Scotland: activists re-energise with a shot of independence spirit
A Night for Scotland concert, with Mogwai and Franz Ferdinand, inspires yes campaign for final drive to Thursday's vote
Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
The Guardian, Sunday 14 September 2014
Pure essence of yes was mainlined to an ardent, elated crowd at Edinburgh's Usher Hall on Sunday evening, as the cream of Scotland's musical talent performed at A Night for Scotland, a concert aimed squarely at inspiring and energising independence supporters for the final campaigning drive before Thursday's referendum.
Frightened Rabbit, Amy MacDonald, Mogwai and Franz Ferdinand performed to a saltire-waving throng that required no encouragement: the all-ages audience of about 3,000 was vibrating with excitement to the extent that even a piped Proclaimers number during the interval spun folk into a sweat.
And why not? At the end of a two-year journey, both on and off stage there was a palpable sense of disbelief that the day was almost upon them, coupled with a buoyancy born of a gathering momentum that yes campaigners now believe will deliver them a victory this week.
Alex Salmond, Nicola Sturgeon, her husband and SNP chief executive, Peter Murrell, and the actors Kevin McKidd and Martin Compston mingled in the upper circle. Downstairs, punters clutched pints in plastic glasses and young couples rubbed shoulders in the dark.
Music stars sing for independence
By Press Association, 15 September 2014
Some of Scotland's top musical talent has taken to the stage to urge voters to back independence.
Edinburgh's Usher Hall was a sea of Saltires for a sold out gig with artists including Mogwai, Franz Ferdinand, Amy Macdonald and Frightened Rabbit.
Singer Eddi Reader opened the A Night for Scotland bill, playing her hit Perfect.
She told the audience of almost 3,000 people: "I'm very proud to be Scottish.
"I love all the Yes voters, I love all the No voters too. I love all the No voters so much I want to give them a country."
Musician Dougie MacLean appeared in a pre-recorded video to lead the audience in a singalong to his much-loved song Caledonia.
Deacon Blue pair Lorraine McIntosh and Ricky Ross - who also hosted the concert - played as McIntosh Ross before a set by Scottish hip hop act Stanley Odd.
Frontman Solareye (aka Dave Hook) said: "The decision that we make isn't just for us, it's for our families, it's for the future, it's for the communities that we live in."
Closing the first half of the gig, Mogwai guitarist Stuart Braithwaite said the band were "honoured" to be asked to play.
He said: "We all know what a historic week this is and we all know what we've got to do. So let's all vote Yes."
A DJ played a medley of Proclaimers hits before comedian Elaine C Smith came on to host the second half of the night, telling the audience to each persuade one more person to vote Yes.
She said she had just come from recording Question Time in Stirling with shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander and Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, to loud boos from the audience, while a later reference to BBC Scotland also drew boos.
Introducing a new song Leap Of Faith, Glasgow singer Macdonald said: "The idea of Scotland being in control of its own affairs is something that I actually never thought I'd see in my lifetime.
"People fight and die for this right and all we've to do is put a little cross in a box. You know what to do Scotland."
Franz Ferdinand, who were introduced by Hollywood actor Kevin McKidd, played hits including Do You Want To, Matinee and No You Girls.
Scottish Referendum gets some A-list help on both sides
Ian Campbell Sep 16, 2014 01:31:19 PM
A-list celebrities are weighing in on a debate overseas that has been called by some, one of the most important the Scottish people will see in a generation.
On Thursday, Scottish residents will head to the polls and decide in a referendum whether they would like to continue being part of the United Kingdom or if they would like to go it alone.
Recent polls show it will be a close vote and with a record number of people registered to cast a ballot, we may not know the results until late Thursday night, early Friday morning.
Among those on the “No” side so far are Canadian movie star and Saturday Night Live alum Mike Myers whose made a career out of embracing his Scottish ancestry.
“Listen, I love Scotland and I hope they remain part of Britain but if they don’t, I still love them,” Myers said in a recent Radio 4 interview.
In an online video for the “Better Together” campaign, Torchwood and Dr. Who star John Barrowman used the notion of Scotland’s native son Robbie Burns to stress why they’d be stronger as part of the union.
“We can take this opportunity to embrace the things that connect us in our family of nations, not to be caught up in ways that divide people,” he said. “I’m Scottish, I do have an opinion and I do have a voice. We are stronger when we stand together.”
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has been talking to the media, including the BBC on why she thinks independence is not a good idea right now.
“We’re in the middle of a huge, terrible, terrifying recession,” she said. “I just think now is a time for stability.”
On the “Yes” side, Welsh actor Rhys Ifans stressed how important of a vote this was and stressed admiration for his Scottish brothers and sisters.
“I’m slightly envious that you’re being given the opportunity to prove to yourselves and the rest of the world that Scotland is brave,” he said.
Grey’s Anatomy Star Kevin McKidd told the BBC if he still lived in Scotland, he would be voting yes.
“We’re too feisty a people to let things turn bad if we went and tried it,” he said.
And then there’s Scotland’s most famous groundskeeper, ‘Groundskeeper Willie’ whose been using this opportunity to make a special online pitch.
“Scotland should be free and more importantly, I should run it,” he said.
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Hundreds of supporters turned out in Bishopmill to join McKidd in a show of support ahead of tomorrow’s referendum.
The 41-year-old ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ star said: “I’ve always been a supporter of independence for Scotland and I think it is going to create more equality for the Scottish people.
“I don’t live in Scotland so I don’t get to place a vote – but I do feel it’s going to create a more democratic and equal Scotland.
“All my family are still here and my friends, all my friends. I very much trust their opinion and they are all Yes supporters – I have been interested to hear what they had to say from their individual perspectives.”
A former pupil at the local Seafield Primary School and Elgin Academy, McKidd went on to an acting career after being a member of the Moray Youth Theatre group.
As well as his long running leading role in Grey’s Anatomy the actor has starred in the hit movie ‘Trainspotting’ and more recently the animated film ‘Brave’.
VIDEO: Great Scot! Kevin McKidd Gives Franklin & Bash a Royal Ultimatum
By Matt Webb Mitovich / September 16 2014, 12:32 PM PDT
The “doctor” is in this Wednesday on Franklin & Bash, and he’s ready to prescribe a verbal beat-down for one of the titular lawyers.
In the episode “Dance the Night Away” (TNT, 10/9c), Jared exchanges his legal services for, in lieu of pay, the lavish title of Duke. But as seen in the exclusive clip above, his brush with royalty hits a bump when Scotsman and rival Duke Albert Daughtery (played by Grey’s Anatomy‘s Kevin McKidd) shows up to revisit a clash of clans.
Will (can?) Bash do right by his land-grabbing, “sheep-shagging” kin and give Daugherty what he wants?
MAGGIE TRIES TO PROVE HERSELF AND MAKE FRIENDS AT THE HOSPITAL,
ON ABC’S “GREY’S ANATOMY”
Guest Starring Kelly McCreary (“Dr. Emily Owens, MD”)
“Puzzle With A Piece Missing” – In this Maggie centric episode, she continues to try to make a positive impression at the hospital but finds herself in extremely unfortunate situations. Meanwhile, Richard continues to hold onto his secret and the doctors work with a dying woman who is being kept alive by her daughter, on “Grey’s Anatomy,” THURSDAY, OCTOBER 2 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.
“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey, Patrick Dempsey as Derek Shepherd, Justin Chambers as Alex Karev, Chandra Wilson as Miranda Bailey, James Pickens, Jr. as Richard Webber, Sara Ramirez as Callie Torres, Kevin McKidd as Owen Hunt, Jessica Capshaw as Arizona Robbins, Jesse Williams as Jackson Avery, Sarah Drew as April Kepner, Caterina Scorsone as Amelia Shepherd, Camilla Luddington as Jo Wilson, and Jerrika Hinton as Stephanie Edwards.
Guest starring Eileen Ryan as Majorie Reed, Patrick Fabian as Dr. LeBackes, Rebecca Field as Sabine McNeil, Kelly McCreary as Dr. Margaret “Maggie” Pierce, Mary Passeri as Jeannie Reed, Manu Narayan as Eric Patel, Anisha Nagarajan as Rita Patel, Bill Malone as Jon McNeil, and Chad Buchanan as Brian.
“Puzzle With A Piece Missing” was written by William Harper and directed by Rob Corn.
“Grey’s Anatomy” is broadcasted in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HTV format, with 5.1-channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-14,D parental guideline.
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