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the only guide to a modern life in aberdeen


APRIL / MAY 2012

Flower of Scotland Fashion flirts with pastels

Renaissance man We talk to John Byrne

Nicer in Nice

Win . . .

And all the latest...

Theatre tickets from HMT A new suit from T.M. Lewin A stay at the Bonham Or a trip to stunning Ardanaiseig

Trend does the Riviera in style Places to shop, eat, play and stay



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Contents published by Trend Productions Ltd 2 Rubislaw Place Aberdeen AB10 1XN Tel: +44 (0) 1224 631141 Director Gill Buyers - Editor Alison Daniels - Advertising & Distribution Clare Findlay - Finance & administration Jill Walker - Business development Leigh Mathieson - EVENTS Lynn Batham - Design & Production EQ Design Limited Print Ricoh All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is strictly prohibited. Prices are correct at time of going to press but may be subject to change. Trend cannot be responsible for unsolicited material. The views and opinions by contributors in the magazine may not represent the views of the publisher. Trend magazine takes no responsibility for claims made by advertisers in this publication.



HEALTH & BEAUTY 10 Rae’s guide to London fashion week looks

56 Choose Norwood Hall for your perfect day 58 Check out the latest from Honda 72 Meet Ciara Ennis, Olympic Torchbearer 79 Have your say... 86 Peter Mitchell talks Rox

Fashion 14 Style file hits Malmaison... 18 Pretty pastels lead the way for spring 24 Charlotte’s pick of the best pastel accessories 65 Look sharp, win a suit from T.M. Lewin Homes, Interiors and Gardens 71 Grainne enjoys a second childhood Food and Drink 36 Restaurant reviews – Udny’s Eat on the Green 37 Beetroot @ The Athenaeum 38 Meet the pastry chef behind the Broadstraik Inn Lifestyle 51 Celebrate a centenary at the Echt Show 54 Win tickets to a show at HMT


Art and Culture 60 Trend meets Renaissance man John Byrne... 62 and explores wood engraving 73 David Nicholson listens to Stephen Innes 76 Trend’s guide to What’s on Travel and Leisure 66 It’s nice in Nice 68 Win a stay at Edinburgh’s The Bonham 69 or head for the wilds with our Ardanaiseig trip 70 Kate heads for the pub Society 80 Good causes and great dresses

team welcome


Hi everyone, well can you believe here we are in April already! It’s crazy where the first quarter of this year has gone, and haven’t we been so lucky with the mild winter, I wonder if it will mean a scorcher of a summer.. here’s hoping! In the office it’s just buzzing, with all our attention now well and truly focused on the Awards, all the applications are now in and the judges are working hard on them all to decide who will be our finalists this year. If you haven’t already done so it would be wise to book your tickets, it’s always a great evening even if you’re not up for an award so come along and join in the fun. This year we are delighted to be supporting CHILDREN 1st as our chosen charity, for tickets and tables email we also have a guest singer this year, local boy Stephen Innes, who is featured in this issue and who will also be performing at Fyvie Live later this year. As for Trend events our next big one is an ‘Afternoon Tea Garden Party’ at the Marcliffe in May. The charity benefitting from this will be CLAN; we want all you ladies to come along to it, glad rags and hats are de rigueur and we have prizes for ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Best Hat of the Day’. There will be a fashion show and a couple of surprises all happening on the day.

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We are looking forward to summer and seeing some of you at the events! Bye for now,

The Trend Team x

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On the

RAY SMITH, PHOTOGRAPHER Ray Smith has lived in Aberdeen most of his life. He has been described by critics as 'one of the most innovative photographers working in Scotland, with a growing international reputation.' He has been celebrated in major exhibitions and has been recognised by the New York Art Directors for his commercial photography. Commissions have included Olympic athletes, famous musicans and royalty. Other contributors in this issue Newsline Scotland, David Nicholson, Alison Shaw, Peter Mitchell, Courtney O’Grady, Kate Gray, Leigh Mathieson, Grainne Cullen, Pauline Rudge, Clare Findlay, Shona Byrne, Rae Mathieson Stylists: Charlotte Stroud & Alison Keith Hair: Michelle Reid of De Milo

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beauty feature

London Fashion Week Autumn/ Winter 12/13 The runway shows aren’t just about next seasons clothes, they also showcase the best new beauty and make up trends. Trend make up artist Rae Mathieson attended London Fashion Week to take in the AW shows and work her magic on the models at the Clements Ribeiro AW12 show for bourjois. Here she shares her top 3 trends from the catwalks and advises how to work the trends today to stay one step ahead of the season.... Bronzed Goddess – seen at Jena Thoe, Kinder Aggugini and felder felder. Bronzed goddesses invaded the catwalks at a string of shows. Shimmering skin and golden hues were seen on lips, eyes and cheeks – the models bronzed lips were the main talking point at Kinder Aggugini. Everyday Wear: Everyone loves bronzer to pick up peeky skin, but choose your bronzer with care. A semi-matte, dusty bronzer is easier to wear and more flattering than a high shine, metallic finish. Try Clinique ‘True bronze bronzer’ £21.00 or Chanel ‘Bronze Universel’ £29.00. Clean, boyish beauty - seen at Paul Smith, Topshop Unique Aquascutum and Clements Ribeiro. Great skin buffed to perfection with just a hint of foundation for a dewy, fresh finish. At Clements Ribeiro we applied the Bourjois healthy mix foundation for a dewy, flawless finish breaking it up with a pop of colour on the lips in super bright neon fuchsia, set with neon powder for a modern, matte finish. To compliment, a slick of gloss was applied to the eye lids and brushed up into perfectly groomed brows. At topshop Unique the models too had clean, fresh skin with a hint of boyish beauty thanks to brushed up brows. 10

Everyday wear: Keep the skin fresh and make your statement with a pop of bold colour on the lips – try ‘Show Orchid’ or ‘Neon Orange’ £12 both by MAC. Red Lips – seen at House of Holland, PPQ, Nicole Fahri and Jonathan Saunders. Red lips are back (though, did they ever go away?) for Autumn/Winter 2012. At PPQ a fresh take on the look was created by applying the colour like a ‘red wine stain’ – applying and blotting of the excess moisture to leave a stain on the lips. At House of Holland MAC provided the make up and the lips were modern classic well defined and brighter than bright red. Everyday wear: For an on-trend, ‘wine stained’ lips (without the alcohol!) apply a moisturising, berry toned red to the lips and blot off with a tissue to leave only the pigment on the lips. Try Bobbi Brown ‘Rum Raisin’ £18. For the ultimate Red lip apply MAC ‘Redd’ lip liner £10 to the lip line and fill in with the ever popular MAC ‘Ruby Woo’ lipstick £12. For bookings and enquiries contact Rae

> words by RAE MATHIESON


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The Scottish Home Show 2012 is an exciting new event for the north east, showcasing the latest in everything from garden designs and conservatories to innovative home designs and gadgets to improve your home.

Established in 1972 we at Four Seasons in Aberdeen, have a long and proud history of floral designs. Our work is modern, unique & individual with each arrangement designed to meet your

BE A PART OF IT! To book your exhibitor space and be a part of this exciting new event contact George Walker on

requirements. For flowers that perfectly match your occasion, setting & mood, contact our team of creative florists.

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Put a spring in your step with Aubade Glamour Legend ONLY available at De-Zire

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style file


Q: What's your fail safe party outfit? A: A little black dress Blouse: Anne Fontaine Jeans: Marks and Spencer Shoes: Prada




Q: Top 3 Fashionable Celebs of all Time? A: Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn,Grace Kelly Dress: Wallis Shoes: Next Bracelet: Juicy Couture



Q: Ultimate sunshine accessory? A: Something which will cover up any parts of my body I don't like.

Q: What is your favourite fashion magazine? A: I just do not have time to read magazines (unless of course it's Trend!)

Top: Warehouse Trousers: Next Shoes: Next

Dress: John Lewis Scarf: Monsoon Cardigan: John Lewis Shoes: Next

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Caroline Dress from a small selection of designs ordered specifically from Charlotte Sparke for It's Darling £269.00 Dora shoes 'KG' £140.00, Jodie knot Bracelet 'KG' £50 both Kurt Geiger


Interesting PALE &

Fashion flirts with pastels

Floral Maxi dress 'Olivia Rubin' £235.00 It's Darling, Snakeskin large mint pouch ‘Kurt Geiger’ £30.00 Agatha pink shoe 'Carvella' £110.00, JJ Blig Ring 'KG' £40.00, all Kurt Geiger


Pale orange 3D frill shoulder top 'Ted Baker' £89.00, Slim fit yellow jeans 'Mango' £29.99 Plaited Belt £18.00 all John Lewis, Gypsy Green sandal £75.00 Dune Light coral bag 'Jimmy Choo' £875.00 Cruise


Pink Coat 'Red Valentino' £565.00 Melissa Lady Dragon Red Heart slingback shoe Vivienne Westwood Anglonania £120.00, both Cruise Ted Baker Rosebud print canvas shopper bag £69.00 John Lewis, Ring - as before


Turn up mini denim shorts 'Warehouse' £25.00, Sweater Mango £22.99 both John Lewis, Apricot Bangle 'See by Chloe' £38.00 Cruise, Skinny Leather belt 'KG' £25.00 Kurt Geiger, Coral Bow Shoes £75.00 Dune Ring - as before, Hair ribbon - available from a selection at John Lewis


Abiti Donna Mentha dress 'Red Valentino' £395.00 Cruise Kite pink shoes 'Carvella' £130.00 Kurt Geiger

Thanks to: Our model Stephanie Ross Make up: Rae Mathieson Hair: Michelle Reid at De Milo Stylist: Alison Keith Photographer: Ray Smith tbp for the use of their studio Stockists: Cruise, Kurt Geiger, John Lewis, Dune and It’s Darling. Wowzie for providing confectionary and props.

Thanks to: Our model: Lucy Cassidy Make-up: Rae Mathieson Hair: Michelle Reid at De Milo Stylists: Alison Keith and Charlotte Stroud Photographer: Ray Smith Shot on location in Deeside. Stockists: John Lewis, Cruise, Kurt Geiger and Perfect Bridal.


fashion feature


Pink Pastel Princess This Spring get playful with pastels and floral delights. Pale pink, egg shell and washed out yellow are the colours to look out for this season. Vintage inspired prints and styles make this look very girly and feminine. Add a modern twist with a leather jacket, chunky platforms and bold jewellery. For an authentic vintage vibe team with a structured handbag, kitten heel mules and ‘cat eye’ sunglasses. Floral prints can be tricky to wear and they can look quite gaudy so start with a small print initially. This spring is all about having fun with fashion so experiment with different shades and prints until you find the right ones for you.

Gypsy Platform Sandal - Dune

Gleeso Floral Shorts - Ted Baker


Yellow Leather "Crocus" Tote - Lk Bennett

Zip Pocket Skinny Crop Jean - Mint Velvet

Abbee Cropped Sleeve Jaceket - Ted Baker

Rainbow Bracelet - Accessorize

Arizona cuff - Accessorize

Tan Leather Biker Jacket Mary Portas @ House of Fraser



Footwear that fits for tots to teens As many mothers know, finding footwear for children that looks stylish, but is also well made, professionally fitted and well priced is never easy. That’s why parents from all over the North East head for Trendy Treads in Inverurie where Sisters Karen Wood and Jill MacDonald have assembled the best selection of children’s shoe brands to the North-east. The child friendly shop stocks a fantastic selection from Lelli Kelly, Geox, Primigi, Start-rite, Ricosta, Richter, Hush Puppies and Ecco, as well as exclusive brands like Rondinella and Step2wo. The experienced Trendy Treads team have all been specially trained in the correct fitting of children’s shoes, even for feet that require orthotics or are difficult to fit. Trendy Treads also offer a customer loyalty scheme and a Start-rite ordering service and will soon offer an online service. For footwear that fits, you can’t put a foot wrong at Trendy Treads. 19 High Street, Inverurie, AB51 3QA T: 01467 624531 E: 26

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Your shopping destination for home and garden A trip to the garden centre need not be just about soil and shrubs but can be a shopping experience for all. Indulge in our new Spring collections from Fairmont & Main, Denby, Coach House, Jme and Neptune. Our new cook and dine department includes a full range of Jme by Jamie Oliver, food and kitchenware, for which we are the exclusive stockists in the North East.

Having recently been awarded Best Network Agent in Scotland, David Geddie, Property Partner with Simpson & Marwick Aberdeen, reports much improved demand across the Aberdeen and North East Property market. “We are delighted with the increased levels of market activity this year. The number of visitors to our popular website has increased significantly and it is great to see more and more of our sales going to closing dates”, said David, “Interest rates and bank lending criteria clearly have an effect on the market but the single biggest factor is consumer confidence. It is reassuring to see that this has returned and the tangible effect this is having on the market”. Simpson & Marwick offer a comprehensive, quality service in relation to all aspects of property sale and purchase. For a free consultation and valuation, contact David on: T: 01224 622622 E: 32

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Hair Raising Compost! North-east hairdressers can now recycle waste hair into compost rather than bin it. Organics recycling firm Keenan Recycling transforms food and garden waste into BSI accredited compost and have just introduced hair as a new item that can be composted. Human hair has a high nitrogen level, which is proven to help plants thrive, therefore adding it to the recycling process leads to an increase in slow release nitrogen in the compost, which helps to maintain an even and rich growth.

Keenan Recycling deals with tens of thousands of tonnes of food and green waste from businesses and local authorities across Scotland. The compost produced from the waste is used on gardens and crops by local businesses and farmers. Keenan Recycling offers a commercial food waste collection service across the North-east and this is now being rolled out to hairdressers too. The initiative helps businesses reach recycling targets and helps to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill. To find out more contact Keenan Recycling, Tel: 01771 644883 or visit



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With more than 16 years experience in interior design, Adele Wiliiams admits she’s addicted “to the wellbeing that is created by beautiful surroundings.” “A home should be a haven” says Adele. “It’s a place to relax in.” Adele runs her business from her home which she has recently renovated. “It was fun being my own client and seeing the house transform from a rather sad gloomy space into a tranquil, contemporary home to live and work in.” The original features in the house had been mostly obliterated in the 1970’s. Adele has recreated them. She ran the same skirting boards throughout, replacing the upv windows with sash and case. Basically just restoring all the original features with a contempory twist! The former fine artist was born in Aberdeen. She realised her future was in interiors when she lived in India for a year. Her creative energy up until then was channelled into drawing and painting. After completely re-designing the whole complex her family moved into in India, Adele realised interior design was

the way forward. She worked on a variety of projects in India and continued her business when she returned to Aberdeen. She worked for a respected interior designer in Aberdeen for 8 years. Adele has an enviable network of trusted tradesmen and craftsmen to carry out the projects, although clients can chose to use their own. “My philosophy is never to impose ideas but rather reflect the lifestyle and personality of the client.” Projects are tailored to meet client’s budget requirements. Adele works with everything from colour advice and soft furnishings to major renovation projects. Adele is just as comfortable guiding clients through fabric collections and liasing with architects as she is donning overalls to paint!

“Clients can buy time during which I will give them unbiased advice on whatever they are trying to achieve. That doesn’t mean simply recommending expensive wallpaper and fabric. If the client wants to buy materials from a home improvement store, then that works too.” “I'm happy when the client feels their newly modelled home is finally a sanctuary where they can unwind from the demands of modern day life.” T: 01224 312224 / M: 07951 033154

Adele’s philosophy is simple “Come in, have a coffee, sit down, and relax. Browse through fabrics design books and furniture catalogues. The process should never be intimidating.“




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food review

The Tasting Room @ Eat on the Green

On an unseasonably mild March evening Clare and I set out on a beautiful drive across Aberdeenshire to Eat on the Green, one of the regions finest dining experiences, nestled in the picturesque village of Udny Green. > WORDS BY LEIGH MATHIESON

Eat on the Green have recently stepped it up another notch by offering a 10 course tasting menu, an intricate menu carefully created by chef Brian McLeish. We arrived at the restaurant with a warm, friendly greeting from staff and were shown to The Tasting Room, an intimate dining room lavishly decorated and candlelit to create the perfect ambiance. There we met with chef proprietor Craig Wilson who introduced us to chef Brian and Kathryn (Assistant Manager) and Scott and who looked after us for the evening. This gastronomical journey began with fresh native rock oysters served alongside a glass of champagne, an acquired taste but if you are a fan these are a fantastic start to the meal.

Eat on the Green Udny Green, Ellon Aberdeenshire AB41 7RS T: 01651 842337 36

I am a foodie and love to try anything new so I enjoyed everything about this experience, but there were some particular favourites on menu

that stood out. The veal tenderloin and foie gras was delicious, the flavours were rich and intense with a hint of sweet cinnamon and ginger which was intensified by the Sauternes dessert wine that it had been paired with. A favourite of both Clare and I was the creamy Jerusalem artichoke and wild mushroom risotto, a moreish dish with a flavourful sage and walnut pesto. At times we were reluctant to eat the food as it was so beautifully presented such as the decadent gold covered pork and the sugar decorations with the salted chocolate ganache. The pear and rosemary cheesecake was to die for with a sweet and creamy topping set on a crisp peanut, biscuit base, it is making my mouth water just writing about it. If you are a foodie and you haven’t indulged in this tasting menu yet then your taste buds are missing out, The Tasting Room at Eat on the Green is an experience not to be missed.

Restaurant REVIEW

restaurant review


Beetroot @ The Athenaeum - Sunday Roast Sunday, ‘the day of rest’ and the perfect time to sit back, relax and let someone else do the cooking. If you are looking for a laid back Sunday roast then you need to check out The Athenaeum. They have recently teamed up with Beetroot Restaurants, the people behind the fabulous La Stella and The Courtyard, to create Beetroot@ The Athenaem and offer an exciting new menu alongside ‘home-style’ Sunday roasts. We had booked before Friday which meant we could pre-order our Sunday roast to be carved especially for our table. With a choice of chicken, beef or lamb we all opted for the beef. We had been saving ourselves all morning for our roast and so passed on starters, but

there were some mouth watering options that we would have gladly sampled, such as the haggis bon bons with whiskey dip, feta and sweet beetroot bruscetta or hot smoked salmon potato cake with sweet chilli and lemon salsa. Carved and served by the chef at our table, the beef was cooked to perfection, as it was still slightly pink, and so tender it melted in your mouth. In keeping with the quirky Athenaeum style all of the trimmings were served in pastel pink serving dishes including roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, parsnips, carrots, beetroot mash and keeping it

local with a side of skirlie too, and not to forget the gravy served in a pastel pink teapot! Even though we had skipped starters to save room none of us had left any space for dessert but again there were some delightful options to choose from including sticky toffee pudding with butterscotch ice cream and caramel sauce, double chocolate brownie with raspberry ripple ice cream or cheesecake of the day. Just as we finished lunch there was an acoustic guitarist arriving to play a set and so we moved to the comfy coaches to sit back, relax and enjoy a coffee and some live music. The Athenaeum 5-9 Union Street Aberdeen AB11 5BU T: 01224 595585


chef focus profile

Lauren Campbell Pastry Chef @ Broadstraik How would you describe the food at the Broadstraik? At the Broadstraik we like to try to cater for a wide range of tastes by offering a varied menu consisting of traditional ‘pub grub’ and a la carte. Although most of our food is very traditional, we like to give our meals our own signature style by throwing in twists where possible. We like to source our ingredients from local suppliers as we believe in the importance of community and fresh, quality food. What chefs cooking styles have influenced you and how has your own cooking developed over the course of your career? My first head chef was Chris Wills at The Eating Room in Aberdeen. He influenced me in a number of ways and I owe most of the skills and techniques learned to him. 38

He conveyed to me the importance of fresh, homemade food. Over the last 5 years, I have had the opportunity to observe many talented chefs which has increased my ability to select the correct approach in most given situations whilst working in the kitchen. Having also had front of house experience, I have witnessed firsthand the importance of customer care when it comes to their individual needs. What are your culinary ambitions? My personal aim is to preserve the high standards of quality food and customer care at the Broadstraik. I feel that the best way to approach this is by continuing to listen to the needs of our customers and by following the changing trends of the hospitality industry.

What’s your own favourite food? I am always keen to try new dishes and enjoy a range of different cultural foods. My favourite type would have to be Chinese food because it can be very colourfully presented and allows for a great deal of versatility. How do you come up with new ideas for dishes? I am very fortunate at the Broadstraik as I am allowed a great deal of freedom when it comes to experimenting with new ideas and recipes. I also take every opportunity I can to dine in various restaurants in order to pick up new ideas and establish growing trends amongst competitors. Have you ever had a culinary disaster you’d like to tell us about? A few years

ago whilst working under my mentor Chris, he asked me to dip the profiteroles he had just made in both the white and dark chocolate which I did without hesitation. There obviously was a breakdown in communication somewhere as little known to me he had meant dip half of them in each as opposed to each in both. This taught me to always ask when ’m unsure. What three essential qualities do you need to be a top chef? Personally, resilience would have to be the most important quality for any top chef as you are working in a demanding, stressful environment. I also feel that you must be able to accept constructive criticism if you want to improve your trade. As you work with other kitchen members, patience is also very important in order to work in harmony as a team.

Sticky Toffee Pudding Ingredients 4oz butter and extra for greasing 6oz dark brown sugar, 8oz pitted dates 8oz self raising flour, 4 eggs 1tsp baking powder 1tsp bicarbonate of soda ½ shot expresso (optional) For the sauce 3oz butter, 3oz dark brown sugar 6oz double cream, Ice cream to serve Preheat oven to 2000C. Grease and line the baking tin with greaseproof paper. Place dates and water into a pan and bring to the boil.

Cream the butter and sugar together until pale and fluffy, then beat in the eggs. After the dates have boiled remove from the heat and add expresso, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda. Mix the sugar mixture with the date mixture and fold in the flour. Blitz up the mixture with a hand mixer. Pour into a baking tray and cook for 30 minutes. To check if ready place a knife in the centre, if the knife comes out clean then the mix is ready. Sauce Place all ingredients into a pan and heat until just before boiling, stir. To Serve Cut the cake mixture into individual portion sizes and pour over the sauce and serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.


Country pub since 1905 The Broadstraik is everything a true scottish country pub should be. Mixing old and new, and constantly evolving with a basic philosophy at the heart of it all - to offer excellent food, wine and beer with great service in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. At the Broadstraik we believe in sourcing local and seasonal produce to create simple, unfussy food, coupled with a great line up of beers, lagers and ciders and a carefully chosen wine list to give you one of the finest pub experiences in the north east. The simple things in life done well. The Broadstraik Inn, Elrick, Westhill, Aberdeenshire AB32 6TL T: 01224 743217 E: 39


NORTH EAST PROPERTY MARKETET By Bob Fraser, Senior Property Partner at Aberdein Considine At the end of the first quarter of 2012, the property market in the North-east and in particular, in Aberdeen, remains robust in comparison to the rest of the UK, due mainly to the strength of the oil and gas related economy. The market, particularly in the Granite City, is quite polarised. Properties in good condition which are well presented and well priced tend to sell very quickly and in most cases will achieve at least Home Report valuation. On the other hand properties in poor condition or less well presented and priced have struggled to sell quickly. Undoubtedly properties are harder to sell than in the boom years but this in turn has lead to fresh and innovative ideas in the marketing of our clients’ properties. At Aberdein Considine, the introduction of digital marketing, 24 hour tracking of marketing activity for our clients, accompanied viewings and pro-active marketing to purchasers has resulted in a substantial increase in market share at the expense of those property firms who simply “list” their clients’ properties on websites. It is gratifying to see that the considerable investments made by my firm are proving so successful. For further information, please contact Aberdein Considine on 01224 589700 or visit 40


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This spring, enjoy dinner in the restaurant and receive a FREE bottle of house red or white wine! Or upgrade to any wine on our list with £15.95 off the price. Based on 2 diners. Both diners must order minimum of 2 courses including main. Valid any evening until 31st May 2012. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer. Please take this advert with you to claim your wine.

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The North-east has a new restaurant - Porterhouse - that will prove a firm favourite with food lovers. Porterhouse at Thainstone Centre near Inverurie is a showcase for local Scottish beef and lamb supplied by Scotch Premier. With menus making the most of the locally reared beef giving the best steaks in the North-east and using the freshest seafood Porterhouse is a real food destination – when it comes to ingredients, where local is best we use it!

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Factor in Master Chef, Simon Gosling, the only chef to have won the North East Chef of the Year with a gold medal three years running and Porterhouse is shaping up to be a powerhouse on the local restaurant scene. Better yet, at just twenty minutes from Aberdeen or ten from the airport, it is the perfect destination for a business dinner, corporate event, wedding reception or for a relaxed meal in good company, with fine wines and outstanding accomplished food at surprisingly fair prices.


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The Store in Foveran is more than just your usual farm shop‌ with an onsite coffee shop, butchery and bothy gift shop, family farm days and special gourmet nights, it offers something for everyone.

One of the most popular events hosted at The Store is its annual farm open day, organised as part of the national Sunday Farm Day 2012 campaign.

Nestled in the heart of farming countryside, between Aberdeen and Ellon, the Store is a true gem offering the finest local produce

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Who we are We are a beach front Café & Evening Bistro with a twist. Unlike traditional beach front fare, we offer locally sourced produce, served in a trendy Bistro setting, whilst still providing the great value for money that you would expect from a beach front eatery.

Who we are The Athenaeum has officially become one of Aberdeen's favourite places to eat and drink - just ask our regulars! As a small, local business we can offer the personal touch in everything we do, from our delicious food, to our super friendly service, all served up in our 'home from home' surroundings.

Who we are Aberdeen’s newest and most exciting dining experience, 1906 restaurant at HMT, is one of the top eateries in the city, full of character, flavour and style, with a team of innovative chefs delivering a menu based on the local growing season for the finest and freshest ingredients in the Scottish larder.

What we do Lazy Sunday lunches at their very best! Cocktails, premium world beers and spirits, served up by staff who know their stuff. Party reservations with designated cocktail bartenders to look after you. Acoustic sessions and DJs to set the tone, from laid back afternoons, to more lively nights.

What we do 1906 is an oasis of modern contemporary dining, set in His Majesty’s Theatre, one of the city’s most historic and beautiful buildings, with spectacular views of William Wallace and Union Terrace Gardens.

What we do Our daytime menu provides freshly grilled breakfasts, light bites & a large variety of main course specials. We also offer a selection of home bakes along with our freshly ground Caber Coffee. The ideal afternoon rest stop, for a coffee or a glass of wine. Did you know? Our Evening Bistro is open every Friday and Saturday from 6pm. Offering a completely different menu to our daytime dining, we feel it’s more than a little bit special. With freshly cooked food, an extensive wine, beer & cocktail menu, it is an ideal location for any special occasion.

Did you know? The Athenaeum is hosting Aberdeen's first pop up restaurant in April - Le Petit Paris, hosted by award winning chef, Chris Tonner. Our new spring menu has also just launched, and it's YUMMY!

Did you know? Since the curtain rose on 1906 in April, it has earned a top class reputation for fine food, prepared to an exceptional standard and served by knowledgeable and friendly staff.

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Who we are An Award winning venue in the heart of the city who offers a unique family friendly atmosphere.

Who we are Aberdeen’s most highly acclaimed bar and pre-club venue, and we strive to maintain our reputation through quality drinks, impeccable service and a fun, vibrant atmosphere that’s second to none.

Who we are At Musa you can escape Aberdeen’s granite streets and cocoon yourself in a feast for the senses; Food, Art and Music. With a sophisticated wine list, contemporary drinks, the naked bean coffee and brewdog beers.

What we do · Traditional home cooked fresh food · Extensive drinks offering · Private parties · Live music nights · Pub quiz · Live sport

What we do • Mixology classes • Table packages • Corporate hire capacity up to 350 • Delicious buffets on request

Did you know? Following a recent refurbishment in May 2011 we have introduced 2 new pool tables, childrens menus, 7 new HD televisions and with something different going on every night of the week.

Did you know? Our interior boasts a Thai themed area with bed and giant Buddha, a lounge with real fireplace, and a regal section with thrones and chandeliers to give that eclectic feel.

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What we do Creating fine foods with Wine, Brewdog, Music and Art, within a former Church/ Banana store/ Burlesque club turned Bistro/ Art gallery/ Music Venue. Did you know? Our Eclectic menu fuses world inspired cuisine with interpretations of Scottish staples. Join us for lunch, dinner or our inspired guest dinners, bespoke evenings and private functions. Musa 33 Exchange Street Aberdeen AB11 6PH T: 01224 571771 follow John, Dave and Musa on twitter: @musajohn @musachef @MusaAberdeen


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In preparation for warm weather coming (we hope!) we bring you a classic cocktail known all around the world. The Singapore Sling was invented by Ngiam Tong Boom sometime before 1915 at the Long Bar in the Raffles Hotel, Singapore. The recipe has been modified over the years and there are many bars serving different variations. The original recipe was lost, so it was recreated based on the memories of former bartenders and written notes from the period, one of which is hanging in the Raffles Hotel Museum. We have reintroduced the Singapore Sling on our menu, paying homage to the original Raffles Hotel recipe.

Singapore Sling 37.5ml Plymouth Gin 12.5ml homemade cherry brandy 10ml Benedictine 25ml Fresh Lemon Juice 50ml Pineapple juice Grenadine float Shake all the above ingredients (except the grenadine) with ice and then pour into a tall glass with cubed ice, garish with a grenadine float and a couple of lemon slices. T : 01224 594430

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Hydrasun Unveils RGU Students’ Artwork

(Left to Right) Mike Hughes, Carmelina Dauron and Hydrasun Chief Executive Bob Drummond with Mike’s winning artwork

An unveiling ceremony was held recently by Hydrasun to give two RGU students the opportunity to see their winning artwork displayed.

students from Gray’s School of Art to create a piece of work which would reflect the environment surrounding Hydrasun’s site at Gateway Business Park, Aberdeen.

Hydrasun, a leading specialist provider of integrated fluid transfer, power and control solutions to the global energy market, held a competition for third-year

First prize was awarded to Mike Hughes (24) and second prize went to Carmelina Dauron (51). Hydrasun Chief Executive Bob

Drummond said: “The paintings are a very welcome addition to the Hydrasun offices. Hydrasun is involved in various community projects and initiatives as we believe it is our social responsibility to give something back to the community in which we work.” Both of the paintings are approximately 2metres x 2metres. The winning painting is displayed in Hydrasun’s reception area.


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A new visitor centre is opening in the heart of Aberdeenshire to entice foodies and families with its gourmet delicacies and abundance of healthy outdoor fun. Formartine’s, located in Tarves, opens this April and includes an eatery and fine food hall stocked with the best in local produce and outdoor activities including scenic woodland


walks around the Haddo Trout Lake and a children’s adventure area. Partner John Cooper said: “Formartine’s encompasses the best of the North-east to create the perfect destination for a morning or afternoon out. We look forward to welcoming visitors with something new to discover on every outing.”


The future of financial planning

Alan Ball, Rory Craig and Tom Hyslop Another member of staff at Aberdeenbased Russell Gibson Financial Management has gained CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERCM (CFPCM) designation. Rory Craig, who joined the independent financial management company in 2008, achieved the certification in January after a number of years of study. He has worked in the financial services industry for nine years and at 32 years old is believed to be one of the youngest financial advisers in Scotland to hold CFPCM certification. He becomes Russell Gibson’s third CFPCM professional – the firm’s two directors, Alan Ball and Tom Hyslop, have held the certification since 2007. CFPCM designation has professional standing above the minimum qualification level that financial advisers are required to hold when new legislation comes

into force in January 2013. Rory graduated from the University of Aberdeen with an MA (Hons) in Management and an MSc in Finance and Investment Management, and also holds a Diploma in Financial Planning. Tom said, “New legislation will shortly be introduced which aims to improve the customer’s experience when accessing financial services. As a result advisers must be suitably qualified. “It is fantastic that Rory has achieved this qualification and having done so at his age, he represents the future of our industry.” Russell Gibson Financial Management 6 Albert Street, Aberdeen T: 01224 264999 49

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Echt on Show > words by Courtney O’Grady

Aberdeenshire is known for its agricultural shows, but few are as steeped in tradition as the Echt Show. Echt, which lies a quick fifteen miles west of Aberdeen, will host its 159th show on Saturday, 14th July, 2012. Over the years, the show has transformed from a small, local fair into the all-encompassing spectacle that it is today. With events ranging from agricultural to sporting, there really is something on offer for everyone. Holding true to its farming roots, the Echt Show boasts a variety of livestock competitions, a display of majestic Clydesdale horses, and a vintage tractor exhibit. The sporty will enjoy watching the highland dancing and ‘heavies’ competitions, or may choose to watch the fun at the tug of war.

The young ones will love the funfair and kids races, and everyone will want to spend time at the trade and food stands. A great spectacle is the entertainment evening the Friday night prior to the event. The marquee dance on the Saturday evening following the event is also great fun. But if all of that doesn’t convince you to get your boots on, then the main attraction surely will. This year, the Echt Scow is welcoming Blazing Saddles, an exhilarating stunt-riding team who can do more on the backs of galloping horses than most of us can do on firm ground. With a highly skilled team of riders, including the UK’s youngest stunt performer, the show is sure to delight both young and old.

There are few opportunities to take the whole family along for a day out, knowing that everyone will find something they are genuinely interested in. The Echt show not only offers the whole package, it offers it free to children under twelve – you really can’t afford to miss it. COMPETITION If you would like to win a free family ticket to this event please go to: click on the competitions tab and enter the Echt Show competition.



Thistle Windows Coming of Age

The company, the biggest independent installer of windows and conservatories in Scotland, is heading into its 18th year this summer. Serving the whole of Grampian and beyond, Thistle Windows has just notched up its 20,000th installation and can count the aristocracy amongst its clientele: one of its latest contracts covers the replacement of all the windows in the Duke of Bedford’s Inverness-shire hunting lodge. The growing firm is also busy creating bespoke extensions and elegant orangeries as well as a completing a wide range of enhancements to homes across the North-east. In addition to energy-efficient windows, PVCu and composite doors, it supplies and installs: conservatories and sun lounges; bygone sash and case windows, which mirror the traditional look; decking and fencing plus roofline. And, with a 100-strong workforce including joiners, builders, architects, roofers, painters and Gas Safe-registered plumbers, Thistle Windows ensures the whole process is taken care of from start to finish – through survey to design, planning application, construction, flooring and decorating. Key to the company’s long-term success is its approach to customer satisfaction and commitment to providing a top quality service: “We don’t believe in cold-calling or the hardsell,” says Thistle Windows’ CEO Nick Robson. “We’ve grown the business solely on referrals and recommendations. “We also employ all our own tradesmen and don’t subcontract any of the work. We’ve got great staff and we like to keep them. Two of the joiners who installed our very first windows are still working with us today.”

Award-winning Aberdeen business Thistle Windows is just about to come of age – and is in better shape than ever.


Testament to its fantastic customer service is a string of awards and accolades. Thistle Windows is currently the industry’s Network VEKA UK Installer of the Year with a client satisfaction rate of virtually 98%. Clearly it’s a company with a whole lot to celebrate. Thistle Windows Unit A, Woodside Road, Denmore Industrial Estate Bridge of Don, Aberdeen AB23 8EF T: 01224 706555


Waterloo Quay Properties recognised for outstanding customer service Aberdeen’s favourite commercial landlord, Waterloo Quay Properties, has been celebrating being shortlisted for its outstanding customer service at Scotland’s foremost business awards. The company was the only commercial landlords in Scotland to be recognised as a finalist in the high profile Scottish Business Awards in Edinburgh. The reason that Waterloo Quay was selected is down to their supportive approach. “We like to be proactive and offer the best possible facilities and support for our tenants. This allows them to concentrate on growing their own businesses, by providing all the services they need to thrive,” explained Anna-Marie Eardley, Waterloo Quay Properties’ Managing Director.

Waterloo Quay Properties offers some of the best facilities in the city with a portfolio of modern and character properties. Accommodation is available to suit companies ranging from one man businesses or startups, to those with several hundred staff. The premises feature combined heating and cooling systems, meeting and conference facilities, CCTV security, airy public reception and breakout areas, secure access control systems and DDA compliance. Add in secure parking, the on-site corporate gym, squash courts, up to 100MB broadband, a shuttle bus service and competitive rental prices and you have the most attractive accommodation package on offer in the city.

The company already has impressive expansion plans for the next few years. “Almost half our tenants have plans to expand their workforce, but they’ve also expressed a desire to stay in our properties, so we plan to engage in both new build and further refurbishment projects in the harbour side area,” Anna-Marie continued. “We’re also setting up a Total Property Management division which will offer the same level of service to other commercial property owners as that enjoyed by the our own tenants, wherever they are located in the city”. t. 01224 565000 e.



The Parent-Teacher Organisation at the International School of Aberdeen hosted its first Gala Ball in November 2011.

PTO’s Masterclass in Fundraising

This Ball was a great success thanks to the participation and support of local North East businesses. The PTO selected The Neurological Fund (based at ARI) as the recipient for £10k because one of its students, Joseph Robertson, had received lifesaving surgery at the Neurological Unit earlier in the year. The ISA is honoured to

have this relationship with the Unit as it provides such a vital service to the North-east of Scotland and hope that they can continue to provide support in the future. Small, medium and large businesses from Aberdeen and as far afield as Dundee participated in this fundraising effort. The PTO at ISA would like to stress that they could not have raised this amount of money for the Unit without the generosity of the local business community. They thoroughly enjoyed working with them and were grateful for their involvement.


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WIN tickets to Midnight Tango at HMT Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace have dazzled television audiences for six series of the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing with their stunning Tango routines. Now they have created their own live show - Midnight Tango – a breathtaking evening bringing all the drama, sensuality and elegance of this most exciting of dance forms to life. Set in a late night bar in downtown Buenos


Aires and featuring some of the finest Tango dancers in the world and live music, Midnight Tango, takes you on a journey into a heart of this intoxicating city. As danger and excitement, joy and jealousy, pain and passion all combine – this is a spectacular and explosive evening not to be missed! COMPETITION: Trend has 2 pairs of tickets to give away for 2 lucky readers to see this spectacular performance. To enter please go to click the competitions tab and enter the Midnight Tango competition.


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an ideal venue for your perfect day! > words by ALISON DANIELS

For many couples, their wedding day is one of the happiest in their lives, so it’s important to choose a venue that promises to make you feel truly special and offers undivided attention to the wedding party and their guests. Aberdeen’s Norwood Hall Hotel has long been recognised for their devotion to making sure that the bridal couple are the centre of attention, only hosting one wedding on any given day. Every detail is attended to, by your personal wedding co-ordinator, who will help you choose everything to make your wedding day perfect. From planning the menu, to providing a toast master for the reception, to small details like providing a cake stand and silver knife to cut the cake, nothing is overlooked in the quest to make your wedding day an outstanding success. You can choose to be married in the hotel or just hold your reception there. Either way, they’ll roll out the red carpet for your arrival.


The hotel is perfect for weddings with up to 200 guests, who will be delighted by Norwood Hall’s ambiance, with its magnificent ornate high ceiling rooms, cosy log fires and country house atmosphere. The bride’s father will probable appreciate the wood panelled bar, with its collection of almost 70 whiskies and the library provides a quiet spot that will delight your guests. Norwood Hall is ideally located in Cults with views down to the River Dee. Although it’s just a few minutes from the A90, the seven acre woodland gardens that surround the luxurious Victorian mansion is an oasis of calm and tranquillity that offers outstanding backdrops for wedding photographs. If you’re planning a wedding, make sure you visit Norwood Hall – it could be love at first sight! Garthdee Road, Cults, AB15 9FX Phone: 01224 868951 E-mail:

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Driving value from corporate vehicles These days, buying a company car is more complicated than ever before, so it makes sense to turn to the experts at Town and County’s Corporate Sales. They help you find the best deal and the best vehicles for your business, whether you need to maximise fuel economy, outfit your road warriors with low emission models that eat up the miles, or find something special for your CEO. “We specialise in Honda, Land Rover, Range Rover and Porsche models, but we have relationships with many dealers and brokerage firms throughout the country and can source any type 58

of vehicle for our clients including commercial vehicles” explained Corporate Sales Manager, Scott Miller. “We help our corporate customers gain a thorough knowledge of what’s important to their fleet such as the cost of ownership, fuel costs, maintenance and personal financial implications including taxation and national insurance considerations. “Corporate buyers must also consider CO2 emissions as these not only affect the driver, but also the write-down allowances available. We’re able to advise on the latest taxation liability issues and have funding specialists in each of our dealerships who have access to a wide range of funding

options designed to suit any business. “For many companies, the focus has been on how to lower emission ratings and tax without comprising too much on power and desirability. Honda have been pioneering in this regard and have introduced the New Civic with a 2.2 i-DTEC 150PS diesel producing and average economy of 67.4mpg whilst producing emissions of only 110g/ km! Later this year, it get’s even better with the arrival of the 1.6 i-DTEC which will produce 120PS, an average fuel economy of 74.3 mpg and class-leading emissions of only 95 g/km!” Contact Scott Miller E: T: 01224 681111 or 07534 525582

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John Byrne > words by SHONA BYRNE

At 72, painter and playwright John Byrne has never been busier so Trend was lucky to get an interview with this charismatic character.

Staged in 1977 at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, it won a Fringe First Award. ‘The Slab Boys’ followed hard on its heels premiering at the Traverse Theatre.

Growing up in Paisley his working class background has been a huge asset to his career ‘given the richness of working class culture.’ A graduate of Glasgow School of Art which he got into ‘on merit’ John has no idea where his creativity comes from but he can’t remember a time when he didn’t draw.

‘Both painting and writing gives me great pleasure. I go for long periods doing one thing, working on that full time until it’s finished. I do, however, draw all the characters and very often design the sets and costumes for the productions.

His career started as a painter but he wrote his first theatre piece, ‘Writer’s Cramp’ in 1975, while still exhibiting under the ‘nom de pinceau’ Patrick at London’s Portal Gallery. 60

While working in Aberdeen I discovered the Rendezvous Gallery and thought it was a wonderful venue. When I was invited to exhibit there I jumped at the chance and was delighted when Aberdeen Art Gallery

purchased my Leafy Self-portrait. I’m currently doing a series of big watercolours for a third show at the beautiful Fine Art Society in London’s Bond Street in November; I’ve racked up around seven pieces. Some of the work will be shown at Pittenweem Arts Festival this summer. I’m working harder now than ever before, artists don’t have a choice!’ You can see Byrne’s work at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow’s Museum of Modern Art, The Hunterian Gallery and Aberdeen Art Gallery.

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Engraving a new future for an ancient craft > words by ALISON DANIELS


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Hilary Paynter and the Woodend Wood Engravers group are working to bring this historical craft to a wider audience. Wood engraving is a painstakingly detailed way of making prints by hand. The artist takes a block of wood and slowly removes slivers of the material using a variety of quaintly named, but very sharp, hand tools such as burins, scorpers and spitstickers. It takes a lot of skill and concentration, but the end results are worth it. Hilary explained, “Wood engraving is the only artform that was invented in Britain. It originated at the end of the 1700s and was used to make very detailed images that were often used to illustrate books and magazines. Nowadays, it’s more of an artistic than a commercial process”. “We start with a block of wood. Wood engravers prefer to work with a fine-grained hard wood and the slices we use are made from end-grain wood, where the cuts are made through the trunk as opposed to long grain planks. Boxwood is best - the small, slow-growing timber seen around herb gardens which is used as hedging. “The design has to be reversed and worked in negative. We cut away everything that is not wanted. If a black line is needed, the white bits each side have to be cut out leaving a sliver of wood to take the ink. Hilary became involved in wood engraving almost by accident, she added, “I was intrigued and took it up as a secondary subject at art college when I was training as a sculptor,

mainly working in stone. However, when I started a family, stone carving became too difficult to pursue and I spent more time on engraving, not least because it was quieter than stone carving when the baby was asleep! “It then took over as my main expression of ideas. My work has become finer over the years and I work much more freely. I often work directly on the block with only a rudimentary design. This is risky - once the wood has been removed, it cannot be replaced - but the results are more dynamic. If you’d like to try wood engraving for yourself, the easiest way to get started is to attend a class or workshop. These are run at Banchory’s Woodend Barn arts centre. Further afield, the Society of Wood Engravers website lists details of courses all over the country. “I was invited to hold a solo exhibition at Banchory many years ago and ran a workshop. I have been returning to Banchory with an exhibition every couple of years since and the Woodend Wood engravers group has gone from strength to strength. Hilary’s own work is in the collection of the Ashmolean Museum and the V&A and various city galleries. The biggest collection on-line is at Art Matters, Tenby. The Society of Wood Engravers regularly displays their work at Woodend. “People who buy wood engravings prefer to purchase signed, limited editions. These are original works of art, with the benefit of being affordable. Black and white can be challenging at first but can be more interesting. People get completely hooked! 63



We don’t normally look to bearded rockers ZZ Top as fashion gurus, but they were definitely on to something when they decided that Every Girl’s Crazy ‘bout a Sharp Dressed Man. Trend is offering one lucky reader the chance to drive a girl or two crazy thanks to T.M.Lewin. Our winner will be cutting a dash in a new suit as well as being able to pick out a shirt and tie to complete their look. The four new suits in the range feature a selection of new fabrics, styles and finishes and look great in the office or on a night out. You can see the entire range, priced at £249 to £299, at T.M. Lewin’s Union Square store in Aberdeen. The new suits are made to a slimmer fit, more modern cut than the traditional T.M.Lewin suits, and are produced using precise designer patterns and completed with striking linings, kissing buttons, strategic pocket placement and meticulous lapel structure. There are two new pinstripe options, a mohair/merino grey, a blue and a contemporary Princes of Wales check – all designed to complement the existing range and add an extra dimension to the working wardrobe. The skilled, precise attention to detail gives them an element of sophistication one would associate with bespoke tailoring. The range signals a new direction for T.M. Lewin and a desire to create suits that are elegant and edgy but versatile enough to wear anywhere. To be in with a chance of winning a new suit, shirt and tie from T.M. Lewin, go to and click on the competitions tab. Answer the following question: How many different suits are there in the new T.M. Lewin range?

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The sun-baked capital of the Riviera sits majestic in a protected, glittering bay, stretching along the 200 year old famous ocean front Promenade des Anglais. It has grown up around its two monumental squares, Massena and Garibaldi, giving a nod to the strong influences of both France and Italy on the town. > words by PAULINE RUDGE


It is a lively, energetic town, whilst still retaining an air of elegance and austerity from a bygone era. It is a town of many faces, catering to a wide audience and its museums contain the most important collections of French modern and contemporary art outside Paris. With only a short hop from the UK it is the perfect destination for even a short break. With plenty to do Nice offers the tourist a plethora of activities. No visit would be possible without a stroll down Promenade des Anglais which bustles with people walking, running, cycling, and rollerblading. It is great for people watching or simply taking in the stunning vista. The pebbled beaches are accessed from here where there are a number of places along the stretch to hire a padded chaise longue. At the east end of the Promenade des Anglais you can find Cours Saleya Flower Market, a busy tourist area but well worth a visit. Arrive at 6 am but no later than 9am to fully appreciate the hive of activity of the vendors setting up and to avoid the tourist hoards. Not only a flower market it is an excellent place to stock up on locally grown fruit and vegetables as well as finding interesting dressings, honey and mustards. Operating six days a week it is replaced on Mondays by a flea and antiques market. Along the either side of the market there are numerous restaurants and shops. Cours Saleya is in the beautiful old part of Nice, Vieux Nice. A labyrinth of narrow paved streets, it is a collection of olive-oil dealers, soap sellers, spice merchants, small cafes and churches which nestle among the brightly coloured buildings with their beautiful architecture. It is home to the best restaurants in Nice, which need to be booked early in your stay, or perhaps even before you arrive, as during the summer months they fill up quickly. In the summer months Nice is extremely hot and overflows with tourists. The best times to visit are April or May or after the summer hoards have returned home at the end of September, beginning of October when the weather is still warm. That said Nice is a perfect destination at any time of the year and it is a place that once visited will be revisited again and again. 67

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The Bonham, 35 Drumsheugh Gardens Edinburgh EH3 7RN T: 01312266050

THE BONHAM Described as ‘one of the coolest hotels in Edinburgh’, The Bonham is a luxury boutique hotel ideally located at the west end for shopping or sightseeing in the Capital.

The contemporary ambiance within the classic timelessness of a Victorian town house is reflected throughout from the reception and restaurant to the newly created Consulting Room bar and all of the forty eight individually designed bedrooms. The Consulting Room is part of a six figure refurbishment programme at the hotel. Harris Tweed has been introduced to the interior design with the soft furnishings now matching those of sister hotel, Glasgow’s Blythswood Square. The iconic fabric has become a signature of The Town House Collection of which the hotel is part. 68

When the team at The Bonham were considering the name for the new bar they went back to the building’s roots. The Consulting Room reflects the heritage of the building at 35 Drumsheugh Gardens which was once a private clinic established by surgeons, Captain Henry Wade of the Scottish Horse Mounted Brigade and Professor David Wilkie of Edinburgh University. Restaurant at The Bonham is a destination in its own right. Here you can select a delicious lunch or dinner from the European-inspired menu created by Executive Chef Michel Bouyer.

For your chance to win one night’s dinner, bed and breakfast for two with pre-dinner drinks in The Consulting Room at The Bonham, simply tell us: Where is The Bonham located? To enter go to and click on the competitions tab. If you’re not the lucky winner and would like to visit The Bonham, then Book a Spring city break now and receive 15% off best available rates. Quote Trend at time of booking. Prices from £95 per room per night.

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Win a break at the award-winning Ardanaiseig Hotel We’re all in favour of seeing a bit more of our own country, provided it can be done in luxury, so that’s why we’re particularly thrilled to be able to offer one lucky Trend reader and their guest an overnight stay and dinner in a truly magical place.

'Most Romantic Restaurant 2010' by the Scottish Hotel Awards.

The award-winning Ardanaiseig hotel is a deeply romantic and luxurious boutique country house hotel that boasts one of the finest restaurants in Scotland. Built in 1834 it is situated in an area of staggering natural beauty on the shores of Loch Awe below Ben Cruachan in North West Scotland.

All 16 bedrooms offer individual style and character, some with views of the loch and cosy four poster beds, or direct access to the hotel’s beautiful gardens. The hotel offers guests traditional country activities including deer stalking, clay pigeon shooting, fishing and gourmet picnics on their private island. Ardanaiseig can be hired for exclusive use for corporate and private events and was awarded 'Intimate Wedding Venue of the Year 2011' at the Scottish Hotel Awards.

Chef de cuisine, Gary Goldie, has been awarded several accolades including 'Scottish Chef of the Year 2011', 3 AA rosettes and the restaurant was named

Gary uses the best of local Scottish ingredients, many of which he forages and grows himself, and inspiration from his travels around Europe and further afield.

It’s the perfect place for a chilled out, blissfully romantic break. All you’ll have to worry about is how to pronounce Ardanaiseig! Ardanaiseig Hotel Kilchrenan by Tainuilt, Argyll PA35 1HE T: 01866 988 233 To enter go to: and click on the competitions tab then answer the following question: What’s the name of Ardanaiseig’s Chef de cuisine? 69

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MINE'S A PINT Kate Gray laps up the traditional atmosphere of The Grill

> words by KATE GRAY

You may have wandered past The Grill, thought about going in, and kept on wandering. Or you may never even have thought of going in at all. Well, you’re missing out. Seriously.

The walls are mahogany panelled, the floor is polished hardwood, the ceiling is decoratively plastered, the bar stretches the full length of the pub, and there are no tables and chairs cluttering up the place.

The Grill sits across the road from the Music Hall, which is exactly where it has sat since it first opened as a restaurant in 1870.

There are high backed, leather benches that line the walls of the room, but the bar is standing only – as it should be – because nothing guarantees a friendly feeling of shared experience quite like a pub that is not divided into booths and tables.

At some early point the full menu was dropped, but the name stuck, and the pub that remains today has – much to its benefit – remained largely unchanged since a refurbishment in 1926. 70

The history on offer at The Grill doesn’t stop at the interior decoration either -

you can have a dram of one of several single malts that were distilled in the 1930’s, including a 65 year old Macallan that’s still enormously desirable despite being ready for a bus pass. If, however, you prefer to soak up the atmosphere in a less extravagant way, I recommend just settling in for a while, having a drink, and enjoying one of Aberdeen’s truly traditional experiences. The Grill 213 Union Street Aberdeen AB11 6BA T: 01224 573530

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Little Treasures Reveals its gems On a croft in the heart of the Kemnay countryside is a hidden treasure -- the Grampian Toy and Doll’s House Museum -- run by Emily Innes. Emily curates the largest collection of doll’s houses in Scotland and has wonderful stories to share about the provenance and history of the exhibits. When I entered the two large adjoining rooms of the museum, I thought “won’t take too long to get around this.” How wrong could I have been! Each glass case is crammed with so many tiny and fascinating objects that I became utterly absorbed and soon realised that seeing everything in one visit was probably unrealistic. The doll’s houses on display date from 1865 onwards and are furnished in keeping with their eras. They make for a fascinating social history of changing furnishings and lifestyles. Expect to find yourself pointing and exclaiming, eager to see if your companions have noticed the same details you have: the doll with the face of Shirley Temple; the gipsy caravan made entirely of matchsticks; the tree house fashioned from a piece of drift wood; the photo of a young girl pulling a doll’s house from the rubble of the blitz, propped up against an identical doll’s house! Boys will love the matchbox cars, the trains and the eye-catching display of American tin buses. The adjoining shop sells an amazing selection of doll’s houses, furniture and furnishings. It is surprisingly hard to resist buying the teeny tiny cutlery and crockery! Little Treasures, B993 near Kemnay. Open by appointment anytime Tel: 01467 641696 and on Sat & Sun 1 – 4.30pm June, July, August. 71


Ciara Ennis may only be fourteen, but she already has such a track record as an athlete, performer and fundraiser that she’s been chosen as one of the people who will carry the Olympic Torch as it lights up the North-east this summer. In a typical week, Ciara packs in several trips to the gym, swimming club, choir practice, guitar lessons, dancing lessons, piano lessons, drama classes, singing lessons and hours of rehearsals for playing the part of Belle in an upcoming Aurora production of Beauty and the Beast in Huntly in June. She also manages to fit in her classes at The Gordon Schools in Huntly as well as organising fundraising events like busking and ceilidhs. Ciara was nominated as a torchbearer by her mother, Alisanne, who said, “Ciara works very hard at school and outside school to use the skill she has to raise money and help others”.

Ciara’s flamin’ marvellous > words by ALISON DANIELS


Ciara expects to find out which section of the course she’s been assigned to soon, “I run 3 times a week so I am prepared – it’s only 300400 metres, so it’s really not that far. I assume we will get some kind of outfit to wear but that hasn't been unveiled as yet.” There will be a celebration evening on Monday 11 June in Aberdeen and other communities on the route on the 12th. I am so excited and extremely proud to be nominated and picked to take part in this year’s Olympic Torch Relay. I feel very privileged to be given this opportunity as I am sure there must have been thousands of people nominated. My friends and family have helped me in all my fundraising and performing and I want to thank them all for their support. I am very happy to be representing the North East of Scotland in such a historic event”.

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Stephen Innes “I’ve been singing all of my life!” laughs 17 year old aspiring popstar Stephen Innes. “My Dad is a musician; for as long as I can remember I'll sing while he plays piano – usually daft, made up songs. It drives my Mum crazy!” In 2009 Stephen entered the Inverurie Academy talent competition, performing Jason Mraz's hit "I'm Yours". “I was really nervous to be honest, a bit worried about what people would think of me standing there singing to a backing track,” Stephen recalls. “But I had a brilliant response; everyone was really enthusiastic. It gave me the confidence to take things further". Footage of his winning performance made its way onto YouTube and soon Stephen found himself singing his heart out all over the North-east with his set of "mostly pop, soul and r'n'b songs".

Covering some of his favourite artists including Adele, Paolo Nutini, Beyonce and Amy Winehouse he has entertained crowds ranging from local fashion shows to large outdoor events like 'Fyvie Live', sharing a stage with a variety of well known names including Katherine Jenkins, Sandi Thom and Beverly Knight along the way. "Beverly Knight actually complimented me on my singing," Stephen tells me. "She was friends with Amy Winehouse and wanted to tell me that she liked my version of 'Rehab'. It was really encouraging." Stephen received a further boost when he recently reached the final stages of the audition process for new BBC1 show 'The Voice'.

"I couldn't believe I got as far as I did", he says. "I may have narrowly missed the final cut, but I met so many likeminded, talented people with the same aspirations as me that it was still one of the best experiences of my life." As for the future, Stephen intends to continue working on his own material and put together a live band to accompany him at larger performances. Stephen will be supporting girl group The Saturdays at Peterhead FC's 'Blue Toon Rox' event, returning to the Fyvie Live line-up and will be performing live at the Trend Awards 2012 at the Marcliffe.


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16th March - 30th April Mark McCracken Exhibition – the SMART gallery SMART Consultants, 9 Albyn Terrace, Aberdeen, AB10 1YP T: 01224 561977


6th - 7th April The Aberdeen Passion Play at the AECC at 7:30pm. Tickets are £10 or £12 or




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Aberdeen Students Charities Campaign Student Show at HMT Mary Torphins, for tickets





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Spring Show at the Nicole Porter Gallery 7 April - 2 June

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Etching Weekend Workshop // beginners Peacock Visual Arts 10 - 4.30pm, £130/95 conc. T: 01224 641122


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CRANES Annual Ladies Lunch with guest speaker Solicitor General Lesley Thomson, The Marcliffe Hotel and Spa Tickets £30 for more information call 01224 639007 or email

1st May The Open Door Gallery; OPENING 54a Chapel Street Aberdeen AB10 1SS

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Fun, Fashion and Fizz at Trend’s Afternoon Tea Garden Party in aid of CLAN at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. Dress up and wear your hats! Prizes for Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat of the Day.





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25th May Fashion Show in aid of ARCHIE at RGU held by the fashion management students. For tickets email or call 01224 262000 and ask for Karen Cross.

Legally Blonde the Musical at HMT – the international award winning hit musical arrives in Aberdeen. For tickets T: 01224 641122 77


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What a lot of winners there were in the last issue of Trend! The following ladies will be sporting a stylish Disco bracelet from Rox soon; Lois Whittaker, Laura Bremner, Lisa Anderson, Elaine Shand, Mellissa Lyon, Caireen Kidd, Tina Murray and Joyce Wetherly. Paul Love and Mike Philips also won, so some lucky lady in their lives can look forward to a nice prezzie. Anna Gale, Stuart Mitchell, Gillian Murray, Brian McDonald and Elaine Paterson all won goodies in our gadget giveaway. Valerie Fox will be fluttering her eyelashes non-stop, thanks to the las treatment at Preen Beauty. John Ogston will be off down to Ragdale Hall of some serious R&P - that’s relaxation and pampering. Pearl Black will be off to one of Balnagown’s delightful cottages for four this summer, while Lisa Rose will be looking good with her £100 voucher towards a Jaego London outfit from Frox. Susan Klein will be sporting sleek looks all summer with our prize from Fusion-Hairdressing, while Dorreen Scott will be gazing into DF Communications’ Crystal Ball System. Lastly, Lauren Durno will be off to the theatre to see Legally Blonde.


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A spectacular night was had by all at “The Enchanted Forest” JDRF Ball at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa. 250 revellers dined on a sumptuous menu, danced the night away to the magnificent Graham Geddes Band & raised an amazing £110,000 to help find the cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. TOP ROW L-R: Jamie Sutherland, Mandy Aitchison, Cath Ferrier, Gwen Sutherland, Alistair Brookes | Colin Lawson, Lisa Lawson | Chris Coull, Fiona Coull MIDDLE ROW: Iain Adams, Becky Adams, Yvonne Dunbar, Ewan Dunbar | Clare Rintoul, Steven Rintoul | Garry Millard, Lorraine Reynolds BOTTOM ROW: Els Wittebol, Leo Koots, Mariette Kleinnageluoort | Mark Paterson, Vicky Paterson, Craig Sangster, Hazel Sangster, Gibby Maitland, Clara Bastable, Colin Mackenzie, Imogen Dey


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Trend held a networking event in association with Paula McEwen Restaurant, Great Western Road and Great Grog Wines of Edinburgh. Great Grog host Richard talked about the wines which were paired with sumptuous canapĂŠs made by Paula. This was the first of a very successful networking event.

TOP ROW L-R: Sally Thiel, Debbie McFarlane, Rebecca Munro, Andrea Brodie, Suzie Rodger | Lauren Taylor, Robert Morrison, Alison Shaw | Rachel Kelly, Leigh-Ann Rogie MIDDLE ROW L-R: Paula McEwan, Adrian Thom | Lee Sutherland, Colleen Cowan | Ash Havens, Elizabeth Havens, Stuart Younson BOTTOM ROW L-R: Moira Murawiecka, Anna Eardley, Alison Cruickshank, Jill Sangster | Michelle Herd, Charlotte McIntosh



INCHGARTH COMMUNITY CENTRE FUNDRAISER Inchgarth Community Centre held its biggest event, a fundraiser to replace the hall floor which is over 50 years old. Over 200 people attended the red carpet event which saw Aberdeen band ‘5th Avenue’ take to the stage to rock Inchgarth. Various raffle prizes were donated by local Aberdeen businesses leading to the night being a huge success, raising over £6,500!









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Aberdeen Communications Group Social Event Aberdeen Communications Group held a social event to encourage networking among those working in PR, marketing, advertising, media and design. Members and non members interested in joining the group attended the evening hosted at Dusk where signature cocktails and fabulous canapĂŠs provided by Itsy went down a treat. For more information on Aberdeen Communications Group and forthcoming events, visit






1 - Louise Waddel, Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Charlotte McIntosh 2 - Clare Findlay, Marcus McLernon, Nikki Morris 3 - Sarah Dixon, Lauren Strachan, Zoe Barbour 4 - Alaina Donald, Andrew Spence 5 - Paul Brannan, Fiona Poustie 83


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Fenner and Coburn held a fashion lunch at Malmaison to showcase its new Spring/Summer collection. They have recently moved into new premises at 13 Thistle Street where they are now carrying new brands and exclusive pieces, one of which being French brand Vilagallo. The raffle on the day was for Alfie’s Trust, an organisation set up to help raise awareness of a very rare condition, the money goes to the LGDA which funds research into Lymphangiomatosis and Gorham’s Disease.





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LAUNCH EVENING 2012 Trend’s Life with Style Awards 2012 got underway with a launch at the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa. Previous entrants and newcomers came along to hear Karen Molloy speak on behalf of the judges and last year’s Elite Fashion Retailer winner, Celebrations of Turriff, had Shelia Gammie speak telling everyone what not only winning has meant to them, but what entering achieved for them as a business also. 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08

Rachel West, Rebecca West Stephanie Forrest, Lisa Mann Margaret Forrest, Moira McGlashan, Arlene Ogston Candice Abbot, Eddie Abbot Lindsay Wilson, Craig Wilson, Anita Hastie Sharon Coutts, Amy Farquhar, Laura Dunlop Karen Gauld, Jemma Brownie Claire Gerrard, Belinda Johnston










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with the ROX boys These Mitchells get everywhere. Here I am in alien territory in the Rox jewellery emporium in Aberdeen’s hustling and bustling Union Square shopping mall and who do I meet but Glaswegian gemmologist Grant Mitchell, founder of the Rox Diamonds and Thrills shopping dynasty in 2001. He is with his business partner Kyron Keogh, who sounds like he should be Irish but qualified as a surveyor at de Montfort University, Leicester. Whatever could these two men, both born in 1971, have in common to team up? Well, the answer is very simple. They have been pals since they met on childhood holidays in Majorca. “It 86

sounds highly improbable,” says Grant, who attended the prestigious Glasgow Academy and qualified at North Glasgow College, “but it has worked out amazingly well. Our flagship store is in the Argyll Arcade in Glasgow and we have other outlets in that city but we liked the idea of moving into the new Union Square development in Aberdeen. It has proved to be a terrific move and has helped to take our annual turnover to more than £10million.” Both are family men based in the west of Scotland. Kyron, who is in charge of the dayto-day running of the Rox stores, is married with two children and likes music, cycling and rugby. Grant is married with three children

and says his hobbies are photography, art and travel. Their proudest moment in business - and they have more than 10,000 diamonds in stock – came last year when they were voted by their peers the UK independent retailers of the year and received the accolade at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. “That was the real icing on the cake,” says Grant, “and follows a similar award in Scotland.” The lads try to bring a bit of fizz to the shopping experience so look out for party times ahead in Aberdeen.

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