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Issue 11 May 2012 Deeside Edition Free Publication

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Happy Birthday A very warm welcome back to Jane, who has kindly been to visit Woodend Barn and found out what’s going on in their special 20th birthday year. I am delighted to let you know about Script to Screen & Stage. Joyce and Edna are expanding their successful Children’s theatre group to now include Banchory and Alford. I wish there had been something like this when I was young - it looks great fun - and something for everyone, those who like the front of the camera and those who prefer being behind the camera - perfect! I have part two of the Electrolysis article Jenny had a lot of enquiries about the first article, so is delighted – thank you. In this second part I’ve learnt about things I’ve just “lived” with for years and didn’t think anything could be done about it! How wrong I was. St Ternan’s Fair is looming - is your business going to be part of it? The Banchory Business Association has launched a new website and you can certainly have a look when you are next online. (see pg 30) If you are out and about in Lumphanan this month then why not pop in to The Meet Again Tearoom where Ros will be waiting with her lovely local fare. Pushing out the Boat 11 is now complete and being stocked locally and throughout NEOS in September. Anybody wishing a copy can get in touch through the gazette. Cost is £6 for a 96 page book full of prose, poetry and art. Would make a nice little birthday gift for somebody… So why not grab your cuppa, and enjoy the May issue.

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Drama/Film group for children aged 7-16 years is expanding to Banchory & Alford Script to Screen & Stage has been an established drama/film group with classes in Westhill and Aboyne for 7 years. The group teaches the children acting, filming and editing skills. The 2 women who run it; Joyce Ogilvie and Edna Sim give us an insight into the ethos of the group. Joyce I have 30 years’ experience as a teacher of drama/music/primary; working in schools and privately. I’ve had books, musicals, plays for children and scripts published and performed on radio. I love writing and found that the children I taught loved developing their original ideas that they’d created. In 2003 I was given the post as Grampian’s first Film Commissioner. During my time in the post, I worked with film crews and talented writers and actors from all over Britain. When I left the job in 2005, I created Script to Screen & Stage. I realised that the only way to encourage young people into the industry was to give them a “hands-on” experience. So with professional filming, audio and editing equipment I started the groups. Edna My experience is in set design, photography, art and stage management and I have built backdrops for each production. I’m in charge of costumes and props required for the groups and I assist in developing the children’s creativity in every aspect of our ethos.

I have been trained in filming and editing; working with professional equipment and software. My main role is to teach the members how to use the cameras, film their work and edit it. THE CLASSES: ACTING SKILLS /PERFORMANCES  Learn methods on how to create characters and build storylines  Work with props, costumes, voice and song.  Perform their original sketches to each other at the weekly sessions.  Re-enact scenes from well-known musicals using their own dialogue  Annual performance on stage, of original material, that the members have created, directed & produced FILMING/EDITING  Learn how to use professional HD Sony Cameras inside and out on locations  Use Sennheisser boom microphones  Create & act in their own short films  Use Professional Pinnacle editing Software to edit their own films adding in music, sound effects, rolling titles, etc.  Make DVD for the group and duplicating the master using professional duplicating machine

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Tissue salts What are they and what are they for? When you feel in need of a boost, following a long illness or a bout of flu; when nails and hair are in poor condition or you’re suffering aches and pains, many of us reach for multi-vitamins or mineral supplements, unaware that tissue salts (sometimes called mineral or cell salts) might be more helpful. The tiny homeopathically -prepared pills are considered by many to be a better way of dealing with mineral deficiencies than regular supplements. They are certainly cheaper! They balance the mineral levels in our cells, whether skin, bone, nerve, muscle or brain cells, which are then more able to absorb nutrients from our food. They are also safe as they do not cause a harmful build up of the mineral and they do not upset the digestive system with extra fillers and binders. They simply dissolve in the mouth and go straight into the bloodstream. The tiny amount of lactose in each pill does not often upset the lactose intolerant. They were developed by a German doctor, Dr Schuessler, after he discovered there were 12 main mineral salts to be found in the ashes of cremated bodies. His theory maintains that a correct balance of these mineral salts is vital to ensure normal cell function. They are useful for all ages, from teething babies and fast growing teenagers through to the elderly, to ensure adequate nutrition. No doubt many have seen the blue and white tubs of the 12 different Tissue Salts and the multi coloured 18 combination remedies, labelled A-S, lined up in the health or chemist shops and wondered what they

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were for! The 3 Calcium salts are responsible for bone, dental and skin health. There is an emotional element to all the salts but especially in the 3 Potassium salts, which may help anxiety, poor memory and mental confusion as well as fatigue, colds, arthritis inflammation and dry skin. The 3 Sodium salts balance fluids and support the kidneys and digestive systems. The last 3 salts are Iron Phosphate, useful for anaemia, fever and infection; Magnesium Phosphate, for muscle problems and finally Silica, for unhealthy skin, nails and hair. The 18 Combination Salts each contain 3 to 5 of the original salts and are labelled according to the symptoms they deal with, such as coughs and colds, brittle nails, backache or nervous and migraine headaches. Apparently all the salts are found in Combinations D, F, M and R and I’ve heard that some people buy only these as it is a cheaper way of having them all at hand for first aid and common complaints! Sue Blain

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Banchory Chiropractic : a solution for your “ache” Back and/or neck pain is something that is likely to affect nearly all of us at some point in our lives, and sometimes can come and go with no lasting effect. However for many individuals it can be debilitating and become a chronic condition. Some people just put up with it by taking painkillers regularly, or just avoiding doing activities they once enjoyed! This is not necessary. The sooner you seek help the quicker the problem can be dealt with. Statistically a back and/or neck problem will be very unlikely to disappear on it’s own. Both long term and short term problems can be dealt with, but more often the longer it has been going on the longer it will take to fix. Felicity has spent the last 5 years working as a chiropractor in the UK. Felicity made the decision to move back up to Scotland, and gained even more experience working in busy and well established clinics, in Edinburgh and Dundee. During this time Felicity also completed 2 separate courses in chiropractic paediatrics and has a continuing interest in caring for the younger generations and pregnant mothers.

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smoking, skin injury, outdoor pursuits, and exposure to extremes in temperatures. Red veins most commonly appear on the face, often around the nose, cheeks and chin, spider naevi are commonly found in clusters on the cheeks and chest and blood spots are often found on the chest, abdomen and arms. Treatment by electrolysis instantly coagulates or mops up the trapped blood as the heat works through the vein. The vein is cauterised at both ends preventing it from re-filling, making this treatment highly successful. There will be no scar or bruising like with some treatments. Dilated capillaries treated by electrolysis do not reappear, but new ones can form. Advice is given during consultation on how to discourage further appearing. They are not dangerous, they are purely a cosmetic problem. Removing these unsightly blemishes is safe and leaves no remaining trace.

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What are they and what causes them? These are all vascular (blood) blemishes. Red veins appear as small red lines, blood spots are round, red lumps, while spider veins have a central red spot with red lines radiating out from the centre like the legs of a spider. They can all be hereditary. Other possible causes can include capillaries weakening with ageing, intense scrubbing of the skin, sun/wind damage, pregnancy, sensitive skin/ rosacea, excessive consumption of alcohol,

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What are they and what causes them? These are white, pearly, rounded lumps which occur in the uppermost layer of skin when sebum (oil naturally produced by the skin) becomes trapped in a blind duct. More commonly found in dry skin conditions the exact cause is unknown, but often occurs with use of too rich creams on the skin.

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They are treated by applying the heat energy of electrolysis to them, where a tiny, pin-dot crust will form which will heal and fall away, usually within a few days, leaving no mark at all. Skin tags (fibroepithelial polyps)

stalk or neck of the skin tag, then dessicating the tag where it will fall off within 5days leaving a pinkish mark where the new skin forms underneath but this will fade to leave no mark at all. Usually do not require further treatment. Before the treatment can take place, a FREE consultation and patch test is required. Please see Jenny to discuss/ make an appointment.

What are they and what causes them? Skin tags are soft and ‘squidgy’ i.e. you can wiggle them around and they can be skin coloured or brown. Sometimes they are caused by same virus as warts. Can appear anywhere on face and body but are more commonly found in areas of friction such as the neck (from collars and jewellery), underarms, under the breasts and in the groin area. They can be hereditary, can increase with age and may also appear during pregnancy. They are removed quickly and easily by applying the heat energy to the

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Putting the St. Ternan back into Banchory! (Carrying a Torch for St. Ternan and Queen Elizabeth) The weekend of 2nd to 4th June is going to be a very special one in Banchory this year. The annual St. Ternan’s Fair will coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and will culminate in the lighting of the Banchory Beacon! Ten years ago, a small group of Banchory residents met to think of a way to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Year. They planned to reinstate the St. Ternan’s Fair which was held in medieval times right up to the 19th Century, and had provided the community with an opportunity to meet, trade with other settlements (as Banchory was well placed at the centre of the old drovers’ routes) and celebrate the village’s patron saint, St. Ternan. It is said that there could be in excess of 500 stalls at these events! St.Ternan’s Fair has since become a regular date again on the Banchory calendar, featuring some very popular events such as the Companion Dog Show, Ferret Championships and the Traditional Music “Birl” Tent – offering performances and workshops with traditional musicians and singers.

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This year will see some special events added to the usual line-up, to celebrate the Jubilee, with opportunities for everyone in Banchory and surrounding communities to get involved. There will be a Cabaret organised and performed by young people in the Town Hall, a parade run by the British Legion and featuring the local pipe band, and on Monday 4th June, the Banchory Beacon will be lit to bring the weekend to a close. The Beacon is one of 2012 registered flames that will be lit that night across the land. The Fair Committee would like to invite every local charity, business and club to take part in this special celebration – after all you are what makes the community special! And we don’t just mean Banchory, this is an event for the whole community of the Dee Valley.

Events confirmed at time of going to press: Friday 2 June - To Be Confirmed Saturday 3 June: 10am to 3pm - Events will concentrate around the museum/library building and Scott Skinner Square in the centre of Banchory. Staff will be dressed on an Upstairs Downstairs theme and there will be an official visit from Queen Victoria! Music and singing in Scott Skinners Square with refreshments with performances from local choirs and musicians.. Evening – Cabaret in Town Hall performed by the youth of Banchory. Sunday 4 June 11am to 4pm – St Ternan’s Fair featuring Ferret Championships, Companion Dog Show, Street Football and Traditional Music “Birl” Tent. Culminates with Praise in the Park, singing along with well-known family favourites. Also – 10th Anniversary Diamond Jubilee Parade run by British Legion and featuring Banchory Pipe Band, processing a replica of the St. Ternan’s Bell. Monday 5 June Times to be advised Gathering in King George V Park to anticipate the lighting of the Banchory Beacon. Fireworks, entertainments and refreshments. Culminate with lighting the Beacon on Scolty Hill sometime between 10pm and 10.30pm.

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Take a Break Get away from it all this weekend We all look forward to the weekend when we can take a break from the stresses and strains of the working week, but how often are our hopes and expectations of a fun-filled few days dashed when we get caught up in household chores and responsibilities? Though catching up on home maintenance is necessary from time to time, we must not overlook the importance of proper rest and relaxation. Experts say that getting away - even for a short period - does wonders for both body and mind, and that regular holidays are a necessity, not a luxury. These days there are a myriad of opportunities to escape for a few days - from an exciting city break to a relaxing retreat in the country: from a soothing spa stay to a frantic foreign escapade, there is something to suit everyone! They say a change is as good as a rest, and in order to return from a couple of days away feeling revitalised and rejuvenated, it is not necessary to have spent the whole weekend with your feet up doing nothing. On the contrary, a brisk walk or two in the fresh air, a round of golf or a couple of lengths in the hotel pool, will give your lungs a work-out and

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improve your breathing, and you’ll also benefit from any extra exposure to sunlight. A break from the normal daily routine prevents our mind and body from stagnating. Seeing and doing the same thing every day reduces the mind’s efficiency, so we need new stimulants to ensure we’re operating at our peak. Travel gives us the chance to visit new places, meet new people and encounter new experiences, which all serve to make us much more interesting people, with more to talk about and share, and we’ll return to work with our body and mind refreshed and raring to go! A few days’ break is not only a great stress buster, but is also a wonderful opportunity to spend quality time with your loved one, without the intrusion of day to day responsibility. You’ll have more time to talk, appreciate one another and enjoy the simple pleasures in life – together. So, if your Saturdays are more gloomy than glorious and your Sundays are long and laborious, maybe it’s time you took yourself away for a few days to transform your weekend from something mundane and monotonous, to an occasion that you look forward to with enthusiasm and relish. Make your weekend memorable by taking a short break!

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It would be reasonable to imagine spectacles as a modern invention, so it may come as something of a surprise to note that Marco Polo, visiting China in 1270, observed elderly Chinese wearing them. On the basis of legend rather than fact, St. Jerome is credited with the invention, which takes us back to c.340-420 A.D. More substantive evidence however comes from the Roman writer Pliny, who recorded that the emperor Nero watched gladiatorial combat through an ‘emerald ‘, which has been interpreted to mean that he used some form of eyeglass. The first medical observation is recorded by Bernard Gordon, Professor of Montpelier, recommending “a collyrium of such potency that it will enable those whose sight is weak from old age to read without glasses.” A sermon of 1305 by Fra Giordano da Rivalto states “It is not yet 20 years that the art of making glasses was invented” but no person is identified as the inventor. Spectacle frames deserve a separate mention. The oldest recorded example from a painting by di Modena in 1352 shows two lenses in heavy rims joined centrally. The inconvenience of holding such heavy items in place led to experiments with leather rims, gold, silver, horn, wood and even fish-bone with one suggestion being that the glasses should be secured to the wearer’s hat. Until almost the middle of the 19th century the provision and fitting of spectacles was a service provided by untrained street vendors and choice was very restricted. Although corrective surgery and contact lenses are now available, glasses are still the most popular form of vision correction with custom prescriptions and a huge choice of styles.

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Who are your Real Friends?

Before I make my real point today maybe I should come clean about my personal feelings about social media such as Facebook and the extent to which it has taken such a hold over our lives and our precious resource of time. I would always far prefer to talk in person or even email more privately one-to-one than to keep in touch with people via a website. I find it so much more enriching to have what feels more of a “real” relationship with people and I do know plenty of others who feel the same. Having said that I totally understand the power and attraction of sites such as Facebook, particularly for young people wishing to share the details of their lives and shared experiences with a wider group of friends, and for those whose lives have taken them all over the world and whose friends are spread across a huge geographical area.

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Whilst avoiding what could become several pages on the pros and cons of this massive “phenomenon” that has literally swept the world in the past few years I especially want to share with you today a specific trend I have noticed in my work which it seems Facebook is exacerbating, and which definitely does not make people happy. Surveys in the USA indicate that more than half of young people there check social networking sites daily, and 22% check more than 10 times per day. I’m sure figures for Scotland are similar. So it’s taking a lot of our time and attention. Wise people throughout the ages have always known that one of the surest ways to take the edge off our happiness is to compare our lives negatively with those of others. Each of us has finite resources of time, energy, talents etc. and in an entire lifetime we can never do absolutely everything we might have liked to do. We cannot read all the books that might interest us, see all the films we might enjoy, visit all the places we might be curious about, or try all the careers we might have a leaning towards.

We have to make choices throughout our lives, decisions which will take us down a path, or a branch off a path, which will preclude us from taking other branches at the same time. There will be combinations that can work for us and others that we deny ourselves by the choices we make but as long as we know our priorities that’s ok. The danger comes in looking at where others are on their life’s journey and feeling upset or inadequate or fretting that we are failing somehow in not being where they are or having the things that they have. Even mature, intelligent, successful adults are finding since the advent of Facebook they have found the temptation to compare themselves with others is greater than ever. This is partly because Facebook allows us to present a very carefully sifted and edited image of our lives to the world, sharing all the good and funny and exciting bits and minimising reference to life’s daily frustrations and the sheer hard work and

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personal cost behind the exciting stuff and what we have perhaps had to sacrifice in order to have what we have. Research is being done at the moment into the effects of Facebook on various aspects of human behaviour, not just on teen behaviour. Part of the reason for this is the concern that Facebook “offers a gateway for hundreds of shallow relationships and emotionally detached communication.” Social networking in general allows the user a great deal of control over how he or she is presented to and perceived by peers and other users (*) So coming back to my question to you... Who are your Real friends?... if you or anyone close to you is affected by this temptation to compare your lives with others and to find your life wanting, as opposed to thinking “Wow I’m lucky... thank goodness I don’t have to deal with their problems...” then how about this: First of all if you have just a handful of Real Friends, people you could really call upon in a crisis and one or two who you could tell absolutely anything to, then you are lucky and have a great richness in your life that you may not have acknowledged before.

Secondly, if you are ever struggling, ask yourself ”What would (my real friend) say to me in this situation?” Chances are they know enough about your life to tell you what you have overlooked and remind you of all that you could be laughing about, or noticing, or reframing in your mind to look at this in a different, healthier and happier way. I would suggest that having just a few Real Friends is worth far more than any number of loose connections on social media and if the fun you get out of maintaining those many connections does not exceed the cost to you in time invested (and the opportunity cost of other things you could be doing) then maybe it’s time to revisit your priorities...?

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In Brief : Gray's Students Prepare for Final Year Degree Show Final year students are preparing for the School's annual Degree Show, now in it’s 127th year, and sponsored by BP for the ninth year running. This year's talent showcase will be launched on Friday 15 June, providing an ideal opportunity for visitors to see emerging creative talent and engage in discussion about the ideas behind the work. Over the years, Gray's Degree Show has become a firm favourite with the Aberdeen public, with a range of final year undergraduate projects, spanning fashion and textiles, 3D and product design, graphics, digital media, visual communication, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography and electronic media. Visitors to the Degree Show will see an exhibition that reflects the very best of contemporary practice involving the integration of digital technologies alongside photography, animation, time-based and interactive media co-existing and complementing high quality work produced through the traditional studio processes that Gray’s is renowned for. Gray's School of Art Degree Show 2012, sponsored by BP, will be launched on Friday 15 June. The show will then be open to the public from 16 to 24 June (10-5pm throughout the weekend and from 10-8pm on weekdays) at Garthdee Road, Aberdeen. For more info, please visit www.rgu.ac.uk/degreeshow.

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Hi Sue, Thanks for the latest issue of the Gazette. I enjoy reading it, as it has a lot of very useful information. A great publication! Laureen

First Aberdeen expands AECC Event Services Gig’n’Go” Family Ticket Launched Following increased demand, city bus operator First Aberdeen has launched a new family ticket to support its popular “Gig’n’Go” service, which transports customers to and from events at the AECC. The return ticket, which was launched at the end of March, is priced £10 and allows up to two adults and two children to travel from the city centre to the AECC. The normal cost of an adult return ticket is £5. Fares are £3 for a single and £5 return for adults. The family return ticket costs £10 which allows two adults and two children to travel together. Services depart from the bus stop at Peacocks on Union Street at 18.30 and 19.15 hours and travel to the AECC picking up at all Park & Ride stops on Union Street and Castle Street. Return services to the city centre will depart after each performance outside the main AECC entrance. Tickets can be purchased on these Gig’n’Go services as well as the 1, 2, 13 and 40 services. Gig’n’Go will run at events where large attendances are expected. Please visit www.firstaberdeen.comto check which performances ‘Gig’n’Go’ will serve.

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A Good Read The Complete Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Right now, it seems, you can’t get away from Sherlock Holmes. Guy Ritchie’s hugely successful film franchise and the critically acclaimed BBC TV series have brought the familiar duo of Holmes and Watson to a whole new audience. So, what is it that makes the character so timeless? The best way to find out is to go back to the source, and read the original stories. Although the Holmes canon consists of four short novels and five collections of short stories, all published separately, these days they are commonly collected together into one ‘complete’ volume. Considering their age, the stories are remarkably accessible, partially because of Conan Doyle’s inspired choice of Dr Watson as narrator. The plain speaking doctor acts as a perfect foil for the eccentric, mercurial detective and allows us to see just enough to attempt to second guess what is going on. Regular supporting characters such as Holmes’ brother Mycroft, Inspector Lestrade and of course, Moriarty, are deftly drawn too. What’s more, each case is told clearly and concisely. The short story is an underrated form, but perfectly suited to 21st century reading – an adventure such as Silver Blaze or The Speckled Band is compact enough to be read on a train journey, at bedtime, while having a coffee, but is still a satisfying puzzle. Even the novels are relatively short, but always well paced, allowing the character of Holmes to be developed in more detail and more twists and turns to be added. A welcome addition to any collection – and don’t be surprised if you find yourself reading the Complete Sherlock Holmes in one fell swoop.

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Use It or Lose It! Visit your local library With libraries shortening their hours and even closing in some areas, it’s time to make use of these wonderful institutions. Here are 5 reasons why. Save money! Book lending is free, and DVD rental is normally around £1. You can read today’s newspaper, or the latest magazine. Just watch out for the fines if you return items late... Community Libraries are great community centres. Mine holds parent and toddler groups, knitting groups, senior citizen coffee mornings and local councillor surgeries. Have a look at what your local library does and meet new people or learn new skills! The Internet Most libraries provide free internet access for members, although you may need to book in advance. This gives you the chance to shop, email, work or just muck about on social networks if you don’t have the internet at home. Education Libraries are brilliant for academic research. All you need in one place. And if your local library doesn’t have what you need, they can order it in for you. Increasingly, your library membership gives you free access to thousands of online articles and journals too. Finally The books! Books are expensive. At a library you have access to your favourite author’s complete works at no cost! It’s also a great way to try before you buy! Rita Williams-Hall

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Summer must nearly be upon us as it is a busy time for Banchory Singers. Not only are they practising for their forthcoming concert at Banchory Town Hall on Saturday 26th May, but they will also be performing at the Aberdeen Music Festival as well as at the Queens Jubilee Celebrations at Scott Skinner Square on 2nd June. The Singers, have grown in size over the last two years. This mixed voice choir now numbers 67 members of various ages from young adults upwards. Their forthcoming concert, An Evening with Banchory Singers, on 26th May will include a variety of music from light hearted to slightly more thoughtful. There will be something in the programme for all. The evening will also provide a platform for some young musical talent from Banchory Academy. Tickets priced at £5 Concession; £8 adult & £17 family (2 adult & 2 children) may be purchased from choir members and Banchory Library. Concert goers are reminded to bring along their own refreshments. 16

Don’t cut off half their head, or if the whole person is in the frame, don’t chop off their feet! Train yourself to check for distractions, like a tree that seems to grow out of someone’s head, or an ugly litter bin nearby. Focus Take time to focus on your subject before you take the picture. If you are photographing a person, focus on their eyes. Be steady The secret to a crisp, sharp photo is steady hands. Hold the camera firmly and squeeze the shutter button gently, don’t jerk, pull away or move for a second or two after you’ve pressed the button. Use Natural Light if possible If you have the option to take a picture outdoors do it. If you are indoors, pick big windows, bright rooms or rooms with good lighting for your shots. Time of day The best times for a great photo are usually at early mornings (dawn) or twilight (dusk) as the light then is warm and golden. Another good time to snap a picture is after a rain shower, the colours and contrast on wet damp objects can be very striking. Tom Hancock

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WOODEND BARN Words by Jane Robinson

Picture by David Officer

This summer the Woodend Barn in Banchory will be celebrating 20 years since it first opened its doors as an arts centre. And there is great cause for celebration. The Barn was originally just that - a barn, and not one in perfect condition either. The roof was highly suspect, there were holes in the walls, and it was quite clear that considerable renovation was going to be required. But a band of local people possessed such a passion for the arts and culture as a whole that their energy and commitment was enough to bring about a change to that old barn that has created a very special place. Twenty years after they first put on a production at the venue, the Woodend Barn is now considered one of the most exciting arts venues in Scotland. The administration of the centre organises a varied and very rewarding programme of events, with music, dance, theatre, animation, art, films and more. The quality of many of these acts speaks for itself, with performers and artists venturing from throughout Scotland, the UK and abroad. In addition to an intriguing arts programme, there is a very strong commitment to the local community with local artists, musicians and other performers being encouraged and supported. Links with local businesses and organisations have also been forged as the Barn’s commitment to the area is a vital part of its ethos. And for those who might wish to take part on a more active level, there is also a packed programme of classes, workshops, special events, book groups, singing groups, and much more. A crucial part of the Barn’s focus is on education. The education programme has been constructed so that it can reach right into

the heart of the community, not just within Banchory but throughout Deeside. There are events organised within schools, village halls and other venues, as well as the Barn itself hosting a programme for school pupils, teenagers, and older people. For example, Third Stage offers a varied programme of arts based activities for the over 60s on Deeside, where classes are friendly, informal and fun. In terms of culture, not every rural area of Scotland is so well-provided for, and at a time when local authorities and other sources of funding are being stretched, it takes imagination and enterprise to keep such an organisation going. However, the Woodend Barn continues to flourish, providing a vital source of inspiration for many while keeping an ambitious eye on the future. With a strong belief that good cultural links cannot only enhance the area, boost the local economy and help to provide employment, the Barn looks set for a bright future. For more information on the Barn and all that it offers, check out the website at www.woodendbarn.co.uk.

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Scottish Home Show Launch for North-East A new annual exhibition showcasing the latest in home improvements and interiors is being launched in Scotland this September. The inaugural Scottish Home Show 2012, which is being held at Aberdeen’s exhibition and conference centre over the weekend of 1-2 September, is the first major home event to be hosted in the North-east in recent years. More than 120 exhibitors are expected to take part in the event aimed at highlighting some of the most luxurious home and garden improvements and innovative new technology and gadgets on the market. Displays will include garden designs and conservatories, to innovative home interior designs, kitchens, bathrooms and gadgets to help improve your home. The event, which is in association with Thistle Windows and Conservatories, is now open for exhibitor bookings with various space and sponsorship options available. Offering a unique shopping experience there will be an array of things to attract home owners. The show will have everything consumers need to inspire, giving visitors a chance to explore stunning show homes and stylish room sets. This is set to be a fantastic event to help local and national firms to showcase the best products and designs available in the home improvements market. It’s a great opportunity for businesses to shout about what they have to help the people of the North-east and beyond to extend, renovate and update their home. Those wishing to exhibit at The Scottish Home Show 2012 can find out more at www.scottishhomeshow.com or secure a stand by contacting george@georgewalkerevents.co.uk

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Hi Sue I hope you’re well. I’ve managed to get a copy of the Gazette yesterday and saw the Whole Hog advert – so exciting! It looks absolutely fantastic and I can’t thank you enough. I was actually in Aberdeenshire yesterday to get a feel for the area and talk to as many people as possible about the Whole Hog. So many helpful people. I’m really optimistic about the event now and you’ve been such a big part in helping with this already. I’ve seen a few sign-ups come in since the beginning of February with your publication being listed as the recruitment source, so I’m very grateful. Thanks again for this. Nicola Moore Regional Events Fundraiser - Scotland

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Take Cover

How much insurance do you really need? There are literally hundreds of insurances available on the market - from mundane but very practical flood protection to more bizarre insurance against alien abduction. But although you can cover yourself for practically anything, it would be impossible and often inappropriate to do so. The key is to look at your personal circumstances and decide where you need insurance the most. One of the most important types of insurance is life cover, which pays out a lump sum on death. It falls into one of two types – term insurance which pays out on death during a fixed term and then ends unless a new policy is taken out – and whole life insurance which covers you for as long as you continue to pay the required premiums. You might also want to protect your loved ones while you’re still alive. Critical illness cover and disability insurance pay out a lump sum should you suffer a life threatening illness or have an accident that leaves you permanently disabled or no longer able to work. If you have a mortgage, you are required to take out buildings insurance, but everyone needs to protect their possessions. Not all contents cover is the same - your belongings may be covered for fire, flood or theft but not against accidental damage, and not all policies offer new for old cover, meaning that the amount paid out for an item may not meet the cost to replace it, so please read the small print! It is a crime to drive a vehicle that is not insured. Third party insurance pays out if you injure someone or damage someone else’s property whilst driving, whilst fully comprehensive insurance also covers the cost of repairs to your own vehicle. Other motor insurance includes breakdown cover which will pay for repairs to and recovery of your vehicle, depending on the level of cover you choose.

Animal lovers could avoid big vet bills by taking out pet insurance for their furry friends, and if you enjoy time away, then holiday insurance is a must to compensate you if you have to unexpectedly cancel your holiday, are taken ill while away, lose your possessions or if you injure another person or damage their possessions. You can take out insurance to protect against unemployment, accident, sickness and redundancy which could help to pay your mortgage or replace part of your income if you can’t work for a time. Other policies include health insurance, long-term care insurance and mobile phone insurance - the list is almost endless. So, take a look at your personal circumstances, evaluate where you are most at risk, decide how much you can afford and then insure yourself appropriately!

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This summer an Aberdeenshire team will take on the Mongol Rally 2012. ‘The Adventure Collectors’ AKA Alexa, Jamie, Jonathan and Henry will set off from Aberdeen on July 12th for a six week, 11,000 mile drive across Europe and Asia to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, in the hope of raising vital funds for two fantastic children’s charities. With no set course, the team have opted for the notoriously demanding ‘Southerly Route’ which will see them plunge south-east from the start line in Prague towards Istanbul. From Turkey, they will cross the Middle East through Iraq and Iran before heading north into Central Asia. After negotiating the infamous ‘ tunnel of death’ in Uzbekistan they plan to join the ‘Pamir Highway’ - one of the highest, oldest, longest and most challenging roads in the world - traversing through the spectacular Tajik and Kyrgyzstan mountains, 4,500 metres above sea level. From Kyrgyzstan, the team will head north through the deserts and bandit country of Kazakhstan into Siberia before moving south-east toward the Mongolian border. The final and potentially toughest stage of the journey will see the team navigate 2,000 miles of Mongolian steppe, much of which is off-road and littered with unpredictable river crossings. To make the journey as testing as possible and in support of their motto, ‘If nothing goes wrong, everything has gone wrong’, the organisers encourage teams to choose vehicles that are underpowered and unreliable, capping the engine size at 1.2 litres. This way, teams will invariably break down throughout the rally which necessitates interacting with and getting to know the locals. The Adventure Collectors have chosen a 1.2 litre FIAT Doblo as their chariot of choice which all agree is suitably unsuitable. The car will be donated to a local NGO, if and when they arrive in Ulaanbaatar. The rally was initially set up in 2004 and has subsequently raised over £2 million for good causes. The Adventure Collectors are fundraising for two highly regarded childrens charities. CHAS, their primary charity, provide the only hospice services in Scotland for children and young people with life-shortening conditions. Their two hospices, Rachel & Robin House, offer short planned breaks, emergency support, end of life care and a range of bereavement services to hundreds of families throughout Scotland. The team’s secondary charity, The Lotus Children’s Centre, feeds, shelters and educates abused, orphaned and abandoned children in Mongolia.

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To raise money for their selected charities, The Adventure Collectors will be hosting a number of events over the coming months including a ‘firewalk’ - open to the public - giving you the opportunity to enjoy the inspiring experience of safely walking over hot coals. If they hit their fundraising target, the team have offered to navigate the whole journey – 1/3 of the planet – using nothing but a blow up globe, a compass and a lot of hope! Once in Mongolia, the team will head east for a further 2000 miles across steppe interspersed with various river crossings to the Mongolian Capital, Ulaanbaatar. By this point, our poor little FIAT will have taken a battering in both mountains and deserts, will have experienced a 50 degree temperature differential and some of the worst roads and poorest quality fuel on Earth.

For more information on fundraising events, to follow the adventure and for the chance to win Olympics 2012 tickets, visit www.adventurecollectors.com Or like our facebook page – for the chance to win.

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Sunday 17 June 10am-3pm Come and join us for our Open Day and see what Corse House has to offer you? Meet Janis, chat with our therapists and workshop leaders and take a walk in our Labyrinth. Further details of timings of speakers

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Aboyne :

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Bookbug Toddler Rhymetimes at Aboyne Library Tuesday 15th May 2012, 10:30

Royal Deeside Golf Week At Ballater Golf Club Saturday 12th May 2012 - Friday 18th May 2012

Save our Butterflies (and Moths) Meet at Lodge on the Loch of Aboyne Saturday 19th May 2012 Bookbug Baby Rhymetimes at Aboyne Library Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 09:30 Bookbug Toddler Rhymetimes at Aboyne Library Tuesday 22nd May 2012, 10:30 Bookbug Baby Rhymetimes at Aboyne Library Tuesday 29th May 2012, 09:30 Bookbug Toddler Rhymetimes at Aboyne Library Tuesday 29th May 2012, 10:30

Ballater Royal Deeside Walking Festival 2012 Saturday 19th May 2012 - Friday 25th May 2012 Kidnapped At Victoria Hall Saturday 26th May 2012, 19:30 F.O.C.U.S (Festival of Crafts Unique to Scotland) At Victoria Hall Sunday 27th May 2012 F.O.C.U.S (Festival of Crafts Unique to Scotland) At Victoria Hall Sunday 24th June 2012

Summer Kart Racing League At Deeside Activity Park Monday 2nd July 2012, 09:15 - 11:00

Moths and Minibeasts Summer Safari Meet at Chapel Brae , Braemar Wednesday 4th July 2012, 10:00 12:00

Moths in the Morning At Burn O Vat Visitor Centre Tuesday 3rd July 2012, 10:00 12:00

F.O.C.U.S (Festival of Crafts Unique to Scotland) At Victoria Hall Sunday 12th August 2012

F.O.C.U.S (Festival of Crafts Unique to Scotland) In Aboyne Green Saturday 4th August 2012

F.O.C.U.S (Festival of Crafts Unique to Scotland) At Victoria Hall Sunday 16th September 2012

Summer Kart Racing League At Deeside Activity Park Monday 13th August 2012, 09:15 - 11:00

F.O.C.U.S (Festival of Crafts Unique to Scotland) At Victoria Hall Sunday 14th October 2012

NEOS - Derek Robertson At Deeside Activity Park Saturday 15th September 2012, 11:00 - 17:00 NEOS - Derek Robertson At Deeside Activity Park Saturday 22nd September 2012, 11:00 - 17:00

what’s on round and about

One-Day Workshop:

The Warrior Within Spirituality and The Male Principle. Corse House, Lumphanan.

Sat May 19th

Introductory offer £45. 8 places. Booking essential. e: janislouden@btinternet.com or call 013398 83411. All welcome.

Banchory : Bookbug Rhymetime for Toddlers at Banchory Library Friday 11th May 2012, 10:00 Saturday Storytimes At Banchory Library Saturday 12th May 2012, 11:00 - 11:30 Lichens & Lions At Drum Castle Saturday 12th May 2012, 11:00 - 16:00 James Grant At Woodend Barn Arts Centre Saturday 12th May 2012, 20:00 Lichens & Lions At Drum Castle Sunday 13th May 2012, 11:00 - 16:00 By the seat of your Pants At Finzean Hall, Finzean Wednesday 16th May 2012, 19:00 Bookbug Rhymetime for Babies at Banchory Library Thursday 17th May 2012, 10:30 Roddy Woomble At Woodend Barn Arts Centre Thursday 17th May 2012, 20:00 The Captain's Collection At Woodend Barn Arts Centre Friday 18th May 2012, 19:30 Family History Beginner Class at Banchory Library Saturday 19th May 2012, 11:30 - 12:30

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what’s on round and about

Musical Banquet At Drum Castle Saturday 19th May 2012, 19:30 - 21:15

Romancing the Rose (SGS Event) At Drum Castle Saturday 7th July 2012, 19:00 - 20:30

Aberdeen Chamber Orchestra May Concert At Woodend Barn Arts Centre Saturday 19th May 2012, 19:30

Scotland’s Gardens Scheme Open Day At Drum Castle Sunday 8th July 2012, 11:00 - 17:00

Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham At Woodend Barn Arts Centre Sunday 20th May 2012, 20:00

Ranger Guided Children’s Walk: Fabulous Flowers & Busy Bees At Crathes Castle Tuesday 17th July 2012, 10:30 - 12:00

Bookbug Rhymetime for Toddlers at Banchory Library Monday 21st May 2012, 14:30 Kidnapped At Woodend Barn Arts Centre Wednesday 23rd May 2012, 19:30 Bookbug Rhymetime for Toddlers at Banchory Library Friday 25th May 2012, 10:00

Ranger Guided Children’s Walk: The Witches of the Woods At Crathes Castle Tuesday 24th July 2012, 10:30 - 12:00 Ranger Guided Pre-School Walk: Minibeast Magic At Crathes Castle Wednesday 25th July 2012, 14:00 - 15:15

Family History Beginner Class at Banchory Library Saturday 26th May 2012, 11:30 - 12:30

Banchory Show In King George V Park

Saturday Storytimes At Banchory Library Saturday 26th May 2012, 11:00 - 11:30

Ranger Guided Children’s Events: Autumn Crafts At Crathes Castle Tuesday 23rd October 2012, 10:30 - 12:00

Saturday 28th July 2012, 09:00 - 17:30

Workshop at Crathes: Propagation At Crathes Castle Saturday 26th May 2012, 10:00 - 15:00 An Evening with Banchory Singers At Banchory Town Hall Saturday 26th May 2012, 19:30 Bookbug Rhymetime for Babies at Banchory Library Thursday 31st May 2012, 10:30 Henry V At Drum Castle Saturday 9th June 2012, 18:30 - 21:30 Ranger Guided Children’s Walk: Brilliant Beetles. At Crathes Castle Tuesday 3rd July 2012, 10:30 - 12:00 The Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit & Benjamin Bunny At Drum Castle Friday 6th July 2012, 18:30 - 20:30

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Craft Fayre in aid of Banff Coast Festival 16th/17th June at Delgatie Castle Fantastic event which helped raise £750 in 2011 for a very worthy cause.

A fun filled day in the country with DAWGS Local pet re-homing charity, DAWGS, is holding it's fun filled family event - A Day In The Country with DAWGS - at Haddo Country Park, Tarves on Sunday 27th May. There are a host of activities for two and four legged friends of all ages including fun dog shows, children’s activities, owner and dog activities, stalls, BBQ and even a doggie tea party. A sponsored walk around the park kicks off the event at 10.30am. Anyone interested can register now by contacting the charity on 01224 208989, email info@thedawghouse. co.uk. The other activities start at 12.30pm on the day with registration for the Fun Dog Shows from 11am. Every year DAWGS finds loving new homes for hundreds of dogs whose owners can no longer take care of them. All the funds raised will help the charity fund its re-homing service and help give even more dogs a second chance. Sponsor forms and other details are available from DAWGS on 01224 208989 or via their website www.dawgs.co.uk. For further information contact : DAWGS t: 01224 208989 e: info@thedawghouse.co.uk w: www.dawgs.co.uk Echt Show At Echt Showground Saturday 14th July 2012

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Let’s talk wine...

E is for English Wine It is thought that the Romans bought the vine to Britain but resurgence in production began in the 1950’s. There are now more than 300 English and Welsh vineyards especially around the south and the south east of the country. Some open their doors to the public and have established restaurants and visitors centres. Exploring English wines gives you the chance to try less familiar grape varieties. Try the aromatic Bacchus grape (a Silvaner/Riesling, Muller Thurgau crossing) if you are a Sauvignon Blanc drinker. Staying with the aromatics, try the Muscat like Huxelrebe which can range from dry to dessert style. Other whites include the Alsace grapes Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris (Grigio). For red wines, the lovely fruity Dornfelder does well in English climate as does Rondo. The classic Champagne grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier and are also planted. Some of the vineyards share a similar chalky soil and climate to the Champagne region and the resulting sparkling wines made using the same traditional method are very good indeed. One of the leading Estates in this field is Ridgeview whose bottles carry the Merret name after Christopher Merret who presented a paper to the Royal Society detailing the production of sparkling wine back in 1662. Wines to try: Ridgeview Bloomsbury 2009 £21.00 thewinesociety.com Nyetimber Classic Brut NV £33.95 Wine Raks, Aberdeen M & S English Sparkling Wine by Chapel Down, Brut NV £20.00. M&S carry a good range of English wine. For more information on the English vineyards visit englishwineproducers.com Viisit www.wineuncorkededucation.co.uk or call Carol on 01224 312076.

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2-3 tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

½ red onion, finely chopped

3 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped finely

Âź cucumber, chopped finely

For the salad

2-3tbsp fresh coriander, chopped

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 level tbsp garlic pickle (optional)

90ml lamb stock (a stock cube works fine)

400g / 14oz can chopped tomatoes

400g / 14oz can of chickpeas, drained

175g / 6oz mushrooms, sliced

115g / 4oz fine green beans, chopped into 2cm pieces

1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped

1 large onion, chopped

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp ground cumin

350g / 12oz lean minced lamb

Prep time: 15 min Cooking time: 30 min Serves 4-6 Ingredients For the Keema

Serve with the salad, chapattis or rice and plain yoghurt..

Check the seasoning of the keema and add salt and pepper to taste. Stir through the fresh, chopped coriander.

Prepare the salad by mixing together the cucumber, tomatoes, onion and fresh coriander. Season with salt and pepper then chill until ready to serve.

Bring to the boil, then cover and cook gently for about 25 minutes, stirring from time to time. Remove the lid for the final ten minutes of cooking to reduce the liquid. The keema should not be allowed to boil dry though.

Add the chopped onion, red pepper and green beans. Stir-fry for a few moments then add the mushrooms, chickpeas, tomatoes, stock and garlic pickle, if using.

Add the ground spices and fry for another minute.

Dry fry handfuls of minced lamb for about 4-5 minutes until browned. Drain off any fat.

Method

A light and healthy supper with a taste of India

Lamb Keema

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New Website for Banchory Business Association In late Spring last year, a community forum was held with the title “Is Banchory High Street dying?” More than sixty concerned traders and residents attended, and from this meeting the new Banchory Business Association was born. Local businesswoman Angela Muir proposed the new group, and was quickly joined by Dick Taylor and Paul Panchaud (pictured) amongst others with a passion for the future of the Banchory as a shopping and tourist destination. Presently around 50 local businesses are represented by the BBA membership, and largely due to Angela's dedication and Logan Sangster's photography – a new website was launched last week at a general meeting. Anyone with a business in Banchory who would like to join, or find out more about the benefits of being a member of the BBA, please contact angela.muir@btinternet.com W&G WTD12 A5 Advert GEN 28/03/2012 13:28 Page 1

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