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

  • Greek result in about an hour but indications are for a narrow ‘No’ – and then?
    I wonder if successive Greek governments ‘systematically under-reporting their deficits for years’ is that much different from successive British governments systematically cooking the books by continuing Gordon Brown’s oh-so-prudent wheeze of using the concept of the Private Finance Initiative to hide expenditure by keeping it off the balance sheet, deferring the pay-back and vastly increasing the actual cost of providing health and education facilities?
  • Failing first time round, RMT go for 2nd strike to screw Scotland – and themselves
    I’d have thought that the Dandy was a bit highbrow for you.
  • Failing first time round, RMT go for 2nd strike to screw Scotland – and themselves
    Some of the dockers are council employees, for example at Rothesay pier.
  • Is Greece facing the possibility of another junta?
    The sixteen former leaders of the Greek armed forces must surely be aware that – if they did take over – the national purse is empty, so they’d be in deep doo-dah unless they’ve had assurances from some quarter to bail them out.
    America? a bit unlikely, with Obama running the show – and even if right wing republicans were calling the shots the US experience with the Colonels of the last Greek junta, with the fascist dictatorship in Chile, and various atrocious central American regimes, should deter them.
    Russia? maybe, but not exactly the natural bedfellows of the Greek military. Maybe even China – who’ve propped up Sri Lanka and are in expansionist mode – can’t be ruled out, but maybe the sixteen former leaders of the Greek armed forces are mindful of the civil war that followed WW2, when the Greeks nearly tore themselves apart (with help from the global cold war protagonists) – and while the strongly left wing Syriza is the party of government, the thuggish extreme right wing Golden Dawn and their pals haven’t gone away.
    It might be ‘Don’t cry for me, Greece’ rather than Argentina – and the Europeans will have just as much to answer for as the historically corrupt elements of Greek society.
  • Is Greece facing the possibility of another junta?
    Machmaolain would benefit from a sojourn in Greece to understand just what being the meat in an infernal European fiscal sandwich is really like.

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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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