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Sunday, 07/Jun/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #82

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Running rather late today after creating my first time lapse video earlier. Something I wanted to try out before leaving for Islay next week as I'm considering making one or two from Islay. Ideas and suggestions for topics (sunsets are already on my list) are welcome. Also trying to follow the European Election 2009 coverage while writing this week's Islay Blogging roundup. That could be rather challenging. So without further ado to the roundup:

One of the reasons I'm going to Islay soon is the Education2020 Unconference. Andy Wallis, one of the organisers, has just written a blog entry about it, The Future is Almost Here. If you're using Twitter and interested in the unconference you might want to follow the edu2020 account. I suspect there will be a lot more by the end of the week.

The unconference will be closely followed by the Beach Rugby, something the Bruichladdich Blog writes about. But then they would, keeping in mind Bruichladdich is the main sponsor. There's also a nice entry about a Venerable Old Spirit.

The last roundup, the Islay Blogging Roundup #81 already contained a lot of links about blog entry for the Islay Festival. Quite a lot spilled over in to the following week as well, including writing about Day Eight, Day Nine and their friends at The Whisky Exchange Blog covering Day Ten: The Aftermath. Now that's far from all!

On the Edinburgh Whisky Blog we have guest blogger Paula with Paula on Islay: Day 2, Paula on Islay: Day 3 and Last Day on Islay - Boo! On the other hands the Whisky Boys have only just arrived (at least on their blog) with Islay Malt and Music Festival May 2009 - Day 1 | Whisky Boys. On the OOR ALBA BLOG we find Videos of events during 2009 Feis Ile. Even though the entry is titled Oban, Mull, Iona & Staffa we find quite a few pictures of Port Ellen and Islay on Rainer's last entry about Islay.

Quite a few people just wrote about their visits to Islay in general, some with references to the festival: On The Stodge Blog we find Wave, you are on Islay! Colin & Patti on their World Tour discover WHISKEY, chasing sheep and driving on the wrong side of the road! Cyclops Photoblog asks A Lama? On Islay? and shows the Stills of Laphroaig (among others, there are more Islay pictures on the blog). Notes from Samo just states: On Islay!

The OOR ALBA BLOG praises Iain Shaw after their Tour of Bunnahabhain while the Whisky Party writes about On becoming a Friend of Laphroaig. I believe he's not on Islay just now, but the Whisky Guy says Caol Ila Is Islay’s Big Little Secret.

The Whiskyscape Society reviews the Laphroaig 18 Years Old (OB-48%). Single Malt Islay Scotch Whisky. Kind of via JOURNEY’S BLEND on The Scotch Blog I've found Journey's Blend, I hope there will be more about their visit to Kilchoman at some point.

Then the birdwatching: Let me start with a visiting birder, Reg the Birder writes The Boys Are Back In Town [Part 1 of 3] and The Boys Are Back In Town [Part 2 of 3]. Part 3 of 3 still to follow. Gordon Yates, a regular Islay visitor, writes about the Trials Of Photography (on Islay in this case). Closer to home the Islay Birds blog has news of a Corncrake tally of 55 and various interesting bird of prey sightings. Also news of the wildflowers coming out. Have You Spotted The Painted Lady? asks Teresa Morris on Ron's Islay Weblog.

On Elliott's Islay Shipping blog we find a few more nice pictures of the P.S Waverley during her visit to Port Ellen. The M.V Saga Ruby passes through the Sound of Islay. That's where the good news end, as there are problems with the M.V Eilean Dhiura who has been towed to the Clyde after suffering engine problems. As The Herald reports Jura could now be cut off for a week, something Ron picks up in his Jura blog.

That leaves the pictures.

It looks like it's time to say good bye to Mirko Herzner, his visit to Islay is really coming to an end now: Long way home (9): Last view seems to be the last picture he's going to post from it. So enjoy the view of the Spray and the fishermen in Port Ellen.

On Mark's Islay Photography Gallery my favourites were the Bridge over the Sorn and the Reflections on Texa. Ron has a picture of The Ard Port Ellen while on my own Islay Pictures photoblog my favourites this week were Laphroaig Distillery in 1999 and Dunyvaig Castle, Texa and Lagavulin Bay in 1999.

With that I'll finish for today, as usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with “I wasted time and now doth time waste me…” Please note the roundup will probably take a break for a week or two now, as it's unlikely I'll write one during my upcoming holidays. Rest assured it will be back upon my return though.

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