Monthly Archives: November 2014

Changin Scotland

It’s the end of a packed weekend in and around the ever-quirky Ceilidh Place in Ullapool. Therehave been over a dozen previous Changin Scotland get-togethers but this was my first—and, unfortunately, reputed to be the last. There were so many … Continue reading

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Politics in a New Dimension

For as long anyone could remember, politics in Scotland was an extension of Westminster and British politics; same parties, same policies, same debates. ‘Putting a kilt’ on a story simply meant having a Scottish slant on a miners’ strike or … Continue reading

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Silicon Valley’s Culture of Amorality

Unashamedly lifted verbatim from his Nov 23 article in LinkedIn by Tom Foremski, former Financial Times journalist, publisher of Silicon Valley Watcher, and adviser on corporate affairs. For those few readers who may not know, Silicon Valley is shorthand for … Continue reading

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Ten reasons why reducing automobile dependency makes sense

Originally posted on reviewanew:
Like many places throughout the world, Australian cities’ transport systems are dominated by the private car. The car has offered unprecedented flexibility and reach in our personal mobility and dominated the form and lifestyles in cities…

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Long Way to the Finnish Line

To most Scots, of the key areas of policy already devolved to Scotland, Education ranks right behind Health and the NHS in terms of priority. Based on an early tradition of universal education, Scots have had a pretty good conceit … Continue reading

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Raining on Nicola’s Parade

There is no question that the SNP Conference just finished in Perth was upbeat, professional, impressive and—because of the slew of new members present—one of the most open and exciting. Salmond didn’t disappoint in the choice of demeanour for his … Continue reading

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Today being the actual anniversary when 96 years ago the guns fell silent on the Western Front it seems appropriate to not just remember those who lost their lives serving in the British Armed Forces but why they were called … Continue reading

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The Wrong Plane We Can’t Afford

An event that passed with very little comment this summer was the naming of the first of the Royal Navy’s two 65,000-ton aircraft carriers—HMS Queen Elizabeth—at it launching ceremony in Rosyth. It is the second warship so named in RN … Continue reading

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