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.
Residents say closure of the six-pupil primary school would condemn the community in the west of South Harris, with a population of just 126, to extinction.
A Court of Session action next week will decide if Western Isles Council is allowed to close Shelibost Primary School along with three others on separate islands because of falling rolls.
Harris has been losing its people since 1921, with 50% moving on between 1951 and 2001, when the population fell below 2000 for the first time. Since then, the deaths to births ratio has been running at three to one.
Environmentalists seized on the report, saying it effectively kills off controversial plans for a coal-fired power station proposed for Ayrshire because it casts doubt on the need for the new facility.
The Electricity Generation Policy Statement, based on research studies looking at future energy supply, storage and demand, sets out ministers' plans for renewable energy and fossil fuel thermal generation.