century Holyrood was the preferred royal residence and gradually the draughty castle was left as a fortress. The royal presence shifted to the foot of the Royal Mile, the steep hill which is the ‘royal' connection with the castle. During the festival take advantage of the free tours of the Royal Mile, offered by volunteers (a service which has been run for some 40 years). They start at Canonball House, by the Castle. Weekdays every 10 mins between 10-1 1am and 2—3pm, Sats 2pm (excluding Tatoos matinées) and Suns 2—3p. It takes approx 1—2 hours.
PICNICS Assuming it’s fine . . .these are a few of the best delis serving good food and some of the best places to eat it. If the weather is anything like last year, skip the ‘venues’ bit. Delis: pick of the bunch is Valvona and Crolla 19 Elm Row, 556 6066, Mon—Sat 9—5.30 (till 6pm on Fris, closed Suns), an excellent opera-playing Italian deli, worth the
trip if not the picnic. Also good wine.
Nearby Farmer Jacks 65/67 East London Street 556 2043 Mon-Sat 9.30-5.30, Sun 10-4 is a first class source for the organic bit of the picnic. Also sells bread. Nearest venue: Calton Hlll off Calton Terrace, or Holyrood Park. QUAD A Greek play by a Japanese company will be set in the 18th quad of the Old College Courtyard, University of Edinburgh during the Festival. Medea by Euripides, performed by the Toho Company .
An artteacher in a South Side secondary school, Jack McLean is better known tor his award winning weekly column in the Glasgow Herald. Every Friday the sell-styled ‘Urban Voltaire' writes a witty and often controversial column on everything from kllts to the banning ol the belt. McLean, brought up in Glasgow's Townhead area, iormerty worked for The Scotsman and Times Educational Supplement and is shortly to give up teaching to concentrate on full-time ioumallsm.
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mix. A lot ofthe Glasgow film people like Charlie Gormley and Paddy Higson do their drinking
there. The Southside is dull and boring, but I like it that way.
I enjoy eating out — I like expensive grub, when someone else is paying. Places like the Buttery and Rogano’s, which has improved out of recognition. The Colonial in the
: High Street looks terrible from the
outside, but the food is excellent. They‘ve got a new chef who is very, very good. I also like the Trattoria Lamperna which is very traditionally Italian, and I like a good, thick curry.
The best one in town is the Shenaz,
behind the Mitchell Library. but all the curry shops in Glasgow are good. I‘ve eaten curries everywhere from Geneva to Cardiff and they’re all rotten; Glasgow is the place for a
. good curry. The only thing is that
I’ve taught most ofthe waiters in the
South Side restaurants and they always heap my plate and I can’t finish it.
I’m a member of the Glasgow Arts Club in Bath Street, which is an old-fashioned Gentlemen’s Club, like all these places, in a shabby, traditional sort ofway. The food is strictly school meals stuff, but it only costs about £2.50, so when I take people there for lunch they don’t notice I’m paying next to nothing for
. the food, they’re so taken aback with 7 the surroundings. The other good should be so, but there’s an amazing
thing is that it has reciprocal agreements with London Clubs like the Garrick, so I go and stay there
when I’m in London — what I like is
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