14th August 2018
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Off the record

Off the record

Clive Munro By the time you read this we may well have endured another of those cold, dismal Junes which give Shetland summers a bad name. But I’m writing this at the start of the month while that glorious spell of weather towards the end of May is still fresh in my mind. And, as always in these ... Read more...

Nelson’s column

Nelson’s column

For the past year and a half I have enjoyed spouting my half-baked and ill-formed opinions in this fine organ but alas this will be the final Nelsons Column. With an outgoing editor I thought I’d use the transition to get out fast between regimes like an ex-pat oil worker in Libya with a suitcase ... Read more...

Canada: Notes from 60° North

Canada: Notes from 60° North

LeavingIn his last piece for Shetland Life, Shawn Bell describes the experience of leaving Fort Smith, a community in the Northwest Territories which he had come to love.I’m writing this final column from a café in Hamilton, a city of 500,000 people in southern Ontario.It’s a long w... Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

I love television. Love it. In fact I love television so much I hardly watch it at all. I know that sounds contradictory but as much as I love trifle I don’t want three courses of it at every meal. What I mean is I am so amazed by what television is capable of that I wade  through the vast rivers... Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

It’s the school summer holidays and for my wife, son and dog that means heading sooth for our thrice a year “check up” with the family and friends. (The cat stays with neighbours.)  After we first arrived in Shetland it was just the two of us would travel south from Sumburgh leaving the dog w... Read more...

Nelson’s column

Nelson’s column

After six months of phone calls, e-mails, letters and shouting I am finally getting a settlement from my insurance company. Last December we had water damage in our flat in Arrochar which we let out. A claim was put in straight away. Pretty soon I found out you are not just dealing with an insurance... Read more...

Notes from 60° North

Notes from 60° North

Playing political games with Canada’s NorthIt is election time again in Canada, which means a whole lot of vague spending platforms, photo ops in factories around the country and attack ads selling fear on TV. It also means, in the last few election campaigns at least, promises by politicians ... Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

Ok, let me declare my interest straight off the bat – on May 5th, along with my Holyrood parliamentary votes, I will be voting YES in the referendum on the Alternative Vote. Yes, I know that’s the part of the vote that nobody cares about or thinks is too complicated to understand. Well that woul... Read more...

Notes from 60° North

Notes from 60° North

Wildlife of the northLike the entire Northwest Territories, Fort Smith is known for wildlife. For years people from around the world have been travelling to the north to view animals in their natural habitat. But in the southern NWT, those animals are not what you would expect when thi... Read more...

Point Blank: The box office

Point Blank: The box office

Tickets. It’s an ebullient word in Shetland at the moment. If you got yours for Mumford and Sons, Bill Bailey, The Levellers, Bjorn Again or Kevin Bridges, congratulations; if you didn’t, blaming the Shetland Box Office or the promoters seems to be a common default retort. (more…) Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

A few weeks ago I found myself on stage in a stand up club once again having to employ the “invisible lasso.” That’s when your act becomes more crowd control than entertainment as you try frantically, using words alone, to reign in a noisy, drunken crowd with a short attention span. (more&hel... Read more...

Nelson’s column

Nelson’s column

I have just returned from a three month epic saga in my old home town of Glasgow. Eight weeks lost in the wilds of the ever-exhausting theatreland and four weeks of equally knackering Christmas. I was performing a one-act play I’d written about a metrocentric city kid who is assigned to a tiny isl... Read more...

Notes from 60° north

Notes from 60° north

Over the next 12 months, Shawn Bell will write a series of columns from the small town of Fort Smith in Canada, which lies, like Shetland, on the sixtieth parallel. In the first of these articles he describes how, when the temperature falls, the community really begins to come together.Winter, t... Read more...

Nelson’s Column

Nelson’s Column

Recently, in a triumph of common sense, a council in England under pressure from local parents forced a school to change a menu item from “Gingerbread Person” back to “Gingerbread Man.” Quite right too. That’s just taking political correctness too far. Or is it PC gone mad? Well, actually ... Read more...