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An Evening with Sir Roger Moore

Interviewed by Gareth Owen, Hollywood legend, knight and raconteur Sir Roger Moore candidly discusses his life and career, from The Saint and The Persuaders to his stint as 007 and beyond. Followed by an audience Q&A.

Churchill Theatre, Bromley

Thu 2 Oct

£26 / 08441 717620

Floral Pavilion Theatre, New Brighton

Sun 5 Oct

£26 (£24) / 0151 666 0000

  • 19:30

Grand Opera House, York

Wed 24 Sep

£26 / 0844 871 3024

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The Alternative Edinburgh Walking Tour

Get off the tourist paths and see a different side of the city, learning about everything from its literary past to the disco pioneer who grew up near (but note: not in) the bins at the back of Tesco.

Omni Centre, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

  • 15:30

Sat 2 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

  • 15:30

Sun 3 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

  • 15:30
…and 14 more dates until 31 Aug

GFT Tour

Learn the fascinating story of the GFT and its predecessor the Cosmo with this glimpse behind-the-scenes.

Glasgow Film Theatre

Wed 23 Jul

Free / 0141 332 6535

  • 10:00
  • 10:30
  • 12:00
  • 12:30
  • 14:00
  • 14:30
  • 15:00

A Century on the Edge: From Cold War to Hot World, 1945–2045

A talk by Paul Rogers, Professor of Peace Studies, University of Bradford about the lessons of war. Chaired by Dr Andrea Birdsall.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Wed 27 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

An Fhèis Mhòr: Scotland's Festival Of Paddlesport

Celebrate the diversity of paddlesport (that's canoeing and kayaking, mostly) at this watery festival featuring the Canoe Polo tournament and Pool Slalom competitions. There's also the thrilling Tay Descent race to watch as its competitors journey down the rapids to Perth, and the National Indoor Kayak Championships…

Various venues, Perth

Fri 24 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 18:00 – 21:00

Sat 25 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 18:00

Sun 26 Oct

Free / 0131 317 7314

Part of Homecoming Scotland.

  • 10:00 – 16:00
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BBC: Newsnight

BBC Two Join Kirsty Wark for a live broadcast as a panel of leading cultural figures select a winner from our competition to find the best Scottish Referendum themed performance. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit bbc.co.uk/tickets. Follow @BBCEdFest for listings. This is…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Thu 21 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

BBC: The Infinite Monkey Cage

BBC Radio 4 Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince bring the monkey cage to the Fringe, with their witty and irreverent look at the world through scientists’ eyes, ably assisted by a panel of scientists and celebrities. This is a free event ticketed via random draw. To enter the draw, please visit…

BBC @ Potterrow, Edinburgh

Fri 1 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sat 2 Aug

BBC

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Breaking Down Barriers: Early Years Arts @ the Fringe

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society and Starcatchers Presenting work specifically for early years audiences isn’t that commonplace in the Fringe. What’s stopping companies/artists and is there a way to overcome these obstacles? Join us for a conversation on why early years arts are important and how we make the Fringe…

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Sat 16 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Breaking Down Barriers: Working with Hard to Reach Groups

Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society A discussion on approaches to working collaboratively with people who face barriers in participating in the arts. Join a mixed panel of experts to explore the different types of barriers that exist and the successful engagement techniques and models that are helping overcome them.

Fringe Central, Edinburgh

Mon 18 Aug

Lecture Theatre 1

Free / 0131 226 0000

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Danie Mellor in Conversation

Artist Danie Mellor discusses his current exhibition, Primordial: SuperNaturalBayiMinyjirral, with Dr Alison Bracker from the Royal Academy of Arts.

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh

Sat 2 Aug

Free (ticketed) / 0300 123 6789

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How War Reporting has Changed: A Century On

A look at how times have changed when it comes to war reporting.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Fri 22 Aug

£6 / 0844 557 2686

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Jim Al-Khalili: Quantum – Still Crazy After All These Years

Lakin McCarthy / The Assembly Rooms A whirlwind tour of the quantum world, highlighting just why it is so strange and how physicists have come to terms with what it all means. All seating is unreserved. Late comers may not be admitted. Age category: PG

Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Tue 19 Aug

The Music Hall

£10 / 0131 220 4348

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

The Magic of Smiles

A talk and meditation session examining the practice of smiling.

Inner Space Glasgow Meditation Centre

Thu 24 Jul

Free / 0141 552 7446

  • 19:00 – 20:30

Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition

Get a load of thousands of examples of model railway layouts and engines, sit in on some lectures and workshops and connect with fellow model engineering enthusiasts at the massive tradeshow.

Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, Leamington Spa

Thu 16 Oct

£4.50–£9.50 / 01926 614101

  • 10:00 – 17:00

Panel Discussion: Glasgow Housing

The regeneration plans for Dalmarnock in relation to the Commonwealth Games have brought Glasgow housing under scrutiny. The Drouth’s Mitchell Miller moderates a panel discussion exploring the intentions of residential architecture, the grand visions of politics and the human impact of regeneration. Panelists include…

Gilmorehill Centre, Glasgow

Thu 24 Jul

Prices to be confirmed / 0141 330 2892

Part of Commonwealth Film & Theatre Festival & Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00
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'Those who live forever unconquered': Edinburgh's First World War Monuments

A talk by Paul McAuley, Conservation Officer of the City of Edinburgh Council, on some of the capital city's WWI monuments, from the Hearts FC Memorial in Haymarket to the Scots American Memorial in Princes Street Square.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 26 Aug

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

  • 12:45 – 13:30

Aaron Kreisler, Kushana Bush, Yvonne Todd and Steve Carr in Discussion

Curator Aaron Kreisler and New Zealand artists Kushana Bush, Yvonne Todd and Steve Carr discuss their parts in the Where Do I End and You Begin exhibition.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

  • 15:00

Chocolate, Whiskies and Cocktails

Annabel Meikle - The Whisky Belle Love chocolate? Not sure about whisky? Fancy trying something different and matching it to carefully selected chocolate? The Whisky Belle, Annabel Meikle has brought together two of Scotland’s finest producers to create a luxurious experience for an indulgent Sunday afternoon. Our…

Signet Library, Edinburgh

Sun 3 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 10 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 17 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Sun 24 Aug

The Upper Library

£25 / 0131 225 0651

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Consciousness

Hosted by Guerilla Science Are you awake? Are you dreaming? How much of our world is a construction of our brain, a mere figment of our imagination? Join neuroscientist Anil Seth as he reveals what science can and cannot tell us about the mysteries of consciousness. Tickets include one delightful cocktail.

Hendrick's Carnival of Knowledge, Edinburgh

Sat 9 Aug

The Odditorium

£12

Part of Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

Current Exchanges: Curator's Tour

Curator Ben Divall leads this tour of the exhibition and discusses the links between Dovecot Studios and the Australian Tapestry Workshops.

Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh

Wed 13 Aug

Free / 0131 550 3660

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Dance Show LIVE

Whether you're an up-and-coming dancer, a seasoned pro or a flat-footed newbie, there's something for everyone at this festival of dance, featuring performances, workshops and talks. Featuring Perri and Jordan from Diversity, Luke McFarlane (winner of Got to Dance) and many more.

SECC, Glasgow

Sun 24 Aug

£14.50 / 02920 799199

Free SIA Door Supervisor Training Courses

Free training courses for unemployed people.

Free2Learn, London CR0

Wed 23 Jul

Free / 020 3588 0808

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Thu 24 Jul

Free / 020 3588 0808

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Fri 25 Jul

Free / 020 3588 0808

  • 10:00 – 15:00

Glasgoes Poetic

Written and spoken word at this festival of all things versified, which brings together several poetical events happening in Glasgow, and adds in a few more of its own, all aiming to get you celebrating caesura and enthusing about iambs.

Various venues: Glasgow

Wed 24 Sep

Times vary / Free / 07918 601799

Thu 25 Sep

Times vary / Free / 07918 601799

Fri 26 Sep

Times vary / Free / 07918 601799

…and 14 more dates until 10 Oct

Glasgow Café Scientifique

Explore the latest ideas in science and technology, outside a traditional academic context, at this forum for debating and promoting public engagement.

Tron Theatre, Glasgow

Mon 11 Aug

Victorian Bar

Free / 0141 552 3748

Today: 'Athlete preparation: What can we learn for our own health?' with Stuart Gray, Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen.

  • 19:00

Mon 1 Sep

Victorian Bar

Free / 0141 552 3748

Today, it's 'Crying Wolf' with Jo Foo. The zoologist and science educator talks about whether it's time to re-introduce big predators to the Scottish countryside, including wolves, bears and lynx. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00

GREEN2014: Family Workshop – Grow Grow Grow!

Learn more about how to grow your own salads.

Parnie Street, Glasgow

Sun 27 Jul

Free

Part of Glasgow 2014, Merchant City Festival & Glasgow City of Science.

  • 10:00 – 17:00
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