A burning issue?

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iScot’s Zoe Weir examines Up Helly Aa’s evolution


Shetlanders do not like being put in a box. Not by cartologists, who tend to squeeze the Northern Isles into a peerie1 square just off Scotland, when it is actually closer to Norway.  Not by historians, who still debate whether Vikings wiped out Shetland’s Pictish natives or assimilated them. Not by political pundits, for Shetland is a law unto itself; and never more so than during their annual fire festival, Up Helly Aa. This unique spectacle claims Viking connections, but in truth was forged in Victorian times; to this day it retains a “no-women” rule hotly debated by islanders.

Paul Kavanagh (Wee Ginger Dug) & iScot's Ken McDonald

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Livestream interview with Wee Ginger Dug’s Paul Kavanagh and iScot’s Ken McDonald

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Take your seat and SHUT UP!!

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SUPPOSE you saw an advert for two Beyoncé concert seats for £50, and you or your offspring being massive fans of Beyoncé decide to pay the price and send off for the seats.  You get an email from the seller vowing to fulfil your order straight away.  Then you sit back and wait for the postie to deliver your tickets while you listen to the Lemonade album on repeat on your phone.  A few days later the postie turns up with a package, and in that package is a pair of doll house chairs with “Beyoncé concert” painted on them in tiny wee letters.

The ArranCard


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VisitArran is delighted to announce that as a result of income generated from partners, the organisation has been able to lever some additional funding from Argyll & The Isles LEADER and NAC to support the development of the ‘ArranCard’ – a destination card that will be used in a variety of businesses island-wide.  The purpose is to improve the visitor experience although residents may also like to consider this as a gift option for friends, from Easter 2017.

How disasters look good on paper

The case of Hurricane Brexit, the storm hasn’t even hit yet. This is people buying metaphorical storm shutters, and battening down the hatches before the storm arrives.

EU’se it or lose it

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by David McVey

I’m not a betting man, but I keep backing losers.
I voted Labour throughout the Thatcher/Major nightmare. I watch Scotland play at Hampden.

I voted ‘Yes’ in 2014. I voted ‘Remain’ in 2016.

Long before the EU Referendum, we’d booked a rail-based tour of European capitals. It started just a fortnight after Calamity Cameron’s vanity project had blown up in his face. What a time to visit our European neighbours, just after the UK electorate had handed them the mitten.

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There are no strings on Me!!

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True Meaning of Brexit

iScot Cartoons

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Kick the Cat – a  collection of cartoons about simple observations on life’s perspectives

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