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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I’m a 18 year old now! Boom time flies.

I’m 18 now! I loved every minute I spent up in Macduff celebrating my birthday with my amazing family and friends during my week on holiday from college. Someone said to me: “You look very happy in your Facebook profile picture.” That’s an understatement by a country mile. I couldn’t stop smiling.

Being home was sweet! I saw people who I was used to seeing every week before moving to Glasgow which was brilliant. I miss everyone but I will see you all at Christmas as I return home once again. Many things have changed up north with Macduff Parish Church getting a new minister and my classmates are at university studying in Aberdeen and Edinburgh as well as some at college locally. Others are still at Banff Academy.

Recently I got my interview with YouTuber Jodi and Steven Vlogs about their visit to Glasgow published in the Student Record which is an amazing achievement for me and I appreciate everyone who read it. My writing has improved a great deal since I started in 2013.

On my birthday while sipping a nice cold bottle of Beck’s at night I look at the collection of pictures from past and present given to me in a frame as a gift from my sister Lauren. This triggers me to remember many magical moments in my life so far from visiting America for the first time to water gun fights across the road from my home when I was little. I have had loads of family holidays across Scotland and the world which is staggering since I’m only 18.

I am excited for what is going to happen in the next 18 years in my life and ready to face all the challenges blocking my path.

I have received positive feedback about this blog with many enjoying it. So weekly I will write a blog post and continue to document my life as a student journalist.

 

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