View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Saturday, 28 February 2009

Evening notes

Pouring with rain this evening. Tomorrow should be bright but showery and blustery, typical March weather. Do you feed your small children cold remedies? Well, don't bother. Their efficacy is rather doubtful; don't worry though, neither are they harmful.

I've continued putting my Flickr pictures into sets, and that is now finished. So, on to the next bit: placing them on a map. Number of pictures not on map: 6,300. Right. I am also making a note if a picture was taken in any of the 100 villages in Lewis, perhaps with a view of making a book? I don't know yet.

Mugabe. Where is my anti-emetic. Now the man has ordered the seizure of more white-owned farms, not realising that they are the only ones still supplying the country with food. The ones he seized before are producing nowt. Oh dear, when is this lunacy going to end. I'm relieved to hear that Morgan Tsvangirai excused himself from Comrade Mugabe's birthday bash.

Saturday 28 February

The last day of the month is wet, grey and dreich. Temperature 8C, so nothing remarkable.

Five tons of cocaine were impounded on a Venezuelan vessel off the coast of Spain. Good news, but probably just the tip of the iceberg. Over the past five years, the amount of cocaine smuggled out of Venezuela has increased fivefold between 2002 and 2007. Sends you wondering what the wonderful policies of President Chavez have anything to do with that.

President Robert Mugabe is celebrating his 85th birthday today, a week after the actual date. He is throwing a little party, a low-key affair only costing $250,000. < / sarcasm >. It is obscene and at best insensitive that he is allowing himself this do. It is even more incomprehensible bearing in mind the state of total collapse that Zimbabwe's economy and state is finding itself in, requiring between 2 and 5 billion dollars to get back on its feet. I hope the leader of the MDC isn't going to turn up, otherwise I'll be really sick.