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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Nigel Bridgman-Elliot in Travelers   
    I heard a first hand account that one of them was trying to open car doors on the Whalsay ferry during a crossing.
     
    I also heard today that they had been "trying" the doors of sheds and garages in Scallaway.
     
    Sorry, but as long as "we" employ them to do these driveway jobs they'll be in Shetland.
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Nigel Bridgman-Elliot in Smyril Line / Norröna   
    Well, I'll tell you what, the roads are empty of Scandinavian/European vehicles.
     
    When the Norrona was calling here the roads were full of "dipped headlight" cars and motorbikes during the summer but now there's not one to be seen.
     
    There's no doubt it's a big loss to the Shetland economy and my friends in Faroe who knew the original directors of Smyril Line told me that they'd said Lerwick Harbour was the dearest port out of all the ports she called at.
     
    We are in all ways poorer for not having a Scandinavian sea link.
     

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    Kavi Ugl reacted in Companies who deliver to Shetland & Courier Agents   
    It can sit at that status "at local depot" for a few days , there doesn't seem to be much of a rush for the Shetland stuff as far as I can see , I had a car part one time that was at local depot for a week and it was only when I called that they decided to forward the package. very poor service in my experience from Yodel.
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    Kavi Ugl reacted to The Cleaner in Companies who deliver to Shetland & Courier Agents   
    "At your local depot" I found out can actually mean your parcel is at the last stop on the mainland before the local sub contractor gets a hold of it. At least that has been my experience with Hermes. It would explain (to a degree) the delivery date given. Sorry, don't know who deals with Yodel.
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    Kavi Ugl reacted to Ghostrider in Inter Island Ferry Service   
    There's two games at play with Holyrood, firstly, regardless of their protestations and overtures to the contrary, the Scottish establishment do not, never have, and probably never will in the next few centuries at least, consider Orkney & Shetland as a "true" part of Scotland, any more than many Orcadians and Shetlanders consider themselves 'Scottish' - We are very much the reluctant and mostly ignored foster child which they don't want, but their greed won't let them let go of. Just like you sometimes see (albeit not so often these days) a family with kids of their own, but one or more foster kids as well, who are very obvious by the fact they wear the hand me downs, while the biological children are always dressed in the new stuff - The foster ones are only where they are because the fosterers get an allowance paid for them, they're a commodity, and commodities only justify the minimum investment to ensure they continue to yield the maximum payout. We're a commodity in the same way to the Scottish political establishment, and right now they're conducting an experiment in just how low they can let their investment go without affecting the returns on it they get from us.
     
    Secondly, we're sitting on a little bit of money, and nobody in Holyrood is going to take pity on us and send momey here when it serves their interests better to throw it around as bribes for votes in the central belt, as that's where the numbers are that matter as to whether they stay on their gravy train or not, it doesn't matter how we vote, as in the bigger picture our influence whoever we vote in is minimal, the support the local SNP branch was getting from Head Office and the quality of candidates they've put forward in both Scottish and national elections in the recent past is proof enough that they really don't care what happens here.
     
    We're on our own to sink, we can choose between spending our reserves to plug the gap in Government funding either quickly or slowly, but until its all spent there will be no compassion or fairness coming this way out of Holyrood, only empty promises and flowery talking, and any compassion even then will only come if we go cap in hand and do a lot of begging. Or we can take on Holyrood at their own game, with the right research, planning and tactics any Council, including this one, could, back Holyrood in to a corner where they had to choose between honouring their obligations to the entire populations in a reasonable and fair manner, or face the real prospect of being painted so black their chances of holding on to power were all but wiped out. That unfortunately seems to be the last thing on our lot's mind though, given that the only reported reaction from our great white leader to yet another funding reduction was to scuttle away with his tail between his legs muttering about "more cutbacks to keep within the Edinburgh enforced budget". What happened to fighting for our fair share? I doesn't need much midder wit to know that if you just meekly and submissive accept whatever you're offered, you're very liable to be offered even less next time round - and we are, time and time again. Yet those on top of teh ttem here let it happen over and over again. Things will get worse regardless, but they'd get worse a whole lot more slowly if Edinburgh were a bit nervous of just what sort of broadside was about to be unleashed on them from these northern wastelands unless they sent enough to keep our protestations down to a dull roar.
     
    'Those who fail to learn from history are destined to repeat the same mistakes' or something like that is how the adage goes - History tells us that between 1500 and 1900 we were lorded over by the Scottish establishment who systematically ground both the place and the people in to the ground by creaming off almost all of the lion's share in the better times and ignoring folk's needs in the harder ones. History aso tells us that in the 15 years or so since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree in the 100+ years we've managed to largely stay out from under their thumb.....The thumb is now well and truly back, and if you want to have a general idea of how the remainder of this century will unfold politically, go check your history for the period 1600-1900 and the attitude of those who held power then, as the immediate future will be the same MO, only adapted to suit modern society and lifestyles.
     
    The Council themselves could do much to put their own house in order as well, which would minimise the need for cuts in the actual service delivery. They're sitting on a grossly bloated over-complicated management system, and using many equally over complicated and un-necessary management and admin procedures and systems, not to mention the slew of totally un-necessary 'non-job' positons, all of which are drawing salaries and incurring costs needlessly. The place would run as well, probably better in fact, if all the desk bound elements between the elected members and the front line staff were completely redesigned and streamlined with an emphasis on minimalisation, effectiveness and efficiency, and yield a scarily surprising amount in savings, but there seems no stomach within the organsation to even explore that avenue.
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Frances144 in Inter Island Ferry Service   
    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.
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Colin in Inter Island Ferry Service   
    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.
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from suuusssiiieee in Inter Island Ferry Service   
    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.
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    Kavi Ugl reacted to splodger in Driving in Shetland   
    I don't understand why the council don't introduce a bylaw making winter tyres and having the lights on mandatory between October and March as they do in some countries with a similar latitude, I think this is the case in Norway and Sweden but don't quote me!
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Urabug in Driving in Shetland   
    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.
     
     
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Frances144 in Driving in Shetland   
    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.
     
     
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from George. in Driving in Shetland   
    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.
     
     
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from sludgegulper in Driving in Shetland   
    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.
     
     
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from suuusssiiieee in Museum & Archive photo collection   
    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.........
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    Kavi Ugl reacted to Ghostrider in Museum & Archive photo collection   
    ^ You could, but its a hell of a carry on, especially if you live in any of the isles, or are someone who has no need whatsoever to be in the town otherwise, when you could as easily see a low res full screen online like they had to begin with, and order up any you wanted online, all they're needing is to instal a PayPal button on the site.....
     
    Anyway, it would still be no use as a resource/info source. A bit steep to be expected to pay their prices to buy high quality a copy, just to be able to have something to use for comparison against a photo you already have to ascertain approx dates of changes in an area etc.
     
    It could be so much more....and I really dread to think the spinning that goes on in the graves of some of those photographers whose work is involved, given the attitude of the Museum management towards making their work accessible to the public. In all honesty they are behaving, and always have behaved like little kids with a new toy.....'Its, mine, mine, mine, and I'm only allowing you a quick look, on my terms, when I feel like it...." Its a real shame, but there you go, its the endemic attitude in so-called "public" services.
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    Kavi Ugl reacted to Colin in New Esplanade road layout   
    What gets me about the whole sorry mess is the amount of contempt that a number of councillors/officials have for publc opinion.
    The works themselves, whilst they might look "pretty" and "modern" on someone's plan have resulted in the loss(?) of half a dozen (or more) parking places in an attempt to solve a problem that didn't really exist in the first place and, if it did, the solution (pc plod) was already there.  Just needed to be "activated".
    They have also increased the level of "risk" to the general public.  Particularly in respect of the "stupid" sighting of the crossing at the Church Road end of the street and really confusing road markings that seem to have addled(?) a lot of tourists who appear to think that they are crossing points.
    Traffic flow has not been improved.  How can the placement of "obstacles" in the roadway improve traffic flow?  Calling them "Speed Cushions" is laughable.  How stupid do they think people are?  If you place something in the roadway, it is an "obstacle" and obstacles are intended to impede/redirect the flow..  Sanitising it by dreaming up another name that is not so "aggressive" is the oldest trick in the book and, imho, is dishonest..  (Global Warming == Climate Change is another example)
    I just wonder why they didn't leave things as they were or, at least, have a proper(?) consultation before doing anything at all.  Lerwick is not best suited to any kind of traffic other than a horse and cart and, the truth is you can take a "jobbie", smooth off the rough bits, sprinkle it with glitter but, it's still a "jobbie" and there is no way that you are going to pick it up by the "clean" end.
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Urabug in Knab Site   
    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..........
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Da Burra Shop in Knab Site   
    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..........
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from shetlandcars in Knab Site   
    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..........
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from suuusssiiieee in Knab Site   
    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..........
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    Kavi Ugl reacted to Ghostrider in Knab Site   
    ^ My understanding of David Adamson is that they are an international consultancy firm who just happen to have a branch off in Lerwick. Assuming that to be correct, claiming they're a local firm is the same as claiming Jewson's or Northlink are local firms.
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    Kavi Ugl reacted to Rasmie in Cruise ship cancellations   
    Perhaps Hanseatic would be more suitable architecture for our fishing town. 
     
    Not much of a day for sightseeing with this thick fog!
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Scorrie in Cruise ship cancellations   
    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.
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    Kavi Ugl got a reaction from Frances144 in Cruise ship cancellations   
    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.

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    Kavi Ugl reacted to brecken in New Esplanade road layout   
    At a time when most Local Authorities are removing antiquated Zebra crossings amid safety concerns and replacing them with much safer modern crossings such as the Pelican crossings being removed, our council is moving in its usual backward way and doing the opposite as with the unnecessary speed bumps. This whole dreamt up scheme by Dumb and Dumber in infrastructure and development services and fast-tracked through by chief Baldrick and his merry Muppets formally of No.8 North Ness, now known as The turdey Hoose is a complete waste of public money all that was actually required was some 20 mph signs, an Engineer capable of fixing basic traffic lights and a more proactive approach by the Police, this would have achieved a better end result and saved quarter of a million which should have gone on something that was actually required.
    I think in a few years time both speed bumps and Zebra crossings will be a thing of the past; it’s high time the SIC started looking at the future and moving forward rather than backwards, I just hope nobody get seriously injured as a direct result of this nonsense.
    No mention of this projects contribution to the annual road maintenance program now currently running a month behind schedule or any overspend on original budget with project running over original timescale.
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