A DREAM IN THE LIFE OF RUSSELL GRANT
Astrologer Russell Grant talks to Sue Wilson about his new Dream Dictionary.
Some dreams are obvious. ofcourse. to do with what happened during the day. I remember one titne I was staying in Wales and I put a white washing on. and 1 must have left a black sock in or something because all my underwear came out grey. l was really upset about it for some reason — a mini-crisis in Monmouthshire! — and that night I dreamt of long rows ofwashing lines with all these gleaming white Y-fronts hanging on them.
But I firmly believe dreams can be a psychic source. that you can have precognitive dreams foretelling events. I‘ve often experienced this. with my own dreams and other people's. but probably the most incredible one was a letter from a
woman in Croydon saying she kept dreaming ofa jumbo jet exploding. bursting into ﬂames over a map of Scotland — this was just a month or two before Lockerbie.
The dream interpretations in the book come from various different sources - I used Freud and Jung. but I also looked at Roman dream interpretation: they took it incredibly seriously in those days. all those portents and symols. A lot of it. though. comes from a TV show I did where I asked people to write in with their dreams and something about their lives. I got about 20.000 replies. so a lot of it just comes from looking at how frequently some dreams recur in certain situations.
Dreams and astrology are very closely connected — modern astrology isn‘t fortune-telling, it’s a way of focusing in on your self-potential. the talents and creativity you might not know you possess. Dream analysis and astrology are both about interpreting symbols and hidden energies. including the deep hidden drives and desires we don‘t like to acknowledge.
I write down dreams which are particularly vivid. or which I can‘t work out straight away. and they can have quite a big inﬂuence on what I do. I use astrology when I’m making important decisions. like changing jobs. I'll draw up all the charts. but I don't use it to decide whether to go to Safeways or Sainsbury‘s: I don't think you should rule your life by it. Russell Grant‘s Dream Dictionary is published by Virgin at £3.99
THOSE BCCl/TORY DIFFERENCES IN FULL
The election may be off for the time being. but confusion remains in many people‘s minds which our unique coverage is designed to dispel.
This issue: the Tories and the BCCI.
Financed by shadowy foreign millionaires.
Led by grey men in grey suits.
Perpetrated one of the greatest financial frauds in history.
Financially crippled the Western Isles Council.
Exposed in the press as morally bankrupt.
Propped up for as long as possible by the Bank ofEngland.
Closed down in the summer of 1991.
Financed by ex-millionaires from Hong Kong and Cyprus.
Led by John Major.
Introduced the Poll Tax.
Look. we‘ve said we‘ll repeal the Poll Tax. and how were we to know no one would pay‘.’
Complained for years ofbiased press coverage.
Put off the General Election until 1992.
I Third Eye Centre: Glasgow‘s contemporary arts venue. the Third Eye Centre. has finally gone into liquidation despite weeks of negociation with creditors and funding bodies. The Inland Revenue has refused to accept the rescue package put together by the court-appointed administrator, which would have had it surrender its rights as a preferential creditor. The future of the Centre is now uncertain. and the possibility remains that intended programming could be relocated elsewhere. The case for the continued existence of the building in Sauchiehall Street as an established venue for innovative programmes must. however. be considered by the Scottish Arts Council.
I Arts Database: After three years of hard work and preparation. Arts Special Info (Strathclyde) launched its phone-in database on 1 Oct. Now anyone wishing to set up an arts project — from a pottery class to a pantomime - can get details of over 800 artists. community and special needs groups. and contacts for the price of a phone call. Information printouts are also available on receipt ofa stamped addressed envelope. The project. which will be invaluable for special needs groups often excluded from mainstream arts activities. soon hopes to publish the information annually in book form. The number for information and for those wishing to be added to the database is (141 3304925.
I Scottish Aids Monitor: SAM. Scotland‘s premier AIDS charity. has launched a T-shirt design competition to tie in with the organisation’s ongoing preventative education programme. Artists and designers are invited to create ‘designs which illustrate concerns about IIIV and AIDS. and which promote a caring community response to the threat that the virus poses.‘ The winning entry will be unveiled on World AIDS Day. 1 Dec 1991. The closing date for the competition is 1 Nov. and interested parties should contact Karl Lee at SAM Glasgow. PO Box 111.G3 7XB(041353 3133).
I Glasgow Mela: The second Glasgow Mela — Scotland‘s largest Asian cultural event — takes place at the Tramway between 17—27 October. Last year‘s event attracted over 50.000 people in ten days, with every concert selling out. As well as being the site of music. dance and other performances from all over China and the Indian sub-continent. the Tramway will house a huge and exotic bazaar full ofarts. crafts and food from the East. Details ofevents at the Mela can be found in the Theatre and Music sections ofthis
issue of The List.
I McHappy Day: The third McDonald‘s McHappy Day will take place on Sat 12 Oct. So far the biannual event has raised over £500,000 for charity. with every McDonald's restaurant in the UK donating 50 per cent from every Big Mac sold on the day to Ronald McDonald Children's Charities. RMCC awards grants to groups and organisations which specifically help children. and recent beneficiaries include the NSPCC. the Brittle Bones Society and the Association of Children with Heart Disorders.
I Film Success: Submarine. a short film directed by Mark Littlewood and produced by Edinburgh-based Barony Film and Television Productions. has won the Special Jury Award for Best Short Film at the 11th Atlantic Film Festival in Nova Scotia. Canada. The film concerns the childhood obsession of artist and sculptor Tom McKcndrick for submarines and the development ofthis into an art exhibition for Glasgow‘s Year ofCulture.
I Barnardo’s: The up-to-date functions ofchildren‘s charity Barnardo‘s is examined in a new book published on the 17 Oct. Barnurdo's Today by Jennifer Chapman (Virgin Publishing. £15.99) dispels the institutional image ofthe 19th century charity by detailing its current work in areas of trainer ﬂats. drug dependency projects. and workshops to help parents with mentally ill children. The book aims beyond the moving stories ofthe people Barnardo's have helped and succeeds in painting a broader picture of the role of charity in 1990s‘ Britain. A donation goes towards Barnardo‘s for every copy sold.
I Training Guide: The Scottish Film Council has published a comprehensive guide to training for the film. television and video industries in Scotland. The booklet. aimed at trainers. employers and students in this constantly developing industrial sector. is available from the SFC at 74 Victoria Crescent Road. Glasgow. (512 9JN. price £1.
I Sick Kids Appeal: At the time of going to press. the total raised for the Edinburgh Sick Kid's Appeal stood at just over £64 million. llundreds ofdonations a day are being made at banks across the country or are being sent to The Task Appeal. Freepost. Edinburgh EH9 (lLZ. and another 80 fundraising events are set to take place before the appeal winds up at the end of March 1992.
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