It’s my fathers birthday in a couple of …

Comment posted Argyll and Bute planners recognised in award by Royal Town Planning Insititute by Ourmaninoslo.

It’s my fathers birthday in a couple of days so I ordered him a bottle of his favourite dram from an excellent whisky shop in Helensburgh which a couple of friends of mine own.
Their opinion on the new waitrose is that it will suck the lifeblood out of the town centre. For what is already a tough season for many shop owners will get tougher once trade gets focused away from the centre.
I made a conscious choice to support this shop despite being away at the moment. These artisan shops need our support other wise the burgh faces becoming just another clone town.

Recent comments by Ourmaninoslo

  • Scotland’s economic future: the role of oil and gas
    so many armchair generals,

    excellent article newsroom. I do this for a career so i understand the delicate balance between investment and extraction and also the geopolitical influences which determine where and when substatial captial is invested.

    i lived in norway for 2 years, my 2 eldest chikdren speak norwegian, jeg snakker lit norsk. norway is no utopia. let me tell you the hard truth it is an exceptionally expensive contry to live in. in the uk we have a culture which is substatianlly different to that of the scandanvian countries.

    putting the alcohol prcing thing to one side ( which is incidentially down to doctors prescribing alchol as an antidespresan in the 1920 and 1930 in the region )

    norway has maintained its sovereign welath fund through taxation. i was taxed at 47.5% of my earnings. So where i worked 60-80 hours per week for some months at a time. 30-40 hours if that went to pay my tax bill. and before sime one says that its not possible to work that many hours in norway as the trade unions wouldnt allow it. as a manger you are not covered by such legislation.

    the cukture of the scandanvian countries is significantly differen to that of the uk. there is an excellent blog call My little Norway, which others have visited here, which gives an insight. norwegians are proudly insular and independant but dont expect any banter at the train station annaspect of scottish life which i love.

    in short i lovd working in norway ( as ourmaninoslo ) but i would nt wish to spend the rest if my life there. if the brave new world view is that scotland shoukd be become a new norway then i’ll not be coming back.

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    Unfortunately it’s not greed it about choice.

    I choose to ride my bike to work every day rather than drive.
    My boss chooses to drive an electric car. And my summer present this year was an solar panel to charge my phone.

    Do I work for a renewables company nope I work for one I the 4 largest global contractors in the oil industry.

    It’s about choice

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    Google inpex ichthys.

    This will soon be the worlds biggest subsea LPG field. Inpex is a Japanese owned energy company.

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    Interest post by Simon,

    The person is in fight or flight mode. Obviously personally threatened by the recent democratic changes. The use of the ” you don’t” and “you don’t” indicates a person very much being pushed into a very uncomfortable position, with real concern over the future.

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    And sentiment has little room when there is no cash in the coffers.

    We spend 25% of our GDP on welfare compared to 2.7% on defence. So it depends in what’s important to you?

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6 Responses to It’s my fathers birthday in a couple of …

  1. It’s my fathers birthday in a couple of days so I ordered him a bottle of his favourite dram from an excellent whisky shop in Helensburgh which a couple of friends of mine own.
    Their opinion on the new waitrose is that it will suck the lifeblood out of the town centre. For what is already a tough season for many shop owners will get tougher once trade gets focused away from the centre.
    I made a conscious choice to support this shop despite being away at the moment. These artisan shops need our support other wise the burgh faces becoming just another clone town.

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  2. I wonder how many planning awards were given out for the roundabout in Argyll Square Oban where you have to stop and give way? Or the Tescos/Lochavullin mini roundabout that’s completely pointless….mid you the water feature’s nice!

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    • Perhaps you’re looking in the wrong direction – aren’t roundabouts the work of our road engineers, rather than our planners? My favourite hate-object roundabout is the relatively new one on the A82 Alexandria bypass, adorned with traffic lights which – when at green – make it impossible for traffic to stay in lane on the roundabout because it was designed for traffic to enter from a stop. Trucks and buses aren’t able to stay in lane even from a standing start; a real farce, and a dangerous one at that.

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      • It is far too small, and breaks up a good long straight!

        But back on topic; what’s so good about A&Bs forestry strategy? As far I can see it’s “let’s plant trees like it’s still the 80s.”

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