Edinburgh life

Edinburgh life continued

Wednesday 26

Book events

Sri Chinmoy The lltrh. (‘astlehilL Royal Mile. 473 2000. (‘.'\.\'(‘lil.l.lil). Andrew S Winton James Thin. (leorge Street. 225 4495. (3pm. Free. Open Rum! 7b l-iiruii'uy chronicles Winton’s attempts to escape from Nazi Prisoner of War camps.


Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother by Avigdor Arikha National Portrait Gallery. I Queen Street. (324 (3200. [2.45pm. Free. Matthew Wellard on Avigor Arikha's portrait.

Book events

Sally Beauman \Vaterstone‘s. l3 l4 Princes Street. 55(3 3034. (3.30pm. Free. Beauman puts a contemporary spin on dti Nlittlt’lch Rt'hr't‘r‘u.

Friday 28 Talks The National Gallery Of Scotland National (iallery of Scotland. The .\lound. (324 (3200. l2.45pm. l-‘ree. Architectural historian Ian (iow giyes a talk on the impressive gallery.

Other events

75th Anniversary Social Evening Stockbridge House. 2 ('heyne Street. 332 2758. 7 10pm. £10. Kirk 0' Field parish church social club celebrates its 75th anniversary with an evening of dinner. music and guest speakers.

Saturday 29


A Day In The Wild Wood Royal Botanic (iarden. lnverleith Row. 552 7l7 l. l2.30 4.30pm. Free. Illustration of what life was like for our ancestors who relied on woodlands for survival.


Hearts v Dundee United 'I'y-necastle Stadium. (iorgie Road. 200 720]. 3pm. £l2~£l4 (£(3 £7). SPl. match. A closely contended fixture for these typically mid- table loiterers.


Gallery Talk liruitmarket (iallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. 2pm. l-‘ree. Swiss artist .\'ic lless talks about his work which iricltrdes large-scale. w all-based collages.



Scottish Youth Theatre Drama Classes - Winter Term Festival Theatre. l3v-2‘) Nicolson Street. 0l4l 22l 5127. £(30. Weekly drama classes for

.3 25-year-olds (split into age groups) taught by professionals from Scottish Youth Theatre.

Vocal Jazz Workshop How den Park (‘entre. llowden. Livingston. 0l50(3 433(334. l0am 13pm. £l(3 t£l0.50). l5ioiina Duncan introduces jau singing techniques artd performance styles.

Other events

Doors Open Day Various venues. 557 0387. l0am -5pm. Free. See photo caption. An Irish-Scottish Evening Scotch Whisky Heritage (‘entre. 354 (‘astlehilL The Royal Mile. 220 0441. Spin. £5 (£2). An evening of music. song and poetry from Ireland.

Book events

Big Word Slam Bongo ('ltib. l4 New Street. 553 7604. Split. £4 (£3). Big \Vord presents lidinhtirgh‘s first poetry slam. See preview in (‘oniedy section.


Musselburgh Races Mtisselburgh Racecourse. Linkfield Road. .\ltrsselburgh. (3(35 285‘). 2 10 4.50pm. l-amily race day with children's entertainment. Livingston v Hibernian \Vesi l.othian (’ourier Stadium. Aldcrstorie Road. Livingston. 01506 4 I 7000. 3pm. £tbc. SPI. match. A near derby match if this year’s underdogs continue their remarkable form in this home game.

Other events

Samhuinn Meeting Beltane Office. 1‘) [even Street. 'I‘ollcross. 228 5353. 2pm. Beltane l-‘ire Society host a meeting to disctiss arrangements for the forthcoriiirig Samhuinn l5esti\'al.

Pop Quiz Night The llayrnarket Bar. ll West .‘ylaitland Street. 223 2537. Spin. Free. See Strn 23.


Rachel Whiteread National (iallery of Modern Art. Belford Road. (324 (3200. 12.45pm. liree. (‘urator of the (iallery of Modern Art. Patrick lilliot. giy es a talk on the work of sculptor Rachel \Vhiteread.


Cuban Salsa For Beginners llowden Park (‘entre. llowderi. l.i\ ingston. 0l50(3 433034. (3.30 7.30pm. £4 t£3l per

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Doors open


They do that, don’t they? Forget about tourist attractions. this is your chance to mosey around some of lidinburgli's most interesting buildings.

What’s more interesting than a castle on top of a volcano? Well. fora start there's government buildings. offices. schools. galleries and churches not

normally open to the public.

Give me specifics. You cart yenture down the eerie Vaults. watch dance perloriiiances at Dance Base. treat your mind at The Scotsman Hotel and hold your nose in Pow der'hall Refuse Depot (pictured) which processes around 500.000 tonnes of

lidinbtirgh‘s crap eyery year.

Last question: why? The idea originated in (ilasgow in l‘)‘)() and aims to heighten awareness of our generous architectural heritage and promote conservation. Btit serious rationale aside. the best thing is. it won't cost you a penny.

I Doors Open Day, Various venues, 557 9387. Sat 29 Sep, 70am—5pm. Free.

class: £28 r£2l l for eight classes. Joel Rojas uses fun techniques to introduce this Latin .-\riierican dance.


Popular Observing Royal ()bservatot')’ Visitor ('entre. Blackford llill. (3(3S S405. 7.30 ‘)pm. £3.50

(£2 £2.50). View Saturn with its rings and Jupiter and its moons from one of the telescopes of the Royal ()bseryatory.

Book events

Claire MacDonald James 'l‘liiii. (ieorge Street. 225 44‘)5. (3.30pm. l-‘ree. The chef and food writer talks about her forthcoming book Simply Smwiiuf


Jello Biafra .Assc‘ltthl} Rooms. 54 (ieorge Street. 220 434‘). Spin. £tbc. Observations on American culture and politics. See pI'L‘VlL‘“.

Wednesday 3

Book events

Gavin Bell l’estival Theatre. 13 2‘) .\'icolson Street. 52‘) (3000. lpm. £3. lioreigri correspondent Bell on his adventures in South Africa included in SUNN'H'IU‘H’ ()l'('/' The Ruin/mu;

Talks Integrated Transport System Open Door. 420 Mornirigside Road. 447

1 I03. 10.30am. £l. (‘ockburn Association ’l‘ransport (‘oriimittee's chairman Bill (‘antley discusses local transport issues.

The Henry Moore Institute: A Legacy National Portrait (iallery. 1 Queen Street. (324 (3200. 12.45pm. liree. Stephen l’eeke from the Henry .\loore Institute gives a talk.

Curators Talk Talbot Rice (iallery'. t'niversity of lidinburgh. South Bridge. (350 22l l. 5.l5pm. liree. A talk on the (‘hinese (‘oritemporary Art exhibition.


Complete Cycle Maintenance Course lidinburgh Bicycle (‘o- operative. S Alvanley' 'l‘erracc. \\'liitelit3tise l.oan. 228 5‘)()() ext (323. 7.30 ‘).3()pm. £45. intensive six-week training course.

Thursday 4

Book events

National Poetry Day National Portrait Gallery. 1 Queen Street. (324 (3200. 12.45pm. Free. l-"or National Poetry Day. Shetland-born poet Robert Alan Jamieson gives a special reading.


Complete Cycle Maintenance Course lidiriburgh Bicycle (‘o- operatiye. S Alvanley 'I‘errace. \Vliitehouse l.oan. 22S 5‘)()() ext (323. 7.30 ‘).30pm. £45. Another intensive six- \\ eek L‘Utlrsc sltlrls lotltty.

Inveresk Lodge Garden Inveresk. Nr Musselburgh. (36:3 185353. lVlOll-T‘Tl 10am—6pm: Sat 8 Sun noon—(3pm. if? ichildren freer. Open all year round. this terraced garden uses displays of colourful herbaceous beds. shrubs and roses to illustrate methods that can be used in a domestic garden. Museum Of Childhood 42 High Street. 532‘) 4142. lVlOfle’dl thrii—Sprii. Free. Founded in 195353. the museum has five public

galleries With all manner of artefacts relating to Childhood through the ages.

Museum Of Scotland Chambers Street. 247 «1219. Mon—Sat

10am— 5‘3pm: Sun noon-13pm: Tut;- thrii—Bprii. f-ree. Devoted solely to the history and heritage of Scotland. the building contains five thematically arranged exhibitions. movrng from pre-history. through the lridustrial Revolution. to the present day.

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Palace Of Holyroodhouse

Royal Mile. 53536 1096. Daily 9.30am (Spm. 8‘0 rS‘.3-—S.‘/..53()l: family ticket 5313.530. Starting life as a 13th century abbey. the palace has evolved into a sumptuous regal residence crammed ftill of paintings and artefacts dating back primarily to the 17th century. Rosslyn Chapel

Roslin. MO 91539. Mon-Sat 10am 53pm: Sun ‘.l.453arii>--/1.4f3prii. 5‘4 (‘73.530). The chapel contains enough

historically fascinating carVirigs and symbols to hold the attention of even the most determined philistirie.

Royal Observatory Visitor Centre Blackford Hill. (368 84053. Mon-Sat 10am -5'3pm; Sun noon -53prii. 5.73.530 (5.79.530): family ticket 8‘8. This attraction is a mine of information on the heavens. from the latest interactive (It) Roms on space and astronomy to the ol)servator'y's on going work in l lawaii and Australia.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

1353-1 (Iastlehill. Royal Mile. 790 03.41. Daily

10am 53p ii. 520.530 623.753 S‘.1.f3()l: lztltirly ticket Eff-1. lake at roriip through llt(: traditions and history of yer national drink at this ftilly iriteractiyc attraction. Witchery Tour

Meet outside The \rVitchery Restaurant. (Iastlehill. 9953 0/453. S‘r' iS‘-‘.i. limes vary and advanced booking is essential. lake a light hearted look at the dark

side of Edinburgh With your gtiide. Adam Lyal (deceased. who wrll iegale you ‘.‘.’llll stories of torture. plague. murder and i.vrtt:'ricraft - but y'ratcli out for ghosts and ghouls lurking in the shadows.

Writers’ Museum

l atly Stairs llouse. Lady Starr's Close. 5.29 -“)()l. lvlori Sat ttiam-Spm.

l ree. A If()ilStlfO-‘llOtlSO of items relating to three of Scotland's most famous writers: Robert tours Stesenson. Robert Burns and Sir \Ni’alter' Scott.