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Islay Blogging Roundup #200

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So there we are. The 200th Islay Blogging Roundup. It was a Sunday evening back in early September 2007 when it all started. Back then I wrote: ‘OK, I have no idea if and how this is going to work, but I'm going to give it a go anyway. Inspired by the Scottish Roundup [..] I thought I should give an Islay Blogging Roundup a try.’ Almost four and a half years later I'm still at it. Linking to other blogs (and other websites) is still what blogging is largely about in my eyes, so let's not waste much time and just get on with the Islay mentions in the blogs this week:

Back in 2007 I started with a blog from Romania writing about Laphroaig. I don't have that this week, but I do have a Norwegian (at least I think that's where Kirsti is from) blog writing about Feis lle – Islay Malt and Music festival 2012. Russian born (but now living in California via North West England) Anatoly writes Whiskey Trickles Into Russia’s Drinking Culture with an interesting mention of Islay (not to forget mentioning Russian whisky distilleries, something I hadn't heard of before. See, blogging can also be educational!).

Sticking to the whisky theme, Scotch Cinema reports of Lagavulin Spotted in “Friday the 13th” while the Whisky Critic writes his Islay Series #4: Ardbeg. Moving on to Islay's neigbour Jura the Water of Life Society from Edinburgh writes about Superstition and Prophecy. On the Bruichladdich Blog Mark Reynier writes Peat ≠ Islay and related to it clusterf%!k as the Whisky Advocate Award: Islay Single Malt of the Year goes to them for the Laddie Ten.

Ron writes about the Works in Port Ellen Islay - Ramsay Hall and Pier and brings an Islay Video - The Woman who ate a Cow. The Islay Energy Trust brings us an update on Renewables on Islay. On one of the RSPB blogs I found something about one of Islay's neighbours, An archaeological jewel: the fairy knowes of Oronsay writes Leianna.

Moving over to the schools and education: Vanessa has been busy with several interesting posts on her ExploreIslayandJura blog including Nearest Neighbor and My other job, Modern Studies/ RME/ Occasional Friday Debate. There was also various activity in The Big Room at Keills with a Big Schools Bird Watch Update and Sing, Dance and Play with Feis Oigridh. The Our Learning Blog from Port Ellen reports of their School Holiday/ Internet Saftey Day where they also invited their parents for the Internet safety information day P4/5. There was also an Update on Dinoland in P1/2 and how much money they raised with Denim for Diabetes.

Of course there was also some birdwatching and wildlife blogging: The Islay Birds blog reports of the ever reliable Fulmar forecast and a lot of rain as well as 8 Golden Eagles in a day. There's also the report from a visiting birder, now a regular feature of the blog. The Islay Natural History Trust blog announces two Geology Field Trips with Professor Alasdair Skelton in March and brings news of Scotland first to map 'Wild Land' - SNH (worth looking at the Islay and Jura maps). There were also more photos from Mark and Sally and an Otter - Niall Colthart.

As I've gotten used to now let me finish with the Islay pictures. Mark Unsworth's Image of the week shows where the Bowmore water source runs into Loch Indaal, he also answers the question whether To Grad or not to Grad. On his Islay Photography Gallery we find Un Titled and Bowmore Harbour. Ron has a Dawn over the Isle of Jura and a view of Bowmore Distillery. From my own Islay Pictures photoblog I think I'll go for Oronsay Priory seen from Bholsa, Fishing on Loch Gorm and of course the Night Sky at Kilchoman, Isle of Islay.

I think that's it for this week and the 200th Islay blogging roundup, hopefully I haven't missed too much. Of course there still has to be the reference to the already mentioned Scottish Roundup, this week with No singing in Parliament please, just in case you were thinking of it. And now it's time for a celebratory wee dram, I think it has to be a Laphroaig as that's what it all started with…

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