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THE FIFE WEDDING EXHIBITION AND BRIDAL FASHION SHOW Rothes Halls, Rothes Square, Glenrothes. 01592 611101, Sun 8 Feb, 11am—5pm. £1.50. For those of you who can't hold out until 14 Feb for your fix of nuptial- type romance, why not drag your intended along to the Rothes Halls to There is an opportunity to meet top spects of the wedding industr . The centrepiece of the event is the fashion shows at 12.30pm, 2pm and 3. 0pm where the latest designs in gowns, menswear and, most important of a I, mother-of-the-bride outfits will be paraded. And good luck.

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. Extra Time listings compiled by Brian Donaldson.

FRIDAY 6 Glasgow Outdoors 98 SliCC. Finnieston Quay. 204 0123. until Sun 8 Feb. Fri 1 1am-9pm; Sat/Sun Ham-6pm. £5.50 (£3); family ticket £14. The outdoor enthusiast should be in fresh air manna from heaven with the the third annual celebration of the great outdoors. Hence the name. This year's core sections are caravanning. boating and camping but the halls will also contain excitement for climbers of all levels. a selection of holiday homes. a custom-built tank for scuba diving and the ever-popular sail- hoisting competition. And if you happen to be under live. you can get in financially scot-free.


Maltman Tour Royal Mile Whiskies. opposite St Giles' 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 on each Friday of the month. Your guide will let you in on the history and methods used to create the potent orangey stuff while you get tore in to the sam les.

Macallan Edinburg Literary Pub Tour The Beehive lnn. Grassmarket. info: 226 6665. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). A great excuse to educate yourself through alcohol as the tour follows in the footsteps of Rabbic. Sir Walter. Robert Louis and lrvine across the ale houses of the city. The tour is now running Fridays only.

SATURDAY 7 Glasgow

Grassroots Cookery Classes Grassroots. Woodlands Road. Charing

Cross. 353 3278. noon—2.30pm. £10. Dr Sujaee Tinto kicks off the wholefood experts’ spring season with the emphasis on those who love their grub but cannot eat wheat. The classes happen every fortnight with veggie guru Kathryn Hamilton up next on 21 Feb. Full details of the spring schedule are available from the shop.



The Fife Weddin Exhibition And Bridal Fashion S ow Rothes Halls. Rothes Square. 01592 611101. Ham—5pm. £1.50. All the advice you need to get you to the registrar's on time. Or help you change your mind. See photo caption.

MONDAY 9 Edinburgh Scottish Country Dancing Group The Baha‘i Centre. North Fort Street. 225 1600. 7pm. Free. Scottish Country Dancing may bring back memories of pleading with your mum to write a bogus sick note and then living to regret it years later when Auntie Agnes drags you onto the floor for the Dashing White Sergeant at a wedding you'd rather not have been at in the first place. This. however. is voluntary and promises an informal introduction to a seriously under-rated art form.

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Napier University Department of Film And Photography Talk Napier University. Marchmont Road. 538 7617. 6—8pm. Free. Independent filmmaker Lizzie Thynne discusses the documentaries she has made for Channel 4‘s gay programming while the University of Luton‘s Jim Pines tackles the subject of black British filmmaking next Wednesday ( 18th).

Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 1020. 10am. 50p. The group's

spring programme is well under way and provides an opportunity for issues of local. national and global conceni to be aired. Today‘s talk is entitled ‘l—lquality Assurance‘ with Ellen Kelly at the podium before questions are taken.

THURSDAY 12 Glasgow The Royal Philosophical Society Of Glasgow Lecture Lecture Theatre No l. McCance Building. Richmond Street. 7.30pm. Free. This week's lecture is intriguingly entitled ‘From Jumbo Jet To Human Brains: Some Applications ()1' Superconductivity with Professor Gordon Donaldson taking the floor.



The Holiday And Travel Show SECC. Finnieston Quay. 248 3000. until Sun 15 Feb. Fri 8; Sat 10am—6pm; Sun 10am—5pm. £5 (£3); family ticket £15. Scotland hosts its first public international holiday shindig with over 800 destinations on show to entice you to part with your cash for a taste of sun. sand. sea. snow and anything else you can think of beginning with that letter. See photo caption.


Any Questions Royal College Of Physicians. Queen Street. 537 9525. 8-9pm. Free. Radio 4's political discussion programme comes live from the capital with Johnny Dimblehy interrupting George Robertson. Malcolm Rilkind. Alex Salmond and Queen Margaret College Principal. Dr Joan Stringer. Doors open at 6.45pm with questions to be submitted on arrival.



Richard Roberts Book Market Hillhead Baptist Church. Cresswell Street. info: 01560 600349. 10am—5pm. Free. Browsers or buyers can get their teeth into maps. prints. film magazines and books with valuations given on your own merchandise.

Edinburgh Valentines Day Masked Ball Cafe

Graffiti. Mansfield Place Church. 557 8003. 9pm—2am. £10. A carnivalesque night is promised for everyone as the hippest religious building in town opens its doors to lovers in costume with the most creative being lavished with tickets for a trip to ()rkney. See Frontlines. page 4.


Romantic Couple Ski Race Caimgorm Ski Area, 01479 861261. 10.30am. For love-types with a more daring attitude than your average snugglepups couplings. belting down a slippery slope to show your devotion may appeal to you. Expertise in the art of skiing is not necessary though it may be handy if you want to take away a prize for coming first. Participants are advised to dress accordingly so that gon'lla suit should remain in the closet til your next fancy dress ball invitation.

TUESDAY 17 Edinburgh Coffee Connections Caledonian Hall. Royal Botanic Garden. 552 7171 ext. 480. until Fri 20 Feb. Ever supped your morning cuppa and pondered the aesthetics. politics and sociological aspects of the contents? Ever lain awake at night. cursing the inventors for depriving you of some kip'.’ All your queries can be answered during this event with exhibitions. tastings. tours and advice on how to get the most from your pot.


Edinburgh The Scottish Esoteric Network

Tolbooth Tavern. Canongate. info: 225 9931. 7.30pm. Free. This group is designed to raise awareness of Paganism and lisoteric beliefs and to offer an alternative to mainstream spirituality Judaism. Christianity. Islam. that kind

of thing.

Morningside Justice And Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 1020, 10am. 50p. This week's heated debate is ‘Planning For Housing In Scotland‘ with Archie Stoddart from the Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

THE HOLIDAY AND TRAVEL SHOW SECC, Finnieston Quay, Glasgow, 248 3000, Fri 13 & Sat 14 Feb 10am-6pm; Sun 15 10am-5pm. £5 (£3 ;


ticket £15. These dark winter days are a right bummer, aren't they? But depress yourself not as the annual holiday and travel extravaganza makes its way this far north for the first time. Exhibitors from all over the globe will be tem ting you into booking a holiday in your idea of paradise, whether it e Hawaii, Texas, Spain or St Albans. Yes, St Albans. There are bar ains and prizes alore to be had as well as the chance to press the.

fles with celebs suc as Ally McCoist (above) and Carol Smillie who Will be there on day one at 10am to launch the Variety Club Gold Heart Day.

6-19 Feb 1998 THE LIST91