Water/Sewage……Eagle Cairn Artefacts….BBC Pics. Of Scotland….Thought For Today….

by Bernie Bell - 09:49 on 12 March 2023

It might be OK to drink water from a tap – but don’t swim in it!


Strangely enough, this is at a time when the popularity of wild swimming is growing.

I say it might be OK from the tap – that could depend on where you are.   Some years ago when visiting a friend in London he warned me not to drink water from the tap.  He’d used it for his fish tanks, and the fish died!

I’m reminded of the song by The Beach Boys….

‘Don’t Go Near The Water’

Don't go near the water
Don't you think it's sad
What's happened to the water
Our water's going bad

Oceans, rivers, lakes and streams
Have all been touched by man
The poison floating out to sea
Now threatens life on land

Don't go near the water
Ain't it sad
What's happened to the water
It's going bad

Don't go near the water
Don't go near the water

Toothpaste and soap will make our oceans a bubble bath
So let's avoid an ecological aftermath
Beginning with me
Beginning with you

Don't go near the water
To do it any wrong
To be cool with the water
Is the message of this song

Let's all help the water
Right away
Do what we can and ought to
Let's start today


Let’s start today.

Eagle Cairn Artefacts….
I admit that I don’t intend to go to see them – I know that I would get 
emotional seeing them in that situation – just my personal response.  
For those who never saw them where they were, or who aren’t as daft as me - 
fair enough – great things to see and find out about.
I’ve previously written about this in m’blog, as follows…….

The Eagle Cairn…

Here’s a co-incidence…..on Thursday, I had an exchange with someone I know who was remembering his visit to the Tomb of the Eagles 35 years ago, and how much being able to actually handle the artefacts, especially the human bones, left a lasting impression on him – he wrote….

“I was shown that women's foreheads showed clear signs of a life of toil, carrying heavy loads with a head rope, and distorted feet from continual use of querns. It's an experience you never forget.”

And I replied….

“The Tomb of the Eagles closed for Lockdown, then when there was a possibility of re-opening the family who own and care for the site decided that they wouldn’t re-open.

There is talk of the artefacts going to Tankerness House Museum – which I feel would be a shame, as Kirkwall  is quite a distance from the Cairn and the folk who lived and live there. Of course, the cairn will still be there being what it is and what it has been for millennia – but the experience of visiting - and connecting, will be gone.  

Mike and I went back for a last visit, but I didn’t write of the visit for public consumption, as it was too personal.” 

Then, on Friday on the Orkney Archaeology Society Facebook page I saw this…..


Here are my past ramblings about the place I refer to as The Eagle Cairn…

Bernie Bell: Orkney Walks (with stories) – The Eagle Cairn

An Appreciation of John Hedges: An Archaeologist

The Tomb of the Eagles

I have mixed feelings – very mixed feelings.”

Jim Crumley’s response to the Eagle Cairn as described here….


…very much chimes with me.


‘A Bird In The Hand’ by McB 


And also in a previous blog post……
I’m sorry to say that the Eagle Cairn is no longer open to the public – 
but a walk to the site along the South Ronaldsay East Coast path is still 
A GOOD THING to do….

Map of walking in South Ronaldsay

If you approach from Winwick, you will be near to the Iron Age site at The Cairns…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2017/07/20/bernie-bells-orkney-walks-winwick-to-halcro-head/


BBC Pics Of Scotland……3rd to 10th of March 2023….
My favourites…

A very appropriate rainbow of light in Queen Margaret’s Hospital by John McGuiness.

The ‘Dragon’s Eye’ bridge by Steven Rawlinson – ‘The Lair of Smaug’!

And - in the pic by Beth Macintosh - it’s good to see that Orkney isn’t 
the only place where folk build towers of stones on beaches…..
Thought For Today….


Think about what that £500 million could be used for in Britain today…..
Why is this Government still in power? (I was going to write ‘in control’ – 
but that’s part of the problem – they’re not. They’re in power, 
but not in control).
Because……they won’t let a General Election happen because they know that 
if they did they’d be out. So they don’t let it happen.
And what does that situation equate to?  Fascism.

Here’s one I made earlier…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2020/08/31/a-personal-photo-time-line-of-the-hall-of-clestrain-part-one/


NB.....The formatting on this blog post went weird, and I can't put it right - apologies if it's hard to read!


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