastically childish all for a good cause. o GUNG-HO! is on at The Meadows on May 12. From £36.93.




YOU may not have heard of this guy yet but, trust me, he’s gonna be massive. Playing an unprecedented (probably) three nights in a row at the home of Scottish football, this phonemonal performer continues to sweep all before him as he embarks on his biggest and best tour ever. Probably. Support, if you’re interested, comes from Anne Marie of ‘Rockabye’ fame. Sing it...oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh


Ed Sheeran

o ED Sheeran is at Hampden Park, Glasgow from June 1-3.



Hidden Door

HIDDEN Door is a great concept where unused buildings and public spaces are given a new lease of life and used as venues and galleries to display the work of musicians, painters, illustrators and plenty of other artistes. Thinking about the amount of unused space in Glasgow and just about every other city in the UK, this concept will hopefully spread throughout the country. Hidden Door could even become its own festival in time. Anything that gives a space to a range of artists is welcome; when potentially unused buildings then get a reboot and an opportunity to be rejuvenated then the idea becomes all the better. o HIDDEN Door takes place at Leith Theatre and Old State Cinema from May 25-June 3. Prices vary.


glitter painting.

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Confessions of a call centre girl... WHAT began as an unceremonious firing turned into an unusual job find which led to an unexpected promotion. MIRIELLE CROCCO shares her insight into the inner workings of a call centre worker.

The place... I WORK in an office that takes up an entire floor – it consists of two big rooms separated by a canteen, toilets, training rooms and a long hallway. The main areas are populated by pods and a mishmash of different computer screens, office chairs and supervisor desks. It looks a bit like something out of a low-budget 90s film. sixteen

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How I got here... LAST March, after coming home from a movie date with my boyfriend, I had the extreme misfortune of suddenly finding myself jobless – fired via email. As if that wasn’t bad enough, this just so happened to be an extremely busy time for me academically – I was juggling a cascade of deadlines on a number of challenging assignments and was already up to my eyeballs in stress. Not exactly the ideal time for a job hunt! After almost two weeks without an income, I finally landed on something – “market research interviewer”. To be perfectly honest I had no idea what kind of a job it was, but it sounded promising, so I went in to the orientation day. It didn’t take long for me to realise that I would be cold calling in a call centre. While the idea of my doing this was uncomfortable at best, I had no choice but to swallow my pride and give it a solid go. After all, that mobile bill isn’t going to pay itself.

The job... THE gig is market research – surveys upon surveys. We are not selling anything, we don’t ask for bank details, in short we are not a scam. The job oddly reminded me of my time as a film/TV extra in New York – show up and follow directions, almost insultingly simple. However, unlike the cushy NYC sets with their crafty tables and makeup teams, this job actually required a certain degree of negotiation skills and resilience.

Never did I know how many different kinds of telephone surveys could exist on such a variety of subjects targeted at businesses, private landlines and mobiles alike. These include organisations wanting to make sure their service is up to par, the government trying to get some feedback to see how they can help businesses in the future, political monitors, TV studies, etc...etc...etc... Basically, you show up, find your pod and seat, plop yourself down, log in, and start dialling. Easy peasy depending on the job you’ve been allocated to but it’s not always as simple as that.

My rise to glory... I GREW bolder the more achievals I got and started talking to respondents with authority, borderline bossy (while keeping it professional, again another mismatched combination). That made the whole thing seem that much more important than it actually was. And it got results. What’s more it got me noticed. I began getting requested for certain projects, and praised for my professionalism and about six months into the job, I got my first promotion – from humble telephone interviewer to big-shot assistant project supervisor. Living the dream, like.

Conclusion... WHILE it’s not my life’s passion to work in a call centre, I must admit that as far as student jobs are concerned this one is golden. The flexibility is amazing and what’s more the only people I have to deal with are fellow employees, most of whom I’m either on good terms with or have never talked to ever. I also managed to build up some valuable skills here, especially since my promotion, which has helped me fluff up my CV and I also learned something pretty neat – sometimes getting fired will get you promoted. seventeen


I’M UPBEAT IT COULD be the most daunting point of Jon Pointing’s career. Taking over the mantle from Plebs’ infectiously funny actor Joel ‘Stylax’ is not without pressure. Thankfully, Jon took the role for the brand new series of Plebs in his stride, although his poor feet may have suffered as a result.


lebs has reached such dizzying comedy success heights that actor and producer Seth Rogen is set to develop a US version of the show. In the UK, the fourth series is out on ITV2 now and the show, which has widely been described as The Inbetweeners in Ancient Rome, still follows Romans Marcus (Tom Rosenthal) who works in admin for a grain company and his slave Grumio played by Ryan Sampson. Sadly the loveable Stylax, who was played by Joel Fry, has exited the series but new character Jason, played by comedian Jon Pointing, steps in. The new series can expect the usual hilarious scenes and takes off with Edinburgh Fringe standup regular Jon’s character Jason, along with Marcus and Grumio, attempting to buy an abandoned toilet from a dodgy property developer and convert it into Rome’s hottest hangout – The Crown and Toga. Jon says his character’s not as brainy as the other two but is more of a positive influence on them. He reveals: “Jason’s very positive and infectious and happy-golucky. He’s not an over-thinker. “When the producer chatted to me about the character there were a few references to Love Island-type people – the perception that they’re just out for a good time. “Jason’s motivation is girls, girls, girls but it would be interesting for him to get a back story and a funny past.” So was there pressure knowing



AND AT ’EM Jon had effectively stepped into Joel Fry’s Roman sandals? Jon admits: “I’m a little nervous or apprehensive because it’s already an established series but I’m excited. “I tried not to overthink it. I didn’t know any of the other actors and Tom and Ryan made me feel really comfortable really quickly. “I met Tom, who came to see me at my Edinburgh Fringe show previews, then we did a pre-rehearsal for Plebs in London and when I was back in Edinburgh Tom visited me and we went out at night. e had a week to go over the script and then we were out filming in Sofia in Bulgaria. The studio was so big. “It’s a typical dream job working somewhere like that. “There are definitely times when you’re sat comfortably around talking with friends in a scene and it’s nice. “Of course the other side of it is you can be filming at 11 o’clock at night hardly clothed, freezing and with your exposed feet all cut up!” Jon’s route into comedy followed his course in Drama and Performing Arts at Winchester University. A group of students two years above him put on a comedy night and so his comedy career began. Jon says: “That was my first experience of seeing live comedy. I ended up in a sketch double act with the guy who’s now my brother-in-law! “I still never feel like I made a fully conscious thought, ‘I’m going to be a comedian’. “I’ve always loved comedy and wanted to be a performer. “When I was very young the first thing I was probably into was Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura and The Mask. “It was the perfect age for me – I was ten years old and there was something anarchic about his characters. “It was like being stupid for a living. I was probably annoying when I was younger as I liked to




imitate Carrey. I also liked Big Train, Smack the Pony, Alan Partridge and The Office and I’m a big Vic and Bob fan – it’s not comedy I’m good at but I liked to watch it.” Jon starred in Pls Like the BBC mockumentary about Vloggers, has written some short films and done stand-up at the Fringe since 2014. His most recent show was about creep Cayden Hunter who takes a cringe-worthy acting masterclass. The show welcomed rave reviews at the Fringe last year. Jon says: “Cayden came about because I’ve met lots of different

people through various workshops and studying it and men in general that are like that. “They see themselves as sensitive, worldly and profound but they’re actually shallow individuals. Blokes who are narcissist and stand up and say, ‘I’ve got all the answers’. “One time someone in the audience was fooled into thinking the spoof acting class was for real. “I did a work-in-progress, a free Fringe show late at night in the worst venue which suited my show really well. “This Danish guy in the audience


came up to me at the end and apologised that the rest of the audience were laughing. “Another time two people turned up thinking there was an actual acting workshop! “I have a mock website with a contact number which people have tried to contact. On the Home Page it says, ‘I’m not interested in an actor being good, I’m interested in them Being’.” PLEBS is on ITV2 on Mondays at 10pm.


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Time to get creative with SAE Glasgow K ICK-START your creative journey with SAE Glasgow. SAE offers industry-focused creative media honours degrees and short courses across six subject areas – Animation, Audio, Film, Games, Music Business and Web Development taught at 4 UK campuses in Glasgow, Liverpool, London and Oxford. We are committed to preparing the next generation of creative workers. SAE students graduate in just two years through fast-track degree programmes, accredited by Middlesex University, enabling them to enter the industry quicker than the competition. The students also benefit from a distinct method of practice-based training. With hands-on access to industry-standard equipment and software, students are professionally enhanced through real-world experiences combined with theoretical knowledge and nurtured to become creative professionals. In addition, expert technical

staff and specialist tutors provide students with a wealth of knowledge and industry insight, all delivered in small class sizes which enables exceptional levels of one-to-one support. Having been in Glasgow for 28 years now, and in the UK for over 40 years, SAE has provided quality creative media training and education to thousands of students in their four campuses and worldwide. They have set the benchmark high for creative media educators across the globe, because they know these industries and know how to train graduates ready to work in them. Their vast global community consists of inspirational alumni that have won Oscars, Grammys and BAFTAs. SAE Glasgow is a small and friendly campus, with two buildings situated in Kinning Park – the main campus building and the annexe. Together, the two sites offer creative individuals space to develop and nurture their talent. With stateof-the-art studios, industry-standard

equipment and dynamic work spaces, as well as a happy and relaxed atmosphere, SAE Glasgow is the perfect place for creativity to flourish. Accelerated degrees in Audio, Animation, Film and Music Business are taught at the campus by teaching staff that are not only experts in their field but in some cases, previous SAE students. ll have an impressive and extensive background in their industry which provide students with invaluable skills, knowledge and expertise to help them become ready to be an industry-game changer when they graduate. On top of this, there are regular SAE Extra events hosted at the campus which involve industry experts coming in to deliver inspiring and insightful talks or workshops. These help students not only broaden their knowledge and understanding of their field, but also opens up the opportunity for them to build key networks. The campus is proud to produce exceptional creative professionals year after year. Two graduates, Omar Khan and Geoff Angus, are recent BAFTA Scotland winners for their adventure game ‘Stories Untold’, while other alumni are making an impact in their respective industries, be it film, animation, audio or music business.


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#2 Sign on

t SH OU LD number eigh in this list not go to plan then here is the alternative. Signing on is a great way to keep yourself afloat financially and get help finding some sort of employment. The Job Centre will keep you motivated, either because of the pressure the officers will put on you to intensively look for employment or because you’ll get sick of going there. Don’t get into the habit of signing on for any length of time but do use this resource which is there to help you should you need it.


#3 Spread Your Wisdom NOW that you’ve stuffed your head all year, you have more knowledge than you did at the start of the year (whether it feels like it or not). As noble as it would be, I’m not recommending you become a tutor. It’s just that now you are in a position to give those who will replace you in their final year some potentially priceless advice. Would you genuinely recommend the subject? Which teachers should they cross their fingers and hope to avoid? Where can they get the best steak bakes? All vital gems of wisdom you can now impart to the next generation. You don’t have to be the Dalai Lama to dish out sage advice and priceless nuggets of wisdom. Bear in mind, however, that he’s unlikely to be strong on Gregg’s baked products.

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Things to do Now You’re Finally Free

WHETHER you’re planning to go to college or uni or aim to join the job market, you are now officially in the final throes of your time at high school. Assessments, exams, graded units and more assessments are handed

in; tears are shed, goodbyes are said, and dozens of web browser windows are finally closed. That being the case, LUKE HAWKINS gives you 10 things you are now free to do over the course of Summer.

#1 Leave This Place PACK your bags and disappear to a different country. From posing for Instagram at a full moon party in Thailand to gruesome lads/lasses’ jaunts in Magaluf to bar work in Australia, only you know what form of temporary emigration would best suit you. Money permitting, there is no end to the possibilities of where you could end up in the next couple of months. Money not permitting, you’ll probably find yourself in a a supermarket car park pushing trollies.

#4 Binge Watch ANYTHING! NOW that you have some stress-free time on your hands you can treat yourself to some much-needed alone time with the couch.

It’s time to make a beautifully crafted ass groove in the couch cushions rather than your desk chair. Netflix, Amazon Prime and good

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old-fashioned TV will look after you. Of course, you haven’t been bingewatching instead of doing coursework the entire year anyway, right?


THE NEXT STEP... #5 Embrace Your Inner Housewife/husband IF you do find yourself spending more time at home rather than in cafeterias and takeaways then why not become the domestic God/Goddess that you have the potential to be? This could be your time to become a star in the kitchen. I mean look at Gordon Ramsay, he seems pretty happy most of the time he’s in the kitchen, right? You could stick to the healthy detox (see number 8) or go full-on pastry chef and whip up cakes that are an affront to Mary Berry herself, the choice is yours.

#7 Prepare for your Graduation Ball

you AS SU M IN G sick haven’t gotten rned bu of everyone, and all your bridges ol ho left your last sc in a blaze of ex ry, glo pletive-laden n ball then graduatio g hin can be somet to. d to look forwar t The ball will no the only give you d chance to spen an too much on ll outfit, but it wi e th also give you catch opportunity to rmer up with your fo ess tn classmates, wi t ge the quiet ones d over excited an the e then never se e majority of thes people again.

#6 Detox WE all have our weekly routines, most of which are based around our timetables. This can have a serious impact on our eating, drinking, sleeping and overall lifestyle. For example, playing Candy Crush between every class or drinking one coffee per 100 words typed or, in my case, having a diet that mainly consists of steak bakes and chicken wings. Now that the timetables are out the window, we have a chance to get into some sort of decent routine. Either that or the lack of structure will see us descend into bewildered cattle-like creatures that eat everything in sight.

#8 Get Work Experience IF you’re determined to step straight into work that actually has something to do with your qualifications, then work experience might need to be your first step into whatever industry you’re looking to be a part of. twenty-four

More and more organisations are encouraging or even integrating work experience throughout the year. If this is the case for you, then you’ve got yourself some connections and some of that gold dust

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called experience. If not, then you’ve now got plenty of time to get yourself the odd week in a working environment, which will always have the potential to lead to much bigger things.

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THE NEXT STEP... How did your Kibbutz experience change you as a person? AS you would expect, the main attribute that my sister developed over the course of the year was independence. You suddenly have to do everything for yourself that you would never really need to do at home and your parents aren’t around to lead you through life anymore. It’s a shock to the system and this is heightened by the fact you are now also adapting to life in a different country. One way the Kibbutz life provided some familiarity and comfort was in the supportive nature of the group and of the Socialist life in general. There was a strong sense of family and encouragement within the group she lived with and that meant that everyone could depend on each other when in difficulty or stress. She also added that her experiences opened her eyes to new ways of living and gave her a clear view of the workings of Socialist life. What were the biggest challenges you faced? AS childish as it may sound, sharing was a big challenge for everyone on Kezia’s gap year. It was difficult to see people wearing your clothes and having to be around the same people all day every day became gruelling. You shared all facilities and the space you had to yourself was very limited. It was clearly a lot to adjust to. The fact that many people

felt uncomfortable to begin with meant that the group had to establish boundaries which proved to be difficult as well. Going back to the idea of being around the same people all the time, Kezia also found that it was a big challenge to learn all the annoying traits of her peers and what actions or words will upset each person in order to keep everyone as happy and comforted as possible. What aspects of Kibbutz life did you enjoy the most? I WASN’T surprised when Kezia told me she enjoyed the craziest parts of her gap year the most. It should be noted that my sister has rainbow coloured hair – the craziest coloured hair you could possibly imagine. Yes, that’s her on the left showing off her multi-coloured locks! Kezia loved meeting new people and finding herself being toured around where they live and being in ‘another world’ so to speak.


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She loved finding herself in the most incredible areas of Israel that go unappreciated due to not being a tourist attraction. Israel is a Jewish country, however there are many other religions which are active and thriving in the country and Kezia found them fascinating to learn about. It’s clear that moving to a new country for your gap year will surprise you in many ways and you will learn about new people and places that you would have never known about otherwise.

THE NEXT STEP... HAVE you ever considered escaping education and travelling across the globe to ‘find yourself’ and discover what’s out there while you have the chance? Would you rather live independently but still focus on your education and avoid breaking the bank? Of course you would. So to help you along, JEMIMA DOVER (that’s me on the left of the picture on the right) will impart some wisdom on everything you need to know before embarking on a Kibbutz adventure.

It’s a Kibbutz life for me MY 19-year-old sister Kezia (she’s the one on the right of the picture above) spent nine months living in Israel with a socialist Zionist organisation called Habonim Dror. She lived on Kibbutz Revivim in the South West of Israel for the first three months and then moved into a house alongside 20 Brits, Americans and Canadians in Hod Hasha-

ron in the North of Israel. Fresh out of her life as a high school graduate who was not quite ready to take on the world, my sister left home in September 2016 with five other Brits and headed off to Israel. The thought of taking a gap year had hardly crossed her mind yet, relatively unprepared for what is considered a huge life decision,

she completely changed her life’s path three weeks before she was due to start college. The opportunity was too incredibly special to pass up. With Kezia’s decision being ridiculously rash, it may have been beneficial for her to receive the advice that she has imparted on me for this article.

What did you learn about yourself while on your Kibbutz experience? KEZIA learned that she was able to live in close proximity with a group of new people. She hadn’t known her housemates for very long and she had only met the Americans she was living with at the start of the gap year programme. Living with housemates is not the same as living at home with your parents and siblings. When you live at home and you’re accustomed to having

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things done for you, you get worried that you won’t be capable of functioning for yourself once you leave home. You develop on your gap year; you learn how to look after yourself, you give up bad habits and pick up new ones and generally function as an adult. Being pushed into that environment where she suddenly had to become an adult and look after herself made her realise that she is able to live independently. twenty-seven


Would you Recommend a Kibbutz? YES. Now that Kezia is at university, she can see how much of an impact her gap year had on her self-confidence and independence. In hindsight, she sees that she was not ready for college or uni a year earlier and through her gap year, she has the life experience and knowledge to think ‘yes, I can live away from my family’ ‘yes, I can do this’. This has meant that she is a much happier person living in Leeds now than she would have been without

taking the time to mature and develop into a more confident person in Israel. Most importantly, gap years are fun! You meet friends that will stay with you for life and make memories that will last a lifetime. There will be crazy and confusing times and you will have dramatic relationships and many, many, hilarious moments. One thing in particular that I loved hearing about when talking to Kezia

was this activity called ‘Shnat (the gap year programme she was on) Confessions’. This was held at the end of the year, where all the housemates sat together and read out anonymous notes about the most terrible and unforgivable things they had done over the course of the nine months. An example of this is when two of the girls made soup for one of the vegan housemates and didn’t tell him they used a chicken stock cube!

What Qualities Are Essential for Kibbutz Life? BE open! You have already opened yourself up to a completely new life When so it is essential that you keep your mind and heart as open as possible. You also need to be open to share. You send your clothes off to laundry and you may What Did You Have to Keep Reminding Yourself About PUSH through all the hard times because they will get easier. Life in a Kibbutz – and gap years in general –can be difficult. It’s so fulfilling and incredible and life-changing but it won’t always be easy. You have a lot to get used to; the people, the living conditions, the separation from your family and old friends. There will be times twenty-eight

where you don’t think you are capable of staying away from home for the whole duration of the programme but you can do it. It will take time and you will need support but it is fully within your capabilities to push forward and make the most of your time away.

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not get it back, everyone puts their money together and everyone earns the it’s over same amount. It’s an alien concept at first which is why you need to be able to be patient and adjust to your new and very different way of living.

PATHWAYS to the Creative Industries with the Scottish Drama Training Network SDTN is a unique organisation dedicated to developing practice-based drama training in Scotland. A Scottish Funding Council initiative, SDTN is based at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in Glasgow and is a network organisation of 19 further education colleges and higher education institutions who provide practical training in theatre, film, television and radio subjects. We act as ‘a bridge’ between education and industry and we deliver a range of training events and projects for lecturers and students across Scotland. In January 2017 SDTN and Pleasance Theatre Trust established a new industry standard training pathway for theatre and production design graduates trained in Scotland: a production ensemble called The Network. The Network Ensemble provides an annual platform for graduates from our network across Scotland to experience the challenge and excitement of making work to a professional standard for the Fringe. It supports the participants, especially those from outside the central belt, to access opportunities by being part of the world’s largest Arts Festival – an ideal launch pad for creative careers. In 2017 The Network produced Snowflake written and directed by Mark Thomson, described in a four star review as, ‘A portrait of a generation’. The Scotsman Speaking about his experience as part of The Network, ensemble member and New College Lanarkshire BA Acting graduate, Jatinder Singh Randhawa said: “The work was intense from the

Let SDTN set you on the right path get go, the level of professionalism and focus needed really pushed me to a new level, every minute has motivated me and has opened up so many ideas and techniques I can add to my repertoire for future productions. Allowing me to use what I have learned in training, in a professional capacity where I can explore and experiment my performance methods. For helping me grow as an artist and develop as someone who can give all their energy to a craft they care about.” Following his performance in The Network’s production of Snowflake, Jatinder joined the Citizens’ Theatre

Company to play one of the lead roles in their production of ‘Cinderella’ for Christmas 2017. ***COME AND SEE THE NETWORK ENSEMBLE AT THE FRINGE IN AUGUST*** We will be at the Pleasance Theatre with a new ensemble of performers and creative team, drawn from a cohort of performance, technical and design graduates from Scottish Further Education Colleges and Higher Education Institutions, Directed by Caitlin Skinner. Pleasance Above: 4 – 27 August 2018, 1pm daily. (Check website for details).

ARE you thinking about pursuing a career in the creative industries? Let SDTN help you discover a wide variety of training options at Scotland’s Further Education colleges and Higher Education Institutions. SDTN produces an annual Directory to help prospective students understand the range of courses that are available in Scotland: from National Certificate to Higher National Diploma and degree programmes in a variety of subject areas from acting and performance to technical theatre or makeup artistry. You can connect with us online, we provide an online map and Course Finder with direct links to institutions’ websites at courses. You can also find us at:


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Just Do-It If you don’t want to spend your year abroad, there are many UK charities and organisations that you can spend your year with without having to fly halfway across the world. Do-It makes it very easy to find opportunities near you and they have a vast array of volunteering such as befriending war veterans, or working with homeless shelters. I went on to their website, typed in ‘Glasgow’ as my location and it found me almost 400 opportunities within a 50-mile radius. To put that in perspective, Glasgow and Edinburgh are roughly 50 miles apart. thirty

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GAP years are popular among teenagers finishing high school who feel like they need a break from studying, deadlines and the constant pressure to do well. Taking a gap year is one of the best things you can do to boost your CV and

THE NEXT STEP... ONCE you have decided to take the leap of faith and spend your gap year working abroad or volunteering, the next question you face is what to do. There are so many different organisations that all offer amazing experiences both home and abroad. Camp America is one of the most well-known organisations that offers work on a holiday camp in America over the Summer months and involves working with children of various ages and helping to coordinate activities. This appears to be a fun option and from speaking to friends who have been, I know it is a life-changing experience that will stay with you foever. It is one of the most desired and well respected organisations to volunteer with and, if I was taking a gap year,

See the sites then this would be the organisation for me as the benefits and prospects are overwhelming. It is also one of the few organisations which pay you for your experience as well as giving you everything you need from the moment you set foot in America rather than having to navigate yourself across a foreign country. The only downside is that it is for only nine weeks in the Summer so it is less of a gap year and more of a summertime activity. However if you really enjoyed it you could participate in other similar events. If you know you want to go abroad and work with children in an environment similar to home rather than providing aid work to countries in war, conflict or who are struggling with other issues, then this is definitely the organisation for you.

the gap gain experience of working and volunteering – which will be beneficial in all aspects of life. With so many options it can be dificult to find the right one for you. I’m SARAH CALPIN and this is my guide to taking a gap year.

Helping is out there IF you would rather spend your year giving support and aid to developing countries then there are various organisations to choose from. All have different aims and cover providing social care and helping with various aid topics, such as providing outward bound projects. education, helping to rebuild commuThere are three stages you go nities and providing healthcare. through before actually leaving for These are normally unpaid, howyour gap year; selection, fundraising ever the qualities and skills you gain and training. and the experience of working with The selection process gives candithose less fortunate than us could dates the opportunity to get to know prove invaluable. the organisation and allows them to Project Trust is a charitable organdecide whether or not you are the isation that enables you to spend right person for the placement. your gap year in Africa, Asia or Latin Next you will need to fundraise America and provide aid work by for your trip. An eight month project helping children with their education, will cost around £5,500 and a

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year abroad is around £6,200 and everything is included in the price; flights, insurance, the residential four day selection course, the residential four day training course, oversea support, accommodation and food, and the two day debriefing course. The training process is focused on making sure that you are prepared for your time abroad, for the work you’ll be doing and what to expect from the country you are visiting. thirty-one

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Earn while you SOME people choose to gain a qualification through college, but I feel that the hands-on experience a Modern Apprenticeship offers is a great way of learning and earning while you work and study. This is my story… WHEN I left school in 2016, I had known for a long time that I wanted to work with children. I specifically wanted to work as an ‘Early Years Educator’ or Nursery Nurse, which is a more traditional title. I sent my CV to the Enchanted Forest Nursery in Robroyston, Glasgow and was quickly referred to the Childcare Management Company who interviewed and assessed me for a place on the Modern Apprenticeship Programme. I was successful and started working full time in the nursery in September 2016 as an Early Years Support Worker and have never

looked back! At first I didn’t know anyone or what I was supposed to do but within a few weeks I got to know the staff and children as individuals, and they got to know me. Working towards my SVQ Level 3 in ‘Social Services, Children and Young People’, I learned how to care for babies and children aged from 0 to 5 years, helping them learn and develop through play. I also ensured that every child’s individual needs and rights within my care were met. Working as part of a team and learning from so many experienced colleagues gave me the opportunity to practice these skills daily and helped my confidence grow really quickly. Being involved in all aspects of the children’s care and wellbeing from the outset with my mentor helped me learn so many new skills with each week that passed. My Assessor from Childcare Management supported me through every step of the qualification and visited me at least

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1st CLASS FASHION PROM. Graduation. Just those words could bring on a migraine. It’s a night to celebrate all your hard work over the last few years and let loose, but crucially, the night when you’re most likely to find your photos plastered all over social media. Such an event calls for the perfect outfit, ensuring you feel as fab you look. Here’s SUSIE DANIELS’ key looks for the Big Day.

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IT’S an illusion that will have everyone wondering all night – the strapless wrap dress that appears to hover. It’s definetely one for the more confident among you but will en-

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learn? That’s kids’ play! once every month in the nursery, observing me and giving positive and constructive feedback on my practice. Each time I submitted my coursework, it was marked and returned – sometimes with amendments, which I had to complete until the piece of work met the standards. As there are no exams to sit, there are many opportunities to expand on your coursework until it is complete and shows competence in each of the 8 units. In November 2017 I completed the course and achieved my Modern Apprenticeship as a fully qualified practitioner. I applied for an internal vacancy and was successful in remaining with Enchanted Forest Nursery as one of their qualified team. I plan to continue learning and hope, one day, to become a successful nursery manager.

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NAME: David Christie. AGE: 19 When did you start your Modern Apprenticeship? 3rd August 2016 WHAT course did you study? ‘Social Services (Children & Young People) SVQ Level 3 WHERE was your placement? Parkgrove Nursery in Glasgow (Somerset Group). I worked full time, Monday to Friday and earned a monthly salary throughout my training. WHEN did you qualify? I worked really hard on my coursework with my assessor and finished on 24th August 2017 WHERE are you working now? I was kept on when I qualified and still working with the Somerset Group at their Parkgrove Nursery. WHAT advice would you give to school leavers thinking of a Modern Apprenticeship career in childcare? My Apprenticeship through Childcare Management Company and Parkgrove Nursery has given me the opportunity to get into the childcare environment to work and train, without having to go to college for the qualification. I would recommend this route to any young person who is looking to get into childcare as it’s a hands-on learning experience As well as being paid throughout your training, you also become part of a team and learn new skills each day in helping the children develop and learn too. There is a lack of males in the childcare industry and more boys should apply, as they bring a new dynamic to the nursery environment.

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JUST because you happen to be male doesn’t mean prom night isn’t a big deal. And it certainly doesn’t give you the green light to chuck on your ‘best’ Converse, denim and bomber combo. Make an effort boys – ditch the hoodie and pull on your best threads. It doesn’t require a big-money investment to look the business and there’s always the option to hire rather than buy your way to graduation night success.

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THE NEXT STEP... Hands up those who volunteer

OKAY, so it’s charity work: don’t expect great hourly rates – or any payment at all – but these opportunities are guaranteed to give your CV that boost you need to get into the job market. And, if you’re not planning

on going to uni or college, these positions are perfect for you to meet others just like you. Sounds good? Then grab your bucket and get ready to give, give, give and hopefully get some experience in return. EILIDH AKILADE investigates...

#1 Street Fundraising WE’VE all seen them: young people milling about Buchanan Street drowning in their oversized, charity logo raincoats with their too bright smiles, considering the ten times they’ve been ignored in the last minute. Right, it doesn’t seem ideal but being a street fundraiser for a charity – Oxfam, Marie Curie, Barnardos, you name it – can be a genuinely rewarding experience, promoting a cause you genuinely care for, meeting new people, encouraging others to give. Usually, street fundraisers

work in a team allowing you to really get to know your colleagues-soon-to-be-friends. Yes, it may be miserable being snubbed by busy shoppers but just think of it as…character building. And, most charities offer payment for this kind of role! Don’t expect to be rolling in the cash anytime soon but, with flexible working hours and well above minimum wage hourly payments, this is a perfect opportunity to save some money and gain experience and skills in many different fields all

Katie had designs on WE meet Glasgow Clyde College alumnus Katie Fairfull as she shares her story about making it in the textile industry. WHY did you choose to come to Glasgow Clyde College? I came straight from school to do a portfolio prep course; I initially thought I wanted to go to art school, but after the portfolio course I realised that I wanted to try out either fashion design or fashion textiles. I loved my textiles course at College and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in design. The lecturers are so experienced and skilled and they have lots of contacts and ideas about how you could move into the industry. HAVE you always been interested in Textile Design? I’ve always been fascinated by design in general, at school I enjoyed art and I knew I wanted to go into something creative. As I progressed in my

THE NEXT STEP... #2 Glasgow Women’s Library Internships and Volunteering FANCY yourself a bit of a feminist? Or a book worm? Or both? If so, the Glasgow Women’s Library is calling your name. The library is dedicated to spreading awareness and educating others on issues concerning women and gender equality. Internships – usually lasting between one to six months over a minimum of two days a week, although mainly offered to students and graduates – allow you to fully immerse yourself in the community of the library. You gain a range of skills such as helping to host events, working front of house, organising and cataloguing books – the list goes on! Volunteers are also at the heart of the daily running of the library with many giving a few hours of their week to contribute their skills. Both the volunteer and intern-

ship programme are, although usually unpaid, perfect to gain experience in areas you may have a real passion for – something Glasgow Women’s Library greatly values.

So join a community of cool, progressive women, all there to better the world and read some good books. Sounds like my cup of tea.

a career in textiles course I became more and more interested in textile design and when I graduated from Glasgow Clyde College I knew I wanted to continue studying in this field. SO what happened after you graduated from Glasgow Clyde College? Glasgow Clyde College has such great links with universities that I wanted to take advantage of this. I was successful in my application to Herriot Watt University and managed to get directly into 3rd year of the 4 year degree course. AT university you were very successful; tell us more about this… I was awarded an all-expenses paid, two-week work placement with Bute Fabrics. This was a great experience and it made me excited and motivated to find more work placements. I realise how valuable the placement really was and I think contributed to me winning the Society of Dyer’s Colourist award in my third year.

Shortly after I attended the Internship Exhibition and was approached by Lovat Mill Hawick, they really liked my work and offered me an interview for an internship but it didn’t really fit with what I was looking to move into. However, during the interview they mentioned that my design might be best suited to a company called Transcal, who designed textiles for automotives. I chanced my arm and sent them an email and ended up being offered a full-time paid Summer internship. I became Transcal’s youngest design team member and first ever intern. WHAT happened next after you graduated? The day after graduating I was contacted by my former boss at Transcal, wondering if I’d be interested in returning as their Summer intern. I was delighted to accept the position as a Colour and Materials


er, specialising in automotive. I am now only one year after graduating and truly feel like part of a team and it is in a job that didn’t even exist to apply for.

WHAT advice would you give future graduates? If I can offer any advice as a recent graduate to a future graduate, it would be the good old saying, ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’, and I would note how important it is to never underestimate yourself…if you ever want a job (or experience) with a certain company, why not just ask them?

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THE NEXT STEP... #3 Local Support Charities IT’S likely that in your area there’s at least one local charity which supports children and adults with additional support needs. For example, where I live in East Renfrewshire there’s Cosgrove Care – an outstanding charity which has been working hard to support those with additional support needs for many years. These charities usually have a real sense of community, with staff, volunteers and those they assist all working together to create a safe, loving environment helping many, who could not otherwise, to live independent lives. Sounds lovely, right? Well, there are many ways you can get involved: either as a volunteer – working in their shops or with people with additional support needs – or for paid employment, such as a support worker. Being a support worker allows you to work one to one with both adults

and children to better their lives. These charities tend to really value those who can work to be a part of a family, and the charity’s wider community, to change someone’s life. Working in such a role is a highly

rewarding experience as it allows you to see the difference you’re making first-hand. Push yourself outside your comfort zone, widen your view of society and learn that there’s more joy to life than you thought.

#4 Animal Care worker OKAY so it wouldn’t be for me – I’m only really a cat person, my cat being the love of my life – but I know animal care is a dream job of many. Dogs Trust, Cats Protection, okay maybe I’ll rethink this one, and other animal shelters across the country are always looking for care workers. Usually these positions don’t require qualifications, merely experience – you can volunteer with any of these charities – and with decent

starting salaries, you have the opportunity to work your way up if desired. If you’re not so much of a people person, this kind of work is perfect – just imagine those gorgeous little fluffy faces smiling up at you each day. It’s a bonus if you’re an animal lover as you’re getting paid to work with your favourite furry friends and make their over lives When that bit it’s better. So if you can stomach the less fluffy aspects of the job then grab your dog treats and start looking for a role that suits you.

#5 Oxfam Internships THEY’VE had some bad press recently but let’s not tar the charity with the work of a few when there’s such amazing work by the many. Oxfam offers internships ranging from three to 12 months for a few days a week and is the perfect opportunity to gain experience with an organistaion. Interns can work in departments such as human resources, IT and media, allowing your time there to be perfectly suited to your chosen career path. It’s an incredible charity helping so many across the globe. With so many thirty-eight

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passionate, driven people working for such a great cause, Oxfam really offers its interns an opportunity to grow and hone their skills in a creative environment. Of course, it’s an internship so it’s not paid. But, remember, with it being only a few days a week, you can easily work part time elsewhere while gaining this vital experience. If this sounds perfect for you then hop on to their website and change your life while helping to change the lives of so many others.

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THE NEXT STEP... #1 Missing Out

YOU might have already t guessed that this poin but was going to come up, rolling home at 3am and le cranking up Spotify, whi of leaving the mementos your ‘wild’ night out on s to display for your parent isn’t see the next morning, m. exactly pleasing for the ing Of course, I’m not say is all that college or uni life about nights out. s But having your parent t cramping your ‘mojo’ isn’ exactly fun. Finding a happy balance nds between family and frie g is important while livin ts away – and the ‘wild’ nigh acaway from home might iate tually make you apprec your parents a lot more.

MANY people believe that by moving away you expand from your original friendships you had within your school. I’m not saying that everyone who goes to college or university leaves their 10-year school friendship behind. But living away, you are ‘forced’ to make new friends (which sounds aggressive, but I’m sure meeting new friends isn’t harmful) within your accommodation, lectures and of course, socialising – which I think every student does, so it is ticked off the uni bucket-list. Although many say that they carry on their school friendships well into their adult life, many fear that they would actually be missing out on the ‘ultimate uni experience’ (which I’m very much looking forward to).

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A LOT of people believe that moving away will still cost much more than staying at home. However, that isn’t always the case. If you’re lucky enough to have a car and your college or university is something of a commute, then you will still need to pay for the hefty cost of fuel, insurance, car maintenance and even for parking!


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THE NEXT STEP... I GUESS the decision to stay or leave home when starting college or uni is never easy. The idea of living away, budgeting and just generally not relying on your parents for everything is far more difficult than one naive teenager may promise to do. However, what else screams independence than living alone or sharing a flat or coming back to the bedsit you call home. I have decided that moving will help me to become more responsible,

in regard to ‘adult life’. You can learn a lot from living alone. And although it might seem more practical to stay at home and save instead of racking up student loan after student loan, you will never know the full ‘Uni Life’ until you leave home. Oh and also, you will probably learn after years of studying and living away, how to cook something other than a boiled egg. I’m KIRSTY CAMPBELL and these are my top reasons why living away might be the best option.

I’m outta here...the perils of a post-school solo mission #3 Lack of Privacy YOU might have experienced your parents invading your personal space 24/7 when you were at the beginning of your adolescent years. Well to put it politely, it would definitely not get any easier as you become older. Parents always (well, usually) have your best interests at heart, but do they really know when to stop checking up on you when you’re in your early

20s and still studying from home? Moving away doesn’t just give you the freedom from the hectic joys of home life, but it gives you the much-needed space to grow and become a mature adult. Whether it’s studying for exams or cramming in last minute papers, it’s less stressful when you can sit in your bed-sit and not be spied on by your mum or dad. Although you might #4 Expense feel the sudden shock of missing home at first Even if you do not have a car, it when you move away, is still very expensive to travel on one thing you won’t buses or trains, which will soon tally miss is the interference up the cost of staying at home. of mum and dad. (P.S. Love you mum So even though it might be and dad – and don’t get perceived that staying at home will mad at how this section save you more money than moving is mainly aimed at you. away, it perhaps cannot be said for Love, your sweet, the commuting aspect of further or darling daughter! Phew, higher education. that was close.)

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How do you feel about a job that’s rewarding, fun and has the potential to change lives? We need people who are caring, creative and full of enthusiasm to work in nurseries as part of the expansion of Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) in Scotland. You could be a support worker or ELC practitioner with opportunities to progress to nursery manager, improvement officer or even own a nursery! Moray is one of the best places in Scotland to get ahead in the ELC profession. It’s where the first of many new ELC units in Scotland is opening in August. There are lots of jobs in this sector in Moray with plenty of opportunities for on-the-job training to gain qualifications. Check out your options on where you’ll find out how to train, how you can progress in a career in ELC and see all the latest jobs in ELC advertised. Or just drop us an email

Get involved in MAS fundraising MENINGITIS Association Scotland encourages all teenagers who congregate in a common room or Halls to be aware that some bacteria can spread by exchanging saliva or spit through coughing or kissing or lengthy contact in close proximity. MENINGITIS Association Scotland (MAS) was established in 1991 following a tragic event in Eileen McKiernan’s life when her 18-yearold son Lee was fatally struck down by the condition. Eileen has dedicated her life to raising awareness and charity and started the first Glasgow meningitis support group which has raised over £1million for the development of a vaccine for one strain of the illness. MAS has also raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for the charity, other charities and has supported so many worthwhile causes through fundraising events. Eileen was awarded an MBE in 2009 for her dedication to MAS. At the end of last year, £4,000 was raised in support of the Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity (CHAS). The generous gift helped CHAS fund a neurosurgical endoscope; the first of its kind in a children’s hospital in Scotland. The endoscope will be used to help children who require surgery to their brain or spine, including children with

brain tumours, cysts and hydrocephalus.Consultant Neurosurgeon at the Royal Hospital for Children in Glasgow, Dr Roddy O’Kane said: “Thank you for your donation, which will make a significant difference to the children that we treat. “The equipment will allow me and my team to perform minimally invasive, more effective and safer surgery which will ultimately lead to a better outcome for all of the children that we treat here.” 15-year-old Ciara Allan from

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THERE are many friends and social groups who can get together and get involved – the St Leo’s Walkers group last year organised a sponsored trip by ‘a few hardy spirits’ to Mount Olympus in Greece to raise money in aid of Meningitis Association Scotland. What are you going to do during your holidays – something worthwhile that might make a difference to somebody else’s life? FOR more information about the Meningitis Association Scotland visit or call 0141 427 9136. n Mount Olympus


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LASGOW comic Larry Dean attended exclusive Belmont Academy in a posh suburb on the south-side of Glasgow – the same school attended by the Biffy Clyro boys – but he clearly isn’t your typical private schoolie. First off, his dad’s family are fae the East End and Larry’s idea of looking good in his teens at the weekends was to don a ‘classy’ silver Sellic (Celtic) ring and snazzy silver watch. The award-winning (a Moose award is still an award!) stand-up manages to put his varied upbringing to good use. Larry explains: “My family on my dad’s side are from the East End of Glasgow but I grew up near Shawlands. “A mate of mine owned Bairds Bar near the Barras. So how did I end up in a private school? I moved around a lot when I was younger. “My mum was a teacher and around twenty years ago when property prices were doing well she realised if she did a house up and painted it she could make a lot of money. It was a good way of looking after three kids. So she sent me to Belmont. “The main reason I went to Belmont was basically I wasn’t the most academic kid in the world. “I still left there with only a B in Art and a C in Music so it’s either draw a picture or play the guitar for the rest of my life! “My brother and sister sound proper south-side though I don’t. “When I’m doing stand-up, Scottish audiences don’t mind a posh accent but I find myself, when I’m overseas, changing my accent. I’ve subconsciously learned to tone down my voice.” The 28-year-old has learned a lot of lessons along the comedy road including some personal beauty tips. He explains: “I had a haircut that made me look like one of the guys from Dumb and Dumber. I learned don’t get a £100 haircut the day before your photo-shoot because I looked like an absolute eejit!” The southsider, who was nominated for best newcomer at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2015 and won the Amused Moose award at the Fringe in 2016, radiates ‘ease’ on stage. Obviously years of honing his skills and testing the water in dank venues has worked a treat. A Scottish audience is notoriously hard to please and quick to poke fun at a drowning guy on stage if he shows any fear or weakness. But that ‘I’m still in the pub’ rapport with the audience works a treat and Larry reveals there’s no pre-performance mantra to relax before going on stage.


I’m putting the accent on success BY SUSIE DANIELS Larry says: “I’ve been jammy the past three years with great reviews for my shows in Edinburgh. “Am I nervous? I’m screaming inside. It’s weird, I’m not exactly really laid back before I get on, I’m terrified. “But if something makes me laugh just before I go on it’s okay. I guess if you’re laid back you don’t describe yourself as it.” His comedy heroes include Jim Carrey, Richard Pryor, Omid Djalili and Billy Connolly. “The usual silly jokes made me laugh. When I left school Kevin Bridges was doing the Michael McIntyre Comedy Roadshow on television,” he says. “There was nothing else like it I’d seen as a comedy show on stage. Comedy was really big during that time and I loved making people laugh. t school I used to practice in front of the mirror making funny faces and going over a joke I wanted to tell everyone. “I did a comedy show at school run by the PE teacher who doubled as the show organiser. “I was told by the PE teacher I was funny and it was a bit of a weird thing but I treated school days like a gig and would think to myself ‘I can make that joke funnier and that one was weaker’, or ‘I didn’t get many laughs from that one’.” After school and before stand-up took off, Larry worked as a cleaner and a pizza delivery boy. “I was cleaning toilets and offices and delivering pizzas,” he laughs. “The toilet cleaning wasn’t the hard job, everyone knows the difference between white and yellow but the pizza company’s slogan was ‘we’ll deliver anywhere in Glasgow’ so they’d tell me an address and I had ten minutes to get from some where like Merrylee to Kilmacolm! “It was a great place to work and all the workers would take the mickey out of each other.”



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T’S HARD to admit it’s over. Someone’s moved on in your life and you’ve been left behind. They’ve changed but you remain the same. It’s even worse to see them looking great. Somehow sexier. They’ve changed their image but not much is happening in your life. This is how Hat feels now that James Bay has ditched him. It isn’t quite as bad as a ‘dumped you’ text but James admits: “A lot of people have asked me about the hat. Where it is now. It’s done. I woke on a Tuesday and it had left. It’s time to call it a day and set if free. Let my head finally be free.” To be fair, following the success of Hold Back the River in 2014 the soulful song was almost played to death on the radio. And after what felt like a lifetime of video plays on music channels hat’s popularity was beginning to wear a bit thin like a stray thread. Maybe James’ forthcoming album Electric Light writes about his past relationship with hat? If so, he’s not letting on. The all new sexier singer has turned a musical sheet in his life. Though he’s ditched his Memphis hat he’s not turned his back on the music associated with the greatest sound on the planet – Soul. Rather, he’s gathered other music genres and artistic influences along the way from Prince and Bowie to Blondie and The Strokes. This is reflected in the varied sound of his eclectic second album Electric Light. It had to be brilliant, there was no doubt about it. After being showered with so many accolades for Chaos and the Calm, Bay’s debut album in 2015, a massive hit has to be followed by yet another. Electric Light has sexy, pop, gospel and even a country slither to it. Is it possible to have the blend of Prince, Emeli Sande and Bryan Adams in one album? Why not?


Track Wild Love has a sultry Prince vibe which young male teenagers will know doubt thank Bay for in a few years time. Just for Thought has a country Bryan Adams feel, Pink Lemonade is quintessential Eighties pop and Us has an Emeli Sande gospel persona. So does Bay crave the longevity of these massive music icons? He says: “I’ve only existed for a couple of years mainstream. It takes time. I’ve been exploring. “The reality is nowadays artists aren’t given as much time to make it. It’s the ‘now’ attitude. Pop music exists in that way. “I have recognised I have a new confidence as a writer more than I did before partly because of the success of my first record and also you start to get comfortable in this way of life. “I’ve learned how to have a good time more than when I


e h t f o n a m moment JAMES Bay’s debut album reached number one in the UK Albums Charts in 2015 and his biggest single Hold Back the River was played again and again alongside the discussion of his hat and hair. So now that he’s cropped his hair and ditched the trademark hat will the focus just be on the started out – I was a rabbit in the headlights!” James finished touring at the end of 2016 and as soon as he stopped his quest began to make new music. The 28-year-old from Hertfordshire spent four months recording the album tracks in a basement studio round the corner from his house. He recalls: “On the second of January last year I woke up and looked in my diary and thought ‘nothing’s in there’. “There’s a little basement studio round the corner from my own house and I went there nearly every day for days and days. ohn Green, a good friend of mine, who is a talented writer, musician and producer, spent time working with me in that studio and in that little studio Electric Light was born.” After touring his songs from Chaos and the Calm for four years James was listening to David Bowie, the Strokes, Blondie, Frank Ocean – music he hadn’t listened to that was now inspiring him to put pen to sheet for his second album. He says: “I was also exploring LCD Soundsystem. That’s why it (the album) sounds the way it is. “The changing sound and look come hand in hand. I came up with my new look. I laugh when some people say, ‘This look isn’t you’. “I’ve never been asked if I feel sexy. I guess I do.” Bay had been binge-watching his favourite Netflix series Stranger Things and had a light-bulb

music? And will he now feel exposed physically and mentally with the release of his second album Electric Light? James chats to SUSIE DANIELS about his new album and how nervous he was meeting the star of his favourite TV show...

moment about how the music video should be designed. James recalls: “Around the time I was releasing Wild Love I was flying everywhere. I had an idea for the video. I’m not a good actor but thought wouldn’t it be awesome to use someone whom everyone would recognise in the video and then put them in a different environment. “I’m a massive Stranger Things fan so we contacted Natalia Dyer


(Nancy) and she said she loved the song. It was a day of shooting in LA and then she went back to filming in Europe. “I was nervous on a million levels before we had even started shooting face to face. We’re in touch but she’s busy doing her thing.” As nervous as Bay was of meeting Dyer, nothing else apart from an onscreen smouldering was ever going to come of the meeting as the singer is happily holed up with his girlfriend back in Islington. Bay says of his relationship: “It’s

nice to be back home. The madness [in the music industry] is the greatest thing to make life difficult. “It’s easy and hard for the two of us. My girlfriend has a job and her own life. It’s wonderful but you have to navigate. “Of anyone that keeps me grounded my girlfriend is top of that list. Also, my oldest friend I’ve know since I was three, Tom, is my bass player. He’ll give me that look if I’m ever too over the top. He gives me that look nearly ever day!” And for all music enthusiasts studying music or playing for passion James has some great advice: “If you want to be a song-writer and performer the best way is to get out there and do it! “I spent thousands of hours listening to music videos. No matter how full or empty you are with ideas, practice makes perfect! “Try and write a song every day. Quantity can help with quality. “I studied a GCSE in Music but I can’t read a note. Some musicians can’t read but they can play. I then went to music college in Brighton for 18 months. “Music is a passion project. It’s what you put in you get out. “I played in lots of bands and the experiences were amazing. Initially I was never a frontman, I played guitar on the sidelines. “Then I started my own band and eventually I was playing six nights a week living in Brighton while I was working in a bar at the weekends.” l JAMES Bay will play TRNSMT on June 29 at Glasgow Green. Electric Light is out on May 18th. forty-nine


AID TO dress up as an actress during the day, in the evenings she’s performing as a cannibal and at weekends you can find her in cosplay. So it’s hard to visualise the line where acting stops and reality begins for Tallulah Rose Haddon. Yet again she’s role-playing but this time she has a dual role in a Channel 4 series where her character has to make some serious choices. The Living and the Dead and Taboo actress knows a thing or two about unusual life choices so playing the role isn’t a break from the norm. She relished the lead role as Leila, a shy 17-year-old who is addicted to online virtual game Agora. Leila meets Tess (Simona Brown), an extrovert, confident party girl who harbours a dark secret and Leila assumes her identity once she goes missing. Tallulah talks about the excitement of her new role: “I’m very excited about playing Leila and I was excited about virtual reality and becoming my avatar, Shadowfax. “Leila is shy and doesn’t really socialise much. She’s quite


isolated and becomes a different person in the game and does all sorts of stuff she wouldn’t do in real life like flying. “She’s generally more physically active as an avatar and her voice is more confident. “She’s been playing for several years and done everything she can do in her avatar kingdom. “I’m not really into the gaming scene though I quite like playing Mass Effect. It’s a sci-fi action role-playing third person video game. “It’s about making your own journey. Agora is similar to Max Effects because you choose what you do in the game. “Tess’s avatar Mania kind of shocks Leila. She’s never been intrigued by another character and Mania’s arrived uninvited into her world and has provoked Leila’s avatar Shadowfax to follow her. They’re very different. “I actually wanted to audition for Tess as I think I can relate more to her! Simona (Wizards vs Aliens) and I feel we’re playing the wrong characters! “It feels with Leila everything that’s happening is happening internally – she’s still creating an internal world. “I like sci-fi and magical realism because it’s a way of commenting on political situations and talking round things by making them entertaining. “I like the subtlety and sense of wonder of some sci-fi when the reader or audience realises what’s really being said. I really like reading sci-fi written by Octavia E Butler. “I’m part of a feminist sci-fi reading group based in Glasgow. “If I could design an online game it would be Mutant Underground beings and they are trying to defeat patriarchy. Like teenage ninja mutant turtles they live in sewers and caves. I’m quite into underground passages.” Filming Kiss Me First was a challenge as it was difficult for Tallulah to visualise anything while surrounded by a white screen so she found a way to focus and build up the virtual world in her mind. Tallulah explains: “In between takes I made some playlists of game sounds when we’re doing the VR. It’s bizarre because we’re in a white room with bizarre outfits, it’s like doing a play with no props so I kind of found a weird techno track to listen to.” If you Google Tallulah’s name you will find some

SINCE the release of the sci-fi fantasy film Avatar nine years ago and the onset of the gaming world since, there has been a gap in TV drama for something to satisfy teenagers’ quest for the virtual world. The film Nerve captured the zeitgeist of the danger and thrill of interacting with games online. Could a TV drama take it to a ground-breaking new level? Kiss Me First is adapted by Skins co-creator Bryan

Elsley from Lottie Moggach’s novel, into a six part thriller exploring online virtual reality gaming, social media and self obsession. Teenagers in the real world get to be anything and do anything they want in the virtual world via their avatars. Tallulah Rose Haddon talks to SUSIE DANIELS about avatars and how her life revolves around alter egos and dressing up...

Tallulah’s a real game changer weird and wonderful images of blood dripping from her mouth, dressed in a green latex-type suit and a kaleidoscope image of electrically charged neon colour painted on Tallulah from head to toe for the film Spaceship. These are images that Tallulah embraces with open arms as a scrapbook of her colourful life. She says: “I think that’s quite a strong part of me. I find it interesting in how to portray yourself. “I’ve been online for a long time and a lot of my friends have similar pics. I guess the more exposure you get the better. “I really like dressing up. Me and my friends like to go as someone like Frida (Kahlo) and Diego. I once dressed up like that with a massive pillar attached to me! “I think it’s a crossover – being in charge of your own art and own

characters feeds into acting in a more conventional way. In a sense performance makes you speak different languages. “I’ve always been fascinated with cosplay cos to me it’s dressing up which makes you immediately confident as a person. “If I was going to a fancy dress party I’d dress up as Snot Girl, the green girl from Deadpool.” Tallulah was influenced by performance art from a young age. Her mum produced live art for ten years and would take a young Tallulah to performances with her. Tallulah explains: “I guess I felt a little bit strange when I was younger how my references have been different to other people. “I never felt anything was forced on me. It became clear that I was different from other teenagers.”

The actress from south London breaks a stereotype by being one of the few female beatboxers. When Tallulah’s not filming for television you may find her performing in London as the ‘youngest cannibal in Europe’ – who has a soft mouse-like squeaky voice, beatboxes and likes to eat human flesh. Tallulah enthuses: “I perform my character Susie in London at various venues so it’s still going strong. I think the next thing I’d do is Trump, the drag act. “There’s a lot of material and a lot of comedy in that. I’ve not studied clown but I’d like to do bouffant – the art of mockery.” KISS Me First is out now on Channel 4.

WHAT: TRNSMT WHERE: Glasgow Green WHEN: June 29-July 1 and July 6-8 NOW in its second year, TRNSMT has Liam Gallagher, Stereophonics and The Killers headlining for your aural pleasure. I’d buy a ticket just to hear ‘Mr Brightside’ live. If you’re a festival newbie then this non-camping one’s a great place to start: no mud clogged tents, no hangovers worsened by a cold sleeping bag and you can shower before getting sweaty all over again the next day. And remember Scottish rain is guaranteed to cool you down in any mosh pit. PROS: City centre setting great for access, accommodation, etc. CONS: No camping option so get yourself sorted on AirBnB NOW if you’re planning to stay the weekend. TICKETS: Range from £59.50 for day pass to £409 for five-day VIP access.

THIS festival with its dreamy fairytale vibe is hilariously out of place, nestled between mountains and rivers in south west Scotland. Knockengorroch offers a family friendly festival – a perfect opportunity to release your inner child – with music ranging from folk to rock. Peculiar in the best of ways, Knockengorroch is an explosion of

WHAT: Reading & Leeds WHERE: Reading & Leeds, obvs WHEN: August 24-26 WITH Glastonbury taking a holiday this year, Reading and Leeds is where it’s at. These twin festivals are the place to be for the year’s biggest acts. Think crop tops and shorts and hanging out with a bunch of friends, rolling out of a tent each morning and forgetting all your troubles. Kendrick Lamar, Kings of Leon, Fallout Boy and Panic! at the Disco headline this year. Oh and it’s in England so you’ve got less of a chance of catching hypothermia. PROS: Twin sites means you get to pick your party. CONS: Twin sites means you have a decision to make. It’s Reading, right? No, Leeds. No, wait... TICKETS: From £69.50 for day ticket to £205 for weekend pass.

WHAT: Knockengorroch WHERE: Dumfries & Galloway WHEN: May 24-27 colour and creativity with abstract art and performances in every corner. Trust me, you’ll find yourself in garishly bright clothes, sitting

around a campfire with new best friends from last night’s ceilidh – aka complete strangers – and completely let go of normality. PROS: Didn’t you read the last bit? CONS: You might make too many friends. TICKETS: Too many options to count.


FEST FESTIVAL season is fast approaching and there’s a whole lot going on that you most definitely don’t want to miss. From the biggest festivals everyone’s already got their tickets for to those hidden gems, slightly more quirky and alternative, worry not because

we’ve got you covered. There’s something for everyone here: camping and glamping, affordable and bank breaking, indie and mainstream. So what are you waiting for? Grab your wellies, your raincoats and a whole lot of glitter for this sSummer’s best festivals. Here’s EILIDH AKILADE’S guide to Summer ’18.


WHAT: Lovebox WHERE: Brockwell Park, London WHEN: July 13-14 THIS non-camping music and arts festival is filled with unique, fresh, exciting acts. Skepta, Childish Gambino and N.E.R.D top the bill this year. Bursting with colour and excitement, this one’s going to be perfect for that Summer Instagram theme you’ve been lusting over. If you want to feel cooler than you actually are, grab some sparkles and a bunch of friends and find yourself in a park transformed into a carefree yet edgy haven. PROS: No one’s judging you here – anything goes. CONS: You might feel too ‘normal’ at times. Don’t worry, you’ll get over it and you’ll emerge a better person. TICKETS: From around £45 for day ticket.

THE Beeb have gone nuclear this Spring by taking their annual free bash and multiplying it by four. Then adding on ticket prices. Depending on your musical taste/ location/motivation you could be enjoying anything from Radio 2-friendly jazz favourite Jamie Cullum to alternative rock heroes Wolf Alice to all-conquering singer-songwriter Ed Sheran over the course of the festival. With over 175,000 tickets available

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WHAT: Tiree Music Festival WHERE: Crossapol, Tiree WHEN: July 11-16 THIS one requires a bit of a pilgrimage – a four hour ferry to be precise so pack seasickness tablets – but the location on the Isle of Tiree in the Hebrides is most definitely worth it. For folk music lovers this festival is perfect with the biggest names in that genre – this time around Skipinnish, Skerryvore and Hannah Rarity are among those pulling in the punters. Not only does a ticket to Tiree offer the best of folk but also the best of Scotland as it’s acclaimed as the ‘Hawaii of the North’. Yes, think white sand beaches, blue skies, the lot. Due to its somewhat isolated location this is set to give you that social media break you need.

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the spotlight – Emma’s story... relationship with this person and their family.”

one particular person we support, where she has encouraged and created opportunity for them to develop life skills and to become more independent. “Emma achieved this by supporting this individual to develop their cooking skills, purchasing the ingredients and then cooking them. Emma has an excellent working

“Emma continued this process and began to engage the individual to take an active part in the process, even allowing Emma to trim his beard! “It is this ability to see each person as an individual and to adapt her thinking that allows Emma to devise ways of working with each person as their needs arise.”

GOING the extra mile. Scott is delighted with the progress that Emma has made during her time at Turning Point Scotland. He said: “Emma’s communication skills are excellent and this has allowed her to engage with people we support in unique ways, adopting her approach to meet the needs CAREER Development of the individual. Emma is currently completing her “This evidences creative thinking SVQ Level 3 Award in Health and in how to resolve any issues that Social Care and if she is successful arise. An example of this was when she wishes to complete the Level Emma supported someone with 4 Award. extreme challenging behaviour While social care organisations who refused to allow any form of like Turning Point Scotland offer personal care to be provided. a range of career development “Emma’s approach was to opportunities in house, personal engage with them by initiating a qualities are as important as formal conversation in the local North-East qualifications. dialect, Doric, to relax the individual. IF you are interested in social care “This built up the trust as a career, please visit www.turningin the relationship, to the and see what jobs point that the individual are available by following the link Apply began to allow personal Online @ TPS Jobs on the home page. care, but on their terms.



Mascara Madness

CONFESSION time: it wasn’t even an hour into the day and I looked in a mirror. In fact, I completely gave in to my insecurities and guiltily applied some mascara as I do daily – my makeup abilities are humiliatingly limited. It’s so silly – for some reason the thought of my peers seeing me without slightly darker eyelashes made me feel like I’d be walking about without a layer of skin. And it’s hardly as if the swipe of mascara would make me look like Beyonce anyway. Maybe it’s a security blanket? Or a placebo effect? Either way, it’s enough to make me worryingly dependent on it.

Play, Pie & a Pint

Diary of my 10:00 WALKING down the road, I found my head turning to an empty car’s window every now and then. It seems to be some kind of twisted innate behaviour that whenever I register the opportunity to fifty-six

Check Me Out check my appearance I immediately do so. Every time I caught myself doing it, I quickly snapped my head back, reminding myself that image isn’t everything. It’s going to be a long day...


Out of the Loop



mirror image ON the bus, I sat feeling oddly disconnected. Everyone else seemed to be sat huddled around the precious blue light of their phone, scrolling Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. There was almost paranoia settling in within me as if everyone but me was in on a joke and they could all see how pathetically out of the loop I was. Of course, no one was thinking that. But somehow my mind cycled round and round, manic without its usual toy to occupy it.

SURELY it’s not difficult to avoid body image pressures for one day? No mirrors, no social media, no selfies and no telling myself I can’t eat all the cake. Easy? Not exactly. As soon as I woke up I reached for my phone. My thumb hovered over the Twitter icon before I remembered and mentally cursed my past self for thinking this would be ‘fun’. By EILIDH AKILADE...

Crazy Hair Day #8678 OH so lucky gal that I am, I was blessed with a temperamental head of hair to say the least. Think of a bird’s nest filled with Medusa tangles – very frizzy and very curly. With this comes a lot of hair product, a lot of hair styling and a lot of worry. Like every morning, I took my hair out of its twist outs, with an almost laughable degree of caution, but without a mirror. I played about with it until I felt it resembles the usual tangled mess. And it was going fine, I could manage this, it wasn’t a big deal…but, soon I got tired. My arms began to ache after trying to manage the curls. I was bored of playing about with my image – and I didn’t even have a mirror. There’s no point in trying to tame an untameable being. My hair has a life of its own – one that seems to fluctuate without reason – and maybe that’s okay.



12:30 15:30

Time for Reflection

USUALLY, I’d check my appearance in the bathroom mirrors around lunch time. Ever tried avoiding mirrors in a room full of mirrors? Surprisingly difficult. To be honest, I ended up feeling a little sad. Perhaps part of my self love routine, whether I realise it or not, is playing about with my hair in the mirror or putting on some lip gloss.

Home Truths

WALKING home, I was faced with torrential rain, heaving winds and bitter coldness. I anticipated my dishevelled, weather beaten reflection as I returned home. But, when I went to check in the mirror, I realised that today I got a day off from its harsh judgements. It was a relief. It’s nice to not have to worry about what I looked like walking up the road. I didn’t have to worry because I didn’t know and because I didn’t know it didn’t matter. Does that make sense? In a weird way, I was happy not to see myself. There was no pressure to fix my hair or wipe away any smudged mascara – I could just get on with my life. What was this madness, this witchcraft?


myself I CA N’T deny I found t missing the curiosity tha on comes with checking up my usual social media. d But, honestly, I realise paring that today I wasn’t com – my less than perfect skin ent you apparently spots torm – to the for life, not just puberty


Anti Social

agram inhuman, flawless Inst toshop, skin, complete with Pho e sort a ‘natural’ filter and som of ethereal lighting. ities At the root of my insecur le seems to be my insatiab elf to hunger to compare mys be a good others. And that can’t thing.


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Having my Cake...and Eating it AS it got darker, I found myself planning out my evening, about five episodes of Stranger Things thank you very much, and then the cravings kicked in. Usually, I’d ignore it: eat some fruit, have some herbal tea, make a smoothie. Not today. Today I wanted cake and I went all out, doing it DIY. Whoever said you shouldn’t eat raw cake mix clearly missed out on the

spiritual awakening in their formative years. Even better than the cake mix – okay, that’s debateable – is Stranger Things perfectly accompanied with the finished product. And not worrying about notifications inbetween mouthfuls made everything that bit better. Bliss. There’s something so therapeutic about letting yourself just enjoy food: no guilt, no calorie counting, no stress.

22:00 Conclusion

AN interesting day. The social media break definitely did me a world of good. By the end of the day it was the last thing on my mind. I went to bed less stressed with a mind that wasn’t running riot with the usual paranoia. That’s me a new, enlightened woman now. And the cake only added to that. Yes, food is there for all the boring nutrition stuff, but it’s also there for us to enjoy it – don’t mind if I do. Avoiding my image all day was a whole different story. For me, my image means a lot, whether it’s about expressing myself through clothes or understanding my mixed race identity through my frizzy mane. Not seeing my reflection seemed to make me feel not myself, as if I was completely disconnected from my body. I guess moderation is key: you don’t need to have a mirror in hand 24/7 but you also don’t need to avoid your reflection like the plague. Body image pressures are everywhere – that much is clear – but maybe it’s not so much about ignoring them as learning to deal with them.



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HEALTH AND BEAUTY BLUSH Blush is Back MOST of us have focused primarily on contouring and highlighting, with blush being overlooked. The Michelle Williams of beauty products, if you will. But the SS18 runways proved that this underrated gem is set to make a comeback. A cream blush is a great way to dip your toe into the colourful world of blush. It also avoids making your make-up feel too heavy in the warmer months. Instead it provides a wash of colour that adds subtle definition to your face and easily sinks into your skin. Glossier’s “Cloud Paint Blushes” are buildable, and have the cutest paint tube packaging. There are four shades, so they can RIHANNA’S “Stunna Lip Paint” cater to a variety of was formulated with all skin skin tones and pertones in mind, so this shade will sonal preferences. be flattering on everyone. Glossier Cloud Paint Blush As with most liquid lipsticks, it £15 can be a little drying, so make sure to prep with lip balm. It also has amazing staying power, so you don’t have to worry about it transferring or having lipstick-stained teeth. Rihanna clearly put a lot of thought into creating a lip colour that could suit everyone no matter what their skin colour, which is impressive, as the same can’t be said for a lot of other makeup brands. So, if you buy just one new lipstick this year, let it be this one. After all, this is Rihanna’s world and we’re all just living in it.

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HEALTH AND BEAUTY IT is hard for designers to go wrong with Spring and Summer beauty. This year was no exception. From aquamarine eye shadow at Chanel to rosy pink cheeks at Simone Rocha, there was a clear theme of bright colours.

I know you may be thinking, bright colours? For spring? Ground-breaking! But many make-up companies have launched new products to help make classic looks feel new. I’m HANNAH AHMED and this is my guide to all that’s good and beautiful this season.

On the bright side FOUNDATION You Go Glen Coco GLASS Skin is defined by Christine Chang as “when your skin is so healthy, even-toned, and plumped with hydration that it’s almost translucent, like a shard of glass.” Obviously, as with all skin based beauty trends, for the best effect, you should focus on your skincare routine. However, most skincare products take weeks, even months, to reach full effect. So, while an acid toner and vitamin C serum would be helpful in your quest for glowing skin, there are plenty of products that will allow you to fake it till you make it. Becca’s Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation provides the luminosity of their cult favourite highlighters, except with a more natural sheen. If that still isn’t providing enough radiance for you, then try Marc Jacob’s gel highlighter, as you can use it in the usual ‘highlighty’ places and mix it into your foundation! Becca Aqua Luminous Perfecting Foundation £34

Glossier Boy Brow £14

Fenty Beauty Blotting Paper harveynichols. com £13

Kailijumei Jelly Lip Stick £9.99

Makeup Revolution Concealer £4

NYX Butter Lip Gloss £5.50


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A THICK layer of foundation combined with the Summer heat, sweat and humidity can lead to clogged pores and breakouts. When your skin gets more tanned, it looks healthier and any existing acne or scars aren’t as noticeable. So, take especially hot days as a chance to let your skin breath. But that doesn’t mean you can’t wear any make-up. A popular choice for designers Rodarte and Etro this season was a simple and fresh base paired with thick and curled lashes. If fake lashes are your go-to, Ardell’s Wispies are cult favourites. You could also get lash extensions, which will last you several weeks. If you want your natural eyelashes to be longer, try putting coconut or castor oil on them every night, as this penetrates the hair follicle and stimulates hair growth. Fairydrops’ mascara is also great at providing thick lashes, especially if you use an eyelash curler beforehand. Ardell Wispies £5.49

EYE SHADOW Eyes are the Window to the Shadow

AS its name suggests, Kat Von D’s “I Am Divine” palette was inspired by the legendary and iconic drag queen Divine. With the rise of shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” drag queens have become as close to being mainstream as a subculture can be. Drag queens are beyond influential when it comes to make-up trends – they invented contouring, cut-creases, baking and over lining lips. Not to mention Kat Von Dee’s shadows are known for being *Manny MUA voice* so pigmented! Whether you want to go for an everyday subtle look, or want fully-fledged Bianca Del Rio-esque drag make-up, this palette is perfect.

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