Bobby’s Bus Stop

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Oct 112018

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Bobby’s Bus Shelter is bus shelter near Baltasound, on Unst, Shetland, Scotland.

The name “Bobby’s Bus Shelter” honours Bobby Macaulay, a child who used to cycle to the shelter in the mornings to catch the bus to school. The local council had plans to remove the bus shelter but after the seven-year-old sent them a letter asking them not to and explaining that the shelter is where he kept his bike while at school, the council left it there and furnished it.

The shelter is equipped with a sofa and a television. It is furnished and redecorated periodically. For example, in 2010 it was given World Cup themed decoration due to Bobby’s visit to South Africa to see the 2010 FIFA World Cup and each year by local residents with a sofa, television, computer and other home comforts.

Previous themes have included the Golden Jubilee, Underwater, Diamond Jubilee, Sheep (I would loved to have seen that), a trubute to Nelson Mandela, Puffins and, this year, 100 years of women’s suffrage in the United Kingdom.

Callanish Stones

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Oct 102018

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The Callanish Stones are an arrangement of standing stones placed in a cruciform pattern with a central stone circle. They were erected in the late Neolithic era, and were a focus for ritual activity during the Bronze Age. They are near the village of Callanish on the west coast of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

The Callanish Stones consist of a stone circle of thirteen stones with a monolith near the middle. Five rows of standing stones connect to this circle. Two long rows of stones running almost parallel to each other from the stone circle to the north-northeast form a kind of avenue. In addition, there are shorter rows of stones to the west-southwest, south and east-northeast. The stones are all of the same rock type, namely the local Lewisian gneiss. Within the stone circle is a chambered tomb to the east of the central stone.