by Mikko on Fri 26 Mar 2010 09:17 GMT
Hard on the heals of Flybe’s termination of the essential Inverness – Edinburgh flights and national UK rail strikes set to start on 6th April, the Highlands has been left reeling by the collapse of Highland Airways. Serving Benbecula, Coll, Colonsay, Inverness, Oban, Stornoway and Tiree the loss of this airline leaves a gaping hole in the Scottish Highlands and Islands.
Speaking from his Loch Ness project base, Professor Kettle said, “we’re getting really concerned. Colleagues and essential supplies for our research are finding it difficult to get here. There is every chance that our attempts to find Nessie will be scuppered if problems carry on escalating”.
by Mikko on Thu 25 Mar 2010 19:07 GMT
Loch Ness has been thrown into chaos as unions have called all out UK rail strikes from 6th April. If you are travelling around this time then be sure and check what’s happening or your trip might become monstrous.
Nessie is furious that people may not be able to travel to visit and researchers based in the area are also fuming at the disruption that will be caused to their various Loch Ness projects.
by Mikko on Wed 24 Mar 2010 13:37 GMT
Loch Ness and the Highlands have been dealt a body blow as Flybe announced that it will axe the critical Inverness – Edinburgh air route at the end of this week. That’s right, if you want to visit Loch Ness or look for the monster or enjoy the beautiful Highlands you can only get from Edinburgh by a three and a half hour bus ride on the dangerously potholed A9 or on a very expensive train.
This is yet another disaster and we demand something is done about it.
by Mikko on Mon 22 Mar 2010 10:32 GMT
It’s being called the Tartan Taxi-gate: As senior government ex-ministers including Stephen Byers spoke to an undercover Sunday Times journalist and said he was available for rent “like a taxi” to lobby government for a fee of £5000 per day, Highland Councillors have denied that they also want some of the lucrative action for themselves.
Already exposed for slashing and burning key programs like elderly care and help for the homeless, Highland Councillors instead voted to continue to give themselves a huge daily three course lunch – free of charge. Now the Highland Hungry Bellies are looking for even more ways to make money off the back of their “service to the community” including lavish international “fact finding holidays” (sorry “missions”). The Highlands may be falling off a cliff as services are cut and roads disappear into potholes but the Hungry Bellies will always be sure to expand one thing – their personal girth.
by Mikko on Mon 22 Mar 2010 10:26 GMT
Applications for planning consent have plunged 24% between 2007 and 2009 with Aberdeen down by 28%. This all shows that the economy is still locked in a desperate recession with no light showing at the end of the tunnel. The green shoots – if there were any – have been killed off by the worst winter in 30 years and, greedy Highland Councillors aside, everyone is suffering.
Visit Scotland of course is in its home country of cloud cuckoo land – where everything is always better than last year and everybody has rose tinted spectacles.It looks ever more silly as an organisation and should be scrapped.
by Mikko on Sun 21 Mar 2010 09:52 GMT
The Inverness Courier asked its readers “Does Inverness deserve its nomination as an architectural “carbuncle”? and so far 69% have voted yes! This comes after millions have been wasted on a scheme called Inverness Streetscape and must call into question the whole mechanism whereby decisions about the once beautiful old city are made. Put in a nutshell, the streetscape scheme is a disgraceful flop that is now hated by many and £1 million over budget and its not even finished.
In fact, thousands of pounds more were also wasted on “street art” whereby graffitti artists were invited to spray rubbish of any kind onto the walls of vacant retail units. Some was vandalised or even used as open toilets by people leaving pubs and clubs.
Apart from voting themselves ever bigger living allowances and magnificent – and free – three course lunches (available to councillors everyday) the people elected to look after this area really don’t seem to know or care what goes on.
by Mikko on Sun 21 Mar 2010 09:38 GMT
Fears are growing that Nessie is being further reduced to nothing more than a figure of fun as some people try to get her included in a new version of the game of monopoly. This may cause serious damage to the decades of detailed and painstaking research by world renowned experts such as Professor Kettle
The game of monoploy is a traditional feature in many British homes and centres on a board covered with the names of London streets, which players seek to own and build on to be rented out.
It’s unclear how this sort of format fits Loch Ness and her mythical beast and e must hope that if it does proceed its done with care and sensitivity – both to the elusive cryptid in the loch and the people who devote so much to finding her.
by Mikko on Thu 18 Mar 2010 11:19 GMT
Now there is another plan for a new loch side complex mooted by a local exhibition centre but it appears to be a spoiler for the much needed and sensibly planned Jacobite Cruises development at Brackla and one must hope that it is quietly forgotten as an early, if tasteless, April Fools joke.
However, were it ever to be presented as an actual plan, which seems very doubtful, this scheme will be met with the most unyielding and rigorous national and international opposition campaign possible; every element of it will be subjected to public scrutiny and painstaking analysis to ensure that the more important interests of the very sensitive landscape and the community as a whole are protected along with those of hard pressed smaller businesses.
Obviously the track record of the applicant must also be carefully scrutinised. This scheme is in an inappropriate area for commercial exploitation by any sort of “tartan tat” or “fluffy Nessie” emporium and yet it is proposed by a company that seems to exist by catering to exactly that market. The Loch Ness Exhibition would appear to lack any track record for what Mr Bremner calls “safe and appropriate” development which is “entirely appropriate to the location.” One only has to look at the huge heaps of “tartan tat” and “fluffy Nessies” that confront customers at Mr Bremner’s existing exhibition and the onsite architectural monstrosity, the Drumnadrochit Hotel, to see that such an aberration cannot be allowed to be developed on the shores of the loch. Even for those who like such things, the market is already more than over supplied.
This scheme, were it to go ahead, would also put an end to any hope the Loch Ness area has of becoming a UN World Heritage Site – a designation which would help to safeguard the fragility of the unique environment (something we all know that we must carefully consider these days) and the interests of the local community as a whole.
As to the number of “jobs” created, we have seen ludicrous numbers put to these kinds of schemes before. Because we are now much better informed through long experience of past schemes (and also have to hand the history of such claims as well as access to things like Investor in People statistics etc.), it will be easy to turn the microscope onto the substance behind any details which are presented along with every other element of this particular scheme.
Unfortunately, left unbridled, there are some developers who would happily see power boat water skiing brought to Loch Ness, which is why inappropriate development or commercial exploitation of any sort must be blocked at every turn and we shall play our part to the best of our ability to protect this beautiful place.
We will keep you updated…
by Mikko on Sun 14 Mar 2010 20:02 GMT
Nessie poses a continuing problem for science. In cryptozoology she is referred to as a cryptid; a creature that is thought to exist but which has not so far been proven beyond reasonable doubt. Certainly, it’s not possible to state that the Loch Ness Monster is in fact a plesiosaur or a seal, salmon, eel or sturgeon but the abundance of eye witness evidence must lead to the conclusion that something is in the water and we just haven’t found it yet.
Bearing in mind that Loch Ness contains more fresh water than all of the lakes in England and Wales put together and is so deep that it would comfortably drown London’s Telecom Tower (formerly the Post Office Tower) then you can picture why we are finding it so hard to get conclusive proof. But the search continues and the truth is out there!
by Mikko on Sun 14 Mar 2010 19:25 GMT
Europe’s largest hydro electric project opened last year and then closed abrubtly as the massive underground tunnel carrying water down from an elevated loch to Loch Ness was blocked by a massive rockfall. Now, after much re-building it is set to re-start next year but will Nessie be happy as it raises and lowers the water level and creates noise and vibration. It’s situated near Fort Augustus and all we can do is hope that it doesn’t cause harm or annoyance to our elusive crytozoological resident or to anyone else around the area.