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Having blood cancer, I was pleased to be offered a vaccine appointment at 9.23am on Monday this week.
I turned up at 9.20am only to be told that NHS Ayrshire and Arran hadn’t ‘put the vaccines on the ferry,’ so my jag was cancelled and I was instead told that ‘we may contact you again, in the next few weeks’.
To put it politely, I am bitterly disappointed and I should add, others were also told the same bad news.
Last week, our First Minister promised that vaccine volumes were being rapidly increased, yet the daily numbers from last Wednesday to Saturday tell a very different tale: Wednesday 25,327, Thursday 24,962, Friday 23,583 and Saturday 22,213.
Perhaps we should make far more use of the Army?
As a recipient of the recent Covid-19 jab here on Arran, I along with many of my friends would like to thank the entire Arran Medical Team and local hospital staff for all their efforts in procuring and delivering the vaccine.
The organisation was excellent, from the phone call making your appointment to the actual injection at Arran High School. They all obviously worked outwith normal working hours, giving up their spare time at the weekend to carry out the vaccination programme and serve the community.
The whole process was so smooth, very efficient and totally painless, in both senses as I didn’t feel the jab. Everyone was so friendly, caring and professional. It was a great example of teamwork to help enhance the health of this community.
So a big thank you to everyone involved in any way in making this possible and for helping us fight the virus. It is greatly appreciated.
As the Lamlash Burns Club enters its centenary year I thought the poem about a gathering held by some of the members is a fitting tribute to those who are no longer with us.
Ormidale Burns Club 26th February 1994
In the bield O’ Tommy Gilmore
On an evenin’ in the spring
Met a core O’ gangrel bodies
Keen tae mak’ the rafters ring.
George Boal the gifted chairman
Tellt me he would set the pace
Said he’s just the chiel tae dae it
Wi’ his dignity an’ grace.
The same grace gi’ed Willie Crawford
Kindly Corrie man is he
Beg Kilmarnock first editions
An he’ll find ye wan for free.
Haggis piped in by Stewart Lambie
Then McKelvie praised it fair
Heids an’ airms an’ legs he threatened
As his blade sheared through his hair.
Ben the hoose cam oor big Henry
Steeped in Burns is he ower years
E’en for laughs, or sentimental,
He can hae us a’ in tears.
Efter sober Andrew Raeburn
Willie Innes cam alang
Saying ‘Keep the drams a-flowing an ah’ll
sing ye a’ a sang’.
There were Anderson an’ Nicols
baith the auld man an’ the boy
Each determined in his ain wey
This great evening tae enjoy.
Then that handsome chiel ca’ed Duncan
Cam wi Sandy the Mclaren
Saying they’d dance a drunken Hornpipe
Never seen afore in Arran.
Ower the String tae join the frolic
Weaved DDS an’ Colin C.
For a chorus Alcoholic
Each man says ‘There’s nane like me’.
Then atomic Ken frae Harwell
Holy Willie pit tae prayer
Said ‘ Ah think ah’m getting typecast
As bigot-that’s no fair’.
That smart young man McKellar
Praised the Ladies by an by
Lindsay Keir near had us hairless
wi’ this delicate reply.
Young Jake Kerr did recitation
Nicol Hume addressed us too
Russell Dobson said he loved it
But was clearly mair than fu’.
Mr Keir an’ Mr Bilsland
Cam wi’ Mr Robert Brass
Gave the do a touch of culture
Each a Bearsden Gent of Class.
That skianach ca’ed Nicholson
A Burns disciple he
Said ‘Ach tae hell ah’ve done enough’
An’ had the evening free.
Last, alang cam Ernest Ribbeck
Sober quite beyond belief
Got a job lined up next winter
Tourist Guide in Tenerife.
Th’ immortal toast gave Willie C
Loved hearing a’ these turns
He hoped that they that still could stand
Would rise an’ drink tae Burns.