At Random with Martin Laing – June 17

Martin Laing

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Weight to go!

Much has been considered, predicted, speculated and said about the potential impacts on our health as a result of coronavirus, especially with regard to people’s weight.

Now, I have to confess that, despite staying as active as possible, I am now officially a lard-arse, having gained more than two stones during the past year.

I mention this because it throws into perspective the brilliant achievement by a number of pals of mine in Oban, who have applied themselves far more beneficially during lockdowns and have lost weight.

I mentioned the other week Allan and Mary McKie, who have shed several stones between them, and then I bumped into young Chris Anton the other day. Chris was a fixture behind the bar at Aulay’s for many years but is now working at the Covid test centre in town. He looks far better than when I previously saw him, having lost more than three stones.

They and others – and there are some I could name but won’t – really take the biscuit (or not, rather obviously) and look absolutely splendid as a consequence. I simply envy them their determination and the reward it has brought.

I tip my tile to all of you who have managed to achieve what I have singularly failed to. Well done.

Looking fantastic

I mentioned once before that I wanted to send best wishes to Oban town ambassador Kay McDonald, who had a period of ill health.

I’m delighted to say that our paths crossed again very recently while I was carousing with friends in town, at the table next to a group of ladies, including Kay.

I didn’t want to interrupt the girls, who were having a high old time, but we engaged eventually, and I was so chuffed to see how well Kay was looking, and by how much she was obviously enjoying being out and about again.

Great to see you, Kay!

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