It's the start of the September weekend here in Glasgow and for those lucky enough to have today and Monday off, there are plenty of events for all ages happening right across the city to keep you occupied over the weekend. The one that stands out for me though is the The Scottish Gin Fest because in 2017 if you don't like Gin there must be something wrong with you apparently as there's nothing hotter right now than Scottish Gin.
So I did that thing on Monday morning that so many people do. I woke up thinking “that's it, today is the day. The fight back starts now. I'm going on a monster diet to lose 17 stone in a day and nothing or no one is going to stop me this time.”We’ve all been there right? Especially after a particular mental few days when you've spent most of the weekend snogging the face off a poke of chips and cheese and there's not a pound of you hanging the right way.
RABBITS, Rabbits, Rabbits. That's what you're supposed to say on the 1st day of a brand new month to ensure good luck according to some of my extremely superstitious friends. Since today is the 1st September I'll give it a bash. Also, as it's September I'm thinking it's almost, sort of acceptable, to drop the C word in this column? No not Cowell, although I know the new series of X Factor is just around the corner, but…….Christmas of course!
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