WHAT? …… Art - Forms…. John Rae Society President’s Sea Swim Blog 2…….Thought For The Day….

by Bernie Bell - 07:26 on 20 March 2023

WHAT? ……


Are they mad?  That £2.9 million is very much needed here….on earth…..in Britain……right now.

And it’s not just the money……


I question the wisdom of ‘greening’ other planets….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2019/07/27/greening-other-planets-or-not/ …never mind putting nuclear reactors on them!

First £500 million to, allegedly, stop refugees…..

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/sunak-macron-france-uk-summit-b2298213.html .

Can you see that working?  If folk are determined to get across the channel in boats - they will find a way to do so….. https://theorkneynews.scot/2021/11/25/no-one-would-leave-home-unless-home-chased-you-to-the-shore/

Now this moon-shine.

Whatever next – any suggestions?


Art - Forms….

Bartholomew Barker wrote….

It’s not just origami that entwines well with poetry. Any art that requires deliberation, which is most of them, will do that. We need more art in the world.”

To which I replied….

I wrote a poem about potting/baking – both of which I believe to be art forms.

Kerrianne’s Baking Day


Roll.  Cut.  Shape.  Spatula.

Curve.  Line.  Glaze.  Bake.

Moon.  Jar.  Pie.

See me.  Feel me.

Learn.  Un-learn.


BB – 2017



"John Rae Society President’s Sea Swim Blog 2…….

18 March 2023

26th Feb. The 59 degrees North Orkney Adventure Kayaking van was there. Eager kayakers launching off onto a sea of surf and waves. A dog walking man said to me, ‘They are going to get very wet.’ I replied, ‘So am I,’ as I made for the rocky slip. The water was gorgeously cold. A seal lurked in the tangles as the kayakers stroked the rising surf. It was strange to think that they were on our table at The Orkney Tourism Awards Ceremony the night before.

1st Mar. A calm and sunny day. In like a lamb, out like a lion, or so the saying goes. The water is warming! Everyone will be dipping soon. I will have to avoid the crowds.

5th Mar. It is colder than Finstown, so only 111 strokes! Less than 7,000 to go, Wo! Ho!

My aim is to swim from The Hall of Clestrain to York Factory in Canada, where John Rae served, and back. One stroke is equivalent to one mile. This is around 8,000 miles, give or take a league. Please sponsor my foolhardy attempt to support The John Rae Society. We are in Denmark for a brief holiday. If given the chance, I will dip in the Baltic balm.

– President of The John Rae Society, Andrew Appleby”


Some bits & pieces re. the  Hall of Clestrain……



And while I’m on the subject……

Info. from the Orkney Archaeology Society about an on-line talk ……..

“Talk: Excavations at Hall of Clestrain

April 26 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Virtual Event


An on-line talk about the recent archaeology at the Hall of Clestrain….

“The Answer Lies in The Drains”

By Andrew Appleby – President of The John Rae Society

To book your free ticket please click here…. https://orkneyarchaeologysociety.org.uk/event/talk-excavations-at-hall-of-clestrain/ "


Thought For The Day….

I was talking with someone about how he feels that his work situation is ‘driving him crazy’.  I don’t think he’s going crazy – but it is changing his behaviour in a negative way.

I presented him with an analogy – it’s up to him what he does about it.

Wearing tight shoes can make your feet hurt – which can make you grouchy and bad-tempered.

Stop wearing the tight shoes – your feet stop hurting - and…

Just a thought.

I appreciate that folk need to work – but – but – but -


Here’s one I made earlier…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2022/02/26/when-suits-were-for-best/



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