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Fragile and Immortal - The Italian Chapel on Orkney - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Fragile and immortal

The Italian Chapel on Orkney’s tiny island of Lamb Holm is so fragile. These are not bricks; this is not plaster; those …

Coriolano 'Gino' Caprara, Roberto Pendini and John Muir - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

Making a mark

Coriolano ‘Gino’ Caprara and Roberto Pendini were Italian prisoners of war in Orkney. They helped build the Churchill Barriers which created causeways …

Coriolano 'Gino' Caprara - the Miracle of Camp 34 - photograph (c) 2016 David Bailey (not the)

The Miracle of Camp 34

I’m spending time with Coriolano ‘Gino’ Caparara. He’s now 96 and as smart and as funny as he ever was. He talks about his experiences as a prisoner of war held by the British in Orkney as if they were yesterday when “I learned English 70 years ago,” he says “And I never get chance use it.”



Will is my oldest friend, and by that I don’t mean that I’ve known him the longest; but that is also true. …

Lamb Holm

Light Aircraft

I didn’t realise until today that the best way to see the Orkney Islands is by light aircraft. Lamb Holm is a …

Totem Pole

First Nation

Orkney is alive with archaeology, with neolithic and bronze age sites scattered all around the Islands. It’s a fitting place for a …