Ayr as part of the Septembayr Festival.

Oartoon Oapers in Ayr

Why are cartoons coming to Ayr? They are one of the many'festivals coming to

Are they just showing cartoons? There is a lot more going on than that. Over four days they are having the International Cartoon Competition Exhibition, cartoon masterclasses, internet classes, workshops, films, seminars and a chance for the cartoonists to be let loose on the public with their sketch pads.

Do you need to know anything about cartoons to join in? Don’t panic, you can either sit back and watch the professionals at work or you can sharpen your pencil and be taught by some of the top cartoonists.

Is it in lots of different venues? Most of the events are being held in the County Buildings at Wellington Square but the internet classes are at the Carnegie Library and the films are at the Odeon Cinema. Most of the events start at 10am.

I National Cartoon Festival, Fri 24—Mon 27 Sep. Various venues, Ayr, 01563

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National Cartoon Festival Fri 24-Mon 27 Sep, times vary. Various venues, Ayr, 01563 540540. See photo caption.

FuncT Fri 24 Sep—Sun 17 Oct, various venues A chance to party for three weeks with Glasgow’s funkiest cultural festival. The festival takes place in five venues and brings a mix of live music, clubs, Dis, spoken word, multi-media, theatre, comedy and film. See feature, page22.

Horticultural Events

September Flower Show Sat 25 & Sun 26 Sep, 10am—5pm (Sat) 10am-4pm (Sun). Free. Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, 334 2422. A vast array of vegetables and flowers from various competitive classes will be on show all weekend. There will also be supporting stands and displays for all n-fingered ple.

ulb Potting emonstration The 5 Oct, 2pm. £1.10 & £2.70 non-members. Hopkirk Building, Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, 334 2422. Learn how to plant your bulbs the professional way and get the best results from your blooms.

Me Out Millport Illuminations And fireworks Sat 25 Sep, 3pm—1.30am. £15 (£7.50). Waverley Terminal, Glasgow. 221 8152. Take sail from Glasgow, Greenock and Helensburgh and make your way to Millport to see their famous illuminations, not to mention a few rockets,'bangers and sparkiers. 23rd Ayr Model Railway Exhibition Sat 25 & Sun 26 Sep, lOam-Spm. £2 £1). Citadel Centre, South Harbour treet, Ayr, 01292 269793. The 23rd exhibition this car brings layouts never seen before in cotland. There will also

be traders there to sell you all those bits and pieces you have been looking for and, if you are not sure what to do with the bits and pieces, there will also be a modellers’ table giving demonstrations and valuable advice.

After Dark Sat 25 Sep, 7pm. Linn Park Country Park, Simshill Road, 637 1147. After the sun has set, Linn’s nocturnal creatures emerge. If you’re lucky you might see and hear owls, foxes and bats.

Friends Of The River Kelvin Gala Day Sun 26 Sep, 11am-4pm. Free. Halfpenny Bridge House, Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow, 946 4542. A day out for all the family including live music, canoe rides, stalls and children’s activities. The day highlights the work of the Friends of the River Kelvin Group and promotes places of interest throughout Kelvingrove park.


John Gordon Sinclair ‘An Actor's Life For Me' Thu 23 Sep, 1pm. £2.50-£3. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, 287 5511. Glasgow Airport’s Conversation Pieces brings Glasgow’s most famous ‘Gregory to the Concert Hall to talk about his life and his insights into the world of film, television and stage.

‘In Search Of The Spiritual Toshi' Thu 30 Sep, 7.3 m. Free. Hutcheson’s Hall, 158 lngram treet, Glasgow, 248 4970. This public lecture is conducted by Professor Sam McKinstry of Paisley University and is organised as part of the Glasgow Churches Together Cornerstone Festival.

The Life And Adventures Of David Douglas Thu 7 Oct, 7.30pm. £2. Hillhead Library, Bytes Road, 339 7223. A conservator with the Forestry Commission, Sid House gives a talk on this famous plant collector.


Asian Football Championships Sat 25 & Sun 25 Sep, 9.30am-7pm (Sat) 1pm (Sun). Sat free, Sun £2. Scotstoun Leisure Centre, 72 Danes Drive, Glasgow, 959 4000. The Scottish Asian Sports Association football team will be joining seven other top teams from all over the UK in this football championship. The initial play offs happen on the Saturday with the final taking place on Sunday at Parkhead stadium with a 1pm kick-off.

Lawn Tennis Association £10,000 Tennis Event Sun 26 Sep—Sun 3 Oct, times vary. Free except Sat 2 & Sun 3 Oct finals when there is a nominal fee. Scotstoun Leisure Centre, 72 Danes Drive, Glasgow, 959 4000. With prizes of cash and world ranking points, national and international tennis players will be thrashing it out on court. The finals are on the last Sat and Sun when you can go to the 300 seater show court and watch for aces, nets, foot faults, deuces and finally a game set and match.

Other Events

Book Market Sat 25 & Sun 26 Sep, lOam-Spm. Free. Hopkirk Building, Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, Glasgow, 334 2422. Books will be available to buy, so set aside some time for a bit of book browsing.

Giant CD And Record Fair Sat 25 & Sun 26 Sep, Sat 10am—6pm; Sun 11am—5pm. £2. SECC, Finnieston Quay, Glasgow, 576 3576. Hundreds and thousands of CDs and records will be on sale here in this music extravaganza. So if there’s a Des O’Connor classic that you’ve spent ages looking for, then this is the place to find it.

Scottish Computer Fair Sun 26 Sep, lOam—3pm. £3. SECC, Finnieston Quay, Glasgow, 576 3576. Everything that is anything to do with computers will be at this fair for dis lay, sale and demonstration. 3DIZD Craft E Design Fair Sat 2 Oct, 10.30am-4.30pm. 90p (60p); children free. Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow. 287 5511. This popular fair returns to Glasgow to display and sell the best in contemporary and traditional craftwork including leatherwork, textiles, knitwear, ceramics, glass, jewellery and lots more. Get some ideas for Christmas or just buy it all for yourself go on, you deserve it.


Art Gallery 8: Museum, Kelvingrove Argyle Street, Glasgow, 287 2699. Mon-Sat lOam-Spm; Sun 11am-5pm. Free. This fine example of late Victorian architecture houses a permanent collection of work by such names as Rembrandt, Botticelli, Whistler and Cadell, plus numerous historical artefacts and animal displays. Also on show - Close Encounters, Young People is Art Exhibition, Design

Machine and Glasgow At Our Feet. See


Glasgow Art listings, page 79.

Burrell Collection

2060 Pollokshaws Road, Glasgow, 287 2550. Mon—Sat lOam-Spm; Sun llam—Spm. Free. Sir William Burrell’s world famous collection of beautiful art objects from around the globe, housed in a specially designed, award-winning building.

Fossil Grove

Victoria Park, Glasgow, 287 2000. Daily noon-5pm. Free. Glasgow’s oldest tourist attraction, designated as a site of special scientific interest by Scottish Natural Heritage, provides interpretative displays and the opportunity to examine geological specimens dating from 350 million years ago.

Glasgow Zoopark

Calderpark, Uddingston, Glasgow, 77] 1185. Daily 9.30am—5pm (last admission 3.30pm). £4.60 (£2.70). A popular haunt on school trips, Glasgow Zoopark boasts a varied collection of animals, from lions to guinea pigs, as well as a well-stocked reptile house. There is also a full programme of interactive events, such as snake~ handling and birds of prey flying displays, plus Children’s Farm, amusements and an orienteering course.

House For An Art Lover

Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, Glasgow, 353 4773. £3.50 (£2.50). For opening times, call info line 0141 353 4449. Art Lover’s Cafe and Shop open 10am—5pm daily. Initially designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for a competition in 1901, this unfinished work has been completed by modem—day architects and designers in true Mackintosh style. Also on show - First Season and Digital Design Studio. See Glasgow Art listings, page 79.

Hunterian Art Gallery

University of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead Street, Glasgow, 330 5431. Mon—Sat 9.30am-5pm. Free. Home to the university’s collection of flat art and sculpture as well as changing exhibitions, the gallery also features a recreation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Glasgow house which contains a host of original furnishings. Also on show - Celebration Ten Years Of Collecting 1989-1999. See Glasgow Art listings, page 79.

Hunterian Museum

University Avenue, Glasgow, 330 4221. Mon—Sat 9.30am-5pm. Free. Dating from 1807, the Hunterian is Scotland’s oldest public museum - it lost its artworks in 1980 with the opening of the purpose-built art gallery in the grounds, but it is still home to a collection of the university’s treasures.

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