By Bob Duncan

National Collective cartoonist Greg Moodie has embarked on what he describes as a 'drinking' tour' of independence websites, with a different major site hosting one of his works each Saturday.

In the past few weeks, Greg has stopped off for a wee dram at both Bella Caledonia and BBC Scotlandshire. This week it is the turn of Newsnet Scotland to host a little number inspired by the extraordinarily high profile of UKIP and its leader Nigel Farage.

  By Anne-Marie O'Donnell
The Catalan National Assembly has released a 'giga picture' showing the mass mobilisation last year of more than 1.6 million people who held hands to make a chain from the north to the south of the country ahead of this year's call to action.
On 5 April the Catalan National Assembly (ANC) will hold its second general convention in Tarragona and it is set to announce a fresh challenge for this year to take place on the anniversary of last year's event on 11 September - just two months before the Catalan referendum on independence and one week before Scots go to the polls in our own referendum.

The Dowager Duchess of Hamilton has pledged to campaign for a Yes vote in the independence referendum, declaring: "It's what Scotland needs and it"s what my husband would have wanted."
The duchess, who prefers to be known plainly as Kay, knows that some people will be surprised that a member of one of Scotland's leading aristocratic families supports Yes, but says a desire for an independent Scotland transcends any position or political allegiance.

  By Peter Geoghegan
St George's Day is most commonly associated with England, but the feast of the fabled dragon is a big deal in Catalonia, too.  Every April 23, Catalans exchange books, flowers and other gifts on the dia dels enamorats (lovers' day).
But on April 23, 2015, Catalans could be doing something very different on St George's day – making a unilateral declaration of independence.

  At the turn of the year Newsnet Scotland published the results of an academic study into the referendum coverage broadcast on early evening TV news programmes.  The study found that news items were favouring the No campaign over the Yes campaign by a ratio of three to two.

STV and BBC Scotland were found to be equally at fault, but both rejected the study findings.


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