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About Carla
I am a journalist, currently working as a reporter for Glasgow Live. Please send any stories you may have to ******.

I have had a varied background that demonstrates my versatility and skill in multiple spheres of the industry. My writing credits include writing freelance for a varied number of publications including The Guardian, The Times & Sunday Times, The Herald and Herald on Sunday, The Daily Record, The Scottish Sun, The National, The Sunday National, Wales on Sunday, The Clydebank Post, The Skinny, Snack Magazine and District Magazine among others. I have assistant edited SNACK Magazine, and currently edit the Big Birds Arts Collective.

I like to use varied platforms to create content which is honest and interesting. My interests lie in music, the LGBTQ+ community, gender equality, human interest pieces and general advancements in Arts & Culture. And lots of Glasgow news.

I have written both journalistically and academically about music, the LGBTQ+ Community, gender-equality and the socio-political landscape of student lives in Scotland and Ireland.

I completed my M. Phil with a thesis exploring the influence of Ireland on gender and sexuality in Contemporary Irish Writing. I also hold a MA (Hons) in English Literature from the University of St Andrews.

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Best places to eat and drink in Scotland this week

31 May 2024  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Highlights the best places to eat and drink in Scotland, focusing on new and notable restaurants, bars, cafés, and food festivals. Features the newly launched Brunswick Book Club by the Vittoria group, known for its comfort food menu, live music, and quiz nights, emphasizing affordability and a contemporary twist on classic pub culture.

Former PoW camp which held Nazis renovated into Airbnb complex

24 Apr 2024  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Cultybraggan Camp, a former Second World War prisoner-of-war camp in Comrie, Perth and Kinross, which was known for housing fervent Nazi soldiers, has been renovated into a community hub with Airbnbs. The camp, also known as PoW Camp 21, could accommodate up to 4,000 prisoners and was later used by the Ministry of Defence as a training camp.

Orkney shop orders more Easter eggs than whole population

09 Apr 2024  |  thetimes.co.uk
Sinclair General Stores in Sanday, Orkney, accidentally ordered 720 Easter eggs, surpassing the island's population of about 500. Owner Dan Dafydd expressed embarrassment and is now raffling 100 eggs to benefit the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, with the staff finding the situation entertaining.

Comedy duo’s stoater of an addition to the dictionary

30 Mar 2024  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The Scottish word 'stoater', meaning something remarkable, has been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, thanks to the popularization by the comedy duo Francie and Josie, portrayed by Glasgow comics Rikki Fulton and Jack Milroy from the 1950s to the 1990s. The term, which also refers to an attractive woman, was frequently used in their stage act.

Edinburgh Christmas market 2023: opening times, tickets and what to expect

05 Dec 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
Edinburgh's Christmas markets, considered among the best in the UK, attracted over 2.5 million visitors to festive events in the city last year. The markets run for seven weeks and offer traditional food and drink, funfair rides, and outdoor events for the whole family. The East Princes Street Gardens market, located at the Mound and in George Street, is the most popular, providing views of Edinburgh Castle, the Scott Monument, and the city skyline. There are also smaller, more intimate markets in the city.

Drivers fined £960 each for breaking Glasgow’s Low Emission Zone for a fifth time

11 Nov 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Nearly 100 drivers have been fined £960 each for violating Glasgow's Low Emission Zone rules five times. The scheme, which aims to reduce pollution by penalizing older vehicles that do not meet clean-air standards, has seen a sharp increase in repeat offenders since its introduction in June. Fines escalate with each infraction within a month, and by September, the number of fifth-time offenders had risen to 89.

Kirsty Young’s advice to her teenage self — don’t be a good girl

02 Nov 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Kirsty Young reflects on her teenage years, advising her younger self to rebel more. She discusses her upbringing in East Kilbride, her career in broadcasting, and her departure from Desert Island Discs due to health issues. Young also recounts facing sexism early in her career and emphasizes the importance of self-identity beyond professional roles.

Homeless charity gives helping hand to drug addicts with £2m Dundee project

02 Nov 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
A £2 million village for recovering addicts will be built in Dundee by the charity Social Bite, replicating its successful Edinburgh model. The project will feature 15 eco-friendly houses and a community hub offering expert treatment, supported by We Are With You and The WM Sword Charitable Trust. The initiative aims to help residents find permanent accommodation and provide communal dining, gym facilities, and counseling rooms. Scotland recorded 1,051 drug-related deaths last year, the highest rate in Europe.

Edinburgh farmer fumes as 1,000 festivalgoers park in his field

07 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Willie Innes, a farmer on the outskirts of Edinburgh, discovered over 1,000 cars parked illegally in his field after the nearby Hermiston Park and Ride car park was filled during the final weekend of the Edinburgh festivals and a rugby match at Murrayfield. Innes was alerted to the situation by a neighbor and expressed his frustration over the incident.

MacGregor’s: more than a bar, it’s Scotland’s very best

05 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
MacGregor’s bar in Inverness won the best bar or pub award at VisitScotland’s Thistle Awards. Founded by Bruce MacGregor of Blazin’ Fiddles and BBC Radio Scotland’s Travelling Folk, the bar impressed judges with its pandemic adaptation, creating a virtual bar experience called Live at Five, which continues to broadcast globally via Facebook.

Storm whips up 85mph winds to cause travel chaos and school closures

04 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Severe weather conditions with winds reaching up to 85mph have caused significant travel disruptions and school closures across Scotland. Speed restrictions and safety inspections are in place on the transport network. All schools and nurseries in the Western Isles and several in the Highlands are closed. The Tay Road Bridge in Dundee faced partial closure due to strong gusts. Ferry services by Calmac have been canceled on multiple routes. The Met Office has issued yellow wind warnings for Scotland, northern England, and Northern Ireland, predicting worsening conditions and potential damage to buildings and power cuts.

How did a stolen car end up on an oil drum?

04 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
A stolen black Honda Civic was found perched on an oil drum in Annan, Dumfries and Galloway, puzzling residents and police. The vehicle was discovered on a roundabout outside Tesco early Wednesday morning. Police are seeking dashcam or CCTV footage to understand how the car ended up in such a position. Social media speculation includes theories involving a crane.

More strikes on the cards, unions warn Scottish schools

02 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Further strikes in Scottish schools are likely as Unison's Scottish secretary, Lilian Macer, deems the latest pay offer from employers inadequate. School support staff in 24 council areas are set to strike for three days, while GMB Scotland and Unite have paused their strikes to consider the offer. Macer calls for First Minister Humza Yousaf to engage in negotiations, following his appeal to suspend the strike action.

Slater Menswear launch new 'Made To Order' service to keep up soaring demand for suits

01 Oct 2023  |  www.glasgowlive.co.uk
Slater Menswear, a prominent Glasgow-based family business, has introduced a 'Made to Order' service to meet the rising demand for suits, driven by post-lockdown events. The service, initially available at their flagship Glasgow store, offers personalized fittings and customization options. Mark Slater and Declyn Cooper emphasize the importance of unique, high-quality suits in modern fashion. The company, founded in 1973, continues to evolve, maintaining its reputation for exceptional menswear.

Librarian finds Arthur Conan Doyle’s letter to Archibald Forbes

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Kate Lapping, a librarian and archivist at St Aloysius’s College, discovered an unknown letter between Arthur Conan Doyle and war correspondent Archibald Forbes while searching for a key to an old cupboard. The letter was found inside a first-edition copy of Doyle’s 'Exploits of Brigadier Gerard,' a collection of short stories originally published in the Strand Magazine.

Edinburgh council stops knocking New Town’s pink door

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
An Edinburgh resident, Miranda Dickson, resolved a dispute with city authorities over the color of her front door after being threatened with a fine. Initially painted pink, the door was repainted green and then off-white to meet the council's guidelines for preserving the character of the World Heritage Site in New Town.

VisitScotland to close all tourist information centres

Edinburgh Hogmanay 2023 guide: fireworks, street party and more

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2023 will feature a four-day programme marking the 30th anniversary of the event, including the famous street party. The festivities will start on December 29 and continue through January 1, 2024. The torchlight procession will return for the first time since 2019, starting at the Meadows and running through the Old Town.

Hidden Milan: the best spots to go for breakfast, lunch and dinner

29 Sep 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Milan is celebrated for its culinary delights, overshadowing its fashion reputation for the author. The Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, a historic shopping arcade, is highlighted for its blend of high street chains and luxury brands like Gucci and Chanel, as well as the renowned Marchesi 1824 pastry shop.

What’s new in food and drink in Scotland

08 Sep 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The Scottish National Whisky Festival is taking place at Aberdeen Music Hall, featuring whisky tastings from various distilleries, including Glasgow Distillery, Jura, Arran, and Bruichladdich. The event also includes experimental exhibitors like Cairns Whisky Liqueur and Highland Nectar Liqueur, with food provided by Chocolate Tree. The festival will continue in Edinburgh on December 9.

The best places to eat and drink in Scotland this week

01 Sep 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Glasgow’s Hug and Pint is transitioning from its Asian vegan menu to a new collaboration with Rafa’s Diner, offering vegan and vegetarian Mexican dishes. Woven has introduced a new whisky blend called Homemade, featuring a mix of single-grain and single-malt whiskies. The Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight begins, with notable events like SeaFest in Peterhead. Additionally, Ross Cunningham from Meldrum House hotel shares a cocktail recipe, Melina’s Scarlet Flower.

UCI Cycling World Championships 2023: key dates, races and more

03 Aug 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The UCI Cycling World Championships are being held for the first time in Scotland from August 3 to August 13, 2023. This inaugural event will feature over 8,000 elite and amateur cyclists from more than 120 countries competing in 13 World Championships over 11 days. The opening weekend will include events such as the Mountain Bike Downhill, Track, and Para-cycling Track.

Table Scraps: what to eat and drink in Scotland this week

02 Jun 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Der Berliner in Glasgow offers authentic German kebabs with premium meats and fresh ingredients, aiming to present a healthier version of the dish. Chaakoo Bombay Café is expanding to Edinburgh, featuring Mumbai-meets-Iran tapas-style plates with a variety of curries and sides. 1802@Hutchesons Hall introduces Granny Smith’s Martini, a modern appletini with calvados and green apple cordial.

Table Scraps: what to eat and drink in Scotland this week

19 May 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Porter & Rye, a Finnieston restaurant, has been included in a list of the world's 101 best steak restaurants, ranking at 55. It is the only Scottish and non-London UK restaurant on the list. The restaurant is praised for aging its cuts in-house and sourcing meat from local butcher John Gilmour, ensuring traceability and quality.

Loch Lomond island sale is ‘chance to buy a piece of Scottish heritage’

18 May 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
An island on Loch Lomond, historically linked to Robert the Bruce, is up for sale for over £995,000. Inchlonaig, the most northerly of the loch’s larger islands, spans 182 acres and features ancient woodland, including about 800 yew trees believed to have been planted by Robert the Bruce in the early 14th century.

Table scraps: what to eat and drink in Scotland this week

05 May 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
Social Bite's new Glasgow coffee shop, located by Buchanan Galleries on Sauchiehall Street, offers homemade bagels, toasties, and bakes, with all proceeds supporting its social charity arm to combat homelessness. The café provides training and employment for homeless people and features a 'pay it forward' system for the public to contribute meals or drinks to those in need. Additionally, a new small plates Italian restaurant has opened on Rose Street in Edinburgh.

Elusive former SNP chief Peter Murrell puts in an appearance

20 Apr 2023  |  thetimes.co.uk
Peter Murrell, former SNP chief executive and husband of Nicola Sturgeon, was seen for the first time since his arrest and subsequent release without charge. Humza Yousaf expressed intentions to appoint a new SNP treasurer following Colin Beattie's resignation, who was also arrested and released without charge. Alex Cole-Hamilton commented on the unappealing nature of the treasurer vacancy in Scottish politics.

Table scraps: what to eat and drink in Scotland this week

31 Mar 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The Edinburgh Seafood Festival is taking place at the Bonnie & Wild market in St James Quarter, offering fresh Scottish seafood, cooking demonstrations, and a pop-up oyster and champagne bar. Ka Pao is also presenting an exclusive festival menu inspired by a recent trip to Thailand.

When will the next SNP leader be announced and what do the polls say?

27 Mar 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The SNP leadership contest to succeed Nicola Sturgeon as first minister of Scotland is concluding today. The race has been marked by unusual acrimony and public division within the party. Humza Yousaf, the bookie’s favourite and self-described 'continuity candidate', has faced criticism from colleagues over his ministerial performance.

7 of the best events in Scotland this week

18 Feb 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
Two notable bar updates in Scotland this week. In Edinburgh, the Cocktail Mafia on Charlotte Lane, known for its quirky cocktails, now offers food from Delightfully Delicious, featuring American comfort food like cauliflower “wings” with Korean sauce, steak sandwiches, and fries with nacho cheese sauce. In Glasgow, The Absent Ear in Merchant City has received recognition.

Glasgow’s new monthly party — and 7 more things to do in Scotland

04 Feb 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Glasgow's rooftop bar Vega is launching a new monthly disco brunch party featuring a build-your-own-bellini station, a DJ set with rollerskating disco dancers, and a menu with items like steak and eggs on sourdough bread, and buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with harissa verde. The next event is scheduled for March 4, with prices starting from £35 per person, including snacks, brunch, two cocktails, and a half bottle of prosecco.

Scotland must fight to save its small independent restaurants

21 Jan 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Scotland's small independent restaurants are facing severe pressures, leading to the closure of popular establishments such as Julie's Kopitiam, Sinclairs, Silk Road Deli, and Superico. These closures are particularly poignant as they involve unique, award-winning venues, some of which have been recognized by the Michelin Guide and featured on television. The situation highlights the challenges faced by the food and drink industry in Scotland.

Litter charity calls for single-use vape ban in Scotland

14 Jan 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
A Scottish environmental charity, Keep Scotland Beautiful, has urged the Scottish government to ban single-use vapes to address a growing litter problem. With about 400,000 regular vapers in Scotland, many of whom use disposable vapes, the charity highlights the environmental impact despite official disposal advice. Barry Fisher, the charity's chief executive, emphasizes the urgency of the litter issue affecting communities across the country.

Festive treats in Leith — and 6 more things to do in Scotland this Christmas

17 Dec 2022  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Fingal, a luxury floating hotel in Leith's Alexandra Dock, offers a Festive Afternoon Tea featuring a mix of classic and unique treats, including smoked mackerel pâté with wasabi and buttermilk scones with strawberry and Champagne jam. The experience is available until January 1st. Additionally, Aeble offers organic cider for those interested.

The best food and cultural events in Scotland to book this December 2022

10 Dec 2022  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The Highland Weigh, a new sustainable, zero-waste social enterprise store, has opened in Nairn, Scotland, offering products that customers can take away in their own packaging. It features a veggie café with organic coffee from Green Bridge Organics and a selection of local cakes and bakes. Bru, a restaurant-bar, has opened on Dumbarton Road in Glasgow's West End, specializing in food and drinks.

A city bakery branches out — and 5 festive things to do in Scotland

26 Nov 2022  |  www.thetimes.com
Divino Enoteca, an Italian restaurant and wine bar in Edinburgh, has reopened after a significant renovation, featuring a self-serve wine dispenser and a festive menu. Rachel Morgan and Emily Cuddeford have opened their eighth Twelve Triangles bakery in Melrose, expanding their successful bakery chain.

The foodie far north — and Fife gets a taste of Le Gavroche

05 Nov 2022  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The northernmost section of the North Coast 500 in Scotland is hosting a series of food and drink events throughout November, including cooking demos and distillery tours in Sutherland and Caithness. Key events include Taste North in Wick and the Far North Spirits and Beer Festival. Participating businesses include Dunnet Bay Distillery, 8 Doors Distillery, and Carnegie Whisky Cellars. Visitors can also partake in the Taste North Challenge or shop for Christmas gifts from local producers like Caithness Chocolate and Clyth Charcuterie.

Dog bitten by snake in Highlands loses leg

06 May 2022  |  www.thetimes.com
A Yorkshire terrier named Junior had his leg amputated after being bitten by an adder while walking near the River Tummel in the Highlands with his owner, Lucy Gordon, and her other dogs. Initially unaware of the bite, Gordon noticed swelling and a large open wound the next day, leading her to take Junior to the Edinburgh Veterinary School for treatment.

Glasgow George Square cost of living protest to take place this weekend

01 Apr 2022  |  glasgowlive.co.uk
A protest against the rising cost of living is scheduled to take place at George Square in Glasgow, organized by the Scottish Trades Union Congress and People's Assembly. The rally is in response to the lifting of the energy cap, which could lead to a 54% increase in energy prices in Scotland, affecting an estimated 211,000 homes and raising energy costs by nearly £700 annually. The UK is also experiencing an 8% inflation rate and a rise in national insurance contributions. Leaders from the STUC, People's Assembly, and Scottish Pensioners Forum have criticized the UK Government for political choices that they say punish the poorest and fail to address inflation, energy market regulation, fuel poverty, and wage increases.

Children and teenagers will no longer be sent to young offender institutions in Scotland

31 Mar 2022  |  glasgowlive.co.uk
The Scottish Government has announced the cessation of placing 16 and 17-year-olds in young offender institutions as part of the delivery plan for The Promise, aimed at improving the care system in Scotland. The plan includes a national allowance for foster and kinship carers, a £200 grant for young adults with care experience, and a shift towards early intervention over crisis intervention. The Promise, published in 2020, has an implementation plan launched recently, with a commitment to fulfill its goals by 2030. The government is also considering a basic income pilot scheme similar to one in Wales for those leaving care. Scotland's chief inspector of prisons recently advocated for no one under 18 to be jailed, citing concerning survey results from HMP YOI Polmont.

New report finds Glasgow's links to Atlantic slave trade in statues, roads and buildings

30 Mar 2022  |  www.glasgowlive.co.uk
A report by Glasgow University's Dr Stephen Mullen has revealed significant connections between Glasgow and the Atlantic slave trade, identifying eight statues, 11 mansions and urban buildings, and 62 streets linked to individuals involved in slavery. The report, commissioned by Glasgow City Council, has prompted council leader Susan Aitken to assert that the city should apologize for its historical ties to slavery. The council, with councillor Graham Campbell's working group, will engage in public consultations to decide on future actions.

Face mask legal requirement will be eased in phases, FM confirms

30 Mar 2022  |  glasgowlive.co.uk
Nicola Sturgeon announced that the legal requirement to wear face masks in Scotland will be phased out, starting with places of worship and events like marriages and funerals from April 4, and extending to shops, other indoor settings, and public transport on April 18. The decision follows a decline in COVID-19 cases and the strain on the NHS, despite high hospitalization numbers. The public is still encouraged to wear masks in crowded indoor spaces, and additional booster vaccinations are being rolled out for vulnerable groups.

St. Enoch Centre to introduce 'quiet hours' and sensory maps for Autism Awareness Month

30 Mar 2022  |  www.glasgowlive.co.uk
Glasgow's St. Enoch Centre will reintroduce 'Quiet Times' and update sensory maps to support autistic individuals during Autism Awareness Month. The initiative, in collaboration with Scottish Autism, aims to create a more inclusive shopping environment by reducing sensory triggers and providing staff training. The centre has been working on various initiatives since 2018 to support autistic shoppers and visitors with sensory conditions.

Nicola Sturgeon to hold covid briefing tomorrow as hospitalisations reach record high

29 Mar 2022  |  Glasgow Live
Nicola Sturgeon is set to address the Scottish Parliament on March 30 regarding the COVID-19 situation, as Scotland experiences record-high hospitalizations. New statistics show 2,360 hospitalizations and 7,470 new cases. The briefing may review the decision to maintain face covering rules. Scottish Conservative Leader Douglas Ross criticizes the SNP's strategy, urging Sturgeon to lift restrictions and trust the public to manage their safety.

Domestic abuse survivor says Glasgow ex-cop dodging court is 'kick in the teeth'

28 Mar 2022  |  www.glasgowlive.co.uk
A domestic abuse survivor, Anne-Marie Hirdman, criticizes the justice system after her ex-boyfriend, former police constable Fraser Ross, was allowed to miss a court hearing despite being on trial for domestic abuse. Ross, who was found guilty of terrorizing Hirdman during their six-year relationship, avoided jail and was placed on a Community Payback Order. The Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service permitted Ross to miss the hearing to reduce footfall within the building, a decision Hirdman believes sends the wrong signal to both criminals and the public.

What it's like to live on Glasgow's canals - from the people who live and work on narrowboats

27 Mar 2022  |  www.glasgowlive.co.uk
The article explores the unique lifestyle of living on Glasgow's canals through the experiences of residents like Colin and Sarah Robertson and Sean McNamara. It highlights the historical significance of the Forth and Clyde Canal, its decline, and subsequent regeneration efforts funded by the National Lottery. The narrative delves into the challenges and benefits of narrowboat living, including space constraints, community support, and the impact of the pandemic. The piece also touches on the broader implications of canal regeneration for local communities and the importance of maintaining the canal infrastructure.

Shambolics release new music video featuring work from Glasgow photojournalist Brian Anderson

25 Mar 2022  |  www.glasgowlive.co.uk
Fife band Shambolics released a new music video for their single 'Losing Your Mind,' featuring evocative images by Glasgow photojournalist Brian Anderson. The song, produced by Chris Marshall, reflects on struggle and survival, with the video showcasing various scenes from Glasgow. The band is set for a UK tour, emphasizing the importance of live performances and crowd energy in their shows.

Govanhill Baths renovation sees stunning new roof light installed in the steamie

25 Mar 2022  |  www.glasgowlive.co.uk
Govanhill Baths has installed a stunning new roof light as part of ongoing renovations to restore the historic Edwardian bath house and its three swimming pools. The project, managed by the Govanhill Baths Building Preservation Trust and executed by Clark Contracts, marks significant progress in the community's long-standing efforts to preserve the baths. The new roof light has been praised for its clarity and aesthetic improvement over the previous polycarbonate light.

Police cordon off East Kilbride shop after man found injured in ongoing incident

25 Mar 2022  |  www.glasgowlive.co.uk
Police have cordoned off a shop in East Kilbride after a man was found injured outside. Emergency services responded to the incident near the Premier shop on Melbourne Avenue. Early reports suggest the man may have been harmed with a bladed weapon. The store owner confirmed that staff are safe but the shop remains closed, and online deliveries are paused. Police Scotland stated that the injured man has been taken to the hospital and investigations are ongoing.

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