Sandy speaks the essence (John Waters)

Like many axe grinders, Sandy McMillan is happy to distort facts to suit his argument.

There is no legal limit of 80-85dB, otherwise the sound of lorries travelling along Lochside or even people snoring would be illegal, and the crew of the fire engine would be locked up for sounding their siren.

As a sound engineer who qualified more years ago than I would like to admit to, I will not bore everyone with weighting networks, bandwidths and peak amplitudes.

Instead – to use a technical term – Sandy is speaking the very essense of sh***.

John Waters
1 Andrewstown Terrace,


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  • Sandy McMillan

    • March 22nd, 2015 15:49

    Tell me this John why are the SIC installing Decibel reading meters in front of the houses along South Lochside, It is certainly not for the good of their Health, I think do better sit on the lavy for a peerie start and let of the decibels.

  • Sandy McMillan

    • March 22nd, 2015 16:47

    Noise level criteria
    The criteria comprise three separate components,
    each of which should be satisfied at the nearest
    affected buildings:
    • The measured LAeq,T(measured over the entire daily
    operating time of the helipad) shall not exceed
    55 dB(A) for a residence.
    • The measured maximum noise level LA max shall not
    exceed 82 dB(A) at the nearest residential
    premises (See Note below).
    • Operation outside the hours between 7 am and
    10 pm shall not be permitted except for emergency
    Note: These levels will generally be met by a
    separation between the landing site and the residential
    premises of 150 m for helicopters of less than two
    tonnes all-up-weight, and 250 m for helicopters of less
    than 15 tonnes all-up-weight

  • Sandy McMillan

    • March 22nd, 2015 20:09

    Weel John so do wis a technical soond engineer, a guy dat makes a lot o noise, an annoys da neighbours, or did do wirk in a record shop turning da volume up an doon, de bragging is joost makin me ha a gaff

  • Tim Parkinson

    • April 27th, 2015 17:30


    “In philosophy, essence is the attribute or set of attributes that make an entity or substance what it fundamentally is, and which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. Essence is contrasted with accident: a property that the entity or substance has contingency, without which the substance can still retain its identity. The concept originates with Aristotle.”

    (So are we arguing over the necessary or accidental nature of whatever is being spoken?)

    So lets look at that.


    From Middle English schiten, from Old English scītan (“to defecate, sh*t”), from Proto-Germanic *skītaną (“to defecate”), from Proto-Indo-European *sḱeyd-, *skeyt- (“to vomit, retch, shit”, literally “to shed”). Cognate with Dutch schijten (“to sh*t”), German scheissen (“to sh*t”), Swedish skita (“to sh*t”), Irish sceith, sgeith (“act of spewing, vomiting, shedding”), Albanian shqit (“to tear, separate”).

    adjective ;

    1. not mixed with any extraneous or dissimilar materials, elements, etc: pure nitrogen

    2. free from tainting or polluting matter; clean; wholesome: pure water

    3. free from moral taint or defilement: pure love


    A highly paradoxical colloquialism almost exclusive to the Islands of Shetland. Whilst the phrase itself is grammatically an object example of its own meaning, it’s utility is in its power to negate and dismiss the bearer of unwanted information. It is also highly phonetically gratifying to pronounce, esp. in the Shetland dialect and preceded by, ” Du’s spikkin da”

    Next weeks definition will be; “Ed Balls, talking Onomatopoeiacally”


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