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KIDS MAKE A COMMUNITY
s the saying goes: ‘It takes a village to raise a child’, even if that village is an urban one like West End.
Or you could argue that it is our kids who raise up the village; their activities and needs help cement all those bricks of daily interaction together and build a community. The sight of a crocodile of tots in their wee high-viz vests walking from Derby Street Nursery to the park; the energy being burnt off by 10-year-olds playing football with Victoria Park FC and the post match pizza parties held at Little SoHo.
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Add to that the adult effort put into running and volunteering at the West End Festival and joining the local Rock Choir and before you know it you have got people coming together to make the West End one of the best places to live in Glasgow.
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ittle SoHo at Jordanhill is once again supporting the Victoria Park FC 2009 team and has bought the kids a new football strip.
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a core squad of 11, coached by Richard Chun and Tom Crossan. They play seven-a-side with rotation of players and the young team’s dedication has paid off; they are now classed in the advanced category. They train on Mondays and Wednesday with their matches on Sundays at Glasgow Green. And Little SoHo, a family-owned cocktail bar and pizzeria restaurant is a popular venue for the team’s families. Little SoHo has a kids’ menu and toy area. Children are welcome until 9pm midweek and 8pm at weekends and their pizza party package makes them a popular birthday party venue.
JAMES WATT 200 From a science festival to a symposium, University of Glasgow is celebrating
ames Watt repaired the University of Glasgow’s model Newcomen steam engine in 1763 and kick started the industrial revolution. Watt realised that he could cut down on the engine’s inefficiency by adding a separate steam condenser to avoid loss of heat and conserve fuel and transform the engines used by mining, manufacturing and transport.
This year marks both the 250th anniversary of Watt’s patent for the separate condenser and the 200th anniversary of his death and it would be unthinkable that the university was not at the heart of celebrations. Look out for a multimedia public exhibition about Watt’s time at the university and the contributions of the university’s James Watt Chairs in Engineering; there is a series of events at the Glasgow Science Festival, June 6-16. The university will also host a gala dinner and the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh annual joint lecture as well as an international symposium for engineering researchers, supported by the Royal Academy of Engineering and the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 1921, the university established two James Watt Chairs to continue Watt’s legacy of innovation and entrepreneurship in engineering. Professor Asen Asenov is the university’s current James Watt Chair in Electrical Engineering. Prof Asenov said: ‘The university has always taken seriously its association with Watt and worked hard to keep his spirit alive on campus, particularly through the role of the James Watt Chairs. Today, the spirit of Watt is very much alive at the university, and it’s a privilege to be working here during a very exciting time for science and engineering, which some are calling the fourth industrial revolution.’ Professor Colin McInnes is the university’s James Watt Chair, Professor of Engineering Science. He said: ‘James Watt’s legacy is clearly visible across the University of Glasgow, not least at our James Watt Nanofabrication Centre, where we help develop the technologies of the future through the creation of electronic devices at the very limits of physics.’ ‘While Watt is best-known for his improvements to the steam engine, he was a restless inventor who developed new devices including a portable document duplicator and a mechanical three-dimensional sculpture copier. Today, our School of Engineering is similarly adventurous, with research underway
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‘The spirit of Watt is very much alive at the university’ on projects from down at the quantum level all the way to space exploration.’ Watt’s partnership with Matthew Boulton led to Boulton and Watt in Birmingham, which not only produced these new steam engines but pioneered mass production and the assembly line, reducing the cost of the engines at Soho in Birmingham. There are major celebrations taking place also in Birmingham and Greenock, where Watt was born, and elsewhere across the UK. @westendlife
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How can you keep from singing? Rediscover your voice and the joy of song with Rock Choir
e were all born to sing and sing together. Singing makes us feel good and singing with other people makes us feel even better but sadly people have got out of the habit or become inhibited. Enter Rock Choir, which pioneered the contemporary choir movement in the UK. Founded by musician and singer Caroline Redman Lusher, Rock Choir is the first to ever offer everyone the change to sing pop, rock and chart songs with no entry audition and no requirement to read music or have any previous singing experience. A very simple idea of choirs that then join up with other choirs is backed up by some very sophisticated teaching techniques and the result is Rock Choir. The West End has two choirs run by Elaine Williamson who is also the Scottish manager of Rock Choir. Members of these two choirs joined other Rock Choir groups to sing at Disneyland Paris in June; are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer and you will find them at the Big Busk around Glasgow. Rock Choir has packed out the Royal Concert Hall Glasgow and you might have caught their flash mob singing in Buchanan Galleries and George Square. Ah, yes, Elaine, but . . . . . ‘But a lot of adults will tell you they were traumatised by the school choir and auditions. Rock Choir is definitely not like your school choir, said Elaine. ‘I think most people come along because they want to sing, they love singing and they don’t have to audition. Members don’t have to read music; you just have to want to sing.’ Rock Choir is as sociable as it is musical: ‘Members make life long friends,’ she added. ‘We also organise incredible experiences like singing in major concert halls and members also recorded at Abbey Road.’ Rock Choirs also raise money for many local charities and turn out to sing and add to the great atmosphere at other events. The organisation’s chosen charity is Nordoff Robins which helps bring the joy of music to people with illness or disability and is one of the country’s leading music therapy charities, working with many other organisations.
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Glasgow Rock Choirs members with Michael Ball at the Edinburgh Fringe; they sang on his Radio 2 programme broadcast from the festival
Elaine Williamson Elaine studied music at the University of the Highlands and Islands at Perth and has been running Rock Choirs in Scotland for nine years. You can join in the fun on Wednesday mornings at Wellington Parish Church, Southpark Avenue, or on Thursday evenings at St Margaret’s Parish Church, Knightswood; or visit the Rock Choir webpage to find a choir near you
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iT’S FESTiVAL TiME! O
pening the programme for this year’s West End Festival is like being a wee kid with a big poke of sweeties . . you just do not know which one to pick first.
with more than 350 events at 80plus venues, from May 31-June 30 and more than 100 Glasgowbased organisations, arts groups and people both local and international taking part.
If it’s June, it is festival time in the West End, courtesy of Michael Dale, festival director, Elizabeth M Scobie who chairs the board, their team and an army of volunteers.
You name it; they’ve got it but don’t just take our word for it, check out the website and grab a copy of the programme.
This is Glasgow’s largest community cultural event and the numbers are impressive: 31 days
The festival is supported with funding from Glasgow City Council as well as many other funders and sponsors but remarkably
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the festival earns more than 50 per cent of its income through its own efforts. The festival has also ‘seeded’ other activities, with spinoff events and mini festivals. This is the 24th festival and we can all be sure that the quarter century next year will be memorable. The festival has had plenty of firsts and this year it presents the first ever drag queen murder mystery in Scotland, ‘Drag In The Dark Killer Queens’. Enjoy! @westendlife
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Park your kids somewhere this summer Make sunscreen the only screen your children need
trange isn’t it? When it comes to feeding our children we get all foodie about free-range, organic, sustainable, locally-sourced stuff yet at the same time they sit staring, dead-eyed into phones, tablets, iPads and games consoles. Maybe it is time to get some more natural stuff back into their heads as well as their tummies. Reports are emerging of mobile phone separation anxiety disorders and ‘nomophobia’, described as: ‘a state of stress caused by having no access to, or being unable, to use one’s mobile phone’. A study showed 58 per cent of Smartphone users can’t go one hour without checking them.
First of all start with yourself and switch your own phone off. Children learn by example and for every kid glued to a mobile phone or computer there is usually a parent tethered to their office via email. Remember: the best thing you ever give your kids is you.
Do we really want our kids enslaved? Help is at hand with these amazing things called parks, perhaps you have heard of them before? Sometimes the oldest and simplest ideas are best and three of the best parks in Glasgow are here in the West End. Think: park, child, tub of blow-bubbles, and instant laughter. Add a hoola-hoop. Just don’t spoil things by ‘capturing’ it on your phone. Be in the moment not on the phone.
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AN INTRODUCTION TO THE LEMOND GALLERY BEARSDEN The Lemond Gallery, Bearsden was established in 2000. We have grown to represent most of the leading contemporary artists in Scotland, many of whom trained at one of the four major art schools (Glasgow GSA, Edinburgh ECA, Dundee DOJ and Aberdeen GA). We are very customer-focused and try to make our gallery an easy and enjoyable (unintimidating) environment to see, understand and select your art. Whether you are an absolute beginner or an expert, we will work with you to develop an enjoyment of art and perhaps even an art collection. We also work with many artists by providing a development framework that helps them to sustain and fulfil their full creative potential. We have a wonderful base of very talented artists and encourage our customers to meet them, talk to them and build their understanding of Scottish art. You have an opportunity to come and see us at our BIG SUMMER SHOW 2019,which represents a great chance for you to pop-in and see around 600 paintings and the work of over 100 of our artist-base in one convenient location (Bearsden) over the weekend of Saturday 8 th and Sunday 9th June 2019 from 11.0am to 5.00pm daily. You can survey a wide range of the BEST Scottish contemporary art with styles, prices and even advice to suit every taste. We look forward to seeing you and meeting you at the show. KEN AND SUSAN LEMOND
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hile of course you can, and most definitely should, wear just whatever you fancy, for those of you who like to keep up to date with the ever changing trends in fashion, then here, for what it’s worth, is my guide to Summer 2019’s top hits along with some pretty big misses! Let’s begin with the 80’s. This trend refuses to relinquish its hold over recent seasons and continues well into summer and beyond. The 80’s influence is seen across everything from clothes to accessories and is now also creeping into sportswear apparently, leotards and legwarmers are making a comeback! The good includes blazers, blouses and shirts - all with defined, structured shoulders, there is also fabulously decorative chain belts, bold statement gold jewellery and plenty of pretty bows. I particularly like the 80’s inspired collection by Moschino which features power suits and pretty dresses - all with prints, which quite honestly look like a six year old has attempted to colour them in with a chunky marker pen. I know this sounds awful but in reality it’s a striking, almost 3D cartoon effect. Romantic and very feminine, Prairie dresses are popular this summer and seem to be trending throughout winter as well. Pretty floaty fabrics in dainty prints and
soft colours make these dresses very wearable and depending on your mood, they can be worn loose or dressed up with a statement leather belt. Finished off with little western style ankle boots, white sneakers or ballerina flats they make for a perfect summer outfit. Boiler suits - once their sole purpose being only to provide cover during manual labour, are now ‘de rigeur’. Admittedly, not every body shape can make them work, but if your body can, then these are a wonderful addition to your summer wardrobe.
‘do it yourself’ style of print is completely unappealing. I guess it’s something you either love or hate. If you love Tie Dye then you’re in luck as you will be absolutely spoiled for choice. The whole family can get the hippy look with clothes and accessories available for all. For everyone else - Yikes! Have a great summer - Let’s just hope we don’t see too many people in cycling shorts and a neon tie-dyed tee-shirt!!
Worn with heels or flats and perhaps finished off with an on trend hair band, boiler suits are comfortable and super stylish. Now, for the not so good. Cycling shorts (unless you are on an actual bike and even then...) are a really hard look to successfully pull off, and images of the Kardashian’s wearing Kanye West’s Yeezy version do not in any way help their cause. Best to leave these in the actual 80’s along with another unfortunate throwback - Neon. Not good then. Not good now. The Tie Dye trend is huge this summer but for me, the amateur
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The teen STYLE Files BRIGHT COLOURS
Suits in bright, bold colours are a summer staple this year. A long length blazer paired with a tailored skirt, trousers or shorts will make for a cute and classy summer outfit. Affordable versions will be popping up in high street stores.
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Do’s & Dont’s Shades of Green (it’s a thing!) • Do stick to mint, pistachio
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The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese - you haven’t left it too late to find a great job
ough luck kid, life has not showered you with rich parents, a trust fund, not even a cheeky little scratch card win . . . so you are going to have to get a summer job just like the rest of us. With a bit of luck you will find something that will give you experience in your chosen field and a good hourly rate. Don’t worry that you missed the boat and should have started looking as early as February; yes many businesses do plan that early for summer staff. The early bird may get the worm, but the second mouse gets the cheese. Think about it: many people who landed those jobs back in February will have changed their minds, had a better offer; or turned up for a couple of shifts couldn’t hack it and vanished. Your arrival on the scene, offering your services and available to start work now will be the answer to the prayers of some hard-pressed, rota-juggling soul who is working double-shifts themselves to keep the place open. Facebook is a good source for jobs like this. Getting in with a big name is a good idea; many supermarkets and retail chains will do their utmost to keep you, one trained, and offer work near your uni or book you back in for shifts when home for summer. Glasgow will be awash with students looking for work so give yourself an edge. If you are going to work in catering then put yourself through The Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland
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elementary food hygiene certificate, acquire barista skills, or silver service. And remember that all work is experience - of life, working with, for, and dealing with people and with experience comes knowledge, even if just means knowing you never want to clean out an industrial meat extruder ever again (trust me on that). Sell yourself! Get your CV up and running; the internet is full of advice. Have two, one which emphasises your course and academic life for jobs and internships in your chosen field and another, more general, for other work. Keep them on your phone ready to send. Including a headshot photo is good; employers get inundated and you want them to remember you but if handing out printed CVs around the neighbourhood or sending an email blitz just give age, and postcode, saying full details provided at interview; always consider personal and identity security. Fun Just remember to have some, ok? Take your responsibilities seriously but enjoy yourself and if you don’t then find something else and leave. Earmark some money each week as ‘throwing money’ be it one shift, or perhaps your tips, and is going to be spent frivolously. @westendlife
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Eye Exercises for People with Parkinson’s Disease
ello again, this article is at the request of one of my client’s who is living with PD. She felt that the exercises have been a great help, not just to her eyesight, but to her balance, walking and turning around. Each exercise should last about 3 minutes, completed 3 times a day, and should be comfortable and pain free.
In sitting, fix your eyesight on an object at about your eye level at the opposite side of the room (not so far away that it is blurry!). Keep your eyes focused on the object while you slowly and gently turn your head to the left then to the right. Make sure and keep the object in focus at all times. In sitting, look at the far wall of your room. The idea of this exercises is to keep your head still while you are changing your focus between different things on the wall. I quite like getting people to put post-it notes with numbers on them (from 1-5, for example), so that it’s easy to count up from 1 to 5 with your eyes. Just remember to allow your eyes to focus on the number before going to the next one. This is similar to 2, but have the post-it notes spread out further, so that you will have to turn your head to be able to see them all. This time, the aim of the exercise is to get your eyes moving FIRST then your head moving SECOND. For example, find the Number 1 post-it with your eyes first, then gently turn your head
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towards the post-it. Next, find the Number 2 post-it with your eyes, then gently turn your head. And so on, up to number 5. Thanks again for taking the time to read this, I hope they are of help and the instructions make sense!)
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A decade of Derby Street Ten years of trips to the museum, exploring the outdoors and learning to care for the environment keep families coming back to the nursery
his is the 10th anniversary year of Derby Street Nursery where the first children to attend are now well into their high school education but still benefitting from the positive and nurturing start that they received at the nursery, which is going from strength to strength. ‘There is no greater compliment that a nursery can receive, and no greater pride that we can have in our professional life, than to have families come back to us with younger brothers, sisters or cousins,’ said Maureen Carson, nursery manager. Many families come along to Derby Street Nursery following recommendations from work colleagues and family friends, which creates an atmosphere of friendship and community,’ said depute manager Lynn McCreath. Miss Maureen, Miss Lynn and their team of Early Years Practitioners care for children from babies through to five-years-old. The nursery provides care from 7.30am until 6pm.
Extracurricular activities include weekly Spanish lessons and Learn Play & Grow sessions which raise awareness of health and well-being in young children. The nursery is close to Kelvingrove Park, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and Mitchell Library and visits to these play a large part in nursery life. You will often see the children in their high-viz vests in the local community; tending to their allotment in the Woodland Community Garden and using their litter picking equipment in Kelvingrove Park. As part of our eco-friendly ethos parents/carers are kept informed throughout the day of their child’s observations, learning experiences and photographs via a secure app. ‘Derby Street Nursery is a safe, secure, nurturing and stimulating environment where we value each child’s unique contribution to the life of the setting,’ said Lynn.
‘Many of our families live in the west end and others work in the area so find our location desirable as it offers the convenience of being close to the city centre but has the advantage of the beautiful, natural surroundings of Kelvingrove Park,’ said Lynn. The nursery has four spacious play rooms over two floors and its own secure out-door area affording children opportunities to plant vegetables and flowers, explore the mud kitchen, and the space to enjoy physical activities. Lunches and snacks are provided by a professionally-qualified chef who can cater for any special dietary needs.
‘We might say goodbye to a family when their child leaves but a few years later they return with their new baby.’
'Learning Through Play' Places available. To book your visit call Maureen on 0141 357 0231 www.derbystreetnursery.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org 1 Parkgrove Terrace, Glasgow G3 7SD
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Time for bedding Fresh compost, a good feed and water, water, water is the advice from Kieran Gallagher of Cardwell Garden Centre
atching the transition in nature during the change from winter to spring is one of life’s little pleasures that we get for free. For various reasons, I missed it this year. One day I was walking my dog and noticed there were leaves on the trees and wild bluebells lending a vivid splash of colour to an otherwise green hillside. Our gardens are growing so fast just now that it is easy to take your eye off the ball. Perhaps weeds grow out of control or maybe you become so focussed on the garden work itself that you fail to appreciate the beauty of your own endeavours. Your garden will certainly need some of your attention over the coming months. Any risk of a hard frost has almost certainly passed, but cold nights are still a possibility. Very soft or young bedding plants, and some fruit and vegetables, may benefit from some protection if a cool night is forecast. This is one reason to buy quality plants to begin with. Here at Cardwell we grow a lot of out own bedding plants in our on-site nursery. These plants are grown and matured in large glasshouses and are carefully exposed to the elements a little at a time. By doing this, we are able to control the hardiness of the plants, in other words their resistance to cold snaps.
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The vast majority of the plants that we have to buy in from other growers come from long term partners across Scotland. They use similar methods to ourselves to make sure that the plants are ready for your garden. Planting your summer bedding in fresh compost really is a ‘must do’. Old compost will have lost nutrients that are vital to your bedding plant’s success. Any old compost you have can be used to top up beds and borders, so it need not be wasted. Compost is cheap, much cheaper than it used to be. Even the top brands like Miracle Gro and Levington can be found on special offer in many garden centres, so my advice is that new compost is a worthwhile annual investment. Beware of buying any compost that appears too old. Faded packaging and water logged bags are a common sign of old stock. Finally water, water and water more. Water your bedding plants every day in warm weather, twice if it is particularly hot. This is especially true of tubs and baskets and it is best to water first thing and/or last thing so it is not done in direct sunlight. And do not forget to water the grass in dry spells. Our lawns take a lot of punishment all year round, but caring for it now, whilst it is growing, will really toughen it up. I hope you all get the opportunity to enjoy your gardens this summer.
Compost The decision on which compost is best for your needs can be complicated; there are a multitude of different brands, names and descriptions. Some of them can sound quite daunting, like Ericaceous compost. Ericaceous simply means acidic. All of the information you need will either be on the packaging of the compost or on signage nearby. If you are still unsure ask for advice. Your garden centre should always have someone on hand to help you with any aspect of gardening and is a legal requirement for anyone selling garden chemicals. If your retailer does not have this, go elsewhere. I promise you there are no stupid questions and we have heard it all before! Everyone starts at the beginning and a little bit of good advice goes a long way.
Beautiful Bedding Caring for your bedding plants is relatively easy with some very basic rules to follow. If you have used new compost it probably has some granular fertiliser already in it. The packaging will tell you how long this lasts (generally 6-8 weeks) and during this time you should avoid adding any more granular fertiliser. You can still use liquid fertiliser if you feel your plants could do with a quick boost, but more is not necessarily better. A common occurrence is mistaking the granular fertiliser in compost for insect eggs, so be aware that they will likely look like 2-3mm spheres (often blue or white) that are usually not grouped together. Remove any flowers and foliage that are past their best as soon as you can. This is especially true after heavy rain, which can cause burning of leaves or, if left too long, fungal rot. West End Life Magazine
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