I don't know whether this is being mirrored across the island but Polis was a hive of activity yesterday. We were sitting in Saddles and all around us there was beginning of season activity. A number of the bars and restaurants were replacing old furniture and there was evidence of refitting and cleaning, all wrapped up with a sense of optimism. With the weather changing today (the sun has got its hat on), it is feeling rather special here.
Of course there are far more important things going on in the world than our little backwater getting a facelift. The news reflects all that is bad in the world, and 2015 does seem to have all the makings of an annus horriblis. Whether murder in the UK, terrorist atrocities across the Middle East and a seeming return to the Cold War, it can be a chastening experience to read a newspaper or watch the television news. There is nothing any of us can do to stop these terrible events but it certainly leaves a hollow feeling in the stomach.
Becky S. seems to be settling back in the UK and hopefully will find a permanent roof over her head soon. The wheels certainly do grind exceedingly slowly, especially when you are waiting for news. One positive piece of news was that her dead laptop has been resuscitated by the simple matter of replacing the power cable.
So, all in all, we can only hope for better news in the future. Perhaps the madmen in the Middle East and in the former Soviet Union can be brought to book, but I am not holding my breath. Ever onwards and upwards ...