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Kelso Races Kelso Racecourse. Kelso. 01573 224767. 1.30pm. £7 (£4); under 16s free. National hunt horse racing. Scottish Sports Hall Of Fame Until Sun 30 Jun. 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 Museum. Visitors will also be invited to nominate their own choices.


Guided Tours Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. l 1.30am. Free. Guided tours of the Textile Treasures exhibition.

Nine For The Days In The General Strike City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3993. 12.30pm. Free. Terry Brotherston assesses the lessons of the General Strike of May 1926.

The Theatre Of Cruelty: Playwriting And Violence The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. 7—9pm. Course fee £20 (£16). Over a series of four sessions. Dr Sarah Colvin considers the role of violence in modern drama.

Book events

St Bride’s Supper Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579. 6.15—7.45pm. £5. The stories of Bride and Angus form the heart of this Candlcmas celebration. Soup and bannocks will be served.

The Na Sisters Netherbow Arts Centre. 43—45 High Street. 556 9579. 8pm. £5 (£3.50). Wendy Welch explores a range of spine-tingling tales. accompanied by dance choreographed by Steinvor Palsson and balladry and music from Jack Beck and Pete Clark.

Spons Scotland A v England A Bridgehaugh Park. Causewayhead Road.

Stirling. ()1786 474827. Scotland's rugby reserves begin their shadow Six Nations


4pm. £25-£45. Six Nations international rugby match. See photo caption. Hibernian V Celtic [Easter Road. 12 Albion Place. 661 1875. 5.35pm. £20--£25 (£10). SPL football match.

Other events

Candlemas Fair St Mary's Parish Church. The Sidegate. Haddington. 01620 823378. l0am~ noon. £1. Annual parish fair which boasts stalls selling everything from plants and vegetables to cakes and books. plus music from Haddington Fiddles and Holy Trinity Handbells.

Mosaic Howden Park Centre. Howdcn. Livingston. 01506 433634. 10am—4pm. £15 (£10). Sarah Daly outlines the techniques for creating a colourful mosaic.

CD & Record Fair Assembly Rooms. 54 George Street. 01360 440546. 10am--4pm. £tbc. A wide selection of CDs. cassettes and vinyl to browse. buy or exchange. Caledonian Canine Dog Show Royal Highland ('entrc. lngliston. 335 6200. 9.30am—5pm. A variety of competitions based on breeds and performance of dogs.


Super Bowl XXXVI Party Three Quarters Sports Cafe. 4 (irassmarkct. 222 3800. 9pm. £5. The Scottish Claymores mark the end of America's National Football League with their annual party. Join players. cheerleaders and mascot Shuggie for a lively night of televised football.

Other events

Asian Fashion Show Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. 335 6200. A chance to see clothing styles and fabrics from Asia.

Antique And Collectors Fairs Meadowbank Sports Centre. 139 London Road. 01764 654555. 10am—4pm. £1 (children free). Browse or buy from a wide selection of antiques and collectibles.

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New Faces: James Cowie National (iallery of Modern Art. Belford Road. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Duncan Macmillan. curator of Talbot


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Open Door, Wed 6 Feb

It's all Irvine Welsh's fault. Or was it Zammo in Grange Hill? Or was it the child found with heroin in a schoolyard? Everyone is touched differently by drug abuse and it's hard to put your finger on that one thing that makes you think about drug culture just that little bit more seriously. But not everyone w0uld agree it's a serious problem: the Dutch have got the right attitude; there‘s a brown cafe opening in Edinburgh: this very magazine flippantly polls our attitudes to drugs. Recent legislation has blurred the previous hard line against ‘illegal' drugs and the questions posed by drug use have never had so much meaning.

The Health Education Board for Scotland (HEBS) takes an active interest in promoting awareness of the dangers of drugs. Taking a predominantly preventative stance. HEBS television adverts in particular have been acknowledged for successfully raising awareness of heath issues in young people: who can forget its girl-band inspired smoking campaign or the current school corridor flashbacks to boozing?

In terms of drug prevention. its ‘Split Second‘ campaign. dually illustrating the consequences of a choice to take drugs or not. came about after a worrying statistic showed yOung people no longer thought of heroin as the most feared drug. coinciding with an increase in the number of youths smoking heroin. Much of its high profile work is aimed at yOung people. but it is a valuable resource and weapon in battling the harmful use of drugs.

A research specialist in drug misuse for HEBS. Sally Hall is at the forefront of assessing drug use in Scotland and in generating ideas to combat misuse. Her talk for Morningside Justice and Peace Group should be an interesting insight into the trends of a once taboo subject now very much part of everyone‘s culture.

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as he discusses his new work. Being A Man: .lIu/r' Riley 0] Passage In The Lousy Modern World.

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Virgins, Venuses And Cold, Cold Stones: Part TWO National Gallery of Scotland. The Mound. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Lecturer Matthew Wellard gives a


Spons Scotland v England Murrayfield Stadium. Riversdale Crescent. 346 5000.


Craigmillar Castle

Craigmillar Castle Road.

661 4445. Mon—Wed & Sat 9.30am—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


Rice Gallery gives a talk on James


Other events

Art Workshop Borders Books. linit 26. Fort Kinnaird Retail Park. 657 4041. 6pm. Art classes for everyone with

Lynda Frame with hints and tips for all


Salsa Howden Park ('entre. Howden. Livingston. 01506 433634. 6.30pm. £4

(£3). Colombian performer Joel Rojas

not quite as intact as Edinburgh Castle. is far more atmospheric. Dynamic Earth Holyrood Road. 550 7800. Wed—Sun foam—5pm. {26.95 (83.95—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

uses his unique teaching technique to lead this weekly salsa class.

back in time. Edinburgh Castle ROyal Mile. 225 9846. Daily 9.30am—5pm. $27 ($22—$51. Although much 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 Literary Pub Tour

Meet at The Beehive Inn. 18—20 Grassmarket.

Superscool Astronomy Royal Observatory Visitor ('entrc. Blackford Hill. 668 8405. 7.30pm. Free. Wayne Holland on the recent revolution in


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Book events

Robert Twigger Water-stone‘s. l3 l4 Princes Street. 556 3034. 6.30pm. Free. The award-w inning author of Angry ll'liirt' Pyjamas turns his attention to other traditionally male activities and fantasies

226 6666. l n 7.30pm. £7 (£5). An excellent way to imbibe culture by visiting the favourite watering holes of Scotland's literary heroes. including Sir Walter Scott. Robert Burns and lrwne Welsh. Edinburgh Zoo Corstorphine Road. (3134 0171. Daily 9am—-4.:10pni. ST/ (8‘4 5: family ticket 220—22460). Widely accepted as one of the


Drug Culture: Current Patterns And Future Implications Open

Door. 420 Morningsidc Road. 447 9757. 10.30am. £1. Research specialist in

substance misuse Sally Hall talks on the

drug culture. See preview. New Faces: Asymmetrical

finest zoos in Britain. there's plenty here to while away an afternoon. or even a whole day if you take your time.

Museum Of Childhood

42 High Street. 529 4142. Mon-Sat

10am —5pm. Free. Founded in 1055. the museum has five public galleries With all manner of artetacts relating to

Portraits, Arikha And Heron National Portrait (iallery. 1 Queen Street, 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Martin Hammer. a lecturer at the tiniversity of Edinburgh. gives a talk.

childhood through the ages.

Newhaven Heritage Museum

Newhaven Harbour, 551 4165. Daily noon-4.45pm. Free. Memorabilia and reconstructed scenes tell the story of Newhaven and its sea- going heritage. from its origins as a naval dockyard to its continued use as a fishing port.

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