Feisty Productions
Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions
Lesley reflects on the epic journey and reveals the glamourous and not so glamourous world of recording a radio programme on a bike. There are some surprises.
Direct download: On_the_Bike_2009_Wrap_Up.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 1:54am UTC

Lesley finally arrives in Stornoway and it is a mad dash around...mobile phones, festivals and some spectacular singing. Stay tuned for more next week.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Ness_Gospel.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 5:00pm UTC

After the late night at Callanish, Lesley heads off to meet people who want to talk Gaelic with her and share some of the experiences of the islands...kit houses...supermarkets...
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Butt_of_Lewis.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 11:43am UTC

UIg beckons and so does a moon light encounter at the Callanish Stones with pagans, Christians and shamans. This is a memorable On the Bike for so many reasons.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Uig.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 11:25am UTC

Lesley cycles off to Scalpay, home of sea captains and posh houses, but starts with sheep.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Scalpay.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 2:39pm UTC

In this extra episode of On the Bike recorded in October 2009, Lesley talks through how the series was originally commissioned and her reflections to this stage in the journey.
Direct download: On_the_Bike_Mid_Way_Catch_Up_2009.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 1:48pm UTC

Lesley meets weavers,tourists and incomers in this week's repeat of 'On the Bike'. This programme was recorded in 2006 but it feels like it could have been recorded only last week.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_North_Harris.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 8:44am UTC

In this episode, Lesley ventures out from Lochmaddy. Norman MacLeod explains Lochmaddy, Neil Nicholson explains designer thatching and the MacKillops discourse on the Brahan Seer, geese and seal oil.
Direct download: On_the_Bike_-_North_Uist.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 11:50am UTC

In this week's episode, Lesley meets fellow cyclists, gets advice about tourism, and learns about seals. All round and about Benbecula.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_Benbecula.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 12:49pm UTC

In this week's episode of 'On the Bike', Lesley is on South Uist and encounters Gaelic musicians, dancers, a marina, buy outs and the need for a road. As ever, Lesley finds the characters who will make you smile.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_3.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 10:26am UTC

After Barra, Tavish Scott joined Lesley on the bike. Tavish, a keen golfer and cyclist enjoyed a rare day out in the sunshine. Golf courses and Gaelic featured in this very good humoured day in the saddle with Lesley.
Direct download: On_The_Bike_2.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 11:24am UTC

Lesley starts her epic cycle from Barra amidst tales of Twin Otters, Mingulay and boats. The craic starts as a variety of characters, local and visitors, put her right about things.

Direct download: On_The_Bike_-_1.mp3
Category:On the Bike 2009 -- posted at: 10:32am UTC

With a stellar cast of Stewart Stevenson Climate Minister, Patrick Harvie, Howard Liddell and George Monbiot, the final Riddoch Questions dealt with climate change. Finally, thanks to everyone who listened and got in touch...all 100 programmes will remain on iTunes for the foreseeable future.
Direct download: The_last_Riddoch_Questions_Ever.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:22pm UTC

Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week were: Charles McGhee, former editor of The Herald; Brian McNair, Professor of Journalism & Communication at the University of Strathclyde, and Pete Wishart, MP and the SNP’s culture and media spokesperson. They discussed the result of the Norwich North by-election – how much does the press shape public opinion on Labour?; swine flu – is unnecessary panic being whipped up by the media?; job cuts – there’s concern about a lack of journalists at Westminster reporting for Scottish newspapers; and the future for Scottish media in the age of Google and Twitter.
Direct download: Charles_McGhee_Brian_McNair_and_Pet.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:16pm UTC

Lesley’s back in the hot seat for this week’s Riddoch Questions. She was joined by Stewart Hosie, Dundee East MP; David Pratt, foreign editor for the Sunday Herald and Rev David Robertson from St Peter’s Free Church in Dundee. The stories making the headlines this week, included: Afghanistan and a report from MPs which claims a lack of helicopters is costing soldiers’ lives; controversial Sunday ferry sailings in the Western Isles – the first boat is due to sail this weekend; Blair for President of Europe? And the return of the wrinkly rockers – Bruce Springsteen versus Chrissie Hynde.
Direct download: Stewart_Hosie_David_Pratt_Rev_Davi.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:55pm UTC

David McLetchie, Henry McLeish and Mike Daly get together with Derek Bateman to discuss bugging, privacy and mobile phone directories, Climate change targets and Afghanistan. Lesley is away this week and will be back the following week.
Direct download: David_McLetchie_Henry_McLeish_and_M.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:00am UTC

In a week where Swine Flu, 10 years of Devolution and Andy Murray dominate the news agenda; Stirling MP Anne McGuire, security expert Clive Fairweather and Hilary Wainwright, editor of Red Pepper join Lesley to work out what is really going on.
Direct download: Anne_McGuire_MP_Clive_Fairweather_a.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:56am UTC

This week saw comings and goings....new Green Targets, a new speaker, more expenses with the BBC involved in a row...Alan Cochrane of the Daily Telegraph, Patrick Harvie Green Party MSP and Neil Baxter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects joined Lesley to dissect it all in Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: Alan_Cochrane_Patrick_Harvie_MSP_N.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:33am UTC

As part of an investigation for BBC Radio Scotland, Lesley travelled to Norway to look at the provision of outdoor activity in nursery education for Norwegian children. The contrast with Scotland,as you can hear, is stark.
Direct download: Killing_with_Kindness.mp3
Category:Lesley in the Baltics -- posted at: 12:46pm UTC

Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are: Councillor Ewan Aitken, former leader of Edinburgh city council; Mark Perryman, editor of the book ‘Breaking up Britain: Four Nations after a Union’; and Christine Grahame MSP. They discussed the stories making the headlines this week, including the Calman Commission, the Digital Britain report, the de-selection of Labour MP Jim Devine and the SNP’s long-awaiting school building programme. Mike Russell, the Scottish Government's Culture Minister joins in to give a view of Calman.
Direct download: Ewan_Aitken_Mark_Perryman_and_Chris.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:49am UTC

Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are: newly re-elected SNP MEP Alyn Smith; author, journalist and Tartan Army member Ian Black; and Tory MSP for North East Scotland Alex Johnstone. European elections, parliamentary reform and swine flu are amongst the subjects the panel mull over.
Direct download: Alyn_Smith_Ian_Black_and_Alex_Johns.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:21am UTC

When former Labour Provost Michael Kelly, former Chairman of the Scottish Labour Party Bob Thomson and Independent journalist Bruce Anderson met Lesley on 5June 2009; there was only one subject hogging the headlines. The state of the Labour government with all its resignations, reshuffles and talk of voter rebellion. Recorded after the local English election results were known, but before the European election results were in; this is a fascinating Riddoch Questions. 
Direct download: Bruce_Anderson_Bob_Thomson_and_Mich.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 7:57am UTC

MPs' expenses and the current problems within the Church of Scotland over a gay priest are centre stage. It's a very lively programmes as the Tory blogger, the distinguished academic and environmental leader ( and Lib Dem ) all getting stuck in. Vintage Riddoch.
Direct download: Iain_Dale_Prof_John_Curtice_and_And.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02am UTC

In this special Riddoch Questions recorded in front of an audience at Hillhead Library on 28 May 2009, Lesley chaired an old fashioned hustings meeting. The sponsors, Amnesty International and the Federation of Small Businesses put together a panel of all the main political parties seeking election in the forthcoming European elections. A packed audience posed all the questions and the result is recorded here in a slightly longer than usual format.
Direct download: Riddoch_Questions_-_Euro_Husti.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:25pm UTC

Recorded in front of a live audience at a conference organised by the Hansard Society of Scotland, the panel includes Bruce Crawford, MSP and Minister for Parliamentary Business; Iain Gray, MSP and Scottish Labour leader; Sir Tam Dalyell, former Labour MP and ‘Father of the House’ and Joyce McMillan, columnist and chair of the Hansard Society Scotland Working Group.
Direct download: The_Hansard_Debate.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:12am UTC

Derek Bateman stood in for Lesley and guess what ? MPs' expenses was the hot topic.
Direct download: Lord_Falconer_Pete_Wishart_and_G.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:30am UTC

Joining Lesley on this week’s panel: from Iceland, Halla Tomasdottir, chairman of Audur Capital and the banker through whom Bjork is channelling funds to the Icelandic government. From Ireland, Paul Sweeney, economic advisor for the Irish Congress of Trade Unions and author of the book “Ireland’s Economic Success”; and the Scotsman’s business editor Peter Macmahon
Direct download: Halla_Tomasdottir_Paul_Sweeney_and.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:15pm UTC

 Eric Joyce, Labour MP for Falkirk, Jo Swinson, Lib Dem MP for East Dunbartonshire and Mary Scanlon, Highlands and Islands MSP and the Scottish Conservatives’ spokesperson on health join Lesley to talk about gurkhas, equal pay and MPs' expenses.
Direct download: Eric_Joyce_Mary_Scanlon_and_Jo_Swin.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 8:47am UTC

Recorded in front of a live audience of social entrepreneurs at the S2S Trade Fair at the Corn Exchange in Edinburgh, the panel includes Laurie Russell, Chair of the Scottish Social Enterprise Coalition; Andy Kerr, Shadow Finance Minister and Labour spokesman on sustainable growth; Fraser Doherty, creator and owner of SuperJam at the tender age of 14 and now at 20 a top entrepreneur.
Direct download: The_Social_Enterprise_Debate.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:01pm UTC

This week it's cabinet meetings, G20 and MPs' expenses as the team grapple in this episode of Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: Nicholas_Jones_Christine_May_and_Jo.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:39pm UTC

After a short break for Easter, the Riddoch Questions crew are back in the Aftermath business. Lesley worries about the recession, Sean plays some interesting art from Croatia and Jules plugs next week's outside broadcast which sounds like a great event with millionaires and Dragons' Den and stuff.
Direct download: The_Zadar_Aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:52am UTC

Joining Lesley for Riddoch Questions this week are Dr Richard Simpson, Labour MSP for Mid-Scotland and Fife, Aileen Campbell, SNP MSP for the South of Scotland and Joyce McMillan, columnist for the Scotsman.
Direct download: Richard_Simpson_Aileen_Campbell_and.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:48pm UTC

This special edition of Riddoch Questions was recorded before a live audience at Peebles High School. Scotland’s Education Secretary Fiona Hyslop and her opposite number, Labour’s Rhona Brankin were in attendance, along with Ken Cunningham, general secretary of School Leaders Scotland and Judith Gillespie from the Scottish Parent Teacher Council.
Direct download: Fiona_Hyslop_Rhona_Brankin_Ken_Cun.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:02pm UTC

Agnes is not your typical entrepreneur.  She's 84 and suffers from tendonitis.  When she couldn't find a trolley to help her with household tasks, she decided to invent one herself.  She's spent a small fortune on it but is still nowhere near getting it to market.  Lesley gets on the case and finds out why Agnes has been led a merry dance by so-called advisers and Old Hand patent expert Gilbert Perry, puts Agnes on the right path
Direct download: new_hands_episode_6_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 10:00am UTC

Joining Lesley on Riddoch Questions this week are actress and comedy entertainer Elaine C Smith, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University Pamela Gillies and the Daily Telegraph’s Scottish Editor Alan Cochrane.
Direct download: RQ_27-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:52pm UTC

After the Education Debate in Peebles, the crew kept the tapes running and recorded an Aftermath. More educations, more voices and more young students. Enjoy !
Direct download: peebles_aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 1:52pm UTC

 Andrew and Will are graduates from Abertay University's Games Technology course and they're desperate to come up with the next Grand Theft Auto. They're not short of ideas but they're short of cash.  To give them the leg up they need, Lesley introduces them to games supremo Chris Wright who shares some valuable trade secrets with them.
Direct download: new_hands_episode_5_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 11:51am UTC

Lesley explains Twitter to Sean, Sean explains Google and the rest of the crew Gill, Blake and Roger plead for creative writing. Myself, I have a small cameo walk on role at the emnd of this week's Aftermath.
Direct download: Aftermath_27-03-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 6:14pm UTC

Broadcaster and journalist Malachi O'Doherty, Green MSP Patrick Harvie and former Labour MSP Allan Wilson discussed nuclear power, Northern Ireland, University funding, unemployment and airports - how to improve them.
Direct download: RQ_20-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:40pm UTC

What does Anthony, a 7th generation tanner, do to diversify and, hopefully, save his company?  He sets up a business making deerskin handbags, of course. But how does he brand them?  Lesley calls on the services of marketing guru Suzanne George to offer her pearls of wisdom.  Will Anthony take her advice?
Direct download: new_hands_ep_4_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 10:45am UTC

The team sit down, scratch their chins and talk about missing flights, broadband and the first place in Europe to have street lights. There is a scary start to this Aftermath...be warned.
Direct download: Aftermath_20-03-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 5:18pm UTC

Recorded at Giffnock Synagogue, this Riddoch Questions dealt with issues of Gaza, Israel, faith schools and other related topics. The panel was;

 

Ephraim Borowski  - Director of the Scottish Council of Jewish Communities. Vice-Convener of BEMIS.

Ian Galloway – Church of Scotland minister of Gorbals in Glasgow. Convener of the Church and Society Council.

Magdalen Lambkin – Roman Catholic PhD Candidate in Inter-faith studies. Member of Scottish Inter-faith Council.

Ruzwan Mohammed – Sunni Imam Educational and Curriculum advisor to Muslim organisations in Scotland.


Direct download: RQ_13-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:42pm UTC

Gary Burns is on a mission to save the world's carpets from burn marks with his docking station for hair straighteners.  But the business advice he's been given in the past has been contradictory. Should he find a manufacturer or license his product to a major company?  Lesley tracks down Old Hand Ron Hamilton who's been there and sets out Gary's options.
Direct download: new_hands_ep3_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 11:00am UTC

Riddoch Questions was on the road at Giffnock Synagogue. The panel stayed on for an additional set of questions and comments from the audience. Here's the result...
Direct download: faith_aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 3:55pm UTC

Independence, Brown and Obama first get-together, minimum pricing for drink and who'll pay to see Jacko are the topics for this week's Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: RQ_06-03-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:52pm UTC

Iain Gillespie runs the Sottish Graduate website and seems to have problems dealing with partners and staff. Lesley Campbell brings in Old Hand Heather Sims for some tough love advice in an extraordinary New Hands programme.
Direct download: New_Hands_Ep2_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 10:29am UTC

Roger, David, Kim, Sean and Lesley reflect on a programme without Labour but manage to consider the role of barter and poverty in the world. Be warned; there are a number of heavy metal references.
Direct download: Aftermath06-03-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:03am UTC

This week's Riddoch Questions danced around the pension arrangements of Sir Fred Goodwin, Edinburgh trams and why councils work the way they do.
Direct download: RQ_27-02-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 1:23pm UTC

In the face of adversity, Denise Purdie set up her own business making soaps and toiletries and she still manufactures her products at home in the wilds of Argyll.  Can she expand and still retain her cottage industry ethics? Lesley brings in Old Hand Elie Chilton to give her much-needed advice but can she bear to let anyone into the family business to lend a hand?
Direct download: new_hands_ep1_podcast.mp3
Category:New Hands -- posted at: 3:56pm UTC

The 13 year old father, fast food advice and Iain Hamilton all pop up in this edition of Riddoch Questions. The head of the Scottish TUC , a satirist and a comedian all join a lively discussion.
Direct download: RQ_20-02-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:55pm UTC

After a packed Riddoch Questions, Bevan, David, Laura, Sean and Lesley talk around the bank crisis, youth protest and newspapers. There is a clear divide between young and old in this Aftermath....
Direct download: aftermath_27-02-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 9:12pm UTC

After a packed programme and on the eve of a birthday, the Riddoch Questions crew slipped into the Rotunda to eat birthday cake and sing. Everyone has something to say and you can listen in for the usual irreverent banter about the issues raised in the day's Riddoch Questions.
Direct download: Aftermath_20-02-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 2:36pm UTC

The subjects of this week's Riddoch Questions were the continuing discontent with bankers, council tax and the Scots language.
Direct download: RQ_13-02-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:14pm UTC

In this week's Aftermath, Billy Kay, Susan Morrison and the Glenrothes posse pull their seats up close to the microphone and talk about Scots the language. As ever, the Riddoch Questions crew goes all over the place and reaches no conclusions.
Direct download: aftermath_13-02-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 1:07pm UTC

This Aftermath features a vox pop that didn't make the Riddoch Questions programme with Jim Murphy. And a bit more.
Direct download: 02-06-09_Aftermath.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 7:54pm UTC

Recorded at Adam Smith College, this was a classic Riddoch Questions where everyone got stuck into the Budget and a good debate was had by all.
Direct download: RQ_30-01-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:36pm UTC

In the cosy confines of Adam Smith College, the Riddoch Questions crew are made welcome to their new home by Fifers. New voices, old friends,  and how Bradford and Paris are the same; all feature in this Aftermath.
Direct download: aftermath_30-01-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 10:41am UTC

This week’s Riddoch Questions was recorded before an audience at Pitlochry Festival Theatre with Environment Minister Mike Russell and his opposite number, Labour’s Sarah Boyack together with representatives of the Scottish Wildlife Trust,Community Woodlands Association and Confederation of Forest Industries.
Direct download: RQ-23-01-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:32pm UTC

Immediately after the recording of the Riddoch Questions Environment Debate at Pitlochry, everyone on the panel relaxed. Lesley gave them all 5 minutes to relax and ...this is the resulting Aftermath.
Direct download: Aftermath-23-01-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 12:38pm UTC

Lesley’s guests on Riddoch Questions this week are the former Observer editor and author of ‘The State We’re In’ - writer and commentator Will Hutton, right-wing political columnist for the Independent, Bruce Anderson, and former leader of the Scottish Socialist Party in Parliament – now their national spokesman, Colin Fox.
Direct download: RQ_16-01-09-64k.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:02pm UTC

Will Hutton, what have you done ? By the time, Lesley and the crew got together for the last time in Abertay; everyone was buzzing about the economic debate following the day's Riddoch Questions. So, why not a conspiracy theory ?
Direct download: aftermath_16-01-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 8:36pm UTC

This was the Riddoch Questions that went awry. Technical difficulties meant a short programme where the Finance Secretary was probed by Lesley and his Labour Shadow John Park.
Direct download: RQ_09-01-09.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:46pm UTC

Cycling in Finland After two weeks cycling around Finland in August 2008, Lesley and her companion for the trip dissect this fabulous adventure. Recorded in a windy location in Zante, this is a meandering recollection of people, places and unexpected pleasures.
Direct download: On_the_Bike_in_Finland.mp3
Category:Lesley in the Baltics -- posted at: 3:46pm UTC

There’s a big SORRY from the Riddoch Questions team this week after a variety of technical difficulties prevented us from getting on air for 25 minutes. Which meant Lesley’s interview with Finance Secretary John Swinney and the subsequent analysis of his budget had to be somewhat curtailed. Many thanks and abject apologies to all – guests and listeners - who bore with us until the problems were sorted. And sorry to those who emailed and texted in with their comments, as problems prevail with our email system, and the ones which were received we were unable to read out.
Direct download: Aftermath_09-01-09.mp3
Category:Aftermath -- posted at: 3:08pm UTC