20 JAN-3 FEB YOU’VE GOT 15 DAYS TO LIVE! Lots going on at List Towers this last fortnight. We’ve pulled in a new columnist, Dundee’s most pedantic emailer Bob Servant for our new agony uncle column (see page 88). We’ve also been out and about with Peter Mullan, the phenomenally talented Scottish actor and director (and thoroughly decent bloke) considering the cinematic qualities of concrete housing estates, afterwards visiting some Glasgow and Edinburgh cafés to find the thickest, most decadent hot chocolates in the cities (see page 22). Throughout it all we’ve been indecently perky. There’s no point succumbing to January blues. After all,

January is the month the Chinese Flowering Plum Tree flourishes (see page 12). Go nature!

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NEDS Peter Mullan shows us the old haunts where he filmed his latest tale of rough Glaswegian upbringing, Neds. 18

MOGWAI Scots post-rock icons and Rock Action label gurus talk about their new album, Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will. 27

Cheap and cheerful It’s the post-Christmas lull, and conventional wisdom has it that everyone must toil along in austerity until the next pay packet. Not so, say we! We’ve asked around and got some of Scotland’s finest chefs, comedians, thespians, musicians and designers to tell us their tips on enjoying yourself for little or no cost. Read their suggestions from page 10.

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BURNS NIGHT Details of Burns readings and ceilidhs around the country, plus Burns supper info in our Food & Drink section, on page 21.

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7 Noticeboard News of the Inverleith Park development project.

22 Food&Drink Our run-down of the best hot chocolates in Glasgow and Edinburgh. 88 Mailbox Your whisky-winning correspondence, plus new column Ask Bob.


Around Town Taiko Drumming Burns Night Edinburgh Iranian Festival

Books Linda Grant Sunjeev Sahota Julian Barnes Clubs Laurent Garnier Xplicit Pawn Penn

Film Kevin MacDonald Black Swan Genius Within: The Inner Life Biutiful Barney’s Version Comedy John Cooper Clarke Russell Kane

Kids Ditto

LGBT Events

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Music Celtic Connections: Trembling Bells 57 Twin Shadow The Vaccines Records Jazz & Folk Classical 60 74 75

Theatre Manipulate The Beckett Trilogy The Breathing House A View from the Bridge Go Dance

Visual Art

Rosemarie Trockel Jonathan Horowitz Marc Camille Chaimowicz Catherine Payton and Nicolas Party

Classified Recruitment I Saw You Flatshare Classified Courses and Tuition


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Win a six month gym membership and a flight to Paris, plus 2 for 1 tickets to New Territories performances. See page 6