Sunday, 28 July 2013

Funding - a benefactor!

Since I mentioned on 18th July that the funding for Island Blogging would only carry us to the end of August I have received two donations totalling £115 which will ensure that Island Blogging can continue until the end of September 2013. If anyone wants to help further and extend the life of IB you can still do so by donating on the Support Island Blogging page.

Thank you so much to to both the people who donated and especially to the overseas follower who donated an unbelievable £100 to carry Island Blogging for a full year. I won’t mention him by name as many benefactors prefer to remain anonymous but I can say that he has been a long term follower of Island Blogging and he obviously derives a great deal of pleasure reading about Scottish Island life (as do hundreds, if not thousands, of other followers).

Island Blogging has been very quiet now for over a year so perhaps this incredible show of support will encourage a few bloggers to put fingers to keyboard and fire up their blogs to let the world know what the privilege of living on one of these wonderful Scottish Islands is like.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, August 8th, 2012 at 4:25 pm and is filed under News and updates. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


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Saturday, 27 July 2013

Donation

Many thanks to reader/visitor David Lakin for a recent donation which helps Island Blogging continue.

The last funding ‘push’ was about eighteen months ago but the funds in hand only cover costs until the end of August - about six weeks - so we’ll soon be needing a few donations from bloggers if Island Blogging is to continue. It costs about £10 a month for the server and that’s all we need to cover.

This entry was posted on Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 10:41 am and is filed under News and updates. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


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New Twitter Feed

I have set up a new Twitter account for Island Blogging @IslandBlogging. In theory it should pick up all the posts from Island Blogging shortly after they are posted (the feed is checked every half hour).

So far it looks as if it works but only time will tell. Those with Twitter accounts might like to follow @IslandBlogging.

This entry was posted on Monday, January 9th, 2012 at 6:51 pm and is filed under News and updates. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


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New link to independent blogs

As it seems to have gone very quiet on Island Blogging over the past few months I have added a feed to the latest posts from the independent island blogs listed on the News and Updates page. You can find a link at the bottom of the front page.

Check it out and you will find that many islanders with their own blogs haven’t posted anything recently either. Maybe island life is just too enjoyable to sit in front of a computer?

This entry was posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 at 11:33 am and is filed under News and updates. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.


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Sunday, 2 June 2013

Staten Island's Historic Richmond Town plays host to annual wine and food event

6-2 wine.jpgHistoric Richmond Town played host to Uncorked, an annual food and wine festival that attracted wine and food connoisseurs from across Staten Island.Bill Lyons
A bottle of red. A bottle of white.

Whatever the mood, Staten Islanders filled their appetites during this year's wine and fine food festival held Saturday on the grounds at Historic Richmond Town. Under a scorching afternoon sun, some 2,000 food and wine connoisseurs feasted on delicacies from local vendors, as they wandered the grounds of the living history village with wine glasses in hand.

Now in its third year, Historic Richmond Town's Uncorked! event showcased food and drink samples from dozens of the borough's best restaurants, bars and winerys. There were mouth-watering riceballs from Papa Perrone's Riceball Shoppe, Tompkinsville; refreshing California rolls from Cucumber Sushi and Salad Bar, Eltingville; and creamy cannolis from Alfonso's Pastry Shoppe, along with many others. "These are the best riceballs I've ever had," said Mary Fargo of Eltingville.

For Dorris Velez, the trip from her home in Westerleigh was well worth it after she tried some guacamole dip courtesy of Maizal Restaurant, Rosebank. "It goes well with the margaritas they're serving," she said, standing in the shade with some friends. "I've come each year and it just gets better. It lets people get a taste of Staten Island."

Flushed-faced patrons -- some the result of a hot sun and others simply from too much wine -- sampled collections from the Staten Island Winery, specialty drinks from Punzone Vodka, and various sangrias, beers and taquillas from the many vendors on site. "I've had a little bit of everything in my glass today," said Jay Taylor of Huguenot, as he held up the empty wine glass given to him with the purchase of a $32 ticket. "I spent the money so I'm going to make it worth my while."

The event also provided Staten Island's small businesses with an opportunity to promote their offerings. "Hopefully more people know about us after today," said Johnpaul Perrone, owner of Papa Perrone's, as he breaded an eggplant for one of his many specialty riceballs. "If someone tells one person about us, then someone tells another, then before you know it everybody's got a riceball in their hand."

Ed Wiseman, director of Historic Richmond Town, said the annual event's purpose is two-fold. First, it promotes the borough's business community, which, he said, helps keep not-for-profits such as his alive. And secondly, it nourishes a knowledge of history, as folks make their way through the sites historic houses.

"Food feeds culture," said Wiseman. "People love to eat their way through American History, and this provides that with different flavors and styles of food."

As Victoria Elliott laid on the grass, all this tourist from England cared about was the Sam Adams in her glass and the shade covering her body. On their first trip to New York, she and her husband called it a "happy mistake" that they found their way to Richmond for the festival after taking a ride on the ferry.

"It's absolutely fantastic. The whole thing is superb and so well-organized," she said reclining onto the grass, her beer in hand and newfound appreciation for Staten Island in her heart. "Everyone said stop by Staten Island. Now I'm glad we did."


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Saturday, 1 June 2013

New York Lottery midday drawings -- Saturday June 1, 2013

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Here are the winning numbers in the New York Lottery midday drawings:

Numbers

8-2-4; Lucky Sum: 14

Win4

0-0-1-8 Lucky Sum: 9


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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

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Hezbollah Intervention in Syria Risks Regional War

Bees building honeycomb on a Top Bar (Photo: April Peavey)

In addition to working in The World’s newsroom in Boston, producer April Peavey has become a backyard beekeeper at her home in New Hampshire. Her package of bees included Russian and Italian bees. And their new home is in a Kenya-style top bar hive.

Given and Sive, seniors at COSAT, show off their new man hats. (Photo: Anders Kelto)

Many cultures have ceremonies that mark the transition from boyhood to manhood. But not all include sleep deprivation, circumcision, and a golf hat.

The funeral in Beirut last week of a Hezbollah soldier, one of dozens killed fighting in Syria on behalf President Bashar al-Assad. Hezbollah's intervention is raising fears of a wider war. (PHOTO: REUTERS/Issam Kobeisy)

The government of Bashar al-Assad is pulling out all the stops to try gain an advantage militarily ahead of a proposed peace conference in June. Perhaps the key to the government’s successes might be the large reinforcement it’s currently getting from Hezbollah.

Thanassis Cambanis

Syrian refugees walk at Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq. (Photo: REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed)

About a half million Syrian refugees are living in Jordan. Some of them are university students who never got to finish their education. Human rights consultant Adrienne Fricke tells anchor Marco Werman that it’s important to find a way for these people to get back to school because they could be instrumental in rebuilding Syria after the war.

Adrienne Fricke

The Cannes Film Festival delivered its top prize to a lesbian romance said to contain sexually explicit scenes. “Blue is the Warmest Color” by French-Tunisian director Abdellatif Kechiche is sure to raise controversy. And there is another kind of controversy gripping a large segment of the French population now: Gay-marriage. This past Sunday, about 150,000 people marched on the streets of Paris to protest the new gay-marriage law.

Steven Erlanger

Veteran Jihadist Militant Mokhtar Belmokhtar speaking at an unknown location (Photo: Reuters/ Sahara Media video)

Islamist militants set off two suicide bombings in Niger Thursday. About 20 people were killed in addition to the bombers. And Friday, French special forces helped Niger’s military secure the military base, where they shot dead two militants who were still hiding in a dormitory.

Thomas Fessy

Police officers leave a Pakistan International Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft on the tarmac at Stansted Airport. (Photo: REUTERS/ Paul Hackett)

British fighter jets scrambled to intercept a passenger plane after reports of an incident on a flight from Pakistan. The plane was diverted and two passengers were arrested. But British police say the incident is not being treated as terrorism. Britain is on full alert two days after the brutal killing of a soldier on the streets of London, by men shouting Islamist slogans. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC’s Angus Crawford at the airport where the plane landed.

Angus Crawford

A man leaves a floral tribute for Drummer Lee Rigby, of the British Army's 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, at a security fence outside army barracks near the scene of his killing in Woolwich in southeast London. Police investigating the murder of the soldier on a busy London street are looking into whether the two suspected killers, British men of Nigerian descent, were part of a wider conspiracy. (Photo: Luke MacGregor/REUTERS)

The two main suspects in the gruesome killing of British soldier Lee Rigby are Nigerian and at least one was raised by devout Christians. Michael Adebolajo, 28, converted to Islam and embraced a particular brand of extremism.

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Monday, 27 May 2013