Comment posted Lochgilphead primary pupil’s internet exposure of poor school meals goes viral by Robert Wakeham.
This question of available choice, when related to the tight budget for school meals, doesn’t add up; if we believe the council’s defence as stated on the BBC today then it’s very difficult to understand how their standard of food choice, variety, quality – and resultant wastage – is possible within their budget. Or were the council claims aspirational rather than factual? (after all, there’s apparently insufficient space in the Lochgilphead campus to enable all the pupils to eat) – perhaps the much vaunted no-profit-public-private-design-build philosophy assumes that a certain proportion of the school roll is absent every day, and they miscalculated?
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- To some extent this whole discussion is academic in terms of Lochgilphead joint campus, because a significant number of the older pupils are to be seen in the town at lunchtime refuelling on chips – so presumably opting out of school meals. I suppose this might be a reflection of the school food not being junky enough, or being too junky?
- There’s a third photo in the Daily mail story that looks a bit healthier than the two pictures that have the limelight, so is the menu quality too uneven from day to day, or are kids free to select more – or less – healthy combinations from a wider menu?
- Has producing school meals at the Lochgilphead joint campus been privatised or is it still directly managed by the Education Department?
- Who – I wonder – in the Education Department would be best qualified to explain the difference between the meals in these photos and the meal on the ‘Eatwell plate’ in the ‘Healthy Hub’ section of the Lochgilphead Joint Campus website?
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- McGrigor supports small scale hydro schemes but is concerned about lack of grid connectivity
If not ‘bitter’, then how about ‘negative’, ‘petty’, or just plain miserable?
Effective ways of providing energy for this country is an increasingly fraught subject, with government commitment to ‘green’ power leading to the perception that our politicians are swimming with sharks, and a proliferation of wind farms that are good for some sectors of the local economy but which are a major cause of price inflation.
And the Kintyre / Arran power emergency this spring served to highlight the fact that large scale wind generated electricity can be likened to a rough single malt – no use unless it’s blended with other spirit to make it palatable.
I live in hope that SSE’s Sound of Islay tidestream power project will prove more user-friendly – as are the hydro power plants described by Jamie McGrigor, as far as I can gather.
Here in mid Argyll we’re being shown the next windfarm proposal – 25 turbines for Electricite de France above Brenfield, which would form a backdrop to Ardrishaig, and would be so close to the recently unveiled proposals by E.ON for up to 24 turbines above Inverneill as to be semi-detached.
That’s up to 49MW plus up to 90MW, that would all presumably have to be ‘blended’ with power from elsewhere to make it digestible, and if anyone thought that ‘fast breeder’ only referred to a type of nuclear reactor, just look at the emerging cluster of wind farms south of Ardrishaig.
- 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.
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