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The monster from Scapa Flow

(A strange sea creature was washed up on the shore at Holm in wartime Orkney. The story was covered in three issues of the Forces’ newspaper, The Orkney Blast, edited by Gerry Meyer, who went on in peacetime to edit The Orcadian for 36 years. ) The Orkney Blast Stromness, Friday, January 29, 1942 RIDDLE [...]

March 7, 2014 Gerry Meyer Winter Issue 2013 Comments Off

The tide and the Tolka

The battle fought at Clontarf on 23 April a thousand years ago echoed through the centuries afterwards in communities from Ireland to Iceland, and Orkney in between. A song of the battle was still being sung in the island of North Ronaldsay in 1768. And the rising tide played a part in the battle, with [...]

March 6, 2014 Howie Firth Winter Issue 2013 Comments Off

‘Truly the last of the great Vikings’: Captain John Hourie

One of the popular daily One O’Clock Toasts in the 2012 Festival was given by the Festival Chairman, the late Eoin Scott. It was to a remarkable Orkney man of the sea, Captain John Hourie. Captain John William Hourie was born at the farm of Wald, in the parish of Firth, in the year 1897. [...]

March 5, 2014 Eoin F. Scott Winter Issue 2013 Comments Off

Sailing north to Orkney and Shetland: The Clipperton Project

Beginnings Clipperton Island is an atoll in the middle of the East Pacific Ocean. At just 9 square kilometres in the 165,200,000 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean, it is a needle in a haystack; a drop in the ocean; a speck on the surface of the Earth. Like many other islands in the majesty [...]

March 4, 2014 Pearse Buchanan Winter Issue 2013 Comments Off

The flowers that followed Flodden

Front, flank, and rear, the squadrons sweep To break the Scottish circle deep     That fought around their King. But yet, though thick the shafts as snow, Though charging knights like whirlwinds go, Though bill-men ply the ghastly blow,      Unbroken was the ring; The stubborn spear-men still made good Their dark impenetrable wood, Each [...]

February 15, 2014 Howie Firth Winter Issue 2013 Comments Off