Dr D – now you mustn’t let the …

Comment posted Film distributor makes VisitScotland seem responsible for heavy-handed Brave move on local cinemas by Robert Wakeham.

Dr D – now you mustn’t let the facts get in the way of a nice spot of paranoia. BBC Radio 4′s morning story this week, about life in Ceausescu’s Romania, should be prescribed listening for some of the more paranoid contributors to this website – perhaps they dream wistfully of that sort of society.

Recent comments by Robert Wakeham

  • Mountaineers and tourism businesses ask for your support to save Rannoch Moor
    Five hundred 20 ton truck loads of concrete? for each foundation? – are you sure about that, JB?
  • Mountaineers and tourism businesses ask for your support to save Rannoch Moor
    ‘…after which it will be decommissioned if it is not repowered.’ – I get the impression that there is every likelihood that turbines will be replaced, with more efficient and/or larger machines, maybe well within their 25 year lifespan; the history of Gigha’s community turbines, bought second hand from the Haverigg 1 site in Cumbria with eight years’ design life remaining, points to this.
  • Mountaineers and tourism businesses ask for your support to save Rannoch Moor
    A lot of people would doubtless think ‘what real harm is one wind farm in such an enormous landscape?’
    The wind farms in Argyll are mostly widely scattered and generally not ‘in your face’ except for a few unlucky people living in relatively remote places – nothing like the massed ranks of turbines lording it over each side of the M74 around Beattock.
    But go up into the Argyll hills and the perception is rather different – venture up to the An Suidhe wind farm above the A83 near Auchindrain, or to the Meall Mor telecoms cluster above the A83 between Ardrishaig and Tarbert, and you might be surprised at how many giants are lurking in the hills and that’s without contemplating the sort of ‘infill’ that the big boys are planning for the Kilduskland hills around the back of Ardrishaig.
    So I think that one windfarm encroaching on the wide open Rannoch landscape is one too many, that the government has to understand that in some areas enough is enough.
  • Managed protest at Pacific Quay shames pro-indy campaign
    Barking’s the word for it.
  • Managed protest at Pacific Quay shames pro-indy campaign
    I think there were indications of that ‘trend’ in the way that dear Donald Trump’s plans for the Menie dunes were ‘enabled’ – and far more recently and closer to home, the manipulation of Argyll & Bute councillors.

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11 Responses to Dr D – now you mustn’t let the …

  1. Do they have a legal right to make this demand?

    Another attempt to force the seperation issue down our throats. Appalling.

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    • “Another attempt to force the seperation issue down our throats.”

      I hadn’t realised that the SNP controlled the film industry in Scotland. They’re getting about, aren’t they. Appalling :-)

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  2. I think the Nats. are getting desperate.
    When the film was first promoted, earlier this year, I thought I would go to see it to try to spot the various bits of Scottish scenary. However, with all the ‘independence’ hype I have gone off the idea.
    One thought that has struck me: I understand that funding for the seperation campaign has strick rules. The Scotland Yes bunch are claiming not to receive money from outside Scotland. However, could it be possible for a rich person, who is sympathetic to the Scotland Yes campaign and living outside the UK, to invest heavily in such a film and also have a say in its marketing and commercial influence?
    Perhaps there is foreign funding for the Scotland Yes campaign afterall.

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    • Gosh! What diabolical lengths these Nats will go to: secret international funding of childrens’ film which will rock the (oh so steady) foundations of the UK state.

      There are, however, a few problems with this scenario:

      1: The film is aimed primarily at children (who don’t get a vote)

      2: The film is aimed largely at international markets (who don’t get a vote)

      3: At least one of the voice actors is an an avowed unionist (Billy Connelly)

      I think the silly season has well and truly started in the Lowry household.

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      • Dr D – now you mustn’t let the facts get in the way of a nice spot of paranoia. BBC Radio 4′s morning story this week, about life in Ceausescu’s Romania, should be prescribed listening for some of the more paranoid contributors to this website – perhaps they dream wistfully of that sort of society.

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  3. Paranoid I may well be, but I wonder if Newroom can find out if the same or similar communication has been sent out across the wider UK.

    Of course, it will be argued that they are just trying to promote Scotland as a tourist destination – without wind turbines, of course.

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  4. Lowry.
    Paranoid? After your comment about underhand international funding for the ‘Yes’ campaign i think you should be. I’ve got a funny feeling that after reading it, a few folk will now be talking about you. Do you know that if you play the last Proclaimers album backwards, you can clearly hear them say ‘vote yes’ 5 or 6 times.

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  5. When I was involved in the tourist industry (most of my thirty odd years in Argyll) the Scottish Tourist Board was considered useless except amongst themselves. Renamed Visit Scotland it’s just the same. All my friends still involved in the industry do not have a good word to say for them. Disband the overblown quango, it’s a waste of money and space.

    Quote: ‘Why do you mainly advertise in English journals rather than Scottish ones?’ Because there’s 5 million people in Scotland and 56 million in the rest of the UK. They’re just blithering idiots.

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  6. You have to laugh…We have a B & B in Oban and received a visitscotland email yesterday with a ‘very special invitation to attend a free screening of Brave’ and meet the one and only David Adams McGip (who? VS regional business director somebody?) in……Lochgilphead!!!
    No recognition that our very own Oban Pheonix cinema is opening after two years with Brave and needs all the local support it can get so trying to lure people away is at best misguided.

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