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New Shetlander - 284 Simmer 2018

 New Shetlander cover Issue 284 - Simmer 2018

The latest New Shetlander leads with ‘Operation Princess Riot’, a topical story by Jim Mainland, who saw comic potential in a contentious local issue.

A most unusual article is ‘The not so humble railing’, by John P. Bolton of the Scottish Ironwork Foundation. John Bolton has surveyed Victorian and Edwardian iron gates and railings on the Shetland mainland, and identified their makers and where possible, dates of manufacture. He describes fashions in ironwork, traces the history of manufacturers, and explains how a design can be attributed to a particular source. He adds photographs, mostly from Lerwick but also from Walls and Aith, and finally lists every example he has details for. John Bolton would welcome any further information on the subject from readers, particularly regarding construction dates and architects.

Gordon Johnston’s lively article, ‘The coming of the Old Age Pension to Shetland’, gives a great insight into the world of 1909, from House of Commons debates right down to conversations in and outside Shetland post offices.

Amy Lightfoot, co-author of Guddicks, traditional riddles from Shetland, contributes ‘Shetland kale and crubs’, which draws on her extensive past interviews with elderly Shetlanders to explain the building of crubs and their use in growing kale, a most important crop. Once again, Amy demonstrates her great respect for traditional skills and knowledge. Her article is accompanied by photographs.

Brian Smith ponders how the inhabitants of Cunningsburgh have been portrayed in the past. In ‘Surly Cunningsburgh: a lingering reputation’, he looks at various examples.

A perceptive ‘Wadder eye’ is mainly concerned with the environment and with the use and abuse of social media. There is contemporary poetry featuring several regular writers, while the editors welcome summer by selecting three classic seasonal poems by Lollie Graham, Vagaland and Stella Sutherland.

The New Shetlander pays tribute to the late Walter Scott, the well-known botanist, by reproducing one of the articles he wrote for the magazine in the 1960s. ‘Plants lost and gained’ may have added significance now. ‘In the world of plants,’ he assures us, ‘nothing remains unaltered, no matter how permanent it may appear at first sight’.

There is a quantity of photographs, both modern and archival, in No 284; it seems a timely place for the article ‘Throwing Kodachromes’, by Michael Peterson. He is concerned at the disposal and loss of old photographs which might still have a role to play.

Three prominent recent local books are reviewed by Karen Fraser, Angus Johnson and Charlie Simpson. The striking cover is by Angela Hunt. 

The New Shetlander is now on sale and costs £2.

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