This week Lesley flies back from Belfast. She has spent a week filming in Northern Ireland and is full of stories of pipers, bands and the Irish Language. We also manage to touch base about Europe, Hillary and have a bet
Sometimes it feels like Scotland gets into reverse gear. The recent decision by Muirfield Golf Club not to admit women seems retrograde. Especially after the evident change in public perception about, for example, the Scottish Government Cabinet gender balance. Lesley picks this topic up and develops a theme about gender imbalance across the new media, the BBC, and the ways it can be addressed.
We also touch on local campaigns, #handsoffgeorge , the Fife Ecology Centre among others. Lesley also highlights the case of the Cupar postie. Note to our listener, it is recorded outside and there is ambient noise.
This week we try and make sense of Eurovision and also the 'Named Person' policy of the Scottish Government. Eurovision is a lot of fun and illustrates an intriguing ongoing appeal of the quirky; from music to voting.
The policy of 'Named Person' has flared up again following the reaction to last week's BBC Question Time from Aberdeen. It is a complex topic and requires a lot of knowledge to unpick its complexity. Or does it? Lesley has spent a couple of days writing about it and explains some of her thoughts.
This week we manage to record in two parts. The first is a meander through the week. The big news is the Hillsborough verdict and its implications. We also briefly touch on 'Ken', Jackie the musical , and a hustings in Dundee.
And the lack of vision in this election....then we come back after watching the last leaders' debate...what was it about ?
In this week's podcast Lesley talks about her encounter with Huw Edwards on the TV. She also recounts the Electoral Reform Society meeting and its aftermath. She also mentions Affa Sair, and a forthcoming ball in Fife. Oh, and she name checks Obama too.
The Italian academic referred to is Giovanni Sartori. But you probably already knew that.
After a bit of a break , all explained this week, we are back in the pod. Trying to catch up on all the events of the month we were away. This involved some notable passings, and some great Celtic Connections gigs. We also wander into current affairs and the 1p tax rise proposal. It is a long and emotional podcast. Next week, we will be talking more land reform and Europe.
In this week's podcast we talk about the Paris Summit on Climate Change, the result of the Carmichael court case, the 'Donald' and then the passing of two great writers; William McIlvanney and Ian Bell. We also touch on the campaign to put Dr Elsie Inglis on the new bank notes.
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.
As we come up to the Scottish Parliament's summer recess, a lot has happened in the last week or so. Two important members of their respective communities have died; Lesley talks about both Allan Macrae and Tommy Riley.
The Big Noise is going to Govanhill and Alex Salmond isn’t going to Muirfield. It’s been one year of ‘Better Together’ and Lesley has a new catchy slogan for both campaigns.
Finally, we have both seen some amazing homes as a part of the Saltire Society Housing Design Award road trip.
It seems everyone spotted @lesleyriddoch on last week’s ‘Question Time’. It was a lively programme for a number of reasons as Lesley will explain. There was a fair amount of ‘background’ to the line up. There were also a number of audiences.
And, it’s finally happened. Or did it. Lesley came off the fence. Should we expect to see her joining the ‘Yes’ Campaign any time soon? It would appear not, if you listened carefully to what she said and wrote.
Equally, a 40 minute journey to Eigg turns into an adventure and an opportunity for new discoveries. Late for a ferry but in time for a rib and a birthday – the current status of Eigg is an encouraging one.