Thursday, November 22, 2007

Radio Dallas

November 22nd.  Again.  I will never forget where I was, what I was doing, as well as the aftermath of November 22nd 1963.  My family mourned.  You can hear my commemoration of the assassination of President Kennedy here on a track entitled Radio Dallas.

Joanne Home

Hi folks.  Here's just a couple of lines from to confirm that Joanne got home from hospital yesterday.  She's doing really well, taking it easy and I'm doing all I can to pamper her.  Things here at the blog should be back to normal soon.  Thanks for putting up with the erratic posts.

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Monday, November 19, 2007


As some of you may know, Joanne, my wife, was evacuated by air ambulance on Saturday afternoon.  This post is just to say that she is comfortable in hospital.  Joanne is undergoing various examinations and there will be a small operation on Tuesday.  Remarkably, she expects to back on Tiree before the end of the week. 

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Monday, November 12, 2007

Video: Cornaig Beach

A short video taken this morning during a walk along 'my' beach.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Celebrating Tiree's Football Legend


There's a great wee article in today's Belfast Telegraph about Tiree's John Archie MacKenzie.  Johnny, now 81, has recently been inducted into Partick Thistle's Hall of Fame.  In addition to playing for The Jags Johnny also played with Dumbarton, Derry City and, as the photograph proudly shows, Scotland's national side.  You can read more about Johnny, a truly lovely guy,  here

Monday, November 05, 2007

Supermum/Flying Surf Boards/Failing Concrakes

Yesterday (Sunday): the New York City Marathon. The women's race was won by the UK's Paula Radcliffe, running her first marathon since the birth of her daughter, Isla, 10 months ago. What a sensational race it was too. Apart from about three seconds, when the Ethiopian runner who more or less drafted her from the beginning tried to overtake, Paula led from start to finish. She is truly one of my athletic heroes. Recently, I ran a half marathon, completing the 13.1 miles in 2:46. Yesterday, Paula Radcliffe ran twice the distance in 2:23.

I hear today that British Airways are about to ban surf boards from their planes. They just take up too much room, it seems. Probably The Scotsman article is rather over the top: to suggest that events on Tiree would be threatened by this proposed ruling is not true. Most of the folks who come to surf on Tiree bring their gear by car or van. I imagine this is the same for Thurso. Still, it may be a real problem for a few people. We'll just have to wait and see. (UPDATE 8th NOVEMBER: See 'comments', below.)

The poor wee Corncrakes are struggling again, apparently. Or are they? This article seems to suggests that livestock farming on the islands and elsewhere is in decline and this has a knock-on effect to the environment in which the birds prosper. But towards the end of the article we learn that the number of birds is increasing. Confusing. (The 'readers' comments' at the bottom of the page are quite amusing.) Tags: , , ,