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  1. Well done Mareel on not charging for the auditorium. Good news for the fundraiser too. On the food front - never been stopped from taking my own sweets into the cinema anywhere else.
  2. I've been to Mareel twice now. Once to the cinema - which in my humble opinion was all that we needed. It was a very pleasant experience, although 'Do not bring food not purchased at Mareel' is a bit of a cheek I think. The second time was on Friday night to the auditorium for a Zumbathon in aid of Breakthrough Breast Cancer. The floor was sticky and in my opinion dangerous for a dance exercise class. The staff said 'It's been mopped several times, all we can do is apologise.' which at least acknowledged the problem - which apparently had been a problem for a week! I don't know if the problem is the type of flooring or what was spilled on it the previous Friday but I would suggest they need to get it sorted!
  3. Bumping this up - who's coming? Dance yourself fitter, raffle with some great prizes and fun while raising money for a worthwhile local cause, Disability Shetland. (Bring a water bottle!)
  4. An explanation as to why emergency lighting, etc in a council building has to be tested on a Saturday - on overtime? and why the black bags were delivered by 2 men in a council van on a holiday (today) presumably on overtime too would be a start.
  5. There is a proposal to increase fuel tax by 3p a litre in August. So far 28 MPs have said they will oppose this, Alistair Carmichael is not one of them. I've just emailed him about it to ask him why through this site: http://action.fairfueluk.com/page/speakout/ammendment-ask
  6. Paul - I'm delighted the event has another sponsor. Whether the money goes through my team or not it all ends up in the same pot trying to find a cure for cancer. Thank you for your donation.
  7. Here you go Paul: http://relay.cancerresearchuk.org/site/TR/RelayForLife/General?team_id=1853&pg=team&fr_id=1116 and some photos here: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10150850154544822.417239.722304821&type=3&l=873f0c73f8
  8. I would contact Rowena Samuel at the Bruce Family Centre in Lerwick. She has lots of info and help for both wannabe and established childminders.
  9. The school I work in was quoted £325 + VAT to deliver one small table this week - guess where we're NOT shopping? Apparently it would need a pallet and this is the cheapest quote they could find!
  10. I live locally to Tagon Stores yet hardly set foot in it under recent management. The fuel costs were high and they didn't sell skimmed milk so I had to stop in Brae on my way home and just bought everything I needed there. Scott and Phoebe have dropped the everyday fuel prices (I'm not talking about their promotion, just the day to day price) and they are taking in skimmed milk to order for me. I am now visiting the shop at least 2 or 3 days a week. This is how they are increasing footfall in the shop - by listening to their customers and doing what they can to supply them. (By the way the plums were lovely and I hope you have some left!). My daughter also buys her fuel at Tagon now, although we both use cash to do so as buying cheaper fuel and then paying more to pay for it seems a bit daft! The fuel promotion day is a gimmick granted - they are trying to bring attention to the ridiculous price we pay for our fuel, despite a lot of it hitting land on the island in the first place. If a few people also find they like the service in the shop in the process then Scott and Phoebe will have found some new customers, but selling fuel at a loss is not going to make them any money. When speaking to Scott he was saying that after the reaction on here he was thinking not to do the promotion again. I have assured him that the posts on here will not reflect the opinions of the population as a whole and do tend towards the negative, which is a shame because Shetlink had great potential as a shared community resource. I do agree with the posters asking for a section for shops to promote themselves and their wares. I like to shop locally and it's good to know who is selling what. Good luck to Scott and Phoebe, I hope they continue in the vein in which they have started, friendly, approachable and looking after their customers. Just what you want in a local shop, I hope they can look past the negativity and see that Shetland is a great place to live and work.
  11. Don't banks charge businesses for paying in/ counting in cash? Not been charged for paying by cash yet!
  12. If they were staying at home the council would be paying a lot more for a school in Fair Isle!
  13. Hear! Hear! We had 2 cuts today, one of about an hour and one of about 5 1/2 hours - lots of board games by candlelight! We could see the boys working in a field above the house so presume either the line or a pole was down.
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