A View from the Hebrides


So many pages in the Scottish Daily Record carry full-page advertisements, for the likes of Aldi, M&S, Sky and Morrisons, all opposite hot celebrity gossip. What’s new?

Calum, a young Welshman who helps out at First Fruits Tea Room in Tarbert on the Isle of Harris took our order and said, “Have you read the goss?” I didn’t quite catch what he meant.

First Fruits is at the hub of Tarbert on the Isle of Harris. The building was once a crofter’s cottage. Now it’s a friendly and inviting cafe with treadle sewing machine tables and where Steven, the proprietor, rules supreme, and where everything is “no bother”. It’s the staff’s cheerful attitude towards their customers that’s like a breath of fresh air.

Then Calum mentioned Robert. Ah, I worked it out: goss is for gossip! Calum had seen a a big article in the Daily Record with the gossip about him moving in with an older woman, 36 year-old Reese Witherspoon. Hilarious. It makes it sound like an old lady has taken pity on poor young Robert Pattinson, my nephew.

“A source said”…. I love this classic phrase. They repeated this journalists’ mantra twice before changing tack and referring to “an insider”. It’s an easy option for plucking something out of nothing, making up a story, guessing.

Hollywood…a leak here… a source there. My eyes roll across the page of fantasy.

We mustn’t forget, the next film is just round the corner.

Calum in the tearoom in Tarbert asks what we’re doing today. “Nothing much”….a source tells him.


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Posted on August 3, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Brilliant!! D xx

    Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2012 09:25:47 +0000 To:

  2. Yasmin M. Carricaburu Fontana

    Hi Mrs. Weller,
    I do not really know what the Daily Record has written about the whole stuff, but what you can read on the web is a bit different.
    ……………….I really hope to meet him one day, and since I wanna be an actress, I’d like to work with him, he’s a really great and talented actor.
    I wish the best for him and his career, he really derves it.
    I hope you will read me, I really like your blog, it was an amazing idea. Have a really really great day.

    Best regards,

    Yasmin Fontana.

    PS.: I want you to know that I’ve written these lines not as a Rob’s fan, but just as a person that admire and really appreciate another one. Thank you.

  3. Deb (seattlec)

    “nothing much” a source tells him, touche!

  4. Hello Monica!

    You can make the best wishes to Clare for his birthday from the fans of Rob? We adore it! Thank you!

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