Comment posted The Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant by newsroom.
The TV coverage was the poorest yet – and most unreliably informed.
One commentator said HMS Belfast was 91,000 tonnes. The next to mention the ship said she was 11,500 tonnes, reduced from around 14,000 by having armature removed.
A commentator drew attention to The Edwardian, announcing that this was the boat with the Middleton family on it. That was actually The Elizabethan.
Then the person holding the rank of Lord High Admiral was said to be the Queen, It used to be – but she has, not too long ago, conferred it on the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Gloriana was said to be carrying some of the Royal family where, to the best of our understanding, it was not.
We accept that these things are relatively trivial and sometimes arcane but if facts are given they should be correct. The late Richard Dimbleby was authoritative because he was well and accurately informed.
No effort was made to capture the variety of musical barges and while pre-recorded interviews had picked up some of the boats with special stories to tell, the running commentary was very thinly informed on the participant craft – yet these were very interesting, many representing the old trade guilds, reminding us of a world organised differently.
This was lazy.
The commentary, in its preparation and professionalism, did not match the level of preparation and skill put into the event itself. And many of them looked ridiculous – eg Tess Daly.
Why do working reporters now routinely dress up to match the events they are reporting, rather than remain, as they should be, separate from them? Hence we have journo-faux-celebs on the red carpets at film premieres; and foolishly dressed reporters at Ascot – all a serious loss of perspective.
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- What a fabulous photograph – and isn’t she a simply glorious boat?
- Difficult one. ‘Bread and circuses’ work because we need both.
As a Republican who actually doesn’t care that much either way and as someone who is aware what hard times are inevitably coming down the line just now, I thought the Thames River Pageant did a lot of good.
It paid tribute to a life that never had a choice but accepted the given role and has worked consistently to do no harm.
The rest of us live with uncertainties, more fundamental anxieties and room for choice, for the impromptu and the invisible. No one in their right mind would swop this to be a living totem with almost zero privacy of the kind we take for granted.
Many of the rest of us can work to trade up. The monarchical system leaves those born into it with no choice to trade down.
The river pageant was essentially about people and ordinary working lives elevated to the extraordinary because they were all brought together in one place at one time.
It reminded us of who we are and the majority responded to that.
In doing this, I personally felt that I was left better prepared for the bad times to come because it did lift the spirits in celebrating and staging the everyday with the majesty it deserves.
It’s not as if the money would have been spent on anything we would consider to be of substance. And sometimes substance is insubstantial.
- Noticed a quite large black hulled working boat of some kind whose name seemed to be ‘Argyll…(something).
Looking for the full list.
Update: Found this – is this what you;re looking for, Hotbird?
‘Ulla Lieutenancy of Ross and Cromarty
Ulla is the first of four St Ayles Skiffs to be built in Ross‐shire and has led a resurgence in community involvement in coastal rowing. This boat was built by the club and repaired after
extensive damage last winter. ’
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This article is required reading for any understanding of this tricky situation:
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We would be be very happy to answer this question if we could.
But, as things stand, there is no substantive information and economic detail on exactly what economic strategy and its associated policies would be pursued for an independent Scotland.
The First Minister’s ‘Scotland’s Economy’ paper, recently launched, was profoundly disappointing in this respect and, in its lack of economic substance, replaced by ad-man puffery, was damaging to the campaign’s credibility.
We can assure you and anyone, that when such information becomes available – and we are sure it will because it must – we will not be prejudging it but will respond to it with open mind and goodwill and the necessary intelligent scrutiny.
We have WANTED and still want to see a coherent, joined up, strong, imaginative, challenging and achievable strategy and policies put forward for a specific future for Scotland – honestly described in unchallengeably accurate costs and benefits and carving out an identity for Scotland that is realistic and unique.
The extent to which all we are being offered is essentially the status quo with a new badge and a few costly goody bags to entice ‘Yes’ votes could not undermine the ‘independence’ prospectus more thoroughly.
No one can possibly believe that a change of this magnitude can be made without cost to all concerned.
It is necessary is to know the realistic costs, perceive the realistic benefits and decide if the price is worth paying.
We do not believe that the price need be too high or the benefits inconsequential – but as this campaign is being run, the price IS too high and the benefits insubstantial because, in any competent sense, the necessary thinking has not gone on.
What is being proposed is unrealistic, often unspecific and unproductively expensive into the future – and the easy answers are clearly both misleading and dishonest.
This won’t do and it won’t do it.
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Short and sweet for short and sweet: don’t be simplistic.
No one could defend Councillor Robb’s sudden swerve last Thursday, leaving his loyal colleagues like flotsam and jetsam.
But that does not mean that he did not deserve the support he was given by his colleagues when he was given it.
Life is not a simple business.
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In the circumstances of the destructions of the SNP councillors group in the last 12 months, you can hardly expect credibility elevating the importance of ‘collective’ action?
Being ‘collective’ when it suits one to harvest support from others it not what collectivity or collegiality is about.
And many in Argyll now know more than enough about your party, its councillors, its members, its structures and its wonderfully elastic ‘rules’.
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This was a RESPONSE to a party political slanting of the issue – scoring points in an internal SNP turf war which should never have happened, was consciously manipulated, and has divided a party I voted for and was a member of until relatively recently – when I stopped my subscription in a mixture of anger, despair – and contempt – at what was and is – being done to hopes for better governance in Argyll and Bute.
You might also reflect upon the contradictions inherent in approving of For Argyll for being straight speaking when it suits one agenda and condemning it when what it says – equally objectively, is less comfortable.
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