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  1. I was thinking of getting my folks a patio heater so they could sit outside at nights eating and drinking and all that. Is there anywhere in Shetland to get such a thing? Ideally I don't want one of those outdoor heaters you get in south pubs for just outside the door - I would much rather a sort of stove style thing that burns wood or something like that. Also I would like to source something in Shetland rather than import a heavy stove-like thing to Shetland! Anybody have patio heaters at their hooses?
  2. Basically impossible to know which of them is telling the truth, and which one is telling the fib. Stating the bleeding obvious, I know.
  3. I don't believe politicians act compassionately. I think Kenny has acted politically, and he'll also come out of this looking weak and so will Scotland as a whole. The silence from Gordon Brown is deafening. He doesn't come out of this well, but nothing new in that. Libya comes out of it worst, but then global public image has never been that high up their list of priorities. Whether Megrahi was guilty or not, this was state sanctioned terrorism by Libya. It should've been Gaddafi who was tried.
  4. Do they even make red tins anymore? Can't remember the last time I 'enjoyed' a McEwans Export ...
  5. Granted there has been plenty of examples of, shall we say, less than brilliant spending of public money. But frankly political rulers will always waste money. Scottish Parliament anyone?! Local political types may be no better than the national variety but they are no worse. In the same sense people always have a go at the MSPs saying they're much worse than those Scottish politicians at Westminster. Like Alastair Darling is so much better! And of course, all politicians fail in the end.
  6. Love all the people commenting underneath the article about this being some sort of unionist conspiracy. Confirms my prejudice that people who use the comments section under news articles very rarely have a clue! As for people who use internet discussion forums ... well, that's a different kettle of fish altogether.
  7. I heard or read once upon-a-time about someone from either the Queens Hotel - in the 19th century - or the Kergord estate having foxes in Shetland ... does this ring a bell with anyone? I know the Kergord estate introduced pheasants. You still see the odd one here and there from time to time in the wilds of the central mainland. I think a fox could survive fairly well in Shetland. Plenty of rabbits to eat and rubbish to rake through, and enough wide open empty spaces to find shelter and stay out of sight most of the time. I find the idea of a fox stowing away on a Northlink ferry almost unbelievable, but I guess anything is possible. The Aberdeen docks are quite close to the grassy banks of the River Dee so there are probably plenty of foxes in the area.
  8. Thanks for keeping us posted penfold. Is there a final score yet?
  9. Has the cafe at the Shetland Museum been mentioned before? The service is terrible and the food is only ok. Could they not put this out to tender?
  10. Seems like a good idea. It's a small area that has suffered trouble for some time. Money well spent I would have thought, especially as those lights at the broch are apparently quite expensive. It really is a brilliant monument and deserves all the protection it can get.
  11. You have to admire his imagination and dedication! He'll always be considered a crackpot - until he succeeds! And then he'll be considered a visionary! This is the sort of story the national media love. It's the stuff of fiction. I wonder if the authorities will do anything? I think it would be in their best interest just to ignore him. But I hope they don't! I take it Stuart doesn't actually own Forvik. Surely somebody does though?
  12. Don't worry about it too much. A lounge suit is just a normal suit.
  13. BREAKING NEWS! The new Shetland strip is being launched on June 7th and will be available from Intersport in Lerwick. Just so all you football strip manufacturer anoraks out there know, it's being made by Pro-Star! No details on how it will look yet, but I'm guessing it will be mainly blue.
  14. I think this is good news for Mareel and a wise move from the SIC. It's basically the SIC giving the Mareel supporters the chance to win the economic argument. Most people in Shetland think Mareel will be a drain on the economy. It's going to take a strong, clear argument from the arts people that this won't be the case. I know they've already tried to make this argument, but so far it hasn't been won.
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