performances and at the Jazz Festival 1 leadquarters. Royal ()v erseas League. Princes Street. 10am—5pm. A Gold Star Badge (which costs £35) isthe eqivalent to a pass for all events except the Farewell Ball. All-day tickets cost £10.


l'ntil 22 Atigttst.

0 Information [inquiries to the Queen's Ilall. Clerk Street. Mon~Sat l0am~l0pm. te103l 668 201‘).

o Tickets/booking Tickets for all concerts available front the Queen's Hall Box Office. Clerk Street. Edinburgh. Mon—Sat. 10am~ 10pm and an hour before performances. The Lfsher Ilall Box ()fficc. Lothian Road. Izdinburgh. Mon-Sat

10am— 5pm; Virgin Records (Edinburgh) Dept. 131 Princes Street. Edinburgh. Mon—Sat 10am-6pm. and from the Fringe Box ()ffice. I70 Iliin Street. Iidinburgh (as above). Discounts available by joining Platform -- contact Platform. 26 Howe Street. Edinburgh. EHI7 TAP.


I‘ntil 23 Attgust. It may not be Cannes bttt its still an important date on the Film Festival Calendar.

0 Information Ftill details of Festival films is contained in the Film Festivalprogramme. available from the Filmhouse. Lothian Road. Edinburgh. price £ 1 .50 from new'sagents‘ around the city. Information also available from the Filmhouse. 031 228 2688.

0 Tickets The Filmhouse. 88 Lothian Road. Iidinburgh isthe box office for all Film Festival events. open 9am—9pm (2pm-—9pm Sun 23 Attg) and later for unsold tickets for that night's late film. Tickets can be hooked bttt not reserved by phone: ring03l 228 2688 for details.


27—30 August. Assembly Rooms. 54 (ieorgc Street. Iidinburgh. Tel 031 2262427, 8 (Box Office ). Mainly intended as an event for T\' professionals. the MacTaggert Lecture is the main public event (27 Aug. 6. 15pm) but tickets are available at the Assembly Room Box Office for somcof the other events. This is the Television Festival‘s first year based at the Assembly Rooms (although some eventsare always field there) which should allow light enterainment producers a field day in signing up new talent. This is probably the industry ‘s most important I'Is' talking shop and there is always plenty to talk about. The theme this year is the fairlv inevitable one ofthe relationship between television and government. but manv other topics w ill be discussed ttitt.

0 Information and Registration To register as a delegate apply

to The Edinburgh International Television Festival. 5 Betterton Street. London WC2H 9BU. tel 01379 4519. or enquire at the Assembly Rooms Box Office.


Until 29 August. Edinburgh Castle Esplanade. Only the Royal Tournament can begin to compare with this military extravaganza. but Edinburgh wins hands down on atmosphere and setting. This is the first year that the Tattoo has attracted commercial sponsorship from the Glayva Liqueur people a reflection of the increasingly commercial marketing of the Castle (they have even moved the early morning lonely changing of the guard ceremony to 1pm to tie in with the firing of the gun and to create a public event). Of course the whisky liqueur would also make good protection front the often chilly Edinburgh night air. Wrap up warm!

0 Tickets/information Available from The Ticket Centre. 31 ’33 Waverley Bridge. Mon—Sat 10am—till start of performance (on performance days). Telephone bookings are not accepted. and postal bookings have now closed. Tickets can still be bought in person from thisoffice. Next day ticketscan be bought from the L'sher I lall Box Office. Lothian Road. (031 228 1 1556). where credit card telephone bookings can be made.

BEYOND THE FRINGE Probably the biggest event to have missed out on inclusion in The Fringe Programme is the Elephant Tent who. at the last minute and without their partners of last year (Zap. who are in Rose Street this year) are pitching up again in Edinburgh's Hole in the Ground in Castle Terrace. until 30 Aug. with a programme mainly of cabaret. bttt they will also be taking successes that have finished their runs elsewhere - look out for details. Tickets will not be available from the Fringe box office but only front the Elephant Tent box office. 031 2286613. Advance Information 0579 70515. 0 The Fringe Fringe Society has been formed specifically for ‘all those groups who. for whatever reason. missed the “official” Fringe deadline‘. Based in a huge disused primary school behind the Royal Mile in Drummond Street renamed The Edge. they are attempting to go it alone with publicity and ticket sales. with events until 29 Aug. Their Box office isopen 10am—10.30 daily. with a twenty-four hour phone reservation service (031 557 5229). They will have theatre. music and art as well as late night cabaret. Perhaps their most notable production is James Kelman‘s production of his own play. In The Night.


"sIV r 9‘ "95259:"

ACCOMMODATION Where to find it:

0 Edinburgh Tourist Centre Waverley Market. 3 Princes Street. Edinburgh EH2 2QP. Tel: 031 557 2727.

()pen Hours: Mon—Sat 8.30am—9pm; Sttn l lam—9pm.

There is a wide range of accommodation available in and around Edinburgh from high class hotel to humble hostel. The Tourist Centre provides a comprehensive accommodation and information service. They hold the Tourist Acemnmmfarimt Register which is free. and lists hotels. guest houses. private houses and self-catering accommodation (the self-catering section is very popular and will already be heavily booked). An Advance Reservation Service (three weeks' notice required) is available as well as an On The Spot Reservation Service which operates Mon—Sat 8.30am—1 1pm; Sun llam—I 1pm (I July—30 Aug) and Mon—Sat 8.30am—10pm; Sun 1 lam—10pm (1—30 Sept). The Tourist Centre also has information about caravan parks. campsites and hostels. The staff are friendly and helpful and can give information about other areas of Scotland besides the capital. Two numbers to telephone regarding rented flats etc are 031 556 7498 (Sarah Boisseau) and 0620 81620 (Ann Gorring).


0 Scottish Youth Hostels Association

Office: 161 Warrender Park Road, Edinburgh. Phone 031 229 8660 for information about the association.

0 SYHA Hostel 17318 Eglinton Crescent. Edinburgh. 031 337 1120. 216 beds. 5—15years £3.50: 16—20 years £34512] + years £3.75. Shop. cooking facilities available 7— 10am and 2-1 1pm. Hostel open 7—1 lam and 2pm-2am. Breakfast £1 .60; Dinner £2. Sheet hire 50p. Buses 26 or 31 from Tourist Centre.

0 SYHA Hostel 7 8 Bruntsfield Crescent. Edinburgh. ()31 447 2994. l70beds. 5—15 years £2.90;16-20years£3.20;2l+ years £3.50. Shop. cooking facilities available. Hostelopen 7am-l 1pm and 2pm—2am. Buses I 1. l5. 16from Scott Monument.

0 Independent Hostel Blackfriars

Street (offlligh Street). Edinburgh. 031 557 3984. Self-catering. £4.30 per night (mid-July—l Sept). Open all day. Open to non-membe rs. Left luggage facility available. Advance reservations taken.

0 YWCA Hostel 14 Coates Crescent. West End. Edinburgh.031225 3608. Showers. TV Lounge. Luggage kept on last day. Dinner Mon—Fri 5.30pm; Lunch Sat and Sttn Ipm. Bed and Breakfast (shared) £7. (shared one night only) £7.50; (single) £7.50. (single one night only) £8.50. Bttses I2. 26. 31 . 36 from Princes Street (iardens.

Caravan Parks and Campsites

0 Little France Caravan Park ( )Itl Dalkeith Road. Edinburgh. 031 664 4742. Caravans. tents. .touring caravans. ()pen until 1 Nov. Bus 33 from North Bridge. 0 Muirhouse Caravan Site Mttirhouse.’1‘el:03l 336 6874 of' 031225 242-1 ext (1634. Municipal Caravan Site. Advance bookings to the City of Edinburgh District Council. Parks and Recreation Department. 27 York Place. Site Warden's office is open 1—30 September. Caravan Site open until 5 ()ct. Bus 14 from North Bridge.

0 Mortonhall Park Caravan Site Frogston Road East (011 A702). 031 664 1533. 1011111111 caravans. tents. motor caravans. Open until 31 ()et.

0 Pentland Park Marine Ltd Pentland Park. Loanhead (011 A701 ). 031 4400697. Caravans. residential and touring facilities. Open all year for residential caravans. ()pen Easter—end ()ct for towers and tents. Caravan Homes are let for the summer. April—()et. Buses 63 or 70 from St Andrew Square Bus Station; 81 from St Andrew Square.

0 Kirkton Farm Campsite Ratlio. 0313334511.£1.50Caravan: £1 .50'1‘ent. ()penl April—autumn. Bus 37 from St Andrew Square Bits Station.

0 Fordel Caravan Site ‘l-‘nrilel‘. Lauder Road. Dalkeith (Off A68).031663 2451 (Mrs Wright). Touring caravans. tents and motor caravans. ()pen until 31 ()ct.


0 Pollock Halls of Residence

St Leonard's I fall. 18 I loly rood Park Road. Accommodation in halls is normally available to visiting students during the vacation period. However. the residence is already fully booked for the Festival period. The Vacation Booking l)esk can be contacted on 031 667 1971 as a last resort. on a standby basis for cancellations. Ifyott are lucky. the cost w ill be £8.50 for Bed and Breakfast. Dinner'l’iekets are £4.15 (resident) and £4.95 (non-resident); Lunch Tickets are £3.50 (resident ) and £4.30 (non-resident ). Matriculation Cards must be shown.


Amongst the pavement artists and buslters at the foot of the Mound. you cannot help but notice the dubious talent ofone piper. inevitably sporting a blue shirt minister‘s collar. The Rev Alan Cameron. who has now no official position in the church. is no passing Fringe phenomenon bttt (to the very mixed enthusiasm of the locals) a year-round fixture.

The Mottnd (by Royal Academy and National (iallet‘y'). Princes Street.

In a city renowned for its beautiful aspect. its cemeteries are amongst the most pleasant and restfttl of places. The living and the dead can mingle happily in Warriston Cemetery which is delightfully overgrown and tumbled down. A short detour from the Water of Leith walkway will take you along meandering paths past many a fine marble slab and much good portrait sculpture.

Join the Water ofI.eith Walkway at the bridge in Deanhattgh Street Stockbridge and walk cast.

Greyfriars Churchyard at the sotith end of (ieorge 1V Bridge has seen more than its fair share ofdeath. The Covenanter‘s Prison is here. where a great many Covenanters were imprisoned and martyred in the cause of religious freedom. though it remains a strikingly peaceful and attractive place. As one guide book has it ‘isa beautiful place to stop and munch a sandwich .'

The churchyard is also well known for one of Edinburgh's most tender-hearted stories.

‘( it'eyfriars Bobby". Border shepherd Jock (irey's Skye terrier refused to leave his master's grave when the shepherd died and. fed by the local people lived in the graveyard for 14 years. His loyalty was rewarded with a grave beside his master's and a commemorative statue. erected by Baroness Burdctt-Coutts. an eccentric philanthropist in the city. The name may well ringa hell with Fringe audiences- Bill Burdett-Coutts. Artistic Director of the Assembly Rooms. is her great-great nephew - and a more faithful supporter of the Festival than Bill you could not get.

(ireyfriars Church. Corner of (ieorge 1\' Bridge and Cartdlemaker Row.

Mary Queen of Scots was the archetypal political pawn. an ttnwitting victim of her time.or so history has it. She was a Scots

66 The List 21 Aug 3 Sept