It is Election Time…Time to VOTE!

By Sally Campbell Featured image shows the author’s mother Doris aged 8, her sister Beryl aged 4 and Grandmother Gertrude Offer, in 1920 When I was eight and walking from the shops with my grandmother, she told me I must always vote. It must have been around the time of the 1950 general election. She …

After the Pandemic, We Can’t Go Back to Sleep

In an essay written shortly before his untimely death last year, anthropologist and activist David Graeber argued that post-pandemic, we can’t slip back into a reality where the way our society is organized – serving a handful of rich people while debasing the vast majority — is seen as sensible or reasonable. With the upcoming …

Green Jobs in Scotland

By Francis Stewart, published in Bella Caledonia 23rd April 2021 Our strategy to tackle climate change could line the pockets of the rich or it could benefit the majority. It’s all about political choices – including the choice about Scotland’s constitutional future. Last week it was announced that 290 renewable energy jobs will be created …

The new Arran Arts Heritage Trail is launched

Last month saw the launch of the new Arran Arts Heritage Trail, a project initiated by the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust and which has taken shape over the last year through the research and development of an Arts Heritage Trail project team, with the help of many other individuals both island and non-island based. …

International Dawn Chorus Day 2nd May

Set your alarm and celebrate the dawn chorus, one of nature’s most uplifting wonders The Wildlife Trust is here to tell us about International Dawn Chorus Day on Sunday and the birds you can listen out for, with links to their song. A celebration of nature’s symphony Taking place on the first Sunday of May, …

A Fiddler’s Tale

By Alice Maxwell, Isle of Arran, 20th April 2021 The violin is a most democratic instrument and since its appearance in the 16th century it has remained wonderfully oblivious to social boundaries. It has graced the music of common folk, gypsies, the church and the aristocracy and its versatility perfectly suits widely differing musical styles …

Alternative Marriage Ceremonies Anyone?

By Debbie Merritt – Independent Marriage, Family and Funeral Celebrant Approved Celebrant with National Records of Scotland Member of the Fellowship of Professional Celebrants Registered Celebrant with the Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids Hello! I’ve been working as a Celebrant for nearly 20 years, and moved to this beautiful island in August 2019, from …

The “Arranology” Project

The Arranology Project is a new initiative that has evolved through the collaboration between several of the island’s community organisations and ‘–ology’ experts. It brings together their knowledge and love for the different aspects of the island‘s natural and social history – geology, archaeology and ecology, in an accessible form for both visitors and residents. …

The new ArranOnline app is launched

Arran Online re-launches with a free app for islanders and visitors Arran is about to be online as never before. A new website and App have been built and populated with local businesses, including places to stay, eat and drink, things to see and do — even showing the location of all the island’s bus …

Seaspiracy

SEASPIRACY Netflix 2hrs 20 minutes Article by Sally Campbell Featured image shows: The world’s second largest factory fishing trawler, the Lithuanian FV Margiris, was among 25 supertrawlers fishing in protected UK waters in 2020. Photograph: Greenpeace/PA Seaspiracy is a 2021 documentary film about the environmental impact of fishing, directed by and starring Ali Tabrizi, a …