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LOVE LOCAL MAG.com July/August 2013

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Eat Drink Stay ‘Bean’ There, Done that

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The Loft

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Seasonal recipe’s with Clive Ramsay

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Ice cream recipe with Jason Henderson

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Home Sweet Home Finance for Landlords with Alasdair Devine

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5 Facts about Renewable Energy with Emotion Energy

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Totally Taupe Interior Design with Julia Grant

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Look Good Feel Good Summer Beauty Buzz with Shona McCandlish

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Summer Fashion with Bridge of Allan Boutiques

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Hay Fever Help with Right Medicine Pharmacy

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Active Life Weight Loss v’s Fat Loss with Tim Meadows

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Increase your Energy and Vitality with Colin McKeand

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Walk-About with Margert Porter

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Auto’s British Touring Car Championship at Knockhill Racing Circuit

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Driving Tips with Matz Driver Training School

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Are Your Ready To Go Topless with Derek Stewart Brown

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FRONT COVER Photographer: HAMISH CAMPBELL. Hair & Make up Artist: AMY IRVING. Styling: KRISTINA ANTANAITYTE. Model: KRISTINA ANTANAITYTE from COLOURS AGENCY


04 Local Life Beaconhurst have recently developed a unique 46 week package starting in August 2013, which means that the nursery will be open outwith the school term for the first time.

Beaconhurst Nursery is officially Excellent Our Nursery, or Junior Start as we call it, has recently been awarded an Excellent in Care & Support, Quality of Environment & Staffing and Management & Leadership by the national independent body, Care Inspectorate. This prestigious accolade is testimony to the unique learning environment at Beaconhurst. Contact Laura John now and learn more about what makes us Excellent .

‒ New, highly compet it ive rates ‒ Wrap -a round ca re from 8a m to 6pm ‒ A 46 week package ‒ 1 teacher for ever y 8 children ‒ Diverse teaching: from learning Spanish to unrivalled outdoor education

Tel. 01786 832146 www.beaconhurst.com

Discover yourself at Beaconhurst


Meet the Love Local Experts...

Local Life 05 Karen Tully BSc (Hons) Director Owner at KST Marketing

Ian Tully L.R.P.S. Owner of Ian Tully Photography

Kristina Antanaityte Cover Model Model at Colours Agency

Hugh McArthur Eat. Drink. Sleep. Owner Gabe’s Diner and The Loft

Tim Meadows

Why should you Love Local? By supporting locally owned businesses, you help sustain a good retail mix, diversity and identity for you community. Money spent in locally-owned businesses has three times the impact on your community as money spent at national chains. Local stores help to sustain vibrant, town centre’s which in turn attracts more tourism and responsibility to preserve your community. Locally owned businesses create more jobs locally.

Active Life Personal Trainer and Director at MetaMadness

Shona McCandlish Look Good,Feel Good Owner at Sonas

Julia Grant Home Sweet Home Owner at Julia Grant Interiors

All it takes to support your local economy is to stop and ask yourself if what you are about to purchase is available at a locally owned, independent merchant and to shop there instead. Shopping locally is a choice!

Angela Donald Look Good,Feel Good Owner at Fashion Designer

Alison Kilgour Look Good,Feel Good Owner at Country Pursuits

Ask any of our experts a question by emailing experts@lovelocalmag.com

Our aims are to provide you interesting content sourced locally and to bring your attention to businesses in, around and near Stirling. Magazine owned and edited by: Karen Tully, KST Marketing Ltd Magazine designed by: James Harrop. Printed by: printing.com Stirling


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‘Bean’ there - done that? coffee dates back to 1475. Kiva Han was the name of the first coffee shop, located in the Turkish city of Constantinople (now Istanbul). The first coffee house opened in Britain in 1652 and by 1700 there were around 3000 coffee houses in London.

Meeting for a coffee – trendy and fashionable - and with a huge range of coffee styles to choose from there’s no denying its appeal. But whilst recognising the growth in coffee shops over the last decade or so you would be wrong to think it is a new invention. The first record of a public place serving

According to the British Coffee Association coffee is now the most popular drink worldwide with around 2 billion cups consumed every day, 70 million of those in the UK.

What’s your favourtie coffee shop in and around Stirling? Go to our poll at www.lovelocal.com


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Here at The Loft we try our best to encourage customers to pair their choice wine with their food, here is a little sample to whet your appetite - courtesy of Tim at IEC Wines. Starters...

Marinated Gressingham Duck Breast -

Gressingham duck breast marinated in star anise, cinnamon & ginger. Slowly poached & served on herb and cinnamon pancakes. Finished with our spiced plum & orange drizzle and fresh herb salad.

the peach & pineapple on the nose with a hint of smokiness, combine well on the palate creating good balance between fruit and weight with some nice fresh acidity making you eager for your next mouthful of both.

Rioja Blanco, David Moreno with the Gressingham duck -

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Warm Beetroot, Orange & Herb Goats Cheese Salad -

Balsamic glazed beetroot & mint complimented with juicy orange pieces and delightfully crumbly goats cheese. Finished with a fresh herb orange dressing & pomegranate seeds.

Gewurtzraminer Verdelho, Opal Ridge -

aromas of rose petal and exotic fruits develop into flavours of lychees and honeydew melon which are then cut by a wonderfully fine and refreshing acidty which compliment the range of the dish.

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Thai Spiced Halibut in a Banana Leaf Parcel -

Succulent halibut infused with aromatic Thai spices wrapped in a banana leaf and oven roasted. Served with pickled ginger, cucumber, orange & shredded tofu salad. Finished with delightful Thai coconut sauce & fragrant sticky rice.

Oaked Chardonnay, Echeverria -

tropical fruits in abundance married with spicness and vanilla showing you the balance of this wine. The flavours of this great grape but beautifully tempered and balanced by some gorgeous vanilla and spice create balance and elegance which sometimes is not fully understood.

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Juicy Pan Seared Fillet Steak - tender fillet of mature beef, pan

seared and served with our fantastic, port, redcurrant & mushroom jus. Served with creamy roasted garlic mash or hand-cut chunky chips. Finished with wilted ruby chard & honey roasted root vegetables.

‘Paula’ Malbec, Dona Paula - great depth in this grape so enabling warm pleasant flavours fillingthe palate and creating an endless stream of enjoyment. Thick black-berry flavours with spice and cigar box weight just create such an all encompassing wine.


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Seasonal recipes with Clive Ramsay Pork Fillet served with Jersey Royal Potatoes, Spring Cabbage and SautĂŠed Vegetables.

1. Season pork fillet with salt pepper and drizzle with olive oil place in hot oven, 200 degrees (30 min per 1 lb) 2. Boil potatoes until ready then toss in a little butter 3. Boil or steam cabbage 4. SautĂŠ any vegetables I particularly like sweet potato, mushrooms, asparagus and garden peas 5. Add gravy, if desired

British Asparagus with Crisp Air Dried Ham, Poached Egg, Parmesan and Balsamic Glaze.

1. Trim and prepare your asparagus, gently steam or boil in salted water until tender 2. Put olive oil in a frying pan once the oil is hot add air dried ham (2 slices per person) for around 45 seconds until the ham is crisp remove from pan and place on kitchen roll 3. Poach or fry an egg 4. Now you are ready to assemble , lay the asparagus on a plate, stack the Parma Ham on top add the balsamic glaze followed by the egg. Finally add grated Parmesan and season with salt and pepper if required


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White Chocalate and Raspberry Ice Cream with Jason Henderson - Knock Castle, Crieff Ingredients 400g white chocolate, melted 3 eggs, yolks only 1 vanilla pod 250g milk 250g double cream 25g sugar 200g raspberries 50g icing sugar

Method For the ice cream 1. Add the eggs and sugar to a bowl whisk until pale 2. Combine the milk, cream and vanilla in the pan for 3 mins 3. Then add the eggs and sugar, keep whisking 4. Return to the pan, and whisk for 3 mins or until thick enough to cover the back of a spoon 5. Remove the vanilla pod 6. Add the melted chocolate and stir 8. Allow the mixture to cool 9. Put in the fridge and stir every 2 hours or use an ice cream maker if you have one.

For the raspberry coulis 10. Add 200g raspberries to the pan with the icing sugar (you can add more sugar if you want) and a tbsp of water cook for 2-3 mins until softened 12. Pass through a sieve 13. Add the raspberry coulis to the ice cream half way through its setting time so its easy enough to stir it through the ice cream


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Finance For Landlords with Alisdair Devine The last year or so has been a good one for the Buy to Let sector with most industry experts predicting the trend will continue through 2013 & 2014 (any further forward they will be accused of star gazing!). Low Bank Base rates have become the expected norm & with no imminent increases expected anytime soon the costs of borrowing have never been cheaper. The Funding for Lending initiative launched last year has had a positive impact on reducing lenders margins for both main residence & buy to let mortgages – this is set to continue & has recently been extended by the Chancellor which along with low base rates should ensure margins are kept at low levels. Further initiatives planned for 2014 include the Government’s expanded Help to Buy scheme which is primed to add further impetus to the Housing market particularly for first-time buyers who have struggled to raise the large deposits. It is hard to see this new scheme if fully implemented doing anything other than increase volume of sales. Buy to Let lenders’ appetite for new & remortgage business has increased significantly thanks to a return in confidence over the last year with a number of excellent products now available for property investors – an example of this is an exclusive Buy to Let mortgage via PIF: 75% LTV 2 year fixed rate of 3.99%, 0.5% lenders arrangement fee

& £500 cashback paid on completion to the applicant. This product is available for either remortgage or purchase – subject to status & valuation. With changing lending criteria and new products being launched it is essential Landlords keep abreast of the whole market. PIF have been established since 2002 & offer a whole of market (mortgage & insurance) service to both large & small property investors throughout Scotland.


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aupe is the perfect antidote to the stressed and frenetic lives we lead. It instills a deep sense of calm that restores balance to ones mind.

Taupe is the most perfect neutral colour- it is neither too warm or too cool; it is subtle, harmonious, peaceful and “zen�. It is a colour which hovers between brown and grey but encompasses many variations of tone. In a room that is primarily taupe, textural contrast is key. Think silver detailing on mirrors, dark stained woods (avoid yellowy woods such as oak), velvets and linen fabrics, chrome or stainless steel metals (avoid yellowy metals such as bronze), a collection of black and white photographs framed in black. And taupe loves dramatic accents of green, purple or ochre (as shown) , but save this only for cushions and accessories or perhaps a key piece such as an upholstered chair.

Follow me on Twitter Julia_id Pintrest JuliaGrant Interiors

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Paint Tips :

My favourite taupe paint shades are •Dulux Perfectly taupe •Graham & Brown Temple stone or Taupe •Crown Dark beige 4

Insider Secrets : “If using paint on the walls, use the same colour on the woodwork and ceiling. “ Its like wearing black tights and black shoes with a black dress. Accessorise up with some bursts of colour” “Never push furniture up against walls. By pulling your seating arrangement in (even just a few inches) you instantly warm up a space and create flow” “Updating, cushions, throws, rugs and candles is a quick and inexpensive way of refreshing your scheme. Visit Guardian Furnishings to discuss bespoke soft furnishing options using fabrics from some of their leading fabric suppliers.” 6

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1 Meridian and Plateau wallpapers by Harlequin 2 Password Sideboard by Calligaris 3 Finn Light by Heathfield 4 Trianon Floor light by Heathfield 5 Landscape Range fabrics by Harlequin 6 Tomy Hurricane lamps from Eicholtz 7 Bespoke cushions in Romo Zinc Penthouse fabric and bespoke fur throw in Today interiors luxe fabric All products available from Guardian Group | 10 Springkerse Trade Park | Craig Leith Road | Stirling | FK7 7GN


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Working in the Community with Christine Hancox Did you know that StartUp Stirling provides support for those who are experiencing homelessness, housing difficulties and financial hardship in the Stirlingshire Area? Our dedicated and committed supporters and volunteers have worked in the community for over 20 years aided by several local churches, schools and community groups. We provide Home Starter and Well Being packs to those who have been homeless and who are gaining a tenancy. We operate Stirling’s Crisis Food Bank. Most people are now aware of the need for crisis support in many parts of the country. Sadly many Stirling families DASH is a self-help charity which supports people who are suffering from depression and anxiety. They meet four times a week, in a group where people can share problems in a safe and friendly environment and learn tools and techniques to help deal with the daily destruction and isolation that depression

and individuals are struggling to acquire basic items of food and get the support they need. Whether through benefit sanctions or delays, redundancy, mental and physical disability or illness, we are seeing the front line of poverty affect the young and old, city and rural residents and those who are in low paid work as well as unemployed. If you are interested in our work, or in supporting a local charity for local people, find out more at: www.startupstirling.org.uk E-mail us on mail@startupstirling.org.uk and find us on Facebook and Twitter. Please help if you can - donate at: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ charities/StartUpStirling causes. Meetings are anonymous and confidential and open to anyone over the age of 16 years old. If you would like to find out more information about DASH contact: Phone: 07985 461187 Email: dashgroup@hotmail.com www.dashonline.org.uk


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GELISH MANICURE & PEDICURE FOR £18 VALID from 1st July 2013 to 31st August 2013 Application of Gelish nail polish at Stirling beauty salon - With cuticle work and filing Gelish coat designed to be durable and chip-resistant - Open six days a week to 6pm 50 barnton street, stirling fk8 1na. t: 01786 465 573 e: info@hairandbeautyinstirling.co.uk www.hairandbeautyinstirling.co.uk Not valid with any other offer.

SPECIAL OFFER

Bronze gym membership only £14.99 per month NEW MEMBERS ONLY Full access to facilities and equipment. Classes not included. Dumyat Business Park Bond Street Bond Street, Alloa FK10 2PB Tel: 07921 168240 www.smac-online.co.uk

BED WORLD 10% OFF all stock with this voucher VALID from 1st July 2013 to 31st August 2013

Bedworld Ltd, Burnbank Road, Falkirk FK2 7PE Tel: 01324 629421 Not valid with any other offer.

BRING THIS VOUCHER AND RECEIVE A FREE* GLASS OF PROSECCO Open all day from 9am

2 Course Special Menu available 7 days a week only £8.95. Tables must be booked in advance. *Offer valid when taking Two Courses from the Main Menu.

www.cooksbarandkitchen.co.uk

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GELISH MANICURE & PEDICURE FOR £18 VALID from 1st July 2013 to 31st August 2013 Application of Gelish nail polish at Stirling beauty salon - With cuticle work and filing Gelish coat designed to be durable and chip-resistant - Open six days a week to 6pm 50 barnton street, stirling fk8 1na. t: 01786 465 573 e: info@hairandbeautyinstirling.co.uk www.hairandbeautyinstirling.co.uk Not valid with any other offer.

SPECIAL OFFER

Bronze gym membership only £14.99 per month NEW MEMBERS ONLY Full access to facilities and equipment. Classes not included. Dumyat Business Park Bond Street Bond Street, Alloa FK10 2PB Tel: 07921 168240 www.smac-online.co.uk

BED WORLD 10% OFF all stock with this voucher VALID from 1st July 2013 to 31st August 2013

Bedworld Ltd, Burnbank Road, Falkirk FK2 7PE Tel: 01324 629421 Not valid with any other offer.

BRING THIS VOUCHER AND RECEIVE A FREE* GLASS OF PROSECCO Open all day from 9am

2 Course Special Menu available 7 days a week only £8.95. Tables must be booked in advance. *Offer valid when taking Two Courses from the Main Menu.

www.cooksbarandkitchen.co.uk

Book now on 01324 877 115


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20% OFF EVERYTHING Not valid with any other offer.

Unit 20, The Trade Centre Alloa, FK10 1RX tel: 01259 230 507 www.partypeople-online.com

Two For One Afternoon Tea Full Traditional Afternoon Tea only £10.95

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Grange Manor

Glensburgh Road Grangemouth FK3 8XJ Tel: 01324 474836 E: info@grangemanor.co.uk www.grangemanor.co.uk

Celebration Afternoon Tea only £14.95

1 voucher needed per 2 adults. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

10% OFF total bill NEW MENU. OPEN 7 DAYS. LUNCH MEAL DEAL AVAILABLE FROM ONLY £7.95 Valid Sunday - Friday, 1st July – 31st August 2013. Call to book a table.

5 Baker Street, Stirling FK8 1BJ. tel: 01786 446277 Not valid with any other offer.

3 DRIVERS FOR THE PRICE OF 2!

Call today and make your booking on 01324 579 797 Lochlands Business Park, Unit J, Larbert, Stirlingshire FK5 3NS

Valid at our Falkirk centre only, for either Junior (ages 10-16) or Senior (Ages 14+) practice sessions (the third driver goes free when accompanied by 2 paying drivers, if mixed sessions cheapest goes free), in July/August 2013. Please call to check availability offer not available on pre-booked sessions and voucher must be redeemed.


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20% OFF EVERYTHING Not valid with any other offer.

Unit 20, The Trade Centre Alloa, FK10 1RX tel: 01259 230 507 www.partypeople-online.com

Two For One Afternoon Tea Full Traditional Afternoon Tea only £10.95

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Grange Manor

Glensburgh Road Grangemouth FK3 8XJ Tel: 01324 474836 E: info@grangemanor.co.uk www.grangemanor.co.uk

Celebration Afternoon Tea only £14.95

1 voucher needed per 2 adults. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

10% OFF total bill NEW MENU. OPEN 7 DAYS. LUNCH MEAL DEAL AVAILABLE FROM ONLY £7.95 Valid Sunday - Friday, 1st July – 31st August 2013. Call to book a table.

5 Baker Street, Stirling FK8 1BJ. tel: 01786 446277 Not valid with any other offer.

3 DRIVERS FOR THE PRICE OF 2!

Call today and make your booking on 01324 579 797 Lochlands Business Park, Unit J, Larbert, Stirlingshire FK5 3NS

Valid at our Falkirk centre only, for either Junior (ages 10-16) or Senior (Ages 14+) practice sessions (the third driver goes free when accompanied by 2 paying drivers, if mixed sessions cheapest goes free), in July/August 2013. Please call to check availability offer not available on pre-booked sessions and voucher must be redeemed.


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Kidzworld Softplay, Alloa Kids Explore our World Themed Play Frame where you will see the North Pole, the Beach & the Jungle. With a 4 laned astra slide, tube slide, astra glide, rope nets, punch bags and much, much more your children will be entertained for hours. We also have a separate play area for babies & toddlers with mirrors, coupe cars and giant lego and an interactive light & sound computer. Term Time only

Adults We have comfy sofas and chairs. A TV area playing a mixture of sports, news and music. We offer Complimentary daily papers and magazines Fresh Italian coffee and a range of healthy and tasty treats in our excellent cafĂŠ. Plus Wi Fi.


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The Summer Buzz with Shona McCandlish Hello Summer! And so what better place to start our summer transformation than by looking after our skin. After all, if the canvas is right then everything else just works........Simple. The beauty buzz words for this summer are all about Illuminocity, blurring effect, radiance finish, brightening & tightening. And so there’s no better place to start than with our skin. After all our skin is the largest living organ! 1. Cleanse – have you been recommended to double cleanse? It’s important to double cleanse as your skin’s first cleanse emulsifies the dirt and grime which build up on our skin over the course of a day. The second cleanse is your deep cleanse which clears the pores. 2. Moisturise - dehydration is a main contributor to skin premature ageing. It’s commonly caused by fluctuating environmental temperatures. Food and drinks also play their part. Moisturise, even if you have Acneic skin. There are products out there that combat excess oil production alongside concerns with ageing such as Dermalogica Anti-bac range. 3. Exfoliation - this is the next important step in achieving and maintaining healthy skin. Too little exfoliation leads to a build up of dry, dead skin, giving a dull, heavy appearance. Over exfoliation on the other hand can lead to even drier skin, premature ageing and sensitivity. Not what we want. Exfoliate 2-3 times a week depending on the exfoliator that you are using. Look for an exfoliator that gently removes dead skin cells. Let the product work for you. Don’t be

Ask the expert at ask@simplysonas.com

tempted to rub the exfoliator aggressively over the skin. Try Lush Cosmetics, Clarins or Gentle Cream Exfoliate by Dermalogica. Tip: Use water that is tepid. Too warm or too cold a temperature causes stimulation to capillary walls which may lead to broken capillaries, sensitivity etc. And if all the above sounds too much DIY, then why not try the latest advance facials available soon in a salon near you, such as, Bird Poo Facial or Snail Secretion Facial! If you were thinking of having some Botox, then you may be interested in the new Snake Venom which is said to have a similar, but gentler effect to Botox. Now that we’re mastering skin perfection, in the next edition I will be sharing beauty tips from some local beauty experts, covering BB Creams, Tinted Moisturisers, Foundations and tons more! “Why fit in when you were born to stand out” Dr. Seuss


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See your eyes are looked after this summer Cells and proteins in your eyes can be damaged and cannot be repaired. So make sure your sunglasses not only look great, but have a UV protection.

Most people are aware of the need to protect their skin from harmful damage caused but the sun’s ultraviolet UV rays. However, don’t forget that the sun can damage your eyes as well.


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Hayfever Sufferers – Help is at Hand with Noel Wicks, Right Medicine Pharmacy This common condition affects around 1 in 5 people at some point in their lives. Whilst hay fever can cause discomfort and disruption to the sufferer there’s now more treatments than ever available to help. Hay fever is caused by the bodies’ reaction to an allergen, in this case certain proteins contained within pollen from trees, grass or weeds. Whilst you can start to experience hay fever at any time, symptoms are more common in young children and usually more so in boys than girls. The good news is that symptoms tend to lessen as we get older and in some cases disappear completely. Those affected by hay fever usually experience initial symptoms like sneezing and itchy and runny eyes and an itchy palate, with repeated exposure to the allergen causing a blocked nose a muzzy headed feeling. However fear not because there’s lots of help available. The pharmacy is a perfect place to go when you’re looking for the right advice and the right product to help control hay fever. The vast majority of medicines for hay fever are available over the counter and the pharmacy team can help you choose the right one for the job. In my own experience I find most sufferers prefer to start off with a non drowsy once daily tablet. These tablets, called antihistamines, work by blocking the action of the histamine, a chemical that is realised by the body on contact with an allergen

such as pollen. There are a few different antihistamines and sometimes it’s worth swapping from one to another if you feel like your current one has stopped working. Where antihistamines aren’t enough a nasal spray and/or eye drops can also be used. These work in a different way to the antihistamine tablets and can be stronger and better at reducing blocked noses and itchy eyes. The good news is that many people qualify for FREE NHS treatment of hay fever. The NHS Minor Ailment Service is available through pharmacies and allows the pharmacist to write prescriptions on the NHS. You don’t need an appointment and can walk into the pharmacy today and get help. If your looking for a more natural way to treat hay fever, Robin, based at our complimentary health shop in Causewayhead has some recommendations. “Homeopathic mixed pollen tablets can be useful as can A Vogel’s Luffa complex”, he suggests. “I also recommend local honey as that contains local pollen in small amounts and is thought to help you build up a resistance to it.” So please do call into a pharmacy to get expert advice on which medicines would be best for you and start enjoying the summer!

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Increase your Energy and Vitality with Colin McKeand, Nutritox Finally the days are lighter, longer and warmer, which means summer is here. The warmth of summer requires a lighter diet and fresher, juicier, higher water content foods and that is exactly what nature provides during this season. You should typically be filling up on fresh seasonal berry fruits, salads like lettuce, tomatoes and peppers, plus vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, onions, cabbage and mushrooms. Still craving high protein and heavier cooked fat foods? These are best reduced in hotter times, so try eating these heavier meals

during cooler parts of the day and allow your body to fuel on lighter food the rest of the time. This is a good time to experiment with special diets and healthier eating, and remember to stay well hydrated by drinking more water in the hotter months. Summer is also a time of more activity, and so it is an easier time to shed the pounds. Any outdoor exercise programme or increased activity must be accompanied by good energy giving foods to support the increased energy output. Grade A energy foods include apples, avocados, turnips, carrots, oat based foods, oily fish and most nuts and seeds.


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Walk-About with Margaret Porter, C-N-Do Scotland This route is just one of many possibilities and well worth the effort. Get a bus from Stirling centre to the 1314 Inn. Go down Fairhill Road opposite Turnbull’s shop, pass a school, the Field of Bannockburn visitor centre, and the bowling green, through Chartershall village and across the motorway, to a junction beside a house about 1.3km from the start. If you go by car find suitable roadside parking between the main road and here. From the junction take the right fork, signed to Swans’ Water Fishery, and in 130m turn right on to a rougher track. Pass the fishery ponds on either side and proceed to the top of the hill ahead. Turn

left and head uphill keeping the forest to your right until past the cottage before a gate. Go round the gate and straight on steadily uphill with trees on both sides for a further 1.2km. At the top, the forest track narrows and curves to the right downhill to meet a wider track at a gap in the crags. Turn left here to pass through Sauchie Crags into an area now felled. Follow the wide track ahead down and then gradually up, as it narrows to pass through a gateway to approach North Third Reservoir, between the two dams. From here turn left along the dam and up the banking at the far end, through


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the fence and left along the edge of the forest. About 200m along look out for a path signed to the right that zigzags steeply up to the top of the slope and to the upper forest edge. Turn right here and walk carefully along between the forest and the cliff top along a pleasant narrow path. Carry on steadily up for about 650m, with increasingly good views, to the trig point at the top of Lewis Hill (266m).

Walking Time: 4-6 hours

to a T-junction. Turn right then almost immediately left through a self closing gate, and straight on downwards to another similar gate. Keep on down hill to curve sharply left just before a house. You are now on the old coach road that once linked Stirling to Glasgow. Old Sauchie and its castle are ahead over the fence.

North Third is down below, with the Carse of Stirling in the distance and Ben Ledi, Stuc A’Chroin and Ben Vorlich amongst the hills beyond.

At the cross tracks go straight on, steadily downhill. Off to the right is a ruined doocot and beyond that Howietoun Fishery, one of the oldest commercial fish farms in Europe.

To return to the start either go back the way you came or continue along the path beyond the trig point. In 150m, in a dip by an old wall, turn left into the forest, and soon the narrow path becomes a broad forest track. Follow this for 800m as it curves first left then right

Swing right at the wee lodge on to a tarmac estate road. Go through the black gate, and straight on at the T-junction. Over a stream at a zigzag, uphill, past two pairs of houses, and you will be on familiar territory. Straight on takes you back to the main road to Stirling.


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Ladyboys of Bangkok Macrobert 29 – 31 July WIN 2 x pairs of tickets to opening night on the 29th July

Glamorous Amorous! With a title like that it could only be the Ladyboys of Bangkok back on Tour with a fabulous all new show for 2013! Dripping with diamante and sizzling on stage with new songs and side splitting comedy. From Nicki Minaj to Whitney the stars and chart topping hits just keep on coming Join the festivities as the cast take you on a parade through comedy, cabaret and carnival beat with 16 of the world’s most entrancing beauties, perfect makeup, stunning costumes,iconic numbers and fabulous choreography make this a fantastic party night which culminates in a breathless unique grand finale in this brand new production. Seen by over 1 million people – this is the party not to be missed! Total sell-out at Macrobert in 2012 - early booking highly recommended.

To enter visit: www.lovelocalmag.com


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BTCC - Dunlop MSA

British Touring Car Championship

Come and see Britain’s premier racing series tackle the twists and dips of the Knockhill circuit. Touring Cars at Knockhill provides and action-packed day of entertainment for the whole family and this year is a very special one as it will feature the return of local hero Gordon Shedden from Dalgety Bay with the number 1 on his car as the reigning champ. The Honda Team of Gordon and Matt Neal will be up against a near capacity grid of rivals including Jason Plato and young Andrew Jordan It’s a true festival of speed with exhilarating racing action all weekend long with the BTCC supported by the Porsche Cup, the fastest one make championships in the UK with Kirkcaldy

racer Rory Butcher and other top support categories. You can also meet the stars, get autographs and purchase merchandise goodies from your favourite teams too. • 3 action-packed Touring Car races • Celtic Speed Scottish Mini Cooper Cup • Autograph sessions and pit lane walk • 2 x BIG screen TVs to watch all the action • Support racing from Porsche, Ginetta GT Supercup, Ginetta Juniors & British Formula Ford • 15 thrilling races in one amazing weekend It’s the biggest and best car race meeting of the year and a must see for all car fans.


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