Archive for the ‘Fran’s Facts’ Category

Peace Babies

Sunday, July 26th, 2009

In 1918, to celebrate the end of hostilities in the First World War, Bassett’s sweet manufacturers brought out a new jellied sweet called Peace Babies. Production ceased during the Second World War, and when they were relaunched in 1953 after the end of rationing, they were renamed Jelly Babies.

Not an Orkney fact, but brought to mind after the death of Harry Patch, the last Tommy.

Grumpy Old Man?

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

Mount Everest was climbed before the Old Man of Hoy! This 450ft sea stack off the Orkney island of Hoy was scaled in 1966 by Chris Bonnington, Tom Patey and Rusty Baillie. It took three days to get to the top, and the wooden wedges they hammered in are still firmly in place. Edmund Hillary and Tezing Norgay reached the summit of Everest in 1953.

Of seas and ships and Spanish sailors

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

Orkney sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea and is subjected to the turbulence of both! There are thought to be more than 5,000 shipwrecks in Orkney waters, victims of tide races, whirlpools, strong currents and treacherous skerries. (more…)

Great anorak fact

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

The shortest ‘A’ road in Britain is in Orkney. It is the A963 and is better known as Castle Street in Kirkwall. Yet another reason to visit!

Norwegian party

Friday, May 16th, 2008

Saturday, May 17, is Norwegian Constitution Day! As Orkney used to be in Norway, we celebrate the occasion here with a parade known as a tog, concerts, speeches and dinners. Lots of Norwegian folk come dressed in national costume. Skal!

Literal Vikings!

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

The Vikings in Orkney gave really obvious names to things! Hoy = High Island, Flotta = Flat Island, Sanday = Sandy Island.

Say what you see, folks!