Tear Drop Gin is a new Paisley business that was created during lockdown, July 2020, by husband-and-wife team Donald and Louise Boyd.

Donald and Louise are Paisley Buddies, lived in Paisley all our lives. They married in Paisley in the year 2000 and in fact met each other when they had Saturday jobs in Topo Gigio cafe, which used to be based in the ground floor of the Paisley Centre.

The idea for a Paisley inspired gin came about during a family celebration for Donald’s birthday. The conversation had turned to favourite gins and they thought why was there no gin from Paisley, yet there were gins from any other area in Scotland.

So…to cut a very long story short, they decided to give it a go!

Team Tear Drop employed the skills of a local graphic designer to assist in getting the product ready for market. With the help of another Paisley Buddy, Michael Barron…who is a graphic designer (Zest Creative), Tear Drop Team have designed and created a new gin based on their hometown of Paisley.

In the run up to launch of the website and e-commerce platform, Donald and Louise were grateful for help support and guidance from friend and Paisley Community Trust Trustee and show host, Andy Campbell.  Indeed Andy and his co-host Gary Kerr have helped with spreading the word by featuring a sampling of Tear Drop Gin on their show.

The juniper led London Dry Gin has forward notes of rowan berries and brambles. Both these berries can be found all over Paisley in the right season…lots of Paisley Buddies can recall bramble picking in late summer.

The bottle design is inspired by the world-famous Paisley Pattern and uses a unique process of direct print to glass.  This means that the bottle does not have any paper label, with the design and information being printed directly on to the bottle…this gives the bottle an extra special quality to it and has been well admired.

Tear Drop Gin was launched on 23 November and both Batch 1&2 are sold out with more than half of Batch 3 now sold!  Batch 4 is in the process of being bottled and if the support of the people of Paisley continues,  Batch 5&6 will be distilled. We hope it goes from strength to strength!

The gin is available to buy exclusively online only via the website www.teardropgin.co.uk and comes in a  70cl bottle, retailing at £36 including VAT.  The gin is available to click and collect at the Paisley gift store on Gauze Street, IVAD Gifts…our Paisley click and collect partner.

However, due to current lockdown restrictions, this service is unavailable at the moment…so the Tear Drop team are offering FREE LOCAL DELIVERY to the people of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Barrhead and Hillington…until the click and collect service can resume.

The bottle comes as a gifting set with a free bottle bag, hand sanitiser, gift postcard and wee business card…so the product is gift ready.

Team Tear Drop are continuing to develop the business in 2021 with a number of complementary products being developed in the pipeline.

Further information is available on the website www.teardropgin.co.uk and on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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Pain is not just a physical discomfort but a symptom that something is wrong inside the body. Based on the site, occurrence, and severity of pain, it may indicate a number of underlying problems, but most headaches and body pains are related to stress. From medicines to remedies, pain-relieving methods are countless, but most people choose to Buy Pregabalin Online to get over everyday pains.

If your pain starts to show up regularly, you need a complete evaluation from a doctor. If it hits you from time to time, using any painkiller such as Pregabalin 300mg might help. But how to be sure that the painkiller which you are using is safe for you? Here is everything to know about using painkillers safely.

 

Types of Painkillers Explained

All pain-relievers such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) don’t need a prescription from a doctor to purchase. These medicines are commonly used to treat headaches, muscle aches, backache, sprains, menstrual cramps, pain, etc. NSAIDs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are more target-oriented and can’t use every day for minor pains. It is necessary to take all painkillers in moderation and not overconsume them.

Some other types of painkillers are as following.

  • Corticosteroids; these medicines lower inflammation to relieve pain. Examples of corticosteroids are hydrocortisone (Cortef), prednisolone (Prelone), and methylprednisolone (Medrol).
  • Opioids; are plant-derived strong but addictive pain relievers which can work similarly to synthetic painkillers. Examples of opioids include fentanyl (Duragesic), oxymorphone (Opana), and others.
  • Antidepressants; originally targeted to relieve depression, these medicines also relieve pain by changing neurotransmitters’ activity. Some of its examples are tricyclic antidepressants (Tofranil), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (Prozac) and paroxetine (Paxil), and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs (Cymbalta). These medicines may also cause several problems such as dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation, and nausea if used in excess.
  • Anticonvulsants; are the best solution for nerve pain, although they were originally formulated to treat seizures. Some of the anticonvulsants are carbamazepine (Tegretol) and Pregabalin (Lyrica). You can Buy Pregabalin Online UK, too, if you don’t want to step outside the house.

 

Side Effects of Painkillers

Just like all other medicines, painkillers also have some side effects. But the risk of side effects are least with OTC medicines; still, if you choose to Buy Pregabalin Online, read its interactions and precautions before using it.

Depending upon which medicine you have used and how much dosage have you taken, these effects can be short lived or long term. Some of these effects are serious and could take your life too. That’s why experimenting with painkillers is not a wise idea.

Some common side effects of painkillers are;

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Addiction
  • Digestive distress
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Sedation
  • Hallucinations
  • Dry mouth

If not controlled, these effects can go worse and cause more problems. Some of the severe side effects of painkillers are;

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Chest pain
  • Death

 

How to Use Painkillers Safely?

If you are taking any painkiller every other day, for example, Pregabalin 300mg, you should never exceed the safe limit. All painkillers can be dangerous sometimes, whether they are prescription painkillers or non-prescription painkillers. Some painkillers are highly addictive and are not recommended for long term use. If you are taking a potentially addictive medicine, do not use it unsupervised. For best;

  • Read the labels carefully.
  • Follow precautions.
  • Look out for unusual effects.
  • Do not mix them with anything.
  • Don’t take them with alcohol.

 

Which Painkiller is the Best?

Pregabalin, commonly called Lyrica, is a medicine that can relieve nerve pain, general anxiety disorder (GAD), epilepsy, and fibromyalgia. Pregabalin 300mg can slow down the pain signals emitted by any damaged nerve and reduce pain severity. It helps to relieve the pain but doesn’t heal any internal damage. If you suffer from nerve pain, you can Buy Pregabalin UK and use it as per the standard adult dosage.

People who constantly suffer any pain should contact a doctor and identify the underlying disease first. Based on their symptoms, a doctor can recommend them the safest painkiller.

 

Plans to create a new walking and cycling route between Renfrew and Paisley have taken a huge step forward after it secured almost £1million in Scottish Government Funding.

The Renfrewshire Active Travel Route has been awarded £935,000 as one of 12 projects to receive funding from the Scottish Government’s Clyde Mission Fund.

Running parallel to the White Cart, the 5km route begins on the banks of the River Clyde in Renfrew and links into existing active travel routes providing access to local businesses, parks and community facilities, before finishing at Paisley Gilmour Street train station.

It will provide a safe cycling and walking route between the two town centres for the first time in decades and will provide direct access to Westway Business Park, West College Scotland and the former Chivas site – the proposed location of the new Paisley Grammar community campus.

It will also connect to walking and cycling routes at the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), at Glasgow Airport and at the new Wright Street bridge.

The route design was developed following consultation over a number of years with the public, local employers and community partners and is a main priority of the Renfrewshire Cycling Strategy 2016-2025.

Renfrewshire Council Leader Iain Nicolson said: “Creating safe, accessible walking and cycling routes is a key priority for the Council and this route will not only link two of our largest town centres together, it will improve access to key sites across Renfrewshire including AMIDS, West College Scotland and Glasgow Airport.

“As we continue to develop Renfrewshire as an attractive place to live, work and visit, improving active travel routes for commuting and leisure will only further enhance the area’s reputation and encourage businesses and employees alike to locate to Renfrewshire in the future.”

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said “The scenic route will encourage people to walk, wheel or cycle wherever possible which ties in with our aim to support healthy, active lifestyles for residents and visitors to Renfrewshire.

“I know first-hand that this is already a popular route for local people and it’s adaptation into a permanent walking and cycle route will be a fantastic addition to the area. I look forward to it being developed in 2021.”

Formalised in the Programme for Government set out by the Scottish Government in September 2020, the Clyde Mission Fund offers £11.2million to local authorities in the Clyde Corridor to put the river at the heart of the area’s place ambitions.

Successful projects have to contribute to inclusive economic growth, reduce carbon emissions or improve the environment, involve partners and communities in the project and show a real benefit to the local community.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, said: “The Renfrewshire Active Travel Route, led by Renfrewshire Council, is one of 12 projects receiving over £11 million of support from the Clyde Mission Fund, creating hundreds of jobs, benefiting places and communities and supporting Scotland’s environmental ambitions.

“Working with the public and private sectors, the Clyde Mission is driving forward a national, place-based, mission to make the Clyde an engine of sustainable and inclusive growth for the city, the region and Scotland.

“This is an opportunity to not only put the Clyde back at the centre of our economy and communities, but also at the heart of our plans for a net zero future.”

The results of a tender process for the works will be presented to the Finance, Resources and Customer Services Board in March 2021 with the route aimed to be completed by the end of 2021.

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An engine has many essential parts. Each part has different functions and different features. Head studs are one of the most crucial parts of the engine, and it is vital. It controls the thermal issues of the engine and improves the structural strength of the engine. When the engine is at high pressure, head studs, used to manage the engine’s heat. Different types of engines have been making at other times, and every kind of engine does its job differently. However, diesel engines have been able to gain popularity among the people at present. Engines are designing to make any human task more comfortable and less time-consuming. Every engine or any scientific thing in the world has made to benefit human beings. The engines are mainly using in different cars and trucks. Studs have threads on both ends and have unthreaded middle sections, and head studs have no heads. However, the head bolts have heads.

What is a stud?

A stud is a piece of threaded bar. It has no head and is similar to a screw. The studs are permanently attached to any one part, and it has made that way.

Importance of Head Studs

When a person builds an engine, he only looks at the vital things that they have, that is, the basic things that make the engine. They keep an eye on how much power the engine will have and how it will work. In addition to all these things, it is crucial to pay attention to the bolts and head studs. These are just some of the goal-setting shareware that you can use. That is, they serve as basic things. Without these, you cannot build your engine. So you need to have a detailed knowledge of the necessity of all these things and act accordingly.

  • The head studs act as a donor connecting the two parts. It means that there is no pair to put together all the necessary elements of your engine. You can’t build your engine without these. You can buy all the different parts of your engine, but you can’t add them.
  • When your engine is under a lot of pressure, the engine’s internal heat tends to increase. If the temperature rises, it can damage the engine in various ways. The head studs help to control the heat of the engine. The temperature does not exceed a certain amount, so there is no amount of damage.
  • Head studs do not twist. The torque value of an object increases when it is rotating, but in this case, it remains constant, which is a beneficial thing for the engine.
  • There are various blocks between the threads, which help a lot in resolving the head studs.

Head studs that are good in quality and durable are a bit more expensive. But you don’t have enough money to make a good engine. Among those good things, these studs are a vital thing. The key to making an engine better is not just the key to the engine. In addition to the basics, everything is essential to tidy up your engine correctly. If any one of these things is terrible, you have to suffer for it. Of course, everything you try to do within the budget. But if you want to make a good thing, then your cost will be a little more. There is no point in using a bad thing to save some money. To build the engine of your choice, you must pay attention to all the small things and consider all those things seriously.

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As if the cold weather at this time of year wasn’t enough to keep us inside, the new lockdown which Nicola Sturgeon has introduced means that we’ll all be seeing an awful lot more of our family and our four walls for the foreseeable future. This would often be the time of year when pubs would be full of locals seeking a wee dram to keep the cold at bay, but this sadly will not be an option for us, at least not for a while.

There are still many options to keep yourself busy at home, and here are a few ideas.

Playing Some Games

Thankfully we live in a world where we have an abundance of great games to play, both traditional games and computer games. Now usually something like this would be dubbed as a waste of time, but given that we have nothing but time it is a good time to have some fun. Jigsaws, Cluedo and Monopoly are all good games to play, so too are card games. If you are heading onto the computer then you can play some retro games from the Sega and Nintendo generation, or head to Casimba and have a go on some digital slot machines, you could even win some cash.

Laying Foundations

If we seek to put a positive spin on this then it will be from the following angle, consider this as a momentary pause in life, one which you may not get again. What we mean by this is that things have either slowed down or stopped for so many of us, and instead of being concerned about those things which we can no longer do, let’s look at this as an opportunity. Now is a great time to lay foundations, to consider what we would like to do in our lives once this is all over, and to map it out and start making plans. This could be a trip abroad, a new fitness goal or perhaps even starting your own business. This is the ideal time to get something like this underway.

DIY

There are still some tradesmen and women working in the Paisley area, and across Renfrew, and whilst it is good to support them if you are able to, if you are not then you could look at getting your hands dirty and have a go at some DIY. Perhaps there is a chair to breathe new life into or a table to be made, now is the time to have a go and doing it yourself. The likes of B&Q are still open so you will be able to go out and get some supplies for what you need. If you don’t want to leave the house then you could always order online, and then roll those sleeves up and have a go at the project.

This will be tough for a couple of months more yet, let’s just take every day as it comes and like always, we’ll get through this.

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Businesses often look at investments in terms of tangible returns, or ROI. However, measuring corporate wellness with the same yardstick might be a mistake. Any debate of whether corporate wellness initiatives have any real ROI has been put to rest with a multitude of studies and statistics over the years.

The most recent one, a report by ‘Safe Work Australia’ reveals that 92% of the claims over serious work-related mental health problems, were attributed to mental stress. Guess what the compensation paid to workers for work-related mental health problems was? $543 million!

That’s an eye opener as good as any. But if budget-oriented businesses do not want to settle for anything less than quantifiable metrics to measure ROI, then here are four of them.

#1 – Employee Engagement

An unengaged workforce is more likely to be emotionally and cognitively detached with their work, which will affect their productivity and hence, your bottom line. A study conducted by Gallup, an American advisory and analytics company reveals that a highly engaged workforce, on the other hand, can help you boost your profits by up to 21%.

Hence most successful organizations today consider employee engagement as one of their key business strategies. How do you measure engagement though?

Set clear expectations, provide your employees with the means to maximize their potential and skills, encourage ongoing communication and identify and be mindful of your employee’s emotions. At the end of the day, there should be a marked improvement in employee productivity, customer outcome, and annual turnover, which are measurable markers.

#2 – Absenteeism

Workplace wellness programs, such as the ones offered by Happy Melon in Australia, are directly connected to reduced employee absenteeism. There are not one, but over 50 studies and research papers that have established this correlation. Here are some of the obvious benefits of such a program:

  • Better physical health
  • Reduced stress levels
  • Reduced levels of blood pressure, manageable blood glucose levels and lipids
  • They are less likely to be obese

The ROI on every dollar spent on employee wellness can be as high as $2.73.

#3 – Productivity

There’s been a lot of focus on the costs associated with poor employee health. But what often goes undetected is the cost associated with poor productivity, where the employee may be physically present at the workplace, but is not as productive as they should be.

This is called presenteeism and it is estimated that the costs associated with it are twice or thrice as high as direct health care costs.

  • Employees experiencing depression are 131% likelier to have p
  • Something as common as Neck Pain is associated with 79% of presenteeism cases.

Even brief physical activity can help prevent, or at least mitigate the effects of workplace stressors, which may contribute or even be solely responsible for presenteeism.

#4 – The Bottom Line

Let’s sum it all up.

What happens when your workforce is more engaged, less absent and more productive? It’s the business that wins. Even small businesses that focus on employee health and wellness often outperform large corporations by staggering numbers, as this study reveals.

Well, if stock prices and quantifiable metrics are what businesses understand better, then what better than a substantial uptick in the bottom line?

 

 

 

 

 

New designs aimed at turning Paisley’s Abbey Close into an expanded outdoor events venue and improved public space have been published – and the public are being asked to give their views.

The planned changes will create a more attractive outdoor space around the town hall and Abbey, allowing people spend time in the shadows of two of the town’s most iconic buildings.

The work would see an expanded paved area in front of the town hall – removing the current ‘D’ shape – increasing the capacity for events such as the Halloween and Food and Drink festivals.

They also include new high-quality paving and lighting, removing some boundary walls to make the space more accessible and open, and adding new seating.

The proposed designs were based on feedback from an initial consultation in 2019 which asked the public what they wanted from Paisley town centre’s open spaces.

The statues of Alexander Wilson and Robert Tannahill would be repositioned but retained in prominent spots close to their current locations overlooking the town hall.

Residents and businesses can have their say on the proposed designs at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/11209/Abbey-Close-public-consultation

The work is part of the wider push led by Renfrewshire Council to use culture and heritage to drive new footfall to the area, and includes the ongoing work to turn Paisley Museum into a world-class destination and Paisley Town Hall into a landmark entertainment venue.

The Abbey Close improvements are planned to be complete for the town hall reopening and will allow venue activity to expand outside into the space at the entrance to the building.

Renfrewshire Council leader Iain Nicolson said: “The last year has shown us that high-quality outdoor space will only be more important in future.

“While the major events were postponed in 2020 due to the pandemic, visitors to them and our reopened town hall will play a part in the area’s economic recovery in the years ahead.

“When we last asked the public’s views on Abbey Close in 2019 they told us they valued its architecture and scenery but felt it could be improved – the designs are based on that feedback.

“I would encourage members of the public to go to the council website, read more about the proposals, and let us know what they think”

Volunteers from across Renfrewshire are working together as they aim to inspire local people to take pride in where they live.

As part of Renfrewshire Council’s Team Up to Clean Up campaign, more than 1,500 volunteers took part in a litter pick in 2020 and removed an incredible 4,430 bags of litter from the local environment.

In addition to these bags, larger items of fly tipping such as tyres, trolleys or household waste have been actively reported to the council who have removed them as a priority through their StreetScene team.

In total, 707 litter picks took place by lone litter pickers, families, workplaces, schools and group events as communities continue to take pride in their neighbourhoods and encourage behaviour change from their fellow residents.

All volunteers are given health and safety advice, including adhering to the number of households they are able to meet under current restrictions, following physical distancing and only picking up what is safe to do – with any glass or similar items reported to the wardens service.

Volunteers continue to spring up across the area and Dargavel Village in Erskine is latest to benefit, with 15 new people joining the campaign since the beginning of the year.

Local volunteer Ross Baillie said: “When we moved to Dargavel, we wanted to be ‘net contributors’ and so picking up litter as part of Team Up to Clean Up seemed like a simple way to start that in our new neighbourhood.

“Some friends also started volunteering to do the same and each of us that does it talks about the sense of achievement when we have collected a bag.

“It is this sense of achievement that keeps us going back and picking more. Not only are we contributing to keeping our neighbourhood clean, we are supporting wildlife and our environment too.”

The campaign is joint initiative between the council and the community, with bibs, litter pickers and bags provided free of charge to volunteers and the rubbish collected cleared by the council as soon as possible after it takes place and posters put up in the area to showcase that it was tidied by volunteers.

The council continue to drive behaviour change through the campaign which tackles litter, recycling and dog fouling, as well as making a sustained investment in clearing drains and sweeping roads.

Councillor Cathy McEwan, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Infrastructure, Land and Environment Policy Board, said: “I’m always amazed at the level of enthusiasm and dedication that our volunteers have to make Renfrewshire a cleaner, better place to live, work and visit.

“The fact they’ve managed to remove so many bags of rubbish last year is incredible and sad at the same time, but hopefully the campaign is inspiring people not to drop rubbish and to take care of where they live.

“Our volunteers are a shining example of what our communities in Renfrewshire can be and we’ll continue to work alongside them to provide the support they need to take part in the campaign.”

More than 1,600 like-minded people have joined the campaign’s Facebook group to share ideas, seek support and showcase what they’re doing to improve their neighbourhood.

For more information on the campaign and how to get involved, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/teamuptocleanup.

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Every country has what they would call a national sport. It is not necessarily official, but people everywhere will be able to identify it by name if you ask them.

For Scotland, that sport is, without question, golf.

It is the sport to which people pay most attention. It is why, historically, there are so many popular professional golfers who hail from Scotland. It is the primary sport that makes people sign up for and make deposits at sportsbooks. It is why so many people in Scotland not only play golf for leisure, but follow the professional circuit so closely.

And it is why the Scottish Open is such a popular PGA tournament everywhere, as well as why there was so much buzz around the 2014 Ryder Cup, the last time that event took place in Scotland.

So…what gives? Every country has a backstory that explains why a particular sport is so popular, verging on religion. What is it about Scotland that has made it such a hotbed for golf?

Let’s find out.

A Rich History

Golf isn’t some relatively new phenomenon in Scotland. It has roots that stretch back centuries.

Seriously: centuries.

 Dates are disputed, but it is generally believed that golf entered the fold in the 15th century, sometime around the 1450s, when King James II banned the game only for it to then take off.

If you’re asking how golf reached Scotland, the answer is simple: They invented it. The country is credited with developing the first 18-hole game and the guidelines used to play it.

Though the sport itself didn’t take off for roughly two centuries thereafter, when the St. Andrew Society of Golfers was formed in 1754, countries are always attached to games that they birthed. And golf is Scotland’s baby, which explains why it has become and remained so iconic within the region.

Golf Course Galore

As a result of golf being incepted in Scotland, they have a great deal of courses, many of which are tourist and PGA attractions.

By the end of the 19th century (early 1880s), there were 42 courses in the country. That number has increased exponentially over the past 250 years. There are now a total of 550-plus courses in the country, making it the most densely populated territory in the world.

These courses are not spread out evenly. Edinburgh and Glasgow house 161 courses between them, which makes up roughly 29 percent of the total count.

At the same time, it does feel like 18-hole courses are everywhere. It’s a running joke that people in Scotland will say there’s a golf course in every town. They are being facetious, but they’re not technically wrong. Everyone in Scotland is within reasonable driving distance of at least one place to play. Even the northern Scotland Islands have a total of 14 courses—and, again, they’re islands!

With so many spots to golf in Scotland, how could any sport rival its popularity?

Climate and Accessibility

No, Scotland is not a warm-weather country. They get all four seasons, and some places experience them to more extremes than others.

But that’s part of the Scottish charm. People in the United States can liken it to their state of Colorado: There’s a chance you’ll experience all four seasons in one day, regardless of the time of year! That can make it hectic to get through a full 18 holes, but the unpredictability also adds an intriguing element for diehards.

It isn’t just Scotland diehards, either. The variance in weather is part of what makes them such a tantalizing spot for traveling golfers. Some will head to parts of the country where it gets warmer and sunnier during certain times, but many others take joy out of the inconsistent conditions. It also helps that Scotland has some courses with great views on the coast.

And last, but certainly not least, golf’s popularity in Scotland has soared by virtue of pure accessibility.

Where in other places it’s considered a sport of the privileged or mostly male-dominanted, that isn’t so much the case here. Men and women, adults and children—they all play golf. It is both a rite of passage and a wildly popular hobby.

Important still, Scotland is also known for its sheer number of lighted courses. Very few other places will light their courses well enough for you to play deep into the night. Scotland isn’t just among the exceptions. It’s the largest one.

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Another year, another lockdown, and this one may be even more strict than before considering the situation caused by the new variant of the Coronavirus. It is dangerous to go outside or meet anyone, and quarantine is the only solution left. So why not make it worthwhile and productive altogether

To make things better and free of boredom, we have come up with a small list of all the right options you can utilize to make this lockdown entertaining. So read along and feel free to try whatever option suits best for you. 

Online Gaming Session

Thanks to modern-day technology, the internet is flooded with tons of online games that one can play via smartphones or other gadgets. Moreover, you can ask your friends to accompany you too. Recent online games that are trending and Scribble, a draw-and-guess match you can play on your browser. 

Another one recently on the list and trending is Among Us—a mobile phone game with a murderer playing bluff among other players. Guess the killer and kick them out by voting among yourselves. These multiplayer games are the perfect source of entertainment and help you interact with your friends during a strict lockdown period where you can’t meet them personally. 

Virtual Video Games

Okay, so this is not a new way because virtual video gaming sessions have been happening since forever. Sadly, this is the only alternative because lockdown and strict quarantine have left us with no option to gather up and play video games with our friends live together. 

So, in that case, a virtual online video game session it is. The perfect way to not only keep you entertained but also maintain your social life via numerous players online from around the world and amongst your group of friends. 

Host Netflix Party

No quarantine is complete without a group movie night! And thanks to the best streaming platform in the world, you can now host a virtual movie night via Netflix Party. Netflix Party is an extension of Netflix where you can stream and chat with your friends in real-time from anywhere. The best part about it is that you won’t have to worry about synchronizing your movie playtime or sound etc. everyone will have the same scene on their screen. 

But we can’t guarantee that all your friends are going to have the same library if some of them live abroad. Since Netflix has a strong geo-restriction based on different regions, you may have to get hold of the best VPN for Netflix to access those restricted titles and libraries. It may seem like a hassle, but honestly, you will open up a variety of new TV shows and movies that were otherwise unavailable in your location. 

Sign-Up for a Cooking Course

Cooking is therapeutic, and since all of us are spending our time home, cooking our own meals, we might as well make it exciting and fun, turning it into a full-fledged source of entertainment. There are numerous tutorials available online, but only following those may not be as helpful and entertaining as following a complete course with timed and interactive classes. 

And a plus for all this is that it will help you stay busy during quarantine and keep you entertained and productive throughout your time at home. And most of all, you will be learning a new skill altogether, which is a fantastic thing to do in itself. 

Start Streaming a New Show

Busy life and busy routine made our watchlist grow uncontrollably, making us stop and ponder over the long list and finally choose the show that you wanted to watch all this time but couldn’t due to time constraints. Now, you have all the time in the world, so go for it! 

Pick the show of your choice, grab your favorite snack, and start your binge session without a hint of any guilt. You will be amazed to see how good and relaxing it is to relieve yourself off of all the day’s stress by unwinding yourself in front of the screen and finally giving yourself the “me time” you rightfully deserved. Just don’t let yourself get addicted to it. 

Final Thoughts

Besides the options mentioned above, there are tons of other ways for you to keep yourself entertained and not all of them have to be regarding gaming or streaming. In the end, it all depends on what you enjoy the most, for some book reading can be entertaining and therapeutic. For some of their pets or spending time with their families, you do what you find best for yourself. 

 

Imogen Stirling

Poet, musician and theatre-maker, Imogen Stirling, collaborates with youth arts charity CREATE Paisley, to help the young people of Renfrewshire express themselves through poetry. 

 

The internationally renowned writer, whose portfolio of work has been featured on Sky Arts will be taking up the mantle of writer in residence for this year’s Paisley Book Festival which is going digital for the first time.

Imogen Stirling

As part of Imogen’s role she’s working with CREATE Paisley to champion the role of creativity in the lives of young people and offer a chance to work alongside her on their own poetry and writing. Imogen’s work has seen her travel the world with sold out performances at the Prague and Edinburgh fringe as well as appearances at both the Eden and latitude festivals but with her 2020 touring schedule being ground to a halt by Covid-19 she is looking forward to supporting young people express themselves as part of the project.

 

I’ve always had a passion for working with young people and the opportunity to work with CREATE Paisley as part of my tenure as Writer in Residence is really exciting. During these tough times it is so important for young people to be able to express themselves and I am super excited to do that with them through my passion for poetry. I believe that using words and poetry in a relaxed environment can really help us to express our thoughts and explore emotions in a safe and healthy way and I am so looking forward to these workshops and hope to see as many people there as possible’’

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Imogen joins CREATE as part of their Teach Me Tuesday programme which will give young people the opportunity to take part in a series of free online creative writing workshops. Together, Imogen and the young people will use simple writing exercises, discussion, poetry readings and storytelling to explore how words can be used to express mindfulness and fun. With a view to looking forward to more hopeful times than 2020, the imagination will run wild with radical new futures and what we can learn from this tumultuous year. After having played around with various poetic techniques throughout the workshop, each participant will be encouraged to create their own short piece of writing which can be edited into a collective ballad and then presented during one of the Paisley Book Festival’s online events.

 

CREATE knows the importance of creativity in a young person’s life in terms of their mental health and academic attainment but also at this time, workshops like Imogen’s, play a much more important role. Brid Gallagher, Youth development worker at CREATE, has been working across the charities online programme since the start of lockdown and has seen first hand the effect that lockdown is having on young people’s lives: 

 

‘We work with so many young people who are struggling at the moment. The isolation and anxieties surrounding the pandemic are really having an effect on their well being and we have had many young people approach us who are struggling with depression and isolation. Workshops like Imogen’s give much needed structure and a chance to express their feelings in a safe and healthy way. We are so excited to be working with Imogen and  grateful for her giving our young people such a great opportunity to see their work being showcased at the Festival’s online events!’ 

 

The workshops are open to anyone aged between 12 and 21 and will start on Tuesday 26th of  January at 7pm. 

Open to all levels, with complete beginners very welcome!” To sign up visit www.createpaisley.org.uk/

A brand-new activity area is set to become one of the most sought-after play parks in Scotland when state-of-the-art equipment is installed for young people.

For the first time in a Scottish play park, equipment will include an interactive DJ booth, dance arch and activity zones offering various games on seven different screens that support learning and activity for all ages.

The new activity area in Bargarran, Erskine has been designed to be a central community resource, where groups and families can come together and socialise safely outdoors and is being created thanks to a £50,000 award from Renfrewshire Council’s Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund.

Young people will be able to play their own music through interactive decks where they can learn to beat match and mix songs with their friends and peers.

A number of activity zones will also be set up around the play area with interactive games they can play individually or as a group, while a zip wire, seating areas, a shelter and outdoor gym equipment will also be available – all key asks from young people as part of a consultation run by Erskine Youth Council (EYC).

The Youth Council organise events, identify activities and develop opportunities to benefit young people in Erskine and deliver campaigns designed to create positive change for their whole community – and they will take a lead role in developing the play park into a social hub.

Graeme Wilson, EYC Treasurer, said: “We are over the moon that we received the additional £50k funding and can now go ahead with the building of the new Erskine activity area.

“This will bring about new and exciting ways for children, young people and their families to have fun and will also be an interactive play facility – the first of its kind in Scotland.

“EYC has been involved in picking the equipment to make sure it will fit the needs and wants of Erskine’s youth and going forward our Youth Council will look after the activity play area, making sure all the equipment is up and running as well as monitoring what games are being played and the settings of the DJ booth.

“We look forward to leading on fun outdoor group activities using the play area equipment once it is built and open to our community.”

Work to complete the project is expected to begin in March with the aim for it to be in place this summer – although construction will be subject to ongoing Coronavirus restrictions.

The latest funding adds to the £110,000 already allocated to the project by the Council to replace the former MUGA at the site of the new primary school joint campus in Bargarran.

Councillor Marie McGurk, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Communities, Housing and Planning Policy Board, said: “We’re delighted that we are able to provide significant funding to Erskine Youth Council to ensure that this new, interactive play area can be developed.

“It will be one of the standout play parks in the country thanks to the state-of-the-art equipment that is set to be installed and young people have been at the heart of the process every step of the way. I can’t wait to see their ideas become reality.

“The Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund really has given local people of all ages the chance to change their community for the better and it’s great to see the difference that it is making across Renfrewshire.”

The activity area has been designed by working closely with leading outdoor play organisation Jupiter Play and the modern, interactive equipment was purchased from international playground equipment supplier Yalp.

Ian Smith, Regional Sales Manager at Jupiter Play, said: “It has been a pleasure to work with Renfrewshire Council. Designing play spaces that create a sense of wonder and engage an entire community is our aim as a business.

“I am delighted that we are delivering this really innovative project at Bargarran and the first one of its kind in Scotland as I know I will see people of all ages really benefitting from interactive play.

“It will be fantastic seeing people of all generations outside, having fun, staying active and socialising in their local park.”

For more information on the Green Spaces, Parks and Play Areas and Villages Investment Fund, including how to submit your application before the 31 March 2021 deadline, visit www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/greenspacesfund.