• 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 …

  • 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 …

  • Being Patient

    It is now a year since we visited Orkney, and I got to share the place I grew up with My Boys (the four-legged one, in particular, enjoying the beaches). We had hoped to make it up for the music festival in May, but it’s not looking likely now. Still, I probably wouldn’t do as …