Thursday, September 29, 2011


“Singing Far into the Night”
AN TALLA Wednesday 5th October at 7.30pm

A new play by Hamish MacDonald. Starting at a time of civil unrest – and the Mutiny at Invergordon – in 1931, and spanning three decades, this is the story of three ordinary people caught up in world-changing events. A profound and moving play about love, honour, courage and loss…based on real lives and real events in Scotland and Russia.
Suitable for youngsters aged 12 and over.
Tickets £9 and £7 on door.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Wave Classic 2011

The website for the 2011 staging of the Tiree Wave Classic is up and running. 2011 will mark the 25th anniversary of the event.  For more, click here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Hartwood Hospital 2011

I found this sad and fascinating wee film yesterday on YouTube. I started training to become a psychiatric nurse at Law and Hartwood Hospitals (in Lanarkshire) in the early 1980s. It was a vast institution. I think there were something like 1300 beds when I started working there. Times have changed and they've changed for the better.

I didn't have a long career in psychiatric nurse as such, leaving the field in the late 1980s to pursue a career in social work.

So, this is Hartwood Hospital as it looks today. Odd to think of myself as walking up and down these corridors, working in these wards, when all you can see now is desolation and ruin.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Grampaw's Finished

I wish I could take some credit for this. Jo did it over about two days. It seems a shame to take it to bits so I'm trying to figure a way to stick it to a board or something. It would look great hanging up in the Man Shed!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Grampaw Broon Update

This is all Jo's work. I just stare at the pieces. So far my contribution is two pieces.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Granpaw Broon's Gairdenin Shed

Saturday afternoon entertainment in the Scott household. It's come to this.

Joe In Ullapool

How nice it is to wake up and go out for a walk with Hector without being clad in waterproofs from head to toe. In fact, the sun is actually SHINING - okay, it's still a bit breezy but hey, you can't have everything.

I hope the weather in Ullapool is similarly favourable up in Ullapool where my good friend, Joe Kavanagh, is riding in the Ullapool Cyclosportive today.

Joe really is an inspiration. He's something like five years older than me but by grit and determination and a real commitment to training he's become a splendid long distance cyclist.

I was with Joe when we both took part in the Mull cyclosportive. I was undertrained and not really psychologically prepared for that one and Joe finished the 45 mile course something like an hour in front of me.

Today's extravaganza sees Joe (in his Team Tiree kit, no doubt) tackling a difficult 63 (I think) mile course which I could only dream about tackling at this point in time.

I've been away from the rest of the lads in the team due to a thigh/hip injury. I'm not sure if it's muscular or a stress injury. Every time I resolve to go see the Doctor I find some excuse and don't attend. What an idiot.
The good news is that I'm losing a bit of weight during my lay-off. I discovered a great motivational website at

You input your weight and your goal and get a recommended daily calorie intake. But what's really clever about the site is that you also get to input calories you've used through exercise. So, if you do a little treadmill run the calories you've used up are deducted from the calories you've taken in in the form of food.

It sounds like a simple idea and of course nothing can substitute for will-power. But here's a fact: in the first week of using this site to monitor my calorie input/output I lost 6lbs!

I'm hoping that by the time I get back into serious training with Team Tiree the weight I've lost will have an impact on my performance.

The fact that I'm 56 in December has no bearing on training or aspiration to be physically fit. You have to be sensible of course but the idea of sedentary life-style fills me with dread.

Just look at what Joe's doing!

So, best of luck Joe! I'm rooting for you and looking forward to popping down next week to get a bit of a debrief and learn how you got on.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hector and Connie

Once More Into The Breach

  Greetings from a wild, wet and windy Isle of Tiree. For those of you who have enjoyed coming here in the past I apologise: the only excuse I can offer is that I was just a wee bit fed up writing blogs, articles, websites, etc. As they say, a change is as good as a rest and I decided a rest from being online so much would be a relief.

  Back in 1999, when I started my first website about Tiree, there was very little in the way of information about Tiree on the web. Those were different times. Type 'Isle of Tiree' into Google and you might find yourself overwhelmed by the amount of information that is only a click away.

  An indication of just how far we've come is the fact that I'm typing this on my iPhone using a Bluetooth-connected keyboard. I didn't even dream of such things back in 1999.

  This blog was never intended to be a news portal. As the name suggests, it's just a place for personal reflections and anything else that comes to mind that I feel like sharing.

  Like a lot of other people I've been sucked into the social networking scene. If you were wondering where I was you only had to look me up on the Facebook to know that rumours of my demise had been greatly exaggerated.

  Winter is approaching and that seems like a suitable time to hook back up with the blog.

  Starting tomorrow there will be regular updates and features.

Sent from my iPhone