17 NOV-15 DEC YOU’VE GOT 29 DAYS TO LIVE! It’s Christmas! Well, it’s not, obviously, but given the amount of seasonal shift going on it’s worth explaining why we’re contributing to the increasingly early onset of festivities by putting our Christmas issue out before the end of November. Firstly, it’s just good planning. Why be a last-minute present buyer when you can be an angelically-calm prudent shopper. Our Wish List present guide (packaged with this issue) will help you to achieve that latter state of transcendence. Secondly, it’s difficult to be grumpy writing about indie gift markets, Christmas-themed gameshow- alike pub quizzes and blokes dressing up as Santa to run along Princes Street. Therefore there’ll be no Scrooging yet (not until we’ve seen that M&S X Factoradvert at least three more times).
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NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
A sneak peek inside the newly- refurbished gallery ahead of its re-opening this month.
ABANDONED SCOTLAND Some of the country’s most impressive buildings have been left to crumble. We have a scout around them.
It’s Funtime If you’ve never experienced the glorious mayhem of It’s Funtime, you’re in for a treat. The anarchic untelevised gameshow is once again taking place at the Bongo club this month, with a special festive theme, so for those of you who have yet to undertake a limbo competition observed by Santa-bots, now’s your chance. See feature, page 26.
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