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Daily Archives: December 24, 2008

Mareel price tag forces rethink

Mareel price tag forces rethink

24/12/2008, by in Public Affairs

RECENT delays in the building of the cinema and music venue Mareel have been caused by the tender coming in substantially over the £12.2 million budget allocated for the project.Although Shetland Arts director Gwilym Gibbons said he could not discuss exact figures, he admitted this week that par... Read more...

Calls for ‘adequate fire cover’

Calls for ‘adequate fire cover’

24/12/2008, by in News

THREE chalets were destroyed in a fire at Leraback, Foula last week.A call was made to the fire and rescue services at 5.19pm on Thursday after one of the chalets went on fire but the two retained fire fighters in the isle were considered too few to tackle the blaze. They were instructed not to a... Read more...

CLAN effort defies economic downturn

CLAN effort defies economic downturn

24/12/2008, by in News

ORGANISERS of the CLAN 1,2,3 appeal will be celebrating the festive period with the news that funds raised for a new cancer centre in Aberdeen were inching towards the £150,000 mark as The Shetland Times went to press this week.The total raised in Shetland had yesterday reached more than £144,00... Read more...

Watch out, a thief might be about . . .

Watch out, a thief might be about . . .

24/12/2008, by in News

SHETLAND residents are being warned about the dangers of Christmas car crime.According to Scottish Govern­ment statistics, car crime in Scotland rises by an average of 600 incidents each year over the festive period.Graham Provest, general man­ager at Motorpoint – Scotland’s only car super... Read more...

Boneshaking gales set the cat howling

Boneshaking gales set the cat howling

24/12/2008, by in

THE GALES this week have been real bone shakers. There were gusts on Friday night which shook the house so violently that it woke us up and set the cat howling downstairs in the kitchen.Winds this strong can create havoc in the garden and attempts to protect it can backfire. A patch of fruit bus... Read more...

Seasonal robins takes his bow

Seasonal robins takes his bow

24/12/2008, by in

THE ROBIN is one of our best known and best loved birds. Adults are unmistakeable with their rusty-red bib which covers the entire breast and face. The sexes have identical plumage and, unusually, both females and males hold separate territories during the winter.On the ground a robin droops its... Read more...

In the garden

In the garden

24/12/2008, by in

LILY, the supreme illustrator, always has flowers in the house, and whenever I return to Shetland after staying with her I vow to do the same, rushing out to pick a bunch or two for the principal rooms.The new regime usually falls by the wayside after a week or two, sometimes sooner if the subject... Read more...

Times Past 24.12.08

Times Past 24.12.08

24/12/2008, by in Features

25 YEARS AGOWhile most of us are looking back over the year and pondering what 1984 may hold for us the Shetland Hamefarin Committee is looking further ahead to May 1985.The first Hamefarin was held in 1960 and plans for the second Hamefarin are well under way and a provisional list of events ha... Read more...

Isles Views 24.12.08

Isles Views 24.12.08

24/12/2008, by in Features

Business servicesInitiative at the Edge (I@TE) has issued a leaflet highlighting the services that it offers from its office in the Sellafirth Business Park Yell.Among other things are: desk hire/workstation, meeting rooms, photocopying, payroll service, surveys/consultations and basic office ad... Read more...

Letter from Westminster 24.12.08

Letter from Westminster 24.12.08

24/12/2008, by in Features

THE HOOPER Review of postal delivery market which was pub­lished last week did not make pleasant reading. The Royal Mail (the delivery network as opposed to the Post Offices) has yo-yoed in and out of profit in recent years. Since the opening up of the letter market to private sector competition... Read more...

North Mainland Notes 24.12.08

North Mainland Notes 24.12.08

24/12/2008, by in Features

Boyz Aloud reunitedIT’S evident through reading the Wrultizers’ website that this football team don’t take themselves too seriously, but it’s also evident that over the years they have played some excellent football. Among their achievements are becoming 2007 Works League champions while ... Read more...