Comment posted The Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant by Robert Wakeham.
Shouldn’t you be calling yourself ‘Campbeltown for ever’?
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- Unfortunately some people’s nostalgic idea of an enjoyable day out would be to watch christians being fed to the lions, or take their knitting down to the guillotine, or (in some places still) to settle down to enjoy a good stoning.
- Some European countries seem to have much lower profile – but popular – royal families; are the SNP planning a new ‘Royal Family Lite’ for Scotland?
- There seems to be quite a lot of ignorance in the BBC – at least, going by their news website; the latest was just last weekend, when the boat involved in the sad fatality off Greenock was described as a cabin cruiser and a yacht. Since corrected, but there’s a steady ‘drip’ of this sort of stuff, and one of the most common is referring to the ground, or the road, as the ‘floor’. Auntie needs to sharpen her act.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- Argyll Flyer spotted going into Ardmaleish yard on Bute this afternoon
Doesn’t the SPTE have a remit to co-ordinate public transport provision here? – maybe I’m imagining it, or maybe they’re just pretending, or maybe they’re only really interested in Strathclyde bus services and the Glasgow subway (on the basis that only a tiny proportion of voters use the Gourock ferries, and politics is all)
- 31 hour shout Tobermory Lifeboat’s longest ever, ending in joint operation with Oban lifeboat
The Oban Times reported on 6th June on the MAIB report on a similar incident last July when a small container ship rammed the Isle of Bute, and apparently legal action is ongoing.
- Refloated cargo ship MV Fri Ocean escorted to Lynn of Lorne – and on into Oban
Not being a mariner, I wonder why – in this day and age of almost universal use of radar (and GPS?) for navigation – ships don’t seem to be equipped with a proximity alarm, a bloody great klaxon fit to waken the dead, that is triggered if the boat closes with an identifiable hazard.
It would have to be capable of deactivation in harbour areas and, eg, places like the Corran Narrows – but would surely be invaluable, especially at night.
Maybe it would be seen as a dangerous threat to the need for proper watch keeping.
- Auchindrain in crisis: facing paying off its two permanent staff
Considering how all the wind farm developers are so keen (and can clearly afford) to provide substantial funding to help local community ventures, this is surely a prime example of an exceptionally good local cause with national significance.
- Baton of SAMS Deputy Director passes from Jones to Miller
With the range of expertise at SAMS would I be naive to hope that it should be possible for this country to resolve the controversies surrounding marine aquaculture – the environmental impacts of waste pollution, and of sea lice infestation and treatment?
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