Monday, 25 September 2017


A Glasgow Rangers fan has vowed to get a tattoo of Glow reality star Brian Matthews tattooed on his chest if Rangers beat Celtic in tomorrow's match. 

Rangers daft Craig McKendry follows former coach and toothy model Brian on Twitter and said in a Tweet: "If we beat Celtic on Saturday I am going to get a tattoo of @Brianglow on ma chest. With StaunchAndTrue written underneath."

Although he's now deleted the compromising Tweet, he admitted: "Yeah if Rangers beat Celtic I'm going to get a tattoo of Brian Matthew from Glow on my chest. I love the way that he doesn't hide the fact he is a blue nose and loves to wind the Celtic fans up. It made it even better with him recently winding up the Celtic captain Scott Brown on twitter calling him mince. I know a lot of Celtic fans who dislike Brian and I decided to get this tattoo to wind them up even more."

A chuffed Brian said: "I'm absolutely flattered that someone would do this and let's hope for a Rangers victory on Saturday."

He added: "Let's just say it will be a very blue tattoo and extremely good looking. My face has touched the flesh of a lot of girls chests but this could be the first time it takes pride of place on a mans chest.


GUESTS at a newly launched Edinburgh hotel will be able to enjoy Tuck Boxes and disco balls during their stay.

The new Principal hotel in Edinburgh's Charlotte Square revealed a host of different sized rooms and party pods for special guests and amongst the treats on offer in each room and individual Tuck Boxes.
They offer Scottish delights like Mackie's crisps, Tunnocks caramel wafers, snowballs and sweeties included in the room rates.
Huge troughs of goodies can also be provided to guests who want to impress.
Giant disco balls and record players also adorn some of the rooms allowing guests to party to their hearts content.
General manager Marcello Ventisei said: "The tuck boxes include a range of locally source and retro type goodies, so for example they regularly include Tunnocks tea cakes, Mackies crisps, Refresher lollipops etc. Little quirks also include knitted bright red tea cosies on the teapot in your bedroom suite and also mini ones on your boiled eggs in the morning.
"We also have within our collection of Suites and Deluxe bedrooms retro record players complete with a selection of original vinyls, Nespresso coffee makers and Ruark Radio with blue tooth built in to play your own music. Not forgetting GHD hairstraighteners either in your room or available at reception.
"The wee house is a Georgian townhouse within the hotel can be hired exclusively and can be used as a wedding venue.. It has its own private front door on Charlotte square and offers a collection of suites and upraded bedrooms alongwith its own Dining Room, relaxing Drawing Room and even a pantry."

Sunday, 17 September 2017


KEZIA Dugdale paid tribute to her girlfriend Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP Jenny Gilruth at the Icon Diversity awards. 

The former Labour leader was in a relaxed mood as she dined with Jenny and pals at the bash in the Hilton hotel. 

Picking up an award for Politician of the Year at the ceremony she joked: "It seems like the best way to win something was to resign as leader of the Scottish Labour Party."

She added: "We celebrated the life of a very good friend of mine Gordon Aikman and he actually taught me to live life well and if I've learned anything this year it's about spending time with people that you love and focusing on the things that are important to you so I'm delighted tonight. I'm spending a lot more time with my beautiful and amazing partner Jenny and also in standing up for things that are important to me, standing up for LGBT rights, doing what I can around the country."

Kezia and Jenny stayed at the event in Glasgow's Hilton hotel until the wee small hours before heading to the after party at Light nightclub for a dance. 

They mingled with a host of stars including supermodel Caprice, Gok Wan, John Amabile, Sean Batty, Caitlyn Van Beck, Jean Johansson and Youtuber Lucy Flight and Riyadh Khalif and showed a different side to their usual public image. 

Caprice said: "Its great that we are celebrating diversity and everyone is so friendly here."

John Amabile added: "Its so inspirational and so many people have been recognised tonight who are totally inspiring."

Amongst the winners were Jordan Daily, role model of the year from the TIE campaign which won charity of the year, and the Icon Award went to MND campaigner Gordon Aikman who passed in February. His husband Joe Pike who is the ITN political correspondent picked up the award on his behalf.

Scott Barclay from the Icon awards said: "We had politicians from the Tory Party, Labour, and SNP all attend the event for 563 people championing diversity across Scotland. 

Former councillor Rosa Zambonini was rushed to hospital after taking ill during the ceremony. 

Rosa won the award for Straight Ally in the night but was unable to stay to pick o the gong. 

Scott Barclay of the awards said: "We wish Rosa the very best and thank her for championing diversity in Scotland and for her advocacy of the trans community in Scotland. 

Rosa attended the ceremony but took ill half way through and had to be rushed to hospital. 

He added: "It's a shame Rosa wasn't there to collect her honour but we will get it to her. We wish her the very best."

Rosa said: "The award most deserved went to Kezia Dugdale a woman who has put up with relentless abuse, was outed unfairly and who I admire beyond words."

Friday, 15 September 2017


RONNY Deila may have been branded a failure by his predecessor in Valerenga but he didn't look too upset as he watched the Celtic game from the stands in Glasgow.
The former Celtic manager was in the city to watch the match against Paris Saint Germain and popped into a selection of pubs including Malones Irish bar in the city's Sauchiehall Street before and after the game.
And rather than watch from a luxury box, he chose to watch the game with the rest of the fans.
According to sources he'd been offered boardroom tickets to watch the match but preferred to mingle with punters instead.
He told a friend: "Celtic just never leave you once you're immersed in them."
One fan said: "Ronny Deila was sitting in my section. He looked quite happy to be in with the fans."
Despite the bad result last night Ronny happily mixed with fans at the match and was seen dancing into the wee small hours afterwards.

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Brown rice, wholegrain bread, homemade cheese all on the new healthier menu at Glasgow's authentic North Indian restaurant.

AUTHENTIC North Indian restaurant The Dhabba is ensuring its customers stay healthy with its own cheese making facility, the introduction of brown rice, wholegrain roti bread and extra vegetarian dishes on its new traditional menu.
The award winning Glasgow restaurant, which is celebrating its fifteen year anniversary later this year, is named after the wayside diners which dotted themselves throughout the highways and roads of Northern India. It's always offered something a bit different from standard Indian fare and has even made it into the hallowed Michelin Guide alongside its sister restaurant the South Indian gluten free Dakhin, also in Candleriggs. Restauranteur Navdeep Basi who began the business in 2002 said he's always tried to push the boundaries with the food on offer, whilst keeping customers tastes very much at the forefront of his mind.
Navdeep and his chefs who have sourced quality produce from local suppliers make their own in house paneer cheese which is said to carry a whole load of health benefits (see below) and unusual chutneys like apple and ginger and they regularly visit North India to check out the latest dishes.
Navdeep who will officially celebrate the restaurants fifteenth year in December said: "In 2002 we were the only restaurant that went against normal British restaurant operations in Scotland and at that time everything we did was completely different. We were the first restaurant to use the Indian name of Murg for our chicken dishes and Gosht for our lamb dishes. Other restaurants tried to copy some of the ideas from our menu but we've always endeavoured to keep ahead of the game."
Navdeep says trends are changing and since a large number of his customers are in the 30-60 year old age bracket he's keen to offer them the healthy dishes they desire.
He said: "The high fibre in brown rice and wile grain bread helps digestion, helps to lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, blood sugar levels and is a good source of necessary vitamins and minerals. It even helps to control weight.
Because so many people are body and diet conscious we've also introduced a vegetarian street food section to the menu with dishes like Bengun Bharta- large aubergines tandoori cooked and sautéed with onions, tomatoes peppers and peas and Makai Khumb, a mild dish with mushrooms, baby corn tossed with spring onions.
The new menu also boasts Dhabba favourite dum puhkt dishes with ingredients like lamb sealed and practically steamed in the cooking vessel.
There's also a new addition of Grilled Scottish Salmon in a red pepper and mustard seed sauce.
Navdeep said: "India now has TV cooking shows and there is fierce competition to come up with something original. My head chef JD Tewari was trained by celebrity chef Imtiaz Qureshi who is now 86 and has cooked on ministerial trips so we really strive for excellence in our cooking."

Monday, 11 September 2017


Former X Factor hopeful Gamu Nenghu has found a happy ending and is celebrating after getting married to her Scots sweetheart.
The Zimbabwe born singer, who was threatened with deportation along with the rest of her family following a bureaucratic immigration wrangle walked down the aisle in the UK on Sunday.
The scene was a picture of happiness as she and her Stirling born music shop worker husband Jamie Rintoul swapped rings in an intimate ceremony.
Gamu, who lived in Tillicoultry with her family before moving to London to become a stylist and make music with her and Jamie's band Sheltrs, first hit the headlines as an 18 year old contestant in X Factor in 2010.
She lost her place to Katie Waisel in the midst of an immigration row when it was revealed her family's visa application was submitted late.
At the time she pleaded with immigration officials not to send her and her family back to the lawless country under President Robert Mugabe.
She said she feared being killed by a death squad if she returned.
Most recently Gamu made a brief return to the public eye after presenter Rylan Clark launched a nationwide campaign to find her in the Xtra Factor.
Gamu said at the time: "To be completely honest I was trying very hard to pretend that the past 6 years had not happened. If you stopped me in the street and asked me if I was 'Gamu from X factor' I 99% probably would've said 'no' . And honestly if you do it now it might still be the same."
She added: "Sheltrs is a band made up of myself and Jamie.
We possibly don't quite know exactly what we're doing. But we do know what we love.
"Air Ballons is our first installation of a three song project that will be available for download in the next few weeks. Because I've realised that worrying about what we will become will not progress us further but will only succeed in holding us back." The two lovebirds have been dating since June 2015 and got engaged in September last year.

Saturday, 9 September 2017


THEY were a stalwart of kids’ telly in the 70s and 80s.
Now loveable puppet duo Sooty and Sweep could be coming to a giant screen near you – if plans to make a movie about their exploits get green lit to mark their seventieth anniversary.
Richard Caddell – who’s the new man behind the puppets after buying the rights to the much loved children's character ten years ago for around a million pounds said: “We're working on a full feature length theatrical movie. It's been a few years in the pipeline but we are getting there. It's a multi million pound movie with big stars. It's a tough game the movie business which we are discovering, but it is a challenge we are winning."
Richard who doesn't want to go down the route of CGI believing it's very one dimensional and would be the 'final nail in the coffin' said: "It will be a real family movie with celebrity cameos. We plan to have it ready for next year's anniversary if not make it then."
And fans could get a taste of what they’re in for – judging by Sooty and Sweep’s appearance on STV 2s Live At Five on Friday, where chaos ensued.
Sooty began the carnage by spraying Gun rocker Dante Gizzi in the face with a water pistol and followed suit by soaking presenters Susie Cormack Bruce Ewen Cameron before Sweep gave Gerry Cassidy the same treatment.
During the popular dining segment of the show, the terrible two brought out pots, whisks, brown and red sauce, and flour which they proceeded to throw around the studio.
Susie Cormack's expensive skirt ended up with marks on it while every had flour in their hair by the end of the show.
At one point Sweep even managed to throw a pot across the table almost smashing a glass in the process.
The TV favourites were yesterday performing in Greenock at The Beacon Arts Centre before meeting up with kids after the show.
Richard said: "Sooty loves Scotland and we had a Scottish breakfast this morning and Sooty's favourite a Tunnocks caramel Wafer. Next year it will be the seventieth anniversary. Seventy years since Harry Corbett went to the North Pier in 1948 in Blackpool and saw a little teddy bear in a joke shop. He was very poor harry and just wanted a little teddy bear to entertain his children and he bought it and there and then Sooty was born.
Sooty was really called Teddy and he has yellow ears and Harry entered a talent competition on children's television. The TV producer said he looks like all the other joke shop teddies. You've got to do something and hastily they blackened his ears and the TV producer said you know what he looks a bit Sooty and they said there he was. And that was it.
Sooty is very excited about reaching his seventieth birthday next year. We are going to have a big party on the north pier of Blackpool and are going back there on July 17. There'll be a big party and show."