Great weekend at the Big Tent festival in Falkland Fife. The pic on the left is myself with former Welsh Environment Minister Jane Davidson, a lively, powerful and down-to-earth speaker who entered politics after buying a hut on the Gower peninsula for £600 many years ago and left politics a few years later when she and her husband managed to buy the smallholding they'd always dreamed of. I'm hopeful she can come to the 31st October Nordic Horizons meeting with Kim Olsson from Sweden about waste management. Not only is Jane the woman behind the single use bag levy in Wales (learning from the pioneering Irish who taxed plastic bags but then found paper bags manufacture was even more energy intensive) but she also got food waste collection from all urban households in Wales – a far better record than us. Anyway, the Big tent was thought provoking as usual, sunny (miracles!) and above all friendly. A man fae Aberdeen came up to say he knew my Uncle Hugh who died recently, another hadn't seen me since a Barra Feis in 1988 and others came up to talk about the Hebrides book. Doubtless the small size and lack of in yer face, aggressive marketing creates a gentler experience. The Big Tent also creates the most eclectic mix of people. Straight after chairing a discussion about the nature of "Fifeness" with writers Ian Rankin and Aileen Paterson, I chaired a final session with Jane, Andy Wightman and Mike Small discussing how to dismantle capitalism and set up a Fife Bank. Anyway, podcast follows – and many thanks to Falkland Steward and Big Tent inspiration, Ninian Stuart.