View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Monday, 1 December 2008

Monday 1 December

Fairly bright day, with some cloud about. Quite a cold start to the day, with temps of barely above freezing after sunrise. And it's still not much better.

Apart from a 9-figure inflation percentage, Zimbabwe is now also in the grip of cholera. Water supplies in the capital Harare have been cut, and the sovereign cure, suggested by government, is not to shake hands. Smacks of Tabu Mbeki's denial of a 30% infection rate with HIV in South Africa some years back.

Today is World AIDS Day, and we're nearing the 25th anniversary of the major outbreak of this disease in the mid 1980s. The rate of spread of the disease appears to be on the increase, which has led to a renewed call for people to engage in safe sex. Very appropriate, as sex is reported to be the most popular pastime amongst the people of Scotland. Fortunately, this is coupled (sic) to an increase in the sale of condoms.