Stand up comedian Jeremy Hardy celebrates his fourth decade in the business with a summer tour including a visit to Skye.

In 2014, the tenth series of Jeremy Hardy Speaks to the Nation was broadcast on Radio 4. He is also well known for his appearances on The News Quiz and I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue. Indeed, Alan Bennett recently said he likes him “but he’s only on the radio”.

 

The Food Standards Agency have confirmed the recall of serveral products sold through major supermarket chains.

Cleone Foods is recalling two of its patty products because they do not contain the wording ‘use by’ with the date code information indicating the date by which the products can be safely consumed on the packaging.

Kyle lifeboat in action

Reports of screaming and shouting sparked off a rescue drama at Kyle today (March 24)

Shortly after 1pm the UK Coastguard requested that Kyle lifeboat respond to two separate reports of screaming and shouting coming from the bottom of the viewpoint a quarter of a mile east of Kyle.

The lifeboat launched 10 minutes later, and arrived on scene to find a boat drifting around half a mile from the shore. The crew went alongside to ask if they had heard anything, and found out that they were divers who were having trouble starting their boat's engine.

The Scottish Wildfire Forum (SWF) is raising awareness about the increased risk of wildfire across most parts of Scotland over the next few days - as weather forecasters predict very dry conditions.

Vice chair of the Scottish Wildfire Forum, Michael Bruce, monitors the European Commission’s European Forest Fire Information System (EFFIS). which provides vital information which can be used to inform the public about the risk of wildfire.

He said: “At the start of spring there is often a lot of dead vegetation leftover from last year.

“This fuel can dry out quickly when there is overnight frost, followed by sunny days with higher temperatures and lower humidity levels.

“We have a high pressure weather system developing across Scotland creating these conditions at the moment.”

 

North Skye Broadband


 North Skye Broadband (NSB), established to provide benefit to communities on the Isle of Skye by building and operating ultra-fast broadband delivery networks, has issued a call to action.

NSB believes that provision of ultra-fast broadband is one of the most important economic benefits for the island since the opening of the Skye Bridge more than 20 years ago.

“We are deeply concerned about the Digital Clearances – the extent to which the lack of access to adequate and affordable broadband contributes to the population decline of fragile rural communities in Skye.” says Geoff Semler, NSB Chair.

“Very large telecoms and media companies that have sufficient financial and other resources to just set up better broadband where it doesn’t presently exist have no intention whatsoever to do so in our communities – as far as they are concerned, they know that they won’t make any profit if they do.

 

Rescue services combined during search

 The body of a man has been recovered from the water near Kilt Rock.

Police officers were called by a member of the public regarding concerns for the man.  Along with the Coastguard, efforts were made to trace him around 11am on Thursday 23 March.

Police say a 41 year old male is being reported for drink driving after being stopped by officers in Portree last night. (Mar 22)

The man was stopped while police were addressing road safety.

Anyone trying to telephone the Council Office, Tigh na Sgire in Portree today (Thursday 23 March) will have been disappointed.

A break in the main fibre core has resulted in telephone disruption for the office.  

BT is due to attend in an attempt to fix the break.  

Skye-based artist, Julie Brook, will be inviting visitors to accompany her on her African adventures during a talk given at the Royal Scottish Academy of Art and Architecture in Edinburgh.

Julie, who has worked in the deserts of Libya and Namibia, will also be showcasing her work in the Hebrides.  

She will also reveal details about a planned new project she is proposing to begin in Japan.  

Massacre cave

Skye's connection to an infamous clan massacre way back in the 16th century has again come to the fore.

For more than 50 human bones found at the appropriately named Massacre Cave on Eigg have been identified as being part of the atrocities back in 1577.

It was then that a revenge attack by the MacLeod's of Dunvegan is said to have ended in the killing of virtually the entire Macdonald population on the island.

Last October tourists discovered 53 bones and informed police, who in turn contacted Historic Environment Scotland (HES). Archaeologists have now dated the bones to the time of the infamous massacre of hundreds of islanders.