View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Thursday 23 February

After a slight mishap with my spectacles, I had to attend the optician's first thing this morning. Only to be told that repairs were not really possible. So, I'm going to have an eye test next week and hopefully a new pair of specs soon. I have made a temporary fix on the old ones, but it is a tad annoying.

Today's highest temperature in the UK has been 18.7C (65.7F) in Warwickshire, central England. Here in Stornoway, it has been slightly less warm at 13C / 55F. Still far above normal for the time of year. Everybody will revert back to normal by the weekend. The weather here has otherwise been rather damp and quite windy, with force 7 being the rule.

I have been asked about the condition of Prince Johan Friso of the Netherlands, who was severely injured in an avalanche in the Austrian Alps last Friday. He remains in coma, with apparently a body core temperature of around 34C / 93F, and no change in condition since the accident. Doctors will now not declare when they expect to make a prognosis. Johan Friso's mother, Queen Beatrix, and his wife Mabel are never far from his side; the Queen has even cancelled an engagement to accept papers of accreditation from new foreign ambassadors to The Hague.


  1. I too had a mishap with my spectacles...thankfully my old ones will suffice till I get a new pair. I've not kept abreast of foreign news so I appreciate your snippets there. Will keep Prince Johan Frisco in my thoughts and prayers

  2. I am sorry to hear about the prince. I hope that he comes out of the coma.

    Hope you get those specs soon. Andrew is overdue for an eye exam. He's been having trouble with his vision lately. Need to make him an appointment.