Activities And Fun

Traditional Games Sun 10 Sep, 2-4pm. £1. David Livingstone Centre, 165 Station Road, Blantyre, 01698 823140. Fun and games with an historical theme. Miller & Milkmaid's Madhouse Sat 16—Wed 20 Sep, 10am—5pm. £2.20 (£1.10). Almond Valley Heritage Centre, Millfield, Livingston, 01506 414957. Dress up in period costume, help out in the mill and make something tasty from the produce of the farm.


Thomas And The Magic Railroad (U) Sun 17 Sep, 2.30pm. £1.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. See Film Index.


Dream Concerts - S Club Party 8: Billy Fri 15 Sep, 7pm. £7 (£6). Falkirk Town Hall, West Bridge Street, Falkirk, 01324 506850. Boogie on down to the sounds of Billie Piper and S Club 7 in this double bill tribute.


Red Fri 8 & Sat 9 Sep, Fri 10.30am & 1.30pm; Sat 11am & 2pm. £2.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. Ages 5—8. ‘In space no one can hear you bicker.’ Catherine Wheels presents a tale of sibling rivalry cured with the visit of Red, a bizarre creature with a shock of red hair can the Snicket twins survive their mission in space? See preview.

Peter And The Wolf Thu 14 Sep, 10am & 1pm. £3.50. Cumbemauld Theatre, Kildrum, Cumbemauld, 01236 732887. Clydebuilt Puppet Theatre’s new show based on the famous Russian story.

The Singing Kettle Homemade Band Show Sat 16 & Sun 17 Sep, 1pm & 3.30pm. £9 (£7); family ticket £25. Greenock Arts Guild, Campbell Street, Greenock, 01475 723038. Bring along your own piece of home-made percussion and join Cilla, Artie, Gary and Jane for their Homemade Band show. Make as much noise as you can with pots, pans and tins, and help the gang find the kettles Bonzo has buried in the garden.

Red Sat 16 Sep, 10.30am & 2.30pm. £4 (£2.50); family ticket £12 (£7.50). Howden Park Centre, Howden, Livingston, 01506 433634. Ages 5—8. See MacRobert and preview.

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 Meet The Tooth-Fairy Sat 9 & Sat 16 Sep, 2pm; Thu 21 Sep, 10.30am. For under 75. Musical adventure with Pips and Panda; Panda loses his first tooth, puts it under his pillow and waits for the fun to start.

Sinbad The Sailor Mon 18 Sep, 2pm. Scheherazade wakes up the Sultan by mistake, and the Sultan tells him the story of Sinbad The Sailor as punishment.


Touchy, Feely, Squashy! Sat 16 Sep—Sun 10 Dec, Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun noon—5pm. Free. Low Parks, 129 Muir Street, Hamilton, 01698 328232. Interactive exhibition of large sculptures made from recycled industrial materials you can look, smell, touch and even crawl inside some of the exhibits.


James Campbell, Storyteller - Against The Clock Fri 15 Sep, 7pm. £2.50. MacRobert, University of Stirling, Stirling, 01786 461081. Ages 3+. An hour of stories for all the family, James Campbell attempts to set a world record for the longest continuous storytelling session. See photo caption.


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Set in the beautiful grounds of Pollok Country Park lies the well-known and popular Pollok House. Originally the home of the Stirling Maxwell family since the 18th century, the house has been maintained and looked after ever since it was gifted in 1966 by Sir John Stirling Maxwell’s daughter, Mrs Anne Maxwell Macdonald, to the City of Glasgow. The house was run by the Council for many years, but is now in the capable hands of The National Trust for Scotland who are giving it their own style of care and attention and transforming it back to its country house origins. It contains many of the original pieces from the family including paintings by William Blake, Goya and El Greco as well as ornaments and furniture from the Edwardian period, and these are displayed in the various rooms throughout the house. The full tour will take you on a journey over the three floors of the house, starting on the first floor where you can find the music room, drawing room, business room, cedar room and the incredible dining room, where you can almost picture a busy dinner party taking place at a long, food-laden table. Paintings are hung on the stairs as you make your way up to the second floor. A painting of a baby hanging above the fireplace at the top is certainly a talking point for the many visitors. The main bedroom and dressing room are also on this floor along with a display room. It is then downstairs to the basement where you will discover the servants quarters with the gun room and the

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fully equipped 'still room’ kitchen. This floor also houses the shop in the Housekeepers room and the Edwardian Kitchen Restaurant where you can relax and refresh yourself after all your browsing, and maybe plan a future visit during one of the many music and poetry events or a themed tour. Whatever you come for and whenever you come, each visit will be as enjoyable as the last, with plenty to see, hear and do at Pollok House. (Jane Hamilton)

Fun Factor 3/5

Informative 5/5

Value for Money 4/5

Added Extras Shop, tea room & restaurant, NTS competition for children, disabled access, free parking, access to Pollok Country Park, close proximity to Burrell Collection

How to get there From city centre follow M77, take junction 1 and follow signs for Burrell collection. Frequent buses from city centre and trains to Pollokshaws West station.

How much it costs £4 (£3), free to NTS members. Special 2000 offer, 3 children aged 18 and under go free when accompanied by adult. Free entry during Nov—Mar.

When it's open 10am—5pm Apr—Oct, 1 1am—4pm Nov—Mar. Po//ok House, Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Rd, 616 6410, wwwnts.org.co.uk

Festivals Talks

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Martin Bell - ‘An Accidental MP’ Fri 15 Sep, 1pm. £3.50. Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 551 1. The

Open Roads 2000 Mon 11 Sep. Various venues, 0207 733 4183. Glasgow plays host to the international Romany and Travellers’ Festival, featuring storytelling, performances and concerts by Musafir, Fanfare Ciorcalia, Kek Lang and many more. Children’s entertainment includes workshops, puppet shows and dancing dolls. See features in Frontlines and Theatre sections.


Slainte 2000 Sat 9 & Sun 10 Sep, Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall Street, 287 5511. ‘Stress and the city’ is the theme of this consumer health food exhibition, where you can find out all sorts of ways to adopt a healthier lifestyle and reduce your levels of stress whether you are a student, professional or older person. Displays and stalls will be offering the

Rita Rusk Thu 7 Sep, 6.45pm. £15.

Trades Hall, Glassford St, ()77300 76598.

The West of Scotland Businesswomen’s Club are hosting this lively talk from ‘the first lady of hairdressing’ Rita Rusk. After the talk there will be a buffet and wine and a chance to ask Rita some questions. Non members, male colleagues and guests are also welcome. Terry Wogan Fri 8 Sep, l—3pm. Free. Ottakar’s Bookstore, Unit 6, Buchanan Galleries, Buchanan Street, 353 1500. This well-known talk show stalwart and Radio 2 DJ discusses his new autobiography Is 1! Me ?.

The Euro - Should Trades Unionists Care? Tue 12 Sep, 1-2pm. Boardroom, Moat House Hotel, next to SECC. Join Doug Nicholls, General Secretary of CYWU, and guest speakers in this open discussion on the Euro.

independent MP for Tatton talks about his sudden entry into the political arena in 1997.

Documentary Masterclass Tue 19 Sep, 6.30pm. £5. The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, 221 6362. Channel 4 continue with their Documentary Masterclass with a talk from producer/director Paul Watson, whose works include The Family and Sarajevo —A Street Under Serge.


Fitness Superday - Women in Sport Sat 9 Sep, 10.30am—3.30pm. £5. Scotstoun Leisure Centre, Danes Drive, Scotstoun, 287 5933. From belly—dancing to yoga, there’s plenty of energetic activities to try during this superday which focuses on ‘Women Into The Millennium’.

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