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As well as boats of all shapes and sizes Scotland’s Boat Show 2015 will have plenty to entice visitors on shore with the addition this year of a dedicated Pavilion showcasing Scottish produce as part of VisitScotland’s Year of Food & Drink 2015. The Scottish Food & Drink Pavilion contains carefully selected local and Scottish food & drink producers displaying their goods in a ‘street market’ style setting. Expect everything from hand baked goods, homemade tablet and unique Scotch Eggs to artisan distilled gin! Also within the Pavilion will be a live kitchen and stage where chefs and producers demonstrate dishes and skills

enabling visitors to create their own delights and how to get the best out of the fantastic produce available in Scotland. The Scottish Food & Drink Pavilion has received support as part of the Year of Food and Drink, an initiative delivered by VisitScotland and will be situated adjacent to The Chartroom Restaurant. The Year of Food and Drink Scotland 2015 celebrates the country’s outstanding natural larder and produce. Enjoy brilliant moments packed with regional delights and discover the landscapes, people and culture that make our food heritage so unique. Come and experience it and taste the very best Scotland has to offer at Scotland’s Boat Show 2015.

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stocks and shares, then stocks and shares up to the value of the additional nil rate band can be covered by it. Another surprise is that the additional nil rate band will not benefit the seriously wealthy in that where the estate of the deceased has a net value of more than £2 million, the additional nil rate band will be withdrawn at a rate of £1 for every £2 of estate over the threshold. A final pleasant surprise is that the additional nil rate band, like the existing £325,000 nil rate band, is transferrable between spouses and civil partners. If, on the first death, some or all of the nil rate band is not utilised then, on the second death, some or all of a second nil rate band can be utilised. For further information contact John Cairns on 0141 221 2984. John Cairns is a tax partner at French Duncan Chartered Accountants

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What is Grain Free Dog Food? Grain free pet foods are currently very popular. But are they really healthier for your pet than other types of pet foods?

While it is true that many pets do well on grain free diets, it is also true that these diets were developed more in response to consumer preference than to the actual nutritional needs of our pets. Nutritionally, the most important aspect of a pet food is whether the food provides complete and balanced nutrition. If the food contains excesses or deficiencies of specific nutrients, the pet will suffer as a result. This concept is true regardless of whether the food contains grains or not. Each ingredient in the diet provides a unique set of nutrients to the overall makeup of the food. Together, the ingredients need to combine to provide a complete nutrient profile for your pet, without any excesses or deficiencies that can cause illness for your pet. It is certainly possible for grain free diets to provide this type of complete nutrition for your pet. However, these diets are not the only option, or even necessarily the best option, for each individual pet. There is not one diet or type of diet that is perfect for all pets.

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trying to attract 200 local children to come with their families, we were overwhelmed with the response, people travelled up to 3 hours from all points in Scotland to visit. Such was the demand for places, we had to open in the evenings as well, which was hugely popular, resulting in just under 2000 children and their families attending. Everyone was so taken by our lighting at night, we have decided to launch a new experience for 2015. ALIVE…….our Woodland Lights Experience (more information on this in the next issue)

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Women really do want to be fashion forward with their choices, even if it’s at the gym, the track or the dance/yoga studio and they want to wear individual, unique fitness attire which makes them look and feel great, clothes which they are also happy to wear outside the gym as well as inside. We are now certainly in a time where we are happy to pay top prices for sportswear, where before it was perhaps something of an afterthought.

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and history of some of the West End’s forty listed Victo¬rian and Edwardian tenements, including Avril Paton’s famous ‘Windows in the West’ building. Victoria Park Heritage Walk - Sample the heritage and culture of the park from prehistoric times with the Fossil Grove to meeting our 19th century benefactors, and remembering those who died on the SS Daphne and in World War I. Learn too about the park’s wildlife. What does the Tenement mean to you? - An open celebration of the Glasgow Tenement, featuring a new exhibition, talks, performances and free discussion. The Industries of Woodside Talk - Beer, bicycles, boats, brass, bread and buns. For a largely residential area, Woodside developed from the early 19th century, a fascinating range of industrial and commercial activities. This talk will look at some of the buildings associated with that industry and commerce. ‘Mazing Memory Museum - The ’Mazing Memory Museum is a crea¬tive workshop for children placed at the heart of a hay bale maze. Engage in creative activities, learn about Glasgow’s history, and share and record your memories of the transport museum!

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time and energy. The walls may be colour washed, stencilled or emulsioned all over. Wall coverings can be just too easy to tear and rip off. Papers tear too easily. Vinyls are very expensive and they too will damage if subjected to too many bangs and bumps. If you take the emulsion route, choose a pale but warm shade. Pinky greys, rosy pinks, butternut yellows or deep creams all look pretty when matched with appropriate soft furnishings. Always have sufficient emulsion of the right colour handy for touching up purposes later on. The ceiling can be emulsioned, or papered. Emulsion is best if it’s a good ceiling, closely followed by paper. Choose a darker shade of the wall colour if emulsioning. If papering, choose a cheap and cheerful paper with an interesting design. The floor will take a great deal of wellie that’s for sure. Foam-back, bedroom carpet is fine if the room is not to be used for much other than sleep. If it is doubling as a play room think again, you’ll need something a touch harder wearing. You could sand, stain and varnish the boards and keep it simple. Trouble is, this could be noisy for the rest of the household. Cork floor tiles are a good option because once sealed, they are warm, quiet and hardwearing. They are not all that cheap but they will last for some time. Cushion flooring with a vinyl surface

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Choosing an independent school

By Ellen Arnison

There’s no doubt that everyone wants the very best for their children, it’s only natural. And quite often that best takes the form of deciding to use an independent school. Perhaps the decision to opt out of the state education system felt like a huge one, however, it’s only the beginning of the choices you face.

from the independence it fosters as well as enjoying the ‘whole school day’ experience of comprehensive extracurricular activities. The list of schools within reach of a day pupil will be shorter, however, near cities and the central belt, it is still extensive. Your family’s basic requirements must be the starting point in the

strength in the performing arts. There are plenty of league tables and other measurements to give an idea of the results the school produces. These can be based on exam results or further education the pupils move on to. However, impressive as these may be, they are only part of the picture as there is so much more to a school’s

Some families have a tradition of sending their youngsters to a certain school – perhaps going back generations. While this is a strong motivating factor, it should be borne in mind that much will have changed in the 20 or so years since the parent last set foot in the school. Don’t let loyalty and sentiment cloud such an important issue. A fundamental decision is whether or not for your child to board or be a day pupil. To a certain extent boarding school frees you from considerations of location, although the length of journey will still be a factor when it comes to visits or the start and finish of term. Boarding is a considerably more expensive option, but many parents West End Magazine feel their children getLife great benefit

decision over which of Scotland’s 100 or so independent schools to choose from. Your child’s age, gender, religion, and the location of the school will dictate a great deal. Do you have an opinion about which qualifications you want your child to pursue? For example, many independent schools do offer the Scottish SQA exams, but others offer the English curriculum or the International Baccalaureate. Will the school you’re looking at meet your child’s particular needs? For example, does it have the sports facilities they want or offer the specific courses or instruction required? If your son or daughter shows great promise as an athlete, then it’ll help if the school can offer coaching and somewhere to train. Other schools have a particular

success than exam passes. What’s much more important is to visit the school, meet pupils and former pupils. Ask questions and observe, get a real feeling for the school as it is today. What’s the ethos? How does it make you feel? If you can’t make it to a school’s open day, pop in and ask to have a look around? Sometimes it’s even better to do this on a ‘normal’ school day anyway, to get a better, more natural feel for things. Chat to pupils and parents if you get the chance – this should tell you everything you need to know. But perhaps the most important person to talk to is your child – they, after all, are the one who is going to be most | 39 affectedwww.westendlife.biz by your decision.


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At Kelvinside Academy, an independent coeducational day school for children from 3 to 18 years, we aim to educate the individual as a whole – mind, body and spirit. Allan Gilliland, Rector at Kelvinside Academy, explains why a Kelvinside education will make a difference to your child’s academic and personal development. I am often asked by parents what sets Kelvinside Academy apart from other schools. I tell them that there are three main reasons for choosing Kelvinside Academy.

t The right size Firstly, with a school roll of just under 600 pupils, Kelvinside Academy is large enough to provide a rich and challenging curriculum, both in and out of the classroom, and small enough to know each individual child. An all through school, Kelvinside Academy is a community with a family feel. We give pupils the individual attention they need and this is underpinned by high quality pastoral care and outstanding relationships. Every child can feel and believe that he or she is valued and supported by the system; no one is lost in the crowd.

t The right challenge The second reason is that students of all ages are inspired and encouraged to think for themselves, ask questions and strive for excellence. Academic endeavour is balanced by the wide variety of extracurricular opportunities, such as sport, outdoor education, music, drama, clubs, cadets and community service, through which young people can express themselves and find their inner strengths. Challenges in and out of the classroom move boys and girls out of their comfort zones so that they discover more about themselves and the world around them.

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These challenges foster self-confidence, enterprise, resilience, leadership, service and teamwork. Students leave Kelvinside as independent, well qualified and well rounded young people.

t The right values Third and most importantly, Kelvinside Academy combines traditional values with a modern vision of why we educate children and of the skills and qualities we want young people to have. Parents share the vision and values of the school, including high expectations of courtesy and conduct. What makes a Kelvinside education different and special is the unique way it combines individual attention and inspiring teaching within a happy and disciplined environment. Our next Open Day is on Saturday 19th September at 1.30pm. Please come along to experience school life at Kelvinside Academy, meet pupils and teachers and really get a feel for the school. If you can’t make Open Day you are welcome to tour our Nursery, Junior and Senior Schools at a time that is convenient for you, please call Kerry Bottomley, Director of Admissions on 0141 357 3376.

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BUDDHIST CENTRE

The Glasgow Buddhist Centre has offered classes in meditation and Buddhism for 40 years, helping people become more positive and calm and to lead more meaningful lives. Forthcoming Events Life With Full Attention An eight week mindfulness course beginning Tuesday 8th September, 7 - 9.30pm. Cost: £130 waged or £65 low/unwaged, which includes Maitreyabandhu’s book. Buddhism and Meditation Levels 1, 2 and 3 of our six week courses begin Wednesday 23rd September, 7.30 - 9.40pm. Cost: £66 waged or £33 low/unwaged. Meditation Introduction to Meditation six week course begins Saturday 19th September 10.30am - 12.30pm. Cost: £66 waged or £33 low/unwaged. All courses include a Day Retreat on Sunday 1st November. Regular drop-in meditation classes for beginners & regulars on Wed 12.30 - 1pm and Thursdays from 10.30am - 12 noon. For Yoga and Tai Chi courses, please see our website.

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Hillhead Sports Club Hillhead Sports Club, a multi-sport, fitness and social club based at Hughenden in the West End of Glasgow Cricket, Rugby, Tennis, Fitness, Shinty, Frisbee & more. Visit www.hillheadsportsclub. com for more information.

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Farmers Markets Enjoy a delicious range of affordable, healthy and locally produced food. You’ll find a wide variety of seasonal vegetables, fresh fruit, quality meat, free range eggs, bread, cakes, cheese and fresh street food. Partick, Mansfield Park 2nd & 4th Saturday 10am-2pm Milngavie, Douglas Street 1st Wednesday 10am - 2pm

Outdoor Activities & Exercise Mugdock Country Park There are lots of things to see and do at Mugdock Country Park. You can see a full range of activities at www.mugdock-country-park.org.uk - there is something to suit everyone and some great summer holiday events for all the family.

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The Garden in September

September can be a lovely time in the garden. It is a time when everything seems to have reached a stage of mellow stability. Cooler evenings however are starting to turn the leaves to those gorgeous yellows, reds and golds that are the typical shades of a Scottish autumn. The weather on the whole, is as changeable now as at any other time of the year, though it is usually dryer than August, so watering is still a priority. Maintain the habit of watering morning and evening however, because that midday sun can still be surprisingly hot. Summer flowers will be drawing to the end of their time but you can keep things going a little longer by assiduous dead-heading. Put the cut heads on the compost heap, they are just what the doctor ordered. Bulbs and corms should go in this month if you are to be sure of a good spring show. You can leave it a bit if you must, but you risk being confronted with bad weather later on and it’s all too easy to be put off at such times. Don’t just think daffodils, there are loads of other possibilities such as chionodoxa, fritillaria, irises, muscari, ornithogalum puschkinia, and scilla. Then there are crocuses, and of course all the huge family of narcissi, plus tubers and rhyzomes of anemones, eranthis, erythronium and ranunculas. Hyacinths and tulips can go in in October or even November, but you’ll do them no dis-service by getting

them in around now. Remember, the earlier you get all your bulbs in, the earlier they will flower, and the healthier they will be as well. Now is the time to be sowing hardy annuals for next year’s garden glory. Look for those old favourites such as calendulas,

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the ground till you need them. If you’ve potatoes in the ground, start getting them up as soon as the haulms begin to turn yellow because the tubers won’t grow any more. Now is a good time to take rose cuttings. A great many folk overlook this method of propagating roses though it is an excellent way of increasing your stock. You’ll find most self-coloured varieties root pretty easily, though don’t expect flowers for at least two years. Keep all rose beds as clear of fallen leaves as possible, hoe regularly and stop any supplementary feeding to ensure the formation of firm, sturdy wood before winter sets in. Do look to your lawn this month. It is a good time to be repairing and renovating. Sow seed as soon as you have sites prepared. They will germinate readily in the autumn sunshine and will have become well established before winter really sets in. You can also lay down turf paths this month. Just cut away the worn area, fork over the exposed soil, dress with an autumn fertilizer and a little sharp sand, then press in a new piece of turf. Do however keep an eye on the weather before walking on lawns at this time of year. A light, early morning frost can cause grass to become brittle, and it should not be walked upon till the frost has melted away.

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