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  1. How strange to see this very recent thread when I only said to a work colleague a few days ago that I feel I'm in the most demonised demographic in the UK today. In my case I said "I'm a single, straight, white middle-aged meat-eating bloke, who lives alone in a three bedroomed house, and I own three cars" (two that are seen as 'dirty old things' - even though one is over thirty-yrs-old and the other is 87-yrs-old tomorrow, so they are actually much more environmentally sound than buying a brand new car). I've also got to the age where I no longer give a hoot what anyone thinks of my life choices
  2. Evenin' Shetlinkers, I need to get a non-running car down to Lerwick from the North Isles, and the best option is to trailer it down, so I'm wondering/hoping if there is a company or individual from whom I can hire/borrow one from. Any pointers greatly received. Ta.
  3. Cheapest and easiest way to control traffic is to put in a new speed limit on the approach to the junction, though it won't be welcomed by all motorists.
  4. Plusnet is owned by BT, hence why they never make claims against BT in their TV adverts, yet claim to be better than Sky, Virgin, et al.
  5. Will hopefully attract more people to move here so I can get a better price for my house.
  6. I use FamilySearch (free), Genes Reunited (less than a tenner a year), and Roots Chat (free). I started my research around 2006 and currently have over 600 individuals on my family tree, going as far back as the 1550s. FamilySearch is massive and very useful (set up by the Mormons who are very much into ancestry as part of their religious beliefs). Roots Chat is also very useful, given it's free to join and use (it's just a forum). I've put my tree on FamilySearch and Genes Reunited.
  7. Has anyone else in Shetland noticed that since MeteoGroup took over the contract from the Met Office for providing weather forecasts and the graphics to go with the forecasts, Shetland is not fully on the map? Most of the time Unst is missing completely, the rest of the time it's a good chunk of the rest of Shetland that isn't on the map. This evening's 6:30 news almost completely lost Shetland off the edge of the graphics screen, yet showed England as far south as Hull!! I'm not a true Shetlander, having moved here in June 2013, but I feel it's really insulting to the people of Shetland. I've even commented on the BBC Scotland Weather Twitter page but have never received a response, which is even more insulting. I now subscribe to the Met Office Scotland YouTube Channel, which does show the whole of Shetland.
  8. Much quicker so cheaper to dig a hole, drop a pole in it, dig another hole some distance away, and string a cable between them. Repeat until completed. If the cable is fully underground then the hole becomes a very, very long trench which takes longer to dig and fill in.
  9. Nigel, I think he means Shetland College UHI in Gremista Industrial Est. which is accessed via the junction on the left as you get to the bottom of the big hill as you arrive in Lerwick from the north. https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@60.1727453,-1.1612822,405m/data=!3m1!1e3
  10. :cry:Damn! Where am I going to eat out on my days out in Ler'ick? I always went there over any other place.
  11. BBC Four now. Professor Brian Cox asks the question...... Are we alone in the universe?
  12. I'm waiting for Tesco Lerwick to introduce 'Scan as you Shop'. I used that all the time when I lived down south, and it made the experience of shopping far more bearable. It's just a case of picking up a barcode scanner when you enter the shop and you scan each item before placing it in the bag nice and neatly. When you have finished shopping you go to one of the special machines (whatever they're called) and transfer the information from the scanner to the machine and pay by cash/card. Bags already packed and sat in the trolley.
  13. I'm looking forward to the James Webb Space Observatory launching around 2021. Unlike Hubble it'll be positioned a good million miles from Earth, in a Sun orbit rather than an Earth orbit, and being a much, much bigger telescope it'll be able to look at light from a host start passing through an atmosphere of an orbiting exoplanet and be able to tell exactly what the atmosphere is made from. Who knows, it might discover a planet that has had its atmosphere altered by an industrial civilisation, just as we have done here on Earth. Doubtful though.
  14. Right, forgive me if I'll a little wrong on the detail here but I've read a report recently that suggests the element phosphorus is critical to life and the Sol system is in an area of the galaxy that is very high in that particular element. There are wide areas of the Milky Way that is lacking in phosphorus so that might have a detrimental effect on the chances of life.
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