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“Fools rush in”

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Recently I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by Rutger Bregman at the RSA. His topic was “Utopia for Realists”. The overall theme was for sweeping change to the accepted normality of society as it is today. He focused on the changes required to the working week and the welfare system and how they could come about. The general impression was that any political change would be slow and in some cases very slow. Not too surprising, as we have been talking about the likes of Universal Basic Income for hundreds of years. This got me thinking, not about the theme of the lecture, but about expectations and resolutions. When I was a kid I had a denim jacket. In those days a new denim jacket was as stiff as cardboard. The choice of colours was limited to one. It was dark blue denim, take it or leave it. The first year was spent washing and wearing it, to break it in. The second year it was beginning to fade and you could bend your arms. By the third year it had earned pride of place in your wardrobe. It was so cool it could be worn anyplace anytime and was worn with pride. Today you can walk into a shop and buy a denim jacket in many colours and in various states of decay straight off the peg. It’s not as fulfilling (but I do own one).

It used to be that a movie got released and, after a few months or so, it would come ‘to a cinema near you’. The intervening time was a period of excitement and anticipation waiting to see the latest offering from Alfred Hitchcock or Francis Ford Coppola. The viewing was the culmination of the experience. These days I can sit on my sofa and ‘on demand’ fall asleep to thousands of movies at the click of a button.

belief that nothing is being done. I hear this all the time from political reviewers but big problems take a long time to resolve. The damage done by poor policy takes a long time to repair. Selling off social housing may have seemed like a good idea to some and no doubt many benefited from it. But nobody thought long term and realised we needed to build social housing too because the demand had not gone away.

Food used to be grown locally. Gardens and allotments produced home grown fruit and vegetables. Local shops had local produce. Meals took time to prepare and cook. Now we can pierce the plastic film and microwave the taste away in 4 minutes flat. Vegetables come peeled, chopped and packaged in wee boxes. We don’t need to grind coffee beans, we can have instant. We don’t need to make custard, we can have instant. Instant, on demand, pre-shrunk, pre-cooked, all the hard work done for you, prepared, packaged and tied up with a bow on it.

As the process to leave the European Union progresses, the time scale will restrict the opportunity to produce anything meaningful and I fear we shall end up with mishmash of borrowed legislation, conflict and confusion. This should be a salutary lesson and one to be heeded prior to any change in Scotland’s relationship with the UK. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by engaging in wide reaching discussions to design and define the country we want to live in. And it should not be left solely to elected politicians to come up with the solutions. Citizen’s engagement is vital and civic society has a massive role to play but it must start now if we are to avoid the mistakes of Brexit. The change may not come around as quickly as we would like but sometimes the wait is worth it.

We have grown accustomed to an instant society. We want instant gratification and the consequences of not getting it, are often met with incredulity and frustration. I understand that procrastination can sometimes be seen as inactivity and that can fuel the

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refrigerator, freezer, and dishwasher and washing machine. The Siemens 90 cm glass hob with a dedicated wok burner and a flush mounted ceiling extractor finished in stainless steel really impressed Fran and Stephen after decades of cooking on their old hob. The flat now has a modern kitchen which is used far more than ever before as a living and social space and has wowed everyone who has seen it. But what really impressed Stephen was the fact, that in the team at Affordable Luxuries, he met people who had standards as demanding as his own. ‘I admit, I am really pernickety about stuff and Tom was even more so than me. ‘One of the big selling points for me was the way the whole project was put together, something the big firms didn’t offer.’ The end result speaks for itself, we are truly delighted and couldn’t recommend Affordable Luxuries highly enough”.

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• The Country Living Kitchen will delight and inspire as top Scottish chefs demonstrate preparing tempting seasonal dishes, using delicious, fresh ingredients. • The Country Living Corner where experts will offer advice on how to make the most of your home over the festive period, with a series of talks and demonstrations. • Over in The Country Living Crafting Workshops there will be a varied daily hands-on programme where visitors will have the chance to create something special to take home • The Drunken Duck Champagne Bar - The perfect day out wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing glass of fizz. For further information or to book tickets call 0844 581 1385 or visit

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Get more out of life with Oc1t3o- 15 10am ber Scotland's Kip Ma-5pm rina Boat Show It is time for one of nation’s favourite events enjoyed by everyone who loves life afloat and ashore.

Come to Inverkip and experience the best lifestyle by land and sea that the Clyde and Scotland can offer at the 31st Scotland’s Boat Show. Alongside the dazzling maritime world, our Clyde LifeStyle pavilion hosts everything from food and drink to fashion and furniture, with celebrity chef Nick Nairn presenting daily cooking displays aided by the West College Scotland students. Nick’s demonstrations take place at 12noon, 2pm and 3.30pm each day; admission is free with a donation to local charities. Alongside Nick will be the Scottish food and drink producers indoor

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‘street market’ with amazing food to eat there and then or take home to fill your fridge and pantry with the best that Scotland can offer – from cheese, to wine, bread, sweets, chocolate, seafood, meat, delicatessen goodies and unique kitchen equipment. It is a real foodies’ paradise and it does your heart proud to look across the vast tented area crammed full of quality produce and think that this is all from Scotland.

Expect a bigger, better and even more exciting Scotland’s Boat Show in 2017, the largest event of this kind in Scotland and the largest brokerage show in the UK. • Last year’s big success was ‘Get on the Water’ to encourage more people to get involved in boats and boating for the first time. This part of the show has grown in size with three days of free lectures and presentations in association with Practical Boat Owner; get expert advice from buying a second-hand boat to the Met Office explaining how to read the skies.

Dare we say it, but Christmas is on the horizon so get some fresh ideas and enjoy all the tasting sessions the stall holders are offering! Speaking of Christmas... the pavilion is also packed with artists, jewellers, craftsmen and women who all create exquisite and temping pieces; plus shop owners who pride themselves on tracking down gifts and home accessories that you won’t find anywhere else. There is so much to see and admire and so many boat show regulars start off their Christmas gift preparations with a visit to the Clyde Lifestyle pavilions.

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• For mobility impaired visitors, Clyde Muirshiel will again feature sailing taster sessions in the accessible Hansa 303 dinghies and Able2sail, who offer voyages for individuals both able-bodied or with disabilities. • Another new visitor to SBS17 is the 60 foot Taeping, the first Clipper round the world race yacht and the replacement vessel for Clyde Challenger. • If something a little faster appeals, then you can take a ride in an F1 Powerboat, with Gordon Cook Racing, or a helicopter flight over Kip Marina to see the stunning Firth of Clyde with the team from Heli Scot - advance bookings for flights and the F1 Powerboats will be available on • If you fancy speed on land, look out for cars from Porsche, Morgan and Tesla. Gavin McDonagh, managing director of Holt Leisure said: ‘As we have now established SBS as the major event on the Scottish marine calendar it is the perfect opportunity to combine the success of the show with a gateway to get visitors afloat and encourage them to enjoy Scotland’s world class sailing waters.’ | 17

Feed your curiosity this Autumn at an evening class “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious”. Albert Einstein Yes, whisper it: it will soon be autumn, and soon be the time for all those lovely evening class prospectuses to appear; hopefully as you devour them they will give you an appetite for more knowledge.

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If Einstein was curious enough to theorise that E=MC2 there must be plenty of things you are curious about too! Curious enough to want to know how to read and order from a menu when you are on holiday in Spain? Check out the classes – you will find everything from school exam level to conversational skills in so many different languages. Curious to want to know how those gorgeous dim sum you ate at a restaurant are made? Once the nights lengthen and the temperature drops it can be very tempting to head for the sofa armed only with the TV remote – so many box sets and so little time; but think again. Instead of just sitting passively watching you could be out there doing and learning. Even if you cannot commit to a lengthy course you will often find a host of one-off lectures, day-courses or sample-sessions. Are you curious about the history of where you live? Chances are someone will be giving a talk this autumn or winter about just that.

Curious to find out what makes your car engine tick (over)? Even curious enough to try and discover why your dog decides to ignore you every time you tell it ‘sit’ and get it to actually obey you? It might do the pair of you

And after watching so many different sports on television are you not curious to have a go for yourself or see if you can still do it? So many leisure centres are running courses for beginners or improvers or taster sessions. Are you curious to know what the view is like from the top of a climbing wall, if you can pull a bow back and hit the gold or what it’s like to breathe while sitting on the floor of the local swimming pool during a scubadiving class? So don’t just sit there wondering idly – get out here and go where your curiosity leads you; you never know what you might discover.

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Summer has gone, what next in the garden? By Kieran Gallacher, Cardwell Garden Centre

As autumn approaches I find myself reflecting on what has been yet another disappointing summer. A short spell of warm and dry weather in May was followed by what is best described as the ‘mixed’ months of June, July and August. This year has been especially wet in Gourock and it has been difficult to think of many occasions where we had more than one or two consecutive days without rain. Having said all that, the season has been and gone, and it is time to think about what comes next. As early as mid September I began to notice the leaves on chestnut trees turning, signalling the onset of autumn and harvest time. This is the time to buy your spring flowering bulbs at the garden centre, although it is still early to think about planting anything right now. I always recommend buying the bulbs you want now and storing them until November or so, when they can be planted in the ground or in containers. The reason for this is that bulbs are grown seasonally, there is a limited supply of all types. This is especially true of the favourite varieties, which always sell out first. Snowdrops and certain varieties of daffodils and crocus are usually the first to become unavailble. When you get your bulbs home, take them out of their packaging and lay them out evenly on layers of old newpaper in an area that is quite dark and cool. This will ensure that they do not start growing

or become diseased before you are ready to use them. It is worth remembering that bulbs are a nice meal for mice and vermin, and they need to be stored accordingly. Likewise when you plant them, watch out for curious squirrels digging them back up! Bulbs are a great source of colour for the first signs of spring and are easy to grow and cheap to buy. They can also be planted in containers using an appropriate compost and will benefit from being layered when planting. The idea is that you plant several different varieties of bulbs in one tub, utilising varieties that will flower slightly apart and can be planted at different depths. This ensures that your containers will have constant and different flowers over a longer period than if you stick to just daffodils, for instance. The exception to the usual handling rules are Hyacinths. Hyacinths come in two types, prepared and unprepared. Prepared Hyacinths are treated with cold to force them to flower earlier and it is this kind that will flower for Christmas. Hyacinths have a strong perfumed smell that is very distinct and a small bowl of Hyacinths is ideal as an air freshener. Unprepared Hyacinths will flower nearer spring. Bear in mind Hyacinths can be irritable to some people, so use the gloves provided by the garden centre when handling. Personally,

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I only need to be near Hyacinths and I start to itch! Autumn is a wonderful and beautiful time of year, so take the time to stop and look around you at natures final display of the year.


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Less work can mean more gain

By Robert MacDonald

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fortune, taking a long-term view and starting with your own needs and risk appetite. Of course, risk can never be completely eliminated and there are no guarantees about anything in life. But you can increase your chances of a successful investment experience if you keep these 10 investment tips in mind: 1. Let the market work for you. Prices in competitive financial markets represent the collective judgment of millions of investors based on current information who trade in the market. So, instead of second guessing the market, work with it.


2. Investment is not speculation. What is promoted in the media as investment is often just speculation. It’s about making short-term and concentrated bets. Few people succeed this way, particularly after you take fees into account. 3. Take a long-term view. Over time, capital markets provide a positive rate of return. As an investor risking your capital, you have a right to the share of that wealth. But keep in mind, the return is not there every day, month or year. 4. Consider the drivers of returns. Differences in returns are explained by certain dimensions identified by academic research as pervasive, persistent and robust. So it makes sense to build portfolios around these. 5. Practise smart diversification. A sound portfolio doesn’t just capture reliable sources of expected return. It reduces unnecessary risks like holding too few stocks, sectors or countries. Diversification helps to overcome that.

cost, diversified portfolio that matches your needs and risk tolerance. Investment is really not that complicated, people including the media make it so. In fact, the more complicated that people make it sound the more you should be sceptical. The truth is markets are so competitive that you can save yourself much time, trouble and expense by letting them work for you. That means structuring a portfolio across the broad dimensions of return, being mindful of cost and focusing on your own needs and circumstances, not what the media is trying to sell you. Simply by following the Top 10 Investment Guidelines above will massively increase your chances of a successful investment experience.

6. Avoid market timing. You never know which markets will be the best performers from year to year. Being well diversified means you’re positioned to capture the returns whenever and wherever they appear. 7. Manage your emotions. People who let their emotions dictate their decisions can end up buying at the top when greed is dominant and selling at the bottom when fear takes over. The alternative is to remain realistic. 8. Look beyond the headlines. The media is by necessity focused on the short term. This can give you a distorted impression of the market. Keep up with the news by all means, but you don’t have to act on it. 9. Keep costs low. Day to day moves in the market are temporary, but costs are permanent. Over time, they can put a real dent in your wealth plans. That’s why it makes sense to be mindful of fees and expenses. 10. Focus on what you can control. You have no control over the markets, but in consultation with an advisor acting in your interests you can create a lowThe 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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I’ll put a spell on you... by Marilyn Thompson

It’s Autumn - a time of change, cosy nights and Halloween surely no better time to introduce a little spellbinding fashion into the proceedings? The shops are full of mystical themed clothes and accessories, filtered down from an array of top designers who all featured ‘Magick’ in their collections.

Many designers like Rodarte, Thornton Bregazzi and Edward Meacham (previously of Meacham Kirchoff) have always looked to the dark side for inspiration and the late Alexander McQueen, whose designs were seriously influenced by the mysterious (his iconic skull print was heavily copied by the high street) traced his family tree back to the Salem Witch Trials, when a distant relation named Elizabeth Howe was hanged for witchcraft in 1692 - perhaps his ancestors magicked some 17th century inspiration to him!

Fashion supremo Christian Dior was apparently very superstitious and had his cards read for him before each fashion show. Fast forward to 2017 and the designer in charge now at Dior - Maria Grazia Chiuri has designed some stunningly beautiful dresses featuring hand embroidered tarot cards as a

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tribute to the man himself, the founder - Christian Dior. Black is of course a classic and always in fashion, so step one of the fashionable ‘Witch’ look is complete! That was easy - It’s now up to you just how far you want to indulge in your witchcraft fashion fantasy. The beautiful dress (shown on the right of the previous page) is from M&S and features a charming celestial print and statement wine velvet cumberband is the perfect purchase for this trend. Want to take it further( then how about a beautifully dramatic embroidered cape (also shown on previous page) - it’s so perfect for autumn and winter and in keeping with the theme, team it up with a white puritanical, corseted shirt, (like this one from Debenhams) black jeans and leather boots.

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Happy Halloween!

There’s a spellbinding look for everyone this All Hallows’ Eve. Get yourself a killer Autumn wardrobe with all the tempting new season clothes on offer - there’s everything you could wish for - from leather and lace, in dramatic black, (of course) but also blood reds and rich jewel colours to sequins and sparkles for that extra touch of magic. Get your freak on this October 31st and trick or treat yourself to a new look that will enchant all!

Fashion & Beauty

Try painting your nails black, with white tips. This bold style looks like a magic wand and is a spooky take on the chic french manicure. Top with a clear coat for results that will last past the witching hour! faux leather cat ears with a pointed HAIR These front from Claire’s make for an easy halloween hair accessory - perfect for that late minute halloween party when you don’t have the time to go all out - you just need to grab and go!

If you are going to a party at Halloween, then this stunning dress from Top Shop will guarantee all eyes are on you with just the right amount of gothic glamour and no spell required! If you prefer, you could restrict this magical trend purely to accessories, and treat yourself to a tarot card inspired bag or some pretty, celestial style jewellery. Alternatively, you could just focus on your feet by wearing shoes adorned with glittery stars and moons! You can be a fashionable kind of witch - modern, glamorous, powerful, confident and kind. I’m now in the mood for a couple of spooky movies ‘Hocus Pocus’ and Roald Dahl’s ‘The Witches’ should do the trick. (Don’t judge -that’s as scary as it gets for me!)

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Halloween Do’s & Dont’s Do keep it fashionable. Do wear with confidence. Do have lots of fun. Don’t forget to accessorise. Don’t dress up as a giant cheesy wotsit!

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Q - Hey Holly, I’ve been invited to a Halloween party but I don’t want to spend a lot on a dressing up outfit. Any ideas? Beth 14. A - Just use things you already have - Black dress, fishnet tights, high heels and a pointed witches hat! Easy and effective. Team up with really glamorous hair and make up for the perfect witchy look. Enjoy the party! 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

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RAS EL HANOUT PORK LOIN served with sesame stir fried vegetables and cajun charlotte potatoes

Ingredients For the pork • x4 Pork Chops - on the bone preferably • Passata - small bottle • Ras El Hanout seasoning (Tesco/Morrisons) • One Bay leaf • One finely diced onion • Tablespoon of cooking oil or knob of butter • 100ml chicken stock • Teaspoon cous cous For the Veg • Toasted sesame oil • Stir Fry Veg -bought in any supermarket in the vegetable aisle • Dash Soy sauce • Teaspoon of cooking oil For the Potatoes • Charlotte potatoes • Knob of butter • Cajun Seasoning • Dash of Lemon Juice • Handful of chopped coriander

Brrr...its getting cold. This versatile dish can be made with either pork, chicken, beef or even fish. You can even make the pork in a slow cooker or on the cooker! Best results is on the bone to get that extra flavour. Anyway here we go. Prepare your potatoes by slicing down the middle lengthways and place them into a pot and cover with boiling water from the kettle and boil. About 15 mins in stick a small knife through one to check, once the potatoes start to fall off the knife with ease, drain and set aside. In a pan, melt the oil/butter and cook the finely diced onion until it has started to turn golden brown - scoop it out into a bowl and put the pan back onto a high heat with the remaining oil. Sear the pork golden brown - careful not to burn it and quickly turn the heat down and add the onions back in. After a minute add the seasoning to just cover and turn and repeat. Add the stock, passatta and bay leaf and stir and allow the pan to simmer for about 10-15 mins or until the pork is fully cooked. Add the cous cous

for the last minute, stir and leave. Please do not allow the pan to boil as this will make your pork quite rubbery. Whilst the pork is cooking, in a separate frying pan - heat the pan and add the butter to melt, fling the potatoes in sprinkle the cajun seasoning over the top, toss and add the dash of lemon juice to stop it burning. To cook the vegetables, heat the pan until it smokes, add the oil, then the vegetables, add the soy sauce and stir until caramelised, set aside and drizzle over the sesame oil and chopped coriander. Serve by putting the potatoes and vegetables first, than the pork with a little drizzle of the sauce just over. Smell and enjoy!

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