Kay McDonald: Around Oban – week 11

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I know I go on about rubbish quite a lot – talk it sometimes, too – but I was delighted to see on Facebook last night that #trashtag is really taking off.

For those of you who don’t spend as much time on social media as I do, it involves taking a photograph of an area which is usually filthy and then a photograph after it’s been cleaned which is then posted on either Facebook or Instagram.

The most recent thing I’ve noticed is that it’s being recommended for teenagers who complain that they are bored and to be fair many of the photographs I’ve seen are of young people getting the job done.

It’s inspiring that this is happening and that it’s a worldwide thing with photographs coming from Nepal, America, Japan and Europe.

With the Oban Spring Clean at the end of this month, it’s a fantastic opportunity for us as a community to get our young people involved and posting online that it’s happening here too.

To be part of a global effort to make the world better by cleaning our own wee patch is something special and we’re already lucky to have the beach cleaning efforts of Hope Kitchen and the hard work of Keep Oban Beautiful, but it takes all of us being involved for real change to take place.

With so much negativity around just now it’s good to have something positive that can really make a difference, so I would encourage everyone to be involved at whatever level you can manage, big or small.

I’m away on the weekend of the spring clean, so the weekend before will see John and I out and about in the Glencruitten area doing our wee bit. It doesn’t matter when you do it or how much you do as long as you do it.

The photograph from last week was a difficult one, I’ll admit, it was the canopy at the entrance to the new Marine Restaurant in the Regent Hotel.  This week’s photograph is slightly easier and not too far from the last photograph.