This month Shetland Life are set to dive into the New Year feet first and we hope that you will join us for the ride. We go through the keyhole, taking a sneaky peek behind the scenes of Squad 43. And, with Up-Helly-A’ looming, we meet this year’s Jarl, John Nicolson, and discover how he became the fourth Nicolson Jarl – following in the footsteps of his father and brothers before him.
For those opting for better health and wellbeing in 2019, look out for our new columnist, Ali Grundon Robertson who this month focuses on consumerism. Finally, our new feature – in collaboration with RSPB Scotland – introduces a monthly Nature Calendar and examines the health benefits of a daily dose of fresh air, ensuring that you put your best foot forward into the New Year.
What are you waiting for? Look out for this month’s Shetland Life, in shops and online now!
John Coutts has kindly shared some wonderful photographs from the 1960s, when Up-Helly-A’ was all about squad meetings, preparation and making suits and props. In this photo by Dennis Coutts, Ernie Lockwood and Douglas Coutts are working on paper mache masks.
Intrigued by John’s selection of images for January’s Shetland Life, we decided to catch up with some of the people in the photographs. For interviews with Douglas C. Smith, Ronnie Gair, Rae Leask and George and Lorraine Jamieson, don’t miss this month’s issue.
We were delighted to have Alexa Fitzgibbon on board this month as our featured photographer. In addition to supplying the marvellous images for our cover and lead feature, Alexa provides a fascinating glimpse into Up-Helly-A’ from a socio-anthropological perspective.
This month’s Shetland Life offers you the chance to see this year’s Lerwick Guizer Jarl as you have never seen him before!
It was a real pleasure to meet Lyall, and to be a fly on the wall for an “in the hot seat” interview with his niece and nephew.
If you’re wondering about what the Jarl’s favourite dinner is, or what his wrestling name would be, look no further than January’s magazine.
The Shetland Life team would like to thank Lyall very much for taking time out of his busy schedule to help us, and we wish him and his squad all the very best for his big day.
Finally, don’t miss our super-exciting bairns’ competition this month. You can win a tour around the Galley Shed with Lyall for you and some friends. Don’t forget to look inside the magazine for details on how to enter.