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Sunday, 22/Nov/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #99

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The moment has finally arrived, this will be the last Islay blogging roundup … with a double digit number. Next weekend the count will reach 100, therefore breaking into the three digits. But that's next week, for now back to this week. The week ended rather stormy with the ferry being turned away from Kennacraig and returning to Islay. Here's the Islay week in the blogs:

A stormy evening spent indoors in front of the fire might be a good time for some storytelling, here's The crowing of the black cock to start with. Related to stories is literacy, which nicely takes me to Bill Boyd, the Literacy Advisor, and his return to Islay.

Staying with education, media studies this time: Andy Wallis announced the Islay High School's FilmG entry, certainly something to watch over the next few weeks. I plan to blog about it as well once the entry is available on the FilmG website.

On Scotland 2009 (SV, KTM, Mini and Tiger) we find a few entries from an Islay visit, slightly confusingly starting with Part 2 begins. Then we move on to At Bowmore and Laphroaig…

Speaking of distilleries and therefore whisky, there were several Islay single malt postings I picked up last week: Greenville Avenue Wine is addicted to Ardbeg, a Hungarian whisky blog writes about Laphroaig Triplewood masodszor, and a Norwegian (I think) single malt blog covers the Kilchoman 3yo (cask 232 for LMdW). More generally Waitersfriend just writes about Scotland - Islay Malt while Whisky For Everyone have just tried the Bruichladdich Octomore 2.

I've already mentioned it in the Mid November Islay Whisky News, but on the Bruichladdich Blog you'll find information about the Children in Need - Port Ellen Cask End Auction.

Still whisky related Pease Pudding has the recipe for a Baked Islay Whisky Rhubarb with Custard. Over in the Netherlands Herman Willem enjoyed Een weekend in Leiden, where he had an Islay Ale served in his favourite pub during a whisky festival.

In other news (although kind of still on the whisky side) Jon Younger discovers Bruichladdich Secrets to a More Empowered Workforce. On the Islay Energy Trust blog Andy posted some excellent Tidal Project Frequently Asked Questions and news about Measuring Turbulence in the Sound of Islay.

Ron is still busy with the Islay ferry and points out the Ferry Service Review Recommends Just One Port For Each Island as well as announcing his Islay Ferry Name Poll Results. That's apart from highlighting that the Islay Bank Manager Replaced by Edinburgh Call Centre which resulted in Political Support for Islay Businesses. For Argyll also covers this issue extensively, among others in Mather in action on the Islay banking situation and supports suspension of HBOS action, McGrigor slams HBOS on Islay businesses left beached and Bank of Scotland statement on withdrawal of Islay Business Manager.

After all that excitement it's time for something calmer, like birdwatching. With Ian on holiday in not so sunny Dumfries James is holding the fort on the Islay Birds blog. There's a report of a Kingfisher as well as lots of Redwings and Snow Buntings. John Islay Birder Armitage ponders the future content and style of his blog after the first and second day of a Goose count.

Also (mostly) on the calmer side the pictures: My favourites on Mark's Islay Photography Gallery this week were Preparing to fly into the storm and Killinallan Beach 4 with the favourite the combination of title and picture in the short cut home? From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Rain Clearing from The Oa, Sailing Yacht Anchored in Kilnaughton Bay and Braigo Cliffs or Opera House Rocks, Isle of Islay.

I think that's it for this week, I hope I haven't missed too much of Islay in the blogs out there. As usual the reference to the Scottish Roundup, this week with Blogging births, deaths and marriages. Good night for now, thanks for reading all the way down to here!

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