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AlexandraS last won the day on August 25 2015

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  1. I moved up with my family in the late 80's and my accent back then stood out like a sore thumb (cut glass English), now - not so much. Many of my contemporaries from school have it seemed married "out" of the islands from "north of inverness" all the way down to the south-east. I moved back permanently last year having spent many years living abroad and I love it. Pssst - the weather isn't really that bad. I mean it gets a trifle "blowy", but personally I find that exhilarating and invigorating - come back and ask me again when I've lost tiles from the roof or my shed is in the sound! But that said - your first plan of action should be to get "power cut projects" and plenty of candles. I have a non-electric sewing machine, a bag full of darning and a stack of books ready to go! Last winter the longest my power was out was for around 8 hours. I'm actually living on Yell and my broadband is absolutely fine, more than capable of streaming video and downloading films. The community has been extremely welcoming and the local schools are excellent. Do bear in mind though that your boys will soon be approaching an age where they will be expected to continue their education in Lerwick on a weekly boarding basis. As far as the docs here go - I recently had to wait 3.5 hours on a saturday afternoon to have my 3 year old's head stitched up. Obviously that's not life and death, not sure I'd want to have to wait with a heart problem! Lack of shops is fine - your wardrobe will soon consist of fleeces & jeans anyway which will cover all 365 days of the year. I've spoken to Tesco about deliveries and they've told me they're considering doing "click and collect" at Ulsta. It's been over a month since I've been south of Ulsta and I've yet to "miss" anything - with internet shopping everything can come to the door anyway. There are no daily newspapers for sale but as long as you're online you can keep up with the world should you choose to do so. OK, so that's all very positive for me - I'd "done" that rat race, had lived in many countries and was looking for a pace of life more suited to fill my soul... but at the school gates a couple of weeks ago two of the mums said they'd be off the island in a heartbeat if they could - so it's not for everyone. Do PM if you would like more information on what it's like being a southerner on Yell or to ask questions about the houses you've been looking at.
  2. NHS shetland is currently seeking someone for procurement.
  3. Asda/Tesco/Very/Next/John Lewis - all deliver for a very low price and a whole range for all budgets.
  4. I for one would be happy to have a slow meander down the street exploring the shops (and spending cash) if I didn't feel my two small children were about to get mown down at any moment... as it is I tend to get in and get out asap.
  5. I think I'd prefer to be *behind* the range than opposite it!
  6. My second car was an Escort. Drove it *into* a drive-thru. Had to be lifted off the drive-thru window by four hungry rugby players in the car behind. Happy days.
  7. Especially given you can get not dissimilar from Amazon with free delivery for under £20.
  8. neep - I hope you've managed to find somewhere already, if not - here's my 2 cents: Take one of the SIC's "low demand" places on Yell/Whalsay/Northmavine - spend what you'll save in the first 2 months of rent on an intensive "1 week to pass" driving course in mainland Scotland and buy a car in Aberdeen before jumping on the boat back up. Win-win. 1. You'll get a gorgeous house with a secure tenancy (no more 8 weeks to get out nonsense) where one day you might choose to raise your family 2. You'll gain a driving license - whether you live in town or out it's always a valuable skill to have
  9. If the dog shows no interest bin it, else cook it piping hot!
  10. My advice? Figure it out when you get here and you've got your bum on the sofa. As someone else alluded to there are blackspots, e.g., Wadbister I could only get EE/T-mobile. Where I am right now seems to get them all - until the mast falls over. But truth be told, I'm either on home Wi-Fi or SIC Wi-Fi - when I'm out and about there's frequently no reception - you'd be better off going PAYG and keeping an eye on farmhouses for when you're out and about and possibly need an emergency phone!
  11. It's a vicious cycle, people are on the waiting list for town, because that's where the houses are. Anyone wanting social housing studies the figures closely and sees that turnover is high in Lerwick and therefore your chance is seemingly higher. Drive through Voe and you think it's nice and you'd want to live there, plenty of what looks like social housing. Study the figures for availability/turnover and you'll see there's only a few over 1-bed on the council's books - and what's the rate of attrition? Virtually nil, so it'd likely be a wasted application - unless of course you've all the time in the world and aren't looking for a roof over your head right now. That has a knock on effect of course, the population ages, the school has closed and yet it's a great location. Sheltered from the weather, pub/restaurant, shop/petrol and on a pretty regular bus route.
  12. It'll still be under warranty. I had similar problems with a brand new Vaio I bought last year. Called Sony and whilst they had me jumping through daft hoops "have you tried turning it off and on again?" - they collected by courier and returned by courier within 10 days - 1 year on and it all still works. Naturally, all FOC! Note to others: I will never by a touch-screen laptop again. Total gimmick.
  13. It's a weak argument. I'm a Scot with a "cut glass" English accent - I'm sure there are those who view me with suspicion - I don't notice - but I will tell you this. Shetland HAS changed. 30 years ago someone with different coloured skin WAS stared at in the street, for those of you who never left you may not have noticed - but for me it's an extremely pleasant change to see. It's very "Guardian reader" like to sneer at Shetlanders as a whole for making the odd "cheese-eating surrender monkey" quip - and I loved the description of Gauloise - can we not have a chuckle at cultural differences? "Vive la difference" after all...
  14. We have native to the islands a world-famous, world-desired pony breed - yet no dedicated venue to show them off in.
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