Wednesday 29th June 2016,
Frontiers Magazine
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    Which way will the kite blow?

    Generating electricity from kites is a developing technology. Hands up if you visited the original 3MW wind turbine on Burger Hill, Orkney in the 1990s. In its day it was the biggest wind generator in

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    Ice land to Jutland: stamps accompany Festival topics

    Two of the topics in this year’s Orkney International Science Festival programme are also highlighted in new sets of commemorative stamps. They mark two centenaries – the battle of Jutland and the rescue of Shackleton’s

  • Nora Thomson and Robbie Mowatt alongside the blockship Rotherford in Burra Sound

    Fishing in Graemsay: Lythes, sillocks and cuithes

    Through the 20th century the only commercial fishery in Graemsay was lobster, along with the occasional halibut or skate. In the main, whitefish and partan (edible crab) were for the table. The following is from

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    Fishing in Graemsay: Mackerel lines and lobster creels

    The mackerel is a migratory fish that appears round Graemsay waters in July and August. It was only eaten when very fresh and the remainder were kept for creel bait. They feed on sand eels

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    Courage and determination

    The writer Ann Scott-Moncrieff was the subject of one of the One O’Clock Toasts in the 2015 Orkney International Science Festival. As a young reporter for The Orcadian, her account of flying across the Pentland

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    Well, there you are

    Howie Firth reviews Auntie Robbo, by Ann Scott-Moncrieff Everyone should have an Auntie Robbo. Outwardly she looks “the very picture of what an old lady should be”, but her great-grand-nephew Hector knows she is something

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    Planes and a planetarium to see in Moray

    A northern aircraft and astronomy centre is opening again for Easter. One of the attractions of Morayvia is that you can be shown round by some of the crew who flew the actual aircraft. Mary

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    Darker skies and brighter stars

    When the “yellow lights” first arrived in Kirkwall more than 40 years ago they began in Palace Road, King Street and School Place, and gradually spread all over town. Children were fascinated not only with

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    James Petrie Chalmers – Pioneer of Vision

    He was born in Tankerness and worked at The Orkney Herald, and he went to America in search of opportunity. And when he died in 1912, his funeral in New York was attended by many

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Stewart Watt’s photographs are known and admired by many people, from his images of the night skies over Caithness to his pictures of birds and other wildlife. He went for a holiday this year to [...]

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The Shores of Titan

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Thirty Years at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit

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North Ronaldsay sheep are an ancient breed, part of the family of Northern European short-tailed sheep. Other members include the Soay sheep and the Iceland sheep and other native breeds spread across the north from [...]

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Orkney trees – a labour of love

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When the “yellow lights” first arrived in Kirkwall more than 40 years ago they began in Palace Road, King Street and School Place, and gradually spread all over town. Children were fascinated not only with [...]

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Thirty Years at the Koestler Parapsychology Unit

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A mile or so up the coast from the farm, a whale corpse is decomposing in a ‘geo’ (the Orcadian word for a narrow inlet of water in the cliffs) and I scramble down the [...]

This image of the moon, along with the others here, was produced by Bill Leslie

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