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Chef’sEYE Cajun Salmon With Sesame Egg Noodles & Straw Vegetables Ingredients • 1 Scottish Salmon Fillet (skin on) • Flaked sea salt • Cajun Spice • Oil for frying

Recipe courtesy of Faisal, Director & Chef of ‘The Chefs Eye’

For the Noodles • Medium egg noodles • Salt • Toasted sesame oil

Something for the start of autumn and preferably using fresh Scottish salmon. Alternatively you can substitute the salmon for a pork loin, lamb chop or boneless chicken thigh. Boil a pot of water for the noodles, add a little salt and oil. Once it is boiling away add the noodles (takes 6-7 mins on average) Heat the frying pan until it is smoking and add the oil. Sear the salmon skin side down until it’s really crispy. Place the salmon and oil in an oven proof dish with the skin facing up and sprinkle cajun spice and a dash of lemon juice. Whilst the salmon is cooking in the oven its time to make the vegetables and remove the noodles (bake at a medium heat for 10 mins). Remove the noodles by placing them into a colander and just drain, leave to dry naturally for 5 mins.

For the Veg • Finely sliced onion • Fresh green/red chillies • Squeeze of lime juice • 2 cloves garlic • Fine trimmed bean • Grated Carrot • 2 spring onions (sliced lengthways) • Fresh coriander (finely chopped)

Using the same frying pan, heat back up and add the onions, brown quickly and add the garlic and remainder of the vegetables with the lime juice. Check the salmon by using a temperature probe and ensue it is a minimum of 75 degrees at the thickest point. Once drained - using a fork roll the noodles and place on a plate. Drizzle a little sesame oil on top, place the veg on top and finish by adding the salmon on top. To just finish the dish add the coriander and drizzle some sweet chilli. Enjoy!

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4 What Matters - Ronnie Cowan MP 6 Style Files 10 What’s On! 12 X-Factor Pantomime 15 Cajun Salmon Recipe

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Contributors this issue: Ronnie Cowan, Kieran Gallagher, Robert MacDonald, Jodie Molyneux, Joanne Simms, Marilyn Thompson, Holly Thompson.

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The only thing that matters, is everything we do... It may come as a surprise to learn that there is no job description for a Member of Parliament. The remit is wide and varied. It is entirely up to each one of the 650 MPs as to how they approach their job. It is important to get the balance right between problems that require an immediate fix and also the long term strategy to improve your constituency. Casework is self-generating. Constituents contact my office with their issues and we take it from there. We record all cases and can report them in such a fashion that I can see if we have clusters of similar cases and can monitor the volume per category. Sometimes that develops into a contribution at Westminster on a specific issue. That can be a written or oral question, it may be a speech or an intervention on a speech. I do whatever is required to highlight the issue and bring the solution closer. Beyond the day to day issues we also have short and long term projects that my team and I are working on. Fixed odds betting terminals with a stake of £100 a spin has been an issue we have pursued from day one. The U.K. government, under Tracey Crouch, is now going to investigate this matter. I have had dealings with Tracey and found her to be grounded and rational in her approach. I believe we can address this issue but the gambling companies have a huge lobbying presence and will use it. Fortunately, we also have a very strong and well organised all party parliamentary group on FOBTs. We also have projects regarding drug reform, unexploded ordnance in the Clyde and improving broadband connectivity. We may not resolve all these issues during my time as your MP but we are moving them all along and ensuring that we are going in the right direction. We have two long term projects that are solely Inverclyde focused. I want Inverclyde to become

Ronnie Cowan MP

a centre of excellence for sustainable renewable energy. I have written a paper on this and approached a number of local stakeholders. The aim is to meet stakeholders, facilitate the exchange of ideas and develop solutions. This is an ongoing process and I am glad to say that we have a dialogue with Scottish Renewables, Riverside Inverclyde and the larger renewables sector. We have planted the seeds and hope to see them grow. The entire paper is on my website . On a similar theme of collaborative working I am keen to see the Glebe building put to good use. I have engaged with locals that wish to see a creative arts centre in Inverclyde. Shamefully we do not have one building that is deemed suitable to display works of art that currently languish in the store rooms of the large galleries and museums. I would like to see a facility that could host Stanley Spencer’s Atlantic convoy paintings and those inspired by the Port Glasgow cemetery. And we need a facility that can house a permanent George Wylie display. The Glebe building has space for this and more. It could contain studio space for artists and a retail outlet to sell their wares, while the rooftop lends itself to a restaurant and coffee shop (with a glass ceiling as it can get windy up there). The Glebe has 69 arched windows and is a beautiful stone built work of art in its own right. We should be taking care of it. Again discussions are on-going. On the whiteboard in the meeting room in my constituency office in Greenock and in my office at Westminster is written the phrase “the only thing that matters, is everything we do”. Sometimes the variety is challenging but mostly it’s inspiring and motivational. Knowing that we are making progress and helping the lives of the people of Inverclyde is the most important thing for me and my team.

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St Columba’s School Open Week St Columba’s School is inviting prospective parents to visit the school during Open Week from 31st October to 4th November. The Open Week is the ideal opportunity to see Early Years, Junior School and Senior School at work and play. Situated in leafy Kilmacolm, the school provides an all-through education and offers wrap-around care to children from age 3.

of them to realise their full potential.

Excellent academic results are achieved year on year, however there is an emphasis to produce polite, articulate and quietly self-assured young people, too. The school prides itself in creating an environment that allows it to identify and nurture the unique talents and skills of each student, and encourage each one

The School is currently approaching the final stages of construction work of the new development at Senior School. The extension has 13 new classrooms, a new library, a pastoral care suite, common rooms and additional social and recreational space for pupils, as well as improved teacher preparation areas.

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YOU ONLY HAVE ONE CHANCE TO GET IT RIGHT Which is why you should trust your child’s schooling to St Columba’s. Nestled in the idyllic village of Kilmacolm, we offer a safe environment with lots of outdoor fun, nurturing your child’s love of learning. Financial assistance available. Call 01505 872768 now to arrange a visit. Clyde Life Magazine | 9

theStyle files

by Marilyn Thompson

Autumn’s Biggest

Trends Dressing for the colder season is always easier than in Summer, thanks in part to the covering up of various body bits and of being able to swathe ourselves in lovely coats, wraps, scarves and comfy boots. Autumn/Winter 2016 sees us positively spoiled for choice as just about every trend is really wearable, very pretty, and are all able to perfectly mix and match. In fashion there’s really not much more we could ask for - just about anything goes! Here’s a run down of what you can expect to see in the shops soon and the best of what you should be buying.


- The shops will be full of velvet clothes and accessories as this is the key fabric of the season. Normally reserved mainly for evening wear we now get to experience it as pretty daywear, it’s a flattering and luxurious fabric to wear either plain or crushed and it comes in all colours - there will be no getting away from it as it will feature everywhere - from capes and tops to dresses, trousers, footwear and accessories.


- Layering is a big deal this Autumn/Winter which is good news when you need to be prepared for our inclement weather. The country look was seen on many runways including Chanel and Burberry where oversized tweed checked coats ruled supreme. Very wearable and up to date waxed coats and jackets with a luxurious fur trim were featured at Miu Miu - wear yours with a silk blouse, a cable or argyle knit sweater, pleated tweed skirt, biker boots and some pearl accessories.

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such as extra long sleeves, large pussy bows, pretty lace, leather and touches of decorative ornate embroidery along with a sprinkling of occasional sparkles which make them extremely desirable.

Now, the only thing left to do is dig out your old Duran Duran CD (don’t pretend you don’t have one) and play it loud. Enjoy!

The 80’s

Dark & Moody As seen at Marc Jacobs and Dries Van Noten, these are beautiful and romantic clothes but with a gothic dark edge. As you would imagine the colour scheme is mostly blacks, greys and midnight blues however it’s the luxurious touches

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It was Hedi Slimane’s last show for Saint Laurent and he certainly went out with a stunningly bold 80’s inspired collection. Beautiful cocktail dresses with asymmetrical power shoulders and lots of ruffles were the highlight of the show and most of the collection featured 80’s style thick sash belts. Be prepared to wear 15 denier tights once again teamed with stiletto heels to make for an undeniably glamorous (if a little uncomfortable) look. Accessorise with glitzy statement earrings and a choker necklace for the whole package. If the body conscious high octane look is not your thing you can still aim for a more laid back approach to power dressing - big shouldered jackets and ski pants have also made something of a comeback and when worn with an on trend zip polo neck this could be your big chance at a more understated 80’s revival. | 11

CLASSES | GROUPS | AND LOCAL CLUBS Clyde Life publishes details of classes, groups and clubs located within the magazine distribution area. If you are looking for new members or want to publicise an event please let us know.

To be included in the magazine and on the website please send details to

Health and Wellbeing Classes YogaBellies Children’s Yoga Classes for 3-12 yrs. Contact Enterprise Training on: 01475 745552/744404 Yoga and Meditation for all levels Teacher: Jacci Stoyle YS (reg) 07790262124. Wed 7:00-8.30pm Boglestone Community Centre, Dubbs Rd, Port Glasgow Yoga for all levels Teacher: Aileen Hughes, YS(reg.) 01475 801613 Mon 2-3.30pm & Tue 2-3.30pm Westburn Church, Nelson Street, Greenock. Hatha Yoga for all levels Teacher: Flora MacKenzie Wed 7-8pm Lyle Kirk, Union Street, Greenock Yoga and Meditation Teacher: Joanna Ritchie, Birsay Holistics 07518 373 073 Email Mon 9.30am and 8pm Skelmorlie Tues 10am, 6pm & 7.45pm Gourock Wed 6pm Wemyss Bay Thurs 10am Largs, 6pm Gourock, 8pm Largs Fri 6.30pm Meditation Skelmorlie Sat 8.45am Largs

Yoga for all levels Instructor: Jacqueline Gibson 07851 735357 Email: Tues 9.30-10.30am Fri 9.30-10.30am. All in Kilmacolm Yoga for all levels Instructor: Patricia A. Ralston SYTA (Reg). 01475 785685 Tues 7.45 - 9.15pm Finnart St Pauls Church Hall, Bentinck Street, Greenock. Beginners Yoga Instructor: Sara Marijuan-Tuck 07962 347950 Tues & Thurs 10:00 to 11:30 Freeland Church, Bridge of Weir Thurs 7:00p-8:30pm. Scout Hall, Horsewood Road, Bridge of Weir Pilates (all levels) Instructor - Jenn Forbes 07713 643693 Facebook forbespilates Wednesday 5pm & 6pm The Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay Wednesday 8pm Dazzles, 1 George Square, Greenock Classes are £8 drop-in or guaranteed space in the 6-week block £48. Katie Black Pilates and Physiotherapy) Instructor - Katie Black Killellan Halls, Houston (behind the Houston and Killellan kirk). Mon night 6.15-7.15 & 7.30-8.30

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Other Classes Ballet – Elite Academy of Dance Inverclyde’s only Royal Academy Ballet School RAD Teacher- Julie Gunn Tel- 07753 246035 E: All ages for both Male and Female Classes every day The Studio 15a Watt Street Greenock Silver Swans Ballet Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet for the over 50s RAD Teacher- Julie Gunn Tel- 07753 246035 Tue and Thurs 11am – 12pm The Studio, 15a Watt Street Greenock The Fashion Class Fashion Courses for children & teens, age 8-15. Call Marilyn Thompson on 07793 591524 or visit for more information. Scottish Country Dancing Classes Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Scottish Country Dancing Classes are run at the Elim Pentecostal Church Hall, Kelly Street, Greenock on Monday evenings at 8pm. Contact Jennifer Murrin - 01475 633096 for more information @clydelifemag

Local Churches Messy Church held at Greenock Westburn Church Meet every 2nd Saturday in the month 8th October, 12th November and 10th December 2016. From 4pm-6pm in the church hall where we have crafts, stories, games and singing and also includes tea, juice and biscuits. We finish off by sitting down together and having a light dinner.

Local Clubs & Groups MS Activities Group Meet Thursday 11am-1pm Your Voice 12 Clyde Square, Greenock, PA15 1NB Everybody welcome, MS sufferers, and their carers for a cuppa and a chat. For more information, contact Stuart Anderson, 01475 630553 Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Games Society (RIGS) A friendly group of board and card game enthusiasts who meet every fortnight on Thursday evenings at the upstairs café bar of Amaretto in Bridge of Weir. The games played offer a wide variety of themes and styles. For the date of the next meeting and contact information please visit or contact Keith on 07789 501605 Greenock Camera Club Every Thursday at 7:30pm St Bartholomews Church, Barrhill Road, Gourock Kilmacolm Camera Club Every Tuesday at 7.30pm Kilmacolm New Community Centre, Room 1.01 Contact David Walker 01505 873883 for more information Inverclyde Camera Club Every Friday at 7.30pm Cardwell Bay Sailing Club, Cove Road, Gourock. Ann-Marie Westwood on 07971607453 Clyde Life Magazine

Fort Matilda Bridge Club Meets Monday, Tuesday & Friday 7pm Visitors always welcome Tarbet Street, Gourock (turn right at Bluebird cafe on the main road. The club is on the right hand side opposite ‘Duncan’s Ices’) Ann MacLeod (Secretary): 01475 52218 Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club Esplanade, Greenock, PA16 7SE The Club also has an active social calendar with a monthly Folk night, sporting event functions and seasonal themed events. Club website: Contact 01475 723260 Greenock Speakers Club Ardgowan Square, Greenock Helps people improve their public speaking skills in a friendly environment. The Club meets fortnightly on alternative Thursdays from October to April within the Ardgowan Club, 7:30-10:00pm Contact Tony Cowden on 01475 783228 or by email at tony. Greenock Writers Club Ardgowan Square, Greenock The club meets most Wednesdays from the middle of September from 7.30pm to 9.30pm with a break for tea and coffee. They are a small group affiliated to the Scottish Association of Writers’, who enjoy the chat and fun activities as much as the writing. Contact: Mark Jones on 01475 713413. Inverclyde Skywatchers There is a programme of weekly talks which are given by invited guest speakers. Anyone with an interest in Astronomy is welcome. The group meet in the Greenock Southwest Library (Barrs Cottage) every Monday from 3pm till 5pm. For further information telephone

Marion on 01475 634976 or email Inverclyde Ramblers Inverclyde Ramblers’ Association is a group of people who enjoy walking in the countryside. Everyone is welcome, whatever age or level of fitness. Most of the walks are within driving distance of Greenock. Walks are arranged for most weekends There is also a Wednesday walk which meets at Lunderston Bay on Wednesdays at 12:15 To find out more call Dave Souza on 01475 631654 or visit www.

Local Sports Clubs Fort Matilda Tennis Club Newark Street, Greenock The Club has four artificial grass courts, in very good condition and has recently added floodlights to three courts. The Ardgowan Club Ardgowan Square, Greenock The club has 2 bowling greens and 4 all-weather surface tennis courts, set in beautiful garden surroundings. Contacts : Gilbert McCracken or Dougie Warnock 01475 723418 Kilmacolm Bowling Club The club is open for bowling from April to October. It is open to all ages. Coaching and bowls available for those who have not played before. Contact Jim Russell 01505 874239 or kilmacolmbowlingclub@gmail. com for further information Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club Esplanade, Greenock, PA16 7SE The Club also has an active social calendar with a monthly Folk night, sporting event functions and seasonal themed events. Club website: Contact 01475 723260 | 13

The teen STYLE Files

City Slicker

This autumn is full of sharp tailoring and clean lines, making for a distinctly urban and metropolitan feel. Combined with other trends this season, such as athletic, Victorian and country style, these features will all come together to create a look which would not be out of place on the city streets of any of the worlds fashion capitals.


Finish off your sleek city style with Loreal’s newest addition to their classic Elnett Satin range, the Strong Hold Curl Crème Mousse.

Fashion & beauty notes... The city slicker look calls for some sharp and defined make up and you can achieve this by using a sleek thin black eyeliner. One of the best new eyeliners is the Perfect Slim Super Liner by Loreal.



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• Do stick to neutral colours

• Don’t go OTT • Don’t look like Cruella Deville! Do - Gigi Hadid Don’t - Kim Kardashian

Your Fashion Questions Answered?

Q - Hey Holly, should I buy a new scarf for Autumn? Sophie A - Hi Sophie, absolutely, and the bigger the better for a cosy and super stylish look. Holly x Get in touch - To learn more about The FASHION Class for teens & children, the courses, camps and Birthday parties, or to tell me what you think and ask any questions, contact: or


Pantomime Season begins with the return of

The X Factor! As for most 90’s kids, my childhood is punctuated by pivotal TV moments such as the Friends finale (spoiler alert: she gets off the plane), every Friday night being hosted by Top of the Pops and the so relatable Byker Grove but few scenes sum up the awkward teenage years of too-old-to-stayat-home but too-young-to-goto-a-nightclub, like the 2003 Pop Idol finale. Whether Team Gareth (swoon!) or Team Will - we’ll put old rivalries aside - as a nation, we were hooked on the idea that we could judge the nation from the comfort of our own homes and thus, the age of the talent contest had begun. Due to glaring similarities between Pop Idol and new show on the block, The X Factor, an out of court settlement was reached between media juggernauts

By Jodie Molyneux

Simon Fuller and Simon Cowell, leaving The X Factor free to make and break dreams for the next 12 years...and counting. Despite the current season dropping almost one million viewers overnight - the lowest launch ratings in ten years - Simon Cowell has secured a further three years of The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. To celebrate (or commiserate) the prospect of an X Factor future, let’s take a quick look through its highs and lows. Lows: Let’s face it, there has been a few. The X Factor phenomenon has faced accusations of staging and cheating throughout its lifetime; hard to disprove when video footage surfaced of baby-faced Simon Cowell and Sharon Osbourne in series one, encouraging contestants to argue back for airtime. Even now, in series 12, viewers are accusing the panel

of staging a contestant ‘storming the stage’, despite being seen getting mic’ed up a few moments before. Some have even called the show “a pantomime”...ouch. Highs: Because guys, at this point, it’s unavoidable. The X Factor, starting as dollar signs in Cowell’s eyeballs, has grown wings and now features in 48 countries all over the world...heck, you could even travel to Vietnam and still get your X Factor fix. What’s more, pantomimes aren’t all bad, if you can remember that that is what you are watching. Sure, the programme is fickle and contestants that we vote for in our thousands will indeed have to go back to their Tesco night shifts eventually, but hey! that’s showbiz! The X Factor is indeed a pantomime... but a sparkling, delightful one at that.

Win a Family Ticket for 4 to our Christmas Panto! We are beside ourselves with excitement as we look forward to this year’s panto oh yes we are! Still Game favourites Tam and Isa star in Beauty and the Beast, written by Scotland’s panto king, Alan McHugh. When a handsome prince is cursed by an evil fairy to live as a hideous beast, the only way to life the curse is for him to find true love – but who could love a beast?

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Christmas at the Beacon Sprinkling some theatrical festive cheer in Greenock this December!

Flora’s Fairy Challenge

Sat 10 - Sun 18 Dec (excl Mon) Various Times. £8 / £6, Groups of 3 + £6 each. Festive tale for kids aged 3-6 yrs & their grown ups!

It’s A Wonderful Life

Tue 20 - Fri 23 Dec 7:30pm Fri 23 Dec | 2.30pm | £14/£12 No Nonsense Productions make a welcome return to the Beacon with It’s A Wonderful Life – A Live Radio Play to celebrate its 5 year history as a sell-out staple of the festive programme. Written by Tony Palermo, the story of the most aspirational film of all time is brought to the stage as a live 1940s radio play. Six actors play 1940s radio actors who in turn portray ALL the characters of It’s A Wonderful Life. Featuring live sound effects and live music – It’s A Wonderful Life sells out every year so pre-booking is a must!

Dick Whittington

Fri 25 Nov – Sat 3 Dec (no Mon) 7.30pm 26 Nov & 3 Dec | 2.30pm | £10, Family of 4 £35 Join Greenock Players as they bring back to life this sparkling and fun-filled version of the traditional tale of Dick Whittington written by John Morley. All the favourites are here – Tommy the Cat, Sarah the Cook, King Rat, the Fairy of the Bells and, of course, Dick Whittington himself. Sail the Seven Seas with the madcap crew to Morocco to help the Sultan with his rat infestation.

Always ready for an adventure, Flora has packed her bag and set off for the North Pole to visit Santa. But poor Santa has a problem - his sleigh can’t fly without magical fairy dust, and there’s not a pinch to be found so close to Christmas! Help Flora save the day!

Nearly New Year Hogmanay Show

Sat 31 Dec | 7.30pm £20 / £18 Join Alan and Polly Kirwan Beck as they get you in the mood for the bells. They will perform all the popular Scottish melodies assisted by ceilidh band Flung About.

Why not make a night of it with our Christmas menu! Book at table in the Beacon’s Bistro!

Our 2 course Christmas menu is just £14.95.

Menu is available from 9 December. Advance booking required. £5 deposit per person and 15% deposit for groups more than 8. Make a reservation on 01475 723 723

To book tickets or for more information on Beacon Arts Centre, visit or call 01475 723 723. Beacon Arts Centre, Custom House Quay, & Greenock, PA15 1HJ. @clydelifemag 16 | ClydeonLife October/November 2016 All shows sale– now, see our website for details.



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Scotland’s Boat Show is more than just a boat show. showcasing unique products, gifts and services. As well as the massive array of trade and technical stands serving the boating community’s every need, you will find a small army of people dedicated to ensuring you see Scottish living at its best. Each year a tented village springs up at Kip Marina, amidst its offices, workshops, waterside homes and eateries. Yes, it might be the third largest boat show in the UK and have £7.3 million of brokerage boats on sale. But the show, now arguably one of the best boating experiences in Scotland, also has evolved into a unique opportunity to sample some of the finest foods and goods and services on offer today in this country. All aiming to help you create a more enjoyable lifestyle for yourself and your family.

market, town centre Christmas slog. Here you can wander at your leisure and select some presents to get your Christmas off to a cracking start. There is no nicer feeling than finding a gift which you know is just perfect for someone. Many of the exhibitors in the Clyde Life Pavilion can be commissioned to add a personalised touch to the present - so place an order, secure in the knowledge that’s another name ticked off your gift list. The Clyde Life Pavilion offers not just gifts for you and yours but for your pets and your home as well.

The Clyde Life Pavilion is the ideal place to start your Christmas planning, buying those extraspecial gifts. Forget the mass

Scotland’s Boat Show is more than boats it’s about choosing to create and live a Scottish lifestyle embracing the best of the traditional with inspiration of the modern; enjoying the outdoors and returning to the comfort of an enjoyable home at the end of a day of discovery and adventure.

Once again the Clyde Life Pavilion is bursting at its canvas seams with talented crafts men and women and entrepreneurs

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Clyde Life style The Clyde Life Pavilion

Local Exhibitors Treasured Gifts Treasured Gifts’ home on Cardwell Street, Gourock, has three chapters: treasured home, treasured gifts, treasured children. The team here are dedicated to finding an amazing range of goods to make sure each of those chapters creates a story with a happy ending.

David Watson Cabinetmaker This cabinetmaker and his team of craftsmen and women are proof that you don’t have to settle for the ordinary and the mass-produced. They make exquisite bespoke furniture for the discerning at their Clydeside workshop. Prepare to be wowed!

Ardgowan Health and Beauty Clinic The fact that Ardgowan Health and Beauty is a Clarins gold partner clinic says it all - one of the world’s best skincare companies does not bestow its highest honour lightly. Expect experienced, friendly, knowledgeable, personnel offering good advice and alongside skilled treatments.

No. 26 No. 26 Kempock Street, Gourock is re-writing the books. It provides a unique business model for craftsmen and women to bring their talents to the attention of the shopping public. A new generation of artisans are creating craft goods with a contemporary twist and No. 26 is a new way for them all to offer their work for sale. Prepare to be delighted at the range you will see.

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It’s not PERVERSE to be DIVERSE Robert MacDonald, our investment guru and numbers man says diversification is vital In this month’s column we asked Robert about something fairly specific as there had been a number of press reports in relation to Property versus Pensions as a means to provide for one’s retirement. Indeed some of the rhetoric came from Andy Haldane who is the Chief Economist and Executive Director of Money Analysis and Statistics and also on the Monetary Policy Committee at the Bank of England. Robert’s words of wisdom follow below. Andy Haldane is quoted as saying, ‘he didn’t understand the pension system’ but as he understood property, he was putting his long-term investing strategy into this asset class.

basic rate taxpayer at 20 percent; for higher incomes tax relief is available at the 40 and 45 percent.

That’s quite disturbing for a man in his position, though he might have been quoted out of context.

Whilst I’m not an economist at the Bank of England, I DO understand pensions.

The most appropriate strategy for any investment journey is to diversify and hold shares of various sizes of companies/geographic regions; global bonds, both government and corporate; cash and, indeed, global property.

Mr Haldane’s assumption is based on his lack of understanding of pensions. I’m assuming his opinion was, at best, broadly based on averages specifically in the South East where property market growth has been an attractive ‘investment’.

Here at MacDonald & Co we are very pensionfocused - it’s the only way to get ‘free money’.

Unlike certain parts of Inverclyde where growth has stagnated.

If you allocate £200 per month from your disposable earned income, HM Revenue and Customs will increase this by £50 so that £250 is invested for a

Andy Haldane is wrong, according to advisers who say investors overlooking pensions and banking on property are making a big mistake.

The views in this article are personal and provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as recommendation by the publisher or investment advice by the contributor as laid down by the Financial Conduct authority.

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House prices have risen, driven up by factors including low housebuilding levels and rock-bottom interest rates. That has pushed rental prices up. While rising prices makes property more appealing, investing in property is a risky strategy for retirement funding. Borrowing money to invest can be particularly risky because if the investment falls in value you still owe the bank the original value of the loan. I am a numbers guy and so here are some numbers. Direct comparison between pensions and property is difficult,

but there are proxies that can be used for guidance.

percent; shares beat houses 91percent of the time.

Alan Miller, chief investment officer at SCM Direct, compared the returns from equities with the growth in house prices.*

Statistically and historically shares will give a better outcome.

Between January 1986 and June 2016, UK shares generated annualised returns of 9.5 percent against 5.9 percent for UK houses. Comparing every quarterly 20-year period since 1986 and working out the chances of shares beating property in each market, the average outperformance of UK equities against UK house prices over 20 years was 184

Alan Miller said that given the statistics it is hard not to conclude UK house prices are ‘ridiculously over-valued’. My conclusion: always take what leading figures say with a big pinch of salt - especially when they ignore THE fundamental rule of diversification. *Miller used the FTSE All Share to represent equity investments and the Nationwide All Houses price index to represent property.

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“Bespoke Financial Planning for your Future” MacDonald & Co is a trading style of MacDonald & Co (Wealth Management) Ltd which is authortised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority

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Woodland Light Experience

TRANSITIONS Based a short drive north of Glasgow, this year the theme for the light show is TRANSITIONS. The winding paths, conifers and broadleaves will provide the stunning backdrop to the professional and creative lighting effects, with stunning displays to enthrall. There will be an unfolding, and a feeling of change as the walk progresses, with a breathtaking area of light and music around a viewing platform at the water feature, and an atmospheric finale. The light show in 2015 had visitors from all over Scotland, and received rave reviews.

So, what sets the Woodland Light Experience apart from the rest? 1. A short 20-minute drive north from Glasgow, and you arrive at the stunning rural site where the event takes place. No bus transfers, no fuss. 2. All parking is free, on-site and supervised. This means the event is accessible to all, with quick entry to the event itself. 3. Unlike city centre parks, there is no light pollution due to the rural location, and the light show is all the more spectacular and atmospheric against the backdrop of inky skies and deep, dark woodland. Last year lights could be spotted from a twenty-mile radius. 4. Located next to the immensely popular Woodland Santa Experience and Woodland Fairy Trail, Children will be delighted to catch a glimpse of the enchanting Woodland Fairy Trail as a part of the walk. 5. The light show is created and organized by award-winning NL Productions, who boast an impressive portfolio of lighting extravaganzas for distinguished events and venues.

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6. The light show is totally new this year – and will be in subsequent years - leading guests through a changed network of pathways set amongst the trees; magical and suffused with creative lighting effects. 7. Award-winning local butcher Skinner of Kippen will be serving melt-in-the-mouth meat pies and other tasty treats at the covered reception area, and hot drinks will be available. 8. The majority of the path network is accessible to robust wheelchairs and buggies, making the event accessible to all. Ring at the time of booking if you have specific requirements. 9. The spectacular lighting effects, and the charm of the bewitching woodland, will appeal to all members of the family from the youngest to the oldest. 10. A local, family business, the Woodland Light Experience goes the extra mile to make the experience memorable and special for all the visitors. The result is, we think, the best light show in central Scotland.

TRANSITIONS will run from the 4th - 20th Nov 2016.

Tickets are available to buy online Keep an eye on the Facebook page for an opportunity to win tickets! @clydelifemag


Woodland Light Experience

Open 4th – 20th November 2016 Central Scotland location 30mins from Glasgow/Stirling, 1 hour from Edinburgh Free parking on site

Book Now! • Spectacular sound and light show in natural woodland setting • Produced by award winning NL Productions • Hot food available from award winning Skinner of Kippen

Tickets must be booked in advance. Peak: Adults £14, Children £7, Under 3's FREE Family Ticket £40 Off Peak: Adults £12, Children £6, Under 3's FREE Family Ticket £34 Pushchair & wheelchair accessible.

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Remember, remember the third of October, gunpowder, treason and plot. . . doesn’t have much of a ring to it, does it? This year, when you dance round a bonfire, brandishing a sparkler (safely, of course) remember to thank the good old bubonic plague. We all know about Guy Fawkes and the gunpowder plot to blow up the opening of parliament on November 5, 1605 but the thing about plans is that they can often go wrong. Parliament should have met a month before but an outbreak of bubonic plague had lingered. So a decision was made to put back the opening of parliament, just to be on the safe side. Never has caution been SO rewarded. The extra month did nothing for the conspirators’ nerves and the longer a plan is laying around the more time there is for it to be discovered or conspirators to have second thoughts, worry, and tell other people. Not to mention the condition of the 36 barrels of gunpowder hidden behind bundles of firewood in the under croft of parliament. Conspirator Francis Tresham is suspected of writing the anonymous letter that warned Lord Monteagle, his brother-in-law, who was a member of parliament. The letter led to the plot being discovered and Guy Fawkes was found in the cellars ready to light the fuse. But like all good plots this has conspiracy theories thrown in as well – was the plot already known and the letter the work of government officials who wanted to win the King’s favour or promote anti-catholic propaganda? Arguments continue to this day. In 2005 a television documentary researched and created a replica of the 1605 parliament building and the amount of gunpowder the conspirators had hidden. The subsequent explosion shows that Guy Fawkes, who had been recruited by plot leader Robert Catesby for his skills with explosives, knew his stuff; no one within 100 metres would have survived with those up to 200 metres away injured by debris from the blast. The annual celebration for the safe deliverance of king and parliament has always been marked by bonfires, fireworks (once they arrived from China) and for the first few centuries by the ringing of church bells and sermons. An effigy or ‘Guy’ is burned. St Peter’s School in York, has a firework display but does not burn a Guy . . . they take a dim view of setting fire to their former pupils. 26 | Clyde Life – October/November 2016

By @clydelifemag Jo Simms

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Preparing Your Garden for Winter (and next Spring) As I write this the view from my office at Cardwell Garden Centre is one of decidious trees beginning to show signs that autumn is imminent. The lush green leaves are just starting to show shades of yellow, brown and red and some have already fallen off. I enjoy autumn; it’s nature’s harvest time and there is an abundance of high quality vegetables available from local stores. I say this every year, but the quality of locally, or even better, home grown, fruit and vegetables is far superior to anything you can buy in a supermarket. Although the leaves will not be green much longer, the display that nature puts on is stunning in its own right. The few weeks inbetween the leaves turning and falling off is a time to savour, as the downside to autumn is what is sure to follow – winter! Falling leaves should be cleared away as soon as you can. They can cause problems in the garden, from making paths, drives and especially wooden decking slippy

underfoot, to blocking gutters and cluttering up beds and lawns. We sell a great product at Cardwell called Algon which is perfect for cleaning decking and paths. It’s easy to use, so you don’t have to worry about dangerous chemicals. You can compost fallen leaves, providing they are free from disease, in either your own garden or your brown bins. Greenhouses, cold frames and propagators should be cleaned before beginning your next batch of seeds or plants. Jeyes Fluid or Armillatox are ideal for this.

Beds and borders that have been used for growing fruit and vegetables should be reinvigorated with the addition of manure or something similar which is rich in nutrients. If you do use manure, it should be well rotted and mature. Fresh manure is too high in chemicals like

Remember our feathered friends will need a little extra help over the winter. High fat peanuts, seeds and suet balls provide much needed energy for the birds, so please give them a hand for the next few months.

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Don’t forget your last Brown Bin collection day!

ammonia and will cause your soil to become unbalanced. Inexpensive bags of farm manure are available now at Cardwell. Digging it in now gives it time to break down in the soil for planting in spring. An old method to reinvigorate the soil, is to plant ‘green manure’ seeds in your empty beds. Green manure is bought as seeds and are sown liberally over the area to be treated. The exact variety of the seeds will vary, but often include mustard, cress or herbs. The green manure is quick growing – if you plant now, in early autumn, they should grow within a few weeks. They are hardy plants and should be left in the ground over winter. You don’t need to do anything to them, just let them grow. In early spring, when you want to get the area ready, run a strimmer or mower over the area and leave it for a couple of days for the plants to wilt. Once they have wilted, simply dig into the soil. The plants will break down in just a few weeks and release high amounts of nutrients, particularly nitrogen, and you are ready to plant. You should not be cutting your lawn anymore and don’t worry about any weeds in the grass. They will die back soon and it is too cold for weedkillers to work effectively now anyway.You can treat the moss in the lawn though, and all lawns will benefit from a treatment of autumn lawn food. @clydelifemag By Kieran Gallacher


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Don’t miss our Christmas Preview Evening

Our Christmas Preview Evening will take place from 6pm on Thursday 3rd November. We have lots of great entertainment planned for the evening, please check our website for more information.

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The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair is back at SECC, Glasgow from 17 - 20 Nov 2016. This annual celebration of all things festive, viewed as the official start of Christmas by many loyal visitors, is a must for anyone who enjoys a great day’s shopping. We have 10 pairs of tickets for this fabulously festive show to be won. If you don’t win you can purchase tickets saving 10% on the full price by visiting and enter the code CL16G1.

Win tickets to Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair! 10 Pairs of Tickets to be won. To enter, visit and click on competitions. For further information or to book tickets call 0844 581 1385 or visit

Help is at Hand as your Life changes Woodside Care Home is a 19 bedroom Residential Home situated in the beautiful conservation village of Quarriers, just outside Bridge of Weir. Visitors are always made welcome. The Home is registered with The Care Inspectorate for the regulation of care. • • • •

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We have a full programme of events throughout the festive period to tempt you to visit us – whether for one of our famous Party Nights, a Festive Lunch with work colleagues or for our Gala Hogmanay Dinner Dance – there is something for everyone.


Our famous Party Nights are the perfect way to get you into the festive mood! Arrive at 7.30pm for a sumptuous 4 course Christmas Dinner, then it’s on with the party until 1.00am with our resident DJ Radio Clyde’s Bill Smith. You can reserve your table now with a deposit of only £10 per person by calling us on 01475 520919.

MID-WINTER BALL Wednesday 28th December

A glass of fizz on arrival, candlelit dinner & amazing live entertainment with top Michael Bublé tribute till the wee hours. Black tie for the Gents and Glamorous for the Ladies. Tickets £35.


A black tie way to bring in the New Year and the best Hogmanay in Inverclyde! Cocktails & canapés, sumptuous 4 course dinner, live music from Jimallywhy, dancing till 2am with Radio Clyde’s Bill Smith & a piper at the bells! Tickets £55 per person. Early reservations strongly advised.

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