This Script

Source:: Bella Caledonia This Script Jenny Lindsay was one half of the mythical Rally and Broad is the author of Ire and Salt and is the founder and director of Flint and Pitch a platform for emerging, Scottish spoken word, theatre, live literature and music acts. ‘This Script’ is a part univocal poem in, and about, I. From the stage […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia This Script

The Authentic Andy Murray

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Authentic Andy Murray “Maybe, I’ll see you again” In classic Andy Murray fashion, after the downcast press conference, the worldwide tributes and the schmaltzy retirement video by his fellow pros, he gave us all something to cling onto. This week he’s expected to announce if he’ll go ahead with a hip resurfacing operation, which would, if nothing else, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Authentic Andy Murray

Chasing Imperial Virility with Enoch Powell and Oliver’s Army

Source:: Bella Caledonia Chasing Imperial Virility with Enoch Powell and Oliver’s Army This week saw the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of the Union, on January 16 1707. The past 24 hours (never mind the previous 312 years) has put such a strain on the Union that it seems at breaking point. The slow draining of the last residual respect not just for Westminster but […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Chasing Imperial Virility with Enoch Powell and Oliver’s Army

Friday Pods of Choice

Source:: Bella Caledonia Friday Pods of Choice While we labour away mining in the audio caves to bring you our very own Bella podcast, here’s three very different ones to keep you going. Episode 16 from the Nutmeg podcast: a football & music special with Grant Hutchison from @FRabbits James Graham of @thetwilightsad & Mike Palmer from @wwpj Stream As we avert […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Friday Pods of Choice

The Return of the Barrastinian – Wake Up and Smell the Covfefe

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Return of the Barrastinian – Wake Up and Smell the Covfefe He’s back! A Friday treat of Mixcloud melodies from the way outers, its Neil MacNeil from Barra with a mix-tape for your weekend … More music from Bella with Mixcloud streams and compilations here – and more guest-selected playlists for Spotify here. Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Return of the Barrastinian – Wake Up and Smell the Covfefe

Gillette and Occam’s Razor

Source:: Bella Caledonia Gillette and Occam’s Razor If Brexit represents a country having a nervous breakdown, ravaged by identity crisis and hyper-nostalgia, incapable of understanding itself and confused about its role in the world, Piers Morgan personifies this spasm of moronic populism. Morgan, who readers will recall was sacked for publishing faked photographs of troops torturing Iraqi prisoners, has had a crisis […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Gillette and Occam’s Razor

On French Protest Culture and Brexit from Brittany

Source:: Bella Caledonia On French Protest Culture and Brexit from Brittany Ever since a child, I have seen images of protests relayed from France invariably appearing on the BBC. You know the ones, burning tyres and tractors blocking roads. Yes, there were regular reports of other protests from around the globe, but it seemed like there was a particular focus on France, a comparison of some […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia On French Protest Culture and Brexit from Brittany

Neon Fascism and the Cult of Heroic Failure

Source:: Bella Caledonia Neon Fascism and the Cult of Heroic Failure After Brexit, and the weird fissures of Empire Loyalism it has laid open, not only is the sense of a unified coherent ‘Britain’ now just laughable, but the idea of a unified coherent British ‘people’ is implausible. So the constant evocation of “the people” as a force is an immeasurably stupid one. But increasingly “the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Neon Fascism and the Cult of Heroic Failure

Paradise Regained: Some Notes on the Idea of Reversals

Source:: Bella Caledonia Paradise Regained: Some Notes on the Idea of Reversals The idea of workers’ control has fallen off the agenda but an independent Scotland could put us back on the radical road, writes Paul Tritschler. There is an illusion in the field of psychology known as the Dunning-Kruger effect. It refers to low ability individuals who confidently believe they have superior ability, and who lack […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Paradise Regained: Some Notes on the Idea of Reversals

Guest Editor Opportunity

Source:: Bella Caledonia Guest Editor Opportunity We’re excited to announce the return of our Guest Editor position over the next few months.  The idea is to make way for some fresh commissioning, to create fresh networks and unearth new writers and contacts. We also want to to begin to address issues of diversity and equality in Scottish media; and to give space to focus […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Guest Editor Opportunity

The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and the Nation

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and the Nation THE WEALTH OF THE NATION: SCOTLAND, CULTURE AND INDEPENDENCE by Cairns Craig, Edinburgh University Press (2018) Cairns Craig is a leading scholar in Scottish and modernist literature. He has been Professor of Irish and Scottish Studies at the University of Aberdeen since 2005. Before that, he taught at the University of Edinburgh, serving as Head […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Wealth of the Nation: Scotland, Culture and the Nation

A Golden Dawn at the Spectator

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Golden Dawn at the Spectator As the right and the far-right enjoy a Brexit mind-meld it’s causing for some problems for the BBC’s highest people. Steve Peers analyses the crisis at The Spectator … Thread by @StevePeers: “1/ In principle, I agree there’s an obvious distinction between publishing something and agreeing with it. After all, on a much smaller scal […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Golden Dawn at the Spectator

When May loses on Tuesday, there will be nowhere left to Hide

Source:: Bella Caledonia When May loses on Tuesday, there will be nowhere left to Hide I’m saddened to see @HackneyAbbott doubling down on Labour leadership backing Brexit. Time for members and supporters to sign this. Members and supporters overwhelmingly want a @peoplesvote_uk https://t.co/sV06tqcCOD — Ian Murray (@IanMurrayMP) 11 January 2019 My response: I’ve been re-reading Hugo Young’s “This Sacred Plot” which is a wonderfully written history of the “difficult” relationship […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia When May loses on Tuesday, there will be nowhere left to Hide

Could a No Budget Deal Trigger a Holyrood Brexit Election?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Could a No Budget Deal Trigger a Holyrood Brexit Election? AS I write, the Holyrood budget for 2019-2020 still has not been agreed. Of course, with the SNP government in a minority, there is always an annual negotiation involving the minor parties, in order to secure a deal to get the budget passed. It has been this way since Alex Salmond became First Minister back […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Could a No Budget Deal Trigger a Holyrood Brexit Election?

The Establishment and How they Get Away with It

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Establishment and How they Get Away with It Owen Jones may be a bit of a Marmite figure, but, as we’ve said before “As a rule of thumb anyone being smeared or attacked by the media is probably doing something quite useful. “ Jones – author of Chavs, the Demonisation of the Working Class – and The Establishment: And How They Get Away […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Establishment and How they Get Away with It