If you wonder why none of four Argyll …

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

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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    Jamie, you’re absolutely right in that there can be more than one train in the station at a time (and the frequency of this is due to increase with the new timetable) so the issue, to my mind, is that the platform nearest the ferry should be the default option.
    If, as zak & db’s comments suggest, this is still not the case, why on earth not? And surely the heaviest used morning and evening trains should be programmed to use the platform nearest the ferry.
    Of course, the ideal would be a ferry landing point at the platform head, not way down beyond the station, and this would greatly ease the transfer between ferry and train.
    The eye-watering sums being spent on the Coruisk could surely be better spent in providing such a landing.
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    zak & db’s comments, that ‘connecting’ trains use the platform furthest from the ferry, are very, very surprising – because when I saw this third-world example of public sector disfunctionality way back in 2001 it turned out to be due to worn-out point blades.
    New components had been procured, but diverted to a higher priority location (it was the time of ‘gauge corner cracking’, when Railtrack mismanagement had brought chaos to the rail system)
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    SPT were arguably useless anyway; the problem seems to have recurred in 2006, by then under the auspices of Network Rail, and it now looks as if it’s still a problem.
    The rail operators are now (I think) answerable to Transport Scotland; I wonder if they are proving as useless as SPT – and we have the juxtaposition of an ineptly run ferry service and an ineptly managed train service, courtesy of a government that has shown itself perfectly capable of addressing long-standing transport problems elsewhere.
    What is it about Gourock, that it seems to be a ‘black hole’ in terms of competent management of coordinated public transport?

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16 Responses to If you wonder why none of four Argyll …

  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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