Comment posted The Diamond Jubilee Thames River Pageant by newsroom.
Noticed a quite large black hulled working boat of some kind whose name seemed to be ‘Argyll…(something).
Looking for the full list.
Update: Found this – is this what you;re looking for, Hotbird?
‘Ulla Lieutenancy of Ross and Cromarty
Ulla is the first of four St Ayles Skiffs to be built in Ross‐shire and has led a resurgence in community involvement in coastal rowing. This boat was built by the club and repaired after
extensive damage last winter. ’
newsroom also commented
- What a fabulous photograph – and isn’t she a simply glorious boat?
- The TV coverage was the poorest yet – and most unreliably informed.
One commentator said HMS Belfast was 91,000 tonnes. The next to mention the ship said she was 11,500 tonnes, reduced from around 14,000 by having armature removed.
A commentator drew attention to The Edwardian, announcing that this was the boat with the Middleton family on it. That was actually The Elizabethan.
Then the person holding the rank of Lord High Admiral was said to be the Queen, It used to be – but she has, not too long ago, conferred it on the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Gloriana was said to be carrying some of the Royal family where, to the best of our understanding, it was not.
We accept that these things are relatively trivial and sometimes arcane but if facts are given they should be correct. The late Richard Dimbleby was authoritative because he was well and accurately informed.
No effort was made to capture the variety of musical barges and while pre-recorded interviews had picked up some of the boats with special stories to tell, the running commentary was very thinly informed on the participant craft – yet these were very interesting, many representing the old trade guilds, reminding us of a world organised differently.
This was lazy.
The commentary, in its preparation and professionalism, did not match the level of preparation and skill put into the event itself. And many of them looked ridiculous – eg Tess Daly.
Why do working reporters now routinely dress up to match the events they are reporting, rather than remain, as they should be, separate from them? Hence we have journo-faux-celebs on the red carpets at film premieres; and foolishly dressed reporters at Ascot – all a serious loss of perspective.
- Difficult one. ‘Bread and circuses’ work because we need both.
As a Republican who actually doesn’t care that much either way and as someone who is aware what hard times are inevitably coming down the line just now, I thought the Thames River Pageant did a lot of good.
It paid tribute to a life that never had a choice but accepted the given role and has worked consistently to do no harm.
The rest of us live with uncertainties, more fundamental anxieties and room for choice, for the impromptu and the invisible. No one in their right mind would swop this to be a living totem with almost zero privacy of the kind we take for granted.
Many of the rest of us can work to trade up. The monarchical system leaves those born into it with no choice to trade down.
The river pageant was essentially about people and ordinary working lives elevated to the extraordinary because they were all brought together in one place at one time.
It reminded us of who we are and the majority responded to that.
In doing this, I personally felt that I was left better prepared for the bad times to come because it did lift the spirits in celebrating and staging the everyday with the majesty it deserves.
It’s not as if the money would have been spent on anything we would consider to be of substance. And sometimes substance is insubstantial.
Recent comments by newsroom
- SNP meeting on Monday may be testing time for mega-coalition proposal
We’re not going to do a ’20 questions’ routine but, to let local politicians off the hook, it’s not any of them.
And we’re now taking a vow of silence.
- First Minister’s choice not to condemn mob behaviour proves Farage point
Criticising behaviour – like Nimbyism [a worthy target], should not necessarily require tying it to a party or a group, although if there is good evidence why it belongs there, there is every reason to relate the two.
When you say: ‘Only in a very small number of occasions would I condone taking protest to the point of physical intimidation and I reserve that to some of the most significant ‘upheavals’ in modern times (examples being the fight against apartheid and the civil rights movement in the US) – even then there would be a line I, personally, couldn’t step over.’ – this is wholly understandable but using violence to protest against it is contradictory. I can never get playwright John Arden’s line out my head on this one: ‘You can’t cure the pox by further whoring.’
Civil disobedience is a very attractive and effective expression of disaffection but people are quite resistant to considering it.
- Arctic Convoy navies celebrated at Loch Ewe as surviving veterans receive Arctic Star medal
Email Jacky Brookes of the Russian Arctic Convoy Museum in Wester Ross: email@example.com (Russian Arctic Convoy Museum)
She will be glad to hear from you and of your father.
If you go to this webpage: http://www.veterans-uk.info/arctic_star_index.htm
- you will find an Application Form for the Arctic Star on it.
Alternatively, you can phone: 08457 800 900 and take it from there.
You will be able to get a posthumous medal for your father for his Arctic Convoy service – and although, painfully, he will never have known of it or seen it, he earned it and the medal will be very important to your family.
- First Minister’s choice not to condemn mob behaviour proves Farage point
We have people in Community Councils in Argyll who are on the record as not wanting ‘people of low incomes’ in their area. And those will be people of a variety of political persuasions. The socialist NIMBY is not a rare bird.
It is unsafe to give representational status to the fringe adherents of any cause – and that is why the cause itself – any cause – must be clear about what it finds acceptable and what it does not.
The need for the formal, official representative of a country to be clear on matters like this is even greater – and it sets the bar.
How would Mr Salmond react to the same treatment the mob offered Mr Farage in Edinburgh?
It was sudden and unexpected.
It began with an invasion of the pub he was in.
It was intimidating – the mob crowded tight in, creating a real pressure.
The shouting and the abuse was literally ‘in his face’.
There was no way through nor any offered.
It would be surprising if the First Minister were not to feel equally shaken by such an experience – and very surprising if he had effectively condoned it as gleefully afterwards.
Personally, I’m not afraid of much – but the pressure of shouting bodies, the level of unreason, the aggression – with no signals that this might not turn to physical aggression… I wouldn’t have run but I would have been worried for my safety and I would have had no certainty as to the outcome.
The police clearly had reason to take a quite extraordinary series of measures to protect Mr Farage.
One of these was locking him in a pub for his own safety.
That meant that they were uncertain of their ability to protect him against a violence they, who were present – clearly felt was a potential development.
I feel – on good evidence – that Tony Blair did more damage than anyone to the political life of this country, to its expectation of honesty in those who govern, to its essential democracy and to its security – and that he has blood on his hands: of untold thousands of innocent Iraqis, of Dr David Kelly, of those who died in London in the bombings of 7th July 2005. I feel the most profound contempt for him.[And Nigel Farage has nothing of this level of gravity on his record.]
But I would act to protect Blair were he to be the butt of anything like this – because I do not wish to be implicated either in what he has done or in any primitive lynch mob response to it.
The best punishment for the attention-seeking and egotistical Blair is to pay him no attention. He is not an homme serieux.
The best response to UKIP and MR Farage, if you are opposed to their politics, is not to vote for them.
- Walsh to lead all but Lib Dems, Conservatives and George Freeman
No – not speculation – otherwise we would have said so.
But this is not a done deal.
It has to go for approval to an SNP meeting tomorrow [Monday].
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