House of Cards – Season 3: Review

Major spoilers for seasons 1-3 of House of Cards ahead, read with caution! The rise and fall of TV characters is the essence of a good show, and what keeps us tuned in episode after episode, season after season as we see the stories of those we like or loathe unfold before us.  No show has this idea at its’ heart more than House of Cards, with the fortunes of Frank Underwood being the driving force behind the political drama…

State of the Polls: March 2015

Just like the way March is a turning point in the weather as the seasons transition from winter to spring, March is also the political turning point in the year – as at the end of the month the General Election campaign officially begins and the electioneering hits fever pitch. General Election Over the last month, the Conservatives have closed the nationwide gap between themselves and Labour to make what seemed as though it would be a close General Election…

Rhetoric of Separatism

The official general election campaign begins at the end of this month, but anyone following the news or politics will know that we are well into the election season already. We’ve had the debate debate, we have politicians promising things left right and centre should they be the chosen ones elected to govern and we’ve also had the political sledging that goes hand-in-hand with electioneering, in trying to portray all the other choices as wrong and that their party is…

Fluent or Native?

This is an English translation of the original piece: Fileanta neo Native? One of the things you can’t avoid as a Gaelic speaker is your fluency in the language.  Without doubt the same thing exists in English – you think differently of people depending on their different abilities in the language – but with a language with as many learners as Gaelic, and with the big role they are playing in revitalising it, it’s very obvious within the Gaelic community. Even…

Fileanta neo Native?

‘S e aon de na rudan air nach b’ urrainn dhut teicheadh mar luchd-labhairt na Gàidhlig do fileantachd sa chànan.  Gu cìnnteach tha an aon rud anns sa Bheurla –  tha sibh a’ smaoineachadh diofar rudan de daoine le diofar comasan sa chanan – ach le cànan le an uiread de luchd-ionnsachaidh ‘s a th’aig a Ghàidhlig, agus am pàirt mòr a tha iad a’ gabhail ann a bhith ag ath-bheothachadh a chànan, tha e gu math follaiseach ann an…

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