I Glasgow Ski Centre 16 Dumbreck Road. 427 499l. ()pen Mon—Fri 9.30am-l0pm. Situated in
Bellahouston Park. this centre offers ski instruction for beginners and upwards. The large outdoor dry slope is flood-lit. and there is a club house and bar area. Best deal: A taste and try instruction session Costs £15 for half an hour or £10 if more than one person books together. This includes all ski
equipment —- just bring gloves —- and
will be deducted frotn the cost of a full five-week course of lessons at £46 if you are left wanting tnore.
Other bargains: Discounts are offered for group bookings of more than twenty people.
I The Glasgow Climbing Centre 534 Paisley Road West. 427 9550.
Open Mon—Fri noon—10pm; Sat/Sun l0am- 6pm. Set in a converted lbrox church. this centre allows you to climb to the gods. where you can still catch a glimmer of the stained glass windows through the simulated rock surface. Qualified instructors are always on hand to advise on the rope climbing and bouldering. which ranges from easy- peasy to advanced.
Best deal: A two-hour group taster session for eighteen years and over costs £5 each before 5pm weekdays and on Saturdays -- groups must include a minimum of six people.
Best concession: At off-peak times only (before 5pm on weekdays and Saturdays) students and unemployed pay £3 entry. Other bargains: The shop. stocking a wide range ofclimbing gear and equipment. offers a It) per cent student discount. and a beginners” price. if you are kitting yourself out for sortie serious climbing. The cafe (closed until the end of August) serves excellent healthy main courses. all priced under £3. and a wide range of sandwiches for under £1.
I Kartland Scotland Ltd 33 John Knox Street. (‘lydehank. ()5l 8440. Open Mon—l‘ri I0am- l0pm. Inviting you to arrive and drive. this centre boasts Scotlanth largest indoor kart circuit. It offers a choice of three different karts: the Stinger (tip to 45mph). the lndy (up to 35mph) and one for the juniors.
Best deal: Drive at off-peak times (Mon—Hi |0am-~lpm) and the Stinger costs £8 for H) minutes (normal price £9.50) and the [tidy costs £8.50 for l6 minutes (nortnal price £4 for 4 minutes and £6 for 8 minutes).
Best concession: A student rate is offered: buv one track session and get a second half price.
Other bar ains: You can watch the racing for tee from the hospitality suite with a panoramic view of the track.
I Royal Terrace Leisure Club 22 Royal Terrace. 556 587‘). A small btit friendly health club with gym. swimming pool. sauna. steam rootn and spa. Although the club is part of the Royal Terrace Hotel. membership is open to anyone.
Best deal: Anyone who brings a copy of this issue of The List gets a special reduced-rate day membership for £5 (normally £7).
I The Edinburgh Floatarium 29 North West Circus Place. 225 3350. The Edinburgh l‘ltitttttt'itttti offers a variety of complementary therapies including massage. acupuncture and Alexander Technique classes. Phone for an appointment.
Best concession: When available. reduced-rate stand-by ﬂoatarium sessions at £12.50 for students turning up on weekday mornings are a must.
12 rneusr 16-79 May 1997
Singer for Glasgow-based band Mod}:
'Sometimes I make appointments to go and view flats, even though I can't afford it, so I can have a wee nosy around other peoples' places and that's quite exciting.
'It started off when I actually was looking for a place, but then I thought one day I'd look at one of these flats totally out of my price range, to see what it was like. Then I got into looking at more places, mostly in the West End of Glasgow, just to see them. I suppose it's just escapism, thinking that maybe one day I could get a place like that.
'Just to cheer myself up, what I often do is put my gloves on my feet and jump around the house wearing them like that. It sounds odd, but it's funny and it
always works for me.’
I The Royal Commonwealth Pool Dalkeith Road. 667 72] I. This trusted pool offers a whole range of bargain sporting and leisure facilities. Further reductions are available to holders of Leisure Access and Super Leisure Access cards (see Leisure Discount Cards). Ladies-only sessions are on Wednesday. 6.30—7.30pm and 7.30-8.30pm.
Best deal: A swim and an hour‘s use of the large. well-equipped gym costs £4.25 — although you won‘t be asked to leave if it is not busy.
Best concession: The above deal costs £3.30 with :1 Leisure Access card and £2.25 with a Super Access Card.
MASSAGE AND THERAPIES
I Glasgow Buddhist Centre 329 Sauchiehall Street. 333 ()524. As part of a world-wide movement to adapt traditional Buddhist teachings and practices for the modern west. the centre offers classes and courses in meditation. yoga and Buddhism. plus combinations of the three.
Best deal: It is free to drop in and meditate. but it is recommended you attend a class in the first instance. The centre‘s public talks are free. as are some of its cultural events. Phone for details. Best concession: The introductory meditation class on Tuesdays and Thursdays at l0.30am costs £1 for the unemployed. The suggested concessionary price for all yoga classes is £3; however since the centre is non profit making. all prices are ‘suggested donations‘.
Other bargains: There is a regular discounted section in the centre‘s bookshop. which has a large section on Buddhism in Scotland. meditation. yoga.
§ T‘ai Chi and the arts. plus cards and
I Central College of Commerce: Health, Fitness. Hair And Beauty Department 300 Cathedral Street. 552 3941. As the college is a training centre for practitioners in the health and beauty industry. tnale and female models are always required for students to practice on. Most treatments are available during the weekdays and are fully supervised by tutors. Booking is recommended but not always necessary.
Best deal: Beauty treatments such as aromatherapy. reflexology. manicure. slim wraps and waxing start at £3.60. Haircuts start at £2. For £25 you can follow a six-week course in ‘stress management and relaxation'. The next
course starts in August. and will run frotn 9.30—l |.30am every Saturday.
Best concession: The college In cluh‘ (open Mon—l-‘ri 8am—8pm) offers discount membership for students of any college at £40 for a year (full price £ l 50.) with access to training gym and lots of free health and fitness advice.
Other bargains: A shop within the department stocks high quality products used by the beauty industry at tnassively reduced prices. such as essential oils for around £2.
I Holland And Barrett ()4 Sauchiehall Street. 331 ll88. Everyone knows this high street health store. but did you know this particular branch is hotne to a resident hotnoeopath for three hours on a Saturday ( l—4pm) and an aromatherapist on a Thursday afternoon? liach therapy event is advertised in the shop's window. Best deal: Free advice and consultation in confidence with the above mentioned therapists. held at the back of the store. Best concession: Vegetarian society members get a 10 per cent discount on all products.
Other bargains: There are plans to offer free facials on Saturdays using the in- store products; and at a later date in-store
Q free allergy testing. Check with store for
Iilyengar Yoga Centre I95 Bruntsfteld Place. 22‘) 6000. The centre offers an accessible range of yoga classes. catering for everyone from absolute beginners to acrobats. Phone for class times.
Best deal: ()ne hour's yoga class costs £3.
I Academia de Salsa Porters Bar. 292 Sauchiehall Street. 339 7546. Glasgow‘s biggest and best salsa and merengue dance tutor group. with three experienced and passionate instructors from Venezuela. Cuba and Colombia. Various classes for beginners. intermediate and advanced at various times throughout the week.
Best deal: All classes run for l05 mins and cost £3.50. A one-month pass to all classes costs £12.
Best concession: For students and unemployed all classes cost £2.50. The one-month pass costs £8.
Other bargains: The same group runs Club Cubana on Saturday evenings at The Bedsitone once a fortnight. Entrance is £4 (£3 concession). The venue is part of Caledonian University. with drinks sold at student union prices. Sip a Cuban mujim cocktail for £1.25.
I Argentine Tango Maryhill Community Centre. 403 Maryhill Road. Information: 357 4056. Weekend workshops (once every two months) in the sensual Latin dance — a world away from the false smiles of ballroom tango. Next session: Sat l7/Sun l8 May (beginners l lam— l pm; intermediate
g 2-5pm). Classes cost £3. are very
informal. and you can attend with or
5 without a partner. since you get to dance 3 with ever one in the class.
g Best dea : A ‘tango salon‘ is held on the ; Saturday evening (upstairs ballroom.
: Sloan Square Restaurant). where you can
practise your steps iii an even more
; relaxed social setting. £3 for the whole
5 Best concession: The unemployed pay
§ £1.50 per hour for the classes and £1.50 f entrance to the evening salon.
i I Giant's Project 11:92 Big Hands
i Centre. 7 Water Row. Govan. 445 6000.
i Wednesdays. 6.30—8pm. ‘Creative
movement and dance' classes taught by Karen Anderson. within a centre
; specialising in community dance projects. 3 The informal classes are for beginners
f and upwards (tnen and women). focusing ; on gentle movement and self-expression. § Best deal: The entire class costs £3.
g Best concession: Students/unetanoyed
5 pay £1.50.
1 Other bargains: Contact the centre for
details of future classes and projects.
I Scottish Ballet 26l West Princes
5 Street. 33l 293i. Within the well- : equipped rehearsal studios of the Scottish
Ballet. classes are taught by practising
; dancers (some of whom are former 5 principals) in a number of disciplines: jazz . (Mon). advanced ballet (Tue). beginners‘ 9 ballet (Wed) and contemporary dance . (Thurs). All classes run 6.30-7.45pm. and there is no need to book. Best deal: All classes cost £4. Best concession: Students/unemployed
I Passport to Recreation Available from: Sports and Recreation Department. Glasgow City Council. 287 5064. This pass allows you to use all council-run sports and leisure facilities, including the city‘s eleven swimming pools. at a discount of 30-50 per cent. depending on the venue. To be eligible for the card you must be resident within the city ofGlasgow and in receipt of beneﬁt. For a list of applicable benefits contact the department. The card costs £2 per year. and you must provide a passport photograph plus proof of eligibility. You can pick one up from any participating sports centre or direct from the sports and recreation department.
I Leisure Access Card Available from any council-run leisure facility (bring along a photo). For users of Edinburgh District Council’s leisure facilities who are over l8 and in full-time employment. this card entitles the holder to discounts of between 20 and 30 per cent. as well as free equipment hire. £20 per year.
I leisure Access Super Card Available as above. This card gets you a whacking 50 per cent off the standard tariff for council-run leisure facilities and is available to students. those on beneﬁts. under- I 8s and OAPs. £5 per year.