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i DOORS OPEN DAY Various venues, Edinburgh, info: 557 9387. Sat 26 Sep. As

part of the Council of Europe's European Heritage Day, this is your

1 opportunity to get inside parts of the city’s buildings which you normally

wouldn’t get to see. Such as the Royal Observatory Visitor Centre on Calton Hill with its panoramic view of Edinburgh, the 129-year old Caledonian Brewery on Slateford Road, behind the scenes at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in Grindlay Street (above) and the Registers of Scotland at Meadowbank House.

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.



Glasgow City Walks \Itt'ious venues. info: 637 2791. until 30 Sep. Allow the members of the Scottish Tourist Guides .»\ssociation to lead you .tstray itt either '//te Heart ()I (i/(tsettit ai'otmtl (ieorgc Square and the Merchant (‘ity (Mon- Fri 6pm; Sun 10.30am» or The (‘trI/tet/ru/

until Sun 27 Sep. The show involves

cotnpetitive classes from both vegetable and flower gardens attd incorporating. if this means anything to you. British Cactus and Succulent Society and Scottish Zone.

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Doors Open Day Various venues. info: 557 9387. lttteriors of historical. architectural and decorative importance are yours for the viewing iii this year‘s Doors Open Day in the capital. The

' special theme for 1998 is Education and Science. See photo caption. Creative Writing Open Day University of lidinburgh. Bucclettch Place. 650

4400. 9.15am. Your chance to learn if

llil/A Strathclytle l'mversity ('ampus you've got what it takes to get that novel and ('atheth'al Precinct tSttn t\' \Vetl out of yourself or decide that packing 2.15pm). I shelves for the rest of your days is the

only option. The (‘entre for Continuing St Andrews liducation offers a selection of courses

The Secret Bunker The Secret Bunker. (‘rown Buildings. 01333 310301. until Nov. 10am» 5pm. £5.95 (£4.95/L'325t; fatnin ticket £ 16.50. The threat of a nuclear holocaust seems to have abated in recent times. though when blokes like Sadaam get that glint in their eye. you never know what might happen. Here is a chance to see where our beloved leaders would have fled to iii the event of such global devastation.


Glasgow Grassroots Autumn Classes (irassroots. Woodlands Road. ('hartng (Ross. 35.3 3278. 11am 2pm. £10. The season continues with the 13th .\'ote (‘afe's Tracy 'l‘hatiopoulous and her vegetarian meals for kids' class. aimed at i nine to tw elve-year old would-he chefs. I

sttch as The Writer ll'iI/tm. I’oelrv In I’I'ut‘lit‘t’ ttlttl llimtt‘ltiv lirit't’i‘.‘ .tl ll'rilt'r's‘ Morley/mp. You can mingle with other aspiring scribes. meet the experts and kick start the creative process

SUNDAY 27 Edinburgh

Historic Scotland Edinburgh Castle. info: 668 8830/8686. 3pm. The season contines with a series of performances of living history. drama and comedy from the Heritage livents Company. Among the figttres looked at today are classic author Sir Walter Scott. in The Regal/rt.

distinguished councillor by day and

cunning cat-burglar by night William Brodie ~ Deacon to his mates ~ iii The ('unipmtv ()flieggurv and one of Burke and llare's less well-remembered victims Mary Paterson. in Creepers. You can see a repeat performance of these three shows on Sun 4 ()ct.

September Flower Show Botanic (iat‘dens/Kibble Palace. info: 287 5920.

WEDNESDAY 50 Edinburgh Morningside Justice And Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 1020. 10.30am. 50p. The group's autumn season of talks on topics of local. national and global concern gets underway with Alan Wilkie from the World Court Project and a talk entitled Update ()1: Nuclear li’euprms.



Breakfast At The Balmoral The Balmoral Hotel. info: 229 4385. 7.15am. £15. Breast Cancer Awareness Month starts this year in the capital with a business brekkie for both corporate and individual needs. While one in twelve women in Scotland are affected. studies are showing that an increasing number of men are being diagnosed over 200 UK males per year. As well as top chow. there will be speakers including agony aunt Sue Frost and fashion designer Belinda Robertson.

' SATURDAY 3 Glasgow

Grassroots Autumn Classes Grassroots. Woodlands Road. Charing Cross. 353 3278. 11am—3pm. £20. John Quigley provides a masterclass in Thai cooking. Subtle aromas are guaranteed.

NORTH LANARKSHIRE CULTURAL FESTIVAL Various venues, info: 01698 267515.

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North Lanarkshire Cultural Festival Various venues. info: 01698 267515. until 24 Oct. A star-studded affair is the best way to describe this year's festival with folk like Bernard Macl.averty. Dougie Mac1.ean and Nicola McCartney all making their mark. Though. you don‘t have to have a ‘Mac‘ or ‘Mc‘ in your surname to be here as Phil Kay and Tchaikovsky would doubtless insist. See photo caption.



A Passage To Britain Lecture Room. Botanic Gardens. Great Western Road. 334 2422. 2pm. £2.50 non-members/fl for ‘friends’. An illustrated talk by Assistant Curator Louise Bustard on plant introductions through the ages. It you miss out this week. you can get in again on Wed 13 Oct.

v WEDNESDAY? Edinburgh Morningside Justice And Peace Group Open Door. Morningside Road. info: 445 1628/229 1020. 10.30am. 50p. The group's autumn season continues with the Rev. Russell Barr. Convenor ofthe Edinburgh Presbytery Millennium Project and a heated debate called Room A! The Inn AD 2000.

Sat 3—Sat 24 Oct. Exhibitions, comedy, literary events, dance, theatre and kids' goings-on all have their lace during this year's three-week bash in the Airdrie/MotherwelllCoat ridge area. Among the highlights in the first week

are the Cwmni Ballet Gwent with The Tempest, Phi

Kay (above), the Fantasy

Football Art League Exhibition and the first heats in the Battle of the Bands


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