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Monday, 16/Jun/2008

Islay Blogging Roundup #37

Playing around with video yesterday afternoon and researching digital video cameras took a bit longer than I thought, leaving not enough time for the Islay Blogging Roundup yesterday. Having tentatively settled for a Canon HG10 (Review) I can now return to Islay blogging and the review of what the blogs have been writing about Islay, Jura and Colonsay over the last week or so:

Let me start with Islay High School this week, in the blogs for two reasons. IslayIan reports that Islay Wins at the Scottish Education Awards. He only touches briefly on the ICT Open Day so far, despite him having organised it. Not to worry, his fellow edubloggers come to the rescue (and his praise):

The first report comes from John @ Sandaig Primary writing about the Islay High Open Day. Next was Ewan McIntosh with two blogs entries, a short entry on edublogs: Islay's Sky High Ambition followed up by a very detailed report on the Connected Blog: Islay High’s skyhigh ambition. Last but not least there's Doug Semple (aka ICTMaverick) writing Islay High, a school of ambition. I wouldn't be surprised if there's more to come.

Where to go next from all this praise? How about a bit of sailing? OK, here's a Spanish or Portuguese (any of my readers who can help me out here?) blog writing Cruceros Glenans: Port Ellen en la isla de Islay, a visit to Port Ellen by sailing boat. Then there's the Grand Slam (that's the name of the boat), sailing from Dunstaffnage to Jura and after an unfortunately short stop in Port Ellen continuing from Islay to Rathlin Island.

Now, Islay Single Malt Whisky. The big upcoming event is casting its shadow, I mentioned it myself in 12/Jun/2008: Live from Islay - Laphroaig Live 2008. A lot of other blogs also take it up:

In other whisky news the whisky lounge say ‘As If We Needed Another Reason to Pay Attention to Islay’, writing about the Spot The Barrel competition. The WhiskyScape Society reviews Caol Ila 12 Years Old - Mais um de Islay!!! And on the slightly odd side the German TheWhiskyBlog reports about a boy named Laphroaig (that's the scan of the birth certificate you can see in the entry).

The Bruichladdich Blog is back, highlights include Raindrops: Keep Falling (or not, actually) and raising the question What’s in it for Scotland (I believe more than he thinks). Not to forget the Le Mans Coverage, where the Bruichladdich Radical competed in the Le Mans 24 (need to read up on how they did...)

That's enough whisky, on to the bird- and wildlife:

Gordon Yates writes All Good Things Come To An End after a five week stay on Islay, filming and photographing the wildlife on Islay.

Ian of the Islay Birds blog is the Paisley correspondent again at the moment (All the best, fingers crossed all goes to plan!). His deputy reports of lots of fledged young starting to appear. Before he left Ian and his contributors reported a Red-necked Phalarope and 3 killer whales. But will there be any Magpie reports coming?

The Islay Birder aka John Armitage also reports of various youngsters. Not only interested in birds he also writes about National Moth Night and his contribution to it. Sad news yesterday as it seems that the Golden Eagles have lost their youngster.

Ron has the Islay Nature & Wildlife Report 23 including Jeremy Hastings update from Islay Birding News. On his own blog Jeremy reports of Arctic Tern under a grey sky and Gorm Scoter.

Tom of the ardblog writes about his experiences with some rather unpleasant wildlife on Islay, Menschenfresser auf Islay (Man eaters on Islay). Some people also call them midges.

Ron reports about a number of new Islay website, some you might find interesting. He also wonders about the high price of the Oban to Colonsay flight. Having seen a plane land on the tiny airstrip earlier this year I think I prefer the ferry.

And that's all I have for this week. As usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Bloggers united, Irish divided and David Davis out on a limb... Enough blogging, I'm off to bed. More Islay blogging tomorrow.

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