Mark Smith


I write features, reviews, and comment on a range of subjects, though my particular interest areas are popular culture and television. I write a column about TV in the Arts magazine of The Herald every Saturday and I also edit obituaries (


  • Sandy Allan and Rick Allen crossed the ridge after two weeks of tough climbing that forced the rest of their team to turn back.

    The ascent is the first time any climber has traversed the entire six-mile ridge to reach the summit of Nanga Parbat in Pakistan. Various teams, including groups from France, America and Germany, have tried in the past but failed.

    Yesterday, both Mr Allan, 56, from Newtonmore, and Mr Allen, 58, from Aberdeen, were recovering from the climb and enjoying the acclaim from the mountaineering community.

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Mark Smith

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