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A kestrel perched on a fence-post


Pic of the Week – 22 January 2007 by Mike Clark © 2006 All images are digitally watermarked – please don’t infringe copyright! A kestrel perches…

Scots pine

Pic of the Week – 22 May 2006 by Mike Clark © 2005 All images are digitally watermarked – please don’t infringe copyright! Mike adds: “There’s…

Gralloching a pumpkin

“When I was a bairn, in the north east of Scotland, we had never heard of pumpkins. With the advent of colour television last year, I realised neeps had competition. In black and white, you can’t tell the difference.” Mike Clark takes a look at the origins of Halloween and the traditional celebrations running into Guy Fawkes Night.

The Twenty Forty-Five

“Bored now, Prince Shuggie tossed the paperback onto the cheap plastic table. Like he cared that cheap plastic tables were banned. He’d inherited it from his grandfather. It was his legacy.” In a short story, Mike Clark presents his nightmare vision of a re-run of the “Forty-Five” Rebellion – three centuries on.

Stromness's narrow streets

Clarkie’s Orkney Tour – April 2005: Part 2

“Already in Stromness, we were checking watches and reminding ourselves of the departure time of the last ferry. The tour guide took an executive decision. You cannot visit Orkney without seeing Skara Brae, even if it means missing out Kirkwall on the mad dash back.” Part Two of Clarkie’s day trip to Orkney – Stromness and Skara Brae.