This is Chris Smith's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Chris Smith's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Chris Smith
Recent Activity
Image
This was a very special event for Nordic Horizons. It was the first after the sad death of our great friend and Nordic Horizons champion, Paddy Bort. The night was special and we hope you find the recording of this gathering to be informative and educational. It was. We have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2017 at Nordic Horizons
Image
This is a new publication from the Nordic Horizons team of Lesley Riddoch and the late Paddy Bort. It is a an interesting synopsis of a Nordic Horizons symposium from earlier this year. With a stellar cast of contributors, this short volume is both informative and provocative - download additional... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at Nordic Horizons
Sponsored by Maree Todd MSP Supported by the Scottish Government Speaker: Frode Lindtvedt, Director of Local Democracy, International Politics and External Affairs at KS March 9 - 17.30 -19.30 at the Scottish Parliament Scotland has the largest councils in Europe, serving on average 170,000 people. The European average is 14,000.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Nordic Horizons
You will be pleased to know that a number of our guests from the event also popped up in the Scottish media. On Saturday, Bjort Samuelson MP and Tuomas Iso-Markku were interviewed on BBC Radio Scotland ( starts 17'09'' ends 26'04'' ) . The link is here. On Monday night,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
Valkommen till Sverige - Migration & asylum in Europe's most welcoming country Tuesday 22 November, Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LE, 6 - 8pm Supported by the Scottish Government With Mikael Ribbenvik, Acting Director of the Swedish Migration Agency Chaired by Paddy Bort... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
It was an amazing afternoon of presentations, insights and discussion at the 'Scotland after Brexit - Lessons from the Nordics' event. Courtesy of DemocracyTV, we have a recording of the whole live stream in 4 parts. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
Valkommen till Sverige - Migration & asylum in Europe's most welcoming country Tuesday 22 November, Lecture Theatre 1, Appleton Tower, 11 Crichton Street, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LE, 6 - 8pm Supported by the Scottish Government With Mikael Ribbenvik, Acting Director of the Swedish Migration Agency Chaired by Lesley Riddoch,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
If you are unable to attend but would like to watch proceedings then check out this DemocracyTV Lifestream link - you can watch here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
If you are a school student, college student or a university student; you can come to the Scotland after Brexit - Lessons from the Nordics for FREE. To reserve your place for the event taking place on October 29 from 12- 5.30pm at the George Square Theatre at the University... Continue reading
Posted Oct 20, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
Professor Tore Furevik delivered an interesting and engaging presentation at the recent Nordic Horizons event. Despite a number technical challenges, we have assembled a range of digital artefacts which capture the event. Here is a copy of his full presentation. You can download here. We have video footage of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
If you didn't get a ticket or were just unable to get along to this event at the Scottish Parliament - the event will be live streamed by the excellent Democracy TV team. You can watch from here. Continue reading
Posted Oct 2, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
Image
Tickets are available for purchase to this special event on the Nordic Horizons Eventbrite page here. Details of the event are here. How should a small nation like Scotland engage with Europe -- the Nordic countries have experienced every conceivable variant on the theme. Denmark (since 1973), Sweden and Finland... Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
‘Climate Change - The view from Norway’ Professor Tore Furevik - University of Bergen Sponsored by Claudia Beamish MSP October 4 th 6.00pm Scottish Parliament Tickets are now available here Norway has one of the greenest energy profiles in the world with hydro energy powering many towns and industries. Scotland... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2016 at Nordic Horizons
Image
Two big themes today are the role of honours and what do we mean when we say 'local' ? David Cameron seems to have decided to award gongs to his buddies and Lesley has some thoughts. With elections looming next... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Image
This week we talk about Lesley's foot operation, the 'summer initiative' , and the challenges of 'Brexit Lite' to the calls for indyref2. There is also another wager, and lots of news about forthcoming "Our Land" events . And other... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Overshadowed by horror in France, insurrection in Turkey and wholesale change in the British Government, the ramifications of Brexit continue to quietly unfold. It’s increasingly apparent that Scots face a choice between two families of nations and must soon take... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Image
This week saw the first meeting of Theresa May and Nicola Sturgeon. Whatever they talked about is the start of this week's speculation. We also manage to discuss the value of Cyprus to the Brexit debate, the terrible events in... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Scotland is not the only part of the UK contemplating a new constitutional future after last month’s Brexit vote. Mutinous talk is spreading in Northern Ireland – the only other nation to register a Remain vote. Protestant unionists are queuing... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Image
Recording Monday early evening, we try and keep abreast of developments in the leadership contests.One is all over and the other has just started. We also report in from travels in Ireland and Berlin. And other stuff that got buried... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Image
This week we are talking about demonstrations from physical gatherings right through to safety pins and a detour through social media. We also pry into leadership contests, campaigns or battles and, as ever, try to make sense. Thus, it is... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Image
After the European referendum result on Thursday , there seems to be turmoil everywhere. Lesley tries to make sense of what is happening as a result. We go party by party and it's not a pretty picture. There are a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 26, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Can the great and good influence public opinion during the last days of the European referendum campaign? There’s a graphic doing the rounds on social media which features competing lists of prominent people who support and oppose Britain’s continuing membership... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Image
This week we reflect on two big topics; testing in Primary Schools and Europe. The Scottish Government is introducing 'assessment' in primary schools - is this a good idea? Does it make any sense against the evidence? Lesley has strong... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Image
After 14 jolly years here at Jamesfield Farmhouse between Abernethy and Newburgh, Chris and I are moving house. We've had a great time here but the house is too big for us now the two girls are up and away.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch
Four Scots made the journey from Fife to Belfast this weekend to help their outfit win Grade 2 of the UK Pipe Band Championships 2016. Nothing surprising there. Except Donald Brown and his three colleagues are part of a Northern... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2016 at Lesley Riddoch