Sunday, 31 December 2006
It's coming up for 10 pm, and I've checked my alerts for the last time this year.
At the start of 2006, I never thought I'd be deeply involved with J-land, something I barely knew about then. But here I am. I am quite flattered by the expressions of support, received over recent days. I'll keep entries coming, more or less frequently than at present.
In an hour's time, continental Europe will see in the New Year, with the UK following on an hour later. Do I do New Year's resolutions? Nope, I don't, I never keep them.
Stay safe if you're suffering with the inclement weather and look forward to reading more entries from y'all in 2007. You may get one more entry out of me by 11 pm UK time.
Northwestern Australia is also in for an unwanted visitor later in the week; a tropical cyclone looks set to form south of Java - probably the same one that contributed to the sinking of a ferry there earlier today - and will move south. Residents there will need to monitor the BOM website closely.
Edinburgh's celebrations were called off for the same reason in 2003. Although there are fears that this might adversely affect the city's reputation, Scotland is known for its ferocious weather.
Strangely enough, Stornoway is reporting just 13 mph winds at the moment, which is force 4, a moderate breeze. Sixty miles to the south, at Benbecula, winds are blowing at force 10, 49 mph. Malin Head, 250 miles further south, is enduring winds of 55 mph.
Have good one!
Saturday, 30 December 2006
Australia will ring in the New Year at 1300 GMT tomorrow. That is 8 am EST, 5 am PST. So if you can: why not join him. He'll also be in that room between 0100 and 0500 GMT (that's 2000 until midnight EST, or 1700 until 2100 PST) tonight.
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For him? No.
His hands were tarnished with the blood of thousands of his countrymen, women and children. Many are not known, but unto God. And to me, Allah is the same as God. One man alone cannot do this. He had a clique around him within the country he ruled until 2003. He was supported by foreign powers, pumped up with arms and technology for some misguided geopolitical aim.
Men, women and children are still dying in Iraq today. Civilians. For no fault of their own. Soldiers of many countries are still dying in Iraq today. Because they were sent there to clear up the mess that global politics had left in Iraq.
Saddam Hussein was hanged this morning. It won't change anything in the Iraq of 2007. What should have been done, wasn't done. Not in 1980, not in 1991.
More leaders like him remain in power. I'm glancing down at Zimbabwe, ruled for 26 years by a president who has successfully destroyed the economy of one of the more affluent nations in Africa, and is continually extending his own term in office by decree. He won't be bombed, invaded, incarcerated, will he now?
This entry is dedicated to Saddam's victims of past, present and future. His legacy, and the legacy of those that mismanaged this dictator will continue to haunt the Middle East and the world for years, if not decades to come.
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Starting at 1200 GMT tomorrow, the New Year will wrap itself around the globe, until at 1200 GMT on 1 January, it will be there for all of us. Again, please be careful with any fireworks, don't drive if you've had alcohol beforehand and have a happy, prosperous 2007.
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Last year, New Year's Eve was on Saturday, but the fireworks (normally let off at 12.30 am on 1 January) would have been let off during the Sabbath, which will not do. So, it was held on Friday, December 30th. Same this year.
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8pm UK time
1pm MST and
12 noon PST
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I am not given to wax lyrical about many of those awarded honours under the British system. However, I will make an exception in the case of this lady. Born in 1965, Evelyn was profoundly deaf by the age of 12. This has not deterred her from becoming a star in the field of music. She has 1,800 pieces of percussion instruments, some designed by herself.
Evelyn gives over 100 concerts each year, and she is often performing barefoot, in order to feel the vibrations from the instruments. Apart from that, she also gives masterclasses.
Evelyn Glennie was awarded the OBE in 1993, and is also very active for those who suffer from partial or total loss of hearing. Her website already reflects the new honour, which is equivalent to the title Sir for gentlemen.
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Friday, 29 December 2006
It reminds me of a cat in South Yorkshire who was able to predict its owner's epileptic seizures. The animal would sit bolt upright in front of his owner and stare him intently in the face. The seizure would occur minutes later.
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Dire warnings in the forecast for winds up 80 mph across Glasgow and Edinburgh overnight, and another windy spell late on Sunday - being Hogmanay, everybody is superworried in case their party gets blown out. We are used to high winds in these islands, but hurricane force winds in a city are no laughing matter in actual fact.
The tornado in London earlier this month showed the power of the wind, and older people in the Central Belt will remember a devastating hurricane in 1968 (I think it was).
Some ferry sailings on the West Coast were cancelled today, but our ferry is on. It will be more like a Vomit Comet today - the sea is rough.
This chap came to stay with us early last spring, and it was lashing it down with rain. He had to go to a meeting in a building 10 minutes' walk up the road. After breakfast, he looked out of the window and noticed that it was wet. Mrs B offered to call a taxi. "No I'm fine, I've got an umbrella". The one thing that was not immediately obvious when looking outside was the force 8 gale. Umbrellas do not survive that sort of abuse. Our chap stepped outside, unfurled his umbrella and nearly took off down Island Road. He retreated inside and mrs B did call that cab after all. You don't trifle with a Hebridean gale.
This image (courtesy BBC) relates to the winds generated by an Asian typhoon last year - 114 mph.
Thursday, 28 December 2006
NOTE: Not all pictures are of the best quality, but they were taken from a moving car
Well, we're into the last few days of 2006. It's very dark now, even during "daylight" hours. Went for a drive round the West Side this afternoon, will publish pictures later today. Had to put the camera on shortest possible exposure all the time due to low light. Nonetheless, am not dissatisfied with outcome.
I am once again saddened to see people pushed into a situation where they have to go private with their blogs. It seems to be affecting those in J-land who are in most need of support.
I have snagged a few graphics from Donna to cheer up this entry. Yes, it's all lighthouse. One of my outside blogs is called Arnish Lighthouse, and I look out on that particular lighthouse. I would also like to use it to attempt to light up those amongst us who are going through a dark phase at the moment. Both J-landers, as well as those reading the blog (unkindly referred to as lurkers). You know who you are. Aye, like everybody else, there are things in my life I do not mention on here.
What I write on here is related to what it says at the top. To give the wider world an insight into the small community of the Isle of Lewis. In addition, I relay news items from the north and west of Scotland, and things that hold my interest. People do not feature heavily in it, and are rarely referred to by full names. In addition, I write certain entries because of what I read in others' blogs. Yesterday's Christmas Gloom entry was intended in that vein. Yes, I write as a J-lander.
Although it's only December 28th, and there are still 3 full days left of this year, I would like to wish Scots at home and in diaspora a good Hogmanay; those that let off fireworks please take care; and all a prosperous and healthy 2007.
The Met Office is forecasting a very disturbed spell of weather over the next few days, with short periods of damaging winds expected to affect many areas of the UK. Two waves of severe weather are expected during Friday night and New Years Eve, with gusts of 70-80 mph, over N Ireland, Wales, western England and the southern half of Scotland. Furthermore, winds could turn very squally almost anywhere, particularly across southern England and Wales for a short time on Saturday Peak wind strengths are enough to lead to disruption. The public are advised to check for subsequent forecasts in the areas affected as areas at risk may change. See disruption map for latest risk assessment. This warning will be updated at around 1000 Friday 29th December 2006.
Stornoway Coastguard reported the following successful rescue mission this afternoon.
At 3:40pm today, Stornoway Coastguard received a report from a group of eight Hill Walkers on the island of Harris that they required assistance due to poor weather conditions and fading light while climbing on the 743m height Mulla-Fo-Dheas.
The party of 8, all adults and thought to be from Lewis and Harris, were well equipped but found themselves in an area of very steep terrain with wet slippery rocks underfoot when the weather closed in and mist reduced the visibility to just 50 metres. As darkness was only an hour or so away they took the precaution of informing Stornoway Coastguard and requested assistance to get the party off the hill.
The Coastguard Rescue Teams from Tarbert and Scalpay were despatched to a track some two miles south of the party. The Coastguards walked up the track to meet the party of 8 and, as the visibility was better at low levels, were able to used white parachute flares to guide the part in the direction of the path.
The eight hill walkers were located, safe & well, at 5:15pm and escorted off the hill. All were in good spirits and none required medical treatment.
Watch Manager Martin Collins says:
Although the Hill Walkers were equipped to spend the night on the hills if the need arose, it was felt that with the temperatures expected to drop overnight it was safer to assist them off the hills. We were able to keep in regular contact with the party via mobile phone until they were met by the Coastguard team.
It is unusual for the Coastguard to be involved with mountain rescues using our Rescue Teams but without a dedicated Mountain Rescue Team on the islands then the Coastguards have the skills and knowledge to deal with this type of incident.
NOTE: The above map shows in detail the area where the rescue took place. The track that the report refers to is visible in the bottom left corner of the image. This is reproduced with the kind permission of the Ordnance Survey.
The helicopter was flying personnel to and from to gas platforms in the Morecambe Bay, a routine mission. Conditions were said to be cold but clear this evening.
Liverpool Coastguard is coordinating the rescue mission, with helicopters from RAF bases in the area participating in the search.
Wednesday, 27 December 2006
Below image courtesy The History Place
The second is by Mary, who went to the nursing home where her father is now. She came across so many elderly people in there, whose children or grandchildren had promised to come, but never came.
I do not want to put a dampener on the many of you who have had a great few days, myself included. However, there are many lonely people, for whom Christmas is a time that their loneliness comes into sharp focus. In the Northern Hemisphere, it also coincides with the shortest days of the year, leading to desperate actions in some instances.
Less severely, it is at Christmas too that we have to confront family issues, and I came across that full-on in one of the private blogs I read. Many people have had a great time with their relatives, but not everybody is that lucky.
Again, I sincerely hope that everybody had a great time this weekend, but spare a thought for those that did not.
The above flower is actually on a Veronica bush outside, at the moment.
Tuesday, 26 December 2006
I have just gone through the 118 alerts (pertaining to about 35 journals, and including comments) that crowded my inbox over the past two days. I hope everybody had a nice Christmas, although I was sorry to read of at least one disaster. At least someone had the big question popped to her - congratulations, Nelishia.
This does have an implication. The day may come that China holds the monopoly of manufacture, and could use that as a leverage tool. You see the same happening in countries surrounding Russia, that are depending on its gas exports. The balance has shifted to China in fair trading, and by fair economics. We are beginning to see the first stages of this leverage.
Because of the increased income out of exports, standards of living are beginning to rise in China. Workers demand higher wages, seeing on their new TV's what we are enjoying here in the West - so prices of consumer goods will rise too, in our shops. Bearing in mind that there is no real competition left - maybe I'm wrong - this spiral could have serious consequences a number of years down the line. China is a giant.
It is beginning to wake up.
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Dramatic as though this may seem, Saddam Hussein has been reduced to little more than a footnote in current proceedings in his country. His supporters will probably transported into a frenzy of rage, but the situation in Iraq is now so chaotic that this won't make much of an impact.
Saddam Hussein was a monstrous leader, whose invasion of Kuwait in 1990 gave the American forces an opportunity to remove him from power. They did not do so for diplomatic considerations. Thirteen years down the line, the pretext of 'weapons of mass destruction' was used to invade Iraq and depose its president. The pretext was hollow and unfounded - Saddam had got rid of his nasties some time before, realising he was in a stranglehold.
The balance of power in the region has now shifted firmly towards Iran, Iraq's eastern neighbour. Although its president, Mahmoud Ahmedinajad, has made some pretty outrageous statements, I have him down as a very shrewd player. His own wings were clipped in recent elections, which saw several hard-line politicians removed from power. Ahmedinajad is a highly educated individual, who hides his intellect behind rhetoric and populist speeching. Beware.
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Map courtesy BBC
Monday, 25 December 2006
See you all tomorrow.
Hosting a website from your own computer means you need a have wide bandwidth window, as it can easily eat up up to 20 GB in a month, as I've found out to my cost. Using www.camstreams.com means that they host, and only pull the stream from your webcam when it's needed. Little plug for them, I know, but they provide a good service.
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Note on picture: That's Christmas pudding you're seeing in the bowls, and it's that dark because the picture was taken at 4pm.
Sunday, 24 December 2006
Once again, the Malagasy news media are not up to date with their warnings, and I'm dreading the news reports.
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I have been tought firearms safety, and when you are going to work on a gun, you first of all remove all ammunition from the weapon. Then, just in case, you point the gun away from people and (if inside) point it into a corner of the room.
The man whose gun went off has vowed never to shoot again. He's strongly advised to stick with that. I will not easily forget an encounter on the Corrour Estate in central Scotland 5 years ago, when I was stopped by a group of deerstalkers in an all terrain vehicle. Their guns pointed straight in my face, not intentionally as a threat, whilst they asked me where I was going. I was on a public right of way, and I advised them accordingly. I should have told them to point their guns away from me as well.
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Saturday, 23 December 2006
Well, I wish everybody good luck with their Christmas preparations, a Merry Christmas, stay safe and all the rest of it.
Bondo is likely to be the last cyclone of 2006. Although it was mercifully quiet in the Atlantic, after the dreadful seasons of 2004 and 05, the hurricane season of 2007 is not foreseen to be as quiet again. During the summer of 2006, climatic conditions (El Nino and large sandstorms from the Sahara desert) suppressed the formation of hurricanes in the Atlantic. El Nino is likely to subside during the winter.
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Friday, 22 December 2006
The player of this game starts with "3 things he/ she would love to get for Christmas" and also has to list "3 things he/ she definitely does not want to get for Christmas".
Then he/she tags 5 friends and list their names.
The ones who get tagged need to write on their blogs about their Christmas wishes, as well as state this rule clearly, then tag 5 more victims.
And the one who tags needs to leave a comment that says "you've been Christmas tagged!" in their comments and tell them to read your blog."
What do I want for Christmas?
I would like
- A White Christmas (fat chance, it's the warmest in the country at the moment LOL)
- An old-fashioned Christmas dinner (might just come true... )
- A laptop computer (hmm, how deep is my purse)
What do I NOT want for Christmas
- Discord around me
- Howling gales
- Disasters in the world
I am tagging: Jeannette (Jottings), Jeannette (Travels), Pam, Lisa and Lori.
Tropical cyclone Bondo has collapsed off Madagascar following the onset of unfavourable atmospheric conditions, which sliced it in half. Winds at present are 75 to 90 mph, and Bondo will head southwest, impacting the northwestern coasts of the island over the weekend.
David Irving has returned to the UK, stating that he had been imprisoned for being a historian. A Holocaust survivor appeared on BBC TV this afternoon, stating that Mr Irving made a fool of himself by denying substantiated historical fact. Although David Irving suggested people would read his works on World War II in 200 to 300 years' time, methinks he will be a footnote, and one of the unpleasant ones.
Bird flu is back on the agenda, after thousands of poultry birds died in southern Vietnam. The panic brigade is also back in action, predicting that a flu pandemic could claim anything between 3 and 1,000 million lives. Although bird flu does not transmit between humans, it can be transmitted to humans, and it's only a matter of time before the virus mutates to a transmissible form.
Fog continues to wreak havoc with people's travel plans for Christmas in the UK, with all domestic flights cancelled from Heathrow and a handful of smaller airports like Norwich and Cardiff. Trains are full, as are some of the roads. Here in Lewis, it's been a drizzly day with poor visibility - not due to fog, but as a result of low cloud, associated with the drizzle. Temperatures were once again high, 11C this afternoon.
Thursday, 21 December 2006
One man, arrested on Monday, aged 37, resident of Trimley St Martin, was released on police bail pending further inquiries. The other man, arrested on Tuesday, aged 48, resident of Ipswich, was charged with murdering the five women. He was officially named as Stephen Wright. In the interests of a fair trial, the Crown Prosecution Service issued a stern reminder to the news media to be cautious in their reporting on the case.
More details from the BBC News website.
Outside the UK, Tropical Cyclone Bondo is heading for northern Madagascar, and the Madagascar Tribune on-line talks about a tropical storm. That means winds up to 60 mph. My dear chaps, it's a 120 mph monster out there. You may get the 60 mph winds on your northern cape, and the northwest of the country will get a grazing of that over the days to come, as Bondo heads down the Mozambique Channel - intensifying as it goes.
Wednesday, 20 December 2006
David Irving has maintained his innocence, saying he has been jailed for expressing an opinion. He is controversial to say the least, and representatives of British Jews have stated that he is not welcome in the UK either. Further details in this BBC report.
I have previously stated my abhorrence at any attempts to belittle or deny what happened at the behest of the National Socialist government of Germany between 1933 and 1945, specifically the extermination of the Jewish and other perceived "inferior races". I am disgusted with those who stand up for people like David Irving, saying that his freedom of speech has been restricted. One appeared on BBC TV tonight, saying he was a scholar who would launch an idea into the arena and await the reaction. Scholars, historians, everybody is subject to the law. Controversial is one thing - denying documented fact about the premeditated murder of millions is foul.
For the third time this winter season, the area of Coire an t-Sneachda in the Cairngorm Mountains has been the scene of a mountaineering incident. Two women were seriously injured following a fall whilst climbing. The Cairngorm Mountain Rescue team located the women after they called for help on a mobile phone. A search-and-rescue helicopter airlifted them to hospital in Inverness.
Picture taken 18 July 2006
Large areas of the UK are currently plagued by thick fog. Temperatures there have not crept above 5C today, with a few exceptions. Strangely enough, the far north and northwest by contrast have been very mild. Stornoway's maximum is +9C, and Lerwick is currently reading +10C. Bear in mind that darkness fell about 2 hours ago.
Meanwhile, the fog in England has severely disrupted flights in and out of Heathrow. Planes can land and take off in fog, but the frequency is decreased. Fog poses obvious hazards for road users as well. Common sense dictates the following advice for driving in dense fog, taken from the Thinksafety website, run by the Department of Transport
- Watch out for fog - it drifts rapidly and is often patchy.
- In foggy conditions, drive very slowly using dipped headlights.
- Use fog-lights if visibility is seriously reduced, but remember to switch them off when visibility improves.
- Don't hang on to the tail-lights of the vehicle in front. This gives you a false sense of security and means you may be driving too close.
- Don't speed up suddenly, even if it seems to be clearing. You can suddenly find yourself back in thick fog.
Police have been granted leave to continue to hold in custody the two men arrested on Monday and Tuesday on suspicion of the five murders, Tom Stephens and Stephen Wright. Yesterday saw high activity from forensic teams around both men's houses.
Anyone who thinks they may hold information is still encourage to contact Suffolk Police. Those wanting accurate updates should check the BBC News website.
The trajectory, as projected on Google Earth, showed Bondo passing within 100 miles of the northern cape of the island of Madagascar. Although the winds will not be the main problem, rain will be. Bondo will veer around the northern cape and pass over the Comoros Islands (another area of concern) before running down the Mozambique Channel.
Tuesday, 19 December 2006
1) Make an entry titled "Caroling Through J-Land" with these same instructions so others can play along. (you can copy & paste)
2) Visit as many journals as you can and look for their entry titled "Caroling Through J-Land". Leave the title of your favorite carol, along with your name and link to your journal for other carolers.
3) Spread the word so we all can meet new friends and spread some Christmas cheer!
4) Caroling ends this Sunday night at midnight to give everyone plenty of time to make the rounds.
Happy Caroling and Merry Christmas!
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Please adjust your URLs, also when commenting.
There is supposed to be something for adding tags without typing a whole sea of HTML, but it doesn't show on my entry-form. Awaiting update from Joe. Further info in this entry.
The Royal Mail will carry items up to 25 kg at a flat rate, related to weight and dimensions, irrespective of destination. Why companies have to charge us through the nose, or refuse to deliver in these islands is beyond me.
Five Members of Parliament are currently raising this problem, with a view of hopefully putting a stop to it. It's ridiculous.
I have just researched the Madagascar news media, which appear to be blissfully unaware of this severe cyclone. As matters stand at present, Madagascar can expect tropical storm force winds and heavy rain, as of tomorrow.
To the north, the Seychelles also stand to get a swipe of Bondo, in the shape of 50 mph winds, correctly forecast on the Seychelles weather service website.
All detailed information on this cyclone is in French (which I understand), but below map shows what's going on. The group of islands close to the northern cape appears to be in particular danger, as is the archipelago of the Comoros. Bondo will weaken after passing Madagascar, but is still expected to pack hurricane force winds.
Monday, 18 December 2006
The view from Oliver's Brae now incorporates the snowcapped Harris hills. Carry on down Seaforth Road, where a number of cats skulk around their front doors. One is particularly friendly, and I remember it from a late night foray (at 1 a.m.) along Seaforth Road, on a mission to see the midnight gloaming back in May. Other felines seen along Seaview Terrace, and the black cat along Newton Street. Mrs B has her grandchildren in, who are using the bathing facilities, as their own are being done up. Dinner is browned minced meat & onions, mashed potatoes and runner beans. Temperature has sunk to freezing by 6pm, but is back up to 6C at 10pm.
Now, Stephanie has told us that upgrade R10 is going into 'production' tomorrow between 4 and 6 AM EST, that is 9 and 11 AM British time. Expect delays and outages during those hours, and hopefully none afterwards. The previous roll-out was a bit of a disaster, but Steph advises us that it's now all hunkydory. Judging by the usual comments that announcements like this have elicited in the past, I'll add: seeing is believing. Sorry, Stephanie.
That's all for this entry, I'm slightly square-eyed after watching car-crash TV all evening and roasting in front of a huge coalfire. Fortunately, there aren't that many alerts to go through, which is actually backed up by Technorati. I would suggest all to sign up to this (totally free). It's simple and painless, and makes your blog that little bit more prominent on the web. I use it to aggregate the 113 J-land journals that I keep an eye on. It shows you who links to your journals, and it sometimes coughs up a surprise or two.
Here in Scotland, there have been (to my knowledge) at least two fatalities on the mountains this winter, and they are nowhere near as high as in the Rockies. But we're at latitude 57 N, so at 4,000 feet things can get very arctic.
Climbers and walkers should only attempt a climb or ramble if properly kitted out and sufficiently experienced, which includes being prepared for anything nature may see fit to throw. At the end of the day, Nature is infinitely more powerful than any of us, and if you are serious at your sport, you'll acknowledge that.
However, even the best prepared, kitted out and fittest may still find themselves in conditions that can get the better of you. It is something that will be at the back of your mind, and may well have been with the climbers on Mt Hood. Although it's a hollow cliche, at least he died doing what he loved to do.
Cue next system, this time in the Indian Ocean. Tropical cyclone Bondo has formed east of northern Madagascar, which will be impacted on Thursday. There is no wind forecast for that day, but methinks it'll be around the 55 knots mark, some 60 mph. Will keep an eye open.
Sunday, 17 December 2006
Please pass word around - the Philippine weather agency is off-line today.
Mr McGonigle's cabin has been searched and his 92 crewmates interviewed. The Coastguard have expressed extreme concern, as he has now been missing for 30 hours in waters which have a low temperature.
The below image, showing the Pelican, is courtesy BBC
Ø Weight Watchers will meet at 7 PM at St. Martin's Church. Please use the large double doors at the side entrance.
Ø The Fasting & Prayer Conference includes meals.
Ø The sermon this morning: "Jesus Walks on the Water." The sermon tonight "Searching for Jesus."
Ø Our youth basketball team is back in action Wednesday at 8 PM in the recreation hall. Come out and watch us kill Christ the King.
Ø Ladies, don't forget the rummage sale. It's a chance to get rid of those things not worth keeping around the house. Don't forget your husbands.
Ø The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.
Ø Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our community. Smile at someone who is hard to love Say "Hell" to someone who doesn't care much about you.
Ø Don't let worry kill you off - let the Church help.
Ø Miss Charlene Mason sang "I will not pass this way again," giving obvious pleasure to the congregation.
Ø For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Ø Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Ø Barbara remains in the hospital and needs blood donors for more
transfusions. She is also having trouble sleeping and requests tapes of Father Jack's sermons.
Ø The Priest will preach his farewell message after which the choir will sing "Break Forth Into Joy."
Ø Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
Ø A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
Ø At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What Is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.
Ø Eight new choir robes are currently needed due to the addition of several new members and to the deterioration of some older ones.
Ø Scouts are saving aluminum cans, bottles and other items to be recycled. Proceeds will be used to cripple children.
Ø Please place your donation in the envelope along with the deceased person you want remembered.
Ø The church will host an evening of fine dining, super entertainment and gracious hostility.
Ø Potluck supper Sunday at 5:00 PM - prayer and medication to follow.
Ø The ladies of the Church have cast off clothing of every kind. They may be seen in the basement on Friday afternoon.
Ø This evening at 7 PM there will be a hymn singing in the park across from the Church. Bring a blanket and come prepared to sin.
Ø Ladies Bible Study will be held Thurs. morning at 10 AM All ladies are invited to lunch in the Fellowship Hall after the B.S. is done.
Ø The pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday.
Ø Low Self Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 PM. Please use the back door.
Ø The eighth-graders will be presenting Shakespeare's Hamlet in the church basement Friday at 7 PM. The congregation is invited to attend this tragedy.
Ø The Priest unveiled the church's new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: "I Upped My Pledge - Up Yours"
Saturday, 16 December 2006
The prices are ever so slightly dear, if you bother to compare with other stores in town. The bag of compost weighed 20 kg / 45 lb, and was very cumbersome to carry. Had sausage rolls for lunch, after which mrs B received a string of visitors. Her grandson (aged 15) with 2 of his pals. Mrs B's sister called round with her husband. And an old family friend closed proceedings by 6pm. Supper is chicken korma. Lottery: a waste of money. Might as well set light to a £1 banknote (still have them here in Scotland). Hailstones fall down the chimney and hiss in the fire. The windfarms continue to fan the flames of dissent in the island. The Eishken one is as unpopular as the North Lewis one.
Did I mention, by the way, that the JournalsEditor is now Joe again - back from being away. However, he asks that we direct any technical problems at Stephanie, as she is our techical person. Joe is also still working on AIM Pages, so he only has limited time.
Guest Editor Picks are being suspended - why don't we all make our own shortlist of 6 favourite blogs? I know we had the VIVI Awards just a month ago, but there are always new bloggers coming on the scene. I'll do ANOTHER entry on that, perhaps tomorrow. It's past 11 o'clock, so I'm past my best. Over the hill and far away, and all that.
Joe has given the HTML for continuous music to play in the background of blogs. Beware: this only works on Internet Explorer. I'm a Firefox user, and am working in blissful silence. In normal English, it doesn't work on Firefox, Opera, Safari or Netscape.
A search for a suspected man overboard is underway involving 10 vessels and 2 helicopters. George Downie, Watch Manager, Aberdeen Coastguard says:
Visibility is good, but we are very concerned for the welfare of this man. Sea temperatures in the middle of the North Sea will be cold and there is a two metre swell.
Our colleagues at the Norwegian Coastguard are assisting us with communications.
SUBSEA 7 can confirm that a situation has occurred onboard the DSND Pelican.
A full press statement will be released by the company once further details of the incident are known.
Relatives can contact SUBSEA 7 on 01224 625525 for further information.
Please visit Sunny. She is need of some support, as her husband has been diagnosed with cancer. As Sunny has cancer herself, it is a terrible blow.
The beta-release of upgrade R10 caused issues with alerts, so it was reversed. There are also problems with pictures, but visiting pictures.aol.com should show all your piccies that you uploaded to AOL.
Friday, 15 December 2006
The research group stresses that ladies currently taking HRT should not worry. Previous research has shown that there appears to be no link between HRT and breast cancer.
Anyone taking HRT who has concerns should discuss these with their physician.
Cairngorm Mountain Rescue report that a man died following a fall in the Coire an t-Sneachda area of the Cairngorm Mountains, south of Inverness. He lost his life in the same area where two climbers perished last month, after being caught out in a severe blizzard. The name of the dead man has not been released, until next of kin are informed.