Orcadian Columns

Orcadian Column, 23 May 2024

It takes a special talent to dislocate your hip during a football match when you’re not playing, or even on the substitutes bench. Miraculously, I achieved this feat while cheering on Sanday in a Parish Cup tie away to Holm in 2021.

23 May 2024

Orcadian Column, 9 May 2024

As the Scottish Parliament elects a third First Minister in 14 months, it seems we’re o’er blessed to live in interesting times.

9 May 2024

Orcadian Column, 25 April 2024

When it comes to the “worst week since becoming First Minister”, Humza Yousaf has set the bar impressively high bar. Even so, last week put in what felt like a Personal Best performance.

24 Apr 2024

Orcadian Column, 11 April 2024

After a few days off, I began this week working remotely from the Graemsay ‘office’. Island ‘hopping’ remains one of the undiluted pleasures of representing Orkney, particularly when the wind drops and the sun comes out, as was the case on Monday.

11 Apr 2024

Orcadian Column, 28 March 2024

I can’t recall being at the centre of a media scrum before, but with my bill on Assisted Dying for Terminally Ill Adults being formally introduced to parliament this week, I have my metaphorical gumshield and scrum cap at the ready.

28 Mar 2024

Orcadian Column, 14 March 2024

High up in the atrium at KGS, the voices of the Orkney Rocks choir were ringing out last Saturday morning. Music full of joy enough to lift the soul, although in some senses it felt at odds with the nature of the event I was there to attend.

12 Mar 2024

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