Looping the Thread

9 Nov

One of the most enduring sounds from my childhood was the drone of my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine. As I sat watching the television, I’d be dimly aware of the comfortable hum of the needle coming from the ‘wee’ bedroom of her council house, whe…

A Declaration for Independence, 2019

10 Oct

  It is the sovereign right of the Scottish people to determine the form of government best suited to their needs. (A Claim of Right for Scotland, 1989)   Guiding principles for a new and better Scotland It is the sovereign right of the Scottish p…

Accordion Crimes

28 Sep

Our new weekly feature offers up some of the best new music from Scotland. To kick us off we have the extraordinary debut album by Leith-based Callum Easter who’s with the Pictish Trails anarchic micro-label Lost Map Records (dedicated to “…

Dead Women Count

21 Sep

She counts murdered women. Not women wiped out in warzones by bullets and bombs, nor the 63 million missing in India – Rita Banerji keeps count of them. Nor is she counting the Korean Comfort Women, piecing together what’s left of their bones fro…

Without culture, there is no country

19 Sep

Remembering and reflecting on five years ago from within the Yes movement, from Stewart Bremner. 2014 was a year of hope, a year of making connections, of talking to strangers, of incredible busyness and of indefatigable creativity. It’s safe to say th…