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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

Sat 30 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Sun 31 Aug

Free (donations welcome) / 0131 524 7770

Please do not contact the venue.

  • 15:30

Enlightened! A Walking Tour of Edinburgh's New Town in the Age of Reason

Explore the New Town with Enlightened! walking tours and learn about how clever Edinburgh's people of yore were. Booking is essential.

Dundas House, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Sun 31 Aug

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Mon 1 Sep

£10 (groups of five or more £8 per person) / 07459 109460

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30
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The Thermos Museum

If you're somebody who gets super-excited about thermal insulation technology – and who isn't? – then get yourself down to the Thermos Museum and let an expert guide you through the history of the vacuum flask.

Festival Square, Edinburgh

Fri 29 Aug

Payment Upon Satisfaction, expensive gift shop also available

  • 14:00 – 20:00

Sat 30 Aug

Payment Upon Satisfaction, expensive gift shop also available

  • 14:00 – 20:00

Sun 31 Aug

Payment Upon Satisfaction, expensive gift shop also available

  • 14:00 – 20:00

Michael Palin: Travelling To Work

To celebrate his third volume of diaries being published, Palin looks back on 25 years of travelling the world and almost 50 years of popping up on radio, TV and film. Palin is best known for Monty Python with John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and the late Graham Chapman. Between movies, he also…

Alban Arena, St Albans

Mon 8 Sep

£29.50 / 01727 844488

  • 19:30

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Fri 3 Oct

£29.50 / 01223 357851

Colston Hall, Bristol

Mon 22 Sep

£29.50 / 0117 922 3686

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Independence and Monetary Reform: How Can Scotland Change the Banking and Monetary System?

With the independence referendum just around the corner, an evening of discussions about the nation's financial matters.

CCA, Glasgow

Thu 4 Sep

Free / 0141 352 4900

  • 19:30 – 21:30

Summerhall, Edinburgh

Thu 4 Sep

Free / 0131 560 1581

  • 19:30 – 21:30
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Garden Talk: Perfect Lawns

Pollok Gardener Susan Boyd shares her tips for the perfect lawn. Booking is essential.

Pollok Visitor Centre, Glasgow

Sun 14 Sep

Free / 0141 276 0924

  • 13:00 – 15:00

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – Mackintosh and Europe

A talk from Nicky Imrie of the University of Glasgow.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 8 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – On the Drawing Board

Pamela Robertson of the Hunterian delivers the talk.

The Mackintosh House, Glasgow

Wed 1 Oct

Free / 0141 330 5431

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Man at Arms Tour

Guided tour featuring a Douglas Man at Arms and a Hepburn knight. Hear stories of Hotspur Percy's siege of the castle and the fall of the Hepburn family.

Hailes Castle, East Linton

Sun 31 Aug

Free

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Arthur Jafa and Kara Keeling: Touching the Imperceptible

Cinematographer, director and cultural critic Arthur Jafa and Prof Kara Keeling of USC, author of The Witch's Flight: The Cinematic, the Black Femme, and the Image of Common Sense, in a (kind of) conversation about blackness, queerness and cinema.

Tramway, Glasgow

Sat 27 Sep

£6 for Saturday pass; £14 for weekend pass / 0845 330 3501

Part of ARIKA14 Episode 6: Make a Way Out of No Way.

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Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: How We Get Science Coverage Wrong

There is often a glaring disconnect between the findings of actual science and media reporting of such topics, and consequently there is often a needless chasm between public perception and the evidence on many contentious topics. Join physicist and science journalist David Robert Grimes to discuss the problems in…

The Victoria, Birmingham

Wed 10 Sep

Free / 0121 633 9439

Part of British Science Festival.

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – John Keppie: Architect

Simon Green from the Royal Commission of the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland presents a talk on architect John Keppie.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 22 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – Modelling Mackintosh

Brian Gallagher of BG Models presents this timely talk.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 5 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – The Stones that Built Victorian Glasgow

John Faithfull presents this talk on the stones that built Victorian Glasgow.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 19 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk: Travels with Mackintosh

Pamela Robertson of the Hunterian talks about travels with Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 26 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15
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Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – William Davidson: Art Collector

Pamela Robertson of the Hunterian explores the legacy of Glasgow collector William Davidson.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 15 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Paul Merton: Only When I Laugh

Known for his intelligent and surreal humour, Paul Merton's appearances on Have I Got News For You have seen him become an artfully rebellious fixture for over 25 years. This is an evening of laughter as he takes us on an evocative journey from his working-class Fulham childhood to the present day.

Broadway Letchworth, Letchworth Garden City

Mon 29 Sep

£20 / 01462 681 088

Nottingham Playhouse

Wed 22 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 0115 941 9419

  • 19:30 – 22:00

Sheffield Theatres

Mon 20 Oct

Crucible

£11 / 0114 249 6000

  • 19:30

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Y Not Jam – Girls into Games

There aren't nearly enough women designing video games, so aspiring designers should go to this free event in which you have only 48 hours to design and develop a new game for presentation on Sunday afternoon.

Glasgow Caledonian University

Sat 30 Aug

Free

All are welcome to the opening event at 3pm, but the game jam is for women only.

Sun 31 Aug

Free

All are welcome to the opening event at 3pm, but the game jam is for women only.

Andy Wightman: Stop Thief!

Commentator, activist and author Andy Wightman gives an audiovisual presentation.

City Art Centre, Edinburgh

Sat 30 Aug

Free / 0131 529 3993

Part of Edinburgh Art Festival.

  • 14:00

The Auld Acquaintance: Q&A with Malc McGookin

Cartoonist Malc McGookin discusses his satirical cartoons on independence.

Leiper Fine Art, Glasgow

Fri 5 Sep

Free / 0141 204 2372

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Blabbermouth

This 12-hour live celebration of Scottish music and spoken word features a collection of artists, actors, politicians, journalists, sportspeople, singers and scientists performing their favourite pieces of Scottish writing. A chance to celebrate Scotland's contribution to the world in the final hours before the referendum.

Assembly Hall, Edinburgh

Wed 17 Sep

£10 (£8) per session; £30 (£20) for day ticket / 0131 473 2000

Douglas Haig: A Hero of Scotland, Britain and the Empire?

Gary Sheffield discusses the legacy of controversial general Douglas Haig (responsible for the ill-fated battles of the Somme and Ypres), and examines how his reputation has changed since WWI. Booking is essential.

National Library of Scotland, Edinburgh

Tue 16 Sep

Free / 0131 623 3734

  • 18:00

Edinburgh Skeptics

Regular meet-ups of Edinburgh's most enquiring minds, breaking down doctrine with pints and chat.

The Banshee Labyrinth, Edinburgh

Thu 18 Sep

Free / 07896 745991

Today: Dr Chris White – A Crash Course in Particle Physics.

  • 19:30

Mackintosh Architecture Lunchtime Talk – The Paper Trail: Glasgow's Building Records

Irene O'Brien from Glasgow City Archives presents this talk on the city's building records.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Wed 12 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

  • 13:00 – 13:15

Man at Arms Guided Tour

The Man at Arms tells bloodthirsty tales of siege warfare and castle life, with a selection of medieval weapons to show off.

Dirleton Castle, North Berwick

Sat 6 Sep

Included in admission / 01620 850330

  • 14:00 – 15:00
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