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100 YEARS of BAThS
PERvERT TARgETED fiRST viCTiM in 2009
Sent down The High Court in Edinburgh
A serial sex beast was caged for
seven years yesterday after he
raped two women and a teenage
Mark O’Donnell began his catalogue of
sex crime when he was a teenager in 2009
by pinning down the 15-year-old victim
and raping her.
The 30-year-old continued sex offending
into adulthood and subjected two further
victims to assault ordeals.
A judge told him at the High Court in
Edinburgh: “I detect no sense of remorse
from you for the pain and suffering that
you inflicted upon these women.”
Judge Thomas Welsh QC said that in
the circumstances of the case a custodial
sentence was “inevitable”.
He ordered that O’Donnell, formerly
of Ettrick Terrace, in Johnstone, should
be kept under supervision for a further
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boss praises tenants
and staff for support
through the pandemic
Linstone team aims to ‘build back better’ after crisis
Tenants have been
praised for their
“support, patience and
helped a Renfrewshire
housing association get
through challenges of the
They were singled out for
praise from chairman Jamie
Irvine in his address to Linstone
Housing’s AGM held digitally
In an upbeat message to
Linstone’s members, Jamie said
the association was on course
to return to “more normal
circumstances” as it moved
towards a reopening of its office
He also praised Linstone’s staff
and fellow board members for
coping with the unprecedented
challenge of carrying on
Linstone’s work during the most
difficult months many people
had ever experienced.
He said: “I want to particularly
commend the IT staff at Linstone
whose skill and commitment
have contributed greatly to
allowing the association to carry
on with its important work.
“Our tenants should also
be thanked for their support,
patience and understanding.”
The meeting was reminded
that at the height of the
pandemic, Linstone secured
a colossal £300,000 in funding
to distribute to groups
across Renfrewshire thanks
to its Scottish Government
designation as a “community
The money was also used, in
some cases, to support individual
tenants whose lives had been
turned upside down by the effects
of the pandemic.
A special video available at
www.linstone.co.uk was made
for the AGM outlining the efforts
of the association and its staff
and how tenants were helped
during the most difficult period
housing associations have ever
Chief Executive Adele Fraser
assured members that the
emphasis would be to “Build
Back Better” on a hybrid
approach to working along with a
phased re-opening of Linstone’s
Adele said: “We continue to
offer a strong level of support for
tenants through what is known as
our Linstone Covid-19 response
operation where we regularly
contact people to establish if they
“Every day the team has lots of
conversations offering help with
the different challenges tenants
“The team takes an
individual approach to each
case which may include
material and financial support
or signposting to other local
Adele also said the association
was taking a “cautious approach”
to the reopening of its sheltered
housing common rooms but
recognised the importance of
these facilities in bringing people
Our tenants should also be thanked for their support, patience and understanding
Learn new skills with free art workshops
Drawing, painting, pastels, textiles and
animation workshops are all part of the
Outspoken Arts Scotland autumn
The Paisley-based art group is keen to
build on the success of its Artworks
summer programme, which sold out.
Workshops will take place in
Artspace33, which is Unit 33 inside the
Sir James Clark building in Seedhill. They
are free, but participants must register
Steven Thomson, creative director of
Outspoken Arts Scotland, said: “We
were blown away by the success of our
summer workshop programme, with
each of them selling out, so we decided
to put together another free workshop
programme for autumn.
“Again, we are working with
established artists on a range of visual
Praise Linstone Housing
chairman Jamie Irvine
Drawing workshop Iona Kewney
arts including pastels, painting,
animation, drawing and collage.
“We look forward to welcoming
participants to Artspace33.”
Build back better Adele Fraser, centre, at St Mirren with Tony Fitzpatrick and Gayle Brannigan
Painting pro Eoghann MacColl
The workshops include pastels with
award-winning Scottish artist Lynn
Howarth on October 1 and 16 at 11am; a
drawing workshop with Iona Kewney at
11am on October 7 and 14; and Russell
MacEwan will host animation sessions,
How to Think When You Draw Comics, at
11am on October 9 and 15.
On October 13 and November 4,
Florence Dwyer will host a textiles
workshop; Marion Gardyne will teach
sessions on creating collages on
October 21, 26 and November 2; painter
Payam Beint will offer workshops on
October 28 at 10am and 2pm; while
Eoghann MacColl offers painting/
sculptural workshops on November 16
Artworks workshops have been
funded by Creative Scotland, National
Lottery, Renfrewshire Council and the
Postcode Lottery Trust.
For more information and to book a
free workshop, go to http://
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Music to their ears
Youngsters love learning at the classes
Drop-in Councillor Andy
Doig will be at new venues
A Renfrewshire councillor
will be bringing back his
advice surgeries at some new
venues following the lifting
of coronavirus restrictions.
Councillor Andy Doig, who
represents Johnstone North,
Kilbarchan, Howwood and
Lochwinnoch, said he was
looking forward to meeting
residents face-to-face again
after an 18-month ban.
He will be holding a surgery
at the Lilybank Bowling Club
in Johnstone’s Brewery Street
on Wednesday, October 13,
from 6.30pm to 7.15pm, in
place of Johnstone Town
Hall which is being used as
a vaccination centre.
Then the Independent
councillor will be at the Old
Library in Kilbarchan on the
same day from 7.30pm to
On Wednesday, October
27, he will be available
to speak to villagers at
Howwood and Lochwinnoch
bowling clubs from 6.30pm
to 7.15pm and 7.30pm to
Councillor Doig said: “It
is great to be able to arrange
surgeries once more to
meet constituents in the
community because whilst
a lot of ward work can be
done by phone or e-mail,
some people like to speak
“Since my election in
2012 I have often used the
same venues but I want my
constituents to know they
have all changed.”
Residents can still contact
Andy by calling 07534 148224
or emailing cllr.andy.doig@
The winner of this week’s £500
Accord lottery prize was ticket
holder 42217 from Paisley.
A further 40 prizes of £5
each went to the following
ticket holders 11389, 11667,
12458, 12831, 16500, 16817,
17890, 18042, 18613, 19046,
20006, 21119, 21230, 21614,
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505749, 942240 and 1500100.
There was no rollover
jackpot winner this week
meaning next week’s prize
I thought it was all
over... now we’re
the best in Scotland
Success Caitlin Stevenson, Diane and Kirsty Ward receive the award
So proud Diane struggled to keep the school going through lockdown
A music school supremo has
told how she nearly bolted
the door for good as stress
and bills mounted.
Diane Mitchell’s business fell
through the cracks for lockdown
state aid as ALL her business driedup
She was only rescued by a
discretionary grant payment made
by Renfrewshire Council.
And as she picked up an award for
the Best Music School in Scotland,
Diane revealed: “I just thank my
lucky stars we made it back.
“This award has made it so
worthwhile to battle through and
make it out the other side.
“I really thought it was all over and
I would have to walk away from what
I regard as my baby.”
The Diane Mitchell Music School
and Studios has operated from a
stylish old building in Paisley’s Brick
Lane for six years.
Diane, 59, was in the spotlight as
she was crowned Music School of
The Year at the Scotland Prestige
Awards in Edinburgh last week.
The event at The Norton House
Hotel and Spa near Edinburgh saw
businesses from across Scotland
Judges praised the ethos of the
school and the fact it is now reaching
out via a community interest
The centre has four core
staff backed by more than 20
self-employed musical tutors,
in anything from trumpet to
Pianist Diane is a former primary
Music school battles
back after lockdown
school music teacher who took early
retirement to follow her dreams of
her own music school.
Classes for younger children
follow the Kodaly approach,
teaching beat, rhythm and pitch
through singing games to develop
A year ago Diane also took over
the recording and rehearsal studios
run by Alan McEwan in the same
And as the live music scene
rebuilds, business is increasing
there as bands get back in the
Diane said: “We got no financial
help at all until the end of February
when we got the grant from
“We received a great amount of
help from Paisley First chairman
Colette Cardosi, she was really
instrumental in fighting for the
“Legally we didn’t have to close,
but nobody was allowed to come
into the building.
“It was really crazy and I almost
had to walk away.
“I had put all my effort and
passion into building it, and it was
all crashing down.
“The rent and overheads were
all still there and the bills were
“Without that grant we would
have had to shut down.”
Attending the award ceremony
was a real watershed moment for
her and her staff.
Diane added: “I was over the
moon at becoming Scottish Music
School of the Year.
“The judges liked the way it had
grown in difficult circumstances and
that we have formed a Community
Interest Company to reach out to
people who cannot afford music
lessons and classes.
“We are trying to be more
inclusive, as music should be
available to anyone who wants it.
“Every area of society should
benefit from music, and I feel that
is so important.”
Tuition is available for just
about every instrument except the
bagpipes, majoring on piano, guitar,
violin, percussion and wind.
There are one-to-one classes as
well as wider practical and theory
lessons for different age groups.
The operation now has a bright
future, if the current increase in
Diane said: “People are really glad
we are back, it feels like a return to
“It is so good to be growing again.”
I’m sure my
... but he
Gerry Rafferty’s daughter speaks
out ahead of new album release
Paisley legend Gerry
Rafferty’s daughter claims
the musician had bipolar
Martha Rafferty says doctors
failed to diagnose the depressive
She was speaking ten years after
his death as she releases a new
album of his work.
‘Rest In Blue’ includes the song
In Denial, in which Rafferty deals
with his alcoholism head-on.
Another, Full Moon, concerns
manic depression, now known as
Martha, 55, believes her father’s
alcoholism was a by-product
of his inability to deal with the
She said: “In the first song, he’s
not shying away from the fact he
is talking about his struggle with
“That’s obviously what the song
was about. He had many long
periods of abstinence but, like any
addiction, he had relapses.
“He wasn’t shy about being
“The first track I decided to
include was him singing about
alcoholism as that was what he was
struggling with in the latter part
of his life.
“His mental health is covered
in the second track on the album.
The song is called Full Moon. He
is really talking about his mental
health in that song.
“I think if he’d had the right
diagnosis and the right support
for his mental health, he might
have had a better chance of longer
periods of abstinence, but that
wasn’t the case.
“He had depression and was
probably bipolar. It was certainly
something he struggled with.”
Rafferty enjoyed success in 1969
with Billy Connolly in folk act The
Relecting Martha Rafferty
Humblebums before splitting as a
duo in 1971.
Two years later, he scored a huge
hit with Stuck in the Middle With
You, with his band Stealers Wheel.
But it wasn’t until 1978 that
Rafferty’s greatest success came,
with the release of solo album City
The album reached number one
in the US, toppling the Bee Gees’
Saturday Night Fever, which had 24
weeks at the top of the chart.
Happy times Gerry
and Martha on holiday
It included the hits Right Down
The Line, Home and Dry and Baker
Street and sold six million copies.
Martha says stardom and celeb
parties were not for him.
She said: “He made a conscious
decision to step back and just focus
on his music. I’m glad he stayed
with me and his family in the UK.
“My dad was incredibly funny
and very outgoing and gregarious
as well. This whole thing about him
being a shy recluse is just not who
Stardom struggles Gerry Rafferty
Gerry died on January 4, 2011,
from liver failure, at Martha’s home
in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
The new album includes
unfinished work and recordings
Musicians who had played on
previous records including Alan
Clark, formerly of Dire Straits, on
Hammond organ and guitarist
Hugh Clarke were hired to finish
off the material.
I think if he’d had the right diagnosis and the right support ... he might have had a better chance
A pair of property experts
have joined the board
of Barrhead Housing
Andrea Paterson and Alan
Glasgow are now part of the
Alan has extensive
experience in housing
management and a track
record in leading change and
delivering excellent customer
service and performance.
With over 20 years’
experience in a variety of
roles, he is currently locality
director at Glasgow Housing
Association and holds a
postgraduate diploma in
Alan said: “I’m looking
forward to using my
knowledge and experience
to benefit the board and
leadership at Barrhead,
and to being a part of the
journey of my local housing
Andrea Paterson is a
director and founding
member of The Indigo House
Group and specialises in the
strategic development and
long-term financial planning
of affordable housing
She said: “I am delighted
to join Barrhead Housing
Association, and welcome the
opportunity to work with the
board and leadership team at
this time in the organisation’s
The appointments were
welcomed by John Hamilton,
who has taken over as
chairman of the BHA.
John, from Neilston, was
previously vice chair and
is president of the East
Renfrewshire Chamber of
Commerce, and a health and
He said “Andrea and Alan
bring a wealth of knowledge
and experience and will make
a significant contribution
to the next chapter of the
The days of Renfrewshire
steam trains are under the
microscope in the October
edition of a specialist mag.
Steam Days is the monthly
magazine dedicated to all
steam railway enthusiasts.
It showcases The G&SWR
routes serving Greenock,
Paisley and Renfrew.
The features follow the
journey from the former
Glasgow St Enoch station.
The Greenock Princes Pier
line goes through Corkerhill,
the Glasgow and Paisley
Joint line (G&SWR and
Caledonian) and the Paisley
and Renfrew Railway.
www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk 18.09.2021 5
Disgust over dead rat
in town centre street
Shocked passer-by says rodent problem is ‘getting worse’
This is the stomachchurning
visitors in broad daylight
on a busy paisley street.
The dead rat was spotted midmorning
lying outside a row of
shops and takeaways on Paisley
A disgusted passer-by told the
Paisley Daily Express she lives and
works in the area and said the rats
problem has been getting worse
over the last few months.
She said: “The rat was lying there
by the row of bins. I didn’t see it
earlier when I walked to work, so
it’s died there mid-morning. It’s
“I live and work in the area
and it’s getting worse. I stay in a
tenement and I don’t even use the
St Mirren mascot Paisley Panda had
shoppers dancing in the aisles as part of a
fun fundraising day.
The Buddies loaned their mascot to the
Morrisons Anchor Mills store as part of its
ongoing fundraising for Young Lives Vs
Cancer, formerly Clic Sargent.
September is Childhood Cancer
Awareness month, so the store has been
organising more fundraising events to
raise as much as they can for the vital
Broad daylight The dead rat was found mid-morning
back court any more because of the
number of rats.
“You used to only see them at
night, but now you see them more
Shoppers go mad for mascot
Community champion Sharon
Dennison said: “St Mirren very kindly
loaned Paisley Panda to us for the day.
“Customers posed with him and had
and more during the day. I’ve seen
them running across the road in the
west end of Paisley and in the car
park behind Leisureland.”
The woman said the fact the rat
was just yards from where Paisley
Museum is currently undergoing
a multi-million-pound renovation
made it worse.
She said: “The council is
spending millions doing up Paisley
Museum and trying to attract
visitors to this part of Paisley and
this is what they see. You just want
your town to be clean and nice.
“I think the council need to take
an element of responsibility to try
to exterminate the problem.
“But households and businesses
need to take some responsibility
too. They need to make sure refuse
is secure so that seagulls and rats
can’t get into it.
“One often leads to the other.”
A spokesman for Renfrewshire
Council said they hadn’t seen any
evidence of a growing rat problem
their photos taken and we asked for
donations to be chucked in a bucket.
“As it’s Childhood Cancer Awareness
Month in September, we’re trying to do
different things over the course of the
in the area.
He said: “The number of calls
from the Paisley west end area to
our pest control service in recent
weeks are not higher than normal.
“Where complaints are made
regarding pests and rodents, the
area is visited as soon as possible,
and an appropriate course of
treatment is undertaken by a pest
control officer to deal with the
“If any resident has concerns
with vermin in their property
or area, they should contact the
council’s pest control service on
0300 300 0380 who will arrange to
“As general advice, we would
remind all residents and businesses
to make sure their waste is binned
correctly as this will help stop
encouraging any rodents.”
And as well as raising a smile with their
customers, staff also collected about
£100 in donations to be added to the final
Paisley’s college has been
shortlisted for five categories
in the College Development
Network College Awards.
The awards recognise
the talent, innovation and
by colleges, their staff and
And West College Scotland,
which has a campus in
Paisley, pictured above, is up
for five awards.
They are College Colleague
of the Year; College
Community Learning; Health
and Wellbeing; Learning
and Teaching Colleague of
the Year; and Marketing and
This year there was an
overwhelming response to
the call for submissions, with
the College Development
Network receiving over 150
inspiring entries highlighting
the great work of Scotland’s
The winners will be
announced at a celebration
ceremony at Radisson Blu,
Glasgow, on Thursday,
From page 1
O’Donnell had denied a
string of charges at an earlier
trial, but was convicted of
four rape offences committed
between March 2009 and July
2018 at houses in Johnstone,
Elderslie and Busby.
During the final offence, he
grabbed a woman by her hair
and covered her mouth with
his hand while he raped her.
Defence counsel Lili Prais
said O’Donnell continued to
deny the offences.
She added: “He does
accept that victims of crime
such as this would suffer
She said that O’Donnell
had suffered his own
trauma in childhood and
was subjected to bullying at
The counsel said: “He
suffers from depression and is
now prescribed medication.
“He tells me the medication
is having a positive impact on
his mental health.”
She told the court that the
first offender was not deemed
to be a high risk.
O’Donnell was told that he
will be on the sex offenders’
register indefinitely following
A Conservative voice
BY WEST SCOTLAND MSP RUSSELL FINDLAY
It’s an SNP-Green coalition of chaos
When I was young and
fresh-faced, I thought that
parliaments were for pointyheaded
people who knew
what they were talking about
— places where big ideas were
vigorously debated by wise
women and men.
Sitting in Holyrood’s chamber
recently, I discovered that I was wrong.
My crashing realisation came when
SNP MSPs resorted to Google during
a debate about their government’s
decision to impose vaccine passports.
Before the debate got underway,
Covid recovery secretary John
Swinney published an explainer
document that was notable for its
failure to provide much explanation.
Swinney’s pamphlet — running to
six typed pages— said that only those
with proof of being double jagged
would be permitted to enter “higher
These included indoor events with
more than 500 people, outdoor events
with 4,000-plus or any event of 10,000
and up. It would also apply to “sexual
Nightclubs would also be in the
Wearing the right shoes and not
swaying used to be the extent of a
clubber’s queue anxiety. But now?
Entry would be dependent on stateempowered
Scottish Conservative leader
Douglas Ross challenged Swinney
with this simple question: “Can he tell
the Parliament and people watching
what his definition of a nightclub is in
Swinney spoke at length, but did not
Astute and articulate Tory
colleagues sprang to their feet and
picked apart Swinney’s half-baked
prospectus — which caused SNP
backbenchers to stir.
Giving the impression of
automatons whose keys had been
given a turn, they rallied to their
man’s defence (Nicola Sturgeon
having found a pressing engagement
One SNP member squinted at her
phone, asked for a minute, before
triumphantly revealing that she had
found the definition of “nightclub”.
A second SNP foot soldier turned to
the internet, boldly stating: “I have had
a wee bit of time to look it up, and the
definition of a nightclub is that it is a
noun; it is an entertainment venue that
is open from the evening until early
morning, having facilities such as a bar
and a disco, or other entertainment.
All around, heads shook in disbelief
while I experienced my painful
parliamentary reality check.
The problem for the SNP’s Google
twins was that Swinney’s document
— the basis of the entire debate —
explicitly states there is no such
definition of nightclub in the covid
It adds: “We are working with
stakeholders to finalise a definition …”
Despite this absurdity, even greater
discomfort should have been felt by
the SNP’s junior partners, the Scottish
Greens, who abandoned their longheld
and loudly-stated opposition to
As my colleague Craig Hoy put it:
“Let us be in no doubt that the Greens
have traded in their tandem for a pair
of ministerial limousines and that
It’s a deal Nicola Sturgeon announces power sharing with the Greens
they have left their principles on the
While I and my colleagues voted
against vaccine passports for a broad
range of reasons, Swinney’s motion
was blindly nodded through and vax
passports will come into force on
With this SNP-Green coalition of
chaos, what could possibly go wrong?
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5 Idiot caught in sand hill (5)
9 Shoddy, having a carrier (3)
10 Sizeable honour with points (5)
11 High in an attic (5)
12 Proverbially busy flier (3)
13 Swan enclosure (3)
14 Bemused with creature (3)
16 Nod back at academic (3)
18 At home, friend becomes a detainee (6)
21 Mislay sole arrangement (4)
23 Point to aid organised for watercourse (4)
26 Composer sounds more correct (6)
29 Talk of argon, say (3)
31 Expert in tracery (3)
32 Stopped around summit (3)
34 Firm with quiet lawman (3)
36 A vine turned green (5)
37 Join military group to the east (5)
38 School nowadays is gloomy (3)
39 Reined me in a tad (5)
40 Let it alter heading (5)
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5 Fool (5)
9 Brick-carrier (3)
10 Overweight (5)
11 In the air (5)
12 Insect (3)
13 Writing tool (3)
14 Flightless bird (3)
16 Professor (3)
18 Prisoner (6)
21 Get beaten (4)
23 Dry river bed (4)
26 Author (6)
29 Type of element (3)
31 Playing card (3)
32 Peak (3)
34 Policeman (3)
36 Inexperienced (5)
37 Merge (5)
38 Miserable (3)
39 Domesticated (5)
40 Name (5)
1 Fellow reaches the Spanish church (6)
2 Part of the play? (4)
3 Fuss about sin for handsome youngster (6)
4 Met to design symbol (5)
5 Notes objection to initial appearance (5)
6 Roused about employment (3)
7 One editor’s requirement (4)
8 College of note, possibly (4)
15 Fellow in charge is crazy (5)
17 Not even peculiar (3)
19 One woman’s novel (3)
20 Kid’s mother in Bakewell (3)
22 Removal includes eggs (3)
24 Performer’s unusual traits (6)
25 Rascal finds three keys in hamper (6)
27 Quick to knock with identification (5)
28 Principle of reversibility? (5)
29 Got a new beast (4)
30 Film disc umpire has accepted (4)
33 Shape of cricket in London? (4)
35 Honest about quantity (3)
1 Place of worship (6)
2 Character (4)
3 Beautiful youth (6)
4 Symbol (5)
5 First performance (5)
6 Utilise (3)
7 Require (4)
8 Public school (4)
15 Frenzied (5)
17 Strange (3)
19 Fresh (3)
20 Female sheep (3)
22 Gametes (3)
24 Painter (6)
25 Hinder (6)
27 Fast (5)
28 Set of beliefs (5)
29 Farm animal (4)
30 Dross (4)
33 Ellipse (4)
35 Number (3)
ACROSS: 3 Chapter, 7 Treble, 8 Also-ran, 9 Mail, 11 Perm, 12 Horse, 15
Seam, 16 Tear, 17 Agree, 18 Vent, 19 Hire, 21 Lucifer, 22 Mutate, 23 Witness.
DOWN: 1 Stir, 2 Besmear, 3 Claim, 4 Hell, 5 Promoter, 6 Runner, 10
Armenian, 11 Peg, 13 Renewal, 14 Sat, 15 Sallow, 18 Virus, 19 Hems, 20 Wren.
quick or cryptic..
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A rogue council van was put
out of action after being
clamped for having no road
The Ford Transit had been
parked up in Paisley, with council
staff believed to be working inside
a house nearby.
When they returned, the van
had been stickered and clamped
- despite Renfrewshire Council
branding emblazoned all over it.
DVLA inspectors had been
touring the Hawkhead area
when number plate sensors were
triggered the vehicle had no tax.
The embarrassing blunder
happened in Auchentorlie
Quadrant on Tuesday.
And one resident said: “At least
it proves the council is being given
“It’s usually them sticking on
parking tickets and even removing
The seven-year-old Transit
Custom was paralysed until a fine
was paid and the council stumped
up the road tax fee.
Renfrewshire Council confessed
it was an “oversight” after the
vehicle had been off the road for
It costs £490 a year to tax similar
diesel vans, and Renfrewshire
Council has dozens.
The DVLA imposes a minimum
of a £100 penalty on top of seeing
proof the tax has been paid.
The agency has a rule to clamp
all vehicles – public, private or
A spokeswoman said: “By law,
a vehicle must be taxed to use on
a public road.
“The DVLA operates a
comprehensive package of
measures to tackle vehicle excise
“These range from reminder
letters, penalties and court
prosecutions through to the
use of automatic number
plate recognition cameras,
wheelclamping and the removal
of unlicensed vehicles.
“It costs the keeper £100 to get it
released. In addition, the vehicle
must be taxed or a surety of £160
for a car or motorcycle must be paid
before the vehicle can be released.
“If the keeper doesn’t pay to
release it within 24 hours, the
vehicle will be impounded. The
release fee then increases to £200.
“If the vehicle is not claimed after
two weeks, it will be disposed of.”
A spokesman for NSL, the firm
that clamped the Renfrewshire
Council van, said: “NSL is DVLA’s
national wheel clamping partner.
Gotcha The council
van it put out of action
A fine mess
Council has to pay up after untaxed van clamped
“As part of day-to-day
enforcement activity, NSL takes
enforcement action against
untaxed vehicles seen on the road
in different areas of the country.”
A spokeswoman for
Renfrewshire Council said: “This
vehicle recently returned to our
fleet after being taken off the road
for extensive repairs.
“Our team requested a Statutory
Off Road Notification (SORN) from
the DVLA for the vehicle while
these repairs were being carried
“During Covid-19, keeping our
frontline service vehicles on the
roads has been vital and we have
had to prioritise quick repairs to
keep our fleet moving.
“As a result, the repairs for
this vehicle took much longer
than expected and due to an
administrative error, it was not
taken off SORN and taxed when it
rejoined our fleet.
“This was a rare oversight for
our team who have been working
very hard to keep our fleet on the
frontline during the pandemic.
“As soon as it was brought to
our attention, we backdated the
vehicle’s road tax to cover the
period it had been on the road and
paid the DVLA’s £100 fine to remove
Due to an administrative error, it was not taken off SORN and taxed when it rejoined our fleet
Normally it is the
Buddies are being urged to
get tested for Covid-19 at
the new town centre drop in
The testing site in the
Paisley Centre is open daily
and residents are being urged
to undergo the test which can
identify people who have
coronavirus, but are not
It comes as Renfrewshire
continues to record a high
number of new covid cases
A total of 190 new
infections were reported in
the region on Monday alone,
with the area now recording
an infection rate of 794 cases
per 100,000 of population.
The facility is using lateral
flow tests - which return
results via text message
within 45 minutes - and
anyone can drop in to collect
a pack of tests to use at home.
The test centre is open
to everyone - including
students arriving in town for
the new academic term - and
runs from 10am till 4.30pm
until Saturday, September
25 - except from Sunday,
September 19, when it will
It is being run by
Renfrewshire Council as
part of the national rollout
of community testing and
follows other temporary
covid test sites across the area
in recent months.
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A country road was shut for
four hours on thursday
afternoon after four
vehicles were involved in a
At least two people were
hurt and taken to hospital
for checks and treatment
for slight injuries.
A lorry, van and two
other motors were caught
up in the chaos on a tight
It happened on a rural
stretch of Auchenlodment
Road, near Johnstone, at
Ambulance staff called in
police, including a traffic
unit, and the road was
police say vehicles,
including a tipper lorry and
a van, were involved.
the truck, owned by a
civil engineering company,
was in a collision with a Ford
transit, causing damage to
A spokesman said:
“there were no serious
injuries, but some
occupants were taken to
the Royal Alexandra
hospital for a check-up.
“the road closure was
kept in place for
approximately four hours
while the vehicles were
Drivers escape serious injury in four-motor crash
Emergency response Fortunately,
nobody was seriously hurt
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Exhibition to celebrate Renfrew Victory Baths milestone
Gift Sir Frederick Lobnitz
A special exhibition
to mark the
Baths is to be
launched this week.
The event will celebrate
the pool’s 100-year history
and the remarkable people
who have swam there
when it opens tomorrow.
The baths were gifted to
Renfrew by shipbuilder
and government minister,
Sir Frederick Lobnitz
who, along with his wife,
Lady Lobnitz and Lady
the opening ceremony on
September 19, 1921.
As part of the exhibition,
a film called The Man Who
Made Renfrew Victory
Baths will be screened,
showing how renowned
architect of the period
designed the baths.
architect was responsible
for the design of some
iconic buildings in the
town, including the former
Royal Alexandra Infirmary,
the YMCA buildings in
New Street, Wallneuk
Church and the former
Paisley Baths, in Storie
The Tannahill Makar
for Renfrewshire, Brian
Centenary From left, Mark Murray as a baths master in the 1920s; chair of Renfrewshire Leisure, Councillor Lisa-Marie
Hughes; Amy Winning as a lifeguard from the 2000s and Claire Carlton as a lifeguard from the 1940s. inset is the formal
opening of the baths in 1921
Whittingham, has also written a
poem called Back In The Day to
mark the centenary.
The exhibition will also
feature the story of two Olympic
swimmers, William Francis and
Hugh Smith who trained at the
Victory Baths and competed in
the 1928 Amsterdam Olympic
And the background will
be revealed about former
Eastenders soap actor, the late
Ross Davidson, who played
water polo at Victory Baths and
went on to represent Scotland.
As part of the Renfrew Aqua
Water Polo Club he won a
Scottish league and cup double
Hughes, chair of Renfrewshire
Leisure, said: “We are delighted
to be celebrating the centenary
of the Victory Baths, which
have been at the heart of the
community for 100 years.
“It has a great history with
many stories connected to the
swimming pool and the people
who swam there.
“I know the exhibition
showing the history of the baths
will be of great interest to people
of all ages.”
She added: “Swimming is as
popular now as it’s ever been,
not just at the Victory Baths, but
across all of the pools run by
Ceremony Lady Lobnitz helped to
formally open the baths in 1921
History Victory Baths has created many
special memories for swimmers and
families over the years
“Its popularity has increased
since lockdown restrictions
eased, which has been great to
see as we work with people to
help with their health and wellbeing,
which is so important to
our region’s recovery from the
Renfrewshire Council has
recently invested around
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Olympians William Francis and Hugh Smith trained
at the Victory Baths
£100,000 in the essential plant
that supports the swimming pool,
and invested in new internal and
external lighting and interior
decoration so that the baths
are looking their best in their
To help celebrate the milestone,
the charity is also reducing the
charge for swimmers to £1 per
swim and £4 for a family swim at
the Victory Baths, on its actual
anniversary day tomorrow.
The baths will also offer
extended opening hours of 9am
to 7pm between Monday and
The exhibition also opens
tomorrow and, apart from the
public holiday on September
24, runs every day until Sunday,
People interested in viewing the
exhibition at the pool can book
a tour on weekdays at 10.30am,
1.30pm and 7.30pm as well as
during the weekend at 10.30am,
11.30am and 12.30pm.
To book a place on the
exhibition tour, call 0141 618 4914.
Swimmers Hundreds of
youngsters have enjoyed
galas at the baths in the
past 100 years
Success Renfrew’s water polo team win the 1963 West of Scotland Cup
Following covid regulations,
tours must be booked for Test and
Protect purposes and are limited
to ten places per tour. Face masks
must be worn, unless exempt.
More information about
Renfrewshire Leisure’s pools and
how to book swim sessions can be
found at www.renfrewshireleisure.
A further 35 people
have lost their lives
to drugs in the area as
health chiefs prepare
to launch a new service
to support addicts.
The devastating death
toll for the first six months
of the year for Renfrewshire
and Inverclyde comes weeks
after the Express revealed
that the region’s drug-related
deaths had soared to a record
In July, the Express
reported that 67 people
died as a result of drugs in
the area in 2020, rocketing
from a previous high of 50
The new data - which
differs from the National
Records of Scotland figures
used for annual drug related
deaths - show the deaths
that the police suspect have
involved illicit drugs.
These are based on
reports of attending officers’
observations and initial
inquiries at the scene of
It shows that across
Police Scotland’s K division,
covering Renfrewshire and
Inverclyde, a tragic 16 people
lost their lives to drugs
between April and June of
Health chiefs who have
previously called the drugs
crisis in Renfrewshire
“deeply concerning”, this
week confirmed a new
treatment centre for people
struggling with drug abuse
and their families will open
before the end of the year.
Recovery Hub aims to
provide a more holistic
response to the drug and
Based at the Whitehaugh
Centre on Paisley’s Glasgow
Road, it will provide a onestop-shop
services and other supports
needed to help addicts
rebuild their lives.
It will offer a base
for the peer support
group - the Sunshine
Recovery Cafe - and allow
additional services, such
as employment support
and mental health and
well-being sessions, to be
A spokesman for
Renfrewshire Health and
Social Care Partnership,
which is responsible for
drug and alcohol services
in the area, said: “The
refurbishment of the
recovery hub has been
delayed because of the
“However, as restrictions
have eased, work has
progressed in recent weeks
and we are hoping to have
the hub open before the end
of this year.”
Statistics for drug-related
deaths in Renfrewshire in
2020 put the area among
the worst affected regions
in the country, falling just
behind major cities such
as Glasgow and Dundee
and also neighbouring
The local authority area’s
downfall to drugs has
coincided with the rising
availability of street Valium,
peddled on local streets at
50p a pill.
sedatives found in street
Valium - were involved in
more than three quarters
of all deaths in the area last
Addiction experts also
believe that poly drug use
- which involves abusing a
series of different drugs - is
rife in Scotland and one of
the reasons why the country
has the highest drug-related
death rate in Europe.
It is particularly fatal when
people mix methadone
prescriptions with heroin
and/or Benzodiazepines -
which, when taken together,
slow a person’s breathing
until it stops.
The impact of the drug
has been keenly felt in
Renfrewshire in the past
seven to ten years.
The region has seen drug
deaths increase from 19 in
2010 to 67.
Of the 67 people who died
in 2020, 63 of them suffered
an accidental overdose.
A total of 47 of those
who died were men and 20
of the recovery
hub has been
because of the
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A gang of dancehall
put in their place by
a sheriff after an
Paisley Police Court.
Baillie John K. Rae
said: “It appears to
me that you are all
imposing a fine of
£3 on each of the
men who pleaded
guilty to causing a
The neds were
also given the
option of serving 30
days in prison as an
alternative to the
Each of the men
were found guilty of
disturbance at a
dance in a hall in
Castle Street, in
Paisley, at the start
Two of the
accused were from
Paisley, while a
third accused came
involved in a fight
in the men’s
man, who admitted
convictions, was on
parole at the time,
but it was one of the
Paisley duo who
took the blame for
the incident as the
two others claimed
they had only been
trying to break up
Baillie Rae said:
“This appears to be
a case of sheer
British movie beauty Sylvia
Syms was a smash hit when
she visited Paisley in
February of 1958.
In fact, she even took time
out from her hectic schedule
to meet Paisley Daily Express
reporter Jim Neil, who
handed over a special
Mr Neil, whose son
Andrew still works with the
Express as a photographer,
presented Ms Syms with a
Paisley Pattern headscarf,
which the actress fell in love
The film star was making a
personal appearance at the
town’s Regal Cinema.
And Mr Neil was
gobsmacked when she said
she loved it so much that she
would try to wear it in her
Of course, she had to seek
the permission of the
producer, but she was
insistent that Buddies look
out for the beautiful piece of
headgear on the silver
In 1958, a bright future
was predicted for this
unassuming young star, who
made a big hit with the large
audience that had gathered
to see her at the Regal.
The actress was born
Sylvia May Laura Syms in
Gift Paisley Express reporter Jim Neil gives Sylvia Syms a Paisley Pattern headscarf
A little bit of movie magic
January, 1934, and was best
known for her roles in four
These were Woman in a
Dressing Gown (1957), Ice
Cold in Alex (1958), Victim
(1961) and The Tamarind
She was educated at the
Royal Academy of Dramatic
Art, in London, and is still
active in her chosen field to
During a lengthy career on
the silver screen, Syms
played opposite a seemingly
never-ending list of leading
Among her famous
co-stars were Dirk Bogarde,
John Mills, Tony Hancock
and Omar Sharif, while she
also shared a trailer with the
likes of Sid James, Julie
Andrews and Leslie
Her later films included
the The Queen, in which she
played alongside Dame
Helen Mirren, who won an
Oscar for her portrayal as
Delve into the paisley Daily express
Paisley in mourning
for business leader
It was a black day for Paisley when
one of the town’s most eminent
businessmen was fatally injured in
Mr J.O.M. Clark, who was 80 years
of age, was involved in a double
accident on the busy streets of the
After a mishap with a cyclist, both
he and Mr Clark were knocked down
and taken to hospital.
It was January, 1958, and the
prominent Buddie, one of Scotland’s
foremost businessmen, suffered
severe injuries and died a few days
later surrounded by his family.
Mr Clark, who was a son of the
late Robert M. Clark, had a long
association with the thread industry
He had been connected with
Anchor Mills for some 30 years
before his appointment in 1928
to succeed Mr W.H. Coats in the
chairmanship of the firm, a post that
he held for the next 18 years.
He was the first Coats’ chairman
not to bear the family name, and
only the fourth in the history of the
Previously, he had been a director
of both J&P Coats, as well as Clark
and Co Ltd.
When Mr Clark resigned from the
Board in 1946, he was succeeded as
chairman by Mr Robert Laidlaw.
But Mr Clark had other
widespread business connections.
In 1939, he followed the late Sir
Adam Nimmo as chairman of the
Scottish Board of the Yorkshire
He had also been a director of the
Union Bank of Scotland as well as
a number of trust companies, and
held the chairmanship of Blackhall
In 1935, he became a member
of the Scottish Committee of the
Council for Art and Industry and,
three years later, was appointed to
the Arms Advisory Panel, set up to
review supply and production under
the rearmament programme.
Mr Clark’s deep interest in the
wellbeing of his employees was
exemplified in many ways.
He was enthusiastic in the
furtherance of works’ welfare
schemes, and his name was instantly
identified with the model recreation
ground provided for employees of
Anchor Mills at Blackhall.
Various sports in the district also
benefited from his interest, and he
was the donor of many trophies.
In 1924, Mr Clark also helped
co-write a book titled ‘A History
of Tennis’, and for many years was
Honorary President of Kelburne
He also did a great deal for charity,
and was of a quiet and unassuming
nature and well respected by both
his business associated and his
Mr Clark was survived by his wife
and daughter, Lady McCorquodale.
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Tragic Paisley mourned the passing of Mr Clark
A Paisley girl had an
incredibly lucky escape
when a lorry wiped out
the telephone box she
was standing in.
It was February, 1958,
and just after a big
freeze, when the 11-yearold
McAuley, of Chapelhill
Road, was given the
fright of her life.
escape from serious
injury happened at the
telephone kiosk, which
was situated at the
corner of Marnock
Terrace, in Hunterhill.
The youngster was
inside the kiosk at the
time, making a call, when
the lorry knocked over
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the box completely.
Worri ed onlookers
feared for the child’s
safety, but to everyone’s
scrambled out safely.
The lorry, which was
carrying a full load of
coal, skidded on the icy
road surface and struck
Maureen was taken
straight to the Royal
where four stitches were
inserted in a nasty head
The lorry driver, who
was just 18 years of age,
was also taken to the
Paisley hospital, but was
allowed to leave after a
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Lights, camera, action Actor Iain De Caestecker films a scene on Moss Street
BBC thriller filmed in town
Paisley formed the
backdrop of a major
new BBC drama which
was filming in the town
The Control Room tells the
story of Gabe, an ordinary
man who works as an
emergency call handler for
the Strathclyde Ambulance
Service in Glasgow.
His world is turned upside
down when he receives a
desperate life-and-death call
from a woman who appears
to know him.
With Gabe under
pressure to work out who
she is, he makes a decision
that threatens to have
Gabe is played by Iain De
Caestecker, the Glasgowborn
actor who has starred
in Us, Roadkill and Agents of
S.H.I.E.L.D. He was spotted
filming scenes in Paisley next
to the railway arches at Moss
Filming took place all
day and went on well into
Looks tense The drama will be screened next year
the night with several
surrounding roads closed
Iain said: “The Control
Room is one of the most
exciting scripts I’ve ever
read, I was on the edge of my
seat the whole time so I’m
thrilled to now be bringing
it to life. I’ve always loved
working with the BBC and
am especially delighted to
be filming alongside this
fantastic cast and crew in
my hometown of Glasgow.”
The Control Room will
be executive produced
by Elaine Cameron for
Hartswood Films and
Gaynor Holmes for the BBC.
Eric Coulter is the producer
and Amy Neil is directing.
Filming for the threepart
drama is taking
place in Glasgow and the
It is expected to be shown
on TV early next year.
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Found out This P4
class were involved in
the word search
Quizzers The P6s
came up with the
Outdoor activity The three pictures in this
column are all P2s on the Bear Hunt
Wordsmiths This pair were great
Out of the
woods The dejected
bear was finally found
Captains of the house This
senior four adore reading
A quiz This P4 group
The object of the exercise was to flip
open a book and get reading.
And the word fun lasted all day at West
Primary in Paisley.
The Readathon 2021 was the school’s
first fundraiser of the new year.
Fittingly part of the sponsor money
raised with help re-stock class
A West spokeswoman said:
“The children have been
consulted and they
are looking for new
resources for the
playground as well as money to update their
class libraries. Each class will receive a share
of the money.”
Our photographer captured the action as
younger pupils embarked on a Bear Hunt to
try and find a book. Others read outside in the
sun, under a table or in special reading dens.
Quizzes and word searches were combined
with the main event - to read as many books,
comics and magazines as they could.
It gave pupils a valuable lesson that literature
can be fun, as well as a highly necessary skill.
There was only one verdict at the end of the
day . . . it was a total success story.
I’ve found it A
made it easier
Get thinking This group of P4s needed to find set words within books. And, above,
this trio of P2s take a break
Sleeping bear But
the P2s realise he’s just
A classic This young
man reads about Pooh
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Tomorrow’s service will be taken by
Mary Jane Bird who will lead us in
worship and fellowship at the usual
time of 11am.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be
served after the service in the main
The 8th Paisley Company of the
Boy’s Brigade has started for the new
There is a full programme of
activities and fun for all ages from
Anchor Boys, Junior Section to
The boys and officers extend a warm
welcome to any new boys who wish
Holy Trinity &
St Barnabas’ ChurcH
We are open again for public worship.
Our next service is tomorrow at 10am
when we mark Proper 20.
The church’s year revolves
around the two main seasons of
Christmas and Easter along with
their preparatory seasons of Advent
and Lent. The remainder of the year
is described as Proper or Ordinary
Our next Wednesday Eucharist
service is on September 22 at 10.30am.
Entry will be via the Bishop Court
door only (ramp access is available).
Once inside, hand sanitiser
dispensers will be in place in the
vestibule and church, two metre
distancing will be in place, changes
to how communion is distributed
have been made and there will be no
congregational singing, although the
organ and digital music may be used.
Your attendance will also be
recorded (name and telephone
number) for Track and Trace purposes
– the information will be destroyed
after 21 days.
Stewards will support these
measures, and be present to guide,
assist and reassure people.
A recipe for religion
While we are aware that many
people will be looking forward to
returning to church, we know that
many will also still be reluctant to do
The Scottish Episcopal Church will,
therefore, continue to broadcast video
coverage of Eucharistic services via its
website, social media channels and
The web page for the broadcast is
located at www.scotland.anglican.
These services will be broadcast
at 11am on Sunday and, in advance
of the broadcast of each service, the
liturgy – the order of service - will
be available to download from the
SEC website. There is also an 8am
Children’s Chapel broadcast on
The St Vincent de Paul Ozanam
Centre and Streetconnect/
Cornerstone Paisley drop-in centre
have suspended their activities from
our church hall.
If you are aware of anyone who uses
that service, please do let them know.
We would like also to continue to
offer what assistance we can to the
vulnerable in our society, so if you
know of anyone in need of assistance
– practical or spiritual – please reach
out to us via our Facebook page - www.
Tomorrow, we continue our worship
at 11am, led by Minister Rev John
Please note that we have covid
safety arrangements in place for both
entering and leaving the building, and
that you will be asked to wear a mask
throughout the service.
All our services are also available
live on YouTube.
Parents should also note that
children should go to Junior Church in
the lower hall at the beginning of the
service as the new arrangements are
The Kirk Session will meet on
Tuesday, at 7.30pm, although a
decision will be made at the weekend
on whether this will be a virtual
meeting or one in person at the
All our youth organisations have
now resumed their activities and are
well supported as always.
The service tomorrow at 11am will be
conducted by the Rev Jim Gibson and
the choir will sing the Kyrie Eleison
(McPhee), the Te Deum (Stanford in
Bb) and the Anthem: Beati Quorum
Lunch time for Accord supporters
There was plenty of cheer at
the Accord Christmas lunch at
St Mirin’s Cathedral Hall in
The happy gathering was
held after the annual carol
concert at Paisley Abbey.
All are welcome to join this service.
The shop and the abbey itself
are open on three days a week –
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
from 10.30am until 2.30pm and the St
Mirin Chapel is available for private
prayers during these hours.
All covid-related precautions are
still being strictly observed.
Tomorrow at 11am, morning worship
will be conducted by Rev Gordon
Armstrong. All welcome.
Booking in advance is not required,
communications manager at
the charity, said the concert
was appreciated by all.
“It was very touching and
humbling, and St Charles’
Primary School singing carols
made it special. And the lunch
saw people getting into the
although we still have to comply with
one-metre distance and Track and
Cards will be on your seat for you to
Every Tuesday, from 11am to noon
in the church, we will be holding a
Stillness Awareness Service, which
will be conducted by Rev Armstrong
and Rev George Lind. Please feel free
to come and join us.
Our Girl Guides now meet on a
Thursday evening in Oakshaw Trinity
Church hall from 7pm and on Friday
evenings our Boys’ Brigade meet in
the Wynd Centre at 6.30pm for boys
from five years and upwards.
What do we want from our
religion, for many the Christian
It is hard enough coping with
life’s daily duties without being
burdened with a demanding
We do not need a second-hand
We want a religion that is
encouraging and strengthening.
One that makes us feel vital,
giving us a genuine sense of both
the human and divine side of life.
Because, ultimately, we need a
religion making us feel at peace
with ourselves because we are at
peace with our Maker.
Such a perfect religious
attitude is found in Psalm 139.1 ‘O
Lord, thou hast searched me and
This soul is at peace in the
world, is content within himself/
herself, and is at rest with his/her
Today, we arrive at the end of
our study in 1 Thessalonians.
In chapter five, we will find the
ingredients for our real religion.
First, Paul tells us to be alert and
careful because life can change so
quickly. ‘When people say there is
peace, then sudden destruction
will follow” (1 Thessalonians 5.3).
It is true, we never know what’s
ahead of us.
Next, Paul tells us to be
He describes us as, “People of
light and of the day” (1
“People of light” was a
favourite way for believing
people to describe themselves.
For instance, the Qumran
community of the Dead Sea
Scrolls used this terminology.
Thirdly, Paul urges us to be
morally strong. He does this with
a super illustration. The Roman
soldier in full uniform was a
familiar sight. We are to protect
ourselves with our moral armour,
just as a Roman soldier was
equipped for battle.
Paul wrote ,‘Put on the
breastplate of faith and love. And
for a helmet the hope of salvation”
(1 Thessalonians 5.8).
Paul frequently used the
Roman soldier as an illustration
for Christians prepared to combat
In Ephesians, he wrote,
“Therefore take the whole
armour of God that you will be
able to withstand in the evil day”
(Ephesians 6. 13-17).
The final ingredient in our real
religion is the will and purpose of
“God has not destined us for
wrath but to obtain salvation
through our Lord Jesus Christ
who died for us that we might live
with him” (1 Thessalonians 5.
Paul then describes his young
Christian community in a
touching and personal way in
He urges them to encourage
one another, and to help the
He tells them to respect one
When he counsels them never
to repay evil for evil, we feel the
spirit and sentiment of Jesus’
Sermon on the Mount ( 1
Thessalonians 5.15 and Matthew
When Paul tells them to rejoice
always and pray constantly we
remember how he encouraged
his Philippian friends ( 1
Thessalonians 5.17 and
It is summed up in one simple
verse, “Be at peace among
This is our perfect faith. When
we live like this then we live
according to God’s will for us in
Paul ends this letter in a
wonderfully moving way.
“May the God of peace himself
sanctify you wholly, and may your
spirit and soul and body be kept
sound and blameless at the
coming of our Lord Jesus Christ”
(1 Thessalonians 5.23).
Let Paul’s throbbing faith be
Let Paul’s heart-felt love for
Christ thrill and inspire you.
Let Paul’s steady obedience to
Jesus steel your faith and give
power to your witness.
Let Paul’s picture of the thriving
Christian community be the
reality you wish to create in your
Let Paul’s clear vision of his God
and Father in Jesus shine into your
eyes. Then you can love God as
Paul did, you can trust God as Paul
did, because you are certain of
God as Paul was.
Let Paul’s God in Jesus be your
God in Jesus. Then you will be able
to declare as Paul did,
“God who calls you is faithful
and God will accomplish it’ (1
A little prayer – Gentle Father
God. We rely upon your
faithfulness. We rest within your
carefulness. We feel at peace in
your gentleness. All this and more
because of Jesus
Thanks be to God for Jesus. In
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vital win to take
title race right
down to the wire
On paper it was a formality.
Ferguslie would beat Langside and
Clydesdale would beat bottom of the
table Greenock and an historic league
decider at Meikleriggs today would be
set up nicely.
However, things are never that
Ferguslie batting first against Landside
were without regular starters Hasseeb
Zaker, who was unavailable, and Gregor
Preston-Jones who was unfortunately
injured the previous weekend.
Ferguslie soon found themselves in
trouble with a number of self-inflicted
dismissals seeing them sitting at 43/4.
It took youngster Uzair Ahmad to hold
up at the end and support his colleagues
to re-build the innings.
Captain Riyaad Henry scored 30 and
David Stafford bagged 36 before Ahmad
fell for 21.
Some hard hitting from Anup Vejandla
saw him reach 29 not out for Ferguslie to
muster 168/7 in their 50 overs.
In challenging conditions and a wicket
that would help the bowlers, it seemed
Ferguslie may have just done enough to
secure the victory.
An early strike for Ghaffar was then
backed up by Haroon Tahir, who
managed an impressive three wickets
for just seven runs in his 10 overs.
By that stage at 44/5, Langside were
well behind the run rate and despite
hanging on until the 43rd over the game
was well beyond Langside.
Young prospect Uzair Ahmad mopped
up the tail with four wickets .
Meanwhile across the city, Clydesdale
had recovered from being 80/5 to amass
248 runs and all but guarantee a win over
The bottom of the table side were duly
bowled out for just 106.
So, the results that every Scottish
cricket fan wanted had gone to plan.
For the first time in the history of the
WDCU, the final fixture of the season sees
the two top teams playing each other in
a winner takes all league championship
Ferguslie enjoy home advantage at
Meikleriggs, with an 11.30 start set for
A Ferguslie spokesperson said: “Let’s
hope the Paisley team can win their
second piece of silverware this year by
beating Clydesdale for the second time
this year to clinch the title.”
Meanwhile the club’s second string
won their game away at Langside to
secure a top half league position still
with one game remaining.
Crucial performance Ferguslie’s Anup Vejandla
Goodwin has ‘selection headache’ ahead of clash
Decisions, decisions Jim Goodwin in training
From page 24
over the summer.
Goodwin believes whichever midfield
combination he picks will have to be at
their very best to stop the talented duo
from dictating the play in the middle of
He said: “Kyle and Jake are two very good
players, which of course is why we wanted
to keep them here.
“I’m delighted to see that Kyle has been
able to get himself in good enough physical
shape that allows him to be available all
“His quality on the ball was never in
doubt for us, his only trouble here was
“Jake did really well for us in a short
space of time and the fans were drawn to
him. He had a brilliant first few months
and then tailed off, purely due to a lack
“The Hibs fans already can appreciate
the quality he brings.
“Everybody has weaknesses in their
game and our guys will have to be at their
best to get the better of them on Saturday.”
Hibs have enjoyed an unbeaten start to
their Premiership campaign so far, with
former Arsenal goalkeeper Matt Macey
impressing in the Edinburgh derby last
Goodwin paid tribute to his own
number one Jak Alnwick for putting his
Parkhead horrorshow behind him to pick
up two impressive clean sheets, while also
backing his strikers to start firing soon.
He said: “We’re going to rely on Jak
Alnwick on a few occasions against Hibs,
“I think he has been outstanding coming
off the back of conceding six at Parkhead.
“To have the strength and character
to put in two really good performances
against St Johnstone and Dundee United
in the manner he did, making some
important saves, to keep two clean sheets
is testament to the type of person he is.
“We’re going to need him to be at his
best but at the same time I think we’re
creating good chances and getting into
“We’re putting quality balls into the box.
Eventually things will fall for us.
“I’ve got good options up front and it’s
frustrating because Eamonn Brophy and
Curtis Main have both scored goals.
“Main’s against Celtic was at least a yard
on side and that would have given him a
big confidence boost.
“Brophy should have had a second to
his name against Dundee United.
“There’s nothing to suggest that
partnership is set in stone. Things are
always there to be changed and we’ve
got decent strength in depth in that area.
“The other guys are working hard
through the week to try and impress me
to get an opportunity.
“I’m not afraid to make changes but
I also feel there’s no point in making a
change for change’s sake.
“At the end of the day we need to do
better in front of goal, the centre forwards
and the rest of the team.”
We’ve got really good
options in midfield and
throughout the squad.
That’s the kind of
headache you want
as a manager
Renfrewshire Raptors special
Raptors roar to another
Renfrewshire Raptors punched above
their weight against top flight teams to
secure an impressive league finish.
The Raptors are now ranked fourth in Scotland
following a stellar BAFA season which saw the club
finish with a winning 6-4 record.
The flag American football side finished
the campaign in style with a home game day at
Johnstone Sports Hub, home of amateur side Thorn
Athletic who kindly provided the venue for the
The Raptors were up against it from the very start
of the season with the top and second divisions
amalgamated due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
This resulted in the Renfrewshire side facing a
number of opposition sides from the top flight who
they wouldn’t otherwise face, as well as their normal
BAFA Division One rivals.
However, an Aberdeen double-header against the
Silvercats and Oilcats mustered the crucial victory
required to secure a fourth spot finish which seen
them finish above a handful of Premier sides.
The return of Jason Dale was evident in a 40-25
win over the Silvercats, with the receiver linking up
well with quarterback Ben Wilson to ensure that
victory was never in doubt.
However, the safe hands of centre William “Jiggy”
Hedderwick provided the highlight of the game, with
a fantastic diving catch in the end zone.
The Raptors followed the win up with a 48-20
loss at the hands of the Oilcats, who would finish
the campaign in second spot having only lost once
Head coach Mark Peberdy said: “The gameday
in Johnstone was the perfect example of teamwork.
“We were down a couple of key individuals
meaning we had people playing in positions they
haven’t all season and seeing people step up when
“The second game was not ours to be had,
however even though we weren’t able to shock
the league we were able to walk away with our heads
high and have a little bit of fun.
“Finishing the day meant that we, a Division One
team that a lot of people underestimated, finished
fourth in the league.
“That in itself is a wonderful achievement and
every player should take pride in getting us there.
It’s a spectacular achievement that they can all be
Earlier in the season, the Raptors got off to a
good start, seeing off the Grangemouth Colts
in gameweek one, before falling to the Colts’ all
conquering first team and eventual third place side,
the Grangemouth Broncos.
However, it was gameweek two at Glasgow’s
Crownpoint Sports Centre that the Raptors really
hit top gear despite missing a number of key players.
A 41-7 win over the West Lothian Chargers was
followed up with a 56-6 triumph over top-flight
outfit, the Glasgow Killer Bees.
Raptors were no match for the eventual
champions the Glasgow Hornets in the third
gameday of the season at Port Glasgow, but dusted
themselves down to hold off the Clyde Comets for
a 33-28 win.
And the penultimate gameday, also in Johnstone,
brought a win over the Edinburgh Outlaws, as well
as a defeat at the hands of the Dunfermline Kings.
All roads now point to next season, with a
recruitment drive already in place ahead of a
potential promotion push
Peberdy added: “We are already back in training
ahead of next season, and looking to lay the ground
work for a another successful campaign.
“We have put in a lot of hard work to get to this
stage and we have the potential to take ourselves
to the next level.
“Our training sessions are open to all on a
Wednesday night at Gleniffer High School, and
anybody looking for more information just needs
to visit our Facebook page – we are open to all.”
Renfrewshire Raptors 2021 squad was: Ben
Wilson, William Hedderwick, Paul Johnstone, Jason
Dale, Alan Miller, Roberto Cann, Greg Dalglish,
Craig Ritchie, Stewart Fleming, Ryan Wallace, Jordan
Larkin, Ross Lawtie, Grant Higgins, Stuart Ferguson
and Mark Peberdy.
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hibernian v St MIRReN
Premiership, Today, Easter Road, 3pm
Conor McCarthy insists
he won’t let a potential
move away from St Mirren
distract him on the pitch.
The Buddies turned down a
derisory bid from English League
One side Rotherham for the centre
back over the summer, with the
23-year-old’s contract set to expire
The Irishman sat out the first two
Premiership games of the season,
before an injury to Charles Dunne
saw him return to Jim Goodwin’s
McCarthy is adamant he’s fully
focused on doing his talking on the
pitch, while also revealing talks are
still ongoing about signing a new
deal in Paisley.
He told Express Sport: “It (the
speculation) hasn’t affected me
at all. I’ve put it to one side.
“The interest was flattering at the
time but the window is closed now
so my full focus is on St Mirren.
“It happens almost every
transfer window, bids come in
and they get rejected.
“It never got to the stage where
it was really, really close.
“It came in, it didn’t meet the
valuation and that was it.
“I had a conversation with my
agent and the manager.
“My representatives have been
in talks with the club for the last
few months. I don’t focus on that
too much, I just focus on football.
“There’s been an offer there
from St Mirren for the last couple
of months, but these things don’t
get done overnight.
“It takes a while to get everything
down an offer for
ironed out. I love it here at the club.
“The manager and the staff
have been really good to me since
I came here.”
With Dunne out for at least
another two weeks, McCarthy is
more than likely to line-up against
He’s determined to prove to his
manager he deserves to stay in the
team, and believes his squad have
plenty of quality to pose the Easter
Road side problems.
McCarthy said: “Going into the
start of the season the manager
had his three defenders in mind.
“He obviously felt I wasn’t good
enough to play in the team and that
was his opinion.
“It’s up to me on the training
ground and the pitch to show him
what I can do.
“It’s been an up and down start
to the season for us as a team.
“We’ve not performed to the
level we would have liked so far.
“I haven’t been playing as much
as I would have liked recently as
well, so it’s been tough.
“As a group we’ve conceded
more goals than we’re used to.
“At the top end of the pitch we’re
not firing either.
“It’s still early days though.
“We know the calibre of player
we’ve got in the training room.
“We see it every day in training.
“The likes of Eamonn Brophy,
Lee Erwin, Kristian Dennis and
Curtis Main. They’re four really
good strikers and we’ve got the
likes of Jamie McGrath and Connor
Ronan playing behind them.
“You’re not short of creativity
with those two and I’m sure the
goals will come.”
t o have
Jim Goodwin revealed he’s
got a “nightmare” selection
headache as he tries to pick
which midfield combination
to send into battle at Easter
The Buddies have been
boosted ahead of their trip
to Edinburgh today by the
welcome return of Alan
Power and Ethan Erhahon,
who both return from
suspension this weekend.
With 16-year-old prospect
Dylan Reid shining in the
middle of the park against
Dundee United and new
signing Connor Ronan also
impressing on his debut,
Goodwin revealed he’s got
a serious challenge ahead of
him to decide who will get the
nod against Hibs.
Goodwin told Express
Sport: “We’ve got really
good options in midfield
and throughout the squad.
I’ve got great players in every
position, especially midfield.
choices Jim Goodwin
“That’s the kind of
headache you want as a
manager. You don’t want to
ever be short of bodies.
“The boys who played last
week didn’t do themselves
any harm at all.
“Of course I’m pleased to
have Ethan and Alan back
available, but that doesn’t
mean they’re going to go
straight back into the team.
“You get your jersey on
merit as far as I’m concerned
and I thought Dylan Reid was
excellent against Dundee
United and Connor Ronan
showed he is a top player too.
“Ethan is a really good
young prospect who had a
great season last season.
Ryan Flynn came on and did
very well too, he was a very
calming influence, so I’ve
got a nightmare trying to pick
which two or three I go with.
“It’s a difficult one but I’d
much rather that situation
than the other way around.”
Hibs midfield is likely to
include former Buddies Kyle
Magennis and Jake Doyle-
Hayes, with the latter having
joined the Easter Road side
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orders Bernie to assemble a threestrong
team and attempt a rescue.
The Finest Hours is a resolutely
old-fashioned drama of gallantry at
sea, that pays glowing tribute to
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Author and musician Boff Whalley and
his long-time friend British running
champion Gary Divine are legendary.
Boff is from the band Chumbawamba
and infamous for
throwing eggs at John
Prescott. He has written
several touring plays and
working for Tate Britain,
and most recently with
Welsh National Opera.
His latest book, Faster louder, tells
the true story of how teenage punk
Gary Divine, went from seemingly
existing on a diet of cider, parties and
loud music to rise to the top in the
tough sport of fell running. The
paperback from Great Northern Books
is out now, RRP £9.99, and is also
available on kindle.
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I just call myself
a drag queen
Michelle Visage is back on
the judging panel for series
three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK.
found out why she
adores the role
From hitting the music charts with girl
band Seduction to winning a whole new
legion of fans thanks to starring in
Strictly Come Dancing in 2019,
Michelle Visage has had a glittering
But there is one job which she is
particularly famous for – being a
judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
The third series of the UK version
of the reality competition lands on
BBC iPlayer this month, and once
again, New Jersey-born Michelle,
52, who is married to author and
screenwriter David Case, will be
sitting on the panel alongside drag
queen RuPaul, who she met on the
New York scene in the 80s.
Graham Norton and Alan Carr will
alternate each week as guest judges,
while other famous faces
who have been confirmed
to appear on the show are
comedians Matt Lucas and
Kathy Burke, Strictly Come
Dancing professional Oti
Mabuse, pop star Nadine
Coyle and Loose Women
presenter Judi Love.
A total of 12 queens will
be sashaying down the runway.
Amongst those hoping
to impress is the show’s
first-ever cisgender [meaning
a person who’s sense of
identity corresponds to
their birth sex] female drag queen, Portsmouth-born
Here, we find out more from mum-oftwo
How would you sum up the new
series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK?
It’s completely different, because it’s
completely different queens, with completely
different stories, completely different
trajectories. You don’t know
where somebody is going to go, and
that’s the beauty of RuPaul’s Drag Race,
you go on a ride with these people.
How important is the decision to
include Victoria Scone in the line up?
I’ve always maintained that all drag is
A lot of people try
to fit into a certain
mould to make
instead of making
valid, and it really is. It
needs to be on
RuPaul’s Drag Racelevel
to get into the competition.
So, we will
always welcome everybody
to audition – that
audition tape better be
very, very good!
Having Victoria on this series is gamechanging.
I consider myself a cis woman
drag queen, AFAB [assigned female at
birth] queen, whatever you want to call
it – I just call myself a drag queen.
And I’ve been trying to compete
behind that judging table for 14 years
now. It’s just part of the beautiful growth
of drag, and what we represent, and we
are all-inclusive, so it is important that
she’s there. And she’s wonderful.
You must get some amazing reactions
from fans. What’s the strangest place
you’ve been recognised?
An odd place was at the gynaecologists’
office; sitting there waiting to go in and
you see somebody looking, and it’s like,
Michelle Visage says
she is looking
forward to watching
this year’s drag queens
do their thing
through an early
‘Do I have something on my face?’ It was
one of those moments where I was like,
‘Well, I’m gonna remember this one!’.
The queens get a lot of support on
social media too. How does it feel to
see drag becoming more accepted?
I’ve been a fan of drag since I was a
kid, and people thought I was
crazy for loving drag. But drag, to
me, has always been as viable an
art form as painting, as dance.
So, it’s very rewarding for me to
sit back and go, ‘See, I told you! I
knew it’. Drag is amazing and
expressive and artistic, and it
fills my soul and my heart with
No matter what it is, there’s
going to be haters, whether it’s
politics, whether it’s the arts,
whether it’s your face, there’s
always going to be somebody
who has something negative
to say. You just can’t spend too
much time soaking in that.
What are the biggest lessons
you’ve learned in your career?
I’ve learned to be flexible. A lot of
people try to fit into a certain
mould to make people happy
instead of making themselves
happy, and I have
been a victim of that as
If you can stay steadfast
to who you are, and true
to what you believe, what
you feel you represent,
you’ll be unstoppable.
I’m the best Michelle Visage
that there can be, and I
need to just focus on that.
Have you kept up ballroom dancing
since competing on Strictly?
I left Strictly and had to have knee surgery.
I hurt my knee on the launch show. I did
that entire competition with a torn meniscus.
Obviously, the team knew, but I was
given the OK to dance through it. I didn’t
want the judges to know because I didn’t
want to have a target on my back, I wanted
to give it all I could.
Two weeks after knee surgery, I said to
my doctor, ‘When can I dance?’ He’s like,
‘You’re good! You can go dance’. So I take a
dance class at least once a week. I’m still
not great, but I love it so much.
I found my love of Latin and ballroom
through doing Strictly and I had the best
experience of my life.
■■RuPaul’s Drag Race UK series 3 will
return to BBC Three and iPlayer on
Thursday September 23, with new
episodes dropping weekly.
Food & Drink
WITH JANE CLARE
What a few days. I’ve been hot (phew,
a September sun), I’ve been rained on
(lots and lots). Who knows what the
weather gods will be throwing around
by the time you’re reading this.
But those few days have also been
perfect. I’ve been “out out” – not in
a posh frock and lipstick sense – but
in a wine sense. I’ve met real wine
people at live tasting events.
Bordeaux Day was a joy, and for the
first time, I had the chance to taste
the wines in the latest Bordeaux Hot
50. I brought you one of them just a
couple of weeks ago: Château Pey de
Faure 2019 (£12.99, online at Averys).
I’ve now met its wine friends, all of
them highlighting the modern
approach adopted by Bordeaux
winemakers – whether through their
techniques or sustainable practices.
The Hot 50 wines are under £25
and chosen to be approachable and
appealing. If you’re nervous about
trying new wines they’re a
great place to start exploring
the diversity of the region.
Here are three: A sparkling,
a white and a red.
I love a drop of fizz and
Premius Crémant de
Bordeaux Brut (£RRP
£10-£12, Slurp) is gorgeous.
The grapes sémillon,
muscadelle and cabernet
sauvignon have been cajoled into
creating a wine with aromas of fresh
and baked apples, toasty
bread and baking spice. It is
fresh, characterful and zesty.
One of my favourite whites
of the day was Château
Argadens 2019 (£12.50,
vegan, and the vineyards are
managed in a way which
increases biodiversity and
decreases any negative
environmental impact. It is
also very enjoyable.
The white is a blend of sauvignon
blanc (which takes the lead role in this
palate performance) and sémillon. The
aromas just keep on giving; tangy
citrus, especially grapefruit.
A savoury edge adds depth
and interest. The flavours zing
and twist and delight.
As for the red, there were
many to choose from, but for
this missive I’ve opted for
Roc de Lussac 2019 (£7.75,
Sainsbury’s). The wine is from
the Saint-Emilion appellation
where the fruitily plummy
merlot grape dominates.
Cabernet sauvignon and cabernet
franc are the blending partners in this
wine which speaks of red and black
fruits, and spice. Tannins play their
part in an undemanding way.
■■The Bordeaux Hot 50 list is online
■■Jane is a member of the Circle of
Wine Writers. Find her on social media
and online as One Foot in the Grapes.
Jamie Oliver is an absolute
machine. The celebrity chef – no
longer ‘naked’, but very much
clothed and still campaigning for
us all to cook (stress-free) from
scratch at home – is back with a
new recipe collection, Together.
While not all five of his children
are featured on the cover (three
are, we get the sense the teenagers
have bowed out this time around),
this book is all about feeding the
people you love.
With most people now vaccinated
and social restrictions
lifted, Jamie is betting people will
be eager to host dinner parties,
brunches and holiday gatherings.
His 25th cookbook shows readers
how to throw a big party in
true Oliver fashion – without too
much fuss, so the cook can have
The emphasis is on sharing delicious
meals together rather than
spending all your time stressed in
the kitchen and it is packed full of
tasty, comforting dishes that
require minimum preparation.
Jamie says: “Together is a real
homage to the great home feast,
something I have really missed
sharing with friends and family
over the past year.
“So many people find real joy in
a shared meal, have rediscovered
a love of cooking or perhaps even
given it a go for the first time.
“I wanted the recipes to feel like
a culinary light at the end of the
tunnel, where food can be enjoyed
“This is about giving you an
excuse to get the people you love
around the table again.”
As is usually the case nowadays,
the cookbook is tied to a new television
In each episode of Channel 4’s
Jamie Oliver: Together, the chef
will take us through the recipes
step by step, making them for his
1tbsp quinoa; 1tbsp frozen edamame
beans; 100g crunchy veg, such as
cucumber, sugar snap peas,
mangetout, carrots; 2 level tsps white
miso paste; 2tsps rice wine vinegar;
1 fresh chilli; 1cm piece of ginger; 1 lime;
2tsps sesame oil; 2tsps low-salt soy
sauce; 2tsps sesame seeds; 200g
super-fresh chunky tuna steak, from
Optional: 2 sprigs of shiso, mint
GET AHEAD: You can prep all this on
the day, if you prefer.
1. Cook the quinoa in plenty of water
according to the packet instructions,
adding the edamame for the last 2
minutes, then drain and cool. Take time
to prep your crunchy veg – it’s nice to
have a mixture, so use up any veg from
the fridge – and finely slice everything
as delicately as you can.
2. Muddle the miso into the rice
vinegar, then scrunch with the prepped
Dedicated to NHS staff, the
impact of the pandemic is a
thread that Jamie picks up on
In the first episode the chef prepares
a feast for people doing volfamily
and friends, so we can
make them for ours.
Whether it’s hosting a beautiful
curry night, summery feast, or a
celebration meal, Jamie’s got you
Jamie Oliver’s new recipe book, Together, is a
homage to the great home feast. The chef reveals
why it’s the perfect time to entertain once again
veg, quinoa and edamame – flavours
will develop and deepen overnight.
3. To make a dressing, deseed and
finely chop the chilli and place in a
clean jam jar. Peel and finely grate in
ginger, squeeze in lime juice, then add
sesame oil and soy and pop the lid on.
4. Toast the sesame seeds in a
non-stick frying pan on a high heat
until lightly golden, tossing regularly,
then remove. Sear the tuna for just 20
seconds on each side and edge, turning
with tongs. Leave to cool. Cover and
refrigerate the veg and tuna overnight.
TO SERVE: If you’ve prepped ahead,
get everything out of the fridge 15
minutes before serving. Finely slice the
tuna and arrange around a platter. Pile
the dressed veg in the centre, shake up
the dressing and spoon over the tuna.
Finish with the herb leaves (if using),
and toasted sesame seeds.
■■ENERGY 253kcal; FAT 12.7g; SAT FAT 2.5g;
PROTEIN 17.7g; CARBS 7.6g; SUGARS 2.6g;
SALT 1.2g; FIBRE 1.8g
Together is a real
homage to the great
home feast, something
I have really missed
sharing with friends and
family over the past year.
Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on
his new TV series and book
untary work through the pandemic,
from helping at food banks
and vaccination centres to sewing
The centrepiece of the meal is
salmon decorated and flavoured
with rosemary, chillies, capers
and anchovies, served with a lemony
potato salad and extra sweet
oregano and garlic roasted tomatoes.
Jamie also serves up cheesy
puffs as canapés, strawberry and
prosecco cocktails, and a summer
pudding made with strawberries,
cucumber and Pimm’s.
And he’s right, it’s very lovely to
be able to sit down, chat and eat
Photography by David Loftus.
■■Jamie Oliver: Together is on
Mondays, Channel 4, at 8pm
JAMIE OLIVER’S ELEGANT TUNA CARPACCIO, MISO VEG, CHILLI AND LIME DRESSING AND SESAME(Serves 2)
Food & Drink
Jamie Oliver’s fragrant squash curry with
chickpeas, ginger, spices and coconut milk
(Serves 6 + 2 leftover portions)
1 butternut squash
(1.2kg); Olive oil; 1 onion;
2 cloves of garlic; 4cm
piece of ginger; 1tsp
coriander seeds; 1tsp
fenugreek seeds; 1tsp
medium curry powder;
300g ripe cherry
tomatoes; 2 tinned
pineapple rings in juice;
1 x 400ml tin of light
coconut milk; 1 x 400g
tin of chickpeas
Optional: 2 sprigs of
coriander, to serve
GET AHEAD: You can
make this on the day, if
1. Preheat the oven to
180°C. Scrub the squash
(there’s no need to peel
it), carefully halve it
lengthways and deseed,
then chop into 2cm
2. Place in a roasting
tray, toss with 1
tablespoon of olive oil
and a pinch of sea salt
and black pepper, then
roast for one hour, or
until soft and
3. Meanwhile, peel and
roughly chop the onion,
peel the garlic and
ginger, and dry fry in a
non-stick frying pan
on a medium-high heat
with the coriander and
fenugreek seeds and the
curry powder, stirring
until lightly charred all
4. Add the tomatoes
and pineapple rings
(reserving the juice), and
cook for 10 minutes to
soften and char, stirring
5. Tip it all into a
blender, add the coconut
milk and blitz until very
smooth. Return to the
pan, tip in the chickpeas,
juice and all, and
simmer gently until the
sauce is thickened.
6. Stir in the roasted
squash, then season the
curry to perfection,
tasting and tweaking,
and loosening with the
reserved pineapple juice.
7. Cool, cover and
TO SERVE: Preheat the
oven to 150°C. Place the
covered pan of curry in
the oven until hot
through – about an hour.
Nice with picked
Jamie Oliver’s chocolate orange crÈme brÛlÉe
(Serves 2 + 2 leftover puds)
100ml double cream;
milk; 100g dark
chocolate (70%); 4 large
free-range eggs; 80g
golden caster sugar, plus
extra for sprinkling; 1
orange; Seasonal berries,
GET AHEAD: Pour
the cream and milk
into a non-stick pan,
snap in the
place on a
until chocolate has
from the heat and
allow to cool
slightly while you
1. In a large mixing
bowl, whisk the
yolks (freeze the
whites to make
meringues another day)
with the sugar and the
finely grated orange zest
until pale and fluffy.
gradually pour in the
chocolate mixture until
combined. Return to the
pan and place over a low
heat, then very gently
bring to a simmer,
whisking constantly for
about 10 minutes, or until
you have a custard-like
2. Divide between four
small heatproof cups or
two sharing bowls, then
cool, cover and leave
to set in the fridge
TO SERVE: Sprinkle a
little sugar over two of
the puds, then melt it
under a hot grill or
using a blowtorch.
Serve with orange
segments, berries or
cherries. The two
extra puds will keep
for up to 5 days in the
fridge, if you can wait
■■ENERGY 414kcal; FAT
27.1g; SAT FAT 13.7g;
PROTEIN 8.9g; CARBS
39.8g; SUGARS 39.6g;
SALT 0.2g; FIBRE 1g
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The hit list
From quilted coats to capes, to statement sweaters,
EMMA JOHNSON picks out her new season must buys
Green and crystal
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Silver Ocean Eyes
£32, Milly Grace
every day a
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this comfy yet
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and this one
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dresses are having
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this one, £63.20,
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Steal a march on
this beautiful buy
before it is gone.
MARKS & SPENCER’S
This season’s must-have
print, in a must-have
time of going
tennis ace emma had a ball in new york
SHE was on the same red carpet
as icons like Jennifer Lopez,
Rihanna, Debbie Harry and
fellow tennis stars Venus and
Serena Williams, but teenage
sporting sensation Emma
Raducanu was the one courting
all the attention at Monday’s
Just 48 hours after she
powered to victory in the US
Open, the 18-year-old
from Kent was posing
for photographers at
the event known as ‘the
Oscars of the fashion
world’ as if she had
been doing it her whole
Ditching her blue
and red tennis kit for a
black and white silk
crop top, skirt and cape
by Chanel, no less,
it was a case of
While the likes of Kim
Kardashian, 40, whose
number completely hid
her face and hands, set
out to shock, the youngster was
understated and elegant.
The pearl belly chain brought
a fresh youthful touch to her
The Met Gala, which is a
fundraiser for New York’s
Costume Institute, has become
renowned for weird and wacky
outfits, but Kim’s top-to-toe
Dementor-esque look and
singer Frank Ocean’s creepy
robotic baby aside – this year’s
was a largely straightforward
Back to Kim, and how do we
even know it was her under
there? She could have been
home watching reruns
of her reality show. At least
nobody came dressed as a
cheeseburger this time, like
singer Katy Perry did in 2019.
Emma wasn’t the only Brit at
the glittering party hosted by
Vogue editor-in-chief and tennis
fan Anna Wintour. Actress
Sienna Miller, 39, looked radiant
in a heavily embellished Gucci
gown, while Girl on the Train star
Emily Blunt, 38, channelled
1930s screen icon Hedy Lamarr
in her Miu Miu ensemble and
The event which was
cancelled last year due
to Covid, also saw
the return of the ‘naked
dress’ as seen on
Kendall Jenner, 25, in
Givenchy and Zoe
Kravitz, 32, in Saint
Laurent – how on earth
did they sit down in all
Ouch! Jennifer Lopez,
52, was one of the stars
who played to the
night’s theme of In
America: A Lexicon of
Fashion, with a striking
ensemble from US
design icon Ralph
Lauren. If they ever do a genderswitch
Indiana Jones, J-Lo is a
But with a smile wider than
pop star Billie Eilish’s Oscar de la
Renta ballgown, the evening
belonged to Emma Raducanu.
The Met Gala was also the
second time in as many days
the teen has been spotted
wearing Chanel. She donned a
shimmering strapless black mini
dress by the French fashion
house to collect her US Open
trophy on Saturday, prompting
speculation the label is wooing
her as an ambassador.
It has been predicted Emma
could earn as much as £100m in
sponsorship over the next few
years. A Chanel deal would be a
pretty ace way to start.
DRESSED TO IMPRESS: Kendall Jenner, Jennifer Lopez,
Emily Blunt and Kim Kardashian at this week’s Met Gala
My cardiologist told me
if I had gone on tour I’d
probably have died on
stage in Southampton
BoB MoRtIMeR, Gone Fishing
star, Would I Lie to You? regular,
one half of comedy duo Reeves
and Mortimer and all-round
reflects that his life has taken a
turn for the better since his
health took a turn for the worse.
Some six years since his triple
heart bypass operation he feels
healthier than he has for years,
despite not doing enough exercise
and by his own admission,
still hankering after a pastrytopped
Meeting him today, Mortimer,
62, is instantly likeable, witty and
thoughtful with his answers. The
surreal imaginations of his Would I
Lie to You? stories are absent over
Zoom, but the twinkle in his eye
and laughter as he recalls funny
anecdotes are ever-present.
The man who used to have 16
sugars in his tea and still takes
some ‘pocket meat’ with him
whenever he goes out – Scotch
egg, pork pie and Peperami sausage
are among his favourites –
admits that even now he’s still not
great at looking after his health,
although he’s down to between
five and seven sugars depending
on how naughty he’s feeling.
“I didn’t really look after my
health before and I’m not as
good as I should be now. Some
people seem to have the DNA for
exercise and health and the
motivation, while some people
struggle – and I do struggle,” he
“I’m better than I was, but I get
so bored with things. I got an
exercise bike and that lasted
about four months, but then I
lose the will to live,” he says,
laughing. “At this moment I’m in
a phase where my wife and I go
rambling every day.”
He charts the highs and lows
of his life in his memoir, And
Away..., from his early years
growing up in Middlesbrough
and his biscuit salesman father’s
shocking death in a car accident
when he was seven, to quitting
his job as a solicitor to take to the
stage with Vic Reeves (aka Jim
Moir) and enjoy success in comedy.
The childhood and career
adventures are interspersed with
Bob Mortimer talks to HannaH
StepHenSon about his recovery
following his brush with death
chapters on his dramatic triple
heart bypass in 2015.
That year, he was about to go on
a Reeves and Mortimer tour,
marking 30 years since they first
stepped on stage together, and
was a little concerned about his
constant tiredness, as well as a
sharp pain behind his left ribcage.
“Looking back on it, I was
sleeping every afternoon, I was
breathless when I went to the top
of the stairs or if I played football
with my sons I couldn’t last very
long. I just put it down to my age.”
He went to his doctor for a pretour
check-up, was immediately
referred to a cardiologist and a
few days later underwent open
triple heart bypass surgery. The
consultant told him that some of
his arteries were between 95-98%
“He told me that if I’d gone on
tour I would have probably died
on stage in Southampton,” he
“The overpowering feeling was
one of fear. I was very scared. I
convinced myself that it would
be absolutely life-changing. I
don’t suppose I thought I was
going to die, although they give
you the warning that everyone
gets before an operation.
“But I just didn’t think life was
ever going to be the same again
and you start having regrets of ‘I’m
never going to be able to do that’,”
“The reason I carp on about it
You feel very
going out into the
that the only voice
in my life telling
me to get out of
the house was
was set to go
on tour with
now – and I get sick of
hearing myself talking
about the heart thing
– is that when I went
through it I felt very
ignorant about it. I
didn’t know how long it (the triple
bypass) lasted or whether I’d
ever walk. I didn’t know what the
future held and in my own little
way I’m trying to repay the doctors
by being someone who people
can see and say, ‘oh, you’re
He married his long-term partner,
Lisa, with whom he has two
sons, Harry and tom, aged 18
and 16 on the day he went into
hospital for the operation. Lisa
drove him to hospital after the
register office ceremony.
The surgery went well but afterwards
Bob was scared to go out,
and basically spent a month hiding
away after being discharged,
ignoring calls from all his friends,
even Jim Moir. But his old pal Paul
Whitehouse didn’t give up. Bob
reflects he was instrumental in his
“When you’ve had the operation
– especially that big cut down your
Bob Mortimer says he
did not think life would
ever be the same again
after his heart bypass
chest – you feel very vulnerable,
even going out into the street. I
was sat about a bit. It’s true that
the only voice in my life telling me
to get out of the house was Paul
Whitehouse. He was very insistent
and very persistent.”
Because Paul had previously
had three stents inserted into the
arteries around his heart, he was
the nearest to a friendly expert
that Bob had. He finally persuaded
him to go on a fishing trip
together – which helped to
reconnect him with the world
and subsequently spawned the
idea of the hit show Gone
“He was the first person I
opened up to apart from my wife
about the journey. And there’s
that lovely thing about fishing. If
I’d gone for a drink with Paul, all
we’d have done is try to make
each other laugh.
“But when you go to the riverbank
you make each other laugh
and there’s still six hours left and
you do get a bit reflective and I
started to dare to ask Paul about
his rehab. We both support each
other with it.”
Some 12 weeks after his
surgery, Bob resumed the tour
with Reeves, after being signed
off by the consultant on condition
he didn’t let his heart rate
rise above 154bpm.
Yet on the opening night at the
o2 Arena in Leeds, his legs
turned to jelly as the heart monitor
on his wrist rose to 150bpm
before he set a foot on stage. He
just wanted to run away and
hide but it was too late.
The show went well, the
comedy duo ad-libbing about
Bob’s heart monitor – and he’s
never looked back.
“When I went out on that stage
at Leeds when my wristband
was telling me not to, that was
my recovery over because then I
realised that I’m probably
stronger than I was before the
operation. I thank the audience
for giving us a good cheer to get
us out there.”
They’ve completed several
tours since and are hoping to tour
next year, as well as writing a film.
“I’ve learned a lot more about
(heart) disease so before I go on
tour I’ll have a stress test. In
essence, I’ve got three new
pipes. I’m not on many tablets. I
take statins and that’s it.”
“I did some things after the
operation that I wouldn’t have
done before. It felt like a brush
with mortality. I realised that
you are counting down the
These things have included his
football podcast, Athletico Mince,
an interview on Desert Island
Discs and Gone Fishing, which he
hopes will run to a fifth series.
He says he doesn’t worry about
his health much now but has
given up smoking after being a
20-a-day man for nearly 50 years,
and changed his diet a little.
“At home, I earn a ‘dirty’ meal
by having two healthy ones,” he
reveals. And his favourite dirty
meal is “any meat pie”.
As for the younger comedy
talent coming up through the
ranks – James Acaster, Rob
Beckett, Nish Kumar et al – he
says he doesn’t feel threatened.
“They’re all lovely – and I’m
not just saying that. I did a
podcast with ed Gamble and
James Acaster last week and
they were hilarious. It makes me
nostalgic. They are funny and
they have got it all ahead of
“ten years ago I used to
wonder who our audience was,
because we were used to
entertaining younger people,
but with the likes of Gone
Fishing you come to terms with
the fact any audience is just
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looks at memorable
tv exits as Corrie
FaNs bid Farewell
to Norris Cole
NOSEY Norris kept watch on the
antics of his Coronation Street
neighbours for 27 years and they
will be raising a glass or two to his
memory at the Rover’s Return.
His soap exit was made quietly
off-screen this week with Ken
Barlow, Rita and Mary arriving at
the hospital only to be told he
had passed away half an
Actor Malcolm Hebden,
who played Norris
Cole, is now 81 and
suffered a heart attack
in 2017. He briefly
returned to Corrie a few
years later and his character
was last seen enjoying
life at Stillwaters
Malcolm has notched up more
than 1,600 episodes of Coronation
Street but first played another role
on the soap before landing the
iconic role of Kabin owner Norris.
He first appeared on the cobbles in
1974 as Carlos, the Spanish boyfriend
of Thelma Barlow’s Mavis
Brookside’s Beth Jordache,
played by Anna Friel, also died in
hospital when she made a sudden
exit from the Channel 4 soap in
1995. She passed away from a pre-
with mum Mandy
hours before she
was due to appear
in court to appeal
her conviction for
murdering her abusive dad
One of Coronation Street’s most
memorable deaths was when the
villain Alan Bradley (Mark Eden)
met his maker in 1989 after being
run over by a Blackpool tram, while
chasing his ex-partner Rita Fairclough
(Barbara Knox). Mark was
later invited to unveil a plaque at
the seaside resort at the tram stop
where the scene was filmed
because so many fans wanted to
visit the scene of his demise.
Mark, who passed away in Janu-
played Norris for nearly
Rita, played by Barbara
Knox saw Alan Bradley
(Mark Eden) hit by a tram
ary at the age of 92, once said: “I
was only allowed to film Alan’s
last moments running away as
they insisted on a double for the
scene under the tram wheels. I
gather 26 million viewers
watched those final moments.”
Queen Vic landlady Angie
Watts (Anita Dobson) was last
seen in Albert Square in 1988,
but her off-screen death was
only announced 14 years later
in 2002. It was said the EastEnders
favourite had drunk herself
to death and died from cirrhosis
of the liver.
When Janine Butcher pushed
Barry Evans (Shaun Williamson)
off a cliff in EastEnders, it
really was a cliff-hanger. He fell
to his death on New Year’s Day
2004 while they were on honeymoon
in the Scottish Highlands.
Janine plotted to marry Barry
for his money after he told her
he was terminally ill. However,
in a twist of fate, Barry learned
he was not dying after all and
shared the news with a horrified
Janine. The result was RIP Barry.
He banged his head on a rock
after falling and the scheming
gold-digger took a seat and
waited for him to die.
The Emmerdale air disaster of
...aND We’re BaCK
froM tHe DeaD!
Of course, soap stars have been
known to come back from the
dead. A veteran of Australian soap
Neighbours, Harold Bishop, played
by Ian Smith, vanished near a cliff
edge in 1991 after suffering a heart
attack, but Ian Smith’s character
returned in 1996, and his second
spell on the show was far longer
than the first, lasting until 2009,
with further occasional cameos.
Gillian Taylforth had a
staggering 15-year break from
EastEnders after her character,
Kathy Beale, supposedly died in
a car crash in South Africa.
But she returned to Albert
Square in 2015 for the BBC
soap’s 30th anniversary and
described her back-fromthe-dead
“very, very emotional”.
the devastation as
a plane falls on
1993 was watched by 18 million
viewers and saw four regulars perish.
Mark Hughes, Elizabeth Pollard,
Archie Brooks and Leonard
Kempinski all met their end.
Since then Emmerdale’s been a
magnet for major incidents, including
the 2000 bus crash and barn fire.
The 10th anniversary of the plane
crash saw a New Year’s Eve killer
storm hit the village, during which
the iconic Woolpack was struck by
lightning, resulting in Tricia Dingle
being crushed by a wall. She was
declared brain dead and her organs
donated for transplants.
Not every soap exit is marked by
violence. Coronation Street cleaner
Hilda Ogden (Jean Alexander)
packed up her curlers and head
scarf and left Weatherfield in 1987
after 23 years of keeping the Rovers
Return looking spotless. A Save
Hilda campaign was promptly
launched by fans when they were
heard she was leaving, but Hilda
departed on Christmas Day to head
to Derbyshire and a new job as
housekeeper to Doctor Lowther.
Jean was once voted the greatest
soap opera star of all time and
Coronation Street’s Jennie
Ian smith as
Barry the push
as angie Watts
McAlpine even named
her daughter Hilda in
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During lockdown, most of us
learnt to love our local parks. After
hours cooped up inside, the
chance to stretch our legs somewhere
green helped keep us sane.
This got me thinking about other
parks I had visited across the globe.
My new book Park Life: Around the
World in 50 Parks is the result. Here
are some of my favourites:
Dreaming of DC
West Potomac Park in Washington
D.C. is marvellous, both for a stroll
after sightseeing in the nearby
Smithsonian museums and for
learning US history.
With the towering obelisk of
Washington Monument in the
middle, the Capitol to one side, the
White House to the other, the
Potomac River meandering by, it
feels almost impossible you’re in
the heart of the world’s most
powerful nation, surrounded by so
The memorials to Abraham
Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Franklin
Delano Roosevelt and Martin Luther
King Jr are moving – each with inspirational
quotes. Go in the spring to
enjoy the cherry blossoms.
Polonaise in the park
During the summer, free Frederic
Chopin concerts are held on
Sundays beside a small lake and a
statue of Poland’s favourite
composer in Lazienki Park,
This tradition has been in place
since 1959 in the tranquil 76-
hectare park, which is also home
to a palace built in the late 18thcentury
by Stanislaw II Augustus.
Music is played on a grand piano
by the country’s top pianists and
those in the audience simply find a
spare place on a lawn to spread
blankets or nab a bench. Listening
to polonaises (a Polish dance)
amid the chestnut trees, close to
the River Vistula, is delightful.
A Spanish stroll
Valencia is Spain’s third biggest
city after Barcelona and Madrid,
and it has a wonderfully laid-back
feel. Part of the reason for this is
Jardin del Turia, which was created
last century on the dried-out bed
of the River Turia.
In 1957, the Turia burst its banks
causing widespread damage and
more than 80 deaths. A decision
was made to divert the river to the
city’s south. This was completed in
1973 when city planners decided
to turn the six miles of empty river
into a splendid park, with fruit
groves, woodland, fields, bike
lanes and a futuristic City of Arts
and Sciences centre.
Beautiful in Beijing
There are many parks
with evocative names
in the Chinese capital:
Dragon Lake Park,
the Zizhuyuan Beijing
Purple Bamboo Ming Dynasty
Park and the Tombs
Tom Chesshyre’s latest
book is a guide to discovering
natural beauty in the middle
of bustling towns and cities
Shuangxiu Double Elegant Park. But
the Ming Tombs Scenic Area stands
out for its marvellously peculiar
stone statues in the shape of horses,
elephants, lions and camels, set
along an avenue of trees by the Ming
Beijing’s smog can be awful, but
the air is clearer in this park to the
north of the city and the statues are
terrific fun – splendidly obstinatelooking
creatures yet with an overall
comic effect. The sculptor
obviously had a sense of humour.
Meeting of the Niles
Not many people make it to the Al
Morgan Family Park in Khartoum,
Sudan’s capital. The troubled country
has suffered a long-running
bloody civil war, after all. However,
those who make the trip to see its
many antiquities, including the
splendid Meroe Pyramids, often
drop by this park at the confluence
of the Blue and the White Niles.
The Blue Nile originates in
Ethiopia and the White Nile in
Rwanda, and you can clearly
see the muddy water of the
White Nile clashing with
the clearer Blue Nile. It’s
a peaceful spot with a
Rani Jhansi Park is
in the Indian hill-
top town of Shimla, the state of
Himachal Pradesh’s capital and
once the summer base of the
British Raj. From its terraces are
breathtaking views across the foothills
of the Himalayas. The park is
named after the 19th-century
female freedom fighter Rani Lakshmibai
of Jhansi, and a statue of
her astride a rearing horse, arm
thrust aloft with her young son
clinging to her back, is in pride of
place. She was shot dead by the
British in the rebellion of 1857,
aged 32. It feels somehow right that
she is honoured in Shimla, with its
British colonial ties.
Stockholm’s pleasure island
Djurgarden translates as ‘Royal
Game Park’ in Swedish and it is on
an island in Stockholm covering
700 acres. It is not really a traditional
‘park’ as around 800 people
live there, alongside parkland,
museums and attractions including
Grona Lund, an amusement
park that occasionally holds concerts
(Bob Marley performed there
Learn about Swedish history in
the Nordic Museum, the pop group
Abba at ABBA The Museum, before
discovering the tragic fate of the
Vasa warship, which sank in 1628
on its maiden voyage and has been
Around the World
in 50 Parks by
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Sunset over the
Nile in Kharthoum
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Sunrise over West Potomac
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with the cherry
blossoms in full bloom
‘Royal Game Park’
in Swedish and
it is on an island
Statue of Rani
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Flash Back PICTURES FROM OUR PAST
henchman Jaws first
appeared in The Spy Who
Loved Me and was so
popular he was brought
back for the next film,
Richard Kiel’s 7ft 2in
height was a result of
acromegaly, a condition
caused by an excess of
Charles Gray was the
fourth actor to play the
He also played good guy
Dikko Henderson, an MI6
agent, inYou Only Live
Twice which was
filmed four years
Read all about it. Jonathan Pryce
played baddie media mogul Elliot
Carver in Tomorrow Never Dies.
Carver insisted: “The distance
between insanity and genius is
measured only by success.”
What makes a Bond
baddie? Marion McMullen
looks at past villains as
new film No Time To
Die opens later
Robert Shaw, right, played a SPECTRE
assassin who nearly got the better of
Sean Connery’s Bond in a fight on
board the Orient Express in From
Russia With Love. The Bolton-born
actor went on to play Quint in Jaws.
Christopher Lee was Bond villain
Francisco Scaramanga in The Man
with the Golden Gun. He said: “Most
people find my villains memorable
because I try to make them as
unconventional as possible.”
Scottish actor Robert Carlyle turned
up to cause trouble for Pierce Brosnan
as villain Renard in The World Is Not
Enough. Renard taunted Bond saying
“You can’t kill me, I’m already dead.”
Who loves ya, Baby? Kojak star Telly
Savalas played Bond’s nemesis Ernst
Blofeld in On Her Majesty’s Secret
Service opposite George Lazenby as
007. Blofeld tells him: “I’ve been training
my own special angels of death.”
Bond producers chose Harold Sakata,
a Hawaiian pro wrestler known as
Tosh Togo, for the role of mute
murderer Oddjob because of his
powerful build and intimidating gaze.
The powerful actor had also won a
silver medal for weightlifting at the
1948 London Olympics.
German actor Gert Frobe played
a merciless gold smuggler in
Goldfinger in the 007 movie of
the same name. The villain
trapped Sir Sean Connery as Bond
to a table with a deadly laser pointed
at him. Bond asks: “Do you expect
me to talk?” to which Goldfinger
replies: “No, Mr Bond, I expect you
to die.” The line was actually
dubbed by English actor Michael
Collins as Frobe’s accent was
considered too German.
Enjoy the view. Christopher Walken
played villain Max Zorin in the James
Bond movie A View To A Kill opposite
Sir Roger Moore’s 007. He once said:
“I don’t need to be made to look evil. I
can do that on my own.”
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The Big Quiz
– England’s chief
Professor Chris Whitty
on people who
“myths” about the
the country as
a whole and
looking after the
people in it, you
have to look
after the farmers
who provide the
food. And I’d
also ban the sale
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grizzled detective is returning as a film
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8 Leaves or eats the bit on the outside (5,2)
9 Sets up as rival to a successful body-building
13 Jack will be a breeder (5)
14 Ways to make money (5)
15 Manage – to administer the anaesthetic
16 Interrupt, but you start getting used to it (5,2)
17 Find one must take a right turn first (5)
18 Give, as a tip, a ball-point (5)
20 Took a chance and within days are caught (5)
22 A danger to the people ahead of one (6)
23 Leaned over and told you what to bet on (6)
25 Said ‘A mere outward show,’ which does
27 That is among the various words meaning
30 Maybe black marks, thanks to being caught in
31 Were all different, as a random drive round
32 Catches ‘They ain’t hadders!’ (5)
35 Are too small to pick up (5)
36 Is first to be locked in the big prison (5)
37 As soon as you see round, things are
39 Renovate and stash away again (7)
41 A retiring person of little intelligence; a
42 Animal of which there are many in the
43 Amazed by the speculator and the awful
44 The bird has flown, you understand from
1 Want Father Edward to come back at first (6)
2 Shot in the nude (8)
3 Are ice-picks used to work in it? (7,4)
4 Material wealth (9)
5 Zip up coats the salesman came back with (7)
6 Top time for successful mountaineering
7 The name on the metal disc (4)
10 Felt anti an all-night sitting? (6)
11 A beating by father hurt (7)
12 Brooded over when drunk (6)
19 Reduce the price of squash (7)
21 The notes you keep from (7)
24 An electric blanket when you want
central heating? (4,7)
26 Pervade the whole of the
28 When unmasked, is brazen (4-5)
29 Girl getting the first rise in a job (7)
30 A really good note to end on.
32 Argues it’s intended to be
33 Put the plastic cup beside the
34 The fellow had got angry but
concealed it (7)
38 Look! The strawberry roan is
40 The locale, or spot, spoken of (4)
Last week’s solution
Across: 9, Pulled out 10, Tee-total
12, (pe)Elsa (rev) 13, Assail (a sail) 14,
B-Lister 15, Carrie-D-on 17, To-othsome
18, To-aster 20, Sh-odd-y 21, Pa-I-d 24,
Entrance 26, Addition 28, Over 29, Knocks
31, Chisels 34, Ba-dmin-t-on 36, Runnersup
38, De-spa-ir 39, En-su-es 40, Ergo (rev)
41, Crackers 42, Ma-de has-te.
Down: 1, Upper-cut 2, C-loser 3, Conside-r
4, (mo)St-rain 5, St-I-let-to 6, Redblooded
7, To-nigh-t 8, Tattoo 11, Fri-ends
16, In turn 19, Annie 20, She 22, A-L-one
23, Strif-E 25, Non-starter 26, (l)Ass 27, Forbad-e
30, Co-nverse 31, Contends 32, Supposed
33, Fin-ance 35, Desert (dessert) 36,
R-esum-e 37, Stress.
PLANT OF THE WEEK
it’s time to
Usher in a golden era
SEpTEmBER is a golden month.
Warm yellows predominate in the
flowering garden, reflecting and
basking in the late summer sunbeams.
Last week we enjoyed some
balmy Indian summer weather
and the garden is happily absorbing
this extra dose of sunlight.
Golden oats of Stipa gigantea,
blonde tufts of Stipa tenuissima
and other late flowering grasses
contribute to the hazy harvest
So if your garden is looking a bit
flat, here are my top golden plants
to illuminate your borders and get
those mellow yellow vibes going.
Rudbeckia Goldsturm – this is a
really easy one, coneflowers are
undemanding plants that will
keep producing their bright daisy
flowers without any
assistance from you.
Native to North America, they
are commonly used in prairiestyle
planting schemes and combine
well with other late-flowering
Now is a
perennials such as Verbena bonariensis
They can tolerate a bit of shade
quite well so long as you don’t let
them dry out. Easy to raise from
seed in spring and great for wildlife
Heliopsis is called the false sunflower
and has pale sunflowertype
flowers on tall dark red stems,
three to four feet in height so great
for dancing brightly at the
back of the border. Grow
in full sun in welldrained
soil. A perennial
which can be
grown from seed
early next spring
and will generally
flower in the first year.
JOBS TO DO THIS WEEK
■ Get a head start with hardy
annuals and sow now. This can be
done in situ or in trays.
■ If you have an area set aside as
meadow, it’s time to give it an
autumn chop. Cut as close to
ground as possible and remove
the cuttings. This allows the light
in and helps germination.
■ Remove summer raspberry
canes that have finished fruiting.
Next year’s fruit will be on the
Lemon is a red hot poker but with
delicious lemony yellow flowers.
Also known as torch lilies, they
act like beacons or flares in the
border with their emphatic
Surprisingly easy to grow, ideal
conditions are a moist but freedraining
soil – while they can tolerate
some drought they prefer
moisture in summer but in winter
wet soil can rot them.
Coreopsis tinctoria, also
known as tickseed, is a fast-growing
hardy annual that will reach
around two feet high with lots of
daisy-like brilliant yellow flowers
with a red centre. Grow from seed
next spring. Beautiful in a
meadow style or naturalistic
Rocket’ loves moist,
boggy soil and a bit of
shade. The leaves are
large and jagged, and
shooting from the base
come these dramatic
fresh green canes and these need
tying in to supports.
■ Dry days make good seed
collection days. Armed
with a brown paper bag
and pen, shake the
seed into the bag and
label. Many seeds can
be sown fresh now or
kept in a dry cool
place for spring
spikes of yellow daisies contrasted
against the black stems. To create
artificial boggy conditions, you
can dig out an area and line with
plastic, punching a few holes to
allow for minimal drainage.
Helenium ‘The Bishop’ is a rich
yellow ‘prairie’ perennial and is
invaluable at this time of year for
colour and gaiety. A plant with
straightforward requirements – it
likes to be in a bright and sunny
position in good well-enriched soil
that doesn’t dry out.
‘Rauchtopas’ is another beauty
with bright yellow petals that curve
upwards to show a glimpse of
Dahlias do a great job at this
time of year, bringing joy and
Single blooms are preferable for
pollinators and dwarf bedding
dahlias are compact choices for
front of borders or containers,
such as ‘Yellow Hammer’ producing
single yellow flowers and contrasting
■ Start planting bulbs – you can
get autumn flowering crocus in
the shops now which should be
■ It’s a good time of the
year for soil
the earth is still
pliable and not
waterlogged – dig in
your garden compost
or well-rotted manure.
Japanese anemones are
synonymous with September and
are putting on a very good show
this year, although they came a
little early. They’re a great choice
for shady spots and will cope with
some dryness as well. They can be
invasive so if you’re concerned
about that, plant in containers.
Good cultivars include ‘Honorine
Jobert’, which is a pure white single
variety, ‘Pamina’, with its large,
double, deep pink flowers, or the
delightful ‘Frilly Knickers’ which is
as blousy as its name suggests –
with romantically ruffled white
flowers infused with lilac.
QI’m thinking of planting some
herbaceous plants this autumn. I am
tempted to stuff the border to get a full
effect next year. How much empty space
should there be in a newly
Alan, via email
AThat’s a great question! There’s no hard
and fast rule but I would leave around a
foot between each plant, which will give
them space to develop. They will put on a
lot of growth in spring and blend together,
forming a good cover to exclude weed
growth beneath. You can be more technical
about this and look up each plant and
check what size and width it will grow to.
The great thing about herbaceous plants
is that as they mature and perhaps become
overcrowded, you can always lift them in
spring or autumn and change around the
www.paisleydailyexpress.co.uk 18.09.2021 15
Cube your enthusiasm
Its sales may not have been the strongest but this classic Nintendo console is still worth celebrating
End Of Level Boss
IT’S a massive year for Nintendo
with several of its most beloved
games and consoles celebrating
June marked 25 years since the
debut of the Nintendo 64, and this
week sees the 20th anniversary of
the GameCube – one of the gaming
giant’s most underrated consoles.
Released in Japan in September
2001, European fans had to wait
eight more months to get their
hands on the hardware, and when
they did it was a little underwhelming.
But the tiny little cube belied the
The GameCube was Nintendo’s
first console to use optical discs, in
the form of cute little miniDVDs –
the idea being that they would be
harder to pirate.
But as adorable as they were, it
meant the system was not able to
play full-sized DVDs or audio CDs,
something its Xbox and PlayStation
rivals could easily do.
It also offered limited support for
online gaming – which was admittedly
in its infancy in 2001 – with
Sea change: The Legend
of Zelda: The Wind Waker
owners having to buy a modem
adapter. The easiest way to access
multiplayer was to use the console’s
infamous carry handle to simply
take it round to your mate’s house.
Where it did shine though, was
the games it offered.
Animal Crossing, Luigi’s Mansion,
and Metroid Prime all started
life on the GameCube, and Resident
Evil 4, Metal Gear Solid: The Twin
Snakes, and Super Monkey Ball
were all originally released as
Ultimately though, it went on to
be Nintendo’s worst selling console,
a title it really didn’t deserve.
If you have a GameCube gathering
dust in the loft, and want to
break it out for some anniversary
fun, these are the games you should
be diving straight back into.
Samus was back for her fourth
Metroid instalment, and to be
brutally honest, there weren’t high
hopes for it.
The first in the series to use 3D
graphics and to be played from the
first-person perspective, it’s now
considered one of the greatest
games of all time.
With rich planets that begged to
be explored, and challenging
puzzles presented in the manner of
a first-person shooter, Metroid
emerged as a fresh, vibrant
franchise that still thrills to
Resident Evil 4
Released on the
GameCube in 2005,
this sixth major
instalment in the
Resident Evil series is
considered the best.
Its arrival saw a sweeping
reinvention of the series,
and is credited with popularising
the “over-the-shoulder” thirdperson
Focusing on action and shootouts
with fewer survival horror
elements, and ‘quick time’ events
which sees you having to press
buttons indicated on-screen to
execute actions such as dodging a
boulder or wrestling an enemy.
The Legend of Zelda:
The Wind Waker
In a huge departure for the series,
Simply the best:
Resident Evil 4
20 this week
this 10th instalment in The Legend
of Zelda series set the action on a
group of islands in a vast sea.
Gone was Link’s horse for travelling
around the map, instead
using a boat – the King of
Red Lions – which
moves around the
oceans using the
The game’s art
style was also vastly
different from what
had gone before, but
the bright, Disneyesque
aged remarkably well.
A launch title for the GameCube in
2001, the series is also celebrating
its 20th anniversary this week.
It was only the second game in
the Mario series to be missing the
eponymous plumber, and is credited
with helping to drive strong
sales for the newly launched console.
And while the fun graphics
and gameplay win praise to this
day, it’s disappointingly short.
Still, a great title to dust off to get
in the mood for spooky October.
the latest GaminG,
ComiCs and Film news
his big screen
debut next month
And this new series
introduces a new character to
the mix – Bren Walker – the
teen who found himself host to
This issue is the sixth part of
the larger ‘Extreme Carnage’
event, which has been running
since July, but fleshes out the
Written by Steve Orlando,
with art by Gerardo Sandoval,
Extreme Carnage: Toxin #1 is
out now, priced £3.60.
Life in a small town
can feel oppressive,
that town is Lost
Turkey, where you
can’t even get onto
Penny runs the local
convenience store, and from
there she can see the town’s
only source of entertainment –
a dusty old DVD vending
The problem is, the movies
the machine dispenses are
haunted, reflecting back on the
viewer things that are
happening in the town.
With tales that offer a
deliciously dark twist, Deadbox
#1 is out now, priced £3.60.
Top three: GTA V
2. mario kart 8 deluxe
3. Grand theft auto V
4. ratchet and Clank: rift apart
5. animal Crossing:
6. marvel’s avengers
7. marvel’s spider-man:
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9. FiFa 21
10. super mario 3d world +
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