Comment posted Pilots concerned on wind farm generated air turbulence by Robert Wakeham.
Just spotted your invitation to comment, Halcolh, and I’m too polite to refuse. The times I’ve criticised you it’s because I’ve been quite sure that your pronouncements were half-baked, and it’s rather worrying that you really do seem to believe you speak with great authority, and when others pick holes in what you’e said you sometimes resort to the sort of rudeness that’s really rather childish. Over to you, SR.
Robert Wakeham also commented
- Perhaps what we need is a well informed and diligent anti-bullshit activist – I recollect there used to be one, a good one, but he seems to have bailed out in exasperation but maybe one day he’ll be back…
- I don’t think that your comment is much use, Malcolm, as he seems to be comparing just Australia’s ‘man made’ contribution to world Co2 production with the whole lot – and while this is seemingly intended to reassure a small and reportedly very co2 profligate population in a big country, it’s not representative of the world picture.
You might say that we in Scotland / Britain aren’t, either, but it’s the overall world picture that counts, it’s the whole world that sinks or swims depending on how the population behaves, and nether we nor the Australians can really afford to play the ‘we’re too small to count’ game.
- In recent years it seems to have got easier to build a house in the ‘countryside’ – in Argyll at least, although it does help if you’re building on the site of a previous dwelling.
- No Bill – there’s been quite a lot of intolerance amongst a few commentators on the Dunoon ferry saga on the the views of others, and I don’t apologise for arguing my corner in the face of boorishness.
- I’m not getting involved in the discussion of figures – that’s for yourselves to scratch your heads over – but surely the statement that ‘…the average temperature of the UK has risen and electricity consumption dropped 3% last year..’ might be misleading because – though I’m not a global warming denier – it depends when the year was measured, as we’d just come out of the second of two much colder than usual winters, and our relatively badly insulated houses are one of the biggest energy users.
Recent comments by Robert Wakeham
- Astonishing infrastructural deficiency threatens Oban’s business development
A touch smug, Mr Stanger – there was a hotel on the site before.
I don’t know whether you live in Oban, but I always wonder at the extraordinary infrastructural deficit in the Oban road network, with just about all traffic between the north and Oban / southern Argyll being funnelled through the ‘bealach’, no sign of a link road around the inland side of the town and the only thing resembling a bypass being the low-speed single track road of extremely limited capacity (and even less passing places) between Connel and Kilmore.
Add to this the really remarkable lack of proper pavements on some of the busiest streets, and the quite incomprehensible failure to create a link road from the Glenshellach area through the back of Lochavullin to the Albany Street / Shore Street junction, and you’ve got a picture of catastrophic complacency. Or is it smugness?
- So what has damaged MV Loch Seaforth been up to?
I was once sitting out on the aft deck of Western Ferries’ ‘Sound of Jura’, returning from Islay on a summer evening, when the boat unexpectedly performed a complete circle – and Arthur Blue emerged from the engine room door, looked around, scratched his head, and disappeared back down the ladder whence he’d come. We soon continued on our way without further incident – these things happen.
- Communities Secretary on prompt to intervene with revaluation of Castle Toward
Goodwill? – Dick Walsh?
- How not to sell oil
Just chance that the ‘United Kalavryta’ is the Greek tanker carrying the oil, but the name is topical, to say the least, in major political events that could have as much impact on us here in Argyll as the price of oil.
Kalavryta is a small mountain town in the northern Peloponnese, above the southern shores of the Gulf of Corinth, and has a terrible history, being the site of one of the worst of the Glencoe-style reprisal massacres by German forces during WW2.
The mountain country around Kalavryta was a centre of Greek resistance, and so the entire male population over the age of 12 – nearly 700 people – was massacred and the town torched, but the German commanders responsible were never brought to justice.
I just wish that the German politicians sounding off about the current financial situation in Greece had engaged their brains, and chosen their words more carefully, before going on a rant about fiscal rectitude.
I seem to remember learning that it was a similar level of hubris amongst European politicians over the post WW1 financial collapse of Germany that launched Hitler’s career.
- Giggle factor on the rise as Stornoway guesthouse runs competition to guess start date of new ferry
If there is an issue, it means that there’s been a gross failure to coordinate the design of boat and berth – not for the first time on the West Coast, in recent years.
Pretty elementary stuff to get wrong, if this is in fact what’s happened.
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