Films, Fillies and the Yes/No People…

Hello, this week’s Roundup is edited by Alistair Braidwood who many know better as Scots Whay Hae!

As the Scottish Roundup is a must read of a Sunday morning I thought I would try and balance this week’s post in classic Sunday Newspaper style, so there is a little news from home and abroad, a bit of politics, a culture section including books, film and music and even a little sport to round matters off.  Hopefully a Sunday supplement with something for all.

A Burdz Eye View found the oddest of bedfellows when she found herself agreeing with a Mr Portillo of London about the accountability of those in charge of our largest institutions. Well, they do say you get more right wing as you get older! She also tackles the horse meat scandal and states that it should be a starting point to look into how we farm and consume our food.

This lengthy but riveting post by Paul McConville at Clarity Law answers many questions about the scandal and is more balanced and informative than most of the mainstream media has managed.  I was surprised that some burgers had such a high percentage of horse; I always imagined what was in them would be much worse.

Staying with the law Lallands Peat Worrier looks at the problems with the reality of trial by jury with reference to the Vicky Pryce and Oscar Pistorius trials, a post that has you learning while shaking your head. Love and Garbage has a more succinct commentary on the Pryce trial in particular but it makes an interesting companion piece to the former.

And now for the rammy that dare not speak its name, at least not in my local if you want a quiet life. There have been a few interesting posts about the Yes/No question in the past week, but you have to wade through a lot of the same old points being expressed to find things that make you think, laugh and sometimes even both. One which did this was Alan Bissett’s post for Bella Caledonia which looked at the absurdity not only of some of the language used in the debate, but also of the claims made.

As a balance to Mr Bissett there was this fascinating post by Effie Deans on the possible implications of independence.  A timely reminder of just how dangerous extreme ideology and division can be comes from Under The Radar who has this astonishing interview with Kemal Pervanic, a survivor of the Bosnian conflict of the early 90s.

Now to the stuff I actually know about. One of the best TV shows of this year so far has been Channel 4’s Utopia and Iain Hepburn of Remotelly Viewing has written a superb review which will have you ordering the boxset. One of Scotland’s best writers is Ali Smith and BBC Radio4 Extra has had her reading some of her own work this week. They are fantastic and you still have time to get on iPlayer and enjoy.

Despite all the recent furore over Alasdair Gray’s essay ‘Settlers and Colonists’ from the Scott Hames edited collection Unstated, trying to find a review of the book has been a real struggle, and I’ve been looking hard. It seems it is so much easier to sensationalise a small part of one essay than to engage with the whole debate, so thanks must go to Irish journalist Peter Geoghegan who has done just that. If I have missed others then please let me know.

Talking of Mr Gray, he has started his own blog and as you would expect it promises to be a rich resource for one of our greatest writers and artists. His first post is the first part of his version of Dante’s Sublime Comedy: Hell; Chapter One which will be added to over the coming weeks and months. But of course. If Alasdair Gray didn’t exist nobody would be able to invent him.

It’s been the Glasgow Film Festival this week and the best coverage has come from Eye For Film.  This year’s  festival coincides with the release of a new book World Film Locations: Glasgow (with one on Edinburgh in the pipeline) and Jennie Kermode interviewed the editor Nicola Balkind about its creation. My own tip for a Scottish film from the festival to look out for is Scott Graham’s debut Shell, and Alan Bett’s excellent review certainly does the film justice.

Houdi Don’t Blog shows everyone how to write an entertaining music review in this post about going to see The Lumineers with a few words and plenty of pictures. And if you love your new music then Matthew at Song By Toad’s regular Five For Friday should be a regular stopping off point.

Dorky Mum has written her memoirs of her time with The Edinburgh Student which will be a familiar tale to anyone who has given blood, sweat, tears and sanity to small publications. It’s a dirty job yet someone always does it.

And finally, although it’s from the previous week, everyone who has ever supported our national football team will appreciate this post from The Dear himself over at Dear Scotland where he does the math and works out just how Scotland can still qualify for the World Cup in 2014. As always it’s the hope that drives us mad.

Enjoy your week.

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