Is a revolution in sustainable transport about to begin in Grangemouth? A professor says: ‘I’m not sure I could have done this anywhere else in the world other than Scotland.’

Source:: John Robertson Is a revolution in sustainable transport about to begin in Grangemouth? A professor says: ‘I’m not sure I could have done this anywhere else in the world other than Scotland.’ ‘I’m not sure I could have done this anywhere else in the world other than Scotland. We’ve had tremendous support from the Scottish Government.’ Professor Martin Tangney http://www.celtic-renewables.com/ As recently as August this year we heard of a car using biofuel from ‘draff’, the residue of husks after fermentation of the grain and the residual waste liquid ‘pot ale’, being driven round Edinburgh in July. See: […]

Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland

Source:: Gerry Hassan Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Michael Marra: The Bard of Dundee and Modern Scotland Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, December 13th 2017 Michael Marra – musician, artist and force for good – was a precious Scottish gem. He was unique in his art but also in his delivery and style; singularly understated, modest and often humble to the extent that at times he hugely underpromoted himself and his work. It is worthwhile celebrating that the writer James Robertson has contributed his time and intelligence to produce… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan […]

Managing Your Blog On a Mobile Device

Source:: North British Post Managing Your Blog On a Mobile Device Have you given the WordPress mobile apps a try lately? We’ve been working hard to make sure our iOS and Android apps are simple to use and have the features you need to blog right from your phone or tablet. Here are a few recent additions and updates that make blogging on the go easier: Add Categories and Tags Before publishing a blog post, you can add categories and tags right in the app’s post editor. To add categories and tags… Read the full article:: North British Post […]

Grooming the Colonel

Source:: Bella Caledonia Grooming the Colonel Colonel Davidson is getting some high-powered backing as the political establishment look aghast as their normally ‘strong and stable’ leaders set fire to the house. Interesting bylines on this Colonel Davidson puff piece (‘Ruth Davidson says she would consider standing to be an MP in future‘)  written by the joint political editors of the Guardian Anushka […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Grooming the Colonel

Man charged with Elgin break-ins

Source:: Northern Scot Man charged with Elgin break-ins A 34-year-old man has been charged in relation to several break-ins across Elgin during the last week. Read the full article:: Northern Scot Man charged with Elgin break-ins

The Gaelic for Hygge

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Gaelic for Hygge Calum MacLeod on gaelic nonsense from Visit Scotland … Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Gaelic for Hygge

Unemployment remains lower in Scotland than in UK and employment grows at more than twice the rate

Source:: John Robertson Unemployment remains lower in Scotland than in UK and employment grows at more than twice the rate Unemployment in Scotland, for August to September 2017, stands at 4.1% compared to 4.3% for the UK as a whole. This is lower than 6 of the English regions, with only the 3 in the south maintaining lower levels, between 3 and 3.7% Employment, in Scotland, in the year since October 2016, grew 1.7% compared to the UK growth of only 0.7%. The Scottish rate of growth matched that of the affluent South-East of England and was higher than […]

Scottish oil expected to hit $68 per barrel, up 146% on 2016’s low with production costs falling below $15 per barrel and ‘peak oil’ still to come

Source:: John Robertson Scottish oil expected to hit per barrel, up 146% on 2016’s low with production costs falling below per barrel and ‘peak oil’ still to come According to a report in the Insider online business magazine, Brent crude prices are expected to hit $68 per barrel. Prices have been above $60 per barrel for several months now and the BP Chief Executive anticipates current production costs of $15 per barrel to fall even lower: North Sea oil companies making $40 profit on every barrel and costs are still falling! In January 2016, the price of Brent crude had […]

Scottish Business Buzz (13.12.17)

Source:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (13.12.17) Inver House Distillers has announced a £3 million investment to make Balmenach one of Scotland’s greenest distilleries. The company has commissioned a new anaerobic digestion system, which breaks down the co-products of whisky production using micro-organisms to produce clean, methane-rich biogas to power the site. The new technology will integrate with Balmenach’s existing wood-pellet biomass […] The post Scottish Business Buzz (13.12.17) appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland Scottish Business Buzz (13.12.17)

SNP Government increases teacher numbers to create far superior pupil/teacher ratios and much smaller attainment gaps than in England

Source:: John Robertson SNP Government increases teacher numbers to create far superior pupil/teacher ratios and much smaller attainment gaps than in England Note: This wikipedia scattergraph based on US data is the only one I could find. It shows the correlation between pupil/teacher ratio and attainment. It’s a negative correlation so the smaller the number of pupils per teacher the greater the reading performance. Admittedly, it’s not a very strong correlation suggesting other factors matter too. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Class-size_reduction There are now 543 more teachers in Scottish schools. In 2017, only 631 P1 pupils were taught in classes of more than […]

Going Toe to Toe with the BBC in Scotland

Source:: Random Public Journal Going Toe to Toe with the BBC in Scotland Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael Auntie Beeb is a state broadcaster and a weapon of the British government. The longer it takes us to come to terms with this and start acting against it the weaker we will be for ScotRef. Fighting the BBC will take everything we’ve got. Ross Greer, the young environmentalist who dropped out of Psychology and Politics at Strathclyde University to pursue a career in Scottish politics, is often quite wrong. His take on the… Read the full article:: Random […]

The Westmonster Raving Yoony Party

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug The Westmonster Raving Yoony Party It’s been a week for space geeks. It is deeply reassuring that the rest of the world is catching up because everyone in the UK has been living in a dystopian sci-fi nightmare for quite a while now. Who needs lizard alien overlords when you have the Conservatives? Scientists are investigating a strange object which is the first confirmed visitor to our solar system from the depths of interstellar space. Called ‘Oumuamua, the object is believed to be an asteroid… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug The Westmonster […]

On the Catalonian Republic

Source:: Bella Caledonia On the Catalonian Republic Please watch and share this film on Catalonian democracy and sovereignty … It’s a master of product and communication and a great model for us here on how to employ film, graphics, script and tone … funny, clever, brilliant … [please share] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia On the Catalonian Republic

Scotland in Solidarity with Catalunya

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland in Solidarity with Catalunya I don’t know much about Catalunya. I’ve never been there; I have no friends from there. I’ve read, obviously, books coming out of the experience of the Spanish Civil War – George Orwell, Laurie Lee, and anarcho-syndicalist texts: Murray Bookchin, Robert Alexander and others. But that’s all a long time ago; and my interest was […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland in Solidarity with Catalunya

The sinister truth behind Theresa May’s non-existent Brexit deal

Source:: Business for Scotland The sinister truth behind Theresa May’s non-existent Brexit deal Most of the media seems to be maintaining the fallacy that the UK Government has done some kind of Brexit deal.  It seems that all sides of the Brexit political divide can imagine they see a win in the agreement for them, and that’s the only thing keeping the myth of a successful stage one […] The post The sinister truth behind Theresa May’s non-existent Brexit deal appeared first on Business for Scotland. Read the full article:: Business for Scotland The sinister truth behind Theresa […]