The Downside of Qualifying – Scotland’s Football Songs

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Downside of Qualifying – Scotland’s Football Songs As a smattering of official and unofficial attempts appear and disappear on radio and social media, I’m not quite sure what the official Scotland Euros song is. I was tempted to make a playlist of World Cup and Euros songs but I remembered that Bella’s readers are not all that bad, not so bad that […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Downside of Qualifying – Scotland’s Football Songs

Guest Playlist – Ken McCluskey

Source:: Bella Caledonia Guest Playlist – Ken McCluskey Kicking off the weekend on Bella Caledonia is the second in our series of guest playlists from Ken McCluskey. Its a cracking journey from the West Coast of America to the North East of Scotland via Ireland and Jamaica. Formerly of The McCluskey Brothers and The Bluebells, Ken is now a lecturer on the music […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Guest Playlist – Ken McCluskey

Scottish Football Team Take the knee at Euro 2020 – Sign the Petition

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Football Team Take the knee at Euro 2020 – Sign the Petition The petition reads: “Scotland have decided against taking a knee during Euro 2020 but will stand up instead as some kind of gesture against racism. After 23 years, we kick off our European campaign on Monday 14th June. Over 2 billion viewers are anticipated to watch Euro 2020. Our 2nd group stage match vs England […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scottish Football Team Take the knee at Euro 2020 – Sign the Petition

Now is the time for a Universal Basic Income

Source:: Bella Caledonia Now is the time for a Universal Basic Income As we begin a tentative recovery the need for radical new thinking about our economy and our society is needed greater than ever. The idea of the “irreducible minimum” (the right of all to food, shelter, and clothing) was articulated by the anthropologist Stanley Diamond who argued that you can’t (and don’t) really ‘belong’ to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Now is the time for a Universal Basic Income

Scotland is back on the international stage

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scotland is back on the international stage The Scottish men’s national football team are back in the finals of a major international tournament – Euro 2021 (but called Euro 2020 after the delay through COVID). This is after 23 years away, having endured ‘ten in a row’ of failed qualifications, and last appearing at any finals in the 1998 World Cup in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scotland is back on the international stage

Bangers and Mash: Brexit and the Sausage Wars

Source:: Bella Caledonia Bangers and Mash: Brexit and the Sausage Wars The gap between the grand rhetoric of Brexit with its sunlit uplands and Global Britain ‘taking back control’ and the fact that you can’t, er, export sausages to a different part of the country, is quite large. As Gareth Southgate writes to fans to plead them not to boo their own players for being against […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Bangers and Mash: Brexit and the Sausage Wars

The Pandemic and the City: urban overhaul, or ‘back to normal’?

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Pandemic and the City: urban overhaul, or ‘back to normal’? Bella’s European Feature Writer Ben Wray looks at Barcelona, Paris, London and Berlin to find out how different European cities are responding in the wake of the pandemic crisis.  For a moment, everything about the city changed. At the peak of pandemic lockdown, the car no longer dominated the roads. Large swathes of commercial property […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Pandemic and the City: urban overhaul, or ‘back to normal’?

University of Liverpool Strike Action

Source:: Bella Caledonia University of Liverpool Strike Action The strike at Liverpool University is about more than an academic dispute, it’s the beginning of an attack on the whole public sector and the installation of new tactics from corporate capitalism’s most aggressive operators. We are now in week three of a strike at the University of Liverpool. It is already the longest local […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia University of Liverpool Strike Action

Easter Everywhere: Rock and Roll Resurrection at the End of History

Source:: Bella Caledonia Easter Everywhere: Rock and Roll Resurrection at the End of History Callum Easters new album ‘System’ is out this September on Moshimoshi Music (in association with Lost Map). Hugo Fluendy gets an exclusive preview. You can re-order the album here. Callum Easter’s second album System is coming to save us from… what? In a month that has witnessed the sad passing of Bay City Roller Les […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Easter Everywhere: Rock and Roll Resurrection at the End of History

Kilts and Populist Royalism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Kilts and Populist Royalism We covered the original Kate and Wills story more as a joke than anything, as Kate’s Tourdrobe crushed Scotland’s hopes of independence. But it seems it’s not a joke after all. At first the crude propaganda seems desperate and comic. Speaking in Edinburgh at the closing ceremony of the General Assembly of the Church of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Kilts and Populist Royalism

Poem of the week : Goonie

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Goonie Goonie Sahtirdey night, up thi Gorbals tap dancer n Glesga’s a dork glimmer ootside thi windaes. Me, gettin ready fur ma turn, spurred oan bi ma Aunt. Stage curtains ae blue mist, made fae thi fumes ae her umpteenth snout. She’s gied me this goonie tae wear, polyester, hoat pressed wae thi wurk troosers. It’s […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Goonie

Exiting the Morbid Interregnum

Source:: Bella Caledonia Exiting the Morbid Interregnum The lockdown has felt like a space-in-between, and alongside it the prospect of a Scottish democracy and a decades-denied socio-ecological renewal is left hanging in the balance. In his Prison Notebooks around 1930 Antonio Gramsci wrote: “The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Exiting the Morbid Interregnum

Are You an Island?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Are You an Island? Book review: Tamsin Calidas’s I Am an Island. John Donne’s 1624 book, No Man is an Island, is about the interpersonal relationships of humans and their place in the circle of life. Donne’s writings often ventured towards the philosophical, exploring the tenets of behavioural psychology which would not be classed as a science of their […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Are You an Island?

Edinburgh International Festival programme launched

Source:: Bella Caledonia Edinburgh International Festival programme launched The audience numbers will be limited, covid measures will be in place, but The Edinburgh International Festival will be back, with proper performances in front of real people in real, not virtual, theatres. The full programmefor the 2021 Festival was launched this week, Bella Caledonia are very pleased to see some of our favourites leading […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Edinburgh International Festival programme launched

Guest Playlist – Jenny Foulds

Source:: Bella Caledonia Guest Playlist – Jenny Foulds Jenny Foulds is a big-hearted human who has a brain brimming with ridiculous nonsense and rambunctious late night tales about love, friendship and misbehaving. She is a writer of poems, a speaker of spoken word and she is the current Scottish Slam Poetry Champion.     Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Guest Playlist – Jenny Foulds