Posts Categorized: HNM Column

Typewriters, resurrections and sport

Murder, she wrote? When I was eight, I got a typewriter for my birthday. It was bright orange and was the very best kind of birthday present; a complete surprise, and one I hadn’t even known I wanted, until it was mine. It came with a selection of coloured ink ribbons and a promising ream… Read more »

We loved that car… plus Eden Court & Peppa Pig!

The point of no more repairs? £3000 ago. We scrapped our car this week, Mr Marr and me. It failed its MOT (again) and with an estimate of £700 plus VAT to carry out the repairs, we had reached that point of it being foolish to spend any more. In all honesty, that point of… Read more »

Back to ‘normal’. How has it been?

Back to ‘normal’ – but how has it been for you? Does it feel like it’s almost over? South of the border restrictions will be almost non-existent from Monday, and Scotland could follow in a few weeks’ time. Last weekend, Mr Marr moved back to Edinburgh after a sixteen-month stint working from our dining room…. Read more »

Clarkson. He’s growing on me…

Jeremy Clarkson. He’s (ahem) growing on me. It’s easy to have an opinion about Jeremy Clarkson; he’s been part of our lives and making a fortune from it for the past 35 years. Last week I’d have told you he was outspoken, obnoxious, irrational, and untrustworthy. But something changed. My opinion today? He’s funny, self-deprecating,… Read more »

Ste, The Pride of ScotRail

The Pride of ScotRail We’re not likely to see The Pride of ScotRail train north of the central belt as it’s electric, so would run out of juice around Stirling. That’s another column for another day… diesel carriages dirtily puffing around the north of Scotland is hardly conducive to achieving net zero. But the launch… Read more »

There’s a clear winner in our sibling rivalry stakes

The strength of sibling rivalry It’s never a good idea to compare ourselves to others. We know this to be true when it comes to filtered posts on social media, and when we sacrifice happiness to ‘keep up with the Joneses’. But a competitive mindset is ingrained within us all. It’s why we love sport,… Read more »

Through the eyes of others

Holiday friends, with benefits. This week, good friends from Manchester have come to stay. In more normal times this would hardly be news, but it’s the first time since last March that anyone other than our immediate family has spent the night, and it’s the first time we’ve welcomed these friends to the Highlands. In… Read more »

A life well-lived

Will yours have been a ‘life well-lived’? There’s a homework exercise I sometimes offer to coaching clients who are struggling to work out their next steps in life; I suggest that they draft their own eulogy. Spending a few hours thinking about how they would like to be remembered at their funeral can really help… Read more »

Dreams for Inverness

I’m utterly relaxed. I’m sitting writing this on a camping chair with my feet in a loch. Our van is parked off the road and there’s a promising whiff of bacon in the air – Mr Marr is on catering duties. It’s the sort of summer day when it’s easier to see the shoals of… Read more »

Let’s be confident and ambitious about Inverness

Lessons from coaching In another part of my life, I’m a coach. I often encourage clients to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can’t, and to ask themselves ‘How would I like things to be?’ That can help them shift their perspective from negative to positive. Why not let go of… Read more »