View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 24 April 2009

Midnight post

Quarter to midnight, and time to close the session for today. Weather has gradually improved, and the sun came out in the hour before sunset. Tomorrow, 25 April, will be ANZAC Day in Australia and New Zealand. Those two nations will remember the dead of two world wars and other conflicts since. The date marks the start of the ill-fated Gallipoli campaign in the First World War. On 25 April 1915, the first attacks were launched against Turkish strongholds southwest of Istanbul. The idea was to take the fortresses and open the way for Allied troops to march on the Turkish capital, which (at time) was Istanbul. A series of blunders, both in planning and execution, saw Gallipoli out as an abysmal failure. It also left thousands of Australian and New Zealand soldiers dead.

As I have remarked earlier this week, Australia is currently in the grips of a fierce debate on immigration and racism. Whilst remembering the Fallen, I hope everybody remembers what they fell defending. And that doesn't just apply to the Antipodeans.

Good night.

Friday 24 April

Day started out grey and wet, but the sun is making valiant efforts to break through the low clouds. No change in temperatures, we're always very steady up here in the far northwest. I'd be very unwell living in places where one day you're at 90F and the next day down to 60F. Not much happening in this neck of the woods, apart from party political bluster over this week's Budget.

Last Wednesday's sky