Jemma McGuffie

A fourth year honours multimedia journalism student at Glasgow Caledonian University. Have written for The Herald and The Evening Times online. I have also covered hard and light news for local newspapers, such as The Clydebank Post, Barrhead News... As well as this I specialise in music & have a blog.

'I quit my job and sailed around the world'

I had spent my whole life doing what I thought I ought to do and I’ve spent the last four years actually doing what I wanted. There were tough times but the good days outnumbered the bad. I will never regret going as I’ve had the most fulfilling years of my life. In 2010, I was running my own consultancy firm in South Korea. I was under a lot of pressure. I had already had a stroke some years previously. Walking to the office one January morning in the driving snow, I decided I had had enough.

Britain's Got Talent star Bailey McConnell draws on school day blues to help song-writing career

BRITAIN’S Got Talent star Bailey McConnell was on top of the world when he made it to the semi-finals of the hit TV talent show last year but said that it wasn’t that long ago when he felt so low he didn’t want to go to school, reports Jemma McGuffie. The 16-year-old singer-songwriter battled with depression but said that he doesn’t want people to think that he is using his story to get publicity for his new song. “I got quite depressed and I got quite low to the point where I didn’t want to g

Food & Drink, Music, Top Ten Back-To-School Tips For 2015

IT’S that time of year again. The youngsters are back at school and you might have returned to work too. But don’t worry; we’ve compiled a trusty list of our top ten back-to-school tips for food and drink shopping and meal-planning that will give you a little less to worry about. Our top ten tips will not only help save you time but will also help stop you from breaking the bank. 1) Search to find out what supermarket is selling items on your shopping list at the cheapest p

Album review: Ropewalk, The View

IT has been three years since The View last released a studio album but their latest full-length compilation, Ropewalk was well worth the wait. The Dundee indie-rockers worked alongside The Strokes’ guitarist Albert Hammond Jr, Swedish-born engineer Gus Oberg and Vampire Weekend’s Justin Gerrish to produce an ensemble of post-punk-influenced sounds. The band who are said to be Scotland’s answer to The Libertines comprise of Lead singer Kyle Falconer, lead guitarist Pete Reilly, bassist and sin

Up and coming Glasgow blues band Harry and the Hendersons release new songs

HARRY and the Hendersons, not to be mistaken for the popular TV series of the same name are a seven-piece folk, blues and country group, who all hail from Glasgow, and have added two new tracks to their never-ending collection of Americana brilliance. The group, who formed in 2012, consists of vocalists; Stuart Neil, Harry Mulvenna and Vincent Deighan, bassist; Jack Richardson, keyboardist and piano player; Joss Kelly, drummer and percussionist; Gavin Lamont and guitarist and vocalist; Andrew N

Edinburgh alt-rockers Delta Mainline release new single Vultures

EDINBURGH alt-rock band Delta Mainline have released their new single Vultures. The seven piece who formed in Musselburgh, consist of vocalist brothers; David McLachlan and Shaun McLachlan, bassist; Gavin King, piano and organ player; Verity Blanchard, guitarists; William Walker and George Gunn, and percussionist and harmonica player; Greg Walker. Their new single will feature the Cairn String Quartet and also include two exclusive remixes from Glasgow producer Miaoux Miaoux and Remember Remem

Interview: Kyle Falconer from The View

Grace Jones is one of the most unforgettable women in pop but The View’s lead singer, Kyle Falconer can’t even remember if he met her or not. The Dundee rockers’ frontman, Kyle Falconer has admitted that he will “probably try to keep his hood up to avoid” Grace Jones when he supports her at Bellahouston Park at the end of August. The four-piece band who have all known each other since they were toddlers are set to support Paolo Nutini and the legendary singer, model and actress Grace Jones as

Chase the sun with the top 10 weather apps

Nothing can be more dispiriting than showcasing your short shorts and snazzy flip-flops in torrential showers and winds strong enough to blow your sunglasses off. And with some youngsters going back to school as early as next week it is even more important that you make the most of the rest of the holidays. Here's Jemma McGuffie's shortlist of ten of the best free apps for tracking sunny days in Scotland. A nice little app that tracked my exact location with an accurate temperature reading and

Review: Fatboy Slim, T in the Park warm-up show, Sub Club, Glasgow

Fatboy Slim's T in the Park warm-up gig at Sub Club sold-out not long after it was announced, reports Jemma McGuffie. The last time the superstar DJ and record producer, also known as Norman Cook, played T in the Park was in 1999, the same year he got married to TV and radio presenter Zoë Ball. Emerging from behind a door at around midnight, dressed in his typical Hawaiian shirt attire, the DJ looked in his element as he instantly observed his gig's high turn-out. Cook kicked off the raving e

Revealed: The hunter-gatherers who stopped at the Cairngorms in 8100BC

ARCHAEOLOGISTS have discovered that humans walked the land on a Scottish estate some 3,000 years earlier than previously thought. Experts carrying out excavations at Mar Lodge in Aberdeenshire have produced radiocarbon dates which show hunter-gatherers were at the area deep in the Cairngorms as far back as 8100BC. The work by teams from Aberdeen and Stirling universities, University College Dublin and the National Trust for Scotland suggests some places were revisited over many thousands of ye