I absolutely adore the month of August. I love how the roads playfully tease you for the first two weeks of the month, giving you false hope and convincing you that you can get in your car and hit the M8 motorway any old time of the day that takes your fancy. There's the hope of no queues and your driving experience will be nothing but a pleasure, only to then suddenly shout “Gotcha” at you when the schools go back halfway through the month. You suddenly find yourself stuck in four hours worth of traffic for a 13 mile drive from Shawlands to Garrowhill at 5pm at night.

I also love how August gives me the opportunity to dust off my favourite wellies because I'll average being soaked to the skin around three times a day while through in Edinburgh for the Fringe due to random flash flooding which will result in me sporting a hair do like Chaka Khan circa 1982. Oh if you don't laugh you’ll cry.

One shining light in this month of madness however is that this weekend something really exciting is happening in Glasgow. Celebrating its 70th year, the World Pipe Band Championships are a prestigious international competition that has a long-standing association with Glasgow.

It attracts thousands of visitors and competitors to the city from across the globe as 200 bands converge on the Green annually to compete for the coveted title of World Pipe Band Champions. The event celebrates Scottish culture and heritage, and includes Highland Dancing and the Glasgow World Highland Games Championships. The colourful and friendly atmosphere of the event makes it a great outing for anyone, whether or not they are piping fans, and The Worlds, as it's affectionately known, attracts a local audience including lots of families as well as loyal attendance annually from piping and drumming enthusiasts.

Tickets for the event and full information will be available via www.theworlds.co.uk with discounts on some tickets for people buying in advance. You can also buy tickets by calling 0141 353 8000 and in person at the Royal Concert Hall box office.

St Margaret of Scotland Hospice have announced the return of their extremely popular 5K Midnight Walk this year to raise much needed funds for their wonderful facility based out in Clydebank. I've been so lucky to have visited the hospice myself and seen first hand the incredible work that goes on there and the difference it makes to so many families during one of the most difficult times in their lives.

The hospice simply couldn't survive though without constant fundraising and support as they face the challenge of raising hundreds of thousands of pounds every week just to maintain this most vital support service. The Midnight Walk is your chance to get a group of your friends and family together and raise much needed funds for this most worthwhile cause.

The walk will begin and finish at Great Western Retail Park, following the route along Great Western Road to Kilbowie Roundabout and returning to the finishing line.

All entrants will receive a t-shirt, medal and certificate of achievement at the end plus there will be a BBQ and hot drinks served so if that's not incentive alone I don't know what is. To top it all off, The Hospice are going to attempt to beat the Guinness World Record for the most people participating in the Slosh at a single venue on the night so get practicing that fancy footwork if you want to be a world record breaker. For more information on how you can sign up just log onto www.smh.org.uk/walk

As the Edinburgh Festival is now in full swing I thought I'd give you my top Fringe pick to check out if you're coming through to the Capital. Devlin's Daily is a chat show at Le Monde Hotel on George Street and trust me there really isn't anything not to utterly adore about this show. It's set in the most beautiful venue and Bruce Devlin is undoubtedly one of the country's most talented comedians and his interviews are just a joy to watch. This is a chat show where you get 4 Edinburgh Fringe acts for the price of one and you get to watch a master at work in Devlin's Daily. It's on everyday at 3pm and it's a great way to start your day at the festival.