ORKNEY TIMELINE - 380,000,000 B.C. to the present


ORKNEY TIMELINE is an A5 [100 x 150 mm] booklet summarising major events in Orkney over the last 380 million years. The first 378,200,000 years get short shrift as do the next 1.8 million years of Palaeolithic. Evidence in Orkney of the Mesolithic, while tantalisingly thin, does exist and from thereon Orkney's history through the Neolithic, Bronze and Iron Ages, comes into ever clearer focus. While mostly specific to Orkney, some notable world events relevant to Orkney are included. There is also a calendar of Orkney customs and a map.

To order a complete copy use the PayPal button below to pay £3 into my Paypal account and on receipt I will email to you a PDF of the text plus separate PDFs for the cover and map. I print the cover on thin card or thicker paper than the inside pages.

Orkney Timeline ORKNEY TIMELINE booklet is currently twelve A5 sheets printed on both sides, two pages per side, which when folded in half form a booklet of 48 pps plus with illustrated cover and an A4 map which when folded in four can be glued inside the back cover - see image at left. HERE ARE SOME SAMPLE PAGES. To print as a booklet will require you to talk nicely to your printer. After opening the PDF, with my computer/printer setup I click on the PDF PRINTER icon then use the print system dialogue (Ctrl+Shift+P) to check my printer is highlighted, set page range = ‘all’, and enter however many copies are wanted. Then click ‘Preferences’ where on my printer I can set paper size = A5, and ‘multiple pages’ to print as a 2-sided booklet. Then click ‘OK’ and ‘PRINT’, cross your fingers and hope/pray as appropriate. All being well it will print as expected, if not trial and error is the only way. Practice obviously with the SAMPLE PAGES [see above] which only need 4 sheets of A5. Once you have mastered that, use the same setup for the whole booklet which requires 12 sheets of A5 plus an A5 sheet of whatever you want for the cover and an A4 sheet of thinner paper for the map. If your printer will not print 2-sided, then you will have to print all the odd pages first, then all the even pages or do them sequentially one at a time. Getting them all the right way round can be a right kerfuffle. Or you can ignore the booklet printing and print the PDF ‘full sized’ on 24 sheets of A5.

sewing The booklet can be stapled or sewn together. Being a book-nerd I prefer the latter. In case you don't know how, make a small hole with a needle about ¾” in from the top edge plus another 4 evenly-spaced holes about 1” apart through the centre fold of the pages. Then, starting from the centre inside sew as in the diagram at left. [Click to enlarge.] Tie A and B together on the inside of the centre-fold to finish. Enjoy !

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