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.

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    Surely an age-old problem with democracy – people voting for an idea (be it political party or male / female preference) first, and for a person a very distant second, thus presenting us with a substantial number of low grade politicians.
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    But, overall, it was sparse – and why do you think so many small farmers have left the land in rural areas of Mediterranean countries? – a lot of it was made productive, as you’ve said, by (laboriously) building terraces and (usually) elaborate irrigation systems, but these days the only viable cultivation is for vineyards and fruit orchards.
    The only way to revive a lot of it would be to invite land-hungry third world farmers to take over – in places like Oman they still cultivate precipitous terraces in the jebel, but I doubt they’d be keen on settling in Lewis
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    It surprises me that Ferrovial has been such an active player, given that its Spanish home territory was hit so hard by the fallout in the 2008 world economic meltdown – I just hope that Ferrovial (and Santander Bank, for that matter) don’t turn out to be concealing a financial can of worms, Tesco-style.
  • Trees for Life awarded £80k for conservation projects in Glen Affric
    I think that there’s a great deal of awareness of this lifestyle – and I think that talk of the now depopulated glens having once been fertile is disguising the stark fact that a lot of places weren’t that fertile at all – small pockets of fertility at the best, and unable on their own to support the inhabitants.
    The modern custom of crofters having full time jobs outside the croft is surely nothing new.
    As for ethnic cleansing – how much was conducted by fellow ‘ethnics’, or are you thinking that each and every clan was an ethnic entity?
  • Trees for Life awarded £80k for conservation projects in Glen Affric
    MM, I think you’ll find that most bothies were once home to a family – but they’re mostly in remote places where it would be very difficult to scratch a living off the land these days, unless you could supplement your tiny income with some other full time occupation.
    It’s true some crofters do just that – but in places as remote and infertile as Athnamulloch?

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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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