Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics – Peter Geoghegan Interviewed

Source:: Bella Caledonia Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics – Peter Geoghegan Interviewed Our book of the week this week is Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics by the investigative journalist Peter Geogehan, chair of The Ferret and contributor to openDemocracy and Bella Caledonia. In this series we review the book and interview the author. The book has been a tremendous success – partly because its […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Democracy for Sale: Dark Money and Dirty Politics – Peter Geoghegan Interviewed

Hutopia

Source:: Bella Caledonia Hutopia Overtourism and Underforestry. One of the best things about this discussion is the revelation that there are wolves in the Netherlands. Lelsy Riddoch’s virtual book launch of Huts, a Place Beyond …   Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Hutopia

FinCEN, Oligarch Britain and Compromised Politicians

Source:: Bella Caledonia FinCEN, Oligarch Britain and Compromised Politicians Multiple recent revelations expose the swirling nexus of dark money, oligarch influence and gangsterism and make it clear Tory Britain is a cesspit and London is a haven for money-laundering on a vast scale. FinCEN A huge trove of secret US government documents (the ‘FinCEN files’) has revealed for the first time how the big […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia FinCEN, Oligarch Britain and Compromised Politicians

Interview with Alan McGee

Source:: Bella Caledonia Interview with Alan McGee In the first of a new series of interviews we talked to legendary music impressario Alan McGee. We talk about the new film coming out with Ewan Bremner playing Alan, Creation Records, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Oasis, Primal Scream, Scottish independence and a whole lot of other stuff. Interview with Alan McGee from Bella […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Interview with Alan McGee

A Just Transition for Mossmorran

Source:: Bella Caledonia A Just Transition for Mossmorran MSP Mark Ruskell has secured a members business debate on Mossmorran focussing on the need of a Just Transition board similar to the one announced for Grangemouth. For the debate to go ahead its required that three out of five parties to sign up for it. Motion S5M-22764: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia A Just Transition for Mossmorran

Is it time to use the F-word about Boris Johnson’s disastrous regime?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Is it time to use the F-word about Boris Johnson’s disastrous regime? Even the toxic cocktail of incompetence and neoliberal ideology can’t explain the scale of the British government’s failure. Why has the British government been so incompetent at dealing with COVID-19? Less than a month ago I explored whether its glaring failings would eventually prove unsustainable. In the space of just four weeks the situation in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Is it time to use the F-word about Boris Johnson’s disastrous regime?

Unionist Realism

Source:: Bella Caledonia Unionist Realism elide verb (used with object), e·lid·ed, e·lid·ing. 1. to omit (a vowel, consonant, or syllable) in pronunciation. 2. to suppress; omit; ignore; pass over. 3. Law. to annul or quash. Do You Exist? It’s the sort of infuriating question that’s been bugging philosophers for centuries [TL:DR the only evidence you have that you exist as […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Unionist Realism

Poetry Playlist September

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poetry Playlist September BEWARE When police place knees, at your throat, you may not live to tell of choking.   Welcome to the Poetry Playlist! Once a month, we are going to recommend one of our favourite poetry collections to you. It could be newly published, an old classic, or a little-known gem that we found collecting dust […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poetry Playlist September

Nova Scotia? SAY 2020 Longlist

Source:: Bella Caledonia Nova Scotia? SAY 2020 Longlist The latest Booker Prize shortlist is proof that a more diverse judging panel leads to a more diverse selection. The decision by the organisers of the Scottish Album of the Year Award to introduce a 50:50 gender split in its 50 strong nominators list is a step in the right direction: at least half of […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Nova Scotia? SAY 2020 Longlist

Take One Action Film Festival 2020

Source:: Bella Caledonia Take One Action Film Festival 2020 Take One Action Film Festival  16-27 September 2020 Now in its 13th year, Take One Action Film Festival is currently running its first online digital version of the annual event. With over 30 short films, features and documentaries the festival explores issues facing our planet and its inhabitants, Articulated around three key strands – Sisters […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Take One Action Film Festival 2020

From ‘Lead Don’t Leave’ to ‘Do What You’re Told’

Source:: Bella Caledonia From ‘Lead Don’t Leave’ to ‘Do What You’re Told’   The consequences of Brexit mayhem suggests ‘strengthening the union’ but really means ‘centralising the UK’, and new narratives about Covid are attempts to force a bizarre unity and elide Scotland out of existence. In extremis, under intense pressure Unionism is becoming more atavistic. With sweet (and bitter) memories ringing in our heads six years […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia From ‘Lead Don’t Leave’ to ‘Do What You’re Told’

Saturday Night Howff with Future Get Down, The Positive Experience and Mogwai

Source:: Bella Caledonia Saturday Night Howff with Future Get Down, The Positive Experience and Mogwai howff /haʊf/. A favourite meeting place or haunt, especially a pub. Welcome to Saturday night at the Howff, Bella’s lounge for the lockdown. This week we feature Future Get Down, The Positive Experience and Glasgow legends, Mogwai. The Edinburgh-based Future Get Down have built up an enviable reputation over the past couple of years, renowned for […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Saturday Night Howff with Future Get Down, The Positive Experience and Mogwai

Back to the Land

Source:: Bella Caledonia Back to the Land Huts: A Place Beyond – How to end our exile from nature by Lesley Riddoch, Luath Riders on the Storm: The Climate Crisis and the Survival of Being, Alastair McIntosh, Birlinn In 1935 Edwin Muir warned that the collapse of the labour movement in Scotland would represent an all-out catastrophe: ‘If capitalism manages finally to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Back to the Land

Many Voices playlist: Scintii, Sen Morimoto, Spillage Village and more

Source:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices playlist: Scintii, Sen Morimoto, Spillage Village and more As the first Commissioning Editor in the Many Voices programme, I’m looking at the experiences of under-represented voices in Scottish arts and culture and to run alongside this project, I’ll be publishing a weekly playlist of new tracks by artists of colour. This will be a soundtrack of sorts to the Many Voices programme, but […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Many Voices playlist: Scintii, Sen Morimoto, Spillage Village and more

The Spoken Word in Music

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Spoken Word in Music I present to you some of my all time favourite music that features poetry, storytelling or spoken word. Without further ado, I shall pass you over to the sorcerers, raconteurs and sages for some tasty thought morsels . . . We start with some classics, and Peggy Lee’s dulcet, cynical tones in ‘Is That All […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Spoken Word in Music