Landed: Colonial Connections

Source:: Bella Caledonia Landed: Colonial Connections In our new series we profile the best podcasts we have come across each week. Here’s more from the brilliant Farmerama featuring among others sometimes Bella contributor Iain Mackinnon. Farmerama Radio · Landed part 3: Colonial connections Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Landed: Colonial Connections

Tiny Universities of Solidarity

Source:: Bella Caledonia Tiny Universities of Solidarity In a recent analysis of ‘Generation Left,’ James Meadway pointed out that, with 50% of 1- year-olds attending university, ‘education is no longer a marker of class in the way that it was two or three generations ago.’ As political scientists continue to puzzle over the generational divides in our society: the old tools for […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Tiny Universities of Solidarity

Epitaph

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Climate Camp Scotland

Source:: Bella Caledonia Climate Camp Scotland In the first of a series in the run up to COP26 in November we speak to key activists from the environmental justice movement in Scotland. Here Mike Small interviews Bryce Goodall – Organiser, Campaigner, Activist @brycejustweeted – Actions Speak Louder Than Words Twitter: @ASLTWScot and Quan Nguyen – Organiser, Camp Scotland twitter: @ScotClimateCamp Instagram […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Climate Camp Scotland

The News Sponsored by Finish

Source:: Bella Caledonia The News Sponsored by Finish Rinse and repeat. Sometimes – like today – despair is the only option. The news that Boris Johnson’s COP26 spokeswoman has issued suggestions of such mind-dribbling inanity as “freezing left-over bread” and other “micro-steps” leaves me almost disabled by a feeling of unease and profound despair. I thought there were only two options in assessing […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The News Sponsored by Finish

Space Capitalism and Sado-Populism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Space Capitalism and Sado-Populism As we stagger out of lockdown towards some new version of social reality with new norms coined by various stages of denial, disinformation and pragmatism, a new political topography is emerging. Like an unfamiliar  landscape exposed by long-drought this place has new features: old borders exposed and deleted; new walls (Red and Blue) emergent; social […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Space Capitalism and Sado-Populism

Scottish folk music: The Music of Scottish Folk

Source:: Bella Caledonia Scottish folk music: The Music of Scottish Folk As a bona-fide folk musician (so says Spotify), I enjoyed Bella Caledonia’s most recent playlist (Faerie Folk, Frolic and Fiddles). Though I must say that the eclectic mix on offer, ranging from the ‘Lewis Carroll does rock’ of Jefferson Airplane to the traditional slip jig of The Dubliners, is fairly telling in that the range […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Scottish folk music: The Music of Scottish Folk

“Forty Lost Years” by Rosa Maria Arquimbau

Source:: Bella Caledonia “Forty Lost Years” by Rosa Maria Arquimbau “Forty Lost Years” by Rosa Maria Arquimbau first appeared in the author’s native Catalonia in 1971, when General Francisco Franco remained dictator of Spain. It has now appeared in English for the first time, ably translated by Peter Bush. The novel centres on Laura Videl, born in 1917 who comes from a working class family […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia “Forty Lost Years” by Rosa Maria Arquimbau

Poem of the week : Press Release

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Press Release   Press Release There is a rush at the supermarket for anxiety tablets. There is a rush on for diagnosis at the morning clinic. Everyone is gravely sick. Nightly parent’s dissolve painkillers into a glass of water and drink from it hungrily before passing the glass to their children. The use of the word trauma […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Press Release

Here comes the Nice: Glasgow’s Sweaty Palms have got the right stuff

Source:: Bella Caledonia Here comes the Nice: Glasgow’s Sweaty Palms have got the right stuff Sweaty Palms frontman Robbie Houston opens up to Hugo Fluendy about their new single Nice to be Nice and how he’s not making a scene about it Robbie Houston is a quietly courteous, young working class Glaswegian, shy almost. Just don’t take his good manners for granted, as his band’s Sweaty Palms explosive new single […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Here comes the Nice: Glasgow’s Sweaty Palms have got the right stuff

Truth Bomb in a Time of Universal Deceit

Source:: Bella Caledonia Truth Bomb in a Time of Universal Deceit “In a time of universal deceit – telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” – George Orwell I’ve only been to Westminster once. It was to interview Alex Salmond. It’s a very strange place which radiates almost identical amounts of power and dysfunctionality. This week saw the power of tradition overcome any sense of decency […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Truth Bomb in a Time of Universal Deceit

Govanhill Carnival Returns for the Fifth Annual International Festival

Source:: Bella Caledonia Govanhill Carnival Returns for the Fifth Annual International Festival In 2017 and handful of people, myself included, planned to mark the 40th anniversary of the historic Rock Against Racism movement with a reggae concert in Queens Park on Glasgow’s Southside. The plan expanded a bit and the concert went ahead with a small programme of events around it including the first Carnival, taking to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Govanhill Carnival Returns for the Fifth Annual International Festival

Good COP Bad COP: Big Oil, Cambo and Media Climate Lies 

Source:: Bella Caledonia Good COP Bad COP: Big Oil, Cambo and Media Climate Lies  Christopher Silver on the extreme weather of the climate crisis and the spectacular media failure of the Scotsman newspaper in covering the new Cambo oil field. This week they published an article claiming that the new Cambo field will ‘help the UK cut its carbon emissions.’ The reality is that the new oil field alone […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Good COP Bad COP: Big Oil, Cambo and Media Climate Lies 

Faerie Folk, Frolics and Fiddles

Source:: Bella Caledonia Faerie Folk, Frolics and Fiddles Not to brag, but yesterday I wept in an orchard. It was all very Lizzie Siddal of me. The lichen-covered stone wall, the twisted trees, the refreshing pint of cider I imbibed shortly afterward – it all got me in the mood for some whistles and fiddles. I was raised in a folkie household, with […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Faerie Folk, Frolics and Fiddles

British Soldiers Who Tortured Iraqi Children Have Been Immunised From Prosecution

Source:: Bella Caledonia British Soldiers Who Tortured Iraqi Children Have Been Immunised From Prosecution As the British government announces a statute of limitations to end all prosecutions related to the Troubles in Northern Ireland before 1998 – effectively an amnesty for the armed forces – we look at another arena in which the British Army’s conduct has been airbrushed from history. In an exclusive for Bella Irfan Chwodhury reports […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia British Soldiers Who Tortured Iraqi Children Have Been Immunised From Prosecution