A late-night conversation with an old friend in a remote windswept house

So, here we are, my first blog for nearly six months. Any excuse? Not really. Not only that but my headline is stolen – it’s all in a good cause, though. On 1 November Kathie Touin (that is Mrs Brown) released a new album of her wonderful songs, Facing The Falling Sky. And it isContinue reading “A late-night conversation with an old friend in a remote windswept house”

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The first seven weeks…

So, how is 2018 for you so far? Some small triumphs? Some big positives? And, for some, of course, there will have been loss and sadness. Sorry. The world rolls round, our nervousness about the Korean peninsular slightly eased by the Winter Olympics; Brexit continuing to breed uncertainty and division, in the UK, Ireland andContinue reading “The first seven weeks…”

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Hello again

Now, where were we? Oh yes, writing a blog, at least one a month is my self-imposed rule. I see I published a blog each month until, oh, there was no blog in June. But there was one in July and then – err, nothing since. So, it is time to get this blog backContinue reading “Hello again”

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48 Hours: postscript

In my previous post, “48 Hours: my father and I”, I wrote about the unexpected death of my father in hospital on Easter Sunday. I had travelled to Lincolnshire to care for him on his expected release from hospital but that was not how it worked out.This post adds some thoughts on what happened inContinue reading “48 Hours: postscript”

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Life

Life is sad, depressing, hopeless. Life is happy, joyous, full of hope. Which of these statements is correct? Or is it something in between? I think it is all three, depending on life experiences, the day’s events, illness, state of mind, luck, money (sometimes), expectations, and so on. The first weeks of 2016 for meContinue reading “Life”

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Misconceptions about Orkney

Many of our friends had – and probably still have – some strange ideas about what it is like here. Well, why wouldn’t you if you have never visited? So in this blog I would like to dispel a few of the misconceptions that some folk have about Orkney. First, Orkney is in the Hebrides,Continue reading “Misconceptions about Orkney”

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How much are wheelie bins costing the people of Orkney?

Late on Sunday 6 January I emailed a letter to our excellent local weekly newspaper, The Orcadian, which I hoped might be published on the Postbag page. Since then four editions of The Orcadian have appeared but my letter has not. So I am publishing the letter here. I would welcome any response from OrkneyContinue reading “How much are wheelie bins costing the people of Orkney?”

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Where is the Super Station in Orkney?

Here in Orkney we’re well served by local media considering we only have a population of about 20,000. We have a fine newspaper, The Orcadian, packed full of local news, information and advertising. There is also an award-winning colour monthly magazine featuring local folk, Living Orkney. And the monthly Orkney Advertiser, a free publication ofContinue reading “Where is the Super Station in Orkney?”

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