"Councillors have approved a plan to improve the appearance of a prefabricated concrete building in Inverness by covering it with metal.
The £500,000 cost of the work to Inverness Museum and Art Gallery would be met from £3m of funding provided by the UK government.
The building's front and side is to be clad in aluminium.
The light sandstone-coloured anodised, perforated aluminium would feature a map of the city.
The museum, which is operated by High Life Highland, is in the city centre next to the Inverness Town House and Inverness Castle." More here.
One of our regular readers is less then impressed with this latest lorry load of cash heading for the Highland capital and told us:
"Half a million pounds to facelift the Inverness Museum - a building which is relatively modern, structurally sound, well furnished and equipped, and is owned by Highland Council and managed by HighLife Highland.
The other £2.5 million is to be spent on "upgrading the grounds of Inverness Castle and creating free public access wifi for the city".
Meanwhile the Nairn Museum is housed in an elderly Victorian building with serious issues. It is also owned by Highland Council (who ought therefore to be maintaining it), and run by a board made up of volunteers who have to look to charitable donors and fundraising efforts to pay the bills. What could they do with a fraction of that half-a-million?
Moreover, while preparing to spend huge sums on tarting up Inverness Castle grounds (which are hardly derelict!), Highland Council is simultaneously cutting back substantially on the maintenance of public amenity areas like the Links and Viewfield, claims it cannot afford to replace the paddling pool, and is reducing or giving up the provision of floral planting in public spaces in Nairn and in other towns around the Highlands. As for wifi, while Inverness is to be provided with a free public wifi network, parts of Nairn still haven't got superfast broadband."
There you are folks, thoughts for a dreich Friday afternoon. Have good weekend.