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THE YEAR WE ALL WENT BACK

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What will it be like living with Covid? If a new variant appears, what should we do? Will things ever get back completely to what they were? “I don’t think they will,” says epidemiologist Prof. Mark Woolhouse of Edinburgh University, “but that may not be all bad news.” He explains the case against lockdown made earlier this year in his book The Year the World Went Mad. “We have to do better next time, so let’s start thinking about future pandemics, the challenges they may present and how we should prepare.” ...

TEA FOR TRANSITION

Stromness Hotel

An opportunity to hear more from Daniel Kenning over tea/coffee/biscuits about further aspects of the concept of Transition Engineering and the new approaches it opens up to solve challenges globally and locally. Today he describes the crash test – how to look at the consequences of staying on a path that’s unsustainable.

£8

DNA FOR VACCINE TARGETS HOMING IN ON EPSTEIN-BARR

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

The recent success of the novel mRNA vaccine for covid-19 highlights the potential of this technology to develop vaccines for other viruses. One of these is Epstein-Barr virus, a common virus known to cause certain types of cancer and multiple sclerosis. However, it is not currently clear why certain people are more likely to get the infection than others. ...

GENETIC FINDINGS WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Each of us differs from everyone else by about four million letters in the DNA code. But which of these are important for our risk of disease and which should we be told about? Which are common in Orkney? Prof Jim Flett Wilson of the University of Edinburgh investigates using information from the ORCADES and Viking Genes studies. ...

TRANSITION LAB TING

ICIT, Robert Rendall Building, Stromness

ICIT, Robert Rendall Building, Stromness Our lifestyle has changed greatly since World War II – and with it our use of fossil fuels. Oil consumption alone has trebled since 1965. The change must now be reversed, and solutions found locally as well as nationally – so each community needs to find its own solutions. Heriot-Watt University are researching the Transition Lab process. One of the first Transition Labs is about children’s travel to school, aimed to stimulate ideas to reduce transport. For this, they’ve developed a Transitioneering Kids Programme. Before the

£3 – £5

WALK: BRODGAR WILDLIFE WALK

A short circular walk around the RSPB reserve surrounding the Ring of Brodgar. We will enjoy a leisurely stroll around this beautiful area which takes us through grasslands and along the shores of Stenness and Harray lochs. We will watch out for ducks and swans on the lochs, waders along the shore or in the fields, and any insects taking advantage of the wildflowers. ...

£33

AFTERNOON TEAS

Peedie Kirk Hall, Kirkwall

The Peedie Kirk are back in action and look forward to welcoming you. Come along and enjoy the company and the opportunity to catch up, with a story as well at 3.30 pm.

£8

THE CLOCK, THE FAX AND THE CAITHNESS GENIUS

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The technology of the fax machine was invented and patented in 1843 by a crofter’s son from Watten in Caithness who had left school when he was 12. Alexander Bain was a clockmaker’s apprentice in Wick when he was inspired by a scientific lecture in Thurso on electricity. ...

TUNE THE CAT’S WHISKER TO 2LO

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall
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It’s 100 years since public service broadcasting got under way with the BBC’s transmissions from 2LO in London. Prof. Tom Stevenson tells the story of early radio with its powerful transmitters sending signals for reception on crystal sets with cat’s whiskers and early thermionic valve wireless sets. He highlights examples of early radios which can be seen on display at the Orkney Wireless Museum in Kirkwall and the Museum of Communication in Burntisland, Fife. ...

A DIFFERENT KIND OF GARDEN

Orkney Theatre, Kirkwall

Our garden’s health is connected with our own – and here’s why. A healthy gut contains a world of micro-organisms; and so does healthy soil – and thereby also the plants that grow in it. Their micro-organisms contribute to their vitality, and to their ability to nourish other lives. Recent research suggests that the microbiomes may have evolved closely together – so looking after our soil has a deep connection with looking after ourselves. ...

VOYAGE TO THE FUTURE

The Orkney Club, Harbour Street, Kirkwall

Are current global crises taking us into the territory where science fiction turns into reality? Back in the 1990s when historians looked to a peacful and prosperous future, Scottish science fiction writer Ken MacLeod was forecasting a much grittier world ahead. His novel The Sky Road depicted the world of the 2050s as dangerously unstable, racked with crises in capitalism and global revolution, fragmented into smaller aggressive states. ...

RISING TIDES

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The great iconic Neolithic monuments of Orkney are not the beginning of the story of people in the islands. It’s now recognised that this began with the arrival of hunter-gatherers some 10,000 years ago. The discovery of this long-lost part of Orkney’s past is due in particular to the immense commitment and ability of Caroline-Wickham Jones. ...

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