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.

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.”

15337631_1376163612417566_6376748215811786440_n

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: “He’s got St. Pancras station and Arc de Triomphe and the Colosseum and all these kind of famous buildings and I just thought, 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. I suppose I have an eye for building and stuff like that so I guess it’s combining the two. The building design or building model making and Lego.”

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. I also like Glasgow Film theatre because it was technically quite tricky to build. Just had to solve quite a bit of problems and work out how to do things.”

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. I guess it’s your classic Rennie Mackintosh building and the other one I’d quite like to do, although I’m not sure if it’s possible or can be done is the Beresford Hotel which is on Sauchiehall Street. Art Deco hotel building which is quite a nice one.”

Check him out on social media:

https://www.facebook.com/brickingitGlasgow/

https://twitter.com/brickingglasgow

Make sure your following me on other social media:

https://www.facebook.com/SeanMcAngusJournalist/ 

https://twitter.com/Seanmcangus

Instagram: @seanmcangus

 

 

 

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.”

To donate to the campaign: https://www.youcaring.com/animalsanctuary-734219

Check out her website: http://www.bohemianhippy.com/

Make sure your following me on other social media:

https://www.facebook.com/SeanMcAngusJournalist/ 

Instagram: @seanmcangus

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Twitter; https://twitter.com/Seanmcangus

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMcAngusJournalist/

Instagram: Sean McAngus

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.

 

Link to article on Student Record: http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/science-technology/student-record-meet-travelling-american-9072623

 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SeanMcAngusJournalist/

 

Twitter: @Seanmcangus

 

Life in Glasgow is brill

I have lived in Glasgow for a month! Student life is super.There have been many exciting things I have done. I did think I would struggle with the change of lifestyle from being at home in the little town Macduff to living by myself in Glasgow. But I have adapted to it very well.

I have attended the Queen’s Park Baptist church where I have made very welcomed I believe my faith has grown alot. Through the church, I have gone on an alpha course which is on a Thursday night where we discuss topics in-depth such as forgiven and explore more into our faith in God.

At college I’m the joint Sports editor for the student website and published my first piece which was a Scottish Premiership Review. As well as that we went to the Scottish Parliament and spoke to Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh. During my time in Edinburgh,I went to stay with my uncle Duane which I thoroughly enjoyed.

14520420_1621185448179777_4643843563459405232_n

I also have experienced a heated Lanarkshire derby between Motherwell and Hamilton Accies where Mark McGhee’s side won 4-1 with Louis Moult netting all the goals.

Moult returned from injury to bag a 13 minute hat trick as the hosts started magically. Ali Crawford got one back with a low curling shot, but Moult stepped up to grab the fourth from the penalty spot.

cskpvgsw8aegkrh

I attended my first Scotland game which was amazing with the atmosphere,however this was overshadowed by a dreadful performance and only a point against Lithuania. Thank goodness James McArthur saved us from being a laughing-stock.

My time so far in Glasgow has been busy and exciting.

Copyright © Sean McAngus , 2013-2017  

All rights reserved. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without written permission from this site’s author Sean McAngus and owner is strictly prohibited. All photos belong to the photographers who took them.

https://www.facebook.com/SeanMcAngusJournalist/

Journalism student John Glover wants to write for the Daily Telegraph

An aspiring journalist at Glasgow Clyde College has revealed that politician Boris Johnson inspires his writing. As well as Jeremy Paxman, Andrew Little at the Dundee Courier, Michael Deacon and Scottish Editor of the Daily Telegraph Alan Cochrane.

John Glover from Falkirk may have surprised many when he mentioned Johnson and refered to him as a “very clever person but “acts like a buffoon”.

The 18 years old has no doubts about what newspaper he wants to write for.

He said: “I would like to write for the Daily Telegraph. I read it so logic states that you must write what you read.”

The student revealed that music is also a talent of his.

He said: “ Music is an interest I play the guitar and edit how it sounds. I can play plenty of Eric Clapton songs. I’ve started learning Warhead by Extreme Plenty.”

Glover was given some advice by Duncan Leven content controller of Radio Clyde at an event he attended where people spoke about their jobs and what they did. He feels its great advice.

Glover said: “He told me to use my contacts.”