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.
NFU Scotland told ministers that schemes to protect geese have succeeded but the birds are now threatening agricultural land at a time when compensation payments for damaged crops have been cut.
President Nigel Miller said in a letter to environment minister Stewart Stevenson: "Conservation of threatened species is a success story, with the populations of threatened species such as Barnacle recovering dramatically.
"But species such as Greylag geese had also flourished and were now permanently present in some areas and taking a significant toll.