Orkney Updates

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Let Orcadian storyteller Tom Muir and his American wife, Rhonda, help you find your best experience of Orkney.

Orkney Updates is like a helpful broonie. Here you can find Tom and Rhonda Muir's latest articles, travel advice and stories.

We'd love to help you get carried away in Orkney.

Tales for Troubled Times

What did our ancestors do in troubled times? First, whatever was sensible. Then they came together and told stories. Join us and hear tales for troubled times.

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The Hudson's Bay Company Orkney Man ... Who Was a Woman

Isobel Gunn's story resonates with women today. Why would an 18th century Orkney lass run off to the Canadian wilds disguised as a man,? How was she discovered?

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Stromness Books - Scotland's Only Drive-In Bookshop Responds to Corona Virus

Our favorite bookshop has stepped up to help in the best way a bookshop can - local book delivery for shut-ins!

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The Italian Chapel Documentary - a Filmmaker Visits Orkney

BBC Scotland filmmaker Gareth Wardell shares his impressions of Italian WWII POWs in Orkney, the beloved Italian Chapel and Orcadian explorer Dr John Rae.

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An Italian POW in Orkney - the WWII Experiences of Coriolano Caprara

Italian POWs in Orkney created a lasting symbol of peace in their Italian Chapel. But what of the men? Read the personal WWII experiences of Coriolano Caprara.

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Moving to Orkney - It saved my life.

2017 and a year into all the Brexit nonsense. My band had just headlined at a Festival in Cambridge and I'd just finished doing a stock take of all the

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Who Built Orkney's Italian Chapel?

Orkney's beautiful Italian Chapel was the inspiration of former WWII POW Domenico Chiocchetti. His children write about this exceptional man, their father.

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Orkney Museum Winter Exhibition - Orkney Folklore in the Landscape

da) Our dear friend, Stromness historian and artist Bryce Wilson, talks with Radio Orkney about the new book of Sylvia Wishart drawings - starting at about minute 8. Tom and Nela Scholma-Mason talk about the fantastic winter exhibition at Orkney Museum. Start listening at about minute 24.

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Animating Orkney's Scapa Flow

To commemorate the WWI scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet in 1919, West Side Cinema and Stromness Museum ran community workshops during Stromness Shopping Week with London based animator Lizzy Hobbs. See what they came up with here!

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Orkney Folklore Trail - Explore Orkney Through Legend, Myth, Folklore

Download our free, self-guided Orkney Folklore Trail. Drive Orkney's beautiful west coast with stories by native Orcadian storyteller and folklorist, Tom Muir.

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Tom and Rhonda Muir Talk with Radio Orkney

We sit down for a lovely chat with Mark Shiner for his "Made in Orkney" radio series.

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Tom Muir's Stromness Museum Blog Post - The Murder of Kuno Eversberg

The murder of 19-year-old WWII German sailor Kuno Eversberg has - until recently - been long-ignored. Read Orkney historian Tom Muir's blog article for the Stromness Museum. More about the German Fleet scuttling at https://www.orkneyology.com/german-fleet.html

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Tom Muir's Stromness Museum Blog Post - The Murder of Kuno Eversberg

The murder of 19-year-old WWII German sailor Kuno Eversberg has - until recently - been long-ignored. Read Orkney historian Tom Muir's blog article for the Stromness Museum. More about the German Fleet scuttling at https://www.orkneyology.com/german-fleet.html

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Orkney Storytelling Lives Again

Not that long ago, traditional Orkney storytelling was breathing its last. Today, an acclaimed "little festival with a big heart" is going strong, welcoming storytellers from all over the globe. How did the storytelling revival begin, and how can you take part?

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Orkney's Italian Chapel Restoration - Antonella Papa in Orkney

Art restorer Antonella Papa fell in love with Orkney before she knew of the WWII chapel built by Italian POWs. Read her story of the Italian Chapel restoration.

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Living in Orkney - My Expat Story

What is it like to move to Orkney and to live on a Scottish islands as an expat? Find out in Rhonda's article in Global Living Magazine.

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Orkney's Italian Chapel - Beauty and Peace in the Midst of War

WWII Italian prisoners in Orkney worried about their loved ones. Nights were the worst. They triumphed over fear to create an Italian Chapel dedicated to peace.

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Orkneyology.com - Solopreneurs!

We're very happy to announce a video put together by our web-business building program, SBI, featuring Orkneyology. Take a look!

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NorthLink Ferries Talks to Orkneyology.com About Folklore Trail

We recently spoke with Magnus Dixon from NorthLink Ferries about the development of the Orkney Folklore Trail and what it means to people visiting the West mainland. Take a peep!

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No More Stinky Jobs! - Building a Portable Home Business

How am I building a web business after moving to Orkney, Scotland, with no technical knowledge? I'm creating a lifestyle of freedom. You can, too. Find out how I work from home in Orkney.

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Mermaid image (Rhonda's pages) and storyteller image (Tom's pages), and all other illustrations except where noted are here by the courtesy of our dear friend - Stromness author, artist and historian, Bryce Wilson MBE, who owns all copyrights. Thanks, Bryce!