Fife Flyers v Peterborough Pirates Sat 6. Fife lce Arena. Rosslyn Street. Kirkcaldy. 7pm. The Flyers meet the southern Pirates in a new tournament called the Christmas Ctip. lixpect the season of goodwill to end once these two teatns take to the ice.

Paisley Pirates v Fife Flyers Sun 7. Lagoon lce Riitk. Mill Street. Paisley. 6.30pm. The bitterest of bitter rivals clash with extra spice added due to the fact that the Pirates' line-up contains no fewer than eleven cx-Flyers.

Fife Flyers v Lancashire Hawks Sat I3. Fife Ice Arena. Rosslyn Street. Kirkcalcly. 7pm.

Paisley Pirates v Murrayfield Royals Sat l3. Lagoon Ice Rink. Mill Street. Paisley. 7pm.


Cold-Hatch Owners Track Day Sun 7. Knockhill Racing Circuit. by Dttnfermline. l lain. Bring your rubber- burner along to Knockhill for this final event in the 97 calendar. Further details are available from the venue on 01383 723337.

Champion of Champions Finals Sun 7. Cowie Miners‘ Welfare Club. Stirling. Give the Scottish Pool Association a ring on 0l463 75 I282 fora ftill breakdown on the day's hustling.


Scotland v South Africa Sat o. Murrayfield Stadium. Edinburgh. 3pm. The Scots‘have an opporttmity to get some pride back after their thumping at the hands ofAtistralia. It won't be easy against the might of the \Vorltl Cup holders. See preview.


Home International Challenge Sat I3. Scottish National Sports Centre. lnverclyde. Scotland‘s lifters take on their English and Northern Irish counterparts, More info available on 0131 555 5 I51.

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This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the Central Belt this fortnight. Listings are compiled b date, lace and then event. Extra Time listings compiled by Brian Donaldson.


Glas ow Royal Concert Hall,

Sauc iehall Street, Glasgow, info: 0131 661 6600. Sat 6 & Sun 7 Dec. 10.30am. £1 (70p). Plenty of original ideas here for pressies with the 30/20 annual bash at the Royal Concert Hall. Over 90 of the country's leading craftworkers will be displaying their wares in ceramics, textiles, glass, toys, pyro raphy, hatmaking, silk and ots, ots more. Most items are one-offs or very limited with prices comparable to the High Street bigwigs.

HMS!- Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Christmas Market Princes Street (iardens. info:

089| 633 226. Until Stiti I4 l)ec.

10am» 8pm. Food and drink galore as well as competitions. kids' entertainment and a game show in this ltot festive evetit. See photo caption.

Christmas Tree Sale (it'lelll Venue. Mansfield Place Church. 557 8330. until 24 Dec. 9am 9pm. Your chance to tnake the neighbours jealous by getting your hands on a Scottish or Norwegian tree while also giving to the Children lst charity. The foyer will be decorated with trees. candelabras and art works frotn leading Scottish artists while a ltve fairy will be swooping down from heaven from time to time.

Maltman Tour Royal Mile Whiskies. opposite St (iiles‘ Cathedral. info. 624 762-1. 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 into the samples. Original Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beelitve lnn. (irassmarket. 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 lrvine across the ale houses of the city. The tour is now running Fridays only.

North lanarkshire

National Tree Week Various venues. info: 0I236 780636. l'ntil 7 Dec. Just a couple of days left for buffs of tree planting. seed collection. tree identification and rhtxltxlendron bashing.

Call the above number to find otit how you can get involved.


Renfrew 600 Various venues. info: ()Hl 886 I997. Until 31 Dec. This fortnight's happenings to help the town celebrate its big year include the Christmas Light Switch On at Renfrew Town Hall (Fri 5. 7pm). the Renfrew Church Singers' performance of Handel's 'I‘Iie .Ilessitili (Sat 6) and the Baronial Ball (Thu 1 l i.



3D/ZD Craft and Design Fair Glasgow t

Royal Concert Hall. Sauchiehall Street.

287 551 I. until Sun 7 Dec. l0.30am. £l

(70p). The annual RCH Christmas special

froin those good people at 3l)/2l). See i

photo caption.

Christmas Shopping Open Day I

Queen's Cross Church. Ctarscube Road.

946 6600. l0ain-5pm. The Charles

Rennie Mackintosh Society presents an

opportunity to get your Xmas purchasing !

done within the only church to be built from one of the artist‘s designs. Books. cards. mouse tnats (no cattlaps. oddlyt. jigsaws antl stencils cart be snapped tip. Craft Fair Glasgow Steiner School. ' l.umsden Street. Yorkhill. 33-1 8855.

I lamulpm. The school's annual fair has

all manner of goods for sale from home- made jatns to angels and fairies. Presumably not real ones. which would be ridiculous.

Grassroots Seminars Grassroots. Wotxllands Road. 353 3278. (irassroots‘ provides a series of setninars aimed at covering health and gottrmet food with tnore than a taste for the topical. 'l'oday. Bertrand lispouy gets into the festive spirit with mincemeat pies. truflles and chocolate tarts.

SUNDAY 7 f Glasgow Shine On Glasgow Blythswotxl Square. info: 553 I937. 3.45pm. As the run-up to Glasgow‘s Christmas gets ever more exciting. the Christmas Parade makes its merry way froin Blythswotxl Square to George Square where the Glasgow Phoenix Choir. (ilasgow Youth Choir and the Coca-Cola Gospel Choir will collaborate for a carol concert. The Parade will be led by a giant motorised stocking scattering glitter and confetti over the crowds. while hundreds of dancers provide movement arid colour.

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All Formats Computer Fair Mitchell Theatre. Charitig Cross. info: ()l890 883807. 10am-3pm. £2 (£|/£I.50). Business. education and home computer users can have the time of their lives by grabbing a few bargains with the substantial savings available here. There is also ati impressive range ofCl)-R()M titles. The fair is free to wheelchair users.

THURSDAY 11 Edinburgh Homes 8t Gardens' Christmas Grand Sale Cromdale llall. l-xlinburgh International Conference Centre. info: (Ho-I3 296005 (quote ref. ll(i3a). L‘ntil Sat [3 Dec. I0am-2pm. 2- 6pm. £7.50 (under l(is free). Over SI) L‘\illbll0l‘.\' are taking part in this event and products include walk-iii wardrobes. hand-painted bone chitia. accessories for cats arid dogs. Victorian-style furniture and washable stencils. Part of your ticket price will be going to Cancer Relief Macmillan Fund. See Christmas Shopping feature. page ll5. Royal Highland Christmas Shopping Fayre Royal llighland Centre. lttgliston. 333 3036. until Sttn l-I l)ec. Fri 5. llam-6pm; Fri 12. l0am 9pm; Sat l3. 10am-6pm; Sun 14. lllam ~1pm. 250 stands with thousands of products to show your loved ones that you care.



Grassroots Seminars cit-assimts. Woodlands Road. 353 3278. This week. Kathryn Hamilton looks at desserts and finishing touches for the perfect veggie Christmas dinner.


Celebrating Lanterns Regal Community Theatre. (H.506 43363-1.

noon 4pm. £3; family ticket £10. With the 'l‘orchltght Procession arriving on Fri l9. why not book up with some experts in lantern making. who will also give advice on how best to perform III the parade itself.



The Royal Philosophical Society of Glasgow McCance Building. Richmond Street. Strathclytle l’niversity. 334 41-14. 7.30pm. The Royal Philosophical Society of (ilasgow continue their season of lectures as Professor David Fowler holds cotitt with (ilnliit/ Climate Change (Hill .‘lt'ft/ Ruin.

EDINBURGH INTERNATIONAL CHRISTMAS MARKET Princes Street Gardens. Edinburgh, info: 0891 633 226. Fri S—Sun 14 Dec, IOam-8pm. This continental

style market is expected to be a roaring Y

stalls selling quality gifts and a special

success with more than 40 covered constructed stage hosting a

programme of live entertainment. There are ceilidh nights, a heated marquee, cookery, cocktail mixing and aromatherapy demonstrations. If star- spotting is your ba , they don't come too much bigger than Two Fat Ladies coshost Clarissa Dic son Wright (left), who will be demonstrating her culinary skills and indulging in that book signing thing.