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  • Events

    Muir Lecture 2017

    The annual Thomas Muir Lecture was started by Word Power Books and is now continued by the Thomas Muir Memorial Committee. The lecture is dedicated […]

    26th Aug'17 45
  • Brexit

    We are Unbrexable

    As a German citizen who has lived in Scotland for 14 years, I’ve been part of social and civic movements in both countries. For example, […]

    Svenja Meyerricks 26th Aug'17 0
  • Commentary
    Mike Small 25th Aug'17 10
  • Playlists

    Spring Songs

    It’s Friday – it’s been a hard week – let Optimo @JDTwitch help with his Bella playlist for our MixTape series…   *We really need […]

    25th Aug'17 0
  • Interview
    Ally Heather 25th Aug'17 2
  • Commentary

    Pandas versus Tories

    Monsters v Aliens, Plants v Zombies, Real Ale v Craft Beer, Mayweather v McGregor: the epic battles that we have witnessed though the ages have […]

    25th Aug'17 2
  • Economics

    Murphy on GERS

    In the week of the now annual GERS ‘debate’ it’s worth getting some perspective from the much derided ‘experts’. Richard Murphy has just re-posted an […]

    Mike Small 25th Aug'17 10
  • Scots
    Alex Kither 24th Aug'17 1
  • Commentary

    The Trouble with Corbyn

    Jeremy Corbyn has said he will be “campaigning for real change” as he prepares to take his tour of constituencies across Scotland. Of the 64 […]

    Alan Bissett 22nd Aug'17 9
  • Arts & Culture
    Bram E Gieben 22nd Aug'17 2
  • Postcard

    Retro Design and Cartographic Colour

    Bella Postcard: our weekly micro blog, a (very) random ‘best of the web’ brought to you by Bonnie Gallagher. I’m bored of politics and sick […]

    Bonnie Gallagher 22nd Aug'17 0
  • Poetry

    September 14

    Following on from Charlottesville Magi Gibson has written this anti-fascist poem remembering the events of George Square the day after the Independence Referendum. She writes about […]

    Magi Gibson 22nd Aug'17 10
  • Commentary

    On Nationalism

    The furore over the First Minister’s comments about nationalism are hugely over-played. It’s the silly season and bored journos are looking to fill pages. The […]

    Mike Small 21st Aug'17 17
  • Commentary


    Are you worried about the Bongs? The Daily Mail’s Deputy Political Editor John Stevens (‘Always looking for stories’) is. While some of you may be […]

    Mike Small 19th Aug'17 7

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