I've been the Highland Correspondent of The Herald since 1988, covering an area which stretches from Shetland to Kintyre, and Rockall to the Cairngorms, but has only 60% of Glasgow's population. So I have to be concerned with issues relating to transport and remoteness; land reform and conservation; Gaelic and tourism; renewable energy; the odd drop of whisky and the craic.
Five-year-old Gracie Mackay, from Muir of Ord, Ross-shire, passed away at Glasgow's Royal Hospital for Sick Children after the Canadian-style canoe they were travelling in on a day out overturned in Loch Gairloch.
Early yesterday morning, police confirmed that two-year-old Jamie Beaton and his five-year-old brother Ewen, from Beauly, Inverness-shire, had died after being rescued.
Meanwhile, hopes of finding the brothers' 32-year-old father Ewen Beaton alive faded after more than a day of searching.