Corrie’s Art Competition

Corrie’s Art Competition By Jean Bowden When Tier 4 Lockdown arrived, pens, pencils and paints began busily turning out some very imaginative ‘masterpieces ‘ from all over the country, depicting favourite parts of Scotland, visited by Arran’s favourite wee dog – Corrie. The books of Corrie’s adventures written by her owner, Alison Page, are sold …

The 11th Commando – part 6

11th Commando Black Hackle – Part 6 In the final part of his history on the 11th Commando, Jim Henderson takes a closer look at a couple of the soldiers whose lives were closely linked to Arran, and the missions they took part in during the 2nd World War. Marshall, Walters and Burma Walter Marshall …

Modern politics and communities as pawns of politicians’ whims

MODERN POLITICS AND COMMUNITIES AS PAWNS OF POLITICIANS’ WHIMS By Sally Campbell This has already been a momentous year following the Scottish Creel Fishermen’s Federation (SCFF) formation 8 years ago and the year 2021 is only 4 weeks in. The preparations for Brexit, since live transport of shellfish products to mainland Europe are the main …

History repeating itself?

Sent in from Mo khan January 2021. Dippen house caravan, Dippen, Isle of Arran Proof positive that current world events are not as unprecedented as many would suppose.     Histories (Latin: Historiae) is a Roman historical chronicle by Tacitus. Written c. 100–110, it covers c. 69–96, a period which includes the Year of Four …

The Gal-Gael Peoples of Scotland

The following poem by Alistair McIntosh was sent to us by Voice reader Christina McQuarrel. For the full transcript with associated notes please see here. The M77 Motorway Protest in Glasgow during the 1990s is reminiscent of the current protest against the HS2 High Speed Rail construction and can be seen as another example of …

ShantyTok

ShantyTok: is the sugar and rum line in Wellerman a reference to slavery? By Dr Adrian York, Senior Lecturer in Commercial Music Performance, University of Westminster, writing in The Conversation on January 21st 2021. Featured image shows fishermen singing a sea shanty, circa 1870.Credit: Hulton Archive/Getty Images Amid the global media coverage of the pandemic …

Salt Harvesting

Salt harvesting: Turning sea water into ‘white gold’ in a Fife village By Angie Brown, 9th January 2021 from the BBC Each month John Kinsman from St Monan’s Coastwatch sends in the Marine News from east Fife to the Voice for Arran. Now another local from the area is reviving an industry from the past, …

Marine News

Marine News Sent in by JOHN KINSMAN Salmon season gloom due to lockdown The pandemic has cast it’s shadow over the opening of the salmon angling season on the RiverTay on January 15th. Due to lockdown rules few anglers were on the river hoping to catch the most prized fishing the season. Many of the …

Recipe for February

RECIPE SENT IN FROM ANNE KINSMAN Tomato and Green Bean Salad Ingredients: 250g (8oz) baby red tomatoes (plum if possible) 250g (8oz) thin green beans, top and tailed Handful of fresh mint, chopped 1 garlic clove, crushed 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar Salt and pepper Method: 1. Cut the tomatoes …

A February poem

For one who is exhausted, a blessing When the rhythm of the heart becomes hectic, Time takes on the strain until it breaks; Then all the unattended stress falls in On the mind like an endless, increasing weight. The light in the mind becomes dim. Things you could take in your stride before Now become …