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I THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPINC: Bonsai and ichabana displays and Shakuhachi concert. Sat 19, from 2pm. Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, Eskdalemuir, Langholm, Dumfriesshire. 03873 73232. Display free. Concert (7.30pm) 25/23. A day celebrating Japanese culture at Samye ling with displays of bonsai trees by the Scottish Bonsai

Association and ichabana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, from the Langholm Horticulture Society. The evening concert, sponsored by Campbell Toyota and Galloway Whole Foods, will be given by Yoshikazu lwamoto who is a master of the shakuhachi, a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute which is intimately associated with the Fuke sect of Zen Buddhism. The Centre was the first Buddhist temple to be built in the west and is a true replica of a Tibetan temple. It is always open to the public, with three Puja, or prayer sessions, daily at 6am, 1.30pm and 7pm. A cafe, craft shop and studio for Tibetan religious paintings are open daily 2.30-4.30pm. Accommodation is available, but is in great demand and should be booked in


This section gives details of selected events taking place in and around the Central Belt of Scotland this fortnight. Events are listed by area and then alphabetically. All submissions should be accompanied by a contact phone number for our information. Days Out compiled by Thom Dibdin.


I BIRDS OF THE HIRSEL ORGANISED WALK Sun 20. 2—4.30pm. Meet at the Visitor Centre. Hirsel Country Park. Coldstream. Free. An easy walk through the majestic woodlands of the llirsel listates. offering an opportunity to observe sotne of the overwintering wild fowl on the loch. Take waterproof walking boots and binoculars if you have them.

I CAR RALLY Mon 21. From noon. Wauchope Forest: from 12.45pm. Newcastletoii Forest. Free. Details from Forest District Office. 0450 377001. Your only chance in Scotland to see the RAC International Rally as it passes through the Borders District Forest.

I A COASTAL TREK, ORGANISED WALK Sun 27. l~4pm. Meet at liyemouth Tourist Information Centre. liyeiiiouth. Free. An easy coastal trek at low tide from liyemouth to Coldinghani Sands. A chance to look at marine life in the rock pools and enjoy splendid views of the cliff tops. Take binoculars if you have them and waterproof boots.


I OPEN NIGHT Fri 25. 7.30-10pm. Mills Observatory. Balgay Park. Dundee. Free. 0382 667138. ()bsei'vatory open 'l‘ue Fri 3- 10pm; Sat 2- 5pm. A talk on the night sky on Fri 25 is followed by an

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opportunity to look through the telescope. If the weather is inclement. there will be a planetarium show instead. During the rest of the week. the Observatory is open to the public with its lllin telescope available for viewing and a variety of slide shows and exhibitions.


I THE SOUND OF ONE HAND CLAPPING: Bonsai and ichabana displays and Shakuhaclii concert. Sat 1‘). from 2pm. Saniye Ling 'l‘ibetan Centre. liskdalemuir. Langholm. Duinfiiesshire. 03873 73232. Display free. (‘oncert 17.30pm) £5/£3. See pliotQ caption.


I A DAY IN THE WARDEN’S YEAR Sat 26. 10am 4pm. \'aiie Farm RSI’B Nature Reserve. Loch Leven (on the B9097. one mile east of Junction 5 on the 5190). £3. Limited places. phone 0577 $633.55 to book. Find out what an RSI’B warden does during the w iiitei. .loiii 111 bird monitoring. reserve surveys. habitat management and ‘dealing with the unexpected". l'iidci‘ 16s only please. The

reserve. with hides overlooking the shores of Loch Leven where over-wintering geese feed. is open daily 10am-5pm. Normal admission £2 (50p). Binocular hire £1.

I GORILLAS IN THE MYTHS Thurs l Dec. 7.30pm. Lecture Hall. Royal Museum of Scotland (enter by Lothian Street entrance). Tickets £2 in advance from the museum enquiries desk. £1 on the door. Dr Alan Goodall. Director of AV media

services at the University ofStrathclyde i gives a lecture about conservation

management in Rwanda.


5 7.30pm. Royal Observatory. Blackfoi'd Hill. lidinburgh. 031 668 8405. £2

(£1.50); evening star gazing £1.50. The lecture on Fri 25 will be about objects visible in the night sky during November. The ()bsei‘vatoi'y is open daily l-«5pm. with a wide range of exhibitions. livery

' clear weekday evening the popular . telescopes are open 7—‘)pm. l’hoiie after

4pm on the day to book.

I NORWEGIAN FESTIVAL Wed 23~Sat 26. Various locations around Falkirk. Further details from 0324 611293. A promotional and cultural event with Norwegian craft fairs. entei'taiiiiiient. food tastings and beer festival. The festival highlights the cultural links between Falkirk and Bergen in Norway and culminates in the switching on of the lights on the Christmas tree donated to the town by the lloi'daland County Council.

I SANTA SPECIALS Sat 26/Sun 27. 10aiii—-5piii. Almond Valley Heritage Centre. Livingston Mill. £1.50 (75p). 0506 414957. Ho ho ho and such early festive iiiuttei‘ings as Santa gets behind the reins of the sleigh. Also other seasonal fun. The Centre is open daily with a permanent collection of old working farm machinary. a mill and coffee shop.

I SANTA STEAM TRAINS Sat 26/Suii 27. Haiti—3pm. Bo‘ness and Kinneil Railway. Bo'ness Station. Bo‘ness. 05068222951 £4.50 (£4). And more ho ho lio's at Bo'ness from busy Santa as he hops on the North Pole lispi'ess. The kids get a free gift from Santa while the parents get a cuppa and a mince pic.

I ST ANDREW'S DAY CELEBRATIONS Wed 30. Various venues around St Andrews. Fife. Full programme of events from Miss Lawrie on 0334 474330. Besides various lectures and the church service to commemorate St Andrew. several town institutions will be throwing their doors open to the public. ladies' have a once- yeai'ly opportunity to venture behind the strictly male-only portals of the Royal and Ancient (iolf Cltib ( 10am-7pm). And you won't need to learn any rituals to see the St Andrew Masonic Lodge.

I LANARK CAGED BIRD SOCIETY OPEN SHOW Sat 1‘). 1.30 4pm. New Lanark \‘ilage. by Lanark. 50p. 0555 661345. Over 1000 caged birds from all over the globe will be on display. Always a popular Day Out. New Lanark is open daily. llam ~5piii t£2.75/£1.75). Until the end of the festive period there is a Spirit of Christmas ride which reveals the changing role of Christmas over the last

200 years. Ticket includes entry to the rest

of Robert ()wen‘s ‘model' village. including the village store. Separate concessions include a large train layout. I THE STUDIO OF BERNAT KLEIN Stiii 20~Thurs 24. Christies. 164 Bath Street. Glasgow. 041 332 8134. Free. See photo caption.


If you can't find enough ideas for those Christmas presents in our comprehensive shopping guide. have a look round one of the craft fairs that seem to spring tip everywhere at this time of year. They sell everything from silk scarves to spurtles. lintry is 60p (30p concessions) unless otherwise indicated.

I Sat 19 Nov:

Dundee. Camperdown Park. 1 1am—5pm. Helensburgli. Victoria Hall. Wain—4.30pm.

Musselburgh. Bi‘unton Hall. l()am—4.30pm.

I Sun 20 Nov:

Dundee. Camperdown Park. | lam—5pm. Edinburgh. The Maybury (Maybury Roundabout). 11am—5pm.

Glasgow. Couper Institute. 11am—5pm. I Sat 26 Nov:

lidinburgli. Cluny Church Centre. l()aiii-4.3()pm.

lidinburgli. MacRobert Ilall. Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. 10.30am-«5pm. £2 (£1/50p).

New Lanark Christmas food and gift fair. 11am-5pm.

St Andrews. Town Hall. main—4.30pm.

! I Sun 27 Nov:

1 Duiifermline. Glen Pavilion. 11am—5pm. l lidinburgh. MacRobert Hall. Royal

5 Highland Centre. lngliston.

i 10.30am—5piii. £2 1/50p).

(ilasgow. Mitchell Theatre. 11am—5pm. Linlithgow. Burgh Halls. l()aiii—4.30pm. New Lanark Christmas food and gift fair. 11am 5pm.


f I CALL THE COPSE! Wed 23—Sun 4.

T Various venues. Now in its twentieth year.

: National Tree Week provides a focus for

- woodland management in towns and

f country. Although the weather might seem

rather inclement for such work. it is the

1 perfect time of year for tree planting. as

' they have an opportunity to establiin roots

before the spring growth. Most country

3 parks and conservation volunteer groups

' have something planned. so if you fancy

getting your lungs full of fresh air while

you help replenish the planet‘s lungs. now

is a good time to get involved. Contact your local authority tree officer. tree

' warden. wildlife trust or Forestry

Authority conservator for local details. Jr

phone the Arboreal Advisory and

liiforniation Service on 0420 22022.

j There is a very excellent Wildwood

, exhibition at the Royal Botanic Garden

I {dinburglL open weekends. 10am—3pm. £1.50 (50p).



3 20—Thurs 24. Christies, 164 Bath Street, Glasgow. 041 332 8134. Free. Viewing:

g Sun 2—6pm; Mon/Tue 10am-6pm; Wed

1 10am-4pm; Thurs 10am-3pm. Auction:

1 Thurs 6.30pm. Bernat Klein, the renowned Calashiels-based textile designer who thrilled the couture houses during the 605 with his mohair tweeds, used paintings to inspire his vast repertoire of fabric designs. More than 100 of his abstract paintings are to be sold by Christies at this auction.