Wednesday 25

FRIENDLY INTERNATIONAL Scotland v Denmark lbrox Park. Edmiston Drive. Glasgow. 8pm. A chance for Craig Brown to take a look at some of the players who are on the fringes. such as title-Chasers Neil McCann. Alex Cleland attd Simon Donnelly. The Danes could have a distinctly ‘Scottish’ look with starts possible for Rieper. Laudrup attd Wieghorst. See preview.

Saturday 28


Celtic v Hearts Celtic Park. Kerrydale Street. Glasgow. 3pm. This top of the table clash will go some way to finding outjust who will be representing Scotland itt next season’s Champions' League.

Dunfermline v Rangers East End Park. Halbeath Road. Dunfermline. 3pm.

Hibs v Aberdeen Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. Motherwell v Dundee United Fir Park. Firpark Street. Motherwell. 3pm.

St Johnstone v Kilmarnock McDiarmid Park. Crieff Road. Perth. 3pm. SCOTTISH FIRST DIVISION

Ayr United v St Mirren Somerset Park. Tryfteld Place. Ayr. 3 m.

Dundee v Stirling A bion Dens Park. Sandentan Street. Dundee. 3pm. Hamilton Accies v Airdrie Cliftonhill Stadium. Main Street. Coatbridge. 3pm. Morton v Falkirk Cappielow Park. Sinclair Street. Greenock. 3pm.

Partick Thistle v Raith Rovers Firhill Park. Firhill Road. Glasgow. 3pm.

Commonwealth Championships Sat 28. Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. Edinburgh. 9am. The Meadowbank ntats will be givett a good thrashing today as the Commonwealth's fittest get together. Fourteen countries itt total will be represented with the finals getting underway around 3.30pm.

Scottish Festival Of Pool Fri 27—Mon 30. Butlin's. Ayr. Scotland‘s favourite holiday resort plays host to this feast of hustling. with tttale and female events over the period. Call the organiser on 0l292 285] I3 for full details.


Sunday 22

FIVE NATIONS CHAMPIONSHIP Scotland v England Murrayt‘ield. Edinburgh. 3pm. Scotland's last tilt at gaining a bit of pride and joy frottt this year's championship after their Triple Crown hopes were dashed at the hands of the Welsh - attd. some argued. the referee. Still. what better way to sign off than putting the proverbial spanner in the works of England‘s dreams of another Five Nations' success.


Cairngorm Snow Festival Fri 20—Sun 22. Cairngorm Ski Area. Aviemore. There's ntore stuff going on here than you can shake a snow plough at. As well as the snow-related events. with skiers attd snowboarders well catered for. there is a tug-of-war. a wild star prize daslt. a kiddies‘ obstacle race. and a spectacular ski down the slopes led by Cairngorm's top instructors. Full details on the event are available from the Aviemore Tourist lnforntation Office on 0l479 8 l0363.


Cup And Plate Semi Finals Sat 2 I. Various venues. For all the info on the draw and venues call the Scottish Volleyball Association on Ol3l 556 4633.



SCOTTISH ARCHAEOLOGY FAIR Hunter Halls, Hunterian Museum, University of Glasgow, 330 4221. Sat 28 Mar. 10am—4pm. Free. If ou want to discover the history of the tool before Black & Decker made Ii e much simpler, the Scottish Archaeology Fair should be your destination to find

out how the Vikings coped wit

out power action drills. You could also

uncover secrets in a simulated excavation, sample Viking recipes, take our chance riding a Roman horse, follow a treasure trail or get advrce rom expert craftsfolk as they carve wood and display some impressrve

Pictish stone jewellery.

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.


Various venues

BT Swimathon Various vettues. lnfo: 0800 73l 73l6. Until Sun 22 Mar. Europe's biggest swim marathon takes to the water with an estimated 50.000 folk of all ages attd abilities expected to take part itt aid of various charities.


The Quilt Fair MacRobert Pavilion. lngliston. 333 3036. Until Stilt 22 Mar. l0ant—5pm. £5 (ill/£2). The Patchwork Association brittg their prestigious qttilt fair north fora weekend of top quality stitching. sewing. needlework etc. Among the highlights are the qttilts of Japan's Setsuko Obi in an exhibit entitled 'l‘okyo Kaleidoscope. antique quilts from Patricia Cox. and the best of Celtic quilts. There are also demonstrations by Jewel and lisk Valley College attd The Quilters Guild attd workshops for those wishing to improve your skills itt the field. Tickets are half price after 3pm.

Macallan Edinburgh Literary Pub Tour The Beehive Inn. (irassntarket. Info: 226

6665. 7.30pm. £6 (£5). liducate yourself through booze 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 on Fridays till tlte end of Marclt.



National Science Week Various venues. Info: 331 3345. Glasgow Caledonian University's contribution to the week includes talks. competitions. displays attd interactive exhibits covering subjects such as the history of the Glasgow tenement attd the problem of global waste.

Grassroots Cookery Classes Grassroots. Woodlands Road. Cltaring Cross. 353 3278. Noon-2.30pm. £ l0. John Quigley of the Mojo restaurant continues the wholefood experts‘ spring season with a demonstration of Japanese cuisine such as vegetable sushi aitd tempura.


Scottish Rummikub Championships Teviot Row Library. Edinburgh University. Info: 01268 462455. Until Sun 22 Mar. Sat 10am—6pm; Sun l0am—4pm. 'What the devil is Rumntikub‘." l ltear you wail. The answer is a board game. similar to Scrabble. created iit Romania iii the l930s and

listings EXTRA TIME

which receives its Scottish debut here. For a i l .50 entry fee. you catt throw your hat into the ring with the possibility ofa trip for two to Amsterdam while also helping out the Scottish Hospital For Sick Children lit Edinburgh. The early part of Saturday will be used as an introduction for anyone unsure of the rules.



Science And Engineering Fair New Lanark Visitor Centre. New Lanark Mills. 0l555 66l345. llant-5pm. Free. Science attd engineering workshops for all the fantin with spectacular shows throughout the day front Gusto Science Circus.


Scottish Country Dancing Group The Baha'i Centre. North Fort Street. 225 1600. 7pm. Free. Spin. whirl and Ding yourself ittto practice for any future wedding you'd rather not be at itt the first place. An infortttal introduction is guaranteed.


Alliance Francaise de Glasgow Lecture Alliance Francaise de Glasgow, Bowmont Gardens. 339 428 l. 7.30pm. Free. Glasgow-based French comic strips artist attd writer Yves Cotinat presents a slidesltow called Bum/e tlessinee: new tendencies in French comic art with the focus on the creations of the ()0s and 70s and their influence on today‘s artists. Friends of Glasgow Botanic Gardens Talk Boyd Orr Lecture Roont. University ofGlasgow. University Avenue. Info: 334 2422. 7.30pm. £2 for non-members. Australian scientist Dr Kingsley Dixon presents Wild l-‘lmt-ers And The Wilderness ()j'T/ie (ireu! Stun/t luntl. Tickets available fornt the Botanic Gardens on Great Western Road.


Morningside Justice and Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. Info: 4-15 l()28/229 1020. Want. 50p. The group‘s spring programme is completed with (iene (’I/lft'.\' with Dr Kenneth Boyd. Research Director at the Institute of Medical Ethics at the podiuttt before questions are taken.



Archaeology Fair Hunter Halls. Hunterian Museum. University of Glasgow. 330 4221. l0am—4pm. Free. The Council for Scottish Archaeology present the third Archaeology Fair for those of you who dig this kind of thing. See photo caption.



Conversation Pieces - John Suchet Royal Concert Hall. Sauchiehall Street. 287 55l l. Ipm. £2.50 (£2 itt advance). The news reader gives a talk on his hero Beetltoven. incorporating a live performance front Glasgow’s Beethoven Trio.

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The Scottish Esoteric Network Holyrood Tavern. Holyrood Road. Info: 225 993 l. 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.

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