Excerpts from issue 42/20 25 July 2015

ma mackinnons marmalade

Graeme and Marie-Ann Brown with the last shipment heading down under.

Local business going down (under)

This week saw the second of two pallets of M A MacKinnon's Laphroaig Marmalade departing for Australia.
Marie-Ann and Graham Brown, who run their shop from Islay House Square, prepared a total of 3,400 jars that have been sent to New South Wales for distribution as part of a promotion along with Laphroaig Distillery. 2,000 jars left on June 30 and the remaining 1,400 were packed off last Wednesday, 22 July.
The international popularity of the marmalade does not stop there. When Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, visited Islay earlier in the month he bought a jar of the marmalade at Laphroaig Distillery. After tasting it at breakfast the next morning, he enjoyed it so much he sent his helicopter pilot back to Laphroaig for another 25 jars! Well done Marie-Ann.

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Laurie Love Hairdressers

Laurie Bauld has been in the hairdressing game for some time, but she now has a salon to call her own. She left Islay for Stirling at the age of sixteen to undertake an apprenticeship, and after four years decided to move back to Islay, determined to start her own business.
Having worked from home, Laurie is now moving her salon to Bridgend. Her new premises are well established as a hairdresser's with Carole MacAffer having occupied them for 49 years before retiring this year.
Carole said she is "delighted" that another hairdresser is picking up where she left off and said: "I hope Laurie has as many successful years there as I did."
Laurie will be offering makeup, as well as cosmetics and hair retail. She drew inspiration for the decor from Pinterest, where she gains ideas for hairdressing as well as interior design and is looking forward to bringing something new and different to Islay.
Laurie is having an open day on Sunday July 26, to which everyone is welcome.

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Lagavulin Islay Jazz Festival
zoe rahman and courtney pine

Stuart Todd writes:
Courtney Pine, one of Britain's biggest jazz stars, is to headline the Lagavulin Jazz Festival this year. Sixteen concerts are programmed, with international piano virtuoso Zoe Rahman, who will duet with Pine, also performing. Appearing too are guitarist Jim Mullen, a young 15 piece folk/jazz big band Fat-Suit as well as blues rockers, Paris cafe style music and over a dozen other jazz styles. As always, top Scottish players feature throughout and local talent will shine when 95 Roots share a bill with gypsy jazzers, The New Swing Trio.
As well as several concerts at the Lagavulin Malt Mill, the Festival will be presented in ten very different venues across the island with many opportunities to sample the sponsor's product. A limited edition bottling is planned once again to coincide with the Festival.
Now in its 17th year, the Festival is organised by a partnership between Jazz Scotland and the Islay Arts Association. Full programme details will soon be available on the website www.islayjazzfestival.co.uk and ticketing information will shortly be advertised in the Ileach.

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Ileach Calendar 2016

Though summer is allegedly only half-way through, it's already time to consider the Ileach Calendar for 2016. Once more we'd like to invite readers to send their photos of Islay for inclusion in the calendar, preferably in digital format and landscape shape as opposed to portrait.
Please indicate where the photo was taken and append a full postal address. All those with photos included will receive a copy of the calendar when published. Please send all entries to calendar@ileach.co.uk.

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