At Random with Martin Laing – 9.6.22

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Bare-faced cheek

I was much amused initially by the erudite report from Sandy Neil last week chronicling the ‘bombing’ of Oban Community Council’s online meeting by a naked man in a bath.

I laughed out loud, thinking it must have required some bottom (to use an old-fashioned term) on the fellow’s part.
Sandy’s account also painted convener Marri Malloy very positively as she dealt with a stark situation. The bum was given short shrift.

However, this raised self-evidently a very serious situation. We are all exposed to the risk of hackers in our modern world, with
scammers and criminals utilising every opportunity to fleece us.

I’m no expert on the law, but I hope there is some way the naked man can be traced and prosecuted.

I may have chuckled at his bare-faced cheek but many others will have been understandably upset and offended.

Positive thinking

Talking of last week’s paper, I was also struck by the number of positive stories, including the return at the weekend of the Oban MÒd and Charities Day, and Argyll’s preparedness for the expected summer staycation rush.

ll through the paper were upbeat reports detailing the wonderful communities in our region and the ongoing return to normality following Covid and the lockdowns.

Oban and Argyll and the isles are magical places, highlighted by the photograph of the magnificent cruise ship Silver Moon, a 40,000-ton beauty with almost 600 passengers and goodness knows how many crew, moored in the bay. And there are more to come as the holiday season builds momentum.

All in all, this should be a great year for our area.
Incidentally, having sung this paper’s praises, let me add that last week I bought another local paper, the Stirling Observer, which cost £1.80. The Oban Times is £1, nearly half the price. We should count ourselves lucky!

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