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

In the last @lesleyriddoch podcast of 2013, we try to dodge around and corral the issues of the season. These include the ‘big’ events for 2014, food and drink, honours, and how they fit in Scotland today.

We start by attempting to consign a series of expressions, tropes and memes to 2013.

Direct download: Between_Years.mp3
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Nigella Lawson of cooking fame has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons. This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast considers the fall out of the case and tries to make some sense of it all.

In a week when Lesley was being whisked around Helsinki by trams, we stop to ponder the latest European Commission survey on the public opinion on trains.

The Scotsman also revealed this week it was to move premises. This simple statement provoked an interesting ‘twitter’ storm with some surprising tangents. 

Direct download: Nigella_Trains_and_Papers.mp3
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 In this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast, we discuss the Douglas Alexander intervention into the referendum debate. Lesley’s approach is to try to be ‘not snarky’ as she gets stuck into the arguments.

The topic of supermarkets and future food price gets a good chewing. Is it a real worry?  Some, like Dig In Bruntsfield and the Fife Diet folks might see this as an opportunity. And we also touch on the positive ideas out of recent Lighthouse exhibitions.

And then, there is Oslo. Lesley has been on another field trip, eventful as ever. And she comes back full of stories of bread, trams and transport. There’s also advance notice of the next Nordic Horizons meeting which promises to be very good on integrated public transport a la Ruter.

 

Direct download: Not_Snarky.mp3
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This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast; ‘Scotland’s Future’ – the White Paper gets released, childcare gets discussed or not, and there’s a lot of television about.

There are mentions of Alan Little’s excellent ‘Our Friends in the North’, Scotland Tonight’s use of ‘heng oots’, the riveting spectacle of Eddi Reader on Question Time and that debate between   Nicola and Alistair . And Chris explains what it is like to meet the Ice Queen, Irene Macdougall of Dundee Rep who is in this year’s Christmas show, “The Big Friendly Giant”.

(And thanks to Chris Cook for the inspirational title of this week’s Pod ) 

Direct download: Silence_of_the_Prams.mp3
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This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast has Lesley fresh back from the WEA in Sheffield and the Radical Independence Campaign event in Glasgow on November 23. Two very different experiences as she describes them.

Looking forward, this week will see the long anticipated White Paper which will answer questions. Lesley will be spending some time this week talking about this document; rumoured to be 700+ pages. We discuss if it’s all the possible answers or none – or somewhere in between. We also briefly talk about the role of negotiations in key policy areas. Especially, in the light of the recent Iranian Nuclear agreements; would it be possible to avoid a ‘McWeimar Republic’?

And, it wouldn’t be a @lesleyriddoch Podcast without gratuitous mentions of things Nordic, music of the 70/80s and Volvos. They are all there.

Direct download: Radical_White_Papers.mp3
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This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast develops some of the themes about health visitors and the continuing debate about ‘early years’.

And after a dander around Assynt and Ullapool; the importance of community cinema, head torches, Dundee rep becomes clear. The Blossom audience in Lochinver is filled with the folk from the early evening screening of ‘Sunshine on Leith’ and a helpful member of the audience offers to illuminate the stage with a head torch. Saturday night in the Ceilidh Place hosts a fantastic production of ‘Promises, Promises’ with Ann Louise Ross.

And finally, after a Mike Vickers suggestion and a Borgen episode, could there be the need for a new party; a ‘Community Action’ party?

Direct download: Health_Visitors_and_Community_Treats.mp3
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In a week where elections to NHS Health Boards are being wound up as ‘a good idea’, we discuss whether there is too much democracy. Is the NHS too difficult to engage with, anyway?

If there is too much democracy, is the referendum too serious? Lesley spots a new feature from her last speaking engagement; there might be hope.

And finally, Borgen returns. So why are we so in love with long running complex TV series? It’s all to do with Saturday night , apparently.

Direct download: Too_Much_Democracy.mp3
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This week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast is full of lectures. From Kirkintilloch; where Lesley reflected on the legacy of Tom Johnston and the community spirit to Govan and the latest news about shipbuilding. In common with a lot of bloggers, like Derek Bateman, Lesley has a different view of the proceedings, unlike the MSM.

If you didn’t make it along to the excellent Nordic Horizons event; ‘Nordic Cooperation with Mary Hilson and Johan Strang, Lesley gives you the highlights about how the Nordic nations are practically working together. (Still worth listening to a recording of the event…it’s lively and thought provoking.)

And …finally, there’s news of another insight into Copenhagen, coming in December at the next Nordic Horizons meeting.

Direct download: Tom_Johnston_Shipbuilding_Cooperat.mp3
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Lesley arrives hotfoot from a literary Dundee and a wind blasted London. In Dundee, she meets the family that reads together and has an AL Kennedy moment.

In London, she had been taking part in a debate at the Institute for Government. Her verdict; a different type of question and questioner.  

And, what about energy? Is there anything new to say? Well, you can always rely on Dundee to delight. And so it does, with tales of community energy.

Direct download: London_Dundee_Energy.mp3
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Fresh from an appearance on ‘Any Question’ on BBC Radio 4 from Rothbury, Lesley still has points and observations to make about her fellow panellists. Energy came up as a topic and Lesley has more to say on the subject in response to David Willetts’ assertions. Lesley also reveals what local people said to her following the recording and the audience’s surprising reaction to the Scottish independence debate.

She also had occasion to use a machine in London which would not take Scottish notes. The resulting twitterstrom threw up some interesting points.

Lesley also managed to have an eventful time at the SNP Conference in Perth and has a tale to tell.

And, on the road with ‘Blossom’, there was a very interesting meeting at the Centre for Human Ecology which prompted lots of questions. Some of which we discuss.

Direct download: Any_Questions_Scottish_Notes.mp3
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