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Power to the People Ronnie Cowan MP

When it comes to providing the infrastructure that our community relies on, we have traditionally looked to a local council to build and maintain roads, schools, utilities, public buildings and much more. We expect government, whether that be in Edinburgh, London or Brussels to fund these schemes. Once we have paid our tax we don’t expect to be out of pocket again to sustain local amenities therefore on the surface our options are limited. The best projects, even if they are conceived with the best intentions, more often than not fail because of lack of funding. My conundrum is, how far can any community empower itself in these circumstances? Why should any community or part of a community have to club together to purchase super-fast broadband when the folk down the road already get it? Across the globe there are fantastic community schemes that both satisfy a local need and are financially responsible. The Island of Eigg suffered many years of neglect until it was the subject of a community buy out. It now produces virtually 100% of its own electricity via the first grid in the world powered by a combination of wind, solar and hydro schemes. This has been achieved with minimum impact to the Island’s

natural beauty as all the cables are underground. Similarly the City of Aspen Colorado’s electric system uses 100% renewable energy (46% hydroelectric, 53% wind power, 1% landfill gas). The successful schemes satisfy a need for an entire defined community. Would it be too much to say that Inverclyde could be self-sufficient in energy? And if it is, why? What is lacking? The community spirit? Or is it just that we have devolved all the power making decisions that local communities used to have to governments and councils and now we see our role as critic and social media commentators. The ‘Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act’ was supposed to empower citizens to utilise buildings in their community for the greater good. Some of the topics covered by the Act include, community planning; rights to buy lands; common good and participation in public decision-making. I would go further. The hills behind Inverclyde, the river that runs beside it, the rain that falls on it and the wind that blows through it should all be harnessed and utilised for the good of the community. If you would like to read more of my thoughts on renewable

energy and Inverclyde then please read my ‘Island of Inverclyde’ document which is available on my website – https://ronniecowan. com/2016/08/17/the-island-ofinverclyde. The task is not an easy one, and any future plan may be very different to what I have outlined. However, I believe Inverclyde has vast potential which requires unlocking. It is said time and time again that an areas greatest asset is its people but rarely are they fully utilised. I think it is time the citizens of Inverclyde engaged fully with the decision making process that is being utilised in their interests. I am convinced that the combination of our own natural resources and the citizens of Inverclyde would be a combination that could produce significant changes and create a more ambitious prosperous community. It is with that in mind that I am researching different forms of citizens’ assemblies. A body of people that truly represent their communities and come together to work in a collaborative fashion to create a better society. The citizens of Inverclyde combined with the resources of Inverclyde can be a powerful force.

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theStyle files

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Work it.

Staying stylish at work this Summer. It can be a little tricky getting the workwear balance just right at any time of the year but, add some hot weather into the mix and you could have a recipe for disaster! Don’t fret, there are ways to beat the heat and look professional. Take away our workwear security blanket of coat, oversized scarf and trusty black opaques and we can feel cast adrift and confused. There’s no hiding behind these trusty stalwarts now - it’s time to embrace a new way of dressing, a lighter, fresher and more elegant way. So, you’ve just come back from holiday, your sunbathing efforts have paid off and you are tanned

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and relaxed - great, but a word of advice - no matter how sun kissed you are, please don’t be tempted to show more skin than appropriate and legs (for work) are best covered with some nice nude tights or hold ups. In London last Summer, a professional young woman came out from a corporate workplace onto a busy street. Every head (including mine) turned to watch her. She seemed oblivious to the attention she was receiving as she glided over to hail a taxi, (which she had no trouble in getting!) She was elegant, well groomed, walked tall, and dressed beautifully (well cut knee length striped dress, simply

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With music festivals galore in Britain this summer it’s time to perfect your festival look. In previous years sportswear was the style to be seen in, but this year ditch the 3 stripes and mesh in favour of a retro revival. Go with the carefree, happy and laid back style of the 70’s with off the shoulder florals, soft blues and browns and flowing chiffon blouses and dresses.

Fashion & Beauty NOTES belted at the waist and complimented with impeccable accessories - a lovely classic bag and good shoes). She was a masterclass in dressing for work on a hot summer day. By comparison, moments later another businesswoman rushed by in a basic black skirt that was way too tight and much too short, a blouse that’s buttons were straining to contain her bust, a black jacket that was poorly fitted and high heels that looked truly painful. She looked flustered and uncomfortable. Heads turned again, but sadly, this time it was for all the wrong reasons. The choice is yours - dress well at work and create a professional but stylish look by wearing well cut clothes. Choose pretty, lightweight, feminine dresses and versatile, multitasking separates - a fresh white or blue shirt and pencil skirt is a classic combination but by mixing up the fabrics and choosing eye catching patterns you can elevate the whole outfit. Add some simple accent jewellery and Wow! Although elegant women do appear effortlessly stylish, forward planning is required to look that good, so don’t risk leaving choosing your work outfit till the morning because almost guaranteed, something will crop up; an urgent email, snagged (nude) tights, a lost file, a sick dog, whatever - and boom, all good intentions go right out the window as you quickly throw on the first thing that comes to hand - Black skirt, boring blouse, opaques?

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Nostalgic & New! The Beacon Arts Centre team has done it again – created a new season of entertainment with a dazzling choice for everyone! Summer is slowly drawing to a close, Autumn is on its way so we can all be forgiven for feeling a wee bit nostalgic. And if you are in the mood for nostalgia, check out the Beacon Arts Centre programme because they have wonderful servings of feel-good musical memories sitting alongside some of the latest cuttingedge arts, music and drama around.

Sisters of Swing

MacFloyd are back again, with their tribute to Pink Floyd’s Animal album plus The Quo Experience a must for Status Quo fans.

How the team at the Beacon manage to come up with such an incredible mix to suit all tastes never ceases to amaze.

The Beacon doesn’t just take you back in time with music; there are some drama productions as well.

But meanwhile, back to nostalgia! Totally Tina!

Tribute concerts include Totally Tina! A Vision of Elvis, Divas Unleashed (Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Britney Spears).

For a little bit further back in time, check out Sisters of Swing, a tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee and Nina Simone amongst others and The Andrews Sisters is a recreation of the famous sound backed by the Moonlight Serenade orchestra UK, or try Sing, Sing, Swing with the music of Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Matt Munro amongst others and Mad4Musicals, featuring songs from everyone’s favourite shows.

Rock of Ages sees Greenock Light Opera Club go back to the 1980s and Barry Steel and Friends recreate the music of Roy Orbison. Enjoy an evening of The Music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and a

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One that is sure to score is Mon Eh Ton! With G.I.P Theatre Company presenting this comedy drama about the history Greenock Morton, complete with video of old match footage. Or try The Lynching: the last rounds of Benny Lynch, the story of the flyweight boxing champ from the Gorbals; The Lions of Lisbon has a cast of 10 and a live band celebrating that famous Celtic @clydelifemag


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Coal

Coal marks the 30th anniversary of the end of the British Miners Strike, complete with dance theatre, a local cast of women and a live brass band. The Beacon is also home to fantastic local talent and this autumn the Beacon Youth Theatre Primary Classes take to the stage with a show they have devised, written by Marianne Yeomans, called Wheesht!

Well-known names also coming to the Beacon this Autumn include Joe Langthorne, Dominic Kirwan and Lisa Stanley, Dougie MacLean, and Scottish Opera. There are some incredible magic shows, including one with Sooty for the kids to enjoy and also Hairy Maclary of storybook fame!

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When the clocks go back and the nights grow long join them to sail through the cracks in time. Bogles, sea snakes, witches

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Soon be Boat Show time again! Come and celebrate the best of Scotland by land and sea at Scotland’s Boat Show over the weekend of October 13 – 15 at Kip Marina. THIS is one of the biggest boat shows in the UK, but what makes Scotland’s Boat Show so special is that it has grown into an event which showcases so much of what makes living in Scotland so great. The magnificent coastal waters of Scotland are there for you to discover and so are some of the best foods and products created here.

There is even a pavilion dedicated to getting you onto the water for the first time.

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Last year the total value of boats for sale at the show topped the £15 million mark; there were vessels there from a humble £500 up to £1 million. This year promises even more.

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If you are new to the water the Get on the Water Pavilion is the place for you with everything you need to know to go boating for the first time, sponsored by Riverside Inverclyde. Foodies mingle with the yachties, making their way to sample all the delights of the nation’s larder in the West College Scotland Food and Drink Pavilion and the marina’s own Chartroom Restaurant and the food trucks dotted around the pavilion. Nick Nairn will once again be demonstrating recipes using fine Scottish produce – all superb but simple dishes you can recreate at home.

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The stars of the Clyde Lifestyle pavilion are the Scottish craftsmen and women who produce clothing, textiles, furniture, paintings and prints you will never see on the high street. The range of products and prices is so wide there is something for everyone making the pavilion a perfect place to begin your Christmas shopping for gifts, Christmas dinner and entertaining. More than 16,000 people visit the Scotland’s Boat Show each year, come and join them.

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Can investors time the market? Timing is everything! Life’s financial guru, Robert MacDonald looks at market timing – It’s not as easy as it looks.

By Robert MacDonald

Now is the summer of our discontent, full of political, geo-political and other negative comment. Remember that equity markets tend to be cyclical. Positive periods are followed by negative, followed by positive. So it is common when markets are - or perceived to be - falling to ask is it possible to time investments to sell at the peaks and buy back at the troughs? You could analyse forward-looking information such as economic and corporate/company data and make predictions about market direction. But it is really REALLY hard to make predictions, especially about the future! Or you could look back at data from previous cycles and identify patterns that could repeat, going forward. Researchers at Dimensional Fund Advisors did exactly this, running almost 800 tests on data from 15 world equity markets to identify signals that might point to a change of market cycle, simulating the trading activity that might improve investment returns. Most of the 800 tests failed and resulted in worse performance than would have been achieved by just going with the ups and downs of the market.

Is now a good time to be in the market.

But some of the tests worked, producing positive results.

their trading to coincide with the market’s peaks and troughs.

You might think this is good news for investors – that they can replicate the trading patterns. Unfortunately, the positive results were no greater than one might expect with such a large number of tests.

Dimensional conducted another long-term US study (45 years) in relation to market timing that showed the outcome if you were ‘out of the market’ awaiting the best time to re enter when you felt it was a ‘good time’ to buy back in.

The odds of one person coin flipping 10 heads in a row are small. But if you asked 100 people to try, you would expect around five of them to be successful. The same proportion of the 800 market tests were positive and the research was unable to determine if this was just a sequence of lucky coin tosses.

As you can see, if you were in cash and not in the market, and missed the best one day’s performance, your return would have reduced by over 10 per cent.

The conclusion is that, on average, investors are better off sticking to their long-term investment goals and riding out short-term market volatility, rather than trying to time

And so when you hear the phrase ‘It’s all about time IN the market and not about market timing’, you will have a much better sense of what this all means.

Astonishingly, if over that 45 year period, you missed the best 25 days your return would have reduced by a whopping 75 per cent.

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By Jo Simms

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Flash back to 21 years ago and the day before my youngest sets off for university. ‘Dan. . .’ ‘Yeah?’ ‘Tomorrow’s a big day, you’re off on your own, properly, for the first time. We need to have a bit of a talk about the facts of life…’ He shot me a look of teenage contempt which managed to let me know he’d been there, done that, and (thanks to a merciful God) not caught something nasty along the way. ‘Pleeaase! there’s no need to tell me about THAT!’ ‘I should hope not, Daniel, but this is a bottle of Domestos and this, this is a lavatory brush; it’s a fact of life that lavs don’t clean themselves.’ Ten minutes later he was well-versed in this major art of sanitation then frog-marched down to the kitchen to have the mysteries of fridge management, why you scrub things after raw chicken and the unblocking of plug holes revealed unto him. I also threw in the best way to deal with puke as a bonus.

Your kids are smart enough to go to uni but have you made sure they know the REAL facts of life? empowering; if they choose not to follow this advice, it is their decision. If you don’t equip your kids with these skills then you keep them tied to your apron strings, infantilised, which is kind of creepy. University is about finding out who you are; achieving magnificent successes, learning from spectacular failures and going out into the world fully-equipped for a great life. Make sure your kids enter uni with the basics covered so that they can spend all their time, money and effort doing just that and not wasting any of those resources on catching-up on the obvious.

Here’s the thing which appals and terrifies me in equal measure: we live in a country where parents, wearing their pyjamas, drop their kids off at infant classes and some of these children are still not completely toilet-trained or know how to sit and use cutlery properly to eat a meal. At the other end of the school system children intelligent enough to gain places at universities still believe in a kind of tooth-fairy who magically produces food, laundry and a clean, safe place to live. You are not doing your children any favours if they cannot stand on their own two feet. Forget gender roles: whether male, female or fluid they all need to know the basics of cooking, cleaning, laundry, budgeting and personal health and safety before they fly the nest. You are not nagging you are

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By Kieran Gallagher, Cardwell Garden Centre As I get older I find myself mentioning the weather in conversation a lot more. We gardeners are known for having one eye on the forecast and with good reason. This year has been fairly typical weather for the west of Scotland in that we have had a bit of everything, often in one day! The cold snaps through May and June were a problem and stunted the growth of many bedding plants and crops. Now that the temperatures are steady in the teens, the soil has reached optimum temperature for growing and things are truly underway. My own garden has been growing at a ferocious rate, particularly the grass and the weeds. Grass should be trimmed little and often. If dry spells last more than a few days, watering the lawn will be very beneficial. Weed treatments and fertilisers will work at their best now the temperatures are up and a high nitrogen lawn food like Miracle Gro soluble will ensure the grass remains green and lush.

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There are numerous potential problems with lawns, from the obvious weeds and moss, to parasites and pets. There simply isn’t enough space to detail all the remedies in the column, so if you do have a particular issue the best thing to do is take a picture or two of the affected area and bring it into us at Cardwell Garden Cente. We normally ask customers to bring part of a diseased plant in to the garden centre, but you cannot bring your lawn in! The heavy showers and high winds we have had are not kind to hanging baskets or bedding plants. If you have damaged plants for whatever reason the simplest and easiest solution is to remove them and replace them. Lots of garden centres, including Cardwell, still have a good selection of summer bedding and many at reduced prices. Don’t worry about how long they will last, as long as the plants are healthy when you buy them they will flower well into September or whenever the first frost arrive.

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If the plants are not healthy when they are on sale then walk away, unless they are cheap enough and you have the time to give them some TLC for 2-3 weeks to nurse them. I recently got some herbs that were not fit for sale and 3 weeks later they look great. Cardwell Garden Centre started to stock lawnmowers and power tools again this year and I have been testing some of our Webb machinery this month.

tire before making any inroads. It has been irritating me recently, so I had reached the point I had to deal with it. So I bought a Webb petrol powered strimmer and borrowed a hedgetrimmer from our commercial business and set about the area. It took about 6 or 7 hours to clear the whole area down to ground level, but it was not hard work. The Webb strimmer balances perfectly

on the harness and it really was easy to use, even for a somewhat overwheight chap like myself! It cut through even the thickest of bramble stems (apporx 1�/2.5cm), which I would not recommed doing with your strimmer, but was a good test for this purpose. The moral of the story is simply use the right tool for the job and save yourself and your back a lot of misery.

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Piping and football, what more could an MSP want, asks Stuart McMillan, especially when both raise cash for good causes.

The #Pipeathon2017 challenge was me piping at each of the 42 senior football clubs across Scotland in five days. The clubs were hugely supportive throughout, and Greenock Morton FC and the SFA have been particularly helpful. I had the idea as far back as 2008 but found out my wife was expecting our second child in the summer of 2009 so the idea was put on hold. There have also been quite a few elections and other activities since then... The tour began on July 17 at Cappielow in Greenock and ended on 21 July at Hampden in Glasgow. The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service were hugely supportive and as part of their help I used fire stations along the way for accommodation. This helped cut down on cost. McDonald’s also supported the challenge, keeping us sustained throughout the trip. Arnold Clark provided a car for the week and EE gave extra mobile data to ensure we kept people updated with how the event unfolded.

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There were two of us on the challenge; Matthew who who drove and myself. I am the Scottish Parliamentary Piper, so you can see why I was intent on using this position to its fullest. I have also included links, listed below, to both the #Pipeathon2017 Facebook page and the Just Giving page. Even though I have now piped at the grounds, the #Pipeathon2017 is not over. Both pages will remain live for a short while, so if you would like to find out more or donate via the JustGiving page you will be able to do so. Any support you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Being able to combine two things I enjoy, football and piping, for excellent causes was something I have wanted to do for some time and this #Pipeathon2017 did just that. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pipeathon2017/ Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/ crowdfunding/pipeathon2017

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Seafood! A chilled white wine, sun is shining and this easy salmon and mussel dish should make the perfect evening either for yourself or with others! Firstly the mussels, buy a fresh bag of mussels and de beard/scrub them all and throw away any open ones. Store them either in the fridge or on some ice cubes. Find a pot with a lid and set aside. We start off with the salmon, pre heat the oven to 180 degrees celsius and in an oven proof dish - put half the butter and salmon in the dish and season. Cover with foil and place it into the oven for roughly 15 mins the salmon should be perfectly cooked and still moist. Whilst the salmon is in the oven, melt the remainder of the butter in the pan and fry the shallots. Add the garlic once the shallots turn brown and after about 20 secs add the white wine and chives and reduce slightly. Add the

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