cafebabel Scotland

  • The candidate from Edinburgh

    By on May 30, 2014

    Would you hire me as a baker if I had no idea how to bake bread? Prob­a­bly not. And you'd be right.

  • Boobs are not news: No more page Three.

    By on March 18, 2014

    The Sun is the UK’s most read newspaper. Since 1970, Page 3 has hosted a topless female model. The feature has been branded objectifying, misogynistic and damaging to men’s perceptions of women, and women’s perceptions of themselves. Finally society has said enough is enough. The ‘No More Page 3’ petition already has 184,000 signatures. Cafébabel spoke to Ceris Aston, founder of NMP3 Edinburgh

  • Scotland, Against all odds 

    By on March 13, 2014

    After David Ca­me­ron, it is now José Ma­nuel Bar­roso who’s raising an obstacle to Scotland’s march towards independence. The referendum, scheduled on 18th Sep­tember 2014, will solve the question, but, in the meantime, it stirs up passions and fosters double-talks. 

  • Up Helly Aa: Shetland's fire festivals

    By on Feb. 24, 2014

    A horde of fur-clad Vikings clutching flaming torches proceed steadily through the starless night. They do not shrink against the cold, nor flinch as a fierce cross wind threatens to extinguish the fire. Instead, they sing lustily - of heroes, dragons and bygone battles. You’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported into an older, wilder time. Yet this is 2014 – at Shetland’s Up Helly Aa

  • Peggy Hughes: Listening to Books that Talk

    By on Feb. 8, 2014

    Peggy Hughes can often be seen dip­ping her fin­ger into one of Ed­in­burgh’s many lit­er­ary pies, be­fore adding salt, pep­per or nut­meg. That's when she isn't organising literary salons, festivals and publications within her role as Dundee's Literary Development Officer. We caught up with her in Edinburghs' cafe-bookshop Looking Glass Books to talk about Electric Bookshop and literary tattoos

  • An interview with Scottish author Ali Smith

    By on Jan. 1, 2014

    Reading a short story or a novel by Ali Smith can seem like chatting to the best kind of polymath friend. You leave with a mental list of books you can’t wait to read (essays by Italo Calvino, or Muriel Spark’s Momento Mori), music to play in the car (from Gershwin to Beethoven) and curious facts you can’t quite believe. (Is that really how the music for The Wizard of Oz was composed?)

  • Post-it poets: jessica Johannesson Gaitán

    By on Nov. 16, 2013

    Post-it poets is back! We’re relaunching with Jessica Johannesson Gaitán, who’ll be one half of our upcoming column on poetry in translation. Jessica grew up in Stockholm with interludes in Colombia. We met her in Edinburgh where she writes, hits a tom drum and works at the Scottish Poetry Library. She co-runs therookeryinthebookery.org which reviews gems in translation

  • Catalonia And Scotland: Two very different struggles for independence

    By on Oct. 18, 2013

    Scotland has been granted the right to fight a democratic referendum. Catalonia, on the other hand, is ever rebuffed by an intransigent Spanish government. Tensions are rising and support for the Catalan independence movement is growing quickly

  • Dear David Cameron, why 'earn and learn' proposal to cut youth benefits is dire

    By on Oct. 3, 2013

    On 2 October, the UK prime minister delivered his keynote speech at the conservative party annual conference. In between opposition labour party-bashing and self-congratulation, he proposed various worrying measures which a non-coalition conservative government would enact. Cameron’s brave new world is one which looks bleak for young people, as he proposes cutting all benefits for under-25s

  • Thoughtcrime: censorship in the UK

    By on Sept. 15, 2013

    As the UK government proposes increasingly more draconian censorship laws, fears grow in Britain over the rights to free speech and assembly