View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Wednesday 7 July

Awake to a very windy morning, with winds blowing at nearly 40 mph (galeforce), with gusts up to 65 mph near the Butt of Lewis. The ferry is sailing, but I imagine it will be a vomit comet as it does its customary three crossings. Today, the analogue signal for BBC2 TV has been switched off at the Eitsal transmitter near Achmore. Digital TV's need retuning today, and again on July 21st when the other analogue signals will be switched off.

Today is also the fifth anniversary of the attacks on the London Underground and Transport systems. Between 8 and 10 am on 7 July 2005, four suicide bombers struck underground stations in London and one bus at Tavistock Square, near Euston. Fifty-two innocent civilians died. An effort has been made to improve the integration of the Muslim community in Great Britain, but radicalisation appears to be rearing its ugly head again, the BBC reported this morning.

I'll go so far as to disapprove thoroughly of tarring all Muslims as terrorists on account of both 7/7 and 9/11. The perpetrators, in my mind, abused their religion to commit mass murder - if any justification were possible, political motives could be quoted. The Koran, which I have not studied, apparently disapproves of murder, and takes into account other religions, telling Muslims to treat both Jews and Christians with respect.

Tuesday 6 July

Uninspiring grey and wet day, so much so that I resorted to taking pictures of fruit and flowers. If only to have something colourful. As the day wears on, the weather brightens up, but the wind starts to pick up through the evening. The Football World Cup is now into the semi-finals, with Holland beating Uruguay 3-2. For the first time since 1978, the Dutch are in the finals. Their opponents, Germany or Spain, will meet them on Sunday. The other semi-final takes place on Wednesday.