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Glasgow Packed with Great Ideas, Inspiration and Information for over 55s living in and around Glasgow. Autumn 2012 – Issue 4

Inside... Great 55 Life Travel Club Offers Volunteering Ideas Great Days Out Planning Your Retirement Legal & Financial Advice Home - Leisure - Health - Fitness - Travel - Food - What’s on?

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A FREE Weekend in Glasgow! 15th & 16th September 2012 This fantastic FREE event is Glasgow’s way of celebrating its buildings, its streets, its parks, its architecture, its history and its people. From Monday 10th September until Friday 14th September talks, events & seminars will be taking place. During the weekend of Saturday 15th September & Sunday 16th September you can see over 100 buildings, join 39 walks, tours, more talks & events all completely FREE! Visit for more information or call the Glasgow Preservation Trust on 0141 554 4411

Arrange a FREE Will before end of October 2012! If you make a donation to The Hospices. Call McClure Solicitors on 0800 61 61 89


Summer was a bit of a wash out but we have lots of ideas to make you feel sunny inside for the Autumn months ahead! This issue is packed with suggestions for great days out and leisure activities. We also bring you information on volunteering opportunities, as well as advice if you are thinking of retiring or planning for later life. Be sure to check out our travel pages and our 55Travel Club which gives you details of our amazing new club benefits programme and holiday offers that can’t be beaten on value or price! 3-4 News

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Glasgow Packed with Great Ideas,

Inspiration and Information

for over 55s living in and

around Glasgow. Autumn

2012 – Issue 4


Great 55 Life Travel Club Offers Volunteering Ideas Great Days Out Planning Your Retirement Legal & Financial Advice Home - Leisure - Health

- Fitness - Travel - Food

Home & Leisure - Arts, books, competitions, clubs & activities,

10-11 Travel - 55Life Travel Club, Cruises, Things to do in Barcelona 12

Hotel Review


Eating Out


Easy Listening


Legal & Later Life


Great Days Out

21-23 What’s On - Theatre, community events, days out

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18-19 Are you Ready for Retirement?

To find out more contact Glasgow Memory Clinic on 0141 948 0206.


Volunteering Spotlight Ramblers Scotland

16-17 Health & Wellbeing

If you or someone you care about have Alzheimer’s disease or are worried about a decline in memory function, then you may be eligible to participate in Glasgow Memory Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Early Detection Research Programme. Taking part in research is entirely voluntary and medical care and study medication will be provided at no financial cost.

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Supporting our Veterans


ottages for veterans and their families have been a feature of the Erskine estate in Bishopton for many years. Over the past few years, the military charity has undertaken an extensive £7 million rebuilding programme with family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Group. The one, two and three bedroom cottages are being built to state of the art amenity and energy conservation standards and Mactaggart & Mickel have already completed 34 new veterans’ cottages with more planned for completion between now and 2014.

Applying for an Erskine cottage Priority is given to disabled Service men and women who have been injured on duty and are about to leave the Forces as well as those leaving the forces who have a housing need.

Admission to Erskine cottages is open to: • Regulars and National Service personnel who have served in the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force • Reservists who have been deployed on active service • Ex-Merchant Navy personnel who have served in conflict

If you want to apply for cottage accommodation at Erskine contact Veterans Scotland on 0131 550 1569 or visit For more information about Erskine volunteering and fundraising opportunities call 0141 812 1100 or visit

Get your life back with IDD Therapy... What is IDD Therapy? IDD Therapy is the non-surgical spinal decompression treatment which is helping chronic back and neck pain sufferers to live a normal active life again. Safe, gentle and non-invasive, IDD Therapy addresses the failings of traditional traction and natural limitations of what can be achieved with the hands alone. If you suffer with back pain or neck pain which won’t go away, discover why thousands turn to IDD Therapy. IDD Therapy is suitable for: • herniated disc (lumbar or cervical) • degenerative disc disease • sciatica • chronic low back pain Individual sessions of IDD start from £70. Block bookings available for significantly discounted rates


Why choose IDD Therapy? • current treatment is not working • want to stop taking painkillers • want to avoid injections or surgery • seeking long term pain relief

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How does IDD Therapy work? IDD Therapy can isolate each lumbar vertebra (L1, L2, L3, L4 or L5) and distract targeted vertebrae surrounding an injured disc 5 to 7 millimetres. The comfortable 25 minute treatment provides static, intermittent and oscillatory forces on structures that may be causing low back pain.

Pressure differentials promote the diffusion of water, oxygen and nutrients into the vertebral disc area with a goal to improve disc health. The distraction forces work tight muscles and stiff ligaments to improve mobility in the joint. If you are suffering with a herniated disc, taking pressure off a targeted disc and improving movement in the joint can help the body retract the bulging disc nucleus. Consequently, when a disc bulge is putting pressure on a nerve and causing pain, removal of this nerve pressure can help to relieve your pain.

Volunteering Spotlight

Photograph courtesy of Ramblers Scotland

Volunteer with Ramblers Scotland And help to leave a lasting and positive health legacy for the people of Scotland


he London Olympic Games are over and all eyes are now on Glasgow as we prepare for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Beyond the medals won by our athletes, and the new facilities which are developed for these Games, there is much talk of aiming for a legacy which will lead to a fitter, healthier nation. Ramblers Scotland believe that the best way to secure a lasting physical activity legacy for the entire country is by increasing the amount of walking and cycling done by the population as a whole, rather than simply concentrating on increasing participation in sports. Ramblers Scotland campaigns and policy manager, Helen Todd explains how their Medal Routes Project hopes to make a difference: “Scotland’s health record is not great – currently almost two-thirds of adults fail to reach the recommended levels of physical activity of 150 minutes a week. Yet this can be easily achieved by, for example, 30 minutes of brisk walking on 5 days a week. Our Medal Routes project is one way to help people be more active in their daily lives by encouraging them to go for a walk in their local area.” Ramblers Scotland is already working with many individuals, communities and organisations across Scotland to develop short, circular routes of approx 15, 30 and 60 minutes (bronze, silver and gold “medal” routes), based on local walking hubs and using existing paths. A walking hub could be a community or sports centre, a school, library, hotel, hospital, bus or train station. All Medal Routes are open to all and free. If you would you like to get involved, Ramblers Scotland is looking for volunteers to identify walking hubs and map routes,

to promote the routes in their local areas and also to run ‘taster’ walks to encourage people to use the routes. Support, direction and guidance will be available. More information on the volunteering roles and Medal Routes can be downloaded from the Scottish Ramblers website, Alternatively contact their project officer, Jacqueline Ferguson on 07825 994 592 or email Please mention 55Life Glasgow magazine when you call. The Medal Routes project is funded by Scottish Natural Heritage, Paths for All and Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust.

Walk to Beat Blood Cancers Glasgow and District Branch of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research are holding their annual Forget-Me-Not-Walk in Pollok Country Park, Pollokshaws Road, G43 1AT on Sunday September 16, starting at 11.30. Join us to walk in memory of a loved one, to celebrate a life saved or simply for a great day out. The walk is approximately 4.5K and is suitable for adults and families. For entry form Phone: 07708 303 455 Email:

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Property makeovers

Martin Wishart will headline feastRen Food & Drink Festival with “An audience with Martin Wishart” cooking demo & Q&A at 7.30pm on stage at Eastwood Park Theatre on Saturday 8 September.

Calling all Food Lovers Celebrate Scotland’s fantastic larder of food and drink at one of the many events taking place during 1-16th September in celebration of Scottish Food & Drink Fortnight. Independent delicatessens, farm shops, local retailers, restaurants, cafes and celebrity chefs will be out in force tempting your tastebuds with an array of delicious, diverse, fresh, fantastic food. To find out more about events taking place near you visit

House prices in Glasgow and west central Scotland are higher now than they were at the start of the year according to a report from Glasgow Solicitors Property Centre (GSPC). Average selling times have also fallen sharply, and are now 30% lower than it was this time last year and almost 45% lower than it was at the start of 2012. Greater price stability and shorter selling times should make moving home quicker and less stressful than it has been for some time, but if you need a helping hand then why not call in the house doctors. One company that can help you transform your house into tip top selling condition is houseStyle. houseStyle was set up three years ago by former estate agent Pauline Calder and interior designer Lisa Trainer when they realised a gap in the market existed for professionally presented homes. Together they will stage your home using soft furnishings, lighting, accessories, furniture and take care of the seemingly insignificant details that will transform and even sell your home. Whether you are selling, downsizing, letting or simply decluttering, they can provide styling, design, and decoration expertise. Call Pauline or Lisa on 07867 503260 or email


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Downsize for a lifestyle upgrade

Typical kitchen at Gainsborough Court, West End.

Downsizing is on the up with Mactaggart & Mickel Homes as more and more househunters are looking to release equity from their draughty older properties by moving to a reliable new home. From savings on your bills thanks to the advanced insulation and energy efficient heating systems in every property to spending less on repairs and maintenance, there are lots of practical benefits to downsizing to a new property.

The Westray bungalow at Meadow Belles, Mauchline.

downsizing can mean you have the freedom to treat yourself. And while you might be tempted never to leave your lovely new home, this could be the perfect time to enjoy weekend breaks in the UK or abroad or even

travel to those far off lands you’ve always dreamed of visiting.

Court in Glasgow’s desirable west end are ideal for downsizers.

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ stylish apartments at Mallot’s Brae and Cherrybank Gardens in the sought after residential suburb of Newton Mearns and Gainsborough

If you prefer the great outdoors our Marr Meadows develop-ments on the Ayrshire coast combines all the benefits of a new build home with scenic settings, fresh sea air and spectacular views. Or for country living you can’t beat picturesque Meadow Belles in Mauchline. We also have apartments at East Craigs in Edinburgh, ideal for househunters looking for the calm of the suburbs within easy reach of the hustle and bustle of the city.

But don’t forget about some of the fun upsides you can enjoy by freeing up the equity in your property. Your new home can mean a whole new lifestyle! Whether you love dining out, spending the morning on the green or the afternoon in the spa,

Type E lounge and dining at Mallots Brae, Newton Mearns.

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The upside of downsizing Release some equity and enjoy life in a new energy efficient Mactaggart & Mickel Home

We have a range of developments ideal for downsizing to and it doesn’t have to mean you moving to an apartment - if you still want your own front door, a bit of outdoor space or a small garden.

2 and 3 bed apartments in Glasgow and Edinburgh 2 and 3 bed semi detached in the Clyde Coast 2 and 3 bed bungalows in Ayrshire For more details please visit Mallots Brae, Newton Mearns.

Typical Mactaggart & Mickel bathroom. Or call 0845 600 1925 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm

A Place In History:

Britain's headline news stories remembered


Celebrate Reading with Book Week Scotland


cotland’s first ever national celebration of reading is taking place from the 26 November until 2 December 2012. Organised by Scottish Book Trust on behalf of Creative Scotland, Book Week Scotland aims to bring Scots of all ages and from all walks of life together to celebrate books and reading. As well as attending the many events that are taking place, you can get involved by volunteering as a book lover willing to make reading recommendations to people during Book Week Scotland. To find out more, visit their website www. The search is also on for The League of Extraordinary Booklovers who are willing to volunteer throughout Book Week Scotland by sharing their passion for reading and knowledge of books with people, inspiring them to read more. If you would like to take part in Book Week Scotland as a member of The League of Extraordinary Booklovers – or you would like to nominate someone email and explain (300 words max) why you should be selected for The League. The closing date is 14 September 2012.

Published by Ammonite, October 2012 (RRP £14.99 but readers can get 30% off between 1st October & 1st January 2013 by calling 01273 488005 and quoting R3792). In A Place in History, former BBC journalist and latterly Director of the National Media Museum, Colin Philpott, takes us on a journey of discovery around Britain to places of political, cultural and social significance, as well as places immortalised by a single incident. The author taps into our fascination with a sense of place and our need to walk on the ground where history was made and to discover what happened next. Largely the history of ordinary places touched by extraordinary events, the book examines what happened, how the enduring legacies of these events have shocked and shaped our country but also looks at the longerterm impact of events on places once the cameras stopped rolling and the news crews moved on to the next story. The places and events featured in A Place in History include the Aberfan Disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, serial killer doctor Harold Shipman’s surgery, the scene of Concorde’s first flight, the birthplace of The Beatles, a hotel that slid into the sea, the ward where the world’s first test-tube baby was born, the spot where Pickles the dog discovered the stolen World Cup and the place where a snail in a bottle made legal history.

Win Tickets to The Telegraph Cruise Show! SECC, Glasgow: 6-7 October 2012 The UK’s biggest event for discovering a world of voyages Be sure not to miss the UK’s biggest cruise showcase - perfect for those new to cruising and needing help to plan their first voyage, or seasoned cruisers looking for inspiration for their next holiday at sea. This is the only place where you will find all the major and specialist cruise lines under one roof, hear directly from the cruise experts about what’s new for 2013 and save thousands of pounds with the exclusive show only offers! So whether you enjoy sailing in six-star comfort, visiting remote destinations, have a spirit for adventure or prefer relaxing in the most modern resort-style ships perfect for the whole family, then The Telegraph CRUISE Show is the place to be.

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We are giving 10 lucky readers the chance to win a pair of tickets to the show – worth £20! Just answer this simple question below: Where is The Telegraph CRUISE Show taking place? • SECC, Glasgow • The local village hall • At sea Closing date for entries is 26th September 2012. To enter the prize draw simply email or pop answers on a postcard to 55Life magazines, 4 Woodside Place, Charing Cross, Glasgow G37QF.

READER’S TICKET OFFER: Just in case you don’t win, we are also offering our readers half price tickets to the show when booked in advance! Get your tickets for only £5 (that’s saving £5 off the door price!!) by quoting ‘55LIFE’ when booking tickets online at www. or when calling 0871 620 4024. (Calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras).

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ehead Curling Rink

Taking to the Ice


n response to our recent 55Life survey many of you said you would like more information about local clubs and classes that offer opportunities to keep fit, meet people and have fun. In this issue we introduce you to a game which has been favourite with Scots for centuries – curling. The curling season starts again in September and there are around forty curling clubs that play at Braehead Curling Rink (which is located on the upper floor within Braehead shopping centre). Most of these clubs are always on the look out for new members and coaching can be provided. David Horne is the curling development officer at the Rink, one of the largest curling facilities in Scotland. David was 50 when he took up curling for the first time. Explaining “I played rugby all my life but eventually I had to call it a day and I was looking for something else to pass the time. Friends introduced me to curling and I was quite honestly hooked from day one. That was 14 years ago and I’ve not looked back.” Throughout the season, David hosts introductory sessions for people who want to try curling before they decide whether it’s for them or not. “We ask those that enjoy it and want to continue, to join us in some lessons and then they are guided into our virtual Curling club” said David. “This has between 30 and 40 relative beginners who participate in regular coaching and games throughout the season and after two or three years they usually go on to join one of the main curling clubs at Braehead.” “Curling is an ideal sport for all ages regardless of their fitness or ability. It is also one of the most social sports I know and is a great way to meet people and make new friends. There is

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great camaraderie among everyone and most curlers usually go into the Curling bar, after the game for a coffee or something stronger.” David also organises a league which is exclusive to over 50’s and from October 13th will be running a Saturday morning club which is open to all curlers, including complete beginners. In the meantime David would like to invite anyone who reads the magazine to come along to “A FREE TRY CURLING SESSION” on Friday the 21st September at 5.15pm. Spaces will be limited so you do have to contact David to reserve a space. All equipment is provided but you have to bring with you “CLEAN”, flat soled shoes, such as trainers. If you would like to book a space or would like more information then please contact David on 0141 885 4611 (Then key 3 and 2) or e-mail at So come on ladies and gents don’t delay – David is waiting for your call!

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Did you know Curling originated in the middle ages on frozen ponds or lochs in Scotland and original curling stones weighed over 100lbs. A great deal of skill, strategy and teamwork goes into choosing the ideal path and placement of a stone. This gives curling its nickname of “Chess On Ice”

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Our Special Travel Club Autumn Offer Outstanding Value For Money Cruise Special Onboard Norwegian Spirit, Full Board, Flying from Glasgow Includes: Flights, Spacious Accommodation, Transfers, Excellent Dining & Fabulous Entertainment plus 1 night pre-cruise stay in Malaga Cruise Itinerary: Malaga, Barcelona, Tenerife, Lanzarote, Malaga Departure Dates: 21 & 30 November, 09 December, 23 January, 01 & 11 February Inside cabin - 10 nights from only £599 per person, Discounted Upgrades to Ocean View & Balcony Cabins Available.

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Top Attractions in Barcelona


he Sagrada Familia is undoubtedly Gaudi’s most impressive works. Under construction since 1882, the Cathedral it is still unfinished but you can’t fail to be amazed by the sheer size and scale of what Gaudi set out to do. Take the lift to the top for a breathtaking view of the city. Stroll down Barcelona’s most famous boulevard, Las Ramblas. The mile-long road bustles with tourists, artists, human statues, fortune-tellers, dancers and musicians. A visit to the La Boqueria market is a must. Sample one of the many delicious tapas bars or a platter of pintxos, a Basque version of tapas, and a popular culinary trend in Barcelona. Wonder round the Barri Gotic otherwise known as the Gothic Quarter and Barcelona's most famous district. Enjoy exploring the tiny, narrow streets, beautiful architecture, lovely cafes and boutiques. Visit Casa Batlló, one of the two great buildings designed by Antoni Gaudí on Passeig de Gràcia, the other being La Pedrera. From the outside the façade of Casa Batlló looks like it has been made from skulls and bones. The skulls are in fact balconies and the bones are supporting pillars. Enjoy the peace and serenity of the Teatre Grec’s leafy gardens and then head to the Fundació Joan Miró museum. It's home to a collection of over 225 paintings, 150 sculptures and graphic pieces by the Spanish surrealist artist, along with a number of works by his contemporaries. Discover Barcelona at your leisure with a City Sightseeing tour. See the major sights aboard an open-top double-decker bus. The tour will highlight all the things to do in the city so that you can hop on and off at your convenience at more than 44 stops.

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Hotel Review

Knock Castle Hotel & Spa Drummond Terrace, Crieff, Perthshire, PH7 4AN 01764 650 088 Reviewed by James Patrick


ormerly the home of shipping magnate Lady Macbrayne, Knock Castle (4star) perches high above the town of Crieff in Perthshire. Knock is a classic 19th Century Scottish baronial castle, the décor is opulent and its views across the Strathearn Valley are stunning. The Hotel has 3 suites, 6 deluxe rooms and 9 modern rooms in their newish executive extension. There is also a lodge within the 3 acres of delightful grounds which can accommodate up to 18 people. The main restaurant requires formal attire but the Rooftop Restaurant where we dined is informal. For us the Rooftop restaurant is the Hotel’s highlight, where you can enjoy either the Table D’Hote menu, the Degustation menu or the bar menu (which is not available to diners in the main restaurant). Three walls are full glass panes giving a panoramic view of the valley. We visited on a dreich day so the mist hung low, blanketing the valley so only the tree tops were visible while we dined – the atmosphere was almost African (apart from the temperature). On a warm day, they open the doors and you can enjoy drinks and dinner outside on the terrace enjoying the amazing views.

Rates Lodge rooms are available from £55 for bed and breakfast. Others range from £72.50 to £129.50 bed and breakfast. Dinner bed and breakfast rates are from £85 – £159. All prices are per person based on 2 sharing.


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Things to do nearby For the sporting enthusiast, there are six nearby golf courses including Gleneagles plus several challenging lochs and rivers for anglers. Loch Earn is a short drive away with a host of water sports and walks. Crieff itself has a range of activities for visitors including the Crieff Visitor Centre and the Famous Grouse Experience at Glenturret, Scotland’s oldest distillery. The nearby villages of Comrie with its Earthquake House and Muthill where you can explore Drummond Castle Gardens with its historic sundial are well worth a visit.

The meal was of a high standard with options ranging from venison carpachio, and wild pheasant terrine to fresh fish, slow roasted pork belly, fillet of Scotch beef etc. – all showing off the chef’s skills and wonderfully presented. There was also an excellent wine selection. Knock also has good leisure facilities including a spa with a wide selection of treatments plus a good size swimming pool with seating round the pool, sauna and steam room. The gardens are relaxing with plenty of places to stop and rest. Breakfast did not disappoint either and set us up wonderfully for a day exploring the local area.

Restaurant Review

Glasgow Thai Fusion Authentic cuisine in an Iconic city backdrop

A meal for 2 with drinks from £80 Ambience

by Lisa Trainer


Chaophraya, The Townhouse, Nelson Mandela Place Glasgow G1 2LL


Tel: 0141 332 0041 Email: Web:



he newly opened Chaophraya (pronounced Chao-pi-ya) in the fully restored Townhouse building in the heart of Glasgow’s city centre is described as Europe’s largest Thai restaurant. But is it the best? Boasting 4 floors of luxuriously themed decor reflecting true Thai culture, it promises the ultimate fine dining experience... A Friday night out to sample the gastronomic delights on offer in this stunning venue was an exciting prospect. First impressions are always important and there is no doubt that the newly refurbished interior reflects a sense of traditional Asian style. Tasteful gold leaf glistens over listed features, oversized Buddhas and elephants stand guard in the grand hallway, exotic flowers and crystal chandeliers give the ‘wow’ factor...all predictable opulence but more ‘cultural kitsch’ than cutting edge. The Palm Sugar bar set the scene for pre dinner drinks serving a comprehensive list of alternative Thai cocktails, spirits and wine. Led upstairs to the vast restaurant, the overwhelming scale of the surroundings becomes more apparent. Certainly not the venue for cosy romantic dining, and one in a chain of others like it, it is still

unique and impressive. Extensive menus of exciting cuisine, offer a variety of creative signature dishes, a la carte specialities and banquet ideas for larger parties. The appetisers were abundant and well presented by friendly, attentive staff. The gigantic king prawn satays with homemade peanut sauce were oozing with flavour and the steamed dumplings delicately spiced and mouthwatering. The mains of green chicken curry and mixed seafood udon noodles were fired up with ingredients of ginger, spices and hot fresh chillies (not for the faint hearted)..however fragrant and delicious. An interesting desert of tasty Thai pancakes was a perfect assortment of mini deserts to indulge a sweet tooth. The boutique style food was the highlight of this culinary journey. Reasonably good value for money, there is however room for improvement to cater for casual diners, family and romantic celebrations, business meetings, VIP and private dining. Cosmopolitan Glasgow is certainly ready to be spiced up with this original concept, but Chaophraya will need to pay attention to the fine detail if it is to present sophisticated food, drink and a social reputation to match international standards and fine cuisine. Issue 4 Autumn 2012


The Composer Of Desafinado Plays: Antonio Carlos Jobim (Verve 1963)

Easy Listening

The Sunshine World of Brazillian Jazz

This is an early orchestral LP, with tastefully laid back arrangements by Jobim of his best known songs - you’ll recognise the melodies if not always the titles. “Ipanema” is there, along with “Quiet Nights Of Quiet Stars”, “Meditation”, and many others.

Bossa Nova Stories: Eliane Elias (Blue Note Records 2008)

by 55Life Reader David Pearson from Newton Mearns.

Lovely Brazilian pianist/singer/ composer who on this album gives soft and sultry bossa renditions of mostly well-known songs like “Desafinado”, “Too marvellous For Words” and songs by Stevie Wonder and the Gershwins.

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nless you spent the Glasgow Fair Fortnight sunning yourself on a beach in Rio, you’ll know that our Great British summer has been neither great nor summery. So we all need a bit of belated sunshine to keep the autumnal mists at bay just a bit longer. I always liked “The Girl From Ipanema” as it took me back to my summer holidays in the early 60s – no, not Brazil, more East Neuk. I revisited the song and discovered a great collection of albums by its composer Antonio Carlos Jobim, undoubtedly the greatest Brazilian songwriter of them all. I began to collect them as record buffs do, and that led me to other great Brazilian artistes and music. Let me recommend a few CDs with which to kick-start your introduction to Brazilian bossa nova. That phrase makes it sound like elevator music, but trust me it’s great, it’s gorgeous and incredibly relaxing, whether you’re on a beach in Rio or strolling along the front in North Berwick.

Finally, if you prefer more familiar territory, try Francis Albert Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim (Reprise 1967) Most of the songs already mentioned are gathered here, and it’s quite simply one of the warmest, most romantic and sexy albums you’ll ever come across. Sinatra was in the autumn of his career when he made this gorgeous album – and now our autumn is upon us with the prospect of winter exerting its icy grip ere long. But put this music on your player and the sun is always shining.

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Health & Wellbeing

What you should know about Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) by Morven Campbell, Clinical Services Manager and optometrist at Black & Lizars.


MD is a common eye condition among people age 50 and older and is a leading cause of vision loss in older adults. Largely because we are all living so long, the number of people affected by this condition is expected to double in the next 20 years. AMD destroys the macula, the part of the eye that provides sharp, central vision needed for seeing objects clearly. It is a particularly frustrating disease because it reduces the ability to read, watch TV, recognise faces or drive. The risk of developing AMD increases with age and those with a family history of the disease are at higher risk. There are also other factors that can play a role in AMD including smoking, obesity, poor diet and high cholesterol levels but some of the risks can be mitigated by making positive lifestyle changes. The damage to the delicate macular tissue is both cumulative and permanent. However, by taking action years or even decades before symptoms appear your chances of developing AMD in later life can be greatly reduced. At Black & Lizars we have established an innovative and comprehensive Macular screening service for our patients. Using some of the very latest examination techniques (including digital retinal photography, macular protective pigment density assessment, and SIGHTRISKTM) we can produce an evidence based cumulative risk factor analysis for any individual. From this information your Optometrist will be able to recommend appropriate actions to help reduce your risk of developing AMD.

the eye that is similar to ultrasound but uses light waves rather than sound waves to illustrate the different layers that make up the back of the eye, especially in the macula.

For patients who already have early signs of AMD we can offer a monitoring service by regularly examining your eyes, assessing your pigment levels and by using Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) we can assess this condition in a way not previously possible. OCT is an extremely advanced 3-D scan of

If you have concerns about AMD, please visit Black & Lizars to discuss with one of our highly qualified and experienced optometrists. We have 24 practices across Scotland, to find your nearest practice visit 0141 445 8380

Black & Lizars recommends a risk assessment for all patients over 40, patients with a family history of AMD and patients with identified risk factors. Macular pigment assessment and, if necessary, optical coherence tomography (OCT) is recommended for all AMD sufferers.

Keep on Dancing! Researchers at Glasgow University have discovered that women who take part in Scottish country dancing could reduce their risk of osteoporosis. According to Sabita Stewart, an NHS physiotherapist who carried out the research, evidence suggests an activity such as ceilidh dancing is better for your bones than other forms of exercise, such as jogging. She said, “There are studies which show that while running is good for you in terms of being out in the fresh air and getting your heart going, it may not be as good for your bone health and impact, as something like Scottish country dancing for example which is much more stop-start�. The study provides quantitative evidence that the impact sustained while doing the pas-de-bas step is beneficial for bone health, can help reduce the risks of osteoporosis and falls in postmenopausal women and older individuals.


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Did you know One in three women and one in 12 men in Scotland over the age of 50 will suffer a broken bone as a result of osteoporosis, with around 20,000 people admitted each year with an osteoporotic fracture

Health & Wellbeing

Do you suffer from sciantic pain, back pain, whiplash, shoulder pain or neck pain?

severe restricted neck movement and pain radiating from the neck down both arms. Alan started IDD Therapy and after his sixth session, he found increased movement in his neck, although pain levels remained about the same. However, over a period of 2 weeks his symptoms gradually began to improve and he began a graduated return to work. On completion of his treatment four weeks later, pain levels were significantly lower with virtually full range of active neck movement. Thereafter, Alan had a number of sessions on Med-X neck/core strengthening facility to ensure full functionality and mobility along with a home exercise programme for long term maintenance.

Then IDD Therapy could be for you. IDD Therapy is a safe, painless, non-surgical, non-invasive treatment which is helping chronic back and neck pain sufferers to live a normal active life again. IDD Therapy® in studies has shown an 86% response rate. The Buckingham Clinic situated in Glasgow’s West End is the only clinic in Scotland to offer this treatment.

By May this year, Alan had returned to his sporting activities, was operating effectively at work with no neck pain. He continues with periodic IDD sessions for maintenance and continues to lead a normal active life.

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Age 57, Occupation, Newspaper Editor. Alan had a long history of severe neck pain with radiating pain down both arms, resulting in severe disruption to normal activities including long term absence from work and inability to participate in sporting activities. An MRI scan revealed a disc protrusion was causing nerve root compression. Alan suffered

Alzheimer’s Early Detection Programme Would you like to be screened for Early Alzheimer’s Disease? Early Alzheimer’s disease is sometimes called Prodromal Alzheimer’s Disease. A new early detection clinical research programme is currently running at Glasgow Memory Clinic. If you are aged between 50 and 85 years and are worried about a decline in your memory find out if you are suitable to be screened for this programme. There is no charge at all for being screened or participating in this Alzheimer’s early detection clinical research programme. Learn more about taking part in our Alzheimer’s Early Detection research programme by contacting Glasgow Memory Clinic on 0141

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Are You Ready for Retirement?


t is estimated, the number of people aged 65 and over in Scotland will increase by 63% from 0.88 million to 1.43 million by 2035. Furthermore, in the UK, some 15 million workers in the UK will reach retirement by 2030.

While people look forward with confidence to retirement and have planned their retirement for quite some time, for a great many men and women according to The Scottish PreRetirement Council, it comes as a life changing experience of enforced leisure and other changes which they find themselves ill-equipped to cope with. Angela Fowlis, Director of the charity, which offers educational courses to facilitate the change from working life to retirement, says too many fail to take advantage of the opportunities this new period of life offers. Explaining she said, “Approaching retirement requires the same process of self-analysis and consultation as you would go through with a career change. This is the time to look at all your options and discover what it is you really want. It’s about personal planning – the opportunity to take a step back and ask yourself ‘How can I create an enjoyable and enriching retirement lifestyle which is purposeful, fulfilling and rewarding?” If you have not already planned for your retirement, then contact The Scottish Pre-Retirement Council or speak to your employer about attending one of their 2 day courses held at colleges of further education in and around Glasgow, as well as hotels in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dunfermline. Invited speakers provide expert guidance and advice on a variety of topics covering everything from the financial and legal aspects of planning your retirement to keeping fit, voluntary and adult education opportunities, and how to cope with relationship and family matters. Courses cost £125.00 and most employers will cover all of the course fees. Courses are held one day per week for two weeks at the following colleges: Anniesland College, City of Glasgow College, Langside College and Reid Kerr College. For further information and to make a booking please call The Scottish Pre-Retirement Council on 0141 332 9427 or email or visit Please mention 55Life when you make your enquiry.

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Planning your Retirement Some questions you should ask yourself: 1. When I retire and income falls from earnings to pension how am I able to maintain the standard of living I have been building up for myself over the years? 2. When the pressures of work are off how shall I keep myself physically fit and mentally alert? 3. When I am separated from those who have been my companions every day at work, who are to be my companions and where will I find them? 4. When the challenges of work which have given purpose to my life day are gone, what new interests, challenges and purposes must I devise for myself? 5. When I cease to fulfil the working role which has been given me a sense of belonging, of being needed and of being useful, what part can I now play as an active contributing member of society? 6. Retirement presents you with so many possibilities. Most will agree that it’s a time to put yourself first and realise some of those long-held dreams and ambitions. You might want to plan a new lifestyle, expand your interests and hobbies or even start a new career! Doing what you have always wanted to do needn’t cost a lot of money either. It might involve simply pottering around, reading or relaxing. If being with other like-minded people is what you are looking for there are numerous clubs, societies and groups out there representing virtually every leisure interest you could think of. Check out our clubs & classes suggestions on page 9 or take time out and treat yourself to a well deserved holiday with our 55Travel Club – there’s plenty of choice and lots of additional extras for 55Life readers!

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Great Days Out A wonderfully old-fashioned way to spend the day (or afternoon at least!) – enjoy a trip back in time at the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway.


he Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway was always one of those places I always meant to visit but never actually got round to it despite it being only 40 minutes or so drive away. Located in Bo’ness itself, the Railway is run entirely by volunteers and is open 7 days a week from April to October. You not only get to enjoy the drama and romance of a trip on a heritage steam train, there is also a great railway museum (which the grandchildren will love) plus lovely café/ coffee shop and souvenir shop. This year, the Railway introduced a new programme of tours and experiences called Something for Sunday which includes the chance to enjoy traditional afternoon tea during an hour long trip. So when I heard this, I decided to treat my mum and booked tickets and tea for two on a sunny Sunday afternoon (for a change). It was a wonderful excuse to spend some time together and was good value for money too. On arrival, we were greeted by a very welcoming, friendly station master and members of the platform staff who personally escorted us to our coach. The coaches are lovely and clean and the staff were very warm and attentive. On the day, we visited there was a mixture of young and old enjoying the Sunday afternoon trip, friends enjoying time together, another mother and daughter couple and several families – one of which was made up of grandchildren, parents and grandparents all out to enjoy granny’s birthday together. The afternoon tea trip costs £15.50 per adult, £14.50 for seniors and £11.50 for children and includes afternoon tea and a return trip from Bo’ness to Manuel. Afternoon tea is served as you leave the station and includes freshly made sandwiches, a small selection of cakes and huge homemade scones with Scottish jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea or coffee. The waitress also offered replacement pots of tea and coffee during the journey as well.

Travel by Rail with Club 55 Scotrail is expanding its Club 55 discount this autumn offering customers 16 extra days of cut-price travel! This means over55s will be able to travel anywhere in Scotland for £19 return from 3 September to 30 November. First Class return journeys are also available on selected routes for £26 and holders of Senior Railcards or Disabled Persons Railcards who are 55 or over, will receive a bonus of a further £2 discount. Club 55 tickets are valid on all train operator services that run in Scotland, apart from the Caledonian Sleeper, private charter services and Sunday East Coast services between Aberdeen and Edinburgh in both directions including intermediate stations. Some other conditions apply. Please visit for details. Tickets can be purchased online, via telesales on 08457 550033, and at staffed stations.


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The afternoon tea trips run every Sunday in September and October and are well worth it. The Railway also runs regular special events including a Vintage Coach Day with a chance to travel in a vintage coach hauled by a steam locomotive (9th Sept), ‘Day Out with Thomas on the 22 and 23 September which will surely be a huge hit with the younger members of the family as they can get to enjoy engines with friendly faces, competitions, entertainment, face painting and fairground attractions. Also look out for other events later this year including Steam n’ Scream Halloween Weekend, Santa Special Steam Trains and the Winter Diesel Gala. For more information visit or call 01506 822298 Photo courtesy of Firs

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What’s On Outside Glasgow For What’s on in and around Glasgow see following two pages SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER 15 September,

22 - 23 September

25 October - 2 November 2012

RAF Leuchars Airshow

Doors Open Days, Edinburgh

The event will mark the joint contribution of the Armed Forces throughout Her Majesty the Queen’s 60-year reign. This is a fantastic day out with spectacular airshows, ground displays, dancing, pipe bands and lots of family entertainment.

This is your chance to explore some of Edinburgh's most architecturally, culturally and socially significant buildings.

Africa In Motion Film Festival Edinburgh Film House

Tel: 0131 557 8686

Visit Tickets : 0844 481 8922. From £12 22 September Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Drill Hall, Edinburgh Judy’s famous Vintage Fair returns to the Drill Hall, with over 40 stalls of the finest vintage and handmade clothes you can get your hands on! It offers a selection of vintage, reworked and hand made stalls all hand picked by fashion experts and price checked to ensure shoppers are paying up to 75% less than high street prices for their vintage.

The annual African film festival returns to the Filmhouse with features, documentaries and shorts this year with a focus on Africa in the modern, globalised world. Film screenings will be accompanied by a wide range of complementary events such as directors’ Q&As and masterclasses, workshops, discussions, music performances and an arts exhibition. Tel. 07739338347 for more information. 31 October, 11am

13 October - 21 October

Strange Scottish Stories Lauriston Castle, Edinburgh

What did you do in the Great War Granddad? National Museum of Flight

Carol Stobie examines the importance of storytelling in communicating historical events down the years. Includes a special autumnal buffet lunch.

Learn how to research your family's history. Tel: 0300 123 6789, Tickets from £7.50

Tel : 0131 529 3963

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What’s On this Autumn SEPTEMBER 2012


The Scottish Cinema Organ Trust Society

22 September

6 & 7 October, 10am - 5pm

David Bowie Tribute Band Oran Mor, Glasgow

National Trust for Scotland, Make Do and Mend Tenement House, Glasgow

Live Music at the venue. For further details please see Copyright of Glasgow City Council (Glasgow Museums) 2012

Host a regular programme of classic silent films, tea dancing and musical concerts at the Pollockshaws Burgh Hall. Here you will see Scotland’s only Wurlitzer Pipe Organ. Forthcoming concerts include: Sunday 16 September at 2.45 - David Gray, Sunday 14 October at 2.45 - Robert Wolfe, Sunday 18 November at 2.45 - Nicholas Martin Visit for further information or call Ian Macnaught on 0141 632 5811 20 September, 7:30pm

New production of La Traviata. boxoffice Friday 21 September - 13 October 11:00am - 6:00pm 21 Revolutions: Two Decades of Changing Minds at Glasgow Women’s Library Glasgow Women’s Library is a phenomenon, the sole resource of its kind in Scotland. To mark the Library’s 21st birthday, it commissioned 21 women artists to make limited edition fine art prints inspired by its library, archive and museum artefact collections. Artists have created work that draws on sources including campaign badges, knitting patterns, Suffragette memorabilia, album covers, feminist newsletters and lesbian dime novels; a selection of these inspirational objects from the GWL collections will be included in the exhibition. For details visit or call 0141 248 9969 Free


For further information please call 0844 493 2197.


28th September, 1.30-3.30pm Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Adult Only Afternoons :Why should kids have all the fun? Drop in to these weekly afternoon sessions to discover something new. Free


La Traviata Eastwood Park Theatre, Giffnock

People in the past were experts in recycling, reusing and reducing. Here’s your chance to learn from them. Come along and try your hand at some of our activities including costume jewellery making, knitting, sewing and rag rug making!

3 October, 7:45pm Talk Night - St Kilda Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie A unique presentation of the island through film and presentation from the crew of the sailing yacht ‘Wind of Gare’, plus photographic sights of birds and fauna of the west coast of Scotland. Booking essential. Tickets £5. Tel: 0141 956 6100 makeabooking.html



Saturday 13th October 2012 Bute Hall, University of Glasgow 7.30pm - £10 (children free) Matthew Todd (tenor) Colette Ruddy (mezzo-soprano) Jon Stainsby (bass) Bearsden Choir University of Glasgow Chapel Choir University of Glasgow Choral Society Choir of the Academy of Sacred Music

Scottish Sinfonia Conductor: Neil Mantle MBE Organist: Morley Whitehead

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NOVEMBER 5 November Annual Fireworks Display Glasgow Green, Glasgow 8 - 10 November Mugdock Music Festival Mugdock Country Park, Milngavie

The Telegraph Cruise Show

The Music Festival gets bigger and better every year and this year will be no exception. Three evening concerts and one Saturday afternoon family show. Final details tbc.

The UK’s biggest event for discovering a world of voyages

Check website for further details.

6 & 7 October

SECC Glasgow, Tickets £10

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What’s On this Autumn Autumn dining at Gamba Established in 1998, Gamba is a stylish award-winning two AA rosette seafood restaurant located in Glasgow’s city centre, serving the finest in sustainable seafood Scotland has to offer. As one of Glasgow’s finest and most reputable restaurants, Gamba takes pride in being the first restaurant in the city to be part of the Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA). Head chef and owner, Derek Marshall, ensures that their innovative dishes are expertly cooked to offer an extraordinary and memorable dining experience. Exclusively for readers of 55Life, you can experience autumn dining at Gamba with three courses and a glass of Prosecco for just £20. Call 0141 572 0899 to book and quote “55 Life” to redeem the offer. Available Sunday to Thursday lunch and dinner and Friday/ Saturday lunch. 225 West George St, Glasgow, G2 2ND Tel: 0141 572 0899

NOVEMBER 9 & 10th November

17 November, 1pm

The 50+ Show, Glasgow 2012, The SECC, Hall 5 9.30 – 4.30 Visit the biggest exhibition in Britain for the active over-50s £10 Entry fee 14 November, 7.30 – 9.30pm The Happiness Club Sloans, 62 Argyle Arcade Glasgow Private Dining Room Each Happiness Club meeting is different, we share different topics designed to help you improve your happiness levels.

Only in its second year, Glasgow’s festival of the national tipple is especially interested in distillers and bottlers from in and around Glasgow itself, but they welcome all, big or small. 22 - 25 November Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair SECC Glasgow

Email for further details. Price - £7.50

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Glasgow’s Whisky Festival The Arches, Glasgow

The Christmas fair bring together hundreds of exhibitors from all over the UK, allowing you to stock up for the festive season. There are also a whole range of exciting workshops for you to get involved in at the Fair. Tel: 0844 395 4000 for further details. £10 Entry Fee





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