Behind The Scenes Tour Tue 23 Jan. Free. Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, 334 2422. Advance booking required. Pick up some gardening tips at this inside look into the backroom world of the Botanic Gardens. Scotland's International Trade Fair Fri 26—Mon 29 Jan, 10am—6pm; Mon 10am-4pm. £5. SECC, Finnieston Quay, 0870 040 4000. Trade fair.

Antiques Fair Fri 26—Sun 28, 11am-4pm. £3. Pollok House, Pollok Country Park, 2050 Pollokshaws Road, 616 6410. A chance to pick up an antique or to add to the family heirlooms.

Books At The Botanics Sat 27—Sun 28 Jan, 10am—4.30pm. Free. Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, 334 2422. Pick up a literary bargain at this book market.

Big Garden Birdwatch Sat 27 Jan, 1 pm & 2.30pm. Free. RSPB Lochwinnoch Nature Reserve, Largs Road, Lochwinnoch, 01505 842663. Learn how to identify and care for garden birds during the winter months, from feeding to bird houses.

CD 8: Record Fair Sat 27 Jan. Central Hotel, Central Station, Gordon Street, 01360 440546. Buy some good condition records and CDs, sell or exchange the ones you no longer want.

Night Sky Over The Botanics Thu 1 Feb, 7.30pm. £3 (£1.50). Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 730 Great Western Road, 334 2422. Advance booking required. The Astronomer Royal For Scotland, Prof John Brown, leads an evening of astronomical viewing. Cast your eye over the Moon, Jupiter, Saturn and the Orion Nebula using telescopes.


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

Glasgow Cathedral

Cathedral Street, 552 8198. Mon-Sat 9.30am—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 around 612; 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.

Glasgow School of Art

The Mackintosh Gallery, 167 Renfrew Street, 353 4500. Mon—Thu 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-5pm; Sat 10am-noon. Glasgow School of Art is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s greatest achievement and it continues to intrigue and inspire visitors from all over the world. Still a working art school, regular guided tours let you experience this famous and fascinating building. Tours take place Mon—Fri 11am & 2pm, Sat 10.30am & 11.30am and cost £5 (£3). For details of temporary exhibitions, see Art listings, page 73.

Museum Of Transport

Kelvin Hall, 1 Bumhouse Road, 287 2720. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. A museum crammed with buses, trams, fire engines, ships and other paraphernalia, devoted to the history of transport. Permanent exhibitions include Shipbuilding On The River Clyde, a large mural by David McFarlane; Walking Drum, an interactive sculpture by Stephen Healy and Victims Of Transport by Justin Carter. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Art listings, page 74.


People's Palace & Winter Garden Glasgow Green, 554 0223. Mon—Thu & Sat IOam-5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. Glasgow’s best-loved institution has recently undergone a major facelift to celebrate its centenary year. The new displays are set out thematically with subjects including The Patter, Visions Of The City and Crime And Punishment. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Art listings, page 75.

Pollok House

Pollok Country Park, 2060 Pollokshaws Road, 616 6410. Mon—Sun 11am-4pm. Free. One of the most elegant 18th century buildings in the country, this historic house features some of the finest Spanish paintings in Britain from the collection of Sir William Stirling Maxwell.

Holocaust Memorial Events

'Remembering Genocides. Lessons for the Future is the theme of the first national Holocaust Memorial Day. The millions of people who lost their lives, and the survrvors of the Nazi concentration camps are remembered through talks, services, music and reflection.

Reflections On The Occasion Of The First National Holocaust Memorial Day Sun 21 Jan, 8pm. Marion Oppenheim Hall, Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation, 4 Salisbury Road, 229 5541. Rev Ernest Levy contemplates his time as a former inmate of Auschwitz- Birkenau and considers the importance of this commemorative event.

Steven Smith MBE Mon 22 Jan, 6pm. The Hub, Castlehill, Royal Mile, 473 2000. ‘And Let’s Not Talk About That’ The Holocaust: lts Past, Its Present and Its Future. A poignant lecture on the


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Holocaust Memorial Event Wed 24 Jan, 7—10pm. Nexus Cafe, 60 Broughton Street, 478 7069. The Equality Network have put together an evening of readings, songs and drama to mark the Holocaust and the beginning of an exhibition of artwork inspired

An Act Of Memory And Reflection Sat 27 Jan, 14.30pm. Netherbow Arts Centre, 43—45 High Street, 556 9579/2647. Remembering those who died in the Nazi death camps with a continuous series of readings and periods of reflection. The poetry and prose readings will be from works of victims and survivors of the Holocaust, interspersed with silent periods, and members of the public are free to come and go

Balloon Release Sat 27 Jan, 11am—noon. Free. Princes Street Gardens. Marking the first National Holocaust Memorial Day with a release of balloons, each distinguished by a message of reflection. Taking place next to Holocaust Memorial Stone, Peace

Holocaust Memorial Day Sat 27 Jan, 6—8pm. Entrance by invitation. Usher Hall, Lothian Road, 228 1155. A memorial service to be attended by politicians and members of religious and community groups to commemorate the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

Sharmanka Kinetic Gallery

2nd Floor, 14 King Street, 552 7080. Sat & Sun 2—5pm. £3 (£2); under 165 free. An hour-long mechanical ballet performed by Eduard Bersudsky’s kinetic sculptures made from scrap metal and tiny wooden figures. The performance tells stories of human life, follies and death and is suitable for intellectuals and children alike.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art

2 Castle Street, 553 2557. Mon—Thu & Sat 10am—5pm; Fri & Sun 11am—5pm. Free. A museum of world faiths, featuring a Zen garden, priceless art works from the world’s six major religions, Dali’s Christ OfSaintJohn Of The Cross and the story of religion in Scotland through words and pictures. For details of temporary exhibitions, see Art listings, page 75.

Torchlight Trail

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Chinese New Year Celebrations Sun 28 Jan, 1pm. £3.50. Festival Theatre, 13-29 Nicolson Street, 529 6000. The festive season continues as the Chinese celebrate their New Year and the beginning of the year of the Serpent. This annual family show will include Kung Fu, Lion dance and a Chinese Orchestra, promising to be bigger and better than ever.


Son Et Lumiere At Cramond Thu 18—Sun 21 Jan, 7.30pm. £9 (£5). Cramond Kirk, The Manse, Cramond Glebe Road, 339 5869. Sir Magnus Magnusson narrates the story of the history of Cramond village over the last two millennia in a dramatic display of sound and light. For tickets send an SAE specifying the date and number of tickets required to the Cramond Kirk Office or e- mail

3D/ZD Craft 8. Design Fair Sat 20 Jan, 10am—5pm. £1.20. Assembly Rooms, 54 George Street, 661 6600. The very best in contemporary and traditional craftwork sold direct by the makers.


The Sopwith 1‘12 Strutter Tue 23 Jan, 1pm. £3 (£1.50); children under 18 free. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Adam Smith talks about the project to build a World War 1 aeroplane. Something Afoot In Romania Wed 24 Jan, 2.15pm. £5. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. A talk given by Catherine Hopper based on the break up of Eastern Europe and more

specifically its effects on Transylvania.

West Africa: Promising Lessons From The Field Wed 24 Jan, 10.30am. £1. Open Door, 420 Momingside Road, 447 9757. A talk given by Camilla Toulmin, the director of the Dry Lands Programme of the International Institute for Environment and Development.

Audio Description of Films: Opportunities and Challenges Thu 25 Jan, 6.30pm. £3 (£2). Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. Carol D McGregor of the lntemational Audio Describer Agency Ltd leads this talk. Volumes From The Vaults Tue 30 Jan, 1pm. £3 (£1.50); children under 18 free. Royal Museum, 2 Chambers Street, 247 4219. The NMS library explained by Elize Rowan.

Whose Debt Is It Now? Wed 31 Jan, 10.30am. £1. Open Door, 420 Momingside Road, 447 9757. A talk and discussion based on Third World debt given by the national secretary of Christian Aid.

A New Enlightenment: Engineering A Sustainable Future Thu 1 Feb, 6pm. Free. Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School, Riccarton, 451 3444. Prof Jonathan Side gives the first in a series of lectures at Heriot-Watt University.

Professor Sheila McLean Thu 1 Feb, 6pm. Edinburgh City Chambers, High Street. The Law Professor considers importance attributed to the individual which can in turn have a detrimental effect on society.


Edinburgh Rocks Fri 19 Jan, 7.30pm. £7 (£5). Meadowbank Sports Centre, 139 London Road, 661 5351. The Rocks turn their attention to the London Leopards.