This section gives details of special selected events taking place within Edinburgh and Glasgow and around the Central Belt this fortnight. Listin s are com iled by date, place and en event. xtra Time listings compiled by Brian Donaldson.


W Creative Stitches/Hobbycrafts SECC. Finnieston Quay. info: 01425 272711. Until Sun 8 Mar. Fri & Sat 9.30am—5.30pm; Sun 9.30am—5pm. £5.90 (£4.90). Textiles and tools buffs are in for the time of their lives as this double-whammy makes its journey north.


Edinburgh One World Festival Various venues. info: 478 7306. Until Sun 15 Mar. An eclectic mix of meetings. talks. dance. music. exhibitions and loads more as the city embraces social and cultural tolerance. See photo caption.

Macallan Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive Inn. Grassmarket. info: 226 6665. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). 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 on Fridays until the end of March.


10th Paisley Traditional Real Ale Festival Paisley Town Hall. info: 848 7473/56] 4923. Until Sat 7 Mar. Ham—12.30am. £3. Renfrewshire‘s annual exploration into the joys of pr0per booze with live entertainment. traditional British and European ales and a souvenir glass included in the admission price.

SATURDAY 7 Glasgow The National Wedding Show - Scotland SECC. Finnieston Quay. info: 0121 767 4717. Until Sun 8 Mar. 10am—6pm. £6; £5 in advance; £21 for party of up to six. As spring time approaches. the thoughts of lovers' both young and old turn to nuptial type- shenanigans. Among the joys here are

ideas for honeymoons. the limo. flowers. the photies and competitions which could see you having a week in Jamaica. International Women's Day Nam Dev Centre. Coplaw Street. info: 423 5955. 10am—4pm; Govanhill Neighbourhood Centre. Daisy Street. info: 423 5955. 7—-1 lpm. Govanhill's contribution to the big day includes aromatherapy. self defence. psychic readings. karaoke and disco. To find out what’s going on around the country get yourself onto the web page http://www.quine.org.uk/iwd.

Youn Horticulturist Of The Year Scottish Final Botanic Gardens. Great Western Road. 334 2422. 3pm. Free. Pick up some handy gardening tips from the finest green—fingered types in the country and watch in amazement as one of them scoops the prestigious plant prize for knowing more than the others about their subject.

Grassroots Cookery Classes Grassroots. Woodlands Road. Charing Cross. 353 3278. 10arn—4pm. £20. The Auld Alliance Bakery's Bertrand Espouy continues the wholefood experts‘ spring season with hints on how to make French-style breads.


Lloyds Bowmaker Scottish Motorcycle Show Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. info: 01555 893405. Until Sun 8 Mar. 9am—5pm. £9.50 (£4); family ticket £20. All makes and ages of cycles and bikes of the motorised variety on show here as well as European stunt riding tournaments.

SUNDAY 8 Glasgow

Glasgow Rape Crisis Benefit Polo Lounge. Wilson Street. 553 1121. 9pm-lam. £3 (£2). Women only event with disco and She Boom drummers.

MONDAY 9 Edinburgh Scottish Country Dancing Group The Baha’i Centre. North Fort Street. 225 1600. 7pm. Free. Spin. whirl and fling yourself into practice for any future

EDINBURGH ONE WORLD FESTIVAL Various venues, info: 478 7306. Until Sun 15 lVlar. Organisations involved in this year's event include Amnesty International, Oxfam and the Scottish Refugee Council as Edinbur h celebrates the strength and diversity of its culture. Among the big lights are an AI cetltdh. an Oxfam public meeting which includes actor John Hannah (above) who has just returned from Somaliland, the Sri Chinmoy/One World Festival Fun Run and the Rainbow City celebrations. Full details and a programme are available with a call to the above


"TUEUST 6-19 Mar 1998


BT SWIMATHON Various venues, info: 0800 731 7316. Mon 16—Sun 22 Mar. Forty seven pools across Scotland will be dived into over the course of the week with a tar et of £1.5m being set to help out charities such as

Marie Curie Cancer

re. Europe's largest swim marathon was launched

last month in a blaze of glory with former Olympic gold-medal winner Duncan Goodhew (above) lending his weight to the cause. Give the freephone number above a bell to find out how you can take part.

wedding you'd rather not be at in the first place. An informal introduction is guaranteed.

WEDNESDAY 11 Edinburgh 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 concern to be aired. Today's talk is entitled ‘Food Safety' with Environmental Health Officer Ann Palmer at the podium before questions are taken.

THURSDAY 12 Glasgow The Royal Philosophical Society Of Glasgow Lecture Lecture Theatre No I. McCance Building. Richmond Street. 7.30pm. Free. This week’s lecture is ‘Social And Political lrnplications Of Technological Change' with Jimmy Reid taking the floor.


Grassroots Cookery Classes Grassroots. Woodlands Road. C haring Cross. 353 3278. Noon—2.30pm. £10. Tracy Thanopoulis from the The Thirteenth Note Vegan Cafe presents the finest in Greek cookery.

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


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8T Swimathon Various venues. info: 0800 731 7316. Until Sun 22 Mar. Europe's biggest swim marathon takes to the water with an estimated 50,000 folk of all ages and abilities expected to take part in aid of various charities. See photo capnon.

WEDNESDAY 18 Editiiurgh The Scottish Esoteric Network Toolbooth Tavern. Canongate. info: 225 9931. 7.30pm. 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 meeting with lecture night.

Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 1020. 10am. 50p. This wee "s heated debate is ‘Universities Into The 21st Centuary’ with Professor Colin Bell. V-P at Edinburgh University.


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