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Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh lapel brooch

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This stunning brooch was designed by Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh‘s very own Marketing Manager, Lesley Ross

Featuring our beautiful Forth Rail Bridge – I put in a photo of the iconic bridge as taken by me just yesterday.

The Forth Bridge was opened on 4 March 1890 and building it took the lives of 98 men.

I am very proud of the Bridge and of our lapel pin!

Thanks, Hard Rock Cafe Edinburgh – we very much appreciate your support.

If you would like to buy one or more of our lapel pins please get in touch.  Payment can be by BACS, cheque or credit card (small admin fee of 50p applies if paying by credit card)

Cost of the pin is £8

post and packing to anywhere in the UK is £2 extra

Every penny from the sales of this lapel brooch comes to our charity.






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Lynne’s top twenty-ish christmas gift ideas

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It’s really 22 top christmas gift ideas because I am sneaking in

It’s Good 2 Give gifts –

how about making a small donation of just £1 or £2  for a message on our wishing tree – if you pay a wee bit extra we will even put it on our facebook page so you can share it with whoever you wrote it for!

or…..we have 2012 wall calendars with gorgeous photos of Scottish landscape scenes by Donald Ford – just £8 each or an insulated mug for these chilly mornings – £4 each.  Got a runner in the family?  Buy them one of our running vests – a great buy at only £12.

and if you like our events – how about buying a gift voucher for one of our afternoon tea events – £25 each and the recipient can choose from any of our 2012 afternoon tea dates once they are announced in January.  Email me if you’d like to buy one

Gift vouchers make splendid gifts – they are always welcomed and are easy to purchase (often possible to do online)

As you know, I love to promote local businesses  so, in no particular order, here goes-

1.   Hamilton & Inches, incredible jeweller in George Street.  Yes, they have utterly divine and expensive pieces of jewellery but they also have utterly divine and affordable silver jewellery – fantastic bracelets, earrings, charms, cufflinks.  And friendly, charming, wonderful staff.

2.   Renideo – what a wonderful gift to give or get – a voucher for time with Karen Finlayson a style coach who is, quite simply, fantastic and very interested in the self belief and self confidence of the person.

3.  Orocco Pier – great food and awesome views of the Forth Bridges

4.  Fifi Wilson – stunning clothes and accessories from this gorgeous boutique in the heart of Bruntsfield

5.  More gorgeous clothes – this time from Kakao by K inThistle Street

6.  All things kilt-y – and contemporary 21st century Kilts – just across the road from Kakao by K

7.  Food again – consider a voucher for one of the Fishers restaurants – Fishers, Fishers in the City or The Shore (my personal favourite is The Shore)

8.  Books your thing?  Consider a visit to the Edinburgh Bookshop at Bruntsfield – personal service and once you’ve been once or twice they will start to recommend books to suit you.  And if you need any recommendations for books – I thoroughly recommend Sara Sheridan‘s Secret of the Sands or The Secret Mandarin, Maggie O’Farrell’s The Hand that First held Mine and for younger readers any of Cathy Cassidy’s books.

9.  Bruntsfield again (well it is a fantastic shopping area) – if you like Stollen then you must visit Falko’s bakery – and why not have a coffee while you are there.

10Craigie’s Farm has a huge range of products for christmas dinner and more.   Who wouldn’t like to receive a hamper as a gift?   Plus there’s the cafe too!

11. Keen photographer?   I can highly recommend the Kolo range of albums available at 50% discount from me.  They are truly stunning albums – lots of different sizes and colours

12.  Personalised stationery – how decadent.  and luxurious.  And gorgeous.  And available from luxury online stationer Magenta Ink

13.  If  you have relatives visiting Scotland in 2012, Timberbush Tours has a huge range of tours they could go on and in luxurious style too.

14.  Maybe you need to get fit in 2012 (yes, I know that’s got to be top of my list with the Kilimanjaro trek coming up in 2013) – if you live north west edinburgh consider joining Curves Barnton gym.  if you live south east then consider contacting Pamela Stafford of Fitness Bodies and enlisting her help.

15.  We all love a bit of pampering so consider a voucher for a treatment at one of the Zest health and beauty salons – the treatment list is long and there is something for everyone, even teens.

16.  Talking of teens, how about a voucher for a meal at the Hard Rock Cafe in George Street, Edinburgh?

17.  More clothes talk – at the West End of Edinburgh we have two stores to highly recommend – Sam Brown in William Street and The Cupboard in Stafford Street.  AS well as amazing clothes the personal attention and service is second to none.

18.  Still at the West End, how about a voucher for a hair treatment -the fantastic Charlie Miller salon in Stafford Street though there are also salons at Ocean Terminal, Bruntsfield and South St David Street.

19.  What about stocking fillers?  Lily -Mo has a lovely range of bracelets and if you mention It’s Good 2 Give she will give a donation to us for each sale- she can be found on facebook or email her lilymosparkle@yahoo.co.uk

20.  My ‘office in town’ and for me, the best coffee in town too.  (I’ve seen the hot chocolate and it looks sublime too) – Victor, Carina and their staff will make you feel like family.  Try Centotre in George Street and the Scottish Cafe at the Gallery on Princes Street.  Both well worth a visit.  You can buy a gift voucher for here too.  A pressie I would love.

21.  Last and certainly not least if you are in town around Frederick Street visit Dickson Reid hair and buy the lady in your life a voucher for a hair or beauty treatment or a set of GHD’s.  Super friendly and they are also promoting our Christmas Wishing Tree tags!

Harley Davidson bikers at Hard Rock street party

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Lesley at Hard Rock Cafe must have had a few sleepless nights planning the street party – not least because the weather so far this year has been terrible.  Wonderfully though on tuesday morning sun was shining no clouds to be seen and the Hard Rock Street party to celebrate Hard Rock’s 40th birthday got off to a roaring start.  Literally.   A number of Harley Davidson bikers came along to offer rides at £3 a time and we got all the proceeds.   First up was Alison from Edinburgh Spotlight.  Off they roared into the distance.  George took her round Holyrood Park.   The guys were amazing – thanks so much!  I got my photo taken sitting on the back of one of the bikes with George.  Maybe next time I might actually go for a spin on it!

They have offered to come along to another of our events to offer bike rides  – so now I am busy thinking of events to invite them to!

As if that wasn’t enough I also met two staff from Benefit – fantastic make up and they have offered to do a make up workshop in advance of our fashion show for our young models.   Absolutely fantastic – off to look at the diary for dates…..

Thanks to lesley for the intros.

What do you think of this cake then?   absolutely amazing and I understand very tasty – I wasn’t there when they cut the cake so didn’t get a taste. 

Hard Rock Cafe

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Tuesday 14 June is Hard Rock Cafe’s 40th birthday and the Edinburgh Hard Rock Cafe is hosting a big birthday bash – its a street party so we are all hoping for good weather!   Loads happening and we will be there too with our postcards – who remembers our postcard challenge?  Ok, seems like I need to do a wee post about the Pound Postcard challenge.

Anyway….if you are near George Street on Tuesday 14th June come to the party and say hello to us too.

Our first Cupcake Decorating Workshop

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Thanks to Hard Rock Cafe for hosting our first ever cupcake workshop – and here’s to many more.  What fun!  What an amount of glitter we went through.  Eve at eight our youngest cupcake decorator did a sterling job on her cakes with a wee bit help from dad.   Sammi is a natural at creative stuff – she made a superb fascinator at our fascinator workshop and some very tasty looking cakes at this one.

It was wonderful to see Shannon again – almost  a year to the day since her bone marrow transplant.   Mum and granny came to decorate too –

Our thanks also to Carole Mearns for giving us some great tips on decorating and we look forward to working with her again soon.  In honour of Hard Rock Cafe hosting the event one of our cupcake decorators made a burger cupcake! 


What was your week like?

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Mine was a bit harem scarem – the main focus of the week was to get the accounts paperwork all ready for our accountant.  And finally it is.  Ready.

so let’s see – how shall we do this?  Day by day?  Highlights and lowlights?  Work and play?

how about some photos?  Yep, photos it is then.   Didn’t take camera EVERYWHERE but took it lots of places – amazing how many people are reluctant to have their photo taken!   As you can see multi-tasking was involved and overall I give the week 10/10.

cheque collection at hilton

Picking up a lovely cheque from the Hilton Edinburgh Airport

Click here to see my weeks photo album!

Hard Rock Cafe, Edinburgh

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So, I was just sitting thinking one day last week wondering how to encourage others to join us in our fundraising – The target this year is to raise £200,000 – there, I have said it out loud and on paper as it were.  I have to do it now.  Somehow.   Anyway as I was saying, I was sitting thinking using the diminishing grey cells to think of ways of getting companies on board (We’d like to be charity of the year at ten companies/businesses by end 2011), of how to get schools and individuals to help us when I heard the ping of an email – like many computer addicts when an email comes in I like to know so I can immediately rush to the computer (indeed often being right there in front of it and therefore not having to go anywhere at all) to see who it’s from – I mean it might be the National Lottery saying get in touch soon please Mrs McN or if I was like our friend Gail Burns, it would be hey you’ve won a(nother) prize – that girl is quite simply astounding at winning prizes.  Anyway I digress.  Ping on computer – check email and it’s from Lesley at Hard Rock Cafe in Edinburgh where we are Charity of the Year – she is telling me about a fantastic event on 23 March at 7pm – tickets only £15 each and the incredible Red Hot Chilli Pipers are playing.  Even better, It’s Good 2 Give is going to get a donation from this event. Now, readers, if you have yet to see the Red Hot Chilli Pipers this is a great opportunity – they are amazing.  I adore the pipes but this is modern and amazing (and yes loud).  I reckon it will be a superb night out and I urge you to consider coming along.  I’m going for sure.  Tickets are available from Hard Rock Cafe, Edinburgh – click on the link and you will effortlessly be taken there!

Thank you to Hard Rock Edinburgh for helping make my dreams come true! I might have to sit and contemplate more often in front of the pc and maybe more money laden emails will come through.

and today’s quote, again from my favourite Dr Seuss –

“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if only you try!”