Friday, February 26, 2010

TIREE 1OK 2010: ENTRY FORM NOW AVAILABLE

CLICK HERE to go the Will Wright's Tiree Fitness website for brief details of this year's run and a downloadable entry form. This year's race will follow a different route, details of which will appear on the site in due course. Have a browse through this great Tiree site while you're there.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

FROM AN TIRISDEACH.COM: HAPPY 90th CHRISSIE

Here's a really nice article from the latest edition of An Tirisdeach celebrating the 90th birthday of one of the nicest people you could wish to meet. CLICK HERE

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

BADLY ADDRESSED CHRISTMAS CARD - U.S. TAKE ON THE STORY

We all remember the story of Angela Sutherland's badly addressed Christmas card. Well, what do you know? The story has surfaced on the other side of the pond! Thanks to Janis Cuevas for sending this in.

Monday, February 22, 2010

CHANNEL 4'S 'THREE HUNGRY BOYS' ON TIREE

For more on this story CLICK HERE. Be sure also to click on the small thumbnail links below the written introduction.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

BACK FROM GLEN NEVIS #2

Jimmy Marshall centre with Dave MacLeods left and Andy Turner right


I was in Fort William to attend an event celebrating the climber Jimmy Marshall. Back in February 1960, Marshall, along with Robin Smith, made six first ascents on Ben Nevis in the space of one week. Their achievement electrified and transformed Scottish climbing.


Marshall - who, by coincidence, was sitting almost immediately behind me in the audience - was given a life time achievement award for his climbing and contribution to the sport.


To coincide with the anniversary two climbers retraced the steps of Marshall and Smith, filmed the climbs, and presented highlights on the night. You can read more about what they did HERE.


It was a thoroughly enjoyable night and a great event. If only the weather could have been a bit better and I had been able to go for a bit of a hike in the hills! Ach well, no matter.


The next day, Monday, I returned to Oban via a sight-seeing drive along the banks of Loch Leven and Glencoe. Well, to be honest, there weren't a lot of sights to see, just more mountains shrouded in mist. For what it's  worth, here are a couple of photographs.

 Loch Leven


The Ice Factor, Kinlochleven. Climbers hone their ice-climbing skills on the facility's ice-wall.


Scary mountains.


A dead boot on the road, massacred at Glencoe. Not just a Tiree phenomenon, then!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

BACK FROM GLEN NEVIS #1

Never mind about being 'back', I'm just glad I got there in the first place! The crew of the Lord of the Isles somehow got me and my car squeezed on the ferry on Saturday evening, among all the cattle trucks and trailers. I got to Oban sometime after 10 o'clock and immediately drove up to Fort William where I'd booked a bed at the Glen Nevis Youth Hostel.
The night porter was expecting me and I was registered without any delay. In the dormitory I'd been allocated there were another ten guys. All sleeping. That's Youth Hostelling for you: whatever age, people tend to be there for a specific reason. It could be climbing, hiking or sight seeing but they tend not to be the raucous boozy type.

It was a wee bit awkward getting into bed. The lights were out in the dorm so I had to get undressed and clamber into my top bunk in almost complete darkness. I was absolutely exhausted but it took ages for me to fall sleep.

The next morning, after I had breakfast, I went outside and had a little wander about the vicinity of the hostel. It was a very overcast morning and the tops of many mountains were obscured. Nevertheless, I felt very lad to be here, listening to gentle run of the river and the bird song as I had a bit of a wander.

I was sorry to have missed last night's lecture at the Nevis Centre and I really didn't have anything planned until Sunday night's film show and award presentation to Jimmy Marshall. I had a bit of a drive up the Glen but there wasn't really much to see in the gloaming so I headed in to the town and had a bit of a wander in the morning drizzle.

In the afternoon I paid a visit to the Lochaber Leisure Centre and made use of a treadmill to keep up some training while away from Tiree. I was really impressed with the facilities and recommend it to anyone visiting Fort William.

Next time I'll tell you about Sunday evening and the Jimmy Marshall event. In the meantime here are some more pictures from that cloudy Sunday.

 

  

  

 

Saturday, February 13, 2010

TIREE MAN KILLED IN ROAD ACCIDENT

From The Press and Journal. CLICK HERE

OH NO!

I didn't realise the ferry was coming in an hour earlier, due to the cattle sale. I've missed my sailing! I'm hoping to get on the boat tonight, the special sailing taking the beasts off the island. Keep your fingers crossed for me! Unfortunately, whatever happens, I will miss tonight's lecture in Fort William. What a bummer!

TIREE IN THE NEWS #3: AN TIRISDEACH REPRINTS STATEMENT BY FACTOR

Please CLICK HERE to read the original statement by Andrew Montgomery, Argyll Estates Factor, on the subject of illegal sand extraction on the island.

OFF TO THE FORT/TWO TRADITIONAL BLACK HOUSES FOR SALE

Today begins my three-day pass and so I am heading up to the Fort William Mountain Festival. I always enjoy a visit to Lochaber but the added attraction of taking in a couple of lectures and films should be make for a perfect if solitary weekend.

Here's a cell-phone photograph taken on Thursday night. It shows me trying out some of my winter gear in anticipation of heading to the Festival.

On a different theme altogether, The Press and Journal has a story about two traditional 'black houses' which are for sale on the island. CLICK HERE

Friday, February 12, 2010

VIDEO: The Smith Brothers Complete First Series

I cannot think how to properly introduce this video. I stumbled across it the other day while looking at a Trail West performance. It features Iain and Bernie Smith messing about with a video camera when they were very much younger. All I can tell you is I laughed and laughed the first time I watched this. Maybe it's a Tiree thing, maybe you need to know the boys. Whatever, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

TIREE IN THE NEWS: #2

Here's another article published today, this time from The Daily Express: Oi! Get Off My Sand!

TIREE IN THE NEWS

The Isle of Tiree appears in several national newspapers today, the subject being 'the unlawful removal of tonnes of sand' from island beaches. You can read two of the reports by following these links:


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

TIREE WELCOMES NEW CONSTABLE


Tiree’s resident population increased by two recently with the arrival of Stephen Tanner and his partner, Lorna MacArthur.

Stephen has been appointed Tiree’s resident police officer, a position which has been unfilled since the departure of Kevin at the end of last year. READ MORE

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

DEAD THINGS ON THE BEACH

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Dead Fish

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Dead Seal

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Dead Shoe

Monday, February 08, 2010



Machinery enthusiasts will get a chance to learn about Harry Ferguson and the history of the Fergie tractor in a new TV documentary.




The show, which will be broadcast tonight (8 February) on BBC ALBA at 9pm, is titled The Wee Grey Fergie.
An accomplished pilot, engineer and salesman,Harry Ferguson revolutionised farming in the early 20th century by inventing a hydraulic system still found in tractors today. He's now so revered in his native Northern Ireland that his face now graces their £20 notes.
The show explores Ferguson's achievements through farmers and enthusiasts of the TE20 model.
Dòmhnall Meek, from Tiree, recalls how his Dad got a Ferguson TE20 in 1946 and everyone wanted to be photographed with it. "It was very special. It was an iron horse, friendly and loyal."

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

VIDEO: ARTIST FRANCES WALKER



A fascinating film featuring Frances Walker talking about her time living and working on Tiree and her involvement with An Turas.

Monday, February 01, 2010

VIDEO: SKERRYVORE PERFORM ON STV'S 'THE HOUR'

Skerryvore (which includes Tiree's Gillespie brothers) recently performed one of their songs from their forthcoming third album on STV's The Hour. Watch the video HERE

MONDAY - AGAIN?

Gordon Scott's 'daily blog' isn't living up to it's name. The blame for this I lay squarely at the feet of all the news feeds I'd set up to pull in news about Tiree appearing on the internet. The Google service, in particular, seems to have gone a bit loco. So, once again, you have to put up with some personal ramblings.

My training continues to go well. Once again seven days have gone by without imbibing alcohol and I've noticed a little weight loss as a result. That's two weeks. Sadly, in the same time period, I've discovered the wonderful taste of Cadbury's Twister bars, the result of which is that I haven't made as much progress in the fat-shedding process as I should have.

I've had contact from a couple of mates who want to join me in going up a Munro or two in the summer. As seems to be the case with most of my friends these days, these friends happen to be younger than I am. With this in mind, then,  I will get a few of the 3000 summits under my belt before I allow myself to be humiliated by these young whipper-snappers.

Last night I was back at Yoga for the first time in weeks. Yoga, when practised by a master, looks so graceful and effortless. Sometimes, I must admit, I struggle - mostly, I feel, because of my 'cushioning'. Again, this is something I'm working on.

The meditation aspect of our Yoga class is particularly rewarding. It's amazing what inner peace can be achieved simply by focussing on the 'now' and breathing properly, from the abdomen. The heart slows, inducing a sense of calm and well-being. Sometimes even time itself seems to stand still. I always come out of this part of the session feeling a bit 'blissed out'.

I've been carrying on with my recording sessions. This week I am working on Hamish Henderson's song The Freedom Come All Ye. I'm still finding my way with the new recording gear and that's why it's taking me so long to produce anything.

And on the subject of recording in the Man-Shed, the recent wild weather has revealed many, many leaks and draughts. To be fair, it's a large garden shed. The person who built  it never foresaw a mad man being in it in the dead of night trying to record music. Still, I really want to get the leaks taken care of before any lasting damage is done.