Tag Archives: Shetland

A year ago I was at Up Helly Aa

Up Helly Aa has been and gone again. It’s always on the last Tuesday of January and brightens some of the darkest days in the British winter. Shetland being so far north, it gets even gloomier than Manchester. Something hard … Continue reading

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Ann Cleeves

Ann Cleeves is as good at telling stories as she is at writing them. She’s also full of mind-boggling facts. Continue reading

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Up Helly Aa 2015 (the night)

Burly men in beards and bras. Definitely a night to remember. Continue reading

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Up Helly Aa 2015 (the day)

Days don’t get much better than this. Continue reading

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A Winter’s Day in Unst

It was a grey and gloomy day in Unst. But I still liked it. Continue reading

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A Potted History of Up Helly Aa

A brief look at the origins of Up Helly Aa. Continue reading

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I’m going to Up Helly Aa!

I’ve got the chance to go to Up Helly Aa and I’m jumping at it. Continue reading

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A talk on the Arctic and Antarctica

From East Africa to the Arctic and Antarctica. Including Shetland. Gavin Francis has led my idea of a dream life. Continue reading

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Getting some inspiration

Finding inspiration in a chocolate factory and a brewery. Continue reading

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Jammin’, jammin’ (hope you like jammin’ too)

I should be on the boat to Shetland now. Instead I’m making jam in Manchester. Continue reading

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