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ISSUE 95 December 2020

STOCKBRIDGE SPOTLIGHT


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Welcome To The December Stockbridge Spotlight Welcome to this Festive edition of the Stockbridge Spotlight. I am writing this introduction the last week of November and already Christmas trees and decorations are up around me. After the year we have had, I think everyone just needs a bit of cheering up - and what’s more cheery than twinkling Christmas lights. Though the Christmas music is getting annoying already. I have no idea at this stage what we are going to be allowed to do regarding meeting up with family at Christmas this year. I am sure all will become clear in due course. At least the Botanic Gardens are able to run their Christmas At The Botanics event again this year, always a favourite of mine. In the last issue Tracy Griffen, who regularly contributes a fitness article, mentioned her new book which had just been released - Get Fit and Enjoy It. This issue we have some copies of her book to give away - check our our competition on Page 32 to see how you could win a copy. As always I will be taking a break from the Spotlight in January and will restart 2021 with a February/March issue. I hope that you all have a fantastic Christmas and New Year, whatever restrictions Covid may bring. Lets hope 2021 is a much better year than 2020 has turned out to be.

Best Wishes Sue

Contents 6 The Gift Of A Great Book 12 Fitness : The Path Of Least Resistance

Editor : Sue Hutchison T : 0131 618 6622 (Always include area code when calling)

16 Health : Surviving A Winter Lockdown

M : 07817 206 418

18 Pets : Dear Santa Paws

E: sue@stockbridgespotlight.co.uk

24 Finance : Be Canny With Credit Cards

Office : 98 Ferry Road, Edin, EH6 4PG

10 Hard Sudoku

28 Kazak Rugs 32 Competition Time 33 The Power Of Symbols 34 General Knowledge Crossword 36 The Best Apps For .... Santa 38 Community Information 38 Puzzle Solutions 39 Recipe - Winter Braised Lamb Shanks

February/March 2021 Issue Artwork Deadline - 29th January Distribution Date - 10th/11th/12th February 4

The Stockbridge Spotlight

www.stockbridgespotlight.co.uk “All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. All artwork is accepted on strict condition that is it legal/ copyright free and permission has been given for use in this publication. The views and opinions by contributors to this magazine may not represent the views of the publisher. The Stockbridge Spotlight magazine takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisers in this publication”

Distribution Johnson Distribution Services. www.jdsdoor2door.co.uk Printing Cowan Print : www.cowanprint.net


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HARD SUDOKU HOW TO PLAY Fill in the grid so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through to 9 with no repetition! Thats all there is to it. You solve the puzzle with reason and logic - there’s no maths involved and no adding up. Its fun. Its challenging Its addictive. (Soln on pg 37)

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The Path of Least Resistance By Tracy Griffen Us humans are smart. Not only can we communicate very effectively, but we are also extraordinarily good at making our lives easy. One way to consider it as ‘the path of least resistance’, which is a principle in physics - “the path of least resistance describes the physical or metaphorical pathway that provides the least resistance to forward motion by a given object or entity, among a set of alternative paths. The concept is often used to describe why an object or entity takes a given path.” (from wwww.definition.net) In other words, we’re hard-wired into taking short cuts. We’d rather sit instead of stand, we’d rather drive instead of walk, we’d rather use a remote control, or some other ‘labour saving’ device. Conversely, for the body to be in shape, we need to exert some kind of effort. In other words, to get fit, we need to make our lives more difficult for ourselves. This in itself is the quandary most of us face when we ‘just can’t be bothered’ to exercise. The longer this goes on, the more difficult it is to start. There are two other scientific principles of interest: Newtown’s first law about inertia: “a body at rest will stay at rest unless a force is applied” perhaps explains why it’s so difficult to get off the sofa. It’s an amusing conundrum that our ‘natural state’ is to conserve energy. Back in the hunter gatherers days, we’d reserve energy so we could go hunt or harvest. Nowadays when the kitchen is full of calorie-laden food, we need to go out of our way to make our lives a wee bit more difficult. Finally, the principle of homeostasis. That is, the human body tries to maintain equilibrium (maintaining body temperature is an example of this). I like to think that homeostasis is sometimes why it can feel difficult to get rid of body fat. The body is comfortable, and is not necessarily inclined 12

to use up fat stores unless it has to. As you can see there’s a range of scientific theories as to why it may feel difficult to get moving. But the irony is a fit body will have a more robust immune system, a perkier metabolism and more feelgood neurotransmitters pinging around. So you have to outsmart a complacent body into knowing it will feel better in the long run. If you’d like to make it easy to get fit, check out my new book ‘Get Fit & Enjoy It: Learn Effective Exercise without a Gym’, only £7.99 with free delivery from www.getfitandenjoyit.com.

To win a copy of Tracy’s new book check out our Spotlight competition on Page 32.


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Kazak Rugs

By Piotr Wesolowski

In the attempt to define a Kazak rug, many collectors focus on geography. Kazak rayon however is but one administrative part of present-day Azejberjan; it shares history and, to an extent, ethnicity with the entire Caucasus.

The Caucasus is ethically complex; its history witnessed great many migrations; Turkic tribes moving West, Georgians and Armenians moving East. Owing to this peculiarity of the region, most scholars, view Kazak as a Caucasian rug originating from villages within Kazak and the surroundings parts of the country (Akstafa, Shulaver and Tovuz) and some territories abroad (Borchalou in Georgia, Fachralo and Lake Sewan in Armenia). The Lake Sewan district includes such Kazak works as Lori Pambak, Lombala, Yeravan and of course Lake Sewan (often referred to as) Shield Kazaks. Antique rugs from these areas are collectively referred to as the Kazak school. All these rugs may feature different weaving techniques or materials, they share several patterns and colours leaving, for the most, a large margin for unpredictability and creative whimsicality more or less typical to their geography and ethnicity. 28


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COMPETITION TIME To win a copy of Tracy Griffens new book, ‘Get Fit & Enjoy It: Learn Effective Exercise without a Gym’, simply answer this question : What is your favourite walk in Edinburgh? Email your answer to sue@stockbridgespotlight.co.uk or send a postal entry to Tracy Griffen Fitness, 3 Balfour Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5BY. Closing date for entries is 18th December. Winners will be chosen at random.

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The Power of Symbols What is a Symbol?

A symbol is something that represents a faith, an ideology, an idea, a meaning, a relationship … A symbol is felt via the heart, not our thinking brain. It is not something that we need to intellectualise over, it can simply evoke a feeling, a meaning, a truth within us. Looking at a symbol can give us a feeling of safety, comfort, sanctuary, faith and hope. It may be a religious symbol – the Cross, the Jewish star, the hand of Fatima, etc, or it may be something more personal a flower, a bird, a tree, a heart … Symbols have been around for centuries and transcend language & time – they allow people to go beyond what is known or seen by creating linkages between very different concepts and experiences. They’re a means of complex communication that often can have multiple levels of meaning and serve as vehicles of understanding and connection between peoples.

By Gillian Dalgliesh

Symbols in Hypnotherapy

Clients often contact me because there’s something wrong in their lives and they would like to change it. However, sometimes it can take quite some effort for them to actualise in their minds what having positive change would actually look like and feel like. With hypnotherapy, I can rapidly enable clients to shift their unconscious blocks. Then, with intuitive coaching techniques, we can identify exactly what clients want to manifest in their lives and allow their subconscious to show them the symbol that represents their healthy & positive transformation. The regular visualisation of this symbol can underpin their wellbeing, and help them to move towards a fuller and deeper understanding of their power & purpose and a more peaceful & fulfilled life. Gillian Dalgliesh is a Clinical Hypnotherapist & Intuitive Transformational Life Coach. Gillian sees clients in person and also works internationally online. See ad for contact details.

Symbols & Meditation

Through the art of meditation, all the major religions around the world have harnessed the power of symbols in the quest for spiritual transformation. Symbols are more than just historical and cultural icons. They can help us move toward a fuller and deeper understanding of our spiritual identities.

How Do Symbols Benefit us?

Through working with symbols we can have access to the energy and meaning that comes from the inner world. Symbols can communicate more directly than words. Often symbols have a strong religious or spiritual quality that conveys their sacred energy, an energy which gives real meaning and nourishment to our surface lives. Visualising a symbol enables us to FEEL the collective vibrational energy of what gives us wellbeing in our lives without having to list each and every actual specific thing!

Are you struggling to deal with issues in your life? Weight Loss? Anxiety? Stress? Smoking? Phobias? Alcohol? Confidence? If so, then hypnotherapy may be the solution. Find out more about my holistic approach to resolving client’s issues on my website www.gilliandalgliesh.com or call me on 07593 082 349 for a free consultation 33


Deceased Houses Respectfully Cleared

General Knowledge Crossword

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Community Spotlight

PUZZLE SOLUTIONS

Across: 1 Bisect, 4 Ice bag, 9 Traitor, 10 Islam, 11 Omega, 12 Saffron, 13 Crash course, 18 Tipster, 20 Igloo, 22 Trial, 23 Leonine, 24 Spaced, 25 Knight. Down: 1 Button, 2 Shane, 3 Cutlass, 5 Cliff, 6 Belarus, 7 Gemini, 8 Dress circle, 14 Replica, 15 Unicorn, Status, 17 Solent, 19 Tilde, 21 Lying. 37


Accountants TaxAssist Accountants Acupuncture Katherine Dandridge Acupuncture

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Dry Cleaning Raeburn Laundrette

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Education Academy Of Personal Independence

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Electricians Kelly Electrical McElhone Electrical

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Baby Massage Classes Scents of Wellbeing

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Building Services Ronald G Graham

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Care At Home Eidyn Care

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Carpets Knots About Rugs

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Chiropodists New Town Footcare

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Christmas Events Christmas At The Botanics 1,19-22

Gas & Central Heating TB Mackay Energy Services 31

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Handyman Services David A Burnett

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Cleaning Services Creme de la Creme

Complementary Therapies Gillian Dalgleish 33 Scents of Wellbeing 11 Katherine Dandridge Acupuncture 26 Computer Services AV & PC Homehelp 23 Simplyfixit 2 Counselling Services Bright Light 35 Counselling Conversations 18 Decoratoring Services AM Decorating Barry McGuire DCM Construction

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Gardening Interest Christmas At The Botanics 1,19-22 Gift Membership - Royal Botanic Gardens 7

Gift Shops Six Degrees The Adam Pottery The Nomads Tent The Treasure Trove

Christmas Trees Crimbo Trees

Cornice Specialists City Crafts Ltd

Food Deliveries Go Chill

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Driveways Alpine Paving & Driveways 27 Edinburgh Driveways & Landscaping 29

Health & Fitness Griffen Fitness 12 Tai Chi & Qigong Relaxation Classes 9 Health Food Shops Real Foods Hypnotherapy Gillian Dalgleish

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Language Tuition Speak Out With Confidence 25 Laundry Services Raeburn Laundrette

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Nurseries Edzell Nursery

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Office/Garage Clearance Man/Men With A Van

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On Line Food Shopping Go Chill

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Organic Produce Real Foods The Good Store

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Paving Services Alpine Paving & Driveways

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Pet Shops Patch’s Pet Supplies

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Plastering City Crafts Ltd DCM Construction

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Pottery Shops The Adam Pottery

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Qigong Classes Tai Chi & Qigong Relaxation Classes

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Rug/Kilim Repair & Cleaning The Nomads Tent 17 Rugs Knots About Rugs

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Removals/House Clearances Man/Men With A Van 34

Interior Design Countryside Kitchens & Interiors 27

Roofing Services Ronald G Graham

Jewellers Sheila Fleet

Tai Chi Classes Tai Chi & Qigong Relaxation Classes

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Well-being Academy Of Personal Independence

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Window Renovation Craftworx

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Kitchens Countryside Kitchens & Interiors 27 Dream Doors 10 Landscaping Edinburgh Driveways & Landscaping

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February/march Issue

Artwork Deadline : 29th January

Distribution Date : 10th/11th/12th February

To include your advert or community/charity events contact Sue Hutchison. T : 07817 206418 38

E : sue@stockbridgespotlight.co.uk www.stockbridgespotlight.co.uk


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Stockbridge Spotlight Issue 95 December 2020  

Local Area Magazine

Stockbridge Spotlight Issue 95 December 2020  

Local Area Magazine

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