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Chain Walk

November 15, 2012

The origin of the chain walk has not been documented although a date of 1929 is quoted and its use by fishermen seems to be the main reason. Great for a wee trip to the east coast, even just to check out the fairly spectacular volcanic rock action going on down there!

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Katie Johnston New Works

October 18, 2012

‘The Bagger’ oil on board

A new piece for an up and coming exhibition in the next few months. http://katiejohnstonart.com/site/

Fingal’s Cave Staffa

October 1, 2012

Mull, Staffa and Iona.

Staffa is a remarkable little island, located south-west off the isle of Ulva and halfway between the Ross of Mull and the Treshnish Isles. The island, small as it is with only 33 hectares, was once inhabited in the 1700s by as much as 16 people but nowadays seabirds and tourists have taken over their place. The island with it remarkable volcanic stone formations and the famous Fingal’s cave has inspired many a writer, musician, artists ad poets a like.

Fiona Cuthill playing Fingal’s Cave/ The Burning of the Piper’s Hut 

Mendelssohn composition Hebrides Overture http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3jByhCrBlI

October 1, 2012

This earlier post for me still contains some very relevant ideas. So I thought I would reblog it…

foutering aboot

A friend once told me after taking a cycling trip, when I kept being referred to as the ‘impatient one’ by someone who I had just met, that I cycled too much with the intent of getting to where I was going…

I thought this was a pretty ironic statement to make and it took me a while to cotton on to what she was getting at – so ok most of the time it is ‘all about the journey’ life itself being this one big journey (and we all know the ending destination of that one). It seems to be that we remember the struggle and mishaps which occur along the way most and those are what made reaching our destination all the more worthwhile.

Anyway, this all got me thinking of how I go about other things in general and I think it is always important to keep…

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Can there be peace in the faslane?

September 3, 2012

I went up and visited the folk at the Faslane Peace camp which lies aprox 6miles north of Helensburgh. I met several residence of the camp and one of the girls took the time to explain what they had been doing, about the history of the camp and why they were there. It was increadably eye opening and I found out how much I hadn’t known about the situation. You can find out more about the camp and their work here -http://faslanepeacecamp.wordpress.com/

Pleasure Scene

September 3, 2012

St Peter’s Seminary

                                                                                                                                                                                                       Images © Katie Johnston

The St Peters seminary was commissioned by the Archbishop of Glasgow in 1958 and completed in 1966 serving time as a teaching college for the catholic church before being closed in 1980. It was designed by architects Isi Metzstein and Andy McMillan, who ran Gillespie, Kidd and Coia. It is a modular concrete structure, and is considered to be a good example of collegiate buildings from the 1960s. It was awarded the Riba architecture award in 1967 but as Historic Scotland notes: “It has been systematically vandalised and is now reduced to a ruinous skeleton.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Images © Katie Johnston

Below is a link to archive photographs of the seminary in it’s original state –

GKC/CC/2/1 St Peter's College, Cardross - 1966

Anson N9857

August 6, 2012

Anson N9857 – Beinn an Fhurain

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Photographs taken 24th July 2012   ©Katie Johnston

The Anson N9857 is reported to have left RAF Kinloss on the 13th April 1941. The planned route would take the crew to Inverness, Oban, Stornoway, Cape Wrath, Achnashellach Station and back to RAF Kinloss.

The unpredictable Scottish weather conditions lead to the Anson coming down on the summit of Beinn an Fhurain 2,200 ft. Due to the remoteness of the crash site a search for the missing crew ended in vain and it was a shepherd who eventually came across the wreckage on the 25th May 1941. A report at the time suggested that three of the six crew members had survived the crash. Five of the crew however, were found in the fuselage of the aircraft wrapped in their parachutes. The sixth body of Sergeant Mitchell was found half a mile away sheltered by a rock, it is thought that he had set out to find help but had succumbed to the harsh conditions.

A cairn was erected at the site and the natural stone underwent gradual erosion until 1985 when Air Cadets from No 2489 (Bridge of Don) squadron, under the command of Flight Lieutenant Niall Aslen, set out to rebuild and refurbish the cairn. In May this year the Commonwealth War Graves Commission announced that they intended to place a new memorial over the crash site of the Anson N9857. A large granite slab now sits at the site and a plaque to commemorate the crew, whose lives were lost on that fateful April day.

The Anson N9857 crew

 

Name: DREW, WILLIAM EDWARD

Initials: W E

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Pilot Officer (Obs.)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force

Age: 28

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 45356

Additional information: Son of William and Mary Drew; husband of Edwardena Drew, of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: EMERY, JACK

Initials: J

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Age: 20

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 976995

Additional information: Son of Henry William and Nancy Emery; husband of Maureen Patricia Emery, of Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: KENNY, THOMAS BRENDON

Initials: T B

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Flight Sergeant (W.Op.)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force

Age: 20

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 551620

Additional information: Son of Thomas and Helen Kenny, of Barnsley, Yorkshire.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: MITCHELL, CHARLES MCPHERSON

Initials: C M

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Sergeant (Obs U/T)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Age: 31

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 992122

Additional information: Son of William and Mary Jane Mitchell; husband of Violet Helen Mitchell, of Aberdeen.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: STEYN, JAMES HENRY

Initials: J H

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force

Age: 23

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 42275

Awards: D F C

Additional information: Son of Henry George Arthur Steyn, and of Daisy Frances Ann Steyn (nee Cole), of Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa.

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

 

Name: TOMPSETT, HAROLD ARTHUR

Initials: H A

Nationality: United Kingdom

Rank: Sergeant (W.Op./Air Gnr.)

Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Age: 20

Date of Death: 13/04/1941

Service No: 931417

Additional information: Son of Harold Spencer Tompsett and Annie Elizabeth Tompsett, of Croydon, Surrey; husband of Anabeth Eva Amelia Tompsett (nee Nipper).

Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead

Grave/Memorial Reference: Memorial Panel.

Cemetery: INCHNADAMPH (OR KIRKTON) OLD CHURCHYARD

Information from the CWGC website