Thursday, 3 September 2020


THE Scottish Album of the Year awards have turned virtual for September and is delighted to announce the line up. 
This year’s Live at the Longlist event as Free Love, Kinnaris Quintet and Sacred Paws all take to the stage ahead of the exclusive 2020 Longlist reveal. 
Transformed into a virtual event for the first time ever, this year’s Live at the Longlist will be broadcast as a YouTube Premiere from 19:00 BST on Thursday 17th September ( fans from around the world able to watch and discover 2020’s Longlist first, as well as witnessing some extremely special, socially distanced performances from former SAY Awardnominees. Following a record-breaking 362 albums submitted for consideration to The SAY Award in 2020, artists with Eligible Albums includeDeacon Blue, Declan Welsh and the Decadent West, Gerry Cinnamon,  Lewis Capaldi, Mogwai, The Ninth Wave,  Rachel Sermanni, Sacred Paws, The Snuts, Tide Lines, Twin Atlantic and many more. To view all 362 Eligible Albums, visit 
Live at the Longlist gets this year’s campaign underway with the programme having been shot at both Edinburgh’s Summerhall and the city’s most exciting new events space 54EP, where co-hosts Vic Galloway and Nicola Meighan will reveal which twenty albums make up this year’s Longlist. Ensuring music fans find out the highly-anticipated Longlist first, Live at the Longlist is a night to celebrate Scottish music from all corners of the country, spanning genres and styles and uniting fans in these unprecedented times.
SAY Award alumni and Glaswegian duo Free Love return to the virtual Live at the Longlist in 2020, after being Shortlisted in 2019 for their album ‘Luxury Hits’. Known for their exhilarating live shows, Free Love will give fans a taste of their latest mini-album ‘Extreme Dance Anthems’ which sees the band excel in a completely different musical direction than previous records and garnered high praise from the likes of Clash and The List.
 Speaking about their performance Free Love said, “Played some live music for the first time in a long time through a big soundsystem and it was an epiphanic catharsis. We had no idea how much we were missing hearing sound loud and being able to feel the vibrations through the body and move with it and scream and sweat and tune ourselves to rhythm and tonality. You can only really do this at loud volumes as the vibrations need to be felt holistically, not just in your ears. The obvious deficit was an audience to feedback and synergise the NRG but some day we'll be able to do that again. Grateful for this experience which we'll be able to share with you soon..." 
Also Longlisted in 2019 for their debut album ‘Free One’, Kinnaris Quintet join this year’s Live at the Longlist line-up, bringing their combination of Scottish and Irish folk with Bluegrass, Old-Time and Classical to the virtual stage. Taking audiences by storm at festivals around the world, the band’s highly emotive, uplifting sound is a stunning example of the best Scotland’s music scene has to offer.
 Aileen from Kinnaris Quintet said,“What a joy it was to be asked to perform as part of The SAY Award this year! We were so thrilled to have been involved, and it was such a welcome and anticipated performance for us lot who have missed playing music together so much! In recent times it's been a real challenge to stay motivated, given that the music and arts industries have been pushed aside so much. Having had the opportunity to play music again, in front of a small but wonderful crew, filled us with so much happiness and excitement for live music to return, and we're grateful to The SAY Award for giving us that high again. Without the support and enthusiasm of the team behind it all, it would leave music and everyone involved in creating music in a darker place than it currently is. We are dead proud to be a part of it and urge one and all to get behind the award in any way possible!"
 The 2017 SAY Award winners Sacred Pawscomplete the ultimate Live at the Longlist line-up, following the release of their sophomore record ‘Run Around The Sun’ in 2019. Weaving perfect pop melodies with their distinctive style of singing back and forth as if in conversation with each other, culminates in a vibrant, optimistic album from the Glasgow-based duo, making for an extremely special socially distanced performance.
 Sacred Paws said, “Playing live is always such a great release and a source of joy for us - we're not really used to playing for cameras but everyone at The SAY Award made it so much fun that we almost felt like we were at a real gig for a moment! We really hope you enjoy watching as much as we did playing."  
Live at the Longlist will announce which twenty albums make up this year’s Longlist, before being reduced to the Shortlisted ten, with the final winning artist collecting one of the most lucrative prize funds in the UK; a £20,000 cash prize and nine runners up each awarded £1,000. The final award ceremony will take place on Thursday 29th October 2020.
The SAY Award have also announced their commitment to the Keychange pledge in 2020, ensuring the independent judging panel and nominators list set to decide this year’s Longlistand ultimately, the final winner, features a 50:50 gender split for the second year running. Featuring a broad range of influential tastemakers from across the country, the list spans music genres and creative industries, and is an outstanding representation of the Scottish music scene’s diversity and strength. The Scottish Music Industry Association, the team behind The SAY Award, strive to ensure equality and diversity are at the forefront of all they do and their commitment to a 50:50 gender split for the second year running is key to this work.
An integral part of the Scottish music industry, The SAY Award celebrates, promotes and rewards the most outstanding Scottish albums each year. To date, the award has distributed over £232,000 in prize money and championed 160 Longlisted albums across eight previous campaigns.
This year’s Longlist will be decided by 100 impartial nominators, asked to vote for their favourite albums from this year’s Eligible Albums list. With the 2020 campaign seeing a record-breaking 362 Scottish albums submitted, this year’s nominators include a range of journalists, promoters, music retail and live venue staff, festival directors spanning all music genres and styles. This year’s Nominators list will be published on following the announcement of this year’s Longlist.
The 11 judges, chaired by John Williamson, are tasked with listening to the twenty outstanding albums which make up this year’s Longlist to narrow down to a Shortlist of ten. Nine titles will be decided by the esteemed judging panel while the final album will be chosen by music fans in a 72-hour online public vote. At a time of crisis when much of our culture is confined to our borders, for the first time in the award’s history, The SAY Award will feature judges from four selected international territories; building upon and maintaining vital and valued international links for Scottish music.
Returning for its ninth year in 2020, The SAY Award is widely recognised as one of the country’s most reputable and prestigious music initiatives. Coming together to celebrate the passion, value and diversity of Scottish music in 2020, The SAY Award strives to be egalitarian throughout all stages of the campaign, reflected in the fact there is no fee to submit an eligible album for consideration, and digital releases that fulfil the criteria are also deemed eligible. To view the 362 Eligible Albums submitted for consideration this year visit
Developed and produced by the Scottish Music Industry Association (SMIA), the 2020 campaign will be delivered in partnership with Creative Scotland, City of Edinburgh Council, YouTube Music, 54EP, Sweetdram, Culture & Business Fund Scotland via Arts & Business Scotland, PPL, Summerhall, Ticketmaster and new charity partner Music Declares Emergency.

Previous winners of The SAY Award include Auntie Flo ‘Radio Highlife’ (2019), Young Fathers ‘Cocoa Sugar’ (2018), Sacred Paws ‘Strike A Match’ (2017), Anna Meredith ‘Varmints’ (2016), Kathryn Joseph ‘Bones You Have Thrown Me And Blood I’ve Spilled’ (2015), Young Fathers ‘Tape Two’ (2014), RM Hubbert ‘Thirteen Lost & Found’ (2013) and the inaugural winner Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat ‘Everything’s Getting Older’ (2012).

Wednesday, 2 September 2020


THE Snuts will perform at Glasgow’s famed Tall Ship this Friday and they promise to play fan favourites including recent single Elephants. 

We’ve had the privilege of watching The Snuts in their infancy and following two sold-out shows with The Libertines on Saturday, Jack Cochrane and the lads are ready to rock the boat. 

The band recently appeared in Strongbow’s latest advert with a stunning cover of Summer In The City’, and their devoted fans have been working hard to help support the live music industry. 

Singer Jack Cochrane wrote a passionate open letter to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as part of the #LetTheMusicPlay campaign and their passionate fan base showed their adoration for the band by raising over £3300 for their crew who have been left without work via a GoFundMe.

With a sensational rise since the release of live favourite ‘Juan Belmonte’ in 2019 and an adoring fan base, The Snuts have been garnering a massive following in the UK with support from the likes of BBC 6 Music, Radio 1, Radio X, Absolute Radio, NME, Independent, Clash, Notion, Far Out Magazine and Dork Magazine. Their latest single ‘Elephants’ went straight in at number 1 on the iTunes chart and shut down Twitter with their hashtag topping the trending chart. This followed the band’s debut ‘Mixtape EP’, recorded with Inflo (Karen O / Danger Mouse, Michael Kiwanuka, Little Simz) and Tony Hoffer, reaching number 1 in the Scottish and Vinyl Album charts and number 14 in the UK official charts in March. 

Tuesday, 25 August 2020


BBC Scotland Drivetime host John Beattie  was stopped in his car after someone reported him to the police - because they though he was drink driving. 
But John,62, revealed he had been driving from a lookalike bottle of alcohol free beer.
Former rugby union player John, who lives in Glasgow’s west end, had been in holiday in Islay and was making his way back to the city when he was stopped en route at Loch Lomonside by a police car.
The health conscious presenter who also hosts BBC Scotland telly news show The Nine told fans that he’d been seen by someone jumping into his car in Inveraray after being spotted drinking from a beer bottle alongside his fish and chips last night. 
He explained he was driving non alcoholic beer to the two officers who stopped his car but was breathalysed during the incident. 
Posting up pictures of himself getting breathalysed and questioned by the police John said: “After an amazing holiday on Islay. Someone in Inveraray told the police I’d been drinking beer at the harbour last night before jumping back in my car again. They pulled me over blue lights etc on Loch Lomondside..... The reading was zero. I was using up an alcohol free bottle with excellent fish and chips. The lads were ok with me taking the picture. So, back to work today.”

Followers online were quick to reply to John with Jim Newlands saying: “ No big deal having to do a breath test......better safe than sorry. I take it from your tweet you have assumed it was a malicious phone call?”
Indy Oilman added:” U now might feel 1% of what Alex Salmond felt , mind if we call u a drink driver for the rest of your life even if u got off ?”
In 2003 John was chairman of the Scottish government physical activity taskforce to improve the health of the nation through exercise and oversaw a review in 2008, 'Let's Make Scotland More Active'.
Two years ago he was involved in a road accident after being knocked off his bike by a driver who was blinded by sunlight. At the time John feared he had a broken rib and lamented that he should have had a camera on him to capture the accident.
The legal drink drive limit in Scotland is lower than anywhere else in the U.K.
The legal alcohol limit is 50g in every 109ml of blood, and the breath limit is 22mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath.

Friday, 21 August 2020


STILL Game actress Shamshad Akhtar kept up her sense of humour in hospital after she was admitted following a bad fall. 
The seventy year old charity volunteer and campaigner who who played hidden shopkeeper Meena in the BBC comedy stuck her two fingers up to the camera after she was asked to pose wearing her NHS issued nightie and lying in her hospital bed. 
Shamshad, arrived to Glasgow from Lahore when she was 14 years old and taught herself English. 
She got her funny role on Still Game after surviving an abusive relationships and credits Craiglang with giving her a new beginning. 
She donated all of her Still Game wages to help good causes, such as Down’s syndrome after her grandson Mo was born with the condition, is believed to have been taken into hospital around August 9 following her accident. 
Her friend Ross Owen wrote: “Wishing our very dear friend Shamshad Ashraf a speedy recovery after her recent fall. Such a wonderful, kind and selfless lady. Hope you're back on your feet soon mrs xxx.“
Her daughter Anjum Ghani who spoke on her behalf on Facebook said: “Thank u to everyone for ure well wishes, shes still getting further tests done and ill pass all ure messages on to her xx”
Showing off the cards she’d been sent by family and friends, and posting up the picture of her mum swearing to the camera she later wrote: “Getting there slowly but surely. My mums still not able to reply back to her messages but will do so as soon as she is able to. She is responding well to treatment and is feeling much perkier, but still very weak. Thank u all once again.”
Well wishers from as far afield as Canada, New York, Ireland, the Isle of Lewis, and Motherwell sent their love. 
John Paul said: “Get up ya boot ,yir no getting pip. Get well soon shamshad xx love&peace.” And Anjum replied: “ John Paul 不不不不不 thatll make her smile.”
Fan Dave Paton refereed go her screen husband played by Sanjeev Kohli and joked: “Navid's away to pick up an overnight bag but is currently falling down the stairs, and will be in the adjacent bed shortly. Get well soon. X
Steven Nixon added: “I'd watch it if Tam comes in with flowers, won't no where they've come from. Get well Meena x

Sunday, 16 August 2020


Pic from Garbage Twitter header 

GARBAGE singer Shirley Manson claims she’s had depression and anxiety through lockdown in a year that has been a real s***show but is excited about her bands 25th anniversary. 
The Edinburgh born singer also thanked everyone from her fans to her bus drivers, pressing plants and runners for looking after her during the course of her career. 
Shirley who is set to release a new album with Garbage in coming months said of lockdown: “Having the time of my life like everyone else. I really shouldn’t complain, but of course, I do. I read a thing today with Michelle Obama talking about low-grade depression and anxiety, and I’m like, “Well, at least I’m in good company.” 
Shirley reckons the Covid 19 Crisis has been like walking through ‘an endless landscape with no hope and no dreams.’
She added: “There is no form to my day whatsoever. We’re in the middle of mixing a Garbage record, so thank God for that. It’s the only thing keeping us sane. I’m cooking a lot, walking the dog a lot. I’m reading a lot, which has been fantastic. I haven’t read this much since I was in adolescence. So that’s been one of the amazing things, I think, about getting time like this. But it’s hard.“
In a chat with Rolling Stone magazine the singer said she was looking forward to ‘a bright future’ with her band. 
She added: “The sad thing is, we were looking at the most fun year we’ve had in quite some time. We’re restructuring our business and changing the way we release records from the way we have in the last eight years. We have a lot of touring lined up, which of course we can’t carry out. We have a new record being mixed as we speak that’s going to come out next year. We’ve got three more songs to go and then we’re done. And then we’ll concentrate on the artwork and start planning for next year. We were really excited. We were talking with our team this morning, and things are still looking hopeful.” 

Friday, 14 August 2020


FINLEY Tapp was upset with girlfriend Paige Turley after she managed to wreck the new flooring of their swish new Manchester apartment. 
Paige accidentally ruined the new carpet after she used a pair of curling tongs and left them on the floor. 
Finley said of the burn marks they left on the light grey coloured carpet: “So Paige is not in my good books if I’m honest guys. It’s not good. She’s really really really... yeah guys for everyone asking it’s a burn from a curling iron.”
As Paige protested that it was ‘an accident‘ Finley asked followers if they could suggest any way to repair it.
He added: “So yeah any recommendations on how to get it out would be appreciated.”
Paige also revealed that the two had to get a fan to cool the air of their apartment after describing it as a greenhouse with floor of ceiling windows.

Paige recently revealed on a podcast that she and Finn have had some disagreements while living together. 
She told the Love Hate Club:  “With Finn when he’d get out the shower he’d leave his wet towel on the floor and get ready and that would drive me up the wall. I was like ‘the radiator is right there’. Just fold it up.” 
“I’ve got silver shampoo sent in and Finn with his dark hair was turning a greyish colour and I thought you cheeky b***** . There are so many other shampoos he could use.”
But she added: “He’s good at cooking cause I can’t really cook. He makes a mean Thai curry. I’m like that please don’t make it spicy and I sweat for two days after it but he’s a good cook.”
From Scotland with Love

Monday, 10 August 2020


GLASGOW restaurant The Dhabba has come up with a special health boosting Turmeric and Ginger Six Spice Tea to celebrate afternoon tea week. 
The Merchant City nut free North Indian restaurant always tries to introduce innovative new ideas in its menu. 
And the tea which also contains cloves, black pepper, carom seeds, green cardamom, black cardamom and fennel seeds is said to help reduce inflammation, support your immune system, ease pain and reduce nausea. 
The spices which have antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties, can also aid digestion and leave your breath smelling fresh. 
The bright yellow-orange spice, known as turmeric, has seen a rise in consumer demand over the years – thanks to its scientifically-proven health benefits. Aryuvedic medicine has used turmeric for treatment of pain and inflammatory disorders and now a compound found in this versatile spice, known as curcumin, may also help to eliminate certain viruses according to a recent study published in the Journal of General Virology. 
Owner Navdeep Basi said: “Our tea has been developed to give people an extra boost at this time. We obviously don’t have a cure all for Covid but our Turmeric and Ginger Six Spice blend can give a wee boost to those who have been a bit under the weather or who want to be kind to their system. Since it’s afternoon tea week we thought it was the perfect time to introduce this to our menu and it can be teamed up with starters, main courses or desserts.”
The Dhabba’s Turmeric and Ginger Six Spice Blend is available for £3.95 from this week.
The Dhabba and its South Indian sister restaurant Dakhin is also participating in the governments Eat Out To Help out scheme offering diners up to ten pounds off their meal Monday to Wednesday throughout August.

Monday, 3 August 2020


ACTOR Richard Madden has returned to Scotland following his lockdown in LA - and he teased fans with pictures of his countryside retreat, and fireworks - proving he was a real Rocketman.
The Bodyguard and Rocketman actor had been spending isolation in a lavish £20,000 a month LA property with Teen Wolf actor Froy Gutierrez. 
However he has now returned home to Scotland and was seen a few days ago posing in a face mask in front of a pick up truck with fans speculating he had broken down. 
It is believed that Richard is staying in the Blair Atholl area of Scotland, a village in Perthshire known for its rustic stone buildings and scenic landscape. 
Richard who teased fans on Instagram with a picture of himself in front of one of the stately homes and Landrover later showed off a huge rocket in its packet with the caption - what could go wrong? He later let it off at midnight.

From Scotland with Love 

Friday, 31 July 2020


LULU wishes she had been authentic and honest when she was younger instead of trying to hide her real feelings. 
The 71 year old Scots singer who grew up in Glasgow’s  Dennistoun claims she was too scared to reveal anything about her personal feelings when she was younger. 
She also claimed she felt God-like because she felt the pressure to provide for her family. 
In a chat with BBC presenter Fearne Cotton on her Instagram, Lulu said: “You’re now at an age where things have changed. You’re so open and you’re so authentic. I don’t think I was brave enough in those days to open up and say the things I wanted, that were going on with me. I didn’t even know what was going on with me. It’s such a change from when I was young.“
Lulu went on to say that she often thought she ‘was God’ because she had to provide for her family. 
She explained: “There was a lot of fear about revealing things cause I was the eldest of four and wanted to take care of everybody and if I didn’t take care of everyone and it didn’t go well for me everyone else would kind of suffer. God, I thought I was God, quite clearly but not consciously, sub consciously. What you’re saying is kind of what I have come to later on in my life, not that I was inauthentic but I was fearful so now I’m really saying my truth and that’s what is so great about now.“
The singer also said she empathised with Fearne's recent comments about becoming bulimic after feeling fat when she compared her self to ‘tiny popstars’. 
She said: “You talked a lot about that food thing and how you would look at these little people you were interviewing and think that you weren’t as good as them and think they were so much thinner or better looking. A lot of that was my story. I was with the rockstars and every one of them, I would hang out with them and their girlfriends would be six foot tall stick thin models and I would think I was, you know I wasn’t, but I thought I was fat. I wasn’t. I had a little fat face, but I can see how many things were similar.“
The Shout singer admitted it had been tough mixing family life with her career but said she had been providing comfort via the phone to her grandchildren during lockdown. 
She said: “When I look back at me and my career, getting married, I have one son and I don’t even know how he turned out so well because it’s tough trying to juggle. 
She added: “During lockdown, my granddaughter called me because she was very sad. She said ‘Nana I’m very sad because I can’t see the friends I want to and Teddy (her little brother) has got it easier’. Anyway,  I made her laugh and it was better for a minute because I make up all sorts of conspiracy theories and tell her not to tell anyone. She laughs at me and I say ‘Don’t tell anyone I said that, because you know I’m crazy, but we don’t want everyone to know.’ It broke my heart.”

Tuesday, 28 July 2020


Beverley Lyons 
ROCHELLE and Marvin Humes ended up celebrating their eighth wedding anniversary by snuggling in their hotel room watching Pretty Woman in ‘rainy’ Glasgow after they had to make a BBC Scotland TV show here. 
The couple were unrecognisable as they wore masks to cross Bells Bridge and posed in front of the city’s Armadillo and squinty Bridge as they made their way back to their hotel from the BBC building where they’ve been recording episodes of The Hit List.  
Pregnant Rochelle had spent the day managing to bathe her weary feet in a bubbling foot spa in between shows. 
Wearing a mask printed with Rochelle’s face on it as he walked, Marvin joked: “Hi guys it’s Roche here on her anniversary.”
He added: “So usually we’d be somewhere like Ibiza on our anniversary celebrating but we are here taking a lovely stroll in the rain and wind, but this is it, this is it, isn’t it, it’s real, you know what I mean?”
Rochelle added: “Listen you’ve got to take the good with the bad babe - that’s marriage.”
Posting an Instagram picture of herself and Marvin eating mango and tangerines in the rain on the the bridge Rochelle later wrote: “What are we doing tonight for our Wedding Anniversary I hear you ask. We have just wrapped and are off to our room for snacks. Rock and Roll.”

Later on she posted a video of a shirtless Marvin lying in bed eating organic seaweed crisps and watching Pretty Woman on their laptop with the message: “This I why I love you.”
Marvin, who was clearly in a romantic mood also wrote: “Eight years ago today I married the woman of my dreams..we said I do in beautiful settings surrounded by our loved ones..I’m so proud of us for every year since that day..we have two beautiful girls and a baby boy on the way..I couldn’t wish for anything have given me everything I could ever want and more Rochelle Humes today is about our love and celebrating the vows we took and we meant every single complete me and I will love you forever..ok gushing post over lol..I can’t wait for tomorrow and everyday for the rest of our lives..Happy Anniversary Mrs soul mate.”

Wednesday, 22 July 2020


TEXAS singer Sharleen Spiteri has admitted she is a proud mother after her daughter Misty Kyd was chosen to model for fashion house Miu Miu. 
Seventeen year old Misty,  whose father is magazine editor Ashley Heath, was picked by the stylish Italian clothing label to take part in their latest global campaign. 
Misty debuted with the brand, which is owned by Prada and has headquarters in France, at their Paris fashion week show in March just ahead of lockdown alongside models including Gigi Hadid. 
She is now signed with Viva models who have offices in Paris, London and Barcelona and count models Kirsty Hume and Stella Tennant on their board of faces as well as Charlotte Rampling and Juliette Binoche, amongst their celebrity talents.   
Her latest model pictures form part of the latest Miu Miu advertising campaign Close, a collection of visual studies on the theme of proximity, taken by photographer Liz Collins.
A thrilled Sharleen, who is a fan of the brand and attended the opening of their flagship store in London in 2012, shared the new images of Misty with her followers on Instagram saying: “How they grow up. Misty Kyd really proud mum @miumiu.”
The Glasgow born I Don’t Want A Lover singer received congratulatory messages from a plethora of famous friends including Mary McCartney and Sadie Frost who said: “So cute liccle Misty.”
Claudia Winkleman also told her: “So beautiful”.
Misty describes herself as enthusiastic, energetic, ambitious and a lover of music from the late 90s to early 2000’s on her model profile. She also says she’d like to own Christ In Limbo by Bosch and would like to be Boudicca if she could choose to be any historical figure. 
She is a fan of Harry Styles and posted a picture of the two of them hanging out in Camden Town at a gig saying “Recent with my man hazza”. 
Following her Miu Miu runway debut she said: “All I can say is wow. What a way to finish off Paris fashion week! Such an honour to debut with such an amazing show @miumiu ! Such a lovely team behind this show.”
She also put up a picture of herself backstage with clips in her hair saying: “If only I’d known a week later I’d be going into isolation.”

Tuesday, 21 July 2020


PENNY Lancaster literally brought home the bacon to Rod Stewart after borrowing two miniature pigs from a friend. 
The model and Loose Woman panellist has recently been showing off her wild garden in the Essex home she shares with Rod and their two children. 
Penny, 49,  who has just returned from a holiday in Croatia with Rod was keen to see if micro pigs as they are known would fit in with the rest of their menagerie including their Labradoodle Blondie who she and Rod adopted from Battersea Dogs home, other Labradoodle Lily and two free range hens she was given by a friend in February ahead of lockdown. 
So Penny asked one of her friends if she could try them out to see how easily they would adapt to their lifestyle at the £4.65 million home. 
As she was pictured feeding one alongside her youngest son Aidan she told fans: “We have borrowed two miniature pigs for a trial date.”

After giving the ‘thirsty boys’ some drinking water and letting them forage in the garden, she decided it was time to let them inside the house.  
She invited one of the pigs to try out her living room where it appeared to enjoy a pile of Homes and Gardens magazines alongside a caption saying: “It’s a pigs life.”
Micro Pigs are incredibly intelligent and are considered the fourth most intelligent animal in the world. They are quick and willing to learn and are said to be less expensive to keep than cars or dogs. They are also considered to be hypoallergenic meaning they are less likely to cause animal related allergies.
Rocker Rod, 75, whose songs include First Cut Is The Deepest, and once sang about having it off with the farmer’s daughter in the track Almost Illegal, was nowhere to be seen during the trial but he is partial to a bacon sandwich so who knows if they will stay Forever Young. 
One things for sure, if they do decide to stay they will have to become Celtic fans like the rest of his pets. 

Four Rod songs that pigs might enjoy 
Hot Trotters (legs) 
Do Ya think I’m Sow-xy 
Some Swines Have All The Luck
I don’t want to Grunt/ Snout about it. 


RANGERS icon Ally McCoist gave singer Amy Macdonald his stamp of approval after she bought a bright true blue £165,000 Lamborgini.
This Is The Life chatttopper Amy, who is a staunch Rangers fan, couldn’t wait to show off her brand new purchase for fans as she made her way to the recording studio to lay down tracks for her forthcoming album. 
And the singer, who is married to Partick Thistle player Richard Foster who also used to play for Rangers and fellow blues St Johnstone, received a special message from Coisty after she posted a picture of it on Instagram. 
He wrote: “Beautiful car and superb choice of colour.”
Fans agreed it was the perfect colour and Amy then admitted she’d entrusted Richard Foster to pick up her new baby - because she was too busy in the studio. 
She said: “My new car has arrived. For people who are not into cars you don’t get it I understand but for people, and I know I have got loads of followers who love cars and are pure petrolheads this is for you. My new car a beautiful beautiful Lamborgini Urius has arrived and I’m in the studio all well. I’ve got to do the work to pay for the rewards. I am trusting my husband to go and pick my car up. I have lost the plot.”

Friday, 17 July 2020


LOVE Island winner Paige Turley has revealed that telly bosses had to cover up her bruises when she posed in a bikini for the show - at the same time as her famous ex Lewis Capaldi released a celebrity sing along video for his own song Bruises.  
The Fauldhouse born singer is flying high on the top ten on iTunes after releasing her first single on Thursday night - a dance cover of Artful Dodger’s track Movin Too Fast. 
She revealed that she was making her own bruises like ex Capaldi in December when she was heading to South Africa for Winter Love Island. 
She said: “Funny story - it was my works night out in December  and we ended up going to Subby after it. I was pished by the time I was heading in. So I fell and had a huge bruise on the side of my leg on my arse and I had my Love Island shoot three days later. They had to put make up on this massive bruise on the side of my arse.” 
Paige added: “I saw that about the Sub club maybe closing  - that’s a shame if it does shut.”
During a chat to promote her new song Paige also revealed why she and Finn moved to a Manchester rather than London to share a house together. 
She said: “Finn is from Milton Keynes so it was either London or Manchester just for work stuff but I think London was just a bit too far. And the prices in London and stuff are just shocking comparison to Scotland. Manchester is like a mini London with all the bars and a lot of the fashion brands are Manchester based. To be fair Callum who was in the villa with us sold us the dream.”
As well as making him watch Scottish viral videos and Still Game she has also been schooling Finn on the GBX dance show. 
She said: “I’ve been teaching Finn the ways of like GBX so come Friday you hear him.He’s loving it he’s like come on Georgie boy give us a shout out in his English accent.”

Thursday, 16 July 2020


JAMES McAvoy and his glamorous partner Lisa Liberati have finally managed to move into a big new house in London following lockdown. 
Glasgow born James and Philly born Lisa jet between London and the States where Lisa also works as a social media manager for a Pennsylvanian estate agent app.
The couple have been in a relationship since 2017 when James met Lisa, then a production assistant, on the set of Split where he held a starring role. 
According to reports,  James who was married to actress Anne Marie Duff, mother to his child Brendan, was in the process of separating from her after an eleven year marriage. 
James spent lockdown with Lisa at his ‘small’ London apartment.
During isolation, James showed off Lisa’s cake and donut making skills on his Insta account.  
He has now revealed that the couple had all their belongings packed up in a spare room in April and have eventually managed to move to a bigger house in London now that lockdown is over. 
He said: “We are in London and it’s all good. We’ve just moved into a nice, slightly bigger house but we were in a tiny flat before. Round about April we built a makeshift studio in my spare bedroom. Our only spare bedroom which was full of moving stuff was rammed and just full of this James made recording studio.”
James and Lisa had were spotted strolling hand in hand and looking at London properties including a £3.5 million house in September last year. 
It is thought that the couple had intended to move around April in conjunction with James birthday celebrations but were held up due to government Covid restrictions. 
James gave a glimpse of his new property‘s high vaulted and embossed ceilings and white walls when he appeared on The Jimmy Fallon show. 

Sunday, 12 July 2020


SIR Billy Connolly has posed with a new dog he has adopted through lockdown - and his wife Pamela Stevenson says the pampered pooch’s favourite place to hide is inside his shirt. 
Pamela posted up the latest picture of Glasgow born comedian Billy on Twitter with his latest fur baby as she let fans know that he was safe and well despite Coronavirus hitting all over the world. 
Billy, 77, who is at his home in Australia looked relaxed and healthy as he wore a black T-shirt and shade and showed off his tattooed arms in the sunshine. 
He lovingly held Rascal who is said to be a toy poodle or chipoo with an injured leg. 
Pamela wrote: “Billy’s brave new pal. That broken leg is not stopping him for a second...“
The picture of cuteness attracted so many comments from fans of the funny man. Many asked after his health following his Parkinson’s diagnosis in 2013.
Pamela followed up by telling them: “Thanks for all your questions! Replies: Yes Billy is doing well and staying safe thank you!
No idea on the breed. Toy Poodle maybe Chipoo? - name is Rascal. Likes resting inside Billy’s teeshirt.”
Rascal, who was compared to a teddy bear by Pamela's followers, is the latest furry addition to Billy’s home. In a similar post in November, Billy was seen with another pooch in his arms and Pamela told followers online: “Billy just adopted a rescue pal! The savage beast is called Lincoln.”
The picture of Billy and his new puppy is the first since coronavirus lockdown and comes after the comedian reportedly said in March that he wasn’t concerned over Covid 19. 
He said at the time: “It’s very weird. It seems like it’s not really happening. I’m not concerned. Maybe I would if there were screeching up the street or people were grabbed and hustled away. I don’t know what is going on. Everybody seems bewildered. Even the experts seem bewildered on the telly.”

Thursday, 9 July 2020


NOTHING beats a great music festival and theshowbizlion.con is gutted that TRNSMT Festival isn’t happening this year in its fully immersive form. 
We are thrilled to say that the innovative peeps behind the fest have come up with something that is music to our ears, 
On what should have been one of the biggest weekends in the UK’s festival calendar, TRNSMT Festival have announced a weekend of non-stop festival fun as fans mark the upcoming festival weekend. Determined to give TRNSMT fans a festival experience this weekend, ‘TRNSMT AT HOME’ will kick off on the TRNSMT Festival Facebook and YouTube pages at 5pm on Saturday 11th July featuring exclusively ‘made at home’ content from TRNSMT acts including Fontaines D.C, The LaFontaines, Joy Crookes, Dylan John Thomas, The Ninth Wave, Luke La Volpe,  Kawala, Charlotte, Spyres and more. Following this stream, BBC Scotland will air a TRNSMT Takeover on Saturday 11th July at 9pmfeaturing highlights from the festival’s star-studded history including Biffy Clyro, Lewis Capaldi andRadiohead.
After marking the 2020 festival weekend in style - whatever the weather! - fans can now look forward to TRNSMT 2021 with acts including Courteeners, Liam Gallagher, Lewis Capaldi, Ian Brown, Foals, Rita Ora, Sam Fender, Snow Patrol and more set to make sure the 2021 edition is worth waiting for.
TRNSMT 2021 tickets are on sale NOW via – WWW.TRNSMTFEST.COM
Fans can purchase via Tickmaster's payment plan deposit scheme, securing their 2021 ticket from just £33 (+fees) on their payment, followed by two more instalments. Visit Ticketmaster for more info. 
TRNSMT will be premiering a ‘TRNSMT AT HOME’ stream, hosted by presenter Laura Boyd. The stream will feature exclusive content from some of the most exciting artists set to perform at TRNSMT 2021 plus some TRNSMT alumniStreaming from 5pm on Saturday 11th July on Facebook and YouTube, fans can expect performances from the likes of Fontaines D.C, Vistas, The LaFontaines, Joy Crookes, Dylan John Thomas, The Ninth Wave, Luke La Volpe,  Kawala,  Rascalton, Aaron Smith, Another Sky, Voodoos, Tamzene,  Charlotte and Spyres. The chance to catch some of the best stars in the music scene, ‘TRNSMT AT HOME’ will feature some outstanding musical performances as a taster of the festival’s return to Glasgow Green in 2021.
The festival fun doesn’t stop there - TRNSMT Takeover on BBC Scotland, hosted by presenter and DJ Edith Bowman, will feature highlights from some of the most iconic performances from previous years, on what would have been Saturday night at TRNSMT 2020Edith will present a three-hour long highlight show from TRNSMT’s star-studded history as fans tune in for performances from all three years of the festival, including Biffy Clyro, Lewis Capaldi and Radiohead. Keeping festival spirits high in the comfort of their very own home, fans can tune in from 9pm on Saturday 11th July to BBC Scotland and iPlayer for the very best of TRNSMT.
Entertaining the nation on what is normally one of the biggest weekends in the UK’s festival calendar, TRNSMT has something for everyone this weekend and fans should stay tuned to the festival’s social channels for even more activity #TRNSMTATHOME
The full list of acts announced for TRNSMT 2021 are:

Friday 9th July features Courteeners, Ian Brown, Sam Fender, Blossoms, Yxng Bane, Inhaler, House Gospel Choir and Sports Team on the Main Stage while Little Simz, Joy Crookes, The Lathums, The Regrettes, Red Rum Club andShambolics play the King Tut’s Stage. Playing the River Stage are The Ninth Wave, Voodoos, Gallus, Another Sky, The Mysterines, and One Nine.

Taking to the Main Stage on Saturday 10th July is Liam Gallagher, Foals, Keane, AJ Tracey, Twin Atlantic, Beabadoobee, Picture This and Vistas, and on the King Tut’s Stage is Jimmy Eat World, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, Dylan John Thomas, The Murder Capital, Georgia, Miraa May and Mike McKenzie. On the River Stage; Orla Gartland, Rascalton, Pip Blom, The Hara, Vukovi, Spyres, and St Martiins.

Bringing the festival to a close on Sunday 11thJuly, the Main Stage line-up includes Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol, Rita Ora, Amy Macdonald, Declan McKenna, Jay1 and Sea Girls, while the King Tut’s Stage will feature Loyle Carner, Joesef, Ash, Ryan McMullan, Ms Banks, Kawala, Lyra and Tamzene. Playing the River Stage are Saint PHNX, Chloe Moriondo, Aaron Smith, Charlotte, David Keenan, Luke La Volpeand Sara ‘N’ Junbug.
Tickets for the 2021 festival are available to buy from WWW.TRNSMTFEST.COM.

Thursday, 25 June 2020


Beverley Lyons 
RACING legend Sir Jackie Stewart has suffered cracked ribs, broken wrists, shoulder injuries and skin cancer, yet he claims an operation he had during the early weeks of lockdown was the most painful experience he’d ever suffered. 
Three time Formula One champion Sir Jackie, 81, from Milton in Dunbartonshire has been spending isolation at his idyllic home in Switzerland with his dementia stricken wife Lady Helen and her two dedicated neuro nurses. 
Having won 99 Grand Prix as well as Formula 1 races in 1969, 1971 and 1973 he is nicknamed The Flying Scot and is regarded as one of the greatest drivers in the history of motorsport. 
As the last surviving Formula 1 world champion from the 60s, he has encountered his fair share of accidents and had his knee and hip replaced through the passage of time, however an operation to his right foot just weeks before his birthday this month put him in need a pit stop. 
He said of the injury: “Well it’s sensitive, put it that way. My right foot did a lot of work in its day. When men were men, we had to wear very light shoes and then we had two pedals for the right foot and only one pedal for the left foot so the left foot is in great shape. The right foot has been abused and it’s amazing. If you look at my hands here you see that is the big toe. Let’s assume that’s these are the other four. The doctor cut them all in two pieces and put them all together in the right place. That was three weeks ago and they said it would take seven days before I could walk properly. It’s painful - The most painful thing I’ve had ever because your weight is all in your foot.”
He laughed: “I’m a married man. I’m used to pain.”
Jackie also took the opportunity during his In The Pink podcast interview to express his fears over Formula 1 taking place without a British Grand Prix. 
He said: “I hope that doesn't happen. That should not be allowed. That's why you've got to have quality and you've got to have integrity and you've got to remember history as well. It would be a mistake. In any case it would be said to have no spectators there. But not to have a British Grand Prix when you consider that Britain started Formula 1 grand prix racing, it was the first time ever there was a world championship Formula 1 race, and it's had such a strong history with tremendous attendances always, to lose that I think would be a disaster for motor sport. I think if they're not careful, that could be the beginning of not such a good time.”

Friday, 19 June 2020


Beverley Lyons
LOVE Island’s Laura Anderson has returned from London to Scotland with her new beau - and she introduced hunky Tom Brazier to her dad for the first time since they made their lockdown love public. 
The 32 year old former air hostess who has been living in London got together with fitness coach Tom Brazier during Covid 19 isolation and couldn’t wait to return to her home town of Stirling to introduce him to her dad David in time for Father’s Day. 
Laura revealed that the two lovers were off to Scotland and that her gym instructor man Tom insisted on taking a package full of his own food for the trip. 
She said in an Instagram story: “We’re actually going to Scotland, getting the train and this is what Tom is bringing. That’s his food. Little does he know my dads a feeder.”
Laura and Tom took an Uber from their neighbouring apartments in Chiswick  to London Euston among with Laura’s Pomeranian dog Buddy. 

The two wore face masks and Buddy was strapped to a dog carrier which was fixed at different points to Laura and Tom’s chest, and later lay on the table of the train whole Tom who also posted highlights from the journey on his Insta caught up with some emails. 
As Laura sat back and relaxed in the garden at her dads house in Stirling, she watched him and Tom have a table tennis tournament. Joking that Tom was sh** as he missed the ball, she said it was a ‘Scotland versus England’ match.

She joked: “I’m having a great time.Scotland v England, Tickets for the ping pong show £7.50 guys.”  
It is thought that Laura who said she intended to move back home for good will also visit her mum Barbara Turner, a carer from Glasgow while she is here over the next few days.   
She also managed to spend time with some friends for a birthday party. 
From Scotland with Love

Saturday, 13 June 2020


SHE might be a well known face of sport but Kirsty Gallacher said that having coronavirus caused her to have ‘horrific’ sickness and shortness of breath that left her ‘struggling to do anything‘.
The glamorous Edinburgh born former Sky Sports presenter and model claims she was struck down by Covid 19 during the early stages of lockdown and said she was hit by loneliness and major anxiety during it. 
Kirsty, 44, who has been spending lockdown in the middle of the countryside in her new £1.4 million home in Berkshire and has had her sons Oscar, 13 and Jude, 10 living with her for only part of it - after sharing time with their father - admitted she had been really unwell. 
The brunette beauty who now hosts a variety of sporting events including Soccer Aid said: “I actually had coronavirus quite badly just before lockdown. I had it over that period. I didn’t feel normal for about a month at the start of it.  I was very unwell. I completely empathise with people who have had all different strains of it and things go on. I had the whole lot. It was awful. I had the breathing thing which I thought was anxiety because of the lockdown situation. I was full on working the week before lockdown and at the time I didn’t know had it. All these symptoms were not actually really documented until weeks later - like loss of sense of smell and taste and sickness and all those nice pleasant things .”
Kirsty whose father is the former Ryder cup captain Bernard Gallacher split from her husband rugby star Paul Samson in 2014. She had visited Edinburgh in the days before lockdown for a promotion with Gavin Hastings. 
The presenter who takes her fitness and well being seriously, and packs in three personal training sessions a week plus running and swimming on top of sustaining a well-balanced diet of fruit, vegetables, lean meat and fish, admitted that she had suffered anxiety during her illness. 
She said: ”It’s been hard in many ways as well. I was on my own and that was when I felt the loneliness and was really unwell. I was not sure of what was going on and I had major anxiety. I had real trouble breathing. I didn’t go to hospital or anything. I controlled it. Coronavirus is a very strange virus is all I can say. Every day I had something different and  new. The cough actually came last for me which was weird. The shortness of breath, I struggled  just doing anything. having a walk was almost impossible, it really was. 
Kirsty who has tried to get her fitness levels back throughout lockdown with a variety of exercises and took part in Wheels For Heroes on Sky Sports this week said: “It was dreadful and the sickness was horrific. I’m trying to get back to  normal and it’s really hard.”
Now that she is feeling a bit better Kirsty claims she has been enjoying  wearing little to no make up during lockdown. 
She said: “I am low maintenance. One thing about lockdown I’ve been loving is having no make up. I was on Good Morning Britain and had to put on some and almost forgot how to do it.  I’ve been loving not having to do it and it’s been lovely having a rest from it. On TV you end up wearing so much and on TV with high definition you have to have it trowelled on.”