Excerpts from issue 43/20 23 July 2016

islay quilters exhibition
Islay Quilters' Exhibition

Pictured above is the Mystery Quilt section of the Islay Quilters' exhibition which is taking place in Ballygrant Hall this week.
The idea behind the Mystery Quilt, is that those taking part get given a set of instructions each month which make up part of a pattern, so the finished article is a mystery even to the quilter themselves, until it all comes together at the end.
The exhibition once again, displays the enormous talent of those young and old in the form of quilts, wall hangings, cushion covers, knitted goods and more, as well as offering a workshop on a different craft each day. This year's charity quilt is also on display and will find itself a home when the raffle is drawn on Show Day.
The exhibition continues until Wednesday 27 July.

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Raspberry Pi-way code

Joseph Hughes writes:
A group of young people on an SQA certificated course run by Islay and Jura Youth Action & Argyll College, wanted to learn more about computer coding when their course finished. Argyll College's Mairi McCuaig was directed to CoderDojo Scotland by Lisa from Argyll Arts Hub who were delighted to hear the group were keen to set up on Islay and offered some training. A successful bid submitted to Fourteen enabled the trip to go ahead.
The CoderDojo Foundation is a volunteer led movement which started in Ireland, but is now reaching out globally. The movement centres around creating and providing spaces for young people between the ages of 7-17 to learn about technology and coding in an environment that encourages learning with peers.
On our trip we met Craig Steele, the founder of the CoderDojo Scotland movement. He introduced us to some of the technology, such as computers like the Raspberry Pi and various programs that are often used at their clubs. We were also taught how we can use them to teach other young people about writing code or using the technology to make games, create music, or even for use in aiding everyday life. Craig also showed us some of the projects CoderDojo had worked on with the BBC to give us ideas for our own club.
Now back home, armed with knowledge and a small amount of kit provided by IJYA, we plan to setup our own CoderDojo clubs back here on Islay and Jura. We plan to have our launch/sign-up day starting at 4:30pm on Thursday 8 September at IDEAs Cabin in Bowmore. More information will follow through newspapers, posters and via the Islay and Jura Youth Action and Islay/Jura Community pages on Facebook. Hope to see you there!
This project was funded from the Fourteen Islay & Jura Programme through the Fourteen Islay & Jura Panel. The Fund is administered by Foundation Scotland

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The Islay Sessions 2016

This year's Islay Sessions will take place 18 - 20 November, with a varied and exciting line-up, including Breabach, Talisk and The Routes Quartet and Sarah Hayes.
Alongside the many weekend events, will be the usual festival sessions in the Port Charlotte Hotel on Friday and Sunday nights. There will also be instrument workshops (for intermediate adult and under 18 players) on both Saturday and Sunday mornings for adults and under 18s
Tickets are available from EventBrite, with more events yet to be confirmed. There will be tickets on the door for Saturday night's concert, but due to venue capacity these will be limited.
Keep up to date with the latest news on our website (islaysessions.co.uk), Facebook and Twitter (/IslaySessions).

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The Big Bang Theory

The University of Glasgow and Strathclyde University were joint winners of the Research Project of the Year Award in The Herald's 2016 Higher Education Awards for their part in the detection of gravitational waves.
The Ileach reported in February this year about the involvement of two Islay men in the discovery of gravitational waves and the award was presented to Dr Angus Bell, senior research fellow at the Glasgow University Institute for Gravitational Research, at a ceremony in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow on 14 July.
Dr Bell, the son of Donald and Catriona Bell, Bridgend, said in Islay last weekend, "I hope the publicity from research awards like this and the recent particle physics exhibition in Islay High School, will encourage more students to see physics as a career."

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