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The "Pocket Money", public services and poverty podcast

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Christine Grahame MSP and James McCormick think tank guru join Lesley to unpick the Queen's Speech to surprising conclusions. As ever, it is not the obvious and orthodox analysis. All three are independent thinkers and it shows. There is a rant or two amongst the pithy comment.

Talking, as we were, about strong opinions; we would like your opinion. Please feel free to comment on any of the sites. Coming up to Lesley in public and saying how much you enjoy the podcasts is one thing and long may that continue. And the appreciative personal emails are fantastic...However, we would like some iTunes ratings and comments....There are a variety of ways you can listen to this podcast, you can listen and subscribe here or iTunes or even listen by clicking the player below.  Feedback, as ever, is appreciated and we really do read every email and comment. It would be really great to get some iTunes ratings, so if you could do the needful; back at Feisty Central, we would be grateful - thanks.

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The "Brain Dead, dealmakers and the F word" podcast - listen here.

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This week, Michael Fry and Andy Myles are in the pod with Lesley. Like Ming the Merciless, they go after the Scottish Tories, the LibDems coalition deal and all things devolved. There is even speculation about leadership contests. It is one of the most strongly ( and loudly ) argued discussions for a wee while.

And we would like your opinion. Please feel free to comment on any of the sites. Coming up to Lesley in public and saying how much you enjoy the podcasts is one thing and long may that continue. And the appreciative personal emails are fantastic...However, we would like some iTunes ratings and comments....There are a variety of ways you can listen to this podcast, you can listen and subscribe here or iTunes or even listen by clicking the player below.  Feedback, as ever, is appreciated and we really do read every email and comment. It would be really great to get some iTunes ratings, so if you could do the needful; back at Feisty Central, we would be grateful - thanks.

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The 'Obviously intelligent' Podcast

Podpix1305 This week, Gerry Hassan and Kenny Farquharson join Lesley in the luxurious Scotsman Podcast studio to pick the LibDems over and cast an eye over the Labour Leadership runners and riders. There are some surprising names.

So naturally enough, the Feisty team is now loitering outside a betting shop with fiver to be put on the next Labour Leader. This podcast is a labour of love. So, it really means something when we say....There are a variety of ways you can listen to this podcast, you can listen and subscribe here or iTunes or even listen by clicking the player below. ( Don't email me or Lesley - leave a comment or a rating . )  Feedback, as ever, is appreciated and we really do read every email and comment. It would be really great to get some iTunes ratings, so if you could do the needful; back at Feisty Central, we would be grateful - thanks.

The _Obviously intelligent_ Podcast


The "Beardless Quest for the soul of Labour and Knees" Podcast

Podpix050510Michael Kelly, Joyce McMillan and Lesley met in the Scotsman pod just before the General Election. They have a very insightful ( in the light of events ) discussion about the state of the Labour Party. It is both prophetic and thoughtful.


 As the Feisty team is sitting in a sunny MacDonalds sucking "Caution Hot Beverage " coffee after a night following the election, this podcast is a labour of love. So it really means something when we say....There are a variety of ways you can listen to this podcast, you can listen and subscribe here or iTunes or even listen by clicking the player below. Feedback, as ever, is appreciated and we really do read every email and comment. It would be really great to get some iTunes ratings, so if you could do the needful; back at Feisty Central, we would be grateful - thanks.

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EquiMar Week

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  Just back from a week in Hanstholm Denmark with the Equimar partners. It was a fantastic weather of filming WaveStar, and various people connected with this marine energy programme. A couple of interesting points came to light during the week. Firstly, the complexity of modelling is difficult to appreciate when you are trying to combine the physics of generating electricity and the engineering of a large metal construction. Too small a model and you can't measure the electrical takeoff. Too big and the expense of the physical construction is prohibitive. The second interesting point is co-location. It is illustrated by the picture. Given the number of off shore wind farms, there are a lot of advantages to consider siting marine devices alongside. Both types of devices could share the infrastructure of grid connection, maintenance and so on.

 However, there is one final observation. This is a pan European enterprise of academics, scientists and industrialists all working together. These are very bright people and there are a lot of them. It seems to me to be one of the better reasons for being "in Europe".