Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change the Earth’s trajectory

Coronavirus is a ‘sliding doors’ moment. What we do now could change Earth’s trajectory. Originally published in The Conversation, May 19, 2020 The numbers of people cycling and walking in public spaces during COVID-19 has skyrocketed. Cities from Bogota to Berlin and Vancouver have expanded bike lanes and public paths to accommodate the extra cycling …

Further action needed even as furlough extended

By Patricia Gibson, MP for North Ayrshire and Arran Two months have now passed since the lockdown began and all our lives have been impacted by measures introduced to minimise the spread of the coronavirus and protect our vital NHS services. For almost everyone, this has caused huge disruption to our lives. We have been …

Easing the lockdown – a report from Kenneth Gibson, MSP

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon MSP has set out the route map for easing Scotland out of the lockdown imposed to minimise deaths from COVID-19. These are difficult times and will continue to be so, but if we comply with rules as we ease out of lockdown, the sooner we can move to the next phase. …

McLellan Arts Festival postponed until 2021

A message from the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust: It is with great sadness that we at the Arran Theatre and Arts Trust have decided to postpone this year’s McLellan Arts Festival. We have been watching the developing situation closely and we have concluded that it would be both risky and irresponsible to hold a …

£75 million boost for Scottish universities

Local MSP, Kenneth Gibson, reports on the £75 million  boost for Scottish universities announced by the Scottish government to help with their recovery after Covid-19. The COVID-19 crisis has had a huge impact on people, institutions and society. Scottish university income has been significantly affected by the pandemic, particularly the loss of international student income, …

Facemasks for Arran: A personal essay

Facemasks for Arran: A Personal Essay by Barb Taub Our group of local volunteers, Facemasks for Arran, has made and distributed over 500 free facemasks for Arran residents during the Covid-19 pandemic. But we still hear the question: “Why should I wear a facemask?” A cloth facemask will slow down or trap airborne respiratory particles …

Our unsung key workers

OUR UNSUNG KEY WORKERS By Patricia Gibson, MP for Ayrshire and Arran The coronavirus outbreak has caused a sudden and drastic change to all our lives, throwing sharply into focus the critical importance of our public services, as well as the fragility of our economy and importance of the many occupations we rely on to …

Our NHS – why it is worth protecting for everyone

By Sally Campbell There are many people who believe the NHS should be converted to a privatised private insurance scheme. Many of those advocating it are involved with the private companies providing health care, both here and especially in America. Lobbying the government has been a feature, especially as Brexit approaches and the UK government …

Stories of lockdown – a musical journey

By Alice Maxwell Music has no barriers, it speaks to everyone Since moving to Lamlash in 2014 I have been teaching piano and violin to children and adults. I love having folk in and out of the house, and I love their insights and enthusiasm. To quote the Tibetan lama, Tai Situpa, “Music has no …

Support the Lochranza Centre Everest Challenge for NHS Charities

Lochranza Centre CIC Everest Challenge – Fundraising for NHS Charities Together On Friday 8th of May, the staff at the Lochranza Centre are going to set out on a challenge to climb the height of Mount Everest – 8,848m by climbing Tor Nead (the ‘Big Hill’ of Lochranza at our back door) repeatedly. The combined …