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UKIP and the SNP, Culture, Poverty and Arctic Convoy Heroes

UKIP’s recent election results stirred things up down in England. Lesley was keen to point out the differences between UKIP and the SNP after parallels had been drawn in her Scotsman column.

After an event “Who Runs Culture in Scotland?” in the Tron with a packed panel, including Alasdair Gray, the answer is a bit clearer.

The ‘Poverty in South Lanarkshire’ conference and some biological explanations from the Chief Medical Officer prompt some out loud thinking.

The long overdue recognition of the Arctic Convoy  heroes  is something we also touch upon respectfully  in this week’s @lesleyriddoch podcast.

The future of 'Podcasting'

Over the last few months, I have become the 'River man '. Between rowing with the Newburgh Rowing Club and the self build skiff, I have started to collect stories and other people's experiences about the Tay. In the next wee while, I will be developing a programme of oral histories with our local primary school. This will include collecting photos and voices. There are a couple elements which the youngsters want to try; QR Codes and geo-caching. Sounds like it could be fun. In the meanwhile, here's a local historian doing what he does best; explaining.