View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Saturday, 28 July 2012

Saturday 28 July

A fairly bright day, but with the odd shower or two. Went to the local supermarket, which has decided on a major overhaul in the middle of the busiest time of the year. You know the routine: swap everything round to different aisles so you spend double the amount of time looking for everything. We are getting self-service check-out things. What on earth for, I am asking myself. I mean, we have about 15 tills in that shop and it's not as if it is supposed to serve the whole of Edinburgh or a place of like size.

The local seagulls decided to descend on my part of town and congregate on the seawall across the road. As you can see, the tide is going out, leaving all sorts of juicy tidbits for the gulls.

On the maritime theme, we also had a small freighter in - it came in late last night and is discharging - well, actually I don't know what it carries. Probably something like coal.

I have been looking at the problems that I have been experiencing with Firefox; at times it grinds to a complete halt. It appears that the latest version of the Flash player (11.3) clashes with FF. It is recommended to uninstall version 11.3 and install version 10.3. A switch to Google Chrome appeared appealing, but it has some glitches that bug me when copying blogposts; I do that several times a day, particularly when doing the hurricane updates. So, I'm back on Firefox and much happier.


  1. All the markets want the technology, whether they need it or not. The local Wal-Mart has the self check out for us rednecks. Even if I try to use one for three items it screams for an assistant to come do I avoid them like the plague. I can't wrap my mind around living so close to the sea in such a cooler climate. But it is beautiful.

  2. I think some markets feel they can get rid of some of their staff or not hire any new staff when they have the self-scan checkouts.

  3. Ha...the good old self checkouts. The markets in our area who installed these silly things ended up taking them out. There was nothing but problems and folks would take huge orders through and clog them up. It was a mess, I wish you good luck with them. ;)