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  1. The Shetland Space Centre is probably going to be built in Unst relatively soon and will hopefully operate for centuries, finding out a lot about the universe that we, and our planet, are in. There will possibly be a fair number of people employed there and if so, some other businesses will benefit from the new Space Centre. What does everybody think about this? Will it be good, bad or indifferent? Will it allow us to learn a whole lot more about both planet earth, the other planets around us and the other suns that exist?
  2. At last a chance for Shetland to become autonomous. There's hope yet. Self-determination motion to go before councillors
  3. http://myshetland.co.uk/here-we-go-2019/ And off we go again. 2019. Bring it on.
  4. I have just been quoted by a company that postage to Shetland of a bog-standard cardboard box (with animal vitamins in a 2kg tub) as being £10 non-signed for, Royal Mail. Apparently being in Shetland is more expensive. The old Highland & Islands adage. Is this true? Last month the company charged £3.95 for exactly the same item. I need evidence to show them that postage to the Highlands & Islands is exactly the same as it is considered part of the UK by Royal Mail and/or Parcelforce.
  5. Why do people only talk about Lerwick on this forum, what people do there or see there, what happened there last week or what they believe will happen there next week? Why, when only one third of the population of Shetland live in Lerwick and the other two thirds live across the rest of the isles? Do two thirds of the population just keep themselves to themselves, or is the only thing worth mentioning nowhere other than Lerwick, or are there a lot of people in Lerwick that like talking about themselves?
  6. I received an threat by email today, it was horrid, especially when they use your name, it feels so personal - but of course it isn't, it's phishing. I stumbled upon a Tweet from Shetland Police after I had reported it: Shetland Police have received reports of sextortion type spam emails over the last week. Please read the attached link for advice. Download link HERE @ShetlandPolice Just to give you an idea, here's what they said. I've bleeped out the bad bits - anyway, it's around, so perhaps if you receive one, and you've read this, it might not be such a shock to cope with. -------------
  7. When I published my Shetland debut novel 'The AdderStane' in 2017, I decided to put a copy of it in the Fetlar ferry terminal for folks to read while they waited for the ferry. At the front of the book I wrote a note, mentioning that the book should not be taken from the ferry terminal, and that if it was, a curse be on the person who stole it! (tongue in cheek of course). It sat there for months, (apparently it was taken and brought back three times) until one day I was told that the book had gone for good. Well, I figured it would eventually disappear! Oh well, I thought, I hope they enjoy
  8. Hello, I am working on my masters project looking at intangible cultural heritage in Shetland. UNESCO define intangible cultural heritage as "the practices, representations, expressions, knowledge, skills – as well as the instruments, objects, artefacts and cultural spaces associated therewith – that communities, groups and, in some cases, individuals recognize as part of their cultural heritage. This intangible cultural heritage, transmitted from generation to generation, is constantly recreated by communities and groups in response to their environment, their interaction with nature and th
  9. Are you an author who would like to read extracts of your own work to an audience? All you need is courage, and a PC or MAC. AltspaceVR have authorised me to mentor authors in using a new social media platform - this is a new frontier - and it crosses platforms of 2d and Virtual Reality. Message me if you want to know more. It's free to host events in AltspaceVR - this doesn't have to be book reading events - you can have private rooms there too, or host other events. David John Griffin will be giving a talk and readings from his three books: 'The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb', 'Infi
  10. Come join me on AltspaceVR! A virtual reality social platform. On Tuesday February 27th, 8pm-8.40pm I will be reading extracts from my debut novel 'The AdderStane' - a spooky, supernatural tale. Half price ebook discount available on the night plus a virtual flight from Sumburgh Airport to the island of Fetlar - the home of 'The AdderStane'. You don't need to have a VR headset - you can access AltspaceVR from your mobile phone or computer. Visit the site HERE
  11. Our 'Shetters' news team talks to Fetlar crofters about their new Japanese robot dogs, soon to take over from the traditional working dog. Read the story HERE
  12. Hi Shetland folks and further afield. Just promoting my debut novel 'The AdderStane' - it's based on the island of Fetlar; a juicy tale of prophecy, gossip, mystery and time shifts ... 237 "Something is unearthed that should have stayed buried... When a retired schoolteacher visits the remote island of Fetlar in the Shetland Islands, she becomes obsessed with the story of a local man who went missing in 1965. While the island is plagued with strange events, she uncovers more than she bargained for. What is the true meaning of The AdderStane Prophecy? Who are the Papar, and why are they linke
  13. Do they check your luggage when you come on to head to your cabin? Thanks
  14. Hello! I'm going to be in Lerwick next week and I'm looking for people to help me out with a bit of storytelling for my Master's research paper on traditional stories, ghost stories, trow (broonie) stories, or any kind of story in Shetland. Please contact me if you're interested. I'm in Shetland from the 14th to the 20th. Every story will be recorded, so you'll need to sign a permission form, as the University of Aberdeen requires them for any research participant. You may contact me for anything. Questions, comments, ect. All ages are welcomed. Thanks! Jen A bit about my research. I am
  15. Whether you wanted to remain in the EU or Leave it things have been set into motion which cannot be stopped. The one thing that has happened that was always going to happen was another call for an independence referendum. We as Shetlanders regardless of our political opinion have a duty to use this current situation to help our economy,people&position. The Scottish parliament are threatening to leave the uk to remain in the EU....i've only heard people complain at the reduction in support for the isles since the Snp became stronger around Scotland in both Westminster and Holyrood so i don'
  16. Does anyone else read the stories of Promote Shetland and feel as though it is a poorly backed venture? Here's my quick take on it's three key area's. 1) Live in Shetland: I love my Island home, but lets see a few broader issues here. Where are people to live? There is a huge lack of rented accommodation here and a lot of the stock is way over priced, Although the prices may come down with the gas plant completion. Most people who would want to live here would nearly always want to rent until certain of stopping here. However those that want or can buy, then a lot of houses are now more expens
  17. Hi, I've managed to start a debate in my office by stating that there are more trees in Shetland than people. (I'm sure I've been told this before... and no, i'm not confused with the saying "more sheep than people". I'm very aware that Shetland is more known for it's lack of trees.. however I think there are a lot more than we give credit too! Scatsta, Voxter, Brae, Voe, Kergord, Nesting, Girlsta, Tingwall and Lerwick all have a large number of trees. Can anybody back this up, or am I wrong!? (Note - next time you're driving anywhere keep your eyes open for trees, there are far mor
  18. You may recall the filming that took place in Shetland this summer for the American tv series The Amazing Race. The show aired last night and some clips are available on you tube. This lot can't find Scalloway. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTWlzP9sDEk
  19. Trying to decide on the best internet service provider to go for, so need a bit of help. Who is your provider? And how would you rate the internet service?
  20. FORMER Shetland Islands Council chief executive Alistair Buchan has been awarded a CBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for 2014. http://www.shetnews.co.uk/newsbites/8703-cbe-for-buchan
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    SHETFEST 2014

    Shetfest is a one day, not-for-profit all-ages music festival held in Lerwick, Shetland. Shetfest aims to bring the best up and coming, unsigned, and alternative music talent to the Shetland Islands. We aim to do this whilst keeping ticket prices in line with or cheaper than similar events on the mainland. Shetfest 2014 will be the second edition of the festival, following the success of Shetfest 2013, which saw prominent bands on the Scottish alternative scene such as PAWS, The Murderburgers, Halfrican and The Fire & I. This years lineup includes visiting acts Pinact, Chris Devotion &a
  22. I came across this item by a Norwegian tv reporter. http://www.nrk.no/verden/generasjonene-splittet-i-valget-1.11711890 The article is is basically what is in the film. This is a rough translation. Shetland generations split in elections on an independent Scotland Lerwick, Shetland's (NRK ) : They lack nothing. Still want the youngest to do to the Scots, against the will of many of the elderly . There are those who will say that Shetlanders are not missing anything, other than a more hospitable place to stay. Still many of the youngest island community wantchanges. - Independence Scot
  23. Local Shetland band QUANTANA are trying to get your local support by asking you to vote for them to play at the download festival in June. All you need to do is click on the link and click vote. Please tell all your friends and family. It only takes a few seconds to do. In the past few days they have made it to number 4!! An incredible feat in its own.. But more votes are needed.. You can vote once every 24hrs To all that support Shetlands community and want to see this band do good, thank you http://download.redbullstudios.com/band-2014/quantana/
  24. Hello! My name is Jack Malcolmson, I am a sixth form student currently studying in Gloucester - however I am Shetland born and bred. I need your help! As part of my studies I have to undertake an independent project on a topic of my choice. I have chosen to answer the question: Has the upstream oil & gas sector had a negative effect on the culture, economy and environment of Shetland? In order to successfully answer the question I need to undertake primary research in order to gather public opinion on how the industry has impacted on individual lives and on society as a whole.
  25. I seem to recall reading somewhere in the past that weddings were traditionally held in the winter months here in Shetland. Is this true or have I completely made this up? I tried checking Shetlopedia but it seems to be down.
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