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John Challis: Only Fools & Boycie

John Challis, who played Boycie in BBC comedy Only Fools & Horses, shares stories and anecdotes from his career.

The Harlington, Fleet

Tue 29 Sep

£15 / 01252 811009

Opening Lecture: Lee Miller and Picasso

Antony Penrose, director of the Lee Miller Archives (and the son of the late, great photographer), talks about the relationship of Lee Miller and Pablo Picasso. Booking is essential.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Sat 23 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

£4 (£3) / 0131 624 6560

Breaking, "Breaking Amish" - The Amish and the Maintenance of Cultural Identity

What is cultural identity and what can we learn from the Amish, if anything, on maintaining unique cultures in an increasingly global world? A look at myth and identity in the modern world through reflections on the Amish.

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

Multimedia Room

Free / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

Bright Club: Edinburgh

The hardworking staff at Edinburgh's universities are let out for the night to share their tales about the weird, wonderful, and often very funny, world of research.

The Stand, Edinburgh

Tue 26 May

£5 / 0131 558 7272

David Brooks & Roman Krznaric in Conversation

David Brooks, New York Times columnist and author of The Social Animal gives his perspective on self-improvement and how to connect with the now.

City Temple Church & Conference Centre, London EC1A

Thu 28 May

£30

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The Death Zone: Matt Dickinson

Matt Dickinson was only the fifth British climber to scale Everest's North face when he ascended its peak in 1996. His book and films provide an insight into the difficulties and challenges he faced when he went to film a documentary for Channel 4 and National Geographic television.

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Fri 29 May

£6 (Concessions £4) / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

Festival Insights: Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett

In a lecture demonstration, Chilly Gonzales explores the musical theories behind his own songs and timeless compositions from the classical, jazz and pop repertoire. Working with the Kaiser Quartett in an intimate setting, Gonzales illuminates some of the mysteries of music.

The Hub, Edinburgh

Sun 9 Aug

£6 / 0131 473 2000

Part of Edinburgh International Festival.

Food for the Future

How can we feed the ever-growing population? And how will our food change in the future? Four Experts will discuss how Scotland’s food producers and food industry can respond to the challenges. The debate will explore new technologies that might be available and the interesting and unusual foods we might be eating in the…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Fri 29 May

Free / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

Free Tour: Maryhill Burgh Halls

Guided tour around the refurbished Burgh Halls. Booking is essential.

Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow

Thu 4 Jun

Free / 0845 860 1891

Thu 9 Jul

Free / 0845 860 1891

Thu 13 Aug

Free / 0845 860 1891

Thu 3 Sep

Free / 0845 860 1891

The Battle of Waterloo Remembered

A guided walk to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

Hyde Park Corner, London W2

Thu 18 Jun

£7.50–£10

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Dirt, Death and DNA: Delving into the use of Soil in Criminal Investigations

Are the crime programmes you see on TV based on real evidence? Find out as we discuss how effective soil is in criminal investigations with Professor Lorna Dawson, Head of Soil Forensics at the James Hutton Institute. This event is part of International Year of Soils.

Zoology Building, Aberdeen

Sun 31 May

Zoology Lecture Theatre

£3 (Concessions £3) / 01224 274330

Part of May Festival 2015.

The Fiddle at Sea: Exploring the Musical Traditions of Northern Sailors

Combining live and recorded music, photography, film and anecdotes, ‘The Fiddle at Sea’ is an audio-visual exploration. Frances Wilkins, lecturer in Ethnomusicology at the Elphinstone Institute, will give a compelling account of the importance of music among Scottish sailors, and the impact of this music on those who came…

Linklater Rooms, Aberdeen

Fri 29 May

Free / 01224 272000

Part of May Festival 2015.

French Conversation with Yakety Yak Language Cafe

Improve your French conversation in a small group with an experienced tutor.

28 York Place Hotel, Edinburgh

Mon 25 May

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 1 Jun

£8 / 07826 555134

Mon 8 Jun

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 7 more dates until 27 Jul

Henderson's Vegetarian Restaurant, Edinburgh

Wed 27 May

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 3 Jun

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 10 Jun

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 7 more dates until 29 Jul

The Royal Dick Bar & Bistro, Edinburgh

Wed 27 May

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 3 Jun

£8 / 07826 555134

Wed 10 Jun

£8 / 07826 555134

…and 2 more dates until 24 Jun

The Gentle Art of Assertiveness – Talk and Meditation

Raja Yoga meditation teacher Linda Lee gives a talk on the gentle art of assertiveness.

Inner Space Glasgow Meditation Centre

Sat 27 Jun

Free / 0141 552 7446

Glasgow’s Undergrounds

Glasgow's first 'Underground' wasn't the current Subway - it was the 'City and District' from Finnieston to High Street, under Queen Street Station. Within the next ten years, Glasgow built what was for some years the world's biggest 'Tube' system: the Central Underground from Dalmarnock to Maryhill - a grand total of 14…

Hillhead Library, Glasgow

Thu 25 Jun

Free / 0141 339 7223

Part of West End Festival.

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Ingenious Impressions: MUSE Tours

Student MUSEs (Museum University Student Educators) lead these tours, which run daily and last for approximately 30 minutes.

Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery, Glasgow

Sat 23 May

Free / 0141 330 4221

Sun 24 May

Free / 0141 330 4221

Tue 26 May

Free / 0141 330 4221

…and 23 more dates until 21 Jun

Making a Splash

Patrick Miley, father and coach of Commonwealth gold-medallist Hannah will give an insight into the highs and lows of sport, the secret of being a successful coach and how the Mileys find a balance between their personal and professional relationships. The talk will also include interview clips with Hannah, specially…

Aberdeen Sports Village

Sat 30 May

Seminar Room

£3 (Concessions £3) / 01224 438900

Part of May Festival 2015.

A Scottish Artist’s Genoese Adventures: Andrew Wilson (1778-1848)

An accomplished landscape painter, particularly in watercolour, Edinburgh-born Andrew Wilson began dealing in Old Masters while still in his twenties. Arriving in Genoa in 1803, after being arrested at Turin during the French occupation of northern Italy, he negotiated sales from the premier Genoese aristocratic…

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Fri 4 Sep

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

Sir Ranulph Fiennes: A Life at the Limits

Sir Ranulph Fiennes talks to long-time friend and expedition partner Anton Bowring about his life, his adventures and his ancestral heritage.

Alban Arena, St Albans

Thu 2 Jul

£21 (£20) / 01727 844488

Birmingham Town Hall

Mon 29 Jun

£21 / 0121 345 0600

Cheltenham Town Hall

Fri 17 Jul

£22.50 / 0844 576 2210

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Spanish Football’s Golden Age: Behind the Headlines

An audience with Aberdeen football journalist, analyst and commentator Graham Hunter as he reveals all about covering one of the most successful national football sides of all time, his friendships with some of the world’s greatest players and a genuinely unique behind-the-scenes insight into the inner-circle of some of…

King's College Conference Centre, Aberdeen

Sat 30 May

£6 (Concessions £4) / 01224 273874

Part of May Festival 2015.

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The Story Of Guitar Heroes

Tribute to guitar-playing legends.

Brookside Theatre, Romford

Sat 18 Jul

£16 / 01708 755 775

Unbelievable: The Science of the Paranormal

A unique opportunity to explore the mysterious world of the paranormal. Join Dr Caroline Watt of the University of Edinburgh's Koestler Parapsychology Unit and participate in a series of experiments that will uncover the truth about dowsing, telepathy and psychic readings. Skeptics and believers welcome.

The Admiral, Glasgow

Wed 10 Jun

£6 / 0141 221 7705

Ages 18+ Part of Glasgow Science Festival.

100 Masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

National Galleries Scotland Director-General John Leighton discusses his new book, which features a hundred of the galleries' best-loved masterpieces.

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Tue 26 May

Hawthornden Lecture Theatre

Free / 0131 624 6200

21st Century Otters

A lively illustrated talk with otter expert Melanie Findlay.

Harestanes Countryside Visitor Centre, Jedburgh

Sun 24 May

£5 / 01835 830306

Part of Scotland's Nature Festival.

The Art of Botanical Illustration: An insight into where it is today?

Join artist and tutor Janne Richardson for an insight into the world of botanical illustration, its development and where it is today. Janne will describe the process involved of creating a finished botanical painting.

Zoology Building, Aberdeen

Sun 31 May

Zoology Lecture Theatre

Free / 01224 274330

Part of May Festival 2015.

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