Events from the 26th August onwards

Hi folks,

Another week and another update. As well as the events below, I’d like to draw folks attention to the website for United Glasgow FC:

United Glasgow is a football team run by ordinary Glasgow people for everyone in Glasgow, regardless of your background. It is run 100% by volunteers. They have open training sessions for just £1, as well as playing regular league matches.

Also of note is that next Tuesday (02/09) there will be a second meeting to continue the project of setting up a social centre in Glasgow. If you are interested in this project then do get in touch. All the details below.

Now, without further ado…


Friday, August 22 – Sunday, September 7
Nie Glasgow Society, 1307 Argyle Street, G3 8TL.

“People have as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” – Emma Goldman

Lavinia Raccanello (1985) is an italian artist and activist, now based in Glasgow, where she was selected to be part of the Many Graduate programme 2013 – 2014. Her work always focusses on the relationship between human beings and society, with a particular emphasis on the power of dialectic and participatory practice. At the beginning of March, she moved to Faslane Peace Camp, the longest-running permanent peace camp in the world, and for her first solo exhibition at New Glasgow Society she stands up with Faslane Peace Campers for a nuclear-free Scotland.

On the closing day of the exhibition, September 7th, an open talk will be hosted in the gallery space, inviting artists, politicians, activists, and concerned citizens to come together to share their views on nuclear weapons along with their hopes for the future.


Great Grub: Healthy Curries
Saturday, Aigust 30 at at 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Langside Parish Church, Ledard Road, G42 9QU

A series of four workshops covering a different topic each session. These can either be booked individually or all together.

Cost: Up to £20 a session on a sliding scale dependent on income.

At Langside Parish Church, 167 Ledard Rd, Glasgow G42 9QU

For more information or to book a place please contact or tel: 0141 613 2763


Saturday 30th August, 1-5pm

Most take away curries are really high in saturated fat and salt, not ideal if you value your health! This workshop introduces the healthiest options using lentils, beans, nuts, seasonal veg, coconut, ginger, garlic and turmeric, nature’s superfoods with numerous benefits for health.

Carrot and cashew nut biryiani
Coconut and tomato daal with flaked almonds
Potato and spinach curry
Coconut, aubergine and lentil curry
Cauliflower masala
Assorted raita, chutneys and chapatis


Glasgow Parkour Coaching FREE TASTER WEEK
Monday, September 1 – Wednesday, September 3 at 6:45pm
Kelvinbridge Underground

To celebrate the launch of our new website and GPC ACADEMY we will be offering our usual adult classes for FREE the first week in September.

IF IT’S YOUR FIRST TIME, we’ll be super happy to see you!!! You don’t need anything special, just remember to dress in loose, comfortable clothes and to bring plenty of water. If it’s cold, wear layers you can take off easily, because we’ll warm up quickly; but you don’t want to cool down too fast when you stop moving!! As for shoes, your fav running trainers is all you need. If you have several pairs, choose the lightest ones with the most flexible soles: they’ll be the best for touch and sensitivity.

Classes will meet 645pm at Kelvinbridge – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Mon/Wed are outdoor adult classes and Tuesday is Women’s Only Class.

Every wondered what our Parkour classes are like, or just wanted to see if it’s a good workout? This is your opportunity to try out a class for free.

You can find out more here –


Protest NATO! Protest Trident!
Friday, September 5 at 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Faslane Naval Base

The NATO summit will be held in Wales during the first weekend of September. Thousands of protesters will be going there. For those who can not get to Wales, the Scottish Pace Network is calling a demonstration at Faslane Naval Base for Friday, September 5 from 4-5 pm. We will have placards, but more signs and banners are welcome.


Thursday, September 4 at 8:00pm – 9:00pm
Sharmanka Kinetic Theatre, TRONGATE 103, G1 5HD

Exploding Asteroids: September’s First Thursday event in the Gallery sees the duo Electroscope arrive from their usual environs, somewhere in the orbit of outer dementia! Gayle Brogan and John Cavanagh prepare to unleash a wind bubble vocal vortex amidst a time cloud of undulating oscillations. In a (vaguely) Russian themed programme (well, about as Russian as Boney M’s Rasputin…). the duo will perform amidst the marvellous mechanical sculptures of Eduard Bersudsky. Once your soul has been psychedelicized, you’ll be invited to make a donation as you leave, post-performance.


Dance For Gaza
Friday, September 5 at 9:00pm – 3:00am
Blackfriars, 36 Bell Street, Merchant City, G1 1LG

I can no longer sit and watch the annihilation of the Palestinian people, by the Israeli government. It’s not enough to like and share information,


Put your money where your mouth is, come and DANCE FOR GAZA to show your support, raise funds, and awareness of the facts of the innocent people in the middle of this war and the atrocities happening right now !

Donation of £10 at the Door. includes (Automatic Entry To Raffle with FANTASTIC prizes!).

Line – Up: These amazing people giving up their free time for a cause they believe in:

Jailhousejock: Elvis Tribute Band

Jackal Trades aka Mark McG
Giving you Hip Hop, Electronica and acapella, all with interpretive dance and Scottish subtitles.

DJ Kerin: Kerin McEwing
DJ TPR William McDonald
A boy-girl DJ team from Glasgow. We bring you quality dance music for shaking your booty on the dance floor. Any genre goes, as long as it’s good music!

Richard Perrie
Groove City Radio Fundamentally House

David McGrath aka DMG (St Judes/Velvet Rooms/Blanket/Cube)

James Goodhope

All proceeds will be sent to:
DEC Gaza Appeal

“The DEC brings 13 leading UK aid charities together in times of crisis: Action Aid, Age International, British Red Cross, CAFOD, Care International, Christian Aid, Concern Worldwide, Islamic Relief, Oxfam, Plan UK, Save the Children, Tearfund and World Vision; all collectively raising money to reach those in need quickly.”

****Solidarity For Humanity*****


YES or NO, Scotland needs a movement for people’s democracy
Thursday, 11 September at 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Online chat using Webinar – url posted on nearer the time

10-minute presentations by:
Gordon Asher & Leigh French, Authors, Crises Capitalism and Independence Doctrines
Steve Freeman, Republican Socialist Alliance
Penny Cole, A World to Win.

followed by an open discussion.


Glasgow Skeptics: The Next Five Years
Monday, September 15 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Glasgow Skeptics has been going for five years now (and if you’ve not already RSVPed to our very special anniversary event, please do! Looking ahead to the future, we’d like to talk about the next five years.

What should skeptics care about? What should Glasgow Skeptics be doing, and what could we be doing better? Should there be more of a focus on raising public awareness? Should we focus on the evidence base for specific legislation being discussed? Are there areas that are crying out for a skeptical eye, that have so far been missed?

If you’ve never been along before, this might be the perfect time to say hello. Part open-mic night, part group discussion: come along and let us know what you want from the next five years of Glasgow Skeptics.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair users.


Education as the Practice of Freedom
Wednesday, September 17 at 6:45pm – 9:00pm
Fred Paton Centre, 19 Carrington Street, G4 9AJ

“There is no such thing as a neutral educational process. Education either functions as an instrument that is used to facilitate the integration of the younger generation into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes “the practice of freedom,” the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” – Paulo Freire

Anarchists have a long and illustrious history of involvement within education, with interventions in libertarian education as notable as Ferrer’s Escuela Moderna, and the Free Skools, right through into the contemporary spaces of Social Centres. As a movement, Anarchism has historically emphasised the importance of the role of education – whether as a domesticating tool of oppression or as a prefiguring and liberating force – with a concern rarely echoed in other political perspectives.

While naturally touching on some of that history, this talk will mainly be concerned with the understanding that radicalism presents us with a fundamentally educational space, and will consider this in light of the work of Paulo Freire, among others. Though identifying outside of the specific Anarchist tradition, Freire’s work within Popular Education can be easily understood as broadly libertarian, and with implications and prospects for Anarchism.

Though the talk will highlight the role of informal education, contributions and reflections on all modes are welcome and expected in the discussion following.


Glasgow AF discussion group is open and free to all, however any donations towards costs will be appreciated. Tea/coffee/juice/biscuits will be provided free of charge. Our venue is accessible to wheelchairs/powerchairs. We will also have a book stall from the RiB project with books and other related material for sale. We ask that all those attending this event read the brief introduction to our safer spaces policy here:


Smashing Physics – Prof. Jon Butterworth | Glasgow Skeptics Special
Friday, September 26 at 9:00pm – 10:00pm
Glasgow Science Centre, 50 Pacific Quay, G51 1EA

The discovery of the Higgs boson was the culmination of the largest scientific experiment ever performed, the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider.

But what really is a Higgs boson and what does it do? How was it found? And how has its discovery changed our understanding of the fundamental laws of nature?

Jon Butterworth is a professor of physics at University College London. He is a member of the High Energy Physics group on the Atlas experiment at Cern’s Large Hadron Collider and also manages to write regularly in The Guardian, as well as taking part in other science communication.

His book, Smashing Physics: The Inside Story of the Hunt for the Higgs,was published in May 2014.


Beat the frack out of Scotland
Saturday, 27 September at 6:00pm – 3:00am
River, 260 Clyde Street, G1 4JH
Top Glasgow musicians turn out to support communities fighting back against fracking. Appearing so far: George Tucker, The Lonesome Hearts, Willie and the Poorboys, the Carlton Jugband with special guest Carola Cosimini, Nicky Murray & Chloe Rodgers, Anti-fracking busker Alexander Mccallum. Compere: the incomparable Gary Little. Entry £10 on the door or buy in advance from


The Dark Side of the Universe – Dr Catherine Heymans | Glasgow Skeptics
Monday, September 29 at 7:00pm – 9:30pm
The Admiral Bar, 72a Waterloo Street, G2 7DA

Just over 95% of our universe comes in the shrouded form of dark energy and matter that we can neither explain nor directly detect. Together, these two dark entities play out a cosmic battle of epic proportions. While the gravity of dark matter slowly pulls structures in the universe together, dark energy fuels the universes accelerated expansion, making it ever harder for those structures to grow. Catherine Heymans has used the world’s best telescopes to map out the invisible dark matter in our Universe and confront different theories on the dark universe. She will explore this dark enigma and describe where we will look next in our search for darkness. It is widely believed that in order to truely understand the dark universe we will need to invoke some new physics that will forever change our cosmic view.

Catherine Heymans is a Reader in Astrophysics at the University of Edinburgh, a European Research Council Fellow and a member of the Young Academy of Scotland. She specialises in observing the dark side of our Universe and co-leads the European Southern Observatory KiDS analysis team, using deep sky observations to test whether we need to go beyond Einstein with our current theory of gravity. Since completing her PhD at Oxford University in 2003, Catherine has held fellowships from the Max-Planck Institute and the Canadian Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics. When she is not busy unveiling the mysteries of the Universe or enthusiastically lecturing undergraduates, she can usually be found building sandcastles and paddling in the sea with her three small children.

Accessibility: As per the policy of the Admiral Bar, access to the venue “can only be provided to patrons who are sufficiently mobile and capable of independently evacuating premises, or with the minimum of assistance.” Unfortunately, this leaves the basement inaccessible to most wheelchair uses.

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