Month: November 2011

Love Life (November)

‘Love Life’ is Bella’s Agony Aunt column by Jamie Heckert… because the personal is political and the ‘state we’re in’ is complicated. See here for more background. Dear Jamie, I’ve been reading your column from the beginning and I still… Read More ›

Wean’s World

By Kate Higgins Today is World Day for the Prevention of Abuse and Violence against Children. Tomorrow is the United Nation’s Universal Children’s Day. Yet, this weekend there are children in Scotland too afraid to go to sleep for fear… Read More ›

Kill Pudsey

By Mike Small It’s the tyranny of the can-shake, the soporific of the charidee triad: Terry Wogan, Fearne Cotton and Gaby Roslin. Children in Need has been going since 1980 but god it feels like a lot longer. This sort… Read More ›


Who knew? Everyone apparently. We asked – and ask – what’s your favourite Robert Louis Stevenson novel, essay, poem or qoute? Here’s what Twitter told us… @ScottishHistory “Everybody, soon or late, sits down to a banquet of consequences.” #RLSday @Ian_Fraser… Read More ›

Previously …

Bella interviewed Susan Morrison, one half of the team that has created Previously…Scotland’s History Festival launching today. Where did this idea start from? I had to wander along Princes Street one day and ask 10 people how many wives Henry… Read More ›

Scotch Myths 2

Scotch Myths No. 2 of an occasional series…by Doug Daniel. MYTH #2: Scotland needs to be part of the massive UK economy. My next myth is about the economy, or more correctly, the size of the economy. Unionists often like… Read More ›

The High North

Edinburgh is not the Athens of the North but the Reykjavik of the South – capital of the archipelago of countries and people around the North Sea. Lesley Riddoch writes for Bella on Nordic Horizons. Scottish voters look set to… Read More ›

Not in My Name

The ceremonies every year on November 11, to mark the anniversary of the end of the First World War in 1918, commemorate the dead but leave no reason for doubt that their deaths were justified. The red poppy, now compulsory… Read More ›


By Mike Small Curious George Lyon has having a go at the annual parlour game called ‘Mibbes Aye, Mibbes Naw’ in which an independent Scotland’s membership of the Euro, the EU or the Eurovision Song Contest is called into question…. Read More ›

Independence and the Left

By Clancy McMahon A recent Guardian editorial (23/10/11) claimed that the United Kingdom was ‘sleepwalking’ towards a break up of the union. However, anyone who witnessed Alex Salmond’s keynote speech to the SNP party faithful in Inverness on October 22 would… Read More ›

Still No Team GB

It’s somewhere between Marvel’s Captain Britain and a Rangers top circa 1988 (has someone been a bit clever?). But don’t expect them to fly off the shelves anywhere north of Carlisle. Not because the game has no Olympics pedigree, not… Read More ›

Equal Marriage

As we celebrate the first openly gay leader of a political party in Britain and as the Catholic Church organises to send out 100,000 protest cards against gay marriage we’d like to express our support for a progressive vision of… Read More ›

The Ump

By Mike Small “The Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party is very much alive and kicking. That has been very clear in the exhilarating debate we have had during this campaign.” I’m just recovering from all the exhiliration. But maybe it’s… Read More ›


By Michael Greenwell The political situation in Italy has for a long time been something of a running joke in Britain and people have enjoyed poking fun at it for a number of years. Until recently the standard joke was… Read More ›