Musical ditty hissy fits and your not-so-local radio station

Hello everyone, and welcome to this month’s NoPoScoBloRo, or the non-political Scottish blogging roundup in English.

There was great news this month as the truly execrable Sandi Thom totally lost her rag — over a slightly negative review. Anyone who has had the misfortune to hear her terrible song where she sings about punk rockers that had flowers in their hair would think that “it was awful” is a bit of an understatement. But that is the verdict that tempted Ms Thom to pen this “musical ditty” which showcases her diverse lyrical talents to the full. Did someone touch a raw nerve?

The person who dared to call her music awful was none other than former blogger Andrew Learmonth, who has been featured in Scottish Roundup from time to time. Misssy M has the full lowdown.

In other creativity news, Gary Marshall has written a novel. But why didn’t he say before?

The excellent Scotland in the Gloaming blog — which showcases excellent photography of Scotland, er, in the gloaming — has become a regular on NoPoScoBloRo. This month it has produced another cracker in the shape of Sunray.

Keeping with the (sort of) ethereal theme, Radio Scotland chief Jeff Zycinski took a trip to Galaxy’s headquarters. Would have been good if it was the chocolate — he might have got some free samples. But instead it was the radio station for a bit of a chin-wag.

The post brings an insight into the way Galaxy is operated. Nowadays those painfully unfunny links being broadcast on an ostensibly Scottish station are brought to you from London by a presenter who is actually presenting on several “local” stations at once, with local references added in using computers. I’ve just taken a look into the dark future of local radio, and I don’t think I like it!

Probably better to stick to local sources like The Edinburgh Rock Network, who are much more likely to have their finger on the pulse of the local music scene.

Some more authentic local commentary comes from Mike Smith, who asks what home means to you, with Refugee Week in mind.

This month saw the tragic death of Dumbarton football player Gordon Lennon. Big Rab led the tributes from the blogosphere. He was a well-liked footballer, as can be seen from this discussion at Pie and Bovril.

My father has been a Dumbarton supporter all his life, and we all shared our thoughts on Gordon Lennon’s death. Here is my father’s post and here are my brother’s thoughts. I also wrote about Gordon Lennon, just a few weeks after attending my first Dumbarton match in years, the day the squad effectively sealed the Division 3 Championship.

There has been other football news, and Big Rab cast his eye over the SLP’s latest crisis.

Mr H is none too impressed with Susan Boyle’s apparent inability to work for more than a few minutes. Is more compassion required, or is she a scam artist?

Sticking with the theme of reality television, Cameron McEwan watches it so that you don’t have to. I can’t say I watch much television these days. I prefer to prevent my brain from rotting. As such, most of this stuff sadly goes right over my head. But I’m told it’s good.

Some of us end up spending our time staring into a different screen — increasingly the screen of a fancy-pants phone. I’ve been spending this evening trying to download the new iPhone software. Sadly, it seems as though millions of other users decided to do the same, and it’s taken hours. But Lis has had even more trouble with her phone, or more precisely with her phone’s network provider, 3.

Angry Steve is keeping an eye on the labour market (join the club), but <a href="“>he takes issue with recruitment agencies’ love of certifications. Why, he asks, does it matter if they haven’t got certifications if they’ve got plenty of experience in that line of work?

Armin Grewe reported on the happenings at Education 2020, and unconference about the future of education which took place on Islay. It includes the now-obligatory mention of Twitter. The use of Twitter in the classroom is an interesting one. Colinton Primary School is one school which is giving it a go.

Thankfully, Colinton’s tweets seem to be more sensible than the teacher at an Argyll and Bute school whose use of Twitter raised some eyebrows and is now being investigated. James Coltham has some thoughts on the appropriate use of Twitter by “tweechers”.

This seems like an apposite point to advertise the fact that I have finally decided that Scottish Roundup should have its own Twitter account. The Twitter account will immediately be updated as soon as a new Roundup is published, and I will also update on how things are progressing so you don’t have to wait around twiddling your thumbs if it’s a bit late. You can, of course, also use it to suggest any great bloggery you have seen by sending a tweet to @ScottishRoundup.

A quick mention also for Scotweb2, a project about Web 2.0 in Scotland. The second event will be held at The Melting Pot on Rose Street in Edinburgh on Friday. See here for more details. Keep an eye on the Scotweb2 blog and Twitter account. Both will be updated with news on the event. And for Twitter, the hashtag is (can you guess) #scotweb2.

That’s all for this month. Next month’s NoPoScoBloRo will be edited by Misssy M. Don’t forget the political roundups if you’re that way inclined. This Sunday’s will be edited by Will P.

For either roundup, get those nominations in! We are always grateful for more suggestions. So use the contact form on the left, or email Or, indeed, tweet us @ScottishRoundup. Thanks!

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