22 April 2018Crime comes back to Cromarty
Mary Paulson-Ellis was one of the opening speakers at this year's Crime & Thrillers Weekend hosted by the Cromarty Arts Trust. Her debut novel (a "detective story without a detective") The Other Mrs Walker was named as the 2017 Waterstones Book of the Year.
Other weekend speakers include crime novelist Ian Rankin, former Northern Ireland police officer William Matchett, forensic anthropologist Professor Dame Sue Black and archaeologist Mary Peteranna.
A curry supper and trio of 'fairy tale crime' plays launched the weekend on Friday evening and was followed by a special episode of Scot Squad with Jack Docherty and a screening of Blood Simple on Saturday evening.
17 April 2018700th oil rig enters Cromarty Firth
The Press & Journal reports this morning that the 700th oil rig has entered the Cromarty Firth indicating a "further sign of activity picking up in the North Sea oil and gas sector". After undergoing repairs, the 35,500-tonne West Phoenix will depart for the UK and Norwegian continental shelves.
Concerns have been expressed by the local community about the number of rigs currently clustered near Cromarty, especially at the start of the summer tourist season. Comments should be made to the Port Authority or MSP or MP.
31 March 2018Follow the bunny trail
Children have two opportunities to hunt for Easter eggs in Cromarty this weekend. The popular Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt takes place over three days of the holiday weekend (31 March–2 April) starting from Hugh Miller's Birthplace Museum on Church Street from 1.00–4.30pm. Price £2.
On Easter Monday the Great Cromarty Easter Egg Hunt leaves from St Regulus' Church between 10.30–11.00am. Search through the fields and woods around town, then return to the church for a chocolate egg after you have found the treasure clues. 50p for map.
10 March 2018Peace campaigner comes to Cromarty
In a talk sponsored by the Cromarty Peace Group, veteran anti-nuclear activist Brian Quail spoke yesterday evening of his many protests against nuclear conveys and the dangers of nuclear weapons. As a 'veteran' in both age (78) and experience of sit-down and lay-down protests at Coulport and Faslane, the retired classics teacher has a record of more than a dozen convictions and has been jailed many times for failing to pay his fines. The National described him as "the Glasgow pensioner who can stop powerful 100 kiloton nuclear warheads using nothing by a pedestrian crossing."
In his talk he referred to the Doomsday Clock which was moved last month to just two minutes to midnight, the closest point to 'apocalypse' since 1953 when the US and the Soviet Union tested hydrogen bombs.
L to R: Brian Quail, Simon Evans, Sandy Thomson
01 March 2018March blows in like a lion
Cold east winds and occasional snow flurries arrived with the first day of meteorological spring. The 'Beast from the East' weather front continues to affect British weather for the third day, soon to be joined by Storm Emma arriving from the Atlantic.
Fortunately, travel disruptions have been minimal on the Black Isle, and we can enjoy the wintry view of snow-covered hills and Ben Wyvis. Anyone travelling further afield, though, should take heed of the weather warnings and check latest transport updates.
18 February 2018Welcome signs of spring
Despite the snow flurries and frosty temperatures of last week, the snowdrops and aconites beneath the Forsyth Camperdown Elm give a hint of spring. Although a mild spell of weather in February is often followed by a return to winter in March and April*, we can already see the days lengthening.
Many restaurants and shops closed for a time in January have now re-opened: Sutor Creek, Royal Hotel, Emporium, Cheese Shop, Studio48.
15 February 2018'Showing the Love' in Cromarty
On Valentine's Day Cromarty Rising joined with Greenpeace Inverness in the nationwide 'Show the Love initiative' — an annual celebration of all that we love but could lose because of climate change fuelled by our oil based economy.
Every year, people across the UK put on events and activities to get local people involved in initiatives which protect the natural beauty of our country and planet.
The two groups met to discuss the issue of proposed STS oil transfers in the Moray Firth, which is the greatest potential threat to our local environment.
31 January 2018Almost a triple
A triple celestial event takes place today, although we in Cromarty will be able to view — weather permitting — only two of these phenomena.
For the first time since July 2015, there will be a 'blue moon' — the second full moon in a calendar month (the first was on 2nd January). It is also a 'supermoon' — when the moon's orbit is at its closest point to the earth, making it appear larger and brighter than usual. Those living from the Middle East through Asia and Australia will also be able to see a lunar eclipse.
This evening the moon will rise about 5.00pm and remain in the sky until 8.00am tomorrow. It will be at its highest point in the sky at 12.40am.
Photo: View of rising moon over bowling green toward South Sutor at 6.30pm