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Pony Club runs in 8 week blocks with short breaks for the school holidays and we suggest children come for an initial assessment lesson so we can advise them which group they ZRXOGÀWLQWREHVW Contact The Activities School on 01764 694344 for more information on Centre Pony Club or go online at: www.gleneagles.com/activities/equestrian-school/centre-pony-club-at-gleneagles Terms and Conditions: The value of this prize is over £200, consisting of 8 weekly 90 minute sessions of Pony Club, and a waiving of the Junior membership for the duration of the block. Children aged 6-18yrs are eligible to win. Pony Club classes run on Saturdays and Sundays, the group the winning child will join will be determined by their age and experience. This prize is non-transferable and must be redeemed by Dec 2014.

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Eat Drink Stay Country Castle Hotel Review

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Ross Miller Interview

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Vegan Quinoa Scones Recipe

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Gluten Recipes

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Active Life Gluten: the good, the bad, the coeliac

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Ayurveda and the Doshas

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Stirling’s Sporting Stars

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Fitness Myths

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Look Good Feel Good Eye on Tweed Fashion

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Back To School Health

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Home Sweet Home Tartan, Tweed and Thistle Interior Design

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Solar Power Buying Tips

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Pets 41

Your Pets and Fireworks

Weddings Local Love

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Wedding Weight Loss

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The Riverside Loves Local

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e are two passionate professionals with a long history in pubs, hotels and restaurants, it is our aim to share our love of food and drink and help secure the future of the communities and businesses that help sustain us. We are committed to protecting and nurturing our local economy and preserving our countryside and heritage. Since taking over The Stirling Arms on Dunblane High Street, we have been working hard to transform the building into a truly special pub, restaurant and coffee house. It has always been a dream of ours to have a place where people can come to enjoy great local food and drink in a welcoming atmosphere and the Riverside is the realisation of that dream. Stirlingshire and Perthshire are home to a wealth of incredible food, producers,

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ur online poll started off as a bit of fun, however it ended up drawing nearly 500 votes and ended up hard fought and close race. Cisco’s supporters voted in force in the crucial last few days to get over the line ahead of close chasers The Woodhouse and Toast. Regardless of who came out top on the poll, all Stirling’s local coffee shops offer excellent hot drinks, pastries and ambiance.

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breweries and distilleries and we want to make the most of what is on our doorstep. We want to know where our food and drink comes from and we want to know the people who produce and supply it. Because of this we source the majority of our food from producers and suppliers within Stirlingshire, Perthshire and West Lothian. Primarily, our buying policy is based on our intention to source the best quality we can, while minimising our impact on the environment and helping to keep jobs, and as much of the money we spend as possible, within local communities. 7KLVPLJKWFRPHDWDFRVWEXWZHĂ€UPO\ believe that every penny we spend will help to make our local and national economy not only stronger, but help to secure a more sustainable future for generations to come. www.theriversidedunblane.co.uk


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“FEAST-IVAL” A Stirling Fringe Event BROUGHT TO YOU BY CREATIVE STIRLING AND LOVING FOOD Date: Time: Where: For:

14th September 11am - 4pm Old Town Jail, Stirling food lovers, friends and families

Creative Stirling CIC and Loving Food are proud to present Feast-ival as part of the Stirling Fringe Festival. An ideal day out for families, foodies and friends at the Old Town Jail in Stirling. You will be able to sample some of the best street food around, with food and drink demonstrations throughout the day and get involved in our collaborative cooking extravaganza.

There will be a programme of children’s creative workshops, and a cinema inside one of the jail cells. Plus, live music from the likes of Jack Butler, Tom Foolery, Steven Kemp and Puff Uproar and the Shimmering Sound Affair. This is a FREE event, to reserve tickets head to www.csfeastival.eventbrite.com For more details on Loving Food visit www.loving-food.com For more details of Creative Stirling visit www.creativestirling.org


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Country Castle Review BY LOVE LOCAL’S TRAVEL EXPERT

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’d heard a lot of good things about Knock Caste Hotel and Spa in Crieff, so it seemed an ideal choice to celebrate a family occasion and an opportunity to check it out for myself. Dating from the 1880s and built as a family home by Lady MacBrayne, Knock Castle has been sympathetically extended and more recently extensively refurbished to offer a comfortably sized 30 plus bed-roomed hotel. 7KHKRWHOEHQHÀWV from not being part of a chain and is privately owned by the Henderson family. Jason Henderson is an enthusiastic (and talkative!) chef/proprietor who shows an almost evangelical commitment to his project. We booked 3 rooms for dinner, bed and breakfast. The rooms could not be faulted, particularly the two in the original turret ZKLFKZHUHYHU\VSDFLRXVZLWKQHZO\ÀWWHG bathrooms in slate and stone, built around an elevated bath set into the turret walls. Very unique. The hotel has a choice of dining options, a cosy, slightly more formal dining room with traditional Victorian grandeur on the ground à RRUDQGWKHURRIWRSUHVWDXUDQWZKLFKKDV panoramic views of the Strathearn Valley and has an outdoor terrace for summer months. Although the menu here is, in theory, table d’hôte the hotel should be congratulated on not being fussy allowing guests to mix and match between this and the a la carte.

Since it was a special occasion we opted for the 7 course tasting menu. It was simply excellent, ably supported by the front of house staff whose style was relaxed rather than fussy and engaging without being overbearing. Any minor hiccups were quickly addressed by the ever attentive maÎtre d. Although food was a big part of a stay here, the hotel also offered spa treatments and a swimming pool, sauna, steam-room, and well-equipped gym located in a large glasshouse in the gardens. The only constructive criticism I can make is for new locker keys, some more plants for the pool area and to turn the heating down a little! If you’re not so active the hotel has a comfortable piano lounge, cosy whisky bar and a unique 12- seater cinema! Overall Knock Castle is not cheap but for the quality it offers it is far more accessible than many of the other up market country hotels. It offers a good balance between friendly but unfussy service, high quality accommodation and excellent food with value for money. I can’t knock it! The Knock Castle Hotel Drummond Terrace, Crieff PH7 4AN Tel: 01764 650088 E: info@knockcastle.com www.knockcastle.com


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Interview with Ross Miller EXECUTIVE HEAD CHEF, CAFE CONTINENTAL IN DUNBLANE

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t the age of 22 with a burning passion for cooking, Ross left university to pursue a career in the restaurant industry. He began his journey working for some of Scotland’s top chefs including the award winning Martin Wishart. Determination led Ross to London in search of new H[SHULHQFHV+LVÀUVWUROHZDVDW0D]HE\ Gordon Ramsay. Ross then joined the team at London’s prestigious Le Gavroche restaurant ZKLFKLQFLGHQWDOO\ZDVWKHÀUVW8.UHVWDXUDQW to be awarded one, two and three Michelin stars. The La Gavroche chef de cuisine is Michel Roux Jr, who took over the reins from his father, Albert in 1991.

‘It’s been great how the community has embraced us. We’re pretty much full every day.’ When he returned to Scotland, Ross was warmly welcomed back to the kitchen of Martin Wishart where he continued to work for a further 3 years. He then landed the prestigious Head Chef position at the Michelin starred Champany Inn near Linlithgow. At the age of 25, Ross demonstrated his abilities in the kitchen by retaining the restaurant’s Michelin star. Ross has since gone on to lead many successful kitchens with his cuisine described as “a masterpiece� by The Scotsman’s food writer. In an exclusive interview, Ross explains why he is delighted to be working in Dunblane, as part of the Cafe Continental Executive Team.

Ross, why Dunblane? There are many that thought that Dunblane could not sustain a venture of this type, but we knew from what the customers of Dunblane were saying that they were crying out for a local restaurant that also offered a larger scale cafe type environment as well has higher end product. Many Dunblane residents found themselves leaving the community and YHQWXULQJIXUWKHUDĂ€HOGWRJHWWKHRIIHULQJV they were after. Clearly there is a requirement in Dunblane for this type of restaurant.

So how’s it going? It’s been great how the community has embraced us. We’re pretty much full every day. We’re pretty much full every day. It’s REYLRXVO\H[FHSWLRQDOO\GLIÀFXOWWDNLQJRQ an entire new team - almost all local, going through the training process and maintaining standards of excellence at all times. I think we’ve mostly accomplished that and we look forward to getting better and better.

What’s your most popular dish? OK, that’s a tough one - most of our products are equally popular. People love our Croque Monsieur - telling us it’s better than they’ve tried in France, so that’s a real compliment. Equally though, we have a large early following for great coffee and patisserie options. Ross and his team serve customers 7 days a week from 9am until late. Situated in the heart of Dunblane at: Riverview, High Street, Dunblane FK15 0EE Tel: 01786 824 234 www.cafe-continental.co.uk


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VEGAN QUINOA SCONES Ingredients 5 tablespoons cooked quinoa FXSSODLQĂ RXU FXSZKROHPHDOĂ RXU 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup non-hydrogenated margarine 1 tablespoon coarse polenta 1/2 cup buttermilk (made from 1/2 cup soya milk with 1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar and left to rest for 5-10 minutes) 1/4 cup dried fruit 3 tablespoons agave syrup

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Preheat oven to 200C or gas mark 6 6LIWĂ RXUEDNLQJSRZGHUDQGVDOWWRJHWKHU in a bowl, add margarine and rub into dry ingredients Stir in quinoa and polenta In a separate bowl mix buttermilk, dried fruit and agave syrup Pour into dry ingredients and mix until you get a soft dough Drop onto baking sheet (makes about 8 scones) Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden

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Seasonal Recipes GLUTEN FREE SPICED LAMB BURGER METHOD 1.

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INGREDIENTS 1kg x Lamb Mince (approx. 6x 6oz burgers) 1x large white onion 2x Tbsp minced garlic [ÀQHO\GLFHGUHGFKLOOLRUDJOXJRIVZHHW chilli sauce 1x lamb stock cube 2x pinches of ground cinnamon 1x bunch coriander 1x large free range egg 1x lemon Gluten free buns Olive oil for cooking

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Filling: 6x large braeburn apples, cored (leave peel on for more) cut into wedges. 200g x fresh blueberries 1x 1” piece of ginger, peel and grate 1x lime – zest and juice 70gx muscavado sugar 70gx castor sugar 4x tbsp. fresh apple juice

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Gluten: The good, the bad and the coeliac BY TIM MEADOWS

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luten is something that has been getting a lot of publicity lately and like ZLWKDQ\WKLQJLQKHDOWKDQGÀWQHVVWKHUHҋV confusion as to which side of the fence you should land on and support. Do we ignore gluten as long as we’re not coeliac (a disease whereby sufferers cannot tolerant any gluten consumption) and carry on as before? OR, do we take on board the gluten free lifestyle to eradicate it completely from our daily consumption? I’ll take what may be perceived as the easy way out and opt to sit on the fence on this should you/shouldn’t you topic. I’ll explain why I don’t see this as clear as black and white, DQGWREHKRQHVWPRVWWKLQJVLQÀWQHVVDUHQҋW that clear cut anyway. Firstly, what is gluten? It’s an elastic protein found in wheat, grains, rye and barley. There are four main proteins; albumins, glutelins, globulins, and prolamins. Gluten will be found in pasta, EUHDGFRXVFRXVSDVWULHVPXIÀQVFDNHVDQG cereals.

“But protein’s goodâ€? you might say? Yes, but not these bad boys. When you ingest any product that contains gluten your digestive system looks at the unusable protein, scratches its head & ponders, “What are we meant to do with this?â€? It has a very low NPU (net protein usage) rating & more LPSRUWDQWO\FDXVHVDQLQĂ DPPDWRU\UHVSRQVH within your digestive tract. What is coeliac disease? It is a strong immune reaction to gluten from the digestive tract, which will result in suffering from the following symptoms; low energy

levels and feeling tired, IBS - irritable bowel syndrome, stomach cramps, osteoporosis, infertility & depression. ´,HDWEUHDGDQGIHHOĂ€QHWKHUHIRUH,DPQRW coeliac and I shouldn’t worry about gluten consumption.â€? Well this is where I take my sit on the fence standpoint. On a scale of 1-10, 1 being tolerant & 10 being extremely intolerant i.e coeliac, everyone has different intolerances ranging between 1 & 10. Now, no matter where you sit on the scale you will have LQĂ DPPDWRU\UHVSRQVHVIURPLQJHVWLQJJOXWHQ It just depends how severely your body reacts to it, even if you don’t display any physical conditions named above it is still causing VWUHVVDQGLQĂ DPPDWLRQWR\RXUFHOOVLPPXQH system and body. “So, what should I doâ€?? My recommendation is to remove gluten from your diet where possible. Biggest offenders are bread, pasta and baked goods (pastries etc) and replace with better carb sources like quinoa, sweet potato & rice. A lot of my clients DQGIHOORZĂ€WQHVVSURIHVVLRQDOVKDYHPDGH improvements in energy levels, blood glucose maintenance and reduced IBS symptoms, as well as experiencing a healthier and cleaner feeling to their daily routines, and none were diagnosed coeliac. So we’re not thinking gluten free, if you’re coeliac you’ll be doing this already, but gluten-less. I am realistic, gluten is everywhere due to its use in baking & processed foods, but if you can make better food choices you will improve your health and well being with minimal fuss and expense. Healthy eating isn’t solely about the kcals & macros you consume, but more importantly the quality and affect your food has on your body. Digestive tract health is an important chain in gaining the most from your better food choices. For more information, check out these sites www.gluternative.com www.glutenfree-foods.co.uk


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Ayurveda and the Doshas BY SIOBHAN FITZGERALD

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yurveda is the science of life, ancient Indian text gives us this knowledge to maintain mental and physical wellbeing and vitality. In Ayurveda we use different foods to nourish our individual body type, known as our Dosha. Determining your constitution (Dosha) can be complex, but some general rules can be used to give you a little taste of where I am going with all of this. I will focus this issue on one of the main problems of the western world, good digestion! When our digestive structure is interfered with or disturbed, it will transfer its imbalance to our mind and body, therefore affecting our ability to perform at our optimum level. Our minds become distracted and we can feel tired, agitated, sluggish and even depressed by it all. It has all sorts of issues which manifest in different ways for each individual depending on their own eating pattern and food choices. Additives and fast foods of todays “go fasterâ€? lifestyle has led to an increased health problem and for some havoc being wreaked on our lives. What is my Dosha type? Below is a very rough guide for you to look at, you may recognise traits mostly for one, or you may have a dual dosha or even a tri dosha, identifying some traits from two or all three descriptions. Vata : very tall or petite and slim build, have drier skin, active minds and dietary habits are irregular. Disease rules the nervous system, poor sleep, constipation and irregular menstruation in women. Avoid cold drinks and dry foods like crackers and raw foods (salads) which aggravate these people. Warm foods, soups, sweet, oily and dairy foods are great. Digestive herbs are cardamom, fennel and cumin. These soothe this persons digestion and therefore their mind. Pitta : athletic build, competitive, a fast digestion and oilier skin. Disease shows as high blood pressure, excessive thirst, IHYHULUULWDELOLW\DQGVNLQLQĂ DPPDWLRQDFQH

rashes. Avoid all fermented foods, acidic, SXQJHQWIULHGDQGRLO\IRRGVDQGVKHOOÀVK which aggravate. All sweet and dairy is good, cooling foods, salads, chicken and turkey are great. Digestive herbs are cumin, fennel and corriander. Kapha : heavier more rounded build, sleep well and have a steady appetite but slow digestion, need harmony and calm. Disease shows as swelling, colds, allergies or weight problems. Avoid dairy and too much sugar or UHÀQHGà RXU7DNHVSLFHVOLJKWJUDLQVFRRNHG veg, dried fruits, goats’ cheese or milk. Digestive herbs are dry ginger, black pepper and cumin. Moving into Autumn and early winter the Vata element is affected most and can be easily disturbed in these months ahead. Vata represents AIR and Ether, so blustery winds, cooler temperatures and shorter daylight all unsettle the Vata Dosha. We have to look here at being more mindful of routine. Eating at regular times, going to bed earlier (10pm approx) and getting a full 8 hours sleep is essential to calm. Let go of cooler salad foods now and look to introducing more warming stews, soups and roasted vegetables. Roots like carrots,beets and parsnips with a little spice and salt nourish the soul, keeping a Vata dosha happy. Digestion can become very dry and constipation sets in. The nervous system agitated making us more anxious and unstable, so grounding is paramount to keeping us stable. When this happens we feel more creative, spiritual and happy. Siobhan Fitzgerald is specialist in Ashtanga Yoga, Pregnancy yoga and Ayurvedic treatments. For more information, including information on teaching School for Eastern massage and Yoga retreats abroad visit: www.yogawithsiobhan.co.uk


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Stirling Sporting Stars

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elsey MacDonald is a name to look out for in the ever-growing world of women’s professional golf. Originally from the picturesque town of Nairn in the Highlands, Kelsey moved to Stirling to take part in the well-respected golf scholarship programme at the city’s university. She is full of praise for the positive impact the area has had on her early career; “The local facilities are of immense stature and I rely heavily upon the university, the Peak and the wide range of golf practice areas this beautiful community provides us with. I have been fortunate enough to represent our university on the world stage in China as well as triumph in Florida upon graduating. Ending on such a high was remarkable and the university has very much been the catalyst amongst my sporting success and I thank them greatly.â€? She has already played in a handful of events RQWRXUĂ€QLVKLQJWLHGVWLQKHUĂ€UVWHYHU event in Turkey in May and also has two top WHQĂ€QLVKHVRQWKH$FFHVV7RXU The 22-year-old however, has bigger challenges ahead and Kelsey hopes that she can not only take her place amongst the elite of the sport but also inspire the next generation: “I take great pride in educating young people as to the value of not only becoming involved in sport but pursuing an active and healthy lifestyle too.â€?


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Back to School Health Tips BY NOEL WICKS, PHARMACIST - RIGHT MEDICINE PHARMACY

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he holidays are over and it’s back to school for children across Scotland. Whilst this might mean a bit of peace and quiet at home it also means being exposed to all sorts of bacteria and viruses. Of course that’s all part of growing up and developing the bodies immune system. This isn’t much consolation when you have a feverish 7 year old lolling about the place. So here are some back to school tips on helping to keep your kids as healthy as possible and what to do when they are not. Firstly prevention is the best cure. It’s easier said than done getting kids to wash their hands regularly (boys in particular I’ve noticed). Small bottles RIDQWLEDFWHULDOJHORUIRDPFDQHDVLO\ÀWLQ school bags and can used throughout the day to reduce the risk of infection from grubby hands. If a child does catch something then the next line of defence is the bodies immune system. The immune system needs support not just from the goodness in the foods we eat but also from rest as well. As a father of two I know getting them to eat the right stuff in the right quantities is a challenge. The body does need the right fuel though if it is to stay in top condition and vitamins and minerals form an important part of that. Robin our complimentary health guru based at our Causewayhead shop recommends Animal Parade supplements. “They offer a great range of vitamins, minerals and supplements” he says. “What parents tell me they really OLNHLVWKDWWKH\FRPHLQJUHDWÁDYRXUVDQG are available in drops or chewable gummies”.

There’s quite a range on offer including ones VSHFLÀFDOO\GHVLJQHGWRKHOSVXSSRUWWKH immune system as well as general vitamin and mineral combinations. As you would imagine they also offer a Vitamin D supplement. This is very relevant in Scotland because for about 6 months of the year we don’t have enough sunlight for our bodies to produce the required vitamin D. If you have children under 5 the advice form the Scottish Government is that they receive between 7 and 10 micrograms of Vitamin D each day. In some cases people can access these free of charge through the pharmacy in the form of NHS Health Start vitamins (see www.healthystart. nhs.uk for more details). Of course even the best immune system and hygiene techniques won’t stop your children from catching something. In which case there’s lots of help at hand! The NHS is very keen for people to access the appropriate service for their needs, so going to A&E for head lice is a no no. At the pharmacy children under 16 can be registered on the NHS Minor Ailments Service. This service means the pharmacist can give you a medicine free of charge on the NHS. The service covers a huge range of minor ailments such as a temperature, head lice, earache, diarrhoea, mouth ulcers, head lice and thread worms. Now if only there was something to make them do their homework without having to ask them ten times!


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Tips for buying Solar Power Systems BY WILLIAM WILSON, EMOTION ENERGY 1.

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Recommendations. Get recommendations from companies previous customers. Length of manufacturer’s warranty. Be weary of 20 – 25 year guarantees as this is very unrealistic. The market standard is 5 years and a maintenance contract should be considered. Have realistic price expectations. The maximum price of a good solar system is between £7000 and £8000 based on a 16 panel installation (at the largest size allowed for a domestic property) including a remote monitoring system. The viability of solar starts from 8 panels and all systems should generate between 10 and 15% return on your investment based on the 20 year Feed in Tariff subsidy and electric savings. 6RODUSDQHOFHUWLÀFDWLRQV,QWKH8. both the solar panels and the company have to be M.C.S. accredited in order for

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you to receive the 20 year index linked subsidy. Decide on the type of panels. There is little to no difference between Chinese and European brands or monocrystalline and polycrystalline panels, however polycrystalline panels are cheaper. Solar panel mounting .The mounting kit should be aluminium, thus rust proof. Brackets should go into your roofs wooden trusses and not be drilled through the tiles or slates. 6RODULQYHUWHUHIÀFLHQW7KHLQYHUWHU HIÀFLHQFLHVDUHFXUUHQWO\EHWWHUZLWK European brands than Chinese. Market leaders include Fronius, SMA and Power One. Design the system. Design is important to see how many kW’s of electric the system will produce. If this part is done incorrectly the system may under perform.


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Jargon Buster - All about Disk Space WITH GEMINI SOLUTIONS

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t wasn’t so long ago when a personal computer’s storage was tiny. On today’s personal computers you can save thousands RIVRQJVDQGSKRWRVDQGKXQGUHGVRIÀOPVRQ your laptop depending on the size of the hard disk drive. So what does it all mean? Hard Disk Drive (HDD) This is where programs/apps and data are permanently stored. Space is measured in bytes. 1 Byte = 1 alphanumeric character 1KB (kilobyte) = 1024 bytes 1MB (Megabyte) = 1024kb 1GB (Gigabyte) = 1024MB 1TB (Terabyte) = 1024GB

To give you an idea: Films can be from 250MB to 5GB in size depending on the VSHFLĂ€FDWLRQVRQJVFDQEH0%HDFK3KRWRV can be at least 500 KB. So on a 500GB laptop you are going to be able to store thousands of songs, a huge number of photos and many Ă€OPV2QD*%L3DG\RXFDQVWRUHDIHZ Ă€OPVDQGORWVRIPXVLFDQGSKRWRV([SDQGWR cloud storage or external devices if you want to store more stuff. Saving your stuff to “the cloudâ€? means it’s saved on larger managed computers somewhere on the internet instead of being saved on your hard drive. This is so that your photos etc. can be accessed from your different devices such as your iPhone, your tablet and your laptop via the internet and can be shared easily with others if you want to. Your data should be secure and backed up when it’s stored on the cloud.


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Fireworks & Thunder! BY GLENN HODGSON www.apexvets.com

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s this is written we are hopefully coming to the end of the thunder storms of late July. It has been a busy week with calls about stressed pets, making us think forward to ERQÀUHQLJKW Many pets are very comfortable with loud noises. Some however have noise phobias that result in a huge degree of stress for themselves and their owners. We can help our pets in a lot of ways to prevent noise phobias and to treat them when present. In practice we see the most common cause of noise phobias actually being very well intended interactions from their owners.

First of all never punish your pet for being scared, this will make matters worse. Equally, do not over fuss your dog or cat. This vital point is missed by many who think they are doing the right thing by cuddling up to their scared pet. In actual fact, over-reassurance serves to reinforce the fear behaviour. It tells

your pet that they are right to be scared, and FRQÀUPVLQWKHLUPLQGWKDWWKHUHLVDUHDOWKLQJ to be scared of. It is far better for you to carry on as normal, being jolly, showing your pet that there is absolutely nothing to be worried about. We can use many other techniques to help our pets; these include noise desensitization, pheromones, hearty meals prior to the noise, HQYLURQPHQWDODOWHUDWLRQVDQGÀQDOO\PHGLFDO management.

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Local Love BY DON MCINTYRE

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had been planning to propose to Amanda for a while, but wanted it to be special. Something she’d remember for the rest of her life. A ‘standard’ proposal following a candlelit dinner wasn’t going to cut it. I wanted to create an experience that would signify the start of a magical journey that would culminate in an amazing wedding. It was while driving through Bridge of Allan one Saturday afternoon just before Christmas that it came to me. During the four years or so of living in Bridge of Allan we had fallen in love with the village and felt part of a warm, welcoming community. Saturday afternoons were often spent perusing the high street, popping into the various shops and cafés and running into friends. So, over the next couple of weeks I arranged a Christmas Eve treasure hunt for Amanda that involved her picking up a card and

‘The whole village was in on it...’ present at various locations along the high street. In each card I had written a little poem that expressed how I felt about her and provided a clue as to where to go next. Over the course of the journey the messages started to hint at the fact that it was going to EHDVLJQLÀFDQWHYHQLQJ7KHZKROHYLOODJH was in on it: the hairdressers, the Italian restaurant, the Westerton, even the chippy. I think there were 12 stops in total. The last clue suggested that a, by now very excited and slightly nervous Amanda, return to the house. On opening the front door a line of candles guided her to the balcony where I was waiting, on bended knee with a ring. We had an amazing wedding in Las Vegas.


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Wedding Weight Loss

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have been overweight for as long as I can remember. I had no incentive to lose weight and continued to pile on the pounds after having my two children. When I was 29, my ex-husband left me when I was seven months pregnant with our second child. I was depressed for months following the birth and losing weight was the last thing on my mind. I tried every diet under the sun but gave up on them all. I believed I was just “meant to be fat”. I would always be jealous of seeing my thin friends dressed to go out in lovely clothes while I was sat in the house lounging about in my size 18-20 pyjamas. My life began to improve when I met my new partner in 2005. He was so supportive, helped and encouraged me to get my life back on track. Again I tried numerous diets as I was so miserable with my weight but gave up after losing only a few pounds. My partner would always say, “There is nothing wrong with you, I love you the way you are” however I knew deep down this was not the case. Life circumstances continued to dominate my weight and diet plans. I was made redundant from my job and decided to go to university to study nursing, juggling studying, work placements and two children was hard enough without having to work on losing weight. Convenience was key; food was a solution to hunger not part of my lifestyle. My mum was then diagnosed with lung cancer, which greatly affected my motivation and ability to focus on my own health. My one and only dream was to reach my goal ZHLJKWDQGIHHOFRQÀGHQWIRUP\ZHGGLQJ$V the date drew nearer, I started trying on size 20 dresses. I could have burst into tears when I saw myself in the mirror. I needed something drastic to get this weight shifted for my wedding. I phoned Lighter Life and was told I would qualify for the Total programme because my BMI was above 30. This meant totally eliminating food from my everyday diet and only having 4 food packs per day. I made an appointment for the following night to go to an information session

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and speak with the councillor. She was so helpful and made me feel at ease. I was so determined and motivated that this was going to be the weight loss programme to give me the results I wanted! By attending my weekly classes I have learned how to change my attitude towards food and deal with the ups in downs in life without turning to food. I now appreciate that a treat isn’t always about putting food in my mouth but to treat myself to a nice beauty treatment, go for a walk or even have a hot bubble bath! ,KDYHVRPXFKFRQÀGHQFHQRZDQGGRQҋW shut myself away in the house with baggy clothes on, eating junk and making myself more miserable. I love to get out and socialise with friends. My energy levels have increased incredibly and I feel so much healthier. I now have a “get up and go” attitude rather than a “can’t be bothered” one. Lighterlife will always be part of my life and I still intend to see my councillor and ensure my weight is maintained. My councillor has been amazing and supported me through every step of my journey. I would never have done it without all the support Pamela gave me. A few years ago I would never have thought that I would turn my life around and gain a nursing degree and to top it all off.....lose 4 ½ stone.


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Something old, Something new, Something borrowed, Something blue... This saying dates back to Victorian time and the full version is “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in her shoe.â€? Something old and new represent the link with the bride’s family and her past, and good fortune and success in her new life. Something borrowed is to remind the bride that friends and family will be there when help is needed. Blue symbolises faithfulness and loyalty. Finally the sixpence in her shoe LV WR ZLVK WKH EULGH ZHDOWK ERWK Ă€QDQFLDO and happiness.


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Scotland’s King of Panto is back at macrobert! Win a family pass for 2 adults and Johnny McKnight stars in their brand new Christmas extravaganza Beauty And The Beast 2 children for Beauty & The Beast showing from 27 November - 5th January. on 17th at Macrobert Tickets on saleDecember now - call 01786 466666 or visit www.macrobert.org Once Upon A Time in a far, far, faraway land further than even Falkirk - lived a handsome young Prince and a beautiful young girl named Belle. Stirling Stella is not a happy place. The recession is STILL in full force. Bunty Buntock is worried about her two children, Belle and Sebastian. Belle is sick of men - especially her psycho-ex Gaston, who keeps slapping his thighs and declaring Belle his prize. All Belle wants is her equal (oh and to win the Stirling Stella Showchoir competition). Sebastian is tired of being the silly billy, if only the local evil witch Valentina Rizzla would notice him. And think on poor Prince Matthew Creepy-Crawley, FRQÀQHGWRWKHJURXQGRI%RXIÀQ$EEH\+HXVHGWR be the heart-throb of Stirling Stella, and now thanks to an evil curse he’s scarier than Bigfoot. Who would know that a stolen rose - and a 6KRZFKRLUÀQDOZRXOGFKDQJHWKHLUOLYHVIRUHYHU The greatest love story in the pantosphere as you’ve never heard it before. Part Grease, part 'RZQWRQ$EEH\DQGDZKROHORWRIIXQ

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Christmas Tips

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e can almost hear your cries of horror, “an article about Christmas, we haven’t even had Halloween!â€? I know, sorry, however for those of you single-handedly organising Christmas for family or friends the next few ZHHNVZLOOĂ \SDVWDWWKHVSHHGRI6DQWDŇ‹V VOHLJK6RKDYLQJMXVWĂ€OOHG\RXZLWKIHDU and dread, hopefully our handy Christmas tips will make it all better‌. Lists‌make lists, whether it be on post it notes, note pads or military precision excel spreadsheets will help keep you focused through the chaos of the season. Organise your diaryâ€Śâ€˜Tis the season to be social! Your diary will work hand in hand with your lists to help you countdown to social events, and even remember the last posting date before Christmas! Plan Christmas Dinner‌make a comprehensive shopping list and start

‘...the next few weeks will Ă \SDVWDWWKHVSHHGRI 6DQWDŇ‹VVOHLJKŇ‹ stocking up on unperishable items early KHOSV\RXĂ€QDQFLDOO\DQGDYRLGVDQ\PDQLF Christmas Eve shops). Be sure to keep all goodies locked away from any children, and make sure they are nowhere in sight when you break open the boxes of Milk Tray on Christmas Eve Dig out your decorations‌picture this – the Ă€QDOEDXEOHLVKXQJDQGVWDULVSODFHGSURXGO\ on the top of the tree, you switch the fairy lights on and.. nothing! Avoid tears at bedtime (probably yours) by testing all your lights and decorations well in advance. YOU WILL FIND LOTS OF CHRISTMAS GIFT IDEAS IN THE NEXT EDITION OF LOVE LOCAL


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