Whisky Magazine Issue 124
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Not joined up The ongoing quest for co-operation
I am a huge supporter of public transport and in particular travelling by train. I have recently moved to a town where there is a bus service to the local station which is a distance of about six miles. The morning bus is absolutely fine, leaving me about 15 minutes spare to catch the train. However on the return journey the bus leaves one minute after the train gets in. This results in having to hurtle my way off the train, run down the platform, sprint across the road, only to see the bus disappearing into the distance. When I approached the bus company they quite clearly stated ‘our bus service timetable does not tie in with the train service and nor will it in the foreseeable future.' This seems to me absurd since surely the aim of public transport is to encourage more users, giving more revenue to both bus and train companies, and more importantly, less vehicles using the road. The result is I now drive the car to the station which defeats the object. Something is not joined up.
My purpose in this rant is that on reading Dave Broom's column I am not convinced that Diageo's selling of Bushmills is ‘joined up,' especially when you consider the large amount of profit that Bushmills was pushing through. However, we wish Bushmills continued success under their new owner Cuervo.
When Dave Broom, Neil Ridley and I sat down earlier this year to plan some features for 2015, one of the ideas was to have a blending competition between the two of them. I really liked the idea ...