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    Smashing turnip: Reclaiming Scotland’s Hallowe’en

    GINNY CLARK on the noble turnip … exploring the roots of a Scottish Hallowe’en. Pic by Russell F Stewart. Pumpkins are great – and they are much, much easier to hollow out than our traditional homegrown turnip. Yet I...

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    Paris Noir: The dark side of the City of Light

    RONNIE SCOTT illuminates an unusual aspect of Paris. Forget Paris in the spring, the best time to see the City of Light is in the dark of winter, when its illuminated architectural masterpieces stand out against inky-blue skies,...

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    Winter in Budapest: A symbolic bridge

    RUTH ALLEN strolls through Budapest. We are often urged by songs to spend April in Paris, or summer in the city, or autumn in New England … But how often have songsmiths hailed the pleasures of winter...

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    Black History month: Facing Glasgow’s past

    GINNY CLARK reports. It’s impossible to consider the history of our city, to measure the wealth generated and the power wielded by the so-called Tobacco Lairds, without accounting for the blood and misery that helped to create...

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    A monumental talent: Alasdair Gray and the Hillhead mural

    RUTH ALLEN talks to writer and artist Alasdair Gray about the creation of the magnificent Hillhead subway mural. When Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) was recently given the nod and the finances to modernise the Glasgow Subway,...

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    Women’s football: Corsie, a Scotland brave

    Pic by Graeme Berry – Rachel Corsie after heading the opener in Glasgow City’s 2-0 win over Celtic on October 7. GINNY CLARK reports. Rachel Corsie, like all of Scotland’s top women footballers, lives something of a double life....

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    The Melt: Temper Chocolate

    Chocolates studded with the delicate flavour of lavender, rose petal or cardamom, mojito truffles that melt into rum, lime and mint, or a steaming hot mug of hot chocolate fired with a spike of chilli or ginger...

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  • Factor commission remit row

    Factor Commission chair Jean Charsley insists there has been a “misunderstanding” after a criticism   about the role of the independent group set up by Glasgow city council three months ago to establish a blueprint for effective...

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  • SFHA warning over welfare plans

    The Scottish Federation of Housing Associations (SFHA) has welcomed the further drop in the number of people presented as homeless  – but warns changes to the welfare system still threaten tenants’ abilities to sustain tenancies. According to official...

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    Hey, hey it’s a Monkee: Hail Nesmith

    RUTH ALLEN is a Believer. Pic – The Monkees, May 1967. Nesmith is centre, with hat. Michael Nesmith, the songsmith who famously flew down to Rio in the 1970s, flies into Glasgow for a rare appearance at Oran...

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