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FÀILTE ! Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 The Gàidhealtachd is coming to Glasgow

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he Royal National Mòd will run from October 11-19 in Glasgow, celebrating Gaelic culture in music, song, poetry, literature, drama, Highland dancing and sport. Centred around the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Glasgow Mòd 2019 begins with a spectacular Opening Ceremony on the evening of Friday October 11. The traditional mass gathering of the Gaelic choirs, which is a spectacular, spine-tingling occasion not to be missed, brings the event to a close on the morning of Saturday October 19. ‘This great city, a UNESCO City of Music, is home to more Gaelic speakers than any other part of Scotland outside the Highlands and Islands. Glasgow is a great advocate of the Gaelic language and immensely proud to give its backing to this fantastic event,’ said Lord Provost Eva Bolander.

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‘Gaelic has been spoken and heard in Glasgow for hundreds of years but the language began to grow with the movement of people from the Highlands and Islands who came here to live and work on the banks of the River Clyde. We’re now seeing a modern-day surge in Gaelic’s development in our communities and schools.’ The nine-day event is expected to attract 12,000 visitors and generate approximately £2.5m for the wider Glasgow economy. Donald-Iain Brown, convenor of Glasgow’s local organising committee, said: ‘It’s fantastic to be bringing the Royal National Mòd to Glasgow in October 2019. I know, Baile Mòr nan Gàidheal (the City of the Gaels) will ensure there’s a warm welcome for everyone attending whether a competitor or a spectator. ‘We’re working hard to deliver an exciting programme of events across a series of city venues. Our ambition is to stage a memorable Mod for competitors, their families and friends and wider audiences. We’re extremely proud to be showcasing our finest Gaelic talent, culture and heritage at this festival.’ Below: The Lord Provost was joined by pupils from Glendale Gaelic Primary and Glasgow Gaelic Primary schools when she accepted the flag of the Royal National Mòd for 2019.

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through all your clashing checks by adding a dramatic flower pattern. Undoubtedly, Coats are one of the best things about this time of year, however, why not switch things up this season and invest in a stylish cape. Surprisingly versatile, they compliment most outfits and just like the image shown, you can wear a cape with jeans, an argyle sweater (no longer just for on the golf course) and a pussy bow blouse to create an impressively stylish look. When it comes to accessories, there’s a few standout items worth noting, the first being the not so humble belt, quite literally, if you can put a belt on it then you should, as defined waists are a major trend. Alas, my waist disappeared some time ago, but if you are lucky enough to still have one, then now is the perfect time to show it off. Wrap a belt around, not just your trousers and dresses but also your jumpers, cardigans and coats - Très Chic! Printed tights are having a moment and you’ll be able to buy hosiery in just about every pattern imaginable, from checks, florals, stripes and polka dots to the glitzy crystal embellished variety and, if you have a spare £170 then you too could own a pair of Gucci logo tights. Finish off your new Autumnal look with a bag - small, ladylike styles still feature but also making their mark are jumbo sized holdall’s - maybe not so good for your neck and shoulders once overfilled, but just perfect for carting around all those extra Autumn layers!

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Keep unruly hair contained and ward off the Autumn chill with this beanie Pom Pom hat in a classic camel colour. Oliver Bonas - £18

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School fees are paid from post-tax income and one way to help finance an independent education is via a school fee plan. This is a manageable way to pay fees and extras such as music tuition and trips, splitting the costs into regular monthly direct debits, like any other household bill. And remember: at least £349 million has been given annually in fee assistance in the independent education sector in Scotland; with just under 27 per cent of all pupils receiving some form of assistance.

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‘We work in partnership for the good of children and the wider community. I am inspired by the consistent commitment that I see from independent schools. From our ancient foundations to our modern aspirations, we are dismantling the ivory tower cliché and working with our partners to build a new future where we are more appropriately seen working shoulder to shoulder with our partners. I know that independent schools care deeply about all children, wherever they are educated. It comes with the territory of being a teacher – to make a difference, to help children. We commission our students, as they leave our schools, to go and make the world a better place. We must do the same.’ - Shaun Fenton who chairs the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference speaking at the organisation’s spring conference this year.

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PEARL OF GREAT PRICE

The 30th anniversary Catholic Independent Schools Conference 2020 will be held in Glasgow on January 16 and 17 at the Hilton Grosvenor Hotel. The theme of the conference is ‘The Pearl of Great Price’ symbolising the fullness of understanding comes through encounter with God, intellectually, morally and spiritually.

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lasgow and West of Scotland branch of the Historical Association always welcomes new members to join them at their season of talks. Their fascinating monthly meetings are held on the second Thursday of month at Hillhead Library, Byres Road at 5.30pm. Admission is free. For further information, contact the secretary: gwsbhistoricalassociation@gmail.com

NOVEMBER, THURSDAY 14TH ‘WHY MEN GO TO WAR’ Speaker: Carole Divall Thomas Graham was an ordinary Scottish country gentleman with a beautiful wife, whose portrait was painted by Gainsborough. She died abroad of tuberculosis and when bringing her body home for burial, her corpse was desecrated by French revolutionaries. Graham’s response was to take up arms against the French, raising his own regiment and becoming one of Wellington’s most trusted commanders.

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REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY Remembrance Sunday falls on Sunday November 10 this year. Church services and the laying of wreaths at memorials will take place across the city with the civic act of remembrance taking place, as always, at the Cenotaph in George Square. Lord Provost Eva Bolander, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, will lead the ceremony. ‘Remembrance Sunday is a day for reflection and gratitude for those who gave their lives in conflict to preserve our freedoms,’ she said. Members of the public wishing to attend and pay their respects should gather in George Square at 10.30am.

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JAPANESE KNOTWEED Ornamental but Detrimental Now is the best time to tackle the problem

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t this time of year a common question at Cardwell Garden Centre concerns Japanese Knotweed (Fallopia Japonica), so I thought I would share some of the key points. Japanese Knotweed is classed as a ‘controlled non-native invasive species’ by the authorities. This means that there are strict controls on how it is handled. It was brought to the UK in the early 19th century, via Europe, as an ornamental plant. Due to its fast growing root system, it was also used commercially to bolster the likes of railway embankments and avoid landslips. Although hard to spot for most of the year, during late summer and autumn it becomes quite easy to spot thanks to the stems changing colour and clusters of flowers. It has elongated heart shaped leaves; its stems turn bright red in late summer/ autumn and have an abundance of small, white flowers. It almost completely dies back in winter and will grow around 2m/6 ft every season. In many ways, it is an ideal garden plant and can be pretty. However, its endearing looks are accompanied by an extremely aggressive urge to spread. The plant 28

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will not spread by seed in our climate, instead using ‘rhizomes’, like bamboo. A rhizome is essentially a root that behaves like a stem. The plant’s rhizomes grow like horizontal roots, but then surface and grow into a plant. Within a couple of years these rhizomes can spread 3m/10 ft directly down, into your soil. If you think that is bad, in the same time it could spread 7m/23ft horizontally across your garden! Left to its own devices, the knotweed will completely take over a significant area in a small amount of time, smothering most other plants in its path. While it is not illegal to have Japanese Knotweed present in your garden, it is your legal responsibility to ensure it does not spread beyond your boundaries to neighbouring gardens or land. The presence of knotweed on a property can cause issues when buying or selling and mortgage lenders may not offer terms on an infested property, for fear it may cause structural damage with its root stock. So how do you get rid of it from your garden? It is possible to treat the spread of knotweed WWW.WESTENDLIFE.BIZ

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with weed killers like glyphosate, but it will take at I will give you a statistic to back up the danger of least three years and it is highly unlikely that you will the spread of Japanese Knotweed. A mature plant can completely eradicate the plant from your soil. grow in three years from a piece of another knotweed You cannot cut it down without spreading it. rhizome as small as 0.7 grams or 0.025 of an ounce! A Qualified experts may remove part of the stem piece the size of a fingernail could start to germinate for treatment purposes using specialist tools and, within days and grow up to 10cm/four inches per day. importantly, are skilled at ensuring the complete Can you imagine the damage that is caused by removal of the trimmings. several kilograms of the plant being tipped illegally? You cannot dig it out by hand; it is not even Consider the chaos brought to your garden by an worth trying. untrained gardener taking a strimmer to it on the basis Even if you do any of the above, ‘he knows what he’s doing’. The the disposal of Japanese Knotweed is thing is, you may not see the damage controlled. It cannot go in any colour You cannot dig it for a year or so, by which time the of refuse bin. You cannot compost it out by hand; it is not problem will be significant. or even burn it without it spreading. October is a good time to spot even worth trying It should only be transported by a the knotweed in your garden or specialist haulier to a licensed disposal around your area in general. The site. And there are restrictions on how it must be plants will be still be tall and the stems could be red. transported, including it being in sealed packaging. There may be remnants of small, white flowers or seeds My recommendation is always to pay for a specialist still on the plant. to come in. Most of them will visit the site and provide Familiarise yourself with them just now and then a quotation for treatment. Importantly, they should you can easily spot them again in the spring. The also guarantee their treatment will be successful. This treatment for Japanese Knotweed should be carried out usually involves repeat visits to your garden to check in the growing season, so if you have some present you the knotweed has not returned. have until spring to arrange for treatment. Only licensed contractors should be used. Anyone Japanese Knotweed is not the only species of plant who tells you they can do it and does not have the that has this invasive nature and a little time spent appropriate license should be avoided. What is worse is researching at the garden centre can save a lot of that the ‘cowboys’ are the ones who will often fly tip the heartache later. remains of the knotweed illegally. WWW.WESTENDLIFE.BIZ

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