We’re really happy to say that classes are getting pretty busy again. With our numbers currently limited by social distancing, please can all students hoping to return contact their teacher beforehand so that we can avoid people having to wait. If all those who have been attending since we first re-opened can stick to their regular time slots, that will also be really helpful. We still have quite a few spaces from 9.30am and in the evenings.
22nd of August 2020
22nd August 2020
We’ve been open 4 weeks now, wonderful weeks. Numbers have stayed around the same 30-40 but have slowly in the last few days crept over 40. So if you haven’t been in the shala regularly since we got back please please email or call to check we have space. While we’d like to be able to go back to a squash and a squeeze we can’t just yet. We do have space at 9.30 and in the evenings. If you have been coming regularly please continue to do so at about the same time. I know some of you have gone on holiday and we have allowed for that and kept some space for you. If we get lots of requests to come back we may open on a saturday.
Boris Johnson for all his mishaps had chosen one of the most beautiful places in Scotland to stay. The Applecross peninsula is not far from where my Dad lives. one of the highest road pass and certainly the steepest and scariest in Scotland. Which somehow people cycle over. Just checkout Bealach na Ba. It has awesome sand dunes which as a kid we used to roll down. The sea is well freezing.
Anyway, a few days ago I did an interview with Jose from Madrid on IGTV and here is the link to it on youtube.
It’s an hour-long, so grab yourself some tea and biscuits. It takes me a minute to get my shit together and find out how to join IGTV so be patient.
17th Aug 2020
17th August 2020
We’re still here and taking each day as it comes. If you ever wanted a hidey-hole to get away from it all. Here is a link to a cottage. My Dad bought it years ago and it’s been let out as a holiday cottage. He lives up the glen. Anyway, I’ve spent a few summers here and it is a gorgeous wee house. He’s 80 something now so time just to walk mountains and look at the stars.
I don’t expect anyone to actually buy it but it’s nice to have dreams
6th of Aug 2020
06th August 2020
Sometime ago I did an interview with my good friend John Bultman. He’s just put it on video so you can watch it (and others) here.
Hamish will be holding an online conference this Sunday 09th August at 12.00pm (midday) UK time. Louise Newton will be joining him. Open to all. Free. Email Hamish for Zoom link.
2nd of July 2020
02nd August 2020
Anna and I went to the cinema for the first time in 4 months (bar the outdoor drive in cinema at Ally Pally). So lovely to get back to comfy seat and a bag of popcorn. Unfortunately there were only 6 of us in the whole screen.
It reminded me of how AYL used to be when we’d pack 20 in the main room, the finishing room was packed and still people were waiting. So much love in the room. Fortunately the shala still stands and has all that love supporting the walls. We’re still relatively quiet. Friday there was only 22 all morning.
Next Sunday the 9th we will have on-line conference at 12 midday. Louise will be here too. I’ll just work out a zoom thing and send it out in the next 24hours. If you don’t get it, apologies, please email me.