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Thanks to Stu Who? for directing me to the wonderful cartoons of Max Cannon at Red Meat

The usual warning about putting down any hot liquids and swallowing any biscuits/cakes before reading apply.


Christy Moore Ordinary Man

White Wolf played this number at the book launch the other night. Very powerful.

Ross County 2 Dumbarton 2

I didn’t make the long journey yesterday but Sons got a draw in the Scottish cup against a team two leagues above them and after being 2-0 down. I hear we were fortunate but it was a good result and I’ll bet the Dingwall side will not be relishing the replay.

Whisky In the Jar

Before this week I had never been to such a thing as a book launch. This week however thanks to friend and contributor to this blog, Sneddy I was invited to the launch of the book Whisky in the Jar at the headquarters of the Loch Lomond National Park Authority.

Loch Lomond National Park HQ.

Sneddy (alias Allan Sneddon) already organises charity music events one of which was Castle Rocks in March 2008 under the title Extra Time Events. His latest venture, again with the object of raising money for good causes, is Olida Publishing. As with anything organised by Allan, the night showed great attention to detail. Local band White Wolf set the tone with their Scots/Irish songs and tunes.

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White Wolf

The main event of the night though was the launching of the book and author Alexander Tait explained how he wrote the book, interweaving his own personal experience of alcohol dependence and agoraphobia with his fascination for the history of the area. The Olida website has the following synopsis:

Whisky in the Jar is an historical novel based on the illicit whisky distilling and smuggling activities that occurred around the eighteenth century on Loch Lomondside. Duncan Robertson is an heroic figure who finds himself ensnared in the conflict between the Highland people and the British military a generation after Culloden. It is also the story of the man who writes the novel. A man fighting his own battle against the mental oppression of agoraphobia, alcohol dependency and the threat of job loss. Where Duncan Robertson’s weapons are the broadsword and the pistol, the author uses rock ‘n’ roll and eastern mysticism. These themes are as vibrantly interwoven as any Highland tartan, with richly colourful characters, romance, suspense and dry Scots humour.

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Alexander Tait and Book (photo Stewart Cunningham)

It was an enjoyable experience and I met up with a few folks I hadn’t seen for a while, amongst them another author Sam Wilding and photographer Stewart Cunningham who I have known for over 30 years since his days starting out with the Helensburgh Advertiser.

It seems clear that without Allan’s help two local authors would still be dreaming about having their fist novel published. Sam Wilding was delighted that his book has sold all of its first print run and he’s touring schools promoting the book. Hopefully Whisky in the Jar will have similar success.

Of course I bought a copy of the book on the night signed by the author and once Mrs Bigrab has read it I’ll report back.