A word from our local MSP Michael Russell

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Politics is show business for ugly people opined Texas Political consultant Bill Miller in 1991.  He was , I am sure, merely echoing the distaste for organised politics that exists across the world and which sees politicians as noisy combatants in someone else’s war.

But the reality of Scotland today is that our political discourse has come alive and is including for more than just politicians.   I am in the process of holding village meetings right across Argyll & Bute to ...

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FIRST PERSON

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Each month the Corncrake is going to invite someone with Colonsay connections to give us an insight into who they are and why they’re here.
First up, after a bit of persuasion, is Angela Skrimshire.
Most of my life before Colonsay was spent in the south of England.  I’ve lived here only in retirement, and never had to make a living on the island.  As the late Findlay MacFadyen once wisely told me (though not in these exact words) , ...

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A letter from our community owner neighbours of the Isle of Gigha

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Following on the Community Land Scotland report the Corncrake asked the convener of the Gigha Heritage Trust, community owners of the island just to the North of the Kintyre peninsula how they are getting on.
Gigha was purchased from the Horlicks Family in 2002 for nearly £4M from public funds and community loans.

Convener of the Isle of Gigha Heritage Trust Margaret McSporran takes up the story:

Charting Gighas’ Progress
Gighas’ oxygen; our first wind farm, Gighas’ dancing ladies, Faith Hope and ...

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Supreme sacrifice in memory of a dear friend

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Rangers-mad man about town Angus MacPhee is to make the ultimate sacrifice to raise money for the favourite cause of his recently departed friend Davy Sutherland.

Wee Davy organised the Poppy Ceilidh on Colonsay for many years raising thousands of pounds for the Earl Haig Fund – and Angus is determined this year’s ceilidh will raise more than ever.

“I have pledged to spend the whole of ceilidh day in July wearing a Celtic top – and to add insult to injury ...

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Stone Me What A Find!

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There is, just to the West side of the 18th green of the Isle of Colonsay Golf Course, a large stone lying between many a golfer and a satisfactory finish on the last hole of one of the world’s great machair courses. How to describe it – a nuisance? Out of place? It is neither. It seems the stone is a relic of Gaelic culture – alifting stone no less, or Clach Togalaich that has lain there, or thereabouts, since ...

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Seabird Tracking

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For the fifth year running the RSPB Seabird Tracking and Research (STAR) team has returned to Colonsay for the summer months. This year the team consists of Tessa Cole, who is well known to many residents after four seasons on the island and Ruth Brown, who is new to the project but has previously worked on seabird tracking studies in both Antarctica and Hawaii. Tessa and Ruth will be working at the seabird cliffs on the west coast of the ...

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New fire volunteers start their training

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Three new faces will be at Monday evening training sessions at the fire station as Fire Scotland increases it’s team on the island.

Phil “on the hill” Jones, Matthew “Cammy” Cameron and Scott “Del” Liddell are spending three successive weekends doing basic training on various aspects of fire fighting and rescue services.

A spokesman for the island station said the new recruits will eventually be able to take a full part in fire fighting duties on the island and in time will ...

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A major event to mark the centenary of the death of the first professor of Celtic studies at Edinburgh University, Colonsay born Donald MacKinnon, is taking place on the island this month.

The aim of the conference is to mark the 100th anniversary of Donald
MacKinnon’s death by looking at aspects of his illustrious life and work, and
shining a spotlight on the outstanding human and natural heritage of his
native island. It is hoped that, by celebrating Colonsay’s past, the ...

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Video test

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There is a moment in everyone’s life when they have the ultimate realization… an epiphany if you will. They realize that beyond everything that this world has to offer, beyond our lives, beyond our wars, beyond our loves, and beyond our hate, that there is so much more out there… Yes my friends it is the realization of insignificance. The moment when each of us realize how infinitesimally small we are in the grand design of the universe. In that ...

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Newsletter Test

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The Isle of Colonsay’s online community newsletter

Issue 266, February 2014.

Table of Contents

Articles

Community’s purchase of hotel falls through
Burns’ Night 2014
A tribute to Mrs Flora MacNeill
RSPB Report
2014 Colonsay Book Festival
McNeill ancestry enquiry
Isle of Colonsay Golf Club
Seal pups at Ardskenish

COMMUNITY HOTEL PURCHASE FALLS THROUGH

colonsay-hotel-saleThe Colonsay community has been preparing a bid to buy the hotel in Scalasaig for ...

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