Monday, March 29, 2010

Music From The Shed #5 - The Subterraneans.

Recorded at The Shed, Cornaigmore, Isle of Tiree during March 2010. Inspired by a stoned conversation with friends, oh, perhaps 32 or 33 years ago, when we were playing music and talking about life and death. Although the song actually deals with a young girl who is scared by the thoughts of death AND life I think it finishes off on bitter-sweet but slightly more positive note.

The song has a late-70s/early 80s feel to it, which is what I actually intended.

On YouTube the sound quality won't be all that great. I'm hoping to have this and several other songs on sale in iTunes high quality within the next couple of months.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

TILLEY THE TIREE TURBINE IS TURNING!

News just in this morning is that the Tiree Wind Turbine - Tilley -  has been energised, is turning and generating power - and money - for the Isle of Tiree. After more than four years of hard work by the TREL board the turbine was switched on late afternoon Saturday. The official opening will be held on Saturday 24th April at 2pm. That evening a ceilidh dance will be held at An Talla to celebrate the opening.

HIGHLAND AIRWAYS GOES OUT OF BUSINESS

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Readers not living on Tiree should be assured that this story does not apply to the daily flights to and from the island by Loganair.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Sport Relief

Sunday 21st was Sport Relief Mile day. I was really surprised at the number of people who turned out to walk or run 1, 3 or 6 miles to raise money for good causes. In addition to my entry fee I managed to raise an extra £20 when I spotaneously offered to stand in front of the fire engine hose and get a right good soaking. I wasn't bothered - I'd just run three miles!

Thanks Will Wright for the photographs.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

TIREE HIGH SCHOOL 'CLOSURE' RUMOUR: A STATEMENT BY COUNCILLOR MARY-JEAN DEVON

"Further to the article in this week's Oban Times with regard to 'Tiree named on school closure draft', I am writing to allay the fears of the people of Tiree.

"Due to the difficult time every council in Scotland is facing various efficiency options. As far as Argyll and Bute Council is concerned no decisions, discussions, meetings or consultations have taken place regarding Tiree High School. As your elected member I can categorically assure you of this.

"The infrastructure of Oban High School and its Hostel could not accommodate the pupils of Tiree High School as you will have read recently in the press. The Oban Hostel has just undergone a major refurbishment which allows them to accommodate 104 pupils. They are nearly at capacity presently as is the roll of the High School.

"Please be assured if any discussions let alone decisions had been taken regarding Tiree High School I would have been in contact with the people of Tiree as they are the first to be consulted.

"Please do not hesitate to contact me regarding this matter or any other issues you have."

Councillor Mary-Jean Devon  01688 302792/07912 949073

Monday, March 08, 2010

SANBLAGGED

Good grief, now The Sun has got a hold of the great grain robbery. Glad to see they're treating it with their usual journalistic integrity.  CLICK HERE

Friday, March 05, 2010

IS IT NECESSARY FOR JETS TO FLY SO LOW OVER TIREE?

PLEASE NOTE THIS MEETING HAS BEEN  CANCELLED.

Only the other day, as I watched a jet go over our house, this very question popped into my head. Then, by coincidence, I saw a notice up on the notice board at MacLeod's shop announcing a forthcoming meeting on this very subject.

The Tiree S.W.R.I. have arranged for someone from the R.A.F. - a Squadron Leader, I think the notice said - to visit Tiree, give (I presume) a justification for the low flying and to answer questions at a public meeting.

The meeting will be held in the small hall of An Talla on Friday 26th March, beginning at 7:30 pm.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

FLYING WITH JULIE ANGELL

"Julie Angell is a pilot with a pretty unique job. She flies an 8 seater 'Islander' plane on Highland Airways' route from Oban to the small islands of Coll and Tiree in the Inner Hebrides. I was hired to photograph her activities on Monday for a day in the life feature they are doing on her in the Highland Airways inflight mag Aurora."  READ MORE AND VIEW PHOTOGRAPHS AND VIDEO BY COLIN J. CAMPBELL