Green energy. Of course I'm in favour. Am I convinced of the economic voracity? Am I a NIMBY? I don't know. I believe that the largest wind farm in the Southern Hemisphere is in New Zealand. It is sited all along the top of a range of mountains. It is huge. It is visible for miles and miles around and it's a significant tourist attraction. It's astonishingly beautiful. It provides a lot of New Zealand's electricity. It's also a long way from any habitation. So why have I got an uneasy feeling about the ones which are springing up around the Stornoway area. Somehow their vague randomness seems more intrusive and untidy. One minute you have this:
and the next you have this:
* For those who don't know who Topsy was she was Topsy a young slave girl in Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin. When asked if she knows who made her, she professes ignorance of both God and a mother, saying "I s'pect I growed.