'Bill has left a new comment on your post "Anyone need their heads turned back round the righ...": What an amusing story. Ah! Nairn, what is to become of it? I share your reaction to this Daily Mail 'expose', but if that's the kind of rubbish newspaper you read (I don't!) then that's the kind of nonsense you can expect to see.However, talking about the habits of others (specially, to be blunt about it, 'outsiders' who take up residence there) is common in Nairn, as I know myself. When I first moved there and mentioned to people in several of the shops around town where I lived they more or less knew my whole life story already; the fact that I was still bleaching my hair in those days was an extra juicy talking-point; in many ways I'm not entirely 'conventional' I suppose. I do also recall being at a social event a few years ago along the Moray coast (near Fochabers actually) and one of those present used to live in Nairn (a 'native' I believe) and when I mentioned where I lived she immediately (and these gossips are almost invariably female) mentioned a rather unusual former Nairn resident in unpleasantly derogatory tones (I still had my bleached hair then of course) - I speak of the late Tanya Arkipova, who happened to be quite a good friend. I'm afraid that I froze-out that particular gossip-monger for the remainder of the evening!It is highly unusual for people in Nairn to be openly unpleasant or dismissive or anybody when face-to-face with them, but they sure do whisper about others behind their backs! One has only to recall some of the rather nasty gossip circulating around town about the widow of murder-victim Alistair Wilson.I have no doubt at all that tabloid reporters find no difficulty in finding Nairnites to feed their little bits of supposedly salacious gossip; it may be wrong of the Daily Mail to write silly stories like this, but I expect some locals played their part, too, with so-called 'background information'.I like Nairn a lot, but I can get out when I feel like it, thank the Lord!'
Yes Bill, Tanya was great craic and if there were some that were willing to slag her off for whatever reason the majority accepted her as part of the community, which she had every right to be, being born in the town. Nairn is a great place to live and we have a strong sense of community, there is gossip like anywhere else but it is by no means a retarded Wickerman type community à la Daily Mail article. We don't buy it, just take internet newsfeeds that mention the town. No sun tody here hope you have some.