Aonach Mor

We drove from Oban to Fort William today to take a ride on the cable cars on the Nevis Range. I wasn't sure if April would love it or be terrified - you can never tell with that girl - but she adored it.

Aonach Mor
Canon EOS 30D, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS @ 105
1/400 @ f/7.1, ISO 200


I hadn't been to Fort William for a few years, but two things were markedly different. Firstly, the shortening of the ski season has really taken hold, and the area is heavily diversifying, particularly into Mountain Biking. There's now a formally maintained downhill run down Aonach Mor and the gondolas have been adapted to carry MTBs on the outside. In previous years, my sense was that the the attitude was very anti-mountain biking. No longer. It's clear that non-snow pursuits are the future of the area.

Secondly, the number of Poles, Czechs and Slovaks working in the area was quite surprising. Such seasonal areas have always attracted casual and semi-formal labour, but the thing that moved my brain into a strange place was a poster in the Lloyds TSB bank advertising (I think) the way to open a bank account. The poster - a formally printed official Bank production, not a hand-written sign - was entirely in Polish. Not a word of English on it.

I don't mind having these people come over here to work one bit. It is absolutely their right, and they often turn out to be more polite, harder working and cheerier than the local population. The poster, though, was just ... weird to see.