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2014-10-30 23:16:51

In her retirement years, Martha Johnson has been able to indulge her passion for rocks by participating in an archeology site in Scotland that has proven to be older than Stonehenge.

2008-10-05 00:00:11

Investigators searched Saturday for the source of a mystery oil slick off the Scottish coast that has fouled scores of sea birds. Volunteers had found at least 130 birds covered with oil, The Scotsman reported.

2008-09-30 12:00:42

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT ALEX Salmond yesterday declared that the Pentland Firth would be "the epicentre of Scotland's future in renewable energy" as it officially became one of the country's first marine power sites.

2008-08-21 12:01:21

By DOUGLAS HAMILTON AQUAMARINE Power, the Edinburgh-based marine energy company, announced yesterday that it has appointed Martin McAdam as its chief executive. McAdam joins Aquamarine from wind farm developer and operator Airtricity, where he was chief operating officer.

2008-07-25 06:00:33

A PILOT was forced to make an emergency landing yesterday - to change a faulty light bulb. The plane, carrying 32 passengers from Shetland to Aberdeen, was diverted after the pilot reported a smell of burning.

2008-06-24 06:02:41

By JOHN ROSS THE Scottish Government was under pressure last night to resolve a damaging industrial dispute that disrupted the travel plans of more than 2,000 air passengers yesterday.

2008-06-23 00:00:17

STRIKE action is to hit nine Scottish airports today, with 2000 passengers having flights cancelled because of a pay dispute involving firefighters. Scheduled flights will be suspended due to the action by members of the trade union Unite.

2008-06-20 12:00:28

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT LOGANAIR, the airline which flies to some of the most remote and fragile communities in the country, is preparing to cut some of its flights this summer because of the rise in fuel costs.

2008-06-18 12:00:38

By DAVID ROSS HIGHLAND CORRESPONDENT NINE airports in the Highlands and Islands are likely to be closed to scheduled flights on Monday because of industrial action in by the trade union Unite which represents firefighters.

Latest Orkney Reference Libraries

North Ronaldsay Sheep
2014-10-23 14:48:17

The North Ronaldsay sheep is a breed of domestic sheep that reside on the island of North Ronaldsay in the Orkney Islands of Scotland. This breed was developed by crossing breeds found on the Orkney and Shetland islands. Today, it can be found on many of the other islands in the area and some have been exported as an exotic breed. Because the North Ronaldsay developed on an isolated island with little vegetation, it primarily consumes seaweed and this has altered its digestive system and...

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Word of the Day
  • The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
  • In medicine, cauterization.
The word 'adustion' comes from the Latin 'adustio', 'burning'.