This week there is a theme of bridges in the podcast. Whether it is the land owners offering land to communities, Jeremy Corbyn needing to build some, the Forth Road and that Nordic TV series; bridges seem to be the idea of the week. We also manage to weave in the regeneration of South West Norway, The Last Kingdom and the usual banter.
This week we manage to talk about the proposed bombing in Syria, more Labour problems, tax credits , the Scottish Climate Chaos march, Mary Barbour, Andrew Stoddart and Shooglenifty.
If you are looking for the link to the live streaming of the Nordic Horizons event on Tuesday - it's here.
This week we follow up on Lesley's National column on the BBC and the pool of talent; including Nick Robinson. We stray into Alex Bell's comments about the White Paper.
There is a lot of good news from Applecross and the success of the fund raising for their hydro scheme. We obviously touch on some of the lessons learnt and the challenges which now face every community scheme.
This week, it is difficult to see beyond the events in Paris. But we try to make sense of it all and make our own observations about what has to happen next. The Lallands Peat Worrier blog mentioned is here.
To change the mood, we also report on the news from the LibDems and then update the Andrew Stoddart campaign.
This week in a chilly kitchen , Lesley talks about her visit to the Scottish Labour Conference fringe where Land Reform was on the agenda as the main conference counted votes about Trident and TTIP. She has a few comments about that video and the House of Lords. Belfast and Nesca Robb also featured in her thoughts this week as she was filming 'over by'.
We also gave a big shout out to our friends at Applecross Hydro - check them out here.
Lesley spent a few days at the SNP Conference and hosted a fringe meeting on 'Land reform'. But here was a lot more action that happened in the main conference, as she relates. She tells her side of the story and what she thought about the whole experience.
She also wrote about child poverty in the National and explains her frustration with the inertia in action to combat this growing issue.
Whilst Lesley was down at the Ardfern at a Blossom event, she met Mandy Hampton. They had a long and interesting conversation about Mandy's planning, building and green energy experience in rural Scotland. It's an insight into living in a remote rural community and the real world challenges. We hope you enjoy this departure from the usual format but it was a conversation from the front line and we thought you'd like it.
This week's podcast reflects on the 'Corbyn' Labour Party Conference. It looks like it is going to be 'interesting' with more debate and dissent than usual. Are party political conferences changing in front of our eyes? Will others emulate this ? Also there were a few comments about Scotland - is Labour UK 'getting' Scotland. Lesley has also been roaming around Scotland and has tales from Arran, Rothesay and Oban to relate. We also touch on a new 'City Link Festival and it's not about transport.
In front of a live audience at the "Leith Said Aye - Pilton Said It Mair" event on Friday 18 September 2015. Organised by Yes Edinburgh North and Leith, this was a great way to spend the anniversary...stories, questions and contributions...and it proved to be a very useful stepping off point for a discussion with audience participation...including Stewart Bremner and Prof Iain Black...expect moderate ranting.