October 4, 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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Hairst thoughts

The equinox has passed and, with it, simmer has slipped into hairst’s golden grip. It’s hard to define the changing seasons in Shetland. It seems that we have two: summer and winter. But, if you look – and listen – closely, signs of hairst are all around us. I’ve often heard the saying that voar comes in slowly over the moss and hairst comes galloping in on its horse. And this rings true as long days of summer quickly give rise to dark nights, unsettled and stormy weather. It happens quickly; the seasons click. But look closely and spot the subtle signs of hairst and take pleasure in them as they are all around us; the change in the air with its crispness and clarity, the dew on the grass on a cool morning and the long shadows cast as the sun takes a lower passage across the horizon.

Reading Helen Moncrieff’s comment in this month’s ‘Nature Calendar’ has got me thinking. I spend a lot of time out in nature. That said, I do still feel the stresses and pressures of the day-to-day, and they can catch up with me. Autumn colds take hold and energy levels ebb away as the body changes into a new season. The only thing that I find helps overcome post-summer burnout is getting outside and gasping in a few lungfuls of fresh air. Some of my best ideas have come to me while outside, soaking in a view, or as Helen said last month, watching a maalie! We can all suffer from not spending enough time outside, and equally, we can all benefit from more time in nature – so go on, get outside and see what nature can do for you.

Last month the Sound School was vandalised – as was our car – and I read a comment online from a young person stating that there was “nothing to do in Shetland”. Justification – of sorts – of a mindless act of vandalism. Statements like these annoy and upset me more than any other. We are extremely privileged to live in a beautiful part of the world where we have freedom without boundaries and endless horizons to explore. Having spent four years living bound up in a city, I can assure these young people that the grass isn’t greener on the other side and that mindlessly walking through precincts and squares into yet another bowling alley or soft-play brings little real joy or fulfilment. So, take the time to open the curtains to the outside world and look at the opportunities that we enjoy here. I am forever grateful for all that Shetland has to offer my family and me.

And the good news? Viking Energy has suffered another setback, ensuring the safety of our precious islands for a little while longer, so, perhaps we too can breathe a little easier as we slide into hairst.

Laurie Goodlad
Editor

 

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.

July 4, 2019

To stand out and set yourself apart from others attending events or perhaps sending out quotations/tendering for………………….

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To stand out and set yourself apart from others attending events or perhaps sending out quotations/tendering for contracts, presentation folders with relevant, branded associated inserts are great to have in your marketing and promotional armoury.

The featured folder specifications allow A4 (210 x 297mm) inserts, flyers or booklet to be stored inside the inner pocket which has a 4mm capacity. This stops the contents from falling out and allows you to add only the specific and relevant informations sheets you know your client is interested in potentially purchasing from you. Adding in new products and service information is, of course, a great way to let those you are contacting know you are a company who continue expand and develop what you can offer.

We also add slots for business cards to sit within to ensure your personal contact details are on hand as soon as a client wants to contact you for more information and hopefully place an order with you.

As an added feature, we can add soft touch lamination as well as digital embossing (raised print) to provide that extra luxurious and tactile experience that makes your company more memorable than your competitors! Everyone know making a good first impression is important and we’re here to help you do exactly that.

June 14, 2019
These self-adhesive name plate vinyl sign stickers were printed and outline cut to the required finished size on our large format printer. Our latest machine has the ability to print and cut to any shape so if you...
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These self-adhesive name plate vinyl sign stickers were printed and outline cut to the required finished size on our large format printer. Our latest machine has the ability to print and cut to any shape so if you require lettering or logos cut to an exact shape drop in along and we can get these ready for you.

We also laminated these sign stickers to help protect them against the elements and we recommend/apply as as a general rule, that any outdoor signage gets this protective coating added. Our laminating film also helps protect against U.V. rays to keep the colours on your signage looking better for longer.

June 7, 2019
Simmer Dim I can’t let this month pass without mentioning one of the many ‘wonders’ of Shetland – the Simmer Dim. The dictionary definition is understated: the twilight of Shetland summer evening. We all know...
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Simmer Dim

I can’t let this month pass without mentioning one of the many ‘wonders’ of Shetland – the Simmer Dim. The dictionary definition is understated: the twilight of Shetland summer evening. We all know that the Simmer Dim is oh so much more than this, don’t we? For me, it brings a sense of endless possibilities under the dappled evening sunshine, with hills to climb, regattas to attend, beaches to explore and so much more to discover and enjoy.

Joining in with this sense of adventure, this month’s Shetland Life is bursting with feel-good vibes. Dale Smith shares his favourite photos from this year’s 39th annual folk festival. We take to the water and find out more about Shetland’s competitive rowing teams who compete throughout the summer at regattas, and Fenton and friends head to the disused fishing station at Fethaland.

I’ve been out in the garden a lot this month, and it’s encouraging to see the Polycrub coming to life again. Everything is flourishing, and I’ve seen plenty of pollinators busily doing their thing among our raspberry canes. If you’re keen to learn more about growing in Shetland, but are unsure where to start, then this month’s Shetland Life should provide some essential reading! Ali Grundon Robertson has gone green-fingered at Turriefield and Brae, and Misa Hay shares more gardening inspiration from her own garden in Tingwall.

Next month the schools break for the summer holidays, and I would like to include a summer holiday checklist in the July issue; things to see, do and enjoy here on our doorstep. I would love to add your suggestions too. What’s on your Shetland summer holiday bucket-list this year? Where do you return to time and time again? Is there a favourite haunt that you love to explore… or an ideal spot for a family picnic? Email your suggestions to sleditor@shetlandtimes.co.uk.

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.