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You've seen them about town, you’ve maybe even sent your visiting relatives on them but you may not have been on them yourself 'them’ being The Glasgow

Tour Buses.

It’d be difficult to miss them as these buses are a vivid red and sport lots of bright images of the city’s landmarks. They are also open topped a brave move given the Scottish weather and are normally brimming full of tourists. Run by the Glasgow company Scotguide Tourist Services, the tours take you all over Glasgow from Glasgow Cathedral and the Barras to Byres Road and The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. Depending on your stamina you can follow one of two routes, as the tour is divided into alternative options. The shorter blue route, which lasts 30 minutes, takes you towards the East side of the city, while the red route, 40 minutes long, takes you through the centre and over to the West End.

Hop on the bus at any one of the seventeen stops around the city and hop off again at any stop along the way to check out the various sights, shops and pubs. Your tour guide talks you through the landmarks telling snippets of local history, pointing out the places of architectural interest and mixing it all up with a hint of

folklore and humour.

So if you have ever wondered why Sauchiehall Street has such a stupid name, how Glasgow became Glasgow, who George Square is named after or where the Glasgow Statue of Liberty is, then this is the tour to be on. It mixes both the old and the new and tells you things about Glasgow that even your Granny probably doesn't know. Watch out for their new buses about town from the end of May which will take you on architectural tours of the greatest Victorian city in the world that's Glasgow in case you were wondering. (Jane Hamilton)

Fun factor 4/5 Informative 5/5 Value for money S/S

Added extras You can get on and off at any stop. One ticket covers both routes

and lasts for 24 hours. Wheelchair access, tour translations, shop & cafe discounts.

Local qualified guide with a good line in banter.

How do you get there You can get on the bus at any of the designated stops around Glasgow or you can start at the very beginning at George Square

How much it costs £7 adult, £5 seniors 8r students, £2 children & £16 family

ticket for two adults and two children.

When does it run Daily every 30 minutes starting at 9.30am with the final tours

leaving George Square at 4.30pm & 5pm.

3 The Glasgow Tour, Scotguide Tourist Services, 753 Queen Street, 204 0444.

' keep getting better for Glasgow’s


Glasgow Storyfest 2000 Thu 4 May—Sat 3 Jun. times and venues vary. For information call 0131 332 1279 or 01506 847935. A feast of storytelling with tales in museums, galleries and pubs; storytelling walks, story sessions and ceilidhs culminating in an attempt to create a World Storytelling ReCord with the most stories told in an evening. Princes Square May Festival Fri 12—Mon 29 May, times vary. Princes Square, Buchanan Street. 221 0324. Princes Square plays host to this music festival. See photo caption.

Big Big Country Wed 24 May—Sun 4 Jun, times and venues vary. Tickets 287

551 1. Another year on and the actsjust

international music festival of all things Americana.

I Shows

North Glasgow College Fashion Show Wed 17 May, 7.30pm. The Arches. 30 Midland Street, 221 4001. The fashion departments of North Glasgow College put their hard work on display for Glasgow's fashion police to check out.


Corbetts and Munros Thu 11 May, 5.30pm. Glasgow University Bookshop, University Ave, 248 4412. An illustrated talk by lain White on Corbetts (not Ronnie) and Murtros. This will be

followed by a question and answer session as well as a glass of wine or two.

Robert Lacey - The Year 1000 Thu 18 May, 1pm. £3 (£2.50 advance). Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. Journalist Lacey steps back in time to the first millennium and. with reference to the period’s leading archaeologists, informs on times gone by and answers questions.

Tea Event T House in the City Sun 21 May, 12.30pm & 2pm. £1. The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane. 221 6362. Alex Fraser, a practitioner of the Urasenke tradition, examines the four principles which have shaped the aesthetics ofJapanese culture harmony, respect, purity and tranquillity.

Avril Paton A Chat With a Scottish Artist Tue 23 May, 1pm. £3 (£2.50 advance). Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. Well known artist Paton gives an illustrated talk from windows in the West to Glasgow School ofArt and launches a new print of Glasgow School of Art.

The Maxwell Lecture Tue 23 May, 7.30pm. £15. Pollok House, Pollok Country Park. 2050 Pollokshaws Road, 616 6410. A lecture given by Neil MacGregor, Director of the National Gallery in London.

Stuart Cosgrove Creativity in a Consumer Society Wed 24 May. 6pm. £3.50 (£2). The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, 221 6362. Cosgrove. Head of Programmes for Channel 4, Nations and Regions. talks about the creativity of Channel 4 and how it has manages to maintain its success within a changing society.

Sport Britannic Women's 10k Sun 14 May, 11am. Kelvingrove Park. 248 9909.


Unfortunately you are too late if you want to enter this race but you can watch it from various vantage points along the route. Cheer the women on as they run, walk and sweat their way to the finishing line.

Other Events

Themed Tour: The Language of Paintings Fri 12 May, noon. Pollok House, Pollok Country Park, 2050 Pollokshaws Road. 616 6410. A guided tour looking at the symbolism contained in the paintings which form the coHecuon.

Garden Walk: Bulbs in Summer Sat 13 May, 2.30pm. Greenbank Garden, Flenders Road, 63‘) 3281. Take a walk through these magnificent gardens and look out for the bulbs which will be in full colourful bloom in no time at all. Scotland's Gardens Scheme Day Sun 14 May. Greenbank Garden, liienders Road, 63‘) 3281. A day out for all garden enthusiasts with a special hanging baskets and tubs workshop.

Getting to Know GOMA Lunchtime Tours Tue 16 & 23, Thu 11 at 18 May, 12.30pm. Free. Gallery of Modern Art, Queen Street. 221 7-184. Join one of these tours and learn more about the gallery.

Poetry Tours 81 Workshops Wed 17 .5; 24 May, workshop 1pm, tour 2pm. 151cc. Gallery of Modern Art. Queen Street. 221 7484. Tour the gallery through poetic interpretations of the collection. Themed Tour: Portraits of Power Fri 19 May". noon. l’ollok House, Pollok Country Park. .2050 Polloksltaws Road. 616 6410. A tour of the portraits in the collection discussing their historical significance.

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Rouken Glen Park _ 30th May - 3rd June

Daily: 7.30pm 0 Matinees: Wednesday and Friday 1pm, Saturday 2pm 0 £5 (£3 concession)

Millennium Dome, Greenwich 13th lune

To book your tickets for The Play in the Park phone Eastwood Theatre Box Office, on 0141 577 4970

Box Office hours: Monday to Friday mam—5.30pm

In the enchanting atmosphere of Rouken Glen Park, people from across East Renfrewshire relate an epic journey of discovery in drama. dance images and music

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