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The Cutty Sark

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  1. Well Wotsit, we can't wait for all these real world things you're promising: - In that "real world" most UK Airports get a regular railway, tram or bus services and they normally run every 30 minutes and seven days a week. - In that "real world" they can charge for parking because the public transport service is so good. Though most of the "real world" airports have private parking businesses that offer cheap long term parking away from the airport and then offer a free shuttle service. -In that "real world" you are talking about, "real" airports service millions of passengers a year; ov
  2. Extortionate? Cabins maybe, but an all inclusive breakfast is £7.50 for an adult with a child eating free. When I'm with my kids one of them (cough ha ha) eats for free! Then I make up a take-away toasted bacon-sandwich and a take-away cappuccino for the journey. Bargain. Not sure about your fried egg and bacon though, sounds weird. Mind you when I'm coming home , I like to go into the Harbour café, so I've not tried it both directions.
  3. They normally share masts in remote places. But this will not change what a provider will offer in frequency ranges, and its the frequency that matters. I guess Vodaphone has the best coverage purely because of the frequency ranges it provides. Of course, if the powers that be shift themselves and make 4G available everywhere, then it won't matter because this runs at 800MHz on all provider networks. Though with 5G around the corner, maybe they will skip this and just wait for 5G.
  4. I think the boat is actually a decent breakfast for the price with it being all you can eat on the boat. Then you just stuff your pockets with hash browns, toast and sausages and stop anywhere you like!
  5. Vodaphone and O2 are always your best bet, I think EE use their own network and not an MVNO (piggy backing on another service, Tesco use O2 for example), so there will be less coverage than the former two. It also depends where you are, some places will only offer 2g. Be aware, that coverage maps tend to only show where a signal was used, not that it was a great signal. If I'm on Whalsay for example, and use my phone in some weird position, on top of a building and wearing a tin hat on my head which allows me enough signal to shout, "the ferry is late", then that will be registered in the co
  6. Empires? Anglophobia? Welsh bashing? Invasions? I'm pretty sure I only made a point about there being no need for a student block because of a lack of foreign students. Then, I leave the room for 10 minutes and you kids just start going off bickering on some imperialist tangent. Well, that's it. There will be no treats after tea for any of you.
  7. Brilliant stuff. Congratulations to you all!
  8. I doubt the UHI Shetland just attracts enough foreign students to make this worthwhile (before or after the vote to leave the EU), I'm surprised of all the campuses around the Highlands and Islands this has even been on the cards anyway. The UHI, while a great place to study, doesn't offer the "student life" that can be found in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Glasgow. The "majority" of young students from Shetland want to experience student life in Scotland and England.
  9. As I understand it, you are always arrested and charged, as the police do not have the power to "let you off" or decide whether it was reasonable force when its a capital offence, otherwise you might find the police letting people off for killing people they might not like! Anyway, it seems a sensible way to do it. You just hope that when it gets to court it will be sorted in a reasonable manner.
  10. Not abuse I hope! But there has always been a fisheries issue with the Grey Seal especially, long before this US had an interest. The problem is that the UK are the guardians of just over 50% of the worlds population of this amazing animal. Unfortunately, Seals feed with there senses (they are sometimes blind!) and often do not know they are approaching a fish farm and secondly, a fish farm is an unnatural (and bloody ugly looking) addition their natural environment, and clearly, they do not know it's supposed to stay away. It's understandable that a rogue seal will need to be shot, but m
  11. Personally. I believe if anyone visits and changes from a "Visiting Scotland" to a "Visiting Nordic" perspective, they will find Shetland is a far more interesting place, especially as you travel the Islands off Mainland. Shetland is a land and a people born of the Sea.
  12. It's not like flying where you will get a cheaper rate. The prices are fixed within each season. The costly aspects are A) Car and The cabin. If you are coming by car, have a look at car rental on the island first it might be cheaper. Cabins are extremely small and basic considering they cost the same as a couple of nights at a travel lodge. But I've used them once or twice. If you pay extra for an outside window cabin, just ensure get on the port side from Aberdeen and starboard leaving (you will see the Islands then, otherwise you will see the sea and you've paid extra for nothing).
  13. Oh yes, balls at the ready I doubt that the influence of Germany over the EU will stop anytime soon. An unholy satanic marriage of Soviet Communism and National Socialism more like, and not 'turning', 'turned' since circa 1990. '73 folk feared Continentals would fish to our beaches and clean out everything that swam, '90 folk feared what would grow out of re-unification when the wall came down......Don't you just hate it when the worst nighmares of crystal ball gazers come true twice in a row.....
  14. Well I refer you back to my public or private face post. Never seen a politician without both, but I guess that's what makes it politics. Controversial - or the truth, or perhaps just what they choose to tell us, Westminster included.
  15. The only thing that someone "flicking" their lights at me indicates is that their lights are working. Until someone comes up with driving standard of morse code, I'm always a bit cautious of putting my trust in someone else's judgement on what's safe though I take your point. Mind you, if beams get any brighter, I'm pretty sure we can do away with our remaining lighthouses
  16. That's correct. Spain and the Dutch have destroyed their respective fishing grounds, and they are "rewarded" with the EU turning a blind eye to its activities on the West coast of Africa. The EU are turning back into the Holy Roman Empire with each passing year ( oooohhh, controversial ) The EU should be punishing, and not rewarding, any fishing that is being seen as illegal and poor - or so they claim. Unfortunately, any fishing that is seen as less than totally beneficial to Europe, as opposed to what Westminsrter calls "Britain", will be seen to be wrong - by them.
  17. Normally I would give a set of facts and figures to dispute this, but it's difficult to disagree. Spain especially receives most from the EU fishing subsidies and it's fleet represents nearly one fourth of all of the EU's fishing fleet combined. The British Government have constantly been at odds with Spain over fishing around Gibraltar and our own waters. The "EU" (i.e. Spain and the Dutch especially, though also Chinese factory trawlers) are also allowing an almost "colonial" form of illegal infringement on the fishing grounds of West Africa because they have depleted their own stocks. I
  18. It should actually be self-funding as councils make a lot of money from recycled waste which they sell to recycling businesses, it's why many perform the task in the UK, and ask tenants to help separate waste for them. Sadly though, Greenpeace found that over 500,000 tonnes of the recycling effort (in the form of plastics) from UK citizens was exported from the UK, mostly to Asia, and much of this is buried or placed in an incinerator. And while oil prices continue to fall, the need for recycled plastic is becoming less cost effective to use, with many UK recycle centres who specialise in p
  19. Friendly warning: Be aware of the advert for the Westie in the pets section. It will be a postage scam.
  20. I wish that was true. But sadly, current statistics from separate polls performed by the "Recycling and Waste organisation" and "Cleaning Matters" both show that millennial's are the least likely to perform recycling tasks, assist in clean up operations, are most likely to use dangerous single use plastics. On recycling, both polls were similar and generally resulted in the following: Aged 16-34 49% Recycle Aged 35-54 75% Recycle Aged 55-90 80% Recycle Interestingly though, Scotland comes top with the number of people who recycle at 80% while London was lowest with only 54% As fo
  21. I'm not sure anyone has been particularly pompous or arrogant. You started a good thread which made for some good discussions with a good number of people, you should be pleased about that. Maybe you could close it off with some more context and embellishment to why people should see this as a positive step, and maybe add what initiatives the government/council will also do to ensure what they are doing is worth while. Anyway, give all my love to Ray (just kiddin')
  22. I don't like Phillip Hammond as a politician, but, that was not said by him, your quoting a newspaper interpretation, which might be a true interpretation of course. He said, "We're very clear on taking control of our waters. But of course we are still open to discussing with our EU partners the appropriate arrangements for reciprocal access for our fishermen to EU waters and EU fishermen to ours. We would negotiate the basis on which such an arrangement would be fair and appropriate to us". This is born from the fact that the UK exports approximately 650,000 tonnes of its fish, of which n
  23. Maybe I wasn't being clear. my statement agrees with you. I'm saying mankind will make the planet uninhabitable for "human" existence well before, (as you note), the sun expands towards and past our orbit. But that doesn't mean other forms of existence won't survive and evolve before that happens and we're long gone. Our good friends the Dinos lived quite happily for 165 million years without the presence of bipedal apes. Anyway, life is a glorious thing, and will just keep growing and changing while the opportunity is there I guess. On a final though, I'm pretty sure it's cockroaches that wil
  24. I agree, though I should add, "current generation", and should be seen as anyone aged over 16 with the ability to make an educated choice for the future. Government initiated recycling for individuals is merely a smoke screen for avoiding tackling the source of the problem; consumerism, industrial waste and multinationals who just find plastics cheaper and more profitable. Anyway, good luck to the initiative. But I do hate the term "Save the Planet". We may pollute it for ourselves, and destroy our own existence from it, but once were gone, the planet would just clean itself, regenerate ove
  25. Sadly it's people of the current generation who have little or no concept on the challenge of lowing the need to recycle. 1 - To recover from taking a single flight from Europe to America would require recycling around one hundred thousand plastic bottles to recover the carbon footprint of the flight. If you decide not to take that holiday abroad, you will do more good. 2 - The heating of the water you use to clear plastic bottles before recycling actually increases your carbon footprint, the balance is usually an equal or negative footprint. 3 - To save more wildlife, then support and a
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