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  1. Thought provoking point, fina. Whatever brand of faith one has it certainly changes ones view on death. Of itself I am pro medical advances just as I am all the other advances that make life easier. But you are correct in my view that when death is inevitable it should be accepted with good grace. Ghostrider. You are an incorrigible old curmudgeon. I love it, keep flying the flag
  2. Partly agree and so feel suitably admonished. However I would not take the point that it is solely the responsibility of the individual. We live in complex societies and all pay our taxes so it is not unreasonable to expect governments at all levels to make wise decisions on our behalf. i am in a high risk group, age wise, and am philosophical about whatever outcome. Living on one of the smaller islands I thought it would be easier to isolate the whole community rather than selected individuals. This idea did not earn widespread support. I take no relish in others suffering but if those who re
  3. “Schools closed for operational reasons”. So much for openness and transparency. I may have to self stop paying my council tax for reasons of international, geopolitical security!
  4. The String is closing. What a loss. Best wishes to the staff. It’s the best eatery in Lerwick. Go there before it’s too late.
  5. How good is this place! Polite service, good food and superior tonic water and good gin. Ticks all my boxes. Makes the long haul from Fetlar to Lerwick for shopping a real pleasure.
  6. Ah rabbits! Another introduced species. Such things seldom end well. Here on Fetlar we have no rats, stoats or polecats. Occasionally rabbits become common but then there’s an outbreak of myxomatosis and for three or four years you’d be hard pushed to find a rabbit. In fact the only ones I’ve seen this year have a small warren on the Tresta Links. The authorities are currently working hard to prevent, or swiftly respond to, alien introductions. The rare bird life on Fetlar could be decimated if stoats got in. As birds account for a lot of our tourist revenue this could be a blow to the communi
  7. Shetland hens are said to be a strain developed from crosses between South American Araucanas and local fowl hence a tappit on the head and the blue green eggs. If I repeat such a mating can I sell the pullets as Shetlands?
  8. Thanks for that. I don't get out much, you know!
  9. Following this topic with interest. Enjoying the diversity of views. Personally I'm always wary of yet more fora, discussion groups and quangos. Do we not already have adequate representation? For example there are 22 elected members on SIC. Three of these are from the North Isles ward. That is a good representation per head of the population. Then each island has a Community Council where those representatives are residents of their respective islands. In both cases the members of the respective groups are both approachable and open to listening to their electorates. Have th
  10. Not me but as a hen enthusiast I think they have a flock at Burland Croft on Trondra.
  11. Yes. Obviously not the clump of elder behind it. (Thanks for providing that).
  12. I would be only too happy to photograph it were it not in its dormant period. However having never photographed it before then I would not be able to prove it is not spreading. But for anyone who lives in, visits or otherwise has familiarity with Fetlar it is just near the phone box outside the shop. In answer to your theory about the climate I would agree wholeheartedly about average temperatures. But wind speed and duration is much greater here and I think this could be the factor that tempers the invasiveness of such a soft tissued, broadleafed plant.
  13. There has been a clump of JK of about 12 sq.ft on Fetlar for at least ten years. It does not spread and provides a patch of green-ness on a small area of waste land. Though this invasive weed is a problem down South I suspect that the Shetland climate would not allow it to become so here.
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