It’s an epidemic, Robert! And very …

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

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.

Mairi also commented

  • 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.
  • 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?

  • David MacPherson from Inveraray will also be carrying the torch. Read about his story here:

    http://www.mnetv.tv/newsroom/newsStory.aspx?id=877

Recent comments by Mairi

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Exactly Clootie!

    You explained that perfectly :)

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Thanks, Neil :D
  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    This proposal is not about using TETRA technology, Fiona. Not in any way, shape or form.

    It’s about using a small patch of land or renting a space on a mast for independent transmission equipment. Equipment owned and operated by the usual mobile phone companies. This is something that happens already, but not nearly enough, hence the poor coverage in many parts of Argyll & Bute.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    The letter I sent to RBS was not about the closure itself, but rather their failure to confirm when, or even whether, the mobile bank would visit Port Ellen. I did so on the basis of feedback I’d received from customers, and also following discussions with local RBS employees. This was reported correctly in the Ileach.

    I think you’d have a valid complaint, Treble T, if the people who put themselves forward for public service made no attempt to respond to the problems raised by local people. Or were unable to demonstrate how they’d tackle the issues we all face.

  • Game changing intervention as Labour candidate resolves Argyll black hole for mobile phone signal
    Airwave has been owned by MacQuarie for some years now, Keith. It’s not clear to me why BT/O2 oversaw only very limited interaction between its mobile telephony division and its Airwave business. I guess it’s a possible feature of being part of a major conglomerate, when different operating units fail to collaborate. But from what I’ve learned there’s a very disappointing amount of infrastructure sharing in general, and I’m not sure that O2 is any better than the others on this measure.

    On spectrum, you are right that this is a consideration. But it’s not an excuse, as the mobile companies themselves agreed in my conversations with them. Especially now that some mobile companies have bought different spectrum lots in last year’s auctions – both 800 MHz and 2.6 GHz bands.

    Getting the mobile coverage levels we need is going to take a mix of solutions – and many communities are trying out different methods already (thinking of Tiree and Coll). But to my mind infrastructure sharing is a fast, inexpensive, essential first-step, before we embark on other more elaborate and costly solutions to get the levels of coverage we expect and need. I believe it will give us a major part of the solution, as long as the mobile network operators get serious about infrastructure sharing. As they should, because it’s faster and cheaper than many of the alternatives they’re considering.

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16 Responses to It’s an epidemic, Robert! And very …

  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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