Monthly Archives: November 2014

Silent Sunday – 30 November

Christmas delights and bright lights #inGlasgow

Christmas lights in Glasgow

Building beautiful bodies with stellar Stella

Everything hurts – even my hair. I can barely walk. OK, so that’s an exaggeration. I can walk. But not without looking like a cowboy. And yet there is a huge smile on my face.

Why? Because I’ve had the workout of a lifetime, exercised parts of my body I never knew existed. And all for free. How?

Nike Training Club in GlasgowPerhaps like me you’ve peered into the Nike shop on Buchanan Street after work on a Thursday to see people in full-swing exercise mode. And perhaps like me you’ve thought – no way and made a bee-line for Zara.

Thursdays are about late night shopping…. that is until I bumped into a friend I hadn’t seen in a long time. A friend who looked totally fabulous. A friend who had transformed her body into a perfectly sculpted machine. A friend who had ditched Thursday shopping for Stella – the no nonsense trainer.

Stella has her own fitness studio in Glasgow – but if you want to test out elements of her programme for free, try the Nike Training Club. You can sign up on Facebook.

Yes, it’s in the middle of the Nike shop. And yes, everyone can see you. But you won’t care. You’ll be too busy concentrating on moving, breathing and trying not to collapse. In the process, everyone else simply disappears.

In addition to the 5:30pm Thursday night class, there are also a few morning sessions and other evening sessions. So check it out.

I won’t lie – it’s challenging. You will hurt the next day. You might even walk like John Wayne. But then miraculously you will feel your butt lift, your thighs tighten and your stomach flatten. You will feel and look stellar – like Stella. I think I may have even grown a few inches*.

As Nike says, just do it!

– T

*OK, so I haven’t officially gained any height. But I’m certainly walking taller.

Silent Sunday – 23 November

Hello Glasgow! Looking good.

Glasgow skyline

 

Christmas market merriment

It’s official – Christmas has come to Glasgow. Twinkling lights and reindeer grazing in shop windows are grand but the Christmas markets return to Argyle Street clearly announces the festive season. And I’m loving it.

Christmas market #iGlasgowArgyle is now filled with inviting huts and a mixture of alluring aromas.

Bratwursts, burgers and churros smothered in Nutella call my name.

My lunch break has become a glorious stroll through endless choices – curry, paella, Thai tasty treats and more.  And there’s no need to stress about gifts when I can pick-up handmade delights my friends and family will adore from the stalls. One for them…one for me.

Taking it all in is truly wonderful – folks bundled in coats and scarves enjoying the spectacle of it all. People watching at its best. Sigh – all is right with the world.

And after work who can resist the tempting allure of a mulled wine? Or perhaps I’ll treat myself to a little cup of warm joy with a Baileys vanilla latte. If only all life’s decisions were as delicious.

– B

Silent Sunday – 16 November

Oh so beautiful Glasgow…Glasgow City Chambers at night

 

Improve your view

Glasgow is brimming with so many wonderful galleries. Outside the biggies, there’s ample inspirational exploring to be done – much of it free.

Checking out photography at Stree Level #inGlasgowIf you’re in the Merchant City area, you should definitely check out Street Level Photoworks.

This tardis-like gallery may look small from the outside but boast two big rooms full of thought-provoking pictures. Even if some of the thoughts are, what is that exactly?

They’re also home to the Jill Todd Photographic award winners until 7 December. Definitely worth checking out, especially because each winner is so incredibly different.

Third place winner Cliff Andrade’s work is hugely personal, exploring his family’s migration. It’s almost like peering into his private photographs.

Ingvild Melberg Eikeland’s second place pictures are absolutely beautiful, bursting with colour and capture the essence of the Grand And Royal Canal residents and community during a time of change.

Frank McElhinney's award winning images  at Street Level #inGlasgowBut my favourite – and incidentally this year’s  winner – is Frank McElhinney’s intricate aerial photographs of the River Forth. A truly beautiful journey of discovery.

Street Level offers up an eclectic selection of work. So go on, fill up your mind with beautiful thoughts through intriguing images.

– T

#JillToddPhoto

Silent Sunday – 9 November

Lost your head? Find it at the Kelvingrove Museum.

Heads at Kelvingrove in Glasgow