At Random with Martin Laing – January 13

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Let’s all try harder

There is a point of view which holds that Covid is becoming rife in the Oban area, with a surge in the number of cases.

Indeed, last week’s Oban Times reported on the front page that changes had been brought in for visiting at Lorn and Islands Hospital as staffing numbers are hit by the pandemic worsening in this area.

Now, as regular readers may be aware, I have tried manfully over the past year or two to avoid the Covid crisis, other than in passing very occasionally.

However, I am increasingly concerned by the continuing problem and its prevalence in our region. One aspect which dismays me is how often I see people sticking two fingers up at the regulations by refusing to wear face coverings.

I know they are unpleasant to have on – as a spectacles-wearer, I get hopelessly steamed up by my mask – but the experts are adamant that they help to reduce the spread of the virus. Other measures such as hand sanitising and personal hygiene are also important but the wearing of masks must be taken much more seriously.

We can all make a significant contribution to fighting the Covid spread but it means we must all try harder to do our bit.

A very welcome return

I was delighted last week to see the return of my fellow contributor to The Oban Times, Iain Thornber, following a prolonged absence.

Without becoming personal, Iain has had a period of ill health but is once more able to send in his fascinating Morven Lines heritage features.

Always entertaining to meet and blether with, I have missed sorely his wit and erudition, which never fail to enhance the pages of this great local newspaper and its online platforms.

Welcome back, Iain, and I hope you will long be able to continue informing and entertaining us with your Morvern Lines.

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