If the first few days are anything to …

Comment posted Support Argyll’s single Olympic torchbearer at Tarbet on 9th June by Robert Wakeham.

If the first few days are anything to go by, it sticks to roads – main roads at that – and travels by bus between communities.

Robert Wakeham also commented

  • There’s a surprising number of ‘dislikes’ in this thread, and I wonder if there’s a juvenile mindset that thinks it’s clever to disapprove of everything?
  • If you wonder why none of four Argyll torchbearers are carrying the torch in their own territory, I wonder why a considerable number of the torchbearers in South Devon on Sunday were from France, resident in France. Some sort of sponsorship deal?
  • Don’t look now, but I suspect that there’s a serial ‘thumbsdowner’ at work, Ken.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

  • Will Luing’s Atlantic Islands Centre get consent for Spanish or Slate Isles roofing slate?
    Surely we elect our councillors in the expectation that they’ll take carefully considered, informed decisions – and for the expert advice of their council officers to be withheld from them until the actual meeting seems very strange – unless there’s clear justification for this; it either leads to excessively long meetings, or maybe to decisions being ‘railroaded’ through by the administration?
  • Will Luing’s Atlantic Islands Centre get consent for Spanish or Slate Isles roofing slate?
    I think you’re wrong – if it’s down to price, then you could be accused of favouring a supplier who wasn’t the cheapest for the quality of the slate in terms of performance, but if the ‘foreign’ product doesn’t match the appearance of the local slate, then this could be a perfectly valid reason for specifying the local product, or a closer match from elsewhere in Britain, even if it’s more expensive.
    Why should specifying the traditional product involve having to plead ‘exceptional circumstances’?
  • Will Luing’s Atlantic Islands Centre get consent for Spanish or Slate Isles roofing slate?
    ‘Could only happen in Argyll’ – unfortunately not, typical of an increasing range of products that can be found in Scotland / UK, but which aren’t sourced locally in favour of transporting stuff from goodness knows where – it extends from Canadian & Chilean shellfish to Brazilian granite paving – and even IKEA, with its carefully nurtured Swedish image, is mostly stuffed with Chinese products.
  • For Argyll challenge to candidates for Thursday’s Oban North & Lorn by-election
    Surely an age-old problem with democracy – people voting for an idea (be it political party or male / female preference) first, and for a person a very distant second, thus presenting us with a substantial number of low grade politicians.
  • Trees for Life awarded £80k for conservation projects in Glen Affric
    But, overall, it was sparse – and why do you think so many small farmers have left the land in rural areas of Mediterranean countries? – a lot of it was made productive, as you’ve said, by (laboriously) building terraces and (usually) elaborate irrigation systems, but these days the only viable cultivation is for vineyards and fruit orchards.
    The only way to revive a lot of it would be to invite land-hungry third world farmers to take over – in places like Oman they still cultivate precipitous terraces in the jebel, but I doubt they’d be keen on settling in Lewis

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16 Responses to If the first few days are anything to …

  1. BBC News reported tonight that a team of no less than 350 were accompanying the flame as it toured including several police cars and back up vehicles so they should be able to find someone to take it through Bridge of Orchy.

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  2. Thanks Mairi and good luck to David, who, like three other Argyll torchbearers, is not carrying the flame in his own territory (why ever not?) but between Aberdeen and Stornoway – between which it travels mainly by air.
    If they’d had the imagination, the flame should have been travelling the ferries as the organic mode of transport in this part of the world.

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    • If you wonder why none of four Argyll torchbearers are carrying the torch in their own territory, I wonder why a considerable number of the torchbearers in South Devon on Sunday were from France, resident in France. Some sort of sponsorship deal?

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  3. You are going to have to change that headline! When I mentioned this to a friend they told me about Jenna Speirs from Bute:

    http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2012/03/18/brave-sister-launches-second-holiday-home-for-sick-kids-just-three-years-after-calum-s-cabin-86908-23792881/

    http://www.london2012.com/torch-relay/torchbearers/torchbearers=jenna-speirs-4921/index.html

    On who runs where… there are people from Ayrshire carrying the torch in Glasgow, and folk from Glasgow running with it in Ayrshire. I think it is the way of the logistics, coordinating people’s availability, getting a balance of people on any given day, etc.

    Overall, while it is disappointing that the route does not take in more of Argyll, I would put it the other way: What did our Council, MP and MSPs do to promote the case for including Argyll? I know for a fact that other areas were ‘represented’. And that such lobbying was balanced by the organisers overall objectives of being within 20(?) miles of 90% of the UK population, when the final route was approved.

    On balance, I think they are doing a really good job, and I find these stories inspirational. What is not to love about giving 7,000 extraordinary people a chance to shine?

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  4. So someone sees fit to ‘dislike’ that this inspirational young girl from Bute is being recognised for the fantastic fund-raising she has done.
    To whoever that was: It must be awful to have such a miserable, twisted outlook on the world. I pity you.

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    • There’s a surprising number of ‘dislikes’ in this thread, and I wonder if there’s a juvenile mindset that thinks it’s clever to disapprove of everything?

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      • It’s an epidemic, Robert! And very possibly a juvenile mindset.
        I have adopted a self-denying ordinance to NOT ‘dislike’ comments. Life is too short to spend it making conscious statements of hate and aversion.
        And I also prefer not to encourage the corrosive cynicism that is on the increase in society at large, I fear. It diminishes each of us, in my view, when we focus attention and energy on what doesn’t ‘light our fires’; much better, I believe, to recognise and cherish the good that does exist. This is not any happy-clappy prozac-fuelled philosophy: Rather, it is simply to recognise that great culture, civilisation and progress have come from the promotion of the good, rather than the punishment of the bad.

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        • Mairi …I LIKE THAT LAST COMMENT !!! SHOUT THAT OUT !!! You are so right it can’t be wrong, well done on such an eloquent response to the dislikers. Thankyou.

          The torch is only a symbol for the true light that is within and without us all. The darkness is easily encouraged but it cannot overpower the truth that shines within us all…..no prozac required.

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