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  1. Why exactly is this migrant crisis being seen as a problem for only Europe? It is surely a situation that the UN should stress is for the world to deal with.

    Thus, with the vastness of their countries, the UN should bring Australia, U.S., Canada and Russia into the solution.

    Whereas the UK has stood up to be counted and given billions annually in foreign aid to so many other countries, the aforementioned 4 countries should now do their bit. It is unacceptable for them to opt out.

  2. I am not sure that it is the newspaper's standards that are slipping.

    It is more the fault of many people who seem unable to utter a sentence without uttering such words.

    ng7627 referred to the fact that it is difficult to get away from it and I agree with him/her.

  3. I am hoping that someone can advise me as to the approximate permanent population in Shetland broken down into a figure for each island. I have been googling for the info but have been unsuccessful.

    I have been asked to give a presentation and don't really have much of an idea as to the current position.

    I think that the population is regarded as being around 23,000. For sensible reasons, I am not going to include an occasional resident on Forewick Holm/Forvik.


    Thanks in advance.

  4. In the past, I rarely was able to book flights online under the old system and I then always phoned Flybe on their landline number (obtained from saynoto0870.com).


    I was always able to book my flights as wanted although it sometimes meant Flybe contacting Loganair and phoning me back.


    I have accumulated a large number of points under the new scheme, due to moving home and putting lots of expenditure through the card then paying it off straight away, but have not tried getting flights under the new system so far. I am not confident that Flybe will be as generous with their flights in future as they were previously.

  5. One thing that I would definitely sign on for is a course to learn some of the traditional Shetland dances. The excellent Maria Leask used to run 10-week introduction classes, for one evening per week, at Anderson High School. You don't necessarily need a partner to go along to the classes and dancing is a really big activity in the islands and quite sociable.

    I hope that you get the job and move to the islands. I am back south in England now but I lived for 6 years in the islands and the experience was wonderful.

  6. ^^


    Where exactly did I write that the petition wasn't demonstrating in a legal manner?


    I think that calling for the council to reign en masse and expecting them to do so is ridiculous. They were voted in to do a job and that is what they are doing. If you and others don't like it then protest and let your feelings be known.


    With the MP's in Westminster, voters have a chance to lobby their MP. Similarly, the members of the Shetland electorate can protest en masse and then seek a meeting with individual councillors to put their views across.


    One can seek to influence SIC councillor's decisions in key votes but whether they follow a popular viewpoint is entirely up to them.


    I would suggest that anyone who thinks the councillors are doing a crap job should seek election themselves at the first opportunity of doing so.

  7. This petition is a complete and utter farce.


    It is anti-democratic as the electorate voted to put these people in place and that is where they should stay until the next election unless any choose to resign as their own choice.


    If you don't like their choice as regards decisions taken by them then, by all means, demonstrate in a legal manner and see where it takes you/us.

  8. Wasn't this idea suggested several years ago when a notice was placed on the board at the now defunct Cunningsburgh shop.

     I thought that, at the time, there would be problems in terms of security and insurance of the equipment. Similarly, everyone who wanted to use the equipment would need a key to access it when they wanted. Additionally, wouldn't the football club need to be covered for costly public liability insurance in case one of the users was injured whilst exercising on the premises?


    The idea seems good in principle if these issues could be ironed out.

  9. Selkie - thanks for that.


    What is to stop you and I agreeing to pay each other, in the example, maybe 10 digital apples each "for services rendered"? Why not 1,000 or more digital apples instead?

    We would then have them in the worldwide ledger and be able to use them to pay for goods and/or services provided by others signed up to the system.


    I must be really dumb here because I still don't get it. I think it is all open to abuse and that some people are making loads of money whilst many others will lose loads when it all crashes.

    I think I'll stick to real apples and real money for now although I do use a credit card to get loyalty points. However, with the credit card, I am usually being provided with the goods and/or services up front before I have to actually part with my apples or cash in payment.

  10. Thank you.

    I have just read what you have written 3 times and I thus presume it is my advance years that are precluding me from understanding what it is about. I just cannot follow what you have stated but I appreciate you taking the time to do so,

    My earlier visit to the Wikipedia page didn't help either.


    I ask again: is it all a con?

    Are there loads of people making a lot of money out there, somewhere, having taken advantage of the gullibility of others?

    I can see money in my bank account but, if the relevant computer systems crash out there in the cyber world, what proof do people have that they had the bitcoins?

    If I have a £10 banknote, the governor of the issuing bank promises to pay me (the bearer) the designated £10. If I have a bitcoin out there wherever "there" is, I can't walk into Tescos and buy my groceries with it and get change.


    Maybe I was just born too early for this sort of thing !

  11. I have looked at Wikipedia and I am even more confused but perhaps that is simply because I am in my mid-60s.


    Can someone please briefly explain, without getting technical, what a bitcoin actually is?


    I wouldn't buy any, as I prefer money in the bank or hard cash, but I have seen some for sale on ebay.


    Is it all a con, perhaps?



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