Time to get moving again – but centres for health and fitness must stay closed

by Colin Campbell GYMS in Inverness and elsewhere won’t be allowed to reopen until September 15, Nicola Sturgeon announced yesterday. So that’s another seven weeks of these citadels of health, fitness, and physical and mental wellbeing remaining lockfast and bolted. That will not please leisure entrepreneur Duncan Bannantyne, who earlier this week denounced the delay in getting these facilities up and running again in Scotland, … Continue reading Time to get moving again – but centres for health and fitness must stay closed

Cavalcade has as much chance of boosting ‘indy’ support as London-Brighton vintage car rally

by Colin Campbell AS if there’s not enough congestion and confusion in Inverness at the moment with barriers and bollards strewn everywhere, now we have nationalists hoping to boost support for independence by organising a traffic jam. Inverness is one of four venues set to host the first Scottish independence nationwide motor cavalcade on Saturday. Convoy for Independence, organised by the Scottish Independence Movement, will … Continue reading Cavalcade has as much chance of boosting ‘indy’ support as London-Brighton vintage car rally

Council running a lockdown? On their track record so far, no thanks

by Colin Campbell HIGHLAND Council want to have much more input in how future lockdowns are managed in this area, in the event that they become necessary. Depute council leader Alasdair Christie and his colleague Gordon Adam this week urged the local authority to press the case that they should be allowed to tailor measures to suit “local circumstances”. They urged the council to agree … Continue reading Council running a lockdown? On their track record so far, no thanks

That’s one act of riverside madness completed, now on to the next one

by Colin Campbell WITH the barriers down and the machinery gone, I took a walk along the new “socially distanced” riverside path last night. The grass is gone, replaced by tarmac, and it’s a couple of feet wider than it was. And now it’s been made safer to use. Or so the theory goes, at council HQ, if absolutely nowhere else. The one in a … Continue reading That’s one act of riverside madness completed, now on to the next one

RNI readied for a second wave, face masks everywhere – and revellers break every rule in the book

by Colin Campbell PRIME Minister Boris Johnson, who has adopted a deliberately –  some might say excessively – upbeat tone in recent weeks, yesterday dampened that down with dark warnings that there are ominous signs of a second wave of the virus emerging in cities and regions across Europe. At local level NHS Highland has closed down the Royal Northern Infirmary to prepare it for … Continue reading RNI readied for a second wave, face masks everywhere – and revellers break every rule in the book

In an SNP censorship crackdown, criticising Gaelic would be a ‘hate crime’

by Colin Campbell NEW hate crimes legislation planned in Scotland is taking a sinister course. The scope of what would be placed in the “hate” category and become a crime under an SNP government is being expanded all the time. The latest group to seek inclusion are Gaelic activists. Pressure group Misneachd has submitted a response to the Hate Crime and Public Order (Scotland) Bill … Continue reading In an SNP censorship crackdown, criticising Gaelic would be a ‘hate crime’

The contrast between the face-masked city centre during the day and the free-for-all city centre on weekend nights is alarming, baffling, and absurd

by Colin Campbell INVERNESS city centre was busy on Friday and Saturday nights, maybe not back to pre-lockdown levels of activity, but there were more revellers around than there were last weekend. The street pastors assisting the hopelessly inebriated will no doubt soon be back.  However, as city nightlife takes off again, a glaring anomaly emerges.  Social distancing in the city centre when the drinking … Continue reading The contrast between the face-masked city centre during the day and the free-for-all city centre on weekend nights is alarming, baffling, and absurd

‘City centre mess isn’t the way to keep people safe’

A view from Councillor Bill Boyd I TOOK a walk around the city centre, just to get a feel for the experience visitors and residents are having right now. What a mess. It makes one sad. This used to be a very pleasant provincial town. Now the narrow streets are just a confusing clutter of cones. Where we have run out of red and white … Continue reading ‘City centre mess isn’t the way to keep people safe’

‘On tour’ group makes rapid return to Highland capital

ONE touring group has made a rapid return to the Highland capital after lockdown. There are currently around 50 online adverts for women “on tour” in the city as escorts. The numbers plummeted during the height of the virus crisis. It should have fallen to zero. But for anyone who still felt in need of escorting, a handful of opportunities remained.  However, will prospective clients … Continue reading ‘On tour’ group makes rapid return to Highland capital

Council responds to latest riverside debacle, but more answers are needed

by Colin Campbell IN a storm of social media activity over the past few days following our revelations about the latest Ness riverside debacle, a number of people advanced the notion that extensive work carried out on the riverside footpath actually related to the installation of some form of pipework. This presumably had nothing to do with any amateur expertise they may have had in … Continue reading Council responds to latest riverside debacle, but more answers are needed