What was wrong with the ‘Colquhoun Arms’ name? …

Comment posted Loch Lomond Arms Hotel opens the high road to Luss in July by Robert Wakeham.

What was wrong with the ‘Colquhoun Arms’ name? – I thought that changing original pub / inn / hotel names to something considered more marketable was a peculiarly English affliction, but apparently not – unless the previous name was synthetic, which seems unlikely.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

  • Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on Daesh: ‘If we are to make real progress tackling extremism we must stop it at source – and call it what it is’
    Plenty of the ‘pious faithful’ down the years have been murderous headbangers, and I don’t think you can call this lot ‘infidels’ – they’ve got faith alright, of the vile variety.
    I’d put my money on the moniker ‘So-called ‘Islamic State”.
  • McGrigor calls on RMT to stop Friday strike against Calmac amidst fears for vital tourism economy
    Caledonian Steam Packet Ltd + David MacBrayne Ltd – and until recent years the two separate companies were reflected in the different unions representing Calmac staff in their historic operating areas.
  • Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh on Daesh: ‘If we are to make real progress tackling extremism we must stop it at source – and call it what it is’
    Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh is absolutely correct in stating that ‘you can’t defeat an existential threat with bombs and high-tech surveillance’, but in her desperation to disassociate the Muslims in this country from the extremist mindset, she can join Khalid al-Haj Salih et al in claiming that IS aka ISIL aka ISIS is categorically not Islamic until the cows come home – but this is fantasy.
    The name DAESH tells you that, if it’s supposed to be an acronym for ‘Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa’al Sham (sic) it quite clearly isn’t – it would be DIIS, but Khaled al-Haj Salih has conveniently avoided incorporating the ‘I’s of Islamiya & Iraq. I wonder why? – and so, I think, will any 16 year-old trawling the internet in their bedroom.
    But I don’t wonder why the BBC has refused to adopt this daft and blatantly inaccurate acronym.
    Tasmina would be better to emphasise that – rather than Muslims – anyone espousing this cause is in fact Mozlem (‘one who is evil and unjust’).
    Renaming the extremists ‘Daesh’ will not work at all – and if Tasmina is correct in stating that ‘the majority of Arabic speakers in the Middle East now use ‘Daesh’, I wonder why – unless it’s a way of disassociating themselves, in their own minds, from this tide of murderous fanatics.
  • Greece: Peston says ‘ECB expected to continue to refuse to rescue Greek banks’
    A touch smug for a Brit, Karl – what do you think those massive PFI hospital building contracts that have our NHS bleeding to death were all about?
    Gordon Brown’s initiative to keep major public capital expenditure ‘off the books’, and to hell with the cost to our children & grandchildren.
    It’s called ‘cooking the books’ and it’s alive & well in this country too – remember the civil disobedience campaign that eventually forced the government to ‘buy back’ the Skye bridge from the Colombian investors who were making a mint out of it?
  • Greece: Peston says ‘ECB expected to continue to refuse to rescue Greek banks’
    There’s two adages that have been dusted down recently with reference to the Greek situation -
    Firstly: ‘Pride comes before a fall’ (and there’s a lot of pride in Greek culture, some of it to do with the stunning legacy of classical Greek civilisations, with being a small fish in a big European pond, with the traumas of the 20th century history of the country, and with the historic paranoia (a Greek word) resulting from Turkish aggression and the Islamic ‘pirate’ raiders from around the Eastern Mediterranean)
    Secondly: ‘Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory’ – referring to the signs of economic revival, after years of steady economic decay post-2008, that seem to have been snuffed out by the election of Syriza and that party’s subsequent behaviour, and by the perceived arrogance of the creditors, particularly Germany – who laid waste to Greece (with some horrific atrocities) during WW2 and apparently got ‘let off’ a considerable amount of the reparations.

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8 Responses to What was wrong with the ‘Colquhoun Arms’ name? …

  1. What was wrong with the ‘Colquhoun Arms’ name? – I thought that changing original pub / inn / hotel names to something considered more marketable was a peculiarly English affliction, but apparently not – unless the previous name was synthetic, which seems unlikely.

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    • It will probably still be known locally as the Colquhoun Arms, however, I’ve been told that with the new opening they want to get a fresh start and previous people who ran the pub had let the place get a poor reputation.

      Now that Luss Estates have taken it back over and spent a hefty bit of money on it, a wee name change doesn’t seem to big a deal.

      Locally, the worry is how much a pint will cost!!!

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  2. It is wonderful news to hear that this hotel will be re-opening and have a name that will attract tourists. The fact that there is a local history attached to the developers and that the blot on the landscape will be no more is just a joy. I love Luss and have missed the hotel facility over the years for a meal or coffee. We will definitely be visiting on our road from Strone to Glasgow. Good luck with this exciting addition to the West of Scotland.

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  3. Hi there, it’s great to hear that there is another hotel opening soon , I aml looking for a job maybe 1 to 2 days a week !!! I have a svq in cookery and I hold a full driving licence my age is 52,,,, and I know I could do a good job for you and I would be reliable!!! Maybe you might think this is silly but!!!! It’s worth a shot ,,, hopefully I hear from you yours sincerely Flora Robb

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