May 5, 2017

“May you live in interesting times”. This old Chinese curse might have sounded more like a blessing to our ears until recently (when times really did start to get a bit more interesting).

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“May you live in interesting times”. This old Chinese curse might have sounded more like a blessing to our ears until recently (when times really did start to get a bit more interesting).

We certainly are living through interesting times on a global, national and local scale. And however cursed we may feel due to the incompetency of certain politicians, the uncertainty of our economic future and the cuts to public services, we can reassure ourselves that things will surely get better eventually (although I think they will probably need to get quite a lot worse first). In the meantime, at least we’ll have plenty to talk about.

On that cheery note, I’d like to say congratulations to all our newly elected councillors and wish you all the very best in your new posts. It’s certainly not an easy job you’ve chosen, but I hope it will be a rewarding one.

To reflect all the current political goings-on, this month’s Shetland Life is taking a look at some of our big issues. First up, we visited Bressay to find out how the local community is dealing with some of its issues (depopulation, an aging population, school closure etc.). It was inspiring to hear how the community has come together to take positive action. And if you haven’t yet visited the Speldiburn Café, then I suggest you do.

At a recent Althing debate, the motion “The time is right for Shetland autonomy” was resoundingly defeated. But perhaps the idea is not so far-fetched after all. Alex Garrick-Wright got into his time machine and travelled to The Shetland Times Office in 2022, where he unearthed future copies of this magazine and read about Shetland’s surprising rejoining with Norway. It sounds as though the results of the Shetland/Norway referendum are being hotly disputed in the press five years from now – seems like not much changes.

This magazine also looks at the politics of the past. We trawled through some old Shetland Life magazines and found that many of today’s issues were being debated ten, twenty and thirty years ago.

Politics can be a pretty serious business so we’ve made sure to include lots of light-hearted material for your reading pleasure.  We went backstage at the Shetland Young Fiddlers’ Competition where we spoke to the organisers and some of the (amazingly relaxed!) young competitors. On the subject of music, local musician Lisa Ward shares her top tracks with Jeff Merrifield (you can read more about Lisa on our blog
www.shetland-life.co.uk).

If you’re seeking a feel-good story and some stunning photography, look no further than our feature on Rory Gillies’ aerial photography business. Have you ever wondered why drones are so called? Turn to page 30 and wonder no more.

It has been wonderful to see how our young people have engaged with the WW1 centenary, and we have two features on this subject in May’s issue. In the Easter holidays, Carys Nield and Holly Mouat travelled to France, to take part in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Arras. Their enthusiastic write-up of the trip is testament to the importance of such excursions. We also have news of Shetland Youth Theatre’s WW1 inspired performance: “In the still of the night have we wept”. This sounds like it will be an incredible show, so make sure you get yourself a ticket before they all sell out.

I have some extra-special guest editors helping me out for the June issue, so look out for that. In the meantime, have a lovely, warm and sunny May.

May 2, 2017

We’ve been pleased to work with Morrison Construction to keep the Shetland community up to date with progress on the construction of the new Anderson

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We’ve been pleased to work with Morrison Construction to keep the Shetland community up to date with progress on the construction of the new Anderson High School and associated accommodation block in Lerwick.

On the last Friday of every month we product a newsletter which is designed, printed and distributed as an insert within The Shetland Times newspaper to ensure it reaches the majority or the Shetland public, informing them of the latest phase of construction, what’s due to happen next, as well as introducing them to some of the key employees involved in the project.

Having recently produced “Issue 16” we have approximately six issues left to run before the school is due to be finished. We hope all goes well over the next few months and that the school remains on track to be completed on schedule.

If you want to keep your customers or the Shetland community up to date with the latest news from your company call us to discuss how we can help you raise awareness and engagement through the power of print and our unique distribution services.

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April 25, 2017
We’ve just produced this academic publication which has been digitally printed as a “print on demand” title. This allows our client to order their required initial print run quantity and...
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We’ve just produced this academic publication which has been digitally printed as a “print on demand” title. This allows our client to order their required initial print run quantity and then re-order smaller quantities (50-100 copies) should this be required.

Print on demand is becoming a popular service for not only academic books but niche publications, personal literary projects or reprints of old titles that have a limited target market. If you are a budding author with a book that you would like to get printed and would like to test potential sales with a short run publication but are unsure of how the process works, give us a call and we will guide your through the various stages of production.

We’d like to thank the editor of Traversing the Inner Seas for kindly leaving us the following review:

First-rate service by Shetland Times throughout the process of printing our latest monograph“.

 

March 29, 2017

Nominated for a Saltire Society Literary Award in the “History book of the Year”………..

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Nominated for a Saltire Society Literary Award in the “History book of the Year” 2016 category, key themes within the book focus on how the effects of the war on Shetland were determined by the islands location and how Shetlanders related the war to their local community as well as to themselves and their families. Shetland, the “Old Rock”, had a deep emotional meaning for them.

If you are interested in finding out more about this title, it’s available at http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/shop/history/index4.htmlbody-graphic

March 7, 2017
This book was first published in December 2016 and has been so popular it has already been reprinted twice! Into the Southern Ocean by Andrew Halcrow tells the epic tale of circumnavigating the world on a five year...
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This book was first published in December 2016 and has been so popular it has already been reprinted twice!

Into the Southern Ocean by Andrew Halcrow tells the epic tale of circumnavigating the world on a five year voyage on the yacht Elsi Arrub, built by the author and his brother. Andrew’s ambition to then sail around the world single-handed and non-stop is recounted as he shares how it feels to be in the teeth of fierce gales, a continuous storm and how a burst appendix and septicaemia ended one attempt. It’s a remarkable story told in plain seaman’s language and we hope to have it back on sale in The Shetland Times Bookshop before Christmas.

It’s out in paperback and was published and printed by us and is available to buy in our Shetland Times retail bookshop or online at www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/shop

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March 3, 2017

I’ve always loved Roger McGough’s poem “The Fight of the Year”

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I’ve always loved Roger McGough’s poem “The Fight of the Year” in which spring and winter are personified as two boxers battling it out in the ring. At the start of the poem, winter is already looking groggy; after being relentlessly pummelled with tadpoles, squirrels, bobtail clouds and pavement artists winter is vanquished and spring declared the winner. Hurrah!

Every March in Shetland we see a particularly dramatic enactment of this annually recurring fight. At some points, spring will seem to be well and truly here: then winter will rally and will send forth icy winds, rain and even snow. These wintry interludes are never totally spirit sapping though, as we know that by now the cold, dark days are on their way out, and that we can look forward to enjoying Shetland at her brilliant best in the run up to the summer.

This month’s magazine cele­brates getting out and about in Shetland. After the long months of winter inertia, comfort eating and early nights, it’s a great time of year for enjoying all the wonders on our doorstep.

In March’s Shetland Life, Alex Garrick-Wright visits Michaelswood to find out the story behind the most recent addition to this very special place (look out for Alexa Fitzgibbon’s gorgeous accompanying photographs too). Karen McKelvie writes about the riches to be found in rockpools and we learn about the tracks of local writer and naturalist Jill Slee Blackadder’s life. Alastair Christie-Johnson shares his favourite Yell-based walk and Douglas C. Smith reminisces about a snowy March over 60 years ago, along with the dare-devilish sledging opportunities it offered him and his friends.

As anyone will tell you, if youwant to experience the great outdoors in Shetland, you’ll need to be dressed for it. Luckily, Louise Thomason is on hand with some advice to help you look good while staying warm and dry.

It’s all very well getting our­selves out of the house, but what about our children? There’s plenty of food for thought in Alex Garrick-Wright’s article about young Shetlanders’ growing disconnect with nature (on page 14). I’ve had the chance to ponder this issue myself recently, as I’ve stood around on windy street corners watching my son catch Pokemon on his phone (there are loads outside da Wheel Bar in case you’re interested). When you need to resort to blatant bribery to get your child over the front door, something has to change. If you’re in a similar boat, check out Alex’s helpful list of local child-friendly nature promoting organisations.

There’s lots of exciting com­munity news too: Debra Nicolson writes about the challenges and rewards of rehearsing for the Shetland County Drama Festival, Raman Mundair reflects on a recent arts project she delivered in Wastview care home, the COPE gardeners are back with news and horticultural tips, and local food producer David Polson shares some delicious saat fish recipes.

See you in April, when (with a little bit of luck) winter should be well and truly out for the count. Wishing you all a wonderful spring time.

 

February 7, 2017

Author Erik Young provides us with a passport to the foreign port of Lerwick in the 1940s, 50s and 60s where everything is simultaneously familiar but…………….

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Author Erik Young provides us with a passport to the foreign port of Lerwick in the 1940s, 50s and 60s where everything is simultaneously familiar but different as he remembers what it was like to grow up in post-war Shetland.

Verse, prose and pictures of the sites, sounds, characters and places of the author’s Lerwick childhood provide a great insight and refreshing tour around Shetland.

This book is designed, printed and published by us, and if you are interested in getting more information on how to get a book published give us a call or drop an email to our publication manager c.black@shetlandtimes.co.uk
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February 6, 2017
If you live in Shetland or you’ve made the great decision to come and visit us, the Shetland Visitor magazine that we produce annually is a must have holiday tool to make sure you make the most of your time when...
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If you live in Shetland or you’ve made the great decision to come and visit us, the Shetland Visitor magazine that we produce annually is a must have holiday tool to make sure you make the most of your time when out and about.

Shetland Visitor is a handy A5 format and has 128pp packed full of ideas for fun days out, trips to take, places and businesses to visit, local area information/tips as well as a “What’s On” guide.

The majority of the photography we use is sourced from local amateur photographers and visitors who have taken the time to visit and see the special sights of Shetland. If you have any relevant scenic photos from your trip visiting Shetland, why not send them into us at info@shetlandtimes.co.uk and we can consider them for our next edition.

We hope you enjoy our Shetland Visitor holiday magazine (digital edition also available at http://edition.pagesuite.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=8fdbecf6-7e57-4f27-a4a1-aadce80606a3).

If you need to book your Shetland holiday accommodation take a look at our guide which contains a vast array of all types of  accommodation at http://edition.pagesuite.com/html5/reader/production/default.aspx?pubname=&edid=66598676-c926-4765-9d38-f08bdf25ed69

Have a great time!

 

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February 3, 2017
If you’ve been on social media over the last few days #uphellyaa may just have been on your radar or perhaps infiltrated your notification feeds! On the last Tuesday of January every year the Up Helly Aa festival...
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If you’ve been on social media over the last few days #uphellyaa may just have been on your radar or perhaps infiltrated your notification feeds!

On the last Tuesday of January every year the Up Helly Aa festival takes place in Shetland with 1000+ men taking part in a torchlit procession in the evening through the island capital Lerwick. The culmination of the procession is the burning of a replica viking longship that is known as the galley. For more in-depth information go to www.uphellyaa.org to read about the origins of the festival.

To provide a comprehensive flavour of the whole day and evening events, we produce a limited edition, 36pp A4, Up Helly Aa Souvenir programme which is packed with  full colour photos. WARNING, once you’ve bought a copy at shop.shetlandtimes.co.uk, you’ll want to book a visit to see next year’s festival!!

You’ll be made very welcome and we’ll be glad to see you.

 

January 3, 2017

We are happy to produce programmes for festivals of all sizes, providing services from project management through to…

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We enjoy producing programmes for festivals of all sizes, providing services from project management through to, importantly, finishing all projects on time to agreed production schedule at very competitive rates. Our Up-Helly-A’ season starts in December every year and finishes in mid March when the final galley goes up in flames! We print programmes for festivals from the south mainland up to the north isles but would be glad to hear from any festival that would like our assistance.

If any festival committee currently producing their own Up-Helly-A’ literature would like us to help print your programme please contact us and we can discuss the best format, materials and pagination to meet your needs and budget.

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For more information on Up-Helly-A’ click here.

 

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