VSS volunteers help people affected by crime to navigate the criminal justice system as well as providing emotional and practical support. Volunteers play a key role in making sure the voices of victims are heard and understood.
The Lunar Farside
“Hard though it is to believe now, in 1959 the standard method of returning images to Earth was by bringing back the exposed film in capsules. The US was doing it with its Discoverer satellites, and the off-course fall of one off Spitsbergen was the inspiration for Alastair Maclean’s Ice Station Zebra. “
The Great Upheaval #OnThisDay
“That your Land & Tennements, Cattle of all Kinds and Livestocks of all Sorts are forfeited to the Crown with all other your effects Savings your money and Household Goods, and you yourselves to be removed from this Province.” On June 4th 1760 planters from New England arrived in Nova Scotia to claim land from the cleared Acadians
Weather Forecast: Cloudy with occasional drizzle today
Low cloud pushing in from the west, giving cloudy conditions throughout the day today with the chance of a little drizzle at times. Feeling cool. Maximum temperature 12 °C.
How the #Covid Pandemic Messed with Time
“We found that people could not remember when events happened during the pandemic – in fact, their accuracy for recalling the timing of these events was as bad as events that had happened 3 or 4 years earlier. ” – Professor Sahraie
The Church in Stronsay – Part 4
On the left is Rev Claude Brownlie, his wife Louisa and three of their five children: William, Margaret and Claude. William joined the army with the Royal Scots and was killed in Gallipoli in 1915. On the right is Rev Brownlie in his later years
Firefighters Urge for “serious investment in our fire services” Amidst Rise in Wildfires
The Cannich burn area covers approximately fifteen square kilometres (approx. 1,500 hectares). At its height, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service (SFRS) mobilised nine appliances and a number of other resources to bring the fire under control. The emergency response included the use of helicopters to water bomb the affected area.
Weather Forecast: Dry and Sunny with Light Winds Today
A chilly start then a fine day with some lengthy spells of sunshine and feeling quite warm over inland parts. Winds light and variable, settling into the south or southwest during the afternoon. Maximum temperature 14 °C.
Extension of Scottish Child Payment Making Positive Impact
“We have long called for the Scottish Child Payment to be increased and extended to all children up to 16 and so it’s very encouraging to see the positive impact this is making, reaching more families and getting more cash into the pockets of people who need support the most.” – Polly Jones, Head of Scotland at the Trussell Trust
Meeting Mr Cursiter: A 19thC Visit to Orkney
“Mr Cursiter showed me, in his collections, two large burial urns of steatite, one quite perfect, the other complete in form but reduced almost to a shell. These had been taken from Mounds in the islands. “