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 lssue 54                                                                                                     October/November 2008
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Secrets and Lies – Public Consultations
I have always believed that people can make a difference – no              writing letters etc. Some of your responses were copied to myself,
more so than in their local community – so when the Post Office            and here are some edited highlights of your letters:
proposed closure public consultation documents arrived in the                  Re proposed closure of Moniaive PO.... bitter experience has
village I thought here’s a chance for us to put our views and              taught me that 'consultation' processes are very often nothing more
retain a suitable service. This was confirmed by an email I                than a sham, and an attempt to divide and rule and deliberately
received from the PO Press Department: “...It is still Post Office         cause confusion.This would appear to fall into such a category. That
Ltd’s intention to provide services through an outreach model in           aside, I find it difficult to understand the process of selection
the village.”                                                              regarding who stays and who goes, as there seems no logical
    However, my faith in the whole process has been severely shaken        thought behind some of the decisions. We potentially have a
by what I now see was a total sham with ‘secret’ deals and meetings        situation whereby both Dunscore and Moniaive PO's will close,
by the PO. This makes me very, very angry despite the ‘good’ news          leaving a large remote location without full time PO services, yet
that Watson’s Grocers have agreed in principle (on 22nd September)         Penpont stays, little more than a couple of miles from another PO
to take a PO counter into their shop. This proposed deal and all talks     in Thornhill. It is no secret that Dunscore PO is under used, and
leading to it have taken place under a veil of secrecy with no             there appears to be little opposition to its proposed closure, but
reference to community needs or wants.                                     surely the sensible thing would be to retain a full time PO service
    Graham Watson explained: “We have had talks with the PO and            in Moniaive which has always been well used and supported by
agreed in principle to run a separate PO counter from the shop,            the local community. This is just another example of erosion of
unfortunately this will mean losing our cafe area. The details are still   services imposed by those who don't understand the fragile
being finalised but we hope to offer a full service for approximately      structure of rural communities, and care even less...
30 hours a week. This is a one year contract and is based on a                 And from another...
percentage of the sales. This could all happen as early as November.”      It is with dismay that I come back from holiday and find the whole
    I raised concerns that some who bank with the PO are worried           village in turmoil over proposed changes to our lifeline post office
that the current cash machine in the shop charges a fee for                service. Your proposal to give our community a far more restricted
withdrawals. Graham confirmed that the PO are not offering a ‘fee          service with limited services and shorter hours is an absolute
free’ cash machine but that he is currently negotiating for such a         disgrace. Moniaive is a rather isolated community that depends
machine with the banks.                                                    heavily on services like public transport and the Post Office. Your
    So it seems that although we will lose a well loved and used           proposal to replace the present office with an outreach service is
business the PO will be retaining a service within Moniaive. Good          grossly unfair on several counts: The proposal to cut services at
news? Well yes, but the lack of clarity within the consultation            Moniaive flies in the face of all fairness to customers. You propose
exercise and the way the whole debacle has been handled leaves a           to leave the service at Penpont branch unchanged when it is only 2
lot to be desired.                                                         miles from the main branch at Thornhill. We on the other hand are
    I know many of you have taken part in the consultation process,                                                          Continued overleaf

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Continued from cover... 8 miles over difficult terrain in winter from     would move up the road to Watson’s stores. The chance to fight to
Thornhill and 16 miles from Dumfries. Hours of service are to be          retain our PO, a community buy-out or to look at other ideas was
reduced and restrictions put on some mail posting services. Almost        not given as an option. This kind of behaviour from Big Business,
certainly it will mean a more limited service or having to travel over    local and national governments and quasi-official bodies grinds
the hilly Clone route to Penpont or Thornhill with all its attendant      people down and gives rise to (and credence to) the mind set that
travel problems in winter conditions. You mention a bus service to        ‘it’s not worth doing anything as they’ve already made up their
Penpont. There is one realistic return bus journey a day to Penpont       minds’ which sadly seems true in this case. This leads to the decline
and passengers would need to wait for an hour for the return at           of communities who will no longer try to help themselves but
Penpont. Where may I ask are these people to wait? All in all your        instead allow things to be imposed upon them... Well I say don’t let
proposals are ridiculous and ill thought through by people with no        the b****** grind us down.
understanding of what this essential service means to a community
like Moniaive. I for one urge that the kind of service we have just       I forwarded a draft version of this article together with some
now be maintained in Moniaive without any of your ridiculous and          questions and a request for a public meeting to the PO Press
ill thought out proposals being implemented.                              Department and received the following... who still thinks they
    and...                                                                haven’t already made up their minds?
We would just like to inform you of our disappointment of the                I have read with interest you article and I can confirm that in any
proposed closure of the Moniaive Post Office. Our local PO has            outreach service customers will be able to withdraw pensions and
been the heart of our community for many years now. It is well used       benefits via card accounts or basic bank accounts from our horizon
by the community by all generations. We feel that it is totally           system. This system is in place in all our branches including all our
unacceptable to close this service. Small communities rely on the         outreach options.
PO. As a small thriving village it seems pointless and unjust to take        Personal views of subpostmasters are not taken into account in
away our service and leave businesses, the elderly and the                planning our proposals. While we will be aware of personal
community at large no other option but to get in their cars ( if they     circumstances of subpostmasters and are sympathetic towards
have one! ) and travel to the next village. Where is the sense in that?   these, this is a compulsory, compensated programme and it is Post
Surely we should all be working towards lowering CO2 emissions            Office Ltd's decision to close post office branches.
not adding to them! It is of the utmost importance that our                  The branch is loss making and an unsustainable branch. It was
community is kept informed and given the opportunity to take part         always down as a proposed closure, personal circumstances are not
in a consultation in which they are made totally aware of the facts,      taken into account.
    I wonder if anyone has received answers to their questions rather        All post office branches proposed and which go forward to
than just the standard acknowledgement.                                   closure in this programme are loss making and unsustainable
    Graham signed the inprinciple agreement (to run the service) but      branches for Post Office Ltd and serve very low customer
understood this was for discussion purposes during the consultation       numbers, which has been declining over a period of time. In cases
period. “I was very surprised to see all the information on the           where distances to nearest branches can make access difficult for
consultation document,” he said, “as we had not actually had talks        our customers, we propose to outreach our services to maintain a
with the PO about this.” Was this to allay community fears and            service in villages, such as Moniave (sic). It is still our intention to
ensure they did nothing to try and save their PO? The reply I             provide service in the village through an outreach. The consultation
received on August 27th was: A Post Office Ltd spokesperson said:         ends on September 29.
“Mr Watson has signed an inprinciple agreement with Post Office
Ltd. We will be meeting with Mr Watson this week to discuss this          I emailed asking for figures showing the decline in the already low
matter further. It is still Post Office Ltd's intention to provide        customer usuage, but to date have not received a reply.
services through an outreach model in the village.”                          Since writing this article I see from the news that we have now
       No mention of taking the consultation replies into                 lost Border TV news and will be amalgamated with the Newcastle
consideration, no mention of meeting with the community.... I raised      area and have our ‘local’ news reduced to a 15 minute slot. Anyone
my concerns at the way this was being handled with Postwatch who          take part in the public consultation for that? Anyone aware there was
replied... The comments you make are noted. Postwatch Scotland's          a consultation? Like the PO, who could only speak to postmasters
focus will be on whether Post Office Ltd's proposals meet the             and ‘interested’ parties, Border TV were unable to highlight the
minimum access criteria which aim to ensure communities are               threat to the service on TV. They made a valiant effort to make
within a reasonable distance from a post office. We will also check       people aware via the web and newspapers. On the news Ofcom said
that local factors have been properly considered. Postwatch               it had decided to approve the changeover as ‘it was in the best
Scotland does not have the power to overturn Post Office Ltd's final      interest of all’. No mention of how many objections they received,
decision.                                                                 actually no mention at all of the public’s concerns.
    To those who make decisions we are just a small rural village but        Now there’s another ‘consultation process’ in progress about our
whilst sitting at my computer typing this up I came up with a list of     NHS and I quote ‘It is important for the NHS Board to hear your
51 businesses in the Glencairn parish without even having to really       views and ideas and to explain the Board’s thinking in terms of the
think about it.                                                           future services.’ They extend an invitation to a session at Thornhill
    By the time this Gazette comes out the consultation process will      Community Centre on Monday 27th October at 7pm. ‘Your input
be over and we will have to wait and see what the outcome is. With        will influence the development of the future strategy and the final
all the confusion and misrepresentation of facts on the consultation      proposals will be put forward during a formal consultation period
document I know (and understand) that many did nothing believing          in early 2009.’ Let’s make sure our voices are heard this time!
                                                                                                                                        Sue Grant
that all would be OK as although the PO was to close the service
2 • Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008
Silver certificate and cups galore!
                                                                                                            community who have done their bit to make Moniaive cleaner and
                                                                                                            more colourful. This is the last year that the community council will
Photo courtesy of Beautiful Scotland

                                                                                                            be involved as from now the challenge has been passed to the
                                                                                                            Moniaive in Flower committee.
                                                                                                                After the presentations we hot footed it to Dumfries for the
                                                                                                            Nithsdale in Bloom awards where we were joined by William
                                                                                                            Glencorse and Jack Ewart. Here we cleared the board, winning the
                                                                                                            Small Village section, The Sir David Landale Trophy for
                                                                                                            Community Involvement (shared with Amisfield) and The Landale
                                                                                                            Trophy for Overall Winner. A great days achievement!
                                                                                                                Following are the points awarded and judges comments from
                                                                                                            Beautiful Scotland: A. Horticulture, seasonal and permanent
                                                                                                            planting, 26 out of 35. Judges were impressed by sponsorship of
                                                                                                            tubs, new bridge and safer routes to school walk. Suggestions: more
                                                                                                            trailing plants in containers and round cross.B. Sustainable dev
                                                                                                            and biodiversity, 22 out of 30. Impressed by taxis dropping kids
                                                                                                            at car park then walked to school, play area at school
                                       Robin, Dot and Sue receiving the Silver certificate from the         designed/funded by pupils. Suggestions: re-use of plants and
                                       Provost Sheena Richardson at the ceremony in Musselburgh             composting.C. Local environment quality, 12 out of 20.
                                                                                                            Subtraction for dog fouling -1 point. Impressed by cleanliness
                                 Wednesday 17th September was a busy day for representatives
                                                                                                            throughout. Suggestions: better maintenance of all barrels, tubs etc.
                                 of Glencairn Community Council and the Moniaive In Flower
                                                                                                            D. Public participation 10 out of 15. Impressed by: huge support
                                 committee. Robin McIver, Sue Grant and Dot Irvine left early
                                                                                                            for campaign Suggestions: Flower committee to separate from the
                                 in the morning to attend the Beautiful Scotland award
                                                                                                            community council. This gave us a total 70 out of 100 points.
                                 ceremony in Musselburgh, East Lothian.
                                                                                                                Anyone interested in helping the new Moniaive in Flower
                                     After depositing our portfolio we had time to look around
                                                                                                            committee, with ideas for improvements, help with watering tubs,
                                 before the meal and presentations. We were absolutely delighted to
                                                                                                            sponsoring further tubs etc please watch for posters and come along
                                 receive a Silver Award in the small village section, our best
                                                                                                            to the next meeting.
                                 achievement ever in these awars – no small thanks to all in the
                                                                                                                                   Glencairn Community Council/Moniaive in Flower

                                          Mrs Janet Isobel Patrick
                                          Mrs Patrick was taken into the hospital on September 23rd         when Charlie Chaplin’s son got married from the village
                                          and sadly passed away that night.                                 about 50 years ago. Even after she left the Community
                                             Mabel Forteath, on behalf of the Evergreens said: “She         Council she always wanted to know what was going on, and
                                          was a faithful member of the club and very good to it. She        keen to get a copy of the minutes from the meetings.
                                          enjoyed all the outings and took a full part in the club’s           Mrs: P fought hard and long for any project she thought
                                          activities. She was a keen and proficient whist player who        would benefit the village, and while there were times she and
                                          won on a regular basis.”                                          David Grant may not have seen eye to eye, together they
                                             Other Evergreen members remember her as a good                 made a formidable team looking after Moniaive’s interests.
                                          neighbour and as a person who knew who to contact to get          Many, in the village today, will not realise how much we owe
                                          things done.                                                      to her for her efforts over the years, constantly chasing the
                                             Neighbour and good friend Kitty Wilson said: “As a             Council about whatever project was in hand.
                                          neighbour she was helpful in every way, she was always               She had particular interest in the School, where she
                                          there for you and nothing was too much trouble. It’s really       worked for some 20 years, and this interest continued after
                                          sad she’ll no longer be there for us all.”                        she retired.
                                             Glencairn Community Council are deeply sadden by the              She was responsible for getting Moniaive motivated to
                                          news of Mrs Patrick’s death.                                      win the ‘Nithsdale in Bloom’ competition in the 1980’s, and
                                             Mrs Patrick, or ‘Mrs P’ as she was affectionately known,       getting her husband Hugh to make plant containers from
                                          retired from the Community Council in May 2006, where             waste wood, some of which are still in use now. It is good
                                          she had served as Secretary for over 32 years, and even           that she learnt of our successes this year in the Floral
                                          before that she had had much to do with the ‘administration’      Competitions before she died.
                                          of the village in capacities such as Registrar, a post she held      Moniaive has lost a great champion.

                                                                                                                          Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008 • 3
Moniaive Flower Spectacular
               Glencairn & Tynron Amateurs Cottagers and Gardeners
               Horticultural Society’s 129th Moniaive Flower Show was held
               on Saturday 30th August 2008.
                   The committee worked hard to ensure everything was in place
               for the crowds who always flock to this popular event. Entries were
               of the usual high standard which was encouraging after the wet, wet
               summer we’ve had. This year there was an added attraction – two
               people getting stuck in the lift!
                   The industrial section showed what a talented bunch of people
               live here in the parish with the children’s exhibits a highlight. A
               great afternoon out and topped off nicely with teas and homemade
               cakes in the Church.
                                                                         Sue Grant
Photos: Sue Grant

                                                                                     William McKerlie Memorial Trophy: D & B Callander.
                                                                                     Craigdarroch Trophy: Jimmy Dempster. Agnes Logan Memorial
                                                                                     Trophy: Eric Wilson. Welsh Trophy: Eric Wilson. Jessie McNaught
                                                                                     Memorial Trophy: Noreen Bellshaw. Robert Galloway Memorial
                                                                                     Trophy: Noreen Bellshaw. James Scott Memorial Trophy: Owen
                                                                                     Elliot. Society's Silver Trophy: Eric Wilson. Olive & John
                                                                                     McNaught Trophy: Caitlin Palmer. Thomas Oliver Perpetual
                                                                                     Challenge Trophy: Peter Wilson. Marchbank McLean Memorial
                                                                                     Trophy: Peter Wilson. Special Prize donated by Mrs K McFarlane:
                                                                                     Rory Kilgour. Corrie Trophy: Cilla Caldwell. James Robb Trophy:
                                                                                     Scott McMillan. Fred Lockerbie Trophy: Beryl Halliday. Silver
               Cup Winners 2008                                                      Cup: Betty Graham. Gourlay Silver Trophy: Molly McMillan.
               James Little Memorial Trophy: Alan Belshaw. Miss Edwards              Miss Edwards Memorial Trophy: Jean Stewart. Jessie H Harley
               Trophy: Peter Wilson. D.C.B Downie Memorial Challenge Trophy:         Memorial Trophy: Ian Walker. Bill Richardson Memorial Trophy:
               Alan Belshaw. Glencrosh Trophy: Scott McMillan. James                 Diana Clements. McMillan Fox Challenge Cup: Amelia Snape.
               MacLeod Memorial Trophy: Jimmy Dempster. Society's Silver             Mrs Dubbs Challenge Cup: Isabelle Trower. Mrs Robb Open
               Cup: Jimmy Dempster. Martin Soelberg Trophy: Scott McMillan.          Challenge Cup: Isabelle Trower.

                Golfers – Down                                                                                                                     Photo: Noleen Henry

                but not Out
                Wearily golfers return from the Emerald
                Shores battered, bruised and distraught.
                We were done over like a pair of smoked
                kippers, even June's pole dancers were
                unable to save the day (new routine needed
                   Gary and Greg saved our blushes and a
                whitewash, Well Done boys!
                   Hospitality second to none, morale
                remained high thanks to company,
                Guinness and G&T.
                                                    Rab Neill

               4 • Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008
Photos: Sue Grant
                    Striding Arches Launch

Left: Zara Duncan, aged 10 from Penpont. Top right: Listening to the speeches. Bottom right: Andy Goldsworthy at the opening.
After 6 years of planning the first multiple installation by Andy         removing all the stock when the Forestry Commission took over the
Goldsworthy in the Scottish landscape was launched on                     land from Caitloch and started tree planting. “It has opened up the
Sunday 28th September to a select audience of funders,                    area to many more people,” she said.
supporters and partners.                                                     Kitty Wilson, who was with Sheila, remembered her parents
    We were taken up the glen to the Byre in a fleet of buses. The sun    travelling from Inverness to visit Jack. “I have some wonderful
was shining and, after refreshments, we welcomed the fell runners,        memories of that time,” she said.
led by Andy Goldsworthy’s brother, who had completed the arches              Then it was back on the buses to Moniaive where a reception
circuit.                                                                  was held in the Memorial Institute. Here we were joined by some
    This was followed by the speeches set against the backdrop of         of Moniaive Primary School’s pupils and their parents.
the arch on Bail Hill. First Melville Brotherston welcomed                   The children recited the renga ‘Hill of Streams’ written by Alex
everyone and the thanked all those who had been involved in the           Finlay especially for the project. They were accompanied by
project.                                                                  Wendy Stewart and young Flo Trower on harps. Wendy then went
    Andy Goldsworthy took to the stage next and gave a brief speech       on to play a new piece especially written for the occasion. The
on his love of the area, the friendliness and acceptance of the people,   children did an excellent job of reciting some very difficult passages
the extraordinary richness of the landscape and his hopes that this       and their performance ensured that you could hear a pin drop in the
powerful piece in his home place would mesh with his others works         crowded room. Well done to all of them.
across the world.                                                            Excellent refreshments were provided by Catherine Braid of the
    Mike Russell, MSP, Minister for the Environment, then spoke           Green Tea House and an army of helpers.
and pointed out how individual efforts could make things happen in           Afterwards departing guests were presented with goody bags
the landscape, which need not always be destructive.                      containing ‘arch’ related materials by DGAA.                  Sue Grant
    Jan Hogarth from DGAA then told of how the six years of
planning had come to fruition and thanked Melville Brotherston and
Molly Glencorse in particular for their vision and support. She went
on to say that the next stage was now being worked on – looking at
functions for the bothy, educational needs, an arch route and the
possibility of another two arches.
    She added that anyone who did the walk would find it an
unforgettable and slightly surreal event which everyone should do
at least once.
    The nearest hill top arch from the Byre is on Colt Hill, nearly six
miles away, A nine mile walk takes you the arch on Benbrack.
Currently there is no defined route up to the Bail Hill arch.
    One of the guests was Sheila Austin, daughter of Jack Edgar, the
last shepherd here. She recalled that her father had the job of           Moniaive pupils reciting the renga.
                                                                                         Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008 • 5
Moniaive Horse Show
                                                                                                                                          Marina trophy: J McNab/Kypehill
                                                                                                                                          Oucha Boy. Dumfries Tack Shop
Photo courtesy of Chris Frear, Thornhill

                                                                                                                                          trophy: G. Mason/Blithbury
                                                                                                                                          Snooty Fox. Abbey Gold trophy:
                                                                                                                                          V. Harvey/Tara O’Hara. Glencairn
                                                                                                                                          trophy         (Hunter):         L.
                                                                                                                                          Maxwell/Masey Grey. Moniaive
                                                                                                                                          Horse      Show      trophy:     B.
                                                                                                                                          Hylop/Maxwellton            Miriad.
                                                                                                                                          Drumcork trophy: R. Smith/Easter
                                                                                                                                          Parade.       Overall     Shetland
                                                                                                                                          winner/Junior      winner      and
                                                                                                                                          Standard Doonhamer trophy:
                                                                                                                                          Nicholson       Family/Berrymoor
                                                                                                                                          Bramble. Shetland Champion
                                                                                                                                          Foal: L. Jamieson/Lignite Louis.
                                                                                                                                          Miniature, Doonhamer trophy: G.
                                                                                                                                          McIntosh/Willrose First Lady.
                                                                                                                                          Little Fenwick trophy (Highlands)
                                                                                                                                          and Robert Weir trophy (Natives):
                                                                                                                                          K.            McMurray/Trailtrow
                                                                                                                                          Teanninich. Moniaive Horse Show
                                                                                                                                          Goblet       (Coloureds):      Mrs
                                                                                                                                          Sillitoe/Snowspot. Wynnjamer
                                                                                                                                          trophy        (Palamino):        L.
                                           Supreme Champion Macey Grey ridden by Emma Maxwell. Owner Ann Jolly, Newton Stewart
                                                                                                                                          Butler/Hector. Moniaive Horse
                                           It was a beautiful day for the horse show  with   Shetland   Champion    Berrymoor    Show           Goblet          (Natives): H.
                                           on Sunday 27th July. Entries were up       Bramble and the Reserve David McGill       Hodgson/Locharmoss      Blueberry. McQueen
                                           with 596 in the showing classes, 114 in    from Alloway with Clydesdale Champion      trophy  (Arabs):   H.  Graeme/Damzel    Fly.
                                           the jumping classes and 51 dogs in the     Ingelston Grace.                           Cargenwater        trophy      (Fell):    R.
                                           dog show!                                     Moniaive    Horse   Show   Committee    Relphbriggs/Townend        Fern.    Dalwhat
                                              As well as local exhibitors people came would like to thank Robert Wilson (for the trophy (Connemara): S. Smith/Milford
                                           from as far afield as north of Dundee and  use of the fields), Stewards, Judges and Adventurer. McQueen Engravers trophy
                                           south of the Cumbria border.               Exhibitors and all who helped make the (Working Hunter): H. Sloan/Ferran
                                              The Supreme Champion was Ann Jolly      show so successful.                        Fantasy. Donavan Perpetual trophy
                                           (Hunter) from Newton Stewart with Macey                                      J. Ewart (Veteran): K. McMurray/Rummlegairie of
                                           Grey ridden by Louise Maxwell. The                                                    Trailtrow. Anderson Trophy (family pony):
                                           Reserve was Gemma Mason from               Cup winners on the day were: Silver M. Jolly/Legally Blonde. Dardarroch
                                           Ochiltree with riding pony Blithbury       Jubilee trophy (Best Turn-out): Ruth Trophy            (handy      horse/pony):      K.
                                           Snooty Fox. The Heavy Horse Champion       Copeland/Amigo M. RJE trophy               Lowthian/Hartside   Blue  Rocket. Dog  Show
                                           was Nicholson Family from Brampton         (Clydesdales): D. McGill/Ingleston Grace. Shield: M. Chesney/Pip.

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                                           6 • Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008
Moniaive Art Show                                                    Fairtrade Dunscore
                                                                                                     One of the Fairtrade movement's biggest
                                                                                                     advocates is to visit this area.
Photo: Nan Tait

                                                                                                        Bruce Crowther, was the driving force behind
                                                                                  Garstang becoming the first town in the world to be designated a
                                                                                  Fairtrade Town in 2001. Now, 90% of the shops and cafes in the
                                                                                  town now stock Fairtrade products and Garstang is twinned with
                                                                                  the cocoa-farming community of New Koforidua in Ghana.
                                                                                     Bruce is joining villagers from Dunscore and surrounding areas
                                                                                  for a Fairtrade Coffee Morning on 7th October in the Glenriddel
                                                                                  Hall in Dunscore. This will be an chance to meet Bruce and to hear
                                                                                  a short talk on his Fairtrade experiences.
                                                                                     In a small way, Dunscore is hoping to emulate Garstang's
                                                                                  achievement by becoming a Fairtrade village by achieving five
                                                                                  goals including support from the Community Council; having
                                                                                  Fairtrade products stocked in shops and catering establishments;
                                                                                  encouraging businesses and organisations to use Fairtrade
             A moment of quiet reflection on opening night.
                                                                                  products; gaining publicity for the bid and setting up a Fairtrade
                Again this year members excelled themselves in the variety
                                                                                  steering group. The goals are not too difficult to achieve and the
             and quality of the work on show in Moniaive's Art Show. A very
                                                                                  meeting will be an opportunity to find out more about becoming a
             merry and busy opening night delighted guests and the
                                                                                  Fairtrade village or organisation.
             exhibition had many visitors over the next ten days. Grateful
                                                                                     Please come and meet Bruce and if you would like more
             thanks to all who assisted in mounting and manning the
                                                                                  information, please contact Alison Boyes on 01387 820263 or
             exhibition. Congratulations to local artist Mary Stuart Shields
                                                                                  Matthew Aitken on 01387 820448.
             who this year won Gracefield's ‘Best Picture Vote’.    M. Young

              Guitar Legends Visit Moniaive                                       Dick Gaughan at Moniaive
              In February Martin Taylor performed a sell out concert at           Arguably the greatest Folk Musician in Scotland today, Dick
              The Marquee. Hardly surprising considering he also sold             Gaughan is appearing in Moniaive during his tour of
              out The Carnegie Hall in New York. People visiting the              England and Wales. Yes I did say England and Wales.
              Craigdarroch could not believe that Martin was playing in              I’ve known Dick for thirty five years ( the first time I booked
              a small place like Moniaive.                                        him) he had a night off between concerts in Leeds and
                 In March and again in August we had American guitarist           Windermere and agreed to come to Moniaive.
              Preston Reed, whose playing has been described in the latest           This concert will be a sell out so get your tickets £10, from the
              issue of Total Guitar Magazine as ‘impossible’. The reviewer        Craigdarroch now. Saturday 8th November at 7.30pm.
              continues, ‘Something must rationalise how one middle aged          Here’s what the critics have said.
              man with ten human fingers can make his acoustic ( guitar)             "Relaxed and funnier than many comedians" Edinburgh
              sound like the sum of a bluegrass convention and a drum off         Evening News. "proved, if proof were needed, that he is the
              between rainforest tribes.’ Like Martin Taylor, Preston Reed is     guv'nor" Folk On Tap. "one of Britain's most innovative and
              normally found playing in much larger towns and cities.             contemporary voices." The Boston Globe. "how music from the
                 But the real coup is a rare Scottish appearance of the World’s   gut really sounds." The Guardian. "the kind of voice that could
              greatest living blues and ragtime guitarist, Stefan Grossman.       stop a train in its tracks" The Independent.
                 Grossman studied guitar in New York with the legendary              Gaughan will be supported by Glasgow Due Doghouse
              Rev Gary Davis and also met and played with most of the great       Roses.
              American blues players. He moved to England in the early               Also coming up at The Marquee Club are German band
              1960’s and lived for a while with Eric Clapton, toured the folk     Elbow Room supported by Paul McKenna who is making a rare
              clubs and hung about with people like Ralph McTell, John            solo appearance. Saturday 22nd November Tickets £7.
              Renbourn, Bert Jansch and Davy Graham.
                 Then he returned to the USA and stopped touring. Although
              he started performing again in 2006 he only does a few                             Moniaive Gala AGM
              concerts each year.
                 This year he has just three gigs in Scotland. He’s already
                                                                                                     Thursday 9th October

              been at the Edinburgh Festival. He is top of the bill at Ullapool

              Guitar Festival and he is appearing in concert at The Marquee
                                                                                                   Memorial Institute, Moniaive

              Club, Moniaive on Wednesday October 8th at 7.30pm. Tickets,
                                                                                                        All welcome

              priced £10 are available from the Craigdarroch.
                                                                                           Please come along and support your gala

                 Listen to this performance on You Tube to get some idea of
                                                                                               New members and ideas needed

              what the concert will be like. The clip is from 1981
                                                                                                        Wendy Wall 200719

                                                                                                Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008 • 7
  Tree removal • Chainsaw work • Crown reduction and thinning
                                                                T Dance in the Park
                                                                On Saturday 27th September an alternative T Dance was
                                                                held in Macara Park. This free event was put on by CNN
    Dead wood and Stump removal • Hedge and grass cutting       Artists Collective with funding support from Awards for

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                                                                before the event for P3 - 7. The children learnt jive and disco
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        Call for an appointment for one of                      for participants to
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                                                                china cups and

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                                                                cake stands full of
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  Timber Gates                                Timber Garden     for a look.
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8 • Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008
George C Richardson Freelance Photography
At the age of seven George                                           George C Richardson Freelance Photography also offers
saved up his pocket money for                                     other services like portraiture where he can come to your home,
months to buy his first camera                                    party, event or place of your choice to take you, your family or
at the price of seven shillings                                   your pet's portrait using professional Nikon cameras, backdrops
and sixpence, his father would                                    and studio lights, produce your photos to a size that will suit
buy him a spool every now and                                     your environment and mount and frame them to your
then which was quickly used                                       specification.
and then taken to the chemist                                        Another popular service is photo restoration where he can
in Thornhill for development.                                     give new life to that cherished but tired and torn picture or
It would take about a fortnight                                   perhaps there is a photo that you would like someone added to
to get the finished photos back                                   or removed, whether it is a photo, slide, negative or on disc
and although there was usually                                    (photos can also be taken from video tape or DVD).
only a couple of pictures that                                       For further information or to arrange a visit please give
were worth keeping, from then                                     George a call on 01848 200470 or visit his website
on he was hooked.                                       
   In 1981 he did his first wedding shoot as official
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                                  His     work      in     the
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                                               Often only two or three sessions are

                                                                               Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008 • 9
Geodiversity in Dumfries and Galloway                                     Hotchpotch
                 I am currently working, in a voluntary capacity, with a
                                                                                           By the time this Gazette is delivered I will be just six weeks away
                 number of partners to put Dumfries and Galloway on the
                                                                                           from the first anniversary of the shop opening so I want to say
                 ‘Geological Map’. Historically in the region there has been
                                                                                           a big thank you first of all to everyone who has supported me by
                 no formal Local Geodiversity Action Plan (LGAP). I am now
                                                                                           being very regular customers and for spreading the word to
                 identifying geological sites and working with the council to
                                                                                           family and friends.
                 include an LGAP in the Local Biodiversity Action Plan.
                                                                                               Although a shop like mine would usually be hugely dependant
                    My role as Project Leader is to co-ordinate activities in the
                                                                                           on tourism and visitors I can honestly say that Hotchpotch sales in
                 Dumfries and Galloway region. It is a very exciting time now as
                                                                                           its first year have been largely due to the continued custom of local
                 we are identifying and recording sites, planning projects,
                                                                                           people and for that I am so very grateful - it's just one more
                 developing new partners and volunteers.
                                                                                           indication of what a very supportive and friendly community we
                    What we need are people who are interested in geology who
                                                                                           live in.
                 would like to share their knowledge and skills. This involves a
                                                                                               The fact that we have so many village events also helps
                 great variety of activities eg. selecting key sites for protection;
                                                                                           enormously of course and visitors have been surprised and delighted
                 making audits of sites and features; photographing sites and
                                                                                           at the range and quality of goods in such a small shop, in a little
                                                                                           village where they thought they'd be lucky to find somewhere to buy
                                                                                           a postcard! I would have to say that about the only 'complaint' I've
Photo: Diana Turner

                                                                                           had is that there is just so much to see that people need to spend
                                                                                           more time than they'd have expected to try and take in the fabulous
                                                                                           range of goods and for this reason I have also made it known that
                                                                                           customers are welcome to have a cuppa while they browse.
                                                                                               The arts and crafts on offer are still about 95% produced in
                                                                                           Dumfries and Galloway but probably as much as 80% of that is
                                                                                           within a twenty mile radius of Moniaive so it just goes to show what
                                                                                           a wealth of talent we have on our very doorstep.
                                                                                               The locally produced range includes photography, jewellery,
                                                                                           soaps, cushions and cot quilts, handbags, knitted toys, candles,
                                                                                           miniature oils, silk painting, wood and metal work, handmade
                                                                                           books and ceramics, as well as small antiques, goods from The
                                                                                           Gambia, China, Indonesia and some Tearcraft products.
                                                                                               So, having given you some idea of what there is on offer I'd like
                 recording information. Some of you may wonder what and where
                                                                                           to say that if anyone who is beginning to think about Christmas
                 these places are? They are the rocks “beneath our feet” as a famous
                                                                                           wants to comes in and reserve goods, or order specific gifts (such as
                 songwriter once said. There are fantastic beach walks with outcrops
                                                                                           baskets of soaps in a particular scent etc) I have already started an
                 of conglomerates, sandstones and mudstones with fossils, intrusive
                                                                                           order book and they are also welcome to pay for larger items in
                 igneous dykes and fault lines like those at Rockcliff. If you stand on
                                                                                           installments if they wish.
                 one side of the fault, in 20,000,000 years time you might be level
                                                                                           At the same time I will have my 'wish list' book on the go again
                 with Edinburgh!
                                                                                           where people can let me know of several items they particularly like
                    There are amazing little and large quarries of limestone, shale,
                                                                                           and then friends and family can come in at a later date and look at
                 greywacke or Shinnel Glen's radiolarian chert, some full of fossils
                                                                                           the wish list knowing they can buy something that person really
                 but also “nasties” like arsenic.
                                                                                           does want. It worked really well last year as quite a number of
                    Take a stroll up any valley or ridge and you will see the remains
                                                                                           people had no idea what to buy and were delighted when they were
                 of our last Ice Age. Erratics, drumlins, glacial till, hanging valleys,
                                                                                           given a choice of several items to consider.
                 like Moffat's Grey Mares Tail, are everywhere, as are Tynron's
                                                                                               When I opened in November last year the response was
                 varves which were laid down by seasonal melt water in glacial lakes
                                                                                           overwhelming but I was also aware that it was a combination of
                 15,000 years ago.
                                                                                           curiosity and Christmas - most people having already done the bulk
                    If you would like to learn more about the geological treats in
                                                                                           of their shopping. This year I feel very confident that they may think
                 store as you explore Dumfries and Galloway, or you are interested
                                                                                           seriously about checking out Hotchpotch first - I personally
                 in joining us now, to be part of this exciting time in Dumfries
                                                                                           managed to do all of my own Christmas shopping last year right
                 and Galloway’s geological future please contact me at: email
                                                                                           here under one roof - without having to stand in a queue, listening
        or call 01848330814 or 07821621366.
                                                                                           to piped music or being dealt with by grumpy and disinterested shop
                                                                           Diana Turner
                                                                                               Opening hours are 11am - 4pm Tuesday - Sunday but these times
                                  Desperately seeking...                                   are often extended and I will be having a late opening evening at
                                                                                           least once a week throughout December.
                                                                                               So thank you once again to all of the regulars and I look forward
                       Someone to invoice advertisers for the Gazette,

                                                                                           to helping take some of the headache out of Christmas for you this
                        chase up payments and get new advertisers.

                      Voluntary position, few hours every two months.
                                       call Sue 200331                                                                                             Jackie Goddard

                  10 • Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008
Twinning Ceremony with Lubuto, Zambia
                                                                                        Tom Chibanga then thanked everyone for their hospitality on
                                                                                     behalf of the Lubuto group.
Photos: Sue Grant

                                                                                        Hymns were sung accompanied by a small band of
                                                                                     musicians and then the ‘Commitment’ from the Twinning
                                                                                     Agreement was then read out. This included points on learning
                                                                                     about each other by regular communications and visits; the
                                                                                     exchange of ideas and fulfiling needs where possible and the
                                                                                     sharing of talent and skills, all while seeking God’s guidance in
                                                                                     developing this new relationship.
                                                                                        Christine Sime then highlighted the importance everyone
                                                                                     placed on the fact that this was a partnership and asked the
                                                                                     Church Elders to form a horseshoe and give the right hand of
                                                                                     fellowship to the Lubuto visitors.
                                                                                        The Agreement was then signed by Mr McFarlane, Mr
                                                                                     MacAllan, Ms Chungu Kafwimbi and Mr Flywell Thole.
                                                                                        Gavin Dykes then piped out the visitors in the closing
                                                                                     procession.                                             Sue Grant

                Sunday 21st September saw the long awaited Twinning
                                                                                     Autumn Fayre
                                                                                     Glencairn Friends of Guiding are holding an ‘Autumn
                Ceremony between Glencairn, Moniaive and Dunscore
                                                                                     Fayre’ on Saturday 4th October in St Ninian’s Church,
                church congregations with Lubuto in Zambia.
                                                                                     Moniaive, from 2pm to 4pm.
                    Although the Memorial Institute is often decorated for parties
                                                                                        Usual stalls, baking, tombola, bric-a-brac, plants and a
                and events it’s not often as colourful as it was that afternoon.
                                                                                     Grand Raffle (all donations gratefully received). The usual
                Zambian prints covered the walls in bright reds, greens and
                                                                                     refreshments of home made cream scones and jam with tea or
                yellows, and mixed with the range of tartans on show were
                                                                                     coffee. Adults £1.50, children 50p. The friends have welcomed
                made all the more memorable by the sun streaming in through
                                                                                     two new members to their committee, Kerry Greig and
                the windows.
                                                                                     Samantha Borrows and thank them for agreeing to serve on this
                    The Church of Scotland believes that World Mission is for
                every congregation and member. With modern communications
                                                                                        The proceeds are given to the Guides and brownies to pay
                it is now possible to link directly with congregations across the
                                                                                     their Annual Census money of £25 for each uniformed member
                world to develop and give mutual support and to share in each
                                                                                     – please come along and help raise money for this worthwhile
                other’s joys and sorrows. After the introduction a there was a
                short slide show to set the scene showing how monies raised
                have been used to provide for Lubuto a minibus, water bore hole
                and water tower and a maize grinding facility. Slides also
                showed the study and bible class groups and the plaque
                                                                                     A Thank you message
                commemorating the twinning, which is already in place in
                                                                                     to all our family and friends in Moniaive
                Lubuto, decked in the colours of Zambia and Scotland. Charlie        As you all know Ken has been very ill and we would just like
                MacAllan then reiterated how welcome the visitors were and           to say a big thank you to everyone for being so kind, concerned
                how it was hoped the two congregations would share their faith       and supportive during this very difficult time. Hopefully he will
                and face their problems together.                                    make a good recovery thanks to all the staff in Casualty and the
                                                                                     High Dependency Unit in Dumfries Royal and in the Coronary
                                                                                     Care Unit in the Golden Jubilee Hospital, Glasgow.
                                                                                                     Aimee and Ken Hill, Braw Glen, Dunreggan, Moniaive

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                                                                                                 Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008 • 11
Since the successful launch of the Millennium Book, sales have
                                  Glencairn History Group                            Millennium Book

                               The History Group held a meeting in                   been steady, if a little slow. It is now possible, however, to make
                               September following the traditional                   the first cheque presentation from the funds generated. A
             summer break. Attendance was large enough to have a                     representative from the Erskine Hospital charity for ex-service
             group discussion, which is very encouraging.                            personnel will be at St Ninian's Church on Saturday 8th
                                                                                     November for the 1pm ceremony. Their will also be a free
                                                                                     exhibition of original photographs used in the book from 11am
             Our season of guest speakers continues on October 2nd with the          to 2pm, when signed copies of the Millennium Book will be
             Group Talks

             appearance of the Reverend David Bartholomew, minister of St.           available (book price £15). This presentation is timed to
             John's Town of Dalry. He has been a local historian for many            coincide with Remembrance Day, a particularly poignant
             years as well as an avid exponent of the metal-detector. His finds      occasion for the armed forces. A separate ceremony will be
             range from the mundane (rusty wire and gate hinges) to the              arranged later in the year for a cheque presentation to the
             sublime (jewellery and pilgrim badges now on display in                 Memorial Institute.
             Kirkudbright Museum). He will be illustrating his fascinating
             talk with some of the objects he has uncovered over the years.
             Non-members £3. Refreshments. There will be other speakers at           The History Group purchased a glass display cabinet some
                                                                                     Display Cabinet

             our meetings in December and February.                                  months ago and this has been placed in the Institute's new
                                                                                     meeting room on the ground floor. This will be used to display
                                                                                     items and artifacts from the Group's (small but growing)
             Our research into the history of the Memorial building moves on         collection. If anyone has an object of local interest, that they
             History of the Institute

             as we continue to transcribe the past Minutes of Committee              would like to offer to loan to the Group for temporary display in
             from the Institute. We are also transcribing other documents            the cabinet, we would be pleased to hear from you.
             relating to activities pertaining to the Institute. If anyone has any      Group meetings are listed in the Gazette Diary. For further
             information connected to Moniaive Memorial Institute, we                information contact Bob Martin on 07772 877443 or write to
             would be pleased to see it. The material will contribute to an          Stables Cottage, Barjarg Tower, Auldgirth DG2 0TN.
             exhibition to be held in the future.

                                                                                     Murray-Flutter held a very interesting evening showing a
             Book Reading Group                                                      videoof herself and her mother, Rumer Godden, retracing their
             Moniaive Book Reading Group held a summer party at the                  early life in India.
             Youngs’ Craigview, North Street, on Thursday 28th August.                  All members of the group have a month to read the same title
             Our thanks to Muriel and John Young for hosting the party.              and meet for about an hour to discuss their findings. These
                                                                                     books are loaned from the Library so there is no expense.
                                                                                        Anyone wishing to join the group, please contact Muriel
                                                                                     Young on 01848 200318.
Photo: Nan Tait

                                                                                                                                                Nan Tait

                                                                                     Glencairn SWRI
                                                                                     Welcome back ladies, it was lovely to see you all again and
                                                                                     to welcome two new members.
                                                                                        We had an interesting evening with Mr David Graham giving
                                                                                     us a recital of short stories and poetry, on his life encounters,
                                                                                     and very amusing it was too.
                                                                                        Our next meeting will be on the 15th October, with a
                                                                                     demonstration by Lisa Johnstone on Arts and Crafts. The
                                                                                     competition will be, the best decorated Halloween mask.
                                                                                     Anyone wishing to join us, will be most welcome.
             Rhona dent and Delcia Knowles at the book club.
                                                                                        Forthcoming events include: our 85th Birthday in November,
                The book ‘Garbo Laughs’ was being discussed. It’s about a            possible theatre trips, a talk on Western Acupuncture, a tasting
             family and friends whose lives revolved around the discussion           evening, and a trip to Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist
             of films and their relationships with one another. Mixed feelings       Monastery – yet to be confirmed.
             about this title, some managed to finish, soe gave up, however,            We are always looking for new members and fresh ideas, so
             that is the nature of the group.                                        if you would like to join us, we would be pleased to see you.
                The group meets on the fourth Thursday of the month at                  We meet in St. Ninian's Church, the third Wednesday of
             Craigview at 7.30pm and since starting we have read books on            every month at 7.30pm.
             a wide variety of topics, ranging from biographies, classics,              Look forward to seeing you.
             hstorical nvels and a series of Rumer Godden’s work. Jane                                                Linda Stott, Secretary 01848 200325

              12 • Glencairn Gazette 54 • October/November 2008
Windfarm fund allocations meeting
Tuesday 30th September saw the                 costs prohibitive. It was agreed to fully
second round of Windfarm funding               fund this project.                            Moniaive Musical Theatre Group
from the Wether Hill Windfarm.                                                               asked for £3,000 for their next
   This year a total of £31,824.09 was         Glencairn Memorial Institute asked for        production of Alice in Wonderland.
received and this money is to be used for      £4,000 to complete double glazing on the      Monies to be spent on Sound equipment,
two allocation sessions this and March         remaining windows and doors. This             heating of church, performances,
2009.                                          project was started in the 1990s and with     costumes and props, copyrights and
   The total requested at this meeting was     the rapid escalation in fuel costs it was     printing costs. Committee members
£24,867.85 which as chairman Scott             felt the completion of the project would      explained they hoped to be self sufficient
McMillan explained despite being less          benefit users of the Institute. It was        next year. As £400 had already been
than the total received did not necessarily    agreed to fully fund this project.            paid for the copyright out of last years
mean all applicants would be fully                                                           income it was decided to grant £2,600.
funded. The Glencairn Community                Glencairn & Tynron Horticultural
Council Windfarm Fund (GCCWF), who             Society asked for £3,800 for new tables
allocate the money, would be deciding on       as their existing tables were nearing the     Moniaive Folk Festival requested
the merits of each application and             end of their life. The committee agreed if    £2,000 towards the costs of next years
allocating funds accordingly. Monies           successful there might be a possibility of    festival. It was agreed to fully fund this
remaining would go towards the next            hiring the tables out to other groups         project.
allocation meeting in March 2009.              within the village. It was agreed to fully
   The list of all the applications received   fund this project.                            Craigdarroch Angling Club requested
for this round of funding was read out to                                                    £3,267.85 (plus same again for the next
the meeting and applicants invited to          Lodge Nithsdale St. Paul asked for            2 years) to provide two additional boats,
speak in support of their application. The     £1,000 for new arched oak front doors to      a boat hut, a LPG generator for boat hut
floor was then thrown open to questions        the Masonic Hall. The existing doors are      and to provide toilet facilities for
from the funding body. The projects were       warped badly and it has been a long time      members and guests. Knowing the
then ranked by each eligible councillor        since they could be shut properly.            limitations of the fund they decided to
and the total divided by the number            Although the Masonic Hall was well used       spread their applications over three years.
eligible to vote and a mean score              by local groups and committees income         It was agreed to fully fund this part
calculated. These totals were used to          from these was not sufficient to cover        project with the proviso that new
determine the order in which applications      these capital costs. It was agreed to fully   applications must be submitted each
were looked at.                                fund this project.                            year to the Fund.

Moniaive Under 5s were asking for              Singers’ Club Glencairn were looking          Gillian Thomson was looking for
£2,000 for operating costs to help keep        for £2,000. £500 to provide adult singing     £3,800 for college fees and living costs
the service open during this year when         opportunities to cover tutor fees, venue      after receiving a place at College in
only three children were attending. It was     hire and refreshments etc. and £1,500 to      Ireland. Unable to attend her mother
pointed out that if the service closed it      provide the same for children. It was         answered questions on her behalf. It was
was unlikely it would ever be able to          decided to grant £1,000 to wards this         agreed to fund £2,000 to cover the
reopen as new legislation would make           project.                                      tuition fees.

                                                                                                 JOHN STOTT
The Institute
After a meeting between the youngsters of the parish and the Institute Committee
everyone was delighted with the outcome... the youngsters were given
                                                                                                 01848 200325
responsibility and are allowed into the Institute to play games, meet with friends
   With nowhere else in the parish to go this is great facility for our young people. In
general they took these responsibilities to heart and have obeyed the rules, locked up           THE DOMINIES HOUSE
and returned the keys, kept the rooms ‘relatively’ tidy and if they broke anything
reported these accidents to the committee.
                                                                                                     AYR STREET
   Sadly however, a few decided to spoil it for everyone and vandalised the Institute.                 MONIAIVE
This is currently under police investigation. The lights in the new snooker room were              Great care is taken
smashed, rooms broken into, obscene pictures drawn and items placed down toilets.
                                                                                                       in all work
   This means that this arrangement is now under review.                       Sue Grant

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Getting back to the oval, I am passing time running while my
                                                                                         eldest daughter Elisabeth is at netball training inside the leisure
                Beyond the March Dyke
                                                                                         centre along with several hundred other girls. It’s Saturday morning
                                                                                         and here in Australia the weekend is for sport and recreation, not
                By Foreign Correspondent Doug Milne

                                                                                         many people work at the weekend. Despite their obsession with
                                                                                         sport, Australia is tipping the scales along with USA, first equal in
Photos: Doug Milne

                                                                                         the obesity league. Running past the car park I see the usual
                                                                                         collection of vehicles, lots of big four wheel drives, cars, and the
                                                                                         omnipresent utes (a light utility truck, usually a 4 wheel drive pick
                                                                                         up). Number plates here often have little place descriptions of
                                                                                         wherever, bordering them, Boulder – home of the superpit,WA – the
                                                                                         golden state, Ongerup – the home of the kangaroo, Victoria – the
                                                                                         place to be, or my particular favourite ,WA – rich and beautiful.
                                                                                             WA’s and for that matter Australia's wealth is currently created by
                                                                                         the export of large amounts of commodities, this throws up some
                                                                                         interesting contradictions. Australia does not support nuclear power
                                                                                         at home where fossil fuel usage makes it a world leader in per capita
                                                                                         emissions, it doesn't stop it being one of the worlds biggest exporters
                                                                                         of uranium either. Vast quantities of coal and iron ore shipped from
                                                                                         Australia are helping China and India grow, cargo ships regularly
                Running around the north road oval, which surrounds the local            move mountains of high quality blue gum woodchips from the port
                Aussie rules

                swimming pool and leisure centre. It struck me how distant and yet       here in Albany to Japan to make paper. WA is in the middle of a
                vaguely familiar this place is, five hours from the most remote city     mining boom, high wages are paid in various operations all over the
                on the planet. Albany with a population of 35,000 is the capital of      state, but mostly up north, where people fly in fly out, despite the
                the Great southern region of WA, the largest state in Australia. WA      global downturn Oz thrives.
                is the size of western Europe with the population of greater Glasgow.        Cars tend to be big and automatic here, which is another reminder
                If you folded the world in half at the equator, Albany would be on a     that Australia has as much in common with the USA as it has the
                similar latitude to north Africa. The cooling effect of the southern     UK, fuel is relatively cheap, cars are often 4 or 5 litre. Lots of
                ocean results in what seems to me an equitable climate, however a        vehicles are fitted with roo bars to deflect any wayward marsupials
                lot of locals think of it being cold and wet (winter daytime             or indeed anything at else, which a good idea if driving out of town
                temperatures can dip to the low teens!)                                  (out of town is the bush), our modest 4.2 litre estate (wagon) has a
                    Despite the tiny population density, Australia is one of the most    modern plastic one called a smart bar. Ute owners seem very drawn
                urbanised societies in the world. Forget all those preconceptions of     to this sort of thing, if you spend any time at all in the bush, a two
                bush hat wearing families toughing it out in splendid isolation, sure    way radio is essential hence the large aerials bolted onto many.
                there are some but most people here live in the suburbs. In the last     Another, which kept me wondering for a while, are lengths of metal
                few years there has been a huge increase in people moving to the         pipe about a foot long which are welded on to roo bars at an angle
                coast, is known as the sea change phenomenon.WA, although very           which look like mini IRA mortar tubes, these are for fishing rods,
                much part of Australia ,is a long way from the eastern states, ever      fish are pursued mercilessly here. Utes often contain dogs tethered
                heard the expression bigger than Texas? Well you could fit Texas         in the back. Recently emerging from the local cycle shop, I looked
                into WA and still have room for New Zealand. Perth, WA’s capital is      at the ute parked in front of our wagon and thought, strange I am
                nearer Indonesia than Sydney, I often meet people here who have          sure there was a dog on there before. The unfortunate canine was
                never been to the eastern states, yet holiday in Bali or take trips to   still there but now after an attempted attack on a pedestrian, had
                Europe.                                                                  found out the length of its chain and now hung suspended. The dog
                    I like to think of Australia as a parallel universe which has        was promptly rescued , grudgingly restraining itself from further
                evolved separately, and well, differently to the rest or the world.
                This is a place where women with grey hair (and some men) are
                comfortable wearing pigtails in public, home improvements might
                mean a new set of wind chimes. Many things appear similar, but are
                not, the language, curry powder and tomato soup, to name a few.
                There are subtle social differences, people greet each other here
                politely and enthusiastically. On meeting people, you will be asked
                ‘how are you going’ - the stock answer is ‘good thanks’ delivered in
                an upbeat manner. Early experiences left this dour Scot grappling
                for a suitable response. I tried numerous , varying from a proper
                ‘very well thank you’, to a nasal Scots ‘no bad, or, ‘alright’ or even
                feigning deafness, all of which resulted in stony silence. There are
                other key phrases that are essential if you want to become
                assimilated, as an elderly Dutchman advised me ‘don't forget to say

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