Gig: Royal Blood

Fuck me that was awesome #royalblood A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Nov 24, 2017 at 2:57pm PST On the strength of a somewhat epic fun gig a couple of years at The Barrowlands, and the fact that they fall straight slap bang in the middle of my rock music preferences (heavy but a hint of blues/pop sensibilities), it was a pretty easy decision to snap up a ticket when their current tour was announced. The big question was how would two guys, despite the racket I know they can generate, fare at filling the cavernous SSE Hydro, which isn’t renowned for having the best acoustics. But before I answer that, it’s worth touching on the support acts. …

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The weekend that was

Every now and then the stars align and, as you head to bed on Sunday night, you realise just how epic your weekend was (and how quickly it went). Sometimes it’s not really just what you did, but who you shared it with, and it’s telling that this weekend ticked all those boxes. Not only did I attend some great events, I also spent time with some of my favourite people. What’s not to like? Friday evening My weekend started with a couple of post-work drinks with a good friend who has been wonderfully supportive these past few months. She’s been as good at listening to me as she has at giving me a kick when I need to get …

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Weekend Reading

Good News Thanksgiving Extravaganza Welcome to the first ever NextDraft Good News Only Thanksgiving Extravaganza. (OK, the name needs work, but candidly, good news is not something I have a ton of experience with.) These stories were submitted by NextDraft readers. If you only want tales full of love, hope, and inspiration. Stop here. What to expect from NHS cervical screening If you live in the UK and have a cervix, chances are you’ll either have already been invited to visit your GP for cervical screening (also known as a ‘smear test’), or you will be aware that you’ll be getting a letter once you reach the age of 25. These are important. Please, if you need to get one …

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These solipsistic moods

I don’t tend to post reading advice but this is a massively introspective piece about (fundamentally) my mental health. I process things by writing, I find more connections that way and I thought I’d share this particular set of thoughts. It’s based on various journal entries, collated and polished for publishing (I don’t write like this in my journal) and shared with a mind to others who may find the following 3000-odd words interesting or useful. YMMV, obvs. “Life is a mystery, everyone must stand alone” Madonna Nary a truer word has been spoken, life truly is a mystery at times and, between you and me, I’ve given up trying to figure it out. To be accurate, I have been …

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Ten metres

I watch sport quite frequently on TV. I’ll watch pretty much any sport going and whilst I have my favourites, I don’t mind watching something new just to learn about it (which is why I’ve probably seen more Kabaddi than you have, thank you Eurosport!). I’ve always put this down to the fact my Dad was a PE teacher, and I find myself looking for techniques and tactics to understand a game, rather than just marvelling at individuals. Thinking back though I realise I watched a lot of sport growing up, just mostly not football. Although I do have vague memories of eating spaghetti bolognaise for the first time before me, my Dad, and my Uncle Bill sat down to …

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Weekend Reading

Science Is Far Too Often Communicated as a One-Sided Conversation A 17-year-old named Gwen remained in my head after I read a recent story centered around the challenges of teaching climate science — i.e. our human contribution to climate change — to students already skeptical of its existence in rural, post-coal, post-manufacturing America. As with most things, communication is the make or break it seems. In Defense of Coldplay The other day, a friend and I were chatting away and when Coldplay came up — she immediately bashed the band that I secretly and publicly adore. They do get a hard time, I too have been a Coldplay basher but more and more find myself NOT skipping tracks when they come on… …

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Review: Loop and Scoop

I love ice cream, I mean I REALLY LOVE ICE CREAM – it’s something I inherited from my Dad – but would another quality ice cream vendor really find a place alongside the Nardini’s of the world? Short answer is yes! The longer answer is a bit hot and cold… #loopandscoop A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Nov 11, 2017 at 7:36am PST To open a gelato and churros based venture in October, in Glasgow, does sound a bit bonkers, I mean even during the best of our summers we don’t get more than a few weeks of ‘ice cream sunshine’. But as October rolled around, so it was that Loop and Scoop burst into vibrant life. Sitting …

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Review: Potluck Glasgow

The joys of social media mean that Potluck has been on my radar for a while now so when I made brunch plans with a friend this place was top of the list (yes, there is an actual list), and did not disappoint. At last! Plum Hotstack at Pot Luck. So light and fluffy!! A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Nov 5, 2017 at 3:02am PST Venturing south of the river is always an experience, I know the area reasonably well – my Gran lived in Rutherglen and I spent virtually every weekend of my childhood travelling through to visit – and it’s been great to see the growth of quality establishments in recent years. Checking the menu …

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Weekend Reading

The Unforgiving Minute Men, get ready to be uncomfortable for a while. While forgiveness may come one day, it won’t be soon. If you are a man, and you only read one thing from this list. READ THIS. LEGO Lawnmower Man Kinetic Sculpture A kinetic LEGO sculpture of a man pushing a lawnmower. Inspired by Josh David’s lawnmower model (https://youtu.be/_1T15UydfEs), I decided it needed a figure, so combined it with the figure from my Sisyphus model. If you are a man and you haven’t read the previous article, sod off Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor …

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Slava’s Snowshow

…ONE DAY I realised that I wanted to create a show that would take us back to our childhood dreams; A show which would help spectators be released from the jail of adulthood and rediscover their forgotten childhood. Slava Polunin – creator of Slava’s Snow Show A few weeks back a friend popped up on Facebook and asked if anyone fancied going to see Slava’s Snow Show. I’d seen a few clips of it from last year and immediately said yes. Roll forward to yesterday evening and I realised, as we took our seats, I didn’t really know what the show was about. And I’m still not entirely sure today. Aside from the main character, an old droopy clown in …

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