Itâ€™s been a while since Iâ€™ve edited the Scottish Roundup, and Iâ€™ll admit that of late I have fallen somewhat out of touch with the Scottish blogosphere (ugh, I hate that word). But Iâ€™ve enjoyed getting to grips with it again over the last few weeks, and have collated some note-worthy internet-based ramblings for you lovely readers. Enjoy!
The world of politics is once again at the forefront of a number of bloggersâ€™ minds. Ian Smart discusses the UK and Scotlandâ€™s stance on the EU and trade, and how Scotland might face difficulties in the future. The View From The Hills, too, poses the question of how an independent Scotland could handle the UK leaving the EU. Neither blogger, it seems, is particularly in favour of the move.
Will Patterson addresses David Cameronâ€™s recent views on the EU as well, casting a cynical eye over the motives which spurred the Prime Minister to action, whileÂ A Burdz Eye View tackles a different political story: namely the First Ministerâ€™s attack of the UK Supreme Court afterÂ they overturned a Scottish ruling, debating where the control of power should lie.
Sticking with the theme of Scotland, unless youâ€™ve been living under a rock you might have noticed it was Burns Night on Friday. Although it has passed for another year, Scottish Mum provides a recipe for slow-cooked mince and tatties thatâ€™s been making my mouth water just reading about it. And (in a bout of shameless self-promotion) hereâ€™s a wee review I wrote Â for Hercules Moments of sensational singer-songwriter Rachel Sermanniâ€™s rendition of the Burns classic â€˜Ae Fond Kissâ€™, which was released on the 25th to raise funds for Nordoff-Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland.
Musical sceptic Missy M recently went to see Les Mis in the cinema, and her review â€“ although amusingly disparaging â€“ seems actually quite positive. Apparently she likes the story, if not the singing and dancing. Over on The Bench, Annie took a look at the happier side of music, asking her readers which songs get them pumped up and motivated. The results are a mixed bag, and quite an interesting read. (For the record, mine at the moment is â€˜Direct Hitâ€™ by Art Brut, but thatâ€™s likely to change next week/tomorrow/in twenty minutes…)
While some bloggers choose to tackle big issues head on, others unveil them in subtler ways. Football bloggers Fitba Thatba tell the tale of Jimmy Kebe, who tricked the press into believing he was signing a new deal with Newcastle. On the surface itâ€™s an amusing prank by a little-known sportsman, but underneath poses some interesting questions: can we trust all the sources journalists and broadcasters use? And does the fate of an unheard-of footballer really constitute as news anyway?
Sarah Rooftops also provokes thought in a life lesson disguised as a post on photography. While she laments the loss of the chance to take a much-wanted photograph, she advises her readers to take life by the horns and grasp opportunities while they are fresh and relevant, rather than letting them fade away into nothingness.
Finally, the world of parenting is most certainly a precarious one, or so Iâ€™m told by my mother. DorkyMum discovered this for herself this week, when she went shopping for her sonâ€™s new (big boy) shoes.
Have a great week.