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supreme piece of charity by the team of Well Foundation (in association with Islamic Relief Charity) raised a staggering £65,000 for the Pakistan Flood Appeal. Over two days, the Edinburgh and Lanarkshire residents raised a combined total over £125,000 proving Scottish people have hearts that are bigger than the recession as they staged massive fundraising events in Edinburgh’s Royal Highland Centre and Clyde Valley’s newly refurbished Popinjay Hotel. The flooding disaster, which first hit Pakistan in July 2010, has affected around 20 million people. It is the worst flooding the country has seen in 80 years and has claimed the lives of 2000 people,

and left around 15 million homeless. With the onslaught of winter around the corner, there is not much time left to build suitable shelters, as the snowfall is expected to cut off isolated areas. The Pakistan flood victims were the focus of a money raising Well Foundation Charity Dinner on the evening of Oct 3rd when the landmark Popinjay Hotel in Clyde Valley was crammed with caring people intent on raising cash for the renowned charity. Popinjay’s Manager Mr. Akram Mohammed welcomed the guests telling them that, though financial conditions were tough, he was confident that by their very presence, their generosity would produce a wealth of cash for the

flood victims, and so it was proved. Money flowed into the coffers as the night progressed, with over £600 raised from SMS Text messaging, £5,000 from the Food Box Appeal, over £6,000 from the Ground Appeal, £5,000 from charity tubs collection, and over £50,000 from the dinner auction. With an auction of items from personalities such as Mohammed Ali, Eric Cantona, Diego Maradona and Kaka, along with VIP tickets from Rangers FC, Manchester FC, and Motherwell FC; it truly was a night of luminaries. Habib Malik from Islamic relief said: “On Saturday evening the fundraiser dinner for the Pakistan flood victims was in Edinburgh (2nd Oct, Royal Highland

Centre) and Sunday saw the charity dinner in Lanarkshire (3rd Oct, Popinjay Hotel). It was truly inspiring to see Scottish people come together and be united to raise funds for the flood victims.” Edinburgh’s fundraiser dinner saw top personalities such as Kenny MacAskill Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Sarah Boyack MSP, Anas Sarwar MP, Osama Saeed ex- CEO of the Scottish Islamic Foundation, Islamic Relief’s Habib Malik, and of course the founder of Islamic Relief, Dr Hany El-Banna. Lanarkshire’s Well Foundation charity dinner included Habib Malik, Anas Sarwar MP, Dr Hany El-Banna, and the host Well Foundation’s Sohail Ashraf. ...continued on pages 8 & 9

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ishaw couple, Margaret & Joe Scott celebrated sixty years of marriage on 20th of September 2010, proving diamonds really do last forever. They were married in St. Ignatius Church, Wishaw in 1950. Margaret is the daughter of Margaret & John Connor who had the butcher’s shop in Caledonian Road, Wishaw. She used to work in her father’s shop until she had her first child. Later on she worked as a nurse in the old Wishaw Hospital. Joe was the youngest son of John & Susan Scott of Motherwell and served as a Petty Officer in the Second World War. He survived being torpedoed in HMS Hurricane at the age of eighteen. After their marriage, Joe became a Probation Officer in Lanarkshire and then later Deputy Director of Social Work in the Burgh of Motherwell & Wishaw, and when Strathclyde Region was set up he was made District Manager of Glasgow, East District. Joe’s expertise was in working with offenders. He was nominated to be the Social Work representative on the Parole Board for Scotland. He went on to become Vice-Chairman, then Chairman, until he stepped down at the age of 70. Joe is a former President of Wishaw Toastmasters and a former President of Wishaw Probus Club. He still enjoys being on the Board of Directors of the Talbot Association of Glasgow. Margaret & Joe’s family planned a week of celebration for them, starting with a Mass in St. Ignatius Church

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Crime Beat Recent Police incidents in our area WITNESS APPEAL

About 6.45 am on Monday 20 September an incident took place near to the SPAR Store on Allanton Road, Shotts. A 23 year old man was arrested in connection to the incident and appeared at Hamilton Sheriff Court on 21 September. Police Constable Colin McNicol commented, “this is not a run of the mill incident, it is alleged that the arrested man displayed aggression and an imitation firearm toward a 42 year old male who happened to be in the wrong the place at the wrong time. This is an unprovoked incident and I would urge anyone who saw it happen or knows any information about those involved to contact me on 01698 48 3000.” No less than ten Police officers were involved in the emergency response to the incident which reached a safe conclusion with no persons being injured. CCTV footage has been seized and CID have been involved in the investigation. If you have information about this incident please contact Strathclyde Police on 01698 483000 or CRIMESTOPPERS free and completely confidential on 0800 555111. An elderly wishaw resident has been targeted by men he now refers to as “bloody rogues”. The thieves who worked as a team targeted the elderly resident on the afternoon of 9 October 2010. One man approached the door and rushed the householder toward his kitchen as there “was a problem with his water” the thief then stayed under the sink for in excess of ten minutes while his accomplices entered the other rooms in the home searching for valuables to steal. After finding the gentlemans life savings the thieves made of with cash in hand. The cash believed to be a 5 figure sum of money were the life savings of the family man who had not told his relatives of the savings as they “were for the family if something happened. None of the family knew nothing about that.” There are thought to be 3 thieves involved, all aged between 20 and 40 years old and all wore dark clothing at the time. The men are believed to have arrived and walked away on foot so may have been seen in the area by local residents. DC Richmond is leading the enquiry and requested “If anyone in the area of Netherton Road, Clarendon Road, Old Manse Road or Gowkthrapple saw three men about 30 years old acting suspiciously in the area around 5 pm on 9 October I would ask them to contact me directly on 01698 482659. I would particularly like to speak to the three teenage boys who were playing football in the area,they are not under suspicion but could hold valuable information as to the identity of those responsible.” An extensive enquiry is now underway and comparisons are being made to similar incidents in adjoining geographical areas. Seized CCTV footage is under comparison and interrogation and Police are making every effort to find those responsible. If you have information about any of these incidents please contact Motherwell Police on 01698 483000 or CRIMESTOPPERS free and completely confidential on 0800 555111. PC Ruddell of the Community Safety Crime Reduction Unit said, “The best prevention advice we can give to elderly and young people alike is, do not open the door to anyone you do not know. That is what I do in my home, and that is what I advise others to do. If your door is kept closed and locked then your chances of being the victim of crime are greatly reduced. Do not be afraid to speak to someone outside through your letterbox it is not silly it is safe. If your are not happy to open the door then ask for their ID, take it through the letterbox and check it or say no and ask them to write and arrange an appointment.”


A red BMW 316 was stolen from the owner’s driveway in Hillhead Drive, Motherwell during the night of 8 October. There were no signs of forced entry so Police are particularly looking for information from anyone who may have saw a person or people acting suspiciously or trying door handles that day. Between 4pm on 9 October and 7am on 10 October thieves broke into a garage on Ochil St Wishaw and stole a scooter belonging to a 30 year old woman. The scooter / motorbike is blue and has the number plate GLZ ****.


Between 8pm on 8 October and 11am on 9 October vandals targeted a Maroon coloured Ford focus parked near to Birkshaw Tower in Wishaw. The windscreen was smashed in what appears to be a random attack.

A theft took place on the morning of 6 October at Priory Lodge Pet Centre, Castlehill Road Wishaw, where thieves broke in and stole the contents of a charity tin along with an Apple Mac computer containing specialist software. CCTV images have been seized and Police would have asked for any available witnesses to come forward. On the evening of 3 October a group of organised were at work stripping out valuable from domestic dwellings in Lewis Avenue Wishaw, the thieves caused approximately £7000 worth of damage. Police are actively seeking additional witnesses to gain further evidence against those responsible and would ask anyone having knowledge of the incident to contact the numbers below.

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Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of two i-pods and two gents watches from a house on Old manse Road, Netherton. The incident occurred between 9am and 3pm on Thursday 30th September 2010. Any information to Constable Mackay at the Communities Unit at Wishaw Police Office or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a handbag and its contents from MECCA Playhouse Bingo on Kirk Road, Wishaw. The incident occurred at around 3.30pm on Tuesday 28th September 2010. Any information to Constable Brown at Wishaw Police Office or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a Tom Tom Sat Nav system from a grey Vauxhall Astra parked at Wishaw Railway Station. The incident occurred between 7pm on Saturday 2nd October and 4.30pm on Sunday 3rd October 2010. Similarly Strathclyde Police are also appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a NAVMAN Sat Nav system from a blue Ford Fiesta parked within the car parking area at Quarry Street, Wishaw. The incident occurred between midday and 3.30pm on Thursday 30th September 2010. Any information on either incident to Wishaw Police Office or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a white Ford Transit van from Saffron Crescent, Wishaw. The incident occurred between 3.30am and 8.30am on Saturday 2nd October 2010. Any information to Constable McDonald at the Communities Unit at Wishaw Police Office or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. Strathclyde Police are appealing for any information with regards to the theft of a black BMW from Miller Street, Wishaw. The incident occurred between 11am and 3.30pm on Wednesday 29th September 2010. Any information to Constable Dunn at Wishaw Police Office or alternatively call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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entral Scotland MSP Alex Neil has slammed Labour party plans to increase Council Tax if they win the 2011 Scottish elections. Neil, the SNP candidate for Airdrie & Shotts says that over the four years of the new Parliament it would cost people in North Lanarkshire over £210. Under the four years of this SNP Scottish Government Council Tax has been frozen, saving Council Tax payers in North Lanarkshire hundreds of pounds during a period of severe hardship for many families. Mr Neil said: “These are utterly despicable plans from Labour,

who want to punish hardworking families for the economic mess they have inflicted on us from Westminster. “I have challenged Karen Whitefield for some time to come clean with Labour’s Council Tax plans, no wonder she kept so quiet. “The SNP has saved people here in North Lanarkshire hundreds of pounds during its time in office, during a period of extreme hardship for many families through no fault of their own. “I will fight and stand up against the cuts Labour and the ToryLiberal coalition want to inflict on the people of Airdrie & Shotts.”

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Strathclyde Police can confirm that a 25 year old male will be the subject of a Report to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to a number of drugs related offences after yet another cannabis cultivation was discovered in a house in Newmains. The cultivation of up to 16 cannabis plants was discovered by police on Saturday morning 2nd October 2010. This is the fifth cannabis cultivation to be reported in as many weeks since the national awareness campaign was launched by Crimestoppers on Monday 30th August 2010. Strathclyde Police can also confirm that a 42 year old female will be the subject of a Report to the Procurator Fiscal in relation to a number of drugs related offences at a house in Allan Tower in Motherwell. This detection was the result of another intelligence led operation by the local Pro-Active Unit based at Wishaw Police.

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t the meeting of the Rotary Club of Motherwell and Wishaw the pupils of Clyde Valley High School who had recently won the Rotary Senior Secondary Schools Golf Tournament were the guests of the club and the picture shows club president John McGeary presenting the winning captain

Emma Caddow with the Douglas Clemenston Memorial Trophy. The guest speaker was Colin Wright a teacher from Caldervale High School in Airdrie who spoke on the various health projects being promoted by the pupils in his school some of which had been adopted by other schools in the area. One on the subject

of looking after your teeth had been adopted nationally and the DVD on the subect would be issued to all schools. Norman McDonald proposed the vote of thanks. Rotarian Bob Craig was the winner of the weekly Bonus Ball. The book sale held last Saturday in Motherwell raised over £300.



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“BRIDON 10K ROAD RACE” R unners from across Lanarkshire and beyond gathered in great numbers for the annual St Andrew’s Hospice 10K Road Race in Strathclyde Park on Sunday 3rd of October. The field of nearly 550 runners was led home by German athlete Martin Holnburger with Angela MacKenzie, from Crieff being the first female to cross the finish line. Martin won the race in a time of 34.28, while Angela, who runs for Strathearn Harriers, ran 41.13 to be the first female finisher. Other star performances were produced by runners from Lanarkshire and across Scotland. The second male in the 20+ category was Gary Grieve from Carluke in a time of 35:15 with Mark Walsh from Dumbarton taking the third spot in a time of 35:21.

Stephen Allen from Wishaw was the second finisher overall and the first male veteran home in 34.39. Jim Watters from Alexandria and Derek Govan from Hamilton were second and third veterans to cross the line in times of 35.26 and 36.10. Lanark’s Clare Barr, who runs for Motherwell Athletics Club, finished two seconds clear of her nearest challenger to take first place in the female veteran category. Nicola Lindsay from Carluke produced a time of 44.13 to lift the top female junior prize. Cambuslang runners also excelled with Kirsty Grant the second female to cross the finishing line in a time of 44.14 and 15 year old Alastair producing one of the best performances of the day to finish in 7th place, out of 550 runners, to lift the top male

junior trophy in a time of 36.30. Jason MacReady, representing race sponsor Bridon International, presented trophies to race and category winners. Katie Mulgrew (Mrs), Fundraising Director at St Andrew’s Hospice, thanked participants for helping the Hospice to raise vital funds for patient care.

Local Talent One Step Away From The 02!


isa McKechnie from Bellshill wowed the crowd and judging panel at the Open Mic UK Regional Showcase, and she is now one step away to performing at the 02 in London! Thousands of acts entered Open Mic UK 2010 and the best unsigned singers from across the country were chosen to perform at the Regional live shows. Lisa performed in front of a live audience and professional judging panel on 2nd October at The Royal Concert Hall, Glasgow. She impressed the panel, and along with the rest of the finalists, she is now set to perform at the Area Final for the chance to progress to the National Grand Final at the 02 in London on 15th January 2011. Open Mic UK is the exciting national talent competition which searches for the UK’s best singers, singer/songwriters, rappers and vocalists. It’s open to all genres, and acts can perform a cover or original material. A spokesperson for Open Mic UK commented “We are searching for an act that not only has the live ability to impress an audience, industry judges and A&R associates, but an act that has the potential to become a professional recording artist. The standard was high last year

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world record for the biggest ever Zumba class was smashed at the new Ravenscraig Regional Sports Facility on Sunday 3 October. 836 people danced their way to the record books at the weekend, breaking the previous record, thought to be held by Dalhousie University in Canada by almost 300 participants. Zumba is a dance craze sweeping the world and is a cross between aerobics and Latin dance. It fuses hypnotic rhythms and easy to follow moves, creating a one-of-akind fitness programme in a fun, high energy environment. Melanie Menzies, Health & Fitness Manager with North Lanarkshire Leisure, organised the event, she said: “It was such a great atmosphere, the whole place was absolutely buzzing. We think the previous record is 575 people so we’ve taken it to a whole new level.” Blane Dodds, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Leisure, added: “The Zumba event was spectacular. We’re thrilled and delighted to have marked the opening of this fabulous new facility by breaking a world record. I’d like to thank everyone who turned up for making it such a great success. “We’re now hoping to break the


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hotts’ St. Patrick’s Amateur Opera Group, who this year celebrate their 60th anniversary, have been forced to find an alternative venue to perform their annual show due to the closure and demolition of the assembly hall in Calderhead High School which has been their home theatre since 1968. The demolition of the assembly hall is necessary to allow a new school building to be erected. Following an exhaustive search they have chosen to move to the Brian Duguid Auditorium, a modern and recently refurbished theatre within the Howden Park Centre complex in Livingston. They will perform their 60th anniversary show, the Disney classic ‘Beauty and the Beast’ from 2nd - 6th of November 2010 (inclusive). Bursting with energy, enthusiasm and comedy, this stage production of Disney’s much-loved masterpiece is based upon the 1991 film. With spectacular costumes, stunning scenery and breath-taking music, it is a must-see and is sure to enthral young and old alike. The Group are currently in rehearsals for the show and their President Joe Totten said “We leave Calderhead High School with great sadness but with many happy memories of shows performed there over the past 42 years. It is, however, our intention to return when the new Calderhead School building is completed. The Howden Park Centre is a fitting venue for our 60th Anniversary show and our

cast are really looking forward to performing Beauty and the Beast in such an impressive and professional venue. The Group is very conscious and extremely grateful for the way our audiences have loyally supported us so well over a long number of years in Shotts. We sincerely hope, that in spite of the change of location, they will continue to support us by coming to see our 60th Anniversary show in this splendid new theatre in Livingston.” The Howden Park Centre are handling the booking of tickets for this show and you can either phone the Box Office on 01506 777666 or visit Howden Park and buy your tickets directly over the counter. Alternatively you can book online, utilising the website address www.howdenparkcentre. Tickets are priced at £12, (with Concessions at £8 - Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday) Tickets have been on sale since 23 August and with 75% of the tickets already sold it would be advisable to book without delay to avoid disappointment. The Group have arranged a return coach service to the theatre from Shotts on each night of the show. A charge of £3 per person will be levied. You can obtain further details about departure points and times by phoning Sandra Denham (01501 822332) or Ann McCann (01501 821391). Tickets for the bus can be bought from McNeilla’s (Newsagents) in Dykehead or the Wee Ten O’Clock Shop in Stane.

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Both fundraiser events also saw some heart-warming entertainment from Scotland’s own singing artist, Saj Sabri. Many Scottish dignitaries have expressed their heartfelt condolences about the suffering in Pakistan. Others have personally taken part in raising the awareness of flood-stricken Pakistan and in obtaining donations for the flood victims. Dignitaries such as MP Gordon Brown (ex-Prime Minister) made an impassioned plea urging the people in Fife to ‘dig deep’ into their pockets to fund a village of 100 homes and a school for Pakistanis facing homelessness, starvation and disease due to the floods. Brown said, “The international language we all understand is the cry of a child. My abiding memory of what has been happening in Pakistan over these past few weeks is seeing the outstretched hand of a child, knowing that the food being asked for will not come.

The reason for that is we have not yet done enough as a world community.” Assisted by Glasgow’s UCare Foundation, the ‘Fife Village’ Campaign aims to build Fife-like villages in Pakistan that will be supported by communities in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Ex-MP Mohammed Sarwar commented: “We can’t ignore the desperation of the Pakistani people and we won’t abandon them.” Former BBC Scotland reporter BOB WYLIE visited floodstricken Pakistan - and here writes about his extraordinary journey... “SITTING in a tent in a relief camp on the outskirts of Charsadda, former MP Mohammed Sarwar is close to tears. Flood victim Muhammad Kabir is describing how the police arrived and warned his family to leave as the treacherous waters approached his house. He grabbed his four children and headed down the hill to the waiting police vans, but his wife

stayed in the house to get a few things. When Mohammad came back up the hill to get her, a rolling mountain of water hit the house. She was swept away in the roaring tide along with his house, his livestock and all his savings. He told Mr Sarwar: "I couldn't get to her. I've got a bad leg. I couldn't save her. I have lost everything!" UCare Foundation aims to have 750 homes built in two months time at five of the worst-affected areas of the country. Mohammed Sarwar said that people in Pakistan will need years to rebuild their lives, long after the television cameras have gone and long after everyone forgets their pleas. Another dignitary is Scotland’s Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, who recorded a very special message in support for the Pakistani flood victims: “I wish to congratulate Islamic Relief in the tremendous work that they have done for the

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I had an abortion two months ago, and now I’m so depressed. I live with my husband and 2 children, but haven’t told anyone about my abortion. I feel really bad and have been thinking about getting pregnant again so I don’t have to deal with the ‘what if’ because I aborted a baby, because I’ll have another one to focus on. I think that having another baby will help me to ease the pain. I want to know if this is normal, and if other women go through what I am going through. Could you please advise me? Does having a baby help ease the pain of an abortion? Does this pain ever go away? Please help me Maya!

My girlfriend and I are both 21 and have been dating since we were 16 yrs old. She is my first love. Lately our relationship seems to be on the rocks. Quite recently I have been thinking of breaking up with her. I feel maybe we are not meant to be together, and perhaps we both could be happier with someone else. We both want different things in life; we have different interests, and have different attitudes to life. There are also a few reasons why I think we SHOULD be together, and probably the biggest reason I wish to remain a couple is I’m scared that I won’t be able to cope with her being with someone else. Just the thought of it makes me angry and saddened. So I’m very confused. The thought of her being with another guy kills me and I don’t think I could live with that pain inside me. It’s stupid, I know, but I can’t help how I feel. Maya, please help. I want to break up and be happy for her when she finds someone else... but I just know that’s’ impossible at the moment. Why does the thought of her with someone else make me feel sick to my stomach?

Maya says: Sorry to hear about how you’re feeling sweetie but trying to replace one baby with another might not work out the way you are hoping. The memory of the first baby will always be there. Clearly you are not 100 percent sure about having a baby, hence you went ahead with an abortion. What if you are feeling this way even after having another baby? My best advice to you would be that you don’t jump into this. Take your time and think about what you want, and also, speak to your husband about having another baby, see what he says. You should also maybe seek medical advice about how you are feeling. Try talking to your doctor and see if it helps. Good luck.

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The answer is simple – it’s because you love her! And let’s face it, people are quite selfish deep down. You want to be free to find someone else, someone better, but you don’t want her to move on as that would mean

you are easy to get over and your ego can’t handle that. There’s nothing wrong with that as long as you except that in the real world you have to take a gamble. Either stay and be bored, and continue to wonder if you should have ‘played the field’ as you were young when you got together, or lose her and never find anyone better. It’s not fair to expect her to hang around while you decide and that’s the thing with thinking the ‘grass is greener’you risk getting hurt. However, she could also be feeling the same as you. You need to talk about how you’re feeling with her.


What is the best way for older females to notice me? I’m 19, I like females from 25 up to 45. Please help me out. I’m not ugly or anything (seriously). I look good ! I mean, a lot of women my age want to go out with me, but I like older women. Any advice will be greatly appreciated Maya. Maya says:

First off, adopt a more mature way of dressing (if you haven’t already), while you’re hunting

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hen it comes to sporty coupe’s, there is always one name that pops immediately into everyone’s mind – The AUDI TT. When it first arrived back in 1999, it created a storm as it was new, dynamic yet above all, the TT was different! So, it is no surprise really that over 10 years has passed and the TT is still as strong as ever and is one of AUDIs consistent sellers. In this week’s Motoring HUB, we have a look at the 2011 model TT 2.0TFSI Quattro S Line S Tronic. Performance There are a few turbo petrol engines to select from ranging from the 1.8-litre 160bhp, 211bhp 2.0-litre, the 272bhp 2.0 TTS and the 340bhp fivecylinder TT RS. You even have a diesel –with 170bhp. It's strong, smooth, revs freely and delivers brisk performance, yet still returns over 50mpg. All engines have six-speed manual gearboxes as standard and most are available with an excellent S tronic six-speed semi-auto 'box. Handling/Drive For its class, in our opinion, you won't find another coupe that gives you a better time at this money – ok the new Peugeot RCZ looks great but is nowhere near as good to drive. The steering is highly responsive, reminds very much like the mini cooper s, thanks to the excellent grip. Body control is impressively tight, too, but you still get a comfortable ride. Opt for the S Line trim and it firms

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up the suspension which does make the ride stiffer. You can have it in a two wheel drive variant whilst the other versions all get four-wheel drive as standard, In all, with the TT it offers the best of both worlds. – If you prefer to drive it gently it will be a steady refined performer; drive it hard and you'll unleash a rasping exhaust note tear up your tyres in the process of doing so! Toys The TT's sharp styling is enhanced by alloy wheels, and standard luxuries include climate control, remote central locking and Alcantara and leather upholstery. Now, the TT comes with LED

daytime lights that you will see feature on many AUDIs. You'll also find electric windows and mirrors, plus folding rear seats to extend the boot space. S line versions add lowered sports suspension and a whole array of aesthetic goodies. You can if you wish select from a host of toys from the options list such as Sat Nav with Tv, Bluetooth phone


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is well-shaped, if rather shallow, but the 50/50 split rear seats fold flat to boost practicality. The tiny rear seats are virtually un-useable for sitting on but can be used for storage. In all, the TT is great at what it is – a sleek, stylish coupe. It is pitching right into that market and is not claiming to be anything but that. If you need space in the rear and want the same fun then perhaps look at the S3 as it has the added benefit of the rear seats.

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Taurus 20 Apr - 20 May Uncertainty or confusion could be a cause of stress and concern so it’s probably best not to make any major commitments or agreements for the time being. If necessary ask for more time and try and get yourself in better shape so as to be in the right mind for the changes ahead.

Gemini 21 May - 21 Jun It looks like the distractions of your romantic and social life is making it difficult to focus on your work and the humdrum of daily life. Whether it’s because a certain someone has got you in a tizzy or simply because you just want the freedom to be yourself and do your thing, be careful with your finances.

Cancer 22 Jun - 22 Jul It may be difficult to contain some of the tension on the domestic front especially if you feel others are preventing you from getting on with things. Misunderstanding and confusion could make things worse and your usual good judgement may be clouded by emotion.

Leo 23 Jul - 22 Aug It looks like your desire to indulge your need for fun and freedom will have to be conducted in private or put on the backburner, while you continue your charm offensive, working hard to build bridges and demonstrate your qualities of leadership and dependability.

Virgo 23 Aug - 22 Sep You shouldn’t have much difficulty winning hearts and influencing people. It is likely that just a little effort on your part will work wonders so your personal resources and finances could start to be less of a cause for concern.

Libra 23 Sep - 23 Oct There is the strong possibility you may have to take the needs of others into account if you’re to prevent communication problems from undermining your attempts to move ahead and achieve your goals.

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Sagittarius 22 Nov - 21 Dec You could find yourself caught up in a tug-of-war in your attempts to make progress on the work front. Money could well be an issue but also the fact that you are probably not getting the help and support you need. If so then maybe you should take time out to reconsider your position, which probably wont be clarified until later in the month.

Capricorn 22 Dec - 19 Jan You could well feel torn between your work and the demands of your home and private life. You may have to finish up a number of important loose ends before you can move ahead. In fact, there is the strong possibility of communication problems and misunderstandings if you are not more patient, honest and crystal clear.

Aquarius 20 Jan - 18 Feb You may be having second thoughts about a romantic or creative project that appears to involve a greater commitment or more work than expected. It is also likely that an offer of support of a financial or personal nature may also have to be reassessed before you move forward in what could be a period of uncertainty and indecision, if you don’t keep things simple.

The HUB is pleased to have the infamous ‘Q, from Airdrie’ writing for the Entertainment Pages, to give you all some comic relief. As a regular contributor to the Glasgow Metro newspaper, and a regular in the comedy scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Q has given the HUB an exclusive column, which we are sure will have you wanting for more in the next edition of the HUB! CELEBRITY EXCLUSIVE Seeing a certain celebrity in the news recently reminded me of a cracking incident from some years ago. The year was 2004. One Friday night I was at the cinema in Glasgow with my mate Spanner to see the appalling film “The Chronicles of Riddick”, an awful film which made even the most pointless and badly written movie look like “Citizen Kane”. The queue from the cinema was massive, and was actually out of the foyer and past the fire doors of the cinema. Suddenly, a BMW 4x4 with blacked out windows drew up next to the fire doors. 2 very large bouncers who wouldn’t have looked out of place in the WWE leapt out, forced a gap through the crowd, and then spoke into their walkie talkies. With that, the fire doors opened, and someone famous whom I didn’t quite recognise stepped out of the BMW 4x4 with a gorgeous young lady on his arm. “It’s Peter Andre!” yelled a female. With that all of the males in the queue started


It looks like someone is not going to be taken for granted any longer. Problems and misunderstandings can no longer be used as an excuse.

Scorpio 24 Oct - 21 Nov A matter of a private financial or personal nature could well come unstuck at the last moment requiring you return to the drawing board and do a bit more homework and research. You may have to wait until the 23rd when the Sun enters Scorpio, your Sun sign, before you’ll be able to get things rolling again.

Pisces 19 Feb - 20 Mar

There is the real possibility of financial complications and misunderstandings especially with family and loved ones. If you’ve been depending on the help and support of others it might be a good idea to make a special effort to be clear about what you want and expect of others. This is especially so if you are planning a holiday break or a course of study where money is involved.

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chanting abuse at him as he disappeared with the young lady (who, for the record, wasn’t Jordan). The doors closed, and he was gone. Later as Spanner and I left the cinema, we discussed how rubbish the film had been, and if it was indeed Peter Andre that we had seen. Whilst we couldn’t agree as to whether or not it was him, we did agree that if we looked as short and effeminate as he did in real life that we too would want 2 big bouncers to escort us safely through Glasgow.

With that, the BMW 4x4 appeared at the fire doors again, and the doors opened- Peter

Andre was about to leave the building. This was a golden opportunity to noise up a celebrity. We sprinted to my nearby Fiat Punto, and drew up on the opposite side of the road to the BMW. Our plan was to wait until Peter Andre stepped out of the door, and yell “Hey you! You’re that dead famous Aussie singer. You’re Jason Donovan!” This would utterly baffle our celebrity friend, and allow us to perpetrate a more juvenile prank than usual. The driver of the BMW 4x4 clocked us, and looked quite worried at 2 dodgy guys in a car opposite him, poised to make their move. His mood was not lightened any when Spanner pulled on a balaclava which he’d bought to go paintballing. You know, the kind you’ll have seen worn on “Crimewatch UK”? So the driver spoke into his walkie talkie, and sped off. I tried to swing a U-turn and get after him, but the Fiat Punto was not built for car chases, and so I lost him. This was maybe a good thing, as with hindsight the whole thing could have ended

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in a crash. I’m not sure my insurers would have paid out in a crash caused by me stalking a celebrity. But our adventure did not end there. I had to drop Spanner off at his flat, which at the time was next to One Devonshire Gardens. As we stopped in the lane behind One Devonshire Gardens to let him out, the BMW 4x4 appeared at the other end of the lane! I’m not sure what the driver must have thought after going to such lengths to avoid 2 dodgy guys in a Fiat Punto, only to find them waiting for him at his celebrity client’s house. What I did know was that we were now in over our heads, and it was time to get out of there or face a kicking off the WWE wrestlers in the BMW. We reversed out and speed, and went and hid for an hour. To this day, 3 crucial questions remain. Was it indeed Peter Andre? Who was the “Mysterious Girl” with him? And could I have been prosecuted for the whole escapade? What I know is this- it was the most exciting night out in Glasgow I’d ever had without consuming alcohol. THE MYSTERIOUS DRIVER A few weeks ago the editor of this very newspaper was using a car park when she saw a car accelerate into the car park, perform a handbrake turn, and skid sideways into a parking space. I know that parallel parking can be quite tricky, but this was ridiculous. I have since had reports of this mysterious driver performing this manouvere in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Hamilton, and East Kilbride. One report even claimed the vehicle used was a driving instructor’s car with the learner driver sign on the roof. Therefore, Q’s Views is launching a campaign to catch this driver. If you know who the driver is, or have any information that would allow us to find him, please contact us in confidence. We are dying to know how he does it!

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By David Park, PGA Golf Professional

Ryder Cup 2010 at Celtic Manor I n the last edition of the Golf HUB I was pretty excited about the Ryder Cup, however I don’t think anybody could have imagined just how good it turned out. The weather did try to ruin what was an amazing contest, but for the first time in its

illustrious history the final day Singles was completed on the Monday. But what a final day it turned out to be! It came down to the last game and the last putt which determined the Ryder Cup’s destination. US Open Champ holed the winning putt against Hunt-

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15th - 28th October 2010



Yoker Athletic 5 Wishaw 0 W



hotts hadn't won a league match this season until they went to Moor Park, Renfrew and came back with a 2-0 win two weeks ago and on Saturday at Hannah Park they did the double by beating the Frew 2-1 this time. Conditions were diabolical for football as the heavens opened up just before kick off and closed again only well after the final whistle. This made the pitch very heavy and there were a few tired legs out there long before the end. But it is a credit to both teams that they made it an interesting game for the spectators with their all-out efforts to keep playing football. The home team were dominant from the outset and went in front after three minutes when Kevin Barr hit his seventh goal of the season past a despairing Kevin Bell in the Frew goal. Shotts could have had another couple almost immediately but first Paul McLaughlin dived to head Tom Hanlon's excellent cross just wide of Bell's near post and then Hanlon himself fired just over when through on goal. Barr was next up but his confident drive was held by the keeper. Slowly Renfrew got themselves better organised but they didn't make any real chances before McLean headed over from a corner just before the break. Meanwhile all the traffic was coming down the right for Shotts as Paul Finnigan and Hanlon combined

well on numerous occasions but the final pass or cross was just too fast or slightly misplaced. After the break, Shotts continued on the offensive for much of the game and Renfrew seemed to sense that they wouldn't be taking much from the game as the Bon Accord's grip was too tight although once or twice they tested Craig Brown in the Shotts goal with some precise shooting. Bell also had to get down smartly in the 67th minute to save Darren Ferguson's fiercely struck shot but he couldn't hold on to the ball and it broke loose to Tony Fleming who whacked it beyond the keeper with some venom to make it 2-0. Thereafter the game slowed down as everyone toiled in the wide-open elements of Hannah Park but Renfrew grabbed a totally surprising goal with five minutes remaining when beefy centr e-back Neal Shearer was pushed forward to bolster their attack. He outmuscled Ferguson to take charge of a long through ball and steered a surprisingly good effort past Craig Brown to make the final score 2-1. This was a good work out for Shotts before their Surridge's Sectional League Cup final match against Lanark United on Wednesday at Rutherglen and Shotts will not be lacking confidence as they go into that final after two straight wins against a strong Renfrew side who laboured hard to break down the Shotts defence but ultimately had to yield to the stronger team.



The first league scores of the season are as follows: Cambusnethan Miners Columba Club Lanark YMCA Bellshill Rileys Coalburn Miners Low Waters Miners

4 5 2 2 3 2

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Stagecoach West of Scotland League Super League First Division Bellshill Athletic F.C. 0 v 2 Renfrew F.C. Annbank United F.C. 2 v 2 Shotts Bon Accord F.C. Glenafton Athletic F.C. 1 v 1 Whitletts Victoria F.C. Vale of Clyde F.C. 1 v 1 Clydebank F.C. Hurlford United F.C. 0 v 1 Girvan F.C Stagecoach West of Scotland League Central District Second Div Newmains United F.C. 1 v 3 St. Roch’s F.C. Royal Albert F.C. 1 v 5 Stonehouse Violet F.C. Carluke Rovers F.C. 3 v 2 Larkhall Thistle F.C. Forth Wanderers F.C. 1 v 0 Maryhill F.C. Yoker Athletic F.C 5 v 0 Wishaw Juniors F.C.

Saturday, 02 Oct 10

Stagecoach West of Scotland League Super League First Division Clydebank F.C. 2 v 0 Whitletts Victoria F.C. Bellshill Athletic F.C. 3 v 6 Glenafton Athletic F.C. Shotts Bon Accord F.C. 2 v 1 Renfrew F.C. Stagecoach West of Scotland League Central District Second Div St. Roch’s F.C. 3 v 5 Forth Wanderers F.C. Stonehouse Violet F.C. 1 v 1 Newmains United F.C.



t the Matt Busby sports centre in Bellshill, Strathclyde fancied thier chances on the synthetic grass since they are slick passers of the football, however, it seems the Miners were aware of the ability Strathclyde possesss and countered thier style with hard tackling and pace with the long ball approach. It worked a treat and the home team were reduced to only 1 chance in the first half, which was saved superbly by Nielson getting down low to his right to turn the ball round the post for a corner. Allanton themselves actually created more, with a couple of long range efforts from Forsyth forcing saves from the goalie. And it was Forsyth indeed who won Allanton a penalty after the long ball beat the offside trap and in a 50-50 challenge he got a toe to the ball before the keeper upended him just inside the area. Woods stepped up and duly slotted home from 12 yards. The half ended 1-0 to the visitors. The second half started fierce, as expected, and shots were being hit from all angles, Wee Johnny was

comfortable for most though. About an hour into the game Strathclyde found that they were getting most joy down the left flank, this was understandable as Allanton had a player at right back who was out of position and the right midfielder was relatively a rookie at this level. After a wave of attacks the equaliser eventually came after a brilliant solo effort, the left back of Strathclyde left 5 Allanton players in his dust before blasting low into the bottom corner. That forced the Miners to reshuffle the pack, Alan McHale came off for Sandy Orr who went to left-back, letting Bryce switch to right back and pushing Yuill into his regular position up front. The change instantly stopped the bleeding of chances down the left, and subsequently put Allanton back on the front foot. The lead was regained 15 minutes from time after a long ball again caught the defence sleeping and Yuill pounced on it lobbing the 6 foot tall rushing keeper. Fans roared and danced as Yuill whipped the shirt off his back and swung it in a circular motion around his head, you could clearly

Super League First Division Team 1 Whitletts Victoria F.C. 2 Clydebank F.C. 3 Girvan F.C 4 Hurlford United F.C. 5 Renfrew F.C. 6 Shotts Bon Accord F.C. 7 Ashfield F.C. 8 Kilwinning Rangers F.C. 9 East Kilbride Thistle F.C. 10 Glenafton Athletic F.C. 11 Cumbernauld United F.C. 12 Vale of Clyde F.C. 13 Bellshill Athletic F.C. 14 Annbank United F.C.

see what this goal meant to him. Strathclyde couldn’t get back into it after that, and the afternoon was rounded off nicely for Allanton as Woods made it 3-1 with 5 minutes to spare. A word has been left for Ian Brown who came on as a last minute sub, and left the crowd wondering how he didn’t start, after some impressive runs left the Strathclyde defence dizzy, and with more time, its public opinion that Brown would certainly have scored 2 or 3. However, 3-1 was plenty for the Miners, and that is now three on the trot making them real challengers for this league. MINERS’ MAN OF MATCH: Kenny Bryce SUDOKU ANSWERS

Pld 8 8 6 6 7 7 6 6 5 7 5 6 7 6

W 4 4 4 4 4 2 3 3 2 2 2 1 1 0

D 3 3 1 0 0 4 0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1

L 1 1 1 2 3 1 3 3 1 3 3 4 5 5

F 16 9 18 14 8 9 16 11 6 10 13 9 11 7

A 10 4 6 11 7 9 12 18 4 12 10 12 20 22

GD 6 5 12 3 1 0 4 -7 2 -2 3 -3 -9 -15

Pts 15 15 13 12 12 10 9 9 8 8 6 4 4 1


Central District Second Div Team 1 Yoker Athletic F.C. 2 Carluke Rovers F.C. 3 St. Roch’s F.C. 4 Stonehouse Violet F.C. 5 Royal Albert F.C. 6 Lesmahagow Juniors F.C. 7 Larkhall Thistle F.C. 8 Forth Wanderers F.C. 9 Wishaw Juniors F.C. 10 Benburb F.C. 11 Newmains United F.C. 12 Maryhill F.C.

ishaw’s bad run continued on Saturday when the locals suffered a heavy defeat at the hand of league leaders Yoker. Wishaw probably had the balance of play in the first half but once again failed to take the chances which came their way. Yoker however had no such problem however netting from a penalty in xxx minutes after a needless challenge by Chris MacIntyre. The home side’s second came from a corner kick almost 3 minutes over time the ball catching in the wind and dropping goalwards. Despite an acrobatic catch by Gallagher and furious protests from Wishaw the referee judged the ball had crossed the line. The goal was a bitter pill to swallow as the half had only gone into overtime because of the time taken by the referee in dealing with a touchline incident which resulted in Yoker boss john Brogan being sent from the dugout. Wishaw started the second half with the wind at their backs and for the opening few minutes had Yoker pinned back. However, after a shot by Ralston cannoned of the bar, the visitors seemed to accept that this was never going to be their day. Midway through the half a superb turn and shot put the game beyond redemption and the heart went out of the visitors. Ralston had to come off injured 11 minutes from time and with all three substitutes having been used Wishaw were forced to see the match out with 10 men. Yoker showed no mercy and added a further two late goals to complete a miserable day for the locals. This week Wishaw are at home to Ardeer Thistle in the 1st Round of the West of Scotland Cup. The homsters record against Ayreshire teams in recent years has been poor and a much better performance will be necessary if they are to advance to the second round.

Pld 6 6 7 7 6 5 6 7 6 5 7 6

W 5 5 4 3 3 3 3 2 2 1 1 0

D 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 2 1

L 0 1 3 3 2 2 3 3 4 2 4 5

F 21 16 15 18 8 14 13 9 9 6 10 1

A 4 9 13 14 8 7 11 15 15 10 19 15

GD 17 7 2 4 0 7 2 -6 -6 -4 -9 -14

Pts 16 15 12 10 10 9 9 8 6 5 5 1

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URRIDGE SPORTS SECTIONAL LEAGUE CUP FINAL, CLYDE GATEWAY STADIUM, RUTHERGLEN An hour before kick off the heavens opened up and a deluge hit Rutherglen and surrounds with the result that large areas of the pitch were soon covered with rainwater. There was a good case for calling the game off but realistically that wasn’t going to happen for all the moaning that was going on. The players just had to get on with it. Shotts were first to make an impact when Tam Hanlon crashed a free kick on to the Lanark bar after three minutes but Paul McLaughlin couldn’t get any great direction on his header and the ball flew past the post. The Bon Accord were soon showing strong all over the pitch with Darren Ferguson and Tony Fleming dominating at the back while Gary McStay and Steven Barker especially lit up the midfield with some deft touches despite the watery surface. The conditions also led to what most of us would have thought was a clear foul on Craig Brown. The keeper came off his line and clashed with Tullis who slid through the water, probably unable to avoid contact with Brown’s shinbone. Bisket Whelan came

on for the stricken goalie and the Shotts defence was horrified at having to defend the referee’s bounced ball but they soon cleared their lines. Many of Lanark’s moves were undone in the water but Shotts had the better chances with McLaughlin getting in a couple of cross-shots from the left but no one was at the far post to convert. Kevin Barr played in John Boyack but the skipper’s efforts was well blocked by Barnes in the Lanark goal. Fleming got his head to a couple of decent crosses but couldn’t get the ball on target. The best chance for the men from the Royal Burgh came by way of a Middleton header which beat Whelan all ends up but smacked against the bar and came down just in front of the line. Just as Ferguson was about to clear, he was hacked to the ground from behind by Gray and the goalkeeper had to come to the rescue as the ref had clearly got involved in all the excitement and forgot to blow his whistle. Just as many of the fans started to fear penalty kicks the game was decided by the man who had stolen all the limelight in the Evening Times preview of the match: Tam Hanlon. After eight years with the Yowes, Hanlon had opted to join Tony McInally at Hannah

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Park and was of course well up for the match against his old pals. When Middleton foolishly handled the ball just outside their area with only eight minutes of normal time to go, Tam was the man to dish out the requisite punishment and Barnes could only watch as the free kick curled over the wall and landed neatly in the net for the game’s only goal. A couple of minutes later, McLaughlin broke down the right from the centre line and it took another fine stop by Barnes to prevent the Bon Accord’s second goal. Lanark broke through late on but Whelan again came to the rescue when he ‘rushed’ out to smother the ball before a Lanark attacker could do any damage. Shotts had heroes all over the park: Paul Finnigan was a tireless provider of passes and crosses all night, Gary McSeveny has never been better in a Shotts shirt, Ferguson and Fleming were rocks at the heart of the defence and McLaughlin and Barker ran with purpose and intent all night. The others were all terrific as well, a real team effort. Whelan of course has now played 250 minutes for Shotts and has yet to concede a single goal. Jim O’Donnell of the Evening Times chose Daz Ferguson as Man of the Match and nobody seemed inclined to disagree.

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