Supporting Independent New Media

Source:: Bella Caledonia Supporting Independent New Media We’ve been carrying on through the pandemic trying to bring you content to help you through this experience – and trying also to analyse the ongoing catastrophe of British government and explore ways forward. We’re expanding our content over the next six months and we really need your support. If it’s at all possible we’d […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Supporting Independent New Media

Ham Shankers

Source:: Bella Caledonia Ham Shankers This week Sir Keir Starmer jokingly challenged Boris Johnson to a press-up contest and Johnson said Britain should “clap for bankers”. Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Ham Shankers

Smuaintean, fo Ghlasadh-Sluaigh

Source:: Bella Caledonia Smuaintean, fo Ghlasadh-Sluaigh   In this piece Fiona MacIsaac explores the impact that the lockdown has had on her mental health. Isolated in a way in which is multi-layered, from friends and events on the mainland, the sense of loneliness is only heightened. Time has lost its rigidity and seems to stretch into one infinite day. Current events […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Smuaintean, fo Ghlasadh-Sluaigh

Beyond Statues

Source:: Bella Caledonia Beyond Statues Under the rubric of Black Lives Matter  (UK limited) it is time that the objective of the discourse and movement is  swiftly moved on from felling statues and begins to confront  the political, moral and  historical injustice consequences of the terrible reality of West Indian enslavement.  Caricom – the 20 member association of Caribbean states […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Beyond Statues

Together We Stand

Source:: Bella Caledonia Together We Stand Dr Nighet Riaz is a researcher and lecturer at the University of the West of Scotland. Here she shares some experiences of organisational racism and shares ideas for how to reduce racism in the workplace. As a student, lecturer, academic, anti-racist educator, social and political activist, I am privileged to engage in and observe in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Together We Stand

Historical Role-Playing Games and Myths of the Furlough

Source:: Bella Caledonia Historical Role-Playing Games and Myths of the Furlough I’m liking the PM’s new parlour game for the lockdown. It’s called “Which Historical Character Shall I Be Today?”. Early days Johnson tried out “Jesus” with ink spilt by scribes on how he had a miraculous recovery, faced adversity, became a new man, and had a cathartic experience, a covid epiphany. The code was clear […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Historical Role-Playing Games and Myths of the Furlough

Lockheed Martin, Sutherland and the Space Hub Jigsaw

Source:: Bella Caledonia Lockheed Martin, Sutherland and the Space Hub Jigsaw The Jigsaw: From the Province of the Cat: George Gunn asks all the right questions about Scotland’s new “Space Hub”: Why this project? Why the Moine? Why now? Who benefits? Why are several senior managers of HIE now working for the Sutherland Space Hub? Is this ethical? I have a friend called Jigsaw John. He’s […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Lockheed Martin, Sutherland and the Space Hub Jigsaw

To the Islands

Source:: Bella Caledonia To the Islands Lamlash is the second largest village on the Isle of Arran; home to just over 1000 inhabitants, as well as the first community-led no take fishing zone in Scotland. Facing onto the Ayrshire coast and the sanctified shores of Holy Isle, its bay gently curves round to the horizon; a sand-filled crescent moon from Clauchlands […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia To the Islands

It’s 38 Degrees in the Arctic Circle

Source:: Bella Caledonia It’s 38 Degrees in the Arctic Circle   I once lived in a flat that became infested with mice. After some time the problem disappeared, but eventually we realised that the mice had been eaten by rats. I was remembering that rodent anecdote reading this week about about the small Siberian town of Verkhoyansk. Last weekend, weather stations in Verkhoyansk recorded an […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia It’s 38 Degrees in the Arctic Circle

Shockwaves from Intu’s collapse can impact beyond Braehead

Source:: Bella Caledonia Shockwaves from Intu’s collapse can impact beyond Braehead Intu, owner of Braehead Shopping Centre, has gone bust, leaving thousands of workers wondering if the giant mall will close, and if it reopens, how many jobs will remain. The SANE Collective explores the background to the collapse and what it tells us about city governance, planning and the obsession with retail. Intu, owner of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Shockwaves from Intu’s collapse can impact beyond Braehead

Eye Witness Account from Glasgow City Centre Incident

Source:: Bella Caledonia Eye Witness Account from Glasgow City Centre Incident Around 12.00 yesterday, six people were injured and one suspect shot dead in a hotel in Glasgow. Those injured are currently in the hospital, including one police officer. The suspect attacked people inside the Park Inn hotel, in Glasgow City Centre, a usually busy street yet relatively quieter than normal because of the coronavirus lockdown. […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Eye Witness Account from Glasgow City Centre Incident

Yay Us! – Reasons to be Cheerful: Further Adventures in the (Online) Screen-Trade

Source:: Bella Caledonia Yay Us! – Reasons to be Cheerful: Further Adventures in the (Online) Screen-Trade Neil Cooper on inclusion and the lockdown and the complex debate about ‘live art’. A couple of weeks ago, I watched an online broadcast of Reasons to be Cheerful, a street-smart musical based around the songs of the late Ian Dury. I’d been asked to review it for a radio programme, and is one of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Yay Us! – Reasons to be Cheerful: Further Adventures in the (Online) Screen-Trade

West George Street

Source:: Bella Caledonia West George Street Here is audio footage with the main witness from the incident in Glasgow today, a resident from within the hotel in Glasgow who is also an asylum seeker. He wished to be called ‘Sean’ but not give further information, and he didn’t want to show his face on camera, so for this reason we have […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia West George Street

Cities Versus Multinationals: Who will Win our Post-Covid Future?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Cities Versus Multinationals: Who will Win our Post-Covid Future? As we imagine a post-covid society, the new municipal agenda suggest that citizen power can (and is) confronting corporate global power. Today, we are fully releasing our publication “Cities versus multinationals”, co-published by the Corporate Europe Observatory (Brussels), Observatori del Deute en la Globalització (Barcelona), Observatoire des multinationales (Paris) and the Transnational Institute (Amsterdam). From […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Cities Versus Multinationals: Who will Win our Post-Covid Future?

Momentum and Trajectory

Source:: Bella Caledonia Momentum and Trajectory Earlier this week saw the sort of visual representation of polling that would put a spring in any independence supporters steps, or so you’d have thought. The first fishy looking data snapped voting intention from 2015 to today and showed a major downturn for the No vote and an upsurge for Yes. Responses may have […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Momentum and Trajectory