from Alexander to Alec

to Kintaline Farm in Argyllshire

for our Alexander Technique lessons with Claire, who comes up from London several times a year to fix the postural problems of the west highland population

Kintaline Farm

Then on down to Oban, for lunch at Ee-usk, the pearl at the centre of the town’s claim to be “Seafood Capital of Scotland”

Oban Harbour

Jim spotted Mike Russell, ex-Minister of Education in the prorogued Scottish Parliament, settling down to lunch with a group of colleagues at the next table. When we saw that one of those present was non-other-than, Jim tried to sneak a wee photie of the ex-First Minister, Wee ‘Eck his-self

Politicos at Luncheon

This caught the man’s attention, and quick as a flash (none needed in Ee-usk on a day like this) he’s at our table, at our sides, ready for more picture-taking and keen to shoot the political breeze.

Ruth set out for him a programme of how-to-deal-with-Dave, having noticed he seemed quite restrained in his dealings with the current PMUK compared with his vituperation towards his Labour predecessor. He looked like he welcomed her advice

Ruth's new friend

Jim advised a rolling programme of independence, and indicated he’d be satisfied with a federal UK, not least since it might be the only way to bring democracy to England, as it looked like their electorate would be likely to reject the opportunity to take the incremental advantage of AV.


“Eck’s a good listener and a willing banterer, and seemed in no rush to get back to his seat at Mike Russell’s table.

We set him straight on a few things, and he may get one or two of our votes on May 5th. After all, he gives good schmooze!

could this be the last time

the last time we’ll look out the window and see

the world’s last ocean-going paddle steamer, the PS Waverley docking at the Fort William town pier?

Could be, because she’s under threat. The company of enthusiasts (Paddle Steamer Preservation Society) who bought the ship from Calmac for £1.00 in 1976 are having serious difficulty keeping her going with current fuel prices.

So this may be the last shot we’ll get of her reversing away from the pier, beginning her characteristic reverse U-turn across Loch Linnhe, before heading off down the loch to Oban and beyond. Let’s hope not….

You can see more about the PS Waverley, and maybe contribute to help her survive another year, here, and on her Facebook page here