Archive for July 2012

Mapplethorpe comes to Linlithgow

Mapplethorpe comes to Linlithgow

  American photographer, Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989), was not only one of the iconic artists of the twentieth century but a standard bearer for artistic freedom and free speech in the US.  A new exhibition of Mapplethorpe’s work, collated by ARTISTS ROOMS, is currently on view in the […]

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The historical myth of Labour as Scotland’s national party

The historical myth of Labour as Scotland’s national party

Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw have produced a fact-rich, reference-rich work, ‘The Strange Death of Labour Scotland’, which illuminates contemporary Scottish politics. For some 40-odd years Labour seemed to dominate Scottish politics and convinced itself, especially after Thatcher’s accession to power, that it was the national party […]

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Civil rights valued over religious prejudice

The issue of same-sex marriage is an equalities issue. Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s intemperate interventions have also made it a civil liberties issue. There is no threat to the rights or liberties of churches. Same-sex marriages are legal in eight European countries. In not one is the Roman […]

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The simple symbols of unionism are disintegrating

As every Black Bitch knows, the first Tuesday after the second Thursday in June is Linlithgow’s Marches. The 19th of June 2012 was a splendid Marches Day. The sun shone, the bands played. My wife and I saw the morning parades on our way to Glasgow to […]

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Testament of a Witch by Douglas Watt

Testament of a Witch by Douglas Watt

With Testament of a Witch, Linlithgow-based author, Douglas Watt, has completed the second of his 17th century crime novels.  Investigating Advocate John MacKenzie and his young assistant, Davie Scougall, are caught, in 1687, in one of the 17th century’s frenzied witch hunts. The opening chapter is an […]

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The Strange Death of Labour Scotland by Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw

WITH its echoes of Dangerfield’s 1935 work on Liberal England, this book has an odd title. Gerry Hassan and Eric Shaw question both the concept of “Labour Scotland” and the finality of its decease but, by focusing on Labour’s decline, have produced a telling analysis of the […]

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Official platitudes belie a deep sense of professional fatigue

Since retiring last year, I’ve observed schools as an outsider. I feel nothing but solidarity with my old friends – 2011-12 has seemed one of the hardest years ever – a subjective perception perhaps. I asked some former colleagues for their view of 2011-12, and what emerged […]

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CfE and assessment

For Scottish teachers implementing Curriculum for Excellence (CfE), assessment is a major dilemma. The current mantra is that teachers are professionals whose judgements should be trusted; local authorities and others, however, are increasingly prescriptive about assessment and reporting.  In particular, the vexed issue of reporting at the […]

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Holiday postcards: from Arran

Since 1997 our family holidays have been to Arran. This will be our 16th, every one wonderful. Our grown-up children still steal a few days, with friends or partners, each summer on the island they love as much as we do. Was there a ‘most memorable’ one?  […]

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