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Grandpa Park

As the British State gets ready to celebrate the First World War, Bella welcomes this evocative family reflection by Daibhidh Rothach Pride is perhaps the most difficult of the human emotions to rationalise. Pride in our family, in the scientific...

The March for Dignity

By Douglas Stuart Wilson Last Saturday, hundreds of thousands of people converged on Madrid from the four corners of Spain in the so-called March of Dignity, something barely reported by the UK’s never failingly parochial mainstream media: a snippet on...

Prison Playground

By Catherine Happer In a highly publicised and controversial campaign which brought record numbers to the ballot box, Glasgow University students last week overwhelmingly voted NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden as their new rector in a statement against public surveillance. It...

Help Falkirk Fight Dart

This is the first of a series of articles on fracking in Scotland. The background is that Dart Energy submitted a planning application to both Falkirk and Stirling Councils to build 14 new well pads with 22 new coalbed methane...

Celebrate Robert Burns

Yes Scotland will celebrate the life of Robert Burns on Friday 24th January 2014 in Edinburgh. The fundraiser Gala Dinner will be held at The Hub venue on the Royal Mile, 7pm til midnight. The contemporary Burns Supper will feature special performances...

The Network of Global Corporate Control

We liked this from Stefania Vitali, James B. Glattfelder, and Stefano Battiston – they’ve modelled relationships and control models of the power elite and created a picture of what that actually looks like. This is from Plos One, an international,...

Independent Minds: Prison, Poems and Politics

by Kevin Williamson Earlier this year I spent three months working with the prisoners in HMP Kilmarnock on a series of poetry workshops. The project was supported by the NTS and The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Alloway and was...

A Lesson in Self-Hatred

By Mike Small Hot on the heels of Lord Robertson’s claim that we are a cultural void-space comes Allan Massie claiming that we are bereft of language too. Massie, who campaigned unsuccessfully against devolution, seems to be joining the growing...

Remembering Chile, 40 Years Ago Today: An Unfinished Song

by Victor Jara There are five thousand of us here in this small part of the city. We are five thousand. I wonder how many we are in all in the cities and in the whole country? Here alone are...

Punk Fiddle

Punk Fiddle by Jim Ferguson (Whirlpool Press) reviewed by Peter Burnett “Bobby is a 30 something Glaswegian who plays pool for money.  He finds himself waking up in an Edinburgh hospital and tries to piece his life back together.  In...

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