Thursday, September 30, 2010
From booze house to coffee house
Nairn Standard Fixed Winter Time returns
The Ward Forum - Archie Tect's view
Software difficulties at Gurn HQ
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[Speaker 6] but it is only the CEO or a fruit fly genome that was not that's not where Jesus for movies unless they're an individual always I know what the link below freezing certainly not where it is important your friends in Europe and you know she wants we shall not miss from there there's not much coming to us all well
[Speaker 7] you know how I got down well with their rural area
[Speaker 8] most were always in the year of US recovery of flotations this year but the interest in next Wednesday's meetings
'A different clientele'
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Pittodrie's Silent Assassin: Davy Johnston - Aberdeen, Nairn and Caley Sharpshooter
Update from Donald: A local launch of the book is being planned ( details to follow ) when it is hoped fans and former players who knew Davy will attend. As well as having spells at Hearts, Aberdeen, Nairn and Caley, Davy was also a very successfull manager of Nairn St Ninian for over two seasons.
Serious concerns at Suburban CC over the Development Plan
A voice of concern was raised from the public benches that the entire plan still seems to be based on the delusion/illusion of pre credit-crunch projected levels of economic growth and inward migration to the Moray Firth area. Concerns were expressed that all this growth in this area is developer led and to the detriment of the rest of the Highlands. The Suburban CC will be attending the ward Forum this evening (Weds) but will be doing their homework before submitting their thoughts to this stage of the consultation.
Dr Alistair Noble outlined how he would like to see a split on the council between the people that deal with the developers and those that deal with the planning. He went on to say:
"I like the position that this community council has consistently held that there should be no development without infrastructure and the question should now be, is there any money for the infrastructure. If there’s no money for infrastructure then there’s no development."
Alistair is quite right in this observer’s view, how can we realistically allow any serious large-scale development in the ‘Nairn South’ area without a by-pass or adequate sewerage provision? Dr Noble thought that the land-banking by developers was a gamble against the future. He went on:
"We have to plan on some realistic basis that actually makes sense, if planning means anything. If it’s just a developer’s charter then it means absolutely nothing and it would be absolutely crazy, there must be up to 20 maybe 30,000 houses that could be potentially built between Nairn and Inverness which is doubling the size of Inverness. Now I don’t think that is a runner even at the most extreme immigration scenario. It’s certainly not realistic on the former projections of the Scottish population and its ever ageing population. So we would end up with a wee bit in this field and a wee bit in that field and a wee bit in this field and just a mess. Surely if nothing else that is something that planning is meant to be there to make sure doesn’t happen."
We suspect that many others in Nairn and beyond will be experiencing similar worries over the scale of development proposed in this plan and will be wishing to take to task its fundamental assumptions.
The Highland Wide Development Plan – keep your eye on the ball Gurnites.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
More recycling facilities needed in Nairn town centre
Plant a bulb and help a child - Focus on Crocus in Nairn
This bulb-planting event is part of a nationwide initiative involving Rotary Clubs, the Eden Project, and many other organisations, who will be planting hundreds of thousands of crocuses across the UK during October.
The aim is to add some colour to Nairn’s springtime flower displays, and to draw attention to Rotary's "Thanks for Life" campaign, a worldwide initiative in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to eradicate the scourge of polio from the world.
The colour purple has been chosen because when the Rotary and World Health Organisation teams carry out vaccinations, the little finger of each child is dipped in a purple dye so that people can tell who has been immunised and who has not.
A dose of vaccine for a child costs 20p. The planting teams in Nairn will be inviting donations of 50p or £1 for each bag of bulbs. Next spring, the roadsides and flowerbeds of Nairn should be ablaze with colour - and the beautiful purple crocuses will be a reminder that as well as making Nairn colourful, we are helping to rid the world of one of its most crippling diseases.
Everyone interested in participating is invited to assemble at the Nairn cemetery gates at 10 am on Saturday 2nd October. The planting will be alongside the Grantown Road, and also by the flowerbeds along the A96 opposite Duncan Drive. There will also be an opportunity during October to contribute to crocus bulb-planting at the Nairn Community Centre.
Bring your wellies, come and help plant some bulbs, make Nairn look good and be part of a world record!
No more direct trains from London north of Edinburgh on the East Coast
City development director Mike Galloway, in a report due to be submitted to councillors this evening, said there are three direct daytime trains in each direction between Dundee and London Kings Cross.' More on the other Courier site.
Monday, September 27, 2010
Highland-wide Local Development Plan - Nairn's chance to comment?
Have just spotted that Highland Council has announced the launch of the 10 weeks of public consultation on the substantive draft of the Highland-wide Local Development Plan (what we commented on earlier was the "Main Issues" document which was just a curtain-raiser - this is the real and detailed nitty-gritty).
More consultation - jolly good! The 10 weeks will start from this Friday, 24 Sept, when the document is supposedly available from the Service Point, and as before there will be a string of public forum meetings right around the Highlands until 29 November.
But guess what... the HC is being rather cunning.
They are going to have the Nairn public forum discussion as the very first session, on Wed 29 Sept - a mere three working days after the draft plan becomes available. Which of course means (a) they are giving the absolute minimum of time to interested Nairnites to consider and study the document; and (b) they are putting this to us at almost the same time as we are busy thinking about and looking at the Nairn Town Centre plan.
Very clever, as they presumably think by loading the timetable like this the people of Nairn won't have time or capacity to mobilise comments in time for the forum on the 29th (ie next Wednesday).
And to add insult to injury, they are also intending to hold "surgeries" on the HwLDP, where individuals can make appointments to talk directly to an HC planner. Very thoughtful and generous, eh? Until you notice that the Nairn surgery is to be on 29 November - the very last day of the consultation timetable.
If I were inclined to believe in conspiracy theories, I would suggest that this was a deliberate ploy by Highland Council to make it as difficult as possible for Nairnites to make considered comments on the HwLDP and to have them taken properly into account. But no, surely the Highland Council are (as Shakespeare's Mark Antony said of Caesar's assassins) "all honourable men" and would not play such a trick...... or would they?
And if I were to make a point, it would be... if we had a single united Community Council, we would be better placed to handle this workload and deliver effective feedback on the plans. '
Sunday, September 26, 2010
Town Centre woes - 'Nairn’s future really does lie in it's past'
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Scottish Cup - Rothes 2 Nairn 2
Pictures from NCFC official photogrpher Donald Matheson. A County fan who was at the game told the Gurn:
'Think it was a deserved draw by Rothes but the pitch was in a poor state and the winner especially when they played 7 or 8 aside across the pitch for about 3/4 of an hour before the match. We were coasting in the first half but a needless challenge (second half) by Donaldson on the attacker in the box after he made a good save gave them the penalty to get it back to 2-1. It wasn't a dirty game but lost count of bookings and Toshy getting second yellow and red for a soft foul.'
A full match report form Kenneth Wales is available on Highland League.net
Energy alternatives that might not spoil the view from Nairn beach so much
Loads of NIMBY crap in this week's Nairnshire?
Friday, September 24, 2010
Alan Barron's Fishertown guided tour - last chance this year next Wednesday (29th September)
'There's only one more tour to go but Alan Barron does a great walk round the Fishertown every Wednesday during August and September starting at 2pm at the Little Theatre. Went on it last week and it is just soooo interesting. What Alan doesn't know you could put on a postage stamp. (Costs £3 money goes to the Museum) '
Flats or more flats for Nairn town centre - Highland Council Plan B options not going down well
Iain Bain sums it up well and once again we unashamedly steal from one of his powerful editorials:
'The plans to build flats on the council owned sites are about as unimaginative as you can get and they offer nothing for the town centre. To ask people to choose between the the two near identical options is an insult to their intelligence...'
Well said Iain I’m sure many of those who dwell in Gurnshire will agree with that sentiment. We urge all who browse here to avail themselves of this week’s Nairnshire editorial. Mr Bain seems to have his finger on the pulse on this one.
Liz is on the march too, she is quoted in the Courier today:
‘It is important to take our time and get the right plan for Nairn.’ She also questioned how the development would be paid for, stressing Nairn Common Good Fund should not be part of the deal.
The Courier also spoke to Graham Marsden, he’s obviously sensed that an uprising is in the wind and realises that there is a strong lobby building against housing in this area:
“They would like to see it as a cleared area, with some car parking, but trees, making it into something worthwhile for the town centre,” he said.
That’s it then folks, if we want Nairn to decide what is good for the town centre and not Highland Council, we have to get along to that ward forum meeting on the 6th and let our feelings be known. The previous plans devised by Highland Council came to nothing after nearly 15 years of pain for no gain, now it is time for the people to speak - let's not let HC take control of proceedings any longer - we deserve a better town centre than the present Plan B proposes!
If you can’t make to the meeting you can submit your questions/statements via this Highland Council webpage (thanks again to APT for this link)
Broadband issues in Nairn
Soidhne ùr a' cur fàilte oirbh air an Dabhar
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Provost Laurie Fraser’s wee faux pas
Here at Gurn HQ we are most annoyed that Laurie’s gaffe vid has been pulled by those with the finger on the digital buttons at Glenurquhart Road. We dearly would have loved to have seen and heard what the councillors had to say about the social club issue. It seems that Liz voiced concerns about the potential noise impact and Lauire maintained his total opposition. There exists a support group on Facebook in favour of the application but no doubt our local councillors thoughts were also influenced by those who generally feel that there is a bit too much noise made at times by those enjoying themselves in the town at the weekends. It isn’t a new problem and there will always have to be a trade-off between those wanting to have a bit more fun and residents wanting a little less noise. What we should have been able to witness online would be the result of the democratic process as both these positions were taken into account in determining the application. Because of comments made by the Provost we no longer are offered that opportunity and that is a shame.
We accept that the comments reported in the press could be conceived as racist but we do not believe them to be so. We agree perhaps with the Inverness Courier in that they are bizarre. In our very own parochial political jungle many participants are used to Laurie, sometimes he can leave you wondering and sometimes he can appear at the top of his game just like the rest. That’s the mix that is the councillor and should he make the odd strange utterance when at a Nairn Ward Forum or a community council meeting then people might try and deconstruct it immediately afterwards or simply allow the conversation to move on. When it happens on a larger stage in such a grand fashion however, it brings attention to Nairn, attention that is unwanted and further focuses on the way the present Provost obtained the chain. One wonders why on earth they didn’t just depose Liz as Chair of the Ward Forum and leave her as a toothless but ever popular civic figurehead? Each ward can make up its own rules and that would have been a perfectly acceptable situation to the electorate. But the deed was done. Will Laurie survive? It is worth considering Iain Bain’s erudite editorial, part of which states after referring to the comments made:
‘Whether or not this now leads to the Provost’s resignation or dismissal is another matter. What is also clear is that Provost Fraser handed his political future to his opponents in no uncertain matter. The sacking of his predecessor now resounds.’
Nairn County climb up the table
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Three-all thriller at Station Park - Nairn 3 Deveronvale 3
Friday, September 10, 2010
Highland Council - more cuts needed over and above the £31 million that went out to consultation
Bottled water for Cawdor and Piperhill yesterday
Thursday, September 09, 2010
That Lenticular moment over Nairn again with Jinglebangles
Other digital news in Nairn
Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Firefox in Gaelic - Firefox ann an Gàidhlig
'Thàinig an latha, mu dheireadh thall, gun gabh sibh tlachd ann is sgaoilibh am facal!'
Ùraich gu brabhsair a bhruidhneas riut 'nad chànan fhèin! 'S e Firefox an dòigh nas luaithe, nas tèarainte 's nas fhearr a chum brabhsadh an lìn. Firefox 3.6 sa Ghàidhlig
Always had some or just learning? Give a Gàidhlig browser a go!
Life without RAF Kinloss, Lossie and the army at Fort George?
The military presence at
Should we, however, perhaps be more concerned at other cuts in the public purse and how that will affect local government and civil service jobs in Inverness where many Nairnites commute for work?
Tuesday, September 07, 2010
Dawn Sunday morning from behind the Old Bar
Monday, September 06, 2010
Co-op advertising falls flat in Nairn
Virtual graffiti on the old petrol station
Saturday, September 04, 2010
County goal feast continues - Nairn 7 Fort William 1
Deveron Homes profits plummet
The Co-op: 'Maybe a boycott is the only way to persuade them to shape up'
Change your bank - Ken Burnett's campaign
Burnett, from Nairn but now living in London, has been with RBS for 35 years and while not specifically unhappy with its service noticed a decline in service after he sold his advertising and marketing agency in 1999. Burnett, 59, looked more seriously into moving away from RBS once the extent of its difficulties emerged two years ago, followed by revelations over the payments to directors and chief executive Sir Fred Goodwin. More here on the Scotsman site.
Friday, September 03, 2010
Thursday, September 02, 2010
Nairn's Desolation Row
Update: another article in the Inverness Courier today and a very good letter from the Visit Nairn group. We'll link later if the article and letter go on line.
Wednesday, September 01, 2010
Glamour tie for Nairn in Scottish Cup
I want to be your Sledgehammer...
I want to be your sledgehammer
why don't you call my name
you'd better call the sledgehammer
put your mind at rest
I'm going to be-the sledgehammer
this can be my testimony
I'm your sledgehammer
let there be no doubt about it
sledge sledge sledgehammer
Here's the full song :-) This request dedicated to the man that wants to set aboot the Regal everytime he passes it. Go for it Graham - just organise a day and we'll see how many Gurnites turn up to help.