This week there is a theme of bridges in the podcast. Whether it is the land owners offering land to communities, Jeremy Corbyn needing to build some, the Forth Road and that Nordic TV series; bridges seem to be the idea of the week. We also manage to weave in the regeneration of South West Norway, The Last Kingdom and the usual banter.
This week we manage to talk about the proposed bombing in Syria, more Labour problems, tax credits , the Scottish Climate Chaos march, Mary Barbour, Andrew Stoddart and Shooglenifty.
If you are looking for the link to the live streaming of the Nordic Horizons event on Tuesday - it's here.
This week we follow up on Lesley's National column on the BBC and the pool of talent; including Nick Robinson. We stray into Alex Bell's comments about the White Paper.
There is a lot of good news from Applecross and the success of the fund raising for their hydro scheme. We obviously touch on some of the lessons learnt and the challenges which now face every community scheme.
This week, it is difficult to see beyond the events in Paris. But we try to make sense of it all and make our own observations about what has to happen next. The Lallands Peat Worrier blog mentioned is here.
To change the mood, we also report on the news from the LibDems and then update the Andrew Stoddart campaign.
This week Lesley talks about the sale of Channel 4, the Swedish Union of Tenants and updates everyone on the status of the current campaign about the eviction of East Lothian tenant farmer Andrew Stoddart and family.
Channel 4 seems to pose lots of questions about what you can sell. In the mid week event , speaking to a packed audience, Mariell Juhlin of the Swedish Union of Tenants explained a different model of 'renting' which was challenging and different. And finally, things are starting to move in respect of the campaign to oppose Andrew Stoddart's eviction. And here are the links to all the relevant materials - please feel free to share widely - thanks.
The Living Rent Campaign - for details - click here.
The Nordic Horizons - Mariell Juhlin's presentation material - click here.
This week in a chilly kitchen , Lesley talks about her visit to the Scottish Labour Conference fringe where Land Reform was on the agenda as the main conference counted votes about Trident and TTIP. She has a few comments about that video and the House of Lords. Belfast and Nesca Robb also featured in her thoughts this week as she was filming 'over by'.
We also gave a big shout out to our friends at Applecross Hydro - check them out here.
Lesley spent a few days at the SNP Conference and hosted a fringe meeting on 'Land reform'. But here was a lot more action that happened in the main conference, as she relates. She tells her side of the story and what she thought about the whole experience.
She also wrote about child poverty in the National and explains her frustration with the inertia in action to combat this growing issue.
Lesley spoke at the Scottish Greens conference today and heard two amazing speakers ( and doctors) ; Harry Burns and Jack Monroe. She also wrote about the Tories and immigration. Is it a case of bad cop, badder cop? Lesley takes a cab and gets introduced to Uber. In a sporting weekend, we also manage to include Jim Spence's analysis of why Scotland's footballers aren't so great anymore. And finally, we talk about Northern Ireland for the craic.
Whilst Lesley was down at the Ardfern at a Blossom event, she met Mandy Hampton. They had a long and interesting conversation about Mandy's planning, building and green energy experience in rural Scotland. It's an insight into living in a remote rural community and the real world challenges. We hope you enjoy this departure from the usual format but it was a conversation from the front line and we thought you'd like it.