Monthly Archives: May 2011

Bang that Tambourine!

According to Wikipedia, the tambourine is a musical instrument of the percussion family consisting of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called “zils”. Classically the term tambourine denotes an instrument with a drumhead, though some variants may not have a head at all. Tambourines are often used with regular percussion sets. They can be mounted, but position is largely down to preference. According to Phil Collins it is the most important instrument in Motown. To the majority of us, however, it is the instrument most strongly associated with the Salvation Army.

I have never in my life had anything to do with anything remotely religious until the lovely people at the Salvation Army in Maddiston (Falkirk) asked me to provide them with some training on how to prepare a good CV. They have lots of people referred to them from the Jobcentre for training to help them into employment and they were needing a refresher on how an employer would like to see CVs presented.

This was a fairly intensive 4 hour session but not only was I made to feel very welcome, I was provided with a delicious lunch of homemade lentil soup followed by apple crumble and ice-cream – I daresay I’ll be hurrying back if they need any more help!!!

Everyone deserves pampering

While sorting out my filing on Sunday night, I found a voucher my good friend had bought me for my last birthday.  It was for a massage and facial at the rather wonderful Blythswood Spa in Glasgow.  Imagine my horror on checking the details that I discovered that it was only valid until today.

What to do?  Well I got straight on the phone and arranged a last minute appointment for this afternoon and boy, am I glad I did!

On arrival I was shown to my locker where a lovely soft robe, a towel, slippers and a bottle of water were ready and waiting for me.  I then went into the treatment room – low lights, soft music and a really comfy bed were waiting for me.  I then had what I can only describe as the best massage and facial in the world … ever!!!  I left feeling so relaxed it was difficult driving home through the rush hour traffic without falling asleep.  My only disappointment was that I hadn’t taken a swimming costume with me.  The heat treatments, hydro pool and swimming pool were just fantastic and will definitely be used on my next visit.

Girls, if you want a bit of R and R and have a couple of hours to spare, go on, give yourselves a treat!!!

Entrepreneurs of the Future

What an enjoyable day I’ve had!  I was honoured to be invited to be part of the Judging Panel for the Santander Entrepreneurship Competition on behalf of Napier University.  This competition is national and the winner for the undergraduate entries will gain an award of £5000 to invest in their business idea.  The selected graduate put forward for the national finals will gain a £500 award – not to be sneezed at I’m sure you’ll agree!

The four shortlisted students gave us very interesting presentations and I won’t divulge who the winner was just yet as I’m not sure they’ve been told.  I would like to say however that each one had merits and were deserving of the prize.  I will announce the winner on here in due course but in the meantime would like to thank the participants for their time, energy and great ideas.

Helicopter Sunday

What a weekend of football we’ve seen!!! Manchester United winning the Premiership, Manchester City winning the FA Cup, West Ham being relegated from the Premiership and up here in Scotland, Rangers winning the league at the 11th hour – a good start for Ali McCoist for his first season as Manager next season.

But what about the low-lights? With Paul Hartley retiring from football (and I have to say not before time as he’s been practically invisible throughout this season), Aberdeen have failed to renew Derek Young’s contract. Surely if Craig Brown wants to rebuild the side after 2 dismal seasons, old heads and work horses like Derek are invaluable. There is a Facebook group dedicated to keeping Derek at Aberdeen and I would urge as many people as possible to “like” the page in the hope that the Board might take notice. The link to the page is

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