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4 shows that I watch to relax from writing

Writers need to have time out to rest from the creative process. I have four shows that I thoroughly enjoy watching to zone out from working.

Many of them I believe you would like to watch them too.

So, what you will find below are not my four favourite shows ; rather, they are the ones that make me forget about everything

Anyway… here they are.

 

Castle: 5 USA  on Wednesday nights at 9pm

Castle is an American crime-comedy-drama television series. It primarily traces the lives of Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion), a best-selling mystery novelist, and Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), an NYPD homicide detective, as they solve various unusual crimes in New York City. This programme is filled with humour and it’s a typical crime show which I can’t get enough of.

Why you Should Watch this series: Anyone who likes crime shows like NCIS should watch this. As it’s different to it but the plots are interesting.

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Death in Paradise: BBC Thursdays at 9pm

This tv series is quite funny and gets your brain spinning with the well thought out plots. It’s about a British detective Richard Poole (Ben Miller) who is assigned to investigate a murder on the fictional paradise island of Saint Marie in the Caribbean.

After he successfully finds the murderer, he is reluctantly required by his supervisors to stay on as the detective inspector of the island, solving new cases, and being the object of many fish-out-of-water jokes. At the start of Series 3, Poole is killed and London detective Humphrey Goodman (Kris Marshall) arrives to investigate the death of his strait-laced predecessor. He then stays in the job as chief investigator on the island.

Why you should watch [this series]: It’s entertaining and well thought out. The show is now on Season 6 which isn’t a surprise at all due to viewing figures and quality of the episodes.

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Suits  Netflix

My pals have gone on about this show for a long time and since I got Netflix for Christmas  that’s meant I have been able to watch it. I’m on Season 3 now and it’s certainly living up to the massive hypesurrounding the show which is popular across the globe. I’m quite far behind with series 7 coming out this year, so no spoilers please.

The focus of the show is to follow the talented college dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) who initially works as a law associate for Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) despite never going to law school.  The main mission is for Harvey and Mike to close cases, while still keeping Mike’s secret.

Why you should watch [this series]  You should watch this show because Suits is funny, occasionally moving, smartly drawn out and cast, and it looks brilliant. If you long for TV to help you escape from stressful work, this is your fantasy made real.

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: E4

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is an American police sitcom that follows a team of detectives and a newly appointed captain in the 99th Precinct of the New York City Police Department in Brooklyn.

It’s not your typical police sitcom as it’s a comedy and you always get a great laugh in every episode. This is a  perfect show to sit down on the couch to watch if you’re  feeling down.

Why you should watch [this series]  You should watch this show because it’s led by the  effective pairing of Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher, Brooklyn Nine-Nine is a charming, intelligently written take on the cop show format.

 Thanks for reading – leave me a comment… what are your favourite shows?

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Glasgow Clyde College student organises an Old Firm charity football match in memory of Lennon

A Glasgow Clyde College student has helped organise an Old Firm charity football match in memory of Lennon Toland with all proceeds going to the Glasgow Children’s hospital charity.

Five-year-old Lennon was tragically knocked down and killed by a car in the east of Glasgow in September.

The first year HND Practical Journalism student Stephen McCabe  arranged this event which is a follow-up to Lennon’s Day a fundraising event which was held back in October at the College’s Cardonald campus with former Celtic footballers Neil Lennon, Chris Sutton and Frank McAvennie all at it.

The match will take place on Sunday the 19th of March at Toryglen Regional Football Centre indoor pitches with Old Firm legends such as Ally McCoist, John Hartson and Chris Sutton coming along.

McCabe, who is close friends with Lennon’s family , said: “After that event (Lennon’s Day) I managed to keep in touch with Frank because the family of Lennon are holding an event every single month of 2017 which ranges from skydiving to bungee jumping and the Great Scottish Run.

“So basically what I decided to do was to create an event for them. We are going to have massive names there. We have sold roughly 400 tickets out of 1000 we have so far.”

Make sure to come along and support a worthwhile cause. Tickets are £10 for an adult and kids go free.

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New Year 2017: New Chapter

The New Year is always a time for personal reflection and renewal. Your aim for every year should be to make it better than the previous one and reach for the stars for your goals. Christmas and New Year were ace as I got to spend time with family and friends up North. Plenty of happy memories were made. Hope you all got a deserved break.

In 2017 I’m hungry to make the most of another superb year. I have many goals I want to reach, these are some of them:

• Grow my blog

On this blog, I will be upping my game and posting more regularly as I failed to be consistent in 2016 so look forward to more content. I need to improve the quality of the posts as I have made too many sloppy grammar mistakes in them. So hopefully this year I can finally get into a proper rhythm and make content I enjoy.

• Exercise properly
During my time so far in Glasgow I haven’t done enough exercise which has resulted in me being tired and effected my work. So this year I will do some sort of exercise weekly.

• Confidence

This one feels like the biggest resolution to me; last year at the end of August it feel like a refresher and starting a new chapter of my life. Since moving to Glasgow my confidence has grown, however I need to accept that I still have to work on it.

• Be more proactive with finding stories.

I need to go and search for new stories more. As to be honest, I haven’t been looking for stories enough.  I have a week of work experience at the Daily Record in February which I want to make the most of.

  • Work on the craft of Shorthand

      I will work on shorthand as it’s been the thing that is standing in my way.

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Home Sweet Home

Today I arrived home to Macduff for the Christmas holidays which I’m  over the moon with, as I will be reunited with my family and pals. I thoroughly enjoy living in Glasgow and college. However, you can’t beat going back to where you were brought up as children.

When I was heading towards Queens Street station, people were spreading the Christmas joy by handing out free bottles of Iron Bru or what some call “a bottle of ginger”. I got offered a huge box of them however I couldn’t take it as I had too much stuff to carry and rain was coming down heavy. My Uncle Duane kindly picked me up from the Aberdeen train station and drove me home.

I’m home. Home sweet home! There is so many things to look forward like singing in the praise band at the Christingle service and carol singing at night on Christmas Eve. Also, meeting up with friends and family. Oh yeah, you can’t forget to celebrate Christmas day.

I will make the most of the time to have a deserved break from college and catch up with people. Thank you, everyone, for following my blog. It would be great if you would share it with others who you think may be interested in it.

Everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Look forward to more posts in 2017 and even YouTube videos as well.

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Just a 6AM walk!

On Friday morning I woke up early and I thought to myself why not go for a walk to kick off my day. This was at 6am, you may be thinking Sean, why didn’t you go back to sleep. I didn’t because I was fired up for the day. So I went for the walk which gave me more energy and resulted in me having the most productivity day in a while.

I feel I need to make more use of my days as I waste too much time dwelling for things or ideas for my blogs when I should be executing which can be difficult. I need to make them real. Tangible. Look over them. Get to work and let the idea evolve. The conclusion is that execution is everything and ideas are poor without any action being taken.

Over the day, I managed to complete quite a lot of tasks. I create a YouTube video showing the beautiful lights of Glasgow early in the morning. I also planned what’s happening next year with my Scottish Highland Football League blog which is very exciting.

As well as sending some more copies of the student newspaper (The Clyde Insider) to people. Finally I practised some teeline shorthand which is a skill that I’m finding still quite difficult.  I am going to start going for a 6am walk more regularly as it would motivate me more for the day.

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My Top 10 posts of 2016

Check out these top 10 blog posts from the Scottish Fitba Base a popular Highland League Football Blog!!

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Another big year for my blog the Scottish Fitba Base, so I wanted to share a list of my best articles with all of you. As always, I’m so grateful for your attention . I hope you enjoy reading these posts. Merry Christmas and have a super 2017.Be ready for exciting new things in 2017 including possibility me releasing products.

1. Exclusive: Yoogali gaffer Luke Santolin praises Bailey

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This post was very popular as it was a exclusive with former Lossiemouth’s Darren Bailey’s new gaffer down under.  To read the article click here: http://bit.ly/2gVa0rw

2. Keith crumble to defeat at the hands of Elgin City

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This post was a match report of a preseason friendly between Keith and League Two side Elgin City which was packed with goals. To read the article click here: https://goo.gl/Ej81ix

3. Scottish Fitba Base Highland League awards 2016 Voting has closed 

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Precision Geomatics give their backing to Amputee Football Association Scotland

 Precision Geomatics have sponsored Patrick Thistle Amputee team’s tracksuits and given backing to the Amputee Football Association Scotland. Precision Geomatics are a supplier of Land Survey and setting out instrumentation throughout the UK and has chosen the AFAS as one of their charities that they will support. The company who have a history of contributing to “worthwhile” cause’s director Gwyneth Bell donated £500 to the charity and said that there were no second thoughts when he chose to support the AFAS.

She said: “I had no hesitation in offering to make a donation as I was in awe of the players who despite their disabilities were not willing to sit back and give up on their ambitions. It was easy decisions to help this group of wonderful people achieve their goals. I wish them all the very best and look forward to seeing them putting Scotland at the forefront of the game.”

She also praised Ashley Reid for her work with the AFAS and revealed how she found out about the charity. She said: “I first heard about the Scottish Amputee Football Association from a friend Gwen Mabon when we were enjoying our early morning swim at the Kelso pool.The charity sounded absolutely amazing, and I soon received more information from Ashley Reid who is working very hard to get the charity off the ground.”

Since the launch of the Amputee Football Association Scotland, there have many donations which include an anonymous donor who gave them £1,000 and  McEwan Fraser Legal have stepped in to fund the team to go to Ireland in March to play in the next EAFA fixture.

Ashley Reid of AFAS is delighted with the response and support.  She said: “Which was fabulous. Gwyneth very kindly sponsored an entire kit of tracksuits but she also made an extremely generous donation of £500 to the charity after picking AFAS as one of the company’s charities of the year. This donation is particularly important to us given that the charity is so young and will undoubtedly go a huge way towards getting things off the ground in the New Year.”

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Scottish Football Supporters Association Co-Founder believes radical change is needed

 The Co-Founder of the Scottish Football Supporters Association (SFSA) believes that “radical” change is needed at the top of Scottish football to help the game.

Paul Goodwin ran the campaign to buy Stirling Albion  and then ran the club for  18-month spell when they were bought over by their fans in 2010. As well as doing some consultancy work for Real Madrid superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and marketing for other organisations.

He said: “ The SFSA is a movement for change. We are just at the start of it and the interaction with our volunteers and members help drive us on. We believe that Scottish football has to reinvent itself.  As fans we need better governance and transparency. Sadly the structures in place have meant the game in Scotland is like a cartel.

“If Celtic or Rangers don’t want something to happen they can block it. We would like to see a system in place like they have in Germany where every club in the league has equal voting status/ We also hope one day every club and the SFA can have  proper supporter representation.  Goodwin was previously involved with the London run Supporters Direct before the SFSA was set up and described the new organisation as being a Scottish operation, run by fans for fans. Supporters Direct has a branch office in Scotland and works for the SFA and only represents supporters trusts.

The SFSA has introduced the Scottish football supporters’ awards to give fans an opportunity to choose their winners with voting closing on the 12th of December.

He said: “Journalists, managers and players have their awards. But no one ever has actually asked the fans what they think. Towards the end of December, we will make these awards and look for a fan of the year. Like a young kid who has visited all the grounds in Scotland. Something good should be applauded by the game.”

Now the SFSA looks to push on and continue to get the supporters’ voices heard and improve the game in this country.

You can vote here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9LMWNTM

Thanks to Paul Goodwin for taking some time out to talk to me. Hope you enjoy reading this post.

 

Queens Park progress to the next round of Scottish Cup

Queen’s Park handed manager Gus McPherson and their supporters an early Christmas present by progressing into the 4th round of the Scottish Cup after a 2-0 victory over Montrose on a freezing Tuesday night. However, at times they made it difficult for themselves despite the away side failing to cause major problems.

348 spectators were there to watch this clash under the lights at Hampden. A first half low volley from David Galt and a wonderful solo strike from Paul Woods secured their place in the next round to face Ayr.

The game began slowly however the Spiders took the lead in the 15th minute when Galt fired a powerful low volley which flew past Montrose keeper Alan Fleming giving him no chance. This happened after McGeever’s header was kept in play by Woods and he set up the opener.

McPherson’s side’s next chance was through Jamie McKernon who dragged a low effort narrowly wide of the target after beating a couple of players with ease. The keeper watched on like a startled rabbit.

A moment of magic almost resulted in Queens doubling their lead as Woods played a clever one-two with John Carter before stinging the hands of Fleming with a powerful effort on goal.

The visitors failed to threaten at all but almost grabbed an equaliser in 39 minutes when Court nipped in front of Muir to head however it went over the bar and the home support sighed with relief.

Half-time: Queen’s Park 1 Montrose 0

After the break, Montrose showed that they certainly wanted to progress despite trailing by a goal when they brought on giant Chris Templeman for Jonny Court. His strength and presence were a worrying factor for Queens but he didn’t make an impact at all.

After 54 minutes Woods showed his class when he picked up the ball from the halfway line and went on a mazy run into the penalty area. Then his energy helped him let fly with a shot which Fleming couldn’t keep out his net despite getting his hands onto it to double their lead.

You would think after Queen’s second they would kick on and press Montrose with dangerous attacking. But this wasn’t the case as they chose to keep passing it around in their backline and on several occasions they were nearly caught out. This angered the crowd and the gaffer.

Montrose almost got back in the game from a corner in the 81st minute. Webster sent a header on target, but Millen stopped it on the line and McGeever blasted the ball to safety.

Steeves attempted to win a penalty for the visitors as he threw himself to the crowd. Referee Reid booked the Montrose man for diving.

Queen saw out the game and progressed to the next round of the Scottish Cup even though their performance was nowhere near their best.

Full Time: Queen’s Park 2-0 Montrose