Project Description

LUNCHTIMES

We’re extending our lunchtime sessions to a full half-hour, to give time for the varied guests and activities, and also to give us more time to enjoy the Orkney food we’re sampling each day.

For one of the lunchtimes, we will be joined by Scotland’s new Astronomer Royal, Prof. Catherine Heymans of the University of Edinburgh, as we hear about the work of the community of North Ronaldsay to attain recognition for their dark island skies.

On another lunchtime we’re going to Birsay live for an event commemorating a great Orkney naturalist who lived there in the mid-18th century. The work of Rev. George Low covered Orkney’s history as well as its natural history, and we’ll go over to the garden of the manse that was once his home.

Tristan Cameron-Harper will join us on several days to show us scenes from his Orkney travels, including drone footage, and Eric Walker will tell us what to look for in the night sky.

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September 3 → 12:45 pm1:15 pm

… and hear today about developments in North Ronaldsay with its dark skies, for which we’ll be joined by Scotland’s new Astronomer Royal, Prof. Catherine Heymans of Edinburgh University ...

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September 4 → 12:45 pm1:15 pm

… which today will be in Birsay, where we go to see a memorial plaque unveiled to the great Orkney naturalist Rev. George Low, in the garden of the house where he lived. The plaque, on the wall of The Old Manse, next to St Magnus Church, will be unveiled by Orkney Islands Council Convener Harvey Johnston. Also paying tribute ...

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September 5 → 12:45 pm1:15 pm

... with details of today’s guests coming soon … Today we’re having oatcakes and cheese for lunch. The oatcakes are in triangles thick or thin, or smaller cocktail-size; and beremeal oatcakes as well. We've a choice of cheeses, smoked or wash-rind matured, with a touch of rhubarb

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September 6 → 12:45 pm1:15 pm

... We’ll also hear today about a way to make electric vehicles more efficient – putting motors in the wheels. It avoids the need for the whole transmission system and makes for a lighter vehicle with better road-holding. We’re joined by the founders of the pioneering Slovenian company ...

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September 7 → 12:45 pm1:15 pm

Our guests today come from Finland, Iceland and mainland Scotland, to tell us about a new idea to generate visitor numbers. It’s called scientific tourism, and it brings together the feeling of exploration and discovery of a field trip with practical experiences and learning opportunities. Plans to develop it are being taken ...

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September 8 → 12:45 pm1:15 pm

... and meet today's guests who include mountaineer and photographer Tristan Cameron-Harper with news of his travels in Orkney. We’re having sandwiches for lunch today – spread with Orkney butter and filled with Orkney spiced beef, red onion chutney, sliced cucumber, lettuce and tomato.