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. ,‘firrp.r * Block Architecture Festival Celebrate Glasgow's

heritage and regeneration in a series of walks, talks, tours and exhibitions. Highlights include the chance to hear renowned architect Zaha Hadid's ideas for the £50 million Riverside Museum. See www.block for full details The Lighthouse, 11 Mitchell Lane, Glasgow, Sat 8-Sat 15 Oct

* The Last Russian Tsar Professor Ludmilla Selezneva from Moscow University explores the personal and political life of Tsar Nicholas from a Russian perspective. Royal Museum Lecture Theatre, 2 Chambers Street, Edinburgh, Tue 11 Oct

at How We Judge Television, Then and Now Legendary broadcaster Joan Bakewell examines what television was like during the so-called 'golden age', and why and how our perceptions of its values have shifted. Bute Hall, University of Glasgow, Wed Oct 19

* Tleo Winter Talks: Alaskan Adventure As if being a sales executive wasn't hardcore enough, Guy Grieve talks about how he battled freezing temperatures and the threat of starvation in a bid to build his own log cabin before the onset of winter. surviving by hunting and fishing. 7730 Edinburgh Outdoor Adventure, Mon 17 Oct

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Summer is so last month. Morag Bruce thinks it’s time to embrace the changing seasons and listen to our panel of autumnal experts.

Thank God silly salad season is over. Geoff Balharrie, executive chef at the Scotsman Hotel, says it’s time for food to get comforting.

‘This pltnn chutney is brilliant with a roast whole duck and colcannon.

900g plums. (le-sioneil and ('ll()/)/)(’(l. 200g (lrieil uprieots elio/Jpetl. 2 large onions finely ('li()])/)('(l. 2.i’()g soft light brown sugar. I75 Ml white wine vinegro: / teaspoon of sea salt. 2 teas/nmns of elioppetlfresh lli_\'lii(’ leaves. I teaspoon ground ginger or 30 g grated

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Place all the ingredients. apart from the plums. in a heavy bottomed sauce pan and simmer for 45 mins. Then add the chopped plums and continue simmering until the mixture starts to thicken and become syrupy. Pour into hot preserving jars. linjoy.’ Geoff begins a season o/‘aiitiininfiioil events on Tllll () ()et.

Nature is doing fabulous things with reds and yellows at this time of year. Cameron McNeish, editor of The Great Outdoors Magazine, recommends where to enjoy it all.

‘Head to the Trossachs to climb Ben A‘n (1520ftl. ()n the north shore of Loch Achray. follow the Forestry (‘ommission signposts near the Trossachs Hotel. After a while the steepness relents considerably. and a signpost indicates a beautiful viewpoint to the left which is well stopping at. Soon you‘ll leave the trees behind and the views begin to open up across to the crags. bluffs and corries of Ben Venue and the long stretch of Loch Katrine. (‘ammo Wood near lidinburgh is also beautiful at this time of year. or the Meikelour

Beech Hedge (the world's largest hedge) near Blairgowrie.’

Come over all hunter gatherer like Professor Roy Watling 08E, consultant mycologist, and go mushroom picking.

‘There’s no easy to way to tell which mushrooms are safe and which are the ones which can cause kidney damage or worse. You need experience: otherwise it's a bit like Russian roulette. Scotland has an excellent larder of eatable fungi owing to the rather. ahcm. damp climate. It’s great for porcini and chanterelles; later on in the year. look on tree trunks to find the oyster mushrooms.‘ To find out li'lit’llit’l' your mushroom is

let/zul. lovely or lfivseergie. see listings for details of

Prof ll’iirling 's nnis/inmni iileiiiilieurion sessions.

Spare a thought for our feathered and furry friends stuck out in the cold, says Alan Anderson of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

‘At this time of year. animals are looking for accommodation and winter supplies. Your shed or garage could be a refuge for peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies. which hibernate as adults. lvy is an easy to grow autumn flowerer. providing a last fill—up for bees and hoverflies. Your leaf and cuttings pile should be left for hedgehogs and other small mammals. rather than bonfire night. Dead flower heads offer seeds for insects and birds. particularly finches. Berry shrubs and fallen apples bring in resident blackbirds. thrushes as well as visiting redwings and lieldfares. Keep ponds ice-free as they attract animals for drinking and bird bathing. Keep an eye on your fully loaded bird table or window feeder better than a soap opera!~

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