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Frugby[edit]

I am removing the sentence "Oban is also well-known as the home of the rugby- American football combination, "Frugby"." since I have lived near Oban for years and never heard of it; web searches for "Frugby Oban" yield nothing. I couldn't really call that "well known". Notinasnaid 11:34, 15 Dec 2004 (UTC)

I am surprised that there is no mentioning of the famed Oban whiskey.—Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.112.35.213 (talkcontribs) 10:54, 23 July 2005

Yeah, its even famous here in germany (bremen) though I personally think it tastes like baseball-bat on forehead... —Preceding unsigned comment added by 84.137.98.113 (talkcontribs) 23:35, 1 December 2005

Dear Mr. Frugby...[edit]

I don't really feel like an editing war tonight, especially considering the wikipedia page on "frugby" has a vote for deletion on it which it is currently losing miserably. I'm impressed that you can tell I'm not a resident in the Oban area (lucky guess?) but I would like to point out that the history page is not the place to carry on a discussion about what should or shouldn't be in the articles. If you want to write page upon page of moving verse about the importance of "frugby" then do it here, I just might not read it. All the best, --LemonAndLime 20:41, 20 August 2005 (UTC)


Dear MR Lemon and/or Lime[edit]

If we are going to go down the road of "what does Frugby have to do with Oban", tell me what exactly Dunstaffnage castle has to do with Oban? its in Dunstaffnage.... Of course not being a local you wouldnt have known that.

what Frugby has to do with Oban is that a large number of Obans youth have worked exceedingly hard to promote a develope a new sport. would you rather we sat on street corners drinking buckfast?

I really cannot understand the harm of an external link and a very brief single line refering to the game. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Frugby (talkcontribs) 20:57, 20 August 2005

  • The "harm" is in that the game of Frugby appears, as far as we can see from it's article, to be a joke. Lines like "Unfortunately due to so called "family commitments" Andy 'quackface' Lennox was unable to attend" don't exactly make me think "ooh, this sounds promising". Be honest, the list of "notable" members is just your mates, isn't it? Hence why the word "vanity" is being thrown around (justifiably I might add). If "The story of Frugby's birth" really is "a long and complex afair involving love, deceit, treachery and eventually, murder", can I ask a couple of questions please? (a) Was it you who did the murdering and (b) if so, why hasn't anyone locked you up somewhere where you can't add irrelevant links to wikipedia articles? --LemonAndLime 21:03, 20 August 2005 (UTC)
  • nice avoidance of the subject.
answers.
  1. yes
  2. they tried, but i murdered them on the field. the way it is meant to be. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Frugby (talkcontribs) 21:15, 20 August 2005

Because of this Frugby crap that has been added and removed constantly, I locked the page until the VFD mess is over. Zscout370 (Sound Off) 04:40, 21 August 2005 (UTC)

History[edit]

I have removed some information from the Oban Distillery article, which I feel belongs better here, perhaps in a history section?

  • Oban was more or less a hamlet back in the late 18th Century before it was greatly enhanced by the settling of 2 brothers called Stevenson. The Brothers were involved in slate quarrying, housebuilding, and shipbuilding, and, in 1794, Hugh Stevenson built the the Oban Distillery.
  • By the late 1800's, Oban was a busy port which shipped wool, whisky, slate, and kelp to Liverpool and Glasgow. A new era of prosperity was also brought to Oban via the railway and tourism.

CarolGray 20:17, 6 January 2006 (UTC)


Question[edit]

what is the colliseum looking place in Oban? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 157.182.31.155 (talkcontribs) 04:17, 18 October 2006

McCaig's Folly --jmb 06:56, 18 October 2006 (UTC)
Or, see Wikipedia: McCaig's Tower. Signalhead 00:38, 17 December 2006 (UTC)

Tourist Office[edit]

Is there any evidence that the Oban tourist office is the busiest in Scotland? An Edinburgh government webpage describes it as the second busiest. Can some figures be cited or the claim changed. "miles ahead" seems a very poor phrase for Wikipedia and would be best removed. --jmb (talk) 23:35, 25 January 2009 (UTC)

Gaelic[edit]

"Oban "The Gateway to the Isles" has a large Gaelic speaking population. All road and street signs are translated into the Scottish language."

What is the proportion of Gaelic speakers in Oban? "Large" implies to me something well over 50% and perhaps over 75% which seems unlikely. Are ALL streets bilingual or just most/many? Should it it say "Gaelic" and not "Scottish language", or perhaps "Bilingual" would be more appropriate? --jmb (talk) 16:35, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

When I lived there as a child (1966-1972) I almost never heard a word of gaelic in daily use. As far as I was concerned it was only ever spoken by those who came into Oban from the islands (and their children who stayed in a hostel and went to school in Oban). On a recent visit I noticed all street signs now have Gaelic which they certainly didn't in my day (back then the "welcome to Oban" sign was notable for being the only sign with Gaelic on it). So if Oban truely has become a fully Gaelic-speaking bilingual town, then this is a recent innovation and not from my experience historical. Jaf —Preceding unsigned comment added by 81.171.145.238 (talkcontribs) 10:04, 1 May 2009

Well actually all the road signs and street signs in Scotland are written in English and Gaelic - not just in Oban. Richerman (talk) 12:09, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
Not quite true - this says: "Bilingual road signs and street names (in both Gaelic and English) are gradually being introduced throughout Gaelic-speaking regions in the Highlands, Islands and Argyll." Ghmyrtle (talk) 14:29, 13 August 2009 (UTC)
OK, I knew a sweeping statement like that would come back to bite me, but they're certainly widespread and not unique to Oban. And in answer to the question above, a google search revealed that in 2001 (the last census) the percentage of Gaelic speakers in Oban was 9.4% so I've changed the figure to that and referenced it. Richerman (talk) 00:05, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

Loch Melfort[edit]

No mention of Loch Melfort? 199.200.253.9 (talk) 19:00, 1 April 2010 (UTC)