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.


Glasgow IThe World’s Biggest Coliee Morning

various venues. info: 013! 228 9328. Kettles will be boiling and cups overflowing for tltis event in aid of cancer relief through the Macmillan Fund. Over 115,000 people will be taking part iii the national event which takes place at over 1,250 venues. The organisers are hoping to raise £200.000 to help patients and carers. The more unusual venues include off-shore rigs. ferries. prisons and skaters on ice.

I 1996 Modern Homes Exhibition Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Finnieston Quay. 248 9999. Fri 4—Sun 20. Mons—Sats l2.30—lOpm. Suns 12.30—6pm. £4.50 (£3). See photo caphon.


I The World’s Biggest Coilee Morning various venues. info: 0l3l 228 9328. Edinburgh’s contribution to The World's Biggest Coffee Morning includes supping at the Botanic Garden and Napier

University. while there is a special event with the opening of Takare Nursing Home in Corstorphine.


I Tweed Guild oi Weavers, Spinners and Oyers Scottish College of Textiles. Netherdale. 01450 8703 l4. Fri 7.30pm. Sat l0am—«ipm. Sun 9am—5pm. £l5/£lO/£-l. A three day event which covers all areas of the textile business. Of most interest to botanists and conservationists will be tonight’s lecture entitled Magic, Mystery and Mayhem. The other two days are filled with an all- day seminar and a workshop which reveals detailed and. fortunately. lighthearted information on how to obtain colours from lichens and plant materials.



I Paper Making II Speirs Centre. 29 Primrose Street. 01259 2i3l3 l. lOam—noon. £8 (£5). As part of Clackmannanshire‘s Festival of Textiles comes two hours of paper-making fun for ages ten and upwards with artist Ewa Kuniczak. Where the first event utilised pulp, the sequel makes the tnost of fibre with silk and linen incorporated into embroidery. felting and surfaces for painting.

I 1996 MOOEBH HOMES EXHIBITION Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Finnieston Ouay, 248 9999, Fri 4—Sun 20, Mons-Sets 12.30—10pm, Suns 12.30—6pm, £4.50 (£3). To commemorate the 50th anniversary oi the Modern Homes Exhibition, the organisers are putting on a special birthday show along the theme oi ‘Past, Present and Future.’ The past segment entitled ‘Heilections’ takes a look back at a hall century oi Modern Homes and will display products such as the downie continental quilt and early stereo systems while ‘lnspirations’ gives visitors ideas ior colour schemes, iumiture and iabrics. The linal element oi the iuture is comprised ol a pyramid structure housing hi-tech equipment and concept designs ior the domestic utilities tor the next century. A supervised iree creche is available, while an areaior11-15 year olds is set aside, complete with tree pinball machines, arcade games and wall-to-wall MTV, allowing parents to browse in leisure.

I SCOTFIT 96 linwood Sports Complex, Linwood, into: 0141 887 5746, Sun 6,

9am-7pm, USO-£38. Feeling lethargic? Then get yoursell along to the linwood Sports Complex where iourteen masterclasses will be conducted by some oi the top iitness experts in the business. Included on the bill are Boy Gayle, a one-time member oi Hot Gossip and iormer UK aerobics champion, Alex Bees, health and iitness columnist with Company magazine, and line-dance gurus, Vic and Veronica. The linal session at 6pm is a collection oi all the presenters letting it go tor a truly energetic iinale. As an added bonus, the iirst six readers to call the Scotiit hotline on 0141 887 5746 will receive a delegate pack which otters iree access to all oi the

masterclasses and the trade area.


I Tweed Guild oi Weavers, Spinners and Oyers See Friday 4.


I Scott" 96 Linwood Sports Complex. Brediland Road. Linwood. info: 887 5746. 9am—7pm. £7.50--£38. See photo caption.


I Live in The Gardens Princes Street Gardens. More fun fora cause with this party launching BT‘s Local Partnership in Scotland while raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. The Tartan Amoebas will be headlining the event while Dougie MacLean isjoined by the BT Polkemmet Pipe Band. As well as the music there is a host ofchildren's entertainment such as face painting and juggling. The organisers are aiming to top last year's total of “60.000.


I Tweed Guild oi Weavers, Spinners and Oyers See Friday 4.


I Scottish Boat Jumble Harbourside. info 0l29-i 552416. I0am. £2 (free). The Harbourside provides more exhibition space from the Scottish Boat Jumble's regular venues. allowing more companies. clubs and anyone with marine equipment to sell. The organisers are planning to visit the Southampton Boat Show to try to entice traders from south of the border. While the real stuffstarts at Want. the ticket office will be open an hour earlier to prevent queues.


I Fruits OI the Forest l’opinjay inn. Lanark Road. Rosebank. ("555 665244.

2pm. free. The signs of autumn are appearing in the Clyde Valley so here‘s a glorious chance to sample their delights. The Clyde and Avon Valleys Project Countryside Ranger will be introducing ramblers to the fruits and seeds to be found in Mauldslie Woods and regaling them with tales of the folklore associated with the trail. For those who fancy themselves as amateur foresters. native seeds can be collected and advice given on ltow to get the best results

THURSDAY 10 ' Edinburgh

I Flora Britannica Royal Botanic Garden lecture Theatre. 20a lnverleith Row. 552 7 H] ext 430. 3pm. free. Coinciding with the publication of his book of the same name. Flora Britannica is a lecture by Richard Mabey who asks questions as to our relationship with nature in general and plants in particular. The book is the fruits of a live-year project to create a cultural llorzt for Britain and includes accounts of the origins. habitats. history. character and usage of l.00() species.


I Heritage Events Edinburgh Castle. info 608 8800. lpm. £5.50 (£;‘s.5ll/£l.50). The Heritage Events Company present an afternoon programme of living history. drama and comedy kicking off at lpm with 72) ll’ear The it’llilt’ Cor-kude. a tale of an imprisoned rebel after Culloden. 2pm sees an audienc‘e with Sir William Alexander entitled I’tmijv 'l’lmr with the day's happenings finishing with Mutter ()fl-‘airlt. an account of the religious debate between Mary Queen of Scots and the Calvinist preacher. John Knox.

I 80 The List 4-l7 Oct I996