Nature Note….Arcadia Park….The Ness…..Freedom….

by Bernie Bell - 09:39 on 25 September 2022

Nature Note….Arcadia Park….The Ness…..Freedom….

You don’t even have to go outside to see ‘nature red in tooth & claw’.  In our shower room, under the corner cupboard, lives a spider. One of those ones with a small body and long legs – known, not surprisingly, as Daddy Long Legs spiders….. https://www.nhm.ac.uk/take-part/identify-nature/spiders-in-your-home/daddy-long-legs-spider.html

Another spider started to hang out (literally) just down from the first one.

This spider suddenly lost a leg - Mike thought maybe the first one is female -  the second one tried it on, and came a cropper – losing a leg.

This morning - the first one is in place, looking very plump, and below are the shrivelled remains of the second one.

We surmised that the second one tried it on again and, for his pains, was ‘Shelob-ed’ - she sucked him dry. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shelob



Arcadia Park…

On Saturday the 24th the folk at Arcadia Park had an official opening and presented the new art installations there. We read about it on ‘Your Kirkwall’…. https://en-gb.facebook.com/pg/YourKirkwall/posts/

And, much as we would have liked to, couldn’t get to the event so I thought I’d bung what I’ve written previously about Arcadia Park, on m’blog instead…..


We’d very much like to see the recent developments sometime – I was thinking maybe calling by after my Covid booster on Tuesday but, fact is, one of the side effects I get is heightened colour perception - which might be a good thing for the Autumn colours in a park, or it might not be!

I also tend to feel wonky – so best get home and sit down.

We’ll get there, sometime – Arcadia Park is A GOOD THING.

Meanwhile….Fiona G was there!!!!.... https://theorkneynews.scot/2022/09/25/arcadia-park-its-blooming-lovely/



The Ness…say no more….


Well - I have done, and I will…..


And I’ll continue to do so!!!


Like it or not – politics matters…..

I received the following from Amnesty International  https://www.amnesty.org.uk/ ……

"Right now, Iranian authorities are violently cracking down on people peacefully protesting for the rights of women and girls, leaving at least 30 people dead, four of them children, and hundreds injured.  

And now, Iranian authorities are shutting down the Internet to hide their crimes. 

The death toll is rising, take action now to end the protest bloodshed.


11 days ago, Mahsa Amini, a young woman was arrested by Iran's “morality” police, who routinely arrest & torture women for not complying with the country’s discriminatory veiling laws. 

According to eye witnesses Mahsa was violently beaten while being forcibly transferred to a detention centre. Hours later, she was transferred to a hospital having fallen into a coma. She died three days later. Iranian authorities announced an investigation while simultaneously denying any wrongdoing.  

There is no such thing as “an impartial investigation” in Iran. UN member states must hear the cries for justice from victims and human rights defenders in Iran and urgently set up an independent UN investigative mechanism.

Call on our Minster of Foreign Affairs to urgently do all she can to ensure this happens.

Demand justice for Mahsa

In response to Masha’s death, people in Iran are taking to the streets in protest. Iranian forces are responding with deadly violence. After reviewing graphic footage and eyewitness accounts, we’ve confirmed the deaths of 30 people, 22 men, four women and four children at these protests. 

Take action now. Demand justice for Mahsa, freedom for all the women and girls living under this repressive regime, and safety for all the people bravely taking to the streets.  

We have to keep the pressure up. The UN Human Rights Council must send a strong message that those responsible for crimes under international law will not go unpunished.

Sign the petition and call on states to set up an independent UN mechanism now to investigate and ensure accountability for the most serious crimes under international law in Iran.

Add your name

This might be a bit graphic, but Iran is trying to hide the real horror of that is going on.  

Amnesty has reviewed photos and videos from protests from the last few days, they show deceased victims with horrifying wounds in their heads, chests and stomach, Injured protesters are not seeking hospital treatment for fear of arrest. 

This could get much worse. In November 2019, security forces in Iran killed at least 323 men, women and children during five days of protests which swept across the country.  

Iran’s security forces will continue to feel emboldened to kill or injure protesters, including women defying abusive compulsory veiling laws if they are not held accountable.

Join the calls for accountability now.

In 2019 a deadly crackdown was accompanied by an internet shutdown. This is a tool being used to stifle dissent and stop people being able to organise protests and share the shocking evidence of human rights violations with the world. We’re gravely concerned this is happening again. 
Iran knows the power of the internet, the power of outrage, the power of the world witnessing their crimes and the power of people like you taking action.  

As people in Iran are losing their voices, we must stand up for them.

Stand up for the people in Iran

This global outpouring of rage and empathy over Mahsa Amini’s death must be followed by action. The UN Human Rights Council has to send a strong message to the Iranian authorities that those responsible for crimes under international law will not go unpunished.

The Iranian authorities are trying to turn off the spotlight that is on them right now and plunge their people into darkness. Don’t let them, we must show the Iranian authorities that the world is watching. "


Bartholomew Barker writes of Freedom…..  https://bartbarkerpoet.com/2022/09/23/fraiku-freedom/  And, as always – few words – much content.

I’m thinking of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury…. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fahrenheit_451


Here’s one I made earlier….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2018/08/07/a-plan-or-what-they-did-on-their-holidays/



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