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WHEN THE Queen visited Orkney in August 1987 to unveil the new stained glass window in St Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall, it was fitting that the Lord-Lieutenant who greeted her was Robert Macrae. Not only did he discharge his Lieutenancy duties with exemplary dignity and dedication, but he had been at the forefront of the efforts to save the fabric of Orkney's 12th- century cathedral, and to ensure that this generation of Orcadians passes on this treasured part of our heritage to the next, both intact and enhanced.

Leading Article: Clean up the mess of intensive farming at sea, too

SALMON USED to be a food for the well-off. Served smoked, with blini, creme fraiche and dill, it was a must for a smart dinner party. But these days, as the price of salmon plummets along with its reputation and quality, a fish regarded by the Celts as an aristocrat of the marine world has become as commonplace as rubber chicken and warm, medium-sweet white wine. This fall from grace of a fish known in legend for its wit and wisdom is echoed in the cages up and down the coasts of Scotland that confine these nomads of the water. These miserable prisons have been the price paid for mass-produced, cheap, tasteless salmon.

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Parliament: The House In Brief: Fish flu spreads

A "FISH flu" virus which can decimate salmon farms, has spread for the first time into British wild salmon as well being detected in six commercial farms, the Government announced yesterday.

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Food & Drink: And now: green salmon

Orkney salmon farmers have gone organic - so now there'll be plenty more fish in the sea.

A Scottish summer and the guests from hell

You and your big mouth, said my husband after the ordeal, and for once he was right

Letter: GM facts ignored

Sir: Don Staniford of Friends of the Earth writes that there are no organic salmon farms in the UK (letter, 3 August). There is, in fact, organic salmon farmed in the Orkney Islands and recently certified by the Soil Association.

Don't give up on the Dark Ages

Our history now begins in 1066 with the arrival of the Normans; before that, there's nothing

Obituary: Domenico Chiocchetti

IN JUNE 1940, the Italian people, tired and bewildered, were plunged into war by Mussolini. In a few years, millions of their men, among them a gifted painter, Domenico Chiocchetti, were killed or taken prisoner. Chiocchetti, captured in North Africa, was one of several hundred prisoners sent to Orkney, to the wet, windswept island of Lamb Holm, to help erect the Churchill Barriers sealing the eastern approaches to Scapa Flow.

Obituary: Margaret Tait

AS POET, artist and above all film-maker Margaret Tait realised her vision of the world across many of the artificial boundaries in the arts.

Obituary: John Brandon-Jones

JOHN BRANDON-JONES was an architect who flirted with modernism for a few months when a student, and then stood out against it for 70 years, because he felt that it was only a misunderstanding of the doctrines of Ruskin on which he had been brought up. His life and work presented an alternative to modern architecture that inspired others who instinctively went against the grain of post-war fashion and he went on to win a devoted following of admirers, partly through his enthusiasm for the late Victorian architects Philip Webb and C.F.A. Voysey.

Top executive wanted: must like sheep

WANTED: AN effective leader with proven business ability, good planning skills and team-building expertise. Love of penguins and sheep an advantage.

The week in Westminster: Parties you can control - but not the voters

SO IT has been a poke in the eye for the control-freak tendency at Millbank. Although every party has claimed victory in the "super Thursday" elections the real winners were Dennis Canavan and Rhodri Morgan.
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Billy Graham’s son declares righteous war on Ebola

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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

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The new Scots who hold fate of the UK in their hands

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