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#1 hflynn

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 08:04 PM

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Posted 14 January 2011 - 09:58 PM

^^ Too tall by the looks of things?



Personally, I'm looking forward to the event.

#3 Lastditch

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 11:07 AM

Long Ships

#4 crofter

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 08:49 PM

Surprised nobody is talking about this. Tonight I'm going to party like it's !999

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Posted 15 January 2011 - 10:58 PM

we were up for 1999, was excellent, and a partial eclipse, all in a week.
I went a few years ago to the Liverpool Tall Ships, absolutely no match.
Could not get near the ships, had to walk miles to see them, hard to interact with the crews.
The clubs, bars and eateries made a killing.
We had to park at Aintree Race course and catch a bus.

We sat at Sound on the old coast road to the dump and watched them leave Lerwick, it was a brilliant site watching the masts moving along behind the Knab. The wind was very low and you could still see them on the horizon many hours later.

If any of you remember the Irish vessel, AsgardII, sadly she sunk soon after Liverpool.

From The Times
September 12, 2008
Adventure sailing ship Asgard II sank off the French coast

Dublin The majestic sailing ship Asgard II, bought by the Irish Government to provide adventure sail-training for civilians, sank off the French coast. The captain called for help at 2am yesterday when the crew discovered flooding in the hull. French Navy helicopers and boats were used to rescue 20 crew members, who were aged between 16 and their mid-sixties. The Asgard II sank seven hours later.

The two-masted vessel was built 27 years ago in the style of a classic pirate ship. It was nearing the end of week-long voyage from Falmouth to La Rochelle when it sank.(AP)


http://www.timesonli...icle4735380.ece

#6 waarigeo

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 08:35 AM

Hopefully we will make the trek from Cyprus for the Tall Ships and visit old friends and family. :P

#7 skippy

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:25 PM

We will be up in Lerwick and around the Isles at that time ..... I wonder if Callum has saved us a berth ?

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#8 Graeme_Storey

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 05:26 PM

It should be a brilliant time - looking forward to it!

#9 Kavi Ugl

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 06:59 PM

What made, and makes me cringe is the "viking" parades.

It wouldn't be half as bad if the suits actually resembled what the vikings wore but what we see is "Hollywood vikings" and it's an embarrassment :(

Also, if we're so proud of our "viking" history why are folks giving their bairns such stupid names as Willow, Rhianna, Isla, Eilidh, Cian, Caiden, Cally, Kyle, Iona, Eoin, etc, etc(see the wonderful ii magazine for details)?. I actually cringe at these names more than the viking parades.....

Anyway rant over, back to the Tall Ships of 99 and it was a bit of a spectacle but I remember feeling that once you'd seen the ships that was pretty much it(unless you drink which I don't).

So, I'm sure it'll be a spectacle again and it will be great to see all the ships but I won't be loosing any sleep in anticipation of it!.

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 08:57 PM

Also, if we're so proud of our "viking" history why are folks giving their bairns such stupid names as Willow, Rhianna, Isla, Eilidh, Cian, Caiden, Cally, Kyle, Iona, Eoin, etc, etc(see the wonderful ii magazine for details)?. I actually cringe at these names more than the viking parades.....


How to instantly fall out with a significant percentage of Shetland parents using less than 50 words. :wink: :lol:

#11 Kavi Ugl

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:14 PM

It's true though!!.

They're not even simple old names like Peter, John or Magnus and you can't even pronounce half of them.

What the....is Cian or Cally???.

#12 glipper

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:18 PM

Kavi Ugl ..Kavi Ugl
Are you been drinking tonight because you seem to be talking out you wheefer you neep..

#13 Far Haaf

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:30 PM

It was a balls up in 99.
Maybe it will be a 'total balls up' this time round.
No wonder nobody wants to talk about it. It could be even more embarrassing than Transvestite Tuesday. :wink:

#14 Kavi Ugl

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 09:51 PM

Kavi Ugl ..Kavi Ugl
Are you been drinking tonight because you seem to be talking out you wheefer you neep..


Da only thing I'm been drinking da night is tea and as for "drinking" see my original post :wink:

Oh, and it's still all true!!. "I name this baby Pete Bog"

As for the Tall Ships, it was "fine" but I felt it was braaly over-rated.

#15 Graeme_Storey

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 10:04 PM

I mainly enjoyed the colour, life and general ambience of all the activity around the harbour - mind you I was on and off the ships doing photos for the press, so I was very busy.

#16 shetlandpeat

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:00 PM

Maybe we may see some more Mexicano/Shetland Babies in 2112.

It was good fun, the sad thing was the Aberdeen mob doing the catering. I hope this time they will have listened, there are enough caterers of quality on the Islands already.
The Gilbertson Park event was fantastic, free veggie food and you only paid what you thought it was worth.

Folk have gone to alot of work to get this, at least try to encourage folk to come, they may come back again, if your nice...

#17 Ghostrider

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:19 PM

....if your nice...


Remind me, how does that go again?!? :wink: And what's the salary for it like? :twisted:

#18 shetlandpeat

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Posted 16 January 2011 - 11:29 PM

Cast your mind back........

I hate salad

#19 zebedee

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 06:54 AM

Maybe we may see some more Mexicano/Shetland Babies in 2112.


Sounds intruiging, will their be a Mexican invasion in 2112? Shame there isn't much likelihood of many current shetlinkers being around to see it.... unless there are some major medical advances between now and then!

#20 MitzyMu

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Posted 17 January 2011 - 08:34 AM

Not all of us had a negative experience at the last tall ships event, we don't drink till we fall down but thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere both in Lerwick and Unst ( where we could take Mum in her wheelchair to see the ships and crews) and the day the ships left, the singing by some of the crews was brilliant, then we raced up to the Knab to see them pass. The only disappointment was the catering done by outsiders rather than Shetland Folk.
The event was so enjoyable that when we told our grandson about it on his last holiday two years ago and there was an immediate request to come again to see the ships for himself instead of on video and pics !!! :lol:
So lets show a genuine Shetland welcome even if the Viking costumes are not up to "purist" standard they are colourful and clean, the raiding vikings were far from that until they settled in the various places in the UK .
Bring on the Tall Ships event and have a good time :roll: :roll: :roll: