What does a girl have to do to get a date round here? You’ve lived the single life, never wanted to get too committed, broken a few hearts, had a lot of fun along the way, then barn! You’re in your late 205 and looking for love. But is the new phenomenon of speed the answer?

When you’re younger and going out, copping off isn’t a problem. But the older you get, the more your social circle decreases. You can’t be bothered going out as much and the chances of finding a significant other is either through your friends or work. Speed dating, however, is being seen as the answer for those who are either having no luck - or just don’t have the time - to find Mr or Ms Right. The question is whether this is an event for the desperate or for those who just can’t be bothered with the crap of going out on the pull.

The continued success of straight speed dating events has been incredible, with most nights being sold out well in advance. Ever since Miranda went speed dating in Sex and the City it has gone from being a last resort to an acceptable thing to do. The same is happening for the gay version which has been set up by Mel Jarron of the Silver Card company, an organisation that aims to improve the social lives of young professionals.

Spotting a gap in the market, Jarron has set up what appears to be the first gay speed dating event in Scotland. The night will have an all female and all male event running at the same time and will follow the usual speed dating rules. You have three minutes to find out as much as you can about the other dater before you move on to the next person and do the same again. You tick the box of the boy or girl who you would like to date and, if they have done the same, it’s a match and you will be emailed the next day. If you don’t see anyone you like, there’s always next time, or you could just go out and chat someone up the old fashioned way. (Jane Hamilton)

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Events are listed by city, date, then type. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to, by post or by fax on 0141 353 2803. Listings are compiled by Jane Hamilton.

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Horse Bai'royyland. 244 (ialloyy gate.

552 4(i()l. Sat 27 Mar. 7pm. £l5. The well loyed Scottish chanteuse emharks

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Glasgow Tuesdays


Pink Penelope’s Pent-limes Nitecluh. 18 Jamaica Street. 847 U82”. 1 lpm 3am. Free. Weekly. ()pcn alter a

Glasgow Fridays


Tina C 'l‘ron 'I'heatt'e. (i3 'l'rongate. 552 4267. liri 26 Mar. lllpm. £8 (£6). An intimate evening ol song and comedy in the company or the diyine Miss (‘. l’uri ()fI/H' Glasgow International (’rmtt't/y

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Fourplay linyy. 2o ('amht'idge Street. 332 3437. llpm 3am. £4 (£2 with l‘lyer). Weekly. \eyy gay cluh.

Allure The Tunnel. 84 Mitchell Street. 204 l()()(). ll.3()pm 3am. £3. Weekly. New gay cltth lt‘om the people hehind (’tihe's l’assiottality and l-"l'.\' promising happy. cheesy pop in the company ()l l).l Darren.

Death Disco The Arches. 3() Midland Street. 565 1023. Sat 2() Mar.

llpm 3am. £10 (£8). Monthly. Rolling residents the l‘reelance llellraiser. l)J Mingo-(io and Manda Rin (Bis) are joined hy guests the for an eyening ol littro slea/e.

Bennets 9t) (ilttsslortl Street. 552 57M. Sat 2‘) Mar. llpm 3.30am. £3 £0 (£2 £5). lop notch cluhhing action at (ilasgoyy 's

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Edinburgh Thursdays


Metrosexuality (‘ity Nightclub. Market Street. 226 0560. Thu 25 Mar.

l lpm 3am. £3 entry hel'ot‘e midnight: £4 alter. Weekly. .\'eyy cluh from James l.ongysorth (BIa/e. \'ihe) launching tonight and incorporating the lidinhurgh heat ot‘ Mr (iay [K 2004. [)J liilthee (Vihe. Kiss) will he spinning an urhan music soundtrack and special guests are planned.


Salsa |.(il3'l‘ ('entt‘e lor Health and Wellheing. 9 Home Street. 525 l lllll. 8.l5pm. .\ recommended donation \y ill he requested hit each class. \VL't‘kl}. Booking is essential [ninth in lltis tell— yseek programme for leshian. hise\ual and transgender \yomen.

Yoga Hili'l‘ ('entre for Health and Wellheing. ‘) lloyyc Street. 52.3 ll()(l. 7.30pm. .\ recommended donation \y ill he requested lot‘ each class. Weekly. Booking is essential lojoin in this ten- yyeek programme tor leshian. hise\ual and transgender \yomen.

Edinburgh Fridays


Comedy Night ('ale Sala. Broughton Street. 478 7llh‘). Hi 20 Mar. 0pm. £3. Night ol‘ mirth organised hy the All Women project featuring Sti/anne Fraser (alias ('apt. Bayonnete). Jill l’eacock and offering an open mike slot tor aspiring comics.


Polysuper—Camp Nessttmn Bar. 26h l)tih|in Street. 538 7775. ltlpm 2am. liree. Weekly. l)Js l’olysttpet' l’ete. .-\ll and guests yy hip tip a storm of camp classics and disco hits.


Blaze ligo. l’icardy Place. 478 7434. lit 1‘) Mar. l lpm 3am. £3 hel'ore midnight; £4 alter. l-‘ortnightly. 1)] James l.ongyyorth promises to ignite the gay \yeekend \\ ith a chart and commercial/ funky house soundtrack.

Velvet 'l‘he (‘ommplex 3‘) 4t) ('ommercial Street. 555 5(322. Hi 20 Mar. lllpm 2am. £(i (lyyo l'or one het‘ore ltl.3()pm £5). Monthly. ('ltih night tor gay girlies and their inyited gay hoy ll'lelttls.

Edinburgh Saturdays


MSC ('laremont. l33/l35 liast ('laremont Street. 556 5ho2. Sat 2() Mar. Monthly. Regular meeting.


Polysuper—Mix Up Nenttmn liar. 2(ih I)tihlin Street. 538 7775. lllpm 2am. Free. Weekly. .\'e\\ lttgltl Ul- chee/ee disco pop and eltarly ltils l.ol‘ boys and girls yy ith l).ls l’olysuper l’ete. Ali and guests.

Eye Candy Massa. 3o 3‘) Market Street. 330 4224. Sat 20 Mar.

llptn 3am. £l() (£(i il outrageously dressed £3). Fortnightly. Residents (iracme l’opstai'. .\'e_iat Barton and .\'cil ('rookston host their inlamous_ glam house party.

Edinburgh Sundays


Taste The Liquid Room. ()c Victoria Street. 225 25(i4. I lpm 3am. £5 hel‘oi'e l l.3()pnt; £8 (£(i memhers) alter; £ 10 non-memhers on guest [)1 nights. Weekly. 'lasty hreyy ol house aitd garage. BootyLUSHous Medina Nightcluh. l.othian Street. Sun 28 .Mar. lllpm 3am. £3. l-‘ot‘tnightly. Nets \cntte lor the gay/mixed night \yhich l'eatures 1)} Dale lush and residents Simmone Black and l’impster tk (ice all playing a ltltlslerlttl hlend ol' Rtkli. soul and Milk and more.

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Tackno \lttsstt. Sn 3‘) Market Street. 226 4224. Sun 28 Mar. lt).3()pm 3am. £3 £6. Monthly. The cheesy charty night gets all httnny -ed tip \\ ith a Playboy ning presided o\‘el‘ hy doy en ol the decks 'l'rendy \Velttly.


Speed Dating Forth l'lool' Bar/Restaurant. llaryey Nichols. 3U 34 St Andreys's Square. 553 l37l. Sttn 2] Mar. (i.3()pm. £l5. (‘ontact

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Edinburgh Monday


Polysuper—Cheez Mood ('Iuh. ()lltltl (‘entre. (ireensidc. 07788 474 414. llipm 3am. £l lk‘lot‘e ll.3()am: £3 alter (£2 with memlk‘rship card or discount pass). Weekly. New ehee/e least \\ ill] a rim ol' 70s, 80s. ‘)(ls and the hest from today in the company (it [Ms l’olystiper l’ete. Ali and guests.

Edinburgh Tuesdays


Vibe ligo. l’icardy Place. 478 7434.

l lpm 3am. £3 (£2 members). Weekly. James l.ongyyorth proy ides the sounds upstairs at this popular. sparkly. charty party yyltile Nathan Scantlehury plays an Rtkli mi\ doyynstairs.


Tai Chi l.(iB'l' (’entt'e for Health and Wellheing. ‘) lloyse Street. 523 1100. 7.30pm. .-\ recommended donation \y ill he requested for each elttss. Weekly. Booking is essential to join in this ten- \yeek programme for lcshian. hisextial and transgender \somen.

Edinburgh Wednesdays


Horse Queen's llttll. ('lerk Street. ()68 201‘). Wed 24 Mar. 7pm. £l5. See (ilasgoyy Sat.


Mon Frére Through the chronic illness of his brother. a gay man reunites with his sibling in this French feature. See Cinema.

f New Territories The annual feast of exciting choreography continues. See ance.

Play Without Words Acclaimed production from Matthew Bourne. which combines sassy choreography wrth Terry Davies' jazz score in a satire of class conflict and sexual desire set in the swinging (508. See Dance.