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Kavi Ugl

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  1. I have to agree. I just find it increasingly embarrassing, especially with our Scandinavian and Nordic neighbours looking on. The sad thing is this IS the sum of how we "celebrate" our Scandinavian heritage, the length and breadth of Shetland. What a shame we couldn't be more genuinely interested in our Nordic history. Perhaps if we were, Thorstein Egilsson wouldn't be standing in a galley but running around in a school playground with his friends Magnus, Sven, Thorvald, Thorbjorn and Kolbein......
  2. Thanks for your replies, yes, I checked today and JBT is the courier for Yodel. The tracking shows it zipped across from the Netherlands to the UK in one night(Tues afternoon > Wed morning). It then went quiet for two days(18/7/18) but I now see an update today at 15.27pm which says it's "in our sorting centre" then at 15.31pm it's "in transit".
  3. Ah, yes, it'll be the Yodel depot and I guess the next I'll know is when it's "out for delivery" with the local courier so there'll be nothing more until then. I did have something delivered by Yodel/JBT a year or two ago and it was pretty quick so hopefully it's still them.
  4. Can anybody tell me who the delivery company in Shetland is for Yodel, is it still JBT?. Apparently my package is "at your local depot" but the estimated delivery is the 24/7/18!. Thanks .
  5. Listening to Radio Shetland last night what Derek McKay was literally saying is, if Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur will come and bow before me in my office I'll give you ferry funding. Derek McKay has been told for 3 years that the ferries need more funding, he doesn't need Tavish and Liam "to come to my office" to tell him that so what he's doing is simply an egotistical power trip. He's playing politics. We have hit a new low in our relationship with Edinburgh and as the man said, "it just isn't funny anymore". Tavish was right, the SNP Scottish Government doesn't like Shetland and Orkney because we didn't vote for them. Sadly, the truth of those words is a lot, lot darker than how it's written on a website or said on a radio. And they're going to continue twisting the financial knife in the hope that we'll surrender and give them control of the ferries and also use up the oil reserves. I saw a comment on the Shetland News Facebook page which also hits the nail on the head "They are starving Councils of funding to bankrupt them and take them over as part of a strategy of centralisation". It's time for the SIC to open talks with London with the aim of Shetland becoming a Crown Dependency. Now.
  6. Yes, that might be "the Law" but real life is different!. Plus the fact, you may well clear your car windows before driving off but a heavy snow shower combined with road spray while driving may cover half of it again. The standard of the roads here is not the problem, it's the standard of the driving........
  7. Don't give them ideas!. Mind you, I could well believe that's half the reasoning with Shetland drivers.......... "I can see nobody, and nobody can see me but I'm saving my battery and dat's da main thing".......
  8. Cheers sludgegulper, I see I've mis-typed my third line which should read "t's about making yourself seen as much as seeing". Folk don't seem to understand that in snowy conditions your snow covered car(roof & bonnet) blends in with the snow covered surroundings. It's a shame the Police/SIC don't produce a winter/driving awareness leaflet with some photos and put it in The Shetland Times.
  9. Well, it's that time of year again it seems.......... Snowy showers, poor visibility and based on what I've witnessed 70% of vehicles driving without any lights on - even in the snow showers. I just can't fathom why winter after winter people don't grasp that it's about making yourself seen as much as being seen. Do folk not understand that someone waiting at a junction with a half snow/slush covered driver's window will see you coming better if you have your lights on?. Do folk not understand that when someone is sitting waiting to turn into a junction with the low winter sun in their eyes they will SEE YOU coming towards them if you have your lights on?. Infact, in many situations YOUR HEADLIGHTS might be the ONLY thing they see. Have you noticed that many Large Vehicle(bus, truck) drivers have their headlights on all the time?. That's because if you run into them you can't say you didn't see them.
  10. That was just for Shetland Boat Week. It's the main row of flag poles I'm talking about. They'll probably come out with some excuse the fourth pole is used for "temporary flags"
  11. I just want to be able to browse the library for enjoyment and a peerie, pokie image is of no use whatsoever. You can see detail on the screen size photo that you simply can't on the 3x3/4x4' photo. I agree wi Ghostrider - it's a shameful way to behave when the various collections were given in good faith for the pleasure of future generations. I know people who have film and photos that are gold dust and they have no intention of giving it to the Shetland Museum because of the present attitude/situation. In relation to the Norwegian flag being flown in recognition of wir historic ties and history, they should never need prodded to do it. And to think that Queen Sonja even played a part in the official opening of the museum.........
  12. As the man said, you couldn't make it up....... As a side note, I noticed the other day as I looked at the museum's four flag poles that they won't even acknowledge Shetland's historic connections with Norway and fly a Norwegian flag along with the others(Shetland, British, Scottish). It seems they'd rather have a bare pole. No "politics" there then..........
  13. Not for my car. It can quite happily travel over any of the new additions at 20mph without suffering any form of catastrophic failure. Or even a jolt or bang. Good for dee.......
  14. Contrary to what Twerto says(sorry Twerto) there are no less than four sets of speed bumps in the system. One set in Church Road and three out past the Bressay ferry towards the Viking Bus Station. They're an utter menace and cause cars to mount over them in 1st gear each time and take off again(more pollution). It doesn't matter how slowly you go over them it jolts and bangs your car. Once again I have to be honest and based on what I've witnessed with the busy tourist season(utter confusion between traffic & pedestrians) the whole area is now an accident waiting to happen.
  15. Well, I've just listened to a certain Cllr being interviewed about the Knab site and sadly it smacked of "we've given it to this company so we won't have to worry about it". I agree, David Adamson Partnership is just a huge multinational company who happen to have an office in Lerwick so nothing local about them. To me, a Shetland company is one based here, works here and has their bread & butter here. What a shame though, we could have and should have handled this ourselves and given our young, up-and-coming architects a chance to put forward their ideas and work with it, even as work experience. Instead, we'll probably just end up with some blueprint from another project sooth..........
  16. Well Scorie, just think how the water front/harbour area has been spruced up with the LPA buildings(Customs Shed, Albert Building, Stewart Building) and the North Ness buildings too. Lovely buildings with a touch of Scandinavian character which have brightened up what was a very drab and run down area at one time. I often think about what would have been built to replace them at one time - just cold block and harl!. Hopefully if the LPA build a new cruise pier and centre on the site of the old fish market we'll see another nice Scandinavian style of building.
  17. I think suuusssiiieee has some valid points. With the now fourth cancellation this year it's obvious that Lerwick/Shetland is expendable and would appear to be just a minor stop in their itinerary. Yes, it's great that such a variety and size of cruise ships are calling but it's not much sense if they're also cancelling one after the other!. Something I've observed even this year is passengers returning to their ship as early as 12.30am and whatever the reason it doesn't look good. Comparing Lerwick with some town or city in Scotland is kinda meaningless I'd say. Shetland has some great, even world class, things to see like Mousa Broch, Clickimin Broch, Shetland Museum, Sumburgh Lighthouse, Scalloway Museum, Shetland Croft House Museum and the Viking house/ship in Unst. The town centre is a charming little place with the Lodberries, lanes and harbour but is definitely the worse for wear nowadays and the new "traffic calming" is very out of place for the area and is even an eyesore. On a rainy day like yesterday Shetland is a very bleak place and we need to be doing what we can to change that, perhaps with more Scandinavian style architecture - even within the central areas of Lerwick. Maybe that's not to ​everyones' taste and that's okay, but I think it is something we should be pursuing where possible. My friend from Faroe said "you have beautiful islands but your buildings are terrible"!. I drove past Old Scatness two weeks ago and it was heart-breaking to see the site languishing and abandoned. If the idea to cover it with a wooden framed, grass covered roof and made into an enclosed, professional attraction had come to fruition it would truly be a world class attraction. I'd say we've come a long way in even 20 years but we can and must do more.
  18. I witnessed the Pelican Crossing outside Highland Fuels failing to do its job today. A man was just about to step onto the Crossing when a car went briskly flying over the height of it. There was maybe no immediate danger but it just make a mockery of the whole thing. The small square speed bumps are horrendous at any speed - even in 1st gear and almost crossing them from a standstill. Four lots of those square speed bumps X four stop, 1st gear starts(one uphill) is not only wasting more of my fuel it's adding countless more emissions to the environment. People are scunnered with it and a number have told me they simply will no longer be going near the place. And that ladies and gentlemen is how you put the final nail in the coffin of a lovely but struggling town centre.
  19. Well, just when I thought it couldn't get any worse it has. They've plastered a heap of roads in Lerwick with that awful looking red covering and the parts I've seen are in the most pointless of places. Harbour Street(of all places) has no less than two and it's even on the South Road at the old Baptist Church. What was an authentic looking old town has been turned into an eyesore. Words fail me.......
  20. I have to agree with all that's being said. Previously, you just drove from A-B along Church Rd/The Esplanade but now it's a confusing mass of various bumps, chicanes and road markings. I agree 100% that it's now a driving hazard rather than a simple piece of road and I dread to think what it'll be like with 2000 cruise passengers in the area. I also genuinely fear that it's going to lead to a serious accident
  21. Well, apparently Miriam Brett was/is "senior economic adviser to the SNP’s Westminster group". In other words, there was someone from Shetland at the heart of the SNP and it still didn't do us one jot of good. http://www.shetnews.co.uk/news/14515-miriam-brett-selected-as-snp-candidate Carmichael needs to pull his socks up(more interest in, and support for the fishing industry) but I'll be voting LibDem simply to keep the SNP out.
  22. Shetland certainly needs some better quality hotels but I think many are questioning the viability of it, certainly at this time. I have to say the photo montage I saw of the proposed hotel was horrendous. It looks more like a prison
  23. Thanks for the replies, does Andrew Tait do commissions and does he have a website/Facebook page?.
  24. Hello, can anyone tell me if there is anywhere in Shetland that offers a 3D printing service?. I have the file but think I'll need a decent sized printer because the item(it's a slightly oddish shape) will be approx 200mm x 180mm x 160mm. Cheers.
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