View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Thursday 2 August

A fairly mild but overcast and at times damp day. The midges were out; for only about the second time this summer. Midge counts in this part of the world are down 80% due to the (continuing) drought. However, it will never destroy the midges; they have been through worse and have been around for longer than we (as a species) have.

The Nicolson Institute is holding an open day - for the old building. Many generations of schoolkids have passed through there, and there will be memories there for quite a few islanders. Whether good or bad - our schoolyears are among the most memorable in our lives. Or not, as the case may be. The Nic will be demolished over the next few months, to make way for a bus and car park as well as a large meadow.

The old school as seen from Sandwick Road. 

Stone plaque on the clock tower, stating year of first build

Although I enjoy watching some of the action at the Olympics, I despair at the exaggerated length of time dedicated to British medal wins. Ten minutes for the 5th gold medal of Sir Chris Hoy? Yes, a major achievement no doubt. Other news is completely drowned out, and it is difficult to find out what else is going on in the world.