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June 2013

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Welcome to June 2013 Welcome to the June issue of The Dell Directory! Hopefully the sun is shining and you’re ready to head outside to spend some time outdoors and make the most of the weather! This month we have an interesting article from a local resident Shona Harrower on her visit to Stobo’s Destination Spa P24&25. This is a great gift for someone special or just a nice way to spend a relaxing day away. Also Colinton Village Events are promoting their ever popular ‘Art in the Park’ see page 4 for more information. Please remember to take a look at the ‘What’s On and Clubs and Classes’ pages there is something for everyone. Congratulations to Ms Ina Grant, Firrhill who wins a £25.00 gift card to spend at B&Q, well done! Thank you for taking the time to read through the magazine and support our local business. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have an interesting story or article you would like to share as would love to hear from you! Til next month! Ann. Why not visit our website www.thedelldirectory.co.uk or if you would like to advertise Tel: 07843 449 441 or Email: ann@thedelldirectory.co.uk

contents Colinton Village Events Finance: The Longest Holiday

P4 P6+7

Travel: The Giza Pyramids

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Gardening: Bugs and Beasties

P17

What’s On

P20

Clubs & Classes

P21

Stobo Castle Review

P24+25

Keeping Gum Disease Away

P28

Book Review

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Recipe P37 The Life List

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Useful Info

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Prize Crossword

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Index of Advertisers

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The Dell Directory is distributed in the following areas:Colinton Mains, Dreghorn, Redford, Bonaly, Campbell Park, Woodhall, Torphin, Spylaw, Pentland and Craiglockhart. Copies will also be available at our local Libraries Colinton and Oxgangs and some local shops. If you would like to receive a copy please don’t hesitate to get in touch. You can also view the magazine online at www. thedelldirectory.co.uk. Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publisher cannot accept responsible for loss, damage oromission caused by error in the printing of an advertisement. The Dell Directory does not endorse any advertising material that appears in this publication. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. All material is accepted for publication on the understanding that it is copyright free. The Dell Directory accepts no liability for any subsequent copyright issues. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the consent of the publisher. Publisher: The Dell Directory. Editor: Ann Brydon. Please think of the environment when you have finished reading the magazine and recycle.

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ART IN THE PARK COLINTON

Art in the Park, now in its 8th year, is an ideal venue to browse art, entertain the kids, learn about local clubs/societies, enjoy a variety of musical and dance performances, or even to participate in the fun dog show! This year the event will take place on Sunday, September 1st or Sunday, September 8th (should bad weather force a postponement). The venue is Spylaw Park from 11am to 5pm. CVE Group is now taking applications from potential stallholders – we are looking for interesting handmade arts/crafts as well as those offering children’s activities. Performers are also being signed up and we are hoping for a wide variety once again. School/ community groups are encouraged to participate. Potential stallholders and performers should contact CVE Group at colintonvillage@gmail. com to request an application form. Space is limited so please get in touch soon. We would also be happy to her from anyone interested in being part of Art in Park 2013 as a volunteer before and/or during the event. For further details on CVE Group and its various projects, please visit our new-look website:

www.colintonvillage.com

Colinton Village Events (CVE) Group is a non-profit organisation run by volunteers. Our projects currently include Art in the Park, Art in the Library, Colinton in Bloom and Christmas on the Corner. All funds raised by CVE Group are used for projects of benefit to the community.

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Finance The Longest Holiday By Arwyn Bailey Most of us shy away from considering our later years and what they might bring. There may be the joy of watching our family grow and develop with grandchildren, great nephews and nieces, but understandably we do not like the idea of becoming incapacitated. However, we should start thinking about what can be termed as the “longest holiday” of our lives sooner rather than later, as it is now clear that the government will not be funding the ongoing costs of any care that might be required. The reason for the government’s stance becomes clear when examining some of the facts.

According to statistics from the Office for National Statistics, in 1992, 14.2% of the London populace were aged 65 or more. In areas 6

where a large number of residents are retirees, such as within the county of East Dorset, this figure was running at a rate of over 24%. The average percentage of people within this grouping for the whole of the UK, in 1992, was 15.8%. By the year 2033, estimates show that this figure will have increased to 22.9%.

rising to over £38,000 for nursing home fees. These fees are just for a basic level of care. To have any form of “luxury” is an additional cost.

As the state is not going to assist in any meaningful form regarding ongoing care needs, we need to consider the cost of buying care as this is also rising. For example, maintaining professional quality care in one’s own home is now running at around £13.68 per hour. This means that just two hours of care each day mounts up to around £200 each week.

2. If you have not done so already, you should complete a BR19 form and send it off for a State Pension assessment. The reason for this, particularly for women, is that it will be assumed that your NI contributions would have continued if you had not stopped work in order to care for your children. However, the benefits agencies will not know of this and your past situation unless you inform them. Taking this

Furthermore, full time fees in a care home now average at just over £27,000 a year

Here are some tips that will enable you to start planning for the future.

1. Check your pensions, ensuring that you have current information for all of them.

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action will enhance your state pension benefits.

3. Realistically consider what your ISAs and other savings might be worth. Monitor your investments regularly with a professional adviser.

4. Think about when your mortgage will be repaid, along with any other commitments. Put income that you have released, when loans are repaid, towards ISAs and pensions for your future. 5. Start thinking of your house as a commodity that might have to be used to fund care needs in the future. 6. Consider a special form of trust to ring fence the

equity of your house. This can protect your home from local authority means testing when you qualify for care.

7. Review your Wills and the position regarding inheritance tax.

8. Review whether your property is owned as Tenants In Common or under Joint Tenancy as this is important in this arena of planning (Scottish law varies in this regard). 9. Seek independent financial advice from an appropriately qualified professional, and appoint an adviser on a fee basis to advise you.

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We all hope that we will remain independent and fit and healthy, but this will not be the reality for some of us.

The facts before us may not be favourable and planning for our longest holiday may take many years to achieve. Although our finances might be under pressure at this time, doing something now is going to be better than doing nothing.

Arwyn Bailey is a former financial adviser of almost 18 years, and he is now a freelance journalist, photographer and author. His latest novel is entitled Candelaro. You can learn more about Arwyn at: http:// gponlinephotos.com and: http://themoneyartist.com

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The Giza Pyramids Egypt Did you know that in 1978 a Japanese corporation tried to build a replica of the Great Pyramid on a 1/20 scale, using the same methods as ancient Egyptians? They didn’t succeed so modern technology was called to the rescue but after just 18 days, the pyramid collapsed. How did they ancient Egypt?

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Over 100 pyramids have been discovered so far across the country, most stunning of all the iconic giants dotted on the Giza plateau. Up there, above the bustling city of Cairo, it’s hard to comprehend how blocks of granite weighing up to 80 tons could be brought down the Nile from Aswan, 800 kms away, hauled up to the site and put into place, together with over 2 million limestone blocks. That was around BC 2584; no wheel, no iron tools, but with a workforce reaching over 40,000 at times, the Great Pyramid rose to 146.5 metres. Over the millennia, erosion has nibbled away almost eight metres but among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Pharaoh Khufu is the only one still standing. Being the oldest and largest, it

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draws the biggest crowds while the nearby pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure seem almost lost in the wilderness, looking down on the small Queen’s satellites and the camels waiting for a ride on the desert sands. Khafre appears bigger than Khufu but guides will tell you it’s an illusion, due to its higher elevation and steeper angle. Besides the pyramids, the complex includes remains of a causeway, an impressive valley temple and a lost city or workers’ village, where evidence points to highly skilled labour rather than slaves, and pits for ritual boats with a life size reconstruction in the museum.

Ritual barges were designed to carry the Pharaoh with the sun god across the heavens and ensure a royal afterlife. The pyramids, it was thought, were royal tombs but when they were discovered, they were empty, no human remains, no treasures. Looted or moved to a safer place? No one knows for sure yet their connection with the afterlife and the sun is undisputed. Rising on the west bank of the Nile, the side of the setting sun and symbol of death, they are shaped like the descending rays which were

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originally reflected by polished surfaces. Some experts believe the alignment of the Giza pyramids mirrors the Orion constellation, associated in ancient Egypt with Osiris, the sun god of rebirth and afterlife. Visitors can no longer climb to the top of the Great Pyramid but those who come prepared with sturdy footwear venture up the high steps to the new entrance where a short passageway leading to nowhere sends shivers down their spine. It’s dark and eerie inside and you cannot help wondering what may be lurking in the chambers you cannot reach. It’s a relief to return to the light and watch great clouds of dust as guides vying for custom send their camels racing across the sand. ‘Ride, madame? I’ll show you the Great Sphinx.’

No one can leave Giza without paying tribute to this mythical guardian, half human, half lion, once partially buried in the sand. Over 73 metres long and 20 metres high, it’s said to be the world’s largest monolith statue. Defaced by vandals and desert storms, it remains hauntingly beautiful, as powerful today as it was over 4000 years ago.

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Colinton Private Nursery for children aged 3 months to 5 years Government funded pre–school places available. Open Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm Part and full-time places available Experienced and Qualified staff Private garden and secure outdoor play area, well equiped to provide a stimulating and play learning environment For further information or to arrange a visit please telephone Judith McGuigan on 0131 477 7330 We also have nurseries in Colinton Village & Grange please contact... Zoe Webster Colinton Village Nursery 0131 477 4518

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Bugs and Beasties by Pippa Greenwood

Bugs and beasties are really thriving in this warmer weather, so just how should you deal with the most common problems you are likely to encounter at this time of year? Aphids Greenfly and blackfly, also known as aphids, can be a real menace as they suck sap from your plants and can transmit viruses at the same time. Aphids breed incredibly rapidly, so regular control is necessary. • Check plants regularly and either spray with a suitable insecticide or a soap or plant oil based insecticide • Use biological controls – they’re totally safe for all other creatures and of course leave no residues • Use a strong jet of water to blast the aphids off plants, but do a thorough job or else they will soon be back up and causing damage Caterpillars Caterpillars come in all shapes, sizes and colours, but can do a lot of damage as they munch their way through your plants and perhaps even into your vegetables. • Hand pick the pest where possible and either squash or place on the bird table. They’re easiest to spot at dusk or very early in the morning. • Spray with a suitable contact insecticide or better still use the Nemasys Caterpillar biological control.

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• Some caterpillars, in particular the Tortrix Moth produce quantities of fine webbing which they use to bind leaves or other plant parts together to create particularly safe shelters for themselves. It’s hard for a pesticide to actually reach them so hand picking or squashing is often the best answer. • Cover caterpillar-susceptible crops such as calabrese, broccoli and other brassicas with Envirofleece or Enviromesh.

Woodlice Woodlice often cause a lot of concern, however these little creatures are rarely responsible as they simply do not have adequately strong mouthparts. They can cause damage to soft new growth or occasionally to soft-fleshed fruits such as strawberries but can’t tackle tougher plant growth. You may see them at the ‘scene of the crime’ and presume that they have caused the initial damage but they have probably moved in to clean up a lot of the debris created by other creatures. Earwigs Earwigs can cause quite a bit of damage, particularly on the flowers of plants such as clematis and dahlias, where they nibble out large quantities of petal or occasionally leaf. Try trapping them using an inverted flowerpot on top of a bamboo cane. The bamboo cane and pot

should be positioned amongst susceptible plants and the pot needs to be stuffed loosely full of hay, straw or similar material. The earwigs climb in there to hide and the pots can them simply be emptied out on a regular basis.

Mildew Powdery mildew is also a problem at this time of year; it coats plant leaves, stems, buds and sometimes even petals with a white floury deposit. Sometimes the mildew can also prevent fruits from swelling normally, cause the leaves to become distorted and even fall early. Prompt action is essential and if you wish you can use a proprietary fungicide but check the label carefully for suitability. Keep the damage to a minimum in the first instance by ensuring that the plants are kept well watered. In addition try to ensure a good flow of air around the plants. A bit of careful pruning or weeding often helps too.

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WHAT’S ON

HERE THERE AND EVERYWHERE! Busy bees in June. Take your pick from the long list of events and have a ponder over the city based and beyond family outings suggested below. Summer is here!

ON YOUR DOORSTEP Friends of the Pentlands Member Events Saturday 15th June – Teas and cakes Harlaw Visitor Centre. Open event. 11am- 4pm. Friday 21st June- 7.30pm at Swanston Golf Club. Including a 6pm 3 mile walk. Friends of The Pentlands members and friends. Tickets £12.50 a head. Tel: 0131 443 1925 for BBQ bookings and Tel: 0131 455 4623 for walk bookings. Colinton Garden Club- Open Gardens Saturday 15th June 10am- 12 noon. For details of the open gardens available for viewing and plant sale in the Spylaw EH13 area contact 441 5827. Juniper Green Farmers Market 4th Saturday of the month. 9am- 1pm. Kinleith Arms car park, Lanark Road. Hand reared pork, game, vegetables in season, pies, breads, cupcakes and soaps! Colinton Food Market Every second Friday of the month. 4pm- 6.30pm. St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church. Fresh bread, fish, fruit and veg and organic eggs and more! Colinton Market Place First Saturday of every month 2-4pm St Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church. An ever changing market place full of handmade goods and quality gifts.

close to home The Jack and Jill Market 23rd June .10.30am- 1.30pm.Meadowbank Leisure Centre. Where smart mums buy and sell. Snap up some great bargains with over 60 stalls. Edinburgh International Film Festival 19th- 30th June. World class films premiered at EIFF. Venues at designated cinemas around the city. Brochures from The Filmhouse. Lothian Road or details www. edfilmfest.org.uk

Royal Highland Show, Ingliston. 20th- 23rd June. Gate prices £25.00. Concession £20.00. Kids free. Book on line in advance for cheaper ticket prices. Bringing together prize winning live stock, the latest farming machinery, show jumping displays, cookery demonstrations and family fun. A great day out. Visit: highlandshow. ticketsrv.co.uk Leith Festival Various dates in June. A programme full of community events from tea dances to mini Tattoo events. For the full programme go to www.leithfestival.com Edinburgh Festival of Cycling 15th -23rd June. A citywide event over nine days, showcasing and celebrating all aspects of bicycle culture and the city itself. www.edfoc.org.uk Edinburgh International Magic Festival Friday 28th June. – 5th July A sensory feast for all ages awaits, as MagicFest casts its spell across the Capital. Opening gala at the Royal Lyceum Theatre. A show for the whole family. Visit :www.magicfest.co.uk Edinburgh Canal Festival Saturday 6th July 2013 . Edinburgh Quay (Fountainbridge, behind Cargo) Raft Race , Boat Trips, Canoe Taster Sessions , Canoe Display, Stalls, Canoe Polo, Music, Wee Boat Floatilla ,Art Wall Stalls, Face Painting, Inflatable Pole Jousting, Bouncy Castle - and lots more!

further afield Linlithgow Palace - Spectacular Jousting 29th & 30th June. 12.30-4.30pm. Tickets £7.20- £12.00. Hear the thunder of hooves and the crack of lances splintering as our knights battle it out in the arena. Midsummer Fair Preston Mill, East Linton Saturday 22nd June. 12- 4pm. Free Entry. Local crafts, refreshments, children’s activities and fun for all the family.

*All events and details have been printed in good faith and as supplied, The Dell Directory cannot be held responsible for any alterations or misprinted details

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CLUBS & CLASSES EXERCISE & FITNESS AND CHILDRENS GROUPS Colinton Tennis Lawn Association 10 Westgarth Avenue. Tel: 0131 476 0996 or 07989 437059 Colinton Bowling Club. 49a Redford Road. Contact: 0131 441 2964 Colinton Mains Bowling Club 221 Oxgangs Road North (next to Colinton Mains Park). Outdoor bowling, adults and juniors (age 9-16), April-September. Dominoes and Whist off-season. Contact: 0131-477 4400 Badminton Club Monday 8pm-10pm. Sept- March. Contact: Archie Clark on 0131 449 4703. Location: St Cuthberts Church Hall. Westgarth Av. Scottish Dancing Alternate Thursdays. 7.45pm- 9.15pm Sept- March Contact: Ann Dean on 0131 441 3729. Location: St Cuthberts Church Hall. Westgarth Av. Jolly Babies (up to 14mths) & Music with Mummy (14mths-3 yrs) Pentland Community Centre Mondays (JBs) 1pm, (MwM) 1.40pm. Book places. Tel 07971 045384. musicwithrachel@btinternet.com StableRoom Playgroups Happy and stimulating playgroups from 2-5 years old. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Colinton Parish Church. 9.15am- 11.45am. Term Time. Contact: 0131 477 9494 Email: stableroom@hotmail.co.uk Zumba Fitness Classes Sun 10.30am and Thurs 9.30am. Dreghorn Loan Hall. Further details: www.progressfitness.co.uk Freestyle Fitness Yoga Classes Sun 11.40am Dreghorn Loan Hall. Tues 9.30am in St Cuthbert’s Church Hall. Further details: www.progressfitness.co.uk

Social, Local Interest & Other Friendly Bridge Colinton Cottage Homes. Every Tuesday. 2-4pm. Tel 0131 4412962 Colinton Garden Club Meets 4th Monday of every month. Dreghorn Loan Hall 8.00pm. September to April. Email: membership@colintongardens.org.uk www.colintongardens.org.uk Colinton Amateur Orchestral Society Meets Tuesday 7.30pm- 9.30pm. Location: St Cuthberts Church Hall. Westgarth Av. Email: secretary@colintonorchestra.org.uk

Colinton Townswomen Meets 2nd Thursday of every month from 2-4pm Location: St. Cuthberts Church, Westgarth Avenue. Contact: 0131 441 6643. Colinton Local History Society Meets 1st and 3rd Monday of the month at 8pm. Amusing and Educational Speaker Programme. Location: Dreghorn Loan Hall Contact: Derek Douglas: 0131 441 3335 Colinton Community Conservation Trust A registered charity aiming to preserve the natural and cultural heritage in and around Colinton. For membership details write to the Treasurer. 42 Pentland Avenue EH13 OHY Colinton Literary Society The “Lit” meet Wednesdays (Oct-Mar) at 8pm. Location: Dreghorn Loan Hall Contact: Ann-Marie West 0131 446 0150 Morningside & Newington Floral Art Meet 1st Monday of the month 7.30pm-9.15pm. Boroughmuir Rugby Club (off Colinton Road.) Contact Joyce Rutherford on 0131 443 2536 Military Wives Choir April - June. Free- no audition! Tues 6pm- 7.30pm. Dreghorn Barracks Band Block. Tel 0131 310 2876 or email: edinburghmwc@gmail.com Edinburgh Popular Music Choir- Now Recruiting! No experience needed. Need both men and women ages 18-80! Choir office Morningside School of Music 138 Comiston Road. Tel 0131 447 1117 Email: linda@polarflamemusic.com

Colinton & Oxgangs libraries Colinton Library – Tel: 0131 529 5603 Teenage Book Club For S1-S3 will be held on the first Tuesday of the month 4pm-4.45pm Book Club Last Tuesday of every month 2-3pm. Last Wednesday of every month 6.30-7.30pm Learn Ebay Wed 6.30pm- 7.30pm Chatterbooks 8-10yrs. 3rd Tues of Month 3.45pm-4.45pm Childrens Arts & Crafts Last Friday of the month 2.30pm- 3.30pm 0-3 years Tuesdays 2.15-2.45pm & Fridays 10.30am-11am. Oxgangs Library – Tel: 0131 529 5549 Chatterbooks 8-11yrs. 1st Mon of Month 4pm-5pm Share a Story Children 2-5 years. Wed 10.30- 11.00am Childrens Arts and Crafts Friday 2.30-3.30pm Book Bug! 0-3 yrs. Fridays 11.00am & 11.30am. Book Group 1st Wed of every month 10.15am- 11.00am, 6.30pm-7.30pm Yap &Yarn Every Tuesday 10.30-12.00. Phone for dates.

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Relax! It’s good for the soul and needn’t cost the earth. Shona Harrower writes about her revitalising spa break at Stobo Castle, a Destination Spa in the Scottish Borders which is proud to be a the forefront of Green Tourism. Feeling stressed? Or maybe just suffering from our winter-in-summer blues? Whatever your situation I can recommend a visit to Stobo Castle to wrap you in luxurious comfort that soothes and relaxes all tensions. The castle was rebuilt in the nineteenth century and totally renovated and extended in the last fifty years to a very high standard. Accommodation ranges from ‘good hotel’ to complete luxury in the Cashmere Suite --- think Arabian Nights meets Scottish country house glamour. Approaching in the car from a winding country road flanked on the verges by miles of brightly flowering daffodils, the castle emerges majestically on a hill. The entrance hall reminds me of Von Trapp’s mansion in the Sound of Music, except for the colour scheme which is distinctly Scottish and warm. Our receptionist was very welcoming and heavy bags could be whisked off to the room by male porters if required. Padding down to the hydro spa in the robe and slippers provided, I swam in the chemical free ozone pool with floor to ceiling windows that looked out on hills stretching into the distance. I also made full use of the hydro suite and hydro spa jets for my ‘free massage’ but gave the gym a miss. As well as the emphasis on toning the body and calming the mind, there is also a boost for the inner man or woman in Stobo’s extensive

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menus. The food is delicious, of top quality as is the service. The following morning I joined in an Aquafit class and relived the fun of team sports. Then I did a yoga class before enjoying the deep pleasure of a hot stones massage, absolute bliss. At the same time my eighty year old mother was having a water bed massage adjusted to 60per cent which she said was very energising and next time she’ll try 100 percent. Outside a previous owner laid out Japanese Gardens with winding paths, exotic plants and a magnificent waterfall. A guided or self discovery walk round here adds another layer to the sense of being removed from the daily grind to a new and refreshing experience. It’s good to know that indulging in the ‘So Stobo’ experience also benefits many local businesses and suppliers. In 2012 there was a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. This year Stobo is investing £180,000 to install a new 200 kilowatt biomass boiler to heat the water throughout the pool and spa areas. The biomass boiler will be provided by Pentland Biomass in Loanhead. It burns woodchips made from locally sourced Tweed valley timber. The hotel expects to reduce its reliance on oil and cut its fuel bill by more than 50%. Annual savings of almost £50K and 500 tonnes of CO2 should have the biomass boiler paid off within just four years.

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Stobo’s transition to renewable energies doesn’t stop there. Solar photo voltaic panels and hydro electric power generation from an underground stream within the hotel grounds are also actively being considered. If like me you sometimes feel guilty about enjoying such self-indulgent treats, it’s important to remember that if it helps keep you sane, then everyone around you, your partner, family and work colleagues, all benefit. In that context £109 for a one night ‘Revitalising Spa Break’ in the Castle Lodge which includes dinner, bed, breakfast and lunch, plus full use of all classes and facilities; or £289 for the two night ‘Pure Spa Break’ which also includes 2 treatments, seems like excellent value for money!

three course lunch, plus two treatments of 40 minutes each. If you can pull together a group of 4 friends you’ll even get a complimentary bottle of champagne to share. If you’ve yet to be convinced, why not book yourself in for the £20 ‘Evening Escape’ to sample the pool, hydro spa, hydro suit and gym. It’s only 30 miles from South West Edinburgh, less than an hour’s drive. You too could be luxuriating in the outdoor hot-tub with up to 60 high powered water jets massaging you from every conceivable angle. But be quick, the cost of an evening escape increases to £25 from 1st July 2013.

The 1-2 night residential prices remain the same all year round except for a £25 supplement for Saturday nights. There is no complicated seasonal pricing; it just comes down to the type of room you choose. Even the lowest priced rooms benefit from the opulent surroundings and facilities. Residential guests also have the pleasure of driving home in a freshly washed car completing the inner and outer glow. It is worth checking the website for special offers: www.stobocastle.co.uk. If you quite can’t stretch to an overnight stay, there’s a £99 Ladies Day Spa Package currently on offer until 30 August 2013. It includes use of all the facilities and classes,

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Keeping Gum Disease Away By Julia Faulks How often have you seen blood in the basin when brushing your teeth and done nothing about it? Unfortunately, this is just one of the signs of gum disease, which has been linked to heart and lung disease, diabetes, strokes and premature births. Gum disease, also known as gingivitis, is where the gums become swollen, sore or infected. It can cause bad breath, bleeding gums, abscesses, loose teeth, receding gums and cavities. With around half of the population having some degree of gum disease, the risk of further health complications makes for scary reading. But the good news is that there is plenty you can do to improve things. Bad bacteria The disease is caused by a build-up of plaque on the teeth, which contain hundreds of bacteria that can be harmful to your gums. If you don’t brush your teeth properly or have them regularly cleaned by a professional, this plaque can build up and irritate your gums. Surprisingly, even if you aren’t experiencing any pain you might still be suffering from gum disease. In severe cases, a condition called periodontitis can develop - this affects the tissues that support your teeth and hold

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them in place, meaning that you may even lose teeth. There are cases where you may be more likely to get gum disease – and not just because you aren’t brushing your teeth well. For example, if you: • are over the age of 35 • are a smoker • have a condition that makes it harder for your body to fight infection • have a high level of stress • are taking certain forms of medication linked with gum disease, including tricyclic antidepressants, a n t i h i s t a m i n e s , antimuscarinic drugs, some antiepileptic drugs, some antipsychotics, betablockers, diuretics (water tablets) • have a poor diet • are pregnant Dental check-ups With many of us neglecting our visits to the dentist and a recent survey revealing that men are the worst culprits when it comes to regular dental check ups, you may be completely unaware of the existence of a problem other than perhaps seeing blood in the sink when brushing your teeth. Don’t wait for your gums to become painful, inflamed or bleed before you visit your dentist – mild cases can be easily treated or even reversed. However, in cases of

severe gum disease, you may need further treatment carried out by a specialist.

There’s no shame in asking your hygienist to show you how to clean your teeth properly or the best way to floss – years of bad habits can be hard to change, but even changing your toothbrush every three months can help.

Top tips • Brush your teeth for at least two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste after every meal (leave 30 minutes after eating so your mouth acids have time to reduce). • Floss regularly and use interdental brushes to reach the parts of your teeth that normal brushing can miss. • Visit your dentist regularly, as well as a hygienist, who will not only clean your teeth but check your mouth generally for the signs of problems. • Speak to your pharmacist or dentist about additional treatments, such as an anti bacterial mouthwash, which can help control gum disease and keep your mouth in mint condition. • Cut down on sugary food and drinks and quit smoking – these things alone are two of the worst culprits when it comes to causing gum disease.

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Making a Song and Dance of It The West End will soon be heaving again as tourists flock to see the hottest musicals. Many of them started life as novels, plays and poetry, and the authors’ words were adapted into catchy show-tunes and moving ballads. Here’s our pick of the best-loved tales to get the toe-tapping treatment. Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw Long before Julie Andrews was beaten to the film role by Audrey Hepburn, My Fair Lady began life as Bernard Shaw’s triumphant comic play Pygmalion. The deliciously arrogant Professor Henry Higgins makes a bet that he can turn ‘guttersnipe’ Eliza Doolittle into a lady but she is far from being the downtrodden flower girl he believes her to be. It’s one of Shaw’s greatest critiques of the English class system and it’s abso-bloomin’-lutely hilarious to boot. Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats T.S. Eliot When Cats were merely kittens in Lloyd Webber’s eyes, readers were curling up in a sunny corner with T.S. Eliot’s Practical Cats. Writing under the name ‘Old Possum’ in letters to his godchildren, Eliot’s poems included tales of Macavity, Mr. Mistoffelees and Bustopher Jones. The charming collection is much-loved the world over for its unique take on cat psychology. Les Miserables Victor Hugo Jean Valjean is a man who’s desperate to escape his past, but with a policeman like Javert

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on his tail, this escaped convict is going to have a battle on his hands. Les Mis has everything: mistaken identity, injustice and love, all set against the backdrop of the French Revolution. It’s the world’s longest running musical, and most recently gave us the cinematic opportunity to see Hugh Jackman without a shirt on. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Ian Fleming Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Musical Car was written by Ian Fleming of James Bond fame, who penned the original threepart series for his son. The idea has to be every child’s dream: a flying car. Inventor Caratacus Potts restores a second-hand vehicle and he and his children name it after the sound of a backfiring engine. It soon becomes clear that Chitty isn’t your average automobile and the family embarks on an adventure that involves kidnap and gangsters, crosschannel flying and some bizarre characters. When Chitty made it to the West End, audiences poured in to see the flying car in all its glory. Oliver Twist Charles Dickens Fagin told his boys they ‘gotta pick a pocket or two’ and

composer Lionel Bart picked more than an idea or two from Dickens, transposing the Victorian London of Oliver Twist to the stage, along with the wonderful characters of Twist himself, lovable rogue The Artful Dodger and simply terrifying thug, Bill Sykes. Dickens’ novel opens with Twist enduring life in the workhouse before being taken on by an undertaker. He escapes, only to fall in with Fagin’s gang of pickpockets. The book’s a lot darker than the musical with the brutality of the streets along with the poverty and drudgery of many of London’s lower classes portrayed vividly. Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West - Gregory Maguire Written in 1995, Maguire’s novel is set in the land of Oz, way before Dorothy and Toto follow the yellow brick road. Elphaba is a girl who was born green, with sharp teeth and a disagreeable temperament. In Maguire’s vision, Oz is imaginatively recreated, with all its Technicolor splendour practically seeping from the page. But there are sinister goings on, adult themes and a not-so-happy-ending .The young Elphaba soon learns that it’s really not easy being green.

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Further complimenting our existing Care Homes, Lorimer House and Struan Lodge, Lindemann Healthcare are proud to add Thorburn Manor. Set amongst rich flora and fauna in The marriage between the Grade “C” the midst of the peaceful Colinton listed schoolhouse and our purpose built Dell – a pleasant stretch of greenery

extension provides the perfect setting to

nestled along the Water of Leith – is allow our dedicated team deliver the a picturesque, well-kept community. highest quality care to our residents. Colinton village is a charming and

The home is registered to cater for 34 highly sought-after suburb of Edinburgh, residents set in luxurious single rooms a former former mill town which has has with en-suite shower wet room facilities. retained a quaint village feel and some quite historic buildings.

Residents can enjoy regular activities, relax in our library area, choose from

Located on the site of the former Bonaly

our quiet lounges or our stunning main School, Thorburn Manor, is a thoughtfully lounge which opens onto the beautifully designed care home to cater for older landscaped gardens. people with a range of care needs including dementia and palliative care.

Contact Us Thorburn Manor Nursing Home, 2a Thorburn Road Edinburgh EH13 0BQ Telephone: 0131 441 6984 Fax: 0131 629 2298

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Specialists in Home Extensions & Brick Stone work

All aspects of building work undertaken including bricklaying, stonework, lime pointing, extensions, driveways and garden walls.

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“We are delighted with the work carried out by Dean and Michael of Dean Jones Building Services. In frequently difficult weather conditions the firm has, with high standards of professionalism and integrity, completed a complex project which has substantially enhanced the appearance of our home and garden. Some of the innovations which have been incorporated result from recommendations made by Dean himself, for which we are especially grateful.” – T.M. – Balerno

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KM Electrical

Electrical Specialists

KM Electrical has been established for 10 years, looking after both domestic and commercial customers in and around Edinburgh. KM Electrical is a local business based in the Fairmilehead area, provides an excellent service across a wide range of areas including; house rewires, installing electrical heating systems, smoke alarms, home lighting, landlord certificates, security lighting and more. All work comes with a cast-iron guarantee, giving peace of mind that you are in reliable hands. KM Electricals is open 7 days a week, which also includes emergency call outs.

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Marc Horsburgh Pittenweem • Fish Merchant Marc is situated at Oxgangs Broadway every Wednesday Between 08:10 and 0900 and at Colinton Mains shops From 12:20 until 12:55 Sells: Haddock, Cod, Herring, Kippers, Lemon Sole, Tuna, Mackerel, Trout, Halibut, Salmon

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Falafel, Pepper & Goats’ Cheese Salad Serves 4

Ready in 30 minutes If you’re having veggie friends around for lunch or just fancy a meat-free supper for a change this colourful salad will fit the bill. Falafels are small Middle Eastern deep-fried patties made with cooked chick peas. You can buy them ready-made in most supermarkets or deli’s but they are really easy to make at home with just a can of chick peas and a few store cupboard ingredients. For an on-the-go salad pack into warmed pitta breads.

Ingredients:

• 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped • 4 tbsp freshly chopped parsley or coriander • 1 tsp ground cumin • 1 tsp ground coriander • 1 tsp chilli powder • 2 tbsp plain flour • Salt and freshly ground black pepper • Oil for shallow frying • 1 large red pepper, deseeded and thickly sliced • 1 yellow pepper, deseeded and thickly sliced • 2 tbsp olive oil • 150g bag mixed salad leaves • Half a small iceberg lettuce, roughly shredded • 150g goats’ cheese, roughly crumbled

For the Dressing:

• 6 tbsp olive oil • 2 tbsp white wine vinegar • � tsp Dijon mustard

To make the falafel, place the chick peas, garlic, parsley or coriander, spices and flour in a food processor and season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Process for about 1 minute until you have a fairly smooth mixture. Turn into a bowl then divide and shape the mixture into 12 small patties with clean wetted hands. Shallow fry the patties in hot oil for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen paper. Meanwhile, place the sliced peppers on a foil-lined grill pan and drizzle over the olive oil. Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side until tender and lightly charred in places. Toss together the salad leaves and shredded iceberg lettuce. Arrange on four plates with the grilled peppers. Halve the hot falafel then add to the salad and top with roughly crumbled goats’ cheese. To make the dressing, place all the ingredients in a screw-topped jar and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and serve immediately.

Tip Add a handful of fruity black or green olives to the salad or sprinkle with some lightly toasted pine nuts to give an extra Mediterranean flavour.

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ADULT MEMBERSHIP NOW £450 FOR 2013*

2013 Membership Offer At Swanston we have seen a dramatic growth in our club over the last 7 years. New investment in the course and clubhouse gives Swanston a strong and secure future, with no need for a members annual levy. We now have a new clubhouse, a par-68 18 hole course, a 9 hole par-3 course, driving range, 3 practice greens and to hone your skills the assistance of 2 fulltime and 2 assistant PGA professionals.

To join or for more information, call us on 0131 445 2239 or visit www.swanstongolf.co.uk

Join now for the 2013 / 2014 season

*Direct Debit payment options available

Fresh reasons to celebrate It’s been five years since we opened our doors. To mark the occasion and reflect our popular all-day service, we’re introducing the Swanston Brasserie a new name for the same high standards, the same warm welcome and the same relaxed, informal atmosphere.

To book your table, call us on 0131 445 2239 or for more information visit our website www.swanstonbrasserie.co.uk

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The Life List Games Children Played Ah, the youth of today with their apps and their smartphones. They don’t know what they’re missing. Well, not until now that is... Blind Man’s Buff - A blindfolded child is disorientated and teased until they fall over or give up. A combination of diversity awareness, a test for travel sickness and a chance to do a zombie impression. Hide and Seek - How to avoid your least popular friend for half an hour, with their active collusion. Includes an elementary numeracy test. Knock Down Ginger - A way of worrying and exercising your elderly neighbours (and complete strangers) by the doorknocker equivalent of spam mail. Probably superseded now by ASBOs.

It or Tag (not to be confused with custodial tagging, which is a different game altogether) - One person is It and has to catch someone else to make them It, or sometimes they both become It, and the game continues. Widely seen as a model for the communication of infectious diseases, both figuratively and literally. Conkers - A Horse Chestnut is steeped in vinegar and / or baked. Children then string them up and attempt to swat their opponent’s conker without breaking anyone’s fingers. The winner’s conker then takes on the loser’s number of victories by osmosis and debate. Not to be confused with roasted chestnuts, which require an open fire and first-degree cold burns on your extremities. British Bulldog - Imagine a rugby match where someone has forgotten to bring along the ball.

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USEFUL INFORMATION COMMUNITY REPRESENTATION Edinburgh City Council www.edinburgh.gov.uk Local Councillors: Colinton/Fairmilehead Elaine Aitken - Conservative – 0131 529 4282 Buckstone Primary, 3rd Monday Term Time 6.30pm Jason Rust - Conservative – 0131 529 4953 Colinton Library, 1st Monday 7.30pm Richard Lewis - Labour – 0131 529 4794 Bonaly Primary School – 1st Monday every month at 7pm (term time) Oxgangs Library – 3rd Monday every month at 7pm (term time) Colinton Amenity Association www.colinton-amentity.org.uk Firrhill Community Council – www.firrhillcommunitycouncil.btck.co.uk Pentland Community Centre – 0131 445 287 www.edinburgh.gov.uk Leisure Edinburgh Leisure – 0131 458 2100 www.edinburghleisure.co.uk medical Colinton Pharmacy – 0131 441 2352 Mon-Fri: 9-1pm & 2-5.45pm. Sat: 9-5pm Colinton Mains Pharmacy – 0131 441 3388 Mon-Fri: 9-1pm & 2-6pm. Sat: 9-5pm Colinton Surgery – 0131 441 4555 www.colintonsurgery.co.uk Mon- Fri 8am- 6pm Firrhill Medical Centre – 0131 441 3119 Mon- Fri 8am- 6pm Royal Infirmary – 0131 536 1000 www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk Sick Kids Hospital – 0131 536 0000 www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk NHS 24 – 08454 24 24 24 www.nhs24.com post offices & Libraries Colinton Post Office – 0131 441 1003 www.postoffice.co.uk Mon- Fri 9am- 5.30pm. Sat 9am- 12.30pm Colinton Mains Post Office – 0131 441 2657 www.postoffice.co.uk Mon- Fri 9am- 5.30pm. Sat 9am- 12.30pm Colinton Library – 0131 629 5603 www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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A family run business (est. 1969) with an excellent reputation for providing the finest quality cushions, pillows, bolsters and duvets; all hand-filled using only the best quality goose down and feathers. Replacement sofa cushions are a speciality. Any shape, any size, any density. Orders can be posted throughout the UK. No job is too small.

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• Specialists in cutting, colouring, hair up and bridal hair • A caring and friendly highly trained team that go that extra mile • With soothing colours and a tailored lighting system our newly built bespoke salon you will help you feel relaxed • 40 minute appointment times • FREE client Consultations • Gift vouchers available

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EDINBURGH’S FINEST FULLY ACCREDITED ROOFING FIRM. Weatherproof have been providing roofing services in and around the Edinburgh area for many years and between them, our tradesmen have more than 30 years’ experience.

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INDEX OF ADVERTISERS A quick and easy reference guide to all services in The Dell Directory ACCOMMODATION Self Catering Garden Flat ARIEL & SATELLITE SERVICE Douglas S Mackay ARCHITECT MDA Studio Novo Design Andy Ross Grigor Mitchell BLACKSMITHS Corstorphine Blacksmiths BUILDER Lothian Building Supplies Dean Jones Building Services Colinton Building Services J M Builders CARPENTER/JOINER Alasdair Morrison SMC Joinery Liberton Joinery CARPETS James Erskine CHIROPODIST Colinton Chiropody CLEANING SERVICES Fiona’s House Cleaning Done & Dusted Scott’s Premier Cleaning COMPUTER SERVICES Colinton PC Solutions Capital PC Repairs Sortmy PC DECORATORS Kenneth Bayne Lamb Heritage Decorators Ian Hodgson & Co DENTIST Colinton Dental Practice DRIVEWAY CLEANING Driveway Cleaning Edinburgh DUVETS The Feather Company ELECTRIC BIKES Easy go Bikes ELECTRICIAN D Sykes Electrical KM Electrical FINANCIAL SERVICES Honour Financial

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FISH MERCHANT Marc Horsburgh GARDENING Capital Gardening RKB Home & Garden GAS HEATING & SERVICING Les Weir Geoff Lennie GOLF CLUB Swanston Golf Swanston Brasserie HAIRDRESSING Kim O’Donnell HOME CARE SERVICES Bluebird Care LOCKSMITHS 1st Call Locksmiths LIFE COACHING Heloise Dempster MOBILE HAIRDRESSING Susan Vyse MUSIC LESSONS Rhona Finlay NURSERY Colinton Village Nursery OVEN CLEANING Alba Oven Cleaning OvenSmartz PHOTOGRAPHY West Mill Photography PLANNING ADVICE/APPLICATIONS Nicholas Morris - Planning Solutions PLUMBING & DRAINS Shandon Plumbing PRE-OWNED DRESSES Worn Once RESIDENTIAL CARE Thorburn Manor Care UK RE-UPHOLSTERY James Erskine Absolute Upholstery ROOFING & BUILDING SERVICES Stormshield 24HR Roofing & Building Weatherproof Edinburgh Quality Builders TREE SURGEON Delisle Tree Solutions WINDOW CLEANING SPM Window Cleaning

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Edinburgh Quality Builders Ltd

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Edinburgh’s roofing people! We undertake all roofing works from minor slate repairs to full roof refurbishments on all types of residential properties from big tenements to small bungalows

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