The distant islands fantasy travel thread

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Fri May 13, 2011 11:20

So, lately I was wondering about the St Kilda evacuees, how they felt, where they went, and whether any of those who were children at the time are still alive.

The most recent sources I could find online say two of them are still living. The only one "still able to tell his story" was Norman John Gillies, who was five at the time of the evacuation (and hence in his eighties now).

In 2009 he went back to St Kilda for the first time. BBC Scotland produced this poignant little news item about it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/sco ... 107609.stm

The Scotsman did a good piece about Gillies last year too, which has some stuff about what the evacuees ended up doing:
http://living.scotsman.com/features/No- ... 6476076.jp

Is it just me? I actually dreamt about this place last night. But if it's just me, shout up and I'll stop going on about it!

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Fri May 13, 2011 12:44

Don't ever stop.

Gosh, that BBC piece is lovely. *sniffle* I wonder if Norman Gillies is islandhopper's great-uncle...

I'm stuck in bed like an 18th-century invalid, and (spookily) I spent the whole of this morning watching loads of St Kilda archive footage on the miracle that is the Scottish Screen Archive website:

St Kilda - Britain's Loneliest Isle (1928): http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=0418
Cruise to St Kilda and the Western Isles (1929): http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=0431
Evacuation of St Kilda (1930): http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=0793
St Kilda (1957): http://ssa.nls.uk/film.cfm?fid=1896

I might go have a bath and pretend I'm on a boat to North Uist.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by islandhopper » Fri May 13, 2011 12:59

crystalball wrote:Don't ever stop.

Gosh, that BBC piece is lovely. *sniffle* I wonder if Norman Gillies is islandhopper's great-uncle...
Well, that is my Dad's name! We don't have any St Kilda ancestors as far as I know but then nobody has ever researched the family tree too far back.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by julieocean » Fri May 13, 2011 16:51

I've arrived a little late to this thread and wasn't sure if anyone had alreay mentioned this

http://www.theislandtapes.com/films/index.html

I went to the 13th British Silent Film Festival in March last year and they had a showing of the St Kilda Tapes there with live musical accompaniment. It was very beautiful and quite moving.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by islandhopper » Tue May 17, 2011 14:05

humblebee wrote:So, lately I was wondering about the St Kilda evacuees, how they felt, where they went, and whether any of those who were children at the time are still alive.

The most recent sources I could find online say two of them are still living. The only one "still able to tell his story" was Norman John Gillies, who was five at the time of the evacuation (and hence in his eighties now).

In 2009 he went back to St Kilda for the first time. BBC Scotland produced this poignant little news item about it:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/sco ... 107609.stm

The Scotsman did a good piece about Gillies last year too, which has some stuff about what the evacuees ended up doing:
http://living.scotsman.com/features/No- ... 6476076.jp

Is it just me? I actually dreamt about this place last night. But if it's just me, shout up and I'll stop going on about it!
The tv programme he was recording when that news piece was done is currently up on iplayer as it seems to have been repeated last night. I stumbled upon it quite by accident. It's about 50% in gaelic but those parts are subtitled anyway. I've watched about 20 minutes so far and Norman Gillies is about the loveliest man you've ever seen.

edit: forgot the actual link http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... tHiortach/

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by soft revolution » Sun May 22, 2011 14:30

I was reading about North Cape in Norway today which is often considered to be the most northernly part of mainland Europe but is actually on an island called Magerøya.

Anyway, imagine my delight as I was 'driving' away from the cape earlier and got caught in a sudden snowstorm
http://maps.google.com/maps?client=fire ... 5,,0,10.01

If you just click the arrow down the road the whole scenery changes as you go past where one streetview car must have finished it's trip in winter and another car started in summer when all the snow had gone.

Weirdly there's a few more transitions between summer and winter further south too, I wonder how that happened and what the story behind that was.

Anyway, apparently it's the most northern place you can drive to from a major road infrastructure too.
And by me, I mean, Flexo.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Mon May 23, 2011 21:02

soft revolution wrote:I was reading about North Cape in Norway today which is often considered to be the most northernly part of mainland Europe but is actually on an island called Magerøya.

Anyway, imagine my delight as I was 'driving' away from the cape earlier and got caught in a sudden snowstorm
http://maps.google.com/maps?client=fire ... 5,,0,10.01

If you just click the arrow down the road the whole scenery changes as you go past where one streetview car must have finished it's trip in winter and another car started in summer when all the snow had gone.

Weirdly there's a few more transitions between summer and winter further south too, I wonder how that happened and what the story behind that was.

Anyway, apparently it's the most northern place you can drive to from a major road infrastructure too.
Hee, that's ace - thanks for posting it Dunc!

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Tue May 24, 2011 12:14

Heh, I can't stop going back and forth. I'll never be able to do any work again, ever.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Mon May 30, 2011 23:53

So the other day I was going through my old records and realised that on their Please Be Cruel EP, Inspiral Carpets (what?) had a song called 'St Kilda' that I'd completely forgotten about. It's great. And bizarre. And rather moving.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by humblebee » Tue May 31, 2011 11:37

crystalball wrote:So the other day I was going through my old records and realised that on their Please Be Cruel EP, Inspiral Carpets (what?) had a song called 'St Kilda' that I'd completely forgotten about. It's great. And bizarre. And rather moving.
Gah, someone's beaten me to it then!

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue May 31, 2011 12:52

humblebee wrote:Who wants to take the Oban to Lochboisdale ferry with me then?
i would totally be up for doing this. i've been telling myself for ages that i shouldn't just take living in scotland for granted. i want to spend this summer going on outings to wild and remote places. i just ordered that atlas. i don't think it is going to do much for my current state of feeling mentally and emotionally adrift since finishing my phd, but perhaps that is just what i need right now.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Tue Jun 21, 2011 16:11

I've been travelling around Orkney on Google maps since the weekend and today I think I found the most beautiful spot ever in South Ronaldsay. Look at the glimmery sea and the sky: http://goo.gl/maps/hfMp. Look at the sky! I don't think I've seen anything prettier in my life.

We could go up to Thurso on the train and then ferry from Scrabster to Stromness and then God knows how we'd get to South Ronaldsay but can we try anyway? I think I'm just going to spend the rest of the afternoon clickling left and right on that picture there and getting a bit weepy.

And while I'm here, look at this photo: a view of Orkney from Caithness

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Scotlands, you probably think I'm mental going on and on about your islands. Sorry. But why are we here and not there?

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by islandhopper » Tue Jun 21, 2011 16:23

This ferry (http://www.pentlandferries.co.uk/index.asp) will take you straight to South Ronaldsay from the mainland for a start.
I'd love to go to Orkney one day too.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Jun 21, 2011 16:34

oh god. that is stunning.

i have completely and utterly fallen in love with that atlas of remote islands. i was having a bit of a look at robinson crusoe island, off the coast of chile. i must go there immediately.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by lynsosaurus » Tue Jun 21, 2011 16:38

i mean, seriously.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:02

I think I might cry.
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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by jayen_aitch » Tue Jul 12, 2011 21:58

That's lovely. If you could get planning permission too, you could have a lovely little house there.

Is it cheaper because of its proximity to Weston Super Mare and so also to a certain former MP for Louth?

Maybe it's moving towards Weston Super Mare.

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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by roundbitsofplastic » Wed Jul 13, 2011 13:20

I can afford 1/45th of an island! Sort of. If only I had 44 mates.
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Re: The distant islands fantasy travel thread

Post by crystalball » Wed Jul 13, 2011 18:47

This is almost affordable, dammit. That's not supposed to ever happen.

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