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Sunday, 18/Jan/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #64

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So there we are, a stormy weekend in the UK is coming to an end. I hope you enjoyed the Bowmore Islay Distillery Boiler Movie - Part 4 this morning, now it's time to take a look what the blogs have been writing about Islay and Jura during the last week. Keeping with the spirit of my Islay on Twitter post I will probably also include the odd mention of microblogging. Here we go, starting with the storm:

While most parts of the UK were hit by the storm in some way (it was fairly windy and we had some very strong rain even here in southern England) Islay was hit quite hard. I first noticed it in the IslayIT stream with a note about the shipping forecast. In the afternoon Brian was struggling home against the wind before it all really kicked off in the evening. Ron picked up the Met Office severe weather alert by which time islayian was long prepared for it all. James went out to take pictures of Bruichladdich and Port Charlotte pier: 1, 2 and 3. Ian's garden gate went missing and by the next morning it had started to calm down. Mark sent a few pictures of the Storm at Saligo Bay to Ron.

What's a good drink while sitting out a storm at home? A wee dram of Islay single malt. Quite a few blogs picked up on the Ardbeg Supernova: WhiskyNotes from Belgium, the Whiskyscape Society from Portugal, over in the US John Hansell picks it up, in the UK mentions it and Ron calls it Ardbeg's Stellar Explosion. Obviously the ardblog also has a mention of it.

The Bruichladdich Blog has a reminder of Oz & James on BBC2 on Tuesday, when they will visit Islay. Ron points out the Booming Scottish Whisky Business although the Times where the article mentioning Kilchoman appeared doesn't seem to have arrived at Web 2.0: The spelling mistake still hasn't been fixed as of writing this and Ron's comment hasn't appeared either.

Over in Germany writes about Seife mit Whisky (that's soap with whisky, obviously Islay's Spirited Soaps Company). He mentions two shops selling it in Germany, might be of interest to some of my German readers.

As I'm on the topic of Islay products let me move on to wool, or yarn (not sure what exactly the difference is?). The regular Islay visitor from needled is recommending, no endorsing is a better word here, Tormisdale croft in the best wee yarn shop in the world?

Pictures? You want pictures? OK, OK, I hear you. Dick Edie has a bunch of them on his photoblog, including Gruinart Bay, Islay and Who, where, when? (which is on Jura). I wish Ron would put a date on his photoblog so that I know when he posted them, although I do know that Ardbeg Distillery Islay was posted this week.

From my own pictures on the Islay Pictures Photoblog I think Afternoon Sun at Bowmore Distillery and Crossing the Girder Bridge at Proaig are this week's favourites.

How about a bit of education? The Education 2020 Wiki run by IslayIan has been picked up by the CIO Corner in the US under Great Websites!. Ian kicked off a discussion about Filtering, which led to the question Instant Or Filtered? on Neil Winton's blog. Not directly an Islay related post, but inspired by someone from Islay.

On the lighter side there's a post about Single-Malt Scotch Terriers: Islay on a blog called ‘Heart of Dogness’.

And last but by no means least the birdwatching: John Islay Birder Armitage is off on holiday while Jeremy Hastings returns with his Islay Nature Report 18 January on Ron's blog. Meaning the Islay Birds blog had to shoulder most of the burden during the week: Already on Monday the Fulmars forecasted this weekend's storm. During the week there were Goose count numbers and Sparrowhawks going hungry.

With that it's time to send you over to the Scottish Roundup and The truth, the whole truth… for the bigger picture. Or in other words, that was this week's Islay Blogging Roundup. Good night!

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