NATIONALISED CALMAC FERRY COSTS DOUBLE

Costs for the delayed CalMac ferry contract at the Ferguson yard in Port Glasgow have doubled, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said: “The disastrous placing of the orders for the two new vessels has now resulted in almost a doubling of their costs. The taxpayer has been lumped with an extra £100million in costs and a huge delay.
“The Cabinet Secretary is quick to pin the blame on management at Ferguson, but let’s not forget the Scottish Government had a significant role to play in ensuring due diligence was conducted in full. Clearly it was not. … More NATIONALISED CALMAC FERRY COSTS DOUBLE

WHY IS SANTA’S SATCHEL NOT FULL OF PRESENTS FOR THE POOR?

Peace, love and happiness should be on the agenda for West Dunbartonshire Council with all that money they have received for selling off land to house-builders in the bank. They have negotiated a cool £10 million for the site of the old council offices at Garshake in Dumbarton. And that tranche of money and the cash from a few other (big) bits and pieces of real estate should  mean that Santa’s satchel should be full and running over. … More WHY IS SANTA’S SATCHEL NOT FULL OF PRESENTS FOR THE POOR?

CINEMA REVIEW: RISE OF THE SKYWALKER

Time to face the truth about your sister’s awful husband. You know you’ve been defending him only because your even more ghastly parents can’t stand the air he breathes.  Lunatics in MAGA hats took endless digs at The Last Jedi, the previous film in the Star Wars cycle, for supposedly bowing down to the Woke Ascendency. There were women in it. Luke wasn’t sufficiently badass. Those sorts of things. Only a total cad would, thus, decline the opportunity to offer some support. … More CINEMA REVIEW: RISE OF THE SKYWALKER

BAILLIE WELCOMES WAVERLEY BOILER APPEAL REACHING TARGET

Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton welcomed the news that the last historic paddle sea-going steamer, the Waverley, will sail again. Waverley Steam Navigation Co. Ltd, the charity which owns the boat, and Waverley Excursion, the company which operates it on a not for profit basis, have reached their fundraising target of £2.3 million for a new boiler. … More BAILLIE WELCOMES WAVERLEY BOILER APPEAL REACHING TARGET

OLD FOLK RECEIVE CLACHAN CHRISTMAS CAKE CHEER

Caring pupils at Clachan Primary School have been hard at work over the last few months, preparing 48 Christmas cakes to give to retired residents in the local community. The annual school tradition dates back more than two decades and sees the children bake, package and hand-deliver the cakes to elderly people in the village. … More OLD FOLK RECEIVE CLACHAN CHRISTMAS CAKE CHEER

A LITTLE OF WHAT YOU FANCY DOES YOU GOOD, SAYS CATHIE

Catherine Frances Campbell, who lives at the Ach-an-Eas care home in Island Bank Road,  Inverness, celebrated with relatives including her niece, who had travelled all the way to the city from Australia. Cathie was born in Dumbarton and her parents were John, a wine and spirit merchant, and Ann, who was a housewife. Miss Campbell was one of 11 children and her twin sister Margaret enjoyed similar longevity by reaching the age of 97. … More A LITTLE OF WHAT YOU FANCY DOES YOU GOOD, SAYS CATHIE

MARY’S MEALS CHRISTMAS APPEAL

Are you looking for a last-minute gift that really makes a difference?   There’s still time to set a place at our virtual Christmas dinner table for your friends and family. You’ll receive a beautiful digital placemat, featuring the name of your loved one, to email or print out and pass on – and your donation will feed a hungry child every day for an entire school year! … More MARY’S MEALS CHRISTMAS APPEAL