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Government spends £120,000 to recruit more Gaelic teachers

A NEW Gaelic immersion course is to be set up to boost the number of teachers who want to want to teach in the language.
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The Liberty Tree

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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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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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Findlay Napier- October Newsletter

Findlay Napier- October Newsletter | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Featuring Eddi Reader, VIP, Hazy Recollections, Glasgow Americana Festival, Blabbermouth, The BIG Project Choir,, Francie and Josie, Karine Polwart and much, much more.
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Living & Ancient - An exhibition by Jon Hoad

Living & Ancient - An exhibition by Jon Hoad | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

Jon Hoad is an artist specialising in the accurate portrayal of prehistoric life, producing reconstructions of animals, plants and environments for museums and universities.


In this, his first exhibition since returning to Scotland in 2009, Jon's work will be shown alongside that of renowned wildlife artist, Claire Harkess.


November 1st - 21st


Gallery Q


160 Nethergate Dundee DD1 4DU

Telephone: 01382 220600

Email: art@galleryq.co.uk

Web: http://www.galleryq.co.uk

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"Listen boys - I've been thinking......"

"Listen boys - I've been thinking......" | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Forty four years ago this week, I returned to my birthplace to commence an English degree at Edinburgh University. I arrived with some trepidation: since the age of six, I had lived in England, and was imbued with a Lancashire accent and an ignorance of everyday Scots culture. I wasn’t sure how I would fit in.
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Songs for Scotland

Songs for Scotland | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Sue Wilson previews the culture showcase that is Songs for Scotland with Dick Gaughan, Shooglenifty, Lady Alba, Ewan McLennan, Adam Ross (Randolph’s Leap), Findlay Napier; Louie (Hector Bizerk), Em...
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Why Glasgow 2014 matters

I've been a big fan of the Scottish Review for a long while. I like its spikiness. Most of all, I like Kenneth Roy's carmudgeonly spikiness, his refusal to blithely accept what is laid before him...


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Scots actor Kenny Ireland dies aged 68

Scots actor Kenny Ireland dies aged 68 | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
TRIBUTES have been paid to Kenny Ireland, one of the leading figures in the Scottish theatre world, who has passed away at the age of 68.


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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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Sullom - YouTube

A filmpoem, ‘Sullom’  by Roseanne Watt. Roseanne is a young poet and film-maker from Shetland.

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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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Young Fathers Reject Tabloid Culture

Edinburgh based band Young Fathers last week won the Mercury Prize adding it to the SAY Award won earlier in the year. The band have since been slated for their attitude to the tabloid press - an a...
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Lord Smith, Home Rule and Broadcasting

Lord Smith, Home Rule and Broadcasting | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
We heard a lot of talk during the referendum campaign that somehow the artistic well being of this country would be under threat from independence. Indeed, the phrase used in one article (Alan Massie writing in the Scotsman) article was that independence ‘could rebound on artists, musicians and writers in a new country.’
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Perthshire Open Studios | Artists and Makers throughout Perthshire

Perthshire Open Studios | Artists and Makers throughout Perthshire | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it

This annual nine day event  is held in September


Now in its 7th year POS involves artists and makers throughout Perthshire and Kinross-Shire

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Of Literature, Art, Canons and Constitutions

Bella Caledonia introduces a visually stunning new work by Scottish artist Helen MacAlister/Eilidh Nic Alasdair, based on Alan Riach’s “open canon” of Scottish literature. "It’s a drawing. It’s one...
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Towards a Fifth Estate

Towards a Fifth Estate | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
Everywhere we look, our media is failing us. Whether it's the referendum campaign, the reporting from Gaza, or the representation of women, it's a corrosive, abusive force. The way we share informa...



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Books

Books | Culture Scotland | Scoop.it
For those of you who don't venture beyond our featured article, take a gander over at our book review section HERE where we have a heap of reviews, extracts, features, essays and articles including...


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