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A COLOURFUL parrot caught the attention this week at Lerwick Harbour.

The bird appeared to be kept on the Danish yacht Enya, which has since left Shetland. Watch a video of the parrot below.

SHETLAND has seen around half its usual amount of sunshine in July so far, according to the Met Office.

A spokesperson said so far in July there has been 67.1 hours of sunshine, which is 54 per cent of the average – making it one of the least sunny places in the UK.

There has been widespread frustration over the weather in recent weeks – leading many to ask where the summer has gone.

But the Met Office said in June there were 155.6 sunshine hours recorded – 110 per cent of the average.

However taking into account both June and July, Shetland has had 56 per cent of its expected summer average.

SHETLAND-based Vivian Ross-Smith is co-ordinating a special exhibition for a group of artists who all graduated from the Glasgow School of Art (GSA) at the height of the pandemic.

The show, called Room, features work by thirteen international artists, including Ross-Smith, who followed the Master of Letters in Fine Art Practice programme in 2019/20 and for whom a physical end of year show was not possible due to Covid restrictions.

It opens in the Reid Gallery at the GSA on Saturday (30 July). “This will be the first time that this group has shown work together in a physical space since studying together on the MLitt Fine Art Practice at The Glasgow School of Art,” she said.

“Through the exhibition we will celebrate the experience of collectively returning to the gallery and sharing work with one another after a long period of displacement and distance.”

WITH the next series of BBC crime drama Shetland on the horizon, a plaque which was installed in Lerwick in honour of the series – before being removed – has yet to find a new home.

The star plaque was put in place outside the ‘Jimmy Perez’ lodberry last year, but it was taken out by the council after representation from the building’s owner.

A spokesperson for the SIC said this week that there is no news regarding its next move.

The first episode of the eighth series of Shetland is due to air on 10 August.