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Edinburgh Packed with Great Ideas, Inspiration and Information for over 55s living in and around Edinburgh. May/June 2012 - Issue 8

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In this issue

Contents Making Friends, Helping People This is the Oddfellows motto and they have a new programme of social events in and around Edinburgh this summer. The Edinburgh group enjoy taking part in a lively and diverse programme of events and trips to suit all pockets and tastes. Everybody is welcome at Oddfellows social events, even if you are not a member. Whether you want to meet new friends, take advantage of a wide range of benefits or simply have fun, the Oddfellows has something for you. If you’d like to find out more, please contact Amanda Fraser on 07729 563538 or email: amanda.fraser@ See p23 for details on their events.

Get a Free Will in May & June! ...if you make a donation to St. Columbas Hospice, Edinburgh. Please call McClure Solicitors on 0131 602 7002 for more information.

Volunteer Family Befrienders Wanted

Gardening Scotland Show, 1-3 June

Do you enjoy being with kids? Could you be a listening ear for children or parents who are struggling a bit with family life? Homelink Family Support are looking for volunteer befrienders who will visit families in their own homes for about 2 hours a week in South Edinburgh or Midlothian. All volunteers are offered an enjoyable and informative training course over three days–the next one is in May 2012.

Did you know Edinburgh has a SOLLA certified financial advisor. Stephen Whitby is accredited by the Society of Later Life Advisors and can help with everything from Care Fees advice to pension planning. He is also FSA registered. Call Stephen for a no obligation consultation on 0131 553 4466 or 07909 900 966 or email

Bluebird Care Bluebird Care (Edinburgh) has been nominated as Provider of the Year at the forthcoming Scottish Care Awards in Glasgow. Jane Perry said “This would be a tremendous accolade and fantastic recognition of the dedication and hard work of not only our management and administration teams but also our care staff who are out there in the field ensuring everyone receives excellent standards of care enabling people to remain in their own homes”. 0131 258 5005

The practical and emotional support offered to families may include joining the family on outings in the community, lending a helping hand, playing with the kids, offering parenting skills support, building the self confidence of a parent, and much more! As a befriender you will be supported by our experienced staff. Travel costs and expenses are paid. For more information please visit Or call Jane Ellis the Volunteering officer on 0131 661 0890

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Welcome & Local News A Creative Use of Time - Voluntary Arts Me and My Edinburgh - Meet Bridget Stevens, Deputy Lieutenant Home, Leisure & Garden - Gift Shop & Competition Restaurant Review - Kanpai Traditional Japanese Cooking Travel Pages - Travel Club Suggestions - Kippen Inn Review Health & Wellbeing Legal Pages Personal Finance Motoring - Suzuki Swift Sport Readers Feedback Independence Referendum Letters What’s on this Summer?

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Voluntary Arts

Creative Use of Time by Janice Laxton


etter physical and mental health, fewer medications, higher morale, more socially active – growing evidence links all these benefits with older people’s involvement in voluntary arts activities. The opportunity to use our creative skills and interact with others – whether it be through taking part in arts and crafts classes, creative writing or reading groups, dance classes or musical groups – means that, not only are voluntary arts activities good for us, they are great fun, too! Retirement is an ideal time to think about picking up a longstanding interest again, or taking up a completely new one. The challenge of learning a new language, for example, can be not only intellectually satisfying, but lead to new interests still – such as travelling off the beaten track! From embroidery to lapidary, amateur dramatics to community choirs, board games to clog dancing, the list is endless – with something for everyone! But where to find a local group? You can look in your local library and community centre, shop windows and cafes – not forgetting the Internet. If you can’t find the group you want, Voluntary Arts Scotland ( will help – or

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Me & My Edinburgh

Favourite local shop? Falko the German baker, also in Bruntsfield.

Every issue 55Life chats with a local resident about their life and their city. This issue 55Life talked to Bridget Stevens, Merchiston resident for 18 years.


ince taking early retirement from her post as Director of International Summer Schools at the Office for Lifelong Learning, Edinburgh University, ten years ago, Bridget Stevens has been actively involved in supporting her local and wider community in a broad range of voluntary roles. As Chair of Merchiston Community Council for nine years, she successfully represented the views of local people in a series of issues from planning to the environment to policing. Bridget is also an accredited audio describer and works as a trainer/ assessor for the Audio Description Association of Scotland. Her recent appointment as one of the select number of Deputy Lieutenants of the City of Edinburgh is recognition of the major impact Bridget has had, not only on her local community but on Edinburgh as a whole. This new role, which includes standing in for the Lord Provost at official events, will enable Bridget to contribute even more to the city she loves. What do you like best about Edinburgh? The contrasts – between old and new, buzzing and tranquil, up and down, classical and mediaeval, crowded and deserted. The spectacular skyscapes. The month of August with all the wonderful festivals. The ease of escape to the hills, the country or the seaside. Favourite restaurant? Papilio in Bruntsfield. In the beautiful Scottish Highlands, just fourteen miles from the city of Inverness, Moniack Mhor runs residential writing courses tutored by some of the finest authors from the UK and beyond. Over six months of the year residential writing courses are run in association with the Arvon Foundation. Tutors and Guests for 2012 include Carol Ann Duffy, Manda Scott, Christopher Brookmyre, Liz Lochhead, Julia Donaldson, Bernard MacLaverty, Boo Hewerdine, Eddi Reader, Lemn Sissay, Stewart Conn, Kapka Kassabova, Richard Holloway and Andrew Greig. To find out about rates, bookings, courses, lets or retreats, please contact: The Centre Directors Tel: 01463741675 E:

Best book shop? The late lamented and much missed Kay’s bookshop in Morningside. Small but intelligently stocked and would always order in for you. I now buy from the fantastic catalogue of independent Edinburgh-based publisher Birlinn. Best cafe? La Barantine in Bruntsfield. Favourite walk/bike ride? Along the Union Canal towpath and the Water of Leith to the Pentlands. Can you recommend any great local classes? Zumba with Emma McMillan, in the Eric Liddell Centre. Favourite charity? Breakthrough Breast Cancer What’s your biggest bugbear? People who drop litter and people who moan about the tram project. Favourite Holiday destination? India. My father was born there and I have always felt a sort of emotional bond with the country. Favourite Weekend Break? Barra. Landing at the airport on the beach is an unforgettable experience. What advice would you offer your 21 year old self? Learn to pace yourself! What would be your perfect retirement? The one I have, with absolutely no shortage of interesting and fun things to do.

Bridget’s Recommendations Italian Restaurant Papilio, Bruntsfield 0131 229 3325 Traditional German Baker Falko, Bruntsfield 0131 656 0763 French Cafe La Barantine, Bruntsfield 0131 229 0267 Book Seller Birlinn, Edinburgh

Exercise Class Zumba, Eric Liddell Centre 07872962796 Weekend Destination Barra /for-visitors Breakthrough Breast Cancer Research 08080 100 200

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Home & Leisure

Here’s a selection of home and lifestyle products that we’ve selected for 55Life readers. If you’ve come across a great new product that you love or makes life easier then do let us know and we can pass it on to our readers. Hope you like those we’ve picked for this issue!

About Rowan Leckie

WIN! £50 Vouchers Elements for Home 55 Life has teamed up with Elements for Home in Stockbridge to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a £50 voucher to spend in store. Elements for home is a fabulous and quirky interiors store situated in the Stockbridge area of Edinburgh that provides a bespoke design service to its clients. Elements owner and inhouse designer, Tom Melville, designs unique pieces according to his clients’ needs and the results are all hand crafted in Scotland from modern materials, using up-to-the-minute manufacturing skills. There is also a range of existing clocks, tables and mirrors that can be tailored to suit your personal tastes. Please email your full contact details to or post them to 55Life Competition, Elements, 6 Hamilton Place EH3 5AU Tel 0131 225 5557


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Rowan is an Edinburgh based illustrator, working mostly with mixed media and computer illustrations. All of her images and cards are printed at home. The prints above are currently only available via 55Life but more of her work can be viewed at the Marchmont Gallery in Edinburgh.

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About Polie Pottery Tableware & Ovenware This hard wearing quality Stoneware tableware and ovenware is made in Lower Silesia in a town of Boleslawiec in a region naturally rich in white clay using techniques more than a hundred years old. Every piece is fired in a kiln at temperatures over 1200 degrees hardened pieces are hand painted with brushes/sponges, glazed and fired again. The time and labour intensive process guaranties that every piece is beautiful as well as extremely durable and practical. (Polie Pottery is dishwasher, microwave, oven and range cooker safe) Polie Pottery has more than 100 stockists in the UK. More Polie Pottery in these patterns such as jugs, plates, vases and butter dishes can be found on our website:

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Home & Garden

Gardening Tips by Chris Young 0800 9700 415 Landscaping - Lawncare - Maintenance

Gardening Scotland 1-3 June Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh The country’s premier gardening and outdoor living show - a gardener’s paradise!


Lawns Apply weed and feed if not already done in April. Cut at medium/high height for your lawn but not too short as it’s still early enough for frosts. Don’t mow early naturalised spring bulb leaves until they show signs of dying back. Shrubs Prune early spring flowering shrubs as they finish flowering; eg. Spirea, Forsythia, Osmanthus, Berberis & Clematis (Spring flowering types). This is a good time to thin one third of the older growth out of the shrubs if you’re looking to improve the shrubs structure. Beds and Borders Don’t let the weeds get away – regular hoeing of annual weeds and forking out the perennial weeds now will set you up well for the summer months. 10 extra minutes weeding now can save a load of heartache later in the season! Bedding plants Garden centres have been selling them for many weeks by now, but this is Scotland! The risk of late frosts is always possible, try to put off spending good money on Bedding until towards the end of the month when the best range of strong plants will be available. If you do buy early make sure you protect your investment from frosts by laying fleece over them overnight when it’s cold.

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Weather This is often the month of extremes – occasional blistering sunny spells followed by abrupt and thundery rain storms – the rain keeps everything green of course but can scupper a planned weekend in the garden after a warm few days in the week! Lawns The cutting height can be reduced to the summer cut, but be careful if there’s a prolonged dry spell as close mown grass will need to be watered and is more likely to scorch in a drought. Beds and Borders In dry, sunny weather the heat of the sun should bake hoed up weeds, killing them quickly. But, be sure to pick hoed weeds out if the ground is damp as re-rooting will take place quickly at this time of the year otherwise. Hedges Privet, Lonicera(shrubby honeysuckle) and Escallonia hedges will need to be trimmed now. Watering Watering is best done late evening, giving established grass and shrub borders a good thorough soak twice a week is plenty. (NB. obey any local hosepipe restrictions if applicable.)


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Eating Out

Kanpai 8-10 Grindlay Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9AS 0131 228 1602 Reviewed by Mrs Barnett and the Ladies who Lunch.


wo friends and myself visited Kanpai one Saturday lunch-time. Situated in Grindlay Street, it is ideally placed for the Usher Hall, Lyceum and Filmhouse, as well as close to Princes Street if you are in need of some retail therapy. Coming from the Lothian Road, Kanpai is quite difficult to spot, as the name is discreetly written on the left-hand window. I suppose the tubs of cherry blossom on either side of the doorway should have given me a clue! As soon as you cross the threshold you experience a real ‘Wow’ factor, as the décor is both modern and stylish. It was however, very quiet for a Saturday lunch-time – only two other tables were occupied. The waiting staff were charming and friendly. As we were all Japanese food ‘rookies’ we were happy to let the waitress guide

us as to choice and quantities. One plus point that I can’t praise highly enough is the illustrated menu which really helps you to make a decision when so many names are unfamiliar. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. The cost to us was around £14 – 15 per head and the most expensive item on the menu was an 8oz. sirloin at £14.90. The wine list, however, was quite small and pricey although they also serve beers. Our bottle of sauvignon blanc was £25. For me, the overall experience was a bit like having Spanish tapas, with lots of small dishes to share. We had two tempura dishes, king prawn and mixed vegetable – beautiful crisp batter, and a delicious dipping sauce (the chef’s own recipe of ginger and radish). Then there were chicken dumplings, very yummy, and teriyaki salmon. We particularly loved the seared tuna coated in sesame seeds, and the sea bass on top of sticky rice. Finally there was salmon panko rolled in toasted breadcrumbs. The only dish none of us really enjoyed was baked aubergine in a sweet miso sauce – but this is just personal taste. Kanpai has an excellent website which I would recommend you check out or just head down to Grindlay St and give it a try – you won’t be disappointed. Issue 8: May/June 2012


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Inn at Kippen A Traditional Village Inn (with rooms)

Fore Road, Kippen, Stirlingshire FK8 3DT t.01786 870 500, e. reviewed by Jen Nash


don’t know how many times I have arrived at a traditional Scottish Inn with the expectation of a warm welcome and some good honest food to help me on my way, and been sent on my way with a brisk, cheerless, the kitchen is closed!” I’m pleased to say that was anything but my experience when I stayed recently in the picturesque and historic village of Kippen. Inn at Kippen is a little gem of a find which if you have not had the pleasure, is well worth a visit. It was late afternoon when I arrived and the atmosphere was warm and welcoming with lots of contented chatter and satisfied murmurings that accompany a good Sunday lunch. In my book, these are all signs of good old fashioned Scottish hospitality at its best. And I wasn’t disappointed. The Inn underwent considerable refurbishment prior to being taken over by its current owner, Gordon Wright, three years ago. The surroundings are comfortable with quality soft furnishings and lovely artwork which hangs in the lounge dining area and the slightly more formal restaurant. There is also a secluded courtyard and beer garden, complete with a wood fired pizza oven for alfresco dining. There are three en-suite rooms available, king size, double and twin. My king size room was very spacious, bright and well appointed with lovely furnishings and a large bathroom with shower (no bath). All rooms have tea and coffee making facilities, TV, hairdryer and free wi-fi.

Ensuring that their guests are well looked after is clearly rooted in the service ethos of this popular village Inn. As I sat among the diners, I couldn’t help but notice that the staff are very pleasant and always on hand to top up your glass, or make sure you are being looked after, or simply engage in friendly conversation. I found out later, that they had nearly a 100 covers for dinner the night before, which is a credit to Gordon Wright and his team, particularly the chefs who deserve a special mention for their outstanding cuisine. The food is a reason itself to visit the Inn at Kippen. Food is served all day and the menu offers diners traditional and more contemporary styled plates using seasonal, locally sourced, freshly prepared ingredients. I was spoilt for choice between the Twice Baked Parmesan Soufflé and a half baked shell crab gratin served with rocket and tomato salad and opted for the latter which was delicious. My main dish was outstanding – roast duck breast which melted in your mouth served with butternut squash mousse, red cabbage, dauphinoise potatoes, oranges in caramel, and a red wine jus. The portions were generously sized and in truth I thought I was fit to burst, but I couldn’t resist a taste of the Lemon Posset topped with rhubarb and Almond Shortbread on the side to finish. It was heavenly! And if you do decide to stay overnight, prepare yourself for breakfast is an equally gastronomic affair and I promise, will keep you going all day!

Kippen is situated within 45 minutes north west of Edinburgh; north east of Glasgow and south of Perth. It is only 10 minutes from Stirling and 30 minutes from Loch Lomond.


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Health & Wellbeing



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Health & Wellbeing

What is Nia? by Lin Graham


The Benefits of Massage by Peter Fraser


he human body is home to over 650 hard-working muscles and you’ve got the perfect opportunity to reward them for their continued endeavors with some hands-on healing. Two 30-minute treatments from an experienced and qualified massage therapist will relieve any pulls and strains picked up during your day-to-day exertions. The ancient practice of massage not only provides relief from aches and pains, it also eases insomnia, headaches and stress. With four massage styles available, the only anxiety you’ll face is choosing between Swedish, Remedial, Sports Massage or Medical Aromatherapy. Swedish massage is a classic form of massage. Long flowing strokes, firm but not uncomfortable. Ideal for relaxing tired muscles. Remedial and sports massage are forms of deep tissue massage. Deep tissue massage is often recommended for individuals who experience consistent pain, are involved in heavy physical activity (such as athletes), and patients who have sustained physical injury.

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The class, usually taken barefoot to soul-stirring music, is a dance routine in which everybody is encouraged to move in their own way. It is aerobic exercise that does not involve high impact, therefore joint friendly. The barefoot approach allows you to sense through your feet. Every experience can be adapted to individual needs and abilities. Step into your own joyful journey with Nia, and positively shape the way you feel, look, think and live. Calton Centre, Montgomery Street Classes start from April 21st (10-11am) First class half price! £3! For more information on classes in Edinburgh contact Lin Grahame, Holistic Health Practitioner and Nia White Belt teacher,, 07803 402492

A full case history is taken before each course of treatment so that the treatment can be tailored to each individual’s needs. Peter Fraser has over 16 years experience treating people from all walks of life aged 12 to 97 years. People are individual and consequently all treatments are uniquely designed to meet specific needs. Located on Queensferry Road, the clinic at Blackhall Therapy Centre is easy to find and handily positioned on a popular bus route, with easy parking outside. Can you feel those knotted muscles unwinding just thinking about it?

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Wealth & Legal

Wills – have you got one and is it the right one? Most people do not have a Will or have the wrong one. You do not have a Will? • Your estate might go to the wrong people and it will cost more when the time comes!

You have an old Will? • The Law changed substantially in 2007. • The right Will before then could be the wrong one now.

You have a recent Will? • Was it prepared by a professional Estate Planner? • If not it could be inadequate!

It makes sense to see an estate planner to give you peace of mind.

Make a Will now or get your existing one reviewed. W W & J McClure Solicitors will prepare your Will or review your existing one free of charge in exchange for a donation to St. Columbas Hospice Edinburgh. To date our clients have helped us raise over £100,000 for local people. W W & J McClure Solicitors have been established for over 100 years and have specialised in Estate Planning for many years. For further information or to arrange an appointment visit: Email: Or call Edinburgh on 0131 602 7002 We also have offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverclyde.

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Wealth & Legal

Protect your Assets in a Family Protection Trust As we grow older, we face 7 problems: • Executry Costs • Children inheriting at the wrong time • Children’s Inheritance Tax • Sideways Disinheritance • Children’s Legal Rights • Incapacity • CARE COSTS If you put in place a Family Protection Trust at the right time it will help with all of these problems. The biggest worry as we see it, is Care Costs and how you can protect your assets from being taken to pay for these costs.

Did you know? 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men go into care

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If you follow these simple steps you can protect your assets: 1. Get an Estate Planner to set up a Family Protection Trust 2. Set it up at the right time 3. Protect as much of your assets as you can within the Family Protection Trust W W & J McClure has arranged almost 10,000 Family Protection Trusts that are working and our clients testimonials can’t be wrong. Have a look at them by visiting our website or call us and we can send you our success stories booklet. It really is as simple as calling or emailing us and discussing further and by doing this you have made the first simple step in protecting your hard earned assets. For further information or to arrange an appointment visit: Email: Or call Edinburgh on 0131 602 7002 We also have offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen and Inverclyde.

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Wealth & Legal

Financial Matters by Stephen Whitby

Stephen Whitby, Chartered Financial Planner and an accredited Society of Later Life Adviser (SOLLA) at Lift-Advice based in Edinburgh covers a topical Financial Planning subject.

Your Retirement Income options – There may be more than you think! Income for retirement can come from many sources such as state pensions, individual or company pensions, investment income or even rental income from property. For many this will include some form of pension fund accumulated during their working life. These may include most Personal Pension, Stakeholder Pension and Free-Standing AVC funds. At retirement the vast majority of these are still used to purchase an Annuity at retirement. Put simply, you give up your fund, or 75% after taking the tax-free cash (the standard entitlement in most cases), in exchange for a guaranteed income for life. Most will also purchase the annuity from the company that they have built up their pension with simply because it is the only company that actually contacts the clients as their retirement date approaches.

STOP! – You do not have to accept their Annuity offer Open Market Option You have a right to obtain your annuity from any company that provides them (the Open Market option) but very few people seem to be aware of this. By shopping around you will be very likely to increase your annuity income for the rest of your life. Even this is not the full story! There are so many other factors to consider when making a decision that will determine the shape and level of income for the next ten, twenty, maybe even thirty or more years: • Health and Lifestyle. Any pre-existing medical conditions or a long term smoking or drinking habit may allow you to purchase an Impaired Life Annuity offering a higher level of income based on reduced life expectancy


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• What kind of income do you need – do you need a rising income perhaps to keep pace with inflation or a higher immediate income to enjoy life while you can? Hedge against inflation. • Does provision need to be made for a spouse or partner, should you pre-decease them? • Should you consider an Investment-Linked or With Profits annuity for greater flexibility and potentially a hedge against inflation? This does though require a higher tolerance to risk when compared to a conventional Annuity. • Do you need an annuity at all? For larger funds (perhaps those exceeding £100,000) or where other sources of income are available, it may be possible to draw income from the fund, using “Income Drawdown” route rather than give up the fund to buy an Annuity. • Is the best solution a combination of the Annuity and Drawdown routes? • Should you take any tax-free cash entitlement at outset or increase the income for life? As you can see there is so much to consider at Retirement. This brief introduction cannot cover every option. Make sure you research all the options thoroughly. Remember the decisions taken may have to last the rest of your life. For many using an Independent Financial Adviser will be the best route to analyse your situation and recommend solutions tailored for your needs If you wish to contact Stephen directly concerning your own situation, confidentially and without obligation, please contact him at Lift-Advice, 3 John’s Place, Edinburgh, EH6 7EL Tel: 0131 5534466 or 07909900966 Email:

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Suzuki Swift Sport By Bruce Booth


n my book, the little Suzuki Swift has to be best-looking supermini currently on the marketplace. While a raft of other offerings come pretty close to matching it in the looks department, for me the Japanese marque’s little compact just pips the best of the rest by a whisker, for it’s just one of a small band of motors that looks great from any angle. The latest addition to the range, the three-door Swift Sport, adds even extra visual appeal, with its lower slung stance, 15-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, body-coloured roof spoiler and side sill covers, large front grille and finned fog lamp bezels all helping to add to the car’s sporty-looking character. Under the bonnet is honed a revised 134bhp, EU5-compatable edition of the previous Sport model’s 1.6-litre engine. But it now offers more power, increased torque, lower emissions and improved fuel economy, aided by a new slick-changing sixspeed gearbox. Top speed is a respectable 121mph while the zero 62mph dash can be accomplished in 8.7seconds, more than a match for most competitors in its class. The Swift Sport is a fabulous little gem to drive. Thanks to its wide track and short wheelbase, there’s oodles of grip matched by great amounts of body control which helps to give confidence through tight bends.

All Swift models excel on the safety front and the Sport continues the trend. Seven airbags – including one for the driver’s knees – are fitted as standard, along with stability control, ABS, ISOFIX child seat system, projector headlamps with wash function and side impact protection beams. At just £13,500, the Swift’s price tag makes it a truly affordable piece of kit to put on the driveway, and while it sits in insurance band 18, its 44mpg fuel consumption figure means it won’t break the bank to keep on the road. Suzuki hope to sell around 1000 Sport models to UK buyers this year, around ten per cent of total Swift sales. While this is not a huge number by any stretch of the imagination, it should help keep the little Sport’s resale figures at something of a premium.

As expected from a hot hatch, the ride is a little on the firm side, but not so hard that it will rattle the fillings out of your teeth.

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Inside the cabin there’s a remarkable amount of space all round for such a small car, and the rake and reach adjustable steering wheel coupled with a height-adjustable seat, means the driver can’t fail to get comfortable. UK main dealers bid to deliver you the best deal on the car you want. Superb savings are possible.

When it comes to interior design and quality of fittings Suzuki have made big advances in recent times and you would be hard to find any serious fault in the new Sport. Ok, some of the plastics may be on the hard side but that doesn’t really detract from the overall ambiance of the interior. The five-dial dash certainly looks the business and the leathercovered steering wheel contains the switches for the cruise control, sound system and Bluetooth, keeping them all at the driver’s fingertips. Tyres at great prices, fully fitted. A Scottish car review website


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Letters to the Editor Fundamentally for me if you want to pursue a momentous change you better be sure there is something clearly wrong that needs to be put right. The great independence movements of the past in various parts of the world have been rightly driven by a deep and genuine sense of injustice at the way they have been treated by very distant centres of empire. This could not be further from the truth here in Scotland. Does anyone in Glasgow, Edinburgh or Inverness really feel they are worse off than people in Manchester, Birmingham or Newcastle? On the contrary, we seem to have the best of all worlds with a high degree of local decision making from the devolved powers of the Scottish Parliament and a financial settlement that tends to favour all of us living in Scotland compared with the rest of the UK. We have hundreds of years of integrated cultural, social and business interdependence between the various parts of the United Kingdom that has worked well for us all. Geographically a break-up of the country makes no sense. In a world where even quite large countries can find themselves at the mercy of international financial markets, do we really want to go from being part of a relatively stable UK with a real voice at the top table of nations, to become a vulnerable minnow on a par with Ireland, Iceland or Greece? If the First Minister had managed to break up the United Kingdom before 2008, a separate Scotland would have been well and truly bankrupt by now as a result of the financial crash. Something I notice the First Minister does not like to talk about… Keith Howell, Scottish Borders

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55Life recently invited readers to send us their thoughts regarding the forthcoming independence referendum. Here are a selection of some of the comments we recieved. If you would like to respond or make an additional point please email the 55Life editorial team. We reserve the right to edit Letters to the Editor for space. (Sorry but we are unable to accept comments by telephone) 55Life Letters, Catchpell House, 5 Carpet Lane, Bernard St, Edinburgh EH6 6SS. I personally feel that Scotland should be independent but I accept that others may choose for themselves so long as they research and understand why they say YES or NO. There are those who would try to muddle the argument, to blindly go with the status quo. I see the referendum as a real opportunity to let the politicians know what their voters really think. For years Scotland has not addressed the vital issues, ie employment, housing, education and so forth. Independent Scotland when self governing will have no choice but to work for growth, success and an end to the culture of blaming those who ruled before. I urge every voter to ask the questions now, before the referendum Trevor Swistchew, Lothians The only question I see right now is: is Independence going to happen? And the answer to that is, I believe, yes. I believe it will happen because of our growing realisation that we are no longer one country. Our values, our mores, and yes, our politics are traveling on increasingly divergent paths from the people living south of the Border. I went to London first as a post graduate student in 1977. We were one country then. Yes, I was Scottish and they were definitely Home Counties but only in the sense of a Yorkshireman, or someone from the West Country feeling the same difference. We were all still British. We valued the same things, all the corner-stones of a sound body politic: the rule of law, probity in public life, the health service, education. That is not true anymore. At every level of civic life we here are better served in Scotland from libraries to rural bus services. Let us not even bother discussing law or public probity Also, I think we will be helped on our way out the door by the reaction of the English. The man on the Clapham omnibus thinks,“if you want to go, then bugger off”, without the remotest notion of the impact it will have on him and his country. For that impact will be just as, if not more, profound as independence will have on Scotland’s place in the world. The English political classes think it is about the money. It is never about the money. All the sophistry that is the Barnett Formula is being trotted out to scare us … but it is irrelevant and bears no significance as to how a post-union Scottish economy might perform. As I’ve said, that will be up to us. And of course there will be the lies. Make no mistake about that. Even at this early stage we’ve been variously assured that Alex Salmond wanted the referendum on the anniversary of Bannockburn. Risible. That he is demanding two questions. Not true. That a second question would be too complicated. But two questions weren’t too complicated when we voted for devolution. The closer we come to the vote, the lies will become bigger, more complex and more bare-faced D Black, Argyll


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Making Waves at Voluntary Arts Fair 2012 Reviewed by Bridget Stevens and Janice Laxton Saturday 10 March dawned dry and sunny but breezy. Twelve brightly coloured balloons danced gaily above the entrance to Morningside United Church Hall at Holy Corner in Bruntsfield By 10.00am exhibitors representing more than twenty different organisations and groups had set up their stalls and were ready for the off. The doors opened and around a hundred people crowded into the hall to listen to the Fair being declared open by our spritely 71 year old Guest Celebrity Robin Harper. Robin has numerous local connections , as an ex- teacher at Boroughmuir High School, a former Green MSP for the Lothians and as a local resident. “Opportunities for creative activity should be at the heart of healthy happy communities so I am delighted to assist at the opening of this Arts fair. Edinburgh is bursting at the seams with opportunities for people of all ages to get involved in creative activities- especially for the recently retired, or about to retire, this is a golden opportunity to involve yourselves in so many activities that will have their own intrinsic rewards, as well as being good for health, happiness, and social contactcome along, make new friends, find exciting and unexpected opportunities, and have a good time!’’ enthused Robin. Exhibitors had been invited to showcase what they could offer in the way of classes and activities particularly suitable for over 50s. These included local history, singing, country dancing, story-telling, Zumba, Pilates, clarsach playing, geology, quilting, painting, Appalachian clog dancing, hillwalking, computing, knitting and more….. The event, which was supported by Merchiston Community Council, was made possible by a grant from Voluntary Arts Scotland through its People Making Waves – Make a Splash programme. We are now looking forward to organising next year’s event – for which we will definitely have to find a bigger venue! If you have any fund raising or voluntary events you would like us to mention - just let us know. It’s totally free...


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RBGE Certificate in Field Botany Fri 1 - Mon 18 June 2012 Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh This intensive course introduces a wide range of practical field botany skills, including survey techniques, collection, identification, preservation and curation of botanical specimens.

Landscape Painting for Beginners 6 & 13 May Holyrood Park, Edinburgh Ever wanted to paint beautiful scenery? Or learn how best to reflect landscapes? Then come along on this two day beginners’ session in the dramatic landscape of Holyrood Park. Run by Iona Leishman, Historic Scotland’s first artist in residence, this course will improve your technique and help you produce paintings to be proud of. All materials for course and lunch are provided. (£20/£15conc) For further information, contact Historic Scotland Rangers: or telephone +44 (0)131 652 8150.

What’s on in May & June?

May 2012 Henri GAUDIER-BRZESKA 1891-1915, Bird Swallowing a Fish, 1914, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

3 May, 6pm - 7:30pm The Edinburgh Lectures - Lord David Puttnam CBE George Square Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9LH Eric Liddell: All of Life is a Race - In many ways Liddell was the kind of person who, in my heart of hearts, I’d always dreamed of being ... few lives have more to teach us about the virtues of honour and probity”

1 May - 24 June, 10am - 5pm

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The Sculpture Show Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

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Join us in celebrating sculpture in all its many forms at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art. The whole of the Gallery will showcase a breathtaking variety of works, ranging from Impressionist masterpieces by Rodin and Degas to cutting edge art by Damien Hirst.

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1 - 5 May, 7:30pm (Sat Matinee : 2:30pm) The Edinburgh Gilbert & Sullivan Society: Iolanthe Festival Theatre Iolanthe stands as one of the most popular operas of the Gilbert and Sullivan series. Sullivan’s music sparkles and Gilbert’s libretto is dazzlingly inventive. The notion of a bunch of fairies taking over in Parliament is very intriguing - even a century after the piece was written. It might solve today’s political mess! So book now to get the best seats for what promises to be a delightful evening’s entertainment. Tel : 0131 529 6000

5 May, 10am - 2pm Out of the Blue Food Market 36 Dalmeny Street, The Drill Hall, Edinburgh A market with a range of ethical goods including fresh, local and seasonal fruit and vegetables, eggs, jam, cakes and Ecover refills. Lots of cooking tips and recipe ideas to keep those taste buds happy all week. Takes place every Saturday.

10 May, 6:30 - 8:30pm Gourmet Wine Tubemap Tasting The Bon Vivant’s Companion, 55 Thistle Street, Edinburgh A trip through some of the world’s best red wines that whirls you from the South of France, Rhone, Bordeaux, Rioja and Australia to name but a few. These are wines that blossom with food so we’ve made it a gourmet tasting with bigger bites to help those wines out! Price: £35, 11 -13 May Girls Day Out, Royal Highland Centre Scotland’s no.1 beauty, fashion and lifestyle show is coming to Edinburgh, and it’s bigger and more fabulous than ever before!

5 May - 8 July A Parliament of Lines City Art Centre, Edinburgh

An exhibition of the work of 15 contemporary Scottish artists. Tel : 0131 529 3963 6 May - 31 Dec, 12 Noon - 6pm Bou-Tea-que Bond No 9, Leith Join this event on the first Sunday of every month, when some of Edinburgh’s finest boutiques and designers make an appearance bringing their brilliantly unique wares with them. Price : £9.95 Every first Sunday of the month.

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10 May, 19:30 - 22:00 Scottish Chamber Orchestra Beethoven’s Choral Symphony The Usher Hall The Scottish Chamber Orchestra 2011/12 Season opens with one revolutionary work and closes with another. A gilded cast of singers joins the SCO for Beethoven’s exhilarating final symphony. From its first mysterious bars to its closing shout of joy, you can hear the sound of Beethoven creating the future of music. £28 / £24 / £19 / £13.50 / £9.50 concessions available. 0131 228 1155

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What’s on in May & June? MAY 2012 Cadenza Choir

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Saturday 12 May 2012, 7.30pm St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Lothian Road, Edinburgh EH1 2PE

A Little Bit of …Tosca Scottish Parliament

On behalf of the Friends of St Cuthbert’s 12 May Plant Sale Water of Leith Visitors Centre, Edinburgh Visit the annual plant sale and pick up a bargain. Tel : 0131 455 7367 13 May Annual Plant Sale Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh Your chance to choose from a diverse collection of plants at reasonable prices. Home baking & Specialist Nursery stalls. Organised by the Friends of RBGE. All proceeds support the RBGE Small Project Fund.

Scottish Opera is bringing a mini version of Tosca to the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 17 May. Free

19th-20th May, 9.30am – 5.30pm. RSPB Scottish Birdfair

18 May RBS Museum Late : A Night in Wonderland, NMS National Museums Scotland Coinciding with the nationwide Museums at Night programme, A Night in Wonderland promises cutting edge contemporary Scottish music from Django Django and Discopolis. Meanwhile, the Museum will be taken over by installations, roaming creations and pop-up surprises inspired by the weird and wonderful elements from the collections of National Museums Scotland. Popular features from previous events will return, with Fresh Air FM bringing silent disco to the Imagine Gallery, pop-up bars in the Grand Gallery and the rare opportunity to simply explore the galleries of the transformed Museum by night. Ticket Price : £10 Tel : 0300 123 6789

9.30am – 5.30pm. Get back to nature with us at the beautiful Hopetoun House for a weekend of crafts, games, conservation and more! With activities for kids and markets and stalls for adults, not to mention guided walks and boat trips, there really is fun for the whole family. With a farmer’s market, food and drink sampling stations, and over 70 stalls offering you the opportunity to try before you buy, there’s plenty to keep you big kids entertained too! Take part in interactive workshops, forage for exotic food with Ducks Restaurant or simply enjoy a glass of Pimms in the beautiful setting of Hopetoun. Parking is FREE and there’s an hourly shuttle bus from Linlithgow and Dalmeny train stations. £12, under-16s FREE. For more information and to book your tickets, go to

18 - 20 May Festival of Museums Various venues across Edinburgh & Scotland

14 - 19 May Jubilee Celebrations at Royal Yacht Britannia Once home to Her Majesty The Queen, the Royal Yacht Britannia will stage a week of celebrations to mark this momentous occassion. Over 70 of The Queen’s original crew, The Royal Yachtsmen, ‘Yotties’, will return to create a real street party atmosphere. There will be entertainment and music, games and activities as well as traditional food and drink, including Britannia’s very own home-made ice-cream. The Royal Deck Tea Room will also be the setting for Royal afternoon teas; a lovely way to spend the afternoon. Join in with traditional games that would have been played on Britannia and listen to the Yotties’ tales of Royal holidays onboard this very special yacht.

May 2012 will see the return of Festival of Museums, one of Scotland’s most innovative and exciting programmes designed to ignite imaginations and celebrate Scotland’s wealth of culture.


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22 May, 1 - 2pm ‘Rosslyn Chapel’ lecture by Brian Park from Page \ Park Architects RCAHMS Come and find out more about Scotland’s architecture, archaeology and industry in our series of lunchtime lectures. Free

23 May - 2 June, 7.15pm Scottish Opera: Tosca Giacomo Puccini Festival Theatre Revival of the 1980 production. 0131 529 6000 £27.50/£24.50/£20/£15/£10

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May 2012 29 May

4 June, 7:30pm

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Academy of Ancient Music Handel’s Royal Music Celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen The Usher Hall

The Tannahill Weavers play Highland Celtic music as well as Lowland Anglo-Scots tunes.

After performing selected dates in the UK, including sailing down the Thames as part of the Jubilee Pageant in London, Academy of Ancient Music and Choir of the AAM bring a unique concert to Edinburgh featuring Handel’s most glorious works; His Coronation Anthems, Music for the Royal Fireworks and more.

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Lennoxlove, Lunch & Lowland Whisky Oddfellows Social Events A trip to Lennoxlove, the ancestral home of the Duke & Duchess of Hamilton. After tea/coffee and a stroll around gardens, there will be a guided tour. Next stop is lunch (pay on the day) at the Waterside Bistro in Haddington and after lunch a visit to Glenkinchie Distillery in Pencaitland for a tour of this fascinating working distillery with an opportunity to enjoy a wee dram!. Starts at 9.30am. Cost: members £20, non-members £22 including transport from Edinburgh (the price includes a discount voucher for £5 off purchase of 70cl single malt whisky) Tel:07729 563538

5 June A Day for Dog Lovers and Owners Oddfellows Social Events

1-3 June Gardening Scotland Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh The country’s premier gardening and outdoor living show - a gardener’s paradise!

26 May, 7.30pm

1 June

Cadenza Choir St Peter’s Church, Lutton Place, Edinburgh EH8 9PE

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On behalf of the St Andrew’s Children’s Society, a voluntary adoption and foster care agency based in Edinburgh Charity concerts are an important part of Cadenza’s annual programme. The choir takes no fee, so ALL proceeds go to the charity. The bigger the audience, the more the charity benefits. For more information about these two concerts go to or contact the Charity Concert Organiser, tel: 0131 669 9258.

Take a trip to Gardening Scotland - With over 400 exhibitors, a craft marquee, demonstration kitichen, food fayre, big back garden and much more there will be someething for everyone. Stars at 10am Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston. COst £14 (available until 25 May), £16 ticket price on gate. Buses from St Andrew Square cost £5 return and are free for concession travel cardholders. Tel:07729 563538 Email:

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Day trip that starts with a trip to the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre at West Calder. Find out more about the work of the Dogs Trust, meet the staff and visit the dogs. After leaving the Dogs Trust, there will be a special presentation by accredited pet dog trainer, Canine pychologist and visiting lecturer at Glasgow Metropolitan University - Max Muir from Action 4 Dogs. Max will explain about his work and help to gain a better undertstanding of the way dogs think. Max is passionate about his subject and will be happy to answer any questions. Starts at 12.30pm. Cost: members £12, non members £15 including transport from Edinburgh. Tel:07729 563538 13 - 14 June Olympic Torch Relay Throughout Edinburgh The Olympic Flame will come within 10 miles of 95% of people in the UK, Isle of Man, Guernsey and Jersey this summer. It will enable local communities to shine a light on the best their area has to offer - including celebrations of local culture, breathtaking landscapes and dynamic urban areas. Free

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June 2012 15 June

30 June

Robert Louis Stevenson : Reputation, Genre and Influence Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

Jazz on a Summer Evening Logan Botanic GardenScotland’s Most Exotic Garden

Locating Stevenson’s reputation within genre and influence, this talk will discuss the traditions from which Stevenson’s work emerged and will expose the extent to which his presence is still felt in literature and within popular culture in the 21st century.

Delight in an relaxing evening of Jazz with friends with the Mike Daly Rhythm Kings Band in the stunning setting of the Walled Garden. Tickets should be reserved in advance on 01776 860231 or at the garden’s shop. In conjunction with West Fest.

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15 June Jenners & Frasers Ladies Day Musselburgh Racecourse, Musselburgh

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Ladies Day is the sell out event at Musselburgh Racecourse. Price : £30 (on the day). 17 June The Chieftains Usher Hall, Edinburgh A significant force behind the international appeal of Irish traditional music. 17 June, 12:30 - 3pm Fathers Day Roast Carvery – The Scottish Malt Whisky Society The Vaults, 87 Giles Street, Leith EH6 6BZ

Canal Cruise and Afternoon Tea, Oddfellows Social Events Join the ‘Pride of the Union’ as it sets sail along the Union Canal from Ratho to the Linn’s Mill Aqueduct over the River Almond. Enjoy afternoon tea on board whilst watching the world float peacefully by. The trip will cruise west along to the Amondell Aqueduct where you’ll have the opportunity to get out and enjoy the spectacular views before returning to Ratho for 5.30pm. The tea menu includes mixed freshly made sandwiches, a selection of cakes, scones and pancakes. There is also a full bar on board. Starts at 2.30pm at The Bridge Inn at Ratho

Treat dad to The Vaults’ now legendary roast carvery and a why not go that wee bit further and get him a bottle of Society whisky?

Cost: £22 members, £25 non -members. Tel: 07729 563538 Email: amanda.fraser@

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21 July (10.30am – 3.00pm)

27 - 30 June

Carole Baxter at Mayshade Garden Centre, Dalkeith.

Midnight Tango Edinburgh Playhouse, Tango performance with stars of BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing.

Carole from the BBC’s Beechgrove Garden will be available to answer any questions gardeners’ may have.

30 June - 8 July

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Spectacular Jousting Linlithgow Palace, Linlithgow Brave knights stage an unforgettable display of horsemanship and skill.


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