View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Tuesday 26 July

A bright and sunny day, but that northeasterly wind made it feel quite cold. Sitting out of the wind and in the sun - brought out the midges. So, it was a no-win situation. I went over to Sandwick to take pictures of previously unnoticed war-related gravestones, which did not take me very long. There were quite a few people out and about, walking through the cemetery and along the 'community path' that links Lower Sandwick to the Battery area of Stornoway.

The Norwegian authorities have named the 76 victims of the twin attacks in and around Oslo last Friday. Meanwhile, the lawyer for the mass murderer Anders Breivik has suggested his client is insane. Sounds plausible.

It is a favourite pastime in this country to let off Chinese lanterns into the night sky. When you do that near the coast, it could be mistaken for an emergency flare from a vessel in distress. And when they come down into fields, a farmer could mow up the grass and the metal frame could end up in animal fodder - causing serious injury to lifestock. The Coastguard and the farmers would be pleased to see an end to this practice.