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Davie P

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  1. ....but I s'ppose Frank Strang is Shetland's answer to Elon Musk
  2. Nothing to do with Unst, apart from it's quite rocket-y SpaceX's Starship SN10 rocket launches, lands, sits there, blows up – video
  3. I think it's great that Living Lerwick are investing in public art for the town centre too. I'm looking forward to seeing the murals and sculptures although I'm not sure it will tempt many locals away from Tesco and Amazon.
  4. The Booth is Scalloway is a lovely space https://www.waspsstudios.org.uk/spaces/artist-space/the-booth/ but is likely booked up, and the Shorestation in Unst looks to be booked too https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/884281 There are artist studio spaces in Bressay https://www.bressay.org/arts-crafts/studio-hire and I'm sure they'd be able to point you in the direction of affordable accommodation nearby. Those are the only dedicated hireable studios I can think of, but I'm sure many other accommodation providers would be more than happy for you to paint. As Colin says, you'd be lucky
  5. I think the main thing that makes Shetland(ers) distinct is rooted in the geography - we're far enough away from other land masses to feel like there's a definitive border, and we generally can't get in or out under our own steam (we need Northlink or Loganair to give us a hand). This results in many subtle and not-so-subtle feelings of 'like it or not, we're all in this together'!
  6. SIC embarks on campaign for cheaper electricity prices I'm not sure how much leverage the SIC has, but it's a move in the right direction
  7. I recall reading some research that said, unsurprisingly, it's not a straightforward yes/no matter. In some areas house prices actually went up. That was attributed to windfarms generally being sited in rural areas with high unemployment and low house prices. The windfarms brought jobs to the area, demand for housing went up and house prices subsequently rose. Shetland has low unemployment, high house prices and aesthetic considerations like unspoilt views are high on many folk's priority list, so I expect Viking wouldn't have a positive effect on house prices. I doubt it would
  8. I expect it would need to be somewhere more central to cover the town centre
  9. I believe it was trialled on the Bressa and Whalsa routes but hasn't been rolled out for the other isles? I haven't been on a ferry for months so I'm not the best person to advise you! It does seem a little slow off the mark though. I'd have expected it to have been in place years ago.
  10. I'm sure there will be folk drawing parallels between the windfarm and councillors refusing planning for a mobile phone mast near the Town Hall “just five metres lower than the Town Hall clock face” that would “look and feel out of place”. I, however, agree with the councillors and don't want to draw those parallels https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2021/02/22/lerwick-phone-mast-would-be-a-monstrosity-meeting-hears-as-appeal-is-denied/
  11. I was pleasantly surprised to find out we have unlimited online photo storage/sharing as part of our Amazon Prime subscription. I believe even 'normal' members (i.e. anybody with an account) gets up to 5GB free.
  12. From a personal point of view, I've been to England many times and I can't think of a single instance of an English person being 'against' me because of where I'm from, so I don't think I'm part of that 'us' (I've had plenty of friendly jibes from other Scots and Shetlanders though!). I suspect that if someone has a xenophobic mindset then it would be natural for them to assume that the 'other' people have the same biases against them. From my own perspective, if someone doesn't like me because of where I'm from then so be it - it doesn't mean I dislike them back, and I certainly wouldn'
  13. You appear to be determined to drive the 'us' vs the 'English' agenda George, but won't answer straightforward questions when challenged. So who is the 'us' that you are speaking on behalf of?
  14. Some sense, and some not-sense. E.g. the comedian claims Scotland has a 'debt' - our debt is a proportion of UK debt. It's pretty much a moot point. An independent Scotland might end up with a budget deficit and/or increasing national debt, or it may not, so it would be more sensible to talk about that, but at the moment we are tied to UK debt. E.g. drawing parallels between a logo featuring a bird and comparing it to Nazi party imagery is lazy commentary and false equivalence. Beware of Godwin's Law! E.g. Siol Nan Gaidheal members, at best a fringe political movement, have been
  15. You can rent them on Amazon Prime but it's quite pricey https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/video/detail/B07NK6HB8M I think I can remember watching some of them on iPlayer but they don't stay up there for long.
  16. This is indeed a hot topic! I’m sure the answer will be somewhere in this research which Google through up The Effect of Castration and Age on the Development of the Shetland Sheep Skeleton and a Metric Comparison Between Bones of Males if you want to display your crofting knowledge and win back the admiration and respect of the agricultural world, try casually dropping in a couple of phrases from that research at the next Cunningsburgh Show “Yis Magnie, sex seems to be an important variable influencing the age at which epiphyses fuse. Thus females fuse earliest, followed by males, a
  17. The new Viking community engagement manager has her work cut out. It’ll be a key role so best of luck to her https://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2021/02/14/feature-we-need-windfarms-new-viking-community-engagement-manager-says
  18. 2 of us had a very pleasant coffee and a snack in Coffee Culture at Harrison Square (next to Lerwick DIY) the other day. Friendly service, good coffee and a straightforward menu.
  19. Trump is almost guaranteed to be let off because of the fact that a significant number of the 'jury' (i.e. Republican Senators) could be implicated if he is found guilty. Senator Josh Hawley, for example, was one of the most active 'stop the steal' conspirators, was at the pre-riot rally firing up the troops and started a fundraising campaign during the actual riot, and has reportedly not even been ion the Senate floor to hear the evidence against Trump. But he gets a vote. How many Republican Senators would be willing or able to listen impartially to the evidence without considering
  20. It doesn't feel fair, but it could be argued that the UK is managing the pension liability by making lower payments. We have an ageing population with an ever increasing draw on the pensions, and a not-particularly-buoyant economy to replenish the pensions (Covid, Brexit etc etc), so having lower payments, together with increasing the pension age, is a straightforward tactic to manage it.
  21. Indeed @Rasmie, the government seems to treat pensions like a Ponzi/pyramid savings scheme. It works fine as long as more people keep paying in at the bottom. But it goes wrong when people live too long at the top!
  22. Pension liabilities are the economic elephant in the room for many (most?) countries and many companies too. Generous pensions are a popular vote winner and sweetens many an employment contract negotiation, but the future financial liabilities are building up across the board. And, as you allude to Colin, it's a cozy myth that governments pop some pennies in a piggy bank until we're ready to put our feet up - most governments have deficits and are operating on borrowed money so current pension payment are coming from taxes paid by the current working population. It's a completely uns
  23. An interesting article from the Sidney Morning Herald https://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/life-and-relationships/from-camberwell-to-shetland-in-search-of-my-family-s-story-20200603-p54z5h.html
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