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Winter Wonderland At this time of year we buy the same presents, watch the same films, and eat the same meal. But it goes without saying that no matter how many times we go to the Christmas Market WINTER WONDERLAND down on Princes Street we can do nothing but be amazed and overwhelmed by the joyous atmosphere that surrounds the place.

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Not only does it have a variety of things to do that caters to almost all age groups, the staff that work there are continually upbeat and more than happy to help. The big wheel will be in constant motion doing the rounds for the loving young couples and families to snuggle into one another and capture the spirit of Christmas. Whilst this is happening Granny and Granddad are down at the Highland Christmas Market sampling all the festive Scottish foods and drinks. Cont. Page 4

Voted as the best city in the UK for the festive season, the countdown to Christmas has begun in Scotland’s Capital City. What do you really want this Christmas?

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It goes without saying that this sort of atmosphere would be welcomed all year round considering the economical position the nation is in. Christmas in Edinburgh can rival any in Europe. With the stunning location close to Princes Street Gardens, it is the perfect backdrop for the Ice Rink just south of the Market down on West Princes Street Gardens to enjoy a relaxing fun filled night skating, drinking mulled wine and festive goodies. It is the ideal setting to bring the family along and take part.

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To capture the real spirit of Christmas this year and get back to the roots of family values, Edinburgh’s Christmas Markets are the places to be. With the Scottish Traditional Markets filling the community full of national pride, and the German Market providing a constant flow of sweet tasting beers, there is nowhere else I would rather be. As a city we really should be proud of the Christmas celebrations that take place here each year. It is a humbling prospect to think that so many tourists come here over the festive season to share in our celebrations. So not only will we not disappoint them we will join them and make it a Christmas to remember.

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I am sure you are all fed up of listening about the Tram service on what is happening & more importantly what is not happening. We all know they have been nothing but hassle from day one, but finally as taxpayers we have reached a milestone in the construction of the trams. The overhead power lines have been turned on for the first time, and although we are not able to use the service until the summer of 2014, we can now begin to see progress and possibly come to better understand where your money has been spent. The lines will be turned on at the 1.7 mile track from Dogar depot to the airport.

In such a delicate financial position is it really necessary for trams to be built right now? There is small businesses collapsing everywhere we look. Now you may read this thinking I am someone who is not thinking about the future of the city in terms of being on par with public transport with say the likes of London, New York & Tokyo. But as a city of such historical and cultural values we should be proud of the traditional bus service we have.

There will be signs put in place to warn pedestrians to stay alert at all times as trams are surprisingly quiet modes of transport and realistically the last thing the council needs right now is someone to get injured during the testing process. Can you imagine the backlash? The protests and hate mail would be nothing short of comical. Now as someone with a view of scepticism about the tram services as to what purpose it will serve against the amount of money it will cost. I do have to at least commend the council in their efforts to take all necessary precautions in keeping the budget from escalating out of control and to keep the public safe. But is this really enough to justify £776 million pound on a tram service which I honestly do not see benefits the public more than what the bus services already do. As somebody who lived in Belfast for a number of years, I can give an outsiders perspective in that when I flew at 7.30a.m. I would arrive in Edinburgh Airport have my bag collected, be on the bus by 7.55a.m, and be approaching the city centre by 8.30a.m. I am one person who has always praised the airlink service and in a way been jealous of the fact that Northern Ireland’s Capital does not have such an efficient service.

Let’s not try and push some futuristic mode of transportation that airs a sense of vanity. People come to Edinburgh for its strong historical principals and I think with the tram service put in place we may begin to lose these principals and who knows maybe in another 20 years time tower blocks may grace the skyline of Edinburgh and before we know it we will be living in a city based on vanity, egotistical architecture and other pointless futuristic features.

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“For example, if you’ve just moved into a new house then the first thing you should do is change the locks. After all, you don’t know who’s had copies of the keys in the past so why risk it? Contact your local locksmith to come and supply and fit appropriate locks for you. They will know the locks you’ll need so as not to invalidate your insurance.

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Cutting keys is another area of experience for locksmiths. Why get your keys cut anywhere other than by an experienced, professional locksmith company? Car keys and remotes, did you know that we can supply and program a whole range of vehicle keys and remotes,

either to replace spare keys or where you have lost all your keys. There are several advantages of using a local locksmith over the main dealer, such as price – we can often save you 50% on dealer prices, time – many dealers will take over a week to replace your key and will need your car towed to their premises, we can come to you and program in new keys often on the same day. But have they been vetted? Make sure who you use has been independently accredited as vetted, inspected and competent for the job at hand and can prove this.” Burgh Locks have recently opened a new shop in Bruntsfield but that’s not the only place you can find them! They taken to social network sites to help spread the word on basic security measures. So why not connect with them for more advice?!

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As part of a privately funded community based project in the Southside of Edinburgh, charity retail shops in Nicolson Street came together in the Southside Community Centre, kindly provided by Edinburgh City Council, for an evening of volunteer training presented by Lothian and Borders Police Safer Neighbourhood Team. The new, privately, funded scheme is the first in Edinburgh to bring charity retail shops together, with the volunteer training evening, representing the first activity to be organised as part of the Nicolson Street Shop Watch project. Located between the historic exhibits of the refurbished National Museum of Scotland and the newly developed artistic display spaces, galleries and installations that comprise Summerhall, Nicolson Street comprises a uniquely comprehensive collection of shops, offering an opportunity to pick up your weekly essentials at local and independent stores, whilst browsing (and in this writer’s case buying) beautifully presented; clothing, nik-naks, vintage, recycled and reclaimed wares. One of the benefits of bringing retail premises in Nicolson Street together; is their strength through numbers. All retail premises, be they charitable, non-profit, community based or independent, face the same problems in the modern high street and by coming together, provide a strength in numbers, that each individual premises alone cannot offer.

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The new initiative provides a forum for discussion and a means to bring together charities, communities, council services, and local businesses to better focus existing resources in order to improve and develop the wonderfully unique nature of Nicolson Street. As this writer discovered, Nicolson Street truly is a secret Southside shopping gem and with initiatives as successful as the ‘Nicolson Street Shop Watch’, it is only a matter of time before it is discovered by the wider Edinburgh community.

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Tuk Tuk is now open, an innovative, original restaurant serving Indian Street Food, rustic roadside and railway station dishes. The Tuk Tuk team advise you to have 2 or 3 dishes per person to start with and see how you get on from there. They serve such dishes as ‘Chicken Lollipops’ – Moreish Keralan spiced chicken wings. ‘Bengali Fish Cakes’ – Rustic railway station patties. ‘Tarka Dhal’ – Yellow and black lentils and ‘Keema Methi Mutter’ – Minced lamb cooked with fenugreek & green peas. Get down to TUK TUK now to try something truly special, original and tasty.

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Classic Christmas Dinner Christmas dinner is the perfect time to pull out all the stops and show off your impressive spread of festive delicacies. The high point of the holiday celebrations has to be the feast, a time to gather family or friends together and enjoy the best of local produce. Traditionally roast goose was the preferred Christmas Roast in Britain until the new-fangled Turkey arrived from America in the 16th century. Now, no Christmas dinner is complete without a Stuffed Roast Turkey, especially Roast Turkey with Sage and Onion Stuffing.

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It is advisable to order a fresh turkey well in advance to collect by the 23rd or 24th December. Remove the turkey from the fridge several hours before cooking, as it must be at room temperature before cooking to prevent the turkey drying out in the oven. Prep Time: 45 minutes. Cook Time: 4 hours, 40 minutes. Total Time: 5 hours, 25 minutes (serves 12) Ingredients: 1 large onion, finely chopped 1lb/450g pork sausage meat 2 level tbsp fresh sage, finely chopped 2 level tbsp flat leaf parsley, finely chopped 1 oz/25g fresh white breadcrumbs Salt and pepper 1 14lb/6.3kg oven-ready turkey 4oz/1 8oz/225g streaky bacon, thinly sliced 1¼ pints/1 litre poultry stock 2 tbsp all purpose/plain flour ¼ pint/150 ml Port 2 tbsp redcurrant jelly 10g soft butter (Heat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7)



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Prepare the stuffing: In a large bowl mix together the onion, pork sausage meat, herbs, breadcrumbs and a pinch of salt and pepper. Slip your fingers under the skin at the neck end and loosen to create a cavity over the breast. Stuff the neck end with the onion and sage stuffing up to the breast. Tuck the loose skin underneath and secure with a fine metal skewer. Smear the soft butter evenly over the breast and legs of the turkey. Lay thin slices of bacon neatly across the breast and top surface of the legs. Sprinkle the whole turkey liberally with salt and pepper.

Battle Of The Badges On Saturday 24th of November, the best of the of Lothian and Borders Police force will step into the ring to test themselves against our cities finest fire fighters, in a night of “ Battle of the Badges”. In what proves to be a exciting and fun atmosphere, it is a night humbled by the fact that the event was put together to raise money for Caudwell Children’s charity. Let us hope that the night is recognised for what fantastic opportunities and funding it may provide the children this charity supports. The real life heroes of our society are taking one step further to test their nerve, will and stamina against each other. And it can only be for the greater good of the community. As individuals we should all maybe take a step back and realise what is happening in our communities rather than global issues, that to be honest have little impact on our day to day living. Take a look at our own problems before we go fixing other peoples. There is heroes and commendable people walking through your streets right now and who knows it may be you one day. With the Lothian and Borders police experienced from 29th April 2012, when they took on NYPD. You would have fully expected them to be the classier of the services and put on a real show of skill. But it was the fire brigade that will take home the bragging rights and showcase their win I’m sure over the course of the festive period. In a friendly rivalry between service men it is a lovely and humbling way to raise money for charity, but still benefiting from the boxing and event itself as Detective Mike Leask the team captain of The Lothian and Borders, “they’ve committed themselves every week, trained hard and during the training they have all lost a bit of weight as well and they have had real focus”. I think it is time for both me and you to get up out of our seat and go do something for the benefit of others. Most of us do not even exercise or dedicate ourselves to something to benefit our selfish needs never mind the needs of others. The entire night is honourable and everyone who took part should be praised for their efforts.

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Lay two large sheets of aluminium foil over a roasting tin large enough to hold the bird. Place the bird back down and fold the foil loosely over the bird leaving a roomy gap between the bird and the foil to allow steam to escape. Roast in the preheated oven for 40 minutes then lower the temperature to 325°F/160°C/Gas 3 and cook for 3½ hours basting from time to time. Remove the turkey from the oven, raise the temperature to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Fold back the foil on the turkey, remove the bacon and pour any juices into a jug or bowl. Return the turkey to the oven and cook for a further 30 mins to crisp the skin. Remove from the oven and check the temperature with a meat thermometer placed into the thickest past of the thigh, the turkey is cooked if the temperature is 175°F/80°C. If you don’t have a thermometer the turkey is cooked if the juices run clear when the thickest part of the thigh is pierced with a small sharp knife. If the juices are pink return to the oven and cook until they run clear. When cooked, leave the turkey to rest for 30 mins wrapped loosely with fresh foil before carving. Meanwhile make the gravy. Pour all the juices from the roasting tin into the bowl or jug with the juices saved from the foil. Spoon off all the fat which will float to the surface and discard. Place the roasting tin on a high heat on the stove top, add the flour and stir to scrape up all the sediment from the tin. Cook for one minute. Pour in the port and stir well then add the stock. Bring to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Add the turkey juices, bring back to the boil and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add the redcurrant jelly stir until dissolved then strain into a gravy boat or serving jug.

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While at the centre be sure to enter the amazing Christmas competition where you could win gifts for you and all your family. Win a sleighful of prizes with St James Shopping, with a prize value of £2,000 you could have Christmas all wrapped up for you. To enter go to the customer service desk or enter online, the winner will be announced Thursday 20th December.

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As a local business you must be thinking, how am I going to compete within such a global market. I cannot stress enough that this is the time to network together, we must create business opportunities for each other so that we keep what money we generate local. As a business owner myself, I can only give my opinion on what I see day to day. Destination stores are a thing of the past, people are afraid to leave the house and spend money as they feel safe buying online. So it is so important to be attending networking events, spreading the word about your idea, you need to remind people that you are still here. Running your own business is a 24/7 job, we are part of a society now that with business models we need to continually reassess, taking a step back and saying “okay,” that didn’t work, analysing why it did not work & resolving the situation with a new foundation of ideas. You cannot expect to continue trading as you did 5 years ago. Do not forget your roots though and the original concept you came into your business with, but we just need to explore new avenues of how we can communicate your idea.

It is no secret that the banks have stopped lending to small businesses so we have no choice but to back ourselves and reinvest our own money in our own business. With businesses being sceptical of where they are spending their money and who they are spending their money with, it is time to get out there and sell your product, selling your idea and being in as much face to face contact as possible. Independent business owners will not spend their money over the phone there is too much risk involved with money being so tight.

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For example reading this ask yourself, “Who have I spoken to this month?” “What events have I attended?” “Do people actually know what I do?” Remember business is not just about generating sales from the general public, we can be generating money business to business. Why not create money making opportunities for each other? When you are in work tomorrow think about why you came into business ? And look up and down your street and think of how you can create a money making opportunity from the other businesses in the same area. You will be surprised at how many people you have never spoken to or even heard of. Before you jump in at the deep end and begin pitching to somebody, research your competition & your geographical location, this will give you the unique selling points you will need to pitch to your customer. Your passion and drive will only get you so far. There is no point in having a great idea with no business concept. You have heard it before but not all great ideas make money.

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For a small business marketing can be either a daunting prospect or a window of opportunity. Direct marketing can be a very cost effective measure if you are looking to cut down on your costs. It can be used for existing or potential new customers to promote your product and/or idea. It is a very powerful tool and ideal for small businesses as it gives the pitch a very personal touch as they know exactly who they are dealing with. Points to remember:

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