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7 Abbey Vets Coniston Challenge 8 The Style Files 11 Introducing Darren Kelsey 13 Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk and

20 Getting ready for winter 24 Scotland’s Boat Show 27 Wedding Features 32 Teen Style Files 35 New talent at One Union 42 Beacon Arts Centre 44 Waterfront Cinema 46 Autumn Gardening


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Abbey Vets Raising Money for Guide Dogs

A team from Abbey Vets is taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for Guide Dogs by participating in the Coniston Challenge on 13th September 2014. This challenge tests the stamina and teamwork of everyone taking part in one of the most beautiful and rugged parts of the United Kingdom. The team imaginatively named “Abbey to Help” is made up of vets Susan Farr and Karin Jamieson, nurses Kelly Bole and Andrew McHale, receptionist Kerri Rushbrook and kennel assistant Andrea MacPherson. They will walk to the summit of The Old Man of Coniston, cycle 12km through Grizedale Forest and paddle in canoes across Coniston Water.

After months of training and preparation, the team aims to raise a minimum of £2000 to support Guide Dogs’ vital work providing more four legged heroes and other services to give freedom, mobility and independence to people who are blind or partially sighted. Susan commented, “We currently have twenty guide dogs registered with the practice. They are examined regularly to ensure they are able to continue to provide the support and assistance that their owners need. The challenge will allow us to contribute a little additional help to the charity through fund-raising as well as having some fun and testing ourselves to the limit.” Fiona Froude, Guide Dogs’ Events Team, said: “It costs around £50,000 to support each guide dog from birth to retirement and, as our guide dog service receives no government funding, every penny raised will make a life-changing difference to people who are blind or partially sighted.” Further information on all Guide Dogs’ events visit

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s e l i F E L Y T S The The Top Fashion Trends for Autumn and Winter Next seasons’ fashion choices with style expert Marilyn Thompson of The Fashion Class. When it comes to fashion, Autumn/Winter is my favourite season, it just seems, well, easier to dress better whilst wrapped in cosy layers and refreshing your wardrobe is easy, just take your pick from the best of the fabulous new trends. Shops are already showcasing their new collections. Here are my top five: Fairytale: Fashion fantasies were created when the runway girls at Dolce & Gabbana and Valentino stalked the catwalk wearing amazing clothes taken straight from the pages of a couture fashion fairytale. Beautiful detailed embroidery featured heavily on sublime fabrics creating clothes that had an ever so slightly gothic feel, which for me made them even better – more Grimm’s Fairytales than Disney princess! Capes played a huge part in this trend with oversized fur trimmed hoods and lavish embroidered sections, they were simply enchanting. I want one! (maybe fairytales will come true?)

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The 1960’s: Think London in the swinging 1960’s. This trend features really wearable clothes with a modern vibe. Easy to wear A line shift dresses with long sleeves and high necks are perfect for comfortable but smart daywear, you can choose from graphic and bold vintage inspired prints or keep to neutral block colours, either way when teamed up with opaque tights and knee high shiny boots or flats, this look is an all round winner. Suits: At the other end of the fashion spectrum, tailored classic suits for women were shown on lots of designer’s runways. Whilst still being undoubtedly an androgynous look, some designers, like Ralph Lauren and Stella McCartney choose to nod towards a slightly more feminine look by using clever cutting techniques to create a less masculine shape and using more female orientated colours and fabrics. There’s a shape that will suit everyone.


Sportswear: Sports and athletic style fashion isn’t going anywhere, if anything it is getting stronger as women realise the need for smart but easy to wear clothes. Translating easily through ages, anyone can adapt this trend with the sheer variety and choice of clothes and accessories to suit their own lifestyle. Sports inspired footwear is still dominating the catwalks and the shops (hooray) as the classic trainer goes with just about everything and is perfect for busy, active women. If you feel like splashing out then Chanel featured trainers in their signature tweed fabric. Take your chequebook! Novelty Prints: Okay, not perhaps clothes you would want

to wear every day but still worth noting as there will be no getting away from novelty prints and motifs as the high street will be full of filtered down designer versions. Jeremy Scott from Moschino kick started this trend by showing his McDonalds fast food inspired collection of clothes and accessories by sending his models down the runway in red and yellow uniforms with bags in the shape of French fries in their carton! Anya Hindmarsh also showed an amazing selection of handbags that looked like they came straight from the shelves of the local supermarket. Choose your favourite from Frosties, Cornflakes, Custard Creams or even Daz washing powder. Autumn and Winter Fashion Loud & fun certainly not boring!

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Darren is a highly skilled patient focused Clinical Dental Technician; he started his career as an apprentice Dental Technician working in NHS dental laboratorys manufacturing dental appliances for dentists throughout Scotland. Darren is extremely passionate about his work. His main focus is on quality, providing fixed and removable treatment solutions for his patients. He continues to progress his knowledge on various courses throughout the UK and abroad, keeping up to date with the latest developments in dentistry. Ivy Cottage and Darren Kelsey are rolling out the following treatments. Denture stabilisation – If you have loose or ill-fitting dentures, your ability to eat and speak may become affected. Due to advances in dentistry, there is now a procedure whereby your denture can be fixed to your jaw with dental implants. This treatment, known as implant overdentures or denture stabilisation, offers patients with dentures a more permanent solution and can improve your quality of life significantly. You will be able to enjoy your favourite foods again and feel comfortable smiling, safe in the knowledge that your dentures are staying put. Clyde Life Magazine

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Across The Generations It’s back! After a very successful first year with over 1,000 tickets sold, Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival returns, thanks to Riverside Inverclyde.

The festival, held again at The Beacon, opens with a spectacular concert that received a standing ovation at Celtic Connections. “Far, Far From Ypres” tells of an everyman Scot in WW1, brilliantly written and directed by Ian McCalman. The Greenock show features a folksinger cast of 25 folk stars, and is narrated by Iain Anderson. The wonderful Karen Matheson returns, fresh from singing to 1 billion people at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games, as do the kings of folk’n’roll, Scocha, and the legendary Alastair McDonald, who both had sold out shows last year. Emily Smith, another Transatlantic Sessions regular plays an intimate Studio Theatre show. Great shows continue with the folk music institution that is Gaberlunzie;

Inverclyde’s increasingly successful Yvonne Lyon on a double bill with Moira Kerr (of “Where Eagles Fly” fame); and Amber Road, whose recent signing to a US label was featured on STV. Inverclyde acts include The Wherries, Davy Nicol, Gordon McKenzie, John Morgan, Martin Jones, Dave Mac and Lynnie Carson. The Session is open to Inverclyde new-to-the-festival acoustic performers, subject to programme capacity. Registration details are available in the festival programme and on the Facebook page “Inverclyde’s Scottish Folk & Roots Festival”. Festival organiser Neil Lochiel said “This remains a great value-for-money festival bringing established and new artists of real quality to Inverclyde. A thousand people from 8 to their mid 80’s enjoyed last year’s shows. This year’s line-up will build on that. Don’t miss out!”. Book early for advance purchase reductions. Tickets: 01475 723723 or Free festival programme: 01475 755080

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Sunday 5th October 7.30pm: Far, Far From Ypres. Concessionary tickets of £10 available to all, subject to availability, until 4th October, thereafter £15 Sunday 5th October 3pm: The Session. Tickets free. Saturday 18th October 7.30pm: Karen Matheson Band, with support from John Morgan. Concessionary tickets of £12.50p available to all, subject to availability, until 17th October, thereafter £15 Saturday 25th October 7.30pm: Scocha, with support from The Wherries. Concessionary tickets of £10 available to all, subject to availability, until 24th October, thereafter £12.50p Friday 31st October 8pm: Alastair McDonald, with support from Martin Jones. Concessionary tickets of £8 available to all, subject to availability, until 30th October, thereafter £10 Saturday 1st November 8pm: Yvonne Lyon, Moira Kerr double bill. Concessionary tickets of £8 available to all, subject to availability, until 31st October, thereafter £10 Friday 7th November 8pm: Amber Road, with support from Dave Mac. Concessionary tickets of £5 available to all, subject to availability, until 6th November, thereafter £8


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Money Matters In this edition of the magazine we asked our regular Money Matters contributor Robert MacDonald his thoughts and views on a subject that is often overlooked simply because of the pace of life. Good money management is about more than just being able to afford the essentials. It’s about being able to cope with the unexpected and grow your wealth. If you’re concerned about your money management skills, the tips below might help you figure out what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it.

Signs You Have Poor Money Management Skills: 1. You always have a balance on your Credit Card Everyone should know by now that credit cards are one of the most expensive forms of debt. Carrying a balance from month to month, and paying interest, is an easy way to throw your money away. Some people get hooked on credit cards because they are chasing points for rewards like flights, gift cards and cash back. But if you’re paying any sort of interest on those cards, then the numbers just don’t stack up. The fix: If you do regularly carry a balance, look to consolidate it to a no-frills, low-rate credit card -- and then focus on paying it off. 2. You’re constantly getting late fines and Overdraft Fees If you are regularly getting hit with late

penalties and overdraft fees, it’s a sign you aren’t in control of your money. Perhaps you let the bills sit on the kitchen table unopened. Or you don’t check your bank account balance before going on a shopping spree and accidentally overspend, getting hit with an overdraft penalty. These fees and penalties are such a waste of money, because you get no benefit from the payment. The fix: Have a system whereby you open and schedule bills and other payments as soon as you receive them. And check your balance before you head out, so you know how much you can spend. 3. You Aren’t Saving for the Future Sure it’s nice to treat yourself with your hard-earned money today, but if you aren’t putting away even a little bit of your earnings for the future, then you’re going to have a very boring retirement. With many Scots not saving nearly enough for their retirement, this is a money management issue that can have serious long-term consequences. The good news is you don’t need to put away massive amounts of your income now. The power of compounding interest means that even a small amount saved today can equal thousands in the future. The fix: Start researching the best retirement option for your finances, then direct a portion of your income to that account -- even a small amount will mean a more secure retirement. 4. You Don’t Have Emergency Savings Unfortunately, emergencies happen all the time. If you don’t have a bit of

cash saved away for those out-of-theblue events then you’ll be left relying on credit - or worse, unable to pay your bills. Having savings set aside also gives you freedom. Can’t stand your flatmate? You’ve got the funds to move out and find your own place. Boss giving you grief? An emergency fund will tide you over while you change jobs. The fix: Set aside a set amount each month and pay into a high-interest, online-only account. You want to make it hard for you to access your money frequently, but relatively easy to get at in a hurry. 5. You Don’t Know Where Your Money Is Going Does this sound familiar? Your salary deposited into your bank account, you pay a few bills that are due, visit the ATM for some cash, go to the ATM again and buy that top that’s just gone on sale. Then it’s two days before payday and there’s £5 in your account. Where’d it all go? Without a good idea of where your money is going, all of your other financial goals are that much harder to meet. If you’re constantly short of cash, then you’re more likely to use your credit card. And then you’re just that much more behind next month. The fix: Start making it a habit to look at your bank statement every week and consider each purchase. By looking at your account each week, you’ll start to see patterns in your spending and become more aware of where your money black holes are. And that’s the first step to turning your bad money habits around.

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Take a look through some keyholes during Inverclyde’s Doors Open Days Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 September will be your chance to have a look inside more than 40 of Inverclyde’s most interesting venues during Scotland’s annual Doors Open Days event. Venues across Inverclyde, ranging from Greenock fire station, Inverclyde Council’s materials recycling facility to more traditional buildings such as the Dutch Gable House in William Street, the Beacon Arts Centre and a wide range of churches and museums, will be opening their doors free to the public. Both traditional and modern architecture are all part of the mix, which allows people to step over the threshold of buildings they would not normally be able to. New buildings this year include the new £44 million Port Glasgow Community Campus, the Tobacco Warehouse on Clarence Street, as well as part of the iconic Custom House, (now occupied by Toshiba) and HM Prison Greenock.


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Other highlights for this year’s event include Inverclyde’s Great War exhibition to commemorate the start of World War I which is being staged at the McLean Museum. Inverclyde Tourist Group will be running a series of bus tours around the area, including one along the route of the new Heritage Inverclyde Coastal trail and another featuring locations used by the BBC TV Waterloo Road series. The Loch Thom and the Greenock Cut Visitor Centre tour includes a 40-minute walk led by Clyde Muirshiel Regional Park Rangers.

“There’s something for everyone, whatever their age or interest, in this year’s Inverclyde’s Doors Open Day programme,” said Environment and Regeneration Convenor Michael McCormick. “Doors Open provides local people and visitors to Inverclyde with an opportunity to catch a glimpse of some of the area’s hidden gems, uncovering a rich history which they may not have been aware of. There is literally something for all the family to enjoy and I encourage everyone to get out and about to learn more about the Inverclyde’s magnificent heritage.” Doors Open Days take place throughout Scotland during September and are part of European Heritage Days. For full details and to find out more about Inverclyde’s Doors Open Day, please visit: www.doorsopendays. or visit to download the programme.

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Give your Home A Facelift before Winter sets in

There is absolutely no excuse for living in a dowdy, uninteresting and bad environment. And in today’s home owning society it has never been easier to achieve eye-catching and comfortable results. There are user-friendly materials and tools in all the DIY stores and they are more than ready with help and advice. Home style magazines carry features and articles on how to do the necessary jobs. And on television there are programmes almost daily, showing how great changes can be achieved with a little imagination and not a lot more. First of all you need to wander round stores to see exactly what is on offer. Most of the larger stores have exhibition style displays that suggest a variety of colours, textures and materials being used together for a variety of effects. Colour charts show the range of paint and varnish colours available and many stores have paint mixing machines that will produce thousands of subtly different shades - enough to match any soft furnishings or materials you can find. With regard to furniture that is a very personal subject. Some people like the traditional three-piece

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suite whilst many folk now go for mix and match chairs and sofas. On the subject of soft furnishings, it is important to remember that they are an integral part of the overall design effect. Fabrics soften and enhance the effect of the applied decor and the stores are crammed full of fabrics, designs and pattern books that will show you how to mix and match, enhance and embellish. Curtains add insulation to the room, keeping out the heat and cold as required. They can be bought in fabric lengths to make up at home, ready-made for those standard sized windows or made-to-measure to match your exact ideas. Don’t forget either that blinds, cushions, throws and lampshades can also lift a room from its dowdy doldrums and may be all that you need to make your room look like something from an exhibition. Lighting is important because it adds that essential emphasis to the decorating plan. Whether you decide to select a new chandelier, a set of wall lights, some table lamps, spot lights or just a dimmer switch, you won’t regret paying some attention to the lighting in your room. Wall coverings these days come in an astonishing array of colours and patterns. They are strong, easy to hang, hard wearing and very userfriendly. Some come ready pasted. The materials and fabrics used in their manufacture can produce a whole range of fascinating effects and as well as paper and vinyl you will find them in other materials such as printed textile, linen, split-cane, cork and jute. Colours and patterns are as varied as the taste of customers and prices are not quite as high as you might imagine - unless of course, you opt for something hand-printed and totally unique. An alternative to the above could be tiles. Tiles come in ceramics, pottery, wood or cork and are made for use on floors and walls, though the floor type are necessarily heavier duty than those used on the wall. For ceilings there are fireproof polystyrene tiles that are exceptionally easy to hang. Hanging tiles can be a touch problematical especially in those awkward nooks and crannies because they are obviously not nearly so easy to cut and shape as paper, vinyl and the rest. However, buy the right tool from your supplier, practise a couple of times on an old tile and you should soon get the hang of it. When selecting floor tiles, have regard for the area in which they will be laid. On a floor inside a door to the garden, unglazed ceramics or pottery are best because the grit from the garden will soon wear away any glaze. In bedrooms and bathrooms, thick cork is best because it is warm to the touch, quiet to walk upon and relatively happy in the humid environment of the bathroom. For a kitchen, quarry tiles are an excellent choice. For a lounge or dining room, beautifully decorated continental glazed ceramics are probably the tiles of choice. Applying wall coverings and tiles is no longer the hard job for a professional only that it once was. With the latest adhesives, even the most ham-fisted DIY practitioner can manage successfully. So if your home does need that face-lift, what are you waiting for? Get down to the DIY stores now, before you change your mind!! @clydelifemag

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In extreme temperatures, a good idea is to put salt into wastes, traps, basins, WCs, especially those with external cast iron pipes. If you plan to be away for a prolonged period or even a long weekend, leave heating on 24 hours again to ensure full protection, it also helps to have a friend or neighbour look in to make sure all is okay. It is advisable to isolate the mains water, but make sure if you have a combiboiler it is well topped up before you leave. We only have to think back to a few years ago when temperatures were very low and over a prolonged period and remember all the things we said we should do or could do if this happened again - make a plan and action it.

Some useful precautions ■ Clear fallen leaves from gutters, downpipes and gulleys. ■ Ensure you know where the cold water main is located both inside the house and ideally outside at the water toby in the street. Ensure the water key is handy and valve accessible and not filled with mud. ■ Ensure any dripping valves, or taps are dealt with prior to the onset of cold temperatures ■ Ensure external taps are isolated internally then open externally to allow residual water to drip out. ■ Isolate any external pipes feeding outbuildings not used at this time of year. ■ If you have any unlagged pipes – get them lagged. ■ Check if all external soils and rainwater pipes are running free and if you are aware of any blockages or cracks - deal with them before it becomes too cold.

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More than Boats at Scotla Once again the middle of October will see activity around Kip Marina reaching fever pitch as it plays host to Scotland’s Boat Show – for the 29th year. Scotland’s Boat Show takes place on October 10, 11 and 12 and offers a host of entertainment and activity for visitors – well beyond the prospect of boats for every kind of sailor. Last year’s show attracted over 13,000 visitors from all over the UK and Europe. This year organisers are expecting to exceed that with an impressive and vast range of vessels, exhibitions and a fantastic range of events and activities for visitors to enjoy. Breaking previous records for boats on display, there is expected to be a huge selection of new and pre-owned boats, including new yachts from prestigious manufacturers Hanse, Dehler, Fairline and Sunseeker. However, those with a more modest nautical bent will still find more than enough to keep them satisfied. With craft from £500 dinghies to £1 million luxury motor yachts, there will be something for every budget. Organisers of Scotland’s Boat Show are delighted to welcome RYA Scotland as major sponsors for the second year. The RYA Marquee will be filled with companies

exhibiting the latest trends and developments in marine products plus an ever-expanding portfolio of leisure exhibitors many of whom are travelling straight from Southampton Boat Show to Kip Marina. But the RYA’s involvement isn’t just about exhibition stands. They are also showing the RYA Theatre – a space for a varied range of workshops, lectures from experts, an RYA Gold member reception, competitions, special RYA membership promotions as well as activities for the kids.

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and’s Boat Show this year Also on the water but for the more adventurous visitor there will be the chance to try Flyboarding which was spectacularly demonstrated to large crowds at last year’s show by Mike Dear of WetJets. Elsewhere on shore expect cars from Bentley, Maserati, Morgan and, for the first time, McLaren together with motorcycles from Harley-Davidson. HG Helicopters are also returning and will be offering short pleasure rides from the Inverclyde Marina. Passengers will get a bird’s eye view of the show as well as the

chance to swoop over the spectacular scenery of the Clyde and surrounding area for only £35 per person. The Clyde LifeStyle Marquee is even bigger this year following a hugely successful launch last year. Marquee visitors will find everything from designer furniture, clothing and candles to Scotland’s top crafters with an amazing range of handmade goods. Visitors will also get the chance to enjoy the fare on offer at the Farmers Market which this year features a wide range of local and organic food and gifts. Scotland’s Boat Show 2014 is open from 10am to 6pm each day and admission is free! Car parking is available adjacent to the Show area for the nominal fee of £3 per vehicle. With performances from choirs and pipe bands, helicopter flights, two marquees packed with exhibitors and a Farmer’s Market, Scotland’s Boat Show 2014 is not to be missed. To keep up to date with what’s on offer visit

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It’s wedding planning season, so let us tell you a little story about the practicalities of love…

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The engagement was at one time as binding an agreement as the actual marriage. These days it is a far less formal matter. The majority of couples however, like to make an occasion of their decision to marry so they mark it in at least two special ways; first by buying a ring; and second, by throwing a party for their friends, relatives and possibly even their work colleagues. However, it is polite, not to say diplomatic to inform the respective parents of their plans, bride’s parents first, groom’s second. This should always be done in person by the happy couple if possible. If this is not possible, a telephone call is permissible (but certainly not an e-mail or text). A written announcement is only acceptable if they live at an impossible distance from their parents or if there is some unfortunate estrangement. If the girl is over the age of eighteen, permission has not to be sought from her father though again, in some families this formality is expected to be carried through, though it has to be said, with more or less seriousness. With grandparents living to an ever greater age and being frequently active vigorous people as well, they too should be informed as soon after the parents are in the know as possible, again preferably by the couple in person. Informing the ‘rest of the world’ of the engagement can be done by publishing an announcement in a newspaper and/or having a party. The former usually follows a prescribed formula which will be explained by the newspaper staff when the advertisement is placed Clyde Life Magazine

by the bride’s parents. The latter can be as large or small, formal or informal, budget priced or lavish, as the parties involved wish. Usually however, this party is arranged by the bride’s parents and attended by the groom’s as well as the happy pair. The announcement may be made at the party either by the groom or the bride’s father. The engagement party is the first of three important parties that take place during the period of a modern engagement. The other two are the stag and hen nights which take place very shortly before the actual wedding. The stag night is the last bachelor outing the groom will attend with his male friends and close male relatives. The hen night, a more modern adaptation, is a similar outing, attended by the bride-to-be, her female friends and relatives. The engagement party will differ in that it is usually an exclusive function held at some favoured hotel, pub, club or restaurant or any other suitable venue chosen by the family. There will normally be catering laid on - a buffet is the usual thing, and entertainment in the form of a disco perhaps, or a live band or group to provide music for dancing. Management of the engagement party is an important part in the run-up to any wedding. If it is to be memorable for all the right reasons, it needs a certain amount of planning and preparation. A little effort before the event takes comparatively little time and will ensure the event itself will remain long in everyone’s memory as a happy, carefree event for everyone concerned and a suitable precursor to the wedding | 27

Chipstix– The fried potato with a twist! If you can’t get your hands on it, there is nothing more insatiable than the urge for a bowl of chips, doused in salt and vinegar with a dollop of tangy ketchup on the side. Well… actually perhaps there is! Meet the new kid on the ‘hot snacks’ block – Chipstix! You may very well have seen Gourock’s newest snack kiosk at one of the regions many outdoor events. It would have been the one with the long queue forming and the mouthwatering aroma lingering in the air! Chipstix are created using the finest potatoes from Scotland (Albert Bartlett), skewered into a long spiral and then deep fried until golden and crispy. You then get to choose one of 12 delicious flavours, ranging from the aforementioned Salt & Vinegar, to Portugese Piri Piri, plus Garlic Butter and many more in between. Chipstix in Scotland will be at this year’s Scotland’s Boat Show at Kip Marina from the 10th-12th October - come along and try them out for yourself! Chipstix in Scotland is available

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Photography, yet another thing to cross off your wedding planning check list. Sounds dull doesn’t it? Well it needn’t be. Planning all the little things for your wedding can and should be exciting. There is so much at your disposal these days where you can get that vital spark of inspiration - magazine articles, blogs, wedding fayres and oh yes, that thing called Pinterest! Of course, you need to book the big things as soon as you know the date you would like to get married like the venue/church, a celebrant and a photographer. It’s very exciting to know that you can hand pick lots of little things that will make your wedding day look and feel spectacular. Let’s go back to Pinterest. If you’ve never heard of it, check it out right now. It’s basically a place where you can put lots of mood boards under certain topics and then collate all the things you love the look of. If you don’t know where to start, let me help you. I’ve been collating lots of wedding loveliness for well

over a year to help couples with their own wedding inspiration, you can find it all over here > You’ll find that most wedding magazines and blogs have Pinterest accounts these days so well worth searching for them. But most importantly, take the things that you like and put them all together and keep coming back to it. In my experience of photographing weddings, the biggest thing I’ve noticed that’s consistent is what makes a wedding. The answer? People. Your friends and family. So although planning your wedding may feel stressful, at the end of the day, just look around you and enjoy your time with those closest to you. I get to know all my wedding couples really well before the wedding arrives. We meet for a coffee and a catch up every few months or so and share ideas. Around eight weeks before the wedding we do a pre-shoot on location which is very informal and most of all, great fun! I love finding out what has been planned for the big day but even so, I’m always pleasantly surprised when I see everything all set up. I would love to hear all about your wedding plans so let’s meet up and I can share my experiences with you and answer all your questions. Marc Bowker, One Big Picture

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THE HONEYMOON One of the most important aspects of a wedding is the honeymoon. It is an essential aspect even for those couples who have been sharing their lives for months or years before the actual wedding. It marks in a very certain way, the changes in their lives that marriage will certainly bring. The honeymoon is a time for a re-assessment of their life together, of the past, the present and of the future. It is also a convenient time to relax and recover from the not inconsiderable stresses of the wedding and all the planning, preparations, not to mention the emotional build up that it involved. It is a time that should follow the wedding as immediately as possible because a postponed honeymoon never really happens. It becomes in effect nothing more exciting than an ordinary holiday. Having decided to have a honeymoon, naturally the next decision is where to go and how much to spend. This last can loom large in the considerations, especially if the wedding was a large and expensive one payment for which both bride and groom were responsible. The good news of course is, the honeymoon need not involve a big spend. Indeed it can be a simple week away at a secluded boarding house or private hotel with nothing more lavish laid on than bed and breakfast. If the couple have a car, they can tour round during the day, seeing the sights, eating at local pubs and hotels and generally following their own inclinations. At the right time of year, they could go camping or stay on a caravan site, either of which can be done at home or abroad. They could hire a cottage for a few days, or a holiday flat, or go pony trekking, rock climbing, orienteering or any of a number of other activity holidays, many of which are way down in the budget stakes especially if a less than fashionable resort or location is chosen. If something more complex is required, a smart hotel in a city centre somewhere in Europe could be a romantic interlude. A trip to the Niagara Falls is becoming as fashionable for British couples as it is for Americans. Even further afield, a cruise, or

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trip to some remote Caribbean or Indian Ocean island could be the exotic holiday the happy couple require to set the seal on their new lives. Expensive? Well it depends. A holiday in the Dominican Republic for example offers all the sun, sand and sea you could possibly want, combined with the exotic atmosphere of the Caribbean at the cost of week or so in Spain in high season and certainly less than a skiing break at one of the more fashionable Alpine winter resorts. A good browse through the brochures at your local tour office could well give you inspiration if you really can’t think of anywhere to go. Or have a chat with the staff, open your mind to suggestions and be creative. And if all else fails, you can always arrive at the airport with your bag and baggage, prepared to take anything that presents itself at the last minute, at a knock-down rate. One thing especially to remember is if you intend to honeymoon in the UK, don’t tell the best man, chief bridesmaid, your dearest friend or closest relative, where you are going. To do so risks the sort of ‘jokes’ that have long been the nightmares of newly weds - the apple-pie bed, the cancelled suite, the early call next morning, the band outside your hotel room at 2am., and worse. And unless you really want to be greeted the morning after by a lot of knowing winks from hotel staff and other guests, don’t let on to the travel operator that you have just got married. That complementary bottle of Champagne in the bedroom can cost a lot in embarrassment - unless of course, you are the extrovert type who really doesn’t care. Finally, if you are considering a conventional holiday in a luxurious hotel with all the trimmings, make the booking as soon as the wedding date is fixed. If you don’t you might well find yourself all packed up with nowhere to go at the end of your very special day, which would be more than just a pity!

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

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Exciting new talent joins the team at One Union

Daynar Gault is returning to One Union from 4th September and is available for appointments Thursday/Friday/Saturday

One Union has always been committed to providing a world class service and great value to our customers. Over the summer we have been joined by the brightest and best local talent who offer a unique range of therapies and treatments to new and existing customers. Read below all about these new offerings and how to book them.

Want to look and feel younger Established by Sharon Heggie, Flutterby Aesthetics offers aesthetic services including wrinkle relaxation injections and dermal fillers. Sharon is an experienced Registered Nurse and Aesthetic Practitioner and is fully insured. Client understanding and satisfaction is her upmost priority and at the initial consultation privacy is always maintained, and time taken to explain procedures and options. All consultations are free and there is no obligation after the consultation. Post treatment advice and satisfaction is essential therefore a follow up consultation is part of the service. Clinics are available at scheduled intervals or at client request. For a confidential discussion contact Sharon by email - sharonheggie@, or call 07984 714930 or visit www.flutterbyaesthetics. for more information.

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Beautiful Natural Shiny Hair Extensions Fallon joined the team at One Union in July and has already had quite an impact. She specialises in hair extensions that look natural and vitally do not damage in any way clients natural hair. Currently the most popular choice of extensions is the Microweave which is almost impossible to detect in clients hair, even when it is tied up. The Microweave can also be re-fitted using the same hair provided it is kept in good condition. Fallon loves a challenge and says “What I love is the look of delight on a customer’s face when I have finished fitting hair extensions.” To book, simply call or text 07951 688588.

Gold Medal Beauty Treatments Katy Croucher has recently returned to One Union from the Commonwealth Games where she worked as a beauty therapist providing treatments to the athletes in the Athletes’ Village. Prior to becoming a beauty therapist Katy undertook a degree in Podiatry, graduating with a BSc in Health Studies. Katy currently provides a range of treatments for clients including facials, CND shellac or Vinylux nails, Fake Bake spray tan and massage; Swedish or hot stone. Treatments are currently available Thursday 17.00-19.30, and Friday and Saturday 9.00-17.30   You can book a treatment by calling the salon on 01475 728417. | 35

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Increasing numbers now choose Sunday to eat out

Of recent years, Sunday has become one of the more popular days for eating out, especially with the family. Recent surveys have shown that families no longer tend to eat once a day, formally around a table. Busy lives have dictated that a lot of folk ‘eat on the run’. Take-aways, fast food delivered hot to the door, and snacks, have begun to play a large part in all our lives. Even the big, formal Sunday lunch with traditional roast and all the trimmings has lost some of its popularity. Families meet in passing, on holiday or in front of the TV, and there’s precious little time for elaborately prepared meals whoever it is that elects to prepare them. All this has probably contributed to the rising popularity of eating out on Sunday lunch-time. All over the country, pubs, clubs, hotels and restaurants are busily engaged in providing the traditional meal once prepared by mum who, whilst probably holding down a demanding job of her own, is disinclined to spend her few precious hours of freedom, incarcerated in the kitchen slaving over a hot stove. Sunday lunch eaten out in the congenial surroundings of a comfortable restaurant or dining room can be a most relaxing time. It is a time when the family can relax around a table to talk over the week`s events, make plans and enjoy each other’s company. It’s a time when they can all enjoy the delights of good food, perfectly prepared and expertly served, without the chores of preparation and the horrors of clearing away. But Sunday lunch out isn’t just a time for families. It’s just as good for couples or for larger parties of friends, to gather and enjoy the delights of a good menu, fine ales, wines and delicious sweets, whilst chatting, relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. But how do you choose the establishment at which to eat? Well the beauty of Sunday is, it happens every week. This gives a great opportunity to ring the changes, visit a number of venues in Clyde Life Magazine

turn, sample different styles of cooking and different menus. Another good thing about it is, because of the popularity of the meal, a great diversity of establishments offer Sunday lunch. This means you can match your dining to your budget. You can also match the restaurant to your mood. Cosy and informal one week, grand and formal another.

It all depends what you want, what your tastes are, how far you wish to travel and the reason you are eating out. Sunday lunch after all, can be a perfect opportunity to celebrate a family event, to say “thank you”, to ask “will you?” and perhaps even to say “yes!”. On the other hand, it can stand alone for its own sake, an opportunity to take a breather from the mad rush life of the 21st century. If you want to give your life a little lift. If you wish to mark at least one day of a busy week as special. If you just like eating out. Think no more about it. Just get booked in to the restaurant of your choice and enjoy the pleasures of Sunday dining out. | 37

What does my little one do all day in nursery?

When they pack their little ones off to nursery, many parents are filled with questions about what they do all day, Mariessa Devlin of Enchanted Forest Nursery offers an insight. Some babies start nursery as early as 6 weeks old, so it is no wonder that parents need a further understanding of what they learn at nursery as their children can’t tell them. Currently, nurseries should be following key guidelines produced by the Scottish Government called Pre-Birth to Three: Positive Outcomes for Scotland’s Children and Families. This guide lays down four key principles for the care of our youngest children. These are rights of the child, relationships, responsive care and respect. Rights of the Child Under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) children should be valued and respected at all levels and have the right to have their views heard and acted upon. With babies, nursery practitioners do this through relationships, the way in which they treat others, allowing them to make choices, sharing and allowing babies to express themselves and gain knowledge of their place in the world

Relationships Relationships are essential to a baby’s health, well-being, future potential and life chances. Positive relationships result from staff spending time with children to ensure they feel safe and secure in their care. In order for babies to thrive they must be loved, held, talked to, read to and allowed to explore the environment – these are just some of the expectations parents should have of nursery practitioners. It is particularly important that a baby has a key worker who will help the baby to become familiar with the nursery and to feel confident and safe within it, developing a genuine bond with the child (and the child’s parents) and offering a settled, close relationship. Responsive Care Young babies have a fairly short attention span and can become easily overwhelmed and usually only interact, make eye contact and play with toys for brief periods. Nursery practitioners should be skilled in picking up on ‘cues’ from babies as they have their own ways of letting us know when they are done playing. They might cry or

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fuss, rub their eyes or turn away, or just fall asleep. Nursery practitioners will watch babies and learn what their personal cues are as every child is an individual with unique needs. Nursery practitioners help babies develop social skills by responding to their cries and attempts at communication, respect their unique needs and temperament, finding time to spend with them one-to-one, assisting in keeping to their parent -led routine. Respect The most effective way for nursery practitioners to show respect is by showing a genuine interest in each child and their family. Nurseries should always promote individualised support and promote a sense of belonging and feeling of being valued for each child. Learning through play Learning through play should never be under-estimated, as this is exactly how babies and young children learn. When working with a child, play and learning can happen at any time. Babies and toddlers have an innate desire to learn and develop new skills. They do not need structured classes, flashcards, special DVDs or programmed teaching time in order to learn. Young children need lots of time to explore and play in a variety of ways, indoors and out. They need to follow the lead of practitioners who respect their individual style of play, join in their play and are their coach in making new discoveries. Young children learn through play by imitating, observing, experiencing, discovering, exploring, wondering and using their senses. Use of senses are a great way for babies to learn, hence everything ends up in their mouth. So the next time you are in your child’s nursery and wondering what is going on in the baby room... or you find paint or gloop your baby’s hair – think of all the exploring that has been going on that day.


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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

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.

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What’s On at The Beacon September

The Flint Street Nativity The Beacon is perfectly situated in the heart of Inverclyde with spectacular views across the River to the hills of Argyll. In addition to being home to the arts, there are a variety of perfectly formed spaces that can be tailored to your specific needs. The Beacon houses two theatres and specially designed rooms that can adapt to become whatever you need them to be; a rehearsal studio, conference suite, exhibition hall, art gallery or a beautiful wedding venue. From classes or clubs to parties or presentations, everything you need is here. The Beacon’s catering team will ensure that you are well looked after and will provide you with outstanding service for your event. The Bistro uses locally sourced produce, carefully prepared and served by highly trained staff. If you are interested in holding an event in The Beacon please email: or call 01475 723723 for further information.


18th-20th September Tickets: £8-£10 Mizzis Horrocks’ class of seven year olds is about to perform their nativity play at Flint Street Primary School for the proud mums and dads.

Shang a Lang

Sunset Song

29th/30th September Tickets: £10/£12 Marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, Sell a Door Theatre Company revives Alastair Cording’s faithful adaptation of Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s Classic Novel.

October HeLa

1st October, 7.30pm Tickets: £8/£10 The story of Henrietta Lacks whose Cancer diagnosis and the cell sample taken without her permission has helped shape some of the important scientific discoveries of the past 100 years. HeLa is an engaging exploration of the vast scientific progress made possible by the cells of one, unknown woman.

Capitol Big Band 21st September Tickets: £10-£12 A wonderfully funny and poignant trip back to the 70s, to the days of the Bay City Rollers, with memorable fashion and unforgettable music.

2nd October Tickets: £8/£10 Once again the Capitol Big Band are back at the Beacon Arts Centre after last year’s successful event.

Lockerbie: Lost Voices

The Garlands






27th September, 7.30pm Tickets: £5 One of Scotland’s coolest and best kept musical secrets from the late 80’s/90’s reforms to the delight of fans.

3rd October, 7.30pm Tickets: £8/£10 Meet six hypothetical passengers on Pan Am Flight 103 on 21st December 1988. ‘A triumphant tale of love and loss. A truly stunning piece of theatre. 5/5’. 3 Weeks


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Arts Centre


Whingeing Women

Steve Brookstein

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4th October, 7.30pm Tickets: £20 “Grumpy Old Women” meets “Mums the Word” meets “The Vagina Monologues”meets “Calendar Girls” and even “50 Shades” in this hilarious new production.

Scottish Roots and Folk Festival 2014

8th October, 7.30pm Tickets: £15 10 years after winning the first X Factor, Steve performs at the Beacons, featuring guitarist Luca Boscagin.

Roy Chubby Brown – ‘Who Ate all the Pies?’

The Beacon Bistro offers casual dining, not just pre-theatre, but every day and evening, making it the ideal place to meet with friends or family for a drink or to enjoy a relaxing breakfast lunch or dinner. Choose from morning coffee, afternoon teas, handcrafted pastries, light lunches, all day dining and supper menus.

9th October, 7.30pm Tickets: £20 Roy Chubby Brown returns with his meatiest show yet! Those easily offended stay away! 5th October to 15th November. Various performances at the Beacons See page 13 of this issue of Clyde Life for full line up and details.

Over the Rainbow The Eva Cassidy Story

The Royal Regiment Band of Scotland

10th October, 7.30pm Tickets: £12/£15 A charity concert with proceeds going to the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service Heritage Trust.

A Vision of Elvis

11th October, 7.30pm Tickets: £18.50 One of the world’s leading touring Elvis productions.

6th October, 7.30pm Tickets: £16-£17.50 A compelling and award-winning Musical which tells the life story of the legendary artist. Starring Bad Girls and Emmerdale actress, Nicola Faraday.

MacFloyd – ‘Into the Distance’

16th October Tickets: £13-£15 A great new show, looking back over the career of Pink Floyd spanning 30 years. A varied mix of timeless Floyd classics.

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Movies for the Autumn From 12th Sept: Boxtrolls A Most Wanted Man Pride From 19th Sept: Magic in the Moonlight The Riot Club Think like a Man Too A Walk Among the Tombstones From 26th Sept: The Equalizer From 3rd Oct: Dolphin Tale 2 Dracula Untold Gone Girl From 10th Oct: Annabelle The Calling The Maze Runner From 11th Oct: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles From 17th Oct: The Best of Me The Judge From 22nd Oct: Love Rosie From 24th Oct: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Book of Life Fury This is Where I Leave You From 29th Oct: Horns From 31st Oct: Ouija (II)

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Live at the Waterfront 16th September (Encore 30th September)

28th September

Billy Elliot The Musical Live

A Street Car Named Desire

The fastest-selling production in the Young Vic’s history, Tennessee Williams’ timeless masterpiece A Streetcar Named Desire will be broadcast live from their London home by National Theatre Live. With Gillian Anderson (The X-Files, The Fall) as Blanche DuBois, Ben Foster (Lone Survivor, Kill Your Darlings) as Stanley and Vanessa Kirby (BBC’s Great Expectations, Three Sisters at the Young Vic) as Stella.

30th October

Frankenstein (starring Benedict Cumberbatch)

National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to cinemas on 30th October due to audience demand. Directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire), Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

- Special Performance

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 18th September

Handa Opera at Sydney Harbour Puccini’s Madama Butterfly - On Sydney Harbour

New York Met Opera

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

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Autumn Gardening - Tasks and Tips Autumn is just the right time to start thinking about spring bedding plants. If you want a good show, now is the time to plant while the soil is still warm enough to encourage germination. It’s also damper than in high summer so the plants will become well established before the rigors of winter stop all growth. Make sure all early flowering bulbs are in too. Later blooming ones like tulips however, can be left till later on. You can also sow hardy annuals in more sheltered parts of your garden. Don’t forget to label what you have sown though, it’s easy to forget. This is the time to have a general clean-up. Get rid of all the old leaf litter - put it on the bonfire not the compost heap. There may be weed seeds and insect pests hiding that would be better destroyed. Placing them on the compost heap could be laying up problems for next year. Pay particular attention to the areas under hedges and shrubs. Rake them out, loosen the soil and, if you feel like it, lay down a thick mulch, stone chippings or gravel are excellent in this position and they look attractive as well. Tidy up the borders and beds, cut the edges straight, take out the weeds, remove dead and dying herbage, dead-head plants that are still blooming then hoe and rake over the soil. Search amongst the stems of plants that grow in clumps. You are sure to find snails bedding down cosily, remove them. Evergreens may be planted at this time of year, choose container or root-balled specimens. Plant them in prepared holes of sufficient size and water well in. Apply a thick mulch - pulverised bark is

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ideal, but don’t extend it right up to the plant’s stem. If you buy bare rooted trees, they should not be planted until all the leaves have fallen, so don’t buy them until then. Check over all your climbing plants. Make sure they are firmly fixed to wall or trellis and re-tie them where necessary. If you have trellises or climbing frames, it’s worth checking they are firmly fixed to their supports before winter winds blow them

down. Young trees that still have supports must be firmly fixed to the supports but don’t use string or twine. Special straps will keep them secure without rubbing the bark away during wind caused friction. As the season draws on it is time to take tender plants indoors. Geraniums, fuchsias, begonias, spider plants and other tender foliage subjects should be transplanted to pots and taken indoors. A cold greenhouse is ideal, as long as the vents are closed at night. Failing that, a garage or shed windowsill or windowsill in a spare room will do. They should be kept cool but not allowed to freeze. In the greenhouse, clean all the glass so the maximum amount of light can get in. Replace cracked and broken lights and check for gaps where rodents may get in. Block each one securely or your plant stock may end up eaten.

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