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

Podcast: Floods and ‘Fit for 55’ – is Europe waking up to the reality of climate breakdown?

Source:: Bella Caledonia Podcast: Floods and ‘Fit for 55’ – is Europe waking up to the reality of climate breakdown? As the world watches climate breakdown and the billionaire space race occurring side-by-side, is it time for Europe to embrace a radical plan to rapidly reduce emissions and tackle inequality all-at-once? Ben Wray speaks to Dušan Pajović of DiEM25’s GND for Europe campaign about the floods, the EU Commission’s ‘Fit for 55’ climate plan and […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Podcast: Floods and ‘Fit for 55’ – is Europe waking up to the reality of climate […]

Back Off Scotland: fighting for abortion rights

Source:: Bella Caledonia Back Off Scotland: fighting for abortion rights “While walking with my baby in the pram, I passed one protester standing on the pavement outside the centre. She tried to hand me a leaflet which clearly had anti-abortion messaging… I spoke to her about what she was doing… She looked into my baby’s pram and said ‘but there’s a reason you didn’t want to […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Back Off Scotland: fighting for abortion rights

Baroness Lundin Links

Source:: Bella Caledonia Baroness Lundin Links I’ve never witnessed anyone suffering the opposite of Imposter Syndrome more than Colonel Ruth Davidson. So soon after the end of the career of that other titan of Scottish politics, Wullie Rennie, Davidson has also left these parts. The bizarre phenomenon that was Colonel Ruth Davidson has ascended to the House of Lords, and, in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Baroness Lundin Links

Stop Boris Johnson opening a new oil field in the year of COP26

Source:: Bella Caledonia Stop Boris Johnson opening a new oil field in the year of COP26 A few years back a lively debate kicked-off about rumours of a ‘secret oil field’ west of Shetland. This, some Scottish nationalist campaigners argued was being hidden by the British state and would make the case for independence. We’d be rich. Now, today, young activists are barricaded into ‘Queen Elizabeth House’ the giant Union Jack […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Stop Boris Johnson opening a new oil field in the year of COP26

How the No Evictions Network is fighting the Nationality and Borders Bill

Source:: Bella Caledonia How the No Evictions Network is fighting the Nationality and Borders Bill   Standing on the steps of Buchanan Street in Glasgow, Lana, who first arrived in Scotland as an asylum seeker, said: “if someone is not desperate, why on earth would they ever risk their three-year-old child’s life in the ocean? We left our country because there were no human rights, and after taking so much […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia How the No Evictions Network is fighting the Nationality and Borders Bill

The Performance of Self on The Stage & Social Media

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Performance of Self on The Stage & Social Media “I am not the “I” in my poems. “I” is the net I try to pull myself in with.” – Toi Derricotte Soon, it shall be August, and the capital will once again play host to the nation’s performers, plying their exuberant trades. After eighteen months of uncertainty and unemployment for the majority of musicians, […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Performance of Self on The Stage & Social Media

Poem of the week : Dune

Source:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Dune   Dune I dreamt we were in the Gaeltacht Wet waxed hoods over windswept heads Peat intense nostrils crept Cheeks embered we climbed whitewashed steps And slept a wooden chair and a cotton bed. I dreamt we were in the Gaeltacht Perched on dune-built sands Light nicotine drawn through pink knobbled hands Sun burned orange […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia Poem of the week : Dune

The Amazon Destruction Zones of Brazil and Dunfermline

Source:: Bella Caledonia The Amazon Destruction Zones of Brazil and Dunfermline I get my lockdown hairdo and the hairdresser explains to she’s going to Thailand for her holidays. Phucket? Pun intended. “I mean who wants to be in Scotland?” Neither the thought of a global pandemic nor the climate crisis seems to have given her pause for thought. I mean, why should it if no-one in […] Read the full article:: Bella Caledonia The Amazon Destruction Zones of Brazil and Dunfermline