Last notes on Orkney:
In the restroom, the sign says that they endeavour to satisfy, but that if they have disappointed the user of the facilities in any fashion, please to notify the desk.Â The word â€œdisappointâ€ has such a poignant touch, one simply knows that the cleaner would be personally crushed to find that her or his services have let a lady down.
The airport is one of two places (that I could find) on Orkney where wireless connections can be had.Â (This from the helpful lady at the archives section of the library.)Â So I got there early, so to use the connection, and was offered half an hour at one pounds fifty.Â I thought I might use an hour, so I paid my three pounds for an hourâ€™s use, receiving in exchange a slip of paper on which she wrote the password.Â Only later did it occur to me that there was no reason to pay the full three pounds, that no one would know if I paid for the minimum and used it for hours.Â
And finally, the first door one sees on entering the airport has a sign declaring it to be Baggage Reconciliation.Â Several times during the wait, passengers were requested to go to Baggage Reconciliation, for what purpose, I am not certain.Â Do so many pieces of luggage go astray of their own will, only to return eventually, grudging but abashed, to their abandoned owners?Â Or is it some mysterious island function, serving to reconcile Orknians to a burdensome past?
Such questions will have to wait for my next visit to Orkney, I fear, because the plane has come to remove me south to Edinburgh.