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Thursday 1 7


Guided Tours Royal .Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 1 1.30am. Free. Gttided tottrs of the Textile Treasures exhibition.

Nomenclature Jungle: Unravelling Plant Names Royal Botanic Garden. lnverleith House. 552 7171. 3pm. Free. Herbariurn ctrrator David Harris recottnts his experiences of the Aka people of Central Africa.

Other events

Scottish Sports Hall Of Fame L'ntil Sun 301un. Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. Free. An exhibition highlighting the 100 nominations for possible introduction into the first Scottish Sports Hall of Fame at the Royal Mttseunt. Visitors will also be invited to nominate their own choices. Charity Auction Phillips Auctioneers. 65 George Street. 225 2266. 10am—4pm. An auction sale of antiques irt support of the Princess Royal Trust for Carers. After two weeks of inspection. the auction will take place tomorrow. Fri 18 lart.

Friday 1 8


Kelso Races Kelso Racecourse. Kelso. 01573 224767. 1.15pm. £7 (£4); under 16s free. National hunt horse racing.


Madame Mere by Baron Francois Gerard National Gallery of Scotland. The Mound. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Susan Siegfried. professor of Art History at the University of Leeds. discusses Baron Francois Gerard's portrait. Bringing Space Down To Earth Napier University. 10Co1inton Road. 22% l 155. 7pm. Free on day; £3 in advance. The British National Space Centre's Director General Colin Hicks talks on the importance of space travel.

Other events

Searching For The Holy Grail City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3963. 10am«4pm. £6. A two-day papier-mache workshop based on the theme of ‘the vessel'.

Charity Auction Phillips Auctioneers. 65 George Street. 225 2266. 10am—4pm. See Thu 17.

Saturday 1 9


Hibernian v Kilmarnock Easter

Permanent attractions .

Camera Obscura Castlehill. Royal Mile. 226 3709. Daily 10am—6pm. £4.75 (92240—2380): family ticket 9214. Pick up a

Sun noon—5pm. Situated opposite the National Gallery of Modern Art. The Dean is entirely devoted to the whole of 20th century art. Formerly a 19th century orphanage. it houses a large collection of work by Eduardo Paolozzi as well as

Road. 12 Albion Place. 661 1875. 3pm.

£17—£25 (£10). SPL football match. Livingston v Hearts West Lothian Courier Stadium. Alderstone Road. Livingston. 01506 417000. 3pm. £19 (£10). SPL football match.


Guided Tours Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 1 1.30am. Free. See Thu 17.

Other events

Edinburgh’s Farmers’ Market Castle Terrace. 652 5940. 9am—2pm. Free. A chance to buy fresh produce direct from the makers.

Winter Wonderland Royal Botanic Garden. lnverleith House. 552 7171. 10.30am. £3. Take a walk with an expert guide on a crisp winter morning. 3D/2D Craft 8. Design Fair Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 220 4349. l().30am-4.30pm. 90p (60p). Contemporary craftwork sold direct by the makers.


Over Yonder Hill Meet at Holyrood Lodge. Holyrood Park. 556 1761. £1. Advance booking required. A long walk around the park to discover its history. Wildlife In Winter Bawsinch Nature Reserve. base of Arthur‘s Seat. 467 6926. 1 lam—4pm. Free. Get closer to nature in the heart of the city with this reserve open day featuring guided tours and assisted viewing of birds.


As Is When: The Life of Wittgenstein Dean Gallery. Belford Road. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. David Bloor. director of Science Studies l'nit. l'niversity of Edinburgh discusses the life of Ludwig Wittgenstein. the philosopher who was the inspiration for Paoloui's As Is When pop print suite.

Other events

Gerry Kielty Borders Books. [hit 26. Fort Kinnaird Retail Park. 657 4041. 7pm. The Glasgow-based yoga teacher leads a class to coincide with the launch of his new audio CD. Yoga ll'illr Gerry Kit'lfv.

fiaverse Trivia Quiz Traverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 228 1404. 8pm. Free. A fun general knowledge quiz. for teams up to eight. with spot pri/es all night.

Tuesday 22


Guided Tours Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 1 1.30am. Free. See Thu 17.

(23.95—24.95): family ticket $218.50. With volcanoes erupting beneath your feet. a tropical rainstorm pOuring down. earthquakes and tidal


pedestrian in y0ur hand at this attraction. which

gives visitOrs a real-time.

360“ image of the city. Dean Gallery

Belford Road. 624 6200.

Mon—Sat 10am—5pm;

outstanding drawings from the National Galleries' Dada and Surrealist collection. Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road. 550 7800. Wed—Sun 10am—5pm. £6.96


Edinburgh life

So England‘s annihilation of Germany on the football field was the greatest TV moment of 2001. was it? Forgive me for stoking the fires of nationalistic sentiment. but the sour taste and mental image of Jamie ‘srnuggy' Theakston still lingers. A far more deserving winner. elbowed into the number two spot by England's World Cup qualifying rout. was the BBC's magnificent natural history series The Blue Planet. Taking over five years to produce. the series explored Earth's so—called ‘final frontier‘ from the polar ice caps to the tropical seas and the uncharted depths of the oceans. Its scientific implications were ground-breaking; new species were identified and new records set for filmed sub-aqua expeditiOrrs. The narration by David Attenborough irked. but the pictures captured and the subsequent editing complete with moving soundtrack created a series that was nothing short of


Series producer Alastair Fothergill was involved every step of the way. The former head of the BBC Natural History Unit experienced the dives first hand. and has explained the rationale behind the series: ‘I wanted to take viewers on a journey to a place that they've never been to before and I wanted them to be emotionally moved by rt. 1 don't think anybody can fail to have an emotional response to the oceans. I wanted to reveal 70% of our planet to viewers. 1 want them to think about why we even call this planet 'Earth'. It's not an earth planet. Look at it from space and it‘s a sea planet it could be called planet Ocean or

planet Sea.’

Fothergill is speaking as part of the Edinburgh Lectures programme and will recount tales from his amazing encounters. His first hand account of life in the expanse of the deep blue sea should be enough kick any Michael Owen strike

into touch. (Maureen Ellis)

The Night Sky In February Royal Observatory Visitor Centre. Blackford Hill. 668 8405. 7.30pm Free. Russell liberst highlights the changes in the night skies.

Wednesday 23


waves at every turn. the history of the earth has never been more interesting.

Edinburgh Castle Royal Mile. 225 9846. Daily 9.30am—5pm. 527

Edinburgh Dungeon


12 Albion Place. 661 1875. 7.45pm. £17 £25 (£10). Sl’l. football match.

A Christian In A Moslem Land

()pen Door. 420 Morningside Road. 447

9757. 10.30am. £1. Sandy Sncddon. a missionary partner in Pakistan. gives a Hibernian v Aberdeen tiaster Road. talk.

($22—$61. Attractions at this striking medieval castle include James IV's famous cannOn. Mons Meg. the One O'Clock Gun, lots of military silverware and. of COLJrse. Tire Stone Of Destiny.

Edinburgh Dungeon 31 Market Street. 08 i'() 8460 666. Daily 10.30am—5pm. $26.95 ($495—$595). Cruel methods of torture. pestilence-ridden streets. grave—robber s, prostitutes and cannibals ~ Edinburgh's

latest gruesome visitor attraction takes you on a spine-chilling tour of the deepest. darkest chapters of Scottish histOry.

Edinburgh Zoo Corstorphine Road. 33/» 9171. Daily

9am d80pm. 9.7

(if/1 F5): family ticket .9207 $24.60. Widely accepted as one of the finest 7008 in Britain, there's plenty here to while away an afternp‘o't, (1' e.'err a wl role day if you take your time.

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