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    BigMouth reacted to JohanofNess in ‘Obsolete’ CCTV network to be dismantled   
    Not sure why they need to dismantle it. When I changed out the works CCTV system I just changed the cameras to better cameras.
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    BigMouth reacted to Evil Inky in Proposed Co-op Stores in Scalloway & Sandwick ?   
    Just pointing out that when it's suggested we put a customs border down the Irish Sea, and introduce a pile of red tape, you're all "woo-hoo! What's the worst that could happen?", but when it's proposed that the Co-op build a shop in Sandwick, you seem to think that's a bit too risky.
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    BigMouth reacted to George. in Co-op Brae - Boxing Day 2021   
    10:00 to 16:00, according to the website.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from George. in Co-op Brae - Boxing Day 2021   
    Thanks George.
     
    Whenever I have looked at the website in the past it always says whether it is open at that moment in time, but not what the hours are!
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    BigMouth got a reaction from Frances144 in SERCO- Northlink Islander Meal Discount Ending   
    With the forthcoming cancellation of the islander meal discount on the North boats, I wondered what others are planning on doing for their meals and refreshments; paying up or finding an alternative?  I thought that I might apply some time to a thought experiment to seek a solution.
    On Amazon you can buy a 1 litre deep fat fryer for £25, which got me wondering about having a fry-up in your cabin.  Obviously this would need to be done on a calm night or whilst still in port or the lea of Shetland mainland if underway.
    As far as provisions are concerned you could have a bottle of oil in your luggage, a fresh fish in a bag per person, a spud per person and something to peel it with, or pre-peel/chip and bag them before you leave home.  You could knock up some batter at home and put it into a zip lock bag.  A plate plus eating irons would be necessary, add salt, pepper and vinegar if required.  You might be able to blag some or all of these from the onboard cafe.
    As you can't open a window in the cabin (who designed these boats for chrissakes?) there is always the risk that the cooking might set off the cabin's smoke detector so it would be wise to wedge the door open with a leg broken off the chair.  SERCO might thank you for leaving the door open as the smell of fish and chips wafting in the cabin's corridor might encourage others to go to the cafe, so up their sales.
    Disposing of the oil might make sense, depending on your plans for breakfast, as you wouldn't be wanting to carry dirty oil slopping about in a deep fat fryer.  The best that I can come up with is to fill one of the paper cups with soap solution provided at the sink and the shower, tip the oil down the toilet, and follow that up with the cup of soap liquid before flushing the solution down the pipe.  Just add more soap if there is any residue to make the problem someone else's problem.  If you are more eco-friendly just dispose of the oil in the waste bin.  At least you won't have to share a paper cup with your travelling companion then.  Remember to wipe out the cooking vessel with plenty of the free loo paper then flush that as well.
    Alternatives could include using a chip pan with a camping gas stove, the door must be open for the carbon monoxide to escape.  It's probably best not to go to the bar whilst waiting for the oil to heat up in the chip pan.  Soak a bath towel in water just in case the oil should catch fire as black smoke billowing from your cabin is something likely to be noticed and may cause alarm amongst your fellow travellers.  If you have a taste for foreign foods then the kettle should hold a couple of tins of curry.  Obviously drink plenty of liquids first and fill flasks before doing this as the kettle's interior will be sub-optimal after the curry cook up.
    For breakfast pour the milk that you have brought into the deep fat fryer or chip pan, add some porage oats, salt and sugar, and set it to cook, stirring frequently with one of the "free" plastic spoons.  Eat the portage straight out of the cooking vessel, but be aware that there may be smoke produced as the remnants of the porage sticks to the bottom.  Take the deep fat fryer or chip pan into the shower with you or just abandon it for the staff to have if they want it.  If you are determined to keep it then use one of the towels to rub vigorously on the inside to try to leave the burnt bits behind with the towel.
    If you haven't binned the oil you might have had the forethought to bring a rasher of bacon, a sausage and an egg each, which could be fried in the cooking vessel of choice, using the same safety measures as detailed above.  The meat could be kept cold overnight by putting them in the sink and running the cold water over them all night with the plug out.  If you need to use the toilet in the night it will be important to lower your hand hygiene standards for one night and forego the sink.
    Other considerations should include putting your luggage and any clothing into bin bags so that they are not soiled by the deep frying/curry/porage cooking aromas extravaganza.  SERCO will be washing the bedding anyway, and wiping down the woodwork, so no need to worry about those things.  If the chip pan didn't catch fire you will have saved them the trouble of having to repaint the cabin, so everyone is a winner.
    Let me know if you come up with better solutions.
    Bon voyage!
    Biggy
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    BigMouth reacted to Colin in Local labour shortage   
    Sorry, but I am pretty well familiar with the local employment market.  Maybe you should try taking a closer look. 
    I know quite a number of people who struggle on minimum wage BECAUSE the cost of living is higher up here.  I also know a few employers who pay the minimum wage BECAUSE that is the minimum that they have to pay.  The result is that the minimum wage employees have to claim some of the various Government top ups/allowances that are available.
    I would be happy if anybody could explain to me just why the taxpayer, in general, should have to subsidise/top up the wages paid by some employers. 
    As for 'slavery', if you cannot make ends meet in a low paid job, then it IS economic slavery.  OK, folk have an opt out in so much as they can choose not to work at all, and depend on the state to keep them alive.  Given some of the 'zero hours', 'minimum wage' jobs around here, who can blame them?  Why bust a gut working some anti-social hours job only to be looked down on by your customers who are, somehow, 'better' than them.
    Nobody really wants to live on 'hand outs' and EVERYBODY is entitled to a fair days pay for a fair days work.
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    BigMouth reacted to Spinner72 in Local labour shortage   
    I don't know where du got dat info fae but, whilst Shetland used ta hae a higher dan average wage in many cases, this is pretty rare these days.
    I winna go inta details as its a peerie place etc, but I keen first hand o both unskilled labour wark an HGV/Plant driving where companies on the mainland are offerin £2 or more per hour above the rates here. It's not a trivial amount. The boost fae the upsurge in construction here has really helped but it needs it aa yet.
    Even council wise, if you compare wi Orkney, let alone da mainland, similar posts salaries are considerably lower in Shetland.
     
    Ghostrider is right aboot some sectors dats fur sure, but its a difficult financial flow ta get up tae. Hospitality needs ta pay more, so charge more, but fok hae less ta spend and are less enthusiatic aboot travellin, so dir less comin in an so it goes.
     
    The level of minimum wage compared to rent and rates is proably the biggest issue however. Many folk simply can't afford to work, because they won't break even.
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    BigMouth reacted to Ghostrider in Local labour shortage   
    The situation should never have arisen in the first place that businesses have relied on foreigners who were willing to work for peanuts to survive. Brexit has simply brought to a head an exploitation issue that's been quietly swept under the carpet for years.
    The EU 'open borders' policy contained a 'loophole' that created the situation, Brexit has closed it and shown the situation for what it was. It shouldn't have ever been allowed to have been created in the first place, but it was, through Westminster's implementation of Brussels' edicts, and now the mess is going to have to be swept up.
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    BigMouth reacted to Colin in Local labour shortage   
    I don't think that it's quite fair to blame Brexit for all the employment woes faced at the moment.   Truth is that hospitality in particular has always been a rubbish career(?) with transient workers, long antisocial hours, and low pay.
    Other long hours, low pay occupations are also suffering as well.
    East Europeans (and before them, transient Aussies/Kiwis/Jamaicans) did those jobs because many of our own people were not (and are not) willing to put up with such a poor lot, and honestly, why should they put up with minimum wage jobs just to pay their rent when they are better off (financially) by not working.
    Don't forget, we abolished slavery a long time ago, and we shouldn't expect people to break their backs for little or no real compensation.  Cheap unskilled labour is (hopefully) a thing of the past.
    The good thing that is likely to come out of this is that employers are going to be obliged to charge a little more and pay a decent wage, or shut up shop.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from George. in Local labour shortage   
    We don't really need an incentive to work.  Before long automation will have pushed a good few of us out of the workforce.  UBI might be an easier way of paying benefits as well as keeping us off the streets.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from George. in Local labour shortage   
    You'll never get UBI under a Tory government in Westmonster.  They hate anyone getting anything for free unless it is them and theirs.
    The hospitality industry has always been one for exploiting people, and my experience of it here was no different.  I was living in Hoofields and applied for a job at one of the hotels here.  The owner seemed keen, and even suggested that I should move out of Hoofields into one of the staff rooms in the hotel.  He certainly wasn't offering that to benefit me.  He obviously wanted me living over the shop so that I could be on call 24 hours a day.  If I had a share in the business it might have had some attraction, but as a minimum wage flunky I was definitely not interested, and let him know that the job was very much a stop gap until a proper job came along.  Hard work, poor pay, long hours, tied accommodation, little thanks, who would be queueing up to work in such an industry?
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    BigMouth reacted to Evil Inky in Local labour shortage   
    In addition, many jobs require qualifications: if an employer is looking for a time-served joiner, someone with a degree in astronomy isn't going to be any use to them.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from George. in 3D Printing Needed   
    Wrong forum
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    BigMouth got a reaction from George. in Prince Charles - The Carbon Footprint of a Charcoal Yeti   
    Royalty seem to love to lecture us on green issues, but they are the absolute worst for creating greenhouse gases.  Anyone could have opened the fish markets, so why didn't someone local do it?  Instead some fool from London flies all the way up here for the day.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from George. in Prince Charles - The Carbon Footprint of a Charcoal Yeti   
    Only a fool would lecture us on our carbon footprint and then spend his time jetting around unnecessarily.  Although I assume that he thinks us the fools as perhaps we either will not notice or forgive him for his hypocrisy.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from Arfski in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    We were lied to.  Frictionless trade was just one of them.  No downsides, only upsides was another.  There were many more.
    There are no obstacles to bringing items into the UK.  Trucks are just being waved through unchecked so that there is not more chaos at the ports than there already is.  Some of this is temporary, but vet certificates, just one example, won’t be.  The red tape isn’t going anywhere either.
    I would be happier eating more fish, especially if it gets cheaper.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from Arfski in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    There seems to be a fair few upset with being out of the EU.  They all seem to be saying that they were lied to.  Fishermen with catches they can’t land, hauliers with trucks stuck at ports, and even before the ports, businesses with mounds of paperwork they have no idea of how to fill in.  Frictionless trade, sunlit uplands, another Tory economic miracle?  Aye, that will be right.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from Arfski in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    If Scotland is such a drain on England how come Westminster is so keen to keep hold of us?
    Independence can't come soon enough.  If we had it now our fish could be sold in Europe, because Scotland voted against leaving the EU.
    "The clamour for Independence" has been going for much longer than Johnson has been in number 10.  Scots don't want to be ruled by the Tories.  It's as simple as that, and you can hardly blame them after the balls-up Johnson seems to be making of everything.  Next step reducing workers rights - oh joy!
    Oh! And no nuclear bases in Scotland sounds like  result.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from George. in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    If Scotland is such a drain on England how come Westminster is so keen to keep hold of us?
    Independence can't come soon enough.  If we had it now our fish could be sold in Europe, because Scotland voted against leaving the EU.
    "The clamour for Independence" has been going for much longer than Johnson has been in number 10.  Scots don't want to be ruled by the Tories.  It's as simple as that, and you can hardly blame them after the balls-up Johnson seems to be making of everything.  Next step reducing workers rights - oh joy!
    Oh! And no nuclear bases in Scotland sounds like  result.
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    BigMouth reacted to Evil Inky in Electric Vehicles   
    Don't forget that vehicles powered by internal combustion engines require the transport and storage of large quantities of highly-flammable liquid. Oil tankers run aground, petrol lorries crash, and filling stations catch fire, but the lawyers haven't closed down the oil companies.
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    BigMouth reacted to Ghostrider in Proposed Co-op Stores in Scalloway & Sandwick ?   
    But only from the ever decreasing range of stock items and subject to unreliable availability due to long standing poor stock control.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from peeriebryan in 2021 Upgrade   
    All appears well now.  Thanks.
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    BigMouth reacted to MuckleJoannie in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Opinion polls in recent months have shown a consistent majority for independence following the SNP's decisive approach to tackling the coronavirus epidemic, as opposed to Boris's dithering. Nicola Sturgeon's approval ratings have been streets ahead of Boris's as well.
    62% of Scottish voters voted to remain in the EU and we were told in the 2014 referendum that if Scotland wanted to remain in the EU we shoiuld vote to remain in the UK union.
    Those seem to me to be grounds to have another referendum on independence.
     
     
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    BigMouth got a reaction from angelpie in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    If Scotland is such a drain on England how come Westminster is so keen to keep hold of us?
    Independence can't come soon enough.  If we had it now our fish could be sold in Europe, because Scotland voted against leaving the EU.
    "The clamour for Independence" has been going for much longer than Johnson has been in number 10.  Scots don't want to be ruled by the Tories.  It's as simple as that, and you can hardly blame them after the balls-up Johnson seems to be making of everything.  Next step reducing workers rights - oh joy!
    Oh! And no nuclear bases in Scotland sounds like  result.
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    BigMouth got a reaction from George. in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    If a country of 5 million can't manage independence I don't see how a county of 23,00 are going to manage.
    Thanks.  I have enjoyed the "battle"!
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