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BBC iPlayer - The Perfect SuitRead MoreJanuary 22, 2013

Originally shown in 2011, this is a great history of the suit as it was, is and ever shall be... Link...

A little bit of Christmas cheerRead MoreDecember 21, 2012

It is a little breezy but the sentiment is entirely heartfelt! Merry Christmas to you all from the lovely Shetland Isles. Youtube...

Needlework...but not as we know it!Read MoreDecember 21, 2012

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We are always on the lookout for interesting pieces to buy or covet! This is a recent acquisition from New Zealand, a cross-stitched spoon created by Victoria McIntosh. Read about the maker and have a look at the other pieces in the gallery, Gallery 33 in Wanaka,... and an embroidered piece o...

Word of Mouth - BBC radioRead MoreDecember 20, 2012

Shetland is very long; it is almost fifty miles from my home to Lerwick, so we spend a lot of time in cars. I am always thankful for the radio, and this week there have been two very interesting discussions on Radio 4. Word of Mouth is a series about words and the ways we use them, and the programm...

'twas the week before Christmas...Read MoreDecember 20, 2012

We have just received our latest batch of equipment which we ordered for a weaving workshop in January. We now have warping frames, raddles, lease sticks and creels to go with our four new super-duper Ashford eight shaft looms. It looks like we are all set to make the post-Xmas blues disappear. Our ...

Can computers recognise storylines and write music?Read MoreDecember 16, 2012

Here is an interesting topic. Can computers create meaningful music? From the sounds of this report, I think that music that truly moves us still relies on a composer. In this report from the BBC, the compositional software that writes (and performs?) music takes one composer's output and analyses i...

It starts with language...Read MoreDecember 16, 2012

It is Sunday morning and while I am waiting to go out on a carol singing spin around the islands, I am looking at the internet and catching up on the news. This report about languages in New York from the BBC website caught my eye. As a singer, language is very important. I love the way differe...

BBC News - Personal health budget spent on drum kit and sat-navRead MoreDecember 15, 2012

The attention-grabbing headline caught my eye and I was very happy to hear that buying a drumkit is considered a good investment for health. Have a listen to the report and see what the experts think....

A night of musicRead MoreDecember 15, 2012

This week, I was lucky enough to be able to attend a music-making session with Hugh Nankivell, courtesy of Shetland Arts/ National Theatre of Scotland Ignition project. It was a snowy night so I was the only person that could actually get to the hall, and we had a really great evening. Hugh ha...

BBC News - Skype: Llandudno panto live to Great Ormond StreetRead MoreDecember 14, 2012

The many uses of Skype have come up trumps for Great Ormond Street. It would have been fun to see the kids' faces, wouldn't it? http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-north-west-wales-20667780...