Archive for November, 2014

Books of Colonsay Interest

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There has been an amazing flowering of literary talent in the recent past, and it would be too much to list everything.  Some works are by people with strong local connections, such as “Allan Ramsay: Portaits of the Enlightenment” by Mungo Campbell, Deputy Director of the Hunterian; “Dr. Lachlan Grant of Ballachulish: His life and Times” by Dr. Roderick Macleod and Dilly Emslie; “Cry at Midnight: Witchbane Trilogy Book 1” by Mavis Gulliver, former headmistress at Kilchattan – a thrilling ...

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Colonsay Community Council

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The most recent meeting was on October 7th and the main topic was the cost of freight.  Various residents had kindly provided information on charges levied and it was noted that, as usual, none of our freight forwarders had responded to requests for tariff sheets.  Contact was to be made with our public representatives and consideration was given to holding a Public Meeting, inviting Cllr. Robin Currie and an Oban Times representative to attend.  It was agreed that ours is ...

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Colonsay Community Development Company

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As a member of the public one attended part of the most recent meeting of CCDC.  As a novice one may have missed or misunderstood part of the proceedings, but it was certainly impressive to see about sixteen people were sufficiently interested to attend, whether as mere observers or as part of the Board and its team.  Perhaps 15% of the adult population, sadly something of a contrast with the average church attendance but doubtless a sign of the times.
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What Happened To The October Edition?

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Many of our readers will have noticed that the October edition appeared as usual and on time – and then it disappeared!  The background to the situation is that when The Corncrake was first started (the name being inspired by Dominic Cornford) it was hosted on the Colonsay Community Website and, by chance, that site belonged to the then incarnation of Colonsay Community Development Company.  It was a private initiative and the editor was left to his own devices, as ...

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Politics

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Sadly, no time or space for a proper contribution this month, but as a member of the public (and in the spirit of The Skibbereen Eagle) your correspondent did notice a suggestion by Ms. Sturgeon, prospective leader of the SNP, that any decision by the UK government to leave the EC should be predicated upon the prior assent of the electorates of the constituent components of that United Kingdom.  In other words, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales should all vote, ...

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Beached Whale

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A whale beached at Port Lobh recently and it seemed possible that it was an accidental stranding.  A very large number of people gave of their time to help keep it moist and as calm as possible; obviously expert advice was sought and followed throughout.  Because of tidal conditions the only hope of survival meant that it would have to be moved, a more difficult task than one might guess.  Joe used the Kiloran equipment with extraordinary dexterity and sensitivity ...

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Absent Friends – And Others!

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It is quite extraordinary to know that more than one million people in Canada alone have an ancestral link with Colonsay.  If you have a connection with the island, be it ever so distant, please know that it is appreciated and understood – you too are part of our community, even if you have to participate from a distance.  There are also many, many dear friends, regular visitors or true Colbhasaichs, who can only visit from time to time or ...

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SCAM ALERT

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At least one local business has been targeted – punter makes a booking from overseas, agrees the price and sends advance payment which covers the full rental plus an additional amount “to cover holiday spending”.  The payment is cleared into the victim’s account, who is then asked to forward the balance to a third party (hire-car, bank, whatever).  If he does so, he will find that the entire original sum has retrospectively disappeared.  Too good to be true?  Yes indeed.  ...

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Odds and Ends

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Rumour has it that there is the possibility of a newly-arriving family for Colonsay; Seamus is finding it hard to run both the farm and the port, so is standing aside for a replacement recruited from within CalMac (applications have now closed);  Colonsay Estate has plans to develop a new “woodlands policy” which will aim to protect existing ancient woodland, rejuvenate where necessary and explore additional opportunities (maybe Biomass?) – there is even the possibility of work for a wood-ranger;  ...

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