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Corstorphine the centre of your community

September / October 2012

Local Hero: Whichever way you look at it Stuart Potter is a brave man.

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Welcome Message Welcome to the very first edition of The Hub: Corstorphine The Hub: Corstorphine is a truly community based magazine. We’ve created it with you in mind if you are in business and want to promote what you do, you’re a club or association with an event to advertise or you’re part of the community and simply want to support the people around you. Let’s kick this first edition off with a big thank you to all our advertisers. Without their support we couldn’t have got the magazine off the ground. So, if you do see an advert and you decide to get in touch with an advertiser it would be great if you could mention where you first saw their number. This issue of The Hub sees the first of our features covering local business people and heroes. In this edition you can read about the work Ellie Musson is doing at itsPhotographic. We also have top tips on First Aid from Jo Worrall and a sideways look at life from local writer Gillian Brown. The Hub is all about being part of the community and we want to showcase your work. If you are a keen amateur photographer and want to showcase your work on our front cover then please get in touch. We’ll feature a different photograph on the front cover of every edition. This month’s front cover comes from Ellie Musson at itsPhotographic. The only thing we ask is that the picture is taken locally and relates to the season, time of year or a particular event. Finally, if you want to promote an event for your club or association do get in touch with Shona and she’ll make sure we know when and where you want people to be. Finally, finally, the next stage for us is the launch of our website a bit later in the summer. We’re looking for ideas, contributors and advertisers now so once again, get in touch. Happy reading.

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Scottish Secrets The Curious Literary History of Corstorphine. reader to get involved in. For instance, Edinburgh Zoo now has it’s own writer in residence Eluned Rees and is holding regular writing events. There’s also the Corstorphine Book Group who meet at Corstorphine Library on the third Wednesday of every month.

Who would have thought that Corstorphine had such an intriguing literary history? Throughout the ages literature has run like a rich channel of culture all the way through its backstory. One of the most famous Scottish writers of all time Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 – 1894) who wrote Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde chose Corstorphine as the spot where his two main characters famously part in the closing pages of his book Kidnapped. There’s even a statue of the scene on Corstorphine Road. Then there was the inspirational Scottish poet Helen Cruickshank (1886 – 1975) who chose to live in a semi-detached house in Corstorphine for fifty years. During those years her home, affectionately known as ‘Dinnieduff’, became a hub for many of Scotland’s greatest artists and writers.

By Gillian Brown As such Corstorphine became an informal headquarters for the Scottish Renaissance of the mid twentieth century – a flourishing time when writers were exploring philosophy and technology and reviving Scotland’s declining languages. And in the modern day? The fact that poet Rob A Mackenzie recently wrote a beautiful poem called ‘Corstorphine, Midnight’ shows that the literary light is still burning bright in Corstorphine. In fact there’s a lively literary community for every blossoming writer or keen

There are even literary provisions for the tiniest members of society such as the ‘Bookbug’ sessions of song, story and rhyme for youngsters also at Costorphine Library. In the words of American writer Mary Schmich:

‘Reading is a discount ticket to everywhere.’ And so, for that matter, is writing. So how about it bookwriters and bookworms? You too could be a part of Corstorphine’s rich and varied literary life. Read more:

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Business Spotlight: With Ellie Musson from itsPhotographic It’s almost a year since Ellie Musson began working with itsPhotographic although it had been a dream for a long time before that… Ever since her first job in a studio just after leaving school. ‘It was a different world back then,’ says Ellie. ‘Photographs were processed in a dark room, produced from fragile negatives by means of enlargers, chemicals and print driers. Processing photographs was a lengthy and expensive process in comparison to today’

But even back then it was possible to do many things which Photoshop does nowadays, it took longer and there was no “undo” button. When wrinkles were removed with a blade they were gone forever, along with the top layer of emulsion from the black and white print. Although there are many similarities and good

composition and imagination are key, Ellie believes that the photography business has changed almost beyond recognition. The main difference with the advent of digital photography is that anyone can produce good photographs and the consequences of getting it wrong are much less; you can simply delete the image and replace it with a better one.

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One of the itsPhotographic photographers explained how the role of the photographer has changed. “For me, professional photography is about recognising the beauty that an image can portray. Whether it’s a portrait or landscape, the image has to make the viewer stop and look.

itsPhotographic has been going from strength to strength. Ellie puts this down to the range of work they undertake: everything from weddings and portraiture to underwater photography.

People often do not feel comfortable with getting their photograph taken, but by the time they leave the studio, they feel like models! That, for me, is job well done!”

always some new technology to consider. We’re upgrading our lighting, portrait studio and photographic printing. We can now produce our own prints up to A1 size.’

Ellie has continued her investment into the business, too. ‘There’s To see more of itsPhotogrpahic’s work and perhaps even book a portrait session you can find them on or Facebook: www.facebook. com/itsphotographic

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What do accountants do? On the face of it, the answer is obvious: they do accounts, don’t they? Well, yes they do, but should that be the most important consideration when choosing an accountant? Think about it this way: last time you had some work done on a gas appliance the engineer who carried out the work has to be Gas Safe Registered but I bet you didn’t ask to see their certificate. I know we didn’t last year when we had a new hob. The guy fetched up with the hob under his

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another? I asked Renee Mackay of TaxAssist Accountants about what she thinks her job actually is. ‘Of course, the foundation has to be accurate work, everything hinges on that but at the same time it should be a given.’ Okay, so if the accounts (and bookkeeping, payroll, VAT and all that other stuff) are a given, how on Earth does anyone choose one accountant over another? ‘For me,’ says Renee, ‘there are several things you should look for from an accountant. You need someone who understands your business and what you’re trying to achieve.

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Your accountant should help you achieve your goals. They should also be looking to make connections for you… after all most accountants have many hundreds of clients.’

is agreed in advance and fixed with no hidden extras for things like ‘phone calls or meetings.’

Renee pauses for a moment before continuing. ‘I think it’s really important that ‘Yes, it is, of course. I have clients feel comfortable calling or visiting their to say, there’s a difference accountant as a first port between cheap and value for money, but the price has of call rather than as a last to be right. I think equally as resort.’ important is that the price Right, I get that, but price is very important, surely.

“I think it’s really important that clients feel comfortable calling or visiting their accountant as a first port of call rather than as a last resort.”

And I suppose TaxAssist Accountants do all these things? Renee smiles at my feeble attempt at provocation. ‘I like to think so,’ she says, ‘that’s why we operate from shop front style premises. I’m pretty confident that all my clients are happy to drop in, even if it’s just for a chat. And that’s the way I like it.’ You can find TaxAssist Accountants at 84 St John’s Road, Corstorphine.

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Unconscious Not Breathing

Tilt head back & check for breathing, call 999, deliver chest compressions fast & hard at a regular rate. Find & use defibulator as directed if there is one.

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Check for breathing by tilting head back, move them onto their side with their head tilted back (recovery position), call 999.

Heart Attack

(persistent, vice like chest pain) Call 999, ensure they are sitting in a position that is comfortable, reassure them whilst waiting for ambulance.


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a cold compress, if they become drowsy or vomit, call 999.


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Help them take their own medication, reassure, if attack becomes severe call 999.

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Local Hero: Stuart Potter Whichever way you look at it Stuart Potter is a brave man. Whichever way you look at it Stuart Potter is a brave man. Sure, biking from Edinburgh to London in 3 days is quite a challenge. To do it in support of Mind, the national mental health charity, just after you’ve admitted to the world that you’ve suffered from depression for years takes ‘brave’ to a whole new level. From 19th to 21st June Stuart spent more than

24 hours in the saddle, burned more than 20,000 calories, climbed more than 3,000 metres and, most importantly, raised more than £4,000. Stuart is a modest man who is still a little surprised that he’s speaking so openly about a subject that’s usually kept hidden: mental ill-health.

will suffer from a mental health problem. Stuart has actually been living with depression for years. He thought he was suffering from mood swings and it was his wife who persuaded him to visit the doctor.

Since he was diagnosed with depression in February 2011 he’s learned to live with it and manage his symptoms but, according to Stuart, it still seems strange In fact, 25% of the population in any given year to be talking about mental health so openly. So, why did he decide to take on the challenge? ‘Well, partially it was for me – I love cycling but mostly it’s because I want to reduce the stigma associated with mental ill-health.’ Day 1 took Stuart from Edinburgh to Darlington, the hilliest section of his journey, before cycling to Loughborough on day 2. This section was the flattest and the toughest mentally.

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‘For 6 hours all I saw was a road and hedges… it took me to dark places!’ On day 3, the weather turned for the worse; there was torrential rain as he cycled through the streets of London.

25% of the population in any given year will suffer from a mental health problem. We wondered what the greatest challenge of this momentous journey was. ‘The challenge really came before the event. It was admitting that I had a mental health issue and being prepared for the inevitable questions. But I’m glad I took the plunge and got the advice’ You can find out more about Stuart and his epic journey by visiting www.

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Business Blog by Richard Lambert Being in business is not easy but it is sometimes very funny. Each edition we’re going to publish hints and tips for you if you are in business. If you have any advice for your fellow business people we’d love to hear from you. Just send in your ideas and we’ll do the rest… and, to say ‘thanks’ if we use the stuff you send us, you can have your next advert for free.

People Buy People First It’s an old saying in sales that people buy people first. It’s almost true, too. Almost, but not quite. What it should actually say is this: People buy on emotion and justify with logic. That emotion is often whether they like the person and the logic is often affordability. But it’s much too longwinded and so we always say people buy people first. The thing is it works in reverse, too. People decide not to buy on emotion just as quickly.

Take my wife... please. (Okay, okay; it’s an old joke, but I thought it was worth repeating). Take my wife. She was in a car showroom looking at new cars. She was ready to be sold to and she liked the look of the car she was viewing. Bear in mind that she’d been shopping and that she was with her mum.

The only thing the sales guy had to do was ask her if she wanted a test drive and fetch the keys. Instead what he did was look her up and down and say ‘you’ll never get your messages in the back of that, love.’

Personally, I think it was the ‘love’ on the end of the sentence that really did for him. My wife (who was ready to buy and wanted that Honda) marched out of the showroom and into the garage next door and bought a different car… not particularly because she wanted one, but mostly to naff off the salesman in the first garage. All of this goes to show a couple of things: 1.Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned 2.First impressions count in sales 3.It’s easy to muck it up if you’re not ultra-careful Personally, I could see what the bloke was trying to say. He was making a light-hearted joke, notwithstanding the fact that it was a bonehead thing to say, at the same time as trying not to be too pushy.

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But then, I’m not my wife and neither is he. I think I know what the guy would say if he reads this article. He would say something like, ‘well, it was just a joke and it wouldnae upset me.’ That’s just the point, though. The least important person

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Business Spotlight: With Lee Kibble of Copperswood Scotland When it comes to getting Lee Kibble of Copperswood Scotland, a local landscaping company, to blow his own trumpet, he definitely falls in the ‘strong, silent type’ category. The thing is, he should really be in the ‘brilliant trades person with a real passion for what he does’ grouping. Ask Lee what he does and you don’t get many words but you do get a sense of how much he loves his work. Probe just a bit beneath the surface and a spark ignites and you get a sense of what really drives Lee forward.

It’s a line that’s used pretty often, but Lee delivers it with absolute conviction. Copperswood go to great lengths to make sure they get every garden they do just right. ‘It starts at the very beginning; we make sure we understand what

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