Pucker up Glasgow - you can now buy Buckfast lip balm in time for Christmas

Not since Greggs released a steak bake flavoured balm has there been this much excitement among amorous Glaswegians.

By Gregor Kyle


A kiss beneath the mistletoe will be just the tonic this year as a new Buckfast flavoured lip balm goes on sale in Glasgow just in time for Christmas.

Local artist and designer, Lisa from Gie it Laldy, has teamed up with another Glasgow company, Bampot Lips, to create a lip balm tinged with a taste of the infamous 'Wreck the hoose juice'.

Bampot Lips make their balms using natural ingredients and Lisa, the artist behind a range of Glaswegian-influenced gifts and mugs, said of the collaboration: "We have passed our safety assessment and are pure burstin' tae launch this next week. Pucker up pals."

Needless to say, the news has gone down a storm. Not since Greggs released a steak bake flavoured balm has there been this much excitement among amorous Glaswegians.

All we need now is an aftershave that smells like freshly cooked chippy chips and we'd all be irresistible.




Scottish designer creates mug inspired by MP Mhairi Black's 'you talk s***e hen' blast

Black's colourful response to MP Caroline Nokes during a parliamentary session was caught on camera - and one quick-thinking designer is cashing in.

A Scots designer has made sure SNP MP Mhairi Black's housing benefit blast won't be forgotten - by putting the infamous response on a mug.

The 22-year-old Paisley and Renfrewshire politician was caught on camera criticising the proposed withdrawal of housing benefits for 18-21 year-olds.

During a parliamentary session last Tuesday, Black, who is the youngest member of the House of Commons, asked Tory MP Caroline Nokes whether she " would agree that it is simply ridiculous that young people should suffer purely because this government is obsessed with imposing austerity."

Not satisfied with her answer, she appeared to mouth "you talk s***e, hen" - a move that caused a storm on social media.

Advertising the product on social media, Lisa Donati said: "Customer, "Any chance of a Westminster inspired mug?", Us, "nae problem doll". Mhairi Black yer summit else hen."

It can be picked up from her website for £9.95.

Twitter users have been quick to praise the idea, asking where they can buy a mug for themselves.

Yer da' sells Avon, meet Lisa Donati -

the Glasgow artist behind those infamous mugs


Does your pal's da' sell the Avon? Maybe he teaches Zumba or his maw's got baws. Glaswegian artist Lisa has the perfect gift for them.
 There's no arguing that Glasgow has the best patter. Not banter. Never banter. But when it comes to a great turn of phrase, there's nowhere else in Scotland that can touch us.
Recognising the top quality patter, a Glasgow artist has produced a range of mugs, cards and gifts that show off some of the best lines, digs and comebacks Glasgow has to offer, while celebrating modern Scottish life and culture.
Lisa Donati graduated in Interior Design from Glasgow School of Art, but has now turned her creative talents to capturing some of the more choice phrases that we hear in and around the city.
Lisa said: "The early collections were inspired by my late Grandmother, a huge influence in my life and well versed in Glaswegian patter. Her typically dry humour together with her affections steered not only the collection but my general outlook on life. It would reasonable to say she wasn’t impressed with pretensions but wore her big heart on her elegant sleeves.
"More recently, however, our work and designs are greatly motivated by our on-going dialogue and shared experiences with our customers."
So far, the response to Lisa's work has been gallus, with mugs flying out the door and new designs being added to the line all the time.
Lisa said: "The patter’s been roastin’ and the retorts worthy of a whole collection in their own right. Today’s patter for example, was a customer purchasing from a selection of patches, he opted for ‘Sh*tebag’ and ‘Nae Pals’ , he said it was just the designs he liked and not a description of him, but I'll just have to take his word for it."
For Lisa, it's the abrasive wit and creativity in even the most innocuous of expressions that really make Glasgow unique in the patter stakes.
She said: "There's a lot to be said in our self-deprecating and unique ability to see humour in adversity. Where else in the world can you deliver insults so endearingly. Know what I mean F*nnybaws?"
Lisa is always working on new designs and runs regular pop-ups in Glasgow's West End.
She said: " Every other day, another phrase or slagging pops into my head as a potential new idea and there’s always designs in the pipeline. I’m just tweaking the designs of our new collections which will launch at Scotland’s Trade show at the SECC in January. We had our first pop-up shop recently in Stupart the Barbers, which is next door to our studio and we’re holding another few in the lead up to Christmas."


It’s World Unique Talent Day, so we’ve pulled together some of the most uniquely talented Glaswegians (and those who live nearby), to showcase the best of Glasgow. Who’ve we missed let us know below…



Image courtesy of Nerdist.com


We absolutely love Lauren Mayberry, Iain Cook and Martin Doherty aka ChVrches, a spectacular sound unlike almost anything else in the X Factor infected charts at the moment. More than just paying homage to 80’s synth, ChVrches are tearing across the globe with their infectious blend of pop, rock, synth, dance music.

Fantastic live and absolutely no sign of a dreaded Transatlantic “Sheena Easton” accent. (Ask your mum and dad.)

Iain Connell and Rab Florence


Image courtesy of BBC.com

The Burnistoun boys, two genuinely funny guys who just happen to be pretty damn talented at making award winning comedy shows, cutting their teeth as writers on Chewin The Fat. The two Glaswegian born comedians are responsible for creating such belter characters as “The Quality Polis”, “The Burnistoun Butcher”, “Paul and Walter, The Ice Cream Van Drivers”, “Jolly Boy John” and so, so much, manic more.

Altogether…”I’m Jolly Boy John, and this is for real.” Brilliant.

George Bowie


Image courtesy of Stereofunk & GBX (George Bowie)

Right, we know he’s from “near” Glasgow (Greenock) but “Georgie Boy”, The GBX maestro himself has been the soundtrack to every Glaswegian youngster’s adolescence since Adam and Eve fired him up on the first Saturday night in the Garden of Eden. Be honest, everybody from the age of 60 backwards still pumps on Clyde 1 before the “big Saturday night out”.

It would be impossible to calculate how many teenage pregnancies his remix of Discoland has produced during his tenure.

The Mad Chef


Image courtesy of STVGlasgow.co.uk

Bloc’s legendary Mad Chef. Basically Glasgow’s version of Heston Blumenthal, responsible for claiming back Buckfast as more than just liquid jail time. Thanks to his Buckfast ice cream. The Mad Chef also created the best pork dish ever in Irn Bru pulled pork. Danny McLaren is a true Glaswegian maverick.

Lorraine Kelly


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Lorraine “her aff the telly” Kelly, originally from East Kilbride, which is basically Glasgow if you get on the wrong bus. Easing us through midweek hangovers since 1988. An absolute brilliant career that has seen her reach the top of the morning television tree and remained there.

If anybody has anything mean to say about her, they are immediately banished from Glasgow and any surrounding areas. The kind of voice that you enjoy waking up to.

Andy Murray


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Right before you start shouting and waving your hands like the guy in the pub who nobody listens to, Andy Murray was born in Glasgow, therefore he is a Glaswegian. Argument over.

Where to begin? No.1 tennis player in the world, double Wimbledon winner (suck it up Tim Henman), 44 career titles, Davis Cup winner and probably the only person in the world who managed to prise a smile from Ivan Lendl’s face.

He’s also angry, moody, dour-faced (especially when he’s winning) an absolute tank who could almost certainly take you in a fight and his maw is also terrifying. Now tell us that doesn’t sound like someone from Glasgow.

James McAvoy


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Hollywood hero, A-list actor, Golden Globe nominated and Young Charles “X-Men” Xavier. All done whilst managing to hold onto his Glaswegian accent (looking at you Gerard Butler), James McAvoy, born and raised in Drumchapel, is like the mate who was “brand new” to everybody and you really don’t mind that he’s doing well.

Almost certainly would get the first round of tequila in the pub. We’ll not beat about the bush James, Glasgow is proud of you.

Lisa Donati


Image Courtesy of Lisa Donati

A Glasgow girl born and bred, Lisa Donati is responsible for putting the patois in Glasgow patter. Setting up her own design company in 2011. Selling contemporary T-Shirts, Magnets, Cufflinks and pretty much everything else you could print a little bit of patter on. Lisa is a Glaswegian girl going places.

Brian Sweeney


Image Courtesy of Brian Sweeney Photography

One of the world’s premier photographers. Brian Sweeney, with a career spanning two decades Brian has photographed pretty much every famous person you can think of. Idris Elba…check. Natalie Portman…check. The Libertines…check. You get the point. He’s photographed stills for huge feature films, Channel 4 etc. More importantly, Brian was one of the leading photographers for the burgeoning Acid House scene in Scotland.

Described as the photographer equivalent of legendary journalist Hunter S Thompson.

Peter Mullan


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A true Glaswegian great. The actors actor, an intensity that draws your eyes to the screen and never lets you go. Actor, Writer, Director of NEDS. Peter has worked with Steven Spielberg, starred in Shallow Grave, Trainspotting, Harry Potter, Braveheart, Hercules (with The Rock), Sunshine on Leith and the absolute classic TV mini-series The Fear (about the retired gangster who develops Alzheimer’s).

One of the finest actors Glasgow has ever produced.

Yer Wee Maw


Image Courtesy of ScottishMum.com

Aye we said it. Yer wee maw is a Glaswegian with a unique talent, for continuously putting up with your sh*** over the years, she wiped your arse, blew your nose, and cleaned your sheets without question or hesitation. Nothing quite beats a Wee Glasgow Maw. And you know if you gie her any cheek she’ll still put you over her knee and skelp your arse.

The only person a Glaswegian grows up to fear is their wee maw.

Jimmy Somerville


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Glasgow born and bred, Jimmy Somerville ran away to London at 17 to seek fame and fortune, and against all odds, actually achieved it. Sitting comfortably in the Synth Pop genre. Somerville went from squatting in someone’s loft to becoming a fully fledged pop star with Bronski Beats and following that The Communards. Enjoying success as the top selling song of 1986, with “Don’t Leave Me This Way”.

Still creating and releasing music to this day. Jimmy Somerville is certainly a unique Glaswegian talent.

John MacKay


Image Courtesy of STV.co.uk

The Scottish journalistic superstar himself, pretty much one of the most trusted faces on Scottish television. His unmistakably soothing yet intuitive tones have enraptured Scottish news audiences for more than 20 years. A consummate professional, in his 20 years service there has never been a stitch of controversy about Mr MacKay.

In a world where every journalist craves to be the story. John upholds his journalistic integrity and stands head and shoulders above all others. Teatime news wouldn’t be the same without him. (N.B he’s also a respected author and current affairs presenter.)

Harri and Domenic


Image Courtesy of SubClub.co.uk

Glasgow’s DJ superstars. Harri and Domenic have the longest running DJ residency in the world. Subculture at Sub Club. Rather than playing “old favourites” Harri and Domenic are at the forefront of the bustling Glasgow dance scene. Over the past 22+ years, the residents have hosted the cream of international House DJs and have a reputation as one of the best and most credible House nights in the world. Subculture has thrived where so many house clubs have flagged because the night has always embraced and sought out the most innovative and culturally relevant electronic music – regardless of fickle fashions or commercial pressures.

Pete Tong loves them, yer Ma and Da loves them, Radio 1 loves them and thanks to their blinding weekly residency, Sub Club is considered and respected as one of the greatest clubs in the entire world. Harri & Domenic, we salute you!



Kevin Bridges


The most quotable comedian in British comedy, the first Scottish comedian to break down comedy barriers worldwide since The Big Yin. A side-splittingly funny Glaswegian. Kevin started off doing the comedy rounds like The Stand before hitting the big time on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, his success since then has been nothing short of stratospheric.

Put it like this, his 2015 record breaking tour sold nearly 400,000 tickets alone. A genuine Scottish comedy superstar. And completely down to earth. A true Glasgow hero.

There you have it Glasgow, what are your thoughts on our list? Who’ve we missed out, have a rant below?

Notable mentions Paolo Nutini (Sorry Paolo, we would have had to include Gerard Butler as well), The Big Yin, Jerry Sadowitz oh and Wee Davey who can tan a bottle of wine in 7 seconds deserves a mention.


                                                    NOW BUY THE MUG

                                    By Gillian Loney,  Friday 15 July 2016

A piece of Glasgow graffiti aimed squarely at the foreign secretary made headlines yesterday - and now you can take the message home with you

Been there, seen it, had a laugh and bought the t-shirt … or should that be mug?

Glasgow let out a collective laugh yesterday as one Partick dweller made their feelings known about Boris Johnson taking up the post of foreign secretary.

As said yesterday, we wouldn't dream of condoning graffiti. But given that the majority of Glasgow voted against Brexit, the appointment of the gaff-prone politician was perhaps seen as a further insult - and we Glaswegians aren’t shy about making our feelings known.

Choice language or not, if you were a fan of yesterday’s outcry then we might have just the thing for you.

Scottish gifts company Lisa Donati specialises in slightly cheeky homewares, using Glasgow-tastic slogans like Buckfast at Tiffanys and Haud yer wheesht!

Quick off the mark, Lisa is now making mugs emblazoned with 'Boris Johnson is a pure f**** - all credit to the Partick scrawler.







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