Small World…. Extracts From Orkney.com For June…..More News From Kilmorack Gallery…

by Bernie Bell - 08:43 on 04 June 2023

Small World….

We received our copy of ‘Small World’ – the magazine of the charity ‘Practical Action’….  https://practicalaction.org – tho’ I’ve now asked them to send it by email - saves paper and resources.

This issue reminds us that it’s 50 years since E.F. Schumacher published his book ‘Small is Beautiful’ … https://www.blinkist.com/en/books/small-is-beautiful-en  in which he presents the growing necessity for an awareness of the connection between human communities and the environment that they live and work in. He is also the founder of ‘Practical Action’, which puts his words into action.

Mr Schumacher said…

“At present, there can be little doubt that the whole of mankind is in mortal danger, not because we are short of scientific and technological know-how, but because we tend to use it destructively, without wisdom.”

And Mr Vonnegut said….

We’ll go down in history as the first society that wouldn’t save itself because it wasn’t cost-effective.”


Think on.


Extracts From Orkney.com For June… Orkney.com

“New dawn for much loved restaurant

Tucked away along the old flagstone street of Stromness, the Hamnavoe Restaurant has long been a favourite haunt for both local and visiting foodies, famed as much for its quirky character as its delicious dishes. Now under new ownership, the restaurant is already attracting rave reviews for its menu, inspired by Orcadian ingredients and the Korean, European, and American heritage of head chef Eugene Gills. We’ve been speaking to Eugene about his move to Orkney and the importance of the local larder in his dishes.

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Meet the makers

Over recent months we’ve been meeting members of Orkney’s creative community and finding out what it is about the islands that inspires them. Our latest feature takes us on a trip to the Fursbreck Pottery in the West Mainland, home of Orkney’s very own ‘Harray Potter’, Andrew Appleby. Andrew has been creating beautiful pieces here for nearly 50 years, using the archaeology and landscapes that surround him as touchpoints for his designs."

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Andrew’s first attempt at ceramics was a clay mushroom – when we were leaving Suffolk to move to Orkney, my friend’s little girls got some clay from a deposit in one of the fields where we used to walk our dogs and made me three things – a Hogwarts Express, a little model of Ben-The-Dog and….a wee mushroom…

A tangible memory link to many companionable walks.

Andrew and his chums have investigated the potential of the clay deposits of Orkney for making ceramics as the ancients used to do …..


Back to Orkney.com…..wildlife photographer and film-maker Raymond Besant introduces us to his Orkney garden… https://www.orkney.com/news/wild-orkney-june-23

Which prompts me to post these……




More News From Kilmorack Gallery…

We have more new work this week, by Shona Barr and Robert McAulay, who join Colin Brown, Beth Robertson Fiddes and Adrian Wiszniewski, who were unveiled last week. The gallery is full of wonderful works and it is worth exploring our updated 3d walkaround.

Shona Barr continues her exploration of colour and form, with paintings which distil what she sees in the garden and coast, into its most energetic form. They are works that vibrate with energy.

Robert McAulay's latest paintings leave the city and head into the countryside, and I love the freshness of these twelve paintings. Reedbeds, fields, tall grass and the flat earth are tackled with a joy, and the eye of an artist in full flow.

Tony Davidson"


Here’s one I made earlier…. https://theorkneynews.scot/2022/06/07/gridlock/


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