Song of the Month

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This month’s song suggestion came from Seumas McNeill (I know the word nepotism is coming to mind at this point but no one else submitted pictures or songs this month! – Ed). Seumas has been listening to a lot of Face the West recently, but actually recommended a different band – he suggests a song by Scottish folk super-group, North Sea Gas. The song is called ‘Fire in the Glen’.

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Water Pressure in Kilchattan

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Island residents will recall the catastrophic house-fire which occurred in December 2013 in the house occupied by Trevor and Yasmin Crowe.  One of the issues raised after the calamity was the weak water pressure in the area.  Neighbours expressed concern that, if a fire was to start in another house in the area, the low pressure would, once, again, hamper the valiant efforts of our fire-fighters.

Scottish Water have now written to local residents ...

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Letters, etc.

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Unicycle! – A full non-stop circuit of Colonsay by unicycle… has this been done before?! (OK, we own up, there was an ice cream stop at the shop). Uphill sections are hard work, but downhill is just as bad because there are no brakes and there is no option to freewheel. Three cheers to the group of German cyclists wDisplaying Colonsay 21 Aug 2015_0043 - Copy.jpgColonsay 21 ...</i></span></p><a class= Continue Reading →

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In Conclusion

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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 Caitlin McNeill and any comments will be welcomed if addressed to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk

As usual, it is not intended to be completely anodyne, but any errors or omissions are regretted, and anything seriously ...

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Note from the Editor

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Dear readers,

Bliadhna Mhath Ùr, Happy New Year and best wishes to you all.

In an unfortunate case of ‘too many balls in the air” you have been bereft of Corncrake for several months and the Editor would like to extend sincere apologies for this. As they say, however, we get by with a little help from our friends and we are most firmly back on track. A big thank you is due to ...

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The Great Colonsay Land Debate

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THE GREAT COLONSAY LAND DEBATE

Officials from the Mainland will soon travel to Colonsay, to make a presentation to a Public Meeting in the Hall, the topic being the issue of land and its ownership on the island.  This has come about due to discussions and developments firstly at a local and secondly at a national level.    

Locally, residents will be aware that their Colonsay Community Development Company have been ...

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In Conclusion

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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 Caitlin McNeill and any comments will be welcomed if addressed to caitlinmusic@hotmail.co.uk

As usual, it is not intended to be completely anodyne, but any errors or omissions are regretted, and anything seriously annoying ...

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Note from the Editor

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First I’d like to apologise for the absence of an August issue and explain that the reason for this is a rather last minute change in Editorship. We bid farewell to Kevin Byrne who has worked in recent times as ‘acting editor’ to keep our friends, home and away, up-to-date with the goings-on here on Colonsay. We hope that this may be a step towards him and Christa having time for some well-deserved relaxation. 

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Satellite Broadband

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Details of the GigaPlus Argyll scheme to provide guaranteed Broadband speeds of a minimum 15Mbps were circulated recently; hopefully this system will be in operation for Colonsay within two years.  In the meantime, Homefield has a speed which is frequently less than 1kps and which recently was reduced to zero for over a month; and the Service Point had no front-office Broadband from September until February.

So, as an experiment, a one-year contract with Satellite Internet was arranged for Homefield; the ...

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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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