Local News for Wednesday 27th April 2016
Follow Her Majesty’s example says MP
Isles MP Angus MacNeil has suggested tourists should follow the Queen’s example and visit the Western Isles, a place he describes as ‘a great passion’ of Her Majesty. Mr MacNeil was speaking in the House of Commons last week during a special debate to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. Mr MacNeil said: “One of the Queen’s great passions is the islands, particularly the Outer Hebrides. Looking back on my speech 10 years ago, I praised her good sense in her choice of holiday that year—sailing round the Hebrides—to mark her 80th birthday. She visited Lewis, Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, Barra and Vatersay, where she has come many times, mostly informally. Since then I have met the Queen and asked her about the trip, and I can report happily to the House that she found it to be a very splendid occasion indeed. I encourage many others to follow the Queen’s example and I welcome those who come back for a revisit. I certainly hope Her Majesty has the chance to return to the islands that she has visited so often. Clearly, the Queen’s enjoyment of the Hebrides is more than formal — it is very personal”.
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Local News for Monday 16th May 2016
Google translate scammers
Email scammers have targeted the Western Isles with a message written in Gaelic, according to reports. The email comes from Italy and claims to be from an African man whose father has been poisoned. Police said the message seemed to have been written using the online translation tool, Google Translate, which has only had Gaelic available since February. Some islanders in Benbecula who received the message said the Gaelic was ‘poor’.
Read more: Local News for Monday 16th May 2016