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A Georgian mansion set in 11 acres of entirely secluded parkland in the heart of Royal Deeside, Raemoir is thoroughly impressive and is one of the Scotland’s finest wedding locations.

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any people enjoy working out with a friend and are more likely to commit to the session if they have an arrangement to meet. This can be taken one step further by booking a Personal Trainer who can plan workouts to ensure that progression and challenge can be achieved by all members in the group.  Aberdeen’s state-of-the-art David Lloyd club offers group personal training sessions in addition to individual personal training. Up to four people can book into a session which is planned for by one of David Lloyd’s friendly, engaging, expertly qualified and experienced personal

trainers. Group Personal Training is an affordable session where you can either work with friends, or get teamed up with other club members with similar goals. Working out in a small group led by a PT offers many benefits which include: motivation from other members and the PT, the opportunity to meet new people, the chance to try different exercises and encouragement to step out of your comfort zone. Commitment to a group means you are more likely to turn up.

playground gym, weights, cardio equipment, power plates and in good weather can be taken outside. The club also offers indoor and outdoor tennis courts, cycle studio, 25m swimming pool and around 128 exercise classes each week, so there’s always something new to try.  There’s even a spa and café, so you and your friends can chill out after all that exertion!

At David Lloyd, Aberdeen, sessions

Tel: 01224 811 040

can include the amazing Synrgy 360

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FASHION & BEAUTY 18 VA-VA-VOOM… Lingerie designed to spark romance 24 TRANSITIONAL STYLES Three ways to transition into Spring 32 THE BEAUTY BRIEF The new countour 82 MEN The well-groomed gent LIFESTYLE 42 CHEF FOCUS Meet Miles Craven, head chef at No 1 Bar & Grill 44 TREND TRIES… Fifi’s Café Bistro 90 WHAT'S ON Our guide to what’s on in February and March 92 WIN a luxury stay at Highland Apartments in Inverness 96 THE LAST WORD with Peter Mitchell and Dean Stott HOMES, GARDENS & INTERIORS 52 INTERIORS Workplace style at home 62 KERB APPEAL Get out into the garden ARTS & CULTURE 73 MUSIC Project band 76 ART Meet Lorraine Gahagan 78 DESIGN Have a bath with Roddy MacDonald 94 WIN tickets to Shout! The Musical at HMT

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February and March always feel like the real start of the year at Trend. January tends to be cold and dark, characterised by everyone trying to be all fit, healthy and glowing, whilst sabotaging themselves by eating through a mountain of post-Christmas chocolate and attempting to stave off the January bank balance blues.

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February, then, is the time for new beginnings. With any luck Spring will come early this year, allowing us to take advantage of the wonderful countryside and coastline, admiring new shoots and a return to lighter days. Hopefully, 2017 will be a better year for our corner of the world and we’re here to help you make the most of it. We’ve got some tantalising ideas for new lingerie, the best in local art and design, ideas for getting out and about, discovering more about our history, things to do as a family or with friends, ideas for eating out and days out, books, music and just about everything you need to make the most of the next couple of months.

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“With any luck Spring will come early this year, allowing us to take advantage of the wonderful countryside and coastline, admiring new shoots and a return to lighter days.”

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he Aberdeen Clinic continues to lead the way when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of bowel problems in North-east Scotland.

from soil which is low in the protective trace mineral selenium, all, play their part.

The Clinic has now introduced new innovative wireless technology to make examinations of the bowel easier. Using the new capsule colonoscopy patients can have a complete examination of their whole large intestine while at home. Ken Park, Clinical Director of the Aberdeen Clinic, says 'We are always looking for ways to make examination of the bowel and screening for bowel cancer more acceptable to patients. The new non-invasive colonoscopy will hopefully encourage more people to seek attention for bowel symptoms and not put it off'.

Ken Park, explains, 'It is extremely important that patients with bowel symptoms are seen and assessed rapidly as early detection of bowel disease has such an important impact on outcome. That being said, in most people the cause of their symptoms is not anything sinister - the important thing is to determine this at an early stage. The approach we use at the Aberdeen Clinic starts with a comprehensive risk assessment and consultation process, evaluating personal and family medical history, lifestyle and diet. This points us in the right direction and determines what further investigation is required. We aim to get to the right diagnosis as quickly and simply as possible'.

The incidence of bowel problems is relatively high in Scotland. This is generally ascribed to a combination of lifestyle, genetic and geographical factors. In the North-east high consumption of saturated fats, low levels of plant-derived anti-oxidants and cereals produced

In many patients a colonoscopy examination of the bowel is required to determine the cause for abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, constipation,


Patient-centred colonoscopy and bowel screening services

“The new non-invasive colonoscopy will hopefully encourage more people to seek attention.�

chronic diarrhoea and other intestinal problems. A conventional colonoscopy is a visual examination of the bowel, and involves the passage of a fibre optic telescope via the rectum around the entire large intestine. The procedure has generally been performed in hospital but the Aberdeen Clinic has utilised the specialist endoscopy centre in the Aberdeen Health Village

second, as it painlessly transits the colon in a few hours. This technology potentially offers considerable benefits for those who live in rural areas or those who are very busy, as it can be done at their location.

to allow a less formal environment but ensure that the procedure is performed to the highest possible standards.

phase is similar to a conventional colonoscopy but the examination is non-invasive and patients can stay at home during the process. It takes the embarrassment and discomfort out of the process, which can be a major source of anxiety for many people, and can put some people off seeking treatment'.

Chas Ogilvie, Director of Nursing says, 'The thought of a colonoscopy can be very daunting to many patients and it is essential that they receive the best possible care and attention. The specialist staff at the Aberdeen Clinic ensure this is the case and are very adept at putting patients at ease. The Clinic performed more than 3,500 procedures last year, making it the largest independent colonoscopy unit in the North-east'. The Aberdeen Clinic is now able to offer a new, less invasive, colonoscopy technique that involves swallowing a pill and wearing a recording unit on a belt at home. The pill contains a camera, which takes 35 images per

Ken added, 'We are one of the first clinics in Scotland to offer this approach. The preparation

The system has been used in Germany and Denmark for some time and we have teamed up with a centre in Hamburg to perform the analysis; in this way we can ensure that all of our patients benefit from the very best treatment available. As for the pill, well, it’s disposable and is simply gets flushed away!' To find out more about the Aberdeen Clinic services contact 0333 014 3488.

Phyllis & Michelle Nicholson with Marlene Ross

Beauty Boutique Opening

Laura Davidson, Baby Amelia Rafiq & Alan Davidson

Laura Robertson & Karen Bowman

Lorna Robertson & Jane Craig

Alison Duncan & Claire Finlay

Hazel Crowley, Isla Duncan & Helen Crowley

Lorna Mutch, Susan Bremner & Julie Corbett

April Cheyne, Sarah Davidson-Mcgavin, Jacquie (Cor) Davidson, Kaitlin Corbett & Sam Bremner

WHO: The Beauty Boutique invited their clients, friends and family along for champagne, cheese and nibbles and cupcakes. WHAT: Guests were treated to goodie bags which included declĂŠor products and gift vouchers for the salon. Guests were also given access to special promotions. WHERE: The Beauty Boutique, Portlethen

Touch of Sparkle Ladies Afternoon Tea

Jacqui Strath, Kathleen Ralph & Angie Bain

Marie Long & Leanne Sinclair

Joyce Mortice, Jacqueline Neill & Kathleen Taylor

Natalie, Diane & Adele Murray

Nicola MacKay & Suzanne Beattie

Fiona McGachie, Wendy Taylor & Debbie McGilvray

Sally Allan & Wilma McCombie

Tara Semple, Kirsty Stephen, Maire Long, Leanne Sinclair, Amy Irvine, Elaine Scott, Rachel Alan, Marilyn Emslie, Diane Murray, Pamela Semple & Carole Jamieson

WHO: 85 ladies attended the first Touch of Sparkle Ladies afternoon tea. WHAT: A charity event in support of MND Scotland and in memory of Kerry Milne, the daughter of

filled afternoon and participated in activities to raise money for the charity. A generous donation of £2,000 from Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd help boost the final total raised to over £ 6,000.

one of the organisers. The ladies enjoyed a fun

WHERE: Sportsman’s Club, Aberdeen

Andrea Lynd & Sandra Geddes


Prepare for the good weather with prescription sunspecs starting at £95, with 25% discount as a second pair (wide range of non prescription sunspecs also available). Come and see the new spring fashion ranges in store now.


Do you suffer from corns and calluses? Are your bunions getting the better

are able to give advice and treatment on a wide variety of foot complaints. A

of you? Then it’s time to visit the Podiatry Clinic at Charles Michies Pharmacy, Aberdeen.

podiatrist is the first person you should think about when you have a foot problem, in the same way you would do a dentist when you have toothache.Â

A podiatrist (or chiropodist) provides advice and treatment in all areas of foot health from routine nail clipping and treating verrucas, to ingrown toenails and sports injuries. They are also specialists in the way we walk and

To book your podiatry appointment call Charles Michies Pharmacy, Union Street on 01224 585312.

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Transforming your wardrobe from winterwear to Spring can take its toll on your purse. Instead, follow these three trending tips to stay stylish without breaking the bank. For example, adding one embroidered or gingham item can update any outfit instantly.

EMBROIDERY Much like last year, embroidery is in high demand this Spring. It’s the perfect way to add a feminine, floral and fresh element to any outfit heading into this season. Scarlet Velvet Lace Shirt, DKNY, Merino Knitted Culottes,Whistles & Black Floral Embroidered Bag, Miss Selfridge


JUMPERS & SKIRTS Breaking away from the comfort of thick, cosy jumpers can be tough. But fear not! Keep your jumpers for layering over skirts and culottes. Sculpted Sleeve Sweater, Jigsaw, Chunky Cord Skirt, Whistles & Black Sock Boot, Topshop

GINGHAM If your style is fun yet sophisticated, gingham is the perfect pattern to wear this Spring. Pair with fresh blush tones for an uplifted and on-trend look. Pink Coat J by Jasper Conran, Debenhams, Feather Gingham Belted Top, Jigsaw & Acton Gabor Low Heel Court, @hamishmunro

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.

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s one of the city’s longest-established and most highly regarded private dental practices, The Dental Practice on Rubislaw Terrace has a deserved reputation for specialist treatments including teeth straightening, treatment of gum disease, dental implants, root canal treatment, oral and maxillofacial surgery. Practice Manager Jill McFee explained, ‘The practice has been here now for nearly 70 years. We have eight highly qualified clinicians and a very experienced and friendly support team of ten. All of our practitioners lecture and teach, at dental schools and professional events across the country. Some write for dental publications and are active in dental research, as well as having published leading papers and textbooks. Each member of the practice is dedicated to the highest standards of treatment and patient care.

latest equipment and an understanding that not everyone enjoys a visit to the dentist! Our comprehensive expertise across the practice means we can offer holistic care, quick turnaround times, good appointment availability and a same day emergency service for our patients, to make the experience as stress-free as possible. ‘Mr Akhtar Hussain MBBS FRCS has just joined the practice to complete the team. He is a renowned consultant otolaryngologist, head and “...patients are often referred neck surgeon with almost 40 to us by other practices for years’ experience. Mr Hussain is our specialised expertise.” also licensed to offer cosmetic/ aesthetic and reconstructive facial surgery. He offers a range of treatments to correct facial, head and neck conditions using non-surgical techniques such as botox and the latest dermal fillers and surgical techniques.

‘In addition to general dentistry, patients are often referred to us by other practices for our specialised expertise. We also do restorative dentistry, work with children and anxious patients, and provide conscious sedation. Our

‘Whether they are nine or ninety, we try and make sure all our patients leave with a smile on their faces!’

patients benefit from the most skilled staff, the

Tel: 01224 641773

21 Rubislaw Terrace, Aberdeen AB10 1XE


hapelton of Elsick may be a new town, but it’s also home to a beauty salon which brings the art of looking and feeling good to a new level. Kelly and her partner Norman wanted The Lounge to combine top quality beauty and hair styling with gents' barbering and grooming services in a fantastically relaxing atmosphere.

want our clients to have a truly one to one special experience. We spend

packages or exclusive use of the salon. We have a double nail

more time with our clients, getting to know them and allowing them to enjoy the treatment and have some time out. The emphasis is on comfort and luxury, with décor inspired by boutique hotel lounges.

bar; perfect for coffee and a manicure with a friend or a double treatment room for side-by-side facials or a couple’s massage.

Kelly explained the idea behind The

‘The team are very friendly and each of us specialises in something different, be it massage, skin analysis, or hair colour, all using proven and effective high-end brands such as Elemis, OPI, High Definition, Nouveau Lashes and Perron Rigot. We offer a range of services for men and our sports massage is proving popular. Some services are available out of hours by

Lounge, saying, ‘At The Lounge, we

arrangement and we also offer bridal

Kelly, who is a fully qualified makeup artist, heads up a team of three beauty therapists and a hair stylist. The business is already very popular, with a good reputation and there are plans to recruit additional staff over the next few months.

‘Chapelton is just 15 minutes south of the city just off the A90, with plenty of parking in the square outside The Lounge. With such a variety of services and treatments on offer you won’t be disappointed.’

8 Hume Square, Chapelton, Stonehaven, AB39 8AE Tel: 01569 739319

A Resolution you can count on. The New Year brings with it a new Fusion Bar + Bistro. The same great service and innovative offerings with a little more ambience. Join us for a romantic meal, family gathering, or business get-together and start your 2017 off stylishly. 10 North Silver Street, Aberdeen 01224 652959

Stock up on your blush, as ‘draping’ is makeup’s new cheekbone trend this Spring. ‘Blush draping’, a term coined by Marc Jacobs, is putting contouring to shame with a throwback to the 80s, using colour to get that chiselled look.


STEP 1: BASE Shake your foundation well before applying to achieve a lightweight and even coverage. ‘Light’ is the key word in this step, so be sure not to use too much. Retouching Wand, Bobbi Brown, Formula Absolute Skin Priming Booster, Marks & Spencer

STEP 2: DRAPE Begin to drape. Use a deep blush shade to add depth below, and a lighter shade for that radiant and uplifting touch, remembering to keep it high. Glow to Go Blush + Illuminate, Bobbi Brown, Balm & Blush, Maybelline & Blush, Bobbi Brown

STEP 3: BALANCE Use similar blush tones on your temples, eyelids and lips for a balanced, fresh and soft complexion. Limited Collection Matte Lipstick, Marks & Spencer, Creamy Matt Lipstick, Maybelline

Ball & Boe Together Again in Aberdeen!

Scottish microbrewery makes fierce impression on beer market

Music theatre legends Michael Ball and Alfie Boe have announced they will take their “Together Again”Tour to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s (AECC’s) GE Oil & Gas Arena on Monday 11th December 2017. The duo who met 10 years ago, have become lifelong friends after Michael Ball made history as the first musical theatre star to be given a solo concert at the Royal Albert Hall’s BBC Proms and asked Alfie Boe to join him.

A Scottish microbrewery, which is the first of its kind in Aberdeen, is celebrating success as it continues to make waves in the brewing industry. The firm has doubled its projected start up figures in the first six months and officially gained its off-sales license. Fierce Beer, which was established in May 2016 by owners, Dave Grant and David McHardy, has brewed over 54,000 litres of beer to date, bottling over 80,000 beer bottles by hand. The beer, which has a strong focus on offering bold flavours that

FreshMex, a fast, casual eatery which is also a pop-up street food stall, has continued to invest in Aberdeen after securing a second prime location from which to operate their high quality food services. The Tex-Mex street food eatery, launched 18

partner well with different foods, outlines Fierce as a gourmet product, which is great for pairing with other Scottish produce.

months ago, will now take on The St Machar Bar at the Aberdeen University campus and has also signed a deal with Deliveroo.

FreshMex takes on new residency and launches delivery service

New spin classes set to storm Aberdeen fitness scene New spin classes offering a trailblazing take on the celebrity fitness staple are set to storm the Aberdeen fitness scene this month. Sport Aberdeen’s immersive studio, located in the modernised Jesmond centre, will deploy virtual screens, state-of-the-art Pulse spin cycles and moody lighting to

create a sensory spin experience. Sprint through forest trails and glide through futuristic cityscapes, all from the comfort of an air-conditioned studio.

VisitScotland reports a busy year for tourism in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire  A number of high profile investments as well as successful events have been amongst the tourism highlights in Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire this year. Visitor figures through iCentres across Aberdeen & Aberdeenshire are up by more than 3% on last year, with Aberdeen iCentre footfall increasing by 1.25% between June and October compared to the same period in 2015 and Braemar iCentre figures increasing by 10% on last year.


If you haven’t been to Morgan McVeigh’s recently, then we can recommend the trip. The popular store on the A96 to the north of Inverurie has been given a new lease of life by new owners Brian and Janey Welsh, who have brought a friendly and personal touch to the business. They’ve brought a special sparkle to the home cooked café menu and expanded the food hall, gift department and the clothing boutique. The atmosphere is cosy and welcoming, with extensive free parking.

and bacon. For lunch, there’s always something appealing on the specials board, as well as a choice of soups, comfortingly cheesy macaroni, paninis or baked potatoes. On

find favourite brands like Scottish favourites Emreco and casual wear lines from Joules for women and children and Betty Barclay ladieswear. Unlike many boutiques, Morgan

Sundays there’s even a roast dinner - but whatever day of the week you pop in, there’s much to admire.

McVeigh’s stock up to a size 22 in most lines. Janey is blessed with good taste, so there’s lots of great choice whether you’re looking for a waterproof jacket for walking the dog, or something fabulous for a night on the town; and from now to the end of February, Morgan McVeigh’s are offering a 30% reduction off marked price on all winter fashion stock, including Frank Lyman partywear.

It’s the perfect place to go if you’re looking for a gift, simply because the new team put so much effort into sourcing something a little bit different. How many people source their hand-blown Christmas decorations directly from a factory in the Czech Republic?

You can relax with a coffee and cake by the real fire in the restaurant, admiring the work of local artists, or take tea on the terrace in warmer weather. Get there early for an excellent cooked breakfast or try

The food hall has lots of yummy new lines, including Morgan McVeigh’s own branded goodies with their distinctive Highland Cow logo.

the French toast with maple syrup

In the clothing department, you’ll

If you haven’t been for a while, go. Morgan McVeigh’s is now better than ever.

Mindfulness meditation classes: Learn how to reduce your stress levels with Louise If you suffer from stress and anxiety, you’re not alone these days! Mindfulness meditation teacher Louise Martin explained, 'Most of us perceive problems very negatively. We think, "I can’t cope", or "I’m no good". Evolution has designed our brains to think this way to help keep us safe, but it results in stress and anxiety. Yet, by learning mindfulness meditation using positive neuroplasticity techniques, you can learn to feel calmer, experiencing everyday contentment, wellbeing and happiness’. Louise’s next 8 week block of classes starts at 5.30pm on 10 May in the west end of the city. For further details, contact

Sarah & Stewart Daw son at the Chopard factory in Geneva

Family values are part and parcel of life at Finnies the Jeweller and this time-honoured tradition is reflected in the firm’s strong relationships with leading luxury brands such as Chopard. Chopard and Finnies are both fully independent family firms which have worked together for decades, forging a firm working friendship. Just as jewellery is often passed down through generations, both companies share an ethos rooted in the family spirit.

Chopard for more than 40 years, while Ron and Peggy Finnie worked to establish Finnies the Jeweller into the beloved company it is today. And just as Karin and Karl’s two children are Chopard’s current co-presidents, Finnies is also currently run by the second and third generation, Matthew Finnie and Sarah Dawson and Dominique and Declan Dawson.

Karl Scheufele and his wife Karin

Finnies have stocked the brand, which is particularly known for its Happy Diamonds range, for 20 years - so why not step in and find the perfect Chopard gift for Valentine’s Day?

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Childhood should be made of magical memories and a trip to the North-east’s largest independent toy retailer will certainly help make them! William Strachan of Inverurie has been selling toys for over 60 years, so their friendly staff really understand what children want. You’ll find a great selection of well-designed traditional and modern wooden toys from eco-friendly manufacturers Hape and some fabulous playsets and models from Schleich. We like the farm sets, but the dinosaurs, medieval knights, ponies and fairies all have their pint-sized fans. There’s a great selection of wooden activity toys from educational specialists Melissa & Doug, which make learning fun, as well as selections from all the pre-school favourites.

blocks to high-tech kits. Naturally, they also stock popular board games, construction toys, art and creative kits, soft toys, outdoor toys, NERF guns and a whole wardrobe of dress up options for little princesses and small Stormtroopers. There’s lots of things you won’t find elsewhere, which is great if you’re looking for a gift for a special little someone.

For older kids, William Strachan stock one of the biggest selections

The shop is also known for its vast array of toys with a movie or TV tiein, so you’ll find a whole world full of Disney, Star Wars and DC Comics toys and collectibles, including items

of LEGO, with everything from basic

from all the latest releases.

As well as being toy experts, the staff also hold regular themed fun days based round LEGO or the latest family movies with lots of activities, goodies and face-painting. Better yet, there’s even an ice-cream counter, offering the perfect place to chill. Now, that’s our idea of a magical toyshop!

11W High Street, Inverurie AB51 3SA Tel: 01467 621489 strachans.inverurie


Brighten up your home for Spring with Jane’s Interiors. Call our design team to book an interior design consultation at home or instore! Follow us on Facebook, search 'Jane's Interiors' The Old Pier, Stonehaven Harbour AB392JU Tel: 01569 767600


Miles Craven, head chef of No.1 Bar & Grill


some more adventurous dishes


using lesser known ingredients.

Haddo Estate, with my wife and two dogs. I’ve lived up here for


five years, previously working at

A walk with the dogs in the

Fusion and the Cock and Bull.

countryside is always a welcome


After school I went to Glasgow

change. I always try to cook a

100 bread rolls, once or twice I

University, but then searching for

proper dinner on my day off, as

forgot the salt and the bread tasted

something practical to do, I got a

well as a loaf of bread on Sunday.

awful. But there was no time to

job in a local restaurant, and was

When I get chance I meet up with

dwell, another 100 rolls to make

instantly hooked.

old friends for a music session.

and no time to do it always made

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR FOOD AT NO.1? My food at No.1 is unpretentious and tasty, cooked



and seasoned well. There is

sure it is good enough, seasoned

cheese and tomato ketchup.

something for everyone, from

properly, and that the customer

However, I have high standards, it

classic bar meals using great

gets the very best. That may mean

has to have glossy bechamel sauce,

North-east produce, alongside

tasting chocolate mousse, then two

good cheddar, and Heinz ketchup!

“That feeling when you taste a new dish and know it’s going to be a winner, is second to none.”

minutes later tasting beef jus. That feeling when you taste a new dish and know it’s going to be a winner, is second to none.  

for an interesting day!


Passion Fruit Tart



250g butter

Pastry: Cream the butter and

Tart Filling: Bring the passion

180g sugar

sugar and vanilla, add salt,

fruit and sugar to boil in one

1 vanilla pod

eggs and flour and form into

pan. Bring the cream to boil

2 eggs

a dough.

in another pan, and pour

500g plain flour 1 pinch of salt

both over whisked eggs. Pour Rest in fridge for 1 hour, then

into tart case and bake for 20

line the tart case, cover tightly

minutes at 120ËšC.

5 eggs

with foil and bake at 170ËšC

250g sugar

until light golden brown.

Juice of 20 passion fruits 400ml cream


It’s not often I’m able to get my friend Fiona out of bed before noon at the weekend, but when I said I was going to Fifi’s Café Bistro for Sunday brunch, she was up and briskly marching to the Rosemount establishment before I could say Eggs Benedict. The warm boutique café is a favourite haunt of ours, and we’ve passed a number of lunches and evenings tucking into thoughtfully prepared dishes. With a menu

bursting with options, including a healthy range of gluten free dishes, it’s easy to follow your stomach without feeling like you’ve overindulged. There’s even (relatively) healthy ice cream! It was a laidback Sunday morning crowd, with friends catching up over coffee, others poring over newspapers with a slice of cake, and some replenishing themselves after a late night on the town. And there is certainly enough to replenish


279 Rosemount Pl, Aberdeen AB25 2YB Tel: 01224 561562

“What arrived was the fluffiest of eggs on a bed of asparagus tips, broccoli, crispy bacon, and nuts, drizzled with virgin oil. ”

yourself with. The aptly named Mellow Yellow menu is an incredible array of dishes all with yokey goodness as their showpiece. Who knew there could be so many ways to make eggs?!

“... it’s easy to follow your stomach without feeling like you’ve overindulged.”

I opted for the interestingly named ‘Midget Tree’ dish. What arrived was the fluffiest of eggs on a bed of asparagus tips, broccoli, crispy bacon, and nuts, drizzled with virgin oil. It was a fresh and vibrant fusion of absolute yum. Fiona’s equally yum-inducing breakfast was a baked egg marinated

in tomato sauce and chorizo with a side of lush green rocket. Washed down with an illy coffee, we were satisfyingly full, refreshed and ready to take on the rest of Sunday. We meandered out of Fifi’s for an amiable walk through Victoria Park, but not before arming ourselves with scones and Victoria sponge for our respective husbands (or ourselves, we hadn’t decided yet). They say don’t put all your eggs in one basket, but with Fifi’s, you absolutely should.



For some people, the changing of the season is all about nature, but we get more excited about all the new lines that find their way into our favourite shops. The Platform in Macduff, based in the old railway station buildings, has already established itself as a firm favourite with the North-east’s fashionistas and the addition of new ranges across the store is eagerly anticipated. In womenswear, check out Cayro, an innovative but very wearable Spanish label influenced by the latest trends, but never following them mindlessly. Another new designer, Lauren Vidal Paris, proves that you needn’t always sacrifice comfort for style, with a plain colour palette and feminine silhouettes combining to make the ideal base for a capsule wardrobe. New Spring/ Summer collections have also arrived from perennial favourites like TIA, Latte, Laura Bernal and Carla Ruiz, so no matter what your wardrobe needs, you’ll find it at The Platform. Should you be shopping for someone

else, you’ll also find some amazing new glassware in the gift department, some with bubbles of colour in the base, while others have fashionable copper accents. There’s also a great selection of drink related gifts and prints. The homeware section is also having a makeover for spring, with new furniture, lighting and accessories from the wonderful Eichholtz and a range of wall, table and floor lamps from Heathfield, which are expertly made in Britain. And if you can’t quite make up your mind? Why not deliberate over your choices over coffee and cake at the delightful tearoom? Whether it’s an outfit for a special occasion, a wardrobe update, something new for the home or the perfect gift, The Platform offers a great shopping trip and always has something a bit different!

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Bee RelaxeD wins Massage Therapist of the Year

Rachel Duthie started her massage therapy business a year ago and she has not looked back. The Boddambased therapist operates out of The PowerZone Gym in the town, and offers a wide variety of treatments

from remedial and sports massage, to cupping, kinetic chain release and lymphatic drainage. After scooping the Massage Therapist of the Year at the Scottish Hair & Beauty Awards in 2016, Rebecca plans to diversify into baby massage and medical acupuncture next. Bee RelaxeD

Aberdeen charity receives overwhelming donation from Moray food group

Instant Neighbour, which was established over 30 years ago, offers support to vulnerable people across the region. The charity has received 2,100 tins of soup and 1,000 Fray Bentos pies from Baxters Food Group, allowing it to continue to provide much-needed food bank packages

at the start of the year, a time at which it historically struggles with demand from service users. With so much food being donated, the charity has decided to share this generous donation with Food Poverty Action Aberdeen.

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The ultimate hot spot for hair and beauty Award winning hair and beauty salon, Linton & Mac, is renowned for its high quality services which have been created to accommodate all of your hair and beauty needs. With the full client experience at the heart of the business, the salon team ensures you are taken care of from the minute you step through the door, to the moment you leave feeling pampered and refreshed. With numerous beauty services available, the beauty bar is the perfect place to catch up with friends over a glass of fizz… BEAUTY SERVICES INCLUDE: · Nails: polish/gel/extensions/treatments/art/ mani/pedi · Make-up: everyday/occasion/wedding ·  Brows: HD/shape/tint ·  Lashes: LVL (curl/tint)/Nouveau (extensions)/ SVS/tint In response to high demand, Linton & Mac has also adjusted its opening and closing hours, opening as early as 7am - specific timings are available online.

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Alison Todd, Dorothy Suttie & Emma Leiper Finlayson

Donald Walsh, Rachel Boulton, Rebecca Wodfendey & Liam Dyker

Jill Marriott & Sally Kilburn

Lynn Barrie & Lorraine Harris

Penelope Buchanan, Barbara Lumsden & Hazel Dingwall

Helen Martin & Elsmith Armstrong

Margaret Yule & Margaret Denholm

Allison Clayton, Viven Johnston & Cathy Priestly

Children 1st Afternoon Tea WHO: Guests enjoyed sumptuous coffee and cakes whilst being treated to an afternoon of classic choral music from Professor Paul Mealor - Royal Wedding composer & the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir. WHAT: Over ÂŁ4,000 was raised for Children 1st, to support local children and young people who have experienced abuse, neglect and other traumatic experiences, to recover. WHERE: Elphinstone Hall, Aberdeen

Kevin Cameron, Sarah Labrocq, Mhairi Sharp & Ross Cummins

Nicola & Kevin Westwood

Kevin Burnett, Michelle Forth, Kirsten & David Will

Katrina Darroch & Ruth Hamilton

Rikki & Suzanne Evans

Sandra Grant & Heather Weaver

Michelle & John Sutherland

Holly Scott, Jan Craig, Pat Stewart & Erin Scott

Amanda Pirie, Tracey Duncan, Babs Davidson & Kit Trail

Cash for Kids Celebration Dinner WHO: Cash for Kids welcomed around 90 people to its annual Celebration Dinner, which brought together supporters and beneficiaries of the charity. WHAT: Cash for Kids provides quarterly grant funding to support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children living in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. The evening acknowledged the work of the unsung heroes in North-east communities who work tirelessly to help and support these children. Supporting the event were Norwood Hall, XOXO Florist, A-Line, singer Paul Black and host Jeff Diack. WHERE: Macdonald Norwood Hall Hotel, Aberdeen

Lisa Grainger, Michelle Ferguson & Nina Holmes

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Scotland’s top chefs unite for unique Aberdeen foodie event

Three of Scotland’s finest chefs are teaming up with North East Sensory Services to share their passion for food in a unique culinary experience. Nick Nairn, Ross Spence, executive chef at The Marcliffe Hotel & Spa and Paul Whitecross, executive chef at Trump International, will each present an individual course aimed at delighting the senses, showcasing their worldrenowned gastronomic skills at Savour, a culinary feast which will take place on Saturday, 4th March, at the Marcliffe Hotel & Spa.

The Adelphi Kitchen An Aberdeen Institution is set to re-open its doors this month! The Adelphi Kitchen is proud to announce its return to the heart of the city on Wednesday 8 February, and in keeping with tradition, The Adelphi Kitchen will once again prepare and present some of the best local produce Aberdeen has on offer. Join them this February at 28 Adelphi for the same quality you’ve come to expect, with a signature spin.

Share it with Trend Got some exciting news coming up? Send us your In-Brief articles for the April/May issue by March 10 2017 along with any press releases and imagery. Send your articles to and we'll feature our favourites in the next issue.

Eden Watermill is a unique shop and tea room in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire, between Banff and Turriff. We specialise in handcrafted gifts, including Harris Tweed and Tartan Handbags made in the Mill studio. Why not join us and enjoy the sounds of the waterwheels and birdsong as you browse? 01261 821677 ∙

Royal approval for Scotland’s Highland Games Scotland’s highland games have been given a major boost with the announcement that His Royal Highness Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay has agreed to become the patron of the sports governing body, the Scottish Highland Games Association (SHGA). The announcement comes as the SHGA marks its 70th anniversary and Scotland celebrates the year of history, heritage and archaeology. 

Parx Café ups the customer experience

Parx Café on Rubislaw Terrace re-opened in January with a fresh new look. The new counter layout means customers can now see all the freshly made food offerings better, whilst

being served faster. The addition of up-cycled tables means that there is more seating and the new breakfast menu includes the obligatory 'smashed avocado on toast’.

The Teasmith Gin inspired by the North-east’s pivotal role in the tea trade An Aberdeenshire couple have created Scotland’s first premium gin distilled with hand-picked tea, inspired by Aberdeenshire’s rich history and links to the tea trade. The Teasmith

Gin has been created by Nick and Emma Smalley from Udny Green, who have spent over a year learning the art of distilling to perfect their blend.

New Private Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Practice

Rebecca goes to London Fashion Week A North-east hairdresser is celebrating qualifying to work at London Fashion Week as her salon reaches its first birthday milestone. Rebecca Carr will be styling hair for top designers' runway shows as part of the world-renowned 'session team' at the event, which ranks alongside New York, Paris and Milan as one of the 'Big Four' fashion weeks.

A private practice offering CBT has been set up in Aberdeenshire. The Therapy Room which is located in Inverurie has a friendly, relaxed, professional atmosphere. CBT is an effective evidence based psychological treatment for a range of mental health conditions. Dr Jane Ross is a BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist with over 37 years’ experience working in mental health clinical practice.

The stylist who opened Rebecca Carr Hair Salon in Kintore in early 2016 said she is buzzing to be selected out of the UK's top hairdressers, 'It was a rigorous process and I had to prove myself in achieving any conceivable hair-style. I am delighted and can't wait to bring some of the trends I learn about back to my customers'.

Sonya Angus opens in Cults Sonya Angus, a former fashion buyer and high-end Edinburgh department store Jenners, offers unusual and beautiful, yet affordable, pieces unlikely to be found elsewhere locally, in her cosy, stylish shop at The Courtyard Cults. The boutique’s wares come from all over the world, with local stockists including Marigold & Mo and Marshmology. There

are practical, pretty products for the home, kitchen and garden from Sophie Allport, perfect presents for newborns from Cheeky Chompers (of Dragon’s Den fame!),​ideal wedding and engagement gifts and, of course, lots of little gems for your wee ones to take to birthday parties!

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FLOWER PARTIES WITH BLUEBELLE Make beautiful flower creations using fresh flowers. Choose from Letters, Hearts, Cupcakes and Jam Jar arrangements. Includes Play and party food. See our website for more details on our parties.


KELLOCKBANK: full of fresh ideas for Spring Kellockbank is packed with fresh ideas for spring with new ranges of giftware as well as new seasonal lines from popular clothing labels such as Marble Fashions, Tigi & stylish countrywear from Jack Murphy & Toggi. The new Voyage Maison collection, which is designed in Scotland, brings a design-led co-ordinated approach to home interiors, with plenty of desirable accessories from well chosen brands. The garden centre offers a range of potted bulbs & quality plants as well as a play area for the kids.

In our family friendly restaurant there are firm favourites like 100% steak Bennachie Burger as well as 3 Homemade Soup and other Daily Specials. A new season may bring changes but Kellockbank will always have a fabulous range of delicious home bakes, cakes and scones. Yum!

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01 | Last year’s event featured live cookery demonstrations by Great British Bake Off star, Norman Calder, Eat on the Green’s very own Kilted Chef Craig Wilson and Masterchef: The Professionals Finalist, SvenHanson Britt.

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aings, the Inverurie based luxury kitchen, bathroom and bedroom specialist, will host its second annual Saturday Kitchen on Saturday 11th March from 12.30pm – 5pm. The luxury lifestyle food and drink event, inspired by the popular BBC 1 series, will feature an array of cookery demonstrations from well-known faces and foodie treats - all to be announced on the company’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages throughout February.

02 | Laings were joined by a number of local lifestyle businesses from across the North-east, who showcased their fantastic products, offered tasters and chatted to guests. These included – IJ Mellis, Dusk, Dolce Vita Flowers, Altro Designerwear and Interiors Unlimited. 03 & 04 | A snapshot of those who joined Laings for the event enjoying the interactive demonstrations. 05 | Laings’ Managing Director Andy Walker (second left), with Directors Darren Walker (right) and Claire McKay, and Sales Manager Tom Abel (left) at the event.

It will raise funds for “Last year, Laing’s Saturday Kitchen raised over £700 for Charlie House, a local Charlie House.” charity which supports children with complex disabilities and life limiting illnesses, and their families. Last year, Laing’s Saturday Kitchen raised over £700 for this very worthy cause. To provide a flavour of what guests can expect on the day, above are some highlights from last year’s Saturday Kitchen.


Thinking of selling your property? Then make the most of the opportunity by making a real impact on your perspective buyers as they reach for the doorbell.



his is where first impressions really count. According to research, it takes only 20 seconds for a potential buyer to decide whether they might consider a property or not, and that decision-making starts at the front door. By making the most of your entrance, you are setting the scene for what’s to come. Here are a few tips to think about... Front door. The condition of this is important, as is the colour - neutrals and soft tones work best. Door furniture should be in proportion to the door and will go a long way to indicating the style of the house so decide whether you want to go for a more contemporary or traditional look and choose door furniture to communicate this. If there are railings, make sure these are painted and looking fresh. If you have room, planters are a great way of presenting your front door and creating atmosphere and style. Make sure they are of decent quality as this also adds to the overall impression. Put thought into the proportion of the planters to the space they are sitting in, too small and they look lost, too big and you will detract from the front door.


Planting the planters. Keep the planting predominantly evergreen with good colour tones such as a mix of greens, creams and burgundy or winter reds. If you have a large front garden, ensuring this is always neat and tidy will help. Window surrounds should be clean and well painted or oiled/varnished if they are constructed from wood. Above is a project that I tackled last year and as you can see in the ‘before’ picture, the front garden didn’t make the most of this lovely house frontage and left the impression that it was unloved.

“ takes only 20 seconds for a potential buyer to decide whether they might consider a property or not, and that decision-making starts at the front door.”

By first of all paying attention to the period and architecture of the house I developed the style to compliment this. The streetscape is important too. Whatever you do, you don’t want to directly copy someone else nor do you want to create something that is so outlandish that it doesn’t flow well with the rest of the street. Thinking of smart and elegant solutions rather than overly bright or whacky ideas, will help to sell your property. Good Luck!

Ladies’ shooting club bags a 2nd birthday

Gleneagles scoops Front of House award Gleneagles received one of the highest honours in the hotel industry when it picked up the Front of House Team of the Year award at The Caterer’s 2016 Hotel Cateys Awards. The Gleneagles Front of House team - which encompasses guest

relations and reception, porters, linkmen and chauffeurs has the first and last interaction with guests during a stay at the luxury Perthshire hotel.

Glad Rags and Cartridge Bags, Scotland’s foremost ladies shooting club has just celebrated its second birthday with a fun filled weekend of events. The club had its first shoot at Raemoir House Hotel in Aberdeenshire two years ago and since then it has gone on to hold shoots in various stunning exclusive venues, with the result that 240 individual ladies have now shot at a Glad Rags event. The celebration included a driven day at Crathes Estate and a clay shoot at Raemoir House Hotel.


Investment in your office space can lead to enhanced productivity from your most important asset your staff.

new office space. Alternatively, they’re equipped to transform or consolidate existing premises to help you maximise productivity.

Achieving the right balance between an attractive office space which boosts employees’ morale and one that supports the day-to-day needs of the business is essential.

Having an understanding of what makes a business and its people tick is key to the process. It enables designers to take an informed view on a multitude of issues. These range from whether desk space should be open plan or supportive of peaceful working, to how many team areas are necessary and how customer-facing elements such as the boardroom and reception should be presented to

Architectural expertise can take your business beyond the conventional. TCD’s professionals with space planning and interior design knowhow can help to create the perfect

reflect your company brand. Using TCD’s expert knowledge and experience to make these decisions can lead to an eye-catching workspace which creates a positive atmosphere for all within the business. Founded in 1963, TCD Architects offers full architectural services, space planning, project management and master planning. The practice has a proven track record of delivering unique projects to clients across a variety of sectors.

Battling for the stars in Deeside

An outdoor centre for paintballing, laser tag, archery and bubble football has achieved five stars at its first ever grading visit by VisitScotland. Battle Grounds Adventure Activities by Banchory is nestled within stunning native woodlands established eight years ago by a then 17-year-old Gilan Kelly. With a focus on providing customers with the highest quality experience possible, the centre is the only site in Aberdeenshire to run walk-on paintball days for regular players.

AAB launches charitable initiative Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP (AAB) has announced that during the year, the firm set up a charitable initiative called AABi. The official launch was at AAB’s ‘A Festive Welcome to Kingshill View’ event at their new offices in the Prime Four Business Park. The event saw the first appearance of AABi (the mascot) herself to mark the announcement, as Drum Property Group’s Managing Director Graeme Bone carried out the official opening.

Middle East trade heating up for North-east firm HVAC & Refrigeration Engineering, part of the Nucore Group, has successfully delivered a £500,000 contract with Hughes Safety Showers Ltd (a Justrite Group company) to design, manufacture and supply 50 water tank chiller units for projects in the Middle East.

HVAC & R provide a range of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration equipment and services as well as manufacturing ATEX equipment for harsh and hazardous environments.

Takeaway service at the Milton Brasserie

Enjoy the sound of birdsong at Eden Watermill

Put that in your salt mill and shake it...

The Milton Brasserie at Crathes near Banchory has completed the second phase of its refurbishment. You can now take advantage of their takeaway service, which offers the finest hot drinks, snacks and freshly made home bakes daily, or sit and relax next to the roaring fire in the newly finished lobby.

Eden Watermill is a unique shop and tea room in the heart of rural Aberdeenshire. They specialise in handcrafted gifts, including Harris Tweed and Tartan handbags created onsite in the Mill studio. The Winter opening hours are Saturdays and Sundays 11am - 4pm until early April. Why not escape the Winter weather and join them for a cosy coffee in front of the fire, whilst enjoying the sounds of the waterwheels and birdsong? Just off the A947 between Banff and Turriff.

‘The bold look shouldn’t be overpowered by the setting of the wedding. In fact, it will work best against a backdrop of crisp white linens and white

Introduce a splash of colour through flowers, from amazing spherical centrepieces to discreet blooms floating in conical jars set off by subtle candle light. Our current colour favourite is hot pink. It’s bright, it’s bold and it’s going to be a big hit at weddings

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Salt & Sauce is an event catering collaboration between Chris Tonner, formally of Beetroot Restaurants, and Adrian Gomes of 10 Dollar Shake and owner of bars The Tippling House and Rye and Soda. Chris Tonner’s previous business, Beetroot Restaurants Limited, sadly announced last year that it would cease trading despite the popularity of the two restaurants it operated, The Adelphi Kitchen and barbecue restaurant Cue, formally The Courtyard.

airytale Events offer event management, design and hire for weddings, parties and corporate functions. Stephanie Lloyd and Jill Butler-Rennie took over the business in September 2016, joining forces to take events styling to the next level! ‘It’s going to be a nice day for a bright wedding for followers of fashion in 2017. The New Year always brings new trends, new thinking and new designs for dressing weddings. And this year is no different. Pastels and neutral tones are always popular and work well with the rustic theme, but this year we are seeing a move to bold, bright colours - something that will scream the wow factor’ the girls tell us.

Traditional butcher opens on Chattan Place

Male grooming for individuals Huntsman is Aberdeen's newest hair salon for men, offering a full range of grooming services. With a laid back vibe and sports on TV, Huntsman goes beyond the barbershop experience that's on-trend just now. The Union Street salon is focused on creating styles for individuals, Kyle and his team use a combination of traditional and modern techniques with waxing and tanning also available. HuntsmanAberdeen

Phil Whyte’s dream of opening a butcher’s shop came true this January when he opened Chattan Quality Meats on Chattan Place. He has been a butcher for 10 years and sells locally sourced meats, fresh local cheese, eggs and vegetables, as well as a wide variety of pies, all at affordable prices. Mon-Wed 8-5pm; Thu-Fri 8-6pm; Sat 7-4pm

Brand new gym for Banchory The Unit Gym & Fitness centre will open on 1 February in the grounds of the Tor-na-Coille hotel, giving the Deeside town a state-of-the art facility, including a large studio for classes, on-site

physiotherapy, pilates, and hair and beauty. The gym is owned by local two-time Winter Olympian Ben Kilner, and also boasts a health bar serving coffees and smoothies. TheUnitGymAndFitness

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Deeside Classic Campers impress at YWE

The Meltmobile is coming to an event near you! Cult North-east toastie shop Melt is launching the Meltmobile which will allow the company to branch out into serving its snacks at outside events including weddings, festivals and major food shows and exhibitions such as the Taste of Grampian. Owner Mechelle Clark has been quick to try innovative

Deeside Classic Campers have scooped Runner-up for the Best Stand at YWE 2017. The Finzean-based classic vehicle hire company specialise in stunningly restored VW campervans for wedding, holiday or festival event hire. They can provide you with a

hamper of local delicacies, as well as an airframe awning, bedding packs and much more! Angus and Archie VWs are their bespoke split-screen wedding VWs with luxurious leather interior and champagne cabinet.

business practices and became the first company in Scotland to join a new food waste reduction programme. The app called Too Good to Go allows cafes, restaurants and takeaways to advertise their leftover meals at the end of each day and sell them at a discounted price. meltaberdeen

Finalists revealed for 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards Finalists for the 2017 Offshore Achievement Awards, sponsored by TAQA, have been announced. Hosted by the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Aberdeen Section, the annual awards recognise some of the industry’s most innovative technology developments as well as talented individuals and exceptional large and small company performance. Ian Phillips, chairman of SPE Aberdeen and chief executive of the Oil and Gas Innovation Centre, said, 'The sheer quality and variety of entries we have received this year reflects everything that is great about our industry, particularly our ability to adapt to a volatile economic environment. It’s clear that the UK’s oil and gas

operators and service companies have truly risen to the challenge, in particular developing some of the world’s most advanced technology whilst remaining as cost effective as possible'. Donald Taylor, acting managing director for TAQA Europe said, 'It is reassuring to see so many companies and individuals taking the time to share their success stories and enter into the awards this year. The quality of the entries, particularly those shortlisted, demonstrates how much the industry is still driving forward, finding innovative solutions and efficiencies against a persistently challenging background.' For the full list of finalists please visit


New departures from Aberdeen International Airport this Spring mean that it’s now easier and cheaper to get some Spanish sun without tiresome transfers. The Costas and Canaries offer great weather, beaches, food and unrivalled people watching opportunities, but there’s also plenty to do if you can bear to leave your pool-side lounger... This year there are a raft of new charter flight departures from Aberdeen Airport - including Alicante, Gran Canaria, Ibiza, Majorca, Málaga and Tenerife - so it makes sense to check the options and book well ahead. You can either take a complete package, which can bring the benefit of organised activities for the kids, or go for a flight only deal, meaning you can choose your own villa or bijou boutique getaway away from the crowds.

confusing Mercado Central de Atarazanas food market, with its ranks of stalls, tiny bars and restaurants; there’s an amazing choice whether you’re self-catering or eating out. For a trip back in time, seek out the town’s oldest wine seller at Antigua Casa de Guardia, where nothing appears to have changed in over a century and the wine comes straight from the barrel.

Málaga, on Spain’s southern Costa del Sol coastline, offers treats for both the foodie and the culture vulture. With almost 1600 restaurants, ranging from traditional tapas bars to a surprising number of Italian eateries; or the

Art lovers too will find much to admire in Málaga. Not only is there a Picasso Museum, honouring the famous local boy, but two modern art museums. Try the stained glass cube of the

enticing colours and aromas of the sometimes

Centre Pompidou for exhibitions by international


Further along the coast, Alicante is great for couples, friends or families. The tram system makes getting

In June, Alicante honours patron saint St. Juan with a series of fire festivals, where locals make and carry satirical papier mache statues round the town. Each year, the best statue is donated to the fascinatingly quirky Museo de Hogueras while the remainder are consigned to the flames.

contemporary artists, or head to the small Museo Carmen Thyssen which hosts a fine selection of Spanish work.

around the town quick and easy and there are plenty of shady streets for an afternoon or early evening stroll. Again, there’s an amazing selection of restaurants, with Bodhigreen favoured by vegetarians and sushi bar Diakichi making the most of local seafood.

If art’s not your thing, but you still appreciate fine lines, then the Automobile and Fashion Museum may appeal, though it’s probably best to go your separate ways once you get inside. It’s hardly fair to force a Ferrari fan look at shoes for two hours, or make your other half endure a Bugatti when they’d rather

Get out of town for the day with a trip to the Guadalest Valley, home to an amazing fortified town with the castle carved out from rock protecting the village beyond from marauding Moors. It’s best to go early as this is Spain’s second most popular tourist destination. Alternatively, the Old Town area of Altea offers a

Ibiza and Majorca both have a reputation as party package islands, but can be charming bases for a relaxing self-catering break with a bit of pre-booking research. Tenerife and Gran Canaria may not have the cultural depth of some other parts of Spain, but they do offer great value all-inclusive family breaks all year round if you just need to kick back, lie in the sun sipping cocktails, catch up on the latest book and ignore the

admire Balenciaga!

picturesque wander.

pressures of work and everyday life.

Aberdeenshire businesses go on the 'Hunt for Sustainability' Tourism businesses in Aberdeenshire are being encouraged to show off their ‘green’ credentials as visitors go on the ‘Hunt for Sustainability’ in 2017, says VisitScotland.

Charmaine lights the way Aberdeenshire woman Charmaine Duthie has a thriving home-based business called Bethel House Candles, which she began last year. She produces small batches using all natural soy wax and fragrance oils to create stunningly packaged and fragranced candles. Her signature scents include Black Plum

& Rhubarb, Pink Pepper and Green Mandarin, and Sandalwood and Black Pepper. She also makes reed diffusers and travel candles to suit all pockets, as well as a range of custom made candles for wedding favours. bethelcandles

With consumers increasingly interested in origin and practices of the brands they choose, the national tourism organisation has identified sustainable tourism as a trend for 2017 and is encouraging businesses to showcase their sustainable practices - from reducing their carbon footprint to using local goods and produce. There are currently 72 Green Tourism members in Aberdeenshire.

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e talked to Kirsty Robertson and Steven Milne of Aberdeen Performing Arts, to discover more about the Lemon Tree’s innovative course for young musicians... The Project Band course helps teenagers with an interest in music learn more about working in the music industry. Course tutor Steven Milne, who plays with the Little Kicks, explained, ' We cover song writing and composition, rehearsal and preparation for live performance, instrument and vocal care and studio preparation as well as doing some recording work. We also discuss live bookings and how to market and promote yourself as a musician. We also discuss how to balance a career in music alongside studies or employment'.

opportunities to perform in the sessions either in small groups or solo, but no one is ever required to perform until they are absolutely comfortable. Sessions run on Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 9pm and the course ends with a showcase performance'. Steven continued, 'The current class includes young people interested in pop, heavy metal and prog rock and everyone really enjoys the course, especially since we adapt it to suit their requirements. Some of last year’s intake are now playing successful gigs and getting their music heard and some are now studying music at college or university'.

Kirsty Robertson added, 'Local bands and singersongwriters often lead workshops discussing their own

The course is open to those aged between 14 and 19. The next term starts on 19th April, but it’s best to book in advance as places are quickly snapped up. Booking opens on 20 March, via the Box Office and fees are £65 per term. For further details, please e-mail

writing and musical approaches. There are plenty of


In a civilised society, drivers must adhere to certain rules of the road – do not overtake another car on a bend, do not take a hairpin turn at a speed that may cause you to spin out, and definitely do not race your friends in a head-to-head time trial. Which is probably why go-karting has become such a popular pastime. In the controlled environment of karting, you can call upon your inner Lewis Hamilton as you whiz around a track in a ground-hugging vehicle that does its very best to keep you on the road, even when the conditions, and other racers, conspire against you. The Lochter Activity Centre in Oldmeldrum offers one of the most challenging outdoor racing experiences in Aberdeen, with a one kilometre

asphalt track that replicates the famous Silverstone circuit. Having never tried outdoor karting before, I decided to book a session at Lochter with the one group of people I knew I could trust to go easy on me – my children. After a thorough safety briefing from the experienced supervisors, we donned our racing helmets, lowered ourselves into the karts and revved our engines. As someone who has been driving for almost thirty years now, it took a few laps before I was able to relax into this new form of driving but once I managed to do that, the adrenaline took over and the fun began. Soon the long and short straights were going by in a flash while my feet worked out

the best balance of acceleration and brake for taking the corners without losing control. Of course, my children somehow worked all of this out much quicker than I did so, not surprisingly, I came in last in both the time rankings and the head-to-head race, but that did not diminish my enjoyment one bit. Go-karting could prove to be quite addictive, because every lap you drive reveals something you can do better in the next lap to improve. I guess that means a few more sessions at Lochter for me, and then my kids had better watch out.

76 | ART

Aberdeenshire artist Lorraine Gahagan provides an insight into her work‌

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“Painting for me is not a choice, it is an essential part of me. ”

Words: Alison Daniels

‘I suppose art has always been an essential part of my life. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t draw or paint.  My Dad is an artist and I have fond childhood memories of the smell of oil paints and turpentine.

purchase my paintings and display them in their home or office. I get great pleasure from hearing that something I have created has another life where it continues to be appreciated and enjoyed.

‘My work is very varied. Depending on my mood it can be vibrant and free flowing, or calm and controlled. I find living in Aberdeenshire provides limitless possibilities for inspiration and the next new canvas.   As an artist I am influenced by everywhere I go, everyone I meet and everything I see. Everything has a beauty from a rusty nail to

‘My work can be viewed on my website, which also gives details of upcoming exhibitions and a way of getting in touch. This year, I’m hoping to complete a new studio in an outbuilding where people can come and see my paintings.’ 

a misty Venice morning. ‘The process I adopt and the materials I use, depend on what has inspired me and the result I want to achieve. A recent painting started from grabbing a canvas and easel and rushing outside to capture a particular sky. For another I was out cycling when something caught my attention, so I took photos and worked on it back at my studio.   A painting might be completed in a couple of days or take weeks or months for a more detailed piece.   ‘Painting for me is not a choice, it is an essential part of me.  I would paint even if the finished works were to be stored or destroyed.  However, I find it very touching and rewarding that people are prepared to Cornflake Days


Black Isle craftsman Roddy MacDonald’s handmade wooden baths and basins are beautifully stylish, surprisingly practical and so desirable that he has customers on the other side of the world…

‘I live just ten miles away from where I grew up on the Black Isle with my wife and four kids. Most of the time, I’m in my workshop just beside the house. My career started in the oil industry and for ten years I built large steel structures. During that time I also started taking on building work and built my own house over a couple of years.

soon started building houses for other people.

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‘I have always been interested in making things from wood, from small boats to tables, staircases and tree houses. Between the kids, my wife and friends, I’ve made plenty of crazy things! The business was born from the desire to make


“I have always been interested in making things from wood, from small boats to tables, staircases and tree houses.”

products. The actual idea for producing the bath came from another piece I was making at one point leading to the creative spark which started the whole process. It’s taken a year or two to perfect the finish and the process of applying it but I’m satisfied

preference and sealed to a solid finish which is durable and hygienic. Prices start around £3200 Plus VAT, so most people like to arrange an appointment to visit to the workshop to see the baths. It helps to get an idea of how the finished bath looks. I think sometimes

now, the baths are very durable. As wood is a natural insulator the water will stay warmer for longer, the bath looks beautiful and the whole bathing experience is very unusual.

they just want to see how well the baths are made and that we really do make them here!

‘Our baths are not totally unusual but each one is unique, made by hand to order. The client chooses the wood and the colour of the bath and we try to accommodate any particular features the client would like.  We are often asked to match the exterior of the bath to surrounding bathroom or bedroom colours and we also make matching basins. ‘Each piece starts off as rough sawn seasoned kiln-dried batons. These are then worked down into segments, glued into a large blank, carved to shape, and then sanded to finish. The bath is then stained to suit the client’s

‘We have made a few completely unique pieces. Most memorable are the 1.5m diameter porridge bowl, a square Japanese soaking tub, and a double ended slipper bath. Commissions such as these normally require a fair bit of planning and skill but it’s definitely satisfying to get the creative juices flowing. ‘As a maker, I’d be delighted to think that I could make a full time living from producing baths. I’ve also got ambitions to expand the product range into other items over the next couple of years.’ Tel: 07785 645 571


If you ever find yourself standing in a prison yard, surrounded by unscalable walls and great looping coils of barbed wire, you may suddenly appreciate why authors have had such a long, successful love affair with tales of life behind bars. Novels like The Shawshank Redemption and Silence of the Lambs enjoy a timeless popularity, not because their stories are so fantastical but because they are based in a reality that most of us are only aware of peripherally, a reality that takes place within these very walls. Pay a visit to the Peterhead Prison Museum and you will know exactly what I mean. Originally established in 1888 to provide a source of labour for the neighbouring quarry, Peterhead Prison was notorious for housing

...Peterhead Prison was notorious for housing some of Scotland’s most violent criminals...

some of Scotland’s most violent criminals throughout the 125 years that followed. Since June of 2016, the prison has been open to the public in the form of an immersive museum, where visitors can take an audio-guided tour through the very work and living quarters that were once home to Scotland’s most serious offenders.

psychological pressures that a life of detention presents to both the inmates and wardens alike. If your timing is good, you may have the chance to meet Jackie Stuart, a guard who was stabbed during a prison riot in 1987, then held hostage on the roof for five days until the SAS was called in to save him. Even the best authors would enjoy exploring Jackie’s long memory.

As you listen to some of the former prison guards narrate the

When the time comes to depart Peterhead Prison Museum, you will be left with a sense of awe at a selfcontained way of life that will likely remain foreign to most of us. But you will also feel a sense of gratitude that this historically significant

scenes of dirty protests, murder, suicide, corporal punishment, attempted escapes and full-scale riots, you cannot help but feel the

building has been preserved in this way, so that none of its colourful past is lost to future generations.

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If you’re fed up with the grey and the gloom and find yourself longing for a bygone age of fabulous jewels, Hollywood stars, couture clothing and

a wonderful resource for anyone interested in collecting jewellery or learning more about gems before making a significant purchase. As well as a guide to precious

bombshell beauty, then it’s time to have a bubble bath, slip on your silk lounging pyjamas and curl up with our selection of escapist books. Time for a little va-va-voom!

and semi-precious stones from agate to zoisite, you’ll be captivated by some of the stories behind some of the planet’s most fabulous pieces. £25 at

As you’d expect, Taschen’s 100 Contemporary Fashion Designers is a visual feast of fabric and form. The text is well-researched and authoritative without being too artyfarty. You’ll find lesser known gems like Haider Ackermann, Rick Owens, and Olivier Theyskens alongside catwalk giants Armani, Westwood and Miuccia Prada, with plenty to inspire you. It could be the start of a lifelong passion or a whole new wardrobe. £12.99 from Jewel, from DK Books, comes wrapped in its own black velvet cover. It’s a treasure trove of lavishly illustrated information about gemstones and jewellery. It’s also

Strangely, Laura Slatter’s Vintage Secrets: Hollywood Beauty looks pretty unassuming on the outside. Inside however, the pages are packed with fantastic advice from old-school Hollywood stars and make-up artists on understanding your face shape, best features and hair styles, and choosing the colours that work with your complexion. It’s perfect for anyone wanting to experiment with iconic vintage looks, bring out their inner bombshell, or just be immaculately groomed. There are step by step guides to help you recreate vintage looks, or give them a modern twist. You can even find out how to copy Grace Kelly’s chignon, Bardot’s sex kitten look, or Marilyn’s famous pout. Mwah, darlings! Find it for £12.99 from

82 | MEN

Tip-Top Grooming Whether you’re looking for a new style or are in need of some TLC, take pride in your appearance using these top tips from Aberdeen’s best-groomed barbers. Ryan Alexander, owner of Westburn and Granite says, ‘Beards are in!’ Being a well-groomed man is a major thing these days. No one likes a scruffy puppy! Beards are in and they need to be maintained. Every beard deserves a good oil and that’s where our oils come in to their own. Westburn & Granite’s oil is packed with easily absorbent oils that nourish both skin and hair, while promoting hair growth and battling against the areas most prone to dry skin. Use it every day and throughout the day to keep your beard in the best shape possible.

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Andy Tough, head barber at The 33rd on how to achieve the perfect textured style: Towards the end of 2016 we saw a move away from the popular and traditional look of side partings and quiffs to more short and textured styles.

Step 3: Apply a pea-sized amount of 1st Degree Grooming Clay to the palm of your hand. Spread this evenly between your hands.

These styles can be created in a variety of ways depending on the individuals face shape; hair type and personal style, however all have a much drier, matte finish.

Step 4: Using the product on your fingertips, rake your fingers through the hair to evenly coat all the hair in grooming clay.

To achieve this look you will need a couple of products; a sea salt spray that you dry into your hair and a matte clay to finish. We suggest The 33rd North Sea Spray and 1st Degree Grooming Clay. Step 1: Spray a generous amount of North Sea Spray into clean, damp hair, working through the hair from root to tip.

“Tease your hair using your fingertips from the crown to fringe.”

Step 2: Set your blow drier on a high heat and use a low power. Tease your hair using your fingertips from the crown to fringe creating natural twists in the hair until the hair is completely dry.

Step 5: Arrange the hair into the desired direction and style, add more product if required.

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Rebecca Anderson, Shona Christie & Calum Edwards

Colin Bennie, Oliver Mason & Damian Martin

William & Gillian Moore

Sandra & Bill Johnston

WHO: The CALA Christmas extravaganza welcomed more than 100 visitors to Milltimber Grange, allowing guests to experience the CALA lifestyle whilst enjoying some festive delights for the whole family to enjoy. WHAT: This festive themed event for CALA Homes was much more than a Christmas celebration. It brought together a string of spectacular Christmas activities including a toy-testing station courtesy of John Lewis, festive wreath-making by Nicky Walker, as well as Santa’s Grotto and his six magical reindeers. WHERE: CALA Homes, Oldfold Village, North Deeside Road, Milltimber, Aberdeen

Andy & Jackie Willox

Finlay, Jill, Olivia & David Craig Joshua, Scott, Simone & Rachael Willox

David & Inga Oddie

John & Anne Macdonald

Joanne Emslie, Victoria Reid & Mhairi Phair

Gillian Paterson & Helen Thomson

Laura Steel & Lauren Crabb

Amy Hardie & Victoria Clarke-Adair

Adelle Chessor & Victoria Morgan

Tara Guerin & Jennifer Fleming

Elaine Grant, Pauline & Brenda Main

Jennifer Linton & Joanna Macdonald

The Low Down WHO: Award winning Aberdeen hair and beauty salon, Linton & Mac, welcomed over 120 of the city’s trend breakers and tastemakers to its first ‘The Low Down’ event. The first in a scheduled series of events, ‘The Low Down’ was formed to educate individuals in a unique way about style, trends and the importance of supporting local creativity in Aberdeen. WHAT: Guests were treated to an exclusive showcase

of demonstrations and talks from local business’. Numerous live retro Christmas demonstrations and presentations took place throughout the evening, with Linton & Mac’s Art Team also presenting a neverbefore-seen fashion show, showcasing fashion styles and trends inspired by the 1960s, highlighting how trends set 50 years ago are still relevant today. WHERE: Linton & Mac, 18 - 20

of local talent at ‘The Low Down’ with an array

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86 | KIDS

Children and technology is a difficult issue for many parents. Kids are enormously keen to get their hands on tablets and smartphones, constantly wailing that it’s not fair and that, “Everyone else who’s six has an iPhone!” On the other hand, it’s easy for them to become enmeshed in social media and online gaming to the extent that they become strangers to conversation and the real world.

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It’s about balancing screen time, age-appropriate apps and content,

Keyboard skills may be essential these days, even when you’re five,

for kids of eight or over, uses programming skills to navigate a

safety awareness and making sure that using technology comes naturally. It’s also important to encourage technological learning as you don’t want your children to be left out or left behind. Also, it’s handy to have a nappy-wearing tech guru on hand to sort out your broadband issues! Here’s our pick of the best technology for preschoolers to teens…

but handwriting also needs to be mastered. Stabilo’s SMARTball 2.0 doubles up as a great ergonomically designed pen which is easy on small hands. The grip makes writing smoothly easier while the stylus works with all touch screen devices. The best of both worlds. Available from stationers and for £12.00.

map in search of power crystals. It builds planning, sequential reasoning and problem-solving skills. It picked up the 2016 Science Toy Award and is available from The Science Museum’s online shop and selected toy stores for £17.49.

LeapPad offer a range of technological toys including first laptops, and even an interactive puppy. Their newest innovation is the LeapStart, which is a reading assistance toy for kids aged 4-6, with lots of replayable activity books available to spark interest in everything from science to social skills. The stylus contains a tiny camera, which triggers the batteryoperated system’s audio to bring games, songs and jokes to life. Each book in the library is packed with over 30 activities. Available £39.99 for the Leapstart unit and £5 or £10 per book from

For a completely different take on technology, the award winning Cubetto will teach your kids how to code simple programs using a friendly wooden robot, powered by a revolutionary coding language made of tangible blocks, instead of text on screens. The fun hands-on play helping the robot get around also develops logical thinking, sequencing and coding skills, without the tedium associated with some learning toys. At £159, it’s not cheap, but it could help develop essential skills. Code Master, which is designed

For older kids with an interest in science and technology, Maplin have a great selection of tech toys, with everything from robot arms to Makey-Makey kits that involve some astonishing uses for a banana! Better yet, the staff are genuinely knowledgeable and very helpful – ideal for when you get stuck! Lastly, get some decent earphones for your child. Not only will they provide protection at events such as festivals and protect their hearing, but they also provide essential relief for parents who may be slightly weary of hearing “Let it Go!” for the thirtieth time since breakfast. You’ll find these Groov-e Kiddiez a bit of a godsend. Around £14 from Amazon or Tesco.


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Comedy BREAKNECK COMEDY: MICHAEL REDMOND The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen There are not many people who have been struck by lightning and lived to tell the tale. While this may not have actually happened to Michael Redmond himself, it is a fate which befell his character Father Stone - one of the more memorable creations of C4's classic comedy Father Ted. Tickets £10.

Festival SPECTRA Various, Aberdeen Bringing together leading international artists with established Scottish collaborators, the festival will deliver a four day light spectacular. Featuring major public realm and gallery installations alongside new experimental works from the local creative community, the festival will enliven the city and celebrate Aberdeen’s creative past, present and future. (Until 12th Feb).

Arts & Culture ALL THE YOUNG NUDES Underdog, Aberdeen A weekly life drawing club set to music for all skill levels. £6 at the door.

Food & Drink BANCHORY BEER FESTIVAL Woodend Barn, Banchory The Banchory Beer Festival team aim to provide a unique selection of beers, ciders, gins and rum supporting local and national producers where quality products are the priority. Sample exclusive products in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere, featuring live local music and great local food. (Until 11th Feb).

Theatre THE WOMAN IN BLACK HMT, Aberdeen This gripping production, directed by Robin Herford, is a brilliantly successful study in atmosphere, illusion and controlled horror. (Until 18th Feb).

Theatre BRENDAN COLE: ALL NIGHT LONG HMT, Aberdeen Brendan hosts another spectacular production featuring his guest dancers, a new leading lady and a 14 piece band and singers live on stage. Stunning lighting, amazing special effects and superb choreography. It’s going be a party!

Music BUSTED AECC, Aberdeen Now with a decade of experience and newly discovered influences behind them, the two-time BRIT Award winning trio have reunited with fresh perspectives both personally and musically.

Music THE X FACTOR TOUR AECC, Aberdeen Join Honey G, Saara Aalto, 5 After Midnight, Four of Diamonds, Matt Terry, Ryan Lawrie, Emily Middlemas and Sam Lavery, live in Aberdeen!

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Theatre THE JERSEYS - OH WHAT A NITE! ACT, Aberdeen Join 'The Jerseys' as they celebrate the timeless music of the 100 million selling album Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, the Drifters, The Stylistics, Beach Boys and more - from Doo Wop and Soul, to Northern Soul and Motown... hit after hit after hit.

Wedding Fayre TREND WEDDINGS EXHIBITION The Marcliffe, Pitfodels All the inspiration you need to make your special day a truly treasured experience… From the extraordinary to the finest and most exquisite, Aberdeen’s only handpicked collection of unique, high quality wedding professionals. Tickets £5 at

Conference ALZHEIMER’S RESEARCH UK CONFERENCE AECC, Aberdeen The three-day conference will welcome dementia researchers from across the UK and beyond. The conference is the perfect forum for researchers to hear the latest findings - from discoveries in the laboratory to clinical perspectives. (Until 15th Mar).

Festival ABERDEEN JAZZ FESTIVAL Various, Aberdeen Aberdeen Jazz Festival is one of the city’s top music festivals, bringing world acclaimed jazz artists to Aberdeen each year as part of an exciting and varied programme. (Until 19th Mar).

Fashion TREND FASHION LUNCH Malmaison, Aberdeen A fabulous fashion show featuring the latest Spring/Summer 17 collections from some of Aberdeen’s finest fashion houses. Tickets £35 at

Comedy RUSSELL HOWARD AECC, Aberdeen Critically acclaimed comedy superstar, one of the best-selling acts in British stand-up and host of the smash hit TV show Russell Howard’s Good News, Russell Howard returns to Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre’s (AECC) GE Oil & Gas Arena for the fourth time with his ‘Round The World’Tour. (Until 23rd Mar).

ime to head north, with this prize of a two night stay for two people at Highland Apartments in Inverness. These luxurious serviced apartments enjoy some of the finest views over the River Ness to the Castle. The Highland capital’s shops, restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars are all just a short stroll away. Highland Apartments are part of the Mansley Group which also has top-of-the-range properties in London and Edinburgh. They’re perfect for a short break or business trip to Inverness and as a base for exploring the splendours of the Highlands.

offer all the flexibility of self-catering accommodation with the added benefits of a daily housekeeping service and facilities such as breakfast hampers, discounted dining, free parking and wi-fi. Many feature designer interiors, balconies and terraces overlooking the river as well as a fully equipped kitchen, a secure video entry system, lift access to all floors, flat screen TVs with Freeview, radio or CD player with iPod docks, and DVD players. You may never want to leave. There’s so much to do in Inverness and

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on Back Wynd. PAT PATTERSON AND KENNY MACKIE both scooped up a pair of tickets to see the fabulously camp musical La Cage Aux Folles at HMT and ALI RIDDOCH will be off for a stay at The Bus Stop in East Lothian.

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ou may have seen security specialist Dean Stott acting as an instructor on the Channel 4 Spies reality show, but what you won’t know is that he is in training for his own incredible reality show. The Aberdeen-based dad-of-two has signed up for the 14,000-mile Guinness PanAmerican highway cycling challenge in aid of Heads Together. Yes, that’s 14,000 miles and the route is from the southern tip of Argentina to Prudhoe in northern Alaska. The charity is spearheaded by Prince Harry to raise awareness of mental health issues across many spheres and Dean just happens to be able to call His Royal Highness a good buddy from shared experiences in their military careers. Said Dean, ‘I am a soldier’s son and spent 16 years in the Army myself, including time in the Special Boat Service. Prince Harry and I met on a course in 2007 and have stayed in touch ever since. Indeed, he suggested that I take part in the cycle challenge and raise funds for Heads Together which is also supported by Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge. I hadn’t cycled before so the task seemed way out of my comfort zone. However, I don’t do anything by halves so I agreed to take it on.’ As befits a super-fit ex-Army man, Dean has already warmed up for the gruelling challenge awaiting him from March 2018. ‘I cycled from Lands End to John O’Groats

at the end of November and I plan to do it again in May for Prince Harry’s Invictus Games in Toronto in September,’ he said. The Swindon-born adventurer has the full support of his Aberdonian wife, Alana, who is helping to organise fundraising events for the challenge ahead. There is to be a ladies lunch at Aberdeen’s Chester Hotel on Thursday 22 June, which just happens to be Ladies Day at Ascot, and there will be a gala dinner at Ardoe House Hotel on 1 September. Dean, who turns 40 on 3 April, is tough as teak and has his sights set on the record set by a Mexican cyclist for the Pan-American challenge “I don’t do anything of 117 days and five hours. by halves so I agreed However, one sport he has to to take it on.” give up on for the foreseeable future is veteran’s rugby. Dean plays in the centre for the Stonehaven-based Mackie Mammoths and is probably their fittest player. However, others in the team do not share his athletic prowess, according to a wife who wishes to remain anonymous. She said, ‘Mammoth is short for middle-aged men, mostly over the hill.’ Dean will see plenty of hills on his epic venture next year when he hopes to raise, wait for it, £1million. Contact him at and as they say, dig deep for a great cause.

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