A wee break in the blog. We're off now to pick up family and head to the west coast. The funeral and the eulogy lie ahead. There is perhaps no diplomatic challenge as great as keeping everyone happy at a full on highland gathering. The interaction of generations and branches a minefield for the unwary. Relatives who've taken the boat from Oban must be treated as if their journey was as arduous as it was for those coming from New Zealand. Those who've been on the hours flight from Glasgow on Scotlands favourite airline ( indeed only airline ) recognized for the hardships they've endured. A clutch of nonagenarian aunts will attend, the last surviving members of that generation. This means that the focus of attention needs to shine on them as well as the immediate family. The words ' You've not changed a bit ' said formulaically to cousins you don't recognize - the Murdos, Blairs and Alasdairs. Of course at a highland funeral there is no such thing as immediate family, just family.