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the only guide to a modern life in aberdeen



Chestnuts roasting by an open fire Haute fashion for cool days

Deeside delight... Fun for the whole family

Hello sailor!

Aberdeen's Maritme Museum

Battered, not bettered... The yummiest fish and chips

Win . . . A spa break at Stobo Castle A stay at Lake of Menteith A pair of Love From Australia Boots Tickets to Dirty Dancing A hands free kit from DF Communications A Cabin Equestrian pony party And a photoshoot with a Trend Photographer




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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 CCB Limited 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.

18 HEALTH & BEAUTY 10 Ouch Beauty 15 Riah Body & Soul Fashion 14 Style File with the Fashion pack at RGU 18 Chestnuts roasting by an open fire... 51 Thank Havens for Style 64 Furry Boots City Homes & Interiors 13 Four Seasons Florist is blooming marvellous Food & Drink 36 Battered, not bettered...the best fish and chips 37 Review: The Fife Arms in Turriff 38 Chef Focus: The Store 46 Food & Drinks listings Art, Culture & Entertainment 60 Angie Davidson’s animal art 62 Aberdeenshire’s first couple of design 74 Win a fabulous photography session with a Trend photographer 75 Win tickets to Dirty Dancing


68 76 Hold off from hibernation, here’s our guide to What’s On 78 Have you won a Trend competition? 79 Have your say... 86 Peter Mitchell has the last word... Travel & Leisure 48 Win a pony party from Cabin Equestrian 58 David tests the latest models 59 Lost? We try some Satnavs... 61 Win a hands free kit 66 Deeside delight...Courtney ventures to Loch Kinord 68 Win a stay at the Lake of Mentieth Hotel... 69 Or a spa break at Stobo Castle 70 Hello Sailor! Kate’s off to the Maritime Museum... 71 While Courtney’s fishing for compliments... 73 David’s all lit up about Estrella Society 80 Smile,’s Trend’s round up of all the best places to be seen Website Check out our Christmas Gift Guide at

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I thought it was about time to introduce everyone to you all properly and from each issue you’ll hear about what’s been happening with us as well as what’s in the magazine. Trend is a real team effort, so I thought we should mark this issue by showing you the team that helps make each issue of the magazine special and unique and thank them for their work behind the scenes. These are the wonderful women who deal with everything that you don’t see on the page. They do everything from organising our events to dealing with advertising and business development, from keeping our accounts in order to managing every aspect of the company. They, more than anyone, have helped Trend grow and become the magazine it is today. As statement of what they all do by the time you read this, we should know if we’ve been lucky enough to win an award for Best Magazine Cover 2011 at this year’s Scottish Magazine Awards... Keep watching the website and our facebook page.

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Contributors 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, David Gillanders, Stylists: Charlotte Stroud & Alison Keith Hair: Michelle Reid of Michelle Reid Hairdressing


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Sabina's cover look was created using: Face: Clarins Beauty Flash Balm Base Chanel Vialumiere Aqua foundation, Beige Pastel 20 Estee Lauder Dissapear Smoothing Creme concealer, Light 02 Benefit High Beam highlighter Chanel Les Tissage blusher, Tweed Pink 20 Eyes: Guerlain Ombre Eclat Eye Primer Mac Khol pencil, Fascinating Chanel Les 4 Ombres eyeshadow, Mystic Eyes 14 Chanel Le Crayon Kohl pencil, Noir 01 Chanel La Ligne liquid eyeliner, Noir & Lame Chanel Inimitable Intense mascara, Noir 10 Eyelure eyelashes, 116 Lips: Chanel Le Crayon Levres lip pencil, Tulip 31 Chanel Rouge Coco lipstick, Camelia Chanel Levres Scintillantes lip gloss, Mica 31 Nails: Chanel Le Vernis nail polish, Graphite Chanel Beaute des Ongles Mat top coat Make up: Fiona Morgan

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Aberdeen’s beauty secret One of Aberdeen’s best kept beauty secrets is hidden away inside the Nuffield Health Centre and Gym on Justice Mill Lane. Although OUCH Nails and Beauty has been on site for two years, its location means that many Trend readers may have missed out on one of the city’s friendliest and skilled full service salons. From the moment Mama, the receptionist greets you, you’ll feel at home. Ouch is justifiably popular with the gym’s members, but you don’t need to be a member at Nuffield to take advantage of all that the team have to offer. Ouch carries the Guinot line of face and body treatments and products which are used at over 10,000 salons and spas world-wide. Guinot doesn’t test any of their products on animals, but if the improvements in skin tone, texture, hydration and softness we 10

experienced after trying out a few samples is anything to go by, we’re sure they have no shortage of volunteer testers in Paris. Ouch also offers the only GuinotTechniSpa treatment machine north of Perthshire. It’s designed to improve the appearance of cellulite, leaving the skin looking toned and lifted through a combination of stimulation, electronic ionisation and lipo-aspiration. Although the results are immediate – some report a reduction of 1.5cm from the waist in an hour – a series of six or twelve treatments gives the best results. Ouch stays open till 9pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays and offers a great range of packages that will perk you up for the party season, or help you recover from the excesses afterwards. There’s a tailored selection of

Hydrodermiefacials, Lycon waxing, spray tanning, eye treatments and a full menu of nail services. Students are offered a 20% discount and the salon also offers waxing, massages and facials for men, meaning there’s no excuse not to look wonderful. T: 01224 211310 E:


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Team Orkid To The Rescue

Four Seasons Florist – Blooming Marvellous Phyl Bruce and the creative team behind Rosemount’s Four Seasons Florist have a longstanding reputation as the place for outstanding contemporary design, whether it be flowers for a wedding, funeral, corporate event, or just to make any room look spectacular. Their creations grace the tables at major events and dress some of the region’s best homes, businesses and hotels, including the Marcliffe at Pitfodels. The newly-refurbished shop is filled with fabulous flowers and foliage, with upwards of three dozen varieties available. Phyl buys her stock directly from the Netherlands and keeps ahead of design trends through constant experimentation and visits to trade shows all over the world. The quality of the blooms and the innovative design are underpinned by Phyl’s commitment to staff training and development, and her selection of striking containers which enhance the arrangements, combine to make a perfect package.

“Our customers know that we’ll produce something special and trust us to design something unique. We can also offer wine, champagne, chocolates and balloons to make a gift memorable, and our Interflora service means you can send flowers and gifts all over the world,” explained Phyl. Four Seasons Florist is blooming marvellous. 177 Rosemount Place, AB25 2XP T: 01224 633966 E

If the bleak midwinter is taking its toll then meet your personal rescue remedy – Team Orkid. The girls at award-winning Orkid Beauty Rooms in Bieldside are all set to banish your beauty blues and get you back in tiptop condition. Cold weather and over-indulgences can leave skin and nails lacklustre but a quick fix of eyelash extensions or gorgeous Gelish nails is an instant boost while micro dermabrasion will give you back your glow. Call Sara or Carla to book in for a range of facial and body treatments with Teresa, Kelly and new recruit Sally or for an appointment with Dr Vicki Guthrie, GP an medical professional trained to administer anti-aging treatments. Plus you’ll love the 10% off all Sisley products until the end of January. Orkid Beauty Rooms, 85 North Deeside Road, Bieldside, Aberdeen, AB15 9DS T: 01224 864444 13

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Q: What would you like to find in your Christmas stocking? A: I would like to find a tangerine and some chocolate coins

Q: What will you be wearing on Christmas Day? A: I will be staying in the pyjamas Santa brings as they are comfy and cozy

Coat: Zara Hat: Asos Bag: Topshop Shirt: H&M Boots: Topshop Shorts: H&M Necklace: Miss Selfridge

Scarf: My Mums Jumper: Jane Norman Coat: H&M Jeans: New Look Trainers: Schuh


Q: Ultimate winter must have? A: A good warm jacket Coat: H&M Shirt: Asos Trousers: H&M Shoes: Online

Q: What will you be wearing at New Year? A: My new Irregular Choice shoes. Jacket: Warhouse Skirt: Miss Selfridge Shoes: Red or Dead at Schuh Scarf: India


Relax & e t a n e v u j re y d o B h a at Ri & Soul Julie Sangster and her team are well known on the Aberdeenshire beauty scene since Riah Hair Design has been a firm favourite for over two decades, but now Julie has branched out with a new beauty salon just round the corner in Banchory’s Scott Skinner Square. Riah Body and Soul offers a light airy space and tranquil atmosphere which gives clients the opportunity to relax with a beauty-boosting range of facials and body treatments. Riah has selected premium skin and hair care brand La Biosthetique, renowned for its high quality, naturally derived ingredients and ability to create stunning results. The range includes the near-miraculous La

Dermosthetique, which has been described as “Botox in a bottle”. It’s Riah’s all-embracing approach to beauty that makes it so special. Julie offers a personal wig service for those who need to replace their own hair. She’s been specially trained by a charity called My New Hair by Salons that Care to help both women and men suffering hair loss, due to cancer or other illnesses, by customising and styling wigs which gives the client a more natural and confident look. She also works with a trichologist to help those with weak hair or hair loss. Riah is already regarded as the beauty destination for brides who want to look their best. The entire bridal party can pampered to perfection while enjoying exclusive use of a

room in the salon and a glass of bubbly. The salon also hosts bespoke pamper parties for all ages on Saturday afternoons. Riah’s clients can also book facial rejuvenation procedures with registered nurse and advanced aesthetic practitioner Lynda Smith of SAORSA Aesthetics to achieve a subtle and natural looking result. Lynda offers an individualised approach and believes in educating clients to make informed decisions. Everyone who visits Riah comes out feeling and looking their best. T: 01330 820677 E



Heat Up a Cold Night with De-Zire Fabulous lingerie is one of a woman’s top gifts to receive, so why not treat the special lady in your life to exquisite lingerie from De-Zire.

Dear Santa, I would love to find Entrelacs from Lejaby In my stocking.

From A very good girl. x

De-Zire of Inverurie has everything you need to ensure your lady will not be disappointed on Christmas morning. We specialise in exclusive brands of lingerie, sleepwear and swimwear in the North-east and provide a free, professional bra fitting service in a friendly environment. De-Zire caters for all shapes and sizes with back sizes ranging from 28 - 44 and A to K cups. De-Zire stock many exclusive brands including Aubade, Lejaby, Charnos, Lepel, Curvy Kate and Hotmilk, and arriving in December is our most exclusive brand to date, Nicole de Carle silk lingerie as seen on Channel 4’s Dirty Sexy Things. De-Zire is hosting a gentleman’s Christmas shopping evening on Tuesday, 6th December from 5pm - 8pm. Let us help with your Christmas shopping whilst you enjoy a cool beverage and nibbles, we will even gift wrap your purchases! To all our wonderful customers, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Susan, Jenna Jay & Evelyn. x De-Zire, 8 West High Street, Inverurie AB51 3SA T: 01467 670835

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Jumpsuit £75 Oasis, Fisherman rib cardigan £46 Warehouse Gold Earrings £36 Finesse, Gold Necklace £51 Monet all available at John Lewis Winter Bex Blouse £110 French Connection At AB10


Fur Waistcoat £65 Warehouse, Chance Cowl Dress £95 Coast, Chunky Mustard Cable Scarf £30 John Lewis Women, Fur Trim Gloves £35 John Lewis Women all available at John Lewis, Wisteria Purple Boots £230 Carvela at Kurt Geiger


Spot mesh tutu £50 Love at AB10, Cardigan £250 Ralph Lauren Earrings £49 Cachet London both available at John Lewis


Gold earrings as before, Open Tote Kath Kidson £65, Faux fur cream earmuffs £15 John Lewis Women Square spot shirt £110 Whistles all available at John Lewis, Cream Knit Cardigan £48 Glamorous at AB10 Kick flare suede jeans £165 Marrakesh It’s Darling, Angelina £150 Carvela at Kurt Geiger


Cap sleeve champagne dress £195 John Lewis Women, Cuff Bracelet £60.00, Bracelet £25.00 Black and silver Earrings £42 all Monet at John Lewis, Enautre gold glitter courts £130 KG at John Lewis Ivy Champagne handbag £55 Kurt Geiger at John Lewis

Thanks to: Our model: Sabina Borcea Make-up: Fiona Morgan Hair: Michelle Reid at De Milo Stylists: Alison Keith and Charlotte Stroud Photographer: Ray Smith The owners of Birkeluun Holiday Cottage, Glen Tanar Estate, Royal Deeside



perfect outlet A further expansion in 12 months for the Perfect group! new shop opening 3rd december! This has been a long awaited dream and with the adjacent premises becoming available the dream has become a reality. With an abundance of past season or ex sample stock still in brilliant condition from the bridal and occasion wear shops, they have created a beautiful retail space for 'off the peg' purchases at greatly reduced prices. In their 17 years of bridal retail they have always been acutely aware of brides with a short time to plan or who love a bargain. Owner Alison Waller says ‘we are able to provide a huge selection of beautiful gowns by top designers and labels for this purpose’. Along with stunning Mother of the Bride outfits and evening wear, they also have exquisite accessories creating a one stop shopping experience altogether on Holburn Street.

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GIVE THE GIFT OF GLENEAGLES If you are looking for interesting gifts for Christmas, Gleneagles offers a selection of inspiring ideas that your friends and family will remember for years to come: Golf on one of 3 championship courses • Day spa rituals and spa retreats • Afternoon teas, celebration dinners and Sunday lunches • A wide range of outdoor activities •

And if you can’t decide, Gleneagles monetary gift vouchers can be redeemed against a wide range of experiences. Simply visit to browse our online catalogue. We will send your selected gift voucher to you, or directly to the recipient by post.

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Falls of Feugh Restaurant There is. . .

no other place near this place. . . like this place. . . so. . . this must be the place

The Boars Head Inn Kinmuck Inverurie AB51 0LY T: 01224 791235

Opening Times: Wednesday - Sunday for lunches 12-3pm and high teas 4-6.30pm

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food review

Three Fish & Chips Please...

Fish and Chips or the ‘Fish Supper’ as it’s fondly referred to here in Scotland is something we all know and love... > WORDS by GILL bUyERS

We’ve all had moments when you just have to have fish and chips... Trend went on the search of three different venues where Fish and Chips is always on the menu. The wood lined bar area of Cape Horn Lounge Bar at the Mariner Hotel is a popular bar supper venue with locals and visitors alike. The menu has their signature stables but they have a good daily selection of specials on offer also. Having an upmarket fish restaurant, Atlantis, also attached to the hotel you can be assured of the freshest fish being offered. Ours was delicious. The perfectly cooked fish was flaky, as it should be and the batter wasn’t too thick or soggy, my pet hate! Accompanied by peas, chunky chips and homemade tartare sauce what more could you ask for, ketchup please! The award winning Bay Chip Shop in Stonehaven was our carry out venue. They specialise in being able to offer fish cooked for allergy sufferers and they have won numerous awards. The take away fish and chip supper

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from here was freshly cooked to order for us and our mouths watered as we waited. The end result was truly fab we sat in the car eating the delicious offering which brought back fond childhood memories. Finally, we got dressed up for the Courtyard restaurant’s ‘Posh Scampi’. The beautifully presented ’Panko Breadcrumbed Monkfish Tail with Handcut Chunky Chips & Tangy Tartare Sauce’ was presented with the flair and appearance you would expect from this lovely dining destination. The outer bread crumbed coating was crispy and light and the fish inside was firm and meaty as it should be. This was definitely a real treat! The Bay Fish & Chips, The Beach Promenade, Stonehaven Cape Horn Bar at The Mariner Hotel, 349 Great Western Road, Aberdeen The Courtyard Restaurant, 1 Alford Lane, Aberdeen 36

Restaurant REVIEW

restaurant review


FIFE ARMS,TURRIFF People often describe a favourite restaurant by saying that the food they serve simply ‘melts in your mouth.’ Being a cynic, I am never convinced because for me, this has never actually happened with anything other than ice cream. After hearing it said on numerous occasions about the Fife Arms Hotel, I decided to take a drive out and see if I could find some truth to this somewhat overused turn of phrase. The Fife Arms stands on the Square in Turriff, thirty straightforward miles northwest of Aberdeen. Upon walking through the door, you find yourself in a cosy sitting room full of plump leather sofas and armchairs that you sink into before being handed your glass of wine and a menu to peruse. Brimming with everything from seasonal game to an abundance of seafood – all locally sourced –

the only dilemma presented by the menu and specials board is narrowing down your choice. Eventually, I settled on the seared Shetland salmon starter, followed by langoustine on a bed of linguine and finished off with sticky toffee pudding. My dining companion, who kindly tolerated my requests for bites, opted for the mushroom risotto starter, chicken

in a spiced Moroccan tomato sauce, and a chocolate crème brûlée accompanied by Turkish delight ice cream. Served in a dining area that unites contemporary style with rustic charm, the food provides a unique taste experience that can only be achieved through the combination of good ideas and high-quality fresh ingredients. Besides enjoying a fantastic meal, I finally learned that some dishes – in particular the langoustine and sticky toffee pudding – can be prepared so perfectly, they seem to disappear, or melt, in your mouth before you’ve even had a chance to chew. But don’t take my word for it – drive out to the Fife Arms and find out for yourself. T: 01888 563124


cHef focUS profile

Q & A's Why did you decide to become a chef? I’ve always had a passion for cooking and have enjoyed doing it for my friends and family. My food always received good feedback from them, which made me realise I should turn my passion into a career. Tell us how you became to be in your current job? The Store was one of my favourite places to buy ingredients to cook at home, so when I saw they were hiring, I had to enquire. At a meeting with owner Andrew Booth, I was keen to impress, so I bought some of The Store’s own silverside beef. I smoked it in my home smoker, and it was a hit! After a couple of trial shifts, I became a permanent fixture in The Store kitchen. How would you describe the food you offer at The Store? At The Store we offer great homecooked food made from top-quality produce from our own farm and local area. I would say we serve classic favorites with a modern twist.

Tim Yeomans Restaurant Chef The Store

What do you love about cooking and your job? I love experimenting with cooking; the thing I love about my job is cooking with good local ingredients, which is why I love working at The Store, which produces all its own beef and lamb. There is nothing better than cooking with ingredients that you have seen being reared right where you work. What's the first thing you learnt to cook? The first thing I remember making regularly was a stir-fry; I loved how it allowed me to play with different textures and flavours. Is there a cut of meat you feel is particularly underrated? I would say beef skirt is one of the most underrated. I often marinate beef skirt in a balsamic barbecue sauce for a week, which makes the meat very tender. Then it just needs to be cooked for a minute on each side, which makes it ideal for a BBQ.


Festive pie served with Christmas Slaw Festive Pie, Serves 8

Christmas Slaw, Serves 8

Ingredients 2tbsp olive oil | Knob of butter | 1 onion, finely chopped 500g sausage meat or skinned sausages | Grated zest of 1 lemon 100g fresh white breadcrumbs | 85g dried apricots, chopped 50g chestnuts, canned or vacuum-packed, chopped 2tsp chopped fresh thyme | 100g cranberries 500g boneless, skinless turkey breasts (or leftover roast turkey) 500g shortcrust pastry | 1 beaten egg, to glaze | Salt and pepper

Ingredients 4 carrots grated | 12 brussels sprouts shredded Zest of 2 oranges | 120 g dried cranberries | 16tbsp mayonnaise 1tsp salt | 1tsp pepper

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THE STORE • Meat direct from our farm & butchery • Home cooked lunches, scones, cakes & coffee • Local produce • Scottish deli products • Monthly gourmet evenings • Gourmet hampers available


Method 1. Heat oven to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5. Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan and add the butter. Add the onion and fry for 5 mins until softened. Cool slightly. 2. Tip the sausage meat, lemon zest, breadcrumbs, apricots, chestnuts and thyme into a bowl. Add the onion and cranberries, and mix everything together with your hands, adding plenty of pepper and a little salt. 3. Cut each turkey breast into three fillets lengthwise and season all over with salt and pepper. Heat the remaining oil in the frying pan, and fry the fillets quickly until browned, about 6-8 mins. 4. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry to line a 20-23cm springform or deep loose-based tart tin. Press in half of the sausage mix and spread to level. Then add the turkey pieces in one layer and cover with the rest of the sausage. Press down lightly. 5. Roll out the remaining pastry. Brush the edges of the pastry with beaten egg and cover with the pastry lid. Pinch the edges to seal, then trim. Brush the top of the pie with egg, then roll out the trimmings to make holly leaf shapes and berries. Decorate the pie and brush again with egg. 6. Set the tin on a baking sheet and bake for 50-60 mins, then cool in the tin for 15 mins. Remove and leave to cool completely. Serve with a winter salad and pickles

Method 1. Grate carrots and shred brussels sprouts (I use a food processor but grater works just as well) 2. Mix the carrots and sprouts together in a bowl 3. Grate the zest of the oranges in to the bowl with the sprouts and carrots 4. Add the dried cranberries 5. Add the mayonnaise and mix all the ingredients together 6. Season with salt and pepper

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Finding the perfect function venue can be a tricky business - but not if you join the country club - for you'll be in good company among the savvy people who plan their parties or corporate events out of town at one of Aberdeenshire's best loved pubs, the Broadstraik Inn.

The historic former coaching inn has seen almost every type of celebration imaginable down the centuries and is still a favourite destination for today's discerning customers, whether it's corporate clients from the nearby international oil and related companies, charitable and business organisations, or families looking to mark an anniversary or birthday.

The Broadstraik's two smart function rooms provide the ideal venue for a variety of events, and can cater for the most relaxed to the most formal occasion. More intimate occasions, for up to 30 people, suit the smaller room while the larger one can take up to 80. Bigger functions can utilise both rooms to accommodate more guests. Companies choose the country pub for private dining, AGMs and fundraising nights while other clients hold 40

regular lunches or weekly events. It’s also popular for family events from celebrations to funeral teas. Champagne and canapé receptions start at around £10 per head and a sit down three-course dinner can range from £25 upwards, depending on the menu. In the summer you could even have a barbecue. The key to planning a function in the country at The Broadstraik is flexibility - you let them know what you want, they'll try to make it happen. The Broadstraik Inn, Elrick, Westhill T: 01224 743217 E:


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Play Barn & Coffee shop Visit our large Indoor Soft Playframe or pop into our Coffee Shop for a light lunch, snack or a delicious cakes or homebake. Christmas Trees and Holly Wreaths available from 3rd December. Pre-order your Hoodles Christmas Hamper from £22.50 includes, a jar of jam, a jar of chutney, fruit loaf or gingerbread, white chocolate fudge, box of small truffles and a round of shortbread. Hoodles Play Barn & Coffee Shop North Mains of Barra Oldmeldrum AB51 0BB T: 01651 873813


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Make it easy this Christmas at Meldrum House

Our traditional festive menu served in the warm friendly ambience of a Scottish baronial mansion is the perfect getaway. Whether lunch or dinner, let our award winning chef and friendly staff make your Christmas one to remember. Book now on +44 (0)1651 872294 or email AA Visit Scotland




MALMAISON ABERDEEN, THE PERFECT VENUE FOR CELEBRATIONS: WEDDINGS, BIRTHDAYS & REMEMBRANCES Mal life. Treat the Aberdeen Mal as your own. Choose any one of our three rooms with menus to suit any occasion. From the intimacy of the Chef’s Table and The Hauf to the impressive Rubislaw. Alternatively throw a cocktail party to remember in our super slinky bar or wine cellar, take over a section of our awe inspiring brasserie or celebrate in a lavish suite such as the Crathes with rooftop terrace. Make yourself at home. After all, our house is your house. That’s Mal life.

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Who we are The company behind the successful La Stella and Courtyard restaurants have brought their winning formula to The Athenaeum, et voila ‘Beetroot @ The Athenaeum’.

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 The Beetroot team bring their flourish to good, honest, homely pub grub, with a focus on quality produce at it’s seasonal best, this is an homage to simple food made great! Did you know A happy, bustling place with a quirky, welcoming interior, The Athenaeum has become destination pub in it’s own right. Already well established as having one of the most adventurous and extensive selections behind the bar, The Athenaeum and Beetroot Restaurants is a food and drink pairing made in heaven!

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. 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.

The Athenaeum 5-9 Union Street Aberdeen AB11 5BU T: 01224 595585

1906 Restaurant at HMT Rosemount Viaduct Aberdeen AB25 1GL T: 01224 337677




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. Christmas menu available. Musa 33 Exchange Street Aberdeen AB11 6PH T: 01224 571771 follow John, Dave and Musa on twitter: @musajohn @musachef @MusaAberdeen


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Coming into the festive season, we all partake in a tipple of mulled wine but it can be several days until we can contemplate indulging again as it has a habit of leaving us rather hung-over, by which point any remaining mulled wine is usually thrown away. However, Dusk has come up with a method of not only utilising the leftovers, but also being able to beat the associated blues: T : 01224 594430

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Horsing Around The Cabin Equestrian Centre, Inverurie is the largest equestrian facility in the North of Scotland. It boasts a huge indoor arena with a heated café overlooking both it and the vast outdoor arena, with stunning views over all The Cabin forestry, and over to Bennachie. The Cabin is a family run riding centre that is BHS, ABRS and PC approved and hosts top level British show jumping competitions all year round. They offer lessons in their indoor and outdoor arenas for all ages and all levels, as well as woodland trail riding, 48

pony parties, camps, fun days and activity weeks. The Cabin is delighted to offer one reader the chance to win a weekend “pony party” for 12 adults, your friends, work colleagues or all the family, including meeting your horse/pony, a lesson/trail ride and lunch, plus refreshment. To enter, just visit the website at www. click on the competitions tab and answer the following question: Where is The Cabin Equestrian Centre?


Movember comes to Each year, during the month formerly known as November, men around the world grow a moustache to raise awareness and funds for men’s health issues - specifically prostate and testicular cancer. The team at subsea specialist Flexlife participated in the 2011 Movember campaign when 13 members of staff ditched their razors in support of the cause. Flexlife Chief Executive Stuart Mitchell said: “Statistics show that more than

10,000 men will die of prostate cancer in the UK this year alone, that’s a startling reality. Being able to show support for such a fantastic charity has been a real pleasure and a great source of entertainment within the team – we’ll definitely be participating again in years to come.” The Movember Foundation uses the money raised to fund two programmes. The first is an awareness and education programme that significantly increases the understanding and

reduces the stigmas of the health risks that men face. The second is Movember’s Global Action Plan, which accelerates key outcomes in prostate cancer research by facilitating global research collaboration projects. For more information visit

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aaa celebrates the big 4-0!

There can’t be many recruitment businesses that have grown and prospered for forty years while maintaining a reputation for outstanding customer service, but that’s what Aberdeen Appointments Agency have to celebrate as they mark their 40th anniversary. Of course there are even fewer that owe their start in business to a £250 loan and a winning racehorse called Specify... Despite taking a gamble as a start-up, AAA has now placed over 20,000 people in permanent positions and 70,000 in temporary or contract roles. Managing Director Gus Porter, who has over 30 years experience in the business, puts the company’s success down to their skill in selecting their own staff, saying, “Our people have fantastic work ethics, pride in their work, the company and a burning desire to be the best in the business. Our clients and candidates tell us they experience the difference when dealing with AAA.” Aberdeen Appointments Agency 461 Union Street T: 01224 211211 E: 50

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Thank Havens for style If you’re old enough to have given up on TopShop, but not on looking stylish, then Elizabeth Havens should definitely be top of your shopping list. With two shops in Laurencekirk and a new shop in Stonehaven, it’s rather like taking a trip round your own dream wardrobe! The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and can provide impartial expert advice if you want to try a new look. They’re also happy to let you browse the colour co-ordinated racks to your heart’s content. And your heart will be pretty content given business partners, Elizabeth and Helen’s great eye for design that will remain wearable for more than a month or two. It’s a well-curated collection that offers everything from school run chic to standout bandage dresses. We loved the well tailored separates from Olsen and a pair of butter-soft suede trousers from Marc Aurel. Much of the stock can’t be found elsewhere and is priced well for the quality on offer. Being stylish is rarely this straightforward! Given that the first shop started out two years ago as a bespoke costume jewellery, childrenswear and gift retailer, it’s no surprise that jewellery and accessories are a strong suit. You’ll find a great range of classic and quirky bags, scarves, hosiery and gloves in store. The range from Italian designer, Elisa Cavaletti is a standout. And as a final touch, Elizabeth can even make you a bespoke piece of jewellery from freshwater pearls and crystals that will draw admiring, and maybe one or two envious, glances. If you can’t make it to Stonehaven or Laurencekirk, don’t fret, as Elizabeth and Helen plan to expand the online jewellery shop to include clothing, gifts and accessories early in 2012. Ladies Fashion at 28 David Street, Stonehaven AB39 2AL T: 01569 766 373 Ladies Fashion at 17 High Street, Laurencekirk AB30 1AA T: 01561 378 238 Jewellery, Children's Clothes and Toys, Gifts and Beads at 97 High Street, Laurencekirk AB30 1BH T: 01561 377 288 E:



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IT IS ON...... IN ABERDEEN As prepares to launch in Aberdeen, founder and MD, Oli Norman, talks Daily Deals and being one of Scotland’s most talked about businesses. When launched Daily Deals in Glasgow just over a year ago, nobody could have predicted just how popular the website would become. Today, with Deals running in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee and tens of thousands of people joining the site for free every month, it’s one of the UK’s fastest growing companies and one of Scotland’s most talked about businesses. “Right from the beginning, we wanted to be more than just a Daily Deals site” said Oli, “we wanted it to be a way for people to get more from their city and to discover new places without having to spend a fortune.” Regularly running deals with some of Scotland’s biggest venues including Cameron House Hotel, Rogano, the DCA and One Spa, has firmly established itself as the deal site of choice of Scotland’s best brands. “Competition is rife in the Daily Deals marketplace and unfortunately some of our competitors are spoiling it for everybody. offers the best business terms, the best customer support and the best members and the amazing Scottish businesses we work with every day speak volumes about the quality of our service.” Oli is also founder and MD of DADA, a Glasgow based company which is one of the UK’s most successful PR and Events agencies which handled the media storm around Susan Boyle as well as running some of the world’s most talked about events including the 100ft high dining table, Festival in the Sky, and GLAM in the City hosted by Gok Wan.

“As a Scottish company, we have a massive edge on the competition in the Daily Deals marketplace. We have local knowledge, a local sales and customer support team and experienced account managers who ensure every deal goes without a hitch and generates valuable new customers for businesses. This ensures that we continue to work with the best brands across Scotland and, very soon, in Aberdeen too.” offers a minimum of 50% off restaurants, spas, hotels and more, every day. will launch in Aberdeen in January 2012. Join for free today at Want to work for itison? Get in touch by emailing



Russell Gibson Planning For The Future

Three years after being established by Alan Ball and Tom Hyslop, Aberdeen-based Russell Gibson Financial Management continues to go from strength to strength. After purchasing new office premises in the city’s west end last year and increasing its staff numbers, the independent financial management company has substantially grown its turnover in the past year. Tom said, “We have seen an increased demand for our services which can be attributed to more people focusing on organising their finances. Our clients’ interests are at the heart of the impartial advice that we provide and it is our job to assist them to work toward their dreams and life goals.” Russell Gibson Financial Management, 6 Albert Street, Aberdeen T: 01224 264999


Christmas Exhibition Thurs 1st Dec – Sat 24th Dec 2011

Browse exclusive work from our guest jeweller Carole Herbert; new unique gemstone stock, gemstone beads and unusual necklaces; as well as all our own collections.

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Keenan Recycling has been short-listed in the Waste and Resources category in the Vision in Business for the Environment of Scotland (VIBES) Awards. The firm was also nominated for an award from the Chartered Institution of Waste Management recognising excellence in waste management facility operating teams. The firm was up against some high profile national companies andreceived a highly commended distinction from CIWM. Keenan Recycling transforms food and garden waste from Scottish authorities and North-east businesses into British Standard compost at its award-winning ÂŁ5m New Deer facility. Keenan Recycling T:01771 644883 56



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SMALL BUT PERFECTLY FORMED recently i had the pleasure on the same day of road testing the latest mini Cooper s All 4 Countryman and the BmW X1, 2 litre diesel m sport. To make my comparison i drove them both over one of my favourite roads in Aberdeenshire the Cairn o'mount.

states of 1.6-litre petrol tune - 97bhp One, 121bhp Cooper and 181bhp, turbocharged Cooper S - and two diesels, the 89bhp D and the 110bhp Cooper D. It’s the Cooper S we tried here, in range topping, four wheel drive ALL4 spec. All of the petrol models are available with an automatic option.

Both cars behaved impeccably, the Mini with 0 - 60 in 7.6 seconds and 240 nm of torque, coupled with a 4 wheel drive system was an absolute treat to drive on the twisting, winding uphill and downhill sections of the road. The Countryman comes in three

On the other hand the BMW X1 is small, but well proportioned. Take a closer look and one will definitely notice the treatment to the metal surfaces which have been sculpted in a fluid fashion to offer the vehicle a robust stance which fits in well with the ‘X’ family of vehicles


from BMW, and remember it is a diesel, had 350 nm of torque, was more than capable of giving the Countryman a run for its money, albeit a different driving style. Both these vehicles are produced by BMW but appeal to different segments of the Market. Which is better? Well that is all down to personal choice. If I was lucky enough to have my pick - it would be the Mini for me. Both cars were supplied by the John Clark Motor Group.

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it was that you missed the turning. Here’s our guide to two of the latest models... The voice-activated nüvi 2460LMT comes with free lifetime streetlevel maps for 45 countries and traffic flow reports. It also features hands-free phone calls via Bluetooth® and helps the driver navigate through tricky motorway junctions. It can learn your driving habits to predict where you're going! Alternatively, the new TomTom Go Live 1005 World lets drivers safely tweet their estimated time of arrival and search live travel reviews using new, driver-friendly versions of Expedia and TripAdvisor. It’s probably a bit over the top for the school run or a day trip to Aviemore, but great for long-distance expeditions. > WORDS by ALISON DANIELS


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Official Fuel Economy Figures for the BMW X1 XDrive : Urban 42.2 mpg (6.7 l/100km). Extra Urban 55.4 mpg (5.1 l/100km). Combined 49.6 mpg (5.7 l/100km). CO2 emissions 150 g/km.

Official Fuel Economy Figures for the MINI Range: Urban 27.4-67.3 mpg (10.3-4.2 l/100km). Extra Urban 45.6-80.7 mpg (6.2-3.5 l/100km). Combined 36.7-74.3 mpg (7.7-3.8 l/100km). CO2 emissions 180-99 g/km.

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art feature


A breed apart Angela Davidson exemplifies that rare type of artist, being self-taught, highly skilled and producing popular work. Her striking animal portraits suit both country interiors and urban spaces alike, and her prints and originals are both accessible and immaculately executed.

Angela knew she wanted to be an artist from an early age. “Deciding a career path was easy. At school, the only two things I was good at were sport and art.  As no one would pay me for running as fast as I could, the choice was made for me,” she laughed.

sporting events, the animals just took over.” Over the years, her style has evolved; “I now work solely with pastel on paper. It’s quick and very effective.  Ideas for new work are usually inspired from photos we take at events around the country,” she added.

Angela works from her studio, gallery and workshops at home near Insch. “Up until about 2003 my art was very conventional. Then I tried something different: doing really detailed close-up work of cattle, then sheep, then horses.  In 2006, I took my first original of a black Highland bull to the Royal Highland Show.  The original was sold before we even arrived there and the prints flew.

Angela’s prints provide an affordable entree into buying art for those who’ve never purchased before, with many being produced in strictly limited editions. Prices start below £50, which represents great value for such striking work.

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Angela’s original work is so in demand that she has a backlog of several years’ worth of commissions stacked up and isn’t currently accepting any more. Angela sells her originals and prints from her own gallery, as well as through approximately a hundred trade suppliers.

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This edition’s competition prize will help to ensure you communicate safely while you’re on the move. The Parrot CK3100 is one of the best hands free kits on the market, allowing you to make and receive calls without ever touching your mobile phone. Start the engine and the kit immediately connects through Bluetooth to your mobile. It then uses voice recognition to automatically dial the number requested.

DF Communications’ Sensational Year Award-winning mobile phone specialist dF Communications is celebrating a sensational silver anniversary year that saw it crowned the region’s top customer service provider. The past 12 months have also seen profits shoot up while staff still found the time to fundraise a magnificent £18,000 for charity. It’s been a bittersweet year for the family-owned Aberdeen firm which suffered the loss of its founder, Dick Fleming, from cancer in January 2011. But his daughter Fiona and her team, including sales director Craig Forsyth, have built on his legacy to ensure the business is stronger than ever and entering 2012 in great shape. Over the past year DF Communications has won seven out of eight O2 Partner of the Month awards

for new sales, customer retention and positive customer feedback. The high standard of customer care was also recognised when the company scooped the Northern Star Business Awards’ Excellence in Customer Service accolade in the autumn. And since Dick died various members of the team have been fundraising in his memory for Marie Cure Cancer Care. Fiona completed the Mighty Deerstalker cross country night run while other staff ran the Balmoral 10k race and they all rounded off their money-making year with a charity event at Soul Casino.

The external microphone also captures the sound of your voice while filtering out the surrounding noise and, during a call, the car radio automatically cuts out to allow for a smooth conversation. For the chance to win a hands free car kit go to click on the competitions tab and answer the following question: How does the Parrot CK3100 connect to your phone? DF Communications, 33-37 South College Street, Aberdeen, AB11 6LE T: 01224 588844 E:

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designer feature

Aberdeenshire’s most creative couple? It can’t always be easy working alongside your other half, but Aberdeenshire makers Jonathan and Belinda Rose find harmony in making furniture and working with textiles in their workshops in Hirn near Banchory.

Jonathan has been making furniture for thirty years and got started because he wanted quality pieces and good design for his home and decided the best way was to produce them himself. Two years ago, he became a full time craftsman-designer, working to commission and showing at arts fairs and during NEOS. Belinda uses her computer to create complex layered textiles which she weaves on her power loom. His/her work is a constant process of invention and new techniques. She’s currently producing woven portraits. “I start with 62

an image which inspires me, usually one of my own drawings, paintings or photos or combination of these. My range of subject matter is wide, from landscape scenes, flowers, birds to pre and post operative x-rays, at the other extreme. “I’ve worked with natural fibres, linen, cotton, wool and silk, but I don’t restrict myself to these. I’ve used wooden dowels, paper yarns, and newer yarns such as phosphorescent yarn which glows in the dark, and high twist yarns which contract when taken off the loom,” Belinda explained.

Both Belinda and Jonathan enjoy the process of working closely with clients to create something unique and are looking forward to combining their talents more in the future, should the right opportunity arise. So far, the couple have upholstered one of Johnathan’s chairs in a fabric produced by Belinda and are interested in collaborating more in future. Both Belinda and Jonathan have their own approach to the creative process. Jonathan, who is influenced by natural forms and Art Deco lines, said, “I look at the functional requirement and then look at the location it will be placed.


When working with a client this is often about solving a problem or making something which they are unable to find elsewhere. Ideas can stem from the client and in this situation I see it as my job to become an interpreter. The materials I have used so far have been limited to wood, but I'm open to other ideas as my design vocabulary grows”. For Belinda, whose influences include weavers Bhakti Ziek and Lia Cook in the US, almost anything can provide a starting point. “My taste in art is eclectic which shows in my work. I don’t yet have a particular signature, I love to explore,” she continued.

Belinda’s work also features at NEOS and a number of joint exhibitions throughout the year, such as Fabric of the Land, an event organised by Smart for the University of Aberdeen Department Of Geology. And are there any drawbacks to working so closely with your other half? Jonathan admits that conflicting deadlines give rise to the odd problem, saying, “There is something about creativity which means we are often thinking about what is possible, something in the future. This occasionally results in the present being a bit chaotic!”

Belinda and Jonathan are happy to discuss individual projects or commissions and can be reached through their websites. T: 01330 844409 E: or www.jonathan or



FURRY BOOTS CITY If the shoe fits.... Don't be left out in the cold this winter - be on trend and 'toestie' warm in this season’s furry boots. Available in an array of different colours, fur lined and trimmed they are perfect for the Scottish winter weather. Casual and comfortable, great for a cold days shopping or walking the dog, team with a faux fur jacket for effortless ski slope chic and add a buckle or bag to accompany. Step out in style no matter what the weather.


COMPETITION AB10 is a leading men’s and ladieswear retailer in Aberdeen with its flagship store in the city’s Union Square. They have a variety of upmarket brands and are delighted to announce the arrival of luxury brand Love From Australia. To celebrate this arrival AB10 are offering one lucky Trend reader the chance to win a pair of stylish Tibetan Cupid Boots from the Deep Winter collection which retail from £179. To enter, visit click the competitions tab and answer the following question: Where is the AB10 flagship store situated?




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travel and leisure

Royal Deeside Retreat to

Few people would turn down the opportunity to trade city life for a weekend hideaway in a woodland retreat, but normally such a luxury involves a lot of planning and a long drive. So when I realised that the Loch Kinord Hotel and its Royal Deeside Woodland Lodges were a mere forty minutes from Aberdeen, I threw a few essentials into the car, loaded in the husband and children, and headed off.


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Before I knew it, we found ourselves engulfed in a canopy of endless rows of evergreen trees that stand sentry along the roadside and receive you through the Eastern Gateway to the Cairngorm National Park – suddenly, the city seemed very far away indeed. Located in Dinnet, just outside Aboyne, Loch Kinord Hotel has a surprising amount to offer everyone – from couples or families looking for a quick weekend getaway to large groups celebrating special occasions that wish to have the whole place to themselves.

we awoke ready to explore Dinnet and the surrounding area. As it happens, the hotel and lodges back on to the Muir of Dinnet Nature Reserve, so we literally just stepped outside the lodge door and began a threehour walk around Loch Kinord that included a bit of urban exploring through the Burn O’Vat and Rob Roy’s Cave. The breathtaking scenery, fresh air and absolute solitude – bar the odd feisty swan or two – combine to leave you feeling as refreshed as a week in a health spa.

From the minute you walk through the door, the cosy atmosphere and friendly attention let you know that you are welcome and in good hands. The hotel itself boasts nineteen en-suite bedrooms, each unique in décor and each showcasing its own individual tartan created by a local designer. If you prefer a bit more space, there are eight woodland lodges that feel so much like home, my children had their feet up and remote control in hand before I even had time to bring in the luggage.

But walking is only the tip of the iceberg when you’re in Royal Deeside – you can cycle the old railway line to Ballater, pay a quick visit to nearby Balmoral Castle, partake in a bit of salmon fishing, or even hit the slopes during the ski season. If you fancy a bit of retail therapy, a jaunt into Aboyne wouldn’t go amiss or if you’re looking for a wedding venue, you will want to introduce yourself to the fairytale Glen Tanar Chapel.

Although the lodges offer excellent facilities for self-catering, it would be negligent to miss out on the chance to dine in the hotel’s restaurant. Rarely have I had a dining experience that simultaneously makes the adults feel like they are in a first class restaurant while still offering food the children will love. From the homemade bread through to the delectable desserts, you will not be served anything that isn’t beautifully presented and, wherever possible, created using organic local produce.

It is often the case that we fail to consider the holiday destinations that are literally on our doorstep, but I can tell you that Dinnet is a destination not to be missed. Whether you’re planning a family getaway, a romantic weekend, or looking for a magnificent backdrop for your wedding, I highly recommend making the Loch Kinord Hotel your base for a relaxing retreat to Royal Deeside.

After a night’s sleep that was every bit as delicious as our supper the night before,



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Lake of Menteith Hotel > words by ALISON DANIELS

Enjoy a relaxing break in the Trossachs, with our fabulous Lake of Menteith Hotel competition. One lucky reader will win a luxurious 2 night break for two people in this award-wining lakeside hotel in the Trossachs, including dinner, bed & breakfast and a whisky tasting session in the renowned Malt Vault. The hotel nestles on the edge of Scotland’s only lake and enjoys an excellent reputation for its fabulous food, which is served in the waterfront restaurant. Situated just 20 minutes from Loch Lomond, its ideal for exploring the many towns and villages dotted about the National Park. The hotel is decorated in the warm and welcoming style of a classic New England hotel; the muted tones and seasoned local timber perfectly compliment the unique and tranquil location. The winner will enjoy a complimentary tasting tutorial in the Malt Vault. Visitors to the Malt Vault have the opportunity to learn more about the distilling process and the history of malt whisky. If you’re not lucky enough to win you can still snap up some lakeside luxury with our exciting reader offer! Stay from just £60 per night on a B&B basis (based on two people sharing) during January and February (excludes Hogmanay and 11-14 February 2012 inclusive. Subject to availability and allocation. Call 01877 385258 and quote Trend Magazine or visit For your chance to win just go to click on the competitions tab and answer the following question: Which lake does the hotel overlook? Terms and Conditions: Prize is valid until 30th April 2012, excluding Saturdays, event periods and public holidays and is subject to availability and allocation. The prize is nontransferable and their is no cash alternative.




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If you could use a little relaxation and pampering, then this Trend competition is for you. Stobo Castle Health Spa near Peebles is the country’s only destination spa and holds the coveted 5-bubbles rating from the Good Spa Guide. Guests can expect excellent service, fine food, knowledgeable, elegantly trained staff, and above all, the ability to find peace in a frenetic world. The Spa at Stobo Castle offers over 80 different face and body treatments providing everything your senses could desire. Try a dip in the 25m ozone pool, relax in the unusual Crystal Steam Room and finish with a session in the giant hydrospa.

Our winner and a friend will enjoy an overnight stay in a twin or double room, use of the spa facilities and dinner, breakfast and lunch before heading home. Both the winner and their guest will experience a de-stressing back massage with oils and can opt to participate in a range of fitness classes, evening activities or go for a guided country walk which includes a trip round Stobo’s Japanese Water Gardens. At just around 3 hours from Aberdeen, you can arrive and unwind for the evening before taking advantage of the spa facilities after breakfast the following morning. Have a wander round Peebles after lunch and then head home after a relaxing break, with the stresses of the working week left behind.

It’s worth checking out the Spa’s website at as they often have great special offers available, and their gift vouchers make a welcome gift, as they allow the lucky recipient to plan their own perfect pampering package. To be in with a chance of winning, go to the Trend website at click on the competitions tab and answer the following question: How many different spa treatments can you choose from at Stobo Castle? Stobo, Peeblesshire, Scotland, EH45 8NY T: 01721 725300



> words by KATE GRAY

Hello Sailor Kate Gray harbours an affection for the Maritime Museum I’m sure I’m not alone when I admit that – having lived in Aberdeen for most of my life – I have always taken the city’s maritime heritage for granted. So, when I went along to the Maritime Museum in Shiprow, I certainly wasn’t expecting to learn as much as I did. The museum itself is cleverly spread across three buildings – a converted church, a glass link building, and Provost Ross’ House, which was built in 1593. The layout of the museum, and the way the buildings have been integrated means that it is not a museum that is big and drafty – it is far more personal, and the unusual exhibits and the strong 70

focus on the lives of the people in the fishing, shipbuilding, and oil industries reflect this. In the church there is an old telephone that you can use to dial different numbers and listen to recorded interviews with men who worked in the fishing industries, while the old Provost’s house is now home to beautiful models and pictures of the world famous Aberdeen built clipper ships and in the link building there is a vast, suspended scale model of a rig. During my visit there was a man with two young trainees having a discussion while they looked at the rig, and I was not surprised to

learn that companies often send new starts to the museum, and that people who work offshore take their families in to give them an idea of what they do, and where they go. I would say too, that I have never been anywhere in Aberdeen that has such amazing views of the busy harbour that has, for so long, and during many industrial periods, been this city’s livelihood. Aberdeen Maritime Museum Shiprow, Aberdeen

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GrabYour Fishnets > WORDS by COURTNEy O'GRADy

jumping fish. Although bait fishing is an option, the passion is fly fishing, with tuition available to all ages and abilities. This being a fashion magazine, my boys were a bit unnerved when i told them they’d be trying out fishnets for our next family feature. Fortunately – for all of us – the only fishnets required during our visit to the Lochter Activity Centre in oldmeldrum were the type actually used to net fish. Lochter, which sits unobtrusively in the beautiful Aberdeenshire countryside, offers twenty acres of fishing in a variety of lakes and ponds, one of which is shaped like a giant

Having never held a fly fishing rod before, the kids and I opted to try our hand at this graceful sport under the patient guidance of Stuart, the centre’s fishing manager. I would like to say that I was a natural, but Stuart very gently assured me that this was not the case and, once again, my children’s skills put me to shame. After learning the most important fishing skill of all – patience – we did manage to reel in two of the centre’s hefty rainbow trout, a triumph that immediately converts a novice into an addict.

If you’re looking to entertain a large group but fishing doesn’t appeal to everyone, then Lochter is still the place to go. While you enjoy some quiet time with rod and reel, the others can enjoy a host of other activities – from karting to digger driving to walking on water in an inflatable zorb – then reunite over a hot meal in the centre’s restaurant. Before I visited Lochter, I thought that fishing was all about catching fish. Now I know it’s as much about finding a quiet spot away from the blaring volume of a busy life, and that’s what will lure me back in future. 01651 872000 71


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> WORDS by DAVID NICHOLSON At first glance, Estrella may seem an unlikely choice for the Christmas issue of Trend. After all this Aberdeen based quartet play a kind of 80’s-style rock’n’roll that has more in common with the neon signs of LA's Sunset Strip than the Christmas lights of Union Street in wintertime. Yet in some ways, they’re a perfect fit for the festive season. After all, if there was ever a time to forget the daily grind, let your hair down and have a party, it is now. And if there was ever a band who want to do that all year round, it is Estrella. Sure, they could be accused of being out of step with the latest musical trends, but Estrella couldn’t care less about that stuff. And that’s what I love about them. They march to the beat of their own (rock) drum.

impressive, riotously good fun and impossible to listen to without grinning. The album has it all: the Steven Tyler-esque vocals, Van Halen-y keyboard stabs and virtuoso guitar solos; there’s even a power ballad. It’s like the soundtrack to an awesome ‘80s teen film you never knew existed. Put it this way: Bill & Ted would love these guys (and for some of us, that's high praise indeed). If you’ve ever felt the urge to air-guitar along to Aerosmith or Guns’n’Roses, or pump your fist in the air to Motley Crue or Poison, Estrella may well be the most unlikely Christmas present you didn’t even know you wanted. All together now, “Jingle bell, jingle bell, jingle bell…RAWK!!” “Come Out To Play” is due to be released in March.

And here’s the kicker - Estrella may look like they’re just having a good time being in a kick-ass-rock-band, but these are some talented guys who take their music as seriously as any band I could name. They know exactly what they want to sound like and on their debut album they’ve pulled it off with aplomb.

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Trend’s Kate Gray has the time of her life... When I went to the Dirty Dancing Scottish premier in Glasgow I was expecting a show. I knew it would be loud, and lively, and very, very pink, but what I hadn’t counted on was the sheer energy of the thing – and not just from the cast, from the audience too. There was dancing and proclamations of “Nobody puts Baby in a corner” long before the stars set foot on stage – what can only be described as the most energetic crowd I have ever seen had started the party before they had even had their tickets checked at the theatre door. Inside the theatre, I was surrounded by groups of women in cocktail dresses,

jeans, or ‘I carried a watermelon’ t-shirts, all singing, dancing and – I’m going to say it – having the time of their lives… In two hours, the outstanding cast barely stopped twirling, kicking, and lifting – I have never seen dancing like it (and I’ve seen the film). The clever addition of some new scenes meant that even the most diehard fans were in for some surprises. If you have seen the film – you’re going to love this show, and if you haven’t seen the film – you’re going to love this show. Whether or not you’re a

lifelong fan, the dancing is spectacular, the music is great, and the audience is a show in itself. Win tickets to dirty dancing at HmT When it comes to Aberdeen from the 6th to 31st of March next year, two lucky Trend readers and a friend can enjoy the show for free! To be in with a chance of winning, just go to the Trend website click on the competitions tab and answer the following question: Who should never be put in a corner? 75

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1st December Launching on 1st December and running every weekend until Christmas free ‘retro’ hopper bus which the Aberdeen BID company are putting on for shoppers in the city. For route info and timetable visit:


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Come and get into the festive spirit with mulled wine, carol singers and some sleigh dogs and Malmaison Aberdeen's Farmers Market 10-2pm at the front of the hotel.


Start or finish your Christmas Shopping with some of our local producers showcasing the finest produce in Aberdeenshire. Free Entry - All proceeds for the EMF.




8th December Peacock Visual Arts Winter Exhibition



Peacock's annual open exhibition is back and this year promises to showcase a diverse and exciting variety of work by artists from near and far.






You can’t beat a good Christmas Ghost Story, so try a Ghost Walk through Old Aberdeen. Tickets £8

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Have a classic Christmas with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra playing festive favourites at the Music Hall 19.30 performance tickets:





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31st December New Years Eve Bring in the New Year in style at Malmaison Aberdeen with an arrival glass of Champagne followed by a stunning 5 course meal in our brasserie or private dining rooms! Booking essential please contact events manager Danni Hudson on:



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Christmas Open House 7-9pm Touched by Scotland, Ryehill, Oyne, Insch.


You'll be offered mulled wine and mince pies while you wonder through our display of hand-crafted jewellery, textiles, knitwear, artworks and furniture.

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Trend Networking Event at Paula McEwan Restaurant on Great Western Road in association with Great Grog Wine. To register email:

The launch of Itison Scotland’s best daily deals site binging amazing daily deals with a minimum of 50% off best quality brands and venues in Aberdeen


Climbing for a Cure On top of the world Climbing for a Cure, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraising campaign run by Linzie McDonald and her husband Neil, is on top of the world since raising a massive £82,000 at their fundraising ball. The campaign has already reached their £100,000 target, but donations are welcome through climbingforacure or where you can keep up with Neil’s efforts to climb the highest peaks on three continents. Neil and his climbing partner will spend three weeks tackling South America’s Aconcagua in the New Year before heading to Everest at the end of March. Neil will carry the logos of several sponsor companies, including 5th Business and North East Telecommunications, to the summit of the mountain.

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Dear Trend On a recent business trip to Aberdeen we spent an excellent evening at the Broadstraik Inn at Westhill. Having seen the review in Trend Magazine we enjoyed the experience of a real country pub with great food - my first but not last encounter with Cullen Skink! Many thanks for this recommendation. John Powter, Sandhurst, England OUR WINNING LETTER! Dear Trend My wife’s mother recently visited us from Lincoln. And as you do we kept thinking of things to do to make her holiday enjoyable. One Sunday we decided to treat her to luncheon at Celebrations of Turriff. Not realising there was a sale on; you can imagine how excited she and my wife were when they browsed the clothing in the ladies dress shop! Two things I was grateful for (I’ll be 65 on Dec 25th) is the chair and Trend magazine provided for comfort and perusal. Trend magazine kept me engrossed throughout the somewhat lengthy and 'expensive' ordeal. Joking really, but seriously I found the magazine very interesting and enlightening. I'm going to close now and try the competitions. Looking forward to the next issue. Brian Westmacott, Maud

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Dreams Come True Ball The Annual Dreams Come True Ball (DCT) was held in The Marcliffe Spa and Hotel. The original instigators of this fund raising ball were suitably dressed as John Travolta to reflect the balls “Saturday Night Fever” theme. This year some 38 fund raisers headed out to take part in New York City’s Marathon. All completed the marathon and a sum in excess of £150,000 has been raised for the benefit of the Children’s charities ARCHIE and DCT.


01 Sandy Robertson, Sandra Robertson, Angela Willox, Keir Willox 02 Alison Beattie, David Beattie 03 Euan Milne, Lorraine Milne, Pam Walker, Graham Walker 04 Peter Newman, Wendy Gray 05 Jackie Reid, John Reid 06 Brian Leith, Shona Leith, Roule Wood, Stuart Wood 07 Diane Oliver, Mike Oliver, Sarah Bonner, David Allan, Jane Allan, Peter O’Toole, Rachel Gill, Jon Gill, Adele Bennet, Jamie Bennet, Zoe Corsi 08 Alice Bryce, Susan Bowman, Jorja Anderson, Olivia Bowan

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HIT Scotland raises money to support the emerging talent within the Hospitality Industry by offering support through experience, bursaries and scholarships. The fifth HIT Grampian Dinner took place in The Marcliffe Hotel. The event attracted influential figures from all sectors of the Hospitality Industry including senior management, hoteliers and restaurateurs as well as suppliers to the industry, including recruitment and legal services. The evening raised a fantastic amount of just over ÂŁ25,000. 01. Caroline Graham and


Gerard Rattray

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Jan Letham

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Trend’s first ‘Lifestyle Show’ was held at the Mercure Ardoe House Hotel. Exhibitors from various sectors of the Lifestyle industry displayed their wares for guests to peruse and purchase from. They then enjoyed a champagne 3 course lunch accompanied by 3 mini fashion shows. Local charity, Friends of Anchor, benefitted from the event.



01. Debbie Ross, Ellen Mo, Ruth Hepburn and Sarah Masson 02. Adele Anderson, Dorothy Parker, Anna-Marie Eardley and Ann Hanlon 03. Louise Mckenzie, Susan Law and Jane Mackay 04. Brenda Russell, Janet Johnston, Laura Stewart and Samantha Wilson 05. Lisa Gregory, Julie Clark-Spence and Lesley Mcknight 06. Sandra Williams, Ryan Cowie and Lisa Junor. 07. Kelly Henderson , Mairi Murchison and Marie Burdass 08. Christine Mackie, Jill Hughes, Anne Cresswell, Lesley Mathieson, Louise Delph and Faye Ledingham

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Breakthrough Breast Cancer event On 25th September, Meldrum House Hotel was the venue for a fabulous Fashion and Fizz event - hosted by Breakthrough Breast Cancer Oldmeldrum Branch. The sell out event was attended by 250 ladies who raised a spectacular ÂŁ8,000 for the charity which has an Edinburgh based research and education unit.



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The first annual John Clark BMW & MINI Ladies Night was a great success, the dealership guests enjoyed an evening of motor education and pampering. Lucky


Ladies Night

customers learnt from showroom and workshop demonstrations whilst enjoying cocktails and canapÊs, an added bonus was getting their nails and make-up done. Thanks to everyone that attended and we look forward to the 2012 event.

TOP ROW: Ageta Loskarova, Julia Singer, Aleksandra Aslanova | Nancy Will, Estella Robb | Katherine Taylor, Kara Taylor MIDDLE ROW: Claire Chernouski, Nicole Tough, Freya Eardley | Kim Genther, Rachel Henderson BOTTOM ROW: Kimberley Watt, Lynda Ingils| Donna Binnie, Brigitte Legg | Samantha Robertson, Claire Ingram




It was a long way to go to spend just 27 minutes on the rugby fields of New Zealand but Aberdeen’s international scrum half, Chris Cusiter, has put the disappointments of the 2011 World Cup behind him. The Glasgow Warrior has set his sights firmly on regaining the number one spot in Scotland’s team that begins the 2012 Six Nations campaign against England at Murrayfield on February 4. “To be honest, I was fortunate to be in the squad to go to the World Cup because I had had a long lay-off through injury and was short of match practice,” he said over soft drinks at the Amicus Apple bar-bistro in Aberdeen in which he has a stake. “It meant I fell behind in the pecking order for the number 9 shirt and was only used as a replacement However, it was great to be back in New Zealand as I had been there as the Otaki Scholar from my school, Robert Gordon’s College, and again with the British and Irish Lions in 2005.” Chris and his Glasgow teammates signed up for the Movember moustache campaign to raise awareness of male 86

cancer research, a subject close to his heart as his lawyer dad, Stan, fought prostate cancer for six years before he died in July last year . “Dad played rugby to a high standard as a back with Gordonians and North-Midlands and was an inspiration to me and my brother Calum,” Chris added. Now 29, the former Border Reiver and Perpignan scrum half with 55 caps for his country, has just signed a contract until May 2015 to see out his career with Glasgow Warriors. No doubt, Chris was helped to come to his decision by his agent, former international Rowen Shepherd, of Red Sky Management, who has a cluster of top Scottish players under his wing. As to life after rugby, Chris is cutting his teeth as a speaker and has a law degree from Edinburgh University to fall back on, not to mention a doctorate from Aberdeen University. In the meantime, he and his Aberdeen-based girlfriend, Sarah Dixon, a qualified yoga teacher who works in marketing, share one special friend. Yes, it is their loveable and good-natured black Labrador, Cali.


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