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£60k boost to help Gaelic tongue survive

THE Scottish Government announced a £60,000 investment in the Gaelic language as the 109th Royal National Mod got under way in Dunoon yesterday.
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Edinburgh author gets ‘write behind’ the Great Scottish Book Off

Edinburgh author gets ‘write behind’ the Great Scottish Book Off | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
An Edinburgh author is lending her support to Capability Scotland’s Great Scottish Book Off on World Book Day on 5 March.

Fran MacIlvey author of ‘Trapped: My Life with Cerebral Palsy’ is taking part in a question and answer session at Blackwell’s Bookshop in Edinburgh at 6.30pm – 7.30pm. The event is free and open to members of the public who want to come along and meet the author.
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Dunbar Art Trail

Dunbar Art Trail | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Dunbar Street Art Trail will take place next on Saturday 18th April 2015 and feature a blend of famous contemporary artists alongside our home-grown talents. The event seeks to blend together the shop local initiative with the world of art so that visitors and locals alike can experience the great atmosphere which Dunbar is renowned for.
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Scotland's National Galleries hit out at Paolozzi mural dismantling

Scotland's National Galleries hit out at Paolozzi mural dismantling | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
SCOTLAND'S national galleries have expressed their dismay that a landmark mosaic by pop art pioneer Eduardo Paolozzi has been dismantled in London.
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Scottish film studio bid considered

Scottish film studio bid considered | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop says a bid for a Scottish film studio is being considered.
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From the Province of the Cat #35 – The Haggis addresses The Human

From the Province of the Cat #35 – The Haggis addresses The Human | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
The current and on-going spats between Scottish film producers and Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Government over budgets, training and a film studio and the ding-dong between singer and ex-army officer James Blunt and shadow UK Culture Secretary Chris Bryant about the “politics of envy” and how the privileged sons and daughters of the well-off can afford to work in the arts because they can cash-flow risks and develop their careers by working for nothing or peanuts, has brought out the best and the worst in what passes for everyday reality in the cultural world.
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The godfather of folk: Ewan MacColl

The godfather of folk: Ewan MacColl | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
He inspired both affection and fear among musicians, but few would dispute Ewan MacColl’s importance as founder of the folk revival, writes Dani Garavelli
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Historic Scots sites added to Google Street View

Historic Scots sites added to Google Street View | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
SOME of Scotland’s most historic castles and landmarks have been added to Google Maps’ Street View function, giving heritage lovers the chance to explore centuries-old sites in a new way - and from the comfort of home.
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Let it Rock!

Let it Rock! | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
When I was in sixth year at school, in the late sixties, we had a ‘shame noticeboard’ at the back of our classroom. On it, much like Private Eye’s ‘Pseuds corner’, we placed cuttings of some of the...
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Rare Robert the Bruce seals to fetch up to £120k

Rare Robert the Bruce seals to fetch up to £120k | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
SEALS used by Robert the Bruce to stamp tax documents are expected to fetch a six figure sum when they go on auction this week.
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McAvoy and Tennant big winners at Scottish Baftas

McAvoy and Tennant big winners at Scottish Baftas | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
LEADING actors James McAvoy and David Tennant were among the main winners in this year’s Scottish film and TV Oscars, with prison drama Starred Up ousting box office hits Filth and Sunshine on Leith to be named best film.
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Living with Words.

I enjoy Willie McIlvanney’s books, but, even more, I love listening to him speak. He has a slow, almost hesitant style which suggests thoughtfulness and reflection. Often, it prepares the way for a happy explosion of language which manages to sound grand but accessible at the same time. He gives conversation a good name.
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Sonny Liston in Scotland

Sonny Liston in Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
When Sonny Liston’s dead body was discovered in a Las Vegas bedroom it was already decomposing. His death has never been satisfactorily explained, was he a victim of a random attack, the wrong end of a mob hit or self-imposed drugs overdose. The mystery and Liston’s dark reputation has calcified with time. It is impossible to pick up a book on the history of boxing without Liston dominating the list of fearsome and lawless champions.
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Ex-print factory may become Scotland’s film studio

Ex-print factory may become Scotland’s film studio | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
A FORMER factory is ­believed to be the front-runner in the race to become Scotland’s national film studio.

The former OKI printer plant in Cumbernauld, North Lanarkshire, is understood to be in the frame for the flagship project, after a host of other sites around Scotland were ruled out.
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Match Fixing

Match Fixing | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
While the Scottish media goes into a froth and a frenzy of Old Firm (sic) coverage before the League Cup semi-final – coverage which, apart from the rest of license-fee payers I’d imagine the fans of Aberdeen and Dundee United should be pretty pissed off about – down south a different media story emerged. The ‘BBC’ has paid £204m on our behalf  to renew the rights for three more years of Match of the Day.
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The Killing director films new drama in Edinburgh

The Killing director films new drama in Edinburgh | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
THE Danish director who masterminded hit crime show The Killing has spent four months in Scotland secretly filming his first British drama ­series.
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The Liberty Tree

The Liberty Tree | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Kenny McAskill reviews The Liberty Tree – The Stirring Story of Thomas Muir And Scotland’s First Fight For Democracy by Murray Armstrong
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Lost Edinburgh: John Lennon’s link to the capital

Lost Edinburgh: John Lennon’s link to the capital | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
LONG before thoughts turned to Shea Stadium, the Cavern, Kaiserkeller, or Woolton village fete, John Lennon was just another schoolboy, impatiently yearning for his summer holidays.
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Comment: A shrine to cultural imperialism

Comment: A shrine to cultural imperialism | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
VISIT Athens and you can see at least some of the Parthenon marbles – as they should be called – the way they were meant to be seen.
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Salmond denounces criticism of Scots Makar over SNP membership

Salmond denounces criticism of Scots Makar over SNP membership | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
ALEX Salmond has mounted an outspoken defence of Scots Makar Liz Lochhead, who has faced calls to resign after announcing publicly she had joined the SNP.
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There is something very curious about the British nationalist attitude to the SNP. Can you imagine that they would have made any fuss at all had Liz Lochhead joined one of the British parties? Of course they wouldn't! So we have to ask ourselves what it is about the SNP which makes it so unacceptably "other" in the eyes of these British nationalists.


It cannot be the nature of the party itself. As political parties in these islands go, the SNP is a model of democratic openness and accountability.


It cannot be that the SNP is seen as some kind of fringe party. It is not only an established party of government, it is also by far the largest party in Scotland. And, indeed, the third largest party in the UK.


It cannot be because the party embraces some extreme ideology. The SNP's platform is an entirely reasonable mix of policies such as might be found in any social democratic party. One might disagree with some of those policies. But one could never sensibly describe them as extreme.


It surely cannot be the party's commitment to independence. After all, this too is no more than a perfectly reasonable constitutional position founded on a right to self-determination that the British state has already conceded. Again, one might hold a contrary position on the constitutional question, but so long as one allowed that the matter could only be settled according to the will of the people of Scotland, would be obliged to acknowledge that both options were legitimate political aims.


The clue to why British nationalists regard the SNP with a mixture of contempt and horror is, perhaps, to be found in the fact that, while it is impossible to imagine any outrage had Liz Lochhead joined one of the British parties, it is almost as easy to imagine such a fuss being made had she joined the SSP or the Scottish Greens.


The main thing that these parties have in common, aside from their support for independence, is that they are distinctly and unmistakably Scottish. They are Scottish parties. And THAT is the root of British nationalist objections. Because, in the context of British nationalist ideology, nothing that is distinctly Scottish can ever be quite proper. To the British nationalist mind, that which is distinctly Scottish is unquestionably inferior, and deeply suspect.


Liz Lochhead is being slated because she has done something which is "just not British".

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Peter A Bell's curator insight, December 4, 2014 6:36 AM

There is something very curious about the British nationalist attitude to the SNP. Can you imagine that they would have made any fuss at all had Liz Lochhead joined one of the British parties? Of course they wouldn't! So we have to ask ourselves what it is about the SNP which makes it so unacceptably "other" in the eyes of these British nationalists.

It cannot be the nature of the party itself. As political parties in these islands go, the SNP is a model of democratic openness and accountability.

It cannot be that the SNP is seen as some kind of fringe party. It is not only an established party of government, it is also by far the largest party in Scotland. And, indeed, the third largest party in the UK.

It cannot be because the party embraces some extreme ideology. The SNP's platform is an entirely reasonable mix of policies such as might be found in any social democratic party. One might disagree with some of those policies. But one could never sensibly describe them as extreme.

It surely cannot be the party's commitment to independence. After all, this too is no more than a perfectly reasonable constitutional position founded on a right to self-determination that the British state has already conceded. Again, one might hold a contrary position on the constitutional question, but so long as one allowed that the matter could only be settled according to the will of the people of Scotland, would be obliged to acknowledge that both options were legitimate political aims.

The clue to why British nationalists regard the SNP with a mixture of contempt and horror is, perhaps, to be found in the fact that, while it is impossible to imagine any outrage had Liz Lochhead joined one of the British parties, it is almost as easy to imagine such a fuss being made had she joined the SSP or the Scottish Greens.

The main thing that these parties have in common, aside from their support for independence, is that they are distinctly and unmistakably Scottish. They are Scottish parties. And THAT is the root of British nationalist objections. Because, in the context of British nationalist ideology, nothing that is distinctly Scottish can ever be quite proper. To the British nationalist mind, that which is distinctly Scottish is unquestionably inferior, and deeply suspect.

Liz Lochhead is being slated because she has done something which is "just not British".

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Rabbie Burns brought to life as comic book hero

Rabbie Burns brought to life as comic book hero | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
IT IS the epic poem recited at Burns Suppers around the world every year in honour of Scotland’s national bard.
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Motown icon Jimmy Ruffin dies at 78

Motown icon Jimmy Ruffin dies at 78 | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
JIMMY Ruffin, the Motown singer whose hits include “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted” and “Hold on to My Love,” died on Monday in a Las Vegas hospital. He was 78.
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