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MacPhail's music: loving life on the Caledonian Canal

Angus MacPhail

Early on the morning of Tuesday November 15 we entered the sea-lock at Corpach. This marked the beginning of the final leg of our voyage to Gairlochy and the transition from sea to inland waterway. The Caledonian Canal is a world-renowned feat of engineering, endurance and hard labour. Built in the early 1800s by Thomas Telford and funded by the British government, one of its main intended roles was to allow the safe passage of Royal Navy ships between the North Sea and the Atlantic

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Park girls dare to be different

Park Primary School girls and former pupil Susie Wolff.

Park Primary School girls and former pupil Susie Wolff.

GIRLS from Oban’s Park Primary School dared to be different on a visit to Knockhill Racing Circuit near Dunfermline. Dare To Be Different was started by retired British racing driver and former Park Primary School pupil Susie Wolff to encourage girls into motor racing and promote the message that gender doesn’t limit your choices. Its mission is to drive female talent in male-dominated environments and professions. Park’s P6 and P7 pupils reported: ‘We made a hover craft

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Trust still on track with land plans

The Rio Tinto smelter in Fort William. Picture Iain Ferguson

The Rio Tinto smelter in Fort William. Picture Iain Ferguson

A TRUST hoping to embark on the largest community land ownership is still ‘very much in the frame’, according to its board members. East Lochaber and Laggan Community Trust (ELLCT) has been campaigning to take control of around 120,000 acres of land in Fort William. The land is associated with the aluminium smelter owned by Rio Tinto, which last week announced an agreement to sell its Lochaber assets to GFG Alliance (SIMEC and the Liberty House Group) for £330 million. After

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Old soldier in appeal to trace friend's family

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A SEARCH for the family of an old military pal has led him to the Bridge of Orchy area – and now he is making one final push to find him. Alec Sykes, a corporal in the Royal Army Pay Corps, now lives in Wakefield and says while he knows his friend, Captain Alex Menzies, RAPC, had passed away, but hopes to get in contact with his sons. Mr Skyes said: ‘Early in 1960, I reported  to the depot of the Royal Army Pay Corps in Devizes to begin my National Service. I was 22 years

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Island firm reaps reward for research

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A LIFE sciences business from the Isle of Skye is reaping the rewards of investing in research and development. Dunvegan-based Gaeltec Devices Ltd received an approval of £331,000 from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to employ an R&D manager, develop new products and promote them in domestic and international markets. As a result, new and innovative medical devices serving niche markets have been developed and launched over the past three years. One of these

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