Broadcasting, anniversaries, and various new arrivals

Hi there, Richard here with this weeks roundup. A bit later than usual as ‘events’ have gotten the better of me this week (more on that at the end). I had been expecting the ‘silly season’ to get the better of the political and news stories, but there seem to be plenty in circulation, so it’s not some frenzied “are exams getting easier” or weather related issues.

The BBC, license fee and broadcasting in general seems to be exercising many this week. As covered by Richard Havers, Jeremy Paxman has opened a debate about whether we’re getting the TV and Radio that we deserve. Kevin Williamson is frustrated by the national coverage of Scottish events, and is pondering the demise of the BBC in Scotland.

Elsewhere, Bellgrove Babe highlights a call by some MP’s and Welsh Assembly members to withold some of their license fee in protest at Wales’ lack of coverage by ‘national’ news, and rehetorically speaking picks over the terrorist labels we choose to apply.

Moving away from broadcasting, a storm is brewing over in Edinburgh as a result of the SNP and Liberal Democrat Edinburgh run councils education policies. A new campaigning website leaves you in no doubt about what they’re after, although a ‘Stay out of School’ day is certain to cause a lot of controversy. Kezia Dugdale writes from the Labour perspective, and SNP tactical voting from, er, The SNP’s…

Labour of course has another new leader-in-waiting after a no-contest contest thing. Richard Thomson (SNP) MacNumpty and Holyrood Chronicles all have a few things to say.

Getting the public engaged in politics has always been something I’ve supported, and bringing the politicians closer to the people they claim to represent a key way of doing that. Robert Sharp highlights “Open Source campaigning“, coordinating the campaigns and publishing the result, in an open and collaborative way.

A key ‘anniversary’ was marked today, but depending on which side of the political divide you’re on seems to dictate whether it’s been a success or a failure. Reluctant Hero has done a nice job in balancing things up.

Other stories out there have tickled me somewhat. The story of a Sikh family offering to bring their child up as a Catholic, in order to get her into the local school is wonderfully summarised by mr eugenides. I do rather like the idea of a Pastafarian school…

Fruit based computing news now, and (for me at least) the delighful news that Scotland has taken a leap forward this year, turning it’s back on the old and embracing a new beginning. Or does Glasgow now have a new, technical schism that is going to result in sore fingers, spilt mochas and dubious t-shirts? I speak, of course, that Glasgow’s Buchanan Street is now home to Scotland’s first Apple store, and the Apple fan sites have plenty to say. Even his Fake Steviness (for it is he) is stepping into the murky world of ‘Glasgowians’ vicious and (so far) un-reported Mac vs Windows, iPod vs Zune war. Perhaps that’s another reason neil has put down his flaming torch and pitch fork?

Staying with the technical theme, but deftly (or not) making it topical and local I’ve been intrigued for a while now by Southside Media’s G41 website/initiative, to bring technology to the aid of local communities here in Scotland (They are also Scotland’s first Community Interest Company). They’re hoping to roll the model out to other areas in due course, but any other Glasgow South side residents would do well to take a look and chip in with their events.

Another arrival, of sorts, and I’ll confess I was rather reticent about reading Davie Hutchison of ‘North To Leith’ post titledA bad case of sea squirts, especially when you see the photographs. But it’s not quite as bad as you think. Well, it *is*, but it isn’t, if you see what I mean…

Another Steve – this one is angry rather than fake – is exercised by the ‘pay as you throw’ proposal that is proposed for some councils. I think I might even have learnt some new words today after having read that…

Afraid that’s all I have time for in this, my second stint at the roundup. One last, and unashamedly blatant plug is to let folk know that 20,000 folk (including, you’ll be surprised to hear, me) will be running the 2007 freshnlo Great Scottish Run/Glasgow Half Marathon next week. I’m hoping to raise funds and awareness for The Prostate Cancer Charity, and many other great causes will be represented. It’s a fun event for participants and supporters alike, so if you’re bored with the new Apple store, fed up with politics (or just can’t wait until the conference season starts), but can’t face the gardening or the pub(!!?), why not pop along and lend your support?

As ever readers are encouraged to drop a note using the “thingmy-wotsit” (that’s the technical term, I’m told) to nominate posts for inclusion, or by e-mailing – Don’t feel ashamed now, it makes writing these roundups a whole lot easier! Have fun, and be sure to check back at the bat-place, at the same (ish) bat-time the next exciting installment…


  1. […] Things have been a bit quiet here the latter half of this week as we’ve been hosting visiting friends and their two year old son over from New York, and my half-marathon training has been coming to an end. I’ve also just finished writing my second ‘Scottish Roundup’, which you can read h…. […]