Compiled by Lori Cormack
Whether you’re looking for something to do this weekend, or need an after-work treat, there’s lots to choose from in the city this week. We’ve picked out some of the best.
First up, the Cameo cinema in the city’s Tollcross area is giving you the chance to view George Harrison: Living in the Material World before it airs on TV. This Martin Scorsese directed documentary uses never before seen footage from the guitarist’s childhood, straight through his years with the famous four, until his death in 2011. We also hear from band mate Paul McCartney and legend Eric Clapton. Showing Thursday night, at 7pm but you’ll need to give the box office a call for tickets.
As we have already featured on the website, October is the month of the Hispanic Festival in Edinburgh. This Friday Alistair Moffat delivers the keynote lecture, DNA – Iberia and Scotland – The Prehistoric Links. Author and broadcaster Moffat focuses on the links between Iberia and Scotland, and reveals just where our ancestors may have come from. There will be a Q&A session afterwards and music provided by Galo Ceron. Doors open at the Central Library at 6pm and these three hours of entertainment are completely free.
If Scottish culture is more your thing, then The Jam House is playing host to the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Fairbridge Celidh this Friday. It’s all in aid of Fair Bridge, a charity who work with disadvantaged young people aged 13-25 to give them the motivation, self-confidence and skills they need to change their lives. Tickets are £20 or £35 per couple and include food, sparkling reception, and a raffle ticket. It all kicks off at 5pm.
You’ll have no problems getting your five a day this weekend, as Apple Day is coming to the Botanics. Although officially one day of celebration, the Edinburgh attraction has turned it in to a whole weekend for you to enjoy. The free event will be held in the John Hope Gateway Centre between 1 – 4pm on both Saturday and Sunday and you can sample different varieties of the juicy treat and pick up some tips on growing your own.
Lastly, no culture round up would be complete without a trip to the theatre. This week the Edinburgh University Theatre Group occupy the Bedlam Theatre in the city’s Bristo Place with their version of the award-winning Elephant Man. It tells the true story of a young doctor’s attempted rehabilitation of the Victorian side-show freak, John Merrick. Showing until Saturday, doors open at 7pm and tickets cost £5, or £4.50 for students.
Roller derby is a sport that not everyone will be acquainted with due to its underground nature but Hollywood film ‘Whip It’ brought it into the forefront and it has been on the rise in the UK for a number of years.
It’s an all-girls sport on roller skates, where teams race around a track to pass each other scoring points as they do and not to mention the occasional knock-out action.
Edinburgh’s local team the Auld Reekie Roller Girls (ARRG) have done their bit in building the sport’s reputation, helping out local charities with bake sales at the bouts (matches) and now pull in a crowd of over 700 people when they play at Meadowbank.
‘Future Hits Live’ will make an appearance in Edinburgh on Friday 11th November at the Liquid Rooms.
The above are just the first artists revealed and more are set to be announced in the following weeks.
The event will be the radio’s second ‘Future Hits Live’ show, as this summer Leamington Spa was treated to a show with the likes of Wretch 32, Oh My! and Six D. Check out this video to see back stage interviews with this year’s acts.
Tickets are priced at just £13.50 and are available now by clicking here.
Friday 11th November
Liquid Rooms, Edinburgh
14 + – Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Interview by Sarah Garden
As a pub landlady with links to the Glasgow underworld, Janey got into comedy “kind of by mistake”. I sit and wait in her favourite eatery – a chic 30’s style restaurant in Glasgow- wondering whether she will live up to her colourful past. I needn’t have wondered. A dark haired woman with a broad smile bounds through the door and embraces me with a warm hug.
“Let’s go and sit outside darlin’. I need a cup of tea and a fag!”
The waiters smile at her as though she is an old friend and she orders me a coffee. Her gregarious personality is certainly very charming and it’s easy to see why she’s a performer.
“It kind of happened by accident,” she tells me.
“I wanted to get into acting and I started with the comedy as a way to get my Equity (actors’ union) card. It all happened by mistake, it was just lucky that I was quite good at it!”
Janey grew up in Shettleston and has always been proud of her working-class roots. She didn’t have the easiest start in life – Janey was sexually abused as a child and her mother was murdered – as she explains in her book Handstands In The Dark. Her career began as a pub landlady in the East End of Glasgow, though she dreamed of becoming an actress.
“I used to subject my customers to shows. They would have to watch – whether they liked it or not,” she says. Although the days of pulling pints are behind her, that wasn’t the last time she preformed for some of her old customers:
“I had a gig at a prison once. Quite a few of the prisoners were like “alright Janey!” and I was like “how you doing?” People were shocked because I knew a lot of them. They used to be regulars at my pub!”
Though the comedy circuit is notoriously male dominated, Janey says she hasn’t found being female a great disadvantage. She says the problem is that there are female comedians who just want to talk about “the same shit”:
“I mean, if you’re good you’re good. The thing is there are some women in the business that want to talk about cupcakes and kittens – or just being fat. That’s the extent of the humour. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with laughing about that but there’s a lot more funny things in life.”
And life is the inspiration for Janey’s humour. She says that her family don’t mind her talking about them on stage and they are her biggest supporters. Her husband has Aspergers Syndrome and when I ask Janey how it is being married to him, she raises her eyebrows and tells me very matter-of-factly, “it’s a constant source of comedy.”
“My husband just says the things that other people are too scared to say. He’ll be like “what’s wrong with your face?” whereas most people would just stare. We all laugh and he’s like “what’s so funny?” It’s good, it breaks down barriers”.
Janey has a very Scottish sense of humour. She laughs at things that many people would regard as off limits and she swears like a trooper. Yet she says it takes more than that to please a Scottish audience. Glasgow is often regarded as one of the toughest crowds in the industry but Janey tells me you just have to remember Glaswegians “know their comedy.”
“It’s as simple as that. It’s not that they’re cruel, because they want you to be funny – they’ve paid for a show after all. They’ll test you and that’s a good thing, you have to keep on your toes.”
As we wrap up the interview, Janey’s underworld links certainly haven’t come across in her bright, cheerful character – until I ask her what else she would like to achieve. Without hesitation she says:
“I want to be murdered.”
Though she assures me she means in a television drama and not in real life.
It has been well documented in recent years that sport as a whole is missing something that is vital for the future. Without the proverbial ‘role model’, sport in all forms will begin to take a severe nosedive. And judging by the antics on and off the sporting fields this weekend, it seems we are no closer to finding iconic figures for our young sporting hopefuls to idolise.
Friday night saw England’s footballers face Montenegro in an all important Euro 2012 qualifier. Fabio Cappello’s side managed to tally up that all important point they needed to guarantee them automatic qualification into next summer’s finals. But it was the on-field actions of one Wayne Rooney that made the Saturday morning paper headlines. With his side 2-1 ahead and looking almost certain to close the game out, Rooney was red carded 73 minutes into the match for kicking out at an opposition defender. All this came after a day of controversy for the Rooney family, after his father and uncle were arrested on suspicion of involvement in an alleged betting scam (I wonder if the pair had backed Wayne to be sent off on Friday?!).
There is no question as to Wayne Rooney’s ability as a football player and he is undoubtedly the spearhead of the English national side, but as a role model to millions of aspiring young players, is Wayne Rooney setting the wrong example? Granted, the sending off came on the back off a day to forget and the strain of what went on with his family must have been playing on his mind, but he simply has to realise his position in the modern game. Rooney could do a lot worse than take heed of former England strikers Sir Bobby Charlton and Gary Lineker, both of whom were famously never cautioned or sent off in their illustrious careers.
However, it is unfair to lay all the blame at the door of Wayne Rooney and at footballers in general. I mean, England’s rugby lads’ halos have been noticeable by their absence of late. Mike Tindall, Courtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi have all been caught up in antics during England’s now notorious 2011 World Cup campaign. As has been widely reported, Tindall, who married Zara Phillips in Edinburgh this year, was caught on CCTV in a Queenstown nightclub chatting to another woman.
Lawes, in a similar fashion to Wayne Rooney, was banned for 3 matches for violent behaviour during England’s victory over Scotland, and Tuilagi was fined £3000 for jumping off a ferry in Auckland on Sunday. Not exactly a World Cup to remember for the right reasons.
The role model in sport is becoming ever distant. But who is to blame? Do we solely blame the the individuals responsible for their actions, or are we the media partly to blame, highlighting and speculating about every move these athletes make? For example, who would have thought up until recently that Ryan Giggs was a poor role model? Until his personal life came out in the wash earlier this year, Giggs was the epitome of the sporting icon, a character for youngsters to aspire towards. But such is the power of the media in sport now that even the most admired of sporting characters cannot hide from the gaze of the press.
P.S. A special happy 40th birthday wish to former Scotland international and Preston North End midfielder Graeme Alexander. Graeme is one of only two outfield players to tally up over 1,000 appearances in English league football. Here, perhaps, is a man our youngsters should look towards idolising!
A canoeist who died after getting into difficulties on the Firth of Forth has been named by Lothian and Borders police.
29-year-old Michael Tattersall from Edinburgh was on the water with a group of swimmers and kayakers near Granton on Sunday night when a small number of people got into trouble.
A rescue operation was launched after a member of the group swam to shore and raised the alarm. A RAF rescue helicopter lifted Tattersall from the water at around 1am on Monday morning but he later died in hospital.
A second canoeist was also picked up by the helicopter and a swimmer reported to be having difficulties managed to swim to the shore.
Rescue teams including lifeboat crews and the coastguard remain unsure how the situation came about.
The Spanish-Scottish communities were united in the love for gypsy music at Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on Saturday night.
The internationally acclaimed flamenco troupe, Paco Fernandez Ensemble, dazzled the audience with their premiere performance Salud & Libertad – To Health and Freedom.
The night of singing, clapping, dancing and networking was part of the Hispanic Festival, which this October celebrates the culture of Spain for the seventh time in a row.
Take a look at our video to get a feel of the fiery Spanish atmosphere of that event.
And remember, the Hispanic Festival is not finished yet!
Claire White, Entertainment Correspondent
Emmy, BAFTA and Golden Globe award winning Stephen Merchant is set to perform at the Edinburgh Playhouse this Thursday.
This will be the comedian’s first ever stand-up tour, titled ‘Hello Ladies…’. Merchant will perform dates not only across the UK, but also overseas as he closes the tour in New York.
Despite being most-known for co-creating The Office and Extras, Stephen Merchant started his career as a stand-up comedian and radio presenter at XFM.
In 2001, Merchant shared a stand-up bill in a four-hander show with Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr and Robin Ince at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
As well as all the above achievements, Merchant also features in the Guiness Book Of World Records alongside Ricky Gervais and Karl Pilkington for the most downloaded internet show of all time.
It seems for Stephen Merchant that this tour isn’t just a chance to showcase his material:
‘Life can be lonely as a TV writer so this tour is a great opportunity for me to get out there and meet my fans. And make at least one of them my wife.’
If you fancy a peak at what’s on offer you can check out this review here.
The show will be filmed at a later date and released on DVD & Blu Ray by Universal Pictures on November 14th 2011.
Sarah is a 4th year student journalist at Edinburgh Napier University. She has written for the likes of Scotland on Sunday and Scarlet Magazine, hosted Glasgow Met Radio and has appeared on Radio Scotland. Growing up in the countryside near Inverness, her life’s ambition was to become a penguin. She achieved that dream aged 5 at a Halloween party and since then her goal has been to become a successful journalist.
Jamie is a 4th year student at Edinburgh Napier University. He has been doing work experience at Mayfield Radio in Newington and is looking to pursue a career in radio presenting. Originally from Leith, Jamie is a supporter of Hibernian Football Club and takes a keen interest in music, cinema, media and politics.
The Scottish documentary that’s trumping Trump!
Kay Demabior, Environmental Correspondent
Donald Trump sports a personality as vast as his empire, a bank account as hefty as his private, personalised jets and a comb-over as infamous as his business ventures, making him no stranger to the limelight. Earlier this year Trump had been featuring as a standing joke on the late night comedy scene as he doggedly obsessed over obtaining US President Barack Obama’s birth certificate. But recently ‘the Donald’ has been attracting attention as a result of some increasingly sinister business here in the UK.
Scottish film maker, Anthony Baxter, eloquently chronicles Trump’s ruthless destruction of the untouched and environmentally treasured North Aberdeenshire coastline, with the intention of constructing his newest business venture, The Trump International Golf Links (TIGL). The film follows the struggles of the local residents, who have been contesting the billionaire’s scheme since he purchased the land on the Balmenie Estate. The 208 kilometres of unspoilt coastline varies from long stretches of clean golden sand dunes to dramatic rock-shingle beaches, creating a wildlife haven. University of Glasgow’s, Dr. Jim Hansom (featured in the film) refers to this area as Scotland’s “equivalent of the Amazon Rainforest”. Yet in spite of all this, in 2008 Scottish ministers gave Trump the go-ahead to destroy the dunes and erect two 18-hole golf courses, a luxury hotel, 1,000 holiday homes and 500 private houses to establish what Trump is calling “The greatest golf course in the world”.
Although the British and Scottish government have given the business tycoon carte blanche to bulldoze the north Aberdeenshire coastline, he sorely underestimated the resilience and determination of home owners in the area. The film paints Trump as a money hungry industrialist, hell-bent on making a quick buck at the expense of the environment, and his own actions on camera only work to reaffirm his reputation. In one particularly memorable scene Trump scornfully slates a Balmenie land owner, calling his abode a “pig sty”, whilst, in truth, the continued construction of the Trump’s courses has been depriving local residents of basic necessities such as running water.
Trump, who briefly flirted with the idea of running for US presidency, sold his concept to the Scottish parliament under the supposition that the links would generate upwards of 6,000 jobs for the local community. However, it has recently been discovered that the contract has been given to an Irish company which is said to be predominately using its own labour force.
Baxters engaging documentary has been gathering a lot of steam since its release at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and is now expected to make a splash at its New York premier later this month. The Documentary has already earned itself a plethora of awards including The Green Prize, the UK’s top environmental award, The Edindoc Festival Award and the Sheffield International Festival Award. As expected, Trump himself met the documentary with a cavalier disdain, calling the film “boring” and accusing the filmmaker of being a “fraud”. The documentary candidly addresses the serious subject alongside some humorously crafted undertones, leaving the audience to decide whether the short term economic gain is worth the long term environmental loss.
Claire White, Entertainment Correspondent
Reaching the number one spot in the mid-week UK album charts, You Me At Six made their way to Glasgow on October 6th for an in-store performance and signing.
Walking up to HMV and seeing fans wrapped in duvets sitting outside the store on Buchanan Street, it was clear to see that this was a highly anticipated appearance for Surrey based quintet in Glasgow.
As the band embark on a UK tour this weekend, with the only Scottish date in Aberdeen, it seems fans were making the most of this opportunity to see and meet the band.
Dedicated fans had camped out overnight in the rain and as five pm approached the red-nosed and shivering fans were brought into the warmth of the store to see their idols.
The enthusiastic crowd packed into the second floor of the HMV store, screaming before the band had even appeared. As You Me At Six walked towards the stage, the deafening screams over-powered any other sound in the building, causing passers-by to stare in wonder at what could be so exciting about a dreary Thursday afternoon in Glasgow.
It’s safe to say that this was a crowd full of dedicated You Me At Six fans, as despite the album only being released 3 days prior to the event, it seemed every single person in the crowd was jumping and singing along to the new tracks word-for-word.
A sea of cameras filled the air every time front man Josh Franceschi took to the microphone. He called Glasgow his ‘favourite city in the whole world’ explaining that it is the only place where the crowd would jump up and down during songs in store.
The band played a mix of new songs from their new release Sinners Never Sleep including Loverboy, Jaws On The Floor and Little Death and also powered on through their set with old favourites such as Liquid Confidence, Stay With Me, before ending their set on crowd’s favourite Underdog.
Josh Franceschi’s vocals were exactly as on any recorded material from the band – strong and consistent, which he maintained throughout the entire set. The band played the in-store as if they were playing a much larger-scaled gig and it was easy to forget you were standing amongst a pile of CD’s and books, watching them perform.
From the performance alone, it was clear just how proud their fans were for the band’s chart achievements this week.
If the performance and the thought of meeting the band up close and personal after the performance wasn’t enough excitement for the fans, Josh Franceschi announced that the band will be returning to Glasgow during their March headline UK tour at the SECC.
It comes as no news that Scotland has a drinking problem. Recent legislation passed by the Scottish Government has largely focused on curbing the nation’s drinking. Coming into affect on the first of October, tighter laws regarding the marketing and pricing of alcohol will aim to curtail a nation for whom alcoholism is as ingrained as the rolling of an R.
But these players were minnows compared to other heavy drinkers of Scottish football. While playing for Hibernian, George Best was sacked after he went on a drinking session with the French rugby team, who were in Edinburgh to play Scotland. He was brought back a week later. By this point Best had already risen and fallen in dramatic fashion and had returned to British football from America when Hibs were fighting relegation. Whilst Hibs were still relegated Best’s arrival at the club saw ticket sales quadruple, such was the man’s standing. Alcohol would play as much a part of his public life as his skill on the pitch, and would sadly claim his life.
Yet in Scotland the drinking culture among athletes is far from limited to footballers. Ken Buchanan, a boxing hall of famer, was once one of the top billed fighters in the world and a force to be reckoned with in the lightweight division. But as with Benny Lynch before him and as Scott Harrison would go on to suffer, Buchanan would demonstrate the Scottish athlete’s ability to be laid low by the drink, “I tried Alcoholics Anonymous but couldn’t take it. It has played a big part in my life and caused the break up of my second marriage.”
Yesterday saw two people being sent to hospital after they tried their hand at the Kismot Killer – a curry concocted by two local restaurateurs, who are naturally gifted with minds for publicity. Take this back almost three years to a show hosted by myself and a friend on local radio station, Leith FM. After running a little late, I walked in the door to find myself confronted by a hazard box containing the now revered Kismot Killer curry….
Akbar Ali and his brother are the brains behind creating what is unofficially the ‘world’s hottest curry’. It’s made up of various chillies, including the Naga Chilli whose origins can be traced back to Bangladesh. What is vital to know is that “this is not just an extra hot Vindaloo, this is a completely new recipe that took years to perfect”. The Ali brothers then went on to say that, “even their own mother has to leave the room whilst it’s cooking because of the potency of the chillies!”
Although people were taken to hospital, complaining of vomiting and stomach cramps it cannot be said that there was no forewarning. In fact, there is a rather ominous disclaimer that needs to be signed to continue the process, and you really are signing your life away: “Kismot restaurant will take no responsibility for your bodily functions after you eat the curry. If you die whilst eating or as a direct result of eating the curry, members of the table will share the cost of your Kismot Killer.” There is one silver lining – you get the curry free of charge if you do successfully stomach it all.
On that fateful day, there was no escape. I was live on air and under immense peer pressure, and even as it was being prepared in the kitchen, the smell that drifted into the studio was toxic. As I digested the curry, I realised I had made a huge mistake in trying the chicken version – there is more chewing involved which somewhat draws out the experience. It can only be compared to swallowing fiery, molten lava, and no one would do that in a hurry!
As an aid there were several litres of milk on standby – although Akbar did point out I would probably feel better with double cream. Nevertheless there was not a full carton in sight afterwards, the brothers, relishing my pain, told me that, “We’ve had boys come in all the way from India who’ve thought they could handle it, hard boys from the worst estates of Edinburgh, but not even any of the Kismot staff have been able to handle this, everyone’s reaction is the same,” so I could feel comforted by that fact at least.
The worse was still to come though, with another friend in the studio willing to power his way through what to him as a seasoned hot curry eater, seemed like the ultimate challenge. His name will not be disclosed due to the unfortunate and embarrassing outcome of eating his way through six gigantic spoonfuls in comparison to my mere one spoonful. For a while he had left the room for reasons unknown only to reappear half an hour later with no explanation of his whereabouts. After much prying we discovered he had fallen asleep on the toilet, as he just could not move – unexpected, hilarious and at the same time a little bit tragic as he had been defeated by his greatest love of all, a hot curry.
The Kismot Killer is the only 18-rated curry in the world, it has a death disclaimer and a hall of fame dedicated to those who have risen to the challenge – but still has not entered in to the Guiness Book of World Records. After trying the goods, it was discovered that the brothers ultimate aim is have created the ‘official hottest curry in the world’, but according to Ali they need, “almost £3000 to pay for people to come and test the curry and their stay whilst they are here to even be considered.” So while there might be plenty of media attention for this small family-run business, the cost of reaching their ultimate goal is still a burning issue.
For the more faint-hearted it is recommended that you try another invention from the Ali brothers – the chocolate naan bread. This can contain a chocolate bar of your choice and is made fresh up for you in the restaurant. This might be a more humane option, one that doesn’t have any repercussions and won’t get you on national news. In the words of Akbar Ali, “anyone who tries this curry is a complete dunderheed” – we do all love a challenge though, don’t we?
Lauren Witherspoon, Reporter
Edinburgh zoo has released pictures of their newest drill monkey, born six weeks ago.
This baby drill is the first to be born at Edinburgh Zoo, making the new arrival even more special.
Donald Gow, Senior Primate, Hoofstock and Koala keeper said: “Drills are the rarest and most endangered primate in Africa. Relatively few zoos have drills, including only three zoos in the UK, making this birth particularly significant for the conservation of these rare animals.
“We had high hopes that our drill group would breed and are delighted to have a new baby.”
“Mum Nora, one of two female drills who arrived at Edinburgh Zoo in 2009, is an excellent mum. She’s being very protective of her baby, but the youngster can be a bit of handful. Our baby drill is pretty adventurous and likes to explore, but mum is staying close and keeping a watchful eye on everything.”
“Dad, Illembo, arrived at Edinburgh Zoo in 2006. Our drills are the largest monkeys we have at Edinburgh Zoo, but even by drill standards Illembo is very big, weighing around 45 kgs. “Like most male drills he is a fairly ‘hands-off’ dad, occasionally coming over to check on the baby, but for the most part allowing Nora to get on with the childcare.”
The wild drill population has decreased by 50 percent over the last 30 years making them a listed endangered species.
Jamie Patterson, Sports Correspondent
The public body has been plunged into controversy last week after an astonishing attack from one of Scotland’s top former badminton players.
Ronnie Conway, now a lawyer and Vice-President of Badminton Scotland, was in talks with Harry Burns, Chief Medical Officer and one of Scotland’s top civil servants.
Mr Conway felt particularly aggrieved at what he claimed was a lack of funding for his own former sport in comparison to the likes of wrestling.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said:
“Thursday’s meeting with Mr Conway gave him an opportunity to air his views. This meeting was offered as a matter of courtesy and due process and the Chief Medical Officer extended a willingness for continued discussion.
“Mr Conway will receive a formal written response in due course.”
Sport Scotland maintained a steadfast defence of their funding policies:
“Any suggestion that any funding decision taken by Sport Scotland is influenced by personal relationships is as offensive as it is wrong.
“It is unsurprising that not everyone is fully satisfied with the funding decisions we reach.”
Mr Conway and Badminton Scotland were unavailable for comment.
Ross Winton, Sports Reporter
Being a modern athlete cannot be said to have a long shelf life. You need only look to the world of football to figure that out. Case in point: Frank Lampard. Just last week many journalists and fans alike were becoming quick to criticise the Chelsea and England midfielder.
This came after Stamford Bridge boss Andre Villas Boas made him an unused substitute in their recent 4-1 Premier League win over Swansea. This led to discussions on football forums and amongst leading football critics as to whether Lampard’s career was petering out.
At age 33? Ludicrous. Lampard has since brushed off these hyper-critics, responding by notching-up 4 goals in his last two appearances, including a stunning hat-trick in Sunday’s 5-1 demolition on Bolton Wanderers.
But, should Lampard’s career end abrubptly tomorrow, he would still be laughing all the way to the bank. Statistics revealed just yesterday suggested Lampard was worth a staggering £26miliion, making him the world’s 7thrichest footballer.
The same cannot be said however, for young Accrington Stanley defender Tom Bender. The 18 year old, who is currently on-loan at Stanley from Colchester United, suffered an injury in their midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie with Tranmere Rovers, sparking initial fears that he may have broken his neck. The match was subsequently abandoned and the teenager was rushed to hospital. Thankfully, it has materialised that the young player has ‘only’ suffered severe concussion and will be able to continue playing football in the future.
Just for arguments sake though, let’s imagine that Tom Bender’s career had come to an abrupt end on Tuesday night. At 18 years of age and (with no disrespect to his employers) not exactly a top end salary to fall back on, the Welsh Under-21 starlet would have been looking at a life altering career change. The football world’s thoughts were with the young man during the week, and I guess he didn’t expect to be trending on twitter so early in his career!
Bender could have attempted to go down the route of former Glasgow Rangers youngster Craig McShea, who you may remember attempted to sue Hibernian FC for £1million in damages. This came after a challenge from one of their players broke his leg and effectively ended his career. Needless to say, McShea is still waiting for his big pay day!
The moral of the story then, the footballing industry is a risk and reward business. Guys like Lampard at the top end could break a leg tomorrow and it would have little impact on their future financial life. As for Tom Bender, who knows, maybe he will still be the future of football, but he came ‘oh so close’ to joining the rest of us mere mortals working in the ‘real’ world. And Craig McShea – good luck in court … if you get that far, that is!
P.S. Have you heard of Michail Osinov? Didn’t think as much. Well, here he is scoring the fastest goal ever recorded, in just 2.7 seconds. 35 year old Osinov, who plays for FC MITOS Novocherskaas in Russia, later joked that he expects an English Premier League side to sign him now.
Independent Scottish label, Olive Records have announced they will be releasing The Moth and the Mirror’s debut album, Honestly, this world, on October 10th. The band boasts a menagerie of musicians from various Scottish bands such as Arab Strap, Admiral Fallow, Frightened Rabbit and Reindeer Section and was even mixed by Tony Doogan who has also worked with Scots legends Mogwai and Belle and Sebastian.
The six-piece band has been ‘making music together and developing their own songs’ since 2001 when it was just Stacey Sievwright (The Reindeer Section) and Iain Sandilands. In 2006 more members got on board as they were hired as a backing band for Colin McLeod before he signed with Universal. It was only with the introduction of vocalist Louis Abbot (Admiral Fallow) they formed what is now The Moth and The Mirror.
It could be said that this is the ultimate Scottish band, with some of the most well respected talents this country has to offer and it is fair to say the tracks already available, Germany and Fire do not disappoint. Irrespective of each member’s musical background, the different influences come together to make for an explosive outcome that reaches across the genres.
In order to coincide with their album’s release they will be playing Glasgow’s Stereo on October 12th and Edinburgh’s Cabaret Voltaire on October 16th. If everyone’s individual success on Scotland’s music scene is anything to go on, tickets will surely be in high demand! Limited editions of their single Germany have already sold out, so don’t miss your chance to see The Moth and The Mirror’s biggest gigs to date. Here’s the video for ‘Everyone I Know’ for those of you who don’t make the show.
Bring some Seville sunshine into your autumn evening this weekend.
The Queens Hall is hosting a Spanish gypsy troupe for a night of vibrant rhythms and passionate dancing.
The internationally acclaimed Paco Fernandez Ensemble join in the celebrations of the Hispanic Festival 2011 with a premier of Salud & Libertad – a contemporary flamenco performance.
Ranging from the underlying echoes of Indian and African rhythms to the purest Andalusian flamenco, Salud & Libertad is a metaphor for the Roma people’s ancient migration from India to Spain.
The Andalusian fusion of music and dancing traditionally involves singing, clapping and guitar playing. The acoustics will be led by Maestro Fernandez, who with his troupe celebrate flamenco’s recognition as one of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.
“I’m delighted to come to Scotland. It is a land of great cultural heritage and famous kings. I particularly love Edinburgh’s stone walls blackened by history and smoke like the world of Flamenco. I want to communicate my passion for Scotland through my music. I know that the Edinburgh audience will recognize the nomadic ancestry of my gipsy roots in my playing.”
The performance will take place on Saturday, 8 October at 8pm. And those who feel flamenco running in their veins can develop their skills under the helpful eye of the artists. The Flamenco Workshops are held at Alba Flamenca on 9 October (to book workshops call 0131 667 7033).
For more information and tickets you can visit The Queens Hall website. And if you can’t make it, keep an eye on Radio Napier website for a review and an interview with the Maestro.
Brionny Leiper, Reporter
Fourteen-time Grammy award winner Alicia Keys is to compose music for an upcoming Broadway musical.
The singer-songwriter, who is well-known for playing piano in her performances, has signed up to write the songs for a musical version of Lydia R. Diamond’s play, Stick Fly.
Keys said: “This is a story that everybody can relate to. I’m passionate about this play because it is so beautifully written and portrays Black America in a way that we don’t often get to see in entertainment. I know it will touch audiences who will find a piece of themselves somewhere inside this house.”
The play revolves around the wealthy LeVay family who take a holiday to Martha’s Vineyard. The family’s two sons bring home their significant others – one a fiancée, the other a new girlfriend – for the first time. Soon all civilities are dropped, insecurities are quickly revealed and the family begins to fall apart.
Keys is following in the footsteps of U2’s Bono and The Edge who composed the score for the much-criticised Spiderman musical Turn Off The Dark. The production finally held its official opening in June this year after spending almost eight months showing as ‘previews.’ The show was plagued with technical difficulties from the start, receiving critical reviews from audiences and reviewers.
‘Stick Fly’ will be shown at the Cort Theatre on Broadway, with performances beginning on November 18th. The production will officially open on December 8th.
Well it looks like the summer is over now. Last week’s freak heat wave would have left many fashionistas in a fizz – you can just imagine the frantic search for July’s Haviannas and hot pants in girls’ bedrooms across the capital.
Not me. I would like to say I plan ahead but in actual fact I had only returned from the white isle last weekend and had a suitcase full of Ibiza fashion. So, I thought to brighten up everyone’s week I would share some trends I spotted in Ibiza that you could have fun with to prolong the summer by an extra week or two.
So use the next couple of days to say goodbye to summer properly because next time we’ll be looking at going out glamour and picking the best faux fur or winter.