A view on Fishing,Community and Life on the NW coast of Scotland

Fish, House and Dixie.

(Sat morning) Taking a break after our hectic day yesterday. Early, but not too early due to the weather, start as there were the two meetings to go to. Me to fishing and Alison to housing. I find going to the Fed AGM great and see there is a huge amount of work going on to, not only keep it going, but to make sure our voice is heard by government. After all 85% of the inshore fishing fleet is static gear. Although there are exceptions , most boats are earning wages and not a lot more. Some are and certainly in the past have done a lot more. Government seems to be drawn to the fewer higher earners, the high grossing boats that puts the overall value of the annual catch up so indicates the health of a fishery is okay. Surely the health of the many living in small communities up and down the coast is more important than the few who put too much pressure on their environment. Speaking to a fellow fisherman about the pressure put on you to expand get bigger to reinvest. If you have no mortgage, on boat or house, why would you go down that road of stress and making more money when you can flatline at a very fortunate level. Housing has the same problems where people who are content to live at a reasonable level are priced out of any chance of setting up a home for themselves. Land value rockets as soon as some one expresses an interest in developing it for building a house. Alison finds, as I do, that many people who should know better are entrenched in their ideology rather than the common good.

So both meetings cut short to get down the road in reasonable time. I did manage to get a comment in about how ineffectual our IFG is in trying to work on consensus when there are opposing views. Surely majorities are the way ahead, works elsewhere and the rescinding of the three-mile limit was not to the benefit of the majority. Interesting the majority are those who do less damage to their environment. Snowing all the way to Calvine but not lying on the road, a stop at Birnam for food, before hitting Glasgow at seven. Staying down on the Clyde this time and arrived as something called Strictly Come Dancing was taking place at the Hydro, so busy. Expert navigation and driving got us there first time. Cup of tea and straight back out to Hayseed Dixie. On the way in there was a bit of searching and the camera bag had to be opened. Jolt back into a world I do not live in. I suppose the O2 is not the most salubrious of venues but it worked well on the night. Brilliant entertainment.

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Not often you get Eye of the Tiger, Ace of Spades, highway to Hell, Hotel California and Duelling Banjos all in the same set. All Dixie style,

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zany beards

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and zany characters.

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Banter funny and irreverent. Love the bit on their website saying they were introduced to ACDC after finding some vinyl in the back seat of a fatal car crash at the bottom of their road in the Appalachians.

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