Increasingly Brief Encounters

I’ve been on annual leave from work for most of this week, trying to get my head down and study. Apart from a couple of frustrations (an empty week eventually turned into having something going on every single day), it’s been going well. Progress of sorts has been made, at any rate. The bulk of …

Comradery and Non-Dickery

Social media is my research landscape. Yeesh, you wouldn’t believe the work that has gone into those six words over the years: definitions and how to use or usurp them has been one of the things I’ve struggled with most throughout my studies. But I have arrived at a point whereby the current draft of …

A Month on Monday (Sunday): April and a Half

Hello, from Hermitude It’s a wrap. All primary data collection is now complete, and I am wading through my analysis of snippets which I find (depending on the day) packed with helpful and interesting direction, and utterly void of any help at all. This is nothing to do with the data; more, just the now-familiar …

Twitter Hashtags: Place, People, and the Internet

Back in November, I hosted a Twitter Hour on the subject of #OrkneySupernatural as part of my research into folklore and contemporary expressions of identity relating to Orkney. I chose #OrkneySupernatural (in discussion with my Director of Studies), because it was an example of what is broadly accepted to be an element of folklore, and …

James Foubister’s Fiddle

After his fiddle was broken at sea, James Foubister made himself a new one; made of tin. The fiddle is currently on loan from the family to Stromness Museum, and can be viewed as part of the museum’s maritime collection. The fiddle was last played in 2016, by James Watson. Read more via the Stromness …

A Month (and a bit) on Monday: March(ish)

Celebrations There has been much to celebrate over the last few weeks, including of couple of birthdays within our circle of family and friends. On Saturday, we also celebrated our first year of marriage. On the first of April last year we made our vows on the shore of Loch Morlich; and, this year, we …