At random with Martin Laing 26.09.19

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Shrinking staff

Our staff here at The Oban Times is diminishing notably.

In fact, we are down the equivalent of a complete member of the team.

But it is not as a result of redundancies or sackings, though it does stem from disciplinary action.

What am I talking about? Slimming.

I am in awe of three colleagues who have together been on a mission to lose weight and who have between them shed the equivalent poundage of an entire adult human being.

One, in fact, has lost an incredible five stone, while the other two are somewhere around three stone each.

I am informed that they have been so successful thanks to the help of Slimming World and its local representative, Gillian MacCorquodale.

The Oban Times trio have been singing the praises of Gillian and her club but, in my opinion, it is they themselves who deserve all the credit.

The incredible level of discipline to achieve what they have is astonishing, and they are all looking fantastic as a result.

Gaps in the market

My, my, what a can of worms I seem to have opened.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago (and mentioned it again last week) about the gap site in Oban’s Stevenson Street following the demolition of premises that had housed Ladbrokes and D Crawford and Sons, Plumbers.

Since that first piece, I have been approached by numerous people complaining about various other eyesore gap sites in the town, including those in highly prominent positions such as the former Argyll Hotel on the Corran Esplanade and another at the old MacDougall’s in Combie Street.

These two sites have been abandoned for years. I realise developers cannot be conjured out of thin air, but it would be reassuring to think that someone has plans for them. It would mean a substantial improvement to the appearance and infrastructure of Oban.

What do you think?

Write to me at or The Oban Times, Crannog Lane, Oban, PA34 4HB, or call 01631 568021.