P&J provides clarification on ludicrous ‘10,000 marchers’ claim

by Colin Campbell

THERE was surprise and disappointment among a considerable number of people when on Monday the Press and Journal carried a report stating that 10,000 people took part in last Saturday’s pro-independence march in Inverness. This I know because several got in touch with Inverness news and views, as angry as they were disillusioned. The first email arrived at precisely 10.45am. Continue reading “P&J provides clarification on ludicrous ‘10,000 marchers’ claim”

Always ‘forgotten’: 44 per cent of North voters backed ‘Leave’

THE COLIN CAMPBELL COLUMN

WHILE there won’t be any firework displays on Castle hill to celebrate the UK officially leaving the EU on Friday, there won’t be any outbreaks of collective weeping and wailing about it in Inverness either. In Edinburgh a risibly futile “protest demo” is due to take place, followed by a “candlelit vigil”, presumably in mourning for all those overpaid Brussels bureaucrats who will be departing from our lives. Continue reading “Always ‘forgotten’: 44 per cent of North voters backed ‘Leave’”

Excitement runs low as marchers step into a bitter west wind

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Marchers at the pro-independence event were thinly spread out.

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SNP veteran Jim Sillar said last week that nationalists should do less marching and more thinking about how best to achieve independence. In Inverness on Saturday many seemed to agree. Compared with previous demos, numbers attending a “Freedom March” through the city were thin on the ground. Continue reading “Excitement runs low as marchers step into a bitter west wind”

Highland were a whisker away from Marr-velous cup triumph

THE PAUL CHALK COLUMN

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Marr applaud Highland off the pitch after a stirring clash between the two teams.
SOMETHING is stirring at Canal Park these days. Highland Rugby Club is welcoming to all, apart from opposing players for 80 minutes who know by now that they have to show something special to depart from Inverness with a victory. Continue reading “Highland were a whisker away from Marr-velous cup triumph”

Anger over city disruption as nationalists march yet again

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Saturday’s latest nationalist march through Inverness will cause widespread disruption.

THERE was anger last night over the prospect of the city centre grinding to a halt on Saturday as nationalists go on the march yet again. A three-hour programme of road closures will cause widespread disruption and traffic delays – despite the number taking part expected to be only around 2,000-3,000. Continue reading “Anger over city disruption as nationalists march yet again”

From ‘tree lined boulevard’ to one of worst pollution hotspots

by Colin Campbell

ACADEMY Street in Inverness was supposed to be shaping up as something resembling a tree-lined boulevard by now. Instead it’s emerged in a survey as the fourth most polluted street in Scotland. What was that we said about the fallibility of the ever-active “planning and visions” department of Highland Council? 

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The tree-lined ‘vision’ planned for Academy Street.

 The boulevard concept rolled off the council visionary production line about five years ago. It was accompanied, as all such proposals are, by a pretty picture artist’s drawing off a row of nice little trees going up the centre of a street of distinctive grandeur with people walking all over it and a virtual absence of cars. The transformation seemed ambitious, to put it very mildly. Continue reading “From ‘tree lined boulevard’ to one of worst pollution hotspots”

Inverness escorts ‘on tour’ in row over use of fake pictures

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Faking it…a picture of Canadian model Natalie Gauvreau was used to advertise escort services in Inverness.

WOMEN flooding into Inverness offering “escort” services have been caught up in a row over the use of allegedly fake pictures.  Websites promoting them have come under fire for including photos of international glamour models. One occasional client said: “Obviously this goes on but recently it’s been more blatant than ever. ” Continue reading “Inverness escorts ‘on tour’ in row over use of fake pictures”

As Gathering Place goes ahead, spotlight swings on to the castle

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Work on the long-awaited conversion to Inverness Castle as a revamped tourist attraction is due to begin in next few months.

MEMBERS of Inverness Civic Trust were briefed at a meeting last week by senior council officials on development plans for Inverness Castle and the surrounding area. The talk was described as “informative”. The Civic Trust potentially has a key role to play in the future of the castle – the most significant and important scheme in the Highland capital for decades. Continue reading “As Gathering Place goes ahead, spotlight swings on to the castle”

Hendry demands indyref2 on TV – after ‘silence’ during election

by Colin Campbell

SHAMELESS Drew Hendry has posted a video of himself on a political programme on Sky TV arguing vehemently for another independence referendum. 

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Drew Hendry….no mention of another referendum in election material.

 The Inverness MP – who never misses a chance to publicly boast about gaining a minute or two of national television prominence, just in case we missed it – was absolutely insistent that the SNP has a mandate (or four) for indyref2.  Watch it proudly presented on his Twitter site. He sounds so emphatic, so determined, so resoundingly forthright.  And then we think back to the General Election and the material he distributed in his campaign. Continue reading “Hendry demands indyref2 on TV – after ‘silence’ during election”

Livingston up next – but ICT will have be sharper against Lions

PAUL CHALK ON THE SCOTTISH CUP TRAIL WITH CALEY JAGS AT ALLOA

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Caley Thistle did just enough to win against struggling Alloa.
CALEY Thistle were not at their best against Alloa in Saturday’s Scottish Cup tie. However, they did just enough to win 3-2 at Recreation Park to reach the last 16. Sunday night’s draw pitched them in against Livingston as they seek to at least match the Hampden semi showdown they played last term when they were swept away by Hearts. Two more wins would return them to that stage. Sounds simple enough. Continue reading “Livingston up next – but ICT will have be sharper against Lions”