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16 October 2014

Arnish Lighthouse

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As part of the celebrations for her 80th birthday, HM Queen Elizabeth II is expected to visit Stornoway on July 29th. She is due to arrive on board the cruiseliner Hebridean Princess, escorted by HMS Argyll, a state of the art Royal Navy ship with all the latest equipment and defensive materials.

The official celebrations took place in June, at the time that Her Majesty ordinarily celebrates her birthday. Queen Elizabeth was born on 21st April 1926, but because the weather is usually better in mid-June than late April, the celebrations are fixed for the second Saturday in June.

The Hebridean Princess, the converted Caledonian MacBrayne ferry Columba, is a regular visitor to the port. Local rumour has it that she skipped her last scheduled call, on June 20th, because the weather was quite bad at the time. The Princess can carry up to 49 passengers on cruises around the West of Scotland, has a library and charges up to £7,500 for a cruise.

Hebridean Princess (L) in Stornoway in June 06
Posted on Arnish Lighthouse at 16:11


How much does they charge on the Hebridean Princess if you take your library books late?

calumannabel from The Bibliobochan South Dell

Transportation for the Hannoverian crowd is not cheap. I hear Charlie boy's special train between Scotland and his organic farm down south regularly costs the British tax payer some 75,000 pounds per trip. Oh well ... perhaps his polo horse(s) go with him?

mjc from NM,USA

That's not a polo horse that's his missus he takes with him - but I can understand how you'd make the mistake

calumannabel from Singing Room Royal Hotel Stornoway

Something tells me the island bloggers are not representative of the general population (NO, I did NOT write hoi polloi). Anyone cares to elaborate on what is different (as an outsider, I would not dare!).

mjc from NM,USA

MJC, would YOU care to elaborate on what you mean by that? What makes you think that Island Bloggers aren't representative of the general (presumably: Island) population?

Arnish Lighthouse from Stornoway

Perhaps (probably) I am mistaken. The general population of the islands may well have a more pronounced acerbic wit, irreverence, love of nature and literature, not to mention cooking and traveling, than I would have thought. But then, I am an outsider.

mjc from NM,USA

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