Thursday, June 01, 2006

An Turas Royal Mail Stamp/BBC Gaelic Audio Online

Tiree’s An Turas has been chosen as one of six iconic post-millennium buildings to feature on a set of Royal Mail stamps.

An Turas means 'The Journey'. The structure is designed as a 'shelter' for those intending to board the island ferry but it is obviously much more than just that.

The 2003 Scottish Building of the Year allows visitors to explore different ways of looking at the natural and built environments on Tiree.

An Turas opened in 2003. It was commissioned by Tiree Arts Enterprise and sponsored by the Scottish Arts Council.

The intention was to design a shelter which is also a sculpture that stimulates public imagination by evoking the sensations of the island. The shelter takes the form of a tunnel and has been described variously as bizarrely unusual and an outstanding example piece of modern architecture.

Did you know that not only can you listen to Radio Nan Gaidheal and Radio Scotland live wherever you are in the world but you can also ‘listen again’ to a whole host of programmes which have already been broadcast? Perennial favourites such as Grace Notes, The Reel Blend and Take The Floor are among the programmes available.

When you click on the link for the following links or the player will open and begin streaming live content. However, you will see that there are also screeds of great programmes available on demand.

In fact from either of these players you can navigate to all the BBC radio stations including the much valued BBC World Service and Radio Five Live.

Pròiseact Thiriodh - - is still online and contains a treasure trove of archived Tiree audio. If you go to the site and put in a seach for ‘music’ you will be amazed at the wealth of material to be had at the click of your mouse.

By way of a taster select this link to hear Murray and Gordon Omand and Gordon Connell performing at The Scarinish Hotel in 1978.


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