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Sunday, 30/Nov/2008

Islay Blogging Roundup #57

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St. Andrews Day in Scotland, Advent Sunday in many other places (well, in Scotland as well). A rather wet day where I live, but much better on Islay with at least some sunshine. With that let's move on to this week's Islay Blogging Roundup, what have the blogs been writing about Islay and Jura in the last week of November?

Let me start with the birdwatching this week: A BirdBlog from Merseyside has a great writeup of a visit to Islay for some birdwatching under Islay or bust - Graham Clarkson's trip report. Graham is RSPB warden in Marshside, I assume he also visited his colleagues on Islay?

Back in full flow after his return from holiday Ian has a lot to report on the Islay Birds blog. ‘Near misses’ with low flying Whooper Swans, the numbers from a SNH goose count and high numbers of Chaffinches.

John Islay Birder Armitage has a long writeup of his birdwatching holiday in Yorkshire, i.e. away from Islay.

Jeremy Hastings is busy in two places: On his own blog he asks the question Bird of the Day? and views the Geese Roost High Water. On Ron's blog he writes his Islay Wildlife Report - A Touch of Frost and Snow. On the same blog Teresa Morris writes Islay Seasonwatch - Cackling Goose.

Ron already gets into the Christmas spirit with a list of the Islay Christmas Fairs. Later in the week he revives a long neglected format: Islay News Roundup November 2008.

The Education Unconference I've mentioned a few weeks ago is picked up by Mister P in Living Geography: Education 2020. The organiser, IslayIan, hasn't been blogging, but he's been out taking pictures of Islay in November 2008.

Pictures? Of course there were pictures. Photogenic Scotland has two from Islay this week, The Paps of Jura in Cloud and Jazz on Islay. Mirko's journey also continues, having met Ardbeg distillery staff and enjoying the Ardbeg visitor centre he's now at Kildalton.

Last but not least the whisky: The Whisky Exchange Blog claims to have a Bruichladdich X4: Exclusive Picture while the Whiskyscape Society from Portugal reviews the Ardbeg Blasda.

The Bruichladdich Blog is confused about the tax changes: Duty Goes Up! Oh No It Doesn’t. No such confusion about Tasting Reviews with a few clear words. Tom at the The “Officially Unofficial” Bruichladdich Blog has a Huge Day and explains the basics of distillation.

The Subversive Puppet Show does a Scotch Review: The Isle of Jura Single Malt, but unfortunately is far from convinced.

I think that's about it for this week. The music playing while writing this entry was Ring Of Fire: The Legend Of Johnny Cash, the Islay single malt drunk while finishing it is a Bruichladdich Octomore. For the bigger picture I hand over to the Scottish Roundup (which is looking for helpers) and It’s the economy, stupid.

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