Ah right! It’s a play on words. I …

Comment posted A85 Connel to Dalmally closed in both directions by Mel Gibson.

Ah right! It’s a play on words. I can’t quite get the hang of the limey sense of humour, but full marks for what is clearly a very funny joke. Got any others?

Mel Gibson also commented

  • Depth of knowledge is as important as breadth
  • The next quiz will be spelling, especially places names in northern England.
  • Here’s one for you:
    There are 10 types of people in this world- those that understand binary and those that don’t.
    Geddit?
  • I don’t get it.
  • That’s an unfair question for the rest of us since Bobby Wakeham has a permanent direct link to Wikipedia (how else can he authoratively comment on so many issues?).
    Anyone back to Stirling for me now (oops).

Recent comments by Mel Gibson

  • Salmon & Trout Association Scotland petition to stop all killing of wild salmon before 1st July 2015
    But before signing this petition, do consider that you are merely defending the right of anglers (tweed clad or otherwise) to harass, torture, maim and kill this icon of wild Scotland in the name of sport.
    As Hugh Campbell-Adamson says, the most vulnerable stocks are the mature salmon that return to rivers to spawn. These are the targets for a blood sport enjoyed by a privileged few.
    If we are serious about protecting wild salmon because it is genuinely becoming an endangered species, then let’s start with the basics and afford it the same protection we would give to polar bears, pandas and tigers etc. and make it illegal to injure or kill wild salmon, or even disturb them in their natural habitat.
    Then, develop sensible conservation strategies, properly funded (and why not approach fish farming companies to support these measures) and designed to restore wild numbers to sustainable levels.
    Then let’s look, with a scientific approach (rather than the usual soft-target, nimby driven, emotive argument) at fish farming and with a clear conscience help the industry address the same issues.
    Before anyone signs the petition, you should consider exactly what you are supporting here. The majority of the country supported a ban on fox hunting, as a cruel sport enjoyed by the wealthy. Spot the difference, because I can’t.
  • Salmon &Trout Association Scotland heartened by Scottish Government pioneering proposal to protect wild salmon stocks
    OK Richard, so you don’t pay so much to persecute salmon on whatever river you have access to, but please don’t suggest that it’s a poor man sport, as this simply isn’t true.

    I am also pleased that you admit to fishing just for sport rather than the kill. I believe that was a justification for fox hunting before the ban. Perhaps you should then consider using some kind of inanimate object to haul around the river rather than a living animal.

    Believe me, I am not a bunny hugger in any way, and nor am I a class warrior, but am just pointing out the sheer hypocrisy that SATA demonstrates in howling for everyone to stop killing salmon while being perfectly happy for the persecution, torture, maiming and slaughter of breeding salmon returning to spawning grounds.

  • Salmon &Trout Association Scotland heartened by Scottish Government pioneering proposal to protect wild salmon stocks
    Typical tactic of certain FA bloggers, play the man (or woman) not the ball.

    It is irrelevant to the argument whether I have been salmon fishing or not, but your comment indicates that you certainly haven’t.

    For reference, if it helps you to accept the argument, I have been salmon fishing on a number of occasions. I can assure you that the beats on the Spey, Tay and Tweed for example tend not to be frequented by people in lower income brackets (unless they are working as ghillies).
    For sure, day tickets are available on some west coast rivers but even at around £100 per day (with limited opportunity to catch a salmon) it isn’t really your common man’s pastime.

    The whole point is, richard (keyboard warrior lol), that it’s because the wealthy spend the money, it is deemed acceptable to slaughter wild salmon for sport.

  • Salmon &Trout Association Scotland heartened by Scottish Government pioneering proposal to protect wild salmon stocks
    OK, let’s not bother doing anything then.
  • Salmon &Trout Association Scotland heartened by Scottish Government pioneering proposal to protect wild salmon stocks
    It is incorrect to say there is no greater threat than to infect wild salmon with sea lice…… Sea lice are a naturally occurring parasite, so wild salmon will always be affected. True, increasing numbers of the parasite will increase infection levels, but there is no proof of connection between fish farm sea lice and wild fish number decline, only a number of papers matched, it has to be said, by similar numbers of contradicting studies.

    However, I would suggest that mutilating and torturing wild salmon, and slaughter either deliberate or accidental (ie the laughingly named catch and release theory), while as maturing adults they are returning to spawning grounds is without question the wrong thing to do.

    If you read my first post, I am calling for the cessation of obvious and blatant methods of killing wild salmon, then start looking at other possible causes from a legitimate and moral standpoint (it’s little more than hypocrisy to do otherwise).

    Or is it all about money? Do SATA simply want to protect a rich mans sport? If it’s just about economics then you gift round 1 to the fish farmers.

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26 Responses to Ah right! It’s a play on words. I …

  1. I am surprised that there are not more serious accidents on the A85 from Tyndrum to Dalmally as motor bikers seem to think that they are a law unto themselves.
    Whilst driving on this stretch of the A85 especially during the summer months I see motor bikers weaving amongst the traffic and overtaking on blind corners. It is no wonder that this road is often closed due to accidents.
    With any road it is not the road that is dangerous it is the people using it that cause the accidents. You cannot have accidents if the road has no vehicles on it.

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    • True, some drivers behave like lunatics, but not true that ‘it’s not the road that’s dangerous’ – there are places in Argyll where the road configuration is very clearly unsafe. And what’s this about ‘you cannot have accidents if the road has no vehicles on it’ – do you think roads are for decoration only? – this reminds me of days gone by in the Middle East, when there were suspicions that strangers were sometimes found guilty of causing accidents on the principle that if they hadn’t been there the driver on the wrong side of the road would still be alive.

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    • Presumably they weren’t, but the criticism of bikers is fair comment – some of the ‘bike packs’ that come out in good summer weather do behave like absolute lunatics, without any doubt whatsoever. So, of course, do some car drivers.

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  2. Regardless of whom was to blame, one of my colleagues was involved in this accident. Let’s pray that both drivers recover from this tragic incident. My thoughts are with you both.

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  3. People say that the A9 from Perth to Thurso is a killer road but this is only because motorists take un-necessary risks to try to reach their destination a few minutes earlier.

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    • It’s not as simple as that, is it? Aren’t people usually referring to the stretch from Perth to Inverness, where part of the problem seems to be the way that the road switches repeatedly between single and dual carriageways.

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  4. Most people wrongly assume that it is the stretch from Perth to Inverness but there have also been serious accidents on the Inverness to Thurso section.
    I could have just mentioned Perth to Inverness but no doubt someone trying to clever would have stated that the A9 started in the City of Perth and finished in Thurso.

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    • That’s an unfair question for the rest of us since Bobby Wakeham has a permanent direct link to Wikipedia (how else can he authoratively comment on so many issues?).
      Anyone back to Stirling for me now (oops).

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  5. Mel.
    It is a trick question, but if you have never been to the City of Perth then it is unlikely that you will know the answer.

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  6. Mel.
    On the front page of today’s Dundee Courier there is an article headed “Games move, but it’s only by Inches”
    Perth Highland Games are moving from the South Inch to the North Inch because of the summer deluge.

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    • Ah right! It’s a play on words. I can’t quite get the hang of the limey sense of humour, but full marks for what is clearly a very funny joke. Got any others?

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