21st September 2018
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Shetland Life: Editorial

Shetland Life: Editorial

Our precious votesIt would be a strange person indeed whose sense of perspective has not been changed, even temporarily, by recent events around the world.To see whole towns destroyed by the tsunami in Japan, to see thousands of lives erased in moments, is to be faced with something to which... 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...

Shetland Life: Editorial

Shetland Life: Editorial

An entanglementIn January 1813, 17 men were sentenced to death in York for the crime of “frame breaking”. Others were sent to Australia for the same offence. These men were Luddites and were part of an uprising against industrialisation, destroying machinery in wool and cotton mills around n... Read more...

History: Da Central van

History: Da Central van

“Da Central van” was at the forefront of the bakery and grocery trade in the south end of Shetland for 82 years. Graham Jamieson, the last “van man”, reflects on the period.The name “da Central van” originally referred to the first retail horse-drawn van to operate a regula... Read more...

Shetland Life: Editorial

Shetland Life: Editorial

Technology and sustainabilityThe world has a problem. As the population of the planet rapidly increases – to an estimated nine billion by the middle of this century – the amount of land and water available for agriculture rapidly decreases. Combine this with a less predictable climate and s... Read more...