Boris’s Fishy Exit

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Saturday Night at The Howff with Texas & Wu Tang Clan, Iain Morrison and Calum Baird

Source:: Bella Caledonia Saturday Night at The Howff with Texas & Wu Tang Clan, Iain Morrison and Calum Baird howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. Our first Saturday at The Howff for December features a new EP from Calum Baird, Iain Morrison‘s latest collection and Texas and Wu Tang Clan reuniting for a brand new single. Calum Baird is a 26-year-old, Falkirk based singer-songwriter and activist, playing songs that […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Saturday Night at The Howff with Texas & Wu Tang Clan, Iain Morrison and Calum Baird

Interview with Lisa Williams, creator of Black History Walking Tours

Source:: Bella Caledonia Interview with Lisa Williams, creator of Black History Walking Tours 2020 was the year the statues came down. Throughout the summer, as demonstrations erupted over the senseless murder of George Floyd and the racist structures that define our social and justice systems, protestors across the world tore down the racist monuments that line our streets, from Confederate soldiers in the Southern United States to imperialist […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Interview with Lisa Williams, creator of Black History Walking Tours

Shuggie’s Glasgow

Source:: Bella Caledonia Shuggie’s Glasgow Before the hype, the Booker win, and the plaudits from the First Minister, Shuggie Bain was greeted ambivalently in Scotland. News of another novel about the grit and the glamour of the sick second city was met with audible groans. The title, the themes, the cover photograph, all played straight into a specific sub-genre of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Shuggie’s Glasgow

The Deaths, Legacies, & Emergence of Sporting Icons

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Deaths, Legacies, & Emergence of Sporting Icons “Maradona was more than just a great footballer. [He] was a special compensation factor for a country that in a few years lived several military dictatorships and social frustrations of all kinds” – Jorge Valdano (2014) In the days following the death of former professional Argentinian football player Diego Armando Maradona – who passed away […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Deaths, Legacies, & Emergence of Sporting Icons

Many Voices playlist: Who Cried Wolf?, Noon Garden, DJ Lag and more

Source:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices playlist: Who Cried Wolf?, Noon Garden, DJ Lag and more Happy December! As predicted, musicians have started delivering the festive goods, with the likes of The Go! Team, U.S. Girls and Field Music all getting in on the Christmas action early with new holiday-themed singles. But there’s still lots of other new music being released that doesn’t include Christmas keywords, an abundance of bells or […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices playlist: Who Cried Wolf?, Noon Garden, DJ Lag and more

What’s Gaelic for Omerta?

Source:: Bella Caledonia What’s Gaelic for Omerta? “Scotland has changed for ever” is a mantra that’s repeated without reflection too often. But it’s true in unexamined ways. Levels of cultural self-belief are bedded in and declining levels of cringe are apparent everywhere. This is a difficult process as it can lead to obsession with ‘culture’ over harder more pressing issues (sic). At […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia What’s Gaelic for Omerta?

Many Voices Q&A with Ica Headlam

Source:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices Q&A with Ica Headlam As part of her Many Voices project, Arusa Qureshi speaks to industry figures in Scotland to hear their thoughts on diversity and the inclusion of underrepresented voices in their respective fields  One of the main purposes of this project over the past few months has been to speak to and spotlight creatives of colour in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices Q&A with Ica Headlam

Make Do and Mend

Source:: Bella Caledonia Make Do and Mend There’s a wee phrase used in our industry, that’s key to understanding the reasons we build as we do: the short-termism, the inbuilt-obsolescence, the demolition and waste. I first heard it in 2007, after I resigned as Deputy-Chair of A+DS over their institutional refusal to investigate whether PFI – the private financing of public buildings […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Make Do and Mend

The Biden climate plan: what it means for the world

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Biden climate plan: what it means for the world There are many reasons people outside the US are breathing a heavy sigh of relief at Trump’s failure to win a second term. Climate change is just one, but it is a big one. Joe Biden’s climate rollout will not be perfect, and may be significantly stunted by a divided US Congress, but it goes […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Biden climate plan: what it means for the world

Future Focused

Source:: Bella Caledonia Future Focused It’s taken a full twenty years but the SNP have now completely transplanted the Labour Party in all aspects. Complete dominance of Scottish politics? Check. Superb slick media operations. Check. Leadership adrift in centrist compromise? Check. Party besieged by internal factionalism and bloodletting? Check. Accusations of infiltration and entryism? Check. Expectations of massive electoral success? […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Future Focused

Covid-19 at Christmas; No Comfort and Little Joy

Source:: Bella Caledonia Covid-19 at Christmas; No Comfort and Little Joy The Armistice that ended the first World War was signed at 5.10am on 11th November 1918, the subsequent ceasefire effective from 11am that morning. In the five or so hours between the signing and the ceasefire 2738 men were killed in fighting, their graves a monument to futility. I am reminded of this lately whenever […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Covid-19 at Christmas; No Comfort and Little Joy

Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part 2: The Gaels as Victims of Cultural genocide

Source:: Bella Caledonia Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part 2: The Gaels as Victims of Cultural genocide In the last article in this series (‘Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part One: Gaelic as the Language of a Minoritised Community’), I argued that the Scottish Gaels constitute a minority ethnic group that has been continuously subjected since the Middle Ages to an ongoing process of cultural genocide. In this article, I will recount […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Gaelic Promotion as Social Justice, Part 2: The Gaels as Victims of Cultural genocide

The Greenwood + Lentil, Tomato and Garlic Soup

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Greenwood + Lentil, Tomato and Garlic Soup Many Voices Many Kitchens this week talks to Oskar at the Greenwood, Edinburgh’s new sober, queer cafe, about opening a business during a global pandemic, the importance of art and hospitality, and lentil, tomato and garlic soup! SWK: How would you describe the Greenwood and how did you come to be? Oskar: The Greenwood is […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Greenwood + Lentil, Tomato and Garlic Soup

Housing Crisis – the Burning Issue. It’s time we stopped fanning its flames.

Source:: Bella Caledonia Housing Crisis – the Burning Issue. It’s time we stopped fanning its flames. By Nick Durie, Joey Simons, Norman Cunningham, and Angela McCormick. Scotland is in the midst of a housing crisis: Scotland’s people know this and need more than ongoing repeating of it. We need bold leadership from the Scottish Government to introduce a restorative, ambitious and environmentally friendly approach to affordable house building, alongside curbing the […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Housing Crisis – the Burning Issue. It’s time we stopped fanning its flames.