View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Friday, 20 July 2012

Friday 20 July

Well, as I type this, a hefty rainshower is passing through, a most welcome phenomenon after weeks of drought. Mind you, we'll have to wait until Sunday until the rain really does return with a vengeance. The salmon are waiting eagerly, as they need the rain to fill up the rivers. Only then can they go upstream to spawn. And die afterwards. It's quite uncanny, but the fish go up the same river where they hatched themselves. It's almost like sheep that go back to the place where they themselves were born in order to give birth themselves.

I was shocked to hear of another mass shooting in the USA, with a dozen people reported killed in a cinema in Denver, CO. The culprit also threw a gas grenade into the theatre. He has been arrested; his flat is apparently booby-trapped, and the security services are proceeding cautiously. My sympathies are with the families of the dead and injured. I do not expect any change in gun laws in the States, although it is needed.