Charles Bannerman

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    The frozen pensions of Overseas ex-pat pensio

    Scarlet... I'm not actually 100% sure what you mean when you speak about pensions being "uprated" so, in the absence of any knowledge of what the situation actually is, here's what I think might be a fair scenario. At the point that the ex-pat in waiting emigrates, he/she will have accrued a certain pension entitlement through his/her NIC contributions from the start of his/her employment in the UK through to the point of emigration. That would presumably entitle him/her to a proportional part of the full UK Old Age Pension. I would have thought that it would then be fair if, at each increment UK based pensioners get, ex-pats were to get the same percentage increase on whatever they are due.by way of some kind of index linking.
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    The frozen pensions of Overseas ex-pat pensio

    I was only wondering if anyone would notice?
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    Old school footie fotos ?

    In the 1st XI of 72-73 photo, Billy is front left, Davie is second from the right and third from the right is Jeff MacDonald, Kevin MacDonald's older brother. In the First Year/ U13 photo of 68-69, Davie (with a cracking fringe ) is front left, Billy is holding the ball and Jeff is second right. I am fairly sure that when they were in First Year, Davie was actually a striker and Billy a defender.
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    Worst poster in CaleyThistleOnline history

    The wrath of the Cybernats It had to be me. They had no Plan B
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    SCHOOL BULLYING

    Isn't that bullying If you had continued your quote of my post to include the next phrase - apart from the case of an especially annnoying little lad called John MacKenzie - I think most reasonably minded people would conclude that it in fact was not, but something more of a public service.
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    SCHOOL BULLYING

    I can't say that I found bullying a significant issue at the Royal Academy at all during my time there (1965-71). I'm sure it happened because the school hasn't been built where it doesn't, but I have no recollection of anything particularly extreme. Oh to be sure, if some of the smaller boys were especially badly behaved or irritating, one sanction resorted to by the prefects was to drag the odd one into the prefects' room and set about his backside with a trainer. But even that didn't happen very often... apart from the case of an especially annnoying little lad called John MacKenzie. The original post does also inspire an interesting theory because wherever he/she was educated (or "attended school" might be a more appropriate term), the manner in which Dougal has turned out could very well be explained by the number of "swirlies" to which he/she was subjected as a boy/girl.
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    THE DANCING

    The Camerons and Black Watch they were there Singing very loud. Swinging from the chandeliers And....... There is a history of the Northern Meeting in the public library reference room and among the photos in the book is one featuring a young Lord Burton in about 1928 and I have to say that he was a surly, greeting faced looking little git even at the age of about 8. Mods... don't worry about a possible defamation action there. As you probably know, the decidedly ignoble lord is deceased so defamation is not an issue. In any case it would not have been difficult to plead Veritas.
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    Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

    Who precisely apart from some agitating journalists predicted that the English team was going to get booed ? That was never going to happen. One man's merciless caricaturing is another man's wry humour and the ability of an increasingly confident nation to be able to self deprecate. Kingsmills... Scotland has therefore been self deprecating furiously and damagingly ever since the days of Harry Lauder and before him Walter Scott. The initial fears about booing were articulated by Team England members. Whether these fears were motivated by a perception that this is what might happen when English performers appear at a Scottish football ground or by the perception of Anglophobia generated by the current divisive and long running political proceedings is not clear.
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    Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony

    I'm not a fan of opening ceremonies for things like this anyway, but this one could have been worse. And at least the fecal brown socks and kilts and the 1970s holiday shirts didn't look quite so bad under that lighting. Then there was the baton which had been travelling for light years round the known universe apparently since the days of Jurassic Park and when it eventually got to the end of the road they couldn't get the bloody lid off I was also wondering what the Green Brigade were thinking about 40,000 people loyally singing God Save The Queen to the wifie herself inside Celtic Park. And is Rod Stewart incapable of singing in anything other than an American accent? (Or is it just that Rod Stewart is incapable of singing?) Inevitably, of course, we were never going to get away without a few episodes of the Caledonian Cringe - that limitless capacity the Scots seem to have of making merciless caricatures of themselves - the Nessie, the caber, the giant kilt and sporran and... horror of horrors... Andy Bloody Stewart!! I am told that the guy in the purple tartan suit was born in Glasgow but lives in the USA. The welcome the Scottish team got was wonderful and it was good to see the predicted booing of the English team failed to materialise.
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    THE DANCING

    The veune up the hill was possibly the 50/50 club which I think might have been on Raining Stairs? This is a bit before my time, but the Northern Meeting Rooms, where all the local toffs and nobs used to have their Balls (sic), were at the bottom of Church St and were demolished in the early/mid 60s to make way for the concrete block which is still there and used to include the Record Rendezvous. They were full of chandeliers and stuff and public functions used to be held there too. Harry Shore's son Martin was a year behind me at school and was an international swimmer - including the 1970 Commonwealth Games if I remember correctly.
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    Moving to Torvean ?

    Apart from suggesting that you familiarise yourself in more detail with the principles of conflict of interest, I am not going to burden this thread any more with what has become a private difference of opinion similar to our earlier one about the ICT Trust and related matters which, since your Damascene conversion, you now seem to make it your life's mission to defend to the death.
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    Moving to Torvean ?

    No, merely to achieve some clarification of the significance of statements about the local media made on a club-related website by someone who has official responsibility within the club for media matters.
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    Moving to Torvean ?

    I can possibly explain - at the risk of further complaints about undue local media interest in ICT's financial affairs from the club's media coordinator, whose earlier intervention now has me wondering if that was therefore an official statement of the club's viewpoint on this issue? In other words, would it now be appropriate to run the headline "ICT SLAM CASH-OBSESSED LOCAL HACKS"? The name of the consortium was actually Muirfield Mills and as I recollect the money, which was for the purchase of shares, was duly paid prior to May 31 2013 and hence appeared in the appropriate place in the 2012-13 accounts. In return, the Muirfield Mills consortium were also given a place on the ICT board for their representative who is Richard Smith. Any clarification of what, if any, role the Tulloch shareholding had in this process and what percentage of the voting rights Muirfield Mills now controls would be interesting. So, having doubtless exceeded the degree of interest in ICT's financial affairs deemed appropriate for a local journalist, I will turn to the OP of this thread. That states - Could it be that a multi-purpose stadium with a synthetic surface is being earmarked for the use of ICT plus others at Torvean - plus a shared indoor centre for training purposes ? As far as I can see, that is simply kite flying since this highly speculative statement is neither made in any context, nor is it based on any direct information. As Alex also appears to have done, I can only assume that it is based on recent reports that a possible share for Inverness of a £20M pot of cash could lead to a multi purpose indoor facility and a synthetic all-weather surface. This could, reportedly, include training facilities which could be used by ICT along with facilities for many,many other sports clubs in the local area.. At no point has anyone mentioned the facility kite-flown in the OP which is light years away from what the Council has in mind and several points up the Richter Scale of costs. The possibility of a replacement for Fort George as a training venue for ICT has apparently been formally raised though, so it would be relevant to discuss this.
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    Moving to Torvean ?

    That is also my understanding - with "bidding for a share" being the operative term. Caley Thistle already have a stadium at a location of the club's own choice which has effectively already had two separate contributions of public money - when it was built in 1996 (£1.8M) and the tax concessions when the ICT Trust was set up in 2001. On the latter subject, I seem to recollect that one of the legal requirements for the ICT Trust to be set up in order to gain these concessions was that it should benefit all sports and not just football. I am not so far clear of the extent to which sports other than football have benefited from this requirement so far. Priority number one has to be the multi purpose indoor facility to which Alex refers. There are sports across the area crying out for such a facility. On the other hand if a training area for ICT and other football clubs can also be provided, all well and good. In terms of location, Fort George is far from ideal and who knows - any indoor facility may save a trip to Dingwall when the snow arrives. On point one....it's fairly well known and accepted that the "public funds" received in 1996 were nothing more than a means for the local authority to pay for infrastructure improvements from funds other than those earmarked for such things. Whilst technically accurate, the reality is that it did little to directly assist the club...they were merely the vehicle through which the money was shifted. In regards to the Trust that was set up to take ownership of the stadium....that had little/nothing to do with tax concessions. Even if it was, I would be surprised if it has ever benefited from any tax concessions which would not be afforded to any company with trading losses. It could actually be argued that the most tax efficient thing to have done would be to leave the stadium and debt within the club so that those losses could have been offset against the clubs tax bill. Since the Trust hadn't (up to the last time I checked) turned a profit, then there's no chance of any surplus existing to be distributed to any sport. Always amazes me that members of the local media pay such close interest to financial operations at ICT (whilst constantly drawing the wrong conclusions) but very rarely spot (or would it be more accurate to say, take such public interest in?) the more obvious goings on elsewhere!! What a promptly composed and remarkable historical revision! On point one, it's fairly well known that the budget for the Caledonian Stadium, even after economies were made, was a million pounds short and without the £900,000 which eventually came from the Inverness Common Good Fund its viability would at best have been highly questionable. Added to that there was Objective 1 cash, money from INE and also from the Football Trust and HRC which made a total public purse contribution of something like £1.8 million. Of course we all know that the road which was part of the planning requirements for the stadium has also been a Godsend in terms of creating access to the harbour etc, but you can't get away from the fact that one third of the cost of putting the stadium there was met from public funds. Money well and appropriately spent, but public funds all the same. These are my gleanings from the several Council meetings I sat through and it is also consistent with the account in Against All Odds which was approved prior to publication by the ICT Board, one member of which is also currently an ICT director should you want to take the opportunity to confirm anything with him. In regards to the Trust, it is also an inescapable fact that one of the legal conditions for the Trust to be set up around 2001 was that it would be obliged to benefit all sports and not just football. Irrespective of its profit and loss situation, that was the way it was and it was well documented at the time. Distribution of any surplus was never specifically mentioned but I have always wondered how the Trust might be in a position to fulfil this part of its obigation. I also note with some interest your more recent somewhat changed viewpoint on the Trust and allied matters even though, given the current security situation, it must be some time since you have been in a position to holiday in Damsacus
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    Moving to Torvean ?

    That is also my understanding - with "bidding for a share" being the operative term. Caley Thistle already have a stadium at a location of the club's own choice which has effectively already had two separate contributions of public money - when it was built in 1996 (£1.8M) and the tax concessions when the ICT Trust was set up in 2001. On the latter subject, I seem to recollect that one of the legal requirements for the ICT Trust to be set up in order to gain these concessions was that it should benefit all sports and not just football. I am not so far clear of the extent to which sports other than football have benefited from this requirement so far. Priority number one has to be the multi purpose indoor facility to which Alex refers. There are sports across the area crying out for such a facility. On the other hand if a training area for ICT and other football clubs can also be provided, all well and good. In terms of location, Fort George is far from ideal and who knows - any indoor facility may save a trip to Dingwall when the snow arrives.