Crogaelgeoirí ann an Cumaradh! #gàidhlig

‘S fìor thoil leam turasan rèile –  mar a tha fhios aig leughadairean a’ bhloga seo – ach tha rudeigin a tha gu sònraichte math mu thuras a tha a’ dol dhan tràigh agus a’ gabhail a-steach an dà chuid trèana is bàta.

Tha sinn a' dol air splaoid gu Cumradh an-diugh! #gaidhlig #portamhuilinn #millport #tiocaidean

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Aig tòiseach làithean saora na Càisge, chaidh sinn air fear de na tursan rèile is bàta as fheàrr leam – Glaschu gu Port a’ Mhuilinn (Millport) ann an Cumaradh. Chaidh mi air an turas seo an tòiseach mu 15 bliadhna air ais agus chòrd e rium glan agus bi mi a’ feuchainn ri dhol air ais co-dhiù turas sa bhliadhna.

Tha rudeigin caran surreal mu eilean Chumaraidh. Bidh thu a’ dol air an aiseag agus an àite a bhith a’ tighinn a-steach don tìr ann am baile no cidhe trang le bùithtean is cafaidhean mar a bhios a’ tachairt ann an àite sam bith eile, chan eil rud sam bith ann an Sliop Chumaraidh idir ach a-mhàin stad bus!

An Loch Siora @calmacferries Aig Cumbrae Slip, Cumradh, Schd Bhòid #gaidhlig

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An uair sin, bidh a h-uile duine a’ dol air a’ bhus airson turas mu 3 mìle a-steach do Phort a’ Mhuilinn. ‘S e turas bus gu math inntinneach a th’ ann oir mar as trice bidh am bus loma-loma-làn agus bidh daoine a’ strì is a’ trod ri chèile gus faighinn air bòrd agus gus àite-suidhe no fiù’s àite-seasaimh fhaighinn. Tha mi a’ smaoineachadh gur ann bhon turas bus seo a tha an t-seann abairt a’ tighinn: chan ann am Bòid uile a tha an t-olc; tha cuid dheth sa Chumaradh Bheag làimh ris!

Às dèidh an turais bus (ma mhaireas tu beò tro shabaid nam prama is nam peinnseanairean), ruigidh tu Port a’ Mhuilinn, prìomh bhaile an eilein.  Ged a tha corra taigh an siud ’s an seo ann an àiteachan eile san eilean, tha glè bheag dhiubh ann agus chan eil baile sam bith eile ann.

Tha coltas caran neònach air Port a’ Mhuillinn oir ged a tha e air an tràigh, tha na taighean air a’ phrìomh shràid nan teanamantan mar a chitheadh tu ann an Glaschu agus chan eil e idir coltach ri baile-puirt eileanach eile mar a chitheadh tu ann am Muile no san Eilean Sgitheanach no ann an Àrainn mar eisimpleir.

Bha Port a’ Mhuilinn air leth mòr-chòrdte gus na 60an airson saor-làithean “doon the watter” airson muinntir Ghlaschu agus tha tòrr bhùithtean ann a tha a’ reic bhucaidean is spaidean agus cafaidhean a tha reic reòiteag agus iasg is tiops.

An turas seo, bha mi ann leis na Mentalist Sisters – mo nighean Ciorstaidh is Eubha.

Rinn sinn na rudan àbhaisteach – reòiteag, an tràigh, tiops ann an Café an Ritz agus turas gu ‘Clach a’ Chrògail’. Chleachd mi seo mar leisgeul airson taic a thoirt don iomairt airson Achd Gaeilge do cheann a tuath na h-Èireann!

An rud as fheàrr mun latha – dh’ionnsaich mi gur e nàisean a th’ ann an Cumaradh! Seadh, nàisean!

Agus is dòcha nach e beachd cho gorach sin a th’ ann – tha e nas motha na co-dhiù dà nàisean eile: a’ Bhatacan agus Monaco.

Wow! 'S e nàisean a th' ann an Cumaradh a-nis a rèir coltais! #gaidhlig #cumbrae #cumradh #cumaradhmòr #portamhuilinn #millport

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Tha deagh chonspiracy theory agam mu Chumaradh cuideachd. ‘S e sin gum bi iad a’ filmeadh Death in Paradise ann an Cumaradh Mòr seach ann an Guadeloupe mar a bhios am BBC a’ cumail a-mach. Tha iad gu tric a’ filmeadh air an tràigh agus tha eilean beag ann gu math faisg air làimh a tha a’ coimhead gu math coltach ri Cumaradh Beag (Wee Cumbrae).

Tha mi an dùil turas a chur air dòigh gu Cumaradh Beag latha de na làithean mar phàirt den phròiseact ùr agam Alasdair Ascends – Alba gu Ascension. ‘S e amas a’ phròiseact seo a bhith a’ dol gu Eilean na Deasgabhalach san Atlantaig a Deas agus mar phàirt den phròiseact, tha mi gu bhith a’ coimhead air beagan eileanan inntinneach is iomallach ann an Alba cuideachd.

Mar a chanas iad, mo bheannachd air Cumaradh Mòr, Cumaradh Beag agus air eileanan Bhreatainn is Èirinn làimh riutha!

Alasdair

Ann am Port a' Mhuilinn leis na Mentalist Sisters! #gaidhlig #cumradh #portamhuilinn #siorrachdbhòid

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An turas: GLC-CUL (via LAR).

An leabhar agam: Turtle Island: A Journey to Britain’s Oddest Colony le Sergio Ghione.

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Busaichean-tràilidh Ghlaschu – 50 bliadhna bho dh’fhalbh iad #gàidhlig #trolleybus

B’ e fìor dhroch latha airson na h-àrainneachd agus airson còmhdhail phoblach na h-Alba a bh’ ann an 27 Cèisean 1967.

‘S ann air an latha sin a dhùin siostam nam busaichean-tràilidh (trolleybus) ann an Glaschu.

Soidhne ann an Taigh-tasgaidh nam Busaichean-tràilidh, Sandtoft

Dè th’ ann am bus-tràilidh? Tha e letheach slighe eadar trama agus bus – bus dealanach a bhios a ruith air an rathad air taidhrichean ach a bhios a’ togail dealain tro pholaichean air a’ mhullach.

Dà bhus-tràilidh Lunnainneach, Taigh-tasgaidh Sandtoft

Bha siostaman mòra ann an Lunnainn, Caerdydd, Beal Feirste agus grunn bhailtean ann an taobh tuath agus meadhan Shasainn. Dhùin an siostam mu dheireadh san RA, siostam Bradford, ann an 1972.

Bha oidhirp ann gus busaichean-tràilidh a thoirt air ais ann an Leeds bho chionn goirid ach chuir an Riaghaltas stad air an sgeama aig a’ mhionaid mu dheireadh bliadhna no dhà air ais agus mar sin, chan eil e coltach gum faic sinn busaichean-tràilidh san eilean seo a-rithist, gu mì-fhortanach.

Tha tòrr siostaman bus-tràilidh soirbheachail fhathast san Roinn Eòrpa, ge-tà, a tha  a’ toirt seachad còmhdhail phoblach uaine.

Bus-tràilidh ann am Moscow

Tha àite no dhà anns an RA far am faic thu busaichean-tràilidh a’ ruith ann an taighean-tasgaidh. ‘S e Taigh-tasgaidh nam Busaichean-tràilidh ann an Sandtoft faisg air Doncaster an t-àite leis a’ chruinneachadh as motha agus air 27 Cèistean 2017, 50 bliadhna bho dhùin siostam Ghlaschu, bidh mi ann aig tachartas sònraichte gus busaichean-tràilidh Ghlaschu a chomharrachadh.

Bus-tràilidh glèidhte à Glaschu

Tha dà bhus-tràilidh à Glaschu fhathast ann – fear dùbailte ann an Sandtoft agus fear singilte ann an Taigh-stòras nan Taighean-tasgaidh ann an Glaschu (chan eil e air a thaisbeanadh gu poblach an-dràsta, gu mì-fhortanach). Tha mi a’ dèanamh fiughair ri bhith a’ dol air bus-tràilidh Ghlaschu mu dheireadh thall – rud a bha mi ag iarraidh dèanamh bho bha mi beag bìodach!

Ma tha cuimhne aig duine sam bith air na busaichean-tràilidh, bu fhìor mhath cluinntinn mu dheidhinn agus cuiridh mi na beachdan agaibh suas air a’ bhloga seo!

Lìonra nam Busaichean-tràilidh, Glaschu

Alasdair

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Alasdair Ascends! Ascension Island adventure? #AscensionIsland

Ascension Island is a small and incredibly remote island in the South Atlantic, forming part of the British Overseas Territory of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha.

I’ve always loved remote and unusual places, especially Islands and would love your ideas about how I can get there!

Why do I want to go to Ascension Island?

  • It’s really, really remote. It is both small AND far away! It makes St Kilda look like central London and North Rona like Manhattan by comparison. It is approximately half-way between Africa and South America.
  • Charles Darwin visited Ascension on his famous Voyage of the Beagle and wrote all about it.
  • It is volcanic, red and most of it looks like the surface of Mars (or at least as Mars is portrayed on Star Trek).
  • There is a unique and eccentric rainforest in the centre of the island planted on the instruction of Charles Darwin. There was too little water to support a permanent population until Darwin suggested planting various species of different types from all over the world to encourage rain – and it worked!
  • Ascension Island is an amazing place for nature with giant turtles, land crabs, feral donkeys and sea birds with such cool names as the Black Noddy, the Brown Booby and the Ascension Island Frigate.
  • The island has played an important part in the history of sailing, warfare and even in the space race.
  • The Island was initially permanently inhabited when Napoleon was exiled to St Helena as a navy base to guard agains any escape attempts.
  • Anti-slavery patrol ships were based on Ascension during the 19th century.
  • With all the celebrity deaths last year (I particularly miss Rick Parfitt) and all the current worldwide political uncertainly, being on a small rock in the middle of the South Atlantic may be the way forward!
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Ascension Island – Small AND far away

Last year I entered a competition to win a trip to the Island. This was the CapriSun bucket list adventure where you thought of your ultimate adventure and then let the public vote on it. My personal bucket-list adventure would have been to visit the Falkland Islands and to Ascension Island (or in Gaelic, na h-Eileanan Fàclanach agus Eilean na Deasgabhalach).I got into the top ten of the public vote in the competition and was delighted to hear that I’d won a runner-up prize, particularly since they said that prizes would be linked to the adventures chosen by the competition winners. I was hoping for perhaps a book about the British Overseas Territories and was therefore surprised to find that the prize I had won was was a day trip to Edinburgh Castle!

After this, being a man of limited means, I accepted sadly that I was unlikely ever to get to Ascension Island.

Then I had another idea. Recently, I learnt about a crowd-funding project All the Stations by Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe to visit all the railway stations in Great Britain and to document this in professional videos. It’s a big project which will take them a month and cost over £30,000 to produce the videos. Geoff is already a popular YouTuber and was successful in reaching his target in just two weeks. I was one of the many subscribers and am sponsoring Stepps and Dumbreck stations!

This got me thinking whether I might just be able to visit Ascension Island after all through a crowd-funding campaign or could find another way of funding the trip.

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Map of Ascension Island from Wikimedia Commons

I’d really like to hear your views on my idea and whether it might be a goer or not.

I’ve researched the matter and have worked out that a trip to the Island  for a few days would cost between  £2,500 and £3,000 including all the costs (trains, planes, accommodation, car rental, visa, insurance and everything else).

If I go with the Crowdfunding option, what is really important about projects is that people who consider contributing some money feel that they are getting something back. With the All the Stations crowdfunder, the most important thing is that you feel that you are actually on the trip along with Geoff and Vicki through their videos and social media content.

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Here is my question for you. If I set up a crowdfunder:

(a) Do you think Crowdfunding would be a good option? If so, would you be willing in principle to contribute a little money (I don’t mean a lot of money – but £10 or £20)

(b) What would you like to see as an outcome from the project, either for yourself or something that would be of general interest to the public.

(C) Do you have any other ideas about ways to raise money?

I’ve spoken to some friends already about this and together we’ve come up with the following ideas:

  • A bilingual blog about Ascension Island – looking at history, nature, conservation, arranging the trip and more
  • A bilingual Gaelic-English ebook about the trip and the Island, free to subscribers
  • Offering to speak to club and societies about my trip afterwards in Gaelic or English.
  • Approaching Gaelic broadcasters and publishers to see if they might be interested in this idea
  • Offering the best photos I take on the island to subscribers on a memory stick.
  • A Vlog or no podcast about my trip
  • A gift like a postcard or Ascension Island flag for all subscribers.
  • A short (very lo tech) film about my trip.
  • Offering to volunteer with Ascension Island conservation for a day or two while I’m there

The most important thing is that people woukd feel that they are getting something back and that it wouldn’t just be “Alasdair’s big fat holiday”!

What do you think? Good idea or bad idea? Have you ever been involved in a crowd-funding campaign before? I’d really appreciate any views at all.

What do you all think? Please leave a note on the blog if you have any thoughts or ideas.

Many thanks,

Alasdair

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Iomairt bheag – co-chomhairle air #Gaeilge air busaichean Èireann a Tuath #gàidhlig

Tha Translink, a’ chompanaidh a tha a’ ruith còmhdhail phoblach ann an Èirinn a Tuath air co-chomhairle a chur air dòigh mu bhith a’ cur Gaeilge air na sgrìnichean fiosrachaidh air busaichean ann an sgìre Dhoire.

Chuir iad fios dà-chànanach air busaichean air Bothar na bhFál ann am Béal Feirste beagan bhliadhnaichean air ais agus tha iad ag iarraidh bheachdan bhon t-sluaigh mu bhith a’ leudachadh dà-chànanas gu busaichean ann sgìre Dhoire.

Gabhaidh an ceisteachan a lìonadh sa Ghaeilge agus sa Bheula.

Tha mi fhèin air a lìonadh, a’ cur taic ris a’ mholadh agus a’ moladh gum bu chòir do na soidhnichean aig stèiseanan rèile a bhith dà-chànanach cuideachd.

Clas 4000 a’ fàgail Stèisean Dúbhearn, Port Rois

Alasdair

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Alba gu Ascension? #gàidhlig

Chuir mi tagradh a-steach do cho-fharpais ‘bucket list adventure’ aig CapriSun an-uiridh gus feuchainn ri turas a bhuannachadh gus na h-Eileanan Fàclannach (Falkland Isles) agus Eilean na Deasgabhalach (Ascension Island)

Seo post-bloga a sgrìobh mi mu dheidhinn aig an àm.

800px-Ascension_Island_LocationEilean na Deasgabhalach – Beag AGUS fad air falbh!

‘S e bhòt a bh’ anns a’ cho-fharpais agus gus buannachadh, dh’fheumadh tu a bhith anns a’ phrìomh 10 a thaobh bhòtaichean.

Ciamar a chaidh dhomh?

Le taic bho mo chàirdean is caraidean, bha mi sa phrìomh 10 aig a cheann thall. Taing mhòr a h-uile duine! Chaidh an tagradh agam a chur air adhart don phannal-breithneachaidh agus chuala mi air ais gun do bhuannaich mi duais. Chuala mi mìos no dhà às dèidh sin nach do bhuannaich mi a’ phrìomh duais ach gum faighinn duais eile a bhiodh co-cheangailte ris a’ bhucket list adventure a bha mi air taghadh.

Bho chionn goirid, chuala mi na bha mi air buannachadh……..

……. turas gu Caisteal Dhùn Èideann!

Chan eil mi cinnteach dè an ceangal a bh’ ann ris na h-Eileanan Fàclannach no Eilean na Deasgabhalach ach chan eil mi a’ dol a ghearain mu dheidhinn – tha e daonnan math a bhith a’ dol gu Caisteal Dhùn Èideann.

Ach às dèidh sin, bha mi a’ smaoineachadh nach fhaighinn gu Eilean na Deasgabhalach gu bràth.

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Ach an uair sin, bha beachd ùr agam. Bho chionn goirid, dh’aithris mi air iomairt maoineachaidh-sluaigh All the Stations aig Geoff Marshall agus Vicki Pipe airson a dhol air turas rèile gu gach stèisean ann am Breatainn.  Tha iad gu bhith a’ dèanamh bhideothan mun adhartas aca ‘S e pròiseact gu math mòr a th’ ann – bheir e mìos agus cosgaidh e còrr is £30,000 gus bhideothan proifeiseanta a dhèanamh.  Fhuair iad an t-airgead a bha a dhìth orra taobh a-staigh 2 sheachdain.

Thug sin orm smaoineachadh – saoil am b’ urrainn dhomh turas gu Eilean na Deasgabhalach (Ascension Island) a chur air dòigh tro mhaoineachadh-sluaigh?

Bu toil leam ur beachdan air seo a chàirdean!

Tha mi air rud beag rannsachaidh a dhèanamh air a’ chùis agus tha mi air obrachadh a-mach gun cosgadh turas gu Eilean na Deasgabhalach a mhaireadh seachdain eadar £2,500 agus £3,000 a’ gabhail a-steach na cosgaisean air fad (trèanaichean, plèanaichean, àiteachan fuirich, càr air mhall, bhìosa, àrachas agus a h-uile rud eile).

Nis, ’s e an rud cudromach le pròiseactan mar seo gum faigh na daoine a chuireas airgead ris a’ mhaoineachadh-sluaigh rudeigin air ais. Leis an iomairt All the Stations, mar eisimpleir, ’s e an rud as motha a tha thu a’ faighinn air ais gu bheil thu a’ faireachdainn gu bheil thu air an turas còmhla ri Geoff is Vicki tro na bhideothan snoga èibhinn a nì iad.  Tha fios agad cuideachd dè seòrsa bhideo a bhios ann a chionn ’s gu bheil iad air feadhainn a dhèanamh mar-thà den aon seòrsa.

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Bratach Eilean na Deasgabhalach

Seo mo cheist dhuibh!

(a) A bheil sibh a’ smaoineachadh gun oibreachadh maoineachadh-sluaigh? Agus am biodh tu dèonach ann am prionnsabal beagan airgead a chur ris (chan eil mi a’ bruidhinn air airgead mòr ach air £15 no £20)

(b) dè bu toil leibh fhaicinn mar thoradh air a’ phròiseact? Dè an rud a bu toil leibh faighinnn às gu pearsanta agus/no dè a bhiodh bhiodh inntinneach/feumail do dhaoine san fharsaingeachd?

(c) a bheil beachd sam bith eile agaibh air dòighean gus airgead a thogail – no dòigh sam bith eile – gus faighinn gu Eilean na Deasgabhalach?

Bhruidhinn mi ri beagan chàirdean agus seo na molaidhean a fhuair mi gu ruige seo:

  • Bloga a’ coimhead air Eilean na Deasgabhalach – air eachdraidh is nàdar is glèidhteachas is eile, mu bhith a’ cur an turais air dòigh agus mun turas fhèin le puist cunbhalach. Bhiodh na puist uile dà chànanach.
  • Leabhar-d a sgrìobhadh mun turas (san dà chànan) agus a thoirt dhan a h-uile duine a bheir airgead dhan phròiseact.
  • A bhith deònach bruidhinn ri buidheann/comann sam bith mun turas agam às dèidh làimh ann an Gàidhlig no Beurla.
  • A’ feuchainn ri faighinn a-mach am biodh ùidh aig craoladair no companaidh foillseachaidh sam bith sa ghnothach.
  • Na dealbhan as fheàrr a thogas mi a chur air bioran-cuimhne do dhaoine a bheir airgead dhan phròiseact.
  • Vlog agus no podcast fhad’s a bhios mi anns an eilean. Bhiodh iad seo uile dà chànanach.
  • Film a dhèanamh mun chùis (chan e rud hi-tech a bhiodh ann ach rud le camara air leth simplidh – is dòcha rudeigin coltach ri Take me to Pitcairn le Jools McDonnell. (Ach chan eil mi cinnteach a bheil na sgilean filmidh idir idir cho math!)
  • Rudeigin a thoirt do na daoine a bheir airgead dhan phròiseact – cairt puist às an eilean no bratach an eilean no rudeigin eile.

‘S e an rud as cudromaiche a th’ ann gum biodh daoine a’ faireachdainn gun robh iad a’ faighinn rudeigin air ais agus nach e dìreach “Alasdair’s big fat holiday” a bhiodh ann!

Dè ur beachd a chàirdean? An bheil sibh a’ smaoineachadh gur e deagh idea a tha seo? Droch idea? An robh sibh an sàs ann am maoineachad-sluaigh roimhe? Bhiodh e math beachd sam bith a th’ agaibh air a chùis a chluinntinn.

Ach carson a tha mi airson a dhol ann?

  • Tha e iomallach! Eil thu a’ smaoineachadh gu bheil Hiort no Rònaigh iomallach? Tha iad coltach ri Lunnainn an taca ri Eilean na Deasgabhalach!
  • Chaidh Charles Darwin ann air turas a’ Bheagle agus sgrìobh e mu dheidhinn!
  • Tha e na eilean bholcànach a tha car coltach ri Mars!
  • Tha coille uisge ann a chaidh a chur le Darwin gus feuchainn ri uisge fhaighinn air an eilean tioram seo – agus dh’obraich e! Tha lusan is craobhan ann à gach ceàrnaidh den t-saoghal.
  • Tha an t-eilean sgoinneil airson nàdar – turtairean, partanan-talmhainn (land crabs), asalan-fiadhaich is eile.
  • Tha eachdraidh  chudromach air a bhith aig an eilean ann an seòladaireachd, cogadh agus fiù’s an space race.
  • Mas e is gun obraich am pròiseact seo, tha mi a’ beachdachadh air turas eile gu Seòirsia a Deas agus na h-Eileanan Fàlclannach aig a bheil ceangail cho làidir ris na Gàidheilg.

Dè ur beachd?!

Taing mhòr!

Alasdair

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