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The Royal Observatory Greenwich is offering a nine-month Open Museum course in GCSE astronomy for adults from October 4 (Wednesdays 7-9pm or Saturdays 10.30am-12.30pm). Topics include: the Earth and Moon, solar system, stars, galaxies and observing techniques. Assessment is by practical project work (worth 25 per cent) and examination in June 2001. Fee: pound;110, pound;80 concessions plus exam fee. Also a two-day getting started in astronomy course, December 8-9, pound;51, pound;42 concessions, tel: 020 8312 6608. Infrmation:

Lace Fiesta 2000, an Internet-based competition run by Nottingham City Council at, invites schoolchildren and students, individually or in groups, to submit an imaginative graphic design using lace. Prizes include internet-ready multimedia PCs and judging takes place in spring 2001. Entrants without internet access can submit a design on paper. Carol Hutchings, Corporate Promotions, Galleries of Justice, Nottingham NG1 1HN,tel: 0115 9159211

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