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75 years of the Churchill Barriers

Tuesday 12 May is the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Churchill barriers that link Burray and South Ronaldsay to the Orkney mainland via Lamb Holm and Glimps Holm. The current situation has postponed a programme of events to mark the occasion, including the unveiling of a plaque, and instead engineer John Andrew and [...]

May 11, 2020 Moya McDonald Spring Issue 2020 Comments Off
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3D printing and sewing for the NHS

Sir Paul Nurse called for the Dunkirk approach for the coronavirus. Many small craft in the water can help the fewer large ones with their work, he said, referring to laboratories for COVID-19 testing. It’s turning out true for protective equipment as well, with a range of initiatives across the Highlands and Islands. Three young [...]

May 11, 2020 Howie Firth Making and Doing, Spring Issue 2020 Comments Off
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Linking towers for fire safety

Bill Graham, a chartered engineer and inventor with various patents to his name, has come up with an idea to assist fire safety in high-rise blocks like Grenfell Tower. He explains his thinking. The natural reaction in the case of an impassible fire below is to head upwards but in the Grenfell case there was [...]

May 11, 2020 Bill Graham Going Further, Spring Issue 2020 Comments Off
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Turn waste into wearables at home

There is a kind of poetry in the creative process of transformation of unwanted, pre-loved and discarded materials and giving them a new life. Old T-shirts, fabric scraps, discarded plastic … Now’s an ideal time to go through cupboards and wardrobes and boxes – but hold back before you throw them out. It’s not just [...]

May 10, 2020 Howie Firth Arts & Crafts, Spring Issue 2020 Comments Off
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The storms outside and storms within

There’s a storm howling outside and the wind roars down the chimney as the flames lick the birch burning, the heat touching the cold in the room, hailstones dancing on the window. Silver birch, Betula pendula, thrives here. So much heathland for it to colonise, and that burning in my hearth is locally grown and [...]

March 22, 2020 Elizabeth Woodcock Spring Issue 2020 Comments Off