Malachy Tallack is 26 and lives in Fair Isle. He is a singer-songwriter, journalist, and editor of the magazine Shetland Life.

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Environment
08 May 2007
The recent stretch of good weather has seen the return of that most seasonal of visitors to the island: the tourist....
Europe
30 April 2007
For centuries – perhaps even for millennia, no-one is entirely sure – Shetland has been home to a very special creature...
Business
23 April 2007
We are now just over halfway through our lambing. Fourteen of the 26 ewes have done their job so far, giving us 25...
Food and Drink
16 April 2007
Well, so much for the entirely predictable gestation period I mentioned last week. Our first lambs, due to start...
Lifestyle
10 April 2007
A miraculous spell of dry, calm weather has been lingering over Fair Isle for the past couple of weeks. Already the...
Politics
02 April 2007
As last week’s New Statesman special feature demonstrated, for those of us living north of the border, independence is...
Lifestyle
26 March 2007
I am sitting in a hotel room. The walls are a sickly, bright yellow, and the quilt cover is a peculiar tartanesque...
Environment
19 March 2007
For newcomers to this island there are some things that take just a bit of getting used to; power, for example. When I...
Lifestyle
12 March 2007
This week our next-door neighbours left Fair Isle. After more than ten years on the island they have decided to make a...
Lifestyle
05 March 2007
I am currently in Unst, Britain’s most northerly island, proud home to Britain’s most northerly shop, house, church,...
Environment
26 February 2007
It is surprising how quickly you stop taking certain things for granted. Travelling, for instance. At this moment I...
19 February 2007
I write this on Saturday 17th February, looking out of the window at an unseasonably blue sky. This morning we drank...
12 February 2007
Fair Isle was first inhabited around 5000 years ago. Situated halfway between Orkney and Shetland, the island provided...
05 February 2007
Working life used to be so simple. Before I moved to Fair Isle I was a reporter at Shetland Times newspaper for six...
29 January 2007
“So where exactly is Fair Isle then?” It’s a sensible enough question really, and one that I’ve been asked more than a...

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