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Posted by trout on 09 March 2014 - 09:49 AM
Posted by ghufar on 16 May 2014 - 02:40 PM
For clarity you wanted a response and here it is.
Just because I own the greenhouses doesn't mean it has ANYTHING to do with my shop business which BTW has supported this community for over 40 years and pumped back into the local economy many millions in salaries and services as well as assisting many local charities with both funds and raffle prizes. Threats of disrupting the business due to a separate personal issue can only lead to a domino effect.
Islesat (as owners of a local business) should realise that I wouldn't stop using their business if he asked more for his house than I felt it was worth because I wanted to use it for a "community project". Have some sense people - this letter just reeks of cutting off your noses to spite your face.
I originally purchased the greenhouse which had not been used for many years due to lack of commercial viabilty with the hope of building eco-friendly housing or even having the option of rebuilding a commercial building to house my furniture and floorcoverings departments if I wanted. David Adamsons have clearly stated that they had no other property to compare the value to and have come back with a figure a third of what I believe I can achieve if I continue down one of my original desired routes in the future. However as I was approached with a community project I was more than willing to just take what it has almost cost me taking into account interest, original price and other costs over the last 5 years. This is not as one commentator states "twice the asking price" and trust him to make it clear that despite having made this my home for over 45 years I'm "an incomer" so that's another reason for my "apparent greed".
As Kavi says the figures of the project without even the purchase price were mind blowing and unfortunately I fear there could have been a swimming pools/mareel saga had it gone ahead anyway. Having said all this I can say that I am saddened that we could not reach a satisfactory resolution.
Hope that some of you can now see things from both sides of the fence...
Posted by Jake Davis on 27 December 2013 - 06:41 PM
Thanks everyone. I am free(ish) now.
Posted by Scorrie on 20 February 2014 - 06:10 AM
I know a single young lady who loves going for walks on deserted beaches, I'l give her a shout for you if that's OK.
Just bring a ball for her to chase and you'll get on fine.....
Posted by Paolo67 on 22 April 2018 - 03:23 AM
They are indeed a picture of misery and gloom Bluevac, for many reasons;
With even the slightest change in ferry timetables they are forced to eat cormorants.
Excessive consumption of salted cormorants over prolonged winters has been linked to rickets in children and diabetes in rats. Rickety children and diabetic rats is the stark reality faced by Unst folks in austere times.
The parents of the rickety children are also fighting to save the last surviving school and the last surviving Talc quarry on the island to secure a future for the community. Both are riddled with asbestos.
A council survey recently concluded that 76% of Unst people can't even spell 'community' without the help of Google,
Another council survey concluded that 76% of Unst people can' access Google without installing Satellite Broadband.
That same 76% also failed to spell 'Satellite' within seven attempts.
A greater number of Unst people carry a smouldering anger, frustration and paranoia against the world of inanimate objects and failing electronic devices. They punch plasterboard walls regularly to vent their rage. Their houses are well vented too and the rats get in.
There is also a suspected serial killer at large. The population has dropped from 1100 to 500 in twenty years and Police have found no leads. The Policeman disappeared too in 2001.
The last job on the island is also under threat of automation since the Waterboard decided not to replace the technician who regulated the fluoride and chlorine levels in the Island's water supply. A lost generation of rickety children had their education tailored for this post and were groomed for the position. They are probably qualified to run a bath or operate anything wth two taps. Their only other skill set would be fishing a dead horse from a loch if required.
76% of that lost generation couldn't spell 'maintenance' or 'technician'.
That was their happy lot.
Lastly, following two decades of exposure to the noise pollution of oil traffic they suffer from P.F.T., a Pitch Fluctuating variant of Tinnitus which rings like a constant National Anthem of 'God Save the Queen' in their ears giving them an aloofness and reverent countenance that could be misinterpreted as a dismissive stiffness of character.
In sadder times now, the skies are no longer a choppity-chug of helicopters; the toxic talc quarries are no longer a thud of dynamite and diesel water-pumps; the wax-buffed school floors are no longer a-squeak or a scurry of plimsoled feet running to the clangity-clang of a janitor's bell and 76% of Unst people can't spell 'marmalade'.
In Unst they call it 'orange jam'.
Posted by Ghostrider on 20 January 2018 - 02:10 PM
^ AFAIK thats pretty much a matter between the person wanting to join, the existing members of the squad they want to join, and the leader of that squad. The UHA Committee, last I was aware anyway, has minimal interference in individual squad affairs, beyond the general 'don't disrupt the event and/or bring it in to disrepute' type of stuff, and the residency qualifications that were/are for anybody taking part in the event, when it became necessary to cap total numbers back in the 70's.
In its basest terms, as I understand it. The event is one person's private party (the Jarl), who is joined by other private partys (the other squads), in an all night merry go round of visiting yet more private partys (the venues).
Its all harking back to its roots of small groups of people with a common interest (neighbours, workmates etc) informally getting together to visit dwellings throughout the town where the housholder was holding open house, and carrying brands or dragging burning barrels to provide light for themselves, with the same rules applying now as then.
If you weren't part of whatever 'clique' that formed those informal groupings back at it start, you'd not been invited to join them, you'd either have had to find a 'clique' in to which you were accepted, or be left on the outside. In today's incarnation, folk generally join squads which aready have relatives, workmates, neighbours etc in them, who smooth the path as and when space exists.
Its not a public event, its not advertised, spectators are not invited. Its a collection of private events which come together for a short period of their durations for a single private event held in public, and pedestrians have been allowed to spectate if they wish, simply due to the fact there's no legitimate reason to prohibit them from the public pavements concerned. The venues, with the exception of the Town Hall aren't public events, they're by invitation only of the hostess(ess), just the same as their namesakes of the open houses back in the day.
Posted by Sukibind on 11 March 2015 - 09:36 PM
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Posted by Paolo67 on 22 April 2018 - 04:32 AM
In Unst, any reliance on 'lovely' or 'super' in descriptive narrative is hackneyed superficial gush. Unst people only use adjectives to describe something that is dead, lost or stolen.
We used to have a policeman.
He was a lovely guy.
People still play badminton. The badminton scene is the only scene and it has always been a thriving scene. Whoever and whatever you are.. on Thursday evenings you are free to strut your stuff in badminton shorts. The serial killer probably enjoys Badminton.
The population has reached a critical point where it cannot sustain a Masonic Lodge. The Unst Councillor punches above his weight, the schools close and children get rickets. Most children would prefer to be in an orphanage than a happy family unit. At least they would get a wifi connection.
They could post smileys and super selfies like everybody else.
Posted by wotsit on 14 January 2018 - 12:42 PM
Posted by Ghostrider on 17 December 2017 - 01:26 AM
There's two games at play with Holyrood, firstly, regardless of their protestations and overtures to the contrary, the Scottish establishment do not, never have, and probably never will in the next few centuries at least, consider Orkney & Shetland as a "true" part of Scotland, any more than many Orcadians and Shetlanders consider themselves 'Scottish' - We are very much the reluctant and mostly ignored foster child which they don't want, but their greed won't let them let go of. Just like you sometimes see (albeit not so often these days) a family with kids of their own, but one or more foster kids as well, who are very obvious by the fact they wear the hand me downs, while the biological children are always dressed in the new stuff - The foster ones are only where they are because the fosterers get an allowance paid for them, they're a commodity, and commodities only justify the minimum investment to ensure they continue to yield the maximum payout. We're a commodity in the same way to the Scottish political establishment, and right now they're conducting an experiment in just how low they can let their investment go without affecting the returns on it they get from us.
Secondly, we're sitting on a little bit of money, and nobody in Holyrood is going to take pity on us and send momey here when it serves their interests better to throw it around as bribes for votes in the central belt, as that's where the numbers are that matter as to whether they stay on their gravy train or not, it doesn't matter how we vote, as in the bigger picture our influence whoever we vote in is minimal, the support the local SNP branch was getting from Head Office and the quality of candidates they've put forward in both Scottish and national elections in the recent past is proof enough that they really don't care what happens here.
We're on our own to sink, we can choose between spending our reserves to plug the gap in Government funding either quickly or slowly, but until its all spent there will be no compassion or fairness coming this way out of Holyrood, only empty promises and flowery talking, and any compassion even then will only come if we go cap in hand and do a lot of begging. Or we can take on Holyrood at their own game, with the right research, planning and tactics any Council, including this one, could, back Holyrood in to a corner where they had to choose between honouring their obligations to the entire populations in a reasonable and fair manner, or face the real prospect of being painted so black their chances of holding on to power were all but wiped out. That unfortunately seems to be the last thing on our lot's mind though, given that the only reported reaction from our great white leader to yet another funding reduction was to scuttle away with his tail between his legs muttering about "more cutbacks to keep within the Edinburgh enforced budget". What happened to fighting for our fair share? I doesn't need much midder wit to know that if you just meekly and submissive accept whatever you're offered, you're very liable to be offered even less next time round - and we are, time and time again. Yet those on top of teh ttem here let it happen over and over again. Things will get worse regardless, but they'd get worse a whole lot more slowly if Edinburgh were a bit nervous of just what sort of broadside was about to be unleashed on them from these northern wastelands unless they sent enough to keep our protestations down to a dull roar.
'Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat the same mistakes' or something like that is how the adage goes - History tells us that between 1500 and 1900 we were lorded over by the Scottish establishment who systematically ground both the place and the people in to the ground by creaming off almost all of the lion's share in the better times and ignoring folk's needs in the harder ones. History aso tells us that in the 15 years or so since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree in the 100+ years we've managed to largely stay out from under their thumb.....The thumb is now well and truly back, and if you want to have a general idea of how the remainder of this century will unfold politically, go check your history for the period 1600-1900 and the attitude of those who held power then, as the immediate future will be the same MO, only adapted to suit modern society and lifestyles.
The Council themselves could do much to put their own house in order as well, which would minimise the need for cuts in the actual service delivery. They're sitting on a grossly bloated over-complicated management system, and using many equally over complicated and un-necessary management and admin procedures and systems, not to mention the slew of totally un-necessary 'non-job' positons, all of which are drawing salaries and incurring costs needlessly. The place would run as well, probably better in fact, if all the desk bound elements between the elected members and the front line staff were completely redesigned and streamlined with an emphasis on minimalisation, effectiveness and efficiency, and yield a scarily surprising amount in savings, but there seems no stomach within the organsation to even explore that avenue.
Posted by Frances144 on 26 August 2016 - 01:45 PM
Ummm, I make no money from my blog in any way.
I endorse no products for anyone.
I just write about what I see and how I feel.
I am sad you hate it.
I am not on happy pills. (just gin occasionally)
Oh, and I can't knit.
Posted by brochbuilder on 13 June 2016 - 08:19 AM
Colin, I must point out that shooting rabbits and shooting sheep can hardly be considered the same thing. Rabbits breed to plague proportions and are a major pest on farms in various countries. Shooting is just one of the necessary control measures.
Sheep on the other hand are farmed and provide food, wool, and a livelihood for countrymen everywhere.
I think you should think a little before making any more imbecilic comments.
Posted by Capeesh on 14 May 2016 - 07:21 AM
Posted by Seaflech on 27 January 2016 - 12:08 PM
I can't believe it, I really can't.
I've just finished watching Superman - and it turns out it wasn't filmed on planet Krypton at all but right here on planet Earth! Did anybody else know this? My childhood is now destroyed.
Sometimes I wonder why hardly anybody posts on Shetlink anymore, then I read topics like this and my memory is restored....
Posted by Equality Street on 21 January 2018 - 09:18 AM
Imagine you're organising a stag do. You're the best man and you're all flying to Amsterdam. The groom is a pretty popular guy, but he's only wanting 22 pals to come away with him (for whatever reason). One of the boys drops out so your wife suggests one of her female pals that would like to come along. Does saying 'no' to that idea make you a backward, sexist, misogynistic dinosaur?
You can attach all the tradition and gravitas you want to Up Helly Aa, but for most of us it's a p1ss-up comparable to the scenario above, where the best craic is on the bus where you spend most of the night singing, drinking, making crude jokes and talking sh1te. While I know for a fact that there are many women that excel in this pursuit as much as men, I suspect most of us would rather just keep it as it is.
To conflate the dynamics of this boozy party with the Equal Pay for Women issue, or even the vile treatment of women by abusive, powerful men from Westminister to Hollywood is disingenuous and ridiculous. In doing so we cast both male and female participants in this fantastic festival as complicit villains or meek, subservient spectators of sex discrimination.
There are more men wanting to go out in squads than there are places. There are more lasses wanting to go to halls than there are tickets. A few shrill letters to the Shetland times have not diminished their enthusiasm for the festival. Be 'offended' all you want, but come next Tuesday men and women will be dancing the night away and not giving a flying... torch.
Posted by Colin on 24 October 2017 - 07:49 AM
If it's not "fit for purpose" now then, was it ever?
How much do the police want the SIC to spend on an upgrade and, should the SIC tell them to "take a hike" ?
Personally, I believe that if the police want to upgrade the system then, they should pay for it..... After all, it's not the SIC (is it(?)) who wants to monitor our every move.
Anyway, if the SIC has that much money to spend, how about spending it on;
1. Community Skips
2. Public Toilets
3. Bus Shelters that properly protect from the wind and rain AND with proper seats.. Oh wait, that's a bus Waiting Room..
4. etc. etc. etc
Posted by Suffererof1crankymofo on 01 September 2017 - 05:58 AM
Right, let's break this down then:-
"From July 2018 how we handle our rubbish will be changing. There are a lot of questions around the new service. Here are the main questions:"
Oh good, it's their rubbish.
"Why is the Council doing this?
Define "upcoming legislation". Is this legislation that has already been passed and is yet to come into force or proposed legislation?
"How will it be collected?
So, I'm to drive down the road to dump my glass containers, am I? That's not very green. There isn't room for the wheelie bins here. Where they meant to live in the meantime?
"How often will my rubbish and recycling be collected?
So there isn't a wheelie bin for non-recyclable rubbish?
Here's a thought - have ONE wheelie bin but issue different coloured rubbish bags free of charge.
"Why isn't glass being collected on the kerbside?
So it's fine for the general public to run the risk of injury but not SIC workers in other words.
"Why is my rubbish only being collected once a fortnight?
And where are we meant to put rubbish in the meantime? Cloud cuckoo land?
"Why bother? I've heard you burn all the recycling anyway!
Except rural areas under the Regulations are EXEMPT where it is not practicable or cost effective to do so. You want "your" rubbish recycled, you can sort it and create jobs in the meantime ... or does the money given for this scheme not cover installing equipment that can sort it?
"What about the District Heating Scheme?
"Do I have to buy a wheelie bin for my non-recyclable rubbish?
"Is it only in Lerwick?
"The bins will blow away!
"I don't have space for wheelie bins! I've got too many steps! I don't have a kerbside!
"What if I put the wrong thing in the wrong bin?
"We will publicise further information and developments over the next few months. However, if you have any other questions on the new recycling scheme, please contact us:
Posted by Urabug on 26 June 2017 - 03:56 PM
Well whatever is said,this was an expensive project that was not required.
Just a complete waste of public money that should have been spent elsewhere on something more needful.
These humps and bumps will not bring more trade to "Da Street" and I also doubt if it makes it any safer.
Posted by Gorgonzola Butt-cheese on 23 February 2016 - 07:59 PM
Can you vote for Juncker?
Can you vote for Tusk?
Can you vote for Shultz?
The only questions that matter, as so eloquently put by Tony Benn:
1. What power have you got?
2. Where did you get it from?
3. In whose interests do you exercise it?
4. To whom are you accountable?
5. How can we get rid of you?
The last is of paramount importance, and particularly when the EU fails to address this last point so badly - the European Commission, take note.