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English language evenings
Beatles on film
Calling all Vikings, Picts and Bravehearts

English language evenings

The British Council in Banská Bystrica is holding two special evenings of English language activities. Brits Phil Dexter and Michael Houton, both working at the Information Centre in Banská Bystrica, are organising the events. The first evening will be held on November 27 at 16:30, and will lead visitors through a celebration of St. Andrewęs day in traditional Scottish style. The second event stages Christmas songs, both modern and traditional, on December 9 at 16:30. For further information call The British Council, Mrs. Fruhvaldová, Tel.: 088-412-4216, Dolná 7, Banská Bystrica.

Beatles on film

November is the 8th annual Month of Photography in Bratislava. One of the most interesting exhibits is that of photographer Dežo Hoffman (1912-1986). Although the name may not be typically Slovak, Hoffman was actually born in central Slovakia's Banská Štiavnica and studied in Bratislava. After the Second World War, he settled in London and gained worldfame in the sixties as the photographer of the Fab Four - the Beatles. In thirty years of work, he built up a library of over a million negatives, which were the source of many pictorial biographies. A retrospective of Hoffmann's work is now being shown at the Slovak National Museum, Vajanského nábrežie 2, open daily except Monday from 9:00 to 17:00. Ends December 6.

Calling all Vikings, Picts and Bravehearts

Winter is a time when most of us get disgustingly, embarrassingly, depressingly fat. For those of you tired of finding a lifejacket of lard around your ribs by mid-February, The Slovak Spectator has started a running group in preparation for the April 1999 Danube Marathon between Bratislava and Hainburg (and back).

The six months that remain before the marathon are enough for even the most desperately unfit person to prepare for a 42 kilometer run. Our group meets up to five times a week for runs in the woods and around the Danube bridges area.

The group is open to men and women, young and old, thin and fat, fast and slow. Even if you don't want to run a marathon and just feel like a bit of exercise or company, come along and find out how much fun running in the freezing rain at nightfall can be. For more information, call Tom Nicholson at 5024-9745.

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