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Disruption has been the major theme of the 21st century.
Last year the rout of retail continued. Just before Christmas it appeared The Original Factory Shop was in trouble and might leave the Wee Toon.
That seems to have been averted and the word on the street is that another discounter, Poundstretcher is coming soon.
In contrast to the big chains woes, small shops, such as Kintyre Larder, McIvors and Raspberry Pink in Campbeltown, offering levels of service impossible at the giants, seem to be thriving and enjoying a renaissance.
The media has also felt the tides of change with daily papers struggling against instant access and social media.
That was illustrated in Kintyre when Machrihanish Golf Club burnt down. When the Courier reporter arrived citizen’s images and videos were flooding the internet.
The Courier has a committed readership and many turn to its website and social media when something big happens.
The information about the fire and Fiona Nelson’s fundraising campaign were shared free to all not behind the website’s paywall.