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Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

25/11/2011, by in Features

Erbil is the capital of Kurdistan and Kurdistan is the new Saudi Arabia with the fourth largest oil reserves on the planet. Erbil could be Aberdeen in the 1970s, albeit without the sea, the harbour and sandstorms replacing easterly wind and sea harr. It is a boom town and is pulsing with energy as ... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

10/11/2011, by in Features

The Olympic Torch is coming to Shetland next June and will be paraded through Lerwick.Details are scant, but Seb Coe was on television this week saying the Olympic organisers were taking the torch to 95 per cent of the UK population. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

28/10/2011, by in Features

Do you remember the game of holding your breath in the bath when a child? The one that caused a look of horror on the face of a parent!Well I tried something similar this week at the Offshore Training facility in Aberdeen, formerly and still known to the industry as RGIT. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

15/09/2011, by in Features

This week parliament debated the economy. Or rather what any government can do about global recession, the state of Greece and the lasting impact banking is having on us all. It seems a good time not to over promise as a government. Get done the things you have respon­sibility for and do them well.... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

01/09/2011, by in Features

Parliament is just about to resume in Edinburgh and this week I was hightailing it down the Royal Mile towards the office with half a speech in my mind. I was debating whether the Scottish Parliament would have a role given the majority government. An earlier discussion with someone who had helped t... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

18/08/2011, by in Features

It’s never easy to say thanks when you’re in pain. Not, I should hasten to add, that my life is filled of such moments! But on Wednesday I had the last filling. Unfortunately I doubt it will be the last visit to a dental surgery. But it was the last time Alan Owen filled a Scott molar. He’s ... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

05/08/2011, by in Features

Just how quick are Shetland’s broad­band connections? Will the optic cable that Tulloch Develop­ments have been laying down the south road make a difference? Why could the telecom companies not provide enough capacity when Shet­land was overflowing with visitors and hamefarers in July? (more&he... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

08/07/2011, by in Features

The News of the World sells an enormous number of copies on an average Sunday.Its Scottish edition features a perceptive political comment piece by Euan McColm among the more stable fare of a red top tabloid. This political assessment is required reading for most politicians as it breaks down co... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

24/06/2011, by in Features

Sport and the arts can sometimes be at odds. We give too much money to one and not to the other, depending on your point of view.But this week I saw the best of both. Shetland College’s art exhi­bition is quite excellent; with a richness to the exhibits both in paintings and textiles that sho... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

27/05/2011, by in Features

How do you see your doctor? It’s been an issue at the Lerwick Health Centre for some time. For reasons that aren’t terribly clear, people registered with a GP in Lerwick, and that includes me, make more appointments than at a similarly sized health centre. So, as everyone who has a Lerwick GP kn... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

27/01/2011, by in Features

I’m composing these words on Tuesday afternoon before heading out to Up-Helly-A’ with squad number 18.As Guizer Jarl John Hunter said in the Lerwick Town Hall this week, the festival is a great leveller. I’m led to understand that a leading Lerwick businessman, dressed some­what implausib... Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

14/01/2011, by in Features

I went to Oldham for a day this week. There’s a by-election!All the parties are asking their supporters for help. A great Liberal, Cyril Smith, was the MP for Roch­dale nearby. He was in the House of Commons when I was a member of Jim Wallace’s staff many years ago. (more…) Read more...

Letter from Edinburgh

Letter from Edinburgh

17/12/2010, by in Features

You wouldn’t believe the size of the pile of Amazon and Play.com boxes in the Lerwick Post Office. Actually you would. I guess it’s a sign of the retail times, and some reflection on wintry weather that so many Christmas presents are bought online. (more…) Read more...