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    Mareel on fire with epic lineup

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    Last night’s Spangin Spree at Mareel lived up to its name onstage and on the dancefloor.

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    Mesmerising stuff in Burra Hall

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    Just when you think you’ve seen and heard it all something else comes along to blow you away. On Saturday in the Burra Hall it was Troy MacGillivray and Shane Cook who left the crowd mesmerised. The two Canadians, accompanied by Jake Charron on piano and guitar, are supremely talented and it was great to […]

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    Scott demands inquiry into ferry contract

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    Were mistakes made in the awarding of the ferry contract to Serco three years ago?THE SCOTTISH government has rejected claims that it made mistakes awarding the £243 million northern isles ferry contract to the multinational company Serco in May 2012. The comments come after Labour’s shadow transport spokesman David Stewart last week accused the government of wrongly dismissing a cheaper bid from the existing operator NorthLink. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is now calling for public finance watchdog Audit Scotland to investigate the way the contract was awarded, and transport union RMT is demanding a public inquiry.

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    Ness hit for seven as Spurs send out a message

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    Lerwick Spurs sent out a message to all contenders that they were still the team to beat as they kicked off the G&S Flooring Premier League season with a thumping win over Ness United in Cunningsburgh. The defending champions shared a fairly even opening 10 minutes with the home side on Friday, but began to take […]

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    Chisholm's fiddle playing takes breath away

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    Jarlath Henderson, Duncan Chisholm and Matheu Watson. Photo: Chris Brown.ARRIVING to a jam packed Skeld Hall for Saturday night’s folk festival concert I was reminded how important the efforts  of the local committees are in making the festival run smoothly when, no chairs in sight, I was found an extra one by some helpful hall hands and installed at the back of the room, ready for the night’s music.

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    Sella Ness fire call out

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    Fire engines and the police outside the Sella Ness accommodation block on Saturday evening. Photo ShetnewsTWO fire engines from Brae and Hillswick were called out to the Sella Ness accommodation block on Saturday evening. However when they arrived at the 850 bed facility housing Petrofac employees and contractors working on the Shetland Gas Plant, the fire in the laundry room had already been extinguished.

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    Magical mystical night at Clickimin

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    Dazzling white lights, softer shafts of smoky blue and orange and a strong long bass sound made for an exhilarating experience to end Friday night's performance at Clickimin.

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    Varied lineup warmly welcomed at Mareel

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    A good humoured Mareel audience were treated to an eclectic gig of high quality music last night with five acts from around the globe proving that the Folk Festival can still bring diversity to the musical table.

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    An intoxicating night of folk in Cullivoe

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    Cahalen Morrison and Eli West: blissful musical companionship. Photo: Shetnews/Neil RiddellA SELLOUT audience at Cullivoe went home deliriously happy on Friday night after enjoying an intoxicating Shetland Folk Festival concert, writes Neil Riddell.  By the time high-octane, eight-man band Habadekuk rounded the concert off just after 11.30pm, the clamour for more tunes was only cut short by the need to get the musicians back to the ferry.

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    Assault man remanded in custody

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    A man was remanded in custody at Lerwick Sheriff Court on Thursday after admitting assaulting and harassing his estranged wife.

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    Prize winners and guests told of marine centre’s key industry role

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    The NAFC Marine Centre plays a critical role in launching the careers of some of the world’s most talented seafarers, a shipping industry leader said today as he handed out prizes to top performing students.

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    Air ambulance ‘unaffected’ by Jigsaw withdrawal

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    The Scottish Ambulance Service has insisted that emergency cover to the outer isles is unaffected by the removal of the Jigsaw helicopter from Sumburgh at the start of April.

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    Jigsaw contract ends

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    The Bond-operated Jigsaw helicopter. Photo: Kieran MurrayTHE SCOTTISH Ambulance Service (SAS) has moved to reassure Shetlanders that the early termination of the oil industry’s Jigsaw search and rescue contract, based at Sumburgh, will not affect its ability to respond to emergencies. In a statement issued on Friday, it said the Jigsaw aircraft had previously been available to assist the SAS in making non-emergency transfers requested by outer island GPs. It had a timescale of between two and nine hours for transferring patients to hospital depending on their clinical condition.

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    Festival is back with a bang in Bigton

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    The folk festival is back … and if opening night in Bigton was anything to go by it’s back with a bang. By the end of the evening Danish band Habadekuk had the crowd on its feet clapping and stamping along to their finale. It is no disrespect to the other performers to say that […]

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    Floortje tells Islands’ story

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    The hazy light of the early evening and the mist tumbling off the cliffs. Rediscovering home has been an intriguing experience for photographer Floortje Robertson.

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    Loganair flight diverted after engine shutdown

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    A Loganair Saab 340 aircraft.A FLIGHT from Shetland destined for Edinburgh had to be diverted to Aberdeen as a precaution after a warning light came on. The captain of the Saab 340 aircraft, which left Sumburgh at 7.40am with 28 passengers on board, decided to shut down one of its engine and diverted the BE6992 flight. It landed safely in Aberdeen an hour after take-off.

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    Exchange strengthens Canadian cultural ties

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    A demonstration of an Osoyoos Indian traditional dance at the town hall on Monday. Photo: Austin TaylorTHERE was a vibrant show of culture at Lerwick Town Hall this week as the isles’ latest Canadian youth exchange programme came to an end. The Spirit Dancer project resumed in Shetland in mid-April after a break of a couple of years and a colourful civic reception was held in Lerwick on Monday to celebrate its work. This year’s scheme brought a total of 14 youths to Shetland from the Osoyoos Indian Band and Penticton Indian Band communities in British Columbia, Canada.

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    Vidlin concert whets appetite for weekend

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    The Esko Jarvela Epic Male Band offering up their Finnish prog-folk at Vidlin on Thursday night. Photo: ShetnewsVidlin Hall was packed for the opening night of the 2015 Shetland Folk Festival, the audience enjoying a truly diverse musical cocktail of homegrown and visiting acts, as Louise Thomason discovered. OPENING the show at Vidlin’s folk festival concert on Thursday night were local band the Isbister Leaper String Collective, featuring Jackie Robertson.

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    Remanded to protect woman

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    A MAN has been remanded in custody after admitting assaulting and harassing his estranged wife to the extent that a number of measures have had to be put in place to protect her.  Richard Kortram, 49, of Lerwick’s North Road, had been due to appear in court on Wednesday to answer a charge of causing fear or alarm to the woman by repeatedly phoning and texting her, threatening to kill himself if she did not reconcile with him and threatening to kill her.

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    Bright & jovial start to 35th folk festival

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    Finnish prog-folk act Esko Järvelä Epic Male Band strutting their stuff at Islesburgh. Photo: Chris Brown THERE was a jovial atmosphere pervading Islesburgh on Thursday as the 35th Shetland Folk Festival got underway. The highly-anticipated weekend was gently ushered in as the festival held its afternoon opening concert in Lerwick. It gave a packed Room 16 - and those watching elsewhere in the building via video link - a taster of this year’s fifteen visiting acts.

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    Stewarts Melville are Sevens champions

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    Stewarts Melville are the winners of the 2015 Orkney Rugby Football Club’s sevens tournament. The visiting side beat Orkney 19-7 in the final, at Pickaquoy. In the Plate final, Grangemouth beat Predators 39-7, while Currie beat West 24-0 in the Pale of Ale.

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    HEBCELT FANS URGED NOT TO GAMBLE ON LEGAL HIGHS

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    The award-winning Hebridean Celtic Festival has joined a campaign to help highlight the dangers of so-called legal highs.   HebCelt will be among more than 40 summer music events taking […]

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    HIAL records strong start to 2015

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    Regional airport operator HIAL has recorded a strong start to the year with an extra 25,000 passengers during the first quarter. Latest figures show that between January and March this […]

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    Europe Direct Information Centre Outer Hebrides to celebrate 65th Anniversary of Europe Day

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    Europe Day is held on the 9th May every year and celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the historical ‘Schuman Declaration’.   At a […]

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    Cross the barriers for WEST

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    A new exhibition, featuring the work of a recent Orkney College art graduate, is to go on show at the Loft Gallery this weekend. Sigurd Smith is the first of three to graduate through Orkney College UHI to achieve a BA (Hons) Fine Art and Textiles degree. WEST is Sigurd’s first solo exhibition and showcases ...

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    Parish Cup fixtures get under way

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    The first of the 2015 The Orcadian Parish Cup games kick off today, Saturday, with Birsay playing Stromness and Rendall facing Westray. Tomorrow, Sunday, Sanday play St Ola, Holm play Sandwick and South Ronaldsay play St Andrews. Results for the games can be found at here afterwards.

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    Orcadians in the Trenches . . .

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    An exhibition telling the stories of Orkney men who fought in World War One opens at the Orkney Museum today, Saturday. Orcadians in the Trenches: the War on Land explores the wartime experiences of several local men through stories told either in their own words or by members of their family. It gives a brief glimpse of ...

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    Local band hit the highway to Bonfest

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    Local band, Rocker will have the honour of headlining this year’s Bonfest in Kirriemuir. The five-piece band who dedicate their entire set of AC/DC covers to the Bon Scott era, will be the last act on stage tonight. Then tomorrow, they will hit the streets of the Angus village on the back of a lorry, ...

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    Rotary raising money for Nepal earthquake appeal

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    Orkney Rotary club members will be collecting money tomorrow, Saturday, for the relief effort following the earthquake in Nepal. Volunteers will be collecting throughout the day in Kirkwall’s main streets, as well as Tesco, Lidl and the Co-op supermarkets.    

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    Former Mama’s Boys guitar legend in Stromness

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    Former Mama’s Boys and Celtus guitar/violin legend, Pat McManus will make his debut appearance in Orkney tonight. Blues/rockers, the Pat McManus Band will be right at home, performing at the heart of the county’s Blues Festival, in the Stromness Hotel. In an interview with The Orcadian last month, Pat, who hails from Fermanagh in Northern ...

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    All set for Orkney RFC rugby sevens

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    Tomorrow, Orkney RFC’s rugby sevens tournament will see 18 teams take part in the club’s end of season rugby festival at Pickaquoy. Orkney will be hoping to make it four wins on the trot, however strong challenges are expected from Premiership teams Heriots and Currie, and Peebles and Stewart’s Melville who both play in National ...

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    Coubister House

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    Coubister House, Firth, KW17 2ET Bedrooms 4 | Bathrooms 2 Offers Over £295,000 Offered for sale, idyllically situated in a rural location in the parish of Firth about 1 mile from Finstown village with lovely open views over the surrounding farmland and the sea. Coubister House is an extremely welcoming and comfortable family home with a beautiful mature ...

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    BMW X3 3.0d

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    BMW X3 3.0d M Sport 5dr Auto Price: £7,495 • Reg: 2006 • Mileage: 83,906 • Colour: Blue • Gearbox: Automatic • Fuel Type: Diesel Alloys, CD Player, Electric Windows, Climate Control, Full Black Leather Heated Seats, Front and Rear PDC, 4 Previous Owners Finance available – finance subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Applicant must be 18 or over. Guarantees/indemnities may be ...

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    Nissan Note 1.4

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    Nissan Note 1.4 Acenta 5dr Price: £4,995 • Reg: 2008 • Mileage: 49,706 • Colour: Black • Gearbox: Manual • Fuel Type: Diesel Allows, Air Conditioning, CD Player, Electric Windows, 2 Previous Owners. Finance available – finance subject to status. Terms and conditions apply. Applicant must be 18 or over. Guarantees/indemnities may be required Click for Full Details Colin Gregg Cars, Hatston Industrial Estate, Kirkwall, Orkney, ...

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    37 Quoybanks Crescent

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    37 Quoybanks Crescent, Kirkwall Bedrooms 3 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £110,000 37 Quoybanks Crescent is a well presented three bedroom mid terraced house with beautiful views over Scapa and the south isles. Located within walking distance of the town centre, schools and all local amenities Accommodation comprises living room, kitchen, three bedrooms and bathroom. Decking areas ...

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    10 Watson Close, Kirkwall, KW15 1WD

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    10 Watson Close, Kirkwall, KW15 1WD Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £118,000 10 Watson Close is an attractive 2 bedroom semi-detached bungalow. The well presented property is situated on the outskirts of Kirkwall and a short car journey from the town’s amenities. The semi-detached bungalow stands in good decorative order and has electric heating together ...

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    Eastaben, Stenness

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    Eastaben, Stenness, KW16 3HE Bedrooms 1 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £320,000 115.29 acres (46.66 Ha) or thereby of land complete with a one bedroom house and various outbuildings situated in an idyllic location with lovely views over the surrounding farmland. Accommodation comprises Living room, Kitchen, Shower room and Bedroom. The land comprises of approximately 65.5189 ...

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    Ground Floor Apartments

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    Ground Floor Hatston Apartments, Hatston, St Ola Bedrooms 2 | Bathrooms 1 Offers Over £125,000 Presented for sale is this modern 2 bedroom ground floor apartment with views over Kirkwall and the surrounding countryside. The building was originally used for testing aircraft engines at the former Hatston Airfield and underwent renovation in 2009 to form two 2 bedroom apartments and ...

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    Car Hire Operator

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    CAR HIRE OPERATOR •We have a vacancy in our busy Kirkwall Airport Office •Applicants should be able to work using their own initiative •We require someone with good communication skills and a pleasant telephone manner •A full UK driving licence is essential Apply to:Mr Warren R. Tullock W.R.Tullock, Castle Street, Kirkwall, KW15 1HD warren@wrtullock.com

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    Comhairle Budget Strategy

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    Comhairle nan Eilean Siar agreed a budget strategy for 2016-18 at meetings last week.   There is considerable uncertainty around what the financial settlement for Scotland might look like after […]

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