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Career Synopsis... The North Magazine Responsible for all editorial page layout and design, advert design, proof reading adverts and editorial content. Along with with this, I would source editorial and images for cover stories and content. I would also organise photoshoots specific to the magazine. Tele/field sales and distribution.

Global Energy Group Working closely with the Director of Communications and the Chairman, I would produce all printed material from the company magazine to booklets, staff newsletters, pocket guides, adverts for external usage and also online internal communications, adhering to strict company brand guidelines at all times.

Scottish Provincial Press As part of a design team which serviced the whole group, I would work on newspaper and magazine adverts, as well as producing travel guides. This would consist of all editorial layout and design including the design of all adverts within.

Graphic Design Along with work on the North Magazine, I would also be involved in design projects that were sourced through contacts from the above. This would comprise of leaflets, catalogues, flyers, menus, company stationery and adverts.

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EDUCATION: James Clark Secondary School (Edinburgh) Qualifications: Highers in English, Maths, Art, History

FURTHER EDUCATION: SVQ / Graphic Design: Teford College, Edinburgh SVQ / Desktop Publishing: Royal High School, Edinburgh SVQ / Desktop Publishing: Stevenson College, Edinburgh SVQ / Desktop Publishing: Tynecastle High School, Edinburgh

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WORK EXPERIENCE: 2015 – 2018 Freelance: Graphic Designer Working as a freelance Graphic Designer in the UK and for a short while in Spain along with Ad Sales, Bar and Kitchen Work.

2007 – 2014 Global Energy Group: Graphic Designer At their request, I was employed as a Graphic Designer based at their Head Office in Inverness. I worked closely with the Head of Marketing and the Chairman producing in-house magazines, brochures and group newsletters; along with other marketing material which extended to: company stationery, posters, flyers, booklets, online internal and external advertising with strict adherance to all company branding guidelines. I would also deliver printed material to other locations belonging to the group. The Global Energy Group is the north of Scotland’s largest private employer.

2012 – 2013 Scottish Provincial Press: Graphic Designer Freelance work in which I was given full creative freedom to come up with design ideas for print ready newspaper and magazine campaign ads. Along with this I was given general ad layouts to work on, supplied by group sales executives. I was also given full access to their online stock library for images and fonts to use at my disposal.

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2000 – 2014 The North Magazine: Magazine Designer My work would consist of page layout & design and the make up of individual advertisements. I was also responsible for sourcing all editorial copy and images, along with ad copy and graphics. On several occasions I would be heavily involved in fashion and food shoots, sourcing locations, clothes and models. My brief included proof reading ads and editorial copy, and as part of this job I would also be involved in tele/field sales and distribution.

1994 – 2000 Scottish Provincial Press: Media Link / Graphic Designer At Media Link – which was the design studio that serviced the whole group from its newspaper ads to magazine design and layout – my primary function was to work with the Creative Art Director to generate new style ads. I would also help in producing ‘ad campaign visuals’ for the group, which would run in several of its newspaper titles. As well as graphic design work, I was also involved in bringing forward new ideas for publications and the overall pricing of jobs that would come to us via the groups sales executives. The design studio also served outside clients that wished to use its graphic design and print services. On a regular basis I would be involved in newspapers, magazines, logo design, and group stationery. I was also responsible for the updating of the studio hardware and software and putting in place a regular purge and file storage system. On occasion I would be required to help and advise the ‘Mac Operators’ at the groups print works. Another exciting part of this job was accepting interns from the local college and I got great satisfaction from watching them create and achieve something that they thought otherwise they could not do.

1976 – 1994 Maddocks & Dick: Graphic Designer On a daily basis my work would consist of creating logos and designs for clients. All designs were drawn by hand and produced to a finished camera ready artwork standard. This work would also involve the freehand drawing of heraldic crests using Rotring and Pantone pens and even a particular typeface that was required, as well as using the industry standard ‘Letraset’ transfer sheet.

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Oils & Vinegars Extra virgin olive oils and vinegars can be used in many ways: for dipping with bread, combined with other ingredients in a dressing, to enrich soups, sauces or marinades.

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Starters & Appetizer Whether you choose Spanish tapas, Italian antipasti, French hors-d'oeuvre or Greek mezze, success is always guaranteed. Especially when you present them in style.

Salads & Dressings Salad is delicious even when summer is over! It’s always a good and healthy choice. Taste the very popular Oil & Vinegar dressings, mustards and chutneys.

Pasta & More Here you will find all the ingredients and flavours for typical Italian dishes. Explore the various pastas, risotto mixes, sauces, pestos, sundried tomatoes and olive pastes.

New Mediterranean Discover the amazing cuisine of North Africa and Middle-Eastern with Moroccan, Tunisian, Turkish and Egyptian influences.

Sweet Sensations Discover sweet Mediterranean specialities such as Sicilian cream with pistachio, fig spreads, Italian honey and Amaretti.

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Oil & Vinegar’s Story If you enjoy life, you will enjoy visiting Oil & Vinegar. We bring you the best quality culinary gifts for those who love good food and fine dining.  Choose from a wide variety of flavoured oils and vinegars 'on tap', bottled especially for you. Single estate extra virgin olive oils from around the world have been carefully selected too. Look at the selection of speciality food that will bring your cooking to life. Serve wonderful food on our ceramic tableware and exclusive olivewood range to share with family and friends. Mostly from traditional family businesses in the country of origin, our products have authentic flavour. Taste the Mediterranean sun in our herbs, sauces and pastas. 

Our philosophy Oil & Vinegar was born out of a passion for good food and premium quality ingredients. The first shop was opened in the Netherlands. Now you can find our Oil & Vinegar shops across Europe, in the United States of America, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. The company is represented in the UK by Colin and Sandie Craig who run Oil & Vinegar in Inverness.

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CORE MARKETS

. . a Scottish success story

Exploration Drilling & Marine Support Facilities The Global Energy Group specialises in the ongoing integrity of mobile drilling rigs & marine vessels, including inspection, repair, maintenance and major CAPEX upgrades.

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Oil & Gas Production The Global Energy Group partners with EPC contractors and operators in the execution of major & minor topside CAPEX as well as new build subsea equipment. The Group also support duty holders with OPEX pipework/ structural maintenance of fixed production platforms.

Petrochemical & Process The Global Energy Group supports CAPEX upgrades to the petrochemical, process & gas storage/conversion sectors through onsite construction as well as offsite fabrication of equipment & modular units.

Power Generation & Utilities Combining mechanical, electrical and civil engineering skills, the Global Energy Group supports new build CAPEX as well as maintenance and upgrade of hydro schemes, water infrastructure and power generation facilities. This includes site construction and offsite fabrication of equipment for the nuclear power industry.

OF THE GLOBAL ENERGY GROUP

The development of the Global Energy Group is a Scottish success story. Founded in 2005, the group has head offices in Aberdeen and Inverness. The energy industry service company is now one of Scotland’s leading employers, a major contributor to the national economy and a highly successful international business. Five years of organic growth and strategic acquisitions have seen the wholly Scottish-owned company’s turnover increase to more than £230million and its world-wide workforce rise to over 3,500 people. In 2010 the company commissioned independent experts to assess the impact it makes on the economy of Scotland. The key findings of that research, which focussed on the 2009/10 financial year, are set out in the following pages.

New Age Renewable Energy The Global Energy Group has emerged as a leader in the construction of new age renewable energy. This includes the fabrication of offshore wind, wave and tidal technologies.

The information in this document is taken from an economic impact assessment carried out by SQW for the Global Energy Group in November 2010. SQW is a leading provider of research, analysis and advice on sustainable economic and social development for public, private and not-for-profit organisations.

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Who we are

Key findings

A service and contracting business, working world-wide, the Global Energy Group group specialises in construction and maintenance of assets across a broad range of energy industry sectors.

Headline facts about the Global Energy Group from the economic

On a typical day the company may be repairing drilling rigs, fabricating subsea manifolds, upgrading topside process modules, building a process plant, refurbishing a hydro station and building renewable energy devices. Global also provides resource management, supply chain solutions and vendor inspection services.

impact assessment of its operations in 2009/10: • one of the largest fabricators in the UK by turnover and scale of facilities • a major exporter of bespoke subsea hardware to West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico • UK market leader for servicing mobile offshore drilling rigs

The company has adapted expertise and experience gained from the Scottish Highlands’ 40 year involvement with oil and gas production to develop sector leading services to meet the 21st century demands of the energy industry around the world. Its capability and capacity has also placed it at the forefront of fabrication of prototype equipment for the emerging marine renewable energy market.

• £100million gross value added (GVA) generated (more than 80% in the Scottish Highlands) • ranked top UK private company for overseas sales growth • fastest growing profit and turnover of any private Scottish company

With extensive facilities in Aberdeen, Europe’s energy capital, and around the Cromarty Firth, the group also has major operations in Dunfermline, the Scottish Central Belt and Great Yarmouth.

• 3,409 people directly employed across Scotland

Global’s successful, customer-led expansion into international markets has been recognised with a number of prestigious awards. With operations in Houston, Norway, Dubai, Trinidad, Ghana, Egypt and Abu Dhabi and joint ventures in Croatia, Cameroon, Namibia and Angola, a quarter of the company’s annual turnover now comes from international sales.

• over 75% high value jobs (including management and engineering as well as skilled trades such as

• 5,136 jobs across Scotland (including indirect employment) welders, pipefitters, platers, electricians, mechanical fitters and joiners)

Gross Value Added (GVA) impact Employment Including its core and contract staff, the group supported almost 3,500 full-time-equivalent (FTE) jobs in Scotland by the end of 2009/10. A large majority of these jobs involve managerial and engineering roles as well as skilled trades, including welders, pipefitters, platers, electricians, mechanical fitters and joiners. The figures suggest the group is one of the largest employers of skilled trades personnel in Scotland

Indirect Employment The group’s activities require the input of many types of goods and services. In addition to those employed directly, the group supports an

The group’s gross value added (GVA) contribution to the Scottish economy in 2009/10 was an estimated £108million (£82million in the Highlands and £26million in the rest of Scotland).

employment

The group directly employed one fifth of the 9,000 people working in the manufacturing sector in the Highlands in 2008 and generated 15% of the GVA created by the sector in the region. The statistics indicate the group is the largest direct private employer in the Highlands.

additional 1,727 jobs in Scotland (889 in the Highlands and 838 in the rest of the country)

The group’s contribution to the Highland economy goes beyond employment and direct supply chain linkages.

Employment: Breakdown of employment supported by GEG in 2009/10

gross value added

Economic and community development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise regard the company as, “significantly important for the region’s renewables aspirations.”

15%

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GVA as a percentage of the Highlands & Islands manufacturing sector

employment as a percentage of the Highlands & Islands manufacturing sector

Number of people employed throughout:

Number of people employed throughout:

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Rest of Scotland (Aberdeen, Dunfermline)

Global people

Number of people employed throughout:

Total number of jobs supported (FTE and Indirect):

Since 2008 Global has spent more than £1million on training in leadership development and management skills, delivered through its innovative Global Academy. In partnership with North Highland College, the company also developed a fast track two-year welding and mechanical skills programme. This bespoke scheme trains apprentices to Scottish Vocational Qualification (SVQ) level in pipefitting and welding in half the usual time.

All of Scotland

Total Employed

The future • £400 million anticipated turnover by 2014 • potential to support 10,000 jobs and generate £320 million GVA, by 2014

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Quick Guides (folded to A6 – pocket size / double sided) Delivering value to our customers

Core Values

About the Global Energy Group

Our business streams & brands

• Offshore mobile vessels

Building 360˚ Trust

• Established in 2005 • 6 business streams • International workforce of more than 2,500 • Turnover £135 million (2008/09) • 25,000m² fabrication engineering facilities • Worldwide capability through yard partnerships

• Offshore

Mitigating risk of asset downtime / unproductive time.

• Subsea infrastructure

Demonstrating care, honesty, fairness with all stakeholders

Living TEAM Global – Global Teams

Delivering quality products and meeting technical

Working together for success without compromising the

challenges within demanding schedules.

unique strength of each business unit

• Power generation & refining

A quick guide

A quick guide

Being People Pioneers

Surpassing schedule and quality targets for first

Supporting, developing and inspiring our people to

production or return to production.

succeed both personally and professionally

Always delivering to the highest standard and going

create new opportunities offshore.

beyond stakeholder expectations

Other niche, value-adding services

• Supply of trade and technical labour to the drilling, operations and subsea sectors.

• Supply of consultancy personnel to the subsea oil and gas sector.

• Supply of labour to the construction, utility and civil engineering sectors.

• Third party vendor inspection, contracts and

Upgrade & Repair of offshore drilling rigs, FPSO’s, and subsea installation vessels

Fabrication of new age wave, tidal and offshore wind structures

fastest growing private companies.

Supplying specialist services Operating in key international business locations in the

Global Energy Services – Drilling

Americas, Europe, Africa and Asia, we support

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engineering contractors across the following sectors:

Rigfit

• Production & drilling • Subsea • Power generation & process • Utilities • Renewables

Global Logistics Highland Stevedoring Ltd

• Fabrication Isleburn

Delivering Innovation, Safety, Quality and Service

Collaborating skills to deliver more value onshore and

Construction , Upgrade & Maintenance of Hydro Electric Facilities (Civil, M & E)

The Global Energy Group was ranked 29th in the 2009 Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league of the UK’s

• Renewables & utilities

Civil, Mechanical & Electrical construction for wind energy projects

Our principal activities include inspecting, upgrading,

• Power Generation & Process

maintaining, constructing and fabricating capital assets.

Global Energy Services – Downstream Global Pipelines

We also specialise in resource management, supply chain solutions, vendor inspection and construction and

• Supply Chain Solutions

Corporate offices

maintenance work across a range of industry sectors.

Global Supply Chain Solutions

In-Spec House, Wellheads Drive, Aberdeen,UK, AB21 7GQ

Surpassing quality standards

Tel: +44 (0)1224 356500 Fax: +44 (0)1224 356555

to our capability and value

We pride ourselves in surpassing industry standards of

• Construction

quality in every project we undertake.

13 Henderson Road, Inverness, UK, IV1 1SP

Global Construction

Tel: +44 (0)1463 725460

Ross-shire Engineering Group of Companies

Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Through dedicated HSE management we have

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developed highly effective, proactive health, safety and

Global Resources

procurement for oil and gas operators

environment systems and practices. We are firmly Survey & Inspection of offshore mobile drilling rigs worldwide

Construction, Upgrade & Maintenance of power generation and processing facilities

Maris Subsea Global Highland

Fabrication of pipelines & specialist welding for the subsea sector

Fabrication of subsea and topside structures

committed to ensuring these are adhered to throughout our operations.

…working together for success

to our capability

and value

A quick guide Delivering value to our customers

Civil, mechanical & electrical construction for onshore renewable wind energy projects

New build construction, upgrade & maintenance of hydro electric schemes (civil, mechanical & electrical)

Inspection, repair, maintenance and major CAPEX upgrades of offshore drilling rigs, FPSO’s, and subsea installation vessels

Fabrication and construction of new age renewable energy wave, tidal and offshore wind structures

Exploration Drilling & Marine Support Facilities

Supplying specialist services On a typical day the Global Energy Group may be repairing drilling rigs, fabricating subsea manifolds, upgrading topside process modules, building a process plant, refurbishing a hydro station and building renewable energy devices.

Specialising in ongoing integrity of mobile drilling rigs and marine vessels, including inspection, repair, maintenance and major CAPEX upgrades.

Core Values

About the Global Energy Group

Our Core Markets

The Global Energy Group has four Core Values to enable us to become and remain best in class and on which we will recruit, retain, reward and release staff. We believe these are critical to our success

A leading service and contracting business, working worldwide, specialising in construction and maintenance of assets across a broad range of energy industry sectors.

Exploration Drilling & Marine Support Facilities

• One of the UK’s largest fabricators by turnover and scale Building 360˚ Trust

Oil & Gas Production We also specialise in resource management, supply chain solutions, vendor inspection and construction and maintenance work across a range of energy industry sectors.

Partnering with EPC contractors and operators in execution of CAPEX and new-build subsea equipment. Supporting duty holders with OPEX pipework/structural maintenance of fixed production platforms.

Petrochemical & Process

Our operating divisions:

Supporting CAPEX upgrades in the petrochemical, process and gas storage/conversion sectors through onsite construction and offsite fabrication of equipment and modular units.

• Fabrication • Marine & Offshore • Infrastructure • Services

Power Generation & Utilities

of facilities

A quick guide

Demonstrating care, honesty and fairness with all stakeholders

• UK market leader for servicing offshore drilling rigs • World-wide workforce of 3,500 • £230million turnover (2010) • Top UK private company for overseas sales growth (2010) • Fastest growing private company in Scotland (2009)

Living TEAM Global – Global Teams Working together for success without compromising the unique strength of each business unit

Being People Pioneers Supporting, developing and inspiring our people to succeed both personally and professionally

Petrochemical & Process UK locations: Aberdeen, Inverness, the Cromarty Firth, Dunfermline, Scottish Central Belt, Great Yarmouth

Delivering Innovation, Safety, Quality and Service

Combining mechanical, electrical and civil engineering skills to support new build CAPEX, maintenance and upgrade of hydro schemes, water infrastructure and power generation facilities – including site construction and offsite equipment fabrication for the nuclear power industry.

Committed to Quality and Safety We pride ourselves in surpassing industry quality standards in every project we undertake.

International locations: United States, Norway, Dubai, Trinidad, Ghana, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Croatia, Cameroon, Namibia, Angola

Always delivering to the highest standard and going beyond stakeholder expectations Power Generation & Utilities

Corporate offices Through dedicated HSE management, we have developed highly effective proactive health, safety and environmental systems and practices. We are firmly committed to ensuring these are adhered to throughout our operations.

New Age Renewable Energy Leading the way in construction for new age renewable energy devices, including fabrication of offshore wind, wave and tidal technology. Construction, upgrade & maintenance of power generation and processing facilities

Survey & inspection of offshore mobile drilling rigs & production platforms worldwide

Fabrication of pipelines & specialist welding for the subsea sector

Fabrication & construction of subsea and topside structures

In-Spec House, Wellheads Drive, Dyce, Aberdeen, Scotland AB21 7GQ Tel: +44 (0)1224 356500 New Age Renewable Energy

13 Henderson Road, Inverness, Scotland IV1 1SP Tel: +44 (0)1463 725460 Email: info@gegroup.com

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Creating a new energy hub

Core Values

The Global Energy Group has been named preferred bidder for Nigg yard, on the Cromarty Firth in the Scottish Highlands.

The Global Energy Group has four Core Values to enable us to become and remain best in class and on which we will recruit, retain, reward and release staff. We believe these are critical to our success

Ambitious plans to transform the 238 acre site into a modern, multi-user, multi-sector energy industry manufacturing and servicing centre are now underway, with several major international companies already expressing interest. Nigg offers an excellent strategic location, deep water berths, the largest dry dock in Europe and a highly skilled and experienced local workforce. The facility is one of the key sites in the Scottish Government’s National Renewable Infrastructure Plan (NRIP). Global, a Scottish-based international energy industry service company, predicts its plans could create in excess of 1,500 skilled jobs and deliver a huge, sustainable boost for the supply chain and other businesses. “We will create a truly world-class facility which will compete on a global basis - the opportunities for this facility are enormous.”

• Major exporter of subsea hardware to West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico

Oil & Gas Production

A quick guide

About the Global Energy Group

Opportunities

A leading service and contracting business, working worldwide, specialising in construction and maintenance of assets across a broad range of energy industry sectors.

Nigg... the place... the potential:

• One of the UK’s largest fabricators by turnover and scale of facilities

A quick guide

Building 360˚ Trust Demonstrating care, honesty and fairness with all stakeholders

• Major exporter of subsea hardware to West Africa and the Gulf of Mexico

• UK market leader for servicing offshore drilling rigs • World-wide workforce of 3,500 • £230million turnover (2010) • Top UK private company for overseas sales growth (2010) • Fastest growing private company in Scotland (2009)

Living TEAM Global – Global Teams Working together for success without compromising the unique strength of each business unit

for success

Site Layout

• Direct access to North Sea • Access to Crown Estate third round consents • Existing maufacturing and engineering skills base • One of Europe’s largest dry dock facilities, 9.5m draught • Over 700m of quayside access • Location – close to existing and emerging markets • 50 minutes from Inverness Airport • 365 day sheltered deep water access

Shop 6 Length 63m Width 80m Height at crane hook 35m Door 50m width, 25m height Surface hard standing Cranage 1 no 120 tonnes

Shop 5 Length 117m Width 50m Height at crane hook 25m Door 50m width, 25m height Surface hard standing Cranage 2 no 50 tonnes

Quayside Length Width Water Depth

Drydock Frontage Reinforced Water depth

Shop 4 Length 117m Width 50m Height at crane hook 25m Door 50m width, 25m height Surface hard standing Cranage 2 no 20 tonnes

Being People Pioneers Supporting, developing and inspiring our people to succeed both personally and professionally

UK locations: Aberdeen, Inverness, the Cromarty Firth, Dunfermline, Scottish Central Belt, Great Yarmouth

Delivering Innovation, Safety, Quality and Service

International locations: United States, Norway, Dubai, Trinidad, Ghana, Egypt, Abu Dhabi, Brazil, Croatia, Cameroon, Namibia, Angola

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Aberdeen •

to Nigg’s potential

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Global Energy Group Roy MacGregor Chairman, the Global Energy Group

Edinburgh •

13 Henderson Road, Inverness, Scotland IV1 1SP Tel: +44 (0)1463 725400 Email: info@gegroup.com

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SURVEY & ENGINEERING

MANUFACTURE/FABRICATION

ACCESS

• Dimensional Control Services utilising most up to date equipment.

Manufacture of bespoke production, utility and support equipment encompassing steel fabrication, architectural out fitting, electrical/instrumentation and HVAC capabilities.

Supply of specialist access services to help facilitate safe inspection and construction activities to include:

• 3D Laser Scanning utilising Z+F 5006 HD Scanners. • Conceptual Design utilising 3D laser scan output to support replacement and/or new structural/piping integration.

• HP/LP pipework manufacture in carbon and exotic materials and structural steelwork

• Diving access

• Primary and secondary structural steelwork

• Specialist mechanised systems

• Rope access

About the Global Energy Group Provision of construction management, execution and commissioning support services relating to floating assets. www.globalenergyservices.co.uk

A leading services and contracting business, working world-wide, specialising in the provision of fabrication, construction/IRM, consultancy and resource management solutions to a wide range of energy sectors (i.e. oil & gas, utilities, nuclear and renewables).

• Scaffold access Provision of inspection and construction services utiliing specialist access techniques. www.reelgroup.com

Marine & Offshore Capability

• Integrated living, recreational and welfare modules

Specialising in major construction projects and integrity services associated with fixed/floating production, drilling and marine assets.

• HVAC/Control modules Provision of architectural, piping, E & I and HVAC services associated with new build and upgrade of living quarters both monolithic and modular. www.rigfitoffshore.com

Our objective is to deliver projects on schedule, efficiently and safely and also mitigate risk of asset downtime by means of comprehensive understanding of the assets and industry drivers.

Facilities

INSPECTION

CONSTRUCTION/UPGRADE

LOGISTICS

NDT services utilising the following techniques; MPI, DPI, Eddy Current and Ultrasonic relating to these principal applications:

Extensive experience in the management and delivery of the below to mitigate schedule risk.

Agency services: vessel mob/de-mob, customs clearance, stevedoring and welfare requirements.

• Drilling & Rotary equipment

• Primary/secondary structural steelwork

• Mechanical Handling equipment

• Mechanical/hydraulic system overhaul

• Lifting equipment

• Environmental protection systems

• Structural & Piping systems

• E&I, HVAC system integration

• HP/LP piping systems Yard services: marine and port management, office & communications, storage & project support to clients and contractors. Craneage & Transportation: project management, contract lifting services for adhoc or turnkey projects.

Provision of management, engineering, fabrication and construction services. www.cpsaberdeen.co.uk

Provision of dimensional control and 3D laser scanning services. www.globaldimensional.com

With comprehensive facilities throughout the UK and strategic international locations, Global is well placed to deliver its portfolio of niche services and turnkey project solutions.

To find out more, contact:

Our major construction yard and dock facilities enable us to provide turnkey solutions inclusive of inspection, repair and maintenance, construction and conversion of offshore assets within sheltered and deep water environments in close proximity to the major oil and gas fields.

Terry Savage Business Development Manager Tel: +44 (0)7515 973 932 Email: terry.savage@gegroup.com

Marine & Offshore Capability

Note: Above image showing Nigg Yard, Scotland, UK

Provision of logistical services comprising agency, transport, craneage and yard services. www.globallogistics-uk.com

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Donald MacGregor Director Tel: +44 (0)7921 069 627 Email: donald.macgregor@gegroup.com


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THE RIVERSIDE GALLERY The Riverside Gallery is the longest established Gallery & Picture Framing business in Inverness. Alongside this major exhibition will be work from Scottish Artists through three Centuries – 19th, 20th & 21st.

Original watercolours by local artist James Steel FRTPI. Exhibition from 1st December 2016

ART AT THE RIVERSIDE GALLERY Artist James Steel’s depictions of an everchanging and bygone Inverness and surrounding area.

When the artist James Steel died some years ago he left behind a studio filled with a legacy of more than 20 years’ worth of work – paintings that captured the rapidly changing face of Inverness and the surrounding area since the 1980’s. This collection of more than 100 watercolour paintings has only recently come to light, and these will form a major retrospective exhibition of his work during this period to be held at The Riverside Gallery from 1st December 2016.

Riverside Gallery 11 Bank Street, Inverness IV1 1QY Tel: 01463 224 781 Opening times: Monday-Friday 9:30am - 5pm Saturday 9:30am - 2:30pm (closed on Sunday) Design By: andrewoconnor2@hotmail.com

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4 Page Brochure A4 / Folded (Photography of original watercolours taken by Andrew O’Connor).

Original watercolours by local artist James Steel. “ Whenever there was building development within Inverness James would be found sitting crossed-legged on the pavement with his sketch pad on his knees.”

This exhibition will make available a remarkable collection of work from a time that was changing Inverness forever – some say not necessarily for the better! This can be seen in the titles of many of his paintings, which capture his wry humour and the slightly cynical outlook of a planner very much of the old school. All the paintings are available for sale – many are unframed and purchasers can make their own choice of framing.

– Hugh Nicol, Owner at the Riverside Gallery James Steel initially trained as a chartered town planner, and worked for many years in planning departments in local and central government offices in Scotland and overseas. He was a fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute, and having spent 25 years in private practice moved to the Highlands in 1980. He took up watercolour painting as a form of relaxation, and developed a unique style of representing the urban street scene. Whenever there was building development within Inverness James would be found sitting cross-legged on the pavement with his sketch pad on his knees, capturing a building before it was changed or vanished forever. From the days when Inverness’s High Street was a through road to traffic, to the construction of Inverness

The Riverside Gallery is Inverness’s longest established Gallery & Picture Framing business, and alongside this major exhibition will be work from Scottish Artists through three Centuries – 19th, 20th & 21st.

Page 1: Gap site, Douglas Row, Inverness. Bottom Left, View place, Inverness. HMS Inverness. Page 2: Top left, A New Gem by The Town House? Inset: Unknown. Bottom, Stephen’s Brae, Inverness. Page 3: Top left, Pibroch the puffer. Right, LK 428 at the Quayside. Inset, Globe Shoe Shop, Inverness. Bottom, The Heathmount Hotel, Inverness. Page 4: Inset, Chanonry Lighthouse, Fortrose. Harbour Patrol, Inverness, Main Image, Edinburgh skyline – The North British Hotel.

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Caledonian Thistle’s Stadium, or ‘BP Hunter’ and ‘Pibroch’ the Puffer in Inverness Harbour, James would be found busily recording the scenes, always accompanied by his black Labrador bitch ‘Negra’ – he said that she dragged him around to areas of Inverness and street scenes which are not normally appreciated by the urban dweller. James received many commissions of his work, and his paintings hang in homes and offices throughout Inverness and Scotland as well as Europe, Canada, America and Australia.

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Preparation Cook the pasta for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse in cold water. Halve the cherry tomatoes and mozzarella balls. Finely chop the pine nuts if desired. Mix the dressing and pour this into the jar first, then add the Pomodori Aromatizzati, the cherry tomatoes and the mozzarella balls in layers. Arrange the rocket on top and garnish with pine nuts and basil.

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The Global Energy Group was founded in 2005 and is a Scottish success story. Organic growth and strategic acquisitions have seen the group develop into a highly successful international company and one of Scotland’s leading employers, with a workforce of more than 4,300 and an estimated turnover in excess of £300m this year. Last October Global completed the purchase of the former North Sea Oil fabrication facility at Nigg, on the Cromarty Firth; a key strategic site for the energy industry in Scotland and one of the largest facilities of its kind in Europe. The company is transforming the 238-acre site, renamed Nigg Energy Park, into a modern, multi-user facility serving a range of energy sectors, including oil & gas and renewables.

As part of our growth we have opportunities in our corporate office for two aspiring individuals who enjoy a challenge!

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Print Digital Designer – Graduate

We have an excellent opportunity in our Technical Services Department for a graduate Software Developer. The role will see the candidate work with our Business Solutions Team to understand and support our product set as well as have the opportunity to take some smaller projects on their own.

Fantastic opportunity for a self-motivated, creative individual, to join our in-house marketing team. As Print/Digital Designer, you will be required to produce creative and functional artwork for marketing materials, tender documents, and company presentations, supporting a number of businesses within the group.

The ideal candidate will possess the following skills: • Logical Problem solver • Able to keep clear and concise documentation • Demonstrate good coding practises (layout, readability etc) • Ability to communicate effectively with other members of the team As part of your studies you will have been exposed to technologies that may be different to those that we are using for our development. The qualities above are key to the role however if you can demonstrate knowledge of the following software products then it would give you an advantage: • Microsoft Visual Studio • Microsoft Sharepoint • Microsoft SQL server (or be able to demonstrate knowledge of SQL on another platform)

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This month Global also announced that the Japanese company Mitsui & Co has invested 25 per cent equity shareholding in the energy industry services group, which will help them to continue to develop and elevate the business to new levels, as they eye opportunities both at home in Scotland, the UK and on an international basis.

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SAMPLE MENU

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MIXED HORS D’OEUVRES FOR 4 PERSONS............ £15.80

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Chicken Pakora, Onion Bhaji, Tandoori Chicken, King Prawn Butterfly

Chicken Tikka cooked in a tangy sauce, sweet sour and creamy

MIXED PLATTER FOR TWO........................................ £7.95

AMMER MURGH.......................................................... £8.95

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Chicken cooked in mild mango sauce, herbs and spices

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HONEY CHICKEN....................................................... £8.95

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VEGETABLE PAKORA................................................... £2.95 Deep fried balls of flour, vegetables and spices

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ROYAL KING PRAWN...................................................£12.95 Cooked with chopped Onion, herbs and spices, medium/hot

CHICKEN TIKKA..........................................................£7.95 GARLIC CHICKEN........................................................£8.95 LAMB TIKKA..................................................................£8.95

Spicy hot dishes of Chicken or Lamb with paste garlic, fresh green chillis, coriander and fresh herbs

These dishes are marinated in spices and cooked in a KING PRAWN................................................................ £12.95

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A medium to slightly spicy dish, cooked with methi leaf

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CHICKEN OR LAMB PALAK........................................£9.95

Barbecue Chicken cooked in a mild chees sauce

Spinach cooked with garlic and onions in a medium spice

SCOTTISH CURRY AWARDS WINNER 2015 – TEAM SERVICE OF THE YEAR We accept reservations for company lunches, dinners, parties, wedding receptions or any other special event. We can supply a range of menus to suit your particular budget or requirements. Please ask one of our staff should you wish further information. SAMPLE TAKEN FROM CINNAMON TAKEAWAY MENU – 10% DISCOUNT ON TAKEAWAY MEALS GIFT VOUCHERS AVAILABLE

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THE NORTH MAGAZINE The following pages contain examples of double and single page editorials. All editorial copy and images sourced by myself.

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The Scottish National Portrait Gallery shows its new face Closed since 2009, the Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh has undergone a three-year restoration, making the collection much more accessible to the public since its re-opening in December. THE SCOTTISH National Portrait Gallery is home to Scotland’s national collection of portraits, where pop stars and actors rub shoulders with kings and queens. Its origins can be traced to one enthusiastic collector, the mildly eccentric David, 11th Earl of Buchan. His collection of portraits of famous Scots, assembled in the late 18th century, formed the foundation of the national portrait collection in its first conception. The philanthropy of a local newspaper owner allowed the present Gallery to open its doors to the public in 1889. John Ritchie Findlay, the chief proprietor of ‘The Scotsman,’ not only paid for the construction and an endowment, but he also masterminded the building that was to house the collection. The architect Sir

Robert Rowand Anderson created a modern purpose-designed art gallery to rival the most advanced at the time in Europe and America. To this day, the Gallery continues to collect works that are portraits of Scots, though not necessarily made by Scots. It aims to add portraits of those missing in the collection, as well as to bring the collection up to date. Since 1982 there has been a policy of commissioning portraits of living Scots by contemporary artists. The recent restoration provided the opportunity for a new approach to how the collection is presented and what is included in the displays. Portraits are most simply defined as recognisable representations of individuals but the Gallery has extended

their understanding of this to include depictions of specific places and events, allowing the inclusion of landscapes of Scotland to enrich the overall picture. A dramatic increase in space also allowed an increase in the number of works on show to a massive 850 pieces. Once inside the building, the Great Hall provides an introduction to Scottish history. Along the first-floor balustrade runs a processional or pageant frieze that depicts many famous Scots in reverse chronological order. Starting with Thomas Carlyle, it was designed as a “visual encyclopaedia” and includes figures such as David Livingstone, James Watt, Robert Burns, Adam Smith, David Hume, the Stuart monarchs, Robert the Bruce and Saint Ninian. The artist,

The Great Hall frieze has been restored and now casts an inviting glow over the entrance.

William Hole, also painted a series of largescale murals on the first floor. It has been painstakingly restored and its gleaming gold backdrop now casts an inviting glow over the entrance hall. Like the frieze, these paintings of scenes from Scottish history are as much a part of the fabric of the building as the memorial to its founder, John Findlay, on the ground floor. His was the first contemporary portrait to be commissioned for the Gallery. The restoration of the building had two purposes. The first was to return the building to how Anderson originally intended it to look and function. This was done by removing false walls and lowered ceilings, opening up windows and revealing hidden Victorian details, like the elegant stone arcade in the Ramsay Room. Most dramatic of all has been the restoration of the great coved ceilings on the upper floors on the west side of the Gallery. The other key objective was to introduce services that the Gallery has previously lacked. A great glass lift now rises through

the building providing an enticing way of access to each of the three principal floors. Spaces for education have been provided, a new gallery specially earmarked for photography has been superbly created and the Gallery now boasts a decent size café – all these looking both contemporary

A dramatic increase in space has allowed an increase in the number of works on show to a massive 850 pieces.

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The perfect tan needs preparation and exfoliation is the first step to get that smooth look. When exfoliating, spend a few extra minutes around the elbows, knees and ankles as these are the areas most likely to go patchy. It is also better to exfoliate the night before tanning to allow your skin to recover. ‘Soap and Glory’s Breakfast Club Body Exfoliator’ (£9.45 for 300ml) will not only leave your skin smooth and ready for tanning, it will also leave your body smelling delicious. For a cheaper option choose an exfoliator glove like ‘Superdrug’s Body Gloves’ (£2.39). Once you have exfoliated, remember to apply your ordinary moisturiser as your skin will need to be re-hydrated ready for tanning. Regardless of the type of tan you choose, invest in a good tanning mitt like ‘Famous Dave’s Self Tan Applicator Mitt’ (£3.99) to avoid the dreaded orange palms.

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Traditional Traditional tans may take a little more time, but the end results are worth the effort. For a speedy result on a tight budget, try ‘Garnier’s Ambre Solaire Gloss Bronzer Self Tanning Gel’ (£8.99 for 125ml) which contains light reflecting particles to give your skin an instant glow, while the self tanning agent develops to leave you with a long lasting tan. Alternatively, ‘Fake Bake’s Lipo Bronze’ (£20.00 for 133ml) is a fullstrength fake tanner with added anti-cellulite properties – the ideal solution for the perfect summer body. If you have a few extra pounds to spend, indulge in the classic St. Tropez range. My personal favourite is the ‘St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse’ (£30.64 for 240ml). This mousse is easy to apply and streakfree. When you first see the mousse it

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Why do we crave a tan so much? Is it to showcase our new summer wardrobe? Is it to make us look a few pounds lighter? Or is it to compete with our friends?

may look dark, but once applied this tan will leave you looking like you really have just returned from a week in the French Riviera. I believe this tan is worth every penny and a little of the mousse goes a long way.

Gradual Although relatively new to the tanning market, gradual tans are fast becoming the most popular choice due to their low maintenance approach. Although less time-consuming, it is still important to take care when applying these moisturisers or you could end up with streaks and orange palms. I apply these gradual tans every second or third day, applying my ordinary moisturiser in between to keep the tan at a natural shade. ‘Garnier’s Summer Body Moisturising Lotion’ (£5.10 for 250ml) will gradually develop a natural looking tan, while leaving your skin smooth and smelling fruity. ‘Dove’s Summer Glow Body Lotion’ (£5.10 for 250ml) leaves your skin super soft and comes in two shades to suit all colourings, but if you have paler skin beware of the darker shade as it can be quite strong.

Last-Minute If you have left it to the last minute, or if a surprise party has cropped up, instant tans can save the day. These tans are great if you have a lack of warning or if you are a little lazy, but they do come with their own hazards. Firstly, they should still be applied with a mitt as they can stain your palms. Secondly, you have to check the forecast or you could be left with a red face as your instant tan runs down your legs in the Highland rain. ‘Rimmel Sun Shimmer’ (£5.99 for 125ml) has become a must-have in most female make-up bags. This instant tan comes in two colours – fair and medium – with matte and shimmer options available in both shades. I have the light matte version, which I tend to mix with my own moisturiser for an easy to apply natural colour. A slightly more expensive option is ‘Clinique’s Body Tinted Lotion’ (£16.00 for 125ml). This lotion is again easy to apply

and it leaves your skin a beautiful bronze colour with a shimmer perfect for those special occasions.

Face Tanners The trickiest part of the body to tan is the face – think sun-kissed glow and not mahogany leather. Try ‘Garnier’s Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Dry Face Mist’ (£8.67 for 75ml) in the fair to medium shade – simply spray the mist about 20cm away from your face and a natural tan will develop. If you want to wake up with a miracle glow try ‘Makebelieve’s Night Time Facial Lotion’ (£25.53 for 75ml) – this cream is applied before bed and in the morning a natural glowing tan will have developed.

Bronzers To complete your sun-kissed look, you need to find a bronzer to dust over your face. A good daytime bronzer is ‘Rimmel’s Natural Bronzer’ (£5.59 for 16g) as it gives your face a hint of colour with a matte finish. For a more glamourous look choose a bronzer with a shimmer. The strips of colour in ‘The Body Shop’s Shimmer Waves’ (£16.00 for 8.5g) can be used together for an all over glow, or separately as a glittery eyeshadow. When applying bronzer it is also important to invest in a good bronzer brush. The ‘Estee Lauder Blush Brush’ (£27) may seem a little indulgent, but the expertly designed brush shape will leave you with a smooth and even coverage. If you are on a tighter budget, ‘Eco Tool’s Bamboo Blush Brush’ (£8.67) is made from natural and recycled materials and is supersoft on the skin.

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THE IDEA of a narrative existing within a photograph intrigues me. A successful image can be as much about atmosphere and storytelling as about the subject and the composition, reflecting the experience of the photographer in trying to capture the shot. The smell of the seasons and the vegetation, the sweat on your brow as you clamber over rock and burn, getting caught in the undergrowth as you try to get the angle and composition you are after. The process of finding the photograph can be as rewarding and inspiring as the resulting image. Like many photographers I started by trying to chase the sun and going to those trophy locations like the Buchaille and the Storr, but I’m not a driver, and with an enthusiasm for photography I have to look closer to home than some. Bruiach is the small area in the village where I live. It encompasses farmland, moor, woods and central to this is the burn that runs through it. You’re forced to really explore your own back yard and the challenge is finding effective forms and compositions so I chose to study the burn. It is a constant presence and reference point when I’m out walking and at home

Acclaimed photographer Colin Campbell, passionate about the landscapes, fauna and flora that make the Highlands what it is describes the theory and practice of his Bruiach project.

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THE answer is probably yes – to all of the above. Over the last twenty five years, rates of malignant melanoma (the less common but more serious type of skin cancer) have risen faster than any of the top ten cancers in both males and females in the UK. It seems that despite the experts warning us to stay safe in the sun and stay away from the sunbed, our desire to get the bronzed look overpowers our worries of developing the life-threatening condition. But today there is no excuse to risk our health to get a tan. There is a safe tanning solution to suit all colourings, budgets and lifestyles – the only problem is finding the perfect product for us.

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where it passes a few feet from my back door. I like the idea of stumbling across little bits of magic that nobody else knows about, let alone has photographed. The more I explored it the greater the idea formed of the burn being a metaphor of life. The tangled roots and stones that had been stranded there as the soil was washed away became the vital organs, muscle and ligaments of the body; the flow of the water, the blood in our body. The bulk of work in the Bruiach project is in black and white. Because many of them are long exposures of running water, colour doesn’t really play a large part. I’ve picked out the solid, fixed objects, the stones and roots to give the eye something to focus on. Occasionally however (especially in autumn) the colour of the leaves or the nuts and berries can’t be ignored. I wasn’t sure about introducing colour to the project but in black and white these elements become less recognizable. The idea was the story of the burn and certain seasons lend themselves more readily to working in colour than monochrome. A line from a novel or a piece of poetry can also offer inspiration. I hope that my photographs are as much about me and my

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live oil is made from the crushing and pressing of olives. Varieties, ranked in quality, are extra-virgin, superfine, fine, virgin and pure. Extra-virgin olive oil is the first pressing of unblemished olives done within a day of harvest, and has the most delicate flavour. It’s considered the finest and fruitiest of the olive oils and can range from a crystalline champagne colour to greenish-golden to bright green. In general, the deeper the colour, the more intense the olive flavour. Olive oil should be stored in a cool dark place. It can be refrigerated, and it will last up to a year, but chilled oil becomes cloudy and too thick to pour. It will clear and become liquid again when returned to room temperature. Evidence suggest that a higher proportion of monounsturated fats in a diet is linked to a reduction in the risk of heart disease. This is significant because olive oil is considerably rich in these fats. Clinical data supports the assertion that cholesterol reduction is enhanced where olive oil is used as a replacement for saturated fats such as butter and margarine. In the UK however, we need to consume LOTS more olive oil to mirror the healthy Mediterranean diet. Consumption in Greece

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SPRING The benefits of using oil from the olive RECIPES is 26 litres per person per year (or half a litre per week), and Italians consume 14 litres. In the UK we consume less than 1 litre per person per year! The Highlands boasts one of the world’s leading specialist olive oil retailers. Oil & Vinegar stock a large range of the finest extra virgin olive oils from Italy, Spain, Greece, France and even South Africa. Many of the oils are displayed in amphoras and can be purchased ‘on tap,’ but customers are encouraged to taste before choosing from the selection of bottles in-store (or bring in their own bottles to fill). The most popular extra virgin olive oil is a fruity number from the Bonsecco estate in Tuscany. Also admired is the peppery oil from the Morgenster estate in South Africa, but the most versatile offering comes from Spain, made from the finest Arbequina olives. Many of the olive oils are flavoured with some of nature’s finest fruits, herbs and spices. A fiery chilli oil is great for those searching heat; olive oil with lemon for the sweeter palate and olive oil with basil for the herb lovers. The ‘Rolls-Royce’ of olive oils is one infused with Italy’s extravagant white truffles. Not cheap, this oil does however provide a stunning complement to salads, meats and risottos! Customers can also feast their eyes on a range of pre-packed oils including three Novello oils from the first pressing of the first harvest of 2008. Extra virgin olive oil also goes exceptionally well with most of Oil & Vinegar’s range of culinary delights such as balsamic vinegars, dried herbs and spices, pasta, olives and antipasti.

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VIRGIN AND EXTRA VIRGIN Mediterranean folk will tell you about the health benefits, as well as the wonderful flavour, of a good dose of olive oil on salads, pasta, fish – and almost anything else. Fortunately, it’s available throughout the year to satisfy taste buds and promote good health.

understanding and interpretation of the landscapes that I experience and on some level they demonstrate an empathy for the land. My website is a showcase for my photographs and to share that love of local photography and especially black and white prints which are available to buy directly from the site.

Cook the pasta as per the instructions on the packet. Gently fry the onion and garlic in the olive oil until soft, then add the bacon and mushrooms. Now add the crème fraîche and a glass of white wine and allow to simmer and reduce a little – cook for about 10-15 mins on a gentle heat. Serve with the pasta sprinkling the parsley on top.

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PRODUCED by Brian Eno, Danny Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, sessions for ‘No Line On The Horizon’ began in Fez, Morocco, and continued at the band’s Dublin studio, New York’s Platinum Sound Recording Studios, and Olympic Studios in London. U2 began work on the album in 2006 with producer Rick Rubin but later decided to shelve most of the material from those sessions. The band then collaborated with producers Eno and Lanois from June 2007 to December 2008 for the album, allowing them to be involved in the songwriting process. Writing and recording for the album took place in four different cities. ‘No Line on the Horizon’ was originally planned for release in November 2008, when the band had around 50-60 songs available, but it was delayed because they wished to continue writing. Prior to release, U2 indicated that their collaborations with Eno and Lanois, as well as the brief time they spent in Morocco, resulted in a record more experimental

than their previous two albums. Upon release, ‘No Line on the Horizon’ received generally favourable reviews from critics, although many noted that the album was not as experimental as previously suggested. The band are supporting the album with the U2 360º Tour, and they have indicated plans to release a followup record titled ‘Songs of Ascent.’ The U2 360º worldwide stadium tour began in June 2009 in Barcelona and covered European and North American legs, including Hampden Park in Glasgow. Additional shows are slated to follow in 2010. The tour features the largest concert stage ever constructed, a 360-degree staging configuration with fans surrounding the stage from all sides. Longtime U2 Show Director Willie Williams worked again with architect Mark Fisher to create this innovative 360º design which affords an unobstructed view for the audience. It also marks the first time a band has toured in stadiums with such a unique and original structure, which can

be viewed at U2.com. U2 has always been at their best when surrounded by their audience, and this staging takes a giant leap forward. At 50 meters (165 feet) tall, the stage is the largest ever constructed and twice the size of the previous largest set, used by The Rolling Stones. In keeping with their long-standing tradition, U2 welcomed a number of different support acts to the tour including Glasvegas, Elbow, Kaiser Chiefs, Snow Patrol and Black Eyed Peas. I

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EXPERIENCE THE GLENMORISTON While a plethora of awards and excellent reviews in the national newspapers has helped Abstract restaurant in Inverness build a world-class reputation for fine dining, the restaurant, and its adjoining Piano Bar, is by no means a preserve of the wealthy.

ince opening its doors less than a year ago Abstract restaurant has become a magnet for food lovers, attracting people to Inverness from across the UK and Europe. But, as Director Barry Larsen explains, it is also a popular meeting place for locals. “While many people do book a table at Abstract to indulge in our eight course tasting menu for special occasions, others pop in during the week for a one course dinner or regularly bring their family for Sunday lunch. The latter is very reasonable, with two courses for £14

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conversation about Abstract without someone mentioning its appearance on Gordon Ramsay’s most recent Kitchen Nightmares series. Unlike every other restaurant to star on the show Abstract never lacked quality, the management merely jumped at the opportunity to learn from Mr Ramsay’s experience at the top of his game. Abstract saw a huge rise in bookings after millions of food lovers from all over the UK saw Loic and his team at work. The programme brought scores of people to the Highlands for the first time, many of

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“The unveiling and installation of the AK1000™ is an important milestone, not only for Atlantis, but for the marine power industry in the United Kingdom.

Atlantis Resources Corporation (“Atlantis”), one of the world’s leading developers of electricity-generating tidal current turbines, unveiled the largest and most powerful tidal power turbine ever built, the AK1000™ at Invergordon this summer. Isleburn played a key role in the fabrication and assembly of the AK1000™, which has now been installed at the European Marine Energy Centre (“EMEC”), in Orkney, for testing. Dignitaries, utilities and technology partners from around the world attended the unveiling of the flagship turbine at Invergordon, taking the only opportunity to view the turbine before it was loaded out for transportation to Orkney. Despatching 1MW of predictable power at a water velocity of 2.65m/s, the AK1000™ is capable of generating enough electricity for over 1000 homes. It is designed for harsh weather and rough, open ocean environments such as those found off the Scottish coast. The turbine incorporates cutting edge technology from suppliers across the globe, has an 18 meter rotor diameter, weighs 130 tonnes and stands at a height of 22.5

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“It represents the culmination of 10 years of hard work, dedication and belief from all our partners, staff, directors and shareholders. The AK1000™ is capable of unlocking the economic potential of the marine energy industry in Scotland and will greatly boost Scotland’s renewable generation capacity in the years to come.” The gravity base structure and system assembly of the AK1000™ was completed by Isleburn, which is part of the Global Energy Group. The nacelle was fabricated by Soil Marine Dynamics in Newcastle in England Mr Cornelius added: “The AK1000™ development program has injected over £5M to date into UK Plc’s renewable energy sector and has provided employment across a broad range of sectors including design, engineering, fabrication and project management. “We are at the start of a new industrial boom, akin to the development of the North Sea oil & gas fields. If we receive the same support from all levels of government that the oil & gas industry received to make the North Sea the success that it is, then the future is very bright for marine power.”

“We are at the start of a new industrial boom, akin to the development of the North Sea oil & gas fields” At the Orkney testing centre, it took seven days to install the gravity base structure on its subsea base, with over 1,000 tonnes of ballast blocks and finally the turbine nacelle, complete with its twin set of 18 meter diameter rotors. The project once again underlined Isleburn’s position as leader in the field of fabrication for the next generation of renewable energy with the completion of a prototype wave power device. Earlier this year the company completed work on the PowerBuoy, built for Ocean Power Technologies. Fabricated in four sections at Isleburn’s Nigg facility, the device was also transported from Invergordon to EMEC for testing. Previous successful renewable projects that have enhanced Isleburn’s strong credentials in a rapidly developing market include fabrication of the Oyster wave energy device for Aquamarine Power and a tidal prototype for OpenHydro. Isleburn also assembled, erected and loaded out two of the world’s largest wind turbines for the Beatrice offshore wind demonstrator project.

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from Loic before eating the fruits of their labour.” Abstract sits on the banks of the River Ness within the popular Glenmoriston Town House Hotel. The hotel has recently become an even more popular meeting point following the opening of the Piano Bar. A relaxing alternative to the hustle and bustle of the Inverness bar scene, the Piano Bar is exquisitely decorated with dim lighting and “I’m too comfortable to move” leather seating. Customers enjoy live music most nights and an exhaustive

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selection of whiskies and cocktails. Barry continues: “The opening of the Piano Bar is the most recent phase of our refurbishment programme, which began when we took over the neighbouring building and renovated it to add more guestrooms and conference facilities. With the restaurant, bar and kitchens now completed we will soon upgrade the remaining guestrooms to a high class standard and cement our place as the place to be in Inverness, whether you’re local, in the city on business, or just here for the food!”

As new technology to generate power from wind, wave and tidal continues to emerge, Global Energy Group are in pole position to serve this rapidly developing industry, with an extensive transferable skill base of world-class oil and gas experience stretching back 40 years.

Isleburn’s Chief Operating Officer, Neil MacArthur, said: “As these projects show, we have built a very strong portfolio of work for companies that are developing the next generation of renewable energy devices. This compliments our long-established track record of fabrication and engineering for the oil and gas industry. “Like our customers in those more established sectors, companies that are developing these new renewable devices recognise the value we bring to their projects through the combination of our experience, expertise and excellent facilities. We are proud to be working with them at the forefront of development of this very important sector.”

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n our busy, modern, workaday lives, we make greater demands than ever before on our eyesight. More and more of us drive further and faster. At work, we spend more of our days looking at computer and video screens. In the home, we gather an increasing flow of information through visual means and are entertained by the flashing lights of high definition television and third generation games consoles. So looking after our eyesight and making sure we get the correct glasses when we need to correct our vision is essential. Unfortunately, the competitive nature of the optical market over the last 15 years has made this more difficult. “In our opinion there has been a great disservice to UK spectacle wearers,” says

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Euan McGinty. “For example, it’s difficult for the public to know what they are getting because lenses are often sold under rebranded names.” Partner Donald Goskirk agrees, “A lot of the special promotions on offer are only possible by fitting obsolete lenses. One of the most common varifocal lenses still being sold was designed more than twenty years ago, before computers became so much a part of our lives. They are just not designed for modern life.” Fitting older lenses is an easy compromise to make in order to offer the deals on spectacles that many people expect. The customer will take great care over choosing the shape and colour of frames, but will assume the lens is just a piece of glass when in fact it is the most

important element. The offer of a free pair of glasses may do more for your wallet than it does for your eyesight. “In Continental Europe,” says Goskirk, “there is a greater appreciation of the function of the spectacle lens and the benefits that enhanced lenses can bring.” “It’s also fair to say that they have been quicker to see that new technologies make it possible for glasses to be designed for different activities. Europeans have always owned more pairs of glasses than we do, but the development of role specific lenses is widening the gap,” observes McGinty. Today we have a lot of leisure time at our disposal, and it’s no longer good enough to fill it by going to the football or doing the knitting (though these activities

“Having proper driving glasses, like the range produced by Serengeti, can make a huge difference to not crashing your car. And it’s not such an expense compared to the running costs of car ownership,” adds McGinty. Of course, choosing glasses isn’t only about seeing better. We live in a time when appearances are everything, and we are judged by what labels we wear, how we decorate our homes and how much younger we look than the next person. For spectacle wearers, the glasses they

Choosing the best option for your face and your character doesn’t have to cost a fortune, however. “There are many ranges which give designer appeal without carrying the cost of a big name, like the recently launched Oscar and Fitch range,” says McGinty. “They are designed to give the right look and feel, but are priced so that you can buy several pairs.” “Good design is now so accessible you can change your glasses as you would change your shoes, to go with a new

There has never been more choice for spectacle wearers, with a dazzling variety of frame styles and newly developed lenses to suit every lifestyle. But more choice doesn’t necessarily make choosing any easier. We talked to Donald Goskirk and Euan McGinty of Goskirk and McGinty Optometrists about what to look for when you decide you need to replace those specs. glare, for example, while squash requires the eye to react quickly and be properly protected. Increasingly technology makes it possible for the spectacle wearer to benefit from enhanced eyewear developed specifically for the purpose and there are a great variety of options available. Compared to the cost of the other equipment required for most activities, getting the best visual correction is relatively affordable and can make a huge difference to the wearer’s enjoyment and performance. “It isn’t just the adventurous who can benefit,” says Goskirk. “It can make a difference if you’re just driving home, especially here in the Highlands where the low angle of the sun in winter creates very difficult visual conditions.”

choose are very much a part of the equation, forming part of our visual persona. But here again, there are pitfalls for the unwary. A designer label isn’t a guarantee of great design. Some so-called designer ranges are no more than a standard product with a designer’s name stuck on. They look shiny and expensive, but closer inspection soon reveals that minimal thought has gone into the detail of form and of function. They may appear every bit as good as properly designed eyewear ranges, but in true designer glasses the product will have been properly thought about from its base materials right through to the colours and finishes available.

outfit or to suit a certain occasion,” agrees Goskirk. There has never been a more exciting time to be choosing spectacles, provided you know what to look out for. Think about what you’re going to use the glasses for, then talk to your optometrist about the best lenses for the job. Don’t be seduced by the lure of promotions – remember you get what you pay for. And in any case, style doesn’t have to be expensive. You can find the ideal eyewear to suit your face and your wallet. II

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Cruising

TWO KINDS OF CRUISING There is cruising and cruising.

MSC Poesia – named by Sophia Loren

Our regular explorer of the deep seas, Malcolm Ginsberg, has recently taken trips on two fine cruise liners and here reflects on what you might call different experiences. At the end of the day you get what you pay for but it can also be argued that the bigger the ship the more efficient. True to a point but as more and more monster ships arrive it is becoming very apparent that the smaller liners do present an exclusivity that is just not possible on the megaliths. MSC is a fast growing Italian cruise line, essentially catering for the mass European market, offering terrific value for you and three thousand others. Goliaths of the sea. Crystal is something else. Mid-sized ships with a total package in terms of luxury travel that no hotel in the world can complete with. Let us take a critical look at two kinds of leisure on the worlds oceans.

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The MSC Poesia, which means poetry, was for a short time in spring 2008 the latest and greatest of the Italian cruise liners. Whilst it is big, at 92,000 tons and up to 3,000 passengers, it has now since been greatly surpassed by Fantasia (135,000 tons and more than 3,200 passengers). Poesia is all glitz and very much Italian. In the evening the bands ring out from numerous lounges, the ship’s design brilliantly containing the tunes within each area. The theatre is enormous, capable of easily accommodating one thousand people. It is a true European ship, with Germans predominating on some cruises, but always people from Italy with small numbers from France and Spain. The multilanguage announcements can be truly so annoying though and on stage the comedians tend to struggle. MSC does not offer live port lectures or an on-board daytime programme, but there

is still enough to do. When it comes down to cost it is very difficult to compare ships. At Poesia’s four-star level most items are an extra and you need to add tips at £6 per day per passenger upwards. The lead-in price for eight days starting and finishing in Venice on MSC Poesia in May 2009 is £570pp for full accommodation and port dues. The flight costs and transfers would be additional. Fantasia is to be joined by its equally grandly named sister ship Splendida in July. Both will operate in the Mediterranean all year round and both will offer a magrodome, a retractable roof over one of the swimming pools, making winter cruising much more pleasant. MSC also has a summer programme out of Dover on the 2,000-passenger Lirica. There are two choices of cruise – the Baltic and St Petersburg, or the Norwegian Fiords and Scandinavia, each over 12 days. www.msccruises.co.uk

Crystal – six star In July 1990 a cruise line was introduced that set completely new standards concerning water-borne holidays. Crystal Cruises was the new kid on the block and has been winning awards ever since. Based in Los Angeles it offers two ships, Crystal Symphony and Crystal Serenity. Symphony and Serenity are big liners by any stretch of the imagination, over 50,000 tons each, with around one thousand passengers and 650 crew. Even those in the cheapest cabins live the life of six-star extravagance with virtually every possible amenity available. The nightly shows in the theatre are at least the equal of London’s West End with regular appearances by international stars. The cuisine in one of four restaurants is superb and nothing seems too much for the willing staff to accommodate. In 2009 Symphony will only

be calling at Edinburgh, but do have a word with your travel agent – he may well be able to arrange a short visit. Serenity is the slightly larger and newer of the two. While most cruise lines have been increasing the size of their ships, Crystal has actually decreased Serenity's guest capacity by converting 12 deluxe staterooms with verandas to eight penthouse staterooms. Crystal Serenity’s 72 richly appointed 403 square foot penthouses boast a personal butler service, large private veranda, sizeable living area, bar stocked with complimentary wine and choice of liquor, Jacuzzi bath and separate shower, walk-in closet, flat screen television, DVD and CD player, Riedel glassware and complimentary clothes pressing service.

What do you get on a cruise with Crystal? Firstly no big bills to settle at the end of the cruise, all those niggling little items that some companies now add. Even the bus ride from the ship to town at each port is charged by some. You have to pay for wines and spirits but soft drinks come courtesy of Crystal, as does ice cream and 24-hour room service. There is a champagne reception at the start and finish of every cruise. You do have to pay for services in the magnificent spa but the computer, bridge, golf, electric organ and other courses on sea days are for the most part gratis and included in the package. The lecture courses are most compelling and the cinema offers the latest releases. The gym is one of the best at sea on any size of ship. Even the two specialist eateries (one Italian and one Far Eastern) only add a very nominal gratuity for some of the finest meals possible at sea (or land). Crystal, at least in Europe and the Caribbean, tries to aim for one day at sea and one day in port and the land packages are reasonably priced. There is no service charge for UK originating passengers. www.crystalcruises.com

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TWINNED IN EUROPE WORDS I DAVINA HARREY

Likened to a scaled-up version of a ‘pen pal’ scheme, where the ‘pals’ are whole towns or cities, town twinning is a concept where towns or cities from geographically and politically distinct areas are paired in order to foster human contact and cultural links. Inverness is twinned with three towns and cities in Europe – St.Valery-en-Caux and La Baule in France, and Augsburg in Germany. here are over 2,000 twinning links in the UK, 50% of which are with France and 25% with Germany. The remaining 25% are with communities all over the world, including the USA, China, and many Commonwealth countries. The concept of twinning began in Europe as early as the turn of the 20th century; the first UK link recorded was in 1920 between Keighly, West Yorkshire, and Poix du Nord in France. The practice

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without any formal document until 1979 when a Bavarian-Scottish partnership convention formalised all such relationships. Augsburg was originally occupied by a Celtic tribe, and it became the Roman capital of Southern Germany 2,000 years ago. Founded by Caesar Augustus, after whom it was named, Augsburg has stood at the intersection of some of the most important trade and travel routes on the Continent and is the third largest city in Bavaria. It is a University City where at any one time a quarter of the population (some 60,000 people) are taking an educational course. It is also an important

economic centre with internationally renowned companies offering state-ofthe-art computer technology. The face of Augsburg has been shaped by its 2,000-year history, and within it the styles of all the major architectural periods are to be found. Fine spacious streets, monumental fountains, and distinctive public buildings recall the profound thought and planning of the earlier citizens of Augsburg. In 1996 Inverness and Augsburg celebrated the 40th anniversary of their twinning with a mini Highland Games, trade displays, and Scottish entertainment in Augsburg. In 1981 La Baule became the

endorsed by both local authorities. The two twinned communities organise projects and activities, and develop a mutual appreciation of history, culture, and lifestyle similarities and differences. The City of Inverness Town Twinning Committee exists to promote and foster friendship and understanding between the people of the Inverness area in Scotland and those of Augsburg and district in Bavaria, La Baule in Brittany and St. Valery-enCaux in Normandy. It also encourages and coordinates visits by individuals and groups to and from the linked towns, and develops personal contacts to broaden their shared cultural, recreational, educational, and commercial activities. The first town to be twinned with Inverness was Augsburg, brought about by the Government to promote friendly links between Germany and Britain in the aftermath of war. In 1956 the Cultural Department of the British Consulate in Munich expressed a desire to establish a sister-city partnership between Augsburg and a city in Scotland. The first contacts and official visits took place the same year, and the relationship progressed

Scotland’s rarest butterfly

Opposite page: Bronze horse head from the 2nd Century, Roman Museum, Augsburg. Friedberger Clock from 1257, Home Museum, Augsburg Oberwittelsbach (Regio Augsburg) This page: Augustus Fountain outside the Augsburg Town Hall. The fountain was erected on the occasion of the 1600-year anniversary of the city in 1594 in honor of the Roman founders of Augsburg. The Town Hall was built between 1615 and 1620.

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DONALD MACNAUGHTON IS QUICKLY EMERGING AS ONE OF SCOTLAND’S MOST EXCITING AND TRUSTED BUSINESS COACHES.

The Chequered Skipper WORDS I ANDREW BROOKES

The 20th century was an almost unmitigated disaster for Britain’s butterflies. Drastic changes in farming practice, monoculture, hedgerow destruction, ploughing of the downlands, together with the abandonment of traditional forestry practices such as coppicing, precipitated a catastrophic decline in butterfly numbers. Several species became extinct in England, including the Chequered Skipper Carterocephalus palaemon, a small butterfly, restricted to a few woods in Rutland, which gasped its last in 1976.

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remains so commonplace across Scotland. After all, the butterfly is globally quite ubiquitous, occurring throughout northern Europe, across Asia (including Japan), and North America. The butterflies are on the wing from early May to late June. They need a lot of nectar to keep them going, and thus are most commonly seen feeding on bugle, bluebell and marsh thistle. Typically, the males are much more aggressive than their English cousins, and ferociously defend their territories. The caterpillar’s sole foodplant in Scotland is purple moorgrass Molinia caerulea and come October, the caterpillar draws grass

blades together with silk strands to form a hibernaculum which will become its home until late March, when it emerges and, without further feeding, searches for a place to pupate. Good places to see the Chequered Skipper include Allt Mhuic Nature Reserve, Glasdrum Wood and Glen Nevis. But remember the skipper, like all other butterflies, is a Creature of the Sun, so fine weather is essential.

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When he is not travelling in Europe or the United States, where his performance coaching seminars and programmes are in increasing demand, Donald is firmly rooted in Scotland, the base for both his home and his coaching business, Zoned in Performance.

A A single capture of the skipper had been reported from near Oban in 1939, but little attention was paid at the time. However, following the extinction in England more interest, albeit initially very sceptical, was shewn in this unlikely Highland discovery. Imagine then, the amazement and delight when this Sassenach was discovered in woods near Oban, not as a spurious singleton, but in more than 40 colonies scattered within an area of just 200 square kilometres. Still unexplained is why the butterfly should have remained confined to this small area when suitable habitat, open woodland grazed by sheep and deer,

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he new facility, a collaboration between Caithness Archaeological Trust, National Museums Scotland and Highland Council, will celebrate the extraordinarily rich archaeology landscape of Caithness. The Caithness Broch Centre is home to an ambitious and innovative display that presents a new story of the prehistory of the north coast of Caithness during the time of the brochs. It has three main narratives: the nineteenth century community who first excavated the brochs; the community who lived in the area two thousand years ago; and the community who now work and live with the brochs. The county has an abundance of chambered cairns, brochs, stone circles, settlements, castles and harbours. Central to the understanding of Scottish prehistory in the centuries before the formation of the Scottish nation are the brochs – large stone towers built over 2000 years ago. Caithness has more brochs per square mile than any other region and the area in and around Sinclair Bay on the north coast of Caithness is unique. It has the densest distribution of brochs in Scotland and has seen more broch excavations than any other area. The Caithness Archaeological Trust (CAT) has led on the project since the outset and has overseen the transformation of this Highland Council facility. National Museums Scotland is lending a substantial collection of relevant material for display in the stateof-the-art display cases. The items include gaming pieces, painted pebbles, spindle whorls and stone balls, rings and combs, Roman pottery and tweezers – among many more items from the same period. The programme for the day kicks off at 10.30am with an introductory tour of the exhibition by Dr Andy Heald who has been

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brochs in Victorian times and those who built them two thousand years ago. It is highly appropriate that Caithness should have such a high quality attraction given it in the broch centre of the UK.” Dr David Clarke, Keeper of Archaeology, National Museums Scotland, says: “We are delighted to be lending these important items to the Caithness Broch Centre. This is an excellent example of how our active loans programme ensures that Scotland’s national collections can be linked to their local heritage and landscape and appreciated by as wide an audience as possible.”

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What could you do with an extra £50 this Christmas?

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Every month, Scottish families are throwing away an average of £50 worth of good food and drink. When it comes to Christmas, that’s a lot of turkey, trimmings and treats!

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Inverness Making the most of our food and saving money this Christmas doesn’t mean cutting down on the indulgence and fun. If anything, having a well planned Christmas will leave us with more money in our purses and wallets and more time to enjoy ourselves. So what’s the secret? Marina Fraser, the Zero Waste Scotland Adviser for Highland says that following these simple hints and tips will reduce the amount of food you throw away, save you money and make Christmas run more smoothly. You can get more information about saving money from your food bill at Christmas by visiting: www.wasteawarelovefood.org.uk It pays to plan Planning your meals in advance will save you time, and ensure you always have something to feed the hungry hordes. Take a look in your cupboards, fridge and freezer and make note of what foods you already have, which will help you to avoid doubling up when hitting the shops. Know your dates Don’t forget to keep an eye on the dates in your fridge. Use up foods with the shortest dates first, and when shopping check to see if fresh foods can be frozen in case you don’t get round to eating them over the festivities. Best before dates are for quality, so you can eat these foods after this date, they just may no longer be at their best – eggs are the exception! Use by dates are for safety, you can eat or freeze foods right up to the end of the use by date.

Savvy storage Simple tips on storing food over the festive period can help us make the most of them, and make them last into the New Year. Ensure your vegetables are at their best for the main meal by keeping them in the fridge; most vegetables will stay fresher for longer stored in the fridge in the pack or bag they came in.

WITH the advent of city status and the marked increase in both the commercial and retail sectors, the demand for affordable, and convenient hotel accommodation within Inverness is at an all time high. For those families who visit the city for shopping expeditions, taking in a theatre show, or to attend the ever increasing number of events which are held in and around the city, the cost of overnight accommodation forms a large part of the budget. The format of offering a room rate cost in preference to a price per person brings the cost of a short break holiday within most people’s reach. Located adjacent to the Inverness retail park, The Express by Holiday Inn provides easy access whether you are arriving in the city by road, rail or air. Its three floors contain a total of 94 bedrooms, 67 of which are non smoking and there are 5 bedrooms which provide access for disabled customers. The flexibility of leaving without having to hang about waiting for your breakfast bill also proves a big plus for families who want to make the best use of their time in the city. For the commercial client their are ample free parking facilities, along with the hotel’s central location is proving an ever increasing popular venue for not only accommodation purposes but as a meeting place, and a centre

Remember to keep your compost bin happy this Christmas Don’t forget to continue to compost by putting all your uncooked fruit and vegetable waste into your compost bin along with cardboard such as mince pie and biscuit packets. This will give you wonderful compost for your garden in 2011 and reduce the amount of waste in your wheelie bin.

New Year Tips January is the month of saving money and making New Years resolutions – join Zero Waste Scotland in resolving to make the most of our food; start by writing a shopping list – making a list is easy, just keep a list pinned to the front of a kitchen cupboard or the fridge, when you use the last of something write it down. Try planning weekly menus – we can take the effort out of thinking what to cook each night, and wondering if we have the right ingredients to make it, by planning meals and shopping for them in advance.

Lovely leftovers Leftovers of bubble and squeak and cold turkey sandwiches are a Boxing Day tradition. This year spice things up with a Christmas curry; try the turkey and chickpea coconut curry and use up those leftover veggies with the mixed vegetable curry. Transform your Christmas pudding into a lovely strudel and your leftover dried fruit, nuts and cranberry sauce into cranberry brownies.

Double up on family favourites – when cooking dishes such as Bolognese, chilli, soups and casseroles, cook one for now and freeze one to have on a busy January night.

Perfect portions Sometimes it can be difficult to be sure of how much to cook. The portion calculator on our website removes the guess work.

Get out the scales – avoid cooking too much by getting in the habit of using the kitchen scales when cooking, they are great for measuring everyday portions.

for conferences. The hotel can cater for up to thirtyfive delegates and is a member of The Highlands of Scotland Convention Bureau. Regular visitors can enjoy the advantages offered by enrolling in the priority club. Collected points can be exchanged for a wide variety of rewards. Free nights accommodation, airline miles, a hot air balloon flight over Madrid or a cordon blue cooking course in Paris are just some of the mouth watering options that regular customers could benefit from. Manager Ina McDonald has a wealth of experience within the hotel industry. She has brought together a well-knit professional team who are totally focused on making their customers stay as enjoyable and hassle free as possible. Ina points out “Our customers really benefit in a wide variety of ways when they choose to stay at Express by Holiday Inn. The location is easily accessed no matter what mode of transport you arrive by in the city, also our affordable pricing structure offers options to both short stay, and onward travelling customers. For value conscious travellers, it’s the uncomplicated, common sense choice”. For further details on the facilities that Express by Holiday Inn can offer please access their website. www.hiexpress.com

Keep essentials to hand – having essentials such as pasta, rice and sauces in the cupboard, means that there’ll always be something to create a quick meal from foods in the fridge. Stoneyfield, Inverness Tel: 01463 732700

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THANK YOU! This portfolio and the work presented within was created using InDesign, QuarkXpress, Photoshop and Illustrator. The majority of my work over the past several years has centred around both Magazine Page Layout and Design, along with general graphic design work: Ad Design, Brochures, Menus, Leaflets, Flyers, Posters, and Photography. The contents of this portfolio is a small selection of my work. If you wish to view my full portfolio online, please send an email requesting a link. References can be forwarded if required.

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AOC portfolio 2018  

A magazine style portfolio showing some of my graphic design, magazine page layout & design and photography work.

AOC portfolio 2018  

A magazine style portfolio showing some of my graphic design, magazine page layout & design and photography work.

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