This week we talk about Lesley's foot operation, the 'summer initiative' , and the challenges of 'Brexit Lite' to the calls for indyref2. There is also another wager, and lots of news about forthcoming "Our Land" events . And other stuff.
Overshadowed by horror in France, insurrection in Turkey and wholesale change in the British Government, the ramifications of Brexit continue to quietly unfold. It’s increasingly apparent that Scots face a choice between two families of nations and must soon take a long-term decision about which one feels like home.
This week saw the first meeting of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. Whatever they talked about is the start of this week's speculation. We also manage to discuss the value of Cyprus to the Brexit debate, the terrible events in both Nice and Turkey and the leadership contests in the Labour Party and the SNP.
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Scotland is not the only part of the UK contemplating a new constitutional future after last month’s Brexit vote. Mutinous talk is spreading in Northern Ireland – the only other nation to register a Remain vote.
Protestant unionists are queuing for Irish passports and nationalists are openly campaigning for a united Ireland – spurred on by Sinn Fein’s proposal for a referendum.
Recording Monday early evening, we try and keep abreast of developments in the leadership contests.One is all over and the other has just started. We also report in from travels in Ireland and Berlin. And other stuff that got buried in this week's news.
This week we are talking about demonstrations from physical gatherings right through to safety pins and a detour through social media. We also pry into leadership contests, campaigns or battles and, as ever, try to make sense. Thus, it is a long podcast and there are gratuitous mentions of MPs, MSPs and even MEPs in the same breath as large bookmakers. Enjoy and please share widely !
After the European referendum result on Thursday , there seems to be turmoil everywhere. Lesley tries to make sense of what is happening as a result. We go party by party and it's not a pretty picture. There are a lot of things which seem to be happening that weren't planned for...or were they?
Can the great and good influence public opinion during the last days of the European referendum campaign?
There’s a graphic doing the rounds on social media which features competing lists of prominent people who support and oppose Britain’s continuing membership of the European Union. In every category, the Remain posse is bigger and more impressive than the one backing Leave.
This week we reflect on two big topics; testing in Primary Schools and Europe. The Scottish Government is introducing 'assessment' in primary schools - is this a good idea? Does it make any sense against the evidence? Lesley has strong opinions.
After the tragic death of Jo Cox MP, we turn our attention to Europe. The debate seems to be tetchy and folks seem to be deciding on feelings rather than facts - is this true? We discuss.
After 14 jolly years here at Jamesfield Farmhouse between Abernethy and Newburgh, Chris and I are moving house. We've had a great time here but the house is too big for us now the two girls are up and away. Recently the house of my dreams came on the market near Dundee - and the decision was made. We're sad to leave. It's been a great place to live because it's so relaxed living off the beaten track -- yet we're not here on our lonesome. Jamesfield is 300 yards from the confluence of the Earn and the Tay -- check out the fields and river on this stonking wee video -- but still just 8 mins drive from the M90 to Edinburgh/Perth and 15-20 mins from Perth city centre.We have great neighbours who look after each others' cats/houses/hens when holidays come around and of course, the farm gently plugs away around us. Jamesfield is largely an organic farm that operates as a boxing centre for organic vegetables grown elsewhere. But we all got stuck in when the tattie howkin machine appeared in our neighbour's field next door. Every winter we have around 30-40 swans that live on the bank opposite - it's a lovely sound when they all take off together. There are four apple and several plum trees - happily Newburgh has a community apple press to turn all that into apple juice/cider. Newburgh also has a couple of skiffs -- the community coastal rowing movement -- and a pretty useful arts centre, library, community centre for yoga etc and a Coop. The primary school in Abernethy has just been renovated and has a good reputation. Older kids take the bus into Perth. Up near the main road there's an excellent Garden Centre, organic shop and restaurant. You can also walk through the fields on rights of way to Abernethy, which has one of the oldest Pictish towers in the UK. Within a mile of Jamesfield archaeologists have found the massive Roman Camp of Carpow, three bronze swords (apparently ceremonially placed in the Tay) and the Tay Log Boat. Deer and birds seem to use the Tay as a travel aide - we have a set of binoculars in each room to get a closer look at the latest arrivals. And the house is pretty nice too - here's the brochure.
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