of Eastern Europe. He will be visiting Edinburgh with a selection ofslides illustrating the momentous changes taking place there.

Saturday 23

I The Other Nuclear Fuel Cycle George Square, Glasgow. Info and sponsorship forms: Sue Bradshaw 065 l6745. 3pm. The sponsored cycle ride from Sellafield to Dounreay is designed to highlight the dangers of nuclear waste and raise money for Scotland Against Nuclear Dumping (SAND). following the decision to dump at Dounreay. The riders are expected at George Square at 3pm. when there will be a civic reception in the City Chambers. A Celebrity Cycle Ride to Clydebank (7 miles) begins at 5pm. and there will be aceilidh at 7pm. See panel.

Sunday 24

I The Other Nuclear Fuel Cycle St Andrew's House. Waterloo Place. Edinburgh. Info and sponsorship forms: Sue Bradshaw 065 16745. Noon approx. The cycle ride (see previous entry) arrives in Edinburgh around midday. to hand in a petition tothe Scottish Office. The hand-over will be followed by a picnic with entertainment on Calton Hill.

TALKS 8: WORKSHOPS Saturday 16

I Creative Speech Salisbury Centre. 2 Salisbury Road. Edinburgh. 667 5438. 10.30am-430pm. £18(£12). .lanis Perry leads a session of vocal exploration. based on the theories of Rudolph Steiner. and designed to work towards clearer communication and freer speech.


I Tai Chi Yang Style Salisbury Centre. 2 Salisbury Road. Edinburgh. 6675438. llam—5pm. £ltl(£12). Adrian Martinez leads a session of the slow. moving meditation. which can improve mental. emotional and physical relaxation and co-ordination in people of all ages.


I ACT UP Meetings 'l'olleross Community Centre. Fountainbridge. Edinburgh. 7.30pm. Free. Weekly meetings held by the AIDS/HIV Coalition to Unleash Power. All welcome.

Saturday 23

I Namibia In The Southern African Context University Chaplaincy Centre. Bristo Square. Edinburgh. 10am—5pm. Info: 332 3163/661 7539. £5(£3) including coffee and lunch. Creche avaliable. A day school on Namibia. offering an insight into the concerns of South Africa‘s neighbours. Among the speakers will be trade unionist Sandi Sijake and ex-detainee student Rosalia Shipiko. Part of Front Line Fortnight: see panel.

I Hungry For Change Slide Show Hillhead Library. Byres Road. Glasgow. Info: 334 7221. 2.30pm. Free. Organised for Front Line Fortnight by Oxfam‘s Glasgow North campaigning group. this event will include stalls and displays on ()xfam‘s Front Line Africa campaign. See panel.

Sunday 24

I Midsummer Yoga And Meditation Day Salisbury Centre. 2 Salisbury Road. Edinburgh. 667 5438. 10am-5pm.

f l 7( £ 1 2). A session of lyengar-style yoga and insight meditation led by lan Gray and Jody lliggs. who has just returned from a three-month Vipassana meditation retreat

in Thailand.

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Saturday 16

I The Animal Fair Quaker Meeting l louse. 7 Victoria 'l erracc. Fdinburgh. 225 4825. lnlo1667 5392, Illam ~4pni. Free. In


NUCLEAR run more THE WM Rafi sellafield-Dalnr‘eay

The recent decision to test Caithness for a nuclear dump site was greeted by a ‘howl of protest’, according to the journal of the Scottish Campaign to Resist the Atomic Menace (SCRAM). Apart from inspiring the peculiar image of anti-nuclear activists serenading the moon, the normally staid safe energy magazine was correct. From Dounreay to Dumfries, folk are angry. Very angry. Malcolm Rifkind, who took the decision despite its 74 per cent rejection in a Caithness referendum, was described as ‘Scotland’s Ceausescu'. While the Daily Record did not actually suggest that he shove

the waste right up his House of Commons, it voiced the opinion of many people: ‘Scotland is not Britain's Dustbin. . . Stick it in Trafalgar Square.’

Lorraine Mann, convener of SAND Scotland Against Nuclear Dumping explains that the decision is not so simple. ‘Underground dumping of nuclear waste is irresponsible, unsafe and totally unsatisfactory in any kind of civilised society,’ she says. ‘It is not safe for us, and it is not safe for the people down South either.‘

Mann emphasises that a dump at

: Dounreay would not just be a problem

i for the North. ‘This stuff is going to ' have to come up the rail and road

routes throughout Scotland ,' she says. ‘You are talking about 15 train loads a week coming up, or as much as 100 lorry loads and to train loads if they take some by rail as well.‘

SAND are organising a sponsored cycle ride to draw attention to the insanity of the decision and highlight the route the waste will take through the Central Belt. The nine-day sponsored event will start at Sellalield, also a possible dump site, and finish at Dounreay.

Cyclists and suporters of SAND are welcome to join for any or all of the route. See Listings. Furtherdetails of the route and how to take part are available from Sue Bradshaw (06516 745, after4.30pm) or from SCRAM (031 557 4283). (Thom Dibdin)


The Freedom of the City is available to anyone who wants it, well, Brian Friel’s play of the same name that is. It opens at the Arches on Tuesday 19 as part of the Strathclyde Irish Festival. Some of the other highlights of this lively fortnight include lrish Dancing, Set Dancing and enough Ceilis to make your feet drop off at the ankles. Music, the trad type, will be abundant and such big names from ‘overthe pond’ like Paddy ‘Fields of Athenry' Reilly, Big Tom and The Dublin City Ramblers will be belting out their Number One Hits.

If you haven’t seen Hurling, now’s your chance to witness the fastest land game in the world. The ball, or sliotar, flys at an amazing 140 mph. On Sunday 24, the hurlers take on the shinty players in a game of “compromise rules’. I can assure you, there won’t be much compromise. As they say at the big games in Cork, ‘there’ll be skin and hairflyin'.’

Gaelic football games will be held at several venues. Soccer fans who see

this sport for the first time describe it as ‘thirty demented goalies after the one ball‘. No such thing. This is not a sport for the fainthearted. Rough, robust but

highly polished and skilful, Gaelic football is fast becoming a major televised game on both Channel 4 and IN. If you get the urge to roll up your sleeves, or trousers for that matter, go along to Lochend School in Easterhouse on Thursday 26 for the Gaelic Football Coaching Clinic. It's free and as in any other clinic, bandages will, I'm sure, be provided. The All Britain Comhaltas Fleadh (pronounced Fla), will take place on Sunday 24. This is the first time for 25 years that this competition will be held in Scotland. Over 2000 national music champions from far and wide will be playing and dancing Jigs, Reels and

Hornpipes in their usual delightful fashion.

Event organiser, Owen McCauley told me that following last year’s Pilot Event, a huge crowd is expected to this year's festival. His advice to anyone going to the concerts is to book early.

Why should New York have it all its own way? Strathclyde will be wearin’ the Green and Sinkin' the black for a fun-filled fortnight. The festival runs from Saturday 16 to Sunday 1 July (see listings). Beidh Failte Romhat!

(Sean Kavanagh)

tandem with the Living Without ( 'rueltv event today in London. this ‘celcbration of compassion for animals' has been arranged by a number ofgroups concerned about animal suffering. There will be stalls. vegetarian and vegan food samples. videos on endangered species. factory farming and animal experiments. cafe. and cooking tips from veggie cookery writer Leah Lencman.


I Service Of Worship St John‘s ( 'hureh. Princes Street. Lothian Road. Edinburgh. 6pm. Free. With mtisie by Black lfmfolosi from Zimbabwe. as part of Front line Fortnight. See panel.

I Anti-Apartheid Freedom Fun Run And Fair North Meadow Walk. Edinburgh. info:

447 8637. lpm for 2pm. Free; registration for run: 50p(25p). A two-mile sponsored run in aid of SOMAFCO. the ANC's school in Tanzania; plus a fair with entertainment for children and adults. including live music from artists including Zimbabwe‘s Black Umfolosi. lrah Hayes and Hailc Suspect. '

Thursday 21—Sunday 24

I Royal Highland Show lngliston Exhibition and Trade Centre. Edinburgh. 333 244-1. Thurs 8am—6pm. £7: Fri

8am— 7pm. £7: Sat Sam—7pm. £6: Sun 8am-5pm. £5. Admission after 4pm Thurs~SatL~1.Child/GAP halfprice at all

5 times. Family ticket available Sunonly

L10. (‘ar parking Thurs~Sat £2; Sun £3 per

day. L'nassailed by mad cows. pigs. catsor

slugs. the red letter day in Scotland‘s

farming calendar goes ahead as usual. and

expects well over lllll.l)0llvisitorsoverthe four days. Besides the usual livestock competitions. there will be a flower show. cookery demonstrations. fashion shows. a Shetland Pony pageant on Saturday. a Police Pipe Band from Wellington. New Zealand. a ‘care ofthe animal‘ exhibition. agricultural crafts. forestry and heavy horse turnouts. plus a choreographed JCB “dancing diggers‘ display. involving eight 7-tonne vehicles and lots more.

Saturday 23

I Salisbury Centre Open Day Salisbury Centre. 2 Salisbury Road. Edinburgh. 667 5438. ll.30am--~lpm. £lt50p). Annual opening for this place ofphysical. emotional and spiritual experimentation. growth and healing. (‘ontributionsof plants. goods and baking. and suggestions of activities are invited. but all are welcome just to come and investigate what actually goes on in the place.

I Glasgow Fair Warm-Up Singalong The Prince Charlie Bar. 97 Westmuir Street. Glasgow. 554 0420. 3pm. Free. Third of four events organised by the Glasgow Fair Project. each in a different Glasgow pub and led by a different Scottish entertainer. Today. Dave Anderson of Wildcat and City Lights.

Saturday 23 & Sunday 24

I Living History Display—The Timele Robert Bruce Dean Castle Country Park. Kilmarnock. 0563 22702. Noon-5pm.

._ Free. Tour of castle ioptional)£l. A

demonstration of battle tactics and weapon making techniques. given by membersof the Gall (iael Dark Age Society and the Golden Lions Society. both amateur groups involved in research and re-enactment of medieval and earlier history. There will also be falconry displays by Robert Aitken. and on Sunday only an archery display.

I Fantasia Science Fiction Festival [.orne Park Hotel. 923 Sauchiehall Street. info: 558 2862. 9am for registration. £16for weekend; £9 for one day; special rates for children. A programme for Sci-fi buffs. including 16mm films. quizzes. video. a midnight murder play. a performance of Little Shop ()fliurmrs and masquerade competition. Irish fantasy writer Katherine Kurtz and Bob Rankinlauthor ofSpmuts ()f Wrath) will attend as special guests. and there will be a comic mart on Saturday. and special screenings at Glasgow Film Theatre (see Film listings). There's also an auction ofsei-fi memorabilia in aid ofScottish AIDS Monitor.

Wednesday 27

I Front Line Feast Martin's Restaurant. 72 Rose Street North Lane. Edinburgh.225 3106. Info. 667 0905. As part of Front Line Fortnight. Equal Exchange and ()xfam have organised this meal. with a special menu prepared with ingredients from the Front Line States by chef [)avid McRae. and served with wine imported from the same countries. See panel.