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Glasgow Skeptics

A biweekly event where speakers expound on science, pseudoscience, politics and policy to increase public understanding and engagement of these issues.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

Today: 'After the Referendum: What Now?' – A panel discusses the repercussions of the Referendum, whichever way it goes. With Scottish politics expert Dr Neil McGarvey; journalist and commentator Lesley Riddoch; and Spectator blogger and libertarian Alex Massie. Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 19:00 – 21:30

Bright Club: Glasgow

Bright Club features its usual intoxicating blend of comedy and academia as lecturers from the city's universities turn their studies into entertaining stories.

The Stand, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

£5 / 0844 335 8879

  • 20:30

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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From Subjection to Subjection

The US population represents only 4.44% of the population of the globe, but, since the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world, its prison population is about 25% of the global prison population. Activist Reina Gossett, academic Saidiya Hartman and Charlene Sinclair, Director of the Centre for Race, Religion…

Tramway, Glasgow

Sun 28 Sep

£6 for a Sunday pass; £14 for a weekend pass / 0845 330 3501

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

After the Referendum: What Now?

Glasgow Skeptics presents a panel discussion to ask what happens now the votes are in. Chaired by journalist and broadcaster David Torrance with panelists Lesley Riddoch, Alex Massie, Stephen Paton and Duncan Hothersall.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0141 221 7705

  • 19:00 – 21:00
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Edinburgh International Wedding Exhibition

A brand new wedding fair on the scene, gathering together over 200 industry experts under one roof. offering products, seminars and demonstrations.

EICC, Edinburgh

Sat 11 Oct

£8.50; £13.50 Exhibition plus Bridal & Band Showcase; £25 VIP Priority Pass / 0131 611 0330

  • 11:00 – 16:00

Mackintosh Architecture Architects in Conversation

Contemporary architects give a series of presentations on themes inspired by the exhibition.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sun 30 Nov

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 7 Dec

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Sun 14 Dec

Free / 0141 330 4221

Part of Creative Mackintosh Festival.

  • 14:00 – 15:00

Critters Evening Reception

An evening reception offering the chance to learn about the inspiration behind the larger-than-life critters nestling around the museum.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Fri 10 Oct

Free / 0141 330 4221

National Biology Week.

  • 17:30 – 19:00

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

Tue 23 Sep

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

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Wed 24 Sep

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

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30

Thu 25 Sep

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

Meet outside.

  • 14:00 – 15:30
…and 217 more dates until 1 May 2015

Explorathon

Celebrate European Researchers' Night by exploring the work of hundreds of local researchers through talks, debates and shows that highlight their breakthroughs.

Glasgow Science Centre

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 0141 420 5000

Part of Glasgow City of Science.

  • 18:00 – 23:00
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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

Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything – Capitalism Vs The Climate

In her provocative new book Klein argues that radical political change is needed in the fight against climate change. She is in conversation with columnist and writer Owen Jones.

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Sat 11 Oct

£10

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Westminster Central Hall, London SW1H

Mon 6 Oct

Steampunk Science

Delve into all things science and technology, from their historic roots to their future potential. This is an evening to examine some of today's innovative research.

University of Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free / 0131 650 1000

101 Legendary Whiskies

Back by popular demand, whisky expert Ian Buxton takes us on a tastebud-tingling tour of some of the world’s finest and rarest whiskies, revealing entertaining and unusual stories behind their creation along the way.

Spiegeltent, Cheltenham

Thu 9 Oct

£20

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Generation by Night

Early evening talks, demonstrations, hands-on art-making sessions, live music and other creative responses to the Generation art programme.

Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh

Thu 25 Sep

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 225 6671

Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00
…and 3 more dates until 30 Oct

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Edinburgh

Thu 9 Oct

Free / 0131 624 6200

Graham Fagen discusses his charmingly titled 1998 installation Peek-a-Jobby, and there's a DJ set from A La Fu Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 13 Nov

Free / 0131 624 6200

An artist's talk from Ross Sinclair and a site-specific DJ set from Loops Haunt. Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00

Thu 11 Dec

Free / 0131 624 6200

Julie Roberts talks about how institutional constraints on the female body affect her work. Part of Generation.

  • 15:00 – 17:00

Thu 8 Jan 2015

Free / 0131 624 6200

Ciara Phillips, Claire Barclay and Kate Davis discuss their work. Part of Generation.

  • 17:00 – 19:00
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Gordon Buchanan: Lost Adventures

Gordon's tales of his adventures, expedition and wildlife experiences.

Beacon Arts Centre, Greenock

Mon 20 Oct

The Beacon Theatre

£14.50 / 01475 723723

Caird Hall, Dundee

Fri 24 Oct

£14.50 / 01382 434940

Eastgate Theatre & Arts Centre, Peebles

Fri 10 Oct

£12.50–£14.50 (Children £5) / 01721 725777

  • 19:30 – 21:00

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Journeys into the Art and Spirit of Different Cultures

An exploration of different forms of artistic expression in Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions.

Assembly Roxy, Edinburgh

Fri 3 Oct

£7–£10 for both days; £6–£8 for one day / 0131 623 3030

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Sat 4 Oct

£7–£10 for both days; £6–£8 for one day / 0131 623 3030

  • 19:30 – 21:00

Italian Cultural Institute, Edinburgh

Thu 2 Oct

Free / 0131 668 2232

  • 18:00 – 20:30

A Life in Music: Jimmy Page

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page talks about his life, career and new book with Guardian music editor, Michael Hann. His autobiography – Jimmy Page – discusses his life in the world-famous band, as well as his life off-stage and is illustrated by personal photographs.

Cadogan Hall, London SW1X

Wed 15 Oct

£20 / 020 7730 4500

Scran Salon

Chat with like-minded people about food and drink while indulging in a beer, milkshake or other beverage of your choice, along with some food tastings.

Bonar Hall, Dundee

Sun 26 Oct

Free but ticketed / 01382 434940

Part of Dundee Literary Festival.

  • 20:00 – 21:00

The Raven, Glasgow

Mon 22 Sep

Free / 0141 332 6151

  • 19:00 – 21:00

You’ll Have Had Your Vote Then

Oliver Escobar, an expert in participatory democracy from the University of Edinburgh, explains how – no matter the referendum result – we can all remain politically active.

Thomson's Land, Edinburgh

Fri 26 Sep

Free

  • 19:00 – 20:30
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10 Years Of Who Do You Think You Are?

To celebrate ten years and one hundred episodes of the famous genealogy documentary, actor Brian Blessed shares his experiences of discovering his past. Dan Waddell, author of Who Do You Think You Are: The Genealogy Handbook, and members of the show’s production team join him to celebrate this much-loved British…

Maxima Forum, Cheltenham

Wed 8 Oct

£12

Part of Cheltenham Literature Festival.

Albert's Band: To Infinity and Beyond

Music associated with space accompanies this intergalactic experience.

Royal Albert Hall, London SW7

Sat 25 Oct

£8.14 (Children £5.08) / 020 7589 8212

This event takes place in the Elgar Room.

Alexander McCall Smith

The twinkly-eyed and hugely successful author reads from his work, talks to Mary Ann Kennedy and takes questions from the floor.

The Sunart Centre/Arainn Shuaineirt, Acharacle

Sat 27 Sep

Entry with Day Ticket / 01397 709228

Part of Three Lochs Book and Art Festival.

  • 15:30 – 17:00

Alfred Emslie's Dinner at Haddo House

Alfred Emslie's 1884 painting Dinner at Haddo House depicts what looks like a convivial evening with high Victorian society, including then-PM William Ewart Gladstone – but if you want an explanation for Gladstone's scowl, look no further than the piper blasting away in a corner. Simon Welfare talks about the painting.

Haddo House, Ellon

Tue 7 Oct

£15 (under 26s £8) / 0844 493 2179

Part of Haddo Arts Festival.

Annual Hamish Henderson Lecture

Dolina McLennan presents this year's folk music lecture.

Edinburgh City Chambers

Sat 8 Nov

Free / 0131 529 4003

Part of Carrying Stream Festival.

  • 12:30
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