Wednesday 11 March 2020


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

Saturday 7 March 2020


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

Tuesday 3 March 2020


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

Sunday 1 March 2020


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

From Scotland with Love