Tuesday, 5 March 2019


SCOTS Squad’s Officer Karen might have tackled a few big cases in her time, but she’s never got her teeth into  something like this! 
Actress Karen Bartke was dining in Glasgow’s Dakhin restaurant when she was presented with the three foot in diameter whopper made from rice, lentil, a bit of sugar and salt. 
The massive gluten free dosas as they are known in South India can be filled with mashed potatoes, chicken, lamb, seafood or even ice cream, or other treats for those who like a bit more sugar.

Karen revealed that her character Officer Karen would be particularly chuffed as she is gluten intolerant. 

Keen said: “It is the biggest pancake I’ve ever seen in my life. I’m quite afraid of it because it is just vast. I’m not sure I have a frying pan big enough to make it. Ironically officer Karen is gluten intolerant so this is the ideal pancake for me as Officer Karen. 
We established that in a really early one because Bobby came in and wanted to give me Whoopsy’s and I said I couldn’t take them because I was gluten intolerant. This is the ideal restaurant for Officer Karen because she can’t have gluten. Looking through it is like looking through the Clyde Tunnel. 

Karen is about to star in There's Something About Mary Queen of Scots tackling one of the country's most well-known and loved figures at the Flying Duck on March 15. 

It’s part of the Comedy festival but she’s open to other roles and looks up to Olivia Coleman as an actor she’d love to enmulate. She said: “I’d kill to do something like Broadchurch.”

Karen says she’s often given roles because of the dark circles under her eyes.

She laughed: “I make a really convincing shift worker because of my dark circles. In the make up and hair at Coronation Street where I was playing a Doctor I said to the lady that under my eyes was the black hole of concealer because it sinks in instantly and she told me ‘That’s good, we like that in our doctors.’ 
I look like I’ve not slept. I need to get a fire service job and an ambulance job and maybe a social worker just to do all your major shift services.” 

In the meantime talented Karen is looking forward to series five of Scots Squad and said: “It is due to go out on the new BBC Scotland channel and then I think BBC 1 Scotland. I’m really proud of the show. It’s got a lovely heart and real empathy for the police’s function.”

Friday, 1 March 2019


It’s National Pie Week from March 4 -March 10 and it’s a date that is very important to  us Scots. After all, who doesn’t love a pie? 
We’ve got eight fun facts you never knew about your favourite treat to tantalise your tastebuds in the run up to the big week. 
From the Killie Pie to Desperate Dan’s Cow Pie we’ve got it covered. 

Did you know? 

1. The Forfar bridie is the cause of much controversy. The origin of the name ‘bridie’ has caused tongues to wag.  Saddler’s Bakery claims the pie was named after Maggie Bridie, who distributed the pies to local farmer’s markets ’ while other claim the pie was named due to being a culinary treat saved for special occasions such as weddings (hence bridies), which explains the horse-shoe shape for good luck. 

 2. Pie has been around since Egyptian Times. The definition of a pie is a baked dish which is usually made of a dough casing that covers or completely contains a filling of various sweet or savoury ingredients. This means lots of things qualify as pies including mixed fruit pies in North America served with a dollop of ice cream known as Pie a la mode because ice cream was trendy at the time.

3. All around the world there are competitions for unusual pies including the annual Strange Pie Contest in California and the World Championship Scottish Pie Awards In November.  In California they came up with   'Pickle and Peanut Butter pie', and 'The Club pie' (that's French fries, bacon, and mayonnaise), and the 'Candied Peppers and Chocolate pie'.

4. In North India they even eat pies! There is a traditional slow cooking technique called the Dum Puhkt (careful how you pronounce that) which started in the royal kitchens of the Awadh region in India and the words “dum” and “pukht” mean to breathe and to cook, respectively. This technique involves placing the food in a heavy-bottomed brass or clay pot called a handi, sealing it tightly with dough and cooking it over a low flame. Glasgow’s Dhabba restaurant in the Merchant City even has a special section dedicated to this gastronomic dish. 

5. Scotch pies are also known as mutton pies, and used to be frowned upon by the Scottish church who viewed them as luxurious, decadent English-style food in the Middle Ages.  Ironically they proved to be the ideal food for working men and women who bought them from pie-men or pie-wives in the city streets centuries later. The space on top of the pie, created by the raised crust, would sometimes be filled with gravy, beans or mashed potato.

6. In Roman times the pie's pastry shell was designed to be used as a baking dish, storage container, and a way to serve the filling. Records show that Romans would use meats, oysters, mussels and fish as the filling and a mixture of flour, oil and water to keep it all in place. Unlike these days where we munch everything, the pastry was often tough and inedible and designed to be put in the bin.

7. In 16th century England "surprise pies" featured live animals inside. The animals would jump out at posh dinner parties and included frogs, squirrels, foxes and, even "four-and-twenty blackbirds." At one dinner attended by Charles I, they say a huge pie was placed on the table and when the crust was removed, a dwarf jumped out from the pie! Don’t think he was eaten.

8. Two of Shakespeare’s characters met their death through a Pie! Out of  74 scripted deaths throughout his 38 plays there were plenty of stabbings, poisonings and beheadings. In Titus Andronicus (Shakespeare's first tragedy), Titus Andronicus wreaks revenge on Queen Tamora and her family for their evil deeds by baking her sons into a pie and serving it to her.

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Tuesday, 26 February 2019


 Beverley Lyons
RICHARD Madden ended up paying for his own ticket to see a film he narrated at the Glasgow Film Festival.
The Bodyguard and Game of Thrones star turned up unannounced at the Glasgow Film Theatre for the world premiere of Harry Birrell: Films of Love And War and surprised punters in the audience.
Richard, who told filmgoers in the audience he was in town for some work, had narrated the documentary about amateur camera man Harry Birrell who was born in Paisley in the 1920s.
The documentary was put together from hundreds of hours of amateur footage and is one man’s view of the twentieth century.
Instead of taking a complimentary ticket which was available at the film office, he insisted on paying his £11 for the pleasure of listening to himself.
Richard then sat with films producer and Harry’s granddaughter Corina Birrell and met up with co producer John Archer and Director Matt Pinder at the end.
A GFT film goer said: “We couldn’t believe it when we saw Richard queue for a ticket and then take a seat in the cinema. It was really bizarre. He looked so handsome in his black too and jacket.  He was keen to be pretty low key and he seemed to have a great rapport with Carina Birrell and the crew. It was around three thirty pm and most people didn’t realise they had a real award winning star in their midst.”
Golden Globe and NTA award winner Richard is currently being tipped as the new James Bond as previews of his new movie project Rocketman are released.
The actor plays John Reid Elton Johns former lover and manager in the movie which is due for release at the end of May. Allison Gardner Co-director Glasgow Film Festival, said:  “We are delighted that Richard made the effort to support the film at its debut screenings at Glasgow Film Festival. Richard leant his voice to wonderful documentary and it was a joy to have him the audience'

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CORRIE’S Helen Flanagan has been busy preparing for her big day with Celtic winger Scott Sinclair by visiting the Scottish Wedding Show - and picking out cakes and entertainment.
 The glamorous mum of two took her baby daughter Delilah Ruby with her to the runway show as she watched the latest fashions and organised some of the finer details of her wedding with her make up gal Kirsty Martin.
Helen who ended up breastfeeding Delilah during the show, has said she will marry in summer - after taking time to get rid of a tattoo of Marilyn Monroe on her arm in order she could wear her dream dress.
She said at the time “I’m super girlie and I’ve dreamt about my wedding since I was young, so I’ve already been wedding dress shopping! I found my dream dress, but it’s sleeveless and I have a tattoo on my arm that I got when I was much younger. I always cover it up, but if I want to wear this dress then I won’t be able to, so I’m going to have to have the tattoo lasered off.”
She spent the day talking to different stall holders at the bash in Glasgow’s SEC. 
and she told followers online: “Had a lovely day at the Scottish Wedding Show.”
Amongst the stalls Helen visited was bespoke wedding cake designer Marie Clare Cake Design whose previous creations include a life size tea set made entirely of sugar as well as owl shaped cakes  and sugary planters. The company makes a point of meeting with couples to create exactly what they want. 
Helen posed for a pic at the stand and owner Marie Clare Heffernan Martin, a baking columnist for our sister paper the Sunday Mail, sent a message to Helen following their meeting saying: “Lovely to chat with you Helen Flanagan. So pleased you like my cake.  S*** just got real.”
Helen who plans to centre much of the activity around her two beautiful children, also managed to chat with Pamela from Arty Party Crafts who provide activities for bored kids at weddings and said: “Thanks for stopping by to discuss children’s entertainment with Arty Party Crafts wedding function and entertainment. It was lovely to meet you and your beautiful daughter.”  
The model and actress also checked out the trendy Blue Parrots event group who have everything from Oscar themed statues, Friends couches and Alice in Wonderland props to interactive games said: “Thanks for stopping by to chat to us today Helen. You looked beautiful. Hope you had a great day.”
Helen also had a chat with flute, violin and piano trio Amarone music who told her she was such a beautiful mama and even more stunning in real life. They added: “Hope you got some inspo for the wedding.”
Fans were thrilled to see Helen at the event and breastfeeding her baby in public. 
Irene Cullen told her: “So great to see you normalising breastfeeding in public. It will help nervous mums do it.”

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Monday, 25 February 2019


Watch as Fernando Ricksen gets his new tattoo. 
The Rangers legend, 42, got the tat inked from his bed at St Andrews Hospice in Airdrie this morning and it was filmed by YouTube page Rangers Fans Channel. 
The video features Glow Star Brian Matthews who now also has a famous tattoo   of a Celtic badge on his thigh after his girlfriend sought revenge for his cheating wats. 
In it, fan Kirsty Lindsay, who works at Kenny’s House of Pain Tattoos in Hamilton, can be seen giving Fernando the painful lion tattoo on his neck over a two hour period. 
The tattoo manager, 33, said: “Fernando did amazingly. We thought it would take longer but was quicker than we thought. 
It was one of the sorest places. People find it quite painful to get it done on their neck. For him to sit for two hours and be in pain is amazing. This is the second time I’ve tattooed Fernando. The first time he fell asleep. 
Kirsty added: “He just emailed me a few weeks ago and we were planning it and set a date for today because he wanted it done for some time. It’s not a response to the other tattoo. We’ve been planning it since December. He got it done as his star sign is a Leo.”
“It’s a difficult area to tattoo and we had to make sure he was as comfortable as possible.
“It was lovely to get the chance to do it, thought. It was a real honour and it’s something I’ll remember for a long time.”


Beverley Lyons
Ariana Grande has asked fans going to her Glasgow gig to bring all their belongings in clear plastic bags.
The Thank U, Next singer will appear at the city’s SSE Hydro in September 17 and has made the move in the wake of the Manchester arena bombing which saw twenty two people being killed.
Scots have been asked to use a see through bag no bigger than 12 inches by six inches by 12inches like a one gallon resealable freezer bag - ziplock or similar. The bags must be made of plastic, clear vinyl or pvc and no cameras or recording devices aside from a phone camera are permitted.
The star is also offering her own brand of clear plastic bum bags in her site for eight dollars and U.K. fans have asked her to make them available here ahead of the tour.
Ariana told her fans: “We’re sending out emails soon encouraging you to order a clear bag to bring your things into the venues as security is going to be very precise and smooth but for sure super strict.
They’re super cheap and simple but having them ahead of time will for sure help things go as smooth as possible so if you see this in your emails please don’t ignore it!
My team n i appreciate it very much! p.s. any clear bags within a certain size (all info will be in the [email]) are totally fine to bring if you already have your own, i just wanted to make sure you saw these and knew about all this ahead of time so everything can go as smoothly and safely as possible.”

Sunday, 24 February 2019


COFFEE lovers will be in their element now that Scotland’s TriBeCa restaurants are offering bottomless cups of the elixir. 
The Glasgow and Edinburgh based American diner is about to announce a brand new menu incorporating its famed burger and pancakes - and we’ve managed to get a bit of inside info ahead of its launch.
Diners at the four Glasgow restaurants - Dumbarton Road in Partick, Park Road in Woodlands, Fenwick Road in Giffnock and Bell Street in the Merchant City  as well as the one in the capital’s London St, will be able to enjoy limitless cuppas  Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 11:30am and 2:30pm-5:30pm.
The bottomless coffee and a bagel offer gives you unlimited filter coffee and a toasted bagel with cream cheese or butter for 4.95 and is available now.
The new menu will also be available across all TriBeCa within the next two weeks.
We recently told how new owners stepped in to save the restaurant chain from liquidation - and they have plans to expand the American-style diner further with fifteen planned over the next two years.

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