Hello, long time reader, first time editor. So far this month weâ€™ve seen sun, rain, hail, snow, wind and fog, usually on the same day. The song â€œFour seasons in one dayâ€ by Crowded House is said to be about Melbourne, but I have a feeling they visited Scotland in March. It wouldnâ€™t be an overstatement to say that the weather is changeable. So, in homage to Scotland’s interesting climate, Iâ€™ll take you on a trip through the Scottish Blogosphereâ€™s Four Seasons.
Ninaâ€™s Apartment is already dreaming about summer and showing us some amazing blues.
Given the winter weâ€™ve just had, it might be best to play all sport in Summer. The Old Firm may have wished for the Winter Break to have lasted until the end of march. Â Lily Greenan, guesting at Better Nation, argues that football does not cause domestic abuse, whilst Ideas of Civilisation warns the media not to take a hyperbolic approach to matters. Gerry Hassan, however, tells of Scotlandâ€™s Shame and the silence of Men.
Autumn signals that change is on its way and preparations are made for the long winter ahead. Â As we come to the end of the current term of Scottish Parliament, are we preparing for change from the SNP to Labour?
Stephen Noon looks back at the first four years of SNP government, while Ewan McIntosh looks at education, asking if the SNP are the only party with a vision, following on from the Scotland on Sunday education hustings. Neil Craig is thinking ahead to the TV Leaders debates and proposes an X-Factor style format. Caron attended the Breakthrough Breast Cancer debate and was left praising the co-operation of the politicians.
Speaking of the debates, consider the upcoming TV Leaders debate and whether it has the correct number of leaders involved. If you think that Patrick Harvie should be included, sign Jeff at Better Nationâ€™s petition to have him included.
The long winterâ€™s nights are great for sitting in the house and learning something new; Stuart Mathieson is learning Italian and musing on common words, Philosophical Zombie ponders through the night on wisdom of crowdsourcing, and Andrew Page took time to look back on a year of blogging.
Discussions about nuclear power always put me in the mind of nuclear winters, but Neil Craig at A Place to Stand asks how much the anti-nuclear movement has cost humanity, arguing â€œhumanity would all average at least twice as well off as we actually do without these anti-nuclear Luddite parasitesâ€.
Might somone recommend some music to keep your spirits up? Well, Peenko tells us the Son(s) new album is a â€œphenomenal piece of workâ€ and I wouldnâ€™t disagree. If grungy punk is more your think, why not try some anniestevenson? Â But if podcasts make you happy aurally, then check out the brand new Greener Leith podcast, Natureâ€™s Calendar. Â Out just in time for …
In a spot of spring cleaning, In a Bun Dance gets rid of all the plastic crap that invades your house if you have children. Â It doesnâ€™t end according to plan. Subrosa tells of another type of spring, namely a bungee jump where once a great battle was fought. Journeyman Traveller gives us some wonderful photos from a trip to the Cairngorms. Ian Hamilton gives us a blind manâ€™s perspective of personal image.
Dance Ricky Dance conducted an interesting experiment looking for ladies. Â And on Tuesday, Â the Scottish blogosphere celebrated International Women’s Day; Joan McAlpine tells us the story of the girl in the grey head scarf.
Ellen asks us to watch a very powerful video, and the gender confusing Bella Caledonia asks The Burd to talk about Independent Women, while the Shoogly Peg gives us the fact that not even a third of candidates at this years Scottish Elections will be women. I concur with the Burd in post on her own blog, A Womanâ€™s Place is in the Parliament.
And thatâ€™s this weekâ€™s roundup. Â I hope you found something that interested you.