Holidays

Source:: Bella Caledonia Holidays Bella is closed for annual holiday. Back at end of July.     Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Holidays

What Does it Mean to Face Up to Our Climate Reality?

Source:: Bella Caledonia What Does it Mean to Face Up to Our Climate Reality? Whether we want to admit it or not, climate breakdown is already upon us: record-breaking heat waves, flash floods, wildfires. Climate change does not cause all of these things to happen, it amplifies them. This is not happening in some far off place, it is the weather where you are. If we read the science […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What Does it Mean to Face Up to Our Climate Reality?

Independent Media of Fresh Thinking

Source:: Bella Caledonia Independent Media of Fresh Thinking We’re building an independent media of fresh thinking for a new Scotland. Read our daily comment and analysis – our arts & cultural coverage – our analysis of media failure and triumph –  our international coverage – and much more. Read our regular columnists: George Gunn writes his regular ‘From the Province of the Cat’ […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Independent Media of Fresh Thinking

Where is the vision for Scotland’s First City: Glasgow?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Where is the vision for Scotland’s First City: Glasgow? Glasgow is Scotland’s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on the definition. Glasgow matters. It’s success, wellbeing, vibrancy, the happiness of its people, sustainability, and state […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Where is the vision for Scotland’s First City: Glasgow?

Small Press Day

Source:: Bella Caledonia Small Press Day By graphic novel creators Metaphrog aka John Chalmers and Sandra Marrs @metaphrog: Small Press Day 2019 this Saturday July 13th will see a celebration of self-publishing, DIY culture, and grassroots comics across the UK and Ireland. Small Press Day started from a Twitter conversation in 2016 that led initially to a buzz and almost immediately […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Small Press Day

Boris, Brexit and the Hedge Funds (Part 1)

Source:: Bella Caledonia Boris, Brexit and the Hedge Funds (Part 1) WHO does Boris Johnson really represent?  Put another way, which groups in society fund a hard Brexit and Boris Johnson’s election campaign.  The answer is a specific splinter group of City finance capitalists who run so-called “hedge funds”.  Among the City hedge fund operators backing Boris are David Lilley of RK Capital, Jon Wood of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Boris, Brexit and the Hedge Funds (Part 1)

Scottish Affairs Committee

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Affairs Committee Deirdre Brock MP has been doing a great job unearthing the amount of money being spent by David Mundell’s Scotland Office. The figures are vast and shocking and new, and signs of a new desperation … these are vast sums of money being ploughed into British propaganda …   Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Affairs Committee

Democratising Scotland or Managing and Restricting its Potential?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Democratising Scotland or Managing and Restricting its Potential? Katie Gallogly-Swan assesses the state of democracy in Scotland after twenty years of devolution: “the question facing this young institution is whether the recent wave of democratic ‘innovation’ will simply change the parameters of management, or indeed be an opportunity to meaningfully release power not simply with the aim to pursue Scottish independence, but to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Democratising Scotland or Managing and Restricting its Potential?

MoJo Rising: Maurice Johnston 30 Years On

Source:: Bella Caledonia MoJo Rising: Maurice Johnston 30 Years On MOJO RISIN’: 30 years on, Rangers’ signing of Maurice Johnston proved a missed opportunity in the fight against sectarianism in Scottish football. It was July 1989, exactly thirty years ago this week, when Graeme Souness’s Rangers stunned the world of Scottish football by signing the striker Maurice Johnston from under the noses of the Glasgow […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia MoJo Rising: Maurice Johnston 30 Years On

LGBT+ and Trad

Source:: Bella Caledonia LGBT+ and Trad Award-winning fiddler and singer Rona Wilkie on the tension between being part of a liberal arts sector but also performing traditional music from a rural highland background: “Although not all in rural Scotland have been brought up in a religious organisation with such rigid ideas of love and sexuality, the power of these discourses permeate […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia LGBT+ and Trad

How Scotland Can Keep Breathing

Source:: Bella Caledonia How Scotland Can Keep Breathing Some speakers have a dream. I have a nightmare. It is to find myself locked in a dark, airless nursery cupboard, somewhere in the south of England, with Boris Johnson, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Theresa May and Paul Dacre, former editor of the Daily Mail. In the darkness, I hear their snuffling and sniggering as they crawl […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia How Scotland Can Keep Breathing

The Air In Between

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Air In Between Bella’s Album of the Week – each week we give you one of the best new albums about. This week we have Steg G’s The Air in Between featuring the Empress, Freestyle Master, Solareye, and CCTV, a rich mix of talent …. Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Air In Between

The Biggest Gap in the Ideological Market of England 

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Biggest Gap in the Ideological Market of England  In England, nationalism is a dirty word. It is tinged with disgrace, outrage, illegitimacy if not illegality. Like an unwanted dog or an unpleasing book, nationalism is always something to be put down. Indian, American, Zimbabwean, Jamaican: nationalism was the force that fought back against Empire, and won. Naturally it’s not much celebrated by the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Biggest Gap in the Ideological Market of England 

What does a Climate Emergency Look Like?

Source:: Bella Caledonia What does a Climate Emergency Look Like? A man falls from the sky out of an plane into the back-garden of a house in Clapham. His partially frozen body makes an indent. Like a sign from the heavens of a world completely out of control, it passes the headlines for a day and then is forgotten. Theses signs are increasing now. Like […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What does a Climate Emergency Look Like?

Some Notes on Boris Johnson’s Racism, Xenophobia, Sexism, Homophobia and Lies

Source:: Bella Caledonia Some Notes on Boris Johnson’s Racism, Xenophobia, Sexism, Homophobia and Lies Some notes on Boris Johnson (Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson)  by Edwin Hayward. (NOTE: Each of the stories below is sourced from mainstream media, audio or video recordings. Please refer to the source listed for each quote or incident for full context.) RACISM & XENOPHOBIA 1 SEXISM & CHAUVINISM 4 HOMOPHOBIA 6 LIES 7 BREXIT […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Some Notes on Boris Johnson’s Racism, Xenophobia, Sexism, Homophobia and Lies