New Charles Rennie Mackintosh statue gets Glasgow cone treatment – 

A statue of Charles Rennie Mackintosh has had a cone placed on its head – just 10 days after it was unveiled.It was uncovered in the city’s Anderston area to mark the 90th anniversary of the designer’s death.The addition of a cone is in keeping with local tradition, which sees the Duke of Wellington statue in the city’s Royal Exchange Square wear one.Some locals say the cone demonstrates Glaswegians’ sense of humour and is as important as famous landmarks.In 2013, Glasgow City Council tried to end the practice, but abandoned their plans after a public backlash [ . . . ]

Source: New Charles Rennie Mackintosh statue gets Glasgow cone treatment – BBC News

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Glasgow secures Linda McCartney photography exhibition


Intimate family portraits captured at the Argyll home of former Beatle Paul McCartney’s home in Argyll during the sixties and seventies are to go on display in the UK for the first time.

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Scottish-set zombie musical Anna and the Apocalypse to open Glasgow Youth Film Festival

Scottish-made horror-musical-comedy Anna and the Apocalypse is full of youthful, anarchic energy – which makes it a perfect fit for the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, writes Siobhan Synnot

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Scottish-made horror-musical-comedy Anna and the Apocalypse is full of youthful, anarchic energy – which makes it a perfect fit for the Glasgow Youth Film Festival, writes Siobhan Synnot

Over the last few years the annual Glasgow Youth Film Festival has grown from a curtain raiser to the main Glasgow Film Festival in February to an event in its own right, with its own place in Scottish festival calendar.

Anna and the Apocalypse trailer

This weekend, it runs through the movie gamut from anime to zombies, giving a new generation of passionate cinemagoers and filmmakers the opportunity to see foreign drama, animation and cutting-edge documentaries, as well as attending behind-the-scenes workshops and meeting international movie guests. Many of the film choices are hot off the reels previews, including the Scottish zombie feature Anna and The Apocalypse, which opens the festival ahead of its UK-wide release in November.

Finding a new subspecies to the zombie genre might sound like an impossible ask, but Anna’s gory story is also a Christmas movie and a musical. The tightly-budgeted feature also gives a breakthrough platform to ITV’s Cold Feet ingénue Ella Hunt as schoolgirl Anna, who is forced to learn how to fight, slash, and sing her way through hordes of the undead, including a zombie snowman, in order to help her friends reach their loved ones. The film’s director is Royal Conservatoire of Scotland graduate John McPhail, who will attend the premiere and a cast and crew Q&A afterwards, where he will share stories of shooting a zombie apocalypse in Port Glasgow. “I knew the area, and I know a lot about horror films, being a huge horror fan,” says the filmmaker. However, despite an absurdly catchy score by Roddy Hart and Tommy Reilly, McPhail admits that before Anna, movie musicals were as unfamiliar to him as vegetarian zombies. “To be honest I actually thought I hated musicals until I got this job,” says the 33 year-old Glaswegian. “So I bought a pile of them on DVD, sat on the sofa and worked my way through them. I’d never seen West Side Story before, but I loved it, so there’s a bit of West Side in Anna and The Apocalypse. I also went to see Wicked and Legally Blonde on stage, and I really enjoyed both of them as well.”

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Glasgow whisky bar named Scotland’s Pub of the Year

Pub of the Year in Glasgow

A Glasgow bar that has found fame worldwide for its extensive whisky collection and knowledgeable staff has been crowned Scotland’s Pub of the Year.

The Pot Still Bar received the prestigious prize at the AA Hospitality Awards in a glittering ceremony at Grosvenor House in London.To mark the twenty-first anniversary of the awards, this year’s event was presented by Claudia Winkleman, with the best establishments in the UK being honoured across twenty-three categories, including Chefs’ Chef, Lifetime Achievement Award and Housekeeper of the Year.

The AA Pub of the Year accolade is awarded to those pubs that successfully combine the “provision of enjoyable food, a great pub atmosphere and a warm welcome with a high standard of management”.

Previous Scottish winners have included The Bow Bar in Edinburgh and The Ship Inn in Elie, Fife.The Pot Still, which is located on Glasgow’s Hope Street, was chosen due to its extensive whisky range, highly knowledgeable staff and ‘traditional pies.’

Source: Glasgow whisky bar named Scotland’s Pub of the Year – Scotsman Food and Drink