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Exploring the Shetlands

Event Description

Paul cycles the length of these unique islands with the highest level of Viking DNA outside Scandinavia and whose closest railway station is Bergen. Why, he wonders, are all females called 'the wife' and non-residents 'sooth-moothers' and what connects Muckle Flugga and Robert Louis Stevenson? Paul explores these questions while overnighting in a sail-loft with links to Hillary and Tenzing and BBC reporter Kate Adie. Shetland is where the first bomb was dropped in WW2 (killing a rabbit), where 'bonxie' birds can attack humans, and where locals helped Norway's Resistance against the Nazis.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Paul Gillingham

Meet the Host, Paul

Paul taught history in UK, Canada, Tanzania and Hong Kong before becoming a TV and radio journalist and broadcaster. He began as a TV newsreader in Hong Kong in the 70’s (see Paul Gillingham, HK TV via Google) and later produced travel features from around the world for BBC Radio 4, BBC World Service and Classic FM. He has written many articles on travel and a book, ‘At the Peak: A History of Hong Kong Between the Wars’.

Preparing for the Event

For the best experience, you will need to have Zoom downloaded onto your computer. Please ensure you're connected to broadband/wifi rather than using your mobile phone connection (3G/4G).

We also recommend that pets are either calmly sitting on your lap or in another room, and any refreshments you may require are within your reach!


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    July 2021

    Really enjoyed his talk. All very interesting about Shetland, past and present. Very engaging speaker.

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    July 2021

    I really enjoyed this tour. Shetland is a beautiful place. Thank you so much.

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    July 2021

    This was a great talk. It was so informative, makes you want to visit. The speaker was clear enthusiastic and gave all sorts of great details of a little known place in what was a great trip,