“I applied for jobs from Kirkwall to Cowdenbeath, but one summer’s day in 1969 two letters dropped on the doormat. One from the Stornoway Gazette and one from the Daily Record: one rejection, one interview offer. And not the way round you would think. Aye, the good people of Lewis have no idea how lucky they got.”
Bunabhainneadar Tennis Court on the road to Husinish, North Harris, has featured on a recent Jaguar advert. A visitor to Harris had driven past the court and tweeted a photo to Andy Murray, suggesting that it should feature on the ATP World Tour. Murray responded to her tweet with, “Is that even real?”
Stornoway Historical Society is an organisation, formed in 1992, who seek to advance the education of the public about the history, heritage and culture of both Stornoway and the wider Island.
Last year, I came across one of their lectures online, which was fascinating viewing. I was never interested in history in school, not that I was interested in much else, but on the back of the lecture, I decided it was about time I made my debut at one of their meetings.
In a mission to find the ‘restoration of the year,’ Channel 4 has been screening a short series looking at the most incredible restorations of historic buildings across the UK. They have divided the series into 4 categories, including 20th Century, Victorian, Georgian and early. At the end of each episode, the judges, from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics), shortlist the winners from each category for the ultimate restoration of the year.
One of the nominees in the Victorian section was our own Lews Castle. Episode 2 of Great British Buildings: ROTY can be found on All 4 Here.
Geordie actor and extreme fisherman Robson Green, recently presented an episode of Tales from the Coast from, yes you’ve guessed it, the Outer Hebrides. Tales from the Coast is a series where Green explores the UK’s varied coastline, which of course, wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Outer Hebrides!
It’s interesting to view our Islands from the perspective of someone not connected with them. After meeting a few familiar Island faces, Green’s adventures included weaving at Gearrannan, skiff sailing in Stornoway, along with an introduction to a few Highland Games events, before heading south to Luskentyre and eventually Barra.
I recently watched an enthralling Gaelic documentary (with subtitles) about my home town, focusing on the lives of those born and brought up in Stornoway in the 1950’s. For some, it will be a trip down memory lane, whereas for others of us, it is a fascinating look into the distant past and how the older generation lived their lives in their formative years.
Last year, I came across an app called 1 Second Everyday. The app is based upon the principle of chronologically recording one second of your life, via the camera on your phone, each day for an entire year. The app allows you to edit a one second snippet from any video you have recorded during the course of the day. The idea is to record a video from your own perspective, as you experienced it, almost as if from your own eyes. This results in a six-minute video of your year, capturing your experiences and the people in your life.