and Prince specialists.

Sat 17, 10am-6pm/Sun 18, Finnieston Quay, Glasgow. £2. 0141 248 9999. ‘The largest selection 01 cos, records and pop related items ever assembled in Northern Britain’, according to the organisers. Everything from 19505 deletions to the latest techno platter from about 400 different stalls. Not to mention a geezer who sells old copies or the NME, : autograph dealers, accessories stalls, photographers with their selection of pop pics (including the Three Degrees, pictured above, it you’re lucky) and the usual Madonna

10am—4pm. SECC,

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 iniomiation. Days Out compiled by Thom Dibdin.


I EILDDN HILLS ORGANISED HILL WALK Strri l8. llani--3pni. Meet by the Tourist Information Centre opposite .‘ylelrose Abbey. £1 (50p). 01835 83028l. An organised walk over the Eildon Ilills. returning by Newstead and the River Tweed. You sliotild take suitable clothing. stotit walking boots and a pair of binoculars if you have them. as this should offer a good chance of seeing a large variety of wildlife as yvell as some excellent views of The Borders.

I YARROW RIVER ORGANISED WALK Sun 11. l0am—noon. Meet at the Visitors Centre. Bowhill Country Park. Selkirk. £1 (kids free). 01750 22326. Stot along the banks of the Yarrow. looking at wildlife and history. and return via the ancient hunting lodge of Newark Castle.


I CHINESE NEW YEAR Sun 18. 2—4pm. Usher Hall. l.othian Road. Edinburgh. £ 1. 0131 228 8616. Entering the Year of the Rat. a charming btit quick tempered beast. the Chinese community wants to celebrate the most important event in their calendar with as many people as possible. Included in the extensive programme will be Lion

Dancing. Chinese dancing. Chinese classical music. Tai Chi. singing and Kung Fu.

I FIFE HOLIDAY EXHIBITION Fri 9. 4-—8pm/Sat 10. l0am--6pm/Suri 11. 10am- me. Rothes Halls. Kingdom Centre. (ilenrothes. l-"t'ee. (11592 61 l 101. If you live in sunny Fife and you've yet to book your summer holiday. then this exhibition should provide a few ideas. In addition to all those stalls wanting to take your money tip front for the holiday of a lifetime. there will abseiling and clay shooting demonstrations and. on l‘riday and Saturday. a performance by the liaroese Chain dancers in ftill traditional costume.

I GREENSPACES IN OUEENSFERRY Tue 20. 7.30pm. Queensferry Arms Hotel. High Street. Sotitli Queensferry. Eree. ()l3l 33 1998. The importance of greenspaces irt towns and cities is what will be preoccupying Nigel I)oar as he addresses the ()ueensferry 6’; Kirklistori Wildlife Group. And when he has finished. there will be updates on the Greenspaces in Queensferry: the threat to the Hopetoun Road wildlife site. the future of l‘eri‘y Cilan and projects on the cycle walkway and Echline Community Woodland. Should be a busy meeting.

I MODELLING THE UNIVERSE Fri 9. 7.30pm. Royal Observatory. Blackford Hill. Edinburgh. 0131 668 8405. L2 (£1.50). Dr Eelco Van Kampen promises not to use (my mathematics in this talk about the ways in which the universe can be represented in model form. Apparently. it's simpler to describe the whole caboodle than it is to describe the stars and galaxies that go to make it tip. During

winter the ()bset‘y‘attir‘y's telescopes are open for public use every clear weekday evening (7-9pm. £1.50). l’hone after 1pm on the day to book a place. The Universe exhibition with models. videos. computer games and photographs of space continues to make good Days Out visiting and is open Sat-Thurs. 1—5pm; l‘r'i. l—9pm. (£2/£1.25i.

I WHO OWNS SCOTLAND? \y'ed H. 7.30pm. National Trust for Scotland. 5 Charlotte Square. Edinburgh. £2 (£1 ). 0131 440 0660. Andy \y’ightrnan addresses the I.othians branch of the British Association of Nature Conservationists. Wiglitman is in the process of writing a book on issues of land ownership such as public access. the purchase of massive estates for private profit and the privatisation of l-'ores'ti'y Commission property. No doubt these and other issues will also be tip for intense discussion in the pub afterwards.


I ADOBE DAY I‘ri 16. Royal Concert Hall. Sauchiehall Street. (ilasgow. l-i'ee. l~'or times and delegate registration. fax Adobe Systems UK on 018] 606 4004. A day long seminar of interest to those w ho use. or want to use. Adobe Systems in their headlong rush into the electronic publishing revolution.

I AUCTIONS AT CHRISTIES lb-l Bath Street. Glasgow. Free. 0141 332 8134. Oil Paintings and Watercolours wed i4. 2pm. Jewellery and Silver Wed 2|. llam. Viewing: Sun. 1 4pm: .‘ylon/l‘tie. l0aiti-4pm. 100 lots of paintings. ranging in price from £80 to £8000. 300 lots of jewellery and silver including a working scale. silver-plated model of a railway carriage.

I CHINESE NEW YEAH Mon 19. 3pm. City Hall. Candleriggs. Glasgow. l‘ree. but get your tickets from 0141 341 0026 or the Ticket Centre at the City Hall. See Edinburgh listing. Programme includes story telling. a talk illustrating the cultural relevance of the Chinese New Year. children's dance. l.ion Dancing. opera singing. tricks and a performance by the Chinese Pioneer Youth Band.

I CDNIFER CHOPPING Sat l0. l0am-3.30pm. Cliatelherault. l‘erniegaii'. Hamilton. Free. 01698 426213. Last issue we concentrated on i'liody bashing. This issue. it's conifers which are tip for the chop. Not that they are as tenacious. btit there are too many of them and the rangers want them otit of the way. Take your own packed lunch.

I GARDNERS’ WORLD Sun ll. 2pm. Calderglen Country Park. Sti'atltaven Road. East Kilbride. I‘ree. 01355 279926. As those Valentines hormones begin to rage rampant through the hot blooded. it‘s time for the gardeners to get out those flowers and pass them over to their loy ed ones. ‘Buds'n'blooms' demonstrate the art of putting them all into lover-ly posies. They'll also have a few blooms and bouquets for sale.

I GIANT CD 8i RECORD FAIR 96 Sat 17. l0am-6pm/Sun 18. 10ain--~1pm. SliCC. Einnieston Quay. (jlasgow. £2. 01.11 248 9999. See photo caption.

I KITE FLYING Stiii 18. 1.30pm. Community Education Centre. High Street. Newarthill. Nr Mother'well. l‘ree. 01698 230055. A chance to make your

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own kites and other windy. lly trig things with all materials that the \y rrttli pt‘oy itletl. Phone to book.

I OUTDOORS 95 to Sun ll. 1 lam 9pm (Sat/Sun: 11am 6pm» Sli(‘('. l‘iiiiiteston

Quay. (ilasgow. (llrtl 218 9999. ‘25 (£3 ).

'l'lte mega caravan. camping and general otitdoor—leisure eyttay agair/a continues.

w itli a chance to check out or purchase all that liai‘dwear you need for your chosen leisure pursuit. There's ey en .i range of liave-a-go actiy itics for you to make a tool


I RAMBLE WITH THE RANGER Sun 18. 2pm. Caltlei‘glen Country Park. Str'atliayen Road. East Kilbride. l'ii'ee. ()l555 279920. .loiii the countryside ranger for a ramble through the glen looking at those things of seasonal interest which catch your eye. A gentle perariibtilation for a Sunday afternoon but take suitable footwear.

I WILDFOWL WATCHING Sun 18. 2pm. (iolf Driving Range. Sti'atliclytle Cotitiii'y l’at'k..\lote lllll.ll;1111lllti11. l'i‘ee.()l(i98 266155. A chance to take a gander at the gandcrs and other over w iritering w'atcr' fowl on the Stiatliclyde loch. Take binoculars if you have them and suitable footwear.

After last issue‘s claim that it was too mild for snow. the teiiiperattirc took a iiiajoi' nose-dive l11I()\’tll‘-/t‘l'(1 territory. Sadly. it went a bit too low and there wasn't the requisite wet weather to form a decent drop of the white stuff. Howey er. at the time of w rititig the weather gurus were predicting some serious snow cloud activity. But who know s‘,’ By the time you read this it will probably be out with the Heriiiuda shorts again.

I Ski Clubs liven if you can't get on the slopes. you'll l'a‘ e a few folk for a non- ski piss up. \\'lren you can. they organise mint buses and cart put you in toticli with other people w lio might want to car share. Glasgow Ski Club meet eyeiy 'l‘litii'sday at 9pm in The Scarainoiiche. liltlei'slie Street. Details from ()III 632 9‘63 or (ll~ll 333 (1005

Edinburgh Ski Club meet every Tuesday from 9.30pm .rt the Royal (‘iictis Hotel. Royal (’iictis. l-or an information pack phone (ll3l 220 3 l 21

I Dry Ski Slopes l’trt iii a bit of practice ey en if yoti can't hit the white stuff: Newmilns .35 High Street. New llilllts. .-\yr'shire. ls’AS VII-IA. (H560 322 320. Ninety-incite rtiri with button hft. liyeriirtg classes. l’ttblic Skiing Sat/Suit, 2 £3.50 (£2.50).

Hillend Ski Centre llillentl. lidrnburglr.

(II 3| .1-15 ~1~Iii..\lon Sat. 9. 30am 9pm: Sun. 9. 30am 6pm. The longest .trid Illtisl challenging artificial ski run in Europe. Ski maintenance. coaching day s. kids clubs. teleniarlang and snowboarding.

I GLENCOE Chairlift company: (H.855 851

226/212 (ski iL‘l‘oiti. The closest resort to


(ilasgow and Scotland's first coiniiier'cial resort has too Iltlll a covering for skiing. But what is there is on all runs and down to the car park.

I NEVIS RANGE ('hair'lift coiirpany: (H.397 705 825/855 tski report i. Tliey 're doing the snow dance at Scotland's newest and hence most iirodei'n ski resort. They might hay e the highest pistes :n Scotland. btit only the gondola and the dry slope are

I CAIRNGORM Chairlift company: ()l-179 86! :(1I. 'I'lti'ee tows and 2 cltaiz‘lifts are open at Scotland's most famous ski area Skiing is limited aritl the runs are yery

I GLENSHEE ('liarr'lilt company: 0l 339',’ -Il32(l/-ll3~1i. lidtribiiig'li‘s closest resort and your best bet. as the snow machines have been working hard in the almost Alpine weather. The low er runs are open and y‘ lat snow is there is 'r'eally good'. I THE LECHT Chairlift corrtpany: (H9756 5 l-lJf). Thin cover on three runs. with the plastic run working as well.

78 The List 9-22 Feb 1996