Comic Con back in Glasgow. Get the details here

Scotland’s very own Comic Con event is set to return once again to Glasgow next month with a whole host of exciting guests and attractions.

The MCM Scotland Comic Con is blasting back to the SEC, Scotland’s largest exhibition centre between September 23 and 24 September.

This exciting event will give fans in the city two fantastic days with everything featured from comic books, films, video games and science fiction to cosplay, anime, steampunk and online videos. There is guaranteed to b something for all to enjoy.

Joining MCM Scotland Comic Con’s special guest line up will be members from the cast of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers in the form of Blue Ranger, David Yost; Black Ranger, Walter Jones and the energetic and spirited Yellow Ranger, Karan Ashley.

For fans of animation, Veronica Taylor a special anime guest and voice acting talent, best known for roles in Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Slayers, is also set to appear at this year’s show. Joining her will be the star of Attack on Titan and Sword Art Online, Bryce Papenbrook, who has been a successful professional voice over artist since starting at the young age of eight.

All of the pop-culture professionals will be available throughout the weekend’s events for photography sessions and the signing of autographs. Each of the artists involved will also be around to chat about behind the scenes gossip, to tease upcoming film plots, and to take questions from the audience.

In addition to all of the fun and famous faces already lined up for this year, the organisers of the event have also announced that they have big plans to add more guests to the already existing line up in due course. Even more to look forward to then!

Elsewhere at MCM Scotland Comic Con in Glasgow this year, fans can find a whole host of other incredible artists and writers of comic books, events looking to promote and celebrate Asian culture, exhibitions of steampunk and loads of fun for the kids with the children’s entertainment lined up.

The event will also host a whole range of exciting exhibitors and retailers of the industry, including big brand movie studios, well known video game and comic book publishers, as well as a great mixture of anime and manga distributors.

For more information on the this year’s MCM Scotland Comic Con event in the city of Glasgow and to check out all of the latest announcements, visit MSM Comic Con Scotland’s active social media channels or the event’s official website which can be found here at http://www.mcmcomiccon.com/scotland/

Liam Gallagher hails ‘biblical’ Glasgow crowd after SSE Hydro concert

Following a packed out gig in Glasgow last night, music legend Liam Gallagher paid tribute to the “biblical” crowd at his show in spite of the fact that reports of flare launches from inside the venue surfaced.

The show was just the latest trip up to Scotland for Gallagher who is on a solo tour across the UK at the moment. The musician is most well known for being the frontman to the infamous band Oasis and for his continued tense relationship with this brother Noel.

Following the concert, Gallagher tweeted the thousands of music fans that had flocked to see him saying that: “There’s only 1 Glasgow city you lot are biblical I f*****g adore every single 1 of you never change as you were LG x”

It seems that the revellers of Glasgow made a lasting impression on the musician despite reports of flares being launched from inside the venue during the concert.

The gig on Monday night was hosted by Glasgow’s SSE Hydro, an indoor arena with a capacity of 13,000 that has boasted the likes of Rod Stewart, US Comedian Chris Rock and the band Paramore as previous entertainers.

But things got heated on this particular occasion when revellers enjoying the show began to launch flares inside the event hall. One of the concert-goers, @paulakellyx wrote on Twitter: “Canny believe @liamgallagher wasn’t 2 minutes on the stage and 3 flares went off!”

Camera footage on the night captured the moment when the flares were launched and the response of the crowds. The event led many to question security around the premises that allowed flares to be taken into a packed indoor arena and what other dangerous substances and items made it into the show. It has been noted that at least one man was arrested ahead of the concert in relation to drugs offences.

It seems though that events of the night didn’t put off the star as Liam Gallagher is set to return to Glasgow next summer for the city’s TRNSMT festival. The singer will be topping the bill on Saturday, June 30 on the first of two festival weekends. The event will be run on Glasgow Green. Gallagher will also be joined by fellow British stars the Courteeners, Wolf Alice and J Hus who will all be appearing on the same day as promoters DF Concerts have just confirmed.

Take a first look inside Glasgow’s new Citizen Bar and Dining Rooms

A brand new bar and restaurant with direct connections to a proud Glaswegian past opens its doors today in the city centre for the very first time.

Sitting at 24 St Vincent Place, right at the heart of city life, The Citizen Bar and Dining Rooms can be found. Since the announcement of its opening there has been a real buzz in the community in anticipation of its arrival.

Part of this sense of excitement most likely stems from the premises themselves, a magnificently restored listed building which will now boast a dining area, 218-seated bar and a private dining room. Others are waiting in anticipation to find out what DRG, the owners and restorers behind several key Glasgow institutions have achieved with this latest project.

Despite being the new and upcoming place to be on St Vincent Place, the Citizen also boasts strong links to Glasgow’s heritage, as it resides in the old offices of the Evening Citizen, from which it also derives its name.

Published as an evening version of the Glasgow Citizen, this daily newspaper was founded in 1842 and first published in August 1864 and was one of the first of three evening newspapers to be printed, published and sold in the city.

This building on St Vincent Place was home of the paper from 1889, until Friday March 29 1974 when they printed their final edition.

Now this re-opening of the Citizen establishes once again that link with the history of the city. The venue is very aware of its past and look to embrace it by featuring displays of front pages, old stories and photographs from the original paper and provided by former Evening Citizen photographer, Stewart Fair who started work with the paper in 1953.

Tony Conetta, director of the Di Maggio Restaurant Group said that: “The Citizen has given DRG another opportunity to bring an old Glasgow institution back to life.

“When we started this project it was with the view to have as many issues of The Evening Citizen as we could get our hands on. Our historian spent months at The Mitchell Library archives singling out interesting headlines, stories, old adverts, and photographs. We eventually put our focus into trying to find archive images of the building and learning more about its past and the people who worked there.

“When it came to selecting the final artwork, we decided to extend a hand out to Lost Glasgow, everyone’s favourite Glaswegian history page, and it did not disappoint. Our first contact was with retired Evening Citizen photographer Stewart Fair, who happily donated original images and newspaper articles from his time at the paper.

“We’ve also aimed to replicate this unity between past, present and future in our food and drinks offering. We’ve installed Glasgow’s favourite lager Tennent’s and will be the first location in Scotland that it can be drunk brewery fresh from our Tank Beer system.

Everything you need to know before Oktoberfest comes to Glasgow

The biggest Oktoberfest event Glasgow has seen yet is due to arrive a little bit earlier than you probably think this year and we can’t wait to get stuck in to the festivities.

Starting this year on the 1st September, the annual celebration of Bavaria and beer is set to commence at a brand new venue and we can’t wait to grab a stein. Based for the first time at SWG3’s brand new Galvanizers yard with its 1000 person capacity and 400 seats, this year’s Oktoberfest is set to be the best yet.

Some 8,000 litres of German bier and cider, including Löwenbräu, the Oktoberfest classic, will be served on the first weekend of September alongside traditional Bavarian music and food.

The German classic, Bratwurst served fresh from the grill will be up for grabs with all the traditional trimmings, as well as freshly baked pretzels and the not-so-traditional vegetarian options available too.

And of course, it had to go without saying that you can expect your drinks to be accompanied with a bit of a dance too – by the end of the night on the table most likely- as a typical German Oompah band lead the way with the timeless Ein Prosit.

The event manager for Mega Events, Rachel Pedreschi, said: “This will be an absolutely incredible night out in Glasgow. There is something so very special and traditional about an Oktoberfest celebration that you just can’t deny.

“This is our first year in Scotland, so we really want to recreate the exact feeling of walking into the main beer halls in Munich, by making sure all the details are there. The ceilings will be completely draped and rows and rows of wooden tables will surround the stage.

“We are expecting to sell out on both our nights, with hundreds of Oktobians flooding SWG3 in all their Bavarian glory. I just can’t imagine a more perfect way to celebrate Oktoberfest.

“We are bringing out all the stops for this one – from genuine bratwurst to our staff in full costume, it will be a very special night.”

So then it seems like it’s time to grab yourself the lederhosen and dirndl skirts, and join the fun at this event that is surely not to be missed. Tickets for the upcoming Oktoberfest are on sale now for £18, and whole tables can be reserved for £50.

Head to www.fatsoma.com/oktoberfest for more info.

Glasgow University conducts groundbreaking study that could cut heart disease deaths

According to a recently completed study by Glasgow University and Imperial College London, Statins cut the risk of dying from heart disease by 28 per cent among men. The project stretched over twenty years and across 2560 men, the longest known study of its kind, looked at data collected in a series of clinical trials that measured the effect of statins opposed to placebo medications.

Each of the men studied would have had extremely high levels of LDL, a bad cholesterol, but had no trace of heart disease before the study commenced.

The research team involved discovered impressive findings among those patients on statins, these parties were provided with the popularly-prescribed drug type pravastatin.

It was discovered that when compared with the placebo, there was a 27 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease in an individual, a 28 per cent risk reduction of dying from coronary heart disease, and a 25 per cent reduced risk of serious coronary issues like suffering a heart attack.

There was also an overall 18 per cent decrease in risk of dying from any cause over the 20-year period of the study.

Professor Kausik Ray, a senior author from Imperial’s School of Public Health, explained that: “”For the first time, we show that statins reduce the risk of death in this specific group of people who appear largely healthy except for very high LDL levels.

“This legitimises current guidelines which recommend treating this population with statins.”

Professor Ray said that those with lower levels of cholesterol, who may appear healthy, are also best treated with statins.

He went on to explain that: “This is the strongest evidence yet that statins reduce the risk of heart disease and death in men with high LDL.

“Our study lends support to LDL’s status as a major driver of heart disease risk, and suggests that even modest LDL reductions might offer significant mortality benefits in the long-term.

“Our analysis firmly establishes that controlling LDL over time translates to fewer deaths in this population.”

Professor Sir Nilesh Samani, medical director at the British Heart Foundation, spoke further on the findings saying that: “”This research further demonstrates the benefits of statins for people who have high levels of cholesterol in their blood.

“”It shows the enduring and long-term benefit of taking statins, including the extent to which they reduce the risk of dying from heart disease, which can only be seen in a study of this length.

“The role of cholesterol in causing heart disease has been disputed by some, but this paper provides yet more evidence of the link, and the benefits of statins to prevent heart disease.”