Old Susannah looks back on another exciting week in the Deen, even if there was no mass protest by 60 or so members of the Cove Rangers/HoMalone/Kate Dean/boys with megaphones collective. By Suzanne Kelly.
Common Good Aberdeen launched an initiative to put swings and play equipment In Union Terrace Gardens; I wish them well with that.
Old Susannah secured a ticket to the premier of the Led Zeppelin concert film ‘Celebration Day’, and is counting the hours. BrewDog’s competition to create a beer cocktail is, however, taking up most of my spare time. So far my creations run from to absolutely undrinkable to pretty awful.
Still, the contest closes on 8 October, so there is still some chance I’ll come up with something acceptable. Win or lose, it’s been a lot of fun trying.
That nice Mr Milne is busy starting his new housing estate on the formerly open lands in Cove/Charleston. Someone is building right on the main road by the Cove Bay Roundabout.
It might not be a great location for playing footie with the kids, but those overhead power lines and transformers will make for some entertaining kite-flying experiences, I’m sure.
I visited Tullos Hill this past Monday, and the place is a complete, well, ‘sotter’ is the word that springs to mind. What few mature trees there were are now diminished in number; some uprooted, some with very badly broken limbs.
Raised earth filled with rock and rubble is apparent everywhere, and the areas where gorse was cleared, where once animals lived, are now just dead zones. Well done everyone! And don’t worry. The Housing Committee may be done with this scheme, but the opposition still wants to see some justice done, and is working on it.
And now for a few relevant definitions.
Wind Power: (compound noun, English) the strength of the wind whether harnessed or not, the potential energy from wind
The Donald’s back! Donald Trump, celebrity, international superstar, business Moghul, and pin-up breezed into town this week. He’s blowing hot and cold over his new development – will he finish it? Can it still be the world’s greatest golf course if there are turbines offshore?
Don probably just thought that since Alex Salmond fell into line over a few expensive dinners, the rest of the Scots would fall as easily.
We should ignore our other developing renewable energy technologies and just build as many wind farms as we can.
However, it seems some pesky Scots aren’t doing as he wishes, despite the Donald’s granny being from Skye or something. Yes, we might well put up windfarms along the coast, ruining the view for the hordes of millionaires and slebs who want to golf all year round at the world’s most grating – sorry, ‘world’s greatest’ golf course.
I must have missed the part where all these rich people and pro golfers said they simply would not come because of the wind farms. I’m sure they are all at home in the south of France, California, Maui, etc. picking out their thermal golf clothes for when they come in February to play along the North Sea at Balmedie. The wind farms will ruin the Scottish economy if we are allowed to build them where rich folk can see them.
On the other hand, why wait until the technology is perfected – let’s just build windfarms everywhere right now. Just because every one of humankind’s past prototype inventions have all been miniaturised, made more efficient and cheaper doesn’t mean that windfarms will improve as well.
Never mind the science/technology/impacts/economics: there is a tax break to be had (even if it is just a little expensive to get the electricity onto the grid). We should ignore our other developing renewable energy technologies and just build as many wind farms as we can.
If only we could harness Trump’s hot air – that would solve all our energy needs. Still, let’s make sure we put all our eggs into the wind farm basket, take those tax breaks, and ensure the whole countryside and seaside are covered with them. What could possibly go wrong with a scheme that has the Government’s backing?
Culture of Yes: (Scottish Enterprise phrase, modern jargon) Campaign to help Scottish businesses grow, and er, just say ‘yes’
Please forgive Old Susannah for bringing up the ‘Culture of Yes’ – for you will all already know about it and be on board with it. After all, no less a person than Bob Collier of the Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce wrote about it in the June 2012 Business Bulletin. I can’t wait from month to month for my new copy of the Bulletin to arrive, and I am sure you all feel the same.
Bob describes in loving terms how £750,00,000 per annum Scottish Enterprise has come up with a new slogan, ‘Culture of Yes’ (how much did that cost us, I wonder). Without this new Culture of Yes, how else would businesses be able to expand, try new markets, and keep going? Exactly.
You see, it’s important in business to have a ‘can do’ rather than a ‘can’t do’ attitude. I hope I’ve not shocked you too much with this revelation. As Bob writes:-
“…this recession will end when we want it to – when attitudes change – and this should help to advance that process.”
Alas! The web has ceased to be. It is an ex-web.
And here I was thinking the recession was about American toxic mortgage products, bad debts, loans that shouldn’t have been made, manipulation of LIBOR, EU policies, austerity in Spain, Italy, Greece… Wrong! The recession is only about attitudes being bad.
Sadly, I missed Bob’s November 2009 offering in the Bulletin, but he quotes from it for the benefit of those who don’t have the full back issues saved at home. To save you looking through your collection of Bulletins, here’s what he had to say:-
“In my Chamber Viewpoint in November 2009, under a piece headed “no but, yes, but, no…” and taking my inspiration from Vicky Pollard [you don’t say!] I argued: “We’ve all got the choice to be ‘No But’ or ‘Yes But’. There is always a ‘but’ – life is complicated and agreement takes effort.
“But we have a fundamental choice to make. … So we respond on your behalf with “yes but’ to AWPR, Trump, EOWDC, City Gardens and many other positive investments for the region. Our support is considered, and our constructive engagement improves good developments. This is an approach which many in Aberdeen City and Shire would do well to remember when they consider the choices they are given to say ‘yes’ – but that’s another story.”
I am sure you are feeling as inspired as I am by the above. How good of the Chamber of Commerce to have said ‘yes’ to the City Gardens on behalf of its members! Not all businesses in the CoC backed the City Garden Project, but those ‘no-sayers’ were obviously just being negative.
Of course with Bob Collier who wrote the above also sitting pretty with Tom Smith on one or two little organisations with a strong interest in the project going ahead, the CoC was always going to say ‘yes’ to the web.
Alas! The web has ceased to be. It is an ex-web. Despite the pretty much unveiled threat above (“many in Aberdeen City and Shire would do well to remember…”) to vote ‘yes’, it was just not meant to be. All of the plotting, redacted minutes, hidden votes from the shortlisted design show, now all for nothing. And as Bob concluded this little article of his
“What goes around, comes around.”
Bob, on that point I can only agree.
Old Susannah must leave it a bit short this week; there are BrewDog beer cocktails to be invented. Be that as it may, I’ll be heading to One Up Records over the weekend.
Support your local music shop. A variety of forces to do with people illegally sharing music, piracy, cost of CDs, business rates, competition from chain stores, digital downloads, etc. make it difficult to run a music store. Then again, Bob Collier thinks the recession is all down to attitude. To that I’d say ‘no but no but no.’ Anyway – g’wan – go pre-order the Zeppelin CD, DVD, whatever.
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