A Scottish Homecoming event ‘For A’ That’ celebrated the Robert Burns anniversary with stories and images from Australia and the sound of the pipes resonating through St Magnus Cathedral.
This would be a programme regarded as exceptional in some of the largest cities of the world, let alone a group of islands. What I find so exciting about Orkney is the combination of history and new technology. Orkney is demonstrating that using science and technology together, people can build great futures.
Margaret had no family links to Stromness, but developed a strong association with Orkney when she visited in the 1950s. She was born in Berlin in 1904 and, when ten years later the First World War broke out, her family moved to Britain. She was at an age to be very strongly affected by the war, and the experiences of the war probably part-prompted her to become involved in pacifist movements in later life.
This was the year when you could generate your own wave power, or transform 'waste' into something funky. You could make your own muesli - or your own electronic Loopin, and touch his ears to flash his eyes.
Part of the Homecoming Scotland year of 2009, the event For A’ That linked the message of Robert Burns’s poem of the same name with issues of social justice and environmental responsibility in the world today.