2–16 DEC YOU’VE GOT 15 DAYS TO LIVE! Christmas is bearing down on us like a pack of charitable Santas (see page 32), and nothing, it seems, can hold back its inevitable tide of mirth. We couldn’t refrain from splurging on Xmas essentials this issue, like showing you the best Christmas markets (page 26), or where to get your Christmas tree (page 28). Don’t worry, it isn’t all trees, tinsel and crappy trinkets bought cheap from the Royal Mile round List Towers. Next issue we’re inviting Dylan Moran in for a spot of misanthropy to add balance to our otherwise gushing festive spirit. See, there’s something to look forward to . . .


CHRISTMAS MARKETS High street swerving indie markets for great gifts in Glasgow and Edinburgh. 27

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IPHONE APPS How to lose friends and alienate people with our guide to the best Scottish iPhone apps. Make human interaction obselete! 28

Bar Guide 2010 Whether you like to drink in the West End of Glasgow or the Southside of Edinburgh; in trendy style bars or traditional boozers; in a leather armchair by a fire or perched atop a toppling barstool, we’ve got it all covered in our comprehensive annual guide to each city’s best drinking establishments. Choose your poison from page 11 onwards.

COVER PHOTO: JANNICA HONEY Shot at The Raconteur, 50 Dean Street, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. Ice moulds from Moleta Munro, 4 Jeffrey Street, Edinburgh. www.moletamunro.com

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CHRISTMAS TREES Are you more of a spruce or a fir person? We tell you which is which and where to get ‘em.

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2 First Word The Lyceum’s Snow Queen, Alison McKenzie, answers our questions.

7 Noticeboard Hogmanay celebrations across Scotland. 18 Shop A celebration of the Barras, plus a Christmas market guide.


Around Town Ghosts of Christmas Santa Dash Mary King’s Close Christmas

Books Christmas books Allan Brown John Waters Clubs Divine 20th birthday Vintage Violence Soulsville

Film Sofia Coppola Megamind Monsters Rare Exports DVDs

Comedy Hailey Boyle John Cooper Clarke Kids

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Children's Classic Concerts 60

LGBT Café no. 9 Music Arcade Fire Godspeed You! Black Emperor Titus Andronicus Records Jazz & Folk Classical

Theatre The Secret Garden Da Entstünde Ein Engel Joanne Tatham and Tom O'Sullivan The Gaslight Gaieties Cinderella

Visual Art Love is an Ocular Sickness Whistler and the Thames Myths and Legends Bobby Niven

Classified Recruitment I Saw You Flatshare Classified Courses and Tuition


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Win snowboard lessons at SNOzone! Win a Real Foods hamper. Win a personalised bottle of Glengoyne whisky. See page 6