At Random with Martin Laing – February 17

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Badges of honour

We reported last week an appeal by Argyll’s Lord-Lieutenant for locals to nominate people who deserve recognition in the Queen’s Honours.

This got me thinking about whom I could or would give a nod to for a national gong … and I found myself surprised by how long the list grew and how quickly.

I know of numerous exceptional citizens who have gone way beyond the call to work for the benefit of our communities and wellbeing of individuals. They also embrace a wide variety of backgrounds and professions or trades. The list I have in my head represents a real cross-section of our society.

As someone who most singularly does not fit the criteria, I am in awe of those who do so much for others. I think from the cursory search I did online for help, that the system for submitting nominations is fairly easy to negotiate. I did a simple query on Google for nominations and came up with the government website www.gov.uk/honours/nominate-someone-in-the-uk

I will have to refine my list of deserving souls, but I would encourage all you dear readers to get your nominations in and help us reward our champions.

Road to perdition

I was planning to complain this week about the condition of the road between Oban and Lochawe when I spotted the story about remedial works starting last week.
Not before time.

I realise, of course, that we are still in winter and our roads take a bit of a pounding over this season, but the A85 – particularly the stretch from Lochawe to about Cruachan power station – has been especially bad for a while now, to the point where I have been worried about damaging my car.

BEAR Scotland said the roadworks were due to finish yesterday, February 16, but as I write they are still ongoing. I have no immediate plans to use this stretch of road but will look forward to seeing significant improvements.

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