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  1. Living outside Glasgow now, I watched the live feed from Shetland and was delighted to see such a good turnout! Folk lining the streets, cheering, applauding, playing Chariots of Fire on trombone (beside da Widows Homes).

     

    A great turnout for such a small place. Good also to see many folk I knew - including son, daughter, and their respective kids.

  2. Hideki Tojo Japan

    The number of dead: 4 million

    ...

    Hirohito Japan

    The death toll: 6 million

    I can't help wondering how Tojo and Hirohito are both listed in your list, but with different values. Why do you believe the Emperor was culpable for two million more than Tojo?

     

    Hirohito was Emperor from 1925 to 1989 - therefore his reign included the Japanese invasions of Manchuria in 1931 and the rest of China in 1937.

     

    Tojo was PM of Japan from 1941 until his forced resignation in 1944. Although he had earlier been a general and the Japanese Army Minister from 1940 to 1941.

  3. I noticed recently that the harbour chip shop said 'gluten free' but when I asked how they made it the staff were unsure. Does anyone know if any other chip shops (other than frankies) that caters for gluten free?

     

    The Icelandic Fish and Chips restaurant in Reykjavik. Though they'd be a bit cold by the time you got home.

  4. i realy hope that arty lot here dont think we want this kind of boring stuff in WIR new cinema

     

    Is that "WIR cinema" as in "for those that have the same taste as me"?

     

    I hope that Mareel has a wide variety of movies - blockbusters, foreign, arthouse, etc. Surely "WIR cinema" is for "aa o' wis"!

  5. You can get a lot of radio stations through Freeview on tv. That's how I do most of my radio listening nowadays.

     

    However, there are plans afoot, in Scotland anyway, for BBC's radio stations to be removed from Freeview to make way for BBC Alba TV station (in Gaelic)

  6. I think it was the shop with the blue paintwork in this view but it could be one of the ones farther in to the Queens.

     

    http://maps.google.co.uk/?ie=UTF8&ll=60.152891,-1.139917&spn=0.007945,0.01929&t=h&z=16&layer=c&cbll=60.152836,-1.139774&panoid=fTZsEM1TMNEGbL4Nf3gS_w&cbp=12,318.95,,0,5

     

    It was in the smaller building with the blue paintwork - the one with the trailer outside.

     

    Before that he was in Burns Lane, where the Folk Festival shop is now

  7. What's strange about the Up Helly Aa holiday is that schools outside Lerwick are allowed to stay open and pay their staff treble time. This seems to be because of rural resentment at it being a 'toon' festival- they scorn the holiday but claim the treble time. How do they get away with that?

     

    Having worked in schools for the last 10 years outside Lerwick that have been open for either a normal school day or an inservice day after the Lerwick Up Helly Aa I can assure you that no staff have ever been paid treble time - misinformation rules again. What happens is that the holiday is taken on a different day, usually after the local Up Helly Aa at no extra cost to the council.

     

    It is in fact double time and a day off in lieu, which some of us might think is the same as treble time. Obviously a sensitive issue. Teachers dont get it to be fair, but hey we can't have everything.

     

    No Staneydale, it is you that doesn't get it.

     

    Having, for several years, been a teacher in a school that did not take a holiday on the day after UHA, I can assure you that teachers are NOT paid treble or double time for that day. And they have the same number of days off as do the Lerwick schools. They are just taken at different times. It is not an extra day off.

  8. Why are people wondering after 8.00 am whether or not schools are open? I've known since 6.55am that they were all open - apart from any localised closures - cos I got up to listen to the Shetland news on BBC Radio Scotland at that time- can't pick up SIBC where I live. It was rebroadcast at 7.25 am. Went out to clear the driveway of fresh snow. Still couldn't get the car out, but had left myself enough time to walk up the road and catch the bus into school.

     

    Because some people can't get a radio signal (you can't pick up SIBC, I can't pick up Radio Shetland or SIBC) and for some reason it has not been posted on the usual online places.

     

    Good point, zebedee. I, wrongly it seems, just assumed that BBC Radio Scotland was more widely spread than SIBC. But that aside, I agree that a more up-to-date reporting system is required.

  9. Why are people wondering after 8.00 am whether or not schools are open? I've known since 6.55am that they were all open - apart from any localised closures - cos I got up to listen to the Shetland news on BBC Radio Scotland at that time- can't pick up SIBC where I live. It was rebroadcast at 7.25 am. Went out to clear the driveway of fresh snow. Still couldn't get the car out, but had left myself enough time to walk up the road and catch the bus into school.

  10. But i think the main advantage is that you will be able to book your holiday leaving from shetland rather than having to go a day earlier because you may be held up , this way they will have to make sure you get to your final destination whatever the weather or circumstances

     

    Not so sure about that. This is from Flybe's website.

     

    "Flybe is strictly a point-to-point airline, whose priority is to offer its customers low fare air travel with the best on-time service. However, you can travel to destinations that need a change of aircraft by combining separate flybe. flights. Please be aware though that while flybe. has an excellent record of on-time service, flybe. cannot accept responsibility for any delays or missed connections incurred as a result of passengers booking multiple flights with flybe. Passengers must collect any checked baggage at the end of each booked flight. Flybe accepts no responsibility for making connections and therefore, will not be liable for any losses or expenses arising out of any failure to achieve a planned connection."

     

    The first weekend when Flybe and BA code-shared was a disaster. We lost all our luggage between BA and Flybe flights. Never saw it again. Lost everything. Was told then that Flybe is a point-to-point airline.

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