Comment posted What’s a fibreoptic cable doing lying on a beach anyway? by Tony Gill.
Ah. Don’t forget BT have been using special ‘self burying’ cable for many years. For ages there was a large loop of the main cable to the village lying on my beach. It disappeared several years ago.
It must have buried itself as the phones still work.
Perhaps BT need to concentrate on developing a ‘high speed’ self burying cable that wouldn’t be noticeable for quite so long.
Recent comments by Tony Gill
- Coastguard understaffing issue even more serious than thought
Since the quango MCA was created, HM Coastgard has been demoralised and decimated.
See my two responses in ‘MacMillan expressed concerns on Coastguard issues’.
- McMillan expresses concerns on Coastguard issue
Mr Beaton. I am an ex Merchant Navy navigating officer. Do not compare the real seafaring men who served so bravely during the war, or those who manned our British Merchant Fleet in the middle part of last century, before it vanished, with the sort of people I was alluding to stalking the halls of Spring Palace. They are very, very different.
HM Coastguard used to be manned to a large extent by ex Merchant Navy officers. Ex Royal Navy mariners as well. The service was proud and its officers too, knowing they were reassuring colleagues still at sea.
The MCA decided ‘bearded old fogies’ should no longer be the ‘face’ of the New Coastguard – too old fashioned. (Never mind their experience and knowledge of the sea, ships and seafarers) They weren’t the image the new ‘progressive’ modern ‘agency’ wanted.
So, uniforms turned plastic. Proper hats were replaced by baseball caps. ‘HM’ was removed from ‘HM Coastguard’ and people with no seagoing experience were recruited. (They can be trained to do the job, I know, but can they ever think like an experienced seafarer?). It was a deliberate marginalisation of a once proud service. I felt and saw the results for myself.
I swelled with pride when, a long time ago, I stood on the bridge of a cargo ship as she was manoeuvred clear of docks that are now the car park of the SECC, and we set off on a voyage of adventure. Throughout my seagoing career, on deep sea ships and then on small craft teaching people the ways of the sea, I have felt my work worthwhile as a member of an island nation. When I came ashore I was proud to volunteer and serve in HM Coastguard helping to keep seafarers safe and coordinate their rescue in circumstances that, but for fortune, I may have been in myself.
All my colleages felt that same pride in their work and service.
Then came the MCA.
Now, a great, dedicated and proud service has been demoralised and almost demolished by an upstart government quango which, to my mind, has shown itself not fit for purpose.
- McMillan expresses concerns on Coastguard issue
The problem lies fair and square with the MCA ( Maritime and Coastguard Agency) a government quango, set up by the Bliar government, that is not fit for purpose.
I have walked through the corridors of their headquarters in Southampton, Spring Place – Spring Palace to those in the know – and listened to the Master Mariners who run the place (i.e. failed ships captains – people with the paper qualifications, but who can’t stand being at sea and captaining actual ships) saying that their aim is to get rid of all the small commercial boats around the coast, thus making it easier and cheaper to fulfil the nations international obligations to provide a comprehensive maritime search and rescue organisation around the UK coasts. In reality paying lip service to those obligations.
HM Coastguard has been a well respected service for mariners for more than a hundred years. The MCA’s failed seafarers have, in almost no time, demolished the pride and integrity of a service steeped in history. Even a ‘Royal’ was prompted to ask why the ‘HM’ had been erased from its title. There was no answer. The arrogance of those who inhabit Spring Palace knows no bounds.
- Loch Lomond Seaplanes awarded TripAdvisor 2013 Certificate of Excellence
Super service. Great Idea. I wonder why there aren’t more seaplanes about. What a great way to see our wonderful wild country.
- Canadian tourist in accident at Cairnbaan junction with A816 – flags up safety issue
I too have nearly been hit by a foreign driver not realising he/she is on the wrong side of the road. Europeans bringing their own cars over are more likely to make this mistake, as it’s not natural for the driver to be nearest to the kerb, but a Canadian who probably hired a right hand drive car is less likely to make that mistake.
I am always very watchful at that junction when on the A816 having lost count of the vehicles that have driven straight into my path from the Cairnbaan road. People don’t want to do that, so I think there must be a problem with the signage, though I think it’s clear – but then, I know the junction.
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