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Welcome to our readers Hello once again to your new issue of The Falkirk and District Post Magazine. Almost half way through the year already and looking forward to some sunny weather as the holidays are fast approaching. With this in mind we have included in this edition some hints and tips to help you plan your summer break for 2014. So far this year we have as usual had quite a mix of weather from wet and dreich to sunny and mild.

lous competition from The Secret Chefs of a meal for two. We hope you enjoy reading the Magazine as much as we do writing each article. We have tried to keep the magazine interesting and informative as well as an aid to finding some of the best businesses in the Falkirk and District area. We appreciate your support in helping us grow to be THE MAGAZINE of Falkirk and District. Having grown from 4,000 copies in 3 years to a remarkable 20,000 copies today. With Hotspot distribution points in Tesco, Sainsburys and Co-Op`s throughout the area as well as delivered to local homes by our professional and reliable Distribution Company BLISTERS INC of Bonnybridge. This guarantees consistent total delivery of every Magazine by satellite GPS systems.

Holidays are not all about the weather it is a time to recuperate from the stresses and strains of everyday life. Where ever you go do relax and enjoy and make the most of your holiday break. This magazine has as usual lots of interesting features as well as a fabu-

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CONTENTS Fido Facts ...................................................06 Support your Child ....................................12 Your Number ..............................................18 Liberate yout pension ...............................22 SDM.............................................................26 Tea room tails .............................................28

Life Moves On.............................................30 5 Great free android apps .........................32 What’s On ...................................................34 Orlando for 2014 .......................................40 Usful Numbers ...........................................42

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Fido Facts

As any dog lover will tell you, dogs are all individuals with their own special character and temperament. There are though, some frequently asked questions that are common to all of our four legged friends. Here is our top ten:

1. Are dogs easy to train? Whilst some dogs can be challenging, most dogs like to please their owners and love to receive praise. If you put in the time and effort, use positive training methods, and consistency you will be rewarded with a dog that will respond to your commands and become a true partner. 2. Can older dogs be trained? Yes. Dogs never stop learning, from both positive and negative experiences. Older dogs with strong learned habits may just need a little extra time and effort. 3. How do I choose a puppy from a litter? Well-bred puppies should not be scared of you and will normally be willing to greet, sniff and play with you. You should look for one of the litter that is playful and inquisitive but not demanding; brave but not aggressive. It would probably be best to avoid a shy, nervous, or fearful puppy. Your chosen puppy should show signs of the personality you are looking for in an adult dog. 4. How old should a puppy be before I take it home? Ideally, puppies should stay with their family until 10-12 weeks of age. During this time they learn patience and become self-confident. Playing with their brothers and sisters will help develop their physical co-ordination, social skills, and their capacity to learn. 5. Are pedigree dogs better than mixed breed dogs? With a pedigree dog you know how he will look as an adult, which, if you have specific lifestyle criteria and purpose for your dog, can help you to make an informed choice. The temperament and conformation of a mixed breed dog is more unpredictable, but they generally have less genetic disorders than pedigree dogs. 6. When do puppies get their permanent teeth? After four months of age a puppy will start to lose his ‘baby’ teeth, and by five to seven months their adult teeth are usually fully grown. 7. Will spaying or neutering change a dog’s personality? Spaying or neutering does not affect your dog’s natural character and instincts. A dog’s basic personality is formed by genetics, life experiences, and envi-

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ronment. Spaying and neutering makes dogs calmer as it stops their drive to reproduce. This means they are less likely to roam, get into fights and be aggressive. They almost always become better, more affectionate companions. 8. What is the best age to spay or neuter my dog? There is no age limit, but it may be kinder and less traumatic to spay or neuter early in your dog’s life, between 6 months to one year of age. You do not have to wait for a bitch to have her first heat, although your vet may recommend that you do. 9. Should dogs drink milk? No. Dogs cannot digest normal milk, it causes diarrhoea. 10. How often should I bath my dog? This is debatable and often a matter of personal preference. For those wishing to bath their dog on a regular basis it can be done every three to five months. Daily grooming is usually enough to keep the skin clean and healthy. Brushing and combing stimulates the bloodstream, removes dead hair, and reduces shedding.


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Support Your Child Is my child achieving well? Is he/she happy at school? How can I find out what work is being covered in class? These are some of the worries parents may have about their child from time to time, and at First Class Learning we can help take away these worries. Below are some of the reasons for this success. Continual progress for all children in terms of both confidence and ability. Weekly input from parent, child and tutor into the work being covered. Individualised programme for each child. First Class Learning is a tutoring business, which specialises in maths and English tuition. We work with children from the age of five upwards, helping them with maths and/or English. As a Head Teacher, the Centre Manager, Janice Thomson is used to supporting children who have lost confidence or find learning difficult. First Class Learning ensures children learn to achieve, no matter what challenges learning may bring. No matter why you send your child to First Class Learning they will experience success. 100% positive feedback from parents and students. Current parents are happy with our approach as they report an increase in confidence and ability for

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Your Number

We all have a Number and it’s the most important number you need to know. So, what is yours? It’s the amount of money you need for the rest of your life to keep living the life you’ve got – or to start living the life you want. It’s the amount you need to ensure that you can do all the things you want to do and never run out of money. Once you know “Your Number”, you can start living and stop worrying. When you know your Number you can live life to the full. You can live life with confidence, free of worry, free of stress. Are You Still Working? FACT: you can have more fun at 55 than you can at 85. The earlier you can retire the better, but how much do you need without ever having to worry about cutting back? You need to know “Your Number”. Without it, how can you plan, set a date or decide what’s best? Have you Retired and living off Capital? How long is it going to last?

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How much more could you afford to spend – without ever running out of money? Will there be too many years at the end of your money? Or too much money at the end of your years? Now, more than ever you need to know “Your Number”. Like most people you probably have a Will, which is simply a plan to distribute your money after you die. I bet you don’t have a Financial Plan to ensure you enjoy your money while you are still living!! How crazy is that?? There is only one way to obtain a Financial Plan and that is to speak to a Certified Financial Planner (CFP). This is the only globally recognised mark of professionalism and there are only just over 100 CFP professionals currently practicing in the UK. Remember that “Life is not a Rehearsal” so if you want to know “Your Number”, then please call 01324 559976 or email scott@visionfinancial. co.uk for a free consultation.


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Liberate Your Pension Even if you have ten years to go till retirement speak to a retirement specialist. In the recent Westminster budget, the Chancellor announced a form of pension fund `liberation’. The changes to the legislation which will allow this `liberation’ will come into force from April 2015. To understand this major shift in pension policy it is important to understand the position as it has existed for many years. At the moment, when you reach your normal retirement age (generally from 55 onwards), you can take up to 25% of the fund as a tax free lump sum but the remaining amount must be used to provide income. This income can be taken in a variety of different ways but a common method of taking income is by the purchase of an annuity. Annuity rates are very low when compared to historic levels and furthermore, once you buy an annuity you are locked in for the remainder of your life. There has been a growing feeling of injustice about this situation for some time. The changes announced by the Chancellor will mean that you will be able to take your whole fund in cash. The first 25% will be tax free (under current legisla-

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tion) but the remainder will be taxed as income. As this may result in higher rate income tax, the decision to take the whole fund must be approached with caution. Some commentators in the popular press have suggested that some people will spend their fund on expensive cars and holidays. While this may be the case in some instances, most people will realise their pension fund must provide income for the whole of their life and act accordingly. The changes announced do not include those people who are members of their employer’s final salary pension scheme. The Chancellor has added another layer of complexity to the decision making process involving retirement income. Good advice will be paramount for most people. Even if you have ten years to go to retirement, it may be worth your while to talk to a retirement planning specialist. For your complimentary guide to retirement planning please go to www.wealthandsafetyuk. com and register your interest and download the PDF document.


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SDM, a family business and proud supporters of the community. SDM is a family owned group of four franchises based at two sites in Falkirk This company is a true Falkirk institution. It was founded in 1963 by Ronnie Aitken. Ronnie began trading as Square Deal Motors from small sites in Meeks Road and Bryson Street in Falkirk. He gradually built up a reputation for great quality and customer service in the town, building his Ladysmill garage from scratch in 1966. The site opened in 1966 with the Toyota franchise, and today SDM is the longest serving Toyota dealer in the whole of the UK. This of course is something the owners are very proud of. In the 1970’s Ronnie was joined by his two sons Brian and David and they are now current Directors. In more recent years, Brian’s three daughters Helen, Jennie and Lisa have also joined the company. The fact that the family all work together provides a unique family feel and their customers are made to feel part of the family as well. There is a real feeling of community spirit emanating from SDM who are proud to support local organisations such as ‘Falkirk for Mums’ and Falkirk Football Club. The group’s Toyota facility at Ladysmill, Falkirk is state of the art having been fully refurbished in 2006. Such is Toyota’s commitment to the customer experience, the Toyota showroom will undergo a further refresh later in 2014. Not too far away they have a huge mixed development at Middlefield Road, Falkirk. There, the franchises featured are Hyundai, Mazda and Nissan. SDM has held Hyundai since 1982, Mazda since 1984 and more recently, Nissan since 2008. All sites sell new and used cars, repair vehicles and supply parts. Today, SDM is the longest serving Hyundai dealership in Scotland. This is another excellent achievement for the group and a reflection of sustained high levels of customer service over a prolonged period. The Service Manager at Middlefield, John Mallis, has been with the company since 1984 and has noticed

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significant changes in the technological developments of the vehicles during his time with the company: “The computerised diagnostic equipment that we use nowadays to service and repair the vehicles did not exist when I started out in the motor trade”, John commented. “Such are the complexities of the modern cars I would always strongly recommend they are maintained by manufacturer-trained technicians using the latest equipment. That not only preserves the warranty on the vehicle, it also helps keep repair costs to a minimum and gives the owner that peace of mind.” Also at the Middlefield Site they have their SDM Bodyshop which is fully equipped with all the latest technology. The Bodyshop achieved the BSI Kitemark (PAS 125 Standard) for vehicle damage repair in 2012 which is a testament to quality of repairs conducted and meets the approval of all the main insurance companies. Should you have an accident the Bodyshop is more than happy to assist and can provide expert advice to remove the stress and worry associated with an accident. SDM also offers some of the most environmentally-friendly motor vehicles in the industry. Whether it be from Toyota’s range of hybrid vehicles, Mazda’s new ‘Sky Active’ technology or the all-electric Nissan Leaf, environmentally-conscious customers are sure to find a car to their liking.


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Tea Room Tales Owner Elaine opened The Village Tea Room in March 2013 after six and a half years working for Mathiesons the bakers. Husband Alexander and daughter Louise who still work for Mathiesons and a good friend Jennifer Salt help out in the Tea Room whenever they can. Both Elaine and Jennifer had just finished cancer treatment before opening the shop. Thankfully both are doing well now and the business has flourished over the thirteen months it has been open. Situated just across from the shopping centre at 17 King Street it is easy to walk to and there is street parking available too. They sell homemade food... Soup, Sandwiches, Panini’s, Baguettes and delicious Baked Potatoes

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with a full range of fillings. Elaine home bakes all the Scones, Meringues, Apple Slices and Cakes used in the Tea Room. Always a hit with her customers along with her range of speciality Teas and Coffees. Why not start your day with a treat from the full breakfast menu with fantastic offers always available whether you sit in or take away. Open 08.30 to 16.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 15.00 on Saturday. Looking for a relaxing wee break from your busy day, call in and enjoy the comfortable surroundings with FREE Wi-Fi and excellent service at the Village Tea Room, Stenhousemuir.


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Life moves on & some housekeeping needs doing! “Nothing ever stays the same”, “times move on”, “things are changing to fast!” how often have you heard the above? It’s all so true and with life’s fast pace our kids will be saying the same in not so many years! Which explains why I spend so much time in my willwriting life updating peoples wills, no longer is there expected to be Mom & Dad & 2.4 children, divorce & separation are all to frequent and should you have written a will with your first spouse leaving all to each other remember to change it should you divorce or separate as the law in Scotland does not recognise either and there are several cases where wife/partner 2 is put out of the home because the existing will leaves it to wife No.1!!

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IHT & care home fees become a worry, your executors might have moved away, the guardians you chose for your children might no longer be the right ones, you have a partner now, parents have passed on & they were the beneficiaries, all these are things that I often encounter when checking over current wills, it’s easy to sort now whereas leave it and the time delays & costs mount and the right people might still not benefit. You dust of the coffee table so have you done it with your will? especially if it’s over 5 years old theirs a fair chance that you will need to make different arrangements than previously, you owe it to your loved ones and know that your wishes are carried out correctly. I’m happy top check wills over for free to give you that “Piece of Mind”


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5 Great Free Android Apps These apps are really useful and will not only save you time but maybe some money too. Try them out all are available at PLAY STORE. Google Translate We’ve seen a few clever translation apps in our time, but recently Google Translate has crushed them all. It now offers (sometimes clunky, wordfor-word) translations of over 70 languages with input via text, handwritten words or symbols, spoken words or even text recognition via the camera. It can then give you the translation in the form of text or speak it for you. The core app can do all this with a data connection, and language packs can be downloaded for free so you can use it abroad without the need for Wi-Fi or the fear of roaming data charges. Twickets Twickets is a way to buy or sell spare tickets to gigs or events, but what makes it special is the rule that tickets can only change hands for their face value or less. That means the profiteering touts stay away and genuine fans get to recyle spares in good faith - great if one of your mates has dropped out and left you in the lurch, or you need an extra seat at short notice. You can browse what’s available or offer tickets via the app and finalise the deal via Twitter (hence the name).  Navfree You’ve got Google Maps already and that’s lovely. However, that relies on a data connection, which isn’t always available even in your home nation and will sting you with ludicrous charges abroad. Navfree is based on an open-source map database and

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provides mapping and voice-guided sat-nav for no cash at all. You can load it with paid extras if you like, but it’s fine as it is. Download the local variant for any country you’re visiting before you leave and you’ll always have a map and a sat-nav tool at your hip.  Zoopla Property Search It won’t necessarily find everything in your chosen area, but Zoopla (which incorporated Findaproperty.com in 2012) has a huge amount of properties for sale, and even if it’s just used as a jumping off point it can give you a good idea of what’s available and the prices involved. The app itself could be easier to use, but it does the basics of allowing you to search on specific area, property type, number of bedrooms and add keywords, then browse photos and link up with the agent.  Runkeeper If you’re putting yourself through a fitness grind alone, this virtual back-patter will help spur you on. It tracks all your runs, walks and rides, then does the maths to tell you (and the entire world via social media) how many calories you’ve burnt, how far you’ve gone and generally how heroic you’ve been over the past week or so. The inapp purchase model keeps it all nice and tidy too, so even in the basic free format it’s a very neat app to use. 


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Forth Valley Magic Circle: Tricks at the Tryst - An Evening of Magic An evening of magic showcasing the talents of members of the Forth Valley Magic Circle. With a variety of magic from stage, to close-up, and table, this cabaret style performance is a great night out for anyone who loves magic! www.forthvalleymagic. co.uk. Saturday 24th May 2014 19:00 Telephone: 01324 506850 Email: arts@falkirkcommunitytrust.org For ages: All Ages Price: £7.50 FTH Folk at the Tryst: Tryst Festival Session Night An open session where all are welcome to come along and join in with the music, or sit back and relax and enjoy the entirely unpredictable mix of songs and tunes. Thursday 22nd May 2014 20:30 Telephone: 01324 506850 Email: arts@falkirkcommunitytrust.org For ages: All Ages Price: Free FTH Aqueduct Cruise on St Magdalene St Magdalene departs at 2 pm every Saturday and Sunday for a leisurely cruise to Scotland’s biggest aqueduct, the magnificent Avon Aqueduct. Tea or coffee and biscuits are served on board and you return to the canal basin at approximately 5pm. Aqueduct Cruises operate only at weekends. May, June & July 2014 Tel: 01506 671215    Ticket Prices: Adult £8.00, Concession £7.00, Child £5.00 (No booking required). Linlithgow Canal Centre Manse Road Basin Linlithgow EH49 6AJ

Day out withThomas Experience a real steam ride from one of Thomas’s friends, shake hands with The Fat Controller, take part in Thomas themed activities in the Imagination Station and see Thomas The Tank Engine at Bo’ness station. May 3 & 4, Jul 26 & 27, Sep 13 & 14, 10am Telephone: 01506 822298  Price £11.00 Bo’ness Station, Union Street, Bo’ness EH51 9AQ The Pineapple, Dunmore One of the oddest buildings in Scotland, the Pineapple was built in 1761 as the focal point of the walled garden of Dunmore Park. Pineapples may have once been grown in the adjoining hot house. Opening Times: All Year daily Telephone: 01324 831137 Website: www.undiscoveredscotland Dunmore Park Dunmore Falkirk FK2 Sweeney Todd Following last year`s sensational production of Oklahoma, Beaconhurst School is staging another classic show. Set in 19th Century London, Sweeney Todd follows the story of the infamous barber as he seeks bloody revenge on the evil Judge Turpin. As Todd`s thirst for blood increases, so does the number of victims... who Mrs. Lovett happily disposes of. Tue 24 June 2014 - Wed 25 June 2014 Tel: 01786 466666 e-mail: info@macrobert.org Macrobert Theatre. University of Stirling


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Orlando is your dream destination for 2014 Something for Everyone Orlando is home to the world’s most famous theme parks and more than 100 attractions from shopping, golf, and spas to world-class cuisine. Orlando is the only destination in the world where everyone in your family can do it all and enjoy it all together. Any time is a fantastic time to holiday in Orlando, which is open 365 days a year. Like any favorite destination, it is busier and prices can be higher during school holidays as well as festive and special celebrations. But, unlike other top hotspots, you will always be able find your own space in this enormous fun-filled destination. Even in the hot summer months, there are places to escape the crowds, relax and cool off. Peak vs. Off-Peak Orlando hosts visitors year-round but certain times of the year are busier than others: The busiest months are from the end of May until the middle of August. Peak times are more expensive such as Easter and the summer. The crowds are at their highest during the summer weeks when both American and British schoolchildren are on holiday. The second half of August to early September offer best values of the year. For more flexibility at a quieter time, visit between October and December. After Easter, the months of May and June are also a good option. Holidays & Events Consider visiting Orlando during a holiday or special

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event to take advantage of some of the unique and memorable activities. If you have a choice of when to go, knowing what exciting things are happening and when will help you decide. Key Holidays The Americans know how to celebrate and Orlando hosts extra special events during certain holidays. Christmas - every park goes to town with processions, parties, trees, decorations, and, of course, Father Christmas and a touch of snow, even when the sun’s shining! Plus Christmas starts early in Orlando so you can enjoy a touch of festive season from late November. New Year - parks stay open to welcome in the New Year with fireworks, music, dancing, eating and drinking. Easter - put on your Easter bonnets to enjoy parades and egg hunts. Memorial Day - the last Monday in May sees parades and services to commemorate the military. Independence Day - fireworks light up the sky on the 4th of July. Labour Day - rallies, picnics and parades on the first Monday in September. Thanksgiving Day - parades on the streets and turkey dinners in the hotels and restaurants, on the 4th Thursday in November. Spectacular sales at the malls the day after, much the same as our Boxing Day sales. Special Events There are hundreds of festivals throughout the year whatever your tastes including food and wine, music, sports and art. Worth catching are:


THE FALKIRK AND DISTRICT POST Mardi Gras - in February or March with concerts, street performers and parades Halloween - the Theme Parks stage spooky events for weeks leading up to the 31st of October. Weather & Climate One of Orlando’s greatest gifts is the year-round sunny weather. In keeping with the “Sunshine State”, Orlando maintains a comfortable average annual temperature of 22 degrees C and remains mostly dry from October to May. Hot and humid in the summer with afternoon showers from May to August. Spring and autumn are warm and sunny.

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Ask about “front of the line” passes in the theme parks to reduce waiting time in the queues for key rides.

By Car Taking to the highways of Orlando in a hire car offers added flexibility to your holiday. You will have more freedom and will have no problem driving on the right. All main car hire companies are at Orlando airports. Reserve a car before you leave the UK. The roads are simple to navigate, wide and well signposted. Road names are displayed at every junction and you can’t miss directions to individual parks. Theme Park car parks are huge so you’ll always get a space. Non-Car Options If you don’t want to drive, don’t worry, you’ll have no problem getting around without a car. Orlando has taxis, buses and shuttle services. Transportation Options Shuttles - many hotels run them free from airports. There are services from hotels to the Theme Parks.  The parks run their own shuttles to get from one to another. Taxis - you can easily hire a taxi at airports, Theme Parks and hotels. I-Ride Trolley - two routes around the International Drive area covering 14 miles including Theme Parks and Orlando Premium Outlets. Day or unlimited travel tickets are available starting from £3. Buses - The cheap public bus service (Lynx) covers main Orlando areas and attractions starting from £2. More information is on their web site www.golynx. com. Orlando holiday tips. No matter when you choose to visit, be sure to book early if you want the best choice of flights and accommodation. Orlando is also great for a long weekend five-night getaway for a spot of theme parks or shopping in

When visiting the theme parks, be sure to wear a hat and comfortable shoes. Sun cream and bottled water are a must. Young children may need a pushchair. Carry a rain-jacket or buy a poncho in case you are caught in a rain shower or a surprise soak from a big splash on a ride. When booking a car, think about size depending on number of people, luggage, pushchair etc. Your tour operator can hire a car for you and this may even be included in your package, or you can choose to DIY. To hire a car you need to be over 21, have both parts of your driving licence and a credit card. Have some U.S. dollars, particularly $1 bills, before leaving the airport as there are toll roads en route. You can always hire a satnav as part of your car hire package to make the driving experience even easier. There isn’t a parking fee if you stay in a hotel onsite at a theme park as it’s all included in the price. If parking a hire car in the parks take a picture of the aisle number so you don’t forget where it is. Take a look at the options, distances and journey times before booking accommodation. Choose your accommodation keeping in mind the shuttles that you want to use. Think about staying in one of the theme park resorts for access to free transportation within the resort. If you’re not planning on hiring a car, look at accommodation with good facilities nearby or even consider staying on-site at one of the theme parks. Ask your tour operator if free transfers from the airport to your hotel are included in your package price. Whenever you go you are sure to have a great time.

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