The Scotsman - - Perspective / Letters To The Editor -


It just wouldn’t be sum­mer in Scot­land with­out tor­ren­tial rain, wind and flood­ing bring­ing mis­ery to com­muters. Storm Hec­tor bat­tered Ire­land overnight be­fore mov­ing into Scot­land and caus­ing up­rooted trees amid high winds. @Polscot­con­trol ad­vised: “Feel­ing sorry for col­leagues out deal­ing with 35 weather calls so far in the east. Mostly debris & fall­ing trees. Noth­ing se­ri­ous so far. Take care out there.” @Scot­treid1980 ob­served: “Spe­cial shoutout to Ar­drossan, which finds it­self cut off once again be­cause the peo­ple who de­signed the rail net­work de­cided to build the line right be­side the bloody sea.” @Colinjo828262909 joked: “Storm Hec­tor...last time Hec­tor stormed through the cen­tral belt it wiped out a whole foot­ball club.” @Sarah­bur­the wrote: “Se­abirds get­ting ham­mered by this storm - heart­break­ing. Our long-term mon­i­tor­ing of these pop­u­la­tions is cru­cial for show­ing just how big an im­pact ex­treme weather as­so­ci­ated with cli­mate change can have on pop­u­la­tions.” @Im­rankhan tweeted: “West coast main­line is down so I’m stranded in Ed­in­burgh by #Stormhector! Will I get to Manch­ester in time for Eid with the fam­ily? I sud­denly feel mas­sively un­der-catered for by cheesy Christ­mas films.” @Fin­early added: “Hon­estly you would think it’s the mid­dle of au­tumn! #Stormhector made his pres­ence felt last night with the trees and pow­er­lines lay­ing along the street.” @Jen­na­gar­diner said: “Back work­ing at my dis­ser­ta­tion af­ter a morn­ing of colour­ing in & mak­ing jig­saws with my niece. I know which ac­tiv­ity I’d rather be do­ing right now, but at least Storm Hec­tor makes it a tad eas­ier to sit in­side at the lap­top!”


The fes­ti­val of foot­ball that is the Fifa World Cup got un­der­way in Moscow last night as hosts Rus­sia took on Saudi Ara­bia. Ger­many, Brazil and France are among the favourites for the tour­na­ment. @Kev­in­bridges86 quipped: “Rob­bie Wil­liams get­ting ev­ery­one right in the mood for World Cup ‘98 there.” @Aljwhite added: “Send­ing Rob­bie Wil­liams over to Rus­sia to sing a med­ley is a hell of a strong re­sponse to claims of as­sas­si­na­tions hap­pen­ing on Bri­tish soil.” @Se­ri­al­sock­thief tweeted: “I still get so ex­cited by start of #World­cup even if Scot­land aren’t in­volved. I think I’ve just for­got­ten how it feels now. ”

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