Many Voices playlist: Shygirl, AMA, Black Coffee, Tayla Parx and more

Source:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices playlist: Shygirl, AMA, Black Coffee, Tayla Parx and more It’s almost December and almost acceptable to start enjoying cheesy festive rom coms and classic tunes, as well as those brand new Christmas releases and covers of our favourites. Musicians will inevitably soon start delivering the goods, even against the backdrop of this wholly unpredictable and generally rubbish year. But if like me, you’re not […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices playlist: Shygirl, AMA, Black Coffee, Tayla Parx and more

Strange Exiles: A journey into ideaspace

Source:: Bella Caledonia Strange Exiles: A journey into ideaspace An investigation into ideas, ideology and identity, my new podcast Strange Exiles is an idea that has been in the back of my mind for 10 years or so. I’ve always been interested in these things, but like most people, I have never been an expert in them. Strange Exiles will be an exploration, not […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Strange Exiles: A journey into ideaspace

Not The Plan B

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Not The Plan B When’s a Plan B not a Plan B? Well, when it’s something that could and should have been done already, and won’t be anywhere near adequate even if delivered. Yet that seems to be what some colleagues are now arguing for. It’s welcome that their thoughts are at last turning to the possibility of the […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Not The Plan B

The morning papers

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The morning papers This week on Wings has been altogether more navel-gazey than we’re comfortable with, as various SNP MPs have mounted a series of all-out personal attacks on the site before the weekend’s crucial NEC elections. So we’ll have a proper article for you a little later on today, but in the meantime it’d be remiss of […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The morning papers

What Can Scotland Learn from European Rent Controls?

Source:: Bella Caledonia What Can Scotland Learn from European Rent Controls? In the last few years, Spain and the Netherlands have introduced nationwide rent control measures, as have Paris and Berlin. As winter starts and evictions continue, we begin a new series looking at our housing crisis. Maria Elena Carpintero Torres-Quevedo explores some of the policy solutions from around Europe. The fact that rent in Scotland […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What Can Scotland Learn from European Rent Controls?

November Bella Chats – Solareye

Source:: Bella Caledonia November Bella Chats – Solareye For this month’s Bella Chat I met up with (virtually of course) Rapper, Poet and Hip-Hop Academic Dave Hook aka Solareye. Known for his role fronting Scottish Hip-Hop group Stanley Odd, their single of 2014 Son I Voted Yes became an iconic part of the burst of creativity the Scottish referendum inspired that year. This year […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia November Bella Chats – Solareye

Alistair Jack. Who am I and who is he and who am I to him and he to me?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Alistair Jack. Who am I and who is he and who am I to him and he to me? You could say about me – that I grew up in a housing scheme in 80s Dundee and made the most of some of the opportunities that came my way, so that I can now say I am educated to some extent and can (mostly) pay my monthly bills. I own no property and have […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Alistair Jack. Who am I and who is he and who am I to […]

Schrodinger’s Cybernat

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Schrodinger’s Cybernat We couldn’t help but chuckle yesterday when the £100K-a-year Westminster MP and obsessive Wings reader “Pension Pete” Wishart announced – in the space of six minutes – that this site was simultaneously an irrelevance that nobody listened to, but also somehow one of the greatest threats to independence. It got a lot funnier today, though. […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Schrodinger’s Cybernat

A Tour Inside Gordon Brown’s Britain

Source:: Gerry Hassan A Tour Inside Gordon Brown’s Britain A Tour Inside Gordon Brown’s Britain Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, November 25th 2020 Gordon Brown in recent times has increasingly recognised that something is wrong, even rotten, in the state of Britain, regularly talking about ‘a dysfunctional UK’. This is part of Brown’s continual manoeuvres post-2014 to have a say in the future of Britain’s constitutional arrangements and to make the case that the status quo increasingly ill-serves the nations and regions of the UK. Thus it comes as no… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan A Tour Inside […]

Girls Who Play Guitar

Source:: Bella Caledonia Girls Who Play Guitar There has been anger recently at the gender balance on ‘Scotify’, Spotify’s largest curated playlist for emerging talent in Scotland. It was noted by Pop Girlz Scotland that of the artists featured, 68.5% were male – with several of those artists having more than one song included. After a week of heated discussion on social […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Girls Who Play Guitar

The day job

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The day job We’ve just been alerted to a new FOI response. It pretty much speaks for itself. But it’s worth pondering the numbers. For what we keep being told is still the SNP’s entire reason for existence, the party had delegated just seven members of Scottish Government staff to work, part-time, on the update of the case for independence that it promised […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The day job

Schooling Covid

Source:: Bella Caledonia Schooling Covid When I first started primary school, I wholeheartedly believed that our teachers lived in their classrooms. That once the bell rang at 3pm, they were folded up, zipped into a dust jacket, and stashed away in the paper cupboard overnight, ready to be brought out again in the morning for a new day of learning, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Schooling Covid

Bustin’ flushes

Source:: Wings Over Scotland Bustin’ flushes Wings Over Scotland marked its ninth birthday earlier this month. To be honest, we totally forgot about it until someone reminded us. Normally we mark the anniversary with a small reflection and taking of stock over how things are going, but this year we couldn’t be bothered – we’d already mentioned readership stats in August. […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland Bustin’ flushes

People and Politics: Reshaping How We Debate, Discuss and Listen

Source:: Bella Caledonia People and Politics: Reshaping How We Debate, Discuss and Listen Scotland after the Virus edited by Gerry Hassan and Simon Barrow, just published by Luath Press contains a range of fiction, poetry and non-fiction examining where we are as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and taking stock of where Scotland is as a society. This is an extract from Michael Gray. In times of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia People and Politics: Reshaping How We Debate, Discuss and Listen

Poetry Playlist November

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poetry Playlist November There’s tears at times passing,   there is loss and regret –   the reddest of leaves   were falling, the month   that you left. (from Sunday Afternoon)   Each month in Bella Caledonia we feature a poetry collection under what we call the Poetry Playlist. They are collections of poetry that Iona and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poetry Playlist November