Aren’t Birds Brilliant! Lochwinnoch RSPB Nature Reserve. Largs Road. Lochwinnoch. 01505 842663. 1—3pm. Free. A guided walk looking at the waterbirds of Castle Semple Loch.

Get Into Gear For The New Year Gleniffer Braes Country Park. Glen Lodge. Glenlield Road. Paisley. 884 3794. 1.30pm. Free. A bracing first walk of the New Year to the top of the Braes where you can enjoy the superb views over lower Clyde Valley.

A Walk To Tober Up Siraihclyde Country Park. 366 Hamilton Road. Motherwell. ()1698 266155. 2pm. Free. Get some fresh air into your lungs and clean away the New Year cobwebs.


West Of Scotland Junior Championships Cockburn Centre. 40 Bogmoor Place. 445 1218. 9am. Free. See Sat 12.

Scottish Eagles v Belfast Centrum Centre. 125 Ayr Road. Prestwick. 01292 671600. 6.30pm. £6—£15. Superleague ice hockey match.

Other events

lrn-Bru Christmas And New Year

Carnival SECC. Finnieston Quay. 0870 040 4000. Noon—10pm. £2—£l5. See Fri 4.

Book events Kelsang Tarchin \Vaierstonc‘s. 153—157 Saucliiehall Street. 332 9105.

7pm. Free. Waterstone‘s welcome back Tibetan Buddhist meditation master Tarchin as he introduces the works of Geshe Kelsang Gyasto and offers a fascinating insight into the world of Buddhism.

Wednesday 1 6

Book events

Michael Dibdin Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 7pm. Free. Crime writer Dihdin returns to read from his new Aurelio Zen mystery.


Practically Ponds Palacerigg Country Park. Palacerigg Road. Cumbernauld. ()1236 720047. 10am—3pm. This is the best time to clean ponds frogs and toads are still in hibernation and it‘s too early for plants to start growing. Wrap tip warm and come along for some good clean fun.


Celtic Conversation Pieces Royal Concert Hall. 2 Sauchiehall Street. 353 8000. 12.30pm. £3.50—£4. lain Anderson introduces Richard Holloway who will be giving a talk entitled Hopes and Doubts. Part of Celtic C(iiiitet'rimts.

Scotland On Film Borders Books. 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7700. 7pm. Free. Panamint Cinema celebrate the release of rarely seen films from the Scottish Film Archive.

Who? Why it’s none other than Edinburgh-based author Ian Rankin who is leading the way in a Scottish crime fiction renaissance. So what’s new? His fictional detective John Rebus is back clashing with his superiors in Resurrection Men. As the story goes. Rebus is sent back to police school with a motley crew of insubordinate policemen. paving the way for Siobhan Clarke to

take over the detecting reins.

Why tell us? L'nlike his fictional character. Rankin is moving up in the world to give a talk at the cavernous Queen‘s Hall. It’s not quite as intimate as a bookstore. but with his exploration of seedy Edinburgh history and allusions to real-life resurrection men Burke and Hare. that's probably no bad thing. I’m intrigued, tell me more! Resurrection Men is Rankin‘s thirteenth Rebus novel to date (spooky!) and it unearths more than a few skeletons hidden in Rebus‘ closet. So for the definitive lowdown on his latest shady dealings or for some pre-talk swotting tip. see our review in Books. I Ian Rankin, Queen’s Ha/I, Clerk Street, 668 2079. Mon 7 Jan, 7.30pm.

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Who’s delight? Delia Smith you know queen. of the cookbooks and saviour in the

What on earth is she doing? She‘s coming to Borders to sign copies of her new book. Him- 7}) Cook Three. and maybe answer a question or two.

What other books has she done? Apart from her biography all her books have been about the delights of food from cooking for one. Christmas cooking. frugal cooking to cheating at cooking oh. the list goes on and on. What else does she do? Apart from teaching the world how to cook she is also a committed Christian and is so football mad she's on the board of Norwich Football Club. Het TV series. also called How 70 ('imk Three. starts on BBC2. Tue 8 Jan. 8.30pm.

I De/i'a Smith, Borders Books, 283 Buchanan Street. 222 7 700. Fri' 7 7 Jan, 7pm.

Museum Of Transport KeIVin Hall, 1 Burnhouse Road. 287 2720. Mon—Thu 8 Sat 10am—5pm; Fri 8. Sun

tam—5pm. Free. A museum crammed witn

bases. trams. fire engines.

sn.ps and other paraphernalia. devoted to the histOry of transpon. People’s Palace & Winter Garden

Glasgow Green. 654 0223. Mon—Thu 8. Sat 13am—5pm; Fri 8. Sun

f fam—Spm. 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.

Scottish Football Museum

Hampden Park. Letherby Drive. 616 6100. Mon—Sat thm—Spm: Sun 11am—6pm. £5 (£2.50). The home of

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Street Gardens East. Princes Street. 473 3800. lOam—l 1pm. See Fri 4.


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Capital Christmas

Winter Wonderland Princes Street Gardens East. Princes Street. 226 6550. 10am—10pm. £5 (£4); family ticket £15. Ice rink. market and toboggan ride.

The Edinburgh Wheel Princes Street Gardens East. Princes Street. 473 3800.

10am—1 1pm. Ferris wheel.


Scottish Sports Hall Of Fame L'ntil Sun 30 Jun. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. Free. The 100 nominations for the first Scottish Sports

Hall of Fame.

Capital Christmas

Winter Wonderland Princes Street Gardens East. Princes Street. 226 6550. 10am—10pm. £5 (£4); family ticket £15.

See Fri 4.

Hearts v Ross County Tynecastle

Stadium. Gorgie Road. 200 7201. 3pm. £15 (£5). Third round football match.

Edinburgh Capitals v Slough Jets Murrayfield Ice Rink. Riversdale

Crescent. 313 2977. 6pm. £8 (£5).



British National League ice hockey

Guided Tours Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. l 1.30am.

Free. The Textile Treasures exhibition.

Other events

Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market Castle Terrace. 652 5940. 9am—2pm. Free. Produce direct from the makers. CD & Record Fair Assembly Rooms.

54 George Street. 01360 440546. 10am—4pm. £1 (70p). Buy or exchange.

Capital Christmas Winter Wonderland Princes Street Gardens East. Princes Street. 226 6550.

10am—8pm. £5 (£4). See Fri 4.

Scottish football now houses the histOry of the beautiful game in Scotland.

St Mungo Museum of Religious Life And Art 2 Castle Street. 553 2657. Mon—Thu & Sat thm—Spm: Fri 8 Sun 11am-5pm. Free. An award-winning museum of world faiths. featuring a Zen garden. priceless art works from the wodd's six major religions and Dali's Christ Of Saint John Of The Cross.

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City Of The Dead’s Haunted Graveyard Tours

Meet by St Giles' Cathedral. Royal Mile. 447 2230. Times vary. 535 (24). Join this spooky t0ur if you dare. and you'll be guaranteed all manner of paranormal frights. including the infamous McKenzie

poltergeist. Craigmillar Castle Craigmillar Castle Road. 661 4445. Mon—Wed & Sat 9.30pm—4pm; Thu 9.30am—noon; Fri closed; Sun 2pm—4pm. £1.80 (£1.30; Children 75p). For a real taste of histOry. take a drive out to this ramshackle old castle. which although not quite as intact as Edinburgh Castle. is far more atmospheric and the scene of much plotting during the reign

of Mary. Queen of Scots. Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Road. 550 7800. Wed—Sun foam—5pm. 26.95 (23.95—24.95); family ticket £18.50. This visitor attraction uses stunning new developments in interactive technology to piece together the history of the planet. creating a thoroughly modern way to step back in time.

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