Is Argyll and Bute’s web team going to suffer due to their colleague’s PR disaster?

As bad weather lashes Britain, a storm of another kind is causing difficulties in Argyll and Bute. A 9-year old girl, nicknamed “VEG”, who blogs on her site “NeverSeconds” ( about her school dinners has been prevented from photographing her school meals and tweeting about their quality. Her cause has been taken up by Jamie Oliver who this morning tweeted this to his 2.3 million followers.

Since then #neverseconds and “Argyll and Bute” are trending on Twitter and articles referring to this are appearing on news sites both nationally and internationally.


As bloggers and tweeters (me included) add to the storm, Argyll and Bute’s webserver seems to be having difficulties….

 It shows that you can’t plan for peaks in load such as this, but perhaps lessons will be learnt. It would be a shame for the IT guys to get it in the neck as well as their colleagues in PR.

Visit Richard’s website, where this post also features.


  1. As a measure of just how much publicity the #neverseconds story has generated for Martha Payne’s blog, you might like to see this video of the hit counter from the blog site.

    When I recorded the video at 13:20 on 15th June 2012, the site had around 2.6m hits. Today that stands at 4.6m hits (and it’s still rising quickly).

    Martha’s “Just Giving” page.has raised well over £50,000 in the last 24 hours.
    Well done, Martha !

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