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tuscania commemoration

The scene atop the Oa at the American monument during a commemoration service held for those who lost their lives, when the SS Tuscania was torpedoed off Islay's southern coast during the first world war.

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Excerpts from issue 45/09 17 February 2018

Islay Gaelic group win film award
ihs filmg award winners

The Islay High School group íle Bheò won in the Best Gaelic Learners' category for the second year running in the prestigious MG Alba FilmG Gaelic Short Film competition.
At FilmG's glittering 10th anniversary celebrations at the Old Fruitmarket on Friday 9 February, the group received their award in an event that was on LiveStream and later shown on BBC Alba.
The awards were presented following a reception with guests including deputy First Minister John Swinney and actors Greg McHugh, Lorne MacFadyen and Brian Vernal.
This winner of the award was chosen by a select panel of judges, the result being kept top secret until the envelope was opened on stage on the night. The group sat expectantly at their own table waiting for the winner to be announced and were delighted to find it was themselves.
The team from Islay High School were Maggie Brown, Morven Brown, Elinor Baker, Isobel Ferguson, Lewis Davey and Ryan Johnston. They worked closely with Gaelic teacher Claire Reid, along with Vanessa Fuery and Lynn Mitchell, with Craig Weatherhogg overseeing the music.
The film was made over a three month period, following a series of workshops at lunchtime and after school. They were supported by Lynn MacDonald from Comunn na Gàidhlig, who is based in the high school.
Lynn said, "The film was such as success because of the creativity and hard work of the small team themselves. They made a modern twist on an old folk tale, with improvised original music and their own script, shot on location at Ardtalla. Their great acting and use of Gaelic language is no mean feat, and it was a lot of fun to do."
The process of making the film included researching themes, script-writing, acting, make-up and costumes. The film itself was shot with the help of Chris MacIntyre and Victoria MacDonald who FilmG despatched to Islay for a day in November. The weather was freezing cold but part of the film's charm is the Islay landscape.
The folk tale A'Bhean Eudach (the jealous wife) is the subject of a well-known Gaelic song and the music in the film was an improvised version by Isobel Ferguson.
Everyone is now looking forward to starting work on FilmG 2019 and looking forward to adding some new talent to the team!

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Heaven scent
islay, eau de parfum

For the predominantly male whisky enthusiasts the world over, it must present a perennial problem. When attending conferences, symposiums, festivals and tastings, how does one appease loved ones left behind? Or even if accompanied by their better halves, when arriving several hours later than advised, it would surely be advantageous to present a peace offering?
Though hardly created simply to solve the above predicaments, renowned perfumiers, Floris, have collaborated with Islay's Kilchoman distillery to create "a marriage of shared passions, heritage and beautiful craftsmanship" available in the shape of 'Islay, eau de parfum'
. Available in a limited edition of 150 and described as a 'unisex scent' (meaning, ultimately, that female whisky enthusiasts can return with a bottle for their better halves), the perfume initially offers a somewhat brusque introduction into the world of peat, barley, wooden casks and musty warehouses.
However, after this initial assault on the senses, it calms down to provide a more subtle presence that, in the finest tradition of single malt expressions is decribed by Floris as containing "Earthy green top notes of galbanum bringing to mind the wild, windswept gorse hedgerows of Islay complemented by bergamot which highlights the Machir Bay whisky's initial citrus character."
Priced at £180 for the impressive, gold-hued 100ml bottle, it could be said that it's not for the 'feint' hearted (pun intended). Like many a single malt, it might be considered something of an acquired aroma, but ultimately, a highly rewarding one.

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Do you want to see an end to the Council Tax?

Scott Currie and Chris Abel invite you to a public talk and discussion with Graeme McCormick who has developed a model of a Land Value Tax, currently a hot topic.
They write:

According to Graeme McCormick, a leading proponent of Land Value Tax, it is possible to replace entirely, our current complex tax regime with a simple, easily administered single tax which will leave the vast majority of us much better off, support and benefit business and farming, reduce unfair inequalities in wealth and give our Government much more money to spend on public services.
Since the 2014 Independence Referendum, Graeme has explored and developed a model of taxation which can support increased public expenditure in Scotland without the need to raise income tax or increase the national debt.
He claims that his radical system could be used to replace any or ALL existing taxes and would result in a richer more equitable society in Scotland.
The form of taxation that Graeme proposes is called Annual Ground Rent and it is a well developed, practical example of a 'Land Value Tax', a system which offers the possibility of a much fairer distribution of the nation's wealth by ensuring more productive use of the land and encouraging manufacturing and service industries.
Over the last eighteen months, Graeme has presented his model of Annual Ground Rent to audiences all over Scotland. Partially because of pressure from Graeme and other campaigners, the Scottish Government has instructed the new Scottish Land Commission to consider the possible use of a 'Land Value Tax' as a source of public funding.
This work has just started with a preliminary list of options for The Commission to consider by June 2018. The Land Commission states that "The work will also assess the potential of land value taxation in contributing to a more productive, accountable and diverse pattern of land ownership and use in Scotland. We are keen to stimulate discussion on if and how land value based taxes could help make more of Scotland's land with stakeholders and amongst the general public."
The Commission are inviting input from the public - see scottishlandcommission.wordpress.com

In due course it is likely that different models of this kind of taxation will be evaluated and the Commission's conclusions and recommendations widely presented and discussed. Eventually, many of us hope that a Land Value Tax will be introduced in Scotland and form the basis of a new era in taxation and public finance.
It should be emphasised that Land Tax is not SNP policy, but it is currently a very hot topic, and for this reason the Islay and Jura SNP Branch have organised a public talk and discussion with Graeme McCormick.
This is a public discussion meeting organised by Islay & Jura SNP Branch and does not reflect current SNP policy.
All are invited and all are welcome.

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NEXT ISSUE ON SALE 3 March 2018

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islay community council

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Islay Diary 2018

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  • Sunday 18 February
  • Scottish Country Dancing, Bowmore Hall
  • Tuesday 20 February
  • Health & Care Forum, Baptist Church, Bowmore
  • Timebank Stroll, Persabus
  • Wednesday 21 February
  • Lifeboat Fundraisers AGM, Port Askaig
  • Ground Rent Open Meeting, ICCI, Bowmore
  • Islay Show Open Meeting, Service Point, Bowmore
  • Friday 23 February
  • Sub Aqua Meeting, Howat Room, MLC
  • Kate Pickering Disco, Ballygrant Hall
  • Saturday 24 February
  • The Big Blow, IHS
  • Highland Dancing AGM, Bowmore Hall
  • Sunday 25 February
  • Scottish Country Dancing, Bowmore Hall
  • Tuesday 27 February
  • Timebank Stroll, Machir Bay
  • Super Seniors AGM, Caskie Square, Bowmore
  • Wednesday 28 February
  • Baptist Church Walk
  • Thursday 1 March
  • INHT Illustrated Talk, Port Charlotte
  • Rowing Club AGM, Servicepoint, Bowmore
  • Friday 2 March
  • Islay Motor Club Illustrated Talk
  • World Day of Prayer, Portnahaven
  • Islay Gathering, Glasgow University Union
  • Sunday 4 March
  • Scottish Country Dancing, Bowmore Hall
  • Thursday 8 March
  • Bridgend Bowling AGM, Port Mor
  • Sunday 11 March
  • Scottish Country Dancing, Bowmore Hall
  • Sunday 18 March
  • Scottish Country Dancing
  • Sunday 25 March
  • Scottish Country Dancing
  • Wednesday 28 March
  • Tourism Group AGM, ICCI Bowmore

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