Thank you NHS Orkney, Mrs Brown – and Amelia

If you are a regular reader of this blog (thank you) then you might know that I am a huge admirer of Amelia Earhart, the pioneering aviator – or aviatrix as female pilots were known in her day. In 1932 Amelia became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic. This year, on 2Continue reading “Thank you NHS Orkney, Mrs Brown – and Amelia”

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Better The Devil You Know? – A Titanic Short Story by Graham Brown

After The Weekend It’s Monday morning, about ten to nine, and the town centre office is coming to life. Deirdre, a woman of indeterminate age, which never seems to alter, is always first to arrive. That way she makes sure no-one steals her coffee mug – and she can see when the others come in.Continue reading “Better The Devil You Know? – A Titanic Short Story by Graham Brown”

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It’s 2016: relax and spread love

So here we are in 2016 and with it comes many questions. For example, how far can we go into the year and still say “Happy New Year” to each other? Let’s keep going for a little longer yet, and spread positive feelings. When I was young 2016 would have seemed part of some impossibleContinue reading “It’s 2016: relax and spread love”

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A remarkable 24 hours

My 24 hours from Thursday lunchtime to Friday lunchtime were memorable for events that were planned and unexpected, joyous and life-affirming, positive, satisfying, wondrous and downright lucky. It all began on Thursday afternoon when, in my guise as a volunteer for the Kitchener & HMS Hampshire Memorial project, I had set up interviews with DonaldContinue reading “A remarkable 24 hours”

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The rhythms and markers of an Orcadian year

Well, here we are with just a fortnight until December 21st, the shortest day of the year – a strange description really, we mean of course the shortest daylight of the year. All being well, December 21st will be 24-hours in duration like all other days. Here in Orkney our hours of daylight do get prettyContinue reading “The rhythms and markers of an Orcadian year”

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