You'l'ube hit Denny MacAsklll’s Inspired Bicycles

The wheel deal

As Bike Week rolls into town this fortnight, organisers encourage the public to re-discover the power of their wheels Words: Anna Millar

he UK’s biggest mass participation cycling event kicks off this issue.

promoting the idea of communities bandying together to get fit and have fun. With Bike Week 2009. organisers are encouraging everyone to ‘get more out of life’.

To help kickstart the cycling habit. National Bike Week, which begins on 13 June and runs until 21 June, is set to celebrate all things two wheels with a string of community based events, alongside the idea of getting out and exploring your local area.

Local events include a pamper session for your bike and free buffet breakfast at Spokes City of Edinburgh Bike Breakfast. Edinburgh Bicycle will be on hand to provide the TLC your bike may need to get it back on the road.

In the capital, Edinburgh’s fourth Bike Week Film Festival is also involved. offering a special programme of films. Highlights include Home by Mark Huskisson, which mixes landscapes and

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Mountain Biking. Previously held over two weekends. the festival will now be concentrated over four days. ()ther films include the five-minute YouTube hit. Danny MacAskill's Inspired Bicycles. Filmed over a period of a few months in and around Edinburgh by Dave Sowerby. the short film sees team rider Danny

MacAskill perform an incredible trial of

street/street trials.

Film fans can also enjoy Boy and Bicycle. Ridley Scott‘s first outing into filmmaking. made initially on a budget of £65 using a Bolex 16mm cine-camera. borrowed from the Royal (‘ollege ofArt in London where Scott was a student. Documentary K/lllIH’I'Z. about a group of hippie cyclist pioneers will also be shown.

The Bike Week Film Festival, Filmhouse, Edinburgh, Thu 1 1-Sun 14 Jun, Bike Breakfast, The Quadrangle, City Chambers, Edinburgh, 17 Jun. Our Cycling Special starts on page 10.


I Glasgay has announced Reclaiming the Rainbow as the umbrella title for this year's festival. Running in two parts, it will kick off with a Film Festival on 3 Sep before the performance strand kicks in, featuring four world premieres including Jackie Kay’s The Maw Broon Monologues and Louise Welsh’s new play, Memory Cells.

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project the Great Rock'n'Roll Swindle is coming to Glasgow to offer some of the city's finest young songwriters, hands and ensembles the chance to arrange. record and perform their own musrc accompanied by a dream team of session musicnans from all over the UK. The Swindle is looking for local musicians aged between 16 and 25. See www.rockn rollswindleorguk

with the Edinburgh Moonwalk fast approaching, there’s still time to do your bit for charity. In a bid to raise funds, Sparkle in the City will be held at the Sheraton Hotel on Fri 26 Jun. We're offering readers of The List £10 off advance tickets (normally £25). All proceeds support breast cancer charity Walk the Walk. which is behind Edinburgh’s MoonWalk. See ers and select Sparkle in the City.

TAKE A T-BREAK After listening to almost 1400 entries, T Break’inudgin panel have se ected 6 of the finest unsigned Scottish acts to join the bill for Balado this Iuly. Amon those confirme include artists p7r1eviousl seen in

6 list 1i e Punch and the Apostles, Ming Ming and the Ching Chings. The acts will join the line- up at T in the Park from Fri 10-Sun 12 Jul. See www.tbreak.

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STRING OF PEARLS PROJECT ANNOUNCED I The City of Edinburgh council has launched a business competition to identify the best new use for the former Royal High School on Regent Road. The competition is the first of its kind undertaken by the council and seeks innovative, high quality business proposals for one of Edinburgh’s most iconic buildings. Ideas are sought for schemes, that will secure the future of the Royal High School site and make it a sustainable commercial success. Those wishing to put forward an idea should do so at before 22 Jun.

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