Not Just the Pound Struggling Against the Dollar

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This image by John Walton caught my eye after the Slough 7s at the weekend.  It looks as if since BREXIT it is not just the pound that is struggling against the dollar.  MCM2 entered the event alongside the Navy Sharks representative side and played some good rugby but on this occasions were unable to break through when double teamed by a pair of “Greenbacks”.  Good to see the MCM2 enjoying their rugby.

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Records Tumble at 5th CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon

Bonnie van Wilgenburg sets new course record for the Women and becomes the first women to record a top ten finish as a number of records fell at the 2016 CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon.

2016 CELTMAN! Extreme Scottish Triathlon Run section. 134 competitors managed to make the cut off to take the high route for the Blue t-shirt. The low cloud earlier i the day cleared and they were rewarded with clear views from the ridge line of Beinn Eighe.

Bonnie shows the descending running form that helped her break the Celtman course record for Women.  Throughout the race her focussed determination had been evident but clearly the team has a sense of humour with her support runner choosing highland attire for the final run section.

Click on the image to go to the Celtman Image library by Alligin Photography where details of the other records to fall on Saturday can also be found.

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Aird in Bloom! It has been an excellent year for the bluebells across Sleat. Normally their impact is hidden as they grow amongst the bracken or within more wooded areas but on this croft where the bracken has only recently been cleared their dense covering provides a vivid carpet of colour on the hillside.

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Not as glamorous but…..

There are two areas that I regularly see wild goats - the Ardnamurchan peninsular and the A87 between Inverinate and Glen Shiel. For most they are either glimpsed briefly as they graze at the side of the road or they are the cause of you having to come to a stand still as them casually amble across the busy main road to Skye.

There are two areas that I regularly see wild goats – the Ardnamurchan peninsular and the A87 between Inverinate and Glen Shiel. Mostly they are either glimpsed briefly as they graze at the side of the road or they are the cause of me having to come to a stand still as them casually amble across the busy main road to Skye.  However, when time permits, it is always good to stop awhile and observe them feeding and though they may not be as glamorous as many other of Scotland’s mammals they are nonetheless fascinating to study.

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A New Dawn?

A small tribute from Alligin Photography to the Royal Navy Rugby Union. As so often it is the Reds that first catch the eye, but gradually as you look over time it is the Blues in this image of a dawn from my home in Skye that take the ascendancy, gradually controlling the attention as surely as the tide coming in. A long day yesterday working with a great group of photographers. Hopefully managed to keep the outputs professional for both sides but naturally pleased to see my former Service take the honours.

A small tribute from Alligin Photography to the Royal Navy Rugby Union. As so often is the case,  it is the Reds that first catch the eye, but gradually as you look over time it is the Blues in this image of a dawn from my home in Skye that take the ascendancy, gradually controlling the attention as surely as the tide coming in. A long day yesterday working with a great group of photographers. Hopefully managed to keep the outputs professional for both sides but naturally pleased to see my former Service take the honours of the Inter Service Title.

 

A selection of action images from the photography team at yesterday’s Army Navy Match can be found by clicking here.

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What’s in a name?

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Abigail, Barney, Clodagh, Desmond, Eva, Frank, Gertrude, Henry, Imogen, Jake, and Katie’s next (according to the list).  From 10 November 2015 through to the 2 March 2016 the Met Office named 10 storms.  The naming was to help the “public be better placed to keep themselves, their property and business safe”.  It certainly prompted some debate especially for those in the Outer Isles, Orkney and Shetland that hardly noticed any abatement in the wind between Gertrude on 28 Jan and Imogen on the 8 Feb.  The Met in many ways are to be applauded because it certainly brought a focus to the British obsession with the weather but, like the News at 10, it necessarily focuses on the bad aspects (although there is a certain beauty in a storm), of damage and distress.

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So perhaps we should start naming the highs, and the 1039  just off Shetland is certainly producing some tranquil weather over Sleat in the South East of Skye.  Barely a ripple on the Sound; Eigg, Rhum and the headland sharply silhouetted as the sun fades and the first daffodil opened in the garden.  Time to sit back and enjoy the vista with a glass of red (purely to match the mood of course).

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Can Man Ever Match Nature’s Majesty?

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Looking from Kyle towards Skye, the concrete bridge across Loch Alsh has an elegance about it that does not detract from Skye’s mountains beyond.  For me better a bridge in front then a turbine on a ridge line but that remains a separate debate.

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Aird Dolphins Match Miami in Sleat Superbowl

 

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A break from the computer to make a drink was rewarded by a pod of early season dolphins coming in to the Sound of Sleat.

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For the Fallen

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“At the going down of the sun and in the morning;”

The line from Binyon’s 1914 poem must be one of the most remembered and repeated line of verse.  He wrote his poem whilst on the North Cornish coast, near Polzeath, looking out to sea.  Though written for the fallen servicemen and women serving across the channel in the first World War it serves now a far wider remit.  My professional work takes in both rugby and photography.  Having spent the whole day reviewing action from the second round of the 2015/16 European Champions and Challenge cups, the tricolour arm bands worn in memory of the Paris victims were particularly poignant.  With rugby sharing many of the same values as Service life it brought forward another line from the same poem:

“They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;”

But perhaps in these troubled times, with the particular horrors of modern conflict, the most apt line is the one that follows and is applicable to anyone, from which ever corner of the world they originate who has to endure the news that a dear one will not be returning home that night:

“They sit no more at familiar tables of home;”

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Two views of Eigg from my office on the Isle of Skye. A tranquil scene in what is at times a very troubled world.

 

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August Inversion – A Tough Day Ahead!!

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Up before the alarm this morning and greeted with sea mist on the Sound of Sleat

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