The General Election

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Queen Elizabeth I kindly remarked “We have quite forgot the fart” to put at ease the courtier returning from some years in the wilderness.  Let us hope that the electorate can say as much, concerning the Moat, the Duck House, the Cash for Questions, the Iraq War, Weapons of Mass Destruction, the Banking Crisis.  After all, they all of them mean well and in every case could claim our mandate!  A big turnout will show that we have quite forgot.

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The Ferry Debacle

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As readers will be aware, there was considerable surprise and disappointment when the Good Friday ferry turned back, hugging the Mull shore in a northwesterly blow and encountering Force 9 conditions.  It would have been less surprising if the Hebridean Princess was not known to be making a good passage from Colonsay to Oban at the same time, pushing against the wind, but rather closer to the Garvellochs and encountering Force 7 conditions, which were also being observed in Colonsay.  ...

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The Air Service

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Residents were shocked to discover that our air-service is about to be suspended sine diem.  It will be remembered that Argyll & Bute overcame enormous odds to establish CAA approved aerodromes at Colonsay and Coll, apparently in the face of outrageous and unjustifiable sniping from private vested interests elsewhere.  The then obtained EU funding to support a scheduled air-service, a major benefit of which being to permit High School students to get home for the weekends.  The original carrier unfortunately ...

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MacPhee Bagging

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On Monday 4th, there was a great turnout for a tour of all of Colonsay’s 300ft peaks (the MacPhees), a 20 mile sponsored circuit in aid of Educational Travel for students at the primary school.  The pupils themselves were out in force – and did extremely well, completing all three of the initial peaks.  Rosie was the first to reach the summit of Carnan Eoin, possibly because she followed the path whilst Felix decided it would be more exciting and ...

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The Direction Plate

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Readers may have seen a notice, still online together with a picture : MISSING: This important and valuable bronze direction plate disappeared from Beinn a’ Gudairean between September 8th and Christmas 2011; if you can help trace it, please get in touch.  The police investigation remains open, Case Ref: LB01220612 and they will welcome information…. A reward of £1,000 can be paid to whoever can find it and get it safely returned… no questions asked.

 

Incredibly, after hours of fruitless searching ...

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Colonsay Festival of Spring

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What a triumph! It is still in full flow and perhaps we could ask for a report afterwards? Events to date have been heavily subscribed, comments and feedback are wonderful.  Casual observation saw a queue of cars from Kiloran farmhouse to the Old Hall, suggesting that William Joll had a good turnout for bread-making;  on the night of May 4th, so many people turned up for the talk by Tannis on McNeill history that the room was completely filled and ...

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Colonsay Book Festival

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Your correspondent attended this year’s festival – no longer being precluded by actually being employed elsewhere – and enjoyed it immensely, has already booked for next year! Details of 2016 events will be found at http://www.colonsaybookfestival.org.uk/festival/ 
Unfortunately there is no time to do justice to the event in this mini-edition of The Corncrake, and I do apologise.  Basically the format consisted of one-hour slots in which each author gave a presentation (riveting in every case) followed ...

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Hazel Rose

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Hazel is one of 3 finalist for “Graduates In The Spotlight” competition! This is through Nude Jewellery which is a gallery in Mayfair London. If she wins she gets the opportunity to show her jewellery in the gallery and get lots of publicity. Winning relies upon getting the most votes so if anyone would like to do this follow this link or go to the Nude Jewellery website and go onto the blog.  It requires logging in first using either ...

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Marine Harvest

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We gather that there are a number of Colonsay applicants for the twelve positions on offer, and that at least one person has been for induction training – which was apparently stimulating and encouraging.  The company has applied for permanent moorings  and for permission to build a suitable shore-based facility.  Things are looking good – this is a world-leading company with excellent credentials and a commitment to the very highest of operational standards.  It is not the Colonsay way to ...

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Magazine

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Letters etc.
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In Conclusion
The Corncrake is published to keep all our friends in touch with life on the island and invites contributions.  Brief genealogical and related queries are also welcome from Colbhasachs overseas, as are obituaries and family traditions relating to Colonsay emigrants.  The current edition was  produced Kevin Byrne, as a temporary editor, and any comments will be welcomed if addressed to byrne@colonsay.org.uk  As usual, it is not intended to be completely anodyne, but any errors ...

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