Based on a true story and first-hand experience of schizophrenia, Normal/Madness, the brand new play from Fiona Geddes (Scottish playwright and actor) and award-winning director Jessica Beck, explores the journey of a young woman and her schizophrenic mother.

Kirsty McKenzie’s mother is inappropriate, embarrassing and definitely unusual. For 25 years Kirsty accepted crazy as conventional – all mothers are slightly insane, right? But Kirsty’s mother isn’t like all mothers. Join Kirsty as she attempts to distinguish her mother from the madness, the one subject no one wants to mention in this frank, funny and deeply touching solo show.

Normal/Madness is based on writer Fiona Geddes’ direct experience of schizophrenia within her own family and has been developed with support from Arts Council England and the charity Rethink Mental Illness.

One of writer Fiona Geddes’ main motivations for creating Normal/Madness was to rebel against the isolation felt by so many who have experienced schizophrenia. In the play, Kirsty’s mother’s illness goes unspoken both by her family members and the society around them; an alarming reality that Geddes feels has become a defining feature for people living with mental health issues.

Normal/Madness will visit Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 2 May, 7.30pm as part of an 11 date Scottish tour. The performance will be followed by a short discussion with Fiona Geddes about the issues raised during the show.

Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) + booking fee* bookable at the Box Office at Paisley Arts Centre or on 0300 300 1210 or online at The show is suitable for ages 14+


It’s not unusual for a design agency like Kuka Studios to offer print services for clients.  What is unusual is offering print at a price that small businesses can afford, in quantities they’ll actually use!

“If you start up a business by yourself, you’ll need business cards, leaflets and maybe some posters.  You probably won’t need 1,000 of each though!  That’s why we decided that our print services will have no minimum order.  If you only need one A3 poster, or 25 folded pamphlets, that’s all you need to order.” Jill Glen, Kuka Studios


It seems such an obvious thing, offering small businesses the same high quality print and design services which are so easily accessible for big companies.  Kuka Studios’ wide range of print options are perfect for your small events or every day promotional marketing materials.

That’s not to say that the team don’t invite bigger challenges too!  From menus for bistros to door-to-door fliers and direct mail campaigns, Kuka Studios’ designers and writers can help local businesses to create print work from start to finish.

The new print room is in Kuka Studios’ HQ in Lochwinnoch where they will be serving Renfrewshire, Inverclyde and Ayrshire – and beyond!

The print services include:

  • Posters & leaflets
  • Brochures & pamphlets
  • Photocopying & scanning
  • Business stationery

For more information, go to or call 01505 22 81 81.


A two-day blitz on pollution-producing vehicles saw Renfrewshire Council catching eight offenders.

Community safety wardens took to the streets in Paisley to check whether vehicle emissions were within legal limits.

Of the 229 vehicles tested, eight failed and were issued with £60 fixed-penalty notices.

42 of the 229 vehicles were private hire taxis. The 34 taxis from Renfrewshire all passed the test. Six East Renfrewshire taxis were tested with one failure and two Glasgow City taxis were tested with one failure.

The tests were carried out at Wallneuk Road, Paisley, on 26 and 27 March in partnership with officers from Police Scotland, who were responsible for pulling over the vehicles from traffic.

Drivers of the vehicles that failed the emissions test were issued with a fixed penalty notice which will be waived if they provide evidence within fourteen days that their vehicle has been retested and complies with the legislation.

The police also detected a number of minor road offences during the testing, including tyre defects and overweight loads.

All drivers that were tested were given a Renfrewshire Council “Don`t Be an Idler” information leaflet explaining the environmental problems caused by vehicle idling.

Exhaust fumes contain a range of air pollutants such as carbon monoxide, nitrogen dioxide, hydrocarbons and particulates. Emissions of these pollutants are regulated by UK emissions standards.


An innovative scheme to streamline the planning process at one of Scotland’s biggest business parks has been nominated for a prestigious UK-wide award.

The Hillington Park Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) – the only one of its kind in Scotland – allows owners to build without applying for planning permission, as long as the development is within the rules.


And the council-led scheme has been shortlisted for the Excellence in Decision Making in Planning category at the national Royal Town Planning Institute Awards, to take place in London in July.

The awards aim to recognise exceptional examples of planning, and the Hillington scheme is one of only five from Scotland among the 80 on the shortlist.

The SPZ was introduced last year by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with Glasgow City Council – the park sits on the boundary between the two – alongside majority landowner Patrizia UK Ltd.

It was introduced to encourage sustainable development and attract investment by saving time and money for new and existing companies by giving them certainty over what is and isn’t allowed to be built.

Renfrewshire’s Provost Anne Hall said: “This award nomination is great news and to be recognised at a UK level is a massive compliment to the staff who developed this scheme.

“To be nominated shows good partnership working with our colleagues in Glasgow and in the private sector.

“The scheme is one of several being run by the council – alongside our Invest in Renfrewshire programme – intended to make life easier for businesses and encourage them to invest here.”

Hillington Park is one of Scotland’s largest business parks and is home to more than 500 companies, employing more than 6,000 people.


UK Parliamentary Election candidates for the Paisley and Renfrewshire North and Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituencies.

Renfrewshire Council Media Information

Paisley and Renfrewshire North constituency

John Anderson, Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Andy Doyle, Cannabis is Safer than Alcohol
Jim Halfpenny, Scottish Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition
Ryan Morrison, Scottish Green Party
Gavin Newlands, Scottish National Party (SNP)
Jim Sheridan, Scottish Labour Party
James Spiers, Scottish Liberal Democrats

Paisley and Renfrewshire South constituency
Douglas Alexander, Scottish Labour Party
Mhairi Black, Scottish National Party (SNP)
Fraser Galloway, Scottish Conservative and Unionist
Eileen McCartin, Scottish Liberal Democrats
Sandra Webster, Scottish Socialist Party


Ferry operator CalMac is helping one Barrhead family improve understanding of a devastating degenerative brain disorder across the Western Isles.

Competition winners Jim Bavin and his wife Susanne have won a fourteen day Island Rover ticket donated by the company to the Paisley Scottish Huntington’s Association (SHA), the only charity in the country supporting families living with Huntington’s disease (HD).

The Island Rover ticket gives the Bavin’s unlimited travel across the CalMac network during their trip.

I’m really looking forward to experiencing CalMac’s award winning service to take in some of the most spectacular scenery in the country.

We haven’t yet decided what route we’ll be taking, but that’s the beauty of the Rover ticket you have the flexibility to decide where you are going based on how you feel or just follow the weather,” said Jim.

Wherever we land up we will be sure to spread the word to increase understand of HD.”

HD is a hereditary progressive condition that causes changes to muscle control, thinking processes and can cause long-term mental health issues. The average age of onset is between 33 and 45 and those living with the condition will require 24 hour care as it progresses into its later stages. Each child of someone diagnosed with HD is at 50% risk of developing the condition themselves. There is no cure.

It is estimated that there are around 1100 people living with the condition in the country with another 5000 potentially at risk.

I’d like to thank CalMac for their kindness in donating this prize and look forward to building a long relationship with them. HD is no observer of geography, we support clients along the west coast and rely like everyone else on the 

lifeline services they provide,” said SHA’s chief executive, John Eden.

Jim has promised to post social media updates of his trip and of his HD awareness raising activity wherever he goes.

CalMac has been serving communities up and and down the western Isles across 49 routes for the past 160 years and is the UK’s largest ferry company. Company marketing manager Peter Griffiths said:

We are an integral part of the communities we serve and are committed to helping them thrive. I’m looking forward to reading about and sharing Jim’s experiences of some of the 27 destinations we sail to we are delighted to be able to help highlight this devastating disease and the impact it has on families affected.”

Caption: Picture shows: Jim and Susanne picking up their prize from CalMac marketing manager Peter Griffiths at the SHA’s Paisley office.

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In aid of Rainbow Child Foundation


Local resident Stephanie Bain has been selected to compete for a place in an exciting beauty pageant being held in Disneyland Paris!

Stephanie from Erskine, Renfrewshire has been chosen by the Face Of The Globe organisation to compete at a regional heat being held at Holiday Inn Glasgow Airport, Abbotsinch Paisley on Saturday 2nd May 2015

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The contest has four age categories ranging from 5 years with no upper age limit!, and Stephanie who is 20 years old, will be in the Adults category from which, if she is selected as one of the 5 representatives from that group, will be invited to Disneyland Paris in April 2016 to compete against girls from all over the World!

Stephanie is a very bubbly, ambitious, friendly girl, and hopes that the interviews with the judges on the day will show this side of her personality, as the finalists will be judged not just on looks, but also their personalities, and awards such as Miss Publicity and Miss Charity in aid of Rainbow Child Foundation (No 1158348.) which was founded by X Factor and Dancing On Ice star Chico Slimani.

With great ambitions and a rich thirst for life Stephanie is no stranger to a challenge; having her first flight on a plane last year being a wing walk! The youngster also took part in a charity dance competition “Strictly Come Prancing”, was a performer in the opening ceremony for the 2014 Commonwealth Games – sharing a stage with Rod Stewart, ran her first 10K, and signed herself up to abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge.

When not raising money for various charities or taking part in heart-racing events Stephanie divides her time between working for Renfrewshire Council during the week and volunteering as a first aider at events with St Andrew’s First Aid. Stephanie’s main focus in life is to help people and make a difference.

Anyone who knows Stephanie would not fail to mention that she is a Disney fanatic so seeing that the final is being held in Disneyland Paris next year it is clear to see why she was drawn to this new challenge. Stephanie was also drawn to this particular pageant after reading that it is not just based on looks, and hopes to be a role model for young girls proving that ‘you can do anything you set your mind to’ – should she win the title.

You can follow Stephanie’s progress in the contest at as full results will be published on their website, or purchase tickets online to come along and support Stephanie on the night.

For further comments, either contact Stephanie on 07879220911

Or the Face Of The Globe office at 01424 307107 / 07557 355954


Face Of The Globe is organised and managed by Pageants UK Limited registered company number 08049145 in England and Wales. Face Of The Globe registered trademark number: 2634856. Rainbow Child Foundation registered number 1158348.
Other details you might like to include are;

  • Hobbies or clubs you are part of in your area
  • If you have competed in anything similar before and how you did
  • What you would look forward to if you got through to the finals
  • What you would do with your title
  • Any plans you have for charity fundraising

It is also a good idea to send a photo or two along with the press release.

For UK finalists, a useful site in finding contacts for the Media in your area is – simply type the name of your town/city/county in the box at the top right of the page and it will bring up the contact details of several local media organisations.

It is always a good idea to follow up any emails with a phone call within 24 hours to ensure it has been received and that the story is followed up.

Remember to keep any press cuttings/radio recordings to add to your publicity file to bring along on the day of your heat. Mentions on social networking sites, sharing our website link and Facebook page, as well as creating your own page, can all be counted towards your Miss Publicity award. If you would like us to post your press pieces onto our Facebook then Please also email us any press pieces to these will go into our Press Album.

If you need any assistance whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact the team who will happily assist you.

Office hours Monday-Friday 10am-4pm

Telephone 01424 307107

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CBeebies at Braehead Glasgow Mim Mim the Bunny Buddy

YOUNGSTERS hopped down to the intu Braehead shopping centre and met up with the bunny rabbit star of the popular kids TV show, Kate and Mim-Mim.

They’re all now best friends with giant purple bunny Mim-Mim, who visited the mall yesterday to meet his young fans, teach the kids some bunny hop moves and take part in fun games.

Mim-Mim and Kate feature in the CBeebies animated TV series that tells of their fun and fantastical adventures in the imaginary world of Mimiloo.
As well as meeting Mim-Mim youngsters were given free CBeebies activity booklets and DVDs.

Lydia Brown, marketing manager at intu Braehead said: “Lots of kids came along to see Mim-Mim and they had a great time meeting their favourite bunny.

“We always like to have something different going on in the mall to keep our shoppers entertained and a giant purple bunny certainly does that!”

The visit by Mim-Mim is just one of the activities organised by intu Braehead for youngsters over the Easter school holidays.

The shopping mall and Soar at intu Braehead have both created Easter Gardens, with free games and arts and crafts held in both venues every day from 11am to 5pm until Sunday April 19.

There will also be visits from the Easter Bunny, puppet shows and storytelling.

Pix 1 and 7: Giant bunny Mim-Mim takes a walk round the intu Braehead mall with, from left, Amii McGimpsey, aged six, from Renfrew; Ellie Daniels, aged four, from Erskine; Erin Hubbard, aged four, from Erskine and three-year-old Rory Kiernan, from Howwood, Renfrewshire.

Pic 2: Ellie Daniels, aged four, from Erskine hops to give giant bunny Mim-Mim a high five at the intu Braehead mall.

Pic 3: Erin Hubbard, aged four, from Erskine meets up with giant bunny Mim-Mim at the intu Braehead mall.

Pic 5: Giant TV bunny Mim-Mim entertains kids at the intu Braehead mall.

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There may not be an Olympics or a World Cup taking place, but 2015 is nonetheless shaping up to be another exciting year for sporting events.


The horse racing calendar for 2015 is full to brimming and many of the main races are yet to be run.  The Grand National, held annually, is one of the highest profile sporting events in the UK and attracts huge interest, even from the more casual observer. The Grand National 2015 is scheduled for Aintree Race Course, near Liverpool, where it is held every year as part of a wider festival of National Hunt racing, beginning on a Thursday and culminating in the Grand National race itself on the Saturday afternoon. As well as the thrill of the racing, the festival offers a whole host of entertainment options, with bars and restaurants on course and the famous Ladies Day on the Friday. There is terrestrial television and radio coverage of the Grand National, but why not make a day of it and visit the course itself?


Other high-profile horse races in 2015 include Royal Ascot in June and Glorious Goodwood the following month. The famous St Leger meeting is scheduled for Doncaster Racecourse in the first half of September, and for those with time off over the Christmas period, the Welsh National will be run on 27th December.


Away from horse racing, there are many other sporting events scheduled for the UK in 2015. The football season will culminate in May with the FA Cup Final at Wembley Stadium. The Final is always noteworthy for the stirring rendition of the Christian hymn “Abide with Me” before kick-off, something that is sure to raise a few goose bumps.


The Rugby World Cup is coming to England in September and October, and the home side will be hoping to draw on its passionate home support as it looks to repeat its success of 2003, when England last lifted the Webb Ellis Cup. Rugby fans will be travelling the length and breadth of the country for the duration of the tournament, but with games being played regionally in such locations as Exeter, Leicester and Newcastle, there is an opportunity for the more casual fan to experience the thrill of the Rugby World Cup.


For cycling fans, a highlight of 2015 will be the Tour de Yorkshire in May, a three-day road cycling race that is building on the success of 2014, when the first two stages of the famous Tour de France came to the Yorkshire Dales.


Most of us know a sporting enthusiast or fan, but even if you have only a casual interest in sport, attending a sporting event either in your local area or further afield represents a great day out. Bring the family or go with your friends and you will be surprised at how much you will enjoy yourself while strengthening the bonds of family or friendship in the process.


If you a sports fan, or even a casual follower, it is clear that there is no shortage of events to mark in your sporting calendar as 2015 unfolds.


The St Mirren Fans Council are organising an event on the 18th April 2015, the event is to celebrate the 35th Anniversary of the Club winning the Anglo Scottish Cup, the only Scottish club to do so.


The Event will be held in the hospitality suite at St Mirren Park at 7pm. On the night there will be a Fun Casino, Auction, Raffle and Buffet, with some great prizes in both the Raffle and Auction.

All the players from the cup winning squad are being invited to attend the evening, along with the current players. Tickets are on sale NOW at the club reception, priced at £15.

We hope you will come along and join us.

Fans Council

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Paisley Pirates’ supporters are furious after it was announced that there would be no 3rd/4th place playoff at this weekend’s SNL Playoff finals, weeks after they had booked accommodation for what was described as the showpiece event of the season for SNL fans.


“It comes as a huge disappointment to learn that without discussion the traditional format has been ditched by the people in charge, without so much as a by your leave to the many fans who support this event,” said long time fan Bil Elliot. “Many followers, particularly Pirates’ fans who had the furthest to travel (approximately 180 miles round trip), decided to book into accommodation to remove the need to travel through to Kirkcaldy on the Saturday, watch the game, and then have to travel home on the Saturday night to return on Sunday morning (if Pirates were involved in the 3rd/4th place game), or for the final on Sunday night.”


“The other teams taking part (Kirkcaldy, Edinburgh and Dundee) are all within easy reach of the rink but a double journey like that was hardly the best preparation for what’s supposed to be the showpiece of the year for the SNL teams, and is hardly that, with the prospect of a blank morning and afternoon in Kirkcaldy, which with all possible respect is maybe not quite buzzing at that time.”


“A lot of Pirates’ fans, and indeed players and club officials, have shelled out a lot of money for accommodation for what was supposed to be a weekend of hockey, rather than an afternoon and two nights. You sometimes have to wonder if the people in charge of the sport at this level actually realise that there are supporters going to these events and who are due some consideration in recognition of that fact, never mind the teams who are actually preparing for one of the biggest events in the SNL calendar.”


Four Beaver Scouts from the Oldhall Beaver Colony received their Chief Scout Award Bronze.

During the evening our District Commissioner was able to present a number of badges including nights away awards, gardeners badger and the top award for the 6-8year olds, the Chief Scout Award Bronze. A number of Beaver Scouts also made their journey up to the Cub Pack through a moving up ceremony in front of parents.

The Oldhall Beaver Colony, run by Angela Bell, has been working hard on their Gardner badger. Over a few week period the youngsters have grown plants from seeds and bulbs. Part of their challenge was also to clean up the courtyard. So enthusiastic by their new green hand hobby, the Beaver Scouts have designed a new garden which they hope to plant after the Easter break.

Commenting on their work Beaver Scout Leader, Angela Bell said:
“I am very proud of the work the Beaver Scouts have done over the past few weeks. It is great they are able to get badges for fun and adventurous activities.

“I am sad to see a number of our Beaver Scouts move up to Cubs however I know they will have a great time by continuing their Scouting journey.

“We have seen an increase in the number of Beaver Scouts joining Oldhall and are doors are always open to young girls and boys aged 6-8years.”

Rob Murray, District Commissioner, said:
“It was a great pleasure to award Finlay, Andrew, Archie, Lewis and William with the Chief Scout Award Bronze. Their hard work over the past few months has meant they have achieved the highest award available to Beaver Scouts.

“Taking part in the action packed evening with Oldhall Beaver Scouts was great fun. The opportunities open to girls and boys in the Ralston area is truly amazing and this is down to the hard work of Angela and Anna.

“As we see more 6-8year old girls and boys joining the movement, we will hopefully see more young people reaching their potential and learning new skills for the future.”