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I am removing the Flag section, as per the discussion on Talk:Outer_Hebrides#Flags?. The website Flags of the World - Hebrides is not authoritative - its main source seems to be Wikipedia.--JBellis 17:22, 5 February 2006 (UTC)

Good to know (I vectorized the flag). I've been using FOTW as a general source for flag designs, but looks like I'll have to reconsider. –Mysid(t) 14:06, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

Trivia[edit]

I have removed the trivia section from the article. The content within it:

is not really relevant to the Isle of Barra, instead relevent to the specific articles themself. Thanks/wangi 13:44, 22 September 2006 (UTC)

I'm sure that the fictional character,Private James Frazer, from Dad's Army was broguht up on the Isle of Barra - he regularly speaks about his childhood on the island - "reminds me of the time I was a wee little boy on the lone Isle of Barra..." Even the Private James Frazer wikipedia article says that he lived on the island Whym 21:56, 18 May 2007 (UTC)

The TV show wasn't consistent and both Barra and Mingulay are referred to at various times.

Media and the Arts[edit]

Calling something a 'trivia' section is asking for it to be deleted. However, if a section had a title something along the above lines, it may sound much more appropriate even if the content was little different. I have made such an attempt and would cheerfully have the (surely notable) information about Pat Ingoldsby included if anyone can find a decent independent reference. Ben MacDui Talk 17:07, 14 November 2006 (UTC)


Religion[edit]

Was is the predominant religion' of this island mentioned in the first sentence of this article? I we were talking about the Vatican I would understand, but it is entirely inappropriate in an article such as this, and could come across as sectarian/ I am moving it. Boldymumbles 09:47, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

I fully agree.MRM 10:04, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

Completely agree with your edit, although it may be the intention was to highlight this feature, which is relatively unusual in the Hebrides at large, rather than sectarian as such. Ben MacDui (Talk) 10:33, 28 July 2007 (UTC)

Now it's not mentioned at all, which is even odder 81.129.22.210 (talk) 19:24, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Feel free to add something with appropriate citations - we are all volunteers here. Ben MacDui 19:35, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

It could maybe be added back in, something to the effect that this was the case as the Protestant Reformation never reached the Island resulting in it being predominantly Roman Catholic.Webwidget (talk) 19:13, 19 June 2012 (UTC)

Feel free to add something with appropriate citations.... Ben MacDui 11:27, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

Flag Edits[edit]

Does anyone know how to report a 3 revert violation?MRM (talk) 16:50, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/3RR Ben MacDuiTalk/Walk 17:56, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. I've posted a 3RR violation notification with mention of the more recent vandalism from the same unsigned-in editor.MRM (talk) 18:19, 4 February 2008 (UTC)

Barra Airport[edit]

The sentance "Barra's tiny airport, near Northbay, is unique in that the runway is a beach" is incorrect. Fraiser Island in Australia also has a beach runway. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 86.138.78.78 (talk) 07:43, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

True enough - although as the Frasier Island flights do not seem to be scheduled I have left that claim in. Ben MacDuiTalk/Walk 08:28, 3 June 2008 (UTC)

Furthest West[edit]

The term "Britain" is ambiguous. To some, "Britain" is a synonym for the UK. For others, it's the entire archipelago. Others again use it as a synonym for "Great Britain", in the sense of the country formed by the union of the parliaments. But then "Great Britain" is also the name of the British mainland.

Using an ambiguous term makes the golf club claim rather difficult to understand. Prof Wrong (talk) 21:45, 27 December 2010 (UTC)

Great Britain is the large island with mainland Scotland, England and Wales on it. Barra is an island so it is part of the British Isles but not Great Britain. Britain is just short for Great Britain, I believe. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 89.106.142.1 (talk) 18:23, 1 May 2014 (UTC)

The current "The island golf club, Comunn Goilf Bharraidh, has a 9-hole course that is claimed to be the furthest west in the United Kingdom. However, this title may in fact be held by one of the courses near Enniskillen in Northern Ireland." is overly complicated. I think that it is also wrong as Enniskillen Golf Club appears to be further west. I think that we should just state that it is the furthest west in Scotland. AlasdairW (talk) 22:35, 1 May 2014 (UTC)