The Italian Magazine Marie Claire visited the Island recently and the resulting article and photographs can be found here

Below we have provided a very rough translation of the article, as you will see the translation sometimes adds an amusing slant.
If anyone can provide us with a better translation we would be grateful

 

A look at the map of the Hebrides, the Isle of Lismore - 2.5 to 17 km in length - seems stretched a doodle. Grass hills overlooking the sea and white houses from which you expect to see a rabbit out of Beatrix Potter. 180 people living in Lismore, the phone is on an A4 page, but the professionals are twice as many inhabitants: all are at least two jobs, some three. David Wilson, for example, manages the Post Office but sells food, newspapers, rent DVDs and updates every morning, attacking the package on board, the weather from the BBC website.

And if a postman will be enough full-time on the island there are three part-time as well as David's work for Steve Cass and Dorothy Hay, who are, respectively, the trainer of horses / firefighter and
the taxi driver. Even those over seventy are busy, collecting clams, oysters bred for export. Not that on quest'isolotto have found the panacea to the global economic crisis. But Lismore is a perfect microcosm where the crisis is not fear, all thanks to a collective commitment to solidarity.

"Can you do something? Then make it available to the community. We are not obsessed with produce-gain-spend, the essential is more than enough, "says Wilson. The recession has not felt because it never arrived even what he has unleashed, beginning with the outbreak of the financial bubble. So while in Scotland are blurred 206,000 jobs, and in England the government has invested in 3,600 therapists to help those suffering from anxiety and depression because they have lost their jobs or can not pay the mortgage, it makes life here before.

To make things more enjoyable are the small size and the luxury of coming home in ten minutes. That must be why young people are. Who had gone back and get new families from the cities. Including former young creative career fled from London. "It is no coincidence that in Lismore Gaelic it means big garden," adds Wilson while loading the van for delivery of newspapers. "Better not spread too much around the voice, though."

Duncan Brooks, 43 years
"Nowhere else could I do the master of fire, electricity and even the farmer." Duncan Brooks arrived twenty years ago from Glasgow now raises cows and horses, and for Scottish Hydro-Electric is responsible for maintaining the light poles and electrical wiring: "I feel useful to the community. A storm strong enough to cause a total blackout. " Also make the firefighter has local characteristics: "We almost always call for fireplaces and fields catch fire or sheep falling into a ravine." Edinburgh has a girlfriend who "is coming with his two children, I help with the farm, is in love with the place."

It is the only one with a plow and large rents. "Here is almost all trucks. Use it and bring him back with a leg of lamb or 10 pounds of new potatoes. " When not working takes care of the trees at risk of extinction. "I love how my scans Lismore hours. Time for me is not money, is quality of life. " Every morning after breakfast has its own ritual: "I put my tweed jacket and climb the hill to my horses. I sit there and think the world seen from here is not bad. "

Tamsin, 40 years and Duncan McVean, 43 years
Six weeks. " It is the time between when they first set foot here on our honeymoon and when we came to live, leaving London and an apartment in Notting Hill. Before changing your life (the ferryman hour on-line Port Appin and Lismore breeding lambs) Duncan was working with designer Ron Arad, "When we reached the farm was a ruin, for four months we lived in a camper. It was an adventure, I left behind everything but my Vespa. "


He learned to make wild plum brandy, to give birth to lambs, leaving the house in the morning, breathing the air and guess if it rains, "To have the same lifestyle in London should be a millionaire. The other day a friend of mine who works in the City sent me an email: "Hello Duncan I stuck a note on the door that says I'm going to fish around in a year. Arrival ".

Tamsin, the wife of Duncan, was an advertising agency and before the BBC: "A back injury and a long convalescence, I have shortened the life. I looked at the physiotherapists and thought they really go to bed with the consciousness of having done something. I followed courses in shiatsu and yoga, and now this is my work, I go by the old women with arthritis and I like it, pay me in cash but sometimes also with the exchange. I have a fridge full of meat and gave me a Collie. In a few months will be three: "We have adopted a Chinese girl and her garden I planted a cherry tree."


John Macfadyen, 78
"Whenever I smell an oyster I feel a sense of freedom," says John Macfadyen while in full control networks at low tide from his farm. He started 12 years ago when he retired on the beach at Port Ramsay, the fishing village. "This is where I was born, at home, at No. 4. Now I have moved a number: live at 5 '. First was the sailor: "I started on the ships that carried immigrants to Australia from Glasgow, tickets cost 10. Then on merchant cargo from Cape of Good Hope in New York or along the Suez Canal. "


Now traveling as a tourist can visit all those places that has only seen from the bridge: "I went twice to visit my daughter in Sydney last year in Washington to Arlington National Cemetery. I cried when I walked among the graves of unknown soldiers. " He believes that raising oysters is "a wonderful hobby 'with a side business' exports to Hong Kong, eat them in a sophisticated way, I like simple, open them with steam and fry with butter and milk, sometimes there I drink a glass of whiskey peated. In summer, go fishing every evening from eight to midnight: "It's time for mackerel when there are so many phone calls to neighbors and tell him to come quickly."

 

Christina Cass, 26 years
To understand the psychology of dogs has learned 16 years, everything about the cantankerous terrier family: "His name was Scot and did not want to obey. At first I hated it, then over time I discovered that the only way to communicate with him was through body language and facial expressions, not raising his voice. " Originally from Cumbria, the county's most beautiful lakes in the United Kingdom, Christina lives on the island with her husband Steve and son of 5 years.

Needless to say, is a dog trainer: "A perfect job here all have a dog. Use them to look after the sheep, but may not always be suitable for family or company to do the evening. And here I go into the game. " If someone had a dog, we thought Christina PROSECUTION: "I also work as a volunteer in an association that saves animals from euthanasia, we retrieve dogs in danger of being killed by their nature difficult.

During rehabilitation I keep them with me is the privilege of having a garden so big in front of the house. " Your favorite month is April when the lambs are born and suddenly quadruples the number of "inhabitants" of the place. "It's a special time, the entire island has been engaged in this activity and also the farmer who does not help with the sheep, seeing as everyone here knows here give birth to a lamb."

Sarah Campbell, 41
As a child picked up the skirts of wool from the sheep lost in the wire fence, "brought them home, washed them and they worked on a wheel that my mother had converted to frame." Today Sarah designs fabrics for curtains, cushion covers and patches of felt or penguin-shaped cloud. His studio, Mogwaii, is a forest of birches. The distributor? The Internet. Network sells throughout Europe, from Paris to London. "It is hard to find customers, even at times there are so many I want more time for me to four orders per month are enough."

Apart from the lack of privacy (if you buy a special bottle of wine everyone knows that you have something to celebrate), like all of the island, including winter: "The black sky at 3 pm or the wind in October that throws one off, make you feel tiny. " And above all: "The last night of the year, Hogmanay in Gaelic. They go from house to house with cake with dried fruit and whiskey at midnight on the beach singing Auld Lan Syne before the fire. "


That song is the soundtrack of Sex and the City, reinterpreted by his sister Sarah, the folk singer Mairi Campbell. "I like to think that Mairi was motivated in Lismore for the melody, was Sarah Jessica Parker wanted it." The beauty? No programming required to spend some 'together' I prepare a cauliflower soup, put a candle in a bottle of Chianti and do a celebration. "

 

Yorick Paine, 44 years
The nice thing for someone like him who is the carpenter who is "here I have less competition, less fast and less risk: Consider the case of the place, not ever work on scaffolding higher than two floors," says Yorick, who is transferred from Edinburgh a few years ago with his partner Sarah and their two children. Among the residents is a fact of life than ecological spontaneous contact with nature. "If they ask me to do a drywall phone not looking for a dealer of stones. I take the jeep and go into the fields to pick them up. "

Being one of the few craftsmen had the privilege: "A half hour for beer and apple pie with the owners is forever." Often when driving his van on the only road island, deserted him press a smile on his face. "I'll be bad but it is natural if the radio are usually talking about the hellish traffic jam on the London orbital M25 ....

Steve Cass, 58
For all of the horses is psychologist Steve does the postman and fireman but "horse trainer" is what he considers his real job. He started in London, where he was a cop (a horse, of course), "I loved riding, I could not or would not do anything." The 30 years of follow clashes between fans, weddings el'annuale parade for the Queen's birthday, taught him the job.

He discovered the island by sailing: "When I ran away from the frenzy of the city in search of peace." The first time I saw the white wooden cottage on the hill, where he now lives with his wife Christina and son 5 years old, was two years ago: "It was the image I had in mind all along: the sea, mountains, light, space, few people and no building. "

His typical day is: breakfast 7:30 (slow) with the family 9:30 withdrawal of mail delivery with the ferry and van; 12:30 lunch at home, "just 5 pounds hamburger stand; 15 mail delivery of the ferry to Oban. "Then the horses by breeders and farmers, and two evenings a week simulations (paid) to the firehouse. "I always wanted an intense relationship with life. Now I've got. "

Tess and Josie McMeddes, 18 years
Their story could be a Kerouac novel. Parents of Tess and Josie came 20 years ago while Mr. McMeddes built the farm family for a year sleeping in a Volkswagen van, electric blue, still parked in the garden. "More growth and I love this island and if you escape just take the ferry: 50 minutes you are in Oban and from there in three hours in Glasgow," says Tess, who works weekends at a souvenir shop on the mainland
and during the week on the farm of his parents.

She grew up Into the Wild: "With my father did rock, kayaking, sailing, hiking in the Dolomites," says Josie who with his brother plays in a band, "we evening to raise funds for Amnesty." They can not bear that their life is controlled by the sea: "Nothing worse than discovering that the ferry does not start." But he adds: "I do not never go. In London I am an alien, I see people walking hypnotized by Blackberry or friends who spend 200 on a Saturday for cabbage. I last a month. "

Roderick Campbell, 66 years
Sociable, sincere and ironic that the islanders consider Roderick Campbell arrived from Edinburgh to officially become the new reverend of the Lutheran church: "The first time I saw it was a Saturday at a party in my honor, wore a kilt and danced with my future parishioners, "recalls the Reverend, who also made a missionary in Kenya.
"There I met Sue, my future wife."

Before taking the vows was the British army: "Everyone knows about my past as a soldier and I like it, so avoid considering a save souls and think of me as a man with whom to talk." Driving a small spiritual community can make interesting sociological analysis: "If I compare this place with an urban center, I realize that is protected by a reassuring absence of economic cycles.

Inflation, increased interest rates and decreased purchasing power account for less than the newspaper, because here people do not always wasted and lives with the essentials. " Sunday Mass 12:30 is the social event of the week: "There are always at least 60 people, and some people outside the church he never set foot. I expect to have a chat, to talk about obvious things, time, delaying the harvest, the price of wool that goes.
Maybe even the void, but that's OK. Never take life too seriously. "



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