Thursday, 18 October 2012

Mr C around town, part XXI (re-arming in the Shetlands)

Mr C has made it to the end of the Internet. Shetland's motto, the Icelandic phrase "með lögum skal land byggja" is also the motto of the Icelandic police. A literal translation: "With law shall land be built." Equally, in view of the clearances that took place here as throughout Scotland: "með lögum skal land vera stolið." Mr C in Shetland series courtesy Marc Barry Archive, September 2012

Blue Geo from Aith Ness, Bressay


Bressay's 6-inch WWI 'North Gun'. Installed in the closing months of the war to defend the northern approach to Lerwick Harbour. Never fired in anger. Bressay boasts a similar 'South Gun' that protected the southern approach but Mr C said he couldn't be arsed


Odd cubby-hole, one of two either side of entrance to gun platform, Aith Ness, Bressay


Breech-loaded


Laboured point


HW-Mill Grind-stone


Clickimin Broch. The Olympic matchstick passed here just a few milliseconds earlier


Bronze age hovelry at Clickimin Broch


Mr C has had enough of Clikimin Broch


Mr C adjourns to the local big-pharma big-money mini-mall to stock up on LOCOG-sanctioned comestibles


The Olympischeiße procession passed Lerwick Town Hall a bit earlier. We don't know if local dignitaries met n gret at that time but there was no rush of potentates to welcome Mr C and Mr B


A visit to the local constabulary


Local outpost of the Ministry of Truth


Mr C, Cow, Sheep, 2 lochs, hills, grass, Bressay, Shetland


Bressay Lighthouse. Built 1856-1858, designed by brothers David and Thomas Stevenson and operational continuously from 1858 to 12 September 2012. Thomas Stevenson was the father of writer Robert Louis Stevenson, whose failure to take up engineering "caused [Thomas] much disappointment". High winds caused Mr C to crumple a bit


Bressay Lighthouse and buildings. The five red cylinders once held compressed air to power the (now absent) foghorn


Bressay Lighthouse from the lower flanks of the Ord


The abandoned (during late C19th) settlement of Grimsetter, Bressay


Mr C mistakes a built-in cupboard for a vacant shrine

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