Enjoy Up Helly Aa

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We wish our readers a riotous and joyful Up Helly Aa

Head to the Shetland Islands in the far north of Scotland for one of the most incredible festivals in Europe. For 24 hours, on the last Tuesday of January, the town of Lerwick goes more than a little mad. This amazing adventure departs Edinburgh as we take the hassle out of getting to the remote, wild and stunning Shetland Islands.

“There will be no postponement for weather”. That’s a defiant boast by Shetland’s biggest fire festival, considering it’s held in mid-winter on the same latitude as southern Greenland. The weather has have never yet stopped them from burning their Viking galley – and then dancing the dawn away.

Up Helly Aa is a lot more than a sub-arctic bonfire and booze-up. It’s a superb spectacle, a celebration of Shetland history, and a triumphant demonstration of the islanders’ skills and spirit. 800 Vikings, a burning Norse galley and even a chance of viewing the Northern Lights – simply amazing!

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Don’t Retreat – Reload

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Hussein Obama tried to hang the recent Arizona shooting around the necks of Republicans in the same way he tried to tie the blame for an oil rig disaster around the neck of multi-national oil company BP – in the latter case it turned out that the major blame should have gone to two US oil companies and the Obama Administration who have all so far failed to pay up for their errors.

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Thought For The Day

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It started out innocently enough. I began to think at parties now and then to loosen up. Inevitably though, one thought led to another, and soon I was more than just a social thinker. I began to think alone — “to relax,” I told myself — but I knew it wasn’t true.

Thinking became more and more important to me, and finally I was thinking all the time. I began to think on the job. I knew that thinking and employment don’t mix, but I couldn’t stop myself.

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New Year message from UKIP Leader, Nigel Farage

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Nigel Farage, Leader, UK Independence Party, who escaped a plane crash in May 2010

2010 was in many cases a year of the inevitable. A year where the electorate removed the Labour government and went for something different, albeit not quite as we were expecting. I doubt many people would have anticipated Cameron and Clegg sitting side by side on the government benches.

But what 2010 brought in many ways heralds what 2011 has the potential to bring. Those two men are sitting side by side because there is a disenchantment with three party career politics. After 13 years of Labour there was no definite winner in that election and it’s hardly surprising, because they’re all but identical.

2011 is the year of potential for UKIP. It’s the year of big opportunity.

In local elections and assembly elections we have the opportunity to step up and be the alternative to this status quo of smoke and mirrors politics. If we step up to the mark we can show the people of the United Kingdom that they deserve better than grey suited bureaucrats living in a world, out of touch with public opinion and the issues that we want to debate.

With our message of independence at all levels: from the EU, from Big Government and from unnecessary interference in how we run our lives we can show a vision of how this country could be.

In the second decade of this millennium we can show people that enough is enough; it’s time for a real change. And it’s up to the UK Independence Party to provide it.