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Behind Bars

If you ever find yourself standing in a prison yard, surrounded by unscalable walls and great looping coils of barbed wire, you may suddenly appreciate why authors have had such a long, successful love affair with tales of life behind bars. Novels like The Shawshank Redemption and Silence of the Lambs enjoy a timeless popularity,…

Glamour & Glitz

If you’re fed up with the grey and the gloom and find yourself longing for a bygone age of fabulous jewels, Hollywood stars, couture clothing and bombshell beauty, then it’s time to have a bubble bath, slip on your silk lounging pyjamas and curl up with our selection of escapist books. Time for a little…

Bathing Beauty

Black Isle craftsman Roddy MacDonald’s handmade wooden baths and basins are beautifully stylish, surprisingly practical and so desirable that he has customers on the other side of the world… ‘I live just ten miles away from where I grew up on the Black Isle with my wife and four kids. Most of the time, I’m…

Maid of (dis)honour

From fluffing the bride’s train and holding her flowers, to organising elaborate hen parties and attending numerous dress fittings, the role of a bridesmaid is not for the faint hearted. A time honoured tradition dating back to the Roman Age, the original role of the bridesmaid was to protect virginal brides from potential kidnappers and,…

Kerb Appeal

Thinking of selling your property? Then make the most of the opportunity by making a real impact on your perspective buyers as they reach for the doorbell.  This is where first impressions really count.  According to research, it takes only 20 seconds for a potential buyer to decide whether they might consider a property or not, and…

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