Monday, 7 April 2008

Monday 7 April

Good morning from northern Scotland, where the fun has just resumed after a nice start. A heavy snow and rain shower is clattering down. The severe weather conditions are playing havoc with our ferry service. I am just reading that the afternoon sailings have been cancelled; the MV Isle of Lewis is in Ullapool, and won't come across until 4pm. Conditions will improve slightly through the afternoon.

The case of Shannon Matthews, 9, from Dewsbury, who was abducted a number of weeks ago, is turning into ever murkier waters. Her mother has now been arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice. The man accused of her abduction was taken to hospital in Leeds after he harmed himself. I don't think I'll make any further attempt to understand this situation until the trial commences on November 11th.

Down in Wales, a horse has been injured in an alleged anti-English attack on a stables, run by a woman of English origin. An anti-English slogan was daubed on the walls of the stables. Some years ago, a militant group went round Wales setting fire to second homes, owned by people living in England. I vividly remember staying in self-catering accommodation just east of Aberdyfi on the west coast in 1984. The cottages were on the top of a hill, and the access road started by the fire-gutted ruin of a house.


  1. The Shannon case just gets more and more complicated  doesnt it ? It looks very like snow here at the moment ,we escaped yesterdays forecasted snow fall Jan xx

  2. The trial for Shannon should be interesting to say the least.  How awful for the poor horse ~ no need to hurt an innocent animal.  Why are the English disliked so much?

  3. princesssaurora7 April 2008 at 15:51

    Wow... snow and rain again...  stay warm.  Not good news today...

    be well,

  4. 'Oh what a tangled web we weave...'.Re: shannon Matthews case
    I gave up right at the beginning of this case.  The body language of the husband was cold and manipulative towards the mother whenever they stood for a photoshoot.  I always felt there was more to this 'iceberg' of a story.

    Shame about the weather up your way.  Its throwing it all at you at the moment.
    My little plantlets had to be rescued from the frosts and snow and brought indoors last night.

    There is was no need to injure a horse to vent your fury agains the English buying property in Wales or speaking English for that matter.  I doubt if this ethnic racism will every go away entirely.

  5. katie39041@talktalk.net7 April 2008 at 18:54

    I feel so sorry for Shannon, the poor child is connected to all those that have been arrested. The case was fishy from day 1. I just hope that Shannons mother is not involved. This weather we are having is weird. I hope your weather settles down tonght.
    love and hugs

  6. I feel so sorry for Shannon Matthews, I have a feeling shes been through a great deal in her short life.

    Love Sandra xx

  7. The Sharon Matthews case is getting bigger and bigger by the minute, On our local news tonight it said that Sharons mum had broke down yesterday and made some kind of statement to her family police officer,which led to her being arrested.

  8. oh no. The mom was in on it? What a mess and soap opera.