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



Creative Stitches SECC. Finnieston Quay. info: 01425 272711. 9.30am-5.30pm. £4.90 (£3.90/£1). Scotland‘s biggest textile and craft fair opens tip its doors with everything to satisfy your fabric needs. The event continues until Sun 9.


Edinburgh One World Festival Variotts venues. info: 226 4392. From now until Sun 23. this festival reflects the global nature and diversity of issues which affect the peoples of the world today. Highlights include the Amnesty International Ceilidh at Assetnbly Rooms (Sat 8) and Ruin/mn- City. a day to mark the European Year Against Racism (Sun


The Spring Fling Assembly Rooms. George Street. info: 556 8997/0802 413797. 8pm—1am. £10 (£8). Lothian Gay and Lesbian Switchboard swing into action with their biggest event to date. The organisers are hoping to shift 1.000 tickets to fill two main dancing areas in the Assembly Rooms.


Renfrew 600 Various venues. Renfrew. info: ()141 886 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 owtt talents. achievements and heritage. This fortnight's events include Renfrew's contribution to International Women's Day (Sat 8). Renfrew Senior Ladies' Choir in concert (Sat 15) and the Archaeology Group of the Renfrewshire Local History Forum with its analysis of Renfrew and its connection to William Wallace (Wed 19).


Orkney Pictures And Poems Stirling Castle. info: ()1786 450000. 10am-4pm. £3.50 (£2/£ I ). The way of life and glorious scenery of ()rkney are captured in a new exhibition in Stirling Castle. The snaps have been taken by Gunnie Moberg who has lived and worked in Scotland since her move from Sweden in

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8T SWIMATHON 97 Various venues, info: 0345 881199, Mon 17-Sun 23. Having

already raised a total of £9mi|lion over the decade of its lifespan, the Swimathon is growing year by year with charities such as Save The Children, ChildLine, British Heart Foundation and Help The Aged being boosted by this annual event. More than 250,000 swimmers have swam a total of 295,000 miles in what is now Europe's largest fundraising swim marathon and is supported by the likes of Duncan Goodbew and Ulrika Jonsson (above), Gun‘s Mark Rankin and Celtic's Phil O'Donnell. To find out your nearest participating

pool call the hotline above.

1960. The photographs are accompanied by the poems of the late Orcadian writer George Mackay Brown. The exhibition is also available in book form with the publication of Orkney Pictures xilld Pawns which will be on sale for £20. The show goes on until Sun 16.


Glasgow Creative Stitches See Fri 7.



International Women's Day Glasgow Gay and Lesbian Centre. Dixon Street. 221 7203. noon-4pm. free. This is just one of the many events occurring across the land to celebrate International Women‘s Day. Activities include aromatherapy. face painting. tarot and there is a bookshop called Fahrenheit 451. Limited creche places are available for the over lwos. Creative Stitches See Fri 7.


The Scottish CD and Record Fair Tudor Hotel. Alexander Street. info: ()141 954 0931. 10am-5pm. £1. This massive roadshow makes it into its second year with the promise ofcollectors. dealers and fans from across Iiurope getting their kicks on discovering or selling that elusive rarity. Every genre is represented. frotn 50s rockabilly to Britpop imports.

WEDNESDAY 12 Edinburgh

Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. h‘lorningside Road.

445 1628/229 1020, 10.30—11.30am. 50p. During the autumn and spring months, this group meet every Wednesday morning as an open fonim to discuss issues of local. national and international importance. Today‘s heated debate is entitled ‘Will Rupert Murdoch Control Your Screen'?‘ 1 think I have a fair idsea of what John Pilger‘s replv to that would be.

Ice reakers 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.

Edinburgh Greenpeace Campaigning Group Bannerman‘s Bar. Cowgate. info: 557 5204. 8pm, free. With current campaigns on the go. such as the proposed Nirex nuclear waste dump at Sellafield. the intrtxluction of Genetically Modified ()rganisms. and the development of a solar power industry in the UK. the group will be happy to greet new members.

FRIDAY 14 Edinburgh Book Fair Roxburghe Hotel. Charlotte Square. info: 229 8399. 2—7pm. free. The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association fair consists of 26 prominent sellers exhibiting a selection of their stocks with an important display of books published in the 18th century by John Murray.

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Robotix 97 McLeIlan Galleries. Sauchiehall Street. info: 0345 023 817. 10am-4pm. £4 (£2). family of four ticket £8. This is the largest gathering of intelligent machines and scientific visionaries ever to be assembled outside the USA. Ifdancing robots. intelligent softbots and state of the art hyper-real worlds are your thing. then you could virtually be in heaven here.


Book Fair 11am-6pm. See Fri 14.


Glasgow Robotix 97 See Sat 15.

Stirling The Scottish CD and Record Fair Albert Hall. See Sun 9.


Various venues

BT Swimathon 97 info: 0345 881199. Now in its seventh year of BT sponsorship, the Swimathon aims to raise funds for The Prince‘s Trust and associated charities. In the past decade over a quarter of a million swimmers have taken the plunge.


Various venues BT Swimathon 97 See Mon 17.

WEDNESDAY 19 Edinburgh Edinburgh Greenpeace Campaigning Group See Wed l2.

Various venues BT Swimathon 97 See Mon 17.



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Greyfriars Bobby Sat 5 April, 11am & 1pm

Winnie The Pooh Sat 12 April, tlam &1pm

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See it Hear it FeeI it

Wed 12 to Sat 15 Much at 11am and 2pm Children’s tickets from £5.00 Family tickets (group of roan-£21.00

All your favourite ‘Playdays’ friends from Children’s BBC-TV are back at the Festival Theatre live on stage.

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