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Are we more tolerant?


A SURVEY that shows that seven out of 10 people living in Argyll want to banish prejudice.

And prejudice based on people’s age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or religion is falling across the board in Scotland.

But have you noticed a difference in prejudice where you are?

Do people still make you or a member of your family feel uncomfortable – what can we do to make it different? The Scottish Social Attitudes Survey: Attitudes to Discrimination 2015

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Transocean likely to be on the move today

The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis

The rig which was grounded off the Isle of Lewis

Update on Transocean Winner: Friday September 30


Final preparations for moving the Transocean Winner rig onto the Hawk vessel are continuing and good progress has been made on the operation in Broad Bay.

The anchors have now been disconnected and the rig is being held on four tugs about half a mile from the Hawk.

The Hawk has almost completed ballasting and is making final preparations to receive the rig.

Weather conditions are improving by the hour and if this continues then

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Development boss opens up question time

Argyll and Bute logo

Fergus Murray, Argyll and Bute Council’s Head of Economic Development, is once again hosting a series of informal business briefings across the area

Following positive feedback received after last year’s briefings he will be outlining the work the council is doing to encourage more people to live, work and invest in Argyll and Bute.

These sessions are an ideal opportunity for small and medium sized business owners to put their questions directly to Fergus and raise any issues that may impact

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Sàr-sgeoil: Outlander


The author of the hugely successful Outlander novels – which inspired the smash-hit TV series – has revealed the sight of ‘men in kilts’ rather than knowledge of Scottish history led her to pen the best-selling books.

In an exclusive interview to be shown on BBC ALBA this week, Diana Gabaldon tells Cathy MacDonald that viewing an old episode of Dr Who showing men in kilts was ‘powerful and compelling’ – and the author had no prior knowledge of Scotland or its history.


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Three things…happening today - Thursday


Oban, Argyll

Oban Lorne Strathspey and Reel Society Practice Night – Oban Guide Hall 7.30pm

Fiddle, accordion, cello or flute players are welcomed to come along and and join this amazing group for an evening of music.

You may like us and decide to join.

The society meets for practice on a Thursday evening at 7.30pm in the Guide Hall on Lynn Road, Oban to which budding members are most welcome.

Kilmory, Lochgilphead

Argyll and Bute Council – Kilmory Castle – 10.30 onwards


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