November 1, 2019

The equinox has passed and, with it, simmer has slipped into hairst’s golden grip. It’s hard to define the changing seasons

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The quiet winter

I can’t believe that as you read this, we are now in November. Growing up, summer holidays stretched on for what felt like endless months; soft light, long days, laughter and the backdrop of John Martyn’s Solid Air coming from mam’s record player. As we get older, life feels like someone has hit the fast forward button as days, weeks and months run together in a continual loop of duties, chores and obligations. I like to take the winter as an opportunity to slow down; to curl up with a book, have that second glass of wine, stay in my pyjamas longer than I should, and I hope you too find your slower pace this month.

I’m very excited about this November issue as we celebrate some of the incredible enterprises Shetland’s young people are achieving. Shetland is full of opportunities, and we have some amazing home-grown talent to celebrate. We follow local band Fjanna as they embark on the recording of a new studio album, and we meet Marcus Johnston, a talented artist studying at Shetland College and who features on this month’s colourful cover. We also have the privilege of sharing a fascinating piece of local research that Roy Mullay has been carrying out on his own turf in Northmavine. It’s easy to disregard our younger successors as a semi-robotic, technology-centred generation but I think that this issue shows that the opposite is true as we highlight some of the immense talents in our young people. With such diverse skills and ambition, Shetland certainly has a bright future!

This is also the month for Remembrance, and as we celebrate the future in Shetland Life, we should also take a moment to think back and reflect on the fathers, sons and brothers of Shetland who gave so much to allow us the opportunity to seek our freedom.

So curl up, have that second glass of wine, and enjoy November’s Shetland Life.

Laurie Goodlad
Editor

 

October 30, 2019

We’ve been designing and printing a range of new large format posters to fit 60″ x 40″ frames to display our clients’………………

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We’ve been designing and printing a range of new large format posters to fit 60″ x 40″ frames to display our clients’ products and services. As you can see, they are very effective and as we have printed them on “tear proof” paper to give them longevity, allow them to be moved to different locations for a variety of uses, it means they are very robust and portable!

Let us know what you need to advertise and promote and we’ll help you get your message out there, effectively, to let everyone know. Call us on 01595 742000.

 

October 28, 2019

We’re very experienced in assisting businesses when it comes to producing annual reports that need the most relevant figures and….

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We’re very experienced in assisting businesses when it comes to producing annual reports that need the most relevant figures and information to be easily accessible, readable and pop out to those perusing the publication.

It all starts with a well thought through design and layout with good use of colours and infographics to make the reports pleasurable to read as well as being informative. That’s where our experienced design team help clients decide upon an appropriate format to best fit their needs and aspirations so the end product is exactly what they expected.

Why not give us a call to see if we can help make your next annual report a publication that readers will enjoy!

 

October 14, 2019

When you need to raise awareness, catch the eye of passers by or stand out at an event, our pull up banner options will………

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When you need to raise awareness, catch the eye of passers by or stand out at an event, our pull up banner options will help you do exactly that!

They can also impart vital information about your organisation helping to drive traffic towards your social media, online and web pages as well as impart requests or highlight product details and services you need more people to know about.

We can help with creating a design or can take your artwork and ensure it all fits the required specifications to ensure it looks fabulous on one of the range of banners we provide. There are standard, mid-range and premium banner stands available to suit all budgets and end use.

There are samples of these and many other products at our print shop so just drop in at your convenience and our team will be happy to guide you through the various options.

 

 

October 1, 2019

Large paginations are no problem for us to produce and this 632pp, casebound book is a tribute to the many………………

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Large paginations are no problem for us to produce and this 632pp, casebound book is a tribute to the many thousands of Shetlanders who went to the whaling in the Arctic during Shetland’s long involvement in what was then called the Greenland whaling trade.

Our cover design was very well received and producing the book whilst being in continuous contact with the author allowed us to provide advice and technical information to ensure the final product met their expectations.

If you have a book of local interest to Shetland that you’d like to publish, our publications manager would be happy to discuss the possibilities with you. Contact Charlotte Black for an initial discussion – c.black@shetlandtimes.co.uk

September 16, 2019

We are very pleased to have updated and fitted the graphics to help bring this Shetland Heatwise van to life with a……………….

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We are very pleased to have updated and fitted the graphics to help bring this Shetland Heatwise van to life with a mixture of printed and cut vinyl graphics. We added their latest accreditation logos and transformed the van into a mobile advertising unit for the company!

Drop in or give us a call if you need designs created, printed and installed for your vehicles. From a single car or trailer, van, bus, truck or heavy plant, we’ll be delighted to help you make your vehicle’s sign writing pop out and grab potential customers attention.

 

September 6, 2019

It’s been a funny old month. Political propaganda reached fever pitch. Hopefully, as you read this, order will be restored.

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Stop the destruction

It’s been a funny old month. Political propaganda reached fever pitch. Hopefully, as you read this, order will be restored. I was so disgusted by the vandalism to the War Memorial in Lerwick that Kaylee Stevenson and I put on our rubber gloves and scrubbed away the offensive graffiti. Not because we are SNP supporters, or any other political supporters, but because we care deeply about the men who gave their short lives for our freedom, and for their brave stories commemorated on that stone.

I did it for Janet Hardy who unveiled the memorial in 1924 having lost three sons to the First World War. I did it for Karl Manson who lived a stone’s throw from the monument; a bright and able pupil whose life was cut short in Arras, aged 19. I did it for everyone who still carries a sorrow, a loss and a lump in their throat every time they pass the memorial, remembering a father, grandfather or friend.

And finally, I did it for a love of our community. I woke with such a feeling of sadness that such a sacred monument had been violated; the only thing I could do was roll up my sleeves and take action.

It’s also difficult not to have an opinion about the windmills, with the large-scale devastation under way. I felt for the red-throated divers who were yet to fledge from their remote lochs when work began. Surely this could have waited until these reclusive birds had the chance to thrive? This project will destroy our natural environment with unparalleled effects on our tourism, wildlife and peatlands.

I’ve had the privilege of working with the Mousa Boat this summer, and it’s fantastic to see a local business that cares so much about the natural environment. After every guided walk, Brendon, without fail, asks me “How are da divers?”

They have successfully reared two chicks after six or seven unsuccessful years in Mousa – and this makes my heart sing.

I hope our planners see sense before it’s too late. With two young ‘chicks’ of my own at home, I worry about the type of Shetland they will fledge into.
Summer is now coming to an end and what a year it’s been. I’ve loved seeing all the photos you’ve shared with us, and despite the weather (and the politics), we’ve made the most of it.

Laurie Goodlad
Editor

September 2, 2019

The range of booklets we can produce to help you disseminate all the relevant information about your organisation………………………

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The range of booklets we can produce to help you disseminate all the relevant information about your organisation, business, charity,  company or event is covered by many formats from A6 through to A4 and we can produce bespoke sized booklets too!

From design to full print production and finishing, we help guide you through the process prior to producing your chosen product on site in our busy print shop. If you are attending or hosting an event or need your booklet for a specific deadline, we’ll work out a production schedule with you to ensure your product is ready on time.

Give us a call, we’re always glad to sit down and chat through the various options we can provide.

August 3, 2019

If you need to as many folk as possible along to attend your event then what better way than to give them a taste of………………………..

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If you need to as many folk as possible along to attend your event then what better way than to give them a taste of the fabulous fun things they can see and do! This banner gives you a visual taste too (the cakes look delicious!) The outdoor banners we produce have been thoroughly tested against the Shetland weather and climate too so you can be assured they will last, as long as you install them with plenty of fasteners.

We have various sizes available up to a depth of 1518mm and we can print up 50m long so can cater for most eventualities and requests. Designed, printed and finished with hemmed edges and eyelets (if required), our team will be on hand to make sure we help get your event noticed. Drop by for a chat or give us a call today.

July 5, 2019
On a summer high Ican’t believe that as you read this we are now in August. It begs the question, where has this year gone? Hopefully you all put last month’s summer holiday bucket list to good use. I’ve very much...
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On a summer high

Ican’t believe that as you read this we are now in August. It begs the question, where has this year gone? Hopefully you all put last month’s summer holiday bucket list to good use. I’ve very much enjoyed seeing all the happy faces and stunning places on social media. We hope to include some of your photos in the forthcoming issues, so please feel free to tag us at #myshetlandlife or email any of your bucket list photos to sleditor@shetlandtimes.co.uk.

It’s been fantastic reading about all our recent sporting successes. Shetland beat Orkney at the football last weekend, and Team Shetland had many successes at the recent Island Games in Gibraltar. It’s heartening to see Shetland do so well at these sporting events. It really puts us on the map and demonstrates the commitment and dedication needed to allow competition at such a level. We also celebrate another accolade, Shetland was voted third in Britain and Western Europe by The Cruisers’ Choice Destination Awards. In this issue Ryan Taylor considers the impact of cruise tourism for Shetland.

I wrote this editorial before the incredible heat wave at the end of July and I’ve had to come back and edit it as we go to print because, let’s just say – all is forgiven! It’s amazing how a weekend of blue skies and sunshine can forgive a summer of rain and mist.

Last weekend aside, I think it’s fair to say that we haven’t seen much let-up in the weather this year, but I suppose we’re all still basking in the glory of last year’s summer? It seems to have been a good year for silage, so perhaps that’s one of the few silver linings we can take from the summer so far! Despite this, we are bringing you another issue bursting with feel-good summer vibes. A pony theme runs through the August edition as we meet Carol Fullerton in ‘Life Story’ and the Shetland Pony Breeders are the latest in our series looking at ‘The Shetlanders’.

As ever, I’d love to hear from you. Give a shout-out on social media, email or write me a good old-fashioned letter.

Happy reading.

Laurie.