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



I Christmas And New Year Carnival SECC. Finnieston Quay, 248 9999. Until 19 Jan. l.45-10.45pm. £1 (50p). Europe's largest indoor festive funfair is open until Sun 19 with fun. frolics and fear all in one huge arena. See photo caption.


I Ceilidh Assembly Rooms. George Street. 220 4349. 8.30pm—lam. £6 (£4). A rip-roaring shindig organised by the Adult Learning Project with the ceilidh vibe provided by the ever-reliable Robert Fish Ceilidh Band.


I Megatun With Computers Rothes Halls. Rothes Square. 01592 612121. lOam—Spm. £2 (£1.50). Hot from the Edinburgh Science Festival. Megafun is an amazing hands-on interactive computer playground aimed at kids of all ages. though grown-ups can get off on it too - whether they be a whizz with a computer or stubbornly technophobic. There are over twenty individual installations designed to educate and stimulate.


I Renirew 500 Various venues. Renfrew. info: 0141 886 1997. Until 31 Dec. A year-long celebration to mark Renfrew's status as a Royal Burgh will see the good people of the town sharing many platforms with various artistes in celebration of their own talents. achievements and heritage. See photo capuon.

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I Morningside Justice And Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. 445 1628/229 1020. 1030—1 1.30am. 50p. During the autumn and spring months. this group meet every Wednesday morning as an open forum to discuss issues of local. national and international importance. Today's heated debate concerns the future of education entitled University 0fle Highlands and Islands. . . and others. The talk is given by the Scottish Director of The Open University, Dr John Cowan. with questions to follow.



I Alasdair Gray And Bernard Maclaverty AK Bell Library. York Place. 01738 444949. 7.30pm. free. Readings and chat with two leading writers. Gray‘s latest work is Songs For Scotland. a fine collection of a hundred classic and traditional Scots songs. MacLaverty publishes his first novel in fourteen years in July. Grm'c Notes is the tale of an everyday Northern lrish woman who has a neat sideline in classical music composition.



I 3D-2D Craft And Design Fair Assembly Rooms. George Street. 661 6600. 10am—4.30pm. 60p. The Assembly Rooms plays host to another event organised by 3D-2D Craft And Design Fairs. The emphasis is on local designers and craft workers. with ample opportunity to get your hands on their products.

I Book Fair Assembly Rooms. George Street. 220 4349. 10am—4pm. free. Books. maps. prints and vintage film magazines for sale. as well as the chance to get your

I CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR CARNIVAL SECC, Finnieston Duay, Glasgow, 248 9999. Until 19 Jan, 1.45-10.45pm, £1 (50p). This year’s carnival is bigger and better than ever, spanning an extraordinary 14,100 square metres through Halls 4 and 5. With prices as tiny as 80p a go, how can you resist the rush of your insides doing cartwheels as you take on the might of the Big Wheel. This year the carnival boasts new rides from the continent such as the Wild Mouse Rollercoaster and The Terror, a truly scary Spanish ghost-walk.

I REllFREW 600 Various venues, Renlrew, into: 0141 886 1997. Until 31 Dec. A hot year is ahead for the citizens or Rentrew with a twelve-month beanteast in commemoration of their status as a Royal Burgh. Theatre, music, art, literature, sport and kids’ shenanigans will all be represented in the celebrations. Highlights include the Historical Pageant, a joint project from PACE Theatre Company, local schools and the Rentrew Historical Society. The story of Rentrew will be told through the re- enactment ot symbolic scenes from the last six centuries. Artist and textile worker Claire Higney will be working with groups on Sewing The Story or Renlrew, with the end result a large-scale wall hanging which will be permanently displayed in Renlrew Town Hall. llotable events this fortnight are Enable’s 35th anniversary supper Wed 22, Ramadan - The ADC Way Thurs 23 and the Fellowship Scottish Country Dance Club Restoration Dance Thurs 23.

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I The File Holiday Exhibition Rothes Hall. Rothes Square. 01592 611101. Sat 10am—6pm. Sun 10am—4pm. free. You know you‘ve just stepped into a new year when images of summer sun and sandy beaches are all around. Rothes Halls gives you the opportunity to glance over the year‘s best offers. Book up over the weekend or just come along for a taste of what‘s ahead when you want to get away from it all.


I Ski Club Weekend The Highlander Hotel. info: 0131 226 4510. £29. A weekend of mirth. mayhem and mulled wine (probably) as Edinburgh Ski Club entices you up north to satisfy all your snowy requirements. Skiing. snowboarding or snowballing are on the agenda at either the Cairngorm or Nevis Range. The hotel is situated 25 minutes away from the former and 45 minutes from the latter. Dinner. bed and breakfast are included in the price of £29.



I Hillwalk On The Elldon Hills Meet at Tourist Information Centre. opposite the Abbey. info: 01835 830281. l—3pm. free.

Climb all three of the Eildon Hills and enjoy some spectacular views of the central Borders. Might be an idea to bring boots and stuff.

Glenrothes I The File Holiday Exhibition See Sat 18.

Hewtonmore I Ski Club Weekend See Sat 18.



I Malcolm Porteous Smith Art Gallery and Museum. Dumbarton Road. 01786 824106. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Porteous gives a talk on Arthur Ransome. author of childhood classic tale Swallows And Amazons.

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I lcebreakers Cafe Kudos. Greenside Place. info: 556 4049. 7.45pm. free. Run by Lothian Gay and Lesbian Switchboard. this group meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. providing an informal and friendly atmosphere for gay men. Further information is available from the Switchboard on 556 4049. operating nightly between 7.30 and 10pm.

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