Tuesday, 28 January 2014
It's Up Helly Aa today and tonight in Lerwick and the VisitShetland Beginners' Guide to the event gives the alliterative - 'Fire, feasting, fancy-dress and, above all, fun' - when Norse rituals come to life. The climatic background to this year's festivities suggests that the traditionally defiant cry of - "There will be no postponement for weather" - may be particularly meaningful. According to yesterday's Shetland News item, the current, local battering by the wind is the worst for 20 years. Will revellers be daunted?
Scottish Islands Explorer - tonight will be a subdued one of 'Down Here, Oh!'