Paisley Daily Express - 2021-09-18
Paisley Daily Express 2021-09-18


Paisley Daily Express


18. Sep 2021
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2 18.09.2021 Cont@cts Editor ■ ■ ■ Gavin Cheryl McInally McEvoy Deputy Chief Reporter Lynn Jolly Editor ■ Lynn Jolly Reporters Reporters ■■Kenneth Speirs ■ ■Stephen Houston ■■Gavin McInally ■ ■Alison Rennie ■■Alison Rennie ■ ■Ron Moore ■■Ron Moore ■ ■Carla Talbot ■■Chris Taylor ■ ■Edel Kenealy ■■David Campbell Local ■ Sport Democracy Reporter ■ ■Steph Brawn Advertising Sport ■■Lynsey Gair ■ ■Ben Ramage 07393 762401 Advertising ■■Kirsteen Brown ■0141 ■0141 309887 43127774 Paisley Paisley Daily Express, One One Central Quay, Glasgow, G3 8DA. Call Email us us 0141 887 7911 Email us pde@trinitymirror. 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Please go to howtocomplain where you can view our Complaints Policy and Procedure. A “How To Complain” pack is also available by writing to the Legal and Compliance Department, Reach PLC, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London E14 5AP. Housing association boss praises tenants and staff for support through the pandemic Linstone team aims to ‘build back better’ after crisis Stephen Houston Tenants have been praised for their “support, patience and understanding” which helped a Renfrewshire housing association get through challenges of the pandemic. They were singled out for praise from chairman Jamie Irvine in his address to Linstone Housing’s AGM held digitally this week. 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 in Linwood. 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 anchor organisation.” 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 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 encountered. 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 office. 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 need support. “Every day the team has lots of conversations offering help with the different challenges tenants face. “The team takes an individual approach to each case which may include material and financial support or signposting to other local organisations.” 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 together. 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 programme. 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 via Eventbrite. 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 and 18. 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:// 18.09.2021 3 Music to their ears Youngsters love learning at the classes Drop-in Councillor Andy Doig will be at new venues Surgeries change for Andy 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 8.15pm. 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 8.15pm respectively. 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 face-to-face. “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@ Accord backer is £500 up 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, 24786, 25633, 27700, 27906, 35741, 38005, 38081, 38151, 38671, 38737, 39150, 41589, 43219, 44055, 44269, 44395, 46536, 46547, 47029, 47815, 47897, 440316, 480041, 505749, 942240 and 1500100. There was no rollover jackpot winner this week meaning next week’s prize is £1,500. 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 almost overnight. 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 recognised. Judges praised the ethos of the school and the fact it is now reaching out via a community interest company. The centre has four core staff backed by more than 20 self-employed musical tutors, in anything from trumpet to drums. Pianist Diane is a former primary Music school battles back after lockdown stephen houston 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 musicality. A year ago Diane also took over the recording and rehearsal studios run by Alan McEwan in the same building. And as the live music scene rebuilds, business is increasing there as bands get back in the swing. Diane said: “We got no financial help at all until the end of February when we got the grant from Renfrewshire Council. “We received a great amount of help from Paisley First chairman Colette Cardosi, she was really instrumental in fighting for the grant. “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 mounting. “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 business continues. Diane said: “People are really glad we are back, it feels like a return to normality. “It is so good to be growing again.”

4 18.09.2021 I’m sure my Baker Street legend dad was bipolar ... but he was never diagnosed Gerry Rafferty’s daughter speaks out ahead of new album release Sally mclean Paisley legend Gerry Rafferty’s daughter claims the musician had bipolar disorder. Martha Rafferty says doctors failed to diagnose the depressive condition. 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 bipolar. Martha, 55, believes her father’s alcoholism was a by-product of his inability to deal with the undiagnosed illness. She said: “In the first song, he’s not shying away from the fact he is talking about his struggle with alcoholism. “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 completely autobiographical. “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 to 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 he was.” Gerry died on January 4, 2011, from liver failure, at Martha’s home in Stroud, Gloucestershire. The new album includes unfinished work and recordings under development. 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 Expert duo join association A pair of property experts have joined the board of Barrhead Housing Association. Andrea Paterson and Alan Glasgow are now part of the governing board. 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 Housing Studies. 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 association.” 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 providers. 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 development.” 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 safety consultant. He said “Andrea and Alan bring a wealth of knowledge and experience and will make a significant contribution to the next chapter of the association.” A look back at steam trains 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. 18.09.2021 5 Disgust over dead rat in town centre street Shocked passer-by says rodent problem is ‘getting worse’ ALiSon Rennie This is the stomachchurning sight greeting 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 High Street. 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 absolutely disgusting. “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 charity. 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 situation. “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 visit. “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.” month.” And as well as raising a smile with their customers, staff also collected about £100 in donations to be added to the final total. High five for Paisley college Paisley’s college has been shortlisted for five categories in the College Development Network College Awards. The awards recognise the talent, innovation and achievement demonstrated by colleges, their staff and their learners. 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 Communications. 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 colleges. The winners will be announced at a celebration ceremony at Radisson Blu, Glasgow, on Thursday, December 9. Rapist jailed for 7 years From page 1 three-year period. 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 immensely.” She said that O’Donnell had suffered his own trauma in childhood and was subjected to bullying at school. 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 his sentencing.

6 18.09.2021 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 risk venues”. 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 entertainment venues”. Nightclubs would also be in the firing line. 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 bouncers demanding medical information. 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 that context?” Swinney spoke at length, but did not answer. 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 elsewhere). 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. Thank you.” 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 regulations. 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 vaccine passports. 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 pavement.” 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 October 1. With this SNP-Green coalition of chaos, what could possibly go wrong? 2-speed crossword Cryptic clues ACROSS 1 Vessel shows skill (5) 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) Quick clues ACROSS 1 Ability (5) 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) YESTERDAY’S SOLUTIONS DOWN 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) DOWN 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.. the Answers are the same 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 18.09.2021 7 Stephen houSton A rogue council van was put out of action after being clamped for having no road tax. 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 no favours. “It’s usually them sticking on parking tickets and even removing vehicles.” 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 extensive repairs. 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 commercial. 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 duty evasion. “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 out. “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 the clamp.” Due to an administrative error, it was not taken off SORN and taxed when it rejoined our fleet Payback Normally it is the council that issues tickets Head to mall for covid test Buddies are being urged to get tested for Covid-19 at the new town centre drop in clinic. 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 displaying symptoms. It comes as Renfrewshire continues to record a high number of new covid cases every day. 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 be closed. 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. More information is available at www. coronavirus-testing-centres Our exciting new app brings you breaking daily news and more at your fingertips A country road was shut for four hours on thursday afternoon after four vehicles were involved in a crash. 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 bend. It happened on a rural stretch of Auchenlodment Road, near Johnstone, at 3.25pm. Ambulance staff called in police, including a traffic unit, and the road was sealed off. 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 the front. 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8 18.09.2021 100 years of making a splash Exhibition to celebrate Renfrew Victory Baths milestone Gift Sir Frederick Lobnitz EdEl KEnEaly A special exhibition to mark the centenary of Renfrew’s Victory 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 Blythswood, conducted 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 Thomas Abercrombie designed the baths. The Paisley-born 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 Street. 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 Games. 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 in 1975. Councillor Lisa-Marie 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 Renfrewshire Leisure. 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 pandemic.” Renfrewshire Council has recently invested around 18.09.2021 9 35 more deaths blamed on drugs 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 centenary year. 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 Thursday. The exhibition also opens tomorrow and, apart from the public holiday on September 24, runs every day until Sunday, September 26. 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. com EdEl KEnEaly 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 high. 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 in 2018. 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 death. 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 this year. 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. The Renfrewshire Recovery Hub aims to provide a more holistic response to the drug and alcohol addiction. Based at the Whitehaugh Centre on Paisley’s Glasgow Road, it will provide a onestop-shop for addiction 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 delivered. 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 pandemic. “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 Inverclyde. 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. Benzodiazepines - sedatives found in street Valium - were involved in more than three quarters of all deaths in the area last year. 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 women. The refurbishment of the recovery hub has been delayed because of the pandemic RHSCP

106 18.09.2021 21.06.2014 Paisley Daily Express wElCOmE COURT Baillie’s fury A gang of dancehall rowdies were put in their place by a sheriff after an appearance at Paisley Police Court. Baillie John K. Rae said: “It appears to me that you are all first-rate hooligans,” before imposing a fine of £3 on each of the men who pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance. The neds were also given the option of serving 30 days in prison as an alternative to the fine. Each of the men were found guilty of causing a disturbance at a dance in a hall in Castle Street, in Paisley, at the start of 1958. Two of the accused were from Paisley, while a third accused came from Glasgow. They were involved in a fight in the men’s cloakroom,. The Glasgow man, who admitted three previous 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 the incident. Baillie Rae said: “This appears to be a case of sheer hooliganism.” 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 present. 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 with immediately. 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 next film. 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 screen. 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 films. These were Woman in a Dressing Gown (1957), Ice Cold in Alex (1958), Victim (1961) and The Tamarind Seed (1974). She was educated at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, in London, and is still active in her chosen field to this day. During a lengthy career on the silver screen, Syms played opposite a seemingly never-ending list of leading men. 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 Crowther. Her later films included the The Queen, in which she played alongside Dame Helen Mirren, who won an Oscar for her portrayal as Syms’ daughter. Paisley’s Past Delve into the paisley Daily express TRAGEDY 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 London. Mr J.O.M. Clark, who was 80 years of age, was involved in a double accident on the busy streets of the capital. 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 in Paisley. 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 company. 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 Insurance Company. 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 Paper Mills. 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 Cricket Club. 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 employees. Mr Clark was survived by his wife and daughter, Lady McCorquodale. archives with reporter jeff holmes SO lUCKY Tragic Paisley mourned the passing of Mr Clark maureen scrambles to safety 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 girl, Maureen McAuley, of Chapelhill Road, was given the fright of her life. Maureen’s remarkable 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 This is YOUR paper.. the box completely. Worri ed onlookers feared for the child’s safety, but to everyone’s astonishment, she scrambled out safely. The lorry, which was carrying a full load of coal, skidded on the icy road surface and struck the kiosk. Maureen was taken straight to the Royal Alexandra Infirmary, where four stitches were inserted in a nasty head wound. The lorry driver, who was just 18 years of age, was also taken to the Paisley hospital, but was allowed to leave after a check up. This is YOUR paper.. It’s easy Have to get you your got news a remarkable into print story from yesteryear Send you’d your like storieS share with us? toLet our newsdesk know on 0141 887 7911 18.09.2021 11 DON’T MISS IT! Primary one photos Starting Monday Keep an eye out for your proud P1 over the coming weeks READER OFFER 5 YOU COULD SAVE Lights, camera, action Actor Iain De Caestecker films a scene on Moss Street Drama on the streets of Paisley... BBC thriller filmed in town Alison Rennie Paisley formed the backdrop of a major new BBC drama which was filming in the town this week. 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 devastating consequences. 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 Street. 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 off. 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 surrounding areas. It is expected to be shown on TV early next year. 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12 18.09.2021 Found out This P4 class were involved in the word search Quizzers The P6s came up with the answers Outdoor activity The three pictures in this column are all P2s on the Bear Hunt Wordsmiths This pair were great with letters Out of the woods The dejected bear was finally found 18.09.2021 13 Captains of the house This senior four adore reading A quiz This P4 group were inside West gets all wordy 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 libraries. 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 magnifying class 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 woken A classic This young man reads about Pooh and Eeyore

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16 18.09.2021 Church News \ West Church Remember when? 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 hall. The 8th Paisley Company of the Boy’s Brigade has started for the new session. There is a full programme of activities and fun for all ages from Anchor Boys, Junior Section to Company Section. The boys and officers extend a warm welcome to any new boys who wish to join. \ 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 season. 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 so. The Scottish Episcopal Church will, therefore, continue to broadcast video coverage of Eucharistic services via its website, social media channels and YouTube channel. The web page for the broadcast is located at www.scotland.anglican. org/broadcast-sunday-worship 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 Sunday mornings. 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. \ Sherwood Greenlaw Church Tomorrow, we continue our worship at 11am, led by Minister Rev John Murning. 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 in place. 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 church. All our youth organisations have now resumed their activities and are well supported as always. \ Paisley Abbey 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 December 2019. The happy gathering was held after the annual carol concert at Paisley Abbey. David McFadden, fundraising and Via (Stanford). 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. \ Oakshaw Trinity Church 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 festive spirit.” although we still have to comply with one-metre distance and Track and Trace records. Cards will be on your seat for you to complete. 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. By Rev Tom Cant What do we want from our religion, for many the Christian religion? It is hard enough coping with life’s daily duties without being burdened with a demanding faith. We do not need a second-hand religion. 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 known me’ This soul is at peace in the world, is content within himself/ herself, and is at rest with his/her Maker. 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 responsible people. He describes us as, “People of light and of the day” (1 Thessalonians 5.5) “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 evil . 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. “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. 9-10) Paul then describes his young Christian community in a touching and personal way in 1Thessalonians 5.12-22. He urges them to encourage one another, and to help the weak. He tells them to respect one another. 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 5.44). When Paul tells them to rejoice always and pray constantly we remember how he encouraged his Philippian friends ( 1 Thessalonians 5.17 and Philippians 4.4-6). It is summed up in one simple verse, “Be at peace among yourselves”. This is our perfect faith. When we live like this then we live according to God’s will for us in Christ Jesus. 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 your faith. 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 congregation. 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 Thessalonians 5.24). 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 Jesus. Amen.

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So make sure you don’t miss out and visit your local retailer to get your free copy! Looking to boost your bookings this Christmas? Get in touch today 18.09.2021 21 Ferguslie secure vital win to take title race right down to the wire Ben Ramage 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 straightforward. 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 Greenock. 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 decider. Ferguslie enjoy home advantage at Meikleriggs, with an 11.30 start set for this morning. 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 the park. 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 the time. “His quality on the ball was never in doubt for us, his only trouble here was staying fit. “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 of pre-season. “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 weekend. 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’m sure. “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 good areas. “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 Jim Goodwin

22 18.09.2021 Renfrewshire Raptors special Raptors roar to another successful campaign 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 afternoon. 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 all season. 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 needed. “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 proud of.” 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. 18.09.2021 23

Published by the Paisley Daily Express, One Central Quay, G3 8DA and printed by Reach Printing Services (Saltire) Ltd , Cardonald Park, G51 4EA registered at the Post Office as a newspaper SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2021 the back page hibernian v St MIRReN Premiership, Today, Easter Road, 3pm Conor keeping hiS Cool deSpite tranSfer talk McCarthy is fully focused on Buddies BEn RAmAGE 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 in January. 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 starting XI. 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 No distractions Saints turned down an offer for McCarthy from Rotherham 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 Hibs today. 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.” Goodwin happy t o have selection headache BEn RAmAGE Jim Goodwin revealed he’s got a “nightmare” selection headache as he tries to pick which midfield combination to send into battle at Easter Road. 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 tuRn tO PAGE 21 Reach PLC aims to manage its business to minimise environmental impacts, is committed to reducing the waste we produce and maximising the recycling and reuse of waste. Reach Printing Services Ltd is committed to source newsprint from sustainably managed forests, is independently audited and continues to meet the certification requirements of standards: ■ ISO 14001:2015 EMS (BMT-1420) ■ ISO 9001: 2015 QMS (BMT-6396 )■ ISO 45001: 2018 OHSMS (BMT-318) ■ PEFC ST 2002:2013 Chain of Custody (BMT-PEFC-0949) ■ FSC-STD-40 (V3.0) EN and FSC-STD-50-001 (V2.0) EN for FSC® Chain of Custody (TT-COC-003396)

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According to a study for estate agent Rightmove, the perfect pad also has two living rooms, two bathrooms, a garden, garage, utility room and an office. lUTHer It has been rumoured for months but Netflix has now confirmed that Idris Elba will reprise his role as DCI John Luther for a feature-length film version of the BBC crime series, alongside Oscar-nominated actress Cynthia Erivo and Planet of the Apes star Andy Serkis. Idris Elba as DCI John Luther niCki minaj The rapper stoked the ire of Professor Chris Whitty, England’s Chief Medical Officer, after she shared a story on social media about a man who was supposedly made impotent by the Covid vaccine. At a Downing Street press conference Prof Whitty said such claims were “clearly ridiculous” and “designed just to scare”. dominiC raaB The former Foreign Secretary was one of the highest-profile scalps in Boris Johnson’s reshuffle. 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It’s set in 1952, and Chris Pine plays Bernie Webber, a crewman sent on a suicidal mission during a devastating storm to save the survivors of a stricken oil tanker. Engineer Ray Sybert (Casey Affleck) galvanises the terrified crew and attempts to buy them some time. Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Cluff (Eric Bana), who oversees the lifeboat station at Chatham, Massachusetts, 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 real-life heroes. READ IT Live life on the veg with the limited edition sainsbury’s so organic Veg Box. The £7 boxes are available until October 13 and are packed with a variety of six different SO Organic vegetables. Sainsbury’s was the first UK supermarket to launch its own organic range more 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 large-scale musicals, working for Tate Britain, Manchester Museum, 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. than 30 years ago and now offers more than 250 items. They are thinking inside the box to offer British produce including leeks, seasonal squash and hearty potatoes. Rebecca Sargent, from Sainsbury’s, says: “We want to showcase to our customers the best of our organic offering.” 18.09.2021 3 Hotseat I just call myself a drag queen Michelle Visage is back on the judging panel for series three of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. Georgia Humphreys 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 entertainment career. 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 Victoria Scone. Here, we find out more from mum-oftwo Michelle. 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 people happy instead of making themselves happy Michelle Visage ‘SHE’S WONDERFUL’: Drag Race contestant Victoria Scone: 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 Michelle fought through an early knee injury on Strictly ‘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 joy. 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 well. 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.

4 18.09.2021 Food & Drink RAISE A GLASS 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, It’s 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 at ■■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 fun, too. 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 and savoured. “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 series. 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 Ingredients: 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 sustainable sources Optional: 2 sprigs of shiso, mint or basil GET AHEAD: You can prep all this on the day, if you prefer. Method: 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 It’s (dinner) party time! Dedicated to NHS staff, the impact of the pandemic is a thread that Jamie picks up on throughout. 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 covered. Jamie Oliver in an image from his new book Together 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 PPE. 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 together again. ■■Together by Jamie Oliver is published by Penguin Random House (c) Jamie Oliver Enterprises Limited (2021 Together), priced £26. Photography by David Loftus. Available now ■■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) 18.09.2021 5 Food & Drink Jamie Oliver’s fragrant squash curry with chickpeas, ginger, spices and coconut milk (Serves 6 + 2 leftover portions) Ingredients: 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 you prefer. METHOD: 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 chunks. 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 caramelized. 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 over. 4. Add the tomatoes and pineapple rings (reserving the juice), and cook for 10 minutes to soften and char, stirring regularly. 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 refrigerate overnight. 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 coriander leaves. Jamie Oliver’s chocolate orange crÈme brÛlÉe (Serves 2 + 2 leftover puds) Ingredients: 100ml double cream; 300ml semi-skimmed milk; 100g dark chocolate (70%); 4 large free-range eggs; 80g golden caster sugar, plus extra for sprinkling; 1 orange; Seasonal berries, to serve GET AHEAD: Pour the cream and milk into a non-stick pan, snap in the chocolate, and place on a medium-low heat until chocolate has melted, whisking regularly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool slightly while you separate the eggs. Method: 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. Whisking constantly, 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 consistency. 2. Divide between four small heatproof cups or two sharing bowls, then cool, cover and leave to set in the fridge overnight. 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 that long! ■■ENERGY 414kcal; FAT 27.1g; SAT FAT 13.7g; PROTEIN 8.9g; CARBS 39.8g; SUGARS 39.6g; SALT 0.2g; FIBRE 1g GET YOUR FAVOURITE PAPER FOR LESS - SAVE 40% * Save 40% for 13 weeks and 20% thereafter SubScribe to purchaSe at a retailer of your choice and you will Save 40% there are two eaSy wayS to claim your diScount 1. You can order online at It’s a quick and simple process that can be done 24 hours a day. 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6 18.09.2021 Style Counsel 6 mini earrings 1 The hit list From quilted coats to capes, to statement sweaters, EMMA JOHNSON picks out her new season must buys Green and crystal £185, Monica Vinader 2 Silver Ocean Eyes £32, Milly Grace 3 MONSOON’S QUILTED COAT: Make every day a duvet day in this comfy yet bang-on-trend number. Stella coat £99, Monsoon Flowers £69, Daisy London 4 MANGO’S RHOMBUS SWEATER: Statement knits are big news for autumn/winter and this one certainly draws attention, £49.99, Moon and star £42, Oliver Bonas 5 WAREHOUSE’S KNITTED MIDI DRESS: Knitted dresses are having a moment, make a statement in this one, £63.20, & OTHER STORIES’ JEANS: Step away from the skinnies this season and show a little flare. Patch pocket jeans £65, Crystal snakes £29.95 Seol + Gold 6 Rainbow drop £35, Scream Pretty KAREN MILLEN’S MILITARY CAPE: Steal a march on this beautiful buy before it is gone. Was £159, now £127.20, 18.09.2021 7 MARKS & SPENCER’S GEOMETRIC MIDAXI: This season’s must-have print, in a must-have silhouette, £39.50, *All prices correct at time of going to press EMMA JOHNSON 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 Met Gala. 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 life. 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 advantage Emma. While the likes of Kim Kardashian, 40, whose black Balenciaga 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 ensemble. 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 affair. 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 Style Counsel ACE LOOK: Emma Raducanu 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 headdress. 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 those rhinestones? 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 shoo-in. 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

8 18.09.2021 Book Shelf 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 comedic mischief-maker, 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 meat pie. 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 admits. “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% blocked. “He told me that if I’d gone on tour I would have probably died on stage in Southampton,” he recalls. “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’,” he says. “The reason I carp on about it Paul whitehouse You feel very vulnerable, even going out into the street...It’s true that the only voice in my life telling me to get out of the house was Paul Whitehouse BElOw: Bob was set to go on tour with his longtime comedy foil Vic Reeves when his heart condition was 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 all right’.” 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 mental recovery. “When you’ve had the operation – especially that big cut down your CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE: 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 Fishing. “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 years.” 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 them. “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 great!” ■ And Away... by Bob Mortimer is published by Gallery UK, priced £20. Available now 18.09.2021 9 Past Times We’re out of soap! Marion McMullen 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 hour earlier. 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 retirement complex. 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 Riley. 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- Beth Jordache with mum Mandy existing heart condition just hours before she was due to appear in court to appeal her conviction for murdering her abusive dad Trevor Jordache. 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- Malcolm Hebden played Norris for nearly three decades Last resort: Rita, played by Barbara Knox saw Alan Bradley (Mark Eden) hit by a tram in Blackpool Corrie star Jean alexander 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 experience as “very, very emotional”. frank tate watches the devastation as a plane falls on emmerdale Gillian taylforth 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 Harold Bishop Janine gives Barry the push in eastenders anita Dobson as angie Watts storm victim tricia Dingle McAlpine even named her daughter Hilda in 2018.

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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 much greenery. 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, Warsaw. 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: the Longtanhu Dragon Lake Park, the Zizhuyuan Beijing Purple Bamboo Ming Dynasty Park and the Tombs Great places to park Tom Chesshyre’s latest book is a guide to discovering natural beauty in the middle of bustling towns and cities Lazienki Park, Warsaw, Poland Jardin del Turia in Valencia 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 dynasty tombs. 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 pleasant cafe. Himalayan views 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 in 1982). 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 recovered and restored. ■■Park Life: Around the World in 50 Parks by Tom Chesshyre is published by Summersdale, RRP £16.99 18.09.2021 11 Travel Sunset over the Nile in Kharthoum LATEBREAKS Grab Great last-minute deals Lake Garda BLOOMING LOVELY: Sunrise over West Potomac Park in Washington D.C. with the cherry blossoms in full bloom Djurgarden, Stockholm, Sweden Djurgarden translates as ‘Royal Game Park’ in Swedish and it is on an island in Stockholm Statue of Rani Lakshmibai, Lakshmibai Park LAKE GARDA: Al Fresco Holidays’ five-star Bella Italia park sits on the shores of Italy’s Lake Garda and is a great option for those wanting to make the most of the outdoors. A lively site with an action-packed activity programme, guests benefit from heated pools and access to a private beach. A seven-night, self-catered stay, arriving October 23, 2021 (halfterm week), is priced from £364 for a two-bedroom Comfort mobile home with air-conditioning, which sleeps up to six (was £452 total, saving 20%). Direct return flights with Ryanair from London Stansted to Milan’s Orio al Serio International Airport are available from £22pp. Contact Al Fresco Holidays on 0161 332 8900,

12 18.09.2021 Flash Back PICTURES FROM OUR PAST 1977 Towering metal-teethed henchman Jaws first appeared in The Spy Who Loved Me and was so popular he was brought back for the next film, Moonraker. Actor Richard Kiel’s 7ft 2in height was a result of acromegaly, a condition caused by an excess of human growth hormones. 1971 Charles Gray was the fourth actor to play the cat-stroking Blofeld. He also played good guy Dikko Henderson, an MI6 agent, inYou Only Live Twice which was filmed four years earlier. 1997 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.” THE BEST OF ENEMIES What makes a Bond baddie? Marion McMullen looks at past villains as new film No Time To Die opens later this month 1963 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. 1974 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.” 1999 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.” 1969 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.” 1964 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. 1964 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. 1985 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.” 18.09.2021 13 The Big Quiz QUOTES OF THE WEEK “In my view they should be ashamed” – England’s chief medical officer Professor Chris Whitty on people who deliberately peddle “myths” about the coronavirus vaccine “If you’re thinking about 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 of avocados” CODE CHALLENGE Puzzle – Celebrity Saturday farmer Sep19,2021 Jeremy Clarkson SATURDAY EXTRA CC 630 MASTERMINDS 1. Which tennis club in Kent was Emma Raducanu’s home club as a junior? 2. What is the name of the forthcoming new Matrix movie? 3. Who was named artist of the year at the MTV VMAs? 4. New single My Universe, which will be sung in both English and Korean, is being brought out by which two bands? 5. Which British heritage site has had scaffolding erected so it can undergo repairs for the first time in 60 years? 6. What Covid-19 vaccine will be used as the primary source of the UK’s booster jab rollout? 7. Which reality TV star wore a full face covering and body outfit to the Met Gala? 8. How much did an art deco diamond and pearl bracelet once owned by Princess Margaret fetch at auction? 9. Who was the first footballer to score 100 goals in the Premier League? 10. Where did Oscar-winning animator Nick Park unveil a statue of his creations Wallace and Gromit? 11. A £10 million pandemic research base launched in which city this week? 12. Which Strictly Come Dancing contestant is part of the show’s first male same-sex couple partnership? 13. Abba entered the UK top 10 for the first time in 40 years with which song? 14. Which newly engaged American pop star has announced she is taking a social media break? 15. Which original Star Trek cast member turned 85 this week? 16. Runners at which marathon ended up running further than planned because 1 course measurements were wrong? 17. Who was the American pop star who surprised fans in Belfast by turning up at a popular city centre bar? 18. Which BBC television series about a grizzled detective is returning as a film on Netflix? 19. Which supermarket chain is extending an online zero-waste shopping service trial to stores? 20. Dina Asher-Smith is defending world champion in which athletics event? 21. Who has stepped down from his roles as the chairman and host of a primetime show on GB News? 22. Researchers have potty-trained cows in a bid to do what? 23. Which player holds the record for the most nine-dart finishes in televised matches? 24. When does the new series of The Great British Bake Off begin on Channel 4? 25. What is the name of the debut album from 2021 Mercury Prize winner Arlo Parks? 26. How many gold medals did Great Britain win at the Tokyo Paralympics? 27. Which mobile network has reintroduced roaming fees when travelling abroad? 28. Who was the first player to be sent off in an FA Cup Final? 29. Which showbusiness duo will present a new primetime game show featuring an unlimited jackpot called Limitless Win? 30. Vaccine passports are to be launched in Scotland on which date? ANSWERS 1. Parklangley Club, Beckenham. 2. The Matrix Resurrections. 3. Justin Bieber. 4. Coldplay and K-pop superstars BTS. 5. Stonehenge. 6. Pfizer/BioNTech. 7. Kim Kardashian. 8. Almost £400,000 9. Alan Shearer. 10. In his birthplace of Preston. 11. Liverpool. 12. Great British Bake Off star John Whaite. 13. Don’t Shut Me Down. 14. Britney Spears. 15. Walter Koenig who played Ensign Pavel Chekov. 16. Brighton Marathon. 17. Taylor Swift. 18. Luther. 19. Tesco. 20. Women’s 200 metres. 21. Andrew Neil. 22. Reduce ammonia emissions caused by their waste. 23. Phil Taylor. 24. On Tuesday. 25. Collapsed In Sunbeams. 26. 41 27. Three – a flat £2 daily charge when roaming within an EU country will apply to customers. 28. Kevin Moran in 1985 29. Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly. 30. October 1 CODE CHALLENGE 2021 You have just 20 minutes and 21 seconds to crack the Code Challenge. Each grid number represents a letter. Every letter of the alphabet is used. Today’s clue letters are below the main grid. Write in the appropriate letter wherever its number appears. Don’t give up. Call the Extra Letter line. Solution next week. 1 21 6 15 13 25 22 3 12 13 17 3 12 20 3 3 12 5 24 21 22 13 17 14 14 13 25 22 13 5 19 5 3 4 1 15 25 13 12 21 9 10 10 26 21 5 10 16 2 13 3 14 10 18 25 16 14 2 16 7 11 2 13 14 13 13 3 3 3 8 3 23 16 25 6 17 10 9 18 13 25 16 16 5 21 11 25 5 15 21 10 10 4 13 16 8 13 2 3 10 9 3 21 14 14 10 15 13 25 2 16 4 3 3 9 13 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z F G 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 0900 586 4352 For up to 5 EXTRA LETTERS and FULL SOLUTION, call: Use your Target Time minutes when you call the Extra Letters line. Deduct two minutes for each extra letter you use. Stay on the line for some hints, followed by the Full Solution. TARGET TIME 20:21 mins secs Last week: Across: Sage, Scandal, Exile, Enslave, Default, Felt, Reward, Cherub, Dolt, Unlucky, Prolong, Reign, Leaflet, Spit. Down: Slender, Dope, Grief, Welcome, Require, Golf, Create, Jungle, Nose, Cholera, Amateur, Crisp, Zest, Bayonet. Landline calls cost 61p/min plus network extras. Calls from mobiles will be higher. Minimum age 18. Line closes next Friday. Std Reach plc rules apply. See SP: J Media UK, SW4 7BX. Helpline: 08448001188. Giant Crossword Across 8 Leaves or eats the bit on the outside (5,2) 9 Sets up as rival to a successful body-building business? (7,2) 13 Jack will be a breeder (5) 14 Ways to make money (5) 15 Manage – to administer the anaesthetic to? (4,3) 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 offend (7) 27 That is among the various words meaning ‘hooligans’ (7) 30 Maybe black marks, thanks to being caught in wrongdoing (6) 31 Were all different, as a random drive round showed (6) 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 different (2,5) 39 Renovate and stash away again (7) 41 A retiring person of little intelligence; a loner (5) 42 Animal of which there are many in the pound (5) 43 Amazed by the speculator and the awful greed (9) 44 The bird has flown, you understand from her (7) Down 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? 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14 18.09.2021 Gardening Ligularia STUNNING: Heliopsis PLANT OF THE WEEK BRIGHT IDEAD: Coreopsis tinctoria As Autumn ApproAches it’s time to mellow your 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 ambiance. 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 good time for seed collection DIARMUID GAVIN Gardening Expert perennials such as Verbena bonariensis and late-flowering grasses. 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 too. 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. Kniphofia Bees Helenium 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 upright flowers. 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 garden. Ligularia ‘The 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 sowing. Dig in manure Rudeckia Goldsturm 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 orange beneath. Dahlias do a great job at this time of year, bringing joy and colour. 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 bronze foliage. ■ Start planting bulbs – you can get autumn flowering crocus in the shops now which should be planted immediately. ■ It’s a good time of the year for soil improvement while the earth is still pliable and not waterlogged – dig in your garden compost or well-rotted manure. Anenome huphehensis 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. ASK DIARMUID 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 planted border? 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 planting scheme. 18.09.2021 15 Game On Cube your enthusiasm Its sales may not have been the strongest but this classic Nintendo console is still worth celebrating CHERYL MULLIN End Of Level Boss IT’S a massive year for Nintendo with several of its most beloved games and consoles celebrating major milestones. 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 power within. 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 Still fresh: Metroid Prime 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 GameCube exclusives. 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. Metroid Prime (PEGI 12) 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 this day. Resident Evil 4 (PEGI 18) 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 perspective. 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 (PEGI 7) In a huge departure for the series, Simply the best: Resident Evil 4 Anniversary: The Nintendo GameCube turns 20 this week Old haunts: Luigi’s Mansion 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 winds. The game’s art style was also vastly different from what had gone before, but the bright, Disneyesque graphics have aged remarkably well. Luigi’s Mansion (PEGI 3) 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. ALL GEEK TO ME the latest GaminG, ComiCs and Film news ExtrEmE CarnagE: toxin #1 Carnage makes his big screen debut next month alongside Tom Hardy’s Venom. And this new series introduces a new character to the mix – Bren Walker – the teen who found himself host to the sometimes-homicidal symbiote, Toxin. This issue is the sixth part of the larger ‘Extreme Carnage’ event, which has been running since July, but fleshes out the Walker/Toxin ‘partnership’. Written by Steve Orlando, with art by Gerardo Sandoval, Extreme Carnage: Toxin #1 is out now, priced £3.60. DEaDbox #1 Life in a small town can feel oppressive, especially when that town is Lost Turkey, where you can’t even get onto the internet. Penny runs the local convenience store, and from there she can see the town’s only source of entertainment – a dusty old DVD vending machine. 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 10 GaMEs Top three: GTA V 1. minecraft 2. mario kart 8 deluxe 3. Grand theft auto V 4. ratchet and Clank: rift apart 5. animal Crossing: new horizon 6. marvel’s avengers 7. marvel’s spider-man: miles morales 8. F1 2021 9. FiFa 21 10. super mario 3d world + bowser’s Fury Ukie Games Chart (C) Compiled by GFk

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