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Saving lives across the West End

Defibrillators at strategic points and training the community will help beat cardiac arrest

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Statuesque ‘People make Glasgow’ but what does this mean? Look at George Square and you have your answer

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n George Square you see the statues fall into groups of people who made Glasgow great. What do Wellington adjacent, Peel and Gladstone have in common? All three were conviction politicians who were proved right. Peel repealed the Corn Laws providing affordable bread for the poor. Wellington backed Catholic Emancipation avoiding civil war in Ireland and Gladstone promoted Irish Home Rule. This meant Wellington’s and Peel’s careers were a write-off. Three very different very different poets right ahead of their time: Scott for creating an idea of Scotland - hand on heart atop his column he looks over his creation; Burns for worth of the individual man; Campbell, now forgotten, for his ecological concern about the ‘enduring’ landscape of Ben Lomond and pollution of the Clyde. Three Glasgow boys who made good, two soldiers and one poet all born in the city: John Moore Bridgeton, Colin Campbell (Lord Clyde) and Thomas Campbell Shettleston. These boys epitomise the Scottish belief in ‘The Lad O’Pairts’. Two scientists, James Watt and Thomas Graham sit book-ending the Square. Watt’s improved steam engine contributed greatly to the city’s wealth; his invention came to mind crossing Glasgow Green. Graham who created Colloid Chemistry would today be eligible for two Nobel prizes. James Oswald, Glasgow’s first MP leans back nonchalantly near the City Chambers, but what did he do for Glasgow people? A crowd of 70,000 on Glasgow Green heard Oswald speak in favour of parliamentary reform - but he did little for his constituents. Unusually, Queen Victoria’s statue shows her as a young woman, unlike the tea cosy image of the ageing queen. Clearly the queen loved Glasgow, visiting the city and inaugurating the Milngavie waterworks to supply fresh water to all Glasgow. The George Square statues - except Oswald, perhaps - are a role model for today.

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STEER A COURSE TO THE BOAT SHOW Scotland’s Boat Show 2019 is for sailors and all those who love the best things in life - a spectacular marine leisure event for Scotland and Inverclyde

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cotland’s, Boat Show 2019 (SBS19) is the largest boat show in the country and the largest brokerage show in the UK, held over the weekend of October 11, 12 and 13 at Kip Marina, Inverkip. This year the show promises to excel itself. There are new sponsors on board and a record demand for exhibition spaces; continuing the success of last year as Scotland head towards the Year of Coasts and Waters in 2020. One of the show’s missions is to attract new people to try sailing and boating in Scotland for the very first time. Main sponsor RYA Scotland will again offer its extremely popular range of free on-water ‘taster’ sessions giving adults and children the chance to try sailing yachts, motor yachts, RIB driving and dinghy sailing all in the safe environment of Kip Marina and under the expert tuition of partners SportScotland National Centre Cumbrae, Ocean Youth Trust, Clyde Muirshiel Country Park and You and Sea Training. Part of the unique appeal of Scotland’s Boat Show is always the large numbers of high quality pre-owned boats on display from Michael Schmidt & Partner and this year promises to be their largest, brokerage range ever, with a display to suit every style and budget. For new boats on the water Inspiration Marine is assembling a superb display of stunning designled yachts from the Hanse Yacht Group while Stan Prosser’s Marine Sales Scotland return with an impressive display of more than 20 luxury powerboats to tempt the discerning buyer. On shore, in the centrepiece RYA Scotland Pavilion exhibition space is already sold out, with a range of prestigious companies ready to display the latest trends and equipment in boats and boating. The Cruising Association returns to host a full programme of entertaining and educational live talks and demonstrations on the presentation theatre and stage and as we go to press more is planned but yet to be confirmed. See our next edition for more details.

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Scotland’s Boat Show 2019 takes place at Kip Marina, Inverkip, Inverclyde on Admission is free and car parking is a nominal £5 per vehicle.

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With the continuing support of our partners we are delighted that we can introduce new people to sailing and have managed to further develop Scotland’s Boat Show this year. All at Kip are proud that their show attracts increasing numbers of visitors and exhibitors from all over the UK to Inverclyde.” – Gavin McDonagh, Kip Marina and Holt Leisure Group managing director

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West End medics in the swinging 60s New novel revisits old Glasgow student haunts

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he Glasgow West End book has them all - except of 50 years ago was politics - of which she thinks worlds away from that of we currently have an overtoday. Sexism wasn’t mentioned abundance… Her aim was an and the #MeToo movement entertaining story of ambition, was unthinkable. Retired GP entitlement and ill-judged sex. and Glasgow graduate Anne Previously Anne has been Pettigrew has written a wry novel a journalist with The Herald of 60s Glasgow medical student and medical press. She is a life Not The life Imagined. member of Garnethill Writers ‘A whirlwind of wit and and Greenock Writers Club, emotional ups and downs’ A sabbatical MSc in Medical according to one five-star Anthropology at Oxford in Amazon reviewer. Many of 2003 taught her the importance the Glasgow venues from the to health and economies of novel still exist (the Curlers and girls’ education. Her book will Rogano’s), but others are long profit Plan UK who are trying gone like The White Elephant to reduce the horrendous Club. estimate of 130 million girls On retiring, Anne found no without schooling world-wide. books on women in medicine and When runner-up in the There have been returned to Glasgow University Constable prize 2018, judge many books written for creative writing classes to pen Simon Brett OBE, FRSL said about the world of one. ‘There have been many books medicine, but Anne She found the undergrads written about the world of amazed how 60s students survived medicine, but Anne Pettigrew Pettigrew brings a without mobile phones and the brings a fresh voice and moral fresh voice and moral internet for social media and authority to the subject. Wellauthority to the research. ‘Subject card indexes? written and lively...’ subject” What are they?’! Pre-marital sex It is proving popular as a was a no-no and, in any case, holiday read and Anne has been contraception on the NHS was busy appearing at Aye Write, not available if unmarried. OKFest Kilmacolm and talking to many interested Discrimination on grounds of gender, groups. She also has a podcast with website Scots homosexuality and race was the norm. Her book Not Whay Hae, and been on Pulse Radio. The Life Imagined has been published by Glasgow The book is available as ebook from Amazon and non-profit publisher Ringwood. Their speciality is paperback from Ringwoood and Waterstones. a Scottish novel involving key ‘national’ themes of ISBN-10: 1901514706 politics, football, religion, money, sex and crime. Anne’s ISBN-13: 978-1901514704 WWW.WESTENDLIFE.BIZ

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Michelin-starred McDonald’s restaurant with the staff wearing Moschino couture! THE BARBIE™ COLLECTION

When asked why Barbie inspired Jeremy said: ‘Why not, she’s practically perfect’. Indeed! Also, the models roller-skated down the runway. What’s not to like? THE FLOWER COLLECTION

The models, quite literally, became huge bouquets. Interflora™ may have a problem with this particular delivery! (Other flower delivery companies are available). THE CAR WASH COUTURE COLLECTION

Clothes featuring traffic signs galore. A stand-out piece was the beautifully constructed trench coat bearing the slogan, ‘Open Trench Caution required!’ There are so many others, Paper Dolls, SpongeBob SquarePants™, My Little Pony™ etc. (I told you he had the best job in fashion!) However, space is limited and I must mention the two most recent collections. First, there’s the Resort 2019 collection and the fashion show was actually staged in Wisteria Lane, which some of you may remember being the setting for the TV show ‘Desperate Housewives’. It was a horror-inspired collection – think of Frankenstein inspired scars and prom queen carnage and you’ll be on the right track. F/W 2019 is all about the 80’s soap opera ‘Dynasty’ (I’ll bet the ‘Dynasty’ theme tune is running through your mind right now!). At the time of writing, the full promotional video (directed

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Ladies Lunch Glasgow Handbags & Gladrags Sunday 17 November Join us and bring your friends for a fabulous, fun-filled, fundraising afternoon at the gorgeous Grand Central Hotel Tickets £45 parkinsons.org.uk/ladieslunch19 0344 225 3781 scotlandfundraising@parkinsons.org.uk

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BORDER PATROL Slugs, snails, whitefly and greenfly are prevalent this year, thanks to the weather. Kieran Gallagher from Cardwell Garden Centre gives his expert advice

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s gardeners, or even as garden enthusiasts who prefer lounging with a cold drink, we are frequently found watching the weather forecasts with eager interest. As someone who runs a seasonal business which greatly relies on good weather, I have a greater interest than most. I find myself only checking a forecast a couple of days in advance, having lost faith in longer range forecasts. Short term planning is not ideal, but here in the west of Scotland it is sometimes the only option. My sympathy goes out to anyone trying to plan an outdoor party or barbecue. One rain shower is often enough to summon a cloud of the dreaded midges, which can quickly bring an end to outdoor fun. This season began with a warm spring, with enough rain to really get the plants off to strong start. Temperatures have remained moderate, even at night, but some very heavy rain has set back some softer bedding plants. Even the best quality plants and the most careful planning will not guarantee that the odd plant may succumb to disease, pests or simply natural causes. These plants should be replaced and I would recommend looking at your garden centre to see what is available. Most retailers will have fewer plants to choose from later in summer. However, some garden centres, like Cardwell, will have alternatives. This might be mature pot bedding (larger, strong plants that are already

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in flower and ready to plant out) or varieties that will flower later in summer or even into autumn. In our case, Cardwell is fortunate to have our growing nursery which means that we can supply high quality plants throughout the season. As we get closer to autumn we introduce selected varieties from reputable growers to supplement what we can grow ourselves. Warm and wet or humid weather can bring its own issues. Slugs and snails are prevalent this year, as are whitefly and greenfly. Slugs and snails can be treated in several ways. Old fashioned slug pellets can still be purchased, although you should check that they are suitable for areas with pets or wild animals/birds. Barriers can be formed using sand, broken up egg shells or sea shells. If you are going to use sand or sea shells these should be well washed before using and are really best purchased. Copper barrier tape is a great method to use on tubs and pots. Again, it is available to buy.

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Keep an eye out all round the garden� For insect pests there are several options to use and my best advice is to go along to Cardwell and pick the best one for your purpose. You will need to know in advance what kind of plants you want to treat - shrubs, bedding, salad and vegetable crops - and what kind of pest you are trying to get rid of. Our staff will be able to advise accordingly. Insect problems will generally need more than one treatment as more eggs hatch after you have sprayed. Make sure you have enough product for two to three treatments over a period of one to four weeks, or as prescribed on the product packaging. Fungal disease can also thrive at this time of year, so keep an eye out all round the garden. Roses can be particularly susceptible and chemical treatments can be less effective this late on. Any infected flowers or foliage should be removed and disposed of in a manner that will not cause it to spread. Infected foliage is unsuitable for composting or using as mulch when shredded. You should check with your local authority if they will accept diseased foliage in brown bin collections. Most will, as the contents of the bin are recycled into green waste that uses a high heat treatment as part of the process. Alternatively, the old fashioned method is quite simple. Dig a hole at least one foot (30 centimetres) deep and bury it. Be sure only to use foliage and smaller

branches here and not anything that is carrying a soilborne disease. One of the more frequent questions we are asked, and pieces of advice we often volunteer when not asked, is how to use garden chemicals safely. You must always read the information that comes with the product as there are many different types and not all are used in the same way. All of the information you need will come with the product General good practice is to always wear gloves when handling and preparing mixtures. Long sleeves and trousers are best to ensure none of the product comes in to direct contact with your skin. In the event that it does wash the affected area immediately with hot, soapy water. Never spray on a windy day or just before it rains. Simple dust masks and goggles are also a good idea. Always store chemicals in a cool place and out of direct sunlight; you must ensure that children and animals cannot access the chemicals. Finally, keep dead-heading any foliage or flowers that have passed their best to encourage more growth. Gentle pruning of bedding is fine and all can be used as cut flowers. Keep watering every day and try and water around the plants, not over them. And hopefully we all will have the chance to lounge in the garden with a nice, cold drink.

From far left: Common garden snail can be abundant; copper barrier tape can even look good; remember to use garden chemicals correctly.

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THE FAMILY GARDEN CENTRE

Cardwell has been a growing family business since 1962 and now covers a mammoth 23 departments. The finest in gardening products are always available, plus:

• Healthy options available in our patio restaurant • Interior furnishings and lighting • Arts, crafts and wool stocked • Enormous selection of gifts • Pets Corner and kids play area • Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Peacocks concessions Have a look at our website for full details.

Save the Date for the Strathclyde Leek and Onion Society annual show in September - keep an eye on press or website for details

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