Roundup brings you romance, referenda, respect, reading and rabbits

The 5 Rs above is but a tiny part of the smorgasbord we have on offer for you today. Thank you for the wonderful array of nominations you’ve sent in. Keep them coming. If you can nominate one particular post rather than a whole blog, that would be particularly helpful. And also, don’t feel shy about nominating your own stuff. It’s not big headed – it makes sense. If you think you’ve done something good, let us know about it via the box on the right, by e-mail or on Twitter (@scottishroundup).

The week started with Valentine’s Day. Clockwork Orange has a remarkably common sense take on the sickly nature of the occasion. I’m not sure how much romance there would have been in Misssy M’s dentist’s house – and she also wins the prize for corny headline of the week for her story of professional discord.

Adventures of a lady in training brings us news of a project for International Women’s Day to raise awareness of the 100 million missing women across the world. That’s around 20 times the population of Scotland. If you want to help out, there are two things you can do – get knitting, or if that isn’t your bag, publicise it.

Sadly, we discovered this week that Gavin Fern, a Glasgow man who had been missing for 3 months, had been found dead in Fife. Nocturnal Emissions remembers the banter they had when they worked together.

Turning to matters cultural, Scots Whay Hae looks ahead to the Glasgow Film Festival, Creative Culture Scotland unveils its 2010 award winners and Gavin Evans teaches me something I didn’t know about court toilets. AC/DC tribute band Hell’s Bells have been playing in Aberdeen, and Day of the Tripods was there with camera. And then Inneski Adventures carried the curious case of the bus driver’s reading material. I wonder if he was Team Edward or Team Jacob. This probably shouldn’t belong in the culture section, but Innocent in Australia recounts a visit to one of holy grails of Australian television.

Wildlife has featured in our inbox this week. Comment Online discusses some of the issues around reintroducing beavers to Tayside and the actions of Northern Constabulary over the demise of a sea eagle are discussed by Raptor Persecution Scotland.

Sticking with animals, some of you will mock me for including this, but you may well find yourself in a position where you might need this skill. One day, you may be faced with enticing a reluctant rabbit to take oral medication. Read my husband’s so far foolproof method.

From animals to the glorious outdoors, In a Bun Dance thinks we might be mollycoddling our kids too much after an exhilarating return to the hills where she mis-spent her youth. Her post reminded me of a nightmare Sunday afternoon trek down a misty Burn of Sorrows when I was convinced I was going to die as darkness fell. Maybe if I’d had more such walks as a child, I wouldn’t have been quite so terrified.

Soft Thistle writes about having her instincts about her son’s condition confirmed by doctors.

In politics, there’s been a frisson of excitement injected into the Holyrood campaign by a new poll challenging the conventional wisdom that it’s a shoo-in for Iain Gray. Alex Massie asks if this means Alex Salmond is “the comeback kid”. Will Patterson speculates on potential coalitions.

Iain Gibson, the Scottish Conservatives’ Holyrood media guy, writing at Scotland Votes tries to give the Scottish Tories a unique selling point. Meanwhile I suggest that the Tory MSP Bill Aitken should resign his front bench position for his comments about a series of rapes in Glasgow and Andrew Reeves questions the company Tory MEPs are keeping in Europe.

This was the week when the legislation enabling the Alternative Vote referendum to go ahead on 5th May received Royal Assent at 54 minutes past the 11th hour. Fairer Votes Edinburgh asks whether the timing is a calculated insult to Scotland. Also on constitutional reform, the Burd is not impressed with the cosiness of the politicians’ agreement to look at 5 year fixed terms for Holyrood.

Former Labour leader Wendy Alexander announced her departure from politics to spend more time with her young family. Writing at The Steamie, Joan McAlpine says that all may not be as it seems, suggesting that all is not harmonious in the Scottish Labour camp.

Brian Souter has surprised nobody by flashing his wallet in the direction of the SNP. Lallands Peat Worrier describes his slightly mixed feelings about the tycoon’s generosity.

Finally, Bella Caledonia has some thoughts on the nature of political leadership and the changes we are seeing across the world.

That’s all for this week. Next Sunday you are in the capable hands of The Burd.

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