Sunday, 6 December 2015

Club Membership 2016!

Photo 01 - Land rapidly disappearing at the dam wall!

Club Membership 2016!

As the year nears its end we must now look to the coming one and for those seeking to become members of the club or renew existing memberships it’s time to get ready to apply for your memberships. The good news is that there is no change in the fees the rates afe £55.00 for first time membership or members who apply out with the time frame and £35.00 for renewals which represents very good value indeed!

A change is being introduced this year to aid identity checks in that each member must supply a photograph which will be printed onto the card before it is laminated making tampering very difficult. Now Mr Xxxxx our membership secretary has advised that it would be much easier for him if photos in digital format were supplied as opposed to already printed passport type photos.

Now this is very easy to do all that it entails is to take a selfie and send it to Mr Xxxxx by e mail and he will resize as required. Now if you don’t own a phone with a camera you will likely know someone who does and ask them. Failing that come up to the loch and we will take one for you! It needs to be stressed here that it is of vital importance that the photos are tied to applications or at least a name so we can marry the two. The last thing we want is to have a heap of photos and a list of names so please make sure we can tag the photos to a name!

Remember that if paying by cheque make the cheques payable to St Mary's Angling Club and not to a club official! Please also make sure you apply within the time limits for issue which this year is between the 1st of January and the 14th February. All 2015 memberships will terminate on this date! Please allow time for the memberships to be processed and the trick here is to apply in good time! So start pulling things together and get the process rolling.

Photo 02 - the new gully at almost full capacity!

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Photo 03 - No go area for fishing yesterday! 

Looks like rain!

It’s been a bit of a downpour for the last while and couple that with horrific winds and you have some thoroughly unpleasant days! Today was the first time this year we could not fish, the wind was hellish and pods were upturned as soon as they were placed!

We should have guessed when we found the road closed but pushed on up the Ettrick valley cutting over to the Yarrow valley and after ploughing through some very deep water we got there. Had a look at the flood protection works at the bottom of the loch and I think it has helped a bit but the water level was rising quickly so that may change. Think I will be tuning in to the Countryfile long range forecast tonight to see whats coming! 

End of the week looks dodgy!


Photo 04 - Raging torrent at the skinworks cauld Galashiels!

The Wild Fisheries Review!

Word has come out on this important process and the word seems to be that as far as the River Tweed Commission is concerned the status quo will be adopted. I will refrain from further comment until I have had a chance to review the input from bodies other than those with a Salmon interest. My initial thoughts are that if we are to have the same arrangements then the progress of research into species other than Salmon will be painfully slow!

The wider world in my view!

Colonel Snooty saves the day!

Of course these were the words uttered by Lord Snooty a man who thinks he is a statesman of some repute! Indeed to a certain extent he is correct but the repute is 100% negative for in reality he is but an arrogant posh boy! He was referring to all who were intent on voting against bombing in Syria and will come to regret his ill chosen outburst!.

He was asked in questions to the PM no less than 15 times if he would apologise for his massive gaffe, he however would not apologise! The nearest he came to apologising was to state that there was honour in voting for or against further rubble production for that is all that the bombing will accomplish along with random civilian casualties!
Jumped up overgrown schoolgirl Nicky Morgan (she is in charge of ruining education) dug herself into the mire on the BBCs question time when she asserted that Lord Snooty was right to label those against bombing as terrorist sympathisers! Two idiotic privately educated morons unable to string two words together resort to school playground tactics!

The worrying thing of course is that these fools are reputed to be running the country! Lord Snooty of course is now in his element pumped up with bravado with veteran Tornado jets dropping bombs into Syria. After two years plus of unrelenting bombing the five air strikes carried out by the RAF appear already to have turned things around. It's all beginning to look like a fantastic story in a Marvel comic featuring Colonel Snooty and his invulnerable air force! What none of the pro bombing lobby answered was who and where the 70,000 ground troops are, often referred to by Lord Snooty.

Of course Daesh must be wiped out, but as is usual instead of carefully considering the facts, Lord Snooty without question immediately falls into line with American thinking and joins in reducing Syria to rubble! There is no coherent plan, no end strategy. Do we just keep sending bombs in? The mythical 70,000 strong army of course could save the day but to know who they are would be a good start!

Once again we find ourselves embroiled in a conflict which will be extremely difficult to resolve if it ever can be! The country must be reaching for the sedative bottle as the Walter Mitty types that comprise our government blunder from one mess to another! The future looks desperately bleak on our shores and now overseas as well, time we were an independent nation methinks!

Duffer of the week!

Checking in to First Minister’s Questions this week I was astounded to hear Borg Queen Ruth Davidson from the Toxic Tories attack the Scottish Government over the drop in bursary support for Scottish students!  And the worst bit of it was that she was sincere! The sheer cheek of this woman is astounding or else she is completely deranged!
Gideon Osborne the Tory jester who plunges this country into one crisis after another has just announced that all bursary support will cease leaving students facing massive debts! Yes the Scottish government has decreased bursary support but only because Osborne has cut the grant to the Scottish government and resultantly some areas must be cut!


Ruth Davidson has appeared on several comedy TV programmes and by all accounts was an abject flop! Unfortunately for her as a politician she is a complete duffer!

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