And in other news …

NB Communication Ltd has become the latest sponsor to give its support to the Tall Ships with £2,000 worth of in-kind services.

The NB team is “Shetland’s web design and internet marketing specialists”, providing a full range of online marketing services to many of Shetland’s best known businesses and organisations.

NB Communication will be supporting the Tall Ships event by providing an extensive range of services to ensure that the site evolves to meet the needs of locals and visitors as the event approaches.

Recent additions to the website include the music and family entertainment programmes and information on Shetland food, drink and crafts.

Managing director David Nicol said: “We’re delighted to have been involved with the team at the Tall Ships Races 2011-Lerwick since the very start, and it is particularly satisfying that the work we’ve done so far means that anyone searching for ‘Tall Ships 2011’ on Google will see the site ranked high up on the first page.

“Everyone here at NB Communication is looking forward to continuing our excellent relationship with the Tall Ships organisers, and we are excited about assisting with all aspects of managing and improving the website in the run up to the arrival of the ships in July.”

Tall ships project manager Fiona Dally said: “We are very grateful to NB Communication Ltd for helping us to update the website and we would encourage everybody to sign up to our mailing list for regular news alerts on further updates and latest news.”


A teenager was warned to curb his drinking after being involved in a fracas at a house in Lerwick.

Trevor Couper, 18, of Cairnfield Road, admitted behaving in a threatening or abusive manner along with 20-year-old Angela Patterson at her house in Haldane Burgess Crescent on Monday.

Patterson also admitted assaulting Couper and repeatedly striking him on the head.

The pair appeared from custody in court today. However sheriff Graeme Napier deferred sentence on Couper after hearing he was still on probation and deferred sentence.

Ordering a background report, he released Couper on bail. However Couper was warned not to be drunk or have alcohol in public, and provide a breath test when required.

Meanwhile Patterson was told to be of good behaviour until the two of them appear again in court on 18th May.


Police are appealing to the public for help in tracking down vandals who were involved in two incidents over the weekend.

In the first incident, the vandals targeted Montfield Hospital, Lerwick, between Thursday and Monday and caused damage to windows.

The second incident occurred at public toilets at Meal Beach, Hamnavoe, where extensive damage was caused inside. This took place sometime between Friday and Monday. Police are aware that the area was very busy over the weekend, given the weather conditions, and are asking anyone who may have seen any suspicious activity during that time to contact them.

A spokesman for Lerwick Police said: “Both premises which suffered the damage offer facilities and services to the Shetland communities and targeting them ultimately only harms the communities themselves. While Shetland police will make every effort to trace those responsible, they do require the support and assistance of the public and again anyone with information is asked to come forward to help.”


Last year’s Shetland Museum and Archives memorial lecture by Professor Andrew Wawn, in honour of the antiquary E S Reid Tait, has now been published.

Orkneyinga Saga in Victorian Britain: a tale of three projects is an account of how 19th century scholars went about translating the saga. Sometimes the work didn’t appear at all: a plan that the Shetlander Thomas Barclay should produce the first English version came to nothing, following lobbying from Scandinavians who suggested he wasn’t up to the job.

In 1873 another Shetlander, Gilbert Goudie, aided by an Icelandic friend, Jón A Hjaltalín, brought a second translation project to fruition. Prof Wawn shows how Goudie systematically dealt with all the problems, and took out the first English version of the saga long before more eminent scholars did so.

He also deals with the work of a third saga-enthusiast, Sabine Baring-Gould, the author of the hymn Onward Christian Soldiers.

Orkneyinga Saga in Victorian Britain is full of humorous material about scholars who were sometimes eccentric or bad-tempered. It is the third museum lecture in print, and will appeal to a wide audience.

The lecture is available in print from the museum gift shop and The Shetland Times Bookshop at £4.50.



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