Mango Lassie

Intriguing name, I thought, little knowing it’s also a well-known Indian drink. The play on words was lost on me, but I’m relieved to hear I was in good company… This was just one of the things we learned in a lovely interlude spent at one of An Tobar’s ‘house gigs’ recently. The lassie in…

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New Year Shinty

This year’s shinty match, held at Ardalanish beach on New Year’s Day, was as usual a lovely social occasion, helped along by the hot soup laid on by the Smith family. The day was bright, but with a cold wind, and the low tide allowed ample space for shenanigans – which were plentiful, including the…

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Lifeboat Baby Comes of Age

Not many babies are born on board a lifeboat, but for that select few the RNLI has a special tradition – on turning 18, the young person is presented with a ship’s bell engraved with his or her name and date of birth. For Emma Cato of Fionnphort that day came in November 2023, as…

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Geese is the word …

… And so the puns began at the NOMADS’ frisky production of Mother Goose which was best avoided if you are averse to fowl language. Directors and Producers Rebecca Woolcock and Lynn Davies gave us sparkle and fun from the amazical entrance of Natalie Livingstone’s Fairy Friendship all the way to the double wedding at…

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West over Sea

This year’s Tobermory Book Festival closed with a gala dinner in the company of world renowned and best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith who read a poem, composed that morning, inspired by the couple of days he had just spent in Tobermory at the Festival. A very special moment for the audience at this sold out…

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Mull’s TV Stars!

Mull folk are featuring on national TV at the moment, and Banjo Beale of Designing the Hebrides fame, caught up with Douglas Swinbanks (Survivor) in Tobermory recently. Banjo and the team at Designing the Hebrides have just won a BAFTA for Best Feature, which was presented at the 2023 BAFTA Scotland awards ceremony in Glasgow…

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20th Anniversary Success

Comunn Gàidhealach Mhuile celebrate their 20th anniversary with victory at the Royal National Mòd in Paisley. The choir were successful in the U13 Unison taking home the Donald & Mamie MacPhail Trophy, the Darlington Society Silver Jubilee Trophy for the highest marks in Gaelic and the Morag Robb Memorial Trophy for the highest marks in…

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Sound of Iona Music Festival

A new Scottish music festival is heading to Iona in 2024. The Sound of Iona Music Festival will see a host of indie rock and Scottish folk acts take to the stage on Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd of June next year. The festival is bursting with Scottish talent including folk singer Iona Fyfe and…

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Finally Fergus!

Barlow claims Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally win Tobermory driver Fergus Barlow fulfilled a “boyhood dream” to win his home rally, by taking victory at the Beatson’s Building Supplies Mull Rally, held on 13-15 October. After seventeen stages and over 134 miles of competitive action, it was the local hero and co-driving brother Craig [all…

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Mendelssohn on Mull 2023

This year’s festival of chamber music, otherwise known as MoM, was a true delight. Put together one established chamber quartet, 8 young professional musicians and place them on the Isle of Mull for a week to rehearse and perform together, and as festival manager Richard Jeffcoat puts it ‘magic happens’. Artistic Directors the Doric Quartet…

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