Rigby’s Encyclopaedia of the Herring

aka The Herripedia

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RING NETTING

On the rise and demise of ring net fishing for herring, which originated in the waters of Loch Fyne and played a role in the sad development of overfishing

DRIFTERS (DOCUMENTARY FILM)

The first documentary, famously directed by Grierson; funded by herring historian & Financial Secretary to the Treasury, AM Samuel

CALLER HERRIN’ (FILM)

Picking up on the song and fisherwomen's marketing of their wares, a film deploying documentary to encourage herring consumption

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WEDGWOOD

In which we lust after that object of desire, the Wedgwood Queen's Ware herring dish (c 1780)

What’s in a Name? (3 of 6)

Carousel, Biggie Smalls & Angus Watson; taxonomy, racial theory & global warming: a herring tale in 8 fitts with 8 hand-crafted limericks.

WHITE HERRING

On the nature of white herring, its international markets and its historical underachievement with the Great British public

WHY HERRINGS LIVE IN THE SEA

A curious origin myth for maritime as opposed to land-based rat-catching herrings, related in an Estonian folk song

WITCHCRAFT

The role of herrings in England's penultimate witch trial and the subsequent part the narrative played in shaping the hysteria in Salem

X, CRUX OR KRUIS BRAND

An entry that possibly should have been filed under C, but which spuriously allows alphabetic completism

YAWL

On the nature of the boat known as a yawl and the difference between the Norwegian and Scarborough versions

ZOOLOGY

Heavily reliant on the zoological description of the Soviet systematist AN Svetovidov, an account of what a herring is

ZULU

A compromise between the Fifie and the Scaffie, a boat with a popular design which didn't adapt well to the introduction of steam

ZUYDERZEE

Home to a once distinct population of inshore herrings lost to the dyke building tendencies of The Netherlands

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