There is to be Bungee Trampolines, Climbing Walls, …

Comment posted A genius event to market Argyll and the Isles in the winter season by John Patrick.

There is to be Bungee Trampolines, Climbing Walls, Paintball Range, Pony Rides, Tea Cups, Bouncy Castle, Chainsaw Carving, Wild Birds, Face Painters, Sand Pits and a large Children Tent sponsored by Inveraray Jail and Argyll Adventure and much much more for children as well as the responsible drinking for adults. Last years event saw Music, Food, Drink and Activities all merge wonderfully, everyone including the children had a ball and this year promises even more. The weather last year was pretty good as I recall and the location is outstanding in front of the castle. Longer hours and the big name music acts add to what is already a well loved event in Argyll and one our visitors will be truly entertained at. It is a must for the diary and great event to highlight the start of the winter Visit Scotland marketing drive.

Recent comments by John Patrick

  • Problems with both pro-indy and pro-union campaigns
    Newsie you are wrong.

    The Thatcher Government was all bad and her government saved nothing. Scottish oil money saved the day. Thatcher sorted nothing, she destroyed it, eradicated it, killed it for ever. These are not he actions of a great leader, these are the actions of a pitiful idiot who bullied her cabinet into the easy course of action which pitted family against family and labelled hard working men and woman as the enemy within.

    She then ordered the sinking of the Belgrano an Argentine Navy cruiser as she sailed away from the conflict zone. 323 people died, mainly young sea cadets. First blood Thatcher and weeks of hell followed which could have been avoided as a Peruvian peace proposal was still on the table at the time of the attack. I am not going to even touch on the troubles in your country during her terrible rein. This was vile individual that deserves no respect from anyone for anything.

    Yes sometimes it is all bad. Everything aside why should Scotland be governed by government we did not vote for, end of story, everything else we can and will sort out in an independent Scotland, we are nation of clever and hard working people. This is a YES campaign, not an SNP campaign. Many of us will vote YES but will not vote SNP the following year, so don’t keep writing about party interests, this campaign does transcend. We have labour. liberal and greens for independence and all are saying great things which fill in many of the gaps some perceive in the YES argument.

    It is so disappointing that FA dropped it support for an independent Scotland and took the easy course with the bulk of the unionist UK press. Now the YES supporters on these pages just suspect that your position is down to the fact you are not Scottish and have no real investment here worth fighting for as a new nation. Such a missed opportunity to not only comment on the debate but you could have actually helped shape a new Scotland based on the values this nation holds dear. Yes these values are very different from the south of England and that is why we live here in Scotland and not in the south of England (London). I tried it once and cared little for it and thats why I will vote YES for an independent Scotland. Thankfully many of my closest friends not born on these shores but Scottish of heart will also vote Yes and welcome the opportunity of a fresh start, to build a new country not involved in illegal wars, not sporting weapons of mass destruction, not penalising the poor, investing in our children with free eduction and the list goes on and on. It can be whatever we want it to be, not what the westminster government of the day decrees. A government which we did not vote for and does not represent us as a people.

    “You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.”
    ― John Lennon (He would be supporting the YES campaign today)

  • Nationhood: Talking about a Constitution
    I think you may be missing the fact that a constitution is not a wish list or a company mantra but the highest level legal framework in a sovereign state which most of the law will evolve and take authority from. I would accept with the passage of time the constitution will be interrupted differently for the times that we will find ourselves but fundamental human rights and the needs / rules of law abiding society need to be defined in writing somewhere and it makes little sense to adopt the ragbag of old British Documents going forward. Various UK governments have come close to adopting a written constitution on several occasions but stopped close to the post for what ever reason. But to suggest that this will not effect your daily life and is purely political is pretty far from the mark. Many have found themselves in the dock for exercising what many of us would assume is a god given right to free speech in a democracy but as demonstrated in Lynda piece above this is not the case.
  • Nationhood: Talking about a Constitution
    Elliot Bulmer the author of A Model Constitution for Scotland answered this more thoughtfully than I ever could. The UK has, for historical reasons, managed to avoid adopting a written Constitution; Scotland, as a newly formed independent state, would not be able, even if it wished, to continue such an anomaly. The EU and the Council of Europe would rightly laugh.

    The SNP also have tactical reasons for shifting their rhetoric from ‘mere independence’ to ‘state-building’.  Fear of state failure is one of the most effective anti-independence arguments: “Better the devil you know”; “Don’t let King Eck rule Scotland as his personal fiefdom.” A poster emanating from Willie Rennie’s office highlighted this vulnerability perfectly: drawing parallels with Qatar, it depicted a future independent Scotland as being ‘ruled by one man’ and having a death penalty. 

    The only way to address this vulnerability is to propose a written Constitution for Scotland that conforms to the best practice of other small European democracies, is technically sound, and has the broadest possible support. Publishing such a Constitution – preferably in as a detailed final draft, but at least in outline – before the independence referendum would go a long way to reassuring people that an independent Scotland, far from being a failed state, would be a bastion of democracy.

  • McGrigor pressing for acceleration of A83 terrain studies at Shira, Cairndow and Kinglas
    I do not talk for the SNP who may well be as you state in a touchy mood but I was chair of the Inveraray Community Council and Secretary of the Inveraray Marketing Group during the period of the major slips and attended many of the meetings representing my community and heard who supported what for myself not the ramblings of nameless bloggers.

    What ticks me off is you guys that sit behind your nom de plumes on For Argyll slagging off everybody that does the hard work and it is just cowardly. It may well be a sticking plaster in your eyes but that does not distract from the fact it is a sticking plaster more than anyone else has ever supplied. As I said you simply want to bash the SNP, not fix the A83.

  • McGrigor pressing for acceleration of A83 terrain studies at Shira, Cairndow and Kinglas
    SNP bashing dribble that detracts from the real problem and talking of short memories. The Rest has always been prone to closures for as long as I can remember. In fact I have seen nothing happen under Westminster or the Scottish Labour administrations but the new relief route happened under the SNP and was also supported by Mike Russell, the only administration that has ever committed to that level of expenditure on The Rest slide problems.

    Also in fairness we are having record levels of rain fall and the relevant services are a lot quicker in evaluating the problems and the clean up. The A83 has also been closed longer for RTA’s over the last 12 months than landslides. It costs local tourism and businesses more in the summer months when the road is closed all day whilst the RTA investigations proceed. Making the A83 safer is now arguable a more pressing issue not just for motorists but also for Argyll’s businesses.

    Jamie’s is good MSP for Argyll and his letter is welcome and expected but to suggest that Mike Russell is deficient here in his duty as our local MSP is simply a smear and very very wrong. Even if you don’t support the SNP, credit where credit is due, Mike Russell will be pressing harder than Jamie McGrigor ever could for further spend on the A83.

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13 Responses to There is to be Bungee Trampolines, Climbing Walls, …

  1. How ironic that this wonderful marketing initiative should be displayed next to the report indicating that the main artery from Glasgow and the west to Inveraray is once again closed. When is the Scottish Government/Transport Scotland going to take decisive action to provide a long term solution to this problem?

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  2. Is it not a bit pessimistic to describe mid September as “winter”?

    I smiled when I read that A&B was arguably the best place for families immediately followed by mention of a whisky event. I suppose it depends on how old your children are.

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    • There is to be Bungee Trampolines, Climbing Walls, Paintball Range, Pony Rides, Tea Cups, Bouncy Castle, Chainsaw Carving, Wild Birds, Face Painters, Sand Pits and a large Children Tent sponsored by Inveraray Jail and Argyll Adventure and much much more for children as well as the responsible drinking for adults. Last years event saw Music, Food, Drink and Activities all merge wonderfully, everyone including the children had a ball and this year promises even more. The weather last year was pretty good as I recall and the location is outstanding in front of the castle. Longer hours and the big name music acts add to what is already a well loved event in Argyll and one our visitors will be truly entertained at. It is a must for the diary and great event to highlight the start of the winter Visit Scotland marketing drive.

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  3. Very interesting & certainly well worth a look. I must put the date on the calendar. Er, what is the date? Mid-September – do we assume that it’s the 15th/16th?

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    • Keith – we weren’t given a date or a website – so assumed the date was not yet entirely final and that the website was not yet ready.
      Apologies.

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  4. Best wishes to the event .
    Regarding Food from Argyll , there appeared to be a complete absence of Argyll businesses at the Royal Highland Show food hall this week , in contrast to the excellent stalls and displays from other areas .

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  5. Food from Argyll is about feeding the masses at events, rather than marketing Argyll produce to the consumer. It must make a good living for the few involved, hard work tho it is, but that is not really changing the public perspective nor availability of what we produce in Argyll.
    What a shame some of our great companies were not able to be at the RHS.
    Maybe it is time to have a combined marketing initiative for more than the great burgers and sticky toffee puddings of FfA. That way the smaller companies can afford to go, and the public can learn more of the fabulous food of the county.

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    • They do get media coverage and word-of-mouth broadcasting for the food of the entire area in their visits to the music festivals.
      But you have a sound point in the imperative for collective action.
      Part of the problem is the usual parochial factionalism of separate groups refusing to merge and collaborate. Food From Argyll is a good brand, big enough territorially to make an impact to everyone’s benefit but not too big to start to get bland.
      The uber brand is Scotland Food and Drink – which pays gallingly little attention to Argyll. This is largely because there is not a single body speaking and acting for the food producers of the entire area.
      The growing success of Argyll and the Isles Tourism, as an umbrella marketing body with universal buy-in from the various local marketing groups, should have shown the way forward to our food producers.

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      • News room

        The food hall ths year was packed out, Most of what was on display was from private companies from Scotland, not all big companies but a good range from small to very big. To be honest what we had was a very Scottish food fair and a very good one at that. Im not sure if a Argyll food theme would work or not as a lot of what we have in Argyll is duplicated else where in Scotland? The food show was just that, a very good show of Scottish produce from mostly anywhere in Scotland and presented very very well.

        Maybe the same thing might just work very well in the Queens Hall during Cowal Games for Argyll and the Isles foodies?

        BTW thats five years in a row that we have bought the very best of Curry sauce from that very food show, and that just about answers the question in that I can get everything else that was on show on my door step because I live in Argyll. mmmmmm

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      • “gallingly little attention” isn’t exactly accurate newsroom and I’m confident that your opinion isn’t drawn from informed conversation with members of SFD from within Argyll. SFD had myself based in Oban and supporting many of the clients that you regularly feature in good news stories such as that of MacMillan Foods. Many have also been Excellence award winners and some gained extra supermarket listings via SFD activity. Over and above this, many Argyll companies will have contributed to F&D exports & growth stats during a deep recession which helped prop up Scottish economy. Finally, Our past chief exec also visited the first “Stronger Together” summit and sought further engagement with companies.
        Unfortunately, SFD priorities are with companies that can grow in UK and export markets, including the much maligned multiple retailers. When doing so, the “readiness” has to be established as there are factors to consider and lots of work for many of the primary producers and micro biz’s before they can benefit from SFD activity.
        SFD is be held up as an exemplar of how to cooperate as a sector. Just look at the recently launched Scottish Tourism Alliance strategy document and you’ll notice how they have used it as a model of best practice. In a similar comparison, your positive view of Argyll & Isles Tourism has also benefited from adopting such a model.
        With the exception of large international brands (salmon, whisky) Argyll doesn’t have a huge number of tier 2 businesses. We do have a series of very exciting businesses in the meat, bakery, beer and seafood categories but all will require time & support to achieve the growth and market penetration. All whilst, they still have to overcome major challenges that hinder their ability to remain competitive such as connectivity (transport, ferries charges), skills shortages and profitability so they can invest for the future.

        so…….SFD is only been in existence for 4-5 years, so give them a chance and get behind them and seek their involvement. Argyll & Isles Tourism and Food from Argyll aren’t the magic bullets in isolation but events such as this where all the positive businesses come together will certainly help the region get noticed. Working in partnership and aligning with strategic bodies will help accelerate growth aspirations if all “buy-in” with cash and energy and pull in the same direction

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