"Shetland in a box?"

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"Shetland in a box?"

Post by Marigold » Thu Oct 04, 2018 2:12 pm

I'd be interested in an islander's comment on this, HenGen.
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... s-45733111
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Post by bigyetiman » Thu Oct 04, 2018 3:24 pm

I thought of that as well. Can't see why Orkney and Shetland can't have a page all to themselves
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Post by Hen-Gen » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:04 pm

Well it’s not the most important thing in the world, as I’m sure our MSP Tavish Scott would agree. And for those of us in the three most northerly islands we often feel neglected by the centre of power in Lerwick and its adjacent island of Bressay where Tavish Scott lives.
Preparing maps with Shetland in its real location will create problems. Still it’s all a bit of fun!
More irritating however are the weather forecasts on TV. The BBC forecasters often say for example that temperatures will range from 8C in the north to 16C in the south even though there’s a big 6C over Shetland. It doesn’t matter how many times I shout at the TV nothing seems to change. But this is better than Ch5 forecasts which end the map at Orkney so that we don’t even exist.
I imagine though that the change might increase our tourist trade among seekers of isolation as hitherto some may have thought we’re just off the coast by Edinburgh.
In case this implies any disrespect for TS I have to say that I had a conversation with him two weeks ago on the importance of sensitive habitat management and he was, as always, attentive and articulate.
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Post by LadyA » Thu Oct 04, 2018 10:40 pm

You can become The Republic of Shetland! :D

I lived in New Mexico many years ago, and it was astonishing how many Americans didn't know New Mexico was not part of Mexico, and is a US State! Even official publications were guilty at times - the Road Atlas publishers Rand McNally once published a road map of the US with the State of New Mexico, which normally sits between Arizona and Texas, nowhere to be found! In fact there was a monthly magazine devoted to such errors, called "One of Our Fifty is Missing!" :D :D
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Re: "Shetland in a box?"

Post by Marigold » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:24 am

According to the UK TV weather forecasts, you don't exist either, LadyA. U.K. 'Weather' only starts at N.Ireland. Although features such as depressions and hurricanes approaching from the SW Atlantic do appear on screen, they apparently pass over a nameless terra incognita, where nobody is around to take temperature readings, connected to N.I. but as yet unexplored. No wonder they're having problems deciding what to do about Brexit.
What makes me shout at the screen, after weeks and weeks of drought in the hot South, is when they come on and talk about the 'threat' of rain. I would like to lead a campaign for neutrally descriptive language in forecasts, such as 'possibility' or 'probability.' Their job is to forecast what may happen, not to tell people how to feel about it!
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Post by LadyA » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:22 am

Marigold wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:24 am
According to the UK TV weather forecasts, you don't exist either, LadyA. U.K. 'Weather' only starts at N.Ireland. Although features such as depressions and hurricanes approaching from the SW Atlantic do appear on screen, they apparently pass over a nameless terra incognita, where nobody is around to take temperature readings, connected to N.I. but as yet unexplored. No wonder they're having problems deciding what to do about Brexit.
What makes me shout at the screen, after weeks and weeks of drought in the hot South, is when they come on and talk about the 'threat' of rain. I would like to lead a campaign for neutrally descriptive language in forecasts, such as 'possibility' or 'probability.' Their job is to forecast what may happen, not to tell people how to feel about it!
I know! It looks even more silly over here, because it shows Ireland with all the weather features, and the rain coming in. But Northern Ireland apparently has no geographical features at all, and all weather stops at the border between the Republic and Northern Ireland!! I tell you, Marigold, the Weather Forecasters would have the Brexit Border problem sorted out in short order, if they can even get the storms and rain to not cross it illegally!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Re: "Shetland in a box?"

Post by Margaid » Fri Oct 05, 2018 10:32 am

I think I've posted this before somewhere, but a friend and I have decided we are never going to live in Places. We're not sure where "Places" is, but it nearly always has rain or showers; just occasionally there are sunny spells in Places :)
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Post by bigyetiman » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:32 pm

"Places" also gets strong to gale force gusts as well.
The Isle of Man never gets a mention so I guess they have a complete lack of weather.
Quite like the sound of Peoples Republic of Shetland. You could have your own flag, currency and National Anthem
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Post by Hen-Gen » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:20 pm

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Ah. We already have our own flag. The independence movement here gets little support. And only a bit more for seceding from the union and joining Norway. The most popular option is a similar one that exists between the Faroe Islands and Denmark. Don’t hold your breath though!
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Re: "Shetland in a box?"

Post by bigjim » Sat Oct 06, 2018 5:21 pm

I've just been reading a clarissa dixon Wright book, where she tries guga. Said it was the most disgusting thing she'd ever eaten.
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