I MODEL RAIL ’96 Fri 23, 11am-8pm; Sat 24, 10am-6pm; Sun 25, 10am—5pm. SECC, Finnieston Ouay. 0141 248 9999. £3.50 (£2.50). Boys with their toys are go go go! Over 32 working model railways, mainly from model railway clubs around Scotland, mean that it’s your chance to get in there and ask those impossible questions like ‘how do you keep the track clean?’ (you don’t!). Everything the tamin trainset owner to the skilled scale modeller could want, with second-hand wagons, books, sound effect CDs, demonstrations and even the Railway Preservation Societies on hand.

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 llibdin.


I CADEMUIR HILL ORGANISED WALK Sun 25 Feb. 1 1am—4pm. Meet outside the Peebles swimming pool. ()1835 830281. £1 (50p). A walk up the Cadernuir Hills behind Peebles with the Borders Ranger Service to look at the Iron Age forts with their rare Cbeveaus de Frais (the Iron Age equivalent of an anti-tank device. but for horses). Take a few sarnies and wear footwear which is suitable for a steep climb.

I DUCHESS’S DRIVE ORGANISED HIKE Sun 3 Mar. 10am---2.30pni. Meet at Bowhill Country Park visitor‘s centre. Selkirk. 01750 22326. £1 (kids free). A gentle hike through the woodlands and over the moorlands of the Bowhill estate. following the route of the old Victorian carriage drive. Don't forget your packed lunch.


I OPEN NIGHT AT MILLS OBSERVATORY Fri 23 Feb. from 7pm. Mills Observatory. Balgay Park. Dundee ()382 67138. Free. The observatory will be open as usual. but with planetarium shows at 7.15pm. 8pm and 8.45pm. If the sky is clear. there will also be views of the Moon through the tnain telescope. During the winter the observatory is open 3—10pm (Mon—Fri) and 2—5pm (Sat) with slide shows. exhibitions and use of the telescope.


I COMPUTER FAIR Sun 25 Feb. 10am—4pm. MacRobert Pavilion. Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. £2.50 (£1.50). Better bargains on the PC front from a

dozen different companies. selling everything frotn games software to new memory. new and used computers. books and cables.

I EDINBURGH PEACE FESTIVAL Fri |- Sun 17 Mar. Various venues around Iidinburgh. Full programme from Peace and Justice Centre. St John‘s Church. Princes Street. ()131 2290993. See separate section.

I THE NIGHT SKY IN MARCH Fri 23 Feb. 7.30pm. Royal ()bservatory. Blackford Hill. Iidinburgh. 0131 668 8405. £2 (£1.50). Russell liberst gives his monthly guided talk on the night sky. During winter the obser‘vatory's telescopes are open for public use every clear weekday evening (7-~‘)ptt). £1.50). Phone after 4pm on the day to book a place. The 'l'niverse‘ exhibition with models. videos. computer games and photographs of space continues to make good Days ()ut visiting and is open Sat »'l’hurs. l-5pm: Fri. 1 9pm. (£2/£l.25).

I PLANT VIRUSES IN THE SERVICE OF MAN Thurs 29 Feb. 3pm. lecture Theatre. Royal Botanic Garden. 20a lnverleith Row. lidinburgh. 0131 552 7171. Free. This is the stuff of many a fine B-tnovie: is Professor .‘\1. Wilson mad. bad or even dangerous to know‘.’ The good Professor. who works for the Scottish Crop Research Institute. will demonstrate in this illustrated lecture that not all plant viruses are harmful. Some can actually be used in the service of tnankind. from transforming tulips to creating cures for cancer or fruit containing ready-to-eat vaccines. It's a brave new world out there. just don‘t let the Trifl'ids catch you.


I BUDS AND BARK GUIDED WALK Sun 25 Feb. 2—3.30pm. Chatelherault. Ferniegair. Hamilton. Free. but book a place on (11698 426213. A chance to learn how to identify trees without their leaves on.

I CHATALONGACLYDE Sun 3 Mar. 1.30pm. Meet at the corner of Netlterton Road and Old Manse Road. Netherton. near

Wishaw. A guided walk and talk along the Clyde Walkway frotn Kirknethan to Garrion GiII with the District Rangers.

I CONSERVATION VOLUNTEER EVENT Sat 24 Feb. 10am—3pm. Drurnpellier Country Park Visitor Centre. 01236 422 257. A chance to help the Ranger service with a spot of the old conservation work. Absolutely no previous experience is necessary. Over 12s orin please. take a packed lunch and wear warm and waterproof clothing.

I CRAFTS AT SPRING TIME Fri 1 Mar. 4—9pm; Sat 2/Sun 3. l0.30am—5.30pm. Iiastwood Ilouse. Iiastwood Toll. Giffnock. Glasgow. ()1427 753040. £I. ()ver 60 British designers. artists and crafts people show and sell their wares at this ‘festival ofcraft. fashion and design'. liverything from glass to paintings and furniture to fashion.

I CREATIVE STITCHES ’96 Thurs 7~Sun 10 Mar. 9.30am—<5.30pm. SI‘ICC. Finnieston Quay. 014l 2489999. £4.90 (£3.70). Tip top needlecraft for those who like that sort of thing. with over 100 stands and a full programme of talks. demonstrations and slide presentations included in the entry price every day.

I MODEL RAIL ’95 Fri 23. Ham—8pm; Sat 24. 10am—6pm; Sun 25. 10am—5pm. SliCC. Finnieston Quay. 0141 248 9999. £3.50 (£2.50). See photo caption.


25 Feb. 10am-5pm. SliCC. Finnieston

Quay. Glasgow. ()141 248 9999. £3.50. If you popped the question on Valentine‘s day. then you'll be needing a visit to this. the largest of the bridal fairs around. Underwear. ovenvear and afterwear for the bride. dress for the groom. dresses for the bridesmaids. rings for the fingers. bells for the toes. it’s all there. This year's fashion shows have the theme of a gow=‘ to complement a weird marriage venue. Nicola Murphy of 'l‘elford College's creation is to go with the Iimpire State Building.

I SCRUB CLEARANCE Still 25 Feb. 10.30am—3.30pm. Glen Lodge. Gleniffer Braes Country Park. ()141 884 3794. Free. After rhodys and connifers. it‘s time to get out there and clear sortie scrub in the name of nature conservation.

I TWENTY YEARS OF SEX EOUALITY: HOW FAR HAVE WE COME? Thurs 7 Mar. 8pm. CCA. 350 Sattcltiehall Street. Glasgow. (1141 332 7521. £3/£l. A talk front Frtgender for International Women's Week.

I WHEN THOUGHTS TURN TO SPRING Sun 25 Feb. 1.30pm. Ranger Cabin. small car park. Dal/ell Ilouse. Dallell Park. Motherwell. No. not that sort of Iascivious thought. thankyou. This a walk through Dal/ell park to discover what is stirring in the wild as spring approaches.

I WOMEN’S CHANTING WORKSHOP Thurs 7 Mar. 7.30-930pm. (‘ity Halls. Candleriggs. Glasgow. £5 (£3.50). Details from Women's linvirontnental Network. 0141 248 6864. A chance for women to find their own voices and then unite in a chorus ofchanting in this International Women's Week event.

I WORKOUT WEEK and WOMEN’S HEALTH EVENT Mon 4—Fri 8 Mar and Wed 6 Mar. llani—7ptn. Two events organised by the Council for International \\"omen's Week. The Workout Week takes place in several city centre venues. Call Women in Sport on 0141 287 5933 for details. The Health livent takes place in the City Chambers. Phone 0141 287 3925/5914 for details.

The tenth lidinburgh Peace Festival takes place around the city from Fri I—Sun 17 Mar. A full programme is available frorn the Peace and Justice Centre. St John's Church. Princes Street. 0131 229 0993. I MANAGING NUCLEAR DISARMAMENT Sat 2. 10am-5pm. Scottiin Parliament Building. Regent Road. (1131 445 2967. £5 (£2.50). A conference to explore the lsates thinking to achieve a nuclear weapon-free world. led by Nobel Prize winner. Prof Joseph Rotblat. See Agenda pages for interview.

I PEACE-MAKING: HOW DO THEY DO THAT? Sat 2. I()am—4.30pm. Quaker Meeting House. Victoria Terrace. ()131 225 1772. £12 (£5). An exploration of [IR process of making peace around the World. I WE’RE ALL CAMPAIGNING FOR A BETTER WORLD Sat 2. 10.30am—4pm. St


John‘s Church Hall. Princes Street. 0131 2290993. Free. A day of stalls. displays and networking.

I ABOLITION 2000 Still 3. 2—4pm. Queen's Hall. Clerk Street. ()131 229 ()993. Free. Can nuclear weapons be abolished by 2000‘?

I SONGS AND POEMS FOR PEACE Sun 3. 7.30pm. Queen‘s Hall. Clerk Street. £4 (£2). Organised by Ronald Stevenson.

I ETHICAL INVESTMENT FORUM Tue 5. 7.30pm. Quaker Meeting House. Victoria Terrace. ()131 225 4825. Free.


DEVELOPMENT Tue 5. 7.30pm. Overseas House. 100 Princes Street. 0131 661 0937. Free.

I FAIR TRADE: HOW TO JOIN Tue 5. 7pm. Cornerstone Cafe. St John's Church. Princes Street. 0131 2294541. Free

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