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HORIZONS FROM THE HARBOUR

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ONLINE Research students from three universities – Heriot-Watt, Robert Gordon, and UHI – share news of the progress of their work, hosted by Dr Mike Bell of Heriot-Watt University’s International Centre for Island Technology in the Stromness campus with its views out across the harbour to Graemsay, Hoy and Scapa Flow.

WHO OWNS THE SEA?

ICIT, Robert Rendall Building, Stromness

ICIT, Robert Rendall Building, Stromness At one time this would have seemed an unlikely question. But the quota system has already brought in ownership of fish. Could further development, such as offshore wind farms, extend this to the seabed? Dr Sandy Kerr of ICIT looks at future scenarios.

LIVING WITH A STAR

Phoenix Cinema, Kirkwall

Phoenix Cinema, Kirkwall The Sun, our closest star, provides all the heat and light required for life on our world. Glancing up, it may appear to us to be just a boring, bright globe in our skies. Not so, says Prof. Robert Walsh of the University of Central Lancashire, introducing us to a close encounter. “Your star is a massive atom smashing machine; a seething mass of electrified gases that at times is anything but quiet and uninteresting. In this talk we will learn how important the Sun is for us here

WALK: ORPHIR BAY CIRCULAR

Our island adventure will start with the ferry from Houton where we can look out for seabirds and cetaceans. Once on Flotta, we will enjoy a leisurely walk round the island enjoying the scenery and a wide variety of wildlife. Bring a picnic. Please note the ferry fare is included in the price. Medium 2–3 hours, Easy, £33pp It is possible to use the local bus service for this walk. Stagecoach service No 2 from Kirkwall to Houton can stop at the end of the Gyre road on request. Megan’s aim with the Festival walks

VINTAGE RALLY

Broad Street, Kirkwall

Broad Street, Kirkwall It’s a great sight on Broad Street in front of the Cathedral, with an opportunity to see cars that can range in time from a Model T Ford from 1915 to a new electric vehicle of today – and with over a hundred years of vintage vehicles, classic cars and tractors in between, along with the sound of engines in action, and all beautifully restored. You can hear the stories from the owners of how a vehicle might have been gently rusting away over long years and then through

FILM: THE SHORE WHERE THE FOSSILS FORMED

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ONLINE Join geologist Dr John Flett Brown on the classic Orkney walk along the West Shore of Stromness in this new film made by Mark Jenkins. Starting from the Point of Ness, with views across Hoy Sound to Graemsay and Hoy, the journey begins with a fossil beach on the shore of ancient Lake Orcadie, the great lake from which today’s Orkney rocks began their story as sediments. As we walk on, the record of the rocks and their eras unfolds, layer by layer, following the story of the lake and the

AN ARCTIC AFTERNOON

Orphir Community Centre

Orphir Community Centre The John Rae Society welcome you to hear more about John Rae himself, and the plans for his birthplace, the Hall of Clestrain, and hear the story of the Northwest Passage. Polar historian Dr Maria Casarini will speak about the search for the Passage and final link put into place by Rae, and sea ice expert Prof. Peter Wadhams will describe the changing climate conditions which are now opening up the Passage.

THE ROCK CYCLE (YAMAGUCHI)

Pier Arts Centre, Stromness

Art explores the deep time of geology in a new exhibition at the Pier Arts Centre, and this afternoon the artists are there to take you on a tour of it. You can join them in a workshop as well. The rock cycle concept looks over long stretches of time at how rocks form and weather, with the debris gradually forming new rocks as the cycle goes round anew.

NURTURING THE WILD

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall Since early childhood, nature and animals have been naturalist/author Polly Pullar’s passion. She tells us about the joys and heartbreaks of hand-rearing and rehabilitating numerous wild creatures, from tiny naked squirrel kits to tawny owlets and hedgehogs. She also highlights the pressing need to care for nature in all forms, from the smallest insects and plants to habitat restoration. Polly speaks too about her newly-published memoir The Horizontal Oak, and her wonderful, feral childhood in Ardnamurchan where numerous animals, from pet sheep to a kestrel, shared her life. But

THE MYSTERY OF THE STRONSAY MONSTER

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall It was washed up on the rocks below the cliffs of Rothiesholm in 1808 and if it was a basking shark then it was 15 feet longer than anything that has ever been recorded. And there is now a chance to find out for sure as a very small piece of material from its body has now been found, sent through a chain of several people and safely preserved for two centuries. The story involves several writers of the time, including Lord Byron – with further consequences. Howie Firth

KIRKWALL CITY PIPE BAND

Broad Street, Kirkwall

Broad Street, Kirkwall Kirkwall City Pipe Band with their final parade of the season.

ANCIENT STORIES, MODERN SEAS

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ONLINE Oceanographer Dr Neil Banas of Strathclyde University looks at how a story by a master Haida mythteller, Skaay, reflects the marine ecology on the North Pacific Ocean’s edge. “He managed to capture the dynamics of ecosystems at the ‘edge of chaos’ in his mythic frame with an accuracy that mathematical modellers still struggle to duplicate.”

A SATURDAY SESSION

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall Sit back and enjoy the opportunity to chat over a drink, in the company of some well-known Orkney musicians having the opportunity for an informal tune or two.

THE SWEET SOUNDS OF THE SYNTHEZISER

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ONLINE Synthesizers are going through a revival, with sophisticated systems now available for low prices, providing a rich range of sounds to explore, often relaxing and sometimes ethereal with natural sounds blended in with new creations. A group of synthesiser players in the north has been meeting online to play together through the pandemic and inspire each other, and this evening they’d like you to join them to listen to a mixture of pieces and find out more about the workings of synthesisers and their sounds. Music comes from Maarten de Vries in the

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