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, place and then event. Listings compi ed by Brian Donaldson.

FRIDAY 18 Edinburgh Exhibition on the History of Electricity and Telecommunications Queen's Hall. South Clerk Street. 668 2019. 3—10pm. free. A celebration of all things electrical including displays on Scottish inventions and their creators. working demonstrations of the latest security and CCTV equipment and a presentation of the Internet. There are activities for the kids and food and drink are available.


Renfrew 600 Various venues. 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. Among this fortnight's happenings are the Madhatter‘s Earthday Party (Mon 21). poetry from Douglas Dunn and jazz from the West End Quartet (Wed 23) and Doing Up ()ld .lunk (Wed 30) - an introduction to decorative painting techniques.


Battle of Stirling Bridge 700th Anniversary Various venues. info: 01786 401297. Until Oct 9. September sees the 7001h anniversary of William Wallace’s victory at Stirling Bridge. The series of events and exhibitions in and around Stirling will reach fever pitch on the actual anniversary date. 11 September. A mix of sport. colour. music. theatre. noise and fun will conclude with an outdoor spectacular and a stunning new exhibition exploring the legend of Wallace.

Various venues National Spring Clean Various venues. info: 0990 885577. Until Apr 27. This

nationwide event is your opportunity to take action against litter and raise environmental awareness. See photo capuon.



Open University Open Day City Art Centre. Market Street. 225 2889. 10am—4pm. free. Whatever your chosen interest. a course is likely to be there for you. Advisors will be on hand to discuss exactl what open studying means. Exhib ion on the History of Electricity and Telecommunications 10.30am—5pm. See Fri 18.

Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.



The Scottish CD and Record Fair King Malcolm Hotel. Queensferry Road. info: 0141 954 0931. 10am—5pm. £1. This massive roadshow has collectors. dealers and fans from across Europe getting their kicks on discovering or selling that elusive rarity. Every genre is represented. from 50s rockabilly to Britpop imports.

Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.


Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.


Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.

WEDNESDAY 23 Edinburgh Women Of The Waterfront City Chambers. High Street. 556 3111. free. The battle for the Liverpool Dockers continues apace with speakers at this election hustings meeting raising the subject while politicians will be tackled on their views on unemployment. job casualisation and injustice in society. 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 Sellalield. the introduction ofgenetically modified organisms and plans to develop the solar power industry in the UK. the group will be happy to greet new members.

NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN Various venues, info: 0990 885577. Until Apr 27.

Over 2 million people were involved in last year's National Spring Clean

and, given the timing, it offers ordinary folks a chance to tel


politicians they're not happy about the state of the environment. A free

clean-up kit is available wit

essential materials and handy hints on how

to organise the event and achieve maximum exposure.

listings EXTRA TIME

THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF HORSES Scottish Exhibition and Conference

Centre, Glasgow, 0141 287 5511. Fri 25, 7.30pm; Sat, 26 2pm & 7.30pm; Sun 27, 2pm. Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, 01224 824824. Tue 29, 7.30pm; Wed 30, 2pm & 7.30pm. £19.50 (£12.50). ’An Evenin In Vienna' is the title of the show with your chance to salute the worl renowned Spanish Riding School of Vienna. New music, choreography and routines have been incorporated into the show and there is the opportunity to find out about the background of the Lipizzaner breed, from its origins through its use as a horse of war to its current status as

an equestrian art.

Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.

THURSDAY 24 Edinburgh Cheese and Wine Tasting Bruntsfield Hotel. Bruntslield Place. 557 8513. 7pm. £10. Not just any old cheese and wine shindig but one to help Edinburgh Direct Aid with their work in Bosnia Herzegovina and Croatia.

Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.



The Wonderful World of Horses Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Finnieston Quay. 287 7777. 7.30pm. £ 19.50 (£12.50). The Royal Lipizzaner Stallions are back after their successful 1995 tour. This spectacle has been witnessed by a mere 23 million people across the world. See photo caphon.


Newington Churches Bookfair Mayfield Salisbury Church Hall. West Mayfield. info: 667 8871. 7—9pm. free. A sale of books. plants. bric-a-brac and other stuff to raise funds for Feed The Minds. a charity supporting literacy projects in Eastern Europe and the developing world.

Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.



The Wonderful World of Horses 2pm. 7.30pm. See Fri 25.

The Scottish CD and Record Fair Central Hotel. Central Station. See Sun 20.


All Formats Computer Fair Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. 661 5351. 10am—3pm. £4 (£2). Whether computers are your hobby or tools for education or business. this is an essential event. Savings are promised on new and

secondhand equipment with a vast range of C1) RUM titles and the latest Playstations available Admission is £2 after 2pm. while the event is free all day to disabled wheelchair users.

Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.


The Wonderful World of Horses 2pm. See Fri 25.

The Scottish CD and Record Fair Central Hotel. (‘entral Station. See Sun 20.

All Formats Computer Fair The Time Capsule. (‘oatbritlge 01236-149572. See Sat 26.

Various venues National Spring Clean See Fri 18.

' TUESDAY 29 f


Conversation Pieces - Join My Company Royal Concert Hall. Sauchiehall Street. 287 5511. 1pm. £2.51) (£2 in advance). liver since (ilasgow won the title of 1,3K‘s (‘in o1 .-\rchitecture and Design 1999. a wide programme o1 events has been arranged to celebrate the title and give an indication of what the year is likely to bring. Today. the year’s director l)eyan Sitdjic will discuss the prize and what the whole thing will mean for the people of (ilasgow


The Wonderful World of Horses Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Bridge of Don. 01221 824821 . 7.30pm. £19.50 (£12.50). See Fri 25.



The Beltane Fire Festival Cation 11111. 10.30pm. donations. This year's festival includes the scrubbing of the face iii the dew. the death and rebirth of the Green Man and the frenzied climax. ol drumming. See feature.

Edinburgh Greenpeace Campaigning Group See wed 21%.

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