Arran Singers and Friends Christmas concert

The Arran Singers and Friends are having a Christmas Concert in Whiting Bay Hall on Sunday 10th December at 2.30pm. Arran Singers also plan two concerts next year. The first is on Saturday 26th May 2018 at 7.30pm in the Lamlash Community Theatre, and then the same concert will be repeated at Lochranza hall on Saturday 2nd June …

Poem for December

From ‘The Pied Piper of Hamelin’by Robert Browning   At the first shrill notes of the pipe, I heard a noise as of scraping tripe, And putting apples, wondrous ripe, Into a cider-press’s gripe; And a moving away of pickle-tub boards, And a leaving ajar of conserve-cupboards, And a drawing of corks of train-oil-flasks, And …

Worse Climate Change in the Offing

Worse climate change in the offing The prospect of the Earth overheating dangerously has come closer, with scientists warning that worse climate change will soon affect the planet, according to Alex Kirby of the Climate News Network. The world has been given a stark warning by some of its leading scientists: there is much worse …

Suitable for Non-Vegans

I had thought for December a decadent suitable for non-vegan dessert would be appropriate but then perhaps there are too many dessert recipes doing the rounds at this time of year. So, lets go to the front of a menu and have a winter soup instead. Besides you can’t serve a dessert with crusty bread …

Book Review: Axel Munthe – The Road to San Michele by Bengt Jangfeldt

Axel Munthe: The Road to San Michele by Bengt Jangfeldt, reviewed by Alan Bellamy Arran residents, like the residents of all Scottish islands, know that you need to be a bit different, perhaps a bit of a ‘character’, to move to and live on a small and hilly island. “Axel Munthe: The Road to San …

Restaurant Review – Cail Bruich

Arranites who enjoy eating out in Glasgow will all have their favourite restaurants, and there are plenty of fine eating places to choose from, but for this reviewer there is no finer than Cail Bruich, a few doors down from the Oran Mor along the Great Western Road. I first met chef Chris Charalambous when …

What Are Our Regional MSPs For?

Perhaps like me you were aware of your regional MSPs but were actually quite sure what they were for? Now that I have written to them  all on a very contentious issue here on Arran I am even less clear as to what they are for. Paraphrasing the Scottish Parliament website we have 1 constituency …

Letters

Following last month’s Book Review, we received this letter which is published in full. Re: Book Review: Bart D. Ehrman: Whose Word Is It? A rather remarkable review appeared in the November ‘Voice’. It is remarkable for proclaiming, as if it has only just been discovered, a view of the Bible that goes back to …

And finally

The respected scientific journal Bioscience has in its November issue published a letter signed by 15,364 scientist signatories from 184 countries, headed “World Scientists’ Warning to Humanity: A Second Notice“. 25 years ago concerned professionals called on humankind to curtail environmental destruction and cautioned that “a great change in our stewardship of the Earth and …