Saturday Night at The Howff with Sister John, Randolph’s Leap & Lou McLean

Source:: Bella Caledonia Saturday Night at The Howff with Sister John, Randolph’s Leap & Lou McLean howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. The Howff is Bella’s Boozer, your virtual lounge for the lockdown. Every week we bring you new releases and recommendations for your listening pleasure. This week we bring you tracks from Lou McLean, Randolph’s Leap and Sister John Singer-songwriter Lou McLean‘s new EP Locked Down […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Saturday Night at The Howff with Sister John, Randolph’s Leap & Lou McLean

Fred Deakin: Lemon Jelly and the Food Fight at the End of the World

Source:: Bella Caledonia Fred Deakin: Lemon Jelly and the Food Fight at the End of the World Lemon Jelly’s Fred Deakin may look cherubic but he has presided over more chaos than many self-styled rock and roll hell raisers. Best known as one half of the Brit and Mercury-nominated Zeros electronic pop duo, Deakin is also a trend-setting graphic designer known for his much imitated ‘vector’ style featuring ultra-bright cartoonlike images. His […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Fred Deakin: Lemon Jelly and the Food Fight at the End of the World

Not Independence: Self-Government!

Source:: Bella Caledonia Not Independence: Self-Government! “The people of Scotland do not need independence. What they do need is full self-government. Responsible autonomy and interdependence. We are capable of self-determination, working together in collaboration with others” argues Colin Kirkwood. In the 1960s the great Brazilian educator, Paulo Freire, developed a concept he called limit situations, which he believed can evoke limit […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Not Independence: Self-Government!

Water Boarding with Margaret

Source:: Bella Caledonia Water Boarding with Margaret Geoffrey Howe’s resignation speech in 1990  – widely held to leading to Margaret Thatcher’s downfall – was famously described as being “being savaged by a dead sheep”. Margaret Mitchell’s contribution to the Holyrood committee led to no such downfall and made Howe look like a rousing orator. At times her stream-of-consciousness seemed to reflect the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Water Boarding with Margaret

Arts Manifesto – Planning Together, a National Theatre Recovery Strategy

Source:: Bella Caledonia Arts Manifesto – Planning Together, a National Theatre Recovery Strategy Bella Caledonia is crowdsourcing an Arts Manifesto for post-covid, post-brexit, post-independence Scotland. Over the next month Bella Caledonia will publish commissioned articles on policy ideas for this ‘post-everything’ Scotland. Leading figures in various sectors and backgrounds will outline their policy ideas. But we want you to get involved too, the artists, the audience and the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Arts Manifesto – Planning Together, a National Theatre Recovery Strategy

Poem of the week : Leviticus And Numbers

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Leviticus And Numbers LEVITICUS AND NUMBERS I was seven when my brother said Anne Bowles is the prettiest girl in the school and she was, Anne Bowles was pretty as her green gingham dress pretty as her fresh white socks pretty as her navy-blue knickers which is all I remember of her though I fell in love as […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Leviticus And Numbers

How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency?

Source:: Bella Caledonia How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency? Scotland’s Climate Citizens Assembly is entering its sixth weekend, with a seventh to follow. The assembly was asked to consider, ‘How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency in an effective and fair way?’ Extinction Rebellion Scotland asks Climate Citizen Assembly members to be bold. According to the UN, we only have 10 years […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia How should Scotland change to tackle the climate emergency?

Walking on Eggshells

Source:: Bella Caledonia Walking on Eggshells The relationship between ornithology and mental health might not seem immediately obvious, but like so much in this strange new world it seems to be becoming clearer. Re-tuning to birdsong has been one of the bright spots in a dark time. From the superbly named Cosmo Sheldrake’s sonic journey through the woodlands [here] with hooting […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Walking on Eggshells

When we tried to visit Ocalan

Source:: Bella Caledonia When we tried to visit Ocalan The Imrali Island prison, where Kurdish leader, Abdullah Ocalan, has been held in isolation for twenty-two years, accepts no visitors and the annual delegations never actually reach this island fortress. But the delegation’s visit to Turkey provides an opportunity for an international group to draw attention to the conditions faced by a political prisoner that […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia When we tried to visit Ocalan

The Nothing New

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Nothing New THE NOTHING NEW: From The Province of the Cat by George Gunn “The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new.” So opens Samuel Beckett’s 1938 novel, “Murphy”. This is the almost-story of our hero Murphy, having tied himself naked to a rocking chair in his flat, rocking back and forth in the dark. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Nothing New

FoES Just Transition Campaign: Organising for social justice in the transition from fossil fuels

Source:: Bella Caledonia FoES Just Transition Campaign: Organising for social justice in the transition from fossil fuels Despite the immediate urgency and universal importance of the climate crisis, organising around it has proved challenging. The youth strikes, while impactful, have too often placed unrealistic expectations on young activists with inadequate support and little consideration of power. Likewise, movements like XR have been criticised for their lack of self-awareness regarding the race and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia FoES Just Transition Campaign: Organising for social justice in the transition from fossil fuels

Holyrood Election Polling

Source:: Bella Caledonia Holyrood Election Polling * Despite the spin from the Record – and the surround sound attacks against the SNP and the First Minister – the Survation Polls out today are very good news for the SNP, but also for the Scottish Green Party. The combined seat total of 67 for the SNP and 11 for the Scottish Green […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Holyrood Election Polling

The Storm Is Here – on both sides of the Atlantic

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Storm Is Here – on both sides of the Atlantic For those not quite familiar with the premise of these two things – “QAnon” refers to a popular conspiracy theory on the American right which purports Donald Trump as a biblical saviour, here to deliver the US from a deep state cabal of satanic paedophiles. This mythology was a pivotal component of the Capitol Hill […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Storm Is Here – on both sides of the Atlantic

Crowdsourcing an Arts Manifesto for a Post-Everything Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Crowdsourcing an Arts Manifesto for a Post-Everything Scotland Bella Caledonia is crowdsourcing an Arts Manifesto for post-covid, post-independence Scotland. As we start to envisage the possible end of COVID restrictions, we hear many plans for “recovery”, for “stability”, and much talk of “getting back to normal”.  And, of course, we have all been forced to question the ‘normal’ during the pandemic as our […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Crowdsourcing an Arts Manifesto for a Post-Everything Scotland

Poem of the week : Aspirants

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Aspirants Aspirants On Thursday we get a bill for the electric I catch a new colour in the mirror, a greening of the eye You’re tetchy about the intrusion of normal, all that aspiration. I try to distract, light a small fire in the wardrobe ‘What happens if the whole place burns to a crisp?’ I […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Aspirants