Tag Archives: Skye

Country Diary: the show-off seals

Another brief postcard for the Guardian’s regular Country Diary slot, this time from a rocky inlet near Armadale, on the Isle of Skye. I highly recommend the short amble through the woods beside the permaculture community and campsite Rubha Phoil, where one can often spot otters and seals, or at the very least go away with a pocket full of emerald-green sea urchin shells. I went there with my partner Rich and my eagle-eyed niece and nephew who live nearby and are expert rockpool-hunting specialists.

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The trouble with lichen

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I had another short article in the Guardian’s lovely Country Diary section a few days ago, about lichen land grabs and the slow wars waged over centuries.

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Gàidhlig gu bràth!

Scotland issue cover NS Springtime for Gaelic - New Statesman

I was delighted to be asked to contribute to the New Statesman’s recent special issue on Scottish independence.

I wrote about how a burst of enthusiasm for Gaelic-medium education looks set to halt the language’s centuries-old decline. My 2-year-old nephew’s enrolment at a Gaelic-medium pre-school on Skye has sparked new interest in learning (or relearning) Gaelic among my own family members. 

The same issue included a rallying call for the Yes campaign written by first minister Alex Salmond and a fun essay on the joys of the Caledonian sleeper train by Kirsty Wark.

My article was made recommended reading on Andrew Sullivan’s Daily Dish blog. Full text is available on the New Statesman website here, or after the fold.

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