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  1. The families of 2 of the 3 young boys Leask abused have now moved away from the area, with one of them moving south, as the boys are all scared of meeting him once he is released. He will be out in about 3 years or so, before the youngest victim has even left primary school. Leask will then be free to start his life again wherever he wants as a young man in his early 20s. The long term effects of abuse of this kind is terrible. In this case the children weren't allowed to receive counselling until the trial had been so that it didn't affect their memories of events. That is truly appalling.
  2. ^^ Well said. What drives me insane is the amount of people who don't bother voting and then complain about the council and/or government - in my opinion, if you didn't bother to vote to elect them then you don't have a say in what they do. So go and vote (even if it is to spoil your paper) and stop moaning about it!
  3. ^^^ You're right. No consultation yet again. Also the proposals are no bigger than what we already have - the garrison theatre holds about 270 and the new cinema will hold 160, the music hall 350. Not a lot of difference there. I think the Arts Trust have the plans etc at their offices for folk to look at, and at the library.
  4. Anyone who smokes somerfield chocolate chip cookies and tinned mackerel in brine probably isn't capable of collecting their old rubbish...
  5. Do you really think this is a good idia. Wont it just clog things up? Come trow, Rasmie. Du cin do better is yun. Weel, hit micht clog tings up but da moaderators'll surely haad it gyaain tae da essy kert if hit becomes a problem. this will surely only work if people learn to quote properly Well we can only try LOL could be fun That's the spirit Better introduce another rule - you may not quote yourself from an immediately previous post, so this one's okay. No son, we're not there yet. Not a bad idea this. Can you buy a screen that's about 4 foot wide? Boredom seems popular the day....and I bet the Mods are cussing this thread already. Wow, what an incredible look! Canna wait to see it after about 40 posts!
  6. It was a really good week and there was definitely a generally happy air about the place and, according to all the councillors, it was a huge benefit to the community. Em.... how??? I know it was great for accommodation providers, but the shops didn't do any more business as everyone was on the piers and it hasn't increased the visitors numbers since. Also, the council are putting on a Hamefarin' in 2010 - this was because they were turned down for the Tall Ships 2009. I remember hearing a council official on the radio stating that the Hamefarin' would make up for not having the Tall Ships. Now, they are going to have the Hamefarin' one year and the Tall Ships the next. That's a lot of council money being spent on the "feel good factor". Its also a bit daft, as many ex-Shetlandars living long distances away will now make the decision between coming home in 2010 and coming home in 2011. I know I have one relative who had been considering the 2010 trip but is now coming in 2011 as it will be such a spectacle and they can't come from the other side of the world two year's running. Have the councillors just shot themselves in the foot with this one? Don't get me wrong, I'm looking forward to it being here again, but can we justify the money that will be spent on both these major events?
  7. Blooming 'eck!! 149!! I'm such a swot!!
  8. Sorry, it was the JAG, I just presumed everyone would think it was the best!!!
  9. Donald Anderson at Shetland Arts, tel. 743843
  10. The problem is that the Amenity Trust was given money to plant trees by a national newspaper but nothing to maintain the area, and they already have many other projects to fund from their budget. I believe they are going to put out a call for volunteers to help look after the trees so maybe you could help...?
  11. I was also a single person, born and brought up in Shetland and in constant full time employment from the age of 16 when I got pregnant. There was no question of the father being involved due to circumstances I won't discuss on a forum. I waited for 3 1/2 years to be housed, after my child was born. We had to share a small bedroom in a shared house for all that time. It meant that I couldn't even close the door at the end of a tough day and relax - we were together 24 hours a day except for when I was at work. In that time I wrote to the council repeatedly asking for the tenancy of every empty house I came across in the town - I had to stay in the town as I didn't drive and my work was in Lerwick (I continued to work and support my child when he was born and didn't claim any benefits) - and countless times I saw good decent family homes being given to single people, couples with no children and people off the boat. It is so demoralising. I even got to the stage of reading funeral notices to see if any council houses would be coming available!!! Thankfully I got somewhere (not from a funeral notice!) and I've been happy ever since! Stick in there Angel. I know its a soul-destroying process but hopefully you will get there. Just keep on at them.
  12. As far as the Garrison not reaching its potential (IE: not filling out), did you go see the latest set of films? The place was FULL (I went to see Happy Feet and Casino Royal was seen by my folks). I happened to get the 3rd last ticket for happy feet. Food for thought, my 'friend'. Well said Wheesht. Actually, JA, these were not the latest films. These were here in January. There has been a February film weekend which I attended and the place was only about 1/3 full. According to the staff there it had been the same or worse all weekend, apart from the bairns' animation "Flushed Away" which was busier. I think the reason it was busy in January was because it was the new Bond film and the hit animation with loads of merchandising which the bairns would all have pestered their parents into buying. Not so last weekend. Just some really good films without the hype of Bond and Happy Feet, and some very poor attendances. And only a forthnight after the last lot of films so maybe a bit of apathy thrown in for good measure?
  13. Is it not a crime to get the kangaroo drunk then???
  14. Insurance?? I'm amazed that it's possible to insure the procession. I presumed that in a lovely old-fashioned way every guizer had a du-TY to take responsibility for his own safety. The halls have to have insurance for the guests in them and each hall has a maximum number. Perhaps that's what was meant here, as I'm not aware of the procession being insured.
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