And People Stayed Home

Source:: Bella Caledonia And People Stayed Home Kathleen O’Meara’s poem, ‘And People Stayed Home,’ written in 1869, after the famine: And people stayed home and read books and listened and rested and exercised and made art and played and learned new ways of being and stopped and listened deeper someone meditated someone prayed someone danced someone met their shadow and people began […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia And People Stayed Home

The Howff is Open

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Howff is Open howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. Welcome to the Howff, Bella’s boozer for the cultural void and your lounge for the lockdown. We are featuring and promoting artists and musicians who are now gigless cos of da virus. As everyone tries to move live events online and survive the domestic […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Howff is Open

Tranquility

Source:: Bella Caledonia Tranquility The imperious JD Switch (Optimo) has produced these fantastic Tranquility Mixes to help people keep calm in difficult times. Here’s the first three (of five I think) here. Enjoy … * * Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Tranquility

Groove On 9

Source:: Bella Caledonia Groove On 9 It’s Groove On Episode 9, where we’ll be getting to back to basics with groovy, and mostly vintage, music. Join us! Setting the pace for this episode is Roy Budd with his excellent film theme ‘Get Carter’. From darkest England, we travel to Hawaii for ‘Hunk Of Heaven’ by Lemuria, a fine piece of late […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Groove On 9

Daily Record Investigates My Home and Finances

Source:: Craig Murray Daily Record Investigates My Home and Finances The day after I publish my article accusing the corporate media of being an active part of the conspiracy against Alex Salmond, and of giving disgracefully selective, slanted and biased coverage of the evidence of his trial, the Daily Record has decided to investigate my home and personal finances. Is not life full of little coincidences? I received this email from the Daily Record’s political editor. I replied to him politely. This was probably a mistake – I should have… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Daily Record […]

Princes Street Gardens: a Home Grown Public Realm Disaster

Source:: Bella Caledonia Princes Street Gardens: a Home Grown Public Realm Disaster Part 1; The stab in the heart. Edinburgh council and the curse of commodification Perhaps it’s just as well that, where a concern for public open space is concerned, Scotland is not Turkey. In May 2013 a mass protest movement greeted the proposals of an Erdogan government-backed developer to build a shopping mall on one […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Princes Street Gardens: a Home Grown Public Realm Disaster

Getting a grip

Source:: Wee Ginger Dug Getting a grip There’s always a lot of talk online amongst independence supporters about the nefarious activities of the British state and the intelligence services. For the most part, these stories are nothing more than the speculations of those who know that just because you’re paranoid it doesn’t mean that they’re not out to get you. The aim of the intelligence services is to counter threats to the state, the Scottish independence movement is not a terrorist organisation, it’s not illegal or law… Read the full article:: Wee Ginger Dug Getting a grip

The Economics of the Pandemic

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Economics of the Pandemic Iain Macwhirter’s Herald column on Sunday [Coronavirus: this crisis could bring a Great Depression, not socialism] makes a number of well considered points about the vulnerability of the Scottish economy in lockdown. Iain rightly points out that all aspects of the economy – including the public sector – are a financial house of cards: once […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Economics of the Pandemic

Monday Howff

Source:: Bella Caledonia Monday Howff howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. Welcome to The Howff, Bella’s lounge for the lockdown. Randolphs Leap [Glasgow-based folk-pop Adam Ross (guitar/vocals), Pete MacDonald (keyboards),Adam Florence (drums), Vicki Cole (bass), Andrew MacLellan (cello) and Heather Fox (violin), Fraser Gibson (trombone) and Ali Hendry (trumpet) ] are our featured artist on […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Monday Howff

Sustainable

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Lockdown Jazz

Source:: Bella Caledonia Lockdown Jazz A classic jazz compilation with Art Blakey, Charlie Mingus, Chet Baker, Art Pepper, Fela Kuti, Jimmy Smith, Dinah Washington and loads more … Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Lockdown Jazz

Poetry in the Howff

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poetry in the Howff Some poetry for you this evening from Iona Lee and others … Follow her on Instagram at @ionaleepoetry and on twitter @ionaleepoetry Iona Lee_The Night I Played Sims 2 from Bella Caledonia on Vimeo. and from Neu!Reekie! a poetry buffet with @holliepoetry @IonaLeepoetry Alan Gillis @LeylaJosephine1 Kevin Cadwallender, Kayus Bankole, William Letford … Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poetry in the Howff

The accused and the accusers

Source:: Wings Over Scotland The accused and the accusers A 22-person team from Police Scotland worked for over a year identifying and interviewing almost 400 hoped-for complainants and witnesses against Alex Salmond. This entire extensive and painstaking process resulted in nil charges and nil witnesses. Nil. The accusations in court were all fabricated and presented on a government platter to the police by a […] Read the full article:: Wings Over Scotland The accused and the accusers

An Ode to the Little Moments

Source:: Bella Caledonia An Ode to the Little Moments A mere few weeks ago, who’d have thought that terms like social distancing and self-isolation would be an innate part of our day-to-day vocabulary? That we’d be organising virtual games nights with our nearest and dearest through Zoom and Facetime? Or treating anyone we saw in the supermarket with more than one pack of toilet […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia An Ode to the Little Moments