Glasgow Airport

– Airport’s World Duty Free store to also open this weekend – 

Several domestic routes at Glasgow Airport will restart or increase frequency following the easing of travel restrictions on Monday. 

easyJet plans to increase frequencies on several domestic routes which have been in operation and Scotland’s biggest airline will also restart several other UK services including:

Glasgow Airport


  • Stansted route will increase to a daily operation from Saturday
  • Birmingham restarts Sunday with four flights per week then increases to six (no Saturday) from Mon 31 May
  • Birmingham restarts Sunday with four flights per week then increases to six (no Saturday) from Mon 31 May
  • Bristol route increases to six flights per week (excluding Saturdays) from Monday 
  • The same service will move to 10 flights per week from Friday 28 May – one daily flight which will double on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays
  • Luton route increases to five flights per week from Monday and will move to daily operations from Saturday 22 May
  • Belfast route increases to nine flights per week from Friday 7 May which includes double daily services on Fridays and Sundays
  • Jersey returns Thursday May 22 with two flights per week, increases to three from Tuesday 15 June and then six (excluding Wednesdays) from Friday 2 July


Scotland’s airline Loganair also plans to restart routes to both the Scottish Islands and England from Glasgow Airport, including:


  • Barra service is now up twice daily 
  • Southampton returns on Monday with three flights per week, which is set to increase further in June
  • Campbeltown, Islay, Stornoway and Tiree will increase to twice daily from Monday
  • Sumburgh in Shetland will return Monday 24 May with five flights per week via Kirkwall in Orkney and will go direct from Monday 14 June 
  • Kirkwall will return on Monday 24 May with five flights per week then moves to a daily service from Thursday 10 June
  • Exeter service is currently twice weekly and will move to daily from Friday 18 June

Glasgow Airport’s World Duty Free store will also open on Sunday for the first time in over five months. 

A series of enhanced measures designed to ensure passengers enjoy a safe and pleasant experience while passing through the terminal have been introduced. You can find out more by visiting our designated COVID-19 page. 

Ronald Leitch, Operations Director at Glasgow Airport, said: “With restrictions now beginning to ease we are working hard to support our airline partners’ plans to increase frequencies on existing routes and to resume a number of their domestic services. 

“The airport has remained open throughout the pandemic to ensure a number of lifeline services including flights from the Scottish Islands and vital hub connectivity used by key workers could continue, so we have been preparing in order to scale up operations when it was possible for some domestic services to restart. 

“We invested significantly in the early stages of the pandemic to introduce enhanced cleaning regimes and have put a number of protective measures in place to ensure our terminal continues be a safe environment for our passengers, many of whom we appreciate may well be travelling for the first time for over a year. Now that the safe return of domestic travel has resumed, we are looking forward to welcoming our valued customers back to Glasgow Airport once again.” 

Rapid COVID-19 testing facilities have also been introduced at Glasgow Airport in recent weeks. The terminal-based facilities offer both PCR and antigen testing for passengers and have been designed to support pre-booked appointments. Results for PCR testing are returned within 24 hours while antigen takes just 15 minutes. PCR testing can be done either via a park-and-test method in the airport car parks or a walk-up test within the terminal. Passengers are advised to make appointments for either testing method, should they be required, in advance and directly through Glasgow Airport’s website, which also include links to the latest Scottish Government travel advice.

The idea for the project came from this may being the 12 year anniversary of my. diagnosis with fibromyalgia (a chronic health condition which causes a great deal of pain, fatigue, cognitive difficulties and a wide range of other symptoms that vary from person to person and with international awareness day being on the 12th of may I decided to make a bit of a theme of the 12!
Each day from the 1st to the 12th of May I will be making a video diary as I walk a mile(or more) each day whilst sharing some of my stories along the way. The idea is that sharing my story will help create awareness of and understanding for the condition and it’s impact and hopefully provide some support and encouragement to others with fibromyalgia who hear about the project. There is also a fundraising aspect with me having a just giving page where any sponsor money or money raised from related activities I’ll be undertaking during the 12 days will be going to Fibromyalgia Action UK (the national charity for Fibromyalgia)
If you are able to help me in any way with coverage/drawing attention to the project I would be extremely grateful and if you would like to discuss the project in more detail to assist you in this then I can be contacted via this email address or by phone on 07989 267273
With thanks in advance for your time and assistance.
Best wishes
Amanda Mckinlay
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We’re less than a month removed from the disaster that was the European Super League announcement in football, but it already feels like a lifetime ago. Fans, politicians, players, and clubs not involved in the money-making scheme rejected it in the strongest terms possible, and the majority of teams involved in it were forced to back down. The proposal united football fans in the UK against it in ways that we’ve never seen before, and the Manchester United and Real Madrid-led project was dead on arrival. It deserved no other fate. For all the promises that Real Madrid president Florentino Perez made about “saving football” with the new league, it would have done the exact opposite.

Although Perez didn’t go into detail about how his plans to create a closed shop at the very pinnacle of the European game would benefit the clubs excluded from it, it’s generally understood that he was referring to the principle of trickle-down economics. The clubs at the top would make more money, so they would generously give some of that cash to their domestic leagues, and the teams and organisations lower down the pyramid to make life a little easier for everybody. It would be wonderful if that were true, but we have no reason to believe that would be the case. We were told the same thing when the Premier League began, but aside from some notable exceptions, that concept of passing on the benefits has failed to manifest itself in reality.

While clubs in the top divisions are mostly getting richer, clubs at the other end of the scale are mostly doing the opposite. Thanks to the effects of the pandemic, many smaller clubs (and especially those in non-professional leagues who’ve had their competitions suspended) are struggling to stay alive. If there was ever a time for the Premier League and its billionaire owners to put their hands in their pockets and help out, it’s right now. The European Super League was a demonstration of the fact that they’re naturally inclined to do the opposite. The pandemic has eaten into their profits, and they’re looking to balance the books by doing away with “small fry” fixtures against teams like Burnley, Cadiz, and Genoa in favour of all-star games against each other in perpetuity, with no threat to their status and no prospect of demotion and the lost revenue it would bring.

The idea that big clubs and big leagues would voluntarily part with more cash for the pyramid beneath them has little basis in reality. Experience has shown us that when funding is required to keep the grassroots game going, they have to be dragged to the table kicking and screaming. Only one month ago, in March, the FA partnered with the Premier League to announce sixteen million pounds of funding for grassroots football. While that sounds like a generous figure to the average person, it barely even counts as a drop in the ocean in the context of the money that these clubs and leagues make and continue to make. It’s believed that the Premier League made more than two and a half billion pounds in broadcasting revenue alone in 2020. The winners of the competition earn an estimated one hundred and fifty million in prize money. Sixteen million no longer buys you an adequate Premier League defender. We should never look a gift horse in the mouth, and the sixteen million pounds will be carefully and wisely spent on deserving causes, but the figure could and should be more. If the biggest clubs took another step up the ladder away from those at the bottom, getting money from them would likely be even harder.

Football at the highest level is as much about money as it is about sport and has been for a long time. Clubs aren’t just clubs anymore; they’re brands. Liverpool FC as a brand has an official slots game available at many casino websites. It’s their right to do that, and we’re sure the game has been a boon for casino and casino review sites. Non-league and grassroots clubs don’t have that kind of reach. Very few people buy their shirts. It’s hard enough to persuade people to turn up to matches even when matches can be played. The idea of the average grassroots or even lower-league football club launching its own online slots attraction is laughable. Big clubs already have access to revenue streams that smaller clubs and teams don’t, and those profits don’t get passed on. The addition of another high-profile competition could only cause more disparity, not less.

Even ignoring the fact that the teams involved in the European Super League proposal are unlikely to pass money on to those less fortunate, it wouldn’t make sense for them to do so. The proposal was born out of the fact that some of the clubs – especially the Spanish ones – are in insurmountable amounts of debt. Some reports have Real Madrid’s debt figures at close to one billion pounds. As much as the club still presents itself as a giant of European football capable of going toe to toe with anyone when it comes to buying players, their financial situation is precarious. If its income was suddenly boosted by TV revenue from a new Super League, that money would go toward paying off those debts. It would likely be a long time before it occurred to any of them to check on how their less fortunate lower-league neighbours were coping.

For all of the reasons we’ve outlined above and many more, the destruction and dismissal of the European Super League was a victory for grassroots sport and all the people who support and participate in it. However, it will not be the end of the story. Florentino Perez has already said that the idea will eventually come back in another format, and the club owners and executives involved will already be back to the drawing board looking at new ways to bleed cash from supporters. In the meantime, those at the grassroots level continue to fight tooth and nail to stay alive and be sustainable. There will always be another European Super League around the corner, and we must always be wary of it. At the grassroots level, sport is a way of life. Ideas like the Super League are an existential threat. We’ve fought them off once, and we have to do the same next time.

Thursday, June 3rd at 7.30pm: Official launch of the long-awaited book, “The Bungalow Bar – Stories from The Venue and Those Who Played There”, written by journalist, agent and publicist, Loudon Temple, who booked all of the bands into the original venue at the height of the punk and new wave explosion from ’79 to ’81.
He says, “There have been too many myths and wild exaggerations over the years. This is the REAL truth, with anecdotes from both musicians who appeared on The Bungalow stage, and audience members too.”
Loudon will give a short talk and be on hand to sign copies of the book. £5.00 from each copy sold goes to provide vital support for the homeless.
It will be a night of nostalgia and a celebration of those times.
Why are so many people still talking so affectionately about The Bungalow, forty years after the music stopped?
You may be amazed at some of the tales he recounts himself, and those that he uncovered.
“A book that tells the inside story of a legendary venue” – music writer and BBC Radio Scotland presenter, Billy Sloan
FREE TICKET required for entry (covid restrictions will apply) 👇
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A mobile bar adds extra spices to any kind of party. It has been a trend in recent times to have a mobile cocktail bar to entertain guests. Since the bar is portable, you can book one for any event anywhere. If you are planning a party in your backyard or a venue, a mobile bar is a must object to include in your budget. You can hire one with or without a bartender for your next event. Though all mobile cocktail bars are designed for the same purpose, their variation suits different occasions. 


Variations of mobile bars

You might go through a fascinating experience while booking one since there are a ton of variations. Here are a few of them that are commonly seen.

  • Tap trucks: Tap trucks are always gorgeous and suit almost any kind of event. This mobile bar is good for medium to large size parties. Besides, it can provide almost all kinds of alcoholic drinks. Most tap trucks are designed for self-service. So, it is a good option if you want to avoid the extra headache.


  • Airstream bar: This is perhaps the coolest and most common mobile bar around the world. Its metallic look and shape add an extra vibe to your event. The best thing about the portable bar is you can use it as a food truck too. This is something like killing two birds with one stone. Airstream bars are also good for keeping things organized since guests stand in line to pick foods and drinks.


  • Horse trailer: People with a minimalist mind like a horse trailer. The bar is simply built but can be used for multipurpose. This portable bar is suitable to serve beer, champagne, cocktail, coffee, tea, and more. Besides, it is easily moveable from one place to another. If decorated nicely, the horse trailer becomes an excellent photography background.


  • Piaggio caravan: The theme of caravan mobile bar is developed from 1950’s caravan campers. But, it creates a royal vibe in any sort of event. The bar is small which can be parked anywhere comfortably. Caravan bars come with up to seven taps that pour beer and cocktail with different tastes.


  • Standalone bars: This is nothing but a static bar on trolly wheels. They are made of light objects to move easily. Some standalone bars are detachable to make them more portable. Since they come with variations, this kind of mobile bar suits any event. If you arrange a party at night, an LED mobile bar must draw all guests’ attention. 

A few other things to consider

If a mobile bar hire through you, consider a few things earlier. If you are planning to arrange a party in a large venue, make sure the mobile bar has an engine. Otherwise, it will create serious trouble while moving from one place to another.


Make sure what type of bar is being hired. Some mobile bars come with mixed drinks that may take extra time to create the drink. It would be a good decision to avoid such bars for a large number of guests.


You should also consider the number of taps of the bar so that it doesn’t make a crowd around the bar.

Which one is more suitable?

There is nothing to think more about while hiring one. You can book any mobile bar for any event. Tap trucks, horse trailers, and Piaggio caravan are definitely good options for wedding parties. They create awesome photography backgrounds too. On the other hand, airstream bars are excellent for corporate events since it serves both food and drink. If it is a simple private party at night, you can hire a standalone LED mobile bar to create an amazing theme.

Paisley Museum

Key themes to be discussed as part of work behind £42m transformation of 150-year-old attraction

Renfrewshire’s residents are having their say in shaping the future of Paisley Museum.

A series of “creative conversations” will be held to develop ways in which the 150-year-old venue and its team will best serve the region’s communities following its £42m transformation.

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They will involve representatives from many of the near 70 local organisations which took part in earlier engagement events with service operator Renfrewshire Leisure to examine the issues they face in light of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Kirsty Devine, Project Director of Paisley Museum Re-Imagined, said: “The transformed museum will not just be about celebrating our globally-important past, but being inspired by it to forge a stronger future.

“That’s a future that will undoubtedly be framed by the consequences of the coronavirus pandemic and the impact it has had on local lives.

“We want to make sure that our work meets the community’s priorities – addressing the challenges we face and creating new opportunities for our residents while supporting the region’s health, social, cultural and economic recovery. To create a programme which achieves that, we want to best understand the needs of our communities.”

Six priorities for the revitalised museum’s work emerged from the previous round of listening sessions carried out by operator Renfrewshire Leisure with organisations and other local stakeholders. They are:

  • Community health and wellbeing
  • Tackling social isolation
  • Employability and skills
  • Local history and heritage
  • Confidence / belonging / feeling of ownership
  • Play, literacy and creativity

The creative conversations to be carried out this summer will explore these themes in more detail, looking at how partnership working can develop events for museum audiences.


Kirsty Devine added: “The engagement we have had has already led to some of those we have spoken launching activities which are benefitting people now, and which will develop as the museum’s transformation continues.


“It’s rooted deeply in the fabric of the museum to have the community’s involvement. In the late 19th century the founding committee recognised the importance of community involvement, commenting that the museum ‘only needed to be put in the possession of the community to be appreciated and that the advantages would be of service to all’. That’s an ethos we are embracing as we look to the future.”


As well as its work with community organisations, the museum team is also working with colleagues in Renfrewshire Leisure’s libraries, sports and leisure teams, as well as across Renfrewshire Council and The Great Place Scheme.


Dates for the creative conversations will be confirmed in the coming weeks.


For more details, go to





Jambo! Radio  is the only radio station for the people of African and Caribbean heritage in Scotland, serving Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen. Based in Renfrewshire it broadcasts programmes in multiple languages commonly spoken by people of African and Caribbean heritage in Scotland. 


As part of the initial listening exercise, the museum team interviewed station founder George Tah  who then invited Paisley Museum to partner in a funding bid to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.  Our Heritage will support four heritage trainees over 18 months.  They will visit Paisley: The Secret Collection museum store on the High Street, the local history  Heritage Centre at Abbeymill Business Centre, Seedhill and will find out more about the plans for Paisley Museum.  From this, they will produce a series of heritage-themed radio programmes for African and Caribbean communities and Jambo! Radio listeners.


This will be the start of a long-term relationship between Jambo! Radio, Paisley Museum and African and Caribbean communities.

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Cryptocurrency trading becomes more popular as time goes on. One of the main reasons is the high level of volatility that can bring you more significant returns compared to traditional currency trading. These days, there are plenty of cryptocurrencies and platforms where they can be traded, so anyone interested can find something for themselves. If you want to know how cryptocurrency trading works, continue reading.

What are cryptocurrencies and which ones are real?

While CFD Forex is still as popular as ever, cryptocurrencies are a thing of their own. Cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that operate on blockchain technology, and unlike traditional currencies, they are decentralized. With cryptocurrencies, there are no bank-associated costs, and transactions are less expensive. What is more, different loans and trading strategies can be written onto specific blockchains.

Right now, the most expensive cryptocurrency in the world is Bitcoin. Other popular options include:

  • Ethereum
  • Ripple XRP
  • Litecoin
  • Tether and others

When making a cryptocurrency transaction, you have to use private and public keys that work similarly to passwords and are generated by your cryptocurrency wallet. A private key belongs only to you, and its purpose is to approve any transactions that are sent from your wallet. With a public key connected to your cryptocurrency wallet, people can send cryptocurrency to you.

What are the steps you have to take?

The world of cryptocurrencies may seem mysterious to people who are just starting to get involved, but the process is actually not too difficult. If you are interested in this kind of trading and ready for the risks associated with it, there are several steps that you should take regardless of the chosen cryptocurrency:

  • Create your brokerage account

The first step to trading is to create a crypto brokerage account by choosing one of the popular options on the market. When creating an account, you have to provide your personal details, such as your date of birth, social security number, and email address.

  • Adding funds to your account

Once you have created an account and signed up, the next step is for you to connect your bank account and add funds. Depending on the crypto brokerage you choose, you will be able to choose how you can do this. For instance, with the help of wire transfer, debit card, or other ways. Some funding options are cheaper or even free on certain platforms, so it’s something you should pay attention to.

  • Select your cryptocurrency

One of the factors you should consider before choosing a cryptocurrency is how risk-tolerant you are. The so-called large-cap cryptocurrencies, such as Ethereum and Bitcoin, are more predictable and associated with less risk. Smaller cryptocurrencies can go through extreme highs and lows, but they can bring more returns in a short time to investors who are risk-tolerant.

  • Find the right strategy

If you are a beginner, choosing the right trading strategy is the most challenging part. There are many trading indicators you can select from, and it’s important to study this topic thoroughly. Some of the popular cryptocurrency trading strategies for beginners include the golden cross/death cross, dollar-cost averaging, and RSI divergence. Studying different strategies allows you to find the perfect one for you and make sure that you minimize the risks.

  • Use a suitable cryptocurrency wallet

Regardless of whether you plan to keep your cryptocurrencies for a while or you are trading them actively, you need to have easy access to them when they are needed. A lot of beginners don’t know that cryptocurrencies can be stored on both offline physical devices and software wallets, depending on your requirements and preferences. Whether you choose one or another, they offer a high level of security. At the same time, hardware wallets are considered the safest option out there. There are many free software wallets that you can download for your iOS or Android device and use to store your cryptocurrency.

High risk and a chance of extreme returns

With new cryptocurrencies appearing and older ones hitting thousands of dollars, it’s not surprising that so many people are interested in this type of trading. There are a lot of ways to get involved in cryptocurrency trading, and now it is easier than ever. You can get incredible returns, but because of high volatility, the risk is always present, so it’s something to be aware of.

What are your thoughts on cryptocurrencies? Tell us what you think and whether you want to get into cryptocurrency trading in the comments.


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The most significant barriers that most people face when they pick a guitar for the first time are the numerous chords they have to learn. Many may try to learn many of the Chords, while others may go ahead and get into barre chords known to be a little tricky. 


Therefore, the biggest question is usually how many chords are there? The answer to it is that it depends on many factors, such as whether all positions of chords on the guitar are included and whether we are only counting chords from using regular tuning.

The most relevant question is to know the different chords guitar for beginners, what the chords are and when you can learn them.



These chords are the different ways you can play the same chord. Open chords have one string open, while barre chords have your index finger pressing all strings in a fret. You can play A minor open and barre, and you will find that they sound nearly the same, and the notes define a chord.



B minor and A minor are different chords but are the same type, which is minor. For every type of chord, there exist different chords.

  • Power Chords

Power chords are not considered chords but dyads (two notes). Chords are three or more notes that sound concurrently.  In reality, power chords perform similar roles to chords.

  • Chord equivalents

Some chords have the same kind of notes hence making them the same chords. For example, Amin7 and C6 are similar notes. Chord equivalents have different roles in harmony, but they are used interchangeably.



  • Triads 

Triad chords have a stack of three notes and exist in intervals of thirds. There are four kinds of triads which include: 

Minor and major triads made of 1st, 3rd and 5th note of their scale and Minor and major triad chords are commonly used in music and are essential to learning first.

The augmented triad is made of a root, 3rd major and 5th augmented and diminished triad are made of a root, 3rd minor and 5th diminished. These two chords are less in use, and you can learn them eventually.

  • 7th Chords

Adding the 7th interval from a root to a triad forms 7th chords. The most popular 7th chords are Cmaj7, Cmin7 and C7. These chords are frequent, and hence it is best to learn the 7th chords early. The half-diminished chord is also essential in many musical contexts, so it is good to know it. Other chords are not so frequent and quite unlikely to encounter.

  • Extended Chords

Most extended chords are in use in Jazz and therefore are referred to as Jazz chords. You stack 3rds above 7th; we have 9th, 11th and 13th to form extended chords. We have the frequently encountered major, minor, dominant of the extended chords. There exist other variations, but the notes would require alteration forming other different types of chords.


Learning chords is beginning with the most frequent and slowly adding others with time since learning all at once may frustrate the process. The guitar is a lifetime process and requires lots of practice with hand placement, but it becomes easier with practice. Just begin and trust the process.

WCS Photography Alumni open studio

Two former Photography students have taken the time during the latest restrictions to get their new business venture up and running, and plan to open a new photography studio on Saturday 1 May in Govan, Glasgow.  They have a few ideas to help adapt to the current situation and will open in Govan Workspace which is playing an important part in the regeneration of the local area.

WCS Photography Alumni open studio

Alan Maclean, 36, from Irvine now living in Hamilton and Mark Billingham, 37, from Glasgow and living in Paisley, both studied HNC and HND Photography at West College Scotland.  The pair met at college and went on to become close friends and now business partners!

Alan bought his first DSLR camera but struggled to work out how to use it, so after a quick search found a photography class at WCS and the rest is history.  Mark on the other hand studied photography whilst still at Reid Kerr College prior to its merger with WCS and had been enjoying taking pictures on his phone whilst living in Malta.  On his return to Paisley, Mark wanted to take his photography to the next level and WCS was the obvious option given its handy location and options for photography courses.  Alan said:

“The lecturers at the college were fantastic and always on hand to help out.  There was support for other areas too although I never needed it.”

Alan enjoyed all the aspects of the course although eventually settled on portraiture as his favourite.  His key to success is to find what you’re passionate about and master it rather than trying to be good at everything.  Since leaving college Alan has worked as a school photographer whilst also starting a company called STILLSSCOTLAND to do stills work in TV and film.  Now his latest project is the new studio with Mark.

When asked about his time at WCS Mark said:

“Having the right guidance was great and I got an immense sense of achievement when I presented work I was proud of.  My biggest regret is not asking for more help as there were plenty of resources and the lecturers were great!”

Mark’s advice to prospective students would be not to be too self-critical and not to compare yourself to others.  He echoes Alan in saying to find your style and to excel at it allowing technical aspects to develop naturally with ideas and creativity being more important.  After WCS, Mark went on to study a BA in photography, which he recently finished, and has an exciting start to his career with the new studio after a brief pause due to the pandemic.

Without their experiences at the College both Mark and Alan say that their studio wouldn’t have been possible.  Although Alan feels that in the photography industry it is your portfolio and your personality that are most important, when asked if he would recommend studying at WCS he said:

“100%. If I never went to WCS I wouldn’t have advanced as far as I’ve come if I was just self-taught. I also wouldn’t have met my business partner and friend Mark.”

He says in order to be successful you can’t be shy, need to be able to think on your feet and be outgoing and approachable.  Alan says that now everyone uses smartphones to take photos it has made the industry more accessible but at the same time it is important not to let this put you off making a proper career out of it.  His ultimate dream is to photograph celebrities and to compile the images and stories behind them.  Either way he can’t see himself doing anything else and hopes that in a year he’ll be running a successful studio!

Mark believes in order to be successful that belief, ambition, determination and being adaptable and prepared for change are key.  The photography industry relies on self-motivation and it’s important to keep up with the ever-changing trends and techniques, so you are constantly learning and looking for the next step.  He says jobs are not guaranteed in this industry – like many others at the moment – so you should expect to have to put in the effort to be successful but the rewards of doing something you love and knowing every job will be completely different are worth it.  When asked if he would recommend studying at WCS he says:

“I would go back to WCS in a heartbeat as I miss the pressure, the community, the relationships and the excitement of result days but there’s only one shot at it and it goes fast, so enjoy every minute of it.”

If you are interested in furthering your photography skills, or like Alan and Mark want to begin a successful career in photography, then apply to WCS to give you the best start.  We have courses for complete beginners up to experienced photographers and our lecturers are always on hand to help you realise your potential.  And don’t forget to check out the new studio in Govan to see what is possible when you study at WCS!

Click here for our Photography Courses available at our Clydebank and Paisley campuses this Autumn.

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Residents of Linwood have been thanked as the results of a one-week testing drive to reduce the rates of Covid-19 in the area are revealed.

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Three-hundred-and-ninety-six people visited the temporary Covid-19 community testing centre at Tweedie Hall between Wednesday 21 April until Tuesday 27 April.

The testing drive found no new positive cases in the community.

The drop-in testing centre was open to anyone without symptoms of the virus who lived, worked or went to school in Linwood. It was run and staffed by Renfrewshire Council.

Chris Dalrymple, the council’s chief environmental health officer, said: “I would like to thank everyone in Linwood who turned up and took a test.

“It was great to see a good turnout. Around 5% of Linwood’s population came along to the testing centre, which compared well with other sites in other areas of the country.

“Asymptomatic testing is helping us stop the spread of Covid-19 in Renfrewshire and by taking a test you have helped protect your loved ones and your community.”

The tests used at the centre were lateral flow tests. These are quick tests that are processed on site and see results returned via text message within 45 minutes.

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A group of young people who produce their own artistic shows and events have won a top national award.

Art Boss was started in January 2020 for young people from Renfrewshire between the ages of 14 and 18, giving them an opportunity to produce, write, direct and appear in their own artistic performances.

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And they have been so successful, they have recently won the Arts category in the Sunday Mail Young Scot Awards.

When Art Boss was launched by Renfrewshire Leisure, in partnership with Renfrewshire Youth Services, the idea was for the young people to perform their live shows at various arts festivals, but the coronavirus pandemic meant they had to adapt and take their performances online.

Already, they have launched their own graphic novel, called The Attic, which was published online and in print; produced their own Hallowe’en horror movie called, The Devil and the Art Bossers and created a video called This Is For The… by narrating a poem paying tribute to the workers on the frontline in the fight against Covid.

Marie Collins, is the music project producer with Renfrewshire Leisure’s Arts Team and helps the young people in Art Boss.

Marie said: “Winning this award means a lot to the young people involved in Art Boss and they were buzzing when they heard about it.

“The young people have put a lot of hard work into their projects over the past year and this recognition for what they have achieved is very well deserved.

“They have had a fantastic year and are very committed. I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Art Boss in the future.”

The Art Boss group has been made possible with the support of Future Paisley – the radical and wide-ranging programme of events, activity and investment using the town’s unique and internationally-significant cultural stories to transform its future.