Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs

Source:: Gerry Hassan Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs Linda McCartney: A Life, Love and Family in Photographs Gerry Hassan Sunday National, July 14th 2019 Linda McCartney is a name known to most people but many will relate to her through her thirty-year relationship and marriage to Paul McCartney, not being fully aware of her undoubted talent as a photographer. Now, and not before time, she is the object of an outstanding exhibition – the ‘Linda McCartney Retrospective’ at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, and its UK premiere. It… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan […]

More Stats, Better Stats, Faster Stats: A Whole New Mobile Experience

Source:: North British Post More Stats, Better Stats, Faster Stats: A Whole New Mobile Experience If you’re like me, Stats is one of your most-visited screens in your WordPress app — we all want to know people are reading! Whether you use iOS or Android, the latest versions have Stat updates that bring you more useful data, faster. Updates to the layout, available statistics, and how they’re handled behind the scenes mean you can hone in what’s most important to you and to your site’s growth. What’s new? All-new design Stats got a facelift! The numbers… Read the full […]

Bring on the tartan blankets and half a shandy, I’m happy to embrace later life | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Bring on the tartan blankets and half a shandy, I’m happy to embrace later life | Kevin McKenna As a survey reveals that the over-50s are joining gyms and having sex, the reality is something rather more comfortableThe psychological challenges that arrive with your 50th birthday are rarely addressed in debates about Scotland’s health. To be honest, they’d all been pulsing and fermenting away for a few years before then anyway. Many of us choose to put them in one of those wee mental boxes that psychologists tell their patients to imagine when they want to […]

Where is the vision for Scotland’s First City: Glasgow?

Source:: Gerry Hassan Where is the vision for Scotland’s First City: Glasgow? Where is the vision for Scotland’s First City: Glasgow? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 11th 2019 Glasgow is Scotland’s first city in size and importance. There are of course several different Glasgows – from the official council area of 621,020 inhabitants to the metropolitan region of between 1.2 million to 1.7 million people, depending on the definition. Glasgow matters. It’s success, wellbeing, vibrancy, the happiness of its people, sustainability, and state of its public realm all matter not just to… Read the full article:: Gerry Hassan […]

The Darroch Affair

Source:: Craig Murray The Darroch Affair I am amused when I hear the resignation of Kim Darroch mooted as an attack on an apolitical civil service. Darroch’s rise to the top of the FCO was in fact a startling example of the politicisation of the civil service – there is no doubt that his enthusiastic support for the Iraq War, and for every neo-con war of aggression since, is what endeared him so strongly to the people who make the decisions on the top posts (and… Read the full article:: Craig Murray The Darroch Affair

Kim Darroch – the Simple Explanation

Source:: Craig Murray Kim Darroch – the Simple Explanation The media is full of over-complicated theories as to who might have leaked Kim Darroch’s diplomatic telegrams giving his candid view on the Trump administration. I should start by explaining the FCO telegram system. The communications are nowadays effectively encrypted emails, though still known as “telegrams” to the Americans “cables”. They are widely distributed. These Darroch telegrams would be addressed formally to the Foreign Secretary but have hundreds of other recipients, in the FCO, No.10, Cabinet Office, MOD, DFID, other… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Kim Darroch – […]

Bought Politicians

Source:: Craig Murray Bought Politicians Between just 28 May and 10 June Boris Johnson received £235,500 in “private” donations, to himself personally, as he prepares to become the UK’s unelected Prime Minister. The blatant corruption of the UK’s political system is part of the reason for popular alienation from the ruling classes. It was Blair who elevated British politics to US levels of shamelessness in the matter of politicians’ self enrichment, and Johnson looks set to follow the Blair example. While some may pretend to… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Bought Politicians

This World Cup has reminded us that football is still a beautiful game | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna This World Cup has reminded us that football is still a beautiful game | Kevin McKenna If its popularity is sustained, for how long will it remain unsullied by the greed that permeates the men’s game?The first signals indicating a shift in attitudes occurred during the opening moments of Scotland v England at the Women’s World Cup. Attendance records were expected to be broken and television companies, at long last, were committing serious money and resources to the task of providing meaningful live coverage of the matches.The exploits of Scotland’s international women’s team, who had qualified… […]

All hail Theresa May, reluctant hero of the Scottish independence movement | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna All hail Theresa May, reluctant hero of the Scottish independence movement | Kevin McKenna With Brexit and Boris Johnson playing badly north of the border, the PM’s legacy could be a break-up of the unionThe problem with legacies and the obsession of departing leaders to bequeath them is that the wrong sort can breenge in and wreck the place. Tony Blair modernised the Labour party, repealed section 28 and drove investment in our moribund cities, but his tenure will always be disfigured by the Iraq war. Theresa May has spent the past month traversing… Read […]

Help Steven Leelah

Source:: Craig Murray Help Steven Leelah With a callousness that defies belief, the British government continues to pursue and persecute Chagossians in pursuit of the genocide they initiated on the community in 1971. This blog has been campaigning for the Chagossians for over ten years, but following the recent resounding condemnation of the British government at the International Court of Justice, and the massive vote at the UN General Assembly for Chagos to be returned to Mauritius, thankfully the issue is becoming better known. The SNP… Read the full article:: Craig Murray Help Steven Leelah

How To Spot A Twitter Troll

Source:: Craig Murray How To Spot A Twitter Troll It is a matter of simple fact that the British government employs a very large number of people whose full time job is to influence the political narrative on social media. The 77th Brigade of the British Army, the Integrity Initiative, MI5 and MI6 and GCHQ all run major programmes of covert online propaganda. These information warriors operate on twitter, facebook, and in comments sections across the internet. I have long been fascinated by the disconnect by which people, who… Read the full article:: Craig Murray How To Spot […]

The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ‘Children of the Devolution’?

Source:: Gerry Hassan The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ‘Children of the Devolution’? The Scottish Parliament at 20: Are we really ‘Children of the Devolution’? Gerry Hassan Bella Caledonia, July 1st 2019 It was twenty years ago today that the Scottish Parliament officially opened. Donald Dewar spoke eloquently, the Queen attended, and there was a small amount of pomp and circumstance in Edinburgh Old Town. Time for reflection and an assessment – cue Allan Little’s ‘Children of the Devolution’ shown on the new BBC Scotland channel, and subsequently BBC Scotland (the last episode… Read the full […]

Whither Scotland? Why not ask Princess Diana’s toothpaste holder?r | Kevin McKenna

Source:: Kevin McKenna Whither Scotland? Why not ask Princess Diana’s toothpaste holder?r | Kevin McKenna Jeremy Vine’s guests are the go-to guides for acute comment on the state of the nationAnyone who doubts that the English education system is in robust health hasn’t been watching Jeremy Vine’s show on Channel Five. This cheery mid-morning production with its affable host and “didn’t you used to be?” guests has begun to rival tired old Question Time as the essential broadcasting forum for political debate in Brexit-era UK.The sad demise of The Jeremy Kyle Show, with its tender… Read the full […]

Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty

Source:: Gerry Hassan Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty Doubts Even Here: The Potential of Doubt in the Age of Certainty Gerry Hassan Scottish Review, June 26th 2019 The world at the moment is in a state of flux. Yet everywhere there is assertion and statements that imply certainty and do not allow for any doubt. Doubt is central to being human. Galileo once said, ‘Doubt is the father of invention’. There is the personal doubt many of us experience – the inner voice that measures yourself by impossible… Read the full […]

A Moment in History

Source:: Craig Murray A Moment in History Sometimes we do not know when small actions could have the most momentous effects. The Archduke Franz Ferdinand loved his wife, which was most unusual for a Hapsburg. She was not of royal blood and strict protocol meant she could not appear in public ceremonies with him in Vienna. Which is why he chose to undertake a royal visit to the obscure Serbian provincial city of Sarajevo for her birthday. The rest, as they say, is history. AJP Taylor liked… Read the full article:: Craig Murray A Moment in History