The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition)

Our exports have now become imports

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JOHN WILSON, of Rattray, asks: “Do any of your readers share my problem with radio weather forecasts?

“I need to know (as do outside workers like gardeners, painters and other tradesmen) whether to plan outdoor activities (cycling in my case). There are so many unnecessar­y words.

“The order of the informatio­n is not ideal: the reports present aspects of weather— rain, sunshine, wind, temperatur­e—then where they apply. The shipping forecast is much easier to understand: first where, then what conditions.

“I transcribe­d BBC’s 6.35 forecast on Monday and counted 126 words – some of those chatty and unnecessar­y.

“By removing them, I got the same report down to 85 words – so more time for detail, such as the conditions for specific areas, which are more important for ‘need-toknow’listeners.” “IT WAS like a breath of fresh air through all the gobbledygo­ok of the high-tech commentato­rs on the Malaysian airliner disaster when an official Australian spokesman reported on progress,” writes a Perth reader.

“He said quite simply: ‘People have told me searching for the plane is like looking for a needle in a haystack. It’s not. We still have not found the haystack.’ “I NOTED with interest the recent report and photograph in The Courier regarding the 131-tonne Portuguese transforme­rs being transporte­d from Dundee docks to Tummel Bridge,” says a Perthshire reader.

“I have a copy of Wheels around Perthshire by Robert Grieves whose cover photo shows a 40-tonne transforme­r being moved from Struan Station to Tummel Bridge in the mid-1930s.

“Having heard and read about Australian­s over the years,” he says, “including their magnificen­t contributi­on and solid reliabilit­y as allies in twoWorld Wars, I have always had a high regard for them.

“That comment and the calm, matter-of-fact way in which it was delivered have confirmed it.” “THE RECENT photograph of the Dundee wharf in London, where the DP&L steamer left from, brought back memories,” says reader Mrs Hackney.

“That is where we used to go and collect the cars to bring up to McLean’s garages in

“In contrast to today’s 12-axle trailers, the simple twin axle trailer was pulled over the steep unsurfaced road by a solid tyred chain-driven Scammell which was in turn pulled by a steam traction engine.

“Ironically, many heavy haulage photograph­s from the 1920s to the 1970s show similar equipment being shifted from British factories to British docks for export. Dundee by steamer. I used to go down with several mechanics as an extra driver.

“The cars had to be inspected before they could be sold and sometimes even getting them started could be tricky! In those days, cars had

“It is sad to reflect that what we once exported throughout the world now has to be imported from Portugal.

“It also makes a mockery of the jobs and contracts promised to British business by both Scottish and UK government­s from the renewable energy sector.

“Perthshire hills may be despoiled by turbines but Portugal reaps the profits!” comments our reader. to be run in – 30mph for the first thousand miles.” SPRING IS here! That’s the good news from one Perth angler who reported seeing his first peacock butterfly of the year on Wednesday!

“It was sunning itself on a flat rock at the side of the river,” he said. “But despite that forecast of warming weather I was still wearing my thermals!” “THE RECENT report on the obesity crisis in pets, gave a new slant on the much-used term of abuse, ‘fat cats’,” comments a Perth reader.

“Perhaps our modern metaphoric­ally labelled ‘fat cats’ might respond to the same treatment – a strict diet and exercise – or would they? Their greed is for money.”

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