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Edinburgh Great Ideas, Inspiration and Information for over 55s living in and around Edinburgh. Spring 2013 - Issue 11

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eloCity, the FREE bike loan scheme, is designed to help people 50+ to become fitter and healthier through exercise and to enable people to further benefit the environment. VeloCity will enable people to try a bike before they buy. For those undecided whether cycling is for them this 6 week loan offer could be just the taster they need to proceed with a bike purchase safe in the knowledge they know what cycling in the 21st century can offer...


Welcome to the latest issue of 55Life Edinburgh magazine. Together with our sister magazine 55Life Glasgow we produce 30,00 copies and have a readership of around 60,000 plus over 55s living in Scotland who read 55life magazines! It’s thanks to the continued support of you, our readers, subscribers and advertisers that we are continuing to look forward to further expansion in 2013. Please do also keep your calls, letters and emails coming in.

Cycling is such a great all round activity for physical, mental and social health, With huge thanks, benefiting the environment too. Participants the 55Life Edinburgh team are able borrow a modern, lightweight bike for 6 weeks to try out cycling in their local Want to advertise in 55Life! area, in some cases many years since they last rode. Ageing Well also provide loan Call us today on 0131 553 9381 of a helmet, some accessories and route/ or email journey suggestions if required. Next editorial/advertising What some participants have already said: deadline is 6 May 2013! “My confidence in riding a bike has increased”

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News & Views Edinburgh to Represent Scotland in the RHS Britain in Bloom Finals 2013


dinburgh has been selected from more than 1,000 entrants to take part in the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom UK Finals 2013, the country’s biggest voluntary campaign which involves more than 300,000 people. Edinburgh is one of 80 finalists and is in the Large City category. Scotland nominated Edinburgh to the UK stage of the competition following regional and national judging last year. Edinburgh was selected for outstanding commitment to environmental responsibility, community participation and gardening achievement. In July / August 2013, Edinburgh’s green-fingered volunteers will be showing off their commitment to a cleaner, greener Britain, by taking the Britain in Bloom judges on a tour of local projects and initiatives in a hope of being awarded Gold and being named category winner at the annual award ceremony, this year being held in Cleethorpes in October. The kind of projects undertaken by Britain in Bloom volunteers, which judges will be assessing, include maintenance of parks and communal gardens, the management of natural spaces such as wildflower meadows and conservation areas, community initiatives to promote recycling and environmental awareness, and projects to involve local schools and residents.

Local Author News 55Life recently asked our readers who were authors or may have just written a book if they would like a little publicity. 1) Michael Meighan has a new book out published by called:

Scotland’s Lost Industries by Michael Meighan Scotland was at the hub of the Industrial Revolution and in a very short period of time moved from an agricultural society on the fringes of Europe to an industrial power at the centre of World trade and industry. Our machines powered the wheels of the industrial revolution and the ships that were sent to colonise and expand the Empire. This book looks back at what those industries were and explains their demise, telling the stories of some great inventors as well as the people who worked in those industries. You can find out more about Michael Meighan’s books on his Amazon page: 2) Martin Baguely told us about his new eBook:

I Was Going to Write a Novel This is a collection of Martin’s articles published throughout the UK.

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What can you do on New Year’s Eve to ensure good health, wealth and luck for the rest of the year? Being happy may lengthen your life by as much as nine years: what can you do to achieve happiness? Why is it considered socially unacceptable to do the sensible thing and tuck a serviette (oops, sorry, napkin) into your collar? Why should we grow a bay tree in our gardens? Why is September the lucky month? The answers to these questions, and many more, can be found in this booklet. ‘I Was Going To Write A Novel’ is available on Amazon for Kindle readers.

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Food With Friends


ddfellows, the Friendly Society, run a year-round programme of events in the Edinburgh area and are launching a brand new dining club for the over 55’s: Food with Friends, a great way to meet new people over a shared love of eating out. Plans include a peek behind the scenes at Edinburgh landmark ‘The Balmoral Hotel’, including a guided tour of the public spaces and an outstanding Afternoon Tea in the Palm Court. Edinburgh favourite, ‘Wedgwood the Restaurant’, will be the setting for a special wild food lunch accompanied by a demonstration and talk about wild food foraging presented by award-winning chef, Paul Wedgwood. There’s also a gourmet tour where you can meet and talk to a selection of artisan food and drink producers in East Lothian, tastings will form an integral part of the day! Lunch will be at ‘Ducks at Kilspindie’, a two AA Rosette fine dining restaurant, one of the best in the area.

Other Food with Friends events lined up include an evening meal with a cocktail masterclass; a Japanese meal with chefs demonstration and dinner at a Scottish-themed restaurant with a whisky tasting session. The Oddfellows also arrange concerts, theatre trips, musical events, visits to castles and gardens, walking tours, day trips, museum visits... If you’d like to join or request a free programme or simply to find out more, please contact Amanda Fraser (Events Organiser) by email: amanda.fraser@oddfellows. or call on 07729 563538.

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Charity Spotlight The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association 55Life contributor, Janice Laxton, chats with Judith Evans about her role as a Guide Dog puppy walker. How long have you being doing this job? I have been a Puppy Walker for 6 years and in that time have ‘walked’ 5 puppies. Baxter and Rabbie were both sponsor dogs, paid for and, therefore, named by two different local organisations.

What made you decide to become a puppy walker? My teenage children were becoming more independent and required less of my attention (and would soon be leaving home to go to University) so I had more time on my hands. As the owner of 2 pet dogs I realised Puppy Walking was something I could do which combined caring for them whilst doing something worthwhile for such a deserving Charity.

What training did you need? No training is required to become a Puppy Walker. Training is given over the course of the 12 months you have the puppy, in the form of fortnightly Workshops (held locally) and advice/ training is given by a Puppy Walking Supervisor..

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Do you take pride in your garden? Then why not enter our free annual garden competition. The competition is for gardens of any size within the Lothian’s EH district with prizes awarded of Mayshade Garden Centre Gift Vouchers. 1st prize £100 - 2nd prize £75 - 3rd prize £50 Entry forms and full details are available in-store. Closing date for entries 30 June 2013 Carole Baxter will present the prizes on Saturday 20 July 2013. She will also be free to give advice on gardening queries between 10am-3pm

Open 7 Days Tel: 0131 663 1093 You can also find us on Facebook & Twitter. Mayshade Park, Bonnyrigg Road, Eskbank, EH22 3LA.


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What would you say are the main qualities do you need for this work? Endless patience (!) and a certain amount of energy & enthusiasm. Obviously a love of dogs is essential.

How does being a puppy walker fit in with other aspects of your life? Having older (and wiser!) dogs in the house also helps the pup to learn from their good behaviour. I work on the premise that where I go, the pup goes eg. he accompanies me to the shops, the hairdresser, cafes, restaurants, pubs and the beautician. The pup can go to the cinema with the puppy walker, theatre, church, art galleries etc. We are expected to take them on regular bus & train journeys to familiarise them with public transport. It’s all good experience for the puppy and helps prepare them for their future role as a Guide Dog.

What are the most rewarding things about this job? Seeing a young puppy develop into a well-behaved, well-trained dog that will eventually (generally around 20-22 months old) become a Guide Dog providing constant companionship for a visually impaired or blind person and enabling them to lead an independent life.

What is the most difficult thing about this job? Without a doubt, handing them back aged around 14 months to embark on the rest of their training (usually at the Guide Dog Training School in Forfar) is the hardest part of Puppy Walking.

What advice would you offer anyone considering becoming a puppy walker? Make sure that you have the necessary time to commit to Puppy Walking and remember that the dog isn’t yours – you are helping to prepare him become an attentive, confident dog ready to embark on the remainder of its journey towards becoming a Guide Dog. Contact the National Volunteer Office on 0845 371 7771 or email for more information.

Me & My Edinburgh Favourite walk? I love the Water of Leith Walkway. A little bit of the country right on my doorstep.

55Life chats to Kathy McGrew about her adopted city.

Can you recommend any great local classes? I go to a Yoga class at ‘Dance for All’ on St Stephen’s Street. I feel revitalized by all that stretching.

“I am from the USA originally coming from New England to Edinburgh in 1969. After university and marriage our first stop after leaving the USA was Ireland where my husband was doing research for his PhD. Tom then took a job at Edinburgh University and I worked as a secretary. My daughter, the first of our three children, was born in Edinburgh in 1974.

Favourite charity?

It was at that point that I became a member of National Childbirth Trust, first attending the antenatal classes and then becoming part of the network of support on offer for new parents. I attended postnatal support groups, bumps and babies groups, bought things at the nearly new sales, became part of the NCT babysitting group. I stayed at home with my babies as was the norm in those days but when my youngest was at Nursery I started working for the NCT at their office at the Stockbridge Health Centre as well as training to be an NCT Breastfeeding Counsellor. After qualifying I started a Drop-in Breastfeeding Clinic at the Stockbridge Health Centre three days a week.

Can you recommend a reliable local trades person?

It was during this time in the 1980s that a group of NCT members, headed by Kate Birley, started the publication ‘Edinburgh for Under Fives’. The first edition had to be reprinted it was so popular. Then, as with all guide books, the information started to become out of date so a new edition was researched and published and new editions continue to be published every two years to this day.”

The National Childbirth Trust for all they do for new parents.

What’s your biggest bugbear? I dislike impoliteness in any form.

Peter, a plumber and electrician 07872 597 838. He helped me with a potential plumbing disaster on New Year’s Day and his cousin Jakub who does all sorts of building work at renovation@

What advice would you offer your 21 year old self? Don’t be afraid to leave your comfort zone and take risks.

What would be your perfect retirement? Perfect retirement for me is having good health, being near the Grandchildren, and dividing my time between the city and country. So far I am on track and feel blessed.

Which area do you live in? I live in Stockbridge and have done for 43 years since 1969. I love the architecture of the New Town and the amenities of Stockbridge.

What do you like best about Edinburgh? The beauty, design and the size of the city appeals to me. It is a very walkable city as long as you get used to the hills. I love the way Edinburgh is a set of villages; Morningside, Bruntsfield, Dalry, Newington, Corstorphine etc.

Favourite restaurant? The Kalpna in Newington, Lancers in Stockbridge, Browns on George Street, Frankfurter Eck on Leith Walk. Stockbridge is a great area for eating as well with new places opening all the time.

Favourite Independent Shop? Bliss in Stockbridge. It is a great place to buy unusual presents or cards and gifts for children or a new baby.

Favourite cafe or tea room?

Are you over 60 and thinking of moving home? Would you like to continue to live independently and also be part of a thriving community? Trust Housing Association, a national provider of rented accommodation for older people, has properties available for immediate rent in the picturesque surroundings of Joppa, Stockbridge and Corstorphine in Edinburgh. We also have other properties available across Scotland. New tenants could get an incentive of up to a years free heating and may even be eligible for help with rent through housing benefit. So living with Trust could cost less than you think.

Maxi’s in Stockbridge is bright, central and has great food.

If you, or someone you know, is interested in applying for one of our properties, give us a call or drop us an email:

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Care for older people and the important issue of who will pay for it! by Stephen Whitby, Chartered Financial Planner. Accredited by SOLLA, the Society of Later Life Advisers.


he problem of how best to provide care to older people in the future increasingly occupies the time of our politicians academics, health care professionals and many others. There are naturally many differing viewpoints to be considered. If money was no object then it would be easier to achieve a consensus but this is certainly not the case. Two monumental factors conspire to ensure money is and will continue to be a core consideration.

Economic Problems The UK and indeed the majority of the world remains in a very fragile economic state. No area of government funding is immune from this and cutbacks to already reduced budgets just make matters worse. Hopefully though the UK will participate strongly in any world recovery and budgets will not need to shrink further and should have the capacity to grow again. This will be welcome but will not be sufficient to provide all the care and support we wish due to the second factor.

Demographics Of potentially much more significance is our ageing population. As baby boomers swell the numbers of pensioners and advances in medicine and healthcare keep people alive longer the strain on resources, particularly for the elderly will continue to grow. The associated cost will be huge and cannot be ignored. This factor is here for the long term. Both the Scottish Government and the UK Government have to propose solutions for the long term and do so within the constraints highlighted above. In Scotland, the “Reshaping Care for Older People” programme aims to provide a long term and strategic approach to delivering the change so that the government’s vision for future care for older people in Scotland can be met. For those interested in the detail the full 34 page report is available at: This programme will undoubtedly result in many changes to the care system and there may well be associated changes to the financial support available. We will have to wait and see. For families facing the problem of paying for care now, a previously published article in 55Life may help: “The Financial Impact of Paying for Care” with figures updated for the 2012-13 tax year is available at Unfortunately we cannot ignore what goes on in England. Firstly many families will have relatives south of the border and if care is needed different rules will apply even if the plan is for the relative to receive the care in Scotland. There are already some differences in allowances and how care is paid for but following recent announcements these are likely to widen significantly.


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In England, the UK Government established the Commission on the Funding of Care and Support in July 2010. The independent body was tasked with reviewing the funding system for care and support in England and reported to Government a year later (the Dilnot Report). In February this year the Government announced their plans for future care incorporating some of the Commission’s recommendations. These changes are due to come into force in April 2017 – still over 4 years away. The key figure that has hit the press headlines already is “£75,000 cap on care costs”. Many are jumping to the conclusion that this is the total that an individual would have to contribute to all aspects of his/her care. It is very clear both in the Dilnot Report and the subsequent Government announcement that the figure relates specifically to the “care” costs. Currently the majority of a “Care Home” costs are not for “care” but for the hotel services e.g. the room, facilities and food etc. These will not fall under the cap so, as you can see, families may still be liable for much more than £75,000. Unfortunately there is not the space in this article to go further into the English or Scottish proposals. One fair assumption though is that the state will not be able to pick up the full care costs Good financial advice is essential to mitigate the cost of providing Long Term Care.

Do you rely on a carer when you travel? Most disabled or elderly travellers are aware of the importance of insuring themselves against losing essential medication or misplacing or breaking vital mobility aids when they go on holiday. But what happens if the carer they rely on falls ill during the trip, or has to cancel before the holiday has even started? OK to Travel is a specialist insurer for over 65s and people with pre-existing medical conditions and may well be able to help, remember, a ‘carer’ doesn’t have to be someone formal like a nurse, it can simply be a spouse or other family member. To find out more about disability travel insurance and carer cover, visit or call OK To Travel’s call centre on 01223 446920.

Care Wide Range of Services The range of services that are provided is extensive. Essential domestic chores like cleaning, laundry, and ironing are the bread and butter services, but Home Angels also provide more bespoke services like shopping, spring cleans, dog walking, meal preparation, office cleaning and holiday let cleaning. Home Angels can also offer one off services, such as carpet cleaning or rubbish bin washing; basically providing services that are considered to be non-care. Home Angels work closely with other agencies to help provide a complete range of services, allowing others to concentrate on their areas of expertise and competence. Jobs, tasks and activities are agreed in advance with the customer, and the customer orders as much or as little time as they require. The Home Angels service is designed to be flexible around the needs of customers ensuring that services are delivered to meet their needs and not someone else’s schedule. The service also seeks to ensure that customers see the same people, helping to build a rapport and get things done the way customers want them done.

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veryone can use a little bit of extra help from time to time. As some activities can become more time consuming or difficult to carry out, we all need a bit of assistance. That’s where Home Angels can help. Taking the traditional ‘home help’ role and making it work for you. Home Angels was set up by Trust Housing Association, who specialise in housing and support services, mainly to older people.

Non-Care Services Home Angels was originally set up to provide non-care services to Trust Housing’s tenants and has now expanded to offer services to the wider community. Their experience working with older people provides the cornerstone of Trust Housing’s core principles of quality and consistency of service. Key to that service is the provision of services at a local level, delivered by local people. Home Angels combine this consistency of service (ie. trying to ensure that the same person delivers the service) with going the extra mile and providing the best possible services for the customer.

Reliable, Flexible and Adaptable Business Development Manager Robert Duff says that “We found that our commitment to quality and consistency was increasingly attractive to a wider audience. Many older people and their families told us that it was difficult to find people who can be relied on to both turn up and also to provide the level of service and attention to detail that they are entitled to. “We realise that services have to be adaptable and flexible to meet differing individual’s needs. Some may need a little bit of help from time to time, whereas others benefit from a more substantial, regular service. What always stays the same is the provision of quality and consistency that meets and exceeds customer requirements.”

New Mini-Angels Service The recently launched ‘mini-Angels’ service allows individual or groups of customers to have a regular, but small, bit of help on a regular basis. A Home Angels worker will visit, at agreed times, to spend 10 to 15 minutes doing tasks like chopping vegetables, changing a duvet or unpacking shopping. Mini-Angels can even help local groups if they need help to take out their bins or sort their recycling; there is even one group that is currently discussing having a regular breakfast service. Home Angels invest a lot of time in recruiting and training the right people who can deliver both an empathetic, ‘caring’ service and deliver the service in a professional and thorough way. All workers are disclosure checked and undergo both service and job specific training. For more information visit Please Call 0800 917 1971 and please mention 55Life if you call.

Prepared to Care?

Carers Week 2013: 10-16 June Some 2,000 organisations will be involved in 10,000 Carers Week Prepared to Care? events. Carers Week asks can the UK cope with its rising carer numbers? Prepared to Care? will focus on how the UK’s current carer population is coping, how effectively Government is supporting the growing numbers of carers, and whether the wider population is prepared for future caring responsibilities. Through Prepared to Care? Carers Week will highlight the impact of caring on daily life and, with an ageing population and higher incidence of disability and serious illness, encourage the public to think whether they could manage a caring role. Prepared to Care? will also help those already caring to make sure they are accessing all the practical and emotional support they need to care safely and look after themselves. Keep up to date with campaign developments at or

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Learn a New Language

Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien By Amy Dunsmuir


ell, actually, I do. After five years of French lessons at school there are only two phrases I can confidently say in the language; ‘Je voudrais le toilette, s’il vous plait’ and ‘Voulez vous coucher avec moi’. Needless to say, the ability to ask someone if you can please go to the toilet and quote a risqué song will rarely come up in conversation whilst on holiday across the channel. This inability to speak another language is one of my very few regrets from school. I was never one of those people with the mind-set that seeing as most people speak English there’s no need to learn a foreign language; I just wasn’t very good at it. But, with more and more people saying just how good it is to join the ranks of the bilingual what can you do if you’re no longer at school but want to take up another language?

Easier when you’re older? It’s a commonly known fact that when you’re younger it’s easier to learn new things. Growing up I was always told that the optimum time to learn a new language was before puberty but this doesn’t mean that as soon as you hit age 14 you lose any ability to take in and retain new information. Research has shown that, despite the common misconceptions, older people are just as capable as their younger counterparts, if not more so, of learning a new language. As we get older we become more aware of how language works, we subconsciously know what rules to use when we want to say a certain type of phrase or refer to a certain object and so it’s easier to predict and understand the grammatical rules that confused us so much whilst we were at school. So much for not being able to teach an old dog new tricks.

Good for Travel? But, other than regretting not listening in school when you were at school, what’s the point of learning another language? Although at first it seems pretty obvious, being able to talk to locals when you’re frolicking in France or sipping sangria in Spain, there are other benefits to going back to class and learning how to ask for a table for four in another tongue. “It can benefit your professional career in that it allows you to apply for jobs that are in a different country,” says Sylvia Warnecke of the Goethe Institute in Glasgow, “it even has a proven positive effect on the flexibility and alertness of peoples brains.”

Good for Brain Training? This idea of learning a new language increasing cognitive function is not just one that PR agents for language schools put out there to make us want to learn. Scientist James Flynn published an article in The New Yorker saying “the mind is much more like a muscle than we’ve ever realised…it need[s] to get cognitive exercise.” and, such exercise can come from activities like learning a foreign language. Claims like this have also gained support from researchers like Dr Ellen Bialystok, a Canadian Psychologist, who has said that “the cognitive skill that seems to be the most enhanced by learning a second language is critical thinking.” So, it seems that our teachers were right all along, learning a language is actually beneficial. As well as giving us the chance to discover and learn about a new culture it allows us the chance to be able to improve our ability to solve problems.


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With all these benefits the question is, where can we go to take up a foreign language and make us these cultural chameleons and linguistic experts?

Where to Learn? There are numerous schools offering classes in learning a foreign language. Whether its French, German, Spanish or Italian there will be some place, somewhere that will have what you’re looking for. No matter your level of education, age or existing ability they offer courses that allow anyone to take up a second or even third language or to help expand their already existing knowledge.

French Alliance Francaise is a French language and cultural school covering the West of Scotland which is linked to the Institut Francais Ecosse in Edinburgh serving the East of Scotland. So there’s no excuse for anyone to not try and brush up on their French skills. The school offers course for children and adults with varying degrees of knowledge in the language. Nathalie Korkmaz of Alliance Francaise says “Embracing another language gets you to discover a new culture”, something that the centre makes sure it embraces, “we organise cultural events around the French language and culture.” The school itself has a multimedia library which allows students the chance to continue their studies outside of the classroom. See or in Edinburgh

German The Goethe Institut in Glasgow offers courses for all levels and ages and there are classes available at all times of the day, Monday to Saturday, to suit all diaries. 0141 332 2555. Like its French counterpart the Goethe Institut also offers the chance to explore German culture through music, film and literary events. In Edinburgh, offers German evening classes on Frederick St. 0845 130 4775

Spanish Or you could opt for Spanish lessons at Lorca Spanish in Glasgow and Edinburgh who offer the ability to learn in small classes from people with a depth of knowledge in both the Spanish and Latin American language and culture. For Glasgow call: 0141 332 7970. Edinburgh: 0131 563 7631

Italian Southside & Bonnington. Call Manuel on 07517 896806

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For those of us with children and/or grandchildren, it’s even more important as we all want to make sure that our kids (and kid’s kids!) are provided for should anything unexpected happen. There’s nothing morbid about Wills, but they are something that most of us like to put off thinking about. So, the sooner the better is the best advice. Any changes in circumstances, a new baby in the family, new partner or loss of partner, moving home (upsizing or downsizing) or even buying an expensive piece of jewellery are all times when we should be thinking about updating our Wills. So, something this important should probably be a pretty tricky business, right? Wrong. Having a Will made or updated need not be complicated. Not having one could be though! Couples who are unmarried or not in a civil partnership do not automatically inherit from each other without a Will. When children are involved, however old they are, a Will is essential to protect them when a parent dies and to make sure any future generations are provided for. When looking at Wills, perhaps you should also be looking at other aspects of your financial life.

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Manuel gained his diploma in teaching Italian to foreigners in Rome and then spent the next two years teaching in a school next to the Vatican, where most of the students were priests or nuns who had come to Rome to study from all across the world. Manuel moved to Scotland more than three years ago and in that time worked for the council and other language schools before launching his own business called Edinburgh Italian Classes. Manuel prefers to teach in a relaxed atmosphere using fun activities and a conversation-oriented teaching method which allows students to start using the language after just a few classes. Edinburgh Italian Classes offers different options for those interested in learning Italian: private tuition, usually at the student’s home, online conversation classes and group courses held in community centres and workplaces around Edinburgh. Some of Manuel’s group courses run on a pay-as-you-go basis, that means no up front payment is needed. Manuel also told us that people often contact him to start learning Italian with their partners or with a couple of friends. He thinks that’s usually the best way to ensure good results and good fun. The next group courses will start in Bonnington on March 12th and in Southside on March 18th. For more information contact Manuel: 07517 896806

Trust funds for example – this is something to look at if you have young children or grandchildren. Otherwise, they could stand to inherit at the age of 16. How would you have spent the money at that age? Probably best not to ask. Have you thought about setting up a tax efficient Trust Fund to help your children and grandchildren find their financial feet when they leave home? What about university or getting a foot on the property ladder? What is the best way to put money aside for future education or a first home? More and more parents and grandparents are having to step in to help the younger generations because of the current economic climate we find ourselves in. Being a parent and grandparent throws up many costs, you may have heard the phrase ‘Bank of Dad or Grandma’ more and more recently! There is so much to think about, but there is no time like the present to put a plan in place. So, when you’re ready to get your head around things, sit down with an advisor you trust and together talk through what the best plan of action is for you and your family. Once it has been done, it can be forgotten about until your circumstances change. Having a Will in place and knowing that you’re planning for the future gives you and your loved ones real peace of mind. If you want any additional advice on making a Will, or any other aspects of preparing for the future, legal, financial and property specialists Pagan Osborne offer a Will writing service and a free 360 Lifestage Review, which looks at all aspects of your life and plans for any changes that lie ahead. For more information, contact Pagan Osborne on 0131 624 6820 or visit

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Hotel Review

Things to Do

Loch Melfort Hotel & Restaurant Arduaine (nr Oban), Argyll PA34 4XG 01852 200 233 | Reviewed by James Patrick


och Melfort Hotel is rightly famous for its spectacular west coast views. As we stepped into the family suite in the main house our jaws dropped at the picture perfect vista of glorious Asknish Bay. The room is very spacious, classically well appointed with DVD and TV. Calum & Rachel Ross have owned Loch Melfort for more than two years now, they have young children of their own and every effort is made to ensure the hotel is warm, friendly and welcoming. The hotel is smart but parents and grandparents of young kids can still feel at ease. The staff are superb and really attentive. Loch Melfort Hotel has a formal dining room Asknish Bay Restaurant (with 2 AA rosettes) several lounges with log fires and a family friendly bistro, Chartroom II. Children are allowed in the main dining room, of course, but there’s a smart casual dress code and respect for the other diners is expected. We ate in both restaurants and would have to recommend the bistro if you have younger grand kids. The Hotel has an annexe called the Cedar Wing with ground floor, motel style rooms, that we had stayed in on a previous visit. These have the same amazing views, are a little more basic than the rooms in the main hotel but this is reflected in the price. Dogs are allowed in these rooms and it was quite nice to walk the dog down to the loch and back without having to disturb other guests.

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Restaurant Review

The menu selection is impressive and changes all the time as Michael looks to use fresh Scottish ingredients as much as possible – scallops, game, Aberdeen Angus from John Gilmour, Borders Lamb etc.

Michael Neave Kitchen And Whisky Bar

21 Old Fishmarket Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1RW Tel: 0131 226 4747, Twitter: @Michael_Neave Reviewed by Ladies who Lunch: Anna and Linda

We visited Michael Neave on a Saturday lunch time and were so impressed by the excellent, attentive staff and overall dining experience at a very reasonable price. In mid-week Michael offers an ‘Express Lunch’ which is a starter and main course plus coffee and a brownie (which you can take with you if you prefer), all for just £7.95. As it was a Saturday, we had the choice of either 2 courses for £11.95 or 3 courses for £14.95 with the option of a la carte as well. Choices from the Saturday lunch menu included Cullen skink bake, pork fillet with black pudding and crushed new potatoes through to elderflower and pistachio parfait.

ocated half way down Old Fishmarket Close, a historic little alley way just off the Royal Mile near the St Giles Cathedral, Michael Neave’s Kitchen and Whisky Bar is a real find. Yes, it is on a steep cobbled hill that could be difficult to navigate if wet or icy but it’s well worth a visit.

The presentation was beautiful and the food tasted as good as it looked. We started with bbq’d sea bass and salsa which was just spicy enough for lunch time dining. It was a lovely starter; light, delicious and perfectly cooked whilst my friend enjoyed ham hough terrine with a wonderfully fruity chutney. Both our plates were clean when they were taken away and the meal was accompanied with warm soft baked home-made bread rolls.

If you are looking for a city centre restaurant serving some of the best of Scotland’s larder with good service and sensible prices, then this is certainly worth a trip into town. Michael Neave himself is a young Scottish chef of considerable talent and this is his first restaurant opened just before the Festival last year. A previous runner up in Scotland’s young chef of the year, Michael is just 21 and looks set for a very bright future.

For main course we chose from the a la carte menu enjoying chicken with a truffle and mushroom risotto and a vegetarian option of roast butternut squash and Feta Wellington with a chunky winter salad. The Wellington was really good with crispy pastry and a beautiful moist filling accompanied with a lovely salad which included blackberries that melted in the mouth and added a delicious fresh twist.

You enter via a small terrace that will be lovely in the summer with outside tables. Apparently there are plans for transforming this space into an urban garden which we can’t wait to see. Had it not been a cold February day we would certainly have considered enjoying a glass of champagne on the terrace hidden away from the busy weekend crowds on the Royal Mile.

Dessert was a hugely difficult decision but we did finally decide upon a chocolate brownie with a special treat of whisky marmalade ice cream recommended by the Maitre D’ which was delicious. I particularly enjoyed the ice cream even though I’m not a whisky lover. My friend, Linda, chose the vanilla panna cotta with champagne strawberries which was declared ‘a triumph’.

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Michael Neave is modern and stylish but still warm and welcoming, upstairs and down. The upstairs bar is a lovely, comfortable space to sit and relax with a whisky (it is a whisky bar of course!) or in our case a gorgeous glass of chilled white wine. The restaurant below is spacious and light with an intimate-looking and partially enclosed area that seats six to eight people for a slightly more private dining experience – perfect for special family occasions or small parties.


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There is no doubt we will return for the great lunch deals but I imagine the restaurant is also lovely at night. Michael Neave is a young chef who will go far. He certainly knows how to put flavours together and create a warm welcoming atmosphere. Don’t miss it if you are in this part of town at lunch time and make sure you book in the evening as it’s bound to get more and more popular as people discover it.

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Health & Wellbeing

Dear Dentist I am aware that my smile has changed. I don’t want to look like a Hollywood superstar but what can be done to make my smile look more like this photo of me in my twenties?


our request tells me that you think that your smile has not necessarily improved with the passage of time. This is a common concern. For some people, realisation comes out of the blue when looking at recent photographs but often it can creep up on you. Today, more than ever, mature patients want to keep their teeth and keep those teeth looking the part for longer. Often achieving this can require a very different level of experience and care from your dentist than you needed in your twenties. For many, improving or caring for a mature smile simply involves keeping gum disease at bay and filling spaces where teeth have been lost, using dentures, bridges or implants. The eventual solutions to rejuvenate a smile are relatively straightforward and I will talk about these in a future article, but before attempting any type of smile improvement there is a critical step that should not be missed. Before treatment, it is important that you and your dentist work out, not only what has changed with your smile, but more importantly what has caused these changes to occur. Without knowing what has caused the changes and, indeed, whether those changes are still happening, any attempt to restore things may not be successful in the long term. Figuring out what has changed is in many ways the easy part, for example if you show less of your teeth or if your teeth look longer. We can also readily spot uneven and dark teeth, visible fillings or crowns and spaces where teeth have been lost. Figuring out why things have changed can be a little more complex but is worthy of your attention and time early on in the process. Commonly it is not one single thing that leads to your smile appearing as it does today, rather it is a mix of factors. Tooth

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discolouration, tooth shortening, chipping or even teeth drifting often happen as a group but the exact cause of these will vary from one person to another. It is critical, though, that all of the problems are identified, addressed and understood before attempting to make any improvements. Thankfully today we have a range of techniques and technologies at our disposal, none of which involve injections or a drill! Unlike our dental predecessors, I am lucky today to be able to choose from a range of tools such as digital imaging and radiography through to plaque microscopy and saliva testing to help understand and assess what is happening in someone’s mouth. Not every person needs every test, but when the causes of dental problems are fully understood then working out the solution to help give you your smile back becomes easier. You may think this sounds like a lot of hassle simply to take a look at a few worn or discoloured teeth; however spending a small amount of time in advance of treatment is a wise investment. Skip this step and you may experience typical problems such as fillings or crowns that keep falling out and teeth that keep moving or breaking. With more extensive treatment you will run a high risk of rejuvenating your smile only to find that it quickly reverts back to the way it was. Identify the causes first and you can expect the results of your treatment to last longer and be more predictable. To end on a positive note, this approach is something that any experienced dentist will take and, as a result, they will be happy to stand behind your treatment with guarantees that extend well beyond the first year.

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