it's all about YOU - time to explore, in your own terms. Grab the best VIP options for you, have your say and have your own page about your favourite place...
VIP Buzz - let's get some focus? I'm really only interested in that great knicker shop on Byres Road and the deli beside work. Great! You need our VIP Buzz - click the button and that's all you'll ever hear about - the latest buzz on ONLY those places. Cool, huh?
VIP Classic - we all have our "leather folio" moments? Someone else I trust sifts through the influx of new stuff and passes me just the carefully-chosen highlights. You need VIP Classic - click the button and your VIP digest will wing its way into your inbox once a month or so.
have your say! - go to the polls - I had the best experience at every place I pop up here - hope you do too. But things can change. Either way, speak out - click on our simple-as-1-2-3 polls and rate them.
have your say! - the Awards 2008/09 - that good? - that bad? If you feel so strongly that a place should be on our roll of honour each year then vote with your feet (OK, mouse button). Couple of clicks is all it takes to nominate your favourites.
have your own page! - introducing my-page - the easiest way ever to grab your own corner of the web. Fan pages... stories... photo shows... whatever takes your fancy. Share your passions with family, friends... the world!
fact files - All of this buzz is all very well, but sometimes I just want the hard facts. So they're all here... all in one place... tucked away on the right of every page...
location, location, location - see at-a-glance which area of Glasgow this treasure is found - plus full address [including post code for all the "Tom-Tom" (satnav) club]... nearest cross street (to help you pin down places on l-o-o-o-o-n-g streets)... and pin it onto a Google Map to plan your route...
getting there - looking for the nearest car park? We've got that covered. What about underground and rail stations? Yup, got that too. (And with walking distances too).
contact - options, options!...
phone, web and email - take your pick, all here...
when is it open? - a-ha! A handy one this, before you rush off on a wasted trip. Some places keep funny old times. And none of that "twist-and-turn" nonsense we have to endure in guide books (to save them print space. [Tue-Wed 9-5; Thu and Sun 10-1, 5-9; Sat 9-4; Mon closed] Eh!?... Just a simple table, day-by-day and at-a-glance
Just one magical thing separates my personal site from my work though - and it's a very important one. Here at Top Secret Glasgow, "it's all good" is our motto.
So, I will not be entertaining the grumps and groans of consumer life. I can't be bothered to be honest, as I spend all day reporting the bad stuff to my clients.
So, my only magic "rule" for this space is that it will focus on the best that Glasgow has to offer.
We are all different, of course, so if a place is "not your thing" I'm sure you'll understand that it might be someone else's.
I will all want to hear if a great place seems to have slipped a bit.
I will all want to know if some disaster has struck in a previously top place.
That's where our top secret spies come in. Join in at any time...
But I will not want to endure some slagging match based on strong personal taste.
Please let's agree to let people do their thang, move on and celebrate the places that flip your switch instead. OK?
I'm putting everything I can into making Top Secret Glasgow a place where you can have your say (be nice now!) and take part.
A special space to share your own stories on the places and things that catch our eye.
Just a very few examples for now:
come undercover with me as a top secret spy - spotted a cool new place?... a sudden closure?... any change to the Glasgow scene? Great - spill!
close your eyes - make a wish - a burning desire?... a must-have... even just a hankering?... drop your penny in our wishing well - "Wee Jeannie" is waiting to grant yours...
you don't have to be voting-in a new US president to go to the polls - I have plenty of them here - one for every funky place I feature to be exact - look for the "your say" quick-jump links at the top of a page
and while you're in pollster mood, I've kicked off the Top Secret Awards 08/09 - so if you "feel the pash" for a favourite Glasgow place be sure to put a tick in its box by clicking the "get your vote in NOW" link
maybe best of all, my-page is the easiest way ever to grab your own wee corner of the world wide web. Jot a few words in a couple of boxes and hit a button - your shiny new web page is ready to share with friends and family. Go grab one today...
And all sorts of fun new ways to serve-up your love of Glasgow are in the pipeline - so keep tabs on what's coming soon.
This is no ordinary city guide to Glasgow - or I will eat my trilby hat!
So, what else makes Top Secret Glasgow so different?
Lots! Just a few snippets to whet your appetite...
Every little nook and cranny of Top Secret Glasgow will offer you the option to get into my "top secret file" for that topic.
I'll slip you the special hidden page and its password... and you're in!
And I'll also drop you little notes every time I add something new to that top secret file.
So, if you love gift shopping, Italian food, or knocking back fizz & cocktails of an evening (ahem, just randomly selected, you understand!), you'll be able to hear all the latest gems on just that tiny little passion,
without all the fluff of a mega-general newsletter that is full of things that don't press your hot button or float your boat.
Lots of pages on Top Secret Glasgow let you grab a place on these special VIP "fan" lists.
And there are plenty of other ways to get "inside" Top Secret Glasgow. If you see a poll or a chance to vote, chances are a little secret something will pop into your lap.
Or if you share a story with other visitors, another little treat might be offered. The fun is in the chase... happy hunting!
Do you enjoy the finer things in life? Me too! Then you are destined to be a Top Secret VIP...
Hit the 'VIP me!' button to grab your place on the VIP Classic list now:
The creme-de-la-creme of each month's buzz on Top Secret Glasgow is whooshed straight to your in-box once a month.
You have your very own VIP magazine, Top Secret's 'Confidential', to browse through each month.
And as you whiz around Top Secret Glasgow, remember that all of your little personal interests likely offer our VIP Buzz service too. Just the latest and greatest news and occasional offers about a special shop or a favourite restaurant. Click the button to get on the inside.
And you can opt-in to enjoy a couple of "first-to-hear" bonus privileges too:
For all of the new secrets I reveal each day, I'll send you a special VIP round-up for all of the daily buzz on Top Secret Glasgow.
VIP bonus 1 - 'New Secrets for VIPs'
A special daily digest just for VIPs, with only the brand new Top Secret Buzz pages served up in one simple place.
And not just new Buzz pages I created for you - get the first nod on all visitors who created their own my-pages too.
For each new Buzz page, I'll tempt you with just a brief snippet (no wading through each whole page)... just like Papa Google serves up! Just scan quickly down the digest and only click on those new Buzz pages that really interest you...
Emailed overnight, it's there waiting for you to browse with your coffee and breakfast muffins. It's your one-click access to the juiciest morsels...
If either of these extra-buzz options sounds like your kind of thing, it's easy to sign-up from a special link in your VIP welcome email or each edition of your VIP Classic ezine, 'Confidential'. Grab your VIP Classic spot first below.
And if that's just too much for you, no need to sign-up to these bonuses - you'll still get the monthly VIP Classic ezine, 'Confidential'.
Hit the 'VIP me!' button now to grab your place on the VIP Classic list...