Edinburgh life

Saturday 1 6 continued


Pro-Choice Action Group Protest Grassmarket. “WI 1 7 l 3 51‘). 9.30am. STUC-organised protest against the Precious Life conference being held in the Apex international Hotel.


Edinburgh's Telford College Fashion Show Royal Museum. 2 Chambers Street. 247 4219. 9pm &

1 1pm. £l2. Entitled ‘Forbidden Fruit‘. the college‘s annual fashion show hits the catwalk. Fred MacAulay hosts the 9pm show. Tickets available from the museum shop. the college's North and South campus reception desks. (’ult Clothing. Ripping Records and i‘opp.

Other events

Puffin Cruise Hawes Pier. chvhalls Road. South Queensferry. (ll 577 862355. IOam—lpm. £12 (£7). Advance booking essential. Join the RSPB staff on the ‘MV Maid of the Forth‘ on one of the special seabird cruises in the Firth of Forth.

Monty One Gun Salutes Edinburgh Castle. 225 9846. Noon. £7 (£2—£5). A twenty one gun salute fired from Mills Mount in the ('astle grounds celebrating the official birthday of HM The Queen.

Sunday 1 7


Blodlverlsty Behind The Scenes Day Hermitage Of Braid. 69 Braid Road. 447 7 MS. Learn more about the wealth of flora and fauna inhabiting the

Wood Engraving Demonstration Royal Botanic Garden. lnverleith Row. 552 7l7 l. Noon—5pm. Free. Witness this traditional technique in a demonstration from Heather Wilson.

Other events Pop Quiz Night The Hayrnarket Bar. 11 West Maitland Street. 228 2537. 8pm. Free. See Sun I0.

Monday 1 8


Musselburgh Races Musselburgh Racecourse. Linkfteld Road. Musselburgh. 665 2859. 2—4.30pm. Family race day with children‘s entertainment.


Roland Penrose And The International Surrealist Exhibition Of 1936 National Gallery of Modern Art. Belford Road. 624 6200. 12.45pm. Free. Elizabeth Cowling of Edinburgh University discusses the life and work of Roland Penrose who was responsible for the first surrealist exhibition to come to London in 1936.

Museum 01 Scotland Chambers Street. 247 4219. Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun noon—5pm; Tue 10am—8pm. Free. Devoted solely to the history and heritage of Scotland. the building contains five thematically-arranged exhibitions, moving from pre- history, thr0ugh the Industrial Revolution, to the present day. Rosslyn Chapel

Roslin, 440 2159.

Mon—Sat 10am—5pm; Sun 11.45am—4.45pm. £4 ($23.50). What you get out of a trip to Rosslyn Chapel may depend on your familiarity with books of the conspiracy theorist genre: a stronghold for the Knights

106 THE LIST 7—21 Jun 2001


ANTHONY BOURDAIN Waterstone’s, Glasgow, Wed 13 Jun; Waterstone's, Edinburgh, Thu 14 Jun.

Anthony Bourdain (far left) carves out a cracking story

In Britain the best we can produce in the way of celebrity chefs are the matronly Delia, the spikily-coiffed Gary Rhodes or variety-hall style showman Ainsley Harriot. Meanwhile, on the gritty streets of New York city, Anthony Bourdain cuts a slightly different figure. The missing link between guns and gateaux, mobsters and marinades, Bourdain has shot into the spotlight with his acclaimed novels Bone In The Throat and Gone Bamboo and his real-life expose Kitchen Confidential.

Having worked his way up from dishwasher at a series of seedy joints to executive chef at New York bistro, Les Halles, Bourdain has seen a lot. The combination of working in a professional kitchen and experiencing first- hand the antics of local mobsters gives Bourdain’s fiction writing an authentic edge. And in the tradition of Elmore Leonard, Bourdain’s ‘Paulies’ and ‘Donnies’ get spurred along by fast-crackin’ dialogue, and a huge helping of black comedy. His talent for writing is obvious, but it seems Bourdain has no plans to give up his carving knives for good. His love of food seems to surpass his love of mob-culture and for the moment he manages to fit in the book tours around his culinary obligations.

With a new novel due out in the spring of next year, Bobby Gold, Bourdain isn’t leaving anything on the back burner. He’s visiting Scotland to read from his work and answer questions from what could be a bizarrer mixed crowd of culinary fanatics and gangster wannabes. (Louisa Pearson)

(Faber & Faber £l4.99). Charles Smith James Thin, 53—59 1 South Bridge. 622 8222. 7pm. Free. Charles Smith isjoined by Malcolm Cant as the two historians discuss their knowledge of Edinburgh‘s vast history.

Tuesday 19 ' Environment

BOOk eVentS BTCV Scotland Conservation Wendy Cope Waterstone‘s. 128 Work Various venues, 332 8700. Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free. 9.30am. Help BTCV Scotland in a Award-winning poet reads from her new variety of conservation tasks in and collection of poetry If I Don 't Know around the Edinburgh area. From Tue

Other events The Great Trav Trivia Quiz Traverse Theatre. Cambridge Street. 228 l404. 8pm. Free. Fun quiz for teams of up to eight.

l9—Thu 2| Jun. assist in finishing the path at Keils Den at the Robert Gough Centre. Meet at Waverley Bridge.


Spokes Bike Breakfast Edinburgh City Chambers. High Street. 664 0526. 8—l0am. Free. Launching the North Sea cycle route. this event features stalls. a free breakfast. a commuter challenge and a free Spokes tnap to the first twenty people to arrive.

Wednesday 20

Book events

Nick Hornby Waterstone‘s. I28 Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free. Hornby reads frotn his latest novel How To Be Good (Viking £l6.99). but will no doubt also answer questions on his last novel About A Boy. currently making its way to the big screen with Hugh Grant

in the lead role.

Nick Danziger Waterstone‘s. 128 Princes Street. 226 2666. 6pm. Free.

Nick Danziger. writer of the acclaimed

Danziger's Travel collection. demonstrates his diverse range of talents With this appearance. showing examples

. i of his photography in The British: A

Photographic Journey (Flamingo £l4.99).


Heavenly Faces: Stuart Portraiture And The Divine Right Of Kings National Portrait

Gallery. l Queen Street. 624 6200.

l2.45pm. Free. Robin Nicholson gives a


Thursday 21

Book events Magnus Mills Waterstone‘s. George

Street. 225 3436. 7pm. Free. Acclaimed

author and Booker-prize nominee. Magnus Mills talks about his latest novel. Three To See The King (Flamingo £19.99).


Learning To Be A Professional Translator Or Interpreter Is Learning To Act Like One Heriot- Watt University, Edinburgh Business School. Riccarton. 45l 3444. 6pm. Free. Prof Basil Hatim shares his experience of translation and interpretation.

WTO And Globalisation Augustine United Church. George W Bridge. 225 6575. 7.30pm. The UN Association host this discussion which includes a guest speaker from Christian Aid.

Other events

3DI2D Craft 8. Design Fair Royal Highland Centre. lngliston. 333 3036. 9.30am—7pm. Special crafts

marquee at the Royal Highland Show.

The best in contemporary craft and art & design direct from the makers themselves.

Museum 01 Scotland

Templar?; proof of pre- Columbian trans-Atlantic travel’?; even the final resting place of the Holy Grail?!? Royal Botanic Garden lnverleith Row. 552 7171. Daily 9.30am—7pm. Free. A sea of tranquillity in the hubbub of the city. the Botanic Garden is home to a wealth of flora from around the globe.

Royal Yacht Britannia Ocean Drive, Leith,

555 5566. Daily 9.30am—4.30pm. $37.75 (23.75—25.95); family ticket 9220. The former royal yacht has opened its doors to members of the public after a $2.5 million refit.

Scotch Whisky Heritage Centre

354 Castlehill, 220 0441. Daily 10am—5pm. £6.50

(£3.25—E450); family ticket 214.

Take a romp through the traditions and history of yer national drink at this fully interactive attraction.

St Giles’ Cathean

Royal Mile. 225 9442. Mon—Sat 9.308m-5pm; Sun 1—5pm. Founded in the 1100s. this church has witnessed executions, riots and celebrations. With spectacular stained glass windows. ornate stonework and guided tours it's a good starting point for exploring the Royal Mile.

The Life And Time Of Inspector Rebus

Meet Old Ouad. University Of Edinburgh, 557 6464. Wed. Fri 8. Sat 2.30—4.30pm. 26 (23-24). Follow in the footsteps of Ian Rankin's tamed detective on this walking tour around St Leonard's police stations. Salisbury Crags and his fictional home in Marchmont.

Water 01 Leith Visitor Centre

24 Lanark Road, 455 7367. Daily 10am—4pm. Discover everything there is to know about the 24 mile journey the Water of Leith takes from the Pentland Hills to Leith, thr0ugh interactive displays and video panels.