I write this post with a monocle screwed into one eye and an ill-advised moustache drawn onto my top lip with permanent marker pen. Dusty has taken the time to struggle into a mauve twin set and felt hat and both of us wield enormous magnifying glasses.
For we are detectives! And we invite you to be detectives too! Quick, pop on a trilby and light up a cigar, as we tell you the mysterious tale of ‘The Bluejacket Boy…’
For an update on information found out by Jan 2014, click here.
Mystery Solved information here.
Monday 21 October 2013
Saturday 19 October 2013
Friday 18 October 2013
Answers shall be posted tomorrow. If you fancy having a go then the prize is an Encyclopedia Britannica pencil (unused).
Friday 11 October 2013
Man, it IS cold and we all HAVE colds. Autumn Schmautumn.
We had been feeling very sorry for ourselves as we downed cold and flu remedies and stocked up on tissues until we read this list of old Orcadian remedies from the Ernest Walker Marwick collection which is stuffed with local lore and legend.
For earache they used limpet juice! For sore eyes, try pee! Roast up some mice when your loved one develops whooping cough!
The most hilarious remedy by far is for warts. You were supposed to secretly rub your warts against the clothes of an acquaintance whose spouse had been unfaithful. This must have been so awkward:
CUCKOLDED WOMAN: "What are you doing?"
WARTY WOMAN: "Nothing."
CUCKOLDED WOMAN: "Are you rubbing your arm on me? Are those... warts?...
Saturday 5 October 2013
Friday 4 October 2013
Did the Gunnie Moberg open day leave you thirsty for more? Then you are in luck. A new micro exhibition of three of Gunnie Moberg's prints plus complementary material from the archive is now on display in the library.
See here for more.
3 STONE CIRCLES. Orkney Library and Archive, Kirkwall 1-31 October 2013