Wednesday, 11 March 2020

TOM HANKS REVEALS HE HAS CORONAVIRUS



TOM Hanks and his wife Rita have been diagnosed with Coronavirus. 
The Hollywood star whose daughter studied at St Andrews and is known for checking into hotels under the name of Harry Lauder revealed he had the infection in an Instagram post on Thursday morning, 
Forrest Gump star Hanks wrote: “Hello, folks. Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches. Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.
Well, now. What to do next? The Medical Officials have protocols that must be followed. We Hanks’ will be tested, observed, and isolated for as long as public health and safety requires. Not much more to it than a one-day-at-a-time approach, no?
We’ll keep the world posted and updated.
Take care of yourselves! 
Hanx!”



Saturday, 7 March 2020

STRICTLY AJ PRITCHARD REMINISCES ABOUT GLASGOW ON AJ LIVE TOUR




STRICTLY dancer AJ Pritchard cant wait to visit Glasgow’s SEC Armadillo again for his headline AJ Live show - and revealed he used to come here for dance competitions. 
In an exclusive interview with new Scots podcast Vip Trip: “I remember performing at the Marriott hotel in Glasgow for  BATD dance association. I also went to Lossiemouth to teach to dance schools. I never came here on holiday as a child but I was always competing from the age of twelve.”
AJ promises a real spectacle with big dance numbers, pyrotechnics, and even a bit of drumming he’s picked up recently. 
He told Scottish podcast Vip Trip  “It’s fast paced. You won’t smell the sweat but you could get a whiff of Spicebomb by Victor Ralph or a bit of Chanel Allure on the night.”
AJ who drove a McLaren on the streets of Glasgow when he was here for Strictly is bringing his girlfriend Abbie Quinnen with him tonight (Saturday March 7) to the SEC Armadillo. 
He said: “We actually met on my dance tour last year, a whole year ago. 
“We travel a lot so its good to have someone who understands the scenario you’re in. She is so nice 
She said ‘I dont know who you are. I said I’m just a dancer on your tour. Her mum knew but it shows what a genuine and nice person she is. I’d go to the stage door after every show she’d  make sure everyone gets a photo.”
He can’t wait to show off all the hard work he’s been doing with his twenty strong crew and cast consisting of thirteen dancers. 
He said: “In Strictly you don’t always have enough time. This show has all my notes from the years. Its more of a dance show, with the feeling of a concert.”

Tuesday, 3 March 2020

DREAMMAKER CHARITY BOSS LES HOEY MBE SAYS I DO ON FEBRUARY 29




Exclusive 
Beverley Lyons 
DREAMMAKER charity boss Les Hoey MBE couldn’t believe it when his girlfriend of 38 years asked to marry him. 
Scots charity head Les, 58, who has helped to make thousands of dreams of critically ill children come true admits he was so shocked he burst out laughing when his girlfriend Mandy Cunningham proposed to him yesterday. 
Les, who was heartbroken when his son Darren Hoey was found dead in Edinburgh last year, admits he realised life was too short following the tragedy. 
He said: “It’s been thirty eight years Mandy and I have been going out and it’s just been one of those things we’ve left.”
Mandy, 57, a nurse, had returned home from night shift yesterday morning and decided to take advantage of the date - February 29 - a leap year when it is tradition for women to propose to their partners. 
Wishaw based Les said: “Mandy went to work last night and came in from the night shift with a What’s On Tv magazine which has the words ‘Marry Me’ on the front cover. It was in relation to a shock proposal from Coronation Street. Mandy waved the magazine in my face and said ‘Marry Me’ and I burst out laughing. O didn’t know what she was on about snd then it clicked. We’ve always thought about it with Darren dying because life is too short. I said yes and then Mandy went to bed because she’d been working all night. I’m really happy and can’t wait to celebrate with friends and family.”
Excerpts of this article have since appeared in the Daily Record. 
From Scotland with Love - theshowbizlion.com 

Sunday, 1 March 2020

GLASGOW RESTAURANT COMES UP WITH HOMEMADE VEGAN PANEER

THE  Glasgow Indian restaurant that was the first in the U.K. to go totally nut free has just come up with a brand new vegan paneer cheese.
The Dhabba restaurant in the city’s Candleriggs has always led the way in trendsetting North Indian cuisine and was keen to provide its vegan customers with a taste of their famous homemade paneer cheese.
The eaterie, which already had an extensive vegan choice, as well as its chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian dishes, has just relaunched it’s vegan menu to give even more choice to its dairy and egg free  customers.
It’s new menu features paneer handmade from soy milk (not tofu) to give a traditional taste with all the benefits.
There are currently three vegan paneer main dishes on offer - Paneer Shimla -  with peppers and onions, Palak Paneer
- a robust preparation of paneer and spinach leaves, and  Paneer Makhani Masala - a vegan cottage cheese in a tomato- based rich, creamy sauce.
All the paneer dishes are £12.95 and join other vegan delights like Subzi Tak-a-Tak with Indian squash, bitter gourd, cauliflower, aubergines and okra, Bharwan Aloo- Roasted potato stuffed with chopped vegetables and Khumb Gajar Mutter- A medley of mushrooms, carrots and green peas in a medium sauce of browned onions, tomato and ginger.
Dhabba owner Navdeep Basi said: “At Dhabba we have always taken pride in offering quality dishes whilst pushing the boundaries of Indian cuisine. The ancient art of Paneer making is something our chefs are very skilled at and we thought it would be good to create something special for our vegan customers.
We have a totally bespoke vegan menu on offer for them which now joins our other chicken, lamb, fish and vegetarian menus. We have a large range of gluten free dishes and are totally nut free. It’s been interesting and flattering to see other restaurants around the globe following our lead. We hope to set the trend with our soy milk based vegan paneer once again.”



From Scotland with Love Theshowbizlion.com








Thursday, 27 February 2020

SCOTS CANCER TEEN GIVEN VIP TREATMENT AT NTA’s



Beverley Lyons 
A Scots teenager with brain cancer couldn’t believe  it when she was invited to the NTA’s as a guest of David Walliams and his team.
Thirteen year old Ellie Beattie went to London first class on the train, was chauffeur driven by limousine around London and was invited to the show as a VIP.
Ellie also received a personal message from David Walliams as well as video messages from Bradley Walsh and Ant and Dec on the trip, which was organised by Les Hoey MBE Dreammaker Charity. 
It was a real boost for the teenager who has been battling illness since she was seven when she first suffered from bad leg pains then headaches.
Ellie, who was taken into hospital in September 2017 and finally diagnosed with stage four metastatic pineo blastoma brain disease and leptomeningeal disease in May 2018, has had 32 doses of chemotherapy. 
Her mum Elaine said: “Ellie has been ill since she was seven and she’s really been put through the mill. She has had Bell’s palsy on her face, terrible headaches and lost her memory as the disease has spread. It’s been awful and she even ended up in a wheelchair after her chemotherapy. Her treatment finished in March 2019 when doctors had to cut it short because chemo nearly killed her. We are in a watch and wish situation now and she gets reassessed every three months. The disease is currently sleeping but it will get active again.”



Ellie, whose schooling has been interrupted by her illness, couldn’t believe it when Angela Cook from Les Hoey Dreammaker Charity got in touch to say she’d been invited down to the glitzy bash. 
She said: “It was amazing. I love David Walliams and have his book and couldn’t believe it when I got the random invite to the NTA’s. My mum had been talking to Les and the team about me and they invited me.  I got picked up by limo to go to the awards and when I was at the hotel I was gifted Gucci socks and given my note from David Walliams along with his book The Beast of Buckingham Palace. It said: ”Dearest Ellie I want you to know that I am thinking about you and sending you all my love.” He was too busy on the night hosting to say hello but I also got a video from Bradley Walsh as I’m a big fan of The Chase and he’s invited me down to the studios as his guest. Ant and  Dec also sent me a secret video  message too.”

Ellie was given VIP seats to the left of the stage where she and her mum could see the celebs up close as they went to pick up their awards. 
Elaine said: “We were on an aisle seat and we could see them coming down to go on the stage and shout down to them. When Tom Jones went by I said ‘What’s new pussy cat’ and he replied ‘Woah Woah Woah’.
Ellie reckons the whole experience made her forget about her illness for the evening. She said:  “The worst bit of my illness was being stuck in hospital  for months on end and this definitely made me feel happier than I have been.”
Les Hoey said: “This is the reason the charity was started. When these kids go to events like these they are the celebs.”


Monday, 24 February 2020

YOUTUBER AND STRICTLY STAR SAFFRON BARKER TALKS LOVE ISLAND’S PAIGE TURLEY



Exclusive 
Beverley Lyons 
STRICTLY star Saffron Barker has given her seal of approval to Scots Love Island contestant Paige Turley. 
YouTuber and dance contestant Saffron is currently in Aberdeen for the live Strictly tour and comes to Glasgow’s SSE Hydro this weekend. 
Speaking about Love Island, she said “I think Connaugh is beautiful, and Callum looks good too.  I’m not going to lie. I like Paige though, I really like Paige. I’ve liked Paige from day dot. No one likes Paige. I loved her from the minute she came in.“
Saffron reckons that Paige had a bad reception because of her constant name dropping  that she was Lewis Capaldi’s ex, but she blames show producers for making her mention him so much. 
She said: I feel like just because she’s Lewis Capaldi’s ex that nobody liked her but the thing is it’s a producer show and she’s going to get told that she has  to say that 1000 times. I really like her as well. I think her and Finn are cute although I’m not being funny I could never date a guy with a foot fetish. I honestly have no idea as to how that girl is doing that, honestly no idea at all because I really just could not. Paige is so chill and she has personality.”
Saffron’s costars have been loving their time  in Aberdeen. 
Dancer Neil Jones and judge Craig Revel Horwood also donned kilts for their first night. 
Neil said: “I have a surprise costume for you Aberdeen.” as fans teased if he was a true Scotsman. 
Katya Jones also had a tour of local hotspots including St Machars Cathedral, Aberdeen University, Kings college, Seaton Park and the Brig of Balgownie. She said: “Aberdeen is gorgeous.”
Cath Tyldesley enjoyed a breakfast fry up with two portions of black pudding ahead of her double shows yesterday and also put on a Scots accent ahead of her appearance. Sounding like Lorraine Kelly she said: “You know where we are don’t you. We’re in Aberdeen and I'm absolutely loving Aberdeen. 
Promising a show full of sparkle glitter and campiness she said: “We want you to cheer your socks off. Come on Aberdeen don’t let us down. Your auntie Cath loves you.”
As dancer Karen Hauer showed off some of her stretches on a tartan carpet, Dancer AJ Pritchard also embraces the city. As he sang along to the tune of Summer Holiday how we he admitted he was going to feel cold with the temperature at minus three.
The Strictly stars hit Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday. 

Thursday, 20 February 2020

ASHLEY STORRIE GOES BANANAS AT GLEE CLUB BIRTHDAY


WE all went bananas at The Glee Club in Glasgow as they served up a slice of comedy gold at their eagerly awaited first birthday bash. An edible pair of The Big Yin’s ‘big banana boots’ took centre stage at the popular comedy club’s celebratory show.  

And Tv and radio star Ashley Storrie proved to be the real icing on the cake as she had the audience in stitches with her witty and down to earth humour, 

As they split their sides, guests were able ‘to fill their boots’ with slices of the eye catching life-size birthday cake which was created by award-winning Scottish cake designer 3D cakes. Handcrafted from toffee sponge and airbrushed to depict detail, the comedy cake was the brainchild of The Glee team who voted Billy Connelly’s famous fruity bootiestheir favourite Scottish comedy icon.

 A stellar line-up of other Scottish comics entertained the crowd throughout the evening, including the award winning Mark Nelson, the hilarious Christopher KCand up and coming stars Christopher Macarthur-Boyd and Shona Lawson. 

Even the hecklers were entertaining - with a special mention going to troublesome OAP Elizabeth. 

Freshly made food, drinks and a lively after party ensured that a fun-filled evening was had by all to mark the one year milestone.

 Since opening its doors in early 2019, The Glee Club Glasgow has welcomed a raft of top comedians to its stage, including Sean Lock, Joel Dommett, Larry Dean, Janey Godley, Suzi Ruffell, Tom Stade, Fern Brady, Rosie Jones, Gary Meikle and Des Clarke. In addition to its popular weekend shows, the club has hosted a series of sell-out events such as book tours, drag shows and a hugely successful series of Christmas and Hogmanay comedy nights.




To further fly the flag for Glasgow’s thriving creative and entertainment industries, The Glee Club partnered with leading Scottish festivals throughout the year to deliver a series of unmissable events including Celtic Connections, Glasgow Film Festival and Glasgow Comedy Festival.

Glee founder Mark Tughan commented: “Billy Connolly has some pretty big boots to fill in terms of Scottish comedy, so what better way to celebrate our first year in the city than by paying tribute to him with our wonderfully banana’s cake! 

 We opened the club to showcase and support stand-up comedy in the city and we are thrilled that our first year has been such a success. Glaswegians are known for their humour, so the top notch acts that the club has attracted and sold out shows really is testament to this. 

 Our team is incredibly excited to bring more must-see shows to the city and fly the flag for Scottish comedy’

 The Glee Club Glasgow’s 400 seater interior, boasts theatre-style with great views to the round Glee stage, plus excellent lighting, acoustics and atmosphere. An extensive menu of delicious freshly made food and a great quality drinks offering enables guests to enjoy both an evening of entertainment and dining experience under one roof.

  

Prices: Friday night tickets £11 / students £8 / ticket + food £20, Saturday night tickets £17 / students £8 / ticket + pizza + drink £27

 

The Glee Club box office: 0871 472 0400 / info@glee.co.uk

www.glee.co.uk