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16 October 2014

Improving Island Life - June 2008


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Welcome. Our Mission.

Good Day and Welcome

We thought that the people of Bute might like a regular little journal about life here on our lovely island. M and I came up here to make Bute our home - at least in summer, when we can get in some sailing before the monsoon season starts! (M's little joke there!)

M and I will strive to improve, and participate in, island life, so we will not hesitate to investigate and speak out on any important matters, no matter how controversial. For example, what is Calmac's side of things? Why, when we go walking, are the signs so completely inadequate?

Maybe you have other ideas.

We will be posting shortly. In the meantime, we look foward to hearing from you.

J and M
Posted on Improving Island Life at 13:01



Walks on Bute

We were pleasantly surprised at the walking on Bute, in particular the "West Island Way", and have now covered several stretches.

We understand that these paths are maintained by local volunteers, but quite frankly they do not seem to be doing their job. For example, it is not at all clear where the two stretches connect at St Blanes. Perhaps these voluntary people should get their act together? In my opinion, they should be utilising the quiet winter months to get such repairs and erections ready for summer.

M and I, unfortunately, are far too busy to volunteer for things. Nor are we fond of rambling clubs, having had experience of these in the past. We are rather too "sprightly" for them, I fear, and often the conversation is a little "rambling" also. (M's little joke there!)

What do you think?

Posted on Improving Island Life at 17:43



Caledonian-MacBrayne: Some Balance Called For.

Today we want to talk about Calmac, our 'lifeline' to the mainland.

It seems that they are always being criticised no matter what they do, and perhaps the argument should be a little more balanced.

For example, an hourly schedule is surely ample, given the increased capacity of the new vessels, and it gives one time to have a cup of coffee and do some shopping in that excellent delicatessen (butcher's also, M reminds me!).

We are well acquainted with Calmac's upper echelons on a personal basis. Indeed, it was through such an acquaintance that we first discovered Bute. We believe that they have nothing but the good of the community at heart.

Calmac's senior management have done a splendid job for years, in the face of wind, weather, hate campaigns and employees. I can also tell you that these stalwart managers have solid industry experience, for not only do they extensively travel the islands to ensure quality standards, but many have boats of their own.

Now you may say "Who are we to talk"? Well, we can vouch for all this from personal knowledge, gained at several Calmac dinners and other functions.

We would be very happy to hear your praises of Calmac, for a change, or at least balanced criticism.

J and M on Bute

Posted on Improving Island Life at 11:12



Our Diary

Well, we have just returned from a sojourn down south (to check on the horses and suchlike) to find that we have been censored by the BBC. This is, of course, an outrage, and we shall be providing details soon (BBC permitting!).
Posted on Improving Island Life at 10:18





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