A reason to be cheerful

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug A reason to be cheerful It’s time to be cheerful, and not just because I’m about to see my American other half for a two week visit during which we plan to go to the Highlands and then to London for a few days. It’s time to be cheerful because despite any local difficulties that the independence campaign might have faced recently, we’re on the right side of history. More and more I’m convinced that we are no longer engaged in a debate about whether… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug A reason […]

Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism?

Source:: Gerry Hassan Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism? Alex Salmond, Showbiz and whatever happened to the politics of optimism? Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, August 16th 2017 All political leaders have a certain limited shelf life. If they are very successful and lucky they win elections, hold power and make decisions, but the public eventually grow tired and wary of their constant public presence. The twilight years and long goodbyes of the likes of Tony Blair, Gordon Brown, Ted Heath and his thirty year grudge with Thatcher, are all… Read the full article:: […]

From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP?

Source:: Gerry Hassan From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP? From Peak Nat to Pique Nat: Is Alex Salmond becoming a problem for Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP? Gerry Hassan The Guardian Comment, August 15th 2017 Alex Salmond is one of the big beasts not just of Scottish, but British politics and the defining figure of modern Scottish nationalism and the SNP. He has been leader of the SNP for a total of twenty years (1990-2000; 2004-2014), First Minister of Scotland for seven years, and in 2014 took […]

Portgordon ice house plan approved

Source:: Northern Scot Portgordon ice house plan approved AN application to build a coffee shop, well-being centre and manager’s flat as part of the development of Portgordon ice house has been given the go-ahead by planners. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Portgordon ice house plan approved

Strange Fruit

Source:: Bella Caledonia Strange Fruit When we wrote earlier this year of the potential for a neo-fascism to emerge out of the darkness of a Trump presidency we were ridiculed for being over the top. Watching Vice’s ‘Charlottesville: Race and Terror’ makes your realise we were being over-cautious.   President Trumps ranting press conference marks a new low in a […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Strange Fruit

Tory cat food

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Tory cat food Charlottesville is an event that is based in a tragic American history of racism and discrimination against minorities which has long blighted the Land of the Free. For too long Free meant male, middle class and white, and there are still powerful and violent groups in the USA who are determined to ensure that the only freedom that matters is the freedom to discriminate, the freedom to hate, the freedom to oppress. Those groups were manifesting in all their ugly… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Tory cat food

Better Blogging Through Podcasts: Announcing RadioPublic Embeds

Source:: North British Post Better Blogging Through Podcasts: Announcing RadioPublic Embeds We love podcasts: they’re like the blogging version of radio, a medium anyone can jump into and use to share their story. They introduce us to new voices and give us glimpses into new perspectives… and they pair perfectly with blogs and websites, where they can add more texture and interest to what you’re already publishing. Thanks to a new partnership with RadioPublic, you can choose from a quarter of a million podcasts to embed into your posts and pages… Read the full article:: North British Post […]

International Energy Agency forecasts big increase in demand to give North Sea producers cause for optimism

Source:: John Robertson International Energy Agency forecasts big increase in demand to give North Sea producers cause for optimism The IEA has raised its forecast for 2017 to 1.5 million barrels per day from 1.4 million but more importantly, it anticipates an additional 1.4 million in 2018. This fits in with, perhaps underestimates earlier predictions of shortages and massive increases in demand from Asian countries: Refiners begin scramble for crude oil supplies. Now who do we know with lots of that? Oh yes, we do. Independent Scotland’s oil wealth is assured as Aramco chief predicts huge shortages Producers should find encouragement… […]

£20 million Scottish renewable energy storage unit for Broxburn will be first in UK

Source:: John Robertson £20 million Scottish renewable energy storage unit for Broxburn will be first in UK As you know, we’re increasingly producing too much energy from our wind farms and marine turbines: ‘Scotland Sets [Another] New Wind Power Record’ ‘Wind farms powered 4 million Scottish homes last month’ and there are only 2.4 million ‘households’ in Scotland When this happens, storage is the problem in matching demand to the fluctuations in supply. However, a new large-scale battery storage facility, the first in the UK, is to be built in Broxburn by the Trig company. The Broxburn facility will… Read […]

As Scottish unemployment falls, GlaxoSmithKline opens new £44m facility keeping 450 jobs in Montrose

Source:: John Robertson As Scottish unemployment falls, GlaxoSmithKline opens new £44m facility keeping 450 jobs in Montrose From the gov.scot site this good news for employment in the town and surrounding areas and presumably our balance of trade too: ‘First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed GSK’s (GlaxoSmithKline) commitment to Montrose as she opened their new £44 million aluminium salts facility. The site produces ingredients for vaccines for illnesses including tetanus, pneumonia and whooping cough.’ So, this looks a strong commitment to the workforce in the town which, without having the facts, I’d have thought needed the jobs. GSK… Read […]

Oh lovely jubbly! The poor really do have no accountants

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Oh lovely jubbly! The poor really do have no accountants Analysis by Russell Bruce Low-income families subsidise tax relief and tax shelters for the wealthy. Hit hard are the WASPI women, who were not told of changes to their planned retirement date with adequate and clear notice. A new study by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) finds women’s household income has, on average, fallen by £32 a week with the increase in state pension age to 63 last year. The IFS calculate the changes has saved the Treasury £5.1bn.… Read the full article:: NewsNet […]

Ambrosia and Nectar No More: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT

Source:: Bella Caledonia Ambrosia and Nectar No More: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT As the brilliant carnival of the Edinburgh Festival parades the streets of our ancient capital once again, now is a good time to look at just what is being celebrated, by who and for whom? Carnival, originally, was a reversal procession and the ritual was that social roles were turned upside down; masters playing servants, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Ambrosia and Nectar No More: FROM THE PROVINCE OF THE CAT

Looking after the beating heart of your business

Source:: Business for Scotland Looking after the beating heart of your business For stakeholder and subscriber members of Business for Scotland only An offer from Kay McCandless, of Coaching Training Consultancy. Kay is a professional, accredited ICF Executive Coach and Leadership Consultant with many years of experience. Would you like 2 Free Coaching Sessions and a Business Consultation with Coaching-Training-Consultancy Ltd? Read on… What do we know about […] The post Looking after the beating heart of your business appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Looking after the beating heart of your […]

‘Scotland will be processing the entirety of the UK’s battery waste before the end of 2017.’

Source:: John Robertson ‘Scotland will be processing the entirety of the UK’s battery waste before the end of 2017.’ © letsrecycle.com This headline from EnergyVoice announces the building of a new re-processing plant near Kilwinning in Ayrshire. Recycling of 20 000 tonnes per annum will start in November this year. At the moment, the UK has to send millions of batteries to re-cycling plants in Northern Europe, at great cost and environmental risk. This one plant will make the UK 100% self-sufficient in battery recycling. https://www.energyvoice.com/otherenergy/147661/scotland-see-uks-first-battery-recycling-facility/ Read the full article:: John Robertson ‘Scotland will be processing the entirety […]

Scotland’s Fight for Democracy, then and Now

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Fight for Democracy, then and Now The obelisk on Calton Hill forms a familiar part of our iconic Edinburgh skyline. Many residents will pass it daily. But I would reckon only a very few will be aware of what it commemorates. Erected in 1844 the monument is to five men whose actions back in the late 18th century radically changed the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland’s Fight for Democracy, then and Now