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The Taxcast – new monthly podcast about tax evasion

February 10, 2012 by


Recently I was contacted by a fellow radio freelancer based in London, Naomi Fowler, about her new project. It’s called The Taxcast, and it’s a monthly podcast about the thorny issue of tax evasion. Sounds a bit dry? It’s anything but. The first program was quite an eye opener. It explains what offshore banks really… [Read more…]

Digital saturation – does it help or hinder creativity?

December 23, 2011 by


We live in a world super-saturated with stimuli. The internet, wifi, smartphones, free sheet papers, advertising, radio, tv…particularly those of us living in cities use are bombarded by so much information and noise. But does the constant flow of data and ideas help or hinder us in our creativity? Are we missing out on the… [Read more…]

BBC Radio – Interview with Filmmaker Harun Farocki

February 24, 2011 by


Tune in to Radio Scotland’s The Movie Café at lunch time today to hear my latest radio feature, an interview with the German experimental filmmaker Harun Farocki, whose work is currently being features at the Centre for Contemporary Art in Glasgow. Farocki, who has made over ninety films in a career spanning forty years, produces… [Read more…]

Uncertain future for Hugh MacDiarmid’s cottage – slideshow

December 18, 2010 by


Brownsbank cottage was almost a ruin when poet Hugh MacDiarmid and his wife Valda moved into it in 1952. But, restored with the help of friends and supporters, the simple farm workers cottage was to be their home for the rest of their lives. After Valda’s death in 1989, the cottage might have once again… [Read more…]

Radical Thinking – Word Association Clouds

December 4, 2009 by


Try a bit of word association – just sit down and type. Stream of consciousness stuff. I did. Above are the results for ageing, and below, food. Right, now it’s your turn. Try happiness. Or community. Send the results back to me, and I’ll put them together and make more word clouds. Er, why? It’s part of a… [Read more…]

Leith FM – Radio Ga Ga

November 4, 2009 by


It’s been years since I was on the airwaves of Leith FM, but I was invited back this week for a special show. Lindsay Allan, who I used to work with on the community show, has had to cut  her broadcasts down to one a month, on account of her own wee addition to the… [Read more…]

The World Service – First Impressions

October 2, 2009 by


Arriving before dawn, Bush House is eerily beautiful. The white marble columns are lit by blue lights, and the city is calm and quiet. It’s 5:45am. The art-deco building is like a temple to radio. It has it’s rituals, it’s portals, which after only a few days working in the building, I am already learning.… [Read more…]


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