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  1. They have been charged with crime because crime was committed, and they are suspected of being responsible. There has been strict regulation of where drones can be flown for years. It is getting tighter, and I expect, will get even tighter. The main limit which affects the various people who want to use drones on UHA day or night is the horizontal distance constraints. This includes the stipulation that drones must not fly within 150m of crowds. When this matter first came up several years ago, drone pilots seemed to think they could fly anywhere on UHA evening because they claimed to hav
  2. Yes. Off hand I don't remember the year, but it was certainly pre-WWII and probably pre-WWI. Very true, it could be said to have a tradition of gradual change. The key to this is the intangible “Spirit of Up-Helly-Aa.” Organisation and governance is consensually based rather than an adversarial system as familiarly used in Westminster. The Committee's remit is to the guizers and they are completely in tune with how the guizers interpret the “Spirit of Up-Helly-Aa.” Consequently, when changes do happen, they are never controversial. Exactly so. Tedious indeed. It is completely
  3. The following is not the case: I don't think anybody would disagree that male only guizing is an accepted custom of the Lerwick festival. The instruction "it is the duty of each Guizer to conduct himself at all times in accordance with the “Spirit of Up-Helly-Aa” with goodwill and strict adherence to accepted customs." is therefore quite clear.
  4. ... or indeed those who do like the Lerwick festival. I have stated previously that I believe it would be a very good idea for yet another UHA. Not a feeble weemins Lerwick trying to fit into the already chocabloc winter season, but an annual summer event similar to the Hamefarin burnings. This is something which would positively address the desires of the tourism sector, and generally be a good thing. Seems to me to be a far more fruitful endeavour to be involved in than just seething and moaning about something which can not be won. If anyone is keen, I am ready to support with all my tech
  5. ​Mainly the latter, but there have been "Is this OK with you?" mass meeting moments. Guizer opinions are typically "totally boring topic," or "no way." Hostess opinions are almost invariably "no way" or "absolutely no way." Certainly true, but I don't think you'll find any participant who believes the general feeling is anything but overwhelming status quo. Getting to the crux of things here. Lots of people want UHA to be lots of things, but just do not understand what it really is. It is certainly a community event, but that is a very broad term. It is something people do for its
  6. ​Mainly the latter, but there have been "Is this OK with you?" mass meeting moments. Guizer opinions are typically "totally boring topic," or "no way." Hostess opinions are almost invariably "no way" or "absolutely no way." Certainly true, but I don't think you'll find any participant who believes the general feeling is anything but overwhelming status quo. Getting to the crux of things here. Lots of people want UHA to be lots of things, but just do not understand what it really is. It is certainly a community event, but that is a very broad term. It is something people do for its
  7. I refer to changing the membership eligibility criteria being "done completely." Lerwick currently maintains a legal discrimination. SMUHA (I believe Delting to be in this category too, there may be more.) has no gender discrimination. If Lerwick were to change it would need to remove all gender discrimination in one sweep. It has to remain legal, so partial introduction is not an option. Just to clarify, there are rules, but no constitution. That is not entirely the case, but can be taken as a workable simplification of how it generally works. The argument presented by yo
  8. It is very simple and all about what kind of discrimination is permitted in society. The various UHAs fall into three categories: Some, like SMUHA, are completely gender transparent.Lerwick restricts guizers and squad musicians to be male.Most others permit females to participate but with restricted rights. The latter is now explicitly forbidden, but Lerwick's status is 100% legal. Were Lerwick to try to permit female guizers, it would need to be done completely. All or nothing, anything else would constitute unfair discrimination. In the past things could have gradually changed, as UHA has
  9. Simply not true. Can you clarify which law you claim would be infringed? Yes I do. Not true either. Widely believed, but not true. If you check the facts you will find that they came to a fudged compromise whereby women would be permitted to ride at the back, behind the men. Ironically such a solution would now be considered illegal. You are sure? Well, I'm sure about this matter too, but I think I have reason to be surer than most. Having read the legal texts and discussed details with relevant experts, I see no way Lerwick would be able to admit female guizers now. It is o
  10. No. Or perhaps imagine a country, inhabited by a significant number of Protestants, celebrating their ancestors' torture and grisly execution of the perpetrators of a foiled Catholic putsch. An event at one time formally endorsed by the state, which still involves the burning of effigies of the Papists. Seems to me that Guy Fawkes Night should perhaps be somewhat higher up your reformist priority list. After all, there are more Catholics around today than embittered Picts. As we keep saying, UHA is not particularly about real Vikings, it is about UHA Vikings. Quite a different animal,
  11. A few years back I ended up stuck in Bressay for several hours due to the ferry having to stop for weather. So, having had enough of Maryfield, we embarked on a touristic tour of the isle. Obviously the gut factory will be high on anyone's list of highlights , so there we went. I was amazed to find it operational. As others have noted, I've not noticed a whiff from Heogan for many, many years. I had actually assumed it had closed long ago. Turns out that forcing the plant to clean up its emissions was SEPA's first achievement in Shetland after being established. Back in the 70s the smell wa
  12. Not at Mareel but they are playing Islesburgh this evening from 21:00. Support from The Dirty Lemons, Scaldin Bragg, and DJs Lyall & Nadia. £12.
  13. For a long time I have had my doubts on that ubiquitous belief. Consequently, I was very interested to learn of Denis Dutton's theory of beauty, which entirely rejects the notion. He presented it in a TED lecture a few years ago. Very thought provoking, as well as being a particularly well presented and entertaining presentation. He has certainly convinced me: A Darwinian theory of beauty
  14. I agree, no more Owerweel would be a miss. I also agree about the dog picture, and I am not at heart the biggest of dog lovers.
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