This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the Central Belt this fortnight. Listin sare comEiled b date, lace and en event. xtra rme list ngs compiled by Brian Donaldson.

FRIDAY 7 Edinburgh Divali Festival Hawkhill Day Centre. Hawkhill Avenue. 652 1859. 5-8pm. £3 (£2). The centuries‘ old Divali Festival (Festival of Light) is celebrated by Hindus and Sikhs with a week of workshops in dance. art. costume and jewellery-making attd discussions on relevant topics culminating in this open day. Maltman Tour Royal Mile Whiskies. opposite St Giles' Cathedral. info: 624 7624. 7pm. £7.50 with two whiskies. £6 with one. In the wake of the recent international festival. Scotch Whisky Connoisseur Tours proudly presents tutored nosings and tastings every Thursday. Friday. Saturday and Sunday until the end of the year. Your guide will let you in on the history and methods used to create the potent orangey stuff while you get torn iii to the samples. National Libraries Week Various venues. info: 225 5584. Until Sun 9 Nov. Libraries are not just hotbeds of seething passion or places where dusty old tomes sit. they are hi-tech spaces of multi-media learning as this week of events indicates. Photographic displays. PC beginners’ courses arid kiddies' clay workshops are all happening. Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive lrtn. Grassmarket. info: 226 6665. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). A great excuse to educate yourself through alcohol as the tour follows in the footsteps of Rabbie. Sir Walter. Robert Louis and Irvine across the ale houses of the city. The tour is now running Fridays only.


Renfrew 600 Various venues. info: 0141 886 1997. Until 31 Dec. This fortnight's happenings to help the town celebrate its big year include a Brass Band Solo and Quartet Championship (Sat 8 Nov), a re- enactment of the granting of Renfrew's Royal Burgh status (Thu 13 Nov) and a gig by bekilted Scots’ singing legend. Peter Morrison (Sat 15 Nov).

SATURDAY 8 Glasgow

Grassroots Seminars Grassroots. Woodlands Road. 353 3278. Grassroots provides a series of seminars aimed at covering health and gourmet food. Today. The Auld Alliance‘s Bertrand Espouy gets stuck into the Christmas spirit with the making of mincemeat. puddings and fruitcakes being demonstrated. Future events include individual sessions on Allergycare (Thu 13 Nov). Kathryn Hamilton’s vegetarian Christmas ideas (Sat 15 Nov) and Bertrand Espouy‘s desserts (Sat 22 Nov).



Rhodes On The Road King's Theatre. Leven Street. 220 4349. 7.30pm. £12.50 (£9/£1 1.50). TV chef supremo and spiky- haired loon Gary Rhodes provides a wealth of hilarious anecdotes as well as the odd dish or two. See preview. page

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TUESDAY 11 Edinbtu'gh Scotland's Mountain Landsape St Bride's Centre. Orwell Terrace. info: 220 4371. 8pm. £3.50. Ferranti Montaineering Club presents an illustrated lecture on Seotland‘s many glorious peaks. Jim Renny. whose snaps are on show. will take the mic. And he

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YOUTH ASIA 97 Tramway, Albert Drive, Glasgow, 287 5511, Fri 14~Sun 16. Following the celebrations laid on for the 50th anniversa creation and India's independence and the Salaam Festiva , the city's youth have the chance to add their collective voice to the multi-cultural chorus. The festival's o ening is boosted by the appearance of Shan Khan (above) of Bombay 8 ue fame while there is drama, workshops, bhangra (including one of the UK’s top bands of the genre, Legacy),

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SHINE ON GLASGOW CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON George Square, Glasgow, info: 553 1937. Sun 16 Nov, 4.30pm. Christmas just gets earlier every year, doesn’t it? To kick off this year’s Glas ow extravaganza, we have Old Firm rivals Ally ‘Super Ally’ McCoist an Marc 'The Grim’ Rieper switching the lights on. To add to the spectacle, French theatre group Plasticiens Volants will be whipping up a storm with huge illuminated inflatables and fireworks they organised the Barcelona Olym ics closing ceremony, so they’re a bit hot. Future events include the unveiiing of the Christmas Tree Stage, the Christmas Parade, a Carol Concert and street performers galore.

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Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 44.5 1628/29 1020. 1030-1 1.30am. 50p. These meetings are open to all with debates on issues of local. national and international interest. The autumn season cotttines with ('ltu/rgr'rte Slums (It'll/(mien from Dr Lynn Jantieson from lidtnburgh University‘s Dept of Sociology.


Gardening On The Celtic Fringe Adam i Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road. 01592 412929. 7.30pm. £3 (£2). Peter Clongli is a man with gardening iii the blood. having got his lingers all green with working among the plants. tlal'iies and worms of the remote west Coast isles. In this illustrated lecture. Pete takes a trip from the garden of Round Island lighthouse in Scilly to the Queen Ma's otttpost greenery overlooking the ()rkneys. He‘ll be bringing his harp along fora tune or two arid some plants will be

ever -\sian youth festival to be held in Scotland comes to the 'l‘ramway with stalls. workshops. theatre. dattce and music. highlighting botlt the problems and opportunities facing the yottth of today. See photo caption.



Shine On Glasgow Christmas Lights Switch On George Square. info: 553 1037. 4.30pm. The fourth annual (ilasgow Christmas extravaganza kicks off in style w ith the flicking of the switch to light up the skies. Old Firm rivals Ally McC'oist and Marc Rieper w ill be doing the honours. See photo captiort.



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Motor Sports Day. ' Glasgow McCance Building. Richmond Street. Stt‘athclyde University. 334 4144.

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