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The project, which is part of the South Side Fringe Festival, is very focused on making something out of nothing; using unwanted items to create something new. Nadine said “We are diverting waste from landfill and we are producing products to sell. We have skirts made out of mens shirts and draught excluders made out of jeans. We have also made tables out of doors, which are beautifully crafted which we are selling on.” The local community is very much at the heart of the project and they work a lot with ethnic minorities and the Roma community. The aims of the workshops are to further the skills of local people. Nadine said “with the sewing class, we have a range of people with different skill levels and people are coming into the class with no sowing skills or abilities at all, so it’s our job to teach and train them how to use the machines and how to thread and sew.” She added “we have one volunteer who has been with us for a few months and she is now taking a night sewing class at Glasgow Clyde College. She is going to start a HNC in September and we are helping her through process. This is very 21/3/14 that 14:05:15 much a stepping stone for further

Body of Declan Hainey looked like ‘a doll’

training or employment.” This Is Not A Fashion Show will feature artists, 85A Collective, who make all their costumes from upcycled material, Altronix, who will showcase an installation made from coat hangers and Glasgow Clyde College, who have created 30 pieces for the event. There will also be stalls with upcycled pieces made by Rags to Riches and other local designers available to buy. This is the second This Is Not A Fashion Show event by Rags to Riches. The the first one last year was a huge success and even in

horrendous weather, there were over 200 people through the doors. Nadine jokes that “several football matches were cancelled – that’s how bad it was!”

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The man who found the body of toddler Declan Hainey thought that the remains in the cot might be a doll. John Rodden revealed that his wife Elizabeth Rodden, Declan’s Grandmother, ran into the street screaming. The couple received a call from a health worker to let them know that Declan was going to be reported missing. The couple, along with Declan’s aunt went along to the flat where they found the body in his cot. Declan’s mother, Kimberley Hainey, 39, was jailed for life in January 2012, then later released. She denies having any involvement in his death. The inquiry continues.

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A woman has been the victim of a violent sex attack by three men, whilst walking to a friends house in Toryglen. Police are looking for three male suspects, described as Asian and in their 20’s who were reportedly driving a white or silver BMW. The woman was walking to a friends house in the early hours of Saturday morning, last weekend, and was pulled into a close in Edinbeg Avenue and raped. Chief Inspector Carol McGuire Area Commander said: “I would like to reassure the public that we have and will continue to have extra uniform patrols in the area and anyone with any concerns should speak to an officer. “A crime of this nature is very rare in what is a tight knit community.” The woman managed to make her way home

after the gang fled the scene. Police officers have said she did not require hospital treatment, but was left very distressed. Detective Chief Inspector Sharon MacGregor said: “We have received an encouraging response from the public following the coverage in the media and I would like to extend my thanks to everyone who contacted us. “Detectives are now examining that information to establish if there are any new lines of inquiry which can be followed up. “Officers are still in the process of gathering CCTV from in the area to try and obtain more detail about the suspects and the car. “I would still like to appeal to anyone who may have any information to get in touch with us as a matter of urgency.” By

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Alleged racist walks Body found at Dumbarton Road flat free from court Forensic officers have sealed of the entry to a tenement flat on 2037 Dumbarton road after a body was found in the early hours of Thursday morning. Detectives launched a murder inquiry on Thursday after an attacker forced his way into the flat and murdered the 52-year-old man. Detective Chief Inspector Jim Smith said: “Our enquiries are at a very early stage to establish the circumstances which led to the death of this man.

Fraser Elliot was due to stand trial after allegedly hurling racial abuse at Salih Ahmed but walked free from court after no witnesses turned up for court. The 27 year old was due to stand trial for a second attack months after he was seen to launch an attack at the street busker, it is not known whether he knew he was being filmed by television cameras. Elliot appeared at Glasgow Sheriff Court to stand trial for allegedly “pursuing a racially aggravated course of conduct” which harassed Salih Ahmed in August 2012.

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However when witnesses failed to turn up for court Sheriff Stuart Reid refused the motion to have the case postponed and it was dropped from the court. More than 348,000 viewers of The Street witnessed Elliot and his accomplice Francis Muir abusing the busker and Elliot was scene trying to follow it up by punching his victim. After the incident was aired on television Elliot appeared to be repentive for his actions and said “I’m disgusted with what I saw on the video but I didn’t racially abuse him. I am not a racist.” By

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Stunt man Danny MacAskill performed a series of bicycle tricks on top of the Finnieston Crane on Wednesday morning.

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The Scot, 28, carried out a series of stunts at different locations and has been filming them. The threeminute video will be shown at the

The Finnieston Crane, located on the banks of the River Clyde, is 174ft (53m) tall.

Customers in local Cardonald shop sashays with the Samba

Local customers in a Cardonald newsagent queueing for their lottery tickets were stunned to find an entire Samba flash mob appear in the shop funded by the National Lottery. The Samba inspired celebration was to thank people for their support in funding National Lottery good causes throughout the last two decades.

The store on Sauchiehall Street is allowing customers to pay with the bitcoin three times a week. Bitcoin was created in 2009 and can be sent directly from person to person without going through banks. When it first came out, Bitcoin was associated with Silk Road,

“It is not clear what the motive was but it was not a random act. It would appear that the victim was the intended target however at this time it is unclear why.”

The offence was said to have been committed on Westmuir Street in the Parkhead area of the city, he was accused of shouting and swearing at his alleged victim.

CEX swap British pound for Bitcoin A shop in Glasgow is swapping pounds for electronic currency, the bitcoin.

“At this time, It is believed that a man arrived at the flat around 12:50am, forced his way into the house and assaulted the victim who was not the householder.

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A man who made headlines news after being caught on camera assaulting a black busker in Glasgow which was later scene on TV’s The Street, walked free from court after being accused of another racially motivated attack.

Although a post mortem examination will be carried out, we are treating his death as murder.

an online marketplace for selling drugs. However, it’s image has been cleared up and big companies such as OKCupid and Zynga (the makers of Farmville) now accept the currency. David Butler, commercial director of CeX, said: “Not only does bitcoin have a number of security and access benefits, but it is also gaining popularity amongst consumers the world over.”

Browns Newsagent in Cardonald was specially chosen as a venue for the Lotto Cheer after single handedly raising £2.7 million pounds for good causes. More than any other independent retailer in Scotland. Since 1994 the National Lottery has raised £31 billion pounds for good causes and raises £33 million pounds per week. The Samba inspired flash mob was

Danny, 28, shot to fame after he uploaded a video of himself doing stunts on his bike in 2009 on YouTube.

A pupil at Eastwood High School has made her debut for the Scotland women’s cricket team – aged just 14.

thanks to members of groups that had been funded by the National Lottery Good Causes such as Samba Ya Bamba, the West End Festival, Haldanes Youth Services, Scottish Youth Theatre, Mischief La Bas and the Commonwealth Youth Circus. The You Tube video published on 15th of May has had hundreds of views so far and features some of the local people in the area, a few seem more shocked than the others, as the Samba band appears out of nowhere, with one gentlemen uttering at the end of the clip “Whit was aw that aboot.” Owner Michael Brown said “The Lotto Cheer morning was the most fun our shop has ever known. They’re still talking about it.” Search on Youtube for “National Lottery players get a LottoCheer in Glasgow” to watch the hilarious video.

Abtaha Maqsood got her first cap for the for the side – known as the Wildcats. after excelling with Poloc Cricket Club in Glasgow, and the successful Eastwood High team, where she plays alongside the boys. Abtaha, from Newton Mearns, played in two matches, in which Scotland lost their first away match to Northamptonshire Ladies but secured a memorable win away to Hampshire Ladies. She said: “It was a really great experience. I was the youngest there and it was my first cap but everyone was really nice. They were very friendly and welcoming, it wasn’t intimidating at all. Eastwood head teacher congratulated Abtaha on her success. He said: “This is full Scottish women’s cricket team that Abtaha has been chosen for, so she’s alongside players much older than her. It’s a tremendous achievement for her, bearing in mind her youth.


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Passenger, real name Micheal David Rosenberg, played a small gig on Buchanan Street on Tuesday, entertaining hundreds of shoppers on the style mile.

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The singer played a 45 minute set, including chart hit Let Her Go, which topped the charts in 17 countries. He also played Underwater Bride and a cover of Dancing in the Dark, by Bruce Springsteen. The intimite gig is part of a UK busking tour and played in Edinburgh on Wednesday. He is going back to his busking roots in a bid to raise awareness for the Big Issue magazine. Micheal said “I’ve never seen Glasgow in so much sun. It fills my heart with such joy. I used to play on this street for so many years and there would be, at most, 14 people listening. Some would throw things at me.”

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Concerns that the mortality rate is higher than in many EU countries has prompted a new national system of reviewing child deaths to be set up.

Research has showed that the UK had the second highest rate of “excess mortality” in 15 western European states. Health Secretary Alex Neil believes the system would help to find ways to lower child mortality rates. Alex Neil said: “The death of a child is always a tragedy for the families and it’s only right that the reasons for that death are explored thoroughly to enable us to put in place measures that can help prevent any future tragedies.

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Glasgow’s East End slimmers celebrate losing pounds to gain pounds for local charities A group of big-hearted slimmers from the east end of Glasgow are celebrating losing over 420st between them and raising over £2500 as part of a sponsored slim for a number of charities such as Marie Curie nurses, terminally ill children’s holidays, Yorkhill chilidrens hospital and the Alzheimer’s society. Members of the Slimming World groups, held weekly across the city were taking part in a national campaign called Slim for Good running across all 11,000 Slimming World groups in the UK and Ireland. The aim of the six-week drive, which kicked off on February 24th, was to help people to lose weight and improve their health while raising money for a good cause in their local area. The slimmers in all groups voted

for the worthy causes and charities they wanted to support throughout the campaign and chose ones closest to several members within each groups hearts. Consultants from each of the groups, say the Slim for Good campaign gave members of the group an added incentive to achieve their weight-loss dreams: “Supporting a worthwhile causes such as these had given everyone a special focus and real commitment to their weightloss goals. For many members being sponsored has been a great way to kick start their weight loss and for others it’s been a boost to help them stay on track. At Slimming World we pride ourselves on the care and support we give each other to lose weight – we’re known as the club with the big heart – so when members started talking about raising money for each cause and what we could all do together, there really was no

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A&E waiting times over four hours have tripled

The number of patients waiting for over four hours in accident and emergency departments is almost three times the amount it was five years ago. Audit Scotland has revealed a report showing that in 2012-13, 104,000 people waited longer than four hours, compared to 36,000 in 2008-09. Four hours is the target waiting time the NHS have set to treat patients.

Health Secretary Alex Neil said the NHS in Scotland was “treating more emergency patients than ever before”. He added “This trend and pressure is evident across all developed health services, including the rest of the UK, and there is no doubt it presents considerable challenges in terms of treating patients quickly - as Audit Scotland’s report makes clear.”

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Glasgow City Council’s Families for Children Service celebrate Foster Care Fortnight

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In the past year Glasgow City Council’s Families for Children Service has recruited and approved 68 new foster carers to help provide essential support for the city’s vulnerable young people. Bringing on board 68 new carers in 2013/14 represents the single biggest rise in foster carer numbers in one year since the council launched a sustained recruitment campaign in 2005. Glasgow City Council now has over 500 foster carers, which makes it the biggest provider of local authority foster care in Scotland. Councillor Gordon Matheson said of the Childrens Service: “Foster carers are a vital part of our care system. When families run into difficulties, it’s often foster carers who step in to pick up the pieces. More than anything children need a stable, warm and loving environment in which to grow.

“Glasgow is proud of the fact that it supports its vulnerable and it is only right that we increase the allowances we pay to foster carers to support the children in their care.”

people to consider acting as permanent carers. By offering someone a permanent home you are giving that young person an anchor for the future that they can really rely upon.

The national event, Foster Care Fortnight, running until the end of May, heralds the beginning of a new phase in the council’s long running and award winning campaign to recruit new foster carers and adoptive parents.

“I used to work in the corporate world but now when I go to bed at night I know that I have made a real difference to someone’s life. By giving them that anchor you have the chance to see the person grow and develop and that is an unbelievably rewarding experience.”

Glasgow City Council foster carer, Elaine Waggott, who takes in children for both a short-term and permanent placements, is a strong advocate for looking after children on a permanent basis. Elaine said: “I really want to encourage

Further information on fostering or adoption through Glasgow City Council can be obtained by phoning 0845 270 0609 or by visiting the Families for Children pages at www. glasgow.gov.uk.

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The plea has come from Soliciter General, Lesley Thomson QC who believes that making domestic abuse a specific offence would help victims.

She stated that the legislation that was introduced on stalking in 2010 is an example of this.

Lesley Thompson said it “gave prosecutors a new tool to tackle this harmful behaviour and sent a clear public message that this sort of conduct was not acceptable and would not be tolerated”. Ms Thomson added: “Domestic abuse is in my view another area in which specialist legislation has a role to play.” By

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Scotland’s population set to increase by 9%

Miley Cyrus spends £2,000 at Shawlands BBQ restaurant Pop star Miley Cyrus shocked owners of BBQ Bar and Grill Buddy’s when her crew ordered £2,400 of food. The We Can’t Stop singer was in Glasgow for her gig at the Hydro. She has been enjoying the city’s tourist attracttion such as the Necropolis and Glasgow University, posting pictures

The population of Scotland is set to go up by 9% over 25 years, it has been reported. The National Records of Scotland have made projections of the population in the country for the 25 year period from 2012 to 2037. They have revealed that there is a suggested rise from 5.31m in 2012 to 5.78m by 2037. This figure is then set to continue growing. The increase is not predicted throughout the entire country, with areas of the highest increase being Aberdeen and Edinburgh and Inverclyde and Argyll and Bute having a decrease. The document stated that “the assumptions are based on past trends and do not take account of any future changes that may occur as a result of policy initiatives, but may reflect the past impact of policy and economic change.”

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The staff at Buddy’s were stunned when the order came in which included BBQ platters, mac and cheese, slaw and chicken wings. “She ordered everything straight from the menu, there was no pretentious demands,” said Buddy’s Bar Diner and Grill general manager Stuart Chree.

Man rescued from flat fire Firefighters rescued a man from a flat in the Southside of Glasgow after a small kitchen fire broke out on Wednesday night.

Scottish Fire and Rescue Service crews were sent to the property in Darnley’s Glen Loy Place around 8:35pm after a member of the public called 999. Two appliances from Pollok Community Fire Station were mobilised along with one each from Polmadie and Clarkston and

responders reached the scene within five minutes.

become distracted and it only takes a moment for flames to break out.

The firefighters found a man and removed him to safety before providing treatment for slight smoke inhalation.

“People must never walk away from a cooker while it is in use and if they do have to step away, even for a second, then they should take pots off the heat and switch the dials off.

Station Manager Callum Orr said: “Kitchen fires are the most common type of fire within homes and this incident is a clear example of why we all need to take action to prevent tragedies. “The simple fact is that fires start when our attention stops. It’s easy to

“Many kitchen fires start when someone attempts to cook while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Our message to people is this is a recipe for disaster – just don’t do it.” By

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Glasgow, more than its fair share of world cuisine

Traditionally, Scotland’s national foods would include haggis, stovies and tablet. However, as our country becomes more and more multicultural, is this still the case? What is modern Scotland’s national food?

However, it doesn’t stop there. Scotland is now the place to go if you fancy trying something a bit different from all over the globe. Fancy noodles? Try Japanese or Thai, which is much lighter and tends to be made nice and healthy. If you are going out with the girls and want to share a few dishes, go for Spanish tapas. Tapas has become very popular over the past few years and is perfect to taste different things.

Wander into Glasgow city centre for a bite to eat and you will have more than haggis, neeps and tatties to choose from. From Mexican to Mongolian, the world is your Tabasco splashed oyster.

weeks in advance, Danny said “food is supposed to be exciting, people have forgotten what its like to actually enjoy new flavours, to experience that moment when you’re not quite sure, and then the instantaneous burst of enjoyment.”

times, the most times by any city since it started in 2001. It is also due to the Scot-Indian merge that has developed over the years. Don’t believe me? Two words - Haggis Pakora. Whoever decided to experiment with Scotland’s Burn’s Day favourite, cover it in pakora batter and throw it in the fryer deserves a medal.

If you want to try something new and a bit unusual, head to Khublai Khans, in the

With steak nights, pasta nights, pizza nights, live bands almost every night of the week, Bar Bloc is part of the fabric of Glasgow’s night life and

Some of the uniquely popular meals on offer are Irn Bru Pork, a fantastic creation (possibly by a stroke of genius/insanity) which infuses spinach leaves, slow roasted pork, red lentils, and Scotland’s other national drink Irn Bru. Head Chef and resident Heston

With plenty on offer for Vegetarians (or herbivores) as it refers to them on the menu, everyone is welcome.

Many ‘exotic’ choices of food have become second nature to the Scots, like Indian, Italian and Chinese.

Italian is a choice of cuisine that we are so used to eating, we could forget that it is Italian. It is also so accessible, thanks to Domino’s and Pizza Hut. You can dine in on a Margarita pizza without leaving the sofa. Indian is possibly the most ‘Scottish’ of them all, with reportedly more than 50,000 curries being eaten by Scot’s every night. So how did this happen? Curry was introduced to Scotland in 1888, when the International Exhibition in Glasgow featured an Indian kitchen. Since then it has become a part of Scottish culture. Glasgow has won the Curry Capital of Britain award four

also a beacon of light in an ever increasing, bland culinary darkness.

For those brave souls who like a little spice in their food, Bloc offers you the Hellboy.

bustling Merchant City in Glasgow. You can dine on exotic meats including zebra, kangaroo and shark. Their menu features kangaroo haggis – another exotic twist on a Scottish favourite. Now before you moan that the Haggis will be forgotten and no one will remember how to make stovies in 20 years time. Here’s the golden question, would you rather eat nothing but haggis, neeps and tatties every day or feast on a souvlaki kebab on Monday, salmon sushi on Tuesday and maybe a chicken enchilada today? I know what I would rather have...Arrribaaa! For those who aren’t too fond of the exotic spectrum of meals on offer in Glasgow but still like to try less well known delicacies and food that is slightly out there. The food menu in Bloc Bar will be the answer to your edible prayers

Blumenthal esc genius Danny “The mad chef” McClaren spoke of his love of creating new foods he said “everyone is trying to copy each others food and we all end up eating the same food.” The variety of different foods on offer in Bloc have seen customers numbers increase with queues at the door and people requesting tables

Danny explains the Hellboy “Its fearsome, shaped similarly to the character Hellboy and forged in the flames of hell, smothered in a muy picante habanero sauce, jalapenos and fiery peruvian chilli, we felt the need to serve it with cucumber yoghurt for safety measures (and for wimps.)” Danny went on to tell me that even the most resistant of palettes have been left on their knees after attempting to demolish the fearsome Hellboy. Can you withstand the heat? Other things on the horizon are million dollar mince and tatties which will use steak mince throughout the meal, and the Hellboy 2.0, for those who wish to do battle with their adversary again. Bloc Bar and Eatery bringing culinary genius/ insanity, thanks to Danny “The Mad Chef” McClaren to Glasgow’s City Centre. For the full incredible menu check online at http:// www.bloc.ru/food.html


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In the 13th century, it was custom for the warriors of the great Khans, who ruled Mongolia, to cook their food on their up-turned shields over a camp fire. In this way they would prepare slivers of meat, cut with the sword edge, with a combination of vegetables, aromatic spices, oils and sauces. With these ancient traditions in mind, we bring you one of the world’s least known, but most original dining experiences; Khublai Khans Mongolian Barbecue Restaurant offers a genuinely unique, fun and relaxed dining experience with a lively, interactive atmosphere.

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Beauty salon owner, Miss Glasgow International, Princes Trust Young Ambassador... Melissa Currie is a woman of many talents, but that’s not all, she has been nominated to be a baton carrier in the upcoming Glasgow Commonwealth Games. Melissa, 25, opened her business three years ago after turning to the Prince’s Trust for employment advice when viral meningitis made it difficult for her to find work. “I had the viral form of meningitis and my health went right downhill. I couldnt get any jobs, I kept getting made redundant and I just didn’t know what to do with myself. So I contacted the Prince’s Trust!” The Prince’s Trust suggested Melissa joined their Enterprise Programme. Melissa said “I went on the programme and they they

said to me ‘why don’t you open up your own place?’ Never in a million years did I think I was going to!” After going on a course to learn about bookkeeping, tax and marketing she was given a grant, searched for a property and opened Mac’s Hair and Beauty Salon in the heart of the West End, minutes from the bustling Byres Road. After the Prince’s Trust recognised her hard work and dedication, they asked her to be a Prince’s Trust Young Ambassador. Melissa took them up on their offer, saying “they helped me get to where I am today, of course I would!” She came second place for

the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Award, “I just missed it, but out of 7000 people, it was amazing to be recognised.”

within the next few weeks. It is such an honour, I don’t believe I’m going to be a part of it!”

It was the Prince’s Trust - amongst others - who nominated Melissa to be a baton carrier for the Commonwealth. Melissa does a lot of charity work and says “it just comes second nature to me, I have been doing it since I was 16.” She also does a lot of work for the local community and is still in shock about being nominated. “I still don’t believe it! I’m just waiting now to see where I will be running, I’m hoping it’s Hillhead and I’ll run down Byre’s Road, but i’ll find out

However, that isn’t all she is looking forward to. Melissa is also nominated for the Hair Extensionist of the Year award at the upcoming INNA.com Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards 2014, “It’s quite scary, I’m up against seven other people who have been in the industry a very long time.” Melissa who works very closely with hair extension brand Capello, has been made their wholesaler and Scottish representative, and she will soon be training people on how to fit them.

Another skill to add to her expanding list is being involved in pageants. Melissa has the Miss Glasgow International title and is competing in Manchester in two months time, “If I win this I get to complete in Europe with the Scottish title, so that’s something else to add to my stress!” To book an appointment with Mac’s Hair and Beauty call 0141 357 5511 or go to www.macsglasgow.com By

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The fear of losing your hearing can be a frightening one, the ability to hear is something that people take for granted, and yet almost everyday people subject their ears and hearing to noise levels and sounds that can permanently damage one of your five senses for ever. Tinnitus which derives from the Latin tinnitus or “ringing” is a condition that can have a variety of effects on the person suffering from it, some of the causes of this debilitating condition range from, continuous ringing in the ears, inability to hear someone speak in a crowded room. One of the biggest causes of tinnitus is exposure to loud music/noise for extended periods of time, regular concert goers, people who work with power tools, even people who regularly listen to music through their earphones. All are high risk candidates to experience hearing loss. Sounds travel from the outer ear through the middle of the ear into the inner ear which contains the cochlea. The cochlea is a coiled spiral tube which contains an uncountable amount of sensitive hair cells. The auditory nerve transmits sounds to the brain after this. If the cochlea gets damaged, the brain attempts to overcompensate for the lack of signal, it does this by multiplying the signals that it is receiving(the bits that aren’t damaged) and its the over representation that causes the sound of tinnitus and it’s irreversible. The EDM DJ Aly from Aly and Fila recently retired from DJ’ing live because of a severe ear injury during a performance, doctors informed him of the damage and if he had continued would have risked being permanently deaf in both ears. Some other celebrities who suffer from tinnitus are Black Eyed Peas member and BBC1, talent show, The Voice coach, Will.I.Am, Hollywood actor and homegrown hero, Gerard Butler, Ex Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, WHO guitarist Pete Townsend and legendary front-man Bono from U2 have all complained in the past about suffering from the irritating condition. At the present minute there isn’t anything that Otolaryngologists (ear doctors) can do for

sufferers, in some cases tinnitus will be caused by flu and cold symptoms, Multiple Scelorsis, ear infections or even stress, however the most common cause tends to be noise induced hearing loss. As of 2014 there were no effective medications and because of the sensitive nature of the ears its almost impossible for doctors to offer any kind of solution to tinnitus. In some more extreme cases the sufferer will experience pulsatile tinnitus (the sound of hearing their own pulse). The ears are sensitive, so incredibly sensitive to be precise, that any slight change in air pressure on an aeroplane can lead to experiencing immense pain. In comparison, imagine you could possess an item or a smell so strong that when you sniffed it for an extended period of time your ability to smell anything would become irreversibly damaged. Would you continue smelling said item? Of course not. That is similar to people continuing to listen to music at such a level that it endangers their hearing indefinitely. In youth culture today and with people who regularly attend concerts or “gigs” people would still rather play Devils Advocate with their hearing and refuse to wear ear plugs to protect their hearing at concerts. Musicians nowadays will not play live without protection for their ears, and yet the thousands of people listening below still refuse to. Why? Music should be beautiful, not painful. By

Andrew Garland

Aspirin could combat hearing loss A study has been launched by Cancer Research UK investigating whether high doses of aspirin can help prevent hearing loss, a common side effect from chemotherapy drug cisplatin. Around 18,500 cancer patients receive cisplatin each year, around half have suffered some

form of permanent hearing loss as a side effect of treatment, ranging from tinnitus to some deafness in one or both ears. The phase II trial, called COAST, is recruiting around 88 adult cancer patients who have been prescribed cisplatin to take part.

Around 2,400 members of the armed forces will help provide security for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

to assist in whatever contingencies may arise and have done so during the 2012 Olympics and more recently during the floods crisis.

The Black Watch, the 3rd battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland, will be among the troops used.

“We are extremely proud to be able to provide support to the Glasgow Commonwealth Games as part of a task that reflects the flexibility, capability and adaptability of our armed forces.”

The Ministry of Defence said 900 personnel will be on standby if needed. Lieutenant General Sir Nicholas Carter, the Standing Joint Commander said: “We are ready

It has been reported that the UK Government would fully fund the military contribution with no costs being incurred by Police Scotland.

Scottish couples could face disputes in future if unmarried A law firm have revealed that couples in Scotland could be creating a future time bomb of messy legal disputes when it comes to their property. Philippa Cunniff, parter and head of family Law at HBJ Gateley, advises that unmarried and cohabiting couples don’t have the same rights as married couples or civil partners. Although there are basic rights provided by law in Scotland when relationships end, unmarried couples will not be protected in certain aspects of property ownership and parental rights. The number of children born into a family with unmarried parents increased from 8% in 1971 to 50% in 2013. In the UK, unmarried couples living together are the fastest-growing type of family. Philippa Cunniff said: “Lots of unmarried couples buy property together, and some also have children. In my experience though, many fail to provide for the practical issues of ownership and responsibility that come with living together. “Having a fair and current co-habitation agreement in place will assist in providing the

kind of certainty already in place for married couples. Otherwise, the risk of stressful and expensive legal disputes increases – for example, if the relationship breaks down acrimoniously or ends with the death of a partner whose family attempts to pursue any property occupied by the unmarried couple.” If a co-habitation agreement is created, it will need to be updated regularly – at events like childbirth, long term illness or retirement - or the original statement will stand if the relationship comes to an end. Philippa said: “It is important for couples to recognise that just as their relationship develops, so will the practical responsibilities associated with it. A co-habitation agreement should allow all parties to feel comfortable that most practical arrangements have already been agreed and clarified, making it slightly easier for everyone involved.”

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Chinese call for tourism visa relaxation

Chinese tourists have called for a relaxation in the process for obtaining a travel visa for the UK. Chinese nationals can currently apply for a Schengen visa, which allows them to travel freely throughout 26 European countries on a single visa, however, in order to travel to the UK, Chinese must go through a further process to obtain. This inconvenience has deterred the vast majority of Chinese tourists from visiting the UK, of 10 million Chinese tourists who travel abroad every year, only 196,000 come to the UK thanks in part to the added complexity of

obtaining a visa. One Chinese tourist Mr Wang spoke about the added hassle of trying to see the UK saying: “For the British visa, I had to go all the way to Beijing to get my fingerprints done, This kind of inconvenience puts us off. Besides, Britain is only one country and a very small one at that. Most people will choose to go to Europe.”

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International military operation launched to rescue Nigerian girls An international military task force made up of special forces troops from Canada, the US, UK, France and Israel has launched an operation to rescue 200 girls who were kidnapped last month by the Islamist terror group Boko Haram, whose name in the local dialect translates to “Western education is forbidden”

The girls were kidnapped in the north eastern province town of Chibok, after their school busses were attacked by Boko Haram, who according to their leader Abubakar Shekau believe that the girls should not be educated and

should instead be married off. This latest development in the case of the kidnapped girls comes a day after the populations of three villages in the north of Nigeria, repelled an attack by Boko Haram killing around 200 of the Islamist militants. The villages defended themselves by forming a vigilante militia. On the same day last week that Boko Haram were repelled, government troops fired on their own commanding general in the northeastern city of Maiduguri. It is believed that the attack was in protest of poor living conditions, a lack of equipment and poor leadership in the fight against Boko Haram.

This attack has shown how low the morale in the Nigerian military has become after a year of campaigning against Boko Haram, with little or no effect on the Islamist groups effectiveness. President Goodluck Johnson was reluctant to comment on the attack by the troops instead only confirming that an “incident” had taken place and that there was “nothing to be concerned about” for the general public. The Nigerian population are celebrating the arrival of the international task force, hoping that it will end the stalemate which has blighted the country since the mass kidnapping. By

Garry Smith

This is a problem for the British tourism industry, as on average, Chinese tourists spend four times more than tourists from anywhere else in the world. By

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Turkish mine disaster incites national outrage Turkey is consumed with grief and anger after an explosion in a mine in the western province of Manisa has killed between 280 and 350 miners according to different sources. The mine is reportedly owned by friends of the ruling Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has in recent months been accused of deep seated corruption by the public. This latest mining disaster is the latest in a long line of tragedies which have beset Turkish industry in the past two decades. Turkey has an extremely poor record for worker safety and in response to this latest disaster the General Workers Union of Turkey held a national strike on Thursday of last week, grinding the country to a halt. When PM Erdogan arrived at the mine in Manisa, he was met by chants of “murderer” and “thief” from an angry mob who attacked his motorcade

as he arrived. Erdogan pledged to the crowd that there will be a “full investigation” into the causes of the explosion at the mine. The explosion which killed between 280 and 350 miners, occurred during a shift change, when the mine was populated with almost double the usual number of workers. This is thought to be the reason why the death toll has been so high. The majority of deaths are thought to have been caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, due to the lifts losing power after the explosion, trapping the miners underground. Protests broke out across the country in response to the disaster, fueled by the accusations of corruption which have been rampant since February of this year when Erdogan blocked Twitter across the nation after evidence of corruption was uncovered by a user and posted on the micro blogging site. By

Michael McDaid

South Korea ferry Captain and three crew charged with manslaughter The Captain and three members of crew of the ferry that sank off the coast of South Korea last month, killing over 300 people, the majority of whom were school children on an excursion, have been charged with manslaughter through gross negligence.

as the ship began to capsize and sink.

The Captain and crew members are accused of having told the passengers aboard the stricken vessel to remain onboard while they made their escape

Investigators into the disaster have said in a preliminary report that the crew changed into civilian clothing before evacuating the ship as South

Lee Joon-Seok, the Captain along with two navigators and the chief engineer if convicted could face the death penalty, although if they are sentenced to death, it is unlikely that they will be executed as there has been a moratorium on executions since 1997.

Korean maritime law states that uniformed crew members must be the last to leave a sinking ship after having evacuated the civilian passengers. The South Korean authorities are continuing to retrieve bodies from the ferry’s wreck, working against the rapidly deteriorating interior of the ship which is day by day collapsing in on itself and causing extreme danger to the rescue divers. By

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Stephen Sutton passes away after long battle with cancer

NATIONAL NEWS ROUNDUP Unemployment Bank of rate in UK at England to keep interest five year low The level of unemployment in the UK has dropped to a five rates low year low of 6.8%, the lowest

percentage of unemployment since 1971 when records began according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS)

The Bank of England last week disparaged speculators who have in recent months been predicting a rise in interest rates by the Bank of England. Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has said that interest rates may remain low “for some time” and that despite the economy recovering at a steady rate any raise in the interest rate would be “gradual”.

Stephen Sutton, the inspirational teenager responsible for raising, at the time of writing over £3.3 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust passed away last Wednesday 14th morning after being readmitted to hospital on the previous Sunday evening. Stephen who had been battling cancer since the age of 15 came to the nations attention in March of this year when he launched a campaign on the fundraising website Justgiving.com to raise £1 million for the Teenage Cancer Trust, a charity which aims to improve the qulaity of life and treatment for teenagers suffering from cancer. After his story went viral online, Stephen’s fundraising page experienced a surge in donations, hitting his total of £1 million within days, with some anonymous philanthropists donating four figure sums. Despite Stephen reaching his target, the donations continued to roll in, with people from all across the globe donating in a show of support, reaching 330% of the original amount by Wednesday the 14th, the day of Stephen’s passing. Stephens death was announced by his mother via the Facebook page ‘Stephens story’ through which Stephen kept his friends and followers updated on his condition and activities.

Stephens mother posted the heartfelt message: “My heart is bursting with pride but breaking with pain for my courageous, selfless, inspirational son who passed away peacefully in his sleep in the early hours of this morning, Wednesday 14th May. The ongoing support and outpouring of love for Stephen will help greatly at this difficult time, in the same way as it helped Stephen throughout his journey. We all know he will never be forgotten, his spirit will live on, in all that he achieved and shared with so many. Love, His mom x” This announcement was met with a public showing of condolences for Stephens family and friends via social media. Before his death, Stephen was recognized by a number of public figures including the Prime Minister for his tireless devotion and selfless nature, with many members of the public calling for Stephen to be Knighted in honour of his contributions to charity and awareness of teenage cancer. At the time of writing it is still possible to donate to Stephens cause at: https:// www.justgiving.com/stephen-sutton-tct By

Michael McDaid

Many speculators were of the belief that due to the increasing strength of the UK economy and the reduction in unemployment that the interest rates would rise sharply ahead of next years general election. Thanks to Bank of England’s confirmation of the interest rates remaining at historic lows, the Pounds value dropped by just over 10pence against the dollar within hours of Governor Carney’s announcement, climbing a little in before the markets closed.

This quarterly fall from January to March of this year is thought to have been bolstered by the number of people claiming self employment in the UK expanding rapidly in the first three months of this year. The average earnings across the board have also increased slightly by 1.7%, this is the first time since 2010 that earnings increases have outpaced inflation which in March was at 1.6% according to the Consumer Prices Index (CPI) Despite these positive figures 8.85 million people from January to March of this year aged 16 to 64 remain economically inactive, neither seeking work or available for work. This figure has seen a decline of 85,000 from October to December of last year, this is the lowest number of economically inactive individuals since 1990.

The number of unemployed young people between the ages of 16 and 24 fell in the first quarter of this year by 48,000 to 868,000, the lowest number for five years. The government has welcomed these new statistics with Esther McVey, Minister for Employment, saying: “As the recovery takes hold, more people are able to get a job or set up their own business’ and become the employers of tomorrow” David Cameron spoke about the findings via Twitter saying: “There’s more to do, but it’s welcome unemployment is down again. More jobs means more financial security for people.” These comments were balanced by BNP Paribas UK economist David Tinsley stating that the rise in employment was “disproportionately a self-employment story” going on to explain saying: “The rise in people working as full-time employees is significantly less, at 0.3% on the quarter. The proportion of people working part-time because they can’t find a full-time job is now falling, but remains relatively high.” By

Garry Smith

Royle Family star and creator, Caroline Aherne, suffering lung cancer

However, Mr Carney hit back at speculators who criticized the banks plans saying: “Securing the recovery is like making it through the qualifying rounds of the World Cup - it’s a real achievement, but not the end goal. The prize in the economy is sustained and prolonged growth.” By

Lauren Black

Couple facing US extradition taken to hospital

An english couple who were due to be extradited to the US to stand trial for an assortment of charges including money laundering and fraud were rushed to hospital last Thursday from their home.

The couple were expected to hand themselves into a London Police station later in the afternoon to be transported to the US.

Comedian and award winning writer Caroline Aherne is currently recovering from treatment for lung cancer. A statement by Macmillan Cancer Support has confirmed that the star and co creator of the award winning Royle Family is recovering from the effects of treatment for lung cancer and will be speaking at an appeal to improve cancer care in the Manchester area and the UK as a whole on the 26th of June.

Aherne who as a child suffered from eye cancer along with her brother and later in life suffered from bladder cancer spoke of the appeal saying: “I’ve had cancer and my brother’s had cancer and we know how it affects people.” Aherne also went onto say: “They asked me to get involved and I’m really glad that I can do my bit to encourage people to speak up about where things go wrong with cancer care.” By

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Living with Alzheimer’s The pain of watching the person you love disappear into the shadow of Alzheimer’s must be an impossibly hard burden for a person to bear. Looking after someone with Alzheimer’s can be one of the most difficult tasks that a family can face, yet thousands of people throughout the country deal with the situation every year.

Dementia signs Recent memory loss that affects job skills

It is normal to forget meetings, colleagues’ names, or a business associate’s telephone number occasionally, but then remember them later. A person with dementia may forget things more often, and not remember them later.

Difficulty performing familiar tasks

Busy people can be so distracted from time to time that they may leave the carrots on the stove and only remember to serve them when the meal has finished. A person with dementia might prepare a meal and not only forget to serve it, but also forget they made it.

Problems with language

Everyone has trouble finding the right word sometimes. A person with dementia may forget simple words or substitute inappropriate words.

Disorientation of time and place

It is normal to forget the day of the week or your destination for a moment. People with dementia can become lost on their own street, not know where they are, how they got there or how to get back home.

Poor or decreased judgement

Dementia affects a person’s memory and concentration and this in turn affects their judgement. Many activities, such as driving, require good judgement and when this ability is affected, the person will be a risk, not only to themselves, but to others on the road.

Problems with abstract thinking

Balancing a chequebook may be difficult for many of us. Someone with dementia could forget completely what the numbers are and what needs to be done with them.

Everyone becomes sad or moody from time to time.

Someone with dementia can have rapid mood swings from calm to tears to anger, for no apparent reason. A person with dementia can become suspicious or fearful, or just apathetic and uncommunicative. They may also become dis-inhibited, over-familiar or more outgoing than previously.

Loss of initiative

It is normal to tire of housework, business activities or social obligations. The person with dementia may become very passive and require cues prompting them to become involved. If you have any suspicions about a loved one don’t hesitate to contact your local doctor, the quicker you call, the quicker they can help. Dementia doesn’t have to be a life sentence.

Alzheimer’s is normally found in people above the age of 70 and can in many cases lead to Dementia. Dementia is the gradual progressive decline in a persons memory and progressive destruction of the victims cognitive capabilities. Eventually everyday tasks will become so difficult that the sufferer will be unable to look after themselves. There are as many as 61,000 people in Scotland suffering from Dementia in Scotland alone and 55% percent have Alzheimer’s. Scientists still don’t fully understand the causes of Alzheimer’s and so far the only known risk factor is old age, it is extremely rare for someone below the age of sixty to be even slightly affected by the disease. Each person is affected in different ways and it’s impossible to predict the symptoms someone will develop as the disease progresses. Tragically the disease is eventually fatal but can last for as much as fifteen years, Alzheimer’s slowly robs the person of their ability to complete everyday nominal activities and they

eventually succumb to things like Pneumonia at the later stages. Possible symptoms during the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease are in the early stages, the person may begin to have some difficulty with various everyday activities and abilities such as: People suffering from the debilitating condition can find themselves feeling good one day and show barely any signs of the condition and the next day struggle with the most simplest of tasks, for example failing to recognise where they live or recognise any of their loved ones. These are called good and bad days and as the disease progresses the symptoms get more severe. Until the person fails to be able to recognise the simplest things.

There are some instances of Alzheimer’s where the disease can be hereditary however these are extremely rare and usually only passes to half the children over a substantial amount of generations. This hereditary condition affects less than 5% percent of all those afflicted. Some well known people to have suffered from the disease are Discworld author Terry Pratchett, Country and Western singer Glen Campbell, Charlton Heston, Death Wish star Charles Bronson, former President of the USA Ronald Reagan and Burgess Meredith best known for his work as Micky the trainer in the Rocky movies. By

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COMPETITION TIME! WIN Weirs Way the Essential Collection Full Weirs Way anthology set to be released on DVD Tom Weir MBE, the climber, author, broadcaster and presenter of legendary television programme Weirs Way, that ran on television beginning in 1976 and lasting until 1987. It showcased the wonder of the Scottish landscapes, the majestic history of the country, and a few of the people that make up the unique patchwork of Scottish life. The full 52 episode bonanza across 12 discs anthology in one complete collection can be yours to own from 16th of June.

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Slimmers don’t need to take away the takeaway – just fake it! When embarking on a diet more than half of slimmers (53.4%) fear that having to give up their favourite takeaways will prevent them from sticking to their healthy eating plan and reaching their dream weight, according to a new poll.

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However, a local weight-loss expert from Govanhill says people don’t need to go cold turkey on their takeaway habits. Better still, she says the real key to slimming success is making your own versions of your takeaway favourites at home.

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Eighty two per cent of respondents of the survey, which was conducted by leading weight-loss organisation Slimming World to celebrate the launch of its new Fakeaways recipe book, said that they expected to have to give up takeaway food completely in order to lose weight. Slimming World Consultant Pauline who runs groups in Govanhill and Gorbals, says she isn’t

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www.glasgow-news.com for social justice. Yet whilst I hope that you vote Labour on the 22nd, above all I simply hope that you vote. At the last European elections in 2009, turnout was 34.5% across the UK and 28% here in Scotland. Such a low turnout risks letting extremist parties in by the back-door and could threaten the hard-fought gains outlined above. At the very least it is bad for democracy.

Margaret Curran MP On Thursday 22nd May, voters throughout Scotland will go to the polls to decide who will represent us in the European Parliament for the next 5 years.

With the Independence Referendum dominating the agenda, it’s easy to underestimate just how important these elections are in their own right. But Scotland needs and deserves MEPs that will work hard and always put Scotland’s interests first. People like David Martin and Catherine Stihler, who have represented Scotland as Labour MEPs since 1999. Working with their allies in the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats, Labour MEPs like David and Catherine have helped to introduce new protections against misleading traders and campaigned for tough new laws guaranteeing your right to proper compensation from airlines that overbook. Labour MEPs right across the UK have also fought to enshrine workers’ rights in EU law. As a result, employees in Glasgow are guaranteed a minimum number of holidays each year and cannot be forced to work more than 48 hours per week. These are real achievements, only possible because of progressive Labour MEPs that put the hours in and always stand up

An upcoming election where low turnout is unlikely to be an issue is the Referendum. Regular readers will by now know that I support Scotland remaining in the UK because of the benefits and security it brings with regards to jobs, opportunities, mortgages and pensions. But it’s also clear that our relationship with Europe is enhanced by being in the UK. This is particularly evident when we consider that, under terms negotiated in 1984, the UK currently benefits from a rebate worth around £4bn a year. The UK also enjoys an exemption from VAT on 54 items, including food and children’s clothes, because of a long-standing agreement which does not apply to new member states. The SNP are reluctant to address these issues and its clear why – even they know that leaving the UK would mean a smaller voice for Scotland and a worse deal from the European Union. No amount of spin and deflection can disguise these simple facts.

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to expect. You can have a look at it at www. getreadyglasgow.com which shows you what roads will be closed or have limited access. Residents wanting to ask about what diversions will be in place can also telephone the City Council on 287 2014. Most roads in the East End should be open as normal during the Games and buses will still be running. However, some roads will be closed for the duration especially Springfield Road and parts of Dalmarnock Road, Kings Drive at Glasgow Green, and Wellshot Road near Tollcross Pool.

John Mason MSP Less than 10 weeks until the Commonwealth Games start and things are certainly taking shape. Many venues are already open and operating for local folk. And thank goodness they cancelled the plan to blow up the Red Road flats for the opening ceremony on 23rd July! Whilst it is exciting that thousands of people will be flocking to the East End in the summer, this does mean there will be some disruption at least for a couple of weeks. However, the Games are giving a real boost to the area. So I guess we have to put up with some disruption around the Games themselves. One concern is transport. Which roads will be closed? How will parking be affected? The City Council and Commonwealth Games team have a website which gives us an idea of what

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Star Signs

Joan Charles

I am delighted to be delivering your stars although; I won’t be doing them in the traditional way, as I am not an astrologer. For many years I have provided the stars using Tarot cards and that is what I will be doing here so, I guess in a sense they should be called, Taroscopes. Anyway, I do hope you enjoy what the cards have to say.

Aries

Looks like it’s perhaps a bit of a financial struggle this month and to be therefore fore warned means that you can plan ahead a little better. This may not be helped by the fact that someone will be asking you for cash you had not budgeted for.

Taurus

If things have been causing you anxiety then that is about to pass as a new phase is coming for you which will bring some new beginnings with it. I sense things maybe taking a turn for the better.

Gemini

Some news may bring a surprise or two along with it and leave you feeling like you’re on cloud nine however, someone with a black and white attitude could try and spoil things so, stay on your cloud and don’t let them get to you.

Cancer

This is a month when things you want to happen might just go your way and not before time either. I sense luck is heading in you’re direction and enabling you to enjoy a little freedom for a change.

Leo

Some quiet reflection is all you need to get you back on track and feeling like your old self. The way ahead my look a little unclear but you just need to have a little blind faith and allow it to happen in its own time.

Virgo

I’m sensing something that feels unjust and that has perhaps been kept a secret but these things have a way of coming out in the end so Karma, as they say is a wonderful thing and sorts everything out.

Libra

Look out for an invitation coming your way and making your day. I feel this is a week for more than one or two interesting things showing up and all in a positive way so enjoy this, as before you know it you will be back to the norm.

Scorpio

If you have been feeling that life is a challenge then remember that every cloud has a silver lining and this it no different. Things can happen and while you are annoyed they can turn out to be a blessing in disguise.

Sagittarius

Patience is not one of your strong points and when it comes to folk you don’t suffer fools gladly – this week you could find you will be confronted but something that will require you to stand back and count to ten so, you’re patience will be tested.

Capricorn

It may not be easy at times to forgive but you can push things from the past to the back of your mind and try to keep it there, as it no longer serves your purpose. I sense that since then you have moved on in a good way so don’t let it spoil things.

Aquarius

Perhaps you are in need of a wee break to recharge the batteries and your energy levels too. You may not normally take time out but sometimes you just need to allow yourself to unwind and relax.

Pisces

In the attempt to reconcile differences you may end up with more issues that you started with. Think carefully about any new changes before you dive into something head first and end up with egg on your face.

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all to a whole new level. Created by an amazing woman, Vicky Wall, who was blind when she was guided to bring this wonderful system of colour to the world, it lets you reflect on who you are, and consider where you want to go by letting you

Most of us already use the language of colour in everyday situations. We talk about feeling blue or being in the pink or maybe green with envy. The Aura-Soma system of colour takes it

We have such a response to what colours we see that the advertising industry use it extensively when trying to persuade us to by their products. Hospitals use it to create a calm environment, as do prisons. It’s Universal. The numbers of the bottles mean you can also have the numerology of your name and date of birth calculated and find out what influences you were born into or named for. And each bottle has a place on the Kabbalah Tree of Life; each astrology sign has 3 or 4 bottles associated giving more information relating to each star sign, and all of them have their own tarot card.

Each bottle has a name and a number, each with its own significance. And when you place your selection in sequence on the consultant’s table she will translate the language of colour for you. You can take home your very own bottle from your consultation; put it on your body around each corresponding chakra, or just put some in the bath and work with the energies that way to bring out the best in you. They are organic so no nasty preservatives or chemicals.

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THE WEEM WITCHES It would be nearly two years now since I put a proposal to Pittenweem Community Council to raise a modest monument with the names of 26 of its fellow citizens on it but the motion and idea failed. You see these 26 fellow citizens of Pittenweem were all charged with Witchcraft with 16 being burnt at the stake two dying under the torture process and another was beaten and killed by a mob while the authorities sat back saying “do what you wish to her” A horrific barbaric spectacle where the husbands after the Witch burnings as if there humiliations weren’t enough by now, were handed bills…. bills to cover the costs of torture and the wood supplied to burn your wife…(can this be where the phrase “money going up in flames comes from?) Pitteweem on the Fife East coast was once the 12th richest town in Scotland, a thoroughfare of wealth earned from exporting coal, wool (spun and raw), beer and of course salted fish. It discovered its first witches in 1593. A woman called Janet Loquhour who was charged tortured and burned in St Andrews. This was followed by David Zeman in 1597, a few months’ later 4 more….Janet Foggow, Beatrix Forgesonn, Janet Williamson and Fritte Gutter. The hunt for Witches in Scotland properly started in 1563, with Mary Queen of Scots Witchcraft act; it had followed from her cousin Queen Elizabeth of England’s bill 6 months earlier. Thousands of bewildered dementia struck individuals, midwifes losing still born bairns, peculiar behaviour and people practicing the old pagan religions would now make easy pickings for accusations of Witchcraft. Not to say

the well off like Lady Foullis (1590) or the Earl of Bothwell (1591.fled the country) or say the rich Advocates daughter Euphame Mac Calzean in 1590 would escape the hunts and suffer the charges also. The rich once confessed under the tortures were burnt and fanatical preachers would carry out Queen Marys witchcraft bill to the full….”no person seek only help response or consultation at any such users or abusers foresaid of Witchcraft under pain of deid” it was now an undefendable act! In the bill all property and belongings of a Witch whether a castle, house or land once the accusation of Witchcraft was found, the properties would be split 50/50 between the church and the civil authorities. It could be a very profitable venture. Pittenweem didn’t stop there…finding in 1643…Margaret Kingow, Margaret Horseburgh, Janet Anderson, Mrs Dawson and two Mrs Wandersons accused of Witchcraft…All were burnt and bills given to their husband still survive…. £4 to £40 was the bills depending on how long your wife took to collapse and confess through the expenses of a torturer. (An accountants wage was £10 and 9 shillings for the year) The following year a further 5 more, Christian Dote, Beaty Dote, Christian Roch, Margaret Myrton and Margaret Balfour….met the flames. 1704 would bring Beatrix Laing, Thomas Brown, Margaret Wallace Isobel Adam, Janet Cornfoot, Mrs White, Margaret Jack, and Nicolas Lawson and her husband. Thomas would die during the tortures and Janet Cornfoot would be handed to a mob to have their way with her, ending crushed to death under a door piled high with stones as the mob used her for sport! I felt so sorry for these forgotten individuals I wrote a

Intuitive Negotiator They quickly scan each other looking for clues and all the while trying to decide what their next step should be. The mission, should they choose to accept it is one of the “negotiator” just like a scene from mission impossible the business world holds many situations just like this where individuals wish they had some way of discovering greater insight into what the real deal actually is but - all they have at this point is the basic information as not everything has been revealed and the players hold their cards close to their chest. However, what if they were able to look around the room and quickly spot the guy third from the left with the red tie and know that what he was telling them was in fact - not the whole pictures and that he held the aces? Imagine being able to link into what the hidden agenda actually was? How much would this save in terms of training, finances and a whole load of other things that make the difference to the bottom line? You could easily earn or save a fortune, all in the space

of a nano second.

You might be asking yourself, what are the techniques needed to infiltrate this invisible force field? Well, the first step has to be at the initial stages when you meet each other, which happens before they get to the boardroom. By taking more time to focus on each of the individuals and looking at their none verbal language this could reveal the real core deal that you are after and not just the superficial stuff that’s put up for display as a red herring. Connecting to this information, reading it carefully and also checking in with what you’re sensing could pay off big time as there are enormous amounts of information sitting there for you to pick up if you choose to look for it. I know it sounds like a spy movie but really, it is a game and you win by being ahead of the competition therefore that means you tap into all of your resources including your intuition and make it work for you. All through this process you are building an intuitive profile, a REAL sense of what’s going on, which could

biography of them called “THE WEEM WITCH”. It became a bestseller earning itself a reprint and tonnes of media attention. I felt the citizens of Pittenweem betrayed by their own kind so long ago that they should have some apology and a memorial would be a fitting gesture.

BY LEONARD LOW

Picture the scene, a well polished business executive walks into the board room, a blinding sheen radiates from the highly polished mahogany table, and as the main players take their seats each of them produce a file containing information about a potential business deal.

lead to a number of new questions that were not there before as a result of you simply tuning in. By now we should be at that polished board room table ready to move one way or the other on the decisions you have to make and you will understand what this is all about as you have taken the time to sense your way through the mine filed of barbed wire put there to keep you out of the true essence of what is happening. This may not always apply to the business world, it is life in general but nevertheless, intuition plays a big part and we can either choose to use it or ignore it but, rather than look back and say “if only I had paid attention to what I felt at the time’ you can save yourself so much time,

effort and emotion if you go with what you feel. Here is a wee technique you can try if you’re ever in a situation where you need to get a true sense of things: Carry with you three small counters like the ones used in the game of tiddlywinks: Green, Blue, and Black. Holding them in your hand allow them to passed through your fingers without looking at them, look closely as someone that really draws your attention and imagine that you are picking up on their energy levels and getting a sense of “true or false”. If you end up with Green at the top, and it feels good then it’s a

done deal, if the top colour is black be extra cautious, as there could be some clouded areas and missing elements, which might spell disaster. Blue is for clarity and communication, depends on where this lies in the pile can be an indicator of how clear and true the communication you’re receiving is, the closer to the top of your pile the better. Its not rocket science but then it doesn’t need to be, following your intuition should be like child’s play so have a go and see for yourself.


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Glasgow 2014, City Of Fest where dreams will be mad

Fret not dear reader, for Glasgow is bringing a feast of festivals to 2014 is definitely a fantastic year to be living in the second city of the empire, with a whole host of festivals, ranging from a festival of colour right through to a festival of Jazz, with a host of others planted firmly in the middle. Beginning last month in April and continuing to August, Chemikal Underground created the ambitious East End Social to link the East End of Glasgow with the festivities of Glasgow’s super summer of 2014. Bringing the areas in Glasgow less known for their bustling nightlife. Areas such as Bridgeton, Calton, Duke Street and Damarnock, focussing the limelight directly on them, bringing a sense of pride back into the East End of Glasgow. Places that have been known to be culturally introverted in recent years.

headlines in regards to health, wealth, employment, as well as a sense of sporting and cultural integrity across the whole of Scotland. Thanks to the Ryder Cup, the Commonwealth Games, The MTV Music Awards and very recently the Hydro being named as one of the top performance arenas in the world. Back to the festivals though and Glasgow has got it all covered in the next few months from the West End Festival, The Merchant City Festival, the Jazz Festival and some of the other more obscure festivals that might not rewarded with the same amount of publicity.

Direction, Tiesto, Kings of Leon, Bastille, Rita Ora, home grown talents Calvin Harris and Paolo Nutini amongst many others. Sure to be one of the biggest musical weekends of the year. 23rd-25th May.

international and local artists taking part in the jewel in the West End’s crown. With many of the exhibitions completely free, it is a fully complemented carnival atmosphere. Sun 1st to Sun 29th of June.

The West End Festival is now in its 19th year and last year welcomed its millionth visitor to the celebration. This year is guaranteed to be its biggest yet, with more than 100 Glasgow based organisations, arts groups and a mixture of

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Radio 1 comes to town at the end of May bringing the One Big Weekend festival, with stars such as C o l d p l a y, O n e

Its a proud time to be Glaswegian at the moment, with positive

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entertainment across the entire Merchant City its sure to be an unforgettable year. 23Rd July – 3rd August.

Commonwealth Games. Glasgow Green after of course welcoming Radio 1 at the end of May.

feeling that the weather will be perfect sunshine, making for fantastic days out for you and all the family. Last year saw the inclusion of Glasgow’s Mela festival on the weekend of the 7th and 8th of June which incorporated a diverse programme of colourful performances from cultures throughout the world. Giving the West End Festival an added marquee atmosphere for all the family. Following on from the West End Festival there is a celebration of

Refugee week in Scotland. A time for Scots to embrace our multicultural society and rather than stigmatise people you have only read negative articles about in the paper. Refugee Week Scotland aims to disprove the negativity surrounding migrants in the UK and Scotland. 16th to the 22nd June.

Glasgow Green will also be one of the main focal points for live transmissions of all the Commonwealth events. opening and closing ceremonies, huge screens, live shows, dance, interactive sports. Rather than simply watching, you and the family can be a part of the whole celebration. 19 July- 3rd August. Glasgow hosts one of the great spectacles of the sporting world

2014 is Glasgow’s 28th year celebrating the world of Jazz in Glasgow’s internationally renowned Jazz festival which invites the worlds greatest Jazz musicians to the worlds greatest city(unofficial) 25th to 29th June.

Glasgow Commonwealth Games XX. Find out the full programme of activities published early June.

Festival 2014 is set to transform Glasgow from 19 July to the 3rd of August, with entertainment springing up just about everywhere, venues, streets, parks all running in cohabitation with Glasgow’s XX

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Swiftly following the opening of the Commonwealth Games will be the Merchant City Festival which will run in cohesion with the Games. As one of the live zones specifically catering for the Commonwealth Games, its sure to bring an already incredible atmosphere to fever pitch, and suitable for all ages. With

The party doesn’t end after the Commonwealth Games. Next up in Glasgow’s 2014 year of culture is the Holi one, inspired by the original Holi Fest as a celebration of love and colour. Known throughout the world as the festival of colour. White t shirts, multi coloured powder and this year brings the unforgettable experience to Victoria Park, Glasgow. Together, Glasgow will unite in a sea of harmony and colours. London, Southampton, Rome, Berlin, Brighton, Dublin, Sao Paolo, Edinburgh and now Glasgow will take part in this once in a lifetime experience. With the Pipe Band Championships in August being the biggest pipe band championship in the world this summer is truly a year in which Glasgow shows the world that our culture, once revered throughout the world, doesn’t begin and end with a deep fried Mars bar.

Glasgow 2014, We are awake. Glasgow 2014, proud to be proud, once again.

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The Embody-ment of Health & Fitness

With peoples life’s becoming more and more stressful and also the increase in public awareness about keeping fit, people are more susceptible to their bodies suffering sporting injuries. People can’t afford to take days off work for injuries sustained in their spare time and are using deep tissue massages and sports therapy to help the body stay strong.

McNulty from Embody, a leading sports injury and treatment centre in Glasgow to discuss the benefits of regular muscle and holistic treatments.

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Hi Gemma how long has Embody been open? And how long have you been a sports therapist? Embody has been open for 5 years and I have been working there as a self employed sports therapist for 3. Why this career path?

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fitness and wanted to pursue a career in this sector. What kind of sports therapy does Embody offer? Embody offers a range of different massages and holistic therapies, although we specialise in sports and deep tissue massage. What are the health benefits? Sports massage can help improve muscle flexibility and tone. It can also prevent injury and where minor

injuries and lesions occur can break them down quickly and effectively. Massage can also be a great stress reliever and give a general sense of wellbeing. What have you noticed in the industry since you started as a sports therapist? There has been a rise over the years in the popularity of sports and deep tissue massage. The world is a more health conscious place and more people are getting involved in sport and fitness.

What kind of customers do you get in to Embody? Every week we treat new clients taking part in new athletic events. The Commonwealth games should give more Glaswegians inspiration to get fit! Thanks very much for your time Gemma, look forward to speaking to you again. By

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PETS The Scottish SPCA’s Ayrshire and South West Scotland Animal Rescue and Rehoming centre is hoping kind residents will be willing to offer a rescue pets a second chance at happiness. Here are four adorable guys looking to find forever homes

Name: Dexter Age: 1-2 years Gender: Male Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier Reference: 275468

Dexter arrived in our care as a stray and is now desperately looking for a new owner who will give him the attention, routine and consistency he needs and wants in his life.

Poor little Lily arrived in our care through no fault of her own and is desperately seeking a loving new home.

He would benefit from plenty of exercise and game play as he is full of fun and mischief.

Dexter is a very friendly and affectionate and would make an ideal companion for someone who could take on a younger dog who requires a lot of exercise. As he’s very playful we feel Dexter would suit a home with either older children or no children. Could you offer this lovely lad a forever home?

Name: Lily Age: 4 years Gender: Female Breed: Domestic Short Hair Reference: 278015

If you’re interested in rehoming any of these animals, you can download and complete a pre-homing questionnaire on the Scottish SPCA website and bring it with you when visiting our Ayrshire Rescue and Rehoming Centre. The centre is open from 10am to 4pm seven days a week.

Name: Diane and Elaine Age: 6 months Gender: Female Breed: Rat Reference: 271860

Diane and Elaine are lovely little ladies who arrived in our care through no fault of her own. They are adult rats who enjoy human interaction and coming to say hello. Diane and Elaine will require a large cage with lots of space to climb and explore. Rats are very intelligent little animals and they can also become quite attached to their owners. A new owner will need to continue with daily handling to help her feel more comfortable and at ease around us humans. Diane and Elaine are a bonded pair therefore they are seeking a loving new home together.

She is a house cat who very much enjoys her creature comforts and somewhere cosy to relax.

Lily is a nervous cat and would be best suited to a quiet home with no children where she can spend time with her new owner and get to know them slowly.

She is looking for a new owner who will give her the time she needs to settle in and explore her new surroundings.

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Ticks on the rise due to mild winter

Name: Sue Age: 1-2 years Gender: Female Breed: Crossbreed Lop Reference: 277573

Sue is a pretty girl who arrived in our care after being found straying. She enjoys being handled and getting a cuddle and also being groomed.

Sue is looking for a new home where she can get lots of love and attention and be the apple of someone’s eye.

She enjoys plenty of hay and tasty green veggies which is something that should be included in her daily diet regime within her forever home. With time, patience and plenty of TLC we’re sure Sue will become a sociable, fun loving bunny.

Man who kicked cat found by Facebook

A mild winter may be the reason for an increase in parasitic ticks, says the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (McofS). Hillwalkers have said to have came across a large number of ticks whilst on treks in Scotland. The mountains saw heavy snow fall, however areas lower down were considerably milder. Heather Morning, MCofS mountain safety advisor has see it for herself whilst on a camping trip.

Supermarket giant Morrisons has revealed that they will be offering cruelty-free beauty and personal care, starting this summer. The store was awarded the Leaping Bunny mark by Cruelty Free International for its policy on animal testing. Martyn Jones, group corporate services director at Morrisons, said, “We have been clear in our opposition to animal testing for many years and I am pleased to announce that after months of work with Cruelty Free International we are now certified under the Humane Cosmetics Standard. “This certification builds on our core values and sends a clear message to our customers that we are committed to promoting ethical standards.”

She said “Relaxing at the camp site after a day on the hill, we noticed several ticks on our feet and during the following week found several latched onto our bodies even though we had thoroughly checked ourselves when we got home. “The dog didn’t escape either. We have been removing engorged ticks from her for several days now.” For more information on dealing with ticks go to http://www.mcofs.org.uk/ hillwalking-essentials-video.asp

A man who was videoed kicking a cat has been arrested after police found him through an internet campaign through the social networking site, Facebook. The video shows Andre Robinson kicking the cat around 20 feet in the air, in front of a group of friends. He was arrested by New York Police Department for aggravated criminal assault after the video went viral after being shared by thousands. It has been said that the cat was found safe and well, however police officers revealed they are still looking for it.


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Spring into May, Hay fever free!

Have a bath or shower after being outside to wash away any pollen clinging to skin or hair. Avoid being outside when pollen count is at its highest – usually early mornings and evenings. Avoid mowing the grass as this will trigger hay fever. Wash clothes after being outside and avoid hanging them to dry in the garden, especially on high pollen and windy days. However, if you are still finding hay fever uncomfortable, Professor George Crooks, NHS 24’s Medical Director urges sufferers to get help “If you get hay fever symptoms even when taking care, there are a number of over the counter medicines available from your local pharmacy. The site is also helpful and quality assured information about other allergies, their prevention and treatment.”

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The smart girls guide to... Packing light

There is only one occasion when us ladies will admit we have too many clothes. It’s saturday night and you just have absolutley NOTHING to wear. When you’re packing for a week in the sun? You have more clothes you NEED to take than backstage at London Fashion Week. But fear not, here are a few tips to help you looking fabulous on the beach without slipping a disc or paying hefty airport charges...

Make a List Making a list is vital because: a) you don’t forget what you need, and b) you can forget what you don’t need. We are all guilty of over packing and taking that neon orange jumpsuit to sunny Portugal and not even taking it out the suitcase. Make a list – and stick to it!

Phone, Passport, Persil! Take a travel size bottle of washing detergent and wash your smalls in the hotel sink. If your going for a fortnight there is no point taking 14 pair of pants. Also, if its a beach holiday you will probably be in your bikini most of the time!

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People in Scotland have been urged to visit the NHS information site for advice on how to manage hay fever. So what exactly is hay fever, and what causes it? Hay Fever affects 20% of people in the United Kingdom and is caused by an allergic reaction to pollen. The most common allergy is grass pollen which is released between May and July. The symptoms include; blocked nose, sneezing, itching and watery eyes. More severe cases include head aches and disturbed sleep.

Wear wraparound sunglasses to prevent pollen getting into eyes.

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As we enter into May, there are plenty of things to look forward to; light nights, (hopefully) warmer weather and bank holidays. However, for some of us it means a runny nose, itchy eyes and sneezing fits – yep, you guessed it - hay fever.

There is no cure for hay fever at the moment, but it’s treatable. Your doctor can prescribe antihistamines and these will prevent an allergic reaction from happening. There are a few tips which can prevent the symptoms of hay fever:

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Pack items of clothing that can be worn numerous ways. A kaftan is a great example – cover up on the beach, or over a vest and shorts for sightseeing.

Perfect if your visiting churches that require covering your shoulders. Another tip would be to leave your Micheal Kors arm candy at home and travel with your beach bag.

Shoes, shoes shoes! Limit the amount of shoes you take to 3 at the most – Flip flops, glam sandals for night and comfies for sight seeing. Unless you’re a die-hard heel gal, leave them at home if its a hot climate. Your feet will swell in the heat – not a hot look!

Big things come in small packages Head to Boots or Superdrug and stock up on miniature essentials like shampoo and moisturiser. Otherwise, you can buy small bottles to fill yourself. Perfect for the 100ml or less hand luggage liquid requirements!

When it comes to Superfoods, Kale is the word on everyone lips at the moment. But what is it and what’s so amazing about it? Kale is part of the cabbage family and it is a dark green colour with curly leaves. It is known for its nutritional qualities and being so low in fat and calories, (4 heaped tablespoons have only 19cals), it’s no wonder why it’s so popular. So it’s low in calories but is it actually good for you? There are many health benefits to introducing Kale into your diet according to Discover Kale a website dedicated to the leafy green. An 80g portion of cooked kale has 17 times more vitamin C than carrots and four times more than spinach. Vitamin C is important for a healthy immune system. It is also a great souce of calcium. This makes it a great choice for vegans and people on dairy free diets. Kale is also an excellent source of folate, a form of folic acid, which supports the growth of a mother’s tissues during pregnancy, plays a role in normal formation of blood, and supports the immune system to function normally. And that’s not all, eating kale could also help protect your eyesight, due to it’s high levels of lutein. If that isn’t enough, health-freak Gwyneth Paltrow has reportedly described kale as “one of the best things you can put into your system.” And if it’s good enough for Gwynny it’s good enough for us!


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Pompeii - More of a minor eruption Game of Thrones actor Kit Harington stars in Pompeii, a historical drama meets disaster film. The production and plot boasts a blockbuster’s ego, which is its biggest problem – it is everything you expect it to be and leaves little else to surprise the audience. The film is set during 79 A.D., when Mount Vesuvius erupted and destroyed the town of Pompeii. It follows the story of Milo, a slave turned Gladiator, whose family was destroyed during the Rebellion of the Celtic Horse Tribes. When his paths cross again with the Roman senate (Kiefer Sutherland) that ordered the slaughter of his people, he is filled with the desire of vengeance. Milo also catches the affection of a merchant’s daughter, who in a foreseeable plot twist is unwillingly betrothed to the senate. We can see that Kit’s Night’s Watch training in Game of Thrones hasn’t gone amiss here as he battles his opponents in the arena with such skill he seems almost invincible. Pompeii does not fall short on its action and the special effects are impressive to say the least. However, the film is not as emotionally provoking as it clearly intends to be. This is disappointing as its

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introduction is incredibly moving, showing what at first appears to be rock and statues pans out to show the ashencased corpses of Vesuvius’ victims. In my opinion, there is too much emphasis placed on the disaster and its foreshadowing for the audience to form a strong connection with its characters. It also does not leave much room for those characters to deviate from their stock roles and develop original personalities. Sutherland’s character is perhaps the most one-dimensional of them all, a straightforward villain who has no other purpose apart from setting off a chain of events whereby Milo becomes a gladiator and preventing the lovers from escaping Pompeii in time. The ending of the film can be considered slightly redeemable in terms of getting an emotional reaction from the audience. The two lovers, in realising that they cannot bear to live on without one another, resign to their fate and let the volcano’s molten ash engulf them. When the ash hardens their bodies are sealed into an eternal embrace. The image of true, everlasting love is not lost on the audience, but still, it is no Titanic. No tissues were required in the watching of this film. By

Lex Haringman

Resident music guru, Gregg Kelly, chats to Embrace Embrace are one of the longest serving bands in British music, they’ve had their ups and downs, fall outs and fall ins, solo projects, experienced everything that the music industry has to offer, and came out the other end a stronger unit.

our best, which is no easy task.

Tell me about your memories of playing in Glasgow, the crowd are always quite receptive to bands (well live music in general)?

The Good Will Out, do you have more freedom to create a sound that you want, now that you’ve became “elder statesmen” of the music industry? We’ve always kind of done our own

advance to save staying in hotels, and as a band pension fund.

There have been a variety of solo projects during the bands lifespan (and hiatus’) in what way does it differ from

How are the band? how has the reception been to the new album?

We’ve been rehearsing a few strange covers recently, but not sure if any will make the set in Glasgow. It’s possible as the set is a work in progress and changing slightly every night.

We are all very excited to be out of the studio and playing live after all this time. The reception to the new album has been amazing the Embrace family seem to be loving it as much as the early stuff, which is a rare thing for a band that’s been around as long as we have.

Do you still have the same passion to create music as you did at the beginning of your career, do you still enjoy playing to the crowds?

Why was there such a large gap between albums, what happened in between?

So it took about 2 years to get us all in the studio with free time to start working on the new album. We decided if we were going to record a new album it had to be

They never really steered us in any direction whilst making our albums, however once they were finished they tended to push for the release of the more radio friendly ballads. It was hard to argue against as you want people to hear you songs on the radio. I was always a massive D12 and Eminem fan growing up (still am) so hearing you do a cover on the Live Lounge was spectacular(and surreal), have you got anything special up your sleeve for the Glasgow audience?

With the new album, self titled, ‘Embrace’ released to critical success, they have embarked on a nationwide tour, Glasgow News caught up with the band to ask a few questions

It wasn’t intentional, we just got back from a lot of touring the UK and USA doing our biggest ever gigs and we decided we’d have a few months away from music to recover. However everyone got busy producing, recording and mentoring other bands and Danny started a club night in Manchester.

companies to keep up the popularity?

I’m sure most bands love playing in Glasgow, the fans know how to have a good time and are the loudest of anywhere we have ever played.

thing, for good or worse in the studio. The main thing is we now have our own studio so time and money constraints are not an issue.

We once played T in the Park and we couldn’t actual hear ourselves on stage the crowd was so loud, one of Riks amps stopped working and he couldn’t tell. It felt like being in the Beatles.

If you could go through the space time continuum (using a Delorean if you wanted) and meet your younger selves what advice would you give them or what warning would you ask them to take heed?

How has your process of making an album changed since your first release

Buy a flat in London out of our first

being in a band, is it harder to decide on tracks or do you feel a sense of freedom that you might not be able to appreciate whilst in a group? Mickey Dale started a band called Talk To Angels, their exploits would make a great book. It made him really appreciate the relative sanity of Embrace. With Natures Law, Gravity and Ashes, being arguably your most famous songs and them coming later in your career was there added pressure by the record

The hard part is coming up with original and interesting songs and it takes it out of everyone in the band, it can be soul destroying sometimes. The touring is the reward for the hard work when you appreciate you’ve got the best job in the world. Thanks very much for your time - Have you anything you’d like to say to the fans enjoy themselves its going to be a night to remember. By

Lex Haringman


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CINEMA PARKHEAD - MAY Bad Neighbours (15) Previews 3/5/14 Opens 9/5/14

War breaks out when Zac Efron’s college fraternity moves next door to Seth Rogen’s family in this hilarious comedy. Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly Radnor (Rose Byrne) are a young married couple who’ve put their wild days behind them. They now have a perfect suburban home where they’re raising their beautiful newborn baby girl. But their tranquil life is shattered when a college fraternity moves in next door. At first they try to play it cool, asking fraternity president Teddy Sanders (Zac Efron) to keep the noise down a bit. But the juvenile high-jinks and continual partying just carry on. Finally, they snap and call the cops! Retaliation from the frat boys comes quick and fast. Soon everyone is locked into increasingly disgraceful titfor-tat feuding. ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ director Nicholas Stoller helms this jaw-droppingly debauched comedy. Watch out for Dave Franco and Christopher Mintze-Plasse as Teddy’s underlings.

Godzilla (tbc) Opens 15/5/14 The iconic movie monster gets a brilliant 21st century makeover in this breathtaking blockbuster! A devastating catastrophe engulfs Japan’s Janjira nuclear power plant in 1999. Fifteen years later, US physicist Joe Brody (Bryan Cranston) remains convinced that a natural disaster was not responsible. He believes there’s been a high-level cover-up. His quest for the truth reunites him with his Navy Lieutenant son, Ford (Aaron Taylor-Johnson). Among those drawn into joining their mission are Ford’s wife Elle (Elizabeth Olsen) and military commander Admiral Stenz (David Strathairn). Japanese scientist Daisuke Serizawa (Ken Watanabe) quickly recognises that man’s abuse of nature is responsible for the mighty, radiation-enhanced Godzilla - and the terrifying foes against which it is now pitted! Made with the endorsement of Japan’s Toho Studios, who first unleashed Godzilla in 1954, this stunning reinvention delivers great characters as well as awesome spectacle. Behind the camera is Gareth Edwards, British director of the acclaimed low-budget hit ‘Monsters’.

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COMPETITION! In Summer 2014, the world’s most revered monster is reborn as Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures unleash the epic action adventure “Godzilla.” From visionary new director Gareth Edwards (“Monsters”) comes a powerful story of human courage and reconciliation in the face of titanic forces of nature, when the awe-inspiring Godzilla rises to restore balance as humanity stands defenseless.

Gareth Edwards directs “Godzilla,” which stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson (“Kick-Ass”), Oscar® nominee Ken Watanabe (“The Last Samurai,” “Inception”), Elizabeth Olsen (“Martha Marcy May Marlene”), Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche (“The English Patient,” “Cosmopolis”), and Sally Hawkins (“Blue Jasmine”), with Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (“Good Night, and Good Luck.,” “The Bourne Legacy”) and Bryan Cranston (“Argo,” TV’s “Breaking Bad”). Godzilla is released in UK cinemas on Friday 16th of May, Book online at www.cineworld.co.uk find out more about the film at

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The ultimate X-Men cast unite to fight a spectacular war for survival across two time periods. By 2023, mutants are on the verge of extinction. Giant robotic Sentinels stalk this devastated future world, hunting down the few survivors. Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) hatch a last desperate plan. They send Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) back to 1973 on a make-or-break mission. His challenging task is to unite the young Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) at a time when they are at one another’s throats. In order to prevent the war ever taking place, it will also be necessary to stop Sentinel inventor Bolivar Trask (Peter Dinklage). The wild card is the agenda of Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Original X-Men director Bryan Singer returns to the helm for this mind-bending, time-hopping adventure. Among the amazing new mutants joining the cast are teleporter Blink, solar power-channelling Sunspot, energy-deflecting Bishop and super-speedy Quicksilver.

A Million Ways to Die in the West (tbc) Opens 30/5/14 A cowardly farmer teams up with a female gunslinger in Seth MacFarlane’s raunchy comedy western follow-up to ‘Ted’. If there’s one thing that timid sheep farmer Albert Stark (Seth MacFarlane) hates about 19th century Arizona, it’s all the death. People are getting killed all around him in bizarre and outlandish ways. So when he’s challenged to a gunfight, our lily-livered hero naturally chickens out. This so disgusts his fickle girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) that she dumps him. But Albert’s luck changes when alluring stranger Anna (Charlize Theron) arrives in town and teaches him the art of gunplay. Love blossoms too, but Albert’s newfound bravery is put to the test when Anna’s evil outlaw husband (Liam Neeson) shows up bent on revenge! ‘Ted’ and ‘Family Guy’ creator Seth MacFarlane steps out from behind the camera for his first starring role in this outrageous, potty-mouthed comedy western. He’s joined by a great cast that also includes Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris.


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24.7 Property are delighted to present this modern two bedroom semi-detached property within the highly sought after area of Tollcross. The property offers spacious modern living over two levels and comes to the market in walk-in condition. Early viewing comes highly recommended.

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24.7 Property are delighted to present this spacious two bedroom flat situated within the popular Sandyhills area. The property is located opposite St Paul’s church and is known locally as ‘York Terrace’. The property has been brought to the market in truly walk-in condition throughout. Viewing comes highly recommended.

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24.7 Property are delighted to present this spacious one bedroom apartment situated within a modern development in the popular area of Tollcross. The property exudes quality throughout and viewing comes highly recommended.

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Rigby Drive • £575.00pcm

Excellent 2 bedroom, first floor, luxury flat in the heart of the Eastfields Development in Carntyne. Property includes 2 double bedrooms, spacious lounge, large kitchen and family bathroom with master en-suite. Further benefits from gas central heating, double glazing and private parking to the rear of the building. All amenities are located nearby, ranging from local newsagents and grocers to retail parks (Forge Shopping Centre), along with Leisure Centre, Cinemas as well as schooling and local health centres.

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24.7 Property proudly presents this 2 bedroom, third floor flat in the Belvidere Village. Property consists of 2 double bedrooms with master en-suite, spacious lounge, large modern kitchen and family bathroom. Further benefits from gas central heating, double glazing and off street parking to the rear. This flat is within a quiet residential area which is child friendly. Well situated with local amenities and transport links a short walking distance away.

Micklehouse Wynd • £595pcm

This 2 bedroom semi-detached house in Springhill consists of entrance vestibule, spacious lounge, large kitchen with dining area, 2 double bedrooms and family bathroom. Further benefits from gas central heating, double glazing, paring to the front of the house and large back garden with patio area. Property is situated within a quiet residential area with no passing traffic. Local amenities close by and public transport links within walking distance.

Old Shettleston Road • £450pcm

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PROPERTY Dracula’s castle up for sale

Private highland island Tanera Mòr up for sale

One of the most famous castles in literature and history is up for sale in Romania.

Bran castle, the setting for Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ and the former abode of Vlad ‘The Impaler’ Tepes, has came on the market for an undisclosed sum. The castle will not have the traditional ‘For Sale’ notice on a wooden stake in the front garden, but is instead being handled by bespoke property agency Herzfeld and Rubin of New York. For those who want to get their hands on the fortress home, it isn’t as simple as proving you can pay and moving into the crypts, instead, the castle is being sold according to a spokesman for Herzfeld and Rubin, ‘for the right offer to the right sort of person’. Whoever does pick up this relic which has stood in one form or another since the year 1200, the neighbours most certainly won’t be complaining about any noise, as the castle has 120 foot tall walls impervious to cannonball and presumably nosy neighbours.

800 acre Tanera Mòr island which is the largest island in the chain known as the Summer Isles just of Ullapool, has came up for sale for the surprisingly low amount of £1.95 million through specialist property agent Savills. The current owners of Tanera Mòr are partners of the Coigach Assynt Living Landscapes Project, a ground-breaking initiative formed to promote both the conservation

and restoration of the landscape and sustainable thriving communities. It is a partnership of private, community and charity landowners including the Scottish Wildlife Trust and The John Muir Trust. The island has been put up for sale in order to encourage further development of the land as both an environmental project and a business. Under the current owners stewardship the island has been transformed from a barren wind blasted rock into

a thriving eco system, through the planting of over 150,000 trees. Whoever takes the plunge and buys the island will also become the proprietor of the islands postal service which was granted special licence in 1970 by the Royal Mail. This special licence allows the owner of the island to print their own postage stamps which are highly prized around the world by collectors and aficionados. The island is also almost totally self sufficient from the mainland, with it’s

own diesel electric generator set up and a private water supply which complies to the latest EU standards. The island seems to be ideal for a small start up commune of individuals who want to live entirely by their own means. Despite it’s idyllic setting, the island is suspected to have been the inspiration for the 1970’s horror classic The Wicker Man, so potential buyers beware. By

Garry Smith

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PROPERTY Squatter succeeds in gaining home for diddly squat In one of the stranger stories to feature in this weeks paper a squatter has won the right to stay in a house that he had renovating after the elderly owner died.

Summer, the season of barbeques, al-fresco dining and sunbathing. Now that winter has gone for another year we can dig out our gloves, find that kneeling pad and get our garden blossoming!

Builder Keith Best apparently began to treat the £400,000 pound house as his own as soon as he realised that it lay empty. In a strange turn of events the High Court judge ruled in favour of Best after the owner of the property took no action after court proceedings had begun. Neighbours of the £400,000 pound house took umbrage when Keith Best in 1997 decided to claim the property for himself and set about bringing the house up to liveable standard. The previous owner’s son had not been seen near the property since 1996 after being attacked in the local area, meaning the house began to fall into a state of disrepair and vandalism. Mr Best only moved in in 2012 and

Get Your Garden Ready for Summer!

the entire time he was there there was never any complaints about his use of the property. Mr Justice Ouseley yesterday said a claim for adverse possession was possible in any private property where at least ten years had passed ‘without effective action by owner or by an enforcement authority’. By

Gregg Kelly

MA S DIS SIVE CO SU UN MM TS! ER

Gardening guru Steve Guy, the Head of Horticulture at Dobbies Garden Centre, has passed on his top tips for our readers to get their garden ready for summer! “Perk up your garden with flowers. Primulas, spring-flowering bulbs and pansies are all perfect in containers or at the front of a border, and just the things to give your garden a boost. Spruce up fences, sheds and old patio furniture with a lick of paint or coloured wood stain. A bright colour can make a feature out of an eyesore, meaning you can change the look of your garden for very little cost. Use a light colour to brighten a space and make it feel bigger, while a dark colour is great for making a statement and adding drama. Give visitors a warm welcome by making over your front door step. Pot

up a few containers with colourful blooms and consider investing in some topiary to bring a bit of permanent structure. Bring your garden to life at night by using lights and lanterns to make everything sparkle. Fairy lights strung through trees add a touch of magic, while candle-lit lanterns are perfect for tabletops and positioning at the edge of borders – perfect as the days gradually get warmer and you can spend the evenings outdoors. Introduce a self-contained water feature to create an easy, hassle-free focal point. It will look striking on a patio or nestled in a border, with gently trickling water sounding wonderful too. Consider solarpowered types if you don’t have an accessible electricity supply. Give patio furniture a makeover by investing in new soft furnishings. Cushions, parasols and shade sails can transform the look of a space, meaning you can create a fresh new look without having to splash hundreds of pounds on new furniture. Choose colourful materials for a

vibrant look or calm, plain fabrics for a muted, designer feel.

Sweep winter debris and fallen leaves from patios and decking. Clean surfaces with a stiff broom and water, or use a pressure washer if dirt is hard to shift – take care not to damage the grout between paving slabs or raise the grain of decking planks.

Wash down garden furniture that’s been sitting outside all winter. Timber sets can be revived with a coat of oil, while metal furniture often benefits from a lick of paint. Hot soapy water is all that’s needed to give plastic furniture a new lease of life.” Follow these tips and you will have the garden in tip top shape! But beware, with a garden as nice as this, your neighbours will be insisting the barbecues are always at yours!

For more information visit www. dobbies.com or visit Dobbies in Glasgow at Braehead or Milngavie. By

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PROPERTY

Families panic buying properties as supply continues to fall

Prospective home-owners are apparently panic buying property as the market continues to slow down, through a lack of houses coming on the market, and an increase in demand for housing. A survey by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) found that some estate agents are seeing more than ten potential buyers chasing every property coming onto the market. It has been said that two and three bedroom homes are in particularly short supply. In Scotland 46%percent more chartered surveyors predicted that prices over the next three months would increase, rather than decrease. In London 49% percent more respondents conveyed similar expectations. Rics Scotland director Sarah Speirs said: “House prices in general look set to remain firmly on the

upward trend, however, the critical issue for the market remains the lack of second hand supply, despite a slight increase in April.

“It is too early to conclude whether this will undermine the positive trend in transactions volumes, but clearly the absence of properties to buy will ultimately be a factor in influencing the ability of people to move homes.”

Rics said estate agents sold an average of 23 properties over the last three months, the highest figure for six years. As many as 26% percent of surveyors reported increased agreed sales in three months to April.

Sarah Speirs from Rics Scotland said “That said, despite the disappointing trend in instructions, a net balance of 45% of surveyors expect to see sales levels increase as we head into the summer.”

Are we facing another property bubble?

After the announcement last week from the Governor of the Bank of England Mark Carney, that interest rates would remain at “historic lows for some time to come”, many speculators are currently fearing the worst for the long term sustainability of the property markets, fearing that this will usher in a new boom and bust cycle for the UK property market. However, these fears are being allayed by the new stringent checklists and financial catastrophe stress tests which are being carried out not only on banks but potential mortgage holders. The tests for new mortgage applicants involves analysis of the applicants lifestyle, how they see their finances changing in the future and whether they could withstand an interest rate hike of 7%. This is in order to prevent a further series of what are known as NINJA (No INcome, Job or Assets) loans, which were what triggered the collapse in the market in 2008.

The banks are also on the receiving end of probing questions from the Bank of England, with banks being told that they must have enough capital set aside to withstand a 35% drop in property prices over night and a limit being placed on the amount of money they can lend. These measures are being put into place in order to prevent a new insolvent banks fiasco, with which comes the risk of private investors and customers losing everything and the public purse being utilized to bail out floundering banks. This new set of restrictions on rampant money lending is appearing to take effect, with house sale approvals falling by 17% in the first quarter of this year. However, the question remains, will we see yet another boom bust cycle thanks to a complacent Bank of England and marauding banks or will we see stable sensible growth in the property market? Only time will tell.

By

Michael McDaid


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Heritage Rally Report

Scotland welcomes the classic car world for bi-annual event The 2014 Scottish Malts Classic Reliability Trial and Tour has been won by Mark and Sue Godfrey in their immaculately prepared MG B. Fifty-three cars started the event from Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterader on Monday 28 th April, the route took in many of Scotland’s iconic roads and passes, the winning margin after 1072 competitive miles was just 22 seconds. Running over five days and finishing on Friday 2 nd May in Gleneagles,

The Scottish Malts is a round of The Hero Cup in association with EFG International Bank; it was also part of The Golden Roamer Trophy for Navigators series. The event was partnered by Hagerty classic car Insurance, DD Classics, Gleneagles Hotel, Octane magazine, Motors TV UK, Orianda 1937 and HERO Arrive and Drive. A television programme of The Scottish Malts will be shown on Motors TV on Friday 20 th June at 22:35.

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Day 1, Gleneagles to Loch Lomond.

An air of expectancy was apparent as the crews assembled for the start of the event, competitors from 13 countries worldwide were taking part in what is fast becoming a „must do’ event. At exactly 08:30, Markus and Brix Kirchgeorg led the event away, the Swiss couple taking part this year in their immaculate 1934 Bentley 3 1⁄2 litre Sports. Last year’s winners, Graham Walker and Sean Toohey were the first of the fancied competitors to lose time. A mistake from the usually meticulous Toohey saw the Chester based crew drop 24 seconds in their Lotus, handing the lead immediately to the Godfrey’s. The route today was an easy introduction to classic rallying, many of the crews taking part had never competed, and the organisers, Historic Endurance Rallying Organisation (HERO) included a practice section to ease newcomers into competitive rallying. Starting out from Gleneagles, a loop north to Crieff, and then west towards Lomond saw the event pause for breath overnight at Cameron House Hotel.

Day 2, Loch Lomond to Skye.

A beautiful dawn over the Lomond Shores greeted “The Malts” as the event pushed north; however, a reroute had to be instigated on the very first section, Glen Fruin, as a farmer was herding 50 plus cattle along the narrow road! To avoid any collisions and injury to the cattle, event director Peter Nedin skilfully re-routed the competitors, his knowledge of local roads ensuring that The Malts was not delayed, and the second driving test of the day, the formidable “Rest and be Thankful” section could go ahead on time. The Malts has two distinct sections, the Trial and the Tour, the Trial section is competitive with both driving and regularity sections to determine the winner. The Tour follows the same route, but participants do not compete and are free to explore the wonderful attractions and sights that Scotland offers. From “Rest” The Malts wound its way past Inveraray heading up to Oban, a regularity section along Glen Lonan taking the crews to a fantastic lunch at The Falls of Lora. Leaving Oban behind the competition was hotting up, Richard Dresner and Colin Mackenzie were having the drive of their career in their E-type Jaguar, holding a very fine third place whilst Walker and Toohey continued to claw back their previous penalties. After visiting Ben Nevis Distillery in Fort William, the stunning roads through Spean Bridge and on through Glen Shiel took The Malts to the Isle of Skye for its overnight halt, the ferry trip from Glenelg to Kylerhea aboard

Day 5, Strathpeffer to Gleneagles.

MV Glenachulish was received well, a unique chance to utilise the last manually operated turntable ferry in Scotland.

Day 3, Skye to Strathpeffer.

Crews had stayed in several establishments on Skye overnight, the event restarted from Skye Airport where many crews saw a submarine in operation just off the coast of Skye. Crossing the Skye Bridge in beautiful weather gave many regular competitors to the Le Jog rally

Day 4, Strathpeffer to Strathpeffer, the distillery loop.

The Scottish Malts gets its name from visiting many of the wonderful whisky distilleries around Scotland. On one day at least, this bi-annual event will take in many distilleries, allowing competitors to view and purchase some of the wonderful spirit on offer. Thursday, day 4, saw the loop begin with a regularity just outside Strathpeffer, The Malts then visited Glen Ord, Cardhu,

The good weather came back today, and although a little chilly, the bright sunshine made the Scottish countryside come to life, it was wonderful to hear the bark of classic vehicles reverberate off the hills and Glens, at times being met by the crow of a cock Pheasant, or the “Goback” call of the Grouse on the higher moorland. A slippery test around Leys Castle, Inverness saw the event progress south via the Tomatin distillery and head to Balmoral Castle for coffee.Over the Spitttal of Glenshee and on to Pitlochry for the final two distilleries, Blair Atholl and Edradour on this year’s Malts. From here, a trip to Kinloch Rannoch and the last leg via Crieff to finish back where we started, Gleneagles. A gala dinner was held in The Ballroom of Gleneagles, with Lord and Lady Steel of Aikwood joined us, Lord Steel being the HERO Honorary Club President presented the awards to the successful crews, it was a wonderful night with an after event party going on into the wee small hours. HERO event director Peter Nedin announced the event would again take place biannually, so 2016 sees us start and

finish from Cameron House, Loch Lomond, we cannot wait to be back with the hospitality and warmth of welcome Scotland always shows.

Top Ten

1) Mark Godfrey & Sue Godfrey, MG B 2) Graham Walker & Sean Toohey, Lotus Elan Sprint 3) Richard Dresner & Colin Mackenzie, Jaguar E-Type Series 1 4) Daniel Gresly & Chrisitan Prunte, Porsche 911 SWB 5) Nigel Perkins & David Kirkham, Porsche 911 SC 6) David Brown & Wendy Brown, Porsche 911 Targa 7) Max Behrndt & Giona Bachmann, Lancia Fulvia Zagato Sport 8) Keith Graham & Susan Hoffmann, Mercedes 280SL 9) Richard Worts & Nicola Shackleton, MG CGT 10) Barry Weir & Roma Weir, Mercedes 280 SL Pagoda

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their first chance to see the Kyle of Lochalsh in daylight, it was a sight to behold. A coffee break at Loch Carron preceded what was to be one of the highlights of the event. The chance to run over one of (arguably) Europe’s finest section of roads, Bealach na Ba, The Pass of the Cattle, Scotlands answer to the Stelvio Pass in Italy. A run through Applecross village and on to Lunch at Ledgowan Bridge saw the weather turn slightly on us, heading north via Ullapool The Malts reached its most Northerly point at Ledmore and descended back down via Oykel Bridge and a regularity section ending at Ardgay. The last control or check point was at the Dalmore Distillery where crews then made their way to Strathpeffer for the night.

Macallan, The Cooperage, Aberlour, Glenfiddich and Glenlivet distilleries, all interspersed with driving tests and regularities! This was a busy day, and one crews seemed to really enjoy, it was great to see so many taking the chance to purchase their favourite brands. It was now becoming apparent that Mark and Sue Godfrey were weathering the storm pushed on them by Walker/Toohey, but down the ranks Barrie and Roma Weir had made a mistake, not entering their time on a time card and losing two minutes, dropping them down the leader board. This was pounced on by Swiss pair Daniel Gresly and Christian Prunte, their Porsche 911 being flung round the driving tests trying to keep the following crews behind.

The successful synthesis of jet fuel from sunlight, last month has marked a revolutionary step forward in environmentally friendly fuel production and possibly lifts the proverbial sword of damocles which is currently hanging over the combustion engine.

An EU sponsored team of scientists has produced jet fuel using carbon dioxide extracted from the atmosphere and refined it using sunlight. The team have invented a method of splitting the carbon dioxide into its component parts of hydrogen, carbon monoxide and oxygen, the building blocks of combustible fuels, using nothing more than focussed sunlight to fuel the process. The scientists utilizing this process managed to produce half a litre of jet fuel, with this success they have proven that they can reliably and effectively recreate the process. The next stage in the development of this technology is scaling it up. The team have theorized that with a full scale model of their equipment that they could produce up

to 20,000 litres of pure jet fuel a day with practically no waste. This technology means we might one day produce cleaner and plentiful fuel for planes, cars and other forms of transport,’ said Máire GeogheganQuinn, European commissioner for research, innovation and science. ‘This could greatly increase energy security and turn one of the main greenhouse gases responsible for global warming into a useful resource.’ This technology is not just limited to producing jet fuel, but with a slight change in method the scientists can create diesel, petrol and hydrogen fuels. This development is fantastic news for those of us who dread the coming plague of electrically powered cars being mandated in cities across the UK and Europe as it seems with the implementation of this new process that our much maligned gas guzzlers could infact become carbon neutral. By

Michael McDaid


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Something for all ages at hubSports DAY Mon Mon Mon

TIME 5.00pm to 6.00pm 5.00pm to 6.00pm 6.00pm to 8.00pm

ACTIVITY Football League – Youth clubs under 12s Football League – Youth clubs under 18s Tae Kwon Do

COST FREE FREE see coach

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5.00pm to 6.30pm 7.00pm to 8.00pm

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Wed Wed Wed

5.00pm to 6.30pm 6.00pm to 7.00pm 7.00pm to 8.00pm

East End Phoenix Football HUB F.C Rangers Boys Club

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Thu

10.30am to 11.30am

Mini Kickers (under 5 yr olds, parents must stay)

£2

Thu Thu Thu

5.00pm to 6.30pm 5.00pm to 7.00pm 7.00pm to 9.00pm

East End Phoenix Grace Dance School Rangers Boys Club

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Fri

6.00pm to 9.00pm

Twilight Basketball (10+ yr olds)

FREE

Sat

12noon to 2.00pm

Tae Kwon Do

see coach

Sat

6.00pm to 8.00pm

Commonwealth Project (Under 12s)

FREE

ALSO……Sunday - Roller Disco Phone for information and dates for the next session

hubSports Football League – FREE! Sundays and Mondays from 4.30pm FREE - Youth Groups welcome.

Over the past 2 years every Sunday and Monday night has seen the pitches of hubsports become a hive of activity. Young people aged 5 to 21 yrs old have taken part in the hubSports football league. 1.00 – 2.00pm

Arts & Crafts Music Making & Karaoke 1.30 – 2.15 Football 2.15 – 3.00pm (45mins) Music Making Boccia / Bowling

Inside Full Hall Half Hall Court Hire Outdoor

The Hub Innerzone HubSports Innerzoneb Hubsports

£2 £5 £3 £5 £3

hubSports is a communityrun sports facility and we’re always looking for new ideas Call Tam on

0141 781 4944

or e-mail hubsports@connect-ct.org.uk to discuss your ideas!

Price List for Hall Hire Basketball/5-aside football/Netball Aerobics/Dance Class Badminton/Table Tennis 7-aside floodlit pitch

£30 per hour (weekend) £22 per hour (week days) £15 per hour £7 per hour £33 per hour

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CHILDRENS BIRTHDAY PARTIES… Large hall available for private hire. Bouncy Castle, Ball Pool and other equipment to make a fun. PRICES - £60 for 2 hrs hire £50 for Bouncy Castle Please note: that special price deals apply for full day bookings of hubSports call for more details 0141 781 4944

SPECIAL LUNCH TIME OFFER!

Why not spend your lunchtime having fun and getting fit? we are offering 50% of the court hire for the following: 1 hour Badminton court.........for £3.50 per hour 1 hour Table Tennis court.....for £3.50 per hour

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Connect Community Trust

Connect Community Trust (previously Wellhouse & Provanhall Community Trust) was established in 2003 and over the past 10 years has continue to grow and develop services for local people of Greater Easterhouse and the East End of Glasgow. Four community facilities have been established in the Wellhouse & Provanhall areas of Greater Easterhouse. • The hub; 49 Wellhouse Crescent, G33 4LA; community regeneration & education and employment facility • hubSports; 39 Wellhouse Crescent, G33 4HG; community-run sports facility • The Connie; 39 Conisbourgh Road, G34; community regeneration & education and employment facility • Innerzone; 17 Newhills Road, G33 4HH; a youth facility

Each facility compliments each other, all providing an open door policy and a wide range of FUN, SUPPORTIVE & FRIENDLY services for people of any area.

THE CAMPUS – Every Thursday (fully accessible activities for anyone with a disability)

Based within 3 community facilities in Wellhouse (G33 4LA), all within a short distance of each other there is a range of services that are on offer are for all ages and importantly also suitable for anyone with disabilities. A fully inclusive range of services with staff able to support people with disabilities. For those bringing support—carers go free! No need for transport between the activities a bus is available or it’s a short walk, you can choose between short sessions or spending the full day, having fun, learning new skills, and keeping fit and healthy. Just drop in on the day or call to book a place on

0141 781 2132. Time

Options

Venue

Price

10.15 – 11.30am

Computers

The Hub

Free

Allotments

The Hub

£3

Arts & Crafts

The Hub

£2

Music Making

Innerzone £5

Pool

Innerzone £1.50

Allotments

The Hub

11.45 – 12.30

1.00 – 2.00pm

Arts & Crafts

The Hub

Independance

HubSports £3

£2

LUNCH BREAK AT HUB CAFE

Arts & Crafts

The Hub

Job Clubs, Training & Volunteering Throughout all of the Trust facilities and activities there are opportunities for people to get involved… young people, adults, elderly we will help you start an activity or you can help out with an existing activity! The Peoples Gateway is the first point of contact for anyone looking to make a change or get support. Working in partnership with the local housing associations and the Job Centre we are able to provide support for people to look for a job, changes in circumstances, universal job match, advise on benefits, government gateway accounts, CVs and job applications.

£2

Music Making & Karaoke Innerzone

£5

1.30 – 2.15

Football

HubSports

£3

2.15 – 3.00pm

Music Making

Innerzone

£5

Boccia / Bowling

Hubsports

£3

Soundhire Glasgow is a social enterprise and a nonprofit organisation. There is one share in our company which is owned by the charity Connect Community Trust. Our ethics and ethos set us apart from most entertainment agencies, we not only look to supply the best in entertainment, we also run workshops for care homes, respite homes & people with learning difficulties. Our workshops are also soon to feature in Colleges, Schools, Prisons & Hospitals.

We supply DJ’s & musicians for pubs & restaurants whether it be a lively set to get your pub jumping or the perfect accompaniment music to a lovely meal or special event. We also run a corporate arm which only uses the highest qualified musicians for your most special events. We are proud to say we comply with the Musician Union’s terms and legislation, and also hand pick our musicians from a collective of the most prestigious music schools in Scotland and the UK. For enquires please contact info@ soundhireglasgow.co.uk

O: 0141 771 3134 M: 0787 965 2016

• Mon 10am to 4pm; Tues 10am to 1230; Wed 10am to 4pm; Thurs 10am to 1230 & Fri 11am to 1pm • The Connie, 39 Conisborough Road, Provanhall, G34 (Tel: 0141 773 4461) • Tues 10am to 2pm; Thurs 10am to 2pm We have supported over 159 local people to secure employment in the last year and with friendly, trained and knowledgeable staff on hand every day PLUS 3 computer classes throughout the week that are supported by a tutor from Glasgow Kelvin College what you think might be impossible or the fear factor will disappear. Volunteering; Connect will give you the opportunity to learn a new skill, gain work experience to improve your CV and employment prospects, start an activity that you would like to see in your area, gain qualifications or simply just get out of the house and make new friends. Whatever your reasons, come in for a chat. Some of the current volunteer opportunities available include: • Catering • Youth Work • Sports Activities • Minibus Driving • Maintenance & Cleaning • Music Clubs • Clothes shop assistant Training is one of the key focusses of Connect, which is delivered either direct by trained staff internally or working in partnership with other organisations , particularly Glasgow Kelvin College. Over the past year 344 people have gained a qualification or new skill with opportunities in the following available: • Heartstart Training • Child Protection Training • IT Classes • Music Industry Training • First Aid • Food Hygiene • Interview Techniques • Introduction to Social Care • Sports Coaching Awards

• Homework Club; every Tuesday all ages are helped and supported with homework and study, 3.30pm to 5.30pm • Music Studio; every club time sing till you can sing no more! “I love it! I have so much fun with my friends at Innerzone” “I was struggling with my homework but going to Innerzone has helped me and I’m able to have some quiet time to do it all” 17-19 Newhills Road, Glasgow, G33 4HH. Tel:

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HIGHLIGHTS

“Friendly environment, wonderful staff, fabulous food and an opportunity to get involved in other services at the Connie”

• Bingo; Monday nights 7pm to 8.30pm • Metafit Classes; Monday 7.30pm to 8pm • Homework Clubs; Wednesdays 3.15pm to 4.30pm (all young people) • Youth Clubs (under 12s); Tues & Thurs 3.30pm to 5.30pm • Youth Clubs (over 12s); Wed & Thurs 6 to 8pm • Lunch Club (over 50 yr olds); Every Tues & Thursday 3-course lunch for £2!

39 Conisborough Road, Provanhall, G34 9QN

Tel: 0141 773 4461

• Dynamic Youth Awards • Youth Acheivement Awards

Just to name but a few! To access any of the training or to find out more just pop in to one of our facilities Young People over the past 3 years the Trust have been supported through the Community Jobs Scotland initiative. 11 young people from throughout the East End have gained valuable work experience and skills through the period of employment as Music Assistant, Café Assistant, Administrators and Youth Workers. 2 of the placements have now become sessional workers with the Trust and 7 have gone on to other employment. Keep an eye out on the Connect facebook page and within our facilities for information on more opportunities coming up! Computer classes operate: • The hub, 49 Wellhouse Crescent, Wellhouse (Tel: 0141 781 2132) • Flexible Learning/Basic Computing; Tues & Thurs 1pm to 3pm • Computer Skills for Employment/Job Search; Fri 1pm to 3pm “After being made redundant, Liz joined the Job club and Futures programme, Liz suffered from anxiety and low self esteem through the redundancy, we offered support through one-to-one sessions and within 2 months we had helped to secure her a position in a doctors surgery.” Lynette McKechnie, Peoples Gateway Coordinator says “We connect with our clients in a special way, we don’t rush them, there is no timescale - it takes as long as it takes, everyone leaves our office with something! It could be a CV - an email address or a kind word - and you never know they may end up with a job!” If you would like support in any of the above come along to the hub or the Connie on any of the days or call for more information and an appointment. “Lunch club is fabulous, I’ve been coming for years and catch up with new and old friends. The volunteers are really friendly and make a yummy 3-course meal every week.”

HIGHLIGHTS

(45mins)

Soundhire’s unique training programme looks to open doors into the music industry and change lives for local communities.

• The hub, 49 Wellhouse Crescent, Wellhouse, G33 (Tel: 0141 781 2132)

• Girls Only Night; no boys allowed every Tuesday 6pm to 8pm • Boys Only Night; no girls allowed every Wednesday 6pm to 8pm • Saturday Party Night; over 12 yr olds, 6pm to 9pm

£3

Singing Workshop Innerzone £3

12.30 – 1.30pm

The following information will give you a taste of just some of the services available, some of the success stories and details of how to get involved whatever your age, reasons or abilities!

The Job Clubs operate:

49 Wellhouse Crescent, G33 4LA

Tel: 0141 HIGHLIGHTS

781 2132

Bingo; Every Wednesday night 7pm to 8.30pm • Real Good Times Club; every Monday night (suitable for people with disabilities) 7pm to 9pm • Knitting & Sewing Group; every Tuesday night 6pm to 7pm & Friday afternoon 2pm to 3pm (all ages welcome)

Having just signed the lease for 90 Camlachie Street near the Forge Retail (you might know of it as the big blue building with ladders hanging outside it!). Well, watch that space…..that big blue building will soon be a vibrant and exciting furniture shop which provides opportunities for training, employment The most recent venture for and work experience. Connect Community Trust is the Connect looks forward to updating you on newly established Re-Connect the future developments of this project! Glasgow, a furniture reuse and For more information call Pauline on recycling project.

0141 781 2132.

A HUGE THANK YOU!

The Board of Directors of Connect Community Trust and the Pauline Smith, Manager of the Trust take this opportunity to say THANK YOU to ALL of the Staff, Volunteers, Placements and Funders of the Trust for their continued support of the work over the past 10 years!

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The Ryder Cup Review

SPORT Tim Sherwood sacked as Tottenham manager

According to a study conducted by the University of Edinburgh, teenagers aged 17 should be barred from playing in the front row in seniors matches, unless they can meet stringent medical guidelines.

Welcome to my column counting down to the 40th Ryder Cup at Gleneagles in September. It may be 3 months away but it is already the talk of clubhouses up and down the country.

After only six months and a sixth place finish for Tottenham in the premier league this season, Tim Sherwood has been fired from the position of club manager. Sherwood took the helm at the Hotspurs club in December of last year from former manager Andre VillasBoas, signing a deal which would last until the end of the 2015 season.

The feeling a couple of weeks after any of the 4 majors always has the air of an anti climax. The last couple of weeks have been no exception. From a European perspective there have been some encouraging signs from Luke Donald and Ian Poulter with strong finishes at Harbour Town and The Volvo China Open. Tommy Fleetwood of England had an impressive week in the latter tournament, eventually finishing in the runner up spot behind. Alexander Levy of France.

“We agreed an 18-month contract with a break clause at the end of the season and we have now exercised that option,” said Spurs chairman Daniel Levy. Current Southampton manager Mauricio Pochettino and Ajax head Frank de Boer have been slated to take over at before the beginning of next season. By

Michael McDaid

Fleetwood is a proven tour winner after his debut win last season at the the Johnnie Walker -coincidentally at Gleneagles. I expect a big push for a Ryder Cup place from the young Lancashire man this season. Having a member of your team who has won on tour at Gleneagles is only going to be an advantage.

Till next time, this is Eagle Eye signing off.

By

Garry Smith

Pictured: Commonwealth Boss David Grevemberg

Glasgow 2014 ticketing disaster

On Monday of last week after the release of a new batch of 100,000 tickets for the 17 Commonwealth Sports the ticketing website for Glasgow 2014 suffered a massive failure, preventing thousands from completing the order process for their tickets. The tickets went on sale at 10am on Monday morning, on a first come

first served basis. Due to the expected high demand the organizers had implemented a queuing system, which was intended to keep things operating an ease the load on their systems.

However, as demand surged in the early evening, the system suffered a catastrophic failure, denying customers the chance to complete their order, the majority of whom had waited for over an hour and some for a number of hours for the chance.

Rugby youths should pass scrum strength test say experts

Glasgow 2014 were forced to shut the website down 12 hours after opening it in order to investigate the causes for the failure. Disgruntled users began venting their frustration on social media sites Facebook and Twitter, David Grevemberg, Chief executive of Glasgow 2014 responded on Tuesday morning saying that it is “totally unacceptable” and that “we let a lot of people down, which we are sorry for”

Researchers have said that despite 17 year olds being big enough to compete in the front row beside the seniors, they must meet levels of neck strength similar to that of the more mature players in the senior divisions. Hamish Simpson, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Edinburgh and Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, NHS Lothian, said: “Our results showed that although under-18 players were as strong as the adults in general they were unable to generate the same neck muscle force as adult players. It is likely that weak necks are a risk factor for the scrum collapsing – an event associated with serious neck injury risk. To ensure the safety of all six front row players, it is essential that they are all strong enough to compete safely.” The study which was conducted with the support of Scottish Rugby was implemented to reduce the number

of spinal injuries school age players are suffering as a result of scrummage injuries. Scrummaging is the most prevalent cause for spinal injuries amongst younger players according to the study. However, thanks to work carried out previously by Scottish Rugby and the Scottish Committee for Orthopedics and Trauma, youth rugby has already seen a massive reduction in the number of injuries thanks to changes to the way the game is played. By

Michael McDaid

Croatian defender Josip Simunic gets 10 match World Cup ban Croatian defender Josip Simunic will not be playing in the FIFA World Cup after being handed a 10 match ban by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over pro Nazi chants after defeating Iceland in a play off last November. The ban has came about after Simunic chanted a slogan which was used by the Ustase regime, which controlled Croatia during the Second World War.

In upholding the ban, the CAS said: “The FIFA instances identified such words as being the war call used by the Ustaše, the Croatian pro-Nazi regime that ruled the state during World War II before being dissolved in May 1945 and found the player guilty of offending the dignity of a group of persons by using discriminatory words. By

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Tigers Turning the Tide

The torrid start to the 2014 campaign appears to be over as the Glasgow Tigers speedway team have recently run into a stream of much improved form which has seen the club win their last two Premier League meetings in incident packed circumstances. Having lost out in their opening six fixtures, including two home reversals against rivals Edinburgh, the Allied Vehicles Tigers have eventually run into much improved form which has seen them lose narrowly away to Redcar, and then take successive Premier League wins at Ashfield Stadium against Peterborough and Redcar. The winning run has come at a cost though as rising teenage track star,

Frenchman Dimitri Berge suffered internal injuries in a horrific pile up in the final heat against Peterborough almost two weeks ago. The 18 year old has remained in hospital in Glasgow and is expected to shortly return home for a period of recuperation until he is again able to re-join his Tigers team mates later this season. The loss of the sensational Berge, who had top scored for the Tigers in the three race meetings prior to being injured, is an undoubted blow to the club and has caused team bosses to consider introducing another rider to help the team through the next phase of the season. The absence of Berge didn’t hamper the Tigers at the weekend as they still managed to take all three league points

on offer in a 51-39 win over Redcar Bears at Ashfield. Tigers young Danish reserve Anders Thomsen, the only surviving home man from last year’s squad, racked up his biggest points scoring display of his British race career to bolster his teams tally by 18 points through his efforts. This weekend attention to turns to Knock Out Cup duty as the Tigers race home and away first round ties against Hertfordshire based Rye House Rockets who eliminated the Tigers from the same tournament at the same stage last season. Glasgow have identified their other young Danish rider, Kasper Lykke, a former Rye House rider, as a key man this weekend if the Tigers are to progress to face Newcastle in the quarter finals.

WHILLANS AND McDONALD AT THE DOUBLE

ALISTAIR WHILLANS and P J McDonald took the honours at Musselburgh on when they teamed up for a 31-1 double with Ralphy Boy and Love Marmalade.

Hawick-based Whillans said: “It’s been a good day. Ralphy Boy only just stays a mile so this tight track with a bend suits him.

Richard Fahey-trained Vimy Ridge took the British Stallion Studs EBF Median Auction Stakes by a neck from well-backed newcomer and 2-1 favourite Pres Rapide.

Next week Tigers travel to race 2012 league champions Scunthorpe before returning to round off their League Cup qualification group fixture (Sunday, 18th May) against the much fancied Workington Comets with the visitors targeting a win to see them

through to the semi-finals. To catch-up on all the latest Glasgow Speedway information and check out forthcoming fixtures at Ashfield Stadium visit www.glasgowtigers.co

AGAINST ALL ODDS

The former was successful in the CMS Handicap while Love Marmalade followed up 35 minutes later in the Exclusive Free Bets At MonsterBet. co.uk Handicap.

Love Marmalade had too much racing too quickly when he was with Mark Johnston. We’ve found he needs his races spaced out every two to three weeks and gelding him has helped as he was too fresh and coltish.”

Image by Ian Adam

Winning jockey Tony Hamilton said: “He did that nicely as I knew there were a few fancied ones. He’s getting a bit more experience now and it may turn out to be a decent little race.”

William Hill Amateur Riders Handicap.

Tom Hamilton, younger brother of Jamie, ride his first winner on the Flat when Anne’s Valentino landed the

Hamilton’s father Michael is a clerk of the scales with the BHA and was on duty at Musselburgh.

The winning rider,18, said: “I’ve had plenty of point to point winners and I delighted to get off the mark on the Flat.”

24th May 2014, note this date in your diary. Is this the birth of a new El Clasico? Real Madrid v Athletico Madrid. , Ronaldo v Costa, It’s the Champions league final, the best of the best. This game will surely live up to the billing. Expect Goals, lots of them. Real Madrid should come out on top in this one. Back Real to win with BTTS. At odds of 10/3 this is surely too good to miss. A little closer to home and we have both domestic cup finals. The 17th May sees Dundee Utd taking on St Johnstone at Celtic Park and Arsenal Wenger and Arsenal taking on Hull at Wembley. Dundee Utd started the season in scintillating form, but faded away to miss out on an automatic European place in the SPL. St Johnstone have had a great season under Tommy Wright, this game will definitely have goals, and I can’t see anything other than United’s youngsters prevailing. Dundee Utd to win and both teams to score (16/5). Arsene Wenger has the chance to end the Gunners trophy barren spell, I fancy Arsenal to convincingly lift the cup and there to be over 2.5 goals (5/4) For all the Cricket fans out there, the Twenty 20 international sees England play host to a strong Sri Lanka side on the 22nd of May. With the English dressing room in disharmony recently, the end of KP in the whites, I think Sri Lanka at Even money is a great offer. Singles – Real to win and BTTS 10/3 Dundee Utd to win and BTTS, Arsenal to win and over 2.5 goals (5/4) Sri Lanka to beat England 1/1 Double - Real to win and BTTS, Dundee Utd to win and BTTS – Minimum odds of 17/1 By

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Mo’ Farah Less problems! With the Glasgow Commonwealth Games XX less than 9 weeks weeks away and preparations for the sporting celebration moving forward at increasing speed. The Commonwealth Games organisers got another positive boost with the announcement that London Olympic hero Mo Farah will be taking part in Glasgow.

He announced his intentions to take part using Twitter to state his intentions he tweeted “Hi guys!! I will be running in the Commonwealth Games this year!! See you in Glasgow..!! Shabba!! Entriguingly the current 5000 and 10,000m Olympic Champion failed to mention in which events he will be taking part, leaving the opportunity for him to challenge current 1,500m Olympic champion Asbel Kiprop. Farah later tweeted another interesting

comment in which he alluded, a little, to what his intentions are for the Games. He said “1500m/5,000m/10,000m?? Will let you know as soon as I decide..!! The announcement that Mo Farah is 100% percent going to run in Glasgow is a helpful boost for the Games organisers after the hiccup with the national debate in regards to the demolition of the Red Road flats. (which was set to be the largest single demolition in Europe post WW era.)

Most recently the ticket fiasco brought less than positive publicity. The Commonwealth Games in Glasgow is looking amazing however, with construction work way ahead of schedule, the entire ticket allocation has also nearly been sold, the last five percent (100,000 tickets went on general sale this week) Usain “lightning” Bolt has also announced his intentions to run at the games, Bradley Wiggins and

Tom Daley have also announced their intentions to take part in their respective sporting competitions. With 70 nations, 6,500 athletes taking part in 261 events its sure to be one of the greatest sporting events Scotland has ever witnessed. T-minus...nine weeks and counting. By

Dreeva Vine

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