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The March issue of Shetland Life is teeming with a host of features, cov­ering politics, history and crime.

The magazine’s features are kicked off with a tour of Shetland Catch by Marsali Taylor, who finds out exactly how fish is processed at the factory.

Gavin Morgan discusses the history of the charitable trust and its highs and lows.

There is a look at the past with an account of the untimely death of William Laurence Leask in 1909, given by his grandson, Winston Leask.

Douglas Sinclair enlightens us on the history of the building that is now the tourist centre, from its beginnings as a grocer and wine merchants.

Staying with history, Val Turner explains the fascinating process of identifying human bones in her feature which discusses how arch­aeology can be used to eliminate the possibility of murder.

Photography is given a retro twist with Almost Instant, an exhibition of Polaroid photographs being shown at the museum. Accomplished over a two month period in a visual version of Chinese whispers, each photo was taken by one of three people, two of whom – Eve Eunson and Nick Brett – were in Shetland. The other, Hazel Walker, was in Montana.

The consequences of a terrifying physical attack are relayed by an anonymous victim, who tells of the impact the night had on his life in a special feature on crime.

All the regular contributors are included: “nesses” are this month’s Place Names topic; Ronnie Eunson discusses GM foods in the agri­culture section and Ann Prior suggests some recipes to use up the commonly unpopular green vegetables that are in abundance at this time of year.

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