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

FRIDAY 1 Edinburgh

I Futureworld BT Futureworld. Slateford Road. info: 0800 800 833. until Nov 17. Tue-Fri 11.30am—6pm. Sat 10am-6pm. Sun 10am-4pm. free. Sited in the old Texas Warehouse. Futureworld is a major multi-media showcase. including 28 intemet decks. computer games and an audio-visual presentation from BT. See photo caption.


I Dynamic Toys Callendar House. Callendar Park. 01324 503770. until Nov 16. Mort—Sat 10am—5pm. £1.65 (85p). This exhibition brings together historic and tnodem toys from across the globe. They all have one thing in common they move. Special handling toys have been tnade for the exhibition. such as a giant Jacob‘s ladder and a wheeled bird with flapping wings. Dynamic Toys has been created by Banbury Museum and the puppeteer and toytnaker Manju Gregory with toys borrowed frotn collections such as the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood and from futher afield. Ittdia. Portugal. Indonesia and Mexico have all been sources for the exhibition.


I Ghost Walk and Bullet Linlithgow Palace. Kirkgate. West Lothian. info: 0131 668 8686/8830. 7.30pm. £9 (£6). Following last year's sell-out success. a repeat performance can be expected with the informative. yet spooky stories told by local historian and storyteller

extraordinaire Bruce Jamieson in the atmospheric surroundings of the palace. The tour concludes with a buffet iii the undercroft of Linlithgow Palace.



I Amnesty International Ceilidh Henry Wood Hall. Claremont Street. info: 332 8358. 8pm. £5 (£3.50). Amnesty‘s Glasgow West Group hold their annual event with a raffle. music and dancing late into the night. This year's gttest performance comes from the Herculean Ceilidh band.


I Scottish Education and Action for Development Masked Ceilidh St Bride's Centre. Orwell Terrace. info: 225 6550. £7 (£5). Fiery food. high jinks attd good spirits are all promised in this masked ceilidh in aid of SEAD. The Parade ()f The Masks will commence at 10pm with a prize for the best mask. Music comes from the Portobello Ceilidh Band and Sheila Williamson and Richie l-lenderson.

linlithgow I Ghost Walk and Bullet See Fri 1.


I The Big llewers The Scottish Mining Museum. Lady Victoria Colliery. info: 0131 663 7519. free. livery trade has its heroes and its catastrophes bttt no more so than in mining. The history of Scottish mining through the tales and songs of Ewan McVicar proves that the workers have engendered their own particular brand of black humour.


I It tell about the Martinmas when the nichts are lang and mirk Bowhill Little Theatre. Bowhill. 01750 22204. £6 (£5).

I FDTDIIEWDIilD DT Futureworld, Slatelord iload, into: oeoo 800 833, until llov 17, Tue-Fri11.3Dam—6pm, Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-4pm, tree. Futureworld is the largest communications showcase Edinburgh has ever witnessed. It otters visitors an exciting multi-media display, showing how telecommunication developments are changing everyday living and includes everything trom an lntemet Deck to a creche. Experts will be on hand to help guide newcomers through the wonders untolding on the lntemet while games tans can spend time on DT‘s own package, Wireplay. Ii none 01 that takes your tancy, you can always get your tortune told by Frank Pilklngton, the first Scottish male astrologer to write tor a national magazine. But, he could probably have told you that years ago.

I FIREWORKS lllGllT Glasgow Green

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1 287 5064, Tue 5, 6.30-8.3me, tree;

Meadowbank Stadium, D131 661 5351, Tue 5, 6pm, £1.50 (£1). It’s that time oi year again, when the pets should be safely locked away with ear plugs lodged in their aural passages. The west’s main event is on Glasgow Green with the entertainment kicking oil with Skytrackers and live music. A laser and light show follows with the fireworks extravaganza beginning to till the skies around 7.30pm. Edinburgh‘s reply is the equally dramatic tare at Meadowbank Stadium. The night begins with athletics and a pipe band before the hanging gets underway. Weather permitting, the display

should last around an hour.

Firework displays will be exploding into everyone’s lives across the country and information on your nearest display is available from the relevant tourist board.

An evening ofstories and music set iii the heart of the Borders country. Listen to the ripple of the clarsach. the ballads of Scotland attd tales of the northern frontiers. Performers include John Nicol. Lucy Cowan and Goran Hemberg.


I Heritage Events Edinburgh Castle. info 668 8800. lpttt. £5.50 (£3.5()/£1.5()). The Heritage Events Company present an afternoon programme of living history. drama attd comedy kicking off at 1pm with 7?) Wear The W/lilt' (‘m'kut/t‘. il tale of an imprisoned rebel after Culloden. 2pm sees an audience with Sir William Alexander entitled I-‘um‘v 'I’ltat with the day‘s happenings finishing with A Matter ()j’l'itit/t. an account of the religious debate between Mary Queen of Scots and the Calvinist preacher. John Knox.



I The ity of Glasgow Annual Fireworks Display Glasgow Green. info: 287 5064. 6.30pm. free. Sponsored by Lawsons. so expect lots of puns involving the words hangers and sizzlers. See photo caption.


I The City of Edinburgh Council Annual Fireworks Display Meadowbank Stadium. 0131 661 535l.Tue 5. 6pm. £1.50 (£1). See photo caption.


I The Talking Shop CCA. Sauchiehall Street. info: 332 8358. 7pm. free. What do we mean about basic human rights? Can the free market deliver the goods? Can anything really be done without fundamental distribution of land ownership and wealth? These questions and many others will be posed and answers attempted to be found itt Talking Shop‘s latest debate at the CC A. Poverty: a lack uj'rt'sourt't's ()r illumination.” Speakers will include senior campaigner for Oxfam. Simon Hodgson and an. as yet unconfirmed. economist.



I Christmas llypermarket Assembly Rooms. George Street. info: 539 1087. 10am—5pm. 20p. Where can you get all your Christmas shopping under one roof and help support 80 local attd national charities at the same time? Look no further titan the Christmas Hypermarket organised by the Edinburgh Voluntary Organisations Council (EVOC). The event has been held at the Assembly Rooms since 1977. and is the perfect opportunity to get all those seasonal necessities.


I Ghost Walk and Bullet See Fri 1.



I Christmas ilypermarket See Thurs 7.


I Far Flung Fishy Tales Haddington Town House. info: 01620 827827. 7.30pm. £2.50 (£1.50). Old salt tales. sea sagas and tall stories of fishermen. ships and sailors. Scots storyteller Ewan McVicar and Irish wordweaver Claire Mulholland combine to celebrate the sea and its mysteries and delights in words. song and music.

Linlithgow I Ghost Walk and Bullet See Fn‘ I.



I Christmas llypermarltet See Thurs 7. linlithgow

I Ghost Walk and Duflet See Fri I. North Berwick

I Far Flung Fishy Tales North Berwick

Sports Centre. Grange Road. info: 01620 893454. 2pm. £2.50 (£1.50). See Fri 8.

SUNDAY 10 Edinburgh

I Heritage Events See Sun 3.

M The List 1-14 Nov 1996