Islay News Roundup first-half December 2007

Following is a short overview of Islay news published in the Ileach Newspaper and from various other sources.

Black Bottle Islay Pipe Band: A civic reception was held on Saturday 15th December 2007 at 8.00pm at the Bowmore Hotel, to mark the Black Bottle Islay Pipe Band winning the European Championships in Grade 4B this season. Provost William Petrie gave a donation from the Civic Hospitality budget towards an evening meal for the band.

The Black Bottle Islay Pipe Band

Whisky Galore: More than 10,000 bottles of single malt Scotch Whisky have been stolen in a raid, police have revealed. The bottles of Bowmore Islay Single Malt, with a retail value of almost £300,000, were taken from a haulier in Hertfordshire on Tuesday. The haul included various aged bottles of Bowmore, from 12 years old to 25 years old. Looks like some will have a Merry Christmas, as long as their conscience doesn't give them any problems.

Global Warming and Whisky: Some people seem to believe that a rise in see level due to climate change will wipe out some coastal distilleries, including a few on Islay, within a period of 20 years. I personally think they are overreacting but if you like to find out what this is all about here is the story

Patient travel to mainland hospital: New scheme on Islay and Jura to coordinate patient travel to mainland hospital. This scheme on the islands is now to be fully funded by the National Health Service which is good news. More information in an article on the Scottish Government Website.

A bridge between Islay and Jura?: The Herald brings a story about poor management of projects run by the Argyll & Bute Council: "There is also the debacle with the pier at Bruichladdich and oil deliveries - or lack of them - for the distillers and islanders. Strikingly, the one thing they all have in common is Argyll and Bute's, er, "management". As a solution, some have suggested bridges instead of ferries, in particular one between Jura and Islay." Anyway, for the latest "oil news" and other interesting bits, you can always visit the Bruichladdich Blog. In the meanwhile the Ileach reports that they found a rock at 3.3 metres depth at Bruichladdich Pier, so much for dredging!

Armin: Read what other blogs write about Islay in Armins news roundup nr 14 and read what Armin thinks of the new book The Legend of Laphroaig in his book review.

Christie's withdraw bottle from auction: In the wake of increasing concerns about the provenance of a number of bottles of rare whisky that have been and are being offered for sale around the world the auction house Christie’s in New York withdrew a bottle of “1856 Macallan” which was to be offered for sale on 8th December.

The Old Boys: Islay Boys Football Club celebrated their 21st year with a buffet dance at the Bowmore Hall. An excellent turnout included the club’s founders, coaches and committee members who had served through the years, and of course players, past and present.

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