Iowa Caucuses 2016

The Iowa Caucuses are where the hopes and dreams of Presidential candidates are first tested in America, and the job of screening the next occupier of the White House is one that residents of the mid-West state are proud to hold. This year’s Iowa Caucuses have proved just as interesting as they have in the past, with both the Democratic and Republican races throwing up surprise results that leave each race as wide open as ever. Democrats Hillary Clinton looks set to win Iowa by — Read more →

Runrig – The Story: Review

Runrig are a cultural phenomenon unlike any other, bringing Gaelic to the fore and broadening the appeal of Celtic Rock across the continent and across the Atlantic Ocean.  In their 40+ year career, they have done it all and maintained the same approachable sound that found them success as a ceilidh band back in the early days. If The Story is their parting gift to an adoring audience that has followed them everywhere for the longest time, then it is a fitting one. Being the — Read more →

The SNP contradiction

We’re living in interesting times in Scotland, and we’re on course to have more of a say than we have had for centuries when the Scottish Parliament gains new powers as a result of the Scotland Bill on the way.  For this, we have the SNP to thank; for while their push for independence has fallen short (for now), they have delivered to Scotland more power and influence than we could have hoped for, say twenty years ago, before our Parliament was re-instated. But for — Read more →

Out with the penny, out with the pound

Why a cashless economy better suits the world of today

Canada took the bold step in 2012 of phasing out the penny as a unit of currency, but when you look at the reasons why it made a lot of sense.  Pennies cost more to produce than they are worth, and at that point alone the state is losing money.  They’re also the most worthless unit of currency, in a world where very, very little requires pennies to pay with. Some believe that we should take heed of the Canadian approach here in Britain.  I’d — Read more →

The Revenant: Review

When the Oscars nominations were announced at the end of last week while all the talk was about the relative exclusion of black actors and directors, the main ‘traditional’ story was the success for The Revenant.  With 12 nominations, including for Best Picture, Best Director and both male Acting awards, it’s clear that this was the Academy’s most all-round favourite film of the year. But for me, The Revenant was more about what it tried to do than what it actually showed to the viewer.  — Read more →