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Monday, 02/Mar/2009

Islay Blogging Roundup #70

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If you were looking for the latest Islay Blogging Roundup here last night you probably were disappointed. For the simple reason that there wasn't any new roundup to be found. The reason for that again unfortunately was outside of my control: After completing the Waterside Series Canoe Race Passes Aldermaston Wharf entry for my other blog I went to upload it to my server, only to find out that I couldn't. Technical problems at my webhoster meant that like hundreds of others I couldn't access the server to upload any new files (Read access was still working). Some time this morning the problem was resolved, so here's the latest from the blogs and Twitter about Islay, Jura and Colonsay:

New Developments – Take One is the title of a rare entry in the Islay ICT blog. Great news from Andy and Ian at Islay High School about what's happening there, despite some disappointment elsewhere. Some good competition as well as inspiration is pointed out for the kids. On a related note the Education2020 Unconference keeps growing, with travel arrangements being discussed and lifts being looked for. See also the Living Geography blog entry Education 2020.

From schools and education on to birdwatching and wildlife:

The Islay Birds blog has news about the next generation birders and a picture of a Mute Swan defending its patch against two Whooper Swans. Catherine provided the numbers from count at Loch Gruinart while Ian had the rainfall for February.

The Greenland White-fronted Goose conference provided some mixed reactions: Ian learning about their concentration in Scotland and Ireland, the Hebrides Today blog giving some general coverage, John Armitage commenting on why he thinks it's worth supporting them and Jeremy being rather critical and questioning the point of conferences like this.

John Islay Birder Armitage completed the BTO Atlas survey work on Jura and notices bird movement on his bird feeders. Gordon Yates provided another update from his visit to Islay with Roe Deer At Dawn. Jeremy writes about an excursion to the mainland and being one with nature.

That's enough birds, on to the whisky and beer: sets up the Supernova against the Octomore in the Rumble in the Jungle! (well... Penge actually...) No, I'm not giving away the winner, you'll have to read that yourself. The Malt Mission 2009 #337 takes us to Bunnahabhain while the Drinkhacker reviews Four New Bruichladdich Scotch Expressions. Aru Online is impressed by one of the coolest product loyalty promotions ever, the Friends of Laphroaig.

The Bruichladdich Blog presents the 2009 Line Up and reports of a Mill Mess. Coals to Newcastle describes an interesting anecdote, be careful with presents in the whisky industry. Bruichladdich “DNA” - Maybe the Rarest Bruichladdich is Tom's entry on the “Officially Unofficial” Bruichladdich Blog.

Tom of the ardblog picks up on the news that you can now be Wedded to the Laddie and if you understand German you can read his thought about advantages and disadvantages of a wedding at Bruichladdich. In Whisky-Fälscher-Unterstützung he brings up the issue of empty bottles being sold on eBay, in this case openly being offered to fakers.

Now how about this for travelling far for your whisky? Two guys from Finland travel to New Zealand where the visit DramFest '09 to enjoy whisky including several Islay Malts... And the Colonsay Brewery writes that Festival Fun Looms Again.

Pictures? Do I hear you asking for pictures? Of course there are pictures!

On Islay Sea Shipping Elliott has several ships to report on: The M.V LYS- SKOG passes Port Askaig and the M.V Shetland Trader left for Belfast. The M.V Hebridean Princess visited Port Ellen and makes me wonder if she has been repainted: Has the blue always been this light? In my memory I believed her to be darker? Or is my memory deceiving me?

Photogenic Scotland has a Cloudy Sun over Machir Bay - Islay and West Loch Tarbet from Kennacraig. As I forgot them last week, there's also Port Ellen Sunrise and a brilliant Island Sunset.

Mirko Herzner visited the Islay Woollen Mill after completing his visit to Bowmore Distillery with its reflecting stills and Iain Banks wisdom.

While away on holiday Mark Unsworth left us with a nice series on his Islay Photography Gallery: The series of pictures of the Paps of Jura kicks off here. Among my favourites from the series are Ben Shianti 2, Isle of Jura and Ben Shianti Reflections.

On my own Islay Pictures photoblog I've just kicked off an Islay distillery picture week, but I think my favourites last week were McArthur's Head Lighthouse from the Ferry and Sunset at Saligo Bay (2), Isle of Islay.

In other news Ron should by now have arrived for a week on Islay. Over in Japan Takeshi Mogi has translated The Ileach No8 into Japanese.

I think that's it for this week. Apologies for the delay, I hope it was worth the wait. As usual the link to the (on time) Scottish Roundup, this week with … But will he have the temerity to also claim his free bus pass? Good night for now!

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