£2 after. See Thurs. New Year's Day Party ‘).30pm—late. £2.50. [A] INTI

I Goombay Beat Barbados Suite . 3 \Nest Tollcross. l0pm—3am. £2. Good move for the long established reggae soul club returningaftervenue's renovation.

I Madisons Playhouse. Greenside Place. 5.57 3807. 10pm—4am. Free before 11.30pm. £2.50 after. Popular disco music in this renewed

I Outer Limits Coasters. 3 West Tollcross. 228 3252. 10.30pm—4am. £2 till 1 1 .30pm. £2.50after. Re-vamped disco for the masses. Free prize draw every week. Christmas Day and New Year's Day Parties. lNTl

I Reggae Club Shady Ladies. Cow-gate. 10.30pm--3am. £2. Best reggae selection in town. I Shake The Mission. Victoria Street. 10.30pm—3am. £2. Kanga's little brother. Funk. hip-hop based club.

I Strangeways Wilkie l louse. lllpm—late. £1.50. Indie chart and well worn classics.

I Top 0' the Walk 25 St James Centre. 557 2631. Club 25 Disco on Fri and Sat 8pm— 1 am. £1

I can think ofbetter ways ofspending

members. £2 non-members. Membership £2. ()lder mixof

music 1953—1986. L'pmarket 2 disco. [so]

I Zenatec 56 I-‘ountainbridge. 2297733. 10pm—3.30am. £2 before 1 1.30pm; £3 after. Intimate disco with superb lighting and laser. Mainlychart and update music.


I The Amphitheatre 3t Lothian

g Road. 22‘) 7670. lllpm—4am. £4.

llalfprice before llprn.

Iintertain yourselfin style in Scotland’s l'ltimate Nightclttb.

E [A|[Nl)] I The Backroom Shady Ladies.

Cowgate. 10.30pm—3am. £2. Cloak and Dagger goth punk


I Buster Browns 25—27 Market Street. 2264224. ‘).30pm~4am. £3.50. llalfprice admission and drinks before 11.30pm. Chart and dance music.

I Cat's Pyjamas (ioodtime Iimporium. 6 Abbeymount. l0pm-3am. £3 (£2 before midnight). See Fri.

I Cinderellas Bockertellas 99 St Stephen Street. 5560266. ‘)pm--3am. Before 1 1pm1£l .50 members. £2.50 others. After 11pm: £3 members. £4 others.

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Ill-energy. funk and charts. See Tue. [A] [ND] INT]

I Coasters Coasters. 3 West Tollcross. 228 3252. 6.30p—10pm. £1. Under 18s alcohol-free disco. Live acts most weeks.

I Dillingers Videotheque 28 King’s Stables Road. 228 3547. 10pm—4am. £2 before 11pm; £3 after. Sometimes live music as well as disco.

I Edgars 9621 Rose Street North Lane. l0pm—4am. See Fri.

I Finsbury Park's Nite Club 3—5 South St Andrew Street. ‘).30pm—2am. £1 before 1 1pm. £2 after. See Thurs. [A] [NT]

I Flannigan's Rose Street Lane (off precinct ). 226 6458. l0pm—4am. Strictly over 21s. Members only. application forms at door. See Thurs.

I Goombay Beat Barbados Suite. 3 West Tollcross. l0pm—3am. £2. See Fri.

I Kangaroo Club The Mission. Victoria Street. 10.30pm--3am. £2. Popular Club playing popular music to a lively crowd. I Madisons The Playhouse. (ireenside Place. 557 3807. 10pm-4am. Free before 11.30pm. £3.50 after. Busiest night at Madisons. playing similar sort of music to Fridays.

I Outer Limits L oastcrs. .5 we5t Tollcross. 228’ 3252. 10.30pm—4am. £2 till 11.30pm. £3 after. See Fri. Free prize draw every week. [NT]

I Top 0' the Walk 25 St James Centre. 557 2631. Club 25 Disco. See Fri. [ND]

I The Hooch 3 West Tollcross. 10.30pm—4am. The best in funk and soul. £2. With Drinks Promotions most weeks. DJ's Yogi Naughton and Warren Thomson.

I Zenatec 56 Fountainbridge. 2297733. l0pm—3.30am. £2 before 1 1.30pm; £3 after. ()ver

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I The Amphitheatre 31 Lothian Road. 22‘) 7670. l0pm—3am. £2. llalfprice before 11pm. Disco Night. Thrill to the best laser

show in liurope. See Wed. [A]


I Buster Browns 25—27 Market Street. 226 4224. ‘).30pm—4am. £2. I lalf price admission and drinks before 11.30pm. Less chart music and more soul music ~- gentler Sunday atmosphere. A]

I Cat's Pyjamas (inodtlme Iimporium. 6 Abbeymount. l0pm—3am. £1 . Disco.

I Cinderellas Rockerletlas ‘)‘) St Stephen Street. 556 0266. Club 180 Plus. lllpm—2am. Members £2; others £2 (£2.50after midnight). 50p drinks. [A] [ND] INTI

I Dillingers 28 King‘s Stables Road. 228 3547. 10pm--4arn. £2 before 1 1pm. £3 after. All draught beer and spirits 611p.

I Edgars ‘)6a Rose Street North Lane. lllpm—4am. See Fri

I Flannigan's Rose Street lane (offprecinct ). 226 6458. 10pm~4am. Strictly o\ er 21s. Members only. application forms at door. See Thurs.

I outer Limits Coasters. 3 West Tolleross. 228 3252. 10.30pm—3.30am. Free drink before I lprn. Free Prize Draw every week. Student Special Free entry before 11.30pm rust show your matric card. See Fri. INTI

I Parliament Xenatec. 56 Fountainbridge. 22‘) 7"33. 10.30pm—4am. £2. Much thought has gone into the lay out with imaginative use ot backdrops and lighting. Mainly funk and heavy IIip l lop (the real McCoy). Ptllls in a good crowd making a worthw hilc night out.

the Thames in what was an old

Saturday night than lying in bed listening to a brace of Radio Forth deejays auctioning perms and membershipofthe AA. But after three days ofblocked tubes and no sign of a plumber there was nothing for it but to crawl between the covers and sweat it out. Being ill is a bind and something I’ve not quite mastered. It always seems like a good idea. Endless cups of tea and white bread toast. A pile of Penguin crime. preferably Simenon. and Women's Hour. Silence. Rain thrashing at the window. But what do I get? Two lobotomies trying to persuade decent 'Forth country" listeners to part with money for a meal for six in a restaurant where I suspect the environmental health department has Christmas lunch. Some folk get away with murder in the name of a good cause. especially at this time ofyear. 1 try my best to ignore it and largely succeed but no man unless he is an island. entire of itself— can pretend that sleigh bells won’t be ting-a-linging come the 25th. As usual I‘ve made none of the necessary preparations. No presents have been bought. no food or drink ordered. Until the last minute I pray for a postponement. even a cancellation. In my most optimistic dreams. I can hear our very own Sheena announcing sombrely to millions that due to unforeseen circumstances Christmas is off for

from IIMG‘s tax inspectorate. Frankincense and myrrh (at least their modern equivalents) will be purchased. ifnot gold. And wrapping-paper. And tasteful bows. And at some dark and quiet hour I will parcel up everything. as carefully as a butcher wrapping grease proof paper round a pound of mince. There must be no repeat of the debacle of a couple of years ago when the Three Wise Men. Cherry. Brian and myself. ended up in the Shore when we should have been at home singing carols. At least I had the sense to leave early. at about 2am. Cherry and Brian hung on. impervious to time. then walked four miles in search of a kebab. Some folk have no sense of responsibility.

That won‘t happen this year: the best I can hope for is a pint in Stagg‘s.

1987'. , . But that‘s preferable to Christmas in But it won t be and in a day or two I cxilc‘ a fate I hope new, to AM GOING TO DO

experience again. I was working in London and going around with a girl who could flagellate you with her tongue. She had lovely long hair and an Afghan coat which smelled of

SOMETHING ABOUT IT. I will arise and go then to John Lewis and sundry other stores and use plastic extensively and with due disregard to the various threats I‘ve had of late



Charity begins at home: Alan Taylor entertains fond thoughts of house parties.

potato blight. She lived with ma and pa in decaying splendour in Berkshire. There was a sister and a brother. IIe‘s probablystill picking dandelions and I wouldn‘t be surprised ifshe cropped up in a remake ofthe St Trinians’ series. Justine (Well. let‘s call her that. Everyone then seemed to be named after characters in the Alexandria Quartet or The Hobbit.) asked her father to pick me up at King’s Cross. He was a tousled-haired harpsichordist with a shop off Baker Street and would have being doing very nicely had he been able to bring himselfto part with some ofthe beautiful objects he offered for sale. As we crossed the station concourse he dipped into his pocket and very deliberately threw down a penny. A down-and-out lunged for it and Justirie‘s father chortled. ‘A true Scotchman. With a few more coins we could start a riot.‘

En route the car ran out of petrol and. since he had no money. I forked out. The sign of things to come. I stayed for the worst part ofa fortnight. They lived in a village near

manor house. The drive was blocked with corroding cars. all terminally ill with punctures. A small studio had been built at the bottom of the garden and originally Justine‘s father had intended to use it as a workshop. But the harpsichords had multiplied so the family lived in the studio and the instruments and Justine's father took over the manor. 1 never thought anythingofit at the time. Nor. so it seemed. did Justine's mother who was oblivious to the chaos around her and who spent most of her day reading novels and listening to the radio. But they were a bohemian lot and very musical; the type of family who give each other string quartets for Christmas.

Justine‘s sister was rather put out by my coming to stay and went to a disco in Maidenhead where she met a young man whom she asked to put in an appearance over the festive period. He did but be promptly caught jaundice and couldn't be moved fora fortnight. She‘d gone off him by then. i

Christmas dinner was a fright. I gastronomically and otherwise. 1 Memory has blotted out the most horrific details but I do recall ' reaching fora meringue and coming i under a fusillade ofabuse.

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Apparently the one I‘d taken had previously been reserved by someone else. I soon realised that the food was not intended to be eaten but was to be used as ammunition. It was a reliefto escape to catch the Queen‘s message. Later I found out that Justine's favourite book was Cold Comfort Farm. 1 was not surprised. I have reason to believe she took up a career as an anthropologist.

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