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Editor’s letter WIN… £500 spending spree at Tangram 80 The Lifestyle edit Aberdeen. Dundee. Edinburgh. Glasgow. St Andrews 112 #i_online 114 Bit at the Back
NEWS AND VIEWS 16
Checklist The global round up 18 Book Club i-on must reads 24 Local insider Ricky Baillie, Hayley Scanlan and Lee Sowerbutt 30 Audio files
Music Saint Sister 34 Northern Lights Where, when and how to see them 42 The i-on Food and Drink Reader Awards 2016 How to place your vote 72 Future-proof your home How to get ahead of the game
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Men’s fashion fix Solid colognes Women’s lust list Shopping must haves
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Beauty buzz Cat Crawford’s catwalk trends 67 Tried and tested Wellness Retreat at Gleneagles 68 Weekenders A well-earned rest at Ardgartan Argyll
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As we speedily head into autumn and all the magical colours associated with the season, it’s also the best time of year for an amazing colourful adventure of your own. We love an autumn break and our features editor, Dean Newton, hunts down the places with the best viewpoints to see the Aurora Borealis in full shining glory on page 34. We also cosy up and get all at one with nature (kind of) with a weekend trip to Ardgartan Argyll, hot tub included (p68). Susie Cormack, our Glasgow lifestyle editor, has used the start of the new season to divulge the newest places on the Glasgow food scene on page 104 and we’re also back with the i-on reader Food and Drink awards; bigger and better than before as we expand the categories and the cities. Turn to pages 42 to see the shortlist of nominees in Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews and find out how you can vote for your favourites. If the new season has inspired change, Emily Murray is tipped off by some of the best interiors bloggers around on their favourite trends for the home (p72). And, we’ve taken
the interiors vibe a step further with this month’s competition, a £500 shopping spree at contemporary furniture store Tangram, exclusive stockists of brands such as B&B Italia and Maxalto & Montis. Turn to page 14 to enter. Congratulations also go to last month’s competition winner, Fiona Hughes, who won Kennett watches for him and her. Until next month, enjoy i-on.
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MARTEL MAXWELL Author, showbiz reporter and proud Dundonian Martel Maxwell is our lifestyle editor for the Dundee and St Andrews section. Find out what’s going on there on page 110.
JULIA BRYCE Girl about town Julia Bryce was born and bred in Aberdeen and loves both city and shire life. When she’s not sipping on cocktails, you’ll find her on country walks with her border collie, Bailey. Read her review of Almondine on page 84. The book you’re reading? “How To Be Parisian: Wherever You Are. Full of wit and self-deprecating humour, I can’t seem to put it down.”
Favourite box set? “I’ve just finished watching Broadchurch series two in preparation for a set visit interview - there will be a series three early next year and I’m hooked.” My favourite find is… “Maternity wear at Seraphine online. I’m expecting my third child.”
Favourite box set? “The American Office – I adore Pam and Jim and the way their relationship blossoms. Michael Scott is absolutely hilarious too.”
CLAIRE WHITE Edinburgh based freelance journalist Claire White loves discovering new places in the city and this month she shares her finds on page 94. The book you are reading? “All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – an emotional and powerful tale.” Favourite ever holiday? “A road trip across California. We started at San Francisco and made our way down the coast to San Diego, via a short stay in Hawaii, before heading to Las Vegas for a once in a lifetime trip.”
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THE LATEST NEWS AND VIEWS FROM ACROSS THE GLOBE
HIGH 5IVE Five things the i-on office are excited about this month
Space saver - Ori Systems have created an incredible solution that combines architectural robotics with urban design to create a bedroom, office and living room in one. www.orisystems.com.
Singled out - Massive Attack’s bewitching new single The Spoils has a video to match. Directed by John Hillcoat, it features Hollywood star Cate Blanchett’s face in a state of slow degradation.
Stylish, fun storage – Cybex by Marcel Wanders has produced the marvellous, Hausschwein. A piggy based storage unit which can be sat on too. marcelwanders.cybex-online.com.
Arm candy - Drawing on 250 years of watchmaking expertise, Dundee based Kartel makes beautiful watches inspired by the Scottish landscape. www.kartel-time.com.
To be continued - Making a Murderer will soon return for a second season following the overturning of Brendan Dassey’s murder conviction.
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IN SHORT with N.D. Gomes
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A LITTLE LIFE by Hanya Yanagihara One of this year’s most talked about novels, this is a story of love, friendship and heartbreak.
N.D. Gomes is an Aberdeenshire born author who now lives in Boston. Her debut novel, Dear Charlie, is out next month. Why did you become an author? For me, writing provides an outlet to express myself. I’ve always had a big imagination and easily get lost in my own thoughts, so writing allows me to put it somewhere. I always had the word “daydreamer” on my school report cards. What is your new book about? It’s a story about overcoming loss and a community rocked by a school shooting. 1996 was a tragic year in the UK and the aftermath changed the way we think about guns and the safety of our schools. Although I never directly reference Dunblane in the book, I wanted to reflect the tone of that time. What gives Scotland its edge? The people. Scotland is a warm and welcoming community, and no matter how long I’ve been away, when I come back it’s like I never left. Pre-order Dear Charlie now from www.amazon.co.uk.
AT THE WATER’S EDGE by Sara Gruen A tale of folklore and monsters set in the Scottish Highlands, this is a touching and haunting love story. HOW TO FIND LOVE IN A BOOK SHOP by Veronica Henry A story for all booklovers, this really is an enchanting read. YES PLEASE by Amy Poehler A fabulously witty, smart and honest memoir from comedian and actress Amy Poehler. HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD (Parts one and two) by JK Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne The much anticipated follow up script/novel picks up with Harry 19 years later, a must read for all Harry Potter fans.
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THE GLOBAL ROUNDUP 05 September: Labor Day, USA 07-18 September: Rio 2016 Paralympic Games 09-14 September: Hajj Festival 16-18 September: Singapore Grand Prix, Marina Bay 16-20 September: London Fashion Week
JO MALONE LONDON BASIL & NEROLI COLLECTION Basil and Neroli we hear you say? Yes, it shouldn’t work, but it does – and very well too. A fresh, sophisticated, sensual floral, the collection hits Jo Malone boutiques Scotland wide this month but if you’re still not convinced on the combo head along to one of the customer events in Glasgow on 01 September, Edinburgh on 08 September and St Andrews on 09 September. Failing that book in for a complimentary hand and arm massage to smell delicious all day long. Find out more at www.jomalone.co.uk.
21 September 08 October: Festival Musica de Strasbourg 30 September 20 October: Ryder Cup, Hazeltine Golf Club, Minnesota
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Where has been eating this month…
FOUNDRY 39 Burgers, beers and pizza, this new west end eatery in Edinburgh serves the perfect combo. Find out more at www.ionmagazine.co.uk
HALLOUMI This tasty litttle greek restaurant opened last month on Glasgow’s Hope Street.
FASHION FIRST Feminine and elegant for the ladies and sporty and preppy for the gents, we’re all over the new autumn winter collection from Massimo Dutti. Shop online at www.massimodutti.com/ gb or visit the Glasgow store at 71-77 Buchanan Street, G1 3HL.
#THIRSTYTHURSDAY You won’t be able to get your hands on this celebratory bottle of Jack Daniels until the end of September but we’re pretty sure it’ll be worth the wait. Created to celebrate 150 years of the Jack Daniel’s distillery in Lynch, it’s the ultimate expression of Tennessee whiskey: sweet complexities of butterscotch and toffee upon first taste and a luxurious, smooth finish. £150 at www.harveynichols.com.
ALMONDINE It’s cakes galore at Aberdeen’s only French patisserie and coffee shop. Turn to page Xx for more.
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Edinburgh Born and raised in the capital, photographer Ricky lives in Edinburgh with his wife Lia and their two daughters, Elle and Sienna. Here he gives the lowdown on his work and life in the city. What kind of photography do you do? I specialise in artistic documentary wedding photography. The approach allows me to capture moments as they are happening naturally creating photos that are timeless, authentic and creative. Best part about being a wedding photographer? It’s immensely fun, rewarding and challenging. I always push myself to create unique images looking for scenes that could stand out and act as amazing backdrops. Travelling abroad to work is also great – places like Greece really inspire me.
Best places for… Eating out? Kanpai Sushi, it’s delicious. Or Fishers Leith for a date night. They serve the freshest, flavoursome seafood. Cocktails? Tonic bar, the cocktails are awesome and there’s always a great atmosphere. A quick escape? I love going for runs along Cramond beach. It’s a great place to clear your head.
Biggest mistake people make when taking their own pictures? They forget about lighting. You need to use natural light to your advantage or indeed manufactured light. Switch the camera from auto to manual mode and get experimenting, it is the best way to learn. The best things in life are… Greek sunsets. Being rubbish at golf with close friends. Drinking espresso. My wife and our two little girls. For more information or to read Ricky’s blog visit www.rickybaillie.com. Kanpai Sushi
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Dundee Young Scottish Designer of the Year, Hayley Scanlan, burst onto the scene in 2009 when her Duncan of Jordanstone Textile Design Degree Show New Frontiers caught the eye of supermodel Erin O’Connor and vogue.co.uk, naming Hayley as Scotland’s coolest young designer. Here she tells us what she loves about her hometown. Home is where the heart is – how true is this statement for you? I was born and bred in Dundee. I moved away for a year in 2007 to LA and London for internships at Jeremy Scott and I-D Magazine but became really homesick and came home. It is important to me to raise my boys around all my family and friends. Also, I have a massive customer base for H.S in Scotland and I couldn’t be where I am today without them.
Best places for… Cocktails? The Strawberry Daiquiri from DCA Jute Bar is divine. A walk in the park? Roseangle Park, I am always there with my two twin boys, Freddie and Oscar. To shop? Spex Pistols (pictured left), one of the coolest shops in Dundee. The staff are amazing and they have a great selection of glasses.
What excites you most about Dundee? Probably the changes and transformation. It is great to see as there are more things happening and opportunities available. Biggest change you’ve seen in recent years? The creative community is constantly expanding. The increasing number of designers and artists based in the city is amazing too. Most likely to be seen…at Wasps Studios where my studio is based. To see Hayley’s latest collection, visit www.hayleyscanlan.com.
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Where’s best for shopping? For a bargain check out South Street antiques and Glasgow Architectural Salvage. If it’s a statement outfit you’re after, go to Kestin Hare.
Glasgow Personal trainer, sports remedial masseur and founder of Glasgow based Thunder Personal Training, Lee lives and breathes fitness. Here he gives i-on the inside scoop on work and city life. Best part of your job? People sometimes get to a point in life where they want to focus on looking after themselves as they get older. The best part of my job is helping people through that complex process. Sometimes making the switch to regular
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THIS MONTH’S MUST-SEE GIGS
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LOOPALLU No matter where they are in Scotland, every music fan should try to get along to Loopallu at least once in their lives to soak up the beautiful scenery and distinctive character. Held in a tent on a beach and venues around town, this lively boutique event is part-rock, part-folk. Ullapool, 30 September and 01 October. www.loopallu.co.uk.
CATHOLIC ACTION A fuzzy collision of pop melodies and glam racket who have been making ever greater waves recently, Catholic Action have a new single out this month. Liquid Room, Edinburgh, 06 September; King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut, Glasgow, 25 September; Tunnels, Aberdeen, 28 September; Buskers, Dundee, 30 September. catholicaction.bandcamp.com. TEENCANTEEN An all-female quartet founded four years ago in Glasgow, TeenCanteen have built a strong local following on the strength of their sweet harmonies and serrated rhythms, part Wall of Sound and part Postcard Records. This show celebrates the launch of their debut album Say It All With a Kiss. Mono, Glasgow, 08 September. www.teencanteen.co.uk. RUNNING UP THAT HILL: A CELEBRATION OF THE WORK OF KATE BUSH As part of Aberdeen’s weekend-long True North festival, talent including Kathryn Williams, Kathryn Joseph, Karine Polwart, Emma Pollock and members of the Twilight Sad,
Admiral Fallow and Field Music come together to pay tribute to the icon, Kate Bush. Her Majesty’s Theatre, Aberdeen, 25 September. www.aberdeenperformingarts.com/truenorth. MICHAEL ROTHER Hipsters may have recognised the internet meme with the red ‘EU!’ writing on the white background doing the rounds before the EU referendum. It was actually an adapted version of the logo of 1970s German rockers NEU!, and this show by their cofounder Michael Rother promises to be a cosmic experience. Art School, Glasgow, 30 September. www.michaelrother.de.
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hey’re a young band whose time in existence barely adds up to a little over 18 months, but already Irish duo Saint Sister have had a go at trying to define their own genre. They like to call themselves ‘atmosfolk’, and it’s a name which sums up just how singular their sound is. Within the same song, they’ll play rich and atmospheric folk alongside a minimal electronic backing which reminds of artists like James Blake. Next to unknown outside of their native Ireland, the pair have begun to build up a reputation in earnest since appearing at the huge and career defining South by South West music festival in Austin, Texas earlier this year. They only played their first London date at the end of 2015 with the Parallel Lines brand, and now they’ve been featured on BBC Introducing and are about to embark upon their second UK tour. Hopefully we’ll be hearing much more of them before long. The pair are Gemma Doherty from Derry and Morgan MacIntyre from Belfast, both of whom now live in Dublin and are a part of the city’s vibrant music scene alongside other breakout local groups like SPIES and Wyvern Lingo. Neither comes from a musical family but both are classically trained, and they’ve emerged from a background of individual solo work prior to this new project together. Produced by Alex Ryan (bassist with Hozier’s live band), the debut EP Madrid was released in November
THEY LIKE TO CALL THEMSELVES ‘ATMOSFOLK’, A NAME WHICH SUMS UP JUST HOW SINGULAR THEIR SOUND IS
2015, and was the first taste a wider audience had heard of Saint Sister’s music. The opening title track is the pick of the bunch, a sparse bed of electronic beats paired with a recurring harp line (they use the instrument in their live show) and the looping choral lyrics “I don’t know where you go / I would only meet you there / I could never keep you there.” The pair have said in the past that love seems to be the recurring theme of their music, although there’s a darker complexion to Castles and Blood Moon, two of the other songs on the record; ironically, the fearsomely titled Versions of Hate is possibly the most tender thing they’ve so far released. Since they got back from Texas there have been further recording sessions back home in Ireland, and the hope is that we might hear some more music soon after these latest tour dates roll around. Saint Sister play The Poetry Club, Glasgow, Saturday 17 September. Their debut release the Madrid EP is out on Trout Records. www.saintsisterband.com.
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NORTHERN LIGHTS THE ETHEREAL DANCING LIGHT PHENOMENON KNOWN AS AURORA BOREALIS (TRANSLATES AS DAWN OF THE NORTH) CAN BE VIEWED FROM VANTAGE POINTS ACROSS THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE. DEAN NEWTON TAKES A LOOK INTO WHERE, WHEN AND HOW THIS BUCKET LIST TOPPER CAN BEST BE EXPERIENCED. main photo Lola Akinmade ร kerstrรถm
he northern lights’ glow occurs when electrons from solar winds and the poles of the northern hemisphere’s magnetic fields combine with atmospheric gases. Prior to science figuring all this out, people were free to make their own assumptions, and understandably, they assumed them to be godly or other-worldly. The Chinese, for example, associated the lights with dragons and believed them to be part of skyward battle between good and evil, Inuit tribes assumed the Aurora was the ghostly spirits of dead people playing a macabre ball game with the skull of a walrus (obviously) and the Fins believed in a fire fox who could run so fast that the sparks from his tail would fly into the sky. The lack of a celestial artist makes the spectacle no less mind blowing
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and, while the best viewing will be at the peak of an 11 year solar cycle which began in 2014, there are plenty of places around the world to see the lights without waiting. The main elements to consider on your light seeking quest are light pollution, latitude and clear skies. Areas at least 30km from cities and heavy population are best to avoid the accumulative effect of city lights and you’re unlikely to see the Aurora anywhere more southerly than 35 degrees north, however there’s more to it than simply heading up country. The lights occur in an oval band offset from the earth’s north magnetic pole (not the same as the north pole) by around 20 degrees (pictured left). As luck would have it, our own fair shores lie in the sweet spot of said latitude and there are numerous vantage points around the country. While it’s true that they can be viewed throughout the UK, as we’re in the trough of the solar
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activity cycle, the best opportunities are further north, coastal or on higher ground. Many budding sky watchers flock to Galloway Forest Park; home to the only Dark Sky Park in the UK. Other good options include the Moray Coast, Cairngorms or the west coast around Ullapool and rural Aberdeenshire. Autumn and winter offer the most viewing activity but be prepared to exercise some patience, there are no guarantees. AuroraWatch UK is a fantastic resource for monitoring solar activity and getting alerts of where and when viewings will be possible, download the app or follow their social media for up-to-the-minute updates. There are certainly ways to mitigate the potential
disappointment of missing the phenomenon but it’s best to consider seeing the lights as a bonus, as such if you can organize activities around your hunting then all the better. One of our favourite options is to get a flight booked to Reykjavik and book yourself onto the Aurora Floating Tour. You’ll float around in a natural hot spring, the oldest swimming pool in Iceland, where the water holds at around 39 degrees. Relaxing music plays from underwater speakers while you succumb to an in-water massage and, if you’re lucky, watch the night sky dance. Normally heading to bed would be ‘game over’ in terms of sky watching but not so here, not if you book into a bubble lodge. “What’s that?” you say, well it’s an inflated
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bubble structure in a secluded part of the forest, pressurized with a noiseless ventilation system and a thermostat, meaning you’re toasty even in the Icelandic winter. Best yet, you can gaze the stars, sky and nature from your cosy double bed, kinda like camping, except it’s fun. Your best shot at a sighting in Iceland is from September to mid April, this spell offers the darkest nights and clearest weather. Finally, why not turn your quest into a fantastic Christmas adventure and head to see Santa in Finnish Lapland at the same time. Fly into Helsinki then then head to the countryside to the Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort where you’ll find plenty to do, such as reindeer safaris, snowsports and visiting Santa in his huge Celebration House. Best though is the accommodation, opt for a Keloglass Igloo which offers a best-of-both-worlds combination of cosy luxury log cabin and glassroofed igloo dome for star gazing, Santa spying and, our raison d’être, Aurora watching – and a big bucket list tick.
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cotland’s food and drink industry goes from strength to strength with a fresh batch of venues, chefs and Michelin stars each year. It’s an industry that deserves accolades and celebration and, with our partners and fellow foodies Deliveroo, we’re delighted i-on is helping to celebrate it. It’s our third year of the awards and, with our expansion last year, we’ve grown the competition to a national affair. Like last year we’ve kick-started the proceedings by pulling together a shortlist of food and drink establishments that we associate with i-on: namely places we like, work with and or write about on a regular basis. With a few obvious exceptions, mainly Michelin
starred restaurants, we’re looking for the best bars, restaurants, bistros and coffee shops in town – with i-on readers holding the voting power. Now it’s over to you to take a look at our nominees and cast a vote for your favourite sources of culinary goodness, giving them a chance of being officially awarded an i-on stamp of approval. Voting opens at 9am on 01 September and closes at midday on 06 October, the winners will be announced in our special November issue of i-on. To place your vote, visit www.ionmagazine. co.uk/awards. This is also where you will find all terms and conditions on voting.
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Aberdeen BEST RESTAURANT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS The Marcliffe IX The Chester Hotel Blair’s Restaurant at Ardoe House Silver Darling Eat on the Green Moonfish Café Granite Park
BEST RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL DINING
The Boozy Cow Musa Banchory Lodge Café 52 Adelphi Kitchen Sanddollar Café and Bistro The Braided Fig
Orchid BrewDog Dusk Ninety-Nine Bar and Kitchen The Tippling House Soul Siberia Vodka Bar
BEST DELI/COFFEE SHOP
Foodstory Café Terroir Delicatessens Almondine Hammerton Store Marshall’s Farm Shop Fifi’s Café Bistro Café Cognito
AROUND THE WORLD
Cocktail at Treacle, Edinburgh
Yatai Izakaya Rendezvous @ Nargile Sabai 8848 Café Bohème Café Andaluz Chaophraya
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BEST RESTAURANT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Castlehill Restaurant Collinsons Restaurant The Tayberry Restaurant Piccolo The Newport Malmaison Dundee
Fishermans Tavern Speedwell Bar The Phoenix Clarks on Lindsay Street BrewDog Duke’s Corner
BEST COFFEE/BRUNCH BEST CASUAL DINING
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BEST FOR COCKTAILS & WINE
The Wine Press The West House Jam Jar Jute Café Bar at DCA Bruach 172 At The Caird
Tea and Cake Taypark House Henry’s Coffee House Bridgeview Station Pacamara Jessie’s Kitchen
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Edinburgh BEST RESTAURANT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS The Forth Floor Restaurant @ Harvey Nichols The Honours The Pompadour by Galvin Restaurant Mark Greenaway The Witchery Tower Restaurant Rhubarb Ondine Divino Enoteca The Ship on the Shore
BEST FOR FOODIES
The Gardener’s Cottage Aizle Timberyard The Atelier The Table Seasons
BEST RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL DINING
Nonna’s Kitchen Fishers in the City Whiski Rooms Scran and Scallie The Glasshouse El Cartel The Basement Rollo Bon Vivant Treacle Vittoria Bistro Du Vin
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BEST COCKTAIL BAR
BEST FOR BRUNCH
Panda & Sons Bramble Devil’s Advocate Tigerlily Tonic The Blackbird Heads & Tales Sygn Copper Blossom The Voodoo Rooms
Montpeliers Archerfield Walled Garden Hamiltons The Blue Bear The Caffeine Drip Roseleaf Nobles Salt Café The Pantry
AROUND THE WORLD BEST NEWCOMER
Badger & Co Côte Brasserie Dine Edinburgh The Wee Restaurant (Frederick Street) Norn Cadiz Maison Bleue Le Bistrot The Whistle Stop Barber Shop
BEST AFTERNOON TEA Palm Court at the Balmoral One Square Colonnades at the Signet Library Prestonfield The Printing Press Mimi’s Bakehouse
Byron Belted Bread Meats Bread The Holyrood 9A The Boozy Cow The Cambridge Bar
La Favorita Civerinos Amarone Origano WildManWood Dough
L’escargot Bleu Ting Thai Caravan Chaophraya Mother India’s Café Serrano Manchego Kanpai Sushi Harajuku Kitchen Café St Honore
Chop House Steak Kyloe Twenty Princes Street Wildfire Shebeen Bar & Braai
BEST WINE BAR
Divino Enoteca Smith and Gertrude Goya23 Le Di-Vin Pickles Anfora
Falko Konditormeister Artisan Roast Brew Lab Wellingtons Burr & Co Fortitude
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Glasgow BEST RESTAURANT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS
Brian Maule at Chardon d’Or Cail Bruich The Honours at Malmaison The Western Club The Ubiquitous Chip Hutchesons Gamba Stravaigin Rogano Two Fat Ladies at The Buttery
AROUND THE WORLD
The Hanoi Bike Shop Rioja Finnieston Balbir’s Opium Bar Soba Brel Mother India
BEST RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL DINING
The Bungo Citation Epicures of Hyndland Porter and Rye The Gannet Black Sheep Bistro The Finnieston Crabshakk
Blue Dog Tikki Bar & Kitsch Inn The Anchor Line Metropolitan The Glasgow Trading House Kelvingrove Café Six Degrees North Tabac The Flying Duck
Babbo Smoak BBQ VinYard 28 The Spiritualist Warehouse Caffe Parma
Celino’s Delizique Sonny & Vito’s LaTeaDoh Kember and Jones Eusebi Deli
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BEST AFTERNOON TEA The Tearooms: Butterfly and Pig The Salon: Blythswood Square Hotel Lucky 7 Canteen The Willow Tea Rooms Grand Central Hotel One Upon a Tart
Ad Lib Lebowskis Meat Bar The Butchershop Bar & Grill Bloc+ Bread Meats Bread Ketchup
TriBeCa Café Zique Café Gandolfi The Left Bank The Hyndland Fox Rio Café
Firebird Amarone Paesano Pizza Brutti Ma Buoni Bella Napoli Di Maggio’s La Favorita Delivered
The Belle The Pot Still Sloans The Doublet The Lismore The Ben Nevis
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St Andrews BEST RESTAURANT FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS The Seafood Restaurant Road Hole Restaurant, Old Course The Peat Inn Rocca Bar & Grill The Grange Inn Playfair’s Restaurant
BEST AFTERNOON TEA
BEST RESTAURANT FOR CASUAL DINING
BEST SPECIALIST DELI
AROUND THE WORLD
I J Mellis Cheeses and Delicatessen The Highland Chocolatier: Iain Burnett Rocca Italian deli The Old Cheese Shop of St Andrews Fisher & Donaldson Balgove Larder Farm Shop
Forgans The Doll’s House Mitchell’s Deli Steak Barn, Balgove Larder The Sands Grill The Adamson Blackhorn Burgers Tailend
Hams Hame Pub & Grill Ma Bells at Hotel du Vin Bar Road Hole Bar Jigger Inn Vic St Andrews The West Port
Bibi’s Café Rufflets Old Course Hotel Fairmont St Andrews Eden Mansion Gorgeous café
Maisha The Balaka Restaurant Little Italy Tulsi Tony Macaroni La Cucina, Fairmont St Andrews
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MEN’S AUTUMN FASHION FIX
FARER FROBISHER II Named after Martin Frobisher – a British explorer famous for his pioneering voyages to the New World in search of new lands and valuable treasures. Farer watches are designed in London and made in Switzerland with Swiss movements, a best-of-both-worlds combination at reasonable prices. This model is £380 at www.farer.com.
NORSE PROJECTS ANTON OXFORD This classic button down is cut from three ply cotton, woven in Portugal with Mother-of-Pearl buttons and priced at £90. Frontiers Man has a 30-piece selection from the Norse Projects AW16 range alongside pieces from Folk, Universal Works and more. Shop online at www.frontiers-man.com.
COMMON PROJECTS CHELSEA BOOTS Probably best known for their super slick, Achilles range of sneaks, Common Projects also does shoes in the same vein. These quality Italian made suede boots offer understated style to dress up or down with jeans, chinos or trousers. £310 at www.harveynichols.com.
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SO SOLID 1 CREW There’s a quiet revolution going on in the men’s fragrance world and it’s wax based. Solid colognes are gaining fans daily. The long lasting scents, rather than drying out skin, contain ingredients like jojoba and shea butter to moisturise and protect your skin. They’re super pocket/travel friendly too. Here are a few of our favourite picks.
Alfred Lane – Bravado The Alfred Lane range has a bit of an old school, manly vibe. This option encapsulates nutmeg, sandalwood, leather and tobacco and it’s £14 for a small tin. www.executive-shaving.co.uk.
Solid Cologne – Kahn These guys hit the opposite end of the spectrum with more contemporary, complex aromas. Kahn offers up florals and fresh herbals with a musky base, just £12. www.solidcologne.co.uk.
Solid State – Journeyman Somewhere between the two is Solid State; grown-up scents for fans of Tom Ford or Creed. Journeyman is a citrusy affair with top notes of Mandarin, a Cedar base and a rich vetiver hit at £20. www.solidstateformen.com.
WOMEN’S FASHION Fashion lust list
SHOE TIME Mulberry has a lot to shout about this season, and we’re not just talking about the Maple, Clifton or Camden bags. We’re talking shoes. Bold and out there, add some impact to your ensemble with this track ankle gaiter pump in bright orange polished calf and black stretch Nappa. www.mulberry.com.
LITTLE GEMS From ruby red to sky blue aquamarine pendants, earrings and rings, we love the new semi-precious gemstone collection now in store at Laing Edinburgh. Our pick of the bunch? This rose gold, Morganite and diamond cluster ring for £1,625. Laing Edinburgh, 72 George St, EH2 3BX, Tel: 0131 225 4513, www.laingedinburgh.com.
FRESH BEAUTY Meet the brand new version of Chanel’s iconic No.5 fragrance, No.5 L’Eau. It hits beauty counters on 19 September and marks the debut of Lily-Rose Depp (pictured) stepping into her mother Vanessa Pardis’ Chanel shoes and perfumer Olivier Polge taking over ‘nose’ duties from his father, Jacques. www.chanel.com.
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IT’S NOT JUST FASHIONS THAT CHANGE BY THE SEASON. MAKEUP ARTIST CAT CRAWFORD PICKS THREE CATWALK INSPIRED BEAUTY TRENDS FOR AUTUMN make-up, hair stylist: Cat Crawford, catcrawford.co.uk. photos Graeme Hendry, graemehendry.com.
MODERN GOTHIC Wearing a red black glossy lip is a strong statement but if you prefer a softer look try teaming it with a warm orange eye. Orange is surprisingly flattering, complementing many eye colours, especially blue. Recreate this look: Use Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Black Cherry or Illamasqua Glamore Lipstick in Vampette Deep Berry Satin Finish. Mix with an orange eyeshadow such as Shu Uemura pressed eyeshadow in Orange or try MAC Veluxe Pearlfusion Shadow in Amberluxe (pictured left).
MODISH RETRO A classic combination that never goes out of fashion, bring the look bang up to date with smoky eyes. It shouldn’t be too pristine so emulate a morning-afterthe-night-before look, with intense rings of rock chic grunge. The nude lip accentuates the intensity of the eyes while adding a touch of innocence. Recreate this look: Isa Dora Eye Shadow Palette in Smokey Eyes or Estée Lauder Pure Colour Eyeshadow in Dark Ego. For a perfect nude try Bobbi Brown Lip Colour in Melba Peach, Bourgeois Rouge Lipstick Pretty in Nude or Stila Stay all Day Liquid Lipstick Caramelo.
SOPHISTICATED DOLLY The red matte lip is a modern classic staple but turn up the glamour volume with big lashes. Add lots of mascara to curled lashes to open up your eyes to the max or try falsies for added fun and impact. Use singles or cut full strips into clumps to create a doll like, playful lash line. Recreate this look: Autograph Matte Velvet Lipstick or MACâ€™s legendary Ruby Woo. Ardell Demi Wispies and Eylure Individual Lash combination package are foolproof.
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What services do you offer? We provide everything from standard GP appointments for the whole family to work medicals for parents. Services include travel vaccinations, sexual health screening and contraception options. Also on offer are blood tests and allergy screenings. Do you need to register to use the services? Not unless you want to. The option for visiting friends and family if they are taken ill also exists with appointments available within 24 hoursâ€™ notice.
of course ask your permission to do so first. Absolute confidentiality is available if you would prefer your visit and results to be kept private. To book an appointment today visit www.your.gp or contact the practices directly. YourGP, 19 Hawthornbank Lane, Edinburgh, EH4 3BH, Tel: 0131 225 5656, email@example.com and 6 Albyn Lane, Aberdeen, AB10 6SZ, Tel: 01224 040 080, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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WAVE GOODBYE TO WEARING LENSES OR GLASSES DURING THE DAY AND TAKE A CLOSER LOOK AT NOCTURNAL CONTACT LENSES FROM BLACK & LIZARS. ONLY WORN AT NIGHT, HERE THE EXPERTS EXPLAIN HOW THEY WORK.
rthokeratology (Ortho-K) is a method of fitting contact lenses overnight so that vision is clear throughout the day without lenses or glasses. This sounds impossible but it is achieved by gently reshaping the surface of the cornea to correct vision,” explains Morven Campbell, clinical services manager at Black & Lizars. “It is completely reversible and can be a better option than standard disposable lenses or glasses for some. “Suitable for short-sighted (myopic) patients, nocturnal contact lenses can correct up to about -4.50 and are ideal if you work in a dry, dusty environment or if you enjoy sports, as it makes swimming, cycling and running much easier. “Studies have also shown that nocturnal lenses can reduce the amount of myopia children take
into adulthood. ‘Myopia progression’ is the term given to the increase in glasses prescription that happens throughout our growing years. “Higher levels of myopia mean more risk of eye problems, poorer vision and potential sight loss. Fitting Nocturnal lenses at a young age has been shown by numerous studies to reduce this progression by up to 50 per cent.” Black & Lizars practices in Gordon Street, Glasgow, and Frederick Street, Edinburgh, have optometrists that specialise in fitting Nocturnal contact lenses. To find out more visit www.blackandlizars.com.
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TRIED AND TESTED The Matt Roberts Wellness Retreat at Gleneagles words Rebecca McCosh
hen an email dropped into my inbox presenting me with the opportunity to spend a couple of days at the five star Gleneagles on a wellness retreat, my immediate reaction was to reply, ‘Where do I sign up?’ On the itinerary was high intensity training, running drills, weight sessions and hill trekking. Yet despite visualising my sweaty, red-faced self struggling for breath, for some inexplicable reason I couldn’t wait to get involved. On arrival, I was introduced to personal trainer to the stars, Matt Roberts, then put straight into action with a series of stretches to limber up for what lay ahead. So far, so easy. This was followed by 45 minutes of high intensity circuits featuring burpees, sprints and lunges. A few minutes to ‘catch my breath’ (or attempt to control my panting) and it was onto a core session involving planking, yoga positions and the ‘armadillo’ move (a nifty ab workout, in case you’re wondering). We’d managed to cram all this into just one morning so it was a relief to head to Gleneagles’ Deseo restaurant for a delicious lunch. Before I
could get too comfortable though I was back on my feet and trekking up Ben Shee - a killer on the legs but totally worth the burn. By the time we returned, I’d earned my evening downtime – a massage at ESPA Life followed by a leisurely dinner in The Strathearn restaurant. Day two was just as fast paced as the first; a scenic morning run around the golf course followed by more strength training and core sessions. Matt was positive and encouraging throughout, nothing like the bootcamp drill sergeant sadist I’d imagined and I really felt inspired. Was the retreat motivating? Absolutely. Did I go home and head straight out for a run? No, I’m not crazy. But once the aching muscles had calmed down I worked some of the exercises I’d learnt into a new regime and I’ve been sticking to it.
The next Matt Roberts Wellness Retreat at Gleneagles runs from 30 September - 02 October 2016. For more visit www.gleneagles.com, Tel: 0800 389 3737.
WEEKENDERS Ardgartan Argyll words Jo Morris
n my imagination, I’m the sort of parent who embraces nature and takes my young son camping, building fires, singing around said fire, building dens, foraging and paddling in streams and lakes. In the real world, I like to sleep on a mattress with 100 per cent cotton sheets, wash in an en suite bathroom and wake up when I’ve had enough sleep and not because the sun has risen at 3.30am. So a luxury lodge seemed to be the perfect solution for the mother I am and the mother I pretend I am.
Set amongst forest but within metres of Loch Lomond, the lodge at Ardgartan Argyll is as close to nature as you can get without actually lying on a ground sheet and feeling the creak in your joints. With comfortable bedrooms complete with white towels and sheets, en suite bathrooms and a fully equipped kitchen, the lodge appeased my inner prima donna whilst allowing the earth mother a look in too. But wait, there’s more. For the piece de resistance of these lodges is the hot tub on the deck looking out at the forest.
A LUXURY LODGE SEEMED TO BE THE PERFECT SOLUTION FOR THE MOTHER I AM AND THE MOTHER I PRETEND I AM
Kitted out in wellies, raincoats and sunglasses (this is Scotland), we headed into the forest. We spotted giant mushrooms but didn’t pick them because to be honest they could’ve been toadstools. We opted instead for collecting sticks and if the armful I had to lug back for my son tells anything I would say we totally nailed that skill. We managed a paddle in the loch but when my son realised how cold it was, we all agreed that a dip in the hot tub was preferable. And that’s how we spent three happy days. Doing just enough adventure to feel like good parents whilst, when he was fast asleep, patting ourselves on the back with a dip in the hot tub and glass of wine, taking in the incredible mountain views. And no we didn’t quite manage a forest fire but we did barbecue some sausages so I’m going to tick that one off the list. And sadly there was no singing around a campfire either but I reckon dancing around the lounge to music videos counts. So all in all, a forest holiday to treasure for all of us. Ardgartan Argyll, Scotland, www.forestholidays.co.uk.
Contour kitchen in aubergine and linen at Wren Kitchens
A is for... aubergine KITCHEN STYLE Seasonal tones are in full swing and if you feel like making a strong statement, Wren’s matte aubergine Contour kitchen collection might be the answer. Paired with walnut handles, it’s an autumn design classic. Configure your own options at www.wrenkitchens.com. HOT SEATS Pair with orange for a bolder variation on the theme with these striking chairs from The Original Chair Company. They stock a range of beautifully made furnishings alongside a bespoke upholstering service to transform antique pieces or breathe new life into favourites. www.theoriginalchaircompany.co.uk, Tel: 01738 551600. CUSHION STYLE For a quick way to add an autumnal feel; accessorise with some soft furnishings. These crackers come courtesy of lifestyle store Amara. £60 at www.amara.com.
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FUTURE-PROOF YOUR HOME EMILY MURRAY, FOUNDER OF INTERIORS INSPIRATION SITE PINKHOUSE.CO.UK, FINDS OUT WHAT’S HOT FOR 2017’S COOLEST HOMES
hat will the best dressed homes be wearing next year? Some of my favourite interiors bloggers share their insider’s guide to ahead-of-the-trend home decor. Read on for the colours, styles and patterns that will make your home dinner party ready in 2017 (spoiler: beige definitely doesn’t feature).
Buster + Punch Rockstar whisky bar
KATE WATSON-SMYTH Author of Shades of Grey and Mad About the House blog, www.madaboutthehouse.com “Given the seismic events of 2016 and the resulting uncertainty in the markets, I think there will be a return to the old ‘don’t move; improve’ adage, as people decide to stay in their homes and ride out any economic uncertainty. This usually heralds a period of bold ideas in interiors, as the bland beige that appeals to prospective buyers is dumped in favour of design decisions we want to live with.” Get The Look: Go bold in your home with edgy décor from Buster + Punch, such as their Rockstar Whisky Bar, £3,700, and graphite Hooked 1.0 wall light, £245 (both pictured left).
Bloomingville copper ceramic and cork vase
Marble and brass side table from Mia Fleur
KIMBERLY DURAN Swoonworthy blog, www.swoonworthy.co.uk
MOLLY FORBES Roost blog, www.roost-blog.com
“One theme I feel will be strong in 2017 is a return to nature. Bringing the outdoors in is nothing new but the influences will be taken from our love of the coast surrounding this fair island: think cool blues, greens, greys and pearl whites. Minerals like agate and marble will be used as accents throughout the home, while plants and botanical motifs will continue to be a big trend. Reflective surfaces such as glass, mirror and gold will add the sparkle.” Get The Look: MiaFleur’s marble and brass side table, £325, combines natural marble with a bit of bling, so you can nail two trends in one. Buy the brand’s copper planters (small, £24.99; large, £54.99) and bring botanicals into your home.
“A big trend I've noticed on Pinterest, and which I’m expecting to gain momentum, is the comeback of cork. I'm seeing it used to cover entire walls in stylish home office spaces, and as an alternative to the DIY blackboard feature walls that were so popular a couple of years ago. Used against a monochrome colour palette cork adds an extra layer of texture and interest which works really well in a room that needs to function as a practical working space.” Get The Look: This stylish cork and copper vase from Barnaby & Co, £29, is an easy way of working a touch of cork into your home, and would suit colourful décor as well as a monochrome scheme.
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ABI COOKE Sofas & Stuff blog, www.sofasandstuff.com/blog FIONA REID Copperline blog, www.copperline.co “Personally, I’m not that keen on trends as such. They tend to encourage consumption of products, and the constant desire for new ‘things'; I prefer having fewer things and choosing well made pieces that will last. Handmade items made using traditional skills, and by smaller businesses, are things I really believe in.” Get The Look: These colourful Sahara storage pots by Yonder Living, from £34, are woven by hand by Berber tribes in the Sahara Desert and made from natural raffia stalks and dyed wool.
“While exotic colours and patterns have been a real success in 2016, 2017 will see the introduction of more natural shades, particularly pastel colours. Pastel colours have been a rising trend in 2016 and their popularity is set to continue into 2017. The pretty, tranquil atmosphere that pastels bring to interiors will ensure these shades’ success next year; we’re excited to see how these subtler colours will transform interiors in 2017.“ Get The Look: The Sofas & Stuff Fentbury large sofa in Barra Kashmir, £1666, creates a calming vibe; its soft, subtle hue works well with white and other neutrals. Add colour pop cushions or throws for a more eclectic look.
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Paint by Conran
BIANCA HALL French for Pineapple blog, www.frenchforpineapple.com
ANNA LYSIK Don’t Cramp My Style blog, www.dontcrampmystyle.co.uk
“We’ll see a move away from the darker greys in 2017 as people realise how much colour affects mood. For lovers of dark interiors they’ll be replaced by dirty teals, blues and greens and even burgundies, which can look just as dramatic, but are more upbeat. Browns will make a welcome comeback, bringing some much-needed warmth and life into homes. Think deep dark chocolate, right through to pale camels and tans. ” Get The Look: Farrow & Ball’s Tanner’s Brown (Estate Emulsion, £39.50 for 2.5L), with its warm red undertones, will bring that 2017 warmth into your home.
“In 2017 homes will embrace retro style with quirky coloured fabrics and oversized geometric patterns. We’ll see the leafy greens of old school plants combined with bold colours, ‘70s and ‘80s style. At recent exhibitions I’ve noticed young, up-and-coming designers are inspired by classic 1980s designs, instead of futuristic fashions. I think 2017 will also be the year where we’ll focus on sustainable, eco-friendly designs, designers and products like never before.” Get The Look: Use Paint by Conran’s vibrant range to create a geometric wall like this one, which uses Terracotta Pot, October Squash and Dandelion Puff to retro effect.
The Pink House has been nominated in the 2016 UK-wide Amara Interior Blog Awards. To place your vote visit www.interiorblogawards.com/vote/the-pink-house, voting closes on Friday 09 September.
Food + Drink + Style + Beauty + Health + People + Travel + Interiors + Events + Property
a handpicked selection of the best of life in Scottish cities in September
A spotlight on Almondine and where to celebrate National Coffee Day.
Lunch at Jushi, shopping at Swankie Joâ€™s and a closer look at Jessieâ€™s Kitchen.
Uncovering new hot spots, investigating the new St James Centre and dinner at Norn.
Artisanal doughnuts, craft fair shopping tips, words with blogger Tatyana Bugayeva and food news.
Shopping at Bonkers and seafood dreams at Tailend.
ABERDEEN New Music Express True North – Aberdeen’s festival of music and song – returns from 22 to 25 September at The Lemon Tree, The Music Hall and various locations across Aberdeen city centre. Celebrating the north east's singer songwriter tradition and providing a platform for the very best music and song, highlights this year include gigs from Laura Mvula, pictured, Lonelady, King Creosote, Richard Hawley and C Duncan, along with workshops and sessions from local musicians and performers. www.aberdeenperformingarts.com.
NOW, THE SCIENCE BIT Everyone’s favourite scientist, Professor Brian Cox, OBE, comes to His Majesty's Theatre this September as part of his UK wide tour. The show will take audiences on a journey through space and time, delving into ‘high science’ and freewheeling on the edges of the known cosmos. Tickets from £32 at www.aberdeenperformingarts.com.
In celebration of National Coffee Day on 29 September 2016, we’re checking out Aberdeen’s top coffee houses.
CAFÉ COGNITO Located in the west end on 39 St Swithin Street, Café Cognito is best known for its mesmerising coffee art and early morning/late night opening hours. Sitting in? Why not get your caffeine fix al fresco at the café’s outdoor seating area. BOOKS & BEANS An oldie but a goodie - the quaint, artisanal coffee house, located on Belmont Street, serves up a variety of fair-trade teas and coffees to suit all tastes. Home to a second hand bookshop, coffee lovers seek sanctuary within its walls for hours on end.
FOODSTORY Serving up the best Piccolos in town, the specialist vegan and vegetarian eatery on Thistle Street, is a well known hub for Aberdeen’s coffee community. With its farm to cup ethos, the eatery understands everything there is to know about its coffee offering and where it originates.
SPOTLIGHT ON… Almondine words Julia Byrce
he French have a popular saying, “mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup” meaning eat well, laugh often, love abundantly - something I pursue on a regular basis. And so, it was only fitting I make a coffee date at Almondine, Aberdeen’s only French patisserie and coffee shop. A family run business established in 2011, Almondine is a popular hotspot best known for its artisan macarons and afternoon tea - booked up two months in advance, I might add. The venue seats 30 people comfortably and has a relaxed, friendly atmosphere making it easy to while away an afternoon. We initiated our visit with the customer’s top pick, a dark chocolate layered opera slice. This bittersweet dessert, with a creamy thin coffee layer, was light and fluffy. My knife fell neatly through each level, without ruining the individual layers. Top marks in any bake off.
Next up, the handmade macarons. Priced at £1.10 each, the flavours ranged from Chocolat Noir (dark chocolate) to the unusual, yet pleasantly surprising, Poivre Rose (pink peppercorn) and particularly fragrant Citron et Citron Vert (lemon and lime). The dark chocolate macaron was slightly bitter but the sweetness of the crispy outer macaron shell complemented the flavor perfectly. But my outright winner has to be the Pistache (pistachio) – absolutely outstanding. Almondine has done an excellent job offering something unique to Aberdeen, transporting you to a beautiful café in the heart of Paris. A must try for anyone with a sweet tooth. Almondine, 39-43 Thistle St, AB10 1UY, Tel: 01224 632976, www.almondine.co.uk.
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LUNCH @ JUSHI words Martel Maxwell
Nestled between trendy independent bars, florists and hairdressers in the ‘cultural quarter’ of Westport, Jushi is where juice meets sushi in Dundee. It’s also where dreams come true for owner Sasha who gave up a job he hated to set up this sparky venture. Together with Japanese super chef Mai, who was busy behind the counter on my visit, he has filled a gaping hole in the city’s market. I watched in wonder as Mai whipped up cucumber hosomaki, aubergine nigiri, asparagus, cucumber, tofu and red ginger futomaki and all manner of other creations. I opted for some of the above, along with avocado, tuna and salmon options, and a freshly made fruit juice which blended strawberries with kale, pineapple and replaced sorbet for orange juice. I chose individual
sushi, though the less expensive option is to pick up a pre-made box. The juice board offers even more variety, with a mango tango, blueberry blast, beeting heart (starring beetroot) and green light (avocado and fruits) among many more chalked on the blackboard. Sitting on a wall outside (there’s no seating area), I sampled my delicious goodies. The rice was soft, fish beautifully fresh, ingredients like shiitake mushroom and creamy avocado perfectly blended. I’ve heard locals say they can’t pass Jushi without popping in. Now, I’m one of them. Jushi 40 Westport, Dundee, DD1 5ER, Tel: 01382 205830 www.jushi.co.uk.
SPOTLIGHT ON Jessie’s Kitchen words Martel Maxwell
SHOPPER’S GUIDE TO… SWANKIE JO’S On the increasingly buzzy Exchange Street you’ll find Swankie Jo’s, a concept fashion and gift store. Kara Swankie designs much of her products - from art to go on T-shirts to quirky jewellery. Skull and crossbones are a theme, though unlike anything you may have seen - often beautifully feminine, encrusted with black diamond like stones. Look out for Swankie’s Banksy inspired collection of prints and unusual statement jewellery and small clothing range towards the end of the month. www.swankiejos.co.uk.
SEW GOOD Take sewing to a new level with Sewing Bee Lessons at Little Piñata Craft Studio on Brook Street, Broughty Ferry. Beginners or intermediates can sign up for three two-and-half hour sessions for £60 with all equipment provided. www.jollydressmaker.co.uk.
Life is a balancing act and so I reasoned the saintly (healthy Jushi) must be balanced with a little bad (well, naughty) and where better to try than the very place awarded Scottish Homemaking Outright Winner? I’ll cut to the chase: after ordering the carrot cake, I see why. The sponge was moist, icing creamy and the balance of sweet just right to entice intricate nutty and vanilla flavours to take a bow too. I have a confession. Just to check it wasn’t a one-off, I popped in the following week, this time choosing the Jaffa chocolate orange. The slice was just as generous and taste as wonderful, bursts of gooey orange mixing with the crumbling chocolatey sponge. But it’s not just the sweet treats that are worth shouting about here. There are also hearty lunches, with a specials board that varies from scones to curries and a welcoming, family friendly environment which is second to none. Jessie’s Kitchen, 3 Albert Rd, Broughty Ferry, Dundee, DD5 1AY, Tel: 01382 778488.
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There are some exciting new arrivals in the city centre. For designer bargains TK Maxx is now on South St David Street and British lifestyle brand Joules has also expanded and upgraded to open its biggest ever store at 85 George Street. Check it out for all the latest musthaves and wardrobe essentials. www.joules.com.
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JUST THE TONIC Cocktail hour just got a whole lot more interesting (and comfortable) at the newly refurbished Tonic. Complete with leather banquettes and rustic, atmospheric lighting, the kitchen has gone to make way for more seating and a bigger bar area. Porn Star Martinis all round please. Tonic, 34A N Castle St, EH2 3BN, Tel: 0131 225 6431, bar-tonic.co.uk
Fashion, technology and beauty merge for a special pop up shop at Lauren Gollan Make-Up Studio on Saturday 03 and Sunday 04 September. Check it out at Arch 11, East Market Street, and youâ€™ll find Glasgow based fashion label Saunt & Sinner together with filmmaker Vincent Wolf and the make-up artist herself. www.laurengollan.co.uk.
TALKING ABOUT St James Shopping Centre
So the centre looks rather, erm, empty – what’s going on? The St James Shopping Centre was built in the 1970s and was in need of TLC. When the developers behind Edinburgh St James (TH Real Estate) bought the site in 2006, they recognised the need for better shops and restaurants in the city and initiated the regeneration project. Will it soon close completely then? Yes, but John Lewis will stay open for the whole of the construction period – you’ll be able to access it from a new entrance on Leith Street. For those wishing to drive to John Lewis, the Q Park is still open too. Ok, sounds interesting. What will it be like? Edinburgh St James has been designed by Edinburgh-based Allan Murray Architects to ensure that the modern design sits stylishly within its UNESCO World Heritage surroundings. The building will be made out of solid masonry with a stunning four storey glazed galleria. It’ll be full of boutiques as well as bigger brands. When will the work be complete? Not for a while yet I’m afraid but it’s on track to complete in 2020.
BECAUSE YOU’RE WORTH IT… In need of some pampering? Book in at the new Cheynes at 39 Lothian Road. The salon offers everything from a cut and colour to High Definition Brows and manicures with a glass of fizz. There’s also a walk-in Blow Dry Bar for last minute pick me ups. For an appointment Tel: 0131 228 9977 or visit www.cheyneshairdressing.com.
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The Edinburgh Festival may well be over but there’s still lots to do in the city. Here are some of our favourite picks. 1. See the famous works from Glasgowborn photographer Harry Benson at The Scottish Parliament. The exhibition will be on display until December and entry is free. www.harrybenson.com. 2. Embark on an evening Jazz Cruise with Maid on the Forth. The latest date to be added to the schedule is Friday 09 September and boats depart from Hawes Pier, South Queensferry. Tickets from £15 at www.maidoftheforth.co.uk. 3. Step aboard the 1927 Royal Scot steam train. Running from Edinburgh Waverley to Tweedbank every Sunday morning and evening until the end of September, dining packages are also available. Read our review online at www. ionmagazine.co.uk or for tickets, from £55, visit www.scotrail.co.uk/steam-trains.
EDINBURGH LIVE Starting life as a place for a core group of friends to play records and hang out, FLY has gone from strength to strength, holding court at worldrenowned clubs like Barcelona’s La Terrazza and Glasgow’s Sub Club. On 24 September they’ll host their first festival, set in the open-air surroundings of the Ross Bandstand, beneath Edinburgh Castle. The house and techno extravaganza welcomes Booka Shade’s infamous live show, alongside Motor City Drum Ensemble, Detroit Swindle and more. To win tickets visit www.ionmagazine.co.uk/flycomp.
FOOD RADAR FROM GIN BARS TO PIZZERIAS, THERE ARE PLENTY OF NEW PLACES TO CHECK OUT IN EDINBURGH. CLAIRE WHITE UNCOVERS FIVE NEWBIES TO TANTALISE YOUR TASTE BUDS. WILDMANWOOD PIZZA Owned by Malcolm Innes, famed for Edinburgh eateries including The Outsider and Ting Thai Caravan, WildManWood is slicing up Neapolitan style wood fired pizzas together with salads and sides. 27-29 Marshall St, Tel: 0131 667 7001. GIN 71 The team behind Glasgow’s first dedicated gin bar has headed East. Serving up a wide range of specialist gins, cocktails and ‘gin flights’, you can also pick ‘n’ mix your perfect gin combination with a variety of garnishes and mixers. 9 South Charlotte St, Tel: 0131 225 5808, www.gin71.com. IL CALICE With a wide range of exclusive wines and Italian inspired small plates, sit back and relax at this new wine bar in a former Georgian townhouse. 4 Picardy Pl, Tel: 0131 623 2573, www.ilcalice.scot. Cadiz, photo by Susie Lowe
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BOURBON Tuck into pan Asian fusion street food at the Ninja Kitchen within new Frederick Street restaurant and nightclub Bourbon. From Gua Bao to rice bowls, they also serve up tasty lunch specials. 24 Frederick St, www.theninjakitchen.co.uk. CADIZ EDINBURGH Seafood and cocktails? What could be better. This new addition on George Street is brought to us by the same owners as Café Andaluz and offers great, fresh fish every day from midday. Tel: 0131 226 3000, www.cadizedinburgh.co.uk.
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â€˜70s, all images courtesy of Charlie Miller
DECADE BY DECADE There are certain hair styles that have the amazing ability to rekindle memories of years past. From the iconic 60s bob to the more experimental bleached crops, we’ve seen it all and continue to do so in all its glorious forms. And if you’re someone that prefers to compare and contrast, it’s all pretty well documented in the special commemorative Charlie Miller magazine. Created to mark Charlie Miller’s 50 years in business, it’s available in their Edinburgh salons and features everything from real life styles to runway glamour. it also reveals the story behind their inimitable creative vision that began in a gent’s hairdressing salon in Edinburgh in 1965 and turned into a highly successful business of education, innovation and creativity. Joint managing directors, Jason and Joshua Miller, unveil their top looks from the exciting journey through the decades.
The ‘70s “The iconic bob, first unveiled in Paris over a century ago, was recreated by Charlie, our father, into an ‘S’ bob in the ‘70s and revealed at his first London industry hair show.” The ‘80s “An intense time of experimentation many styles in the ‘80s were influenced by the New Romantic vibe. Short haircuts and bleach crops became more popular.” The ‘90s “Following celebrities and their new looks and trends became commonplace in the ‘90s. The bob continued to be mimicked with Linda Evangelista, Courtney Love, Drew Barrymore and Gwyneth Paltrow all sporting their versions.” The ‘00s “The next decade saw massive growth in hair colouring with many cuts being created using layers and texture. Women stocked up on texturising creams, pomades and sprays to keep their look feminine and sexy.” 2010 “The enduring bob evolves in every decade with many women favouring the lob or the curly bob.”
LUNCH @ GRAMS What: A vegan, gluten-free and dairy-free café Price range: Hot Health boxes from £5.95 words Rebecca McCosh • photos Susie Lowe
t’s all too easy to slip into auto-pilot when it comes to eating at work. For me, without even realising, it had become a routine to grab a coffee and a croissant on the way to work while I was still half asleep, pick up a sandwich for lunch and mindlessly nibble on biscuits when they were doing the rounds in the office. Thankfully, a brand new café is putting a great deal of thought into making hassle free, healthy lunches, so you don’t have to. And when I say healthy, I mean the raw, vegan, dairy-free, glutenfree and refined sugar-free kind of healthy. Determined to start a new ‘eat clean’ regime, I headed along one lunchtime. I opted for a baked sweet potato with feta, seeds, spinach, sundried tomatoes and mint yoghurt plus healthy slaw and salad, £6.95. My dining partner chose the equally tasty and equally colourful chicken aioli – a plate stacked with shredded chicken, peppers, brown rice and broccoli served with a creamy (yet dairy-free, of course) garlic aioli sauce, sprouted seeds and healthy slaw, £6.95. Both dishes were filling and satisfying – not something I expected. If I’m completely honest, I thought I’d be left with a hankering for something meaty but that wasn’t the case.
Thanks to Grams’ clever substitution of refined sugar for brown rice syrup and pure maple syrup alternatives, dessert was firmly on the menu, and I’d put money on the raw Snickers, £3.25, and vanilla and fudge cheesecake, £4.25, fooling any sweet tooth. I’d definitely return for another baked sweet potato, or another helping of the chicken aioli. In fact, I’d happily grab anything on the menu. Which is handy as it means I can revert to autopilot style lunchtime eating... without the guilt. Grams, 16 Haymarket Terr, EH12 5JZ, Tel: 0131 337 3599, www.gramsedinburgh.com.
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et us introduce you to the Edinburgh Beer Factory, and more specifically its delicious Paolozzi lager. Combining art and craft, it’s named after the Leithborn sculptor and Father of Pop Art, Eduardo Paolozzi. Born in 1924 to Italian immigrant parents, Eduardo was inspired by cinema, advertising and the colourful packaging in his parents’ ice cream parlour, creating the first piece of Pop Art in 1947, I Was a Rich Man’s Plaything. Artworks from advertising and sculptures from scrap metal, Paolozzi worked to reveal the ‘sublime in the everyday’. Inspired by this idea of transforming ordinary objects, Edinburgh Beer Factory
SUBLIME IN THE EVERYDAY DISCOVER THE EDINBURGH BREWED LAGER INSPIRED BY SCOTTISH ARTIST PAOLOZZI.
has reinvented the most underestimated of beer styles, lager. A 21st century take on a historic Munich style, Paolozzi is beautifully smooth with a perfect bitter-sweet balance and fabulously sparkling appearance. Try Paolozzi lager in top bars, restaurants and shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen, or buy direct from the brewery in Edinburgh’s Bankhead or at www. edinburghbeerfactory.co.uk/shop. For every bottle and pint sold, Edinburgh Beer Factory makes a charitable donation to the Paolozzi Foundation.
DINNER @ NORN
What: A foraged fine foodie masterclass, Price range: Four courses from £40 words Dean Newton • photo Susie Lowe
f you’re the type to find public displays of affection nauseating, then it’s probably best that you look away now. I’d rather not give my hand away so early on but this will probably read more like an ode than a review and I’d prefer not to make anyone too uncomfortable. Norn lives on the site of one of Leith’s former Michelin-starred mainstays, The Plumed Horse. Inside, it’s relaxed and elegant with some midcentury Danish touches but the atmosphere and feel, thanks to the open kitchen, tones and lighting, is of being at a friend’s for dinner rather than a formality. This, like everything else at Norn, is very much deliberate and certainly by design. The menu offers limited options; four or seven courses, with or without drinks, starting at £40 for four and up to £125 for seven with paired drinks. Norn takes ingredient selection and seasonality
to the extreme, each course offered a foraged ingredient that would require some Google attention or description from the chefs – who serve and explain each dish in person. I’m afraid I only made it as far as the second course; sea trout with beetroot, orache (a salty foraged leaf) and raspberry, before transcending my human body and having to ask Sophie for some conversational quiet time from somewhere around the ceiling. I’d gladly spend the remaining pages of the magazine regaling the minutiae of each course (which I’ve mentally revisited regularly since) but the menu will have changed countless times by the time this goes to press. The words would do it no justice but rest assured, Michelin stardom awaits. Norn, 50-54 Henderson St, Edinburgh, EH6 6DE, www.nornrestaurant.com.
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Glasgow’s restaurant and bar scene shows no sign of slowing down with the latest addition to the dining scene being Hope Street’s Halloumi which offers ‘Mediterranean flavours with a Glasgow twist’, while the bar scene has recently embraced Rocky O’Sullivan and The Kelvin. The future’s looking just as tasty with Ibérica, the high-end Spanish tapas bar headed up by Michelin star chef Nacho Manzano (pictured above) opening its first Scottish restaurant at 140 St Vincent Street imminently. Sticking with a Latin theme, Fazenda, the burgeoning Brazilian rodizio restaurant chain, is considering an iconic Ingram Street site for its first venture north of the border. A little further off, but well worth the wait, is The Alchemist which is expected to conjure up its cocktail wizardry on Buchanan Street in late 2017. A stalwart of the Leeds and Manchester social scene, The Alchemist is more of an experience than a bar – think sophisticated cocktail laboratory with dry ice drama as standard.
O U R FAVO U RIT E FI N D Tantrum Doughnuts
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Wimbledon champ and Olympic Gold medalist, Andy Murray, takes on Gael Monfils, the flamboyant Frenchman in the singles challenge at the inaugural Andy Murray Live event on 21 September at the SSE Hydro. For the doubles, Andy will be joined by his brother, Jamie, to play against Monfils and British tennis icon, Tim Henman. Tickets from £20 at www.thessehydro.com.
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Tantrums aren’t generally tolerated here at the i-on office – unless you’re talking doughnuts and then they are positively encouraged. Located in the increasing ‘cool’ enclave of Old Dumbarton Road, Tantrum Doughnuts offer, to our seasoned palates at least, the city’s best tasting handmade doughnuts in the most creative combinations too with pistachio and hibiscus, Black Forest gateau, almond old fashioned and a maple candied bacon and puffed pork crackling flavour on offer. There’s also a raspberry jam filled option for purists but our favourite is the crème brûlée, with a thin, crisp burnt sugar glaze which cracks to reveal a light, airy doughnut inner filled with vanilla cream. Cooked up fresh each morning by Iain Baillie, former pastry chef at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck, One Devonshire Gardens and Gleneagles, along with his wife Annika and their young friendly team, the doughnuts are available to take away or take a pew and try a homemade slushie, milkshake or artisan coffee with your tasty treat. 35 Old Dumbarton Rd, G3 8RD, Tel: 0141 339 0006.
FOR A NOT-ON-THE-HIGH-STREET SHOPPING EXPERIENCE EXPAND YOUR RETAIL HORIZONS WITH A VISIT TO ONE OF THESE INDEPENDENT MARKETS.
Little Birds Market This market pops up each month in one of Glasgow’s oldest bar/restaurants, Sloans, and is a crafter’s delight. The organisers are very particular about the quality of the merchandise on sale and always keen to introduce new names to the mix of jewellery, ceramics and vintage stalls. The next market takes places on Sunday 11 September. Sloans, 108 Argyle St, G2 8BG.
Urban Market The Urban Market at the uber cool Drygate offers quirky but quality merchandise and should you need to lubricate more than simply your purse strings, the market takes place in a brewery. It takes place on the first Sunday of the month with new themed market days launching on 18 September every third Sunday. Drygate, 85 Drygate, G4 0UT.
The Braw Wee Fair Quality, handmade and vintage, the Braw Wee Fair is a very different experience to the main Barras Market, where a coterie of artists, crafters and makers offer unique, quirky and often one-off pieces at the Barras Art & Design Centre (BAaD) on the first Saturday of each month, 10am-5pm. BAaD, 54 Calton Entry, G40 2SB. Braw Wee Fair
ROLL WITH IT If you think the only gaming scene in Scotland involves sitting at a screen with a controller in hand, think again. Board games are big news and nowhere more so than at the CCA’s Saramago café, home to gaming pop-up, Dice Roll Café. Inspired by the booming success of the board game café scene in North America, Dice Roll Café’s mission is to create that culture here in Glasgow and help introduce that social gaming scene to people of all levels of gaming experience.
Open to all ages, simply turn up, pay £2 per player and play any game, all day from Dice Roll’s 100 plus collection. There’s also an ‘open’ table, allowing solo visitors to come along and join in a game at any point during the day. The next Dice Rolls take place on 11 and 25 September. CCA, 350 Sauchiehall St, G2 3JD, Tel: 0141 352 4900.
The Write Stuff Tatyana Bugayeva
In our bid to introduce you to the best homegrown blogs, we meet Tatyana Bugayeva, the smart, switched on and stylish founder of Glasgow based lifestyle blog, LAFOTKA. Is blogging your career or hobby? A bit of both as it’s my passion, but it’s also a career that I work very hard on by creating professional content and helping brands reach out to my readers. Why did you start? I’ve always been a creative girl so just over three years ago I gave myself a project to see whether I could create something from nothing. Talking about my personal style and fashion freely with like-minded people is truly amazing. I’m also a mum so I wanted to inspire other mums and mums-to-be to remain true to their style. What’s your blog about? Fashion, health and other things I find worth sharing like travel, cool places, beauty finds, events and so on. I also like to talk about things many of us don’t like sharing like selfdevelopment or career obstacles so now and again you’ll find me getting ‘deep’ in my articles.
Are ‘numbers’ important to you? More followers mean more people like what I do and that’s great, but those numbers mainly help secure relationships with brands. For me, it’s the comments on my blog and on social media that really make me happy. Do you read other blogs? All the time. My current favourites are Happily Grey and Fashion Me Now and I love Pandora Sykes for some awesome style and controversial views on the industry. Visit Tatyana’s blog at www.lafotka.com.
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A FINE CATCH There is more to Tailend on Market Street than a mere fish and chip shop and restaurant. A seafood lover’s dream, you’ll also find a counter laden with fresh fish to take home. We caught up with the manager, Jess Spink, to find out her seasonal tips on what to buy. “September is ideal for North Sea caught fish including hake, monkfish, lemon sole, catfish and hake. There should always be scallops and mussels too, but langoustines and oysters can be weather dependent,” she explains.
“For something simple to make at home, I love grilled hake with homemade pesto because it’s healthy, easy and tasty. You grill the hake in a tray with olive oil and seasoning. If there’s a skin, chargrill it first. For accompanying sundried tomato pesto, I use a NutriBullet and mix sundried tomatoes, red peppers, olive oil, salt and pepper, lemon juice and fresh herbs like coriander or basil.” www.thetailend.co.uk.
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We’re not short on gift shops in St Andrews but still, a search for the perfect present often comes back to the institution that is Bonkers. Specialising in the pretty, quirky and downright bonkers, we love the Shoeless Joe range of seaside-themed hanging decorations made from wood and tin. Look out for ‘beware of seagull’ signs too, Priced from £3.50 to £30 at Bonkers, 80 Market St, Tel: 01334 473919, www.bonkers.uk.com.
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#i_online NEWS CORNER UBER’S MASTER PLAN The company’s rise has been meteoric but it seems that the once crucial human element and social aspect of the firm that was integral to the ethos may be making way for technology’s rise as the firm’s heavy investment into self-driving cars is coming to fruition. Uber’s first fleet of human-supervised Volvo XC90s take to the streets in Pittsburgh this month, the first in the race to bringing a working service to market. www.uber.com.
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THE TAILGATE INTERIORS SPECIAL This month we take a look through the eyes of some top interiors gurus for some home style eye candy and design genius. Pink House Living – 5,967 Followers www.instagram.com/pinkhouseliving From the interiors blog www.pinkhouse.co.uk Jenny Komenda – 72k Followers www.instagram.com/jennykomenda From the interior designer, check juniper-studio.com for more.
The Pink House
Jane Rockett – 32.1k Followers www.instagram.com/rockettstgeorge One half of home accessory heroes, Rockett St George. My Scandinavian Home – 43k Followers www.instagram.com/myscandinavianhome From the blog of the same name, Nordic inspired goodness. A Designer’s Mind – 1.1m Followers www.instagram.com/adesignersmind Contemporary architecture and interiors porn.
APP OF THE MONTH FENDER TUNE It’s not for everyone, in fact, it’s only for guitarists but if that’s you then this is a great app. Tuning by ear is a thing of the past, get precise tuning feedback from this slick new app from legendary maker, Fender. Download at www.fender.com.
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BE HAPPY… BASED ON A NEW STUDY OF 2000 UK ADULTS, WE REVEAL SIX LITTLE THINGS GUARANTEED TO ADD SOME SUNSHINE TO YOUR DAY.
GETTING A BARGAIN Everyone loves snapping up a sale item. Even better if the item scans at a price lower than on the label. This deserves nothing less than a high five and a ‘Hell yeeeeeah!’ FINDING A FORGOTTEN TENNER IN YOUR POCKET Just to clarify, this depends entirely on exactly when you find that tenner. Discover it in your jacket pocket whilst queuing at the bar – winner. Discover it in the back pocket of your jeans just after taking them out of the washing machine – fail. SEEING AN OLD COUPLE HOLDING HANDS Nothing inspires warm, fuzzy feelings quite like seeing a couple of oldies holding hands. WAKING UP AT THE WEEKEND AND REALISING YOU DON’T HAVE TO GO TO WORK After five monotonous days in the office, it’s all too easy to wake up on
Saturday morning and immediately go into auto-pilot. So when it slowly dawns on you that you’ve got two whole days of freedom, it’s unadulterated happiness. SEEING DOGS STICK THEIR HEAD OUT OF CAR WINDOWS Watching our canine buddies cruising the streets with their ears flapping in the wind, tongues hanging out and strings of saliva trailing behind them - it never gets old. GETTING ASKED FOR ID EVEN THOUGH YOU’RE CLEARLY OLD ENOUGH TO DRINK Many of us roll our eyes and pretend it’s an inconvenience to dig out our driver’s license to confirm our date of birth but secretly we’re doing an internal fist pump and congratulating ourselves that we’ve still got it. Read the full article online at www.ionmagazine.co.uk.
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As we speedily head into autumn and all the magical colours associated with the season, it’s also the best time of year for an amazing colou...
Published on Sep 8, 2016
As we speedily head into autumn and all the magical colours associated with the season, it’s also the best time of year for an amazing colou...