Thursday 28 March 2019


Beverley Lyons
SCOTS presenter Kirsty Young has been spotted for the first time since taking a break from Dessert Island Discs last year.
The 50 year old host who was forced to take time off last August due to being diagnosed with chronic pain condition Fibromyalgia,  visited Glasgow  styling salon Taylor Ferguson.
Kirsty, who was said to be looking great, was given a blow dry by stylist Mags Boyd and the team at the salon who have coiffed everyone from Lulu to Billy Connolly.
In a statement  last year, Kirsty said: “Casting away some of the world’s most fascinating people is a wonderful job - however, I’m having to take some time away from Desert Island Discs as I’m suffering from a form of fibromyalgia.
“I wish Lauren all the very best. I know she will be great. And I very much look forward to getting back to good health and back to work.”

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Monday 25 March 2019


GLASGOW restaurants The Dhabba and Dakhin have decided to put roses and cards in their male toilets to help relieve the stress of Mothers Day.
Mothering Sunday is on the same day as the Old Firm game this weekend so Glasgow men will no doubt be sinking pints and reaching fever pitch rather than shopping for pressies.
Owner Navdeep Basi at the North and South Indian restaurants in Candleriggs came up with the genius idea to help football loving men with their last minute Mothers Day gift.
Removing the stress and anxiety of searching for a pressie, he and the staff  decided to put roses and cards in the male loos on Sunday.
It means disorganised diners will not only be able to treat their mummies to a slap up dinner, they’ll also be able to look like they’ve actually planned ahead.
Navdeep said: “We know that a lot of men in particular will be a bit preoccupied on Sunday so we’ve decided to help them out in the most discreet way we can. There will be roses and cards and pens available in the loos to help them get their act together on the big day. Mothers are very important in India and Scotland so this is our way of making sure they feel extra special.”
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Wednesday 20 March 2019


A new Scottish boyband have gone viral with their first cover of a Lewis Capaldi song - and even had a stamp of approval from the man himself.
Just the Brave consists of Glasgow and Edinburgh teenagers Archie, Dylan, Leo, Fionn and Sammy who met each other through their love of singing on the internet.
The lads, who only got together at the start of January,  put their first cover of Lewis Calpaldi song Someone You Loved on Facebook two weeks ago.
They’ve now amassed more than 225,000 views on Facebook alone with more on Instagram and Twitter.
Lewis Capaldi also saw the song on their official Instagram and told them: “Nice One Lads.”
The boys, who have played just one gig at Glasgow's Classic Grand which saw fans queuing down the street, have now been offered a UK wide school tour as well as some big gigs down south.
Dylan, 15, from the band said: “The reaction to our cover song online has been incredible. We only sang a short excerpt of Lewis Capaldi’s number one song and it’s gone crazy. Were thrilled to have received a message from Lewis himself and are very excited for the future. We can’t wait to perform our own songs soon.”

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Monday 18 March 2019


Beverley Lyons
LEWIS Capaldi has already got the bosses of Capital Radio worried about his forthcoming appearance on the new station.
Breakfast show presenters Roman Kemp, Vick Hope and Sonny Jay revealed that Lewis is one of the first big names lined up for when they take over the Scottish airwaves on April 8 - and they admitted they’re already worried about what he might say.
Ronan who was in the city’s Malmaison to launch the new national takeover of the Breakfast show previously presented by Des Clarke and Jennie Cook claimed: “When we do go national one of our first live guests is Lewis Capadli and when he is on the show I’ve got to have the quickest hands in radio to reach for my bleep button.”
Lewis is known for uttering the odd expletive and recently did so at the Brits. He also likes to talk about toilet functions a lot.
Ronan, whose father is Martin Kemp of Spandau Ballet and Eastenders game added:  “When you bring a real artist like that, someone who people have literally seen from start to finish or to where he is now it’s more interesting to have that than a robotic voice that has said stuff a million times.”
Sonny admitted that the station were concerned. He added: “I’m going to call it now. He’s going to get us in a lot of trouble. It’s not a challenge though Lewis.”
The trio believe that Lewis night even give former guests Miley Cyrus and Love Islands Chris Hughes a run for their money.
Miley got her bum slapped on Capital and talked about finishing a joint at the MTV awards as well as playing a dodgy game of Mr and Mrs with Mark Ronson.
Love Islands Chris Hughes revealed he’d sent some dodgy DMs live on the breakfast show.
Vicky said: “The two biggest bits of trouble we’ve got in from artists that have said something on air they shouldn’t have done when we were going live could not be further apart. Miley Cyrus got us into trouble and Chris Hughes from Love Island got us into trouble. Those two between them have done the worst. Lewis Capaldi may very well top them.”
The presenters enjoyed their flying visit to Scotland to meet up with Drivetime presenter Garry Spence. They say they can’t wait to return, join in with some more Scots hospitality and bring some of their celebrity friends with them next time they are up.
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Tuesday 5 March 2019


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday 1 March 2019


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

Did you know? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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