View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sunday 22 April

A bright and sunny day, although cloud is gradually increasing as the afternoon wears on. In the sun and out of the wind it is quite pleasant, feeling even warm. But the mercury is firmly rooted down at 10C / 50F.

I was bemused by the tales of woe of a 69-year old, who is walking the 1150 miles from Lands End to John o'Groats, getting stuck in mud, losing her glasses and GPS as well as walking into roadsigns. Just plain mishaps, and not attributable to her age, I should hasten to add.

I was sad to learn in the last hour or so that one person, a woman of 68, has died of the injuries she sustained in yesterday's railcrash in Amsterdam. One of the trains has been towed away from the accident site; the other could not be moved much beyond 200 yards, due to the instability of the train. This is the result of damage, sustained in the 30 mph head-on crash. It is thought likely that the component carriages of the double-decker train will have to be separated before they can be shifted.