Posted: Monday, 28 January 2008
Why accept that this wonderful reminder of the long ties between Scandinavia and the Western Islands should not be returned to the place of their discovery, or at any rate nearby? If you can fight wind farm decisions then you don't need to be a pawn in this game. Best of luck!
Barney from Swithiod chessed off
The powers that be seem to advance what to me are rather spurious arguments for holding on to the chessmen. Firstly they aver that by repatriating the chessmen they would encourage other countries to demand the return of various other treasures, ignoring the fact that when I last looked the Western Isles were still part of the UK. Secondly, and this applies equally to the St. Ninian's Isle silver, they claim that the treasure would not be adequately curated. One only has to look at the new Shetland Museum to give the lie to that. Lastly the there are a number of duplicated figures in the chessmen so it would not be unreasonable to retain these at national level whilst returning the majority to the Isles.
Hyper-Borean from By the Board
Flying Cat from trying not to lose mine
I don't see Bobby Fischer anywhere ...
mjc from NM,USA