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Thursday 18

Book events

Alan Fletcher Waterstone‘s. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free. (iraphic designer Fletcher presents his new book. The xll'! (IfLuu/eing .S'idt’ii'uvs. Howard Marks The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. 7.30pm. £1 1. The drug world’s Mr Nice recounts events from his chequered past.

Other events Meet The Astronaut Dynamic liarth. llolyrood Road. 550 7800. 6.30pm. Free.

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Festival featuring world music and dance.

Other events

Dusshera Hindu Festival (‘alton Hill. 552 3876. 5pm. Free. Three 40 foot high effigies go on display before being set alight. with fireworks. dance. mime and ballet telling the story of Ramayana. A parade leaves lidinburgh (‘astle at 3pm and will feature a mock war between Rama and his army of monkeys.

Book events

Douglas Coupland Watersione‘s. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free. (‘oupland (of Generation X fame) will be reading from his new book.





Various venues, Fri 26 Oct—Fri 9 Nov.

Whether it's a fairytale read to a child. or tales told in a noisy playground. storytelling has always been an intricate part of everyday life. A timeless art form, which bonds us with our elders and gives us a real sense of community with our friends. Over the next month the Netherbow will host the Scottish International Storytelling Festival encouraging young and old alike to partake in a varied selection of events. ranging from film and art to music. song and dance.

Entitled LIV/rig Stories. the Festival is a celebration of the unique part that

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International Space Centre.

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Edinburgh v Pontypridd Myreside. Myreside Road. 346 5252. 7.30pm. £10 (£5 1. Welsh/Scottish league rugby match.


Bengali Crafts The Nomads Tent. 21 St Leonard's Lane. 662 l6l2. l()am 5pm. Free. Craftsmen from Bengal demonstrate traditional techniques.

The Politics Of Family Life National (iallery of Scotland. The Mound. 624 6200. l2.45pm. Free. Writer and critic Bill Hare on selected exhibits.

Other events

Rocket Workshops Royal Observatory Visitor Centre. Blackford Hill. 668 8405. l-5pm. £5. Build and launch your own rocket at this workshop.

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Hibernian v Hearts tiaster Road. 12 Albion Place. 661 1875. 3pm. £105.25. Sl’l. football thatch.


Bengali Crafts The Nomads Tent. 21 St Leonard’s Lane. 662 1612. 10am» 5pm. Free. See Fri 19.

Other events

Building The Universe Exhibition [fruit 23 .\'ov. Dynamic liarth. llolyrood Road. 550 7800. Free. A six-zoned exhibition exploring the l'niverse. liarth and the body.

One World Festival Various Venues. 557 995 l. Week-long festival celebrating cultural diversity aimed at encouraging local people to get involved with global issues. More details on wwwoneworldfestival.org.uk

El Festival Empieza! Teviot Row L’nion. Bristo Square. 557 9951. 7.30pm. Free. ()pening event of the One World



display of banking memorabilia spanning 300 years. Exhibits


Stone Axes From Hyndford Crannog Royal Museum. 2 (‘hambers Street. 247 4219. lpm. Free. .\'.\1S curator David (‘larke on stone axes.

Meeting Environmental Challenges Augustine United Church. (ieorge lV Bridge. 557 9951. lpm. Free. A lunchtime talk in partnership with Indian lingineers.

Civilisation Runs On Natural Capital Centre For Human licology. l2 Roseneath Place. 624 1972. 6.30pm. £2.501L‘2). Discussion about how civilisations have squandered the wealth of the biosphere.

Making Change Happen Quaker Meeting House. 7 Victoria Terrace. 225 4825. 7pm. Free. Workshop on how to get involved in active campaigning.

Wednesday 24

Book events

Anna Pavord Waierstoiie‘s. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free. Journalist and best-selling author Pavord offers practical advice on plants. Traditional Scottish Storytelling (‘ornerstone Cafe. St John's Church. 3 Lothian Road. 229 02l2. 7pm. Free. liwan McVicar with story and song.


Edinburgh Community Mediation Open Door. 420 .‘vlorningside Road. 447

1 I03. l0.30am. £1. (‘hristine Schoeck discusses the power of local communities. History Of The Scottish National Photography Collection National Portrait (iallery. 1 Queen Street. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Sara Stevenson on the collection.

Other events Coming Home (‘entre For Human

Modern Art. the Dean is entirely devoted to the whole of 20th century art.

Bank Of Scotland Museum On The Mound

The Mound. 529 1288.

Mon—Fri 1—4.45pm. Free.

Located within Bank Of Scotland's Head Office. this small but unusual museum is home to a

include early Scottish banknotes. gold coins. forgeries. maps. staff photographs. a Victorian branch tableau and a 17th century iron kist.

Dean Gallery

Belford Road. 624 6200.

Mon—Sat foam—5pm; Sun noon—5pm. Free. Situated opposite the National Gallery of

Formerly a 19th century orphanage. it houses a large collection of work by Eduardo Paolozzi as well as outstanding pieces drawn from the National Galleries' Dada and Surrealist collection. Edinburgh Castle BOyal Mile. 225 9846. Daily 9.30am—5pm. E7 (92—635). Although much

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stories from India.

Events will kick off at the Netherbow with Natioiia' 7:» Royal Botanic Gardens. Filmhouse and several tzt' Edinburgh also offering a feast of actiVities. iAiiita tell: an I For more information contact the Nettie/two's; .1; '2 e-mai/ nefherbow-storytellingce/ urea/dial ,1 iii >< :‘

licology. l2 Roseneath Place. 624 I972. lpm. Free. Lunchtime discussion about

the future of the earth.

Inner Peace: Outer Peace Studio 3. Roseneath Place. 557 9951. 7pm. £3. Buddhist monk and psychologist \cn. Kelsang ’l’harchin hosts ati evening of

reflection and meditation.

Trade And The WTO St ('oluinba‘s By The (’astle. l4 Johnston ’l‘errace. 557 9951. 7.30pm. Free. Author John Madeley on the globalisation of trade.

Book events

Michael Fry National Library ()f Scotland. (ieorge l\' Bridge. 226 4531. 7pm. Free. Journalist Fry launches 'l’lit' Scout's/i lint/7112' which offers a fresh perspective on the history of Scotland.

Talks Is The World Trade

Organisation Good For The Environment? Augustine t’nited Church. (ieoi'ge iv Bridge. 557 9951. lpm. Free. Lunchtime talk with liildoii


The Quest For Charisma: From Pre-history To Hollywood Royal Museum. 2 (‘hanibers Street. 247 4219.

of the castle's medieval character was lost when it was converted into barracks in the 19th century. continuing excavations aim to redress this.

Edinburgh Zoo Corstorphine Road, 33/; 9171. Daily 9am~50m (until 4.30pm from 1 Nov). 1‘7 (STA-~85); family ticket 5220- £324.50. Widely accepted as one of the finest zoos in

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Witnesses From Palestine Si (ieot'gc's West ('hureh. 5S Sliantlw iek Place. 55“ 9951. ".illpin, l'l‘t‘t‘. first hand accounts of conteinporaiy l’alestine.

Refugees And Asylum .\ltincst_\ ()l'l'lL‘L‘. (t (.L'.\llt‘ Slit‘k'l. .25 ".30pni. l’i'ee. Workshop exploring the complexities of the asylum process.


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Hope St John's (‘hui't'lr Princes Street.

467 (17-1-1. 2.30pm. l‘l't‘t‘. Speakers lroni ‘l'ritlent l’loughshai'cs and Scottish ('XD

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