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Wednesday Apr 16 | Sunday Herald

Thousands of homes plunged into darkness after power cuts in northern Scotland and islands

The fault in a power transmission line has affected "in excess of 100,000 properties" stretching from Inverness to the far north of mainland Scotland and the Western Isles, Orkney, Shetland and even the Isle of Skye.

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Wednesday Apr 16 | Newsday

Referendum debate round-up

Ahead of Scotland's 18 September independence referendum, BBC Scotland headed to Orkney to give voters a chance to quiz politicians and commentators at the heart of the debate.

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Tue Apr 15, 2014

BBC News

Carmichael promises more isles power

Council leaders in Orkney, Shetland and the Outer Hebrides have been campaigning for local government to be given more control over island affairs The Orkney and Shetland MP said government from Edinburgh had been "just as bad and just as dangerous" for the islands "as it is from London."

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Newsday

VIDEO: The Referendum Debate

James Cook is in Kirkwall, in the Orkney Islands, to host the fourth in a series of special BBC Scotland debates as the country prepares to make a historic decision on its future.

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Mon Apr 14, 2014

Scotsman.com

Fishing boat rescued 20 miles off Orkney coast

The coastguard helicopter from Sumburgh in Shetland was scrambled and the RNLI all weather lifeboat from Kirkwall in Orkney was also sent.

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BBC News

'Record' year for regional airports

A resurgent energy sector helped Scottish regional airports attract a record number of passengers last year, according to airports operator Hial.

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Wed Apr 02, 2014

Newsday

Call for mainland to lose isles code

Calls have been made for Caithness and North Sutherland to be given a new postcode instead of one connected to Kirkwall, over the sea in Orkney.

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Tue Apr 01, 2014

Shetland Today

Firm investigates tidal power bridge

An Orkney firm is in Shetland today to conduct further on-site investigations into a scheme that would combine a bridge between Yell and Unst with a tidal generator.

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Sat Mar 29, 2014

Scotsman.com

The Golden Goose by George Mackay Brown

Today The Scotsman is proud to show a previously unpublished short story by George Mackay Brown, one of the great Scottish writers of the twentieth century On April the sixteenth 2001 AD, the island region of Orkney unilaterally declared its independence from the state of Scotland.

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Scotsman.com

George Mackay Brown's Orcadian independence folly

The short story has emerged amid calls for Orkney to be declared independent in the event of the SNP winning this year's referendum.

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Tue Mar 25, 2014

Maldonandburnham Standard

Maldon comes top in newspaper's list of '30 best places to live in the countryside'

The Times published the 30 best rural areas to live in the UK today - and Maldon featured at number one.

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Mon Mar 24, 2014

Stornoway Today

Leader is confident islands' position will be strengthened

Local Government Minister Derek Mackay chaired the meeting with the Leaders of the three islands councils, the Chief Executives of Orkney and Western Isles Councils, Alasdair Allan, Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, and Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change.

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