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hen your kids are going to school and coming home in the dark, outside play isn’t really an option, but we all know how important exercise is. The World Health Organisation recommends children over the age of five should do at least 60 minutes  of vigorous exercise a day, with younger kids doing 30 minutes. Exercise keeps your child fit and strong, boosts concentration, improves academic performance, increases social skills, improves confidence and lengthens their attention span.

active, make new friends and have fun with a range of games, sports and creative sessions. Meanwhile, you can join one of our many classes or head for the state of the art gym, tennis courts or cycle studio.

So why not sign them up for David Lloyd Kids? That way, the whole family can benefit from a healthier lifestyle. The club is hosted by fully qualified crèche staff who really enjoy caring for small children, while our DL Kids team are experts in entertaining 5-11 year olds, and will make sure the kids have a great break from school. Each day, your kids will have the opportunity to get

which run from 8am until 6pm. So if you want your kids to stay active and have lots of fun, come join us here at David Lloyd Aberdeen, and let us make the entertaining easy for you this winter.  

We also offer tennis, gymnastics and swimming courses for youngsters. Our All Stars programmes are approved by the Amateur Swimming Association and the Lawn Tennis Association.  We even offer Winter Active Camps featuring a wide range of sports and creative themes, some of

Tel: 01224 811040


FASHION & BEAUTY 24 FASHION EDIT The prettiest party shoes 32 LIP SERVICE Glitter and gloss 82 SUITED AND BOOTED Event dressing for men LIFESTYLE 42 CHEF FOCUS Meet The Tippling House’s king of the kitchen 44 TREND TRIES… The Century Bar at Gleneagles 57 BUY LOCAL Buy North-east 66 WIN pizza and wine from Nick Nairn 70 MARVELLOUS MARRAKECH Winter Sun in Morocco 80 HISTORY Courtney heads to Fettercairn 96 THE LAST WORD With Gary Atkinson HOMES, GARDENS & INTERIORS 52 BOUDOIR Intimate bedroom glamour 62 THE GREAT WINTER GARDEN Tidy up tips from Kirsty ARTS & CULTURE 73 MUSIC The Bloody Marys 76 ART Meet up and coming artist Izzy Thomson 78 DESIGN Jane Appelbee creates magic with textiles and clay 92 WIN tickets to La Cage aux Folles at HMT


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DIRECTOR Gill Buyers

For most of us, December and January couldn’t provide more of a contrast. December is a whirl of parties, shopping trips, tinselled monitors, Secret Santas and stuffing both the turkey and ourselves. January often leaves us feeling deflated, a bit tired and washed out, probably with a bigger credit card bill than usual. Many will be determined that 2017 will be a year of health, fitness and clean living - and we’ll start as soon as we’ve finished off all the Christmas chocolate.

EDITOR Alison Daniels ADVERTISING Clare Findlay DESIGN Ryan Swinney ACCOUNTS Jill Walker

Contributors Newsline Media, Courtney O'Grady, Kirsty McLean Peter Mitchell & Purdey Lines.

On The Cover

There are people who will find this time of year particularly stressful. Life isn’t all about money or being able to buy your child the latest iPhone. Reconnect with friends, family and neighbours. Discover more about what goes on in your community and what the area has to offer. Support local businesses. Get creative. Spend time, not money. Reach out to those in a less fortunate position. As we end one year and start another afresh, remember that the smallest kindness can make a big difference.

SPARKLE & SHINE Bright looks for big nights


Perfect accents for the boudoir

WINTER sun in MARRAKECH We go to Morocco!


FACE | Velvet matte finish, 'Albatross,' creamy concealer, sculpt palette, dolce vita & bronze. EYES & BROWS | Narsissist palette , velvet eyeliners, audacious mascara, eyebrow pencils & paint. LIPS | BLKR Lipstick. All NARS cosmetics.

Jumpsuit Miss Selfridge £55, Jasper Conran Necklace £18 both Debenhams

MODEL: Monica Duncan, Model Team

Whether it’s one of our amazing events, ideas for ways to spend your time, the latest fashions, interiors, or just the best places to eat, explore and play, we’re here to help you live a fantastically fulfilled life in 2017.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Donna Murray, STYLING: Hayley Charles, MAKE UP: Rae Mathieson, HAIR: Gill Owen & Laurie Hepburn, STOCKISTS: Cruise, Debenhams & Karen Millen.

Shot on location at Orchid Aberdeen.

“As we end one year and start another afresh, remember that the smallest kindness can make a big difference.”

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For the past six years, Dean Morrice has been kept secret by some of the North-east’s most gloriously stylish women, but now the secret is out! Previously, Dean worked from home to transform tired tresses into stunning styles but now he’s opening his first ever salon in the city. Chez Dean will offer his unique blend of exclusive and personal haircare to a wider clientele at his innovative new salon on Queen’s Lane South. The new salon reflects Dean’s exuberant personality, mixing industrial chic with touches of the baroque and enlivening the monochrome scheme with accents of fuchsia pink. Dean is joined by his

sister Abigail, who is an amazingly talented stylist, while Olivia specialises in producing perfectly elegant brows and Louise’s beauty treatments – which include waxing, make up and over 130 shades of Gelish polish for the perfect manicure - guarantee you’ll be looking good. Inside, each of the four staff have their own area - designed like tiny houses - so their clients can get complete individual attention in an atmosphere of calming privacy. Dean is known for his gift of working with his clients, being honest about their hair and helping them find the style and colour that most

flatters them. He’s also known for going the extra mile for his regular clients, sometime starting work at 7am. Indeed, Chez Dean even opens seven days a week, with late night from Tuesday to Friday to suit client lifestyles. It’s typical of Dean’s close relationship with his clients and desire to offer the best hair and beauty care in the city. After all, as Dean’s favourite maxim goes, 'We only do fabulous!'

11 Queen’s Lane South, Aberdeen AB15 4UZ Tel: 07595 494262 chezdeanQLS

Chez Dean open evening

Louise Rataj, Olivia Ross, Dean Morrice & Abigail Watt

Becky Wilson, Emma Coull & Claire Morrison

Nicola & Ann Taylor with Svetlana Setter

Morag & Keith Morrice

Enny Rataj & Ada Dingwall

Rhona Angus & Morag Stewart

Claire Adams & Vicky Alsop

Dean Morrice, Kim Forbes, Evelyn & Alan Cormack

Natasha Lawson & Amy Johnston

Kirsty McGinigal, Gillian Black, Pam Sainsbury, Deborah Thompson, Carol Young, Wendy Bradford, Michaela Cheyne & Nicki Greig

Laura Gauld & Laura Mowatt

Freda Miller & Pam Wilson

Irene & Anna Kruitbos

Katherine Webster & Leanne Flockhart

Shirley Bowden & Rona Lawrie

The Premiere Productions UK models

Mandy Anderson, Linzy McAvoy & Kirsty Black

Luna Vaid & Pam Morton

Trend’s AW2016/17 Fashion Lunch WHO: Around 120 guests enjoyed an afternoon of fashion, fizz and fun with collections showcased by Coast, Karen Millen, Hobbs and Phase Eight. WHAT: Guests were treated to champagne on arrival, followed by a two-course lunch while enjoying

the modelling talents of Premiere Productions UK. Guests perused the stalls from Finnies The Jeweller and Feather & Grey Candles and funds were raised for Alzheimer Scotland. WHERE: Malmaison, Aberdeen

Trend Weddings Exhibition

Laura Milne, Jodie Chandler, Natalie Allan & Katrina Chandler

Jodie & Susan McEwan with Ami Murdoch

Catherine & Emma Reilly

Perri Corr & Carol Dawson

Cheryl & Liz Martin with Nicole Christie

Rebecca Thake & Kirsty Houston

Siobhan Shand with Diane & Lauren Munro

Mesnwear modelled by Premiere Productions UK

Katie Miller & Debbie Sheran

Bridalwear modelled by Premiere Productions UK

Jacqueline Neill, Dawn Cameron, Lesley & Katy Moir with Megan Herd

WHO: North-east brides and grooms to be were invited to enjoy a day of inspiration from some of the North-east’s best wedding suppliers. Companies from all over the North-east showcased their talents and featured in a designer catwalk show. WHAT: The North-east’s finest wedding experts impressed guests with their valuable knowledge on how to plan the perfect wedding. WHERE: Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, Aberdeen.


Whatever the weather, Country Ways has the perfect combination of clothing to keep you cosy this Winter. Wrap up with a parka from the new Didriksons of Sweden collection, or team your favourite pair of jeans with a smart Barbour waxed jacket - we love the new Susannah utility style jacket with a beautiful Wedgewood floral lining. Don’t get caught out in the rain! Choose from Country Ways’ huge range of footwear for men, women and children. From stylish leather boots from Dubarry

Gleneagles to nurture world-class talent at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

or Fairfax & Favor, to ultra practical neoprene wellies from Aigle, you are sure to find something to suit your needs. And if you are looking for some gift inspiration, they also have a lovely selection of leather bags, clothing accessories and gifts for your four-legged friends. Shop online or visit in-store at Country Ways, 115 Holburn Street, Aberdeen.

North-east firm aims to put healthy eating on the agenda

The luxury Perthshire hotel will be investing in the next

A North-east business has launched a new initiative aimed at improving health and wellbeing in the corporate market. Aberdeen-based UK Fitness Food is

generation of creative talent with a prestigious new Gleneagles Scholarship, which will provide invaluable financial assistance to the successful recipient. A young Scottish opera singer with a passion for golf has been named as the first recipient of the prestigious Gleneagles Scholarship - Jerome Knox, a 26-year- old post-graduate student at the RCS’s Alexander Gibson Opera School, is the first young artist to benefit from the new partnership.

targeting health-conscious companies and individuals throughout the region with nutritious meals and snacks delivered straight to the workplace. All meals use fresh, locally-sourced ingredients while menus can be tailored from business to business. This service ranges from providing food platters for events and meetings, to installing a vending machine or offering a fully-functioning kitchen within business premises.

Mindfulness helps us pay more attention to what is going on in the present moment, becoming more familiar with our internal thoughts, emotions and the external landscape of our daily lives. Research shows that practising mindfulness can greatly reduce stress, help us handle difficult emotions and deal more skilfully with

challenge and difficulty. Many people also report enhanced feelings of contentedness and joy. Mindfulness can be learned and practised by anyone. One of the best ways to get started is to enrol on an 8-week course such as those offered by Louise Martin. Louise’s next 8-week

course commences on Wednesday 25 January 1730-1930 at a warm and welcoming location in Aberdeen’s West End.

For further details, contact


Jesmond Sports Centre gets virtual gym Opening in early January 2017, the developments at Jesmond Sports Centre will include an expanded state-of-the-art 70 station gym, an immersive spin studio, a new aerobics studio and a complete refresh to the building. Sport Aberdeen will also open what is thought to be the UK's first

dedicated virtual gym at the centre. Those keen to be amongst the first with access to the building are encouraged to sign up for a Sport Aberdeen membership now, those who sign up before the end of December 2016 will also receive January 2017 for free!

Five years at No.1 for Skene House Whitehall Skene House Whitehall has marked the milestone achievement of retaining the number one spot on the TripAdvisor® listings for Aberdeen hotels for the past five years, uninterrupted, with sister venue Skene House Rosemount currently at number two. The Skene House collection of properties occupy prime locations in Aberdeen city centre, namely Skene House Whitehall, Skene House Rosemount and Skene House Holburn.


the natural way...

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Civic Society gives blessing for wedding boutique improvements Kayleigh Brown, owner of Ivory Grace on Great Western Road, has received a special mention at the Aberdeen Civic Society’s annual awards after making significant improvements to the building. Ivory Grace began leasing the premises in 2015 and oversaw a major internal and external

replacing window frames, introducing traditional style oak doors, decorative panels and mullions while using a colour scheme in keeping with the surrounding area. The Civic Society’s annual awards highlight projects which greatly contribute to the City's built environment and public amenity.

Aberdeenshire. With a constantly evolving innovative

renovation of the building including

menu of modern Scottish cuisine focusing on honest

an exciting new bistro situated in Inverurie,

cooking made with local and seasonal produce.



choose any two courses for £21.50 or three for £24.50

choose any two courses for £31.50 or three for £34.50


Perfect hair & beauty on the Moray coast ince opening in September,

recognised as a Matrix Colour Master,

Meraki has already

and a glance at Meraki’s Facebook

established itself as one

page will demonstrate why! Her work

of the North-east’s leading

displays an astonishing creativity which

hair and beauty destinations, thanks

results in happy clients, many of whom

to a combination of an astonishing

travel from Aberdeen and beyond.

location and great services. From the moment you step into the

Upstairs, Meraki’s beauty area has

all-white reception area with its

white sloping walls set off with grey

tranquil atmosphere, you know

and copper, as well as boasting superb

you’re in for superb service and some

sea views and a comprehensive

serious pampering from the friendly,

treatment menu including massage,

welcoming staff.

HD brows, Novalash, make up and waxing. Meraki’s experienced nail

Sarah West, who was previously with

technicians offer the latest trends. The

Whether you’re looking for a makeover,

James Dun’s House in Aberdeen

salon also offers a full barber service,

a new look or simply to refresh your

and has since managed some of

including cut throat razor shaves and

hairstyle, Meraki, which means ‘to do

the region’s leading salons, is one

a beauty menu for men. Meraki is open

something with soul, creativity, or love,

of a handful of stylists to have been

till 8pm from Tuesday to Thursday,

to put something of yourself into your

6pm on Fridays and 5pm on Saturday.

work’, certainly lives up to its name!

Meraki has worked hard to attract top class beauty therapists and stylists, and invests heavily in ongoing training in the latest products and techniques,

Station Brae, Macduff AB44 1UL

with the staff often attending courses

Tel: 01261 833880

in London, Manchester and Glasgow.



Metallic Blouse £99, Metallic Skirt £99, both Karen Millen


Michael Kors Shirt £150, Forever Unique Jeans £50, Louboutin Purse £450, all Cruise, Blazer £210, Karen Millen, Faith Shoes £45, Debenhams


Principles Dress £80, Debenhams

Belted Coat £399, Cruise, Warehouse Skirt £35, Warehouse Top £32, both Debenhams


Jumpsuit Miss Selfridge £55, Jasper Conran Necklace £18, Jasper Conran Bracelet £12, all Debenhams, Shoes £130, Karen Millen


Jumpsuit £199, Karen Millen, Faith Shoes £45, Debenhams


Valentino Bag £925, Forever Unique Dress £80, both Cruise

Coat, Dress, Shoes, Earrings all Primark



This year’s party shoes are all about sparkles, metallics and stepping out with confidence. Whether you choose high heels or flats, put on a showstopping shoe to add the finishing touch when dressing for Christmas parties and New Year’s celebrations.

1 | Orbit Heeled Boots, Dune 2 | Gucci Allie Knotted Heels, Cruise 3 | J By Jasper Conran Peep Toe Heels, Debenhams 4 | Guiseppe Zanotti Coline Strap Heels, Cruise 5 | Abbigail, Dune 6 | Issa Kitten Heel, Jigsaw 7 | Glitter Heel Boots, River Island 8 | Jimmy Choo Romy 100 Heels, Cruise 9 | Diana Diamante Knot Point Heel, Monsoon 10 | Peter Kaiser Frieda Mid Heel Courts, @hamishmunro 11 | Gucci Marmont Metallic Loafers, Cruise 12 | Oralia, Dune

Words: Purdey Lines

Treat yourself with our pick and mix packages and enjoy some 'me time' or spend an afternoon of pampering with friends at our nail bars, relaxing private rooms or our unique spa pedicure booths.

Teasel & Tweed is always an absolute delight. The friendly Rosemount store combines an amazing selection of hand-made artisan crafts, gifts, bespoke furniture and Ti’, a cosy tearoom with over 50 tea blends, great food, yummy scones and the best waffles in the city! It’s almost impossible not to fall in love with Teasel & Tweed. With almost 300 designer-makers and artists supplying the store, there’s always something new to admire. Where else can you browse Orkney knitwear, vegan skincare, rock climbing accessories, art, whisky stave trees,

lighting, cards, jewellery and gorgeous hand-tanned leather bags? Better yet, all Teasel & Tweed’s artists and designers live and work in Scotland and make all their products here, bringing together the best that Scottish creativity has to offer.

Decleor Face & Body Treatments Brows

Whether you’re looking for gifts, home accents or a little treat for yourself, Teasel & Tweed is sure to please.

85 Rosemount Viaduct, Aberdeen AB25 1NS ZJCraftsUBH


Perron Rigot Waxing

Pedicures & Manicures Extensions





High Definition

LVL Lashes

Shellac & Gel

Private Pamper Parties

Volume Eyelash Extensions







It is with great pleasure that we announce the rebirth of After less than two months’ closure the restaurant will re-open, in the same style, to once again serve some of the best local produce in town including locally-landed seafood. The kitchen will continue to use a unique method of cooking complementing our sister (or should we say brother*) establishments Fusion Bar/Bistro, No1 Bar/Grill, Angus and Ale & Red Lion, we will offer home grown culinary talent on a plate! We look forward to welcoming you all back in the very near future... 28 Adelphi, Aberdeen Tel: 01224 594131 *The name Adelphi comes from the Greek word adelphoi, meaning "brothers". *Wikipedia


PURR-FECT CHRISTMAS GIFTS AT MICHIES It’s beginning to look at lot like Christmas at Charles Michies, Aberdeen! Take a minute to unwind from the hustle and bustle to relax in their coffee shop with a cappuccino and homemade scone. Then visit their gift department for an inspiring range of fine foods, Christmas décor, jewellery, bath & body

products, toys, games and much more. We’re sure you’ll find something ‘a little different’ at Michies, 391 Union Street, Aberdeen.

Visit for more information or call 01224 585312.


This season calls for super sparkly and glossy lips. Layer trendy berry toned lipstick with high-shine gloss to keep your pout defined and dramatic. We particularly love the highly pigmented and creamy lipsticks from Urban Decay and glosses jam-packed with glitter from Bobbi Brown.


BOBBI BROWN High Shimmer Lip Gloss in 'Pink Sequins'

URBAN DECAY Vice Vintage Lipstick in 'Pallor'

CHARLOTTE TILBURY Matte Revolution Lipstick in 'Glastonberry'

BOBBI BROWN Lip Color - Shimmer Finish in 'Berry Shimmer'

ACCESSORIZE Sparkle Lips Kit

L’OREAL PARIS Infallible Mega Gloss in 'Who’s The Boss'

YSL Vernis à Lèvres Vinyl Cream Liquid Lipstick in 'Rouge Vinyle'

Restaurant · Fashion · Gifts

ome-made canapés are easy to make, and the perfect way to use up leftovers – be bold and be experimental! Using a ready-made puff pastry sheet, make all your leftovers into a paste (chicken, bacon, potato etc.), spread onto the pastry and roll into pinwheels for a delicious and substantial canapé. Pair with some mini Welsh Rarebits, which are always popular. Christmas pudding and blue cheese crumbled up

Stockists of:

Betty Barclay, Frank Lyman, Olsen, Libra, Maria Bellantani, Anna Montana, Robell, Marble, Emreco, Joules, Steilman, Pomodoro and Junge Follow Morgan McVeighs on Colpy, Aberdeenshire AB52 6XD (12 miles north of Inverurie on the A96) 01464 841399 ·

on crackers and served with a wee shot of port it shouldn’t work but it does! Try topping rice crackers with cream cheese or flavoured hummus, or try beetroot and goats cheese - yum! For a really quick option, oven warm some salted nuts and serve in a warm bowl, or warm some shortbread rounds, then dust with cinnamon and serve with a dollop of brandy crème fraiche. Try making something from scratch this year, I promise you will notice the difference.


Silver and rose gold plate bracelet £27 Wolf Blake watch roll £57 Cubic zirconia teardrop pendant £48 Gold earrings £50

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and at Finnies the Jeweller we have a fantastic range of special gifts for your loved ones.

pearl drop necklet is also an eye-catching choice bound to impress, along with this silver and rose gold plate bracelet.

Fill up those stockings with sparkling surprises, like these yellow gold patterned dome stud earrings which are the perfect colour for the festive season.

For the man in your life, check out our Wolf Blake watch roll which holds up to five timepieces and can accommodate watches of any size.

Or why not consider this stunning silver cubic zirconia teardrop pendant, which will ensure the spotlight is on her this Christmas.

Our staff at Finnies can provide you with expert advice and support on choosing the perfect gift this Christmas, so come along and see our wide selection which will ensure something for everyone this festive season.

Our silver cubic zirconia heart and freshwater

Always merry, whatever the season usa’s winning combination

pairing dinners each month and the Malt Whisky Club

of amazing food, boutique drinks, art and fantastic live music in a relaxed atmosphere and intimate setting means you’re guaranteed a good time whenever you go! Try the festive Winter Menu complete with a glass of Prosecco to add some

features guided tastings and incredible hosts.

sparkle. If you thirst for knowledge, head to the new Malt Whisky and Gin Sanctuary which has been attracting rave reviews.


Don’t miss Musa’s fantastic special events. There are wine, whisky and cocktail

2017 will kick off with one of the best Hogmanay evenings in the city, which will also mark Musa’s tenth year of being one of Aberdeen’s most special dining and entertainment

If you haven’t discovered Musa yet, now’s the time! 33 Exchange Street, Aberdeen AB11 6PH Tel: 01224 571771


James Pratt, head chef of The Tippling House

Like many chefs, James Pratt, discovered

night Test Kitchen is where we come up

his calling by chance. 'At 15, I started work

with a few different dishes to put on for

as a kitchen porter in a local hotel, then

that night only and I love our new menu of

moved to the front of house, learning

small plates designed for sharing. I know

the floor and bar. Really, it was by pure

how I want a dish to taste and look like,

chance I came back to working in the

and from there putting it together requires

kitchen. A chef friend was shorthanded

a little patience and a lot of feedback.

and I offered a hand. The minute I walked back into the kitchen, I knew I had made

'When I’ve got some time off, I’m usually

the right choice.

halfway up a mountain burning off some

'We’re all about contemporary comfort food; familiar flavours drawing on seasonality and provenance. Our Thursday

“It’s essential to keep a balance.”

of the calories from a Thai curry! As a chef, it’s about finding the balance between work ethic and lifestyle. It’s essential to keep a balance.'


James’ Seabass with tomato & chickpea stew



4 x seabass fillets

Heat 2 tsp of oil in a medium

cut in half using a sharp knife.

1 red onion

pan and fry the onions over a

Heat up a tablespoon of oil in

2 garlic cloves thinly sliced

low heat until soft. Stir in the

a large non-stick frying pan.

½ thumb size piece of

garlic, ginger and chillies and

When this is very hot, place

ginger shredded

cook for a further 5 minutes.

the fillets in the pan, skin side

2 red chillies thinly sliced

Add in the cumin and stir.

down. You’ll need to hold it

4 chopped tomatoes

Next add in the tomatoes

down to stop it curling up.

2 teaspoons tomato puree

and puree and simmer for 5

Reduce the heat to medium

400g can of chickpeas

minutes. Add the chickpeas

and cook for 3-4 minutes.

200g spinach

to the pan with 250ml of

Flip the fish over and add

Olive oil and butter

water, simmer for 10 minutes

20g of butter to the pan. Use

then add in the spinach and

the liquid to baste the fish.

season to taste.

After 2-3 minutes take the fish off the heat and rest for few

Now take the seabass, score

moments before serving on

the skin about every 1cm then

top of the chickpea stew.


The Gleneagles Hotel is resplendent in its location beneath the beautiful Ochil Hills, an iconic country estate which has been a luxury destination for nearly a century. Now with the completion of the first phase of redevelopment ,The Century Bar, one of Scotland’s most historic bars has been given a major makeover and undergone a complete redesign to transform it into an elegant and contemporary space. It has retained its heritage and Scottish identity by using a brighter colour palette and the window spaces have been opened up to maximise the views. The traditional fabrics, textiles and accessories used

create an atmosphere of warmth and understated elegance. The Century Bar’s new look is accompanied by a new food and drinks menu which reflects country pursuits such as hunting, shooting and fishing. Using the finest locally-sourced ingredients the menu is new and innovative and captures the attention immediately. As we chat through the new menu it becomes apparent there is more than one dish we would like to sample so we decide on four dishes to share: the

Gleneagles, Auchterarder PH3 1NF Tel: 0800 389 3737

“Using the finest locally-sourced ingredients the menu is new and innovative and captures the attention immediately.”

“Each are delightful to taste in their own way yet so different.”

Scottish smoked salmon selection, crab cakes, lamb, and the smoked duck salad. Simply described on the menu, each dish arrives displayed beautifully on different styles of plate. The salmon selection is a choice of three kinds of salmon of varying

celeriac and is topped with apple shavings, truly spectacular to taste. And finally the lamb, which has a richness of flavour, styled like a ‘Chinese parcel’ and subtly enhanced by the Moroccan spices and roasted aubergine, a real champion

strengths, the lightest one infused with gin and juniper, the more traditional with demerara sugar and rock salt and the third one intense with whisky barrel oak shavings. Each are delightful to taste in their own way yet so different. The crab cakes are rich with the flavour of the crab and just enough for two of us. The smoked duck salad arrives on a bed of beetroot,

in my book. Gleneagles has always been one of my favourite places to go to relax, unwind and feel totally spoilt and now with the refurbishment and the change of menus it’s a definite go-to destination whether to stay, play, eat or to try one of the new fabulous drinks. Enjoy!

Ingredients: ■ 50ml Porter’s Gin ■ 25ml Spiced Pineapple Cordial ■ 25ml Roasted Coconut Juice ■ 2 dashes of Dr. Adam Elmegirab’s Teapot Bitters eligious Robbery is a stirred down, grown up twist on a Piña Colada. Taking inspiration from a drink from a month long menu at Worship Street Whistling Shop, the drink is for lovers of coconut and pineapple, but looking for something a little more adventurous.

on’t miss the National Trust for Scotland’s ‘Northern Lights’ exhibition at Drum Castle. The castle is now open every weekend and visitors can see some key pieces of contemporary art on loan from Aberdeen Art Gallery which is currently undergoing a major refurbishment.

Drum will also be hosting its annual ‘Holly Fest’ event where visitors can enjoy seeing the castle decorated for Christmas and pick up a beautiful holly wreath. There’ll also be an indoor market, festive music plus the elves toy factory. Visit the website for dates and more information.

The exhibition features more than 30 paintings and sculptures along with some digital video and includes works by John Byrne, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Joan Eardley, Elizabeth Blackadder, John Bellany, and SJ Peploe.

Drum Castle is situated 10 miles west of Aberdeen off the A93. The castle is set in extensive grounds with walks, an adventure play area, tearoom and shop.

The Food Assembly Comes to Aberdeen

The City Bar & Diner it’s all in the name. The Netherkirkgate eatery serves American diner favourites with a Scottish twist in the heart of Aberdeen. Serving breakfast, coffees and cakes, lunch and dinner, The City is open from 10am until late every day, serving delights such as stacked burgers and gourmet hot dogs to favourites such as kilted sausage, beef chilli and the staff recommended Polly’s Fried Chicken - there really is something for everyone. Gluten-free options available. 37-39 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, AB10 1AU,

The Food Assembly is a local initiative that brings people together to buy fresh food directly from local farmers and food makers. Customers can order food online from local food producers before picking it up weekly at a local venue.  The venture

supports Aberdeenshire and Scottish producers. At the Aberdeen Food Assembly, all the food comes from an average distance of 28 miles, compared to the 600 miles with a supermarket. To join please visit

Paul Gibson named FT Money Management Financial Planner of the Year 2016 Banchory-based Paul Gibson has been named Money Management Financial Planner of the Year 2016, at the 21st annual Financial Planner Awards in London. He retains the title he won in 2015 when he became the first ever Scot to win the title. Paul is Granite Financial Planning Managing Director

and a Chartered Financial Planner.He was presented with the top accolade by BBC presenter and former Strictly Come Dancing Winner Chris Hollins at the black-tie Awards dinner held in Mayfair, London.

Enchanting in Edzell Melanie Byrne is bringing her elegant and opulent cake and gift designs to Edzell High Street, opening on Monday 28 November. Enchanting Merchant Co. combines a love for all art forms and specialises in contemporary wedding and celebration cakes with delicate sugar flowers and exquisite flavours. Festive shop opening hours are 10am to 5pm Monday to Sunday. For more information see

Aquatic dives in with sponsorship Aquatic Engineering and Construction Ltd., has agreed a new four-figure sponsorship deal for the third year running to support the Learn to Dive programme at the world-class Aquatics Centre at ASV. The centre for excellence now has 117 divers and offers a full range of classes for people of all ages and abilities.  ASV Diving Club has 23 people who compete at various local and national competitions, including Grace Reid who made the springboard final at Rio.

Cutting edge salon continues to make an impact on Aberdeen hen it comes to making an impact on Aberdeen’s style scene, hair and beauty salon Linton & Mac is one to watch. With seven national as well as regional awards under its belt, the salon has been attracting customers from across the North-east due to its exceptional hair and beauty services. Just recently celebrating its first year in business, Linton & Mac is renowned for its innovative approach to the full salon experience. Clients are welcomed to take sanctuary in the lounge area after appointments, allowing them to catch up with friends over a glass or prosecco or two. Offering services for both men and women, the salon has developed an express style bar service for gents too.

18-20 Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen AB10 1AU Tel: 01224 641664

Julia Hay, Meg Campbell,Margaret Robertson & Cheryl Brown

Shona Robson & Shann Elliot

Gillian Poskitt, Elaine Duthie & Pamela Esslemont

Bev Spindler, Audrey Considine & Janet Pawlett

Judy Alexander & Sarah Thaike

Julie Ann Bruce & Sonya Banks

Fiona Chambers with Beckie & Sylvia Sinclair

Margaret & Stephanie Forrest

Love Fashion WHO: Organised by Trend Productions Ltd and Premiere Productions UK, the catwalk presentation returned for its second year featuring some of the North-east’s best fashion houses and retailers including Celebrations Ladieswear, @hamishmunro, Escale France, Georgian Dress Hire, Boux Avenue, Helen Ruth Scarves, Country Ways, Cruise, Coast, Monsoon, Phase Eight & Proper Clobber. The event

was in support of Friends of Anchor, raising over £500 on the night. WHAT: Aberdeen’s fashionistas came together to enjoy a night of fabulous fashions and inspiration for the season ahead featuring some of Aberdeen’s most stylish retailers. WHERE: The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa, Aberdeen

MERAKI Hair Salon Opening WHO: 300 guests attended the MERAKI opening launch. Guests were treated to prosecco on arrival, whilst being entertained by the talented Paul Black. WHAT: The opening evening was a huge success with guests treated to a buffet by the The Fife Arms Hotel and bistro in Turriff. WHERE: MERAKI Hair & Beauty, Macduff.

Rachel Thomson, Diane Duncan & Kelsey Murray

Mary & William Nimmo

Laura Watt & Jodie Gibb

Gerry Gallagher & Samantha Law

Paula Skinner & Joyce Ritchie

Joanna Killoch & Laura Gallon

Sharon, Colin & Sarah West

The team at MERAKI Hair & Beauty


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NORTH-EAST At a time when our corner of the world is suffering economic maladies which are the result of geo-politics rather than being of our own making, it makes sense for each of us, as consumers and as businesses, to support each other. Organisations like local councils, the Chamber of Commerce and Scottish Enterprise have launched a campaign to ask businesses to increase the amount of business they do locally, boosting the local economy and securing jobs.

As consumers, we can do our bit by seeking out restaurants and food shops that work with local suppliers, or supporting shops and galleries that sell locally made goods. Wouldn’t you rather your purchases kept local people and businesses going? You don’t need to be a big business to join up and you don’t need to spend more, just think about what you buy anyway and switch to a local supplier if you can. You can find out more about how to sign up your business at

Delicious chocolate – the way you want it

Hardy’s Chocolates is an independent chocolate boutique recently opened in Rosemount Viaduct, specialising in luxury chocolates from the UK and Europe. With over 30 flavours of chocolates and truffles to choose from and a wide range of bars, boxes and

even chocolate pizzas and teapots to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. And because everyone is worth it, this includes an ever growing range of ‘free-from’ bars and truffles, including organic and vegan.

Awards acknowledge achievements of highland games athletes The success and achievements of highland games competitors from across Scotland were celebrated recently when the Scottish Highland Games Association (SHGA) held its annual awards dinner. Around 100 people attended the event

of athletes and cyclists who have competed at games during the summer months. The 2016 highland games season saw nearly 500 competitors entertain an estimated 150,000 spectators who packed into games fields the length and breadth

which was held in the Gilvenbank Hotel, Glenrothes. The evening acknowledged the achievements

of Scotland to experience highland games first-hand.

TCD Architects gains new RIAS certification Sarah wows the judges Sarah Black, a stylist from Union Square’s Saks Hair and Beauty is through to the Shu Uemura Art of Hair - Muse Image Awards final. This prestigious competition is open to all UK hairdressers, and judges were particularly impressed by Sarah’s interpretation of the ‘East meets West’ brief, creating an emblematic hairstyle with a Tokyo twist. The team at Union Square also recently picked up the Community Investment Award from the shopping centre for their fundraising efforts this year.

TCD’s James Slater, chartered architectural technologist, has become registered as a Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Energy Design Certifier, and consequently the practice can assist building owners and developers, who are working with new build projects, extensions or refurbishments, to calculate energy use and ensure projects meet energy requirements set out in Scottish Building Standards. In addition, TCD can also issue Energy Performance Certificates on new domestic dwellings which provide assurance of compliance with the energy regulations set by The Scottish Government.

DEVEX announce second free technical conference

DEVEX 2017 is a two day showcase event scheduled for 9 and 10 May and will be free to attend for the second year running in response to the industry climate. The conference focuses on reservoir discovery, evaluation, development and recovery in the UK, and includes over 30 leading industry speakers. The theme for 2017 is ‘Building Resilience, Driving Growth’, and the event includes expert-led masterclasses and the highly popular Young Professionals event.


Aiming for the stars in Royal Deeside

Prolonged outdoor living with bioclimatic pergolas Garden-lovers can now enjoy outdoor living for longer, thanks to local garden design and landscaping company, Papillon, which has recently added a range of bioclimatic pergolas to its portfolio. The multi-functional pergolas come with many features to direct sun, block wind or provide shelter from

rain - ideal for outdoor living in the North-east. Each pergola is built using eco-friendly materials and has many LED lighting options for evening use.  A pergola is on show for the next year at Papillon, for more information visit

Potarch Lodge, which is owned and run by Ballogie Estate and sits in a picturesque location beside the River Dee, received a five star Quality Assurance award from VisitScotland at its first grading visit. The former Potarch Hotel was recently renovated to a high standard, creating a high standard self-catering lodge which

provides quality accommodation for up to 14 guests in seven bedrooms all with en-suite facilities. Ballogie Estate has also created a café & restaurant beside the lodge which has been awarded Taste Our Best and is proving very popular with locals and tourists alike. For more information, visit


here is something ritualistic about getting the garden ready for winter. Everything is going to sleep and in that final tidy up you are preparing the now dormant garden for new life next spring. Just hold that positive thought when you are clearing pile upon pile of leaves, which incidentally is the first job to be completed in our winter tidy up!

“Give the lawn a good rake with a springbok rake and aerate either with a garden fork or you can buy a tool that does this specifically.�


If you have the space, compost these in bins, bought or built it doesn’t matter. If you don’t have space for dedicated bins, put the leaves into plastic bin liners and perforate the bags to let the air circulate. Next year you can use the leaf mould as a mulch on the borders, which will help to keep the soil from being compacted by hard rains and keep the moisture in when it’s dry. Tender perennials and bulbs near to the surface will benefit from a good layer of mulch to protect them through the winter months too and as a general soil improver it does a great job. Some of us want to cut seed heads down and make things neat and tidy and others prefer to leave these through the winter, enjoying the forms and colour they provide in the winter borders. If you are on the tidy side, perhaps the compromise would be to tidy the borders that are in your main view but leave one? The wildlife would be grateful to you for the winter shelter and food and in turn will help to keep the balance of nature in your garden next season. Don’t forget to put out feed and water for the birds too! At the first sign of frosts, protect your smaller non-hardy plants and winter tender bulbs by potting them up and storing these somewhere warmer for the winter. Larger tender plants that cannot or do not like to be moved can be protected using cloches, hessian or horticultural fleece.

Give the lawn a good rake with a springbok rake and aerate either with a garden fork or you can buy a tool that does this specifically. After raking and aerating, and while the grass is still short from recent mowing, spread a thin layer of top dressing evenly all over the surface, and work it in with a stiff broom. I like to add in sharp sand/builders sand, which is gritty and helps to open up the soil below, especially if it’s prone to moss. Regular top-dressing is the only way to improve the soil under an existing lawn; if the soil is seriously poor, you can top-dress in both Spring and Autumn for quicker results. You can also use several small regular applications of top dressing to fill in hollows or to help even up bumpy lawns. Prune deciduous shrubs and trees and if you’re not sure how to do this, I can recommend purchasing a copy of ‘The Pruner’s Handbook’ by John Malins, published by David & Charles. Very helpful! The last touch might be to add a little bit of colour by planting winter bedding. Even winter pansies dotted about the garden can lift the spirits on a cold, damp winters day.



Nick Nairn’s Cook School & Café Mmm…pizza! Better yet, you and a friend could be tucking into a couple of Nick Nairn’s finest hand crafted pizzas and a bottle of wine for free. We have five prizes to give away. Nick has officially launched his brand new pizza and wine bar as part of the Nick Nairn Cook School and Cafe on Back Wynd. 'This is a bit of a departure from my fine dining roots, but something that has been a real labour of love. It’s been fun to have the chance to experiment with some less familiar ingredients and an opportunity to reinvent some of the classics,' said Nick Nairn.

Opening is from 12 noon-9pm Wednesday-Saturday and 12-4pm on Sunday. Pizzas start at £7 each. To enter, go to and answer this question:

On which street is Nick Nairn’s pizza and wine bar located? w 15 Back Wynd, Aberdeen AB10 1JN Tel: 01224 644909

Vampires and ghosts promote ‘dark tourism’ in Scotland CALA homes (North) funds new equipment for MS therapy centre CALA Homes (North) has donated £400 to Grampian MS Therapy Centre, allowing the community based charity to purchase two new wheelchairs. The therapy centre, based in Dyce, was awarded the sum as part of the housebuilder’s £10,000 community bursary scheme, launched last year to mark 140 years since the company’s origins as the City of Aberdeen Land Association. The local charity provides therapy using techniques including hyperbaric oxygen therapy, physiotherapy and reflexology.

A 7ft vampire roaming the streets of Glasgow, a poltergeist haunting an iconic Edinburgh graveyard and a monster locked up in an Aberdeenshire castle are just a few of the terrifying tales featured in a new VisitScotland guide to the country’s most ‘spooktacular’ locations. The e-book is called Scottish Ghosts, Myths & Legends, and provides an online guide to the country’s tales of the unexpected and unexplained.

Meldrum House announced as venue for Win Your Wedding 2017 Contest Meldrum House Country Hotel is the venue for the wedding ceremony and reception for the winners of Cash for Kids’ 2017 Win Your Wedding competition.  The award-winning, four-star hotel in Oldmeldrum, Aberdeenshire, has donated the package which will form a central part of the prize for Cash for Kids’ popular fundraising contest for those looking to tie the knot.  Applications to take part in the 2017 Win Your Wedding competition open on 23 January 2017, with couples who are successfully shortlisted then raising money in February and March.

No.10 is No.1 New Business

Tuesday/ 09.30 to 17:30 Wednesday/ 09.30 to 17:30 Thursday/ 09.30 to 20:00 Friday/ 09.30 to 18:00 Saturday/ 09.30 to 17:00 Sunday & Monday/ Closed

No.10 Bar & Restaurant was presented with the ‘New Business of the Year’ award at the 21st Scottish Licensed Trade News (SLTN) awards held at Glasgow Hilton hotel. No.10 Bar & Restaurant was re-launched in

October 2015 following a significant three-month refurbishment which transformed the venue into a stylish bar & 90-seater restaurant.


Iain Jenkins, a senior finance consultant at Aberdeen-based SAP specialist Absoft, has raised more than £3,000 for Cancer Research UK after reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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At 5,895m, the highest mountain in Africa took Iain five days to summit and saw him overcome altitude sickness, freezing temperatures and the notoriously demanding Barranco Wall. Iain said, ‘I was so grateful to have the support of the team and my fellow climbers who were fantastic throughout the entire hike.

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‘Altitude sickness kicked in late for me, but when it did the climb became really tough. We were only able to stay at the top for about ten minutes before

having to come back down however the view was truly breath-taking; it felt like I was on the moon! ‘I’m immensely appreciative of all the donations I’ve received and I would like to thank everyone who has supported my climb. I lost a number of family members to cancer when I was younger, and a few years ago I decided that I would do my bit to raise money for Cancer Research UK.’ Absoft owner Ian Mechie said, ‘We are extremely proud of what Iain has achieved. He is a valued member of our team and an inspiration to all of us here at Absoft. The amount of money he has raised for charity through this challenge is absolutely fantastic, and we congratulate Iain on such an immense achievement.’


Winter Sun:

If you need a few days in the sun, but want rather more than a beach break and an endless supply of watered down cocktails, you could make a worse choice than Marrakech. he combination of dusty sunbaked walls, a bewildering maze of market stalls and Moroccan cuisine give the city a timeless air of exotic intrigue. It’s easy to get lost, so abandon the idea of a must-see daily schedule and just rejoice in the pleasure of new discoveries. There’s plenty to do if you want to explore the city and its surroundings. Start with the Bahia Palace, where Bou

Ahmed, a slave who worked his way up to Grand Vizier lived with all four of his wives and two dozen concubines. Frankly, it’s amazing that he found the time to rule the country and build such a magnificently decorated building. The rich harem suites boast stained glass, silk hangings and painted ceilings, while the grand courtyard offers a cool respite from the late morning heat.

Although children are always welcomed, the city may be more suitable for a trip for two, or a girly weekend as traffic is undisciplined and the press of the crowd can make it easy to get separated. Keen shoppers won’t be disappointed. As well as typical modern designer labels in the city’s shopping thoroughfares, the souq teems with possibilities and opportunities


animal acts with trained monkeys and pickpockets working the crowds. In January and February, the temperature rarely falls below 17oC, but the nights can be unexpectedly chilly, at around 5oC, so a jacket is advisable.

for a little haggling. Leather goods, spices and local handicrafts are popular buys, though if you don’t like being pestered, the pleasures of the souq can soon give way to feeling harassed. In the evening, head for Djemaa el-Fna, the city’s main square which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It’s like the stories of Arabian Nights brought to life, with musicians, performers and snake charmers, outdoor restaurants, henna tattoo artists, acrobats and slapstick performers all hoping for a few coins. Unfortunately, there are still a few

There are also plenty of day trips to choose from, from touristy camel rides to sunrise hot air balloon flights over the Atlas Mountains. You can also opt for longer trips which will take you to explore desert settlements and traditional ways of life. If you’d rather spend your time in the kitchen, then there are plenty of cookery classes to choose from. Try La Maison Arabe or Faim des Epices for an unforgettable lesson. If the sights and smells of the city start to feel overwhelming, then restore your equilibrium in the manicured greenery of the Jardin Majorelle. It’s best to go early before the recently restored gardens and Berber Museum get crowded.

Another relaxing alternative is a visit to one of the city’s many spas and traditional hammams, where you can emerge feeling like a new person after bathing and a vigorous massage. The Heritage Spa, Hammam Rosa Bonheur and Les Bains des Orients are all well regarded. For accommodation, the best option is one of the many small independent riads, which offer a more romantic and exclusive feel than anything by Best Western, and often come with five star ratings on Tripadvisor and other travel websites. Many have their own spas and restaurants if you want more than a base for exploring. There are no direct flights from Aberdeen, so flying via London or Amsterdam may be quickest. Even then, many flights make one or more stops en route, so compare flight times carefully. Ryanair, Easyjet, Royal Air Maroc and many others offer flights from London, with timings under four hours.

hen we say bus stop, you might think we’re offering you the chance to spend the night huddled in sub-zero temperatures on Union Street, but we have something rather more special in mind. How about a two night self-catering break in an amazing converted bus on a farm, with a hot tub and stunning scenery in charming East Lothian?

conversions being hand-crafted by son-in-law Jason Baker.

collection of alpacas, horses, sheep and chickens.

The buses have been transformed into streamlined, but cosy retreats. Each bus even has a glass roof, so you can sleep under the stars, while the wood-burning stove creates a cosy, romantic atmosphere on the cooler nights. You can also spend some time relaxing in the wood-fired hot tub on a private decking area.

Our winner and their guest will enjoy a two night stay including logs for hot tub and log fire, all luxury bedding and towels, basic kitchen supplies, fabulous toiletries, French press coffee and cake in the bus on arrival, and the use of the herb barrel on decking for keen cooks.

Balfour Stewart of Bankrugg Farm near Gifford, along with partner Elaine and son Sandy, has commissioned the conversion of two single-decker

With a variety of activities to enjoy in and around the surrounding area, The Bus Stop offers an ideal opportunity for visitors to spend their holiday barbequing, exploring the

buses to provide very special rural retreats. It’s a family affair with the

farm, walking the local trails and the opportunity to live among the farm’s’

To enter, go to and answer this question:

Where is the Bus Stop located? For more details or to book, visit


The Bloody Marys originally started

We’re like musical ducks. On the

Conference Centre, while

as a side project which rapidly

surface it looks easy, but underneath

Barry Dodds doubles as a Network

evolved into rock’s answer to Grayson

we’re paddling like crazy!

Project Engineer and guitar god.

Perry and a guaranteed great night

Vocalist Ian Gray somewhat

out. Keyboardist Steve Morrison

‘If the original song is like your

disturbingly combines his

explains, ‘Back in 1994, Barry, Ian and

teenage daughter, our version is

flamboyant stage personality with

I were playing together in a ‘serious’

like when her boyfriend with the

an engineering career at Torness

band. We were challenged to put a

motorbike shows up. The set includes

Nuclear Power Station.

covers set together in a week to play

covers by all the greats: Abba,

a Halloween gig. Since we needed

Take That, Queen, AC/DC, Barbra

Steve continues, ‘We don’t play as

Halloween costumes, we decided on

Streisand…all the usual stuff!’ Steve

often as we did back in the nineties.

the frocks. Six months later we were

laughs. ‘Our costumes are mainly

We try to keep it special by only

wearing dresses and prancing around

about finding something that fits,

playing two main gigs in Aberdeen

the stage like idiots for a living,

clashes and looks ridiculous.’

and fundraisers/corporates around

winning Band of the Year and selling out the Capitol!

the North-east. We have our big The band’s stage presence is a

Christmas Show at the Lemon Tree on

long way away from their day jobs.

December 17th, then a fundraiser at

‘Family and work commitments took

Steve Morrison combines keyboard

Kinellar Community Hall on February

over and we played our final gig in

wizardry with being the Audio Visual

18th. You can see what’s coming

2009. A couple of years ago, someone

Manager at Aberdeen Exhibition &

up on our Facebook page or e-mail

posted an old nineties gig photo on to

Facebook and we got back together.

discuss a gig.’

“If the original song is like your teenage daughter, our version is like when her boyfriend with the motorbike shows up.”


ince opening its doors in

nearly every dish on the menu,

and a thorough yet light-

July 2015, Thaikhun in Union

I was keen to enrol and try my

hearted demonstration, we

Square has established itself

hand at Thai cooking.

were sent to our cooking

as a firm favourite among

stations and tasked with

Aberdeen restaurant goers. As

Having never taken a cooking

following suit. In no time at

you step inside, the authentic

class before, I worried that

all, the students became the

décor, the waft of spices and

my relish for consumption

masters as we stirred, boiled,

the uniquely warm welcome

might significantly outweigh

fanned and sniffed until we

combine to transport you to

my patience for preparation.

were happy with our creations,

the streets of Bangkok, which is

Fortunately, this is one school

and then came the pièce de

where Thaikhun’s co-founder,

that wants all of its pupils to

résistance - we consumed.

Kim Kaewkraikhot, got her start

pass. Beginning as all good

in the food business.

meals should, we were eased

More like a relaxed and

in to our lesson with a simple

enjoyable dinner out with

Kim began as a street vendor,

beverage, the Coconut Mojito,

friends, the Thaikhun

armed only with her ambition

which must mean ‘coconut

Cooking School confidently

and what would become an

loves lime’ in some language.

demonstrates what can be

award-winning Phad Thai

accomplished with the right

recipe. The same recipe is used

With our palates properly

ingredients and a bit of

in Kim’s restaurants today and

cleansed, we moved on to

know-how. In the event that

is just one of the dishes that

our starter, Tom Yum Soup,

I never make my way to

you can now learn to prepare

followed by Kim’s famous

Bangkok, I take comfort from

for yourself by attending the

Phad Thai noodles. After an

knowing that I can now bring

new Thaikhun Cooking School.

introduction to our fresh and

a bit of Bangkok to me.

As someone who has savoured

somewhat exotic ingredients


“Having never taken a cooking class before, I worried that my relish for consumption might significantly outweigh my patience for preparation.�

76 | ART

Award winning Gray’s graduate Izzy Thomson discusses her approach to painting, ahead of her latest exhibition...

or as long as I can remember I have always had a desire to create, to mould and to make marks: with mud, with straw, in sand, on paper. I became interested in painting by seeing what other painters were doing. I was seduced by its juiciness, its versatility and ability to make visible anything I imagined. ‘My painting practice explores our misplaced wild world. Through playful representations of mountainous landscapes, I paint to understand the value of the wilderness in our fast taming world. My paintings tell stories. Painting is offered to me as an endless stage, where I can tell through colour, shape and character, the stories that I see and imagine. It is a different type of narration to film and book, because like poetry, it does not really end. ‘At the start of my honours year, I was awarded a travel scholarship by the Cross Trust. I chose to visit Iceland for a visual research trip. I journeyed through an

enigmatic landscape. This landscape gave me ideas as to how Scotland’s landscape was formed. Now, when I go walking in the Scottish mountains, I imagine them breathing like volcanoes. My work’s all about wild spaces - spaces in which one can feel a sort of ‘pin-prickling’ selfawareness. I read a lot of poetry and books, watch films and feel myself ‘taking’ from these sources all the time. Katherine Bradford is a brand new hero of mine. David Lynch is an older one. ‘Each of my paintings starts with drawings and research from outside. Once I’m back in

Left: 'Night Time Bathing'. Oil on board Centre: 'Tammie Norrie's Journey'. Oil on Canvas Right: 'House on the hill'. Oil on paper

the studio, I play. I make oil paintings with “added ingredients”. When painting, I need to concentrate only on the action of painting: the placing of this “squiggly smear” next to that “scratchy scribble”. I like my paintings to feel buttered with the history of my earlier marks, so I approach painting in a similar way to sculpture or drawing: pushing, pulling and layering marks on the surface.

‘Even though I graduated with first class honours, being an artist is not an easy option. I think a lot of young artists who are fresh out of art school and thrust into the real world find it hard to sustain an artistic career, whilst earning enough money to stay afloat. I know I do, but I’m completely determined to find a way to do it. ‘Right now, my ambitions involve being in a position to always be able to make and exhibit work. I was lucky enough to be awarded a residency at Leith School of Art, and my goal is to keep working as a painter, whilst continuing my research and undergoing residencies in wild places. I also hope to complete an M.A in painting in the future.’ Izzy’s latest paintings will be on show from 30 November until 18 December in Aberdeen Arts Centre & Theatre at 33 King Street. They can also be viewed on her website:


Art quiltmaker, textile artist and ceramicist Jane Appelbee discusses growing up in a house full of artists‌


can’t remember a time when I wasn’t interested in making. It was inevitable. My mother was the WWII Official War Artist, Frances MacDonald, and my father was a Civil List Pensioner for Services to Art, Leonard Appelbee. Their work is in several national collections including the Tate and the Imperial War Museum. Naturally, they and their artist friends encouraged me to be creative, but I also had a great love of nature and the environment. I trained as a zoologist, then in oceanography and finally I became an environmental scientist. Now the beautiful Scottish landscape and wildlife inspire my work. I work in both textiles and ceramics. I fell in love with ceramics at the age of ten. Being dyslexic, I tend to think and work in three dimensions so I preferred ceramics to drawing and painting. I simply love the feel of raw clay and the way it transforms during making and firing. I prefer to hand build rather than use a wheel because sculpture is my real interest in using clay.

Left: 'Quiet Reflections' Centre: 'Birds' Right: 'Winter Sunrise'

A few years later, I discovered working with textiles. I was making practical things and clothes. My early quilts were very traditional, then I took a City and Guilds qualification in Design and Craft with Patchwork and Quilting. This opened my eyes to the possibilities and techniques within art quilting. I work almost exclusively with natural fibre fabric that I have dyed myself. I do also have a great interest in the three dimensional qualities that quilting can bring to textiles. I love the way you can stitch 3 independent layers together and they become something that behaves in

a completely different manner with a different texture. I use a sewing machine often but I also love to add at least some hand stitching to my wall hangings. I tend to have several projects on the go at the same time. When I finish a project or a commission, I tend to swap to the other medium at least for a while. My goal is to keep evolving and improving my work and to increase the number of exhibition opportunities available. For the last 5 years I have opened my studio during NEOS in September which is a wonderful event. It is so good to have the chance to actually meet clients and interested visitors and chat with them. I exhibit and sell both ceramics and textiles at NEOS. You can see my work at Larks Gallery in Ballater and I also take part in both Art Aboyne and the Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Festival Exhibition in the summer. I’ve had my quilts exhibited in London and I have at least one quilt at the Festival of Quilts in Birmingham each year. This international show is the biggest in Europe. In 2016 my quilt 'Starry Starry Night' won a 'Judges favourite' award at this show. You can also see my work at my studio, by appointment, throughout the year. My ceramics range in price from £30 for a small smoke fired pod to £200 for larger bird sculptures while my quilts and wall hangings start at £150 and go up to £1800 depending on the size and complexity of the piece. Smaller framed textile pieces are available for £50 to £100. I’m always happy to discuss commissions and can be contacted by e-mail at


iterally translated, the word Fettercairn means ‘foot of the mountain’ which makes perfect sense when you first lay eyes upon this village, nestling comfortably amongst the foothills of the Grampian Mountains. But despite its perfectly picturesque appearance today, this conservation town has a colourful, and sometimes violent, history. Established as a township over a thousand years ago, Fettercairn has hosted Queens, been home to a Prime Minister and has even been the scene of the murder of a Scottish King. Perhaps most intriguing was the suspected murder of King Kenneth II in 995 by Lady Finella, whose son had been killed by the King. According to legend, she lured the monarch into her home, released a score of arrows into him, and then fled for her life before eventually throwing herself over a waterfall in nearby St. Cyrus to avoid capture. Located a short distance from the Cairn o’ Mount, an ancient military route, Fettercairn has seen its fair share of discord and was even burned to the ground in 1645,

at the peak of its prosperity, by the Marquis of Montrose. Unfazed, the residents resolved to restore their glorious village and erected a host of spectacular buildings which remain today. Depending on which way you approach Fettercairn, you will either be greeted by the Royal Arch, a gothic structure erected in 1864 to commemorate a visit by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, or the red sandstone Parish Church, built in 1803 and towering strikingly atop a grassy knoll. As a reminder of the town’s commercial history, the mercat cross stands prominently in the town square and the Fettercairn Distillery sits proudly at the edge of town, as it has done for almost two hundred years. If you want to live a part of Fettercairn’s history for yourself, book in to Fasque House, just to the north of town and former home to Prime Minister William Gladstone. Available for private hire or holiday lets, this baronial mansion is just one more reminder that this seemingly sleepy village has a rather lively past.

BOOKS | 81


New You! Yup, New Year is the time for

time you reach the end you should be

into your Greatness and Defy your

making resolutions about being

the Demigod of Badassery. It could be

Limits. It’s American, but full of useful

a better, kinder and fitter person.

the best tenner you spend all year!

advice and well annotated images

Whether you want to improve your

once you get past the supermodel

exercise regime or your attitude,

If you can’t decide on an exercise

in a bikini on the sand shots of the

we’ve got a book for you…

class, then Fusion Workouts by Helen

author,where she’s doing the splits

Vanderburg may be the way to go.

while in a headstand. Candace has

You are a Badass is Jen Sincero’s

It’s a combination of pilates, yoga

been running a popular yoga blog

take no prisoners self-help book.

and ballet moves that promise rapid

for a couple of years and some of

Subtitled How to stop doubting

toning and reshaping results as well

her personal struggles will put your

your greatness and start living an

as better posture, core muscles and

own ups and downs into perspective.

awesome life, it’s the perfect choice

more zest for life. It’ll get you started

There are good chapters on

if the only thing holding you back is

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owever, if you are only just realising that the jacket you’ve had for three years no longer fits, perhaps it’s time to invest in a few new pieces this season. It can take quite some time trailing from shop to shop to find the perfect fit, length and material of your suit, so here are a few rules to help along the way... Your jacket and trouser material should ideally match, and by investing in high quality fabrics such as Italian wool and well fitted tailoring, you can rest assured that this suit will last Epsom coat, Checked jacket, Shirt , Silk tie & Checked trousers, all Next.

Coming up to prime party time, you may be reaching to the back of your wardrobe to find your go-to suit and tie.

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you decades. Remember that a notch lapel won’t make the cut when it comes to black tie events; so go for a peak or shawl shaped lapel. As for colour, you can never go wrong with the traditional black suit. However, to mix things up a little you could opt for popular midnight blue or more adventurous navy velvet for a vintage, smoking jacket vibe. A white shirt is a staple in any man’s wardrobe, and for black tie occasions you should definitely have that special one that feels and looks more luxurious than the rest. Finally, accessories are the finishing additions to your top-notch look. Impress your colleagues by knowing how to tie your own bow tie, stand proud with the shiniest shoes and never forget the suave touch of the pocket square and cufflinks.

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WHO: Customers and friends came along to Strachan's gift department for a festive shopping evening. WHAT: Guests enjoyed music from The Definitive

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BublĂŠ, pimped their proseccos and were given the first look at Strachan's Christmas displays. WHERE: William Strachan, Inverurie.

An Art Extravangza

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WHO: An art extravanagza was held at the Chester Hotel for Maggie's Centre in Aberdeen. WHAT: Guests travelled from far and wide to buy paintings from over fifty international and local artists, many of which had never been available in the North-east before. Well over ÂŁ100,000 was raised over the course of the exhibition. WHERE: The Chester Hotel, Aberdeen.

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In the run up to Christmas and the dark nights of January, it’s sometimes difficult to find stuff to do with the kids, especially if you’d rather tackle creative projects than take an expensive day trip out of town.

e’ve rounded up a few kits and books that will keep both you and the kids happy and occupied with lots of interesting ideas and even the chance to make a few festive decorations and gifts…

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of something French and fizzy.

and girls and they all can be achieved in seven steps or fewer, which is perfect if your little ones have a miniscule attention span. If the kids are keen on making Christmas presents, then We Love to Craft – Christmas has fabulously festive projects aimed at 12-15 year olds including fabric covered letters, festive banners and advent calendars. If you’re stuck for ideas, have the widest selection of crafts books including some fantastic ones for kids. The Bumper Book of Crafty Activities has over 100 ideas and templates are included for all the projects, so a lack of artistic skill isn’t a drawback. Better yet, the projects will appeal to boys

The step by step instructions are helpful, but many projects need a sewing machine, as does Debbie Shore’s excellent book Half Yard Kids. Both books have a lot of ideas that could make appealing gifts for an indulgent granny or auntie, particularly if it comes with the consolation of a bottle

Hobbycraft is a great source of craft kits and materials, with something to suit all ages and budgets. You could make paper chains, or get three fillable plastic baubles for the Christmas tree, at just £1, which each family member can personalise. For something different try a needle felting kits like this Christmas Robin. It’s simple to make, though the needle is sharp, so it’s one for older kids unless Granny will be impressed by your four year old’s mastery of bad words. If it doesn’t look quite like the illustration, well, no-one really minds!

the only choice for fabrics in the city. W Enterprises at Kingswells is great for paper supplies, but check access online as the AWPR has meant some diversions.

For teenage girls, Kirsty Alsop has produced a range of kits that can be fun for a girly bonding activity. The lip balm kit is simple to use, less messy than you might expect and the end results make a practical and thoughtful stocking filler for a friend or relation. You can also find lots of project ideas and templates online. Crafts aren’t just for girls, so you’ll find a large selection of wooden kits, like this flying dragon, or model kits designed for boys from 8 to 80.

If you’re looking for craft materials, The Range and any of the pound shops can turn up some treasures, though John Lewis remains just about



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Kids Pantomime SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS ACT Aberdeen, Aberdeen Follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarfs through this charming and compelling adventure for all the family, complete with hilarious mayhem, songs and dancing - a magical story brought bang up to date for a fun-packed evening! Until 24th Dec.


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Pantomime CINDERELLA Stonehaven Town Hall, Stonehaven Look out your glass slippers and enjoy the classic fairytale of Cinderella at Stonehaven Town Hall’s panto! Tickets available at The Rose Bowl. Until 10th Dec.

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Hogmanay Music ONE NIGHT OF QUEEN Ardoe House Hotel & Spa, Aberdeen Stars In Their Eyes winner Gary Mullen and his band bring their One Night of Queen tour to the Ardoe House Hotel for a performance that will be sure to rock you!

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Charity PETERHEAD PLUNGE The Lido, Peterhead Kick off 2017 with a refreshing dip into the North sea to help raise funds for spina bifida.

Creative SAY IT AIN’T SEW Brewdog, Aberdeen Over the last six years Say It Ain’t Sew has become one of Scotland’s most popular sewing classes, bringing together people from all backgrounds and giving them the opportunity to get crafty for free. Runs every Wednesday evening.

Music RICK REDBEARD & SUPPORT The Society of Advocates Library, Aberdeen Three years after his glorious, SAY Award nominated debut ‘No Selfish Heart’, Rick Redbeard returns with ‘Awake Unto’: a collection of songs so timeless and melodic they emerge from the speakers like long lost friends... @IMP_aberdeen

Wedding Fayre YOUR WEDDING EXHIBITION AECC, Aberdeen Your Wedding Exhibition is the largest event for the bridal market in the North of Scotland with a fantastic track record spanning 10 years which regularly attracts nearly 4,000 visitors over the weekend. Until 22nd Jan.

Theatre THE KING & I HMT, Aberdeen Shall we dance? Yes, you certainly will! Aberdeen’s Phoenix Theatre, in conjunction with the children of Phoenix Youth Theatre, present the stunning and spectacular musical The King and I. Until 28th Jan.

Food & Drink BURNS SUPPER Malmaison, Aberdeen Celebrate Scotland’s greatest poet and our finest traditions, with an evening of live music, excellent Scottish food and, of course, a wee dram or two of the good stuff. You'll be greeted by a piper on arrival, followed by a decadent four course Highland feast, and of course, kilts are a must. £45 per person.

Comedy CRAIG HILL: UP & COMING! The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen Hot on the heels of last year’s sell-out tour, your favourite jet-fuelled kilty pleasure shoots back to The Lemon Tree like a rocket full of fun!

Killer Heels & Cocktails Aberdeen’s biggest annual ladies event, Killer Heels and Cocktails, succeeded in raising more than £100k for its chosen charity, Action Medical Research, this year. Around 450 ladies, and a few token gents, gathered at Aberdeen’s Beach Ballroom for the event on 11 November, which is one of the city’s highest profile fundraisers. The party kicked off at 11.30am and guests were treated to a fantastic afternoon of entertainment until the early evening. Over the six years since launch, Killer Heels & Cocktails has raised £520,000 for the charity.

Linton & Mac host exclusive event: The Low Down Award winning Aberdeen hair and beauty salon Linton & Mac is set to host a first-of-its-kind coterie event on Monday 12 December 2016, welcoming customers old and new to the salon to showcase Netherkirkgate. ‘The Low Down’, will feature a hair and fashion show from the salon’s Art Team, which has drawn inspiration from the sixties. There will also be demonstrations and talks from local businesses including: retro festive cocktail demonstrations from 10 Dollar Shake; 1960s’ fashion inspiration by The Vintage Closet; Christmas dinner wine pairings from Rye & Soda, and out-the-box gelato flavour trials by Mad Penguin, to name a few.

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WHO: The 'Absolutely Fabulous' inaugural JDRF Ladies lunch. WHAT: Guests enjoyed a fizz welcome, three course lunch and entertainment by the Globe Girls raising funds for JDRF with auctions and raffles. WHERE: Malmaison, Aberdeen

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An hour in the company of Aberdeen boutique hotel owner Gary Atkinson and I am punchdrunk at just how many hats the adopted Aberdonian wears. Talk about the old adage that you ask a busy man to get something done and it will be done. ary’s nerve centre is Carmelite - a hotel, cocktail bar, restaurant, and live music venue in the heart of what is now called the Merchant Quarter of the city, in which he and three others set up this marketing consortium with Aberdeen City Council.

a vital role to play in promoting our region and the list of our associate members such as the city’s two universities, Visit Scotland, Visit Aberdeenshire, both local authorities and Scottish Enterprise is proof of that,' he adds.

Adopted by the Council, this 'edgy' cultural area now befits all the new city centre wayfaring maps, promoting connectivity from the city's transport hub through and beyond Union Street. It embraces independent businesses, whilst including a collection of 8 hotels (over 800 bedrooms), a mix of over 40 independent restaurants and bars and, of course, surrounded by shopping outlets. 'We offer an eclectic mix for people traveling

Not surprisingly, the Association almost has a cheerleading function given the tough trading conditions there have been since the severe job losses in the North Sea. Recently back from a Scottish Chambers lobbying week in Houses of Parliament, Gary says, 'We have a duty to highlight £billions of investment ongoing in our region, and we need to inspire confidence in those seeking and continuing to invest here. There's a lot of great things going

through the quarter to and from the city’s transport hub and retail centres,' he says. But hang on.

on and we must broadcast that loud and proud.'

That’s just the start. Gary is also Chairman of the Aberdeen City & Shire Hotels Association which over 40 members and associate members. 'This Industry Association has

Previously the founding Vice Chair of Aberdeen Inspired, which immediately created a destination marketing organisation, he was a founding, and remains a Board Member of Visit Aberdeenshire.


Gary says, it's so important to attract, retain and enthuse visitors and local residents, raising the profile of the city with various initiatives to increase the number of visitors and keep them longer.' The buzz words are defiantly attract, retain, increase footfall & dwell time. Are you exhausted yet? Well, too bad, Gary is not done. In addition to being a Burgess of the City of Aberdeen who wears his badge with pride on his suit lapel, he is also a North East Committee Member of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry. Phew! It’s all a far cry from his youth when all he wanted to do was work as a chef in hotel kitchens. 'It didn’t help that I failed my cookery 'O' level but it didn’t stop me and I went on to run huge corporate catering at major sporting venues in the UK including Hampden Park, Murrayfield, even opening new football stadia. His final rallying call is that we all must talk up the City and Shire and return to better days ahead. And that’s his Christmas wish to Trend readers.

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