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^^^JohanofNess, any more minutes of meetings floating around? :lol: :lol:

 

My sources come up with stuff all the time, but some it can be very sensitive, like if someone really threatened to kick someone elses effing teeth in :lol:

 

...I've hidden the names to protect their identities.

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#2: Nah billy du ...

Not very successfully :wink:

 

Well I could have said titty but he didn't sound effeminate enough :wink:

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Imagine getting off your backside, dressing up in traditional Shetland costume, standing on Victoria Pier with the Lerwick Brass Band playing, and individually meeting thousands of strangers every summer with a warm smile?

And imagine spending hundreds of hours showing off your Island home with a genuine knowledge and and interest in the people you are dealing with?

I can imagine the critics sitting on their backsides and doing damn all for Shetland Tourism.

Get a single ticket out of here if that's your total contribution

 

totally agree! i have the utmost respect for the woman and her two young fiddlers who give up their time to greet tourists.

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^^ Umm....Isn't she touting for paying customers for her business though. Its promotion, rather than selfless goodwill. Or are we referring to different people here.

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No – they are there on behalf of Promote Shetland and Lerwick Harbour Trust

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I think some people should stop complaining until they fully know what happens behind the scenes for the cruise ships that come in.

The harbour board along with the tourist organisations, and many other organisations within and outside Shetland, put a lot of work and effort into making the tourists feel welcome. Shetland is seen as giving tourists the best welcome in the world

Some cruise ships don't go to any other Scottish Islands so maybe a bit of bag pipes is a good thing? Shows that Shetland is a part of Scotland, and it's culture.

As for the many organisations that show the tourists a warm welcome - good on you. Maybe the shops should start doing the same.

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Well said, and on that note, is it not the folk of Lerwick who let these visitors down in some instances. The arrivals are in the public domain yet some cannot be bothered.

Orcadians would open up their shops when the StSunniva would arrive at Stromness at 10 pm.

I sometimes forget some folk want it HANDED TO THEM ON A PLATE.

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I think some people should stop complaining until they fully know what happens behind the scenes for the cruise ships that come in.

The harbour board along with the tourist organisations, and many other organisations within and outside Shetland, put a lot of work and effort into making the tourists feel welcome. Shetland is seen as giving tourists the best welcome in the world

Some cruise ships don't go to any other Scottish Islands so maybe a bit of bag pipes is a good thing? Shows that Shetland is a part of Scotland, and it's culture.

As for the many organisations that show the tourists a warm welcome - good on you. Maybe the shops should start doing the same.

 

Or to make a lot or little more Scottish is to have bagpipe as a fountain with whisky pouring out of it just to show how silly I am at ideas!! :roll:

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Bagpipes onyday:

Instead of having 17,342 Frantic Fiddlers welcome the seaborn guests, I think Myself, Para Handy and Ghosty, wi Gussie as an added attraction would do a much better job!

After the festivities were over, we could on to the Red T for a Kronenburg before embarking on to the bus for Twatt - Twatt? am I crossing threads here (New Road signs)?

Ach well, have fun everybody :lol:

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My final word on this thread is that it was a sad, sad, day for Shetland and another nail in the coffin of Shetland's identity.

 

As seen today, the kilts, tartan and bagpipes idenity is slowly but sadly eroding Shetland's own culture. But again, it's a mark of Shetland's inability to understand and grasp its own identity that people think it's great.

 

The sad reason so many Shetland men are getting married in kilts is because they're too gormless to understand that the kilt is not a Shetland thing and has no place in Shetland culture.

 

It's not about selling our soul to"entertain" tourists, it's about preserving and promoting our own identity.

 

Go on then. Tell us how to promote 'our' identity.

 

Without mentioning Norway/Denmark/Faero, that is....

 

..unless of course, you believe the way forward is to parrot our Nordic neighbours.

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It does seem that every problem could be solved by joining with the East, oh, North, and a little SE.

 

Yet the odd thing is that I know Norway follows the EU protocols on certain things.

 

Until someone else stumps up you are stuck with the bag pipes.

 

The violin or fiddle....

 

"By a kind of organic, triangulative process between craftsmen, players, and composers, early violins came into existence around 1520 in northern Italy. The 4-stringed "true" violin family was complete in its basic structural features - though not standardized - around 1550. (Jambe de Fer described them explicitly in his Epitome Musical. Lyons, 1556.) The controversy over who invented the first violin is probably not answerable; Gasparo da Saló was a candidate, as were several Brescian craftsmen. It is now generally accepted that da Saló was not the inventor since he wasn't born until 1540. Better candidates are Giovan Giacoba dalla Corna and Zanetto de Michelis da Montichiaro, both born in the 1480s. It is, however, clear that Andrea Amati perfected the form. Similar instruments in France and Poland suggest the far-reaching influence of the Italian Renaissance. Native schools of violin-making existed in Cremona and Brescia, and also in Paris and Lyon; but this had to do with the trade routes (and the silk trade) from Venice to Paris. Changes in the violin after 1600 were largely decorative."

 

Then, we are related to this guy

 

I took the liberty of looking you up and note that you can count the noted Unst fiddler Friedeman Stickle among your ancestors. He was reputed to have been shipwrecked on Unst and swam ashore holding on to his fiddle

 

So, as with all those who want the good old days back, just the best bits??

 

Perhaps we should all chip in and find a Shetland Gue player to chip in, I have read that these were sometimes bowed in Norway and I would assume Shetland.

 

And of course, the rams horn and driftwood band, some skin and a frame.

 

this is of course all tongue in cheek (or is it???)

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