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Beyonce took to the MTV Video Music Awards stage last night flawlessly performing Love On Top. One of my favourite songs off her new album 4, with a very old school feel to it.

She performed a short time after revealing on the red carpet that she was pregnant with her first child with Jay-Z. After her performance, she unbuttons her jacket rubbing her pregnant belly with screams from the crowd and Jay-Z smiling, clapping and jumping around with Kanye West.

So cute. That’s gonna be one hot talented baby!

A former Artist in Residence at the world renowned Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Connecticut, is hosting a premier solo show at the Offshore Gallery in Glasgow’s West-End.The gallery will display a compilation of the ink work, illustrations, and drawings by Newton Mearns artist Craig McIntosh at the end of August.

It is an exhibition of the work created and inspired from 80 days McIntosh spent isolated in a log cabin, deep in the wilderness of New England at the peak of winter during his residency in the US. McIntosh said:

My illustrations, drawings and prints come together in a very organic fashion. I don’t set out to produce art about one subject or another. I simply start with a line or shape my work evolves as I create it in to subjects, objects and patterns. I am constantly drawing I love to sketch on abandoned pieces of paper like envelopes, old news print and cheep printer paper, some how the more worthless the paper the easier it is to explore the marks and lines that are made on them developing them into more intricate and detailed drawings.

McIntosh has produced work for Eoin McGoniga (on the board of directors at the Irish Institute of Modern Art), Helen Collins on the board of the Skibbereen Art Centre, and is a graduate from the Duncan of Jordanstone Art School in Dundee. He is originally from the Southside of Glasgow, and has displayed his artwork across Europe and North America for the past three years.

This free exhibition is at Offshore Gallery, 3-5 Gibson Street, G12 8NU, on 26 August – 9 September 2011. There’ll be a display of McIntosh’s art and, of course, the customary complimentary booze for all attending.

McIntosh’s work will be on sale throughout the exhibition, with prices ranging between £30 for small prints and up to £500 for larger works, inclusive of framing.

When I was a younger, I had a 3D Architecture program that I used to play with on my computer. I used to envision creating my own house, designing the interiors & fitting it out with my favourite colours & furniture. I used to decide where I wanted the light and power sockets to do, how big I wanted the rooms, where furniture would be placed & what colour the walls were. This was my dream plan as a little girl.

Nowadays, I’m more realistic and realise that I’d probably never get to build my own house from scratch, but eventually I shall be able to own my own place & make it mine by interior design. I love watching Grand Designs, Restoration Man, Extreme Makeover Home Edition & The Home Show.

When my parents bought my grandfathers house shortly after his death, we got an extension. My dad created a drawing on how he wanted the extension, how many rooms, what walls to pull down & I loved the fact that my parents could do that. When it came to my bedroom, I have control about where I wanted power sockets, heaters, my walk-in wardrobe and doors. I remember that I was unhappy about where the doors were doing to be aligned to enter my walk-in wardrobe and demanded they were changed, not sure the builders were happy at the fact they had to move them, but after all, my parents were paying for it to be built how we wanted it. End result? I love it. I have also come to the conclusion that I like perfectly aligned lines, maybe I have an OCD?

Then Google Sketchup was created & I’ve become obsessed again with drawing & creating my own place. Maybe it’s my mind telling me that I’m now 29 & it’s about time I get my own place? Sadly, that won’t happen anytime soon unless I win the lottery LOL

I’ve started looking at websites thinking “oh I’d love those corner sofas in my living room”, “I wish my kitchen was like that” or “I love that entire bedroom layout”. So much so that I now have plans in my head to re-design my bedroom.

My bedroom is still pretty much a blank canvas, it has pine wooden flooring, white doors, light blue walls & that is it. I haven’t properly designed it & keep looking at TV Shows along with design websites for inspiration on how I want my bedroom to eventually look with accessories.

The result is this photograph. I’m in love with everything in this bedroom (except the light!).

If I did have my own place & had full control over the entire design, then the following photographs are how I’d potentially style it. Big comfy corner sofas, light colours, cushions, art work, lots of light & most of all, coziness.

In June last year, these lonely heart cards kept popping up every now & then at the bus stop near my house. Every few months, they re-appear, only to vanish again a few days later. I’m not 100% sure if they are fake or if is a real life guy actually looking for love & has no other way to find a woman than to advertise himself & his erm… wacky personality at the local bus stop. I keep trying to imagine what he looks like. So far, my imagination is envisioning a short, fat guy with a fluffy jumper collection, who irons EVERYTHING, has beer bottle glasses & bad body odour 😛

I have to say that it’s hilarious reading them while waiting for my bus into the city & often wonder if anyone actually messages him. Reading them kind of makes me think he’s your classic loner serial killer though, so I’m not too sure he’s been lucky with the ladies. Saying that, he is handy with a tea towel & does seem to love washing up LOL 😀

Know anyone who we could hook him up with? Let’s make love happen! <3

I love Indian food, a lot. Growing up as a kid in Asia & the Middle East has made me a food snob when it comes to Chinese & Indian cuisine. I came across this recipe a while ago & have made it numerous times since. It has since become one of my favourites to make. Not only is it super quick to make, it’s easily adaptable in the sense that you can use Chicken or Prawns while making it & it’s amazingly tasty! The recipe below is my adapted version of the original by The Hairy Bikers.

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Ingredients:
1 onion, peeled and roughly chopped
1-2 red chillies, chopped (you can remove the seeds if you want, but I love them)
2 garlic cloves
4cm piece fresh ginger, peeled
2 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp methi/fenugreek powder
1 tbsp water
½ tsp ground turmeric
500g chicken breasts
200ml coconut milk
1 lime, juice only

Method:
1. Blend the onion, chilli, garlic and ginger to a paste in a food processor.

2. Heat the sunflower oil in a frying pan over a medium heat, mustard seeds and fenugreek powder and fry for 20-30 seconds, or until fragrant. Add the onion, chilli and garlic paste and fry for 1-2 minutes.

3. Add the chicken breast and cook for 5-6 minutes until cooked. Add the water, turmeric and cook for another few minutes. Add the coconut milk and season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

4. Bring the mixture to a simmer for 1-2 minutes, or until the coconut has warmed through and the chicken fully cooked. Squeeze the lime juice on top, serve with some basmati rice & sprinkle some chopped coriander on top.