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Marks & Spencer has signed up to anchor the Buchanan Galleries expansion which is scheduled to open in 2017, reports Retail Week. The retailer will take a 150,000 sq ft store in the extension to the shopping centre, which is owned by The Buchanan Partnership, a joint venture between Land Securities and Henderson Global Investors. The extension will add 700,000 sq ft of retail space to the centre and aims to attract new national and international brands to Glasgow. It will also bring 15 new restaurants and a multiplex cinema to the city.
Residents of Glasgow are to be polled on their attitudes to beggars as authorities seek to gather evidence in support of a new byelaw, reports STV. A council spokesman said the survey would explore issues such as the extent of complaints, the impact on businesses in the city and how beggars engaged with support services. An opinion piece in The Herald points out that while understanding the phenomenon better can help target resources in ways which would aid beggars directly, it seems unlikely that investing in further criminal sanctions will be the most effective way of doing so.
The Evening Times got a sneak preview of the first Vue cinema in Glasgow, which is at the cutting edge of cinematic technology with an eight-screen complex and set to open its doors on Thursday, 22nd August. It will be the first cinema in Scotland and only the third in the UK to be fitted with a special 3D sound system. Vue bosses have launched a campaign to get local residents to nominate their heroes to have their hand prints immortalised in concrete on cinema’s own Walk of Fame. The winner will be invited, along with local community groups, charities and politicians to the grand opening – a Hollywood-style launch complete with red carpet, paparazzi and drinks reception.
Glasgow has been awarded the title of “The Most Vegan-Friendly City in the United Kingdom” by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), according to a blog post on their official website. Who says that haggis has to start with, of all things, a sheep’s stomach? Certainly not The 78, The 13th Note or The Bungo Bar & Kitchen – all of which offer meat-free versions of Scotland’s national dish that must be tasted to be believed. They, along with nearly 20 other vegan, vegetarian and vegetarian-friendly restaurants, have made Glasgow PETA’s pick as the Most Vegan-Friendly City in the UK.
Leo Mushet, who’s found fame in the city and online thanks to his hobby of dancing in front of Buchanan Street buskers, will perform this month to raise money for charity Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research, reports The Glaswegian. He lost his sister Elizabeth to leukaemia when she was only 12, and he’s determined to help find a cure for the disease. Leo, 44, of Carntyne, said: “I still feel very affected by losing Elizabeth, even 40 years on, and I think of her every day. It’s still difficult to come to terms with her not being here. It was hard for our family to deal with, and I would like to help others who are going through this as I know how much it hurts.” Leo is set to hold the fundraising performance on Saturday, 24th August on Buchanan Street. He’s asking Glaswegians to support the charity by attending and making a donation.
Glasgow City Council is planning to set up its own green energy company to tackle fuel poverty, cut carbon emissions and create new jobs, reports the Evening Times. Studies have now been carried out into harnessing hydro power from the rivers Clyde and Kelvin and generating power from waste at the Polmadie treatment plant. Experts have also investigated creating centralised heating networks similar to the hi-tech system used in the Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village. It is thought the new company would be able to sell energy to the National Grid, using any excess cash generated to help city pensioners with winter fuel payments.
Pipers from around the globe have gathered in Glasgow for the world’s biggest bagpipe festival, reports BBC Scotland. The Glasgow International Piping Festival – known as Piping Live – is in its 10th year and is expected to attract 30,000 people by the time it closes on Sunday 18th August. The programme includes almost 200 events, ending with the World Pipe Band Championships. The championships will take place next Saturday and Sunday, the first time it has been held as a two-day event. Festival organiser Finlay MacDonald said: “Over the last decade, Piping Live has become one of the biggest and most successful events in the global traditional music calendar.”
Visitors will be allowed onto one of the largest glass roofs in the world for the first time after Network Rail approved public access to the top of Glasgow Central station. The roof, which dates back to 1879 and is currently undergoing a six-month, £250,000 clean ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games, contains 48,000 panes of glass – far more than Edinburgh Waverley, which has 17,000, reports The Scotsman. The station’s basement, which is rumoured to be haunted, will also be open for the 21-22 September weekend, as part of this year’s Doors Open Days railway theme.
Exam results in the city have improved across the board for the second year running, reports the Evening Times. Two years ago Glasgow’s education chiefs pledged to raise attainment at Standard Grade level. This year the number of pupils earning five or more Standard Grades at credit level is up 1% or 3.3% over two years. At foundation level 93.1% of pupils earned five more Standard Grades while this figure was 73.5% at general level and 27.5% at credit level. Higher results are also a city success story with the number of youngsters earning three or more Highers in fifth year up 3% and five or more Highers up 1.2%.
Finding the perfect wedding dress on a tight budget can seem like an impossible task. But thanks to Scotland’s only dedicated charity wedding shop, brides-to-be can have their pick of designer labels at bargain prices, reports the Daily Record. Whatever your style – vintage, lacey or more modern, figure-hugging designs – the Oxfam shop in Clarkston, Glasgow, boasts a fabulous range of gowns that are attracting attention from brides across the country. The shop has hundreds of dresses priced between £100 and £150, all in pristine condition, with most worn only once on the bride’s big day – and some not at all.
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