about the birds who might come to visit it. Book in advance and meet at the Visitor Centre Courtyard.

Animal Antics Sat 19 Feb, 2-3pm. Free. Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, 01355 236644. Come along and say hello to the cute (and not- so-cute) animal residents at the park. Meet at the Pet’s Comer in the Conservatory. Animal Quiz Sun 27 Feb, 2-3pm. Free. Calderglen Country Park, Strathaven Road, East Kilbride, 01355 236644. A fun quiz for all the family, where you have to identify animals using clues such as bones, teeth and photographs. Meet in the Conservatory by the cactus bed.


Inspector Gadget (U) Sun 20 Feb, 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. See Film index.


Fife Youth Orchestra Sun 20 Feb, 7.30pm. £4 (£3). Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfcrrnline, 01383 314127. The Fife Youth Orchestra perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, Leonard Bemstein’s Suite ‘On The Waterfront’ and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Orkney Wedding With Sunrise.


The Magic Flute Until Sat 19 Feb, Mon & Tue 11am; Wed—Fri 10.30am; Sat 11am & 2pm. £2.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. Ages 5+. See Brunton Theatre, Edinburgh.

The Happy Gang Get The Giggles Sat 19 Feb, 11am & 2.30pm. £4.50. Eastwood Theatre, Eastwood Park, Rouken Glen Road, Giffnock, 577 4970. Ages 9 and under. Sec Paisley Town Hall, Glasgow. Oliver Wed 23—Sat 26 Feb, 7.30pm. £6 (£4). Carnegie Hall, East Port, Dunfermline, 01383 314127. Carnegie Youth Theatre present Lionel Bart’s popular musical.

The Witches Tue 29 Feb—Sat 4 Mar, 7pm; Wed-Fri 10am & 7pm; Sat 2pm & 7pm. £8.50 (£4—£5); family ticket £23. Adam Smith Theatre, Bennochy Road, Kirkcaldy, 01592 412929. Ages 5+. Where have all the children gone? Perhaps the respectable ladies at the Hotel Magnificent know as they hold their annual meeting. But these are no ordinary ladies, only witches in disguise, cooking up a plot to turn all the children of Britain into mice. Find out if our boy hero can save the day in the Birmingham Stage Company’s acclaimed production of Roald Dahl’s bewitching tale.

The International Purves Puppets Biggar Puppet Theatre, Broughton Road, 01899 220631. £5 (£4); family tickets £23 & £36. Book in advance as times are subject to change. Reductions for parties of five or more. Shows on offer over the next two weeks are:

Pips And Panda And The Magic Egg Thu 17 Feb, 10.15am. A magic egg causes no end of trouble in Pips and Panda’s latest adventure.

Aladdin Sat 19 Feb, 2pm. Aladdin gets a puppet makeover in Purves Puppets’ unique adaptation.

Pips And Panda In Magicland Thu 24 Feb, 10.40am & Sat 26 Feb, 2pm. Fun and adventure with Pips and Panda as they are whisked off to magic land where nothing is quite as it seems.


Changing Pages Until Sat 11 Mar, MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. An exhibition of

moveable and pop-up books from the turn of the century to the present day.


Whuppity Scoorie Storytelling Festlval Wed l—Sun 5 Mar, Various Venues, Lanark, 01555 661661. A whole weekend of workshops for both adults and children, with a performance and a storytelling family ceilidh on the final day.


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The National Wedding Show Sat 19—Sun 20 Feb, 10am—6pm. £6—£7 (£21 for groups of 5). SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. Now that Valentine’s Day is out the way it is time to plan the wedding, and The Wedding Show has everything you could ever need or imagine for your big day. From confetti to marquees, help and advice will be on hand and all your wedding day problems solved or at least the ones you can pay


Scottish Computer Fair Sun 20 Feb, lOam-3pm. £3 (£1.50). SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. Computers old and new will on show to browse or buy as well as people ‘in the know’ being available for advice.

Careers and Enterprise 2000 Fri 25—Sun 27 Feb, 10am—4pm Fri, 10am—4.30pm Sat & Sun. Free. SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. A chance for school leavers and students to see what employment opportunities are available in the big bad world of work. Also open to people who want to change career or go it alone and become the next Richard Branson.

Model Rail Fri 25—Sun 27 Feb, 11am-8pm Fri, 10am—6pm Sat, 10am—5pm Sun. £5 (£3). SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. Model railway enthusiasts heaven with railway parts old and new on sale and display. Bright Ideas Wed 1—4 Mar, 11am—7pm Wed & Fri, 11am—9pm Thu, lOam—7pm Sat & Sun. £5.50 (£3.50). SECC, Finnieston Quay, 287 7777. Scotland’s only home interior design show returns to the SECC. See photo caption.


West District Centenary Indoor Hockey Sat 26—Sun 27 Feb. Kelvinhall International Sports Arena, Dumbarton Road, info 01292 290300. Catch the West District teams bully-off in this 2 day indoor hockey competition.


The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Thu Feb 24, 7.30pm. £2. Hillhead Library, Byres Road, 334 2422. Glasgow’s Botanic Gardens Assistant Curator, Louise Bustard, passes on her knowledge about The Royal Botanic Gardens.

Other Events

Spring Clearance Sun 20 Feb, 10am—2pm. Free. Palacerigg Country Park, Palacerigg Road, Cumbernauld. 01236 720047. Spare a couple of hours and help clear away excess weed growth from the ponds making them spick and span for the frogs to return in March. Planet Vampire Fri 25 Feb, 8pm. £2 in advance/£3 on night. Bar Jedi, 239 North Street, 204 1616. Scotland’s first ever night of vampire multi media entertainment including vampire DVD, PlayStation, CD, video, DJ, dance and animation. So sharpen your teeth and head on up for a devilishly good night. Groucho St Jude's Postcard Auction Mon 28 Feb, viewing midday-7pm, auction 8pm. Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, 353 4525. View some postcards from famous (and not so famous) artists in the Mackintosh Gallery and then when you’ve decided on your favourites get ready to do some bidding at the auction.


Art Gallery 8: Museum, Kelvingrove Argyle Street, 287 2699. Mon-Thu & Sat 10am-5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. This fine example of late Victorian architecture houses a permanent collection of work by such names as

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Everything you ever wanted to know about


Most people have heard of or know a little bit about Charles Rennie Mackintosh but not everyone has seen what is most probably the jewel in the Mackintosh architectural crown - the Glasgow School of Art.

The school sits high on Renfrew Street, and it is not until you are in front of the building for the start of the tour that you realise just how unusual it is. The tour starts with the guide setting the scene by telling you the history of the School, how Mackintosh first became involved and the inspiration behind his designs. The tours are led by Art School students, and these expert guides take you through much of the building, passing exhibition galleries, studio corridors, the Mac room, the Hens Run and the library. The uniqueness of Macintosh’s designs are passionately and knowledgeany pointed out, although the guides are equally keen to hear your own ideas and opinions on Mackintosh's work and style.

The tour comes to a close in the library, and by this point you have a firm grasp of many of Mackintosh's tricks and techniques using light and space, and wonder why you have never visited this incredible building before.

(Jane Hamilton) Fun factor 3/5

Informative S/5 Value for money 4/5 Added extras Gift shop.

How do you get there? Go to the top of Sauchiehall Street and walk up the steep hill to Renfrew Street which runs parallel. The school is behind the row of

shops with the old ABC cinema.

How much it costs £5 (£3). Advance booking is advisable. When it's open The tours operate 1 lam & 2pm Mon—Fri and 10.30am &

11.30am Sat.

I Glasgow School Of Art, 167 Renfrew Street, 353 4500.

Rembrandt, Botticelli, Whistler and Cadell, plus numerous historical artefacts and animal dISplays. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art listings page 74.

Burrell Collection

2060 Pollokshaws Road, 287 2550. Mon-Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. Sir William Burrell’s world famous collection of beautiful art objects from around the globe, housed in a specially designed, award-winning building.

Glasgow Cathedral

Cathedral Street, 552 8198. Mon—Fri 9.30am—1pm & 2—4pm; Sun 2—4pm. Free. A stone-built church has stood on this site since 1136 and the lower church contains the shrine of St Mungo, who died in 1603; however most of the present building dates from the 13th or 15th centuries, the most notable exception being the stained-glass windows, renowned as one of the finest post-war collections in the country.

Sunday services take place at 11am and 6.30pm and there are daily prayers at noon. Oh, and the necropolis is well worth a wander round as well.

Greenbank Garden

Flenders Road, Clarkston, 639 3281. Daily 10am—5pm. £3 (£2). This walled garden, tucked away in the Glasgow suburbs, contains a wealth of interesting plants and flowers as well as woodland walks, a glasshouse and water displays.

House For An Art Lover

Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, 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 modern-day architects and designers in true Mackintosh style. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Glasgow Art listings page 73.

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