Something A Bit Different.

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Today is a cold one.

I was up very early again this morning, to be greeted by frigid air and icy white roofs once more.

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The forecast is that the weekend will be -10, and with inches of snow to boot…. but we will have to see!

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Obviously a good time to enjoy snuggling in front of roaring fires and sipping generous amounts of whiskey.

Yum!

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But, talking about the attraction of fires, there is always a chance to go somewhere in the British Isles and see something very different from the usual.
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Such as the ‘Up Helly Aa Festival’ on the Shetland Isles, which takes place in Lerwick every year, on the last Tuesday of January

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It looks super, and celebrates the history of the isles when the Norsemen ruled both Shetland and Orkney until the mid 1400’s.

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The celebration is celebrated by the arrival of a typical Viking Longboat, which is crewed by a costumed Jarl Squad crew, wearing helmets and sheepskins.
Many other men called guizers are also there, also in similar costume.

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There is a noisy parade of people carrying lighted torches before the longboat is set on fire in the town.

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The fun continues up until the early morning.

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Lerwick Up Helly Aa. 2012

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Processional.

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Burning The Galley.

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Looks quite exciting …. definitely something a bit different…. and not as scary as  used to be in the far past when the Viking raiders would suddenly  arrive to ravage an unsuspecting area.

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