December 2021

Glasgow Basket Brigade Appeal Starts the Christmas Season

I met a great bunch of people at their new offices on Bath Street. The Nine Twenty Recruitment team, instead of  participating in their Secret Santa, were supporting the Glasgow Basket Brigade Christmas Appeal. The team all  created and donated Christmas Gift Baskets. The Glasgow Basket Brigade is now in its third year.  The appeal was launched by Rangers star Alfredo Morelos. Some of the charities that benefited from the donations include  Glasgow Women’s Aid, Glasgow’s Golden Generation, Fareshare, Baby Loss Retreat ,Glasgow SE Foodbank and  HomeStart Glasgow South. I did love how everyone had worn their Christmas jumpers for the picture and were delighted to do The Beatles Abbey Road style picture walking across Bath Street in Glasgow.

Elf School

I love the film Elf, I watch it every year and would probably watch it in July if it came on TV. I was invited along to the first class of the new Elf School at Princess Square in Glasgow. The elf class teacher was called Snowflake.  I watched how the kids all learned elf skills. Not an easy job by all accounts. I learned a few things too. Afterwards everyone got to meet Santa. I left them to it and went for a Christmas coffee. It was nice to see the pictures making the papers and news websites.

Cinderella Finally Gets to the Ball

Last year I was lucky enough to get to see a pantomime when the Pavilion Theatre filmed the show, which was to be released for free on You Tube on Christmas Eve. It was one of the best working days of last winter. I was delighted to be asked along this year to take  the production photographs for this year’s performance. The cast were hilarious as always. Grado from Scot Squad and Stephen Purdon, Shellsuit Bob from River City, are a great double act. We get on well and the patter is second to none.

Merry Christmas

It’s been another strange year and we are certainly not over this pandemic anytime soon and with new variants coming along we still need to be careful. However as more and more of us are getting vaccinated and there are more treatments coming along we have some cause for optimism. So on that note I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

November 2021

COP 26

November was such a busy month. I really didn’t think I would be having much to do with COP26. All the reports had been to stay away from the city and I thought let’s hope all my jobs are outside Glasgow. However all that quickly changed. I ended up working for an English, a Canadian and the United Arab Emirates clients for the rest of the two weeks.

It was an amazing scene with all the people from all round the world. We had an amazing day on UAE stand where Bill Gates and Senator John Kerry joined Dr Sultan Al Jabber. The picture made the The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi.

The article can be read here in this link.

The people were all lovely and the talks were all really interesting and eye opening. We had the Brazil stand across from us and they had some really colourful visitors. We met the guy at the top of the page who looked amazing. He did make it into the pages of a few newspapers.

City of Glasgow College Graduations

It was so nice to see more graduations at my old college The City of Glasgow College. We were back in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall. I met some cool students who had some colourful hairstyles. The venue looked amazing as it was all dressed for the event.

Windswept & Interesting

I was so delighted when I got a call from Billy Connolly’s publisher regarding his new book Windswept & Interesting. They wanted to use my picture of Billy with the giant mural of the John Byrne painting in Glasgow near the King Street Car Park. They sent me a copy of the book, which I am reading at the moment.