Second to the title of Scotland’s most famous drink, but no less enjoyed, is the country’s other national drink, Irn Bru. Loved all over the world by millions the ginger ginger is now being embraced in a new fashion, through the wonders of fusion cuisine.
First there was the Irn Bru flavoured square sausage, which made its mark in 2007. Since, the appetite for Irn Bru to be embraced into our every meal – and every course – has grown; and so has stemmed a variety of adventurous recipes all embracing the nation’s favourite fizzy.
And it is not just the Scots who are Irn Bru lovers, the drink ‘made from girders’ is growing in popularity south of the border. So much so, that a new Irn Bru factory is to be built, in England! So, to celebrate the news of our other national drink we have compiled a list of recipes using the country’s favourite ginger.
Next up, Irn Bru Ice-cream Ripple. Imagine, you’ve just enjoyed your meal at Edinburgh’s finest fusion cuisine restaurant, you’ve had Irn Bru flavoured sausages, severed on top garlic and lemon mashed potato drizzled in a light gravy, but you’ve got a small space left, just hankering for ice-cream to wash it all down. Click here for the recipe.
Poster adverts looking for people to ‘help make a Halloween movie in 48 hours’ have been mysterious popping up all over Edinburgh Npaier University’s campuses.
The curious posters have been spotted in various locations including around the Merchiston campus. The advert is calling on all budding directors, screenwriters, sound designers, video editors and sound designers to get in touch and help make the film. Lead actors are also needed along with more than 100 people willing to act as zombie extras. Special effects artists are also being called upon to help transform participants for their roles.
Anybody interested in taking part should email email@example.com for more details.
Susan Boyle is set to feature in a musical based on her life. The star will host the musical titled ‘I Dreamed A Dream’ on selected dates as it tours the UK with an 11-week run.
Actress Elaine C Smith, famed for her role in Rab C Nesbitt, is set to play Susan Boyle. The show will be produced by Michael Harrison.
Speaking of the tour Susan commented;
‘I am happy that the musical is being produced, I never thought my life story would end up on the stage but a lot has happened in two years and it is a very exciting prospect. I hope everyone enjoys the show and I promise there will be a few surprises along the way.’
You can view the full list of tour dates by clicking here.
With the spate of recent asbestos scares across the UK, it comes as no surprise that the public is up in arms regarding the continued use of this material in public areas. There have been a number of incidents surrounding asbestos scares in Britain, and as our understanding of the diseases this mineral can cause grows, so does our need to instigate stricter measures.
Asbestos comes in three principle forms; brown white and blue asbestos. All three are still being manufactured despite strict measures being put in place to prevent workers being over-exposed.
Predominantly asbestos is mined from countries such as South Africa and Canada. Known for its high heat resistance and its ability to resist chemical and electrical damage, asbestos seemed perfect for insulation and plumbing when first commercialy use in the 19th Century.
However asbestos is now more commonly associated with lung cancer, mesothelioma and asbestosis, as well as the shutting of schools, hospitals and public offices for its inevitable removal.
White asbestos was banned from use in public and work areas for a number of years now under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act.
Asbestosis is the scarring of the lungs caused by tiny asbestos fibers being inhaled, which can cause shortness of breath in the short term and has serious medical ramifications in the long-term.
Despite the recent press, the asbestos scare is not a new threat to public health. There have been numerous different campaigns to cut this material from our environments.
In Novemeber of 2009 Edinburgh Council was forced to pay £14, 000 in damages to workers that had been exposed to the dangerous chemical whilst refurbishing the Castlebrae Community High School. On this occasion, the council admitted to breaching health and safety guidelines by not including the asbestos in their risk assessment of anything likely to cause harm to workers.
In Swansea the company Ammanford were reprimanded for what was described as ‘the worst case of asbestos ever seen’ in March of this year. Again the company was fined for their negligence but often these fines are too late or are simply insignificant in comparison to the health risks workers were exposed to.
There are also problems involved in the removal of asbestos, as there must be a replacement source of fire insulation and protection available at the time. Many companies have been fined for the illegal removal of asbestos, such as in Enfield 2009. In this case the two businesses found responsible were handed hefty fines, far exceeding what they would have had to pay to remove the asbestos legally.
Jack Osbourne has today revealed his fiancé Lisa Stelly is pregnant with their first child.
Only two weeks ago, the youngest member of the infamous Osbourne family confirmed his engagement to the aspiring actress. Osbourne made the pregnancy announcement whilst appearing on Piers Morgan Tonight alongside his parents, Ozzy and Sharon and admitted he was ‘excited’ but ‘a little nervous’ at the prospect of becoming a Father.
The 25 year-old rose to fame after appearing with his family in the MTV reality show The Osbournes. He went on to battle drug and alcohol addictions but has been sober since completing a stint in rehab in 2003.
It has only taken two and a half years, but my father has finally been convinced to ditch the fags and get on a path to good health and longevity, well that’s the theory – isn’t it?
The health implications associated with smoking is something that has been present in my mind lately, particularly since the advent of the smoking ban in Britain. That, coupled with the frenzied shovelling, by numerous health organisations and charities via various media, of data, statistics, charts, percentages, graphs, diagrams and drawings of the substantial health risks posed by those who
smoke. It would appear that all smokers are destined to become sufferers of unforgiving health problems, getting worse throughout their lifetime – and who among us would wish to subject a loved one to even the least of these listed illnesses associated with smokers?
At the beginning of the year, Cancer Research set up a mobile unit on Glasgow’s bustling Buchanan Street, a street densely populated with shoppers and smokers, alike. The most surprising aspect was how little attention it received, compared with the vast number of people on the street. The colourful in-your-face banners, graphics and balloons were having little effect on passersby. Speaking to one of the charity’s representatives, he substantiated my initial thought: that most people did not want to hear anymore about facts and statistics related to the poor health of smokers. The people that were approaching the unit were – for the majority – concerned family members and friends; rather than the smokers themselves. It was then it occurred to me, that maybe the scare mongering and doom and gloom tactics employed by health organisations were actually having an adverse effect, and driving those who smoke to become more willingly ignorant of the risks. Ignorance is bliss after all.
Upon speaking to the representative that day, I realised that I was vicariously living the life of the smoker. I felt all the guilt of smoking without enjoying the nicotine buzz. I felt as equally consumed by the facts as I did confined by the effects. From that point I started to feel sorry for my Dad. Up until that point all I could think was how idiotic it was to smoke: sticking a lit tube filled with tobacco, tar and nicotine into your mouth drawing it in and watching the harmful smoke being blown back out.
But now I felt something vastly different – empathy. My Dad was being labelled and subjected to harsh campaigns – not only about the implications of smoking but also of the real damages caused by passive smoking – and being reminded on a daily basis to feel guilty about the one poor decision he had made in his life. Perhaps I empathised even more so because some of the adverse health warnings were no longer just a warning they were materialising in front of us all: high blood pressure, flaking paling skin tone, deep wrinkles and sagging skin. As if the actuality of the situation isn’t reminder enough to him of the effects of smoking here was the media shovelling depressing reminders.
I spoke with an elderly couple, the wife in which had religiously smoked at least 20, sometimes up to 25, cigarettes at a cost of roughly £6.99 every day (£10.64 if an additional 10 pack was needed); putting that into context it is a whopping £216.69 every 31days and a eye-watering £2,544.36 a year. The cost each year was the driving factor in this case for giving up.
The woman decided to join a smokers help group, set up by the NHS. Every week she attended where she was breathalysed to test for any carbon monoxide. If the levels were that of a non-smoker, she was given patches to help with cravings. It was essentially for her a Weight Watchers for those wanting to quit smoking, a support network with others sharing a common goal. This helped greatly along with support from her family she has successfully ditched the cigarettes for just over 18 months now. And as a reward from all the money she saved, which her husband secretly saved away each week, the couple enjoyed a two week all inclusive cruise, and came home with savings towards next year’s holiday. It illustrated the power of positivity, there was no need to be constantly reminded of the health risks associated with smoking, the savings was influential enough to encourage her to quit.
Up until recently, I had persistently reminded my Dad of all the painful and life threatening effects: 80 cancerous chemicals in one cigarette; the poisonous cyanide, ammonia and carbon monoxide and being inhaled; the 5 million premature deaths caused each year; and the fact that no single disease is expected to make as big a claim on the life of millions as smoking does every year. All the guilt-tripping was to no avail; as he still stood, relentlessly, outside our family home with cigarette lit each day and night, all the time knowing how big a risk each single cigarette posed to his health.
I realised that unless I made positive change and supported the idea of cigarette alternatives and physically helped him that he would never quit. Having looked through my Dad’s draw of quit smoking aids: patches, chewing gum and mints, it was clear that these were to give the illusion that he wanted to stop. And so, my first trip was to the supermarket to buy the electronic cigarette.
Having taken 48 hours to decide whether he was ‘fit’ to take part in my ‘experiment’, he finally agreed. So I have asked him to keep a diary, day-to-day, of how the successful the electronic cigarette is in helping him ditch the cigarettes.
Each single electronic cigarette contains in it the equivalent of 30 cigarettes. It works by giving the smoker the nicotine hit they crave, but contains none of tar or tobacco regular cigarettes hold. One of the obvious benefits of this type of alternative is that I know no matter where my Dad chooses to smoke the e-cigarette no one else has to have their health compromised either. The electronic cigarette gives of no smell or smoke, which means he is now permitted to smoke inside.
I understand this method doesn’t exactly kick the habit, but it is, for my Dad and my family, a step in the right direction.
Although it is only day three, I can report positive change; and he is feeling a little warmer as he is no longer being put outside into the harsh October temperatures to ‘enjoy’ a quick puff. To keep up to date with my Dad’s ‘From fags to riches’ diary click here.
Once again the UK’s sex life is being brought into question. Some suggesting we are too prude, shying away from confronting sex questions, giggling like a school girl in the corner.
Well, let’s talk about school girls, after all they are the demographic we are failing to educate – with one of the highest teen pregnancy rates in Europe. I do not want to debate if this is a positive life affirming experience, I think it is a failure of the system. Sexual health charity Brook’s publication today confirmed that teens feel let down by their schools sex education, and understandably. Placing a condom on a banana does not easily illustrate what to do when the condom breaks.
In fact throughout my own entire high school experience, what to do when the condom breaks was not discussed. The mantra was safe sex, safe sex, safe sex. Perhaps it is better to trick our teens to believe in the condom, to wrap it up rather than to think don’t bother!
I concur, teens will have sex. I did. My parents did. By rule of nature, the likelihood is that our teenage population are getting frisky. Hand holding and kissing quickly gets replaced, though not by everyone! There is an interesting resurgence in moralistic behaviour and the shunning of unwed bed sharing.
The majority of teens do not fit the latter and given half a choice would be at it like rabbits. This is the blunt truth. It is a hard truth to swallow as a parent, and one the state is struggling with. Is this why we have the backward idea of banning pornography from our teens?
There is a fine line between child – who we should protect and nurture, and teen – who we should education and allow to prosper. Major philosophical, psychological and educational debates have spiralled from this line and the main militant campaign is that we have over sexualised our children.
But of course we have, we are screwed up completely over sex. We see a gyrating pop starlet grinding and miming and we don’t think it’s debated – we think it’s advertising. Sex sells her music. We see two of Hollywood’s greats getting jiggy. Its part of the story. Yet we have an issue with the blunt overt side of sex.
Pornography is seen as a dirty taboo. Used by those who cant get satisfaction elsewhere, this coming from a country that has an Ann Summers on every high street, underwear models on billboards and shows like Babestation freely available on freeview. Pornography gives our teens body issues? No actually companies and size zero models give our teens serious issues; with photoshopping and airbrushing. Give teens tools to identify these, and they will prosper confidently.
Show them porn and quickly they will learn bodies come in all shapes and all sizes, many so surgically altered their breasts look like concrete. Let them come to the conclusion that porn just like everything else is a lot less exciting if we take away our taboos.
Choosing the fur that suits you starts with one easy decision; go fake! Fuax fur jackets are so impressive just now, and a lot cheaper than the real thing, not to mention lacking the
animal cruelty involved in the fur trade. I love animals, especially furry ones.
Last winter I invested in a faux fur from Debenhams at a very reasonable £100, and that bad boy did not get locked away in the overflow wardrobe (the garage) until March. It’s safe to say it earned its appearance fee. So I’ve decided to put together my top tips for buying a lasting fuax fur.
I hope you find these tips useful if you’re in the market for a faux fur. Check out some of my favourites that are lighting up the high street just now.
Next time: Glam party dressess and seductive eye make-up. Bye for now, Lauren.
On this day in 1979, Douglas Adams’ classic Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy was published. It seamlessly merged science fantasy with comedy as we followed Arthur Dent the hapless Englishman on his adventures throughout space. Here is a list of interesting space facts which might help any future travelers.
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.
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.
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.
Solutions to the nursing crisis in Edinburgh
The NHS will be in a crisis if the morale of Lothian nurses is not improved. It is no surprise figures last week revealed that nurses across Scotland feel under immense pressure with 74% stating they are increasingly stressed at work. Cameron’s tight budget has created this chasm within wards where nurses who are retired, redundant or relocated are not being replaced. Surely less nurses equal less quality care.
We have a generation of talented, skilful experienced nurses being forced into early retirement. These are the people who went into the job because they wanted to care; they were committed to the job. Nurses taught the old regime of “Matron knows best”.
We reported yesterday of one such example Pat Harper, whose sole run ICU Follow-up care unit has been axed. We discussed the loss this would be to the greater community of patients. We didn’t discuss the loss this would be to Pat herself. There is an agenda that we do not want to know what happens to the person, but I would like to take a minute and share her experience.
Pat Harper, Clinical Nurse Specialist, has spent over ten years running the Follow-up service. She is constantly praised by patients who have used her service, and until recently praised by her management. With the service axed, Pat no longer is needed. NHS Lothian has offered to relocate her. Until they can find a suitable place to “put” her, she is left alone in her former office. Being paid to sit still and do nothing.
Relocation is the buzz word being used by the health board. Not making people redundant, not paying them severance pay – relocating them. Already those on the relocation list are hearing tales of temporary work placements, two weeks here, there, being moved from nursing positions to answering phones. This does not save money, paying highly skilled people to type memos, and the health board will not answer what purpose therefore this system has. Front-line service care is saved, so those who are in that undefined bracket are safe.
This shows no respect to those who have dedicated their life to caring for others, climbing their career ladder and subsequently killing the morale of their older experienced staff. It is not a case of we cannot afford to run this service but rather this service and you are redundant. Undermining all contributions they have made for the entirety of their working lives, not to mention quashing all innovative contributions. This has created a generation of nurses watching their superiors being axed, not because they are incompetent, uncaring, or unable but because their specialist skills are no longer required. A generation too scared to step beyond the basic boundaries of their remit, unable to reach out and care.
Those left are working with no real support. Talented nursing staffs are being replaced by unskilled, care assistants, and unregistered student nurses. Their workloads are increasing exponentially. Assistance from beyond their own wards walls is non-existent; they are underpowered, uncertain and unappreciated.
Why is the government therefore surprised when standards drop? The ERI received a damning report this week about its standards of cleanliness following an unannounced inspection. Ward staff uncertain of when bedside phones and televisions were cleaned, ward toilets dirty. An official report, reporting what we already knew, the ERI is not working. Patient surveys confirm a low level of care, assistance and awareness.
Matron and her nursing staff would not have tolerated this. To become a nurse, your parents were interviewed alongside you. You were assessed and had to meet criteria set beyond grades, beyond extra-curricular work, based on your suitability to the role. Once in you worked your way up, and learned cleanliness and care was essential.
The ERI and other hospitals continually excuse low cleanliness ratings on the super-bugs, who are immune to everything, including the antibacterial wonder spray, and leaving them alone. Yet the super-bug is an excuse not known to our historical matron and her golden nurses, they just got a bucket of soap and water and washed down everything, every day.
I don’t think we can blame the nurses we have left for these conditions, nor can we blame the newly registered nurses who are stepping into a career fraught with spending cuts and job insecurity. We could blame the cleaning products, the kitchen, even the new uniforms which are looking more and more like pyjamas.
We can reminisce of the golden era, when nursing was a respected privileged profession, creating pride and patient care. When they wore a starched uniform and a cape, were regimented like the armed forces. Those golden nurses one by one are being targeted and relieved of duty, NHS stealing their last piece of dignity and respect for their career.
We can however blame the management for letting us get into this situation. We could go as high as the blaming the fiscal crisis, but in reality these problems have been hiding in the woodwork since the dawn of Thatcherism, selling the NHS piece by piece. We could blame Labour for putting too much money in previously: Cameron for cutting budgets, Clegg for not handing him the safety scissors. Blame it all on the coalition.
Or we could look locally, and realise that each decision in each hospital is different, England have kept support services where Scottish hospitals are focusing on the front-line. Those with short term fixable problems will be looked after, long term illnesses and those who need specialist clinicians will soon face ever-growing waiting lists.
Each health board has power, and ours used it to acquire beautiful landscaping and works of art it would seem. Over managed and undermanned that should be Lothian Health Boards slogan.
Catriona Howson, Columnist
The internet has become an essential tool in everyday living, from social media to email, blogging to networking. The entire internet has brought information to our fingertips as we can search for the answer to any question instantaneously but a recent study asserts that it has also changed the way in which our brains operate.
“The Google Effect” study evidenced that we are less likely to remember information if we know where to find that information instead. In other words, if you have an actor’s name on the tip of your tongue you may not remember it but know how to use search engines to find it. Whilst this sounds like a bad thing, the study suggests that we have replaced memory recall, with remembering where to go to gather the information adapting and interfacing with new computing technologies.
Our brains are adapting to rely on the internet for information in the same way they rely on the memories of friends, family members or co-workers. Asking is the key to learning or retrieving information and we have got a new person to ask.
Claire White, Entertainment Correspondent
Launching in New York in 2006, Dance Dance Party Party quickly became popular across the United States, spreading rapidly to Canada, Austria, England and even Korea before finally arriving here in Edinburgh this month.
The concept was developed by New Yorkers Glennis McMurray and Marcy Girt – two friends who loved going out with the girls, but were not so keen on the constant pestering from men, the cost of a good night out and not to mention the word we all dread after a night out – hangovers!
It was in their search to find a way to avoid these irritations that Dance Dance Party Party was born.
Dance Dance Party Party has three simple rules – No Boys. No Booze. No Judgement.
Dance Dance Party Party is a women-only freestyle dance session where women of all ages can dance away their troubles in a dimmed room to a variety of music. There are no men, no alcohol, nobody to judge you for your dance skills (or lack of) and better still, no hangovers and no regrets. You may even find yourself leaving with new friends and maybe even weight loss – what more could a girl want?
After noticing an article in the Guardian, Rachel Furlong, co-founder of Edinburgh’s Dance Dance Party Party discovered via Facebook that she wasn’t the only one interested in setting up a class here in Edinburgh and consequently Dance Dance Party Party arrived with a bang in Edinburgh on September 7th.
Rachel explains the Dance Dance Party Party experience in Edinburgh;
‘The basic idea is that we have a playlist of groovy music to get everyone dancing and then we go for it! Banging tunes, crazy dancing and full on fitness fun. It’s a bit like when your favourite song comes on the radio and you dance around your bedroom like a mad thing… except this is for an hour and we have disco lights so it’s even more fun!’
Talking of the best track’s to get everyone moving Rachel says, ‘I think some of the pop classics like Beyonce always get people moving. We start off with a warm-up track to get everyone in the mood, for instance, last week it was the Scissor Sisters.’
There is no limit to the range of music played and anyone can get involved by putting together a playlist for the night. Tracks can include anything from 50’s music to indie, pop and hip hop –any song that gets you moving is acceptable!
Despite having only run for a couple of weeks, the classes have already proved popular and there is potential to expand across Edinburgh in the near future.
There is no need to worry about being “too old” or not “good” enough to attend a Dance Dance Party Party class as there are no restrictions on age, or fitness and there are no set “steps” or instructions – just dance and bop along at your own pace!
If you want to join in the fun at a Dance Dance Party Party class get yourself down to the Media Education Centre at 183 Dalry Road from 7pm every Wednesday for just £3 and we’ll see you there!
Then Girls Night Out could be just what your looking for. World Vision is hosting this event up and down the country, with live entertainment from famous vocal coach Carrie Grant and renowned comedian Jo Enright. The event has arrived in Edinburgh and is a chance to meet up with friends, have sweet treats, a few drinks as well as a good time.
Carrie Grant is most famous for her role as vocal coach in the Television show Fame Academy. She has worked with famous stars such as Take That, Gwyneth Paltrow and Melanie C. She is also one of the top motivational speakers in the country. At Girls Night Out Carrie will be sharing her musical talent, speaking on her time spent in India with World Vision, and sharing her life story.
Winner of several comedy awards, Jo is sure to get the crowd roaring. She has been doing stand-up for several years as well as being involved with theater, television and radio productions. She will be talking about her relationship with her mother and discussing womens’ fears, tears and what makes them laugh, all in her own unique way.
World Vision is a charity that that aims to tackle poverty, especially when it involves children. They fight for justice around the world with a long-term commitment approach. Through this event, World Vision aims to share how women in India are not that different from women in Britain. Showing how they also have hopes, dreams and a desire to give their family the best life possible.
The event will be held at St. Pauls’ and St. Georges’ church, 46 York Place on Friday 30 September. Tickets are £8 or £10 on the door. All guests will receive a free goody bag, in correlation with Cadbury and a chance to win fabulous prizes. Doors will open at 7:00 pm,with the program starting at 7:30 pm.
As Scotland has taken stage in Hollywood films, we took a look back at seven of the most famous productions to have been shot here…
1. Voted the best Scottish film of all time, Trainspotting just has to take the number one spot here! Who could forget the iconic opening scene featuring Ewan McGregor and Ewen Bremner being chased by security guards along Princes Street?
2. Several scenes for Hollywood blockbuster The Da Vinci Code were filmed on-location at Roslyn Chapel in Midlothian. During the shoot, extra security was constantly added to ensure the increased interest in the chapel would not cause the medieval building any damage.
3. Many of the Harry Potter films featured scenes shot in scenic Glencoe. Potter fans from all over the world now flock to the once-quiet area to take part in organized tours.
4. Back in 1972, filming for the cult horror production The Wicker Man took place in Dumfries and Galloway. Controversially, the 2006 remake starring Nicholas Cage was shot entirely in Canada and the USA.
5. The iconic boat chase scene in From Russia With Love was filmed in Argyll and featured homegrown Scottish talent Sean Connery as the original James Bond.
6. 2007’s The Last King of Scotland won two Oscars for Best Actress and Best Actor. The drama not only featured scenes filmed in Scotland, but also ones from on-location in Uganda. Critics applauded the filmmakers for this and many commented that it added a sense of reality to the final production.
7. Sweet Sixteen, the controversial 2002 drama, was filmed entirely in Greenock. Due to the high level of interest in the film, the local council decided to drop the films certificate from an 18 to a 15 though it stayed the same in England due to the repetitive use of foul language.
The latest figures released by Heart UK show that those living in the east – in Lothian, Fife and Tayside – have the lowest rate of coronary heart disease (CHD) in Scotland.
However, this does not exempt the fact that Scotland has among one of the highest rate of coronary heart disease in Europe.
The snapshot of Scotland’s health illustrates a significant east-west divide, with the chance of dying from heart problems in Ayrshire, Lanarkshire and Greater Glasgow strikingly higher than eastern counterparts, Tayside, Lothian and Fife.
The figures revealed that 71.39 people per 100,000 died from heart disease, in Ayrshire; compared with 45.33 people per head of the population in Fife.
The reasons for this are complex and varied. Naveed Sattar, professor of metabolic medicine at the University of Glasgow, sights that the levels of stress that people are experiencing during this tough economic time could play a significant role, as well as lifestyle and poor diet.
“For many complex reasons, individuals from poorer areas, particularly younger men, are generally less enthusiastic about engaging with the health profession and, therefore, far fewer have had their risk factors measured.
“The real future goals are to stop youngsters engaging in smoking in the first place, as well as an urgent need to improve early dietary behaviour to stem the well-documented but alarming rise in obesity levels, particularly in poorer parts of society.”
Today, the charity Heart UK is launching a campaign to persuade Scots to cut their chance of heart disease by leading healthier lifestyles.
However, members of the public, do not appear to be worried about their chance of being diagnosed with heart disease.
James White, from Glasgow, said: “There is enough to worry about without thinking about the chances of heart disease. We play the hand we’re dealt, everyone is struggling at the moment but we have just got to get on with it”.
He is not alone in point of view, research sponsored by MSD, revealed that 70 per cent of those surveyed were not worried about their hearts.
Depression rates have reached a record level in Scotland. More than one in ten people as young as fifteen, are taking prescribed medicine. Prozac or Cipramil are some the most common pills taken on a daily dose, to tackle depression.
The NHS Prescription Services prove that medical professionals in Scotland are prescribing more antidepressant medicine than in England and Whales.
Can caffeine make the difference? Harvard Medical School has released research that caffeine can decrease the risk of depression by twenty percent. The research shows that women who drink four cups of coffee a day are less likely to suffer from depression and less likely to commit suicide.
It is a well-known fact that caffeine boosts energy levels and enhances general well being. This is because it has the ability to change certain chemical receptors in the brain. The Archives of International Medicine have published research on the effects of caffeine on the brain, and are pushing for further researching on how caffeine can aid as an antidepressant.
It is to early to recommend caffeinated coffee as an antidepressant. Caffeine can also have negative effects on the body. Too much caffeine can cause anxiety and can lead to sleep deprivation. Ongoing research aims to tackle these symptoms to find a balance for caffeine to become an aid as an antidepressant.