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    Muckle Oxters reacted to Davie P in The age of online misinformation, conspiracy theories & echo chambers   
    Indeed. I've been involved in some online discussions that are basically people Googling whatever the subject is and posting links back and forth to each other without actually reading or digesting the information.
    When I were a lad.... books and articles were read, experienced people were listened to, thoughts were pondered and some clarity was reached before mouths were opened. Now folk seem happy to find the first article they feel backs their point up and post that saying "see..." whilst believing that to be research.
    I wonder if, in the age of information, we are losing our abilities to process the information in a meaningful way?
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to ReeseTheDundonian in Traditional Shetland food recipes   
    What does Westminster have to do with cooking?
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to admin in Traditional Shetland food recipes   
    Here’s an idea. Let’s see if we can have a discussion without it going off topic with anti Westminster ‘witticisms’
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to ReeseTheDundonian in IRA plot to bomb The Queen in Shetland following the death of Bobby Sands   
    I remember reading about this a few years back, crazy stuff. It's strange to think that in another timeline somewhere, the Queen is blown up in Shetland. 
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Evil Inky in Local labour shortage   
    Da minimum wage, set by da government, is £8.91 an hour. 'Real Living Wage', which a lot o local business go by, is a voluntary minimum o £9.50. Dir's info here https://scottishlivingwage.org/ It doesna tak intae account da higher costs o livin on islands, but it's 6.6% better dan da minimum wage.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from George. in Local labour shortage   
    Da minimum wage, set by da government, is £8.91 an hour. 'Real Living Wage', which a lot o local business go by, is a voluntary minimum o £9.50. Dir's info here https://scottishlivingwage.org/ It doesna tak intae account da higher costs o livin on islands, but it's 6.6% better dan da minimum wage.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from George. in Proposed Co-op Stores in Scalloway & Sandwick ?   
    I winder how many folk dat are complaining aboot da Co-ops will stick tae dir ethical guns and no use dem if dey open?
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to Laura Hensel in Have your say!   
    Would you like to contribute to government policy? We, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), are currently researching the impact of mobile coverage in rural areas. This is part of our Shared Rural Network programme which aims to increase mobile network coverage across the UK to 95%. Now, we want to find out how this programme can help you in your daily life. 
     
    We particularly want to hear from you if you live or work in rural UK! You can participate via this link: https://dcms.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_7QWTy9OUU4PNnmK
    You can also contact Laura Hensel at laura.hensel@dcms.gov.uk if you have any questions about this research.
     
    We hope to hear from you!
    Building Digital UK (DCMS)
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to Davie P in Proposed Co-op Stores in Scalloway & Sandwick ?   
    Here's the full Retail Impact Assessment - good luck at making sense of it! https://pa.shetland.gov.uk/online-applications/files/953C3248ADDB20F61F783AA1F872D6A7/pdf/2021_106_PPF-RETAIL_IMPACT_ASSESSMENT_AND_ECONOMIC_STATEMENT-387700.pdf
    After a quick read, it seems that there's a subtle but very important differentiation between having no impact and having no impact on viability - the latter essentially means that the Retail Impact Assessment tries to make the case that whilst there will be an impact, the shops can still survive and remain viable.
    There's also some interesting statistics in there that makes a case that Shetland shops trade at higher than UK average profit (they use much more complex language, but that's the thrust), so it'll just be the local shops' profit margins that'll be impacted.
    Obviously, the Retail Impact Assessment has been written from a specific perspective with one aim in mind, so make of it what you will!
    I think that's down to the reporting of the report, rather than the content of the report
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to Ghostrider in Flies   
    Its all very simple this, its the fault of all the fly tipping thats been going on since the Council took away skips, you can't just tip them where you like and expect them not to come back, so its all the Councils fault.
    ..........I'm getting my coat.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Ian_H in Covid 19 / Coronavirus   
    Slowing da course o a virus was tae prevent health services being overwhelmed (and buy time whilst vaccines and treatments wir developed, and yis, herd immunity was potentially achieved). Dat is whit kept da mortality rates doon, and on da statistical whole dat wis relatively successful. Once folk had da 'rona, da treatments dat were given oot wir relatively simple, but dir is a limit tae how many folk da health services can look after at wance. When da health services were stretched, mortality rates geed up. Simple stuff. I ken plenty o folk who work in health services, and a few folk dat wir very ill we da 'rona, and dat is da story dey tell me too. I'll tak dir testimony at face value afore I listen tae keyboard virologists.
    I don't recall ever hearing fae anybody we ony understanding o the 'rona that the health services advice wis in place to 100% contain it or dat dir widna be variants or new viruses in future - it wis tae slow da spread, which it did.
     
    I'd be interested tae see ony evidence tae back up dy theory dat slowing da progress increases da chances o variants developing. I'm nae virologist either but it sounds lik a lot o dirt! Surely da mair a virus spreads, da mair chance dir is o mutations.
     
    On wan hand du's saying dat "keeping a distance from other people and minimising transferrance from handling anything anyone else had handled" wis sensible. I agree, and dat was da core message fae da health authorities.
    But den du says dat "the evidence all points everything they've said and done to having been wholly ineffective."
    Dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    Du's throwing oot phrases lik "the potential to come with a far more lethal twist in its tail than anyone's worst nightmares could dream up." den saying "Isn't it time for a little perspective, and a little less mass hysteria."
    Again, dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    And as for comparing the 'rona tae da good old day o da bubonic plague and Spanish flu, when understanding o sanitation, hygiene, germs, viruses and da lik were either non-existant in dir infancy..... Mibee we're aa joost a bunch o modern pansies and we should ignore what was learned fae those global pandemics, ignore da health professionals current advice and joost knuckle doon, get on we it, and let millions die needlessly.
    I'm happy tae social distance, wear a mask, and wash me hands when needs be if it'll save even wan life.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Fjool in Covid 19 / Coronavirus   
    Slowing da course o a virus was tae prevent health services being overwhelmed (and buy time whilst vaccines and treatments wir developed, and yis, herd immunity was potentially achieved). Dat is whit kept da mortality rates doon, and on da statistical whole dat wis relatively successful. Once folk had da 'rona, da treatments dat were given oot wir relatively simple, but dir is a limit tae how many folk da health services can look after at wance. When da health services were stretched, mortality rates geed up. Simple stuff. I ken plenty o folk who work in health services, and a few folk dat wir very ill we da 'rona, and dat is da story dey tell me too. I'll tak dir testimony at face value afore I listen tae keyboard virologists.
    I don't recall ever hearing fae anybody we ony understanding o the 'rona that the health services advice wis in place to 100% contain it or dat dir widna be variants or new viruses in future - it wis tae slow da spread, which it did.
     
    I'd be interested tae see ony evidence tae back up dy theory dat slowing da progress increases da chances o variants developing. I'm nae virologist either but it sounds lik a lot o dirt! Surely da mair a virus spreads, da mair chance dir is o mutations.
     
    On wan hand du's saying dat "keeping a distance from other people and minimising transferrance from handling anything anyone else had handled" wis sensible. I agree, and dat was da core message fae da health authorities.
    But den du says dat "the evidence all points everything they've said and done to having been wholly ineffective."
    Dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    Du's throwing oot phrases lik "the potential to come with a far more lethal twist in its tail than anyone's worst nightmares could dream up." den saying "Isn't it time for a little perspective, and a little less mass hysteria."
    Again, dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    And as for comparing the 'rona tae da good old day o da bubonic plague and Spanish flu, when understanding o sanitation, hygiene, germs, viruses and da lik were either non-existant in dir infancy..... Mibee we're aa joost a bunch o modern pansies and we should ignore what was learned fae those global pandemics, ignore da health professionals current advice and joost knuckle doon, get on we it, and let millions die needlessly.
    I'm happy tae social distance, wear a mask, and wash me hands when needs be if it'll save even wan life.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Davie P in Covid 19 / Coronavirus   
    Slowing da course o a virus was tae prevent health services being overwhelmed (and buy time whilst vaccines and treatments wir developed, and yis, herd immunity was potentially achieved). Dat is whit kept da mortality rates doon, and on da statistical whole dat wis relatively successful. Once folk had da 'rona, da treatments dat were given oot wir relatively simple, but dir is a limit tae how many folk da health services can look after at wance. When da health services were stretched, mortality rates geed up. Simple stuff. I ken plenty o folk who work in health services, and a few folk dat wir very ill we da 'rona, and dat is da story dey tell me too. I'll tak dir testimony at face value afore I listen tae keyboard virologists.
    I don't recall ever hearing fae anybody we ony understanding o the 'rona that the health services advice wis in place to 100% contain it or dat dir widna be variants or new viruses in future - it wis tae slow da spread, which it did.
     
    I'd be interested tae see ony evidence tae back up dy theory dat slowing da progress increases da chances o variants developing. I'm nae virologist either but it sounds lik a lot o dirt! Surely da mair a virus spreads, da mair chance dir is o mutations.
     
    On wan hand du's saying dat "keeping a distance from other people and minimising transferrance from handling anything anyone else had handled" wis sensible. I agree, and dat was da core message fae da health authorities.
    But den du says dat "the evidence all points everything they've said and done to having been wholly ineffective."
    Dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    Du's throwing oot phrases lik "the potential to come with a far more lethal twist in its tail than anyone's worst nightmares could dream up." den saying "Isn't it time for a little perspective, and a little less mass hysteria."
    Again, dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    And as for comparing the 'rona tae da good old day o da bubonic plague and Spanish flu, when understanding o sanitation, hygiene, germs, viruses and da lik were either non-existant in dir infancy..... Mibee we're aa joost a bunch o modern pansies and we should ignore what was learned fae those global pandemics, ignore da health professionals current advice and joost knuckle doon, get on we it, and let millions die needlessly.
    I'm happy tae social distance, wear a mask, and wash me hands when needs be if it'll save even wan life.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Roachmill in Covid 19 / Coronavirus   
    Slowing da course o a virus was tae prevent health services being overwhelmed (and buy time whilst vaccines and treatments wir developed, and yis, herd immunity was potentially achieved). Dat is whit kept da mortality rates doon, and on da statistical whole dat wis relatively successful. Once folk had da 'rona, da treatments dat were given oot wir relatively simple, but dir is a limit tae how many folk da health services can look after at wance. When da health services were stretched, mortality rates geed up. Simple stuff. I ken plenty o folk who work in health services, and a few folk dat wir very ill we da 'rona, and dat is da story dey tell me too. I'll tak dir testimony at face value afore I listen tae keyboard virologists.
    I don't recall ever hearing fae anybody we ony understanding o the 'rona that the health services advice wis in place to 100% contain it or dat dir widna be variants or new viruses in future - it wis tae slow da spread, which it did.
     
    I'd be interested tae see ony evidence tae back up dy theory dat slowing da progress increases da chances o variants developing. I'm nae virologist either but it sounds lik a lot o dirt! Surely da mair a virus spreads, da mair chance dir is o mutations.
     
    On wan hand du's saying dat "keeping a distance from other people and minimising transferrance from handling anything anyone else had handled" wis sensible. I agree, and dat was da core message fae da health authorities.
    But den du says dat "the evidence all points everything they've said and done to having been wholly ineffective."
    Dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    Du's throwing oot phrases lik "the potential to come with a far more lethal twist in its tail than anyone's worst nightmares could dream up." den saying "Isn't it time for a little perspective, and a little less mass hysteria."
    Again, dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    And as for comparing the 'rona tae da good old day o da bubonic plague and Spanish flu, when understanding o sanitation, hygiene, germs, viruses and da lik were either non-existant in dir infancy..... Mibee we're aa joost a bunch o modern pansies and we should ignore what was learned fae those global pandemics, ignore da health professionals current advice and joost knuckle doon, get on we it, and let millions die needlessly.
    I'm happy tae social distance, wear a mask, and wash me hands when needs be if it'll save even wan life.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Evil Inky in Covid 19 / Coronavirus   
    Slowing da course o a virus was tae prevent health services being overwhelmed (and buy time whilst vaccines and treatments wir developed, and yis, herd immunity was potentially achieved). Dat is whit kept da mortality rates doon, and on da statistical whole dat wis relatively successful. Once folk had da 'rona, da treatments dat were given oot wir relatively simple, but dir is a limit tae how many folk da health services can look after at wance. When da health services were stretched, mortality rates geed up. Simple stuff. I ken plenty o folk who work in health services, and a few folk dat wir very ill we da 'rona, and dat is da story dey tell me too. I'll tak dir testimony at face value afore I listen tae keyboard virologists.
    I don't recall ever hearing fae anybody we ony understanding o the 'rona that the health services advice wis in place to 100% contain it or dat dir widna be variants or new viruses in future - it wis tae slow da spread, which it did.
     
    I'd be interested tae see ony evidence tae back up dy theory dat slowing da progress increases da chances o variants developing. I'm nae virologist either but it sounds lik a lot o dirt! Surely da mair a virus spreads, da mair chance dir is o mutations.
     
    On wan hand du's saying dat "keeping a distance from other people and minimising transferrance from handling anything anyone else had handled" wis sensible. I agree, and dat was da core message fae da health authorities.
    But den du says dat "the evidence all points everything they've said and done to having been wholly ineffective."
    Dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    Du's throwing oot phrases lik "the potential to come with a far more lethal twist in its tail than anyone's worst nightmares could dream up." den saying "Isn't it time for a little perspective, and a little less mass hysteria."
    Again, dat wid seem tae be a contradiction
     
    And as for comparing the 'rona tae da good old day o da bubonic plague and Spanish flu, when understanding o sanitation, hygiene, germs, viruses and da lik were either non-existant in dir infancy..... Mibee we're aa joost a bunch o modern pansies and we should ignore what was learned fae those global pandemics, ignore da health professionals current advice and joost knuckle doon, get on we it, and let millions die needlessly.
    I'm happy tae social distance, wear a mask, and wash me hands when needs be if it'll save even wan life.
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to XAM7102 in Proposed Co-op Stores in Scalloway & Sandwick ?   
    https://www.shetnews.co.uk/2021/05/17/co-op-starts-consultation-to-allay-fears-over-supermarket-plans/
    Co-op starts consultation to allay fears over supermarket plans

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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from XAM7102 in Racism in Shetland   
    I'm no sure there's very much o it dat is convincing. I think racists shoot demselves in da foot when dey irna able to mak a case and joost repeat da same old bruck and come across as ignorant knobs!
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Wheelsup in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    It’s kinda lik da difference between splittin da bill or aabody buyin dir own denner. When a group o folk split da bill dirs always some folk dat end up disgruntled because dey think dey’ve paid mair than they expected, (especially if dey didna hae wine or a starter!) but if aabody buys dir own denner dey get whit dey want and whit dey can afford.
    I dee da HS2 rail link and Trident lik Scotland payin fur England’s wine and starter. Scotland might no be able to afford da steak and truffles, but we can still get a good feed fae da Harbour Cafe!
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Fjool in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    All du really seems to be sayin is dat things will be different. And dat wid be da whole point. Things wid be different - some better, some worse - but Scotland tends to vote fur left leaning parties and England tends to vote fur right leaning parties. If we went wir seperate ways den Scotland wid liklee hae higher taxes and better social services, England wid hae lower taxes and mair reliance on public service outsourcing tae private companies. For example, if you towt dat giving awaa aa da Covid contracts tae private companies rather than investing da same money in da NHS wis da right thing tae do, den vote tae keep da union and tie wis tae English policies!
    I’m lucky enough to earn a higher dan average wage and hiv no problem we payin higher taxes if it means da country I live in is mair equitable.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Roachmill in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    It’s kinda lik da difference between splittin da bill or aabody buyin dir own denner. When a group o folk split da bill dirs always some folk dat end up disgruntled because dey think dey’ve paid mair than they expected, (especially if dey didna hae wine or a starter!) but if aabody buys dir own denner dey get whit dey want and whit dey can afford.
    I dee da HS2 rail link and Trident lik Scotland payin fur England’s wine and starter. Scotland might no be able to afford da steak and truffles, but we can still get a good feed fae da Harbour Cafe!
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to Wheelsup in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    It’s quiet simple. And even a unionist lik me can see it.
    fir a start Scotland only costs about 10% to run as England.
    The different countries raise money by taxing their population.
    income tax, vat, corporation tax, inheritance tax etc etc etc.
    We already pay for our 10% so that’s where the money comes from to pay for our portion of NHS, education etc.
    noo there might be savings to be made by buying in bulk, ie as part of a larger state, so in the short term there will a level of panic about money, but nothing insurmountable.
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    Muckle Oxters got a reaction from Windwalker in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Whit cooch? I see nae cooch?
     
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to hakama in Scottish Independence Referendum 2021   
    Thank you Muckle Oxters for a most informative link. I am most grateful.
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to Roachmill in Driving in Shetland   
    Let's not be too hard on ourselves and, at least, be thankful we're relatively competent at roundabouts. I say "relatively" compared to this horror show from Kentucky (roundabouts are a rarity in the USA apparently). Buckle up as it's quite a ride:
     
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    Muckle Oxters reacted to peeriebryan in DIMPLEX Storage Heaters & THTC tariff   
    To the best of my knowledge, the following are the usual times the Hyrdo storage heater supply is active (although I've noticed some variation depending on weather conditions)
    01.30 to 03.30 08:00 to 11:00 16:30 to 17:30 22:00 to 24:00
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