A view from the Bridge

YOU really couldn’t make it up, as they say.

Here was Scotland’s transport minister hotfoot to the North-east this week to give his stamp of approval to the long-awaited start of work on the Aberdeen bypass.

But Keith Brown’s journey ground to an unceremonious halt at the notorious Haudagain - or should that be Had-you-again - roundabout - courtesy of a broken-down lorry.

Red faces all round before the minister was finally on his way to cast his eager eye over preparatory work getting under way at Parkhill.

Symbolic, therefore, that Mr Brown should be caught up in gridlock at the Haudagain, which is the bugbear of many a motorist’s daily life.

But never mind, he did have some words of ‘encouragement’ - improvements to the roundabout will start AFTER the bypass project has been completed. Not too long to wait then!

IN other news this week, an Ellon family have given their backing to a new campaign aimed at encouraging people to pay an early visit to their GP if they have cancer fears.

Gordon Smart was diagnosed with bowel cancer - but only after his wife persuaded him to arrange a doctor’s appointment. Thankfully, it was caught in time and he has made a good recovery.

But most of us know that feeling when we think there might be something wrong, yet dread going to see the GP in case our worst fears are confirmed.

Cancer Research UK and Tesco have brought out an online video which addresses this type of situation and the importance of early diagnosis of cancer. It’s well worth viewing.

ELSEWHERE, it’s bad enough the Scotland football team being without a manager - but now it’s the turn of the rugby team. The humiliating defeat by Tonga at Pittodrie at the weekend was the final straw for frustrated coach Andy Robinson.

I have to admit, I’m not a rugby fan but even I had high hopes for the national team when highly-regarded Robinson took over more than three years ago. However, his record has been dismal and it’s results that count.

The World Cup flop, followed by the six nations whitewash and now an abysmal autumn series speak for themselves.