Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Monday, February 25, 2008
Sunday, February 24, 2008
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
The Gurn realises how the admission that we have wild bikes nesting on the River Nairn could damage the town’s economy but we feel that we have to act before things get much worse The Gurn was very lucky to get pictures of the wild bikes, they are notoriously shy close to human beings but they can be very dangerous if cornered. We were lucky that the wild bikes came out of their burrows to enjoy the February sunshine, experts state they only do this during the short mating season. .
We call on our local representatives to deal with this menace. We realise that the local authority doesn’t have the expertise or the finances to deal with this situation so we call upon the Scottish Government to act. Help our community before it is too late!
A regular walker of the riverside paths was shocked to see one of the wild bikes, she told the Gurn, ‘I think someone should contact a former MSP, these wildbikes are after all less than five miles from the proposed site of a potential truly sustainable community. Surely that adds to the urgency.’
Take a good look at these pictures and be alarmed!
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
I suppose drinking bottled cider (industrial or otherwise) in such plastic bottles verges on the same then. The Editor has been guilty of that too. The Gurn doesn't wish to debate the issue, yes one of our staff admits to refilling a former bottle of mineral water with filtered tapwater each morning, but only wishes to state that we are disgusted that any politician dare tell us what is 'bordering on the morally unacceptable'.
How dare they try and lecture us! - they have no moral credibility. We will make our own choices thank you. Sod off Woolas! Go and live in a 'truly sustainable community' in a wood somewhere but not around here please.
The Gurn: deep loony green forever - Mother Earth we love you!
'Local Green Party activists have given their support to Forestry Commission Scotland's plans for an eco-housing development in woods near Nairn.
But they want to see more affordable houses included in the scheme at Kilnhill Wood, Lochloy.
The Forestry Commission submitted proposals for 32 houses, eight chalets and community services last week.
Green Party spokeswoman Eleanor Scott said: "We believe that this has the potential to be an innovative scheme which would give people the chance to live and work in a woodland setting.'
She has some reservations however,
"We also believe that the sewage issue must be considered, and that all agencies should work together to find an on-site, environmentally friendly way of dealing with sewage from the houses in the wood.
"We believe this development must become much more than just a group of nice eco-friendly houses - it must be about creating a truly sustainable community".
Well the problem is that everyone that lives in the country has a car and that will mean at least 40, 50, 60 cars coming down Lochloy Road every day? Many people are opposed to this scheme because the road out that way is just not up to it at the moment and people fear a serious accident. Just how will the folk from the truly sustainable community get their kids to school? Will the folk in the 'truly sustainable community have their own truly sustainable supermarket and truly sustainable petrol station? Maybe our former green msp knows something we don't - will cars be banned?
'See you later darling, just taking the handcart down to Nairn.'
the reasonably well-off light-green brigade, then just admit it!
I enjoy seeing the comments on the blog. Please be aware that you folks live in a beautiful part of the world with much to be thankful for. There are great and wonderful folks everywhere and a few jerks. Savor the former and endure the latter. On the weather, I too, live in a northern clime where summer starts on July 5th each year! BUT, it is most always green, not dead brown. Thanks Graisg.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
I just heard a figure on the telly that astonished me, I know figures are being bandied about like snowflakes in a blizzard but someone suggested that the taxpayer is into this for 100 billion pounds. Doesn't that kind of money give us a chance for a little compromise over the Nairnshire post offices?
Apologies if you have seen these pics before.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Time to think of alternatives? Doubling the railway line all the way to Inverness and tramway spurs to the Carse development and the proposed airport suburb? Maybe the price of oil will one day dictate a rapid change of perspective but what a shame we couldn't be as bit more forward thinking. And, last Gurn of the day, why wasn't the airport terminal built on the southern side of the airport next to the Railway and the A96 and the first place. And... oh time to shut up and have a nice soothing cup of tea...
PS update before the cup of tea, a member of the Gurn staff has just returned to the town and reports traffic having to slow down to a crawl this evening from the former Delnies school into town. Wouldn't a controlled level crossing and a roundabout as proposed at the Sandown suburb just be the icing on the A96 motoring cake?
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Anyone need their heads turned back round the right way? It can happen in our village it seems? The Gurn thought the only real danger was the A96!
Look at this bull:
'It's no wonder that heads turn in Nairn when they see Swinton, Byrne or, very occasionally, Kopp out shopping in the village.'
Sod off and leave them alone you dead-tree deadbeat plonkers!
'She said: "It was great to discover hotels in small villages. I did not expect to find that. Many of our family groups will book into the caravan holiday parks in Embo and Nairn, but we also have 'empty nesters' travelling who will not pre-book accommodation and will enjoy exploring the towns and villages of the Highlands."
Who said it and why? You'll have to read the John o'Groats Journal to find out.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
Saturday, February 09, 2008
Thursday, February 07, 2008
Thanks to our international correspondent based in our Inverness Office for this dramatic picture of international solidarity for the campaign.