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SIGNIFICANT SHORTS : Stricken Russian cruise ship docks safely

A stricken Russian cruise ship docked safely in port yesterday after spending nearly 10 hours drifting in the North Sea with a flooded engine room.

The boy with four teachers and a school to himself

He is Britain's most expensive schoolboy, always comes top of his class, and is never involved in playground fights. But by next week councillors are expected to decide to make him a humble commuter.

Story of the Year winner: The Sheltie

From 2,500 entries in our fourth children's Story of the Year competition, the judges chose Eleanor Lang's story set in Orkney, an elegant reinvention of the traditional fairytale. Illustration by Matilda Harrison

Obituary: George Mackay Brown

Tomorrow is the feast day of St Magnus, the 12th-century martyr, patron saint of Orkney, and subject of the novel, Magnus, that the Orcadian poet and story-teller George Mackay Brown considered his best work. It would have given Brown quiet satisfaction that this was the day on which he would finally be laid to rest. Tomorrow afternoon, after a funeral mass in St Magnus's Cathedral, Kirkwall, he will be buried in a kirkyard he loved from boyhood, looking out across the Atlantic, a mile from the seaport of Stromness where he was born 74 years ago and which he rarely left.

Shetland oil go-ahead secures 1,400 jobs ahead

The Government has given the green light to the development of the pounds 900m Schiehallion oilfield, 100 miles west of Shetland.

Orkney families win damages

Four Orkney families whose children were removed from their homes amid sex-abuse allegations five years ago, yesterday agreed to an out-of-court settlement. They also received a formal apology from Orkney Islands Council, whose social workers mounted dawn raids to take the nine children into care in February 1991.

Everything in its place for Europe's larder

A long-awaited European Commission decision on which countries own which foods and drinks was put off for a further week yesterday.

The lure of a line to another place and a different life

IN HIS literary cartoon in last week's Sunday Review, the brilliant Martin Rowson imagined what would happen if Irvine Welsh's novel Trainspotting met Thomas the Tank Engine. The idea had an unsettling juxtaposition - childish innocence meets youthful decadence, beauty meets the beast. On the one hand, a series of children's stories devised by an Anglican vicar in the late 1940s in which the worst thing that can happen is a spot of bother with some naughty trucks on Gordon's Hill: poop, poop, poop, whistled Henry, peep, peep, peep, replied James. And on the other, junkies and head-cases on the dole in 1990s Edinburgh, where the best thing that can happen is: Just as Sick Boy was about tae scream, he spiked the vein, drew some blood back intae the barrel, and fired the life-giving and life- taking elixir home.

Islanders fight to save school with one pupil

People living on the most remote island in the Orkneys said yesterday they would fight plans to close its school - even though it has only one pupil.

LETTER: Stitch that would waken the dead

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And they call it puppy love

Despite storms and humans, grey seals thrive on Welsh beaches - and pose little danger to fish stocks.

Townies' friend, fishermen's foe

The slaughter of Orkney's seals, a protected species, has opened old wounds. Should they be culled? Trawlermen say aye. By John Arlidge
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