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Handel’s Messiah Dunedin Consort returns to Bute Hall, University of Glasgow on 18th December to perform Handel’s Messiah. Matthew Brook, both international soloists and regular Dunedin Consort collaborators.

Under the musical direction of John Butt the ensemble has established itself as the leading Scottish Baroque ensemble, performing at the nation’s major festivals and across the world. It broadcasts frequently on BBC Radio 3 and BBC Scotland and has won several big awards, including two Gramophone Awards, for its growing recording catalogue. Dunedin Consort’s annual performances of Handel’s Messiah at Christmastime have become a regular fixture for many, bringing in Christmas with the beauty and power of Handel’s score.

As well as the evening performance of the full work beginning at 7pm, Dunedin Consort will perform a Children’s Messiah in the afternoon at 4pm. Having had great success with the Children’s Messiah in Edinburgh over the past two years, the group will perform highlights from the choral masterpiece in a 45-minute event for children and families. The audience are taken on an interactive journey through the music with explanations and participatory games.

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Christmas Presents Right off the bat, there is something I should confess: I could take or leave Christmas. I would sacrifice the black ice, near-permanent darkness and hordes of shoppers for a year-long summer of picnics in the park, late night drinks on open terraces and freckles but alas...that’s how how weather works and so for this article, I will take inspiration from the latest throwaway lifestyle trend: hygge. This Danish concept can be loosely translated to ‘cosiness’ and subscribes to the idea that we should take pleasure in the simple things; making rituals of making tea, lighting candles and ‘creating intimacy’ within the home. With this in mind, I will try to embrace the cheesy festive season; the music (more pennies in Slade’s pocket), the food (let’s be honest, that one isn’t hard!) but most of all, the presents! 2016 has been a slap-in-theface of a year and most of us are approaching Christmas with odd socks, back-to-front trousers and glasses askew; needless to

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on a budget say, we’re unprepared. Christmas is a great opportunity to show family and friends how important they are to you and how much you appreciate everything they have done in the past year but what do you do when your mum deserves an all-expenses paid trip to the Bahamas but all you can afford is a wilted bunch of anaemic roses from a petrol station?

warm and made me laugh. Many of the items in care packages can be bought at pound shops, or could even be homemade, and so can be rustled up for maximum smugness at minimum cost. Here are some ideas:

For the solution, I suggest we look to the American tradition of ‘care packages’. Often sent to new students away at college, the packages typically include numerous gifts of little financial value but when combined together, create a tailored and thoughtful selection of presents. I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful family who, for the six years I have lived away from home, have sent me many packages that have cheered me up, kept me

• For a book addict: cosy blanket, selection of magazines, good book, quality bar of chocolate.

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• For someone who loves to be cosy: hot chocolate sachets, marshmallows, cosy socks, cuddly toy.

• For a beauty fanatic: a couple of nail polishes, a face mask sachet, hand cream, bath bomb. • For a foodie: write up a selection of favourite recipes, homemade infused olive oil, new apron.

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Commitment Professionalism Experience Holmes Mackillop are Solicitors who have practised in Glasgow for nearly 100 years (and through their original office have over 200 years of history). The advice which we give to clients is the advice which we would want to receive ourselves and at a reasonable cost. As we too are a business operating in a competitive world, our commercial clients benefit from practical support and cost effective solutions to issues ranging from the preparation of contracts, terms and conditions for businesses, contractual disputes and resolution and in the ever changing world of Employment Law. When it comes to personal family matters, we pride ourselves in the number of long-standing clients whom we advise (some second and third generation). Much of our private client work (which includes Wills, Trust, Executries and Residential Conveyancing) comes from recommendations from existing clients. We aim to support and guide clients in a very wide range of services, from the business startup and purchasing your first home to “Third Life� estate planning and retirement. With an ever-increasing ageing population, we are finding that planning for the future and for the

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Health and Wellbeing Boiler Room Fitness Spinning Studio Dedicated Spinning/Indoor Cycling Studio located within Western Health & Racquets Club, Hyndland Road, Glasgow. We Spin Every Day To Get Fit So Should You! Email: boilerroomfitness.co.uk 07825 681824 Yoga with Fiona Dewar at Partick Burgh Halls. Classes are friendly and non-competitive. Monday 8pm-9pm Wednesday 6:30pm-7:30pm Saturday 9:30am-11am Email: deepchandi108@gmail.com Zumba with Jo Storrar Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at 6pm-7pm in Maryhill Community Central Halls, 304 Maryhill Road, G20 7YE. Classes are £4 each and open to everyone. Zumba is Latin-based dance fitness suitable for all shapes, sizes, fitness levels & co-ordination levels come join the party! Email: jo@zumbaglasgow.com Tel: 07723012843 Young at Heart Dance The classes, which are aimed at the 50 plus age group, have grown in popularity with some people in their 80s also taking advantage of improving their health through joining in the dance classes. Dance is a great way to exercise at any age but as we get older

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North Kelvin CC Meet 3rd Tuesday every month Venue: St Charles’ Church Hall, 1 Kelvinside Gardens, G20 6BG Jordanhill CC Meet 1st Monday of the month except July and August at 7pm Jordanhill School, 45 Chamberlain Road, Glasgow, G13 1SP www.jordanhillcommunitycouncil.org.uk Facebook: Jordanhill Community Council Twitter: @JordanhillCC Scotstoun CC Monthly meetings on last Thursday of each month (except December) 7.30pm Heart of Scotstoun Community Centre, Balmoral Street, Glasgow G14 0BL Email: scotscoco@gmail.com Dowanhill, Hyndland and Kelvinside CC Meet 2nd Monday of each month at Hillhead Sports Club (normally upstairs in the clubhouse) at 7pm 32 Hughenden Road Glasgow G12 9XP Claythorn CC Meet every 2nd Tuesday of the month from September to June 7pm-9pm in the board room at Glasgow Clyde College Anniesland Campus, Hatfield Drive, Glasgow except when the College is closed and the meeting is either transferred to the first or third Tuesday of the month. www.Claythorncc.wordpress.com Email: claythorn@gmail.com @westendlife

Remember Board Games this Christmas They’re anything but boring! By Sophie Robinson

Despite the increasing popularity of computer and electronic games, good old fashioned board games still have their place. There are websites dedicated to fans of the genre, and when I posted a request on Facebook for recommendations, I was inundated with suggestions. Yes, a passion for this type of gaming is still very much alive! As a child, I spent rainy Saturday afternoons sprawled across the living room carpet engrossed in a game of Monopoly. British weather being what it is, mum would entertain us three children for several hours with this rather long winded game that has aptly been renamed ‘Monotony’ by some! The most memorable games always involved dad. He was kind, fair and compassionate by nature, but once involved in a game of Monopoly, a much darker side would emerge. If he met with bad luck at the start, he would tug at our heart strings, persuade us to part with valuable properties for next to nothing, talk us into letting him off rent, and then end up winning by placing about fourteen hotels on Park Lane! Merciless, totally merciless. Scrabble is another favourite. Mum and I have enjoyed many an hour challenging one another’s wits and word power. It’s a great way to improve vocabulary and spelling skills, but neither is required to win. Dad was notorious for his somewhat unorthodox spellings and when it was his turn, he would pour over the board for what seemed like hours, giving mum time to make a drink, eat a round of toast and watch

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the l a t e s t episode of Coronation Street, before placing his three letter word that included an x and z over a triple letter word-score and earning himself in excess of 100 points. Strategy was always the key, and he was not lacking in that department! I remember the time the family played Pictionary on a caravan holiday. We laughed and teased and giggled at one another’s attempts at drawing, but none were as funny as dad’s rendition of a horse. It took us the best part of an hour to identify it and the cup and saucer that followed weren’t much better! Fun, friendship and family time together are all reasons why board games continue to be as popular now as ever. Nothing can replace that feeling of camaraderie that comes with physical proximity as you nudge elbows and knock knees, or even the board itself, while engrossed in the very serious business of trying to beat down your opponents. All the better if those opponents are blood-relatives! There are always new games coming out and new additions for this year include Don’t Panic for all the family and a great new game for 16+, called Speak Out. There is a whole host of games out there just waiting to be discovered and enjoyed! Go get yourself one this Christmas! www.westendlife.biz | 15

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“Natalie makes it such fun I don’t even realise that I am working out. The classes are full of joy and laughter.” Katie danceSing is a new class combining dance, singing and friendship. danceSing has been created by professionally trained ballet dancer and fitness guru Natalie Garry. Natalie is passionate about helping people find balance and wellbeing in their lives through singing, dancing, fun and friendship in a relaxed and exclusive environment.

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It’s Party Time! The festive season is once again almost upon us, the shops are crammed full of such pretty things to tempt us and our to do lists just keep getting longer and longer. In the run up to Christmas and New Year and the slight madness

that it all brings, remember to treat yourself to a glamorous festive outfit (or two) ensuring you are the super stylish hostess, the perfectly elegant guest or the belle of the ball.

Entertaining at home You’ll want to be in control of all things including the way you look and feel - so the way to go should be comfortable but certainly stylish. Look out for easy to wear, non-restrictive clothes and add some fabulous accessories. This should allow you to entertain with confidence ensuring that everyone is well looked after - concentrating on being the perfect hostess whilst not having to worry about being uncomfortable in what you’re wearing.

Parties, Work events & Dining out As a guest, you get the chance to be a lot more glamorous as you only really have to think about yourself - so take the chance to release your inner sparkle, dressing to highlight your best features. Shine in luxurious fabrics, sparkles, sequins, lace and fur finished off with pretty hair and make up to match.

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Dinner Dances, Balls & Cocktail Parties Now’s your chance to really go to town and dress to impress with beautiful dresses and outfits to suit each and every taste. Of course, everything is available, from supremely elegant classic evening wear to much more outrageous and over the top ensembles. Ultimately, your personality will determine the style you choose but this is the absolutely perfect opportunity to add that extra sprinkle of feminine charm. The choice is, of course yours alone but whatever you decide upon - wear it with lots of confidence and a festive smile.

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The trusty LBD will always be a quick fix for a festive evening outfit but this party season it’s time to sparkle! Swap to a sequinned showstopper which along with disco metallics, luscious velvets and faux furs (all being key trends for Xmas 2016) will make sure you are ready to rock around the Christmas tree at your Christmas party hop!


Finish off your festive look by tying a simple but cute ribbon in a bow around a low pony tail or around your head like an Alice band - you’ll be as pretty as a present!

Fashion & beauty notes... Stuck for gift ideas? Well, a set of new make-up brushes shouldn’t go amiss, especially when they are functional and super cute like these MAC 2016 limited edition “Nutcracker Sweet” ones!

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Celebrity do’s & don’ts - Velvet • Do choose rich jewel shades • Do keep it simple • Do keep it modern • Don’t over accessorise • Don’t wear it if it’s ill-fitting

Your Fashion Questions Answered?

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Q - Hi Holly, coming up to Christmas what is a comfy but stylish style of party shoe to wear during the season? Abby 12

sons Greetings & Happy Holidays! West End Life Magazine

A - Hi Abby, try a classic Mary Jane style shoe with just a little block heel. These are on trend, really cute and super glittery silver versions that would go with most outfits can be found at H&M and Topshop right now! 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: www.westendlife.biz holly@thefashionclass.co.uk or www.thefashionclass.co.uk

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Choosing a Christmas Tree Make sure you ask the

right questions before you buy your tree!

If the tree has had to travel or be stored before you purchase it, it may not last well in a heated house. For instance, at Cardwell Garden Centre the vast majority of our trees come from our grower in Dumfries. We have used the same supplier for several years now, simply because they are the best quality and shape that we can find. They are trimmed as they grow, so the shape is very close to the ideal cone shape. The grower also trims some of them thin, so if you do not have a lot of space or just prefer a slimmer tree, you can get that as well. Please do not buy a tree in its netting. There is no way of telling what it will look like when you unwrap it. A good retailer will let you see it unwrapped and then wrap it for you again,

to make transport easier. When you view it in the garden centre remember that the branches may drop slighty further as the tree settles. Unwrapping the tree a couple of days before you decorate it make it easier. Ask your retailer what species of tree is best for you. There are 3-4 common varietes that vary in appearance and durability. Potted trees are also available, but be aware that potted trees may not be the same as a rooted tree in a pot. Only the rooted tree will last past Christmas and be suitable for planting in a container or the garden. Again, ask the assistant in the shop.

1 The base of the tree should have a clean cut. If the tree has been harvested for a while, the base of the tree will seal up. This needs to be removed, so there is fresh wood exposed on the base. 2 Make sure your tree stand will hold water and, once your tree is in the stand, put some sugar and water in the stand. The tree will absorb the liquid, so check the level frequently and top up if necessary. 3 Do not site it tree near radiators or draughty doors/windows.

Poinsettias are in shops now and add great colour to any room for winter. Make sure the one you buy is not displayed too near to a door or heater as Poinsettias are very sensitive to cold and sudden temperature changes. Where they are grown is also relevant as long journies in cold unheated lorries can damage the plant, although this is more true of chain stores than independent stores. Examine the plant for damage before your purchase. The Poinsettia should be wrapped before you leave the garden centre or shop, to protect it from the cold on the way home. By Kieran Gallagher

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I do hope that you all have a great Christmas and a very happy New Year, from myself and everyone @westendlife Christmas 2016 at Cardwell Garden Centre!

WE’VE GOT CHRISTMAS ALL WRAPPED UP • Indoor children’s Carnival & Santa’s Grotto • Selection of decorations, lights, trees & more! • Quality Scottish grown Xmas trees in stock! • The Elf on the Shelf available to adopt in-store • Award winning craft and hobby centre FREE • Licensed 300 seater restaurant ENTR Y • Festive food menu available • Kitchenware, foodhall, clothes & more! • Special offers and promotions in-store

For more information on our festive events please visit our website

2 FOR 1 BREAKFAST IS BACK AT CARDWELL THIS JANUARY Cardwell is closed on 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January

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Our Christmas Budget Tips Before You Start

Gift Giving

1. Stay Calm: Don’t get too caught up in the buying frenzy or fall for marketing tactics retailers use to get you to spend more. Avoid advertisements and try not to compare your holiday spending habits with others’. Just stay focused on your own budget.

6. Set Up a Secret Santa: For big groups, such as family or colleagues, a Secret Santa gift exchange can be a great way to make sure everyone gets a gift, without breaking the bank.

2. Start Early: You can save on gift-giving by starting now. This will give you plenty of time to wait for the right deal, make sure items will be shipped and received on time. Getting an early start will cut down on stress, too! 3. Avoid Paying on Credit: It might be a good strategy to charge Christmas gifts to your credit card to earn points, but make sure you don’t spend more than you can pay off right away. Getting hit with credit card interest could make your purchases 15-20% higher.

7. Send an E-card: Paying for Christmas cards, a family photo and the postage can really add up. Skip the snail mail and opt for an electronic greeting. Lastly, avoid compromising your long term savings and investing strategy as getting back into the habit post Christmas can be difficult and cost you dear.

Smart Shopping 4. Shop With a List: Whether you’re shopping for food or gifts for the family, go with a list in hand to avoid buying unnecessary items and going over budget. 5. Bundle Online Orders: This will save on shipping, and ordering all at once could help you reach the larger spending limits that often come with larger savings (such as £10 off £100, for example).

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2 Gift Cards worth £298 for a Nick Nairn Cook School day class! Nick Nairn Cook School classes offer a great day out. Whatever level of cook you are, you’ll be well looked after either at the Cook School in Aberdeen city centre, or in the beautiful Trossachs countryside beside the Lake of Menteith. On a day class, Nick’s Chef Tutors demonstrate how to cook 3 dishes – a starter, main and dessert, and you’ll gradually prepare your lunch, served with wine. The chefs are on hand to help, and each cooking session is full of fun, great tips, and good company. Class types range from a new Scottish cookery menu, to Indian, Thai, Italian and French menus, among others. There are also 2-hour and 3-hour classes, plus classes with Nick himself at the helm. Got a foodie friend? Why not buy them a Gift Card this Christmas, from £59. Available online at www.nicknairn.com or call the Cook School on 01877 389900.

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Nick Nairn’s

Christmas Recipe

Helston Pudding

This makes an ideal lighter alternative to Christmas pud. And the definitive Cook School custard is the essential accompaniment – it’s one of our most popular recipes in classes. Make it from scratch with real vanilla and you’ll come away converted. For the Pudding 50g self-raising flour 50g ground rice 50g fresh breadcrumbs 50g raisins or sultanas 50g currants 50g dried apricots, chopped 50g soft brown sugar 75g shredded suet 1 tsp grated nutmeg ¼ tsp bicarbonate of soda 3 tsp stem ginger, cut into thin strips 6 tsp golden syrup 30ml Grand Marnier milk, to mix soft butter, to grease the moulds

Serves 4-6

For the Cook School custard

The mixture should begin to thicken within about 2 minutes. Undercook at this point and the custard will be thin. If, however, the milk becomes too hot then the egg will curdle. You’re looking for a temperature of 82C; the easiest way to gauge this is with a Thermapen digital thermometer (see www.nicknairn.com). If you don’t have one, watch for little puffs of steam escaping from the side of the pan. These are a warning that the custard is getting too hot, so take the pan off the heat and continue stirring. When it’s thick enough to coat the back of the spatula, take off the heat and strain immediately through a fine sieve to remove any small lumps.

150ml full fat milk 150ml double cream 1 vanilla pod, split, seeds scraped out & reserved 3 egg yolks 30g caster sugar

Serve immediately or store in a Thermos flask that’s been rinsed with boiling water, for up to 3 hours. Or to cool, pour into a clean bowl, cover with cling film that’s touching the surface to prevent a skin forming and chill in an ice bath. Keep in the fridge and use within 3 days.

To serve

For the puddings, take 4 individual quarter-pint pudding basins, preferably with lids, and grease them with the soft butter. Place a teaspoon of golden syrup and half a teaspoon of stem ginger into the bottom of each basin.

clotted cream

Method First make the custard. Place the milk, cream, vanilla pod and seeds into a thick-bottomed pan and place over a high heat until boiling. Meanwhile, beat the egg yolks and sugar together in a medium sized bowl using a balloon whisk until thick, fluffy and pale. Slowly pour half the hot milk and cream onto the egg and sugar mixture, whisking continually. Take the pan off the heat then use a heatproof spatula to scrape all the egg mixture from the bowl into the pan with the remaining milk and cream. Place the pan back on a medium heat and stir with a heatproof spatula until it starts to thicken. Make sure you cover the whole pan by stirring fromEnd sideLife to side rather than round 30 | West – Christmas 2016 and round.

Sieve the flour into a large bowl, then mix in all the rest of the dry ingredients, fruit, breadcrumbs and suet. Add a little milk, golden syrup and Grand Marnier to the dry mix, to form a soft dropping consistency – but not too wet – then divide between the buttered pudding basins. Cover securely and cling film the basins in case the lids pop off. Steam for an hour. If you’re making one large one, steam for at least 2 hours. The puddings can be made in advance and warmed through still in their basins in hot water when needed then unmoulded onto serving plates. Serve with plenty of custard and a spoonful of clotted cream on top. @westendlife



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