Friday 19th January 2018,
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Little flower of the north

You’ll know it when you see it, with its delicate mauve petals and yellow centre, its short stalk rising from the little rosette of green leaves. It’s a little distance back from the sea-cliffs, tucked down in the transition zone [...]

July 14, 2016 Countryside
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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 Antarctic expedition. The stamps – [...]

May 27, 2016 NEWS
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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 more than that. Her hair [...]

March 12, 2016 Reviews
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Standing stone holds clues to early Orcadians

It stands in an open field in North Ronaldsay that slopes to the sea, down from the Old Kirk with its fine belltower, and you can stand in its lee in the wind and the sun and look out across [...]

April 20, 2015 Archaeology & History
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Orkney trees – a labour of love

Planting trees is an Orcadian labour of love. The salt winds of autumn are particularly destructive, and in a poor year they can blacken foliage and tear off the leaves before the various nutrients have been absorbed into the rest [...]

March 21, 2015 Countryside
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Sea Kings of the north

[The RAF’s Search and Rescue Force, established in 1918, has had a remarkable history of skill and courage and commitment, with northern waters covered since 1978 by two Westland Sea King helicopters based at RAF Lossiemouth. With the provision of [...]

March 10, 2015 Spring Issue 2015
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Peedie Producers Guide

When you sample the local fare at some of the Festival events, you may wonder where you can buy some to take home with you. There’s now a solution – a new pocket guide to some of Orkney’s ‘Peedie Producers’. [...]

September 1, 2014 Food Journeys
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Green Marine

The big push on marine renewables in Orkney is bringing in local companies in key roles. Among them is Green Marine, whose managing director, Jason Schofield, has been one of Scotland’s most successful fishermen. Jason, who for many years has [...]

July 16, 2014 Summer Issue 2014
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Xodus makes it 10

The Xodus Group celebrates this year the 10th anniversary of its move into its present premises in Stromness, on the Garson Industrial Estate. Xodus (pronounced ‘Exodus’) is an independent, international energy consultancy operating worldwide in two key energy markets – [...]

July 15, 2014 Summer Issue 2014
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New paths to light

In north-central Nigeria, in the state of Kogi, two great rivers meet. One is the Niger, the other its main tributary, the Benué (once known as the Tchadda. The Niger rises in ancient rocks in the Guinea Highlands, sweeps across [...]

May 24, 2014 Spring Issue 2014, Summer Issue 2014