Sunday, 12 June 2016

Outboard engines!

Vid 01 - The latest on our Chaffinches!

Outboard engines!

Following a discussion with our loch keeper Mr Xxxxx yesterday it has become apparent that neither of our two outboard engines is fit for hire. How these young engines have become unusable in what is a short time is beyond me as they are not subject to heavy usage. We will ask a couple of our mechanically minded members to have a look at them to determine the problem and see if rectification is a cost effective option.  We must therefore regrettably suspend the hiring of our engines until further notice!

Better late than never!

I received a call from our secretary on Friday to say that he had received the draw for the inter club competition. it,s pretty short notice and our selected pair of Nimmo and Young could not make either of the dates for our two teams. So a last minute rush sees Alasdair White and I heading off to Lindean tomorrow night. Our aim - to do the best we can, it's all you can ask of any angler!

The future for our boathouse!

Since the late 1940s the club has had a rather sound and useful fixture in the club boathouse. In the past the boathouse was primarily in use for the storage of club property principally the winter storage of our boats. This was initially because the boats at that time were of wooden construction and always required maintenance to prepare them for the coming season. So at the end of the Trout season all the boats would be hauled in for inspection and to undergo any work required.

Nowadays the routine has changed in that because our boats are all of fibreglass construction we inspect and repair the boats as an ongoing system. The usage of the boathouse has also changed in that members now have access for whatever reason be it shelter storage or work. Many members now make use of the facility for the above reasons.

Unfortunately this most useful asset of the club does itself require maintenance. Under the terms of our lease we have to repaint the structure every seven years in an unobtrusive colour. We are also required to remove moss from the roof which when it gets saturated is a very heavy weight. This was done 3 years ago and already the moss has grown into a thick carpet!

What is intensely disappointing is the response from the general membership when the call is issued for help in the above tasks. Might it not be correct that if a member wishes to use the boathouse then they in return must commit to taking part in its maintenance? It’s the same well kent faces that come forward on every occasion! It’s not fair you might say and you would be correct in your assertion! So things will have to change!

The committee has not yet met to discuss the options and we have received three responses from the membership as to how to move forward.
The responses were

(1)     Close the boathouse for general membership use restricting access to the committee and loch keeper!
(2)     Buy the necessary lock fast equipment needed to safely store all of the essential resources contained within the boathouse and continue with open access.
(3)     Change the locks and allow members access only by means of securing access via the loch keeper.

So there you have it the responses received so far. I will make no further comment on these options at this time but rather wait until the end of the month by which time we expect the majority of views to have been submitted! So if you have a view on the future use of the boathouse please let us knows in advance of the cut off point.

The wider world in my view!

Strong effective opposition!

Yes of course it’s one of the many phrases uttered by Borg Queen Ruth Davidson when she was trying to convert the less astute among the Scottish population to her way of thinking! Granted to readers of that scurrilous rag the Sun she appeared to be a genuine home for the lost amongst the Scottish voting public! For the sharper pencils however she was just a Scottish version of a Westminster Tory!

This week the named person in relation to child care was up for debate and the Borg promised strong opposition to this bill. Well it was quite laughable to see this strong effective opposition in action! There were the usual questions about nothing that Nicola Sturgeon could have dealt with in her sleep. There was also the complete lack of piercing and probing questions usually employed by a competent opposition!

Taking centre stage was a debate on the NHS a hugely important subject but what a poor session this turned out to be! The Borg Queen came up with one trifling issue after another. There was nothing of substance in her questions merely minor points that had been debated before! A recalcitrant schoolboy would have achieved better!

It was yet another in a series of Borg pantomimes designed to further their cause but destined only to provide comedic relief to the people of Scotland! How Nicola Sturgeon must sleep thanks to the ineffectual prattling of the Borg! I bet she cannot believe her luck when there are many sharp operators in the Scottish parliament she landed this bunch of Muppets!

I am rapidly becoming addicted to this complete fiasco at first Ministers Questions it really sets me off for the day in a way that Fawlty Towers or Monty Python could not! The Borg Queen has taken off and moved to the other side of the chamber but the rhetoric is much the same the only difference being there are more sheep behind her to baa and bleat as the occasion demands! The mantra of the Tory party has always been “promise much and deliver nothing” it remains totally unchanged!

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