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Ag ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig ann an 2016 / Learning Gaelic in 2016

Ag ionnsachadh na Gàidhlig ann an 2016?
Seall seo:  Blaidhna Mhath Ùr / Happy New Year!

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Herald View: Unwise cuts to Gaelic funding (From Herald Scotland)

It often takes a few days to digest the impact of Budgets and Autumn Statements, and yesterday it was the turn of the Gaelic broadcasting…

Source: Herald View: Unwise cuts to Gaelic funding (From Herald Scotland)

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Mothballing of Bliadhna nan Òran

Here’s hoping it returns soon.

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A popular BBC website that documented the history of Scottish Gaelic songs and writers has disappeared from the Internet after an attempt to archive the site as a result apparently of the project coming to a close. Instead of being taken to archived pages, users of the Bliadhna na Òran site are experiencing the 404 error of ‘Page not found’.

The website is used as a classroom resource by teachers across the country as well as by researchers, students and the general community. And according to comments on Social Media, its mothballing has caused surprise and some anger.

It is not apparent that there was any consultation with site users over a change to the public website. Especially as only over a week ago during the National Mòd in Inverness was the website being promoted in the Comunn Ghàidhlig Inbhir Nis lecture at the UHI Building on Ness Walk which makes its disappearance even more…

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Disgruntled Customer of Audible

Over the last few days, I’ve been totally absorbed in an audio version of John Ajvide Lindqvist‘s “Harbour” as supplied by Audible US.  All has been going swimmingly until today when the book seem to end in the middle of nowhere.    Now, I am aware that Library Thing has a section where you can read the first and last sentence of a book, so I checked and, sure enough, I had not reached the end of the book despite listening for over 13 hours.

As Audible US and Audible UK have identical book lengths listed for “Harbour” – 13 hrs 24 min – it is obvious the fault is across the board.

I have lodged a query with Audible, but if the last part of the audio is not issued or made available, I will be forced to read the book in hard copy, which is far from ideal as I already have enough on my “to be read” pile as it is, hence listening to fiction books in audio format as this can be done on my commute to and from work.

On a happier note, the Amazon Vine newsletter came through today and the latest book from Jussi Adler-Olsen‘s, Disgrace was on the list, so I snapped it up, along with the book based on the Swedish series “The Killing (Killing 1)” which aired on BBC4 last year – and I missed.    I have these to look forward to, and review.

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Monty Halls’ Hebridean Escape

I can’t believe I missed this:

“After a year of city living, marine biologist and professional diver Monty Halls returns to live the good life in the Highlands and islands of Scotland. This time, he and his canine companion Reuben are sharing a restored crofter’s cottage on the Hebridean island of North Uist. And this time, he has a job to do – a volunteer wildlife ranger.

Monty throws himself into island life – Highland Games, fishing for salmon and trout, and exploring the wildlife and remote reaches of his new domain. But winter is just around the corner, and he also needs to dig peat for fuel and fatten up pigs and turkeys for Christmas.”

Starts Tuesday 21.00 on BBC2.

If it hadn’t been for Rachel mentioning, in her blog, that she will be missing the first episode wherein Monty and Keith feature in a funny fence building episode, I would never have known about the return of the Hebrides to the small screen.

Still, I guess it doesn’t matter, as it will be aired during my working hours, so I will miss the entire series.

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George Mackay Brown

I have been attempting to watch the programmes on the poetry of Britain currently being broadcast by BBC4, as part of its poetry season.  Last night, I caught most of the episode on an Orcadian poet, George Mackay Brown, who lived most of his life in Stromness.   

I had never heard of George Mackay Brown before, and I have to say after listening to his work, I don’t know why.   His words cut right through me and spoke to my soul and its rare I can say that about anyone.   Sure, the programme focussed on the one poem, “Hamnavoe“, but it left me wanting to read and/or listen to more.  

I will certainly endeavour to read more of his work in the future.  I only hope it lives up to what was shown in “A Poet’s Guide to Britain: George Mackay Brown“.

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