BLIND DATE. Central Hotel, Gordo

n Street, Glasgow, 221 96


80, Mon 23 Feb,1—7pm. Free. Apex European Hotel, Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh, 474 3456, Tue 24 Feb, 1-7 m. Free. Blind Date is now into its fourteenth series, can you believe, and this is your opportunity to grasp at a piness or spend the rest of your life waking up in cold sweats, traumatised by rejection before an audience 0 millions. You must be over eighteen, unattached and armed with some terrifically witty chat-up lines and put-downs for your interview. If successful, you could find yourself on a high stool when shooting starts in the autumn. Undercover journalists probably aren’t welcome.

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.



Maltman Tour Royal Mile Whiskies. opposite St Giles' Cathedral. info: 624 7624. 7pm. £7.50 with two whiskies. £6 with one. lit the u ake of tire 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 torn in to the samples.

Macallan Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive Inn. 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 lt'vine across the ale houses of the city. The tour is now running Fridays only.



Grassroots Cookery Classes Grassroots. Woodlands Road. C baring Cross. 353 3278. ntX)n--2.30pnt. £l0. Veggie guru Kathryn Hamilton continues the w holefood experts‘ spring season with tofu and sweet dishes under examination. The classes happen every fortnight with The Auld Alliance Bakery‘s Bertrand Espouy up next on 7 Mar. Full details of the spring schedule are available from the shop.



Blind Date Central Hotel. Gordon Street. 221 9680. l—-7ptn. Free. Fancy a date with Cilla'.’ No. the neither. btit this is your chance for fame and/or ritual humiliation. See photo caption.


New lnternationalisms For The 21$t Century Lecture Faculty Room South. David Hume Tower. University of

8S THEUST 2O feb-S Mar 1998

Edinburgh. George Square. info: ()1968 672706. 5.30pm. Free. This week‘s lecture is entitled ‘The Refugee Crisis Causes And Consequences Of Migration In The 1990s' and is taken by the UN Association's Malcolm Harper.

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 tnum 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.


Latin American Dancing Howden Park Centre. 01506 433634. 6.30—8pm (beginners); 8—9.30pm (intermediate). £16 (£l2) for six weeks. lfcavorting around in a hoochter-choocter manner is not your bag. how about a more exotic way to fling yourself about the floor on Monday evenings? Each week until 6 Apr. Alba Higgins will be giving you the chance to set the ballroom alight as long as you wear shoes with a small heel if female and shoes with a hard sole if male.



Blind Date Apex European Hotel. Haymarket Terrace. 474 3456. 1—7pm. Free. See Mon 23.


Glasgow 1999 Public Lecture Glasgow Film Theatre. Rose Street. 332 8128. 6.15pm. £3 (£1.50). Performance artist and sculptor Bruce McLean has made his name with his challenges to accepted conventions in art and architecture. Hear him talk about this and how it relates to his proposals for the pedestrianised area ofArgyle Street.


Morningside Justice And Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 [628/229 1020. 10am. 50p. The group's

spring programme is well under way and provides an opportunity for issues of local. ttational and global concern to be aired. Today‘s talk is entitled 'Citizens ()r Subjects' with Charter 88's Jane Corrie at the podium before questions are taken.



The Royal Philosophical Society Of Glasgow Lecture Lecture Theatre No l. McCance Building. Richmond Street. 7.30pm. Free. This week's lecture is the Muriel K Stnith Arts Lecture attd entitled ‘Painting ()n Glass' with John Clarke taking the floor.



Stitchcraft 98 Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre. Bridge of Don. 01224 82-1824. until Sun 1 Mar. 10am—5pm. £3 (£2). lfstencils. lace and cross stitches are among your favourite things then a beeline to Bridge of Don should he a priority. Exhibitors from across the UK will be displaying their wares attd under t'tfteens with a kttack for needlework can get iti for nowt.


New lnternationalisms For The 21$t Century Lecture Martin Hall. New College. The Mound. info: 01968 672706. 5.30pm. Free. This week‘s lecture is entitled ‘Practical Peacemaking - The Role OfCitizens In Ending Conflict And Building Peace' with Lord Alderdice. the leader of Northern Ireland‘s Alliance Party. holding court.



The Scottish Esoteric Network Holyrood Tavem. Holyrood Road. info: 225 9931. 8pm. Free. This group is designed to raise awareness of Paganism and Esoteric beliefs and to offer an alternative to mainstream spirituality Judaism. Christianity. Islam. that kind of thing. Tonight is social meeting night. Morningside Justice And Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 l020. l0atn. 50p. This week's heated debate is ‘The Role ()fThe Indian Sub-Continent lit The 21st Century‘ with Dr Crispen Bates of Edinburgh University's History department.



Creative Stitches/Hobbycrafts SECC. Finnieston Quay. info: 01425 272711. until Sun 8 Mar. Thu—Sat 9.30am—5.30pm; Sun 9.30atn—5pm. £5.90 (£4.90). Textiles and tools buffs are in for the time of their lives as the double-whammy makes its way north. See photo caption.

CREATIVE STlTCHES/HOBBYCRAFTS SECC, Finnieston Qua , Glasgow, info: 01425 272711, until Sun 8 Mar. Thu-Sat 9.303m—5.30pm; un 9.30am75pm. £5.90 (£4.90). A double bill of joy for lovers of handicrafts. The Creative Stitches show has an amazing range of needlework supplies from the US and UK as well as workshops, demonstrations and dis lays such as the costumes which adorned the small screens in Elizabet R. Plus, you could win for yourself a Janome Myster sewing machine worth a cool £500.

Meanwhile, Hobbycrafts has stalls, ex feed your addiction to découpage, rib

gerts and hands-on workshops to

oncraft, stencilling and rubber

stamping. Booking in advance will save you £1.40 per person while the under sixteens can get in free if accompanied by an adult.