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Daily Archives: November 8, 2009

Editorial: Tokenism at the till

Editorial: Tokenism at the till

To suggest that the problems our society faces are complex is hardly a controversial proposition. Were they not complex we would surely have solved them by now. So it is remarkable how often we are asked by politicians and bureaucrats to accept simple-minded solutions that don’t have the slightest... Read more...

Politics: Democracy in the isles

Politics: Democracy in the isles

A Shetland student has recently completed a comprehensive database of the islands’ political history, and the results are now available online. Chris Cope spoke to James Stewart about his work.Spending your summer scouring through archives for nuggets of political information isn’t generally... Read more...

History: The Turnbull tragedies

History: The Turnbull tragedies

Marsali Taylor recounts the history of the Reverend John Turnbull, ill-fated minister of Tingwall parish.In the last years of the eighteenth century, a young man came to Shetland to work as tutor to the family of John Scott of Scalloway. He was to spend the rest of his long life in the island as... Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

My wife and I are about to enter our second Shetlandic winter. When we arrived to live and work in Shetland last summer, we were informed “If du can stand two winters, du’ll be fine.” Well, I say informed; we were more instructed. This is an aspect of the Shetland psyche I have come to admire ... Read more...

Tochts fae Tushie Truncherfaece

Tochts fae Tushie Truncherfaece

Firework Faa OotMe an my Meenie differ in opinion ower Guy Fawkes Nicht. I canna wait for da 5th o November, an Meenie canna wait for hit tae be ower wi. Hit’s da fireworks: I love dem an Meenie is fairt.Noo, I canna gie awa whaar we bide, but wir near whaar a splendid community firework d... Read more...

Past Life: Letter to the Editor

Past Life: Letter to the Editor

From Shetland Life, November 1984, No.49WIR Cooncil niver seems tae mak much haedwye wi dir development plans so I tocht I wid drap you a line aboot a gude live bisniss proposition dat I’m heard aboot. Hit seems tae be a most splendid bisniss an I hae nae doot du’ll tak a lively interest in ... Read more...