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Davie puts his running shoes on for a special cause

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Davie puts his running shoes on for a special cause

Sunday 25th August will see Paisley’s own Davie the Barber swapping his clippers for running shoes when he runs in the Paisley 10k for a very special cause – Paisley’s Special Care Baby Unit.

Davie’s heart was touched by the story of little Mason Martin McCaig.

davie barbers sponsorsMason was born 27th October 2012 at only 23 weeks + 5 days into the pregnancy; he weighed only 1lb 2 oz (which is approx the same as half a bag of sugar) at birth… Mason was classed as a micro premmie… The survival rate for premature babies is 23 weeks so even if he had been born at 22 weeks 6 days the paediatricians would not have resuscitated him.  All premature babies have some degree of chronic lung disease. Mason was at the top end of chronic.  He fought so many critical times and he always bounced back. Mason put on 12lbs in the 8 months he fought to stay with his family. Tragically little Mason’s body couldn’t fight any longer and he passed away at 8 months old.

The team at had their hearts touch by this little boy’s determination and the courage of his family and are supporting Davie the Barber by donating £50 to help in his attempts to raise money for the SCBU in Paisley.

Anyone wishing to donate can pop into Davie the Barbers on Causeyside Street, you can also contact him through his facebook page:

This isn’t the first time that has helped support the Special Care Baby Unit. Brian McGuire who won the Renfrewshire Provost Awards in 2008 donated the awarded money to SCBU on behalf of the community website and its volunteers.

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Paisley on the web pledge support to Johnstone Scout Group


Paisley on the web pledge support to Johnstone Scout Group

On behalf of Johnstone Scout Group, I would like to sincerely thank for their very kind donation of £100 towards the installation costs of our new CCTV system, following on from our recent spate of break-ins at the Scout Hall.

paisley-logo-printI would also like to thank Brian McGuire who runs the site for all his help in promoting our appeal for financial assistance and getting the appeal put out into the public domain. Without the generosity of Brian, and and other local businesses, we would not be able to install this CCTV system to protect our kids, leaders and property.

Once again, a heartfelt thank you to you all.

If any businesses would like to help contribute towards the costs of this system, then your donations would be gratefully received. We are still short of our required target by a few hundred pounds. If you are able to help, please email myself at

Many thanks.

Alisdair Connell, Group Scout Leader, Johnstone Scout Group.

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Bad Idea Honours List

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Bad Idea Honours List

This was one of the projects that supported to get crowd funded alongside other local business, I am a Captain of the Revolution but two other companies I am associated with have helped beyond means too, please take not only the time to read this press release but what is all about and why they exist. You can find out more from all the links below but just to say helped too..


This is from Anthony the project’s inspirational oner and founder:
My apologies for not having this prepared earlier, i was a little distracted with the Bad Idea workshops which began just 96 hours after the crowd-fund campaign closed!

I am delighted to tell you that the pilot workshops were a huge success, but what better way to show you just how successful they were than by inviting you to view all 20 of our budding young entrepreneurs in action:

None of this would have been possible without your generous support and for this i simply cannot put into words my gratitude!

Please follow this link: to the ‘Honours List’ page where you will be immortalised forever as an original supporter of the Bad Idea Youth Enterprise Competition.

Please check the details and let me know of any changes, alterations, links and so on that you want included/removed. I will endeavour to complete this page in the next day or two. I would also like to include a picture of you, your organisation, business or whatever else you wish so please send these to me before i make it public – i still have acknowledgements to include for some people so please dont be annoyed if you’re not listed yet!

I have tons of video content being edited from the workshops and there are still ‘elevator pitches’ being added to the kids’ campaign pages as i write. I will follow-up with the promotional video soon, and would hope you could help share amongst your networks and contacts in the media and press.

If you would like to offer any quotes, blogs, be available for video interviews and so on then please get in touch – the more noise we make the better!

This is just the beginning for Bad Idea, and the next stage of this mission is to scale the project nationally. I cannot do this myself and am calling on you to support in any way you can. The next step is securing a minimum £87,000 for the organisation to put in place our functional digital resource, infrastructure and resources. This project also requires a team of exec and non-execs who can make this the global Revolution it has the potential to be. Access to contacts, networks, individuals and organisations will be key too, so lets get talking, sharing and unite in the fight against the Tyranny of the Status Quo! 

Revolutionists, I salute you!

Vive la Revolution!


Oh, and get donating to the kids who are raising their funds! 🙂

Twitter handle: @bad_idea_org

Facebook: /badideaorg

Kiltr: /bad

P.S. The rewards will be following as soon as i can get some time to put them into production.

P.P.S The final/awards ceremony will be the evening of Saturday 20th April 2013 – so make sure you keep this free as you are all invited!

E: W: A: Digital Enterprise Centre, Glasgow G4 0ND

Bad Idea Organisation is a registered Community Interest Company Limited by Guarantee (SC440535)

Help support the next generation of entrepreneurs Support Bad Idea Here



Community website backs positive ‘Paisley is…’ campaign



Dec 17 2009 by Alison Rennie, Paisley Daily Express
IT’S only a few days old but already the ‘Paisley is…’ campaign has got the whole town talking.
Every Buddies favourite daily is leading the way in backing the bid to boost our town.
We helped launch the campaign and want to make sure all our readers know all about the positive events and good people living in our historic town.
And we’ve been inundated with responses from folk wanting to come on board and do their bit to promote Paisley.
Now Brian McGuire, who runs the popular website from his home in Glenburn, wants to spread the postive Paisley message all over the world.
Brian set up his excellent website nine years ago and it has grown to become massively popular across the world, receiving an incredible 1.38 million hits last month.
He explained: “I got it going to promote Paisley. I had just left the army and come home to Paisley and after touring the world, I realised Paisley isn’t as bad as everyone makes out.
“At the time, the town was going through the drug wars, as they were called, which gave it a bad reputation but it really wasn’t that bad compared to some places I’d seen.
“I started putting up pictures of Paisley and a bit of history on a website and it grew from there.”
Brian is right behind the ‘Paisley is…’ campaign and already has the logos on his website. The logo cleverly uses the ‘is’ in Paisley to promote certain aspects of the town such as its history or popular events.
Brian said: “The logo is on every page of the website and when you click on a different page, the logo changes to something relevant to the page.
“So if you’re looking at the history of Paisley, the logo would change to ‘Paisley is…rich in culture’.
“It’s quite clever and can be used to promote lots of different parts of the town.
“I’m right behind the Paisley Daily Express and Paisley Vision Board for doing this.”
The website reaches across the world and is manned by Brian and 10 volunteers.
Around half of all the website visitors come from America and the rest from across the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe.
Brian added: “We never have any problems with people on the site, it’s always very positive.
“It’s a community website. I have been asked to make money out of it by doing different things but I’ve always said no.
“It’s for the people of Paisley and that’s the way it’s going to stay.”

We want to know all about what ‘Paisley is…’ doing so if you’ve got a good news story about the town or its people that you want to share, phone our newsroom on 0141 887 7911 or drop us an e-mail at

click here for the Paisley Daily Express website

Record Visitor numbers on Sunday 13th July

paisley-abbey-logos had record visitor numbers in the website on Sunday here is a list of visitor numbers into the website.

  • A record 24,000 Page views
  • A record 4,054 new people visiting
  • The most popular section was the Paisley message board with 55930 people visiting on one day to this section.

Once again records are being broken, well done to everyone involved in the website and welcome to all new visitors.