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First Crime In Decades Stuns Tiny Hebrides Island Community

The community shop in Canna, in the Inner Hebrides, has been run on an “honesty basis” for four years

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A tiny Scottish island has been hit by its first crime in decades after thieves raided its only shop.

The community shop in Canna, in the Inner Hebrides, has been run on an “honesty basis” for four years, with customers noting down the groceries and items they take in a book and leaving the money in a box.

Run by volunteers, it is regularly left open overnight to allow fishermen who dock at the island’s pier to get what they need at any time b ut the community group which runs the shop said that will now have to change after the theft on Friday night.

The Isle of Canna Community Shop (SWNS)The Isle of Canna Community Shop (SWNS)

When staff checked on the store on Saturday morning, they realised the shelves had been emptied of sweets, biscuits, coffee, toiletries, batteries and six hand-knitted wool hats that had been on display.Roughly four miles (6.4km) long and a mile (1.6km) wide, Canna has a population of about 20 people and the last crime on the island was reportedly the theft of a carved wooden plate from a church on the island in the 1960s.

Police said they did not know the history of crime on the island but that the shop theft was “rare”.

Councillor Bill Clark, who has represented the area for 13 years, said: “It’s quite unbelievable, it’s something you don’t hear about at all in the Inner Isles.

“I would think this is the first crime in years – I don’t know for sure but I certainly haven’t heard of any crime there in my time.

“I doubt very much if anyone even locks their doors there.”

A message posted on Facebook by the Isle of Canna Community Development Trust said: ” Sadly our community shop was robbed on Friday night. In the four years our shop has been run on an honesty basis, this is the first time this has happened and we are all gutted by it.

“The thieves cleared the shelves of sweets, chocolate bars, coffee, biscuits, toiletries, batteries and more. Most upsetting for Julie (the shop manager) was they stole six of her hand-knitted Canna wool hats which were in the shop on a sale or return basis. These hats are all unique.

“The thieves would have had to fill carrier bags with the amount of items they took.”

Police officers on the mainland are investigating the incident and want to speak to anyone who was docked at Canna pier on Friday night.

The Trust message continued: ” Sadly, this means we will have to lock the door of the shop overnight now. We left it open specifically to welcome fisherman in to use the wi-fi and buy anything they needed while resting in at our pier overnight.

“The feedback from the fishing community was that it is a most welcome service. It is, therefore, very sad that they and other visitors have to lose out.

“On Friday night a fishing boat was in at our pier all night – Mary Anne CY340, which we were told works out of Tarbert/Loch Fyne and is skippered by George Brown. If they have any info or witnessed anything, please get in touch.

“If anyone else has any information about this crime please let us know.

“With such a small community, this is the only way our shop can be viably run to provide a valuable service to locals and visitors.

“Thefts like this put our shop in jeopardy and may mean it will have to close, which would be a real shame after all the hard work and voluntary hours that go into it.”

Chai…..has his own Radio Station…


It broadcasts on 101.9 MHz with an effective radiated power of 100 watts (class A1) using an omnidirectional antenna.The station operates under a community radio licence and has a variety format. It opened in 1980.

Seriously I feel that Irene has taken Chai to her heart, perhaps Mel can teach him to source Starbucks???IMG_7803[1]


Such a fine looking K-9

A Wonderful week, at Southdene

It is hard to believe that a week ago today. I was a bundle of nerves, driving to the Borders General Hospital to have all my teeth removed 16-22 what did a number matter. This was going to be far more painful than Childbirth……or so I imagined.

At the hospital I was made welcome and soothing words were spoken by the DEntal Surgeon Dr Karsi and all her team. In fact they convinced me to go the sedation route. I did tell them that my old buddy/friend/pal/confidant Mel Williams had also told me how it was far safer and comfortable to be sedated.

So taking a gulp and a deep breath I said YES please we will go for sedation. It was all I had been told. smooth painless and rather quick. Not the least bit like my imaginings. All I could think of was Steve Martin in Little Shop of Horrors.

Thanks again to the staff of Borders General Hospital in Melrose:

0700 Friday 5 June 2015 BEFORE:

0700 before entering Hospital
0700 in Hospital Parking lot….OMG what am I getting into?

24 Hours Later pain Free a new Man>>>>>>

 wow a new smile and a new lease on life
wow a new smile and a new lease on life

The animals comforted me and off we went for a walk and a paddle in the river.

How does one say CALF in Chinese? ? ? ? ?
How ? does one say CALF in Chinese ? ? ?
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are you ready ???? YUNG COW
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Schmall overlooking her Empire
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A pastoral scene of Point to Point racehorses
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A selfie wee the Gee Gees.
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C’mon in Girls the water is Fine….
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Are you only going to Paddle??
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If I eat Grass like those Guys will I grow bigger????

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Then it was back home for a rest…..

Hey we are trying to have a Nap.
Hey we are trying to have a Nap.