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    Seaflech got a reaction from panrider913 in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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....
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    Seaflech reacted to Spinner72 in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    Finally got around to watching the second episode last night and really enjoyed it.
     
    As I had hoped,as often happens with series like this, it has improved greatly now it is being written as a TV series and not based on the books. As a modern crime drama it is still at the low end of the scale, again mostly due to the characters from the books not being particularly good, but this should improve as they get a chance to develop.
     
    No question it is a great advert for Shetland, and of course us locals will notice logistical inaccuracies but a few thousand of us out of 6.12 million viewers (source : http://www.barb.co.uk/whats-new/weekly-top-30 ) really doesn't matter, and its more than made up for by the fun of location and people watching.
     
    So, not as good as it could be (Cracker, Bridge, Hinterland) but better than its been.
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Teenie3 in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Scorrie in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Roachmill in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from George. in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Frances144 in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Ladylady in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Ladylady in Satellite Broadband - Any users?   
    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 it gives a very consistent connection.  The hardware cost was £150, plus £75 for installation.
     
    There's clearly a bit of lag in it, about 700ms is normal, but unless they fly the satellites lower that probably won't change.  This can be slightly annoying if you're using it to speak to somebody, as you both speak at the same time then stare at each other on the screen for a few seconds, then do the same again.  Obviously if you're into multiplayer gaming etc it's a non-starter.
    There is a fair user policy which they advertise as unlimited between midnight and 6am, but it isn't unlimited, and they will downgrade your connection to a drip feed if you regularly cane it in these hours.
     
    You can either buy or rent the equipment, renting is usually a 24month contract.
     
    Yes it's an expensive option but when you have nothing else you have to just go for it.  We don't have a landline in the house so we're saving on that at least.
     
    Pros:
    Consistent speed
    Only viable option if rural/no mobile signal/detest BT
    Fire and forget - I haven't had to do anything to anything since it was set up
    Customer service is good, what little dealings I've had with them.
     
    Cons:
    Expensive
    Easy to hit monthly limit when you've been used to unlimited
    Very expensive if you want to top up data allowance (£15 a GB rings a bell but never used it)
    Delay in signal is annoying when using phone through internet
    'Unlimited' claim off peak isn't really, and they'll eventually nab you if you take the p*ss
     
    Hope this is of some help.
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    Seaflech got a reaction from George. in Direct Flight   
    Seriously, is there anything you're not a world-wide expert on?
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Frances144 in Shetland Spitfire   
    From its tail number there's a bit about it on this website:
     
    http://www.spitfires.ukf.net/p026.htm
     
    If I've interpreted the information correctly then sadly it looks like it had a very short life.
    Completed at Castle Bromwich factory on 23 March 1942
    Delivered to 133 Sqn RAF on 12 April 1942
    Shot down 15 days later on 27 April near Ostend by a Fw 190 , P/O W C Wicker killed.
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    Seaflech reacted to stilldellin in Whit'na plane wis yun ?   
    A broad mix of aircraft into Sumburgh yesterday, included this Mooney M20K 231, this Cessna 182P Skylane and a Piper PA-34-200T  :-
    Aircraft Sumburgh IMG_6385 by Ronnierob, on Flickr
     
    .. and the regular Saab 2000 G-LGNP departing runway 33 was making some interesting vapour trails due to the high humidity  :-
    Saab 2000 G-LGNP IMG_6440 by Ronnierob, on Flickr
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Gaepshot in Spaceport ?   
    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.
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    Seaflech got a reaction from jz in Spaceport ?   
    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.
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Windwalker in Moving to Shetland   
    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?' 'Stay off the land!  All of it!' 'Have you even read the 1564 Land Reform Act?' 'Groan.....')  Yes groan indeed.
     
    Shetland is known the world over for being a forward thinking, friendly, happy to be place.  Shetlink, for the best part, aint....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from panrider913 in Moving to Shetland   
    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?' 'Stay off the land!  All of it!' 'Have you even read the 1564 Land Reform Act?' 'Groan.....')  Yes groan indeed.
     
    Shetland is known the world over for being a forward thinking, friendly, happy to be place.  Shetlink, for the best part, aint....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from as in Moving to Shetland   
    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?' 'Stay off the land!  All of it!' 'Have you even read the 1564 Land Reform Act?' 'Groan.....')  Yes groan indeed.
     
    Shetland is known the world over for being a forward thinking, friendly, happy to be place.  Shetlink, for the best part, aint....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Kafka in Moving to Shetland   
    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?' 'Stay off the land!  All of it!' 'Have you even read the 1564 Land Reform Act?' 'Groan.....')  Yes groan indeed.
     
    Shetland is known the world over for being a forward thinking, friendly, happy to be place.  Shetlink, for the best part, aint....
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    Seaflech reacted to trout in Moving to Shetland   
    The abortion is this thread   OP asked a reasonable question and it's degenerated into goodness knows what!? Seriously!
     
    Shetland. Dog. Open space. Walk. Yay! Difficult? No. Country code. Sense.
     
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    Seaflech got a reaction from panrider913 in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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.....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from Selkie in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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.....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from CrunchieSquirrel in BBC Shetland Series - Ann Cleeves novels filmed in Shetland   
    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.....
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    Seaflech got a reaction from sludgegulper in Whit'na plane wis yun ?   
    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 imagine trying to fill a 60-70 seat jet in Tiree to fly to Glasgow four times a day?  An airline operating many of the same type of aircraft makes far more sense than having multiple types.  Think spares/maintenance costs, training, aircrew, manuals, cost of running etc.
     
    There is no such thing as 'old, cheap aircraft' when it comes to commercial flying.  If you buy them cheap, they cost extremely dear in maintenance.  If you buy new, they cost not quite as much in maintenance.  It's not like buying a cheap car where you can live with the passenger's window not working and a rattly back end.
    The Saab 2000 is still classed as a modern turboprop, but rest assured the technology change between when it and the ATP came into service is huge.  In earth years there may not be much between them but in terms of avionics and engine management and efficiency they are generations apart.
     
    Regional jets simply wouldn't work on the island routes.  Not because it's a conspiracy (but keep the tinfoil hat handy, just in case), but due to very simple economics of scale.
    Jets only become efficient at high altitudes where they can burn less fuel to get greater performance.  On the Sumburgh to Aberdeen/Edinburgh/Glasgow routes this would mean they would spend half their flight climbing to a more efficient, but not most efficient altitude,  followed immediately by a descent.  Sumburgh is the furthest flung Scottish airport which means that on every other route a jet wouldn't be able to get that high, meaning you'd be pouring fuel down the engines, increasing engine wear and ultimately putting a higher price on the ticket to pay for it.
    Another aspect is number of cycles (flights).  If you have a jet doing a take-off and landing every 40 minutes it will soon rack up many cycles, decreasing the lifespan of the plane (most aircraft have some 'cycle limit' on them so they will have a reduced service life,) and making them more unattractive when you come to sell them again than one that's done 2-4 hour cycles.
     
    So the bottom line as far as I can see is that we will continue to be served by rattly old turboprops for many years to come, until such time as their cost/profit margin is so reduced that the only option will be to put on some regional jets.  Probably 15-20 year old ones as that will be all that's affordable......
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    Seaflech reacted to stilldellin in Whit'na plane wis yun ?   
    Meanwhile, some air traffic at Sumburgh yesterday, our Saab 340 workhorse :-
    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3828/13387601113_a4720f993a_c.jpgSaab 340 G-LGNB IMG_7298 by Ronnierob, on Flickr the Northern Lighthouse Board EC135 chopper G-CGPI :-
    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3702/13388063484_e9323caf20_c.jpgEC135 G-CGPI IMG_7319 by Ronnierob, on Flickr the Jigsaw twins, Bond Rescue's G-REDO & G-REDP :-
    http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3790/13388162753_dc042d2d6c_c.jpgBond Rescue G-REDO & G-REDP IMG_7355 by Ronnierob, on Flickr and our now regular Dornier 328 G-BWWT  :-
    http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2846/13387547225_8e90d134e7_c.jpgDornier 328 G-BWWT IMG_7334 by Ronnierob, on Flickr 
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    Seaflech got a reaction from seaviewz in fog lights   
    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 reference.
    A fog light is very bright in normal, clear, daytime conditions, but in condensed water vapour the light is diffused to a much lower intensity by the suspended water droplets. You would have to be very close (way too close) to a car in fog to be dazzled by its fog light.
    Driving in those condition can be challenging enough without constantly switching your fog light off and on everytime you see a car in your mirror.
    Even more simples is if the visibility is seriously reduced - fog light goes on, when visibility improves - fog light goes off again.
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