Tue, 29 April 2014
Renaissance man Icelander Halldór Guðmundsson came to call about Harpa at the latest Nordic Horizons meeting. He did talk about Harpa and a number of other fascinating Icelandic topics in a way which prompted a lot of thought.
Finally, Lesley is just back from Dunoon, Arran and Islay where she had a great time talking about ‘Blossom’. There were a lot of people who helped on the way to a great series..but she also discovers local issues around land and planning. She also outlines the differences between ‘events’ and ‘community meetings’…and the artist was Jan Ferguson…
Mon, 21 April 2014
This week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast is still reeling from the cyber attack at our Typepad blog hosts.
So we started to speculate on other things outwith our control. The list starts with the BBC Referendum debate in Orkney. Was this a format not suited to a debate? A debate not suited to the format. And how did this contrast with the Science Festival Energy Referendum Debate ; ‘The Perfect Mix’ ?
Lesley doesn’t write the headlines in the Sunday Post either and has a few things to say about Eck and subs.
Mon, 14 April 2014
After a busy period of activity; there are updates to deliver and comments to be made. The e-petition from Carolyn Leckie has clearly influenced a decision not to demolish the Red Road Flats as a part of the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony. There was a public meeting in Blairgowrie to discuss how to proceed with the Co-operative group and their sale of Rosemount Farm.
After a brief visit to Easdale on the Blossom Tour, the whole topic of ‘energy’ came up. Lesley wrote about the subject in response to Brian Wilson amongst others. If you want to understand the role of renewable energy in the constitutional debate, Lesley does a master class here in this week’s pod.
And after interventions from former military figures, the International Development secretary and Polly Toynbee; we try and pick facts from the fear.
And as the SNP wheel out new female cabinet members, Lesley has a few thoughts on the historic role of women in this debate.
Mon, 7 April 2014
In a packed Podcast this week, Lesley talks about the Anti-trident rally in Glasgow and reflects on the passing of Margo MacDonald.
Moving along to the Aye Write debate, Lesley locked horns with Rory Stewart the Tory MP about ‘modernity’ amongst other things.
All of which took place in Glasgow which is set to ‘wow the world’ by blowing up the Red Road tower blocks – is this a good idea and a fitting way to open the Commonwealth Games?
Finally we explore some of the issues around today’s Scotsman column; including the comments.