View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Wednesday 18 July

A cold feeling day, with this cold northeasterly breeze keeping the mercury down at 13C / 55F. And it really was the wind that made it feel very cold. Not a very welcoming climate for the cruise passengers on the cruiseliner Deutschland, which anchored off the Arnish Lighthouse this morning.

I have been amazed at the sudden interest in the UK in the Tour de France cycling race. It is a competitive race by professional cyclists, all over France. The reason is that the man in the yellow jersey (in first place) is a Brit. Well done to him. There is only a couple of days left of the race, which will terminate on the Champs Elysee in Paris on Sunday.

I am now approaching the one-third mark in my quest to find out, using my limited means, further information on the nearly 1300 men from the Isle of Lewis who lost their lives in the 1914-1919 war. The information is compiled into a website, supplementary to my main tribute site, Faces from the Lewis War Memorial. I am pleased to note that I occasionally find further information on some of the casualties. Tomorrow, I shall look into the men from the village of Aird Tong, numbering 15, who were lost. Aird Tong is a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of the slightly larger township of Tong, due north of Stornoway, on the far side of the Cockle Ebb, as shown below.


  1. Not only is Bradley a Brit [albeit born in Gent to a Aussie father and GB mother]the second place rider is a Brit [albeit born in Kenya to GB parents] and, the current World Champion of the road is a Brit - Mark Cavendish [albeit born in Manx]. Eh?

    Greta chaps all of them if I may say so.

  2. Go the brits Yeeh!!.... It was a very cold wind here yesterday too Guido.I was soooooooo cold all day long.It has been much brighter today,but right now at roughly 4pm ,it is turning dull and cool once more.Well done on your Isle Of Lewis project.Love your new header picture and Aird Tong looks so tranquill.Have a great Thursday Guido.Take Care God Bless Kath xx