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125 replies

  1. Is there a way I could pay a small monthly amount via direct debit to a bank account?

    Paypal drove me bonkers yesterday, and said it would take 7 days for money from my personal account to be transferred to my bank account. I’m not letting them profit from me.


    • Hi John – will contact you directly – but yes we’re setting up direct payment systems. Thanks for getting behind us!

    • Cheque in post. Tried by credit card/Paypal but was defeated by bloody passwords and questions about the colour & make of my first car. Best wishes for this project. Regards, Clive B Scott

    • Can’t even create account…grrrrrr

    • Go onto your internet banking. Doesn’t matter which Bankster( Max Keiser- You set up a “create new recipient” or something similar they’ll state and put in these sort code and account numbers and a reference if you like. Simply make regular or one off payments and this will cut out PayPal. Don’t give these shysters unnecessary fees for keeping YOUR money for themselves for seven days…… its not necessary. The money is in Bella Caledonia s Bank IMMEDIATELY you transfer. Don’t believe or trust any institution that says they need to do it that way. They’re only keeping your money for themselves. Good Luck

    • Just set up a small but monthly standing order, should start tomorrow, reference something like ‘donation dl’ – could you confirm the first payment arrives safely so I know i’ve got details right? ta

  2. I just discovered this site.
    Really excellent.

  3. Hi,

    Excellent site can you add a link to us under film/video:

    Document Festival



  4. Dear Mike, I want to send you a copy of “Trident and International Law”, which was recently launched at the Scottish Parliament.
    Do you have an address?

    Douglas Shaw,,, Edinburgh Peace and Justice Centre.

    for Janet Fenton

  5. Yippee, just found this site – so good to have some brains who can add a more balance attitude to Scotland. Far too many people in power have the ability to put their name and greed before their country – and sell it out. We need people who will put their country before their career. Gordon Brown for instance – had redrawn the boundary off the coast of England in an attempt to steal Scots oil for the English in case we moved to independence – for what good it did him.

    I call those who behave like brown as having the “Roseberry infliction”.

    • Not a fan of brown but understood it was Blair & D Dewer who moved the marine boundary & stole 7oil wells the night before the opening of the Scottish parlaiment?

  6. And the money is needed for..? (curious, not suspicious)

    • Hi Martin B, we’re doing some publicity material to try and build awareness of the site. We’re also organising a discussion event – and need some funds. All our work is voluntary and most always no-one gets paid for contributions…

  7. Hi folks. I’m trying to find your bank details for donations but can’t seem to locate it. Please point me in the right directon!!!

  8. Hi, excellant stuff. Will blog a link to your site.

  9. You know I’m a fan. Any chance of adding Scots Renewables to your blogroll?

  10. Hello Bella Can you please confirm receipt of my direct debit?

  11. Hello

    I’ve got your site on the blogroll at If you’re interested in linking back that’d be great.

    Best Regards


  12. Bell C. …just made 2 posts on Indy march, finding I can only see the first 3 lines of typing the text doesn’t scroll , is this common?

  13. Hi BC. Have been reading and contributing comments for a while. I also work with a great US site called The Greanville Post (TGP) and have passed on links to BC articles. The editor Patrice Greanville would like to be able to post occasional BC articles. And he’d really appreciate it if BC could carry a link to TGP and its Punto Press arm which is publishing Gaither Stewart’s “Europe Trilogy”. Could I post a copy of the recently published second volume (“Lily Pad Roll”) to you for review?

  14. Just noticed you’ve added bank details. (I mostly read this site using an RSS reader and just read your 1/1/2013 post).

    I’ve popped £30 in, let me know if I’ve got the details right and I’ll make a small donation every month I have spare cash.

  15. Please, who or what is behind bella caldon? I’ll send money of it’s A Gray.

  16. Having vowed never again to spend so much as a penny on those loathsome excuses for newspapers with which this country is cursed, if I set up a Standing Order for £10 a month on the 1st of the month, do you require my name/address or can you simply receive donations from those who might wish to remain ‘Anon’?

  17. I have just returned home from Glasgow having seen an ISG “Break Up Britain” poster. I had never heard of ISG before.

    I completely agree with the sentiment behind the aforementioned phrase, but prefer instead to use such terms as “self-determination” or “self-government” and the like, rather than “separation” and “break-up” which are the type of value-laiden and quite innacurate terminology used by the unionists.

    I was also surprised to see the map of Geat Britain on this poster. Scotland constitutes one-third the land surface of GB but this map (obviously taken from somewhere near the equator in a BBC type fashion) showed Scotland to be about one sixth of Great Britain.

    It brought to mind a political debate I had heard on the radio the previous day in which a woman from south of the border opined that “Scotland is a tiny country”!

    The fact that Scotland accounts for one third the land surface of Great Britain, is much the same size as Denmark and is three times larger than Belgium was obviously lost on her! In European terms, Scotland is not a small country!

    It seems to me that not only are the people of Scotland being told that we are too poor and too stupid to run our own affairs, we are also being told that our country is much smaller than it actually is.

  18. Hi – strange there are no editors names or any physical contact details at all – makes you wonder who is running this ? I’m not against the ideas but it would be nice to see some more transparent serious Independence material ….

    • Mike Small is the editor of Bella Caledonia. He is a freelance writer and micro-publisher. He was a founder of Product magazine (first launched as Red Herring in 1998) as well as one of the group behind Indymedia Scotland. He worked with Murray Bookchin in Vermont in the mid 1990s before returning to Scotland.

      He writes for Scottish Left Review, Variant, Red Pepper, New Statesman, the Guardian, and Open Democracy.

    • Wat do you mean by ‘transparent serious Independence material …’?

  19. I live in Asia. If I donate an extra couple of quid could you post out the “Closer” edition to me?

  20. Hi – do you get the full amount of any donation from Paypal, or is a bank transfer better?
    thanks for all the great work. xx

  21. Is it ok to make a small payment every month or do you prefer bigger payments every now and again? Thanks for a great site!

  22. Bella. Please don’t disappear again, it spooks me.
    I’m gearing up to drop a ton in your coffers.
    I like your Poster campaign competition.
    We have to careful online these days.
    I dont want to give my dosh to cowboy.
    Gladly your back up.
    My dosh is on its way.

    • Thanks very much – sounds very promising. We aren’t going anywhere, in fact we’re about to get going … And any support very welcome!

  23. I’m a pensioner with limited funds but… the job you are doing is so important to me, my family, my heirs that I must contribute. The amount will not be much but you must know you are being supported with more than cash. Thank you for all your efforts for independence for Scotland.

  24. I have made a donation of just a tenner which was to be £5 for the Closer mag and a fiver donation but couldn’t state that anywhere on PayPal. sent email to Bella letters but no reply as yet. Can you confirm if this is ok to rectify?

  25. very difficult to get on to referendum tv, why is it so difficult

  26. I just wanted to be kept up to date with posts/info from you

  27. Just a thought could you not change the bank to a credit union or that we one in Airdrie, we can’t really trust Lloyds TSB? Or bitcoins if we can create an online digital currency we have an alternative answer. The technology is coming in leaps and bounds.

  28. I was really inspired by your wipe your eyes article following a real downer after the referendum. I live in Paisley and would like to get involved.

    Thanks for writing the article and thinking about what’s next. During the campaign the scales fell away from my eyes and I can’t cover them up again. However, that new sight made me despondent because I thought that if we couldn’t beat the system this time we wouldn’t do it during this generation.

    Blessings on what you do,

  29. Brave peaceful people of Scotland do not forget this, we will be an independant Scotland ……. It’s only a matter of time ….. Please contact me Glaswegian lassie in Australia x

  30. Good evening, my name is Fraser and I’m a 28 year from Greenock. I am seriously interested in doing anything I can to start making a difference and being a part of your organisation! If you can give me any info on how to I can do this it would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks

  31. Really interested in getting involved, we can’t just put the lid on the box need to regroup ready for the onslaught of privatisation etc. Thanks for making this possible.

  32. Hi Mike, are you planning to coordinate with Common Weal (Robin), National Collective, Derek Bateman and NewsnetScotland et al? I have to say that a more collective voice would be great to pull all the disparate movements together and to get what all the groups want which is a strong media outlet (visual is crucial & mainstream likely also critical), and seems a very common thread right now? We need a collective area for all to get and disseminate information as feel that will be much more effective? I’m back in the game and as excited as I was before! Hope over fear. This is just the beginning…….

    • I would echo that, if this movement is to present an effective challenge to the large and powerful metropolitan, pro-union media and become mainstream itself it stands to reason that resources should be brought together. I have donated to the common Weal and the Broadcast News for Scotland Appeal ( donation on its way also for BC). Surely pulling together rather than having 4-5 separate projects would be more effective.

      • Thanks Nick, we are talking to all involved this week to make as collaborative a response as possible. We will be working closely with the Commonweal as Im on the board and have meetings with tv, print, film, video people to discuss joint-working.

  33. I’m English and over 50 but I’m sending you £10 a month, starting 26 Sept.

  34. Hi,

    I’m really interested in supporting. Can you please email me direct debit details if you have any?



  35. Could you set up a charity wing and benefit from “Gift Aid”? An extra 20% for every pound. If Eton can be a charity surely you can be too?

  36. Hi Mike. I did do a PayPal donation yesterday – I think! Hope it went through OK. Will also look at possibly doing a regular thing by direct debit. Onward & upward ✊

  37. I love the idea of a new media in Scotland.
    Any chance of paying by credit card instead of paypal?

  38. I have sent a donation.
    Just one wee point … please don’t spend any of it on David Torrance … :o)

  39. Did Lloyds bank say they would move out of Scotland in the event of a Yes vote? If so I’d rather pay my money into another account!
    Why reward these business with our money

    • Hi Gerry – thanks – yes, agreed. We;ll be moving banks soon. There’s a load of background work we’re doing to upgrade the site and change a few things. We’re taking payments now so we can see where we are. Any support appreciated. Thinking of the Airdrie Savings Bank.

      • Airdrie Savings Bank is a ripoff. It has taken tons of money from poor people in charges and has just introduced increased charges. I saw a poor woman laughed at by one branch manager who told her, in front of other customers, that if she hadn’t enough money to pay charges she shouldn’t have a bank account. ASB are not the ethical alternative. We need our own banks as badly as we need our own media.

  40. I quite agree regarding Lloyds bank, I have already suggested a credit union. Airdrie savings ban and some one suggested Tridos bank which only does ethical investment. It is also not worth giving the other side such useful information.

  41. Hello,
    Genuine question; I’m new to Bella Caledonia and wanted to get the proposition clear in my head before deciding whether to support.

    When you say “balancing the bias”, do you mean providing some weight for the other side – essentially balancing the argument by being biased in the opposite direction – or do you aim to provide an unbiased alternative to the current media?

  42. Lets hope, although we want pluralism and a representatively diverse ‘new’ media in Scotland, that we get a *coalesced* media – as being disparate is a strength in terms of diversity, but not if we are taking on the powers and vested interests of the state/media. We need critical mass.

  43. Like 1.6million plus in Scotland , I was heatrtbroken at the result on the 19th, to console myself I pulled John Pilgers book out and reread stealing a nation, about the people on Diego Garcia after 18years they fought through the english high court and won , only for Blair in Cahoots with queen Brenda to sign a royal prerogative overuling the High courts decision for the british government to return the Chagossians to their Island .This is the same woman that purred at the dishonest referendum result. we do not need her or her relatives. I am with you all for the future of Scotland self determination and independence .xxx

  44. Hi Bella Staff,
    I’m very interested in your proposals for a new ground up media. In particular i’d like to be not only a video/photography contributor, but also, I’d like to propose (it probably already has been) creating an online tv network, based initially in regional areas, eg, Angus, Dundee, Fife, Glasgow, Ayrshire, Highland, Aberdeen, The Northern Isles etc etc……. locally crowdfunded, to purchase 2nd hand broadcast equipment and rent or buy premises, pay contributors & staff and produce programmes covering local political and community events and projects, producing documentaries about local area issues, arts programmes, local history and anything else pertinent to viewers.

  45. Hi Mike and team,
    I am an occasional contributor, and a Scot living and working in Norway since 2008. I mad a donation to your cause, but it would be great to have some record that it has been received at some point. I think it is also good practice to tell us donors in more precise terms how our donations will be used, and how you intend to move on as an institution – what ARE you? A corporation, a coop, an NGO, a Charity? What will you be in future? What is the status of donors in this picture, and how would we sit against the real ‘owners’? and so on…
    The cause is good, but clear organisation and responsibility is also important I think…
    John Bryden

  46. I will donate as your contribution was magnificent during the referendum run up. why are you with loydstsb tho and not e.g. the co-op bank?

  47. I have made a small monthly payment, not much but what I can afford just now. Your work is much appreciated. Regards Eric

  48. Hi, can I just double check your bank details? I want to set up a small standing order but I note that your account details have an old lloydstsb sort code. The banking systems for Lloyds & Tsb are separate now so can you confirm the sort code & account no please?

    Many thanks

    K Dallas

  49. Hi
    FYI that’s a TSB sort code.

    I’d like to set up a direct debit instead. How do I go about it?


    K Dallas

  50. Hi

    I see by previous posts that you offer a direct debit facility. I’d appreciate it if someone could contact me re setting one up. Many thanks

    Karen Dallas

  51. Am trying to make a monthly bank transfer but BoS does not recognise Bella Caledonia!

  52. Thanks for all the hard work you’re doing. I have just made small donation.

  53. I would like to donate through Direct Debit too

  54. What’s happening re the upgraded web site and discussion with other alternative media providers, etc mooted earlier this month? Things seem to have gone rather quiet. Is progress being made? Without some indication of how things are progressing, other than continuing with my current (small) monthly contribution, it is impossible to determine whether increased financial support can be justified so please give some consideration to providing updates.

    • Hi – yes lots of progress behind the scenes – sorry its so slow. We’ll post an update soon. Other people said they were bored with ‘internal’ stuff, so we’re trying to get the balance right. Thanks for your support.

  55. I would also like to set up a direct debit please.


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