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Did you know that our images are for sale, either for publications or for leaflets promoting Paisley or even for your personal collection, we can email you a digital image or arrange for one of our images to be printed for you in different sizes and even framed for you “we cant come and hang it for you though”.

Our prices and terms are fair and all proceeds go to maintaining this website for the future development of the website, we have various photographers available for any pictures you would like taken around the area, i.e your old street, house etc

To enquire about any of our images please email enquiries@paisley.org.uk or feel free to browse our online gallery in Flickr.com http://www.flickr.com/photos/paisleyorguk/

If you would like us even to take photographs of your event, Hotel, building or even if your visiting Paisley and would like us to come along and take a quality photograph of you near the Abbey for instance then please drop us an email and will quote you a price tailored to your requirements.. Friendly service guaranteed…

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Dr Robert Broom:

Robert Broom was born in Scotland in 1866 to a poor family. Educated as a doctor specializing in midwifery, he used that profession to support himself while travelling the world. Fascinated by the origin of the mammals, he travelled to Australia in 1892. Five years later, he went to South Africa, where he would stay for the rest of his life.

In 1910 Broom’s insistence on the theory of evolution cost him his position at the University of Stellenbosch, an extremely conservative religious institution, and he started practicing medicine in the remote Karroo region of South Africa. He also practised paleontology, becoming the world’s leading expert on the mammal-like reptiles which were found in abundance in the region. His paleontological work was so highly regarded that in 1920 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society.

In 1934, aged 68, he gave up his medical practice to take a position at the Transvaal Museum in Pretoria. In 1936 he decided to search for more of Dart’s australopithecines, and in the same year found a fragmentary skull of an adult at Sterkfontein (which he initially placed in a new genus, Plesianthropus). In 1938, he found the first robust australopithecine skull at Kromdraai after a schoolboy discovered some teeth at the site. Further finds followed, but it was not until Broom published a major monograph on the australopithecines in 1946 and the influential British scientist W. E. Le Gros Clark examined the fossils in 1947 that most scientists finally accepted that the australopithecines were hominids. Other major finds included Sts 5, a superb fossil skull, and Sts 14, a partial skeleton which consisted of much of a pelvis, femur, and vertebral column and proved convincingly that australopithecines had walked upright.

In 1948 he started excavating at Swartkrans, which yielded remains of what was later determined to be Homo erectus, as well as further australopithecine fossils.

Somewhat of an eccentric, Broom, conscious of his standing as a medical man, always dressed in a formal dark suit even when fossil hunting, but would strip naked when it got too hot. He remained prodigiously energetic until the end of his life. Broom had promised that he would “wear out, not rust out”, and was true to his word. In 1951, after writing the finishing lines of his monograph on the australopithecines, he whispered “Now that’s finished … and so am I”. He died moments later at the age of 85

If you have any nominations for Famous or notable people from Paisley then please use our contact page to get in touch.

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We recieved yet another new Famous person from Paisley nomination from Peter Evans “thanks Peter” the nomination is Neve McIntosh.

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Neve McIntosh (born January 1, 1972) is a Scottish actress.

Neve McIntosh has the British nationality. She uses the name Neve McIntosh as an artist name, but was born under the name of Carol McIntosh.

Born in Paisley, Neve McIntosh grew up in Edinburgh, where she attended Boroughmuir High School. She moved to Glasgow to attend the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, after which she was in repertory companies at Perth and at The Little Theatre on the Isle of Mull. She next played in a Glasgow stage production of The Trick is to Keep Breathing. She also appeared in American director Mark L. Feinsod’s first film, Love And Lung Cancer. She is probably best known for her portrayal of Fuchsia in the 2000 BBC and WGBH Boston production of Gormenghast, a lavish mini-series based on the first two books of the trilogy by Mervyn Peake.

In 2004, McIntosh starred in Bodies, a medical drama produced by BBC3 and based on the book Bodies by Jed Mercurio. She has also appeared in several other television dramas, including Psychos, Ghost Squad, Miss Marple, Murder City, Bodies-2 and Low Winter Sun. It was during the production of Psychos that she met her cameraman husband Alex Sahle. Alongside her television work she has appeared in the films Gypsy Woman and One Last Chance, and in the theatre, playing in the RSC production of Dickens’ Great Expectations in Stratford.

She is currently starring as Portia in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice at the Lyceum in Edinburgh.

If you have any nominations for Famous or notable people from Paisley then please use our contact page to get in touch.

Check out our Famous People section by clicking here.

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Around Paisley April 13th 08
“The Chivas Building Renfrew Road”

I was out this morning as it was such a beautiful day and I have now updated the photo gallery “we use flickr as our online gallery”.

i wish to bring attention to a feature that I have continually updated its called the Gallery Map page where you can see exactly where each picture has been taken, simply move around the map and use the little green refresh symbol next to the “SEARCH THE MAP” button “not the main refresh button at the top of the page” and you can go round all the places the pictures have been taken, this is an excellent feature and one you probably didn’t know existed…

To gain access to the map go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/paisleyorguk/map/ and just move about.

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The Bungalow Bar Revival is a movement to put Paisley

back on the touring map of major promoters, managers, agents and acts.

The Bungalow Bar, formerly on Paisley’s Renfrew Road, was once renowned for the fantastic, nightly billings, especially from the Punk Genres, in the late seventies, early eighties. The roster of acts is outrageously expansive and included household names such as The Fall, The Skids, The Tourists, Orange juice, Roddy Frame, Alan McGee, The Buzzcocks, Echo and the Bunnymen, The Alarm, The Jam, The Teardrop Explodes, The Clash and many many more. I must pay homage at this juncture to local Journalist Louden Temple who was the booker for The Bungalow Bar and still promotes in Brookfield today.

Since the mid eighties though, there has been little or no discernable music scene in Paisley, which may be considered either travesty or incompetence, in what is reputedly the biggest town in Scotland, if not Britain. Until now there has been no discernable, committed, run it like the bigger boys do venue. We began this, hoping that someone in the business would come in and take over….it hasn’t happened….BUT….. We will continue…..

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Paisley Beer Festival opens to the public on Wednesday the 30th of April 2008

Hours are 30th 17.00 – 23.00

01st 12.00 – 23.00

02nd 12.00 – 00.00

03rd  12.00 – 21.00

Admission prices include glass and programme £5 or £3.50 for CAMRA members if you return to the festival with this years glass you get in free at any other session.

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Robert, you sent a message re the Tervit Family Tree to Paisley.Org in error, we have tried to contact you but the messages have been returned.  Please resend your message. Regards Enquiries

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On the 11 September I have agreed to give up my spare time and trek across the Himalayas in India. This is to help raise awareness and funds for Maggie’s cancer centres.  The Maggie’s centres provide a comprehensive cancer support programme for people and their families affected by cancer across Glasgow and surrounding areas.  By the 23rd June 2008 I have to raise a minimum of £3,000 in sponsorship money. I have several events organised to help reach this goal including a Charity Race Night, street collecting and bag packing.

As this is a massive task to  take on not only for the amount of money to raise but also for the physical challenge I would be very grateful if you would consider sponsoring me on this life challenging event. By agreeing to this you will be involved in contributing to such a worth while charity.

To kindly donate please go to this website www.justgiving.com/lizlogan

If you require any further information I can be contacted by email on lizlogan1@btinternet.com

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Dont forget you can now see the new calendar online and add your own events to the calendar, simply click here to see the calendar or click here to send in your events.

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Friday 4th April 2008

The Shining City, Paisley Arts Centre, Rapture Theatre present a riveting, chilling, urban ghost story from multi-award winning author, Conor McPherson.
On leaving the priesthood, Ian sets himself up as a therapist. One of his first clients is John who, following the tragic death of his wife in a car accident, has repeatedly seen her ghostly figure. But surely it must be his imagination…
This humorous, haunting and fascinating play will have you gripped right up to the shocking twist in the tale., 7.30pm £8.50 (£5 conc)

Friday 4th April 2008

Kidston Kids Playgroup and Crafty Toddlers Open Morning, Kidston Hall, High Street, Kilmacolm, Would you (or the grandparents!) like to get involved in activities with your child? Are you new to the area and would like to make new friends? Drop in and find out how Kidston Kids can be fun for you and your child. To find out more contact Janet Johnston on 01505 612875, or Donna Hood on 01505 844901. 10am till 11am

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