By The Way Podcast

The By The Way podcast celebrates a Scots-eye cosmic view heard through conversations, true stories and the ideas that live in collected noises. John Boyd is grasping the thistle -eh, the microphone.

That phrase, “… by the way” has particular significance in the vernacular of Glasgow and the west of Scotland, where John spent his youth. It obeys the usual syntax; introducing a new topic, qualification, unsolicited opinion or extra information. In certain groups it’s often used as an expressed full stop – sometimes with the perception of a rigid index finger jabbing the space below your clavicle.

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Torylinn Creamery of Fond Memory

Not only did Torylinn Creamery make outstanding cheese it also used milk from Arran’s dairy cows. Now the creamery is closed the jobs of those who worked there are gone, jobs have gone on farms, the very milk production of the island is collapsing and a great cheese is lost. Angus Adamson sees the effects first hand.

Crofters’ Music Bar Bistro

Crofters' Music Bar Bistro is usually full in the evening.

Over the years since my old mum and her cronies used to get half price chips I’ve known the modern Crofters’ Music Bar Bistro through different incarnations and proprietors. Today’s custodians are father and daughter team Dónal and Ealána Boyle. As Crofters’ Music Bar Bistro has evolved they’ve embraced modern principles caring for their staff, sourcing local and sustainable produce and presenting musicians with personality. They believe they’ve got a winning formula.

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Remedies

Remedies.

Whatever term we use to describe mental health issues; anxiety, depression, stress, low mood or lack of self esteem, remedies are available. There’s someone who can help.

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This is the story of four compassionate and empathetic people working on Arran. They use a variety of techniques from talking therapies and counselling to art therapy and eco-therapy to help clients deal with their issues. One essential of their qualification is to have done the therapy themselves. Counselling helped me overcome some of my issues, which is why the subject piqued my interest.

In the beginning.

I spoke to Andrew the farmer recently and it turns out he had a previous career as a qualified mental health nurse. Our conversation turned to the benefits of working outside and Jenny, his wife, spoke passionately about the benefits of community, exercise and good food. My own counsellor contributes and I talked with an art therapist, who helps people of school age and older. This episode takes a sympathetic look at these remedies.

Arran Scran

A mural from the Drift Inn, Lamlash

A report says that eating local food, produce from within a radius of 12 miles, is twice as beneficial to the environment as eating organic produce from further afield. You’d be hard pushed to find a more tightly defined, “local” area than an island. You certainly don’t need a SatNav on Arran; in many cases once you’ve gone the 12 miles, you’re coming back again. There’s a growing network of producers and purveyors of local produce on Arran. What are the factors that contribute to their success?

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Circumstances have changed drastically for some of the contributors so I’m revisiting this episode. Please check back soon.

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