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Daily Archives: December 5, 2010

Shetland Life: Editorial

Shetland Life: Editorial

Are you happy?Last month, the coalition government in Westminster announced plans to begin measuring the level of happiness among citizens. The standard gauge of the country’s success – Gross Domestic Product (GDP) – is inadequate, we were told, and we should be looking also at people’s ... Read more...

Christmas: Deck the halls…

Christmas: Deck the halls…

Marsali Taylor examines some of the Christmas traditions that we now take for granted, and finds that many of them are more recent than we might imagine.By mid-November the bairns at school are already getting excited about Christmas: “But Miss, there’s only six weeks to go”. (more&helli... Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

Here I am, still in Glasgow, ensconced in the cut and thrust of rehearsals for Sleeping Beauty, this years panto at Glasgow’s Oran Mor. While some “serious” actors complain about the indignity of such things I on the other hand love panto. (more…) Read more...

Point Blank

Point Blank

BroadbandIt was with a wry smile that I read BT’s junk mail circular stuck through my letterbox last week, emblazoned with the question, “Does your broadband provider stand up to the test?” Well, no actually; I’m with BT broadband.According to pledges from our government, the UK will... Read more...

Past Times: The Old Rock

Past Times: The Old Rock

From The Shetland Times, Friday 30th December, 1960A year to rememberThe year of the Royal visit, the year of the Hamefarin, the year of the fine weather… 1960 has been a memorable year indeed. It has been a year full of activity, interest and even excitement. Our review of the year gives ... Read more...

Tochts fae Tushie Truncherfaece

Tochts fae Tushie Truncherfaece

Santie’s elves on secret Shetland mini-breakWid you believe it? Santie’s elves hiv been in Shetland dis mont, a top secret veesit. Whit a sook in I got when dey turned up lippenin tay.At first I tocht I wis in for anidder inspection. Mind hoo last year Santie employed me as a Rural Ootre... Read more...

Past Life: Shetland Similes

Past Life: Shetland Similes

From Shetland Life, December 1985, No. 62Shetland Similes by J. CoplandOver the years much has been written and, of late, much encouragement given to the use of the Shetland dialect. We have Shetland verse and proverbs, Shetland guddiks and sea-names, yet – so far as I know – little or... Read more...