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FOUR THINGS TO DO TODAY, WHATEVER TIME YOU GET OUT OF BED

11am

Awaken the child in you at the BBC Big Bash at Birmingham's National Exhibition Centre. It's no secret that almost as many adults as children watch children's TV, so enjoy the party and meet your favourite celebrities, such as like Andi Peters, Zoe Ball, Mike Gatting, and Cube. There will also be special appearances by Sindy and Action Man. Open 10am-6pm, admission pounds 8, concessions pounds 6, under-4s free. (0121-780 4133)

12noon

The Daily Mail International Ski Show at Olympia, London has eveything you need for a piste-up, be you an experienced or a novice snow-worshipper. So whether increased speed or being chic on the slopes is most important to you, this is the place to be this weekend. Open 10am-7pm, admission pounds 8, concessions pounds 4. Tel: 0171-385 1200. Nearest Tube: Olympia

1pm

A new approach to historical exhibitions means that 'Nelson, Life and Legend' at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, London should be fun. It explores his public and private life, drawing a picture of Nelson the hero, lover and legend. There is also a computer-animated re- enactment of the Battle of Trafalgar. Open 10am-5pm. Admission pounds 5.50, children pounds 3.50. BR: Maze Hill (0181-858 4422)

2pm

Glasgay, the lesbian and gay festival in Glasgow, presents two shows to pinch your pink pounds. This evening's lavish offering is directed by Ian McKellen, and from 2pm at the Cottier Theatre, gay celebrities such as Simon Fanshawe and Claude Poems will be presenting The Big Pinknic, an afternoon of poetry, cabaret, food and drink. Tickets are pounds 8 and pounds 4, available on 0141-227 5511

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