The loss of the Nancy Glen – Marine News from John Kinsman

Marine News from John Kinsman Coastwatch Officer Over £140,000 has so far been raised to help locate the bodies of two missing fishermen who are feared dead in the Nancy Glen tragedy last month. The appeal aims to salvage the stricken 40ft trawler and pay for funeral costs for crew members Duncan MacDougal and Przemek …

Josephine Broekhuizen – Solo Exhibition in Glasgow

“There is an infinite creative force in nature which I find perfect and beautiful and it inspires me to be creative  myself and use its visual elements for my own story. “ Josephine Broekhuizen’s subjects range widely from still life to landscape-based and figurative paintings, they form a visual diary of her daily life and …

Poem for February

I’m Nobody! Who are you?by Emily Dickinson  I’m nobody !   Who are you ? Are you nobody, too ? Then there ’s a pair of us — don’t tell ! They ’d banish us, you know.   How dreary to be somebody ! How public, like a frog To tell your name the livelong day …

Book Review – Chernobyl Prayer

Chernobyl Prayer A Chronicle of the Future Svetlana Alexievich, Penguin On 26 April 1986, reactor number four at the Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, then part of the Soviet Union, exploded and released 50m curies of radiation into the atmosphere, 70% of it falling on Belarus, but with plenty to spare for other countries not …

Cheap renewables undercut nuclear power

Cheap renewables undercut nuclear power by Paul Brown of the Climate News Network The technology advances and plunging costs of cheap renewables make base load nuclear power redundant, and cheap renewables are mounting a serious challenge to nuclear power, which in 2017 has had a difficult year. Key projects have been abandoned, costs are rising, …

Arran’s Infrastructure – A History

Arran A resident…. 19 January 2018 Arran Infrastructure In the beginning was the Firth of Clyde. An island appeared alongside Kintyre to form Kilbrannan Sound, uninhabited, it just popped up from the earth’s core. A hairy, skin-clad creature floated over on a log with his family and took up residence. He announced himself as the King of a …

Let Sleeping Otters Lie

One of our readers writes: Whilst out on a walk one of my dogs raised her head and set off to see what was at the end of the sniff – and there it was. I managed to get 5 pictures in total and the otter slumbered throughout. It did wake up after about 5 …