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Glasgow West End: Glasgow Film Festival, Aye Write!, Valentine’s Day and Creative Conversations

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Without doubt this is my favourite time to be in Glasgow. The weather’s not the best for wandering in our parks, although, it’s bright and sunny today. However, there’s plenty for me to do indoors. We’ve got some great festivals in town that people flock to the city for Celtic Connections, Glasgow Film Festival and […]

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog

Stars for Starchild, Fundraiser 3 March, 2018

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Saturday 3 March, 2018 12 p.m– 5 p.m. Come join a very special day at Netherlee Church meeting the ‘Stars’ Chewbacca, Storm-troopers, Darth Vader, Captain Phasma, Batman, Dalek, Spiderman, R2D2 and many more. Get autographs and photographs with your favourite character. Guest appearance new R2D2 Dress as your favourite Star Wars character – you could […]

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CULTURE MINISTERS WELCOME IRISH MUSICIANS TO SCOTLAND GB18

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Part of GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain  (Glasgow, Scotland. Friday, February 2, 2018) Ireland’s Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan T.D. today launched a special year of Irish arts and culture in Britain – GB18: Promoting Irish Arts in Britain. Minister Madigan was joined by Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism […]

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Denise Mina at Creative Conversations, University of Glasgow

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Novelist Denise Mina ‌‌Monday 5 February, 1 – 2 PM Free & Open to the Public University Chapel, West Quadrangle, Main Building Gilmorehill Campus, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QQ Denise Mina’s first novel Garnethill, published in 1998, won the Crime Writers Association John Creasy Dagger for Best First Crime Novel. She has now published over […]

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Glasgow Film Festival 2018 announces full programme

21 February – 4 March, 2018 Over 330 separate events and screenings will take place across the city in one of the UK’s biggest film festivals The 14th annual festival boast 13 World and European premieres, 77 UK premieres and 52 Scottish premieres Karen Gillan will hit the red carpet for World premiere of her directorial debut […]

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Summer Nights at Kelvingrove Bandstand 2018

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Monday, July 30  – August 11, 2018 The Summer Nights Concerts at the Kelvingrove Bandstand could not be more exciting with Regular Music announcing a mouthwatering line-up of major acts. Gigs at the Bandstand Acts will include: Van Morrison, Bryan Ferry, Fleet Foxes and The Fratellis. Also set to perform at this atmospheric Glasgow venue […]

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Alela Diane and Mick Flannery, Celtic Connections 2018 review by Pat Byrne

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The Mackintosh Church at Queens Cross provided the perfect intimate setting for these talented, laid back performers. Celtic Connections fans were treated to Alela Diane’s first concert since the birth of her second daughter. It was also her first opportunity to play songs from her new album ‘Cusp’, due for release 9 February, 2018. Playing […]

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Alberto Vazquez Dark Fables: From comics to films, CCA, Glasgow

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Thu 18 January — Sat 27 January 2018 Mon-Sun: 12noon-5pm (closed Mon 22 Jan), Free, Intermedia Film screening: 26 January, 8pm, Cinema 0141 352 4900 Related CCA Events Cinemaattic presents Psiconautas + Q&A Fri 26 January 2018 This special exhibition gathers Vazquez’s both graphic and audiovisual work together. It presents how the artist adapted his comics and […]

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The Arlington Baths Club

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The Iconic Arlington Baths Club The Arlington Baths Club is one of Glasgow’s hidden gems. It is thought to be the first Victorian swimming club in the United Kingdom. When it first opened its doors in August 1871 it caused a sensation, inspiring similar clubs, both in Scotland and further afield. While most have long […]

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Oxfam Bookshop Byres Road Book Group

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The book group at Oxfam Bookshop in Byres Road is back for 2018! Go along and discuss some great books every month, it’s free to join and everyone is welcome. Check out our events page for more details or pick up a reading list at the bookshop. Full details including dates and the books on […]

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Bob Law Photography: Winter in Scotland, Cnoc Coinnich Day Out

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Cnoc Coinnich day out above Lochgoilhead Village A beautiful sunny but snowy winter’s day saw us climbing up the scenic ridge line from Lochgoilhead village, on the Cowal Way, then head up to the summit of Cnoc Coinnich- a newly promoted Scottish Corbett at 763 metres  ( 2,505 feet) A well-signposted path led up from […]

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Saturday, January 13, 2018 | Filed under: Bob Law: photographer, walker and writer, Pat's Home Page Blog

Help the Homeless, Glasgow

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Help The Homeless Glasgow is a non-profit community group founded in December, 2016. The group has expanded quickly and by December, 2017 had reached 7,000 members. Between 30 and 50 people meeting to go out into the streets of Glasgow with sleeping bags, food, clothes and other essentials, which are offered to rough sleepers. Volunteers […]

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Friday, January 12, 2018 | Filed under: Community Groups and Charities, Pat's Home Page Blog

‘Turning Over A New Leaf’ Exhibition at Thistle Gallery

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New Year Show 2018 – Now Underway Thistle Gallery, Scottish Contemporary Art 56 Park Road, Glasgow G4 9JF Email Telephone: 0141 334 3444 www.thistle-gallery.com The exhibition will run through January and until 25 February, 2018. ‘Turning over a New Leaf’ is the apt title of Thistle Gallery’s new Exhibition – do visit the Show this […]

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Special events and big musical guests announced for Glasgow Film Festival 2018

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Glasgow Film Festival 21 February – 4 March, 2018 Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi comes to town with electronic pioneers Wrangler for a celebration of the greatest films never made in The Unfilmables 2017 Scottish Album of the Year Award winners Sacred Paws perform live soundtrack to Margaret Salmon’s explosive speedway documentary Mm Special Event Screenings at […]

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Vahni Capildeo at Creative Conversations review by Pat Byrne

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4 December, 2017 It was a pleasure to see Vahni Capildeo back at University of Glasgow, performing at Creative Conversations. Vahni is a poet and prose writer from Trinidad, who now lives near Edinburgh. A few years back she taught for a spell on the M.Litt Creative Writing Course at Glasgow.  I was lucky enough […]

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Phoenix Flight Training Cumbernauld

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Learn to fly with Phoenix Flight Training Limited, Cumbernauld www.phoenixflighttraining.co.uk Phoenix Flight Training pride themselves on their friendly, relaxed and professional approach to teaching how to fly a plane. Their flying school is operated by two of Scotland’s most experienced flight instructors John Allan and Ian Haggis. Both John and Ian are commercial pilots and instructors […]

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Kelvin Hotel, Glasgow – at the heart of the Real West End

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Kelvin Hotel, 15 Buckingham Terrace, Great Western Road, Glasgow, G12 8EB Telephone: 0141 339 7143 Web: www.kelvinhotel.com Book: Book online About the Rooms at the Kelvin Book directly for the best rate ‘When booking direct with us, all guests receive a complimentary full Scottish breakfast, a stamp on their Kelvin Hotel Loyalty Card to obtain […]

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Thursday, December 7, 2017 | Filed under: Accommodation, Pat's Home Page Blog, Weddings

Book Week Scotland 2017

Book Week Scotland 2017 is taking place from Monday 27 November – Sunday 3 December. Book Week Scotland 2017 a week-long celebration of books and reading  During Book Week, people of all ages and walks of life will come together in libraries, schools, community venues and workplaces to share and enjoy books and reading. They […]

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Firework Displays in and around Glasgow 2017

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Bonfire Nights, Guy Fawkes Events and Fireworks Displays in and around Glasgow Glasgow Green Free Fireworks Display Sunday 5th November, 2017 Glasgow’s biggest and best FREE fireworks display returns on Sunday 5th November 2017 to Glasgow Green! Featuring special effects never seen before with new colours and 15,000 different effects. Gates will open from 5pm […]

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Carol Dunbar, Gallery Owner: Local Character, Glasgow West End

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Carol Dunbar’s Thistle Gallery, which specialises in Scottish Contemporary Art opene in Park Road, Glasgow’s West End opened in November 2014. I love going to exhibitions at large galleries like Kelvingrove, The Hunterian and GOMA but I always tend to feel a bit uncomfortable in the smaller galleries. Not so in Thistle Gallery – it’s […]

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Friday, September 8, 2017 | Filed under: Art & artists Glasgow West End, Pat's Home Page Blog

Willie Miller Urban Designer: Glasgow West End Characters

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Willie Miller is an Urban Designer, who lives in Glasgow’s West End. He is part of the design team commissioned by Glasgow City Council to deliver the major redesign and redevelopment of Byres Road, arguably Glasgow West End’s main street. Working in partnership with landscape architects Benton Scott-Simmons, Nick Wright Planning and Icecream Architecture, the […]

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog, People: Local Glasgow West End Characters

Glasgow’s West End Festival, Science Festival, Shopping, Dining Out, Galleries and the Botanics

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West End Festival This is a great time to  be in Glasgow: the West End Festival, highlight of the city’s cultural calendar, has just kicked off. The festival will run until 25 June  with a fabulous programme of events  including: music, theatre, film, walks,  talks, exhibitions and much more.  Our own project Ten Writers Telling […]

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog

Ten Writers Telling Lies, West End Festival 2017, Waterstones Byres Road, Thursday 8 June, 2017

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Waterstones Bookshop, 351 – 355 Byres Road, Glasgow G12 8AU Thursday 8 June, 7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Ten Writers Telling Lies is a unique collaboration between some of Glasgow’s most talented writers and the musician Jim Byrne.  In prose and poetry the writers have captured the story of a song they have co-written. Come […]

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ProjectAbility, New Works by Ronnie McCulloch, The Glad Cafe, 2 – 29 June, 2017

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New works by Ronnie McCulloch Offsite Exhibition 02 Jun 2017 – 29 June 2017 Glad Cafe, 1006A Pollokshaws Rd, Glasgow G41 2HG Admission: Free Project Ability proudly presents a collection of new paintings by Aspire artist Ronnie McCulloch for our very first exhibition at the Glad Cafe. Ronnie’s sources of inspiration come largely from popular culture: his favourite television programmes, films and […]

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Sofia Coppola’s La Traviata, GFT, July, 2017

Acclaimed director Sofia Coppola and designer Valentino combine their talents to create one of the most ambitious productions of the renowned opera La Traviata. Working together with a world-class team, the duo’s production breathes spectacular new life into Giuseppe Verdi’s enduring story of tempestuous love and heartbreak. Coppola’s La Traviata has already become one of […]

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog

Ten Writers Telling Lies book and cd launch review by Mary Irvine

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Ten writers telling lies… The date, Thursday 27th April, 2017.  The venue, Cottiers Theatre, Glasgow.  The event, the culmination of a 15 month project between ten authors and the accomplished musician/songwriter, Jim Byrne. I had attended several ‘taster’ sessions during the project and couldn’t wait to see it in its entirety. And I was not […]

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Bungalow Cafe at Mother India, Kelvingrove, Glasgow

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  The Bungalow Cafe adjoins Mother India at 28 Westminster Terrace, Glasgow G3 7RU Telephone: 0141 221 1663 See the great new Lunch Menu at The Bungalow Cafe We waited quite a while for the cafe´to emerge, when you step inside it’s easy to understand why. You’ll find yourself in the most elegant of places. […]

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Jim’s Photo Gallery March 2017: Glasgow University, Ayr beach, Lion and Unicorn Staircase, Park area

I’ve got a new camera (Canon 80D). 🙂 I’ve been experimenting with it and learning how it works. This months photo diary is a mixture of photos I took on my phone and photos I took on my new camera.

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Monday, April 17, 2017 | Filed under: Jim's West End Photography Diary, Pat's Home Page Blog, Photography

Glasgow West End, Glasgow Festivals, Bicentenary at the Botanics, Art, Eating Out and Shopping

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Glasgow is a great city for festivals, no sooner has one finished that another one appears on the horizon . I had a fantastic time at both Glasgow Film Festival and Aye Write! Glasgow’s book festival. Glasgow Film Festival 2017 I managed to see some very good films at  the festival including Handsome Devil, the […]

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017 | Filed under: Pat's Home Page Blog

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