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Sunday, 30/Mar/2008

Islay Blogging Roundup #29

Tired. Having spent most of the day sorting and packing things, then carrying them down and up two sets of stairs (Both flats, old and new, are on the second floor) I finally get round to sit down and quickly write this weeks Islay blogging roundup. At that rate I should be in good form for the Islay walking week in two weeks. But first the blogs, what have they been writing about Islay this week now gone?

Just a few days ago I mentioned evkulkova - Isle of Islay, Isle of Jura, you can read more in my Russian Visits to Islay, Jura and Colonsay entry.

Next I've got a Japanese blog, although I've got the impression that the author has lived in Leeds recently. I'm not sure when the visit to Islay took place, but the blog has several entries with pictures from Islay:

Looks like they used their time well and visited every single distillery. So let's stay with the whisky then:

Faerie Land: Whisky Of The Week declares this to be the Bunnahabhain 18yo as the most gentle Islay malt.

Product News: Laphroaig 30 Year Old Going Up in Price is what Burning Still has to report. Unfortunately it's well out of my price range in any case.

The Bruichladdich Blogs has a number of entries about the latest whisky regulation proposals (in particular the ‘blended malt’), including Clear as Mud, Say No to Blended Malt and Blended Malt Debate. Aside from the whisky there are also some Pier News.

The blended malt debate is also picked up by Takeshi Mogi in Japan who writes about it in Japanese. He send his readers to the Daily Record writing New Whisky Laws Are Rip Off For Public, Warns Boss.

Now the title of the next blog entry might sound a bit dodgy, but don't worry: Free Porn. I'm not entirely sure why he chose the title, what I do know is that there is a fantastic picture of Kilchoman Beach and Machir Bay. Looks like the old wreck is ‘reappearing’ a bit.

Tom has upgraded the ardblog (and it works) and poses a Kleines Islay-Rätsel (wee Islay riddle). He wants to know where the picture was taken and who sits on them. He's also looking for whisky recipes, because Schweizer können nicht kochen! (The Swiss can't cook!).

Ron reports on an Oxfam Shop to Auction Rare Islay Books and shows pictures of the Austin Seven Club Islay Tour (they visited Jura in 2004)

Let me close this week with the bird- and wildlife watching:

The Islay Birds blog shows the Golden Plovers and provides an update on sightings of a White tailed Sea Eagle. On Fri a Little Bunting was spotted, a first for Islay. Earlier in the week two pheasants got into a fight and a Lapwing posed for the photographer.

Jeremy Hasting in the meantime spots lots of Gannets and goes off to Texa. More from him in Ron's Islay Nature Report 12 - Gannets and Sunsets.

That's all for this week, I need to get to bed to rest my tired body. As usual the weekly reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Constitutional conversations, commissions and conferences. Fingers crossed that I find a way to post next week's roundup, as the phone and therefore broadband connection in my new flat won't be set up for another two weeks. I've got a plan how to bridge the gap though, which will hopefully allow me to continue Islay blogging...

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