At Random with Martin Laing – June 24

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Trunks call

Ye gads! I thought. Whatever next?

I am talking about the kenspeckle character going by the moniker of Speedo Mick, the guy undertaking a five-month charity trek across the UK and Ireland attired only in his swimming briefs, trainers and a bunnet.

Mick (let’s drop the Speedo, if only in a literal sense) adorned the front page of last week’s Oban Times, and was all smiles in his near-naked photographs.

Now, while I always applaud those who so selflessly go above and beyond to help good causes, I found myself both intrigued by Mick and – let’s be honest – somewhat repelled by the images of a middle-aged bloke tramping about the streets and public areas in just his Speedos.

I may well be in a minority in that sense, given the rousing welcome Mick received when he arrived in Oban and later Taynuilt, with numerous big-hearted folk handing him cash for his cause (helping people with mental health and addiction issues). Loads of people also engaged with Mick conversationally and posed for selfies with the fellow.

The – ahem – bottom line is, I suppose, that Mick is raising large amounts of moolah for an admirable cause and for that I wish him every success. I just wish he would wear a little more clothing!

Bouncing back

Another thing that struck me as I perused last week’s excellent Oban Times was how busy the sports pages were, at least compared to editions published during the pandemic crisis.

I was delighted to see many photographs of people competing again in the likes of shinty, football, golf and rugby.

I have always been a sports nut – almost any sport will hold my attention – and have missed the edge provided by competitive activities.

We are still a long way from ‘normal’ (whatever that may be in the future), but I found myself chuffed to bits that people can once again take to the fields of play.
Let us just hope that we can continue to do so and in ever greater numbers.

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