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.”

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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: “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.”

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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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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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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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Scotland’s first cross-border amputee football tournament

Glasgow hosted a historic event on a Sunday afternoon that was Scotland’s first cross-border amputee football tournament at Springburn Park. It brought teams from across the UK to fight it out in the English Amputee Football Association League’s northern fixture.

This impressive event raised more awareness about the sport. The freezing cold didn’t prevent the teams from playing delightful attacking play which all footy fans love to watch.

Everton FC Amputees came out on top, as they recorded wins over Manchester City Amputees FC, UL Sport from Ireland and Scotland’s only amputee football team – Patrick Thistle.

As result of the significant interest for the sport in this country, the Amputee Football Association Scotland (AFAS) was set up.

Ashley Reid of AFAS feels that people are interested in the sport in Scotland.

She said: “I have now launched it separately in the last two weeks because of the appetite for the sport. We are really excited about what the future holds.”

Co-founder of the Irish Amputee Football Association and European Amputee Football Federation General Secretary Simon Baker, believes that the sport could be introduced in the 2024 Paralympics, and he is excited about the future of the game.

He said: “In amputee football, we want people to say: ‘Wow’. We don’t want them to say: ‘Bless them. Aren’t they good?’ We are not an inspiration, and we love football – that’s what the difference is.

“Regarding European football, it’s fantastic and it’s about driving it on. If you just take Europe, we have over 15,000 players registered and 250 kids. So it’s growing, and now we have 15 countries playing. We are part of UEFA social responsibility, so it’s all going in the right direction.

“We are trying really hard. I’m going to Mexico next week for the world amputee congress and we are all fighting for things like this. We realistically think amputee football will be in the Paralympics 2024.”

“It’s a massive commitment, because we fly over once a month. We are committed and improve our game. It is ability football; not disability football.”

 

To read more about this event which I attended, grab a free copy of the Clyde Insider (Student Newspaper)  which is out now!! I can easily send/give you a copy if you wish. 

Quick Update

I have been very busy with college due to assessments and working on the student newspaper.  Recently I interviewed Paul Goodwin of the Scottish Football Supporters Association which you will get to read here. Hope everyone’s well and have a great Christmas when it comes around.

 

 

I’m so competitive!!!

This week I visited the Scottish Sun office in Glasgow. My third experience of being in a newsroom. I had previously been at the Turriff Advertiser for a work placement in summer 2014 and at the Press and Journal for my first ever job interview which I sadly didn’t get.

My college class and I found it very interesting. We got to speak to the Editor, Alan Muir and his editorial team. They gave us some gold nuggets about how to get into the industry and highlighted how it’s exciting times in journalism with the digital revolution.

 We got a tour of the newsroom and were shown how quickly breaking news gets written up on their website which was staggering to watch. The environment in the office was relaxing which was surprising as it was the day of the American Presidency Election.

The major rivalry between the Scottish Sun and the Daily Record was clearly on show. This has been on the go since the Sun grabbed the exclusive of footballer Mo Johnson becoming the first catholic player to join Rangers from bitter competitor Celtic in July 1989.

I have always been overly competitive at everything from board games to sports. So when I’m on a football pitch and against one of my friends they turn into my enemy. I do anything within my power to win. Sometimes it’s not pretty, but I always go into it to win it. I relish competing with others for a story. Sometimes it’s my downfall as it can ruin family gatherings or cause arguments with friends.

However, I feel that being competitive and having that inner hunger is healthy at times. If I didn’t have the hunger to write articles, get exclusives before others and especially creating this blog. As well as competing with other blogs and journalists to get the killer quote. I wouldn’t be nowhere near where I am. Being competitive is part of who I am. If I ever lose the hunger for a story or my competitiveness, I will stop pursuing this career. Sorry for the lack of posting, I promise I will write an article every week.

 

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

 

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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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