Only bampots will girn about BBC’s poetic delight | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Only bampots will girn about BBC’s poetic delight | Kevin McKenna BBC Scotland’s poet in residence, Stuart A Paterson, promotes Scots as a living language, a useful antithesis to modern bureaucratic EnglishIt won’t be long now before BBC Scotland is assailed by the sentinels of right thinking over the content of Thursday’s morning radio news show. What on earth was the national broadcaster thinking of? To mark National Poetry Day the station asked its new poet-in-residence, Stuart A Paterson, to read a poem he had written for the occasion.It is called Here’s… Read the full article:: […]

No bail-out for Buckie bus service

Source:: Northern Scot No bail-out for Buckie bus service MORAY Council has confirmed it will not step in to cover the shortage of buses in and around Buckie. Read the full article:: Northern Scot No bail-out for Buckie bus service

Bella is 10: Back Us

Source:: Bella Caledonia Bella is 10: Back Us We have been going for ten years – but we want to develop and create a bigger platform for writers, artists and filmmakers to create (dis) content – to respond to the new politics and the new threats we are facing. Please watch and share the film and support us …   Go here to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Bella is 10: Back Us

A Decade of Writing

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Decade of Writing We are celebrating still being around after ten years. It’s our birthday! Send us a monthly present here. Here are a selection of some of the best writing from the last ten years of Bella. It’s not ‘The Best’ or the most ‘popular’, it’s a selection aiming to show some of the diversity of our […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Decade of Writing

Castro on Catalonia

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Castro on Catalonia The latest in Phantom Power’s Perspective series. Castro on Catalonia, an exclusive interview with writer Liz Castro on Catalonia’s historic independence referendum. Liz gives her insight into the history and politics behind the vote including Catalonia’s complex relationship with Spain, the rise of the independence movement, campaign strategy, parallels with Scottish self-determination and what happens next. Liz is a writer and publisher living in Barcelona. ‘Many Grains of Sand’ documents the creative and highly effective campaign methods of Catalonia’s independence… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Castro on Catalonia

Keep the red fists flying

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Keep the red fists flying Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Keep the red fists flying

Ian Bell Prize for New Writing

Source:: Bella Caledonia Ian Bell Prize for New Writing The National Union of Journalists Edinburgh Branch and Ian Bell’s family invite entries by young writers for a new award to commemorate Ian Bell, the radical journalist and author who died in December 2015, and who was a member of our branch. Entrants should be aged 30 or under at 30 November 2017, and be […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Ian Bell Prize for New Writing

Podcast: Scottish Labour and its limited options

Source:: NewsNet Scotland Podcast: Scottish Labour and its limited options http://newsnet.scot/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Newsnet-Podcast-29.09.17.mp3   It has been a funny old week for the Labour Party in Scotland. Maurice Smith While the UK wonders if it might actually elect Jeremy Corbyn to be Prime Minister, Scottish delegates spent the party conference in Blackpool sharpening their knives as their leadership campaign became publicly divisive. Who will win the leadership, and does it matter? Newsnet Radio host Derek Bateman invited Common Space editor and media commentator Angela Haggerty and journalist and producer Maurice Smith to… Read the full article:: NewsNet Scotland Podcast: Scottish […]

Taking the Jackie Baillie out of Labour

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Taking the Jackie Baillie out of Labour At the very moment that Jeremy Corbyn gave a rousing speech to the Labour party conference in Brighton and said that the party had never been more united, supporters of Richard Leonard, one of the candidates for leadership of the party’s Scottish accounting unit, released a statement to the press entitled “Comment on Jackie Baillie pish”. Only they spelled it “coment”, because the SNP has been in charge of Scottish education for years now and naebdie can spell any more.… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug […]

17 new community councils in Moray

Source:: Northern Scot 17 new community councils in Moray COMMUNITY council nominations in Moray have closed. Read the full article:: Northern Scot 17 new community councils in Moray

Uber, get your act together or get off our streets

Source:: Business for Scotland Uber, get your act together or get off our streets A few days ago rushing between meetings one of my colleagues ordered a cab.  When we got to Queen Street Station I offered to pay and was told there was no need, it was on his uber account.  I had inadvertently broken my two year personal boycott of Uber.  At first I was surprised that […] The post Uber, get your act together or get off our streets appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Uber, get your […]

90% of Scottish business people seem to have enlightened values. Another wee difference that would justify being a different country? Don’t we have Phillip Green types north of the border?

Source:: John Robertson 90% of Scottish business people seem to have enlightened values. Another wee difference that would justify being a different country? Don’t we have Phillip Green types north of the border? (c) dailymail.co.uk We take 26% of the Syrian refugees. We give all new mothers a baby box. We don’t charge for higher learning or for prescriptions. We have the highest organ donor rate in the UK. We have the best NHS. We are first to remove period poverty. We provide free care for our elderly. Even our tooth fairies are more generous. Are even our business […]

Scottish Government-funded, pioneering hydrogen fuel cell opened in Orkney

Source:: John Robertson Scottish Government-funded, pioneering hydrogen fuel cell opened in Orkney (c) renewableenergymagazine.com I reported earlier on the use of surplus wind energy to produce hydrogen from seawater MAJOR NEWS: World’s first tidal-powered hydrogen generated in Scotland after £3 million funding from SNP Government Now the final element of the system, the fuel cells store is in place to complete this pioneering technology which is the first in the World. Here’s a more technical explanation from Tidal Energy yesterday: ‘The fuel cell is the final aspect of the hydrogen generation system being developed… Read the full article:: John Robertson […]

Police shift Inverness control room to Dundee

Source:: Northern Scot Police shift Inverness control room to Dundee POLICE Scotland is closing its control room in Inverness and transferring the service south to Dundee. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Police shift Inverness control room to Dundee

Value of Scottish fish landing increases by 25% in one year

Source:: John Robertson Value of Scottish fish landing increases by 25% in one year (c) fiskerforum.dk You’ll remember this ‘8% of the population…’ headline. With only 8% of the population, Scotland accounts for more than 28% of UK food and drink exports. Too wee to survive on our own? Fish, especially Salmon, make up the second biggest share of UK and Scottish food and drink  exports, after Whisky in and, like the Whisky, continue to grow fast. 453 000 tonnes were landed by Scottish vessels and the value was £557 million. We must expect the… Read the full article:: […]