Festive Life 2016

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“You’ve got to follow your own star.”

The wee quote above, taken from our Dundonian Life article with artist Jimmy Thomson, highlights the spirit of our festive 2016 issue. Like the lights sparkling on your tree this Christmas, sparkle your own inner light and shine it like a star upon the people you love most. Even the three wise men following the road to Bethlehem needed a shining star in the distance, so look ahead this winter to your own future and find a positive shining light in your life to follow. This will be the third Christmas we have shone our own festive star and what a colourful issue we have wrapped up for you.

Follow us at the Dundee Jazz Festival, where an array of Scottish and international jazz stars shine their inspirational musical light upon us all. Let one of Dundee’s most successful and talented musical stars, Ricky Ross, take you on a Believers tour with Deacon Blue. Meet one of Scotland’s most prolific caricature artists, Jimmy Thomson, who lived a life drawing the stars with his pen. Dr Tony Cox enlightens us on the final journey towards our Scottish nation in the concluding part of The Origins of the Picts. Meet the English golden girls of Dundee karate who became Scottish champions in Karate Life. Celebrate the end of 2016 and welcome in 2017 this Hogmanay in Scotland’s historic capital in our Travel Scotland article. ‘The Fourth Bonniest Baby in Dundee’ and ‘The Witch’s List’ awaits you in our Book Reviews. Meet eight of Dundee’s most inspirational independent city centre traders this Christmas in our City Centre Festive Favourites feature. Dundee based Michelin-starred chef, Graham Campbell, shares a festive Highland venison recipe in our Food and Drink article.

The year ahead is full of Dundee stars in our What’s On page, where some of our leading lights are ready to entertain you. Celebrate the New Year with a ceilidh on board the Unicorn with Sheena Wellington and company. Celebrate the immortal memory of our national bard, Robert Burns, with Lynn Campbell and friends. Don’t miss the hilarious play, The Scaffies, with Gary Roberston and plan a trip to our nation’s Celtic Connections Festival in Glasgow, where Alice Marra and the Gaels Blue Orchestra sing the songs of the late Michael Marra.

Learn how to keep your New Year’s resolutions in Health and Fitness. Take care of your lips naturally in Hair and Beauty. Make your festive flowers last In the Home. Plants are fantastic festive gifts In the Garden. Present ideas for gadget loving drivers are sorted On the Road. Prosper in 2017 in our Financial article and as always we have our Puzzles and Games and Kids’ Corner to keep all the family occupied.

We have a wide variety of quality traders and advertisers available to view, so take a minute to check them out and discover some of their great offers. Remember our local traders are the lifeblood of our communities, so support and trade with them as much as you can this season.

A merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all the team here at City Life Dundee!