r2vyln3rdioj14u-rld0ska where mountains meet the sea: December 2018

Iolaire



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A Community Remembers


a live stream of the Call na h-Iolaire Community Remembrance Event will be available here at 9.20pm (GMT) on New Year's Eve.

the 'crown sorrow of the war'

Torchlight procession through Stornoway to remember the Iolaire

An Iolaire



Iolaire
Calum Martin
14-18 NOW
The Darkest Dawn

a live stream of the Call na h-Iolaire Community Remembrance Event will be available here at 9.30pm (GMT) on New Year's Eve.
 

Remembering the Iolaire


 
A short video from the shore line of Sandwick, near to where I grew up. This spot marks the point of the Iolaire disaster of January 1st, 1919. This January we will mark the 100th anniversary of this disaster. 201 men lost their lives yards from the shore, minutes from the harbour of Stornoway. These were men coming home on leave for New Year after the armistice of WW1. It is a tragedy that is keenly felt by islanders to this day and I am proud to be able to tell the stories of these men. There were heroes on the night, people who probably never viewed themselves as heroes but through their efforts a total of 79 men were saved. - Alyth McCormack



 
Margaret Ferguson, a Western-Isles based artist, is painting 100 portraits to honour the 201 Scottish men who lost their lives at sea in the Iolaire Disaster of 1919.

A Merry Christmas



Steve Carter


wishing peace to you this Christmas season.

Joy to the World, I Guess



It’s only weeks away, New Year’s coming fast
Writing resolutions we know will never last
Like listen more, talk less
Joy to the world, I guess

Jimmy Stewart says he’ll lasso the moon
Popcorn’s almost done and we’ll both be crying soon
Laugh more, fight less
Joy to the world, I guess

Happy whatever
Merry you and I
Let’s celebrate together tonight

Folks are getting drunk, bite your tongue and smile
After auld lang syne, you won't see them for a while
Give more, ask less
Joy to the world, I guess

Happy whatever
Merry you and I
Let’s celebrate together tonight

Holidays are hard, missing those who’ve gone
They hide in snowy shadows in the moonlight on the lawn
We try our best
Joy to the world, Joy to the world, Joy to the world I guess

Happy whatever
Merry you and I
Let’s celebrate together tonight

(Auld Lang Syne)

Rebecca Loebe and Findlay Napier

Shaped by the Highlands



We live in a world where we are addicted to our phones. Checking the latest stories on Instagram and Snapchat, often living our lives through social media.

The importance of taking time out from our hectic lives, to live in the moment, to interact with the people next to us, is something that sometimes seems forgotten.

So meet Lynn Munro, 25 years old and yet to own a smartphone. Her passion for the outdoors is infectious. Her love for listening and finding inspiration from every person she meets is something, I believe, we don't see enough. After spending 48 hours in her presence to shoot this short film, she showed me how to re connect with the simple things in life. Sleeping outside under the stars, waking up early to view a sunrise and the power of conversation in big open spaces. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the beautiful Scottish countryside, but through work and study I found myself loosing my appreciation for big open spaces. I can't thank Lynn enough for reconnecting my love for large landscapes.

So after watching this video, head outside, climb a hill to see a view you wouldn't otherwise see and take a second to appreciate the beauty around you.

Thank you Lynn for allowing me into your home and world in the beautiful Scottish highlands. 
 - Robyn Spice