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    north got a reaction from concerned shetlander in The Crazy World of SIC Finances   
    Another SIC marine fiasco, not the first involving boats is it?
     
    And once again it demonstrates all the traits of a typical Government contracting disaster. The contracting process is so so fraught with irrelevant rules and even more irrelevant stakeholders, that by the time the committee completes its designated task, it has been over-run with people who couldn't tell one of a boat from the other. And then they wonder why the whole thing fails?
    Because they are a bunch of stupid fools, following stupid rules, led by stupid people. I wonder if anyone involved the crews that operate them to participate in the process?
     
    I am wholly reminded of this song written by Gibbie fae Sudderland.
     
    When I was a lad I served a term
    As office boy to an Attorney's firm.
    I cleaned the windows and I swept the floor,
    And I polished up the handle of the big front door.

    Chorus.
    He polished up the handle of the big front door.


    I polished up that handle so carefullee
    That now I am the Ruler of the SIC's Navee!

    Chorus.
    He polished up that handle so carefullee,
    That now he is the ruler of the SIC's Navee!


    As office boy I made such a mark
    That they gave me the post of a junior clerk.
    I served the writs with a smile so bland,
    And I copied all the letters in a big round hand.
    Chorus.
    He copied all the letters in a big round hand.


    I copied all the letters in a hand so free,
    That now I am the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

    Chorus.
    He copied all the letters in a hand so free,
    That now he is the Ruler of the Queen's Navee!

    In serving writs I made such a name
    That an articled clerk I soon became;
    I wore clean collars and a brand-new suit
    For the pass examination at the Institute.

    Chorus.
    For the pass examination at the Institute.


    That pass examination did so well for me,
    That now I am the Ruler of the SIC's Navee!

    Chorus.
    That pass examination did so well for he,
    That now he is the Ruler of the SIC's Navee!


    Of legal knowledge I acquired such a grip
    That they took me into the partnership.
    And that junior partnership, I ween,
    Was the only ship that I ever had seen.

    Chorus.
    Was the only ship that he ever had seen.

    But that kind of ship so suited me,
    That now I am the ruler of the SIC's Navee!

    Chorus.
    But that kind of ship so suited he,
    That now he is the ruler of the SIC's Navee!

    I grew so rich that I was sent
    By a pocket borough into Parliament.
    I always voted at my party's call,
    And I never thought of thinking for myself at all.

    Chorus.
    He never thought of thinking for himself at all.


    I thought so little, they rewarded me
    By making me the Ruler of the SIC's Navee!

    Chorus.
    He thought so little, they rewarded he
    By making him the Ruler of the SIC's Navee
    Now landsmen all, whoever you may be,
    If you want to rise to the top of the tree,
    If your soul isn't fettered to an office stool,
    Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.

    Chorus.
    Be careful to be guided by this golden rule.


    Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
    And you all may be rulers of the SIC's Navee!

    Chorus.
    Stick close to your desks and never go to sea,
    And you all may be rulers of the SIC's Navee!

     
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    north reacted to Claadehol in The Crazy World of SIC Finances   
    There's little one can add to what's been said here, previous posts have summed it all up rather well.
     
    This kind of debacle will be repeated again and again, despite what's been said.
     
    Noone is ever accountable.
     
    Sadly!
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    north reacted to Colin in The Crazy World of SIC Finances   
    Yes, the "rewards for failure" culture within local authorities has never ceased to amaze me.. Where else is gross incompetence so richly rewarded?  Try loosing £7m of a private businesses money and see what you get..  Sacked at least with the distinct probability of being "unemployable" within your chosen field and, possibly, a nasty court case as well...
     
    Strange thing is that Ports and Harbours appears(?) to have been moderately succesful through the years.  I wonder if this is "despite" rather than "because" of the people in charge? 
     
    Leasing out port operations to a private company is dangerously close to being a "commercial" venture and, I wouldn't bet against them screwing that up as well.. 
     
    Let's face it, the people who are capable of running a business are already out there doing it whilst, the "wannabees" (within the SIC) who think they can do it, are sitting in nice comfortable offices happily spending someone else's money.  They have no real incentive to get it right. 
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    north reacted to Ghostrider in The Crazy World of SIC Finances   
    ^ The grapevine suggests that the rats left the sinking ship before they were pushed off it, and boarded the "enemy's" ones, where they were welcomed. As seems to happen an awful lot with "officials" of our local government, especially those whose work bring them in to regular contact with oilies.
     
    Look on the bright side though, at least they didn't have to pay someone to take them off their hands, as looked likely for the first part of their lives.
     
    If there ever was the perfect argument for Sullom harbour services to be leased out to the highest competent bidder to provide them on behalf of the SIC as port authority, this must be it. I have a hunch that with such an arrengement that they would soon be profitable enough that the operator made a decent income from them, and would pay the SIC a decent price for the opportunity to do so. Letting the SIC near any kind of commercial venture is its death knell, they should stick to what they can do, the public services that have no commercial element attached, like the essy kert, and sanding and ploughing blocked roads.
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    north reacted to Colin in The Crazy World of SIC Finances   
    http://www.shetnews.co.uk/news/12771-tug-debacle-should-never-be-repeated
     
    Says it all really..  £14m for 2 tugs which they then sold for £7m and, they still claim that they made a profit of £70,000 when, in fact, they made a loss of £7m.
     
    OK, they have included revenue of £7m into the process and used it to offset the capital costs but, they are no better off and, if the vessels had been "fit for purpose", they would have made (on paper anyway) an operating profit of £7m.
     
    In fairness, the report seems to have indicated that there was a complete hierarchy of "arrogant numpties" involved in the whole process but, I wonder if any have been sacked or, if anything will ever really change?
     
     
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    north got a reaction from Acid in Gaelic teaching   
    Gaelic has as much relevance in the modern world as Klingon. Hold on, there's probably more Klingon speakers in the World.
     
    Hey, who care about the cost - it's just Government money that appears magically from space, or somewhere.
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    north reacted to tooney1 in Gaelic teaching   
    There is simply no economic reason for resurrecting Gaelic despite Scottish Government claims of adding millions to the economy. That boils down to generating self-circulating money i.e. it would generate work inside Scotland, but not bring in any from outside, taking significant to make it happen and ultimately not being fruitful.
     
    Then there's the BBC Alba channel, which uses 30% of BBC's Scotland's budget (17m) to cater for just 1.1% of the Gaelic speaking population (source: Guardian). That in itself is ridiculous IMO, but next we'll be hearing Gaelic needs to be taught so people can appreciate the channel.
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    north got a reaction from jockdavie in Hello Shetland, ny name is John!   
    Shetland is one of those places that you either love or hate when you first move there - it rarely changes from that first impression.
     
    If you like it, it will only get better, the longer you stay. You'll get to know amazing people, see amazing things and get more and more embedded into the community the longr you stay.
     
    Welcome to Shetland and enjoy your time here - there's a very good chance that you may never leave...
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    north got a reaction from crofter in save our pringles   
    I understand the Lidl on Forvik has got all flavours of Pringles on sale for 50% off. Also a massive stock of Christmas sprouts.     
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    north got a reaction from sludgegulper in save our pringles   
    I understand the Lidl on Forvik has got all flavours of Pringles on sale for 50% off. Also a massive stock of Christmas sprouts.     
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    north reacted to Ghostrider in Climate Change & Global Warming   
    ^ Just like the flawed science "climate change" propoganda is being ignored, as it should.
     
    Minimising pollution is admirable and worthy of support, but getting all hysterical about the worst apocalyptic scenario somebody is capable of dreaming up, is as irrational as denying all the crap humanity churns out makes no odds to our surroundings.
     
    Somewhere in between the gross extremes of both camps probably lies what is nearest to the truth. It would be nice, even perhaps useful to know what that is, but as long as the shock jocks on either sideline keep shouting at each other, that middle ground is always going to be drowned out. As always, the extremists ruin it for the vast majority of calm and resonable players.
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    north reacted to Ghostrider in Shetland windfarm - Viking Energy   
    1. Says who? Nothing has been signed yet as far as I'm aware, or do you have information not yet in the public domain?
     
    2. The Sands of Sound and Bondi Beach are both sandy beaches. Foula is an island and so is Tenerife. No two hills are identical any more than any two sandy beaches or islands are identical.
     
    3. Ha, Ha! Three, then an additional two in to one straight in to a very limited sized grid, on a relatively compact site of relatively dry and shallow moor, with moderate inclines and relatively close to existing infrastructure, is a whole other ball game than a hundred larger beasts of considerable higher output in to one massive converter station, in to close on a couple of hundred of miles of subsea cable, out through another converter station and in to a huge grid. Planting the hundred poles is the walk in the park bit, the likes has been done many times before, its the access roads and connecting cabling on a relatively spread and in places fragmented site, which involves crossing just about every kind of hill terrain Shetland can throw at you, deep moor, swamps, steep inclines etc, on a site largely situated as near to nothing as its possible to get in Shetland, plus everything from there until any spark reaches John O'Groats that's the engineering challenge Burradale was spared experience of. Not impossible by any means, probably, but far and away beyond what anyone has undertaken in the UK previously.
     
    4. Ad hominin? Don't think so. As an organisation the SCT IMHO have been an abject failure in their self-appointed tasks since inception, and the more they try to "improve" themselves the worse they get. As an organisation they are a complete failure, and I wouldn't trust them to tie their own shoe laces, let alone be in charge of 1p. Sooner or later they f**k up everything they touch, that is the track record they have, and until they actually manage to do a good job with something its reasonable to presume their failures will continue apace wherever they go. Personally I don't believe they have the ability to do a good job with anything, regardless of who the trustees may be, or how much they tweak it around the edges, as the basic structure of the organisation is fundamentally flawed and starting again is the only solution. Until such time as that happens its best they are kept away from and out of as much as possible, so that they do least harm, if not to try and preserve what little of our funds still remain, then to stop them f**cking up stuff that might otherwise have a chance of survival. Its is a black widow organisation.
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    north reacted to Ghostrider in Shetland windfarm - Viking Energy   
    Let me help you out with that then. Here's just a few....
     
    1) Interconnector - Every aspect of it,
     
    2) Considerably more challenging site and terrain.
     
    3) Considerably larger and complex engineering challenge.
     
    4) 45% of the developer's shareholding is in the hands of muppets.
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    north got a reaction from Frances144 in Hello Shetland, ny name is John!   
    Shetland is one of those places that you either love or hate when you first move there - it rarely changes from that first impression.
     
    If you like it, it will only get better, the longer you stay. You'll get to know amazing people, see amazing things and get more and more embedded into the community the longr you stay.
     
    Welcome to Shetland and enjoy your time here - there's a very good chance that you may never leave...
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    north got a reaction from whalsa in Hello Shetland, ny name is John!   
    Shetland is one of those places that you either love or hate when you first move there - it rarely changes from that first impression.
     
    If you like it, it will only get better, the longer you stay. You'll get to know amazing people, see amazing things and get more and more embedded into the community the longr you stay.
     
    Welcome to Shetland and enjoy your time here - there's a very good chance that you may never leave...
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    north reacted to ll in Library relocation   
    https://www.shetlink.com/index.php?/topic/1648-the-library-saga/
     
    Getting a good mileage on here from this over the years!
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    north got a reaction from concerned shetlander in Parkgate Pizzas   
    http://www.shetland.gov.uk/planning/documents/ShetlandLocalDevelopmentPlanAdopted26_09_2014.pdf
     
    Whilst I don't disagree with the necessity to have an overall plan for development, the document then tries to solve all the World's problems, including Climate change! In fact I would even go so far as saying it is actually a very comprehensive and well constructed document. Considering that people from all over Shetland already drive into Lerwick to get a Curry, Chinese, Fish and Chips or simply a pint, what is wrong with any restaurant being located wherever it's owners feel they want to locate it? The Customers will decide the fate of any business, not Government.
     
    It appears pretty obvious to me, that the only solution is going to be to forcibly relocate all the inhabitants of Shetland into "Da Toon" and a large wall will need to be built to contain the occupants - it could even be guarded by armed Vikings, and the enthralled tourists could be sailed in from Aberdeen in Galleys. This will dramatically decrease Climate changing emissions as there will be NO commuting, ensure an excellent centralised education system and ensure that EVERYONE will be able to have full access to the eating establishment of their choice, by push bike or shanks pony. 
     
    There are thousands of workers living in ships and barges all over the place working on expanding Oil and Gas construction projects, personnel staging through in aircraft and ships for the offshore business, tourists coming in from all over the World to experience all the fabulous things Shetland has to offer, going to remote places like Hermaness and Sumburgh Head (try that in your bus) and we are focused on the literal interpretation of a planning document that although containing fundamentally good policies and intent, throws in little "issues" like Climate Change, sustainability and transportation like this, that make the entire planning process pointless. This is exactly the kind of new business venture that should be supported and the location is irrelevant. People already drive all over Shetland for meals anyway, because each establishment offers a different choice and experience.
     
    The reality of this application is that it will succeed, as the full Council will have to rule on the recommendations of the Planning Committee and they will over-ride them just like all of these issues that arise.
     
    I can't wait for the Restaurant to open and see what they are going to offer. Good luck.
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    north reacted to wotsit in Parkgate Pizzas   
    I don't think the actual policies are the problem. It's taking an application looking at it properly and looking at the policy and then interpret it  with common sense applied along side , not taking every policy to its extreme, to make it fit every application the planners don't happen to like or want. Therefore making it easy to fail some applications and pass others, there lies the problem.
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    north got a reaction from Itchyfeet in Library relocation   
    If this process of condemned structures rising from the dead is for real, we could be quids in! We won't need to do all the restoration work on the Town Hall (bet's that a consultant wrote that plan?).
     
    The great thing about Government is there is NO accountability. It is unlikely you could round up any of the culprits (councillors or employees) involved in the last move, nor penalise o hold them responsible in any way. It's just Government money anyway, and there's always lots more where that came from, just ask anyone (anyone even remember the Norrona, Bressay Bridge, AHS 1,2 and 3, sacked Chief Executive and all the other old stuff)?
     
    And now we can return to the Library, back where it always should have been all along!
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    north got a reaction from crofter in Library relocation   
    If this process of condemned structures rising from the dead is for real, we could be quids in! We won't need to do all the restoration work on the Town Hall (bet's that a consultant wrote that plan?).
     
    The great thing about Government is there is NO accountability. It is unlikely you could round up any of the culprits (councillors or employees) involved in the last move, nor penalise o hold them responsible in any way. It's just Government money anyway, and there's always lots more where that came from, just ask anyone (anyone even remember the Norrona, Bressay Bridge, AHS 1,2 and 3, sacked Chief Executive and all the other old stuff)?
     
    And now we can return to the Library, back where it always should have been all along!
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    north reacted to Davie P in Library relocation   
    Interesting proposition, but it certainly doesn't make for a positive headline on the same day that education cuts are back on the agenda http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2015/11/23/library-could-make-900000-return-to-former-site
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    north reacted to whalsa in Library relocation   
    This is one of the great problems of our time as I see it. At every level Government representatives, employees and officials are not held accountable for wasting public funds. In private business if employees squander vast sums they are disciplined or sacked, public money should be held under more scrutiny not less! 
     
    I hope that if Wir Shetlands campaign is a success and we can set up a new Government for Shetland then a large degree of accountability can be built in to the system, it is no less than the public deserve! 
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    north reacted to Rasmie in Parkgate Pizzas   
    Perhaps we should discourage tourists from coming to Shetland, after all the cost to the environment, by their travel is just too much.
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    north got a reaction from whalsa in Parkgate Pizzas   
    http://www.shetland.gov.uk/planning/documents/ShetlandLocalDevelopmentPlanAdopted26_09_2014.pdf
     
    Whilst I don't disagree with the necessity to have an overall plan for development, the document then tries to solve all the World's problems, including Climate change! In fact I would even go so far as saying it is actually a very comprehensive and well constructed document. Considering that people from all over Shetland already drive into Lerwick to get a Curry, Chinese, Fish and Chips or simply a pint, what is wrong with any restaurant being located wherever it's owners feel they want to locate it? The Customers will decide the fate of any business, not Government.
     
    It appears pretty obvious to me, that the only solution is going to be to forcibly relocate all the inhabitants of Shetland into "Da Toon" and a large wall will need to be built to contain the occupants - it could even be guarded by armed Vikings, and the enthralled tourists could be sailed in from Aberdeen in Galleys. This will dramatically decrease Climate changing emissions as there will be NO commuting, ensure an excellent centralised education system and ensure that EVERYONE will be able to have full access to the eating establishment of their choice, by push bike or shanks pony. 
     
    There are thousands of workers living in ships and barges all over the place working on expanding Oil and Gas construction projects, personnel staging through in aircraft and ships for the offshore business, tourists coming in from all over the World to experience all the fabulous things Shetland has to offer, going to remote places like Hermaness and Sumburgh Head (try that in your bus) and we are focused on the literal interpretation of a planning document that although containing fundamentally good policies and intent, throws in little "issues" like Climate Change, sustainability and transportation like this, that make the entire planning process pointless. This is exactly the kind of new business venture that should be supported and the location is irrelevant. People already drive all over Shetland for meals anyway, because each establishment offers a different choice and experience.
     
    The reality of this application is that it will succeed, as the full Council will have to rule on the recommendations of the Planning Committee and they will over-ride them just like all of these issues that arise.
     
    I can't wait for the Restaurant to open and see what they are going to offer. Good luck.
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    north reacted to Ghostrider in Library relocation   
    They're doing no bad odds either for the site being either the carpark on the old swimming pool site, or one of the fitba pitches at Lochside. Best odds are on Lochside, seeing as the pitch is no longer "fit for purpose" on account of folk keeping landing choppers on the end of it.
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