We are 60 Degrees North

It's a bit windy today!

                       My client’s other carer and myself have come to the conclusion that modern cars are just made to create extra income for the manufacturers, dealers and warranty sellers. I was driving his new Motability car the other day and the tyre pressure warning light came on. Got back to base and we checked all the tyres. Nothing! The pressure light still came on when I took the clients wife down to the bus and then on the way back up the hill the light went off.


The Shetland Drama Festival came and went; I was in two plays, well on Tuesday night just standing at the back just sipping a dram and eating cucumber sandwiches. Then on Thursday night was The Orchestra, a play by one of my Seniors Dads, she is the one doing her HNC in Dance in Edinburgh, and I am playing an irascible trombonist and I am a slob into the bargain. The director gave me carte Blanche to do what I liked within reason! So I went for it! I never imagined how far a tube of Pringles could spread! They break rather easily too....leaving a spectacular mess!


Left the theatre around 1120! Eyes felling like pissholes in the snow! We didn’t win anything for The Orchestra but got some compliments from the adjudicator about direction and individual roles. Didn’t help that the main character had to be prompted four times! I watched my lovely youngest doing her Highland dancing, something she has recently taken up, and she really did stand out with her lovely red hair and long legs. Takes after her dad! Then on Monday I went to see her sing in her slot at the school’s music festival. At the start of her song a small child decided to have a bit of a tantrum, well it wasn’t their fault really as they got their foot stuck between two chairs and it obviously hurt them so the mother rushed out of the theatre holding this screaming child. Low C carried on regardless and sung beautifully apart from small glitch in her second song because, As I found out afterwards, she had a horrible head cold so she did pretty well considering. She really has developed both technically and her singing and also as a performer. When she sings a song from a musical or from that era i.e 40’s to 50’s, she really puts a spin on them and makes them her own! Her music coach was very pleased with her and said to me that she unlocked another part of her voice.


I was talking about cars at the beginning of this edition and the moaning the fact that everything is computerised. After listening to my youngster singing at the theatre, I drove home to have some lunch before going to work and suddenly going down the hill on the busy main road my oil pressure light came on and the car engine cut out! I had to pull over to the side of the road and turned the ignition off. I opened the bonnet and thankfully I had a brand-new bottle of engine oil in the boot, so I poured it into the engine and all seemed well. Cut forward to this morning and I was driving Low C into school and exactly the same thing happened at the roundabout next to the co-op. This was at rush-hour, well a Shetland rush hour, and luckily the engine started straightaway even though I had put my hazard lights on immediately but the car behind me thankfully stopped and waited for me to start the car again and I took my daughter to school safely. So obviously that’s going to be another trip to the garage to ascertain what could possibly be wrong with it.


Thanks to this bloody Brexit nonsense I have to renew my UK passport earlier than planned. Another unnecessary expense! I’ve given up watching the news to be honest. Sick and tired of all the ‘fake news’ and one-sided reporting plus giving non important wind bags loads of airtime to spout their self-important views which have no relevance to the voters. Then I have to renew my phone line rental which seems to have gone up again without any reason! Where does it all end? The latest news is that the MPs in Westminster voted by one vote to extend Brexit! WTF? This means nothing to most people and of course this now has to be approved by the House of Lords and then it depends whether the EU, who have been remarkably patient with the bunch of fools (our UK government) who are lurching from one support to the next.


Last Sunday the burning down of the Fair Isle bird observatory attracted the attention of the bird watching community worldwide. Thankfully the wardens and their children escaped but apart from a few rescued possessions they lost everything. The local community rallied and within hours a fundraising online raised £25,000. 


Last Friday morning I was awoken to hear news on Facebook about the horrendous shooting in Christchurch NZ. Once again the actions of warped and twisted “white supremists“ has caused a torrent of grief and suffering in what was considered a relatively unscathed country when talking about gun outrages. Despite the New Zealand authorities acting quite quickly in clamping down on social media video clips showing the gunman on his rampage, he was able to stream his horrific actions for 17 minutes before the account was closed down. Sadly that video has been shared worldwide amongst people of an equally sick leaning for this kind of behaviour. I have to say that I was incredibly impressed with New Zealand prime minister and how she handled the situation with her strength and words of comfort and succour to those victims families and people surrounding the aftermath. I am proud to be a naturalised Kiwi and yet also sad and such an outrageous act that has happened in the city which has already come through major natural disaster. The people who were killed were merely celebrating their religion on the most important day of the week for them. They were people who have already been through beyond imaginable horrors from Civil War and suppression and had been excepted into New Zealand as part of our society, welcomed with open arms. This fomenting of hatred against Muslims has without a doubt escalated and become far more open in public since our present government has been in place in Westminster and also this noxious individual was elected in the United States. These governments have either actively encouraged this kind of behaviour or turned a blind eye to it and something has to give eventually. We have this disastrous chaotic mess called Brexit happening here in the UK and it has got to a point now where people just really don’t understand what is happening because people who are ostensibly in charge of the country don’t seem to know what is happening either. They certainly don’t seem to know what to do, apart from spout more nonsense on media and then throw a tantrum when their actions are challenged by opposition parties. Needless to say, our fabulous Kiwi PM has put swift changes in place in the gun laws banning semi-automatics being sold so unbelievably there was a rush on gun stores with people buying up stocks before the law comes into place! What do you need a semi-automatic for anyway? They aren’t a sports gun. I’ve fired a semi-automatic rifle and they are dangerous in the wrong hands!!! Any way now semi-automatics have swiftly been banned altogether in NZ. 


I stopped at the Scalloway toilets as I desperately needed a wee. I had locked the door! I had finished my business, tying up my trousers (old man pants) and the door flew open! A man had come in to get some toilet paper for his daughters nose, she was sitting in a pram, looked far too old to be sitting in a pram, but he had actually pushed this pram into the gent’s toilets which was not exactly a large space “Oh she’s had a cold for a couple of weeks now” (oh really? Have you not thought of getting her some medicine and making sure she gets her appropriate RDA of zinc and Vit C?!). He mumbled something about probably having to take her to the doctor and trundled off up the street.


Bloody car headlights! Both dipping bulbs went! I didn’t realise till driving Low C in to town thinking ‘hmm the street is bit dark’ and of course later on I had to drive home with my lights up thus incurring the wrath of oncoming drivers! Luckily got home without running into the police! and next morning went straight to the garage and had to pay £15.00 to get some new bulbs. Now the damned thing keeps cutting out when I am driving! It did it a couple of years ago and the garage couldn’t find anything wrong with it and reset the computer and it was fine up until now. On line forums suggest an earthing problem and going to an auto electrical specialist? I am going to have to eventually either get a new car or spend some money on this one. Its going to need the tuning belt, auxiliary belt and water pump done at some point which will give it a new lease of life.


Anyway, we are into April now good and proper, so far the weather has been very mixed. The last three days of March in Shetland are called the borrowing days for April, May and June. So April will be cold with snowy showers, so will May and June looks like it will be rather wet! These sayings quite often come true!!! So more fun filled antics in the May edition!!

The Web Cam


This is the Da Neuk webcam set up for people who might like to sit and watch a Shetland sunset. We cannot always guarantee fine weather as the weather in Shetland can change very quickly and dramatically even in Summer. With the volcanic eruption earlier this year the weather patterns have been extremely erratic to say the least affecting crops and sunlight levels. However during August and September we do experience some rather sensational sunsets and if you tune in to that address above around 20:45 to 21:30 GMT time then you should see something! Enjoy


This webcam is on the house of our local satellite dish installer. You can see the bay of Spiggie from his camera and Reawick, the small hamlet where he lives. Feel free to log onto this. A very much different view to ours!



All the music played on this website is performed by Shetland Artists. If you are interested in purchasing any of Shetland Music CDs then please do contact me.