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Hi Pett,

Welcome to Shetlopedia and thanks for your edits so far. We have to be careful not to copy information from other websites, that's why the copied text from Wikipedia was removed. If you need any help or advice then please feel free to ask. Either on the talk pages, or on the forums

I have information about the Lunnasting Stone, though we don't have a picture for it, and it's hidden away in a museum in Edinburgh. I'm hoping to get a photo sometime but I'll have to visit the museum first and arrange a viewing.

What's your location? Are you in Shetland? Let us know so we can add a Shetland (or other) flag to your user page.

All the best, Gary

Thanks! I'm not in Shetland just now, I'm living and working in Edinburgh. Do you want me to try and get a picture of the Lunnasting Stone? (I can't remember seeing it)--Pett 10:53, 16 May 2009 (MDT)
Welcome from me also Pett,
Hope you weren't offended by striking the 'Wiki lookalike' material, but we've had a few problems with Wiki in the past. Our answer to that was to refrain from using their material completely, although we likely still have some odd bits from the early days when Shetlopedia was starting out and it was an easy way to fill space...
Anyway, great to have you aboard, and adding to a subject which we're mostly ignorant about. :-)
An interesting point about Trowies, which you may know something about, is that there seems to be more similarities between the behaviour of the Shetland Trow and the Norwegian Nisse. Afraid I've not really mastered reading Norwegian yet, or I might be able to explain what I mean better.
Robbie 11:27, 16 May 2009 (MDT)

Hi Pett,

RE: Your offer to get a photo of the Lunnasting Stone. That would be really useful. I don't think it's even on display, it's hidden away in a basement somewhere. I have contacted them about this, on behalf of the Lunnasting History Group. They agreed to allow us access to visit it sometime. They offered a photo which we'd have to pay for; but we would not have permission to use it on a website. I'll dig out the email and let you know where it is. I believe it takes a little bit of time to arrange the visit, but if you were able to then that would be excellent. Thanks you.

Cheers, GaryWiki 14:43, 16 May 2009 (MDT)

Hei !
Great that you are doing this, there is no other users that know anything about these topics ;-))
I have once far back in history learned to read Old Norse, but forgotten a lot of it...
I've learned a little bit different translation of "Med Lagum Skal.....",,, as far as I remember it is from "Frostatingsloven", (The old law for this part of Norway). The translation is something like : "With law the land shall be built - and not with lawlessness being destroyed"...but it is much of the same ;-).
I giggled when I first saw that Shetland Motto, and said : "I've no problem of reading and understand this " ;-).
In Norwegian the full sentence is this : "Med Lov skal Landet byggjast og ikkje med U-lov øydast"
Cheers, --Oddrun 09:59, 27 May 2009 (MDT)

PS: Maybe this will interest you ;-)

Thanks Pett for your continued input on this subject, I'm learning a lot from it, and it's a great help to the site.
Work commitments are keeping me offline a lot just now, but I'm delighted to see anything regarding the Nordic connections being expanded. :-)
Robbie 13:57, 4 June 2009 (MDT)

Template to add to politics pages


Add that to every new politics page at the bottom please. JAStewart 09:00, 14 July 2009 (MDT)

Shipwreck Categories

This is one area which I would categorise as an absolute "Leave Bloddy Well Alone".
It took us ages to find a way to categorise this, we eventually got it to work, so please don't bugger about with it.
If you had any idea of the hundreds of hours of research that Ghostrider has invested in this subject, you might just understand.
I don't mind that you are creating absolute bugger ups in other categories, but this one is an absolute "NO NO".

And, while I'm at it. You're absolutely managing to piss off Oddrun with your inaccurate edits about Norway.
I'm even Norskie enough now to see how far wrong some of your edits are... But, I guess you're just using Wikipedia for your information, and that explains everything.

Please stick to subjects which none of the other editors know about, then perhaps you can get away with it. But if you piss off too many people you will be blocked.
Robbie 15:15, 23 January 2012 (MST)

Excuse me? Wikis are supposed to be collaborative efforts.
If my edits are wrong CORRECT them. Don't delete the whole thing. Some of your other editors make constant mistakes, e.g. there's at least one that doesn't know when to use "its" and when to use "it's". Why delete the whole article on Norway?
"if you piss off too many people" - I'm sorry pal, but I've had to put up with constant rudeness from people here. I've never ever been made to feel welcome here. I don't know why this is, but it is wrong.
I came onto this website because I was appalled at the huge oversights on here. Some of the articles are downright amateurish, but I am held up for "academic rigour". Other ones consist of four or five pictures and little or no text. Other articles either contain no links, or are not linked from anywhere else.
Regarding the shipwreck categories, I've looked at how you've done it, and the style is kind of "unique" and counterintuitive. Can folk understand that I didn't do this to "piss them off"?! If you want the shipwreck cats back as they were, I have no problem with that, but can you avoid turning this into some escalating slanging match? --Pett 06:49, 24 January 2012 (MST)


Another subject which you really should leave well alone. Edit failures are obvious if you are only using information from Wikipedia.
I've managed to stop the wife deleting you for now, but she is really mad at some of your edits.
Robbie 15:36, 23 January 2012 (MST)

You might note that Oddrun deleted your page on 'Vestlandet' because it was inaccurate.
Please, in future, only add information which can be verified. And by that I mean not using Wikipedia as a source, since that is not a trusted source of information.
Robbie 15:52, 23 January 2012 (MST)

Why didn't Oddrun correct it instead of deleting it?! By the way, I didn't just use Wikipedia as a source, thank you very much.--Pett 06:33, 24 January 2012 (MST)

"Correcting" would in this case mean re-writing...and it is better with no page than a page that is totally wrong !
Another thing is that I can't see no reason of having a page called " Vestlandet" on Shetlopedia...
Oddrun 12:54, 27 January 2012 (MST)
Isn't rewriting part and parcel of a wiki? Co-operation and working together? And no, it wasn't "totally wrong", I've just gone back and looked at several sources which more or less agree with what I said. In other words, it's either partially wrong, or completely correct.
"'I can't see no reason [sic] of having a page called " Vestlandet"'" - Erm, apart from the fact that along with northern Scotland, it is the nearest major landmass to Shetland, and has numerous historical, ecclesiastical, linguistic and wartime etc connections. --Pett 09:17, 31 January 2012 (MST)
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