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  1. I can't believe it, I really can't. I've just finished watching Superman - and it turns out it wasn't filmed on planet Krypton at all but right here on planet Earth! Did anybody else know this? My childhood is now destroyed. Sometimes I wonder why hardly anybody posts on Shetlink anymore, then I read topics like this and my memory is restored....
  2. We've had satellite broadband for nearly 2 years now, and I have to say that other than the higher costs I can't fault it. We didn't have much option other than satellite because we are literally the last house on the phone line, about 7 miles from the exchange, and the mobile coverage is patchy to say the least. We went for Broadband Wherever, the package is 20GB per month. There was a promotional £30 a month for the first three months, but then it went to the standard £50 per month. The advertised speeds of 20Mbps down and 6mbps upload can be fairly realsitic most of the time, and I find
  3. Seriously, is there anything you're not a world-wide expert on?
  4. I would think the challenge of building a 3000+ metre runway at Sumburgh pales into insignificance compared with the thought of going through Sumburgh security wearing a spacesuit.
  5. This thread sums up beautifully why I rarely go on Shetlink any more. Honestly, it should be called The Electron, as there is never anything positive about it. The OP - soon to be a resident here - asks a simple question in an upbeat post, (you'll find it in the dictionary), and instead of getting a wave of interesting and helpful advice, ('are you going to be living in town or the country?' 'make sure you go to xxxxxx, it's a great place.' 'Check out this website for some great dog-friendly walks...') she gets post after post of negative, irrelevant crap. ('Why does one person need 5 dogs
  6. Somehow I don't think that a real-time drive through the Kames would qualify as prime time television, but maybe that's just me. Why do folk get so hung up on geographical continuity/realism in a fictional TV drama? Do people living in Oxford watching Morse say "Well that's just ridiculous, the number 34 bus doesn't call at that bus stop. I was enjoying it until I saw that, now I feel a bit queasy...." OK it's probably not going to win any BAFTAs, but it's entertaining and it makes Shetland look fantastic. Also, it's fiction.....
  7. The one part of your last post I agree with Ghostie is that the reason Loganair are staying away from regional jets is due to cost. If they wanted to go into bankruptcy in the quickest possible time then flogging the Saabs and replacing them with a fleet of jets would certainly achieve this, but the unfortunate downside would be a very quiet Sumburgh airport. Bear in mind that Loganair are 'Scotland's Airline,' not 'Shetland's Airline.' They serve a multitude of other island groups that have nowhere near the facilities of Sumburgh, and carry nothing like the number of passengers. Can you i
  8. The Loganair boss describing it as being bigger aircraft is being disingenuous with the facts to say the least. The old Viscount was rated for 75 passengers, the Budgie 40-58 and the ATP 64. Its only this last while with them using the 340 rated for only 30, and before it the Flying Shoe Box rated at 36, that gives the impression the 2000 rated at 50-58 is bigger, when in reality we're just returning to the general level of capacity per flight we enjoyed from the 60's to the 90's. How can the irrefutable fact that one type of plane is bigger than another be being 'disingenuous with the facts
  9. Sounds like a bit of a turban myth to me......
  10. ^^^ They would certainly go some way to changing driving techniques!
  11. I've never understood the concept of a 'Baby on Board' sticker as some sort of anti-collision device. It's not as if your average driver is thinking "OK, I won't crash into that car today, there's a baby in it. I'll look out for another one to career into out of control...." I find that a fairly high percentage of these sticker bearing cars tend to have so much crap piled up in the back windows, (toys, clothes etc) that they pose more of a danger than the cars they tut at everytime they go past (I'm not saying you are one of them ohpollocks!), and the number of times I've been behind a car w
  12. Also, can you imagine the dialogue with your insurers if somebody rear-ends you because you switched your fog lights off when you think they saw you? Person "Hello, some git's just rear-ended me in dense fog and written off my car." Insurer "That's jolly bad luck, I hope you're alright. So you were driving in dense fog, I presume you had your rear fog light on?" Person "Err, no, actually, I switched it off when I saw him in my mirror." Insurer "Um, err, could you say that again?" Person "My fog light was on, in case there were any cars behind me. Then when I then saw a car behind m
  13. It's interesting to hear folk's opinions in this subject, obviously everybody has different ideas of what's best and why. I think we'll have to agree to disagree on the "on-off-on" method in fog. If you are in fog and the car behind you is driving so close that you can see not only his lights but the vehicle itself then they are driving dangerously close to you (assuming an open stretch of road, not urban.) If they are being dazzled by my fog light then they should back off to a safe distance, thus giving a far greater reaction time and less chance of rear-ending the lead car. Possibly,
  14. ^^ I still disagree with your 'technique.' If you can see the vehicle behind you in fog then he is too damn close! Assuming it is proper fog conditions, less than 100m visibility, if you are driving close enough to the car in front to be dazzled by its fog light then you are probably driving closer than your car's stopping distance, should you have to stop suddenly. 40mph - stopping distance 36 metres 50mph - stopping distance 53 metres 60mph - stopping distance 73 metres Whilst I don't personally find it too challenging to operate a single switch, the bit I do struggle with is the telepathy
  15. I don't agree with this method of fog light use at all - the idea of switching them off when you see the headlights of another car behind you, I've never heard of that before. If you are driving in genuine foggy conditions (ie viz below 100m) then if a car behind you sees your fog light in front of them, your fog light hasn't done its job, it's doing its job. If you then switch your fog light off he is no longer visible with you, as the fog light was the only part of your vehicle he could see to judge his distance from you. If you go and switch your light off he has lost his only visual refe
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