View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Tuesday 6 December

Today started fairly bright (and cold), but the sun soon disappeared behind clouds and by late afternoon the rain clattered down. The icy conditions were soon gone (after I had put down salt), and we are now headed for a violent storm on Thursday. Winter is by no means gone, but it is turning into a very lively and messy affair.

National TV is now on the track of the case of murdered Liam Aitchison. It showed a police investigation in progress in the Stornoway suburb of Plasterfield, the bleak shack outside Steinish and the assertion that the last murder in Lewis took place in 1968. Yes, there is a strong sense of community here. But it has not prevented this apparently vulnerable youngster from falling victim to an appalling crime.

I am pleased that the J-land community has been revived to some measure, even more so now that one of its pillars has resurfaced on the WWW. Sugar (who has not resumed her blog) turned up on Facebook this morning, and I've been very pleased to be among the many to welcome her back.