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I have now setup a Paisley shop for our images, you can now print some amazing Canvas prints or simply get on of our photographs on quality paper for displays etc or in poster format for framing yourself.

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Paisley Town Hall Paisley Abbey High Church The Wynd Centre

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paisley festival company

Paisley Festival Company is a registered Scottish charity, established in June 2005 and headed by a Board of Directors, all unpaid and working on a voluntary basis. All its income, after payment of event expenses, goes back into funding the next series of events on behalf of the community.

The Company builds on the long and strong musical tradition in the area, the continuing high level of accomplished choral activity and the availability of a range of beautiful and interesting venues dating from Paisley’s monastic and industrial past. It promotes activities in the area of arts and culture to foster urban regeneration, boosting tourism in a part of Scotland served well by transport infrastructure and within easy reach of a range of things to do and visit. The Company has established links with local government, higher education and voluntary community organisations as well as effective connections with academic musical interests in the West of Scotland and beyond.

The Company was set up by ‘Voices in Paisley’, originally a network of choirs in the Renfrewshire/East Renfrewshire area formed with the idea of promoting a choral festival. The first Paisley Choral Festival was held in 2004, the success of which encouraged the group to pursue its plan to set up a company to take the festival forward into the future. Meanwhile, the Member Choirs of the original ‘Voices in Paisley’ continue to co-ordinate their involvement in Paisley Choral Festival.

Check out the Paisley Festival Company website by clicking here.

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Scottish ministers have raised concerns that a planned strike at Scotland’s only oil refinery could cause serious problems for North Sea oil and gas.

A strike which could close down Scotland’s only oil refinery will go ahead after talks between the Unite union and plant bosses broke down.

Operators Ineos and the union held two days of talks at conciliation service Acas in a bid to halt the strike by workers at the Grangemouth facility. But they ended in stalemate on Wednesday evening.

As the shutdown of the plant is continuing in preparation for the stoppage on Sunday, how are you being affected? Have you found it hard to get fuel for your car? Have you seen evidence of panic buying? What’s your message to the two sides in the dispute?

Add your comments below..

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Renfrewshire’s Fairtrade Zone campaign

Paisley and Bishopton have already successfully achieved Fairtrade status. Our aim now is for Renfrewshire to build upon this to become a Fairtrade Zone, and to do so we need to achieve the following goals:

  • get local authority support for Fairtrade
  • a range of Fairtrade products made readily available in shops and cafes
  • Fairtrade products used by local businesses and community organisations
  • attract media coverage and popular support for Fairtrade
  • a local steering group is convened to ensure progress and continued commitment to Fairtrade status

In November 2007, Renfrewshire Council approved a report on their vision of a Fairtrade Zone for the whole of Renfrewshire. Since then, we have set up a steering group in Renfrewshire to increase the awareness of the Fairtrade campaign and work towards Fairtrade Zone status.

For more information on Fairtrade please visit http://www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/Fairtrade

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I would like to take this opportunity to formally announce the official publishing of the ‘Alamo Burns Club’ first ever website. It is a dynamic site that provides information and comment on the life and works of Robert Burns. It also encourages debate as well as outlining the history of the Alamo Burns Club, Paisley.

I would like to invite you to view the site and would appreciate if you could use the link below to connect your organisations site with ours, this will ensure the best transfer for information for Burns enthusiasts surfing the internet.

We always welcome comments so please use the ‘contact us’ section to send the club messages or give feedback on the website. http://www.alamoburnsclub.org.uk

Best Regards,

Paul Brogan
Junior Vice President
Alamo Burns Club
Paisley.
www.alamoburnsclub.org.uk

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Fire on tarmac layer Esk Drive

Taken this morning at 11am a Tarmac laying vehicle with gas bottles is shown on fire and actually blows up twice taken from my backdoor overlooking a new housing development on Esk Drive, Foxbar this picture shows one of the blasts from an explosion whilst fire was ripping apart the vehicle “whilst I’m typing this the fire engine is still trying to get the fire under control”. I understand no people have been hurt and the fire master is on site.

To see more pictures go here. http://www.flickr.com/photos/paisleyorguk/

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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.

Check out our Famous People section by clicking here.

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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.