Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Beyond Comprehension


The unfolding horrific events in the town of Whitehaven and the surrounding countryside seem inconceivable.


The town must still have been reeling from the recent crash involving a school bus, for the mourners to have found themselves caught up in this is a double tragedy.

Whitehaven’s name will probably become inextricably linked to today’s events. But here is Whitehaven, as we found it; a small isolated town, a community, one with a long history of coping with adversity and tragedy, by being just that; a community.  


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

10 thoughts on “Beyond Comprehension

  1. It is an awful situation. I think this is only the tip of the information coming through at the moment. It will surely unfold into individual tradgies as well as a collective one over the coming days.

    Our thoughts are with everyone there.

  2. It’s just awful. My brother lived there for a while, years back, and it was such a friendly wee place.

    Another name joins Hungerford and Dunblane as famous for all the wrong reasons.

    Thinking of the victims, their families, and the support services looking after them.

  3. It is impossible to understand what inner demons make a person do something like this. My heart aches for the people of Whitehaven.

  4. Dreadful events that no-one ever expected to see again.

    Everyone in that community will be touched by this – I hope that their strong community spirit will be a strength for them in these terrible days.

    Your post is very timely.

  5. We too have been to Whitehaven.

    Such horrific events do seem beyond comprehension, as your title says, and even if the subsequent investigation goes some way to affording an explanation, that will not be of much comfort to those whose lives have been so suddenly shattered.

  6. It is a tragedy which seems to have become horrifically common lately. I read an article not long ago which pointed out how sad it is that we all know what to do, that there has been a procedure that is followed- that the memorials begin to pile up unbidden at the site within a short period of time, flowers, notes, stuffed animals, etc, in remembrance of those who perish. I have not heard much here about it, except that it had happened, and that they believe it was a taxi driver.
    My thoughts are there.

  7. This one felt a bit close to home … there’s nowhere rural enough and peaceful enough that one can escape the horrors.

    Living up here, it’s taken me a while, but I finally now think of Lockerbie as ‘the place to get a train to Edinburgh from’ rather than its more notorious aspect.

  8. Just too difficult to comprehend.

    Among those killed an innocent retired couple minding their own business.

    Words seem inadequate.

  9. Oh dear, how awful. One crazy person can do so much harm.

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