At Random with Martin Laing – June 17

Martin Laing

Want to read more?

We value our content and access to our full site is only available with a  subscription. Your subscription entitles you to 7-day-a-week access to our website, plus a full digital copy of that week’s paper to read on your pc/mac or mobile device.  In addition, your subscription includes access to digital archive copies from 2006 onwards.

Just want to read one issue? No problem you can subscribe for just one week (or longer if you wish).

Already a subscriber?


Problems logging in and require
technical support? Click here
Subscribe Now
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!

What do you think?

Send your comments to