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  1. Very's furniture delivery is £8.95 - however if you dig around in their T&C's you'll find their disclaimer about delivering to remote areas. So VERY unlikely to be able to get a suite from them Last leather 3+2 I got was from the Bargain Centre 8 years ago and it was still looking top-notch when I sold it on last year. However I do agree with rum lover, Muddy Bay do have some nice stuff.
  2. What's that on the skids? Flotation airbags?
  3. One 75p fly swatter from Home Furnishings and 30 mins of furious flailing - job done! I dislike fly spray, especially as flies naturally congregate in kitchens, as the chemicals are (necessarily) none too life-friendly. Much prefer the "kinetic" kill approach
  4. Weeks, Peat? Try years! It is a scam as old as the internet itself. Gafynandrew - are you by any chance a BT internet customer? Everyone I know who is (or was!) has had these calls. My conclusion from that is that BT's customer database has been sold on to 3rd parties, most likely by BT's helpline staff themselves.
  5. I think if you call the old station number there is a recorded message to call 101 or 999 depending on the urgency. When I last called 101 I got put through to Lerwick, no problem.
  6. The Co-op does funeral plans, so no problem there Scorrie!
  7. Combining this thread and the complaints about speeding at Tesco, maybe Tesco should buy the holes from the Co-op and install them in their own car park - giving the Co-op a smooth car park and slowing the cars at Tesco. Sorted!
  8. Curious, there are Aldi ads on the Indeed job site - however, according to Aldi's website (can't copy the link for some reason) Lerwick isn't on the "opening soon" list of stores. Maybe the job ads are really just nationwide ones posted to come up during specific area searches to look like they are local.
  9. They were there in huge numbers on Saturday, and the lighthouse refurbishment is well worth the trip
  10. My biggest bugbear - no, ONE of my biggest bugbears... oh heck, one of my many, many bugbears with Tesco is the special offers such as the "Meal Deal" or "Big Night In" range where a key element of the deal is missing, such as the qualifying bottles of drink - why bother promoting this stuff if only the first few dozen customers can take advantage of it? It infuriates me when I ask a passing staff member if there is any more available and am met with a vacant stare and a shrug of the shoulders. No doubt there are staff who have off days, but the general response to similar questions rarely meets with the "standards" that Tesco sets. That said, there are many staff members who are quite lovely and haven't been assimilated (yet!) - mainly the more mature ones. As for the dearth of stuff on the shelves, I'd put money on the number of folk with Petrofac fleeces on in the shop as having a big effect on it. It may be that the introduction of the delivery and click 'n' collect services has impacted on the storage space, just when they needed to up the physical throughput. Having re-read wot I rote, I have had to edit a lot of it. I really am turning into a Grumpy Old Hector
  11. Check out the grants available, Heatwise should be able to help. The rules changed last year and properties now seem to have to show a certain percentage of carbon saving to qualify for free (or discounted) insulation.
  12. I'd look at massively upgrading the insulation before throwing cash at new heating - with rising leccy prices you can only win in the longer term by stopping the heat getting out in the first place. I speak from bitter experience...
  13. To be fair, with Branson's personal record of airborne pursuits he'd more likely end up in the water than on the runway.
  14. Quite so paulb, hence the Arianes launching from French Guiana, a mere 5 degrees north of the equator. However, the extra oomph is only beneficial for orbits that roughly follow the initial launch direction - a Shetland launch would be more suited to polar orbits that earth-science satellites (and GCHQ's ones!) often take. The weather issues in Florida are usually about the need for visual contact from the ground - spaceplanes by their nature don't go straight up, so there is less opportunity to keep an eye on them all the way. Anyway, it's immaterial for Shetland, as - according to the boffin the Beeb had on - they will need a 5km runway... Tingwall straight mebbe? Also, why has nobody taken Gerry Anderson's idea and made a big curved launch rail like wot he did in Fireball XL5?
  15. Hugely unlikely - for starters the preferred runway length is 3000m - twice Sumburgh's longest. Then there is the access issue from the mainland, the (relatively) lengthy periods of fog & high wind, local infrastructure & accommodation - although maybe the barges might be free in time!
  16. Adrian Flux & Naturesave seem to get mentioned a lot on google search. As MuckleJoannie says, try TLDallas as they will obviously deal with a lot of folk with wooden properties. I only pay for contents, but even that is over £230 for a 2-bed so I doubt you'll see much saving from shopping around - although you might get better cover for the money. The big names just aren't interested in "unusual" buildings as it involves them having to think - they just go for the easy money. It's the same for car cover up here, MoreThan being a particular culprit I seem to remember.
  17. Just a smidgen of scaremongering there Peat. The reports about phone chargers (in particular) bursting into flames invariably referred to cheap copies that folk had bought from market traders etc - never the original ones supplied with their phones. Sure, it is good practice to keep the transformers in the open, but in reality who does? I have worked in big IT offices where there would be banks of them stuffed down the back of desks, covered in dust & bruck, yet never once did any of them overheat. In fact, it is the "brick" transformers that come with laptops etc that get hottest, as they are designed to cope with differing supply voltages worldwide.
  18. Where's the "blue sky" thinking that Councils are so famous for? What about a big roundabout? With traffic lights on it for peak hours? Or indeed a tunnel from Tingwall through to Gremista... linking up with the one to Bressay of course
  19. ^Peat, you've presumably long forgotten what it is to have a crappy connection - ISP's usually advise customers not to turn routers off, as keeping them "live" lets the equipment in the exchange know that the line is still viable, and so maintains the best line speed (at least that is my understanding). No doubt that will change as smarter systems come in, but with all these ideal scenarios the changes are driven by financial considerations - and never those of the end user. Electricity usage is often a very personal choice - so wastage can be a matter of opinion. I for one would go round the twist if I unplugged everything every night, and then had to reset the clocks on my cooker, microwave etc etc every morning. I pay extra to the Hydro to save my sanity - of which I have precious left as it is. That said, I do know someone who pulls the winder out on his watch at night to stop the hands and (supposedly) save the battery
  20. Remarkable? So I keep telling myself
  21. The bells do work, but not always in the way intended. Cats actually learn to become MORE stealthy so the prey only hears the bell ringing as a death knell, not a warning. When younger my cat would bring live birds and mice into the house, but she quickly learnt that I really didn't want any presents & now she catches & eats rabbits - which I have yet to hear anyone complain about.
  22. Well, the BT site says they fixed the Shetland issue at 19.19 - maybe for Lerwick ^ but no change down south. And yes, I tried restarting the router. Oddly, when I called PlusNet earlier (~3pm), they said they couldn't see any faults on the lines.
  23. Well so much for the earlier quoted fix time of 10am. As Dilbert once said "I just love the sound of deadlines as they fly past unimpeded." My money is still on BT avoiding paying overtime for someone to swap a couple of cables in an exchange.
  24. Why do you have to tell BT? Simply, their thinking is why fix a problem that nobody has complained about?! My ISP's tech support always say to me the more folk who make a fuss, the quicker BT will pull its finger out. However, I'd not be the least surprised if this doesn't get fixed til Tuesday.
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