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  1. its not a case of getting PC plod off his backside its 'finding PC plod' they simply don't have the staff to police or enforce anything! I Agree people do and should drive to the conditions and a good sensible driver can safely navigate the esplanade safely at 30mph in the quiet hours of the night yet equally he/she would drive at 20mph if not less in the hight of the day unfortunately this requires 'common sense' an ability too many drivers (young AND old)  don't have!

  2. What a pointless post as ever! My father moans about the same issues you do Lerwicklad but at least he has the excuse of being 65 and has the commen sence to admit it was just as bad when he was young and the antics they got up to in cars! He always advised me to learn from his mistakes without repeating them and I made my own which I'll pass on to my son!

    Young lads will be young lads! Now you can tar them with your judgmental brush and give them nothing to loose or you can view them as individuals with a specific hobby! Twitchers annoy me as they half pool off the road for a lesser spotted diving whatever! Cyclists, runners .... Dare I say it 'old 40mph drivers' all risk our safety and annoy me but there not 'my' roads there everyone's so live and let live!

  3. Great in theory Paulb but not everyone can afford new tyres! For this reason i wouldnt go down this road either but I would suggest carefully selected used tyres 'may' be safer than the bald illegal ones he may want to replace...

  4. its all a complete joke! Serco will tick a few boxes and win a few islanders by making 'improvements' but I fear these improvements will do only one thing and that's make the boats more profitable!! they have no interest in the needs or wants of islanders all they want is money!!

    it was a sad day we lost P&O and northlink had big shoes to fill that they've achieved in many respects (troubles being there sub standard vessels more than there staff) but we can all say good bye to that and hello to the corporate monster the government has given our lifeline service too...

  5. I also feel that there are millions out there that would jump at the chance of a job on one of those ferries and more still that would want a payrises in excess of 4%.

     

    speaking from a marine background (merchant navy) my brief time at north link was the worst money i'd been on for my entire career, mariners are highly qualified professionals that take years and thousands of pounds of often self funding to gain certification, if serco arnt willing to pay them what there worth they'll leave or fight for more as there still a very desirable commodity in the job market...

    cant comment on hotel staff but i'm sure there not on superstar wages either...

    these strikes will affect me as it will us all and i'd love to see the scottish government put an end to them but i dont think theres a que of staff waiting in the wings

  6. This is scandalous and any attempt to claim its non profit is quite simply lies!!

     

    I’m no mathematician (but I do work on oil tankers) although GB's sums just don’t seem to add up! does anyone know how often we received fuel in Shetland?

     

    Lets take the border heather for example (the smallest of the fuel carriers I believe i.e. the dearest per ltr using the assumption transport = more bulk more profit) she carries 3340m3 so 3.34 million litres... (Every m3 is 1000ltr) (We wont get into weights, temperatures and density’s for the argumentative amongst you... there always seems to be one on here!)

     

    So a cargo of today’s Aberdeen diesel is worth (3.34mx£1.429)=£4.77m

    and a cargo of today’s Shetland diesel is worth (3.34mx£1.529)=£5.12m

     

    now there’s £336'860 difference there nearly three hundred and thirty seven grand!! The charter rates for large specialised tankers in today’s market hover from 60-80 thousand a day so a small fuel coaster should be half that! Let’s say for argument sake its 33 odd grand were paying TEN TIMES the cost it takes to get it here an that’s assuming GB even pays Aberdeen forecourt prices which I severely doubt!! Even with weather delays and loading/discharging times and the return journey this is madness!

    I’m aware the boat carries petrol diesel and heating oil and never a full cargo of ‘one’ but I’m sick and tired for paying over the odds for everything! I’m quite happy to take my 'island hit' on the chin this is where i choose to live and where I’m from but this is taking the pi**

     

    Prices from

    http://www.shetlandtimes.co.uk/2012/03/01/demands-for-inquiry-as-fuel-prices-in-shetland-remain-much-higher-than-in-other-island-groups

    http://www.whatgas.com/petrol-prices/index.html

  7. i'm with dratsy here! being shetlander and a qaulified seafarer who works around shetland and has served on the lerwick lifeboat etc i feel qualified to have an opinion (before someone starts!)

    You run the very real risk of puttin your own life and the life of the vet and the lives of emergency services going to sea without the experiance required. Going to sea in a boat this size alone is unadvisable regardless of experiance or 'licences'

    off course your sailing experiance will set you in good stead and the RYA and coastguard advice above is valid but they are mearly breaking the surface of what you would be required to know to navigate a vessel the size of the one pictured above in or around shetland waters.

    they are generally regarded as some of the most changable and dangerous seas in the world and although people talk of 'coastal' there on the edge of the north sea and the atlantic!

    by all means do not be put off the idea by me the sea can be a very enjoyable and fruitfull place to spend time but be under no illusion, its is unpredictable and deadly an has no mercy!

    please make any decision with great care and learn from the experianced prior to going it alone

  8. if you've 'lost' the key the above is all true (sorry) but if du's locked da key inside etc den you can get a key cut joost aboot anywhar, open da car (setting off da alarm no doot) to retrive da key joost mind she'll no start we dy key an da alarm will no lik da fact du's done it!

  9. Surely there's also a point to be made here that if we were still graced with the 57 seat carpetted 'long distance' buses that realistically had no space for dogs, wheelchair users or really anything else it would be irresponsible to take most larger pets on anyway but with our modern uncomfortable hose down floor cattle carrying replacements there's ample room (all be it potentially standing) allowing for elderly or wheelchair bound passengers.

    As for 'catching' anything from dogs I'd far rather share my time with them than most snurty nosed wheezing coughing human passengers?

    Perhaps we should approach the authorities banning people from using the bus to the doctors? Could suggest people bein proactive, excercising having regular checkups and a healthy diet or a little doctor day collection jar for taxi's (just exposing the driver to the potensially lethal contagous threat) or claim on there health insurance for transport oh no.... Sorry shetlandpeat it's obviously different for humans and dogs....

  10. This really is aggravating to read! I am lucky enough to have my own transport suitable for my 2 dogs however if I didn't I would fully feel it was my right as a council tax payer to take them on the bus!

    Reasoning like dogs with 'soft stools' soiling the bus are obsurd! Do you assume dog owners would have no issue with this? Any responsible dog owner would have bags to clean it up or have given there dog sufficient opertunity to 'go' prior to the journey. They would be totally ashamed and shouldn't have used the bus if they assumed it was a risk. Shall we ban travel sick and drunk people from buses? I'm sure vomit would meet all the same criteria, with a displayed soiling charge that could also be issued to pet owners if needs be.

    I wouldnt let my dogs on my seats at home so wouldn't do it on a bus either.

    The whole issue here is not what the dog may do on the bus it's what the irresponsible dog owner might do with the dog! This covers it's behaviour around people, children, other dogs and the potential stress of being on a bus!

    I sympathise with allergy sufferers but should I be singled out as being a dog owner thus find my own way? Surely if you have specialised needs you should maybe seek your own way? Will we ban smokers for asthmatics or perfume wearers for smokers?

    I'm sure many children with there screaming, ice cream sticky hands and kicking feet would cause just as much of an issue on public transport? Not to mention there ability to bite but I think we'd all agree you can't ban them?

    Buses are a lifeline service FOR ALL unfortunately if we all can afford to have strong opinions on who should or shouldn't be able to use the bus maybe we should afford our own personal transport and allow those potentially less fortunate (Eco friendly, more organised or any other reason to travel by bus) to make there own decision and rely on the common sense of the driver prior to taking there pets onboard.

  11. "I personally wouldnt spend time in yell as you see most of it as you travel through it to get to Unst. Im sure some others here might disagree with me."

     

    thats a bold statement twarto! as posted above west Sandwick and Brecken are some of the most highly rated beaches in shetland! some lovely shops and great local friendly people and events, the east road is a great glimpse of the northern isles with some great spots!

     

    think this post is greatly swayed by peoples bias (and no i'm not from yell) anywhere you go has its individual appeal and if your willing to find it you'll enjoy yourself wherever!

     

    have a nice holiday!

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