Gig: Gorillaz

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Now and then I buy a ticket for a gig in the hope that it’s at least ok, and whilst I’ve been a fan of Gorillaz since their first album they are the type of band that blip on and off my musical radar, so my expectations weren’t too high as we waited for them to come on stage. Gorillaz A post shared by Gordon McLean (@gmclean) on Nov 29, 2017 at 3:06pm PST Now I should admit that part of my lowered expectation was down to me looking at a setlist and seeing a lot of newer tracks but very few older ones, not to mention some noticeable hits not even mentioned. Still, I know Damon Albarn has a …

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November in review

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Lived Highlights Review: Loop and Scoop (finally!) Review: Potluck (again, finally!) The magical Slava’s Snowshow The wonderful iPhone X Royal Blood blew the roof off the Hydro Gorillaz did it again a few nights later (review to follow) Scotland ALMOST beat the All Blacks But we beat Australia!! A busy month that has flown in, with many highlights. I’m still waxing lyrical about Slava’s Snowshow which was beguilingly magical, two stonkingly good gigs, my first (and second) trips to Murrayfield, and I even wrote a couple of reviews which was a bit weird as I’ve not really done that since the Yelp community in Glasgow got shut down (boooo to Yelp!). Visits to my family, time with friends new and …

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Weekend Reading

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These Are The 8 Friends You Need To Be Happy In Life Do your friends sometimes disappoint you? Ever feel like there is something missing in your relationships? You’re not alone. The real question is, which friend are YOU? This could be a fun Xmas party game… (not really) Over 400 of the world’s most popular websites record your every keystroke, Princeton researchers find The idea of websites tracking users isn’t new, but research from Princeton University released last week indicates that online tracking is far more invasive than most users understand. If this sort of thing worries you, and it should, take action. No-one else cares about your privacy. Inspiring Britain: Glasgow’s cheerful litter-picker on a mission to make …

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Gig: Royal Blood

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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