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.
Uisdean Maclean, who has died aged 61 of cancer, came from a famous Hebridean family but made his life in London where he was a major figure in the world of marketing and advertising.
As director of the Broadcast Advertising Clearance Centre (BACC) for eight years, he was ultimately responsible for deciding if a TV advert was fit to be broadcast. He and his staff would view more than 20,000 commercials a year.