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Activities and Fun

Craters Makers l'iitil Thu I Apr 2004. £260 (£1.85); lamily ticket £6 Royal Observatory Visitor (‘entrc. l‘llackloid Hill. 668 840-1. l'llttl (till all about comets. asteioids and meteors 111 the ()bsenatory ‘s latest L‘\lllhlll()ll will) iiilciactisc inn and facts. Silkpainting Workshops Sat 26 Apt & 3 May. 2 ~1pin & 4.30 6.30pm. £7 l6 (Kissels Lane. l.eltll. 5.53 212‘). Sarah Ann Askew runs relased weekly workshops iii the art o1 silkpaiiitiiig. First session for ages 6 l 1 years. second for ages 12 and ahme. Booking essential. Doodles and Tales Sun 3‘ Apr.

2 3pm. Free. National Gallery of Scotland. The Motiitd. 62-1 6200. Storytelling iising tlte gallery 's collection as a springboard into the imagination. focusing especially on stories from the Iii/i/t' and around the world. Feeling inspiredfl’ Drawing materials are ayailablc altei'wards to draw and tell your own story between 3 and 4pm. Saturday Art Club Sat 3 May. 10am noon 8; 1.30 3.30pm. £40 (£10). Dean Gallery. 73 lielfbrd Road. 62-1 6200. Four week drawing and painting course led by artist Juliana ('aix's. Booking essential.

Theatre and Dance

Alice Sat 26 Apr. 7. 30pm. £5 (£3). North lidinburgh Arts (’enlrc. 15a Pcnnywell (‘oui't. 315 2151. Ages Splits. See (ilasgow.

Romeo and Juliet ‘l'liu l .k in 2 May. 7.30 9.30pm. £8 (£5). Festiyal Theatre. 13 29 Nicolsoii Street. 529 6000. Sliakcsixsirc's classic love story especially adapted for a young audience by Scottish Youth 'l‘licati‘e.

The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast by the Jane Goulding School of Dance Fri 2 is Sat 3 May. 7pm; Sat 1.30pm & 7pm. £10 (£6). (‘hui‘cli llill 'l'healre. 33a Morningside Road. 220 4349. A day in the life of the insects and small creatures of the forest as they prepare for the evening's festivities in an estravagan/a of ballet. jail and tap.

Tom Thumb Sat 3 May. 2pm. £3; family ticket £10. North lidinburgh Arts (‘eiiti'e. 15a Penny well ('ourt. 315 2151. Ages 5-pliis. ('ollaborators 'l‘healre ('oinpany and its puppets tell the story of the little boy in a big bad world itsing puppetry. shadow theatre. music and storytelling set within a magically translorming set.

Nutcracker on Ice: The Russian Ice Stars Tue 6 & Wed 7 May. 7.30pm: Wed 2.30pm at 7.30pm.

£3.50 £22.50. Playhouse. I8 22 (ii‘eetlside Place. 0870 6062333. This enchanting Russian fairy tale is brought to life by some of the world's greatest skaters as they perform this enchanting ballet on ice.

Sensational Ice: The Russian Ice Stars Thu 8 Sat 10 May. 7.30pm; Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. £3.50 £22.50. Playhouse. 18 22 Greenside Place. ()870 6062333. The Russian lce Stars present a programme of highlights from previous international tours atid some exciting pieces from forthcoming productions.


The Golden Ages of Toys l7lttil Sat 7 Jun. Free. Museum of Childhood. 42 lligh Street. 529 4142. Share the magic of Meccano. Hornby trainsets. teddy bears and the wonderful array of toys that came to life between 1890 and 1930.

Myths, Magic and Medicine Sat 3 May Sun 15 Jun. 10am 5pm. Free. Royal Botanic Garden. lnyerleith Row. 552 7171. (lishibition Hall) Exhibition of beautiful wood engravings by June (‘hapman with the chance to join in a workshop for all the family.

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Outside the Cities

Activities and Fun

Easter Eggcitement l‘ntil Sun 27 Apr. 10am 5pm £3 (£2) Almond Valley Heritage ('eiitrc. Milllield. Livingston. 01506 414957 “[1111 lor hidden eggs and enioy a range of activities like making liasler bonnets and enjoying the new ‘ll‘rl\‘.11\ on the farm

Falls of Clyde Watch Group Sat 3 May. 10am 1pm Free to members of the Scottish Wildlife Trtlst. Falls of ('Iydc Nature Reserve. \Vlldllfe (‘cntrc. New Lanark. 01555 665262. Ages .' 14. Monthly children's watch group featuring a variety of ftiii activities and games such as [mild-dipping. mini- bcasts and woodland walks. Booking essential.

Messy May-Hem! Sun 4 & Mon 5 May. 1.30 3.30pm. Free. Low Parks Mtiseum. 129 Muir Street. Hamilton. (11698 338232. The cliaticc to get really messy with clay and paint in a two-day sculpting workshop for 8 1 1 -year olds. Scottish Spring Teddy Bear Fair Sun 4 May. £1.50 (£0.50). Wynd 'l'heatre. lllleeletlelt Street. Melrose. (11896 823854. Annual Scottish teddy bear lestl\;tll a meeting of Scottish bear makers and a day out for bear fanatics.

Theatre and Dance

Snow White Thu 24 6'.- Wed 30 Apr. Thu 2pm; Wed 7.30pm. £5 (£4); family tickets £23 & £36. Biggar Puppet 'l‘heatre. Hrougllton Road. liiggat'. (11899 220631. A new version of the classic tale featuring Snow White's big dog. Sebastian. the wicked Queen's vulture and. of course. the seven dwarfs. 2U4U Thu 24 S; Fri 25 Apr. 7.30pm. Free but ticketed. Paisley Arts ('cnlre. New Street. Paisley. 887 1010. 120 children between the ages of 10 and 14 from across Renli'ewshirc perform the culmination of huge projects in video and drama devised with the help of professional actors and video makers. Pips and Panda Meet the Three Bears Sat 36 it Tue 39 Apr. Sat 2pm; Tue 10.30am. £5 (£4): family tickets £23 & £36. Biggar Puppet

'l’heatre. Broughlon Road. Biggar. 0189‘) 220631. Ages 3 7. Pips and

Panda encounter the most famous bear trio Mummy. Daddy and baby bear with songs and iiiusic along the way. Ouangle Wangle Sat 26 Apr. 2pm. £3.50 (£2.50); fatnin ticket £10. Adam Smith Theatre. Bennochy Road.

Kirkcaldy. 01592 412929. Wee Stories

Theatre for ('hildren takes you on an exhilarating excursion into the wild and wonderful poems of lidward Lear. Telling Tales Sat 26 Apr & 3 May.

1 1am. £1 £1.50 (£1). Dundee Rep. Tay Square. Dundee. 01382 223530.

Members of the Dundee Rep company

tell tales old and new to kids aged 5- 8. The Happy Prince Wed 3() Sun 4 May. times vary. £3. MacRobert.

University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786

466666. Adaptation of Oscar Wilde's classic story about a bronze statue who

befriends a passing swallow. The Singing Kettle: Medieval Madness Fri 2 Sun 4 May. Fri 1pm

& 6pm; Sat 1 1am & 2pm: Sun noon &

3pm. £9 (£7); family £25. MacRobert.

University of Stirling. Stirling. (11786

466666. A host of new songs and crazy capers as we join the Kettlers in bygone


The Snow Goose Mon 5 May. 2.30pm. £4 £5. Byre Theatre. Abbey Street. St Andrews. 01334 475000. The

Puppet Lab presents its version of the tender tale of a deepening bond between a man. a young girl and a special goose. all of which unfolds under the shadow

of Dunkirk. Alice Tue 6 8; Wed 7 May. Tue

1.30pm & 7pm: Wed 10am & 1.30pm. £3. MacRobert. University of Stirling. Stirling. 01786 466666. Ages 8-plus.

Sec Glasgow.




Grange Cricket Club, Edinburgh, Wed 7 May

Of course. the thing about the Scots is they secretly love the English. As a long-term expatriate Australian. I've long since come to this conclusion, which can be most clearly seen in the average Scot‘s indifference to that prince of all sports, cricket. While Scots will resentfully watch a relatively successful English football team, and a reasonably successful English rugby team, they won‘t play a game anyone can beat England at. These days, we Aussies will watch even our tiny minority of soccer players hammer the English with

Saltires skipper Craig Wright

satisfaction, and, when we field our first team, crush them like a redback on the toilet seat at rugby. But we still reserve a special pleasure in watching their cricket team stagger blindly from one national humiliation to the next. They really are useless at cricket, so the Scots won't watch their own team, in case it gets strong enough to beat England. While they‘ll busily watch every fixture of Berti Vogt's loveable. but basically talentless. soccer team, and are perfectly willing to spend an afternoon in the company of a rugby team who are built like Tarzans and play like Janes, the thought of developing enough to give the English a game, in something which Scotland might eventually win. irks them horribly. Scots just can't shrug off the desperate need to lose.

If you want to break this terrible deep-seated psychological problem, you might want to watch Scotland‘s forays into County Cricket. Of course there's a way to go before test matches with the likes of us Aussies are on the slate, but Scotland are starting down that road at last. With seasoned Springbok international all-rounder Jon Kent in the side, and some strong performances from the local boys in recent times, Scottish skipper Craig Wright is hopeful of a strong start. Start your love affair with winning by supporting him.

(Steve Cramer)

Events are listed by date, then city. Submit listings at least ten days before publication. Sports listings are subject to change, so please check in advance. Listings are compiled by Maureen Ellis.


Rugby: Glasgow Rugby v Borders llughcnden. 32 llughenden Road. 353 3468. 7.30pm. £12 (£6). Glasgow cart only hope for a face-saving exercise 11] their final Bank of Scotland Pro Rugby (’up match.

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Football: Partick Thistle v Motherwell Firhill. 80 Firhill Road. 579 1971. 3pm. The 'Well travel west hoping to cling on to their Premier League status.


Rugby: The RT Cup Final Murray'l'ield Stadium. Riversdale Crescent. 346 5000. 1 1am. £10 (£3). The highlight of the club nigby calendar. Irvine and Annan compete in the BT Bowl Final at 1 Ian); Dundee llSFP and Preston Lodge FP compete in the BT Shield Final at 12.45pm; while the main event ~ the BT ('up Final sees Watsonians take on Heriot's FP. lixpcct much off-field family entertainment in this gala finals day.


Football: Rangers v Celtic lbrox Stadium. fidmiston Drive. 0870 600 1993. 12.30pm. If Klos can keep out Larsson and Sutton for 90 minutes. the SP1. title should return to lbrox. Going by recent fonn. that's a massive ‘if'. Expect fireworks and talking points aplenty.

Outside the cities

Athletics: Culzean Family Fun Run 2003 (’ul/eaii ('astle and ('ountry Park. Maybolc. 01655 884400. 2pm. £4.50 (£3.50); laiiuly ticket £12.50 [p to 300 keen beans negotiate themselves round one ol the most scenic fun run routes in Britain. ('Iosing date for entries is Thu 24 April.

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Outside the cities Horse-racing: Daily Record Punter Day Hamilton Park Racecourse. liolhwell Road. Hamilton. (11698 283806. 2.10pm. £10 £15 (under 16s free). The new season kicks (ill with this sponsored day of racing.

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Edinburgh Australian Rules Football Club v Dunedin Connolly’s Gaelic Football Club (‘avalry’ Park. Duddingstone Road West. Duddingstonc. (17789 186835. 7.30pm. Free. The first game played by the [alinburgh AUslralian Rules (AR) club will be played for one half under AR code. and the second under the 'lntcrnalional Rules' code. combining Gaelic and AR.

Wednesday 30


Football: Scotland v Austria llampden Park. Letherby Drive. 616 6000. 8pm. £7~£l5 (£3 for accompanied children). This friendly match should give Berti's boys some much-needed match practice before the visit of the Germans in June.


Australian Rules Football The Meadows. Argyll Place. 07789 186835. 6.30pm. Free. Players of all standards (including Irish Gaelic rules players) and