Paisley Fireworks 2016

A dazzling display of fireworks will be set off in the skies above Paisley Abbey on Saturday 2 November.

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Crowds will gather in Paisley town centre to watch the magnificent array of Catherine wheels, rockets and sparklers on display backed by a soundtrack of popular 90s classic hits.

Gus from Pulse FM will welcome crowds with music and banter from 6.30pm before the fireworks get underway at 7pm lasting approximately 20 minutes.

Paisley’s winter events programme will continue with the town’s Christmas Lights Switch-On on Saturday 16 November. There will be plenty of Christmas family fun including the popular Santa Parade in the town centre, Christmas Choir concerts, Santa’s Grotto and much more. Visitors will also be able to enjoy exciting street artists, fantastic performances on the live stage and even head along to the festive roller disco.

The festive fun will also extend across Renfrewshire with Christmas Lights Switch-Ons in Renfrew on Saturday 23 November and Johnstone on Saturday 30 November. The town centre also sees the return of the WinterFest event from 23 November until 30 December, run by Paisley First, featuring an outdoor ice rink, LEGO Paisley Penguin Parade Trail and plenty of festive fun.

For more information about Paisley Fireworks Spectacular, visit: https://paisley.is/featured_event/paisley-fireworks-spectacular/

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Paisley’s annual Halloween Festival returns on Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October with a Dark Circus theme for 2019 promising plenty of chills and thrills for visitors.

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One of the largest festivals of its kind in the UK, this year’s event promises to be the biggest and best yet with internationally acclaimed outdoor theatre specialists, Cirque Bijou, helping to transform the entire town centre into the perfect Halloween playground.

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The two-day spectacular, which routinely attracts tens of thousands to the town, will serve up a whole host of frighteningly fun, free activities for everyone to enjoy with the entire town serving as the stage.

The main spectacle of the festival is the carnival-style Halloween Parade which takes place on the Saturday and will see more than 300 costumed performers and community groups led through the town by the sinister Svengali ringmaster. The parade has a new, extended route for 2019 taking over the entire town centre and will boast magnificent floats and ferocious fire performers, creepy clowns and curious creatures, along to thrilling live music.

Immediately following the parade, no matter where visitors are positioned around the town centre, there will be something to see or experience as a series of live acts and activities will restart.

Aerial artists, All or Nothing, will also perform their death-defying act ‘Into the Dark’, which will see the artists circle and swirl around the haunted carousel over the grounds of the town’s iconic Abbey.

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A new addition to this year’s festival is the ticketed spooky silent disco. Held in the heart of the town the disco is sure to deliver plenty of dancing, singing and Halloween fun for all the family.

The weekend will offer plenty of opportunities to join in the fun with a range of family-focussed Halloween-themed arts and crafts activities and workshops including pumpkin carving. Street theatre acts and walkabout performances will pop up around the town centre featuring the likes of the Spark LED Drummers and Mr Wilson’s Second Liners as well as acrobatic and hula hoop artists. There will also be a creative craft trail in a number of local cafes where visitors can do everything from building a bug to creating their very own gargoyle from clay.

Louisa Mahon, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Renfrewshire Council, said: “The annual Paisley Halloween Festival is always a highlight in our events calendar. Our increasingly ambitious programme attracts thousands of visitors each year and is now regarded as one of the best events of its kind in the UK.

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“The festival has really cemented the town’s position as a key destination for visitors and is great for the local economy, with last year’s event worth more than £1.9m to the town and attracting 34,000 people. This year we aim to attract even more visitors to enjoy fabulous performances taking place across the town from high wire acts to the spectacular parade, and to sample our great selection of cafes, restaurants and shops.”

The Paisley Halloween Festival, which was supported in 2018 through the Year of Young People event fund, was awarded £16,950 of National Programme funding from EventScotland for this year’s event.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland, said: “The Paisley Halloween Festival continues to go from strength to strength and it is hugely exciting to see it sporting its biggest ever programme for 2019. This year’s exciting and innovative programme will no doubt engage audiences of all ages with aerial performances, arts & crafts activities, outdoor street theatre and the stunning Halloween Parade. Scotland is the perfect stage for cultural events and the festival is a great boost for Paisley, drawing thousands of visitors and locals alike to the town centre to enjoy this spectacular annual celebration.”

To find out more about Paisley Halloween Festival please visit www.paisley.is/halloween

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DOORS OPEN – SATURDAY 7TH SEPTEMBER

Brediland Allotments

Cardell Drive, Paisley PA2 9EJ

11:00am – 3:00pm

 

Butterfly Room
10a Lady Lane, Paisley

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

10:00am–5:00pm

Castle Semple Country Park

Diane Mitchell Music School

Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Doors Open Day, Limo Style!

J&W Goudie, 10 – 12 Maxwellton Street, Paisley PA1 2UA

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Erskine Community Allotments

Barhill Road, Erskine PA8 6BX

10:30am – 4:00pm

 

Fountain Gardens

Love Street, Paisley PA3 2DZ

11:00am – 5:00pm

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Heritage Centre

Unit 907, Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Holy Trinity & St Barnabas Church

Back Sneddon St, Paisley PA3 2AG

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Inchinnan Parish Church

Old Greenock Road, Inchinnan PA4 9PH

10:00am – 4:00pm (All Hallows Graveyard 11am – 4pm)

 

John Neilson Institution

Oakshaw Street West, Paisley PA1 2DE

10:30am – 3:30pm

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Johnstone Community Sports Hub

Beith Road, Johnstone PA5 0JA

 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Johnstone History Museum

Inside Morrisons, Napier Street, Johnstone PA5 8SF

10.30am – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Community Fire Station

Kings Road, Johnstone PA5 9HW

10:00am – 6:00pm

 

Johnstone Town Hall

25 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8FA

9:00am – 1.30pm

Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

9:00am – 5:00pm

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Lamont Farm Project

Barhill Road, Erskine PA8 6BU

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

10:00am–5:00pm

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Oakshaw Trinity Church

Oakshaw Street East, Paisley PA1 2DD

10:30am – 3:00pm

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On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

9:00am–5:00pm

Paisley Florist Society Gardening Club

St Mirin’s Cathedral Halls, Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Paisley Methodist Central Hall with Paisley Photographic Society

7 – Gauze Street, Paisley PA1 1EP

11:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Abbey

Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition

Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL

11.30am – 5.30pm

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Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley: The Secret Collection

9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE

11:00am – 3:00pm (last admission 2.45pm)

 

Paisley Sheriff Court

St James Street, Paisley PA3 2HW

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Paisley Thread Mill Museum

Abbey Mill Business Centre, 12 Seedhill Road, Paisley PA1 1JS

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners

84 Broadloan Gardens, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 0BY

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Leisure Centre

Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Renfrew North Parish Church

14 Renfield Street, Renfrew PA4 8TT

10:00am – 1:00pm

 

Renfrew Police Office

Station Road, Renfrew PA4 8RP

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Town Hall

Hairst Street, Renfrew PA4 8PF

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Renfrewshire Council Chambers

Renfrewshire House, Cotton Street, Paisley PA1 1TR

11:00am – 1:00pm

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience

30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

Russell Institute

30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN

10:00am – 4:00pm

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Sma’ Shot Cottages

2 Sma’ Shot Lane, Paisley PA1 2HG

12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Stanely House – Youth with a Mission

14 Stanely Crescent, Paisley PA2 9LF

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Machar’s Ranfurly Church

1 Kilbarchan Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EG

10:00am–4:00pm

 

St Margaret’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Oxford Road, Renfrew PA4 0SJ

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Matthew’s Church

Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Mirin’s Cathedral

Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

7:00am – 7:00pm

Tannahill’s Cottage

Queen Street, Paisley PA1 1TT

11:00am – 3:00pm

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Thomas Coats Memorial Church

High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

12:00pm – 4:00pm

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Trinity Church Scotland

13 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8HJ

10:00am–3:00pm

 

University of West Scotland

UWS Gardner Building, George Street, Paisley, PA1 2BE

11:00am – 4:00pm

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Wallneuk North Church

Abercorn Street, Paisley PA3 4AB

10:00am – 12:00pm

 

West End Community Centre

5a Underwood Lane, Paisley PA1 2SL

2:00pm – 6:00pm

 

DOORS OPEN – SUNDAY 8TH SEPTEMBER

 

Castle Semple Visitor Centre

Lochlip Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4EA

10:00am–5:00pm

 

Diane Mitchell Music School

Brick Lane Studios, 7 – 9 Weir Street, Paisley PA3 4DW

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Grow in Glenburn

Glenpark, Glenfield Road, Paisley PA2 8TY

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Houston & Killellan Kirk

Kirk Road, Houston PA6 7AR

1:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Community Sports Hub

Beith Road, Johnstone PA5 0JA

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Johnstone History Museum

Inside Morrisons, Napier Street, Johnstone PA5 8SF

10.30am – 4:00pm

 

Johnstone Credit Union

26 Church Street, Johnstone PA5 8DU

11:00am – 2:00pm

 

Johnstone High Parish Church

Ludovic Square, Johnstone PA5 8EE

10.30am – 2:00pm

 

Lagoon Leisure Centre

11 Christie Street, Paisley PA1 1NB

 9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Kilbarchan Parish Church

Steeple Square, Kilbarchan PA10 2JD

12.30pm – 4:00pm

 

On-X Linwood

Brediland Road, Linwood PA3 3RA

9:00am–5:00pm

 

PACE Youth Theatre

Spires Drama Studios, School Wynd, Paisley PA1 2DA

11:00am – 4:00pm

 

Paisley Abbey

Abbey Close, Paisley PA1 1JG

12.30pm – 3.45pm

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Paisley Art Institute 131st Annual Exhibition

Unit 43A & 54, The Piazza, Central Way, Paisley, PA1 1EL

12:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Paisley Arts Centre

New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Paisley: The Secret Collection

9 High Street, Paisley PA1 2AE

11:00am – 3:00pm (last admission 2.45pm)

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Renfrew Association of Growers and Gardeners

84 Broadloan Gardens, Broadloan, Renfrew PA4 0BY

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Fire Station

123 Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 4:00pm

 

Renfrew Leisure Centre

Paisley Road, Renfrew PA4 8LJ

9:00am – 5:00pm

 

Renfrewshire Witch Hunt Experience

30a High Street, Paisley PA1 2AS

10:00am – 5:00pm

 

RSPB Lochwinnoch

Largs Road, Lochwinnoch PA12 4JF

10:00am–5:00pm

 

Russell Institute

30 Causeyside Street, Paisley PA1 1UN

10:00am – 4:00pm

 

St Mary’s Scottish Episcopal Church

Johnstone Road, Bridge of Weir PA11 3EE

2:00pm – 4:00pm

 

St Matthew’s Church

Gordon Street, Paisley PA1 1XL

11:00am – 3:00pm

 

St Mirin’s Cathedral

Incle Street, Paisley PA1 1HR

7:00am – 6:00pm

 

Thomas Coats Memorial Church

High Street, Paisley PA1 2BA

12:00pm – 4:00pm

 

Weaver’s Cottage

The Cross, Kilbarchan PA10 2JG

1:00pm – 5:00pm

 

Wellmeadow Bowling Club

Argyle Street, Paisley PA1 2ER

11:00am – 6:00pm

 

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We’re one of the best-connected towns in Scotland. Paisley is less than 15 minutes from Glasgow on Train, just off the M8 and A737 as well as great bus links to most venues, whats stopping you.

 

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We are really sorry to let you know that we are cancelling Saturday’s Fireworks event in Paisley. This is due to severe wind gusts and rain forecast for tomorrow and the rest of the weekend, which make it impossible for us to deliver the event safely.

 

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We have been monitoring the situation closely and have taken the advice from our display contractor, health and safety and the event advisory group. Paisley Fireworks is one of the highlights of our event year and we know lots of people will be very disappointed.

We want to give local people and all of our supporters as much time as possible to change their plans and we hope to see everyone back in Paisley on Saturday the 17th for our fabulous Christmas Light Switch On. Please take care if you are out and about this weekend.

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Paisley.org.uk, Paisley leading community focused website founded by Brian McGuire has announced its full support and backing of Paisley Community Trust’s proposed plans for a new Performing Arts and Film Theatre for the Town.
As part of a series of early stage discussions, first draft designs of the Trust’s proposed Performing Arts and Film Theatre have been shared with key stakeholders

in the Town. The plans, created by award winning architects Stallan Brand, outline the Trust’s proposals for a new state of the art community facility featuring a flexible main theatre, secondary studio theatre, rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, dance studios, several unique cinema spaces as well as bar and restaurant facilities.

 

Paisley Community Trust carried out a comprehensive feasibility study into the project and identified an overwhelming market demand for such a facility in the town. At present a number of sites have been shortlisted with a preferred option emerging.

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Final plans are set to be publicly unveiled in September 2017. “We were delighted to be approached by Paisley Community Trust to review their plans for the newly proposed Cinema and Theatre for the town. What can we say, we were blown away with what we saw! The designs look amazing. Having been a massive supporter of the town and with close relationships to the communities, we have a fairly good idea of what people are looking for and what the town needs. The Trust’s plans are exactly what the town needs. It will put Paisley back on the cultural map, not just locally but nationally. It will attract people and communities back into use the town.

You’ll be able to take part in a variety of classes or to catch a movie or a show. There is no doubt this will provide the transformation the town needs. Community groups, Council and Paisley Buddies need to get behind the Trust’s vision. We’re in!”

Brian McGuire, Founder, Paisley.org.uk

“Paisley.org.uk is without doubt one of the key websites for Paisley. They work closely with the town, businesses and community.

They have their finger on the pulse when it comes to what the town needs. We were nervous in showing them because we really respect their knowledge, however we shouldn’t have been. The response was overwhelmingly positive. Their backing and support confirms the need in the town for what we are planning. We’ve agreed that Paisley.org.uk will be one of our key partners in engaging and discussing with the town’s communities. We’re delighted to share a teaser image for Paisley.org.uk to exclusively publish with more news to come!”

Gary Kerr, Chairman, Paisley Community Trust

Have you ever wondered what a credit union is? My Credit Union Renfrewshire will answer all your questions.

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We are delighted to announce the launch of a new website, outdoor advertising and radio campaign that will raise awareness of credit unions in Renfrewshire and answer the common question ‘What is a credit union’. To celebrate the launch, we are extending an invitation to the public and press to an event that will take place on Thursday 20th October (International Credit Union day) in the Piazza centre Paisley at 11am.

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www.mycreditunionrenfrewshire.co.uk has been designed to promote the benefits of Credit Unions to the people of Renfrewshire. The fresh, easy-to-use website signposts people to credit unions throughout Renfrewshire, lists all their services and highlights the many benefits of saving and borrowing affordably. A key aim is to raise public awareness of credit unions generally and to help people enjoy the benefits of sound money management.

The website is funded by Renfrewshire Council who have committed up to £500,000 of funding to support credit union development in Renfrewshire as a key strand of their Tackling Poverty strategy. This substantial investment has been used in a variety of initiatives to tackle the rise in high cost lending and to provide access to a wider range of ethical and affordable financial products for the Renfrewshire community.

Gleniffer Credit Union, Johnstone Credit Union, Renfrewshire-Wide Credit Union, Scotwest Credit Union and White Cart Credit Union have collaborated on the development of the website to ensure that the Renfrewshire community can make an informed choice on the best credit union for their needs. Paula Ferrier, the Marketing Officer overseeing the website development said, “This is a fantastic opportunity for credit unions in Renfrewshire, to have a campaign that promotes good value financial products and services and the many free benefits that are available. Credit unions are not for profit, member-owned financial cooperatives, so they can’t always compete with the massive marketing budgets that banks and high-cost lenders can deploy. In some ways, credit unions are a well-kept secret! However, more and more people are discovering how much better off they are by joining a credit union, and with over a million members across the UK, mycreditunionrenfrewshire will help open credit union doors to even more people in Renfrewshire.”

To mark the launch of this vibrant new website and to celebrate International Credit Union Day, representatives from all five credit unions will be in the Piazza Centre, Paisley on Thursday 20th October from 11am to 1pm to chat and answer any questions about joining a credit union. Additionally, Councillor Mike Holmesdeputy leader of Renfrewshire Council, and several third sector agencies will be present to help raise awareness of credit unions and help mark the occasion.

There will be lots of credit union freebies being handed out – so call into the Piazza Centre and let Renfrewshire credit unions help you to make the most out of life and your money!

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The disputes about the safety of vaping do not cease. Tabloid headlines shout how bad vaping is, but the medical research by Public Health England maintains it’s much safer than smoking. So let’s try to get to the true and check what are the advantages and disadvantages of electronic cigarettes.

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Pros of Vaping:

 

  • No Smell Of Smoke

 

One of the pros of vaping is that it doesn’t produce stinking smoke unlike smoking usual tobacco cigarettes. The unpleasant scent from smoking lingers in clothes, hair and pieces of furniture. Mostly smokers themselves smell like an ashtray. Vaping allows to avoid the odour entirely. You and your environment won’t smell of smoke anymore. Contrariwise, you will smell gently of mint or fruit. 

 

  • It’s Less Dangerous Than Smoking

 

Public Health England (PHE) states that vaping is 95% less harmful than tobacco cigarettes based on their extensive research. The organization released a short video of an experiment, that reveals the amount of tar accumulated in lungs of a heavy smoker comparing with lungs of a person who vapes. The video of the experiment looks really impressive.

  • Control Over Nicotine

Unlike tobacco cigarettes, vapers have full control over the nicotine. E-liquids come in different nic levels, varying from nicotine-free to high-strength ones. Nevertheless, nicotine is a highly addictive chemical, so you need to select a right level of it at the beginning of your vape journey, decreasing it gradually and reaching the cherished zero nicotine level. This way you can avoid excessive irritability and other consequences, that could appear in the process of quitting smoking. It helps you to say smoking “No” forever. If you think to buy vape online, enter Vawoo.co.uk to check the best vape deals uk

 

Cons of Vaping:

 

  • Some E-cigarettes May Be Expensive

 

There is such an abundance of vape devices, that some prices may exceed £150. The price depends on the brand, features and so on. Commonly the more expensive the vape device is, the more additional settings it offers. However, there are still vape kits and pod systems devices, that are compact, comfortable and cheap.

 

  • Looks Like Smoking

 

People may take vapor of e- cigarettes for tobacco smoke. They might be concerned about the vapour effect on their health watching you vaping and are afraid to be around you. Nevertheless, according to latest medical researches the second hand vapour is almost not harmful for health in comparison with tobacco smoke. 

 

  • Possible Side Effects

 

It’s uncommon, but side effects of vaping may occur. Some vapers note dry mouth, sore throat, headache, coughing, nausea and chest pain. All the above symptoms can actually happen from giving up smoking and sudden nicotine cessation. Also, the side effects may appear due to wrong nicotine strength of the e-liquid, bad quality vape device or e-juice. It’s crucial to buy vape stuff in trustworthy specialty shops. The vape marketplace that has gathered best sellers and manufacturers of the vaping industry is Vawoo. Buying there you can be sure you’ll be safe vaping. 

Summing up, vaping is a viable option for those who have decided to quit smoking. However, we do not recommend vaping to underage people or those who have never smoked. Vaping is not simply a cool thing, it’s a tool that helps to get rid of tobacco addiction. Take care of yourself.

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While you’d like to think that nothing would destroy or damage your jewelry, you never know when things can take a nosedive. Therefore, it is important to always be prepared and take appropriate steps to protect the treasures you’ve built up after years of saving and hard work. This is exactly the time you need to learn more about getting your jewelry appraised and why it makes sense to pay for jewelry appraisal.

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Whether you have a sentimental attachment to an heirloom piece that has been in your family for ages or you have just bought an expensive piece of jewelry to celebrate your anniversary, it is important to have proof of their true value. By getting this information, you can save yourself from intense disappointment. Sometimes, the true value of your jewelry is so high that your limited homeowner’s policy does not cover it. You may not know it until you come to make a claim and later realize your insurance company will not replace it because of limitations on your policy.

You will also need an appraisal if you’re considering taking a new policy or special endorsement. Your insurance provider will consider the appraised value to determine the coverage amount. Moreover, your insurance company will determine your insurance premiums considering the document which is why you need to have it appraised by an authentic jeweler.

Many people are under the impression that their homeowner’s policy covers their jewelry by default. That is not the case. To ensure your jewelry correctly, you need to have each piece listed as under scheduled items. The added advantage for scheduling your jewelry is that you are covered for additional risks, such as if the jewelry is stolen during travel or from a hotel.  Also, no deductible will apply when you file a claim for a scheduled jewelry item. The insurance company will bear the full cost of the replacement.

Sometimes, your insurance provider doesn’t offer any coverage for jewelry under a homeowner’s policy and you will need to take a new one especially for your jewelry. Whatever insurance option you choose, you will always have to produce a detailed appraisal to get a policy. It’s another misconception that you can get jewelry adequately insured using a sales receipt.

It is also important to keep the document valid. Because of how the precious metals and gem markets fluctuate this means having your items reassessed after three years. It is in your interest to do this especially if you are collecting fine jewelry as an investment. The idea of paying your premiums is so that you can recoup your losses after the theft and although payouts reflect market prices of the individual elements that make up the piece, it only in special circumstances insurance companies take into consideration the beauty of the craftsmanship or its sentimental value. You’ve usually paid significantly higher premiums for that level of service. An up to date appraisal and a history of doing this regularly helps build your case so that you are fairly compensated for your loss. 

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The first board games were played in most cultures and societies as far back as in 3500 BC. In the 19th Century, with the advancements in paper and printmaking, vibrant card and board games with rich coloured images started being commercially produced. In 1902, the board game industry saw an exponential growth when Elizabeth Magie designed Monopoly, then known as “The Landlord’s Game”.

 

It was not until 1937 when the first electronic digital computer was built, and the first video, “Computer Space” was introduced in 1972 by Nutting Associated. The year 1975 saw games like “The Dungeon” bring players together to fight monsters while video games became even more established a year later. But as the 90s arrived, arcade games gave way to computers with better graphics and multimedia abilities.

 

Since then, we’ve seen gaming consoles, computer graphics, and game design only get better, resulting in exponential growth of the already massive gaming industry. We’ve seen other developments too, like the birth of mobile gaming technology and faster internet speeds. These developments have, in turn, led to the creation of online casino gaming that is drawing attention thanks to its own innovations. To mention some, you can easily find a casino that will bill on your phone or one that streams live games of Roulette for an authentic feel.

 

So while we’re all playing and enjoying these increasingly-better games, we can’t resist asking, “What does the future of gaming hold?” Our blog tries to answer this very question.

 

If 1080p Looks Good, 4K is Eye-gasm

 

Gaming graphics are just getting better, so much so that the hardware is the only thing standing between you and an eyegasm. This is where Ultra 4K gaming steps in. Yes, 4K televisions and even laptops already exist, but they’re still pretty expensive. The silver lining? Their prices have been steadily declining, thus giving a confirmation that this format will eventually become the standard in the way we play our games. When that happens, prepare to be glued to your screen.

 

Voice and Facial Recognition

 

Feeling too lazy to even grab your controller and press a few buttons? Well, voice recognition is here. Now you can turn your console on and off using nothing but some simple voice commands. You can also control gameplay, play selections from your media library, interact with social media, or search the web using the voice recognition feature.

 

But that’s not all. Your gaming system can now recognize your facial expression as well. This presents a sea of opportunities for game and console developers, but here’s what has been realized. Using 3D scanning and facial recognition technology, game systems can create your likeness in the gaming world so that your game avatar is more realistic. Maybe too realistic. Additionally, you could also come across games that adapt to your emotions.

 

Virtual and Augmented Reality

 

VR games have the ability to provide complete immersion for the player, to the point where players can actually forget they’re inside a game. While many VR gaming consoles haven’t been commercially released yet, the ones developing VR headsets are providing truly out-of-the-world experiences (think Half-Life: Alyx).

 

However, if the virtual world just doesn’t interest you as much, why not stick to our own? Augmented reality games manoeuvre real-world spaces to make the objects in the game applicable to real-life situations. Simply put, these games bring the virtual elements to the real world and let you interact with them in a way that’s almost intuitive. For example, you could play table hockey on your dining table or play a puzzle game mapped out using obstacles in a park.

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christmas shopping

The holidays are typically marked with a lot of excitement and activity especially as Christmas draws closer. Much of the preparation is usually centred on food, decorations, and purchasing gifts for family, friends and loved ones. As fun as the experience is, it can be quite stressful and also cost huge sums of money. Many people end up exhausted and burned out by the end of the season only to begin a new year in huge debt. Fortunately, there are quite a few highly effective hacks that one can use to avoid this from happening. While Christmas celebrations and get-togethers are unavoidably loud, boisterous and sometimes strenuous affairs, especially for those with families, Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be. It can be a simplified and effortless task when these strategies are employed, making it one less thing to worry about when Christmas comes along.

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Make a list of people to shop for

This is one very important hack in Christmas shopping. Having a list of people provides clarity, scope, and definition for a shopper. It ensures that no one is forgotten. It helps to prioritize as to who should be on the gift list based on relationship and relevance whether family, friends or coworkers. It also helps when making notes on what everyone likes and would possibly want for a gift and guides the shopper when making a budget.

Set aside a budget and stick to it

One of the many problems people have to face after the Christmas holiday is the increase in debt. One way to avoid this is to create a budget and stick to it. Budgeting is one effective method of avoiding overspending, which is most likely to occur during Christmas shopping. Once a financial limit has been defined, it is easier to stay within the boundaries that have been set. After listing out the people to shop for and the gifts to buy, it is wise to ensure that the amount that will be spent does not exceed the preset budget. If it does, one has the opportunity of making alterations by changing the gift or looking out for cheaper alternatives. This is one hack that has saved thousands of pounds in overspending ad debt.

Look out for sales and discounts online and in stores

One of the best things about the Christmas shopping season is the abundance of sales and discounts offered by retail both online and in stores. A smart shopper will take full advantage of this period to get as much Christmas shopping done for so much less money. It helps save money, provides better value at lower prices and stays within budget. To get the best deals during Christmas shop online or in department stores that offer sales and discounts. Be on the lookout, particularly for the ones that carry the products you would like to purchase.

One of the best online stores to shop for children is TheWorks, a discount retailer with over 500 stores in the UK and Ireland. They stock gifts, toys, games, and stationery from different brands and merchandise from around the world. It is also an ideal place shop for adults as they have a wide range of items from art to crafting materials. Every Christmas, they give out massive sales and discounts both in-stores and online.

Shop early, shop often and shop alone

Another major hack that makes Christmas shopping an easier, budget-friendly experience is to shop early, often and alone. The company of friends or relatives can be counterproductive as they are likely to influence buying decisions that go outside one’s budget. People generally like to wait until after thanksgiving to get their Christmas shopping done. This often leads to the rush seen during Christmas sales like black Friday and overspending is also most likely to occur at these times. The best way to avoid this is to start shopping earlier when the season is just beginning. Taking advantage of sales and discounts to buy gifts and doing so in bits helps save a lot of time, energy and helps to stay within budget

Conclusion

There are many tips and tricks that can get one through a typically stressful Christmas shopping season. Practicing these steps will help in no small measure to reduce the workload and allow one to focus on other things that will make for a wonderful Christmas experience.

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Paisley Pirates take a break from league action this weekend as they playback to back Scottish Cup ties against Kirkcaldy Kestrels on Saturday and Sunday. They are away to the Fife side in the first leg, before returning to Braehead Arena for the second and deciding leg 24 hours later (face off 4.30pm).

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The club has faced a difficult time in recent weeks and will be hoping that a change of competition will see them return to something  like their best form. Player/coach Adam Walker commented, “Kestrels have improved since we last played them and they had a good result in Aberdeen last Saturday, so we need to be ready to face them.” 

Pirates put up a gutsy performance last Sunday against the Solway Sharks, and will be hoping that two similar displays over both nights will allow them to progress to the next stage of the competition. After a few average home displays in recent weeks, the last few home games have shown some signs of better things returning, and they will be hoping to see more improvement at the weekend.

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Winters in the UK and especially Scotland are hard-wearing on our automobiles. Even when there isn’t the risk of ice, the rain can pose several hazards all on its own. Combine those wet roads with sub-zero temperatures overnight and your morning commute could very well be faced with black ice. Drive on country and forest roads and the danger is intensified due to the increased risk of other drivers and animals alike. If you have a new vehicle, or if you’re new to driving, then your first winter is going to be a cold wakeup call. 


To safely drive during these conditions you need to be able to trust your vehicle 100%. This means taking it in to be serviced and adopting a few new habits. 


Check Tyre Health 

 

Always check tyre health, even if the vehicle is new and especially if it was purchased second hand. You might also want to consider switching your tyres to winter models depending on where you typically drive. If you frequently go out of town then winter tyres will give you better traction. 

 

Stock Your Vehicle with These Winter Essentials 

 

Unless you only ever drive within town or on well-serviced roads then you are going to want to pack up on some winter essentials. From the best tyres chains available at the Snow Chains UK shop to an ice scraper to even a phone charger or booster cables, these essentials can help you get out of a pickle on deserted roads in winter: 

 

  • Snow Chains or Socks 
  • Ice Scraper and Brush 
  • Phone Charger or GPS 
  • Warm Clothes and Blankets 
  • Matches or a Lighter 
  • Drinking Water 

 

Inspect Your Vehicle Before You Drive 

 

Ice can build up on your vehicle every single morning, especially in the UK, where it is prone to rain all day and then freeze at night. Going through and removing this ice, inspecting your lights, tyres, and undercarriage during this season is very important to ensure everything is still in full working order and you are safe to drive. 


Be Careful on All Roads 

 

Even on inter-city roads, there is the risk of black ice, depending on how early in the morning it is and whether the city has had time to salt the roads. Always be wary when driving, and take extra precaution if you are driving on country or forest roads. If you are driving on these more unmaintained roads it is important to check your vehicle at the end of your trip as well, to ensure the integrity of your undercarriage is intact. 


Provide People with Your Destination and ETA 

 

It is always a smart safety tip to provide at least someone with your destination and ETA. That way, if you do get into an accident and are for one reason or another unable to call for help you have people expecting you. They can call and have a search party sent out. 

 

Fix Any and All Issues ASAP 


If you do spot an issue with your vehicle, you are going to want to fix that problem as soon as possible from refilling your antifreeze to dealing with a broken light. On winter roads reaction times are lower and so there are more natural dangers on the road, so you want your vehicle to be in tip-top condition. Don’t let the fact that it is new stop you from taking the necessary precautions.

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THE fitness suite at Paisley’s Lagoon Leisure Centre re-opened on Monday after a £180,000 refurbishment.

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The gym had been closed for a makeover with more than 40 new pieces of fitness equipment including three stair climbers and a large functional rig.

And to let people see the new-look and upgraded gym, an Open Weekend is being held on Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 December.

Anyone can come along to the gym for free and try out the new fitness machines, book a place at one of the fitness classes and take part in an exercise class in the gym being held every hour from 9am until 3pm.

There are also two special offers to coincide with the new-look Lagoon gym. You can take out any pay monthly membership in December with a reduced first payment of £10 and two people can get a gym-only six-month membership that gives them access to Renfrewshire Leisure’s six fitness suites for only £179.

Call Renfrewshire Leisure’s membership team on 0300 300 0250 or visit your local leisure centre for more information.

Head of Leisure and community services, Mark Tokeley said: “We’re really pleased with the way the refurbishment has gone. And I’m sure the members will be also be impressed with their new-look facility.”

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  • NEW Flights launched to Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh from Glasgow airport
  • Expanded programme to the Canaries for winter 2020
  • 10 and 11 night holidays now available to Gran Canaria
  • NEW hotels launched for winter 2020 and summer 2021 season

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2nd DECEMBER, LONDON – TUI, the world’s leading holiday company and the UK’s number one holiday provider, has announced its winter 2020 programme with the addition of new destinations in Egypt, Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh.  

 

The new flights to Hurghada and Sharm El Sheikh from Glasgow for winter 2020 are on sale now, with weekly flights to Hurghada operating on a Saturday and flights to Sharm El Sheikh departing on a Wednesday, from 4th November 2020. 

 

TUI have also announced an expanded programme to the Canaries for winter 2020, with the introduction of winter flights to Fuerteventura on a Saturday and additional flights to Tenerife operating on a Sunday. 10 and 11 night holidays to Gran Canaria will now also be available for winter 2020 with the addition of a weekly flight operating every Thursday from Glasgow airport, giving holidaymakers in the region even more flexibility. 

 

RETURNING TO SHARM EL SHEIKH

 

Famous for the glistening red sea and amazing sandy beaches, customers can expect high quality hotels and the year round sun the region is known for. Four hotels including old favourites along the beautiful Red Sea coast are now on sale, with even more in the pipeline.   

 

The EXCLUSIVE 5T TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh, is an old favourite, loved and enjoyed by customers who previously travelled back year after year.  The Magic Life concept resort is picture-perfect, overlooking the Straits of Tiran. There is really something for everyone at from a stylish spa, fitness gym, sporting activities and professional live entertainment. The all-inclusive beach resort has 3 swimming pools plus 4 restaurants offering delicious regional and international cuisine. 

 

The elegant EXCLUSIVE 5T Reef Oasis Blue Bay includes a beautiful private beach, a waterpark and a large outdoor infinity pool perfect for cooling down in the sun and observing the stunning views. The hotel has a fantastic location, not far from the famous Naama Bay. There is so much choice when it comes to eating out – from the onsite Italian restaurant to the pub bar which serves food 24 hours a day.

 

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer said: “Earlier this month TUI announced its winter 2020 and summer 2021 holiday programme which has since expanded with more destinations and added flights. We are delighted that the additional flights provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go away. With additional flying capacity and more than 1,000 hotels already on sale for summer 2021 it gives those planning ahead the opportunity to choose the most suitable airport, destination and hotel. 

 

“The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to Egypt and the canaries from Glasgow airport demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.” 

 

Paul White, Head of Aviation at Glasgow Airport, said: “TUI’s decision to introduce an additional 50,000 seats to the group’s Winter 20 Programme will deliver even greater passenger choice on some of our most popular routes. 

 

“We are really pleased to see the return of services to Hurghada and also Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt following a five-year absence. Both Red Sea-based resorts are ideal winter sun destinations and have always been hugely popular with our customers.

 

“This latest announcement is very welcome news indeed, particularly as it follows TUI’s decision last month to introduce 170,000 additional seats to its Summer 2020 season.”