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#41 MJ

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 05:35 PM

I wonder weather the OP is under the wrong impression that Shetland does not suffer from the same "problems" as the rest of the UK.
We have our druggies, scroungers, immigrants looking for an easy life (mainly British, but some from eastern Europe and far flung places), we have our NHS problems, rising unemployment, housing shortages, council cuts and then we have the weather... the sort of weather that causes chaos on the mainland UK can be seen as common place here.
The advantage of living on a small island, everyone knows your business and what they don't know they'll make up. What ever you try to escape from will be found out cause for some unknown reason everyone knows a Shetlander and gossip is the second favourite passtime after talking about the weather. Shetland women, well it's not so easy to meet folk as south, everything revolves around alcohol up here, if you're planning on living out of the way somewhere remember to add £50 for the taxi home or loose your licence.
My best suggestion is the same as everyone elses come up and visit, I would suggest January, by boat (allow 3days each way for weather disruption) Felt ever so sorry for a Romany family who came to see about living up here, after the boat journey up they were on the next boat down as they couldn't face the thought of having to do it again.
And the weather, yes we do go on and on about the weather, check out youtube videos along the lines of my holiday in Shetland or on the northlink boats. Remember that in the winter it very rarely gets light and in the summer very rarely dark, so a trip up in June is nothing compared to Dec/Jan.

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 07:34 PM

So whit's wi aa the negative posts about the wadder, when was the last time any of us were flooded out of our homes ?
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#43 Scorrie

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:23 PM

It gets windy.

As Stilldellin says, we're not exactly getting flooded out, or buried in snowdrifts on a regular basis, or suffering water shortages.

BTW: Western Isles: around 50" rain pa, Highlands (Dalwhinnie) 48" pa, Shetland: 39" pa.
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#44 paulb

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:32 PM

felt like we were going to drown this winter.

#45 RileyBKing

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 08:35 PM

To maintain the positive tone, at least when it's windy there is negligible risk of a tree being blown down on to your roof :D
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#46 paulb

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:22 PM

but a fair chance that your roof will blow onto the trees.

#47 stilldellin

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:21 PM

Yep, a bit more to Shetland than peat fires, sunsets and ponies ! tonight at 22.42 hrs
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#48 MJ

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Posted 11 June 2012 - 10:36 PM

So whit's wi aa the negative posts about the wadder, when was the last time any of us were flooded out of our homes ?


Well there was this http://news.bbc.co.u...and/3122650.stm

Wasn't here for that one, flooded homes tend to be isolated, but it's not unknown, sure we don't have the rivers for large scale floods, but it's not unknown, historically the houses at Channerwick had problems.

#49 stilldellin

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 08:18 AM

^ I was there, stuck on the north side of the avalanche but canna recall any houses in Shandrick being flooded, I think the Wirlie at Sandwick was probably most affected.

#50 paulb

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 09:03 AM

Yep, a bit more to Shetland than peat fires, sunsets and ponies ! tonight at 22.42 hrs
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looks like a nice still night. you know what comes out on still night. midges

#51 hjasga

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 10:43 AM

I wonder weather the OP is under the wrong impression that Shetland does not suffer from the same "problems" as the rest of the UK.
We have our druggies, scroungers, immigrants looking for an easy life (mainly British, but some from eastern Europe and far flung places)


I'm aware you probably didn't mean this as I'm reading it, but the slightly unsavoury way immigrants are being spoken about in this thread grates with me a bit.

All the immigrant workers I've known in Shetland work as hard as anybody else and certainly aren't here for "an easy life".

#52 shetlandpeat

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:06 AM

Some may also be refugees. We have had all this on another thread.
Let us not get this one locked!

#53 MJ

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:07 AM

I think you miss my meaning, an easy life is different for many people, for some it means not living hand to mouth, to others not having to worry about "disappearing", for others unfortunately it does mean living of DSS.
Immigrant in the way they are being discussed in this thread are those who are moving to Shetland from outside.
Previously when living and working south, I found myself working in sectors where very few of my colleagues were originally from the area, not many would work 16hr shifts or start at 4am or finish at 3am. I am not suggesting that folk move to the UK to live off benefits, that is unfortunately a symptom of the asylum legislation and EU regulations.
I would question people who move up, take up a residence off the main transport routes, with no means of their own transportation, away from any employment opportunities, with no means to support themselves, expecting the state to subsidise them.

#54 Ironwithin

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:25 AM

You only have to look at the names on the court list in Shetland to see an unproportionate high ammount are immigrants, especially from Eastern Europe.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 11:51 AM

You only have to look at the names on the court list in Shetland to see an unproportionate high ammount are immigrants, especially from Eastern Europe.


Hmmm. Care to tell us who are the immigrants from tomorrow's list?

1 Gavin EDWARD BEY SCS/2012-067201 LE12000234 01
2 Richard Garry BRADLEY SCS/2012-045512 LE12000109 01
3 John ROBERT BURGESS SCS/2012-056600 LE11000458 01
4 Jamie WILLIAM CLARK SCS/2012-054245 LE12000266 01
5 Beverley JANE COLLINS SCS/2012-045509 LE12000089 01
6 Beverley JANE COLLINS SCS/2012-045514 LE12000120 01
7 Kevin James COULSON SCS/2012-062115 LE12000091 01
8 Trevor WILLIAM COUPER APP/2012-012670 LE11000482 01
9 Trevor WILLIAM COUPER APP/2012-012672 LE11000564 01
10 Andrew STEVEN CUMMING SCS/2012-036876 LE12000132 01
11 Paul ANDREW D'EATHE SCS/2012-047534 LE12000230 01
12 Kim DAVIDSON SCS/2012-056606 LE12000100 01
13 Christopher DUNCAN SCS/2012-061048 LE12000287 01
14 Yvonne Caroline DUNCAN SCS/2012-056604 LE12000094 01
15 Christine LORRAINE GANDY SCS/2012-062115 LE12000091 01
16 Sandra GRANT SCS/2012-036876 LE12000132 01
17 Sandra GRANT SCS/2012-067205 LE12000261 01
18 Amy MICHELLE GROAT SCS/2012-067327 LE11000386 01
19 Laura LYNN HASSAN SCS/2012-046463 LE12000228 01
20 Nicole Jeanene HASSAN SCS/2012-048586 LE12000175 01
21 Kristopher JAMIESON SCS/2012-067204 LE12000257 01
22 Alastair DOUGLAS KIRK SCS/2012-061051 LE12000290 01
23 Saban KUSMUS SCS/2012-056611 LE12000211 01
24 Martin Andrew MACDONALD SCS/2012-045507 LE12000084 01
25 Ross Ian MACDOUGALL SCS/2012-067202 LE12000241 01
26 Kenneth Brian MACLENNAN SCS/2012-056609 LE12000203 01
27 Paul Scott MILLAR SCS/2012-041154 LE12000207 01
28 Kyle Burns MITCHELL SCS/2012-056642 LE11000446 01
29 Dhanni Magnus MOAR SCS/2012-045508 LE12000086 01
30 Gordon James MORE APP/2012-013092 LE11000449 01
31 Steven Alan NICHOLSON SCS/2012-011063 LE12000034 01
32 Alan John REID SCS/2012-058348 LE12000280 01
33 Jessica LOUISE RICHARDS SCS/2012-045515 LE12000128 01
34 Violet ROBERTSON SCS/2011-168010 LE11000580 01
35 Violet ROBERTSON SCS/2012-033772 LE12000038 01
36 Violet ROBERTSON SCS/2012-067203 LE12000244 01
37 Jonathan Tait SINCLAIR SCS/2012-061049 LE12000288 01
38 Christopher Philip SMITH SCS/2012-056604 LE12000094 01
39 Kelly MARIE SMITH SCS/2012-061050 LE12000289 01
40 Ryan Alexander STEWART SCS/2012-054243 LE12000213 01
41 Malcolm WILLIAM STOVE SCS/2012-056608 LE12000173 01
42 Iain Raymond TULLOCH SCS/2012-033773 LE12000040 01
43 Wayne UREN SCS/2012-067327 LE11000386 01
44 Jason ROBERT WARRIOR SCS/2012-044958 LE12000224 01
45 Remigiusz WLASZCZYK SCS/2012-056605 LE12000098 01
46 Ryan GLYNN WRIGHT



#56 Piddly

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:14 PM

Some of the gash written on this thread regarding immigrants is pathetic. Yes there are some bad apples amongst them but in my experience and what i hear from others is that the eastern europeans who have graced our Island over the past few years are hard working, pleasant folk. We have 2 families living next to my work and you couldn't meet more pleasant folk.

Now, you look at Crofter's post and that tells its own story.

The people who really get on my t*ts are the local layabouts/junkies and the UK migrants/junkies who come of the boat, get a house and go straight on the dole.

Give me the Polish any day of the week.

#57 Infiltrator

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 12:55 PM

You only have to look at the names on the court list in Shetland to see an unproportionate high ammount are immigrants, especially from Eastern Europe.


LOL after reading crofters post above.

I can't believe anyone would write something like this without checking some facts - you're not a journalist by any chance are you?

#58 Ironwithin

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:20 PM

At least 2 out of the 41 folk, but thats a very low week, so atleast around 5%, even that seems a high percentage for the number that must be here? Keep on looking each week as its normally higher.

I agree a lot of them are hard workers but some are bad apples as well.

But the worst seem to be from the sooth mooth UK. Wonder how many on that list came here that way? I can see a few names that stick out.

#59 shetlandpeat

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:35 PM

I cannot believe you are discriminating only using names. How anal.

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Posted 12 June 2012 - 03:43 PM

At least 2 out of the 41 folk, but thats a very low week, so atleast around 5%, even that seems a high percentage for the number that must be here? Keep on looking each week as its normally higher.

I agree a lot of them are hard workers but some are bad apples as well.

But the worst seem to be from the sooth mooth UK. Wonder how many on that list came here that way? I can see a few names that stick out.


There's so much wrong with this post that I'm not even going to respond.