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This week we are looking north to Scotland as people up and down the country prepare to celebrate Burns’ Night. It may be a Scottish tradition but we Brits are embracing it wholeheartedly and it seems that every year there are more and more events taking place south of the border to celebrate the life of the poet. It may be the last year that we celebrate Burns’ Night as a truly United Kingdom if Scotland votes for independence in September’s referendum. If that happens, will we

still celebrate in England? I suspect the answer is yes, after all we don’t need much excuse for a party. But maybe it’s time we create our own day of celebration. If we mark the birthday of Robbie Burns, then it seems only right that we should mark the birth of one of our national treasures – like Shakespeare, or Dickens, or Darwin. The Scots are rightly proud of their national poet, why aren’t we prouder of the great people that have come from our country?

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ust when you thought the party was over, it’s time to roll out the tartan carpet on January 25 and sing the praises of Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet. Whether you’re a Scot or not, getting together for a cosy Burns Night celebration is the perfect antidote to the cold January weather and this year the celebration is especially poignant as it could be the last Burns’ Night we celebrate with Scotland as part of the United Kingdom. The first Burns’ Night Supper was held in 1801, five years after the poet’s death by a group of his friends and acquaintances, to celebrate his life and works. They devised an evening which looked

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a bit like a Masonic lodge ceremonial, with a haggis as a centrepiece and the recitation and singing of Burns’ works along with a toast, in verse, to the memory of their friend. They enjoyed the evening so much that the group of friends decided to meet the following January, this time for a dinner to celebrate Burns’ birthday, never imagining that it would grow to become a global phenomenon. But Burns’ popularity grew rapidly after his untimely death and the idea of meeting annually to share his poems and songs in the bonds of friendship caught the public imagination. The first Supper outside Scotland was at Oxford University in 1806 (hosted by a few Glasgow students) with London seeing its first Bard-day party in 1810. Wherever there were Scots merchants trading in the English county towns, festivals sprung up over the next twenty years. There’s no-one better to host a Burns’ Night Supper than Scottish chef Dougie Bonar of the Kilted Chef in Kingsmead Square, who is hosting an authentic celebration in his fine dining restaurant,


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complete with a piper to pipe in the haggis. He said: “I’m no stranger to the softer lifestyles and lighter cuisines of the South, as you can see from our usual menus. “But I can’t resist the temptation to mark the birth of Scotland’s most celebrated poet. “On January 24 and 25 I will return to my roots of classic Northern cooking and celebrate in true Scottish style. “Growing up we always used to celebrate Burns’ Night as a family with a plate of traditional haggis. “It’s important for us as Scots to celebrate Burns’ Night because we really value Robert Burns as our national poet.” Dougie started his career in hospitality at one of Robbie Burns’ favourite haunts. He said: “My first job, when I was 13, was making sandwiches in the old part of Edinburgh. It was in a building with lots of alcoves which apparently used to be Robert Burns’ drinking den back in the day!” The Burns’ Night Menu at the Kilted Chef costs £60 per person. Other Burns’ Night celebrations taking place in and around Bath include: Allium at the Abbey Hotel will be holding a celebration of all things North of the Border on January 23 , hosted by resident whisky connoisseur Andrew Fisher. The evening starts with a whisky apéritif on arrival, followed by a four-course supper accompanied by seven single malt Whiskies. All seven malts have been chosen to

complement the food, amongst which will include Chris Staines’ take on the obligatory haggis, neeps and tatties. Tickets cost £50 for a four-course supper and whiskies. A piper will set the scene at the Roman Baths on January 25 while guests enjoy a sparkling drinks reception around the magical torch-lit Roman Baths. The toastmaster will then lead guests to dinner where a Burns’ Night Feast will be served in The Pump Room from 8pm with Burns’ poetry read by Leonard Pearcey. After dinner enjoy ceilidh dancing to the Dalriada Scottish Country Dance Band. Tickets cost £55. Bath Rugby is holding a Burns’ Night Supper on the January 25. Diners are promised a great night of entertainment, speakers and a tantalising,

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traditional Scottish menu. Prices are £38.50 per head Enjoy a candlelit Burns Night supper at Highgrove on Friday January 24. Arrive at 7pm where you will be greeted with Champagne cocktails before being invited to take your seats for a very traditional evening. Tuck into a four course dinner , including the Haggis being piped in through the beautiful Orchard Room followed by the piper giving the address to celebrate Robbie Burns. Wine is included during your meal. Tickets cost £95. On January 30 Independent Spirit is holding an Almost Burns night – An evening of Highland Park. This is a special Highland Park showcasing all the wondrous things this Orkney distillery is capable of. There will also be some special bottlings from independent bottlers. Tickets cost £20.

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Sam Wylie-Harris suggests some whisky and wines to mark the birth date of poet Robert Burns

cock-a-leekie soup. A blended malt from different distilleries, the sweet, fruity palate with orange peel, spice and a light peatiness has enough depth to last until the haggis is piped in. A smidgen more aged, Waitrose 10 Year Old, Speyside (£23.20 from £29, from January 22 to February 11, 70cl Waitrose) single malt is matured in bourbon and sherry oak casks and with the scents of orchard fruits, a malty, creamy, spicy sweetness and Speyside grassy

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characteristics, this limited edition offers great value for money. Vintage malts come at a premium, but for special occasions like this (after all, it is the biggest knees-up in the Scottish calendar) Balblair 2003 (£40.25, 70cl, www.thewhiskyexchange.com) is a pale beauty with a full-on floral nose and hints of butterscotch and toffee from the influence of ex-bourbon barrels and a rich mouthfeel of tropical fruits, honey and spice. If whisky really isn’t your thing, don’t despair, there are plenty of ■ [tvrlk WyjohykB :=ts Jshjr Oyv|zl4 9 ~lknl vm mylzo sptl4 jyhuilyy€ q|pjl4 hwwsl q|pjl6 Phsm5mpss h opnoihss nshzz ~p{o pjl6 Ikk {ol ~opzr€4 zx|lll {ol sptl ~lknl pu{v {ol nshzz huk {vw ~p{o lx|hs tlhz|ylz vm jyhuilyy€ q|pjl huk hwwsl q|pjl6 [{py huk zly}l ~p{o {~v jyhuilyyplz6


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grenache. Punching above its weight, this wine has enough depth of flavour to go with Scotch beef with peppercorn sauce as well as the peppery stuffing and gravy. North east of Madrid, nestled in the south west corner of the Spanish province of Zaragoza, the Calatayud wine growing region is famous for its garnacha (grenache) which produces big, bold reds with massive flavours of blackberries and spice such as Pena Garnacha 2011, Spain (£8.99, www.laithwaites.co.uk). With a deep, fruity nose, forest floor of black fruits and soft tannins, it’s a perfect match with haggis. Once the haggis is over though, it’s time for the sweet stuff. For a contemporary twist to the end of the evening, why not serve a cocktail that’s punchy in colour and flavour to go with cranachan, the Scottish dessert made from whipped cream, honey, fresh raspberries and oatmeal? Made with Chivas Regal 12 Year Old Whisky (£21.50, 70cl, Tesco), the Chivas opens up the taste buds before the sweetness and earthiness of the beetroot honey develops on the palate.

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Comedian Lee Hurst talks to Brian Donaldson ahead of his gig at Komedia on February 7

they went into more and more ridiculous scenarios to place me in as a way of trying to convince me that I should have a mobile.” Hurst does admit to being on Twitter and Facebook where he will put up jokes and have the occasional spleen-vent, but he’s having nothing to do with any internet trolls. “I make a point of blocking anyone who slags me off or who disagrees with me about an issue. But it cracks me up to hear about people being bullied online: just block! If only real life was like that, it would be brilliant.” Having spent much of the 21st century occupied with matters other than touring (he runs the Bethnal Green-based Backyard Comedy Club which re-opened last year after a substantial redevelopment), Hurst is

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now on his third show in succession after Man V Woman in 2011, Too Scared To Leave The House the following year and now Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!!!. For this trilogy he has settled on a format that keeps him excited to take a show on the road for several months by warming up his crowd in the opening half with some scripted stand-up before launching into a second half where literally anything can happen as he opens up his theme to the floor. “What I learned from the last couple of tours was that by having the second half based around improv, I sustain myself much better throughout the whole run. This is a guess, but I think I’m slightly unique in that I worry less about the unknown than I do about the known. The second half is out of my hands, so why worry about it? I wouldn’t even try to call myself an eternal optimist, but I just trust it will all be OK.” And as with many of life’s finest plans, this one worked itself out completely by accident when Hurst lost all his notes about his Man V Woman show, possibly on a bus. “It was a bit of a debacle but I was then forced to change it into


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stage time in. Now, they’re bringing through comics and instantly loading them up with writers. I’ll always say that a writer-performer is better than a comic who is basically just acting out a script, with mechanical repetition.” No one could ever accuse Hurst of being a comedy robot: his stand-up comes straight from the art and has been crafted through years of toil. “This might sound arrogant but it’s born from confidence and experience: I’ll go on at anybody’s gig in front of their own audience and get more laughs than they will. When I started off, I would never dictate where I went on a bill: roll the dice and see where it falls. When a comic asks if they can go on in the middle, they are admitting to themself that they are not as good as they could be. I can get up there and rip an audience apart, I’ll go on in front of anybody. By stating something like that, you are putting your neck on the block and it makes you work harder.” Hurst has a clear idea of where he exists in the British comedy firmament. “Profile-wise, I’m incredibly low. Skill-set wise, I’m right up there at the top. What a diva! But then it’s for other people to prove me wrong.” Weekend Magazine has a pair of tickets to give away to Lee’s show at Komedia on February 7 to one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is answer the following question: What is the name of Lee Hurst’s new tour? Answers should be emailed to e.dance@bathchron.co.uk by 5pm on Wednesday, January 29, with Lee Hurst Competition in the subject line. Entries must include full name, address, telephone number and email address to be eligible for entry. The winner will be selected at random on Thursday January 30. For full competition terms and conditions see the classified section.

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FGB Keynsham Buffet Meeting Hear how Peter O’Brien turned his life around when he met Jesus, 7.30pm. Cafe Creme, High Street, Keynsham

St Christopher’s Film Evening The Avon Gorge, 6.30 for 7pm. St Christopher’s Church, Box. Tickets £6. Proceeds to Help The Heroes & Local Charity

The Historical Association Bath Branch 1214: King John, Bouvines and the Battle that Changed Europe, Sean McGlynn, writer and historian, 7.30pm. Friends Meeting House, York Street, Bath

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Bath Branch For all levels, 1.30-4.30pm. Bathampton Village Hall

Mr Wilkins’ Shilling Women’s Northwest Morris 8-10pm. Methodist Church Hall, Northend, Batheaston. New dancers always welcome. 01225 869086

Bath Good Afternoon Choir No auditions, everyone welcome, 2-4pm. Argyle Hall, Central URC, Grove Street, Bath. £2.85

Daytime Singing Group 11am-12.30pm. Rush Hill United Reformed Church, Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath.

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Rubber Bridge (ACOL) 2-6pm hosted by Dennis Bernard in Weston. Stake 50p a hundred. 01225 484523

Bath Bridge Club Duplicate Bridge with Masterpoints, 7.15pm. Bath Football Club Rooms, Twerton High Street, Bath. 01225 310326

Knit Club at Great British Yarns All knitters welcome. 7-9pm. Unit 9, Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane, Bath. 01225 462776

Songways Community Choir Fun, rewarding and open to all, 10am-noon, term time. St Swithin’s Church, The Paragon, Bath. £8. songways.co.uk

Parish Council led Footpath Walk 2pm. Meet recreation car park, Box

Family Burns Night Party 7pm. Selwyn Hall, Box. Tickets from Stop press. In aid of St Thomas a Becket Church, Box

Kosmische Night A celebration of all things Teutonic for anyone who enjoys Neu! Can, Tangerine Dream, Stockhausen and Kraftwerk, 8pm. Museum of Bath at Work, Camden Works, Julian Road, Bath. Admission £3

Bath Cycling Club 9.15am from Cadence Bike Shop, Chelsea Road, Bath and take in a circular route of 25 easy miles

Green Park Market

9am-4.pm including Baths Farmers’ Market 9am-1.30pm. Green Park Station, Bath

Sunday

Shakespeare Live Auditions 10am-12.30pm & 1.30-4pm. The Royal Oak, Corsham

Cotswold Voluntary Wardens Walk Tadwick, St Catherines Valley, 5hrs, 8.5 miles. Bring a picnic. Start 10am layby on A420 west of Marshfield

Farmers and Artisan Market 10am-2pm. Lamb Yard, Bradford-on-Avon

Giant Flea & Collectors Markets 100’s of stalls inside and out, 9.30am-4pm. Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet

Bath Spa Band

Bath Organic Community Garden

Brass players and percussionists welcome. Rehearsals 8-10pm. Elim Pentecostal Church, Charlotte Street, Bath

Beginners and experienced gardeners welcome, 10am-1pm. Royal Victoria Park, Bath. 01225 311699

Bath VA Vintage & Antiques Market

Nature Club/Daycare

Jane Austen Society

Animals to care0 for and enjoy plenty of countryside activities for 8s and over, 10am-4pm. Carlingcott, nr Peasedown. To book 07595034383

Hazel Jones, Travelling to Pemberley: Coach travel in the Georgian era, 3pm (advance booking). BRLSI, Queen Square, Bath

Reiki Courses Weekly

Bath Cycling Club

Tomorrow Box Bridge Club

Friendly duplicate, 7-10.15pm. Box Parish Pavilion

Rubber Bridge (ACOL) Hosted by Dennis Bernard, stake 50p a hundred, 2-6pm. 01225 484523

Reiki Courses Weekly For all levels, 2 day courses. Reiki Treatment also available, 10am & 4pm. Corsham area. To book 01249 715179

Saturday

For all levels, 2 day courses. Reiki Treatment also available, 10am & 4pm. Corsham area. To book 01249 715179

Bath Saturday Antiques Flea Market Antiques, collectibles and vintage clothes, 7.30am-5.30pm. Walcot St, Bath

9am-4pm. Greenpark Station, Bath

Burrington Combe, 9am. Club run starts from Cleveland Bridge, aim to return by 1-1.30pm. 01225 426467 or 07944550933

Dry Arch Growers Bathampton Community co-op producing food for the local area. Volunteers and helpers required, 11am-4pm. End of

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Holcombe Lane, Bathampton. 07972 564641

Spiritualist Meeting 6.30pm service. Corston Village Hall, Sanctuary of the Cross Spiritualist Church

Quiz Night Cross keys, Midford Road, Bath 8pm. In aid of Dorothy House

Reiki Courses Weekly For all levels, 2 day courses. Reiki Treatment also available, 10am & 4pm. Corsham area. To book 01249 715179

Monday

Blood Donor Session 1.30-3.30pm & 4.30-7.15pm. Conygre Hall, North Road, Timsbury

Tiddler Troupes A regular workshop session for pre-school children and parents, a morning of interactive drama games, music, movement and craft, 10.30-11.30am. £20 for 6 weeks. The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham

HumBugs Singing Group Love to sing? Bring your baby or toddler along too! 9.30-10.30am term-time only. St Saviour’s Church, Larkhall, Bath. 07940 597427

Masonic Museum Guided tours throughout the year, also on Wed and Thurs, 11am or 2.30pm. Sat 2.30pm only. 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath. 01225 462233

2nd Bath Girls Brigade Meet every Monday, 6.30-8pm. The Ascension Church, Oldfield Park, Bath. 01761 416515

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kh€z v|{ Win tickets to see Powell as Hercule Poirot Black Coffee is not only the first play ever written by Agatha Christie it is also the one in which she first introduces one of the greatest fictional detectives of all time – Hercule Poirot. The play is being revived by the Official Agatha Christie Theatre Company and comes to the Theatre Royal Bath on Monday with Robert Powell as the man with the famous little grey cells. In the story a quintessential English country estate is thrown into chaos following the murder of eccentric inventor Sir Claud Amory and the theft of his new earth-shattering formula. Arriving at the estate just moments too late one man immediately senses a potent brew of despair, treachery and deception amid the estate’s occupants. That man is Hercule Poirot. Robert Powell follows a long line of actors who have played the detective on film and on TV. He first shot to stardom in Franco Zefferelli’s Jesus of Nazareth and went on to star in the hit BBC TV comedy The Detectives. Mathew Prichard, Agatha Christie's grandson and chairman of Agatha Christie Ltd, said: “I am so pleased that Robert Powell has agreed to play Poirot in the Agatha Christie Theatre Company's production of Black Coffee starting in January. His appearance will be the icing on the cake.” Bath Spa Band Brass players and percussionists welcome. Rehearsals 8-10pm. Elim Pentecostal Church, Charlotte Street, Bath

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Tuesday Golden Oldies

2.30-3.30pm. Community Room, Haviland Park, Weston, Bath

Social Bridge

Drawing Club

1.30 for 1.45pm (not bank holidays). Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath. 01225 310232

Learn how to draw fluently with illustrator Susie Brooks, 7-9pm. £60. The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham

Bradford Bridge Club

Dancing Through Time

7Come and play duplicate bridge, 7-10pm. The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon. 01225 865669 or 01225 863072

Every Tuesday, gentle chair based routines to improve your health and fitness, 11am-noon. The Pound, Pound Pill, Corsham. £3

Meditation Classes in Bath 7-8.30pm. John Williams Room, United Reformed Church, Grove Street, Bath. £6 per class

Sing & Smile Creative Links Singing Group 2-4pm. United Reformed Church, Grove Street, Bath. 01761 438852 to book

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Salsa Classes Complete beginners, 8pm. No need to bring a partner. Revolution, George Street, Bath. £7/£5

Sakya Buddhist Group Suffering can arise in obvious or more subtle ways, 8pm. The Museum of Bath at Work, Julian

Road, Bath

Royal Scottish Country Dance Society Bath Branch For all levels, 7.30-9.30pm. Ralph Allen School, Bath

Meditation on Twin Hearts 7.45-9pm. Funky Monkey Studio, 18 St Peters Terrace, Lower Bristol Road, Bath. 07516 500 569

Quilting Bee Quilting groups from all over the region demonstrate their talents and chat with visitors in the Textiles Room, noon-4pm. American Museum, Claverton Down, Bath

Singing for the Brain Singing to bring people with dementia and their carers together, 2.30-4pm. St John’s, Combe Park, Bath. 07540 921035

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Songways Community Choir 10am-noon, term time. St Swithin’s Church, The Paragon, Bath. £8. songways.co.uk

Sing Alive Community Choir 10am-noon (term time). United Reform Church, Bradford on Avon. All welcome

Bath Organic Community Garden Beginners and experienced gardeners welcome, 10am-1pm. Victoria Park, Bath. 01225 311699

Art Group Age UK B&NES 10am-noon. St Michaels Centre, St Michaels Place, Bath. £1.50 per session. 01225 484510

Sahaja Yoga Free meditation, 7.30-9pm. 2nd floor URC Halls, Grove Street, Bath

Bridge Club 1.15-4.30pm. Village Hall, Bathampton. £1 per session. 01225 462965

Bath Bridge Club Duplicate Bridge with Masterpoints, start 7.15pm. Bath Football Club Rooms, Twerton High Street, Bath. 01225 310326

Wednesday Mind and its Potential

Explore questions through talks, discussions and meditations with Andy Wistreich about the brain, 7.30pm. New Oriel Hall, Larkhall, Bath. £5 per fortnightly session

Blood Donor Session 1.30-3.30pm & 4.30-7.30pm. St Johns Church Hall, 1 The Park, Keynsham

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Drop-In Meditation An opportunity to learn a simple type of meditation which helps finds a calm space in the midst of our busy lives, 10.30am. Museum of Bath at Work, Julian Road, Bath. £3. 07966 365633

Bath Bridge Club Two afternoon sessions, 1.40pm start. Venue at Bath Football Club Rooms, Twerton High Street, Bath

Social Duplicate Bridge 7.15pm. Randalls (Bath City FC) Twerton Park, Bath. All welcome, visitors table money is £4

Bradford Bridge Club

Duplicate bridge, 7-10pm. The Swan Hotel, Bradford on Avon. 01225 865669/863072

Boules/Petanque 11am to 1pm Queen Square (off when raining). Just turn up and play

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Weston Parish Hall, Weston Village, Bath

Knit Club at Great British Yarns 10.30am-12.30pm. Unit 9, Brassmill Enterprise Centre, Brassmill Lane, Bath. 01225 462776

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Greensprouts Parent and Toddler Session

Craft, singing, storytime, 10am-noon. Laurel Farm, Carlingcott, nr Peasedown. £3 a session. 01761 420204

Bath Welcome Choir No auditions, everyone welcome, 7.45-9.30pm. Upper Hall, Culverhay, Bath. £4

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The Bath ‘buzz’ factor The clink of glasses and the tinkling music all added to the cheerful atmosphere of good will at 2 Queen Square when business people around Bath met in the Thrings’ offices to celebrate the work done together throughout 2013. Thrings PM is a quarterly networking group which meets at the Queen Square offices to bring together business contacts in the city. The events are always very relaxed and sociable and have, over the years,

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office party. Robin Ince is a stand up comedy favourite and he is brining Three Works in Progress at Once to the Rondo in mid February. There is more stand up fun with John Robins just a few days later with a show that was a big hit in Edinburgh last year. Local company Playing up returns to 441 BC and work forward to 2014 with Jean Anouilh’s Antigone in February. Tiernan Douieb one of the country’s most sought after comedy hosts comes to the Rondo at the end of February while music takes the form of musicians from Prior Park College and Keith James performing the songs of Leonard Cohen. March opens with another devised production this time Protest from Pilot’s Thumb Theatre a production about the people involved in protest. In Above Bored with Owdyado Theatre we enter a police interrogation room in which a woman has been detained following the


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which is actually two short plays that are supposed to have been inspired by his relationship with Marilyn Monroe. The Rondo Theatre and Roughouse Theatre combine to perform Tangled Minds by members of the Rondo Writers Network . Using Lou Reed’s album Transformer as a structure each writer has taken a track as a starting point and produced a ten minute piece based on their track. The Rondo Theatre itself will be performing Ibsen’s A Doll’s House at the end of March but setting the play in the 1950s. Among those appearing at the Bath Comedy Festival at the Rondo in April will be Boothby Graffoe, Matt Richardson, Joel Dommett, Timandra Harness, Andrew O’Neill, Gary Delaney, Tom Leher, Laurence Clark as well as a Reform Theatre Company production Kissing Sid James. ■ It’s amazing what you can do with a sock. One of the funniest things is to turn it into a puppet. On Saturday which just happens to be Burns’ Night, and in a new twist on socks and violence, the famous Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre is back at the Rondo Theatre in Bath with Socks in Space. This time the tartan creatures are in outer space with the funniest footware production yet. In this five star sci-fi themed show the fun ranges from The Avengers to Star Wars and from Alien to Doctor Who. Described as the Abbott and Costello of the sock world The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre the show brings to Bath a new world of songs, sketches, socks and violence on topics far and wide.

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If you have children you may be familiar with the voice of Finbar the Shark, one of a number of plastic bath toys which come to life when no one is watching in the children’s TV series Rubbadubbers. The voice is that of Sean Hughes described as one of the funniest and most profound people in stand up comedy today. You can hear and see Sean at the Rondo Theatre, Bath on Wednesday when the hot topic will not be sharks but Penguins, a show that was a huge hit in Edinburgh last year. This is a show full of surprises and hidden twists not to mention several recurring themes. Sean takes us back to his Dublin upbringing and the, at times, utter awkwardness of teenage life. Weaving in his family, school days and the business of friendship and tying it all in to the present shows just why he is an award winning funny man. Sean was born in London, but spent most of his youth in Firhouse, Dublin. In 1987 he began appearing at the Comedy Store, and with his show, A One Night Stand With Sean Hughes he won the prestigious Perrier Comedy Award. As well as comedy, he has also written collections of prose and poetry with two novels under his belt, The Detainees (1998) and It's What He Would Have Wanted (2000)

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the egg Sawclose, Bath Tel: 01225 448844 Sat Jan 25 The Twelve Wild Ducks A traditional Norwegian tale of a Queen who after having 12 sons wishes for a daughter. When her daughter is born her sons are transformed into wild ducks. Having discovered her brothers’ fate the princess sets out to try to release them from their enchantment, age 5+, 11.30am & 3pm. Tickets £7.50/£6.50

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Monmouth Street, Bath Box Office 01225 448844 Thurs Jan 23 Colin Hoult in Characthorse

Corn Street, Bath Tel: 01225 463362 To Sat Jan 25 The Norman Conquests

Comedy, 8pm. Tickets £13/£10 Fri 24-Sat Jan 25 Origen y Ceniza

A trilogy of plays by Alan Ayckbourn. Check with Theatre for times. Tickets £11/£9 Tues Jan 28-Sat Feb 1 Avenue Q

Flamenco show, 8pm. Tickets £13/£10

One of the funniest shows around, this “Sesame Street” musical for the broad-minded is a treat which you will not want to miss. Contains adult puppet themes and language. Not suitable for Under 16’s, Tues-Thurs 7.30pm, Fri 5pm & 8.30pm, Sat 2.30pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £13/£11

The Rondo Larkhall, Bath Tel: 01225 333844 Sat Jan 25 Blue Bird Storytelling Workshop Focusing on theatre games and storytelling techniques for children, 2-4pm, for children aged 7-12. £5 per child Sat Jan 25 The Scottish Falsetto Sock Puppet Theatre: Socks In Space Sock Puppet comedy, 8pm. Tickets £14/£12 Wed Jan 29 Sean Hughes In The Award Winning “Penguins” Stand-up Comedy, 8pm. Tickets £15/£13

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Fri Jan 24 Ministry Of Burlesque: High Tease Cabaret, 8.30pm. Tickets £45/£27/£16.50/£10 Sat Jan 25 Krater Comedy Club Comedy, 8.30pm. Tickets £45/£28.50/£18/£14.50/£10

Pound Arts Pound Pill, Corsham. Box Office 01249 7016280 Thurs Jan 23 Mark Thomas 100 Acts of Minor Dissent 8pm. Tickets £12/£11 Sat Jan 25 Brother Wolf Productions The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic “bogey tale” is brought chillingly to life in this ground-breaking one-man show, 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£9

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Tickets 01225 463362 Fri Jan 24 Prize-Winning Dance A double bill of dance - It Needs Horses & Home for Broken Turns, 7.30pm. Tickets £10/£8

St Philip & St James Church Drama Group St Philip & St James’ Church, 35 Frome Road, Odd Down, Bath Tickets Tel 01225 835228 To Sat Jan 25 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe A musical version of the popular book by CS Lewis, 7.30pm, matinee Sat 2.30pm. Tickets £7/£4.50

Shakespeare Live Marshfield Church Hall, Marshfield Tickets 01225 891441 Sat Jan 26 A Royal Murder A murder mystery based on Macbeth, 7pm. Tickets £7

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Bath’s Komedia is gearing up for another eclectic season - we take a look at what you should book tickets for now millions on the television. The Blues Band will be recreating many songs from this set, including Maggie’s Farm. Ska favourites the Selecter, visit on March 6. Along with their 2-Tone contemporaries The Specials, The Beat, and Madness, The Selecter became an overnight sensation with the introduction of Two Tone onto the UK music scene in the late ’70s. The Selecter featured a racially diverse line-up. Their lyrics featured themes connected to politics Reinforcing the songs of Neol Davies were the voice and rude girl style of Pauline Black and the rhythms of Desmond Brown on the Hammond organ. The band were one of the most successful ska bands of the 2-Tone era, notching up a handful of hit singles in the British charts. The will be An Evening With ... Andy

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McKee on March 13. Andy’s acoustic guitar can approximate the polyrhythmic interplay of a percussion ensemble, the harmonic sweep of a string section, the dazzling runs of a bluegrass doghouse bass-and-banjo duo, and virtually anything else his pastoral compositions and tasteful covers require. In nine years and five records he’s written an oeuvre that globally inspires and intrigues music fans. David Lynch Presents ... Chrysta Bell is at Komedia on April 10. Chrysta is a performing artist, recording artist, and model who incorporates dynamic theatrical and multimedia elements into unforgettable performance experiences. She has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Brian Setzer, Donovan, Adrian Utley (of Portishead), and members of King Crimson. Bell has had the great opportunity to write and record songs -with iconic film director David Lynch, their collaboration yielding both the haunting Polish Poem from his Inland Empire soundtrack and an 11-song album titled This Train, released through La Rose Noire records. A lot has been said over the past three years about the X-Factor winner Matt Cardle, with his four octave vocal range and undeniable likeability, who


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following his own path and singing to his own tune. With 2 million record sales under his belt and a growing international fan base, the release of new album Porcelain heralds the beginning of an exciting new chapter for Matt Cardle. Catch him on April 17. Scottish great, Eddi Reader, the former Fairground Attraction singer, and folk and pop performer, brings her acclaimed act to the hall on April 22. Eddi grew up in Glasgow and Irvine, Scotland and it was in those towns that she learned to use music as a vehicle for communicating with others through busking and performing at the local folk clubs. In the early 1980s, Eddi travelled around Europe with circus and performance artists before moving to London where she quickly became a sought after session vocalist. She famously harmonized with Annie Lennox touring with the Eurythmics, she also added her vocal abilities to, amongst others, The Waterboys, Alison Moyet and successful post-punk outfit Gang of Four. The mercurial Ms. Reader has prepared a new album, Vagabond, for release in February 2014 on Reveal Records.

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Ukuleles at the ready

The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain returns to the Theatre Royal Bath to perform two concerts on Sunday at 3pm and 7.30pm. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players who believe that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele. Their repertoire combines post-punk performance and toe-tapping oldies, going from Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks.

Today Blow

A mix of new and classic Indie rock and pop, 9.30pm. Moles, Bath. £4/£3

Acoustic Oak Music Club 8pm, Spotlight night. Floor Spots. The Royal Oak, Corsham. Entry £2

Bath Cantata Group Evening practices, 7.45pm. New singers welcome. St Stephen’s Church, Lansdown, Bath

Karaoke With DJ Jay, 8pm-3am. Mandalyns, Fountain Buildings, Bath

The Derrick Oldroyde Trio plus Special Guest Sinead, vocals, 8.30pm. The Inn at Freshford

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A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock ’n’ roll and melodious light entertainment. There are no drums, pianos, backing tracks or banjos, no pitch shifters or electronic trickery. Only an astonishing revelation of the rich palette of orchestration afforded by ukuleles and singing. Using instruments small and large, in high and low registers, whether playing intricate melodies, simple tunes, or complex chords, and sitting in chamber group format dressed in formal evening

Jazz at The Vaults

James Morton, sax with the JazzHouse Trio plus DJ Tony Clark, 8pm. St James Wine Vaults, Bath. Tickets £5/£4

Tomorrow Implode Live Music Night

8.30pm every Friday. Belushis, Bath

Saturday

The Silver Ring Choir

8pm. Belvoir Castle, Lower Bristol Road, Bath

Sing B4 Supper

Dirt Box Disco

Sunday Acoustic Club

8pm. Bunch of Grapes, Silver St, Bradford-on-Avon

Live Music

Open Mic

Every Friday from 9pm. The Huntsman Inn, Bath

Every Sunday, amazing acoustic music, all performers get drink and food offers, 7-10pm. The Tramshed, Beehive Yard, Bath

Open Mic Night 8pm. Village Pump Folk, Lamb Inn, Mortimer Street, Trowbridge. £3

Fri Jan 24 Inu & Cliff Stapleton A special show of magical and emotive music, 8pm. The Rondo, St Saviours Road, Bath. Tickets £13/£10

wear, the orchestra uses the limitations of the instrument to create a musical freedom as it reveals unsuspected musical insights. Renowned for their ensemble “show-person-ship” and sheer entertainment value, they engage audiences of all ages. The Ukulele Orchestra started as a bit of fun in 1985, when their first gig, intended as a one-off, was an instant sell-out. Since then, the orchestra has given thousands of concerts, television and radio appearances all over the world.

Owl In The Sun Acoustic, 1pm. The Bell, Walcot Street, Bath

Monday

Love to sing? Join us at 7.45pm. Manvers Street Baptist Church, Bath A friendly choir conducted by Jane Lilley, all abilities catered for, 6.15-7.45pm term-time. The Huntsman, Bog Island, Bath. £5 per session. For details Susanna Downes 07717173799

Emily Wright & The Royals 9pm. The Bell, Walcot Street, Bath

Tuesday The Big Cheese

Every Tuesday. Expect all the cheesiest tunes, from 10pm. Moles, Bath. £4/£3.50 NUS

Sublime Blues

Bradford-on-Avon Folk Club

Curfew Inn, Cleveland Place, West, Bath 8pm. Free

Killing No Murder, young local band. Floorspots, 8pm. The

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Cellar Bar, Swan Hotel, Church Street, Bradford-on-Avon. Free entry

Host of the Air Kerensa Mason Connor Eastop & Friends 9pm. The Belvoir Castle, Lower Bristol Road, Bath. Free entry

Wednesday Discord

A host of DJs playing a mix of Rock, Punk and Metal, 9.30pm-2am. PoNaNa nightclub, Bath. £5 entry

Karaoke With DJ Jay, 8pm. Mandalyns, Fountain Buildings, Bath

Old Crown Quiz 9pm. Old Crown, Weston Village, Bath

Dirty Funk Syndicate 9pm. The Bell, Walcot Street, Bath


          

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Keep The Home Fires Burning More than 50 new oil paintings and drawings celebrating the streets of Bath, captured in all sorts of weather, will be on display at Bath’s Victoria Art Gallery from Saturday, February 8 in a new exhibition called Keep The Home Fires Burning. Created by Bath-based artist Peter Brown – more commonly known as ‘Pete the Street’ – due to his habit of working outdoors come rain, sleet or shine) the works of art include scenes of Widcombe, Laura Place, Hedgemead Park, Lansdown and Milson Street and experiencing sunshine, showers, rain and snow. This is the fifth exhibition by Peter Brown to be shown at the Victoria Art

Gallery which is run by Bath & North East Somerset Council. The first four were so popular, with local residents and visitors to the area alike, that Peter has been invited back to once again show his interpretations of Bath. Jon Benington, manager of the Victoria Art Gallery, said: “It is refreshing to see Pete alternating streetscapes with views of the British seaside – a relatively new departure, but also a logical one in that these are of course places where crowds of people congregate, and Pete is a very sociable painter. “The pictures are anything but static scenes, recording as they do places that are populated, alive, throbbing

Lane House Arts

Tues-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 1.30-5pm, closed Mondays. Near Pulteney Bridge, Bath

Exhibition, Winter Colour, contemporary art and ceramics, to end Jan 2014, Wed-Fri 10am-5.30pm, Sat 10.30am-6pm. Free admission.

Victoria Art Gallery Bath and the Great Western Railway Exhibition, to Feb 2. £2.50. Ione Parkin: primal matter Exhibition, to Sun Feb 2,

Nick Cudworth Gallery Twilight, Exhibition by Nick Cudworth, to Fri Jan

31, Tues-Sat 10am-5pm. The Gallery, 5 London Street, Bath

Bath Artists Studios Life Drawing, Every Tuesday, (Half Term Feb 18), 2-4pm & 6.30-9pm.

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with movement, constantly changing in response to different light and weather conditions.” Peter Brown will be doing an audio-guide for some of the paintings in his show – like a personal guided tour. This is a unique feature of this show as he has never recorded an audio-guide for any of his shows before. The exhibition is sponsored by Knight Frank estate agents and is supported by Messum’s. It will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue that will be on sale during the show for a special price of £9.95, after the show, £12.95. Admission to this exhibition will cost £2. All works will be for sale. 16 Weeks £169, half term £85 (6 weeks). Upper Bristol Road, Bath. To book 07752 879184

Bath Contemporary Exhibition, Robert Welch: Viewing Form, Fri Jan

24-Sat Feb 8. 35 Gay Street, Bath

44AD artspace Exhibition echo: re-echo by Melissa Wraxall MFA, Thurs Jan 23-Mon Feb 3, noon-6pm, Sun 1-5pm. Lower Borough Walls

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Get set for the fourth Honey Driver mystery Crime writer Jean G Goodhind is about to publish her fourth novel in a new series of murder mysteries

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ecently crime writer Jean G Goodhind launched her new series of murder mysteries based in Bath and featuring hotelier Honey Driver as the heroine. Her fourth novel in the series Killing Jane Austen is out later this month. When a film crew arrives in Bath to make a new film about its one-time resident Jane Austen, it's all very exciting until the leading lady Martyna Manderley, is found dead. Honey Driver, hotel owner and crime liaison officer of the Bath Hotels Association, is offered the chance to work as an extra on the film and soon finds herself in the role of prime suspect until DI Steve Doherty races to the rescue, and the pair embark on a

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mission to uncover the truth. Jean whose new book is published today explains: “I based Killing Jane Austen on my own experiences working as an extra. “Over the years I have popped up as an extra in various TV series including Casualty, Holby City, Pobol Y Cwm, and Border Café, a defunct series that included Hugh Bonneville. “Fortunately no actresses were ever killed when I was on set. But I’ve always had a secret yearning to knock the head off the plastic effigy of a Regency lady outside the Jane Austen museum. It's horrendous.” It’s not the first time Jean, who used to own Fern Cottage, a haunted Georgian manor house turned guest house on the outskirts of the city, has based her murder mysteries on her own

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experiences. Her last novel Walking With Ghosts was inspired by the goings-on on the city’s famous ghost walks and A Taste to Die For has the former Bath Food Festival as the setting. Jean is an established and popular writer of women’s fiction, romance and comedy. The Honey Driver Mystery series is already a best-seller in Germany and there has been interest in TV rights. Besides winning an award from the BBC for script-writing, she also writes historical fiction as Lizzie Lane, published by Ebury, such titles as Wartime Brides and the latest title, Coronation Wives, plus a weekend column for the Western Daily Press. A qualified yacht skipper, she lives on a sailing yacht, currently moored in Portugal before setting sail into the Mediterranean. She is a member of the Society of Authors and Romantic Novelists Association.


ivvrz Topping recommends top reads The Crooked Maid, by Dan Vyleta

Nothing: From Absolute Zero to Cosmic Oblivion – Amazing Insights into Nothingness, by Jeremy Webb

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SHOWING AT VICTORIA ART GALLERY by Pulteney Bridge Bath www.victoriagal.org.uk Until 2 February only Daily except Monday £2.50 / kids free


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Sensational Scorsese The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and now showing in Bath, is directed by Martin Scorsese and based on Jordan Belfort’s memoir of the same name. The screenplay was written by Terence Winter, and the film stars DiCaprio as Belfort, a New York stockbroker who runs a firm that engages in securities fraud and corruption on Wall Street in the 1990s. It’s hard to believe that 71-year-old Martin Scorsese, whose last film was the family-friendly fantasy Hugo, is the ringmaster of this booze-sex-coke -fuelled circus. The director pulls no punches in his depiction of Belfort’s wild excesses including myriad scenes of pill-popping and a slow motion orgy on a private jet – the film wears its 18 certificate as a badge of honour. “On a daily basis, I take enough drugs to sedate Manhattan, Staten Island and Queens ... for a month,”

boasts Jordan (Leonardo DiCaprio) in his opening voiceover. In flashback, we meet Jordan as he nervously starts a position with brokers at Rothschild, where charismatic golden boy, Mark Hanna (Matthew McConaughey), takes the newcomer under his tailored wing. In the aftermath of Black Monday, Jordan loses his job and is forced to sell penny stocks at a fly-by-night operation in Long Island. Blessed with the gift of the gab, Jordan excels and decides to open his own firm, Stratton Oakmont, with salesman Donnie Azoff (Jonah Hill). The business goes from strength to strength and Jordan jettisons his wife Teresa (Cristin Milioti) to romance blonde bombshell Naomi Lapaglia (Margot Robbie). Meanwhile, the ‘work hard, play harder’ mantra of Stratton Oakmont attracts the attentions of tenacious FBI Agent Patrick Denham (Kyle Chandler), who resolves to bring down Jordan and his gluttonous inner circle.

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As the noose tightens around Jordan’s neck, he involves Naomi’s aunt Emma (Joanna Lumley) in his enterprises and attempts to deposit money in a Swiss bank account overseen by Jean Jacques Saurel (Jean Dujardin). ■ Following on from the roaring success of a showing of The Passion of Joan of Arc in Bath Abbey during last year’s Bath Film Festival organisers are continuing the theme of epic religious films in awesome religious buildings. There will be a special screening of Scorsese’s The Last Temptation of Christ at Wells Cathedral on Saturday, January 25, at 7.30pm. There will be a specially filmed introduction from Scorsese plus special guest, Thelma Schoonmaker, his long time editor who has cut many of Scorsese’s films including The Last Temptation of Christ and the soon to be released The Wolf of Wall Street. There is a pre-screening question and answer session at 5pm and the film starts at 7.30pm.

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