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  1. Most of the images - if not all - were taken, when they built the first of these turbines in the Hamburg harbour area. It might be interesting to concentrate on the activities which took place on the ground only ... and from that to calculate how much ground space they actual will need to errect the turbines ... and how big the areas have to be, where they have to cut the peat down to the solid rock to find a proper stand for their cranes and other equipment ...
  2. @Siccar Conditions are quite fair. All airports cleared and minor delays only (except connections with Spain; still delayed). All major roads in the north including Berlin area are cleared but there a severe forecasts of 'heavy blitz ice' later this afternoon and for the night. Minor probs with public transport within the Berlin area esp. within the S-Bahn. You should calculate some extra time (for alternative bus shuttles) if you need to go by S-Bahn especially to the eastern suburbs, so I was told by my friends.
  3. Due to severe weather conditions and according to this weeks legislation all car drivers in Germany are forced to use special 'winter tyres' mounted to their cars in wintry conditions. These tyres must be marked on their flanks with letters 'M&S' and/or a little starlike 'snow flake'. As it was announced this afternoon, that the new rule starts from tomorrow morning at 00:00 hrs continental standard winter time. The rule applys to all drivers on all types of German roads including visitors and transit travellers for example en route from Bergium/France to Austria/Switzerland/Poland.
  4. Scotland's only direct passenger ferry service to mainland Europe [Rosyth-Zeebrugge by DFDS / formerly NorfolkLine] is to be scrapped, it has been announced. BBC tonight http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-11041554 ... a bit OT but just to highlight the over all ferry situation in the North Sea. As long as DFDS don't accept another company in 'their waters' it makes only little sense to discuss about new ferry routes ...
  5. It is by far more difficult than that, Ghostrider! ... i) The general text about the Shetland Lochs (vol. II, part II) describes Girlsta Loch as the deepest Loch in Shetland with a max. depth of 74 feet (as in the table you have quoted) ii) So does the description of Loch Girlsta in the same volume. iii) The map which I quoted gives at least 4 values indicating a depth greater than 74 feet: two bathymetrical lines indicating a depth of 75 feet and more and two max. values of 77 fet and 78 feet respectively in a different location. (From what I've learned about drawing of bathymetrical
  6. Well - not only Germans ! From my experience you may add Austrians, Swizz, Dutch ... and if there are ... other German speaking folks ... In our German speaking forums we have regular questions about 'how to get up there?' ... but following up what actually had happened, we find a very small number only that travelled to Shetland. Just some figures about the three forums of which I do have 'some control': i) This year we had roughly some 100 enquiries about Shetland before 1st August. ii) Only 3 out of those - of which we have a positive feed back - have visited Shetland ! The sa
  7. The Bathymetrical Survey of the Fresh-Water Lochs of Scotland, 1897-1909 (with data for Girlsta Loch from 1903) gave a maximum depth of 78 feet. Have a look at http://www.nls.uk/maps/bathymetric/view/?sid=74400548
  8. Looking from outside Shetland the whole debate is a bit irritating. There are very good reasons why some Shetlanders were afraid about 'some reductions' with regard to NorthLink's winter time table only and now there are other folks who want to withdraw one of the two available boats for 'summer trips' to Norway. Sorry, but that does not fit together ! The only two ways out of the dilemma which I do see are: i) If it is right that the Norönna is still passing trough Yell Sound then Shetland capital together with other third party capital still working in the Faeroese boat could work
  9. ... text of the dedication is back ... ... name of the underwriter remains unclear ... may be Wilhelm Xxxmann, but I'll ask a (older) friend who had learned this kind of writing at school ... this particular kind of writing / typesetting was forbidden in 1941 ... too early for me, I'm a post war model ...
  10. ... if it is just the question of translation you may send me a copy of the text in question and I will try my best ... e-mail-addy follows as pm
  11. no, nae, never ... we tourists prefer da boats ...
  12. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/scotland/north_east_orkney_and_shetland/10175923.stm ... when they really decide to close half of Shetland's schools they will have a few pennies left for a moderate increase of their expences in 2011 ...
  13. OT ... just to keep you informed: Google and the German government signed an agreement today: a) Google will switch on street view only after ALL protests (private und public) are cleared. Google will install a simplyfied clearing routine where individuals und city councils can ask for deletion of certain photos which match with given addresses two months PRIOR to the launch of street view. c) Google agreed to delete all protested images within 48 hrs for the time after the start of street view. In the end Google accepted that they acted illegally at least in two aspects: i) You a
  14. A couple of days ago the then designated Minister for Education & Integration of the Federal State of Lower Saxony caused a lot of very 'hot' discussions over here. On her first interview in her new role she said that all religious sign should be banned from school classrooms. She is a Muslima, of Turkish roots, the first Muslima to become a federal minister in Germany ... but she was elected by the CDU = the Christian Democratic party the majority party within the parlament of Lower Saxony. A Muslima on a christian democrats' ticket ... Today she was publicly sworn in. In such a
  15. ... a bit OT ... Right, we have learned our lessons and must not always be the first ... NO - the main reason simply is: Google was not willing to accept German legislation. Their say:"What we can do elsewhere in the world should be possible in Germany as well!" ... not accepting that the legislation about many aspects is in the hands of the Federal States and not Berlin. The secondmost important reason: Google did not accept any rules about how to delete illegal images prior to the publication. And last but not least, google had to agree to some standard of professional cartograph
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