I joined the BBC's devolution unit in 1979 from university, becoming Scottish political correspondent in 1987. In the 1990s I moved to London and was a member of the Lobby for nearly ten years writing for various national newspapers and presenting BBC network programmes. I returned in 1999 with the creation of the Scottish parliament to help launch the Sunday Herald. I'm still here.
The formidable Nicola Sturgeon is to become the leading edge of the Yes campaign in a surprise reshuffle that dramatically ups the stakes in the independence referendum. While David Cameron has been shuffling to the right with his new Westminster Cabinet, Alex Salmond has gone the other way and placed Scotland's leading nationalist left-winger in the front line in the battle over Scotland's destiny. Here is the message loud and clear, in case you hadn't got it yet: "Vote Yes to keep Tory hands off Scotland".
Anyway, the satnav lady, in her digital wisdom, decided to take us straight into central London on the A2 and, before we knew it, we were in the middle of the Olympic Games complex and panicking in case we never got out again.
But we did. In fact, we sailed through central London with uncanny speed because there was practically nothing on the roads. I have never seen London so quiet. It was like the sequel to 28 Days.