Feisty Productions
Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions

Youngsters 'huckled' off trains, Dave gets huckled out of Europe and Johan is a new leader. Lots to get into and catch up on as Lesely gets stuck inrto the week's main happenings.

Direct download: Merry_Christmas_Big_Man.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:52pm UTC

Back in the saddle and full of vim and historical vigour, Lesley has been blown away by historians in unusual settings and the acoustics of awards ceremonies. And she casts an eye over the whole renewable scene.

Direct download: History_Festivals_and_Green_Awards.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:07pm UTC

Sorry for the break in services, but we are back with a corker.  Lesley has been doing stuff with the "Previously ...Scotland's History Festival" and got the opportunity to speak to historian and author; John M MacKenzie. The conversation ranges from the Scots and the British Empire through Rae and Livingstone to independence. 

Direct download: Scots_Empire_Alyth_and_History.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:19pm UTC

Back from a break and with a lot to say; this week's podcast thumps the table at a coupleof points. There is quite a bit of pushing and shoving, especially when it comes to the nation's health.

Direct download: Gaddafi_Health_Strictly.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:48pm UTC

Lesley says everyone can get degrees in three years, credit unions are braw and communities may be the way forward. Or does she? You will need to listen to the podcast to find out.

Direct download: Students_Credit_and_Communities.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:02pm UTC

If you have been checking out Lesley's Facebook pages lately, you will have seen a set of photos of downtown Hammerfest. These included wildlife. Lesley explains how lemmings, owls and Scotland are related. For audiophiles, this is the last Skype based podcast for a week or two. Enjoy.

Direct download: Reindeer_lemmings_and_the_New_York_Times.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:51pm UTC

Lesley has strong words about the Kiwis' ban on bag pipes and is vexed about how we look to the rest of the world with kids cage fighting. Oh, and there's the euro crisis. All good fun at the Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: Bag_Pipes_Cage_Fighting_and_the_Euro.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:09am UTC

In a packed podcast, Lesley backs up her arguments about the opposition, reveals bill paying problems and finds out English is not universal. We meander all over the place but you know that anyway! Enjoy.


It was hard not to talk about the Vickers' Report on Banking. Equally the moves of the Scottish Labour Party seem slightly strange. However, Lesley has a thought or two to share.

Direct download: Vickers_Banks_and_Scotlands_Labour.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:18pm UTC

Being overweight and getting divorced are terrrible life experiences. Lesley wrote about the latest Lancet warning about obesity and contrasts with what she finds in Oslo. Equally, the Scottish Conservatives seem to be going through a sticky patch. All gist to the mill for this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: Fat_and_Tories.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 4:44pm UTC

Let's be honest, if we didn't talk about the Edinburgh trams; you'd be asking for your money back. Equally, after a super session at the Festival of Politics with Rune Rafaelsen and Anna Kireeva; you would like to hear the feedback.

Direct download: Trams_Redux_and_battling_Nordics_.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:01pm UTC

It's a game of two halves. Lesley touches on Alex 'surely she's got to get an award for this reporting' Crawford, whose coverage of the Libya end game has been superb. And then moves on to cyclists, in a week where the LSE puts the economic benefits of cycling to be around £2.9billion. The class warfare of bikes and their usage is explored inside a spirited rant.

Direct download: Alex_Crawford_and_Socially_Inept_Cyclists.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:33am UTC

Against a background of riots and their aftermath, Lesley was off ot Malta. She has much to share and seems to have found the good folk of Malta a cheery bunch with a tale or two to tell.

Direct download: Malta_and_the_Boy_Scouts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:11pm UTC

Lesley is just back from a flying visit to Norway and was able to see, at first hand, how the Norwegians are reacting to the recent tragedy.

Direct download: Reflections_on_Norway.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 12:48pm UTC

Tramping around Scotland, you pick up a lot of stories about Scottish Water. Lesley wrote a column based on a few. Here she explains a bit more.

Direct download: Scottish_Water_Carbeth_Huts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:56pm UTC

After the terrible shootings in Oslo this week, Lesley gives her view of the Norwegian pysche in this week's Lesley Riddoch Podcast. Just back from the Western Isles, she also reports on ferries and midges.

Direct download: Norway_American_debt_and_Lochmaddy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:08pm UTC

We keep waiting to record this podcast later and later in the light of continuing revelations around 'phone hacking'. So, we are branding it everything-gate ( as suggested by Charlie Brooker ) and talking foreign invaders.  So, it's scandal and rhodendrums this week on the Lesley Riddoch Podcast.

Direct download: Everythinggate_and_invasions.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 7:30pm UTC

It's been a  tough week and after all the ups and downs of the phone hacking scandal; what is left to say? We try and find something new. And as schools are out and the Scottish Government is looking for a new digital network, Lesley wades in with some thoughts and an appeal for information. Equally, Scottish Water has made a frequent topic of conversation in recent rural travels...so can you help out with a contribution?

Direct download: Hacking_Glow_and_water.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 9:45pm UTC

This week , Lesley is in catch up mode. The Edinburgh Trams situation seems to have reached a conclusion or has it ? The news of the World is in the news for all the wrong reasons. And England isn't  sure about Scotland leaving. A number of different opinions are expressed and not the usual ones.

Direct download: TramsNOW_and_England.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:55pm UTC

This week, Lesley looks at the new legislation about football/sectarianism and the Alex Salmond versus the Supreme Court rammie. And we also gaze in our navels about podcasting and this one in particular.

Direct download: Football_Laws_Lawyers_and_Podcasts.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:38pm UTC

This week's podcast tiptoes past the recent 'superinjunction' stooshie. Lesley also talks through her Scotsman column about rape. It's an adult discussion and maybe one you wouldn't want to play in the car on the school run. It's the theme not the language. Finally, there has been a royal visit to Ireland and it's been a strange triumph, in many ways.

Direct download: Superinjunctions_rape_and_Ireland.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 10:51am UTC

So, the Sottish Football season is all but over and independence is in the air. Lesley spent some time in Edinburgh filming for a 'Newsnight' appearance. Thereby falls a tale.

Direct download: The_End_of_the_Season_and__Independence_.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 5:34pm UTC

The Scottish Election is over and the result was surprising. Around the kitchen table, Lesley tries to unpick it and on the way, it does get a bit heated. You'll get repatriation, independence, and relaxing Iain Gray

Direct download: The_Well_that_was_an_election_podcast.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:38pm UTC

Just back from Colonsay, Lesley watches back to back Leaders Debate so you don't have to ! And after a number of different conversations this week, renewables, renewable energy and the like get a good airing. But you would expect that, wouldn't you?

Direct download: The_TV_Debates_and_Renewables.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 11:43am UTC

Lesley is back from Mull and has written a Scotsman column that seems to have got lots of SNP supporters hot and bothered. She explains the background and the rationale. And as we turn to things on the football pitch...there is a sparrow attack. The perils of outside broadcasts.

Direct download: The_Sparrow_Attack.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:28pm UTC

We're back...after recording the Rotterdam Rap, Lesley was straight out on the Election Trail and in this podcast, reports back from the front line. Judy Murray also has been hitting the headlines with her thoughts about more sport for kids. Luckily,  Lesley seems to agree or does she? Only you can be the judge in this week's installment from the kitchen table.

Direct download: The_Hustings_and_Judy.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 8:16pm UTC

It's been a busy week and Lesley is back with some thoughts about nuclear and Japan, Libya and Hague, Nordic municipalities and confidence, bikes and buses! All will be revealed.

Direct download: The_Nuclear_Libya_Nordic_Bikes_Station_Podcast.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 3:33pm UTC

In the coming weeks, the census form will be thumping through our letterboxes. In it, Scots will be asked if they can write, read and understand Scots. Lesley sits down with a special co-presenter this week to mull the subject over. He is Ian Miller, farmer and Scots speaker. 

Direct download: Scots_Language.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:11pm UTC

The thorny subject of second homes comes up as Lesley returns from Norway, chairs conferences, thinks about Libya, argues with Chris about Facebook and generally worries about foreshore ownership.

Direct download: Second_homes_The_Scottish_Parliament_and_Libya.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 6:15pm UTC

Wendy, Hammerfest, AV and Land Giveaway

Lesley is in Norway up at the Arctic Circle. Over a crackling Skype connection, we explore Wendy Alexander's departure, what about AV and Hammerfest and briefly more land issues.

Direct download: Wendy_Hammerfest_AV_and_Land_Giveaway.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 2:14pm UTC

Egypt, Elections and Norwegian News

This podcast was recorded on Friday afternoon as Lesley prepared to run out the door and fly to Oslo. The events in Egypt were "developing" and this podcast reflects that.

Direct download: Egypt_elections_and_the_Norway_trip.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 2:24pm UTC

Lesley has had a busy week. The Scotsman column about Glentress has been the subject of some debate on the blog. Mountain bikers have been very vocal. Across in Norway, it is the year of Nansen and Lesley is full of this incredible story. Finally, Egypt and a movie get the Riddoch treatment. There is a spoiler alert...if you are going to see "Black Swan". And if you are curious about the logo here; it's the new Nordic Horizons think tank/community of interest...check it out at NordicHorizons.org

Direct download: Bikes_Nansen_and_swans_mixdown.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 11:53pm UTC

Huts, music and football scandals

It's been a tough week and this podcast reflects it all. Lesley reveals a little about her current studies and a lot about an amazing Bonnie Rideout concert and our current crop of scandals. Tough opinions are expressed, as you would imagine from the MD of Feisty Productions.

Direct download: Huts_music_and_football_scandals.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:33pm UTC

This week, Lesley talks through the most recent bout of filming marine devices for the EquiMar project and demonstrates an unequalled grasp of facts and figures. Jonathan Woss makes a brief appearance and it's all downhill to social change as evidenced by Angry Birds.

Direct download: Marine_Miranda_and_Apps.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:37pm UTC

Award winning broadcaster, journalist and commentator Lesley Riddoch casts her eye over this week's news.

Direct download: Floods_food_and_Obama.mp3
Category:The Lesley Riddoch Podcast -- posted at: 1:06pm UTC