Friday, 18 August 2017


US Stars from Netflix series Orange Is The New Black couldn't resist trying out some Scots lingo on the eve of Glasgow Pride. 

Actors Danielle Brooks, who plays Taystee, Uzo Aduba who plays 'Crazy Eyes' and Laverne Cox, who plays Sophia Burset in the massively popular series, looked more than amused after being given lessons in Scottish slang.

 They sent a very special video message to the thousands of revellers who are expected to attend Glasgow Pride tomorrow on aglasgow Green. 

The actors who also promoted the latest season of the prison drama cracked up as they tried to get their head round some popular Glasgow phrases. 

Laverne told Glasgow Pride-goers to "get yourself over to Glasgow Green" to "glug Irn Bru" while Danielle added "lang may yer lum leek".

 B*witched perform at this weekend's event in Glasgow Green alongside Buck Fizz, Collabro, Saara Aalto and  Kelly Llorenna.

 Loads of businesses have also got behind the diversity parade including Tesco, Smirnoff, Skittles, and Silverburn. Scots first minister Nicola Sturgeon is also set to make a historic speech at the event. 

Tuesday, 15 August 2017


MOTHERWELL striker Louis Moult and ex Hamilton Accies legend Jose Quitongo helped put smiles on the faces of sick kids at a supercarday. 

Businessmen and women from across Scotland brought 120 cars worth twenty million pounds of cars to Hamilton Park racecourse to entertain 125 kids for the Les Hoey MBE Dreammaker Foundation. 

Motherwell striker Louis who brought his wife Carlie and two and a half year old daughter Isla with him said: "It's great to see all the kids today and to be able to help out. I left my own car in the car park because it wasn't up to scratch."

He refused to comment on rumours he might be joining Rangers but said he was enjoying his time in Scotland.

Amongst the kids who lapped up the atmosphere were David Carr, 8, from Grangemouth who had been going through treatment for two years for a brain tumour. 

He said: "It's really good. I saw some expensive cars I'd definitely not like to drive when I'm an adult because I feel I wouldn't have a license after I drove them."

Nine year old William Crossan from Neilston  who was also diagnosed with a brain tumour was also eyeing up the blue Audi R8. His mum Rachael said: "He has a hospital appointment tomorrow and a day like today takes his mind off it."

Les Hoey MBE added: "This event has got bigger every year. It's sad when you see how many kids there are but it helps them to forget about their illness during the time they are here."

Sunday, 13 August 2017


IT is one of the most recognisable voices in the world.

So when American actor Michael Brandon was asked to perfect a Scottish accent for a children's television show, he immediately knew who his inspiration would be.

The Dempsey and Makepeace star, who is hosting a one-man show at the Edinburgh Fringe, mimicked Sir Sean Connery for the US version of Thomas the Tank Engine.

Brandon, 72, who famously married his onscreen co-star Glynis Barber from the 1980s detective series, admitted: 'On the US version of Thomas The Tank Engine I did Ronald and Donald, the two Scottish trains, who would say things like 'Och, there's a tree on the track'. The crew used to laugh hysterically at that one.

'I have never worked with Sean but I have met him a few times.' Brandon, whose stand-up show Off-Ramps is on at the Assembly Rooms all this month, also revealed he is missing his wife - and is looking forward to her joining him in Edinburgh later this week.

He joked: 'I did the laundry, my sheets, pillowcase and towels. Boy, that's hard work.

'I don't cook and I don't clean but at the Fringe I do. I'm not going to tell my wife about it. If I show any talent in that area I'm a dead man.'

Excerpts of this article have since appeared in the Scottish Mail on Sunday 

From Scotland with Love -


A Scots photographer reckons her 100 year old doll might be haunted - but she's vowed not to get rid of her because she loves her.

Natalie Mellon, 33, from Glasgow inherited the antique doll after her father in law's friend found her in an old attic.

But ever since she's had her in the house, weird things keep happening.
Natalie who has now dubbed the doll 'Annabelle' after the horror movie where a seemingly innocent doll has a life of its own, said: "Annabelle was given to me about a year ago by one of my father in law's friends who found a load of things in an old attic. I've always loved old antiques and loved her straight away. She does look a bit creepy but I wasn't freaked out when I saw her. I have four big dogs but they are absolutely terrified of her and won't go in the same room. We sarcastically named her Annabelle after the doll in the horror film."

Natalie, who lives in the Irish countryside, has always been interested in the supernatural but has never actually encountered anything strange before.

She said: "I've stayed in supposedly haunted houses before but nothing has ever happened. As well as my dogs barking incessantly at Annabelle she has got up to a few wee tricks. One of my friends stayed the night and heard a tapping noise outside the bedroom. There were no windows or doors open but in the morning she found Annabelle outside the room and she said she wasn't there before she went to bed. She thought I'd put her there for a laugh but I was sound asleep."
Most recently Annabelle appeared to have made a kitchen cupboard open and a knife slide off a shelf while Natalie was messing around taking selfies on her phone.
The incident was captured on video.

Natalie said: "I was literally taking a selfie but hit record by mistake and just went with it to make a video. Then the knife flew off the shelf and the cupboard door swung open. and I just about wet myself and shouted on my partner to come through."
She added: "I'm not easily terrified and found it quite funny afterwards. I'm sure there's got to be a logical explanation."

After Natalie made a video telling us about Annabelle she said there was a huge bolt of lightening outside.

She said: "I actually put her away last night for the first time. I swear im a ballsy little s*** and always stayed myself in the countryside bit when I came into this kitchen last night I swear I was freaked out. I kept looking at that cupboard and if it had done that again when I was here by myself I'd have died with my legs in the air. Annabelle can stay out in the shed for now."

Excerpts of this article have since appeared in the Daily Record, The Star, ITV and BBC.

From Scotland with Love -

Wednesday, 9 August 2017


WE love it when a new restaurant opens up in Scotland and is going wild about the launch of Edinburgh's Vapiano.
 The global restaurant biz is set to open its latest slice of the Italian dining phenomenon in the Scottish capital this October, bringing its relaxed and easy-going approach to Italian food to the heart of the capital, and creating around 50 jobs for the city.
 St Andrews Square is the location of the restaurants first Scottish venue, in an 8,770sq ft. space over three floors, with Finkernagel Ross the lead architects using the classic Vapiano design.

If you've not tried it,  the restaurant offers you the chance to order directly from chefs while they make up your meal right in front of you.
For control freaks and fussy eaters like this is the perfect thing and it means customers get the freshest range of pizzas, pastas, antipasti and salads at the made fresh in front of them.

Founded on a love of honest, good and supremely fresh food; Vapiano presents a laid-back vibe, with large, long oak tables, each with their own herb garden. Classic favourites join new takes on the irresistible Italian menu, and the bar area is a natural place to enjoy the company of friends.

At the end of each diner’s visit, payment is made via the smart-card system, which sees everything added to your card as you order. Before you leave the restaurant, you’ll also be treated to a spoonful of yummy gummy bears, a sweet treat to round off your visit to Vapiano.

Phil Sermon, Managing Director at Vapiano, said: “Edinburgh has one of the greatest restaurant scenes in Europe so we’re thrilled to be joining it. This is a city that enjoys eating out and we can’t wait to welcome new customers through the door. We’re also delighted that our opening will be creating 50 new opportunities for people to develop great careers in hospitality.

“According to an Italian proverb, ‘If you have an easy-going and relaxed approach to life, you’ll live more healthily and longer.’ This is the attitude that Vapiano lives and breathes. We hope our new customers relax into our new home and enjoy the abundance of delicious Italian dishes.”

The first Vapiano restaurant opened in Hamburg, Germany in 2002. Since then, the business has developed a portfolio of 186 Vapianos in 31 countries on 5 continents, and is popular with young workers, students and celebrities alike. The new opening in Edinburgh will be the first in Scotland and the fifth in the UK, following London and Manchester.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017


SCOTS singer Annie Lennox has sent out a cry to help fellow singer Sinead O Connor after watching a video of her having a public breakdown in a US motel.
The Irish songwriter who rose it fame with the hit Nothing Compares To You posted a 12-minute video on her Facebook page tearfully explaining she has been “fighting for her life” and living in a Travelodge motel in New Jersey.
Eurythmics singer Annie has admitted she was distressed by the video and has now appealed to fans to come to Sinead's aid.
In a post on her Facebook she said: "I just watched this truly distressing call for help by Sinead O'Connor, from a motel room in New Jersey, where she says there's no one there to help her, with the exception of a psychiatrist and a doctor.
The Sweet Dreams singer added: "I realise that Sinead has some serious mental health issues, but she appears to be completely out on a limb and I'm concerned for her safety.
Are there no close friends or family who could be with her to give her some loving support? It's terrible to see her in such a vulnerable state."
Sinead sparked a police investigation and search last June after she disappeared after going on a bike ride with friends in Chicago

Monday, 7 August 2017


Russell Brand, Judge Rinder, Jon Snow, Ruth Davidson, Nicola Sturgeon, and other well known faces from the telly and internet world are coming to the Edinburgh TV Festival this month.
 Scottish Conservative MSP for Edinburgh Central and Leader of the Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Ruth Davidson will interview Jon Snow as part of the Edinburgh International TV Festival.

In the Post MacTaggart Interview, Ruth will pose questions and debate the central themes raised in Jon’s James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture.
Russell Brand will also offer his views in the alternative MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at the fest and you can now buy public tickets.
Interviewed by XFM co-host and comedy writer behind Channel 4’s The Mimic and Very Important People, Matt Morgan, delegates will get a unique insight into the career of Brand about his lifelong devotion to comedy; his extensive portfolio of work on and off the screen; and how his call for revolution has been realised in a personal way, in love and fatherhood.
 Davidson was first elected to the Scottish Parliament in 2011, where she represented Glasgow. Before entering politics, Ruth worked in journalism for ten years, first in newspapers, before moving to radio and television.
 Like Jon, Ruth was an early adopter of Twitter and, in tandem with her eye for a good photo opportunity, has built up a large following on the site. She has also used the platform to draw attention to homophobic abuse she receives.
 Festival Director Lisa Campbell said: "We are thrilled that Ruth is going to be leading the questions, delving deeper behind the themes that Jon will raise in the MacTaggart. Her tenacity, knowledge, breadth of experience within television, wider politics and social media makes her the perfect person to interview Jon.”
She added: “Thought-provoking, entertaining and with a delicious way with words, Russell is one of the most exciting creative mavericks around. Having Matt on board as someone who knows the complexities and inner workings of this titan of comedy, and who can give genuine insight into his creative brain, will make this one unmissable hour."
The fest will also see Edith Bowman, Rio Ferdinand and Sue Perkins in attendance from August 23-25.
To see Russell Brand get tickets here

Friday, 4 August 2017


OUTLANDER actor Sam Heughan has a new admirer in the form of Austin Powers actress and Estée Lauder model Liz Hurley.
The Royals star Liz admitted she was a huge fan of Scottish born Sam who is thirty seven years old but was worried he might be too young for her.
Liz, 52, who use to date Love Actually star Hugh Grant said: "I’ve currently got a crush on Sam Heughan, who stars in my favourite TV series, Outlander. He’s a big, sexy Scot but, sadly, much too young for me."
Sam has a 28 year old girlfriend Mackenzie Mauzy who he has been dating for several months.
It looks like the couple are still going strong after they were pictured together last week at Silverstone race track wishing the F1 team Sahara Force India the best of luck in Hungary.
Liz is currently single and certainly hasn't ruled out going with someone younger. She previously said in an interview: "Most of the people I meet also have ex-girlfriends or ex-wives and children. You have to accept that, or start dating men in their 20s, which is absurd. Though, I tell you, Joan Collins is married to a fabulous man 32 years younger than her. In which case, I can date an 18-year-old...anything goes

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


THE tiny winner of Best Actress for the Scottish Comedy Awards was unable to attend the stylish bash last night - because she was tucked up in bed.

Three year old Isla Nelson from Glasgow also won Best Online Comedy for News At Two with her dad Mark m at the fourth annual event in Edinburgh's Le Monde hotel.
The night which also gave an award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy to Richard Gadd, and an Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Award to Steven Dick, writer of Have I Got News For You saw a host of names from the world of comedy and entertainment turn out for an evening of laughter.

The legendary Funny Farm Collective from 1988 consisting of comedians Fred MacAulay, Bruce Morton, Parrot, Libby MacArthur, Stu Who and David Cosgrove got back together to collect a Lifetime Achievement Award at the event which saw
Bay City Roller Stuart Woody Wood, Lottery winner Jane Park, and Scottish Big Brother finalist Andrew Cruickshanks who just got out the house receive a light roasting in the audience.
Scotland Tonight's Rona Dougall, X Factors Caitlyn Vanbeck, and comedy duo The Dolls also had a laugh and joke during the ceremony.
Other winners on the night included Scottish mindreader Colin Cloud who recently wowed Mel B on Americas Got Talent by telling her what she had for dinner, and Neil 'Wee Man' Bratchpiece who won an award for best writer.
Still Game won Best TV show while BBC's Breaking The News and Des Clarke won best radio show and best radio comedian consecutively
More than 170 nominations were received from across the Scottish comedy industry in January and subsequently whittled down by a panel of 10 comedians to be judged by those those in the industry.
Other guest attendees on the night included Scots boyband Monroe, and actor Perry Benson and the cast of Irvine Welsh's new Edinburgh play Performers.
Alan Anderson organiser of the night said: “2016 was a stand out year for Scottish Comedy. Richard Gadd being the first Scot in 29 years to win the Edinburgh Comedy Award was without doubt the highlight. There is a great pool of talent on the stand up circuit with the likes of Susie McCabe and Scott Agnew finally reaching the potential we have all predicted. On the radio, BBC’s Breaking The News has also given a break to several excellent Scottish comedians and writers proving that we can do satire better than London. However it’s on the small screen that Scotland is experiencing a vintage period thanks to the brilliant UK wide response to Scottish shows such as Two Doors Down, Scot Squad and Still Game… not to mention the juggernaut that is Frankie Boyle."
Panel prizes:

Outstanding Achievement in Comedy
Richard Gadd - Winner of 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Award. First Scottish winner since Arnold Brown in 1987.

Outstanding Contribution
Steven Dick - writer for many many high profile comedy shows including Have I got News For You.

Lifetime Achievement
The Funny Farm Collective aka Fred MacAulay, Bruce Morton, Parrot, Libby MacArthur, Stu Who and David Cosgrove


voted for awards

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Headliner
Susie McCabe

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Compere
Billy Kirkwood

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Newcomer
Donald Alexander

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Solo Festival / Tour Show
Scott Agnew – I’ve Snapped My Banjo String, Let’s Just Talk

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Improv / Variety / Sketch
Colin Cloud

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Actress
Isla Nelson

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Actor
Chris Forbes

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best TV Comedian
Frankie Boyle

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Radio Comedian
Des Clarke

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best TV Show
Still Game

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Radio Show
Breaking The News

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Online Comedy
News at Two

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Writer
Neil Bratchpiece

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Event
Vladimir McTavish Birthday Roast

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Comedy Club (large)
Monkey Barrel, Edinburgh

Scottish Comedy Awards 2017
Best Comedy Club (small)
Yesbar!, Glasgow