Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat

Source:: Bella Caledonia Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat If you look, you will see. Observation is, after all, the basis for all the arts and sciences. When I look across the Pentland Firth I see two oceans meeting, swirling and colliding with each other in a fluid, renewing, vibrant ballet that allows the world to breathe. What you see in the governance of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Exiles on Truth Street: From The Province Of The Cat

Announcing a New National Campaign

Source:: Bella Caledonia Announcing a New National Campaign As reported this morning: “A NEW national campaign organisation to help win a future independence referendum on Scottish is set to be launched on St Andrew’s Day. The Scottish Independence Convention (SIC), a voluntary cross and non party organisation, is to launch a fundraising appeal to provide staff and resources for the new group to be […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Announcing a New National Campaign

The Disgrace of the Spectator

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Disgrace of the Spectator This is by the journalist Sunny Hundal on the extraordinary publishing of the Spectator magazine: Thread by @sunny_hundal: “So this is Rod Liddle in the Spectator (apparently the *leading* magazine of the UK right), writing about how it’s SO difficult to avoid bei […]” Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Disgrace of the Spectator

On Londongrad, Dark Money and Crony Capitalism

Source:: Bella Caledonia On Londongrad, Dark Money and Crony Capitalism To deal with Putin, Britain needs to change lock, stocks and oil-barrels, argues Steve Rushton. Six months after the nerve agent attacks in Salisbury, the British state says Russia poses a ‘real’ and ‘active’ threat to British and international security. To deal with this, we need to end the dominance of finance, the military industrial […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia On Londongrad, Dark Money and Crony Capitalism

Angelic Upstarts

Source:: Bella Caledonia Angelic Upstarts There are deep ironies in the reflex defensiveness against the Upstart campaign to encourage play-based learning – either by extending this approach into primary school, or by delaying the school entry point. The idea is based on the very simple observation that young children learn through play: observing and absorbing through repeat experimentation and interaction […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Angelic Upstarts

V and A

Source:: Bella Caledonia V and A Projected cost £27m. Actual cost £80m. That’s the sort of mismatch that used to cause squeals of public outcry about the use of public funded projects, with acres of print media about it … with the V&A it’s just a shrug. Hasn’t Dundee already had a decade or more of arts-fuelled ‘restoration’. It doesn’t seem […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia V and A

The Rehabilitation of Gordon Brown

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Rehabilitation of Gordon Brown Gordon Brown is back. Again. Earlier this week, to mark the tenth anniversary of the financial crisis, the former prime minister treated us all to another nakedly self-serving political intervention. In two separate puff piece interviews – one with the Guardian and one with the BBC – he issued a series of stark claims and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Rehabilitation of Gordon Brown

Poileasaidh Foghlaim Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poileasaidh Foghlaim Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Bha e deuchainneach dhuinn beachd Mhgr Uilleim Dhòmhnallaich a chluinntinn air Aithris na Maidne, 2018/09/13 (1), is e a’ cumail a-mach nach eil Comhairle nan Eilean Siar an dùil Sgoil Ghàidhlig cheart a thogail sna bliadhnaichean ri thighinn. Tha staid chugallach na Gàidhlig anns na h-Eileanan gu ìre mhòr na toradh air poileasaidh foghlaim na […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poileasaidh Foghlaim Comhairle nan Eilean Siar

Commonweal: Roads to Independence

Source:: Bella Caledonia Commonweal: Roads to Independence The exact roadmap to Scottish independence is not clear. Indeed, there are different views in the movement about tactics, timing and method. These debates will continue.    But as they do the independence movement continues to show its strength, as recent demonstrations show. The crisis engulfing the British state is not going to end any […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Commonweal: Roads to Independence

In Memorium Lehman

Source:: Bella Caledonia In Memorium Lehman SATURDAY marks the tenth anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the giant US investment bank, and the onset of the Great Bank Crash. Lehman Brothers defaulted on September 15, 2008 on a staggering $613bn of debt obligations, the biggest bankruptcy in American history. Result: a sudden seizure of bank liquidity around the world, a […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia In Memorium Lehman

The Need for Play Based Early Education

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Need for Play Based Early Education We need to ditch our obsession with the ‘school readiness’ of infants and stop fretting over four year olds who struggle to sit at a desk like a good little future worker argues James McEnaney. When the First Minister is appealing for her critics to ‘step back from the politics’ it’s a sure sign that things […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Need for Play Based Early Education

Creative Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Creative Scotland No, not THAT Creative Scotland, the real one, people making and doing stuff all over the place. Kicking-off our new series celebrating creative people working in Scotland, we spotlight political cartoonist Lorna Miller “Scottish political cartoonist for CommonSpace. Also The Guardian, The Canary, RSC, Bella Caledonia, Morning Star, Private Eye”. See her work on her own website here. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Creative Scotland

Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink

Source:: Bella Caledonia Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink This week there will be a debate in Holyrood ‘Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink Success Story’. In darkly comic timing the Scottish Government have just dropped their long-standing commitment to a ‘Good Food Nation Bill’ and disbanded their own Food Commission. Despite cross-party support for the Bill, the Scottish Government has reduced its commitment to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Celebrating Scotland’s Food and Drink

Paris-Texas, Imagining a Post-Oil Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Paris-Texas, Imagining a Post-Oil Scotland This summer everything seemed to come together. System failure surrounds us. Capitalism is facing a physical crisis that can’t be ignored. Coal, gas and oil have been capitalism’s main fuels since the industrial revolution. And yet, we’re told of all the fossil fuels ever consumed, more than half were burned in just the last 50 years. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Paris-Texas, Imagining a Post-Oil Scotland