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Daily Archives: September 8, 2011

Spaekalation

Spaekalation

08/09/2011, by in News

In 1930, two journalists called Walter Sellar and Robert Yeatman wrote a viciously funny spoof history of England under the title 1066 and All That. I hope some of you know it. With a weakened British Empire having been bailed out by the Americans in World War I, the book ends by proclaiming that ... Read more...

Editorial: The Old Rock 09.09.11

Editorial: The Old Rock 09.09.11

08/09/2011, by in News

Quite why the Scottish government is making such a mess of what ought to be a routine procedure – the framing and tendering out of the Northern Isles ferry service(s) – is mystifying. The current operator, NorthLink, was awarded the existing contract, to run until July next year, in 2006. Yet ac... Read more...

Times Past

Times Past

08/09/2011, by in Features

25 Years AgoA young East German seaman has defected to the west – by walking into Lerwick Police Station.On Wednesday the Home Office in London confirmed that a 21-year-old crewman from the East German klondyker Granitz, registered in Rostock and lying at anchor in Bressay Sound, came asho... Read more...

Letter from Westminster

Letter from Westminster

08/09/2011, by in Features

The presentation of the SNP’s prog­ramme for government makes me think that Scottish politics is going to be many things for the next few years, but dull is not one of them. Both in the bills it is bringing for­ward and in the way it does its business there are plenty of things that should have ... Read more...