• Entertainments

    A Late Hogmanay

    by  • 9 January 2012 • Entertainments • 1 Comment

    This recent Hogmanay fell on a Sunday, so the fireworks in Stornoway finished at 11pm on New Year’s Eve, and most celebrations were delayed to the Monday. Forty years ago, the same applied.

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    The Valtos Centre Badge

    by  • 3 August 2011 • Education, Entertainments • 0 Comments

    The Valtos Centre, based in the old Valtos School from shortly after it was closed, was first used in 1972 and developed over a couple of years until a visit there became a major fixture in the educational calendar for island pupils, and for scout groups and the like from further afield.

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    Walks in Uig

    by  • 13 February 2011 • Entertainments, News & Events • 0 Comments

    The (still unnamed) Uig Walking Group went out on Saturday in fine weather – to Suainebhat and out the peat road. The next outing is Saturday 19 February to Carnish, round the old village and out to the beaches, with an option extension on rougher ground along the coast towards Mangersta.

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    The Airigh Trail, again

    by  • 19 May 2010 • CEU, Entertainments, Land Issues • 1 Comment

    It’s time to revive the Airigh Trail, and organise some sheiling walks. We should really do an epic walk to the remote ones, as the Comann Eachdraidh did, with Finlay as guide, some years ago. The pictures are from then. Suggestions regarding this year’s walks are welcome in the comments, or leave your name if […]

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    Hogmanay in the Capital, 1943

    by  • 1 January 2010 • Entertainments, WWII • 1 Comment

    The pressmen get their snaps – Lewisfolk provide a little colour Stornoway Gazette, 21 Jan 1944 American press photographers visited the vicinity of St Pauls on Hogmanay to pick up a few colourful pictures of New Year celebrations in London. A group of Lewisfolk gave them their best ‘shots’ of the evening when Pipers Findlater […]

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    Wartime Wedding Telegrams

    by  • 25 October 2009 • Entertainments, Life in Uig, WWII • 0 Comments

    For next year, Uig Museum will be mounting a display of wedding and christening objects, and we’re very keen to collect any items, stories, photographs and archives connected with these events in Uig over the years.  Naturally we don’t need to take ownership of them, unless you’d like to give them a safe home – […]

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    Banais Una

    by  • 4 June 2009 • Audio, Entertainments, Gàidhlig • 2 Comments

    [audio:banais una RB finlay.mp3] Verses written by Norman “Conter” Macleod, am Bard Bochd and for many years headmaster at Lochcroistean, on the occasion of the marriage of Agnes Smith, Lochcroistean, to Kenny Maclennan, 15 Kneep.  It was sung at the wedding by Kenny Dan Smith, 2 Ungeshader; and the reading here is by Finlay Maciver […]

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    The Uig Piper in Washington

    by  • 2 April 2009 • Entertainments, People • 0 Comments

    [singlepic=611,474] Piper Lorne Cousin with Sir Sean Connery at the US Library of Congress. Lorne is an Uigeach, grandson to Murdo Macleod 17 Uigen (Murchadh a Ghobha), himself a piper, and nephew to Murdo Beag.   In 2004 he toured with Madonna (Lorne, not Murdo) and has played many high-profile events. On the night of Barack Obama’s […]

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    The Uig Quiz

    by  • 28 February 2009 • CEU, Entertainments, History, Land Issues, Video • 2 Comments

    At the Uig Celebration dinner and ceilidh on Friday, there was an Uig quiz, compiled by Teen Anne Murray. Twenty questions; this site may help you with some of them but for most, you’re on your own.  Answers in the comments please. 1. Name the oldest and youngest people currently resident in Uig. 2. Recent […]

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    Kinloch…Somewhere, 23 February

    by  • 13 February 2009 • Entertainments, News & Events • 0 Comments

    Theatre Hebrides are bringing Kinloch…Somewhere to Uig on 23 February – a one-man black comedy, written by Eric John Macdonald and starring Iain Macrae. Both are Uigeachs: Eric is well-known around Uig and Iain comes from the Miavaig Macraes. [singlepic=456,320,240,,left]Where did it all go wrong? Brian, once TV’s idealistic young heartthrob Dr. Brodie, sits in […]

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    FilmG Awards: Uig Winners

    by  • 10 February 2009 • Entertainments • 0 Comments

    The winners of the MG Alba FilmG competition for short films in Gaelic have been announced, and the Uig entry, Am/Àite, got three awards:  Eric Macdonald for best screenplay and Cristin Mackenzie runner-up best performance, both in the New Entrant section, and Maggie Smith as one of the best new voices.  Meal do naidheachd! If […]

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    The Morsgail Meteorite: When Space Hits Back

    by  • 28 January 2009 • Entertainments, Tales & Traditions • 1 Comment

    [singlepic=426,480] Further to the Daily Express cartoon about the alien cause of the disappearing loch at Morsgail, here’s a summary of the international coverage, from the Stornoway Gazette, 29 Dec 1959. Few events in Lewis in recent years have aroused such worldwide interest as the “Morsgail Meteorite”. In addition to the planeload of British reporters, […]

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