A96 closed: between Elgin and Forres

January 29, 2010 · Filed Under Moray, Transport 

Just a heads up that apparently there’s was a three-vehicle accident on the A96 between Elgin and Forres this morning, which has closed both lanes of the A96. So if you were planning to drive towards Elgin or Forres today, be aware that the A96 remains closed between them, and traffic problems are likely around […]

Arts expand in Nairn: special needs drama group and Cinema Nairn programme

January 28, 2010 · Filed Under Arts 

The arts are continuing to expand in Nairn – the Tilda Swinton effect, perhaps? Anyway, a couple of announcements coming up today: New drama group for special needs A new drama group is being set up in Nairn to provide an opportunity for those with special needs to put on a performance, pencilled in for […]

Eastgate Centre empties

January 20, 2010 · Filed Under Business, Development, Nairn 

Another shop leaving the Eastgate Centre in Inverness – this time Zara, and they’re going voluntarily. Rents in Eastgate are already in the region of £150,000 per annum, but according to the BBC report, Zara are leaving because rents are to be increased further. Which really underlines the madness of the Inverness retail sector – […]

Fish factory for Kilravock

January 20, 2010 · Filed Under Development 

An issue not really discussed in Nairn itself, but bound to become a topic in future, is the approval for a fish plant to replace the chicken farm at Kilravock. The objections reported in the P&J seem sometimes petty – “increased traffic” and “potential for vermin, gull and crow predation” hardly seem major issues, especially […]

Inverness airport business park gets go ahead

January 20, 2010 · Filed Under Business, Nairn, Transport 

The BBC reports that the Highland Council have approved the business park at Inverness Airport at long last, despite objections from Croy and Ardesier community councils. I know there have been concerns about developments around the airport in case it needs to expand at some point in the future – but it’s worth remembering that […]

Nairnite escapes Haiti Earthquake

January 18, 2010 · Filed Under Nairn 

STV features the story Scot escapes Haiti earthquake nightmare, but what isn’t revealed is that he’s a Nairnite whose children go to Millbank. I was speaking to his ten year old daughter today and she was thrilled that he’d got back home – he’d been away on business for a long time, and then to […]

Gurn takes on Marks & Spencer

January 18, 2010 · Filed Under shopping 

The Gurn gets some coverage in the Highland News – taking M&S to task for not including Gaelic in the talking tills: Gaelic unrest at M&S talking tills A RETAIL chain has come under fire for having talking tills which can speak six languages, including Welsh, but not Gaelic. But Marks and Spencer has said […]

Rock night this Saturday!

January 13, 2010 · Filed Under Arts 

This Saturday (Jan 16th) sees the first Alternative X rock night, with the under 18’s session running from 6pm-9pm, and the over 18’s running from 10pm till 3am. The night will be a DJ set, and the potential play list has songs from over 250 bands in the metal, indie, goth, punk, emo and classic […]


January 10, 2010 · Filed Under Weather 

The temperature outside read at 8.5C this afternoon, and has now cooled to -11C. No doubt it’ll get even colder tonight, even though the bite in the air is incredibly sharp. The Highlands remains frozen, but it looks like life is continuing as normal – school starts this week but I can’t find any of […]

The Pylons are coming!

January 6, 2010 · Filed Under Nature, Politics 

So the Scottish government has finally rubber stamped the power line upgrade between Beauly and Denny: Power line upgrade given go-ahead. Certainly I’ve seen a lot of passionate protesting about the issue, both around Stirling as well as the Highlands, as people become horrified at the idea of taller pylons marching across the Cairngorms. The […]


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