"As I type, I am hearing the intermittent
sound of a fog horn on the Tay, as there is a haar, which reminds me of my
childhood in Edinburgh in the 1950s and early 1960s."
Fog, and sometimes smog, were fairly common,
and many a night I went to sleep in our home in Craigleith hearing the fog
horn which I presumed was on an island in the Forth, and may still be
there to this day. Maybe someone can verify if I am correct."
"In one particularly thick smog, my brother,
Derek, and I, found it exciting to hardly be able to see a double decker
bus until it was only a few yards away. I'm not sure if the bus
driver would have concurred.
Although mildly asthmatic, I was fortunate not
to be affected by smog, but I remember my mother telling me of the adverse
effects on people with bronchial problems, for whom I felt quite
However, there were probably some amusing
occurrences in the fogs which I wonder if anyone would be willing to
Malcolm J B Finlayson, Arbroath, Angus, Scotland:
April 28, 2014