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Oh l’amour!

Carol has been in touch with me. She says, “I know I don't have a blog but wondered if you could publish this photo taken last night at my birthday bash, that way I can share my happiness with you all.”

Not a problem...

Carol et Pascal

Hope you'll still be checking in with Island Blogging when you reach NZ!
Posted on I.B.H.Q. at 10:09

How would a ferry strike affect you?

“Last ditch talks are being held to try and avert a strike on Orkney's outer isles ferries. The RMT union has given formal notice that it intends to take strike action at noon on Monday for four days after crews rejected a pay offer of 2.5%. However, Orkney Ferries say there is no more money on the table.

If Friday's talks fail, there will be all out strike on the boats which serve Westray, Papa Westray, Sanday, Stronsay, Eday, and North Ronaldsay.”

The full story is here.

What are your thoughts on the situation? If the strike goes ahead will you be greatly inconvenienced? Would you support strike action? Let us know what you think…

Posted on I.B.H.Q. at 10:36

Don’t forget!

Just a quick reminder that our very own Fetlar School bloggers will be featured on The ONE Show tonight. The programme starts at 1900 on BBC One. Don’t miss it!

Posted on I.B.H.Q. at 14:51

Riddoch Questions in Stornoway

Here’s a bit of advance notice about this week's edition of Riddoch Questions on Radio Scotland...

Tomorrow Lesley Riddoch will be in the Western Isles, asking why Stornoway isn’t making the news this week with a Sunday sailing of the Cal Mac Ferry to the mainland.

Many people involved with this week's Hebridean Celtic Festival had hoped for a one-off Sunday ferry service this year. But Cal Mac say they won’t consider that until they are asked "properly."

Is it time to hold a referendum on Lewis to see whether the majority are now in favour of Sunday sailings? Planes started flying on Sundays back in 2002, a Sunday sailing operates from Harris to the south and a recent report found that Sunday operations would provide the biggest single boost to the island's economy.

But would 7 day access destroy a way of life? And if most Lewis people don’t believe that who should act? The Council, Cal Mac, the government or the Churches?

Join Lesley on Friday from 1:15pm on BBC Radio Scotland. You can email your thoughts to, or call the programme after 1:00pm on 0500 92 95 00. The text number is 80295.

Posted on I.B.H.Q. at 11:48

Another chance to see Fetlar on The ONE Show

It was great to see Fetlar on The ONE Show last night and fantastic to see all the positive responses posted to Fetlar School Blog and Muness Views' blog.

More information about the campaign can be found at the programme’s website.

WatchWatch the Fetlar feature here.

Posted on I.B.H.Q. at 14:02

Three things (including a little something for Flying Cat)

Three things to tell you about today:

1. I just want to remind you that if you activate the links on the right hand side of your blog it makes it easier for others to use them. It’s simple to do; details of how to format the links are included on the Help Guide. Any problems just give me a shout at

2. Another reminder that if you’re interested in the ONE Show’s campaign to find a new family for Fetlar you should apply via the programme’s website.
Muness Views' blog includes some handy links to other sites with information about the island.

3. Finally, Mia has been in touch with me. She says: "Staff have now returned from Harris and have kindly taken a photo of one of the innumerable bunnies that were swarming the garden, and I thought it might be my postcard to FC! I also remember that FC wondered what I looked like so have added one of me as well."

It's always good to put a face to a name, isn't it? ;-)


Update 18/07: Check the gallery again to see "something for mia and especially for the whitesettler!!" from Carol.

Posted on I.B.H.Q. at 15:56


Hello, sorry for the problems which have delayed publication of posts and some comments over the last few days. Hopefully that’s us back to normal now, but if any of your contributions haven’t appeared yet please email me at to let me know.


PS – Anyone who has been waiting to see photos of Hermit’s big bash should click here!

Posted on I.B.H.Q. at 15:35

Colonsay and genealogy

Today we received yet another comment for the Lonely Colonsay blog. This particular blog has just one post which was published back in 2003, but since then it has received numerous comments from users around the world who are keen to trace their ancestors from the island.

For those contributors to Lonely Colonsay, and all other users who are interested in genealogy, you might want to know that last Sunday’s edition of Radio Scotland’s Digging up Your Roots gave advice on tracing ancestors who moved around. You can listen again to the programme until the morning of Sunday 5th August.

Don’t forget to visit our Scottish Roots website which also features lots of useful hints and tips on discovering your family tree.

Posted on I.B.H.Q. at 10:57

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