View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Monday, 17 September 2012

Monday 17 September

Another day of sunshine and showers, but feeling markedly cooler, although 13C is not that much down on the 15C of late. As I type, the mercury is diving away at 5C / 41F. Autumn is most definitely here.

An item on the BBC website (Who is the most pirated near you?) prompted me to take the test. It would appear that even in this island people are not averse to a spot of illegal sharing. I won't go into details, as I am just not interested in that sort of thing. It would appear that the Internet does make it less likely that you get caught out for certain misdemeanours, although if your IP-address is logged, they can track you to your house. Not for one user of my acquaintance, who, although resident in Stornoway, has their IP address tracked to --- Exeter.

A man of 72 is lucky to be alive, after he was swept off his yacht, only to be swept back on it by the next wave. After previous large waves had knocked out his radio, he proceeded to activate his emergency locator beacon, which brought out the Coastguard and RNLI lifeboat. A gruelling 50 mile tow brought him to the safety of Stornoway, where he proceeded to tell the tale - very much aware that it could so easily have ended in tragedy, with perhaps nobody ever knowing what had happened to him, or his yacht.