Reading Group

Group 2 will meet on Thursday 23rd March to discuss No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod.

The meeting for Group 1 has been rescheduled and will now take place on Wednesday 29th March.  Group 1 will discuss We Need To Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver.

E-Resources Update

New Resources on Athens

Clydebank College Library has recently updated its Athens service, and now a large number of new resources are now available.

These include:

Census Collection: Resources and Statistics from the 19th Century to 2001;
Education Media Online (EMOL): Online collection of films and videos for use in teaching resources for many subjects;
JORUM: Repository providing access to learning and teaching materials for FE and HE;
TV Times Project: Database of all programmes listed in TV listings magazine TV Times from 1955 – 1985…
…as well as the usual quality resources such as Oxford Reference Online, InfoTrac and SCRAN. 

Please call into the library for an Athens account, or even if you have forgotten your password!

Bollywood at the library!

Clydebank College Library has a new collection of Bollywood films for lending.

So if you are a fan of the Hindi-language film industry, or even if you just like singing, dancing, and melodrama, pay us a visit!

Here is a list of the films which are available:

Adalat (1976)
Albela (2001)
Amar Akbar Anthony (1977)
American Desi (2001)
Biwi No 1 (1999)
Chhupa Rustam (1973)
Dhaai Akshar Prem Ke (2000)
Do Aur Do Paanch (1980)
Don (1978)
Dukaan (2004)
Ek Rishtaa (2001)
Gunga Jumna (1961)
Hawas (2004)
Hera Pheri (2000)
Hum Hain Rahi Pyar Ke (1993)
Hum Saath-Saath Hain (1999)
Jaani Dushman (2002)
Jeena Sirf Merre Liye (2002)
Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai (2000)
Laila Majnu (1976)
Market (2003)
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (2002)
Namak Halaal (1982)
Pyaar Kiya To Darna Kya (1998)
Ram Aur Shyam (1967)
Sanjog (1971)
Umrao Jaan (1981)

Review: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Book Review: No Great Mischief

Hugh Beattie

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I had heard mixed reviews of this from other readers and thus I did not expect a page-turner. Although this novel meanders all over the place, I did enjoy it for the following reasons: it paints a fine picture of island/highland life both here in Scotland & also in Canada.  It is jam – packed with Celtic folklore & wisdom & the little nuggets are repeated throughout the novel like a mantra.
 
On the surface this may seem like a nostalgic look at the Highland Clearances from the better life in the New Scotland, but this novel contains such weirdness, sadness & a sense of loss written in a way, that keeps you turning pages to see, where it could possibly be going next.
 
All the characters are so strange they remind me of my own family.
 
The old adage that our ancestors are not dead as long as someone can remember them living, seems appropriate.