Posts Categorized: HNM Column

Speak about Suicide. It could save a life.

Suicide surrounds us Let’s be honest, suicide is not an easy topic. It’s not something we want to talk or think about; in a perfect world it just wouldn’t be an issue. But suicide surrounds us. There won’t be many reading this whose lives have not been touched by suicide. Most will have a friend,… Read more »

List MSPs, Bye Bye Les, and a new Walrus

Scottish Election – who’ll get my vote on the Regional List? If you look at the polling history for my home constituency of Inverness and Nairn, it’s fairly clear which of the six constituency candidates will be returned. Fergus Ewing is a member of the Ewing Dynasty (not the ones from Southfork in the 80s)… Read more »

Motorhomes and assorted ‘wildlife’.

Motorhome mayhem. I’m part of the problem. Did I miss the memo that said it’s ok to stay away from home overnight if you’ve got a campervan or motorhome? No, I thought not. Till the rules change on Monday, they are clear – we can travel across Scotland to visit family and friends, but we… Read more »

Sometimes it’s a struggle.

I’m ready to admit it – lockdown is a struggle I know we’re inching towards the light at the end of the lockdown tunnel but indulge me for a few paragraphs while I deviate from my usual state of breezy optimism. Because for all my talk of focussing on what I can do, rather than… Read more »

On yer bike…

If you’d watched me reading the story about traffic police in Nairn pulling over ten motorists for driving dangerously close to an unmarked police cyclist, you might have seen me punch the air. It’s not that I take delight in the misfortune of others – far from it. But I’ve been banging on about road… Read more »

Who to believe?

There’s a small but growing stack of leaflets under my fruit bowl, and I’m keeping them till early May. They’ve all been delivered through the letterbox, some by Gary the postie, others by volunteers, and I’ll read them from cover to cover, every one of them. The pedant in me will take delight in finding… Read more »

Freedom under a leaky tarpaulin.

Have you tasted it yet, that tiny little fragment of freedom we’ve been given? I can’t quite believe how much I have ‘socialised’ this past fortnight. Three times, at least. And it’s given me a taste for a tiny bit more. Last Friday was a friend’s birthday. At lunchtime I popped round on my bike… Read more »

Its not all men, but it is all women.

She was only walking home. During the Westminster debate on International Women’s Day, MP Jess Phillips read out her annual list of all the women who have been killed in the UK in the past year, where a man has been charged or convicted. The final name on this year’s devastatingly long list was Sarah… Read more »

Things to keep after lockdown

As we approach the anniversary of the country entering lockdown, it’s as good a time as any to reflect on the past year. The opening words of ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ spring to mind; “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was… Read more »

Charles Kennedy: Our loss.

If you’ve not yet watched BBC ALBA’s hour-long documentary about Charles Kennedy, can I suggest you add it to your TV watch-list? ‘Charles Kennedy, A Good Man Speaking’ profiles the late Highland MP from his upbringing in the family croft at the foot of Ben Nevis, through to his burial in its shadow five years… Read more »