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s e l i F E L Y T S The Get ready for Summer and dress from head to toe in style Your best ever summer fashion choices with style expert Marilyn Thompson of The Fashion Class.

Cute dresses should be your summer staple for day to day wear and three dresses, one white, one black, and the other in a bright colour or print should safely see you through most of your summer requirements. You can dress them up with leg lengthening wedges or keep them smart casual with a ballerina pump and a relaxed fit lightweight cardigan, a fun and

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Colourful prints may not be your first choice of apparel, especially if you are used to a more monochrome palate but holidays and the warm summer months are the perfect time to go (a bit) wild with pretty, bright colours and patterns which can look amazing with sun kissed summer skin. There are some really lovely examples available like this fabulous jumpsuit from Lipsy, however for the less adventurous, try a pretty but bold top teamed with white jeans or colour block shorts for a less is more look. Team up with some well chosen accessories like statement ‘chandelier’ style drop earrings or some delicate bracelets in soft gold to really make your outfit pop.  


flirty sundress can also be used as a beach cover up teamed with flip flops. The dress - a true multi functional garment! 1946 was the year that a French engineer called Louis Reard created the bikini (as we know it) at first, no model would dare to wear his tiny design which could fit into a large matchbox as at the time it was scandalous - however, if you are feeling bikini ready this year then you could easily continue the colourful vibe through to your swimwear as there are so many choices. M&S has a good choice including this great well cut bikini, otherwise M&Co has a fantastic selection of flattering and exotic one pieces. To finish off your sizzling summer Sunglass Junkie look, there’s nothing quite like a great pair of sunglasses to add instant glamour and with the sheer variety of sunglasses increasing every year due to designer styles being quickly translated to more affordable high street copies, it’s really easy to find a style that suits you in shape and price.  The stand outs, for me this year were from Chanel with super alternatives from Primark and Sunglass Junkie.


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The Ardardan Estate has been in the hands

of the Montgomery family since 1996 and in that time they’ve lovingly restored the farm and business from the sorry neglected state it was found in. With hard work, ambition and imagination, May and Grant Montgomery with their daughters Sara and Sue plus a dedicated team have created a little haven on the north shore of the Clyde between Cardross and Helensburgh.. They are delighted to throw the gates of the estate open to visitors and proud of the reputation they have built for excellence. Visitors will find a restored walled garden on the banks of the river featuring a farm shop, garden nursery and tearoom that serves delicious home-made food and excellent produce. However, that’s not all. Ardardan also offers a glimpse into a working farm and a Woodland Walk.

The enchanting and peaceful walk yields something new whenever you visit. In spring there are carpets of colourful flowers and in autumn the trees glow as the leaves change colour. A stroll is the perfect way to work up an appetite for a treat in the tearoom. Alternatively pick up some treats in the Farm Shop and create your own picnic. Younger visitors are thrilled by a chance to meet some of the four-legged and feathered inhabitants of Ardardan. Pigs Ki and Wi are the star attraction, but other animals include the Texel sheep and lambs in the spring, Highland cows and hens. There are a host of special events this summer at Ardardan including regular Teddy Bears’ Picnics and a family fun sports day in August. It’s also a great place to host a farmingthemed children’s party. There are also sweet pea afternoon teas and cheese tasting evenings, check the website for more information.

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Summertime Foods and Beverages… and Your Smile During the summer, you’re probably going to attend a lot of parties, and with parties come a variety of beverages and snacks. Summertime drinks include soda, sports drinks, white wine, beer, and lemonade, and these drinks are loaded with sugar. A simple tip for counteracting the effects of these beverages, however, is to rinse your mouth with water regularly throughout the party. But don’t brush your teeth too soon after consuming acidic beverages. These drinks can soften enamel, and brushing while the enamel is soft can do more damage. Wait at least an hour before you brush!

Party foods can be dark in color and full of sugar as well. Dark foods contribute to stained teeth, and we all know what happens when you eat too much sugar! Cavities! But by rinsing your mouth after eating these dark and sugary foods, you can avoid staining and cavities — and a trip to the dentist during your summer for teeth whitening and a checkup can give your smile a boost! Did you also know that the chlorine in swimming pools can also affect and discolour your teeth? If the PH balance in the water isn’t right, then those that spend 6 hours or more in the pool can

suffer from this. Again, proper rinsing and brushing will help combat this. It’s pretty simple to keep your smile in shape during the summer months. Brushing, flossing, rinsing after food or drink, and regular trips to the dentist can help keep you looking and feeling your best. Now you just have to figure out how to stay cool! Stuart Davidson, Ivy Cottage Dental. Tel: 01475 521248.


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Cochran Dickie and the Vine Trust - Selling Houses to Build Houses The Vine Trust was established in 1985 in response to the famine in Ethiopia. It was set up by churches in Bo’ness, Falkirk, who felt compelled to do something. A small gift shop was born with the ethos that everyone can do something to help others. Since then, many successful projects have been undertaken in Peru and Africa. The one supported by Cochran Dickie helps vulnerable children in the Moshi area of Tanzania. The children being helped have become orphaned and are living on the streets as a result of their parents’ death. Most of the deaths are due to HIV/AIDS, but many are from treatable diseases such as TB and malaria. Vine Trust helps fund the building of village homes to avoid children drifting to the city streets and a city orphanage to rescue those already there. The maintenance and on-going running costs of the homes is being funded by local donors. The overall vision for the Vine Trust and their partners is to provide a safe home, food, education and love for the vulnerable children in the area.

They have begun with the construction of a home for 40 children, a school which educates 300 and a number of smaller homes in rural Moshi which provide a house for one ‘parent’ and a small number of children through a more ‘local community based’ project.

Festival for folky folk

Inverclyde- based Celtic fusion band Reely Jiggered are bringing a new music festival to the area this summer. Thanks to funding from Creative Scotland and Enterprise Music Scotland, The Folk for Folk Festival will burst into life between July 22 and August 3. Singer and fiddler Alison McNeil has put together a programme of Summer Folk Music Workshops for young people and adults, concerts showcasing the participants of the workshops, a concert featuring BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Robyn Stapleton, Reely Jiggered and David Douglas and a closing family ceilidh. Clyde Life Magazine

The workshops are for young people aged eight and over, and adults. The post beginner to intermediate workshop takes place on Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 July from 10am to 4pm. An intermediate to advanced workshop will go on from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 August from 10am to 4pm. In both cases, participants on their instrument will attend three days and received expert sectional and group sessions that focus on Scotland’s heritage and culture as well as look at the folk traditions of other cultures. Each group culminate in a concert on the last day.

Cochran Dickie Estate Agency have made a decision to donate to the Vine Trust who build houses in Tanzania for those without a home, a proportion from the sale of each house they sell, to help achieve this. You can see more at Tutors for both groups are highly experienced musicians who have performed all over the world and are keen to inspire, challenge and have fun. The workshops will be lead by Reely Jiggered’s Alison McNeil (fiddle and Scots song) and Fiona McNeill (guitar and drums). There will also be sessions with BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2014 Robyn Stapleton (Scots/ Gaelic song), David Douglas (vocal coach and singer-songwriter), Eleanor Holley (clarsach) & Reely Jiggered drummer Scott McLean. The workshops cost £35 for children and £60 for adults. Application forms are available from the www.reelyjiggered. website and take place at the Royal Gourock Yacht Club. Events wrap up with a concert on Saturday 2 August featuring BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year Robyn Stapleton, Reely Jiggered and David Douglas and a final fling at a family ceilidh on Sunday 3 August. For more information and tickets visit | 13

Native Plants to fill your garden with colour

Fox Gloves

With a huge array of colourful plants available from garden centres, expertly sourced from around the globe, we are continuously spoiled when it comes to choosing new plants for our garden. Fabulous flowers and tropical foliage can bring an incredibly lush feel to a garden, but don’t overlook the natural beauty of our native plants just because they’re right outside your door. Many of the plants native to the UK flower in spring, such as sweetly delicately scented primroses, even the invasive cow parsley looks great en-masse in spring. Then there are the striking red poppies which adorn the fields mid-way through the year. Wild, hardy Geraniums grow in the most unlikely places and are very happy naturalised in grasses, proudly showing off their ‘Chelsea purple’ flowers. The stunning blooms of the pasque flower are perfectly displayed over foamy foliage and are low growing and very well behaved (perfect for the modern gardener). Their hairy seed heads also look fun long after the flowers have faded. May and June is showtime for the foxgloves whose tall slender stems carry beautiful purple and white spires of flowers which will seed prolifically and brighten a dull corner. Take care if you have small children though as foxgloves are poisonous if ingested.

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The Asian moth orchids are popular houseplants, but our wild orchid is a plant to treasure. Often found in woodland settings, the purple flowers lurk around on the cool and shady forest floor. For a similar native, more easily available to buy and worth planting this month, look for Colchicums or naked ladies … so called as they produce their flowers well before the leaves appear. The bulbs are quite expensive individually, but quickly bulk up if happy, and will very soon provide you with a flower that will become an interesting talking point. Commonly known as the Autumn Crocus, it does seem strange to see it in flower in September, but it has to be one of my favourite native bulbs. Using native plants can also mean a higher rate of success, even in our variable climate, so if your fingers are not so green, it’s harder to kill these plants … they’re born survivors! Happy summer gardening

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Saturday 19th July, 8pm. You’ve heard of The Moonwalk – well this is the Dunoon Walk and over 100 people from near and far are expected to turn out for this inaugural fundraiser for Cowal and Ardgowan Hospices. Ardgowan Hospice in Greenock is a wonderful centre of care for those living with a serious, life limiting illness. Established in 1981, the team at Ardgowan Hospice care for and support over 1000 people from the Inverclyde area each year.

organiser’s, Susan Hoy tells us “We can all imagine that being diagnosed with, and facing the reality of coping with a terminal illness would be a devastating blow for anyone. The type of care, on both a physical and spiritual level that is offered by the nurses and staff at both Cowal Hospice and Ardgowan Hospice is immeasurable. This is our chance, as a community, to show our appreciation and admiration for everything that they do, by raising awareness and funds towards important equipment’. Susan’s co-organiser Colin Moulson of PA23 BID, the Dunoon private businesses funded project said, ‘You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic by any means to take part, but you do need to enjoy walking, blethering and having fun! We would love to welcome participants from outwith the Dunoon community and will be encouraging people from across the

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New location same excellent service at MacDonald & Co Readers of the magazine who have been passing by the Eldon Street offices of our regular Money Matters contributors MacDonald & Co. will have seen this in the windows. Robert MacDonald and his team have moved to new premises at Kempock Place in Gourock, a short half-mile walk away. The firm’s new home was, for more than 40 years, a branch of the Royal Bank of Scotland, until MacDonald & Co bought it at the end of last year. Robert said: “We are leaving the previous property at Eldon Street with very mixed feelings. We built the company from nothing in 2003 and through sheer hard work, investment into the business, passion and commitment to our strong investment beliefs, the company grew to where we are today. “I am proud, delighted and incredibly privileged to have such a great team, headed by Janice Kelly the Business Support Director. It could not have been done without our tenacious commitment to the pursuit of excellence - it was very much a team effort. “The new property is bigger and better than the previous one, and, whilst the investment into the business has been substantial, I feel it was very much the right thing to do and worth every penny.” The new building has been beautifully refurbished including renovating the elegant ceiling features. The result is soothing and impressive. New features include a bespoke reception desk that is in keeping with the aesthetics of the property. Robert added: “It was very important to me to make a statement in the new property and the clients who have been to see us already have been impressed. “We have a feature wall showing pictures of old Gourock that we intend to keep changing. I’m in contact with the Watt Museum and also local artist Tom Johnstone as it’s our intention to keep this display fresh showing new images or bringing back old favourites.

“We also have installed state-of-the-art technology and infrastructure behind the scenes to ensure that we are at the cutting edge of a modern family wealth office.”

When Clyde Life recently visited the premises to congratulate Robert, Janice and the team, the most enthusiastic greeting came from Pippa the office dog. Janice said: “Robert’s Border Terrier Pippa is delighted to be the poster star of the moving picture and she has settled down very well in her new homefrom-home. “Our clients just love her and she is always pleased to show her appreciation with her usual tricks.”

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XX Commonwealth Games Events at Battery Park and Coronation Park

Dirty Dancing – Dance-along Movies Pre-Film Workshop – 7:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014 – 8:30pm Cost £5.00

Tam Dean Burn’s Marathon Storytelling Cycle Challenge – Inverclyde Monday 14th July 2014 – 11:00am Coronation Park, Port Glasgow and Battery Park, Greenock As part of Culture 2014, Tam Dean Burn will follow the Queen’s Baton Relay (QBR) route across Scotland, starting on June 14 in Edinburgh, endeavouring to read all 181 books and sing all the published songs written by former Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson (The Gruffalo ) to children along the route, travelling as much as possible by bicycle. Bookbug Celebrates the Queens Baton Relay  14th July 2014 – 1.30pm Coronation Park, Port Glasgow    Youth in the Park’s XX Commonwealth Games Celebrations  14th July 2014 – All Day Battery Park, Greenock

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Journeys to Glasgow – We Want Your Stories 12th July 2014 – 7:30pm  As part of the 2014 cultural programme, award winning comediennes Janey Godley and Ashley Storrie will be coming to the Beacon to deliver their side splitting stand-up comedy show. Part of a national tour, you are invited to meet Janey and Ashley after the performance and tell them your story of a trip to the dear, green place. Some of the stories they gather around the country will be collated into a film, celebrating our nation’s storytelling abilities. So come and join the storytelling party. This event is free. To book please call the box office on 01475 723723

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See the film Dirty Dancing with your host Chris Stuart-Wilson. Everyone joins in with a warm-up led by Chris and learns some moves from key moments in the film. Yes and of course this includes “Nobody puts baby in a corner”. The film begins and you join in at the right points, breaking into a huge shakedown for the finale. There is also the opportunity for dance fans to take part in a PreFilm workshop and then, when the audience arrive, the group will show off what they’ve learned as a curtain-raiser. To book the workshop please contact us on: 01475 723723 The Queen’s Baton Relay at The Beacon 14th July 2014 – 3.30pm The Queen’s Baton Relay arrives at The Beacon. Join us and add your voice to the cheer, helping the Baton on its way to open the XX Commonwealth Games.  Let the Games Begin  Friday 18th July 2014 – 2:30pm – 7:30pm  ‘Let The Games Begin!’ commissioned by Inverclyde Council, written by local composer Alan Beck and performed by the school pupils of Inverclyde. This energetic, moving story / musical of the journey of young Jock McPhail will warm the cockles of your heart! Will Young Jock win the gold medal in the Commonwealth games? Will Tommy’s school project be good enough to win four tickets to the opening ceremony? This event is free. To book please call the box office on 01475 723723 @clydelifemag

Live Music at The Beacon Kevin McDermott Friday 25th July – 7:30PM Cost £12.00

Kevin McDermott has been long regarded as one of the foremost songwriters and performers to come out of Scotland. He has enjoyed an international reputation through touring and recording with the Kevin McDermott Orchestra and also as a solo artist. He has shared stages with many of the best known names in the music industry. His current catalogue of 10 studio albums have been universally acclaimed for their musicianship and quality of writing. His composing skills have been compared to those of Bob Dylan, Lennon, Richard Thompson and Neil Young. Phil & Aly Thursday 21st August 2014 – 7:30pm 

Cost £16.00 In 1988, two members from two of Scotland’s leading bands, “The Boys of The Lough” and “Silly Wizard”, came together to work on a television series. You could say “the rest is history”. Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham enjoyed performing together so much that they decided to have a small tour that year. That was beginning of a remarkable working relationship and friendship that has endured and continued to thrive taking them all over the world. Clyde Life Magazine

Only One Direction - Midnight Memories Tour Friday 29th August 2014 – 7:00pm Cost £12.00 –15.00 The world’s original and best One Direction tribute band come to Beacon Arts Centre as part of their 2014 theatre tour! Traveling all over the UK, Europe, as far out as Dubai and having played to over 200,000 people; Only One Direction have secured themselves as the most popular band on the market.

Jimmie MacGregor – a Gathering of Songs, Stories and Famous Folk Friday 5th September 2014 – 7:30pm Cost £12.00 Teaming up with Robin Hall in the 50’s, Jimmie appeared 5 nights weekly on the BBC’S Tonight Show – for 4 years! Hugely influential in the folk music revival, he toured the world appearing in countless venues from The Albert and Festival Halls, to the smallest Folk clubs.With 20 albums to their credit Jimmie and Robin went to host the White Heather Club and recorder the now legendary anthem single “Football Crazy” In his live show ‘Jimmie MacGregor’s Gathering of Songs, Stories and Famous Folk’ Jimmie talks about his life, the stories, songs and interviews with the likes of John Wayne and Tarzan. A relaxed and humorous show, visuals and music intersperse to create a truly special evening.


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Arran By Ellen Arnison

Arran. Everyone knows all about it. It’s lovely, it’s over there and we all remember going as kids, don’t we? Fond memories of ice cream on the seafront or exploring the glens is all very well, but isn’t it time you gave Arran a second look? It may be known as the Sleeping Warrior, but the largest island in the Firth of Clyde has hardly been snoozing in recent times. Arran has staked its claim as one of Scotland’s top tourist destinations with something for everyone. There are gourmet foodstuffs, adrenaline-fuelled adventures and the most luxurious pampering imaginable. Arran cheeses, chocolates, oatcakes, chutneys and mustards alongside fresh smoked produce are guaranteed to tempt the most jaded of taste buds and it can all be washed down by Arran’s own beers and whiskies. This profusion of food and drink production has come in tandem with a growth in high class restaurants and cafes. The perennial challenge of climbing Goat Fell has now been joined by a huge number of other adventurous activities. Of course, the island has long been a popular destination for walkers and cyclists, but there’s now no need to stop there. Thrill-seekers can participate in sea kayaking, gorge walking, climbing, archery, riding in fast boats and even join all-terrain vehicle safaris. Elsewhere, utter indulgence is the thing. Whether you opt for a spa resort or exquisite boutique hotel, the people of Arran know how to make sure you leave feeling totally relaxed. Clyde Life Magazine

Of course, the undeniable natural charms of spectacular mountains and sweeping beaches are as alluring as ever. And the peace and friendliness of the island is the same as it ever was. Tourists from all over the world know this very well and make their way to this little gem year after year. Numbers do increase, but the island’s isolation ensures there’s never anything like a crowd. But what about us, Arran’s neighbours? It’s time we caught the ferry to find out what the fuss is all about. Even if there’s only time for a day trip – Arran’s attractions can make visitors feel like they’ve travelled so much further. In a day, you can climb a hill, spot an Eagle, catch some fish, find some tranquillity or learn a skill. And that’s just for starters. Isn’t it time you made the short trip to Arran and discovered just how far a visit there can take you? | 23

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Is biomass the answer for your home energy? As the price of fossil fuels continue to rise and the drive to cut carbon emissions increases, one option on the table is to heat homes using wood or other plant matter. Wood-fuelled heating systems, also called biomass systems, burn wood pellets, chips or logs to provide warmth in a single room or to power central heating and hot water boilers. A stove burns logs or pellets to heat a single room - and may be fitted with a back boiler to provide water heating as well. A boiler burns logs, pellets or chips, and is connected to a central heating and hot water system. A wood-fuelled boiler could save you up to £650 a year compared to old electric heating. Wood fuel for a biomass system is generally cheaper than other heating options although the price does vary. However, schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive may be available to help with the cost. Of course, for many people, the main incentive for installing wood-fuelled heating systems is that they are a low-carbon option. The carbon dioxide emitted when wood is burned is the same amount as was absorbed when the plant was growing. When considering converting to biomass, it is worth bearing in mind that the boilers are generally

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larger than traditional boilers and that you will need somewhere to store the fuel (logs or pellets) and access for deliveries if you are going to buy in bulk to ensure the best price. The advantage is that you can stock-pile fuel for colder months. You will also need a flue that complies with all the regulations for wood-burning appliances. A woodfuelled system can usually be incorporated into your existing heating system. Wood-fuelled boilers, stoves and heaters should be kept clean and swept regularly to remove ash. This depends on the appliance but it is important to keep it running properly. It’s also necessary to sweep chimneys and flue pipes regularly. You may be eligible for help with installation costs under the Government’s Green Deal scheme. To find out more, contact Ian Gillespie of Streetwise Energy (see page opposite for details). Ian is passionate about making sure people’s homes are the most energy efficient they can be – saving householders money and helping the environment. As an energy assessor and Green Deal adviser he is the best person to advise on the suitability of biomass for your home, or business, and the easiest and most cost-effective way to install a system. | 27

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Movies for the Holidays From 17th July

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 12A A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species.

From 18th July:

Pudsey the Dog U A heartwarming, quintessentially British adventure for all the family, PUDSEY THE DOG: THE MOVIE follows cheeky London stray dog, Pudsey, who is quite happy being a lone ranger, looking out for number one

From25th July:

The Purge: Anarchy 15 A young couple works to survive on the streets after their car breaks down right as the annual purge commences.

From 31st July:

Guardians of the Galaxy 12A In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.

Earth to Echo PG After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.

Hercules 12A Having endured his legendary twelve labors, Hercules, the Greek demigod, has his life as a sword-for-hire tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek his aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord.

The House of Magic U Thunder, an abandoned young cat seeking shelter from a storm, stumbles into the strangest house imaginable, owned by an old magician and inhabited by a dazzling array of automatons and gizmos.

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From 1st August:

Planes: Fire & Rescue U When world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting.

The Nut Job U An incorrigibly self-serving exiled squirrel finds himself helping his former park brethren raid a nut store to survive, that is also the front for a human gang’s bank robbery.                      Step Up: All In 12A All-stars from the previous Step Up instalments come together in glittering Las Vegas, battling for a victory that could define their dreams and their careers.


Live at the Waterfront 20th July

28th September

Monty Python Live (mostly)

Billy Elliot The Musical Live

24th July

Monty Python Live (encore)

- Special Performance

Starring John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones Knotted hankies at the ready: it’s Monty Python’s historic last stand broadcast live from London’s O2 Arena. It’s been more than three decades since they last appeared on stage together for a Hollywood Bowl show. But now surviving Pythons John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin - combined age: 357! - are dusting down those classic comedy routines for their final farewell. There was a phenomenal demand for tickets when this run of ten reunion shows at the O2 Arena was announced. Now audiences can join in the fun as the Last Night of Monty Python is broadcast live in glorious HD. The legendary quintet promise a selection of their finest sketches with modern, topical and suitably Python-esque twists. It’s certain to be one of the greatest live events of the year, as well as an emotional experience for the Pythons and their fans. Expect laughter and tears. But mostly laughter.

The Musical will be broadcast live to cinemas from its home at London’s Victoria Palace Theatre. One of the most celebrated, award-winning musicals on stage today, Billy Elliot has been dazzling London’s West End since 2005, and has gone on to captivate audiences around the world. Set in a northern mining town, against the background of the 1984/’85 miners’ strike, Billy Elliot is the inspirational story of a young boy’s struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy’s journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and whole community and Clyde Life has two pairs changes his life forever. of tickets to give away With unforgettable music to see Billy Elliot. by Elton John, sensational To be in with a chance dance and a powerful of winning visit storyline, this astonishing and click theatrical experience will on competitions. stay with you forever.

Waterfront Opera Season

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Handa Opera at Sydney Harbour

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Andre Rieu’s Maastricht 2014 (10th Anniversary) Concert

New York Met Opera

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October 11th Verdi’s Macbeth October 18th Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro November 1st Bizet’s Carmen November 22nd Rossini’s The Barber of Seville December 13th Wagner’s Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg

RSC Live: The Two Gentlemen Of Verona September 4th

NT Live: Medea

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The teen STYLE Files Now that the we are well into summer, Holly from The FASHION Class is back with all the latest news on fashion, beauty and all the must have gadgets.


Look American Varsity of the This summer, a popular Month trend is preppy with sporty influences, inspired by university style from America. Think cute skirts, printed tops, ankle socks and denim with red, white and blue accents. Find the best selection of Varsity style from Asos.

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Everyone wants a glowing complexion in summer, so find a lightweight foundation such as Rimmel Wake Me Up, containing SPF 15, which gives a fresh and way dewy finish and A scrunchie is a cool look. protects your ity vars the te ple com to from skin too! Find the best selection range big a e hav o wh p sho Top les. sty and ns of cute patter


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Classic Cars at Erskine Saturday 12th July, 11.00 until 16.00 Entry: ÂŁ2 per adult, kids go free

Come along and join in the excitement of Erskine’s annual Classic Car Show. There will be a variety of fantastic classic cars to view along with food, entertainment, raffles, an auto jumble and stalls to browse.

Location: Erskine Estate, Bishopton

All profits go to caring for ex-Service men and women.

There will be many classic car clubs in attendance to support Erskine. If you or your club would like to show your vehicle(s) at the Erskine Classic Car Show please call David Benstead on 0141 814 4730 or visit for a registration form. Erskine is the trading name of Erskine Hospital. Scottish Charity No. SC006609

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Summer – time for easy living Moira McWhirter of Sterling Construction

One of the best features of life in the West of Scotland is free. It’s the unique quality of the light in all its colour-changing, dappling intensity. Our long summer evenings are the best time to drink them in. Treat your garden like another room in your house, using sheltering walls and pillowy seats to form a personal space where you can work, relax and entertain. As well as eye-catching colours, surround yourself with aromatics reminiscent of holidays: creeping honeysuckle, brilliant buddleia and night-scented phlox. Fill pretty terracotta pots with edible nasturtiums, and nurture mint in a handy hanging basket, ready to be plucked and dropped into long iced drinks. Thoughtful garden access, such as sliding glass doors, blurs the line between indoors and out. Such flowing space can be seductive, encouraging party guests to drift outside. With outdoor furnishings visible from within, it makes sense to dress garden rooms in similar styles

to interiors. The garden is then visually drawn inside, shaping interior rooms and highlighting natural motifs and sunny colour schemes. There’s a magic to dining under the stars. As the long summer days melt into balmy nights, dine outdoors under your private starry dome of twinkling lights. Hanging a set of miniature glass lanterns from your patio umbrella creates the effect of an enchanting chandelier.

Raspberry mojito

Muddle a handful of fresh mint leaves, 3 raspberries, the juice of a lime and two teaspoons of sugar in your cocktail shaker add plenty of ice and 3 tbsp. (45ml) spiced rum and shake for 15 seconds. Pour into a tall glass, and top with sparkling water.

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Farmers Market 3rd Weekend of the Month 10am - 2pm Erskine Garden Centre

Bringing the best of Scottish produce to Erskine. Fresh from the wilds and ready to be selected by you, feast on a wonderful array of meats, game and fish. With delicious cheeses, preserves, gluten free baking and more, there is something to suit all tastes. Located at the Erskine Garden Centre, free parking is also available. Continues 3rd Weekend of every month.

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The Transition to Primary School

“With a little forethought and preparation, moving to school will be a happy and successful milestone in your child’s life” Curriculum For Excellence 2010

This guide, by Mariessa Devlin of Enchanted Forest Nursery, will help you support your child on the daunting step up to primary school. However, if your child has been in a childcare setting since they were a few months old, they will have actively (and discreetly) been prepared for school since their early years. The most important time for children moving to primary school is the ‘pre-school’ year. During this phase, nursery staff take a more focused approach to the learning experiences, whilst still being led by the children’s interests. While the details of school enrolment programmes are set by local authorities, most are very robust and schools use various methods to engage the child and their family well ahead of the start date. All children, however, will find starting school easier the more independent they are. Therefore, it’s helpful to do the following: ■ Encourage your child to go to the toilet on their own ■ Ensure school clothing is easy for your child to manage ■ Consider school uniform choices on PE days. If the school has a poloshirt option, this is great for a PE day until your child can confidently tie their school tie ■ Consider your child’s shoe fastenings. If they can’t tie laces, then think about another kind of fastening. ■ Consider meal routines at home – sitting for meals, using cutlery - so children transfer these skills to school ■ Encourage your child to find and use a tissue for their nose, wash their hands, tidy up, share and take turns. ■ Positively discuss school, possibly taking your child to see the building and playground and by acknowledging that they may be feeling a little apprehensive, even if they appear excited about a new uniform or school bag. Clyde Life Magazine

Some points to remember: ■ Primary schools do not expect children to be able to write when they start. It is far more important that they have had plenty of opportunity to build up the control in their hands. When the teacher begins to teach formal handwriting, children with welldeveloped muscle control will learn to write with ease. Here’s what you can do: – Activities involving drawing, painting, colouring and cutting will help co-ordination. – Construction toys aid dexterity and imagination. – Card and word games and jigsaws all help with pre-reading skills. – Exposure to books fosters a life-long love of reading ■ It does help if your child can recognise their own name but remember not to write in capitals: For example: Claire not CLAIRE

■ Treat it as a natural step in your

child’s life.

■ Children take their outlook from you

so if your experience was not a happy one, your child does not need to know, and theirs will be different.

Starting school is a very exciting time and during the weeks prior to leaving nursery, staff there will be talking about this transition, using role-play to develop familiarity with ‘big’ school and may have arranged visits from reception class teachers and a visit to the school. Primary 1 teachers are highly trained and, more, importantly understand the importance of their job as they take a child and start them on their journey through school, fostering a love of learning. Although an emotional time for some families, your child will embrace primary school and most children cope very well with their new learning environment. | 39

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