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  1. Is there anyone in Shetland who does upholstery? I have 2 dining type chairs that I would like recovered in vinyl fabric. I have the fabric. Cheers
  2. Is it steekit mist all ower Shetland da day? We have visitors who would love to see Eshaness or st ninians and I was hoping against hope that it might be clear somewhere.....
  3. Good for them for knowing their history. For those who didn't study history and are too young to remember, here's a summary from Philip Cave: Margaret Thatcher was the most divisive and polarising politic leader of the last century. This is an incomplete list of why many of us fall on the side that does not regard her with anything other than odium… 1. She supported the retention of capital punishment 2. She destroyed the country's manufacturing industry 3. She voted against the relaxation of divorce laws 4. She abolished free milk for schoolchildren ("Margaret Thatcher, Milk Snatcher") 5. She supported more freedom for business (and look how that turned out) 6. She gained support from the National Front in the 1979 election by pandering to the fears of immigration 7. She gerrymandered local authorities by forcing through council house sales, at the same time preventing councils from spending the money they got for selling houses on building new houses (spending on social housing dropped by 67% in her premiership) 8. She was responsible for 3.6 million unemployed - the highest figure and the highest proportion of the workforce in history and three times the previous government. Massaging of the figures means that the figure was closer to 5 million 9. She ignored intelligence about Argentinian preparations for the invasion of the Falkland Islands and scrapped the only Royal Navy presence in the islands 10. The poll tax 11. She presided over the closure of 150 coal mines; we are now crippled by the cost of energy, having to import expensive coal from abroad 12. She compared her "fight" against the miners to the Falklands War 13. She privatised state monopolies and created the corporate greed culture that we've been railing against for the last 5 years 14. She introduced the gradual privatisation of the NHS 15. She introduced financial deregulation in a way that turned city institutions into avaricious money pits 16. She pioneered the unfailing adoration and unquestioning support of the USA 17. She allowed the US to place nuclear missiles on UK soil, under US control 18. Section 28 19. She opposed anti-apartheid sanctions against South Africa and described Nelson Mandela as "that grubby little terrorist" 20. She support the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia and sent the SAS to train their soldiers 21. She allowed the US to bomb Libya in 1986, against the wishes of more than 2/3 of the population 22. She opposed the reunification of Germany 23. She invented Quangos 24. She increased VAT from 8% to 17.5% 25. She had the lowest approval rating of any post-war Prime Minister 26. Her post-PM job? Consultant to Philip Morris tobacco at $250,000 a year, plus $50,000 per speech 27. The Al Yamamah contract 28. She opposed the indictment of Chile's General Pinochet 29. Social unrest under her leadership was higher than at any time since the General Strike 30. She presided over interest rates increasing to 15% 31. BSE 32. She presided over 2 million manufacturing job losses in the 79-81 recession 33. She opposed the inclusion of Eire in the Northern Ireland peace process 34. She supported sanctions-busting arms deals with South Africa 35. Cecil Parkinson, Alan Clark, David Mellor, Jeffrey Archer, Jonathan Aitkin 36. Crime rates doubled under Thatcher 37. Black Wednesday – Britain withdraws from the ERM and the pound is devalued. Cost to Britain - £3.5 billion; profit for George Soros - £1 billion 38. Poverty doubled while she opposed a minimum wage 39. She privatised public services, claiming at the time it would increase public ownership. Most are now owned either by foreign governments (EDF) or major investment houses. The profits don’t now accrue to the taxpayer, but to foreign or institutional shareholders. 40. She cut 75% of funding to museums, galleries and other sources of education 41. In the Thatcher years the top 10% of earners received almost 50% of the tax remissions 42. 21.9% inflation Most people recognise the massive changes that evolved during the 1980s. However, to ascribe the positive changes to one person, as though they never would have happened in her absence, is laughable.
  4. Well, what did you all think of it? I thought that if you allowed for artistic license at the bits where 'Bressay' was clearly somewhere else, etc, it was o good yarn, and I can't wait to see who dun it. [***Mod edit - merged threads***]
  5. The YouGov poll showed that 7 out of 10 people support the proposals to allow gay people to marry and 9 out of 10 gay people support the proposals, so I would be very surprised and disappointed if Shetlinkers voted against this. Young LGBT people are 3 times more likely to feel unsafe at school, are more likely to be assaulted and harassed, and may eventually internalise the homophobia and have difficulty accepting themselves. They are 4 times more likely than their heterosexual peers to attempt suicide. Many studies have shown a clear link between the high rates of suicide attempts among LGBT teens and a conservative environment that does not support LGBT equality in terms of legislation as well as culture. So I would like to say thank you to Alistair Carmichael for voting for a bill that may, indirectly, save some precious young Shetland lives.
  6. I'm wondering how icy the Lerwick to Walls road is?
  7. Lots of memorable acts this year. JP Cormier playing with Vair, Hot Seats, Jeana Leslie and Siobhan Miller, Baltic Crossing, Roy Ellis, Brendan Power. But my highlight was First Foot Soldiers' Bohemian Rhapsody in the club on Saturday night. Hope they can be persuaded to do it again
  8. The folk fest is my favourite annual event in Shetland, and the thing I like best about it is the diversity of the music. As thousands of folk flock to sell out concerts every year I surely can't be alone? I'd like to say a huge thanks to the voluntary folk fest committee.
  9. Shetlanders have a long history of travelling and settling all around the world. I would hope that Shetlanders would be welcomed and respected where ever they go. I hate to think of Shetlanders being mocked and marginalised in the places they now call home. In return I would hope that Shetland could welcome and respect the people who settle here. But listening to the talk on the street, and reading some of the comments in this thread, I feel we have a bit of work to do to show a proper Shetland welcome to folk of different race. The majority of Shetlanders may be welcoming. But it takes guts to actually make a stand against racist bullying. My guess is that most folk would rather walk on by and pretend they didn't see it. So I'd like to say a huge thank you to the person who had the guts to raise this issue. As for the notion that you're not allowed an opinion unless you were born here! Well, I guess that shows that we Shetlanders still have a peerie bit of work to do on making sure that everyone here understands the concepts of respect and equal opportunities!
  10. We buy Shetland milk exclusively because it tastes great, and less food miles means less damage to the planet.
  11. Went to Tatties and Point on Saturday and was impressed by gluten and dairy free home made soup, good range of tattie fillings and soya milk available for tea / coffee.
  12. Well said jevans! Cycle tracks and more farmers markets would make such a difference. And a bit of sunshine would be fine too...
  13. A friend is hoping to drive from Sumburgh to Lerwick about 9pm. Have any of you driven that road in the past half hour? How is it? Thanks
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