Edinburgh life

Wednesday 6 continued

The History And Archaeology Of The New Parliament Site Augustine United Church. 41 (ieorge l\' Bridge. 529 4616. 7pm. £2. Patricia Dennison retells the story of the site's rise. fall and rise again.

Other events

Egyptian Belly Dance llovvtlen Park Centre. Hoyvden. Livingston. ()1506 433634. 6.15pm. £4 (£3). Learn this ancient form of dance at a vvomen-only class.

Taiko Drumming Hovvtlen Park Centre. Hoyvden. Livingston. ()1506 433634. 8—l0pm. Three sessions £15 (£10). Ages over 12. Mugenkyo pass on their Japanese drumming skills in a series of \y or‘kshops.

Book events

Val McDermid Waterstone's. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free. The best-selling contemporary crime novelist returns to discuss her nevv Tony Hill novel. The 1.11s! 'l'emplutimt. as yvell as her relationship vvith STV"s Stephen Jardine. Big Word Performance Poetry Gilded Saloon. 233 Coyvgate. 226 6550. 9pm. £4 (£3). Scotland's Dominic Harris. Joy Hendry. storyteller Paraig MacNeil and comic bard Brendan Moohan line-up for this high-energy poetry cabaret. As usual. Jern Rolls and Anita Ciovan cornpere


The Triumph Of Liberty City Art Centre. 2 Market Street. 529 3993. 12.30pm. Free. Helen Clark on the historical background of banners or) display in this illustrated lecture.

The Role Of Science In Environmental Protection Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 6.30pm. £3 (£2). SF.PA's head of science Dr James Curran gives a talk.

Friday 8


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


New Faces: Van Dyck National Gallery of Scotland. The Mound. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Tom Normand. senior lecturer at St Andreyvs l'niversity discusses the vvork of Van I)yck. Scandinavian Saga Harry Miller Hall. Kirk 0‘ Field Church. 7.30pm. 70p (35p). Pat and Leslie Spoor give an illustrated lecture on the Nordic countries.

Saturday 9 -


Livingston v Dundee United West Lothian Courier Stadium. Alderstone Road. Livingston. 01506 417000. 3pm. £17 (£10). SPL football match.

Hearts v Rangers Ty necastle

Portobello Swim Centre 57 Promenade. 669 6888. Mon—Fri 7ain<9pmz Sat 8. Sun 9am—4pm. A swimming pool in the traditional Victorian mould. POrtobello Swim Centre has recently benefited from a complete refit. courtesy of council and lottery money.

Royal Museum

2 Chambers Street. 24'," 4219. Mon Sat

10am ~5ptn; Sun noon-5pm; Tue

92 THE LIST 31 Jan—14 Feb 2002

10am—8pm. Free. A 19th century museum housmg international collections of natural history. geology. serence. technology and the decorative arts. The current Scott/sh Sports Ha/l Of Fame exhibition allows members of the public to vote for the sporting legends they believe should be inducted into a permanent Hall of Fame.

Royal Observatory Visitor Centre

Rugby rivalries

Who’s competing? The international season yvings its way around again in the forrn of the Lloyds TSB Six Nations Championship. Scotland. lingland. Ireland. Wales. France and Italy will be turning otit their finest rugby specimens for another round of mortal combat.

So what’s new? This year. Scotland only has two matches on home soil. and the first is the Calcutta Cup clash against the Auld linetny. Title holders lingland has been on top forrn recently. so [an McGeechan‘s men will have a battle on their hands.

Is it worth a peep? Naturally the TV execs have scooped tip the rights to broadcast the match. so pub vievving is highly recommended. Failing that. a few tickets still remain for die-hard live sport fans. Limited to tvvo per person. they can be bought in person at Murrayt'ield. online. or via the credit card hotline.

I Scotland v England. Murrayfi'e/d Stadium, Ri'versda/e Crescent, 08 70 040 7925. Sat 2 Feb. 4pm. $25—$45. www. sru. org. t/k

Stadium. (iorgie Road. 200 7201. 5.35pm. £16--£l9 (£8--£10). SP1. football match.


Capturing The Bass Rock Netherbovv Arts Centre. 43 -45 High Street. 556 9579. 2.30pm. £3. Artist and vvriter Christine Crovv gives a reading and introduces her exhibition of paintings. depicting the Bass Rock.


Waxing And Waning - An Introduction To Batik Royal Botanic Garden. lnverleith House. 552 7171. 10am- 3.30pm. £50. Jacqueline Pestell hosts a two day workshop introducing the principles behind batik.

Dance Day llovvden Park Centre. Hovvden. Livingston. 01506 433634. 10am—2.30pm. £3 per class £8 full day. Learn capoeria and hip hop. pilates and 1c roc in a day of fun workshops. Ages over 14.

Other events

Homes Overseas Exhibition Royal Highland Centre. Ingliston. 3356200. Information and practical advice on buying a house in the sun.

Antiques Fair Royal Highland Centre. Ingliston. 335 6200. 10am 5pm. Brovvse or buy from a wide selection of antiques and collectibles.


Birds 0' The Forth Joppa. Musselburgh Road. 01750 725323. 1 3pm. Free. The Firth of Forth is home to a variety of birdlife. so learn more about identifying them with the help of the RSPB staff.


Edinburgh Rocks v Chester Meadovvbank Sports Centre. 139 London Road. 661 5351. 5pm. £7 (£5). BBL Championship basketball match.

Blackford Hill. (568 8405. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun noon—5pm. £3.50 (£2.50); family ticket ‘28. This attraction is a mine of



Waxing And Waning - An Introduction To Batik Royal Botanic (iarden. lnverleith House. 552 7171.

10am 3.30pm. £50. See Sat 9.

Other events

Homes Overseas Exhibition Royal

Highland Centre. Ingliston. 335 6200. See

Sat 9.

Antiques Fair Royal Highland Centre.

Ingliston. 335 6200. 10am 5pm. See Sat 9.


New Faces: William McCance National (iallery of Modern Art. Belford Road. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Robin Baillie from the National (iallerics of Scotland gives a talk on the vvork of William McCance.

Edinburgh At The Frontiers Of E-Science t'niversity of lidinburgh. Play fair Library. ()ld College. South Bridge. 6pm. Free on day (£3 in advance). Richard Kenvvay on lidinburgh's electronic future.

Playing The Part Of The Audience The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. 7.15 9.15pm. Course fee £15 (£12). The relationship between the spectator and the event is considered in a series of talks and discussions hosted by Andreyy McKinnon.

Other events

Art Workshop Borders Books. [hit 26. Fort Kinnaird Retail Park. 657 4041. 6pm. See Mon 4.

Salsa Hovv den Park Centre. Hoyvden. Livingston. 01506433634. 6.30pm. £4 (£3). See Mon 4.

Talks Mars Fourth Rock From The Sun Royal Observatory Visitor Centre.

information on the heavens. from the latest interactive CD-Roms on space and astronomy to the observatory's on-


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Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Drive. Leith. 5:35 5566. Mon—~Fri 10am—3.30pm; Sat—Sun 9.30am—480pm. $37.75 (23.75—25.95); family ticket C20. The former royal yacht has opened its dOOrs to members of the public after a $32.5 million refit. The on-shore visitor centre contains historical information on the boat

Blackford Hill. 668 8405. 7.30pm. Free. John Cooke on our fascination with the red planet.

The Liberation Of Scotland The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. 7—8.30pm. Course fee £20 (£16). A four- vveek course led by Dr Edward Campbell exploring the influences acting on key composers from the first half of the 20th century.

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Book events

Anne Fine Waterstone’s. 12S Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free. The Children‘s Laureate for 2001 and best- selling author of vvork such as (inggle- lz‘yes and Maritime Doubt/ire reads from and discusses her latest novel. All Bones Ami Lies.


Retailing Tomorrow Open Door. 420 Morningside Road. 447 9757. 10.30am. £1. Queen Margaret College’s Alison Rankin on the future of retailing. New Faces: William Johnstone National Portrait (iallery. 1 Queen Street. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Tom Normand. a senior lecturer at St Andrevvs l'niversity gives a talk on the \vork of William Johnstone.

Other events

Narratives The Hub. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. 7- 8.30pm. Course fee £20 (£16). Narrative techniques in film. opera. television and theatre are explored in this four-vveek course.

Egyptian Belly Dance “UWLTL‘H Park Centre. Hovvden. Livingston. 01506 433634. 6.15pm. £4 (£3). See Wed 6. Taiko Drumming lloyvden Park Centre. Hovvden. Livingston. 01506 433634. 8 -1()pm. Three sessions £15 (£10). See Wed 6.


Love Is . . . New Work Scotland Programme Collective (iallery.

22 2S Cockburn Street. 220 1260.

2 5pm. Free. Artists vvho have taken part in the NWSP 2001/2002 discuss how they found leaving college and their preparations for their solo shovvs at the gallery.

The Theatre Of Cruelty: Playwriting And Violence The llttb. Castlehill. Royal Mile. 473 2000. 7 - 9pm. Course fee £20 (£16). See Thu 31.

Valentine’s Day

Scotland In Love Nelherboys Arts Centre. 43: 45 High Street. 5569579. 8pm. £6 (£4). An evening of romance vvith music from harpist Katie T. Adams and storytelling frorn David Campbell. Meals available in the cafe. please pre- book.

Valentine’s Day Dinner llovvtlen Park Centre. lloyvdcn. Livingston. ()1506 433634. 6pm. £20. Celebrate this special occasion with a romantic meal and live music.

and its furnishings while. on the yacht itself. members of the public can have a good nosy round the Royals' former quarters.

Writers’ Museum

Lady Stairs House. Lady Stair's Close. 529 4901. Mon~Sat 10am—5pm. Free. A treaSLire-house of items relating to three of Scotland's most famous writers: Robert LOuis Stevenson. Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.