Friday, 8 December 2017

What’s on around Kirkcaldy this weekend (Fri 8 Dec, 2017)

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What’s on around Kirkcaldy this weekend (Fri 8 Dec, 2017)

Hi and welcome to another guide to offer some ideas for how to spend your free time this weekend in and around Kirkcaldy.

Pub of the week


Harbour Bar, Kirkcaldy

473 High St, Kirkcaldy KY1 2SN

The front of the Harbour Bar in Kirkcaldy, near our jewellers shop.

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"Old fashioned, authentic, great atmosphere."


"Real Ales, real pies and real craic."


"Old school, cosy, slightly shabby like a favourite old shirt - the Harbour Bar retains original features including a 'jug dept.' (no longer in use!) Always at least three well-kept guest real ales & a real cider or two to choose from. Knowledgeable & enthusiastic staff will let you sample to help you make your choice."


"Bar with character. Good real ale on tap. Dogs welcome which sparks place up."

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Restaurant of the week


The Wee Restaurant

17 Main St, North Queensferry, Inverkeithing KY11 1JG
01383 616263

The Wee Restaurant Inverkeithing

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Established in 2006 by husband and wife Craig and Vikki Wood, our ethos is to serve simple good food and wine in a truly relaxed atmosphere.




Craig's career has seen him work in some of the country's most respected kitchens including Restaurant Martin Wishart, the Royal Scotsman train and the Crinan Hotel.


He is a hands-on chef proprietor who is passionate about the quality of both the food and the service offered in The Wee Restaurant.




Craig was crowned Chef of the Year 2015 at the CIS Excellence Awards."

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Live music


Sat 7pm - Bad Manners/Max Splodge/Gimme Gimme Gimmes/DJ Junior Lazarou

Windsor Hotel Kirkcaldy
38/40 Victoria Road, KY1 1DR Kirkcaldy, Fife

Live music with Bad Manners at the Windsor Hotel, Kirkcaldy.

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"Formed in 1976 while attending Woodberry Down comprehensive school in Stoke Newington in London, Bad Manners went on to become heavyweight Ska legends and a much loved 80's band. Just a few years after their formation, they signed to Magnet Records and the group became a household name.


Between 1980 & 1983, Bad Manners spent 111 weeks in the UK charts and the band had 12 hit singles, which included Lip Up Fatty, My Girl Lollipop and Special Brew.


After a successful chart career, some of the band members left in 1986 and their line up has been interchangeable since, but Buster Bloodvessel has always remained and he continues to play the classic anthems to audiences all over the world.


Their numerous TV appearances include many performances on Top Of The Pops along with slots on Tiswas, Cheggers Plays Pop, The Time Of Your Life, Never Mind The Buzzcocks and The Time & The Place. Buster often dressed up for Top Of The Pops, much to the bemusement of the show's producer and who can forget him clowning around in a frilly dress and a pair of DM's for the Can Can, playing the part of Henry VIII while singing to a blow up doll during Lorraine and also pretending to be a human blackhead while performing Just A Feeling to the nation!


In 1981 the group performed in front of a television audience of millions at the Brit Awards and Buster himself also starred in the movies, Sammy & Rosie Get Laid and Out Of Order in the late 80's, before landing a part in an episode of Boon in 1990, while Special Brew has promoted a popular biscuit and also a large UK supermarket chain on TV adverts in recent times.


The group also starred in the hit 2 Tone movie, Dance Craze along with Madness and The Specials. In 1996 the volcanic vocalist opened up his own Fatty Towers hotel in Margate, catering and looking after those holiday makers and food lovers who have huge appetites and his residence's '18 - 30 stone club' went down in folklore, even to the approval of some of Britain's famous food critic's!


Bad Manners have always been a non stop party band and continue to hold that high accolade to this day, touring extensively both in Britain and abroad.


Lace up your boots, pull up your braces and get ready to party with Buster and the boys. You won't forget it!


Max Splodge of punk band Splodgenessabounds is a founder member and frontman of Splodgenessabounds, who are probably best know for their song "Two Pints Of Lager And A Packet Of Crisps Please", which reached number 7 in the UK charts in 1980.


The Gimme Gimme Gimmes are "a punk rock tribute to a parody band" that only covers songs tenuously based on Scottish musicians, writers and performers!


DJ Junior Lazarou will be keeping everyone entertained on the night by playing some top tunes when the bands aren't on stage."


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There you have it for this year, we’ll be back with the guide in the new year, after the festive party season!


If you’re looking for some new jewellery for a party or as a present, pop along to our jewellers on Kirkcaldy High Street and we’ll be sure to help you out with something unique and fits right in with your style.


As a disclaimer, we are not affiliated with any of these pubs, restaurants or gigs/shows that we have in our guides. You are responsible for yourself, have fun whatever you get up to!  Be careful on that ice!!

What’s on around Kirkcaldy this weekend (Fri 8 Dec, 2017) was originally published to A.K. Campbell Jewellers Kirkcaldy

Saturday, 2 December 2017

All about the December birthstones Tanzanite and Turquoise.

Source: @AKCampbellSons December 02, 2017 at 09:27PM
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All about the December birthstones Tanzanite and Turquoise.

This post is all about the December birthstones, for the UK, Tanzanite and Turquoise.


One of the December birthstones in the UK, Tanzanite.

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"Tanzanite is famed for its beautiful blue and purple tones. Because Tanzanite is a pleochroic gemstone, varying shades of pink, purple and even reds can appear from different angles.
Historically, this breath-taking stone is a relative newcomer to the precious gem world; the first recorded discovery was in 1967 in Tanzania, and the royal blue stone was officially named the ‘Tanzanite’ by Tiffany & Co., sparking a media frenzy. It is said that Tanzanian shepherds discovered the stone after a violent lightning storm, which shook the gems up to the surface of the earth. Today, Tanzanite is a one-location gemstone and can still only be mined in Tanzania.
In its country of origin, the Tanzanite is worn by new mothers to bestow positivity and health upon their new-born children, but in spiritual circles, its colour-changing properties are said to improve the flow of creativity and new ideas, as well as bringing energy and emotional wellbeing to the wearer. Some consider it to aid in fertility and detoxification.
In popular culture, perhaps the most famous of these December birthstones is that worn by Kate Winslet in the film Titanic, in which her gleaming blue necklace is called The Heart of the Ocean."

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Origin & Supply of Tanzanite
"A variety of the zoisite family, tanzanite originated from crystals which grew millions of years ago in deposits inside unusual elevations called inselbergs. This happened exclusively on a vast plain in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro.
Optical Features
Because tanzanite is relatively soft and delicate (usually measures sits between 6.5 – 7 on the Mohs scale), it’s most often set in necklaces and earrings. Most raw tanzanite crystals are originally tarnished by a brownish-yellow component, but this disappears in a heating process. During this procedure, careful attention must be paid to the moment the colour turns blue, or it can destroy the gem’s brilliance."

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The other UK birthstone for December, Turquoise.

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"The symbol of prosperity, good fortune and happiness. An ancient gem, turquoise as been highly prized for its intense colour for centuries and is adored today in December birthstone jewellery.

Turquoise: the gem

Turquoise is a mineral substance commonly found in microcrystalline form which ranges from sky blue and china blue to blue green and yellowish green. The colour is affected by impurities within the stone; blue hues are created by copper, while green comes from iron and chrome. The black, brown and ochre veins you frequently see in turquoise jewellery come from the mother stone, termed the matrix, penetrating the turquoise.
This gorgeous gem has a Mohs hardness of 5-6 and is found in Mexico, the USA, Iran, Chile, Australia and closer to home in Cornwall.

Turquoise: history and legendry background

Turquoise is thought to be one of the earliest stones ever mined and was first found in the Sinai Peninsula. The ancients named it “turquies” because of its trading route from Persia to Europe via Turkey which is known in France as Turquie.
Turquoise has been treasured for thousands of years and, indeed, grave furnishings inlaid with turquoise dating back to 3000BC have been discovered in Egypt. Believed to be a talisman, particularly for horsemen, it was thought that the turquoise prevented injury by absorbing the fall. Ancient Persians claimed the blue of the turquoise would ward off the ill-effects of the “evil eye” and, even today in Iran horses and mules sometimes have turquoise beads attached to their tails.
Turquoise was once thought to warn its wearer of danger or illness by changing colour. Of course, we know now that turquoise can change colour as a result of chemicals on the skin or light!
The Aztecs believed the stone to be holy, decorating their ceremonial masks with the gem, and creating highly ornate turquoise jewellery, while the Native Americans thought that this blue stone opened up a connection between the sea and sky. With its bright, happy colour, turquoise has been said to cure depression and instil confidence.
Known as the lover’s stone, it was also considered to guarantee the fidelity of those in love.

Turquoise in jewellery

Perhaps the oldest pieces of jewellery in existence are gold serpent bracelets set with turquoise. Found in 1900 in one of the tombs of the Pharoahs, they are thought to date back to 3,500 BC. The opening of the Suez Canal and the success of the film Cleopatra in the 19th century started a fashion for Egyptian-style jewellery featuring turquoise set in silver.
Despite being used in jewellery for thousands of years, turquoise has a timeless quality and turquoise jewellery is as fashionable today as it was all those years ago. The stone is usually cut and polished into cabochons which optimise the opacity of the gem."

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There you have it, we hope you got some good information and if you're looking for a gift for a December born friend or relative (or even just to spoil yourself), pop down to our shop on Kirkcaldy High Street or give us a call and we'll be happy to help you out.
Hopefully see you soon!

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Friday, 1 December 2017

What’s on around Kirkcaldy (Weekend 1 Dec, 2017)

Source: @AKCampbellSons December 01, 2017 at 12:27PM
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What’s on around Kirkcaldy (Weekend 1 Dec, 2017)

Hi and welcome to another guide to offer some ideas for how to spend your free time this weekend in and around Kirkcaldy.

This week's Pub


The Railway Inn

1 Station Wynd, Lower Largo, Leven KY8 6BU
01333 320239

The front of the Railway Inn in Lower Largo, Fife.

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"The Railway Inn is a friendly and traditional village pub and has been an established public house in Lower Largo, Fife, since 1749. The current owners, Alistair and Oormi, took over in December 2013. Situated near the East Neuk section of the Fife Coastal Path, it is a firm favourite with ramblers, dog walkers and locals alike.

A great selection of draught beers are on offer from traditional Scottish beers such as Tennents Lager and Belhaven Best to some new world lagers such as Asahi and Carlsberg alongside classics like Guinness and Strongbow. In addition, there are five Scottish guest ales available which are updated on a weekly basis. Our ales come from all over Scotland from Orkney to the Borders Brewery as well as from local Eden Mill Brewery in Guardbridge. We also offer a selection of over 25 Malt Whiskies as well as a selection of the popular Eden Mill gin from just up the road. Bar snacks are also available.

Sky Sports and BT Sport show live sporting action on a regular basis. There is a private beer garden to the rear of the pub with a sheltered and heated smoking area. There are also picnic benches at the front of the property where you can catch the evening sunshine. Dogs are welcome and children are allowed in the pub until 8pm."

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This weeks Restaurant


Asian Triangle Resturant

282 High St, Kirkcaldy KY1 1LB
01592 265795

The Asian Triangle in Kirkcaldy near A K Campbell and Son jewellery shop.

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"Really nice fresh cooked food. We also had a Korean and Vietnamese visitor who also thought it was top notch."

"I cannot recommend this place any greater. Truly amazing food and staff."

"A good meal especially jungle curry"

"The Food, the service and waitstaff were excellent. The views of the Firth is outstanding."

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Gigs and stuff


Tonight (Fri 1st Dec) - Latitude 56 at the Duchess, Nicol St, Kirkcaldy

9.30pm to Midnight

Latitude 56 live at The Duchess on Kirkcaldy High Street, near to A K Campbell and Son jewellers.

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"Please come along and support your favourite band when they play Kirkcaldy's best music venue- The Duchess of Kirkcaldy on Nicol Street- on Friday 1st December. We are playing from 9.30 to Midnight and its going to be a great christmas party night-so bring along your dancing shoes!"

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Sat 2nd Dec - Tae Sup Wi' A Fifer @ The Adam Smith Theatre, Kirkcaldy

8 pm to 10 pm

James Yorkston live at the Adam Smith Theatre Kirkcaldy

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"Tae Sup wi’ a Fifer – Hosted and programmed by East Neuk songwriter & author James Yorkston: Scott Hutchison (frightened Rabbit) / Serafina Steer / Alasdair Roberts

Scott Hutchison is the lead singer of Scottish indie-rock band Frightened Rabbit, though he occasionally steps out of the woods to perform as Owl John. He has been making music with Frightened Rabbit for over a decade and the band have released five albums during that time.

Serafina Steer is a fascinating and unique singer / songwriter. As a classically trained harpist, she works in contemporary, improvised, collaborative and pop projects, including Bas Jan, her all-female post-punk-esque trio.

Alasdair Roberts is a songwriter/composer, singer and acoustic fingerstyle guitarist as well as an interpreter/arranger of traditional songs and ballads from Scotland and beyond."

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Sun 3rd Dec - Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy Tours

Sunday at 12:00–17:00

Kings Theatre
260 High Street, KY1 1LA Kirkcaldy, Fife

The Kings Theatre on Kirkcaldy High Street across the road and very near A K Campbell jewellery shop.

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"Take a step back in time and see this historic and well known building like never before.

This is one of the final chances to visit the Kings Theatre Kirkcaldy and hear the history and see it right in front of you before all the big work starts to bring it back to its former glory.

Over the past 15 months, the Kings Team have been working away, clearing the site and unearthing some amazing original pieces of the building, that dates back to 1904, when it first opened as the Kings Theatre before it closed in 2000, known then as the ABC Cinema.

These tours have proven hugely popular, with the team already having welcomed well over 800 people through the doors, some with no idea the building was there, some who have years of fond memories and almost all who knew nothing of its amazing history and status as a 2000 seater live performance theatre in the heart of Kirkcaldy.

Tour numbers are limited and anybody under the age of 16 must be with an adult over 18. There is an age restriction in place for these tours and it is strictly for over 7 years of age.

Please arrive at The Kings Hub 10 min before your tour to sign in."

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There you have it for another week, soon we'll be into the festive party season!  If you're looking for some new jewellery for a party or as a present, pop along to our jewellers on Kirkcaldy High Street and we'll be sure to help you out with something unique and fits right in with your style.

As a disclaimer, we are not affiliated with any of these pubs, restaurants or gigs/shows that we have in our guides. You are responsible for yourself, have fun whatever you get up to!  Be careful on that ice!!

The following article What’s on around Kirkcaldy (Weekend 1 Dec, 2017) is courtesy of A.K. Campbell and Sons Jewellers Blog