Edinburgh life


Dungeons, dada and turbo riding

I Dean Gallery Situated opposite the National Gallery of Modern Art. the Dean Gallery (pictured) is devoted entirely to 20th century art. Formerly a 19th century orphanage. it houses a large collection of work by Eduardo Paolozzi as well as outstanding pieces drawn from the National Galleries' dada and surrealist collections. The upper galleries are given over to temporary exhibitions. Check Out Art listings for a full rundown of events. Be/ford Road, 624 6200. Mon—Wed 8. Fri—Sun 70am—5pm; Thu 7 Oam—7pm.

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I Edinburgh Dungeon Cruel methods of torture. pestilence- ridden streets. grave-robbers. prostitutes and cannibals - Edinburgh's gruesome visitor attraction takes you on a spine- chilling tour of the deepest darkest chapters of Scottish history. The 15th century vaults adjoining Waverley train station have been converted to house over 1,6003q m of ghastly artefacts. a nerve-jangling boat tour and all manner of unmentionable graphic re- enactments. 37 Market Street. 0870 8460 666. Daily 10am—6pm. £8.50 (£5.50—E6.50).

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I The Turbo Ride Step on board the world's most exciting motion simulator for a thrilling ride. Using flight simulation technology. digital sound and a five storey high screen. the Turbo Ride throws you right into the middle of all the action from the ocean to the jungle and from the deepest canyons to high in the sky. Go join the j0yride. Fountainpark. Dundee Street, 229 0300. Mon— Thu 2—8pm; Fri 2—9pm; Sat 8. Sun noon-9pm. Rides cost £2 for the first ride (£3 at weekends) and £1 thereafter.

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Byron from the Sidelines National Portrait Gallery. 1 Queen Street. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. John and Virginia Murray give a talk. William Spelrs Bruce: A New Perspective Royal Museum. 2

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Working life is a pain in the arse, let‘s face it. For most of us, the intense boredom of an office job tends to correlate directly to our hedonistic intake. There's not a lot we can do about that unfortunately, short of robbing a bank and travelling the world for the rest of our lives. Occasionally, though, those weekend forays into stimulant nirvana can get a little out of hand. When breakfast begins to involve more than just powdered milk and cornflakes, you may need a little help and reassurance that maybe your Friday doesn‘t necessarily have to merge into Wednesday.

‘I suppose the main thing about this is that it is new and innovative,‘ Paul Hunter, ESUS manager explains. ‘We are trying to make ourselves accessible to as many stimulant users as we can. Our target group is 16-25 year olds.’ Hunter is trying to avoid the council-speak that makes these programmes sound so well-meaning but dull. ‘Since 1987, the second summer of love,‘ he says, ‘thousands of people have been turned onto stimulants and though the drug trends have fluctuated greatly there has been a massive increase in the use and availability of powder cocaine and E. We just want to help people who find their lives spiralling out of control by offering free counselling and support.‘

ESUS is currently going through a big publicity drive you may have noticed their red, business card-sized ‘Fugdrucked’ (an anagram of ‘drugfucked‘) flyers in

(‘hambers Street. 247 421‘). 3.15pm. Free. NMS curator (ieot'l' Sw inney giyes a talk on polar explorer Bruce.

Other events

On the Stage .\'orth lidinburgh Arts Centre. l5a Penny well ('ourt. HS 2151. 7 9pm. An introduction to different aspects of acting and performing developed by the ()y ster Wars writing group.

Book events

Scottish Lives Netherbow Arts Centre-13 45 High Street. 556 957‘). 2pm. Free. See Thu 27.

James Robertson Assembly Rooms. 5-1 (ieorge Street. 220-1349.

7 Jinn. Launch of the ()ttakar's Book of the Month. James Robertson‘s Joseph Knight. a novel set during a little-remembered period in Scottish history.

Biopoetics Scottish Poetry Library. 5 (‘riehton's Close. (‘anongate. 557 2876. 7.30pm. An exploration ot’ the ways in which science and poetry work unexpectedly together.


Big Word Performance Poetry The Tron. 9 Hunter Square. High Street. 226 093]. ‘) llpm. £3 (£2). Hyperactive poetry cabaret starring St)- word storyteller Stephen Barnaby. Rodney Relax. Peter Alexander. .»\sh Dickinson and comperes Jem Rolls and Anita (iovan.


After Hours National Portrait (iallery. 1 Queen Street. (33-1 6200. 5.30pm. Free. See Thu 27.


Artist’s Talk l-‘rtiitmarket Gallery. 45 Market Street. 225 2383. 2pm. Free. New York based artist lnka iissenhigh talks about her work.

Other events

Scotfairs Antique Fair Meadowbank Sports Centre. 13‘) London Road. 661 535i “lam—4.30pm. £1 (Free). Browse stalls laden with jewellery. coins. linen. medals and antiques at this popular antiques fair.

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clubs and style-bars. The project is funded by (among others) the Scottish Executive and has a one stop shop in the form of Crew on Cockburn Street. ‘It's a specialist service that's free and confidential.‘ says Hunter, ‘open to anyone who is anxious about their stimulant intake. It‘s about harm reduction, not labelling people as drug users.’ (Paul Dale) I /‘ .00 are inte'osteo. Coptact the ESUS new support workers .‘.'7<:rtsSat 7—5pm at Crew 2000 on (‘ 73‘? .920 [Wt-1. email ore/v (r.c."m’ieo'()t;t.co.uk or see v.

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Bits and Pieces lauriston ('astle. 3a ('ramond Road South. 3% Eliot).

lllam 4pm. £15. .-\d\ance booking required lixperiment with glass mosaic tiles and crockery at this two-day workshop

Book events

Christopher Dufly and James Robertson ()ttakar's. 57 (icorgc Street. 235 4-195. b.3()pm. l‘ree. :\ \ iyid account of the 'untold' story oi the Jacobite Rebellion by (‘hristopher Bully who's joined by historical noyelist James Robertson lor

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After Hours National (iallery oi Scotland. the Mound. 624 6200. 5.30pm. Free. See Thu 37.


Bits and Pieces Laurislon ('astle. 2a ('ramond Road South. 336 2060.

Illam 4pm. £15. See Wed 9.

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Recent Gifts, Bequests and Loans to the Gallery of Modern Art National (iallery of Modern .-\t'i. 75 BCii-Ul‘ti Road. (324 (32le. 13.45pm. l‘ree. Patrick lilliot talks about the gills. bequests and loans that has c been giy en lo the gallery.

Book events

The Quest for Nine Maidens ()ttakar's. 57 (ieorge Street. 225 4495. b.3(lpm. l‘ree. Writer. l'olklorist and historian. Stuart Mcllardy. reads from his new book about prophetic women across the centuries who w ere linked to the sacred number nine.

Diana Hendry Scottish Poetry Library. 5 ('richton‘s (‘lose. (‘anongate 557 2876. b.3llpm. liendry launches her new collection of poems.

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THE ANTIPODES Edinburgh zoo continues to inspire and excite its visitors with the wonders of living animals. while still promoting the conservation of threatened species and habitats. Their new exhibition. The Antipodes. which kicked of this month. examines wildlife encounters in Australia and New Zealand. Wildlife and landscape artist Paul Bartlett's work shines and is well worth a look. Better still. it‘s free and you can take a wander around this great permanent attraction while you're there.

I Edinburgh Zoo. Corstorphine Road. 334 9177. Daily 93/7)-4.30/)Iii.