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By Andy Ross

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No longer in a box

You may have read that Shetland is no longer allowed to be placed in a box on the side of maps. 

While to many this small victory is not worth the paper it is written on, for those of us who live in the islands it is important to be represented accurately. As an example, I often have people who want to pop over to Shetland for a day trip. While it is theoretically possible the time it takes to get here and the shape of the islands means that there is not very much one can actually do in that one day. Especially if the weather turns bad! I think, by putting Shetland in its rightful place on maps, people will be able to understand the geography and environment in which we choose to live. 

It is a constant surprise to me that we have so much good infrastructure in the islands and that we continue to thrive this far north. Perhaps coming out of this particular box will make others realise how very fortunate we are that we benefit from our location in the North Sea through oil and fishing, and why that is so. 

Congratulations to all those who fought this particular fight. Onwards and upwards!