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HEALTH & BEAUTY
Spoil yourself with our Malmaison spa competition 8 Your other national sport: give curling a shot 20 Winter hair trends 28
ART, CULTURE & KIDS
Win tickets to Dr. Dolittle at HMT 68 Beach plastic to luxury jewellery: discover House of Halos 88
30 Glam & glitz: Our pick of the best party looks 36 Cosy up with some winter warmers 40 Men: What to buy in the sales
94 Peter Mitchell has the last word with David Harris 96 Competition winners: did you bag a prize? 97 Reader offers - bag a bargain
FOOD & DRINK Peak of perfection: meet the chef at 8848 44 Trend tries: three oriental treasures 46 Ask the chef: Craig Wilson has some easy canapé ideas 49
TRAVEL & LEISURE
Slope off - our favourite ski destinations 78 Win a stay at Douneside 90 What’s on during the city’s winter festivals? 82 Action packed: amuse the kids at Transition Extreme 84
HOMES & GARDENS
58 And so to bed... spice up your nightlife 62 Kirsty’s winter gardening tips
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ISSUE N0. 67 | DEC 18/JAN 19
EDITOR Welcome to another fabulous issue of Trend, This is always one of the most difficult issues to pull together, simply because of the vast change in mood that we all experience between December and January. December is always a breathless month, spent rushing around looking for that perfect present, struggling with wrapping paper, getting dressed up for a whirlwind of parties and Christmas meals out, cooking enough to feed a family five times bigger than your own, trying to make the tree Instagram-worthy and just trying to find a few hours to relax and enjoy the festive spirit. Once the last cork has been popped or the last dram of Hogmanay has been downed, January brings a withdrawal from fun and frolics. We’re beset with guilt about quite how many mince pies we snaffled or where all the purple Quality Street really went, and we’re hit with the realisation that our credit card statements are going to be quite scary. We’re suddenly all about being better versions of ourselves. We’ll be thinner, fitter or better dressed. We’ll join the gym. We’ll be healthier and take better care of ourselves, we’ll abandon our bad habits for good ones. So whether you’re reading this in December or January, there’s something in this issue for you.
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e can’t resist a bit of pampering and there’s no better way to get the year off to a flying start than our Malmaison Spa competition. Our winner and their guest will each enjoy the use of the hotel’s stylish spa facilities, with an hour of treatments each, a divine two-course lunch and even a glass of prosecco to complete your pampering experience. Your prize can be taken any day from Monday to Thursday with treatments including deluxe facials, manicures, pedicures, deep tissue or aromatherapy massages, body wraps and so much more. Why not treat yourself and add to your prize with some extras like waxing, holistic specialities or a host of beauty treatments? Mal has plenty to choose from.
There’s even a choice of men’s treatments available including an amazing purifying shoulder back and scalp massage that’ll leave you feeling like a new man, or an executive foot care package that will make your tootsies feel tip-top. Mal Spa uses ESPA products and has some of the city’s most accomplished therapists, so you’ll be in good hands. It’s a pampering paradise! 49-53 Queen's Road, Aberdeen, AB15 4YP Tel: 01224507097 malmaison.com To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:
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lorescence is a friendly, full-service salon for women, men and children. Owner Luisa Flores has a fabulous reputation for bringing out the best in her clients’ hair. Luisa’s team offer advanced colouring, cutting, styling, updos, keratin treatments, perms and hair extensions. Luisa is also trained in bespoke wig making and hair replacement, which is offered in a discreet private room at the salon. Luisa explained, ‘Our wig service is ideal for anyone undergoing or recovering from chemotherapy, experiencing alopecia, lupus, or general hair loss, as well as transgender clients or those who are just looking for a change in look. ‘We have a wide range of ready to wear hairpieces and wigs. We also offer custom-moulded bespoke wigs. We help the client decide on everything from the cap material to hair density, length, colour and hair origin.’ 24/26 Claremont Street AB10 6QS Tel: 01224 593852 florescenceaberdeen @florescence_aberdeen
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f you’re looking to change the way you look, feel and your fitness level, then The Gym on Huntly Street is the place to go. It’s like a department store for top to toe transformation, combining fitness classes, personal training, individual nutritional consultations, make-up and beauty services and even counselling. In fact everything you need to become the you you’ve always wanted to be! The Gym is about individual attention, with small group exercise classes including Pilates, so it’s a great place if you find exercise scary and need a welcoming and supportive environment with professional expertise on hand. Fitness classes run from Monday to Thursday
with Friday and Saturday given over to weekend hair, make-up and drinks to get you ready for any day or night out. The three week Body Transformation Programme will kick-start your New Year Resolutions, with your bespoke exercise and nutritional plan. You can also book a session with The Gym’s qualified counsellor. It’s a unique combination designed to make you feel your best, inside and out - more energised, healthier, happier and looking fabulous! 33 Huntly Street, AB10 1TJ TheGymAberdeen thegym.ltd
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urling has long been Scotland’s traditional winter sport, with bonspiels played outdoors whenever ponds froze over. These days, curling is an indoor sport, which can be played by just about anyone, including those with wheelchairs. It’s a very inclusive sport, with a long history and its own etiquette. Curl Aberdeen offers six curling lanes and has around 700 members aged eight upwards.
The good thing is that you don’t need to be a youngster or superfit and you’ll improve quickly. All you need is a pair of rubber-soled trainers and some warm, loose clothing to get started. Curling’s a friendly and very social sport, which welcomes beginners. Curl Aberdeen, just off the Lang Stracht, offers taster sessions and beginners classes, and you can also learn in Forfar, Elgin or Dundee. You’ll find useful information about the basics and taster sessions at trycurling.com or visit curlaberdeen.co.uk to book a taster session on a Sunday. These cost just £3 per person or you can sign up for a four week course for beginners for £40. There are courses starting in January and February. Call 01224 810369 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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At first sight, curling appears to be a cross between lawn bowls and particularly vigorous housework. Two teams of four take turns to slide polished granite stones, which each weigh around 20 kilogrammes, towards the centre of the house - a target at the far end of the rink - while team members speed the stone’s passage with brushes. It’s a game that combines physical ability, a sense of aim and control, with the strategic thinking and deviousness of croquet. It’s easy to pick up the basics and surprisingly good fun.
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For stunning art and stylish homewares, head to PRYDE GALLERY
rtist John Pryde is known for his colourful canvases, but his PRYDE gallery is also a great source for stylish yet affordable gifts and homewares. Alongside John’s own work, there’s a wonderfully curated collection of occasional furniture, lighting, sculptures, vases and candle holders. Better yet, since John handpicks his stock from Portugal, Italy and the UK, there’s always something new to love. There are some
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Something to smile about
Andrew Scott Dental Care have been announced as the winners of ‘Best New Practice’ at the Dentistry Scotland Awards 2018. This is testimony to the team of dental professionals working at the practice offering a wide range of treatments from general dentistry to more complex cosmetic treatments. Their aim is to always provide the best possible dental experience for patients with the primary focus being on excellent dental treatment.
Linton & Mac stylist braves the shave A stylist from Linton & Mac has taken part in the national ‘Brave the Shave’ campaign, to raise money for a children’s cancer charity. Alison Simpson, 26 chose to shave her head in order to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust. In addition, Alison also initiated a number of other fundraising events, including a bake sale at the Linton & Mac salon and a sponsored ‘wig afternoon’, which saw the entire Linton & Mac team sporting wigs all afternoon on the salon floor. Alison’s efforts have so far successfully raised in excess of £1,600.
We have a team of colour specialists (L’Oreal Academy degree qualified) - Jenn, Jaye, Sarah, Natasha & Karen Freehand Balayage £135 | Wholehead Highlights £105 | Full Head Tint £75 | Re-growth £60 All prices include Smartbond - designed to protect and prolong colour
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Save the date for Ladies Lunch Discover Craibstone Estate The brand new Craibstone Estate in Aberdeen was launched this month by CALA Homes. It creates a haven for homebuyers to live and breathe. The development is surrounded by mature woodlands, placing homes within the forest setting without compromising its trees and trails. Plans for the overall development include a new community of around 700 homes, commercial space and a neighbourhood centre - all within only six miles of the city centre.
Action Medical Research are asking ladies to save the date for their next fundraising lunch at The Marcliffe Resort & Spa on Thursday 14 March 2019. The guest speaker is Lieutenant Colonel Neil Stace, whose sewing machine has seen him through tours of duty in Bosnia and Afghanistan, as well as taking him to the final of the Great British Sewing Bee. Tickets and more information from email@example.com
Welcome to Grand Aura Skin & Wellbeing Clinic located in the west end of Aberdeen. We are a specialist clinic providing private dermatology and aesthetic treatments. We use the Cynosure Palomar Vectus which is the fastest, safest and most effective laser in Aberdeen. With a team of expert laser practitioners on hand to help people to be razor and wax free by summer. Call 01224 639100 today to book your free consultation. grandaura.com
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Trailblazer wins top honour at national technology awards
Aberdeenshire hair salon scoops global hairdressing award Kintore-based Rebecca Carr Hair Salon won Global Retailer of the Year with brand label.m after competing for the title against 7000 salons worldwide.The award secures a place for Rebecca Carr Hair Salon to join TONI&GUYâ€™s artistic team at London Fashion Week 2019 for the Autumn/Winter collections.
Sheryl Newman, managing director of Appetite for Business, received the Leader of the Year honour at the Scottish Women in Technology (SWiT) Awards in Glasgow. Sheryl the sole finalist based in the north of Scotland - saw off fierce competition from rivals at Accenture, Amazon, CodeClan, Getronics and JP Morgan to clinch the top category award in recognition of her commitment to overcoming adversity and inspiring other women into the technology sector.
New yoga studio Duncan and Todd care about your hearing too Did you know 1 in 7 people suffer from hearing loss? It can - and does - strike at any age. Maximising your senses allows you to enjoy your surroundings to their fullest - better sound for a better life. Duncan and Todd Opticians & Hearing Care already offer audiology at many practices including Belmont Street, Trinity and Inverurie - and on 3 December their Dyce branch is reopening with this service too!
Barefoot and Twisted is a new yoga studio situated at the rear of Coppa Coffee, 40 St Swithin Street. The studio is heated by infrared and classes range in temperature from 21.5 to 25 degrees. Classes include Hatha Vinyasa, Yin, restorative, beginners/ gentle, pregnancy and kids, and all levels are warmly welcomed. barefootandtwisted.com
There were two main catwalk trends worth adopting for this season’s winter hair.
he first, seen at Alexander McQueen and Valentino, involves a slicked back style, often in braids or a ponytail. It’s minimalist, chic and can work well if you have naturally straight hair, great cheekbones and a strong make up look. It’s more of a formal look than something you’d do for off-duty weekends and is product intensive. It only works if you literally don’t have a hair out of place. It’s very much an updated Eighties vibe, referencing Robert Palmer’s Addicted to Love backing band and swim-suited Glamazon supermodels. If your hair is naturally curly, longer or just has a mind of its own, then take your cues from Coach, Isabel Marant and Loewe, all of whom opted for a natural, tumbled out of bed look, with volume
and wild waves. Balmain and Dior opted for a more high-maintenance version with smooth waves and blow-outs. Again, this major trend looks to the past, this time referencing a boho early seventies vibe with a slightly nineties grungy edge. Gucci provided a third, rather more extreme option, sending their models down the catwalk in knitted balaclavas. It’s not an easy look to pull off. Not only will you have severe helmet hair, but you’ll probably be arrested if you happen to pop into your bank. Colour is slightly more subdued this season, with an emphasis on warmth and enhanced natural shades, rather than sun-streaked blondes. Ombre and low lights remain popular, and both Chanel and D&G added interest with eye-catching hair ornaments finishing messy updos.
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It’s easy to end up in greys, blacks and boring neutrals, but winter fashion needn’t be dreary. You can still keep warm while injecting a bit of frivolity into your wardrobe. Look for brighter colours, stripes and finishing touches like fringes and pompoms when it comes to hats, scarves, bags, gloves and boots. Clash in a riot of cheerful shades. A cherry red or banana yellow used as an accent shade can lift your outfit and your outlook. Layer light silk and cotton t-shirts or blouses with merino or cashmere knitwear for maximum cosiness and minimal ironing! Top it off with an oversized coat, down filled jacket or a faux fur. Cosy up and smile all the way to spring!
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HELP YOUR DAUGHTER FIND HER PATH TO SUCCESS AT ST MARGARET’S
PRIMARY 1 TASTER MORNING 18 JAN Choosing the right school for your daughter, at any stage of her development, is never an easy decision, but here at St Margaret’s we understand girls how they learn, how they play and how they develop.
e believe that a single-sex education offers girls the space in which their intellectual and physical identity can blossom, a space which is free from stereotype, full of challenge and rich with opportunity and care. It is in this sort of environment that girls can develop the self-esteem and confidence which will enable them to fulfil their potential and make a positive impact on the world. The only all girls’ school in Aberdeen, we have around 380 pupils ranging in age from 3 to 18. Junior school
pupils at St Margaret’s benefit from the wider opportunities and role models readily available in our all-through school, as well as the small class sizes, the specialist teaching in a range of subjects and the multitude of opportunities we offer in PE, music, outdoor learning and extra-curricular activities. To offer you more information and an insight into our junior school, we have organised a Primary 1 taster morning for pre-school girls on Friday 18 January 2019, between 9am and 12 noon.
To find out more about what St Margaret’s could offer your daughter, or to register for the taster morning, please get in touch with our admissions office on 01224 584466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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The key is to avoid one season novelties and difficult colours and look for investment pieces that will become core wardrobe staples for years to come. It’s not about fast fashion or coming home with so many bags of bargains that you can barely get in the front door, but rather about spending wisely. It’s about buying great quality fabrics and tailoring at a more wallet-friendly price point than usual. Take the opportunity that the sale season offers to head a bit more upmarket for key pieces like suits, workwear and outerwear without spending more. January offers the best opportunity to add a designer label or two to your wardrobe and splash out on something special. Start with a wardrobe audit a few days before you go shopping. This will help you identify gaps and also have a bit of a clear out. Drag everything out of the wardrobe and separate it into three piles - clothes to keep, clothes that need to be mended or altered, and clothes that need to go. Be harsh. If you haven’t worn it in a couple of years, if it doesn’t fit or doesn’t suit you, then it needs to go to a charity shop or a clothing bank. Faded t-shirts, shirts that don’t flatter, knitwear that makes you look like your grandad, sad, saggy underpants and holey socks - be ruthless. It needs to go. Look over your new streamlined wardrobe and make a note of what’s missing. Do you need to add to your casual clothes or your work wardrobe? Are there predominant
colour schemes? What about new shoes or boots? Is there anything you’d like but you don’t have? Now’s the time to indulge and update your look. Make a list of what you need and try to colour-co-ordinate your new buys to get the most from them. If you really hate shopping, you can always do your sales shopping online with retailers like Jacomo, but trying things on can often lead to new discoveries, especially when each shop seems to have its own notion of sizing. Shopping early or late in the day can be less crowded. Look for styles that will easily transition from one season to the next. Trousers and jeans will remain narrower in the legs in 2019 and it’s difficult to go wrong with black, grey or darker denim. For suits, try Boss or T.M. Lewin for classical modernity with sharp tailoring, or Designers at Debenhams, M&S and John Lewis for quality at high street prices. It’s a good time to buy classics like dinner suits, kilt outfits and velvet evening jackets if you can pull off a lounge lizard look. Independents like Signature, Kafka and Slaters will all have sales that make desirable labels more affordable and can be especially useful for special occasion clothing. M&S can be particularly good for basics like socks and underwear at this time of year and often has bargains in shirts, plain cotton t-shirts and lambswool or cashmere jumpers. On the casual front, Next offers a mixed bag, while FatFace, Hollister and Superdry are pitched more towards the younger end of the market. Don’t forget Tiso, Cotswold Outdoor or Millets for cut-price winter jackets and casual fleeces.
anuary is a key month for updating your wardrobe, especially now that the January sales often kick off in December! It’s the best time to pick up bargains and make your budget go further, yet it’s all too easy to come home from a day’s shopping with a bunch of stuff you’ll never wear.
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One of the popular earring trends right now, pull through earrings create an edgy and sophisticated look. Adding maximum drama, these earrings come in various lengths, making them very customisable. It’s like a chain that pulls through the hole and can be styled in a number of ways and worn at different lengths. If you’ve got a double piercing, it’s fashionable to wear the chain threaded through both holes.
With long necklaces you can just throw them on, over a jumper or a top and completely change the look of your outfit. Some of the longer chains you can double up and wrap them around a few times. If you’re wearing a scoop back dress to a black-tie event, it’s the perfect statement piece to wear down your back and add that something extra to your outfit.
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asant Darnal’s culinary career has seen him work all over the world before coming to Aberdeen to head up the kitchen team at 8848, the innovative and popular Nepalese and Indian restaurant on Aberdeen’s Union Street.
‘I was born in India and trained at the prestigious Oberoi School in Chennai, before starting my culinary career in Calcutta. In 2006, I came to the UK to work under Eric Chavot at the Capital Hotel, having been at the award-winning signature restaurant at the Hyatt Regency in Katmandu in Nepal. I’ve even cooked at a few Nepalese state banquets along the way and I also worked in a Thai restaurant for several years, which taught me a lot about Asian flavours and techniques. This is at the heart of my passion for making the best of local ingredients fused with modern cookery techniques and recipes. ‘At 8848, I’m in charge of the menus and I work on ideas for new dishes, projects and expansion. I like to create something
new from traditional ingredients with a modern twist, like our tandoori scallops with mango salsa. It’s about drawing on the best of many cultures to make something that tastes wonderful! I’m a big fan of the chatpatta style. I like bold, tangy flavours that also have a subtle curry hint. I’m always looking to include more organic ingredients and soul foods. That’s why I create dishes like our monkfish Balti and chicken lasoni methi, but I also love a really simple dal. ‘If I weren’t a chef, I’d like to have been the manager of a good restaurant as I am passionate about consumer behaviour and service. I always remember the words of a poet, who said, ‘If you cry because the sun has gone out of your life, your tears will prevent you from seeing the stars.’ ‘It’s a principle I follow in life: be grateful for what you have and work for better.’
BASANT DARNAL OF 8848 RESTAURANT
Basant is pictured with 8848 chef Nabil Bista, who is dressed in black.
Try our mouth-watering menu offering sublimely spiced authentic Nepali dishes, which combine Indian and Asian influences, with local ingredients and a healthier approach. • Get together for lunch over our unique Indian tapas or enjoy our wonderful new evening menu which reflects Nepal’s unique position on ancient trading routes between China and India. • Corporate events and private dining available. • Winner of the Aberdeen Curry Award 2017 & 2018
(serves two) INGREDIENTS
250g (9oz) low-fat natural yogurt 4 tbsp tikka paste 2 skinless salmon fillets Lemon wedges, to serve
Mix the yogurt and tikka paste (we make our own, but a jar will do) in a non-metallic bowl and add the salmon fillets. Leave to marinate for at least 2 hours, or overnight if possible.
For the chilli mayonnaise: ½ tsb crushed chilli Pinch of mustard powder Drop of white wine vinegar 2 tbsp olive oil 3 eggs
Pre heat the oven about 200oC (we do it in tandoori oven) Place salmon on a baking tray and cook for 10 -15 mins Transfer gently to plates, add chilli mayonnaise and garnish To garnish: Micro coriander leaves and edible flowers (or just use coriander)
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WE HAD A YEN FOR RICE AND NOODLES, SO WE SENT OUR WRITERS TO TRY OUT THREE OF THE CITY’S BEST ASIAN EATING PLACES…
Yorokobi by CJ
The Manchurian Thaikhun
51 Huntly Street, AB10 1TH
136 Causewayend, AB25 3TN
Union Square, AB11 5RG
Yorokobi by CJ is a Japanese and Korean restaurant, tucked away on Huntly Street in the city centre. We tried Yorokobi on a Saturday night. You’d be well advised to make a reservation if you plan to do the same. Offering both sit-in and takeaway service, this is a charming place to take a date or to celebrate a special event.
After a diverting satnav excursion, we arrived at The Manchurian on Causewayend with anticipatory appetites. For an early Tuesday night in November, we were very impressed at the number of tables filled, including a couple of big family groups in the bright and spacious room. If you go for lunch, don’t miss the Asian supermarket next door, which is packed with interesting ingredients.
Our final choice was based on the recommendation of a six year old who insisted Thaikhun do the world’s best prawns. Normally, we’d hesitate to take the opinion of someone quite so obsessed with glitter and unicorns, but Thaikhun turns out to be a bit of a Thai treasure.
The menu is impressively varied, with plenty of options for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. It’s also great for families. I took all three of my children with me so we could sample as much of the menu as possible. We started with edamame beans and then between us, we shared three different sushi rolls, all of which were beautifully presented. We also tried the Bulgoki, a thinly sliced beef dish served with rice, and the Prawn Yakisoba, a noodle dish with vegetables and a peanut sauce. We all agreed that the food was very fresh and wonderfully flavoursome. When the bill came, we discovered that it was also great value for money!
Our choices ranged from dainty starter veggie spring rolls (you get eight though!) and hearty dim sum, to spicy Szechuan squid and roast duck with plum sauce and egg fried rice - all tasty, fresh and plentiful. The cuisine is Cantonese and as such very familiar, but nonetheless moreish for that. Service was polite and efficient, and although we all left feeling very full, the bill was delightfully light on the pocket. Travel tip: Ignore the satnav when it says ‘Make a U-turn’, just turn right and the ample parking is accessed around the back of the building.
On a Monday lunchtime, the restaurant was busy but not crowded, with several small children. Everyone eating seemed to be smiling, which we took as a good sign while perusing the menu and checking out the eclectic decor. We were seated beside a smiling gilt Buddha flanked by a pair of huge wooden carved... well, let’s just call it a shrine to fertility and fortune. We shared a veggie starter plate, which came loaded with a delicious selection of little dumplings, spring rolls and spicy sweetcorn cakes and three dipping sauces including a punchy sriracha. Thaikhun’s authentic street food approach even managed to turn tofu - that eternal disappointment - into something worth eating! The Massamam Chicken curry was well spiced, with substantial chunks of chicken breast and potatoes which worked well with the jasmine rice, while Thaikhun’s veggie version of Singapore noodles is my new favourite. Even the carrot slices had been cut into little flower shapes. Just great. We’ll definitely be back for more.
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CRAIG WILSON, KILTED CHEF, GIVES ADVICE ON FESTIVE ENTERTAINING
Avoid a Christmas entertaining meltdown by following my golden rule: Less mess = Less stress!
repare as much as you can in advance. Assemble cold canapés and store in the fridge, then serve as soon as your guests arrive. Oak smoked salmon with cream cheese and a squeeze of lime on mini oatcakes is a sure-fire hit! Feta cheese with olive and sundried tomato on a stick is simple, but great. Other easy dishes include smoked meats, with gherkins and tomatoes, rustic crackers or hand cooked crisps with hummus topped with fresh herbs.
My favourite hot canapés include mini cups of stovies, crispy haggis bonbons and cocktail sausages served with chilli, cranberry sauce and sesame seeds or mini vegetable kebabs with a pesto dip. Delicious! Stick to finger food and use mini bowls with teaspoons or sticks to avoid any greasy spillages.
Ingredients 35ml Tomato Distilled Reyka Vodka 35ml Lustau White Vermouth 5ml Sugar syrup
Most important of all, eat, drink and be merry! Völuspá is a martini style drink paying homage to the history and resourcefulness of the people of Iceland. With such a barren landscape, growing crops is near impossible. However, by harnessing geothermal energy, Icelanders have been growing fruit and veg such as tomatoes in giant greenhouses for decades. It’s this same geothermal energy that is used to power the Reyka Vodka distillery. orchidaberdeen.com
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Aberdeen: open all hours this winter The new ‘Alive after Five’ project is making the city accessible in the evening with free parking during the winter months. At the same time, the city is the setting of a revolutionary parking scheme. Tech fans in the city have welcomed
the arrival of a pioneering new app called Kerb, which makes parking cheaper by the day too and allows homeowners to make some Christmas shopping money in the process, by renting out their own driveways or spaces.
First comedian announced to play at TECA Popular English comedian, Russell Howard is heading to Aberdeen next year as part of his biggest globe-spanning stand-up tour to date, Respite. Russell will entertain fans on Friday 20 September at brand new state-of-the-art venue, The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA). The 12,500-capacity main arena will host a variety of events and is already attracting major stars to the area.
Albyn Architects formed from new partnership The owners of two Aberdeen architectural businesses have joined forces to set up Albyn Architects. The city-based practice will now use the combined design and project management expertise of Mark Dellaquaglia and Ian McGregor to provide residential and commercial clients across Scotland with a full range of architectural and support services.
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Natalie learns the Art of Hair
Senior Stylist Natalie from Saks in Union Square was recently one of a handful of people invited to London to join the UK Shu Uemura Art Of Hair team, known as the #ShuSquad, for an exciting photo shoot opportunity recreating the Japanese trends of 2018. Natalie researched, planned and created a unique look on her model which was then professionally shot by photographer Joe Turp.
Ruthie's Kaffe Ruthie’s Kaffe is a small dog-friendly take away/ kaffe offering alternative brunch boxes, freshly made soup and macaroni boxes with the option to sit in, on Esslemont Avenue. Ruth uses locally sourced produce from locals such as The Bread Maker and Caber Coffee. Tasty treats include speciality scones and traybakes including vegan and gluten free options and open toasts, all made in-house by Ruth. Open Tues-Fri 8.30am-4pm Sat-Sun 10am-3pm
Aberdeen restaurant celebrates success The Silver Darling, which is based in Fittie overlooking the city’s harbour and beach area, has been named ‘Restaurant of the Year - Casual Dining’ at the Scottish Licensed Trade News (SLTN) awards. The Silver Darling was re-launched in February of this year following a major renovation which transformed the restaurant with new contemporary interiors and an updated food and drink offering.
pecialists in lifestyle, country and equestrian wear, Country Ways is the go-to store to top up your Winter wardrobe. Choose from Barbour wax jackets, cosy Joules quilts and tweed gilets from Annabel Brocks, to Dubarry leather boots and Hunter wellies. Theyâ€™ve all your favourite brands in-store and online. Look out for the latest must-have from Fairfax & Favor - the new Oxblood Regina tall boots and matching handbag. Definitely on our #dearsanta list!
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Aberdeen care facility shortlisted again for major awards
Rubislaw Park Care Home is once again flying the flag for the North-east after being shortlisted for two major industry awards - for the second year in a row. Following last year’s win in the Catering Team of the Year section of the Caring UK Awards, Rubislaw Park Care Home has once again been nominated in
the category, as well as reaching this year’s shortlist for Care Home of the Year - Scotland. The facility has recently opened a £2 million extension which has created an additional 16 rooms plus associated dining, social and recreational areas for residents.
New technology supports offshore safety training Falck Safety Services UK (Falck) recently revealed new 360° technology at the OPITO Safety & Competence Conference in Kuala Lumpur. The virtual reality immersive experience, best viewed with VR goggles and hand-held devices, gives delegates the most realistic understanding of what to expect during the Helicopter Underwater Escape Training (HUET) exercise. Falck is believed to be the first offshore training organisation in the country to introduce the technology.
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A new lease of life for The Globe Inn A long established and well known Aberdeen pub, The ‘Globe Inn’ on North Silver Street is bucking the trend, by reverting to private ownership, after years as a brewery pub. The new owners are Paul and Emma Beattie, who recently took over, after buying the Globe from Greene King, the brewing giant. Until recently, Paul was the proprietor of Roo's Leap in Aviemore, part of his family’s business; but after marrying Emma in August, sold up in Aviemore and moved back to Aberdeen.
Creative agency rebrands
The food offering at the Globe has been completely revamped, to offer a freshly cooked to order and varied menu, and there is every intention to continue with the very popular Music nights, every Friday and Saturday. In addition, they now open at 8am for coffees and breakfast. 13-15 North Silver Street, Aberdeen AB10 1RJ Tel: 01224 641171 the-globe-inn.com
Braemar business reaches for the stars
Aberdeen-based creative agency Hampton Associates has changed its name to Hampton along with making a number of appointments in recent months. Pete McIntosh, previously head of creative at Bauer Media’s Northsound Radio and Radio Tay joins as account manager, while Rhona Hourston and Zoe Powell both join as graphic designers.
Boarderline comes to Banchory Newly opened Ride Coffee House on Station Road in Banchory is the brainchild of Simon Burnside, who also plans to relocate his other business, Boarderline Snow and Skate Store. Simon says, ‘After 23 years in the city centre, we are relocating to Deeside and opening Ride Coffee House alongside with the aim of making it a great destination store. The name, Ride is a nod to our two main passions - riding snowboards and riding bikes - and there will be parking for several cars and racks out front for your bikes too.’ @ridecoffeehouse
Braemar Highland Experience has received a five-star Quality Assurance rating from VisitScotland by continuing to exceed customers’ expectations on an on-going basis whilst taking an innovative approach to customer care. Katy and Julian offer three different routes to explore the area - on road bespoke tours, guided walking tours and off-road tours on private hill roads in the Cairngorms National Park.
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© Neptune By Treehouse
Bahamas four poster wooden bed © Modish Living
Atika white carved headboard © Atkin and Thyme
Side table © Orchid Furniture
Cushion © Bridgman
so to bed... P
ared back Scandi-chic minimalism is fine in summer, but the winter bedroom needs to combine a cocoon of opulent comfort with a little theatrical extravagance. Think of it as telling your own bedtime story.
Oriental cabinet © The Nine Schools
Rieti side table © Distinctify Character stool © Orchid Furniture
Set the scene with a dramatic bed or statement headboard, folk-tale or eastern influenced furniture and luxurious accents. Indulge your senses with blissfully warm bedding ike throws in wool, fake fur or touchable velvet. Lanterns or fairy lights can add a romantic touch, while a scented candle or linen spray can take you to Russia’s imperial palaces, Moroccan souks or on an oriental adventure. Sweet dreams! Bedside table © Ian Snow Ltd
Ayaan table lamp © dar lighting group
Television cabinet © Shimu
Stone horse © Shimu
Hazel Anderson, Lorna Ord
Christine & James
Maggie’s Charity Art Extravaganza Angela Stewart, Mark Stewart
Eleanor Bentley, Phil Bentley
WHO: Keen art lovers gathered at the Chester Hotel for the charity’s Art Extravaganza WHAT: The evening reception, which was sponsored by Wood, BP, Nexen and Fifth Ring, raised an impressive £80,000 towards Maggie’s Aberdeen’s much needed practical, emotional and social support for people facing the challenges of cancer. Many acclaimed artists featured at the show, with 50% of the sale price of each piece being donated to the charity.
Hema Showan, Andy Burton
WHERE: The Chester Hotel
Helen Rorrison, Gordon Rorrison
Katherine Monro, David Reid
Nic Granger, Stuart Payne
Joni Craigie, Alastair MacDonald , Moira Lawrence
Myles Chandler, Alison Chandler
Pip Clark, Sarah Sleigh, Linzie McDonald, Anna Stephen, Carol Stanger-Stark
Lisa Rattray, Kerry Polson, Karen Hennigan, Alison Mackay, Margaret Mclaughlan
Heart & Hope Charity Lunch Lisa Duthie, Judith Tocher
WHO: 200 dressed to impress ladies and gents. WHAT: The Heart & Hope charity lunch held in aid of Type 1 diabetes. A champagne reception with a fabulous Christmas stall from gift shop No.18 greeted guests as they arrived, followed by a three course lunch and entertainment from the Globe Girls. The event was hosted by Willie Allan, the main entertainment sponsors were Brewin Dolphin and all guests helped to raise over ÂŁ36,000 to support vital research.
Jill Bedawi, Sandra Watt
Lynn Clark, Diane Park
WHERE: The Chester Hotel Christi Dowd, Celia Pacitti-Simpson
Vicky Garden, Dez Young, Hollie Christie, Lynne Frost, Laura Grieve
Louise Swanney, Adele Bennett
Mandy Aitchison, Debbie McFarlane
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ou could be forgiven for imagining that with winter firmly upon us, the garden holds little interest from now until next spring, but actually there is a long list of fantastic trees and plants that provide winter interest. A great number of them are not only shade tolerant but also have scent, so there is much to be celebrated in the winter garden if you make the right choices. Opposite is a list of some of my personal favourites that provide great winter interest and are suitable for our gardens here in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but please remember to research the appropriate hardiness rating for your specific area or garden and match this to the plant you are considering, before making a purchase. To do this you can check on the Royal Horticultural Societyâ€™s website rhs.org.uk
TREES Prunus x subhirtella ‘Autumnalis Rosea’ Betula utilis var. jacquemontii Prunus serrula tibetica Prunus mume ‘Beni-chidori’ Hamamelis x intermedia - too many great varieties to mention. (prone to suckering!) Cotoneaster ‘Hybridus Pendulus’ Chimonanthus praecox ‘Grandiflorus’
BULBS & CORMS
GRASSES THAT STILL LOOK GOOD IN THE WINTER
Galanthus (snowdrops) Crocus Cyclamen Nerine bowdenii Winter aconite
Carex testacea Carex buchananii
WALL SHRUBS & CLIMBERS Clematis cirrhosa var. ‘balearica’ (only for a sheltered sunny wall). Lonicera x purpusii ‘Winter Beauty’ Jasminum nudiflorum (winter jasmine) Pyracantha ‘Orange Glow’
SHRUBS • • • • • • • • • • •
Sarcococca confusa Skimmia japonica ‘Magic Marlot’ Daphne bholua Daphne retusa Daphne odora ‘Aureomarginata’ Daphne mezereum ‘Rubra’ Daphne cneorum Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ Ilex aquifolium ‘Argentea Variegata’ Cornus alba Pieris japonica - lots of varieties to choose from • Pieris ‘Debutante’ for the smaller garden • Photinia x fraseri ‘Red Robin’ and ‘ Little Red Robin’
• Skimmia x confusa ‘Kew Green’ (male plant) • Skimmia japonica ‘Rubella’ (male plant) • Skimmia japonica ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (male plant)
• Skimmia japonica ‘Nymans’ (female plant). If you want berries, plant with a male skimmia) • Cotoneaster ‘Cornubia’ • Cotoneaster franchetii • Cotoneaster simonsii • Viburnum x bodnantense ‘Dawn’ • Viburnum tinus ‘Eve Price ‘or ‘Gwenllian’ • Gaultheria procumbens • Pernettya ‘Bells Seedling Red Berries’ • Symphoricarpos ‘Magical Candy’ or ‘Albus’ • Calluna ‘Beauty Ladies Sisters’. Many varieties to explore other than this. • Erica darleyensis ‘Kramers Red’. Lots of other varieties to choose from. • Helleborus‘Camelot’, ‘Sternii Blackthorn Group’, ‘ Hello Red’ and ‘Christmas Carol... so many beautiful varieties and long flowering!
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tickets to doctor dolittle the musical at hmt
octor Dolittle is coming to the stage in Aberdeen this March and we have two pairs of tickets to this delightful family show. Join the eccentric Doctor, his friends and some very unusual creatures as they search for the Giant Pink Sea Snail. The show runs from 12 -23 March at His Majesty’s in Aberdeen. The cast of this spectacular new stage
show stars Mark Williams of Father Brown, The Fast Show, and Harry Potter, as Doctor Dolittle with Coronation Street’s Vicky Entwistle and Brian Capron in support. To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:
What creature does Doctor Dolittle go searching for?
New MD at Aberdeen Airport Aberdeen International Airport has appointed Steve Szalay as its new Managing Director. He is a graduate of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and went on to hold a series of senior executive roles within the aviation sector. He has worked across a number of airports including Heathrow, Europe’s largest airport, and Gatwick. Mr Szalay will work closely with Derek Provan, Chief Executive of Aberdeen’s parent company AGS, to build on the success of the airport which is in the midst of the third and final phase of its terminal transformation programme.
Aberdeenshire in global top ten list of must visit destinations Aberdeenshire’s attractions have been included in one of the top ten regions in the world for travellers to visit in 2019 by travel publication Lonely Planet. In a list published this October, Aberdeenshire is included within the Scotland’s Highlands and islands which placed fifth, encouraging readers to explore the Aberdeenshire region by completing the North East 250 and the Snow Roads touring routes.
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Opening the new office is a natural progression...
VT Wealth Management Ltd branches out Over the past two and a half years, Vee Thom and her team have become established as one of the North-East’s most approachable and trusted Financial Planners, providing transparent and tailored advice to clients in Investment, Retirement, Estate, Later Life Planning, Protection and Mortgages.
ommitment and passion to provide an excellent value, face to face client proposition has led Vee to open a new office in Fraserburgh. Vee explained, ‘I was brought up in Portknockie, in a family with strong fishing connections. Over the last 15 years, I have built up long standing relationships with business and private clients within and around Fraserburgh, so opening the new office is a natural progression. ‘The office in Fraserburgh will allow us to strengthen our
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Aberdeen launches Craft Beer Kilometre …or 965m to be exact. An Aberdeen brewery has created a beer map to showcase the best craft beer bars in the city within a one kilometre radius. Fierce Beer, which has its own bar based on Exchequer Row in the city centre, designed the map to create a destination route for beer lovers to explore. Inspired by the Bermondsey Beer Mile in London, the map features bars such as The Craftsman Company, Casc, BrewDog and Sixo North.
launches in AB31
Banchory retail unit has recently been opened by award-winning Deeside Distillery as a craft drinks hub. ABV Craft Drinks was launched to highlight the range and quality of craft drinks made in Scotland, by a team who are equally passionate about the industry. With a current stock of over 125 gins, the shop continues to add to this collection weekly, and will shortly be launching an online Scottish gin shop. The Banchory shop also boasts a large selection of craft beers, selected wines and a growing whisky selection. With regular ‘meet the maker’ events, the emphasis is on learning about true Scottish products. The new shop has already proven popular with locals and visitors to the area and aims to offer a friendly and educational experience with its selected craft drinks from around Scotland. Shop co-owner, Wil Aitken said, ‘We always aim to find drinks that
our customers are hoping to track down, as well as giving them the chance to ‘meet the makers’ at our events. We hope the shop will become a hub of activity for craft drink enthusiasts who live in, or are visiting the area.’ Available to purchase from the shop, Deeside Distillery’s ’Uncut’ gin won the prestigious gold award for Navy Strength Gin of the year at the Scottish Gin Awards held in Glasgow on Thursday 20 September. The awards, now in their second year, celebrate innovation and excellence in Scottish gin production. As one of just four Scottish distilleries to produce the base spirit for its gin entirely onsite, the Deeside Distillery team is passionate about developing an innovative range of spirits and flavours with a local origin. The shop is run by the owners of Deeside Distillery and Dusk Bar in Aberdeen and is open 7 days a week.
Keenan Recycling points the way to a greener future Scotland’s largest organic waste management firm Keenan Recycling, which has its HQ in Aberdeen, is expanding into the North-east of England, creating up to 40 new jobs over the next two years. With its roots originally in the garden composting business since 2001, Keenan Recycling launched its own commercial food waste collection service in Scotland in 2010. The company now processes more than 150,000 tonnes of organic waste a year, turning it into compost and electricity.
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Home-Start secures funding from Aberdeen Standard Investments Home-Start Aberdeen has received ÂŁ16,000 from the ASI charitable foundation which will be used to support families via its Big Hopes Big Future initiative. The initiative is a tested and proven approach to helping parents give their children the support they need at home before starting school. Trained Home-Start Aberdeen volunteers visit families in their own home, introducing them to activities based on their specific needs, to prepare them for the next stage.
Fancy volunteering as a Snow Warden? Aberdeenshire Council are on the lookout for anyone who would like to volunteer as a snow warden in their local community. The Volunteer Snow Warden Scheme has been introduced to actively support members of local communities who would like to offer their spare time to manually clear snow from publicly-adopted footways and footpaths in their area. More information and details on how to apply at aberdeenshire.gov.uk
ASV offering free training to help youngsters find employment Aberdeen Sports Village (ASV) are offering young people in S5/S6, or those who are unemployed and looking for a career, the chance to take part in industry standard training at the facilityâ€™s Aquatics Centre. The programme has a choice of five industry-standard training courses and are all free of charge to successful applicants. There may also be the opportunity to secure a job at Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatics Centre as a lifeguard and/or a swimming teacher on completion.Â
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Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
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Nuart Aberdeen organisers issue call for walls From the first momentous Herakut mural at the Green in 2017 to the largest work to date on Union Plaza earlier this year, the multi-award winning Nuart Aberdeen has transformed the Granite City. Plans are now gathering pace for Nuart Aberdeen 2019 and organisers have issued a ‘call for walls’ for property owners and businesses to become a part of the internationally renowned street art festival, which returns to Aberdeen from 18 to 21 April. Organisers are looking for external walls in good condition which must be within the BID area, visible to the public and not granite or listed. email@example.com
Order a hamper from CFINE and make a difference This Christmas why not order a hamper from CFINE and help disadvantaged, vulnerable and low-income local people? Hampers cost between £15 and £25 and contain a selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, plus other festive staples such as nuts and eggs. Order by Thursday 13 December and your hamper will be delivered on Friday 21 December, or you can pick up from their warehouse at Poynernook Road. firstname.lastname@example.org
Signature Food Festival donates more than £250k to charity Signature, Scotland’s only fine dining festival which is held at the Chester Hotel, has more than doubled the amount raised at the 2017 event. A total of £239,000 will be donated to the Friends of the Neo Natal Unit at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and £12,000 was also raised for Friendly Access, a charity which supports those living with hidden disabilities. The sale of a guitar signed by more than 30 Scottish celebrities including Sir Andy Murray, Ewan McGregor, Sir Chris Hoy and Sir Alex Ferguson was split equally between the two charities.
WE HAVE DELIVERED OVER 2000 WEDDINGS SINCE 2008 BY STAYING AHEAD OF THE TRENDS AND MAINTAINING OUR RANGE WITH THE HOTTEST LINENS, PROPS AND FLORAL STYLES.
BOLD COLOURS This is music to our ears as we LOVE colour! Moving away from traditional whites and creams, this year’s weddings will bring in reds, pinks, deep blues and jewel tones through flowers, bridesmaids dresses and room décor. We have certainly seen a trend toward burgundy tones of marsala, merlot and garnet. This does mean that blush pinks and rose golds are on their way out with more couples opting for the traditional gold and silver to contrast with the new bolder colours.
Over the last few months, we’ve been trawling magazines, websites and wedding blogs to bring you the latest ‘must haves’ and ‘have nots’ for your 2019 wedding.
BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN We have been talking about this in 2018 with our woodland wedding styling. Trees and more structured, sophisticated foliage will be complemented with lush, organic florals including the flower of the year, dahlias.
If you are looking for inspiration to create your own ‘on point’ day, check out our top picks:
ECO-CONSCIOUS WEDDINGS In a trend led by the royal weddings of 2018, couples are thinking about sustainability on their big day. This maybe making your reception plastic free, using seasonal flowers in foam free arrangements or selecting a locally sourced, organic menu. Whatever you choose to do, the most important thing is that your special day is a reflection of you!
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The Magician’s Table INNOVATION IS KEY TO SUCCESS IN MOST BUSINESSES AND NONE MORE SO THAN IN THE WORLD OF MAGIC. For Aberdeen-based magic company Fifth Dimension, creativity is at the heart of what they do. Whether it’s creating new routines and effects; delivering their world-renowned safety magic presentations or unique team development workshops to corporate clients around the world; topping the bill in Las Vegas or at the world famous Magic Castle in Hollywood L.A. with their cutting edge magical entertainment, Ivor Smith and Jeff Burns of Fifth Dimension are continually developing new magical ideas. Ivor said, ‘With a large number of repeat bookings from clients we need to be able to offer new and exciting ideas on a regular basis. The latest offering in our portfolio of entertainment services is called The Magician’s Table. ‘The idea came from the unique dining experience that is offered at the Chef’s table
in a restaurant. As lovers of fine dining Jeff and I wanted to take that idea and create a unique magical experience that would leave a lasting impression on the audience.’ Jeff continued, ‘The Magician’s Table does just that. Retaining the intimacy of close-up magic with the audience seated around the magician’s table we present a show that, like an exquisite tasting menu at the Chef’s Table is individually tailored to the audience. It’s designed to be an exclusive event that is ideal for corporate hospitality events, family celebrations, small dinner parties, hospitality lounges, receptions and house parties. In fact any event where someone wants to give a small group of people an unforgettable experience.’
‘If you want to be entertained and astonished you must go to one of Fifth Dimension’s shows.’ - Uri Geller For further details, email email@example.com or visit fifthdimension.biz
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Winter is coming and anyone with a yearning for the piste will be crossing their fingers for a repeat of last year’s bonanza snowfall. Whether you fancy challenging off-piste runs and upmarket après-ski in Chamonix or a family fun day at the Lecht, here in Aberdeenshire we have access to a wide range of snowy fun. Geneva is a two and a half hour flight from Aberdeen, and there is plenty of skiing to be had around an hour’s drive from the airport, in the middle of the Alps. Chamonix, Morzine and the Megeve are just a few of the famous ski resorts that are within easy reach. Chamonix has a reputation for challenging pistes and glacier views, while Morzine offers a great base for the wider Portes du Soleil area and is well-known for its lively après-ski scene. Continued on next page
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If you prefer a quieter vibe, La Clusaz is a pretty town with good intermediate and advanced slopes and a very French feel, with Le Grand Bornand (known as Grand Bo) just ten minutes away by shuttle bus. Both are small towns with good facilities, perhaps less daunting than some of the larger, glitzier resorts and Grand Bo also is the home of Reblochon cheese - bring on the raclette! Of course, we donâ€™t need to get on a plane to get on the slopes, with the Cairngorms just up the road. Lecht 2090 is at the top of the pass between Tomintoul and Strathdon and is an ideal place for all the family with the nursery slopes just next to the car park. It has 10 runs, varying from beginner blues to advanced blacks, and 12 different lifts including a chairlift and the Magic Carpet, which can uplift 10,000 people in a day.
Glenshee is the largest ski centre in the UK, with 21 lifts and tows covering four mountains and three valleys on the Invercauld Estate. The summit is 1068m and there are 36 runs in total, ranging from green to black, and swathes of freestyle terrain for adventurous snowboarders. There is also a manmade terrain park to practice tricks and jumps.
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New affordable ‘poshtel’ for Aberdeen city centre A new affordable city centre hotel and hostel, Citi Hotel & Citi Hostel Aberdeen, opened its doors on Bath Street at the site of the old Royal Hotel in November. The 42room hotel and ‘poshtel’ will welcome both leisure and business visitors seeking affordable accommodation in the city, with hotel rooms starting from just £35 per night and hostel rooms available from only £18. The luxury hostel boasts spacious, well designed en-suite rooms sleeping up to four or six guests, while the hotel has single, double and triple rooms.
The Aberdeen Christmas Village is open Aberdeen City’s Christmas village is open until Monday 31 December. This year the festive fun covers Upperkirkgate and Broad Street with an open air ice rink in front of Marischal College, and a festive fairground with new rides Snowball and Freak Out. Santa’s Grotto is in the Marischal College Quad, alongside a new version of the Christmas Market, with local artists and crafters, as well as gourmet refreshments in open air wooden cabins.
Invitation only bar Vanguard Initiative holds second conference - on Union Street Abzolutely Aberdeen The Vanguard Initiative aims to challenge norms and inspire bold, new ways of thinking in order to write the next chapter in the success story of the Aberdeen city region. It traces back to a piece of research in 2017 which revealed that three quarters of young professionals in the area felt disenfranchised and uninvolved in the future of the region. Aberdeen and Grampian
Chamber of Commerce and its partners wanted to create a platform to get them involved in real economic challenges, tasking them with coming up with fresh ideas across a wide range of topics. Abzolutely Aberdeen heard Vanguardees present their progress to date on the three main projects, Tourism, The City Centre and Regional Narrative. agcc.co.uk
A new restaurant and bar called Vovem is set to open in Aberdeen, creating up to 50 jobs. The Union Street establishment, currently undergoing refurbishment, will feature a steak restaurant and two bars, one of which is admission by invitation only. The underground bar, called 21 Crimes, takes its cue from the 1800s and the misdeeds that would result in deportation to Australia. Each month, a different crime will be picked to act as the theme for the bar, with guests invited to interact on the bar’s social media page to receive an invitation.
It is not easy to pinpoint what exactly makes the holidays feel so special - for some, it may be the twinkling lights of Christmas, or the promise of a kiss at the stroke of midnight on Hogmanay.
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or me, it is our open embrace of the traditions that started with our ancestors and shape the holidays as we know them today. In a world of increasing commercialisation and decreasing attention span, it must surely be our duty to keep these festive traditions alive. Most of Scotland’s long-standing traditions relate to the heralding of the new year rather than Christmas, which is not surprising considering that celebrating Christmas was banned for nearly 400 years in Scotland, with Christmas Day only becoming a public holiday as recently as 1958. If you want to be a part of some truly spectacular historical holiday festivities, you will need to focus on the turn of the year. And fire.
One of the best-known traditional celebrations commences in Stonehaven at the first bell of midnight on Hogmanay. The written history of the Stonehaven Fireballs Ceremony dates back over a hundred years, though many believe its origins to be considerably older than that. The ceremony features a procession of around 40 participants who traverse the town swinging large balls of fire from long chains over their heads before eventually hurling them in to the sea. It is believed that the ritual was originally performed to fend off evil spirits and bring luck to the fishing fleets of this coastal town. A bit further north in Burghead, a fishing village in the Moray firth,
another fiery celebration takes place on 11 January, the new year according to the Julian calendar. The Burning of the Clavie sees the â€˜Clavie Kingâ€™ and his assistants carry a burning cask throughout the village before mounting it at the bottom of nearby Doorie Hill. As the clavie burns out, locals take a piece of the burning embers to place on their home hearth to bring them good luck for the coming year. If you really want to be transported back in time, make your way to Lerwick in Shetland on the last Tuesday of January and watch the locals celebrate their Viking heritage in the Up Helly Aa festival. Here, the night is set alight by a squad of
nearly 1,000 guizers, led by the Guizer Jarl, marching with fire-lit torches ahead of a replica Viking longship. The march terminates at a designated burning site, where the torches are used to set the boat ablaze and send it on its way to the paradise of Valhalla. Traditions are the threads that bind the fabric of generations past, present and future. This holiday season, create some new traditions of your own and, if you can, take some time to support those who are preserving the rituals of old for generations new.
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fter being graced with one of the hottest summers on record, we could all be forgiven for feeling like the shorter days came a bit too soon this winter. Personally, I don’t mind the darker days - I just need a good book and a fresh mug of coffee and I’m sorted. But when you have children with endless amounts of energy to burn, regardless of the season, you make it a priority to find some good indoor activity centres where the kids can burn off calories, preferably while you spectate with a good book and a fresh mug of coffee. Aberdeen has plenty to choose from.
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One of the oldest names in the city for children’s entertainment, Codona’s has a brand new attraction at their beach-based fun park that will wear out children and adults alike. Battle Royale is an enormous multi-level laser tag arena that has been carefully designed to incorporate the best parts of laser tag games from across the UK and US. If you have not participated for a while, you might be surprised to see how the technology has moved forward. Holding up to 24 people, Battle Royale showcases a full light show, a hand-built customized sound system, state-ofthe-art lasers and it even incorporates a membership system, which allows you to accumulate points for use in future matches.
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Just across the road, Transition Extreme houses a massive indoor skatepark for all the adrenaline junkies
among us. Here, you can pop, shred and grind to your heart’s content in the custom-built course which includes plenty of eye-watering drops and a selection of obstacles that simulate street skating. All wheeled thrill-seekers are welcome, whether on skateboard, BMX or inline skates. In addition to daily sessions, there are numerous special events that take place throughout the year and TX, as it is known to locals, is also proud to offer some of the best Youth Outreach programmes in the area. If being stuck in the house has your kids climbing the walls, why not let them try climbing someone else’s? Transition Extreme does have a climbing area, but for a change of scenery, why not try The Climbing Zone at RGU Sport at Garthdee? This fantastic facility has an expansive and uniquely realistic surface, as well as a bouldering room, and offers training courses, refresher sessions, family sessions and even a Kids Club. There is no escaping the fact that winter days are going to be a bit darker and a bit shorter than we would like. But with a little planning, you can still give your children a great day out, whatever the weather.
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WHO: Fraserburgh based solicitor firms, accountants, business owners and local representatives along with family. Ruth Garden, Dr Pauline Clark
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WHAT: VT Wealth Management Ltd. official opening night of their new second office, in Fraserburgh. Guests enjoyed a lovely Champagne reception, buffet and an insight into the tailored face to face financial planning proposition Vee Thom and her team will be bringing to the town.
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Parkinson’s UK Ladies Afternoon Tea
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WHO: 160 Ladies from in and around Aberdeen.
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WHAT: Parkinson’s UK first Ladies Afternoon Tea in Aberdeen. The afternoon was filled with fun and laughter, the lovely Fiona Stalker hosted and Ocean’s 3 entertained all the ladies. The event raised an amazing £9,341.50, which will help carry on the work finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.
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Arlene Barclay creates luxury jewellery using beads made from beach plastic in order to support charities and help save the planetâ€Ś
‘I’ve always been creative, but my parents felt an office career offered more stability and my art teacher thought I wouldn’t get into art school. I’d always made things for friends, but it became a business when I wanted a tiara for my own wedding. I thought the choice and quality was disappointing and knew I could do a better job myself so I formed Angel’s Halos and sold through local wedding fairs for thirteen years, taking a break when I had our son. ‘About five years ago, I started collaborating with local photographers and stylists to create outrageous fashion headpieces and crowns. House of Halos was nominated by The Scottish Fashion Awards and won an English gallery award. My designs were featured on the red carpet at BAFTA and the Met Gala, national UK TV shows and even Vogue. My designs won prestige and acclaim, but I eventually realised the business was never going to turn a profit! The debts were mounting and I had to make the difficult decision to quit. The voice in my head kept niggling me about planet issues. ‘After a lot of research, House of Halos now offers five philanthropic jewellery collections, each of which supports a charity. There are collections supporting charities that tackle ocean plastic pollution and I’m in talks with the WWF, War Child and smaller charities like Bumblebee Conservation. ‘I’ve been fortunate to be part of a Chamber of Commerce scheme which encourages local female entrepreneurs and my business mentor, Karen Arthur of Grand Aura, has been amazing. Simon Beniston of Medibiosense has also been hugely supportive and even created my website. It’s not easy to balance starting a creative business with a day job. I have had absolutely no social life! I work full time in an office and also part time cleaning to pay off the debts I incurred making House of Halos headpieces and to help fund my new philanthropy journey start-up process. I am still looking for an investor as I know in order for the brand to grow I need to get manufacturing factories involved. ‘It takes half an hour to create one single recycled ocean plastic pollution bead from plastics I’ve litter-picked from local beaches. Bottle tops are cleaned, cut up and melted three times, then sculpted into shape. Each piece is made by hand using the highest quality sterling silver jewellery findings and sustainable eco-packaging. My ambition is for House of Halos to become a globally recognised, luxury sustainable philanthropy jewellery brand.’ HouseofHalosJewellery houseofhalos.com
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ince opening a couple of years ago, Douneside House, the luxury boutique hotel near Tarland, has gathered a host of awards and accolades. As well as having one of the Scotland’s finest three AA rosette restaurants, under the guidance of head chef David Butters, it has become a sought after exclusive use wedding venue. We’re giving you the chance to sample the delights of Douneside for yourself, with an overnight stay, dinner and breakfast for two up for grabs. There will even be a bottle of prosecco to welcome our winner.
Douneside offers thirteen classically designed bedrooms in the main house, as well as dog friendly apartments and cottages in the grounds. You can check into your fabulous room before heading to Douneside’s health club or just exploring the beautiful estate gardens, complete with streams, ponds and charming summer houses. The hotel’s setting on Royal Deeside means a host of picturesque villages and stunning scenery are within easy reach if you want to venture further afield.
As Douneside is owned by The MacRobert Trust, a charitable trust based near Aboyne, all of Douneside’s profits go to charity. The setting, outstanding facilities and attention to every detail have made Douneside one of the leading, luxury small country houses in Scotland. Dinner at Douneside is always special, so you’re in for a treat. The seasonal menu is fantastic, not least because Douneside grows over eighty types of organic fruit and vegetables in the kitchen garden, including many unusual varieties you won’t find elsewhere and the wine list is equally fascinating. Whether you’re looking for a night or two away, or the perfect venue for an intimate wedding, Douneside House offers the luxury venue. To enter, go to trendmagazine.co.uk and answer this question:
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CHRISTMAS CEILIDH BEACH BALLROOM, ABERDEEN Take your partners for IronBroo’s Christmas Ceilidh at the Beach Ballroom. ironbroo.scot
STREET MARKET GGSTA GEORGE STREET FARMERS’ MARKET GEORGE STREET, ABERDEEN Join in the buzz around this community-focused local market. 10 - 4pm
MUSIC STORYTELLING VIKING YULETIDE HADDO HOUSE, ABERDEENSHIRE Viking Yuletide at Haddo Estate nts.org.uk
TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS WOODEN SCULPTURES TRAIL VARIOUS VENUES, ABERDEEN Don’t miss the 12 Days of Christmas Wooden Sculpture Trail in the city centre aberdeencity.gov.uk/christmas17
Until 11th EXHIBITION TA KHERU: DISCOVERING THE LIFE OF AN ANCIENT EGYPTIAN WOMAN SIR DUNCAN RICE LIBRARY Explore the life of Aberdeen University’s Mummy. Holograms and medical imaging reveal the life of Ta-Kheru. Free abdn.ac.uk/events
CANARY GOLD LEMON TREE, ABERDEEN See up and coming band Canary Gold. aberdeenperformingarts.com SHOW SHHH! THE ELVES ARE VERY SHY! VARIOUS LOCATIONS, ABERDEENSHIRE Catch them in this interactive show for under eights at Tarland today, or Turriff tomorrow. Family tickets £26. neatshows.co.uk
CRAFT BLACKSMITHING LUMSDEN, ABERDEENSHIRE Make a poker at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop’s one day blacksmithing course. ssw.org.uk
MAGIC SHOW A FAMILY MAGIC SHOW TIVOLI THEATRE ABERDEEN Abracadabra. Magically appear at the Family Magic Show at the Tivoli Theatre. aberdeenperformingarts.com
EVENT MILTON RAILWAY CRATHES, ABERDEENSHIRE Catch the Mince Pie Special at Deeside Railway deeside-railway.co.uk
SPORT ICE HOCKEY MATCHDAY LYNX ICE ARENA ABERDEEN Take your seats for some thrills at Aberdeen Lynx ice hockey team vs. Kilmarnock Thunder in the Scottish Cup. Tickets start at £6. aberdeenlynx.com
TALK DOUG ALLAN: WHALE MEET AGAIN ABERDEEN Wildlife cameraman Doug Allan talks about filming whales for the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in Old Aberdeen. Tickets from £10. eventbrite.co.uk
YOUR WEDDING EXHIBITION AECC, ABERDEEN Your Wedding Exhibition has all your nuptial needs under one roof at the AECC. aecc.co.uk
SHOW SCOTTISH BALLET: CINDERELLA HMT, ABERDEEN Be inspired by someone else’s core strength as Scottish Ballet performs Cinderella at HMT. aberdeenperformingarts.com EVENT
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EVENT BURNING OF THE CLAVIE BURGHEAD Head to Burghead for the traditional Burning of the Clavie burghead.com
BANCHORY FARMERS MARKET BANCHORY, ABERDEENSHIRE Banchory Farmers Market Bellfield Car Park banchory.org
BURNS NIGHT VARIOUS LOCATIONS Burns Night Buy a haggis or head to the Burns Ceilidh at Banchory town Hall. visitscotland.com EVENT WOS WRESTLING AECC, ABERDEEN Get to grips with World of Sport Wrestling at the AECC. aecc.co.uk
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DAVID HARRIS WHO SAYS ABERDEEN AND ROUND ABOUT IS IN THE DOLDRUMS? CERTAINLY NOT DAVID HARRIS WHO IS PROMOTING A MAJOR NEW PRO-AM GOLF TOURNAMENT FOR THE AREA OVER THE FIRST WEEKEND OF MAY NEXT YEAR.
he former Westhill Academy pupil hopes that more than 300 male and female players will take part in the three-day golf fest over Royal Aberdeen, Trump International and Cruden Bay with the professionals in the teams of four playing for a prize fund of £40,000. ‘I’ve been running my Bonnie Wee Golf company since 2003 but this is our most ambitious venture to date,’ says the 40-yearold who finds time occasionally to play at Cruden Bay. ‘I have always been passionate about promoting golf in the North-east and for this event we are aiming to have 78 teams of four tee off. We do a lot of business with golfers from America and hope that many of them will fancy a grand links experience.’ The pro-am extravaganza will culminate in a prizegiving banquet dinner at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa at Pitfodels on 3 May. Says David, ‘By great good fortune, we have been able to sign up one of golf’s most prestigious after-dinner double acts, the commentator
Dougie Donnelly and former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance. That should make for a rumbustious and entertaining grand finale to this inaugural event. ‘For the amateur players, there should be a bit of added fun as we show them being filmed on their way round the courses.’ David is not alone in his golfing endeavours. ‘This is very much a family affair,’ he says. ‘My sister Pam and cousin Stew man the office in Aberdeen’s Little Belmont Street and my dad, Colin, has found a new lease of life since retiring as a GP in Westhill, by acquiring a luxury eight-seater bus to wheel our visitors around. He is very well connected in golf circles as a past captain of the Royal Aberdeen club where I was a caddy as a boy and where my passion for the game was kindled.’ For more information about the pro-am or to enter a team please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website aberdeengolflinks.com
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