Macduff skateboarder competing at World Round Up Freestyle Championship Canada

A Macduff skateboarder is Scotland’s only representative, in this year’s World Round Up Freestyle Championship in Cloverdale, Canada from the 19th to the 20th of May.

Reece Archibald is up for the challenge and discusses how he got into freestyle skateboarding.

He will compete against over 50 top skaters from Brazil, Japan, Spain, Sweden and USA in front of 80,000 spectators over the weekend with the winner bagging $10,000 in Prize Money.

Archibald used to play hours of the Tony Hawk’s Pro Skate games in his room. The game created a boom among gamers which got them passionate about skateboarding.

The first one was released in August 1999 before it went on to have 10 other games with the most recent one being released in 2015.

It was based on the iconic figurehead  American skateboarder Tony Hawk whose nickname is The Birdman.

Archibald was inspired to take up the sport.

He said: “The skateboarding game when it came out everyone was playing it, unlocking all the characters. After watching loads of footage of skateboarding my mate decided to get a skateboard and took it round to ours from there we shared the skateboard for a good year working on the tricks.”

 

Archibald recalls his first competition at 16 years old in Sussex and is excited about taking part in the World Round Up.

The sport takes style, creativity, balance, speed and talent. One of his own freestyle tricks is called the Highland Twist in tribute to north of Scotland which is a no comply laser flip to truck stand.

He is well-known in the sport as the guy who creates up really unique tricks to showcase.

Within the crowd watching him in action will be freestyle phenomenon Rodney Mullen a guy who is no stranger to the sport.

He won his first world championship at the age of 14; then went on to win a staggering 34 out of 35 freestyle contests.

At the TransWorld Skateboard Championships, held at EXPO 86, Rodney magnificently received a perfect run from all five judges to the cheers of the 5,000 plus spectators there that day.

He said: “I did extremely well, considering it was my first time competing I came third in a pro division which was brilliant.

Through word of mouth, people are quite excited that I’m returning back to skateboarding so much so they asked if I want to represent Scotland in Canada.”

The 25 year old who will be flying the flag for Scotland this month works as a Mental Health Nurse at a nursing home in Manchester.

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Lego Creator commissioned to build small Glasgow University

A model maker is being commissioned to build a small replica of Glasgow University cloisters out of Lego for a graduation present.

Denis Donoghue known on social media as Bricking It Glasgow has built a variety of the city’s buildings from Barrowland to the iconic Duke of Wellington statue. Lego is everlasting with it continuing to be popular through every generation.

He said: “I’m not building all of it. Just a wee commission that I’ve had from somebody to do a little framed one for a graduation present.  I’ve almost done a kind of basic version. I just need to get an original picture of the cloisters to put on it.”

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Donoghue was inspired to start making buildings of the city out of Lego when he visited Brick City an exhibition by professional Lego artist Wayne Elsmore at Paisley’s Museum in 2013.

He said: “I wonder if anyone done any of Glasgow’s buildings. So then I got googling and then I realized that there wasn’t really.

I couldn’t really find any pictures of any Glasgow buildings. Oh, I’ll maybe give one a try. I said that I’d try to do the Barrowlands ’cause I  like the building and I thought it would be quite easy. So, I just thought I’d start doing it.”

He feels his degree in town planning has played a small role in helping he be able to craft these models.

“I did a degree when I was younger so it’s part of that.

I did kind of draw frontages of buildings and helped friends of mine who are architects to make models of buildings out of cardboard and stuff.”

Out of all the buildings he has made so far, Barrowland is his favourite.

He said: “I guess my favorite is probably still the Barrowlands because it’s a really interesting building and it’s kind of iconic I suppose. It’s got a lot of good memories for me in terms of gigs and stuff.”

Looking ahead to the future, Donoghue has plenty of buildings he wants to build and been flooded with suggestions from people.

He said: “I’ve got quite a long list and you’ve suggest some things as well so I suppose I’d quite like to at some point have a go at the Glasgow School of Art frontage”

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Australian animals rights activist James Aspey coming to Scotland

BY SEAN MCANGUS

A Scottish Animal rights activist is delighted that well known Australia activist James Aspey is in Scotland this week to spread more awareness about cruelty towards animals.

Lynn Jolly has gained support from James in her fundraising campaign to raise £200,000 to open a vegan animal sanctuary in the West of Scotland.

The 47-year-old from Houston, Renfrewshire saved a cow called Prince last August and two Highland cattle Berry & Bramble at Christmas from being slaughtered.

Aspey grabbed the national headlines down under in 2014 after having a year of silence to raise awareness of animals and “promotion of peace”.

His wake up speech has gone viral across social media mounting over four million views and people will get to heard it during his visit to Glasgow.

Jolly’s YouCaring page has raised over £3,000 so far.

She believes that the sanctuary will act as an educational platform not just for visitors in Scotland but for people who live further afield as well to learn more about the animals.

The Rail worker said: “I kind of hoped it would be quite successful but to take on the level that it has. It has gained a crazy amount of shares.

“It’s an educational space. We are going to educate via live streaming as well. That’s why people around the world are keen to get involved. Worldwide and it will have a bigger impact.”

Aspey is holding talks across Glasgow at the University, Glasgow Clyde College’s campuses and Vegan workshops.

She said: “I have been friends with James on social media for two years. Before he was catapulted into the sort of stardom that he is now.

He has been very supportive, last year there was a few things that I went through personally which was quite difficult. Some of it was to do with Vegan and animal rights.”

She thought up of the idea to invite James over to Scotland while at Manchester Pig Save which is a UK movement that inspires people to make the world a better place for animals.

She said: “When I was there I said to the girl I was with, we should do a vegan disco for a laugh. I could ask James to come over and do something quite simulate. So at New Year, we did a vegan disco to fundraise for getting James over.”

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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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