Feisty Productions (general)
Podcasts and programmes from Lesley Riddoch and the team at Feisty Productions

After a bombshell of an opening, within which I tell possibly the most niche joke ever, we get back down to business with reflections on this week's shenanigans in the House of Lords.

Lesley's recent gig in Bearsden sparks a debate, wherein I defend the First Minister's softly softly approach, on whether the SNP leadership is playing it too safe on Indyref 2.

As May and the Brexiteers play fast and loose with the Irish border issue are there signs that "liberal unionists" are now thinking the unthinkable over Irish reunification?

All of this plus, evangelical Zionists, the discovery that Scotland is less popular than Gibraltar with English voters, tomorrow's Scottish Cup Final and Lesley's reaction to Willo Flood leaving Tannadice.

 

 

Direct download: Lords_save_us.mp3
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I was away in Wales last weekend and Lesley decided that she had to do something equally spectacular. In her case it was attending the Sunday session of the Labour Party Conference in Dundee.

Stand by for some pretty trenchant thoughts from her on that experience in terms of the UK Labour leadership, its relationship with the party in Scotland, and John McDonnell's speech.

Corbyn's remarks on immigration and low wages sparked me to do some research on the reality of what links there are, if any, between the two.

I also discovered some surprising facts on Keir Hardie (note the spelling chums) in the course of the digging.

The Salisbury poisoning, who's to blame, and the political fall outs over it occupies the next part of our hour.

Lesley’s National article on the latest STV Ipsos Mori poll was an absolute necessity to discuss, if only to provide me with this week’s show title.

Finally, I have some thoughts on the deaths of Stephen Hawking and the uillean piper Liam O'Flynn

 

Direct download: Polls_Apart.mp3
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We unashamedly spend the vast majority of this week's podcast on the continuing crisis in Catalunya.

Lesley was a first hand witness to last week's momentous events and gives a fantastic insight into what it was like on the streets of Barcelona as the drama unfolded.

She also, tells tall Castilian tales, recounts her experiences with anarcho-syndicalists and , most importantly, lets the world into the dark secrets of Brian Taylor's dancing.

I pitch in here and there but inevitably finish up talking about the fitba. Dinnae let on tae the Wee Ginger Dug!

There's also a plug for the Build:Bridges to Indy event this weekend in Edinburgh.

http://www.usherhall.co.uk/whats-on/build-bridges-indy

Direct download: Visca_Catalunya.mp3
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This week sees the return of the podcast . Lesley tells all about ,her visit to the Faroe Islands , the significance of the number 49000, and why bigger ain't necessarily better . I, on the other hand fumble my big introduction but do manage to pronounce Caithness correctly.

Direct download: Lesley_Riddoch_Faroes.mp3
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This week we manage to record in two parts. The first is a meander through the week.  The big news is the Hillsborough verdict and its implications. We also briefly touch on 'Ken', Jackie the musical , and a hustings in Dundee. 

And the lack of vision in this election....then we come back after watching the last leaders' debate...what was it about ?

Direct download: Two_Parts.mp3
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The Commonwealth Games

In this week’s @lesleyriddoch Podcast and following Lesley's Scotsman column this week, we turn the Commonwealth Games upside down and give them a good shake. Men’s emotions, rugby support, the strength of TV pictures, the ‘new’ Glasgow kiss, amongst other things, get a good airing. We also talk cycling and badges.

Direct download: Commonwealth_Games.mp3
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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
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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
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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
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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
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