Archive for July, 2017

Art in aid of refugees goes on display

This week, Orkney Friends of Palestine are displaying the entries to their Young People’s Art and Photography Competition at For Arts Sake, Kirkwall. The competition was open to all artists between the ages of 5 and 25 with the theme of “What Makes Me Happy.” The charity, who have been raising money in aid of […]

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Assurances given over government nuisance calling

Assurances have been given on the issue of nuisance calling by the Scottish Government, after concerns were highlighted by Orkney MSP Liam McArthur. The Orkney MSP wrote to Scottish Ministers highlighting the issue and has been assured by Kevin Stewart MSP, the Minister for Local Government and Housing, that Scottish Government schemes “do not rely […]

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Police appeal for information

Police in Kirkwall are appealing for information this week, after a car collided with a wall last Friday night. According to police, the incident involved a black Seat Leon, which was driving east on Carness Road and hit a wall at the junction with Craigiefield Road, at around 9.30pm. Anyone with information is asked to […]

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Airline steps in to help Orkney football team

Airline operators Loganair stepped in at the last minute over the weekend to guarantee travel arrangements for the Saturday’s all-important Milne Cup inter-county football match-up between Orkney and Shetland. The clash, on Shetland, hit problems when a mix up on travel arrangements meant that the all-amateur players of the Orkney team, were struggling to get […]

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Whit’s on this weekend?

At a loss for what to do this weekend? Have no fear! The Orcadian is here with a few peedie suggestions on what to get up to over the next few days… Per Mare Celebrations, Stromness This week Stromness has been celebrating its 200th year as a Burgh of Barony with a host of events, […]

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Longhope Lifeboat launched to yacht

Longhope Lifeboat was called out today, Friday, to go to the aid of a yachtsman who became unwell onboard his vessel which was at anchor off South Ronaldsay. The lifeboat launched around 11am to head for the yacht which was in Widewall Bay. The RNLI crew took the man off the yacht and transferred him […]

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Orkney Ferries make contingency plan

A contingency plan has been put in place in the event of excess passenger numbers for the 6pm sailing departing Westray, this Sunday, July 30. With the Westray Regatta taking place this weekend, it is expected that there may be an excess of passengers travelling back from the island on Sunday evening. Earl Thorfinn is […]

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Look to the Sky: solar eclipse and darkening night skies

Skywatchers can expect a total eclipse of the Sun on August 21, visible as partial from Orkney. Also, there will be a dearth of bright planets in the night sky. This month’s columns from Rousay astronomer John Vetterlein is in included in this week’s edition of the Orcadian, and is available here. Please note, that in […]

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Orkney’s cruise tourism in the spotlight

The cruise line industry and its impact on Orkney will feature on TV screens next Monday evening, with the BBC programme Orkney: When the Boat Comes In. The programme, which will air on BBC One, will feature several local faces involved with cruise in Orkney and will capture stories from folk whose lives are impacted […]

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Evie farmer raises awareness for Farm Safety Week

A local farmer has spoken out about a workplace accident, in an effort to prevent something similar happening to others. As part of the nation-wide campaign, Farm Safety Week, Michael Stevenson, from Evie, has talked about being badly injured in April last year, while working with livestock on his farm. Mr Stevenson has said, since […]

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