Saturday, February 11, 2017

11th of February 2017 - No Canny Scot

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11th of February 2017

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
NO CANNY SCOT

It is obvious that, despite any tenuous connection with the Scottish First Minister, Ronald Coyne the Cambridge undergraduate who burned a £20 note in front of a homeless person is not Scottish. No true Scot would be capable of such an action.

John Eoin Douglas

Monday, February 6, 2017

6th of February 2017 - Setting An Example

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6th of February 2017

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
SETTING AN EXAMPLE
 
I was fascinated to read the item anent setted streets in the most recent Spurtle ( http://www.broughtonspurtle.org.uk/sites/broughtonspurtle.org.uk/files/backissues/Spurtle%20259%20Final.pdf ).
 
What neither Edinburgh Council nor LCCC mention is the major contribution to road safety made by this traditional road surfacing which forces the operators of pedal cycles to moderate their speed and progress with more care (especially in inclement weather).
 
The Council should return many more of Edinburgh's roads to setts as anything which tackles the plague of inconsiderate pedalists would be beneficial to pedestrians and motor vehicle users alike. Perhaps this could be done to Leith Walk as part of the Tram extension?

John Eoin Douglas

Monday, January 23, 2017

23rd of January 2017 - Rail Buff Query

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23rd of January 2017
 
Dear Sir/Madam,

RAIL BUFF QUERY

Is the newly released T2 Trainspotting as big a disappointment to railway enthusiasts as the original film?

John Eoin Douglas

Thursday, December 22, 2016

22nd of December 2016 - Uncommon Cold

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22nd of December 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,
 
UNCOMMON COLD
 
I  see that our Queen has once again demonstrated her concern for her subjects by cancelling a Xmas train trip for fear of infecting fellow travellers with her cold germs.
 
If only more sniffling members of the general public could realise that "coughs and sneezes spread diseases" and do likewise - especially at this time of year.
 
God bless you, Ma'am!

John Eoin Douglas

Friday, December 16, 2016

16th of December 2016 - Lead Kindly Light

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Edinburgh
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Blog: http://johneoindouglas.blogspot.com/
 
16th of December 2016
 
Dear Sir/Madam,
 
LEAD KINDLY LIGHT

I am appalled to learn that the Scottish Parliament intends to spend nearly two million pounds on new light fittings to replace those scarcely twelve years old.
 
Surely in these days of economic austerity it would be prudent to source more affordable luminaires from the local branch of IKEA? Or does SNP support for other nationalist movements mean that we must eschew durable Swedish design in favour of dearer inferior illumination from Catalonia? I wonder if your readers can shed any light on the matter?

John Eoin Douglas

Friday, December 2, 2016

2nd of December 2016 - Flight of Fancy

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2nd of December 2016

Dear Sir/Madam,

FLIGHT OF FANCY

As an airline shareholder, I have been following the current railway industrial dispute in the South of England with some interest. It seems the bone of contention between Unions and Management is the safety function of guards - a function which the employers claim is used so infrequently that it doesn't make economic sense to retain.

In terms of passenger mile per accident, this is undoubtedly equally true when it comes to airline cabin staff. If Southern Railways are successful in their bid to cut costs in this way, can we look forward to the UK airline industry being able to similarly save by replacing trolly dollies with recorded announcements of "Brace, Brace"?

John Eoin Douglas

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

23rd of November 2016 - Steam Solution

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23rd of November 2016
Dear Sir/Madam,
STEAM SOLUTION

My recent experience of the Borders Railway shows that the only trains which seem consistently to run timeously are the specials drawn by steam locomotives some of which are more than 75 years old.
Perhaps the answer to Scotland's current Railway Crisis is to build many more to similar or even modernised designs. If Scottish engineering companies are no longer up to this, then India still has the capability and I'm sure that a large locomotive order to the Indian sub-continent would do much to repair the damage done by Mrs May's recent visit.

John Eoin Douglas