This section gives details oi special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the central belt this iortnight. listings are compiled by date, place and then event. Listings compiled by Brian Donaldson.



I The Crait Movement Assembl y Rooms. George Street. 220 4349. Fri 20—Sat 2i l0am—6pm. Sun 22 10am—4pm. £2 (under l4s free). The Assembly Rooms plays host to the Scottish leg of the national contemporary craft fairs tour organised by The Craft Movement. The movement's goal is to promote the reputations of the


I itational Astronomy Week Royal Observatory Visitor Centre. Blackford Hill. 668 8405. until Sat 28. To celebrate the l50th anniversary of the discovery of planet Neptune. the visitor centre is holding a series ofevents. including talks. a continuous slide show of the planet and a multi-media gallery with the latest CD ROMs on space and astronomy. Most exciting of all is the possibility of seeing Neptune for yourself. It may be three billion miles away but the centre has the telescopes to allow you this pleasure. weather permitting. Call the centre between 4-5pm each day to check if observing will be taking place that

more avant garde artists in this field. On evening- . show will be a wide range of ceramics. I "I9 cm" "WWWI 5'33 F“ 20- furniture. glass. knitwear. papier maché. . .

textiles and wood. FaITIle

I Guardian/Charter 88 Democracy Debate City Chambers. George W Bridge. info 017] 278 9l88. 7.30pm. £5

I Dockets To Go! Kelburn Castle and Country Centre. North Ayrshire. 01475 568685. l-Apm. £4 (£2.50). See photo

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on the horizon. constitutional affairs will '

with the future ofthe Scottish nation at the forefront. The keynote speakers on

this debate on a referendum for a Scottish

I All Formats Computer Fair Mitchell Theatre. Granville Street. 227 5033. I0am'—4pm. £4 (£2). Whether computers are your hobby or the tools for education or business glory. this is the event for you. Massive savings are promised on new and secondhand equipment with a huge range ofCD ROM titles available. Admission costs £2 after 2pm while the fair is free all day to disabled wheelchair users.

parliament are Labour’s Doug Henderson and the Lib Dems' Jim Wallace while the SNP and Conservative parties are expected to be represented in some way.



I DDDI'S Dpen Day various venues. Info: 22l 606i. September is the month when

the country’s least accessible buildings I noon 09°“ "W 563 Sat 2 I. are made open to the public as part of the ' European Heritage Days programme. See Edlnbu'gh

I The Crait Movement See Fri 20.

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I DDDltS DPEll DAY Glasgow, Sat 21-Sun 22, into 221 6061; Edinburgh, Sat 26, into 557 9387. The seventh year oi the Doors Dpen Day programme sees over 500 buildings across Scotland swing their doors wide ior ordinary iollts to have a wander around areas not norrnaliy open to the public. The programme is the country’s contribution to European Heritage Days, a Council oi Europe Initiative celebrating architecture as cultural heritage and living art.

Buildings in Glasgow ior your perusal include the Chamber oi Commerce with its renovated boardroom, the neoclassical sculptures and marbled columns oi the Royal Faculty oi Procurators library and the A listed medieval ilyndland Parish Church. Those in Edinburgh on the 26th can visit Greylrlars Klrlt, the iirst post-Detonation church in the city, Dld Moray liouse with its elaborate plaster ceilings irom the 11th century and the houses in George Square where Arthur Conan Doyle and Sir Walter Scott laid their hats.

The event takes place across the country on various dates and a call to the Scottish Civic Trust on 0141 221 1466 will give you an idea as to what’s going on in your area.

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I ROCKETS TD 60 Kelburn Castle and Country Centre, Fairlie, Iorth Ayrshire, 01475 566685, Sat 21/Sun 22, 14pm, £4 (£2.50). lleach tor the stars at Kelburn as amateur rocketry organisation STAllll Research otters an opportunity ior children and adults alike to build and launch their own model rocket. Materials used include cardboard. straw, tape and, the most crucial element, a solid iuel engine. Model ltlts will cost £4 and the workshops start at 1pm running through to 4pm when the launches will tdte place. ltunning alongside this will be a iree event called Starwatch, when telescopes will be directed towards the Moon, Jupiter and Saturn. Starwatch takes place in the Kelburn Pavilion at 7.30pm and, in the event oi a cloudy night, a slide show oi

lleptune will replace it. SATURDAY 28


I Doors Dpeu Day various venues. Info: 557 9387. See photo caption.

I IIIID Absell Challenge Meldrum House. Info: 01786 447558. The Royal National Institute for the Blind is giving both experienced and first-time abseilers the opportunity to fling themselves down the 50m high Meldrum House in order to raise around £100 each. The organisers hope to attract up to 200 participaan over the two days and qualified staff will be on hand to help the less experienced abseilers.


I Airica II the Attic Royal Museum of Scotland. Chambers Street, 225 7534. 2-5pm. free. Running alongside the museum’s Africa in the Attic exhibition is this one~oiT chance to discover more about that African object which has gathered dust over the years. A panel of experts will be on hand in the Main Hall to have a peer at that sculpture. musical instrument or item of clothing. No valuations will be given.


I Fiie Wedding Exhibition and Bridal Fashion SIIDI Rothes Halls. Rothes Square.0|5926l2l2l. Ilam—Spm.£l. This bi-annual event attracts over 1,000 visitors. not all of them blushing. The day is split into a wedding exhibition all day and the half-hour bridal fashion shows at l2.30pm. 2pm and 3.30pm. You should book early though. as entry to the three shows is strictly limited. Models will be wearing gowns and dresses from the top wedding retailers in Scotland with particular tips for second weddings and the mother of the bride.



I Sale at Decorative Arts Christie's. l64 Bath Street. 332 8134, l lam. Over 400 lots are expected to raise somewhere in the region of £200,000 with highlights including at Charles Rennie Mackintosh memorial exhibition catalogue from I933. a silver and enamel brooch uncovered in an unwanted bric-a-brac box valued at up to £800 and a group of four Hagenauer brass sporting figures (three female gymnasts and a male basketball player).


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S October—23 November 1996 OPEN: Tues—Sat 10.30~—5.30 Sunday 12—5. Admission free

THE FRUITMABKET GALLERY 45 Market Street, Edinburgh EH1 iDF T. 0131-225 2383 F. 0131-220 3130