As well as a popular Pin-Up Model, Edinburgh based, Kelly Bakewell is a Personal Trainer, Hairstylist, Agent for the Designer Mr Pearl and Musclecake Ambassador. She has a dedicated fan base on social media who love her vintage style and glamour.
1. How and when did you become a Pin-Up Model?
I have always loved old Hollywood and the ideals of the 50’s. I have always liked to make an effort in the way that I dress and present myself. Not for anyone else, just for me. I think that is the best way to do anything…for yourself.
I started modelling about ‘cough’ years ago. I had been asked to model a range of vintage swimwear through a friend of a friend and it just went from there. I don’t model so much now unless the concept really interests me. Read More
Andy (aka The Huntz) and Jeannie Hunter run Edinburgh’s original indoor cycling and spinning studio – LifesCycle. They have created a unique space where people can have fun and feel comfortable no matter what their age, level of fitness or body shape. They welcome everyone into their LifesCycle family and offer plenty of encouragement and support.
1. What are your backgrounds and why did you choose spinning?
Jeannie: In terms of fitness I trained in dance and exercise to music and have ridden a bike all my life. I worked for the Scottish Government for most of my professional career. Andy is an ex actor and is also a professional puppeteer. He has a rugby background, he played to a decent level himself and was a coach for his sons, one of whom played for Scotland.
We have both always loved high energy aerobic type exercise and we met at a boxing fitness class at Marcos Gym in Edinburgh, which was a really basic, but super friendly community gym in the centre of Edinburgh. The sessions were run by ex commonwealth Champion boxer Jackie Brown and we did them 5 times a week, lots of shadow boxing and skipping to great tunes. When that ended, we were looking for something with the same buzz and energy, so found and developed our spinning habit while travelling in Spain and Italy. There is no better feeling than the endorphin rush in a jumping, driven and motivated class with great music. We chose to open LifesCycle, because there was nothing like it in Edinburgh and because we wanted to bring spinning to everyone!
2. Why is LifesCycle such a unique experience?
We think it is because we welcome everyone and treat people how we would like to be treated. It is not a typical gym and we think that is why people like it. We love to see people happy and feeling good about themselves, so we really try to look after everyone. We hope we have the right mix between real cycling training focused sessions and fun, general, fitness based high energy sessions for everyone. We have a great team of instructors who all are really committed to the LifesCycle ethos too. To us, the music is really important and we use visuals in many of the sessions too.
It is also the people, the LifesCyclers! They are amazing. Oh and of course Canna (the LifesCycle dog).
3. Do you offer personal training sessions as well as group classes?
We offer newbies induction sessions in Spinning, which can be like one to one Spin training sessions as we feel it is really important for folks new to LifesCycle to learn the basics and have a comfortable start to their journey with us. We also have a personal training studio where you can sign up to training which is complementary to your Spinning.
4. What equipment do you use at LifesCycle?
We have Spinner NXT bikes, they are chain driven and provide the nearest to a road riding experience you can have on an indoor bike.
5. Can you explain the importance of the link between physical activity and improved mental health? Exercise is so good on so many levels. It makes you feel less stressed, it boosts your happy hormones and feeling better about yourself can make you feel more self confident and therefore happier. Sometimes it can get euphoric at LifesCycle and we love that people go out with a smile on their face…a good start!
And just for fun…
6. Can you tell us something that might surprise us?
Jeannie: After being marooned on a water taxi in the lagoon, Andy and I were held up at gunpoint on the Rialto Bridge in Venice, by an underworld gang and managed to escape by mingling with a group of Japanese tourists passing by at an opportune moment.
7. What makes you feel happy?
Apart from obviously spinning and hanging out at LifesCycle with good friends, our boys, the sea, the mediterranean sun on our faces, walking on the beach with Canna. Compassion and kindness to people and animals.
8. If you could wake up in the body of another person (just for one day) who would it be and why?
Quite happy being us…
9. Music is an important part of your classes at LifesCycle. You have the chance to time travel to any gig or concert that has ever taken place – which one would it be and why?
Andy: Woodstock 1969, because it has been one of the most influential gigs ever. For me, at that time all the sounds I loved were happening at this place full of peace, love and music.
Jeannie: Inxs with the one and only Michael Hutchence, Wembley 1991, because he was one of the amazing artists ever.
Barry Church-Woods is an accomplished project manager, a successful blogger, a passionate self starter and a campaigner for equality.
1. What do you love most about working for Edinburgh Festival Fringe?
I travel quite a lot with the Fringe Society to let people know what it’s all about and how to take part. A couple of days before previews there’s a moment when the noise outside changes. When you can hear the drag of suitcases and sets as the acts arrive, ready for their set up and tech rehearsals. That’s the bit I absolutely love. When it’s all about to happen and the artists are here. Each year I get to support so many brilliantly inspiring creatives. Mad, funny, tortured and ambitions, all bringing their work to the largest arts market on the planet. They make the Fringe happen. They turn our tiny city into the cultural centre of the universe for 25 days in August.
I’m actually leaving the Fringe Society to run Civil Disobedience in a couple of months. I’ll be producing on the Fringe, so hopefully I can still experience it in all its brilliance – just from the other side.
Ewan Barry is a professional photographer who runs photographic guided tours of Edinburgh with his partner Audrey Pinard. Covering both famous landmarks and also the unique and unusual spots of the city that you might not know about – they show you the beautiful Scottish capital from a whole new perspective.
What inspired you to start Foto Tours and how long has it been up and running?
The commercial photography side of the business began in 2008 when we formed Tête-à-Tête Foto but Foto Tours Edinburgh only began in 2015 following our Edinburgh Fringe Exhibition. We had around 600 visitors to our little studio during the fringe and we were asked lots of questions about the photographs, techniques and locations which led to us setting up our photography tour.