NLP Theatre presents ‘How to Make a Killing in Bollywood’.

Join us at Paisley Arts Centre on March 22 for a brand new comedy full of life, laughter, colour, dance, music and tragedy.

make-killing-bolywoodFrom the theatre company that brought us ‘Singin’ I’m No a Billy, He’s a Tim’, How to Make a Killing in Bollywoodfollows Scottish based actor Raza Khan as he is turned down for yet another acting job. Faced with the stark reality of a lifetime serving chips and cheese to local neds in the family takeaway, Raza resolves to give his acting ambition one last try. A last ditch attempt to make it big. And where better to hit the dizzying heights of fame and fortune? Bollywood! 

Join in the laughter as Raza and fellow actor friend Gurjit set out on a journey that will change both of their lives forever.

How to Make a Killing in Bollywood will be at Paisley Arts Centre on Fri 22 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £10 (£6 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or

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George Pub Fire

The George Pub fire damage, Paisley Photographs & Video

Fire damage to the George Pub on Causeyside Street / George Street, Paisley.
Fire ripped through the building in the early hours of Sunday 24th February 2013; thankfully there are no reports of any injuries. Firefighters from Strathclyde Fire Brigade are dousing the smouldering shell which looks unsafe, while Reigart Demolition are inspecting the premises in preparation for either securing or the demolition of the building. Causeyside Street and the end of George Street are closed to traffic and to the public until further notice. All Paisley Photographs taken by Brian McGuire.

Video of the Fire Damage:

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Traditional Scottish design for the home

Whether or not the home is actually in Scotland there are plenty of Scottish designs that can be incorporated to create a feeling of highland living. Some of the ideas may mean a little remodelling of the home that is not always possible for those on a tight budget, but there are several tips and tricks that can be used by those who do not have a lot to spend but who still want to create a little taste of Scotland right there in their own home.


cottageFor those who do not mind a little remodelling of the home to create the look they want, then stone fireplaces are the way to go. Make it a feature of the room, and have the wall it is on covered in stone cladding. Done just right this can give the living area of the house the wow factor. It also means that it is possible to have a real fire blazing on those cold winter nights – just like in a traditional Scottish home. A wicker basket nearby containing logs for the fire will also look pleasing, and a lovely ornate fireguard can be used for both safety and style. Older style guards and fireplace tools can be bought from a reclamation or salvage yard for a little authenticity.


Tartan fabrics are synonymous with Scotland. If there is any Scottish heritage in the family it is possible to find out if the family has their own tartan pattern and colour, and then it can be utilised throughout the home. If there is no Scottish ancestry then simply pick a style that feels right – it can be used for curtains, throws and bedspreads. It can also be used to reupholster furniture. However, too much tartan will look overwhelming, so cushion covers in the chosen tartan fabric against a plain sofa will look great, just like a tartan bedspread and curtains would look very good in an otherwise neutral bedroom.


Scottish people are very family orientated so furniture is often large to accommodate plenty of seating space. If the home has enough space then a large 3-seater or 4-seater sofa and two armchairs will work well. The dining room is often the heart of the home so extending dining tables are a must-have item. This way they can be closed when there are only a few people eating or expanded when the whole family gets together for a meal.

Finishing touches

Vases of fresh flowers are a must and should be included in many of the rooms.  If they are wild flowers than that is even better, particularly when arranged in a rustic style vase. Scotland has many open spaces, it is full of beautiful countryside and fabulous wildlife, so the fresh wild flowers help to bring a little of that wonderful beauty into the home.  Wooden furniture should also be chosen. Large sideboards, dressers and tables with antique handles will look fabulous in a Scottish style home. Adorn the walls with framed canvases of sweeping highland landscapes to really finish off the look.

Air Malta

Air Malta announces charter flights from Glasgow Airport

Air Malta will operate weekly charter flights from Glasgow Airport to the Mediterranean island nation this summer.

To meet demand, the Maltese flag carrier will serve the country’s only airport – which is situated near the capital Valletta – every Tuesday between May and October.

Air MaltaThe flights provide Scottish holidaymakers with the opportunity to sample one of Europe’s warmest climates.

Malta is also a popular tourist destination with numerous resorts, activities and historical sites, including nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. One of these is the Megalithic Temples which are some of the oldest free-standing structures in the world.

Philip Saunders, Air Malta’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: “Our strategy is to become the market leader for flights to Malta and our summer charter operation from Glasgow Airport allows us to cater for Scottish holidaymakers during the busiest months.”

Francois Bourienne, Glasgow Airport’s Commercial Director, said: “The arrival of Malta’s flag carrier at Glasgow Airport this summer is yet another welcome boost as we look to add new routes and capacity to meet demand from Scottish holidaymakers.”

Air Malta offers a 20kg checked-in baggage allowance and a 10kg hand baggage allowance for each passenger.

The Glasgow flights are on sale now and available to book at

Southern Tenant Folk Union Press Photo Jan 2011

Southern Tenant Folk Union at Paisley Arts Centre on Saturday 16 March.

One of the most highly acclaimed folk/bluegrass outfits in the UK today, Southern Tenant Folk Union will bring their unique and enthralling fusion of folk and bluegrass sounds to Paisley Arts Centre next month.

The Edinburgh based, six-piece acoustic band features vocals, mandolin, banjo, guitar, fiddle and double base to create a sound that has earned them strong praise in The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Independent plus plenty of live sessions on television and radio, notably with Mark Lamarr on BBC Radio 2 and ‘The View’ programme with Irish broadcaster RTÉ.
Southern Tenant Folk Union Press Photo Jan 2011
This acclaim is surely set to continue in 2013 as January saw the release of their fifth album ‘Hello Cold, Goodbye Sun’; a collection of new and original material written by five of the collective’s members. With a more difficult and emotionally charged pre-production process than on previous albums, the band have developed a new set of songs that build on some of the soundscape folk from their well-regarded fourth album ‘Pencaitland’ as well as showcasing the growing songwriting, instrumental and vocal talent from within the band.

Join Southern Tenant Folk Union at Paisley Arts Centre as part of their fifth album tour. The gig takes place Saturday 16 March at7.30pm. Tickets cost £12 (£10 conc) and can be booked by calling our Box Office on 0141 887 1010 or logging on

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brown bin

Brown bin collections are back for 2013

Renfrewshire residents who have brown bins are being reminded that garden waste collections will start again at the beginning of March.

Around 55,000 Renfrewshire households have the bins, which are designed to hold waste including grass, leaves and branches.

brown binThe brown bins are collected every two weeks, on the same day as the blue household recycling bin.

Councillor Eddie Devine, Convener of Renfrewshire Council’s Environment Policy Board, said: “Your first brown bin collection of 2013 will be on the day your first blue bin collection of March is due.

“Residents should put the brown bin out with the blue one before 7am on the relevant dates.

“By using the brown bin to store garden waste which can be turned into compost, residents are being kind to the environment and helping the area meet its targets for recycling 50% of our waste.

“We appreciate all that Renfrewshire residents do to help the area achieve this.”

Brown bins can take grass cuttings, leaves and twigs, plants, small branches, leaves, hedge clippings and flowers.

But they should not be used for soil, stones, timber, food, pet waste or general rubbish. Crews will be unable to collect bins containing any of these items.

The garden waste collections will operate until the end of November.

Bin collection calendars can be downloaded at

More information about household waste is also available by calling the Greener Renfrewshire helpline on 0300 300 0300. or emailing

Dance Ihayami

One night in Bollywood: learn new dance techniques at our brand new workshop.

Paisley Arts Centre will play host to our very first Bollywood Dance Workshop on Tuesday 12 March.

Led by professional dancers from Scotland’s premier Indian dance company Dance Ihayami, this workshop will give participants the opportunity to explore the art of Bollywood dance and recreate some of the moves that have become so familiar thanks to the growing presence of the genre on the silver screen as well as on television.
Dance Ihayami
The highly rhythmic and energetic Bollywood Dance blends together traditions of folk and classical dance from India. The workshop is a great way to improve concentration levels and boost overall physical fitness while having fun and learning new dance moves set to very catchy Indian music. In this session, the music comes from the Bollywood classic, Devdas. 

Take part in our workshop and watch Devdas on the big screen afterwards for free.

Our Bollywood Dance Worksop will take place at Paisley Arts Centre on Tues 12 March at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £7.50 (£5.50 conc)and can be booked by calling our Box Office on  0141 887 1010 or visiting Suitable for ages 11 + and no previous Bollywood Dance experience is required. The screening of Devdas will start at 7.15pm.

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Renfrewshire Young Dads – Open Day

The Studio @ The Wynd

Thurs 21 February, 2pm – 4pm Event Price: Free

Renfrewshire Young Dads, lottery funded by Awards For All, is a group for young fathers, aged 16-25, to socialise and meet other Renfrewshire dads, whilst combining a passion for games including computer and board games.

renfrewshire young dads

An open day for anyone interested in the project, including young fathers, families and professionals, will be taking place on Thursday 21st February, 2pm-4pm, at The Wynd Centre, 6 School Wynd, Paisley.

The group allows individuals to play the games they love and discover new games, developing their confidence as young fathers. They will have the opportunity to play games with their children, encouraging the babies to learn to talk, move and interact, ultimately, strengthening their relationship as father and child.

Supported by Scottish Youth Theatre and Barnardo’s Threads, where identified, advice for young fathers and other services will be made available.

More information about the project can be found by visiting

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Community Planning Conference for young people working at tables

Hundreds of young people have their say at youth conference

Over 150 people have taken part in Renfrewshire’s first ever Community Planning conference for young people, held at Trinity High School.

The aim of the conference was to give young people a unique opportunity to share their views on vital community issues, and to collaborate on solutions, with the council and its community planning partners.

The conference brought together six groups of young people who had each made a short film reflecting one of Renfrewshire’s community planning themes. The themes are:

  • Children and young people
  • Community care, health and wellbeing
  • Community safety and public protection
  • Empowering communities
  • Jobs and the economy
  • Sustainable Renfrewshire.

The films can be viewed at Renfrewshire Council’s Community Planning Facebook page at:

Councillor Mark Macmillan, Leader of Renfrewshire Council, said, “We are committed to giving young people the opportunity to be involved in the decisions that affect them and to speak out on the issues that they feel strongly about. This conference gave local young people the chance to comment on the themes which will make up the Community Plan and to shape its priorities. This conference is the first stage in our conversation with young people.”

The young people who attended the event were encouraged to tweet to their friends and classmates about the conference in real time. Their comments reflected the enthusiasm the young people brought to the day.

“I’m not sure politics is dead. Young people seem to be willing to talk about it, which is encouraging.”

“Brilliant quote from Jennifer in the Mary Russell video, ‘What makes you feel respected? Friends.’”

“Got to be the first event where I’m allowed to sit on my phone!”

“Bullying and anxiety is no laughing matter. Deep, deep video there. Definitely enjoyed it.”

“It’s wonderful to rant about the problems in the world and actually be listened to!”

“Feel like I’m missing out, not being at yon Youth Conference.”

Community planning brings together all the agencies which provide services to the public in Renfrewshire including: Engage Renfrewshire, the Federation of Local Housing Associations in Renfrewshire, Job Centre Plus NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, Reid Kerr College, Renfrewshire Chamber of Commerce, Renfrewshire Council, Renfrewshire Leisure Ltd, Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, SPT, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Strathclyde Police and the University of the West of Scotland.

The new Community Plan will be published in the Spring.

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Scottish Youth Parliament

Candidates for the Scottish Youth Parliament hit the campaign trail

Candidates for the upcoming Scottish Youth Parliament election in March are set to hit the campaign trail across Renfrewshire to talk to pupils and young people about their manifestos, and why they should vote for them.

Five Members of the Scottish Youth Parliament will represent Renfrewshire in the Scottish Youth Parliament for its next two-year term. Two will be returned for the Paisley constituency, one for Renfrewshire South, and two for Renfrewshire North and West.

Scottish Youth ParliamentCouncillor Jacqueline Henry, Convener of the Council’s Education Policy Board said: “It’s important that young people should take the time to listen to the candidates talk about their manifesto when they visit schools over the next few weeks. Young people have a part to play in influencing decision makers and by choosing their representatives for the Scottish Youth Parliament, they know that the issues that are important to them are being aired.

“I’d ask that everyone gets involved in the democratic process.”
Council staff organised the training and recruitment of the 14 candidates. The team will be helping with February’s election campaigns in schools.

The Scottish Youth Parliament is made up of 150 young people, aged 14-25, who are selected through nationally co-ordinated elections held across Scotland every two years.

MYSPs ascertain and represent the views of young people, decide upon national campaigns and liaise with different levels of government to bring about positive change.


The candidates are listed surname, first name, constituency and school.

Bouzidi Darren  Renfrewshire South      Linwood High School

Buchanan Jordan Renfrewshire South      St Benedict’s High School

Ferns Adam      Renfrewshire North and West     University of West Scotland

Gray Rebecca    Renfrewshire North and West     Gryffe High School

McKay Robyn     Renfrewshire North and West     Park Mains High

Middleton Emma  Renfrewshire North and West     Gryffe High School

Craig Laura     Paisley                         Gleniffer High School

Darku Denzel    Paisley                         Paisley Grammar

Gray Bronwyn    Paisley                         Gleniffer High School

Hendrie Emma    Paisley                         St Andrew’s Academy

Jardine Rebecca Paisley                         Gryffe High School

McGowan Andrew  Paisley University of West Scotland

Sharkey Mhari   Paisley Paisley Grammar School

Smith   Ben     Paisley St Andrew’s Academy

You can view the candidates’ manifestos on the Scottish Youth Parliament’s website.