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The Royal Highland Show Royal Highland ('entre. lngliston. 335 6200. 8.15am 6pm. £l0 £l6 (liree £5). After last year’s cancellation due to the foot and mouth outbreak. the Royal Highland Show returns as the highlight of Scotland's country calendar. In addition to the traditional displays of cattle. livestock. horse competitions and show jumping. there will be a I'imr/ Hum Sim/mu] exhibition. featuring celebrity chef .\'ick .\'airn. a flower show. craft fair. live music and much more.

3D/2D Craft 8. Design Fair Royal Highland ('entre. lngliston. 3356200. 9am 7pm. (‘ontemporary craftwork sold direct by the makers.

Access Expo 2002 Parliament Square. off High Street. 0207 7 l 3 5600. l0am 6pm. liree. Medecins Sans liroiitieres' touring exhibition allows ordinary people to experience w hat it feels like to be sick with no treatment. Spin the wheel of misfortune to learn your fate as one of the millions of people around the world who cannot afford treatment for curable diseases.

Where are we Now? Theatre Workshop. 3—l Hamilton Place. 226 5425. 8.30pm. £6 (£3). The lileinents highlight the positive Contribution of refugees to Britain through poetry. music. dance and drama in celebration of Retrieve llt'U/x'.


Mercury Bearing Psyche to Olympus by Peter Paul Rubens National Gallery of Scotland. The Mound. 624 6200. l2.-l5pm. liree. Julia Lloyd Williams from the National Gallery of Scotland gives a talk.

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The Royal Highland Show Royal Highland ('entre. lngliston. 3356200. 8.l5am 7pm. £l0 £16 tl‘i'cc £5). Sec Tlitt 20.

3DI2D Craft 8. Design Fair Royal Highland ('cntre. lngliston. 3356200. 9am 7pm. Sec Thu 20.

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LEPRA Edinburgh - St Andrews Bike Ride Market Street. 0l968 682369. 8.45am. Around I000 cyclists take to the roads in this popular charity bike ride.


An Afternoon with Angus Lennie The ('laremont Bar. I33 I35 liast (‘laremont Street. 66] 8923.

.\'oon ~5pm. £20. Meet the mart who shared the cooler with Steve McQueen. who faced lce Warriors and Xygons in [)rit‘lor Who. and who battled Meg Mortimer in ('msxruurlx. Proceeds go to the Foundation for Study of Infant Death Syndrome. ('all for tickets. or email lidinburgh ((1 l)\\‘.-\S.l)r\\'ho.( )rg

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Wheel Building Course titlinhurgh Bicycle (‘o-opci‘alivc. 8 Alvanley 'I'errace. \\'liiteliotise Loan. 228 5900 ext (323. £40. A one-day course to build yourself a pair of wheels.

The Royal Highland Show Royal Highland ('enti’e. lngliston. 3356200. 8.l5am 7pm. £l0 -£l6 (Free £5). See Thu 20.

3D/2D Craft 8: Design Fair Royal Highland ('entre. lngliston. 3356200. 9am 7pm. See Thu 20.

Home Herbalism Royal Botanic (iarden. lnverleith Row. 552 717 l.

10am 3.30pm. £30 per day. A series of one-day workshops led by lileanor (iallia.

Ken Cockburn Scottish Poetry Library. 5 ('richton‘s (‘lose. ('aiiongatc. 557 2876. Want 4pm. £50 (£35). [sing a variety of approaches and exercises to writing. (’ockburn encourages participants with their writing skills in this two day workshop.

Access Expo 2002 Parliament Square. off High Street. 0207 7135600. 10am 6pm. l-‘ree. See Thu 20.


Survivor Challenge Bonaly (‘aiiiping & 'l'i'aining ('entre. Bonaly Road. 557 9898. l0.30am 3pm. Teams of four brave souls take part in eight physical and mental challenges. Dare you face the electric fence. a spider's web or a blind-folded assault course‘.’

Great Scottish Walk llolyrootl Park. 08702 40 20 18. 11am. £5 (£4). Be part of this healthy participative event whether taking tip the challenge of the l2-mile route around the city. or the shorter 6-mile walk. A family day otit with lots of entertainment.

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The Royal Highland Show Royal Highland (’entre. lngliston. 3356200. 9am 5pm. £l0 £l6 (Free £5). See Thu 20.



Edinburgh life



Meadowbank Velodrome, Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jun

‘When the sun’s shining, it’s the most beautiful place on earth.’ It’s difficult to believe that David Hoy, co-organiser of this year’s Edinburgh Grand Prix, is referring to the Meadowbank Velodrome. But indeed he is. And he’s excited.

This month sees the Drome hosting one of the biggest events in any cyclist’s diary. And it looks set to be bigger and better than ever before. ‘lt’s like a massive warm up session for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester at the end of July,’ enthuses Hoy.

On yer bike

World championship cyclists from the four home nations are set to compete alongside competitors from New Zealand, Australia, Trinidad and Tobago. ‘Edinburgh is a centre of excellence for all things cycling’ explains Hoy proudly ‘and the Velodrome boasts the fact that it’s one of only two of its kind in the UK, the other one being the venue for the Games in Manchester.’ Indeed, it’s here that several big names, including Olympic 2000 medallists Craig MacLean, and Hay himself, cut their teeth.

Seventy riders are set to challenge not only their own but the audience’s expectations with a series of sprint and long distance events, taking on corners with demanding 45 degree banking. For those of us not in the cycling know, Hoy explains: ‘Believe me, it’s a real Wall of Death when you are hurtling around the track at up to 45mph on fixed wheel bikes with no


Due to a recent cash injection from the Sports Council there’s plenty for the kids to get excited about as well, with the Drome recently introducing a children’s team for any aspiring cyclists. As if that wasn’t enough hi-jinks for one weekend, the Drome’s also commemorating it’s Silver Jubilee at the same time, so it’s festivities all round. ‘This is no provincial fish and chipper,’ assures an enthusiastic Hey. ‘This is a mini-Commonwealth

Games.’ (Suzannah McMicking)

3D/2D Craft 8. Design Fair Royal Highland (‘entre. lngliston. 3356200. 9am~7pm. See Thu 20.

Home Herbalism Royal Botanic (iarden. lnvet'leith Row. 552 717 l.

l0am 3.30pm. £30 per day. See Sat 22. Ken Cockburn Scottish Poetry Library. 5 ('richton‘s ('lose. (‘anongate. 557 2876. 10am 4pm. £50 (£35). See Sat

Access Expo 2002 Bristo Square. 0207 713 5600. 10am 6pm. Free. See Thu 20.

Monday 24 Talks Viennese Actionism National (iallery of Modern Art. Bell'ord Road. 624 6200. 12.45pm. liree. Louise Milne from Napier l'niversity gives a talk.

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Annual Stockfest Quiz Challenge Trophy The Aiitiguary. 7278 St Stephen Street. 225 2858. 8.30pm. £5 per team. The popular heats for the Quiz ('halleiige final.


The Let’s Dance! Dance Conference Brunton 'l‘heatre. Ladywell \Vay. .‘yltisselburgh. 665 2240. 5 9.30pm. Dance conference for [UC- tapping enthusiasts.

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Stockfest Wine Tasting Evening Raeburn House Hotel. I I2 Raeburn Place. 7 9pm. £6. ()ddbiiis hosts a night of wine tasting as part of the l lth Annual Stockbridge l’estival.

Stella Screen Cinebar ()xygcn Bar & (irill. 3 5 Infirmary Street. 557 9997. 8pm. lirec. Stella bring cinema to the pub. screening classic films in a relaxed and familiar environment. Tonight’s screening is Requiem for u [)rt'um.

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Talks The Let’s Dance! Dance Conference Ht‘ttlllon 'l‘lieatre. Ladyw ell Way. Mtisselburgh. 665 2240. 9am 5.30pm. See Tue 25.

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hands ()l‘. experiences of the art of visual llletEf‘y. City Of The Dead’s Haunted Graveyard Tours

Meet o3; St Giles Cathedral. Royal Mile, 11/17 2230. Daily

8.30hiii 8 10pm. 3‘1") (532,. \lOlll this soooky tour :f you (late. and you“ he guaranteed all manner of paranormal frights. a‘cltxirng the infamous McK L-n/ie Poltergeist. You have been warned. Craigmillar Castle (Iratgini'tar Castle Road.

(301 rife/1:"). Daily 9.130aiii—(Spm. £1.80 T‘Lit) children 5275;». For a real taste of history. take a drive out to this ramshackle old castle. which although not guite as intact as Edinburgh Castle. is far more illltl()S_l)l‘.(}"'(I and the scene of much l)l()lil'ltl during the reign of Mary. Queen of Scots.

Dynamic Earth l-ldlyrood Road. 25,550 7800. Daily 10am 0pm. $7.953 i8‘r1.53()l. With volcanoes eruptzng heneath your feet.

a tropical rainstorm pouring down. earthquakes and tidal waves at every turn_ the history of the earth has never been more interesting.

Edinburgh Castle

Royal Mile. 225') 9840. Daily 0.130am—tipm. 5‘8 ($72—$70). Although much of the castle's medieval character was lost when it was converted into barracks lf‘. the 10th century. continuing excavations aim to redress this. Other attractions include James IV's famous cannoi‘. Mons

Meg. the One O'Oock Ga" ‘.'.’lll‘. its own exhrlxton. .‘(ZTS of military silverware and. of course, The Stone Of Destiny. used to crevvi‘, Scottish kings s nee time tiegan.

Edinburgh Zoo Corstorohtne Road. .iLS-i

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