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  1. Has anyone else noticed that folk driving people carriers seem to be in a dreadful rush all of the time? Every time I drive in and out of Lerwick (always sticking on the speed limit) I get overhauled by a people carrier doing at least 80. Ford Focus C Max's and Galaxy's are generally the worst offenders. I know a person that has a C Max and they are always boasting that it has 180HP. Well, big deal! That's for lugging a boot full of shopping and 6 folk home with, not for seeing how fast you can push it! It's as if they are tying to make up for the fact the have bought the motoring equivalent of corduroy trousers. If you are carrying your kids you should be driving sensibly, and none of this "I'm a safe speed driver" rubbish. It doesn't scan.
  2. I'm pretty sure it was the LPA that decided where the barge was going to be sited, not Total. It isn't the prettiest but to be honest it doesn't bother me over much. I don't go out on the raz any more in the town (being a daddy and boring old fart) so can't comment on the night life impact.
  3. Can anyone help here, trying to post a pic using the format below but it doesn't seem to show up! Obviously I'm not doing it right. http://www.flickr.com/photos/98149912@N08/9150614628l
  4. How do you attach a pic from your computer on here?
  5. It was reminiscent of a scene from "Come Fly with Me"! British beuracracy at its best.
  6. Just had a strange experience when landing at Aberdeen this morning. The plane pulled up at the international arrivals stand and we were herded towards the UK border checkpoint. There was much confusion and muttering from the other passengers (and myself). Has there been a Coup? Someone remarked. The immigration officials seemed as mystified as the rest of us. The head bloke was spluttering that you couldn't come through without a passport, one of the more sensible immigration ladies suggested that a drivers licence would be sufficient. One of the passengers obviously decided that he had come to the wrong area and started walking back out of the room only to be yelled back by the ever more flustered head bloke. Eventually the sensible lady just started calling people forward and checking whatever ID they had on them whilst her boss spluttered and fumed demanding to know what was going on. Does anyone know what legal rights you would have in this situation, obviously you can be asked for ID, but what if you only had a student card? That may not necessarily show your nationality. I did actually have my passport on me but I was damned if I was going to show it!
  7. I live in Mossbank and am in Brae a lot, haven't seen any trouble. Lets be honest here, there were fights and other issues before the gas plant started to be built, it's not like the mid brae inn and lights were havens of virtue before 2012! My only complaint is the twits that pull out in front of me coming from the sella ness camp then proceed at 40 mph all the way to Brae! I'm sure they think the whole area from brae to Sullom Voe is their building site.
  8. I am sure there are some loonies up in hillswick that think they are witches, there is suppose to be a druid up there too. Takes all sorts!
  9. That can be a tad OTT IMHO. You can get blinded by the headlights reflecting on the rainy surface - something my driving instructor pointed out. Look at how many rainbows we get up here, for example - cloudy, raining yet bright sunshine! There seems to be some in Shetland who put their headlights, never mind fog lights, on for the teeny weeniest bit of cloud cover and others who never put them on even when blooming pitch black! I admit that having a light coloured car I'll put mine on when the light starts to fade but seriously, I've seen headlights on in total broad daylight with the sun shining and everything, and no, these were on older cars and not models with the automatic ones. I can understand that, to be honest. I have to admit I automatically switch the lights on as soon as I start the engine! Next car will have day light running lights... Fog lights however only go on when required.
  10. My driving instructed always said if you need your wipers on you should have your lights on.
  11. There are so many folk out there that seem to think it is necessary to switch on their fog lights as soon as they get in their cars. Not sure if they think it makes them look "cool" or it is just plain ignorance. There are also the tubes that don't switch them on when they should. Like most things, unless there is a crack down nothing will change. Very hard to change bad habits.
  12. Never had cause to complain about the fort, can hardly walk past the place without going in! Some folk are never happy.
  13. Kids have always done stupid and thoughtless things. Bottom Line- they need a smack then made to sit down in front of the families they have affected and explain themselves. They might learn that actions have consequences. There are no consequences now for misbehaviour, teachers and support workers are scared to even give verbal warnings for fear of reprisals (either from false allegations or stupid violent parents). I ken what my grandpa would have said about this (he was a policeman) - If he had caught the kids he would have given them a smack round the side of the head then dragged them to their parents who would have made damn sure that they were punished.
  14. The thing is, folk rarely think of going to the Legion unless they are a member. The committee needs to advertise its opening hours and admissions policy much better. I don't know what it is. A few pieces in the Shetland times over a 5 or 6 weeks, put out some flyers. What is the policy for non-members anyway? Can anyone walk in on a Thursday/Friday night for a pint? Whats that saying? Adapt or Perish? Look at other Shetland institutions that died off due to clinging to the past - Clives for one.
  15. You sad sad person. There are over 400 different species of mammal that exhibit homosexual behaviour. Also, male black swans have been known to pair for life. They even steal eggs from other nests to raise young (the young of the mail pairs are statistically more likely to survive to adulthood by the way). So to say homosexuality is not normal is just showing that you have no clue at all about nature.
  16. You canna just be racist when you're drunk, you either are you aren't. I've never actually witnessed someone being racially abusive in Shetland in the 30 years I've been alive but if I did I can tell you I would come down on the sausage like a ton of bricks.
  17. One would then assume that you were on the wrong side of the road if they overtook on the "inside" Why hes traveling north the bend at the bigton junction would be to the right so the"inside" is the wrong side of the road He's correct stigli! He means the inside of the bend.
  18. Sorry to say I was there 2wks ago for lunch with high hopes, there were only people at two other tables when we got there and it still took nearly a hour for our food, the waiter forgot one of the side dishes and my friends dish was not very hot. Plus the portions were small for the price. I would not recommend it. I was there with the missus last Friday, it was pretty busy but we didn't have to wait too long for the food. The food when it came was very good and well presented. Also the best coffee I've had in Shetland, nice thick crema on top. I'm afraid I have to agree with iron when it came to service. The staff were very nice but totally disorganised, they all seemed to be telling each other what to do rather than just doing it themselves. The tables weren't split up between the staff, they were all over the place. We had to wait 20 minutes for the bill to come. There weren't enough staff on for the number of people in the place either. If they can iron the service issues it will be a pleasure to go back. The wife and I have lamented on many occasions about the lack of decent coffee shops / eateries / bars where your feet don't stick to carpet in Shetlend. Both being born and bred here we still find it frustrating so I can't imagine what folk that move up here must feel like. I suppose there are many other factors that compensate for it but sometimes you just want to have civilised night out!
  19. I actually am watching the fit'ba and having a beer right this moment! But I hate soaps so that's ok! I hope there's a good turn out for the local elections. Someone said (I think it was Jed Bartlett on the West Wing!) that all the governing that really matters is done at a local level. Smart man.
  20. A straight one question on independence wouldn't work, I think it would probably fail as folk maybe aren't ready for full independence. I dunnu ken which way I'd slide on a yes/no type referendum. But as for the Lisbon treaty, I just can't see how the politicos can expect us to make a properly informed desicion. We vote in the person that we think will do the best job and is most qualified to look after our interests and trust them with the complex stuff. You must have voted abraxas! I know the commons is (mostly) a nest of old boys but we did put them there. Maybe the scottish parliament isn't quite as corrupt (yet), hopefully it will remain that way. I can remember a French political journalist being mystified at the expenses scandal that erupted with such fury, on the continent they seem to expect and accept that their politicians are corrupt! Look at Italy! As for the elitism you mentioned, I'm just waiting for the slagging. I'm not any smarter than the next guy, just interested and awake!
  21. I would be interested to know what other users think of the entire concept of referendums. Given the complexity of issues such as the Lisbon treaty is it feasible for the vast majority of the public to have enough understanding of the ramifications to make an educated vote. Info garnered from the Sun doesn't count! Do we not vote in the politicians to make these kind of descicions? Even a vote on independence (which I think there should be) are more complex than first may be thought. If you walk down a street in Glasgow and see the neds loitering on corners the confidence in the voting system tends to dip slightly. I'm not saying there should be an iq test before voting is allowed or any such rot before folk start bashing me! Any thoughts anyone?
  22. Just to stop "slow bashing" for a minute - what about those cars that pull out of the west side junction at Tingwall when you're coming down the hill forcing you to brake? Half of the time they then turn off at the crossroads. That really gets me fizzing! Or the cars that insist on overtaking at the long straight just before tingwall (why do so many folk think they have to drive at 70 there?) then you end up having to slow down for them on the hill up to the golf course. I think some people just canna bear to be behind someone else, even if they're doing 60. Grrrrrrr...
  23. "strange" is a subjective concept anyway!
  24. Having no experience whatsoever with HS'ing I was wondering what kind of social impact it has on the kids? You must have to be careful they get loads of social interaction with their peer group outside school hours? I have only ever known person that was home schooled and they were a bit strange, very insular and shy (not autistic before anyone jumps on me). But that could have been the parents as they were pretty odd as well!
  25. Don't fall foul of this: According to the Education (Scotland) Act 1980: "Where a child of school age who has attended a public school on one or more occasions fails without reasonable excuse to attend regularly at the said school, then, unless the education authority have consented to the withdrawal of the child from the school (which consent shall not be unreasonably withheld), his parent shall be guilty of an offence against this section." This means that when a parent wants to take a child out of school to be home schooled, he or she has to have permission from the Local Educational Authority (LEA).
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