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  1. trout

    Seafarers..

    There's been a few fekin stupid things said on here through the ages but, that really is at the top. Thread closed as it's a pointless dirge. Anyone got any issues with that email oohbutiliktaetrütle@shetlink.com and it'll be promptly ignored.
    12 points
  2. ghufar

    glasshouse plans

    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
    11 points
  3. Thanks everyone. I am free(ish) now.
    11 points
  4. Scorrie

    Nice girl

    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.....
    10 points
  5. ^ 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 joine
    9 points
  6. Sukibind

    Shetland Home Company

    Well, its 10 months since COPE received £112,312.00 to "Provide up to 15 work placements" for people with disabilities and as far as I can ascertain there has not been so much as 1 place provided. I would be delighted if COPE could correct me on that point and tell me that several new placements have been provided. What I do know is that the old Scrapstore has been 're-furbished' and that the 'pet project' soap shop have had huge amounts of money splurged on them, and to what effect? This is Shetland where we are more impressed with what you do, rather than what you have. I also note that t
    9 points
  7. Windwalker

    glasshouse plans

    Ghufar, it's sad that you should have felt you had to come on here and defend your position. The glass houses belong to you and it is your business what you ask for or sell them to. However, the points you have made may help ease the pain of some who make comments prior to knowing the full story. As for the Bargain Centre, you, your father and your grandfather before him, have provided a great service over many years to us customers in Shetland. I have bought lots of small item and most of my furniture from you over the years and will continue to do so. I worked with your Grandfather W
    9 points
  8. Paolo67

    Unst. Miserable

    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
    8 points
  9. Frances144

    Frances

    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.
    8 points
  10. Claadehol

    100 sheep shot

    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.
    8 points
  11. I was lucky enough to qualify for a shared ownership Hjatland house with my partner after years of renting privately when I was younger, it was a fantastic help and after seeing the recent rental market it makes me count my blessings, I would never have been able to afford to rent privately at todays prices. I now own a different property which will border the Staney hill development and have already had a letter through the door asking if we have any objections. Me and the wife had a chat about it and although the development will almost certainly have a detrimental effect on our house we de
    8 points
  12. So SNP deputy Keith Brown now warning us we will get poorer public services if we don't vote the right way. As I've said before, the SNP have deliberately held back on ferry fares, etc. as we have not voted their way in the past. This was purely political. Now lots of promises on these things are are being hurled our way. I don't like being blackmailed.
    7 points
  13. Capeesh

    Njord Market

    Slow to load, poor layout and full of annoying pop up ads, sorry Shetlink but I preferred the classifieds the way they were.
    7 points
  14. JGHR

    In The News - Comic Response

    The administrators post above is well noted, so I'll do my best to temper what will, I hope, be my final post on this subject. Prior to this week I had not posted on Shetlink for two years, perhaps more I'm not sure, mainly for the reasons the administrator identified above. But this week I was reminded of David Morrison, chief of the Australian Army's address to the international Women's day conference in 2013. It was while expressing his disgust and utter shame at the culture of bullying and harassment which had grown within his organisation, under his watch, that he made his now famous quot
    7 points
  15. Paolo67

    Unst. Miserable

    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 Council
    7 points
  16. 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 sin
    7 points
  17. 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 f
    7 points
  18. 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? The Scottish Government has set the target of recycling 70% of all waste by 2025. In 2015/16 the national average was 44%, whilst Shetland was just 9%. Upcoming legislation will also mean that we will no longer be allowed to burn hard plastics and non-ferrous metals at the Energy Recovery Plant."Define "upcoming legislation". Is this legislation that ha
    7 points
  19. 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.
    7 points
  20. Gorgonzola Butt-cheese

    EU

    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.
    7 points
  21. Ghostrider

    EU

    Get out. The EU have either destroyed/done nothing to help save the industries we had when we went in, and have brought us nothing to replce them with we argubly couldn't have achieved just fine without them. Yeah, there may be rougher blips as we go through the transition of leaving, but once the dust settles we'll be in no worse a place than we re right now, and should be in a much better one. Its no different than the rougher blips we went through going in, nothing got any better than it was before we went in, things just got done that bit differently, that's all, and now being in is drag
    7 points
  22. 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....
    7 points
  23. Did you also notice in the closing credits 'All places and locations are fictitious'? If you want to watch a documentary on Shetland look elsewhere. If on the other hand you want a fictitious crime drama then watch the series.
    7 points
  24. This is one of the great problems of our time as I see it. At every level Government representatives, employees and officials are not held accountable for wasting public funds. In private business if employees squander vast sums they are disciplined or sacked, public money should be held under more scrutiny not less! I hope that if Wir Shetlands campaign is a success and we can set up a new Government for Shetland then a large degree of accountability can be built in to the system, it is no less than the public deserve!
    7 points
  25. Davie P

    Poverty in Shetland

    It's a shame to see another potentially interesting and constructive thread take such a needlessly negative turn at the hands of the same group of folk.
    7 points
  26. Okay, firstly I didn't find your post in any way unpleasant to read. Generally speaking we're a reasonably tolerant bunch up here near the Arctic Circle, especially where any criticism is directed from a (perhaps very understandable) position of misconception. I won't pretend I'm speaking for all Shetlanders, as I'm not, I can't, and I don't want to. While you may have gained the impression (and I can see why you may have done so, given that many posts here are worded in a way that assumes the reader already knows the history and back story involved) that Shetlanders see Scots as some sort o
    7 points
  27. Normally i can't stand "debates" where people post links and quote others when trying to make a point. It's just lazy. However, I will do exactly that here, and as be as stereotypical as possible by quoting Stephen Fry, who in this case most definitely hit the nail square on the head : "It's now very common to hear people say, 'I'm rather offended by that.' As if that gives them certain rights. It's actually nothing more... than a whine. 'I find that offensive.' It has no meaning; it has no purpose; it has no reason to be respected as a phrase. 'I am offended by that.' Well, so f**king wha
    7 points
  28. This week I went and bought a Golly from this lovely lady. I actually went for something else. While there I noticed a witch toy with a hook nose. No doubt a Jewish poet will now claim racial stereotypes for this being on sale. Then there is the 'protect the troll society' worried about their image when some are scary and frighten children and others are friendly. Also the electricity board could object to her sale of oil lamps as it suggests the possibility of needing them for powercuts and this could cause distress to those without any. some of her vintage toys represent war and this could b
    7 points
  29. Recurring outbreaks are the trade off for 'flattening the curve', you end up with a slow burn that goes on for a long drawn out period, as opposed to having let it have a free for all, with a massive initial carnage and getting it over and done with. At the end of it all the pile of stiffs won't be much different in size, its just the impact (mostly psychological) on the population that changes. Its all about the numbers gane of reaching critical mass, you have to achieve a point where the number of potential hosts for the virus are the minority of the population, through either antibody ho
    6 points
  30. Good god what a lot of drivel in this article! Crime has reduced by 50% thanks to the increase in officers? I'd be interested in seeing more detail in those statistics. In Whalsay we rarely ever see a policeman so it is no wonder crime figures are down, Police Scotland have closed their recently built police station. When asked why Police are no longer stationed in the outer Isles the Chief Inspector replied they do not have the resources, where has the increase been? They have supported our internal ferry service? Everyone must be aware that they are consistently refusing to fully fund the
    6 points
  31. Why should we pay for clips, elastic cord, cement, building sheds etc, etc for these wheelie bins? Does the council not have to provide all this for this wheelie bins? is that not part of what we pay council tax for? All this new rules about what goes in what bin is very confusing and they also expect you to wash containers. Might be all very well for most healthy folk, but there are a lot of disabled folk and pensioners who are living alone who are simply not that able to drag these bins around and understand what goes in what bin. This will cause a great deal of worry and stress on folk th
    6 points
  32. Ferry service for north isles is a joke today yes it's windy but can't get off north isles to get to slmg final sale of the year I am disappointed to say the least. It's another reason fixed links need to be brought into play ASAP so the isles as a whole can get into the 21st century so everyday people can get about and do there work.
    6 points
  33. This seems to be fulfilling the prophecy that once the Viking windfarm came it would open the floodgates for every hill in Shetland to be covered in wind turbines.
    6 points
  34. ill folk are dragged back and forth to aberdeen on a 14 hour sea journey countless times to receive medical treatment convicted criminals and folk on remand are flown back and forth from aberdeen as required both paid for out of the same pot think about that for a minute
    6 points
  35. The report also added and named two businesses s that already " sell really responsibly " that's great , however is it the correct use of NHS resources to specifically be seen apparently to endorse off - licenses ? I dont doubt for one minute that these ( named ) business's are good and stock high quality brands , however to shop here ( as apparently the NHS are encouraging me to do ?) would be a treat for me. I ,like many folk , have to manage my budget. I enjoy a glass of wine with my meals ( previously reported by the national press as good for your heart ! - a researched study that has h
    6 points
  36. Ghostrider

    EU

    The EU is striving to become a United States of Europe, we've known this for at least the last 25 years, and its now clear "reform from within" to prevent it isn't a realistic a option, too many in it are on a "USE or bust" mission. Look at the USA, as that is the model they're (loosely?) following, the only thing is Europe is trying to do it cutting out a few of the arguably most important checks and counter balances the USA has right at the top of the pile. For a "United States" of anywhere to have a hope of working you need certain elements, a single currency (check for the EU), nationw
    6 points
  37. I would like to see land made available for affordable private housing in Lerwick if this site is going to be developed, even perhaps as much as a 50/50 split. At the moment I feel there's an in-balance in Lerwick that caters for low income and the wealthy, with the group in the middle relegated to a 30+ year old ex-council house or private rental, or just forced to move elsewhere.
    6 points
  38. I'm glad to see the response of some local's towards the crisis that is going on in Europe at the moment with the Illegal immigrant's and refugees. I would guess, that with around five hundred local people desperate for affordable accommodation in Shetland, that all of those who are campaigning to welcome these extra people in are going to give them room and board at their own homes. I take my hat off to you, for opening your doors and homes to people you can not check up on and could be anywhere between respectable and a terrorist, you are truly generous. I hope to see a list on Shetlink and
    6 points
  39. Scorrie

    Gaelic teaching

    So you're advocating teaching an obscure minority language to an Island population that has virtually no historical or cultural Gaelic links?
    6 points
  40. Capeesh

    Parkgate Pizzas

    Agree with all the above, if it's against the rules then the rules are stupid. Businesses closing all over the place and they won't let a proven entrepreneur start one up. It's a pizza nonsense.
    6 points
  41. Frankie

    New AHS roundabout

    It wouldn't have mattered where it was located or if it was a simple t-junction, traffic lights or a roundabout, someone on this forum would have been up in the middle of the night plinking on their keyboard pleepsing about it.
    6 points
  42. 60north

    New AHS roundabout

    Hmmm... Would Kavi care to detail their qualifications, training and experience and knowledge of the project requirements and constraints, and therefore competence, to justify making such observations? And would those respondents who actually have a problem driving around the roundabout please do us all a favour and hand their licences (assuming they have one) back to the authorities
    6 points
  43. hjasga

    Poverty in Shetland

    And you cannot make the "baseless assumption" that he/she is as, no such claim has been made. I would hazard a guess that the first port of call was, probably, facebook then, maybe, here whilst getting out into the cold, rain, wind etc.to do some 'real' research was pretty low on the list of 'things to do'. I made no such assumption. My post doesn't depend on that being the case. However, you were initially a bit rude, a manner you have decided to ham up further descending into full on beliigerence. You know nothing of this person and are attacking them as if they are incompetent and
    6 points
  44. Why don't all the folks in favour of VE and convinced it's all harmless actually swap properties with the folks who have to live in the path of these monstrosities?? Any takers? Still no referendum on wether the population wants the windfarm. And why not? Worried Shetland will tell VE to go..... and play with the traffic? If there had been a public vote and the decision been made democraticaly to build the damned thing I could accept the majority vote. But since no one bothers to ask Shetlanders I think it stinks to high heaven.
    6 points
  45. I thought the 'car-mile' thing was an excellent example of how a community can independently decided on a simple and effective way of trading vehicles. It evolved organically over about 20 years and for no commercial gain. All the bluster and pedantic legalese that's being spouted by some smacks of bandwagon jumping and a seemingly perverse enjoyment of seeing petty bureaucracy triumph over the common man. I'm on the look out for a new car myself, but will probably just go doon sooth like everyone else. Who knows though, if their were some sort of public area where all the cars for sale
    6 points
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    6 points
  47. As a family with a dog we go up to Unst 2 or 3 times a year. Always have to visit the chocolate factory. Never any complaints and always a good way to spend an hour or two. The raf saxaford museum room is brilliant and is very nostalgic for those of us whose pre season football preparation consisted of the mandatory friendly against the raf team and a Saturday night at Springfield! It's brilliant someone is making a business of making chocolate in unst and can't understand the negative comments aboot the cafe. A cake, coffee and microwaved macaroni for the bairns is just fine thanks. Canna und
    6 points
  48. May I remind you that large numbers of the population have dogs living in their homes where people prepare meals to eat and that generally there is little evidence that droves of people are dying from dog acquired disease. As long as basic hygiene is practised in the cafe I doubt if customers are at much risk. Would also mention that the Great British Pub or at least a good number of them welcomes customers dogs into the bar. Far more worrying is those people who keep "designer dogs" to go with their supposed tough image.
    6 points
  49. trout

    Boy Racers

    SP you've outdone yourself again Make sure you don't get it all over your keyboard! Pretty outstanding generalisation there and really just speaks volumes.
    6 points
  50. As I said, possibilities which could lead to a different conclusion, but as there is no evidence whatsoever to suggest any have basis in anything but supposition/fantasy land, they lead to nothing whatsoever until and unless any evidence to support becomes available. Botton line, red herrings without a scrap of credibility. Ah, yes. 'fraid I gotta take away this nice juicy bone you've been going to town on and enjoying so much. The inserts in square brackets are, as you know, your own, and while they may not be incorrect in and of themselves, you have chosen to disregard and omit mu
    6 points
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