Know Your Scottish Salmon

With the ongoing community campaigns against salmon farming expansion in Scotland, here is some useful information for consumers on Scottish Salmon certification from the Best Fishes website, a project set up by Fidra, an environmental charity based in East Lothian. Their aim is to help consumers make more sustainable decisions regarding the salmon we eat, by providing …

An Elegy

“Jean, my elder sister has died after a difficult six months for her and her children. At her funeral last week in Devon, Amanda, her eldest, my niece and goddaughter read the following poems. They are quite beautiful and profound for us all in our own lives, as we live each day.” Sally Campbell IF …

“Albatross” Film Review

Albatross by Sue Weaver COAST and TAP Arran got together to show this stunning film, by Chris Jordan, screened on 23rd June at the Arran High School. The film highlights the lives and deaths of the huge numbers of albatross breeding on Midway Island in the North Pacific. The film maker came to prominence when …

Poem for July

The Swallows’ Nest Shutters, broken, firewood, a rake, a wrought- iron bed, the torch-lit rafters of the lumber-room, you showing me one bird tucked in a home- made bracket of spittle and earth, while its mate slept perched on the rim, at an angle exact as a raised latch. by Kathleen Jamie Kathleen Jamie was …

Arran Folk Festival 2018 Review

Arran Folk Festival by Nickey Summer The sun shone down on a friendly bunch of musicians on Arran last weekend, as the annual Folk festival once again played out in Brodick. Open music sessions at the Douglas were packed with both musicians and listeners alike. Our very own ‘Uncle’ Keith Robertson was the MC adding his …