View across the Outer Harbour of Stornoway

Monday, 1 December 2014

Thursday 27 November

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Dry and sunny here in SY, as the sun dips further away from us, in the direction of the Tropic of Capricorn. My guess it's only a little over 10 degrees above the horizon by midday, which will decrease to 8° on solstice day. Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends; Happy Thanksgiving too to all in Eilean Fhroach, as we also celebrate Thanksgiving here, purely as a religious event.

I'm not a cricket follower (barely understand the game), but am saddened to hear of the death of a player. Phil Hughes was struck on the head by a ball two days ago, and has now succumbed to his injuries.

So they're still mulling over the vexed question of the Ullapool linkspan. Put a smaller ship on the Stornoway to Uig run, which can dock at all states of the tide (including bone dry??). Postpone the revamp of the linkspan until next winter (that won't make much of a difference). Nothing, at least according to Calley Mac, will do the job better than an open-all-hours ferry service. Maybe they should advertise it as a special ferry. "See your island at hours you'd never imagine seeing it."

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