My Top 40 Songs of 2018

2018 has been a good year.  For me, it’s been jam-packed with new things and experiences.  I learned to drive this year and got my first car.  I’ve had two amazing holidays, to New Orleans for Mardi Gras back in February and for a week with friends in Portugal.  I managed to get one of these blog posts featured in the Sunday Mail.  I’ve also been lucky enough to see just about all my favourite bands live this year (LCD Soundsystem, CHVRCHES, The Killers, Yeah — Read more →

Making a Murderer – Part 2: Review

Netflix has built quite the reputation for producing original shows that permeate pop culture, and one of the most significant series it has produced has been Making a Murderer.  After it’s late 2015 release, coverage of the show and the case it showcases was practically unavoidable online, as millions of people rediscovered this decade-old murder investigation and the questions around its conclusion. Now several years later, Making a Murderer: Part 2 picks up where we left off in 2015 and outlines the subsequent developments in — Read more →

Ross County’s Footballing Sunset

Last Tuesday, taking in what was Ross County’s final game in the Premiership, the sun was just about to set behind Ben Wyvis as Simon Murray put Dundee ahead in a game that would end up being a draw.  I thought at the time it was a fitting metaphor for our Premiership days being numbered, and here five days on it’s sadly proved to be so. Ross County’s six-year stint in the Premiership is over, and it’s a perfect time to take stock of why — Read more →

Syria: An international imperative

Last night the USA, UK and France launched a joint military operation to strike against President Assad’s regime and the infrastructure suspected of delivering a chemical weapons attack in Douma earlier this week. Public opinion is divided on whether this was the right course of action, especially with Russia’s support of the Syrian Government being a dangerous factor that risks considerable conflict escalation. But, the decision to take these strikes was essentially about whether a Government should be allowed to get away with murdering its — Read more →

Tackling sectarianism in Scottish football

This week in the Scottish Parliament, MSPs voted for the repeal of the 2012 Offensive Behaviour at Football Act.  This law was introduced by the SNP Government against strong opposition, and now that the SNP is a minority government this is the first serious attempt, led by Labour, to reverse the Act. The OBFA, as it’s more snappily known, is widely considered to be a poor piece of legislation.  The goal was to crack down on sectarian and violent behaviour at football games, which reached — Read more →