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Friday, 10 November 2017 13:00

Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair

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Win tickets to The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair
Buzz Scotland has 8 PAIRS OF TICKETS to Be Won! 
COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED -  Winners have been notified. 
The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair is back at
SEC, Glasgow from 23 – 26 November 2017

This annual celebration of all things Festive, viewed as the official start of Christmas by many loyal visitors, is a must for anyone who enjoys a great day’s shopping.

We have 8 pairs of tickets for this Fabulously Festive Show to be won. If you don’t win you can purchase tickets saving 10% on the Advance Ticket price by visiting www.countrylivingfair.com and enter the code LIVING10.  

Our lucky winners can source beautiful decorations and original gifts from gorgeous garlands and beautiful baubles, to glassware, scented candles and stylish cards. Arts and craft lovers can pick up haberdashery, ribbons, fabrics, sewing kits and craft essentials - everything required to get seriously creative this Christmas.

Over 300 of the UK’s finest craftsmen and women will gather together under one roof to offer unique gifts, decorations, crafts, food and inspired interior ideas, to help bring that magical Christmas sparkle to every home.

For the foodies, the temptations and treats are endless. An exclusive collection of food exhibitors will be offering authentic regional delicacies such as gourmet sausages and hams, local cheeses and pâté, Christmas cakes, puddings, chocolates and much more, to create a delicious festive deli.

This is also the ideal place to find that elusive Christmas outfit with a stunning collection of evening and designer daywear available, as well as unique accessories including bags, purses and jewellery. There will be gifts galore for the kids including handmade traditional wooden toys, beautifully-made soft toys, chunky knitwear, cosy pyjamas, pretty party dresses, bright wellies and hundreds of other items ready to be wrapped and placed under the tree this Christmas.  And there will be lots of funky socks for dad.

The Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair is more than an exclusive shopping experience. There are lots of things to do and try with free entry to three informative theatres where experts will offer invaluable advice and entertaining demonstrations.

  • The sights and smells of the Country Living Kitchen will delight and inspire as top Scottish chefs demonstrate preparing tempting seasonal dishes, using delicious, fresh ingredients. Visitors can pick up professional tips to help them create the perfect festive feast.
  • The Country Living Corner where experts will offer advice on how to make the most of your home over the festive period, with a series of talks and demonstrations including designing unique table settings and how to gift wrap the perfect Christmas present.
  • Over in The Country Living Crafting Workshops there will be a varied daily hands-on  programme where visitors will have the chance to create something special to take home. From sewiand needle felting to printing – workshop tutors will guide and assist visitors in creating lovely original items.  Advance Booking Available from early September. Tickets cost £3.50
  • The Drunken Duck Champagne Bar - The perfect day out wouldn’t be complete without a relaxing glass of fizz. This is a great place to review your purchases, plan the rest of the day’s shopping or just relax with a glass of Champagne.

For further information or to book tickets call 0844 581 1385 or visit  


For your chance to win a pair of tickets simply email your answer to the following question to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

before the closing date of Tuesday 14 November at 5pm.

"At which Theatre at Country Living Magazine Christmas Fair will top chefs create the perfect festive feast?"

Good Luck!!  

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Friday, 23 June 2017 14:21

The Maw Maw Bible Teeny Tips for Teenagers

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The Maw Maw Bible

Teeny Tips For Teenagers!


 Marjory Muir

(with a lot of help from Barra Bear, Carly Cat and Friends!)

We were thrilled to receive a copy of Inverness Author and Fundraiser Marjory Muir’s newest publication which she was persuaded to write by her son Jason and his friends. 

Mission Possible 3 is all about – How do you get through the teenage years with a smile on your face? 

Be inspired by Marjory’s wise words for all teenagers and their parents! 

(Illustrated with fun, colourful photographs of her wee buddies - Barra Bear and Carly Cat)

In her new book Marjory gives some guidance on how to survive the Teenage Years and still be your Maw Maw’s best friend.  Marjory’s Teenage Tips range from advice on Healthy Eating, Partying, First Love and even the University of Life! 

We’re sure you won’t be surprised at how demanding Teenagers can be, or maybe you know already and you’re looking for some advice?  Either way you’ll just love Marjory’s words of wisdom and guidance.  You’ll certainly have a smile on your face!

Please contact Marjory at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and purchase a copy of this very informative Maw Maw Bible Teeny Tips For Teenagers as soon as possible! 

Also on Facebook: Barra Bear and Carly Cat and Twitter: @BarraAndCarly

All profits from the sale of the book will go to The Teenage Cancer Trust 

Note from the Author – Marjory Muir:      “Enjoy our wee book, smile a lot and be happy on your journey through the University of Life!”


See also - Barra Bear and Carly Cat's Teeny Tiny Tour of Scotland  and Barra Bear and Carly Cat's Teeny Tiny Tour of the Highlands


Photograph courtesy of Author, Marjory Muir & copy via Buzz Scotland

Tuesday, 06 June 2017 14:05

Pub Quiz at The Queens Arms, Edinburgh

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Food - The kitchen will be open as normal and participants are welcome to order from the Menu.

Entry fee - Free entry!

Prizes vary from B
ar Tabs to Bottles of Wine to Bags of Sweets

The Queens Arms Bar

49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP

Call: 0131 225 1045 . Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Tuesday, 16 May 2017 14:18

The Queens Arms, Edinburgh

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Heritage, Authenticity, Provenance…

The Queens Arms Bar
49 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, EH2 1EP

Call: 0131 225 1045 . Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Open 11am – 1am, 7 days a week


Tuesday, 16 May 2017 13:54

Family Fun at The Fountain, Edinburgh

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Fountainbridge is THE family hub of Edinburgh and at the heart of that is The Fountain

At The Fountain Bar, they are committed to being family friendly and all children are most welcome. With the launch of their new family orientated menus and activities, not only are there yummy dining options, but bonding and entertainment all under one roof. By offering a range of activities meant to encourage and stimulate your kid's minds, not just distract, you can relax, eat, drink and be merry at this venue!

Once your little one has chosen from the delicious new children's menu (with dishes such as Wizard's Fish & Chips and Pirate's Sausage & Mash), you can pick from the extensive selection of activities: Kid's Activity Pack with drawing, puzzles, stickers and crayons; Mini DVD Player with headphones and a selection of U DVDs, Toy Chest with Duplo and mini figures to stimulate their imaginations, Wipe Clean drawing boards, easy learning books including firm favourites like Peppa Pig, dinosaurs and animals, as well as a Tomy Mega Sketcher.

Louise Maclean, Signature Pubs explains the new changes at The Fountain:

"We planned the new kid's menu around dishes and foods we knew our own children liked to eat and made it fun while still being good, nutritious food. We added a kid's activity menu too to keep them entertained while their parents can relax over a leisurely and delicious pub lunch!"

Directly opposite from Fountain Park; it's also a great hub to head to for 'pre and post' cinema food & drinks. Furthermore, The Fountain is the ideal place for those after school meetings or weekend play dates. The kitchen team work on serving traditional British food which is made from locally sourced seasonal ingredients.


The Fountain, 131 Dundee Street, Edinburgh, EH11 1AX   Tel:  0131 229 1899


Did You Know:

The perfect haunt for those wanting an alternative to the usual pubs and bars in town, this is a real pub with a modern twist. We've taken speakeasy style and raised a glass to home comforts. Behind our bar you'll find great beers, an array of spirits and a modest selection of wine. Our food focuses on simplicity and sharing, prepared using only the freshest ingredients. The Fountain is the perfect place for a drink after work or for meeting friends through the week. Directly opposite from Fountain Park; it's also a great hub to head to for 'pre and post' cinema food & drinks. Our kitchen team serve traditional British food made from locally sourced seasonal ingredients. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner throughout the week serving tasty classics and modern temptations. Make your Sunday a true day of rest and pop down for brunch or a Sunday roast with all the trimmings (and none of the washing up!).

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Early Years - Storytime Sessions

On Now until Sunday 31 December 2017 : 10am to 5pm

Our Special Story Sacks are bursting at the seams with exciting stories and activities – bringing books to life for inquisitive and imaginative 3 to 5 year olds. Settle down with your little bookworms and find out where the story will take you.


Available at regular times throughout the day.  See more at Dundee Science Centre

Dundee Science Centre


14 Greenmarket


Dundee DD1 4QB

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Tuesday, 15 November 2016 15:25

Edinburgh's only Oor Wullie @ The Rutland

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'Oor Wullie Bucket Trail' was a hugely successful public art event which ran over summer for The Archie Foundation. Fifty-five 5ft tall sculptures of Oor Wullie, all sitting on his bucket, were all individually sponsored and decorated by artists and designers. These creations were then transported around Scotland for the public to view, share and adore. At the end of the trail, on 13 September, the statues were auctioned off with all proceeds going to The Archie Foundation, a charity that helps provide care for sick children and their families.

The Rutland Hotel is immersed in history and has become an Edinburgh institution in its own right, with their famous Kyloe Cow becoming a much loved landmark by tourists and locals alike. The Wullie statue is set to be positioned beside the Kyloe cow, directly outside The Rutland Hotel.

Steven Simpson, MD Rutland Hotel, shares his delight at welcoming Oor Braveheart to The Rutland,

'We are thrilled to have one of the fantastic Oor Wullie statues coming to Edinburgh, I look forward to customers and tourists having their pictures taken with Kyloe the Cow and Oor Braveheart with the distinctive backdrop of the castle.'

Did You Know

The Rutland Hotel is a bespoke and luxurious city centre boutique hotel situated comfortably and conveniently between Edinburgh's main shopping area and the busy financial district. Cosseted by enviable views of Edinburgh Castle and with the historic beauty of the Capital right on its doorstep, it is the ideal base from which to discover one of the UK's most remarkable cities. Once the home of renowned surgeon Joseph Lister, The Rutland is steeped in a history all of its own and has become an Edinburgh institution in its own right. Today, it is home to The Huxley, one of the city's most refreshing bars and Edinburgh's finest Gourmet Steak Restaurant - Kyloe.

 The Rutland Hotel

1-3 Rutland Street Edinburgh EH1 2AE


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Friday, 24 July 2015 00:00

Latest News It's Good 2 Give

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Fourteen families have now stayed at Ripple Retreat and the feedback has been superb.  Suggestions have been made by the families too and we have a new wishlist on Amazon to reflect some of the suggestions.  We now have three new Young Ambassadors from amongst our younger guests and we look forward to working with them in 2018.
We are also working on our project at the new Sick Children's Hospital in Edinburgh where we will be providing comfy chairs for parents, some extra lockers for use by parents and are also funding the artwork in the children's oncology ward.
Our snack team continue to work hard providing snacks to parents and patients in the current children's hospital in Edinburgh, in Ward 2.  We have two new members of our team and we are very grateful to them for giving up their time to help us. 

Blingo, which is my favourite event of the year was a great success this year and we raised £25000 - thank you to everyone that came/bid/donated and volunteered. We are already getting ready for Blingo 2018!

A continued thanks to everyone who has helped us get this far.  

Best regards,
Lynne McNicoll OBE MInstF
Co-Founder and Chair, It's Good 2 Give
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Looking for a challenge in 2018?   

There are four Kilt Walk events next year starting in April in Glasgow then covering Aberdeen and Dundee then finishing in Edinburgh in September.  Why not get a group of friends together and walk the walk, or even better do all 4!  Our goal is to get at least 100 in our Glasgow and Edinburgh teams of walkers and 25 in our Aberdeen and Dundee teams of walkers walking for it's good 2 give in 2018.  Get in touch soon if you want to take part. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.(who by the way is doing all 4 Kiltwalks - you heard it here first!)

Please do get in touch with Lynne and help in any way you can -  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - subscribe to their newsletter.

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